Unconventional Controversial Therapies|
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Barriers to CAM Research
CAM practitioners are often criticized for the
limited amount of research in their arena. However, significant barriers
exist to conducting this research. Barriers exist in the areas of study
design, funding, approval, and publishing…
A significant portion of costs associated with
developing and evaluating new treatments in conventional medicine is borne
by the pharmaceutical or medical equipment industry.
They consider this a cost of doing business, with the potential to recoup
all these costs, as well as a significant profit, when they patent a new
treatment and have the exclusive rights to sell that treatment for many
years. Therapies such as herbs and vitamins are
typically not patentable. This is not to say that companies are not
making significant profits selling these products.
However, our government has structured the oversight
process for herbs and vitamins in such a way that
companies have little to gain by conducting expensive research, and,
from their stockholders’ viewpoint, much to lose in this competitive market
if they were to reduce profits to support research. As use of these products
increases, we are beginning to see some increase in resources for
investigating both quality and efficacy of these products. The budget of the
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has increased
significantly and modifications have been made to the grant review process,
helping to ensure that the reviewers who determine what research will be
funded are familiar with CAM therapies.
- The Alternative Fix
(Excerpts) - Even after ten years of
federally funded research, very little is known about whether most alternative
therapies work at all and which methods are safe. Scientists and alternative
practitioners are unanimous in their agreement that more research is necessary,
but sometimes disagree on what it takes to prove something works. In these
excerpts from their interviews, NCCAM director Stephen Straus, Harvard
University's Tom Delbanco and Marcia Angell, alternative practitioner Andrew
Weil and medical historian James Whorton discuss the scant evidence we have and
why it's so hard to come by.
can we know which controversial therapies work and which are quackery?
Researching the medical literature for
studies on alternative therapies can be a frustrating experience for doctors and
patients alike. Although there are thousands of studies and reports, not all
published studies are equally authoritative. Here's a brief overview of the
different types of reports you may come across, and an explanation of why solid
evidence on alternative medicine is so hard to come by.
Understanding the Evidence
What are the different types of studies?
Should all evidence be weighed the same?
We are all familiar with this. A friend tried a supplement and lost weight; a
relative went to a chiropractor and his back problems went away. Also called a
personal testimonial, this kind of evidence is highly persuasive, especially
when the person is someone we know. But anecdotal evidence is not sufficient for
us to draw conclusions about the supplement or therapy in question - it could be
that the person healed by chance, by something else they were doing at the time,
or by combining a conventional treatment (i.e. something their doctor gave them)
and an alternative one. There are too many variables that prevent us from
isolating the effect of the alternative treatment alone.
Observational studies are just that - researchers observe what happens over time
to a group of people who are, for example, taking a weight-loss pill or using a
homeopathic remedy. They are referred to as the treatment group, because they
are receiving some kind of medical treatment or therapy. But over time, some
people get better just by chance or because of something else they are doing not
related to the treatment, and some people don't. The problem with observational
studies is that there is no way to know why people improved. Was it the pill, or
was it because the person started exercising more? Observational studies do not
take these factors into account.
Naturalized experiments go one step further. Along with a treatment group, they
have a control group. A control group is a group of people with similar health
characteristics to the treatment group, except for the fact that they are
not taking the pill or remedy. That way, when you compare the two groups
over time, you can attribute differences between them to the treatment itself
(the pill or therapy), and not to random chance. But even the results of these
studies can be flawed. Because people were not randomly assigned to the
treatment group or the control group, there may in fact be significant
differences between the two groups that account for at least some of the
difference over time. For example, the people in the treatment group, who have
all chosen to take the supplement or see a reflexologist, might be more
concerned about managing their health than the people in the control group, who
did nothing. Therefore, it may be true that the people in the treatment group
are more motivated to take care of themselves and improve their condition. In
that case, it could be the differing levels of people's motivation that causes
differences over time, and not the pill itself.
Randomized controlled clinical trials.
These studies are the gold standard of medical research, because they attempt to
control for all of the potential biases that frequently skew the results of
observational studies and naturalized experiments. `Randomized' means that
people are selected at random to be in the treatment or control group.
`Controlled' means that the researchers have done as much as possible to ensure
that there are no statistically significant differences between the treatment
and control group at the outset of the study that could potentially influence
the results. If the study is double-blind, that means neither the patient nor
the doctor administering the medicine knows if the person is receiving the real
pill or a placebo (an inert pill). This prevents the doctor from inadvertently
giving facial or body gesture clues to patients about which pill (the real one
or the fake one) the person is taking. Research findings from randomized
clinical trials are considered to be the most reputable by the medical
Why is there such a lack of good
There are many reasons, but they are simple.
Consensus in the medical community about the efficacy of an alternative therapy
- or a mainstream one, for that matter - is reached only after many large,
well-designed, randomized trials find the same, or similar, results. And to do a
randomized trial well costs a lot of money - often in the tens of millions of
dollars - requires the recruitment of hundreds if not thousands of volunteers,
and takes many years to complete. After funding scores of smaller-scale pilot
studies on the efficacy of various alternative therapies during the past ten
years, the NIH has started funding much larger clinical trials on everything
from acupuncture to St. Johns Wort. But the vast majority of them are still
Another reason is self-interest. Many of the
studies currently being conducted are funded by the manufacturers of the herbal
supplements, and many of the researchers themselves have a stake or financial
interest in the drug under review. Even if researchers are not explicitly told
to doctor the results, they are often under pressure to demonstrate the drug or
herbal supplement yields a positive effect. If the study comes out saying
otherwise, it might be suppressed. When considering the validity of a study's
results, always ask: who funded this study? Are they neutral, or do they have a
stake in the results? Are there potentials for bias, or conflicts of interest?
Did the researchers subject the study to the scrutiny of their peers by
publishing it in a peer-review journal, or it is just on a supplement maker's
website? Answers to these questions will help you determine how to weigh the
various, and often contradictory, evidence you will encounter.
How does NCCAM decide what to study?
We study approaches that will address the
most important public health indications. We study approaches that we can study
in terms of the ethical constraints, in terms of the resource restraints. We
study modalities that are the most promising and we don't study things that are
the least promising. We don't have enough money, enough time, and enough
resources to study everything. Please link to read
the entire topic...www.pbs.org
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It’s often assumed that, in conventional medicine,
all treatment recommendations are based on research results. While this is a
goal, in reality, conventional medicine is as much art as science, and as
fraught with controversy as is complementary and alternative medicine. The
U.S. Office of Technology
Assessment issued a report in 1978 entitled 'Assessing the Efficacy and
Safety of Medical Technology'.1
report indicates that only 10 - 20% of medical procedures have been shown to
be of benefit. Many common treatments had never been evaluated by clinical
trials. In addition, up to 75% of studies published at that time had
'invalid or unsupportable conclusions as a result of statistical problems'.
Few well-designed trials were found and the preponderance had positive
results, indicating that studies with negative results are less likely to be
Retrieved from -
Results from Other Studies Evaluating Effectiveness of
Archives of Internal
a meta-analysis of 117 randomized, controlled mammogram trials. Among
its findings: Rates of false-positive results are high (20% to 56% after
10 mammograms), and “although few women 50 years of age or older have
risks from mammography that outweigh the benefits, the evidence suggests
that more women 40 to 49 years of age have such risks.”
A study published in the British
Medical Journal8 in
December 2011, confirmed that breast cancer screening may cause women
harm, especially during the early years after they start screening. This
harm is largely due to surgeries, such as lumpectomies and mastectomies,
and other (often unnecessary) interventions. The study highlights losses
in quality of life from false positive results and unnecessary
In September 2010, the
England Journal of Medicine published
the first study9 in
years to examine the effectiveness of mammograms. Their findings are a
far cry from what most public health officials would have you believe.
The bottom line is that mammograms seem to have reduced cancer death
rates by only 0.4 deaths per 1,000 women—an amount so small it might as
well be zero. Put another way, 2,500 women would have to be screened
over 10 years for a single breast cancer death to be avoided.
The following diagnostic or
practices are currently not mainstream or widely
DR. NICHOLAS GONZALEZ ON NUTRITIONAL CANCER
THERAPY: There are doctors who believe that rising rates of breast cancer
correlate completely with the rising use of mammography, & that we may be
like a dog chasing its tail. Frequent mammography exposing that delicate
breast tissue to X-ray may actually be precipitating an increase in cancer
rate. The very tool they're using to diagnose cancer may be causing it.
Copyright © 2014 Holistic Integrative Medicine
What is Breast Thermography?
