Medical Blog

December 16, 2009


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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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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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A sprain is the tearing of the ligaments, fibrous structures which support the joints. The most common sprains occur on the limbs, such as sprained ankles, wrists and thumbs, but can affect almost any joint if the ligaments are suddenly or excessively stretched beyond the normal range of movement. ‘Whiplash’, for example is the spraining of the ligaments between the vertabrae of the neck. The joint will swell and often bruise and will be extremely painful.

Initially, sprains should be treated much the same way as bruises. Much of the pain of sprains arises from the swelling and the bleeding in the tissues. Immediately apply ice to the area and elevate the affected limb. Rest as much as possible. Apply arnica as a cream or tincture, or a compress of either arnica or comfrey root, directly on the swelling. Under medical supervision only, arnica can be taken in tablet form to help limit the bruising and Vitamin C and the herb horsetail aid the healing of muscle tissue. Initially, the joint may be strapped firmly to provide support, limit swelling and ease the pain. Soon, however, gentle massage and movement is required to prevent the ligament tissues shortening and tightening as they heal. To begin with, a physiotherapist will only stroke the affected area firmly, progressing to deeper tissue massage with fingers and thumbs only when the injury is healing. Hydrotherapy can also help the patient maintain movement and build up strength in the joint. Note that sprains take longer to heal than fractures do, up to six or eight weeks, and that a joint which has been sprained may be permanently weakened and more prone to dislocation, requiring special care and strapping with elastic bandage when exercising.

Rather than arising from one single over extension of the joints, strains result from the overuse of muscles, through careless exercise or even because of poor work practices. Strained muscles can result in temporary discomfort or the development of more serious nerve and muscle conditions.


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There are short term and long term risks associated with pollutants in the air. The short term risks of breathing polluted air include headache, eye irritations, inflamation of the respiratory tract and asthma related disorders. In the long term, air pollution can contribute to the development of cancer, emphysema, birth defects and behavioural problems in children.

Lead, once a major domestic pollutant as an ingredient in house paint, is now pumped into the air in vehicle exhaust or found in soil contaminated by industry. In children, high lead levels are thought to be responsible for a lowering of the intelligence quotient, loss of concentration and hyperactivity. Workers in certain industries run a high risk of lead poisoning. These include zinc miners, petroleum plant workers, car mechanics, sheet metal workers and those dealing with explosives. Lead poisoning results in nervous disorders and stomach and brain related illnesses. To avoid its effects, workers should wear appropriate protective clothing. Parents can have their children’s blood lead levels tested and may consider moving to an area of lower contamination if levels are high. Avoid walking, cycling or jogging in heavy traffic or wear a face mask.

Insecticides, fertilisers, bleaches and blooms of toxic algae affect many of our waterways and can seriously affect our health. Even within our reservoirs, the fluoride and chlorine added to the water to kill bacteria are themselves under a health cloud. Try to drink the purest water available to you and invest in a good water filter. Otherwise, always drink from the cold tap as hot water has sat still in a tank and in pipes and will contain more metals.

Chemicals are not the only pollutants of the atmosphere. Concern is mounting over the dangers of electromagnetic waves to human health, particularly to those living in the vicinity of high voltage power cables. The links between television and computer screen emissions and conditions such as cancer, nervous disorders and cataracts are being investigated. Sit at least 2.5 metres from a television screen and if possible, fit a shield to the screen of your computer.


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This is another critical point in fasting. You can ruin most of your achievement, if you subject your body to a food shock. Your sub-conscious mind may not believe you the next time you fast. Without realising it, you may train it to expect a shock, rather than work spontaneously and purify itself with maximum efficiency.

Your body is now pure. Your mind developed in many directions. Treat them both with care and attention.

In the first day of breaking the fast,

start by eating small quantities of liquid food. Try to treat your body as that of a newly born baby.

Eating one spoon of natural yoghurt (no flavours !!!) is a good start. Include fresh fruit, but chew it very intensely. Eat very small quantities (baby size), but do so quite frequently, every hour or two for example. Squeezing fresh fruit juices and nectars will provide you with an excellent food. Continue drinking at least 2-3 litres of water. You may add honey to the (lukewarm) water if you wish.

Some experiences felt on the first day can be quite memorable. After fasting, you are very sensitive and your instincts are very sharp. Not only you will find food to taste differently. To your surprise you may discover some ordinary food like bread to be more toxic than others (natural yoghurt for example), especially if you take it as your first bit of food after fasting. The sensation after swallowing the first bite of such food can be compared to the one you experience after having an alcoholic drink. The major difference is that such a sensation lasts only a few seconds.

Do not eat anything in the evening. Drink water, with honey if you like.

In the second day of breaking fast,

Eat little, mostly in a liquid form. Cooked oats, semolina and other cereals, natural yoghurts are OK. Eat fruits several times a day. Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure water. Do not eat meat, fish or eggs.


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1-st day of fasting

Your mind-body system has been working all night, preparing the most urgent deposits for disposal. Your bowel should be full, despite the fact, that you cleansed it thoroughly only a few hours ago and that you have not eaten anything that night at all.

Go to the toilet and let your bowel empty itself. If you have difficulties, make a quick “single cycle” enema.

Go to work as usual. Do not eat anything at all. Drink as much water as you wish. Never let the water bottle out of your sight. It should be everywhere with you.

You can go to the sauna and spend 3 sessions of 10-15 minutes there, drying the sweat after each session with a towel. Do not go to a spa, unless the water there is ozonised and chlorine/fluoride free.

In the evening perform another enema.

