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Revised Hippocratic Oath – your tool for better patient care?

UPDATED by Dr. Leo Rebello

Director of Natural Health Centre, Bombay Dr. Leo Rebello runs the informative website He has been practicing natural healthcare since 1978 and has published 40 books on various subjects, including AIDS and Alternative Medicine, yoga, poetry and world affairs. He guides doctoral and post doctoral students and has lectured in 65 countries on various forums.






JHIH : Dr Rebello tell us about the Hippocratic Oath

Dr Rebello : The Hippocratic Oath is partly outdated. Besides, it is given only on a graduation day from medical colleges, whereas my oath is to be taken every 1st July – the International Doctors Day and to be displayed in doctor’s consulting room as a daily reminder.

JHIH : So how does your revised copy differ?

Dr Rebello : My revised oath for doctors educates people on two aspects — on the perils of the pseudo science called modern medicine, and how holistic healing helps. It has already been translated in different languages, read on radios, televisions, in universities, published in the magazines, newspapers, circulated on the internet, reproduced on several blogs. In fact it is now more popular than the Hippocratic oath.


written and administered since 2003
© by Dr. Leo Rebello

Doctors to please repeat after me on every Doctor’s Day 1st July.

I, ————-, do hereby swear on this solemn day that :

I shall not prescribe unnecessary medicines and tests to my patients;

I shall not give false counseling;

I shall not overcharge and accept cuts and gifts;

I shall not abuse tiny tots with mercury laced inoculations or vaccinations, for they pollute the blood stream of small children leading to serious diseases like AIDS, Cancers, Autism, etc.;

I shall not prescribe lethal drugs, like anti-retrovirals, chemotherapy, or give ECT to my patients;

I shall not indulge in human organ thefts to the detriment of my patients;

I shall not be afraid of any authority and fabricate medical records or give false evidence;

I shall not exploit students studying under me;

I shall not manipulate findings or results to win grants or awards.

I, ————-, further solemnly affirm that:-

If I cannot treat a disease, I shall not say that AIDS, cancers, diabetes has no cure.

But will tell the patient to try other systems of medicine.

I shall treat health practitioners of other systems with respect and not tell deliberate lies to prove my importance.

I shall study Holistic healing modalities to increase my knowledge and wisdom.

I shall not even by mistake say that “HIV=AIDS=death” or cancers cannot be treated.

I shall not frighten my patients with unnecessary comments, opinions or advice.

I still remember what Hippocrates said, namely, “Let diet be your medicine” and

shall accordingly prescribe fresh fruits, vegetables and good diet to my patients,

rather than tonics, syrups, synthetic multi-vitamins, especially to children.

I shall not perform surgery, unless it is absolutely must and will not

indulge in rackets like amniocentesis, caesarean section, silicon implant or liposuction.

I shall work to ban the useless and cruel animal experiments in the name of medicine.

I shall participate in periodic workshops, seminars, and conferences at my expense or on scholarship (no pharma funding) to educate myself and speak from my conscience if I am called upon to speak or preside.

Finally, I shall not consume alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take other narcotic and psychotropic substances. As far as possible,

I shall also not take animal proteins.

I realize and aver that a great responsibility of people’s well-being is upon my shoulders and I shall carry on my onerous task with utmost dedication.

This I swear in the name of God on this solemn Doctors Day and I shall repeat this oath daily lest I forget that I am in a divine profession to heal the world.


JHIH : To close, the next time you visit your GP or hospital, why not print this copy out and pass this oath on.


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