The market for the powers of ancient Chinese medicine has been growing. Now, more than ever, it seems that people are looking for alternatives to the traditional Western method of treatment involving pharmaceuticals and surgery. To many, it represents a natural, holistic response to an ailing body that has worked for generations. In fact, almost 20% of Americans have reported Continue reading →
Doctors Health Press prides itself on reporting on front- line, groundbreaking treatments for the diseases that run through society. On that note, we bring now a glimpse of future cancer therapy — using a strain of bacteria found in the soil. Intriguing health news with intriguing possibilities.
Now, these aren’t the bacteria commonly used as natural supplements or found in yogurt. Those would be probiotics. Instead, these are “Clostridium sporogenes,” harmless bacteria that are widespread in the soil. This type of bacteria is expected to be tested in cancer patients in the coming years, as it seems to specifically target tumors.
The method goes like this: spores of the bacterium are injected into cancer patients, only growing inside solid tumors. An anti-cancer drug is injected separately into the patient in an inactive form, called a “pro-drug.” When that pro-drug reaches the tumor, the bacteria activate the drug, allowing it to destroy only the cancerous cells around it. Continue reading →
If you read the mainstream press for news on available medical therapies, you miss out on some exciting alternative techniques. Largely unreported are many of the remarkable alternative methods for improving your health.
Here are some medical innovations that are making invaluable contributions to progress in fighting chronic disease.
Antineoplastons and Dr. Burzynski
In 1967, Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski, who was originally from Poland, discovered naturally occurring peptides (amino acids) that repair the DNA of cancer genes to turn off cancer. Burzynski came to the United States in 1970 and further developed these peptide fractions at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as an assistant professor. Continue reading →
Miles away, a physician’s assistant hears a sound in a student’s chest. Based on the catch in the student’s breathing, the physician’s assistant diagnoses asthmatic bronchitis.
The student has never left the school. The physician’s assistance has never left her office in another South Georgia city. The school nurse has information for the child’s parents, who never had to miss a minute of work to take their child to the doctor.
This situation illustrates just one case in the Berrien School System’s pilot participation in a telemed program. But it underscores what one day may be the new way in which children throughout Georgia and the United States visit the school nurse and the doctor.
Through computer technology, Berrien County Elementary School’s The Med Clinic allows students to see a doctor while at school, and for a doctor to see the child without ever leaving the physician’s offices.
Berrien County is the only Georgia school system with a school-based clinic outside of two participating systems in Atlanta. Berrien is the only system in the state with telemedicine capabilities, according to coordinators.
Think there’s not enough evidence to prove the efficacy of wireless, home-based patient monitoring?
Robin Felder, associate director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and a pathology professor at the University of Virginia, disputes that notion. Felder likes to cite a 2007 paper in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. That paper showed a 74 percent reduction in the cost of caring for patients in assisted living with “passive” monitoring devices, and, notably, the rate of urinary tract infections in the study group dropped to near zero. Continue reading →