Breast Thermography is an imaging of the temperatures on the
surface of the breast. The pattern reflects metabolic activity inside the
breasts as well as the neighboring lymph nodes. Certain breast problems tend
to produce recognizable thermal patterns while benign cysts/lumps tend to
show no thermal activity. This helps differentiate a problem from a
- American College Of Clinical Thermology
Breast thermography is a 15 minute non invasive test of physiology. It is a
valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate
early stage breast disease.
The benefit of breast thermography is that it offers the opportunity of
earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast
self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.
Thermography can detect the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast
pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a
vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a
careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR you during and after any
Thermography is a painless, non invasive, state of the art clinical test
without any exposure to radiation
and is used as part of an early detection program which gives women of all
ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease
at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women under 50 where
mammography is less effective.
Thermography's role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help
in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the
establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer.
When used with other procedures the best possible evaluation of breast
health is made.
This test is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active
tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography
is not indicated by screening guidelines for women under 50 years of age.
Thermography as a physiologic test, demonstrates heat patterns that are
strongly indicative of breast abnormality, the test can detect subtle
changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and
abnormalities and once abnormal heat patterns are detected in the breast,
follow-up procedures including mammography are necessary to rule out or
properly diagnose cancer and a host of other breast diseases such as
fibrocystic syndrome, Pagets disease, etc.
Canadian researchers recently found that infrared imaging of breast cancers
could detect minute temperature variations related to blood flow and
demonstrate abnormal patterns associated with the progression of tumors.
These images or thermograms of the breast were positive for 83% of breast
cancers compared to 61% for clinical breast examination alone and 84% for
It is in this role that thermography provides its most practical benefit to
the general public and to the medical profession. It is certainly an adjunct
to the appropriate usage of mammography and not a competitor. In fact,
thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest risk and
actually increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.
Until such time as a cure has been found for this terrible disease, progress
must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled
with sound clinical decision making.
Thermography, with its non-radiation, non-contact and low-cost basis has
been clearly demonstrated to be a valuable and safe early risk marker of
breast pathology, and an excellent case management tool for the
ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease when used under carefully
controlled clinical protocols.
Breast thermography has
demonstrated a higher degree of success in identifying women with breast
cancer under the age of 55 in comparison to other technologies, and it's
also an effective adjunct to clinical breast exams and mammography for women
over 55. Finally, it provides a non-invasive and safe detection method, and
if introduced at age 25, provides a benchmark that future scans can be
compared with for even greater detection accuracy. The
Health Medicine Forum is
dedicated to raising awareness of this diagnostic option among women and
health care professionals, alike.
This thermal imaging technology has been validated
as effective and approved by the FDA for breast cancer risk assessment.
Recent studies have documented that thermography, as a single test, has 99%
accuracy in identifying breast cancer in women in the 30 to 55 age group.
For women over 55 the accuracy is still an impressive 95%.
Copyright © 2002-2009,
American College of Clinical Thermography
Medical DITI, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, is a
noninvasive diagnostic technique that allows the examiner to visualize and
quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared scanning device is
used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into
electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual
image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a
thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicate an increase or decrease in the
amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since
there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle
abnormal temperature asymetry’s can be easily identified.
Medical DITI’s major clinical value is in its
high sensitivity to pathology in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal
systems and as such can contribute to the pathogenesis and diagnosis made by
Medical DITI has been used extensively in human
medicine in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia for the past 20 years. Until now,
cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability.
Current state of the art PC based Infrared technology designed specifically
for clinical application has changed all this.
Clinical uses for DITI include;
To define the extent of a lesion of
which a diagnosis has previously been made;
To localize an abnormal area not
previously identified, so further diagnostic tests can be performed;
To detect early lesions before they
are clinically evident;
To monitor the healing process before the
patient is returned to work or training.
DITI is filling the gap in clinical diagnosis …
X ray, C.T.
Ultrasound and M.R.I. etc. are tests of anatomy. E.M.G. is a test of motor
physiology. DITI is unique in its capability to show physiological change
and metabolic processes. It has also proven to be a very useful
complementary procedure to other diagnostic modalities.
Unlike most diagnostic modalities DITI is non
invasive. It is a very sensitive and reliable means of graphically mapping
and displaying skin surface temperature. With DITI you can diagnosis,
evaluate, monitor and document a large number of injuries and conditions,
including soft tissue injuries and sensory/autonomic nerve fibre
DITI can offer considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for
more expensive investigation for many patients.
DITI can graphically display the very subjective feeling of pain by
objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that
accompany pain states.
DITI can show a combined effect of the autonomic nervous system and the
vascular system, down to capillary dysfunctions. The effects of these
changes show as asymmetry’s in temperature distribution on the surface
of the body.
DITI is a monitor of thermal abnormalities present in a number of
diseases and physical injuries. It is used as an aid for diagnosis and
prognosis, as well as therapy follow up and rehabilitation monitoring,
within clinical fields that include Rheumatology, neurology,
physiotherapy, sports medicine, oncology, pediatrics, orthopedics and
obtained with medical DITI systems are totally objective and show
excellent correlation with other diagnostic tests.
Despite widely publicized claims to the contrary,
thermography should not be used in place of
mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says
mammography— an X-ray of the breast—is still the most effective way of
detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Thermography
produces an infrared image that shows the patterns of heat and blood flow on
or near the surface of the body.
The agency has sent several warning letters to
health care providers and a thermography manufacturer who claim that the
thermal imaging can take the place of mammography.
Web sites have been touting thermography as a
replacement for mammography and claim that thermography can find breast
cancer years before it would be detected by mammography.
The problem is that FDA has no evidence to support
"Mammography is still the most effective screening
method for detecting breast cancer in its early, most treatable stages" said
Helen Barr, M.D., director of the Division of Mammography Quality and
Radiation Programs in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
"Women should not rely solely on thermography for the screening or diagnosis
of breast cancer."
"While there is plenty of evidence that mammography
is effective in breast cancer detection, there is simply no evidence that
thermography can take its place," said Barr.
Thermography devices have been cleared by the FDA
for use as an adjunct, or additional, tool for detecting breast cancer. Toni
Stifano, a consumer safety officer in FDA’s Center for Devices and
Radiological Health, explains that this means thermography should not be
used by itself to screen for or to diagnose breast cancer.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the
National Institutes of Health, estimates that about 1 in 8 women will be
diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in her life.
The greatest danger, says Stifano, a breast cancer
survivor herself, is that patients who substitute thermography for
mammography may miss the chance to detect cancer at its earliest stage.
There has been a steady decline in breast cancer deaths and one of the
reasons is early detection through mammography, says FDA.
As for concerns about exposure to radiation from a
mammogram, evidence shows that the benefits outweigh the risks of harm,
especially when compared to the danger of breast cancer.
FDA is advising patients to continue to have
regular mammograms according to screening guidelines or as recommended by
their health care professional.
Patients are also advised to follow their health
care professional's recommendations for additional diagnostic procedures,
such as other mammographic views, clinical breast exam, breast ultrasound,
MRI or biopsy. Additional procedures could
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Understanding How Low Oxygen Levels Promote Spread of Breast Cancer
physics.cancer.gov - Research - 2013
One of the characteristics of most breast tumors is
that regions can become starved for oxygen. This condition, known as
hypoxia, is associated with an increased risk that the tumor will spread
beyond the breast and eventually lead to death. New research results from
the Johns Hopkins Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC)
has now identified key molecular events triggered by hypoxia and
demonstrated how they might enable breast tumor cells to metastasize.
Johns Hopkins PS-OC team, led by Gregg Semenza and Denis Wirtz, focused
their studies on a molecule known as hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha
(HIF-1), a protein known to activate the transcription of dozens of genes
when oxygen levels in a tissue fall below the normal range, and its effects
on collagens, the chief components of the extracellular matrix that holds
tissues together. The results of these experiments showed that HIF-1
triggers the production of three specific proteins that together cause
collagen fibers to align in organized tracks within breast tissues. Such
tracks enable malignant cells to migrate through the tissue. Drs. Semenza
and Wirtz and their collaborators published their findings in two papers
appearing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Cancer Research.
Low oxygen levels could drive cancer growth,
Source: University of
levels in cells may be a primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in
according to a new University of Georgia study.
