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From music to magnets to acupuncture get ready to step away.
From the conventional world of medicine and into the land of alternatives welcome to ask dot demanding.
When I went to medical school alternative remedies were not a common practice even though some have been around for more than 5000.
We would talk about the power of pharmaceuticals and the success of surgeries today those treatments are still the most prominent but times have changed.
Some holistic cures are now at the forefront of medicine and these natural painkillers are available from pet.
What looks like a high tech experiment.
Is actually doctors tapping into Jennifer fox is brain waves to help her get rid of her migraine headaches that's pretty.
It's done for the day and.
The point five year old began suffering from migraine headaches and middle school.
After trying numerous medications many of which made her headaches worse Jennifer decided to try another approach -- music therapy.
Okay this acorn thing and what cast -- digitally.
With a couple.
Very complex -- it him into musical sequences.
-- -- -- for the peace excuse I hit personalized.
-- Every patient will get his or her own music recording based on their brain waves to personalize musical pieces are created.
Back to Midland says it is 8285%.
There are no side effects and it sounds like a piano.
Listen to it -- through.
Everything before then after the first few weeks I've started to notice.
I was responding right now I really don't get any migraine headaches I get.
Maybe it's sinus -- that you that can be environmental or something like that but I'm reminding us.
You don't -- when it comes to your back acupuncture has been the pain killing king.
-- in the alternative world.
Acupuncture has become fairly mainstream.
Some insurance companies even cover it but the newest wrinkle -- is not.
This suction device creates a vacuum inside each couple.
The cubs are then placed in various acupuncture points on the body and either -- still or moved around the skin in massage like motion.
My first does that.
That was the first night I slept pain free.
And in that little bit of pain started to come back again after my my third visit now I've had no -- Yeah.
Tapping along certain pressure points in the body is also creating a buzz.
It's -- emotional freedom techniques or EFTs.
There are circuits in our body.
Is passing along -- traveling and that's what we're doing we're cleaning out.
This system by -- -- so we don't use needles we call psychological depression.
-- -- we used to treat addictions phobias and other ailments.
If you think it looks strange so did Carol look but concerns over aesthetics went out the window.
When she started using it on patients.
Client after client said how.
I feel better my body feels more relaxed my neck -- -- -- I don't feel like having a cigarette with -- other issue us.
-- -- -- hand held devices.
Has generated a new chronic pain problem.
That you normally it's singing and it's going.
I can barely move -- -- found nothing happens -- something about immediately.
Unwilling to on -- the knife.
David went to see doctor Steven -- Shockley who offered up less invasive procedure.
-- -- policies nonsurgical approaches one of the ones I use a lot for Blackburn come -- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome would be the grass and technique which is a -- special technique.
Which helps to smooth out the muscle and take out those fibers adhesion to build up over time and restrict commotion in their hand wrist and elbow.
-- Fisher shot it also uses a low intensity -- laser therapy.
-- -- -- -- It's basically non invasive light that helped bring down inflammation.
Increase the range of motion.
And reduce the pain the -- -- draws fresh blood to the area.
Speeding the healing process.
Patients usually feel results after just a few visits.
We take thousands of steps every day and all that walking can take its toll on -- -- -- Studies have shown that using magnets.
Can increase bone healing and decrease inflammation and pain.
That's a very strange sort of -- sort of this.
Tap tap tap tap tap on your you can feel it in your tissue and it and it goes towards sort of the damaged part of the joint.
Pulse electromagnetic therapy is not FDA approved yet but patients are praising this meant that.
After just a few sessions it felt.
-- and a little bit more flexible.
I actually try magnetic therapy to and it can be used in other parts of the body.
But it may -- tired feet feel a little bit better when we return the medicine hunter is fresh from his latest adventure.
And ready to tell us which -- and -- will feel your pain naturally.
Welcome back who has not demand.
We have show you some alternative therapies that can knock out paint.
But there -- foods and herbs that can do the same thing naturally join me now is Chris Killen.
Better known as the medicine hunter Chris we -- natural remedies poll -- the who are all.
Hiker is any idea what he'll -- you and your herbs.
You know it more as good stuff that -- hey I get herbs you know there.
Listen we -- talking about alternatives -- talking about foods and herbs and I know you brought a whole bunch of things who that have a lot to do with painful right okay.
Right well let's.
I think the first question I want -- -- a lot of folks ask you this.
Why why is it -- these things help with pain will some plants contain.
