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Hernia Procedure, A Personal Account – II

As mentioned in my previous blog, prior to arrival to the Shouldice hospital, I had to get my Austin general physician examine and diagnose my hernia condition plus getting the blood and EKG tests done. When the Shouldice Hospital doctor has reviewed and approved of my condition, then I was able to set a surgery date.

I was asked to arrive one day prior to the surgery date to settle into my hospital room. Had a visit with the surgeon that afternoon and he re-examined my condition. However, due to my white coat syndrome, I had an exceptionally high blood pressure in his office. He did not like that and told me that I needed to settle down. He told me that he will have nurses come by my room to re-measure my blood pressure a few more times that evening before he decides in the morning if I will be able to be operated on or not.

That statement obviously did not help my blood pressure, which at first went even higher that afternoon measured by the nurse. I was not about to have the blood pressure issue alone to suspend my operation after I have travelled all the way from Texas.

After the dinner, I decided to join the group of patients (30) who has registered with me that same day, in watching a hockey playoff game (this is Canada after all). Then, I decided to settle nerves down in my room and read the Bible instead. The blood pressure readings started to come down finally. The last reading at around 11pm was good and acceptable to the nurse.

I learned something about myself that night. One, I did have a white coat syndrome (a rather serious one). Two, my nervous system affects my systolic blood pressure and heart rate by as much 30 points. I need to address my adrenal and nervous system weakness in the long run. Third, God’s Word does work in calming one’s nerves when we delight and meditate on His Word.

At the final nurse visit of the night, she gave each of us a pill of sedation in preparation for early morning surgery. The nurse told me my surgery time was 8:30am. I will be woken up at 5:30am, no food and water for 12 hours and change to the surgery gown. Be in our room ready to be called to go to the surgery quarters.

Whatever the reason, I slept real well and had to be awaken by the nurse at 5:30am next morning and was given another sedative pill. At 7:45am or so, a small group of us (6) followed the nurse to the surgery quarters. I don’t know why, but I had a mental image of us being led to the slaughter house. I chuckled at that weir thought and dismissed it immediately. We all waited for another 20 minutes each in our bed then we were led to the surgery room. Once on the operation table, I only remember 3 doctors starting to look and talk about my hernia. But I could not hear what they were saying. Then everything went blank. I only remember the voice that called my name and said it was all done. I checked the clock and it said 10am. Wow, an hour or so approximate time of surgery went by in a blink of an eye (literally). I was helped out of the room and walked up to my room with assistance.

I was told that the surgeons (at least 3 of them) operated on all 30 of us that day and I was one in the first batch of 6. The Shouldice Hospital registers about 20 to 40 each day, 5 days in a week. That’s an average of 150 a week. They operate on more than 7,000 patients a year. By far the busiest and most sought after hernia surgery hospital in Canada if not in the world.

I was one of the 4 people here who came from the States for this surgery. Others came from Arizona, Colorado, and Florida. There was also a gentleman from Japan who did not speak a word of English. He was mostly by himself. He came to Shouldice Hospital just for this specialized surgery.

Besides the very good hospital care, there is something else that made it a highlight of my Shouldice Hospital stay. That is, we had plenty of opportunities to get to know other fellow patients that went through the similar surgeries. We shared meals and snacks together at the preset times daily. Not to mention about our individual hernia stories and recoveries. Over the 3 days of in-patient recovery period, we got to know each well and build some good relationships. The comradery was developed and somehow the post-surgery pain and physical un-easiness that followed were tolerable and almost unnoticeable. I would suspect that would not have been the case if I went to a regular hospital with a whole variety of different patient situations. I would have felt out of place. While at Shouldice, I never did have that feeling. I felt almost like home!

The amazing thing was there were no other post-medicine given me other than the 100mg Tylenol. I took only half of the portion they gave me for the first 2 days at the hospital. I took none of the two they gave on my last day of stay at the hospital.

