My Facial Rash Is Embarrassing

Question:

I have a rash on my face, which is red and swollen. It is quite itchy and comes up in different areas, including my nose and chin. It’s very embarrassing. Can you tell me what it is and what I can do about it?

 Answer:

You have seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the skin. (‘Derma’ refers to skin, ‘itis’ to inflammation.) It is similar to dandruff (see column, right) and appears on the face wherever there are hair follicles.

Basically there are two types of glands which expel toxins through the skin: sebaceous glands and sweat glands. In general, sweat glands expel toxins that dissolve in water – this is what happens when you ‘detox’ in a sauna or steam bath. Sebaceous glands, however, excrete fatty, greasy toxins. Normally they would produce a certain amount of sebum, which appears in the hair or on the skin. But if there are a lot of these fat-soluble toxins in the body, the sebaceous glands become overactive and produce more sebum, which irritates the subcutaneous layer-the layer underneath the top layer of skin, which is in fact dead skin cells. This leads to the sort of rash you are experiencing, or to acne. The tip of the nose has a particularly large collection of sebaceous glands. In seborrhoeic dermatitis, the production of the toxins is so intense that the skin becomes ‘angry’ and this results in a red nose, as you describe.

Sometimes – I’m sure not in your case – this red nose is associated with excess alcohol intake. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is exacerbated by alcohol, particularly drinks that contain yeast, such as beer and stout. In some people, consuming an excess of citrus fruits, sugar or fried foods can cause a rash.

The most effective treatment is to avoid the following foods: products that contain yeast (bread, pizza, nan, pitta bread, yeast extract, artificial gravy sauces, brewer’s yeast, etc); sugar in excess (chocolate, cakes, sweets); citrus fruits; fried foods; excess alcohol (beer, lager and stout should not be drunk at all); cheese and butter; very spicy curries.

Additionally, you should make an infusion of Black Kadu, or hellebore : overnight, soak one or two twigs in a cup of hot water, then drink hot or cold on an empty stomach in the morning, for one month. This is a bitter drink and you may feel nauseous for the first couple of days. If that happens, drink a few sips at a time to get used to it. It may also make your stools soft in the first few days.

A preparation made with chickpea powder (known as besan in Indian grocers) will help suck the excess grease from the sebaceous glands. Mix one tablespoonful of chickpea powder with a little cold or warm skimmed milk. Rub this paste on the face, concentrating on the affected areas. Scrub for a while and then wash your face with warm

water. This is best done at bedtime. The skin will feel quite dry. Leave it to work overnight.

There is also a useful cream, called Aru Cream, which you should apply twice daily to the affected areas. Aru Cream is a blend of homoeopathic remedies and is useful in reducing inflammation, itching and any stinging sensation. In general, this advice is also useful for acne sufferers.

SCALP SOOTHERS

In the case of dandruff, the production of sebum causes the dry dead outer layers of the skin to flake off and these can be seen trapped in between the roots of the hair. They may appear on the face and ear lobes too. The treatment for dandruff is the same as for seborrhoeic dermatitis. In addition, sufferers can use Bioflame Oil. This is an oil extracted from the red flowers of a plant known as flame of the forest which grows wild in the tropics. Apply one to two tablespoonfuls of oil on the scalp. Massage gently until it is fully absorbed and leave overnight. In the morning apply Bio-Margosa Shampoo all over the scalp, and rinse with lukewarm water.

STUBBLE TROUBLE.

Men tend to get sensitive skin in the beard area, usually with small lumps which become red and angry after shaving. The same treatment plan as for seborrhoeic dermatitis (above) will work for this ‘barber’s itch’.

Pain Management With PEMF Therapy

The issue of pain treatment is an extremely urgent health and socio-economic problem. Pain, in acute, recurrent and chronic forms, is prevalent across age, cultural background, and sex, and costs North American adults an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 per person annually. Estimates of the cost of pain do not include the nearly 30,000 people that die in North America each year due to aspirin-induced gastric lesions 17% of people over 15 yr of age suffer from chronic pain that interferes with their normal daily activities. Studies suggest that at least 1 in 4 adults in North America is suffering from some form of pain at any given moment. This large population of people in pain relies heavily upon the medical community for the provision of pharmacological treatment. Many physicians are now referring chronic pain sufferers to non-drug based therapies, that is, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” in order to reduce drug dependencies, invasive procedures and/or side effects. The challenge is to find the least invasive, toxic, difficult and expensive approach possible.

The ability to relieve pain is very variable and unpredictable, depending on the source or location of pain and whether it is acute or chronic. Pain mechanisms are complex and have peripheral and central nervous system aspects. Therapies should be tailored to the specifics of the pain process in the individual patient. Psychological issues have a very strong influence on whether and how pain is experienced and whether it will become chronic. Most effective pain management strategies require multiple concurrent approaches, especially for chronic pain. It is rare that a single modality solves the problem.

In the past few years a new and fundamentally different approach has been increasingly investigated. This includes the use of magnetic fields (MF), produced by both static (permanent) and time-varied (most commonly, pulsed) magnetic fields (PEMFs). Fields of various strengths and frequencies have been evaulated. There is as yet no “gold standard”. The fields selected will vary based on experience, confidence, convenience and cost. Since there does not appear to be any major advantage to any one MF application, largely because of the unpredictability of ascertaining the true underlying source of the pain, regardless of the putative pathology, any approach may be used empirically and treatment adjusted based on the response. After thousands of patient-years of use globally, there very little risk has been found to be associated with MF therapies. The primary precautions relate to implanted electrical devices and pregnancy and seizures with certain kinds of frequency patterns in seizure prone individuals.

Magnetic fields affect pain perception in many different ways. These actions are both direct and indirect. Direct effects of magnetic fields are: neuron firing, calcium ion movement, membrane potentials, endorphin levels, nitric oxide, dopamine levels, acupuncture actions and nerve regeneration. Indirect benefits of magnetic fields on physiologic function are on: circulation, muscle, edema, tissue oxygen, inflammation, healing, prostaglandins, cellular metabolism and cell energy levels.

Most studies on pain use subjective measures to quantitate baseline and outcome values. Subjective perception of pain using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and pain drawings is 95% sensitive and 88% specific for current pain in the neck and shoulders and thoracic spine.

Measured pain intensity (PI) changes with pain relief and satisfaction with pain management. Based on a numerical descriptor scale (NDS) and a visual analog scale (VAS), the average reduction in PI with medical treatment in an emergency room setting was 33%. A 5%, 30%, and 57% reduction in PI correlated with “no,” “some/partial,” and “significant/complete” relief. If initial PI scores were moderate/severe pain (NDS > 5), PI had to be reduced by 35% and 84%, to achieve “some/partial” and “significant/complete” relief, respectively. Patients in less pain (NDS < or = 5) needed 25% and 29% reductions in PI. However, relief of pain appears to only partially contribute to overall satisfaction with pain management.

Several authors have reviewed the experience with pulsed magnetotherapy (PEMF) in Eastern Europe and the west. PEMFs have been used extensively in many conditins and medical disciplines. They have been most effective in treating rheumatic disorders. PEMFs produced significant reduction of pain, improvement of spinal functions and reduction of paravertebral spasms. Although PEMFs have been proven to be a very powerful tool, they should always be considered in combination with other therapeutic procedures.

Certain pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) affect the growth of bone and cartilage in vitro, with potential application as an arthritis treatment. PEMF stimulation is already a proven remedy for delayed fractures, with potential clinical application for osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis of bone, osteoporosis, and wound healing. Static magnets may provide temporary pain relief under certain circumstances.

The ability of PEMFs to affect pain is dependent on the ability of PEMFs to positively affect human physiologic or anatomic systems. Research is showing that the human nervous system is strongly affected by therapeutic PEMFs. Behavioral and physiologic responses of animals to static and extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields are affected by the presence of light.

One of the most reproducible results of weak, extremely low-frequency (ELF) magnetic field (MF) exposure is an effect upon neurologic pain signal processing. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMFs) have been designed for use as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of chronic pain in humans. Recent evidence suggests that PEMFs would also be an effective complement for treating patients suffering from acute pain. Recent studies also suggest that magnetic field treatments involving the manipulation of standing balance would be effective in the determination of the etiology of chronic pain and hence be effective in the diagnosis of the underlying disease state. Static magnetic field devices with strong gradients have also been shown to have therapeutic potential. Specifically placed static magnetic field devices, such as the Magnabloc device, have been shown to reduce neural action potentials in vitro and alleviate spinal mediated pain in human subjects. Human studies involving the induction of analgesia, whether utilizing pharmacology or magnetic field treatments, also need to account for the placebo response, which may explain as much as 40% of the analgesia response. However, the placebo response, or at least the central nervous system mechanisms responsible for the placebo response, may be an appropriate target for magnetic field induced therapies. Magnetic field manipulation of cognitive and behavioral processes has been well-documented in animal behavior studies and subjective-measure studies involving human subjects, which may also be one of the mechanisms of the use of MFs in managing pain.

