By Dr. Jemille Smith
Islamic Post Staff Writer
As the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) is preparing to kick off our health symposium later this summer, we are looking for ways that people can boost their health in the interim. As we were discussing the details of the event, the topic of obesity and weight were brought up and to what extent it is a problem in our community. Many of our people are quite rotund and suffer from adverse medical sequelae associated with being overweight.
Our team considered what we could do to inspire people to be healthier? What would prompt people to want to get a health screen? By the grace and mercy of Almighty Allah the idea materialized to host a competition between the different locales. We always joke about whose state is better at this or that and now we can prove it. We will see who is best at being both physically and spiritually healthy for this competition will employ elements of physical and spiritual well being. It will be a program aimed at improving your body mass and spiritual “heaviness.” The contest will involve the following:
1. 20 minute exercise program.
2. List of food tips to try to incorporate into your routine.
3. Fasting two days per week. You may also send the spiritual credit of the fast upon a Sufi saint in gratitude to Almighty Allah for His guidance sent through that holy person. This brings great reward.
4.Sufi diet one day per week (details given further down).
One of the major factors leading to a healthy life is to always include some activity. It is better to try structured activity, such as exercising; however, anything that involves movement will help. A sedentary lifestyle is one the major contributors to obesity and high blood pressure. Do you know that for people with high blood pressure, if they incorporate life style changes (i.e., diet and exercise) it can have the same affect on lowering blood pressure as starting one antihypertensive medication? The exercise program will be of minimal duration so that it may be convenient for all involved. It is a 20 minute low impact, circuit training routine the details of which will be given to the mayors at every locale. It is the hope of the AMMRT that multiple participants from the same locale will do the workout together thus providing support and encouragement for each other as well as increasing community ties.
Though exercise is important, food control is even more vital to losing weight and improving health. I know that a lot of what is considered “healthy” foods are more expensive but there are plenty of healthy options in the things we eat everyday. Additionally, one should try to avoid processed foods as much as possible and eat fresh foods whenever available. Another part of the contest includes replacing all daily drinks, including juices and sodas, with water. Also, we will be cutting processed breads out of our diets for the contest. Homemade flat breads like chappati and naan are sufficient, in moderation. What you can do is eat your normal sandwich “innards” in the form of a salad with the same ingredients (I realize though this may be hard to do with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich). Try not to eat foods late at night for it may increase the stress response and usually people go to sleep soon after thus adding to calorie production.
Although fasting does have some health benefits (it helps your gastrointestinal system reset and get rid of “sludge”) the major benefit is spiritual. Thus fasting is not merely abstaining from food, but includes refraining from vile and despicable behaviors and thought patterns the whole period that you are not eating. The contest participants could fast two days per week sending the credit to the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), and/or other holy personages. An added facet to this is that if you are among a group that works out together, part of that time could be spent with one person of the group giving a brief account of the man of God to whom they sent the credit of their fast. You should take turns so that everyone gets to present to the group at some point.
The last caveat to the contest is the idea of a Sufi diet. While on our medical mission to Pakistan part of our daily lives included eating a light breakfast, such as a boiled egg, a full lunch, and a light dinner as well. This is the Sufi diet and it –to me– is harder than fasting for it takes real will power to only eat an egg and drink a cup of tea and nothing else. The idea behind this is to help with our self-control. As far as the contest is concerned, we are going to do Sufi diet for only one day per week. Those of us who want to be more ambitious can do this on a more regular basis.
The contest will be six-weeks in duration. A central person from each location should be assigned to take care of the details. This person will be responsible for the sign up sheets and for tallying the weights. As far as the days fasted and the total days performing the Sufi diet are concerned, that will be on the “honor system” and you are to report your totals to the assigned individual on a weekly basis. For it to truly be a contest we will have a fundraiser aspect to it. Each locale should try to have a fundraiser dinner in fitting with the idea of a potluck. All participants should contribute something for this meal. If you do not want to or can’t participate, you can sponsor someone for a little money for every pound lost or for every day fasted. At the end of the contest, whichever locale has the greatest percent of “weight loss” (i.e., actual pounds loss, days fasted, and Sufi diet days with the weight loss being the major determining factor) will win. In order to be eligible each locale has to have at least eight to ten participants. Twenty-five percent of the winnings from all of the “defeated” locations go to the winning location to be put in an Islamic village development fund for their particular location. Additionally, the overall top winning individual will get one percent of all of the participating locales monies.
