How my friend Jack recovered from long Covid using herbs and supplements

When Covid-19 struck this part of the world in early 2020, I had the impression then that it would be over  within 3 to 6 months and things would be back to normal. That was naive!  As everyone know the problem dragged on and on and it has been more than a year and our CA Care centre still remained closed … and it will remaine closed for perhaps another year ? We don’t know.  My second impression of Covid-19 was that after the “flu” is cured there is nothing else to worry about any more.

Unfortunately the story of Covid does end after you are discharged from the hospital (i.e. if you do not die from it).

In an article Confronting Our Next National Health Disaster – Long-Haul Covid  published on 30 June 2021 in The New England J of Medicine, doctors Steven Phillips & Michelle Williams wrote:

  • … restoration of normality does not apply to the 10% – 30% of those who are still experiencing debilitating symptoms months after being infected with Covid-19.
  • Unfortunately … “long-haul Covid” (or “long Covid”) is our next public health disaster in the making.
  • (It is) estimated that 114 million Americans had been infected with Covid-19 through March 2021. We can conservatively expect more than 15 million cases of long Covid resulting from this pandemic.
  • Long Covid is not a condition for which there are currently accepted objective diagnostic tests or biomarkers …. Rather, according to the CDC (USA), long Covid is “a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months…[that] can happen to anyone who has had Covid-19.”
  • The symptoms may affect a number of organ systems, occur in diverse patterns, and frequently get worse after physical or mental activity.

So after Covid-19 hospitalization, some patients may suffer from l ong Covid.

Let me stay with you the story of my Indonesian friend, Jack (not his real name).

On 7 June 2021 Jack wrote me an email:

Dear Dr. Chris, 

How are you there? Thank God, we’re okay here, but people around us not okay. Friends and relatives, got COVID one by one. Sadly some of them couldn’t survived. In situation like this, staying at home is the best we can do. But unfortunately in Indonesia, many people could not keep staying at home. 

My friend in Surabaya … was under depression, since people around him got infected and some died of COVID.

Take care Dr. Chris. God bless you and your family. 

Ten days later, after receiving this “happy news” I received this sad news.

On 17 June  2021 Jack wrote:

Dear Dr. Chris, 

Just for your information, I am infected by corona viruses. Today is my 4th day of having this illness. My condition looks stable, got fever (around 37,5 to 38,0), cold, cough, tiredness. I’m also losing my sense of smell. Hope things could be better tomorrow. Take care Dr. Chris, God bless you and your family.

On 18 June  2021 Jack wrote again:

Dear Dr. Chris, 

Really need to be careful, never ever release your mask wherever you are. My son released his mask when he out for lunch and get infected although the restaurant was not crowded, almost empty. He then infected me. I’d received 2 doses of SINOVAC vaccine two months ago but still got infected and my condition today looks worse than yesterday. I pray that God take care of you and your family there. 

Update from Jack on 21 June 2021.

Dear Dr. Chris,

I was admitted to hospital since a couple days ago. I was very weak and not able even to talk. My oxygen saturation dropped to 91, so my friends urge me to go to hospital. Thank God, my condition now is much better. Can talk and saturation already in normal range. I pray that you and Mdm. Im always in our God protection. 

On 26 June  2021 Jack wrote:

Hello Dr. Chris, thank you for your prayer. I’d discharged from hospital a couple days ago but condition is still weak. Can do nothing, keep feeling tired. But condition now is improving, much better than when I was at hospital. Lost around 5 kg within 4 days at hospital. 

After being discharged from the hospital Jack did not recovery totally. From my reading I learnt that Jack is one of those who suffers from Long Covid. This is this email.

10 July 2021.

Dear Dr. Chris, 

How are you there? Hope everything is okay. It’s been more than 2 weeks after I was discharged from hospital. My condition is improving but still weak, especially in the morning. I have to struggle to wake up. Usually I wake up around 06:00, but after got Covid I wake up around 08:00 or 09:00. At school I cannot work as usual. I get tired easily.  It’s really a sad news. Many people around us got infected and passed away. Almost all hospitals in P. are in full capacity. Many patients cannot be admitted and have to stay at home. Some of them cannot survive. 

Even though I was all along not interested with problems of Covid, I could not help but have to try and help Jack who has always been helpful.  So I started to read and understand what the problem is all about. The next logical thing to do is read what I can about how the Chinese deal with Covid in Wuhan and the rest of the country.

I asked Jack if he was willing to try some herbs. Luckily Jack was happy to try. I sent him the formulae so that he could just get the herbs from the Traditional Chinese Medicine shop in his hometown. This is the quickest way to get things done! Bravo! Within just 3 days Jack’s health was restored.

Study the chart below, which Jack prepared:

DateWhat happened to me.
  27 March 2021 (1st dose) 10 April 2021 (2nd dose)  I had 2 doses of SINOVAC against Covid-19.    
  13 Jun 2021  I was infected by corona viruses, when having conversation with my son in my room without using mask (he was probably infected after going to a restaurant where he bought food on the same day).  
  14 Jun 2021  Started to have: high fever (almost 40 degree Celcius),severe headache dizzinessmuscle achetirednessred eye.  
  15 Jun 2021  Feeling better but still got headache, dizziness, tiredness and fever although not as high as previous day. Went out to public laboratory to check for Covid-19, and the result was Covid-19 positive.  
  16 Jun 2021  Condition still the same, still got headache, dizziness, tiredness,  nausea, and fever around 38 degree Celcius.  
  17 Jun 2021  Today is my 4th day of having Covid-19.  I was very weak and not able even to talk. My oxygen saturation dropped to 91.I’m also losing my sense of smell. My friends (who are doctors) urged me to go to hospital. Even though my condition was weak I was still conscious. I even went to the hospital by myself.   
  17 to 21 Jun 2021 in hospital       In hospital they did an x-ray, did some blood test and directly gave oxygen. They injected some medicine that I forgot to asked what that was.   I was on oxygen since the first day in hospital until I was discharged.   I considered myself very much better compared to another patients in the same room. I guess that was the reason why the doctor discharged me. There were many people in the line waiting for my place in hospital.  
  21 Jun 2021  I was discharged from hospital — but my  condition was still weak. Could do nothing, kept feeling tired. But condition now is improving, much better than when I was at hospital. Lost around 5 kg within 4 days at hospital.   
  10 July 2021  It’s been more than 2 weeks after I was discharged from the hospital. My condition was improving but still weak, especially in the morning. I had to struggle to wake up. Usually I wake up at around 06:00, but after got Covid  I wake up around 08:00 or 09:00. At school I cannot work as usual also. Easily get tired. 
  17 July 2021  I bought the herbs yesterday. Today I’ve drunk the concoction two times.  It’s Rp110.000 per pack (around RM33 per pack). I bought only 2 packs.  
  18 July 2021  I woke up around 5am and couldn’t sleep anymore. I was not feeling tired or sleepy like before.  I had more energy to do my activities. I also took the second herbs pack yesterday and bought another pack.  
  19 July 2021  This morning I woke around 5:30am. Feeling fresh, healthier and energized. Today I can go my office on time and preparing the third pack of herbs here. Your formula works. Thank you very much Dr. Chris.  

The following is an evaluation of  Jack’s over-all health condition.

 Scale of 0 – 10
1. Health level after discharged from the hospital3
2. After couple of days after discharge, felt better but still feeling tired.4
3. After taking the herbs for 2 times / day ( 1 packet) . Not feeling tired like the previous days.7
4. After taking the herbs for  4 times / 2 days (2 packets). Felt better.8
  Stopped taking herbs after 6 times, i.e. 1 packet twice/day. I took herbs for a total of 3 days.                                                                                       Today still feeling okay, can wake up early in the morning and not feeling tired anymore.  

Since Jack’s main problem was lack of energy, the herbs that he took was trying to boost his energy and qi. To my great surprise it worked like “magic.” Praise be to God for this blessing.

That settled, I felt that Jack needed some supplements to further boost his energy and also his immune system. So I suggested that Jack two supplements and see what happened!

  Day  Date  Took Supplement  Energy Level 0 – 10Comment  
      1      23 Jul 21      SP8Took SP around 12:00.  I felt more energize than before. I tried to do extra work at school and I was able to work until 20:00. Before that, I stop working around 17:00 or 18:00.
  2  24 Jul 21  SP8  Still the same like yesterday, feeling better, stronger than before taking SP.
      3      25 Jul 21      SP8I felt fresh and stronger, so I decided to take a walk for 6 km in the morning together with my son. After that I felt a bit tired and sleepy but could not sleep. Last night I slept very well and woke up a bit late this morning.
  4  26 Jul 21  SP7  Today is the 4th day I took SP. Feeling a bit tired. I guess it is because of the 6 km walk  yesterday.  
  5  27 Jul 21  SP + SG7  I start to take SP and SG today.  
  6  28 Jul 21  SP + SG7I feel okay.
  7  29 Jul 21  SP + SG7I have mild flu symptoms, so I asked for sick leave to rest at home. Still taking SP + SG
  8  30 Jul 21  SP + SG  8        I feel better today and start to work again at office. Taking SP + SG makes me feel full. I can even skip my lunch but still feel healthy and fresh.  

Note: What are SP/SG? To avoid being accused of doing a commercial or spreading propaganda or trying to sell supplements here, I shall withhold what these are.

Since asking Jack to take SP to boost his energy, I have a few people who had Covid. They too found that SP was very helpful.

What do I learn from my limited experience here? In life, there is always a way to solve a problem if you are prepared to learn from what others before you do!

Update: On 14 September 2021, I received this email.

Thank God, I’ve fully recovered. Many thanks for your help Dr. Chris. 

My relative condition also has recovered. He told me that your supplement works. He feels better/stronger after taking around 10 packs of your SP, M and SG. 

Case Study: Covid-19 Symptoms Gone After 3 Days on Herbs

On 12 July 2021, I received this email.

Good morning Dr. Chris. 

My name is Tom (not real name).  I was introduced by my wife’s auntie who, about 10 years ago, had cancer and went to Dr. Chris for treatment. The result is very good until today. 

Last month on 6 June 2021 I went to the hospital with problem of constipation for about 2 weeks. I was diagnosed with colon cancer. On 7 June 2021 I had surgery. Almost half of my colon was removed. The histopathology report indicated it was T4a N0 MX.

After surgery, the doctors suggested chemotherapy. After I got information from my wife’s auntie, I searched  information through the website, and read the book Cancer War by Dr. Chris. I decided to choose traditional herbal therapy instead of chemotherapy. 

I am committed to work hard to heal myself. Since I was discharged from hospital until today I really take care my food without meat, chicken, sugar, milk, any food with preservative and only put a little Himalayan salt in my food. I also took some herbs besides the doctor’s medication.

17 July 2021

Dear Dr Chris, 

These two days I didn’t feel so well. I had fever and cold.  But I don’t know why I keep burping. It is very inconvenient because burping makes my surgical site a little painful. And my waist also feel pain – may be because of the wind inside my body. Can Dr Chris please advise how I can stop the burping, what should I eat or what medicine should I take. 

One evening, I talked to Tom and his wife via video chat. I suspected Tom might be infected with covid-19. I  asked him to see his surgeon in the hospital and request for covid test. Tom did what I suggested.

23 July 2021

 Dear Dr. Chris, 

Two days ago I went to hospital and had a blood test.  My white blood cell was very low. A PCR test was positive for Covid-19. 

On 27 July 2021,  I talked to Tom and his wife again via video chat. We decided that Tom should not take his herbs for cancer yet. We should instead concentrate on his covid problem.

During our video conversation, I could see that Tom’s health was not good. He looked tired, his facial expression was dull and he coughed often. When he walked to the bathroom I could see that his movement was slow.

I immediately sent Tom a herbal prescription to bring it to a Chinese Traditional Medicine shop and buy the herbs. This saves time rather than waiting for me to send the herbs to him. I believe if we dilly-dally his condition would become more serious.

28 July 2021.

 Chris: Did you manage to buy the herbs using the formula?

Tom: Yes Dr. Chris. This evening already boil and drink it.

C: Good. Please take note how you feel after taking the tea.

T: I drink it, I feel my cough becomes less. My friend helped me to buy the herbs. I bought 10 packets costing RM180.00. Tonight I shall boil the second round. Hopefully my cough can disappear!

29 July 2021

C:  Hello Tom. Today – already taken 2 packets of tea — 4 glasses. How do you feel today. Are you better or not?

C: Thank you. Why you say better?

C: You cough gone just after 2 days or 1 day of herbs?

T: Two days.

30 July 2021

I was on video chat with Tom and his wife again. This evening it seemed that I was talking to a different person,  not the one I talked to 3 days ago! Tom’s face looked radiant. This face showed that he was healthy. It was indeed a fantastic experience for me to see such an instant change of his health.

Tonight, I had the opportunity to ask Tom more questions. Three days ago, I was not able to ask Tom many things seeing that he had difficulty talking and needed much efforts to answer questions.

Tom and his wife had to wear pink wrist band – that means home quarantine and not allowed out of the house.

Did the doctor prescribe any medication while on home quarantine?

No – nothing. Tom’s wife said she had some Panadol and other medications which she had in the house. She gave these to Tom.

Do you monitor your oxygen saturation level?

 Yes and it was 98 + . No change before and after taking the herbs.

What symptoms did you have before taking the herbs?

  • Fever for 2 to 3 days.
  •  Cough – dry and sometimes with white phlegm.
  • Feeling very weak for 3 to 4 days.
  • Throat – sometime itchy. This happened when talking too much.
  • Breathless if talk too much.
  • Diarrhoea for 2 to 3 days. Three to 4 times a day.
  • Backache and feel dizzy.
  • Headache  due to aching muscle at the back of the head and neck.
  • Burping – often, for 2 to 3 days.

After taking the herbal tea for 2 days:

  • The cough was gone.
  • Headache only  in the morning. At night okay.
  • No more dizziness when headache.

According to Tom, on a scale of 0 to 10, his health was at 5 after being diagnosed with covid.  After three days of herbs, his health score had increased to 8.

1 August 2021

3 August 2021

I had a video conversation with Tom and his wife – this was to check if everything was okay. Their radiant faces showed it all. They were so grateful for being well again. Both Tom and his wife did not have anymore covid symptoms!

Lessons We Can Learn from this Case Study.

1. This is my third case in trying to help covid-19 patients. I did not know what to expect.  It is indeed wonderful to be able to share this experience with you. Thank God for His blessing!

But let me be frank. If you have Covid-19, please go to the hospital. Follow the SOP that the government in your country has put in place.

But if after consulting the doctors and you are just sent home and quarantined without any medication or help, then I am willing to help you if you need our help. Just take herbs like the Chinese in Wuhan, China, did when Covid-19 broke out there. It is better than doing nothing.

But please don’t blame me if you don’t get well. Keep monitoring your oxygen saturation level a few times a day. If the oxygen level (as measured by the oximeter) is below 90, please call for medical help imediately. You need oxygen therapy.

2. Taking herbs is only for those who believe in herbal therapy. If you don’t believe that herbs can do any good or it is not scientifically proven, then  please don’t ask me to help. 

3. I have been helping cancer patients for over 25 years now. You need to take the herbs for at least 2 to 4 weeks to feel the benefit of the cancer herbs. But for covid, you can feel the benefit of the herbs within 2 to 3 days! Amazing. Tom was on the herbs for 3 days and his cough was gone and he felt less tired. After 3 days, his health was at a scale of 8. While he was struggling with covid before that his health was at a scale of 5. When talking to him, I could see in his facial expression, that his health was restored. After 6 days on the herbs, I asked Tom to stop taking the herbs – after all he was already okay.

Tom paid RM18 for a packet of herbs. So in total he spent RM108 to get well! Is that cheap or expensive? In addition, Tom brought in a bit of business to the struggling, lockdown-affected Chinese herbal shop in his hometown.

Let me end with this statement: For those who believe in herbs, let them believe. For those who don’t believe, it is okay.

My Cancer Journey with Dr. Teo

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A  Patient from London

I was 40 years old when I was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the bowel which had spread to my ovaries, uterus, liver and lung. My symptoms came on suddenly and violently. Within 2 weeks of feeling unwell beginning with a swollen belly, lack of appetite, and difficulty breathing, I was bed bound with hardly any strength to take myself to the toilet.

It was terrifying how fast I deteriorated from being a healthy active woman to being unable to dress myself. The initial CT scan at the hospital revealed a mass the size of a rugby ball in my abdomen. My right lung had collapsed entirely. I had 9 litres of fluid removed from my lung and was hooked up to a bucket collecting lung fluid from my body for three weeks. The specialist team had no idea where the primary cancer originated from. It took a month before I received surgery which left me with a stoma and no more lady bits. Today, I have a 12 inch scar running down my belly and wear a colostomy bag. It took some time to get used to my new body. However, I love my scar and my stoma now because without them I would no longer be here.

As I was poorly before receiving major surgery, my healing journey began with some setbacks. I was teary and scared. I felt so weak. I was traumatised by the series of events which rendered me from a healthy female to one who had returned from the brink of death –all within two months. My entire life changed beyondrecognition. I was told chemotherapy was the next part of my fight against the cancer still residing in my body. I could barely walk after the surgery. To get my head around the side effects of chemo was difficult.Although my body was healing slowly, psychologically I was a total mess.I cried and cried. My son is only 11 years old. Reading about the horrific effects of chemotherapy added to my anxiety.

I found Dr. Teo’s website by chance. I read the stories on the website night after night. I felt inspired. I reached out to Dr. Teo for help. It was therapeutic for me to communicate with Dr. Teo. My emails were answered. I no longer felt alone. Unlike the hospital experience of waiting for hours for the doctor to see me for ten minutes a day, Dr. Teo took time to read my emails (some of which were very long) and replied with kind and inspirational words. At no point did he ask me to take his herbs. During a check up appointment, I was told the average life expectancy of someone with my condition even with chemotherapy was two years. I thought two years was way lower than the many stories I read on Dr. Teo’s website. I stalled my medical team who was very keen for me to start chemotherapy as soon as possible for as long as I could to come to a conclusion: I want to take Dr. Teo’s herbs and follow his dietary advice.

