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The Medical Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – HBOT

What do you know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and its many medical benefits? Many of us think of sci-fi movies when we think about a hyperbaric chamber, but there is so much more to this natural therapy that can greatly speed recovery and promote healing for many different medical conditions. Angel Healing Group has an onsite Hyperbaric Chamber and Oxygen Concentrator that can help with some of these medical issues in a safe and natural way. Read on to find out more about our HBOT therapy and the medical benefits it provides.

What Is HBOT?

To understand Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy it is important to understand the way it works. First, the terms may seem confusing, but they are actually describing exactly what an HBOT chamber does. “Hyper-” means increased and “-baric” means pressure. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a special chamber where the normal 21% oxygen breathed under typical atmospheric conditions increases to 100%. This non-invasive chamber supports the entire body as it pressurizes to 100 percent oxygen – the equivalent of diving 33 to 45 feet below sea level.

What are the Benefits of Increasing Oxygen to 100%?

Oxygen is necessary for the production of cellular energy in the mitochondria of every cell in the body. By using 100% pure oxygen, the HBOT chamber has been shown to have extraordinary health benefits. When the human body takes pure oxygen into the bloodstream it dissolves at a greater rate. This means that the blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissue. More oxygen to the tissues can speed healing and recovery time. Over time and with multiple sessions of HBOT, the increased oxygen can support the body’s natural (oxygen dependent) wound healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation in bones and tissue, and improve new blood cell formation and nerve growth. HBOT improves oxygenation and can help patients with non-healing wounds, chronic wounds, ulcers, diabetic damage to feet/lower extremities, and aid in the healing of injuries and sores due to radiation therapy for certain cancers. Research has also found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy also has medical benefits including the following:

  • Restoration of functions for patients with traumatic brain injuries
  • Decompression illness due to diving
  • Patients with rapidly spreading infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Thermal burns
  • Brain abscesses
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Reduction in inflammation for those with radiation injuries
  • Some positive improvements in the functioning of autistic patients such as receptive language, eye contact, cognitive awareness, and an overall improvement in functioning.  in some.

In general, HBOT can: increase oxygenation to the body’s tissues, increase blood flow and circulation, boost white blood cell counts, enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics, and reduce swelling and pain. Our trained technicians can show you exactly what the therapy entails and how you may feel during the procedure. Most of our clients report feeling extra pressure in their ears, similar to going up or down in an airplane, but that regulates after a short time. The time spent in the chamber can be a time to relax, nap or watch some television.

Are you looking to find out more about HBOT beyond what the celebrities and science fiction movies have portrayed? Talk to one of our technicians about how this therapy can benefit you. We have included resources for you to explore, but don’t hesitate to contact us through our contact page on our website.

 

 

Resources:

“Hyperbaric oxygen inhibits stimulus-induced proinflammatory cytokine synthesis by human blood-derived monocyte-macrophages.” Clinical and Experimental Immunology

The Health Benefits of HyperBaric Oxygen Therapy

Novant Health – Hyperbaric Healing

 

Holistic Resolutions for 2019

It’s that time of year again when people around the globe celebrate the dawn of a new year. Although for some, it is merely the turning of the page on the calendar, for others it symbolizes a clean slate, a fresh beginning. As such, this is the perfect time to set some personal and/or professional goals for ourselves. Common resolutions of many of our clients include making healthier choices, taking better care of their bodies, sleeping more, finally quitting smoking– the list could go on. Making resolutions should not be yet another thing you promise yourself, only to abandon weeks later. We would like to suggest five actions you can take this year that can truly make a difference in your life. Here is our Holistic Resolutions List for 2019.  

Be Mindful

When making your list of resolutions this year be mindful of why you are making these promises to yourself. For example, do you want to get fit in order to wear a smaller size clothing or do you want to feel better every day? Or are you, perhaps, considering your children and improving your longevity in order to see them grow and have children of their own someday? Think about what your intentions truly are for the long run, not just the weeks following New Year’s Day. Remember, sometimes it is the journey rather than the destination that is most important.

