I am an Arab and no one can deny his origin. I do not! I am just sick about the situation of scientific research in the Arab World. To not take part in the scientific advancement of humanity is something. But what is most distressing in my opinion is that the majority of my fellow Arabs do not seem to criticize what they read, hear and watch in the media! I believe this is particularly problematic in science. They sit as “negative” receivers of many inventions and cures that are reported to be done by Arab scientists. Arabs read them and are very happy about them. The problem is that such achievements are almost always related to diseases or problems that the most advanced countries in the world could not cure or solve. At the end, a “scientist” from a country that cannot invest in science (or can and do not), comes up and says that he cured diabetes or hypertension, and of course cancer. An Arabic saying says: “How did you know it is a lie? Because of how big it is! كيف عرفت إنها كذبة؟ من كبرها!”. I am not beign pessimistic or trying to let anyone down. But conducting researches of the kind that will result in a cure for diabetes or cancer, require millions of dollars and at least tens of scientists. This research environemnt is almost always not avaialbe in third world countries! And no, I do not believe that some huamns are not capable of making discoveries!
To clarify things, I do not blame the people who are happy about these achivements without scrutinizing them. The way they think is the result of societies and poor educational system that repress “doubting” and even sometimes forbid asking certain scientific questions, because they are considered to contradict the belief in God and religions. For example, evolution is still frawned upon and almost all of my colleagues whom I talk with about evolution, regard it as something “unproven” and “unscientific” (Read how a discussion about the validity of evolution almost wasted a lecture I attended in Amman by an extremely famous professor, whose mistake was that he only mentioned evolution a few times in his lecture: Prof. Jean Decety in Amman and an interesting Lecture about the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Empathy and Caring for Others). Moreover, almost all of my colleagues never read a book, or even an article, discussing evolution neturally. They based their judgement on views of religious people. For example, back in my Catholic school, the religious Christian teacher skipped a whole chapter in Biology that talks about scientific theories on the origin of life on earth. These theories are of course easily considered to be contadictory to the biblical story, and to God in general. Although if they were proven one day correct, religious people can easily say, “We just interpreted the scriptures wrongly!” What I can also expect, is that some peoople would start saying that their Holy Book even predicted and talked about these theories hundreds of years ago! Back to my teacher, she certainly did not listen to such theories, and protected us, her students, from them! What do students know about what is best for them?!
Returnig back to these scientists who claim such large discoveries. Their evidence is almost always not more than few allegedly cured patients, and in some cases even only “one” patient! One patient might be enough as such “scientists” would, for example, bring this patient to a “conference” in which the achivement is announced. Moreover, as you can see in the examples below, interviews are made with the cured patients, like if bringing their testimony is a “scientific evidence”. An example is the second video below from a Al-Jazzera channel, which is a an Arabic report about a Yemeni “scientist” (Abd Al-Majeed Al-Zendani), with no medicine-related university degree (he studied pharmacy for two years and then continued in religious studies, source: wikipedia), curing AIDS and the evidence for this cure are “interviews” with patients whose faces were hidden. This video is of particular interest to me as one of my colleagues in medical school is the one who brought my attention to it. My colleague told me something like, that because Al-Zendani is a Muslim, the USA never allowed his discovery to be spread. Before researching him and his achievment, I certainly told my friend that AIDS is hard to be cured that easy by a scintist from a third world country. My friend was so confident, mainly, because Al-Jazeera made an interview with him! And partly, because the not rare belief that the west is responsible for the miseries of Arabs.
Examples of cured disease by Arab scientists, that developed countries still think cannot be cured:
• It is true that medical text books still teach that diabetes has no cure, but it was “cured”, along with all of its complications, by a professor called “Awad Mansour” from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2003:
An Arab scientist could find a treatment for DM. This costed 20 million dollar. The characteristic of this medication is that it cannot only treat DM by decreasing blood sugar level, but treating other conditions resulting from it like renal failure, hypertension, sexual dysfunction, weak sight, destruction of retina, heart attacks, and others.
(الجزيرة نت) نجح باحث عربي في التوصل إلى علاج لمرض السكري يستند إلى الطب البديل(الأعشاب) بعد أبحاث وتجارب استمرت أكثر من تسع سنوات وكلفت حوالي 20 مليون دولار… إن ميزة هذا العلاج أنه لا يعالج السكري عبر تخفيض نسبة السكر في الدم فقط، وإنما أيضا معالجته للأمراض الأخرى الناجمة عنه مثل الفشل الكلوي وارتفاع ضغط الدم والضعف الجنسي وضعف الإبصار والتلف في شبكية العين وجلطات القلب وغيرها.
• The above professor also cured hypertension in 2006: The following article, published in one main daily Jordanian newspaper, speaks about patients who stopped using drugs after using his medication:
وقال خالد جولاق اردني مقيم في الامارات العربية المتحدة ان والدته كانت تعاني من الضغط المرتفع وبعد استخدام زيت الضغط اصبح وضعها جيدا وحاليا لاتتناول اي نوع من العلاجات .
خالد المدني من الدمام يقول ان ثلاثة اشخاص من المقربين كان اثنان منهم يعانيان من ارتفاع ضغط الدم ويتناولان علاجات الضغط وبعد استخدامهما للعلاج تخلصا من الضغط وهما في حالة صحية جيدة .
المصدر: جريدة الدستور.
