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VIDEO: Skin, Part 4 – Why Remove Skin Lesions

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Skin

– And the most obvious might be for cosmetic reasons.

– Mmm-hmm.

– You know, people might have a very large mole. They might have some sun damaged skin that has started to redden and get dry, and flaky, and crusty over time. Which could be potentially is what we call precancerous lesion or perhaps it’s already, moving into that realm of a carcinoma, or cancerous lesion. So, of course you’d want to get rid of those to improve the appearance. Why is that important? Because, you know, having a healthy appearance is that affects the psychological body. So I don’t discount cosmetics. Some people, patients will often times come to see me and it’s almost like they feel a little self conscious that maybe they are somehow, what’s the word I’m looking for? It’s somehow they’re not entitled to care about their appearance. You know what I mean? Oh, that perhaps they’re self absorbed by wanting to get rid of that lesion.

– Right.

– And no, I don’t buy that at all. I think that it’s really justified because it really does, and it’s important to feel good about the way you look because that affects your well being. And the psych a lot, you know the emotional body, the mind I mean that has as big a impact, on our health as anything that’s happened, happening physically.

– I firmly believe disease begins in consciousness. The way we’re thinking and feeling about things.

– Yeah, absolutely.

– So, the more that we can feel healthy, and good about who we are, and whether it be our external appearance or our internal that’s crucial.

– Yeah.

– Yeah.

– So that would be the first reason, and so we wanna take care of it and that to help someone out to, really improve just their overall psychological well being. Next would be, perhaps is that, and I already kinda hinted at this, if the lesion could potentially become dangerous. Is that, does that lesion have a potential to become skin cancer over time? And so obviously if that’s the case, well, we wanna get rid of it. And, one of the beauties of this treatment that Dr. T developed is that we can treat all over the body, not just on the epithelial, the outer skin cells, but also in the mucosal membranes as well. So it’s safe to treat, inside the mouth, on the eyelid, inside the eyelid even, I’ve removed lesions, I’ve removed lesions from inside the eyelid.

– Wow.

– Now if you’ll notice, these are areas where there isn’t a surgical option.

– Right.

– You know, and even if you get like a skin tag growing on your eyelid, which is very common, there isn’t a surgical option for that because there just, the skin isn’t thick enough to cut it out.

– Right.

– You know, and so this gives us a great alternative, a very effective alternative where we can treat lesions in really sensitive spots. And so the second reason, the first we said for the cosmetic, the second is, is that for safety. Obviously for health we wanna make sure and treat anything that could potentially be dangerous. Now the third reason, is that, any abnormality of the skin is gonna create a certain amount of what we call neurologic irritation. And many of the listeners who have probably experienced it you might have a skin tag, you might have a mole somewhere, and over time your clothes rubs on that spot. And that can irritate you, and maybe it’s a spot that you start itching. You know and it’s over time and maybe it’s like, oh, you itch it off and it maybe it gets a little bit bloody and a scab forms and then, you know it goes through this cycle. Well, that mechanical irritation, so again think of this idea of the skin, and the nervous system as one. That stimulus, that stimulus into the nervous system and I like to, to liken it to white noise.

– Yeah.

– You know, it’s white noise. It’s not, it’s not, a healthy stimulus, it’s not, it’s not doing anything positive, it’s just white noise. It’s just kind of over stimulus. And so in the perfect, the ideal state is the skin is smooth and unblemished. And that’s when it’s most receptive to this magical world that we live in, you know. And, and to really doing it’s job of being the sensory organ that forms the interface between us and the outer world. So, by getting rid of these lesions that are like pockets of white noise creating a necessary neurological irritation, stimulation, that’s a way of just.

– Ahh.

– Calming down the nervous system. Bringing down, just kinda the overall tone of the nervous system, which is a good thing.

– Yes.

– Because, in this world we live in, we’re subject to stress on so many different levels, obviously. So, any opportunity we have to bring down the overall tonus of stress is going to be beneficial for our health.