The authors' findings run counter to widely accepted beliefs that genetic
mutations are responsible for cancer growth.
hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in cells, is proven to be a key driver of
certain types of cancer, treatment plans for curing the malignant growth
could change in significant ways, said Ying Xu, Regents-Georgia Research
Alliance Eminent Scholar and professor of bioinformatics and computational
biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
research team analyzed samples of messenger RNA data-also called
transcriptomic data-from seven different cancer types in a publicly
available database. They found that long-term lack of oxygen in cells may be
a key driver of cancer growth. The study was published in the early online
edition of the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology.
Previous studies have linked low oxygen levels in
cells as a contributing factor in cancer development, but not as the driving
force for cancer growth. High incidence rates of cancer around the world
cannot be explained by chance genetic mutations alone, Xu said. He added
that bioinformatics, which melds biology and computational science, has
allowed researchers to see cancer in a new light…
drugs try to get to the root -- at the molecular level -- of a particular
mutation, but the cancer often bypasses it," Xu said. "So we think that
possibly genetic mutations may not be the main driver of cancer."
relied on the gene HIF1A as a biomarker of the amount of molecular oxygen in
a cell. All seven cancers showed increasing amounts of HIF1A, indicating
decreasing oxygen levels in the cancer cells.
Low oxygen levels in a
cell interrupt the activity of oxidative phosphorylation, a term for the
highly efficient way that cells normally use to convert food to energy. As
oxygen decreases, the cells switch to glycolysis to produce their energy
units, called ATP. Glycolysis is a drastically less efficient way to obtain
energy, and so the cancer cells must work even harder to obtain even more
food, specifically glucose, to survive. When oxygen levels dip dangerously
low, angiogenesis, or the process of creating new blood vessels, begins. The
new blood vessels provide fresh oxygen, thus improving oxygen levels in the
cell and tumor and slowing the cancer growth-but only temporarily.
"When a cancer cell gets more food, it grows; this
makes the tumor biomass bigger and even more hypoxic. In turn, the
energy-conversion efficiency goes further down, making the cells even more
hungry and triggering the cells to get more food from blood circulation,
creating a vicious cycle. This could be a key driver of cancer," Xu said…
Xu explained that this new cancer-growth model could
help explain why many cancers become drug resistant so quickly-often within
three to six months. He stressed the importance of testing the new model
through future experimental cancer research. If the model holds, researchers
will need to search for methods to prevent hypoxia in cells in the first
place, which could result in a sea change in cancer treatment.
Bio Oxidative [Oxygen] Therapy - Curse or Cure
Healing power of hydrogen peroxide: How injured cells regenerate during
Date: May 25, 2011 - Source:
Public Library of Science -
Hydrogen peroxide has long been known to be a toxic byproduct of cellular
damage, but only recently has it been appreciated that low concentrations of
it can activate certain molecular pathways that regulate cellular
development. Whether hydrogen peroxide also plays a role in peripheral axon
regeneration had not been explored.
What is Ozono Therapy
- Copyright © 2011 The American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO)
is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen,
to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to
renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this
potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the
body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what
it does best – heal itself.
has been and continues to be used in European clinics and hospitals for over
fifty years. It was even used here in the United States in a limited
capacity in the early part of the 20th century. There are professional
medical ozonotherapy societies in over ten countries worldwide. Recently,
the International Scientific Committee on Ozonotherapy (ISCO3) was formed to
help establish standardized scientific principles for ozonotherapy. The
president of the AAO, Frank Shallenberger, MD is a founding member of the
was introduced into the United States in the early 80’s, and has been
increasingly used in recent decades. It has been found useful in various
It activates the immune system in
It improves the cellular utilization
of oxygen that reduces ischemia in cardiovascular diseases, and in many
of the infirmities of aging.
It causes the release of growth
factors that stimulate damaged joints and degenerative discs to
It can dramatically reduce or even
eliminate many cases of chronic pain through its action on pain
Published papers have demonstrated
its healing effects on interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes
infections, dental infections, diabetes, and macular degeneration.
There is no medicine as powerful as
"Hyperoxygenation" therapy--also called "oxymedicine," "bio-oxidative
therapy," "oxidative therapy," and "oxidology"--is a method of cancer
management based on the erroneous concept that cancer is caused by oxygen
deficiency and can be cured by exposing cancer cells to more oxygen than
they can tolerate. The most highly touted "hyperoxygenating" agents are
hydrogen peroxide, germanium sesquioxide, and ozone.
compounds have been the subject of legitimate research, there is little or
no evidence that they are effective for the treatment of any serious
disease, and each has demonstrated potential for harm. Therefore, the
American Cancer Society recommends that individuals with cancer not seek
treatment from individuals promoting any form of hyperoxygenation therapy as
an "alternative" to proven medical modalities.
THE BIO OXIDATIVE THERAPY CONTROVERSY
Why is there so much prejudice against these
therapies by the medical establishment?
A major reason for this lack of interest in bio-oxidative therapies is that
ozone and hydrogen peroxide are non-patentable substances that are very
inexpensive to manufacture and use.
In Germany, Russia and Cuba, physicians have successfully treated many
serious and chronic conditions (including cancer and heart disease) without
expensive surgery. The net cost of the materials for a treatment of
autohemotherapy or a medical infusion of hydrogen peroxide is under $10.
Even though physicians must include professional
fees and the use of their offices and equipment, bio-oxidative therapies
administered in a medical setting cost up to fifty percent less than
traditional therapies, especially for patients suffering from chronic and
degenerative diseases. Self-administered treatments by patients themselves,
while not recommended, can cost far less. For these reasons, ozone and
hydrogen peroxide pose a threat to the continued dominance of the medical
establishment: the pharmaceutical industry, medical centers and physicians
who are accustomed to providing expensive drugs, complex medical procedures
and long hospital stays.
don't agencies like the FDA and Health and Welfare Canada encourage clinical
trials on these therapies?
A: Because government health agencies are often influenced by the
pharmaceutical industry and medical lobbies, objective investigation and
development of effective protocols for bio-oxidative therapies have been
difficult to undertake. However, the Canadian government has shown a greater
willingness to investigate these therapies than American government agencies
like the FDA or NIH, as shown by the HIV studies cited earlier. However,
like the American press, the Canadian media largely ignored the important
findings that ozone can completely remove HIV, hepatitis and herpes viruses
from the blood supply.
History of Bio Oxidative Therapy
Is Bio Oxidative
The intravenous use of hydrogen peroxide was first
reported in the scientific literature in 1920. The use of hydrogen peroxide
to generate oxygen in the body has been studied at many major medical
research centers throughout the world, including the USA, Germany, England,
Japan, Canada, Sweden, Russia and others. Between 50 and 100 new scientific
articles are published each month about the chemical and biological effects
of hydrogen peroxide. Dr. Charles H. Farr, first president of the American
Board of Chelation Therapy
and founder of the International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation (IBOM),
received a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993 for his
research with intravenous hydrogen peroxide. IBOM Foundation currently
publishes a protocol for the safe and proper administration of intravenous
How Does It Work?
Scientists are discovering that Bio
Oxidation is far more complex and important than had been previously
recognized. There are many theories about the different functions of oxygen
and hydrogen peroxide in the body. There is a great deal of scientific
evidence to support almost every one of these theories. Using oxygen,
hydrogen peroxide is produced in the body in different amounts for many
purposes. It is part of a system that assists in the use of Oxygen for
breathing. It is part of the system that helps to regulate all living cell
membranes. It is a hormonal regulator, necessary for the body to produce
such substances as estrogen, progesterone and thyroid hormones. It is
important in the regulation of blood sugar and the production of energy in
cells. It helps to regulate certain chemical compounds necessary for brain
and nervous system function. It is used in the defense system to kill
bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites. Both oxygen and hydrogen peroxide
have been found to be important in regulating the immune system.
What Are Oxidative Therapies
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Natural & Integrative Medicine
Ozone, Hyperbaric Oxygen
therapy (HBOT), Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI) and hydrogen peroxide
are all oxidative therapies and are a unique form
of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time.
Breathing is an oxidative process as is converting
sugar to energy in the body. The body also uses oxidation as the first line
of defense against bacteria, virus, yeast and parasites. We know there can
be no life if oxidation does not occur.
What Is Ozone?
It is a very powerful therapy that helps increase oxygenation,
detoxification and immune stimulation. There are only a limited number of
clinics in North America that offers this treatment. The oxygen you breathe
is present in the air as a pair of oxygen atoms. This is the most stable
form of oxygen, and it’s colorless. Ozone is a blue colored form of oxygen
(it is what makes the sky blue), and unlike regular oxygen, it is composed
of three oxygen atoms instead of two. It is the addition of the third oxygen
atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it all of its
remarkable medical properties.