The first week on herbs was quite an embarrassing week because I produced lots of evil smelling gas and my stoma was excreting more discharge than ever before. I had to change my stoma bag many times in a day. I also had strange pains in my abdomen, in fact I had a painful couple of hours on the first night of taking the herbs when I thought the cancer had come back. I took numerous naps during the day for a week. I felt like my healing had ceased and I was regressing back to when I had first taken ill. However, my condition took a turn for the better after a week or so. I felt stronger and my healing took off. I walked straighter. My surgical pains began subsiding. My appetite returned. I gained weight. Colour came back on my face. My skin looked clear. I no longer had any white gunk on the back of my tongue.

Cutting out sugar, dairy, refined flours, meat, table salt, and cooking oil has radically transformed my outlook on food. I no longer live to eat. I eat to live. I ordered Dr. Teoh ‘s cookbook online as a guide to eating healthily. I make my own meals to take to dinner parties. I have raw days when I eat only raw veggies. I have my moments of weakness when I inhale the aroma of steak pies and chocolate cake. However, I stay determined and stick to a salad instead. It is hard only in the first few minutes, but the temptation to eat meat passes quickly once I think of how sickly I was.

Dr. Teo checks up on me regularly. We stay in touch via emails as I am in the UK and he is based in Penang. I have learned a new way of looking at life through Dr. Teoh’s writings. I speak my mind nowadays. In the past I used to hold on to my feelings and keep them to myself. Now, I let it all out. Dr. Teo  also encourages me to stay relaxed and positive, to take each day as it comes. I have become grateful for every little blessing I receive each day – from being able to vacuum the floor, to making a nice salad to being able to garden – thanks to Dr. Teoh and Im his lovely wife, I eat well, sleep well and wake up happy.

From reading Dr. Teo’s stories and writings on his website, I have learned that nobody knows what the future holds. All we have is today and today – the present – is exactly that: a gift. I have chosen to take his herbs instead of chemotherapy, it is a choice which has allowed me to live like I used to and enjoy the present in comfort. I thank Dr.Teo and his wife in a prayer everyday for their work which has helped me and other cancer patients to live out their days in hope and in peace. I have been taking Dr. Teo’s herbs for six months. I pray I will be lucky enough to take his herbs for many more months to come.

Struck by Covid-19: What you can do to help yourself

IIn my earlier article The Long March Against Covid-19I wrote that my initial reaction towards Covid-19 was “don’t bother about it – don’t get involve”. What woke me up to this issue was when a friend from Indonesia wrote to say that he was down with Covid-19 in spite of being vaccinated. I was really sad to hear the news and prayed that God takes care of him. With God’s blessing he came out of the hospital alive but was extremely tired (due to Long Covid symptoms). Then, I got another message from my cousin brother in Kelantan. He survived Covid-19 but ended up with “kidney failure” and wanted me to prescribe him herbs.

Then I received an email from an Indonesian patient who wrote:

  • Selamat malam dok, saya terpapar Covid-19. Sekarang saya mau obat dokter, karena batuk. Apakah ada obat buat saya. (Evening doc, I was exposed to Covid-19. Now I need herbs for my cough. Do you have any herbs for me).

I replied to this patient three times but did not get any reply. What happen?

Then there was this message from a friend.

  • Today my brother’s son (let’s call him Jimmy – not real name) is to be cremated in the crematorium without a single loved one present. He died of Covid after 3 weeks of home quarantine for stage 2 infection.
  • Since he was considered young (late 30s), there’s no bed for him in the hospital. The hospital was choked full.
  • Jimmy tried the private hospital and was told that he had to pay RM50k up front which he didn’t have.
  • The illness seemed to be quite deceiving. Jimmy’s 18-year-old son was also tested positive but recovered. The father, however, only showed severe breathing problem 3 days ago.
  • By the time the ambulance came Jimmy was already gone, leaving a wife and 3 children behind.
  • The worrying part is Jimmy’s 15 year-old-plus daughter who is also tested positive and was not be able to get a bed in the hospital.

    This message made me real sad and sick. I knew Jimmy since he was a baby. His parents are our friends for years.

Then, I received more emails from my Indonesian friend.

Thu, Jul 15: The last two weeks, some of my friends at church and also my aunties got infected. They were not treated by hospital since the hospital were full. Two days ago I got information that most of them are in recovering process, but my auntie passed away. At about the same time my colleague at office was also infected by Covid, I have not got any information about her yet.

Then on 21 July, I received yet another email saying that another aunty had Covid-19. Let us call her Mary (not her real name). This is Mary’s story in more detail.

  Email (date)    What happened
  Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 2:08 PM      These last two days, I was busy helping my other auntie (Mary) who was also infected by corona virus and could not be admitted to hospital since all hospital beds were fully occupied. Her oxygen saturation level dropped to 85 and she needed oxygen. We tried to buy oxygen tank from many pharmacies here but all were sold out. So we had to borrow it from those who had it.    I borrowed the oxygen tank (capacity 1 cubic meter) from GKKB Church.   Did she use the oxygen all the time? No, the oxygen only lasted for 3-4 hours. After that we could not get anymore refill. All oxygen refill were out of stock.   After using the oxygen – did her oxygen level improve? Yes, improved. Her oxygen saturation increased to normal range around 95-96.  
  Reply from Chris  For your auntie  — you can ask her to try the first formula, Ko-Gen. This formula is meant for people like her. Of course you need oxygen to help her but while going around  hunting for oxygen, take the herbs at the same time. Within 2 days we will know the result.  
  Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 2:25 PM    Okay Dr Chris,  I’m gonna ask her daughter first, since she is quite old and her daughter even finds it difficult to ask her to take doctor’s medication. Hope she is willing to take the herbal concoction.  
  Wed, Jul 21 at 6:08    My auntie wants to try the herbs. I’m going to buy it this afternoon.   
    Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 8:13 PM      Thank you Dr. Chris for the formula. I’ve just bought 2 pack of herb for my auntie and thank God I finally found a Chinese medicine store that can give complete herbs (from the first formula). It cost me exactly the same as the second formula, Rp110.000.  
  Thu, Jul 22 at 1:20      My aunty is around 70 years old. Yes, she is a bit stubborn. Need extra effort to persuade her to take the medication. I’ll check on her this afternoon. Hopefully she is able to take the herbal concoction.   
  Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 12:02 PM    Thank God, yesterday my auntie could drink the herbal  concoction. So today she is going to drink the second packet. And I’ve already bought a third packet for her. Hopefully she can recover soon.    She was already on oxygen before taking the herbs. How was her condition? Her condition was not stable, feeling tired and sometimes had difficulty breathing.    
  Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 12:36 PM    Just chatted with her daughter. Today, my aunty’s condition is improving.   You mean after taking the herbal tea for only one time, she improved?   After taking the herbs using your formula for 2 days (today is the third day), her daughter told me that: She is not feeling too tired anymore.Her oxygen saturation was stable – around 96-97 (normal). One more thing, when she feels tired, she is not gasping for air anymore. Before that she had difficulty breathing when she was tired. Also today her appetite is starting to come back.Overall her condition is better.    When she was only on oxygen and not on the herbs — did her condition improve? No improvement.   After taking the herbs for 2 times her daughter could see that her condition had improved? Yes.  
    Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 6:41 PM    I’ve just called my auntie’s daughter, informing her that I’m about to buy the forth packet of herbs. But she told me that my aunty doesn’t want to drink it anymore, because she got bloated stomach.   Was she staying with her daughter? Yes, all the time. When she did not want to take the herbs, her daughter just agreed? Yes. Her daughter did not try to persuade her mother to continue taking the herbs? I’ve already asked her to persuade her, telling her that this is not a choice. But she failed to persuade her mother. You mean her daughter has NO influence over her mother at all? I can say YES. Did the daughter ever believe in herbs? Yes.  
    Mon  July 26    Just for you information, my aunty was admitted to the hospital yesterday after the doctor who came to her house suggested that she be admitted. Her oxygen saturation level dropped to around 85. After 12 hours in the hospital, she passed away.   It’s hard to believe that she was gone so fast. I am still wondering – is it the covid that killed her or other factors. She was not in an emergency condition before being admitted.   If only she continued taking the herbs, I believed she didn’t have to be admitted to the hospital and died there.    Before this — when she took herbs her oxygen was 96-97? Yes. After she stopped taking the herbs, her oxygen went down to 85? Yes. Was she still on oxygen when it dropped to 85? We had no more oxygen to give her. When the oxygen saturation level dropped to 85 – why did her daughter not ask her to take the herbs again? When it dropped to 85, the daughter called the doctor to come to the house, and the doctor asked her to go to the hospital ASAP.   How old is her daughter? 30. Are there any other members of the family with her? No, only two of them. It appears to me that there is only one daughter who is helping – what about other family members. No other family members who stay with her. Only my aunty and her daughter. My uncle already passed away some 20 years ago.   As I know, only I and my sister (as her family members but not living together) are the ones helping my aunty to get vitamins, herbs, oxygen, food, etc. There is still one uncle but he can’t help much since he himself got covid.  
   Note: Mary is the second member in the family who died because of Covid-19. She was 70 years old and she died two days ago.   Did she get the covid from your other aunty who died earlier? No, they lived in different places. This other aunty died of covid on 11 July 2021. She was 91 years old.     You wrote that there is another uncle who also had covid. You mean this is another relative of yours? Does he want any help? Does he ask for help? No Dr. Chris. This uncle is different. He doesn’t communicate with us (I and my sister) since 1987 when I was 13. Long story. Everything changed when we became orphans.  FYI, my dad passed away when I was 4 and my mom died when I was 13.          

Indeed this is a sad story. What does this story teach us?  There are some lessons!

Lesson 1. Your life is your responsibility. This is my mantra since we started CA Care 25 plus years ago. You can do something to help yourself if you really want to live. Take the case of Jimmy – a 30 plus years old. He only had Category 2 disease and was told to go home because there was no more bed in the hospital. When his disease became serious, it was too late. He died.

Jimmy was home quarantined for 3 weeks. What did he do during this time? It would be too painful for me or also for his parents if I were to ask for more detail. So let us leave it at that. But you need to know that it seems to be the nature of covid that the end comes suddenly and unexpectedly, and within days you die even though before that you seem to appear okay.

Seventy-year-old Mary was also told to go home because she there were no more bed for her in the hospital. Her disease appeared to be more serious. Her nephew did something – went around hunting for oxygen. The oxygen therapy helped her for a while but when there was no more oxygen her condition deteriorated. I suggested that she tried herbs. This is based on what people in China did after being diagnosed with covid. I know that taking herbs is not going to kill anybody. It is better than doing nothing. When I got the feedback that Mary was a fussy lady, I knew our effort in trying to help her will fail. This was a 70-year-old lady (for your information, I am already 77 years old!) and if she was not prepared to “fight” to live, no one else can help her.

Lesson 2. Ignorance kills. Knowledge can heal you! When I learned that patients were told to go home because there were no more bed in the  hospital, that really blew my head off! What are these people supposed to do when they are at home? Is there any protocol or guidebook to tell them what to do at home? Honestly, if I was in that situation, I did not have the slightest clue of what to do either until I sat in front of my computer. It took me a few days to learn how to survive under such condition. Thanks to the internet and the various organisation in the US and UK who put up numerous articles on this subject. In another article I have made a summary of what I have learned. Hope this will help you.

Mary was lucky in that her nephew at least knew what to do. He went around hunting for oxygen. Oxygen is required to help with the breathing problem. Then the nephew used the oximeter to monitor Mary’s oxygen saturation level. He wrote, We usually check our oxygen saturation on daily basis during this pandemic. Covid patients need to check it more often, at least 3 times a day. In Indonesia, many people buy the oximeter at pharmacy or online shop. Since some covid patients died of happy hypoxia (oxygen suffocation), so when we get covid, we are asked to check our saturation using this tool.

The US – CDC –  Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, issued the following guideline The Basics of Oxygen Monitoring and Oxygen Therapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • People with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms – from no symptoms to mild symptoms to severe illness.
  • Many people with COVID-19 have low oxygen levels. This is a life-threatening condition.
  • Not everyone with a low oxygen level will have difficulty breathing.
  • So you must regularly monitor the oxygen levels of COVID-19 patients.
  • An oxygen saturation of 95 to 100 percent is normal for healthy children and adults.

Oxygen Therapy.

  • Start oxygen therapy on any COVID-19 patient with an oxygen saturation below 90 percent.
  • The goal of the therapy is to achieve an oxygen saturation of 90 percent. You can discontinue the oxygen therapy when the patient’s saturation remains above 90% after the oxygen is turned off.
  • For patients with physical warning signs, the goal of the therapy is to achieve an oxygen saturation of 95 percent. If a patient’s oxygen levels do not improve with oxygen therapy, they will need more intensive treatment.
  • Oxygen therapy is safe for newborns, children, and adults – including pregnant women.

Oximeter.

  • Monitor the patient’s oxygen levels with the pulse oximeter. Pulse oximeter measures the oxygen saturation, or percentage of oxygen in the patient’s blood.
  • Place the oximeter on their finger, toe, or earlobe.
  • It’s a painless test and takes less than two minutes.

Mary’s nephew wrote: In Indonesia, many people buy the oximeter at pharmacy or online shop. I also bought it. The cost is around RM15 only. See the photograph below.

Warning signs of a low oxygen level.

  • Trouble breathing,
  • Confusion,
  • Difficulty waking up, and
  • Bluish lips or face.
  • Chest pain that doesn’t go away (in adults).
  • Flare their nostrils, grunt while breathing, or be unable to drink or eat (for children). 

So, to all patients, know that knowledge is important. In the case of covid, it is unfortunate that you don’t have much time. You may just die within days or weeks. So if you need to learn, please learn fast. Unfortunately, many old people are more prone to covid – and such old people cannot learn things easily. At 70, I did not expect Mary to want to learn anything new to heal herself.

Lesson 3. Herbs can help you. If you get covid, please go and see the doctor and ask for help. This is the right thing to do. But if you are told to go home and isolate yourself – then the nightmare begins. You need to do something to help yourself. If you don’t know what else to do to help yourself,  I would suggest that you take some herbs. The Chinese in Wuhan benefited from TCM herbs. Why can’t we also benefit from TCM? Of course, I am biased because I am a herbalist and that is all I know. If you know of any other better way to help yourself, by all means try rather than do nothing and wait for self-recovery or die.

In the news portal you can read about our medical drugs that can help you. I would not comment on these because I don’t know anything about them.

In the case of Mary, she agreed to take the herbs for three days. She got better. Her oxygen saturation level returned to normal. She did not gasp for air anymore when breathing. Her appetite improved. I don’t wish to be bias but ask this question – is this not an improvement? Are you going to say that herbs is not scientifically proven? It is up to you to believe what you want to believe.

Mary stopped taking the herbs, her oxygen level dropped to danger level. She was admitted to the hospital and died 12 hours later. You can make your own conclusion if what was done was a smart move or not!

Lesson 4. We can only help those who want to be helped. After reading the dire state of affairs in our neighbouring countries, one tends to come up with a “romantic” idea that what if I were to make available all those herbs and give them all for free, maybe I would be able to help some to survive. Earn good merit, right? Mary’s case showed me that you cannot help all people – you can only help those who only want to be helped. If the patients do not fully trust you or don’t want to get well or want to get well on his/her terms, it would be a futile effort.

Read more here:

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20201124/A-review-of-Traditional-Chinese-herbal-medicine-in-management-of-COVID-19.aspx

  • Reflections on treatment of COVID-19 with traditional Chinese medicine

https://cmjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13020-020-00375-1

  • Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine on COVID-19: Two Case Reports

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acu.2020.1432

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Used With or Without Conventional Western Therapy for COVID-19: An Evidence Review of Clinical Studies

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2020.583450/full

  • Free Chinese herbs for discharged Covid-19 patients

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/12/06/free-chinese-herbs-for-discharged-covid-19-patients

  • COVID-19 Deaths Plummet With Chinese Herbal Medicine

https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/2062-covid-19-deaths-plummet-with-chinese-herbal-medicine

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine as a complementary therapy in combat with COVID-19—A review of evidence-based research and clinical practice

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.14673

Long Covid – Let’s Learn and Be Prepared

After a Covid patient is discharged from the hospital, does it mean he/she is done with the virus? Unfortunately the  answer may be not yet. He/she is not done with Covid-19 yet. It is now known that the symptoms of post-Covid linger around for some more weeks or months after the infection is no longer detectable. Such people are said to suffer from post-Covid syndromes – often referred to “Long Covid”.

The website of The Office for National Statistics, UK  said:

The website of the World Economic Forum said:

  • For millions of people around the world, the health impact of catching coronavirus extends well beyond the initial infection period.
  • A recent study led by Imperial College London suggests that 2 million people in England alone may have had long Covid, that’s about 3.5% of the population.

How does long Covid affect people’s lives?

  • Many are unable to return to work or have a social life.
  • Because long Covid affects people’s ability to work, it has “important economic consequences” for them, their families and for society.
  • Many have described how it affected their mental health.                                              https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/07/long-covid-symptoms-research/

Chaoling Huang et al. of the Jin Yin-ta Hospital, Wuhan, China studied patients after they were discharged from the hospital. These patients suffered from the follow problems:

  1. 63% – fatigue or muscle weakness.
  2. 26% – sleep difficulties.
  3. 23%  – anxiety or depression.
  4. 22% –  hair loss.
  • At 6 months after acute infection, Covid-19 survivors were mainly troubled by at least one symptom such as fatigue or muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, and anxiety or depression.
  • More severely ill patients had increased risk of pulmonary diffusion abnormality, fatigue or muscle weakness, and anxiety or depression. 
  • Long-term extrapulmonary organ manifestations – for example, persistent renal dysfunctions were observed, some participants were newly diagnosed with diabetes, and venous thromboembolic diseases, (including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events).      
  • The long-term health consequences of Covid-19 remain largely unclear.                         https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32656-8/fulltext#%20

Bjorn Blomberg of the Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway carried out a long-term study of  home-isolated and  hospitalized patients after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

At 6 months, 61%  of all patients had persistent symptoms such as:

  • fatigue (37%)
  • difficulty concentrating (26%)
  • disturbed smell and/or taste (25%)
  • memory problems (24%)
  • dyspnea –  shortness of breath / breathlessness (21%)

Among the 247 home-isolated patients, 55% (136/247) experienced persistent symptoms at 6 months, most commonly

The website of University College London said:

The following are some symptoms of Long Covid:

  • Anxiety – feeling uneasy, nervous
  • Appetite loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle
  • Chest pain or tightness in the chest
  • Cough – persistent
  • Depression – sadness and loss of interest
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficult to concentrate or think clearly
  • Difficult to control bladder
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Dizziness when standing
  • Ear ringing or ear ache
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Feeling sick
  • Fever, temperature comes and goes
  • Hair loss
  • Hallucination – seeing or hearing things that are not there. Only in the mind.
  • Headache
  • Heart beat – fast or pounding
  • Itchy skin or rashes
  • Memory loss or memory problem
  • Mood changes
  • Muscle aches / pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain in the joints
  • Pins and needles – hands or feet or body
  • Sense of smell or taste – change or loss
  • Severe kidney injury
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Shingles
  • Sleep problems
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach aches
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Tremor – shaking movement of body

Problems To Come

An article in the Mayo Clinic website, Covid-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months. The virus can damage the lungs, heart and brain, which increases the risk of long-term health problems said.

