April 1, 2014 PDI Newsletter
Greetings to all PDI and DCI Warriors,
Welcome to this April 2014 PD Institute newsletter. Spring has finally sprung on us, finally. It is good to see some green again.
I trust all my friends are busy monitoring the status of the fibrous tissue that is the heart of their problems, working to improve their treatment plans and seeing positive results.
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The first part of this newsletter will be an interesting email exchange that took place last month between me and a young man who has been dealing with Peyronie’s disease since approximately the age of 19. In this exchange are several important treatment ideas of value for everyone who using Alternative Medicine to treat PD as well as Dupuytren’s contracture.
The second section of this month’s newsletter will contain part of a republished newsletter from several years ago. It discusses timely and important treatment information about a very low cost method of boosting your treatment efforts – moist heat. Few of you have ever seen these old newsletters, so you will not be bored. For those of you who have read them it will be good to review the information since so much time has passed.
Because of the spam filters that we all use for our emails I had to edit the content for some of these emails. Most men when writing very naturally and appropriately use the word P_ _ _ S to discuss that part of their anatomy. If I used that word as often as it is written all of your SPAM filters would reject this newsletter to your junk folder. To avoid this problem, I have substituted the word SHAFT for the word P_ _ _ S so that no one will have a problem receiving this issue of the newsletter.
To show how much of a problem these spam filters can be, for some reason our filter tells us that for this newsletter we cannot even use the the naughty word _ _ _ even one time. You know the forbidden word: the first two letters are “SE” and the last is “X.” When we tried to put the title of one of my books in this newsletter our spam checker would not let us spell out the naughty word. So further down you will see that I have to spell this word out “_ _ _.” It is silly and extreme but this is what the internet has become. Garbage flows so freely on the internet that when you try to have a decent conversation about _ _ _ it cannot be done in a direct way. Go figure.
Read this combination of our two 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 AWXXXXX and the text in red is from me.
Sorry for the delayed response; so many emails to answer and currently working on a brand new therapy device for Dupuytren’s contracture that absorbs my time, in addition to another book. See below for comments…
Theodore Herazy, DC, LAc
Peyronie’s Disease Institute
Dupuytren’s Contracture Institute
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2014 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: Questions about my PD
Hello Dr Herazy,
I wrote to you some time last year and just emailing again to give you an update.
I am the guy who was 22 yrs old when I wrote to you the first time, who got PD from an injury i suspect while playing sport. At first it was just pain that went away after a month or so. After about 1 year i noticed that there was a curve that was going to the left. it is now 2 years after finding the curve, i bought the sizegenetics stretcher about a year ago after 2 doctors said that its not a problem if intercourse is still posible, This is an unfortunate and tragic attitude that many MDs seem to share. How cold and indifferent. I am sure the two MDs would think a lot differently about it if it was they who had the PD. So PD is “not a problem” if you are just slightly deformed? How deformed do you have to be for PD to be a problem? I think basically this statement shows that the MDs are simply waiting for you, and all their other PD patients, to become bad enough to warrant surgery and then you will be of interest to them. It seems to show that PD is only of real interest to the medical profession when a $20,000 surgery can be performed. which did not do anything actually i think the sizegenetics stretcher made it worse. You are by no means the first person to say his PD curvature was made worse after using one of these horrible mechanical stretcher devices. I hear this story repeated all the time. Please go to the PDI website to read a lot of these stories I have copied for everyone to read. the curve was not very deep about 25-30 degrees and 10 degrees up. however it effected my confidence and self esteem for about 1 and half years now and although I think intercourse is still possible with this amount of curvature, my erection i feel is not as hard as it was maybe all mental. Two things to say here: #1: It is difficult to predict if and how much shaft curvature will limit the ability to enter for intercourse. I have worked with couples who say they are not able to have him enter with a 10-15 degree curve. On the other hand, I have couples who report only slight or no difficulty to have him enter with a 60+ degree curve. And I have spoken to a few couples who say they can still have him enter with limited technique and limited positions and with some difficulty, even though he has a 90 degree bend. I have written extensively about the topic of improving the ability to engage in intercourse with a distorted shaft in my other book, “Peyronie’s Disease and _ _ _.” In this book I explain how a couple can often greatly reduce mechanical problems related to love making that develops as a result of PD. I find it is always possible for the average couple who do not understand some of the male and female anatomy and physiology to do better after reading this book, than before it. I believe it is not so much the degree of shaft curvature that limits couples, but how they go about intercourse that determines their problems as well as success. To get this book go to the PDI store and scroll down to the bottom in the tan colored educational section. #2: Reduced erection quality is one of the common problems associated with PD. It is caused by the presence of the internal foreign scar tissue preventing blood from being trapped in the spongy tissue of the shaft, hence full pressure never develops and it is impossible to develop full hardness. For some men the softness is minimal, for others it is tragically severe. As the scar material is softened and carried away, and the scar becomes smaller and softer resulting in better closure of the shaft veins and improved erection quality.
