We are pleased to introduce the addition of a new product, itis-for inflammation. Comprised of bromelain, boswelia serrata, cats claw, devils claw, feverfew tanacetum, tumeric (curcumin), and tart cherry fruit, itis is formulated to relieve the inflammation specific to Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Over the next few weeks, we will take a closer look at each of these ingredients in turn, beginning with bromelain.
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that inhibits the migration of white blood cells to sites of injury or infection, and removes the chemical receptor necessary for inflammation to occur. In a study of 77 individuals with knee pain, daily doses of 200-400mg effectively reduced pain and increased reported perceptions of well-being. In addition, Bromelain acts as an immunomodulator against tumor cells, via the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines–chemical signalers–such as tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-alpha) and interleukin II.
In the next post, we will examine boswellia serrata’s ability to reduce painful swelling and increase the range of motion in patients with inflammatory conditions.
In Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy (2011), Dr. Frank Shallenberger tells of his introduction to ozone therapy via the work of his predecessor, Dr. Charles Farr. In the 1980s, Dr. Farr began treating patients with Auto Immune Disease Syndrome (AIDS)—caused by the accumulation of molecules called oxidants—by injecting hydrogen peroxide, a powerful oxidant, directly into their veins. Dr. Farr’s success at alleviating symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, joint and muscle pain, and muscle weakness suggested that “the reason people get sick and diseased as they get older might have something to do with how they utilize and process oxygen” (Shallenberger, 2011).
The following Q & A is intended provide an introduction to ozone, and the various ozone therapies our clinic provides:
Q: What is ozone?
A: Consisting of three oxygen (O2) atoms that share a common electron, ozone (O3) is a naturally occurring molecule—called an oxidant—in the earth’s atmosphere.
Q: What is ozone therapy?
A: Working in a manner similar to vaccines that promote the production of viral antibodies, ozone therapy stimulates the formation of oxidants in the blood, essentially training the body to utilize them efficiently.
Q: How is ozone administered?
A: There are three administration techniques for ozone therapy. The first, called an Ozone Sauna, involves the patient entering a hyperbaric chamber into which heated ozone is pumped. The heat causes the patient to perspire, while the ozone promotes the formation of oxidants in the blood that the body must then dispose of. When someone says they are “sweating it out,” this is the technique to which they are referring.
The second option, called minor-Auto-Hemo-therapy (mAH), involves the blood being drawn out of the body, mixed with ozone, and then injected directly into the treatment site, while the third option administers blood-ozone intravenously, and is referred to as Major-Auto-Hemo-therapy (MAH).
Q: What conditions can ozone therapy treat?
A: Here at Restorative Health Clinic, we offer ozone therapy for patients with Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and the chronic infections typically related to such illnesses. Essentially, any condition that impairs the body’s natural immunity can be treated with ozone, as it stimulates auto-immune defense mechanisms, necessary for tissue and cellular repair.
Q: How do I know if ozone therapy is right for me?
A: Consult your physician regarding the potential benefits and appropriate administration method for your particular condition. Dr. Vosloo and Dr. Hatlestad look forward to providing their guidance to anyone looking to improve their health and vitality.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 503.747.2021.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by a lack of energy, drive & motivation and a general lack of “get-up-and-go”. Mornings are pretty bad, you feel more tired than when you went to bed.
Cortisol levels in the mornings and also throughout the rest of the day are much lower than you need to get through the day’s stress, fatigue and pain.
Adrenal dysfunction is strongly responsible for this lack of restorative sleep or not feeling rested in the morning.
Cortisol is a key adrenal hormone that is essential to maintain healthy:
- Blood glucose levels
- Converting fat, protein and carbohydrate to maintain blood sugar
- Immune balance and healthy immune responses
- Endogenous anti-inflammatory [more allergies and inflammation when cortisol low]
- Blood Pressure
- Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
- Central nervous system activation and motivation
- Healthy and happy optimistic mood
- Stress tolerance
- Sleep and day-night cycles
Just like thyroid hormone, it is very safe and easy to correct low cortisol levels.
Evaluation consists of symptomatic evaluation and laboratory investigation of cortisol levels at 4 different times of the day, or total cortisol production for a whole day.
Studies to read:
Fibromyalgia patients have lower cortisol levels than woman with shoulder and neck pain. Fibromyalgia patients have more symptom burden: pain levels, sleeping problems, perceived stress, and psychological problems related to their condition.
Fibromyalgia patients had significantly lower cortisol levels during the day, most pronounced in the morning . As expected, Fibromyalgia patients reported more pain, stress, sleeping problems, anxiety, and depression.
This confirms dysfunction in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in Fibromyalgia patients, with generally lower cortisol values, most pronounced upon awakening.
An analysis of various subgroups of Fibromyalgia patients indicated that the more symptomatic patients with more severe pain and disability had the lowest levels of cortisol.
Childhood abuse and family dysfunction is reported in 64% of fibromyalgia cases.
When present in the history, there was a greater tendency to a flattened day-night cortisol curve with lower cortisol production.
Werner Vosloo ND MHom