The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions
was first developed in Germany in the early 1950's.Today, medical ozone
therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has gradually been
spreading in America over the last 25 years.
Medical Properties of
: Ozone addresses the key issues in almost all disease
conditions: oxygen delivery, circulation, and immune system function.
It has proven beneficial effects such as:
Increasing oxygen delivery to cells, tissues,
Increasing blood circulation
Boosting of the immune system
Treatment Methods of
Ozone Autohemotherapy: Autohemotherapy is the
most common, and in most cases the most effective way ozone is administered.
The patient sits in a chair and has from 6-12 ounces of blood removed into a
sterilized bottle. Ozone is then injected into the bottle, and the bottle is
gently shaken, allowing the red and white blood cells to take up the ozone.
The ozonated blood is then returned to the body. The entire procedure takes
about 30-40 minutes.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers a massive influx of
oxygen—even to areas with poor blood flow—and results in remarkable benefits
that cannot be achieved with any other therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is
medicine's most efficient method of transporting oxygen to cells throughout
the body. Safe and painless, it involves breathing concentrated oxygen
inside a specially designed, pressurized chamber. (Hyperbaric means “under
The result is dramatic benefits for stroke, traumatic
head and spinal cord injuries, diabetic ulcers, slow-healing wounds,
burns, autism, and a broad range of other conditions. The process delivers
up to 20 times the normal oxygen concentration at the cellular level, which:
Supports the growth of new tissue and blood
Decreases swelling and inflammation
Stimulates collagen production
Increases the body’s ability to fight infections
Helps metabolize toxins
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
In IV H2O2 therapy, Hydrogen
peroxide is infused into the circulatory system through a vein in the arm…
It kills, or severely inhibits the growth of,
anaerobic organisms (bacteria and viruses that use carbon dioxide for
fuel and leave oxygen as a by-product). This action is immediate, on
contact with the anaerobic organism. Anaerobic bacteria are pathogens,
the organisms which cause disease. All viruses are anaerobic.
bacteria (those that burn oxygen for fuel and leave carbon dioxide as a
by-product — as humans do) found in the human intestine are friendly
bacteria, which aid in digestion. These organisms thrive in the presence
of hydrogen peroxide.
H2O2 provides singlet oxygen, which, in turn, transforms biological
waste products and industrial toxins into inert substances by oxidizing
them. This makes them easy to handle for the kidneys and liver. It
doubles the rate of enzymatic metabolism in the mitochondria within each
cell, thus enabling the body to cleanse itself of toxins and still have
plenty of energy to handle the business of living from moment to moment.
This increase in metabolism probably accounts for some of the
antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is a part of normal metabolism.
Your body produces it constantly. There are units in certain white blood
cells called "peroxisomes," which produce H2O2. These white cells then
engulf bacteria which cause disease and mix them together with these
peroxisomes. They both then disappear as the singlet oxygen from H2O2
destroys the bacteria or virus. This happens naturally, without any help
from outside sources of hydrogen peroxide.
intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide was first described in scientific
literature in 1920 by Oliver in the British medical journal, Lancet…There
is no secret about the way hydrogen peroxide works. There are 6,000 or more
scientific documents available about hydrogen peroxide that have been
conducted at major universities throughout the world. These are all peer
reviews. Some are good, some are bad. Most of them are intra-arterial,
meaning hydrogen peroxide is injected into an artery. Most of the studies
were interested in the oxidizing ability of hydrogen peroxide to open up a
blood vessel that is clogged up and dissolve the cholesterol.
Radicals, The Immune System and Healing:
In the 6,000 research articles on hydrogen
peroxide, 4,000 of these concern free
radical chemistry. Every cell in
the body with the exception of one, produces hydrogen peroxide. So the idea
that hydrogen peroxide is extremely dangerous because it produces free
radicals is both true and false. This depends on both concentrations and
conditions. When we give hydrogen peroxide in the vein, we administer it in
very very small amounts, and our intention is to destroy weak cells. The
body's efforts will be duplicated, and the immune system will also be
stimulated. For normal metabolism in the body, it is necessary for every
cell to produce hydrogen peroxide, your white cells in particular. It's the
body's natural way to heal.
The body produces hydrogen peroxide specifically
to kill weak cells. When you have infections such as viral, bacterial,
parasitic, fungal, your white cells engulf the invaders and squirt them with
hydrogen peroxide. That is the way it kills them. Without hydrogen peroxide,
your body would be defenseless. This is a normal, natural process. Hydrogen
peroxide stimulates T-helper cells. Oxidated T-helper cells cause you to
produce gamma interferon. That is not bad stuff. It helps support the cell
and make it work harder, increases its activity five times. Hydrogen
peroxide produced by the cells kills bacteria. Viruses, yeast and parasites
can be inhibited or destroyed if they do not produce catalase. Some species
of bacteria produce catalase which blocks the breakdown of hydrogen
peroxide. That is why some infections clear right up and some of them don't.
Free radicals are important in destroying cells. When you expose blood
cells, hydrogen peroxide kills a lot of them. Does this sound like a good
thing? Do you think your old sick cells get well? No. When a cell becomes
ill, nature destroys it, absolutely. If you want to get well, you have to
get rid of sick cells, and in doing that you stimulate the growth of healthy
cells. So health really is a process of death and replacement.
Cons of Hydrogen
The idea that oxygen might destroy cancer cells goes
back at least to the 1930s when Otto Warburg, M.D., a Nobel Prize winner,
discovered that compared to normal cells, cancer cells have a low rate of
respiration (i.e. oxygen-based metabolism) and seem to thrive in low-oxygen
environments. He proposed that higher levels of oxygen should be toxic to
cancer cells and might kill them. Unfortunately, Dr. Warburg was wrong.
Oxygen doesn't slow cancer growth - in fact, tumors grow rapidly in tissues
well supplied with oxygenated blood. According to the American Cancer
Society, attempts to treat cancer patients by injecting hydrogen peroxide
directly into solid tumors or into the blood system have generally been
Diluted hydrogen peroxide has legitimate medical uses -
to cleanse wounds, for example. But taking it by mouth, as some proponents
suggest, or injecting it into veins can be dangerous. Food grade hydrogen
peroxide is more than 10 times stronger than the solution approved for use
on the skin. The higher strength solution is approved by the FDA to clean
food surfaces and for use in certain phases of commercial food production.
However, the FDA also requires that any peroxide added to food must be
broken down into oxygen and water before the product reaches consumers.
Drinking food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, severe burns of
the throat and stomach, and even death. What’s more, it can burn your skin,
and if it gets into your eyes, can damage the corneas, causing loss of
Diluted hydrogen peroxide administered intravenously as
some promoters recommend, is particularly dangerous. It can cause gas
embolism, a condition that can lead to permanent lung damage, embolic
stroke, and, sometimes, death.
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The trouble is, most
public water supplies are loaded with hazardous contaminants, such as disinfection
to name just a few.
Nevertheless, you DO need to make water your beverage
of choice if you want to be healthy - but it should be purified water. But beyond water filtration, there’s also the issue
of pH - alkaline versus acidic water. There are quite a few astonishing
health claims being made about alkaline water, but are they true?
Most of them are not.
The theory behind
alkaline water is, in a nutshell, that alkaline (ionized) water is a
powerful antioxidant with surplus electrons that can “mop up” the dangerous
free radicals you have coursing through your veins. Marketers claim alkaline
water can correct excess acidity in your tissues, which can then prevent or
reverse cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.[i]
In truth, there are
very, very few legitimate scientific studies about the effects of alkaline
water on human health.
The reality is, most of the circulating information
is distributed by clever marketers, with very little scientific validity to
back up their claims.
Because alkaline water has a higher pH level than
does plain tap water, proponents say that it can neutralize acid in your
bloodstream, boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more
effectively. Some even say that alkaline water can help prevent disease and
slow the aging process. However, researchers haven't verified these claims.
Some studies suggests that alkaline water may help
slow bone loss, but further investigation is needed to determine if this
influences overall bone mineral density and if the benefit is maintained
over the long term.
Unlike conventional drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly
denatures pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. In addition, it has
good acid-buffering capacity. Thus,
the consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients
with reflux disease.
The Future of Medicine - Regenerative
The mission of the Regenerative
Medicine Foundation is to accelerate the discovery and development of new
therapies for disease and translate those therapies into treatments for
patients through the science of regenerative medicine.