• HIs achivements continued with him in 2009 curing Swine Flu. The following article debunks his achivements and speaks that he also claimed to treat cancers, AIDS, and multiple sclerosis. This article explains how he exploited the people to generate money, how law suits were filed against him in Jordan and in Canada, how the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration warns from him, and unfortunately, how this “great” scientists resignated from his univeristy in Jordan and migrated to the USA. What a loss!
أعاد زعم باحث أردني مقيم في ولاية شيكاغو الأميركية اكتشاف أحدث علاج (خلطة عشبية طبيعية) تقضي على فيروس إنفلونزا الخنازير… ويعتبر البروفسور منصور (58 عاما)، الذي هاجر إلى أميركا بعد استقالته من الجامعة، في حديث إلى “الغد” أنه يتعرض لـ”حرب” من علماء أردنيين بسبب اكتشافاته العشبية “العبقرية” في علاج الأمراض المستعصية (السرطان والإيدز والتصلب اللويحي، بهجت، وغيرها) في وقت عجز العلم عن اكتشاف أدوية شافية لها… ويعتبر البروفسور منصور (58 عاما)، الذي هاجر إلى أميركا بعد استقالته من الجامعة، في حديث إلى “الغد” أنه يتعرض لـ”حرب” من علماء أردنيين بسبب اكتشافاته العشبية “العبقرية” في علاج الأمراض المستعصية (السرطان والإيدز والتصلب اللويحي، بهجت، وغيرها) في وقت عجز العلم عن اكتشاف أدوية شافية لها.
• It is true that medical text-book teach that Alzheimer is not cured, but it was cured by a Jordanian doctor in 2012. This is an Arabic interview in which he speaks about curing it in 20 patients:
The following ist most problematic and saddening. The discovery news was and ist still published in the website of Jordan’s official news agency (Petra):
طبيب اردني يتوصل الى علاج مرض الزهايمر
A Jordanian doctor could discover a treatment for Alzheimer
– Following is an Arabic article of me a few weeks about the announcement of that discovery. What prompted me to write this article was reading a piece of news by Reuters (link) that the “US government, [despite the Jordanian doctor’s announced cure weeks before,] sets 2025 as a deadline for discovering a cure… And still, some scientists say that it is too optimistic“. I discussed the news in Reuters and while writing the article, discovered how he was warned against indirectly as a “fabricator” by the Jordanian Medical Association and that no cure for Alzheimer was discovered in Jordan. Interestingly, this time, my mother was the one “believing” in this scientisit. Why? Because he was interviewed on Jordanian TV to talk about his “cure” (برنامج يسعد صباحك)!
الحكومة الأمريكية تحدد عام 2025 كحد أقصى لإكتشاف دواء لعلاج لمرض الزهايمر أو للوقاية منه… ولكن في نفس الوقت، طبيب عربي يتوصل إلى العلاج حسب الخبر الذي نشر في مئات لا بل آلاف الصحف والمواقع الإلكترونية العربية؟
• The following “scientist” should be respected the most, as his lists of achievements does not stop with mutliple sclerosis or diabetes, but also include multiple hereditary, viral, and cancers in all of their types. Yes, all of these diseease were cured in 2006. Wait a minute, is there anything that he does not treat? I used to see this doctor on TV and this is the manuscript of one of his episodes on New TV (Lebanon):
Dr. Abu Baker provided considerable services… in the treatment of multiple hereditary disease … Immune disease… Rheumatoid arthritis… psoriasis…
Then multiple interviews are made with patients who were cured from Behjet disease, multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, cancer…
قدم الدكتور أبو بكر خدمات جليلة… أمراض وراثية مثل مرض الدوشين و فردريج و بيكر ، و أمراض مناعية مثل التصلب اللويحي ( M S ) و الروماتويد و الصدفية و غيرها من الأمراض التي وصفها الدكتور أبو بكر و العلماء في العالم بأنها أحادية الإتجاه و متزايدة و لا يمكن لها أن تنعكس لتصبح في الإتجاه الإيجابي
• AIDS in 2008: A Yemeni “scientists”- Abd Al-Majeed Al-Zendanee
A friend of mine published today a Facebook post about a Jordanian doctor “curing” a child with type I diabetes. Actually, this is what promoted me to write this post. I wrote to my friend after posting the above links about the Arabic achievements:
“In science, there is no democracy”. There is evidence. And evidence, should be published in scientific Journals before being announced in newspapers, press conferences, and in Aljazeera.net and Saraynews.com. In science, one should always “doubt”. And this does not mean that you are decreasing the respect of the person in front of you or that you have a problem in your personality by being “envious” of others’ achievements. This “achievement” might be true, but “one” case is never “evidence-based medicine”. Maybe this girl was diagnosed wrongly with DM. Could not this be an explanation for her one-of-its-kind cure? If this treatment works, why would not they try it on tens, not to mention hundreds of patients before this doctor, and the example above, go to the media? Of course, such “innocent” way of announcing CURES, would cause an influx of not “one” but tens and hundreds of desperate patients. And certainly, these patients are ready to pay thousands of dinars or dollars, simply because conventional medicine tells that there is “no cure”!
Based on the above, what is the possibility that this one case you saw is really correct and can be followed by others?
At the end, I think the situation of Arabs is scientifically miserable (hopefully it will stop here! But I am afraid it does not). They should start working seriously to improve the situation of research, and in many countries, education. The media amplifying and spreading news such as the above might show that there is an “inferiority complex” that is tried to be solved by saying that this and that Arab was able to make this achivement. So, we Arabs can do it. This is on the large scale. On an individual level, of course, the people who make such claims gain a lot of fame… and money! Money mostly from despearate patients!