Many of the antioxidants were all familiar with you know reducing oxidation in the body.
Many of those compounds are also anti inflammatory.
So they actually work.
In the body like the anti inflammatory drugs they suppress the Cox two enzyme which is your big in -- nation enzyme.
And so that helps to relieve pain and bomb in fairness.
Most don't do with as quickly or aggressively as the drugs -- as as popping a -- yeah but but they can do it.
Pretty quickly and very well.
So the mechanism is almost the same same neck and as we that when we take it well we find some on the natural product okay let's go through the -- I see my favorite ginger root ginger yes ginger root you know in -- when it taste every single one but I would hope.
All right ginger root he would go spicy.
And I don't get are there and I'll get you to be done plug -- debate about.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- America.
Only -- I remember this one -- -- me talk about that.
I was not if you're paying coming on it contains these compounds called.
Ginger Rawls and show golf and -- their antioxidant but they're also powerfully anti inflammatory.
If you get if you've got like inflammation if you've got joint pain on special course sore throat too which is an acute inflammation.
You make a ginger root -- About a he's the size of a -- graded up make T out of it drink it that'll help to reduce that pain and inflammation and especially in the case -- sore throat.
There's nothing like injury all right well we got that.
-- -- Which is the -- it's the yellow bicycle -- among implement and -- -- yeah you know.
But we have this fracturing number at that herb store while back.
Okay not too bad now.
Tumor is one of the most powerful is like and -- -- during that well okay.
But you know.
It's good actor.
-- really good that of the -- one of the most powerful anti inflammatory plants and all of nature it's got a group of compounds called the current humanoid.
And the bottom line is that they're quite concentrated in this root.
So if you got a good high intake of let's say yellow curry on a regular basis.
Or if -- just cook with two -- and soups stews veggies fish what ever.
You can help to reduce and inflammation and cooking it does not degrade the enzyme properties it doesn't you know some compounds like vitamin C year reduced -- with heat.
Some compounds -- very stapled the -- humanoid.
You good -- for days they're not going to be -- The next thing is if I don't know.
Cat's claw out -- that's this vicious looking stuff here.
Cat's claw it is the bark of mine from the Amazon.
And cats claw is actually you know it's it's pharmaceutical drug and Austria for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis the stuff all.
Here help buddy good -- some Frank Sinatra.
-- it didn't fit it isn't bring my way my way.
The last time.
It's -- -- Smells terrible.
It's -- it should it's a part of it was the cordless bodies -- again maybe process would.
Cap squat is a very significant.
Anti inflammatory and I use it to relieve pain from old injuries I use it regularly so that if you have a headache give you have joint pain in the headless.
That actually like joint pain and you can get -- caught in fairness people don't have to drink -- this is an extract I have at home but you can get cat's claw and capsules now this comes the liquid form a did you put some powder and -- This is a liquid extract -- inform me but you can also get it in capsules if you just don't want to deal with the taste it and natural food stores places like all foods right you can get -- -- extract.
Okay so that's that ginger -- now the this.
I'd put in my lamb chops all the times Rosemary.
Profound antioxidant properties very significant anti inflammatory activity usually people don't -- Eat enough Rosemary to get the real -- -- -- -- really hard.
Or two to.
Blended up and put it in different recipes and you'll get more of the anti inflammatory power.
Oh and and done National Institutes of Health has been doing a lot of research into the end -- and -- -- to -- and salads.
Sure you can.
-- vinegar chop it up really finally put in and -- vinaigrette it's good stuff.
All right yeah and this has properties also -- -- on the theme all -- -- which are antioxidants are also very significantly anti inflammatory.
So good pain relievers as well.
We have a juice yet now the -- this is black current -- and that a good thing about this it tastes delicious.
The purple pigments the stuff that you get in blueberry elder berry blackberries.
Significantly anti inflammatory.
What this will not do if you've got like.
Pain in your -- it's not gonna -- -- and half hour and but if you have a daily intake of these purple antioxidant.
It'll reduce the overall.
Inflammation that you experience high in calories.
-- not -- here.
It's got some it's got some sugar and it sure but.
Actually good -- and stuff -- -- it makes an excellent actually even have black current vodka so they go safe right and that was gonna coined phrase.
Now bad but so you have if you have these hand high antioxidant fruits and a regular basis.
You're likely to experience less inflammation.
