A boy in a children’s swimming pool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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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English: Seats on the common Hay fever sufferers beware, the plants are waist high. Compare to shot taken in March, 745152 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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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English: Basketball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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 |
English: Sweet dreams dreaming of snowhite and the seven dwarves – painting by Franz Schrotzberg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nightmares are a cause of interrupted sleep for children and others. In children, they are often a reflection of the events of the day or of relationship issues and so on. They happen in the second half of the sleep, during the ”REM” stage, and are more frequent in girls. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement and is a stage of lighter sleep. It is also called paradoxical sleep: although brain activity is very close to that of the day, it is very difficult to awake the persons that have entered the REM stage of their sleep. It has been said that the eyes are moving because they are following whatever happens in the dream, but this has not been completely proven. As a matter of fact even people who were born blind go through REM stages.
Night terrors are different. They are frequent and recurrent episodes of intense crying and fear during sleep: the child suddenly sits up and screams with her eyes opened, but she does not wake up and does not remember it the next morning. It happens during the deeper sleep, the non-REM sleep, in the first few hours after falling asleep (approximately an hour and a half after falling asleep). Most episodes last only a few minutes, but they may last longer before the child returns to normal relaxed sleep.
It occurs more often in boys, between age 3 and 5, when their central nervous system is still immature. Approximately 1% to 6% of children experience night terrors. The disorder usually resolves during adolescence. Less than 1% of adults will experience a night terror episode within their lifetime
Night terrors belong to the same category as sleepwalking and bed-wetting, the ‘’parasomnias’’ (those are sleep disorders with abnormal movements, emotions, etc. They usually happen during the transition from non REM to REM sleep). We are not sure what causes them but all of the following factors may be involved: stressful events, fever, sleep deprivation and overtired child, medications that have an action or side-effects on the brain.
Night terrors have been known since ancient times, although it was impossible to differentiate them from nightmares, until rapid eye movement was discovered last century.
Reassuring a parent that this disorder will almost always go away as the child grows is very important and part of the treatment. Creating a bedtime schedule that will increase the chances of restful sleep will help reducing the occurrence of night terrors.
You can treat night terrors and nightmares with homeopathy and I would recommend that you seek the expertise of a trained physician. Just to name a few, here are some commonly prescribed homeopathic medicines:
Stramonium 30C : the child is afraid of the dark and have nightmares. The sleep is of bad quality, often interrupted.
Kalium bromatum 30C: the child has nightmares and talks while sleeping.
When the situation is mixed, you can give five pellets of each 10 minutes before bed time and again if the child does wake up in the middle of the night.
–For night terrors:
Calcarea carbonica 30C, five pellets 10 minutes before bed time.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged CALCAREA CARBONICA, Health, homeopathic medicines, homeopathy, kalium bromatum, Night terror, Nightmare, Non-rapid eye movement sleep, Rapid eye movement sleep, Sleep, Sleep deprivation, Sleep disorder, stramonium | 2 Comments »
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This Tuesday, my interview with Josh Lane on “Here’s to your Health” was about sleep issues and how homeopathic medicines can help. I also covered some general knowledge about sleep, nightmares and so on. I think it was a nice piece so I wanted to share it with you. Click on this link to watch it. As usual, the whole show is very interesting and my segment starts at minute 51.
I hope it will not put you to sleep!
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A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When talking about the homeopathic pellets, there is a question that comes up from time to time: can someone who is lactose intolerant take the pellets since they are made of sucrose and lactose? Well, first let’s see what lactose is and what lactose intolerance means in a nut shell:
Lactose is the natural sugar found in milk and derived products. Once extracted, it is a very fine white powder that is very commonly used as an inactive ingredient in medications, both homeopathic and conventional. As a matter of fact, hundreds of pills contain lactose as a filler or a coating agent mainly because of four of its properties:
- Lactose is slightly sweet but has no taste, making it an ideal filler.
- Lactose prevents caking.
- Lactose can also be sprayed onto a pill to produce a shiny, hard coating, that makes the pill smooth and easier to swallow.
- The small amounts of lactose used in pills are generally very well tolerated.
Lactose is a complex sugar, meaning it has to be broken down to be assimilated and used by your body. To digest/break down lactose you need a specific enzyme called lactase and that is produced in the small intestine. Some people start producing less and less of this enzyme over time to a point that they have difficulties digesting milk and dairy products. When they do eat dairies, they can experience these symptoms:
- Pain or cramps
- Loose stools or diarrhea
They are called lactose intolerant but it does not mean that they cannot tolerate lactose at all. There many different levels of ”intolerance” and people learn to know what they can have and in what amount. Luckily, babies produce enough lactase so they can drink their mother’s milk (although there is an extremely rare condition known as Congenital lactase deficiency)!
Regarding lactose in homeopathic pellets, there is approximately 35 mg in 5 pellets, which is the common dosage. This is very little and not enough to trigger a reaction in most patients with lactose intolerance: most studies agree that symptoms of lactose intolerance begin to appear when a sensitive individual ingests between 3 and 7 grams of lactose, approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup of cow’s milk. (However, I am aware that there are persons who get a reaction even with very tiny amounts of lactose. But those are very rare cases and they know how to handle their condition.)
So lactose in pellets should not bother you if you are lactose intolerant. On the other hand, be careful with the amount of lactose in conventional medicines, because the quantities are higher and you usually have to take several pills a day. My cousin who had been diagnosed with lactose intolerance and was very cautious with his food, could not understand while he was still having digestive issues. Until a physician (my brother, the best!) pointed out that the lactose in the medicines that had been prescribed by another physician (not the best, obviously!) were responsible for his troubles. If you are concerned, read the notice of the medications as it lists the inactive ingredients (it does not say the quantities though) or you can ask your pharmacist to look into it.
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