Improve Athletic Performance

Instead of making a specific resolution to run faster or increase the number of reps you can lift, consider a general resolution about how you feel before, during, and after exercising. For example, Angel Healing Group offers a Biocharger service that can help muscles recover faster from workouts, improve mobility and flexibility, and improve your overall athletic performance. Our therapeutic massages can also improve circulation, help muscles recover faster, and strengthen the body’s immune system.

Help Your Body Help Itself

If you are struggling with inflammation, chronic diseases or illnesses, take some holistic steps to help your body help itself. One such way is our (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This type of therapy refers to breathing in conditions of 100% pure oxygen under high pressure. This process encourages oxygen to be quickly absorbed and dissolved into the bloodstream at an expedited rate. This can stimulate blood flow to damaged tissues, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, boost the supply of stem cells that are being circulated, and elevate the body’s natural immune defenses. We offer a convenient on-site Hyperbaric Chamber and Oxygen Concentrator at Angel Healing Group with trained practitioners to help you feel better.

Detoxify Your Body of Environmental Toxins

Our bodies are amazingly adept at being able to detoxify naturally. Our skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, and colon all work hard to remove waste from our bodies. Unfortunately, our environment exposes us to many toxins on a daily basis. Our Ionic Foot Baths are a great way to help boost your body’s ability to detoxify itself. These safe, efficient, and gentle baths can become a regular part of your self-care routine that will detoxify your organs. You will be amazed at the difference you will see after only 8 weeks!

Seek Guidance to Attain Your Goals

If you are hoping to improve your athletic performance, help your body work better, be less stressed, be more mindful, or understand nutrition that is right for your body, seeking guidance is a great first step. Our clinical herbalists can educate you about topics such as herbs, homeopathy, general nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle choices.

Visit our website if any of these services and resolutions resonate with you. Our services in HBOT, Ionic Footbaths, Biocharger, Therapeutic Massage, and Herbs and Homeopathy may be just the right thing to help you get started on your New Year’s Resolutions this year. We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy New Year from our family to yours.

How Toxicity Affects the Body

The human body is an amazing and complex organism. The labyrinth of components is designed to work together, much like the instruments in an orchestra work together to produce beautiful music. Every part of our body has a role to play. There are organs, cells, and systems whose sole functions are to make sure the body is working properly to rid itself of harmful toxins and work efficiently. When toxins enter our bodies, we may experience a wide spectrum of discomforts and/or chronic diseases. How do these toxins affect the body? Let’s examine how toxins impact us, how the body is designed to work, the common symptoms of toxins, and the methods of entrance into our body.

Our Balanced Bodies

The human body is composed in such a way that it can regulate itself when things get “out of whack.” For instance, when we get overheated, our skin sweats to cool itself off. If we are cold, our muscles shiver to warm up our bodies. When our body is exposed to toxins, our organs work hard to detoxify and eliminate the substance(s). Our liver, kidneys, skin, colon, and lungs are especially adept at ridding the body of unwanted toxins. We process out toxins in our sweat, urine, waste, and breath on a daily basis and minute to minute in order to keep our body balanced and healthy.

Unfortunately, when our systems are bombarded with too many environmental toxins, our organs and regulatory systems cannot adjust quickly enough to maintain homeostasis. In addition to that, our bodies will sequester toxins it cannot manage in our adipose (body fat) tissues to protect our vital organs. This basically means that our organs are working toward the goal of stable equilibrium maintained by physiological processes. Most of the time, our organs and regulatory systems maintain homeostasis without our awareness or even thought on our part. When the main pathways of natural detoxification are unable to keep up with the overload of toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis, then we begin seeing symptoms of discomfort or even diseases.

Common Symptoms and Methods of Absorption

A buildup of toxins can cause a large number of symptoms, ranging from small annoyances like a cough, rash, or headaches, to more serious complications such as fever, nausea, vomiting, chronic illnesses, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, aches and pains, extreme exhaustion, and even some forms of cancers.

