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Royal coronavirus: How the Queen treats ill-health with alternative medical practices – Express

In her more active days, the Queen was almost always spotted carrying a small leather case during her extensive travels, the contents of which were divided into 60 compartments. Containing a mystifying expanse of herbal and alternative medicinal cures, including controversial homeopathic remedies, aides would replenish her stores before each trip.

Now, as the deadly coronavirus sweeps the globe and edges closer to the royal family - Prince Charles was yesterday confirmed as having tested positive for COVID-19 - their unconventional choices may well help them and the public defeat the virus.

At 94, the Queen has enjoyed what many would consider as a favourable spell of good health.

Seldom has she cancelled official duties as a result of illness, with her alternative medicine receiving a royal patronage in all but name.

Her age, however, puts her well in the vulnerable and at risk group, especially from the deadly coronavirus.

Palace aides have, since the news broke, been thoroughly cross-checking diaries to trace any encounters Charles and the Queen in the past few weeks.

As far as the Queens album of medicines is concerned, she is known to use arsenicum for food poisoning, cocculus for travel sickness, nut vomica for indigestion, and arnica for jet-lag and bruising.

Yet, she is not the only royal known to use natural remedies and homeopathy to replenish health.

Prince Philip, known for his scepticism, wore a copper bracelet for years in an attempt to ward off arthritis.

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Dr Ali is sure he will make a speedy recovery in using natures bounty, according to the Mail Online.

He told the publication: The Prince is fit and well and rarely falls ill.

Hes in the right place to get better Scotland is good for him.

Meanwhile, coronavirus continues to cripple the UK, the death toll now having reached 465, while nearly 10,000 people have contracted it.

In a bid to slow the virus spread, on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of stringent measures intended to up the ante against COVID-19.

This included urging everyone to stay at home, with gatherings of more than two people banned.

Those who can work from home were told to do so, while only essential workers are permitted to travel to their place of work.

Confusion over certain jobs - construction workers, for example - ensued, with many not knowing whether they qualified as key workers.

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Explained: Can alternative medicine work against the coronavirus? – The Indian Express

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2020 4:43:41 pm An Indonesian local health service personnel extracts blood from an individual on self-quarantine, as they conduct a COVID-19 rapid test in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Andy Saputra via AP)

There have been multiple advisories from the AYUSH Ministry on COVID-19. Its long list of recommendations include Unani concoctions Sharbat Unnab and Tiryaq Arba, and the homeopathic medicine Arsenicum Album 30 for post-exposure prophylaxis for doctors and caregivers.

In the absence of a scientifically proven cure or preventive for novel coronavirus infection, should one use alternative medicine?

This is what the World Health Organization has to say: While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines.

Doctors are discouraging use of drugs recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine because a drug has to be developed keeping in mind its safety and efficacy.

For hydroxychloroquine pushed by the Health Ministry, the efficacy is still being investigated but its safety has been documented through years. No such data are available for any of the traditional remedies on social media.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is new and its nature is still being studied by scientists.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Market Size, Demand, Analysis, Top Players, Market Shares and Forecast to 2027 – Skyline Gazette

The New Report Complementary and Alternative Medicine Market published by Premium Market Insights, covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Alternative medicine describes aims to achieve the healing effects of the medicine. Complementary medicine (CM), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), are among many rebranding of the same phenomenon. Alternative therapies share in common that they reside outside medical science and rely on pseudoscience.

The complementary and alternative medicine market is anticipated to grow in the forecast period due to increasing awareness regarding traditional therapy methods. However, the lack of approved clinical support can is restraining market growth. Moreover, a surge in the number of studios and outlets in the form of startups and well-established firms offering dietary herbal supplements and many other accessories needed for the therapies is expected to benefit the growth of the market in the forecast period.

Top Companies Covered in this Report:1. Columbia Nutritional Inc., 2. Helio USA Inc., 3. Herb Pharm, 4. Herbal Hills, 5. Nordic Naturals, 6. Organovo Holdings Inc., 7. Pure Encapsulations, LLC., 8. Quantum Touch Inc, 9. SOPHiA GENETICS, Inc., 10. The Healing Co.

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The complementary and alternative medicine market is segmented on the basis of intervention and distribution method. Based on intervention the market is segmented as botanicals, acupuncture, mind, body, and yoga and magnetic intervention. Further on the basis of botanicals the market is categorized as ayurveda, naturopathy and homeopathy. Further on the basis of mind, body, and yoga the market is categorized as yoga, meditation, energy healing, chakra healing and hypnotherapy. On the basis of distribution method the market is categorized as direct contact, e-training and distance correspondence.

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The report provides a detailed overview of the industry including both qualitative and quantitative information. It provides overview and forecast of the global Complementary and Alternative Medicine market based on various segments. It also provides market size and forecast estimates from year 2017 to 2027 with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine market by each region is later sub-segmented by respective countries and segments. The report covers analysis and forecast of 18 countries globally along with current trend and opportunities prevailing in the region.

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The Sad Demise of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines – Times of India

Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal established an Institution namely the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in the year 1991 in Kolkata, India. The Institution was established to impart education, conduct conferences and publish books in the field of Alternative Medicines, viz. Yoga, Naturopathy, Reiki, Meditation, Acupressure, Acupuncture, etc.

The Institution went onto become the largest institution in India and people from all over the country began to undergo its online and distance education courses, attend its glittery International Conferences and buy its published books.

The Institution over the years received approval from bodies in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as its students were receiving attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The Institution continuously was receiving praiseworthy messages of support from the Office of the President, Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministers of State, etc. for the Conferences and Seminars organized for popularizing and propagating the system of alternative medicines.

Seeing the growth of the Institution and the surge in demand for the system of Alternative Medicines in India and worldwide, several other institutions also mushroomed in the country and started offering courses in various disciplines of alternative medicines.

N.B.: Institutions of Alternative Medicines only have accord to conduct courses in Alternative Medicines (Yoga, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Meditation, etc.). They do not have the accord to offer degrees in Medical Science and Surgery, for which additional approval of the Medical Council of India is required.

However, in a very unfortunate turn of events, it was alleged by the State of West Bengal in 2017, one Institution of Alternative Medicines run by one Mr. Romes Badyo out of Barasat, West Bengal, was flouting the Government norms and without any approval or accord from Medical Council of India (MCI) had awarded certain degrees in Allopathic Medicine and Surgery.

The Government of West Bengal in an immediate reaction lodged FIRs against all Institutions of Alternative Medicines with strict instruction to detain and arrest Officials of all such Institutions.

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines headed by Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal filed for Quashing of the FIR in the Honble Calcutta High Court pleading that other Institutions may have indulged in malpractice but his Institution has not indulged in the illegal practice of awarding degrees in Allopathic Medicine and Surgery. He welcomed the State Government to conduct an investigation against him but that could also be done without arresting the Officials.

However, just days before the final hearing of the above matter could be concluded in the Honble High Court of Calcutta, the State Government detained the Officials of the Institution, namely Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal and his son, Chandan Agarwal.

The State Government also freezed their Bank Accounts, sent details to the Financial Intelligence Unit in New Delhi and conducted a thorough investigation. However, the State Government found no financial mishap on the part of the Institution or its officials, and thereafter all the said Accounts, etc. were de-freezed by the Honble Court. India is a democratic nation where Courts follow the principle of Satyamev Jayate and Truth Always Prevails, sooner or later. In this case, justice has not yet been fully awarded.

Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal is a very respected gentleman in the society with more than 25 degrees to his name in various fields, recipient of several awards from national and international bodies and author of tens of books on Health, Healing, Yoga and Alternative Medicines. He has represented IBAM at the United Nations in the USA, has been a Guest Speaker at Conferences of the World Health Organization (WHO), and served as the Chairman of the Haryana Governments Committee for syllabi on Alternative Medicines. He is also the Founding Editor of Health Sciences Journal, a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India registered body.

