Monday, July 29, 2019

Four Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Patients with Pain

Chronic pain can cause nutrient depletion in patients for many reasons, including increased inflammatory and oxidative stress, and changes in diet. One of the initial ways to approach chronic pain is to focus on nutrient optimization in areas of common deficiency. How can we, as healthcare providers, address this with patients and clients?

1. Vitamin D – especially beneficial in patients with musculoskeletal pain; A trial which added 4,000 iu/day of vitamin D reduced daily pain and need for analgesic rescue medication vs. placebo. In addition, several inflammatories decreased by 39.2% to 54.3% in the group treated with vitamin D (Gendelman, Itzhaki, & Amital, 2014).

2. Magnesium – known deficiency in American population; A trial evaluating the role of magnesium replacement in patients with chronic low back pain found those receiving magnesium over 6 weeks vs placebo noted reduced pain intensity and improvement in lumbar spine mobility during a 6-month follow up period (Yousef & Al-deeb, 2013). 

3. Omega 3s – U.S. adults do not have adequate intake of anti-inflammatory fatty acids including EPA and DHA; Several studies have noted that marine-derived n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation provided significant reduction of inflammatory markers. (Li et al., 2014). 

4. B Vitamins – deficiencies in several of the B vitamins have been linked to pain; Studies show carnitine demonstrated benefit in treating fibromyalgia pain when compared to prescription medication (Leombruni et al., 2015). 

All four of these supplements also have secondary benefits for patients with pain.

Source: The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine


References

Gendelman, O., Itzhaki, D., & Amital, H. (2014). AB0873 A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study Adding High Dose Vitamin D to Analgesic Regimens in Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain: Table 1. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(Suppl 2). doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.2555

Yousef, A. A., & Al-deeb, A. E. (2013, March). A double-blinded randomised controlled study of the value of sequential intravenous and oral magnesium therapy in patients with chronic low back pain with a neuropathic component. Anaesthesia, 68(3), 260-266. doi: 10.1111/anae.12107

Li, K., Huang, T., Zheng, J., Wu, K., & Li, D. (2014). Effect of Marine-Derived n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin 6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor α: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE, 9(2). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088103.

Leombruni, P., Miniotti, M., Colonna, F., Sica, C., Castelli, L., Bruzzone, M., Parisi, S., Fusaro, E., Sarzi-Puttini, P., Atzeni, F., & Torta, R. G. (2015). .A randomised controlled trial comparing duloxetine and acetyl L-carnitine in fibromyalgic patients: preliminary data. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 33(1 Suppl 88), S82-S85. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Removing Gallstones Naturally

A Remedy Created by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan


This gallbladder cleanse has worked for many. It worked for a friend of mine, and if it works for you, please pass it along because it could be a lifesaver for someone. Dr. Lai Chiu Nan has not charged for this remedy as she believes it should be free to everyone, and that your reward will come when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from his regime. While gallstones may not be everyone's concern, they should be because we all have them even if we don’t have any symptoms. Gallstones can cause chronic inflammation in the gallbladder which, over time, can contribute to developing gallbladder cancer. “Cancer is never the first illness,” Chiu Nan points out. “Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

Dr Lai Chiu-Nan
“In my research in China, I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It's a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can't digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area.” So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.

Regimen:
1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.
3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.
4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.
5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. “Usually they float,” Chiu Nan notes. “You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many.”

“Even if you don't have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It's always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.”

Pass this on and you may help others!

1. Liver
2. Common Bile Duct
3. Gallstones
4. Gallbladder


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Homeopathy: An Alternative Medical System