Since the turn of this century, a number of electrotherapeutic, magnetotherapeutic and electromagnetic medical devices have emerged for treating a broad spectrum of trauma, tumors and infections with a static, time-varying and/or pulsed fields. Over the years, some of these non-invasive devices have proven highly efficacious in certain applications, notably bone repair, pain relief, autoimmune and viral diseases (including HIV), and immunopotentiation. Their acceptance in clinical practice has been very slow in the medical community. Practitioner resistance seems largely based on confusion of the different modalities, the wide variety of frequencies employed (from ELF to microwave) and the general lack of understanding of the biomechanics involved. The current scientific literature indicates that short, periodic exposure to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) has emerged as the most effective form of electromagnetic therapy.

Magnetotherapy is accompanied by an increase in the threshold of pain sensitivity and activation of the anticoagulation system. PEMF treatment stimulates production of opioid peptides; activates mast cells, Langerhans’, and Merkel cells, promotes vacuolization of sarcoplasmic reticulum and increases electric capacity of muscular fibers. Long bone fractures that did not unite over 4 mo to 4 years are repaired in 87% of cases with 14-16 hr of daily PEMF treatment. Several of these devices are FDA approved. PEMF of 1.5- or 5-mT field strength, proved helpful edema and pain before or after a surgical operation. Results of studies and experience with PEMF argue for a wider introduction of PEMF treatment techniques in clinical practice.

Treatment of bone pathologies, nerve and ligament regeneration, pain, and inflammation has prompted research on the fundamental mechanism of action. Such studies have centered on modifications of membrane transport activity and the effect of small changes in ionic fluxes on metabolism, cAMP levels, and on stimulation of mRNA and protein synthesis. A limited number of specific combinations of EMF parameters stimulate cellular activities. Departures from these specific field characteristics may produce opposite effects. PEMF for 15-360 minutes increased amino acid uptake about 45%. Uptake of AIB then declined progressively but was still significantly higher after 6 hr in exposed skin than in controls. Comparison of the effect of PEMF for 2 hr induced conformational changes in transmembrane energy transport enzymes, allowing energy coupling and transduction of absorbed resonant PEMF energy into transport work.

Research has been conducted since 1990 in Italy the effects of EMFs on animal responses to adverse environmental stimuli. Researchers demonstrated that ELFs lowered the density of pigeons’ brain mu opiate receptors by about 30% and decreased their pain perception. Similar were obtained by Canadian reserachers in mice and snails with various kinds of MFs. A 2 hr exposure of healthy humans was found to reduce pain perception and decreased pain-related brain signals. Treatment with a sinusoidal 100 Hz MF was found to induce analgesic and therapeutic effects, supported by evidence of biophysical effects in cell cultures and guinea pigs. Biochemical changes were found in the blood of treated patients that supported the pain reduction benefit.

Several magnetic fields with different characteristics have been shown to reduce pain inhibition (i.e. analgesia) in various species of animals including land snails, mice, pigeons, as well as humans. 0.5 Hz rotating MF, 60 Hz ELF magnetic fields and MRI reduced analgesia induced by both exogenous opiates (i.e. morphine) and endogenous opioids (i.e. stress-induced). Reduction in stress-induced analgesia can be obtained not only by exposing animals to a variety of different magnetic fields, but also after a shortterm stay in a near-zero magnetic field. This suggests that even for magnetic field, as for other environmental factors (i.e. temperature or gravity), alterations in the normal conditions in which the species has evolved can induce alterations in physiology as well as in behavior.

Various electromagnetic fields (EMFs: microwaves, pulsed, low-frequency, and constant magnetic fields and magnetically-shielded spaces) have been applied to fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, rabbits, and humans to the head or to an extremity, from 1 to 60 minutes, with intervals from several minutes to several hours, randomly sequenced with sham exposures. Brain reactions were studied by psychophysiological, behavioral, electrophysiological, and histological methods, and compared to reactions evoked by “standard” stimuli (light and sound). Multiyear studies showed a non-specific initial response (NSIR) of the brain to various EMFs. EMF-induced changes in brain function were regarded as “modulatory” and manifested themselves as a greater probability of sensory responses to EMF exposures than to sham exposures. The sensory reactions were a weak pain, tickling, pressure, etc., mediated by the body’s sensory systems. Reactions could be prevented by local anesthesia of the exposed area. EEG-responses were enhancement of the low-frequency rhythms and were particularly pronounced with mechanical or radiation brain damage. Cell analysis showed that all types of cells (neurons, glia, vascular wall cells) react to EMFs, while astroglial cells were most sensitive; the function of astrocytes is known to be related to memory processes and slow activity in the EEG.

Chronic pain is often accompanied with or results from decreased circulation or perfusion to the affected tissues, for example, cardiac angina or intermittent claudication. PEMFs have been shown to improve circulation. Skin infrared radiation increases due to immediate vasodilation with low frequency fields and increased cerebral blood perfusion in animals. Pain syndromes due to muscle tension and neuralgias also improved.

Another group having more than 20 yr experience of using magnetic or electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the treatment of about 1500 patients with trauma, musculoskeletal diseases, circulation and nervous system problems. They used various magnetic devices produced in Eastern Europe, including static magnetic fields (SMF), sinusoidal or PEMF extremely low-frequency fields (ELF EMF) and extremely high-frequency (EHF) EMFs ranging in field strength from 1-40 mT. Treatments lasted from 20-30 minutes per day, to 5-8 hr per day for up to 3-4 wk. The treatments had anti-pain, anti-edema, antiinflammatory, macro- and microcirculation benefits. The results of the treatment depended not only on the parameters of the fields but also on the individual sensitivity of the organism.

PEMFs can vary widely in frequencies, waveforms, harmonics and duty cycles. The most effective results in clinical use were found with extremely ultra low frequency PEMFs.

Back pain is endemic in North America. Lumbar arthritis is a very common cause of back pain. 35-40 mT PEMFs, for 20 min daily for 20-25 days successfully treat back pain. This was shown in 220 patients and 60 controls. Relief or elimination of pain, improved rehabilitation and improvement of secondary neurologic symptoms. Continuous use over the treatment episode works best, in about 90-95% of the time. The control patients only showed a 30% improvement.

Chronic back pain treated for 2 to 12 years with PEMFs, which failed other treatment modalities, also improves. PEMF is used at the site of pain and related trigger points for 20 to 45 minutes as found in single and double blind studies, in patients from 41 to 82 yr of age. The field strengths were from 5 to 15 G in the frequency range from 7 Hz to 4 kHz. Pain elimination was measured by visual analogue scale (VAS) scale. The VAS value 0, no pain to 10, maximum pain is recorded before and after each treatment session. Some patients remain pain free 6 months after treatment. Some return to jobs they had been unable to perform. Short term effects are thought due to decrease in cortisol and noradrenaline and an increase serotonin, endorphins and enkephalins. Longer term effects may be due to a CNS, peripheral nervous system biochemical and neuronal effects in which correction of pain messages occurs and the pain is not just masked as in the case of medication.

The benefits of PEMF use may last considerably longer than the time of use. In rats, a single exposure produces pain reduction both immediately after treatment and at 24 hrs after treatment. The analgesic effect is observed also at 7th and 14th day of repeated treatment and also at 7th day and 14th day after the last treatment.

High frequency PEMF over 10-15 single treatments every other day either eliminates or improves, even at 2 weeks following therapy, in 80% of patients with pelvic inflammatory disease, 89% with back pain, 40% with endometriosis, 80% with postoperative pain, and 83% with lower abdominal pain of unknown cause.

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a very common and painful condition, which is often medically-resistant, responds to pulsed magnetic field (PEMF) and whole body AC magnetic field (ACMF) stimulation. PEMF therapy was for 20-30 minutes daily for 19 treatments over 34 days and ACMF therapy 30 minutes daily for 38 treatments over 85 days. The PEMF was a 4-16 Hz and 0.6-T samarium/cobalt magnet system surrounded by spiral coil pads with a maximum 0.1-T pulse at 8 Hz. The pads were pasted on the pain/paresthesia areas. The ACMF treatment bed consisted of 19 electrodes containing paired coils producing 0.08 T sine wave pulses. Three electrodes were applied to the head region, 3 to the thoracoabdominal region, 4 to the dorsolumbar region, 6 to the upper limbs, and 3 to the lower limbs. Both treatments continued until symptoms improved or an adverse side effect occurred. Pain was rated on a 10 point VAS scale and paresthesia on a 5 point scale. Outcomes were also evaluated clinically with infrared thermography and Doppler ultrasonography to assess blood flow. PEMF therapy was effective in 80%. No pain was made worse. ACMF therapy was effective in 73%. The average pain score following the first treatment was better for PEMF vs ACMF.