So it's not so much oh gosh I'm in pain I'll drink a glass of black courage but just overall -- a dietary recommendation.
Now you have whole bunch of -- and capsules -- yeah let's do animal.
Begin buying my -- one of my great favorites tiger -- It's your classic men fall.
You don't think that is -- and that's more -- here.
Those creams really you know their pain relief they're more like psychological I think you know.
When I have really sore muscles and I put on tiger bomb again great really.
There's this this is like the Tabasco sauce of pain relievers I see it every now and has capsaicin I don't know it has.
Let's see what does this have been -- it's actually got camp for and then falling on the two primary you know classic.
Class leaving age.
Stuff works stuffs works great art and then you have -- the greens there -- get.
Capsaicin cream you know capsaicin cream that's hot pepper hot pepper you taught me that.
Will they go yet but you knew that anyway doctors recommend capsaicin.
Pain and the crazy thing -- One quarter of 1% of this that's -- is capsaicin all the rest is just in -- green.
It's sufficient enough that like you -- a pain in your joints you put -- on -- that pay them from.
Got an encapsulated.
Product here called -- -- -- Super concentrated.
In into work especially.
I is that for pain relief for old injuries.
I'd say it works about 75%.
Good stuff yeah.
But let me ask you one last question -- -- can you be mixing all of this let's see if you know you UK it is just too much just like you can have broccoli and asparagus thing okay you can have ginger and -- and Rosemary.
In all of these things in your diet on a regular basis.
Hippocrates said let your food be OK.
That's very good I know.
Now what to do.
If I want some natural remedies -- -- the -- adding some of this.
I'm and I -- I have seen some studies on this particular it's yours.
Europe and that he.
The negative -- to get it pretty -- all right Chris thank you so much for joining us live flesh you are the man thank you fair gold find more adventures out there in the world.
And how we're -- one cures are coming up -- You can check out the medicine -- -- blog got Fox -- -- dot com and coming up next we run down the latest headlines with our very own -- -- -- -- who.
-- -- -- -- -- I put my vocal chords to good use with a very special little girl it's a mostly a lot many close ones.
-- -- Welcome back to ask about the many and welcome back my partner in crime the lovely -- -- -- here to sort through the medical studies.
Making the headlines -- got to see as a man I love the purple pants fall you know I don't wear a purple -- Anyway -- -- producers.
We have a lot of headlines you know two -- show is all about alternative there.
-- and -- control of things like that so I wanted to kind of focus on the first studies that we gonna look at this new one that talks about children.
And who experienced frequent I guess the stomach aches.
And how they can actually improve their pain by using their imagination tell me about this thing.
Is this is a great say that's coming out of an end in the November issue of pediatrics and basically it looked at 34 participants that are between the ages of six to fifteen years old.
His suffer from functional abdominal pain what is that that's the type of persistent abdominal pain they don't really have a cost for it and generally cancels grow out of it and -- teenage years it was.
This is an elegant and associated with the disease right or or an icon GI abnormalities -- that -- some frequent and stomach belly aches but really of no no source -- And what they did is they had nineteen of these 34 participants.
As that not only undergo standard therapy.
But also to undergo this guided imagery therapy which is very similar to self hypnosis.
But they basically did is they want them to imagine themselves.
-- this -- something that would whoever produced less pain would stop them from developing the pain for example one of the things that they would have been too.
Is bound pretend that they had a match that they had a shiny object in their hand -- melted and they put it against their Bally's.
And the lights in -- warm to of this object.
-- basically protect anything from coming in and hurting their -- films like it's almost like meditation for kids exactly exactly and they did it twice a week for twenty minutes -- every day for ten minutes and they actually found that the kids that we're doing this guided imagery therapy.
Actually had three times more chance of having improvement in the abdominal pain in the kids that didn't -- very good technique and I sometimes have my patients in this as well at night.
My post surgical patients as well as sort of get them to try to imagine where the pain is last whether heal the scars of -- -- and that seems to work.
My only criticism of the study is that it's very small 34 pay very soft and you know.
I I get I get this it's good thing for -- -- -- let's look at the next one which is a hotly debated issue.
No no matter how you slice it in there and has a lot to do with.
The topic that we've been talking for now weeks.
-- you and I.
Right now -- talk about the swine flu and everything else so.
What do you think about this study that came that looked at.
Fever lowering medications.
Can actually lower.
