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Sleeping Your Life Away

December 10, 2013 @ 10:39 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

We all know that sleep is important, but increasingly a lack of sleep is viewed as a public health crisis. It not only causes problems in our everyday life, but it’s contributing to chronic illnesses that haunt us down the road. Lack of sleep, or sleep insufficiency, has become such a problem that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research are working together to examine the true impact of the U.S. population’s sleep patterns on our national health.

Can’t Sleep? Turn off Your ipad Instead of Counting Sheep

An estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have trouble with sleep insufficiency, sleep disorders, or trouble falling asleep in the first place, also known as wakefulness disorders. Sleep insufficiency can be caused by our 24/7 access to technology and screens, our #1 in the world work schedules, or by sleep disorders such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, which makes you stop breathing for a few seconds while you sleep, wakes you up throughout the night to catch your breath, so your overall quality of sleep is poor. Snoring can be a major symptom.

 

Not Sleeping Can be Hazardous to Your Health

The effects of not getting enough sleep can be very dangerous and last much longer than feeling tired the next day. Too little sleep is linked to car crashes, industrial disasters, and medical mistakes. Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness may contribute to these dangerous situations.

People experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer less direct dangers from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, and cancer. Lack of sleep also causes stress, a major cause of inflammatory reactions in humans, which has been shown to cause accelerated aging in many ways. Since stress is a multifactorial event – emotional, psychological, and metabolic, stress and inflammation are not going to help any of these chronic diseases.

In fact, the most powerful anti-inflammatory treatment we have is sleep.

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Red wine, polar bear clubs, and low calorie diets may hold the secrets to longer lives for humans. Lately there has been a new addition to that family: Sirtuins. The Sirtuin family of proteins are key regulators of critical physiologic functions like stress response, cell survival, genome stability and most interestingly, longevity. But what about the red wine?

Why Do the French Make Us So Jealous?

For years scientists theorized that Resveratrol, a polyphenol produced by plants that are stressed by UV radiation, drought, fungus or bacteria, is responsible for the French Paradox – the low incidence of heart attacks among the French despite eating a diet high in saturated fats. A polyphenol is an antioxidant that has properties that combat aging, and Resveratrol is found in red grapes. The precise mechanism isn’t understood, but it is believed that Resveratrol-laden red wine is the reason the French can eat so much meat and cheese without suffering heart attacks.

Resveratrol has been in many studies since then. In mice and rats it was found to increase the length of telomeres, the protective caps at the end of chromosomes that get shorter with aging. Studies on humans showed multiple beneficial effects on human health.

What is Resveratrol Up to Now?

Recently studies have shown that Resveratrol can activate the Sirtuin proteins, particularly those that trigger longevity. These Sirtuins have been shown to lengthen the lives of mice subjected to low calorie diets. There are also studies that show they can be activated by moderate exposure to cold, such as that experienced by members of polar bear clubs, who swim in cold lakes and oceans during the winter. Considering that Resveratrol is a subject of many human and animal studies exploring its anti-inflammatory, blood sugar lowering and beneficial cardiovascular effects, it is very exciting to know that Resveratrol has such an interesting relationship with another longevity-prone molecule.

(A Molecular Mechanism for Direct Sirtuin Activation by Resveratrol. Melanie Gertz, Giang Thi Tuyet Nguyen, Frank Fischer, Benjamin Suenkel,Christine Schlicker, Benjamin Fränzel, Jana Tomaschewsk, Firouzeh Aladini,
Christian Becker,Dirk Wolters,Clemens Steegborn; Published: Nov 21, 2012 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049761/ http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0049761

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Yeast Syndrome. Confusion, Deception and Altered Reality

March 19, 2012 @ 5:52 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Yeast syndrome was first described in 1986 by Dr. William Crook, who called it “Candida Hypersensitivity Syndrome”.  Yeast syndrome is a very controversial issue in many respects. Current view in the world of conventional medicine is that there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of “yeast syndrome” or yeast hypersensitivity, and it is not a valid diagnosis.

Confusion, deception and altered reality are prominent in Homeopathic drug picture of any fungus (Psilocybe, Secale, LSD, Agaricus, Bovista and other). So, it is not surprising that there are so many disagreements even on the issue of reality of Yeast syndrome. Furthermore, the disease is so deceptive that doctors do not consider these patients sick.