The use of PEMFs is rapidly increasing and extending to soft tissue from its first applications to hard tissue. EMF in current orthopedic clinical practice is used to treat delayed and non-union fractures, rotator cuff tendinitis, spinal fusions and avascular necrosis, all of which can be very painful. Clinically relevant response to the PEMF is generally not always immediate, requiring daily treatment for several months in the case of non-union fractures. PEMF signals induce maximum electric fields in the mV/cm range at frequencies below 5 kHz. Pulse radiofrequency fields (PRF) consist of bursts of sinusoidal waves in the short wave band, usually in the 14-30 MHz range. PRF induces fields in the V/cm range. PRF signals have higher field strengths than PEMFs. PRF signals have low frequency bursts nearly equivalent in size to PEMFs. This means that PRF signals have a broader band. PRF applications are best for reduction of pain and edema. The tissue inflammation that accompanies the majority of traumatic and chronic injuries is essential to the healing process, however the body often over-responds and the resulting edema causes delayed healing and pain. For soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries and postsurgical, post-traumatic and chronic wounds, reduction of edema is thus a major therapeutic goal to accelerate healing and associated pain. Double-blind clinical studies have now been reported for chronic wound repair, acute ankle sprains, and acute whiplash injuries. PRFs accelerated reduction of edema in acute ankle sprains by 5-fold. Response to MFs is during or immediately after treatment of acute injuries. Responses are significantly slower for bone repair. The voltage changes induced by PRF at binding sites in macromolecules affect ion binding kinetics with resultant modulation of biochemical cascades relevant to the inflammatory stages of tissue repair.

Treatment of persistent neck pain, studied in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, reduced pain and improved mobility with a low-power pulsed short wave 27 Hz diathermy system. The neck pain lasted longer than 8 wk and was unresponsive to at least 1 course of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. A soft cervical collar was fitted with a miniaturized, pulsed, short-wave diathermy generator. Each unit was powered by two 9-V batteries and had a frequency of 27 MHz. Treatments were for 3-6 weeks, 8 hr daily, analgesics could be used as needed and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. 75% of the patients improved in range of motion and pain within 3 wk of treatment.

PEMFs applied to the inner thighs for at least 2 wk is an effective short-term therapy for migraine. Greater reduction of headache activity is possible with longer exposure. PEMF using a 27.12-MHz signal to the inner thigh femoral artery area for 1 hr/day, 5 day/wk, for 2 weeks decreases headache. One month after a treatment course, 73% of patients report decreased headache activity vs. only half of those receiving placebo treatment. Another 2-wk of treatment after the 1-month follow-up gave an additional 88% decrease in headache activity. If there is no additional treatment after an initial course 72% still show a benefit. Placebo patients getting active treatment afterwards report much better additional improvement in headache.

Repetitive magnetic stimulation (rMS) has been found to relieve musculoskeletal pain. Specific diagnoses were painful shoulder with abnormal supraspinatus tendon, tennis elbow, ulnar compression syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, semilunar bone injury, traumatic amputation neuroma of the median nerve, persistent muscle spasm of the upper and lower back, inner hamstring tendinitis, patellofemoral arthrosis, osteochondral lesion of the heel and posterior tibial tendinitis. Patients received rMS for 40 minutes. rMS was applied. 8,000 pulsed magnetic stimuli were applied in 40 min sessions. A VAS rated pain severity. Mean pain intensity 59% lower vs 14% for sham treated. Patients with amputation neuroma and patellofemotal arthritis obtained no benefit. Those with upper back muscle spasms, rotator cuff injury and osteochondral heel lesions showed more than 85% decrease in pain even after a single rMS session. Pain relief persists for several days. None had worsening of their pain.

Results obtained to date with PEMF therapy in animal models and clinical human studies suggest that this type of treatment can reduce edema, but only during treatment sessions. PRF applied for 20-30 min causes a significant decrease in edema lasting several hours. PRF seems to affect sympathetic outflow, inducing vasoconstriction, which in turn restricts movement of blood constituents that promote edema from vascular to extravascular components at the injury site. The passage of electrical current through the tissue displaces negatively charged plasma proteins normally found in the interstitium of traumatized tissue. This increased mobility could accelerate protein uptake by lymphatic capillaries, thereby increasing lymphatic flow, an established mechanism for extracellular fluid uptake. Each pathological stage in an injury may require different PRF parameters for optimal effects. PRFs promote healing of soft tissue injuries by reducing edema and increasing the rate of reabsorption of hematomas.

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects about 40 million people in the USA. OA of the knee is a leading cause of disability in the elderly. Medical management is often ineffective and creates additional side-effect risks. The QRS has been in use for about 20 yr in Europe. The QRS applied 8 min twice a day for 6 weeks improved knee function and walking ability significantly. Pain, general condition and well-being also improved. Medication use decreased and plasma fibrinogen decreased 14%, C-reactive protein 35% and blood sedimentation rate 19%. The QRS has also been found effective in degenerative arthritis, pain syndrome and inflammatory joint disorders. Sleep disturbances often contribute to increased pain perception. The QRS has also been found to improve sleep. 68% reported good/very good results. Even after one year follow-up, 85% claimed a benefit in pain reduction. Medication consumption decreased from 39% at 8 weeks to 88% after 8 weeks.

PEMF for 15 min for 15 treatment sessions improved hip arthritis pain in 86% of patients. Average mobility without pain improved markedly.

Post-traumatic Sudeck-Leriche syndrome (late stage reflex sympathetic dystrophy – RSD) is very painful pain and largely untreatable. Ten 30-minute PEMF sessions of 50 Hz followed by a further 10 sessions at 100 Hz plus physiotherapy and medication reduced edema and pain at 10 days with no further improvement at 20 days.

Patients suffering from headache were treated with a PEMF over a 5-year period after failing acupuncture and medications. PEMF applied to the whole body, 20 min/day for 15 days were very effective for migraine, tension and cervical headaches at one month after treatment. They had at least a 50% reduction in frequency or intensity of the headaches and reduction in analgesic drug use. Poor results were observed in cluster and posttraumatic headache. Neuropathic pain syndrome (NPS) patients benefit from pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment. Patients had severe left-sided sciatica and back pain, neuropathic pain in the anterior chest wall associated with removal of a tumor from the left pleural cavity, left-sided sciatica in a classical sacral root distribution and low back pain and left sided sciatica. All patients had been taking oral medications and had received repeated injections of local anesthetic agents and steroids with poor results. The patients were treated with a 300-kHz PRF. Treatments were applied to left L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) for 2 minutes, the spinal roots of the T2-T4 dermatomes and the left L5 DRG and S1 root and to the left L5 DRG, respectively. All patients experienced significant pain relief.

Three hundred-fifty-three patients with chronic pain, treated with PEMFs, were followed for 2-60 months. They noted better results in patients with post-herpetic pain and in patients simultaneously suffering from neck and low back pain.

Chronic pain is often mediated by aberrantly functioning small neural networks involved in selfperpetuated neurogenic inflammation. High intensity pulsed magnetic stimulation (HIPMS) noninvasively depolarizes neurons and can facilitate recovery following injury.

Patients suffering from posttraumatic or postoperative low-back pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, peripheral neuropathy, thoracic outlet syndrome and endometriosis had pain relief. Up to ten,10-min exposures to 1.17 T at a rate of 45 pulses/min using a custom-built magnetic stimulator were applied to the areas of maximal pain for 6 treatments and 4 sham treatments in random order. Pain was rated on a VAS. One patient became pain free after 4 HIPMS treatments. All patients reported some pain relief. Pain relief ranged from 0.4 to 5.2 vs 0 to 0.5 for sham treatments. The average amount of pain relief per 10-minute treatment was 1.86 for HIPMS and 0.19 for sham treatment. Maximum pain relief occurred 3 hr after treatment. Two patients had complete pain relief and 3 had partial pain relief that lasted for 4 months. The other subjects experienced pain relief that lasted for 8-72 hr. The action of HIPMS on pain is probably mediated by eddy currents induced in the exposed tissues.

Chronic musculoskeletal pain treated with MFs for three days, at one per day. EMF is an alternative to standard therapeutic practices, in the elimination and/or maintenance of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

A double-blind clinical study evaluated the effectiveness of low strength extremely low frequency PEMFs for treating knee pain in osteoarthritis. Treatment was for eight 6-min sessions over a 2-wk period. Each patient recorded perceived pain on a 10-point scale before and after each treatment session. Patients did not use pain medication or other pain treatment. The active treatment group perceived a 46% decrease in pain vs. an average 8% in the placebo group. 2 wk after the study concluded, pain decreased 49% vs the the placebo group’s 9% decrease.

Weak AC magnetic fields affect pain perception and pain-related EEG changesin humans. 2 hr exposure to 0.2-0.7G ELF magnetic fields in a placebo-controlled double-blind crossover design caused a significant decrease in pain-related EEG levels.

PEMFs are a real aid in the therapy of orthopedic and trauma problems after even only 6 months of experience.

A static magnetic foil placed in a molded insole for the relief of heel pain was used for 4 weeks to treat heel pain. 60% of patients in the treatment and sham groups reported improvement. There was no significant difference in the improvement on a foot function index. A molded insole alone was effective after 4 weeks. The magnetic foil offered no advantage over the plain insole, in this study. This study like others with low numbers of patients, may not have had a large enough sample. Placebo reactions in pain studies can be large and differences in benefit may be harder to detect. In addition, since magnetic foils produce fairly weak fields, placement against tissue becomes important, as does consideration of the depth into the body of the target lesion or tissue. Magnetic fields drop off in strength very rapidly from the surface.