  • Older people and people with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering Covid-19 symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for weeks to months after infection.

Organ damage.

Although Covid-19  is seen as a disease that primarily affects the lungs, it can damage many other organs such as:

  • Heart. Imaging tests taken months after recovery from Covid-19  have shown lasting damage to the heart muscle, even in people who experienced only mild Covid-19 symptoms. This may increase the risk of heart failure or other heart complications in the future.
  • Lungs. The type of pneumonia often associated with Covid-19  can cause long-standing damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. The resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems.
  • Brain. Even in young people, Covid-19  can cause strokes, seizures and Guillain-Barre syndrome — a condition that causes temporary paralysis. Covid-19  may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Blood clots and blood vessel problems.

Covid-19 can make blood cells more likely to clump up and form clots. While large clots can cause heart attacks and strokes, much of the heart damage caused by Covid-19 is believed to stem from very small clots that block tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in the heart muscle.

Other parts of the body affected by blood clots include the lungs, legs, liver and kidneys. 

Covid-19 can also weaken blood vessels and cause them to leak, which contributes to potentially long-lasting problems with the liver and kidneys.

Problems with mood and fatigue.

People who have severe symptoms of Covid-19 often have to be treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit, with mechanical assistance such as ventilators to breathe. Simply surviving this experience can make a person more likely to later develop post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and anxiety.

Much is still unknown about how Covid-19 will affect people over time.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351

A news article, WHO warns of ‘long term’ Covid -19 impact on mental health reported:

  • The mental health impact of the pandemic will be “long-term and far-reaching”, the World Health Organization said Thursday (Jul 22). Everyone is affected in one way or another.
  • Anxieties around virus transmission, the psychological impact of lockdowns and self-isolation had contributed to a mental health crisis, along with stresses linked to unemployment, financial worries and social alienation.
  • The pandemic has shaken the world. More than four million lives lost globally, livelihoods ruined, families and communities forced apart, businesses bankrupted, and people deprived of opportunities.
  • The WHO called for the strengthening of mental health services in general – it also urged better psychological support services in schools, universities, workplaces and for people on the front line of the fight against Covid -19.                                                                                https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-impact-on-mental-health-who-15271306

Let me close by referring you to the website of the American Psychological Association.

  • The stress brought on by the Covid -19 pandemic has taken a toll on almost everyone.
  • About 10% of patients develop long Covid (JAMA, Vol. 225, No. 19, 2021; The BMJ, Vol. 370, No. 8258, 2020).
  • With 32 million cases and counting of Covid -19 in the United States alone, that means 3.2 million Americans may be facing long-term illnesses that could reshape their relationships, jobs, and futures and take a significant toll on their mental health.
  • A May 2021 study found that a third of Covid -19 patients had been diagnosed with neurological or psychological symptoms, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis, in the 6 months after they contracted Covid -19 (The Lancet Psychiatry, Vol. 8, No. 5, 2021).
  • “If we only focus on recovery from the virus, and not recovery from a holistic, whole-person perspective, people’s recovery is going to be incomplete,” said Megan Hosey, an assistant professor of rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology in the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • In Hopkins’s intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital, she sees patients who are experiencing long Covid symptoms—like brain fog, fatigue, breathlessness, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and depression — they frequently need help with feelings of isolation, worries over lost jobs and income, and adjusting to their new lives. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/07/treating-long-covid

Can Herbs Help Treat Covid Problems?

At the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, China was at the forefront in combating Covid-19 virus using herbs, besides relying on modern medicine. They claimed that herbs can help Covid patients.

In their paper Combating COVID-19 with integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine in China Liqiang Ni and co-workers of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai,China said:

China has achieved rapid containment of Covid-19 following the principles of

  • early detection,
  • early quarantine and
  • early treatment with integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine.

The traditional Chinese medicine played an indispensable role in the treatment of Covid-19 in combination with Western medicine. Their study showed that Chinese medicine can reduce the incidence of severe or critical events, improve clinical recovery and help alleviate symptoms such as cough or fever.

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211383520306183)

Zhenyu Zhao and co-researchers at the National Resource Center for Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China in a review paper Prevention and treatment of COVID-19 using Traditional Chinese Medicine wrote:

The main clinical symptoms of COVID-19 patients are:

  1. Fever (88.5%)
  2. Cough (68.6%)
  3. Fatigue (35.8%)
  4. Expectoration (28.2%)
  5. Dyspnea (21.9%)

The minor symptoms include:

  1. Headache or dizziness (12.1%)
  2. Diarrhea (4.8%)
  3. Nausea and vomiting (3.9%)
  4. TCM has achieved good results in the treatment of Covid-19.
  5. In Hunan province, by the end of February 25, 2020, a total of 1016 patients were diagnosed.
  6.  981 of these patients were treated with TCM as part of their treatment, accounting for 96.56%.
  7. 779 patients (95.76%) were discharged.
  8. 233 patients were hospitalized – all of them were treated with TCM..
  9. At present, more than 200 countries in the world have experienced Covid-19 outbreaks. In the absence of specific drugs in the world, China’s experience in the application of TCM can be used as a valuable reference.
  10. Another advantage of TCM to treat Covid-19 is that the rate of relapse of Covid-19 is lower than that when Western medicine is used. The total rate of relapse of Covid-19 is approximately 0.1% of 8000 cases.

(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7439087/)

Zi Zhou Zheng et al. of Jiangxia District TCM Hospital, Wuhan, China presented two case studies on the Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine on COVID-19 (https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acu.2020.1432)

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia (NCIP) was identified in the central city of Wuhan. This disease is later named Covid-19. It is highly infectious – having strong person-to-person transmission, causing extremely high incidence of NCIP throughout Wuhan. It spread swiftly to 34 provinces within China and more than100 other countries around the world between January and March 2020.

  • Up to August 11, 2020, there have been 89,383 cases diagnosed as coronavirus-infected pneumonia; and 4,696 deaths in China (mortality rate of 5.25%). The common influenza has a mortality rate of 0.2%.
  • Worldwide reports have confirmed 19,936,210 cases and 732,499 deaths. These figures have been increasing daily.
  • There is no effective method to treat this virus by conventional modern medicine.
  • The treatment of viral conditions is well established within the context of Chinese Medicine.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) demonstrates a positive effect in the treatment for Covid-19. It is highly recommended that TCM be incorporated early on in the treatment schedule for Covid-19.

Case 1: Female, 38 years old, resident of Wuhan, presented with fever, rigors, dry cough and dry mouth without sputum, dizziness, aching limbs, depressive mood, and anorexia (eating disorder). She had been self-medicating (drug unknown) for 3 days before presentation but had felt no improvement.

Chest computed tomography (CT) scan showed multiple ground glass appearance in both lungs. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to hospital. During her stay on a general medical ward, she was prescribed the antibiotic ceftazidime and a patent Chinese herb infusion (Xiyan Ping) for 4 days but showed no significant improvement.

The patient was then transferred to our department with a fever of 39.2°C, slight aversion to cold, bitter taste and dry mouth, dry cough without sputum, dizziness, aching limbs, and anorexia. She had a red tongue with a thin-yellow–greasy coating.

After admission, in addition to ceftazidime and Xiyan Ping, she was given an herbal formula targeted to her aforementioned symptoms. The herbal mixture was decocted and taken orally twice daily.

Results.

  • After 1 dose of the herbs the patient’s sweating and temperature decreased; she reported resolution of most of her symptoms after 3 doses.
  • The TCM prescription was not altered any further as the patient improved. After completing her course, 7 days of herbs, repeat RT-PCR testing was negative for COVID-19.
  • A third CT scan showed almost complete disappearance of the ground glass appearance. On discharge the patient had complete resolution of symptoms.

Case 2: Male, 60 years old, resident of Wuhan, presented to the district hospital with fever and rigors, dry cough, aching muscles, breathlessness, fatigue, bloating, and anorexia since 17 January 2020. His CT scan showed an infective appearance in both lungs, and a diagnosis of viral pneumonia was suspected. He received unknown outpatient treatment.

The patient did not improve after initial treatment. He was admitted on 24 January  2020 to a general ward and prescribed ceftazidime, moxifloxacin, oseltamivir, anti-influenza patent herbs (Lianhua Qingwen capsules and Xiyanping infusion), and Ibuprofen as a baseline treatment. Owing to ongoing fever more than 40°C and positive RT-PCR testing, he was admitted to the special COVID-19 ward.

On admission to our unit, he appeared in poor spirits with intermittent fevers in the afternoons reaching 40°C with headache, general muscular aching, dry cough, breathlessness and fatigue, activity-induced wheezing, bloating, and anorexia. His tongue was red with a yellow-thick-greasy coating.

He was prescribed herbal mixture, decocted and taken orally twice daily for 5 days.

Result.

  • The patient’s fever and sweats decreased after 1 dose of the aforementioned herbs. All symptoms reduced after 3 doses.
  • After 5 days, the patient reported feeling less breathless and bloated with increased appetite, but still complained of general muscular aching. The herbal prescription was modified on 28 January 2020.
  • The herbal mixture was prescribed for 7 doses. The patient reported feeling noticeably less muscular aching after 1 dose of the new prescription.
  • On 8 February 2020 his PCR was negative.
  • The patient was discharged with complete clinical and laboratory resolution and almost complete radiological resolution on 10 February 10, 2020.

My Comments.

The question to ask is: Why don’t we try to use herbs to help Covid patients? That is a billion dollar question which cannot be easily answered. It will involve too much politics and stepping on the toes of too many Vested Interests. Please remember that our whole world is divided in two halves – White vs Yellow or West vs East.

Bogged Down In Old Stale Arguments – TCM not scientifically proven!

After presenting you with some good encouraging review above, we do have nasty comments from some writers who spin the same old tale again and again.

David Cyranoski wrote this comment in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01284-x)

  • China is promoting coronavirus treatments based on unproven traditional medicines.
  • But scientists outside China say it is dangerous to support therapies that have yet to be proved safe and effective.
  • There are no rigorous trial data to demonstrate that the remedies work.
  • Government officials and TCM practitioners deem the remedies safe because some have been used for thousands of years.  
  • China’s recommendations on Covid-19 treatments, particularly TCM remedies, were not science-based. 

There is another one written by Paul Stapleton, a writer who also owns Academic ProofreadingPlus (https://hongkongfp.com/2021/02/01/traditional-chinese-medicine-as-a-covid-cure-do-we-believe-in-magic/)

Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Covid cure: do we believe in magic?

  • Certainly, TCM is well-established here in Hong Kong and on the mainland with plenty of shops selling TCM remedies, testifying to the strong local belief in its efficacy.
  • However, some caution is in order regarding that word “belief” because belief is closely connected to narratives rather than scientific data.
  • If TCM really were effective, it would have long ago spread beyond China’s borders and be used worldwide.
  • The TCM medicine used may in fact provide some marginal benefits, albeit mostly psychological …  the narrative surrounding … magical thinking.

James Flowers from the Kyung Hee University in Seoul offered his explanation:

  • In response to Paul Stapleton’s op-ed expressing concern about Beijing’s claim that Chinese medicine cures Covid-19, I argue that we should not to be so quick to dismiss a healing therapy because it falls outside familiar frames of reference.
  • In fact, Beijing has not claimed Chinese medicine as a cure for Covid-19. Rather, the claim is that it can relieve symptoms and aid in recovery. Furthermore, PRC doctors mostly advocate an integrated approach combining Western medicine and Chinese medicine.
  • Considering Chinese medicine’s popularity in China and Hong Kong, it seems rather hasty to dismiss it as simply a placebo.
  • Ideally, medicine should not become political. As we know, politics has hampered efforts to deal with Covid-19 in numerous countries, most notably the United States.
  • Doctors of whatever type of medicine, Western or Chinese, aim to save lives after years and sometimes decades of training. Shouldn’t we be grateful to all who go through so much to alleviate human suffering?
  • I suggest that we look beyond China and Hong Kong to better understand Chinese medicine’s international reception. In the East Asian region, closely related to Chinese medicine, Korean medicine continues to enjoy both popularity and prestige in South Korea. Chinese medicine does not have to be foreign. Just as Western scientific medicine belongs to us all, so do Chinese and Korean medicine. Medicine does not belong to nations but to the global community.

(https://hongkongfp.com/2021/02/07/dont-be-too-quick-to-dismiss-chinese-medicine-in-fight-against-covid-19/)

Let me give you some hard facts to consider. See who is just spewing out fake ideas to justify their arguments.

Just google this: Death by medical error in US. This is what you get.

  • Recent studies of medical errors have estimated errors may account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the United States (U.S)., making medical errors the third leading cause of death. Error rates are significantly higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom (U.K).  (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28186008/)

This is the message to the world: In spite of it being a scientifically proven or science based, modern medicine still kills a lot of patients due to human errors!

Visit this website,  (https://etactics.com/blog/medical-error-statistics). It says:

  • Medical errors – these are preventable adverse effects resulting from medical care rather than the patient’s condition. We’d like to think they don’t happen.
  • These issues aren’t new; the first major report on medical errors in the US is from over two decades ago. In 1999, To Err is Human from the Institution of Medicine estimated 98,000 deaths due to error. At the time, this would be the sixth leading cause of death in the country. 
  • A study in 2010 found that this number had almost doubled to 180,000 deaths. And by 2013, the estimate ranged from 210,000 to 440,000 deaths per year. This landed medical errors as the third leading cause of death trailing heart disease and cancer.

To understand the core of the problem, here is another article, Death by prescription (https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-27/the-danger-in-taking-prescribed-medications)

  • About 2,460 people per week are estimated to die from drugs that were properly prescribed, and that’s based on detailed chart reviews of hospitalized patients, says Light, who is a professor of comparative health policy at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. The estimate, which didn’t include those who died as a result of prescribing errors, overdose and self-medication, would make taking properly prescribed drugs the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Proven medicines that kill!

Here are more examples for you to reflect on:

Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Vioxx (https://www.npr.org/2007/11/10/5470430/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-vioxx)

  • FDA approved Vioxx in 1999 as a painkiller. It was being extensively used and prescribed to patients who needed it. Vioxx was later showed to be deadly, causing heart attacks and strokes.
  • November 2007: Merck announces it will pay $4.85 billion to end thousands of lawsuits over its painkiller Vioxx. The amount … is believed to be the largest drug settlement ever.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug poisoning deaths. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm)

  • From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million persons in the United States have died from drug overdoses.
  • Opioids, primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin, are the main drugs associated with overdose deaths.

You want a description of hell?’ Oxycontin’s 12-hour problem.

(https://www.latimes.com/projects/oxycontin-part1/).

  • Purdue developed OxyContin as a cure for pain.
  • To obtain FDA approval, Purdue had to demonstrate that OxyContin was safe and was as effective as other pain drugs on the market.
  • The FDA approved the application in 1995.
  • Many doctors began prescribing OxyContin. Doctors wrote 5.4 million prescriptions for the painkiller in 2014. OxyContin became America’s bestselling painkiller, and Purdue reaped $31 billion in revenue.
  • Rates of addiction and overdose soared alongside the rise in prescriptions.
  • The U.S. Justice Dept. launched a criminal investigation, and in 2007 the company and three top executives pleaded guilty to fraud for downplaying OxyContin’s risk of addiction. Purdue and the executives were ordered to pay $635 million. 
  • The drug is widely blamed for setting off the nation’s prescription opioid epidemic, which has claimed more than 190,000 lives from overdoses involving OxyContin and other painkillers since 1999.

Let me close this discussion about “unproven magic potion” by referring you to a book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime – How big pharma has corrupted heathcare written by Professor Peter C Gøtzsche. The author is a specialist in internal medicine who had worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry from 1975 – 1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen from 1984 to 1995. He co-founded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

Foreword No:1 of the book was written by Dr. Richard Smith, former Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious British Medical Journal. Let me quote what Dr. Smith wrote:

  • I have long recognised that science is carried out by human beings not objective robots and will therefore be prone to the many human failings, but I was shocked by the stories in Peter’s book.
  • Science can be corrupted in order to advance particular argument and how money, profits, jobs and reputation are the most potent corrupters.
  • Peter (author of the book) is not the first to compare the industry with the Mafia or mob. He quotes a former vice-president of Pfizer who has said: It is scary how many similarities there are between this industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and death and the side effects are same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry. 
  • Many people are killed by the industry … indeed hundreds of thousands are killed every year by prescription drugs.
  • The benefits of drugs are exaggerated … the drug industry has systematically corrupted science to play up the benefits and play down the harms of their drugs.
  • The industry has bought doctors, academics, journals, professional and patient organisations, university departments, journalists, regulators and politicians. These are the methods of the mob. Doctors are beholden to the drug industry and that many are being paid six figure sums for advising companies or giving talks on their behalf.
  • The main reason we take many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs.
  • Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors …The patients don’t realize that, although the doctors may know a lot about disease and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that have been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry.

Back to Sanity – Curing the Madness of the Biased Mind.

As I have often said, health is our own responsibility. So it is up to chose what path you wish to take. You decide whether we want to stay healthy or remain sick. Don’t depend too much on others – believing that they will do their best to help us. This is the rule of survival. I have come to learn this after dealing with many cancer patients over the years.

