Magazine "Sputnik" N 10 October 1997

Cure yourself on your own 

Vasilij Sergeyev, a former turner, has cured a dreadful ilness which he used to suffer from. Now he helps other people. They have passed on his address to their acquntances, and his file of patients stretches to the Crimea.
At first it was just a scratch. When 9-year-old Vasya ran around the streets of his native Bugulchan (a small town in the Republic of Bashkortostan, a constituent member of the Russian Federation in the South Urals) he would sometimes cut his feet on broken glass or get a scratch while jumping over a fence. 
His mother would paint the wound with iodine, and the scratch would heal. But once he got into real trouble. The scratch became infected. Doctors diagnosed a terrible malady-hematogenic osteomyelitis, or, to put it in ordinary terms, decomposition of the bone. No matter what the doctors did-applied various ointments to the sore antibiotics-nothing helped. Meanwhile life went on Vasili Sergeyev finished school and began to work as a turner. 

At that point there were still no fistulas on his leg, so he was found fit for military service. 
However, when he got out of the army he was unable to operate the lathe. His illness had progressed. 
Vasili even re-qualified to be an electrician and also mastered other professions. Yet soon he had to stop working and enter a hospital, as the osteomyelitis seriously affected his kidneys. When he was released from the hospital his doctor advised him to go to the Crimea and take mud-baths.

"They can't make it any worse," decided Vasilij and moved from Bashkortostan to the Crimean town of Saki famous for its therapeutic mud-baths. He got a job there as a stoker in the boiler-house at one of the sanatoriums, and took mud-baths every day. Yet they could not cure his illness.
Vasili remembers the years that followed as a bad dream. He moved from one sanatorium to another, and was in and out of hospitals and clinics. The doctors' verdict was not good-his illness could not be cured, the only option was to amputate his leg.
Once on his way home from an umpteenth consultation with a surgeon, he sat down on a bench in a park and started thinking about what to do next. 
Suddenly he got an idea. He saw a big cut on the trunk of the tree nearest to him. Somebody must have decided to fell the huge tree, but did not finish. 
The wound on the tree-trunk had almost healed and was covered in resin.

"If a tree can heal its wound," thought Vasili, "a man is willed by God to do it." He took a little bit of resin with him. At home he applied it to his wound and felt a little bit better. 
He started reading books on phytotherapy and homeopathy. Once he came across a book called "The Fundamentals of the Tibetan Medical Science. Dju Shi" by Pyotr Badmayev, a healer, well-known at the beginning of this century. He found the book very interesting.
In the spring, Vasili went into the Crimean mountains to collect medicinal herbs. He then went to get some from his native Bashkirian steppes. He collected and dried them and made potions out of them. 
In concocting his drug, he was guided mainly by intuition. Several months later the balm was ready and he tested it. Gradually his illness subsided.

Some people may laugh from disbelief when they read about this, but others will undoubtedly consider it the logical conclusion to the whole story, just as I did. And how could I do otherwise when I saw only a small scar where his wound had been. It looked like an old cut. 
The leg had completely healed: even the periostenum had been restored. The balm had not only cured the osteomyelitis, Vasili now rarely caught cold and had all but forgot about his sick kidneys.
Vasili called his balm Bugulchan, in honour of his native town. A lot of people have come to see him during the last five years. Those whom his drug had helped gave his address to their acquaintances and friends, and brought their relatives to him. Vasili's potion strengthens the immune system, and is very good for healing old and new wounds, bone injuries, eczema, and tuberculosis it also helps patients suffering from cancer.

Vasili does not think that the success of his balm is a miracle. "If there is a malady there must be a means to cure it," he says. "Nature is the richest pharmacy. One need only find the necessary substance and correctly prepare and use it. There are ten components in my balm, namely, resins, herbs and the products of the apiary, and not a single one of them is harmful to the human body."
Of course, the medicine Vasili Sergeyev has prepared is not a panacea. In some cases the Bugulchan did not have much effect on the person's disease, although it relieved his sufferings. Still it proved to be a real means of salvation for many others.

So, the balm exists, and it is used to cure people. What next? Now the popular healer is trying to take out a patent for yet another of his discoveries. What is it?
"I have managed to find the cause for the appearance of hermaphrodites and transsexuals," he says. "The alterations take place in the mother's womb. The method of prophylaxis I propose could substantially diminish the number of such anomalies."
Let's wait and see. Maybe Vasili Sergeyev can cope with this task, too.

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