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Infrared Energy May Help Alleviate Pain Due to Neuropathy

High blood sugar can cause damage to the blood vessels. The resulting nerve damage may leave patients with little or no sensation in their feet, or with constant pain. For Donna Elliot and Duane Axelton, both diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, it was the latter.

For Elliot, the touch of the sheet on her toes can send piercing pain to her feet. For Axelton, the pain was so intense that every thing he does reminds him of his disease. This was the case until they were introduced to an innovative new form of technology called monochromatic infrared energy (MIRE). While infrared had been used to help heal the legs of injured racehorses, Axelton was the first person in Coos County to undergo such treatment.

MIRE induces a release of nitric oxide from the bodies red blood cells, facilitating better blood flow and circulation.

According to Axelton: “Within one week the pain was a little less intense. After two weeks I noticed a little less pain. After a couple months there was a big difference, and today I am pain-free.” For Elliot: “The first time I went in for treatment, I came out pain-free for over a day. It was amazing to me the difference it made. After a couple of months, nothing bothered my feet.”

Licensed massage therapist Sarah Hicks, who helped open the MIRE Healing Center in 2005, believes this is the chance for pain sufferers to enjoy a lifetime cure. She uses infrared to treat patients with conditions ranging from arthritis to carpal tunnel.

An infrared therapy session costs about 40, but Hicks believes everyone should have an infrared unit in their home. For between $1,000 and $3,000 per unit, patients can enjoy the benefits of this technology anytime, anywhere.

Hicks said: “The money pharmaceutical companies make off chronic pain right now is off the charts. If people have chronic pain for life, they get a client for life. Nobody can make money off of infrared, and that’s why it isn’t in the mainstream medical.”

May 13, 2012 at 4:19 am Comments (0)

Nitric Oxide Supplements to Manage Hypertension of ASA Patients

When blood pressure drugs no longer work to control the blood pressure of some patients, nitric oxide supplements may be of help, as suggested by a new research.

In a study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers said that nitric oxide supplements were able to manage treatment-resistant hypertension in a patient with argininosuccinic aciduria (ASA).

Brendan Lee, PhD, of the Baylor College of Medicine, shared that treatment with inorganic nitric oxide supplements helped normalize blood pressure levels. The researchers wrote: “Our results support the contention that the investigation of nitric oxide supplementation in ASA subjects should be performed in a systematic manner.”

They added: “Our results confirm that the vascular dysfunction seen with argininosuccinate lyase deficiency is independent of the metabolic defect in the urea cycle, is directly associated with nitric oxide deficiency in the vasculature, and can be rescued by a nitric oxide synthase-independent nitric oxide source in vivo.”

May 13, 2012 at 1:29 am Comments (0)

Understanding the Workings of Nitric Oxide

Nitric Oxide (NO) might seem like something that you haven’t given any thought to since high school biology class, but it’s an important part of being healthy says Nitric Oxide expert Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryan works at the Texas Therapeutics Institute in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and he has been fervently telling anyone interested in health about how this mineral is a miraculous little helper for the body.

Nitric oxide maintains normal blood pressure and prevents plaque from building on artery walls, Dr. Bryan explains, it acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and most studies have proven NO has proven benefits for people with cardiovascular disease.

“Loss of nitric oxide is the earliest sign of onset and progression of cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Bryan says. “Restoring it early on can delay or even prevent manifestation of disease.

And the most important thing that nitric oxide does for the body? It’s actually responsible for penile and clitoral erection in men and women. That should get most people to pay attention to its importance for humans.

Even though it is clearly an important little piece of the human puzzle, it doesn’t get much attention in the media and Dr. Bryan has a theory about that. “I believe the lack of awareness stems partly from the fact that it is not part of the standard blood labs performed by physicians such as triglycerides or C-reactive protein,” he says. “Aand that there have been no nitric oxide based drugs developed in the past 15 years.”

Slow development in these areas means the media has been unaware of what progressions there have been on the NO front, the doctor says. But he’s aiming to change that.

Dr. Bryan, along with Janet Zand, a doctor of oriental medicine and a pioneer in the development of nutritional and herbal supplements, and natural health author Bill Gottlieb, has written a book called The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution.

The bad news is that many people are NO-deficient, but the good news is that it’s easy to increase your nitric oxide levels.

Some of the easiest tips from The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution include: eating carrots, spinach and pomegranate, drinking red wine in moderation, deep breathing exercises, sitting in saunas and even just listening to joyful music.

“The easiest tips to follow are what we have been told for decades: eat a healthy diet and get moderate physical exercise,” Dr. Bryan says. “Both of these promote nitric oxide production. The fact is that most Americans do not eat the right foods and most do not get enough exercise.”

As a result of the couch potato epidemic, people are becoming grossly NO-deficient, Dr. Bryan warns. This is partly to blame for the pandemic of chronic disease sweeping America.

Of course, like everything, too much nitric oxide is also bad for the body so it’s important to maintain a proper level. “Too much NO produced by our immune system during an active infection or sepsis can cause harm,” he says. “We know how much a normal healthy 150 lb person makes in a 24-hour period and can then begin to tailor products that can generate those physiological levels of NO.”

If it seems like Dr. Bryan has a ton of knowledge about nitric oxide, that’s because it’s his life’s work. He started in 2000 while a student at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he began to develop analytical methods to detect and quantify nitric oxide in biological tissues and compartments.

After LSU, Dr. Bryan trained at Boston University Medical School within the Whitacker Cardiovascular Institute as a Kirschstein Cardiology Fellow where he was focused on diagnostics for insufficient production and development of therapies to restore production. After three-and-a-half years at Boston, he was recruited by Doctor Ferid Murad Ph.D., one of the three Nobel Laureates who shared in the Nobel Prize in 1998 for discovering NO, to join the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center where he has been now for over six years.

“We have been fortunate to make a number of seminal discoveries that have changed the way we think about NO production and regulation,” he says.

May 11, 2012 at 1:16 am Comments (0)