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Scientists in Regenerative Medicine
study the molecular, cellular, and developmental processes that control the
development of new, healthy tissue. In order to provide an overview of what Regenerative Medicine
entails it is helpful to discuss the objectives of the field:
To understand the cellular and molecular
mechanisms of regeneration where it occurs naturally and how these
mechanisms differ from the mechanisms of scarring.
To use the knowledge gained from this
mechanistic understanding to develop therapies that will stimulate
functional regeneration of damaged human tissues that do not possess the
capacity to regenerate on their own.
understanding these mechanisms, scientists will gain the ability to
manipulate the growth of cells and tissues toward a state of regeneration
rather than fibrosis.
The field of
Regenerative Medicine seeks to treat and cure diseases by discovering the
underlying mechanisms that are utilized by nature to restore the structure
and function of damaged or diseased tissues and organs.
together multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering,
mathematics, and computer science, to name a few, Regenerative Medicine is
evolving to help revolutionize the world of science and medicine.
- The field of Regenerative Medicine seeks to treat and cure diseases by
discovering the underlying mechanisms that are utilized by nature to restore
the structure and function of damaged or diseased tissues and organs.
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- Regenerative medicine is a new scientific and medical discipline focused
on harnessing the power of stem cells and the body's own regenerative
capabilities to restore function to damaged cells, tissues and organs.
of Regenerative Medicine
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...Regenerative medicine has grown from prior
activities including surgery, surgical implants (artificial hips), and
increasingly sophisticated bio-material scaffolds (skin grafts).
The work that truly launched regenerative medicine into a tangible area of
science began as cell therapy. Work in the field of transplantation in
the mid-1950s gave rise to some of the first therapeutic surgeries in
medicine. Performed on identical twins, the first kidney transplant
occurred in 1954 followed by the first liver and lung transplants in 1963,
pancreas transplant in 1966, and the first heart transplant in 1967.
Bone marrow transplants for treatment of leukemia patients had the public
and scientific communities in an uproar of excitement. Following this
wave of enthusiasm, cell biologists began to question the capabilities of
the integrity of the tissues being transplanted and wondered whether it was
possible to create, grow, and harvest these tissues in the laboratory.
Thus began the era of Tissue Engineering which has lead us into the field of
Stem Cells and Regenerative
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Nebraska Medical Center
Typically, when the term ‘Regenerative Medicine’
arises people automatically think about stem cells, particularly, embryonic
stem cells. Being that embryonic stem cell research is currently a
highly debated topic in both the scientific and political field, the
assumption that Regenerative Medicine Research only involves embryonic stem
cell research can be narrowing to the field and does not allow one to
understand its full potential. While all stem cell work is vital to
the advancement of Regenerative Medicine research and therapies, we cannot
interchange the two terms as equals. As we learn more about
Regenerative Medicine, we must broaden our minds, so as not to limit the
vast possibilities that Regenerative Medicine researchers seek to find in
the inherent mysteries of our biological systems.
How are stem cells
and Regenerative Medicine linked?
As discussed in other portions of this site,
Regenerative Medicine is a comprehensive term used to describe the current
methods and research employed to revive and/or replace dead or damaged
tissue. A portion of Regenerative Medicine research revolves around
the use of stem cells, including embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent
stem cells (iPS), however there are many other resources that are utilized
in order to carry out the mission of Regenerative Medicine research. These
include transplants, biomaterials, scaffolds, machines and electronics,
stimulation pathways, drug therapy, and many others. This is
thoroughly discussed on the ‘What
is Regenerative Medicine?’ page.
Stem cells have a very important role in Regenerative Medicine Research and
have many potential applications. First, because of their role in
development and their potential to develop into many different cells types,
stem cells are vital to the field of developmental biology. Developmental
biologists seek to uncover what genes and pathways are involved in cell
differentiation (how cells develop into specific cell types such as liver,
skin, or muscle cells) and how these can be manipulated to create new
healthy tissues. Second, stem cells can be applied to drug testing and
development. New drugs that are developed in Pharma could be safely and
effectively tested using differentiated stem cells. As scientists learn
more about how stem cells develop to form new tissue they will be able to
apply their knowledge in maintaining differentiated cell types that can be
used to test particular drugs. This method is already underway in the
cancer therapy world, where cancer cells and grown in the laboratory for the
purpose of testing anti-tumor and chemotherapeutic drugs.
and of most interest to patients and scientists is the role stem cells will
play in Cell-Based Therapy. These therapies will apply the understanding of
stem cell development, differentiation, and maintenance to generate new,
healthy tissue for diseases needing transplant or replacement of damaged
tissue, such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, type 1 diabetes, and
coronary disease. Cell therapies may one day be able to replace organ
donation and eliminate the issues that accompany it such as rejection and
tissue insufficiency. Although there are still many difficulties
surrounding the field of stem cell research and therapy, over the coming
decades scientists hope to continue to make discoveries that will enable the
potentials of cell-based therapy to become a reality.
Stem Cell Research
Questions and Ethnics
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additionally recognize human life as "the image of God," to be valued and
protected. To destroy purposefully the image of God reveals an underlying
attitude toward God Himself. Humans, healthy or unhealthy, young or old,
born or unborn, deserve this protection.
Thus the question, "Should the stem cells of an unborn human be
harvested to save the life of an ill human?" is fraught with difficult
decisions. Should one life be valued over another?
While Christian/creationists can hardly support murder, we do
support medical research and treatment of the infirm. Surely there must be a
better, less destructive way. An analogy might help put the issue in
perspective. Hopefully, all reasonable people would oppose "harvesting" the
healthy heart of a living but unwilling individual to save the life of one
in need of a heart transplant. Is this any different from harvesting an
unborn's cells to save another? I think not.
better alternative. In adult humans there remains the possibility of
triggering certain cells to return to their stem cell capabilities.
Likewise, umbilical cords retain much of this versatility. Who knows what
other options are present? Let's look for them rather than focusing on
killing the unborn.
Much of this destructive impulse derives from possible huge profits
as well as personal pride. But I think the issue goes deeper for many.
Evolution has often been exposed on these pages as the anti-God religion. It
has justified untold brutality and death throughout the millennia, including
racism, the holocaust, abortion, etc. Could we not conclude that hatred for
the "image of God in man" is a major doctrine of this religion, and
destruction of that "image" its sacrament? Nothing else explains the fervor
with which it is demanded and the unwillingness to consider options.
Understanding the Stem Cell Debate
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In the ongoing
debate about stem cell research, few people differentiate between
adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Also, few know that there are
over 70 successful treatments from adult stem cells and none from embryonic.1
What has many up in arms is that the production of embryonic stem
cells endangers the life of a very small, but distinctly human, person. Once
a human egg has been fertilized, a new cell results, called a zygote. This
single cell contains all the instructions required to mature and develop a
full-term baby and is therefore rightly considered an immature person. The
zygote continually divides and undergoes "differentiation" where, in the
context of the womb, scores of different tissues manifest in their proper
positions (assuming a healthy embryological development occurs).
Those who support the use of embryonic stem cells claim that these cells
have the best potential for health and medical research. The National
Institute of Health website states:
Pluripotent2 stem cells offer the possibility of a
renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a myriad of
diseases, conditions, and disabilities including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes,
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.3
Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent,
but their controlled development has thus far been impossible to manipulate.
However, investigators have successfully converted adult stem cells back to
This would seem to negate the need for
embryonic stem cells. Nonetheless,
some scientists are still set on using embryonic stem cells and they are
looking to obtain them from other sources. At the beginning of 2008, the
U.K. licensed the University of Warwick to begin developing human-pig
hybrids, from which they hope to derive embryonic stem cells.
This leads to many
ethical questions, but the central issue is the sanctity of human life. With
the availability of adult stem cells, there is no medical need for embryonic
stem cells--except for those who are attempting to create human or
Between the development of human-animal hybrids,
campaigns for ape rights, and continued lobbying for embryonic stem cell
research, it seems as though there is an effort to blur the definition of
what is human. Though opinions vary widely regarding what will offer the
greatest benefit to humanity, it is only when we respect God and His unique
creations that we will be able to steer a judicious course through these
Doing Evil to Do Good
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The recurring argument from those who support the
harvesting of embryonic tissue is the “good” that would result from stem
cell investigation. Personalities with spinal cord injuries, such as the
late Christopher Reeve, have been effectively used by the stem cell lobby.
Certainly, specialized stem-cell treatments could possibly be used to treat
Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Criticism has been sharp both
in the United States and abroad as stem cell research advocates emphasize
the medical breakthroughs that studies might accomplish.
