Day 2 :
Michigan State University, USA
Time : 09:30-10:30
Barbara Pickut MD, MPH has her expertise in the differential diagnosis of the individual with movement disorders and parkinsonism and a passion in improving the health and wellbeing of people seeking her care and particularly, people with Parkinson’s (PwP). Her open and holistic evaluation serves to meet the needs of PwP where they are be it at diagnosis or during the progression of symptoms and to offer compassionate integrative cutting edge therapy. She is Associate Professor of Translations Science and Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease with unclear etiopathogenesis and no cure or established secondary prevention. PD is believed to be an exclusively human disease possibly related to a disproportionate expansion of the neocortex resulting in maladaptive bioenergetic stress on vulnerable, relatively less evolved, subcortical structures leading to brain pathology and aging. Significant emotional stress has been implicated as a risk factor in developing PD, although the mechanisms are not clea. Higher levels of psychological stress are clinically related to increased motor and non-motor symptom severity in PD. Secondary to psychological stress in PD, a decline in social relationships, anhedonia, a need for more social support are implicated. How acute or chronic stress is additive to heightened biogenetic stress within subcortical structures remains to be seen. Several environmental and lifestyle factors and mechanisms are suspected to play a role in PD. A widely held hypothesis of the underlying cause of disease progression, known as the prion hypothesis in PD, describes the peripheral seeding and centripetal disease progression of alpha-synuclein, which is a hallmark neuropathological finding in PD. There is growing preliminary evidence indicating that diet and nutrition may both impact the risk of developing PD, as well as play a neuroprotective role. Precise mechanisms for possible vectors introducing the pathology to the nervous system is of great interest. In an attempt to assuage the suffering in People with Parkinson’s (PwP) and to offer a more participatory health care approach, we suggest that a complementary and alternative medicine be considered. Preliminary evidence exists for Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Group effect, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, yoga and in addition, fundamental attention should be given to diet and nutritional supplements as possible viable interventions in the holistic treatment in PwP.
American Nutritional Medical Association, USA
Keynote: The OD force
Time : 10:30-11:30
Debasish Kundu is a PhD from East-West University, USA; he is the Vice President, American Nutritional Medical Association, CA, USA, & International Council of Electrohomeopathy, CA, USA. His books have been listed as recommended texts in several institutions, incl. International Alternative Medical Council, NGO Branch of UNO, Agricultural Research, Education & Extension Organization (AREEO), Government of Iran, Faculty of Ayush, Deptt. of Homeopathy of Sarvapally Radhakrishnan University, vide M.P. Govt. Gazette, and also by Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Education Examination, Mumbai. Dr. Kundu is the Editor In Chief of several prints and online journals.
Spagyrics or plant alchemy has been regarded as a cultural tradition, the purpose of the spagyric treatment is to dissolve the internal powers of a plant through the respective mixture of the purified three basic alchemical principles salt, sulphur and mercury and make them therapeutically usable as a medicinal force. Od force is the cosmic life force that animates and circulates throughout creation; natural electromagnetic energy of the infinite universe consisting of positive, negative and neutral charges which build and sustain the human body and all other matter. Everyone is surrounded by an electromagnetic field, and this field is called an aura. The aura has been depicted throughout history in literature and paintings. Angel pictures show it as a halo; pictures of Jesus often depict a light around his head. Auras are not unique to angels and religious leaders, however; a field of energy surrounds us all. This is called prana in Ayurveda, meaning primary energy. It is sometimes translated as breath or vital force, though it is more than these. This life force energy is represented as qi (chi) in traditional Chinese medicine. The homeopathic notion of the vital force is a spirit-like essence that animates a living organism. In homeopathy, the disease is considered to originate as a disruption of the vital force. Symptoms produced are thought to reflect the nature of the disruption. It is an innate intelligence that is not entirely physical or spiritual. As there is order to the universe based on energy, so must our internal order or vital force energy be in balance. When it is not, disease results and symptoms develop. Symptoms of the disease are an outer expression of our inner disrupted vital force. These symptoms are helpful clues to which areas of our body need attention. The body can heal itself and this knowledge is within all of our cells or neuro-immuno-endocrine system as physiologists say. Most traditional healing practices posited that disease was the result of some imbalance in the vital energies which distinguish living from non-living matter. Alchemical practices and philosophy can be found in all the world’s great traditional medical systems like Ayurveda, siddha, spagyric medicine, etc. In this article, the author traces the source and relationship of spagyrics with sacred Hindu tantric philosophy (Sexual Alchemy) and practices, and the extent to which they contributed to significant changes in medical science.