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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 B17 – the anti-cancer Vitamin.

Vitamin B17, better known as Laetrile or amygdalin, is a powerful natural cancer treatment that has been proven to kill both prostate and cervical cancer cells. Laetrile is derived from amygdalin and it is a natural substance found in raw nuts and the kernels of fruits such as apricots and peaches. Controversially, the US FDA has banned its use in the United States. Laetrile contains an enzyme known as Emulsin that breaks down into cyanide when ingested. It is this chemical reaction that is responsible for Laetrile’s cancer-fighting properties. The most common form of laetrile, or vitamin B17, is derived from apricot seeds as these contain a large amount of the active ingredient that kills cancer.

History of Laetrile

Raw nuts such as bitter almonds and apricot seeds have been used as a natural medicine for thousands of years. Their use has been documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ancient Egyptian medicine and they were even used by Native American tribes. Amygdalin was first isolated in 1830 and was later used as a treatment for cancer in the US and many other countries.

How It Works

Laetrile and the pure form amygdalin contain a substance that breaks down into cyanide when it comes into contact with cells in the human body. Normal, healthy cells have a natural defence against this process.   Healthy cells contain an enzyme known as rhodanese, which promotes the combining of cyanide molecules with sulphur. This combination then becomes a cyanate, a harmless substance that is expelled from the body through urine. The level of cyanide produced from taking Laetrile is so low that the body can easily cope with it and render it harmless. Cancer cells do not have any defence against cyanide. They contain an enzyme called beta-glucosidase that causes Laetrile molecules to release both cyanide and benzaldyhide. This powerful combination completely destroys the cancer cell. Unlike conventional cancer treatments, Laetrile has the ability to destroy cancer cells without harming the body’s healthy cells.

Why the FDA Banned Laetrile

According to the FDA, several deaths have been attributed to Laetrile. However, actual details of these cases do not seem to exist anywhere in public record. A clinical trial on the effectiveness of Laetrile against cancer cells was conducted at the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Institute and stated that Laetrile was ineffective against cancer and caused symptoms of cyanide toxicity in patients.  As Laetrile is derived from a natural substance found in plants, it cannot be patented. Successfully treating cancer patients with a natural substance would mean the loss of billions of dollars every year for Big Pharma, who still advocate the use of toxic chemotherapy drugs against cancer.

Conclusion:

There have been a number of studies performed in the US on the effectiveness of Laetrile against cancer, all of which claim that it has no effect on cancer cells. However, a study performed in China at the Bethune College of Medicine in 2013 found that the viability of human cervical cancer cells was significantly inhibited by amygdalin. Researchers found that amygdalin caused cell death in cancer cells and concluded that “amygdalin may offer a new therapeutic option for patients with cervical cancer.” A 2006 study conducted at the College of Medicine in South Korea found that amygdalin was effective at killing human prostate cancer cells. Although laetrile is derived from a plant substance, it can still cause certain side effects. Its role in mainstream medicine is not accepted and its use in several countries is banned. If you want to try Laetrile, it is always better to consult a knowledgeable health practitioner who has experience in using this agent.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 185.

THUJA OCCIDENTALIS.

This remedy acts on the sycotic dyscrasia, whose chief manifestations are wart like excrescences – fig warts, condylomas, spongy tumours, bleeding fungus growths and naevi.

It is a remedy that is useful to counter the ill effects of vaccination.

It is useful in suppressed gonorrhoea and salpingitis (inflammation of the uterine tubes).

It is a deep acting medicine and acts on the skin, blood Gastro-intestinal system, kidneys and brain.

It is useful in sycotic pains where there is tearing in the muscles and joints, which are worse at rest.

It is a remedy that is useful in conditions of exhaustion and emaciation.

This remedy suits patients who have fixity of ideas. Such persons feel that a strange being is at his side. They also feel that their soul is separate from the body.  These patients are sensitive to music, which causes them to tremble and weep.