Yet, many—including not a few scientists and President Bush—have
opposed expanded embryonic research because of the issue of where these
embryonic cells come from. When the House of Representatives recently voted
to lift the ban on stem cell funding, President Bush threatened to veto,
citing the “ongoing destruction of emerging human life” (AP 2005).
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In May of 2005, a South Korean research team made medical history
by taking a piece of skin from a patient and growing stem cells (adult stem
cells) containing the patient’s DNA. This is good news because it obviously
does not involve stem cells from an embryo, yet may prove medically
There has also been another development in the news that might make
the stem cell issue moot. It’s possible that other ordinary cells of the
body (like skin cells) could be converted into embryonic stem cells.
Washington Post writer Rick Weiss, quotes James F. Battey, chief of the stem
cell task force at the National Institutes of Health as saying, "That would
really get around all the moral and ethical concerns" (2005). As the field
of molecular biology continues to make strides, particularly in the area of
DNA, this discovery indeed looks promising. Researchers hypothetically could
activate certain genes in specific cells that would literally make them
embryonic again – without embryo destruction. Additionally, there is a move
to set up a national databank for umbilical cord blood. This source of stem
cells, called multipotent cells,
does not involve the eradication of the embryo. A national databank could
possibly be used for various stem cell treatments and research.
How should the Christian respond to the harvesting of embryonic tissue?
Scripture teaches that human life is special (Psalm 139:13-14) and that
people have been created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Listing the benefits of stem cell research does not null
the destruction cell harvesting causes.
In conclusion, for all the good scientific investigation this field
there are alternatives
to embryonic stem cell research,
and these options, including adult stem cells, look promising.
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Future of Medicine -
Regenerative medicine is poised to dramatically alter conventional methods
of treatment, shifting the focus away from symptoms and targeting the
specific causes of different defects.
Within this field,
stem cell research
has already established itself as a concrete option for curing several
diseases and researchers are excited by the possibilities opening up before
Professor Silviu Itsecu, founder and CEO of
Mesoblast, a regenerative medicine company, expanded on the potential
opportunities: “We’re developing products now based on the stem cells that
could allow them to be delivered very simply by an intravenous injection,
taking advantage of the properties that they will home (take back) to this
specific damaged tissue that we’re trying to target.”
He gave a couple of examples: “An inflamed joint in patients with rheumatoid
arthritis, these cells will find themselves going to the inflamed joint and
selectively treating that joint. Otherwise, we’re looking at lung disease.
So in certain inflammatory lung diseases the cells from simple intravenous
injection will find their way straight to the inflamed lung and be able to
do their thing (their job) locally, without actually getting to other
healthy tissues where we don’t want them to go.”
And yet, whilst the prospect of cell replacement is increasingly
acknowledged, its current limitations are also worth noting. Sir John
Gurdon, the 2012 Nobel prize winner for Physiology or Medicine, has been one
of those eager to stress this point;
“Where people need one kind of cell type, I think that’s a very good
promise. It’s quite another thing to say ‘We will replace a whole heart or a
whole brain’, that’s complicated, but to replace individual cell types seems
very good prospects,” he told euronews.
One party keen on progress, is the Catholic Church, which controversially
technology as an
ethical alternative to embryo stem
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A bit of an oddball, auto-urine therapy (AUT)
is gaining popularity to combat a host of illnesses and to maintain good health.
It is considered effective in treating a wide array of diseases such as multiple
sclerosis, colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, pancreatic
insufficiency, psoriasis, eczema, diabetes and herpes.
According to Xinhua news
agency more than three million Chinese drink their own urine believing that
it is good for their health. AUT is an ancient practice as it finds mention
in many old texts of India such as Shivambhu Kalpa Vidhi and Damar Tantra. Shivambhu literally
means water of Lord Shiva, a Hindu God. Urine therapists often speak of
drinking Shivambhu, which means drinking the water of auspiciousness.
What is urine therapy?
Urine therapy entails using your own urine externally or internally as a way to
promote or maintain good health. Sometimes when all else fails, AUT will turn a
patient around. The first question that probably comes to mind is whether urine
is a toxic substance and how a waste product already excreted from the body can
be of any benefit for your health. Urine is NOT a toxic waste product, claim AUT
practitioners. They cite that 95 per cent of urine is water, 2.5 per cent
consists of urea and the remaining 2.5 per cent is a mixture of minerals, salt,
hormones and enzymes.
Is It Toxic? The first question that probably comes to mind is
whether urine is a toxic substance and how a waste product already excreted from
the body can be of any benefit for your health. Urine is NOT a toxic waste
product, claim AUT practitioners. They cite that 95 per cent of urine is water,
2.5 per cent consists of urea and the remaining 2.5 per cent is a mixture of
minerals, salt, hormones and enzymes.
it has a wonderful healing and toning effect when applied to the skin. Urine is
sterile after secretion and has an antiseptic effect.
Toxic substances are being removed from the body through the liver, intestines,
skin and through exhalation. The main function of the kidneys is to keep the
composition of the blood in optimal balance. Hence the primary component of
urine is not toxic at all. Only urea can be poisonous when present in very large
amounts in the blood. However, this is irrelevant in the practice of drinking
urine, as urine is not immediately put back in the blood stream. When urea gets
back into the body in small amounts, it is purifying, clears up excess mucus and
has a number of other useful effects.
Is it scientific?
B.V. Khare, an allopathic doctor and Mumbai-based follower of AUT, says:
"The Italian surgeon Stanislau R. Burzynski, now settled in America,
separated anti-neoplastin from human urine and showed remarkable results in the
treatment of cancer. Another substance found in large quantities in the urine is
called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). It is a hormone related to testosterone.
This, as research showed, has anti-cancer, anti-obesity and anti-aging
properties. It has also been found that urea when recycled by ingesting, is
converted into essential amino acids."
Medical researchers have discovered that many of the elements of the blood that
are found in urine have enormous medicinal value, and when reintroduced into the
body, boost the body's immune system and stimulate healing in a unique way.
The therapy can be applied in many ways. The most common
is to consume your morning urine (not the first few drops) completely and
without dilution. Gargling, massage and sniffing have also been found to be
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urine should be used, the exception being in a fast where urine is being
passed every ten to fifteen minutes. The first flow should always be
should be sipped like tea and not drunk like water. This will prevent
excessive problems in the form of loose stools and other eliminative
first flow of the day is the most important and the best time of the day to
drink it is between three and four a.m., especially if one is doing yoga
at least one liter of water per day.
and salty food as well as excessive protein should be avoided.
passed during the night before three a.m. should not be used.
quantity used is left up to the individual.
During any form of internal use of urine,
the following should be observed:
should not be started if medical or any other form of treatment is being
used. Two days should intervene between the stopping of medication and the
commencement of amaroli.
with liver, kidney or heart disease, in whom protein intake and water
balance is a problem (for example if there is swelling of the tissues of the
legs, abdomen, hands, etc., with water), should consult an experienced
therapist or doctor before starting amaroli.
filled urine should not be used in amaroli. Only those people with great
faith and experience would attempt to treat infections of the kidney,
bladder or urethra with amaroli.
for the most intense forms of the internal technique (that is three or more
glasses per day), should be low in protein and salt. Refined, processed and
synthetic foods should be avoided, for example, white sugar, refined flour,
tinned food, and so on. Spicy food may make the urine pungent and difficult
to drink. Some proponents recommend that milk consumption be stopped too.
of alcohol and tobacco should be reduced to the barest minimum, or
preferably avoided totally if possible.
A healing crisis is said to be a sign that
the body is purifying itself very rapidly. These crises may take the form of
loose stools, skin eruptions such as pimples and boils, vomiting, fever of
unexplained origin, cough, general weakness and debility. The advocates say that
there is no need to panic and take drugs for any of the above mentioned
processes. They usually occur because the body systems are now strong enough for
the elimination processes to handle the deeply ingrained toxins and poisons.
These other methods (e.g. healing crises) are
then employed by the body to dispose of the excess, and as a result, strange and
perhaps as yet un-experienced manifestation may occur. If this happens the best
way to handle the situation is to reduce the intake of urine or to stop
completely and rest the body. Complete rest and fasting may also help, or a
fruit diet can be instigated, depending on the manifestations that occur. Please
do not run to your doctor and start taking medications to suppress the healing
crises. Let them unfold naturally and according to their own sequences.
The following are the most common
manifestations of the healing crises and their recommended treatment:
stools: fasting and complete rest for one day is probably the best measure.