Pain patients with lumbar radiculopathy or whiplash syndrome had a PEMF applied twice a day for two weeks and their pain medications decreased. Radiculopathy pain relief happened in 8 days in the PEMF group vs 12 days in the controls. Headache pain was halved in the PEMF group and one third less of neck and shoulder/arm pain vs control.

In normal subjects, a magnetic stimulus over the cerebellum reduced the size of responses evoked by magnetic cortical stimulation. Suppression of motor cortical excitability was reduced or absent in patients with a lesion in the cerebellum or cerebellothalamocortical pathway. Magnetic stimulation over the cerebellum produces the same effect as electrical stimulation, even in ataxic patients and may be useful for the pain associated with muscle spasticity.

Even small, battery-operated PEMF devices with very weak field strengths have been found to have a benefit in musculoskeletal disorders. This matchbox-sized device was tested in a non-controlled fashion in a general medical practice in a wide age range of individuals. They were treated for between 11 to 132, or 73 days on average, at the site of pain and ranged between 2 times for 4 hours each week to continuous use. Use at night was mainly near the head, e.g., beneath the pillow, to facilitate sleep. Their pain scale scores were statistically significantly positive in the majority of the cases. The conditions treated were arthritis, lupus erythematosus, chronic neck pain, epicondylitis, femoropatellar degeneration, fracture of the lower leg and Sudeck’s atrophy.

Chronic low back pain affects approximately 15% of the United States (US) population during their lifetime, with 93 million lost work days and a cost of more than $5 billion per year. Permanent magnetic therapy can be a useful tool in reducing chronic muscular low back pain. The patients were treated with a real or sham flexible permanent magnetic pad for 21 days. Diagnoses included herniated lumbar discs, spondylosis, radiculopathy, sciatica, arthritis. Pain response was measured using a 5 point VAS scale. The experimental group had a significant mean reduction in pain of 1.83 points, while the control group had a mean reduction in pain of 0.333 points (P>0.006). Pain relief varied was experienced as early as 10 minutes to 14 days.

A report of a series of 240 patients treated with PEMFs in a conservative orthopedic practice found decreased pain, increased functionality and ability to take pressure, disappearance of swelling and pathological skin coloration, removal of need for orthopedic devices and decreased reaction to changes in the weather. Treatments were daily for an hour long. Conditions treated were: rheumatic illnesses, delayed healing process in bones and pseudo-arthritis, some with infections, fractures, aseptic necrosis, loosened protheses, venous and arterial circulation, reflex symapatheic dystrophy all stages, osteochondritis dissecans, osteomyelitis and sprains and strains and bruises. Their success rate approached 80%. Many cases had X-ray improvement. They observed reformation of cartilage/bone tissue in one case of destructive cyst of the the hip joint, including reformation of the joint margin. About 60% of loosened hip protheses subjective relief occurred and ability to walk without a cane. X-rays frequently showed a seam of absorption which continued after magnetic field therapy was over. One case of Perthes’ disease had complete reformation of the articular head of the hip.

Health Information: Coping With Stomach Ulcers

Do you suffer from ulcers?

If yes, what kind is it and how do you cope?

In American society where most people depend on junk food, ulcers can become a familiar and persistent health problem.

Some of these foods contain additives and chemicals that can become toxic in our bodies and so cause various health ailments including ulcers.

It is not surprising that most people depend on junk food.

Most people must have two or more jobs in order to survive.

So, they hardly have time to cook. They have no choice but to eat fast and junk foods most of the time.

One type of ulcer that some people suffer from is peptic ulcer.

Peptic ulcers, which are in the stomach and the duodenum (the first part of the intestine leading from the stomach) can occur at any age and affect both men and women.

Untreated, sufferers can look forward to a long siege with them. But today's peptic ulcer sufferers have a brighter prospect for relief than did those of even a single generation ago.

There is now less than 1 chance in 18 that surgery will every be necessary and new medications act faster and better and offer more relief than ever before.

The warning sign of active ulcers you will most likely experience (if you get any warning at all) is a gnawing discomfort in the middle or upper abdomen that typically comes between meals or in the middle of the night.

Food or liquids, including antacids and milk, can provide some temporary relief, but milk might not be all that good a remedy since it stimulates production of hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices which further aggravates the pain.

Antacids blended from aluminum, calcium or magnesium salts, have long been the non prescription drugs most people quickly reach for to get relief from their stomach pains.

But, because antacids interfere with absorption of some medications, be sure to go over this with your doctor and get his approval.

You should never ignore any warning signs of ulcers. Ulcer complications are serious and in some cases can be life-threatening.

If paid from ulcers persists after more than 10 to 14 days of self-treatment or comes back when treatment ends, you should see your doctor.

The passing of blood through the bowels may be caused by some other problem, but it can also be an urgent warning of a bleeding ulcer.

Bleeding ulcers can cause anemia or, if the ulcer gets larger it may expand into a major blood vessel, a leak can turn into a hemorrhage, with only minutes available for life saving emergency treatment.

Ulcers can also perforate and may erode completely through the wall of the stomach or duodenum.

If this happens and the stomach's contents flow into the abdominal cavity, severe infection can result. A perforated ulcer is an emergency that requires immediate surgery.

It has been determined that smoking doubles a person's risk for ulcer disease.

Physicians and researches have found that ulcers heal a lot slower for smokers, and smokers also have a higher relapse rate.

And you're definitely at risk for ulcers if you take aspirin and any of the other products containing aspirin.

High-dose Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Maproxen and Piroxicam are in wide use today for many conditions, especially to relive pain and swelling among the millions of people who have arthritis.

These medications can irritate the stomach's lining and cause gastrointestinal bleeding.

Ulcers have frequently been the target for humor in describing the stereotypical aggressive, pressured, goal-or-career-oriented person.

But for those who have them, ulcers are certainly no laughing matter. Peptic ulcers strike 1 out of ever 50 Americans each year.

As research continues, there is now mounting evidence that something other than smoking, drinking, spicy meals, or a possible battle with the boss may be associated with ulcers.

It is now believed that ulcers are the result of a combination of conditions, the dynamics of which researchers do not yet fully understand.

Hopefully, these health information and insights about ulcers will help you to cope with them and enable you suffer less.

Warmly,

I-key Benney, CEO

2 Warts Varieties That Can Be Painful

A wart is a small, rough growth, occurring somewhere on the skin. Warts are caused by viral infection, the virus in question being the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are many different types of warts, as classified according to their appearance, their causative agent (the type of human pappiloma virus responsible for them), and the part of the body they occur.

Some types of warts tend to be quite painless, whereas others have a tendency to be painful.

Examples of warts that don’t tend to be painful include the so-called common wart (scientifically identified as the verruca vulgrais), the flat wart (scientifically identified as the veruca plana), and the genital warts. Of course, there are instances where even these types of warts can be painful (depending on where exactly they grow), but their general tendency is to be quite painless.

The typically painful types of warts

But there are certain types of warts whose typical nature is to be painful.

1) One of these of these typically painful types of warts is plantar warts. The plantar wart is scientifically known as the verucca pedis. Indeed, this is the only thing many people know as a ‘wart,’ as the previously mentioned types of warts are rarely identified as such by many people outside the medical establishment.

The term pedis in their scientific name (verucca pedis) implies that they tend to affect the feet, on the soles. The specific part of the foot-sole where you will tend to find a plantar wart is at the pressure spots. What sets the plantar wart aside is the fact that it tends to have black specks in it, and it tends to manifest as some sort of a lump on the afflicted part.

The plantar wart can indeed be rather painful. The situation is made worse by the fact that, as mentioned earlier, it tends to afflict the pressure spots on the foot soles; making walking a pain in the realest sense of the word.
Another type of wart that can be painful is the mosaic wart. The mosaic wart is in fact a compounded form of the plantar wart, previously explored. In other words, the mosaic wart is in fact a cluster of the plantar warts. You will tend to find the mosaic wart on the soles of feet. Another common location for the mosaic wart is on the hands.

2) Like the plantar wart, the mosaic wart can be rather painful – seeing that in it, we just have a multiplicity of the plantar warts.

While many people are able to let the other types of warts be, and await for the body’s immunity to eventually assert itself over them, the painful types of warts – like the plantar wart and the mosaic wart are quite intolerable. These tend to get people rushing to get treatment for them. Thankfully, treatments for these painful warts tend to be quite successful, so that the people afflicted of them don’t have to live in agony.

Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Symptoms of Dampness In TCM Perspective

Dysmenorrhea (a painful menstruation) is defined as a condition of severe uterine pain during menstruation. Some women may experience periodic pains during or prior to, or after menstrual periods in the lower abdomen as resulting of over production of certain hormones in the prostaglandins family. In traditional Chinese medicine, dysmenorrhea is defined as a pain in the lower abdomen, appearing with menstrual cycle that can spread over to the whole abdomen and lumbosacral region, depending to diagnosis.

