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December 20, 2010

суставной синдром

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Первичным ведущим симптомом является суставной синдром, т.е. периодически возникающая боль и скованность движений в области позвоночника и суставов конечностей по утрам. Больное место слегка припухает. В этот период больные могут активно заниматься обычными делами. Болезнь не ограничивает профессиональную деятельность.
Далее, по мере нарастания болезни, возникает лёгкая атрофия мышц, пигментация кожи. Боли при движении, иногда в состоянии покоя, явно выраженная припухлость и температура кожи над суставом. Больные с трудом могут обслуживать себя, при резко выраженных болях они теряют профессиональную трудоспособность.
В запушенной стадии заболевания – скованность движений, боли держатся и состоянии покоя. Высокая температура тела, значительно выраженная припухлость, покраснение и температура кожи над суставом. Возможна полная потеря движений. Больные не могут обслуживать себя, теряют трудоспособность.

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September 20, 2010

USE OF EVENING PRIMROSE OIL IN VIRAL INFECTIONS

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How are the essential fatty acids working?
The exact mechanisms are not known and can only be guessed at. It may be that the persistent virus reduced the levels of EFAs, thus causing the symptoms of fatigue and aching muscles. The treatment of Efamol Marine made up this deficit. Secondly, evening primrose oil makes prostaglandins, which are needed for interferon, the body’s own way to fight viruses.
Conclusions for treatment of post-viral fatigue syndrome
Essential fatty acids provide a rational, safe and effective treatment for patients with this condition. Correcting the biochemical abnormality does bring about improvements in symptoms, though it is not a cure. It could be used together with other treatments.
Co-Factors
As in all viral infections, it is very important to take evening primrose oil together with its vitamin and mineral co-factors: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, nicotinamide (B3), biotin, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
Glandular fever (Epstein-Barr virus infection, or infectious mononucleosis)
Research was done recently in the USA on 20 college students who had had a bout of glandular fever. The results show that this viral infection leaves patients with lower levels of essential fatty acids when the acute phase of the illness seems over, only returning to normal during the next 6 months in most cases.
In 7 of the 20 students their fatty acid levels had not returned to normal one year later. Low levels of essential fatty acids clearly coincided with increased symptoms. They experienced more fatigue, malaise, and difficulty in returning to full activity than the other 13 students.
Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus badly affects the levels of essential fatty acids. But these low levels seem to persist after the acute phase of the illness is apparently over and may leave the door dangerously open to illness some years later which may not appear connected with glandular fever in the teenage years.
A rational treatment for glandular fever and the months following it would be essential fatty acids, in the form of evening primrose oil and fish oils.
Viral infections in atopic eczema
Patients with atopic eczema are particularly susceptible to viral infections. They commonly get upper respiratory tract infections, and have a greater chance of getting an Epstein-Barr virus. They are also at particular danger from the smallpox vaccination.
Viral infections can also sometimes bring on an atopic syndrome in people who have no family history of atopic conditions.
It is now known that people with atopic eczema have a defect in their delta-6-desaturase enzyme, which blocks the metabolic pathway of essential fatty acids. By by-passing this metabolic block, evening primrose oil, together with fish oils, supply the missing essential fatty acids with their anti-viral properties and their ability to help maintain a healthy immune system.
Herpes simplex virus
Although no specific work has been done on evening primrose oil and herpes simplex virus, it is known that essential fatty acids have potent virus-killing properties. In the absence of other effective treatment, evening primrose oil with fish oil would be a rational treatment.
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DUODENAL ULCERS

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A decade ago ulcers of the stomach and duodenum were thought to be stress related. Even the Duke of Edinburgh was heard to say that the trouble with British industry was that there were too many one ulcer men in two ulcer jobs. It is a fact that many surgeons were kept very busy chopping out bits of stomach and duodenum only to have their patients return a few years later for further re visionary procedures.
In the early 1980s, new varieties of antihistamine drugs were discovered which have the capacity to switch off the stomach’s acid production. The effects were spectacular in terms of healing peptic ulcers. Firstly Tagamet and then Zantac revolutionized the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers much to the chagrin of the now idle surgeons and medical students who had failed surgery exams because they didn’t know at least three surgical approaches to the treatment of peptic ulcer disease.
The peptic ulcer plot became even thicker when a team of Australian research workers, operating out of Perth, discovered that peptic ulceration occurs predominantly in the presence of a bacterium called Helicobacter Pyloridi. Both gastric and duodenal ulcers resolve following a two week course of triple antibiotic therapy. More to the point 50 per cent of people with chronic duodenal ulcers are completely cured by the application of triple antibiotic therapy. This result is far and away better than any obtained by Tagamet or Zantac.
The arrival of triple antibiotic therapy has not yet dinted the sales of Zantac, which is the world’s most prolific source of pharmaceutical income. Zantac generates sales in the billions of dollars every year. Doctors at the coal face still await an authoritative pronouncement nominating the use of triple antibiotic therapy as the first line of treatment in any attack on peptic ulcer disease.
Home Remedies
Nicotine, alcohol, aspirin, caffeine and spicy foods relate to higher incidences of peptic ulcer disease. Apart from avoiding these factors, there is now no specific anti ulcer diet.
Since ulcers relate to an infection of the stomach and duodenum, attention needs to be drawn to methods of preventing either cross infection from members of the same family or re-infection from other sources. Anti Helicobacter protocols have yet to appear, but it makes sense to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene, washing hands before each meal and the same again after going to the toilet.
The simultaneous treatment of family members or sexual partners with antibiotics is worthy of thought, but again no guidelines exist. Bananas, liquorices and milk give some protection from peptic ulcer disease.
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March 10, 2010

