Information that patients have found helpful, that 

they have discovered or created.

1)Scars: Several of us have used cocoa butter to reduce the scar tissue, not the scar itself, just what is underneath.

Here is a story from Nancy:

When my daughter was 2 years old she had a hemangioma (the kind under the skin and not the strawberry mark kind on the surface.) It was in the inner corner of her eye and the incision was from the top of her eyebrow curved around the nose and down to the bottom of the eye.

I had a very good plastic surgeon do the work, but was advised that he would occasionally need to do more surgery as she grew because it would tighten and draw up. I bought cocoa butter and melted it and kept rubbing it into the scar for several more years and she never required anymore surgery, nor does anything show up except a very faint white line.

She is going to be 37 this month and I am so glad that she did not require these extra operations. Can't believe that when I had my surgery I forgot all about the cocoa butter and probably could have saved myself from the keloided scar. I did use Vit. E. but it did not help.

Here is Rae's story:

it has been pretty remarkable. The scar line where it extended into the axilla was a tight, hard line. Now it has softened so much that it doesn't pull taut when I raise my arm and the entire area feels soft and pliant. (She used the cocoa butter more than 4 years after the scar began forming).

Here is Ann's story:

I completely reduced underlying scar tissue in three months by applying cocoa butter on the scar site. It was amazing and painless. I had used both aloe and Vitamin E for a long time before that and on other scars with NO discernible effect. The scar still shows but it has NO scar tissue underneath.

We just read an article about scar tissue release therapy - practiced by

Brook Seminars, Bodywork Education

Tap the Thymus:

It is suggested that a way to stimulate the thymus is to tap gently at the area just above the rib cage (sternum), in that small hollow area in the center. 3-10 times gently. Can be done during the course of a day as you think of it.

6/03 Also take a look in the section Relevant Studies=Nontoxic Ways To Reduce...

If You Take Chemo

Tips that may help save your life

For Neuropathy: Possibilities
Reduce Bleeding and Bruising from Surgery

A Chinese herb and some vitamins

Centellia asiatica for surgery
Potato-based Powder Stops Bleeding
If You Have to be Hospitalized

Kathryn Rosenthal offers some excellent advice

Herbs to Stop Before Surgery
One Woman's Struggle to Have Surgery Her Way
Get IV Vit C in Case of Hospitalization
Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Could be PREVENTED
If You Are Offered Oxygen - Ask for Carbon Dioxide in Mix
Preoperative Fasting & Surgery: Children
Reducing Risk of Medication Error
Acupuncture Recommended for Post-Op Nausea
Necessity of Uninterrupted SLEEP in Hospital ICU
Doctor Writes About 2 Weeks in the Transplant Unit
On Medical Acupuncture

Different than Traditional Chinese Medicine

What Blood test info means

Helps explain the results

Hair as Biopsy Material
Warm Blanket Reduces Chance of False Positives: PET Scans

Soc for Nuclear Med, 6/06

Choosing a Health Practitioner

Thanks to and Dr. Michael F. Garay

PROFESSIONAL Referral Network
Product to Help with Vaginal Dryness


Beyond Flowers: Helping Someone with BCA (FILM)

A new film from Affinityfilms, Inc. producers of Between Us

Wound Healing/ Infection

Lancet, 9/01

What/When to EAT Before Surgery
Grape-Seed Extract Speeds Wound Recovery
New Gauze Promotes healing
Silver Ion Wound Healing
RCT of Tissue Adhesive For Wound Closure
Leeches Approved for Skin Grafts/Reattachment Surgery
Aloe Vera Gel for Wound Healing
Wound Healing HELPED by Exercise - Older Adults
Hydrogen peroxide could cause absorbable sutures to come apart
Antibiotics and Vitamins Work Together
Honey May Help Heal Some Burns & Chronic Wounds
Phantom Pain from Body Part/Limb Removal

Various studies

Surgery & Nerve Injuries
Pain Site, Amputation Pain, Back Pain
Hypnosis: Useful, Neglected, Available
Phantom Limb Pain & Paclitaxel Neurotoxicity
Postmastectomy Pain Syndrome
Pediatric Amputees & Phantom Limb Pain
Phantom Pain
Soap & Water Rid Hands of Viruses

Univ of North Carolina, 3/05

Anatomy Atlases

LINK to digital library of anatomy information

'Newer' Blood SAFER for Transfusions

Anesthesia & Analgesia, 6/06

Candida Blog

LINK to information about candida from Wendy Smith, an herbalist who dealt with this personally

Foot Bathing & Immune Function

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice August, 2007

Effect of Music on Postoperative Pain and Anxiety

Pain Management Nursing March 2009

Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Does not require breathing - press 100 beat to the minute - they say imagine the song "Staying Alive"

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