The damage caused by these toxins may be widespread across organ systems, or the toxins may affect a singular area or organ. It is hard for researchers to tell the reasons why a toxin impacts one person differently from another, but most believe it is a combination of genetics, the amount of exposure, and the potency of exposure. Many of our clients who are looking for safe, gentle, and natural detoxification here at Angel Healing Group have experienced either acute short-term toxicity or chronic long-term symptoms of toxic exposure. Talk to one of our practitioners about what your specific symptoms include so that we can tailor a program unique to you and your needs.

Where are these Toxins Coming From?

The large number of toxins in our environment is likely due to chemicals in processed foods, plastic food packaging, prescription drugs found in trace amounts in our drinking water, synthetic clothes, synthetic carpets, building materials, house paints, mattresses, vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, household cleaning products, cosmetics and skin-care products, perfumes, consumer products, and even in the plastic in children’s toys.

While many of our clients are unaware of where and when they encountered their specific toxic exposure, there are believed to be three main routes that environmental toxins, such as the ones listed above that are able to enter the bloodstream and negatively affect the organs. Most toxins are inhaled, ingested, or have come in direct contact with a person’s skin. Vapors, dust, particles, and mist can be breathed in and enter the bloodstream via the lungs. Food and drinks can contain toxins that are transported to the rest of the body after they are absorbed in the intestinal tract. And finally, many people come in direct contact with toxins by touching items that have been made with chemicals or contain chemicals in the packaging. Research has shown that humans are exposed to hundreds of toxins on a daily basis when we use shampoo, cosmetics, drink out of plastic bottles, sip out of straws, eat processed food, and drink contaminated water. The list can go on and on.

Have you noticed any of the symptoms we discussed? Would you like to begin a regular detox program to help your organ systems keep up with toxins all around us? Please call our office or visit our website through the contact page and we can talk about the options that may be right for you.

Resources:

 

Toxic Effects – Extonet – Extension Toxicology Network

 

Signs You Have Too Many Toxins In Your Life

 

Fitness Foods – How Toxins Affect Our Health

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Cleansing

In recent years, the terms “cleansing” and “detox” have gone from fad craze status to increasingly more mainstream. More and more people are experiencing the positive effects of cleansing their body from harmful environmental toxins, whether they have chronic long-term illnesses, or are just looking for a way to feel healthier. In fact, all it takes is a quick keystroke or two on a Google search to find a long list of types of cleanses including: juice cleanses, colon cleanses, fruit detox, and sugar detox, to name a few. Unfortunately, all cleanses are not created equal, and there are caveats that we would like to stress when it comes to completing a cleanse. Here are a few “Dos and Don’ts” when it comes to choosing and carrying out a cleanse.

Why Cleanse?

Let’s start with a question that is often asked: What is the purpose of a cleanse? In our July blog How the Body Naturally Detoxifies, but Still Needs Help, we discussed how our organs, including our kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin, naturally work to detoxify our bodies of the toxins that surround us. We also discussed that our bodies still need help with this process due to our highly processed diets and over saturation of environmental toxins. For example, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, they found some pretty shocking results. On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. More recent studies on health and longevity show that fasting and detoxing can activate the SIRT1 gene. This gene can then turn off the diabetes and cancer gene. (Source: Oral Investigations July 20, 2018, Nutrition Feb. 3, 2018, Food Chemical Toxicology, July 4, 2009.)

Toxins in our food, water, and environment need to be cleared of our bodies in ways that are safe, effective, and gentle. The cleanses we endorse at Angel Healing Group are just that. Our cleanses include:

  • Colon Cleanse
  • IonCleanse Footbath
  • Basic Cleansing Diet

Dos and Don’t of Cleansing

When searching for a cleanse that is right for you, there are some things to keep in mind.

