June 1, 2014 PDI Newsletter
Greetings to all PD and DC Warriors,
Welcome to this June 2014 PD Institute newsletter. I trust all my friends are well. We are having a nice start to our summer here in the Midwest, and I hope it is the same for you.
Two important topics in this newsletter: 1. Discussion about common early signs of treatment success that you might not know about, making them overlooked and misunderstood. 2. Four short emails that tell about success and progress with Peyronie’s disease treatment.
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Two common and frequent signs of early treatment progress
It is understandable that anyone starting Peyronie’s disease treatment would be keenly focused on the most obvious aspect of his problem, i.e., the bend or curve, the pain, or the inability to perform in bed. The same is true for someone with Dupuytren’s contracture who would start treatment mainly watching the obvious aspects of her hand problem, i.e. lumps and bumps on the palms, or the inability to straighten one or more of the permanently bent fingers. But not everyone who has these problems of excessive fibrous tissue in the hand or shaft will experience it in the same way. For some men PD is all about the pain, for others there is no pain but dramatic distortion, and for other men Peyronie’s disease is all about the lost size or impotence that accompanies the problem. Even DC can be variable in the way it affects a person, with more or less hand pain in some cases, the number of palm nodules or the speed at which the finger contracture develops, although most people will eventually experience slowly bending fingers that limit the ability to perform even simple and common activities of daily living.
Based on almost 13 years experience dealing with these two problems, early success in Peyronie’s treatment is usually not first seen with improvement of the bend or curve, return of lost size, or improved ability to perform. In almost all cases of Alternative Medicine treatment success over Peyronie’s disease, a man will note changes with “other” things about himself and his problem, but not with the obvious issues he is focused on. In other words, the man undergoing Peyronie’s disease treatment often will not improve as he thought he would; early improvement often happens differently than expected in ways and in areas of the problem that are subtle and not related to the bend, pain, loss of size or the ability to perform; those issues improve later. The same is true of successful DC treatment.
Early progress is often first detected in PD and DC in two ways that are not expected: 1. Strange sensations that are felt in the area of the fibrous tissue and, 2. Changes in the surface features of the deep fibrous tissue of the hand or shaft, or reduced density (hardness) of that fibrous tissue.
Over the years I have men tell me they have felt strange sensations deep in the scar material of the shaft, or the cords and nodules of the palm. Sometimes this sensation occurs soon after DMSO, Unique-E vitamin E oil and Super CP Serum (copper peptides) are applied over the area of fibrous tissue development; and for some people the sensations are felt at irregular and odd times during the day or night. Sometimes this sensation is described as a crawling, or as though something was moving inside the tissue, like there was a shifting around or movement of something they had never felt before. If these unusual sensations of “moving” and “crawling” or “tingling” are felt for an hour or two only after you apply these external therapies, and no other time – meaning it is totally unique to the process of applying DMSO, topical vitamin E and copper peptides – then that sensation can be seen as very strong presumptive evidence that your active treatment is contributing to a favorable physiologic change in your tissue.
However, if you really think about your treatment you have to realize it is not JUST the DMSO, vitamin E and copper peptides you are applying to the exterior of your tissue that is causing the release of contracted tissue and unusual sensations that accompany it. The tissue changes and the sensations that are felt are the sum total benefit of all the different therapies you are using, like the Inflamazyme systemic enzymes, PABA, L-arginine, Scar Free, etc. The problem (a good problem) with using so many of these internal and external therapies together is that you will never be able to accurately say which one did the most or least for you. Successful treatment of these excessive fibrous tissue problems like PD and DC is always a group effort, with all therapies contributing to the synergistic effect of whatever good your therapy brings to you.
I have heard about these weird movement-like sensations from many different people over the years. Sometimes the sensation will be accompanied by a dull ache, similar to what I discuss in the Peyronie’s Disease Institute gentle manual stretching video. When I was treating my own Peyronie’s disease many years ago, the only time I would ever feel a pain-like sensation was when I was experiencing favorable change in my Peyronies plaque. It was never actually sharp or intense pain, but more like a vague dull ache. So long as the feeling of change you experience is tolerable, and does not become a major issue, you should use it to gauge your progress. If it becomes significantly different, I suggest you should have it checked out by your local MD, OK?
Judging fibrous tissue surface features
The other unexpected tissue response that very often signals early progress against Peyronie’s disease or Dupuytren’s contracture is found only if you know to be looking for it; it does not jump out at you and you can definitely miss these changes if you are not actively looking for them on a frequent basis. These unexpected tissue responses are changes in the surface features or the density of the deep fibrous tissue of the hand or shaft. I will explain what this means.