Dampness in traditional Chinese medicine is defined as high humidity inside the body, if not treated, it may cause infertility for some women and increase the risk of miscarriage. Symptoms can include

1. A feeling of heaviness

Since spleen is important in digesting and absorbing water, dampness causing abnormal function of spleen in regulating the water metabolism in the body, thus impairing spleen yang that leads to a feeling of heaviness body.

2. Swelling or water retention

High humidity may be caused kidney yin deficiency as resulting of kidney no longer function in regulating the fluid and distribute the fluids according to the needs of each organs, caused by stagnation of qi, leading to water retention and swelling in some parts of the body.

3. Abdomen cramps and pain

As dampness accumulated in the body, it has a tendency to move downward to the legs and settles into lower abdomen, causing abdomen discomfort, cramps and pains.

4. Phlegm discharge

It is caused by stagnation of liver qi which helps spleen and kidney in water metabolism, leading to congealed water metabolism in the body, resulting in phlegm discharge.

5. Loose bowels

Over consumption of cold and raw foods causes food stagnation in the digestive system that impairs spleen yang, a organ in regulating the distribution of water in our body, leading to interior cold, causing loose bowels for some women with dysmenorrhrea.

Psoriasis Detox Diet – A Guide

Having a psoriasis detox diet can be very beneficial especially if you are already losing hope that you can still cure the red and itchy lesions in your skin. Actually, there are already a lot of people who have tried this out and they all benefited through this. And if you are worried that this is just a fad, then you need to know that you a re largely mistaken. And if you are going to learn more about this, you will realize that this is indeed very effective.

A psoriasis detox diet can really be very helpful as it can help you get rid of the harmful toxins and impurities that are causing these kinds of skin diseases. Specifically, it will help you have a healthier liver as this is the main organ that controls the eradication of these harmful toxins. If you can clean your liver with the proper food, there is a greater chance that you can cure this disease.

This is very important as this kind of skin disease is very hard to treat. This is ease there is really no medication that can directly cure these kinds of diseases. This is genetically inherited and it is also a reflection of your immune system. But with a psoriasis detox diet, you are assured that the symptoms of redness and itchiness will be reduced until you are totally cured.

One of the things that you need to do is to take note of the food items that can help you have a healthier liver. You can try some of the more popular herbal supplements such as Peony Red, Gardenia, and Carthamus as they are proven to be very effective.

There is also a need for you to avoid those food items that can only make your situation worse. You have to avoid any food item that contains caffeine and alcohol. It will also do you good if you will avoid red meat, spicy foods, and shellfish. Tropical fruits should also be avoided.

But before you try this out, you need to know that this is not recommended to pregnant women. It is also necessary that you inform your doctor about your plans of managing your meals.

And one you have adapted a particular psoriasis detox diet, you should not just be dependent on it. You still need to observe if it is really working for you.

It is not that easy to plan a psoriasis detox diet so it is really necessary that you learn more about it.

Do You Know This Important Information About Colon Disease

The colon is a very important organ that performs a very vital function in the human body. The colon is responsible for eliminating a large bulk of wastes formed from the digestive process, and is sort of the sewerage system in a person. It is thus important to maintain the health of the colon because improperly functioning bowels can cause disastrous problems in the body. Knowing about diseases that the colon may acquire can help in keeping one's colon health in check.

Colon disease vary in their gravity, some may just be mild irritation while others can be a threat to life. The four most common kinds of colon disease include non-cancerous polyps, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease and Crohn's disease.

Polyps

Colon polyps are basically abnormal growths of tissue that appear in the lining of the colon, protruding into intestine's canal. While polyps are normally not serious, they can develop cancer cells later if not detected early. There are three subtypes of polyps and polyp-related diseases: ordinary polyps, familial adenomatous polposis, and Lynch Syndrome.

Ordinary polyps occur sporadically among people aged 40 to 60. These polyps may progress into cancer within ten years, and thus they are often removed with colonoscopy. Familial adenomatous polyposis or FAP is a hereditary disease that is characterized by the occurrence polyps in the colon by the hundreds or even thousands, with great chances of developing cancer and thus treatment entails removal of the colon. Lynch Syndrome is another hereditary condition that is more common than FAP, although less common than ordinary polyps, and unlike FAP, which occurs as early as age ten, Lynch Syndrome usually appears as late as the 40s or as early as the 20s.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is characterized by the inflammation in the mucosa, the deepest lining of the colon or rectum. Ulcers or small open sores would form on the lining's surface, producing blood, pus and mucus. Around 500,000 to about two million people in America suffer this disease and most of the patients are below the age 30.

Ulcerative Colitis usually manifests with abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, fevers, or weight loss. Patients who experience excessive bleeding may also develop anemia and malnutrition, especially for children. The symptoms of this disease can disappear and reappear within months or years.

Diverticular Disease

Some people develop pockets in the walls of their colon, these pockets are called dierticula and their presence is what doctors refer to as diverticulosis while their inflammation is called diverticulitis. Complications can happen when infection reaches diverticula. The pockets may rupture causing bowel blockage or leaking of the bowel wall. Another great danger is the introduction of harmful bacteria causing abscesses and even small tears in the colon walls that could lead to life threatening abscesses in the abdomen.

Many people who have diverticular disease may not know about it because diverticulosis usually do not have symptoms. At most, people have mild cramps, constipation and bloating. Diverticulitis on the other hand manifests with abdominal pain, soreness around the lower left side of the abdomen, fever, vomiting, nausea, chills, and cramping. The gravity of these symptoms greatly depends on the extent of complications and infection.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease, which is also known as enteritis or ileitis, is a digestive tract disease characterized by the chronic inflammation of the colon and other parts of the digestive tract. It affects about 500,000 to two million Americans and can recur over a patient's lifetime. Oftentimes, Crohn's Disease is hard to detect because it has similar symptoms to other colon disorders like ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

The usual symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, anal pain, bloating, anal drainage, rectal abscesses, joint pain, skin lesions and fissure. Some patients bleed to the extent of developing anemia. Crohn's disease may stunt the growth and development of children due to the malabsorption of protein and other important nutrients.

Crohn's disease may sometimes result into ulcers that could tunnel to surrounding tissues and areas such as the vagina, and bladder. Fistulas, or abnormal tunnels, may also result from Crohn's disease.

Knowing about colon diseases is just a small part of keeping one's digestive health on the right track. Regular checkups for colon disease or other illnesses are necessary to ensure good health and general well being.

What is Nail Fungus Infection? What Are the Causes of Nail Fungus Infection?

Nail fungus is an ugly looking infection that takes away the beauty and the natural shine of the nail. The condition is very common in people of all ages. According to statistics, nearly 35 million people suffer from this disease. This indicates how common this disease is and how hard it is to keep yourself safe from catching the infection. Moreover, some of the people who are infected are diabetes patients, making the scenario and the chances of recovery far worse.

As the infection is caused by fungus, you can avoid this condition by maintaining proper hygiene. Initially the fungus enters the nail bed due to the presence of a wound or injury, or low hygiene of the nail and starts feeding the keratin, which is responsible for keeping the nail shapely and strong. As fungus flourishes in moist and humid places, any negligence in keeping the nails dry will increase the chances of being infected. It is also advised to wash your hands as many times a day with an antibacterial soap. When you’re done washing, make sure that you wipe your hands dry with a clean towel. You should also keep your nails trimmed and avoid wearing the same nail polish after 3 days. When visiting a nail parlor or beauty saloon, make sure that the nail tools are sterilized and free of germs. As the infection is contagious, chances are you may catch it from the tools used in the parlors. The nail fungal infection is also very common in elderly people due to their low immunity and slow blood circulation.

Nail fungus can be caused due to many reasons and the severity of infection can vary from case to case. A few of the common causes of this infection are stated below:

  1. The most common reason behind the fungal nail infection is a wound or nail injury. When the nail hits any object it causes some space between the nail and nail bed allowing space for the fungus to reside in. If immediate action is taken, fungal nail infection can be prevented. You should consult a doctor for treatment. Amongst the most common treatments are prescribed medications, home remedies including vinegar and tea tree oil, laser therapy and over-the-counter products. Since some of these cures are not without side effects, while others may prove to be futile attempts at destroying the fungus. Therefore, you should not use them without proper medical guidance.
  2. Humidity, moist atmosphere, high pH and warm environment play a vital role in the growth of fungus. In order to stay away from this infection, keep yourself and your body dry by creating an acidic environment. Avoid using synthetic socks as they do not allow the water to dry off. Instead, wear wool or cotton socks that allow the free entry of air.
  3. Low immunity can lead to fungal nail infections, as it does not have the strength to fight off the fungi. In order to keep yourself safe, eat healthy food that promotes your immunity against these harmful organisms.
  4. Slow or poor blood circulation leads to fungal growth. This is because the immune system only works effectively with an healthy flow of blood. Moreover, improper blood circulation can lead to feeble nails. In order to improve your blood circulation, you should consume a proper diet and exercise daily.

