August 1, 2013 PDI Newsletter
Greetings to all PDI and DCI Warriors,
Welcome to the August 2013 PD Institute newsletter. This monthly discussion will be more diverse than usual, consisting of six important topics:
1. Why you will notice many changes in the PDI website over the next six months.
2. Why I am writing a new book, the 3rd one, about Peyronie’s disease.
3. VERY IMPORTANT: Why PDI supplies will not be available to the general public after 8-8-13, but you can still order everything you need just as before by using this link: PDI Products After 8-8-13 this link will be the ONLY WAY to order products from PDI.
4. Why this will be the last monthly PDI and DCI newsletter for a while.
5. Why you will be able to reach me only at a new contact email address only for readers of the PDI and DCI newsletter, Dr.Herazy@peyronies-disease-help.com since I will no longer be answering emails at theold email address – please copy this new email address.
6. Ultrasound report and observations from a PDI warrior and my response to him in an email exchange. In last month’s newsletter I asked for people’s comments about how using ultrasound affected their PD or DC treatment; this report is the only one I received. It is very informative and positive about ultrasound usage for Peyronie’s disease.
Ultrasound Sale – August 2013
The usual price for our 3MHz US machine (Model 3040) is $160 – now $130!
From now until the end of August 2013, save $30 off the usual price – a 19% Discount.
Only available to PDI/DCI newsletter readers. To get this $30 savings, simply enter code US30 in the promotion code box at checkout.
Remember, this offer ends on 8-31-13 and the promotion code of US30 must be used at the time of checkout.
Over the years PDI has become an extremely large and complex website that I am told can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate due to the amount of information available. It seems recently more people have complained that they think the site is too large and complicated for them to get a clear picture of what they must do to correct their PD.
In response I have decided to do two things to make the PDI message more easily available to more people:
1. Simplify and condense the PDI site.
2. Write a third book that puts the many details of the PDI treatment system together in one place for easy use and reference.
Changes to Peyronie’s Disease Institute website
Simplification and streamlining the PDI website sounds easy enough. Yet, every time I try to do little things to make the PDI website easier to navigate I find that it does not help very much, and sometimes makes things more complicated. To do it correctly I find I must devote a lot of time to make the major changes that are needed.
If I am nothing else, I am a pragmatist. If what I am doing is not working to clearly explain PD self-treatment I have no trouble in changing direction. In fact, that personal characteristic of mine to keep on looking for answers to a problem is at the heart of how I reversed my own Peyronie’s disease. When the natural treatment plans I used were not working – based on lack of changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of my scars – I had no trouble at all in making changes to my plan until I eventually developed a plan that did make the kind of changes I was hoping to see. I kept on looking until an answer was found.
So, I am going to be making some big changes to the PDI site to reduce the size of the site, and to streamline it to make it easier to navigate. Look for these changes to filter into the PDI site over the next few months.
3rd book: Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment
In addition, to explain the PDI approach better, I realize I must get all this information into a good old fashioned book. With a book in hand a person can make notes in the margins, underline and circle important ideas, insert book marks to refer back to special pages, and flip through back and forth with ease. That can’t be done on a computer page. I learn better with something that is written on paper that I can touch, and I think most people are the same.
It seems that the bulk of questions I receive and the vast majority of my time is now spent answering very basic questions: “Exactly how do I treat my Peyronie’s disease with Alternative Medicine methods? I have read the general ideas and basic approach to do it, but what about me and my special circumstances? How do I make it work for me?” Over the years I have come to realize that people have a difficult time understanding and accepting the general treatment principles of natural healthcare and then applying that information specifically to themselves. I hope to solve that problem in the next book. To make it easier to understand how to do self-treatment in this new book I will go into great detail to explain exactly how I did my successful self-treatment in 2002.
Basically, this new book will serve as a substitute for coming to me for help and advice about PD and DC treatment; it will also be a resource of ideas and experience I have accumulated during 12 years of working with people from around the world who have PD and DC, as well as what I learned when I successfully treated my own PD problem. I anticipate that when completed it will allow the reader to know exactly when, why and how to select and use all the different therapies as treatment proceeds, and how to modify their plans as needed for maximum recovery.
The book is tentatively titled, “Natural Peyronie’s Disease Treatment: How to I used Alternative Medicine to correct my Peyronie’s disease.”
It will present all the ideas, tricks, insights, and techniques I suggest when someone has a question about PD and DC treatment. It will be a reference and source of information that anyone can use when they decide to try to increase their ability to heal and eliminate their Peyronies and Dupuytrens problems. Best yet, it will be something a person can hand to his treating medical doctor for discussion and final approval of therapy ideas.
I anticipate that I can get all this done in about 5-6 months. Look for this new book to be available in the early part of Winter 2013.