To judge the surface features of the fibrous tissue it is necessary to run a fingertip up and down the length of the deep fibrous scar tissue of the palm or the shaft to get a clear mental image of how smooth the surface is. You will want to know if it is super-smooth and slick like a piece of wet ice, or if has small irregularities of any size on the surface (like the skin of an avocado). It is not sufficient to say to yourself, “This scar feels smooth when I run my finger along the length.” Smooth can feel like different things to different people, and smooth can have different relative meanings under different circumstances. An orange has a smooth surface, but it is slightly textured, making an orange not as smooth as a cherry. The difference is important. Looking for these slight differences provides a great advantage in judging if your fibrous mass is making changes.
The smoothness of a piece of wood that was sanded with a 80 (coarse) grit sandpaper is different from that same piece of wood when it is sanded with a 220 (fine) grit sandpaper; the difference of smoothness is even greater when the wood is worked with a woodworker’s hand plane. Each step will make the wood smoother. To record and describe those different degrees of smoothness requires very precise and accurate “word pictures.” It is not effective to use a scale like “+1,” “+2,” and “+3” because there is no way to attach an accurate and universal meaning to what those numbers mean to someone. But, I can have confidence that when someone decides that the cord in her palm “feels smooth like an egg shell” she will always have a clear and accurate way to measure the surface of her palm cord next month and next year. When that egg shell smoothness one day suddenly “feels not like an egg shell but just a little rougher like when I rub my finger on my car steering wheel,” she will know exactly and with confidence her DC cord is beginning to break down. The value in this is that she can stop making any treatment changes and proceed with the plan that is helping her body reduce the foreign tissue that is causing her hand problem.
As you can see there are dozens and dozens of degrees and interpretations for what “smooth” means, and each is used to identify and record the physical state of the fibrous tissue. The word “smooth” by itself is not sufficient to describe smooth. You must say to yourself, “smooth like _” to create a vivid and accurate mental image that will not change or be forgotten in the future. When evaluating your DC or PD fibrous mass you must use a qualifier or descriptive phrase like, ”my fibrous tissue is smooth like a piece of flannel, ” or “my fibrous tissue is smooth like glass.“ Can you see how the two examples of glass and flannel are both fundamentally smooth, but one is much smoother and depicts different degrees and qualities of smoothness than the other? Can you see that if you decided that your internal fibrous tissue was generally smooth but when you paid very close attention to what your finger was feeling, you could visualize that it actually had a surface of very small and soft bumps that gave slightly to slight pressure – maybe like a piece of flannel? If you knew that your fibrous tissue felt one day like glass and the next day it felt like flannel, you would know that was very slightly rougher one day than the previous day – and you would also know for a fact that this was an early indication that your scar was beginning to fall apart or fragment (which is a good thing). The ability to identify and detect these all-important early tissue changes is dependent on having that kind of knowledge, allowing to confidently compare what the tissue is like from one time to the next to determine how to manage your treatment. Armed with that knowledge and confidence you will know what to do to manage your treatment plan; you can boldly tell your medical doctor that your mass of collagen and fibrous tissue is improving.
The surface of fibrous tissue starts out super-smooth, almost slippery like wet ice, at the start of treatment. With treatment you can expect the surface to become less slippery, rougher and duller, more irregular, and eventually to start to break down and separate like a sidewalk that gets broken down by the constant use of salt during the winter.
Judging fibrous tissue density
To judge the judge the hardness of the fibrous tissue it is necessary to pinch the fibrous tissue between your thumb and index finger to get a clear mental image of how dense or hard it is.
The density of fibrous tissue is the hardest it is going to be at the start of treatment. With treatment you can expect the density or hardness of the tissue to become gradually softer and spongy feeling. Along with this change in density it is also common to notice that the edges of the fibrous material become rounder and less distinct.
You will want to know if your tissue is super-dense and hard like a rock, or if has a slight give or softness of any amount (like a bar of soap or a pencil eraser). It is not sufficient to say to yourself, “This scar feels hard when I squeeze it.” Hard can feel like different things to different people, and hard can have different relative meanings under different circumstances. Oak is harder than pine, and pine is harder than balsa wood. Anyone who handles these different kinds of wood can identify the wood without looking at it, and only feeling the hardness. A trained and experienced person can feel many different things that a novice does not know about. Small degrees of difference can be determined if you are looking for it. The difference is important because it is used to tell you if you are making progress or standing still. Don’t be a novice.
By looking for changes in the surface features and density of your scar you are looking for very early changes. Looking if your curved shaft is straighter or if your finger moves further from your palm is looking for late changes. Both are surely important, and they will come in time if the treatment is successful, but early is far more valuable to management of your treatment program to be able to identify the early changes than the latter changes. This prevents you from wasting your valuable time and your money following a treatment plan that is not working.
Be happy when you experience these small unusual reactions and sensations in your tissue because they almost always signal slow, gradual and important tissue changes that are occurring within the body in response to treatment. Before you know it there should be a gradual shift in the pattern so that you will feel permanent reduction of the fibrous tissue and improvement of the dense tissue. Finding these early tissue changes prevents you from modifying or stopping a treatment plan that is just starting to work or is working very slowly.