His son, Chandan Agarwal, is an established Chartered Accountant.

With the unfortunate event that the father-son duo was made to live through, they have shut down the Institution in Kolkata and have expressed no desire of running it any further in West Bengal.

In the meantime, Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal has founded a Private University in Ranchi, Jharkhand, approved by the Government of Jharkhand and UGC, Government of India. He has stated that the courses on Alternative Medicines shall re-commence soon under the University in Ranchi, viz. Pragyan International University, and has no plans of establishing any Institution in West Bengal in the near future.

Pragyan International University has been established by an Act of State Legislature of Jharkhand in Ranchi and has received the assent of the Honble Governor.

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Feds Warn Telemarketers to Stop the Coronavirus Robocall Scams – The Daily Beast

Federal regulators fired a shot across the bow of a host of telemarketing firms on Friday, warning them against propping up illegal robocalling scams seeking to cash in on the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at the Federal Trade Commission have reason to believe that one or more of your customers may be involved in such illegal telemarketing campaigns, the FTC wrote in letters to nine call center companies dated March 27. Many of these robocalls prey upon consumer fear of the pandemic to perpetrate scams or disseminate disinformation.

Government agencies and private watchdog groups have tallied thousands of such robocalls, which attempt to bilk consumers with offers of discounted health insurance and free coronavirus testing kits. They represent one of several new targets of government-wide efforts to crack down on scammers using the virus outbreak to try to cash in.

There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus, FTC chairman Joe Simons said in a statement on Fridays warning letters. What we dont need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims. These warning letters are just the first step. Were prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam.

The Federal Communications Commission is also monitoring coronavirus-related telemarketing scams. Its even set up a website where visitors can listen to recordings of scam phone calls and find information on weeding out and reporting the scammers.

We are aware of and concerned by scam calls and texts trying to prey on consumers during this crisis, an FCC spokesperson told The Daily Beast last week. We hope consumers will use extreme caution and will refrain from providing any suspicious callers or texters with any personal or financial information. As we review consumer complaints about specific scam patterns, we will work to help consumers stay informed.

Archives of coronavirus-related robocalls set up by the FCC and privately run websites such as NoMoRobo and YouMail reveal some templates for the various scammers trying to capitalize on the outbreak. Many offer free coronavirus testing kits. Others hawk health insurance or various Medicare supplemental plans. Some even impersonate federal agencies themselvesDear citizen, this is United States Department of Health, one recorded caller says, if you wish to talk to a health advisor right now please press one.

Federal law allows the FTC to seek civil penalties against companies engaged in illegal robocalling, which includes any automated marketing calls that make a false or misleading statement to induce any person to pay for goods or services or to induce a charitable contribution.

The novel coronavirus has dominated headlines for weeks now, and fears about its spread provide fertile ground for scammers looking to market fake health care products. Nearly as concerning as overt efforts to extract money from unsuspecting consumers is the disinformation about the virus that these appeals often spread.

The FTC and the Food and Drug Administration have also gone after homeopathic medicine proponents and other natural wellness websites of late over false claims that their products can cure or mitigate the coronavirus. The agencies highest profile target to date is Jim Bakker, a televangelist who has promoted fabricated silver-based cures to the virus on his popular talk show.

The state of Missouri is now suing Bakker to prevent him from making such claims. A post on his website headlined Covid-19 Coronavirus, building immunity, staying healthy and the benefits of Silver Solution is no longer publicly accessible.

Others targeted in the federal governments crackdown on such misinformation have been more obstinate. After receiving a warning letter on March 6, the website Herbal Amy, a natural medicine website that had promoted various plant-based coronavirus remedies, removed the post flagged in the letter from its website. But two weeks after the letter was sent, Herbal Amys Facebook page doubled down on the underlying claims.

Cinchona [tree bark] is the only economically practical source of quinine, a drug that is still recommended for the treatment of malaria and now Coronavirus, the page read. If anyone tells you that herbs don't work, they are either ignorant to facts or lying.

Additional FTC action against other sources of such misinformation indicates that it hasnt slowed up since the commission went after Bakker, Herbal Amy, and five other companies earlier this month. Last week, the FTC sent two more warning letters to companies engaged in similar practices. One of them, corona-cure.com, appears to have removed its website entirely since receiving a warning letter on Thursday. Postings on another website, carahealth.com, claiming that the virus can be addressed through Chinese medicinal herb extracts remained publicly accessible on Sunday afternoon despite a warning letter also sent on Thursday.

Though few news consumers have likely come across sources of information as obscure as those, such misinformation is not confined to fringey alternative medicine Facebook pages. Some large, widely read news outlets have peddled similar alternative medicine and homeopathic remedies.

The health vertical on conservative news giant Newsmax is a hotbed of such claims. As the coronavirus spread, it published debunked claims that originated on an alternative medicine website that regular doses of vitamin C could slow or entirely stop the spread of the virus.

Newsmax has promoted other dubious remedies as well. Zinc Lozenges May Help Combat Coronavirus declared the headline of a March 17 story that linked to a McGill University blog post that found the exact opposite. A story in its health section a week later promoted traditional Eastern medicine remedies as a coronavirus treatment.

Newsmax has not been singled out by federal health authorities for spreading false information about coronavirus treatments. But as it runs those stories, its also served readers with ads that warn of impending financial disaster due to the virus. That was enough to earn a stern warning from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which demanded that the site stop claiming, falsely, that banks might soon raid Americans retirement accounts.

The FDIC has repeatedly sought to contact Newsmax to stop publishing these false ads and to issue a correction to its readers, the agency wrote in a statement. The media organization has not responded to these requests.

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Ohio Valley Facing Pandemic With A Health System Hollowed Out By Hospital Closures – WKU Public Radio

As new cases of coronavirus mount in the Ohio Valley, health officials are bracing for an onslaught of patients and what could be unprecedented demand for beds, medical staff and specialized equipment.

Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have disproportionately high rates of people vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. But the regions capacity to treat them has been sharply reduced by the closure of some 21 hospitals over the past 15 years. An analysis by the Ohio Valley ReSource shows some of the communities where hospitals have closed have some of the nations poorest health outcomes, making them especially vulnerable.

Still more hospitals in the region are being closed now, even as the pandemic unfolds.

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Tiffany Wilburn-Meeks has lived in eastern Kentucky's Greenup County for most of her 38 years. And the hospital her family has always relied on is only a five-minute drive away.

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is where she would go if she was sick growing up, and its where she was considering taking her 23-month-old daughter Darian for speech therapy. Its also where her mom, Judy, would go if an asthma attack turned for the worst.

But I think if she'd had to go to Kings Daughters [Hospital], I don't know that she would have survived the drive because it's 10 or 15 more minutes down the road.

But by May, her family wont be able to rely on Our Lady of Bellefonte anymore. The 220-bed hospital with more than 1,000 employees started by a congregation of Catholic sisters in 1953 with the blessing of the pope via telegram will close its doors.

That would leave 35,000 people in Greenup County without a hospital, forcing those who need intensive medical care to drive to Kings Daughters Hospital in Ashland. This comes as many Ohio Valley public health officials are bracing for the coronavirus to reach their communities.

While the number of confirmed cases in her region have not reached levels in larger cities, she knows the number will grow.

If it does, there's no way that Kings Daughters is going to be able to handle that, she said. It is terrifying, and I'm afraid that people will die as a consequence of the hospital closing.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kings Daughters Hospital said they were working daily with Our Lady of Bellefonte to potentially expand the capacity of Kings Daughters if patient needs surge due to coronavirus.

Wilburn-Meek started an online petition to try to call attention to the situation and save the hospital, but she isnt optimistic shell be successful. And more than a dozen communities across the Ohio Valley are facing a similar situation.

