Medical Blog

December 16, 2009


Filed under: Allergies — admin @ 12:12 pm

The difference between clinical ecology and conventional medicine becomes apparent as soon as one enters the waiting room. In my office, (or instance, the physical setup is adjusted to the needs of the susceptible person. This is done to provide a more hospitable environment and also because test procedures undertaken in the office itself might be ruined by chemical exposures.

No smoking is allowed, and this rule is strictly enforced. Signs to this effect are posted not only in the waiting room but in the bathroom as well, where confirmed tobacco addicts may be tempted to depart from the rule. Care has been taken in the selection of office furniture. Wood and leather are used extensively, not plastic or synthetics. Office machinery is kept to a minimum in order to avoid the kinds of fumes and odors which frequently foul the air indoors. Almost all of the typewriters, for instance, are manual, not electric. The copying machine was chosen because it emits the least amount of environmental pollutants. In fact, it is rarely used. Even the partitions are made of hardwood and not of any building material which gives off gases, as plastics often do. Nurses, secretaries, and other employees are instructed to refrain not only from smoking but also from the use of perfumes, scents, and after-shave lotions. We have little trouble in this regard, however, for almost all office personnel themselves have food and chemical susceptibilities, and are chosen with this fact in mind. Because of their own experience, they can provide more help and understanding to patients than those who are not aware of environmental disease in a personal way.

The office is located high above Lake Michigan, and the air is about as good as one is likely to find in a big city like Chicago. For heat, we employ portable electric heaters. In a sense, then, a patient’s treatment begins as soon as he enters the office itself, since the environment is conducive to recovery.


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Filed under: Pain Relief-Muscle Relaxers — admin @ 12:12 pm

Both Dr Dalton’s researches, which have been going on since 1953, and the more recent studies carried out at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, show that some women who suffer from premenstrual tension have low levels of progesterone in their bodies during the last half of their menstrual cycles. In other words, at the very time of the month when you would expect the level to be high. Dr Dalton treats her patients by giving them extra progesterone during the last half of the month. This treatment often has a marked effect on the whole range of symptoms. It may reduce the bloat, lift depression, remove those alarming mood swings and also have an effect on the sort of epilepsy, hay fever, cystitis, asthma and migraines that are linked to an approaching period. If you want to know more about this treatment, I suggest you read Dr Dalton’s book, Once a Month, and you’ll see if it could be for you.

Unfortunately there are only two established clinics that have followed Dr Dalton’s lead and will prescribe pure progesterone. So if you want treatment at either of them, you will have to go on a waiting list, I’m afraid. One is at University College Hospital, London, and the other is in the Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. It will not be easy to find a GP who is willing and able to prescribe progesterone suppositories (trade name ‘Cyclogest’) either. There are some, but at the moment they are rather rare. The trouble is that unlike the contraceptive pills, which have been on the market for over twenty-five years, progesterone treatment is relatively new. An added difficulty is that pure progesterone can only be given as an injection or in the form of suppositories. Some women are so glad to receive some treatment that will stop their symptoms they don’t mind where the treatment has to be put. But others are put off by the idea of suppositories, and would much prefer a pill. Unfortunately there’s no way, at the moment, that progesterone can be made effective in pill form.


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Filed under: Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid — admin @ 12:11 pm

This technique also applies to people who dissociate first and become frightened by the altered state. ‘What’s happening to me. Here it comes again. I’m going insane’. We can stop the escalation into anxiety and panic simply by being aware. ‘I’m dissociating.’ I’ve just gone into a trance state’. When we acknowledge what is happening to us, without letting our thoughts race out of control, we can break the dissociated state very easily, simply by breaking our stare, by blinking our eyes a few times. When our thoughts race away with how terrible the dissociated state is, our fear will not only hold us in the altered state, but will create even more symptoms.

Taking back the power: letting go

The second stage involves letting go of our thoughts. It is not the avoidance of thoughts by trying to distract ourselves in some way, that only creates further anxiety. As in meditation, the secret of the letting-go process is not the avoidance or annihilation of our thoughts. It is the letting go of our thoughts. When we are aware of how our thoughts create our symptoms, we see we have a choice. If we keep on the rollercoaster we know where we are going to end up. Anxiety and panic.

