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Medicine of Hope,
Rheumatic diseases are diseases that are
watching us throughout our existence, from the age of six weeks old,
such as youthful rheumatoid arthritis, until the degenerative
osteoarthritis of the aged. Statistics report that more than 5% of the
Canadian population suffers from arthritis in the broad meaning of the
word: 25,000 children are not yet 13 years old, 300,000 adults are not
yet 45 years old. Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from it.
(Statistics from the 1980s.)
Let us explain briefly that the generic word
"rheumatism" includes all the problems of the bones, muscles,
tendons, ligaments, while the word arthritis is limited only to joints.
Medicine differentiates about a hundred different forms of arthritic
diseases, which it classifies into eight groups: synovitis or
inflammation of the membrane surrounding the joints (of which rheumatoid
arthritis is the most widespread), articular arthritis, arthritis
with crystals (gout), articular infections (with gonococci or
staphylococci), cartilage degeneration (osteoarthritis), muscular
inflammation (rare), localized conditions (such as stiff necks and
lumbago) or generalized. The complexity of the causes of arthritis does
not cease to raise a flood of assumptions. Each one gives his own
explanation: infectious, hormonal, auto-immunology, psychological
(stress), hereditary, traumatic, and climatic.
However, according to the experts, the
rheumatologists, diet does not have anything to do with it except
that it must be balanced. I do not agree at all. Alimentation is the
main gate of this group of diseases like other diseases. It is
nevertheless curious to note that arthritis attacks occur at the time
of food abuses, when pork is eaten, when alcohol is taken, wine, spicy
dishes, in a word, when the liver is overloaded. Despite all that,
the experts insist in telling us that diet does not count and that we
can eat anything we want.
Chronic patients suffering from arthritis
that I have treated with ICT all presented problems of biliary
dyskinesia, a tendency to chronic constipation and signs of hepatism. These
peoples had poor nutrition. Arthritis is seldom an isolated disease.
There are almost always other pathological states associated or
subjacent that too many doctors neglect, even famous rheumatologists,
who should enlighten us during a diagnosis. They (the patients) usually
have an etiologic link (causal) with this articular manifestation.
[IPTQ Webhost Update 7/11/03: A
biliary dyskinesia patient has suggested that Dr. Paquette's ideas about
this condition are incorrect or out of date. She provided these
links for more recent information:
3. It appears that Dr. Paquette was using this term to refer
to a wider range of problems, which IPT might be able to address.]
We blame on heredity a number of
causes to all our ills. Wouldn't this be rather the environment in which
we live, the wild rhythm of our life, the opulence, and the bad
nutrition habits we acquire as of birth that we develop and transmit
from family to family?
The malnourished obese baby we stuff like an
hippopotamus to the point that food is coming out of his ears, sees
himself ingrained with nutrition habits he is not about to lose, and
already preparing himself quite a sad medical balance sheet. He becomes
bulimic (compulsive eater) and later is ridden with complexes.
All the methods have been tried to overcome
this terrible disease that is arthritis, and that in the various spheres
of medicine: acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy. They
have had, for the most part, only disappointing results.
The swollen, hot, red, and painful sick joint
is only the symptom of the disease and not the disease itself.
A rational treatment should not be limited
only to look at and to treat the diseased joint. It is necessary to
look beyond the symptoms. It is necessary to use the wide angle
rather than the telephoto lens. It is necessary to treat the entire
organism beginning with a good detoxification.
ICT also has tackled the job, and here are
some of the results obtained, treating the patient, rather than the
Case # 1: GR
Restaurant owner, age 39, male
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis.
This case deserves, in fact, to be mentioned.
I will always remember this morning of September 1977 when I saw this
man presenting himself for the first time to my office in a lamentable
state of rheumatoid arthritis. He had a staggering gait, walking as he
said, "on ball bearings", the feet swollen by inflammation and
pain, his legs barely carrying him. His head was at "five to
noon" (slanted), unable to straighten his spine because of the
pain. When he advanced his hand, he could not squeeze mine, and asked me
not to squeeze his. He could neither close nor open his hands
completely. The elbows had neither complete extension nor inflection.
