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Ø  it is a preventable cancer.

Ø  a known etiology, a hpv ( human papilloma virus)

Ø  a known mode of spread i.e sexually transmitted

Ø  a very good and inexpensive screening test called pap smear which identifies it several years ahead at a precancerous stage making it amenable to prevention and early treatment with good prognosis.

Ø  an effective vaccine

Ø  unlike other stis (sexually transmitted infections) it is not fully protected by condoms.

we live in an era of sexual liberalisation with far reaching consequences. stis are a rising concern, with long term consequences. hiv is just the tip of iceberg.

the high risk factors are those with

-        multiple sex partners

-        early initiation of sexual activity

-        poor knowledge of contraception

-        hesitation in using barrier method by male partners

-        low socio-economic status with poor access to health care services, including pap tests

-        prostitutes, prison inmates,  drug addicts, those attending sti clinics

-        smoking, low immunity status like hiv, use of birth control pills for > 5 years, being younger than 17 at the time of first delivery, multiparity i.e having 3 or more children.

even the first wife dying of a cervical cancer placed the second wife at high risk.

yet despite the familiarity with the disease, it continues to flourish especially in developing countries. most of those who suffered rarely made to the hospital in time. educated women, even doctors hardly turned up for their pap smear in time. may be it was a feminine trait, being indifferent to their own health.

an effective vaccine lay underutilised because of unawareness and sometimes non affordability.

a  report published by the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) tells,

       young people aged 15-24 years develop half of all new sexually transmitted infections (stis),

       1 in 4 sexually active adolescent females has an sti

no wonder the lower limit of giving hpv vaccine, that acts best when given before the sexual debut has been brought down to 9 years of age; a definite sign of society’s paradigm

“this epidemic is one result of a sexually saturated culture and the myth perpetuated by academe, medicine and pharmaceutical companies that latex, contraception and  vaccines can make all sexual behavior risk free.” 

even among prime-time network television shows, there is only 1 portrayal of protective behavior or comment regarding stis for every 25 instances of sexual behavior shown.

sadly one-quarter of adolescents and young adults in high-risk age groups for stis did not have health care coverage.

only 11 percent of teenagers surveyed reported getting most of their information regarding stis from their parents or other family members.

knowledge and awareness of stis among the public is poor; almost two-thirds of women,18-60 years of age surveyed knew nothing or very little about stis other than aids.

young women and female adolescents are more susceptible to stis compared to their male counterparts because of their biological characteristics. during puberty and young adulthood, specific cells (columnar epithelium) are especially sensitive to invasion by certain sexually transmitted organisms are more exposed.

women and female adolescents may also find it more difficult than men to implement protective behaviors, partly because of the power imbalance between men and women

the only way to curb the rising epidemic was by :

  • inculcating responsible behaviour

sounds like a cliché but if you don’t take a detailed sexual history of your partner on your date, you don’t know him well enough to have sex.

and ‘safe sex’ is sex with your faithful spouse!  

  • encourage use of contraception ( barrier method )

§  enforcing pap smear in sexually active women ( 21-65 years) at least every 3 year( even in those previously vaccinated with hpv vaccine), or combining it with hpv testing every 5 years ( >30 years of age).

“screen-and-treat” and “screen, diagnose and treat” are both valuable approaches

 

  • promoting cervical cancer vaccine; may be a government initiative making the vaccine cost effective, mandatory or even free to all adolescent girls.
  • health education
  • tracing contact/ partner & treatment  for stis , wherever possiblecancer cervix is the leading cancer in indian women and the second most common worldwide. the precancerous changes start early, usually in the twenties, once the women is sexually active and if undetected and untreated  may turn into a full blown cancer by the time the woman is in her 50s.

    ironically, there are several good things about this cancer.

    Ø  it is a preventable cancer.

    Ø  a known etiology, a hpv ( human papilloma virus)

    Ø  a known mode of spread i.e sexually transmitted

    Ø  a very good and inexpensive screening test called pap smear which identifies it several years ahead at a precancerous stage making it amenable to prevention and early treatment with good prognosis.