This contest is to promote improving the health in our communities and decreasing the negative outcomes that result from being overweight. We would like to see the health symposium and the Body and Soul Contest be an annual event to eventually include all members of our religiously diverse community. High blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease kill millions of people on a daily basis and anything we can do to keep the incidences of these ailments down, will likely keep our communities strong for many years to come. As always only from Allah, Glorified is He, the Most High, can we be healed.
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, Magazine/ Culture | Tags: Dr. Jemille
By Dr. Jemille A. Wasi
Islamic Post Staff Writer
I was recently approached by someone seeking to get EGM therapy, after having been referred to me by a family member who read about it in the Islamic Post. As usual, I interviewed this prospective patient, inquiring about his medical history, medications—or other treatments tried— signs and symptoms, and family history of similar illnesses. After this process was complete, I explained to the patient the details of the method and the prerequisites required for its initiation. As we continued our conversation I could sense the skepticism in his voice. I immediately asked the person if they believed or had issue with anything that I have said. He told me that he didn’t feel that the explanations based on the method were encompassing enough to account for all that was going on. The explanations of evil entities and fallout from bad deeds, actions and thoughts, may not be the only reason the issue persisted. He held fast to the belief that there was some validity to the “science” of it all.
The reasoning lay in his story. The patient told me that prior to starting college he was a normally functioning, Muslim youth. After being exposed to many of the fahashi things one encounters in this setting –lewd behavior unbecoming to God-fearing people, he began to develop signs of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. Subsequently he went to see a “spiritualist” who read over him “healing Quranic ayaats” (ruqya) and also wrote lines from Holy Quran on china plates with saffron, mixed it with water, and had him drink it. These methods did not work for the patient so he then went to a western-trained psychiatrist and began treatment with drugs. At first he noticed improvement in symptomology, but after a while the bad feelings returned. The medication regimen was changed and again there was improvement with a then subsequent return to the original negative condition. This pattern was once again repeated over and over. Now the patient feels that he is at an impasse for he have tried “both” methods and neither one was effective. The patient thus called me to see how EGM is any different than other QT methods and basically why he should believe that it may work. I hope the following explanation that I gave provides some insight to all those who have a hard time believing.
Science vs. “science”
The first thing I did was to differentiate the two. Science is the true nature of the unseen and how everything is encompassed by and derived from Allah the Most High. This leads to the fact that nothing escapes the immutable laws of the creator. “science” is derived from the varied interpretations of what individuals believe Science means. So in essence, it is a product of man. Things that we read in textbooks—or other secular materials—make sense to us because they appeal to the untrained, rebellious nature of us as human beings. The explanation of the western doctors made sense because the knowledge base of their explanation is the same system responsible for what the patient has learned. To understand Science requires that we be in tune with our spiritual nature. The knowledge gained of Science is thus not something you can learn by your efforts to do so, but something you gain by being concordant with the true nature of all things which is the Divine Creator, the Most High.
Next, I described how the prerequisites are concordant with this definition and how they are required to implement and receive EGM. The therapist and the patient must both meet the minimal criteria of believing in one higher power, following the 10 commandments, and purifying thoughts. Included in this is being careful of what one watches, hears, or is in contact with or influenced by (so be mindful of the company you keep).
Implementing the treatment:
I then told the patient that after the prerequisites are met, there are a few things to keep in mind. First that EGM can be useful in any ailment known to man, but the major focus is psychiatric diagnoses (that is why EGM is often synonymously known as “Quranic Psychiatry”). Secondly, one must remember that God appoints a time for one to get sick and the appropriate time for them to return to health—if it is meant for them to do so. That being said one must exhibit extreme patience once their prescription has been started because God is not governed by our timetable of when we believe the treatment should take effect; he makes the timetable for when it will! Additionally, you must confer with the therapist about the methods you may already be using to treat your illness because some things may have an inhibitory effect on the treatment.