Concerning written information, there will be a temporary halt to these monthly newsletters. I will not be able to write these 4,000 to 6,000 word monthly newsletters while I concentrate on these other huge writing projects. Anyone interested in learning more about PD and DC natural treatment should read the wealth of current information on either site that will remain available.
Contacting Dr. Herazy
It will take a considerable amount of time and effort to simplify the PDI website and write another book. For this reason, from this day forward I will only be available to answer emails from people who are already customers of PDI and DCI; I will not be available for general visitors or first-time readers of the PDI site as I have for the last 11 years.
By taking this step while I am modifying the PDI website and writing this new book no one who has started a treatment plan by 7-31-13 will be left without the help and support they need.
All current PDI customers will still be able to contact me with questions and get information if you need to do so. Simply contact me at this new email address that has been created for this special purpose: Dr.Herazy@peyronies-disease-help.com.
I suggest that anyone who has something that they have found on the current PDI site that is very important or informative to them that you go to the PDI site to copy or print out those pages, because many pages will be eliminated over time. There will be no way for you or I to retrieve any particular page when it is removed, so copy what interests you now.
Remember, if any newsletter reader wants to contact me for information or support during the 5-6 months the site is being renovated I will still be available at this new email address for current PDI customers: Dr.Herazy@peyronies-disease-help.com .
Purchasing PDI supplies
Probably the biggest change to the PDI website is that ordering supplies from PDI will change as of 8-8-13. Aftr this date you will not be able to get to the PDI storefront from the PDI website. You will have to use this link: PDI Products
This change is necessary because I will not have time while writing this book and modifying the website to supervise and help process shipment of PDI orders seven days a week as I currently do. To solve this problem I will have to drastically reduce the time I spend processing orders by closing the PDI store to new customers.
After 8-8-13 you will no longer find the “Purchase Here” button or the “Return Customer” button on the PDI site to take you to the usual store front.
But as an existing PDI customer you will still be able to order from PDI. Everything you will want to order will be available just as before by using this link: PDI Products Think of this as a backdoor way to get to the website that is available only to current PDI customers.
Ultrasound experience with Peyronie’s disease: Reader’s report
Lastly, here is a recent email from a PDI reader about his results with ultrasound treatment along with my response to him.
To present this email I will use the familiar and popular format of presenting a simple exchange and blending of emails between one of your PD brothers and me. For those of you who are part of our DCI readership, please simply apply the ideas expressed here about PD treatment and dosage to what you are doing for your DC.
Read this combined email like the back-and-forth of two people talking while one occasionally interrupts the other to make an important point or answer a question. To understand the flow of the conversation, keep in mind that the text in black is from CBXXXXX and the text in red is from me.
CBXXXXXX has struggled long and hard, and used a lot of independent reading, research and innovation for his PD treatment. His treatment is complicated by the fact that his digestive system is extremely sensitive to so many things. For most of his adult life his diet has been limited and the kinds of internal PD therapies he can use is, as you will learn, down to nothing. He reports that he cannot use any of the usual vitamins and enzymes that everyone else uses, and has been forced to limit his personal treatment to external therapies. This is not at all what I recommend for the average person, but he is forced to take his care outside of what PDI recommends and use only external therapies. Because of this limited and one-sided treatment approach his results are not as good as many others receive – but it is the best he can do under his unique circumstances. He and I have written many emails back and forth over the years and now after not hearing from him for a long while he reports how the ultrasound he got from PDI a few months ago has greatly influenced his Peyronie’s disease.
Thanks for the thoughtful and, as usual, nicely presented personal comments and observations about your Peyronies therapy. Please see below for comments…
Theodore Herazy, DC, LAc Peyronie's Disease Institute Dupuytren's Contracture Institute
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: July 1, 2013 PDI Newsletter – Emails from three people are presented
Dear Dr. Herazy,
I did wish to comment on US treatment for Peyronies. I was going to wait until I completed a thorough evaluation of this treatment, but life got in the way, so I will just make some brief comments. I think the US therapy may be the single most effective therapy (his emphasis, not mine) for treatment of PD. That’s a big statement, my friend. I would challenge you on that one. Perhaps what you meant to say was that you think ultrasound therapy has been the single most effective therapy for you. Of course, I would have to assume is true in your particular case because that is what you have discovered after working so long and hard to help yourself. But, keep in mind that I know some men who feel the same way about their Genesen Acutouch pens or just good old acetyl-L-carnitine or Neprinol. The Lord knows you have an unusually difficult and uphill battle because of your particular metabolism and gastrointestinal issues. I am just so happy for you that you have been tenacious (some might say stubborn) enough to stay committed and work your way through your problem so that you are now seeing some changes in your PD situation. As you know I have suffered long with this condition and was limited in what supplement therapies I could use because of sensitivity.
