Sunday, July 22, 2012

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia - A Very Scarce Disease

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia is a cancer that is named for Jan Waldenstrom, the Scandinavian Doctor who first discovered and learnt about the disease in the early 1940's. The type of cancer is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and it is a very rare disease with some papers stating numbers of between 1000 & 1600 diagnosed cases of Waldenstrom's occurring in America every year.

what causes Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia like many other cancers is unknown although it is believed that a change in DNA could be a cause. In spite of this lack of certainty on the causes of Waldenstrom's there are thought to be factors which increase the likelihood of developing the disease. the majority of cases of waldenstroms macroglobulinemia occur in those over the age of 50 and the average age of occurrence is 61. Incidence of the disease is almost twice as much in men than women. The condition is also inherited which means that those with family who have Waldenstrom's or a type of lymphatic cancer are more likely to contract the condition.

An first diagnosis of Waldenstrom's is complex because there is usually an absence of symptoms early on. Usually the first indication of Waldenstrom's comes from routine examinations showing atypical results. These irregular results could be a high level of Igm within the blood stream or hyper viscosity which is another indication of the illness. Diagnosis could also be made if swollen lymph nodes are found. This is the same as if a Bigger than usual Spleen or liver is discovered. A bone marrow biopsy can also be used to diagnose Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia.

Waldenstrom's forecast is very diverse between victims. Because the disease is very unfrequent there has not been a huge amount of research to estimate the correct survival rates of victims with the ailment. The International Prognostic Scoring System for Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia aims to assess the long term impact of Waldenstrom's. Five to nine years is the generally accepted survival period of those that have been diagnosed with Waldenstrom's although owing to that there are very few initial symptoms, some sufferers can live with the disease for a number of years before getting diagnosed.

The sign of illness or problem of Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia start in the white blood cells. They cause these blood cells to become abnormal and they enlarge within the organs or bone marrow like the spleen/liver. These abnormal white blood cells compound and therefore reduce the amount of other blood cells such as the red blood cells. When people have a low level of red blood cells they suffer from anaemia which causes them to feel drained and weak. Waldenstrom's also reduces the amount of healthy white blood cells which reduces the bodies ability to fight off flu, germs and other infection. These symptoms are often not seen in the early stages of Waldenstrom's with most symptoms not becoming apparent until the illness is reasonably advanced.

In the advanced stages of the illness, symptoms are varied between sufferers. A lot of the symptoms are the same as those of other non-Hodgkin lymphomas which include, swollen lymph nodes, fever, tiredness and weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, fevers, fatigue and weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, fevers, tiredness and loss of weight and swollen lymph nodes, fevers, fatigue and weight loss, tiredness, weight loss and enlarged lymph nodes, fevers, tiredness and weight loss lymph nodes lymph nodes.

Another symptom is hyper-viscosity or clotting of the blood which occurs because Waldenstrom's causes an overproduction of Igm. This thickening of the blood causes issues with both circulation and the nervous system. If circulation to the brain is affected which may cause symptoms similar to a stroke. Circulation problems can also lead to Raynaud's phenomenon which causes a tightening of blood vessels which delays the movement of blood throughout the body. This can cause circulation to the extremities of the human being, the hands and feet, to get cut off.

Monday, July 16, 2012

5 Views on Leukaemia - Its Cause and Treatment

1. Medical

According to two of the most prestigious medical diagnosticians, Professors Whiting and Sutton, Leukaemia is usually characterized by the presence of immature white blood cells accompanied by severe anaemia.

The symptoms seen during the course of this complaint are: - haemorrhages into the skin and mucous membranes, - oral ulceration, - fever, and - occasional enlargement of the lymph glands and spleen

If a subject presents these symptoms they can assume that they have what is medically recognised as Leukaemia.

2. Chiropractic

According to James N. Firth, who is recognised as an authority on chiropractic diagnosis, Leukaemia constitutes a condition in which; - there is a great increase in the number of white blood cells, - enlargement of the spleen, lymph glands and bone marrow

While the chiropractic diagnosis is very similar to the medical diagnosis the chiropractor recognises that there are spinal subluxations present in the liver, spleen, kidney and lumbar areas of the spine and these should be adjusted towards normality.

The discoverer and developer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer does not mince matters when he advises the practitioner to adjust the 7th dorsal vertebra and even goes so far as to say that the adjuster should stand on the left side of the patient and adjust towards the right shoulder.

Surely such specific instructions would indicate that Palmer had some experience in the treatment of this complaint.

3. Osteopathy

The osteopath accepts the general diagnosis of blood diseases as made by the medical profession but as might be expected, adopts a more scientific, positive and optimistic stance in relation to treatment.

Dr A.T. Still, the first osteopath advised that the cause of the nerve irritation must be found and removed before the channels (arteries, veins and lymph vessels) can relax and open sufficiently to admit free passage of the fluids being obstructed.

4. Natural Hygiene

According to Dr James Neuhauser, Leukaemia is; - cancer of the blood in which the body produces too many white blood cells - the first sign may be bone pain, joint pains and blood in the urine

And... in his opinion there seems to be "no recourse." (This latter statement seems to be a confession that he does not know how to reverse this disease).

This is, of course, in line with the opinion shared by most hygienists, including Dr Herbert M. Shelton, that cancer is an irreversible pathology.

5. Nature Cure

In 1883, Louis Kuhne, one of our earliest naturopaths, said that in order to effect a radical cure of every disease: "We must proceed to transform the chronic condition into an acute one. By means of this crisis the body will be enabled to expel the foreign matter which is causing the complaint."

Nature's Solution to all Disease/Symptoms

1) Remove Causes

We should remove as many obstructions as possible.

These may be chemical, mental or mechanical. Chemical obstructions are removed by a rational adjustment of the food intake and cessation of the intake of harmful drugs or remedies. Physical obstructions may be removed by way of Chiropractic/Osteopathic or via Naprapathy. Mental obstructions should be attended to via a positive mental health program.

2) Provide a Healthy Environment

We should provide the optimal biological needs such as sunlight, fresh air, pure water, exercise, relaxation and mental poise.

3) Rest

When the Healing Crisis occurs, we should fast until the body indicates that it has done as much as it can under the prevailing circumstances.