From what I can see, Covid-infected people need help on two separate levels.

1. They need an effective treatment after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

While in the hospitals they need to undergo the necessary medical treatments. Do that! But we also learn that taking TCM herbs have been shown to be helpful. Unfortunately, taking herbs while in the hospital is out of the question although this can be done in a hospital setting in China. So my advice to patients is follow the rules of your country. Go to hospital first and seek the help of the medical doctors.

2. Helping the Long Covid patients.

For those who survive the disease and are being discharged from the hospital – these are the Long Covid patients –  perhaps herbs can help them if modern medicine cannot help.

Herbs are not safe? Dangerous? TCM is only based on magical thinking? Come on – grow up! Educate yourself a bit more. The older generation would say this – You have not eaten enough salt to come to such a conclusion!

Long Covid patients need help. Is anyone able to offer anything to help them? Give me a bit of time and I shall be able to answer that question.

Let me end by quoting what Dr. Jimmie Holland wrote in The Human Side of Cancer:

  • People have their strongly held beliefs about the use of alternative and complementary therapies.
  • Disbelievers remain disbelievers and believers continue to believe.
  • I have learned from experience that trying to influence strongly held beliefs is exhausting … You believe or you don’t.

Part 1: The Long March Against Covid-19

When Malaysia declared its first MCO (movement control) early last year, it never occurred to me that this Covid problem would drag on for so long. My impression then was that within a few months everything would be over and we would be back to normal again. Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way.  It has been more than a year and the Covid problem remains unsolved, causing a lot of misery to many people.

I did not pay much attention to this epidemic and took life easy. We closed our centre and I stopped seeing patients. Up to this day our centre still remains closed. With the free time on hand I started to channel my energy to writing books – documenting our 25-years of experience helping cancer patients. The project kept me fully occupied. The results? In 2020, I wrote 4 books and had all of them translated into Bahasa Indonesia as well. But the Covid problem remained. After a short break, in early 2021, I started writing again and completed another 5 books! Now I have started writing last book of the series. When this is done there is no more writing for a long while.

But when is the Covid problem going to be over?  We can keep guessing but no one knows for sure. Before we discuss further, let’s learn a bit about this Covid – the virus that brought every country on its knee.

Coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2

The information below is obtained from websites of:

  1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/about-covid-19.html).
  2. World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions).
  3. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symptoms_of_COVID-19)
  • COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Since it is a new virus, there are still many things that we don’t know about this virus.
  • COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more problems.
  • We need to undergo testing to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Like cancer cells, this virus population is not dumb. As they multiply and spread, this virus constantly mutate and change to be become a vigorous and deadly variant.

Currently there are a few variants of this virus:

Alpha: This variant was initially detected in the United Kingdom.

Beta: This variant was initially detected in South Africa in December 2020.

Gamma: This variant was initially identified in travelers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at an airport in Japan in early January 2021.

Epsilon: There are two variants. They were first identified in California in February 2021.

Delta: This variant was initially identified in India in December 2020. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases the Delta variant is the “greatest threat” in the world’s efforts to contain COVID-19.

Other emerging variants:

  • Zeta – earliest document in Brazil, April 2020.
  • Eta – multiple countries, Dec. 2020.
  • Theta – Philippines, Jan. 2021.
  • Iota, USA Nov. 2020.
  • Kappa – India, Oct. 2020.
  • Lambda – Peru, Dec. 2020.

How the virus spread.

Covid-19 can spread by the following ways:

  • Contact with droplets.
  • Airborne transmission.
  • Touching of contaminated surface.
  • Animal-to-human transmission.

In doing our daily activities we need to take care of our health and avoid being infected by the virus. Understand that Covid multiplies in the respiratory tract of the infected person. The saliva and respiratory secretions  are expelled  as droplets and particles of varying sizes when breathing, talking, singing, coughing, sneezing, etc.These expulsions contain the virus. So keep away from these droplets.

  • Respiratory droplet transmission can occur when a person is in close contact (within 2 metre / 6 feet)) with an infected person.
  • These droplets and particles expelled by the infected person can be breathed in or picked up by other healthy people nearby.
  • Respiratory droplets from infected individuals can also land on objects, thus contaminating the surfaces. Healthy people can be infected by touching these surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth before cleaning their hands.
  • COVID-19 primarily spread  from people who have symptoms. However, they can also spread the virus just before they develop symptoms, when they are in close proximity to others for prolonged periods of time.
  • Infected people who never develop symptoms (referred to as asymptomatic) can also pass the virus to others. It is still not clear to what extent this occurs and more research is needed in this area.
  • Covid-19 is also said to be airborne. The virus can spread from infected people over long distances by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets (aerosols) carried by the air. These aerosols are invisible to the naked eye and they can be carried farther and stay aloft longer, depending on humidity, temperature and airflow.
  • Infectious aerosols remain concentrated in the air longer in poorly ventilated, confined indoor spaces.
  • Indoor crowded spaces can potentially expose healthy people to an airborne infection. Avoid staying in inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons.
  • Indoor areas that aren’t crowded can also be hazardous e.g. in restaurant, singing / fitness class, etc.
  • Covid can spread also from people to animals in some situations. Pet cats and dogs can sometimes become infected after close contact with people with Covid-19.

Reinfection.

Reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again Cases of reinfection with Covid have been reported, but remain rare​.​

Protect Yourself and Others.

Anyone infected with Covid can spread the virus even if he/she does NOT have symptoms.

To prevent transmission, CDC and WHO recommends the following measures:

Symptoms.

COVID-19 affect  different people in different ways. The virus cause respiratory illness ranging from mild disease to severe disease and death. Some virus-infected people never develop symptoms. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

  • Most common symptoms are:
  • fever,
  • dry cough and
  • tiredness.
  • Less common symptoms are:
  • aches and pains,
  • sore throat,
  • diarrhoea,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • headache,
  • loss of taste or smell and
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • Serious symptoms are:
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,
  •  chest pain or pressure,
  •  loss of speech or movement.

Patients with the following symptoms need urgent / immediate medical care:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Of people who show symptoms,

  • 81% develop only mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia),
  • 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging).
  • 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction).
  • At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time. These asymptomatic carriers tend not to get tested and can spread the disease.
  • Other infected people will develop symptoms later, called “pre-symptomatic”, or have very mild symptoms and can also spread the virus.

Most symptomatic people experience symptoms within 2 to 7 days after exposure, and almost all will experience at least one symptom within 12 days.

It takes about 5 to 6 days (even up to 2 weeks in some cases) from infection with the virus to the manifestation of the symptoms.

Each country differ in the way it handles this epidemic. Generally once you are tested positive you have to be isolated and quarantined. Please follow the S.O.P. established by your health authorities.

What Happened After Being Struck by Covid-19

It never occurred to me that I needed to be bothered about Covid – after all I already have my hands full with cancer.  But reading the news everyday make one “sick” of the situation. People are losing their loved ones, losing their jobs and are depleted of their financial resources. There is no food to feed the family, etc. etc. Sad indeed. But that is politics and I would not want to go into that.

 What got me to “wake up” from this “couldn’t-careless-about-Covid” attitude are two episodes that happened a few weeks ago.

I had a call from my cousin in Kelantan. He and his mother (my 90+ year old auntie) were down with Covid. They were hospitalized and managed to survive the ordeal. I was told many others like them could not make it and died. I did not have a chance to talk to my auntie but was told that she is now “okay” post-covid hospitalization.   It was her son – my cousin – who has problem. After being discharged from the hospital, he was told his kidney was damaged. His medical report indicated:

  • Worsening renal function. Creatinine = 379. GFR = 14. He will need dialysis in the very near future.

(Note: Normal creatinine range =  61.9 to 114.9.  A GFR of 60 and above is considered normal, a GFR less than 60 may indicate kidney disease. A level of 15 or less is defined medically as kidney failure).

My cousin asked if I could help him by prescribing some herbs. As for now he is not ready for further medical treatment. I put him on our teas to improve his kidney function. He was happy with the initial results.

At the same time, I received emails from a friend in Pontianak, Kalimantan, Indonesia. He wrote:

  • 7 June 2021: Dear Dr. Chris, 

How are you there? Thank God, we’re okay here, but people around us are not okay. Friends and relatives, got COVID one by one. Sadly some of them couldn’t survive.

  • 17 June 2021:

Just for your information, I am infected by corona viruses. Today is my 4th day of having this illness. My condition looks stable, got fever (around 37.5 – 38.0), cold, cough, tiredness. I’m also losing my sense of smell. Hope things could be better tomorrow. 

  • 18 June 2021:

Really need to be careful, never ever release your mask wherever you are. My son released his mask when he went out for lunch and get infected although the restaurant was not crowded, almost empty. He then infected me. I’d received 2 doses of SINOVAC vaccine two months ago but still got infected. My condition today looks worse than yesterday. I pray that God take care of you and your family there. 

  • 21 June 2021:

I was admitted to hospital since a couple of days ago. I was very weak and not able even to talk. My oxygen saturation dropped to 91, so my friends urged me to go to the hospital. But thank God, my condition now is much better. Can talk and saturation already in normal range. I pray that you and Mdm. I am always in our God’s protection. 

  • 26 June 2021:

Thank you for your prayer. I was discharged from hospital a couple of days ago but my condition is still weak. Can do nothing, keep feeling tired. But my condition is improving now, much better than when I was at hospital. Lost around 5 kg within 4 days while at the hospital. 

From these emails, I learned that our health is so fragile. From being a fully vaccinated, healthy person my Indonesian friend became a sick and vulnerable person within days. This is what Covid can do to a person which I am not aware of.  So I stopped my book-writing for a while and started to read what I can get from the internet about Covid-19. There is so much information out there, and I am now beginning to learn the problems in greater depth.

Each day, we hear from the TV informing us about the number of new Covid cases and the number of deaths in this place and that place. Unfortunately, they don’t go beyond just counting numbers. We need knowledge, not just numbers.

At least from my little experience above, I now know that:

  • Even after being vaccinated you are still not 100% safe! Beware and take care. Don’t try to be a hero and believe that you are immune to the virus.
  • After being discharged from the hospital, don’t think that you are 100% cured! My cousin and aunty were lucky that they came out of the hospital alive. That’s a real blessing indeed, but their problems may not be solved yet. My cousin and my friend in Indonesia suffer from post-Covid-19 syndrome – medically they  name this condition as Long Covid! (long haul patient … on a long march?).

That being the case, what do they do now? Where do these Long Covid people go for help?

  • More importantly, it appears to me that this Covid problem is not going to go away anytime soon. It is also not going away easily. It is going to be a long march towards recovery. Or for some unfortunate people, they may not even recover. I have read that this epidemic will morph into endemic and we all have to learn to live with it for many more years to come.

Most people recover from the acute phase of the disease.

However, some people continue to experience a range of effects for months after recovery and damage to vital organs had been observed.

Long Covid Patients.

The Medical News Today has this very informative article What to know about long COVID. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/long-covid).

  • People with mild cases of Covid usually recover within 1 to 2 weeks of contracting the virus. For severe cases the recovery can take 6 weeks or longer.
  • Long COVID refers to when people continue to experience symptoms of COVID-19 and do not fully recover for several weeks or months after the start of their symptoms.
  • Other terms for long COVID include post-COVID, post-acute COVID, long-tail COVID, and long-haul COVID. People with long COVID may refer to themselves as long haulers.

Prevalence of Long Covid.

  • Although it is still unclear how many people have experienced long Covid, data from the Covid Symptom Study suggested that 1 in 10 people with the illness experience symptoms for 3 weeks or longer. In UK the symptoms could last for a period of 12 weeks or longer.
  • This means that across the world, there may be more than 5 million cases of long COVID.
  • A study found that more than three-quarters of Covid patients in a hospital in Wuhan, China, still had at least one symptom, 6 months after their discharge from the hospital.
  • A study in Italy found that 87.4% of Covid patients reported experiencing at least one symptom 2 months after their discharge from the hospital.
  • A 2020 Swiss study also notes that as many as 1 in 3 people with milder cases Covid were still experiencing symptoms after 6 weeks.

Symptoms.

According to the US CDC:

  • Although most people with Covid-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-Covid conditions. Post-Covid conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes Covid-19.
  • Even people who did not have symptoms when they were infected can have post-Covid conditions. These conditions can have different types and combinations of health problems for different lengths of time.

CDC and experts around the world are working to learn more about short- and long-term health effects associated with Covid-19, who gets them, and why.

People with long Covid report experiencing different combinations of the following symptoms:

  1. Tiredness or fatigue
  2. Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
  3. Headache
  4. Loss of smell or taste
  5. Dizziness on standing
  6. Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
  7. Chest pain
  8. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  9. Cough
  10. Joint or muscle pain
  11. Depression or anxiety
  12. Fever
  13. Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities

Multi-organ Effects of Covid-19.

Multi-organ effects can affect most, if not all, body systems including heart, lung, kidney, skin, and brain functions.

Multi-organ effects can also include conditions like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) and autoimmune conditions. MIS is a condition where different body parts can become swollen. Autoimmune conditions happen when your immune system attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake, causing painful swelling in the affected parts of the body.

It is unknown how long multi-organ system effects might last and whether the effects could lead to chronic health conditions.

People may also develop long-term complications that affect the organs. These complications are less common but may include:

  1. Inflammation of the heart muscle.
  2. Abnormal lung function.
  3. Severe kidney injury.
  4. A rash.
  5. Hair loss.
  6. Problems with smell and taste.
  7. Sleep issues.
  8. Memory and concentration difficulties.
  9. Anxiety.
  10. Mood changes.

Management.

Home remedies for managing long Covid may include the following:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, to relieve painful symptoms or fever.
  • Resting and relaxing.

Taking care of general health is also important. This may involve:

  • Following a healthy diet.
  • Getting quality sleep.
  • Limiting alcohol intake.
  • Limiting caffeine intake.
  • Not smoking.

When And How To Seek Help.

A person needs medical help if they experience any of the following:

  • Breathlessness that worsens.
  • Unexplained chest pain.
  • A new state of confusion.
  • Weakness.
  • Changes in vision, hearing, or speech.

Recovery.

It is currently unclear how long recovery from long Covid may take. Research reports that people may experience symptoms 2 to 3 months after the initial infection, and some people may experience symptoms for longer than this.

An article by Tharanya Arumugam, Malaysians cautioned on Long Covid or Post-Covid-19 Syndrome(https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/06/697991/malaysians-cautioned-long-covid-or-post-covid-19-syndrome) reported the following:

Among the five symptoms often experienced by former Covid-19 patients were fatigue, difficulty breathing when doing activities (exertional dyspnea), difficulty sleeping at night (insomnia), cough and anxiety.

  • The Health Ministry today cautioned Malaysians on the Long Covid or Post-Covid-19 Syndrome, advising that precautions should be taken after a person recovers from the coronavirus to lower the risk of serious health problems.

According to a clinical study conducted by the Health Ministry involving 1,004 patients from categories 4 and 5 who received follow-up treatment on the infection,

  • 66 per cent of the patients suffered from the Long Covid syndrome.
  • Among the five symptoms often experienced by former Covid-19 patients were
  • Fatigue,
  • Difficulty breathing when doing activities (exertional dyspnea),
  • Difficulty sleeping at night (insomnia),
  • Cough and
  • Anxiety.
  • To date, the treatment offered to Long Covid patients is based on the symptoms exhibited by the patient (symptomatic relief) and the body functions involved. Referrals to relevant areas of expertise will be made to ensure patients receive optimal clinical treatment.
  • It is therefore very important to keep ourselves and our family members safe from the dangers of Covid-19 and register for the vaccine to reduce the risk of contracting the serious disease. This is because the effects can be prolonged and reduce a person’s quality of life as well as productivity.

Stories from People with Long Covid.

1. Lung Damage.

The Free Malaysia Today carried this report:

Amira, a 29-year-old administrative executive had Covid and was hospitalized for 33 days (including 9 days of sleeping in the ICU) in Sungai Buloh Hospital. After being discharged from the hospital, the doctor said 48% of Amira’s lungs are “dead”. It is now unable to function normally. Amira said: I also cannot move as vigorously as before. Even talking makes me tired, doing simple activities like drying clothes makes me tired. (https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/tempatan/2021/06/28/fungsi-paru-paru-tinggal-48-bekas-pesakit-covid-19-kongsi-pengalaman-dijangkiti/)

In the website Heart Matters (https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health/long-covid) are more stories of people who suffered from Long Covid.

2. Martin had panic attack.

Martin spent 2 weeks in intensive care, where he was given antibiotics to treat the pneumonia and put on a CPAP machine [a machine to help you breathe,that is less invasive than a ventilator] to regulate his breathing and to help his lungs function. Fortunately, his condition improved and he was able to be moved to a designated Covid ward to continue his recovery. Covid impacted his mental health.

  • I found a couple of times I was getting quite emotional for no immediate reason. I used to walk down to a lake near where we live with my youngest son, and one day I had a panic attack because I thought: if something happens to me he doesn’t know where to go, what to do – it stopped me from doing certain things then. I found a couple of times I was getting quite emotional for no apparent reason.

3. Mark: Each day is a rollercoaster ride.

After 9 days of feeling unwell, Mark was admitted to a hospital and was given intravenous fluids, antibiotics and paracetamol to treat the Covid-19 infection and the pneumonia that had developed as a result.

After he got home, he felt exhausted. Although he had expected to feel a little better each day, he discovered that wasn’t the case. He said: “I just accepted that it wasn’t possible to predict how I was going to be from one day to the next.”

Then Mark developed new symptoms. “My heart was beating really fast and irregularly and I was sweating profusely. I felt more ill this time than I did before,” he says. 

Mark’s energy levels took around 6 months to get back to normal. He also suffered a painful slipped disc just two days after he originally fell ill with Covid-19, which is stopping him from getting more active.

Mark describes the psychological effects as one of the biggest aspects of his prolonged recovery. “Each day was like being on a rollercoaster in the dark,” he says. “I never knew what was going to happen the next day or how I’d feel. That was particularly difficult.

“In general the mornings were best for energy, so it was a case of making the most of the morning to do basic tasks, and to sleep when I needed it, especially in the afternoons.”