The immunity from vaccines and -- Right this is the one of the first major studies that's come out that's actually shown that there was a reduction in the immune response for kids that -- tunnel if you like some parents are.
Mothers fathers they'll take their kids for their shots their regular childhood vaccinations were talking about calling him on some means of -- You know tuberculosis whatever their their regular vaccination shots -- Meningitis.
And these that they'll sometimes given Tylenol either just before they go on for their vaccination -- right at the -- that they get their vaccination.
In the hopes of reducing their fever respond.
Before they even get -- I think so yeah.
Kind of prophylactic.
You know take did you gonna go get the shot -- an hour -- wanna give you some.
Let's say hi Tyler alike medicine right and this way you know if you get a little grade fever or discomfort in your -- -- it's not going to be as.
That right they'll be less fussy and everything else and and the the bottom line is is that.
It it actually was shown in this study that it did actually reduce the immune response that the kids had -- that was when they took the Tylenol is the -- as opposed the kids that didn't take the time what would be the mechanism -- To -- why why would tie -- I think is mechanisms that blood to your fever response you know we get a vaccination of some has warned people that have been talking about with the H1N1 vaccination you may get a little creature you have to -- And that's your body's natural response to developing antibodies.
Against this -- so what it's doing is it's sort of inhibiting that fever response which is actually -- a good thing and it's controlled.
And when it's limited so to speak.
So the CDC actually advocates for kids that are high risk groups for developing seizures.
Actually have the tunnel prior because -- can sometimes trigger seizure activity in children.
But some practicing it given from the results from this study.
Although the response is not adequate it is reduced so if you can avoid giving him a -- go ahead and do it.
And -- their high risk procedures.
All right over the past couple of years robotic surgery has been becoming very popular option.
When he comes to prosthetic cancer prostate cancer.
It's a less invasive approaches seems to reduce -- side effects that you get.
But a new studies is.
Maybe not so because may -- Issues of incontinence.
And erectile dysfunction.
In now and robotic.
Surgery for prostate can.
So -- this is a major study a huge say that came out of the journal of American Medical Association.
And it looked at 9000 participants between the years -- 2003 and 2007.
The whole basis of the study anyway just to -- -- set the background for is that.
There yet that the question is should patients if they've been diagnosed with prostate cancer especially early stage.
Should they undergo surgery which has the consequence.
Erect tile dysfunction or incontinence.
Or can we just as radiation alone sufficient.
Or just watchful waiting and if there's any change in the prostate -- pushing -- -- surgery.
So that's still the question that's out there should patients be undergoing surgery at what stage of the -- and -- -- -- well this so this that he really doesn't deal with the ultimate question of what's the best treatment.
For prostate cancer -- -- exact doesn't have much -- what that can't really tell how to defend that out yourself and talk to multiple specialists.
Right it did this really looked at whether or not robotic surgery.
Whether it up that traditional open surgical procedure for removing the prostate is is the best one and there's also a little bit surprising especially to those that are doing prostate.
Robotic prostate surgery.
And what they did is they looked at the participants 1900 of them had undergone robotics surgery.
And of those people think they did stay in the hospital one day last they did receive less transfusions they did have less internal scarring.
But on the other hand.
They have -- there are more likely to complain to complain of incontinence or -- -- dysfunction within thirty days of surgery as opposed to the open surgical procedure.
And the difference was 5% of patients with robotic surgery first is that 2% with the open surgical -- That's what would you tell me let's say I -- forbid develop prostate cancer you my partner in crime has said so myself in the beginning of the show.
And I wanted to have surgery because I didn't want to keep -- -- what would you tell me to do.
If you going to have surgery and I'd like to have surgery -- -- I would say really talk to the surgeon in the other urologist is going to be doing the search and because I think any -- doctor some ideas part of -- eighteen hair and and this is his specialty.
And he really feels like the one thing about the study is that it was really done during the learning curve.
Of surgeons when they were just learning this robotic -- and -- you feel that the numbers are not really fair -- of a concern about the validity of questionnaires that they sent patients.
So the bottom line is is that talk to your -- if you have a urologist that has a lot of experience with robotic surgery.
And they've had good success at that probably -- surgery is a better way to go.
And I know -- back to some -- Kansas he says his his patients have -- and I tell dysfunction and incontinence and those have open surgery.
I I totally agree I mean this is not the first time that we have seen a study that goes -- respectively.
And looks at you know the number of years and a lot of patience.
About a new procedure per say.