This remedy is useful in patients who feel that their heads are pierced with nails.  It is also useful in scaly dandruff.  It is useful when the hair is dry and falls out.

This remedy is useful in dissolving styes in the eye and melts down tarsal tumours.

It is useful in curing ear discharge from the middle ear. It is also useful in dissolving polyps in the ear.

It is useful in chronic nasal catarrh, where there is a thick greenish mucous with painful pressure on the root of the nose.

This remedy is useful in cases of painful white blisters in the tongue and teeth decay near the gum margin.  It is a useful remedy that dissolves a ranula.  It us useful in pyorrhoea.

A ranula is a cystic growth under the tongue.

This remedy suits persons who have a complete loss of appetite, with a dislike for meat and potatoes.  The patient experiences a rancid eructation after food with cutting pain in the upper abdomen.  This remedy is useful for patients who cannot eat onions and experience gaseous distension of the abdomen after eating.

It is useful in treating anal fissures, which are painful and may or may not be associated with warts.  It is also useful in cases of piles where the piles are swollen, worse on sitting and associated with burning pains.

It is a very useful remedy in males with an inflamed urethra and the urine stream is forked or split.  There is a sensation of trickling of urine after urination and sudden desire for passing urine, which cannot be controlled.

This remedy is also useful in gonococcal rheumatism and in chronic indurations of the testicles.  This remedy is useful in treating an enlarged prostate.

This remedy is useful in females with warts in the vulva and perineum.

This remedy is useful in patients who feel that their limbs are made of wood or glass and that they would break easily.  It is useful in muscular weakness, twitching and trembling.  It is also useful in pain in the heels and the tendon of Achilles.

This remedy is useful in polyps, tubercles, warts, naevi and carbuncles.

It is useful when the nails are crippled, brittle and soft.

This remedy cures persistent insomnia.

This remedy suits persons who are worse in the night with the heat of the bed, damp air, after vaccination and coffee.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THUJA…

Tendency to abortion especially in a gonorrhoeal history calls for THUJA.

  • Dr. Wheeler.

Enlargement of the ovary, patient complaining of a grumbling pain in the ovary, stood stooping over, it hurts her to stand up straight.  This indicates THUJA 30x. Now if I find a dusky hue to the face and a dark red discoloration on the abdomen over the region of the ovary, that makes the indication for THUJA stronger.

  • Dr. Eli G. Jones

An extensive experience has taught me that the prostate is more or less affected in all gonorrhoea, which have lasted longer than 6 or 8 weeks and that this condition of the gland itself the cause of a good half of all cases of chronic cases of the disease.  In such conditions, I have the utmost confidence on THUJA

  • Dr. Boehm.

THUJA is a valuable remedy when there are no good indications for anything else in cases of acute bronchitis, slow to clear up.

  • Dr. Clarke.         

THUJA is an antidote to massive doses of ARSENIC.

  • Dr. J. E. C.

For harmful effects of Penicillin, ARSENICUM, THUJA NUX VOMICA AND SILICA.

THUJA and VARIOLINUM have always been described as very helpful in either counteracting or helping to overcome the consequences of vaccination.

  • Dr. H. H. Engel.

Super foods for the brain.


Introduction:

Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that is essential for optimum brain function. Dopamine helps the brain generate sufficient energy to run the body. It stimulates the heart, regulates the flow of information through our brains, controls movement, and allows humans to experience feelings of passion and pleasure.  Dopamine production is boosted by the consumption of certain foods, especially those containing the amino acid tyrosine. Eating these special foods adds to our ability to respond optimally to our lives both physically and emotionally.

Proteins

Proteins are high in amino acids, which are necessary for dopamine production, and they Include foods such as fish, eggs, chicken, turkey and red meat to supply your body with adequate amino acids. Soy products and other legumes are considered incomplete proteins; however, form complete proteins when eaten in combination with grains, becoming excellent sources for dopamine-related amino acids.

