Roundtable Conference at the University of British Columbia Calls for Establishment of Centre of Excellence on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research

    VANCOUVER, June 28 /CNW/ - The Malony Shrivastava Memorial Foundation
brought together, on June 24, prominent researchers, donors and financiers of
health research, including from the University of British Columbia, Simon
Fraser University, InspireHealth, and the Hecht, Michael Smith, and Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundations to a Roundtable on Adjuvants to Standard Treatment
of Cancer and other aspects of complementary and alternative medicine
    The focus of the discussions was on how to integrate the natural
processes and substances that prove beneficial into the mainstream of patient
care and prevention. The absence of methods & techniques and funding to enable
prospective or retrospective studies was pinpointed despite growing number of
anecdotal accounts of significant benefits to patients. Needed are the
development of methods, techniques and strategies to quantify qualitative
benefits to patients, so that studies could be published in reputed journals
and thereby pave the way for more natural methods, and substances to be used
more widely. The participants felt that the passion, competence and energy in
BC could be facilitated through the Centre to make BC a world leader on
comprehensive care.
    The eminent group of researchers and stakeholders called for the
establishment of a Centre of Excellence in British Columbia to enable clinical
research and other studies to assess efficacy of natural substances and
methods to move forward, and to network the various researchers in the
    Dr. Alison Buchan, Senior Associate Dean of Medicine, UBC, inaugurated
the Roundtable and welcomed the participants.
    Dr. Nandlal Tiwari from Jaipur, India, speaking by Skype, was a physician
of Malony Shrivastava, the late wife of the Foundation's founder, Mr. Praveen
Shrivastava, and had treated her with Carctol, a combination of 8 different
medicinal herbs, along with Malony's standard chemotherapy for Cancer from the
BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Tiwari stated that he was seeing remission in about
30-40% of patients with Carctol, and that Carctol has been administered to
over 10,000 patients in India, UK and other countries where satisfactory to
excellent results were found on quality and quantity of life.
    Mr. Praveen Shrivastava provided moving testimony on how well Malony was
doing while on the combination of standard chemotherapy and Carctol. A TV
interview of Malony was played for the audience, where the patient herself
described her coping skills using natural methods and substances, thereby
enabling her to have had a better quality of life than many other breast
cancer patients.
    Dr. Sunil Chacko, the Foundation's Research Director, presented on the
state of natural health products & processes clinical trials, and urged that
more clinical research be conducted to assess efficacy and effectiveness,
including phase IV-equivalent prospective studies for natural products already
being used by patients. Toxicology studies have been conducted for Carctol in
the UK and India.
    Mr. Adrian Dix, M.L.A., Opposition Health Critic, stressed the value of
research weight brought to bear by the efforts of the Malony Foundation. Dr.
Arun Chockalingam, Michael Smith Foundation and SFU, Dr. Hal Gunn, Medical
Director of InspireHealth, Mr. Jim Dao, Founder of Genyous, Dr. Jean Paul
Collet and Professor Carolyn Gotay, UBC, Ms. Julie McMillan, Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation, Ms. Maureen Edwardson, InnerResonanceTechnologies, Dr.
Amandah Hoogbruin, Kwantlen University, Dr. Emma Tomlinson Guns, VGH, Ms.
Paula Brown, BCIT, Ms. Carole Robert, BDA Foundation, Montreal, Dr. Julius
Halaschek-Wiener, BC Cancer Agency, Ms. Sandra Mills, BC Cancer Society, Mr.
Prateek Juneja, UBC, Dr. Cynthia Hamilton, VCHRI, Dr. Suzanne Slocum, UBC,
were other speakers and discussants.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Sunil Chacko, Malony Shrivastava Memorial
Foundation, 104-3993 Henning Drive, Burnaby, BC, Email:,
Telephone: (604) 728-6245; For more details, please visit:

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