Professor Dr XXX

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Last week I wrote a piece on the case of a hospital being sued by a student for failing to inform her of the risk of taking antibiotics. That post garnered more than 10,000 hits in a day. A few days later, a private hospital was accused of causing the death of a teenager by negligence. A lot of doctors felt like doctors were being bashed left and right. It was a tense week.

Then out of the blue, a colleague from the Malaysian Primary Care Network (MCPN) stumbled upon a blog by a certain Professor Doctor XXX practicing alternative medicine.The content of the blog defied ALL medical knowledge.


I personally think that he was a THREAT to public health and safety. He has since taken down TWO ridiculous post from his blogspot but his company's site is still active. The Q&A section of the company's site has been bombarded with questions about his legitimacy since the revelation in MPCN....to the guys attacking his site; please don't be so harsh and use foul language.

I tried to check the company's details with the Traditional and Complementary Medicine website but I can't find a proper link. A search at e-pengamal TCM online was futile as well.


An email was sent to the department to get further clarification as well but it has been three days (and counting) and still no reply. I also ran a search to see whether their products have been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Bureau but NOPE! No such approval was given to any of their products.

A very useful site to identify fake certifications



WHAT HE WROTE

There were two testimonials written in his (deleted) post.

1. Patient A complained of headache and went to see a doctor. He had BP of 200/100+ mmHg and he was started on anti hypertensive medications. He went for a follow up and his BP was still not controlled and the doctor suggested for him to get admitted (maybe he had hypertensive crisis). Instead of getting admitted, Patient A went to see this Professor Doctor. He was advised to STOP his medications because all this has something to do with some alternative medicine theory. Prof. Dr. XXX went on to explain that the equipment used to measure his BP was of no use. All Patient A needed was to use Prof. Dr. XXX's product. Apparently Patient A was asymptomatic all along and was well throughout the follow up visits with Prof. Dr. XXX. 

ALERT!!!
Maintaining BP that high can lead to serious consequences. Most of the time hypertension is asymptomatic. Once there is a symptom it may be too late. Quite a lot of patients would say 

"Saya tak nak makan ubat sebab takut rosak buah pinggang"

But most of the time, failure to control an optimum blood pressure can lead to other rosaks;

a. Heart; myocardial infarction, heart failure.
    Senang cakap, can get heart attack.

b. Lungs; pulmonary edema
     Imagine suddenly suffocating because of your own body fluids accumulating in the lungs.

c. Kidney failure
     Dialysis is expensive and life is hard when kidney failure occurs.

d. Brain
     Stroke, mainly hemorrhagic. This is commonly seen in patients who default antihypertensive             treatment. I saw at least one case of stroke secondary to non compliance to medication EVERY           WORKING DAY when I was working in Emergency Department.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

2. Patient B was a 10 year old child with thalassemia requiring regular blood transfusion and on desferral. Prof. Dr. XXX asked the patient to STOP desferral and stop getting blood transfusions. With Prof. Dr. XXXs method, the "damaged blood cells will heal itself". The testimonial stated that Patient B was feeling well even with a hemoglobin (Hb) count of 2!

ALERT!!!
Thalassemia occurs because components in blood cells are not stable. It is a genetic, hereditary condition. Walking around with Hb of 2 is definitely not safe. Vital organs in the body will not get adequate oxygenation. 



Its hard to believe that someone can actually write all this. Fortunately, I have a screen capture of his other blog post. This is his  theory on CPR. Cardio-respiratory Resuscitation; the epitome of Basic Life Support. It is being used world wide with documented success. But let's have a look at what Prof. Dr. XXX has to say;



The heading is catchy "CPR is not necessary". The explanation seems legit. CPR is done to ensure adequate circulation to the heart and brain. Current practice emphasize more on good quality chest compression rather than respiration. But the proposed alternative to CPR (as written by Prof. Dr. XXX) is mind boggling.


In an event of a person having cardiac arrest, the first responder has to prepare some ice cubes and some aromatherapy liquid........and WATCH THE PERSON DIE IN VAIN. Please, it is called Basic Life Support because it is BASIC. How on earth can you find an ice cube and Seri Wangi in the middle of the jungle? Chest compression only requires hands and energy.

Unfortunately, members of the public do seek advice from doctors like this.

Palpitations and shortness of breath is caused by high uric acid...I thought the first thing to rule out would be a cardiac cause such as arrhythmia or maybe anemia. But I am no professor, I am just a REGULAR doctor. 



Conclusion

I have no idea how this guy got his Ijazah Kedoktoran and PhD. Is it MBBS or MD. Why is he using the title of Professor when he doesn't seem to be attached to any university? I really hope the authorities can shed some light on this matter. If doctors are getting blamed and sued for all sorts of things, why are some people who can cause serious damage to the public health are let loose in the public domain?

I don't have a problem with people selling alternative and complementary medicine treatment. There is role for it in healthcare. But know your limits. If it is a supplement, tell the public that it is a supplement. DO NOT market supplements as a CURE to their illness. DO NOT ask patients to STOP taking medicine but instead complement the treatments from clinics and hospitals.


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6 comments

  1. Thank you for your post. As a medical officer myself, I have your point of view but just can't seem to write about them on my blog. So it is nice to have a fellow colleague writing on these views.

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  2. That is so disturbing. I am just a lowly medical student and I shudder to think whether that person is really a qualified doctor or just some layman pretending to be one just to sell his products!

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  3. How can hypertension is asymptomatic dr? I know most diseases are asymptomatic at their early stages. But how can this happen as well on hypertension? I thought even there is slight abnormal increase in BP will lead to its variety manifestations.

    Lowly medical student II

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    1. Many pts with hpt are asymptomatic, it's not until during later stages that the pts will have symptoms involving heart, kidney, brain, bld vessels and retina. In the case of malignant hpt, pts can have acute symptoms like acute renal failure.

      Just another med student

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