Healing still comes from Allah the Most High:
Now I must point out something of utmost importance. It is in keeping with Islamic traditions to employ the use of medicines. The things to remember are that medicines may work for some but not all ailments and that the only reason they work at all is because God intended them to. This explains why you can have 100 people similar in all ways including medical state, yet oftentimes react totally different to the same medication. Even more so, some of the treatment regimens may involve the patient remaining on some of their medications or in fact receiving additional medications. This is usually not the case with psychiatric illnesses however.
The rationale for EGM:
As I have probably stated many times before “science” tells us that psychiatric conditions are usually based on chemical deficiencies of chemicals called Neurotransmitters. Since that is the case, why is it that if we replace these, the patient is not “back to normal?” Why is it that in every case some may show some initial improvement in symptoms, only to eventually show a decline in their condition?
If our brains are simply electrochemical devices—and we have electricity and chemicals—why is it that man cannot create a neuron (one cell of the brain)? Why is it such a stretch that this organ—of which we cannot grasp the depth of its ability and function—is connected to our spiritual nature and thus affected by our spiritual condition? Aren’t our emotions and behaviors based on our experiences and environment? Why is it so hard to fathom that our spiritual state affects our mental state and behaviors?
As I further my training in the field of EGM, I become more convinced of its validity as a treatment strategy for a variety of illnesses—especially of the psychiatric variety. As I told the patient, I implore anyone who has doubts to please contact me so that we can arrange for a venue in which you can see the scientific demonstrations of the method at work for yourself! As always only from Allah, Glorified is He, the Most High, can we be healed!
Filed under: January Volume I- 2009, Magazine/ Culture, Uncategorized | Tags: Dr. Jemille
By Dr. Jemille A. Wasi
Islamic Post Staff Writer
A few months ago I was on call one night in the hospital, and I received a page from the Emergency Department (ED) regarding the admission of a young woman. The ED record showed that she was a 36 year-old female with Diabetes Mellitus. As I stepped into the examination room I was surprised to see a bed-ridden, balding somewhat plump African American lady. She had dry, chaffed skin with a mixture of old scars and fresh, gaping wounds that covered a considerable amount of her body. I began with the usual interview questions asking what brought her to the hospital and how long had this issue been a concern. As the questioning progressed, she told me of her symptoms, her family history of diabetes, and her extensive list of medical problems including high blood pressure, hardened arteries, and her weekly trips to hemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease. She was very non-compliant with her medications, and allowed her blood sugar levels to get out of control. This inevitably led to the development of the hypertension (high blood pressure) and kidney failure. This woman was a year older than I, and already had the health status of someone more than twice her age. The thought that this once vibrant person now had all these health issues and needed dialysis three times a week was very disheartening.
Unfortunately, this is a common issue in the U.S., and many people—especially African Americans—suffer the same fate. This is made worse by the fact that the age of affected individuals is getting younger and younger every year, with increasing numbers of children presenting to doctors’ offices all over America with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. I have come to the conclusion that a major reason for this growing trend is that the majority of people are generally not educated on these conditions, or their potential outcomes; so much so, that when they develop these maladies, they usually don’t seek medical intervention until something has gone drastically wrong, and/or an emergency situation has been created. This becomes evident by the fact that most newly diagnosed diabetics—especially the children and African American population—usually find out they have disease after they develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and have to go to the emergency department. Excessive thirst, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, weakness, or fatigue usually marks DKA. High blood pressure patients usually come in complaining of severe headaches, visual changes (i.e. blurring or double vision), and sometimes nonspecific complaints like nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath. Even worse hypertensives often present to the ED with strokes, heart attacks, and heart or kidney failure. The gist of it is that many of these conditions are diagnosed in the emergency department or other acute care settings.
I was always told that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, so the key to reversing this growing trend is to institute measures involved in prevention of these diseases. When this is not always possible, in the least, measures should be initiated to prevent the horrendous outcomes of these ailments. The most constructive instrument to accomplish this task is effective education. The U.S. healthcare industry has recognized the importance of education, but really only in regards to decreasing the cost of medical care. Current initiatives have done little to reduce the disease load in America. Many of the proposed methods involve the patient reading something when they leave the hospital or office, as opposed to learning the information from a knowledgeable staff person. Most of the time, that reading material never makes it home to the patient. In order for the education to be most effective, a more direct, active approach is necessary. This may successfully be accomplished by having a formal setting, with a competent teacher to discuss pertinent issues. Additionally, forums in which healthcare providers and general public meet have the additional effect of providing an opportunity for people to get screened for the aforementioned diseases.
