Welcome to this September 2012 PD Institute Newsletter. Fall must be coming to my little corner of the world because it’s not 100°F anymore. We all have earned the cool weather that should soon be descending down on us.
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Since the last newsletter we have been busy with several projects that will change the way PDI and DCI will look and serve you in the future. The subject of this newsletter is the first of several new ideas that attempt to explain the treatment concepts in a better way for both Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture. The purpose of a very special chart that you will link to toward the bottom of this discussion is to make it easier see the whole picture of PD or DC treatment all in one place at one time. Hopefully, it will help organize your thinking and application of your treatment ideas.
As usual, because the PD audience is so much larger, we have started with what we are calling a menu for treating Peyronie’s disease; if it works out well for the PD men we will change it slightly for the DC folks. For the time being, for those of you who have Dupuytrens please simply read and apply what you know about your hand problem to the problem as presented for Peyronie’s disease; the difference in treatment is rather small and obvious.
The chart, which I sometimes call a menu, shows how any good treatment plan is actually a group of five different areas of treatment that work together to support and strengthen your body’s ability to rid itself of this foreign tissue that causes so much tissue distortion and reduced ability to function normally.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you look at the new “Worksheet to build and modify a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan.”
- Look upon this colorful list like a cafeteria menu. You know, like a menu where your meal is created by taking “one from column A, one form column B and two from column C.” Using this treatment menu you can do the same kind of thing for putting your PD and DC plans together to get the most accomplished. Sure you can do less than what the menu shows; some people do. But they also accomplish less. But like with any good meal, you eat to supply all nutrients your body needs to be healthy. Your Peyronie’s treatment plan should also all nutrients (and other things) your body needs to get rid of your PD. If for one reason or another you cannot follow a heavy treatment plan, then the point is that you should do as much as you can so you support and promote your ability to heal as much as possible. In this way you increase your opportunity for a successful outcome, to the best of your ability. You cannot do anything more than that.
- The first line of instruction at the top of menu is about carefully and accurately determining the size, shape, density and surface features of each of your PD scars. (For those with DC, it is just as important to make notes about those same structural aspects of the hand nodules and cords, as well as accurate measurement of reduced finger movement.) I dwell on this point so often for two main reasons: 1. Knowing all possible details concerning your scar is critical to your success. 2. People do not know as much about their scar as they should are at a great disadvantage because they do not know how to guide and change their treatment plan. They often have the attitude, “Yeah, sure, I feel the scar every so often and I know what I need to know; I know enough.” Yet, when I ask these same people to describe their PD scar, or hand nodules/cords, they cannot. If you cannot describe the shaft/hand tissue mass to me, you will not be able to exactly remember what it was like before it started to change. Not recalling these details presents a great handicap that will reduce your ability to manage your care well – you will be guessing instead of knowing. The absolute need to be an expert about the structure of the thing you are trying to get rid of cannot be overstated. If you think you are tired of reading these things, imagine how tired I am of writing them. But it is that important, so do it. If you need help in this area, please contact me.
- The last line of instruction at the top of the menu emphasizes that PD and DC treatment must change – almost always increase – for it to influence the abnormal tissue at the speed and to the degree you want it to happen. Treatment is not static, it should change every 7-10 days until you discover a level of therapy that begins to reduce and soften the nasty structure you are trying to eliminate. Don’t just pop pills hoping for something good to happen. Use your knowledge of the size, shape, density and surface features of the abnormal PD and DC tissue and keep on increasing your intake of natural therapies until that wonderful day when you first notice that foreign tissue is smaller and softer. At that moment you life will once again change – this time for the better.
- Perhaps the most helpful row of information in this menu is the one that starts with “Moderate plan changes possible using Column A.” In this row I report that some columns offer few, moderate or many possible changes. This means that if you are trying to increase your plan in some way you would be more successful to select a column that has many or several possibilities for change and modification. For example, if you look at Column D, Systemic enzymes, you will see that not only are there several therapies in this list, but they offer a wide range of dosages to experiment with. Anyone wanting to increase a therapy plan could do a lot of good experimentation in this group; the same could be said for Column B, Support therapies. Conversely, there is much less opportunity for variation or increase of use of Column C, vitamin C, or Column E, vitamin E. Although, in my opinion too many people fail to use enough vitamin C, stopping in the 2,000-3000 mg range when better results occur in the 5,000-8,000 mg/day range.
Here is the link for the “Worksheet to build and modify a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan.” We have presented it this way to keep the print large enough to read easily, and to have just one page to copy rather than the whole newsletter.
As a favor I would appreciate if anyone who has an idea for improving this chart would let me know about it by sending me a note:
Any aspect of treatment that should have included, but was left off
Anything that was not explained well, or was confusing to you
Any way of improving the way the information has been presented
I truly hope you find this chart helpful. It should change the way you approach organizing and changing your therapy plan every 7-10 days until good things start to happen for you.
Please be good to yourself and to those around you, and stay healthy. Stay focused to your treatment plan, and let me know how I can assist your recovery. See you next month.
Theodore R. Herazy, DC, LAc