The shoulders and the head formed one single unit with the thorax,
turning with it, limited in their movements. It was the same for the
knees and ankles. In spite of all this, the patient displayed a sad but
Declared invalid by conventional medicine for
the last seven years, he had commuted from his home to Toronto, a
500 mile (800 km) trip where Dr. AF, rheumatologist, took care of him
with a lot of sympathy and friendship. He punctured the joints that were
too painful and hospitalized him for weeks. In seven years, he had
spent more time in the hospital than in his home, and had even been
immobilized in a wheelchair for ten months. He had been receiving
cortisone for the last three years, and had been treated with gold salts
for two years without noticeable improvement. He had also been receiving
physiotherapy for the last five years.
His wife dealt with managing the restaurant
and their 27 employees, while he could not even hold a pencil between
his fingers to do the bookkeeping.
To get out of bed in the morning, he
initially had to sit on the edge of the bed, and sometimes, after half
an hour, he succeeded in taking a few steps, because he did not lack
courage and did not want to become ankylosed (stiffened). For the
night, they had made some metal splints to prevent his fingers from
curling up, splints that he left me... in "ex voto" (as
a votive offering)! On his arrival, he could not drive his own car, nor
was he able to hold the steering wheel, turn the ignition key, step on
the accelerator or the brakes, and get in or out of the car alone. He
could not even hold a comb in his fingers to comb his hair, raise the
arm to do so, or shave.
I saw many sad cases of arthritis during my
career, and I suffered myself enough from it for ten years to talk about
it from experience, but I had never seen such a case. ICT has been
really marvelous for him. After three weeks of treatment, I invited
him to go moose hunting and he followed me in the trails, stepping
over the obstacles... and he could shoot his rifle! His fingers, his
neck, his shoulders, his legs allowed him to do it. He was resplendent
with happiness. He was a very courageous patient, willful to get well
again and followed rigorously the diet and the lifestyle I had imposed
I spoke to him on the telephone May 8, 1994.
He has never been hospitalized again for arthritis since his ICT
treatment in 1977. A taxi driver for the last 5 years, he just took
his retirement on May 1, 1994. He authorized me with pleasure to
divulge his name: "Gerry Roy", Cochrane, Ontario.
Case # 2: FF
Mechanic, age 40, male
Diagnosis: lumbo-sciatica, lumbar osteoarthritis,
a case of industrial accident.
Accidentally crushed under a car in a garage.
Lumbar pains and sciatica for the last 16 years worsened 5 years ago.
Has undergone three operations on the spine in the lumbar area and
followed treatments of physiotherapy without notable improvement of his
condition. Total incapacitation during long months. Back home, after
only two ICT treatments, his doctor considers the patient fit to return
Case # 3: CG
Printer, age 37, male
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis for the last 2
Strong fellow and good sportsman he stopped
working for the last eleven months due to arthritis. He has been
hospitalized for this condition six different times and treated by a
team of rheumatologists. Has received massive doses of cortisone and
gold salts with slight improvement. During the first examination,
significant pains mainly to the knees, hands, elbows, shoulders and the
spine. In the morning, getting up, the patient must follow the walls
and lean against them to be able to walk.
Less than 24 hours after the first ICT
treatment, he jogs and declares feeling "like a young man".
One month later, he maintained his improvement that he estimates at 75%,
resumed his normal activities, and has even spent the previous day playing
golf on wet ground.
Case # 4: RL
Farmer, age 42, male
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis.
Articular pains for the last 5 years,
concerning especially the lower limbs, shoulders, cervical and dorso-lumbar
spine. Suffering every day for the last 2 years. Can only sleep with
sedatives. After several consultations with the local doctors and some
orthopedists, he is told that nothing more can be done. Another
recommends to him to sell his land, to ask for a pension of invalidity,
to buy a small house in the village, not to work any more and do a
little of exercise to prevent him from becoming ankylosed.
The patient receives two treatments of ICT
with incredible relief. A year later, he acknowledges "not
to have been in as good a shape in six years, to have worked
like he never did on his farm, even in the cold and humidity, and having
taken no medicine since his two treatments". He even took the
luxury to enjoy winter sports.