The problem of “Candida patients” is that for a long time they look too good to be sick, and there labs are normal. They travel from one physician to another, ending at some point in the office of psychiatrist because “It is all in your head”. Doctor Crook described the situation in a concise fashion – “Your problems are probably Yeast related if you crave sweets, feel sick all over, have taken many antibiotics, and have seen many physicians and have not found help”.

Supporters of Yeast syndrome attribute to Candida albicans a broad range of symptoms and health problems, that include heartburn, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, belching, depression, chronic fatigue, attention deficit, memory problems (brain fog), anxiety, frequent mood swings, PMS, food sensitivities, cystitis (burning urination), fungal skin infections, chronic urticaria, atopic dermatitis, eczema, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.

Sudden mood swings is the most peculiar symptom of Yeast syndrome. The mood can change from good to very bad few times a day. Anger is a predominating emotion. Suppressed anger may manifest in ulcerative colitis, eczema, hypertension, migraine headaches, and pain in the neck. Neck pain is very common in patients with Yeast syndrome. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse is a common childhood experience in these patients.

Psychological profile of “Candida patients” may be summarized as feeling of frustration, being misunderstood, rejected, unloved and alone. Forgetfulness and lack of concentration are prominent. They feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Yeast syndrome is caused by increased use of antibiotics, sugar and yeast-containing foods (beer, bread, cheese and wine), use of oral contraceptives, diabetes, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) deficiency, stress, immunosuppression.

In the gut Candida albicans forms colonies firmly attached to mucous membranes. Candida feeds in the bowel on sugars, simple carbohydrates and fermented foods, such as alcohol and cheese. This is why “Candida patients” crave sweets, bread, pasta, pizza and potatoes.

On the skin Candida forms red well-demarcated patches mostly in skin folds, underneath breasts, between the toes and on the finger webs.

Diagnosing Yeast Syndrome

I strongly suspect Yeast syndrome on the basis of clinical symptoms, some of which were listed in first paragraphs. The most frequent presenting complaints of “Candida patients” are chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, food allergies and skin problems.

I consider skin sensitivity testing for Candida (Modified Quantitative Testing) to be helpful in assessing the degree of sensitivity to yeast. I use it also as a guiding tool for homeopathic therapy. In the case of Candida Hypersensitivity (Yeast syndrome) immediate response may be modest but substantial delayed sensitivity reaction lasting for days and weeks may follow.

Treatment of Yeast Syndrome.

I use homeopathic remedies (homeopathic immunotherapy), diet, probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide infusions, and Chelation therapy (if toxic metals burden is high).

Nutritional modifications include removing foods that patient is sensitive to, yeast-containing foods, sugars and simple carbohydrates.

Sensitivity to molds is almost always present in “Candida patients”. It is helpful to check for sensitivity to specific molds with modified quantitative testing and treat it with homeopathic immunotherapy.

Removing heavy metals, especially Mercury (in case of substantial load) is highly advisable due to the connection between mercury and leaky gut syndrome (another syndrome that is not recognized by conventional medicine). In leaky gut syndrome the lining of the gut becomes permeable for Candida which sets up its presence in lymphoid tissues of the bowls. There Candida produces toxins that affect production of secretory antibodies in the lining of the gut. It leads to dysbiosis due to decreased ability of the gut lining to keep abnormal bacteria from colonizing the bowl. Even if this theory is wrong there is no advantage of keeping toxic metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, etc.) in your tissues. Heavy metals have no known functions in physiology of humans, except for toxic ones. Toxic metals suppress intracellular “breathing” and production of ATP (intracellular power depot).

During effective treatment of Candida the die-off reaction is likely to occur. Patient may experience flu-like symptoms – malaise, pain in the joints and muscles, headaches, sometimes sore throat. Complaints of dry mouth,  increased bursts of anger and mood swings are frequent. Temporary aggravation of fungal skin lesions is likely to occur. Die-off reaction is considered to be due to destruction of Candida cells which is accompanied by release of toxic intracellular content. Die-off reaction may happen also with conventional treatment with antifungal drugs like Nystatin.

If patient is too uncomfortable during die-off reaction frequency of homeopathic treatments may be changed.

Patients with Yeast syndrome frequently have chronic viral infections. Hydrogen Peroxide infusions help to decrease the viral load which eases the work of immune system.

