We visited Dr Bhatnagar at his Homeopathic Clinic in Krishna Nagar, East Delhi. Articulate, energetic and with decades of medical experience, Dr Bhatnagar is by turns informative, cheery and extremely knowledgeable. For over 38 years, he’s been helping thousands of patients beat cancer.
Renowned as a cancer centre with an unparalleled rate of success, his Homeopathic Clinic is thronged by patients from 9 am onwards till evenings. Three outpatient departments, a canteen and a pathology lab stand testament to the doctor’s, and his patients’, successful cures. Tremendously busy, Dr Bhatnagar still found time to chat with us about why he recommends organic food and how cancer, pollution and more are affecting us today.
“In the 1960s, we rarely saw cancer cases – perhaps one in a thousand. Now, out of ten patients, seven are cancer-stricken. There’s no age group or region bias – they’re of all ages and from all over India and the world too.”
To illustrate his point during a conversation, Dr Bhatnagar pulls out a video of the debris that shows up when they clean the room’s AC filter. Particles 1/100th the size of a hair strand form a black muck which clogs the AC filter is just one example of Delhi’s existing pollution levels. He says that today, there is extreme and excessive use of chemicals – in our food, in our vegetables, the very air we breathe and in the form of medicines which are used as preventative aids.
He says, “Chemicals corrupt the cells of the human body by disrupting the nutritional absorption process.” He also believes that people don’t understand the importance of knowing where their veggies are coming from. “It’s fairly common to see green leafy veggies like palak grown near the Yamuna which is filled with industrial chemicals. There’s no need of fertiliser and they grow very fast – but they also absorb lead, cadmium and benzene which are in that water. Also when people carry hot liquids like tea in polythene, the plastic reacts with the heat and becomes carcinogenic. Sudan II dye powder is mixed with chilli powder for the sake of profit; without thinking about how people will be affected. Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in milk, meat and fish; again to a chemically damaging effect.”
Dr Bhatnagar says organic
“Organic food is very good for health. It’s the future – it’s our future. It’s also in our tradition and we need to return to non-pesticide laden food as soon as possible.”
He grows a variety of veggies on his terrace, and greens as well – from palak, methi, bathua and dhania to pudina, he’s got huge pots of them. He points out fat radishes, saying “Look it’s so easy to grow them, they grow quickly too.”
He smiles and says that he only shops at I Say Organic for fruits and other vegetables and tells us he’s sent many a customer our way. “Prevention is better than cure. Eating healthily and eating organic can help you more than any medicines – because you’re preventing the problem.” He encourages organic produce in every form, also encouraging people to find out how authentic the claims of organic food are. Likening the human body to an engine, he says that only when you feed it pure fuel, will the engine run well.
At his clinic
Selflessly, Dr Bhatnagar firmly says that it’s most important to treat the patient, regardless of which branch of medicine you follow. Dr Bhatnagar himself practices homoeopathy, the herbal-extract-based medicine that is diluted with water. However he does acknowledge the contribution and support he has had from allopathic doctors.
With a computerised system and direct entry with a tablet and stylus, Dr Bhatnagar is very tech savvy. He also records videos about his patients on his iPad as reference material.
He says that he gets three types of patients – the very poor who come to him as they cannot afford expensive chemotherapy treatments, the highly educated who are aware of the side effects of modern medicine, and the patients who have been told there is no hope.
Patients sitting there attest gratefully to the miraculous cures they’ve experienced. Some talk about being given only 90 days to live by modern medical practitioners, and being cured in those same 90 days by Dr Bhatnagar. Internet reports surface with stories of people giving up hope – and finding new life at Dr Bhatnagar’s clinic.
Perhaps part of his drive comes from his experience working with Mother Teresa, working on leprosy patients and treating over 28,000 people, mixing medicines for them and helping heal them. He praises all medicinal techniques, saying that diagnostic methods like radiology are needed to correctly tell more about the cancer in a patient’s body. He also says that treatments like chemo and surgery have their place – for example, breast cancer is best treated by surgery.
How is I Say Organic different
“The taste of organic food is completely different. Those of us who remember the taste of pesticide-free food can feel the difference.”
Dr Bhatnagar finds it amusing when people are more worried about the looks of their food than the taste. “Organic vegetables are not uniform in the way they look – the taste is more important; forget about glossiness,” he advises.
I Say Organic. I Say Dr Bhatnagar rocks.
As we were leaving, we asked him why he didn’t leave Delhi if it was so poisonous to live in. Almost immediately, he looks at all the patients around, many from lower income groups who come here because of his deliberately subsidised fee, and asks us how he can leave. How will all these people go on, he asks. We’re struck by his sense of responsibility and commitment to help others. He smiles and says, “Everyone lives for themselves, you should try living for others, it’s a lot of fun!”