4. Suki’s Experience with Covid.

Suki Newman, 47, was always on the go, balancing a busy career as a finance director with looking after her two daughters, aged nine and ten. After returning home from a family skiing holiday, she developed a continuous cough, chest pain and had trouble breathing. She remembers, “Whenever I lay down, I felt like I was suffocating. I was crawling up the stairs on my hands and knees, to get to bed at 6 o’clock.”

Later she developed new symptoms. She was extremely tired, had bad headaches and difficulty thinking clearly. ” I was unable to manage complex information and I was forgetting words. I had problems doing simple tasks and basic logic problems. I would normally do these easily.”

For months, Suki went through cycles of feeling better, then getting worse again. As well as brain fog, debilitating headaches and fatigue, she developed many other symptoms including heart palpitations: “I could be sitting down watching the television or having a cuddle with my children and suddenly I’d feel my heart racing.”

Suki’s experience is not unique. According to Office for National Statistics estimates, 1.1 million people in the UK were reporting long Covid symptoms at the start of May 2021. These were defined as symptoms that had lasted more than four weeks. For 869,000 people, the symptoms had lasted more than 12 weeks, and for 376,000 of those, the symptoms had lasted beyond a year.

When Will It End?

Aaron Holley, associate professor of medicine at Uniformed Services University and program director of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said:

An article in The Economist asked this question which no one can give a correct answer: When will it end?

  • For a year and a half, Covid has gripped one country after another. Just when you think the virus is beaten, a new variant comes storming back, more infectious than the last.
  • Already, two things are clear:
  • That the last phase of this pandemic will be drawn-out and painful.
  • That Covid will leave behind a different world.

My Last Few Days With Dad Before He Left Us

by Sherine

LHF was a 74-year-old man from Kuala Lumpur. Blood test done on 14 October 2020 showed low levels of red blood cells, haemoglobin and platelets. He was subsequently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He did not undergo any chemotherapy for his AML. The doctors in the university hospital were more concerned about his low blood levels. LHF was in and out of the hospital undergoing blood transfusions. Sadly, LHF died.

29 January 2021.

My dad was admitted to the hospital on 29 Jan 2021, did the blood test and he had fever. The doctor said my dad’s stools had blood and suspected internal bleeding.They wanted to do a scope and made him fast for 72 hours.

30 January 2021.

They first stabilised him on 29 January and made him fast on the 30 January. Throughout this time, my mom was not allowed to visit him or to bring him food at all. My dad was not responding to our calls. My mom had to call the ward several times and the doctor reassured us that my dad was doing fine. 

2 February 2021.

He was supposed to do his scope on 2 Feb but they didn’t do it.

3 February 2021.

My dad texted mom on 3 Feb at 2.30am and told her to bring the wheelchair because he wanted to go home.

My mom called me at 7am on 3Feb and we went to the hospital. We prepared porridge and celery juice, called the hospital and the doctor said they decided not to do the scope as there was no more blood in his stools.

We insisted to see him but was not allowed. They said he cannot take porridge but okay to take the celery juice. We had no choice but to go home. My dad was without food for at least 72 hours. He only had drips.

4 February 2021.

My dad called me on at 3 am of 4 Feb and asked me again to bring the wheelchair as he wanted to go home.

At this point, he was slurring his words and I couldn’t make out what he was trying to say. I told him I would come in the morning to bring him the wheelchair.

So my mom and I went to the hospital and the professor in charge of my dad finally allowed us to see him. When we saw my dad, we were shocked as his condition deteriorated by at least 70%.He had difficulty breathing and his hands and legs were swollen.

While in the hospital, they only gave him blood and platelet transfusion and he was on glucose drips. – yes, he was on an empty stomach.

We fed my dad celery juice and some vegetable smoothie. He was not able to eat on his own. He could not even suck the juice from the straw.Before he was admitted, he was very weak. He could not stand without assistance. But he could still talk.

At this point, my dad was still responding to us. He could still utter a few words but most of it we couldn’t make out what he was saying.

I cried all the way home that day after leaving the hospital. My dad did not look good and I felt he was not going to make it. 

5 February 2021.

We went to the hospital again the next day, 5 Feb. His condition had deteriorated further. He refused to eat and he was sleeping most of the time. His breathing was laboured. I called my sister to visit him as his condition wasn’t looking too good.

I left the hospital at 3pm. I told my dad I would come again tomorrow. He nodded his head and he acknowledged it. 

I arrived home after 5pm. Shortly after this I received a call from my mom. She said the doctor called her and told her that my dad’s pressure was dropping and told us to be prepared for the worst.

The doctor told us that we could come over if we wanted to.

Evening of 5 February 2021: I saw a vision.

So I drove back to the hospital. My mom and I arrived at about 7pm together with my sister. When we arrived, my dad’s pressure stabilised. It was normal although he was not conscious. 

I spoke to him and prayed.

At this point, my dad was already not responding to us. My mom called out to him and told him we were there for him. He opened his eyes and closed back. He did not seem to respond (i.e, nod or gave hand signal – none of that).

I was at the side of his bed. My mom was holding his right hand and I held his left hand. He would open his eyes from time to time, but it did not look like he was responding. We learnt later that he was given morphine because the doctor said he was agitated and kept pulling off his oxygen mask.

While I was praying, I saw a vision of my dad. I was not asleep and I was not dreaming.

I saw my dad standing and he was looking at something in a distance. I called out to him. I said Daddy, what are you doing here, please come back okay?

He heard me and he said to me, Look, I can stand and I can walk now, I am not sick anymore.

I told him,Please don’t go, Please come back to us

He hesitated for a while and he replied me, I can’t come back, my body (physical body) is not working anymore, I have to go. 

I told him, We will miss him and we are very sad.

He replied and told me not to be sad, as he is no longer sick. He told me to take care of my mom. 

I asked him where he was going. 

He said that he saw a light in a distance and he wanted to go towards it. 

I asked him if he saw Jesus. 

He said, I don’t know., He said he wanted to walk towards the light to find out. 

After that, the vision just disappeared. 

My dad’s condition stabilised when we were there at the hospital.

We left the hospital at about 10.30pm.I did not tell anyone of what I saw that night. 

I couldn’t sleep that night and kept checking my phone for news of my dad and because of that, I woke up late. 

Morning of 6 February 2021: Dad passed on.

My mom and my sister went to the hospital at 9am the next day, 6 Feb. And they started to call me to come over as my dad’s pressure had started to drop again. I rushed to the hospital and at 9.30ammy sister texted me and said that my dad was gone. 

I arrived at the hospital at 10am. My dad’s body was still in the room. My mom did not take it well. When I told her what I saw the night before and she was comforted by it.

Writing this to you was harder than I thought. I broke down half way thru the email. I just miss my dad so much. 

It was less than 4 months from his diagnosis to his passing. My dad did not suffer much and he was not in pain. I would say our family bonded so much during these 4 short months. My mom said his last moments was peaceful. His breathing slowed down and then it stopped. 

10 February 2021: His funeral.  Email: 9 February: My dad wished to be cremated and his ashes scattered to the sea. We will get all that done by tomorrow. Email: 11 February: We just finished my dad’s funeral service and scattering of ashes yesterday. It was a really emotional time for all of us but we take comfort that my dad didn’t suffer very long and he passed away peacefully. 

Two days after the funeral.

I said a prayer and asked God to show me how my dad was doing, I saw him briefly. He was walking and talking to a young chap – a guy in his late 20’s or early 30’s. He could not see me or hear me but that was a reassuring vision that he had some company. I do not know who the young chap was with but he seemed to be listening attentively to my dad talking – and my dad loved to talk. 

Comments by Chris

1. What a wonderful story. Some people may say Sherine just made this up this story. It is all in her mind – her own imagination after being brain washed by her religious beliefs. But rest assured, this could be true and not made-up. Over the years, I have patients who shared with us stories of their encounters with the World Out There. Here are some stories for you to reflect on.

a. Divine Presence.

Mary was admitted into the hospital on 8 May and throughout those days she was vomiting and purging severely.

Then on 22 May, at about 2 a.m. something unusual happened in her two-bedded hospital room. This was what Mary said: I found myself crying and crying non-stop. I prayed and prayed asking Jesus to heal me. Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed. The hairs on my arms stood on ends. My body felt very warm. I never had such a feelingbefore in my life. I knew then that there was a Divine Presence. I sensed “Someone” was standing by my right side. This whole experience lasted about fifteen minutes.

The next morning, Mary regained her health. The vomiting and purging stopped and she could eat. She was discharged from the hospital two days later. Her doctor told her husband: This is a miracle.

(From our book: Cancer of the Colon & Rectum, pg. 254-255).

b. My father came to me in my dream.

Then, my father appeared in my dream. He walked in through the door from the balcony, clad in a maroon checkered sarong with a tongkat (walking stick) in his hand. In a serious tone he told me that one of my family members is going to die. I was terrified and was struggling in the dream. That was when I woke up in pain.

My father again appeared in my dream. This time, he was clad in a green checkered sarong. He was in my garden and was pointing to a plant on the right and indicated to me that it should be placed on the left. The plant had green stems that were about a foot high with slightly rounded to heart shaped green leaves with white streaks in the middle.

(From our book: Liver Cancer, pg. 236-237).

c. My relatives who died visited me.

Before I came here, I used to have dreams everyday when I slept. My sleep was not good and disturbed.

What did you dream about?  My relatives and loved ones who have died visited me. They told me they have already built a house for me there and invited me to come “home” with them.

You dreamt of your loved ones asking you to come “home” with them?  Yes. But I told them I didn’t want to go. We even sat down together to have a feast – eating together but I told them I did not want to stay there. In one dream, my husband and I visited the “Garden of Eden.” He was carrying a big luggage containing all my clothes.

(More: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/10/30/breast-cancer-herbs-and-e-therapy-restored-her-wellbeing-after-106-times-of-radiation-treatments-part-5-my-dreams-and-near-death-experience/)

d. My God Mother appeared in a Dream: She was smiling!

One of my relatives. She prayed that night. And then her mother appeared to her in a dream. I was very close to her mother. She was like my god mother. Her mother was smiling. The next morning, she told me about it. So I said it was okay!

(From our book: Your Breast)

Sherine: Yes, Prof Chris. Even myself, I thought I made it up in my mind, that’s why I did not share it with anyone. It was only when my mother was not taking it well that I decided to tell her. The story had such a calming effect on her and only then I realized that this sort of thing cannot be made up in the mind.

2. The following are questions I posed to Sherine.

a. Your dad was not a Christian and you are a born-again Christian?

My dad was not a Christian. My mom is also not a Christian. My dad was a free thinker and in around 1997, he brought home a statue from Thailand and he said it was to ‘jagapintu’. It was a statue of a living monk in Thailand at that time but who had already passed away.  When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, he said he wanted to give away the statue as he felt he was not able to take care of it anymore. It was finally taken away after my father passed away. One of our relatives ‘adopted’ it. I was a free thinker like my parents but accepted Christ in 2004. That was about 17 years ago.

b. For all these years in your life, have you ever experienced such a vision (like you shared above) when you prayed?

No, I have not experienced visions before. They are usually dreams. This is the first time I saw a vision. I only have dreams of people who are close to me who passed away. Only dreams, no vision.

In 2017, there was a man who “disappeared” and was never found. A week after this happened, my dead friend visited me in my dreams and told me, Look who is here with me. I took a look and he was – this man. My dead friend and I knew this man because we had attended his church service before my friend passed away in 2016.

Just last year (2020), I dreamt about my uncle who had passed away due to lung cancer in 2019. He appeared in my dreams. I knew he was already dead and I asked him what was he doing there. He said he was looking for his mother (my grandmother) but could not find her. He told me he saw 7th Aunty a few moments ago.

My 7th Aunty is still alive and when I told my dreams to my parents, they told me not to tell this to my 7th Aunty. She  may  interpret it  that she will die soon as she had breast cancer. Later when my parents siblings got together and my dad related my dream to them, they said my uncle used to have this babysitter called 7th Aunty. She had passed away a long time ago and this 7th Aunty was my grandma’s best friend.

There is another dream I remember very vividly. This dream came to me more than 10 years ago. When I became a Christian, I prayed for my parent’s salvation. One night I had a dream. I was in a place which was very chaotic, people were screaming and in fear. Everyone was unsure of what to do and they were filled with anxiety and hopelessness. However, I saw a group of people walking towards one direction, all of them very calm and composed. They knew where they were going. I saw these group of people and I immediately knew that they were walking towards Jesus.

I saw my dad with me. Dad looked confused. He saw that I was calm and the rest in fear. I told my dad that we had to follow these group of people. I told him I knew where they were going and asked him to follow me. My dad replied that he didn’t want to go there because he was not sure where this group of people were going to. He told me to leave him behind and asked me to follow the group to save myself. I told my dad that if he was not going, then I would stay here with him. The situation did not improve. In fact it got worst. My dad somehow saw how calm I was and then he finally said to me, Okay, I will follow you.

I don’t know why I am able to remember this dream that I dreamt some 10 years ago. I take it as a message from God reassuring me that my dad will finally receive salvation and I had to show him the way.

I had several occasions, when I was younger, when I could see spirits. Not very often, not scary and often times, I was left wondering if I imagined it.  It stopped once I became a Christian.

Besides the dreams, I sometimes, hear God speak to me. Also not very often. I can’t explain it, but I seem to know that it’s Him because I felt peace and I felt the authority and reassurance in the message.

When my dad had leukemia, I poured out my heart to God. He said in a still small voice, I will prolong his life but you have to trust me. I read articles that AML without treatment would only take weeks. My dad had about 4 months – so not sure if what I heard was really from God or not. I can only hear him when I am in great distress.

c. At his bedside, you prayed. What did you say to God?

I prayed that God would heal him as the story of the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his very sick servant at home. The centurion asked Jesus to just say the word and his servant would be healed. The centurion, like Jesus, is a man with authority and he just had to say the word and it will come to pass. Jesus commented that he had not seen such faith and he said, it is done. I replaced the word servant with my father and I kept repeating this prayer again and again.

I also said the prayer that if my faith is as small as a mustard seed, I can tell the mountains to move and it will move. So I prayed for my dad’s leukemia to take a hike.

I also said the prayer that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and by His power He raised the dead. I asked for that power to heal my father and make him well. I did not lose faith, even when my dad did not look good, I wholly trust and believe that my dad will witness a miracle.

d. After talking to God, did God say anything to you?

No, God was silent. The vision appeared while I closed my eyes and as I prayed.

e. How long did this “vision” last?

Maybe less than 5 minutes.

f. Why do you say “vision”?

I was not sleeping, the chair I was sitting on was not very comfortable, my heart was anxious. I do not think I fell asleep and dreamt. I was very much aware that I was awake and I saw this vision/image in my head.

g. In this first vision — you seemed to be able to talked to him. Was the conversation like a normal humanly communication? Was it very clear like a video clip playing?

Yes, I called out to my dad and he turned to looked at me. It was like a normal conversation I would have with my dad. It was very clear. The background was clear and white. I could also see what my dad saw, the bright light up in front. It was quite a distance away. My dad was staring at the white light before I called out to him.

I can’t remember the timeline as I kept repeating the prayers again and again and again like meditation. In between the prayers, I also spoke to my dad. I did not say this out loud, I was saying this as a prayer to him and then repeated the sequence. I closed my eyes for a moment and I caught a glimpse of the vision of my dad.  

h. You only saw clear and white bright light? I supposed that was a glimpse of what heaven is like. Did you see any trees, river, animals etc?

I only saw a clear and white background. There are no trees, no river, no animals, it was just my dad and me. It felt peaceful.

i. When you prayed to God that day, did you expect God to answer you with this vision?

No. I did not expect God to answer it like this. What I expected was that my dad would suddenly wake up and said he is well and the doctors will tell me it’s a miracle. Well, I suppose God did answer my prayer, my dad was well indeed but in the spiritual realm.

j. Two days after the funeral, you said you prayed and you saw your dad with a young guy — in this one you were not able to talk to him. This was a dream? Was there any difference between this dream and the first vision?

I only saw him in a distance. This would like watching a movie and there were 2 guys walking and talking. My dad seemed to be very confident and he seemed to know his way. He did not look lost and this young guy seemed to be listening attentively to my father. I could not make out what they were talking about. This only lasted a few seconds. Just a glimpse, nothing more than that.

k. After the first episode and the second episode  — how did you feel as a person? What meaning did these give you?

I accepted the fact that it was time for my dad to go. Ever since my near death experience, I don’t try to understand why things happen but I trust and believe that all things work out for good to those who trust him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) My dad had lived a good life. He did all the things he wanted to do and he had no unfinished business left to do. The only thing he is concerned about is my mom and he had instructed me to take care of her. I have learnt not to take things for granted and be grateful for each and every passing moment. The moment my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, I surrender unto God, and that does not mean that we do nothing. We continue to seek help as guided by the holy spirit and it had led me to find you and many other resources that came along our way.

Before my dad died, he thanked me for the support that was given to him, he said he was happy and told me to be prepared because everyone had to go at some point. I had no regrets, all of us gave unselfishly of our time, effort and resources.

The lessons I learnt, I suppose, that we live to serve, to Love and give unselfishly. One day when we get to heaven, we will hear these words said by Jesus, Well done, my good and faithful servant, you have been faithful with the little, I will put you in charge of many things, Let us share your master’s happiness.

BEFORE SEEING THE VISION IN THE HOSPITAL.

l. Did you ever hear of stories from friends or read in books about life before death or after death?

I was not a Christian before, stories of life after death was told to me by my older relatives and friends. We had no religion and the understanding of it was like ‘rojak’. My relatives  beliefs were more towards Taoism and I was taught that when a person dies, his spirit has to be ‘shown’ the way by the chanting made by the Taoist priest and after 100 days, his soul would have to be ‘invited’ to the family altar. As a child, when a someone in the family passes on, we had to burn paper money (hell bank notes), paper cars, paper house so that the spirit can receive them in hell. What I find odd was, everyone who dies goes to hell. 

When I became a Christian, I learnt that the state of the dead is very different from what I was brought up knowing. I learnt that there is a heaven and everyone can get there and death would not separate us from our loved ones. I learnt that when a person dies, he is asleep, they do not know anything or become spirits until the resurrection happens. The experiences I have seem to say otherwise. I don’t try to understand them as there are so many different types of interpretation depending on which sources you are reading it from. If this vision I had of my dad gives comfort to my mom and helps her to heal and come to terms with my dad’s passing, then I believe it is a good thing.

