Holistic HealingOnce again, the conventional medical...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 30, 1992

Holistic Healing

Once again, the conventional medical community has fired another shot into the heart of the holistic practitioners ("Holistic doctor must save his license," The Sun, Dec. 19). The belief that anything can be cured by drugs, cutting, burning or radiating lives on, and any doctor who does not agree had better watch out.

Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed as having a malignant bladder tumor and was scheduled for surgery to remove my bladder and prostate. I was referred to Dr. Ahmad Shamim and was subjected to all those crazy things that don't work -- laetrile, vitamin injections, a strict diet, etc.

Less than two years later, I went to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where it was confirmed that I did in fact have cancer in 1980, but that there was no trace of it and the tumor was gone. (My bladder and prostate are still intact.)

In the intervening 12 years, not one member of the conventional medical community has expressed any interest at all in my cure. I have tried to testify on behalf of Dr. Shamim, but since I was not medically qualified, they didn't want to hear it. (I was allowed to be a character witness.)

I can hear "spontaneous remission" as the first response, and maybe it was. But if it wasn't, how many lives have been lost and how much surgery performed unnecessarily?

You would think someone might be interested in Dr. Shamim's methods, but making Dr. Shamim look foolish and incompetent seems to be the game of the day. Too bad.

harles Roberts

Mount Airy

Northern Lights

Your "Tell Me Why" column, Dec. 17, posed the question, what causes the aurora borealis? As is the column's habit with astronomy-related questions, the answer given was full of misinformation.

For example, the column states that "when it appears there is often a crackling sound coming from the sky." The truth is that reports of sounds from the aurora are rare and are all anecdotal. There is no scientific proof to the existence of auroral sounds.

Later, the column states, "Scientists are still not certain exactly what these lights are and what causes them." Of course very little knowledge in this world is ever exactly certain, but contemporary science is as certain about the nature and causes of the aurora as it is about any natural phenomenon.

The aurora -- both the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (the Southern Lights) -- are produced by electrons and protons from the earth's magnetosphere precipitating into the ionosphere (the upper reaches of our atmosphere) and causing oxygen and nitrogen atoms residing there to radiate light.

The green and red colors come from oxygen and the blue from nitrogen atoms. The precipitation of magnetosphere particles is triggered by fluctuations in the solar wind, a stream of magnetized particles constantly flowing outward from the sun. Solar wind fluctuations stem from changes in the sun's energy balance and are often associated with sunspots.

Finally, "Tell Me Why" neglected to advise readers that most auroral displays occur in the vicinity of earth's north and south magnetic poles, so that we who live in the middle latitudes -- meaning most of the column's readers -- will only infrequently have an opportunity to see the aurora from our backyards.

Herman M. Heyn

Baltimore

Help All Children

I'm not shocked about what Robert Henderson said in his Dec. 14 letter about the Somalis. Mr. Henderson stated that we have no business in Somalia. I guess because Somalia is not an oil-rich country like Kuwait.

He says that there are starving children in Maryland. This is true. How many people does he see on a daily basis that look like walking human skeletons? I'm saying that every child, no matter where he or she lives, should get help if needed. This includes children in Somalia as well.

Katina D. Warren

Baltimore

Guns for Sale

Okay, Baltimore's murder rate increases (again) and The Sun demands more gun laws, existing failures notwithstanding. No surprise there.

In a Dec. 1 editorial, The Sun advises that now we must target the unregulated scourge of the "second-hand gun market" -- private sales between individuals.

Good idea! But The Sun is this area's biggest unregulated "second-hand gun" merchant. Its classifieds offer for sale each year enough deadly weapons to arm every murderer in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and while the individuals who advertise in The Sun are certainly law-abiding and would not knowingly sell ++ guns to criminals, The Sun's gun brokerage is not subject to the restrictions imposed on lawfully licensed dealers.

As often as The Sun has criticized the National Rifle Association for opposing ever more useless gun laws, at least the NRA doesn't sell guns -- to anyone, anywhere, no questions asked. The NRA doesn't profiteer from unregulated gun running.

Advertising revenues evidently being more important to The Sun than the public safety it preaches, such shameless hypocrisy should surprise no one.

Les Paradise

Baltimore

$4 Million? Not!

In Edward Gunts' commentary on the recently announced site design competition for the Columbus Center he describes this effort as an "Inner Harbor bouquet" and claims the Columbus Center is spending "$4 million for landscaping."

In point of fact, and as Mr. Gunts was told prior to publication, the $4 million is being spent for normal and traditional site improvements which would accompany any major new construction project, and which include roads and walks, paving, steps and ramps, lighting, benches.

Of the $4 million, $529,000 is being budgeted for trees, shrubs, topsoil, sod and irrigation equipment.

Your inflation of "landscaping" by a magnitude of eight is quite misleading, and I hope you will publish this letter to correct any misperceptions your readers may have.

Stanley Heuisler

Baltimore

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