    Ø  an effective vaccine

    Ø  unlike other stis (sexually transmitted infections) it is not fully protected by condoms.

    we live in an era of sexual liberalisation with far reaching consequences. stis are a rising concern, with long term consequences. hiv is just the tip of iceberg.

    the high risk factors are those with

    -        multiple sex partners

    -        early initiation of sexual activity

    -        poor knowledge of contraception

    -        hesitation in using barrier method by male partners

    -        low socio-economic status with poor access to health care services, including pap tests

    -        prostitutes, prison inmates,  drug addicts, those attending sti clinics

    -        smoking, low immunity status like hiv, use of birth control pills for > 5 years, being younger than 17 at the time of first delivery, multiparity i.e having 3 or more children.

    even the first wife dying of a cervical cancer placed the second wife at high risk.

    yet despite the familiarity with the disease, it continues to flourish especially in developing countries. most of those who suffered rarely made to the hospital in time. educated women, even doctors hardly turned up for their pap smear in time. may be it was a feminine trait, being indifferent to their own health.

    an effective vaccine lay underutilised because of unawareness and sometimes non affordability.

    a  report published by the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) tells,

           young people aged 15-24 years develop half of all new sexually transmitted infections (stis),

           1 in 4 sexually active adolescent females has an sti

    no wonder the lower limit of giving hpv vaccine, that acts best when given before the sexual debut has been brought down to 9 years of age; a definite sign of society’s paradigm

    “this epidemic is one result of a sexually saturated culture and the myth perpetuated by academe, medicine and pharmaceutical companies that latex, contraception and  vaccines can make all sexual behavior risk free.” 

    even among prime-time network television shows, there is only 1 portrayal of protective behavior or comment regarding stis for every 25 instances of sexual behavior shown.

    sadly one-quarter of adolescents and young adults in high-risk age groups for stis did not have health care coverage.

    only 11 percent of teenagers surveyed reported getting most of their information regarding stis from their parents or other family members.

    knowledge and awareness of stis among the public is poor; almost two-thirds of women,18-60 years of age surveyed knew nothing or very little about stis other than aids.

    young women and female adolescents are more susceptible to stis compared to their male counterparts because of their biological characteristics. during puberty and young adulthood, specific cells (columnar epithelium) are especially sensitive to invasion by certain sexually transmitted organisms are more exposed.

    women and female adolescents may also find it more difficult than men to implement protective behaviors, partly because of the power imbalance between men and women

    the only way to curb the rising epidemic was by :

    • inculcating responsible behaviour

    sounds like a cliché but if you don’t take a detailed sexual history of your partner on your date, you don’t know him well enough to have sex.

    and ‘safe sex’ is sex with your faithful spouse!  

    • encourage use of contraception ( barrier method )

    §  enforcing pap smear in sexually active women ( 21-65 years) at least every 3 year( even in those previously vaccinated with hpv vaccine), or combining it with hpv testing every 5 years ( >30 years of age).

    “screen-and-treat” and “screen, diagnose and treat” are both valuable approaches

     

    • promoting cervical cancer vaccine; may be a government initiative making the vaccine cost effective, mandatory or even free to all adolescent girls.
    • health education
    • tracing contact/ partner & treatment  for stis , wherever possible
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    HOMEOPATHIC SPORTS MEDICINE

    Homoeopathy as a Sports medicine

    DR.T.G.MANOJ KUMAR

    Injuries are common in sports and games. A single injury may spoil the whole life of a sports person. Repeated trivial injuries may complicate in future and block the carrier development of the person.

    A study after the Los Angeles Marathon found that one in seven runners came down with an upper respiratory infection after taking part in the race, compared with just two out of 100 runners who didn’t compete

    Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States.

    According  to Kevin Hoffman in Coach and Athletic Director “ a famous sports magazine , highest frequency of injuries occurs in Basketball, second position is Football, others following in victory stand are soccer, base ball, gymnastics.