Following the principle of decreasing toxic load by eliminating foods that patient is sensitive to, decreasing toxic metals and viral load, decreasing sensitivity to molds – is important in treatment of Yeast syndrome.

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Yeast Syndrome. Confusion, Deception and Altered Reality. Part I.

October 23, 2011 @ 12:14 am
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Yeast syndrome was first described in 1986 by Dr. William Crook, who called it “Candida Hypersensitivity Syndrome”. Yeast syndrome is a very controversial issue in many respects. Current view in the world of conventional medicine is that there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of “yeast syndrome” or yeast hypersensitivity, and it is not a valid diagnosis.

Confusion, deception and altered reality are prominent in Homeopathic drug picture of any fungus (Psilocybe, Secale, LSD, Agaricus, Bovista and other). So, it is not surprising that there are so many disagreements even on the issue of reality of Yeast syndrome. Furthermore, the disease is so deceptive that doctors do not consider these patients sick.

The problem of “Candida patients” is that for a long time they look too good to be sick, and their labs are normal. They travel from one physician to another, ending at some point in the office of psychiatrist because “It is all in your head”. Doctor Crook described the situation in a concise fashion – “Your problems are probably Yeast related if you crave sweets, feel sick all over, have taken many antibiotics, and have seen many physicians and have not found help”.

Symptoms of Yeast Syndrome

Supporters of Yeast syndrome attribute to Candida albicans a broad range of symptoms and health problems, that include heartburn, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, belching, depression, chronic fatigue, attention deficit, memory problems (brain fog), anxiety, frequent mood swings, PMS, food sensitivities, cystitis (burning urination), fungal skin infections, chronic urticaria, atopic dermatitis, eczema, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.

Sudden mood swings is the most peculiar symptom of Yeast syndrome. The mood can change from good to very bad few times a day. Anger is a predominating emotion. Suppressed anger may manifest in ulcerative colitis, eczema, hypertension, migraine headaches, and pain in the neck. Neck pain is very common in patients with Yeast syndrome. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse is a common childhood experience in these patients.

Psychological profile of “Candida patients” may be summarized as feeling of frustration, being misunderstood, rejected, unloved and alone. Forgetfulness and lack of concentration are prominent. They feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Yeast syndrome is caused by increased use of antibiotics, sugar and yeast-containing foods (beer, bread, cheese and wine), use of oral contraceptives, diabetes, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) deficiency, stress, immunosuppression.

In the gut Candida albicans forms colonies firmly attached to mucous membranes. Candida feeds in the bowel on sugars, simple carbohydrates and fermented foods, such as alcohol and cheese. This is why “Candida patients” crave sweets, bread, pasta, pizza and potatoes.

On the skin Candida forms red well-demarcated patches mostly in skin folds, underneath breasts, between the toes and on the finger webs.

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Treating Auto-immune Diseases.

October 7, 2011 @ 4:56 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Part I. Hidden Food Intolerance.

Summary: Foods can trigger an auto-immune response in sensitive individuals which leads eventually to autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, fatty liver, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.). Patients with autoimmune and degenerative diseases should be tested and treated for hidden food intolerance, Yeast syndrome and Mercury toxicity.

The hallmark of autoimmune diseases is production of antibodies against one’s own tissues. The immune system sees its own proteins as foreign. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis antibodies are produced against the thyroid gland which causes inflammation of the thyroid. In Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy antibodies are produced against myelin that insulates the nerves. In Rheumatoid Arthritis antibodies are produced against synovial lining of joints.
Modern research suggests that consumption of foods that the person is sensitive to can stimulate production of auto-antibodies. These auto-antibodies damage the patient’s own tissues and organs. They can trigger multiple conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, fatty liver, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathies, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic pancreatitis, Myasthenia Gravis and other.
Currently there is no consensus on what causes production of auto-antibodies. Everyone agrees that it is some kind of “break” in the function of immune system. Inadequate digestion of proteins, dysbiosis (Yeast syndrome), leaky gut syndrome, and genetic factors are blamed as a culprits.
Genetics:
In a last 30 years the rate of autoimmune diseases in developed countries grew at a very high rate, together with degenerative disease like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, strokes. In fact it is difficult to separate degenerative and autoimmune conditions, as auto-immune mechanisms are also implicated in development of degenerative diseases.
There are some other factors in play here besides genetics. Genetic factors predispose to the diseases, but environmental factors trigger their expression. The most obvious environmental factors that really changed in a last 30-40 years are – nutrition, exposure to chemicals and heavy use of antibiotics.

