can we blame him for not wanting to cooperate with the western medical community?
Owings Mills, MD (PRWEB) March 19, 2007
According to Raymond Hinish, Pharm.D., of the Your Prescription for Health Wellness Clinic (http://www.illnessisoptional.com) it is absolutely possible that President Jammeh of Gambia has found an herbal formula that could cure many people suffering with HIV and AIDS. "We must not dismiss this formula just because it sounds crazy," he says. "We naturally assume that because the formula came to him in a dream that it must be an artifact of mental illness. We forget that this is precisely the way that the theory of relativity came to be, Albert Einstein saw it in a dream." He does not suggest that this herbal concoction is a cure for HIV and AIDS, he simply does not dismiss the possibility that it could be. "The knee-jerk reaction of conventional medicine is to dismiss unconventional thought simply because it is unconventional," says Dr. Hinish.
Many of humankind's wonderful discoveries were presented to the inventor through the subconscious mind in the form of a dream. Otto Loewi, made his Nobel Prize winning discovery that nerve transmission occurs through chemical pathways through a dream. Kekule discovered the benzene ring through a dream of atom "beings" that clustered before his slumbering eyes. Among the many discoveries, the most fascinating as it pertains to the Gambia story is of Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire. Madame Walker founded the first African American cosmetic company after a struggle with an unexplained scalp infection that caused her to lose all of her hair. In a dream one night, she recounts that a black man appeared to her and told her what herbs to mix up and apply to her scalp. Some of these herbs occurred in Africa. She sent out for the herbs and when she received them, mixed them up as described to her in the dream and then applied the concoction to her scalp. Soon her hair grew back faster than it had fallen from her head. She then offered the same concoction to her friends for whom it worked. This formula then went on to become the flagship product that made her into a multi-millionaire. Is it possible that the dream world is the conduit through which the subconscious mind provides us with answers to our most pressing questions?
President Jammeh caused great controversy by ceasing the conventional anti-retroviral treatment in adults and children with HIV and starting them on his herbal formula. A United Nations representative was kicked out of the country when she suggested that patients not stop their medications until the herbal formula could be properly tested. People argue that President Jammeh is being manipulative by not allowing "experts" to review the records of the patients who have been "cured" by his herbal formula. Reporters have been allowed to interview the patients and speak with his western trained medical doctor, in both cases the parties report cures. This does beg the question, "can we blame him for not wanting to cooperate with the western medical community?" It is this community who have leaped out into the press labeling his treatment some sort of snake oil without first investigating the claims. What would western medicine do with the formula if they were given the recipe? Would they really put it through serious testing? Would they put a few drops in a test tube to see if it destroyed the virus? If it failed to destroy the virus would they then hold a press conference shouting claims of snake oil and fraud? "There is a vital distinction that needs to be expressed here," says Dr. Ray Hinish the Your Prescription for Health Wellness Clinic, "I am not saying that his herbal concoction is the cure for HIV and AIDS, I am saying it could be the cure for HIV and AIDS." It is unlikely but entirely possible! Why not proceed with this mentality that errs on the side of possibility and hope? Perhaps if we come to him with an open mind and express nonjudgmental interest, perhaps the doors will be opened to outside scientists. Think about it…would you open your door to violent group yelling politically correct profanities at you?
"Is it really so farfetched that a cure for HIV and AIDS could come from an herbal source? Isn't it interesting that a significant number of the medications on the shelves of our pharmacy, including cancer and heart medications, find their origin and are sourced in herbal remedies? Isn't it interesting that some of our greatest breakthroughs in science came from the dreams of men and women who were opened to the possibility of subconscious intervention? What will happen to innovation if we ignore this fruitful creative garden that exists only when we shut our eyes for the evening? There are valuable lessons to be learned here whether or not the herbal formula pans out to be a cure. Is it unlikely? Yes…but wouldn't it be interesting and amazing if it worked and we acknowledged its benefit? Wouldn't it be catastrophic if it worked and we shunned it away without giving it at least an ounce of our time and effort?"
Dr. Raymond Hinish is a licensed pharmacist with Your Prescription for Health Wellness Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and was awarded the prestigious Slama Award for Meritorious Accomplishment in Biopharmacognosy (the study of herbal medicine). Dr. Hinish has co-hosted the Your Prescription for Health radio program on WCBM 680 AM for 12 years and lectured on the use of natural substance in health and disease. His offices can be found at http://www.illnessisoptional.com and he can be reached by phone at 888-794-4325.