In medical school we would hold yearly health seminars as part of our community service for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Here we had class-like sessions, and gave a series of handouts to all patrons. The class aspect was very informative and useful for all involved. Recently—as I was discussing a homework project of the Head RN of AMMRT—I remembered these forums from medical school, and thought we could take the class-like features, and hold a health forum in this mold. As the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) is always committed to improving the health of the world community at large, this seemed like a task that would be perfectly fitted for us. Discussions with multiple members thus yielded the idea of holding a set of subject driven health seminars designed to be interactive and informative. They will be multi-disciplined, combining the skills of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and traditional Islamic natural care physicians (hakeems and hakeemahs). The first seminar will be held in late spring/early summer, and will cover the topics of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. In addition to our interactive classes, we will be providing screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol levels. We will also be offering classes on nutrition, for the right dietary choices are important to consider in any disease process. Future sessions in this model will be held for subjects pertaining to Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Aid (including CPR instruction), Sickle Cell and other anemias, and Pediatric issues. Although no final date has been determined, continue to look for updates in subsequent issues of the Islamic Post. As always, only from Allah, the Most High, can we be healed.
Filed under: December Volume 1 - 2008, Magazine/ Culture | Tags: Dr. Jemille, Health, Losing Weight
Dr. Jemille: Obesity
Overview of a ‘Growing’ Problem
By Dr. Jemille A. Wasi
Islamic Post Staff Writer
A short while before embarking on my medical relief mission to Pakistan, I was training in a hospital where I made a startling discovery. During rounds, I walked past a scale and decided to weigh myself. I stood there wide-eyed as the numbers continued to climb, and was shocked when they finally stopped. For someone who had weighed around 150 lbs for the previous 18 years of my life—eating anything under the sun—I was surprised to see the final number on the scale read 186 lbs.
I reflected on the fact that over the period of a couple of years I had gained over 30 lbs. I attributed this gain to the fact that during medical training we were often forced to eat what was convenient. This inevitably led to unhealthy dietary choices and periods of inactivity.
As I look around our community, I see the issue of weight becoming more prevalent. The more disturbing fact is that the ages of affected individuals are getting younger every day. In order for this to change, I think it is important to understand the basics.
As you take food into your body, it is initially broken down into sugars, proteins, and fat. Whatever energy your body needs energy for all its various processes and activities, it uses the sugars first. If you take in more food than your body’s energy needs, then the sugars, proteins and fats that aren’t used are converted to fat and stored in your body’s energy storage units, commonly known as adipose, or fat, tissue. If, during your life, you continue to take in more food than you use on a daily basis, the amount of fat you have will increase.
One thing that may not be commonly understood is that every individual is born with a certain amount of fat storage “units” —let’s say 10 for example. Each one of these units can hold only so much fat; so as your fat content increases, your body has to “make” another unit to store the excess. The problem with this is that you can only increase the number of units; that is to say, you can go from 10 to 11 but you cannot go back down to 10 because once you have created that extra unit. It remains for life. When a person “loses” fat they only decrease the amount of fat molecules in each storage unit, but the amount of units still remain the same.
Another problem is that as the amount of storage compartments increase, they get squeezed closer together and the individual lipid molecules become tighter and therefore harder to get rid of.
Effects of weight gain
The problems with weight gain are not merely cosmetic. The higher your fat content, the greater the chances that you will develop increased blood cholesterol levels, leading to atherosclerosis. In addition, the more weight a person carries adds stress to joints and bones and also makes a person less able to tolerate exercise. This causes deconditioning (being “out of shape”), which in turn leads to less desire to exercise thus continuing a vicious cycle of inactivity.
Another effect is seen with the heart. As a person increases in size, the heart has to work harder to supply oxygen-rich blood to that extra fat tissue. This increased work load brings about an enlargement in heart size, with no real increase in strength. This can lead to heart attacks, and conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure.
Furthermore, overweight individuals are at an increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes, as the increase in adipose tissue leads to insulin resistance. In pediatric populations this is becoming more of an issue. The old term for Type II Diabetes had to be changed from “Adult Onset Diabetes” to “Non-Insulin Dependant Diabetes” as a result of the amount of children who now have this disease.