Background and Principles


Homeopathy is an alternative medical system which was developed in Germany by Samuel Christian Hahneman (1755-1843) at the end of the 18th century. Homeopathic remedies are derived from mineral, plant, or other natural substances which are diluted in order to achieve higher potencies. Homeopathy supports the belief one must search for the root cause of illness or disease in order to treat a patient at the fundamental level; it is “holistic” in that it supports the belief that the body can heal itself if it is given proper care and attention. In homeopathy, symptoms are seen as an attempt on the part of the body to correct itself, or to fight disease and find balance. One of homeopathy’s main two principles is that “like cures like.” It is believed that disease can be cured by a substance that would otherwise cause the same symptoms in a healthy person. The remedies are extremely diluted in homeopathy, which leads us to its second principle, which is “the law of minimum dose.” The belief is that the lower the dose of medicine, the greater its effect will be. The third principle of Homeopathy is the single remedy. Homeopathic practitioners usually prescribe one remedy at a time. This homeopathic remedy has been proved - tested for its effects by itself - producing its own unique drug picture. This remedy is then matched (prescribed) to the sick person having a similar picture. The results are observed, uncluttered by the confusion of effects that might be produced if more than one medicine were given at the same time.

Homeopathic remedies are most effective when selected based on the "total" characteristics of one's symptoms, not just on the disease they may have. The theory is that while diagnosis might be identical for two different people, the characteristics of the symptoms may not be. There are many approaches to this matching process that have developed over the past 200 years.

Homeopathy can be used to treat both acute and chronic disease. Chronic disease requires a more complete picture of the person and may take longer to affect a cure but both are effective.

Practices


Homeopathic medicine is made from extremely small quantities of nanoparticles of substances extracted from plants, animals or minerals. The remedies are so diluted that based on chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance in the remedy.

Tissue Salts


Tissue salts are a group of minerals that should be present in the body for it to function optimally. However, unhealthy lifestyles often deplete these reserves, leading to illness. Tissue salts came into existence with the help of Wilhelm Schuessler (1821-1898), a German medical doctor who was a pioneer and who formed one of the pillars of homeopathy.

Dr Schuessler believed that when a human being is reduced to ashes by heat, there are only twelve minerals left. He called them the tissue salts, as they are responsible for the natural balance and vitality of the body. According to him, deficiency of any of these tissue salts produces a diseased condition in the human organism and replenishment or supplementation of the body by the deficient salt in physiological doses, restores health in the organism. Schuessler created potent versions of these tissue salts and made them into homeopathic remedies.

  1. Kali sulphuricum  
  2. Ferrum phosphoricum  
  3. Calcarea sulphuricum  
  4. Natrum phosphoricum  
  5. Natrum muriaticum 
  6. Kali phosphoricum  
  7. Kali muriaticum  
  8. Natrum sulphuricum  
  9. Calcarea fluoricum    
10. Calcarea phosphoricum  
11. Magnesia phosphoricum  
12. Silicea

Schuessler wrote many books during his time. In 1873, he published his first article on his healing system in the General Homeopathic Journal, entitled, 'An Abridged Therapy Based on Physiology and Cellular Pathology.' In 1874, his first book "An Abridged Therapy Based on Physiology and Cellular Pathology" was published, which helped spread his theory around the world.


Homeopathy Timeline


I recently came across this interesting article on homeopathy and fibromyalgia. I can testify to the fact that homeopathy has helped me tremendously in the past with allodynia, which is a type of nerve pain that many people with fibromyalgia experience. I have used the same remedy mentioned in this article with great success. Click here to read it.

References

American Institute of Homeopathy. (2007). What is homeopathic medicine? Retrieved from https://homeopathyusa.org/homeopathic-medicine.html

Cell Salts Tissue Salts. (2017, January 12). The Wonderful Effect Of Schuessler Salts – Cell Salts Tissue Salts – Medium. Retrieved from https://medium.com/@cellsaltstis/the-wonderful-effect-of-schuessler-salts-8e8d86d6eead

Jonas, W. B., Kaptchuk, T. J., & Linde, K. (2003). A critical overview of homeopathy. Annals of Internal Medicine, 138(5), 393. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-138-5-200303040-00009

Micozzi, M. S. (2001). Fundamentals of complementary and alternative medicine. New York: Churchill Livingstone.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2013, May 23). Homeopathy: An introduction. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/sites/nccam.nih.gov/files/Backgrounder_Homeopathy_05-23-2013.pdf

WholeHealthNow. (2018). Wilhelm Schuessler. Retrieved from http://www.wholehealthnow.com/bios/wilhelm-schuessler.html



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