    Most of the sports injuries are of the traumatic type such as a bruise, muscle strain, ligament sprain, fractures, etc. Others include muscle soreness, muscle cramps, stiffness, cuts and abrasions.

    In sports medicine, medication used in Modern Medicine, not actually heal the condition, most of them are for suppressing pain. When we continuing our activity with the injured parts under local anesthesia, that ends in more severe and irreversible damage to the tissue or bone.

    Content of most of the Modern medicine itself are harm full for regular and continuous use.

    Most of the sports surgery ruins the carrier of the sports men. Carli Anne Lloyd(  an American soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion, 2015 FIFA Player of the Year and 2016 FIFA Player of the Year) said “ It's always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can't change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before”.

    Here comes the possibilities of Homoeopathy as a sports medicine,With homoeopathic medicine we can heal the wounds externally and internally, can speed the bone healing, muscle injuries, tendon tear etc.

    Many famous sports person benefited by homoeopathic treatment

    As you know Olympian P.T.USHA regains her strength by Homoeopathic Medicine,

    David Beckham used homeopathy for a broken foot just prior to the 2002 World Cup .

    Zaheer Khan, Indian cricket player used Arnica (a homoeopathic medicine)for tightening of quadriceps muscles.

      Martina Navratilova, Czech and American tennis super star.   Boris Becker, German tennis super star were followers of this system.

      Many Soccer Players in Germany use homeopathy. In 2008, 24 out of 26 doctors (92.3%) who work for the Bundesliga’s (German soccer league) first and second division teams had prescribed homeopathic cures for 76% of the soccer teams!

    Even sports doctors in western countries prescribes homoeopathic medicine in many countries

    Merits of homeopathic medicine.

    In homoeopathy, we can divide the application of homoeopathic medicine for various purposes which is not possible for other systems.

    Before sports activity

    During sports activity

    After sports  activity or injury

     

    The effect of these injuries is two-fold. One the cells that made up soft tissues gets damaged and the second is fatigue and weakness. Sometimes fear can also lead to injuries.

    Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali  died at the age of 74, was suffering from  Parkinson's disease. It may be due to the concussions of brain happened during boxing that could be preventable by Homoeopathy medication.

        With homoeopathic medicine, broken bones will heal faster, Muscle tears will mend more quickly. Head injuries and head concussions will heal and long term tissue damage is avoided. Homeopathy not only heals sport injuries quickly, but it also can be used as a preventative medicine.

    Psychological help

    Many of the Athletes suffered from performance anxiety, which hinder their maximum caliber. Homoeopathy has medicine to cop up with such performance anxiety.

     One of our world famous women tennis player declared, many times she intentionally failed in finals, just to escape from stage and audience.

    No Risk of Doping: Since homeopathic medicine are colloidal solutions and contains nanoparticles, they do not show up in any drug testing procedures .The world anti-doping agency (WADA) considers homeopathic remedies free of restriction.

    The most commonly used homeopathic medicines are Arnica Montana, Arsenicum Album, Ruta Graveolens, Rhus Toxicodendrom, Hypericum, Ledum Pal, Calendula, Symphytum, Bellis Perennis, Bryonia and Strontium Carbonicum. Among them, Arnica and Rhus tox are most widely used

    Ruta Graveolens 30C for the treatment of pain in plantar fasciitis

    Use of Arnica to relieve pain after carpal-tunnel release surgery

    Arnica, Bryonia & Rhus Tox 6c  are best for Fibromyalgia

    For speedy recovery from over exertion after too much training

    Arnica and China.                                 

     To increase oxygen uptake by cells-China and Natrum Mur

    Enhancing neural response-, Vanadium, Ferrum Mettallicum and Arsenicum Album

    Clarke’s ‘A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica’ describes Arsenicum Album as : “Arsenic is the remedy for the effects of prolonged endurance. It has the power of strengthening the muscles of the limbs and that of the breathing apparatus”.