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VIDEO: Skin, Part 3 – Removing Skin Lesions

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Skin

– The skin lesion removal is a non medical treatment and what it is it’s a topical application of a specific and acidic solution. It’s a proprietary solution that doctor T developed and what it does is when it contacts skin lesions and what a lesion is is an abnormality, a mole, a birthmark, a skin tag, a hemangioma, seborrheic keratosis, the list kinda goes on and on, actinic or solar keratosis, there’s a lot of different lesions, you know, bumps, you know, discolorations, so on and so forth on your skin, which are signs of underlying disfunction but they can be safely removed.

– Right on

– Through the solution and when you apply it what it does is it strangulates the lesion so it just cuts off the blood supply, so it really isolates it, it’s really gentle and then what will happen is the lesion scab up fall off and then the healthy skin below can grow in

– Okay

– In its place.

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VIDEO: Skin, Part 2 – Skin and the Digestive System

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Skin

– Your favorite topics is talking about the relationship of the skin to the digestive–

– Right.

– track because if we follow the skin within–

– Yes.

– the digestive system and the skin really are, again, one in the same. That’s another really

– That’s right, it’s like an inner skin because our skin, the cells are called epithelial cells. And in the small intestine they’re called epithelial cells.

– Yeah.

– So, it’s like your digestive tract is an inner skin, in a sense.

– That’s right. The digestive tract just as the skin separates an individual organism from the outer world.

– That’s right.

– The digestive tract, actually, performs the same function because when we eat food it actually is not assimilated. It’s still something other. It’s still outside of our body until it’s absorbed through the digestive tract. And then, it can actually be assimilated, those nutrients can be moved into cells.

– Right.

– And can actually become a part of the structure that we would consider me or any individual.

– Right. It’s the outer world running through the inner world. It’s an open-ended tube and it’s–

– That’s right.

– So, it keeps the inner world separate from the outer world. Just like the skin keeps the outer world separated from our inner world.

– Yeah.

– That’s exciting.

– So, yeah.

– So, then when we start to talk about, okay, dysfunction of the skin, and you brought up acne.

– Right.

– Well, the main cause if we look to what are the root cases of acne, the acne is being caused by what’s happening in the digestive tract.

– Mm-hmm.

– Acne is a manifestation of the inner world of dysfunction on the inside world. It’s manifesting on the outside.

– Mm-hmm.

– So, you can see it. So, acne is inflammation and it’s a sign that there’s inflammation in the gut.

– Mm-hmm. And, so, then that’s just being expressed out when it gets bad enough.

– That’s right.

– Yeah.

– Yeah. And, so, when it gets to that point, you know, it definitely begs attention. It’s important because that’s a sign that there’s really quite a bit of inflammation. Quite a bit of dysfunction. The body has a lot of resilience.

– Right. Yes.

– We can handle a lot of stress and adapt to a lot of things without showing outer signs through the skin.

– Right.

– But when we start to show these outer signs, whether it’s acne, whether it’s certain skin lesions that we can talk more about, then that’s a sign that whatever the dysfunction is it’s already gotten quite far.

– Right, right. And now it’s finally just expressing itself.

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VIDEO: Skin, Part 1 – Skin is the Largest Organ

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Skin

– When we see you with certain signs of dysfunction such as acne or sometimes being in the sun, we will think about protecting the skin but what people are oftentimes not thinking about is the totality of the skin It’s the largest organ in the body.

– Which most people don’t realize it’s an organ so we think of liver, we think of kidneys, but skin is the largest organ.

– And what an organ essentially is, is it’s just a level of organization it’s a system, you know, and the skin happens to be intimately connected to the nervous system. In fact, you could almost make the argument that the skin and the nervous system, not almost, you can, in fact I will make the argument right now, that the skin and the nervous system are one in the same. There’s no clear boundary between these two systems, if you look back to the origin of the skin, and the nervous system, they come from the same cell type, the same layer of cells during embryonic development. And so, there’s three different main, without getting too much into embryology, which is kind of a complex topic, but there’s three main cell types that we start with, that go on to differentiate to form all of the different cell types in our bodies, which there’s, innumerable. However, so this, the nervous system, and the skin have that common origin. Which is important, because then, when we look at the full development, and when the body is finished and we have the skin encasing all

– Holding us in. Holding us in. Forming this real, you know, the interface. It’s like this primary interface with the outer world, and every square inch, the entire surface area, that’s a better way of saying, the entire surface area of the skin has nerve endings. So there you go, when you look at the sensory, you know if you look at that sensory piece, is that we have nerve endings, and that’s what allows us to know where we are in space, it’s really one of the key senses, interaction, so.

