April 1, 2014 PDI Newsletter
Greetings to all DCI and PDI Warriors,
Welcome to this May 2014 PD Institute newsletter. I trust all my friends are doing well. Look at all that green coming up around us. There is nothing better than going outside to do some yard work after being kept indoors all winter.
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Over the years I have learned that many of you DCI and PDI Warriors enjoy reading emails and success stories that give details about Dupuytren’s and Peyronie’s treatment. For this reason I have decided to present several such emails this month for the general audience.
Each week I have several phone discussions and I get several emails in which I learn of the success people are experiencing with natural treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture and Peyronie’s disease. I am told how hands are getting easier to open and hands easier to flatten out again as the fibrous palm nodules are being reabsorbed. And I am told how curves and distortions are disappearing as deep Peyronie’s scars are being eliminated.
But as far as my newsletter readers are concerned, the problem with these kinds of communication is that few people write the kind of long and detailed reports telling me exactly how they are using their treatment plans that I can use in a newsletter. Not many people take the time to outline the exact dosages they are using in their therapy plans, or the little tricks that sometimes are used that suddenly causes a PD or DC problem to disappear. Most often in an email full of questions, I get a single sentence that summarizes the progress that has been made, like: “Since using the large plan for a few months my ring finger has gone from a 55 degree bend to less than 10 degrees, but what I want to know is…” Or, “Instead of needing PD surgery my shaft is almost normal. What I want to know is how can I get the last 10 degrees of curvature to leave?” Or,“… my two fingers are almost normal after using the medium plan plus the ultrasound for a few months. Because I have not seen any new progress with the nodules for over a month I am writing to you find out…” While I see a lot of comments like this, it is difficult to present this kind of information to my newsletter readers in a way that is truly helpful and educational. I know that for those who are working diligently to get better results with their own problems, you want to see specific examples of how someone uses the Alternative Medicine therapies to regain use of the hand or the shaft.
In the past I have copied many of these insightful emails here and there when I receive a well written email that gives solid “how to” information , but it has been a while since I have done it. So in this month’s newsletter I will copy three of the more helpful emails I got in the last few months that will show what some other people are doing who are helping themselves with Alternative Medicine.
I am not reprinting these emails because I want anyone to follow anyone else’s treatment strategy; the plans that are discussed her are just samples of what worked for other folks. What might work for you would be probably a lot different from these plans. What I want everyone to read and understand is that it is a rare person who gets good results by following the starting dosages that come on these bottles we all use. Dosage experimentation must be done while closely monitoring the structure of the PD and DC fibrous tissue to see the fibrous tissue changes in response to current treatment. If the fibrous tissue does not change in response to an increase of therapy, then therapy must be increased again until a tissue change finally occurs.
Because we all use SPAM filters on our emails, I had to edit the content of the email about Peyronie’s disease. Most men naturally and appropriately uses the word P_ _ _ S in their emails when discussing that part of the body. If I used that word as often as men do in this newsletter all of your SPAM filters would reject it to your junk folder. To avoid this problem, I have substituted the word SHAFT for this other word so that no one will have a problem receiving this issue of the newsletter.
Read this series of combined emails 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 the person who is treating their PD or DC and the text in red is from me.
From: T. Herazy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:59 PM
Subject: Thank you
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Hello Dr. Herazy,
I am writing to you for the first time in almost six months to tell you I have got some very dramatic changes recently in the bumps and cords of the 4th and 5th finger of my left hand. You asked me to report back to you after a few months of gradually intensifying my treatment approach so here goes. You spent a lot time talking and explaining things to me last October and I want you to know what happened because of your kindness. Thank you.