Don’t fight the thoughts. Don’t try to stop the thoughts or try to avoid them. Validate the thoughts by naming them, ‘anxiety’ thought, ‘panic’ thought, ‘depressive’ thought, ‘mental abuse’ thought, ‘negative’ thought, ‘guilt’ thought and then let them go, which means we don’t concentrate on them, we stop them by letting them go. This is the hard part. As soon as we let go of one thought, another is there to take its place. We let go of that and another comes.

This is where we need to have a lot of discipline. Remember, we are learning a new skill and it is going to take time and patience. In essence, what we are doing is learning to gain control over our thoughts and in doing so take back the power from the disorder. With practice, we become caught up in the letting-go process instead of becoming caught up in our thoughts.


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Filed under: Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid — admin @ 12:11 pm

The first step in learning to control our thinking is to be aware of what is actually taking place. To do this we can draw from the meditation technique, although with this exercise we will not be meditating. Part of meditation is becoming aware of when we get caught up in our thoughts. We can extend this by becoming aware of what we are thinking throughout the day and evening.

Part of us needs to stand back and observe the whole process. All we need to do at this stage is to observe our thoughts. Don’t analyse them or interfere with them. Just watch them as they come tumbling in. Then bring the awareness to the body. Watch how our body responds to our thoughts and how in turn our thoughts respond to the symptoms. It isn’t the symptoms which create the fear. The way we think creates the fear, which creates the symptoms, which creates further thoughts, which creates further fear and the cycle continues.

Nor do we need to be thinking about the disorder or symptoms. Whatever we are thinking about is usually negative, the mental abuse, ‘I’m stupid, weak, hopeless’; the negative internal conversations; guilt; what we should have done, or shouldn’t have done. The overall result is the same-anxiety and attacks. When we see this relationship, we begin to see through the fear.

We need to become aware of the whole process of our thinking and our physical reaction to our thinking. We need to see how they build upon each other and create our symptoms.

If I ask people what they were thinking about before their last attack, they usually say that they weren’t thinking of anything. This is not so. They were thinking, they just weren’t aware of their thoughts. Asking the same question of people who feel continually anxious brings the same reply. They also are not aware.

We need to be aware of the relationship between our thoughts and our symptoms. When we see the relationship we will

understand why there is nothing to fear. The anxiety and the panic are a response to our thinking. We are simply frightening ourselves. Nothing more.


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Filed under: General health — admin @ 12:11 pm

Warts are caused by a virus. There are different types of warts. The most common are the small warts children get on their hands and sometimes feet. Many a child has suffered the agonies of a trip to the hospital to burn the warts off. Naturopathic remedies work just as well.

Usually these warts last 3 to 6 months and are found on the fingers near the nails. They are infectious and other children can easily catch them. The best treatment is thuja taken internally as a tincture or thuja extract applied to the wart twice daily until it disappears. Echinacea can be taken internally. The white sap of the dandelion flower can also be applied to the wart twice daily until it disappears.

Beware of caustic lotions which burn the surrounding skin and sometimes cause the warts to spread. These will burn the face and the genital areas.

Plantar warts need specialist attention as they grow larger and become intensely painful. They may disappear spontaneously after a few months or last for a number of years. The base of the wart is embedded in the soles of the feet, or toes and may be single or multiple. They are firm and round with a rough surface. If this is cut off, dark spots can be seen —blood vessels supplying the wart.

The person suffering with plantar warts should wear socks and slippers around the house and have their own bath towel and bath mat. If the individual is an athletic person, plastic socks can be purchased for use in the communal shower room or in the swimming pools.

Genital warts are sexually transmitted. They can be visible around the labia of a woman or the penis of a man, or they can be inside the vagina. They look like cauliflower growths and can irritate the sufferer. Any sign of infection should be treated as quickly as possible. They are highly contagious and are related to incidence of cervical cancer in women. They have been related to cancer of the throat in cases where oral sex has taken place with an infected person over a long period of time.