Case # 5: EB
Ecology preservation agent, age 42, male
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis for
the last 12 years.
All the joints except those of the spine are
involved. Three rheumatologists acknowledge to him that they "cannot
do much for him any more". One week after the first ICT
treatment, 50 % improvement of his general condition, and 90% at the
shoulders, knees, ankles and the toes. Thereafter, although he must be
exposed for a prolonged time in the cold for his surveillance work in
snowmobile his condition keeps improving in an incredible fashion. In
spite of this spectacular change, the symptoms recur after a few
years, after having abandoned his life regimen. He is conscious of
Case # 6: FC
Tour guide, age 49, male
Articular pains since age 29, each day, in
the fingers, wrists, shoulders, ankles, the cervical-dorsal-spinal area.
Following one ICT treatment, no crisis for
3 years. Having given up on the recommended diet, he retained the
obtained improvements in spite of some rare arthritis attacks.
Case # 7: OB
Taxi driver, age 68, male
Diagnosis: polyarthritis since age12.
For one year, the aches and pains have been
much more acute on the fingers, hands, shoulders, knees, cervical and
dorsal vertebrae. Cannot raise his arms. Can get up in the morning
only by letting himself roll out of bed onto the floor. Following
the ICT treatment, the aches and pains disappeared completely and
the patient feels a surprising general improvement.
Case # 8: JR
Restaurant owner, age 48, male
Diagnosis: recent severe rheumatoid arthritis (2
For the last 20 months, 3 separate
hospitalizations, physiotherapy and 29 gold salts injections. Quits
working 9 months ago because of illness. After the ICT treatment can
return to work in the following days. Has not stopped working for 11
Case # 9: V.M.
Housewife, age 65
Diagnosis: rheumatoid polyarthritis for
the last 30 years.
Photo taken the third day in Haiti,
after climbing the highest mountain
Reference: See respiratory diseases, case # 15. Two days after her first ICT treatment, she climbs the highest
mountain of Haiti without pain in the hip.
Case # 10: JB
Housewife, age 40
Diagnosis: Polyarthritis for the last 10 years.
Since her only two ICT treatments 9 years
ago, the patient never suffered any arthritis attacks nor took
any medications. Remarkable and unforeseeable fact, the patient who had
suffered from bilateral deafness for 30 years recovered an almost normal
auditive acuteness the day following her second treatment. She
canceled the purchase of a hearing aid.
Cas # 11: M.R.
Student, age 20, male
Diagnostic: chronic osteoarthritis and
osteomyelitis of the left hip.
Beginning of the problems 7 years ago,
diagnosis confirmed 3 months ago by tomography. Excruciating pain for
the last few months, especially in prolonged standing position or toward
the end of the day. The orthopedists suggest one of three surgical
solutions: osteotomy (resection of a piece of bone), arthrodesis
(final blocking of joint) or total prosthesis (replacement of the
Following the ICT treatment received 16 years
ago, the patient was able to function until November 1990, when he
received a total prosthesis of the hip. That was already a strong
improvement, which postponed the evolution of the disease.
Case # 12: NM
Housewife, age 46
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis for the last 30
The pain gradually reached both hands, both
elbows, neck, hips, left shoulder, both ankles and both feet. Cannot
close the hands and can only walk with much difficulty. After the first
treatment of November 1977, she notices a sharp improvement, which she
confirms on national television on December 30, 1977, on the CBC program
called: "The story of a doctor in Ferme-Neuve".
Case # 13: RS
Truck-driver, age 37, male
Diagnosis: traumatic arthritis of the left hip, aseptic
necrosis (death of tissues) of the femoral head.
Luxation (dislocation) of the
hip at the time of an accident in 1971. Can only walk 300 or 400
meters (1000 to 1300 feet) but with lots of pain. Awakened very often at
night by the pain, sometimes only while simply turning over in his bed.
Lying down in bed, he must raise his left leg with the help of the right
foot to get up. Must constantly change position when sitting. Cannot
stand up for long periods of time without pain. The orthopedist wants to
permanently immobilize his joint (arthrodesis).