Our Lady of Bellefonte will join at least 21 other hospital closures in the Ohio Valley within the past 15 years. The Ohio Valley Resource estimates those 21 closures represented more than 1,000 hospital beds in total.

Some shuttered hospital sites are now vacant parking lots. Some have been turned into addiction rehab facilities or urgent care facilities, but those often have limited or no in-patient services.

These closures have left a hollowed out healthcare infrastructure in the Ohio Valley, and leading healthcare professionals worry that the loss of hospital beds, skilled staff and equipment combined with a population that is especially vulnerable to COVID-19 disease could hinder how well the region can respond to the coronavirus.

Running Out

For 15 years, Marlene Moore was lead nurse of the intensive care unit at Ohio Valley Medical Center in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. She would make determinations about who would be admitted and who would be discharged, who would be transferred to other departments and hospitals, and helping younger nurses with questions and assistance.

That time came to an end when the company that owned OVMC and another hospital in nearby Martins Ferry, Ohio, announced last year both hospitals would close. Along with Belmont Community Hospital also closing, three hospitals in total last year shuttered in the Wheeling metropolitan area.

It was just devastating, because especially at our smaller hospitals, the employees know everybody. I mean, from housekeeping, to dietary to the lab, to all the departments, Moore said. It affected the whole valley.

Moore started working last month at what is now the only hospital in town, Wheeling Hospital, where a coronavirus patient is currently being treated.

She said because Wheeling Hospital often has many beds filled with patients having other needs, those needing a bed for coronavirus treatment may have to travel a half-hour or more to hospitals in Steubenville, Ohio, Columbus or Pittsburgh.

And its the kind of people her hospital tends to serve that has her particularly worried.

We have such an older population here. And if you get several that come in at the same time with severe respiratory distress, you're going to run out of ICU beds, you're going to run out of ventilators, you're actually going to run out of places to treat these people, she said.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found West Virginia led the nation in how vulnerable its population is to coronavirus because of old age and preexisting conditions. More than half of all adults in West Virginia and more than 45% of all adults in Kentucky were at high risk of serious illness from coronavirus because of advanced age, pre-existing conditions, or both.

A report from Kaiser Health News also found there are only 325 ICU beds for more than 12,000 people over the age of 60 in Ohio County, where Wheeling is located. People over the age of 60 make up 28% of the countys population.

According to an Ohio Valley Resource data analysis, 4 of the 18 counties that lost hospitals over the past 15 years also have some of the worst health outcomes in the nation. Those counties have some of the countrys highest rates of chronic respiratory disease deaths, cardiovascular disease deaths and diabetes prevalence.

Amid closures, remaining Ohio Valley hospitals are reinforcing their capacity for beds, equipment and personal protective equipment for worst case scenarios.

A statement from the West Virginia Hospital Association said hospitals are canceling or rescheduling elective surgeries to free up more beds, in compliance with a state emergency order. Hospitals are converting different departments into infectious disease units, and developing alternative treatment sites. One hospital in Athens, Ohio, has now set up a triage tent to treat potential patients outside.

Rising Costs

Even if Ohio Valley hospitals are able to accommodate a surge of coronavirus patients, the financial toll it could take could devastate rural healthcare providers.

A report last year from Navigant Consulting showed that 16 rural hospitals in Kentucky about a quarter of all rural hospitals in the state were at high risk of closing due to unstable financial situations. Some of the reasons cited for financial struggles include population loss with fewer people to serve, and more patients insured through Medicare and Medicaid, which often undercompensates hospitals for treatment.

Those ongoing challenges will only be made worse by the pandemic.

The payment mechanism for treating these patients is not clear at this point. The unusually long length of stay I think is a concern with the very sick of these patients who typically end up, or have ended up, on ventilator care, which is very expensive and resource intensive to deliver, said Bud Warman, Kentucky Hospital Association Vice President and former CEO of Highlands Regional Medical Center in east Kentucky. They haven't always had potentially this much volume of wants to deal with.

The American Hospital Association is asking for $100 billion from Congress to offset anticipated coronavirus costs, while some rural hospitals struggle to ration protective medical supplies. A bill being considered by the Kentucky Senate would also provide a loan program for struggling rural hospitals.

Warman also said when hospitals have closed in Appalachia, there are often few options remaining for the people the provider served.

In some cases, they just don't have adequate transportation to get them that longer distance, Warman said. If they're deciding between food on the table or traveling 50 miles to see a doctor or to seek health care, oftentimes, they make the choice for food on the table. It sounds dire, but the fact is in many parts of our state, many parts of Appalachia, that is the case.

Whats Left

In central West Virginia, Michael Brumage is leading one of the remaining options for those without easy access to a hospital.

As Chief Medical Officer of Cabin Creek Health Systems, he directs several Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide preventative care and substance abuse treatment, often for people who are low-income or uninsured. His experience also extends across multiple organizations: Brumage serves as director of the Preventative Medicine Residency Program in the WVU School of Public Health, was former executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, and former health officer for Kanawha County and Putnam County, West Virginia.

His staff is preparing to treat patients who have respiratory symptoms outside of the centers in order to prevent the spread of the virus inside their buildings, and theyll also have curbside service for those with respiratory symptoms.

Our public health system has been underfunded for many, many years, at the federal, state and local levels, Brumage said. So we're fortunate, I think that there are federally qualified health centers, that there are free and charitable clinics that are able to pick up the slack.

But even with his centers, there are still intensive, in-patient services that he cant provide, that a hollowed out healthcare infrastructure has left lacking.

Brumage was born in Fairmont Regional Medical Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. So was his sister. Hes had several relatives whove been hospitalized there over the years. The hospital is set to close this week.

It's befuddling to me how they can close this hospital during a pandemic, when there are going to be so many more beds that need to be filled. It staggers the imagination, Brumage said.

While a hospital is being built to replace Fairmont Regional, Brumage is worried that it will be too late for the demand for hospital beds, ventilators and skilled staff needed to respond to the pandemic.

There will be many competing economic priorities once this clears to restore the American economy, Brumage said. But shame on us if we don't invest in our public health infrastructure, and if we don't invest in our overall health infrastructure, and if we don't look for ways to make health care equitable for all Americans.

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How the Queen relies on homeopathic remedies to keep her well during the coronavirus outbreak – The Sun

THE Queen is known as one of the hardier members of the royal family, having only cancelled royal engagements due to ill health on a handful of occasions.

And according to insiders Her Majesty may have alternative medicine to thank for her good health.

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During overseas engagements the monarch would be accompanied by a small leather case with a bewildering supply of homeopathic remedies, according to the Daily Mails Richard Kay.

The case would include arsenicum album for food poisoning, cocculus for travel sickness, nux vomica for indigestion and arnica, for jet-lag and bruising.

And it seems as though the alternative medicine has served the monarch well as she has remained astonishingly resilient throughout her reign.

Apparently homeopathy runs in the family with her father George VI relying heavily on alternative medicine and naming a racehorse Hypericum after a remedy.

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The Queen mother, who lived to 101 was also said to be a fan of homeopathy.

On Wednesday it was confirmed their grandfather, Prince Charles, has tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement fromClarence House confirmed the heir apparent, aged 71, tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile the Queen is "in good health" and isolating with Prince Philip after meeting Boris Johnson two weeks ago.

Buckingham Palace today said the 93-year-old monarch was well after thePM confirmed he had tested positive for the bug.

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A psychological explanation for why some people believe coronavirus hoaxes and conspiracy theories – PsyPost

As the world continues to deal with the life-altering effects of the novel coronavirus, a small but not-insignificant number of individuals have been expressing their fears about COVID-19 through the language of government conspiracies and wild alternative health cures.