On May 1st, 2017, I left the hospital without assistance and went to my mom’s place for the rest of the recovery process. No shower, bath or water exposure was allowed during the first week in that area. The bruise around the cut was reduced over time and by second week of the surgery, all bruises disappeared completely. My movements, specially sitting up and down were still bothersome. But within the third week, those pains were pretty much subsided to the point of just a little discomfort.

On a daily basis, I took four times a day of the following supplements – Curamin Xtra Strength (4 tablets), Vitamin C (3, 1000mg each), and High Potency Protease (4 capsules) since leaving hospital. Now that my pain is pretty much all but done with, I have cut back my supplementation down to only 1 time a day and sometimes none.

Overall, my experience has been excellent. I am very satisfied with the care I received. The post-surgery recovery at the hospital and at my mom’s place was smooth and trouble free as well.

I thank all the folks who prayed for me for they were answered. I also want to specially make note of my family members’ assistance (especially my mom for putting up with me for a few weeks) in setting me up here in Toronto. I would not have had such a smooth time without them and their love for me!

I am anxious to get home to my wife, family, and my clients. I want to get back to fitness again. God bless you all and thanks for reading my blog. Feel free to give me your comments or any question you may have.

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Hernia Procedure, A Personal Account – I

In this blog I will go over briefly the key factors that helped me to choose the hernia repair method I ended up doing and the facility that performed this procedure on me.

While I usually try to keep my blogs mostly focused on interesting health and wellness topics of general interest, I am going to divert away from that in the next couple of blogs as I cover a personal experience I had gone through recently.

What is it, you may be asking? I have been living with a groin hernia (inguinal) for several months now. Not quite sure of the exact triggering mechanism but it may be any one or combination of the following: lifting heavy weight (luggage or water softener salt bags likely), exercise (a muscle pull in the wrong place or over-exertion), long-term violent and heavy sneezes and coughs (due to my allergies that still plague me season to season).

Whatever the reason, I ended up with a hernia on the right side groin area. After a local surgeon’s examination and confirmation, he recommended the mesh-based hernia repair procedure which he promised it can be done as an outpatient procedure. If you know me, you would have guessed that I wasn’t going to easily convinced to however a small procedure. First, I have never have been “under the knife” of any kind in my life and secondly, I need to find out was about what other possible options may exists on the market today.

In this blog I will go over briefly the key factors that helped me to choose the method I ended up doing and the facility that performed this procedure on me.

The first thing I learned was that the hernia procedures are common. In fact, over a million hernia repair surgeries are performed every year in the U.S. alone. 80% of them belong to the inguinal category (the one I was dealing with).

During my initial research, I read many general websites (such as FDA pages, Webmd, Medtronic, youtube videos, and others) as I searched for hernia repair options. Most of them were in favor of the popular mesh method as recommended by my Austin doctor. Mesh-based hernia procedure has gained popularity since 1980’s and by 2000 there was less than 10% of non-mesh hernia repairs. Some of the key claims about the mesh-based repairs were decreased operative time, reduced recovery time and lower rate of recurrence. Here is a quote I found about mesh hernia repairs – “Information found in medical literature has consistently demonstrated a reduced hernia recurrence rate when surgical mesh is used to repair the hernia compared to hernia repair without surgical mesh. For example, inguinal hernia recurrence is higher with open repair using sutures (primary closure) than with mesh repair.”

Two additional sources, however, made me re-think about mesh repair’s safety and its long-term effects. One was a client of mine who had a mesh done for the abdominal area. She candidly shared with me about her personal account of mesh challenges, of movement restrictions years later and continued discomfort/pain related to the mesh. She is considering to have a re-do in the same area but without mesh. I listened attentively and asked her many additional questions. This was great information and invaluable to my decision making process.