Following ICT treatments in 1977, he
functions well without surgery for 12 years until a second accident in
1989: he had the same hip crushed under the wheel of a truck. He must
undergo a hip prosthesis (hip replacement). There had been, up to that
time, a 60% improvement. It did not prevent him from walking or working.
He had resumed his trucking job.
Case # 14: MB
Housewife, age 60
Diagnosis: rheumatoid polyarthritis.
Photo taken the morning after her
first treatment. She touches the
ground with her fingers and can
lift her arms high.
All the joints are involved. Cannot stand up,
cannot fold her arms nor close her hands. On her arrival at the clinic,
we carry her in our arms to her room, on the second floor. The day after
the first treatment, she goes down the stairs without holding the
banister, bends over, touches the floor with her fingers and raises her
arms very high in the air to our great amazement. She can fold her arms
and close her hands extremely well.
Case # 15: DD
Housewife, age 61
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis for the last 19
years, deforming arthritis.
Photo taken several days after
the first treatment. It's a new
adventure for her: she can
cut her steak by herself.
Very deformed patient who arrives at the
clinic of Haiti in a wheelchair. She cannot even stand upright. Pains at
the cervical and lumbar spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees,
ankles, and feet. Cannot raise her arms nor walk around alone. Treated
with cortisone for 7 years, which triggered angina. She must stop
cortisone treatment. Acupuncture during a year and a half and gold salts
for the last four years. Takes NSAID (Non Steroidal
Anti Inflammatory Drugs).
Twenty-four hours after her first treatment,
she succeeds in moving her fingers and begins to stand up. After 48
hours, she gets up alone and is most happy to have been able to do alone
her "toilette intime" (personal hygiene), for the first
time in 12 years. A few days later, another feat for her: She can cut
her meat alone.
She evaluates her improvements at 80% for the
knees, 70% for the neck, 40% for the shoulders, 50% for the right wrist
and 100% for the other joints.
After one month, she does not feel any more
pain and does not take any more medications.
Two months later, I meet her in her
neighborhood. She is smiling and walking towards me.
Case # 16: RL
Housewife, age 63
Diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis for the last 20
Photo taken at the clinic
on the third day. She
is happy to descend the
stairway by herself.
This is quite a sad case of rheumatoid
arthritis. All the joints are affected: cervical-dorsal spine,
shoulders, elbows, knees, feet and ankles. The hands have been deformed
for 15 years and the wrists for three years.
Hospitalized for 3 years at the same hospital
(and hospitalized before in 5 different hospitals), she was treated with
cortisone and gold salts. Secondary circulatory and digestive troubles
Patient arrived at the clinic in a
wheelchair. Can not stand up, nor walk, nor extend her arms, close or
open her hands. She has not been able to cross her legs for fifteen
She is very happy after a few days to walk
alone down the big staircase of the clinic and later to cross her legs.
She can close and open her hands.
This is another order of diseases in which
the ICT could, in the few cases where I had the occasion to use it,
bring improvements where conventional medicine had failed. As it is very
rare that such cases would come to me, I do not have yet experience of a
sufficient number of cases to draw up valid statistics in the cases of
multiple sclerosis, nor of hemiplegia (paralysis of half of the body).
However, of the only three cases of multiple sclerosis that I have had
the occasion to treat, the first one deserves our attention (case # 1),
because the improvement of 45% in 2 or 3 weeks in question was declared
and confirmed under oath, in front of the president of the College
and a judge of the Superior Court, June 7, 1978. The second case
that I will present to you is even more exciting (case # 2). There will
be also a question of a few cases of slipped (herniated) discs (cases # 3,
7 & 8). Here are the facts. But first, let me tell you that
before undertaking the treatment, I had well informed the patients that
I did not promise anything to them. "If we never try this
treatment," I said to them, "we will never know
if it can do you any good: It is up to you to decide freely. I have the
impression that it will be successful, if not, it would not even be
worth trying it". And it worked.
Case # 1: HC
Housewife, age 43
Diagnosis: multiple sclerosis.