Last week, one online conspiracy network suggested that COVID-19 is an act of biological terrorism to attack Chinese trade. Last month, a popular online site said the virus was a hoax manufactured to induce global fear and would therefore be a boon to Big Pharma. A website based in Toronto claims COVID-19 is the result of 5G cellular networks plus the common cold.

Press TV, part of the state sponsored media in Iran, suggested Zionists were behind the spread. As recently as last week, some public officials in the United States government continued to underplay the seriousness of the virus.

As reported by the New York Times, popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh called the virus a plot by the Chinese, and conservative commentator and FOX TV host Sean Hannity read and gave credibility to a tweet calling COVID-19 a fraud to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.

Why have conspiracy theories so readily circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What type of person believes medical conspiracy theories?

I research new religious movements. I decided to explore this question because of the ubiquity of conspiratorial thinking within some of these communities. What can belief in alternative theories tell us about ourselves?

What challenges might conspiratorial thinking, circulated online and in popular media, present to public health advocates in the coming year?

Conspiracy theories connecting the COVID-19 pandemic to the state of Israel are flourishing. One source, part of a large global conspiracy community, claims the novel coronavirus is an act of Israeli bioterrorism.

Jews have historically been blamed for global viral events, including the Black Death in the 1300s, which led to massive pogroms against European Jewry. The common narrative goes that people in the Middle Ages needed a scapegoat because they did not know about the germ theory of disease. However, 130 years after Russian microbiologist Dmitri Ivanovsky and Dutch scientist Martinus Willem Beijerinck (working independently) discovered the existence of viruses, Jews continue to take the brunt of conspiratorial blame.The Anti-Defamation League in the United States, a leading anti-hate organization, has tracked a growing number of anti-Semitic conspiracies, which claim that Jews are either behind the COVID-19 pandemic, or stand to profit from it.

Infowars Alex Jones claimed a product called DNA Force Plus could help fight off COVID-19: it is currently on sale for US$89.95 for one month supply. Another popular supplement advocate suggests a cocktail of over 11 different supplements to combat coronavirus, costing over US$170 a month. Other purported cures include vitamin C dosing, faith healing and homeopathic vaccines. There is no evidence that any of these work.People seek alternative medicine for many reasons, including distrust of authority, consumer-centered individuality and the belief that the treatment will work. While no vaccine for coronavirus currently exists, that hasnt stopped televangelist Jim Bakker from selling his colloidal silver tincture for US$125 a bottle. The state of Missouri has filed a law suit against Bakker alleging fraudulent treatment claims.

As demand for alternative medicine grows, Canadian researchers recently looking at internet health scams found, most of the alternative products marketed online either severely misrepresented the efficacy for the given health concern and/or had no strong scientific evidencebase to support their use as advertised.

Since being declared a global pandemic, there is evidence that demand for alternative medicine has increased. Some alternative medicine has been shown to be effective, but many of the options being marketed today have not. As Timothy Caulfield professor of health law at the University of Alberta writes: trust in science is crucial right now.

Conspiratorial thinking can be founded on legitimate concerns and transcends socio-economic, racial, educational and gender boundaries. This complicates our tendency to view conspiracies as perpetuated by tinfoil-hat wearing people.

A number of theories have been proposed to account for conspiratorial thinking.

University of Chicago political scientists Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood explored medical conspiracy theories. They found approximately 50 per cent of Americans believe in at least one general conspiracy theory, and more than 18 per cent believe in three or more medical conspiracies.

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, Oliver and Wood wrote:

Although it is common to disparage adherents of conspiracy theories as a delusional fringe of paranoid cranks, our data suggest that medical conspiracy theories are widely known, broadly endorsed and highly predictive of many common health behaviours.

Perhaps the explanation for the broad appeal of such theories points to something more fundamental to the experience of being human? When people talk about quarantines, hoarding and conspiracies, they can ignore the elephant in the room: death.

Research suggests that we use different management techniques to deal with the terror of death. Where sickness can act as a reminder of our finitude, simple health-management solutions can offer a sense of autonomy over our bodies.

This may explain why some conspiracy websites are downplaying the danger of COVID-19 to adults by focusing on the older age of the victims. In other words, pandemics are scary, and they remind us that we are mortal.

Even if medical conspiracies are mostly confined to the fringe, the effects of conspiratorial beliefs on public health may end up exacerbating the spread of the virus. People may continue to ignore quarantine orders. A future vaccine for COVID-19 may come up against a growing anti-vaccine movement. Will people continue to be receptive to anti-vaccine conspiracy rhetoric in the age of COVID-19?

Conspiracy theorists, like all of us, are trying to make sense of a complicated world. Having a sense of control against an ineffable source of power which describes the novel coronavirus in many ways may speak to some of our collective fears and motivations in the face of mortality. After all, nothing offers direct evidence of human finitude and frailty like a viral pandemic.

By Jeremy Cohen, Doctoral Candidate, Religious Studies, McMaster University

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Can India explore its alternative medicines to slow down Coronavirus? – Free Press Journal

Mumbai: Well, there is no prescribed treatment to Coronavirus (at least the last time I checked). But the only option left is prevention, prevention and prevention (and if an ailment is diagnosed let your immune system do the fight). That was the whole point of washing hands with soap, wearing masks, social distancing, etc. While modern medicine is working hard for a prescribed treatment or a vaccine, the big question is whether our traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy really help.

Prevention is better than cure

Speaking to The Free Press Journal, Ayurveda Medical Association of India, President, Dr Raju Thomas, said, There is no vaccine for coronavirus not just in traditional medicines but also in modern medicines. At present, everyone is just talking about prevention. If you are talking about prevention, we could suggest the inclusion of some alternative medicines. Thomas reiterated that he is not talking about vaccines but prevention or immunity-boosting medicines. But in passing, Thomas mentioned there are medicines and ingredients in Ayurveda that could be helpful.

Dr Rohit Sane, MD and CEO at Madhavbaug said, Social distancing is a strong message. Along with it, there is a need to talk about boosting immunity as well. He added social distancing is perceived by many as a means to relax or sleep at home. If people are not sleeping, they are eating. Rather this time should be used to exercise and stay healthy. He suggested that amla (gooseberry) is a good ingredient to boost immunity along with the right exercise. He went on to explain, It is important to reduce consumption of glucose and increase antioxidants levels as glucose allows the virus to grow. Sane revealed that his institution, Madhavbaug, which has 240 clinics and has around 3 lakh patients, is sharing awareness videos and publishing information about COVID-19. More information needs to be there for people to not panic.

Alternative medicines

If you take a cue from China, many say that Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) worked for the Chinese in their fight against COVID-19. They say that TCM was effective for over 90 per cent of the coronavirus patients treated. In a press conference in China, Yu Yanhong, Party chief of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine had claimed that a total of 74,187 COVID-19 patients, or 91.5 percent of the total confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland, have received TCM treatment. Now, China is mulling over combining traditional Chinese medicine with western medicine for other illnesses as well. It is claimed that TCM drugs helped in slowing the progression of the disease, improving the cure rate and reducing mortality and boosting the recovery of Covid 19 patients (according to Xinhua).

One should not forget that while the herbs used in China might differ from those used in India, some ingredients of the herbs are however similar to those used in Indian traditional medicines.

Thomas, whose association is very active in Kerala, said that his association has been trying to convince Kerala government to support them in encouraging people to use some Ayurvedic medicines as preventive medication.

Extending helping hand

And in case the situation in India gets worse and there is a rise in Coronavirus cases, there is a chance that non-allopathic doctors might have to extend their helping hand. Already in the interiors of Palakkad, Kerala, the officials have taken help of Ayurvedic doctors to check the temperature and for the initial monitoring. There is no doubt about it. Ayurvedic doctors will come forward if there is a need, added Thomas. Echoing the same thought, Dr Ajit Kailasrao Funde, President, Maharashtra Council of Homeopathy said, Our doctors will come forward in times of crisis, but they would need some basic training. Funde felt that during a crisis, having training before putting them in the frontline is always needed.