– I was reading something last night about the senses, as a matter of fact, and one of the things that they said, that this physician said, that you could actually look at the skin and touch as the archetype of all the senses. Which is really interesting, it was a interesting statement that he had made,

– That is, yeah that is. I could see that being, I could see some truth to that in that if we maybe, if we look at the main senses being like hearing, vision, smell, taste, and then touch, those would be the main five, and you get rid of any one of the others, and you can still perhaps, you can still interact with the world. The other sense will pick up the slack and sharpen, but if you think about, if you got rid of the skin, would that sensory touch,

– Not gonna happen Not gonna happen.

– Yeah

– It would really be a, it seems like that would create a lot more isolation.

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VIDEO: Back Pain, Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Back Pain

– What if you come in and you get prolotherapy, or you get prolozone, or you get PRP. What should you be eating to help repair the joint? Well, I recommend eating lots of healthy fats, and minerals, and drinking plenty of electrolyte-rich water. And the reason is, is that we wanna, to ensure the nerve is happy, we wanna make sure that the neural sheath that’s made primarily out of fat is happy. Ligaments and tendons like lots of minerals, they like lots of fat. And then we wanna support collagen production, so veggies, anything containing vitamin C, minerals, collagen, you can get the hydrolyzed bone collagen by Great Lakes. The local stores around here all have it. I’ve seen it. It’s in the green can, so the green can’s the best kind. It’s hydrolyzed, it’s easy to digest and absorb. So, I recommend that people eat lots of healthy fats, you know of course, always lots of veggies. Get your minerals, stay hydrated, and drink electrolyte-rich drinks. My favorite coconut water is Taste of Nirvana. It tastes the best to me. So if you’ve tried coconut water, and you haven’t liked it, make sure you try Taste of Nirvana. It’s my favorite. So, that pretty much does it for back pain. Now if you’re a female, and you’ve addressed everything and you still have back pain, make sure you get checked for a UTI or a kidney infection. If a male, just make sure you get a prostate examed. Make sure you’re not having any prostate issues that could contribute to low back pain. ‘Cause you don’t want it to blame working in the yard, or picking up your children, for your back pain and then never address it, and get it figured out or evaluated and learn that maybe you have, maybe you have a kidney infection. Or, maybe you have prostate issues. So just make sure you talk to a professional, a health professional, to make sure that you’re looking at every scenario possible. Because you’d hate to overlook, or treat yourself and overlook something that’s more serious.

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VIDEO: Back Pain, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Back Pain