Understanding Immune-System Tests- Total Lymphocytes

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UNDERSTANDING IMMUNE-SYSTEM TESTS: TOTAL LYMPHOCYTES
Lymphocytes are the T- and B-cells, special kinds of white blood cells associated with your body’s lymph tissue. When the laboratory sends the results of your blood tests to your physician, it will tell him what the WBC count is and what percentage of those are lymphocytes. We doctors simply multiple the WBC by the percentage of lymphocytes to determine the number of lymphocytes.
Let’s say your WBC is approximately 7,000 per cc of blood, and the percentage of lymphocytes is 30 percent:
7,000 WBC
x .3 .3 = 30% lymphocytes
2,100 Number of lymphocytes per cc of blood
Results: In healthy people, the lymphocyte count should be greater than 2,500. One-third of malnourished patients have counts between 1,500 and 2,500. Less than 1,500 is associated with greater death rates in surgical and other medical patients. Some people who have counts of less than 1,200 have no obvious disease, but they don’t feel good. I have seen many chronically ill patients with lymphocyte counts of 1,000 or less. Low lymphocyte counts are associated with immune system problems.
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Understanding Immune-System Tests- Complements, Vitamins And Minerals

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UNDERSTANDING IMMUNE-SYSTEM TESTS: COMPLEMENTS, VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Complements
The complement system, as we’ve seen, is a vital part of your immune system, whether working on its own or teaming up with other immune fighters. The different complements (called CI, C2, C3, C4, etc.) line up in just the right order to attack, boring holes in invading organisms, altering their molecular structure and otherwise making their life difficult. I look at complement C3, the complement that has been studied the most. It takes less than a month of poor eating to bring C3 down to about 60 percent of normal. Results: Complement C3 is usually between 80 and 155 mg/dl.
Vitamins and minerals
In addition to the protein and immune function tests, I often look at the levels of these vitamins in the blood: vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin BLT vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E. I may also check zinc levels in the blood, and iron is also included in my regular test panel.
As I pointed out earlier, a deficiency of even a single vitamin or mineral can hamper the immune system. Lack of B[ may cause an increase in infections. A shortage of B2 is associated with depressed antibody formation. A deficit of B6 impairs nucleic acid synthesis and leads to a depression in delayed hypersensitivity reactions. Lowered levels of zinc in the blood are associated with depressed T-cell function (cell-mediated immunity).
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Your Immune System- From Monocytes To Macrophage

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YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: FROM MONOCYTES TO MACROPHAGE
The neutrophils and monocyte/macrophages don’t remain in the blood stream for long. Soon, they squeeze through tiny pores in the blood vessels, holes smaller than they are. How do they fit? Through a process called diapedesis, which means pushing small parts of themselves through the pore at a time, much the same way you’d work a half-filled water balloon through a hole in a fence.
When they arrive in the tissue, the monocytes begin to grow, swelling to four or five times their original size. As they grow they become more and more powerful, developing extra energy sources and poison packets. Pretty soon, they’re giant-sized. To match their new stature comes a new name: macrophage, which means “giant eater.”
And giant eaters they are. Neutrophils can only swallow and destroy 5 to 20 antigens before they die of “overeating.” The giant eaters, however can gobble up as many as 100 antigens. And they eat and kill bigger antigens than the smaller neutrophils do. In fact, one of the macrophages’ jobs is to help clear the battlefield by eating up dead neutrophils.
There are still more differences between the two kinds of cell eaters. While the neutrophils are constantly on patrol, most of the macrophages stand guard at strategic points in the body. There they remain, giant sentries, for months or even years, our first line of defense against antigens.
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More Common Immune-System Diseases- Different Types Of Cancer