Another factor made me question about mesh hernia procedure was TV ads I see from time to time about lawyers soliciting previous mesh patients to contact them for information on the latest FDA position about the mesh operation. I further verified some of these cases and found some more realistic statistics. One of the key data I learned was that the recurrence rate for the mesh-base hernia repairs was actually about 5%. That means if I went for the mesh, I would have the 1 in 20 chance of re-doing that same repair again. And that did not include the possibility of other complications that my client and many thousands of others have run into with the mesh repair. Despite of its popularity and claim, I found it still too risky for me!

I also learned that non-mesh repairs were successfully preformed for more than 100 years. The trouble was not all surgeons learned how to do them correctly and as a result, the average recurrences rates were high. This was a great opportunity for mesh manufacturers to step in and teach everyone how to repair a hernia with a low recurrence rate using their product and making huge profits.

Once I decided not to go with the mesh, I turned my attention to looking for institutions that would give the safest and most reliable operation and the best long term prospect.  Again, researching on the net, I found hundreds of options all over the States. The price ranged anywhere between $2,500 to around $25,000 for uninsured case. While money was important, the quality of work plus the post-op care and recovery was critical and priority one for me.

I want to credit Kevin C. Petersen, M.D. of No Insurance Surgery, Inc. for an article on non-mesh hernia repair. He not only highlighted the goodness of the old hernia procedure when done right but also singling out one organization above all others to be the leader in doing the hernia tissue repair worldwide.

Shouldice Hospital

That’s the name of the hospital that dedicates itself to hernia repair (all non-mesh) for the last 90 years and considered by many including Dr. Petersen, to have world’s most experienced surgeons with advanced non-mesh hernia tissue repair techniques. Their hernia repair recurrence rate is less than 1% (found out later it’s actually more like 0.5%). This is almost 10 times better than the mesh based technique from my research. I have improved my chances from 1 in 20 to 1 in 200. That’s remarkable and definitely noteworthy.

Then I read about their patient care process which impressed me even more. First of all, their acceptance criteria is strict but not restrictive. For example, a patient needs to submit a local doctor verification report about your hernia along with blood test and EKG reports. They pay particular attention to your personal blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. You could be turned down based on any of the above items. Then, there is a 3-day post-op recovery period needed as you stay in their facility under close observation. This is to insure patient’s recovery process.

And then here is my last straw that made me to go for it – The Shouldice Hospital is located just 15 minutes drive from my mom’s place (where I can stay thereafter). My aunt and sister all live north of Toronto, Canada where the Shouldice Hospital is located.

I am within one-week now after my hernia surgery and still at my mom’s place writing this blog as I spend some time with her and recover myself. The blog publishing date would likely be a week or two delay from today. On my next blog I will describe my personal experience at the Shouldice Hospital when I have finally gone under their knife on April 28th, 2017.

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Zyto Bio-Scan Options at NWC

Navigating through different options in the world of bio-feedback can be confusing. My previous blog attempts at describing the Zyto Bio-Scan systems and its principles of operation. Now, I would like to describe how this amazing bio-scan system is applied here at our Natural Wellness Center.

Navigating through different options in the world of bio-feedback can be confusing. My previous blog attempts at describing the Zyto Bio-Scan systems and its principles of operation. Now, I would like to describe how this amazing bio-scan system is applied here at our Natural Wellness Center.

We have partitioned the Zyto system usage into 3 different service options for our clients. Each of them with different features and enhancements as highlighted by the table below:

In short, the Targeted Scan has the least amount of features while the Advanced Bio-Scan has full enhancements enabled for optimal client and practitioner interactions with the system.

