Items tagged with: Medicine


Triad of Virchow

Named after the eminent German physician Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), these three factors describe the pathogenesis of thrombosis (blood clots).
  • Hypercoagulability (sticky blood)
  • Hemodynamic changes (stasis, turbulence)
  • Endothelial dysfunction (damage to blood vessel)
#medicine #health #science

Thyroid Hormone Resistance

This is a condition, similar to insulin resistance, where the thyroid hormone receptors are no longer effective at picking up thyroid hormone in a state of down-regulation.

- genetic anomalies in the receptors
- autoimmune conditions
- negative oxidation effects
- exogenous hormone binding agents that compete with receptors (environmental and food chemicals)
- toxic damage

#medicine #health
A community member was inspired by my earlier writings and reached out for a quote from me to put in her new book for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

My medical advice for those newly diagnosed with cancer:
"You will need transdisciplinary care (more than one type of doctor) and it is up to you to put together your "dream team." You will need both oncology specialists and holistic care doctors. Interview them to make sure they are committed to your highest care and will be patient with your questions, concerns, and thoughts about treatment options. Look for doctors that individualize care vs one-size-fits-all treatments. Change your personal routine to prepare for a healing journey. What's not important must be let go. Spiritually, don't let the darkness of uncertainly become you but instead may the challenges you face call you to a state of growth previously unimaginable but sublimely rewarding for it is how we create meaning in an otherwise meaningless world that is the best part of humaning."


A fictitious childhood disease typically assigned to children percieved to be different or peculiar as the basis for a game of tag that has the goal of avoiding "infection."^1^
  • Simon Bronner (26 Aug 2011). Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture. University Press of Kentucky. p. 452.
#medicine #folklore

UK Lyme disease cases may be three times higher than estimated | The Guardian

Cases of Lyme disease in the UK may be three times higher than previous estimates, according to new research.

After analysing the anonymous medical records of 8.4 million people from across the UK, scientists forecast that the total number of Lyme disease diagnoses in the UK could top 8,000 in 2019, compared with previous estimates of between 2,000 and 3,000 annual diagnoses.
This is a serious disease that could cause paralysis, blindness, and even death. If not treated in time, it can cause crippling arthritis. Know the symptoms, carry a tick kit, and if you think you might have a 'summer flu' after a walk in long grass, mention the possibility of Lyme disease to your doctor.

#health #medicine

Ear 'tickling' therapy could 'help thwart ageing' | BBC News

Tickling the ear with a small electric current could rebalance the nervous system in over-55s and help them age more healthily, research suggests.
Stimulation of the vagus nerve, which connects to the heart, lungs and gut, led to improvements in body, sleep and mood, a small study found.
The University of Leeds team said the procedure could make a big difference to people's lives.
But more research is needed to work out the long-term health effects.
#science #medicine #health

Infectious Agents Related to Arthritis

Most doctors treat pain symptom with steroids and pain relieving drugs but the cause of the pain is often an infection. This is why arthritis can improve when treated with antibiotics or anti-microbial herbs.

Common Infectious Agents:
➤ Borrelia burgdorferi
➤ Brucella
➤ Candida
➤ Chlamydia
➤ Coxiella
➤ Fungi
➤ Hep B
➤ Mycobaterium Tuberculosis
➤ Mycoplasma
➤ Neisseria
➤ Parvovirus B19
➤ Staphylococcus Aureus
➤ Streptococcus
➤ Treponema pallidum
➤ Viruses
#medicine #science #health


It is the second most abundant intracellular cation after potassium and is needed for over 600 enzymatic reactions including energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

Magnesium Deficiency Associations:
➤ anxiety
➤ asthma
➤ depression
➤ muscle cramps
➤ diabetes
➤ high blood pressure
➤ heart disease
➤ hormone problems
➤ sleep issues
➤ fatigue
➤ irritability
➤ migraines
➤ kidney stones
➤ osteoporosis
➤ low levels of vitamin d and vitamin k
#medicine #nutrition #health

Central Sensitization

This condition represents a tipping point in chronic pain excitation that creates a hypersensitive state. This is a common underlying phenomenon in patients suffering chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
#medicine #health
115 people die each day from opiate overdose