In China, the authorities took the help of 4,900 Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) medics to help in the Hubei region, one of the regions badly hit by Coronavirus.

If Ayush had taken off

India has one government doctor for 10,000 people and one doctor for a population of 1,457. According to the World Health Organisation, there should ideally be one doctor per 1,000 people. At present, there are about 9.26 allopathic doctors (modern medicine) available. But experts feel India needs an additional 5 lakh or more. Meanwhile, India is home to around 7.8 lakh Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic doctors; and a poor healthcare system.

If there is a large-scale spread of Coronavirus, it will be difficult to tackle it as India is neither equipped in terms of equipment nor in terms of the number of doctors. If the whole Ayush plan had taken off faster, maybe there would have been less pressure in our existing (ailing) healthcare infrastructure and doctors, said Sane.

In the 2019 budget, the up-gradation of existing state government AYUSH dispensaries and sub-health centres to AYUSH health and wellness centres (HWCs) was proposed. But the programme is expected to reach its peak in 2023.

Failure in documentation

The biggest challenge for Indias traditional medicines have been lack of data and it continues to hurt them at large, while China has been using its learning to help not just its population but other countries in Africa too. This is mainly because they have documented their diagnosis and the medicines that worked.

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Is there any alternative medicine against the novel coronavirus? – Newsd.in

As there is no vaccine till now and in the absence of a scientifically proven cure or preventive for novel coronavirus infection, should one use alternative medicine?

One must be going through many forwarded WhatsApp messages that suggests Homeopathy is the antidote or there are multiple advisories from the AYUSH Ministry on coronavirus. Its long list of recommendations includes Unani concoctions Sharbat Unnab and Tiryaq Arba, and the homeopathic medicine Arsenicum Album 30 for post-exposure prophylaxis for doctors and caregivers.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Two young siblings tested positive in Srinagar

On all of this, here is what World Health Organization has to say: While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines.

Doctors are discouraging the use of drugs recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine because a drug has to be developed keeping in mind its safety and efficacy.

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TerrAscend’s Award-Winning Apothecarium to Debut Its First Two Pennsylvania Dispensaries – Canada NewsWire

Apothecarium retail locations in Lancaster and Plymouth Meeting to open in mid-April

Pennsylvania patients to benefit from pre-ordering, drive-through, and in-store pick ups

TORONTO, March 30, 2020 /CNW/ -TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER; OTCQX: TRSSF) ("TerrAscend" or the "Company") a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced it will open its award-winning Apothecarium ("The Apothecarium") branded dispensaries in two Pennsylvania locations; one in Lancaster and a second in Plymouth Meeting. Both locations will serve Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients. The Architectural Digest "Best Designed" modern-meets-tech dispensaries willprovide safe access to medical cannabis products, and can be easily navigated by seniors, first-time dispensary visitors, and patients with qualifying medical conditions.

The Apothecariumin Lancaster, located at 2405 Covered Bridge Dr., will be a new dispensary location for TerrAscend, as it expands its East Coast footprint, and will open in mid-April. The store will carry a wide variety of TerrAscend's medical cannabis products manufactured and sold under the Ilera brand, including flower, vaporizable and activated oils, concentrates, capsules, tinctures, topicals and ancillary products. The location will also carry other producers' products to ensure a suite of offerings that meets patient needs. The 4,300 square-foot inviting and intuitively designed location was specifically selected for patient accessibility and proximity to local bi-ways.

The Plymouth Meeting dispensary, located at 420 Plymouth Rd is currently an Ilera Healthcare Dispensary, and will reopen as The Apothecarium in April as well. The renovated 3,000 square-foot location will retain its outstanding team, continue its excellent patient-centric service and offer an enhanced patient experience with this rebranding initiative. Additionally, the Plymouth Meeting location, housed in a former bank, recently opened Pennsylvania's first drive-through pick up to allow patients to access their medicine while maintaining physical distancing.

The opening of these new retail locations comes as TerrAscend increases its cultivation and manufacturing capabilities in Pennsylvania. The Company currently supplies its products to 65 of the 76 dispensaries in the state. To service increased demand for its wholesale business, TerrAscendhas recently tripled its cultivation footprint and hashired 30 new positions at its 140,000 square foot facility. The Company continues to actively recruit employees for cultivation and manufacturing, as well as the new Apothecarium retail outlets.

This announcement coincides with residents across the state facing a public health crisis with the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Both Pennsylvania retail facilities are classified as "essential services" and will remain open under local and state guidelines to serve patients. The Apothecarium has implemented strict protocols to protect the health of employees, customers and patients at each location. Procedures include: taking employee temperatures at the beginning of each shift; thoroughly cleaning equipment in high-traffic areas; using hand-sanitizer between transactions; allowing non-essential employees to work from home; encouraging online pre-ordering with store or drive-through pick up; and practicing physical distancing from fellow employees, customers and patients.

Both locations will have an on-site certified pharmacist to dispense medicine, offer one-to-one consumption guidance and personal consultations with patients and caregivers in-person. The Company is also coordinating with the PA Department of Health to implement a telehealth program.

"During these uncertain times, patients and caregivers want to know that they have safe and convenient access to the medical products that support their health and well-being," said Greg Rochlin, CEO of Ilera, a wholly owned subsidiary of TerrAscend. "We're proud to bring The Apothecarium, an award-winning West Coast operation, to Pennsylvania to provide exceptional care during these unprecedented times."

"TerrAscend is thrilled to bring its best-in-class retail experience to patients on the East Coast," said Jason Ackerman, Executive Chairman of TerrAscend. "The Apothecarium is a proven, progressive retail model with integrated e-commerce services and pick-up programs that is well-positioned to serve the robust Pennsylvania market. We look forward to continuing our expansion across the area with the Apothecarium brand."

The Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Neither the CSE nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About TerrAscendTerrAscend provides quality products, brands, and services to the global cannabinoid market. As the first North American Operator (NAO), with scale operations in both Canada and the US, TerrAscend participates in the medical and legal adult use market across Canada and in several US states where cannabis has been legalized for therapeutic or adult use. TerrAscend was the first cannabis company with sales in the US, Canada, and Europe. TerrAscend operates a number of synergistic businesses, including The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary with several retail locations in California; Arise Bioscience Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived products; Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania's premier medical marijuana cultivator and processor; and Valhalla Confections, a manufacturer of premium cannabis-infused edibles. TerrAscend holds a cultivation permit in the State of New Jersey and is pending approval for a vertically integrated medical cannabis operation with the ability to operate up to 3 Alternative Treatment Centers. Additionally, TerrAscend holds a Medical Cannabis Processor License in the State of Utah. For more information, visit http://www.terrascend.com.

Caution Regarding Cannabis Operations in the United States Investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the US Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in the United States to, among other things, cultivate, distribute or possess cannabis in the United States. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, cannabis-related business activities in the United States may form the basis for prosecution under applicable US federal money laundering legislation.

While the approach to enforcement of such laws by the federal government in the United States has trended toward non-enforcement against individuals and businesses that comply with medical or adult-use cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve TerrAscend of liability under U.S. federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against TerrAscend. The enforcement of federal laws in the United States is a significant risk to the business of TerrAscend and any proceedings brought against TerrAscend thereunder may adversely affect TerrAscend's operations and financial performance.

