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About Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

Hi, I am Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan. I am a Family Physician with a deep interest in Diabetes and Alternative Medicine. I live and practice in Mumbai, India. My aim is to make the world a better place by introducing Alternative medicine with the main stream, so as to have an Integrative System of Medicine, that is both gentle and holistic.

Vitamin C and bone health.


Introduction:

It’s a well-known fact that many older adults suffer from bone loss or osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that over 54 million Americans suffer from, or are at risk of, osteoporosis. This can be caused either by excessive bone loss or insufficient production of bones mass

Having weak bones can reduce mobility and increase the risk of bone breakage. When bone loss becomes too severe, bones might even break just from bumping into something or straining, like when you sneeze (called as sneeze or cough fractures).

How does vitamin C improve bone strength

What many people don’t realize is that osteoporosis is scurvy of the bones, which is a symptom of vitamin C deficiency. This means that increasing your intake of this nutrient can promote the growth of new, healthy bone…

A study from Mount Sinai Medical Centre  was able to demonstrate the protective effects of vitamin C against osteoporosis in an animal model. It was seen that the mice that were supplemented with vitamin C avoided bone loss. In another study, the researchers found that vitamin C deficiency caused failure of collagen synthesis. This resulted in symptoms of scurvy, such as spontaneous bone fractures.

More reasons to increase vitamin C intake

Increasing your intake of vitamin C can give you many other health benefits.

  • Lowers blood pressure — Taking vitamin C supplements has been shown to improve blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels.
  • Improved immunity — Vitamin C is most commonly used for its ability to boost immunity… It also has potent antioxidant properties that protect the immune cells from highly reactive molecules.
  • Lower risk of dementia — the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of vitamin C are beneficial against dementia. It has also been associated with improved cognitive functions.

Conclusion:

It is thus seen that osteoporosis can be ameliorated by Vitamin C, in addition to Calcium and Vitamin D supplements.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 181.

TARENTULA HISPANIA.

This remedy is derived from a spider found in Spain.  Dr. Nunez proved it.

This is a remedy suitable for hysterical patients who are relieved with music and dancing or massage.

These patients feign sickness with sudden changes of mood and they are selfish, cunning

It is a remedy that suits ladies with dysmenorrhoea, irregular menstrual cycles, itching in the private parts and it is also useful in nymphomania.

It is considered to be a specific remedy in diabetes with grief and anxiety.

It is also considered to be useful in some forms of insanity, where the patient is shameless and violent and has a desire to be violent and sleepless.

It is useful in paralytic conditions of the lower limbs with pain in the back during motion.

WHAT THE MASTERS SAY ABOUT THIS REMEDY…

TARENTULA HISPANIA is useful, often invaluable in cholera, epilepsy, Tabes dorsalis of Mania.  Whenever we find the quiet waiting with sudden striking or as sudden retreat, fear with a tendency to hide away, running or leaping, inability to walk naturally, we may think of this spider and the remedy derived from it.

  • Dr. H A Roberts.

Blueberries and their benefits.

Introduction:

Blueberries are harvested from a perennial flowering plant native to North America and belong to the same genus as cranberries and huckleberries.

Benefits – Blueberries have a unique dark blue/purple colour when ripe and act as excellent antioxidants. The antioxidants in blueberries protect the cell damage, detoxify the body and even destroy bacteria and viruses.

Blueberries have other anti-aging properties… Blueberries also allow your body to regulate the production of energy while lowering fat and blood sugar levels and reducing body fat stores and chronic inflammation.

In addition Blueberries have a strong neuro-protective action that can boost, memory and concentration, and prevent neuro-degeneration and even slow the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Blueberries are also known to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease, supporting bone and eye health, aiding digestion, boosting the immune system and can even increase one’s lifespan.

Blueberries are among the fruits that have the lowest amount of carbohydrates per serving.

How much blueberries can be had in a day:

Recommended daily intake differs depending on age and gender, but approximately two cups of fruit is usually recommended for adults – easy to achieve throughout the day in snacks and as part of meals. And, at just 45 calories per serving, wild blueberries deliver substantial nutrients for every calorie consumed.

Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals:

It’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They contain manganese, vitamin K and vitamin C, which keep the body healthy from within.

