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The Genome and Homoeopathy - The Missing Link

Dr. Nidhi Luthra

Apart from stumbling on to new insights about what we humans are made of, the latest findings on the map of human genome, sheds a new light on the concept of disease and its cure. The concept of individualisation and personalised medicine has come into view, which has been the long discovered line of treatment used by homoeopathic physicians since the time it was discovered by Hahnemann. Where is the missing link between homoeopathy and gene expression?

The completion of the human genome - a map of man’s genetic constitution-marks a scientific milestone, which will transform biology from being a descriptive science to a predictive one. The latest findings of the human genome have given an insight into what are we made of and why does a disease occur? The revelation of the map of the human’s genetic constitution has made it relatively easy to identify each gene that is responsible for each human function. At one point of time, this was just a theory that is now a proven and identified finding.

Craig Venter of Celera Genomics and Francis Collins, National Institute of Health are the two super stars of molecular biology who have recently published the complete human genome in many scientific journals.

According to the findings, there are approximately 30,000 genes in human beings and understanding how these genes express themselves will provide clues to how diseases are cured.

Now the concept of personalised medicine arises. It is now expected that a medical treatment will be based on a person’s genetic makeup. “It will be individualised medicine, where we will treat the individual person for the right disease, with the right medicine, at the right dose, at the right time,” says Mike Dexter of Wellcome Trust.

What does the above concept remind each of us, homoeopathic physicians; the homoeopathic philosophy, the homoeopathic concept on which we have been working since the time Hahnemann discovered this principle of individualisation.

Homoeopathic physicians have been treating the patients with profound success according to this principle of individualisation, then why is it that we have been left behind in the research studies involved with the human genome?

Dr. P.N. Varma, the renowned homoeopathic scientist who is the founder Director of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory and of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy has been taking a keen interest in the study of the Genome. He has written many write-ups on the topic. Recently, Dr. Varma had written on the topic in the magazine in his column on ‘Pondering views’. We reproduce the article written by him later in this article.

We interviewed Dr. P.N. Varma and spoke to him about the significance of the human genome in treating diseases and the relationship of homoeopathy with the human gene expression.

The Key Findings of the Human Genome Project

  • There are approximately 30,000 genes in human beings and understanding how these genes express themselves will provide clues to how disease are caused.
  • All human races are 99.99 percent alike so racial differences are genetically insignificant.
  • Most genetic mutations occur in the male of the species and so they are most likely to be responsible for genetic diseases.
  • Genomics has improved our understanding of how we evolved as human beings.

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