Medicine overview from 2 fresh perspectives


Opposing points of view about Medicine

Throughout time there have always been two opposing points of view as to how to maintain good health, or how to regain it after having lost it. This
conflict has continued since ancient times … and no doubt will continue well into the future.

One ‘side’ believes good health is as a result of outside intervention… drugs, surgery etc. The other ‘side’ believes that good health results from
living in harmony with natural law… correct nutrition… cleanliness etc.

The ancient Greeks had terms for these two groups of people. As was often the case in those days each group came under the umbrella of a ‘god’. One was ‘Asklepios’… the god of medicine, whose proponents advocated the ‘intervention’ approach. These people were known as ‘Asklepians’. Those who believed that the secret of good health resulted from living in
harmony with nature looked up to ‘Hygeia’… Goddess of health. These people were known as ‘Hygeian’.

Asklepians versus Hygeian

Both sides tended to be critical of the other… nothing much has changed over the ages. Modern mainstream western medicine takes the ‘Asklepian’ approach. However, in recent years the Hygeian approach which has always
been the underlying principle behind Chinese traditional medicine has gained much ground. The increase in the popularity of the ‘Hygeian’ approach is no doubt due to a combination of several factors:

* Dissatisfaction of traditional mainstream medicine.
* Increasing cases of medical ‘misadventure’. (Hospitals are places to stay away from)
* Awareness that good health is primarily a personal responsibility… not of overworked physicians.
* An increasing awareness that the medical industry is highly influenced by drug companies and that there are often better, safer and more economic
natural alternatives to drugs.

In spite of this justified ‘swing’ away from mainstream medicine, mainstream medicine does have a place in everyone’s health program … apart from the obvious ones in treating accident cases or chronic urgent illness. So, if you are already a ‘Hygeian’ don’t over look the benefits that mainstream medicine can offer to you in your overall quest for good health and longevity.

These benefits are primarily in the early detection of a pending disease that you may not as yet be aware of!

An example

Let’s assume that you are over 40 years of age… you are healthy, fit and not overweight. You eat well, you don’t smoke, don’t drink excessively and rarely get sick. You probably think that you will live forever… well at least
into ripe old age! Right? Maybe… or maybe not.

Reflect on this for a moment. Have you ever known anyone around this age that has died suddenly to your amazement because you thought they were so healthy? That person may even have been a competitive athlete!

Let me tell you a true story.

About 15 years ago a friend of mine who was around 40, a former competitive body builder who was still in great shape and extremely fit was at a lake water-skiing. He was watching some young water-skiers doing some ‘tricks’.

Being the competitive person that he was he waited until they came in and went down to the waters edge and said “Now, I’ll show you how to really do it”. Those were the last words he ever uttered… a couple of minutes later
he was lying on the ground dead of a massive heart attack.

My friend died instantly. He could just as easily had a stroke which he may or may not have recovered from… which would also have been a major tragedy.

Tragedies can often be avoided

Tragedies like this happen every day and the results are devastating not only to the victims but also their families, friends and loved ones. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been averted … if more people were aware of
their risk factors and could correct any abnormalities before it was too late!

Now back to the point of this story. My friend died of a blockage in his artery. Only takes one! If 15 years ago the technology for measuring ALL the ‘predictors’ which indicate your risk of such an event were available AND
my friend had understood what they meant he would probably still be showing those young fellows how to do water-skiing tricks!

How many thousands of people are still dying needlessly because they do not know how to take advantage of current technology … or, in some cases are so opposed to mainstream medicine that they do not take advantage of
the ‘good’parts!

OK… what should you do?

First of all, if you are over 35 and have not had a blood
test within the last few years … arrange one… NOW!

Get a general one, which tests for:

* Cholesterol. Both LDL and HDL
* Triglycerides
* Homocysteine
* Lipoproteins
* Liver Function
* Renal Function
* Plasma Glucose

If you are a man over 40 make sure you also have a PSA. (Prostate Specific Antigen) test) Hint: There is recent evidence that suggests that if you have had sex within the previous 72 hours your PSA levels could be affected.
Play it safe and abstain for 2 – 3 days before your test.

Irrespective of your gender ask your physician if any other tests are also recommended for you. If each test is within the normal range, that’s great, you can rest easy knowing that you are unlikely to be subject to any
immediate health risk. You can then direct your efforts towards improving the way you feel and slowing down your aging process.

If any of your tests are abnormal you will need to do something about bringing them back to within ‘normal’ ranges … and possibly be subject to more tests. It is the treatment of any abnormalities from these blood tests
that create a potential conflict between ‘Askelepians’ and ‘Hygeians’.