And that's exactly right when you have a surgical.
You know surgical technique.
That is being analyze that learning curve I mean I did it when I was doing certain things for obstetrics there's a learning curve.
Where you gonna get more complications and if you include the data yet it's going to be skewed way but -- get -- -- all right so I'm gonna have the -- have the prostate surgery would -- some.
We gave you need another reason to indulge -- one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Here it is chocolate.
May actually ease pain researchers saying that chocolate.
But I I just had it risks I -- had Chris and I notice -- he made me drink some some.
You know -- I'm still chewing on my ginger root here.
And he didn't bring any chocolate but kind of Chris I talked with us against Dan Bailey -- this is a new study is this -- might be good for pain.
This is coming out of the journal of neuroscience and what they did is they fed rats.
All -- -- -- study.
Either -- a -- -- -- -- gonna like the chocolate it is gonna do anything you want a close look at the chocolate and assuming -- road and anyway they fed the rats.
Would either chocolate chip or they gave him a drink of water.
And it in both groups actually they had a blunted affect a pain and both groups actually -- -- But you know supposedly in humans if you drink water before -- you're gonna feel more full and you and you eat less but needless to say but -- found is that.
Eating basically just lines the part of the brain that causes pain or that you feel -- -- sense -- and actually helps you to an action causes you to eat more.
So the bottom line is is that we probably should not be advocating this study too much is the last thing we need is to advocate eating chocolate just have what -- I don't don't take 3M and -- and call me in the morning that kind of -- Well you know I'll stick to -- them a little chocolate one you know how much I love that little -- -- the -- -- it was good for the heart and also this -- Anyway as always -- -- thank you so much for joining us you're the greatest thank you for all the good tips.
I'm coming up a very.
Soulful many plus one that's guaranteed to make -- A British university study found listening to your favorite music helps ease pain.
Researchers tested a patient's ability to tolerate pain when listening to pillows and it turned out the patient could endure more.
So for this week's many plus one I wanted to see for myself.
I visited the Elizabeth Seton pediatric center in New York City and that have very special -- Stephanie they tell me you like music is that rule one.
My first impression of ten year old Stephanie your -- she's a child a few words that is until we started singing and.
Stephanie was born with -- a bit thinner and -- formation the spinal column.
That often causes severe nerve damage and infection she has spent most of -- alive at the Elizabeth Seton pediatric center in New York City.
Because she needed so many surgeries after birth.
The hospital staff says they use music therapy as a treatment to elevate moods and ease pain.
A lot of times we -- clapping and smiling.
And -- even just opening their eyes are turning their head which.
It may not be realized France and someone who isn't train that -- -- and really strong response to that child maybe doesn't do that any other time we do when they're hearing.
-- And Kelly matches does not have a medical degree or a stethoscope that he's helping -- the sake.
One song at a time.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Positions and how we're doing is we're bringing.
Our joy of playing music and connecting with the patience to.
Declaring his child -- heard her singing there are lots of different things or listening.
Asking for music -- -- different assets for David -- getting a blood drug getting whatever medical service that that she had to get through.
After playing a -- at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 1999.
-- and another musician realized the powerful affect their music had on the patients they formed a nonprofit musicians on call.
And started performing at -- bets.
-- patients stop.
Worrying and winds that may be stopped wearing for a little bit stop thinking about what specific -- I've been going on like console and his twin brother Jose.
Many children at that hospital are non verbal so the roving musicians are allowing them the opportunity to communicate in another way there.
That's actually now in his tenth year musicians on coal is 300 volunteers strong.
And it's -- with some of music's biggest names -- -- -- soul to bring the gift of song to hospitals in New York City Philadelphia and Nashville and Miami.
We have the need all the time in all of our cities for volunteers so if you're a musician you can.
You can volunteered to play in a hospital.
If you're not a musician you can volunteer to guide you can take musician from room to room and and represent musicians on call.
-- And little and then after that -- it back yeah.
Music can truly make a difference.
Because as one famous poet once wrote he washes away from the -- the dust of everyday life.
There's no doubt in my mind music has healing powers in fact we showed you several alternative therapies he -- today.
But I have to give you one big word of advice please please talk to your doctor before trying any of them.
What works to one person may not work for someone else.
And you must make sure at least -- are -- are safe and right for you.
As always check out our web -- fox -- health dot com for more on today's topic that's all for now thank you so much for joining us on documenting Albers until next time.
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