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Filed under: Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid — admin @ 12:11 pm

Our lack of understanding about our disorder has, in many cases, meant years of suffering, and to many people it seems that the future will be no different. One of the first things we need to do is to stop drawing on the past and projecting into the future, which incidentally is only a thought away!

It is difficult for many people to believe recovery is possible. After trying many different treatment methods without success, it is difficult to believe anything will succeed. If we think something isn’t going to work, then it won’t. That’s our problem—our thinking.

The past belongs to the past-except for one major point. Despite the enormous difficulties we have encountered through the disorder, nothing physically has happened to us. None of our major fears have been realised, and they aren’t going to be in the future. The next attack is not going to be the ‘one’ in which our fears come true. If anything were going to happen to us it would have happened in the first attack. We are continually drawing on our past experiences of the anxiety and attacks and projecting them into the future. We don’t concentrate on what is happening now.

If we always have an attack at 7.00 a.m. we expect to have one every morning. When we have an attack we think ‘I knew it would happen’. We expect to have one the following morning, and we do. We don’t see what is happening now because we are too busy anticipating the next attack.

As an example, we need to be aware of our first thoughts when we wake. The first thought is usually ‘where is it’, and we usually feel frightened because we know ‘it’ is going to be there. We turn on our internal radar and check to see wbat is happening. We move down our body. ‘I’m going to have a headache, my throat is tight, my heart is racing, I am having trouble breathing, I feel sick, I’m shaking.’ And a full scale attack may develop. After it subsides we worry about the next one. As we go to sleep at night we think to ourselves, ‘What if I have an attack in the morning?’


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Filed under: Pain Relief-Muscle Relaxers — admin @ 12:11 pm


One of the difficulties about being depressed, irritable or angry at school is that, so often, you’re not the only one. We know from Dr Dalton’s researches that groups of females who spend a lot of time together seem to trigger one another’s periods off, so that some of them have periods within one or two days of each other. If you and your particular group of friends have that effect on one another, many of you could be suffering from the miseries at the same time. And if that’s so, it’s very likely that far from helping one another you’ll actually be making one another worse. The rows or the blues can be really prodigious when you’re all out of balance at the same time.

What’s to be done about it? One way of coping is to work out when your aching miseries are due and then spend more time with other people who aren’t off-balance and a lot less with your particular friends on those days when you’re all at risk. Failing that, you and your friends could make a pact (when you were all safely through the miseries and happy again) that whatever any of you said before your periods the rest would ignore, and that no decision made at the time would be taken seriously and could be reversed a fortnight later anyway. If you are all learning how to relax together and noticing from your charts that the time when you’re off-balance is getting shorter and shorter month by month, the whole thing will get easier as you go along anyway.

Another rotten thing about periods is that as well as being able to trigger one another, you can also trigger yourself off, even though it’s certainly not intentional and you often don’t want to at all. If you are in an emotional state, because you have just split up with your boyfriend, for example, or you have had a row with your mother, your body may react to your emotions by starting a period whether it’s due or not. This is really adding insult to injury, because you probably feel bad enough already without that.


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Filed under: Pain Relief-Muscle Relaxers — admin @ 12:11 pm

Probably the oldest form of medicine, herbalism – also known as ‘herbal medicine’ – has a history going back at least 3,000 years. First developed in ancient China, herbalism is based on the therapeutic uses of various plant parts – root, bark, stem, flowers, leaf, and even seeds – in different preparations, either for internal or external use as teas, potions, juice extracts, bath additives, salve, lotions, and ointments.

Throughout the ages there has always been a strong association between herbal remedies and back problems of all kinds. Modern herbalists believe that medicines are not just only a means of treating illness, but are also a way of restoring the body’s balance to its normal state, disease or pain being viewed by them as ‘abnormal states’. Of course, this approach means that a given disorder may not always be treated by the same herbal preparation, as deciding what the right treatment is in a given case will also take into account several other factors, including the patient’s general health, disposition, and even personality. However, in making their choices, practitioners are guided by pharmacopoeias – these being comprehensive listings of remedies that have proven themselves useful in specific conditions – and some of these have origins going back more than 6,000 years, having been first formulated when the Chinese started classifying and cataloguing herbal cures.