Vegetables

Certain vegetables in particular are excellent sources of amino acids that stimulate dopamine production. Artichokes and avocados have also been found to increase dopamine levels.

Fruits

Ripe bananas are a major source of tyrosine, and as they continue to ripen and become sweeter, their tyrosine component becomes more potent. Tyrosine helps regulate and stimulate dopamine levels, increasing memory and alertness.

Apples are recommended for being high in antioxidants and aid in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases by triggering the production of dopamine in the brain.

Strawberries, blueberries and prunes to round out the best fruits supplying nutrients that trigger dopamine release.

Nuts and Seeds

Raw almonds, sesame and pumpkin seeds make a great snack and help regulate dopamine levels.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ supplies the essential amino acid phenylalanine, that’s converted to tyrosine, which then stimulates additional dopamine release.

Herbs

Several common herbs are known for helping to regulate dopamine levels.  These include nettles fenugreek, ginseng, milk thistle, red clover, and peppermint. They are best consumed as herbal teas.

Supplements

Adding supplements to your diet to increase dopamine levels may be helpful if you’re unable to get those nutrients from foods. Tyrosine, plus several vitamins such as B, C and E as well as iron, folic acid and niacin all help to trigger dopamine release.

Conclusion:

For a healthy brain and body a balanced diet must be included in an everyday meal. All foods eaten should ideally be organic to avoid the effects of pesticides, chemicals and genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 184.

THERIDION.

This remedy is derived from the Orange spider, which lives on orange trees in the West Indies.

Dr. C. Hering proved this remedy.

This remedy suits that is suitable for persons sensitive to noise.  Every shrill noise penetrates the teeth, the whole body causing nausea and vertigo.

This remedy is useful in Nervous women who suffer from seasickness.

It is suitable in females who complain of nausea from the least movement.

It is useful in one-sided headache, which becomes worse from closing the eyes and worse from noise.

This remedy has shown good effects in treating rachiitis and bone necrosis.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THERIDION…

Give THERIDION CURASSAVICUM for the vertigo and nausea associated with the abscess of the liver.

  • Dr. Lippe.

In Rachitis, caries and necrosis, THERIDION CURRASSAVICUM apparently goes to the rood of the evil and destroys the cause.

  • Dr. Baruch

The Sweet Potato.


Introduction:

The sweet potato, though, is not really a potato at all.  Sweet potatoes are often confused with yams.  Both yams and sweet potatoes are the tuberous roots of a flowering plant, but, other than that, they do not have much in common.

Benefits of Sweet Potato:

1. Heart health. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, a mineral that helps decrease the amount of the chemical homocysteine in our bodies.  This property protects the heart from heart attacks.

2. Cold and flu prevention. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which plays an important role in your body’s ability to fight cold and flu viruses, helps in wound healing and stress reduction.

3. Bone and tooth formation. The Vitamin D in sweet potatoes helps your body maintain strong bones.

4. Immune system health. Sweet potatoes contain iron, which helps correct anaemia

5. Stress reduction. Magnesium is abundant in sweet potatoes, and this mineral helps de-stress our bodies. Manganese also can help women who suffer with PMS have fewer mood swings and milder cramps.

6. Blood pressure regulation. Potassium is another mineral contained in sweet potatoes. Potassium provides many important benefits, including helping to regulate blood pressure,

7. Reduced blood sugar spikes. The natural sugar contained in sweet potatoes releases slowly into the bloodstream, offering a balanced source of energy and regulates blood sugar spikes that can trigger fatigue and weight gain.

8. Eyesight protection. Sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids (such as beta carotene) that can strengthen our eyesight, boost immunity and protect against the effects of aging.

9. Inflammation reduction. Sweet potatoes are a good plant-based source of choline, a micronutrient in the B-vitamin family that helps reduce chronic inflammation.