I have focused mostly on the topical treatments and even added my own substance to the mix. It is a product distributed by “derma e” call Vitamin E Skin Oil. I typically would apply the Serum first and then the vitamin E oil and then the Unique E. The “derma e” provided a good oil base to mix the Unique E with for better distribution and less irritation. Unique E tends to be very tacky and not water soluble. The vitamin E oil you have several years ago was the best, but is no longer available. I would mix in the DMSO last of course to drive the ingredients into the tissue. I have used the “derma e” for over a year with no negative side effects.
I tried the US device 5 months ago. Since I have large multiple scars, I would do 10 minutes on the top ridge scars and 10 minutes on the large scar at left base of the shaft. I did this 3 times a week for about 2 weeks. At first I only used the DMSO gel. I felt only a slight tingling sensation and some warmth at the end of the 10 minute session. (The unit turns off after 10 minutes by the way.) Yes, that is a safety feature to prevent overtreatment by stopping treatment after 10 minutes. After a few sessions I added the other topical ingredients. I experienced a severe headache after doing that. Sounds like some of the other odd reactions you get from your internal therapies.
I was very perplexed at that since I had been using these products a long time now. I discovered that instead of using derma Vitamin E, I had accidentally purchased a similar product call “Refining Vitamin A Oil”. It is quite likely that the pushing this ingredient (Vit. A) into my blood stream was a very bad thing. My nutritionalist said that this was very toxic and poisonous. So much for experimentation. Yes, you guys who work outside the realm of therapies not suggested by PDI are always taking a chance when you start experimenting. He did say the Vitamin E was very good for me. Anyway, I discontinued all my therapies for a long time. I still feel residual headaches but then my whole life is very stressful and this was likely the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The good news is that even after about two weeks of this US therapy there was a very significant reduction in scar size and curvature. Wow. Both scar size and curvature reduced at the same time. Good for you. It’s about time you are getting a break. Most importantly, all PD pain was gone. I had for years suffered from the ache of peyronies on the left side and it was gone in just a few days of US treatment. Yes, I recall how your PD pain was so persistent. I am so happy to hear you are getting that under control with the US therapy. The beneficial effects of that brief period continued for many weeks afterwards as the plaque continued to diminish even though I discontinued the therapy. Why did you stop? I suspect that US is probably most effective for hardened established plaque in chronic PD cases like mine that are many years old.
Several months now after the treatment, I am no longer seeing any more improvement though I am quite pleased with the comfort level and overall improvement. I intend to start the treatment again though with great caution. Good. When you decide to do that I hope you will let me know what you intend to do for yourself since I might be able to make a comment or two of possible benefit to you. Since, we do not know all the dynamics of this treatment yet, I think it prudent to advise users to use only DMSO in their therapy. Yes, I have found it to be a great coupling agent for US. My chiropractor/nutritionalist said not to use the device more than 5 minutes in one session to avoid tissue damage. I tend to not agree with that. Surely a person can over treat with ultrasound, but I think that most people can easily go up to 10 minutes of treatment for a specified area. You, however, might be different since you have such marked sensitivity with so many things you have used for your PD problem. I suggest that you consider using the 5 minute time limit for a while, then going up to 5½ minutes to see how you respond to that slightly higher time dosage; then, if no untoward reaction occurs at 5½ minutes you could go up to 6 minutes, then 6½ minutes and so on to determine your maximum safe and non-reaction dosage of ultrasound treatment time.
As I said in the beginning of this letter, I think the US therapy is most effective and will probably help those with long term conditions the most. I respect your opinion, although I might not completely agree with you on this one. That’s all I know for now. Most is speculation, but this has been my experience.
What gel do the manufacturers of the US recommend? Most sell a specific coupling gel made specifically for US usage; it tends to be rather expensive. For this reason I recommend that people simply use the DMSO gel they get from PDI or DCI since it is very similar in chemical and physical properties to the standard US gel, but it has the added benefit of doing all the great things that DMSO does to reduce PD. Two for the price of one, you might say, with the added benefit that it is already sitting on your shelf.
Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to share your experiences and observations with me. I appreciate you. TRH
So there you have the end of CBXXXX’s informative report of how PD is being helped by one person’s use of ultrasound. CBXXXXXX has had to think outside the box for his PD treatment, but he persisted, and is after several years of almost constant PD pain he is finally getting relief.
This ends the monthly newsletters for a while.
1. To reach me any reason please contact me at this special email address that is to be used only by existing PDI customers: Dr.Herazy@peyronies-disease-help.com
2. To order PDI products after 8-8-13: PDI Products
Please stay focused to your treatment program, and celebrate your small treatment victories and work with them until they become a complete treatment success.
Looking forward to reconnecting with you again toward the end of this year.
Regards, Theodore R. Herazy, DC, LAc