Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Power of Inflammation and a Hip Surgery Update

                            Hip Surgery Recovery Update

It’s now been 2 weeks since I had my hip replacement surgery. The medical folks are still amazed by my rapid recovery. My pain level has stayed around ZERO to maybe a couple of times it was ½ to a 1. In talking to Heather, my Home Care Physical Therapist, she described me as a high-performance patient.

I asked Heather on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being a great healing and 10 being Uh-oh how she would rate my recovery. She said if I didn’t have some swelling and bruising in the lower leg, she would rate my recovery at 1. She’s only had one other patient be a 1 and he was a younger guy!
I’ve also continued to play Steven Halpern’s subliminal recording called Accelerated Self-Healing when I meditate twice a date.

I’m now walking a half mile in around 14 minutes, twice a day and am riding my stationary bike for around 15 minutes per day. I elevate my legs above my head 2 to 3 times a day after exercising and apply ice when I’m in that position.

It’s fun to be able to beat the expectations of the medical staff!

                         The Negative Power of Inflammation

You can get a low-grade inflammation from having a mild fever to having a creaky joint to having tooth decay. While there are usually not many symptoms when it’s a low-level inflammation, inflammation is having an outsized influence on how we are affected by illnesses and diseases. Inflammation can affect our entire body. As an example, cardiologists in Boston reported on a clinical trial with 10,000 patients in 39 countries with a mean age of 61.

The initial aim of the study was to see if an anti-inflammatory drug called canakinumab could lower rates of heart disease. The researchers found that the drug was protective against heart disease. Surprisingly, the researchers also found that the drug could protect against lung cancer deaths by reducing them around 77%. IT also caused gout and arthritis levels to fall.

Here’s a list of herbs that can help you reduce or prevent inflammation in your body in case you’d like to avoid the drug route.

Turmeric (Curcumin) ...
Green Tea. ...
White Willow Bark. ...
Maritime Pine Bark (Pycnogenol) ...
Chili Peppers (Capsaicin) ...
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) ...
Black Pepper. ...

So, take charge of reducing your inflammation as the benefits can be great!
(Reported AARP Bulletin/ Real Possibilities, November 2019)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Reflections on Hip Replacement Surgery

On Thursday Nov 21, I had hip replacement surgery. I went in at 5:30 am and was discharged that afternoon by 4:30 pm. I have had very little pain since the surgery. The Home Care nurse and Physical Therapist came yesterday and they were both amazed by my recovery!

The reason I’m writing about this is to share with you how I prepared for the surgery.

The injury began as a groin muscle pull on my right leg. It occurred when I was walking my dog and a friend’s dog and they pulled the leashes in opposite directions. That was about 8 months ago, and I started working on attempting to get it healed. After a couple of weeks though, I observed that other parts of the leg were being affected: my hip, knee, butt area and shin. The other leg was also being affected.

I decided to go to physical therapy to see if I could heal it. At that point, I discovered that a groin pull in a man is hard to heal. After a number of months without it completely healing, I decided to get an x-ray of my pelvis and right hip joint. It turned out that the hip joint had deteriorated and was bone on bone.

I decided to go to Dr. Anthony Carter, who is the surgeon who brought the Jiffy Hip hip replacement surgery to the Hampton Roads area. Instead of making the incision through the rear or the side of the hip, the Jiffy Hip surgery is done through the front of the leg. Steve, my Physical Therapist, said he’s been very impressed with the speed and ease of recovery for Dr. Carter’s patients.

The surgery was scheduled for November 21st. My PT and I agreed to work on strengthening my leg to help to help expedite its healing. I was even able to do some jogging and even running a little bit. I also kept doing my yoga daily and strength training exercises.

I was also able to ride a bike, including a stationary one, with no pain.

On the day of the surgery, my wife, Elizabeth, and I arrived at 5:30 am. Since the surgery was not going to occur until around 9 am, I decided to meditate for a couple of hours, in between visits from various pre-op staff, while listening to Steven Halpern's subliminal music CD called Accelerated Self-Healing. The music has subliminal messages in the background about healing. These messages are sub-auditory, which means you are not consciously hearing the messages. 

Some of the messages are: Your body knows how to heal itself. You now instruct your body to heal itself. You have the power, ability and desire to accelerate your own healing and This music helps your body orchestrate its own healing symphony.

I kept the headset on during the surgery. I believe even though I was “under” my mind could still hear the music and the messages. I kept it on in the recovery room. When they took me to the hospital room, I kept meditating while listening to the music.

After discharge, we drove to another facility that has a Class IV Laser which penetrates 4" into the body and promotes healing. I had the laser focus on the surgery area.

Elizabeth also gave me homeopathic remedies. Before the surgery, I took Phosphorus 30C to minimize nausea from the anesthesia and Arnica Montana 30C for reducing muscle pain and shock from the surgery. After the surgery, she gave me a couple more doses of the Phosphorus 30C to stop nausea, and then some Symphytum 30 C for bone pain. Since coming home, I’ve continued taking the Arnica 30C and the only pain killing drug I'm taking is Tylenol. I am also using ice.

I’m now on Day 3 of my healing and went for a walk outside this morning for around 300 yards. This evening I rode my stationary bike for 5 minutes.