Nutrition/Hidden Food Allergy:
In a last few million years humans adopted to the use of certain foods. In a last 10,000 years we added dairy products, grains, yeast to make alcohol and bread, and later beet sugar. Globalization of food markets introduced new foods to local markets, which exposed Europeans to sugar cane in 11-12 century during the crusades; corn, tomatoes, and potatoes in 15 century with conquistadors journey to the New World; and to soy in a last few decades. In a relatively short time (from evolutionary perspective) Europeans added new proteins for their gastrointestinal tracts to digest, and new antigens for their immune systems to play with. These are foods with antigen structures that the immune system of Europeans did not see before.
At the core of the problem is inadequate digestion of proteins contained in these “newcomers”. The end-point of healthy protein digestion in the gut is amino acids. When the digestive tract cannot split protein to amino acids it clips proteins into big chunks (chains of amino acids). Once absorbed, these chains of amino acids are recognized by immune system as “foreign” proteins. The immune system produces antibodies to neutralize “foreign” proteins in a same fashion as it does with viruses and bacteria. Immune (antigen-antibody) complexes are “dumped” into tissues (vascular lining, fat, thyroid, liver, joints, brain, etc.). White blood cells (macrophages) are attracted there to digest these antigen-antibody complexes. They start inflammatory process in target tissues – blood vessel, thyroid gland, liver, brain, myelin and joints.

Some of the undigested chunks of proteins may be structurally similar to tissue proteins of the thyroid, liver, myelin and other tissues and organs. The immune system may “confuse” “foreign proteins” coming from digestive tract with its own proteins in tissues and organs.
Needless to say that nutritional value of food that produces such disorder in the immune system is negligible. It mostly damages the immune system and perpetuates auto-immune diseases and inflammation.

In a last 30-40 years thousands of chemicals were added to foods – as dyes, stabilizers, for taste-changing and other purposes. They are mostly carbon compounds, and in no way can they be considered food items. Most of them are unknown to our digestive and immune systems. They may be viewed by the immune system not as nutrients, but as “foreign bodies” that need to be neutralized. If you care about your health these chemicals must be taken off your “food list”. Check what is written on the packaging of processed foods. The rule of thumb is – if you see a name of a chemical that you cannot pronounce – stay away.
As you see, we keep our immune system very busy. ( Later I will  also discuss how we strain immune system via lungs and skin). Abstention from food or foods that patient cannot adequately digest, which as a result trigger production of antibodies, is extremely important in treatment of any auto-immune disease.

Currently five foods are at the top of the list of allergenic products – cow’s milk, wheat, corn, egg and soy. Four out of five allergens are the “latest additions” to the menu of Westerners.
(To be continued)

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Roman Vacation, Marquis de Sade and Notes on Subconscious

September 26, 2011 @ 8:08 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

If you ask a few people to describe the same place (thing, symptom etc.), each of them will describe it in accordance with his or her sensitivity. Stated simply, they will describe themselves through the image of the place. In other words, they will describe their “experience” of the place (thing or symptom). This experience is unique for each person. It is a good “entrance point” to the subconscious and I use this method when I conduct any homeopathic cases. Sensations, in a way, are derivatives of  the subconscious. I ask a patients to describe his chief complaint, for example a headache. We have a better chance to get in touch with the subconscious when describing the most “sensitive” issue which for many people is their chief complaint. However there are some people who have “easy access” to their subconscious. In this case subconscious issues are easily revealed on discussion of any topic which simplifies homeopathic prescribing.

On  my last trip to Rome I had a funny corroboration of this observation. Many writers each in their own unique way admired Piazza del Popolo when they entered it via the northern gate. Marquis de Sade described it in very peculiar way – in accordance with his subconscious  - as “very erotic” piazza.  Cupolas of two churches look like a woman’s breasts with a phallus of Egyptian column between them.

Everyone who looked at the picture after my introduction agreed with Marquis, and asked me to e-mail the picture. But these are examples of induced delusions that have no value in homeopathic prescribing.