    (Usual potency used in sports medicine is ARS ALB 6C)

    Vanadium metallicum –“increases amount of haemoglobin, also combines its oxygen with toxins and destroys their virulence….”W. Boericke

    Vanadium—an energetic stimulant of nutrition.( Dr.Robin Murphy –lotus mat.med)

    1) Arnica , When the injury is in the superficial level like sprain , Arnica fear of approach even before touching and sending doctor away is very striking. It helps in old clots or to prevent clotting of blood internally 6th c in repeated doses can prevent stroke also.
    Cicuta mainly history of high fever n head injury also lymphnodes in neck prominent
    Bellis per my fav for lifting weight 30 or 200 both similar action. Bruised feeling internally. Heavy work and muscle fibres worn out.
    Rhus has feverishness and restlessness
    Cuprum met any muscle fibre and even calc flour 30-in calf muscles, helps in cramps

    ockd, falls or when bruising s easily visible n more useful when some of the characteristic features are available like wanting to be left alone or unbearable if someone touching the affected area .use Arnica 30 every 15 mnts

    Belles per 30 if bruising s deep n a feeling of 'tightness' of the area.3) Led 30 specific for sprained ankles if the area looks black bruised n a sensation of being cold.4) Rhustox alternate with Arnica

    Muscle cramps are often a common problem in athlets.For this Cup.met 30 in every hour s beneficial.Tennis Elbow. Ruta 30 or 6c.where areas like bones n tendons meet.Achilles Tendinitis .use kali bich when symptoms are in one part of the tendon than affecting the whole length of it.again Ruta if it s more towards the end of the tendon that attaches t the calf muscles.Anacardium also a good remedy.Painful Heels.Ruta, Aranea diadema,calc phos.

    Yes Arnica fear of approach even before touching and sending doctor away is very striking. It helps in old clots or to prevent clotting of blood internally 6th c in repeated doses can prevent stroke also.
    Cicuta mainly history of high fever n head injury also lymphnodes in neck prominent
    Bellis per my fav for lifting weight 30 or 200 both similar action. Bruised feeling internally. Heavy work and muscle fibres worn out.
    Rhus has feverishness and restlessness
    Cuprum met any muscle fibre and even calc flour 30-in calf muscles, helps in cramps

    See what they comment about our medicine

    Arnica cuts healing time in half or less”. Dr. Bart Flick, orthopedic surgeon from Louisiana

    Therapeutic success was observed in 11/30 homeopathy patients and 4/30 in placebo group, this study got replicated in above rheumatology journal (2004)

    I use remedies such as Ruta grav, which helps treat sprained ligaments, ­Gelsemium for pre-race jitters, Arnica for bruising and Bellis perennis to treat exertion.-James Ellington, British Olympic sprinter and 2nd fastest sprinter in UK

    I have used Homeopathy countless times to assist with the various bumps and bruises that I have suffered from hitting hurdles. My favorite Homeopathic remedy is Arnica and I wouldn’t dream of using anything else Jayne Torvill

    “When I fall on the ice, I treat my bruises with arnica tablets or cream, which seems to help”  Jayne Torvill (skating)

    Dr. Philippe Lageyre, sports doctor, he accompanies the rugby teams “On the field, with the slightest trauma, I prescribe Arnica. I always have tubes and doses on me.

    -Jean-Marcel Ferret, doctor to the French soccer team from 1993 to 2004, the period which included their World Cup win, used Homoeopathic medicine for their team.

    Conclusion

    There exists a vast horizon for homoeopathic medicine in sports field. Early recognition of this safe system and adding to our sports medicine wing will surly help India to save many sports men and we can win more heights too.

    DR.T.G.MANOJ KUMAR

    BHMS ,DNYS,MSc(Appl.Psy),PGDGC

    MEDICAL OFFICER ,DEPT. OF HOMOEOPATHY.KERALA STATE, INDIA

    Email:drmanoj.1973@yahoo.com

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