Nail Fungus Treatments are plenty, and most of them take time to work properly. There are many options out there, so simply learning about them will help you decide which solution is best for you. Solutions can range from at home remedies to medication, to even laser treatment. Here are the best Nail Fungus Treatments on the market.

Pancreatic Diseases – Alcoholic Pancreatitis

An Introduction to Alcohol and the Pancreas

It is important to have a healthy pancreas for overall good health. But the heavy use of alcohol is terrible for the pancreas. In fact, alcoholism and the consistent over-consumption of alcohol can prompt an attack of acute pancreatitis. The symptoms of acute pancreatitis include acute abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

People suffering from acute pancreatitis frequently require a trip to the emergency room and a stay in the intensive care unit. Once admitted to the hospital, sufferers in the midst of an acute pancreatitis attack have about a 10% mortality rate. When the symptoms of acute pancreatitis have subsided, the doctor generally sends the patient home with strict orders to quit drinking alcohol.

When released from the hospital the patient generally has two primary questions:

1. What is the easiest way to stop drinking alcohol?

2. Are there going to be ongoing problems with my pancreas?

First of all, when a person has been drinking heavily for a long time it is often difficult for them to stop. Clinical research has found that it is almost impossible for a person to stop drinking without help from a knowledgeable licensed practitioner – or even a team of practitioners.

Secondly, people who have had a first attack of acute pancreatitis consistently end up with chronic pancreatitis. Having chronic pancreatitis is linked to a lower quality of life and a shortened lifespan. Even worse, chronic pancreatitis is often followed by pancreatic cancer.

If a patient who has had an attack of acute pancreatitis is able to stop drinking, then there is a good chance that their pancreas will heal. This will prevent future attacks of pancreatitis.

Acute pancreatitis affects between 80,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. each year and the number of people affected is increasing year by year. Gallbladder problems, liver disease and alcohol abuse are major risk factors for pancreatitis and cause approximately 80% of all cases. Not all alcoholics develop pancreatitis, but after a pancreatic attack alcohol in all forms is especially toxic for the pancreas. This includes beer, wine, and hard alcohol.

Doctors believe that it is not safe for a patient to drink ANY amount of alcohol after an attack of acute pancreatitis. In fact, scientific research shows that after an attack of acute pancreatitis the lifespan of the patient is ultimately dependent upon their ability to stop drinking. Patients that continue to drink will develop chronic pancreatitis as a result of the progressive destruction of the pancreatic gland. It is very important for patients to stop drinking.

The Terrifying Effects of Alcohol on the Pancreas

Alcohol induces pancreatitis by creating tiny protein plugs that block small pancreatic ducts. Alcohol also inhibits the secretion of pancreatic juice and decreases the amount of protein, bicarbonate, mineral, and trace elements in the pancreas. Even in small doses, alcohol can cause a spasm in the Sphincter of Oddi. This spasm can lead to the backup of pancreatic enzymes within the pancreas. The backup of pancreatic enzymes causes congestion, inflammation, pain, cysts, and finally the death of pancreatic tissue. Alcohol literally kills the pancreatic cells through causing the pancreas to digest itself with its own pancreatic enzymes.

Additionally, alcohol makes the body highly acidic. When the body is too acidic, acid radicals wreak havoc on the body’s metabolism. This forces deposits of proteins, fats, and calcium into the pancreas and creates pancreatic calcium stones and fatty pancreas. Pancreatic calcium stones and fatty pancreas can completely shut down pancreatic function and disrupt the entire digestive system. It is difficult for the body to digest food without pancreatic enzymes, and without the enzymes the body will not receive the necessary nutrients from any food that is eaten. That is why many alcoholics suffer from deficits of vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and mineral and trace elements.

How to Heal the Pancreas?

In the case of chronic pancreatitis caused by excessive alcohol consumption it is important to:

o Decrease the inflammation and swelling of the pancreas

o Repair the digestion and absorption processes in the pancreas

o Restore the production and elimination of bile and pancreatic juice

o Normalize the proper function of the Sphincter of Oddi

o Alleviate abdominal pain

o Restore minerals, microelements, vitamins, and bicarbonate deficiencies

o Return the body and tissue to a normal pH balance

o Stop the body’s craving for alcohol

When a person genuinely wishes to quit drinking alcohol, it is imperative to concentrate on the needs of both the body and the mind. The patient must focus on finding a support network of family and friends, avoiding toxic friendships that enable alcohol consumption, and changing to an overall healthier lifestyle. Other useful techniques to aid in kicking an alcohol addiction include intensive psychotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic hypnotic suggestion, and customized hypnosis CDs that can be used in the privacy of the patient’s home.

It is also imperative to utilize cleansing and detoxification techniques to remove alcohol byproducts from the body. These alcoholic byproducts get caught in a vicious circle as they circulate from the liver to the intestines, and then are reabsorbed into the blood and taken back to the liver.

Another problem to address is dysbacteriosis. Dysbacteriosis occurs when the friendly flora of the intestines have been killed by antibiotics. Patients hospitalized with acute pancreatitis frequently contract dysbacteriosis because of heavy doses of antibiotics. Candida-yeast starts to grow causing severe toxicity for all of the organs of the body, but especially for the sick pancreas. So it becomes necessary to institute a program to restore friendly intestinal flora.

Some cleansing and detoxifying options for the body include using herbs, colon hydrotherapy, and drinking healing mineral water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt (available in the U.S.). Though not a common treatment in the U.S., this healing mineral water has been extensively scientifically researched and enjoys widespread use in Europe. Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt has been used for centuries by generations of European doctors when treating pancreatic diseases. And the Genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt is easy to use at home; simply dissolve a prepackaged bag of the salt into water.

A healing diet becomes especially important after an attack of pancreatitis. Simple recommendations such as “avoid fat and carbohydrates, drink juices, etc” are too generalized to be helpful. European doctors have developed a special therapeutic diet to help pancreatic patients recover. This specialized diet is essential because the different symptoms of the various stages of pancreatitis require different types of food. And depending upon the healing stage that a patient may be at, the foods are prepared in different ways, combined in different ways, and eaten in different ways.

Nutritional supplementation is another holistic approach useful in treating alcoholic pancreatitis. Taking the following nutritional supplements can be helpful: trace elements, vitamins, antioxidants, essential amino acids and fatty acids, probiotics, enzymes, botanicals, etc. Utilizing these supplements can help with alcohol withdrawal and addiction to pain killers, decreasing inflammation, improving digestion and immunity, diminishing stress and anxiety, and restoring the proper overall acid-alkaline balance of the body (and the pancreas in particular).

So while conventional medicine is helpful in the treatment of pancreatitis, a successful overall treatment of pancreatitis requires a team approach. Practitioners of alternative or integrative medicine can be helpful in assisting a patient on the road to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy pancreas.

The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional.

The Unholy Trinity: Asthma, Allergies, & Eczema

My youngest son has suffered from a myriad of allergies since he was just months old.

Mikey broke out in a scaly rash on his head at just about four months old. We thought it might be regular old cradle-cap, but brushing it out just made it worse. His pediatrician said that it was actually eczema, and with his little hands, my baby would claw at it until it bled.

The rash soon spread all over his body and by age one, the eczema was causing his fingers and toes to split open. He was miserable, and I was sad that all the creams and ointments in the world weren’t helping.

“So, Who In His Family Has Allergies?”

Doctors would ask me which of us two parents had allergies and eczema, because the two were “usually hereditary”, they said. “Neither of us,” I would reply, and they would shake their heads and say “it had to come from somewhere”.

We were scratching our heads too. Neither myself nor my husband had any problems of this magnitude; and we had asked our parents to make sure.

Later, we learned that the trilogy of allergies, eczema, and asthma usually go hand-in-hand. If a person showed signs of two, he or she almost always has the third one, if only in a mild form.

We found that Mikey also had food, animal, and dust mite allergies, when he became old enough to have the common “skin tests”. Last year, as he began playing more aggressive sports like football and soccer, we discovered that he had sports-induced asthma.

The Vaccine Factor?

Recently, I’ve been reading about all the toxic ingredients in the vaccines our children are required to receive. I haven’t completely gone to the extreme and refused any vaccines for my children; my kids have had theirs already, and won’t require any more for a long time. I think it’s a decision that families must make for themselves.

But I did realize that around the time my son began exhibiting all of these allergy symptoms, was near the time he first received round one of his shots. That might explain why doctors were mystified that none of our other family members had serious allergies and eczema.

I began to wonder what was in those vaccines. I didn’t like what I found out.

Vaccines contain formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, fetal animal lung and kidney cells, chick embryo, and ingredients similar to antifreeze, among other things. We’re not told that stuff, of course.

All of these toxins have to go somewhere. There is an effect. How else to explain the skyrocketing cases of allergies (to the point of banning peanut-containing products in schools), and especially asthma, in the U.S. over the last 30 years?

