All over the world, there are millions of cases of patients successfully treated with autohemotherapy and yet there are no scientific studies proving
its efficiency or articles published in peer reviewed journals.
In Brazil, it is considered an illegal practice and not approved by the Federal Council of Medicine, which threatens to cancel the practicing license
of any doctor who recommends or adminster autohemotherapy in his patients.
So, what is the real deal about Autohemotherapy? If it is for real, it´s a cheap cure for many diseases and would seriously hurt the farmaceutical
insdustry, since it consists on using your own blood to cure yourself.
Or is it a dangerous and oldfashioned practice that needs to be studied further? And is there any real intention to prove or disprove the success of
I have done my share of research and I come to ATS to ask the opinion of its members as well as their experience with this topic.
WHAT IS AUTOHEMOTHERAPY?
This is a threatment that consists of removing blood from your veins and injecting it back into the muscular tissue, usually in the arm or buttocks.
Doing that would increse the ammount of macrofags
in the body. Macrofags are the front line cells that enter defensive reactions in the body,
they constantly circulate throughout all organs with the only aim – to find and remove undesired elements.
From my research, there are some variations of Autohemotherapy. In some clinical websites, it talks about injecting the fresh blood. Others talk about
mixing the blood with homeopatic substances before injecting it back, either in the muscular tissue, or just under the skin. Some others talk about
mixing the blood with Ozone.
When mixing the blood with Ozone, there are two distinct kinds of practices, known as Minor Autohemotherapy and Major Autohemotherapy:
Minor Autohemotherapy(MiAHT): Minor autohemotherapy involves removing a small amount of blood into a syringe that has been preloaded with a small
amount of ozone. The blood and ozone are mixed in the syringe and then it is reinjected, all without removing the needle from the arm, by using an
infusion set (commonly called a butterfly). This means that there is a short piece of silicone tubing connecting the needle and the syringe, so that
movement of the syringe is not transferred to the needle. In most cases, heparin is not used in this procedure, and it is much faster.
MAHT): Major Autohemotherapy involves removing 50 - 300 cc of blood into an evacuated, pre-heparinized flask, to which ozone is
added. The flask is then shaken to provide contact between the ozone and the blood. Then it is reinfused over a period of time, up to 30 minutes.
WHY PEOPLE SEARCH FOR AUTOHEMOTHERAPY?
From my researches, many people hear about it from third parties or are directed to websites where people share their testimonies about being healed
It is a lot cheaper than conventional treatment.
It is very hard to find testimonies against the treatment of people who were treated by autohemotherapy and failed or got worse by it. I tried and
failed. Everywhere you look, there are only people saying how autohemotherapy did for them what conventional medicine couldn't.
There are even claims of curing CANCER and AIDS.
AUTOHEMOTHERAPY IN BRAZIL:
I first heard of this from my dad. I have a 25 year old brother who looks healthy, strong and handsome, but because he only eats crap, he is
constantly getting sick. Instead of eating right, or even going to the doctor to find out what is wrong with my brother, my dad told him to do
autohemotherapy. Why? Because he heard it from the taxi driver at the airport as being a very good alternative therapy that treats everythying. I
actually found the website where my dad was asking for help to find someone who administers autohemotherapy where we live.
My dad also bought a DVD from Dr Luis Moura. That doctor is the name behind the autohemotherapy fever in Brazil. His DVDs are being sold and pirated
all over the country, especially over the internet.
The Federal Council of Medicine in Brazil already said it is going to cancel Dr Luis Moura´s practicing license and hold him responsible for anyone
who is injured in any way by autohemotherapy.
The Brazilian Society for Hemathology and Hemotherapy also pronounced itself against the treatment, saying there were no studies, either in Brazil, or
internationally, that proved the efficiency of autohemotherapy.
The National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance, in Brazil, also pronounced itself against autohemotherapy.
One of the most important medical universities in Brazil, FMUSP, has a teacher expert in Hemathology and Hemotherapy that also condemns
autohemotherapy, saying that Dr Luis Moura, or anyone else selling this as a real treatment, is but a charlatan.
Our biggest news channel asked Dr Luis Moura for an interview, but he refused it. In his DVD, Dr Luis Moura compares autohemotherapy to magic and
miracle, claiming it has cured CANCER and even AIDS in some patients.
Those claims and the way Dr Luis Moura addresses autohemotherapy is anything but professional.
Here in Brazil, the exceedingly most common type of autohemotherapy is the one considered the CLASSIC one, and oldest one, which is the removal of a
small ammount of blood to be injected in the intramuscular tissue, without mixing it with any other substance.
The Federal Council of Medicine in Brazil is hunting down Dr Luis Moura´s license.
SO, I ask you, have you ever heard of autohemotherapy? Do you know someone who has? Do you believe in it or not? Is this for real? Can we cure
ourselves with nothing but our own blood?
[edit on 25-5-2010 by henriquefd]