  • Manganese: this mineral is known for keeping your bones strong and has lipids, amino acids, protein, and it also improves metabolism
  • Vitamin K: This vitamin helps the body heal faster by causing immediate clotting preventing blood loss and closing the wound quickly.
  • Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid in the form of vitamin C helps build a strong immune system and also fights several diseases.

Conclusion:

Blueberries are rated number one in antioxidant-rich foods and are used worldwide for its healing and health benefits.  An adequate helping of blueberries over the top of warm oatmeal or pancakes can take your meal to another level while giving you all the health benefits. Eaten in moderation, blueberries do not have any adverse side effects.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 180.

TARENTULA CUBENSIS.

This remedy is made from a spider, which is called as the ROTTEN CUBAN TARENTULA.  It is found in Cuba.

It is a remedy that is useful in toxic and septic states.

It is very useful in Diphtheria, in severe cases where there is a severe inflammation and prostration.

It is said to soothe patients who are dying. It is said to soothe the last struggles of the patient.

It is useful in cases where there is itching in the genital area.

It is useful in Bubonic plague.

It is useful in skin conditions, when there are pimples, carbuncles and boils that sting and pain. It has the capacity to resolve abscess and prevent gangrene.

Other remedies that complement Tarentula Cubensis include, Pyrogen, Anthracinum, Echinacea and Crotalus horridus.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS REMEDY…

Tarentula Cubensis is my standby in any abscess where there is severe pain.  I formerly thought I had a wonderful remedy for such conditions in ARSENICUM and ANTHRACINUM but I have found that Tarentula Cubensis does much better.

  • Dr. Benthack.

In felons, Tarentula Cubensis is simply wonderful. I have seen felons, which had kept patients awake night after night, walking the floor in agony from the terrible pains relieved in a very short time that they could sleep in perfect comfort until the swellings spontaneously discharged and progressed into a rapid cure.

  • Dr. Nash

Tarentula Cubensis soothes the dying sufferer and I have never seen any other remedy do so.

  • Dr. Kent

By a very ingenious selection of AGARICUS by Dr. Korndoerfer, in the case of a 2 year old child who had evident meningitis and who was not relieved by APIS, SULPHUR etc., the rolling of the head ceased, alarmingly forewarning of imbecility happily vanished and the patient fully recovered. I used the drug in a case of typhoid in which the child rolled her head and bit her nightgown.  Some improvement followed.  TARENTULA was then given with slight aggravation followed by lasting improvement. The two should be remembered in impending imbecility.

Dr. E A Farrington.

I think TARENTULA CUBENSIS is more useful in whooping cough that IPAECAC or CASTANEA VESCA or any other remedy I know; it is marvellous.

  • Dr. Macfarlan.

HEPAR SULF, BELLADONNA, ARNICA and SILICEA are of no use in chronic boils and carbuncles.  TARENTULA or ANTHRACINUM clear up the boils in a few days miraculously and brilliantly.

  • Dr. Dorothy Shepard.

The Ayurvedic view on energy foods.


Ayurveda the most ancient Indian medical system has golden tips for solving your energy crisis.  Ayurveda advocates a diet that is generous in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The ancient ayurvedic texts tell us that these foods are rich in life giving energy, healing powers, fighting body fatigue and have the power of detoxifying the body.

Grains have power:

The ancient seers used a term called as ‘Ojas’, an energy, which is the result of good digestion and creates a sense of lightness in the body, gives a person the inner energy or glow, confers immunity against infections and bestows the individual with bliss.

Long distance runners from Africa have always relied on carbohydrates in grains for long-term endurance and energy.  All carbohydrates are not the same. For instance the croissant is high in fat and low in nutrition.  Whole grains have lower cholesterol; they also have anti-bacterial properties and actually lower elevated blood sugar levels

Ayurveda considers rye, millet and amaranth as highly nutritious, as they have high protein and mineral content. In fact, these grains are considered so auspicious that they are used during Vedic ceremonies as items for worship.

Rye for instance, contains high proteins, and one cup yields about 15 grams of protein, 9 grams of iron and adequate quantities of B-complex vitamins, iron, zinc and copper which is an important trace element for boosting energy levels and raising the body’s immunity.