– So, a typical treatment for sciatica, low back pain, would be to address any sacroiliac issues, so that’s an injection right into this joint, so you might be able to see it better from this side, so we go right in here, and that’s to bathe the ligaments as well as the nerves, to stimulate a healing response, to make sure that we’re addressing any structural issues, and decreasing inflammation and increasing oxygenation of the tissue. For a herniated disc, we’ll identify, through either MRI or a CT, what level the disc is herniated, and what level the spinal root is being compressed, and then we’ll go right down into that area and put a little medication and reduce the inflammation. Interestingly, you can have, like I said before, you can have a herniated disc without symptoms, so as long as this nerve is able to move freely with movement, then it will remain relatively happy. But as soon as it’s pushed on, if there’s pressure on it, and this foramina, right here, this little hole, where this nerve comes out, this is called the foramina, and you’ll see this on an MRI, and it’s called foraminal narrowing, where this hole gets narrow, ’cause you’ll lose disc height and this nerve will swell. So, this little hole, what we try to do, is we try to reduce the size of this nerve, we just try to take the inflammation out of the nerve, and the nerve actually shrinks down. And so, we get the nerve to come back down to a normal size, which makes the hole a lot larger when the nerve is smaller, but we also like to restore the disc height, and this is done through proper hydration of the body, taking in plenty of electrolytes, and sort of getting your body moving correctly again. Some people would like to to do decompression exercises, so they’ll hang upside down, so you know, they’ll hang upside down like this and they’ll take pressure off the spine, they’ll take pressure off the disc. So that can help rehydrate discs. There’s also the McKenzies, if anybody’s heard about McKenzies, those are really helpful. But, like I said, we’ll go down and we’ll treat the nerve root, reduce the swelling, and hopefully increase this disc space to take the pressure off the nerve. And that’s what was done in my case, so in my disc herniation, it was L5, and so what was done is I had an injection around the nerve root and around the disc, and it really changed my symptoms. Within one treatment, I could tell my symptoms were really different, my pain didn’t go away right away, but my symptoms changed, it was a different sort of pain, the quality was different, so I knew that something was working. And so I stuck with it, and seven to eight treatments later, I was feeling much better. So, it’s a pretty simple procedure. People don’t have to, you know, take a lot of time down, I recommend that people don’t take a bunch of antioxidants before the treatment, especially if I’m gonna use Ozone, because Ozone is an oxidative stress, and I don’t want to negate any of the medication, the effects of the oxidation, so, you know, high dose antioxidants are not recommended, not taking any ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories is recommended. I like to apply heat to the tissue, the reason I like to apply heat is because I like to improve blood flow, like I said before, these tissues have very poor circulation, the ligaments, the tendons, they don’t get a lot of blood. So, if I can improve the blood flow, I’m doing something, right, because I’m oxygenating the tissue that hasn’t been oxygenated, or that is poorly oxygenated, so I can actually speed up the healing process in the body. So, I avoid ice, so if there’s an injury, I don’t ice anything, the body naturally wants to increase the circulation, and it sort of brings heat into the area, and I like that, I wanna mimic nature, I want to take advantage of the systems already in place so that we can get a good, swift healing response.

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VIDEO: Back Pain, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Back Pain

– So prolotherapy is essentially going and treating each of these nerves with a dextrose solution. And the dextrose solution causes a little bit of irritation and it’s sort of like having the acute injury all over again. It’s getting the immune system’s attention and getting the immune system to come in and sort of resolve the chronic inflammation that’s going on as well as clean up any injury. So, what I do, is I combine dextrose and procaine and I like to use procaine because procaine sort of resets the nerve. It sort of erases trauma out of the tissue. And if any of you have been in an auto accident you know that trauma can stick around for a really long time. So I like to just ensure that we’re treating the tissue memory. So, tissue sort of has a memory with it. So we treat the tissue memory. But we essentially go in around the nerve root. So you know, this little, these little nerve roots right here, we go in and treat that. We put some medicine around that and we help decrease the inflammation in that. But we also, in doing that, strengthen the connections between the spinous processes or the transverse processes, right here. And we also do this procedure, or I do this procedure, down in the sacrum as well because there’s, like I said, there’s very large ligaments that maintain the structural integrity and if those get compromised, then we need to shore those up to ensure that the muscle isn’t doing a job that it’s not supposed to be or not designed to do. Muscles are designed for movement, ligaments are really designed for structure or maintaining that integrity. So what I do is I go in and I’ll treat the nerve root that’s affected. And then I’ll go in and we’ll treat the ligaments that are affected. So if you’ve been to either a naturopathic chiropractor or a osteopathic physician, and you keep getting an adjustment of this sacroiliac joint, and like, oh, you’re sacroiliac joint’s out and you keep getting an adjustment and it keeps coming out, keeps going in and keeps going out, then consider that this ligament is lax. There’s laxity in the ligament that we need to tighten that up. So, the therapies that we utilize are designed to help shore that structure up to make sure that you are treating the root cause so you’re not continually getting adjustments and continually dealing with low back pain, hip pain or sciatica symptoms. So, the other ingredient that I like to use a lot and is called ozone. So, ozone is a gas. I fill up syringes with an ozone gas and the ozone dissociates in the tissue, means it comes apart in the tissue and part of it is oxygen. And it happens to be that these ligaments here have very poor blood supply and they’re poorly oxygenated and it takes them a long time to heal. So by injecting ozone into the tissue, we’re actually oxygenating the tissue and we’re also causing inflammation. So I talked about the dextrose and I talked about the procaine. And the dextrose causes irritation and the ozone actually causes irritation in the tissue and stimulates fibroblasts and it stimulates growth factors so it basically gets your body in gear and starts healing what’s wrong. We like to fix what’s wrong, right? The ozone goes in. The injections really aren’t that bad, and that’s a direct quote from hundreds of patients that have received treatment from me. I like to compare it to an acupuncture appointment. We’re not being really traumatic to the tissue, we’re not causing a lot of tissue damage. It’s really placing the ozone or placing the dextrose, placing the procaine and letting the body do the rest. So we’re just giving the body the tools it needs to do the healing.