Plenty of boiled or distilled water and lemon juice is suggested. The toxins
of the body that have been loosened by amaroli then have a chance to be
eliminated. The second day one should eat some boiled rice and curd, or some
boiled rice with mung beans. By the third day all manifestations should have
subsided and amaroli can again commence.
eruptions such as pimples and boils can be treated in the following ways. In
the early stages rub the lesion with urine and leave the urine on for one or
two hours before washing if off (in cold water without soap) to stop the
process. If they continue to cause trouble or if boils develop, urine packs
can be applied. Fomentation with warm water, cotton wool and Dettol or salt
should be applied at night before sleep. Boils should never be lanced,
squeezed, pressed or touched by the hand. These manifestation usually
disappear after three to seven days. A light diet of fruit only will help
the process. Please remember that boils and pimples are the bodies natural
way or expelling overloads of toxins. They usually excrete from the skin if
the other filtering and eliminative channels (lungs, colon, liver) are not
functioning optimally. Once the toxins have been excreted the boils should
disappear for good.
may occur when the urine is especially bad tasting and smelling as in
fevers, jaundice and other illnesses. The urine of such dis-"eases"
may seem totally unpalatable, yet if the patient has steeled his mind to
drink it, then copious supplies of water will help to dilute the urine and
make it easier to drink. If you can hold down the first flow, then the
second should be more dilute and better tasting, and so on, until clear
pleasant tasting urine finally comes.
Vomiting is good in that it cleans the stomach just as kunjal kriya does,
therefore, it should not cause any undue worry. After vomiting, the nausea
is usually relieved and you feel better. If vomiting persists and dry
retching occurs, you should seek professional help. After vomiting urine,
you should rest and take some light fluids such as lemon water or some other
fluid replacement. When fully rested, try amaroli again.
fever of unexplained origin can occur as a reaction of the body, designed to
burn up the toxins. It is one of the most thorough of the eliminative series
and requires nothing more than complete rest and constant fluid intake.
After the fever, fruit and a light diet should precede the commencement of
amaroli. NOTE: regular checking of the body temperature should ensure that
it does not go too high. In such a case the head should be cooled down with
cold water application and the feet massaged with ghee. If the temperature
still stays up after one hour, aspirin may be taken only as a last resort.
and cold may appear and indicate elimination of mucus from the lungs and
respiratory passages, again reduce or stop the intake of urine and start the
practice of kunjal and neti kriyas once or twice a day. Neti using half
water and half urine is good to relieve all discomfort and to help wash out
mucus form the nasal passages and sinuses. The diet should exclude milk and
milk product and all mucus producing foods such as fats and excessive starch
until the cold is finished.
debility may be felt as a result of the excess toxins, and in such a case
plenty of sleep, rest and good food will help.
may be too difficult for some people, especially if they have been suffering
from a chronic illness for considerable time, for example, low blood
pressure, heart disease, and so on. These people should proceed very slowly
and gradually. They may prefer to start with one meal a day fasts or fruit
fasts before trying the more complete water and urine only fasts. This rule
should be applied to all people, for the slow approach usually ends up with
better and faster results than one in which we jump into the most advanced
practices and, finding that we can not swim, have to stop in order to
resolve the problems we have inflicted upon ourselves.
In some diseases the urine becomes dense,
pungent and seemingly unpalatable. It is advised that you attempt to utilize
this urine even though it may be difficult to do so. Dense and scanty urine may
contain mineral salts and other body components of value. Wash it down with
plenty of water.
Pregnant woman can use amaroli with the
following restrictions. The first flow of the day (on arising form sleep) should
be completely discarded. Then water, tea, milk, or any beverage can be consumed
and the second or third flow can be used. However, the urine should have a light
color and should not be too pungent or concentrated.
Each person is different, so the results of
your friend's experimentation may not apply to you. Age, constitution, physique,
diet and disease all lead one on a different path to the same goal, that of good
Over the years, urine therapy has proved to
be an effective tool for healing. Most urine therapists, some of whom have been
practicing urine therapy for decades, have never sought an explanation for why
it works: their own experiences were sufficient proof. You too can join the
growing legions of urine drinkers. Follow the above logical rules and you will
see a marked improvement in your health.
Coen van der Kroon covers almost all
questions concerning urine therapy and its history in his book The Golden
Fountain; The Complete Guide to Urine Therapy.
Clinical Research Effectiveness
Urine therapy refers to
use of one's urine to maintain health, to prevent or cure sickness, to
enhance beauty, or to promote meditation and spiritual enlightenment. Urine
may be ingested, injected, or applied topically.
therapy can be traced back as far as 5,000 years to early civilizations such
as Aztecs, ancient Egyptians, ancient Chinese, and Native Americans. It is
believed that the origin of this practice comes from certain religious rites
among Hindus, where it is called amaroli in
tantric religious traditions. Medically, urine is referred to as "plasma
ultrafiltrate." Advocates of urotherapy claim that this treatment is
effective for dry skin, cancer, and numerous other diseases and disorders.
Research has revealed components of urine such as
urea, hormones, and enzymes. Many of these components have been commercially
isolated and marketed. For example, urokinase (an enzyme that promotes the
break-up of blood clots) is used in drug form and sold as a thrombolytic for
unblocking coronary arteries. Furthermore, luteinizing hormone and follicle
stimulating hormone are the active components in Pergonal, a drug used to
stimulate fertility in women. Urea is used in several creams to promote
Current researchers are investigating urotherapy
in the treatment of AIDS and
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Cancer cells release various antigens, some of which appear in the urine.
Oral autourotherapy is suggested as a new treatment modality for cancer
patients. It will provide the intestinal lymphatic system with the many
tumor antigens against which antibodies may be produced. These antibodies
may be pierced through the blood stream and attack the tumor and its cells.
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What does it involve?
is an alternative method that involves the use of a patient's own urine to treat
undergoing urotherapy may drink their own urine (from a few drops to full
glasses), use it as an enema, or have it injected directly into the bloodstream
or into tumors. In powdered form, urea, the primary component of urine, has been
applied directly to tumors appearing on the skin. Urea may also be packed into
capsules or dissolved in a flavored drink. There are no established guidelines
for how much urine or urea should be used.
What is the history
The thought of drinking urine may offend
the sensibilities of most Westerners, but the fact is that
human urine has been considered a healing agent in many Asian
cultures for centuries. Even now, some physicians recognize urine's antiseptic
properties, and in some cultures it is poured directly on wounds to
prevent infection. Others mix it with several
ingredients to make a tonic that is drunk to promote health.
the evidence? There are some
individual (anecdotal) reports of urotherapy’s ability to stop cancer
growth. However, available scientific evidence does not support claims that
urine or urea given in any form is helpful for cancer patients. Two small
studies done during the 1980s found urea did not cause tumors to shrink in
patients with cancer in the liver.
any possible problems or complications?
have reported that drinking or injecting urine or applying it directly to the
skin is safe and not linked to any harmful side effects, but the safety of these
practices has not been established by scientific studies. There have been
reports of nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, and diarrhea after drinking one’s
own urine, especially during the first few days.
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Practitioners believe that urine has some
anti-cancer capabilities as human body may transfer some of the cancer cell
antigens to the urine. The antigens can be re-introduced to our immune
system to boost the antibodies production. In general, urine drinking
is not an idiosyncratic or quirk behavior reserved only for the rich and
demented. Some popular individuals use urine for health purposes, for
example Sarah Miles, a famous British actress, has been drinking her own
urine for about 30 years and she claims that it can immunize her against
allergies and other diseases. Madonna explained in the David Letterman’s
show that she treated athlete’s feet by urinating on her own feet. Some
baseball players urinate on their hands to treat calluses and allow them to
play without using batting gloves.
It’s natural to think that
urine is both toxic and loaded with waste products. However, urine is not
toxic. It is not a result of waste filtration; in fact, urine is simply the
by-product of blood filtration. Urine is consisted of 95% water, 2.5% urea
and the rest is a combination of salt, various mineral, enzymes and
hormones. Many essential nutrients and chemicals end up in the urine and
they reflect how a person’s body functions work. These nutrients and
chemicals can be re-utilized as natural antiviral, antibacterial and even
anti carcinogenic agents. Urine can also act as allergy reliever and hormone
It may take time to overcome the initial gag
response, but you may eventually realize that if you’re searching for an
easy cure, this could be an area you should investigate. Colitis, multiple
sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, cancer, pancreatic
disorder, hyperactivity, eczema, psoriasis, mononucleosis, herpes,
allergies, adrenal failures and many other health problems can be
effectively treated using this therapy. Even so, for beginners, the therapy
should be performed under the strict supervision of an experienced
urotherapist. These are some precautions for those who plan to undergo
People taking therapeutic drugs and heavy smokers
shouldn’t use their urine. Due to the presence of harmful
microorganisms, people with venereal disease or bladder infections
shouldn’t drink their own urine.