Energizing Vegetables and Fruits:

Ayruveda advocates that fresh vegetables and fruits should constitute forty percent of every meal. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in mineral and fiber, and they should be eaten often.

Ayurveda considers fruits as a rich source of energy.  Ayurvedic physicians recommend pears and apples, if you are hungry between meals. They recommend papaya, if you feel bloated after lunch.

Ayurveda strongly recommends the generous use of dry fruits, especially raisins. The ayurvedic texts extol the virtue of raisins calling them the best among dry fruits because it has the quality to enhance purity of the mind and pacify the mind and heart.  Dry fruits are a rich source of iron and Vitamin B6, and provide magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium.  Raisins aid digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful per person is a good amount everyday. 

Ayurveda also cautions against energy draining foods:

The ayurvedic texts warn us not to eat left over foods or highly seasoned foods and foods that make us sluggish. Ayurvedic physicians were extremely conscious of energy draining foods, which clogged the micro-channels called as Nadis and created an accumulation of toxins.

Conclusion:

We have advanced a lot in this millennium.  But our diet practices are abysmal. We eat foods bereft of energy, we consume milk, which is a poison, we eat meat, and we eat tinned, canned and processed foods and do not realize how much harm we cause to ourselves.  It is fascinating how Ayurveda, a science that dates back thousands of years warns us of these dangers.  It was almost as if our ancient seers who wrote these treatises were aware, what humanity was going to come to in this millennium.

Links:

www.bigshakti.com.

www.bluelotusayurveda.com.

www.experiencefestival.com.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 179.

TABACUM.

This remedy is derived from the tobacco plant. Its mother tincture is prepared from the fresh leaves of the tobacco before the flowering takes place.

This is a specific remedy for nausea and vomiting and hiccough.

This remedy is useful in vertigo, where the patient suddenly becomes pale and almost loses consciousness.

It is useful in cases of sick headaches associated with nausea and vomiting.

The nausea and vomiting is associated with coldness and sweat and prostration.

It is useful in cases of diarrhoea with deathly nausea.

It is a useful remedy in SEASICKNESS.

It is useful in cases of violent palpitation, when the pulse is irregular.

It is useful in cases of Angina pectoris.

It is useful in cases of asthma with a sick headache and vertigo.

It is useful in helping the patient kick the tobacco habit, when used in high potencies.

Carbo vegetablis follows this remedy.

WHAT THE MASTERS SAY ABOUT THIS REMEDY…

It should be the one of the good Homeopathic drug for angina pectoris with coronary artery disease especially in smokers with high blood pressure

-CARTIER

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES.


Bach flower therapy believes that diseases are a result of disharmony between the spiritual and mental dimensions of man. Bach flower remedies balance the mental dimension of humans and heal the body.

Introduction:

This therapy owes its existence to Dr. Edward Bach, a Harley Street specialist in London.  He found Homeopathy very tedious and time consuming.  In 1930 he began wandering the forests and hills in search of healing plants, which would heal a sick man without any side effects.  Being an intensely spiritual man, he was able to visualize a plant as an aid to healing the mind of the patient, just by meditating on it.

It did not matter to Dr. Bach what physical ailment the patient suffered from, but his main theory was that disease was as a result of disharmony between the spiritual and mental aspects of man.  The conflicting moods, hate and other negative emotions produce much unhappiness and this lowers the “Vital force” and causes disease. His theory was that by balancing the mental side of a person, the ‘vital force’ becomes strong and this heals the body.

There are about 30 popular Bach flower remedies. They are dilutions of the flowers with alcohol and they are dispensed in the liquid form.

Some useful Bach Flower Remedies:

Aspen is a remedy that is useful to combat unknown fears, when the patient is terrified that something terrible is going to happen.

Beech is useful when the patient is very critical and intolerant and always judging others.

Chestnut Bud is very useful for persons who repeatedly make mistakes in life.

Heather suits persons who are self centered with incessant talking.

Holly is useful for persons who are jealous, revengeful, suspicious, and envious and lack love.

Larch is a remedy that suits persons who have no confidence in their own ability and do not make further attempts when they fail.