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VIDEO: Back Pain, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Back Pain

– I personally experienced severe sciatica for two years after I herniated a disc in my back. I’m gonna bring out my model here to describe what that was. So this is a model. This is the spine. This is only the spine and this is the pelvis. So we’re looking at the front and this is the back. And the blue portion right here is the sacrum. This little green piece right here, if you can see that, this is called the tailbone or the coccyx. And then the lumbar spine starts here where it turns red. The sciatic nerve is made up of a bunch of single nerves that come out of the lower spine and the sacrum area. And they come out of this little notch right here. And I don’t know if that’s super clear but I’ll turn it. That comes out of this notch and it runs down the back of the leg. So what I did about, I think it was four or five years ago or maybe six years ago, is I herniated a disc and this model here really shows that. This is a bulging disc, you can see on the side. This is the spinal disc right here. This is what separates each section of the spine or the bones. And this little piece just bulged out and it pushed on this nerve right here. And when that pushes on a nerve, that causes inflammation and pain and swelling. Symptoms will shoot down the leg sometimes and in my case that’s what it was. It was symptoms that really traveled down my leg and it prevented me from doing a lot of things in my life. And those of you who’ve had sciatica, or know of someone who’s had sciatica, you know it’s debilitating in a lot of cases. So I got into injection therapies. Primarily prolotherapy and prolozone to address my problem. I went the conventional route in the beginning and I was offered antidepressants and there are reasons behind that for that prescription. If some of you don’t know, antidepressants are commonly prescribed to help break the pain cycle. So I was offered antidepressants as well as pain medication and surgery. But the more I looked into the research, I found that there was really a difference between those who received a surgical procedure or underwent a surgical procedure to repair herniation and those who did not. And those who did more of an active recovery, doing more physical therapy and reducing inflammation and sort of changing the biodynamics of their movement and their body, actually did a lot better. Interestingly, a lot of us walk around with herniated discs but not all of us have symptoms. So I figured, well heck, if somebody else can have a herniated disc and not have symptoms, why not me, too. So I started looking around and what I found was a therapy called prolotherapy using dextrose and procaine. And after about eight treatments, I was able to walk and stand and lift my children and play and drive all without pain again. It took me about two years to find it. And so I’m really excited that I can offer it here for people who are looking for a solution, a non-surgical solution or a non-pharmaceutical solution, to their back pain.

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VIDEO: Back Pain, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Back Pain