Get Rid Of Those Toxins

A unique supplement called liquid zeolite was put on the market a couple of years ago that has some remarkable testimonies for many, many serious conditions and diseases. It acts like a cage, trapping allergens and toxins and removing them safely from the body. Here are some real testimonies:

Beth’s Story:

“…My name is Beth. I live in Texas, and the product that we are using is the (liquid zeolite). And my daughter has suffered from Asthma since infancy, starting at about 3 months….She is now 20 years old. We have struggled all these years to find something to help relieve her asthma, and since we got her on the zeolite product, and within a few weeks her asthma has disappeared…”

Vicky’s Story:
“My name is Vicky, and I’m a physician’s assistant. I have a grandson who was born with tremendous amounts of allergies, and he has asthma attacks so severely he’s been hospitalized five times in the first two years of life.
When he was two was about the same time that I learned the (liquid zeolite). Since that time his results have been absolutely remarkable. He has not been hospitalized once. He has not had a severe asthma attack. He has not had to take any medication for asthma. All the rashes on his body have cleared up. He’s growing well. He is now a healthy four-year-old, and just doing great….”

While there is no one treatment that works the same for everyone, liquid zeolite seems to be the healthcare breakthrough for many diseases, including allergic conditions.

A growing number of people are tiring of waiting for traditional medicine to give complete relief to those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and eczema. In response, several families are turning to supplements to meet their needs. They also want to know why. Why the increase in allergies, especially life-threatening ones, and why the spike in asthma cases???

Many kids are suffering for reasons that we don’t really know. What I do know is that something triggered my son’s problems, and a good deal of research suggests it could very well have been the vaccines that we’re told will keep our kids healthy.

In the meantime, there is something that can be done. Until we find the answer, liquid zeolite seems to be the solution.

Heavy Metals and Toxicity in the Body

The body requires a variety of vitamins and minerals to keep balanced, and like everything, too much of anything can be toxic. This includes metals.

Certain metals such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc – are essential to health in trace amounts. Others are non-essential and can be harmful to health in excessive amounts. These include cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, lead, and arsenic – these last three being the most common in cases of heavy metal toxicity.

The wrong heavy metals that can build up in our body can come from our environment,
water supply, hobbies, and other places, thus a full history of the person’s work and living habits can help pinpoint potential heavy metal sources.

What are the signs or symptoms of heavy metal toxicity? Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include mental confusion, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, short-term memory loss, gastrointestinal upsets, food intolerances/allergies, vision problems, chronic fatigue, and others. The symptoms are so vague that it is difficult to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

The top three most toxic metals and their symptoms are:

Arsenic
Symptoms include nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, garlic odor on breath, excessive salivation, headache, vertigo, fatigue, paresthesia, paralysis, kidney failure, progressive blindness, and mental impairment. Signs include mottled brown skin, hyperkeratosis (increased pigmentation) of palms and soles, cutis edema, transverse striate Leukonychia, perforation of nasal septum, eyelid edema, coryza, limb paralysis and reduced deep tendon reflexes. Mental symptoms include apathy, dementia, and anorexia.

Lead
Signs and Symptoms include combinations of gastrointestinal complaints, hypertension, fatigue, hemolytic anemia, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, weight loss, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive dysfunction, arthralgias, headache, weakness, convulsions, irritability, impotence, loss of libido, depression, depression of thyroid and adrenal function, chronic renal failure, gout. A patient with lead poisoning may have a combination of symptoms – or no symptoms at all until the condition has progressed. Mental symptoms include restlessness, insomnia, irritability, confusion, excitement, anxiety, delusions, and disturbing dreams.

Mercury
Mercury toxicity has been linked to, among other things, mercury dental fillings, particularly when people have a large number of them. Symptoms include a metallic taste in the mouth, excess salivation, gingivitis, tremors, stomach and kidney troubles. Mental symptoms include shyness, irritability, apathy and depression, psychosis, mental deterioration, and anorexia.

If you think you have metals in your body, there are labs that can test you. The easiest screening process is a Hair Analysis. Additional testing involves the use of chelating drugs along with a 24-hour urine collection to determine levels of heavy metals. From here, treatment is based on the individual and will usually involve the use of metal chelating drugs or intravenous EDTA chelation. For many patients, intravenous Vitamin C and replacement mineral infusions are also recommended to support the body through the metal removal process. Once laboratory tests indicate that the heavy metals are undetectable, treatment is considered complete. Often many – if not all – symptoms previously experienced will have resolved, though some may linger, indicating residual damage to organ systems. Therapies can then be targeted to these systems and any specific problems remaining.

The following is a list of nutrients that also help facilitate the removal of heavy metals.

Mega H-: The negative hydride ions in Mega H- alter the water consumed with the food and supplements in our diet, to have a lower surface tension and an increased conductivity.

Methionine: Methionine levels are a major determinant in the liver’s concentration of sulphur-containing compounds, such as glutathione and cysteine. As methionine is the precursor for the manufacture of cysteine in the body, extra supplementation of this critical amino acid should increase available cysteine.

N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC): NAC forms L-cysteine, cystine, L-methionine, glutathione (GSH), and mixed di-sulfides. Stimulates the body to produce large amounts of cysteine and glutathione, thus greatly augmenting plasma and red blood cell content of both cysteine and glutathione; Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): MSM, like fresh garlic, provides a bioavailable dietary source of sulfur.

Milk Thistle (silymarin): Silymarin provides support and protection against liver toxins which can cause free-radical-mediated oxidative damage.

Chlorella: Is a food-like all purpose mild chelator of heavy metals; it is a specially processed green-algae type of food that is taken with meals and is quite tolerable and pleasant for many.

Cilantro: stimulates the body’s release of mercury and other heavy metals from the brain and CNS into other tissue. This facilitates the ability to remove heavy metal from the body using other dietary protocols, such as Chorella and other chlorophyll containing herbs such as Nettles and Alfalfa.

Vitamin B6: needed in the metabolic process that converts methionine to cysteine and then into glutathione. B6 is capable of reducing and controlling the swelling and pain associated with the routine tissue and bone trauma resulting from normal dental operative procedures.

Magnesium: Magnesium availablility is essential for the proper functinoing of our immune system as well as hundreds of enzyme systems critical to human health. Organically amino acid-bound ones are more easily absorbed and are less irritating to the gastrointestinal tract as well.

Activated charcoal: taken immediately with chlorella, 15 minutes before drilling/chunking out amalgam, will bind any swallowed mercury and also prevent recirculation in the liver.

Calcium & Vitamin C: Just as lead will displace calcium, calcium is an excellent nutrient to utilize for displacing mercury and lead. Utilizing a combination of minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, is even more effective in clearing metals from the body. Increasing vitamin C intake is a reasonable cost-effective way to control toxic metal levels in the population.

Chlorophyll: chlorophyll binds to heavy metals very well. In fact, it is imperative to choose a reputable source for your chlorophyll, which screens for toxins and heavy metals; or you may be getting more than you want. A good source is juiced raw, organic greens.

Fiber: Fiber, such as oat bran and apple pectin, will bind to metals and help draw them out of the body.

Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant and has a high affinity for binding to metals. This makes it an excellent choice as a supplement to bind and clear mercury and lead from the system. It is best utilized in combination with conjugating nutrients.

Minerals: A mineral-rich diet acts as a chelating agent. Many minerals will chelate metals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Mercury interferes with some functions of selenium, including its powerful antioxidant function and its ability to bind to metals. A good source of bioavailable minerals is from raw sea vegetables and grass juices from wheat, barley, alfalfa, kamut, etc.

Molybdenum: Large amounts of exogenous sulfur (from outside the body) will usurp the body’s stores of molybdenum to metabolize it. An easier solution is to use the nutrients which will facilitate the homocysteine pathway.

Sulfur: Lead, mercury and cadmium steal sulfur from important proteins, which could be enzymes, hormones, or cell receptors. Conversely, sulfur is needed in the liver detox pathway to hook onto these metals and clear them from the body. So, lead, mercury and cadmium depletes sulfur, the very nutrient needed to detox the metal overload. A depletion of sulfur will also adversely affect joint connective tissue growth, since sulfur is an essential precursor to the building blocks of cartilage, namely glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid.

Zinc: Zinc and copper get displaced from metallothionine, the protein that binds and carries them. This destroys many of the zinc-dependent enzymes. Zinc is important for proper functioning in a host of major metabolic pathways; it is a component of over 90 metalloenzymes in the body.

4 Methods For Kidney Stone Removal

Kidney stone removal has four procedures/methods:

1. Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

Kidney stone removal of ESWL uses non-electrical shock waves that are produced out of the body to pass through the skin and body tissues until the shockwaves hit the solid stones. The stones turn out to be sand-like and are passed.

For removal of this procedure, patient acre located in a tub of warm, purified water or onto water cushion machine that operates as a means for passing on these non-electrical shockwaves.

2. Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL)

Different from removal method mentioned above, Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is regularly utilized when the stone is very large or in a place that does not permit effectual use of ESWL.

In this procedure of kidney stone removal, the surgeon makes an insignificant incision in the back and makes a tunnel immediately into the kidney. By means of an instrument called a nephroscope, the stone is positioned and removed. For large stones, an energy probe (ultrasonic or electrohydraulic) perhaps required to break down the stone into smaller pieces for removal.