Signs & Symptoms

➤ brittle nails
➤ cold extremities
➤ intolerance to cold
➤ low blood pressure
➤ foggy thinking
➤ weight gain
➤ dry skin
➤ hair falling out
➤ thinning of hair
➤ throat pain
➤ bradycardia (slow heart rate)
➤ periorbital edema (swelling around the eyes)
➤ fatigue
➤ muscle weakness
➤ cramping in the muscles
➤ fertility issues
➤ emotional mood swings
➤ irregular menstrual cycle
➤ fibromyalgia
➤ arthritis
➤ hoarseness in the throat
➤ elevated blood pressure
➤ sensitive gag reflex
➤ dyslipidemia (in particular high cholesterol)
➤ constipation
➤ depression

You can still be suffering hypothyroidism even if your labs are within range. This is because most doctors are failing to look deeper at the rest of the picture. I also posted on how to test your thyroid at home that may be useful (link in comments). Ultimately, if you are concerned then find a holistic doctor that can properly assess and diagnose.
#medicine #health

Hypochlorhydria is Low Stomach Acid Production

Many digestive complaints are caused by LOW stomach acid production versus too much.

Causes of Hypochlorhydria:
➤ sympathetic nervous system overload
➤ excess carbohydrate consumption (pancreatic stress)
➤ alcohol consumption
➤ transient bacterial in the lower intestines
➤ zinc or B vitamin deficiencies (especially thiamine)
➤ pathologies or dysfunctions involving the pituitary gland
➤ scarring in the GI tract from history of ulcers
#nutrition #medicine #health

➤ a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.
#medicine #health

Lyme disease: is a solution on the way? | The Guardian

The tick-borne illness, which is on the rise, can have chronic side-effects. So why hasn’t more effort been put into a cure?
Tick bites can cause all kind of symptoms from. headache to paralysis, blindness, and death. Now there's some hope for a cure for Lyme disease.

#science #medicine #health

Food Industry Bliss Point

In the formulation of food products, the bliss point is the amount of ingredients such as salt, sugar, or fat which optimizes addictive cravings.
#medicine #nutrition #health

"Hmmm...could be a fungal infection."

#medicine #humor
In one year the thyroid gland secretes approximately one teaspoon of thyroid hormone which drives the metabolic rate of every single cell in the human body.
#science #medicine #health

Saliva Glands for Immune and Detoxification Regulation

The salivary glands produce saliva through a system of ducts which makes them exocrine glands (secretes into a duct). We have three paired major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublingual) as well as hundreds of minor salivary glands which can be classified as serous, mucous or seromucous (mixed).

In conventional care, these glands are only evaluated for pathology which leaves their function, and contribution to health, completely overlooked. However, these glands act as much more than just pre-digestive agents. It is likely that they act as a specialized chemical tagging system that orchestrate removal of harmful substances entering the body. Failure of this system can result in an increased burden to the rest of the detoxification organs, such as the liver, and may result in histological and immunological reactions (such as allergies, inflammation, and recurrent illness patterns).

Although more research is needed, for years many physicians have used parotid gland extracts with great outcomes that very much need to be explored.
#medicine #health #science

A new book critiques medicine

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20434325
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Great Doctors Treat the Patient not just the Lab Number

"When I started practicing medicine, I often checked thyroid blood tests. At that time, I ignored the patient's signs and symptoms if the lab tests were normal. Now, I am more convinced than ever that solely relying on the patient's blood tests without taking in to account the physical exam as well as the patient's history will result in a misdiagnosis for many patients." - David Brownstein, MD (thyroid specialist)
#medicine #health
Become a civil disobedient! Eat Walnuts for your health!

FDA Says Walnuts Are Illegal Drugs

Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn’t approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, “Your walnut products are drugs” — and “new drugs” at that — and, therefore, “they may not legally be marketed … in the United States without an approved new drug application.” The agency even threatened Diamond with “seizure” if it failed to comply.

Diamond’s transgression was to make “financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts,” as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it. On its website and packaging, the company stated that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. These claims, Faloon notes, are well supported by scientific research: “Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts”; and “The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.”

This evidence was apparently not good enough for the FDA, which told Diamond that its walnuts were “misbranded” because the “product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA.”

#Food #Nuts #Health #Drugs #FDA #Omega3 #Omega6 #Medicine #Science #Peer-Reviewed #Government #Pharma #JunkFood

Acid Reflux = Not Enough Acid

Stomach as a Blender

Normal pH of the stomach is approximately 1.2 (that's super acid)! When you eat, the acid liquefies your food into a substance called chyme. This happens while your stomach is churning which makes it sort of like your own personal blender.

When digestion is not complete there is bloating and irritation.

