What is Homeopathy?

January 25, 2011 by admin  
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Homeopathy is a safe, natural form of medicine, based on the practice of treating like with like. Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words homios, meaning like or similar, and italios, meaning suffering.

Homeopathy is concerned with treating the whole mortal rather than the illness alone. The homeopath will consider the patient as a whole, both physically and psychologically, taking into statement the patient’s physical appearance, their likes, dislikes and their temperament. It is there fore a highly personalized form of treatment, so patients who apparently suffer from the same ill ness may be given advice for different medicines.

Homeopathy is a well established form of healing. Today many of the leading pharmaceutical companies are researching and mass-producing homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic medicines look very much like conventional medicines, are taken in the same way, but the way they work is entirely different.

The medicines are not synthetic and are derived from natural sources. Over 60% of homeopathic remedies are prepared from vegetable or plant materials. Other remedies are prepared from naturally occurring mineral substances, including metals, non-metallic substances, and mineral salts. Animal sources of homeopathic remedies include: Cuttlefish (the ink or juice provides sepia) and Honeybee.

Homeopathic medicines are prepared by obtaining the cure in its most concentrated form, and then, through a long process of dilution, by preparing a medicine whose potency is sufficient to effect a treatment. The potency describes the measure of the dilution of the cure and is denoted by the number which follows the study of the medicine itself. The higher the number, the greater the dilution (up to one part cure to one trillion parts dilutant).

Remedies

Homeopathic medicines, commonly referred to as remedies, may come from the plant, mineral, or animal kingdom. Some common remedies include: arnica montana, from the Leopard’s bane plant; belladonna, from the deadly nightshade plant; calcarea, calcium carbonate from oyster shells; sepia, from cuttlefish ink; and the element, sulphur.

Homeopathic remedies today are produced using the same dilution principles as in Hahnemann’s day. In a common dilution of 1:100, one drop of the homeopathic substance is added to 99 drops of water and/or alcohol. The mixture is then potentized by a process called “succussion” - repeated tapping on a hard surface for a specific length of time. Remedies may be diluted up to 1000 times, leaving only an infinitesimal trace of the substance. Remedies are typically diluted 10, 100, or 1,000 times, which translate into potencies that are marked with the Roman numerals X, C, and M. Homeopathic remedies range from 6X as the lowest potency to 1M or more as the highest potency.

Remedies can be taken orally in pill, powder, or drop form, rubbed topically, or injected. There are usually no side effects from homeopathic treatments, but a patient can experience what is called a “healing aggravation,” a temporary accentuation of symptoms. This is seen as a positive sign that the cure is working. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, a homeopath may choose an antidote, which produces the opposite effect of the remedy. The antidote may be another homeopathic remedy, or a strong substance, such as perfume, camphor, or coffee, which are known to block the effects of a remedy.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized homeopathic medicines as drugs since 1938, working with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention to produce and update their reference book of homeopathic medicines. Over the years, the FDA has classified homeopathic medicines as either prescription or more commonly as non-prescription (over-the-counter), depending on their strength. In the United Kingdom, homeopathic medicine has been part of the National Health Service (NHS) since it began in 1948. There are currently 5 homeopathic hospitals in the NHS. Homeopathic medicines are acquirable over-the-counter or by prescription.

Safety of Homeopathic Medicines

Because of the very, very small doses used in homeopathic treatment, the medicines are completely safe, non-addictive and have no unwanted side effects. The curative properties of the remedies are released even in extremely high dilutionand render the medicine completely innocuous for the treatment of both children and babies.

Always consult a practitioner before buying homeopathic remedies, and make sure that they are kept innocuous and out of the reach of all children.

Where dosing instructions have been followed, no case of toxic action has ever been reported in association with homeopathic medicines.

Receiving Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic treatment is practiced by fully eligible Health Practitioners who understand the philosophy of homeopathic medicine’s well as patients’ emotional and regular situations.

While some homeopathic medicines are readily acquirable in both regular pharmacies and health stores, you MUST consult your homeopathic practitioner before attempting treatment for any serious ailment or illness.

If you are currently on medication for a serious medical or psychological condition, you should NOT stop taking your medication in order to start homeopathic treatment. Your practitioner will advise you on the best course of treatment, often working with your internist or therapist.

Article courtesy of Rene Graeber graduated from the University of Munic in Educational and Sports Science

Spinal Decompression

January 25, 2011 by admin  
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Medical Studies Reveal New Pain Relief Treatment For Herniated or Bulging Discs, Sciatica, Severe and Chronic Back Pain, Disc Related Neck and Low Back Pain, or Spinal Stenosis…Without Surgery, Drugs, or Needles

The NEW Treatment for Low Back Pain… Spinal Decompression

Back Bay Wellness Spinal Decompression Center offers the latest cutting edge technology in the non-surgical treatment of serious chronic lower back pain and sciatica. Our commitment to offering the highest quality of care resulted in the addition of the FDA cleared Spinal Decompression technology for the treatment of back pain due to:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated and/or bulging discs

In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems usually was given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and if not progressing was sent for spinal surgery. Conservative chiropractic care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option… until now.

Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression was developed to effectively treat lower back pain and sciatica resulting from herniated or deteriorated discs. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

The NEW Treatment for Neck Pain… Cervical Decompression

This is a non-surgical option cleared by the FDA for cervical decompression. This technology marks another breakthrough in our commitment to providing the most effective solutions for our patients. Our system provides a comprehensive approach to the successful treatment of cervical pain, one of the most recognized problems in healthcare.

Spinal Decompression was designed by a specialized team of engineers to meet the needs of today’s patient, offering physicians the clinical outcome they desire and patients the quality of life they deserve. With our focus on innovation, we are committed to utilizing the latest cutting-edge technology to improve the quality of life for those suffering from herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and other back ailments.

Parkinson’s Disease & Chiro

January 25, 2011 by admin  
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How Chiropractic Care Relates to Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinsons is a degenerative disorder of the brain, results from the destruction of cells that produce dopamine. Typical symptoms include rigid muscles, tremor, bradykinesia (slow movement), gait disturbance, and postural instability.

The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease continues to be investigated, but some of the latest research shows us that accidents involving head trauma have been linked to the disease. After a whiplash-like injury has occurred to the spine, the vertebrae can misalign and cause compression of the brainstem and surrounding nerves. When this compression occurs, there is an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, which may begin to develop months or years after such trauma.

Chiropractic treatments can help Parkinson’s disease by correcting the spinal misalignments caused by trauma and removing compression of the brainstem and surrounding nerves. After nerve irritation has been removed, proper communication between the brain and spinal cord and the surrounding nerves is restored.

Automating the Office

January 25, 2011 by admin  
Filed under BBW News

A couple of articles in the New York Times draw attention to business models in medicine that slow the rate of improvement in medical service delivery.

Two main causes of the system’s ills are century-old business models, for the general hospital and the physician’s practice, both of which are based on treating illness, not promoting wellness. Hospitals and doctors are paid by insurers and the government for the health care equivalent of piecework: hospitals profit from full beds and doctors profit from repeat visits. There is no financial incentive to keep patients healthy.

“The business models were all created decades ago, and acute disease drove those costs at the time,” says Steve Wunker, a senior partner at the consulting firm Innosight. “Most businesses in this industry are looking at their business model as entirely immutable. They’re looking for innovative offerings that fit this frozen model.”

Why have old business models lasted so long in medicine? It seems hard to price wellness maintenance as compared to pricing procedures and consultations. How to incentivize individual doctors to keep patients healthy? It is a lot easier to say it is a worthy goal than to describe a system for doing it that would work financially. Anyone have suggestions along these lines?

I would like to see far more automation of diagnosis. This requires wider spread use of electronic medical records so that the data which medical expert systems need will exist in electronic form. It also requires an economic model for medical care that provides incentives for automation. Medical expert systems can make better diagnostic decisions because the huge and growing quantity of medical test results and the large number of diseases and treatments really test the limits of the human mind to process all that information. Medical expert systems can free up smart doctors to do more original creative work such as medical research and product development.

Most doctors in private practice still do not use electronic medical records systems, making them outliers in a world where a very large fraction of all high information work is done using electronic information systems. Digital medical records make the discovery of better medical practices possible.

The Marshfield Clinic, a large doctors’ group in Wisconsin, shows that computerized records can indeed improve the quality and efficiency of medicine. Yet the Marshfield experience suggests that the digital record becomes truly useful only when patient information is mined to find patterns and answer questions: What treatments work best for particular categories of patients? What practices or procedures yield the best outcome?

This group of doctors have used their medical software system to help cut total costs by allowing them to manage diabetic care more efficiently.

From mid-2004 through the third quarter of this year, the percentage of the clinic’s diabetic patients with blood cholesterol at or below the recommended level rose to 61 percent, from 40 percent earlier. The percentage with satisfactory blood pressure increased to 52 percent, up from 32 percent.

Over the same span, hospital admissions among Marshfield’s diabetic population fell — to 311 per 1,000 patients a year, from 360. Because a hospital stay for a diabetes patient ranges from $8,000 to $22,500, according to national statistics, Marshfield’s results translate into an annual cost saving of $7.3 million to $20.5 million.

But for the average private practice a reduction in the hospitalization rate of patients isn’t going to boost revenues. The money saved probably all flows to insurers. The system lacks incentives for most medical providers to go after these forms of savings and care improvement.

A medical marketplace which rewards use of expert systems, electric patient records, and reduction of total costs by use of more effective and productive methods of purveying treatments is what we need. How do we get there?