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India, Yoga, AYUSH, Cancer Cure and More, Albeit, Unscientific!

Ever since Yoga guru Swami Ramdev openly campaigned for BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi, it was the government’s turn to please Ramdev and Modi convinced the UN to observe an International Day of Yoga on June 21. Now he is up to please his own Yoga guru HR Narendra, precipitating something still in Yoga Wish List.

The creation of a new ministry of AYUSH to promote Ayurveda and Yoga has come expectedly but what’s shocking is that the minister of AYUSH has claimed that cancer can be cured with Yoga and without the need for chemotherapy or other established allopathic medicines. He also claimed that it would be just one year to document the procedure developed by Modi’s Yoga Guru and Bangalore-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), a deemed university.

The ministry is desperate to perpetuate its continuation show-casing the so-called cancer-cure from yoga that has no scientific evidence nor any clinical proof to offer and the minister’s claims that it would be in one year itself shows that the claims are precipitated without ground or reason. And the minister was quick to say: “I think it will take about a year. The documentation should be perfect.”

HR Narendra, a mechanical engineer who claims to have worked with the NASA in 1970 very briefly and later had a stint at Harvard University, is no stranger to RSS veterans and media. He heads S-VYASA in Bangalore, where even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took few lessons in reducing the effect of asthma. While Narendra’s claims to stemming asthma in many cases were vouched by many, his latest claims to cure cancer with Yoga are still in wish list and at the most in experimental stage.

But endorsing Naredra’s view by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik makes the claim not only authentic but also makes it official. Even chief minister from Goa was quick to extend his support to the claim. Opening ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ in Panaji, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, “It is said that diseases like AIDS and cancer can be cured by Ayurveda. We should conduct necessary research on this aspect so that India can revolutionise the health sector of the world."

Naik emphasized that all the forms of medicines should have health of patient as the focus point. He even sought an integration of medicines to treat ailments like cancer, high sugar, obesity and others. Yes, but precipitating the unscientific claims that yoga can cure cancer, if not proved scientifically, will make people lose their faith in both Yoga and Ayurveda. Cancer cure currently requires medical intervention inside the body and even Ayurveda is still not explored fully to treat cancer, leave alone yoga, which is an external and mind-controlling panacea.

Unless proved beyond doubt, no medicine nor Yoga should be showcased as a treatment as it may lead to mistrust in ancient forms of healing. Instead of rushing to conclusions, the ministry of AYUSH should first document the ancient methods of medicine to make a headway and instill confidence among the people and make clinical trials, wherever possible. Breast-beating will not help.

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