I followed the medium plan for around 2 months and did see an improvement to the point where my curve was very slight and my erections were very good. This was while following a good diet plan also. I got so distracted by the fact i had seen an improvement that I stopped with the treatment and didn’t think about it anymore. Common error. Many men make that mistake while treating their PD when they see early progress. They see their curvature is a little better, and they think their problem is over. Wishful thinking. No one likes to deal with their PD problem on an almost constant basis for weeks and months on end, while heavily involved in treating their problem – the same for Dupuytren’s contracture. Good treatment requires complete involvement and commitment to be thinking and planning care all day long. If your treatment is not almost always on your mind you are likely to forget what to do next, and skip important treatment steps during the day. We get so busy with work and family issues during the day, and our PD and DC treatment lapses. No one enjoys this kind of intense involvement even when it leads to success. It is a frequent escape mechanism for many people to look for reasons to stop care – like seeing superficial early improvement. But, it was also a mistake for you to judge your progress solely on the basis of the improved appearance of the curve and improved quality of erection. You do not mention the status of your scar tissue when you quit care too early. My guess is that you stopped your PDI treatment while there was still some fibrous tissue within the shaft that has worsened over time in the absence of treatment. This is why I repeat dozens of times each day to alter treatment ONLY based on the “size, shape, density and surface features of your scar.”
That was a wrong decision because the problem is still there, and strangly sometimes it is a lot worse than other days, i have noticed when i haven’t had enough sleep and bad diet it is worse. Diet is a hugely important part of good PD and DC treatment. That is why I dedicated an entire chapter to diet in the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”
I am going to buy another plan, and try to eliminate PD before i get married (I am celibate until then and so is my girlfriend) which is creating worry to get rid of problem before i start having intimate relations with my wife after marriage. Good idea.
Would you recommend using the ultrasound and acupuncture pens which are in the large plan? Either of these two external therapies is a good addition to any plan. Which one you might select would probably be based on your own personal preference and past experience – some people who have had ultrasound therapy for a sports or auto injury will tend to favor ultrasound, and those who have been helped by acupuncture in the past or are intrigued by the idea of what seems like exotic treatment will use the Genesen Acutouch instrument. Frankly, since ultrasound and the acupuncture non-needle pens are always added to a larger size plan it is impossible for me at this time to isolate the benefit that either one could provide to you. I have had people say that adding both the ultrasound and the acupuncture pens made a difference in their care and accelerated their recovery. Since you are a young man, and since you have mentioned that you have had experience in sports, and the US machine is less expensive than the Genesen Acutouch instrument, I suggest that you consider adding ultrasound to your therapy plan. As far as which of these two is actually better, I cannot say with certainty. This is where real research capability would help us to learn these things, but PDI and DCI are still too small and too early in the process of developing our therapy protocol and theories for solid research to be practical. Maybe within a few years we will have the resources available to do real research.
What is your advice as i begin a new plan and finally try to rid of PD? My suggestion is that you follow the plan you were using previously that earned you the success you had before, plus the addition of coenzyme Q10, L-arginine and US therapy. The coenzyme Q10 and L-arginine are recent additions to the PDI and DI therapy lineup, and were not on the PDI recommended list when you were using your PD plan two years ago. I also suggest that you do a better job – an excellent job – of monitoring the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar to tell you when you need to increase the dosage of your therapies. In this regard, I will be happy to offer ideas and information along the way that you can take back to your treating doctor for consideration.
I have now still have around 10 – 20 degree slight curve but have slight indent where scar is and the start of curve to the left, shaft is 6.5 inch length. I am happy you kept a fair amount of your earlier improvement, but you must continue your treatment until the SCARS are gone, not only until the shaft is straight. A shaft with this kind of distortion can be unstable and susceptible to sudden bending (injury) during intercourse. Please keep this in mind. TRH
Thank you Dr Herazy you have been a great help, please respond.
Next, the second part of the newsletter is a section that is republished from a PD newsletter written in early 2009:
Guest author – Insights and ideas from a Brother PDI Warrior
For the benefit of those with PD and DC, I am so pleased to present this article written by a very insightful and hard-working man who has made great improvement in his PD. He has some very special limitations in his PD treatment plan, since his digestive system will not tolerate the high dosage treatment that most men use. For this reason he has had a slower path to recovery, and has faced and solved many problems of treating his PD with Alternative Medicine. He has worked harder and longer than most men, but he is winning against PD anyway. He is using his head, he is experimenting within his plan like a mad scientist, and he has probably asked me more questions and sent more emails than anyone has in almost 10 years of overseeing the PDI website. He is a great guy who I respect because he is dedicated to his recovery and is willing to do whatever it takes to beat PD – a man after my own heart.
Our guest author has taken the time to explain in great detail how he uses moist heat to assist his PD treatment. As I have stated, his use of moist heat is more important to him than to the average person because his digestive tract limits his use of internal therapies. While his treatment plan is not as large as many who treat their PD, his treatment plan is probably used more intelligently and aggressively within the limited number of therapies that are available to him.