Resolving Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Injury with Neural Therapy

September 10, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Summary: Memories of Physical, Emotional and Psychological aspects of injury are stored together. Emotional and psychological consequences of injury can be resolved with Neural Therapy  by blocking an injured site or organ with Novocain.

We experience life in physical, emotional and psychological aspects simultaneously. Physical, emotional and psychological experiences of injury are stored in the memory together – in the same “folder”.  An old scar from a dog bite may be linked in the memory to emotion of fear associated with palpitation of the heart, hyperventilation, elevated blood pressure, and to psychological behavioral changes, like avoidance of certain streets, people, situations. If this person later develops anxiety or panic attacks injecting the old scar with Novocain (local anesthetic) may stop anxiety or panic attacks. Novocain blocks impulses coming from the scar to the nervous system via vegetative nerves. For 20 minutes the nervous system stops “seeing” the scar. It “closes the injury folder” together with emotional and psychological content.

One of my patients developed depression and anxiety. She had her tonsils removed when she was a child. It was very frightening experience for her. One injection of Novocain to the area of tonsils was enough to cure her depression and anxiety. She called me the next day to thank me for a “miraculous” recovery. She also reported resolution of arthritic knee pain that had bothered her for several months.

Another patient was suffering from anxiety. He was feeling insecure – sleeping with a gun under his pillow and being aware of every noise in his house. His condition improved dramatically after I injected Novocain to the post-surgical scar that he had since the age of 4. He had surgery for an inborn benign tumor of the chest wall. The experience of surgery – separation from mother, mask put on the face of a child, pungent smell of ether, fear of death were all “stored” in the same” folder” with the post-surgical scar. Injection of Novocain to the old scar discontinued impulses to the nervous system and “closed the folder” in memory together with its emotional and psychological content.

During an interview I always try to identify the “traumatic” experiences in a patient’s life. Emotional, psychological and physical experiences related to the impact are stored in the same memory “folder”. When I block the area of an old injury with Novocain – I “close” the whole “ folder” that carries emotional and psychological consequences of the event. This is why after I block the old scar with Novocain, the patient may experience emotional “release”. It usually happens in a first 20 minutes after injection in a form of crying “for no-reason”. This is how a clinical closure of the “injury folder” in memory looks like.

The concept of “Focus of irritation” (“field of interference”) in Neural Therapy relates to the area of old injury, scar, or diseased organ that many years after injury still bombards vegetative nervous system with impulses. The organ may be considered cured, the scar may be painless, but the “focus of irritation” exists and keeps the nervous system busy analyzing these impulses. It distracts nervous system from monitoring functions of immune and hormonal systems. As a result the immune and endocrine system cannot adequately perform their routine day-to-day operations – eliminating viruses, bacteria, cancerous cells, keeping hormones at optimal level.  Blocking the “focus of irritation” with Novocain frequently cures medical conditions seemingly unrelated to the location and nature of injected site.

There are few signs that make me consider the site (organ or scar) to be the “focus of irritation”. Time wise “focus of irritation” of course must precede current condition that we treat; location of the scar has to be on the side of chief complaint, the injury must bear significance for patient in physical or psychological respect; and patient should make spontaneous “connection” to it. A patient’s subconsciousness has information of where the “focus of irritation” is.  It is very interesting phenomenon that my teacher Dr. Ulrike Aldag brought to my attention when she taught me Neural Therapy.
These are some examples of my Nueral Therapy cases:

76 years old woman complained to me recently of severe fatigue. “When I walk I feel like heavy weights are attached to my legs”. Patient had big scar at the skin of shin bone left after osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone) that she had 72 years ago at the age of 4. I injected the scar with Novocain, and next day she informed me that she had an increase in her energy level.

42 years old woman came to me complaining of frequent migraine headaches in the left temporal area. I cured her with an injection of Novocain to the old scar on the palm of left hand. She had this scar since childhood, when she was injured with broken glass.

Young woman had low back pain radiating to the right leg for 10 years. Pain was worse when she was sitting. When she came to my office she had to stand or walk while talking to me. I injected Novocain to the area of the thigh where she had surgery 10 years ago before low back pain started.  The pain subsided, and she was able to go back to work.

Yeast Syndrome

@ 6:36 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

It is not me who wants to eat! It is the Yeast!