DO

  • Choose a detox that is right for you. Talk to our practitioners about what method is right for your unique situation. Always discuss your medical history with a practitioner before you begin any cleanse so as not to cause more harm than good.
  • Listen to your body during a cleanse. When a cleanse is done right, you should feel invigorated, not weak, dizzy, or excessively tired. A cleanse, no matter the type, should be safe, gentle, and effective.
  • Have a purpose. Go into a detox with the idea that it is a regular part of your healthy lifestyle, and NOT a quick fix.
  • Continue to hydrate and feed your body. Many detox programs have limited nutrition that can leave your body dehydrated and lacking the right nutrients and minerals to remain healthy.
  • Be mindful during a cleanse. Fasting, cleansing, or detox should always be done while in a restful state of mind. Try not to overexert yourself or take on stressful activities.

Do NOT

  • Follow a restrictive detox for an extended period of time. Depriving your body of needed vitamins and minerals can be detrimental to your body and health.
  • Cut calories too far. Your body will feel weak and go into conservation mode which can cause your systems to consume your body’s tissues.
  • Take laxatives, stimulants, and diuretics. These can be risky, unsafe, and cause an electrolyte unbalance.
  • Buy into trendy detox products that are not based on research or medical studies.

 

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control,  Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

The IonCleanse by AMD Foot bath Detox and Glyphosate Excretion

Debra Lynn Dadd, Glyphosate Found in 85% of Tested GMO Cotton Personal Hygiene Products (Jan 2016)

“SIRT1 Activating compounds reduce oxidative stress-mediated neuronal loss in viral induced CNS demyelinating disease.” Khan et al. Acta Neuropathologica Communications 2014, 2:3 http://www.actaneurocomms.org/content/2/1/3

“Epigenetic-based combinatorial resveratrol and pterostilbene alters DNA damage response by affecting SIRT1 and DNMT enzyme expression, including SIRT1-dependent γ-H2AX and telomerase regulation in triple-negative breast cancer.” Kala et al. BMC Cancer (2015) 15:672 DOI 10.1186/s12885-015-1693-

“The Protective Role of Sirt1 in Vascular Tissue: its Relationship to Vascular Aging and Atherosclerosis.”  www.aging‐us.com. AGING 2016, Vol. 8, No. 10.

“SirT1 Brings Stemness Closer to Cancer and Aging.”  www.impactaging.com. AGING, February 2011, Vol. 3. No 2

Oral Investigations July 20, 2018

Nutrition. Feb. 3, 2018

Food Chemical Toxicology, July 4, 2009.

 

Fibromyalgia and the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a widely misunderstood and mistreated condition that causes chronic pain, fatigue, and mental distress. Part of what we do here at Angel Healing Group is give our clients options to help alleviate the pain associated with this condition through therapeutic massage, often in coordination with other therapies. Let’s take a closer look at Fibromyalgia including the symptoms, causes and how the benefits of therapeutic massage can be a welcome relief for those living with this painful and often overlooked syndrome.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder resulting in abnormal pain processing. Most people suffering from this syndrome describe widespread muscle pain, tender point pain, extreme fatigue, morning muscle stiffness, headaches, sleep difficulties, anxiety and/or depression. In general, the symptoms resemble those of arthritis, but fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue, not the joints. The pain of this syndrome can range from mild to profound and is commonly described as having the flu all the time. To make matters worse, those living with Fibromyalgia often have dual diagnoses with other chronic conditions such as: chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and vulvodynia.

Prevalence

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), around 5 million adults aged 18 years or over in the U.S. experience the debilitating and chronic pain of Fibromyalgia. While men and children have been known to have the syndrome, more than 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women in middle age. Given these statistics, it is obvious that those who live with Fibromyalgia are not alone, although they often feel as though they are because they suffer for weeks and even years with symptoms that are not outwardly obvious.