The last effect of note is that our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) –which is the rate that our bodies use energy when we are completely at rest—slows down as we gain weight.
Changing the trend
Over 65% of people in the U.S. are overweight or obese. This number has tremendously increased over the years from values of 13% in 1962 and 31% in 1994. In addition, the number of overweight children in America has tripled since 1980. This is mostly due to inactivity (read increased television/internet time) and a higher consumption of food.
Thus, to alter the current trend involves two important keys: making appropriate dietary choices, and exercising.
Most people recognize the word calories, and correlate this word to energy used, or burned, during exercise. However, despite the common misconception that people burn a lot of calories when they do exercise, each pound of fat is roughly 3500 calories. To put this into perspective, consider that the amount of calories burned for every mile a person walks is based on a calculation: (your weight x 2) divided by 3.5. So, for each mile a 125 pound person walks he or she only burns about 71 calories …71!
While exercising is important for weight loss, it is more important to decrease the amount of calories one takes in and this means making appropriate dietary choices.
Because many of us have children, we know that they are a major determinant in the foods we buy. Another issue is that many of us are on a limited budget and many of the foods that are considered healthy cost more money. Due to these two factors we tend to purchase food that is convenient and inexpensive. Unfortunately, most of the foods in this category are not conducive to losing weight. This is even worse for adults because of our lower BMR.
The key is to try to get low calorie foods –like fruits and vegetables, and avoid high calorie, processed foods –like cookies, chips, and sodas. Personally, I have found it helpful to change all of the beverages that I take with meals to water. Consider that if you were to drink a 12 oz soda with each meal, this alone would equal about 400 calories/day. In a period of a week that would almost be enough calories to equal 1 pound.
Although dietary measures are more important in weight loss, exercise still has its merits. Not only does physical activity help with weight reduction, it also assists an increase in BMR, and is beneficial to your heart because it makes it beat faster and stronger. It should be noted that you do not need to have a gym membership to exercise. You can do activities with your children: take walks, play ball or go bike riding. These things will give you all the exercise you need. On a daily basis one only needs about 20-30 minutes of activity to stay fit.
When I came home from Pakistan I weighed 157 lbs. Those 30 lbs that I had added on in medical school were gone! The reason for this was that we had to walk to many of the places we wanted to go and our diet was much improved, almost consisting of only fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Even after saying all this there is a much simpler way to stay in shape. Can you guess? It is called… following the Sunnah, the life pattern of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him! If you don’t eat to your fill, consume the appropriate amount of beverage, and walk your 40 steps after a meal, you may find that all the above-mentioned advice is unnecessary!
As always, only from Allah, the Most High and Glorified, can we be healed!
Filed under: International, Science, Sept/Oct Volume - 2008 | Tags: Dr. Jemille, Medicine, Psychiatry, Quranic Psychiatry
Dr. Jemille Wasi, Islamic Post Staff Writer
On a daily basis I have patients who come to the office asking for every type of psychoactive medication known to man. The most popular ones on the list include antidepressants, antixylotics (for anxiety), and pain medications. A great majority of these individuals are not even suffering from the conditions that these medications are, so-said, designed to treat.
Worldwide this problem has become so great, and now it is even spilling over into our microcosmic Islamic community. People go to the doctors with all of their various complaints and issues, and most of the time we are sent home with some type of medication. What a lot of people don’t know —and are sadly quite often not told by many doctors— is the addiction potential of these medications. Chemical dependency is an issue that affects many countries in the world today. In the past most drugs of addiction were of the recreational variety. Now the trend is that prescription drugs are becoming the major agents of abuse. These medications are given on a daily basis to treat a multitude of medical conditions. Most of these drugs have the potential to create chemical dependency, and this is a fact that I see on a daily basis.
The threshold between therapeutic levels of drug, and amounts that produce side effects, is a balance that doctors tightrope everyday. Most doctors know the side effects, and the dependency potential, but continue to prescribe these drugs because of the apparent “benefits outweigh the risk.”
This is particularly problematic for psychological conditions because the true etiology of these conditions is under-recognized in the medical community. This leads to the prescribing of drugs for conditions that are not truly understood by the medical community at large so the benefits cannot assuredly be determined.