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Written by Rahul V Pisharody | Hyderabad | Updated: March 30, 2020 2:50:18 pm While the focus is on NRIs, especially the Telugu community abroad, Makthala says the TITA wants to expand the services to rural areas once the coronavirus pandemic is controlled. (Photo credit: TITA)

A new app developed by a Hyderabad-based software professionals industry body is promising free medical consultation online to Indians stranded in COVID-19 affected countries. The app, Digithon COVID19 Clinic, aims to connect those showing symptoms of the disease with medical experts likes Pulmonologists, Psychologists, Nutritionists, and general Physicians, etc.

The idea of the online clinic came to Sundeep Kumar Makthala, the founder and president of Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), during his interactions with software professionals who are now confined to their rooms in countries like Italy, France, and the Netherlands, severely affected by the virus. A nationwide lockdown initiated from March 24 has ensured no one could travel to India. Several Indians are still stuck in various countries.

Those countries have refused to give treatment to those who are not their citizens. I spoke with Akhil, a student locked up in his room in Italy. He has mild-fever and cough but he does not find basic medical advice. In such a situation, we have decided to connect the dots, Makthala told indianexpress.com. The teleconsultation app was launched Sunday.

The TITA has developed the technical infrastructure to ensure end-to-end functionality with the possibility of n-number of parallel connections for video interaction between an expert and possible patient. We have a 30-member tech team working on this exclusively from Hyderabad, Chennai, and Seattle. Sixteen pulmonologists and 25 psychologists are on board at the moment. The service is free of cost and all that we are requesting from experts is to donate their valuable time for our sessions, said Makthala.

For starters, only non-resident Indians in countries severely affected by COVID-19 are allowed to request for online consultation. A user can request a video session on the app. On the other hand, a doctor willing to donate his time can make himself available through the app. The length of the session and the number of sessions required will be decided by the doctor himself. The schedule will be fixed and the video session will be recorded. A voice-to-text medical transcription will be generated and this can be used as a record for purposes like for insurance claims, he explained.

While the focus is on NRIs, especially the Telugu community abroad, Makthala says the TITA wants to expand the services to rural areas once the coronavirus pandemic is controlled.

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Explained: For how long can virus in this outbreak survive on clothes? – The Indian Express

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2020 3:30:41 pm Cloth used as protection in a cafe in Australia. (Reuters Photo)

Does the novel coronavirus survive on your clothes, and if so, for how long? The answer to the first question is that it probably does survive, but it is not clear for how long.

Studies have looked at how long the virus can survive on various surfaces plastic, steel, cardboard and even in the air, but none has looked at fabric yet.

Most viruses, however, have been known to survive longer on nonporous surfaces such as steel, than on porous ones such as cardboard. And fabric is porous. A good thing about porous surfaces is that they tend to trap the virus, making it tougher to transmit than it would have from, say, plastic.

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In any case, it is imperative to keep clothes clean. There are no advisories for clothes. WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines say do laundry at 60-90C for linen. We believe detergents can kill the virus, said Dr Tanu Singhal, infectious disease expert. But no data is available for coronavirus. Care should be taken to wash clothes of infected people separately.

The Health Ministry advises on its website: Clean clothes, bedclothes, bath and hand towels, etc. of ill persons using regular laundry soap and water or machine wash at 60-90C with common household detergent. Dry it thoroughly. Place contaminated linen into a laundry bag. Do not shake soiled laundry and avoid direct contact with the skin and clothes with the contaminated materials. About masks, it advises: If using cloth masks, wash them at least daily.

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By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2020 12:02:01 pm Health workersat KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo: Vincent Thian)

In the last few days, there have been reports of recovered COVID-19 patients testing positive a second time. Since the exact behaviour of the novel coronavirus is still being studied, immunity against it is not fully understood.

For instance, previous coronavirus outbreaks have been inconsistent: a study on the coronavirus that caused MERS revealed that patients are unlikely to get re-infected within a short duration of the original infection; but, after the SARS outbreak, cases of relapse that were reported.

Theoretically, various factors can cause relapse in patients recovered from COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is like viruses that cause any other flu. Therefore, there is always a probability of mutation as in the case of influenza viruses. The mutation, theoretically, can make an individual vulnerable to reacquire the COVID-19 infection.

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 develop protective antibodies. Theoretically, there can be a relapse even in patients who have antibodies. At this stage, it is not fully understood as to how the long the antibodies provide protection against the viral infection.

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Also, in the absence of any vaccination, it is not known whether the immunity acquired by the persons is permanent. Another scenario that can lead to relapse is when immunity is compromised, if the patients have underlying conditions and if they are dependent on immunosuppression drugs.

Experts also have pointed out that a false negative RTPCR test the RNA test being conducted to diagnose COVID-19 infection can lead to a patient testing positive a second time after testing negative in between. There have reports from Spain about imported RNA test kits giving inaccurate results.

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Coronavirus: Empowered group likely to firm up medical emergency plan in next few days – The Indian Express

Written by Harikishan Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2020 8:01:25 am The geographical distribution of health infrastructure was also assessed, sources said. (File Photo)

A day after the government formed an empowered group of officers on medical emergency management plan, the six-member group, headed by NITI Aayog member V K Paul, held its first meeting on Monday and discussed the various scenarios in which the number of COVID-19 cases can change in the coming month.

The group is expected to come up with a medical emergency action plan in the next few days, a source said.

The group, which comprises senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Cabinet Secretariat, Department of Biotechnology, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and the Prime Ministers Office (PMO), also took an assessment of supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators required to deal with emergency situations, it is learnt.

The geographical distribution of health infrastructure was also assessed, sources said.

The group under Paul is one of the 11 empowered groups of officers constituted by Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Sunday for planning and ensuring implementation of COVID-19 response activities.

Another empowered group constituted for coordinating with private sector, NGOs and international organisations for response-related activities also had its first meeting under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Sources said the group interacted with representatives of industry bodies such as FICCI and CII, and 32 civil society organisations (CSOs).

During the meeting, Kant is learnt to have urged CSOs to support the local administration in addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and by running decentralised kitchens and shelters for homeless and migrant workers, partner with state and local governments to minimise adverse effects of the spread of coronavirus.

He is learnt to have asked them to identify the infected patients and those most affected, and assisting people requiring hospital admissions; establishing and operating quarantine and isolation centres in taluk headquarters of more rural districts.

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Former Health Secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan says that you can protect your body from COVID-19 by simply doing intentional pressing. BY BARBARA MAE DACANAY

Boosting ones immune system, one of the main recommendations against COVID-19, remain a chief concern on everyones minds. While many take vitamins and supplements for this, there are those that are turning to more alternative means.

Take Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, a former Department of Health Secretary who promotes natural preventive measures in the fight against coronavirus, advocates for one method particularlyacupuncture. The doctor is one of the countrys pioneering acupuncturists, which he started in 1979.

Galvez Tans interest in acupuncture began in the mid-70s, when he took seriously his mission to be a barriodoctor nationwide. Thetough job included crafting community health programs, and training health workers to combat tuberculosis and other diseases aided by Church-based groups, local and international non-government organizations. He made a vow to look after thehealth care of poor people and not leave the Philippines for greener pastures. He spent two months in medical missions in Palawan in 1968 while he was still 20-year-old student at the University of the Philippines (where he finished medicine in 1974). I was born with this desire to helpothers. There is an inner voice that constantly gives meencouragement that this is the way to live life to the fullest, hesays.

"When my wife Rebeccaand I prepared to transfer from Manila to Mindanao for outreach missions, she began studying acupuncture under Dr. Benjamin Aquino and Dr. Liu, a graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Sheintroduced me to acupuncture, Galvez Tan shares. "Ieventually studied acupuncture under Dr. Aquino after our intermittent missions to the Cordillera in Negros.

At the time, acupuncture was useful for themarginalizedbecauseonly five percent of 85 million members of Philhealth could avail of hospitalization and western medicine, Galvez Tan says.Acupuncture was legislated as acceptable medical practice in hospitals after 22 yearswhen President Fidel Ramos signed the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (or TAMA, also known as Republic Act 8423) in 1997. It also establishedthePhilippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), a government agency in charge of training, regulating, and accreditingacupuncturists, including otheratypicalhealthpractitioners.