This is a 43-year-old patient whose diagnosis
of multiple sclerosis was confirmed in 1974 at the Lake Shore hospital
of Pointe-Claire, but whose first manifestations go back to 1967. It is
known that this disease starts as a spontaneously curable attack, but
usually recurs. The age of the subject is usually between 20 to 35 years
and one frequently finds in the antecedents, vertigo, pins and needles
of the extremities, transitory amaurosis (loss of sight total or
partial). The diagnosis is usually based on a neurological syndrome:
pyramidal and cerebellar signs (nervous attack in cranial cavity).
What ever it was, the patient was recognized
as suffering of multiple sclerosis, diagnosis confirmed by telephone
call at the archives of Lake Shore Hospital. After study of her case
regarding ICT, I have confirmed to the patient that there was no
specific recognized treatment to treat this condition and I
explained to her that she was perfectly free to refuse or to accept the
treatment I was suggesting to the best of my knowledge. Because in the
light of the experience I had acquired in the last year and half, she
did not run any risk except to see her general condition improving. I
even said to her that if we succeed, it would be a world first,
nobody to date having tried ICT on this disease as Dr. Perez had
In the present case, the problems had
appeared without notice as double vision, from one day to the next, ten
years earlier. That had lasted approximately two months, and after seven
years of remission, reappearance of double vision in 1974, accompanied
by insensitivity to the left forearm, numbness in four fingers and in
the left half of the face. A few months later, slow and progressive
insensitivity to the left lower limb, from the knee to the foot, so that
the patient "drags her leg", does not control her movements
any more and that the foot frequently turns in varus (inside).
About three years ago, the patient could walk
several kilometers but at the time of the examination, she could walk
only 100 meters, feels tired and without endurance. She stays up a few
hours in the morning, but spends the remainder of the day in bed, not
even getting up in the evening. Two months ago, she tried to go shopping
with her mother to make some purchases and had to turn back after a few
minutes. The patient accepts a first treatment on December 9, 1977.
In the following days, we notice better blood circulation. The patient
can spend the days standing. She walks with more ease, and that in a
remarkable fashion, even smoothly. On Christmas Eve, the patient goes
alone to do her shopping, driving her car herself, spends there two
hours and returns on her own. She does not have to go to bed when she
January 5, 1978, at the time of her fourth
and last ICT treatment, she informs me that she spent the holidays
without fatigue, in spite of a lot of visitors at the house, the
excess work and the late evenings, sometimes up to 4 o’clock in the
morning. Her general condition and her resistance are greatly improved.
She intends to go cross-country skiing,
something she has not been able to do in the last 2 years. I have not
seen this patient since June 1978, and it is a pity.
If ever ICT was recognized and allowed in
Quebec, I have the impression that many cases could in turn benefit from
it. If we never test this therapy in the diseases known as
irreversible, who will be able to appreciate it justly?
Case # 2: AP (October
Waiter, age 36
Diagnosis: left hemiplegia
(paralysis of half of the body) following a cerebral hemorrhage.
This is about a very strong man, a bar
employee, weighing 110.5 kg (243 lb.), who had never been sick, who,
suddenly on May 11, 1976, felt a numbness in the left hand, the arm and
the face, and mainly some pain in the left eye. While trying to get up,
he feels the numbness reach the left lower limb and collapses on the
Transported urgently to the Queen Mary
hospital, he is diagnosed very early with a left hemiplegia consecutive
to a cerebral hemorrhage. After four weeks, he is transferred to Royal
Victoria and to Catherine Booths for seven more weeks of physiotherapy
where he re-learns to walk. Thereafter, eleven months of physiotherapy
and treatment at a chiropractor, twice a week, hardly improves his
When he shows up in my office on October 15,
1977, he tells me that they do not want to treat him any more in
physiotherapy, because they told him: "We are only treating
those who can be improved. Go home, nothing else can be done for
For a man like him, hyperactive, and at the
prime of his life, this answer is demoralizing him. He is not interested
in doing his exercises. During his first consultation, he walks with
difficulty, for a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes and very slowly dragging
his leg. The left upper limb is completely inert, inactive. His left
hand is so spastic that if he succeeds with great effort in closing
his hand, it is necessary for him to unfold each finger one by one, with
the other hand, to slacken them.
The day after his first treatment, he comes
for his control examination which I also call "24 hour
profile". I will never forget the following fact: I am in
consultation in my cabinet when I hear someone enter the waiting room.
