By Ralph Raben
Ralph Raben is an Ob/Gyn, acupuncturist, NADA trainer and a member of the NADA Germany board.
Together with his friend and teacher, Michael Smith, Ajandok had the first Hungarian NADA training in 1985 in a prison-like treatment center for alcohol withdrawal. At that time, Hungary was still behind the Iron Curtain and belonged to the Eastern Bloc. That was the beginning of a widespread dissemination of the NADA protocol in Hungary, and NADA Hungary was one of the first NADAs in Europe.
Ajandok organized numerous conferences and gave us suggestions for our own work and our NADA trainings in Germany.
Many of us have heard his lectures at NADA conferences in Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Heidelberg and Milan. In 2006, he invited the European NADAs to Budapest for a EURO-NADA conference. The second day of the conference was supposed to be relaxing, and it took place at Michael’s suggestion in the famous old imperial Gellért Baths. In 2018, we saw him again at the NADA conference in Roskilde, Denmark. He liked to be with his large family.
Ajandok was a biophysicist, mathematician, acupuncturist, doctor through and through, and also a researcher. For example, in a simple intelligent study together with a graphologist, he showed how the NADA protocol led to a significant harmonization of the handwriting image in participants with acute withdrawal symptoms and delusions within a short time. The handwriting is also obviously strongly influenced by vegetative imbalances.
Ajandok thought like his friend, Michael, Keep it simple – and he taught us that research can also be easy if the design is intelligent. As a biophysicist, he studied how acupuncture works on plants. Together with his institute employees, he discovered that acupuncture only leads to a change in the thermographically measurable heat radiation of the leaves of philodendron plants in areas with reduced electrical resistance.
As a doctor and acupuncturist, Ajandok drove a donated discarded German ambulance and visited the places in Budapest where his patients sat together – people who lived homeless on the street in miserable circumstances. He bandaged their wounds, gave acupuncture on the curb or in the vehicle and gave a warm soup. He was interested in respect, harm reduction and rehabilitation. Ajandok was a man catcher, charming, had a good sense of humor: a warm person. We admired him for his commitment and courage.
Thank you, Ajandok. Like your American friend, Michael, you were a good teacher and role model. Through you we have learned to understand the NADA protocol better and passed this on to our students in the NADA training courses in Germany.