The law was sponsored by the late Senator Juan Flavier whose passion was todevelop herbal medicine in the country. Galvez Tan headedthealternative medicine program of the health department in 1992, andsucceeded Flavier in 1995, when the latter ran for the senate.

Flavier sent government doctors to study acupuncture in China from 1992 to 1995.Iofficially went to Beijing to sign an agreement between China and the Philippines to continue thetraining in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foranother five years (until 2000), Galvez Tan says.Later on, private and government hospitals did not encourage the use of acupuncture because the training program stopped after 2000. The best trained Filipino acupuncturists are growing older, the doctor laments.

To attain a mega immune system that can aggressively defeat COVID 19, Galvez Tansuggests self-massage sessions with intentional pressing on two major points:

Large Intestine 11 (LI 11, Quichi in Chinese, and Pool at the Bend in English), found at the lateral (or dorsal) space near the elbow, between the forearm and the lower hand; and Spleen 6 (SP 6, San Yin Jiao in Chinese, and Three Yin Intersection in English), measured four fingers up to the highest point of the ankle.

There are two importantact-pressure points that can strengthen the lungs and make it fight orwithstand pneumonia, a complication triggered by COVID 19.TheyincludeLung 5 (LU 5, Chiza in Chinese, and Cubit Marsh in English),located at the upper-central part of the lower arm;and Large Intestine 4 (LI 4, Hegu in Chinese, and Joining Valley in English), found between the thumb and the index finger (pointer).

Pericardium 6 (P 6, Nei Guan in Chinese, and Pool at the Bend in English), located four-fingers up the ankle, is an anti-panic pressure point: ithas a calming effect, which is needed for healing, says Galvez Tan.

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Beware of quacks! Alternative medicine is injurious to health – Economic Times

I often write this column sitting at a cafe somewhere, but am doing this particular instalment from the safety of my home. Im taking Covid-19 seriously, and doing all I can in terms of social distancing, personal hygiene and so on. People tend to underestimate the nature of exponential growth, and I worry that many of my fellow countrymen are still too complacent. But there is an ongoing epidemic I worry about just as much as Covid-19 it is the epidemic of ignorance that causes people to believe in alternative medicine.

Over the last few weeks, weve seen all kinds of dubious assertions about Covid-19. Homoeopaths and Ayurvedic practitioners have suggested medications, bovine urine has been offered as a prophylactic, groups of people have chanted Go Corona Go to the supposedly obedient virus, and there is even a suggestion that clapping hands drives bacteria away. These alleged remedies, and the belief systems they are based on, are wrong. They are also dangerous, which is why it is necessary to fight them with the same commitment with which we need to fight literal viruses.

To begin with, I have a visceral objection to the term alternative medicine. Most of the quackery we put in that category is not medicine at all. There are only two kinds of treatment: those that work, and those that dont. Real medicine on one hand and quackery on the other. The term alternative medicine dignifies quackery, and implies an equivalence that does not exist.

And here you say, but so much of what I call quackery seems to work. Why so? Let me offer two reasons. The first, as is commonly known, is the placebo effect. Basically, merely believing that a medicine will work can sometimes make the patient better. A classic example of this comes from World War II, when Henry Beecher, an American anaesthetist, ran out of morphine and was forced to use salt water instead for an operation. The patient did not know this, and the salt water worked. Or rather, the placebo effect worked.

For this reason, when scientific trials are carried out to determine whether a medicine works or not, the standard is not whether the patients get better. Instead, the medicine being tested has to perform better than placebo. This is done through what is called a double-blind placebo-controlled test. Patients are divided into two groups, one of which is given a placebo and the other is given the medication being tested. Neither the patients nor the doctors know which is which. If the medication outperforms the placebo, we know it works. No homoeopathic medicine has ever passed such a test.

A second reason why quackery seems to work is regression to the mean. Many illnesses, like the common cold and some migraines, function in a cycle and get better on their own. Patients often ascribe credit for this to the medication they took. This is especially likely if they already believe in it, in which case the confirmation bias kicks in the tendency to see only evidence that confirms our biases.

But homoeopathy is harmless, right? Only sugar pills? So what is the problem? There are two problems with using alternative medicines. One, what economists would call the opportunity cost: you are not using medicine that actually works, and that could kill the patient. A famous example of this is the Australian couple who insisted on treating their daughters eczema with homoeopathy. The girl died, and the parents were correctly convicted of manslaughter.

Two, people who believe in such treatments can become complacent about the danger they are facing. Watch the viral video of those gentlemen chanting Go Corona Go, and it is clear that they are standing too close to one another. My favourite app TikTok is full of videos from people claiming that religion, the oldest form of fake news, will protect them. These false beliefs are dangerous not just to them but to others around them as well.

Even when the horrors of Covid-19 are behind us, this epidemic of ignorance will continue to take lives. This is especially when the Indian state itself spends taxes coerced from us on this nonsense the ministry of AYUSH should be abolished. It is not just believers at risk, but those around them.

What can you do about it, you ask? Well, first, be a sceptic. Examine every assertion, read up on any subject on which you have an opinion. Two great books I recommend on this subject are Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and Trick or Treatment by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst. Fact-checking websites also do a great job of debunking nonsense. Use them to correct those pesky uncles in your WhatsApp groups and housing societies. It is your civic duty to speak up.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Coronavirus ‘cures’ for $170 and other hoaxes: Why some people believe them – The Conversation CA

As the world continues to deal with the life-altering effects of the novel coronavirus, a small but not-insignificant number of individuals have been expressing their fears about COVID-19 through the language of government conspiracies and wild alternative health cures.

Last week, one online conspiracy network suggested that COVID-19 is an act of biological terrorism to attack Chinese trade. Last month, a popular online site said the virus was a hoax manufactured to induce global fear and would therefore be a boon to Big Pharma. A website based in Toronto claims COVID-19 is the result of 5G cellular networks plus the common cold.

Press TV, part of the state sponsored media in Iran, suggested Zionists were behind the spread. As recently as last week, some public officials in the United States government continued to underplay the seriousness of the virus.

As reported by the New York Times, popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh called the virus a plot by the Chinese, and conservative commentator and FOX TV host Sean Hannity read and gave credibility to a tweet calling COVID-19 a fraud to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.

Why have conspiracy theories so readily circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What type of person believes medical conspiracy theories?

I research new religious movements. I decided to explore this question because of the ubiquity of conspiratorial thinking within some of these communities. What can belief in alternative theories tell us about ourselves?

What challenges might conspiratorial thinking, circulated online and in popular media, present to public health advocates in the coming year?

Conspiracy theories connecting the COVID-19 pandemic to the state of Israel are flourishing. One source, part of a large global conspiracy community, claims the novel coronavirus is an act of Israeli bioterrorism.

The Anti-Defamation League in the United States, a leading anti-hate organization, has tracked a growing number of anti-Semitic conspiracies, which claim that Jews are either behind the COVID-19 pandemic, or stand to profit from it.

Jews have historically been blamed for global viral events, including the Black Death in the 1300s, which led to massive pogroms against European Jewry. The common narrative goes that people in the Middle Ages needed a scapegoat because they did not know about the germ theory of disease. However, 130 years after Russian microbiologist Dmitri Ivanovsky and Dutch scientist Martinus Willem Beijerinck (working independently) discovered the existence of viruses, Jews continue to take the brunt of conspiratorial blame.

People seek alternative medicine for many reasons, including distrust of authority, consumer-centered individuality and the belief that the treatment will work. While no vaccine for coronavirus currently exists, that hasnt stopped televangelist Jim Bakker from selling his colloidal silver tincture for US$125 a bottle. The state of Missouri has filed a law suit against Bakker alleging fraudulent treatment claims.