The evidence that is used to continue to prescribe these drugs is rooted in tests that are performed on animals or trials in which human beings are given the drug and asked about the desired effects. Most of the people involved in these studies are not asked what they feel. Nevertheless, many people who test pharmaceutical drugs—or most patients who have tried these drugs —often report not feeling anything at all, a feeling of numbness to everything around them.
Added to this, many of these drugs cause euphoria.
The end result is that patients receive likely addicting drugs that may or may not work for their particular condition, but leave the patient numb and euphoric in many cases. Here lie two common problematic symptoms of drug addiction.
So why are these drugs addictive? It is believed that most of these drugs act in the brain by replacing deficient amounts of natural occurring chemicals. In route to doing this they are said to act on the so called Emotion and Reward centers in the brain that are thought to be responsible for emotional elevation and making one feel good about themselves. Also these drugs are said to block unwanted emotional responses such as anxiety and sadness. Additionally there is the social aspect. There is a negative stigma associated with recreational drugs of abuse. This is not the case for prescription drugs. Not only is it socially acceptable, it is often championed for people to be on these medications. Moreover those who promote the drugs create desperation in the patient to keep taking it. Added to this is the constant bombardment of drug companies advertisements persuading us about the benefits of their drug. Have you seen those commercials where someone is happily skipping along the beach after taking the medication? Do you also notice the comforting, sly way in which they tell you about the side effects?
Conversely this issue affects the medical profession itself. Many doctors and nurses are finding themselves addicted to the same medicines that they are prescribing to their patients. The number of medical personnel afflicted by prescription drug dependency increases everyday. This has led to more exposure given to the matter.
It may not surprise some to know that addiction to prescription drugs is now outweighing dependency to recreational drugs worldwide.
This growing trend has spilled over into the Muslim community. Some of us have strayed away from our traditional values and means of dealing with health issues, only to fall victim to this ever-growing plague. It is sad to know that there are members of the Islamic community dependent on pain medications and antidepressants.
This downward spiral of addiction needs to be stopped. People need to take a more active approach at trying to understand exactly what they are taking and why. We have to continue to try bringing to the forefront the true nature of some of these diseases in order to benefit mankind in finding adequate cures. In our own households and communities we need to care for and support one another so that the desire and need to seek these interventions become unnecessary. As Muslims we cannot be concerned for only our community but we must take the position of El Sheikh Gilani and show concern for all of mankind. Let the addiction end and the recovery begin. As always only from Allah, Glorified is He, the Most High, can we be healed!
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Front Page News, International, Science | Tags: Dr. Jemille, Medicine, Science
By Dr. Jemille Wasi, Islamic Post Staff Writer
American Muslim Medical Relief Team Establishing Maternity Clinic
American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) members Dr. Bashir Abdul Wadud, Dr. Jemille Wasi, and Bilqis Begum Ata Abdallah R.N., will be opening a new prenatal and maternity clinic in the rural upstate New York village of Holy Islamberg, in response to the emergence of a recent and unpublicized medical emergency.
C-Sections: Be Warned.
Over the last couple of months there have been a rash of medical occurrences involving Muslim obstetrical patients. Many of these ladies have gone to the hospitals to deliver their children and, when faced with the slightest sign of complications, medical staffs have resorted to unnecessary surgery. This body-damaging procedure, the Cesarean Section (C-section), has become routine in most hospitals. Hospitals have moved away from the natural process of childbirth.
According to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, roughly 29 per cent of live births today are by C-section. This figure is escalating due to many factors, among them, inability or failure of the expectant mother to fully prepare physically and psychologically for labor and delivery. There is a subsequent tendency to inhibit the childbirth process due to extreme tension and fear. The 2005 Surgeon General’s report has confirmed that C-sections are usually performed in the doctor’s haste under stressful delivery conditions. There is an obvious lack of knowledge on how to stabilize the patient (See “Success to Life-Threatening Delivery,” this page).
Of concern also is the growing number of abortions in the United States due to the high cost of health care.
C-sections are often conducted in tense environment where practitioner and patient are simultaneously experiencing panic. This charged atmosphere can in many cases, lead to long-term physical damage including scar tissue, thin uterine walls, and damage to the bladder and intestines. The procedure also lessens the chance of future, healthy natural deliveries and decreases fertility.
Decreased fertility & population control.