Cause and Treatment Options

Although the cause of this syndrome is unknown, specialists in Fibromyalgia report in Medical News Today that risk factors include traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, and genetic factors. Recently, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) issued a recommendation against using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat fibromyalgia in their updated 2016 guidelines. Other drugs have been tested to ease mental distress and the widespread pain associated with the syndrome. Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs may help reduce pain. Unfortunately, further review has recommended that patients often stop using these drugs because they are not effective in relieving pain or because of their adverse effects. NIAMS puts forward a three-pronged treatment option for Fibromyalgia. It includes: traditional prescriptions to help with pain, lifestyle modifications, and complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage.

The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

For many people living with the pain of Fibromyalgia, traditional medicines have not been able to provide any relief. Complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage may hold the key for help with the pain, fatigue, headaches, mood, and muscle stiffness. Recent studies completed at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute examined the benefits of Therapeutic Massage for those with Fibromyalgia. The report concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin levels, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (basically a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and an improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complementary treatment for Fibromyalgia. In addition to this study, the National Institutes of Health also recommends supporting treatments such as therapeutic massage.

The benefits of therapeutic massage include:

  • Improved sleep patterns that allow for the body to begin to restore itself during a restful night’s sleep.
  • Improved circulation can alleviate headaches with better blood flow and nutrients to the brain.
  • Improved range of motion in joints and increased production of the body’s natural painkillers.
  • Improved muscle tone for those muscle groups that have become lethargic due to pain.
  • Improved mental clarity while relaxing muscle groups.
  • Improved mood due to the release of natural endorphins during the massage.

If you have questions about our therapeutic massage services, contact Angel Healing Group today. If you are homebound, we can also come to you if you’re in the Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties. Learn more about how this process can help you, by visiting our website and contacting us.

Resources

 

Why IonCleanse® is the Right Choice

An oft-repeated question we hear at Angel Healing is whether IonCleanse is the right choice. Maybe you too have decided that it’s time to look deeper at detoxification techniques that have been scientifically proven to keep your self-healing and self-cleaning processes functioning well. If you have begun the search for ways to feel better, whether it is preventing chronic disease, enhancing your immune system, improving your mental clarity, increasing your energy, or even improving your skin quality, then Ion Cleanses or foot bath techniques may be top on your list.

Unfortunately, Googling the terms “Ion Cleanse” or even “foot bath” could bring up potentially thousands of results. After sifting through the research and the scientific studies, you may come to the conclusion that we have already arrived at – the IonCleanse® is, by far, the most effective, safe, and gentle approach when it comes to detoxification methods that are available. Let’s take a closer look at these three reasons why IonCleanse® is scientifically the right choice.

Safety – Combining the power of electricity and water can be a dangerous endeavour, but the IonCleanse® safety record is well documented. In fact, it has a perfect safety record since its introduction in 2002. It is the only model that passed the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) and Ce (European Community) safety standards. Manufactured right here in the United States, the IonCleanse is the safest on the market.

Most Effective – Practitioners, clients, and researchers alike agree that the IonCleanse is the most effective detoxification technique. It is known to help balance the body’s regulating systems, and help the body better detoxify itself. Check out our testimonials on our website and the research listed below that reports on effectiveness.

Gentle – There are many products and services out there that claim to cleanse and detoxify the human body. Unfortunately, many of them are too fast and harsh. The IonCleanse® is slow, gentle, and balanced to ensure our clients’ safety. This foot bath supports our own self-righting mechanisms for health and longevity. Practicing detoxification regularly should be done in a gentle way, and always with a skilled practitioner, instead of trying something on your own.

Are you searching for a detoxification program that you can trust and make a part of your healthier lifestyle? Read more about the research behind the IonCleanse and visit our website. Contact us for scheduling, or to discuss the benefits of IonCleanse®.

Resources:
The IonCleanse by AMD Foot bath Detox and Glyphosate Excretion

The Environmental Working Group has a useful and free app, called the Healthy Living App. You can learn more here: https://www.ewg.org/apps/. Use it to scan a barcode and review the health and safety ratings for over 200,000 food and cosmetics products.