Infowars Alex Jones claimed a product called DNA Force Plus could help fight off COVID-19: it is currently on sale for US$89.95 for one month supply. Another popular supplement advocate suggests a cocktail of over 11 different supplements to combat coronavirus, costing over US$170 a month. Other purported cures include vitamin C dosing, faith healing and homeopathic vaccines. There is no evidence that any of these work.

As demand for alternative medicine grows, Canadian researchers recently looking at internet health scams found, most of the alternative products marketed online either severely misrepresented the efficacy for the given health concern and/or had no strong scientific evidencebase to support their use as advertised.

Since being declared a global pandemic, there is evidence that demand for alternative medicine has increased. Some alternative medicine has been shown to be effective, but many of the options being marketed today have not. As Timothy Caulfield professor of health law at the University of Alberta writes: trust in science is crucial right now.

Conspiratorial thinking can be founded on legitimate concerns and transcends socio-economic, racial, educational and gender boundaries. This complicates our tendency to view conspiracies as perpetuated by tinfoil-hat wearing people.

A number of theories have been proposed to account for conspiratorial thinking.

University of Chicago political scientists Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood explored medical conspiracy theories. They found approximately 50 per cent of Americans believe in at least one general conspiracy theory, and more than 18 per cent believe in three or more medical conspiracies.

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, Oliver and Wood wrote:

Although it is common to disparage adherents of conspiracy theories as a delusional fringe of paranoid cranks, our data suggest that medical conspiracy theories are widely known, broadly endorsed and highly predictive of many common health behaviours.

Perhaps the explanation for the broad appeal of such theories points to something more fundamental to the experience of being human? When people talk about quarantines, hoarding and conspiracies, they can ignore the elephant in the room: death.

Research suggests that we use different management techniques to deal with the terror of death. Where sickness can act as a reminder of our finitude, simple health-management solutions can offer a sense of autonomy over our bodies.

This may explain why some conspiracy websites are downplaying the danger of COVID-19 to adults by focusing on the older age of the victims. In other words, pandemics are scary, and they remind us that we are mortal.

Even if medical conspiracies are mostly confined to the fringe, the effects of conspiratorial beliefs on public health may end up exacerbating the spread of the virus. People may continue to ignore quarantine orders. A future vaccine for COVID-19 may come up against a growing anti-vaccine movement. Will people continue to be receptive to anti-vaccine conspiracy rhetoric in the age of COVID-19?

Conspiracy theorists, like all of us, are trying to make sense of a complicated world. Having a sense of control against an ineffable source of power which describes the novel coronavirus in many ways may speak to some of our collective fears and motivations in the face of mortality. After all, nothing offers direct evidence of human finitude and frailty like a viral pandemic.

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Alternative Medicine Practitioner Says Thai Herbs Can Boost Immunity – Chiang Rai Times

A Alternative Medicine practitioner has suggested members of the public boost their immunity by eating all Five Food Groups. Furthermore regularly exercising, getting enough rest, and eating three groups of recommended herbs.

Dr. Marut jirasetasiri, said today that during the Covid-19 outbreak, it is important that everyone exercises on a daily basis. And above all eat all five food groups and has 6-8 hours rest everyday.

However, Dr. Marut also suggested three groups of herbs that contain essentials that can help strengthen the immune system. First, in the immunity boosting group are; Vap ca, mushrooms, Terminalia bellirica, Termimalia chebula, and Indian gooseberry.

The second group contains high vitamin C and antioxidants including; Thai copper pod, star gooseberry, Baegu leaves, Neem, bitter gourd, gac fruit, kale, Moringa, and Indian gooseberry.

The third group contains unique essentials that may help prevent Covid-19 contraction. This group ranges through Onions, Thai shallots, Basil, Apple, Mulberry leaves and other citrus fruit.

Dr. Marut said these herbs are often in recipes for Thai food. Their use can vary from snacks, soups, and main dishes such as savoury leaf wraps and Tomyum. He said you should also talk to alternative medicine practitioner for further options.

The herbs can also be mixed into juice and can be adapted for use in other menus. They will help protect you from being infected. In cases of already being infected, it may help treat the symptoms so that theyre less severe.

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Last Call with Kathy Chapman, president of Pawsitively 4 Pink – Worcester Mag

Last year, local psychotherapist Michelle Power founded Pawsitively 4 Pink, a nonprofit organization that helps financially supplement women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization grew out of the success of her apparel company, Gosh Doggit, when she realized she could use her profits to help women who were struggling financially to manage missed days of work, medical expenses and transportation issues. Powers wife, Kathy Chapman, has quickly become an indispensable part of the Pawsitively 4 Pink team. This interview was conducted prior to the issuing of coronavirus restrictions; please visit http://www.pawsitively4pink.com for updates on the status of events and services.

Tell me about your journey and how you ended up a part of this organization.

My journey would be one of support for my wife. This is her organization that she has a passion for and we very quickly realized that it's difficult to be a party of one doing something like this. When things started to take off, I knew I needed to help and in doing that I became more passionate about it myself.

What is your official title?

Im the president.

Thats a pretty serious role.

When we do events, I act as the day-of coordinator. Michelle is expected to go out and socialize with people and my help enables her to do that. To be honest, I'm kind of a control freak anyway, so it works out perfectly.

What is your day job?

I have three jobs. I have my own real estate company called First Step Realty. I work at the courthouse; I'm the administrator for the district court judges I've been there for 38 years. And, I also do bail commissioning at night. I'm able to help Pawsitively 4 Pink by checking the email and responding to help women access our services. Michelle is directly helping all these women. It's not a big team of people doing the work. She's contacting the women, talking to them about what they need, finding out what's the best fit for them, calling their landlords, trying to negotiate the terms for them. I mean, it's really hands on. I don't think people realize how much time she works. She's working 12-hour days.

Can you speak on the initiatives that Pawsitively 4 Pink is championing?

Our mission from the beginning has been to serve women in the community who are nancially struggling due to breast cancer. It has been a journey over the last year. We've gone through many different board members to nd the right t. We've had a lot of transitions. We have a really strong board right now. They're in it for the long haul. We have identied some very committed people. We're different from other organizations in that we help low-income and underserved women regardless of whether they're doing traditional treatments. Whether it's radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, traditional medications, or alternative medicine, which includes acupuncture and holistic approaches. We will assist with their nancial obligations for any mode of treatment. I don't believe there is any other organization dealing with this particular cause that helps women six months out of treatment. The majority of nonprots cease providing assistance when women stop treatment. I just think that's such a disservice. I mean, their lives are still upside down.

Do you have a big fundraiser coming up?

We just had a drag queen meat rafe and It was great. We had a lot of fun and we hope to collaborate with our host Joslyn Fox again. We have our second annual soiree, which is scheduled for April 4th at Maironis Park. We already have 100 rafe prizes, including trips to Myrtle Beach and a $7,000 diamond bracelet. All the items were donated to us. Following our second annual fundraiser is our second annual golf tournament, which is June 13 at Leicester Country Club. Then we have a "Tatas and Tails 5k" planned for October 3. That will be a dog-friendly event.

Who have your biggest supporters been during your first year?

I think it's important for the people that have supported us to know how thankful we are to them. Interestingly enough, we don't know all of our contributors. For example, Country Bank reached out to us because their employees have opportunities throughout the year to pick out a cause to donate to. We have no idea who this employee was, but someone picked us. We got a call from Country Bank and they donated almost $2,500 by surprise and agreed to sponsor our event. We're so thankful for that. As a local bank, they have really stepped up. Another one is The Botanist, a medical marijuana and cannabis dispensary. Again, they gave us an unexpected donation and they have continued to support us.

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