10. Digestion. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fibre, which aids in digestion and can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Conclusion:

Sweet potatoes offer many health benefits like:

  •  Sweet potatoes are a great source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. …
  • Promote Gut Health. The fibre and antioxidants in sweet potatoes are advantageous to gut health. …
  • May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties. …
  • Support Healthy Vision. …
  • May Enhance Brain Function. …
  • May Support Your Immune System.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 183.

TERIBINTHINA.

Bladder infection.

It is a useful remedy for the inflammation of the kidneys.

It is also useful when there is an enormous distension of the abdomen with watery stools, which are bloody and greenish.

It is useful when there is burning and bloody strangury of the urine

It is useful when the urine flow is scanty with inflammation of the urethra and a constant urge to urinate.

It is useful in females with intense burning sensation in the uterine region

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TEREBINTHINA…

Terebinthina covers strangury with haematuria in cases of nephritis following burns.

        –  Dr. C. C. Boericke.

TEREBINTHINA, CANTHARIS, ARSENICUM, APIS, CHINA CARBO VEG AND PHOSPHORUS are useful when the kidneys are affected with nephritis as a sequel to Scarlet fever.

–  Dr. Ruddack

Super foods for Super health.

Introduction:

The term super-food means that the food is rich in a variety of nutrients. Super-foods are extremely beneficial to our health, which in turn improves our quality of life since they help prevent disease.

They contain powerful antioxidants which fight free radicals that attack our cells, and slow the premature aging of organs and tissues.

Here are some of these super-foods:

Eggs: They contain vital chemicals such as choline, for a healthy mind.

Rosemary: It is said to help our brain and memory to function better,

Beet: This root has the ability of detoxifying our body.

Avocado: Avocados are rich in numerous saturated and unsaturated fats that can be beneficial to our brain and circulatory system.

Fish: Eating more fish will improve the omega-3 intake, thus benefiting not the memory but also the cardiovascular health.

Cranberries: They are full of antioxidants, they are considered great for the development of young brains.

Whole grains: Complex carbohydrates are extremely healthy for our digestive system since they have a rich source of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.

Green tea: It is believed that drinking green tea improves brain capacity and memory.

Tomatoes: They are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant supplement that protects our brain from free radical damage.

Dark chocolate: It contains antioxidants and caffeine that can improve concentration and the performance of the brain.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that heals wounds.  It is also beneficial for blood circulation in the brain, and thus improves memory.

Nuts: They are a rich source of omega-3, which keeps the brain cells healthy.

Apples: Apples are rich in antioxidants and help preserve the bones.

Onions: Onions contain nutrients and substances capable of preventing and minimizing the symptoms of a number of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart problems.

Coconut water: Coconut water has mineral salts that are essential for those who practice intense physical activity.

Conclusion:

When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, these foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging, degenerative diseases and even protects against cancer.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 182.

TELLURIIUM.

It is useful in Ringworm infection behind the ears.

This is a very useful remedy in skin eruptions with offensive discharges, sacral and sciatic pains.

This remedy suits persons who are neglectful and forgetful.

This remedy is suitable when the eyelids are inflamed and thickened along with intractable itching. It is useful in Pterygium and certain forms of pustular conjunctivitis.  This remedy aids in the absorption of infiltration of the iris and choroids.

This remedy is useful in cases of eczema behind the ears and in cases in cases of middle ear infections, where the discharge is acrid and smells like fish-pickle

This remedy is useful in cases of cold with increased lacrymation, which is better in open air.

This remedy is useful when there is pain in the sacrum and symptoms suggestive of sciatica.

This remedy is useful in barber’s itch, ringworm infection and eczema behind the ears.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TELLURIUM…

Tellurium is useful in certain cases of carcinoma when a vile odour and purpura figurate is present.

– Dr. C M Boger.

Tellurium is highly recommended by Houghton in acute inflammation of the external auricle, external auditory canal and external surface of the tympanum.

–  Dr. Pritz Donner.

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.