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Doctor Patricia Wynnjones, MD was my guest on Here’s to Your Health last Tuesday November 5th. She is a pain management specialist at Olympia medical center in Los Angeles, and we have known each other for many years. We had a very pleasant conversation, mainly about her brand new book Today I… : Talk Yourself to a Happier, Healthier Life In 5 Minutes a Day.
You can watch the interview here. Our segment is at 1 h 49 min.
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Watch my interview with Dr Sanda on “Here’s to Your Health” the wellness show I co-host with Josh Lane. Dr Sanda is a practicing Beverly Hills Periodontist, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, and a member of the American College of Nutrition. Listen to what she has to say about dental health, nutrition and homeopathy. The entire show lasts 3 hours and my interview starts at 1h03.
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Sciatica refers to a painful sensation that begins in the hip and buttocks and continues all the way down the leg. It can happen for a clear reason such as a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine that compresses part of the sciatic nerve. It then creates inflammation and pain. The sciatic nerve being the bigger nerve in our body, no wonder sciatica is so painful! In other cases the cause is unknown. We observe that excess body weight as well as a sedentary life are important risk factors, but I have seen many lean and active people get sciatica as well. Mild sciatica usually goes away by itself but it takes time and the pain and discomfort are often difficult to handle.
There is also a condition very close to sciatica that is called false sciatica or piriformis muscle syndrome or again “back pocket” sciatica. For example, when you constantly carry your wallet in your pants back pocket and sit on it, you are putting pressure on the muscles of the buttocks that in response are contracting and compressing the sciatic nerve. The symptoms are the same as in a sciatica but the causes, diagnostic and treatments are different. At least there is something you can do right away: just put your wallet somewhere else!
Fortunately homeopathy is pretty good at treating sciatica. There are many different medicines that you can use separately or together depending on your symptoms. They will help decrease the pain and numbness and help you heal faster, and also decrease the recurrence of episodes. More so, you will not have to deal with any side effects such as drowsiness or stomach-ache and so on, and they will not interfere with other medications that you might be taking for the sciatica or other conditions.
In addition to Arnica montana that you should always take, especially if the sciatica is following any kind of trauma, here are two interesting medicines that have a specific action on the nerves:
- Kalmia latifolia 30 C, 5 pellets two to three times a day. Kalmia is for a very severe, flashing pain, that follows the nerve pathway, going downward (down the lower limb, from the hip area to the calf).
The pain is usually worsened by movement and during the early part of the night.
- Hypericum perforatum 30 C, 5 pellets once or twice a day. This is also for a pain that follows the nerve pathway, but going upward. The patient suffers more when the weather is cold and damp.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged arnica, Buttocks, Health, homeopathic medicines, homeopathy, hypericum, Kalmia, Pain, Piriformis muscle, Sciatic nerve, Sciatica, Spinal disc herniation |
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Molluscum contagiosum is a common, benign skin disorder caused by a virus (poxvirus) and very contagious (hence the name!). The virus can spread to different parts of the body, or to other people. The lesions look like tiny flesh-colored warts and are mainly located on the arms, legs and trunk. It is also called “water warts” because a lot of children catch it while swimming or playing in public pools. It is quite frequent in children but also in adults.
The usual treatment is the surgical removal by scraping, freezing or laser. It can be quite painful, especially when the lesions are all over the body, and it does not prevent recurring.
Fortunately with homeopathy, we have a much more comfortable way to get rid of Molluscum contagiosum. Here is one treatment that is frequently prescribed:
Take 5 pellets of Dulcamara 9C and 5 pellets of Cinnabaris 9C (also called Mercurius sulphuratus ruber) in the morning, and 5 pellets of Thuja occidentalis 30C
This treatment should be taken for at least one month and you should see results after three weeks: the lesions will start to dry up and then they will fall off.
You can also use this treatment to prevent the lesions from coming back (after scraping for instance).
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Yesterday on Here’s to Your Health, Josh and I discussed allergy issues and specifically Hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies (the last 30 minutes of the show). Just before this segment, I also interviewed Dr Payam Hakimi whom I have known for years and who came to speak about his practice. You can listen to the show here or on You tube.
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The first rule is that you want to control the swelling as soon as possible so you reduce the rehabilitation time. Swelling is occurring within 1 or 2 hours and the problem is that it may take weeks to resolve. Excessive swelling causes lots of problems such as pain, decreased range of motion, decreased strength and loss of function. Also, inflammation which is part of the healing process, requires more oxygen when oxygen is already decreased by the injury and the swelling. This hypoxia (lack of oxygen) accelerates the death of more cells which increases the inflammation. So again, to break this vicious circle, controlling swelling is key.
A good way to do so is to combine the homeopathic Arnica (topically and internally) and the RICE technique: Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation
Icing in the first 48-72 hours has several benefits: it has an analgesic effect (numb feeling), it slows the metabolic activity of the cells therefore decreasing the need for oxygen and the hypoxia. A useful reminder: do not place ice directly in contact with your skin to avoid chilblains. Always put fabric between your skin and the ice pack. I personally prefer a bag of frozen peas because this is not as cold and not as heavy as an ice pack and it shapes itself around the area where you need it. After diagnosis is done and approximately thirty minutes to one hour after the cold pack has been removed, apply Arnicare topically (if the skin is broken, apply it around the wound).
As a teenager I used to sprain my ankle pretty often, and once it was particularly painful and got worst the first night. My parents were not worried because my the doctor had come by earlier and said it was not severe. They wanted to relieve the pain though, so they called the doctor again who gave us a good tip: when ice is not working because the weight of the pack is putting pressure and making the pain worse, or because it is falling off the ankle while you sleep, a good alternative is to wrap the ankle with compresses soaked into rubbing alcohol. The relief is amazing.
Compressing must be done immediately after the accident, ideally using an elastic wrap that should not be wrapped too tightly to allow blood circulation. Leave it on for several days and only remove it when you are icing and showering and to put Arnicare gel on.
Elevating: for a leg injury, place a pillow below the knee or ankle.
Rest: the more rest you can get the quicker the recovery will be.
As soon as possible, in all cases of trauma, take arnica Montana 6C, 5 pellets every hour and then as needed. A good idea is to always carry a tube of arnica in your sport bag. You may want to carry several as you WILL give them away very often!
If a sprain is diagnosed, you can also add the following homeopathic medicines:
Apis 30C, Bryonia 6C and Ruta graveolens 6C: take 5 pellets of each every hour for 48 hours, then 3 times a day for 3 weeks.
Needless to say that all those tips do not replace a doctor’s visit. But they can help a lot.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ankle, apis, Arnica Montana, bryonia, Conditions and Diseases, Health, Injury, Pain, RICE, ruta, sprain, Swelling (medical) |
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Today on Here’s to Your Health, Josh and I discussed sport related issues such as cramps and muscle stiffness. There were several great guests on the show including Dr Hans Kugler (who is an anti-aging expert) and Dr Karima Hirani. Dr Hirani has an integrative practice in Culver City, CA and is very knowledgeable in many areas such as nutrition, bioidentical hormone replacement and so on. We have known each other for a while and I was very happy that she accepted to be my guest and answer my questions. You can listen to the show here (select March 12th).
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged Alternative, anti-aging, Delayed onset muscle soreness, hans kugler, Health, interview, karima hirani, Muscle, Physical exercise, radio, United States |