The Sunday Mail
Gilbert Munetsi —
In what could best be described as a domestic medical revolution in Zimbabwe, a group of medical practitioners have pooled their minds together in search of an alternative way to combat two of the leading life-threatening diseases — HIV & Aids and cancer, as well as a long list of others.
Laboratory results from the initiative seem to suggest that integral medical rehabilitation could be the long-sought solution for the suppression of the virus causing HIV and Aids, as well as a long list of other viral and bacterial infectious diseases that could number in excess of 600.
This is according to years of research pioneered by a team of medical doctors and academicians who are led by 78-year-old Yugoslav-born Zimbabwean resident, Dr Branislav Svoren, who specialises in rehabilitation medicine. The former Dandaro Clinic and Rock Foundation director, also has on his team Professor Hilda Marima-Matarira, a local medical icon (chemical pathology specialist) who, in her own capacity, has trained more than 7 000 doctors in a career spanning three decades.
In the research findings that have since been patented, colloidal silver is used in combating the viral load in patients and has been proven to have no known side effects.
The method uses 10 500 alternating voltage to deposit silver particles from pure silver electrodes very close to the water surface contained in a glass that is rapidly stirred.
If eventually sanctioned, it will come at an approximate cost of $70 per dosage, according to Dr Svoren who prior to settling in Zimbabwe some 30 years ago, was a personal doctor to a big number of internationally reputable personalities. Locally, he has consulted a good number of the who-is-whos, some of who include nationalists who are interred at the national shrine.
The 2014 statistics put Zimbabwe’s HIV positive population at 13 percent of the total, while out of every 100 000 people, 329 have tuberculosis (75 percent of them HIV positive). The survey reveals there are 7 000 new cancer patients each year (60 percent of these HIV positive), with the mortality figures for the latter pegged at 5 000 per week.
It costs as much as $6 000 per single session for cancer patients to access chemotherapy treatment, an astronomical figure that is way beyond the reach of many. This is the prime reason the local Svoren-led team has devoted years of research in search of an alternative solution that is within the reach of ordinary people’s pockets.
It succeeds the initial 58 African Silver BioticsTM human trials whose first series were conducted at three medical institutions in Ghana. They were done at the Air Force Station Hospital, the Kone-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Justab Clinic in the western African country. Then, trials were undertaken using non-ionic silver particles suspended in distilled water.
The three pilot researches proved effective in a diversity of human medical problems — among them malaria, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, sinusitis infections, vaginal yeast infections, nose and ear infections, cuts and fungal skin infections as well as sexually-transmitted diseases that include gonorrhoea.
Of the 120 patients who participated in the clinical trials, one was diagnosed with a retro-viral infection (HIV). It is reported the patient received 5ml (one teaspoon) of silver bioticsm twice daily and showed full signs of recovery within a week.
Says Dr Svoren in his emotional findings contained in a write-up titled ‘My Vision of a New Medical Development in Zimbabwe (2010)’, “There comes that time in our lives when you are confronted with the worst. Your loved one, parent, friend, child or grandchild has been struck down with a debilitating disease for which medical science has no cure.
“You search for a second, third and fourth option from specialists and wanting to leave no stone unturned, you also consult alternative and complementary healers until such time you face the likelihood that you have virtually exhausted all avenues to spare the one you love.
“Such drama is lived and relived each day by countless people the world over, and there appears to be no hope in the horizon as science, dynamic as it is, continuously lags behind our expectations.”
His sentiments echo and cement what came out of the 14th ZACBLM National Dialogue held in Harare in June last year which summarised, “The drama of inevitable suffering and death from deadly and debilitating disease for which medical science has no cure is lived and relived everyday by people the world over and there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
“Nutritional medicine is the last resort with safe and effective therapies as the world, and in particular Africa, continues to reel under the burden of diseases that include and are not limited to HIV and Aids, cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia and congestive cardiac failure. The convergence acknowledged that nutritional medicine gives the suffering hope, renewed optimism and a lease of life.”
Dr Svoren reckons integrative medicine is the solution, combining conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback and stress reduction techniques.
“It is a compromise between modern and traditional medicine. Alternative therapy has existed in Zimbabwe for years now, but it remains obscured and mystified. There is a notion among many that ‘miracles’ are rare hence the belief in ‘proper’ treatment,” says Dr Svoren.
In the United States, for instance, an estimated two million people have turned to integral treatment, with New York-based Centre for Health and Healing (an academic leading institution run by specialists in integral medicine) seeing more than 30 000 patients annually.
It has been recorded as fact that such treatment bears no toxic effects with regards to homeostatic and well-being of the patient irrespective of how far the infection has progressed.
“Many more similar centres have opened in the US and the question is why not in Zimbabwe? We have chiropractic treatments and my view is that it would be advisable if we can organise regular lectures where our integral colleagues would talk about their experiences as well as give public orientation as to where and whom to go to,” says Dr Svoren.
In a related matter, the team has invited the family of ailing musician, Dick “Chinx” Chingaira to bring forth their medical cards as it feels it can render — voluntarily — medical attention to him.