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MORE COMMON IMMUNE-SYSTEM DISEASES: DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANCER
Breast cancer may or may not produce pain. Symptoms of the cancer may be severe or may not appear until later on. There may be tenderness in the breasts, hardening or thickening of the breast or a sore on the breast. A lump may be discovered, and there may be swelling under the arms. The nipple may be ulcerated or inverted (turned in). There may be a discharge from the nipple, which can contain a bloody or a nonbloody fluid.
Pancreatic cancer may cause severe symptoms or no symptoms, although there is generally a loss of appetite and loss of weight as the disease progresses. The cancer may be characterized by severe abdominal pain, often in the center but spreading out to both sides of abdomen. In many cases the pain goes through to the back. In fact, back pain may predominate, causing the person to be treated for a back problem. If the head of the pancreas is involved, the bile ducts can be obstructed, and there is usually a painless jaundice (the skin and the whites of the eyes become yellow, the urine becomes dark and the stool becomes light in color). The liver or gallbladder may enlarge, and pain may be experienced under the lower right ribs or the right upper side of abdomen.
Uterine cancer may be indicated by vaginal bleeding from a woman who hasn’t had a period for a long time, or periods may become longer and irregular. There may or may not be pain.
Prostate cancer grows very slowly, so signs and symptoms occur gradually. There may be difficulty in urinating, frequent urination, or some trouble in starting or stopping urinatation. Later on there may be blood in the urine, pus or obstructions to urination. If the cancer spreads to the bones of the pelvis and lower back, there may be severe pains in those regions. In fact, many low-back problems in men over 65 are due to cancer of the prostate.
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More Common Immune -System Diseases- Chylamydial Diseases And Coccidioidomycosis

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MORE COMMON IMMUNE -SYSTEM DISEASES: CHYLAMYDIAL DISEASES AND COCCIDIOIDOMYCOSIS
CHYLAMYDIAL DISEASES: a common, sexually transmitted infection, which is occurring in epidemic proportions. It can cause sterility in women and problems such as inflammation of the urinary tract and prostatic inflammation in men.
Signs and Symptoms: may be nonexistent, but generally it causes infections of the lining of the uterus, the uterine tubes and ovaries; vaginal discharge; abnormal pap smears; pelvic pain; genital infections; enlarged glands in the groin areas; inflammation of the rectum; fever. The liver and a part of the testicle (epididymis) can be involved. Chylamydial diseases are one of the major causes of sterility in women.
COCCIDIOIDOMYCOSIS: a disease caused by fungus infection, common in the Southwest U.S., which can involve the lungs, skin, lymph nodes, spleen, brain, bones, kidneys or liver. Most cases begin as a flu-like syndrome and may not progress any further.
Signs and Symptoms: depend upon where in the body the fungus is doing the most damage. Generally there is a chronic, low-grade fever; loss of weight; generalized loss of strength; loss of appetite; shortness of breath; cough, which can produce yellow or green sputum; can be aches in joints. If the fungus gets into the brain, there can be destruction of tissue, with confusion and coma. If in the bones, there can be bone pain.
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More Common Immune-System Diseases- Sarcoidosis And Scleroderma

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MORE COMMON IMMUNE-SYSTEM DISEASES: SARCOIDOSIS AND SCLERODERMA
SARCOIDOSIS: we don’t know what causes it; possibly a virus.
Signs and Symptoms: may be fever; pains in joints; generalized body aches; cough; weight loss. Can have shortness of breath, lumps on the skin; enlarged liver; inflammation of a portion of the eye, which can lead to glaucoma and loss of vision. May get into heart and cause chest pain. Usually gets into lungs, causing shortness of breath. Many times I have made the diagnosis of sarcoidosis from the characteristic appearance of the X-ray, which shows enlarged lymph glands in the chest.
SCLERODERMA (progressive systemic sclerosis): chronic disease with generalized fibrosis (thickening) of the skin, joints and many internal organs.
Signs and Symptoms: joint pains; stomach upsets; heartburn; weight loss; malaise; difficulty in swallowing; shortness of breath. Skin of fingers and face becomes thick. Normal creases on the fingers and face disappear. Fingers become purple and hurt when exposed to cold. Face become thick, like a mask, and blood vessels on face, lips and tongue become prominent. Other symptoms may be esophogitis; (inflamations of the esophagus); pleurisy; pericarditis (inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart); heart irregularities; muscle weakness. Death from pneumonia often occurs.
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Understanding Immune-System Tests- Triceps Skin Fat Thickness Test

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UNDERSTANDING IMMUNE-SYSTEM TESTS: TRICEPS SKIN FAT THICKNESS TEST
Next is the triceps skin-fat thickness test, a method of estimating how many of the pounds a person weighs are accounted for by fat. In other words, what percentage of the body weight is fat as opposed to bone, muscle and so on. This is a very quick and easy test. The doctor or nurse uses a skin-fold caliper, which looks something like a pair of pliers with a meter attached. A bit of skin and fat on the arm at the triceps (the muscle on the back side of the upper arm) is pinched, the caliper is gently applied and a reading is taken. It takes only a moment, and it doesn’t hurt at all. The goal is to measure the fat lying under the skin. Lean people will have little to pinch; hefty people will have more. Here are ideal figures:
Triceps Skinfold (in millimeters)*
Ages 25-64 Ages over 65
Male 12 11
Female 21 24
Figures less than half those shown above support a diagnosis of malnourishment. Numbers twice or greater than those shown above support a diagnosis of obesity (and possibly overnourished/ malnourished).
In my office, I take skin-fold measurements from six different places on the body, and calculate the percentage of body fat from all six measurements.
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