– A lot of people come to me and they’re complaining of back pain whether it be low back pain or mid back pain or even sciatica. Some people are experiencing pain that goes down the leg or refers into their feet. And a lot of this can be due to a couple of reasons and I want to go over those reasons. Back pain is very interesting in that we all sort of have this low back, I get a lot of this, my back is spasmy in this area. It really hurts here. And what I’ve found over time in and in my practice and just through speaking with other physicians and doing research is that, a lot of back pain actually comes from the low spine and a muscle called the psoas muscle. So, the psoas muscle attaches here at the low spine and it comes down the front of the hip and attaches to the front of the thigh on the femur, and it allows you to lift your leg. So when you’re sitting all day, your psoas muscle is actually flexed, so it’s in the contracted position. So when you go to stand, you release that contraction and sometimes you’ll feel that back ache. So if you notice when you stand up and you reach back and sort of reach down and you stretch back and gosh, you know that back really hurts, well, the first thing you should think about is how long have you been sitting? And then, think of your psoas muscle. And so this psoas muscle is being contracted all day long. It’s sort of like me flexing my bicep, and don’t laugh at my muscles but, this bicep, if I’m to flex my bicep for four hours, I don’t know long people sit, six to eight hours at their jobs at their desks, so it’s kind of crazy, but if I flex that bicep for that long and then I go and straighten my arm, that’s going to start cramping it’s going to hurt and probably going to have symptoms. So, it’s sort of similar here. And so, the first rule of thumb is to rule out any psoas issues when I’m looking at back pain. The other problematic area for back pain is sciatica, is actually this joint right here. This is the joint between the hip and the sacro. This is the sacroiliac joint, and you can see right here on the model there are a bunch of yellow fibers. This is a representation of nerves that run through here. And like I said, there are nerves that run through and connect down into the sciatic nerve where it pops out below. So, a lot of times people have back pain and they’ll even have hip pain. So you’ll have pain in the front and the back, tight hamstrings, and then pain that shoots down the leg can sometimes be due to this joint right here and this is the sacroiliac joint. So this joint can get rotated forward and rotated backwards, but what happens is there’s actually a ligament right here, and ligaments attach bone to bone so it’s providing structure for the musculoskeletal system. And so when the ligament is compromised, the muscles sort of take over and they get hard and they cramp so if you’ve ever had a muscle spasm, or if you know somebody that’s had back pain, and they feel like there’s a rope in their back, or their muscles feel like steel cables, it’s because the muscle’s cramping to take the place of a compromised ligament. So, nerves feed their way through muscles, they sort of weave through. So if you were to to ever dissect an animal or if you’ve ever butchered an animal or been through an anatomy lab, you’ll know that nerves will feed or weave their way through muscles, so the muscle that’s cramping down is really squeezing these nerves and then that’s resulting in pain in your foot, or it could be pain in your lower leg. And so to look at the SI joint is super important. So, see a naturopath, see a chiropractor, or an osteopath, and they can help you figure out whether or not you have a dysfunctional SI joint. It’s really, really pretty easy if your leg length is different, and it’s not, if it’s not, you know, something that you inherited at birth, then it could be due to this rotation of a hip. So check out your leg lengths. If you’re experiencing hip pain, or experiencing tight hamstrings, or just sort of this general low back pain, then consider SI dysfunction and consider a tight psoas muscle. So foundationally, stretch the psoas muscle. We’re always sitting, right? So this thing is always contracted, this huge muscle. So you can stand up and simply do a runner’s stretch or you can get get on the table, or you can get on the bed or on the floor and do a cobra, just really stretch that front line and get the muscle to lengthen, and give these muscles in the back a little break.

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VIDEO: The Benefits of Bitters, Part 7

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series The Benefits of Bitters

– Bitters can be used in a variety of ways. They can be used to promote digestion, they can be used as a very gentle way to support liver detoxification. So many times people will do these really extreme detox protocols. My favorite way to do a detox is actually to just take bitters. More than at my meals, I would take bitters maybe five to six times throughout the day and get this nice stimulation for the liver to start revving up its detoxification pathways, enhance that detoxification, then come in with maybe some bentonite clay to absorb the toxins that get dumped down into the colon and help run those out of the system. That’s one of my favorite ways to do a detox ’cause it’s gentle, it supports your natural detoxification processes, and it’s plant based, so we’re really working with something that our physiology is very, very familiar with. It has a long-standing historic interaction with. So, digestive improvement, detoxification enhancement, immune health, lung health, so if there’s any kind of asthma or shortness or breath or shallow breathing, you can use the bitters to help kind of relax the airways, as well. Stimulate the appetite or even reduce appetite. Really fascinating how they can work in both ways.