Rescue Remedy is one of the most popular Bach flower remedies.  It is the combination of Rock Rose (terror and panic), Impatiens (mental stress and tension), Bethlehem (shock), Cherry Plum (desperation), Clemitis (light-headedness).  This remedy is a lifesaver and useful in emergencies.

Conclusion: Bach flower remedies are Holistic. This Alternative system is popular in Europe and can be studied and used by the layman for common mental fears and anxieties.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 178.

SYPHILINUM.

It is a nosode – it is made from the syphilitic bacteria.

This remedy is useful in subjects who have sheer prostration and debility in the morning.

It is a very useful remedy in ulceration of the mouth, nose, genitals, and skin and in patients who have a succession of abscesses.

This remedy is useful in subjects with a loss of memory, when subjects remember everything prior to their illness.  This remedy is useful when subjects are apathetic and feels that they are going insane. This remedy is useful when subjects feel hopeless and despair their recovery and DREAD THE NIGHT.

This remedy is useful for falling of the hair, when there is pain in the bones of the head, associated with stupefying headache.

This remedy is useful in recurrent case of Phlyectunular inflammation of the cornea, associated intense photophobia with profuse lachrymation.

This remedy is useful in caries of the ossicles of the ear, which are syphilitic in origin.

This remedy is useful in caries of the nasal bones, hard palate and septum with perforation, associated with ozena (bad odor from the nares).

This remedy is useful for teeth decay at gum edges, with serrated edges and dwarfed.  This remedy is also useful when the tongue is coated, with the indentation of the teeth.  This remedy is useful for excessive salivation, when the saliva runs out of the mouth, while sleeping.

This remedy is useful in stopping the craving for alcohol.

This remedy is useful for Sciatica, which is worse in the night, for rheumatism of the shoulder joint at the insertion of the deltoid muscle.  This remedy is useful in rheumatism of the muscles, which are hard as knots or lumps.  This remedy is extremely useful in cases of Pains that increase and decrease gradually, which are shifting and require a constant change of position.

This remedy suits female subjects, who have profuse, thin watery acrid leucorrhoea.

This remedy is useful in cases of fissures in the anus and the rectum, in cases with a history of Syphilis.

Like SULFUR, SYPHILINUM is also useful when the best selected remedies fails to relieve or permanently improve in Syphilitic affections.

This remedy is useful in chronic asthma worse in summer, and with wheezing, which is worse at night.

This remedy is useful in subjects when the skin has a reddish brown eruption with a disagreeable odor.

This remedy suits subjects who are worse at night, sundown to sunrise, worse in the seashore, worse in summer.  This remedy also suits subjects who are better inland and in mountains, during the day and while moving about slowly.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS…

At birth, I give a dose of MEDORRHINUM if the child is inclined to be gross with a large head; if it is a little bit of a skinny baby that is snuffling almost as soon as it breathes, underweight, wrinkled and old looking, I give a dose of SYPHILINUM.

Dr. Krichbaum.

In children who look ‘old, dwarfed, wrinkled’, with also T.B heredity, SYPHILINUM and BACILLINUM given in turn, will work wonders.

Dr. Noel Pudephatt.

In old Syphilitics and non-syphilitics suffering for years and years from affections of the throat and skin, SYPHILINUM is indicated.

Dr. Leon. Renard.

If arthritic attacks alternate with urticaria, never occurring simultaneously, consider URTICA URENS. If arthritic pains alternate with pains, which change from throat to ear, from trachea or bronchi to teeth and if the pains are markedly aggravated from sunset to sunrise, SYPHILINUM is probably indicated especially if the patient dreads the night because of the suffering and subsequent weakness.

Dr. H. A. Roberts, M.D.

When the patient is aggravated by SULFUR, we must always think of the existence of a latent state of syphilis, if PULSATILLA, another antidote of SULFUR does not produce any result. (SYPHILINUM is an antidote to SULFUR).

Dr. Leon. Renard.

I have experimented more with so-called nosodes, and have had seemingly very good results from MEDORRHINUM as well as SYPHILINUM in intractable case of chronic rheumatism.  The most characteristic difference is that with MEDORRHINUM, the pains are worse in the daytime and with SYPHILINUM, in the night.

