Issue 50


 Procedure Performed at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.

Antiemesis with clinical use of P6 acupuncture

This article reviews the role of acupressure stimulation of the P6 point as an antiemetic modality. The author concludes that for reduction of morning sickness the pressure needs to be applied for five minutes every two hours. In well controlled studies acupuncture given before opioid premedication significantly reduced postoperative sickness for six to 12 hours. Noninvasive methods were beneficial for a shorter period of time, usually up to two hours. The most beneficial effect is when the treatment is given before the opioid. This treatment has shown some benefit in postoperative sickness, morning sickness and cancer chemotherapy. In cancer chemotherapy it has shown benefit in conjunction with standard antiemetics. Self-administration with electrical stimulation of P6 has shown the best results with 10-15 hz applied for five minutes to the point on the forearm. This method appears to have benefit in 80 to 85% of patients, especially when applied every two hours. A DC stimulator with a fixed frequency and adjustable current output is utilized. Patients sometimes need higher current levels when operated by other people. Self-administration is difficult sometimes due to nausea and vomiting. Careful explanation of the machine is important. Most patients report positive responses and like to play an active role in their treatment.

"Clinical Uses of P6 Acupuncture Antiemesis", Dundee, John W., Ph.D., OBE, PhD and McMillin, Christine M., BSC, Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Res. Int. J., 1990;15(211-215).




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Performed at MWA by Michael Steinhauser, D.C. & Martin Gallagher, M.D., D.C.

Hypometabolism, T3, T4

This is a theory of "hypometabolism" of fibromyalgia put forth by Dr. John Lowe, a chiropractic physician. The theory notes that there is a hypometabolism which occurs in the cells that can be corrected by T3 supplementation along with physical therapy, aerobic exercise, stretching and toning exercises, nutritional supplements and forms of relaxation. Exercise is very important to increase the benefit provided by T3.

"A New Explanation of Fibromyalgia: The Hypo-Metabolism Hypothesis," Lowe, John, C., The Fibromyalgia Research Foundation.




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Allerzyme, exclusively available from Medical Wellness Associates, is a combination of powerful enzymes that helps break down food and counteract inflammation. Bromelain and Papain, two of its components, “digest” offending proteins that enter the body and trigger allergic reactions.
The pancreas is a digestive organ located just below the stomach. Its primary job is to produce enzymes required for the digestion and absorption of food. Each day the pancreas secretes 1.5 quarts of pancreatic juice into the small intestine. These enzymes break down food by breaking the chemical bonds that hold food molecules together.
Allerzyme is used for impaired digestion due to either pancreatic insufficiency or a disease like cystic fibrosis. Digestive impairment, especially if it is caused by low hydrochloric acid (HCL) and pancreatic enzyme production, will often trigger allergic sinusitis and cause the immune system to work overtime. Improper digestion permits incompletely digested food proteins to enter the bloodstream where they are perceived by the body to be foreign invaders and become targets of antibody counterattacks.
Allerzyme is helpful in cases of incomplete digestion of proteins that can led to other problems in the body, including the development of allergies and the formation of toxic substances produced during the breakdown of protein material by bacteria.

Each Allerzyme ingredient has a specific role. Protease breaks down protein molecules into single amino acids that are a critical to proper protein digestion. Amylase is helpful in the breakdown of starch molecules into smaller sugars. Lipase functions along with bile in the digestion of fats. Trypsin, a supplemental pancreatic enzyme, aids in digestion. This in turn reduces stress on the pancreas and allows the body to redirect energy to other areas. Crymotrypsin is a supplemental pancreatic enzyme. Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory and anti-pain agent, strengthens the blood cells and Papain is an anti-inflammatory enzyme.



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7 Natural Cures for Cramps That Actually Work

Ah, that time of month. Period struggles often seem like the definition of life kicking you when you’re down—you’re bloated, you’re cranky, all you want to eat is pizza, and it feels like there’s a siege on your lower abdomen. While not fitting into your jeans and lashing out at your friends, coworkers, and significant other can all be dealt with in some shape or form, dysmenorrhea—better known as menstrual cramping—is a tougher nut to crack. If twice the recommended dose of Motrin just isn’t working like it used to, give these more natural cures for cramps a try.