Here is an example of potential conflict

Let’s say your tests show that your cholesterol is ‘out of whack’, your ‘mainstream’ physician may first propose lowering your intake of diet cholesterol. That’s unlikely to be successful as ingested cholesterol only
makes up a relatively small percentage of blood cholesterol.

They will next likely propose one of the cholesterol lowering drugs commonly known as ‘statins’. These are drugs that work by blocking an enzyme that your liver needs to manufacture cholesterol. (Up to 80% of your blood cholesterol is manufactured by your liver, NOT from the ingestion of cholesterol within your diet).

These statin drugs are very powerful and have been known to cause serious side effects including deaths. In fact Bayers were recently forced to withdraw their statin drug from the market place because of ‘unacceptable’ levels of fatalities. In spite of these risks, sales of statin drugs amount to billions of dollars per year and are commonly prescribed.

It’s ironic that there are natural alternatives to these statin drugs which can assist in lowering cholesterol, and do it safely, and without side effects. But the general public hears very little about them as they are not patentable and there is not the financial incentive for the big corporate’s to promote them.

The same principle applies for many different ailments. There can be many legitimate methods of treatments. What is important is that you seek out the natural alternatives and apply them before agreeing to subject yourself to the
negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

Pharmaceutical drugs are ‘blockers’ whereas natural remedies are ‘enablers’

Pharmaceutical drugs are ‘blockers’ and do not normally heal the underlying ailment. They generally work by suppressing natural functions such as certain enzymes which I mentioned earlier when giving the ‘statin’ example. Because of this process, results are often ‘instant’ and as such there is sometimes a place for these powerful prescription drugs in the case of life threatening emergencies.

In contrast, natural products such as herbs, vitamins etc are ‘enablers’. They work at correcting the cause of the ailment which is often a nutrient deficiency of some sort. The results are not immediate and have to be measured in weeks, or even months.

If you have a serious ailment, work with your physician to try and correct it… by first using natural remedies. If she or he is not familiar with the treatment you would like to try, do some further research and get hold of supporting
information so you are in a better position to discuss the options intelligently. If your physician has a closed mind to natural remedies it may be wise to ask around and find another qualified physician with an open mind.

History of Anesthesia


A Brief History of Anesthetics

Anesthetics have been used for thousands of years. In fact, the first recorded use of anesthetics was actually in the ‘pre-history’ era, an era of human history predating written text.

Early Uses of Herbal Anesthetics

In the pre-history era, anesthetics were herbal in nature. Opium poppies are known to have been harvested as early as 4200 BC, and these plants were farmed first in the Sumerian Empire. The first recorded uses of anesthetics containing opium preparations was in 1500 BC, and by 1100 BC, civilizations in Cyprus and other locations were farming and harvesting the plants.

Opium poppies were introduced to India and China in 330 BC and 600 to 1200 AD, respectively. Other types of herbal anesthetics were in use in China during this era as well. In the second century, the Chinese physician Hua Tuo is known to have used an anesthetic derived from cannabis to perform abdominal surgery.

In Europe, Asia, and the Americas, several other ‘solanum’ plant species were used as anesthetics, including mandrake, henbane, and several datura species. Each of these contains a potent tropane alkaloid. In the classical Greek and Roman eras, prominent figures such as Hippocrates and Pliny the Elder noted the uses of opium and solanum-containing plants. In the Americas, the leaves of the coca plant (from which cocaine is derived) were an often-used anesthetic. This was applied by Incan shamans who would chew coca leaves and then spit the leaves into wounds to administer a local anesthetic.

Herbal anesthetics of these types were widely used for several centuries; however they were not without drawbacks. One of the main problems with the use of herbal anesthetics was in administering the right dosage-too little would have no effect, and too much often killed the patient. Standardization of anesthetics was difficult, but was achieved to a certain degree prior to the nineteenth century by categorizing anesthetics according to the location in which anesthetic plants were grown.

The Discovery of Morphine

In 1804, a German pharmacist named Friedrich Wilhelm extracted morphine from the opium poppy, and named the compound ‘morphium’, for the Greek god of sleep and dreams. However, morphine was not widely used for nearly fifty years. In 1853, the hypodermic needle was developed, and thanks to this new method of administration, the use of morphine increased substantially. Morphine was then widely used as an anesthetic.

In 1874, a morphine derivative called diacetylmorphine-commonly known as heroin-was developed. Nearly twice as potent as morphine, heroin was marketed for a short time by Bayer, starting in 1898. However, it was just 16 years later in 1914 that the possession of morphine, heroin, and cocaine without a prescription was outlawed in the US due to the highly addictive nature of these substances.