I wanted to share all of this with you primarily because of the amazed reactions of the Home Care nurse and the Physical Therapist with the speed of my healing. So…if you’re needing to go into surgery, there are lots of things you can do yourself to make your healing the best one possible!
Jerry Teplitz

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Using Electricity To Stop Pain

With the opioid epidemic killing hundreds of thousands of people, we need some alternative options for pain management. I want to talk about 3 that I’ve run across, two of which I’ve personally experienced.

The first is a device called the Hokomed and it uses electricity to stimulate the healing process and reduce pain. It was invented in Germany.

The second is a Class IV Laser that penetrates 4 inches into the skin and promotes cell growth while alleviating pain. As I said, I’ve experienced both these machines and was quite impressed with the reduction of pain for bursitis and back pain.

The third device is called Quell which also uses an electrical current. It’s been used for stopping hip pain so that hip replacement surgery did not have to be performed. It can reduce the feelings of pain anywhere in the body.

So…pain got you down? Instead of suffering, experiment with these medical devices to see for yourself if they will stop the pain and keep you away from having to play drug company and surgery roulette.

(Reported November/December 2017. AARP THE MAGAZINE)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cranberries May Hold The Answer For Fighting Super Bugs

Since it's almost the holiday season and the time for cranberries in all
its forms, let's look at the power it has to protect us from super bugs.

Some strains of E. coli can cause diarrhea and can be transmitted
through food, water or contact with animals and people. With the rise
of super bugs, diarrhea that they can cause can become deadly.

For bacteria to actually cause an infection, the bacteria must first adhere
to a surface in the host such as the stomach lining. The bacteria multiply
and produce enough additional bacteria to be able to form what's called
a biofilm. If you can stop the formation of the biofilm, then there is no infection.

Enter…… cranberry juice! Researchers at the University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth found that chemicals in cranberry juice
interfere with the adhesion of the bacteria to form its biofilm by
several methods.

One is some of the cranberry juice chemicals compress tiny tendrils on the
surface of the E. Coli bacteria so that it can’t bind to the lining of the
urinary tract.

The second way involves different chemicals in the juice that greatly
reduce the ability of the bacteria to stick to a surface. So…since we are
running out of antibiotics to fight off these super bugs and since we're
going to be eating a lot of cranberry products, it’s good to known that
you're helping your body to stay health. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Alternatives Are Becoming Mainstream

I was recently reading a magazine and read an ad for Blue Cross’s Medicare policy. The ad was talking about a woman who had retired and was enjoying life by traveling and doing lots of activities including Kayaking.

She started to experience carpal tunnel syndrome and thought it would curtail her enjoying her retirement.

The ad then starts to talk about the treatments that she started, and I was expecting it to talk about drugs. Wow, was I wrong!

The first thing it says is she got acupuncture. That’s right, Blue Cross is saying she had acupuncture!!!! Plus, she did a few other things that the ad didn’t specify, and that cured her problem. So, she was back to enjoying her retirement.

Another example is I’m personally going to be having hip replacement surgery on November 21 and the pre-surgery materials I’ve received are recommending drinking lots of pineapple juice after surgery because it contain bromelain which reduces inflammation and also taking bran flakes to help prevent constipation!

So... from my standpoint, this is showing that alternatives are finally going more and more mainstream. HOORAY!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Antibiotics May Be Hurting Your Memory

Antibiotics may be hurting your memory ability. You go to the doctor for a cold and the doc gives you an antibiotic to take even though your cold was caused by a virus and antibiotic drugs don’t kill viruses. The problem is taking the antibiotic drug also kills the good bacteria in your gut.

You might be saying, “No big deal”. Well, it actually is a very big deal. The antibiotic may also be inhibiting the growth of new cells in the part of the brain associated with memory. The researchers believe that the antibiotic is causing this damage by lowering levels of a type of white blood cell that is thought to connect the gut, brain and immune system.

So…what you need to do if you can’t avoid taking the antibiotic for an infection, as these researchers suggest, is to take a probiotic supplement at the same time as the antibiotic. Keep taking the supplement for several weeks after the surgery to keep developing and feeding the good bacteria.
(Reported Prevention, August 2016)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Unique Way To Bring Joy Into People’s Lives

Peggy Wheatcroft was getting ready to celebrate her 80th birthday and she didn’t want a birthday party. She decided to do something different.

Peggy took 80 envelopes and put $80 in twenty-dollar bills in each envelope. She took the envelopes and gave them to 80 people with a note asking them, in honor of her birthday, to give the money to anyone they chose. She asked them to find someone who least expected it. She also asked them to write and tell her about the person’s experience. What she wrote was “Let’s spread a small bit of joy!!”

It took her a year to distribute the envelopes. When the people who were the givers started to write her, the first thing she noticed was the joy people experienced when giving the gift in person to someone. The second thing was the connection to her when the givers explained the source of the money to the recipient.

The research shows that it is better to give than receive as our bodies release the “feel good” chemicals that reinforce our giving. So…it doesn’t have to be $80 to 80 people, just consider whatever the amount how you’re bringing joy to someone else and to yourself. Thank you, Peggy for showing us a unique way to celebrate a birthday and may you have many more!
(Reported AARP Bulletin/Real Possibilities October 2019)