The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES)

When digestive function is poor (not enough acid produced) then the food will sit and stew (at close to 100 degrees). The body is reluctant to let it pass through the pyloric valve (the lower valve that empties the stomach into the intestines) because it is not ready. The pressure of gas and bloat pushes up and irritates the LES until one day it no longer fully closes. This allows for acid to splash up where it should never be causing acid reflux.

Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid production)

Acid reflux is from a small amount of acid in the wrong place because there was is enough acid to complete the process of digestion.

Antacids Shut Down Normal Function

Acid production is normal physiology. The patients that come to me after long term antacid use are typically the most problematic. They may initially experience relief (acid reflux reduced) but because their digestion function is further compromised they eventually get severe lower tract irritation and malabsorption problems (IBS, IBD, etc.).


Reduce causative factors (dietary and lifestyle) while improving digestive function. Start by eliminating grains, starches, sugars, beans, and milk while taking an enzyme/HCl supplement with meals. The goal is to reduce irritation which allows for improved function. Stubborn cases should seek help from a qualified doctor.
#medicine #health

“Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked”: John Ioannidis

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20359219
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“Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:” A confession from John Ioannidis

Retraction Watch: “Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:” A confession from John Ioannidis (Ivan Oransky)



In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were sold nationwide to keep every American medicated around the clock for an entire month.

1. dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.

Aspects of Pharmaceutical Industry Involving Corruption:
► innovation
► research and development
► product approval/government agencies
► marketing/physician education
► revenue/accounting

The drug industry, as a whole, has a history of repeated accusations and findings that clinical trials were conducted or funded directly by the pharmaceutical companies who reported only positive results for the preferred medication.

The Bottom Line is The Bottom Line:
Drug companies, and the agencies that are supposed to govern them, are not organized, managed, and operated by panels of caring physicians and scientists interested in the greater good of human health.

They are ultimately motivated by profit.

Treatments that affect positive change in the human body that do not make money or can not be patented will not be developed, will not be promoted, but will be considered competition to revenue generating drugs regardless of the benefit to human health. If a company can get away with developing a product with known side effects, poor clinical outcomes, but great profit then it will.
Note: Of course there are many life saving medications as well as agencies showing research and innovation resulting in greater treatment tools. That part of industry doesn't need to change but rather needs to grow.


A condition in which widened venules cause threadlike red lines or patterns on the skin sometimes referred to as “spider veins” because of the weblike appearance. The causes are both congenital (from birth) and acquired. Although they are often benign they may be a sign of more serious vascular conditions.
#medicine #science

Intestinal Villi Degradation

The high plasticity of the intestinal mucosa allows response to exogenous agents, such as food presence or absence, and to pathologic situations. Such response consists of changes in villus height and crypt depth, villus density and rate of epithelial loss (Boleli et al., 2002).

A. poor villi density with compromised mucosal integrity
B. healthy villi depth and density
#medicine #science #health

#' Growing evidence suggests Parkinson's disease starts in gut | The Guardian

Evidence that Parkinson’s disease may start off in the gut is mounting, according to new research showing proteins thought to play a key role in the disease can spread from the gastrointestinal tract to the brain.
#science #health #medicine #Parkinsons

MIT AI tool can predict breast cancer up to 5 years early, works equally well for white and black patients | TechCrunch

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new deep learning-based AI prediction model that can anticipate the development of breast cancer up to five years in advance. Researchers working on the product also recognized that other similar projects have often had inherent bias because they were based overwhelmingly on white patient populations, and specifically designed their own model so that it is informed by “more equitable” data that ensures it’s “equally accurate for white and black women.”
#health #medicine #AI #cancer #BreastCancer
MIT AI tool can predict breast cancer up to 5 years early, works equally well for white and black patients

'Living drug' offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients | BBC News

NHS patients with lymphoma have for the first time been given a pioneering treatment that genetically reprogrammes their immune system to fight cancer.
#science #medicine #health #cancer

No Food for 382 Days

In 1965, Angus Barbieri weighed 456 pounds. He checked himself into the Maryfield Hospital in Dundee for a medically supervised fast. He continued the fast until his weight dropped to 180 pounds.^1^
  • Stewart, W. K.; Fleming, Laura W. (March 1973). "Features of a successful therapeutic fast of 382 days' duration" (PDF). Postgraduate Medical Journal. 49: 203–209.
#medicine #nutrition #health



A condition where the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements which can result in reduced vision issues. The movements can occur from side to side, up and down, or in a circular pattern.
#medicine #health
“In 2015, 449 864 U.S. physicians (approximately 48%) were reported to have received a total of $2.4 billion in industry-related payments."^1^ aka...kickbacks
  • JAMA. 2017;317(17):1774-1784. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3091
#medicine #health

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)

The flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney. Tests are used to assess the excretory function of the kidneys and staging of chronic kidney disease.
#medicine #health


A hormone is a signaling molecule produced by endocrine glands, orchestrated by the brain, that is carried in the blood to target organs for regulation of physiology.