Development of Inhalant Anesthetics

Oral and inhalant anesthetics were utilized historically by Muslim anesthesiologists, and the use of these preparations was well known in the Islamic Empire. Several hundred surgical operations were performed which used sponges soaked in narcotic preparations, placed over the face of the individual undergoing surgery.

In the Western world, the development of inhalant anesthetics, along with the use of sterile surgical techniques developed by Joseph Lister, was one of the main keys to performing successful surgery in the nineteenth century.

During the nineteenth century, both carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide were used in experimental surgical procedures. While the use of carbon dioxide as an anesthetic never became popular, nitrous oxide did in fact become very widely used.

The anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide were first noted by Humphry Davy, a British chemist, in a paper published in 1800. However, it was not until several decades later in the 1840s that nitrous oxide became more widely used. One of the first successful uses of the gas for painless tooth extraction was carried out by American dentist William Thomas Green Morton, in 1846.

During the same decade, an inhalant anesthetic called diethyl ether was also used for tooth extraction. Diethyl ether was originally synthesized by German physician Valerius Cordus in 1540; however it was not until the 1840s that the first public demonstration of the use of ether occurred. A decade earlier, in the 1830s, chloroform had also been developed. This became more popular in Britain, but even so the dangers of both ether and chloroform were well-noted.

Modern Anesthetics

Modern anesthetics are of two types: general and local anesthetics. Local anesthetics include substances such as lidocaine and procaine. These work by preventing transmission of nerve impulses in the area where the anesthetic is administered. General anesthetics, on the other hand, are more similar in nature to nitrous oxide in their method of delivery, and in fact this inhalant anesthetic is still in use. Inhalation anesthetics are usually fluorochemicals (isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane) that have much lower flammability than diethyl ether, thus they are much safer to use in the operating room.

Mommy Makeover – finding a surgeon


Choose a Surgeon for a Tummy Tuck or a Mommy Makeover procedure

After the decision to get Tummy Tuck, Mommy Makeover, Breast Augmentation, Liposuction or other plastic surgery procedure, the choice¬†of plastic surgeon is the most crucial consideration. The results of a tummy tuck will¬†continue the remainder of a person’s life, so it’s crucial that you decide on a doctor who’ll provide a beautiful, natural result. Moreover, with a top quality surgeon, patients are likely to have fewer hazards and also a quicker healing.Plastic Surgeon

An experienced plastic surgeon should have at least five years of health training, with at least two of them focused on plastic surgery

Training and Affiliations

A qualified plastic surgeon should have at least five years of health training, with at least two of them focused on plastic surgery. For best results, patients should also try to find a doctor who has been working professionally for a number of years. In addition, they should always choose a physician who is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

All hospitals run entire background checks, so if the doctor does not have privileges, there is serious cause for concern. Additionally, when the physician is certified to work in the hospital, there is a safe place for to go in the improbable event that a there are surgical complications.


While all plastic surgeons are allowed to perform tummy tucks, patients should search for a doctor who performs this process on a regular basis. Also, it is essential to locate a surgeon who has the expertise as well as tools required to perform several types of tummy tucks, including complete, mini, endoscopic, extensive, and circumferential processes. If a patient needs to combine their tummy tuck with another form of body contouring, they should locate a physician who has significant experience with these processes also.

Mommy Makeover SurgeonPast Results

Many physicians have before-and-after galleries of their past processes. Prospective new patients should have a look at these photos and ask themselves whether they think the surgeon’s work is satisfactory. They could also assess the doctor’s record together with the state medical board to make sure he or she conforms to the highest safety standards and surgical techniques. Each state has slightly different policies. In certain states, patients might have the ability to view these records online, but in others, they may need to request copies through the mail.

An Accredited Surgical Center

While a physician’s associations are undoubtedly important, people should also check to be sure the physician works at a fully accredited facility. In case the physician will not perform processes in a hospital, they ought to try to find certification by the American Associations for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. This accreditation indicates the facility follows all appropriate safety protocol.

A personal Connection

Tummy tucks are very private procedures, and therefore it is very important for patients to pick a surgeon with whom they feel comfortable. When speaking to potential doctors, individuals should ask themselves:
Does the doctor listen to my personal issues?
Does he or she seem willing to tailor my procedure to satisfy my goals or do they provide a one-size-fits-all procedure?
Is the doctor forcing me to get processes I usually do not want?
Do I feel relaxed in the office? Does the staff and doctor greet me with a grin?
While safety and experience are, obviously, the top concerns, a personal connection is, in addition, significant when it comes to attaining great cosmetic results.