Such population control policies have been put into place with the express intent of decreasing the amount of births, especially amongst people of color.
As regards open anti-fertility methods like birth control pills and injections, Planned Parenthood –which began as the American Birth Control League– has become an effective machine for population control. Planned Parenthood legitimizes and propagates promiscuity, and there appears to be financial gain involved. Pharmaceutical companies have received billions of dollars in government subsidies to provide cut-rate birth control pills to Planned Parenthood, for the sale by the organization to all those who enter their doors.
All of these unethical practices are detrimental to women, and our society as a whole. There is an urgent need to return to viable remedies.
Before the advent of modern medicine people were born into the world and survived in good health.
Regulation or research?
There has been a revival in natural approaches to childbirth, midwifery, and treatment of diseases, but the desire of the majority is being suppressed under the guise of regulation.
A major propagator of healthcare misconceptions is the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is a global organization, established as part of the United Nations from the outset of the UN, and claims to be responsible for “setting norms and standards” in the health industry. This UN body is also engaged in “articulating evidence-based policy options,” and “shaping research agenda.” It would seem, from perusing their objectives, as if there is no other treatment option which, even when based on evidence of formal research, has proven acceptable. El Sheikh, Dr. Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, established a ward in the Taif psychiatric hospital, proving the results of El Gilani Methodology (EGM) under controlled circumstances decades ago, upon the request of WHO-sponsored psychiatrists for the purposes of establishing a spiritual treatment method. But the scientific results led to unscientific responses. One of the psychiatrists involved rejected the research outright upon his stated premise, “I don’t want to believe in God.”
The Islamic Post has been instrumental in displaying the results of EGM over the years. Spiritual and natural remedies have been successfully used by EGM practitioners for treatment of cancer, kidney disease, jaundice, AIDS, and other ailments.
After leaving aside spiritual modalities, WHO’s agenda for traditional medicine now focuses on herb regulation and creating fear regarding remedies unknown to modern medicine.
While history bears testimony that few people have suffered death or accumulated side effects from the use of natural therapies, the same cannot be said of surgery and pharmaceuticals. To completely negate the validity of centuries-tested therapies for decades-old approaches which hinge upon the profit-based sale of unaffordable pharmaceutical products and the edge of the knife to remove an effected organ in a instead of healing it, can be likened to a return to the Dark Ages.
The current condition of the approach to disease is dismal at best in regards to true patient care. Moreover, if the present healthcare movement continues to ignore the full aspect of the nature of disease, which includes the spiritual aspect this is a trend that will continue to spiral out of control. Let us pray that it will not come to that.
El Gilani Methodology (EGM) (See the Dr. Jemille column below) is a non-invasive treatment modality in which people have been cured by the word of God Almighty. One recent instance involves a young girl complaining of frequency of urination every 2 hours. A urologist in Lahore examined her and performed many tests to figure out a cause. It was determined that her bladder was too small and couldn’t hold her urine. Special prayers of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad. peace be upon him, and a command from the Holy Quran –“Oh Earth, take back your water, hold it back.”– were written and placed about her neck, along with the last lines of Sura Mulk. A short time later the disease was cured.
Western scientists have deemed many ailments “incurable,” and have no real knowledge of them. This is especially the case with regards to curing aids.
In an attempt to assist the reversal of the negative trend of human suffering, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) has worked fervently in many areas. AMMRT members have placed their lives in jeopardy and selflessly given their monies, time, and medical expertise in the emergency rescue and medical relief efforts of catastrophic disaster sites such as the Ground Zero site in the aftermath of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the devastating earthquake in Pakistan in 2005.
Today AMMRT is responding to the need of mothers who are put at risk, in an effort to end unwarranted maternal surgery, and to provide a positive childbirth experience.
Towards these ends, three team members will establish a fully equipped and fully staffed maternity clinic along with staff members Nabila begum Muhammad Siddiq, R.N.; Habibah Abdallah, R.N.; and Hakeemahs Khadijah Ansar, Naima Azza, and Razia Abdul Mumin.
The medical facility will specialize in midwifery, childhood illnesses, prenatal care, and general well being. Through this new facility, medical assistance and counseling will be given to all that are in need.
The maternity care and health crisis is urgent, and long overdue. The construction of the clinic is to begin immediately. Over the years the AMMRT has, without prejudice, has answered your calls and pleas for assistance and help and will continue to do so.
