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Homeopathic Doctor Uses Venom to Treat Afghans
Homeopath Mohammad Sherzad treats hundreds of patients in Afghanistan in the capital of Parwan province, Charakar. He has been preparing his own remedies from snakes and scorpions toxins. He also uses natural herbs to treat epilepsy and vitiligo. I would like to learn whether he uses combination remedies or single remedies. Afghanistan has 1 doctor for every 10,000 people, according to the United Nations. Dozens of homeopathic doctors like Sherzad offer an alternative.
Sherzad charges a #10 fee and $20-$30 per month for remedies and herbs. Although he never went to medical school he is a recognized author of more than 800 pages on the human body.
Dr. Qasim Sayedi, who directs the health department in Parwan province, is skeptical that Sherzad's treatments really work. The Afghan government does not regulate homeopathic doctors, but does exert some informal oversight. The local health department has asked Sherzad, an Afghan returnee from Iran, to provide documents of his education.
''He had no documents except some video and photos from Iran, that showed him with snakes and scorpions,'' said Sayedi. Sayedi said he is giving Sherzad enough time to get proper documents, and that Sherzad has promised to go through all the legal steps needed to get a legal license.
Sherzad said his patients' experiences are evidence of his success. You can read some patient testimonials on the news websites.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a chronic disease which causes skin lightening in the form of patches.The melanin producing cells die or are unable to produce pigment in one our of every two hundred people and affects all races and ages equally.
Vitiligo is more noticeable in people with darker skin. Seventy percent of the population has the variant that increases the probability of vitiligo. There are mixed views about the relationship of vitiligo and skin cancer.
Most people believe that people with vitiligo are highly vulnerable to skin cancer due to absence of melanin but the scientists from the University of London have found that people with vitiligo are at lesser risk of skin cancer than the people without the condition. The researchers still warn that those with vitiligo should be cautious in the sun.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports having vitilago skin patches increases the risk of melanoma (skin cancer) due to the deficiency of pigment melanin which not only gives skin color, but also protects our bodies from harmful ultraviolet sun rays. More research is needed.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a general term used for a group of disorders that cause disturbances in electrical signaling in the brain. Like an office building or a computer, the brain is a highly complex electrical system, powered by roughly 80 pulses of energy per second. These pulses move back and forth between nerve cells to produce thoughts, feelings, and memories. An epileptic seizure occurs when these energy pulses come much more rapidly-as many as 500 per second for a short time-due to an electrical abnormality in the brain. This brief electrical surge can happen in just a small area of the brain, or it can affect the whole brain.
Depending on the part of the brain that is affected, the surge of electrical energy can cause:
Changes in a person's sensations or state of consciousness.
Uncontrolled movements of certain parts of the body or of the whole body.
While some people may experience no more than two or three seizures during their entire lifetime, others will have several seizures in one day.
A seizure not related to epilepsy can be caused by a reaction to:
A high fever
A severe head injury
Other disorders such diabetes, some heart conditions, and narcolepsy, among others.
Sometimes people have a single seizure for which no cause can ever be found.
Several conditions or behaviors mimic epilepsy but are not epilepsy