A Report on the 53rd Medicine Week Congress, Baden-Baden Germany 2019
In the few weeks that have passed since the closing of this venerable annual Congress, I’ve managed to recoup, regroup and reorganize not only from the jetlag (after 27 hours of travel and nine time zones coming home) but also within my busily working head. Somehow, this time it was necessary to let the impressions, and information and perceptions gel into a strong focus.
As I have on so many occasions, I participated in this year’s congress for many reasons. Although officially restricted to MD’s practicing complementary medicine, the organizers seem more than willing to welcome practitioners from around the world. It is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues, network with suppliers and hear top-rank lectures from international speakers, lecturers and researchers. This, to me, is the premier conference bringing all of us up-to-date with the developments and innovations of our field. I am exploring the possibility of once again offering a limited, or exclusive, or private, or specifically designed tour program to the 54th Congress which will be held 28 October through 01 November 2020. I have already saved the date on my calendar.
For this year 2019, the Congress offered many more English language lectures and courses than in the past. The theme for this year was based on “Natural Healing in the Digitalized World” and many lectures (in German) were focused on these aspects. For those of us attending from English speaking countries, there was a large focus on Lyme, Inflammation, Cancer and Parasites.
Our own Dr. Simon Yu gave a well received lecture on “Parasites, Inflammation and Chronic Infection”. There were the usual lectures from Dr. Thomas Rau and Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt in both German and English. Additionally, we are seeing the emergence of newer developments from Dr. Ralf Oettmeier and Dr. Josef Vizkelety (MD, DDS) from the Alpstein Clinic, Switzerland and Dr. Uwe Reuter from the Klinik im Leben, Germany.
But there was so much available, that the attendance experience was unique and differently focused for every individual. I truly wish, wish, wish I had been able to fully participate in the Energy and Information Medicine lectures chaired by our friend and colleague (and speaker at several of the previous OIRF tours) Prof. Dr. Hendrik Treugut – perhaps next time. For me however, I found the most interesting approaches and information within the Complementary Oncology courses and lectures sponsored by the German (headed by Dr. Friedrich Douwes) and Austrian (headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köstler) Oncology Associations.
Over several days we heard many of the following lecturers:
- Metronomic Chemotherapy: Results and Options – Dr. Pedro Sandoz Roviva (Spain)
- The CEIA Profile for Follow Up in Breast Cancer – The esteemed Dr. Helmut Sauer (Germany) – This method appeared quite confusing and was not well received by the panel although it has been very successful. As the saying goes “more research is required”
- New Strategies for localised prostate cancer with thermo hormone therapy, Dr. Friedrich Douwes, from the famous Klinik St. Georg in Bad Aibling, Germany
- Efficacy of metabolically supported chemotherapy combined with ketogenic diet, hyperthermia and hyperbaric oxygen therapy – Dr. Abdul Kadir Slocum, Turkey
- Molds, Fungus and Chronic Inflammation – Dr. Damien Downing, UK
- Lyme and Co-infections – Prof. Dr. Kenny de Meirleir, Belgium
- The Antibiotic resistance crisis. What to do? – Dr. Igor Loniewski, Poland
- Multiple lectures in German and English including HRV, VNS measurements – Dr. Siddhartha Popat, Switzerland
- The healing strength of water – Prof. Dr. Gerald Pollack, USA
Additionally, it was an honor to hear Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köstler present “More cure for cancer by complementary oncology”. He started with a list of 12 things to prevent breast cancer that started with
- No bras with underwires, continued to
- No root canal teeth, and
- No artificial hormones, and then went on to include
- No parasitic (Yay! Dr. Yu!), bacterial, fungal infections, and finally to
- No cancer cell killing therapies without chemosensitivity test.
I really couldn’t repeat all of his incredible lecture, but I will definitely look forward to hearing more from this doctor – maybe next year?
These and so many other exciting and interesting lectures, and all that before we even headed off to wander the four floors of exhibits. Be sure and also refer to Dr. Simon Yu’s latest newsletter “French and Australia Connections on Lyme, Inflammation and Cancer” to see his impressions of this year’s Congress. Here’s the link: http://www.preventionandhealing.com/pah-articles.php
After participating in at least 35 or more Medicine Week Congresses (after all there were 44 official Tour programs to Germany), I cannot imagine an end to my year without this annual pilgrimage to Germany. It is a highly recommended experience, and I have already set aside the dates to participate again next year.
This Congress offers us the unique ability to hear first-hand the latest developments and research in our field from the most prominent lecturers, practitioners and researchers. In spite of the looming finality of the regulation and certification of all medical devices (either orthodox or complementary) it will become ever more challenging for all of us to learn and apply these amazing techniques and methods. I will be anxiously looking forward to the innovations and changes within the field that will emerge over the coming year.
Please see my separate Part 2 article with comments regarding that certification issue. The observations and perceptions I have expressed in this article will hopefully guide your decisions and choices as you continue to practice and work within this amazing field of Biological and Complementary Medicine.