‘Pig doc’ claims molecule cure for heart diseases
Almost a decade after performing a pig-heart transplant, Dhani Ram Baruah says he has developed organic molecules that would cure heart diseases and make surgeries redundant, reports Rahul Karmakar.Updated: Apr 30, 2007 04:40 IST
Almost a decade after performing a controversial pig-heart transplantation, Dhani Ram Baruah says he has developed organic molecules that would cure heart diseases and make surgeries redundant, a claim that was questioned by top cardiologists.
“This claim is very vague. There are nearly 150 forms of heart disorders and each has diffrent treatments,” Ashok Seth, chief cardiologist of Max Heart and Vascular Institute in Delhi said. “Until and unless randomised placebo-controlled double blind trials are done, one cannot make such claims,” he said.
•Dhani Ram Baruah, carried out a pig-to-man heart transplant in 1997. Patient PurnoSaikia (32) survived for seven days.
•After Saikia’s death, authorities arrested Baruah and colleagues for alleged violation of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act of 1994. Baruah argued xenotransplantation was not covered by the Act.
•Reclusive Baruah resurfaced four years ago with his herbal heart cure.
•This time, he claims to have developed organic molecules that make heart surgery redundant.
Baruah on Saturday unveiled his ‘magic molecules’, Baruah Alpha DH2 and Baruah Beta DH2, which he claimed were derived from edible medicinal plants. The molecules, he said, were developed after 10 years of research.
Baruah claimed he started working on the molecules after realising that surgery was a “faulty way of treating heart ailments”. The magic molecules, he explained, are injected into a patient to treat coronary artery complications without surgery. The molecules are also effective against blood cancer, hepatitis B, polycystic kidneys, motor neuron disease, diabetes, congenital heart disease, valvular diseases, chronic lymphatic leukemia and hypertension, he added.
Baruah also paraded a “cured” patient to buttress his claim. “My heart was blocked and doctors said I would not survive without a pacemaker, but Dr Baruah cured me without any implant,” patient Lalit Chandra Barua said.
Reacting to Baruah’s claim, Dr Anjan Bhattacharyya, head of cardiology, Guwahati Medical College said: “If this is true, it is good news, but discoveries should be published in reputed medical journals for the consumption of the scientific world.”
His colleague Dr Neil Bardoloi said one needed to go through the research papers for a better grasp of the discovery, which the Medical Council of India should be in the know of.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Apr 29, 2007 21:50 IST