How the Body Naturally Detoxifies, but Still Needs Help

Have you ever just marveled at the magnificence of our bodies? Whether thinking, walking, talking, or digesting, the human body can seem like a work of mysterious perfection. Of course, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Each organ, muscle, and even the smallest cell has a purpose and a function. In our line of work, in which we focus on healing and detoxifying the body, we are especially amazed at the body’s natural ability to constantly self-heal and self-cleanse. Knowing this, many of our clients often ask: why, if our body naturally detoxifies, do we need further detoxification through such methods as an IonCleanse® foot bath, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) application, or Therapeutic Body Work? Let’s take a closer look at the way our organs naturally detoxify and why it is important to access other methods to support our internal systems.

Our Natural Detoxifying System

Human beings are born with a built-in detoxification system. The organs that take part in these functions include: the skin, liver, colon, kidneys, and respiratory system.

● Our skin is on the front lines in the fight against environmental toxins. Due to its elasticity and the fact that it is impervious to water, the skin prevents many toxins from entering our bodies to begin with. In addition, our skin releases toxins that are water-soluble through the natural process of sweating.

● The liver is our chief detoxifier that removes toxins from our blood.

● The colon helps eliminate solid waste from our internal systems.

● Our kidneys move more than 200 quarts of fluid through our bodies daily, expelling waste and toxins in the form of urine.

● The complex respiratory system expels metabolic wastes, such as carbon dioxide, in the simple form of an exhaled breath.

Why We Need Help Detoxifying

The human body is constantly working to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from all of these various systems. Unfortunately, in our everyday lives, we are exposed to more toxins than our bodies can handle. Environmental pollutants and toxins such as heavy metals (e.g. mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium) chlorine, pesticides, PCBs, molds, and fungal toxins (e.g. dioxins, chloroform, and phthalates) can slow down our organs’ natural ability to detoxify. The toxins we are talking about are not just in the form of carbon emissions from cars and trucks, but in the everyday items that we use in our home such as cosmetics, plastic water bottles, tap water, the foods we eat, toothpaste, and our beverages of choice, just to name a few. In fact, in the past 100 years, there have been over 120,000 chemical compounds created, with over 50% of those known to be toxic to human life. That is in excess of 60,000 toxic chemicals that can potentially find their way into our environment (Environ Work Group).

In order to support and enhance our body’s natural detoxification systems, we need to make detoxification part of our lifestyles. One way to do this is to access one of our services such as an IonCleanse® foot bath, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) application, or Therapeutic Body Work. Each of these programs can help reduce the effects of long-term exposure to toxins and environmental pollutants. Our clients find that the benefits can include: improved skin quality, increased energy, relief from pain conditions, enhanced immune functioning, increased mental clarity, and better digestion. No matter how cleanly you live or eat, external factors still require us to give our bodies a chance to dispel anything hampering the efficiency and quality of our own internal detoxification systems.

If you have questions about our detoxification services, contact Angel Healing Group today. Want to find out more about how this process can help your body function better? Visit our website and reach out to us with your questions.

Resources:

Mullerova and Kopecky. “White Adipose Tissue: Storage and Effector Site for Environmental Pollutants.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16925464

Environmental Working Group. Pollution in Minority Newborns: BPA and Other Cord Blood Pollutants. https://www.ewg.org/research/minority-cord-blood-report/bpa-and-other-cord-blood-pollutants#.Wzobzi2ZMn0

Needs for Ailing Knees

Surgery #2Six years ago I had a freak accident. Someone fell into my left knee at a “team building” workshop that was poorly organized.
Most know where I’m going with this.
My anterior cruciate ligament and my medial meniscus were damaged in the mishap.
This is a common injury with many athletes and lay folk alike.
The strange thing is that I have been extremely active all of my life and have done a multitude of sports, inclusive of ballet, without chronic injury and with very little sprains or strains over my 50 years of running, jumping, skating, yoga, dancing, swimming, cycling, hiking, climbing and whataver else was the activity du jour.
Five surgeries to the same knee later, I began an indepth search on what is called HIT Medicine from the Far East. The herb that stood out again and again in “Jow” formulas that are applied topically was Tienchi Ginseng also known as Panax notoginseng.