I used the medium plan plus ultrasound machine treatment and I have been making steady progress since I increased my dosages when I did not see changes happening in my hand at the lower dosages..For the first few months I was just taking the recommended starting dosages and nothing in my hand changed at all during that time. Yes, the starting dosages are just that; the majority of people must increase their dosages soon into care to get to the higher therapeutic dose levels. Usually at the higher dosages the fibrous tissue will begin to respond by shrinking and disappearing. When the right dosage level is eventually reached I find that most people will notice the fibrous tissues of the hand start to reduce slightly in 7-10 days. This is why it is so very important that you take very specific and careful measurements of many aspects of your hand problem with the calipers that you can. In this way you are able to immediately identify a positive change when it begins to occur – and then you stop making increases to your plan and just continue doing what caused the changes to begin happening. I cannot say exactly what dosages a person should work up to – because I have no way of saying what the effective dosages are for anyone. If I mentioned a certain number for Neprinol or L-arginine or MSM then people would get the wrong idea and think that the dosage I mention was some kind of magic number at which their problem was supposed to go away. It does not work like that. Each person has to figure these things out individually. I can only explain the method and technique of treatment, I cannot give you treatment dosages – that is your job. Each person must work with the different therapy dosages until something good starts to happen for you – just like if you were a medical doctor trying to use drugs. Once you explained that I should keep changing the plan until the hand also changed then I noticed the cords and knots in my hand getting better. Not much change happened in my hand until I upped the doses and added a few more therapies like you suggested. It was a lot different increasing my doses every week or two and adding in the Neprinol and Coenzyme Q10 to my plan. I took the Inflamazyme dosages all the way to 8 daily, and that is when things really started to improve. But after about two months of small progress each week my nodules and cords stopped responding. I panicked and called my family doctor. He examined me and said I should have aponeurotomy surgery right away. It seemed crazy to me that I should get operated on a hand that was actually better. After I calmed down I thought about what you said a few months earlier and I again increased my doses and in a few weeks my cords again started to reduce, I did my Dusa Sal three times a day every day of the week and I doubled my MSM to a 2/3/4 pattern. I also increased my ALC to 2/3/5, PABA to 2/3/5 and eventually I worked Neprinol up to 3/4/8. I have always used Scar Free twice a day. Coenzyme Q10 I take 0/0/1 because it is so expensive. And lastly I used the US three times a week because I can’t find any more time to do it more because of with my two jobs. I started on this bigger approach almost three months ago and the changes still slowly keep coming, so I still keep doing it all. Great. Keep your doctor informed what is going on with you and keep on making progress.
My husband, and my doctor and I all see that the cords are not only smaller around, but they are getting softer, like going from a firm pencil eraser to a marshmallow or even softer. The palm nodules are barely noticeable now. I think some people might not even be able to notice the nodules on my palm if they did not know I have Dupuytrens. My doctor says that many of the angle measurements he has been taking of my hand during the last three years are showing improvement. When I told him my hand was improving because of the natural treatment from your website he did not want to believe me. He says that this kind of vitamin treatment cannot work, I am sure your doctor knows a lot about drugs, but it looks like he does not know much about nutrition. but now he admits that I do not need surgery on my hand after all. He has been after me for a few years to get the cords cut out of the palm but now he says I do not need to do it now. Besides looking differently I also notice I can more easily use it to open doors, tie my shoes, cook and clean. It is really really exciting to see my hand getting better . On top of all that my hand does not get tired and ache at the end of the day when I get off my shift like it did for all those years.
I am trying to not forget my doses of enzymes during the day and to always use the DMSO and other stuff directly to my palm 3X a day. I can say I also have more energy and much less stomach problems, gas and allergy trouble than before, plus the Dupuytren is getting better.
I’m on the mend and very happy to report it. It is so wonderful to feel encouraged and hopeful about the future for a change. Just stay focused to your treatment plan. If your progress slows down or stops I want you to talk to your doctor about increasing your nutritional plan, or email me for some ideas I can share with you. Good luck. TRH
I would recommend other DC sufferers give this DCI system a fair try and work at using the plan correctly as I did. My husband and I are really impressed with my results, and my doctor is totally confused this is happening, after doing nothing but getting worse for almost three years.
Just wanted to pass this good news along to you.
Here is an email from someone with PD.
From: T. Herazy [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: Photos of progress
Thank you for the information about your progress. More faithful treatment should result in better scar changes. Get busy, young man.
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Greetings to you Dr. Herazy,
Thank you for all the helpful information and answers to my many questions over these many months.
You will see an attachment of a few photos of myself to show you the progress with straightening during the last 5 or 6 weeks. While you must understand I am pleased and happy for you about your greatly reduced shaft curvature, I have to remind you that the outward appearance of the shaft is not nearly as important or telling about PD treatment success as the internal condition that relates to size, shape, density and surface features of your scar. Keep focused on the internal scar. Pay as little attention as possible to the appearance of the shaft. Let the scar guide you to correct dosage and you can forget you ever had PD. The upward bend is responding well and I think within the next few months all curve will be gone.