I had a near death experience about 3 years ago, I had a respiratory arrest shortly after dinner and my sister sent me to ER at a small hospital. The hospital was not equipped to handle my case. They did not have a ventilator and the nurses had to pump my lungs for 4 hours while waiting for the ambulance to send me to a bigger hospital. The hospital, while they had an ambulance, did not have a driver. The doctor was looking high and low for morphine as they had to intubate me. When the doctor stabilised me, they called several hospitals and none of them wanted to take my case because of the seriousness of the problem. Later, Pantai Hospital in KL called back and agreed to take my case with the condition that I had insurance coverage. This was told to me by my sister. 

I remember walking into the hospital and waking up 2 days later in a different hospital. I was in a coma for 2 days. I had no memory of what happened. I should have died that night but for some reason, God preserved me. The only thing I remembered was seeing a bright white light before regaining consciousness. It was the bright light that woke me up. I woke up with a tube in my mouth, lines coming out from my neck and there were bruises on my arms. I could not talk and I pointed to my hand to ask the nurse on duty the time, it was 12 midnight.  The doctor came to see me in the morning, checked my vitals and removed the tube that was in my mouth. He then told me if I arrived at the hospital just a little bit later, they would have lost me. 

3. Thank you very much Sherine for sharing.

I learned many things from this experience. Yes, God is real and He is a living God. There are people who are “closer” to the spiritual realm — you are one of them! I have never experienced dreams/vision like you but I have experienced God’s blessing! Unbelievable. What I asked God in my prayer I got it! So I learned to appreciate and are grateful of what I have. I am satisfied, contented and am ready to go anytime.

Yes, I understand what you wrote: My dad had lived a good life. He did all the things he wanted to do and he had no unfinished business left to do. The only thing he is concerned about is my mom and he had instructed me to take care of her. That is exactly my philosophy of life.  Do all the good we can while we are temporarily here. When all is done, go home in peace and with a sense of full satisfaction. Mission accomplished!

Your dad’s story showed me that God is always loving.

Sherine: You’re welcome Prof Chris. Yes, I suppose if it’s time to go there is nothing we can do to stop it. And if it’s not time yet, then there is nothing that can make you go. Indeed, God is good, I have learnt over time to trust Him even though things may not go the way I want it. But He is always faithful. 

One last and final question. Do you want to share this experience with others? I can put this up in our website. Others may be able to learn something from your experience. But if you don’t feel comfortable, it is okay. If you wish to share, what name do you want to use – need not be your real name if you don’t want others to know who you are. 

Sherine: Yes, I am okay to share this experience with others. I have learnt so much from others who shared in your website and I want to be able to return the favour and let others learn from my own experience. I am also okay to use my own name. 

The Treatments My 74-year-old Father Went Through After Being Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

by Sherine

1. The first email

22 October 2020: Hi Dr Chris Teo:  My name is Sherine. I came across your website while searching about Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My dad was recently diagnosed as having AML and he is still in the hospital. We are exploring all available options and have decided to seek your advice. My dad has not done chemo yet and we are not quite sure if that is the direction we want him to go through. 

We understand that there is no cure for cancer and we are also not expecting a magic bullet. We want a more humane, less toxic way, so that my dad can have a better quality of life while dealing with this leukemia. 

Chris: Why don’t you want to do chemo? After all, everyone who has cancer … everyone goes for chemo! Right?

While my dad was in the hospital, I read up everything I can on AML, both chemo treatment as well as alternative treatment. The countless sharing and stories of people undergoing chemo does not show favourable results. Everyone goes for chemo because that is what the doctors will tell you to do and they often don’t give you time to think. Looking back, if my dad did not have pneumonia and delayed the treatment, my dad would have already done the chemotherapy. We did not know better at that time.

The issue is now we are in KL and we are now not allowed to travel to Penang due to CMCO and my dad is still in the hospital. I am not quite sure how we can seek your consultation on my dad’s matter. 

Chris: No problem, we can discuss over the internet.

2. How it all started.

Sometime on 10 October 2020 my dad complained about being tired and he said felt like sleeping all the time.

On 13 October 2020, he had some trouble breathing. The next day, 14 October 2020, my mom took him to Sunway Hospital where they took his blood samples and diagnosed him with having dengue. The doctor said that he has to be treated in the ICU. The doctors cautioned us about the cost. It would cost up to RM10,000 to RM15,000 per day.

The blood test results of 14 October 2020:

Red blood cell (RBC) = 1.17 Low

Haemoglobin = 3.6 Low

Platelet count = 96 Low

White blood cell (WBC) = 8.2

ESR = 44 H

My dad does not have any health insurance. He was not admitted into this private hospital. He was at A & E for about 3-4 hours. We then transferred him to a university hospital where he has a record there for his asthma condition earlier.

3. Treatment at the university hospital

Admitted into hospital on 14 October 2020:

  • They did further test and noticed that his haemoglobin had dropped from 3.6 (blood test from private hospital) to 1.
  • From 14 October to 21 October my dad underwent the following procedures:

a. Blood transfusion – four times.

b. Platelet transfusion- one time.

c. Bone marrow biopsy – done on 15 October. This resulted in pain in the back.

  • The blood test results from 14 October to 26 October were as follows:
 HaemoglobinWhite cell count (WCC)Platelets
14 October 20203.79.261
15 October5.05.847
16 October6.05.752
17 October6.6?50
18 October6.75.138
19 October6.23.939
20 October6.79.121
21 October7.62.530
22 October7.22.747
23 October7.94.639
26October4.57.355

Results of the bone marrow biopsy dated 15 October 2020:

  • The bone marrow findings show trilineage dysplasia with excess of blast (18%). (Another report indicated 28% blast cells. Immunopheotyping report said 14% myeloblast)
  • Differential diagnosis includes: 1) Myelodysplatic syndrome with excessive blasts and erythroid predoinance. 2) Acute myeloid leukemia with myelodysplasia-related changes.

16 October 2020:The haematologist asked to meet all family members and told us my dad had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He (haematologist) said that my dad needed chemotherapy and he would have to undergo this treatment in another government hospital that specialises in leukemia and this treatment would take about 2 years. This was the initial plan. The haematologist told us to start the chemo treatment immediately and told us they would transfer him out to another government hospital within 1 – 2 days time. He also told us that the cure for leukemia was a bone marrow transplant and that would be decided later after he had gone through the chemotherapy.

4. Chemotherapy – RM7,000 per cycle!

His attending doctor informed us that my dad had 4 options:

 1) The normal chemo which was a combination of different drugs.

 2) A lower dosage of the chemo (20% of the normal strength).

 3) Vidaza or

4) Palliative care

Due to my dad’s age and health and after observing him for 2 weeks due to the infection, he may not be able to take the chemotherapy which is a combination of different drugs. A lower dosage of the chemo may not work and they suggested another alternative drug which is called Vidaza. My dad would have to take Vidaza long term and each cycle would cost about RM7,000 (which is 7 shots). If it works, then he has to be on Vidaza for long term for maintenance. If we didn’t want to do any treatment, the hospital and doctors will give palliative care which was to give him blood/platelet transfusion as and when he needs it.

What is Vidaza? This chemo-drug is used to treat blood or bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. Such people usually have problems – such as infections, anemia, and easy bleeding or bruising. Vidaza is believed to work by helping your bone marrow grow normal blood cells so you will need fewer blood transfusions. It is also said  to kill abnormal blood cells that have grown too fast and do not work properly.This drug is given by injection under the skin or into a vein, usually once a day for 7 days in a row. A 7-day course of this medication is called a cycle. This cycle is repeated every 4 weeks. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-90394/vidaza-injection/details

I personally spoke to the doctor and his blood test marker showed that it is at 28%, citing that his cancer is not critical yet at this point and we still have time to decide what we want to do with him.

5. Developed hospital-acquired pneumonia, chemo was put on hold.

He developed pneumonia on day 2 of his (first) hospital admission. He was weak. He could not even walk to the toilet due to the lumbar puncture test they did. They put his chemo treatment on hold while they sort out his infection.

The doctors expected the infection to be resolved after 1 week of antibiotics. But he still had fever after 1 week. They changed to a stronger antibiotic after they identified the pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae which is a hospital acquired pneumonia. They gave him a stronger antibiotics which was Eraxis. My dad responded well to this antibiotics. His lung function was OK, no issue there.

What is Klebsiella? Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterium that normally lives inside human intestines, where it doesn’t cause disease.But if Klebsiella pneumoniae gets into other areas of the body, it can lead to a range of illnesses, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, etc. It is spread through direct person-to-person contact, such as when someone with contaminated hands touches a wound. Infections can also occur through the use of contaminated medical equipment. Most cases of K. pneumoniae infection occur in a hospital setting  they are contracted in a hospital or healthcare setting through the use of contaminated medical equipment.

People who have weakened immune systems, or sick or injured people who are undergoing procedures for various health issues, are more likely to get a K. pneumoniae infection than the general population. Healthy people usually don’t have to worry about getting K. pneumoniae infections.https://www.everydayhealth.com/klebsiella-pneumoniae/guide/

6. Antibiotic treatment for infection.

We anticipated my dad to be discharged on Monday (3/11/2020). Unfortunately, he developed a fever (38.1 C) on Sunday and they did a CT Scan and found that he had fungal infection in his spleen and at the adrenal glands. He had to stay another 2 weeks in the hospital – yes, non-stop taking antibiotics. It was one infection after another. First lung infection, then fungal infection. The doctor then said he would have to continue to be on antibiotics for 2-4 weeks and depending if the infection can be cleared by then. 

14 November 2020 (while in the hospital): At about 530pm, the nurse came and administered the antibiotics. Half an hour later, my dad suddenly felt cold and he couldn’t breathe. He tried to calm down and it did not work, be buzzed the nurse and told them he couldn’t breathe. The nurse immediately alerted the doctor and about 3 doctors came, gave him oxygen and nebulizer to breath. After a while his breathing was normal. We learnt later that they changed the antibiotics and caused him to go into an anaphylactic shock. My dad is allergic to the drug Vancomycin IV

7. Discharged from hospital.

19 November 2020: Was finally discharged after day 37. He lost 13kg and was malnourished. He had to continue his fungal infection oral meds for another 2 weeks. 

Chris: Do you have to pay for this hospital stay? Total cost for this first hospital admission?

Yes, we had to pay for the hospital stay, here is the breakdown:

  • Private Medical Centre (blood test and diagnosis) RM2,957.35
  • 37 days in university hospital (blood transfusion, infection treatment and admission) RM5,101. Each blood transfusion cost RM 44.00

8. Hospital experience.

On first day of admission: He was very weak and in a lot of pain after the lumbar puncture. Feeling breathless as his hemoglobin dropped to 1. He felt better after the blood transfusion, but was breathless again the following day.

Chris: In view of the Covid-19 lock down, were you able to visit your father?

We were not allowed to visit due to the Covid lockdown. My mom was able to visit him for a few hours initially. After about 2 weeks, they stopped her from visiting. She could only pass my dad food through the nurse. We could only visit my dad when the doctor wanted to talk to the family members.

No one took care of him, that’s why he was so miserable at the hospital. The nurse gave him a urinal to pee and he would poop in his diapers as he couldn’t walk.

It was a mental struggle for him as the food was bad, hospital environment is just bad and family not allowed to visit due to Covid. I would call him twice  a day and share with him what I read and the options for his treatment. I told him I found your blog and share the testimony of Pak Jam’s wife to him. He felt better and encouraged after hearing that story. 

9. On discharge from the hospital: He was weak but very happy to be home.

19 November 2020:While at home he was seated on a chair while taking his shower. My mom assisted him. After he finished, my mom went out of the bathroom to grab a towel. When she returned to the toilet, my dad was nonresponsive. He started to slide down from his chair. My mom grabbed him and called for my cousin. They assisted him out of the toilet. He seemed unconscious and as they moved him, he passed motion while in that state. When they got my dad to the bed, my mom started to call the ambulance, while giving the description to the operator, my dad regained consciousness and asked to cancel the ambulance. He was okay, dressed himself, had a snack and watched TV shortly after that — a scary episode.

My mom who cleared his poop saw that there was blood in his stools. He had haemorrhoids.

10. First encounter with CA Care.

I went thru your website and I have discussed this issue in depth with my father and my family members (my mom and my sister) and we have all decided to come to seek you for help. I have also bought your book Cancer – is there another option and have shared the book with my mother and sister to read. 

Yes, we know there is no cure. I have made that very clear to my father and I told him the only way we can do is to improve your immune system as what you have suggested in your website: i.e.: Don’t be complacent, ONLY eat food that improves your immune system and look forward that you want to take care of your health for the next 10,15 or 20 years of your life. 

He is eager and keen to hear from you and know what is next for him. We have the assurance from his doctor that he still needs to come for check up even though we decide not to do chemo, so that we can keep abreast of his health condition from time to time. 

My dad is currently taking a supplement H. He is currently taking 6 packs (120ml per day).

5 November 2020: (Although Sherine contacted CA Care on 22 October 2020 by email, it was not until 4 November that the patient was prescribed Capsule A, C, D and M).

We straight away started him on Cap A, C, D & M on Wednesday (4/11/2020). He is also taking the super protein together with Naturex combined with Supplement H (6 packets a day), Probiotics and Vitamin C. Are there any additional herbs that can help him with the fungal infection? Do you have any advice for us on how to help him fight this infection? 

11. No herbs while in the hospital

 He took the herbs for 2 days. On 6 November the doctor saw him taking supplements and confiscated everything and pass it back to my mom when she brought food over. The doctors told my dad his blood showed indication of steroids and warned him not to take any herbs while in the hospital.

At this point, he was able to move about and walk about 100 steps in the toilet as his exercise routine (the toilet it seems is quite big)

12.  Trying other therapies.

Me and my mom had a long chat with Mr. Yeong. He told us to read up as much as possible about other types of cancer treatment and we should have a backup in case CA Care’s herbs did not work for my dad. Mr. Yeong told us about X-Therapy, oxygen therapy, etc.

One of my relative had told us about the X-therapy but we did not explore further into it and when Mr. Yeong mentioned X-Therapy we decided to look into it. I spent about a week reading and downloading books (World Without Cancer) about X-Therapy and found a guy who can supply us with X-Therapy supplement. We were actually quite convinced with X-Therapy and we wanted to try that for my dad.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days, taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutathione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement. This guy, Mr.R said he can arrange a nurse to administer the X-Therapy IV after my dad was discharged. We were not very comfortable with that arrangement and asked him to recommend us a doctor who can administer this X-Therapy. That was how we got referred to Dr. X.

Dr. X is a qualified medical doctor and he practices both the mainstream and alternative treatment for many types of illness including cancer.  I called his clinic on 19 November and set up an appointment to meet Dr X on 20 November provided my dad was discharged. My dad was allowed to be discharged on 19 November and we proceeded to meet Dr. X.

20 November 2020: We went for our initial appointment with Dr. X. We told him we wanted X-Therapy for my dad and asked him how to go about it. He wanted to do a thorough medical checkup first and only then can decide what should be done.

He did a blood test and a physical examination and found that my dad  had a tear in his anus and told us my dad has haemorroids. He told us that my dad was underweight, undernourished and he (Dr. X) needs to start nutritional therapy before treating his cancer as his body is too weak to take X-Therapy.

Dr. X started my dad on 20 mg of Vitamin C IV and gave my dad a list of supplements to take. His weight at this time was 49kg. We were told that this initial consultation and checkup would cost RM850 and we ended up paying RM5,131 as he gave us a whole lot of supplements and vitamins to take.

21 November 2020: We visited Dr.X’s clinic again and my dad was given another bout of Vitamin C IV, this time they increased the dosage to 30 mg. He did seem to look better after the Vitamin C IV. We checked with Dr X again on the X-Therapy treatment for my dad. He said X-therapy is not very effective for AML and he said he will check with his other counterparts and let us know later. We checked with him several times and realized he didn’t really have the protocol to treat AML. He seems unsure and kept telling us to worry about the infection first. The cancer can be dealt with later.

23 November 2020: My dad had his appointment in university hospital. His hemoglobin was at 6.2 and platelets at 27. He was given 2 bags of blood on this day and his next appointment would be in 2 weeks time (7 Dec 2020).  My dad was getting treatment from Dr X’s clinic every alternate day until 7 Dec 2020 when he was admitted. This treatment was continued after his discharge on 13 Dec 2020 until 19 Dec 2020. The last date we consulted Dr. X. was 19 December.

7 Dec 2020: Follow up and blood transfusion at university hospital. Upon checking, his CRP (infection marker) was at 10.2 and he was admitted immediately for antibiotics drip. He had fever at 38.7. They did blood culture and it turned out negative. They were not able to identify the pathogen causing the infection. At this point we have not started on (CA Care’s) herbs yet as my dad was under Dr. X’s treatment.

When my dad was admitted, we checked in with Dr. X again. He was quite difficult to reach. We only had the clinic whatsapp and we had to wait a few days before he called us back. We asked him again what was the next course of action as the constant Vitamin C IV my dad was getting still resulted him in getting an infection and had to be admitted. He suggested to bump up his Vitamin C to 70 mg and suggested homeopathy treatment after he was discharged.

13 Dec 2020: Dad was discharged from the hospital. His arm was red from the IV with slight swelling, the hospital gave some cream to be applied on the area. He lost about 4-5 kg after this admission. Weight dropped to 45kg.

The affected area at this point was just a red bump on his skin. It was nothing major. The swelling developed around 19 December or rather the swelling was so big we only noticed it on 19 December.

13.  Second hospital admission – more antibiotics!

Dad went for his scheduled check up and developed fever on the day of the check up and they immediately admitted him. They put him on antibiotics. Did a blood culture test and could not identify the pathogen that caused his fever.He was discharged after a week.

My dad’s 2nd admission was on 7 Dec and was discharged on 13 Dec 2020 (Note: my dad’s first admission was 37 days and second admission 1 week).