Panax notoginsengI, of course am terminally curious, and set about doing a search to see if there had been any modern research studies exploring the mechanism of Tienchi ginseng. Truly, it is enought that every Kung Fu artist uses Jows with excellent benefit and this should be enough for me, but I just can’t help myself.

I found a trail of breadcrumbs that lead me to this gem. In an early study, published in 2015, there it was, a well conducted and written expose’ of the possible mechanisms of Panax notoginseng of promoting self-repair of the anterior cruciate ligament. Bellow is the abstract and you may follow the links to the full free article.

I backed up from my computer after reading the entire study (with my magnifying glass, of course) and I wondered why I had spent the last 6 years and 5 painful surgeries where two of the three grafts screwed into my tibia failed. Why had I not given my injury a year or two and a boat load of Panax notoginseng to heal itself? I can only say that if something were to happen with my other knee, I am going the route of the martial art masters of old. With this new insight firmly planted in my mind, I am starting now to encourage my battered and still unsound left knee to heal to the best of its ability in the face of all the insults, trauma and scar tissue by taking Tienchi ginseng daily.

I’ll let you know how it goes…..

Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015 Jan 1;8(1):441-9. eCollection 2015.
Panax notoginseng saponins promote wound repair of anterior cruciate ligament through phosphorylation of PI3K, AKT and ERK.
Yu L1, Xie J2, Xin N2, Wang Z2.
 Abstract

Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS) are components derived from Chinese herb panax notoginseng and play important roles in the cure of wounds. However, how PNS plays this function is still unclear. In this study, we used MTT assay, wound healing assay, western blot, quantitative real time PCR and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect the effects of PNS on the proliferation, migration and expression of collagen and fibronectin of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) fibroblasts as well as the underlying mechanism. We found that PNS promoted the proliferation and migration of ACL fibroblasts and increased the expression levels of collagen and fibronectin. Further mechanism study indicates that PNS might play its function through the phosphorylation of PI3K, AKT and ERK. This study provides a possible mechanism for the function of PNS and lays foundation for further study on the function of panax notoginseng.

KEYWORDS:

ERK; PI3K/AKT; Panax notoginseng saponins; collagen; migration; proliferation

PMID: 25755732

The Divine is in the Details (Especially when it comes to Food)

I think most would agree that peanuts are a food that are fairly high on the allergen list.
I grew up eating peanut butter. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that, but my mother had a child almost every year, producing eight children in ten years. Peanut butter was quick, easy, satisfying and most of the children ate it without argument.
Many children today have full blown peanut allergies and those statistics continue to grow rapidly.
I often have these “what’s wrong with our food today” conversations with my father because it usually engenders lengthy “battles of scientific study” that are fun and mentally stimulating.
One of my continued arguments with my father, who was a PhD analytical chemist in food science for his entire carreer with the United States Army, is that if we would just embrace ancient sprouting techniques, we wouldn’t have most of the legume and grain reactions that we do today.
Well, I was mildly vindicated by an unlikely source.
My father purposefully walked into my kitchen several weeks ago and plopped his copy of Food Technology onto my kitchen table. It was open on page twelve and he points his finger at the article without saying a word.
“Germination Decreases Allergenicity of Peanuts” is the title of a 100 word article with a link to the research. The abstract was published ahead of print, but it is available in full text print online.

I didn’t know what to do. I could do my victory dance, or ask the question that most of us in the natural products industry ask which is, I wonder why the sudden interest in this ancient food technology? Is it because peanut sales are down?  Is it because the peanut industry is truly concerned about the probable allergenicity of this legume?

We may never know for sure what has inspired the scientific inquiry, but I was content to see the early possibility of confirmation regading sprouting making this food safer to consume, especially since it is linked with some of my most pleasurable childhood memories.

You can click on this title to read the abstract in PubMed.