The primary scar on the top of the shaft that was causing the 90 degree upward bend is now much softer and smaller now, and I would say it is only 10% as hard and dense as when I started self-treatment. Some days I have to look for it because I can’t find it easily like I could before. The 90 upward curve is now a manageable 30-35 degrees with no sideways bending to the left and only a slight clockwise rotation. With this kind of bend I am having no trouble making entry during relations with my wife. I still sometimes get a bottle neck structure deformity, but this happens rarely compared to before. My medical doctor wants me to take drugs to give me an erection to treat my PD, as well as to take care of a little ED that sometimes happens. But I read an article you wrote about these drugs that give artificial erections carry the warning, “patients with PD must be careful when taking this medication.” What should I do? . In regard to the idea about using the common ED drugs that give a brief and powerful erection, I think this is not a good idea for you or anyone else who has PD. This is just my humble opinion, but these drugs can cause side effects of tissue damage that leads to Peyronie’s disease. This is the exact reason that these drug manufacturers include this warning. If you already have PD it is always possible that they can easily worsen your problem. These drugs can create a massive erection that can tear and weaken the delicate tissues within the shaft, where you already are having a problem. It is similar to the situation if you would over-inflate an automobile tire beyond the normal limits. It would be possible to destroy the fibers and substance of a car tire by over-filling it with more pressure than the tire is built to take. The same thing can happen to the shaft if too much blood is pumped into it because of the erection creating drugs that men used (“little blue pill”). In the past many men have written and told me that their PD began after a single use of this type of medication. For this reason, it is my opinion that using any of this category of medication is not wise for you or anyone with PD. You must talk to your medical doctor about the possibility that the widely used erection creating drugs could make your problem worse. In the end you must make up your own mind what to do.
It has been 2 years and 3 months since I was diagnosed with PD. I started with the PDI large plan plus stretching method 11 months ago with no success until I began increasing the dosages every 7 to 14 days just as you instructed. Every day during that time I have been faithful to treat my problem following your suggestions. To give you an idea of my plan, here is what my plan looks like for the last 6 weeks since my scar has been changing almost weekly following this regimen. I think my progress also got a boost when I started to do manual stretching. If my improvement stops then I think I will increase my Neprinol and PABA next. What do you think? Those could be the right ones to increase; I do not know. Increase them one at a time if that is your decision, and see what happens to your scar. As usual, you must compare your scar for physical changes after increasing your dosages in this way to see if you are responding in a favorable way.
After starting my treatment low and slow for a few months and getting no where, I finally started to up my dosages. It was after a few such increases to my plan that my scars finally started to respond. Every day I am now using:
Neprnol – 14 in divided doses that are larger in the evening That is a fairly high dose now; I suggest you do not increase this for a while until you have increased other therapies
Unique E – 3 I suggest no more increase with this therapy
Vitamin C – 5
L-Arginine – 6
Acetyl-L-carnitine – 6
Scar Free – 2
PABA – 4 I suggest this might be the next logical therapy to increase if you need to increase your plan in the future
Quercetin/Bromelain – 4 I suggest no more increase with this therapy
Gentle manual stretching – 15 to 30 minutes daily or until the ache goes away Are you feeling the “vague deep dull ache” each time you stretch?
Massage and exercise – 15 to 30 minutes 3/week
Ultrasound – 10 minutes 2/week
Diet – closely following the diet you gave in your handbook, especially the part about the dairy foods
I have not been as good about using the Super CP copper serum, Unique E oil and DMSO, I use these only 2-3 times a week although I would like to do these more. If I had more time in the morning I would do it more but my work schedule is so crazy, and with the kids running around the house, I can’t seem to get it done as often as I would like to. Any ideas for me? If your schedule will not allow you to sit around naked for 10 minutes in the AM as you use the DMSO, Super CP Serum and Unique oil, then do not worry about it. If you use these only a few times a week – and you are making the kind of changes that you report – then I would think that is sufficient for you. What you are doing is working, so just keep doing what you are doing. If you need later to increase your plan then you either increase things like your Neprinol, or you can always add in a new therapy like CoEnzyme Q10 – which is receiving a lot of good feedback from customers who added it to their plans.
