Doctors do great harm to their patients when they discourage them from seeking self help techniques and alternative therapies. All Healers who play the god-like parent figure into whose hands one should irrevocably give oneself harm their patients. Some people seek that comfort, but the Doctor should resist it even though it may inflate his own ego. Some examples from my own experience.
In May 1993 I told a Parisian Acupuncture Doctor (who was also a Generalist as required by French law) I could treat myself using TENS Acupressure. I was experiencing my first "attack" since 1984 and was beginning to limp for the first time. He said such treatment was basically useless. I was trying to enlighten him (big mistake) but all I succeeded in doing was undercut my own confidence in taking care of myself. So I put the TENS away in my closet only to take it out the summer of 2010 when I read about CCSVI Liberation Therapy. I had discovered that an upper back/neck massage could stop an "attack" by releasing the blood flow out of the brain. Then one evening, overwhelmed by symptoms of a major MS setback, I did a TENS Acupressure Treatment. To my astonishment the next morning the "attack" had entirely ceased. Stopped dead in its tracks. Since then I treat myself every morning which appears to overcome a depression caused by poor brain/spinal fluid circulation upon waking. And when under stress I treat myself to prevent further decline.
THAT DOCTOR DID ME IMMEASURABLE HARM! I never should have listened to him. What did he really know, had he ever used a TENS? I don't think so. He just wanted me to visit him more frequently. I lost ground - unnecessarily - over 17 years of attacks I could have stopped.
Another example, this from a Chiropractor who has a near worshipful following on a popular MS site. He obviously has a great deal of knowledge of what I call Skeletal MS (among other things) but denounces Homeopathy and Kinesiology as being "unscientific". I believe he is harming those who could be helped by both techniques. The Homeopathy treatment can't correct a skeletal defect, but it can boost morale, release one from a negative "I'm doomed" frame of mind, and treat physiological disorders such as fluid retention. A more positive frame of mind can allow one to actively seek treatment, even find a good Kinesiologist as I did to wonderful results.
Fortunately all the "Homeopathy is bunk" crowd can say in opposition is that the sugar pellets are harmless and any success is entirely due to the placebo effect. Except if it's the wrong remedy, it won't work. The French Medical authorities know the Remedies are powerful because they forbid their sale above the 30CH dose without a prescription.
I highly recommend Oscillococcinum to prevent all virus illnesses. It works. Period. Yes, to work it must be taken at the onset of symptoms, it must be taken outside of meals, it may be antidoted by other medications and in my case is antidoted by coffee. But it does work marvelously well. If one really believes the doses are no more than useless sugar pellets, what harm can come from trying? (Well, yes in the USA a 3 day treatment might cost $18. Big Deal. If one avoids all the cold/cough medications, right there saving are made, not to mention the joy of remaining healthy. Is that a great risk?)
I am currently enjoying the summer sun and daily swims which open up the CNS blood flow to wonderful effect. I am in heaven and not working on this site.
Come September there may be news of an unusual treatment that opens up the Internal Jugular Vein without angioplasty. Late September Dr Sclafani will give a lecture "The many reasons of failure to improve or hold on to improvement after CCSVI treatment". I will venture out into other discussion groups and continue to post Blogs. For example: My Experience With Homeopathy. More Autobiography (My Mistakes) You Tube TENS Acupressure Treatment.
The following was originally posted July 19, 2012 Under "Acupuncture, Acupressure Self Help Treatment, Oxygen"
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator which
is sold to deliver small electrical impulses via electrode pads placed
on the skin to ease pain. However, I use it to stimulate acupuncture points to
open blood/cerebrospinal fluid flow through the Central Nervous System. The TENS
unit is a small 9 volt battery powered apparatus (3.5¨ x 2.5¨or 9 cm x
6.5 cm) which has 2 controls linked to 2 leads which branch into 2 pads each,
thereby giving the possibility of stimulating a total of 4 acupuncture
points at a time. It can be purchased on the Internet in the US for
about $50. I ordered one from England which was a bit more expensive. (In
addition to the Unit one must buy a supply of pads which come in packages of
4. The pads are adhesive. Eventually they stop adhering so I tape them
to my body for a while to extend their use longer.)
The basic principle is to balance 2 Yin points with 2 Yang points. The Yin Organs
"nourish", the Yang "protect". One can consult the Acupuncture meridians on the
internet at YingYangHouse.com. (The Spleen meridian runs up the INSIDE of the
leg which isn't made clear on the chart.)
I now start with the upper back point to open circulation from the brain. I place a pad on the
upper back just below (one inch?) where the outside of neck meets
the shoulder (directly above the nipple). This is Gall Bladder 21 "Shoulder Well". (Acupressure points are
sensitive so I poke around until I've found the point.) This Gall Bladder
point "clears up" my head and I'm convinced it opens the blood/fluid flow from
the head. For the complementary Yin point I use Spleen 10 which is
found about 3 fingers up from the knee on the middle of the inside thigh.
(An alternative would be Liver 9 found one third up the inside of the thigh
between the muscles.) Again, these will be very sensitive points. I place
the pads from the lead on one side of my body and then repeat the process on
the other. Now I slowly turn on the "wheel" controls of the TENS
unit to feel the electric impulses. (I don't touch the pads with my
fingers when the unit is "on", the finger tips are very sensitive.) I get
immediate relief with the upper back points. Also, if I start to have
an "attack", this will stop it. Sometimes I'm not really aware that an attack
has stopped, but if treated in the evening, by next morning the symptoms are gone.
I then turn to my original self treatment. I start with Spleen 6
which is a powerful Yin point. Called the 3 Yin it is the intersection of 3 Yin
meridians - the Liver, Spleen and Kidney/Adrenals. (Warning – Don’t
use needles on a pregnant woman. It’s good when giving birth.) The
Spleen meridian runs up the INSIDE of the leg. I place 4 fingers at the top of
the ankle bone along the leg bone, at the last finger I press into the leg to
find a sensitive point, that's it. I place a pad over this point.
Then I find the Yang Gall Bladder 34. I find the small bone on the outside of
the knee. I press just below, slightly inside, this bone, (when an acupuncture
needle is used one can feel an electric impluse down to the ankle.) I
place a pad over this point on the same leg as the Spleen 6. I
then do the same thing on the other leg with the second lead. Again I
slowly turn on the "wheel" controls of the TENS unit to feel the
electric impulses. If I increase the electric impulse on Gall Bladder 34 it
will stimulate the "releveur" muscle and lift up the foot. This is the "drop
foot" muscle and if I had known this I would have tried to keep this muscle
working on my right side. (The muscle still works as a reflex, but I
can't make it work. Maybe continued stimulation will revive it, but at any
rate I will do everything to avoid losing the left side.)
As an alternative Yang point I place the pad in the middle of the back of the knee
which is Urinary Bladder 40, thinking this will open circulation from the spine.
However, it can cramp the calves, so I go slowly.
I don't know how effective this self-treatment will be for others. But it has changed my life. I
used to live in dread of a breakdown. I can now control the stress and prevent
“attacks”. The TENS device is a minor investment. I believe one should take
confidence in one’s own healing powers.
(By the way, I received a diploma as an Acupressure Massage Therapist in 1987 from the Berkeley
Acupressure Institute. I only practiced on myself, family and friends, but I
have some knowledge of the subject. Ideally an Acupuncture Doctor or Acupressure
Massage Therapist can help one get started. However, too many therapists are
control freaks and discourage self help in favor of themselves.)
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