Dr. Nash, M.D.

When TUBERCULINUM fails, try SYPHILINUM, it often arouses a reaction.

Dr. William. Boericke, M.D.

In lymph-sarcoma, think of SYPHILINUM and CISTUS CANEDENSIS.

Dr. Leonrenard.

In primary Syphilis, SYPHILINUM has little or no effect at all and then MERCURY should be given in higher potencies.  SYPHILINUM will be useful as a remedy will be of great value in old syphilitics, where convalescence is particularly long after and acute disease.  It is in a way that when a patient that when a patient is slowly re-establishing himself after Typhoid, a single dose of SYPHILINUM will bring him his appetite, strength, sleep and a rapid gain of his former weight.

Dr. Kent, M.D.

When SULFUR is prescribed in any case and produces alarming aggravation, one must think of the existence of a latent state of syphilis and then SYPHILINUM works well and antidotes the over action of SULFUR.

Dr. W. H. Goodwin.

Some Homeopathic home remedies for injuries.

Introduction:

Homeopathic remedies work very well in many minor injuries; the objective of educating the layperson about these remedies is to cut household expenses on costly and needless medications. The homeopathic kit is all about PATIENT EMPOWERMENT OR HEALTH FACILITATION. 

As a matter of convention, to make therapy simple, all the Homeopathic remedies selected are in the 30 C potency and the pills are of 30 size and the uniform recommendation for common ailments is 3 globules to be put under the tongue 3 to 4 times per day.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies for minor injuries:

 (1) Arnica. It is a number one remedy for accidents, shock, injuries, and bruising. This remedy is useful in conditions of injuries, falls, blows and contusions.  This remedy acts like a prophylactic to prevent pus-forming infections.  It is useful in arresting bleeding after tooth extraction; it accelerates the healing of the gums and eliminates inflammation. This remedy eases pain after fractures. It is useful to control shock and prevent soreness after surgery.

(2) Calendula. It is a useful remedy for healing wounds. It is useful as a topical cream in low potency. Quickly seals wounds, so make sure wound is completely clean before use.

(3) Hypericum. It is a useful remedy for injuries to nerves. Pains are sharp and shooting. It is useful for pain after a dental injection.

(4) Apis. It is a useful remedy for bites and stings. It helps reduce redness, pain and swelling.

(5) Ledum. It is a great remedy for puncture wounds. It is also useful for animal and insect bites. Some Homeopaths believe that along with Hypericum, a useful remedy for preventing Tetanus. 

Conclusion:

I must advise the reader that this kit should not replace your doctor.  It is something like a first aid kit for minor ailments and I would encourage patients to consult their physician as soon as there is no improvement of the medical condition.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 177.

SYMPHYTUM.

Fractures

THIS REMEDY IS USEFUL IN TREATING NON-UNION OF FRACTURES AND BLUNT INJURIES OF THE EYE.

This remedy is useful when administered internally in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.

It is an extremely useful remedy in the treatment of non-union of fractures and irritable stumps after an amputation of the limb.

This remedy is useful in the healing the injuries to the tendons and the periosteum of the bones.

This remedy is extremely useful in blunt injuries of the eye.

When used externally, this can be used to heal sores and ulcers and it is also useful in cases of unexplained anal itching.

 

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS

SYMPHYTUM brings out the sequestrum (dead bone in cases of bone infections).

Dr. Grace. Nevel, M.B.B.S, M.F Hom (Lond).

SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE may be administered in case of irritable stump after amputation and also irritability of bone at the point of fracture.

Dr. Farrington, M.D.

LEDUM PALUSTRE is unequalled when used in the 200th potency, as a remedy for black eye from a blow, unless the eyeball itself is involved; then SYMPHYTUM is preferable.

Dr. Pulford, M.D.

SILICEA is excellent for Pyorrhea, and also PHOSPHORUS, and a lotion of SYMPHYTUM Q – 2 drams in 8 ounces is a good application to the gums in these cases.

Dr. Ruddock, M.D.

SYMPHYTUM follows ARNICA well if pricking pain and soreness of the periosteum remains after an injury.

Dr. H.C. Allen, M.D.