Jameel Kermalli (Sanford, United States)
For example, Benoxaprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAID) was introduced and heavily marketed in 1982, but then withdrawn after cases of fatal liver toxicity were reported in Great Britain. Zomepirac Sodium was also aggressively marketed as a safe analgesic, but withdrawn after a year and numerous reports of fatal health hazards. And there is more! (Anaphylaxis Hospital Practice. 1989; January 30: 89-94.)
A popular new prescription treatment for women suffering Irritable Bowel Syndrome is being pulled off the market amid growing reports linking it to severe intestinal side effects, including some deaths. Manufacturer Glaxo Wellcome Inc. withdrew Lotronex just nine months after it began selling the drug with great fanfare. It becomes the seventh banned drug the increasingly embattled Food and Drug Administration has had to deal within 2 1/2 years.
The problem, Lotronex can cause serious side effects, including a life-threatening intestinal inflammation called Ischemic Colitis, and Constipation so severe that some patients needed parts of their intestines surgically removed.
The Drug Maker, ESI Lederle announced February, October 6th, 2000, that it was recalling 4.2 million capsules of the arthritis drug Etodolac because they were contaminated with another drug that could cause life-threatening problems in some patients. The manufacturer said the recall covered one lot – number 9991052 – of 300 mg capsules of the drug used in arthritis and pain management. The capsules were distributed nationwide. The question is, how did 4.2 million capsules get out to the American public laced with another drug? (The Associated Press, Washington. October 5th, 2000 – 05:00 pm)
Apparently, and without any surprise, more than half of the experts hired to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicine have financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies that will be helped or hurt by their decisions, a USA TODAY study found. These experts are hired to advise the Food and Drug Administration on which medicines should be approved for sale, what the warning labels should say and how studies of drugs should be designed. (Couchon, D. (2000) – U.S.A. Today 9-25-2000. FDA Drug Advisors Tied Directly to Pharmaceutical Industry).
ISLAM FAVORS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
The preferred method of any kind of therapy in Islamic Medicine during the time of the Holy Prophet (S) and during the reign of the most revered Islamic Physicians, the like of Ali ibn Rabban al-Tabari, (838-870 A.D.), Mohamed ibn Zakariya al-Razi, (864-930 A.D.), and Ibn Sina, (980-1037 A.D.) was a scheme starting with nutritional therapy, and if this failed, drugs were employed. In May of 1970, the World Health Organization (WHO) paid tribute to Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Zakariyaa al-Razi by stating that: So important a Physician al-Razi was that the well-known writer George Sarton wrote, in his Introduction to the History of Science, that ‘al-Razi was the greatest physician of the Medieval Ages.’
al-Razi confirmed his preferred method of treatment by saying – If a Medical Doctor can treat a patient through nutrition rather than medicine, he has done the best thing.
Ibn Maimon (1135-1204 C.E.) made two major contributions to medicine: He translated many Arabic medical volumes into Hebrew, a language he spoke fluently. Second, he wrote al-Fusal fi al-Tibb, a medical work that stressed the importance of proper diet, personal hygiene, and moderation.
al-Idrisi (1099-1166 A.D.), is well known in the Islamic Medical Literature as having contributed significantly to the field of Medicinal Plants as presented in his several books, especially Kitab al-Jami-li-Sifat Ashtat al-Nabatat. He studied and reviewed all the literature on the subject of medicinal plants.
WHY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS FAVORED
A non-invasive approach that aims at helping or assisting the body to fight the disease is the best. Many Medical Doctors forget the tremendous potential that the body has to take care of itself and cure disease with the help of Allah. Medical treatment in most cases should be supportive to the body’s natural healing processes. The body’s defenses against foreign bodies are in the immune system, which may be humoral or cellular. Given the chance to fight back, the body is able to repair damaged tissue with time.