Interview with The New Zealand Herald - 10 January 2012
Interview with New Zealand Woman's Weekly
Interview in Malaysia with Mehdi Jaffari and Metro Newspaper on 5th December 2010.
Interview with Malaysia's Best Selling Woman's Magazine "Jelita" with Mehdi Jaffari January 2011
Cardiovascular disease, Australia's leading cause of death.
Specialists amazed by results from Hirudotherapy.
A good diet and healthy lifestyle did nothing to prevent Mehdi Jaffari from suffering four heart attacks one morning in September 2007, leading to an emergency angiogram and stenting procedure. Heart specialists discovered Mehdi had a number of areas showing significant narrowing in his arteries and he was very lucky to have survived.
'My life changed dramatically' Mehdi explains, 'as an active person, rehabilitation was lengthy; I experienced pain in different parts of my body, reaction to medications, shortness of breath and problems walking more than 100 meters'.
Just Four months later, a routine angiogram confirmed his stent had become dangerously blocked and Mehdi was immediately admitted for life-saving heart bypass surgery.
Even though Mehdi enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle, there was a history of heart disease in his family. His surgeon recognized unusually advanced cardiovascular disease for his age of 52 years, which would normally be expected in an age group of 70 years or older. Significant disease was also noted in his left subclavian artery, as well as a narrowing in his left carotid artery, which was of particular concern and placed him at great risk of another heart attack or stroke, let alone the possibilities he wouldn't survive an additional myocardial infarction.
'I contacted my sister in Iran who works in the health industry and like me, has years of experience as a specialist in Hirudotherapy' [leech therapy]. His sister urgently attempted to organize a flight to Australia, but her late arrival due to a lengthy visa application coincided just days before the arranged surgery, meanwhile trying to source medical leeches proved difficult and time had run out.......Mehdi's bypass went ahead.
After eventually sourcing medical leeches, Mehdi first worked on sypmtoms of pain and shortness of breath and it wasn't long before he began to improve considerably. 'My previous active life returned and I felt great', he said.
After experiencing so many benefits, Mehdi was keen to begin Hirudotherapy [leech therapy] on his diseased left carotid and subclavian arteries.
Various investigations before and after surgery indicated significant stenosis [narrowing] in his left vertebral and carotid arteries, which were of concern to specialists and required further investigation. Undeterred by these disturbing results, Mehdi ordered more leeches to begin five days of intensive Hirudotherapy before a pre-arranged CT Angiogram.
Five days later on July 3rd 2008, Mehdi's results were studied by his vascular specialist. Even more than Mehdi had hoped to achieve in such a short time, his results showed there was no evidence of any narrowing. Incredibly, after just five days, Mehdi's previous history of detected left subclavian and carotid artery narrowing were now not identified. Mehdi's cardiologist and a vascular specialist at RNS, aware Mehdi was using Hirudotherapy, were surprised at the results.
'I'm highly surprised that he [Mehdi] improved so much in a short space of time', Mehdi's interventional cardiologist Peter Hansen commented during an interview printed in the Sydney Morning Herald on July 26th; and even though Mehdi's cardiologist expressed a degree of skepticism in the possibility that perhaps the first scan 'was over-estimated' and the second scan 'was under-estimated', he still concluded, 'perhaps it was a miracle and leeches do work, I am willing to keep an open mind on this because the results were impressive', he continued, 'nothing in Western medicine can make [plaque] disappear in a week, or indeed at all. Statins may reduce it but they rarely make it go away, so it's very interesting'.
'Leeches are used in many hospitals and private clinics around the world', Mehdi explains, 'and even though I am currently recognized as the first leech therapist to apply this treatment for cardiovascular disease in Australia, it's a shame the general public has not been provided with more information about these miraculous creatures'.
Leeches have been used for thousands of years and recognised for their benefits; widely used in Europe, America and many other countries around the world. In June 2004, the US FDA not only approved leeches for therapy, but an application from French firm Ricarimpex to market leeches for medicinal purposes was granted.
Mehdi's profession covers conventional and spiritual areas. Renowned for his knowledge of the body, mind and spirit, he embraces natural healing, spiritual healing, energizing and hirudotherapy, helping thousands of people from around the world for over three decades.
Cardiovascular disease affects more than 3.5 million Australians and is one of Australia's leading health problems, killing one person every ten minutes. Mehdi is passionate about helping others suffering this killer disease and is also investigating how leeches can help disadvantaged countries with little or no medical care. 'Leech therapy has given me a new lease of life', he says 'and enables me to continue my commitment in helping others'.
Media contact: Tracy Jaffari.
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