Below is a simple client’s guide to choosing which of these options are best from client’s considerations point of view:

 

Targeted Bio-Scan:

  • When client knows what body system or general area is ailing him/her but not sure what are the best supplements for it.
  • Client gets to choose which 2 specific areas of interest s/he wants to target on. The outcome of the report will show supplements that our body prefers in the chosen area(s).
  • The total test time is around 5 to 10 minutes with additional 5-10 minutes of going over the take home report.
  • No pre-arranged appointment is needed. Walk-ins are welcome during any day of the operation hours (Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm)

Basic Bio-Scan:

  • When client does not know what body system or area in particular to test on and not sure best selection of holistic supplements needed.
  • A Naturopath will interact with the client first to determine the most likely areas or body systems are involved and then select these areas of interest on the Bio-Scan for testing (allows more than 2 areas of interest).
  • The total test time may be anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes. Another 10-15 minutes are used to review the final report.
  • Appointment is required for this test and is only available currently on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Advanced Bio-Scan:

  • When client does not know what body system or area in particular to test on and wants the best holistic plan possible.
  • A Naturopath will interact with the client while the system is independently set to run through all available stressors and balancers tests (4 altogether). In each of the 4 phases of test, the practitioner is given the freedom to interact with the Bio-Scan based on your discussion with the professional. This is obviously the most flexible and thorough bio-scan among the three options.
  • The total test time may be anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes. Another 10-15 minutes are used to review the final report.
  • Appointment is required for the Advanced Bio-Scan and is only available on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

If interested, please feel free to contact us via email or phone call to book an appointment.

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ZYTO Bio-Scans

You body is constantly communicating among its own cells, organs and systems. This communication takes place at both conscious and subconscious levels. Conscious level communication enables you to consciously recognize the effect(s) of a health concern. Typically something you can feel rather easily – e.g. pain. Our body’s subconscious communication are activities that you may not be so cognitive about its occurrence but nevertheless it is there and it is real – e.g. breathing.

What’s My Body Trying to Tell Me?

Ever ask yourself that question?

You body is constantly communicating among its own cells, organs and systems. This communication takes place at both conscious and subconscious levels. Conscious level communication enables you to consciously recognize the effect(s) of a health concern. Typically something you can feel rather easily – e.g. pain. Our body’s subconscious communication are activities that you may not be so cognitive about its occurrence but nevertheless it is there and it is real – e.g. breathing.

Moreover, the conscious level of communication are predominantly bio-chemical in nature while many of the subconscious cell communications are deeper and more complex in nature and they use energetic means to communicate. As advanced Western Medicine we might think it is, it is still very limited in the understanding of the subconscious world of communication. Unfortunately, as a result, modern medicine is quite limited in determining many of our health concerns.

Wouldn’t it be great if we have a way which can communicate with our body’s energetic biomarkers? You may not believe this but not only we have a way, it has actually been proven very useful for thousands of years in Asia. It is called the Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes Acupuncture. It has wisely devised a methodology by which a trained practitioner can use the complex network of Meridian lines (not visible nor easily measurable) within our body to determine its internal organ’s state of health or illness, within its optimal balanced state or out of balance.

Fast forward to today’s modern era of advanced technology that communicates with our body at the energetic level, ZYTO Bio-Scan was born! It is an advanced Bio-Feedback system. Through its state-of-the-art interface hardware (Galvanic Skin Response – GSR is a FDA Class 2 Device) and sophisticated software routines, the Zyto Bio-Scan is the ultimate tool to better understand the underlying causes of our dis-comfort. In fact, using ZYTO bio-scan you can discover specific, individualized information that will help you and your healthcare professional design a personalized health and nutrition program. It provides insights that can make a significant difference.

Please be advised that Zyto Bio-Scan tools and its affiliated software that drive them are currently not designed to diagnose or treat a client. But it offers an insight into understanding your body’s preference through coherence of the energetic response data. By doing so, it provides information to qualified professional in determining a wise course of action.

Following is a graphical representation of what it does. In the next article, I will blog about different types of assessment programs we have setup at our Natural Wellness Center for our clients.

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Slim&Sassy Oil Testimonial1

When it comes to weight loss, most people don’t think about using essential oils. Essential oils are oil extracts from the flowers and plants which are highly potent and restorative to our health. Just watch this gentleman who used a combination of the oil product called Slim&Sassy and proper eating to accomplish his weight management goals:

When it comes to weight loss, most people don’t think about using essential oils. Essential oils are oil extracts from the flowers and plants which are highly potent and restorative to our health. Just watch this gentleman who used a combination of the oil product called Slim&Sassy and proper eating to accomplish his weight management goals:

From All of Us at the Natural Wellness – Happy and Healthy New Year Everyone!

