Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
"If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work..."
At one point in my life I didn't like the office I was employed in as a physician. I decided to leave after 2 years. It was a bold move considering I had just started practicing, but I was miserable and unhappy each and every day. I resigned. I think about that today. It was something I had to do in order to get where I am today.
She was born in Russia in the late 1890's. Her artwork is in every major museum in New York City, but I bet you have never heard of her. I didn't hear of her until reading a paperback book of her life some 8 years ago. I do not know why she popped into my mind this week. She had a artist's retrospective in 1967 at the Whitney. She had given the museum more than $350,000 worth of art at that time. She constantly pursued her independence, sometimes won and sometimes lost- but always prevailed. She died on April 17, 1988. She was a woman artist, unheard of at her time in her life. Yes we all know Georgia O'Keefe, but few know the life, love and work of Louise Nevelson.
Her memorial service was held in the Medieval Sculpture Hall of the Metropolitan Museum. She donated more than 5 million dollars worth of her sculptures to the Metropolitan and Chicago Museums before her death. I guess since visiting the Dali Museum in St. Petersberg I have art on my mind.
Sometimes like photographs, art work is lost. Sadly, in the 9/11 attacks lives were lost. The public artwork display was also lost. Nevelson's 1978 wood relief Sky Gate, depicting the New York skyline was lost.
"Some of us come on earth seeing, Some of us come on earth seeing color."
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
The scar tissue (plaque) makes it painful especially during erections, and thus during intercourse. There is no one specific treatment for Peyroine's although I have used several in my years of clinical practice.
It is often called the brain herb. After years of studying herbs, I am not a one herb/one disease practitioner. There are very few herbs I use only in the treatment of a single disease.
At the American herbal Guild symposium I had the pleasure of listening to colleague Eric Yarnell, ND (www.heronbotanicals.com ) from Bastyr University in Washington State. Eric is a a great educator. He is the author many books, and his 2nd edition of Clinical Botanical Medicine is one of my favorites. Eric has used Gotu kola in a cream applied topically to the area of scar tissue with some good results. I believe this works by stimulating the development of blood vessels in connective tissue on the penis. If you improve the condition of the site of injury, blood flow will be enhanced and there will be a reduction in scar or fibrous tissue. According to Eric, results can be seen after 6 - 8 weeks of treatment.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Then I returned to the conference to hear the most invigorating speaker (the previous night's Key Note) discuss MUSHROOMS.
Paul Stamets is one of the forerunners in the field of Mushrooms. His book 'Mycelium Running" (which he signed for me) is outstanding. It invigorates the mind. He is a visionary with the insight to try to save the world. He is doing just that. I cannot tell you how exciting this is. In a nut shell it goes like this. Microscopic cells, called mycelium (the underground part of a mushroom you do not see) recycle carbon, nitrogen and other essential elements. These mycelia break down animal and plant debris and create new soil. Paul has found that WE, THE EARTH MOTHER, can captivate this mycelium energy and power to decompose toxic waste (which is, by the way killing life as we know it on our planet). It goes farther than this. We can eliminate pathogens from our agricultural industry without traditional petrochemicals. By doing all this we can help forests and gardens to thrive. His possibilities for using mushrooms are endless. There are non harmful possibilities beyond our wildest dreams. The book is a must read for anyone. If you want to start simpler, read his Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom book.
Friday, October 21, 2011
"Live with hope for the possibilities and accept the good that comes."
Can you accept the good that comes your way? In the past I never could. If things started to get good I would sabatoge them. It was a very different time in my life. Today I live a life that I always wanted to live. I feel so serene today. I have had the pleasure and company of colleagues and friends from my herbal/botanical world. I never thought this would be a possibility in my lifetime. I love how I treat patients. I love the incorporation of different disciplines of medicine. Now using essential oil with herbal medicines is yet another possibility. I have learned through prayer, meditation, communication and meetings to live with hope, have no expectations and the good will come. It has --
We have a crisis on our hands. It is in the field of antibiotic treatment for a wide variety of infections-bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal. At the American Herbal Guild Symposium Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL (October 20-23, 2011), I was intrigued by a lecture on the Clinical Use of Essential Oils in the treatment of infections. An essential oil is a specific type of extract not unlike an herbal preparation as a tincture. The treatment of infections with essential oils was pioneered in the 1950's by French doctors. In the past when I thought of essential oils, my mind would conjure thoughts of aromatherapy. The phenomena of aromatherapy with essential oils has confused practitioners and the general public. There is a fair amount of ignorance and confusion regarding the use of essential oils.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
HERPETOLOGY is not the study of the herpes virus. It is a branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians and reptiles. I also found out that the study of amphibians alone is called Batrachology.
It is a tincture of herbs used to kill microbes. One of the ingredients is Paul d'Arco. There are many herbs in this product. I am experiencing one detox reaction of itching. This is called a Herxheimer Reaction. At night, I begin to itch especially on my upper torso. It drives me nuts. Some nights it affects my sleep. I know it is a detox reaction and will eventually subside. The liver, kidneys and of course my skin are working overtime to get rid of these dead organisms. Some of these die off (Herx) reactions can be severe fatigue, headache or flu like symptoms. It differs from individual to individual.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Various types of digestive aids have been used throughout history. As we get older we sometimes need these digestive enzymes to help with our absorption of nutrients. Digestive aids should be consumed just prior to or upon initiation of meals. The historical use of digestive aids go back to ancient times throughout most of the world, especially Europe and the Middle East. Some of the best known digestive aids are herbs known as bitters. There are many herbs that are bitters. Some of these include dandelion, wild lettuce, milk thistle, chicory, gentian and artichoke leaf (not the bulb which I use to decrease cholesterol).
Consuming digestive aids just prior to a meal helps with the production of salivary enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile as well as other enzymes in the mouth, pancreas and stomach. I utilize the pancreatic enzymes from either animal or plant sources. Some individuals prefer the bovine or porcine only. Little research has been done on the exact amount of each particular enzyme needed to assist digestion. I prefer to use plant derived protease enzymes. I use papain, which is derived from papaya, and bromelain derived from pineapple stems. These are proteases which break down proteins and have no ability at all to break down fats or carbohydrates.
Other digestive aids that help with the breakdown of lipids are bile products. Bile supplementation sometimes is needed in assisting a patient with digestion issues. There are also several plants called choleretics and cholagogues that are useful in stimulating the release of your body's own bile during digestion. These are artichoke leaf, dandelion root, barberry, peppermint and even milk thistle.
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