The benefit of this procedure over lithotripsy is the physical removal of the stone fragments rather than relying on their natural passage from the kidney to the outside.

3. Ureteroscopic Stone Removal

Ureteroscopic stone removal is accomplished by passing a small fiberoptic instrument (an ureteroscope) through the urethra and bladder into the ureter. The surgeon afterward locates the stone and either removes it with a cage-like tool or breaks it with a particular instrument that creates a form of shockwave. A small tube (or stent) possibly left in the ureter for more than a few days after treatment to assist the lining of the ureter to heal.

This removal procedure is operated under common anesthesia to treat stones found in the middle and lower ureter. Small stones are removed and large stones are broken by a laser or similar device.

4. Open (incisional) Surgery

This last removal method includes opening the affected area and removing the stone(s). In this procedure, run in an operating room after a person has been given anesthesia, the surgeon creates an incision in the skin and unlocks the pelvis of the kidney or the ureter in order that the stone can be manually removed. Since open surgery is a principal operation, healing may need four to six weeks.

TMJ Cured Finally

A few years ago I didn’t know what TMJ was. I had never heard of it. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint disorder. So what does that mean?

Let me explain by telling you how I found out what TMJ was and how I freed myself from it.

Five years ago I was forced to take a different job where I work. I can’t say I was thrilled about it. In fact, I hated my new job. As the weeks went by, the stress got worse and I was really having a hard time dragging myself to work each day.

One evening, I was sitting in my recliner rubbing my forehead. My wife asked me if I had a headache again. I realized that I had been complaining about headaches a lot lately.

No big deal, I just took a few aspirin like always. But this time I took three instead of two because they just didn’t seem to be taking my headache away.

Finally I went to see my doctor. She told me I had a sinus infection and she gave me some antibiotics to clear it up. But after two weeks, the headaches were worse.

So, it was back to the doctor. This time she sent me for x rays of my head. Upon examination of the x rays, she again told me that I had a sinus infection. It was off to the drug store for stronger antibiotics.

Soon the headaches had become constant and grew continuously worse. I was having trouble concentrating on anything. I went to bed with a headache and woke up with a headache. It got to be like one of

those headaches you get when you eat ice cream to fast. Constant, terrible pain.

My wife went to the nearby health food store and they gave her some herbal something or other that would definitely clear up my sinus problem.

It didn’t. I tried melting Vicks Vapo Rub in a bowl of boiling water and breathing in the fumes to open my sinuses. No luck. My Dad who was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer even gave me some of his Darvocet tablets, which is an extremely strong pain medication.

I was taking Darvocet three and four at a time, to try to relive the pain. Nothing worked. Again, I went to my doctor and guess what she said the problem was. Yep, my sinuses. By now the pain had grown so bad, that I couldn’t go to work. I couldn’t do much of anything and the doctor sure wasn’t helping.

One night, after suffering for nine months, it got so bad that I almost past out from the pain. My wife loaded me into the car and drove me to the emergency room. I waited and waited and waited. Finally they examined me and said I needed a C.A.T Scan. I’m not sure what that is, but I sat there in pain until they got the results.

Then came the diagnosis. Sinus infection. I could have screamed! They did finally give me something for the pain. It helped a little but made me vomit.

The doctor that night in the emergency room, made an appointment for me for the following week with an ear, nose and throat specialist. Yep, I had to wait another week with the pain.

The specialist examined me and looked at my C.A.T. scan. He sat me down and asked me who told me that I had a sinus infection. I told him that everyone that had examined me said that’s what it was.

Then he laid it on me that I had TMJ. He said I had the cleanest sinuses he’d ever seen. No wonder, all the sinus medication I was taking.

He began to explain to me just what TMJ was. Temporomandibular disorder. He said TMJ was an acute inflammation of my temporomandibular joint. This is the area where the jaw connects to the skull.

The specialist laid out a plan to relieve the pain which, he said, might involve snipping some of the ligaments in my jaw. By now I would have tried anything. He scheduled me for the following week and gave me some medication that took the edge off the pain. But it was still there.

That same weekend I was talking to a friend of mine and I noticed he had one of those Q-Ray bracelets on. I asked him about it and he said he got it because of his arthritis. And that it really worked. Well, like I said, I would have tried anything.

My friend gave me the website to order a bracelet which cost me $100.00. I even paid extra for fast delivery. I knew this was going to be another disappointment but I was going to try it.

I took the bracelet out of the box and put it on my wrist. That was January 22, 2004. Several hours later, the pain was still there. Just as I thought, it didn’t work. But I kept the bracelet on and went to bed.

The next morning when I woke up to go to work, I realized that for the first time in nine months, I didn’t have a headache. No pain, nothing. It was gone. Completely gone. I woke my wife and was so excited, she couldn’t understand what was going on at first.

Not only was the pain gone, but I felt great. I wanted to jump up and down and tell everybody I saw that day that my headache was gone. I have had my Q-Ray bracelet on for over five years now. The TMJ is long gone.

Some people told me that those Q-Ray bracelets are bogus and it was all in my head. My response is always the same. I don’t know if it was psychological or not, all I know is that for nine months my headaches were so severe and untreatable that I think I actually was going crazy.

Let me say one more thing. I am in no way affiliated with the Q-Ray company. They don’t even know it but I’m there best salesman. When someone sees my bracelet and asks me if it really works, I tell them simply, I works for me. Thanks Q-Ray.

Foodborne Intoxications – Clostridium Perfringens

This organism most frequently associated with gas gangrene is also a major cause of food poisoning. However, this intoxication is a little different than those caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus where the ingestion of preformed toxin causes the illness.

With C. perfingens intoxication is due to a toxin mediated infection where the ingested bacteria colonize in the intestinal tract and subsequently produce their toxin.

Almost all outbreaks are associated with inadequately heated or reheated meats, usually stews, meat pies, and gravies made from beef, turkey or chicken.

Outbreaks of Clostridium perfringens food poisoning are usually trace to catering firms, restaurants, cafeterias and schools with inadequate cooling and refrigeration facilities for large-scale service.

After a period of 8 to 22 hours, this intestinal disease is characterized by a sudden onset of colic followed by diarrhea and nausea. Vomiting and fever are not usually present.

It is generally a mild disease lasting about 24 hours or less. It is rarely fatal in otherwise healthy people.

However there is a more severe disease caused a different strain of C. perfringens (type C strains). This disease can cause necrotic enteritis which is frequently fatal. Also known as pig-bel syndrome, this strain can cause necrosis of the intestine and can go septic.

In order to prevent getting Clostridium perfringens food poisoning the following steps should be taken:

o Serve meat dishes hot or cool them by refrigerating till serving.
o Large cuts of meat must be thoroughly cooked.
o For more rapid cooling of large dishes like stews, divide the stew into several smaller, shallower containers and refrigerate.

Treating Arachnophobia and Fear of Spiders with Hypnotherapy

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is one of the most common of human phobias.

It is a common fear and one that we treat quite often in our hypnotherapy practice here in the UK.

In fact, research suggests that about 50% of all women and 10% of all men suffer from arachnophobia to one degree or another.

Though no-one is actually born with this fear, it is something that affects millions of people around the world.

In fact, real arachnophobia can affect an individual’s life to such a degree that it influences many different aspects.

The arachnophobic person may base their choice of home, work or vacation on their fear of spiders.

Indeed, discovering the smallest of spiders while driving can provoke such panicky feelings that the driver becomes unsafe and places both themself and other people in danger.

Very often the arachnophobic person will go to great lengths to ensure that they avoid spiders. They may become over-vigilant and anxious when taking a shower or bath, or when getting into and out of bed, for example.

For the true arachnophobic, even a picture of a spider can cause feelings of repulsion and fear.

As with most phobias, the individual experiencing this fear usually understands that it is illogical in nature.

They may know perfectly well that their chances of encountering a spider and of that spider harming them in any way are remote, yet they feel powerless to control their fear.

The origins of arachnophobia inevitably lie in the individual’s past, often in childhood.

At some time or other, the person may have been frightened or made anxious by the sight of a spider – in life, in a movie or on TV.

Or they might have learned to link anxiety with a repulsion of spiders because they have witnessed an adult displaying such emotions and have subconsciously modelled this behaviour.

In both cases the fear has become embedded on a deep, subconscious level.

Often the actual cause of the phobia has been forgotten by the conscious mind and the feeling is that they have had this fear all their life.

Such, however, is not the case. The fear of spiders is something that is learned, not inborn.

The fastest and most effective means of freeing a person from arachnophobia is by going to its origin and then neutralizing the faulty belief that underpins this fear.

Through the skilful use of modern advanced transformational hypnotherapy we can reach deep within the subconscious, to where the fear itself is embedded.

This accomplished, the individual can be helped to let go of the faulty programming and replace it with a more realistic one.

There really is no reason why you or anyone you care about need continue to experience anxiety because a fear of spiders.

Seek out an experienced and fully trained transformational hypnotherapist and set yourself free from this debilitating phobia.

You’ll be enormously glad you did!