India revisited: a new hospital and center culminating multidecadal cooperation

O. Schwartzkopff, G. Cornélissen, K. Otsuka, F. Halberg
2005 Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy  
Looking back on our January 20-27, 2005 visit to India, it was a whirlwind trip, very rewarding, exciting and also strenuous, in particular for Franz and also for myself, though on a somewhat different level, since I was mainly free of responsibilities. We returned 3 days before I started this note, maybe not long enough to be able to attain a more settled impression and judgment. My main purpose is to give a descriptive report about Franz' effort to bring advances made in mapping chronomes
more » ... e structures) into practice in areas with limited resources. In particular, we wish to bring diagnostic and preventive possibilities into the clinical armament by the timely recognition and treatment of otherwise silent yet greatly increased risks of heart and brain attacks. By prolonged repeated blood pressure measurements we are able to uncover aberrations in what is generally considered a normal range and can treat such alterations to prevent severe vascular disease. Another point is the recognition of the time dependence of treatments. We need to treat at a time when the body is responsive, preferably most so, according to the natural rhythms of our physiologic functions, a special point of interest for pharmacology. I restrain myself from trying to go into too many scientific details. Franz took a CD along, loaded with four different presentations in power point format, making for light luggage, adding evidence on nutrition and the cosmos to a "health watch" for vascular disease prevention and to timed cancer and vascular disease treatment. There had been a high level of uncertainty about this trip: to go or not to go. The expected physical and mental strain for an 85.5-year-old person could not be overlooked (but really did not matter). Franz decided not to go, notwithstanding firm plans already made, when he was advised that he should sleep on the day after his arrival at midnight. He reconsidered only when it seemed clear that the advice was given out of concern for his health and a program for the day of his arrival was in place. Eventually a satisfactory program was put together, of which the high points of the trip were to be the inauguration of Professor Ram Bahadur (R.B.) Singh's hospital in Moradabad, to be dedicated to Franz (the Halberg Hospital and Research Institute);
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