Remember that the big changes we work for in Peyronies and Dupuytrens treatment begin with subtle signs and small changes that can sometimes be completely overlooked if you are not aware of them. Seldom do I hear about large tissue changes that occur suddenly. Most often people tell me about feeling these strange sensations around the fibrous tissue, as well as feeling that the fibrous tissue is softer and more irregular. Only after these early changes occur do they notice the later changes when the tissue starts to get smaller and change shape and become more difficult to locate as it starts to disappear. Get in tune with that terrible fibrous tissue so you will recognize when it is just starting to change – a huge advantage that gives better treatment results.
Several months ago I asked readers to share some of their treatment success stories while using the PDI and DCI concepts. I received four great stories for your interest and information.
In addition to the obvious need for physical treatment of Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture, it is necessary to be mentally healthy and emotionally strong while you are trying to correct these two conditions. Many people I communicate with are mentally depressed and heavily taxed with poor sleep and worry about how their DC or PD is ruining their life. It is so important to stay positive and motivated while struggling to recover from such stubborn problems like these. We all know how easy it is to become frustrated, and lose focus, during the process of treating these negative conditions. For this reason there is an important benefit to be gained from reading the success stories of other people who are doing well. So I hope these testimonials help all of us who are doing personal battle with PD.
One of the big messages that stand out for me in each of these four email reports is that these people are not being casual about treatment and they are using more than just a few therapies to help themselves heal their PD. You will not find anyone saying he changed his bend or got rid of his scars by using just Neprinol (as good a product as it is) or by just using the gentle manual stretching method from my DVD. Peyronies treatment takes time and dedication, and the use of many therapies at the same time, as you can see from these emails. Even though these people are referring to their PD treatment, all of what they say can be applied to DC since the basic tissue problems and treatment are so similar, so read on.
None of these emails gives a lot of detail about dosages or techniques that were used. Sorry about that; most emails I get do not provide much detail about what is being done. I hope you find these short stories give you enough insight to know what you should be doing to get better results.
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2010 9:31 PM
To: Herazy Peyronies Institute
Subject: Success report to PDI
At the age of 58 I started to suffer with peyronies. My life revolved around just thinking what a mistake I made. I hated myself for being so careless. My doctor told me to take vitamin e and wait but nothing happened. After waiting over 2 yrs for it to go away on its own or go under the knife I found PDI on the internet.
For all of the first two months I took vitamin c, vitamin e, acetile-l-carnitine, l-arganine, msm, paba, the two videos for stretching and massage, DMSO with copper and vitamin e, neprinol and inflamazyme I noticed the scars were softer and maybe smaller. Then added coenzyme q10 and scar-free later and started to use hot packs and got serious with the diet ideas in your hand book. One day 6 wks later the curve just started to look better, when I checked for my scars I was shocked that they were almost gone and really softer than before.
It cost me a lot of money and time but I feel like I did it and I am back to where I was. I will always be careful and take a little of my plan to keep things that way. Thanks.
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: PD Treatment Success
Hi Dr Herazy
My husband and I want to Thank You and PDI for the wonderful service you all are doing. He can now get a normal erection and his bend is almost gone along with three of his four large nodule things, and just a small one comes and goes but I think this will go away after a fashion. All of this happened in less than 5 mos of using your stretching technique along with the medium plan and the green drinks twice a day. It was a lot of work but we did it. Keep up the good work and we both Thank You.
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:56 AM
To: Theodore Herazy
Subject: success results
Here this is a success story for your newsletter.
Four months ago I began the large plan. I made no other changes to it other than eating better and not using ice in my diet. Within two months the major lump at the top just behind the head felt like it was breaking up and I felt like it was bits and peaces and not smooth like before. The small bumps on the sides got softer and after maybe a month they were gone. It took a while but the sharp bend changed to a rounded curve, and that got better too. Now I have a 5 degree arch from what started out at a 90 degree upward kink. I can get a good and hard again and intercourse is no problem any more.
Thank you and I plan to tell my doctor when I go back next months.
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:59 AM
Hello Dr. H,
My results are really good after 3½ months on the medium plan I modified with Neprinol, nightly hot packs, PABA and your stretching method. The two scars made the biggest change when I started eating like in the handbook. My PD started overnight with a 50 degree bend to the right and a weak erection and I went with my PDI plan to a good erection and 10 degree bend up that my wife says she likes better than before. I am happy with your service. I will not stop until it is all straight. Thanks for the great website and your help.
OK. That is all for this month. I hope this information helps you to become the world’s leading authority in your own particular problem. Get to know and understand what that tissue is like down there, and you are more than half way through defeating your Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture. If the tissue is not changing, then change your plan every 7-10 days until the tissue changes. If the tissue is showing changes, then keep your plan the same until the fibrous tissue stops changing or disappears.
Look again for another PD Institute Newsletter next month.
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