14. High Vitamin C infusion again.

17 December 2020: We went to Dr. X and was given Vitamin C, albumin, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation.The swelling of his right arm was not significant and we did not place any emphasis on it as there was no fever and no pain. Dr. X also did not comment on it.

19 December 2020:  We noticed significant swelling on the arm, and my dad went to see Dr. X.Dad was advised to put cold compression on the swelling. This treatment reduced the swelling slightly but his arm was still quite swollen. Dr. X gave albumin IV, fat lipids supplement injection, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation, IV to increase nutrition absorption and Vitamin C IV. 

Dr. X gave my dad an injection that was supposed to help with the swelling but it did not help. The swelling did not reduce until we took the papaya leaf on 23 December 2020 (4 days later). The injection was about RM120.

Was the alternative treatment effective?

He was doing okay at home. He could walk about slightly and if he over exerts himself, he would feel breathless. He would be okay after taking a rest.

At this point, he lost more weight (about 4-5kg), physically was weak but mentally was doing good. At this point we checked with Dr. X and he suggested us to do the homeopathy treatment for his leukemia when he was discharged. 

We still went back to Dr. X after his discharge and found that my dad was feeling weaker.

We were at crossroads at this point as we have already spent about RM 30,000 for Dr. X’s treatment and saw not much signs of improvement after a month. He now requires blood transfusion every week.

15. Back to CA Care again!

20 December 2020: We somehow got acquainted with Ms. S whose mother has colon cancer and was also taking herbs from you. So we decided to stop going to Dr. X and started taking your herbs on Monday 21 December 2020.

25 December 2020: My dad said he felt better after taking your herbs. My dad was due for his routine blood transfusion on 23/12 and although his hemoglobin was at a low of 4.6, he was doing better than before.

I would like to check with you, with your experience in treating AML with your herbs, does he require frequent blood transfusions after taking your herbs? We were told by the doctor that he will have excess iron in his blood and may cause heart problems later on due to the prolong blood transfusions he needs to take on a regular basis. 

Reply: To help him with his blood production. Drink one papaya leaf per day …. Ask Yeong how to make the tea. It is extremely bitter. It may help with the blood production. Go read these articles in our website:

1. Leukemia – A Miraculous Healing.https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2013/06/30/leukemia-a-miraculous-healing/

2.From God’s Awesome Natural Pharmacy — papaya leaf for stubborn high fever!  This is about my son — who is now a medical doctor. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/03/07/from-gods-awesome-natural-pharmacy-papaya-leaf-for-stubborn-high-fever/

29 December 2020:My dad went for his check up at the university hospital today and his hemoglobin is at 6.6. His platelet has dropped to 2 and he received another bag of blood transfusion and platelet. He has some abscess on his right arm due to the antibiotic IV drip he had during his previous admission. They wanted my dad to be admitted on this day itself and we insisted to go back first and come back tomorrow for the admission. They wanted to give him antibiotics drip. I am sending the photo of his right arm for your reference. 

We are very reluctant to admit him again but the doctor said that if the infected part is ruptured, there might be more complication later. The admission for the antibiotics would be for a week. They made it sound so serious, we had no choice but to admit him. As you recommended papaya leaf juice, we boiled some for him to drink the night before the admission.

The doctor asked my dad to take the antibiotics 250mg x 1 every 6 hourly just before his admission. My dad took the antibiotics at 6 p.m., drank the papaya leaf juice at 9p.m., took antibiotics again at midnight and at 6 am on 30 Dec 2020. 

30 December 2020: It was at 9a.m. we realised that his swelling had reduced by half. We were very surprised to see that sort of outcome in just one night. We still made our way to the hospital and prepared for his admission. We gave him papaya juice, ACD capsules before going to the hospital. 

We showed the before and after photo to the doctor and try to persuade the doctor that the admission was not required as the swollen area had reduced in size.The doctor couldn’t decide and she referred my dad to an orthopedic specialist. The orthopedic specialist came and after checking my dad, he consulted his boss and still advised us to admit. We told him my dad didn’t want to and the swelling on his left arm was caused by the antibiotics IV drip and it could happen again on his other arm if we allowed him to be admitted. 

He understood our concerns and allowed us to be discharged with the condition that we sign an indemnity form and gave us the extra doses of antibiotics. This time he had to take 4 x 250mg of antibiotics every 6 hourly.

I took another photo of his arm today, the swelling is still there but the redness seems to have reduced. 

We did not inform the doctor that he was taking papaya leaf juice. We will keep you updated and we really have no idea why he wanted us to take so much antibiotics. The doctor told us it can be very serious and my dad could go into sepsis shock as the abscess can cause these effects in his body. The doctors want to drain the abscess by doing a minor operation and also worried that he may bleed to death due to his low platelet count. They wanted to observe him while he is warded in the hospital. 

Yes, that is indeed the question to ask, was it the antibiotics or the papaya leaf juice that helped reduce the swelling. 

We have been told by the doctors that the oral antibiotics may not work and the most effective way was to give my dad antibiotics IV drip. The swelling was caused by the antibiotics IV when he was hospitalised 3 weeks ago as the IV line was in his arm for a week for the drip and caused the infection.

We have some good news today. We started boiling papaya juice for my dad to drink yesterday 29/12 at about 9 pm. It was after I sent the email to you. He was also taking oral antibiotics every 6 hourly. We woke up this morning to find the swelling on his right arm reduced by half!

We are sending the picture over to you to have a look. 

Anyway, thank you for recommending us the papaya leaf juice, it seemed to have worked like a miracle and my dad is happily back at home today. 

We will be boiling 1 leaf a day for him from today onwards.

31 December 2020:We are all so happy to see results of my dad’s arm condition.

Now the redness in his arm has reduced alot, and it is almost close to his skin colour. We are really very surprised by the speed of how the swelling has reduced. It’s almost back to normal in just 2 days after the papaya leaf juice and also perhaps the antibiotics. I mean, with our experience with antibiotics, the results usually are not that instant. 

16. After drinking papaya leaf tea – healing started!

The swelling subsided – 4.8 cm down to 1.7 cm

Wow, almost resolved. The doctor told us then (29 Dec 2020) that the swelling on this arm WILL NOT be resolved if he did not get  admitted to the hospital.

Comments by Chris: How To Deal with His Leukemia?

1. Role of doctors / hospital.

Yes, we need the help of the doctors! So far he was admitted twice. First admission was for 37 days. Second admission was for 7 days. What did they do?

a. Took care of his infection. So we need to be careful. Due to his low body immunity he can pick up any infection from anywhere.

To fight the infections he was treated with antibiotics. The downside of this treatment is allergic reactions.

b. He needs blood transfusion as and when required. His RBC, haemoglobin and platelets were low.

c. Due to his low platelets count, bleeding may occur.

The downside of low blood counts is bleeding and inflammation. What most of us don’t know about is hemochromatosis (iron overload).  You can get too much iron in your blood if you have multiple blood transfusions. This can damage your heart and liver.

Read about risks and complications of blood transfusion –  (https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/blood-transfusion-what-to-know#1)

In general, blood transfusions are considered safe, but there are risks. Sometimes complications show up immediately, others take some time.

Fever: It’s usually not considered serious if you get a fever 1 to 6 hours after your transfusion. But if you also feel nauseated or have chest pain, it could be something more serious. See your doctor right away.

Allergic reactions: It’s possible to experience an allergic reaction to the blood you receive, even if it’s the correct blood type. If this happens, you’ll likely feel itchy and develop hives. If you have an allergic reaction, it’s likely to happen during the transfusion or very shortly after.

Acute immune hemolytic reaction: This complication is rare, but is a medical emergency. It happens if your body attacks the red blood cells in the blood you’ve received. This normally takes place during or right after your transfusion, and you’ll experience symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, or pain in your chest or lower back. Your urine might also come out dark.

Delayed hemolytic reaction: This is similar to an acute immune hemolytic reaction, but it happens more gradually.

Anaphylactic reaction: This happens within minutes of starting a transfusion and may be life-threatening. You may experience swelling of the face and throat, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure.

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI): This is a rare, but potentially fatal reaction. It shows up within hours of the start of the transfusion in the form of a fever and low blood pressure. TRALI damages your lungs. It may be caused by antibodies or other substances in the new blood. Even though it’s rare, it’s still the leading cause of transfusion-related death in the United States.

Bloodborne Infections: Blood banks thoroughly screen donors and test donated blood for viruses, bacteria, and parasites, but infections are still a rare possibility.

  • HIV: Your chance of contracting HIV through donated blood is 1 in 2 million (a lower risk than being struck by lightning).
  • Hepatitis B and C: Your chance of contracting hepatitis B is about 1 in 300,000 and your risk of contracting hepatitis C is about 1 in 1.5 million.
  • West Nile virus: Your chance of contracting West Nile virus is about 1 in 350,000.
  • Zika virus: In 2016, the FDA began recommending that blood centers screen for Zika. Most people who have it don’t show any symptoms.

2. What about his leukemia problem?

Go for chemotherapy? This is not done yet. Will chemo cure?

Then, the family  turned to alternative treatments. The patient was treated by Dr. X.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days to be taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutatione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement.

Did it help him at all? After spending RM30,000 for these treatments. What good comes out of it?

Then Dr. X said for his cancer treatment – try homeopathy! I too had a diploma of Homeopathy! No la — that’s a long shot!

3. CA Care Therapy.

The patient was on our herbs for about a month. I was hopeful that his blood counts will improve with time. But it was not to be.

On  3 February 2021, Sherine wrote this email.

There was so much drama over the past week until today and I did not manage to update you yet. 

The last update was, my dad had another episode at home when we got home from the hospital. His condition did not improve and he was so weak he could not even walk downstairs to have his meals. 

My mom observed another 2 days, which was a Friday, and then decided to take him to the hospital as he could not walk unaided. 

They took him to A&E on Friday and his hemoglobin was at 5 and platelet 5. His gums were bleeding again and they admitted him on Friday. 

The doc told us that they found blood in his stools and suspected internal bleeding. They want to do a colonoscopy scope but couldn’t as his platelet was so low. 

So they transfuse him some blood and platelet. Don’t know how much. My dad wasn’t responding to our calls at all. 

They make him fast and prepared him to do an endoscope instead. His platelet seemed to be holding up well but his platelet not so much. 

They were supposed to do the scope yesterday (2 February) evening and we thought it was done and was planning to check with the hospital this morning (3 February). 

This morning at 2.30 am, my dad texted my mom and asked her to bring the wheelchair and come now. His message was not clear. My mom only saw the message at 6 am and she called my dad. My dad asked her to come now as he is in “great trauma”. My mom got worried and she called me so we went to the hospital immediately. 

The hospital didn’t allow us in and asked us to wait outside the ward and wait for the doctor to come. The doc only came at about 10.30 am and said that they decided not to do the scope as the blood in his stools are not fresh blood and they called off the scope. My dad has not eaten anything for 72 hours. 

Chris:  Thanks for taking time to update — I am really sad and sorry. Let us see what happen. Things have gone beyond us. Very sad.

Sherine: Hi Prof Chris,  please don’t be sad and sorry. We are not, we witness miracles happening to my dad. Doctors tell us the worst case scenario and somehow my dad’s condition improved. They said he needed scope, then don’t need any more. Let’s see what miracles we have for tomorrow… We just have to have faith.

Next story: My Last Few Days With Dad Before He Left Us

NPC – After Nine Years – Still Cancer Free!

Yesterday (15 September 2020), Im received this short message from Pastor Danny of Singapore.

Thank you Pastor for keeping us informed of your progress. Thank God the Almighty for this wonderful blessing. We are happy to learn that you are cancer free! Keep it that way.

I can still remember very clearly the day when Danny came to our centre with Senior Pastor Derek and another church member to our centre in early 2012 – eight years ago.

Danny was diagnosed with Stage 3 nose cancer and had undergone radiotherapy in a hospital in Singapore. He had just completed  the second cycle of chemotherapy. Both treatments cause severe side effects.

The side effects of radiation were: mouth sore, difficulty swallowing, burnt skin, etc.

According to Danny the side effects of chemotherapy were worse than radiotherapy. He had to be hospitalized due to fevers and infection. He was unable to sleep, was in pain and became anxious and depressed. He was put on morphine and as a result suffered constipation and hallucination.

The treatment caused much misery.  Danny said: I was just a living thing – existing. The treatment caused much misery. I would rather die – it was miserable and never again!

Even though the medical treatment offered only a 30 percent chance (whatever that means) Danny  had to accept what was “dished” to him because he knew of no other way out of this predicament. Being a pastor he had to show a good example. So he had to put up a “false front” and behave himself . Follow what the doctors said.

But unknown to many of his friends and church members, he remained confined to his room refusing to meet anybody. At the lowest ebb of his life, he felt he could not make it and was ready to die. He even sent out an sms to a friend requesting what was to be done for him if he passed on.

Fortunately all was not lost. A friend managed to convince Danny for another alternative way – try CA Care therapy! Three days on the our herbs, Danny bounced back to life! He had more energy to talk to friends and walk around. He was able to attend church and took morning walk.

After meeting us in Penang, Danny decided to stop chemo on his own accord – without any pressure from anyone. The next day he went to his oncologist and told her he was taking CA Care’s herbs and he would not want to continue with further chemotherapy. To his surprise the oncologist readily agreed! She was not “mad” at him at all.

For more detail and videos of our interview, click here: A U-turn from Death – The Nose Cancer Journey of Pastor Danny https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/05/21/a-u-turn-from-death-the-nose-cancer-journey-of-pastor-danny/

 

Herbs Helped Him After A Failed Liver Surgery

Chai, 64-year-old, had a 15 x 18 cm cancerous tumour in his liver. Her underwent an operation to remove 70 percent of his liver. Nine months after the surgery, a new 8 cm tumour recurred in his liver. The cancer had also spread to his lung. Chai was asked to undergo TACE (transarterial chemoembolization). He refused the treatment and came to seek our help instead.

Chai was prescribed herbs: Capsule A,B, C, D and M. In addition he was asked to drink herbal teas – Live-P + PLM, Live 2 and Lung.

About one month on the herbs, Chai and his daughter came back and told us that the herbs helped him!

Watch this video:

Healing Crisis

The first two weeks taking herbs was difficult! Why?

  1. The herbal teas are bitter and have awful smell (to some people). Some patients may just give up after a few days because of this.
  2. Chai had to change his diet – he could not eat anything he wanted! No meat, no sugar, no oil etc. Some patients would tell us life has no meaning if they cannot eat their favourite food!!
  3. Chai felt tired after drinking the teas.
  4. He had loose stools or diarrhoea. He had to go to the toilet 6 to 7 times a day. We told Chai that some peoples had to go the toilet more frequently than that! So no big deal.

To be fair, during Chai’s first visit, we have already warned him that the above could happen after taking the herbs. We call this “healing crisis.” It can last from one to three weeks. Every patient has to go through this crisis before he/she gets better!

I asked Chai: Did you feel you want to give up having to suffer all these?

Chai replied: No!

Chai persisted and he was well rewarded – just after one month on our therapy. His health improved and he felt better by a least 50 percent.

1.Night sweat gone. Before the herbs, Chai  said he woke up sweating heavily every morning at about 5 or 6 a.m. He was wet and could not go back to sleep again. After two weeks on the herbs, this problem was totally gone. He could sleep longer and better.

  1. Cough gone. Before the herbs, Chai had cough with while phlegm. His cough went away after taking the herbs. There was no need for him to taking any of our cough herbs.
  2. Pain of teeth of lower jaw gone. For the past two months before starting on the herbs, Chai said his teeth in the lower jaw were painful when chewing. Two weeks after taking the herbs, there was no more pain.
  3. Taste and smell of food restored. Before the herbs, any food that Chai ate had no taste or smell. After two weeks on the herbs he could enjoy the taste and smell of his food.
  4. More energy. While initially he felt tired, after two weeks on the herbs he felt he has more energy. He was no more tired.
  5. Felt better. After a month on the herbs, I asked Chai if he felt better and healthier? The answer was Yes! On the scale of 0 to 10, Chai said his health is now at 5.

It is indeed a big surprise (and a great blessing) to see Chai and daughter so happy during this visit. When asked if he wanted to continue taking the herbs. The daughter said: Yes, must continue, cannot stop.

I reminded Chai that most patients will start bargaining wanting to eat this and that – which there not supposed to eat – after they started to feel well. Some patients would ask that they take less herbs now that they are already getting better.

FORTUNATELY, Chai is not this type of character. I have made it very clear to Chai and his daughter. From now on, there is nothing more that I can do for them. I have given all the herbs that I know could help Chai. Now it is up to the patient himself to continue doing what he is doing to heal himself.

I told Chai: I am happy to have a patient with such attitude. Patient – heal yourself!

 

 

 

 

Liver Surgery Failed To Cure Him

Chai is a 64 year-old-Malaysian. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis B since the past twenty over years. He had no symptoms. The doctor prescribed him Tenorfovir (viral load well suppressed).

A check up in June 2015 showed elevated liver function enzymes – AST = 111,                ALT = 169.

A CT scan showed:

  • The liver is normal in size but coarse echotexture and irregular border.
  • A hyperechoic lesion but no obvious intralesional. Vascularity note at left lobe of the liver measures 0.8 x 0.9 x 1 cm.

Impression: Features suggestive of liver parenchyma disease with hyperechoic lesion left lobe of liver likely menangioma.

A triphasic CT scan of liver done in July 2015 confirmed:

  • Irregular liver surface. Hypodense lesions are seen at both liver lobes, the largest is at segment 7 measures 1.2 cm. These lesions not enhanced in all CT phases.
  • Prostate enlarged measuring 4.7 x 5.1 x 4.1 cm.

Impression:

  1. Liver cirrhosis with no CT evidence of hepatoma.
  2. Multiple liver cysts.
  3. Cholelithlasis.
  4. Prostatomegaly.

Fast forward to April 2018 – a repeat Triphasic CT scan showed:

  • A solitary non-enchancing homogenous isodense liver nodule 3.3 x 3.6 cm. In view of underlying chronic hepatitis carrier, need to exclude atypical hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Associated underlying liver cysts and haemangioma.

On 8 August 2019, Chai was admitted to a government hospital  and underwent surgery to removed about 70 percent of his liver. After being discharged from hospital, he was not offered further treatment (like chemotherapy) nor given any medication to take. He was sent home to recover and was told he can go back to his old lifestyle and can eat whatever he likes  – no pantang!

