B. M. Hegde
Hegde in 2005
Born18 August 1938 (1938-08-18) (age 85)
Medical career
  • Cardiologist
  • professor of medicine
  • author
B M Hegde being conferred an honorary doctorate by Kiran Kumar Reddy

Belle Monappa Hegde (born 18 August 1938) is a cardiologist, professor of medicine, and author. He was the Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003.[3] He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2010 and Padma Vibhushan in 2021.[3] He has supported homeopathy[4] and quantum healing.[5]

Early life

Hegde was born on 18 August 1938 in Pangala near Udupi, Karnataka, India[6] He obtained MBBS from Stanley Medical College, Madras in 1960 and later M.D. from King George Medical College, Lucknow[3]


Over a long career at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Hegde served in various positions such as Professor, Principal and Dean. He was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education in 1999 and served till 2003.[3] He was an Independent Director of Zydus Wellness.[7] He also served as chairman of an expert committee of Bihar State Health Society[8]

He was the chairman of Mangaluru branch of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.[9] He started a medical journal, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes[10] and serves as its Editor-in-Chief.[11] Hegde was a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences[1] till 2016.

B.M. Hegde is a part of the selection jury in Mahaveer Awards in Bhagwan Mahaveer Awards.[12]

Pseudoscience and controversies

He has proposed that 'quantum healing' can bring sick persons back to normal,[5][13] a concept widely regarded in the scientific community as pseudoscientific.[14][15]

In 2019, when Hegde was invited to deliver a lecture on "Sauce of Happiness" at the campus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, he was called a proponent of "pseudo-science and quackery" by a group of research scholars, who questioned his criticism of modern medicine and accused him of promoting unverified treatments for various ailments.[16] Hegde said it showed "how much the protesters knew about science."[17]

His TEDx talk on "Change is life" was flagged by TED as containing medical fallacies and sweeping generalizations. TED said that the assertions made in the talk lacked legitimate scientific support. [18]

Hegde has also written articles and given talks in support of homeopathy, regarded globally as a pseudoscience.[19] Hegde argues that even if one thinks incorrectly that Homeopathy is a placebo, it is still important, as most modern medicine is worse than placebo.[20][21][4]


  • Wisdom of the human body. Gandhi Centre of Science and Human Values of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 2001. pp. 148 pages.
  • What Doctors Don't Get to Study in Medical School. Anshan. 2006. pp. 275 pages. ISBN 978-1-904798-84-2.
  • Hypertension: Assorted Topics. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 1995. pp. 108 pages.
  • The Heart Manual. UBS Publishers' Distributors. 2000. pp. 157 pages.[permanent dead link]
  • You Can Be Healthy. Macmillan Publishers India Limited. 2004. pp. 208 pages. ISBN 978-1-4039-2233-5.
  • How To Maintain Good Health. UBS Publishers' Distributors Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 978-81-7476-069-2.
  • Modern Medicine and Ancient Indian Wisdom. Manipal Academy of Higher Education. 2000.
  • Holistic Living. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. pp. 117 pages. ISBN 978-81-7276-024-3.[permanent dead link]
  • Art Of Public Speaking. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. ISBN 978-81-7276-054-0.


  1. ^ a b "List of Fellows – NAMS" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ ""BC Roy award for PGI doctor"". The Tribune,India. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 15 November 2021. Dr B.M. Hegde, Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, ... have been awarded for their services as eminent medical teachers
  3. ^ a b c d Pinto, Stanley (9 November 2021). ""Cardiologist Dr B M Hegde conferred Padma Vibhushan"". The Times of India. Mangaluru. Retrieved 15 November 2021..
  4. ^ a b "B. M. Hegde - Articles: IN DEFENSE OF HOMEOPATHY".
  5. ^ a b Hegde BM: “Modern Medicine and Quantum Physics” Kuwait Medical Journal: March 2003: 35(1): 1–3
  6. ^ "Padma Bhushan to Dr B M Hegde". Mangalore Today. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  7. ^ ""Zydus Wellness independent director B M Hegde resigns"". The Times of India. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2021..
  8. ^ "B.M. Hegde to head Bihar health society". The Hindu. 1 March 2006. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  9. ^ ""BHAVAN'S CENTRES : In India & Abroad"". bhavans.info. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 15 November 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Innovative medical journal for humanistic medicine" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2021. he has teamed up with Professor Rustum Roy to start an innovative journal called JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF HEALING DISEASES (JSHO)
  11. ^ "Bio". www.thejsho.com. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation invites nominations for 26th Mahaveer Awards carrying cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs across 4 categories". September 2022.
  13. ^ Hegde, B. M (15 September 2015). "Some thoughts on 'quantum healing'". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 November 2021. Quantum healing is what happens when your own volition can make it happen during the oscillation between matter and energy to rebuild the damaged part ... Auto-healing, akin to quantum healing, brings one back to normalcy. This alone can be called cure.
  14. ^ Francis, Matthew R. (29 May 2014). "The Two Top Inspirations of Science-Sounding Nonsense: Quantum and Consciousness". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  15. ^ Strauss, Valerie. "Scientist: Why Deepak Chopra is driving me crazy". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  16. ^ "RIP Science: How IIT-M students protested against Padma Bhushan B M Hegde's lecture on 'sauce of happiness'". The New Indian Express.
  17. ^ "IIT-Madras scholars protest inviting B M Hegde for lecture". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 5 February 2019 – via Business Standard.
  18. ^ Change is life | Dr. B M HEGDE | TEDxGlobalAcademy, retrieved 24 November 2023
  19. ^ Ladyman J (2013). "Chapter 3: Towards a Demarcation of Science from Pseudoscience". In Pigliucci M, Boudry M (eds.). Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0-226-05196-3. Yet homeopathy is a paradigmatic example of pseudoscience. It is neither simply bad science nor science fraud, but rather profoundly departs from scientific method and theories while being described as scientific by some of its adherents (often sincerely).
  20. ^ Hegde, B.M. (4 January 2012). ""Homeopathy-science or fraud?"". Retrieved 15 November 2021. Lots of people have an idea that homeopathy is only a placebo and not effective otherwise. This is not true ... Therefore, even if one were to think that homeopathy is only a placebo, it does not belittle its importance as most of our modern medical drugs are worse than placebos
  21. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Dr.B.M.Hegde on Homeopathy - Can we trust it? -latest speech| Cholesterol | Diabetes | Health Direct". YouTube.