Taking an exogenous hormone (from an outside source) will create negative feedback. This means the brain registers the hormone and responds but shutting down the gland normally involved in production.
#medicine #health #science

Having trouble sleeping?

Here's an herbal prescription that calms the mind, circulates the blood, and tonifies the hormone system. I use it clinically with great results.
  • Chuanxiong Rhizoma
  • Poria
  • Licorice Root
  • Zizyphi Spinosae Semen
  • Anemarrhenae Rhizoma
  • Bupleurum
  • Angelicae sinensis Radix
  • Menthae Haplocalycis Herba
  • Paeoniae Radix alba
*_This is a base formula that must be modified per patient._
#herbalmedicine #medicine
Without proper #medicine I would have been dead several times by now. If it hadn't been for vaccination, I would have never been born.

And remember, the USA health care system are utterly stupid and wrong, but all the world isn't US. Most countries have doctors that doesn't earn money by prescribing certain brands. We have a system where the medicin are what is prescribed, and you get the brand that has the best price. If you want to have a certain brand, you have to pay extra for that.
And yes, we also have problems with people that have way tom many medicines, but we are aware of the problem, and there are procedures set to fix that. But yes, more need to be done.

Lymphatic System

Our Immunity Rock Star

The lymphatic system consists of three parts:
- vessels: the network of drainage pathways that carries the lymph fluid
- fluid: interstitial fluid inside the vessels is called lymph
- nodes: part of the lymphoid organ system included with spleen, thymus, adenoids, and tonsils

The lymphatic system is involved in immunity and defense. Lymph is very similar to blood plasma but contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells which are the troops of the immune system.

Swollen lymph nodes are a response to illness, infection, or stress and are a sign that your lymphatic system is working to rid your body of the responsible agents.
Understanding our body and how to improve or repair its normal function is essential in treatment of chronic conditions and in maintaining optimal health.
#medicine #health #science

Battlefield Acupuncture

The US Military has been using it for decades. Here's an interview with Dr. Erik Koda, M.D. retired from the Air Force as a Colonel and was in charge of his medical team who implemented acupuncture directly in the field of battle. He discusses the functionality of how it was conducted and how years of experience made a believer out of him because of the miraculous results.


Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA | The Guardian

Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.

The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions.
#science #biology #medicine #genetics #DNA

The Brussels sprout is a member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages (Brassica oleracea).

They contain high levels of vitamin C and vitamin K, with moderate amounts of B vitamins, such as folate and vitamin B6; essential minerals and dietary fiber exist in moderate to low amounts.

They also contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical superfood, which is produced when the enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate, into sulforaphane upon damage to the plant (such as from chewing), which allows the two compounds to mix and react. Although boiling reduces the level of sulforaphane, neither steaming, microwave cooking, nor stir frying cause a significant loss.
  • Amount Per 1 cup (88 g)
  • Calories 38
  • Total Fat 0.3 g
  • Saturated fat 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 22 mg
  • Potassium 342 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8 g
  • Dietary fiber 3.3 g
  • Sugar 1.9 g
  • Protein 3 g
#nutrition #health #food #medicine

Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c)

A form of hemoglobin that is covalently bound to glucose through a non-enzymatic glycation pathway by hemoglobin's exposure to plasma glucose. It is measured primarily to identify the three-month average plasma glucose concentration and thus can be used as a diagnostic test for diabetes.

< 5.8

#medicine #diabetes
Treat the Root and the Branch

CBD: a marijuana miracle or just another health fad? | The Guardian

The cannabis-derived compound is popping up in everything from mineral water to bath bombs. We ask experts and users if it actually works
It seems that a lot more clinical trials are needed before we can even be sure that it does what is claimed

#medicine #health

Major Drug Company Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges of Fraud and Pays $3 Billion

➤ they hid harmful side effects and clinical failures showing lack of efficacy
➤ they are willing to harm people because the cost of lawsuit is lower than the profit generated before getting caught

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