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BIOMAT Part I – Advanced Infra-red Technology For Pain

These two components (FIR and negative ions) are transferred through the Amethyst quartz channels which cover the entire BioMat’s surface. Amethyst quartz is nature’s super conductor. As a conduit, it delivers the healthy far infrared light waves and the highest vibrational frequencies into the body. Known as a powerful detoxifier, its liver cleansing ability enables it to help in addiction related (alcohol or food or substance) abuse as well as removal of toxic residues.

We all got pains in our body. It comes and goes for the most part. But some do stay for a long time even with medications, sometimes severe medications. In general pain is a way our body trying to communicate with you and I through its nervous system that there is something wrong in certain part of our body. Masking the pain by numbing the nervous system may take care of the annoying symptom, but it will not solve its cause. When the root cause is not taken care of, the pain will ultimately come back and thus requiring even stronger medications.

Those who seek a natural or holistic approach to pain, will find many herbal formulas and modalities to be excellent alternatives for pain management. For example, Acupuncture has been shown over the ages to be very effective for all sorts of pains including headaches by opening up the meridian energy and circulation flow to speed healing. Physical therapies (massage and others) and Chiropractic cares will also be able to help you find pain relief by means of correcting the muscular and/or structural issues that may have caused the nervous system pain response. Herbal combinations with Turmeric, Boswelia extract, and many others are excellent for inflammatory caused pains. I will have more to say on the herbal combinations in a future blog. But today, I would like to describe a new modality to manage pain by means of the BioMat Infrared technology.

The BioMat is a “pad” which lies on top of a massage table or your home mattress. It converts electricity through a computerized control panel, into Far Infrared Rays (FIR), nature’s invisible light. FIR was discovered by NASA to be the safest, most beneficial light wave. It penetrates 6-8 inches into the innermost recesses of the body, stimulating healing and regeneration of nerves and muscle tissue layers.

The BioMat also produces negative ions, which are found in the air and are a major element which provides energy to the human body. The negative ions accelerate and deepen all healing and cleansing processes. It balances pH by decreasing acidity and is considered the “Master Power Switch” which activates the body’s entire cellular communication system, making every body function work better.

These two components (FIR and negative ions) are transferred through the Amethyst quartz channels which cover the entire BioMat’s surface. Amethyst quartz is nature’s “super conductor.” As a conduit, it delivers the healthy far infrared light waves and the highest vibrational frequencies into the body. Known as a powerful detoxifier, its liver cleansing ability enables it to help in addiction related (alcohol or food or substance) abuse as well as removal of toxic residues.

This technology is being used in spas and professional practitioner’s offices all over the world. Physical therapist, chiropractors, and acupuncturists are realizing the benefits for their clients. Large corporations such as Boeing and Microsoft have placed them in the offices for employee usage.

The BioMat Professional unit, pictured here, is registered as an FDA Medical Device  in the US (#2954299), Japan (#BG1030097), and Korea (#A83080.01(2)).

 

Combines Far Infra-Red emitting Amethyst and negative ions technology w/ self-regulated temperature & time. Delivering deep penetrating results.

Summary of BioMat Benefits:

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation
  • Arthritis and musculo-skeletal ailments
  • Sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms
  • Joint stiffness and soreness
  • Age-related stiffness and pain
  • Circulation issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Toxin and oxidant buildup
  • Immune disorders
  • Tension, anxiety, insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Lymphatic and endocrine problems

To find out more, stay tuned for future blogs on this subject as we dig deeper.

Contact us for more product information and how to get a free initial session at the Round Rock Natural Wellness, please call 512-310-8880. Appointment is required.

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