I do skin tests for Candida as a part of food sensitivity diagnostic work up. Just recently I tested a woman whose chief complaint was significant weight gain (20 pounds in 2 months) due to ferocious appetite. Sometimes she felt that she had to eat right away. She also complained of other symptoms consistent with Yeast syndrome, like frequent bloating and gas, desire for baked products and sweets. When I tested her with the antigen to Candida she immediately felt severe hunger (“I am hungry like a wolf”), bloating and rumbling in the abdomen. I gave her antidote to Candida, and these uncomfortable sensations disappeared.

When I told her that it was Candida (during test patient does not know which food antigen she is tested for) she replied – “So, it is not me who wants to eat! It is the Yeast!”

This was a very insightful comment. Yeasts thrive on sugar, they demand it.

Neural Therapy

@ 6:35 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Neural therapy is a treatment by which Novocain (local anesthetic) is injected into scars or dysfunctional tissues referred to as the “focus of irritation” (“Field of Disturbance” in German sources). The key concept in Neural Therapy is that any affected organ can leave an active “focus of irritation” in the nervous system in spite of apparent recovery. Such primary lesion can create health problems elsewhere in the body even many years later. For example, acute upper respiratory tract infection can leave the sinuses or tonsils as a long-lasting “focus of irritation” creating chronic illness. A sinus or tonsil “focus of irritation” is frequently responsible for such varied symptoms as chronic arthritis, neck pain, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, and PMS. If this scar or diseased tissue is injected with a local anesthetic marked improvement and even full recovery occurs in areas seemingly unrelated to the injected site.

Developed in Germany Neural Therapy is now vastly popular there. At the moment little is known of this treatment in the English speaking world.

Neural therapy is used to treat chronic pain, along with a variety of illnesses, such as arthritis of different kinds (including Rheumatoid arthritis), low back pain, migraine headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, chronic fatigue, allergies, sinusitis, gynecological and urological conditions, impotence, urinary incontinence, phantom pains and many others. Response to treatment can be dramatic with fast improvement of long lasting ailments. Successful Neural therapy treatment usually improves emotional and psychological states as well (anxious and depressive conditions).

There are few theories that explain the effects of Neural Therapy. They emphasize the role of nervous, lymphatic, fascial systems or extracellular space.

History of Neural therapy is full of dramatic discoveries and miraculous healings. In 1926 German physician Ferdinand Huneke successfully treated an intractable chronic migraine headache with an accidental intravenous injection of Novocaine. In 1940 he injected an osteomyelitis scar on a patient’s leg with Novocaine, and instantly cleared severe intractable chronic pain in her shoulder. This was later called Huneke phenomenon or “lightning reaction”. I frequently encounter this phenomenon in patients with different painful conditions, especially arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgic pains.

In 1940 another German physician Hubert Siegen performed animal experiments to study allergic phenomena. He discovered that injecting Novocain under the skin at the site of the first exposure to the allergen prevents allergic reactions at the subsequent exposures to the allergen whatsoever. This experiment proves the point that allergic reactions do not only depend on the presence of antibodies but also largely depend on the tissue memory. By anesthetizing the very tissue that holds the memory of the first exposure to the allergen, the antibodies which are present in the blood stream can no longer over-react to repeated injection of the allergen.

This discovery gave explanation to the successful cure of allergies with Neural therapy.

Hidden Food Intolerance

@ 6:35 pm
posted by Doctor Ostrovsky

Have you heard of hidden food intolerance? Many people are sensitive to food that they eat every day, and they do not know about it. This hidden food intolerance stresses the immune system and may cause asthma, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, intestinal dysbacteriosis, candidiasis (Yeast syndrome), irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Menier’s disease, sinusitis, thyroid disorders, urticaria, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue, arthritis, migraine headaches, eczema, psoriasis, obesity and many other conditions. I use special tests to identify food items that the patient is uniquely sensitive to. Eliminating these foods from diet improves patient’s health and well being.

During skin testing for hidden food allergies I introduce antigens of different foods one after another to the skin. If a patient is sensitive (allergic) to the food in a first few minutes or seconds he experiences sensations that he usually is able to recognize. “Oh, I know this feeling” or “I have this headache sometimes”, “I frequently have this fatigue” and so on. Then I give him the antidote to this specific food antigen and the uncomfortable symptoms disappear.  This way of testing allows patient to experience the impact of each food on his body.