A follow up CT in July 2020 showed:

  • Increasing size and number of liver lesions in segment 2 and 3.
  • Lung nodules with pleural-based lesions suggestive of lung and pleural metastases.
  • Prostatomegaly with chronic bladder obstruction.

Chai was asked to undergo transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for his recurrent liver cancer. He refused to undergo this treatment and came to seek our help instead.

Chai told us that:

1. The size of the tumour in his liver was about 15 x 18 cm before it was removed by surgery.

2. About 9 months later, the cancer recurred.  The tumour in his liver is now about 8 cm in size. The cancer had also spread to his lungs.

3. The liver operation done in  the government cost only RM250 (two hundred and fifty ringgit). If he were to go to a private hospital it would have cost him about RM60,000.

Watch this video:

Comments: If there is one lesson we can learn from this case is that if we are diagnosed with Hepatitis, we need to take care of our problem. Just because there  is no symptom , it does not mean we can live like there is no tomorrow. One day this hepatitis may develop into liver cirrhosis or/and liver cancer as in the case of Chai.

When Chai first came to see us, he looked alright (from the outside) and we highlighted the following points:

1. Surgery cannot cure liver cancer. Unlike in cases of breast or colon cancer, would not “push” or recommend patients to undergo surgery for liver cancer. We have seen many cases of failures. In the case of Chai the tumour recurred about nine months after surgery. He was back to square one. The doctor suggested TACE. But Chai’s cancer had already spread to his lungs. What can TACE do for his lungs?

His tumour in his liver is about 15 x 18 cm in size. That is huge and because of that 70 percent of the liver had to be removed. In such a situation, the chances of recurrence is very high – almost a certainty. If the tumour is small  – below 3 cm, maybe surgery is a good bet.

Cancer Recurred After Liver Surgery: The same story again and again!

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/01/27/cancer-recurred-after-liver-surgery-the-same-story-again-and-again/

Liver Cancer: 3 cm Tumour OUT, 8 cm Tumour IN After 9 Months and S$28,000-Surgery

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2013/04/28/liver-cancer-3-cm-tumour-out-8-cm-tumour-in-after-9-months-and-s28000-surgery/

2. Chai has to take care of his diet – no meat, no sugar and no oil / oily, fried food.  No one has ever told him to “pantang” or take care of diet. So after the surgery, he was back to his old life style and ate whatever he wanterd.

3. Chai has to face reality. There is no cure for cancer. So don’t be  misled or “fooled” by people who claim that their “therapy” can cure cancer. There is no magic – and CA Care has no magic potion either. So why take our herbs then? Our experience showed that herbs do help – perhaps to make life a little better or to even prolong life.

Liver Cancer: Two months to live yet still fine after one and a half years!

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/02/13/liver-cancer-two-months-to-live-yet-still-fine-after-one-and-a-half-years/

8 cm Liver Tumour Shrunk After 8 Months On Herbs. Still Alive and Well After 2 Years

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/01/27/8-cm-liver-tumour-shrunk-after-8-months-on-herbs-still-alive-and-well-after-2-years/

Liver Cancer: You are still around? It’s a miracle

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/05/03/liver-cancer-you-are-still-around-its-a-miracle/

4. Be grateful.  We would like to remind all patients – if you can eat, can sleep, have no pain and can move around – learn to be grateful for what you are. Nobody can do anything to make you better than that.

Liver Cancer: Cultivate Gratitude Not Greed — Two years on herbs, okay; 6 months on medical treatments, dead

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/03/29/liver-cancer-cultivate-gratitude-not-greed-two-years-on-herbs-okay-6-months-on-medical-treatments-dead/

5. Learn to take care of yourself. To win or to lose depends on you – the patient. Others around you can only help but they cannot cure you!  Learn to eat healthy. We have written two books on this subject – Food & Cancer and Healthy Cooking. It is up to you to read and learn to make yourself healthy.

Besides healthy food, learn to lead a stress-free and contented life.

6. Going for TACE? The doctor suggested Chai undergo TACE – that’s the only option there is. We have made it clear to Chai that he has to make his own decision with regards to TACE. We cannot tell him to go or not to go for the treatment. Chai understood the situation he is in and understood our message.

7. Herbs are bitter and the smell is awful (to most people). You need to boil them as tea – so it is a chore that you have to deal with.

8. Chai may have to suffer “healing crisis” initially before he can get well. In the first two herbs after taking the herbs, he may have diarrhoea, feel tired, etc. That is okay – continue taking the herbs. After a month – ask this question: Am I getting better? Our advice – if you feel better, then continue taking the herbs. But if after a month on the herbs, your condition does not improve or gets worse, then stop taking the herbs.

9. Finally, we ask Chai and his son: What do you want to do now?  Are you prepared to go through the “challenge” outline above? Without hesitation Chai replied: I want to take your herbs. Chai did not want to go for TACE.

Three operations and chemotherapy did not cure his colon cancer

ST is a 62-year-old man from Perak. Two years ago (May 2018) he was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix and adjacent caecum.

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He underwent a right hemicolectomy in a private hospital in his hometown. It was a Stage 2 cancer. This operation cost him RM50,000.

A CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis did not show the cancer had spread to other parts of the body.

After surgery, ST  underwent six cycles of chemotherapy. He received treatment every three weeks. The chemo regimen used was Mayo Clinic Regimen – consisting of 5-FU on day 1 and day 5 and folinic acid on day 1 to day 5. Chemotherapy was completed on 1 January 2019.The total cost of treatment was about RM40,000.

ST was well for about a year. He continued to lead his “old lifestyle”. No, he was not told to take care of his diet – the doctor said You can eat anything you like! Indeed this is the advice most patients and their family members like to hear!

In March 2020, ST started to have abdominal pain and at times, he vomited. He went back to the same hospital where he had his surgery. A CT scan was done and revealed:

  • Acute small bowel obstruction with no evidence of tumour recurrence.
  • Liver lesions – cyst or metastasis ?
  • Bilateral small renal cyst.

On 25 April 2020, ST went back to the hospital again due to small bowel obstruction. He underwent a laparotomy on 29 April 2020.

Intraop finding: Jejunoileal junction tumour infiltrated by posterior abdominal wall.

Histopathology of small bowel, retroperitoneal nodule and omentum: Adenocarcinoma with lymphovascular invasion.

On 8 May 2020 ST suffered bile leak from the wound site. He had to undergo another operation – relaparotomy, jejunostomy done stoma created. This means ST had to wear a bag.

ST was discharged from the private hospital on15 May 2020. The total cost of these two operations came to about RM80,000.

RM190,00 gone – but ST’s problem was not yet solved. Four days later ST had to be admitted into a government hospital duet to:

  • electrolyte imbalance and
  • severe AKI (Acute kidney injury- sudden episode of kidney failure or kidney damage that happens within a few hours or a few days. AKI causes a build-up of waste products in your blood and makes it hard for your kidneys to keep the right balance of fluid in the  body).

ST recovered and was discharged and was given the following medication:

  1. Simvastatin
  2. Mecobatamin
  3. Lomotil
  4. Loperamide
  5. Pantoprazole
  6. Liquid morphine – he has to take morphine every four hours.

A CT scan done on 4 August 2020 showed:

  • Progression of disease evidenced by increased number and size of cystic liver lesions – likely metastasis.
  • No evidence of recurrence.
  • Prostatomegaly.

ST was told to undergo more chemotherapy! This time the treatment would be 12 cycles and drugs to be used are:

  1. Folinic acid
  2. 5-FU
  3. Oxaliplatin

ST decided to give up chemotherapy and came to seek our help.

Chris: Who asked you to come and see us?

Daughter:  The owner of a bookshop in our hometown!

C: Why don’t you want to go for chemotherapy?

D: My uncle (my father’s elder brother) had chemotherapy for his lung cancer. He was 58 years old then. Just after two shot of chemo he died.

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Lessons We Can Learn From This Story

  1. Surgery did not cure him. ST underwent three operations and has spent about RM130,000 (RM 50K + RM80K) for the procedures. The procedures helped him for about a year. Then the cancer came back. It had spread to his liver.
  2. Chemotherapy did not cure him either. After surgery, ST underwent chemotherapy using a Mayo Clinic regimen – using 5-FU plus folinic acid. Unfortunately, the treatment failed.

ST was told to undergo more chemo – this time using a “better” combination of drugs – 5-FU + folinic acid + oxliplatin. Study the names carefully, it is about more of the same – you agree?

Chris: Did you ask the doctor in the government hospital if the chemo that he is giving your father is going to cure?

Daughter: No, cannot cure. It is only to prolong life.

Well, think for yourself too – do you think it is worth it – enduring all the sufferings? Prolong life for how long?

Let me share with you what we wrote in this book (Pages: 210-211):

When we first started CA Care, we encountered many cases of colorectal cancer. The first to come to mind was Yeoh, a man of great wealth. He had colon cancer and went to the top oncologist in Singapore for treatment. He was fitted with a pump in which the toxic chemodrug,5-FU was delivered at regular intervals. He even went to Sydney to consult another famous oncologist. One day, he suffered complications from the treatment and died.

Then there was Leong who was the owner of a construction company. He too had colon cancer and died while undergoing chemo with 5-FU. At that time the gold standard for treatment of colon cancer was 5-FU. One day before he died he called his daughter and told her. If Dr. Teo needs help with renovating his house or the cancer centre, please help him. I still remember this episode up to this day.

Then one day, I received a call asking me to meet a VVVIP ( I am sorry, with due respect, it would not be proper for me to identify this person). I prescribed herbs for this person who had cancer of the colon or rectum. The person got better but one day the person’s personal doctor called me to complain about me giving herbs to the “boss”. Later, this VVVIP went to Singapore for chemotherapy and died.

During those early days. What we “saw” and knew happened appeared acceptable. We just accepted it as the way it is. We learned that chemo can kill. As we get to see more patients over the years, we learn of many more reasons why patients don’t want to go for chemo.

Julie’s husband died within minutes after completion of his sixth cycle of chemo.

Julie, a lady from Indonesia came to seek our help after being diagnosed with lung cancer. She was asked to go for chemotherapy which she refused to do. Why? Julie had a bitter experience to share.

About five years earlier, Julie’s husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. He underwent an operation – performed by one of the best colorectal surgeons in Singapore. He was then sent to a well known Singapore private hospital for chemotherapy. Chemotherapy was started in June and by December Julie’s husband was dead. Julie: After receiving three cycles of chemo, he had difficulty walking.

Chris: And he still continued with the chemo?

In spite of the early warning that something had gone wrong, the oncologist still wanted the patient to finish the scheduled six cycles. Julie’s husband eventually completed the six cycles of chemo. Within a few minutes of completing the last cycle – after the “needle” was removed from his arm – he died.

C: Did you ask the oncologist why your husband died?

J: The oncologist said his heart could not stand the toxic drug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her Breast Cancer Came Back After Twelve Years!

Katy (not her real name) was 52 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the right breast in 2008. She had a mastectomy. It was a lobular carcinoma with small area of low grade intraductal carcinma and ductal epithelian hyperplasia. All the 10 axillary lymph nodes are free of tumour metastasis.

Immunohistochemistry report indicated the tumour was strongly positive of estrogen and progesterone receptors. It is also wrongly positive for e-cerbB2 and moderately positive for P53.

Katy did not undergo any chemotherapy but took tamoxifen for two months and decided to stop it. She came to seek our help and was prescribed Capsule A, Breast M and C-teas. Katy was on our therapy for about two years and decided to let it go. She was doing great and was back to her normal life again.

Twelve years later – in July 2020 – we received an email requesting for an appointment to see us. Katy was again diagnosed with cancer and this time it was of her left breast. She underwent a lumpectomy in June 2020. This cost her RM18,000.

The histopatholgy report confirmed an invasive carcinoma which had invaded the adjacent breast tissue. There is also lymphovascular permeation. Eight lymph nodes were removed but none was infected with cancer. The hormonal status: ER +, PR- and HER2 equivocal (uncertain).

Katy was asked to consult an oncologist for further management. But she refused to see an oncologist knowing full well that she would not want to undergo chemotherapy. Katy came to seek our help and was prescribed herbs.

Lesson we can learn from this story – there is no cure for cancer! It can come back again.

Patients are often told that if they survived five years, they are considered cured of their cancer. So five-year survival is the “magic” cut-off point to determine if you are cured or not cured. How true is this dogma?

Take a break and reflect on the story of MT, a 44-year-old lady from Batam. She had breast cancer in 2005. She had undergone a mastectomy, 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments. She took tamoxifen for 5 years. That was the start-of-the-art medical treatment that most patients were asked to undergo for their breast cancer.

Before the treatments, the doctor told MT that her breast cancer was at an early stage and she had a 90 percent chance of complete cure with the treatments. MT believed her doctor and did exactly as she was told. Each year she came back to her doctor for a routine checkup. At every visit she was told that she was fine. After five years, MT was told to stop tamoxifen because she was already cured. MT spent a total of about IDR60 million for her medical treatments.

Barely a year later, in April 2011, MT started to have pains in her tail bone and shoulder blade. She ignored the problem and did not go back to see her doctor. The pains became more intense. Then her legs started to hurt. She became breathless and was unable to walk far. She became tired easily. In February 2012, MT returned to her doctor. Examination indicated the cancer had spread to her bones.

She asked the oncologist how could this happen – after she had done all the necessary treatments required of her. On top of that he, the oncologist, had told her that she had been cured! This was the oncologist’s reply, “I do not know why. But don’t blame yourself. It is your fate. Also the recurrence has nothing to do with what you eat. It is just your fate.” (Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Hfi2-ngN0)

MT did everything that her oncologist wanted her to do. She was even told that she was cured after 5 years, but at the 6th year she suffered extensive bony metastasis. Why? Her doctor said, “I do not know why. But don’t blame yourself. It is your fate. Also the recurrence has nothing to do with what you eat. It is just your fate.”

How do you feel about the answer given? This is what happens if you place your life in the hands of experts. You have undergone all treatments – slash, poison and burn and when these fail, it is not the wrong treatment strategy, the “useless” drug used or the bad advice given that are the reasons for the failure. The scapegoat is your fate! That is how the “so called educated brains” rationalize failures, never humble enough to admit their short comings or to learn from their mistakes.

Deadly medicines and organised crime How big pharma has corrupted healthcare

About the Author

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated with a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; he worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975–83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984–95. He co-founded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

Foreword No:1 of the book is written by Dr. Richard Smith, former Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious British Medical Journal.

Dr. Smith wrote about the author:

  • There must be plenty of people who shudder when they hear that Peter Gotzsche will be speaking in a meeting … He is like the young boy who not only could see that the emperor had no clothes but also said so. Most of us either cannot see that the emperor is naked or will not announce it when we see his nakedness, which is why we need people like Peter …he has a taste for strong, blunt language.

What Dr. Smith said about this book:

  • I have long recognised that science is carried out by human beings not objective robots and will therefore be prone to the many human failings, but I was shocked by the stories in Peter’s book.

 

  • Science can be corrupted in order to advance particular argument and how money, profits, jobs and reputation are the most potent corrupters.

 

  • He (Peter) is not the first to compare the industry with the Mafia or mob. He quotes a former vice-president of Pfizer who has said: It is scary how many similarities there are between this industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and death and the side effects are same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry.

 

  • Many people are killed by the industry … indeed hundreds of thousands are killed every year by prescription drugs.

 

  • The benefits of drugs are exaggerated … the drug industry has systematically corrupted science to play up the benefits and play down the harms of their drugs.

 

  • The industry has bought doctors, academics, journals, professional and patient organisations, university departments, journalists, regulators and politicians. These are the methods of the mob.

 

  • Doctors are beholden to the drug industry and that many are being paid six figure sums for advising companies or giving talks on their behalf. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that these “key opinion leaders” are being bought. They are the “hired guns” of the industry.

 

Foreword No:2 is written by Dr. Drummond Rennie, Deputy Editor, JAMA (Journal American Medical Association)

  • There already exist hundreds of reports of scientific studies, and many books written about the way pharmaceutical companies pervert the scientific process and, using their massive wealth, all too often work against the interests of the patients they claim to help.

 

  • Gotzsche’s experience is unequaled. He has worked in sales for drug companies either as a drug company representative pitching pills to doctors or as a product manager. He is a physician and a medical researcher and has built a high reputation as head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre … he deeply understands the statistics of bias and the techniques of analyzing reports of clinical trials.

 

  • We base our treatments on the results of clinical trials, so the results are a matter of life and death. Patients who allow themselves to be entered into trials expect their sacrifice to benefit humanity. What they do not expect is that their results will be held, and manipulated, as trade secrets.

 

  • We have the ironic situation in the US where the drug companies pay the agency, the FDA, to assess their projects. Is it any surprise that the agency has been captured by the industry it is supposed to regulate?

 

Quotations from the Introduction of the book.

 

  • Unfortunately, we now suffer from two man-made epidemics, tobacco and prescription drugs, both of which are hugely lethal. In the Unites States and Europe — Drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

 

  • Tobacco executives know they are peddling death and so do drug company executives.

 

  • I shall describe in this book how drug companies have deliberately hidden lethal harms of their drugs by fraudulent behaviour, both in research and marketing, and by firm denials when confronted with the facts.

 

  • The main reason we take many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs.

 

  • Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors … the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe.

 

  • Drug salespeople tell many lies, but they have often been deceived by their superiors in the company who deliberately withhold the truth from them.

 

  • The patients don’t realize that, although the doctors may know a lot about disease and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn’t been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry.

 

  • The main problem with our healthcare system is that the financial incentives that drive it seriously impede the rational, economical and safe use of drugs. The drug company prospers on this and exerts tight information control. The research literature on drugs is systematically distorted through trials with flawed designs and analyses, selective publication of trials and data, suppression of unwelcome results, and ghostwritten papers.

 

  • Ghostwriters write manuscript for hire without revealing their identity in the papers, which have influential doctors as “authors” although they have contributed little or nothing to the manuscript. This scientific misconduct sells drugs.

 

  • If you don’t think the system is out of control, please email me (the author) and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death.

 

  • If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus or even one-hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.