Medical breakthrough in the Philippines

The Orthopedics update

The year 2009 is a fruitful one to the medical field in the Philippines. There are many firsts that medical practitioners proudly announced to the tri-media (radio, television and print).

The Orthopedics Department of Manila Doctor’s Hospital announces its two firsts that helped a lot of patients who are suffering from low back pain and cervical spine (located at the neck).

1. Interspinous Process Decompression (IPD). The IPD is first in the Philippines last year but is being practiced in more progressive countries, like USA, Canada and UK. Spinous process concentrates on adjustment of the spine to give more spaces to the nerves that circulate the blood in the body. Those persons who are experiencing low back pain (LBP) and want to undergo such operation will just spend a maximum of twelve minutes for the minimally invasive procedure called IPD. The normal incision is about two centimeters and takes an hour to finish by using a medical bi-plane machine and X-ray. Now that IPD is being practice in the country, the patient can only have a one-centimeter incision and have a safe aperius implants between the spaces of the spines and can spend at the operating table for twelve minutes.

2. Cervical Inter facet Distraction Decompression (CIFDR).The operation called CIFDR is both first in the world and in the country, too. Dr. Jose Manuel Ignacio, MD and Dr. Rafael Cruz, MD of the Orthopedic Department of Manila Doctor’s Hospital explained that the procedure involves the placing of implants between the facet joints of the cervical spine, located at the neck to ease the pain and numbness being felt by the patient when the nerves are agitated by the pressure that can lead to heart attack due to abnormal blood circulation. A patient will undergo a general anesthesia; then with the use of C-arm, there will be an open channel that will aid in inserting the implants between the facet joints. The alternative process of surgery will take only a half hour or thirty minutes to finish.

With the help of the so-called medical tourism, it will add more income to many local hospitals who will practice such medical procedures. Patients will be ensured that they're in capable hands that can give their normal lives back.

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bacville 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Low back pain is frequently attacking older persons due to their tedious jobs. Good thing is that Filipino medical practitioners continue to innovate something for the people. Thanks for this hub.



Rolf 6 years ago

This what a Hub page should be like. full of important information. The people in Philippines are well educated and most speak English. Keep this Hub going.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

6inchbootmbtking, bacville and rolf thanks for the comments. Ordinary people, like me should also have knowledge in medicine. There are new things that can improve our lives with the help of science and technology.


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

We add another medical breakthrough in the Philippines and in the world. Dr. Arturo V. Estuita, a Filipino internist and chelationist, recently discovered in his clinical practice that infusion chelation therapy kills hepatitis B virus. I have a Hub "Now! A Medical Breakthrough in the Control of Hepatitis B."

Hepatitis is a disease of the liver caused by virus hepatitis A, B, C, and D. A person afflicted by hepatitis A can clear the virus from his body completely but not hepatitis B, C and D. So even after treatment he is at risk of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. That infusion chelation therapy kills hepatitis B eliminates for the person so infected the risk for developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is probable that infusion chelation therapy also kills hepatitis C and D virus, Dr. Estuita told me in his clinic at Pasay City, Philippines on March 8, 2012. He will have the chance to find out when patients infected by such virus come to him for treatment.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@conradofontanilla: The word chelation is derived from the Greek word, chele, which means claw (like that of a scorpion or crab).

Chelation therapy is the process of removing from the body the undesirable ionic material by the infusion.

Although, the process can be either through intravenous or oral solutions, the first process is more effective and convenient to the patient.

Thanks for alerting me regarding this development. I might as well visit Dr. Estuita regarding this good news.


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

It may help you to search with "estuita cv chelation therapy." He is around in his clinic Sundays thru Fridays. Dr. Estuita's protocol could be developed further if some people afflicted with hepatitis B or C would volunteered for a long treatment to find out if hepatitis B or C could be eliminated by infusion chelation therapy. A statistical design like cross over or observed control can be applied instead of the double blind design that even Dr. Jonas Salk rejected as unethical in the development of the Salk killed poliovirus vaccine. That way, the volunteer is assured of protection.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

We've recently studied the different kinds of hepatitis that affect Filipinos these days, through shared drinking and street food. This was the gist of the seminar I attended at the Bureau of Quarantine.

I can be one of the volunteers, if time permits. I still have to renew a set of vaccine against Hepa B as I go on board commercial ship this May 2012.


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

Sure you will go online aboard ship. It was on a ship the Spanish flu pandemic incubated then proceeded to kill over 25 million people all over the world. Lucky us we now have vaccines.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@conradofontanilla: That's another info, Sir. You really are a fountain of information.