Usually, the patients sit down and wait for their turn. But that
morning, the newly arrived person does not stop walking, and so
heavily (110.5 kg-243 lb.) that the whole floor "shakes".
Disturbed in my consultation and unnerved, I get up and open the office
door with the intention to ask him to be so kind as to sit down and to
"Doctor, he says shaking my hand, with
tears in his eyes, you do not know how good it is to be able to walk,
to feel my foot touching the floor. I walk for the pleasure of
walking". I was so moved, that I slipped back in another
room, so that no one could see me crying... .
Only one case like this one, and it boosts-up your morale for months!
Before the end of the five treatments, which he received at that time,
this patient walked for four to five hours without fatigue. Moreover,
without help from his right hand, he was raising his left arm
completely in the air, though in jerky moves and when he made a
fist, his fingers relaxed by themselves without help.
Perhaps there is nothing extraordinary for
you who are reading this, but for a desperate hemiplegic, paralyzed for
two years, who is "listening to his body", the least
improvement of his condition means a lot. I have recorded this
patient with a video tape recorder, before his departure. He has
retained the ground gained and his condition has improved some more. He
has resumed work after two years.
PS: Before beginning the treatment, I had
said to this patient: "If in 24 hours, there is no improvement,
we stop the treatments". There was a significant improvement,
which was retained for two years without resumption of the
problems. I have never had other news from him.
Case # 3: RP
Mechanic, age 36, male
Diagnosis: two slipped discs and cephalgias.
Consulting for recent arthritis at the left
knee and also for cephalgias for 8 years. As secondary diagnosis, two
slipped discs at L4-L5 and L5-S1 (at the 4th. and 5th. lumbar vertebrae
as well as at the first sacral) for the last 8 years, accompanied by
lumbo-sciatica (lumbar pain radiating along the sciatic nerve). He
cannot stand up for more than a half-hour, suffers constantly, even in
the morning after a night’s rest. He had to sell his garage because of
his disability. Treated by orthopedists and chiropractors with little
Two days after his single and only ICT
treatment, his condition improved so much that he started working again
as a truck-driver on the maintenance of winter roads. He was not feeling
any more pains to the left lower limb nor to the lumbar spinal column.
Nine years later, he is still working.
Case # 4: TL
Farmer, age 59, male
Diagnosis: slipped disc and circulatory problems.
Consults for angina, paroxysmal tachycardia
(acceleration by excess of cardiac pulsation),
circulatory and digestive troubles. Other diagnosis: slipped disc and
bilateral lumbo-sciatica, especially on the right, for which he has been
followed by an orthopedist each month for 3 years. Incapacity to lean
forward for 18 months, he can only bend forward to bring his hands to 16
inches (40 cm) off the floor. Orthopedic consultations every 2 weeks for
the last 18 months. He is wearing an orthopedic corset (brace) for the
last year. The day after his first ICT treatment, the lumbar pain and
the sciatica are completely gone. The patient can bend his spinal column
freely and he can lay both hands flat on the floor. He still could do it
after 9 years; the pains had disappeared. This case was brought to the
attention of the College along with case # 5, circulatory diseases.
Case # 5: CC
Laborer, age 37, male
Diagnosis: circulatory and digestive
troubles, also sciatica, and slipped disc
for the last 5 years.
After only one ICT treatment, in addition to
the improvement of his circulatory and digestive troubles, the lumbar
pains and the sciatica decreased by 80% to disappear completely after
two months. After six years, the sciatica has never returned.
Case # 6: LP
Farmer, age 75, male
Diagnosis: left hemiplegia following a cerebral
hemorrhage (CVA or cerebrovascular
Case # 6: Photo taken less than two
hours after the first treatment. He can
lift his paralyzed left leg 26 degrees.
Photo taken forty-eight hours after the
first treatment. He can lift his
paralyzed left leg 46 degrees.