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, International, Science | Tags: Dr. Jemille, El Gilani Methodology, Gilani, Medicine, Psychology, Quranic Psychiatry, Spirituality
Dr. Jemille Wasi, Islamic Post Contributing Writer
If you have been reading the Islamic Post in the last few months you would have seen that I have been writing on the subject of El Gilani Methodology (EGM). Starting in the April 2008 edition of the Islamic Post, I began a series whose intended purpose was to formally introduce EGM to those who may not know exactly what it is. This final article serves as a conclusion or summary to the entire series.
The history of EGM is an important factor in understanding the Methodology. At the time of the inception of El Gilani Methodology, many psychiatrists from all around the globe were meeting at a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Egypt in hopes of finding a way to standardize treatment approaches to mental disease. The idea was to pool the practices of many cultures to come up with one general approach. Meanwhile, EGM was reaching acclaim in Pakistan. Due to success in the subcontinent, the Methodology soon began to garner attention on a larger scale.
As a result, El Sheikh Gilani, the developer of the method, formalized the process into a system.
One of the psychiatrists present at the WHO conference, Dr. Usama Radi, believed that aspects of Quranic therapy could be beneficial to WHO’s worldwide treatment approach. Recognizing that El Sheikh Gilani of Pakistan was an authority on such matters, Dr. Radi contacted El Sheikh to enlist his assistance in proving the science behind the healing with chapters from the Holy Quran.
A special research facility was set up in the psychiatry wing of a hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia. Scientific experimentation commenced on many subjects suffering from a variety of psychiatric maladies. The effectiveness of the method was noted immediately by all who were present including world renowned psychiatrists from a variety of different countries.
Upon further examination however, those in attendance with formal western psychiatric training began to feel that the foundation of the method was incongruent with their beliefs. They began to find fault and attempted to “fit” the results into something that made sense to them.
The “radical” idea that human flesh is a covering for the true spiritual beings that we are, was in total contradiction to the belief system of the psychiatrists involved, who thought that our extraordinary physical bodies merely house our minds –which are but impressive centers made of neurotransmitters and complex tissue. Moreover, the psychiatrists came to realize that EGM gives mankind a firm understanding that he is a spiritual creature whose deeds and actions determine his place in the universe, as opposed to being an animal governed by his carnal desires and primal urges.
In protecting their unfounded, materialist dogma, the resistance of these psychiatrists escalated to the point where they began to oppose anything to do with the Methodology. Even after viewing miracles never before seen, with their own eyes, they continued to ignore the scientific results of EGM in order to return to the “safe” world of theory and conjecture to which they had become accustomed. Consequently, this great scientific breakthrough was ignored. No longer were attempts made to incorporate the Methodology into the global treatment strategy for which it had originally been sought.
The psychiatrists conjured up an objection that EGM had no structure, and was not scientifically based. They claimed the Methodology required no formal training for those who wished to practice it, only some sort of special powers being necessary to be considered for training.
None of these objections have basis in fact. EGM is a unique branch of Divine science with a complete doctrine and manual for practice. Therapists are formally trained at one of the few Quranic Science Institutions and must receive certification before implementing the Methodology into practice.
The training is often more rigorous and detailed than Western psychiatric programs because of the subject matter being dealt with.
Once the program is complete, students go through an intense period of testing that can often last for many months before they can be certified. An extra caveat to this is that therapists MUST adhere to the same spiritual and moral standards that are required by patients receiving EGM treatment.
If a person meets the prerequisites, he or she is an acceptable candidate for training in the Methodology.
In conclusion, the current condition of the approach to mental disease is dismal, at best, in regards to patient care. If the present psychiatric movement continues to ignore the true spiritual nature of mental disorders, the trend of mental illness will continue until there will be no hope for those suffering from psychiatric maladies. Let’s pray that it will not come to that!
As always, only from Allah (Glorified and the Most High is He) can we be healed!
Dr. Jemille graduated in 1998 with honors from Longwood University, with a Bachelors in Chemistry. In June 2006, he received a Medical Degree from International Quranic Open University (I.Q.O.U.). In September 2006, he received his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical school. Dr. Jemille is scheduled, this year, to participate fully as a physician at St. Francis Family Residency Program.
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