Thanks for keeping me updated. :D


modocodo 3 years ago

@Conradofontanilla and @travel_man1971

About that Hepatitis B Cure is there any testimony from people who completed it or at least a story about some one who to the treatment?

I'm very curious and I think maybe mentioning people who completed the therapy or success story of people would really be of great use for those of us who are looking for help.

God Bless


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

modocodo,

Dr. Estuita told me that as of now he had treated at least 10 people of hepa B with infusion chelation therapy. However, he cannot mention their names without their approval as doctor-patient relationship is confidential. Dr. Estuita said he would try to get approval of some of those he had treated to give their testimonies and I would help in documentation. I had taken pictures of people having chelation sessions with their approval but did not want their names mentioned. You can see them in some of my Hubs on heart disease. I will post documentations as soon as I have them.


modocodo 3 years ago

@conradofontanilla

Thanks for your information, on your other post about Heb B, you mentioned that as of september 2012 Dr.Estuita treated 10 patients for Heb B and it's almost end february 2013 and the number still 10, does that mean that there are not much patient going for the treatment?

Also maybe if I can get more detail on this, there are drugs that after months to years of treatment the virus DNA level become undetectable, which I guess doesn't mean "being cured" is it the same case with the chelation therapy or is it that the therapy kill and removed the virus include those in the liver.

My last question is, if these patients have been monitored after the therapy to see the their blood values(blood tests, weeks, months after the therapy).

Am asking cuz I'm interesting in this therapy.

Thanks for the info.


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

modocodo,

The first person treated of hepa B by chelation therapy was in about March 2012. He has been employed as crew in an ocean-going ship. To my knowledge, shipping companies require their crew a regular checkup. The fellow has not come back for another session of chelation. It may mean that his next check up has not come yet, or that he does not need another treatment. Virus load is verified after the treatment. Dr. Estuita clears the patient if he is treated, clearance is used for employment, for example. It would be nice if someone among those already treated would come around for monitoring of their virus load. So far none has done it so.

If hepa virus had recovered into infectious level, symptoms would manifest in the victim, jaundice, fatigue and the like.

The mode of cure or treatment by chelation is different from a drug. The chelating agent, like EDTA, forms a ligand with the virus. The chelator has a negative charge, the virus has a positive charge and they form a sort of compound that is ejected from the body.

So far no drug is effective against the hepa B virus. Vaccine is being used but is inadequate unlike that of the hepa A vaccine. There are tests for microbes and since they are physical and biological, they cannot escape detection. The basic laboratory method uses the Koch postulate. Gas may escape detection, like nitric oxide. The mechanism of vaccine or antibiotic differs from that of chelation. An antibiotic cannot kill virus.

Some persons had asked how they could avail of the treatment, mostly from other countries, like the group of Dr. Patrick from Uganda. They plan to come as a group. May be I will have to closely check with Dr. Estuita the number of patients who had gone to him for treatment of hepa B, as spurred by your inquiries.


modocodo 3 years ago

@conradofontanilla

Any news from the doctor? (HBV Chelation therapy)


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

Hepa B is accorded confidentiality like HIV, according to Dr. Estuita, an internist and chelationist. That is, the doctor cannot divulge just to anyone who is being treated for hepa B, except to the patient and the proxy. Treatment in Dr. Estuita's clinic is a clinical practice and not a public research that is why the most that can be revealed is the number of patients who had come for treatment. Even in a public research, the names of participants may not be revealed except when the patient consents to it. There are two basic tests in hepatitis. The qualitative one shows whether the person has virus or not. The quantitative test shows the virus load. This is needed when treatment is being considered, and to monitor the virus load during treatment to determine whether the treatment will lead to cure. When treatment is completed, another qualitative test is run again to see if the virus had been eliminated.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@modocodo: You're insistence to reveal the Hepa B patients' identities will depend on the final decision of the attending or treating physician.

Look, even the names of AIDS victims are still being eluded from public knowledge.

I had cousins who got inflicted with Hepa B by eating street foods.

I agree with Sir @conradofontanilla regarding the agreement between the patient and the doctor.

It's a case-to-case basis and you will never read from/on the daily newspaper about a Hepa B victim's identity being divulged publicly.

I would suggest that you look for a site that will show the testimonies of those persons who underwent such therapy in order to eradicate or control the Hepa B virus inside their bodies.

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