Originally Posted by Ghost
Of blood and lymphatic fluid.
A broken bone needs increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage in order to lay down new bone tissue and carry away toxins and waste products from the chemical reactions involved in that process.
This is the reason ligaments and tendons heal so slowly... they don't have a direct blood supply, and must rely on surrounding interstitial fluid for nutrients and oxygen.
|Actually I believe my body is very good at healing itself, much better than most Medical Doctors I have encountered. However that doesn't mean that there are not things that I can do to help it along. Physiotherapy exercises for instance, are surely beneficial.
Yes, physical exercise, when appropriate, is surely beneficial for tissue that is healing and already-healthy tissue. But understand that the exercise itself does nothing to heal... and actually, does quite the opposite. Physical exercise destroys tissues, suppresses immune function, and is very toxic to the human body. The benefit you get from exercise comes from recovery
... i.e., your body's adaptation and healing mechanisms after you overload it with the physical stress of exercise.
This article explains it very well:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?art...B980A841890000
And realize that no doctor of any kind can heal
anything... other than his/her own body.
|The heat dilates vessels enhancing increased circulation. Cold constricts the area and reduces the swelling, the fluids that were present in the swelling leave the area to be replaced with fresh fluids in the next cycle.
Did you ever injure a joint or surrounding muscle and have it swell up on you and get hot? That's the body's own thermogenic mechanisms at work, dilating the blood vessels and increasing metabolism and inflammation of the injured area.
Cold constricts the arteries and decreases blood perfusion to the injured area. It doesn't actually "reduce swelling," but instead interferes with the body's attempts to bring white blood cells, oxygen, and nutrients to the injured area.
But understand that the excess fluid from the swelling isn't stagnant. It's constantly circulating by incoming blood (which works fine if you don't artificially constrict the arterial vessels with an ice pack), and continual drainage of that fluid by the lymphatics. The body knows exactly how to supply the area with oxygen and nutrients, and carry toxins and metabolic wastes away, as long as you don't interfere with that process.
So while an ice pack may seem like a good thing because it "reduces swelling" and may decrease the pain, it actually weakens, prolongs, delays, and disrupts the normal chemical and detoxification processes that the body commences on its own.
|I guess If you break your leg, you won't bother with a cast?
Of course I'll get a cast.
But does the cast heal the broken bone, Ghost? Does a bandaid heal a cut?
|If you get a hernia, I suppose an operation is out of the question?
Depends on what kind of hernia, and what circumstances are present. I've witnessed the correction of an hiatal hernia with manual manipulation of the diaphragm and surrounding organs. But in most types of hernia, operations and mesh prosthetics are appropriate.
|Would you take penicillin or other antiboitocs if you had gangrene?
Again, it depends on which kind of gangrene and which circumstances. But probably not. If revascularization is not possible, then debridement or excision may be necessary.
Antibiotics alone are basically worthless to treat gangrene. (and hold very little value in treating anything else, for that matter, thanks to the medical profession's abuse of antibiotics for the past 30 years.) Since gangrenous tissue is ischemic, antibiotics cannot penetrate and perfuse into the tissue.
And keep in mind that your body makes its own antibiotics, Ghost. In fact, every antibiotic you will ever need can be found on the surface of your tongue.
For the record, I'm not trying to be combative or argumentative, Ghost. It just seems to me that you may have some significant misunderstandings (or misinformation) about how we humans actually heal injured tissue. I'm just offering some factual information about physiology.