1. Vitamins
They’re not only useful for better skin and hair: Arielle Levitan MD, a physician and cofounder of Vous Vitamin LLC, says that certain vitamins, like vitamin B6, vitamin E, and magnesium, can be of great help when it comes to preventing and treating menstrual cramps. Some women find that taking the vitamins regularly can even help prevent the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps from occurring in the first place. We’re partial to magnesium supplements—in fact, magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral, and its muscle-relaxing properties help to significantly relieve cramps, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, a medical doctor and nutrition expert and author of The Magnesium Miracle and The Complete Natural Guide to Women’s Health.

2. Dark Cherry Juice
Delicious and effective. “My favorite cure for cramps is 2 ounces of dark cherry juice or 1500 mg of dark cherry extract,” says Clint Fuqua, a fitness trainer and health coach. The secret behind the juice’s efficacy is in the high amounts of magnesium and ellagic acid, both of which are powerful muscle relaxants. To further boost its effects, try adding raw cacao to the mix—it’s also packed with magnesium, as well as theobromine. Why should you get excited as theobromine? Because it’s the “feel good” component of chocolate responsible for elevating endorphin levels, which aids pain reduction and creates an elevated sense of well-being.

3. Watch Your Diet
We know: When you have your period, the only foods you can even fathom enjoying live in the neighborhood of nachos and Nutella. Resist the urge! The less garbage you eat, the better you’ll feel, and you’ll spare yourself from the crash that inevitably follows a junk food binge. Do your best to eat loads of fruits and veggies, and keep super hydrated to balance out your out-of-whack body.

4. Vinegar
Now here’s a weird one to add to your cramp-combating repertoire. Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, works by rapidly changing the body’s pH balance to “shock” it into lessening pain, says Fuqua. “Thanks to the vinegar, turmeric, and mustard seed content, a packet of mustard will work to stop a cramp rapidly. I have used all of these for clients and athletes for years now to get them off NSAIDs and Rx pain meds,” he adds.

5. Yoga
As if yoga didn’t have enough benefits already, gentle poses such as child’s pose, knees in to chest, and spinal push downs can help relieve cramps, says Melissa Irvine of Green Locus Yoga and Organics. Additionally, mindful breathing can help relax the muscles in the body, alleviating tension from cramps.

6. Acupuncture
Surprisingly, Nicole Murray, L.AC., MSTOM of Beach Community Acupuncture in San Diego says that her clinic frequently sees patients suffering from menstrual cramps. She even says that, after several cycles of the treatment over time, some patients find that their cramps disappear altogether. And get this: “In a study published in 2008 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a randomized controlled trial that included 201 women with dysmenorrhea showed that the women who received acupuncture had lower pain intensity. The study concluded that ‘additional acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea was associated with improvements in pain and quality of life as compared to treatment with usual care alone,’” says Murray. If you find cramps to be a seriously debilitating monthly issue for you, consider investing in a few rounds of acupuncture.

7. Add Heat
When all else fails, lounging on the couch with a heating pad or immersing yourself in a warm bath will both help to soothe those painful muscle contractions.




DMSO is a prescription medicine and dietary supplement. It can be taken by mouth, applied to the skin (used topically), or injected into the veins (used intravenously or by IV).

Intravenously, DMSO is used to lower abnormally high blood pressure in the brain. It is also given intravenously to treat bladder infections (interstitial cystitis) and chronic inflammatory bladder disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain DMSO products for placement inside the bladder to treat symptoms of chronic inflammatory bladder disease. DMSO is sometimes placed inside bile ducts with other medications to treat bile duct stones.

DMSO is taken by mouth, used topically, or given intravenously for the management of amyloidosis and related symptoms. Amyloidosis is a condition in which certain proteins are deposited abnormally in organs and tissues.

DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe facial pain called tic douloureux. It is used topically for eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and problems with the retina; for foot conditions including bunions, calluses, and fungus on toenails; and for skin conditions including keloid scars and scleroderma. It is sometimes used topically to treat skin and tissue damage caused by chemotherapy when it leaks from the IV that is used to deliver it. DMSO is used either alone or in combination with a drug called idoxuridine to treat pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster infection).
How does it work?
DMSO helps medicines get through the skin and can affect proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water in the body.

Reference: WebMD




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