Please read the thoughts and insights of CBXXXXX, a real PDI Warrior, who wants to share with you:
Enhanced Hot Moist Soak Therapy
Hot moist soaking is one of the most powerful therapies one can use in the treatment of Peyronies Disease. The basic benefit of this therapy is the softening of the scar tissue and relaxing of the shaft will allow for better physical comfort and enzymatic action in dissolving of the plaque. The most effective healing can occur when the shaft is relaxed in the absence of physiological and emotional stress and when the individual is well rested and at optimum health maintaining a proper body pH alkaline level. Any potential effective therapy offered must be above all practical, economical, convenient and even pleasurable. It also must have immediate beneficial results so as to motivate, encourage and comfort the sufferer.
Dr Herazy of PD Institute has recommended in his materials on line and in his “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” the use of hot moist towels before application of external products (Super CP Serum, Vitamin E and DMSO) for better penetration into the tissue and plaque. Ideally, this should be done twice a day, first thing in the morning and sometime in the evening. Dr. Herazy also encourages the technique of manual stretching which would be very helpful if practiced for several minutes before and after soaking. He also advocates placing a hot water bottle over the groin area when at rest such as watching television or reading. These practices no doubt are helpful in the overall comprehensive treatment scheme Dr. Herazy advocates which includes external application of products, manual exercises and an aggressive internal supplement program.
Another method of applying moist heat to the shaft would, of course, simply be a hot bath. When showering, it is also convenient to cup a wash rag underneath the shaft and let the stream of hot water fill for several minutes. If time does not permit for a long soak, just wrapping a hot wet wash cloth around the shaft will do. As the heat dissipates, just re-wet and apply again. Do this 3 or 4 times and then apply the external products. It is probably a good time to apply the hot soak and external products after working strenuously or exercising after a thorough washing.
The problem with a hot water bottle is the task of filling it and the rapid heat dissipation from the bottle, thus diminishing its effectiveness over a short period of time.
Another method to improve the penetration and soaking time length is to employ the use of a small dry/wet heating pad (12” X 15”) that is guaranteed waterproof. The procedure with the heating pad is the same as above. Place a towel on a bed to lie on and capture moisture, wrap a hot moist hand towel about the shaft, spread a towel over the whole pelvic area without folding it, apply the heating pad set at medium to high heat, place a pillow over the pad to concentrate the heat and lie back and enjoy the sensation. This is also a good time to engage in your kegel exercises, EFT, meditation, prayer or listening to soothing music. The heating pad will maintain the temperature of the soak for as long as you can devote time to it.
Dr. Herazy recommends a minimum of 15 minutes, but this method would enable you to continue the soak for much longer periods of time. Morning sessions may have to be shortened if a work schedule requires it, but a person may have more time in the evenings. Bed time is an excellent time to apply this, although you may want to reduce the temperature setting and set an alarm clock as you will mostly likely fall asleep. I believe this therapy, besides softening the plaque, does much to improve circulation and promote stimulation as in more frequent and firmer nocturnal erections.
The heating pad can also be used in the same way as the hot water bottle without the moist towels by just laying it over one’s lap or placing it between the legs in the groin area when reclining or sleeping. I have slept many nights in this manner and always woke up feeling much more comfortable and the scar tissue more pliable. I believe it also helps to ease the pain often associated with PD.
I personally have made progress with this method and this information should be encouraging for those individuals who are hypersensitive to or have low tolerance for the recommended supplements as I am or simply can’t afford them.
And, so, there you have someone else’s take on what is needed to get over PD. CBXXXX and I have written back and forth over the years about many different therapy ideas. One of those in particular – that I did not change in CBXXXX’s discussion even though I disagree with his concept – is that soaking the entire body in hot water is a good way to relax an isolated or particular area of the body like the shaft. It is common for people to have differences of opinion, and he and I have a difference of opinion in this regard. It is my opinion that if you wish to benefit the tight contracted tissues of the hand in Dupuytren’s contracture that you should only subject your hand and forearm to a moist heat, for maximum benefit – not your whole body. And if you wish to benefit the tight contracted tissues of the shaft Peyronie’s disease, you should only subject your shaft to moist heat for maximum benefit.
We all know it is not easy work to assist the recovery from DC and PD, but the rewards can be great. Regaining lost erection strength and ability to function as a man, regaining size, being free of bends and twists, and feeling like the confident man you were before you learned there is such a thing as Peyronie’s disease, or regaining the use of distorted finger movement, and the absolute thrill of knowing for a fact that the fibrous tissue invader is slowing falling apart and being reabsorbed – all make it easy to forget the work you did when you earn your reward of recovery.
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.
Please stay focused to your therapy plan, read the PDI and DCI websites forward and backward, and ask questions about treatment when you are confused.
Coming back with more interesting emails and informative ideas in the pleasant month of May. Stay focused to your DC and PD treatment.