If you want to use this email to instruct a few people please go ahead and help as many people as possible.
Thank you for your continued help and support, all the best to you and your wife. Thank you. TRH
Here is another email about DC treatment.
From: T. Herazy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:21 AM
Subject: Dupuytren’s contracture
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Dear Dr. Herazy – –
I want to share an encouraging report, I am a 47 year old professional musician so my hands are very important to me. My mothers mother had terribly flexed fingers in one hand and I am sure my father it and several of my uncles and one grandparent on his side of the family had Dupy pretty bad. It seems that if you are a serious musician with DC in your family history then it is fairly common to eventually develop this problem. I have had Dupy in both hands for at least the last 7 years maybe longer, but much worse on the left, and both have been slowly getting worse almost like you cannot notice it happening. But in the last 6 months the left has gotten worse really fast. The idea taking the risk of having hand surgery leaves me cold so I am really excited that this natural DCI treatment looks like it is starting to help my hands. DCI is not against DC surgery necessarily. It is just that most people who have this kind of risky surgery are never told and never realize that surgery is not a cure for DC. For this reason after getting cut on the DC will always come back again – and always worse than the last time. It is a fact that DC will always recur (and return in a worse way than before surgery) after DC surgery of any kind (needle aponeurotomy, Xiaflex injections or open hand surgery of any kind), and DC surgery will always accelerate the rate of progression of the disease. You cannot go on forever having DC surgeries when your fingers go into severe flexion; eventually you run out of tissue to get cut on and then you are stuck with a claw. After just one or two surgeries these people learn that they cannot have any additional surgery and then they are in world of trouble. I think it is far better to not have the first surgery, if at all possible. That is what all this Alternative Medicine treatment is all about.
After about 45 days on the large plan with no change, I started to take more enzymes (12), PABA (6) and L-arginine (6) and to use the Dusa Sal DMSO 3 times a day instead of twice a day, and all the other therapy I kept the same as when I started. Within 2 weeks I thought my hand could open up just a little more than before farther. I checked with the calipers and I found that my right ring finger was opened 11 mm more than before and my left ring finger was open about 14 mm more than before I started on the plan. I did measurements across the tops of the palm bumps and they were actually getting smaller!! After 9 wks of treatment my right ring finger could open up 15 mm more than before I started and the left ring finger opened up an amazing 21 mm more than when I started. The skin over the cords is getting softer and thinner feeling and the cords themselves seem like they are more delicate or thinner. And probably the best thing of all is that fingering is easier on my guitar and I do not sore and ache after I play. Good for you, young lady. Do not increase any of your treatment plan if the fingers continue to gain flexibility and the fibrous tissue continues to disappear – just keep doing what you are doing if the good changes continue. No need to take more nutrition than you need to keep making progress. Only think about increasing your plan at a later time if your progress stalls. Please contact me if you have questions about what therapies you might need to change and I can help you and your doctor figure out what should work best for you. Please contact me if and when your DC goes away completely. TRH
Thanks for your help. I am so encouraged.
Please share this email if you want to. Everyone needs good news.
This concludes our discussions and emails for this issue of the newsletter. I hope everyone found this issue of the PDI Newsletter interesting and informative so you can do a better job of helping your own PD or DC condition. The two key messages that I keep repeating – and everyone acts like they never heard it before – are these:
1. Make detailed notes about all aspects of your internal fibrous tissue structure. Try to outline all aspects of the size, shape, density and surface features of the internal fibrous mass. And if DC is your problem, press down on the nodules and try to move the lumps around to get a sense of how much and where the tissue feels like it is “glued down” to the deeper palm tissues. This degree of adhesion will change and improve as treatment continues and progress is made. All these things are important to make notes about because they will immediately start to improve, telling you that you have finally reached your best treatment dosage.
2. Keep changing your plan upward until good things start to happen with the fibrous tissue that plagues you. Go slowly and gradually. Do not treat yourself with the same dosages for more than a few weeks if the fibrous material is staying the same. Once your fibrous tissue is changing you should not make any more changes to your plan; you should continue with the plan that is now causing the fibrous tissue to disappear. Only change the plan if and when you stop making improvement.
If you want to contact me about your problem, or questions about treatment, please send an email at email@example.com
Enjoy the warmer weather coming our way as Spring rolls into Summer. Stay focused on your treatment plan. TRH