J Food Sci. 2016 Jan;81(1):T255-61. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.13161. Epub 2015 Nov 30.

Beneficial Influence of Short-Term Germination on Decreasing Allergenicity of Peanut Proteins.
PMID: 26618608

It’s not just high cholesterol that increases CVD risk

Somewhere after Christmas and before the New Year, my mother called me late. I picked up the phone knowing something was up since it is uncustomary that either one of my parents calls me after 8PM. It was my mother calling for my father.
I had been watching my Dad since late autumn, suspecting a brewing heart condition. Well trained clinical herbalists take the pulses, the tongue and look at other signs that sometimes give us very early warnings for all kinds of imbalances before they become disease. I had been worried, but I was playing it cool. My father was not convinced it was his heart. His GP had given him a clean bill of health, but I was seeing too many signs that were pointing to his heart.
That strange, late evening Dad was having mild chest pressure. It wasn’t intense, it was almost in his esophagus and there were no other signs at all. He thought he had swallowed a vitamin sideways, but it wasn’t going away which was why he called me. Not wanting to be alarmist, I asked him to have a cup of chamomile tea, go back to bed and if he woke in the night with the same feeling, he was to go to the hospital under any and all circumstances.
Turns out my Dad was having a very mild heart attack. It was caught so early that there was no damage to any of his heart muscle.
Several weeks after the two stents were expertly sprung open in fairly blocked coronary arteries, my Dad asks the question which most might ask on meeting my father.
Why?
My father doesn’t smoke, has maybe one glass of red wine a week, eats incredibly well, doesn’t eat a lot of sugar, doesn’t eat fast food, is a perfect weight for his hight, is a very active gentleman farmer and his cholesterol levels were normal. At 82 he is outwardly the picture of health.
What the heck?!
What you can’t see is that my father has had a lifetime of tooth decay and periodontal disease. At first blush you may never attribute oral health as an inducer of CVD, but it can be.
Anyone who has a weak heart valve knows the antibiotic protocol before having their teeth cleaned. But its not necessarily the bacteria from the gums that is the culprit. There have been bacteria from the oral cavity found in atherosclerotic plaque which you can read about here:

J Oral Microbiol. 2014 May 15;6. doi: 10.3402/jom.v6.23408. eCollection 2014.

Bacteria and bacterial DNA in atherosclerotic plaque and aneurysmal wall biopsies from patients with and without periodontitis. 

PMID: 25006361 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4024159

What early research is finding is that gum disease can be a contributing factor to an overall systemic inflammatory response that may, over time, negatively effect the coronary arteries. A couple of research pieces that might start you thinking….

J Dent Res. 2011 Sep;90(9):1062-9. doi: 10.1177/0022034510397194. Epub 2011 Feb 14.

Novel endothelial biomarkers: implications for periodontal disease and CVD.

PMID: 21321068

Clin Sci (Lond). 2011 Apr;120(7):263-83. doi: 10.1042/CS20100429.

Endothelial progenitor cells: novel biomarker and promising cell therapy for cardiovascular disease.

PMID: 21143202

The real point to all of this inquiry is just to illustrate that our body systems are all connected. To focus only on our cholesterol levels as an indicator for whether we will have CVD or not doesn’t tell the whole story.

The liver sends cholesterol to areas where it thinks there’s a lesion and that signal is set off by certain inflammatory markers. It’s the same reason why sticky fibrin and platelets are sent to these areas and clots are formed. The body thinks there’s an injury or need for repair based on the inflammation signals. So, yes cholesterol has a part to play, but other systems, organs and tissues are suspect for influence on the underlying mechanisms.

Not that any of this is diagnostic in any way, but there is a golden thread here. The body is not the sum of its parts. The body is whole and coordinated and each aspect of it communicates with the totality of the being at all times.

It is a wondrous thing, our bodies and maintaining good health keeps some of us on our toes.

If you are interested in natural approaches to improving oral health, check out the Ayurvedic practice of Oil Pulling.

Take Good Care!