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  • Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

    Mr. Florencio “Junjun” N. Caccam III, 17 years old, of Paranaque City, Metro Manila, is the youngest and the only son of a high ranking police officer.

    During the last week of November, 2008, Junjun developed high grade fever with accompanying body malaise, bearable intermittent abdominal pains, lost appetite and had occasional episodes of vomiting. Since his mother was a nurse, he was treated with Paracetamol and some helpful supportive measures.

    On December 3, 2008, Junjun was noted to be weak, slightly pale and complained of severe headache. The parents then decided to confine him. After thorough physical evaluation, I entertained that he had Dengue Fever with the apprehension that it may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). I also entertained the possibility of Typhoid Fever. Results of the initial blood test showed hemoglobin of 136, hematocrit of 0.38, White Blood Cells (WBC) of 3.3, Platelet Count of 144. Typhidot Test was positive for IgM indicating an acute typhoid fever. Junjun was immediately started on intravenous fluids and MRI-CMD at 20 drops every six hours. No other medications were administered. His vital signs were stable including a blood pressure of 120/80.

    On December 4, 2008, repeat blood tests revealed: Hemoglobin of 147, hematocrit of 0.42, WBC of 2.2 and platelet count of 125. Prothrombin time (PT) was 16.8 secs [control: 13 secs, normal values: 10-14 secs] and Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) of 44.5 secs [control: 32.4 secs, normal values: 23.4-36.2 secs]. Prolonged PT and PTT are some parameters that indicate the increased risks of bleeding. With the above results, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever was considered more as the immediate problem than Typhoid Fever. Junjun was maintained merely on intravenous fluids and the dose of CMD was increased to 10 drops every 2 hours. He still had the same symptoms but this time he experienced photophobia.

    On December 5, 2008, Junjun developed petechial rashes over his legs, another confirmatory sigh of DHF. Blood tests showed WBC of 1.2, Platelet count of 99, PT of 16.2 secs and PTT of 53 secs. His mother was a bit apprehensive of his son’s condition but I assured her that her son will be fine. Repeat blood tests done in the evening revealed: Platelet count of 90 and PTT of 62.5 secs. Junjun was placed on a very close monitoring.

    The blood tests during the succeeding days still showed a downhill trend. Platelet count was lowest on the sixth hospital day with the value of 60. A comparative test done in another medical center even revealed a lower platelet count of 24. However, the WBC count rose to 4.1 and it was a very good indicator that the body was beginning to recover. The longest PTT was 62.5 secs. The resident physicians panicked and always reminded me of the patient’s latest trend of the laboratory results. I never doubted the efficacy and potency of MRI-CMD. During those days I saw to it that I always conducted the “strength test” during my visits. A positive result meant that with force, I would not be able to break the continuity of the ring formed by adjoining the ends of the thumb and the forefinger of the more dominant hand. As long as my patient had the strength in him, it signified a better indicator that his body was healing itself despite the unfavourable results of the laboratory tests.

    On the seventh hospital day, all the blood tests results came out normal. Hemoglobin was 138, hematocrit was 0.38, WBC was 4.5, and Platelet Count was 175. The patient was discharged the following day improved.

    I was very grateful to his family members, most especially to the very understanding father, the Police General, who fully entrusted his only son under my professional care. I felt his whole hearted confidence in me. There was never a moment that he doubted or questioned my new medical approach despite his knowledge from other DHF victims that his son’s condition then was very critical and required blood transfusion at one time. Although it took a longer period for my patient to recover, which I attributed to the presence of Typhoid Fever, I employed the “no drug” policy of patient management to prove the efficacy of natural method of healing using nutrients in the form of mineral supplementation, MRI-CMD, and detoxification using sufficient water intake.

    Junjun also had scrotal hernia previously. He used to complain of severe inguinal pain that, at times, made him incapacitated that he had to stay in bed the whole day. His parents thought of submitting him for surgery but I advised otherwise. With regular intake of 10 drops of MRI-CMD four times a day, together with its application over the affected area, his problem was resolved. – Renato U. Paragas, MD