2-6 day of fasting

No food. Water only. You should feel great. Your body just got rid of the huge amount of the most urgent waste deposit during the previous days. Your natural instincts and healing have been awakened.

If you feel that lack of food is indeed making you quite uncomfortable, you can add a teaspoon of natural honey into your water two or three times a day. Do not add honey to hot water. Lukewarm water is best.

Go to sauna if you feel like it. Do not do enemas every day, only when you feel that your bowel is full and your assistance is required. Do enema also when you feel sick. Your body tells you that it has some extra toxins ready to dispose, and some of them are being absorbed back, making you feel sick. Listen to your body and trust your instincts.

Go to work as normal. If you are physically active – do your jogging, squash or tennis as usual, but watch what your body is saying. You may have to adjust the intensity of your exercise.

Note how sharp your mind is, and how easily it is for you to solve problems. Use this. Study and read books, which you thought were too difficult for you. Engage in creative activities. Notice how many ideas spring to your mind.


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Parkinson’s disease is named after the doctor who first identified it in the early nineteenth century. It is also known as paralysis agitans and shaking palsy. The disease, which affects the nervous system, has a slow onset and usually occurs in people over sixty, although some cases occur as early as forty.

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain, and particularly the corpus striatum and the substantia nigra. These areas of the brain regulate voluntary movement and in Parkinson’s disease there is a lack of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Debilitating symptoms appear when only twenty to thirty percent of dopamine neurons remain.

The sufferer may first notice mild tremors in the hands and involuntary nodding of the head. Bodily movements become slower and more difficult. As the disease progresses, stiffness and tremors increase until walking is reduced to a shuffle and the facial muscles become set in a fixed expression. While the intellect remains unaffected, mood swings do occur. Parkinson’s disease is more common in men than in women. The disease was either unknown or undiagnosed before the industrial revolution and its incidence has risen markedly in the last 170 years. The disease does not seem to have a genetic aspect, and the fact that it is more common in industrialised countries than developing nations has led some to believe that it may be caused or exacerbated by chemical pollution. Others claim that iodine deficiency and excessive sodium intake may be causal factors.

The treatment of Parkinson’s disease is essentially symptomatic. The drug Levodopa is administered to increase dopamine levels in the brain and thus reduce tremor. Because Levodopa has some potentially harmful side-effects, treatment with the drug is often only intermittent. Vitamin E is recommended to slow the progress of the disease and antioxidants are considered to be beneficial.


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The third major zone is also divided into two zones—the fifth and sixth minor zones. The fifth minor zone is called the Skeletal zone. Further iris research may eventually require many minor modifications to this schema.

When a condition of the skeletal system is presented the sign should never begin in the

iris-wreath. It may project well into the muscle zone, just as it may also extend into the sixth zone—the skin zone. It is, however, a sign which is always localised precisely in the middle of the ciliary zone. On the other hand, a heart sign, for example is always found conjoined to the iris-wreath, as also are the pancreas, kidney and adrenal signs. But the leg area never begins in the iris-wreath. These facts should be especially noted.

The junction of the fifth and sixth zones—bones/skin—refers to the whole of the mucous membranes. This large and important organ system is found for the most part within the skeletal system, as for example with the pleura in the thorax, and the peritoneum in the abdomen. Therefore the condition of this system is to be seen in the iris at the junction of the fifth and sixth minor zones. There are also special signs which appear in affections of the mucous membranes.

In the sixth minor zone, the degree of skin activity can be seen. All body openings also have their places in this zone.

However, I would like to draw attention to the position in this zone of a few particularly important organs. The liver is placed in the right iris between 37′ and 40′ at the outer margin of the iris. In the left iris the spleen occupies a corresponding position—from 20′-23′.

The thyroid gland may also be mentioned—at 14′-17′ in the right iris, and 43′-46′ in the left iris. The cerebellum is indicated when disturbed or diseased in the right iris at 54′-56′ and in the left iris at 4′-6′.

The lung areas extend from the blood zone to the skin zone and are shown in the right iris from 45′-50′ and in the left iris from 10′-15′.


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An incurable disease of the nervous system, multiple sclerosis, or MS, results from inflammation and scarring of the sheaths surrounding the nerve fibres of the central nervous system. The symptoms of the disease vary according to which nerves are affected. Characteristic symptoms include weakness or pins and needles in a limb. Pain in moving the eyes and deterioration in sight result when the optic nerve is affected. Vertigo and ataxia (poor balance) are also symptoms.

The first attack usually takes place between the ages of 20 and 40. A course of relapses, or attacks, and remissions over many years is the pattern of the disease. The degree of improvement after each attack diminishes over time. A few sufferers do not have any remission.

Long term results of the disease can be loss of the use of the lower limbs, slurred speech, loss of control over bladder and bowels and muscular tremors. Depression is a common side effect. However about 50 per cent of sufferers are only mildly affected and stay in almost complete remission.

MS affects about one in 2000 people. The cause is unknown and is the subject of much research. Orthodox medicine has no cure, although there are treatments which can help maintain bodily function. It has been shown that levels of certain fatty acids are lower in the bodies of MS sufferers but it is not known whether addition of these acids to the diet (found in sunflower, safflower and evening primrose oils) are helpful.

For advice and support the Multiple Sclerosis Society can be contacted. There are branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Yoga can stimulate the nervous system and relax constricted muscles, stimulating the use of affected limbs. Massage also helps to maintain muscle tone. It is advisable to cut alcohol and stimulants such as tea and coffee from the diet and to stop smoking, avoiding passive smoking also. Since depression often affects sufferers, coming to terms with the limitations which may be imposed by the disease is important.


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