Although herbalism has helped many people suffering from chronic conditions such as sciatica or back pain, a note of caution is in order: herbal preparations can be just as powerful – and therefore potentially also as toxic – as modern day drugs. This means that these remedies have to be prescribed and used with the greatest of care as they can lead to serious side-effects. It is essential therefore that herbal remedies should be prescribed by and used under the supervision of a suitably qualified medical herbalist.


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Filed under: Allergies — admin @ 12:11 pm

David Hart was eight years old when he was brought to me. His problems were obvious: his face was never at peace, but was wracked by spasms; he was continually sniffing, blinking, and squinting. His eyes were red and rimmed by dark circles. Although his grades were average, he had frequent temper tantrums at school and at home.

In addition, David had a hearing problem, which seemed to increase as he grew older. He complained of a ringing in his ears, a condition called tinnitus. This had been unsuccessfully treated with decongestants and antihistamines. Sometimes he complained of having a “bug in his ear.” The slightest noise in class distracted him, since then he could no longer hear the teacher distinctly.

The routine five-day water fast in the Ecology Unit worked wonders: the mouth tic, eye-blinking, and hyperactivity disappeared. So, too, did the bags under the eyes, which are called “allergic shiners,” a frequent sign of food or chemical susceptibility.

When single foods, known not to have been significantly contaminated with chemicals, were returned to David’s diet, some of them brought on attacks of spasms and facial contortions. The worst offenders in his case were wheat, beef, corn, and blueberries, followed by haddock, cherries, peanuts, and potatoes.

Many foods, however, could be eaten without causing any symptoms, such as crab, chicken, pork, lamb, and onion. When some of these acceptable foods were given to David in their commercial, supermarket form, however, they caused grimaces, hyperactivity, eye circles, and gassiness. The boy became progressively more grouchy and twitchy after the second feeding of “normal” food, and this increased with each subsequent feeding. The avoidance of such foods paved the way for David’s recovery, and the last time I spoke to his family, he was greatly improved and doing well in school.

Like Paul Rossi, David was one of those hyperactive children whose problem was actually caused by a highly individualized reaction to the food and chemical environment, and greatly helped by avoiding those items to which he was allergic.


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Filed under: General health — admin @ 12:10 pm

Rather than being a step on the way to getting a good tan, most Australians now recognise that sunburn can cause permanent damage, resulting in premature aging, pigment disorders and skin cancer, and should be avoided at all times. For details on sunburn avoidance and discussion on the questions surrounding the use of sunscreen creams, see the entry on skin cancer.

Despite the warnings, few of us can say that we have never been sunburnt, although the severity of the burning varies greatly depending on skin type and the degree of ultraviolet exposure. Mild sunburn results in hot and sore redness of the skin which, in most people, turns into a tan within days. Tanning is the skin’s natural response to ultraviolet radiation and results from the production of more of the dark skin pigment, melanin, to protect against further radiation. Opinions vary as to whether a small degree of tanning, acquired gradually, should be encouraged to offer protection against serious burning. A severe case of sunburn will be extremely painful, can lead to dehydration, blistering of the skin and the loss of the outer skin layers through peeling.

Generally speaking, you can treat sunburn as you treat any other burns to the skin and special care should be given to ensuring the patient drinks plenty of fluids. Begin with a long cool bath or shower and apply the gel of the Aloe vera liberally over the affected area, being careful not to break the blisters. The gel is soothing and mildly antiseptic. Creams or poultices of calendula (marigold), camomile, comfrey leaves or St John’s Wort are calming and will promote healing. Many people also advocate the external and internal use of Vitamin E to help the body repair the damaged tissue. Traditional home remedies for sunburn include the application of slightly acidic substances like diluted vinegar and sliced tomato. Cold tea is also effective for relieving the heat and pain. The patient should dress in soft loose clothing and avoid further sun exposure of any kind until the skin has fully healed.


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