Before taken orally, urine shouldn’t be boiled or
Only use morning urine, however the initial fluid
should be discarded as it may contain some bacteria.
Side effects of urotherapy are rashes, itches,
diarrhea, headache, soreness, fatigue, pain and sometimes fever. Side
effects may be more severe when the person has certain diseases. To
limit side effects, only small amount urine should be used initially.
Spices can make urine difficult to drink due to the resulting pungent odor
and taste. Some practitioners also advise patients to stop consuming milk,
while tobacco and alcohol must be reduced significantly or stopped, if
possible. A healing crisis period may occur a few days after the treatment
and it’s the sign that our body begins to purify itself. Common forms of
crises are boils, pimples, loose stools weakness, fever and cough. When
experiencing the symptoms, it is highly inadvisable to take medications to
treat those symptoms. You shouldn’t interrupt the ongoing toxin elimination
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Colon hydrotherapy (colonic
irrigation) is a body-based hydrotherapy treatment. During a colon
hydrotherapy session, water is gently introduced into the large intestine
through the anus in a controlled manner by a qualified therapist or
self-administered under the guidance of a qualified therapist.
The purpose of colon
hydrotherapy is to achieve the optimal bowel function through the
restoration of fluid, matter and gas balance, removal of excess wastes and
exercise to the large intestine for the benefit of assisting absorption,
assimilation and elimination which is instrumental in maintaining health and
wellbeing of the body and mind.
(Self-administered unsupervised or unguided
introduction of water into the large intestine of any nature cannot be
described as colon hydrotherapy and falls into broad category of enemas).
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cleansing with colon irrigation (high colonics). The first modern colonic
machine was invented about 100 years ago. Today, colonic hygienists or colon
hydrotherapists perform colon irrigations. Colon irrigations work somewhat
like an enema. But they involve much more water and none of the odors or
discomfort. While you lie on a table, a low-pressure pump or a gravity-based
reservoir flushes several gallons of water through a small tube inserted
into your rectum.
the water is in the colon, the therapist may massage your abdomen. Then you
release the water like a regular bowel movement; the process flushes out the
fluids and waste. The therapist may repeat the process, and a session may
last up to an hour.
practitioner may use a variety of water pressures and temperatures and may
or may not combine water with enzymes, herbs, coffee, or probiotics.
Probiotics are supplements containing beneficial bacteria.
What is the theory behind natural colon cleansing?
One of the main theories behind
colon cleansing is an ancient belief called the theory of autointoxication.
This is the belief that undigested meat and other foods cause mucus buildup
in the colon. This buildup produces toxins, the theory goes, which enter the
blood's circulation, poisoning the body.
people claim these toxins cause a wide range of symptoms, such as:
surface, the idea of toxins being reabsorbed by the body makes some sense.
After all, rectal suppositories are used to rapidly administer drugs. Could
toxins, too, be quickly entering the bloodstream from the colon?
colon cleansing has any effect, however, it likely has less to do with
toxins than with its impact on the nervous system. What's the evidence?
Reflexes in the bowel affect the entire nervous system. In fact, a wide
range of symptoms caused by
constipation can be relieved by enemas.
If this is true of enemas, then perhaps colon cleansing has a similar
colon cleansing needed?
bowel movements enough to clear the colon? Or is it true that colon
cleansing can be beneficial. This is still unclear. We do know that the body
alone can do the following:
Natural bacteria in the colon can detoxify food wastes.
liver also neutralizes toxins.
Mucus membranes in the colon can keep unwanted substances from
reentering the blood and tissues.
colon sheds old cells about every 3 days, preventing a buildup of
normal number of bowel movements varies from person to person.
Increasing the number of bowel movements doesn't improve weight loss. That's because the body absorbs most calories before
they reach the large intestine.
risks associated with natural colon cleansing?
Remember that "natural" doesn't necessarily mean safe. The government
doesn't regulate natural colon cleansing products, so their potency, safety,
and purity can't be guaranteed. And, each state has its own rules about
whether or not practitioners must be professionally licensed.
do decide to see a colon-cleansing therapist, choose one who is licensed by
a recognized national organization and who follows that organization's
standards. It's always a good idea to talk with your primary health provider
before starting a new practice such as colon cleansing.
Although the risk becomes greater the more often you have a colon cleanse, a
review of similar procedures, such as enemas and sigmoidoscopies, shows the
risk of severe effects is low when colon irrigations are performed by
trained personnel using low pressures with the right equipment. In Britain,
where practitioners carry out 5,600 colon irrigations each month, no serious
side effects have been reported.
However, there are some potential side effects:
Dizziness, a sign of dehydration
Potential interference with medication absorption on day of
Depletion of helpful normal bowel flora unless replaced
there risks associated with natural colon cleansing? Be
aware, if the therapist adds a
substance to the water during colon irrigation, you run the risk of an allergic
reaction. Do not use laxatives or colon irrigations long term. They can
irritate or upset the balance of your colon's good bacteria and interfere
with normal bowel function.
colon irrigations, if you have:
Regarding children, there may be an increase risk of mineral imbalances,
therefore use caution with children. Follow the guidelines of the IACHC
(International Association of Colon Hydrotherapists www.i-act.org) and your
health care provider.
The History of Colonics
irrigation is not a new therapy. Enemas and rituals involving the washing of
the colon with water have been used since pagan times. The first record
mentioning colon cleansing is an Egyptian medical papyrus dated as early as
1500 B.C. The Egyptians employed purgatives, enemas, diuretics, heat, steam
and blood-letting to treat diverse diseases.
and modern tribes in the Amazon, Central Africa and remote parts of Asia
have used river water for bowel cleansing, usually as part of magic-medical
rites of passage performed by priests or shamans. Colon cleansing therapies
were an important part of Taoist training regimens. These therapies still
form one of the fundamental practices of the yoga teaching.
Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, who are recognized as the founding
fathers of Western medicine, described, practised and prescribed the use of
enemas for colon cleansing.
Europe and in the USA, the popularity of colon cleansing treatments was
remarkable in the early decades of the twentieth century, when colon
irrigation equipment was commonly used by doctors practising in sanatoria
(health spas) and hospitals. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the regular use of
enemas was standard practice amongst most medical practitioners and they
were implemented as common treatment in most hospitals.
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The dangers of
- Colon cleansing, also called colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy, is
performed by colonic hygienists or colon therapists, or can be
self-administered. The procedure works like an enema. The patient generally
lies on a table and water (with or without additional herbs or compounds) is
pumped through the rectum via a tube.
Unlike enemas, for which a small amount of fluid is used, however, colon
cleansing calls for a large volume of fluid—up to 60 liters—to be introduced into the rectum.3,4 Fluids and waste are
expelled through another tube. The procedure may be repeated several times.
Despite colon cleansing’s long history and current popularity, the
literature does not support its purported benefits. Historically, colon
cleansing was thought to prevent autointoxication from toxins originating in
the colon, but the evidence for this claim is limited.11 A search of the literature
using the terms “colon cleansing,” “herbal colon cleanse,” “colon
detoxification,” and “colon irrigation,” yielded no scientifically robust
studies in support of this practice. One study suggested that lymphocytes
might migrate from the gut into the circulation after the procedure, which
may “improve colon and immune system function.”12
Even though colon cleansing is touted as a commonly
used form of holistic, complementary and alternative medicine, the Natural
Standard Professional Database concluded in a monograph that there is
“limited clinical evidence validating colon therapy as a health promotion
practice” and noted a “lack of sufficient evidence” for most of its
is not wise—particularly if you have a history of gastrointestinal
disease (including diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative
colitis) or a history of colon surgery, severe hemorrhoids, kidney
disease, or heart disease.
These conditions increase the risk of adverse effects.2,3,11,16
effects of colon cleansing include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
dizziness, dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, acute kidney
insufficiency, pancreatitis, bowel perforation, heart failure, and
devices that practitioners use for the procedure are not approved for
colon cleansing by the US Food and Drug Administration. Inadequately
disinfected or sterilized irrigation machines have been linked to
bacterial contamination. 2,11,19
cleansing practitioners are not licensed by a scientifically based
organization. Rather, practitioners have undergone a training process
structured by an organization that is attempting to institute its own
certification and licensing requirements.