The patient arrives at the clinic in a
wheelchair, left arm and leg completely inert. Less than two hours
after the first treatment, the patient is very happy, lying in bed, to
be able to raise his left arm approximately 3 to 4 inches (7,5 to 10 cm)
and to be able to fold it on his chest. He also succeeds in moving
his left leg with abduction (distance) and adduction (bringing together
of a limb to the body) movements by raising it about 6 inches (15 cm)
above the bed. Forty-eight hours after the first treatment, the patient,
lying down, can raise the leg to 46 degrees and the arm at 35 degrees.
My own case:
Jean-Claude Paquette (March 1976).
Case # 7:
Doctor-Surgeon, age 48
Diagnosis: slipped disc, left sciatica.
On November 3, 1975, while transporting at
arm’s length a cumbersome part of machinery weighing about 55 to 66
lb. (25 to 30 kg), I almost dropped it while walking in the snow. I gave
it a quick jerk upward to get a better grip. It is at this time that I
suddenly felt a very sharp pain in the lumbar area and that I fell to
Transported urgently to the Hôtel-Dieu
hospital in Saint-Jérome, the orthopedist diagnoses a slipped disc with
On February 6, 1976, on recommendation of the
orthopedist, I consult a famous neurosurgeon, who confirms the diagnosis
and suggests surgery "without which, he said, I will not get
better". I know too well the after-effects of this
operation and I do not want to remain "mortgaged", having in
mind the cases of more than thirty patients operated who will have to
watch themselves for the rest of their lives. I prefer to wait as long
as possible and try to find another way. The pain does not leave me for
nearly five months, day and night, irradiating from the left buttock to
the big toe. I do not stop practicing medicine during that time. The
days when I can, I walk supporting myself on a chair or using crutches.
In the car, it is necessary for me to get out about every fifteen
minutes to stretch my leg.
On March 20, 1976, going through Mexico City
on my way to Acapulco, Dr. Perez notices my suffering. "Claude,
you seem to be in pain, what is wrong?" "It is a slipped
disc." "Are you sure of the diagnosis." "I
saw the best neurosurgeon of French Canada." "What would
you say to be all right tomorrow morning?" I start laughing.
"Let us see, Donato, you know well that it is surgical." "Very
well, if you are not yet tired enough of suffering!" He leaves
me to go and see his patients.
I have a very bad time in Acapulco. Back in
Mexico City on March 30th., I went back to see Donato and told him: "Listen,
Donato, I have no faith in your medical treatment for a condition
relating to surgery, but I really do not have any choice. I am
suffering too much."
The following day, March 31, I receive my
first and only treatment for this condition. Less than twenty-four hours
later and I declare it under oath, the pain has 100% disappeared and I
have never again suffered from it. That was 18 years ago. (Declaration
Case # 8: CS
Civil engineer, age 38, male
Diagnosis: slipped disc, lumbo-sciatica.
Problems going back two years and treated
medically with only temporary relief. Constant return of pain.
The day after the ICT treatment, the pain has
100% disappeared. On April 17, 1994, 8 years later, the pain has never
Case # 9: JS (Oct. 1979)
Construction worker, age 62, male
Diagnosis: Left Hemiplegia for the last two years.
Case #9: Photo taken 24 hours after the
first treatment. Seated, he extends his
paralyzed left leg horizontally, and lifts
his arm almost to the level of
Photo taken the third day. Lying down,
he lifts his paralyzed left leg
to 65 degrees.
Sudden left facial paralysis in July 1977.
Hospitalized 3 months at the Victoria hospital. Left Hemiplegia in July
1979. Cyanosis of left upper limb.
The day after the first ICT treatment in
Haiti, the left arm is still slightly cold and circulation is clearly
improved at the left forearm. Sitting, he can extend the left leg
horizontally and succeeds in raising his arm almost to shoulder height.
The following day, or the third day, he can
walk without a cane, which he has not been able to do for two years.
He succeeds in raising the left arm to shoulder level. Lying in bed, he
raises his left leg to 65 degres.
On the fifth day, he realizes that he can
flex the fingers of the left hand.
The sixth day, he gets in and out of my
jeep alone. All smiles, he can hold a candy between the fingers of his
left hand. During the evening, he raises his left arm to eye level
and the cyanosis has 80% disappeared. These observations are signed on
the file by the patient and are countersigned by four patients,
witnesses who share his joy.
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