Monday, February 6, 2017

All New web site

Take a look at the all-new Traditional Hydrotherapy site.

The site was looking a bit tired so I decided to update it and make it mobile-friendly as well. Even more satisfying has been the addition of full treatment procedures for most of the common techniques. No more dragging out the text book. And there are more pictures too.

A big thank you to the students from the Toronto hydro class for typing those procedures up. And thank you for coming along to the classes, it reinvigorated my enthusiasm for hydrotherapy. Actually it was after realising that I had to insert the procedures that got me thinking about changing the layout as well.  Traditional Hydrotherapy owes a lot to the Hydro class of 2016.

Pretty, pictures and procedures... even the Russian bath has some glamour.

Enjoy! Please let me know if anything is broken, I didn't get time to check all the pages.

One thing I'm a little disappointed in is the drop-down menu, it is a bit slow. Let me know if you don't like it, I'll put in a static one.

For those who are interested, yes, all the html and css work was done with trusty old Vim. Gotta love those keyboard macros for changing hundreds of pages in a few minutes.

The template was downloaded from w3layouts. They have a luscious looking range of responsive (mobile-friendly) templates for free! It took almost as long to choose one as it did to apply it. BTW I settled on the Vocation template. And if you look closely I didn't really have to modify it that much.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Inflammaging

Inflammaging is probably the most surprising thing I have learned in 2011. In future posts I will explain how hydrotherapy and inflammaging interact but, for now, let's look at what inflammaging is.

  Claudio Franceschi coined the term back in 2006,"to explain the now widely accepted phenomenon that ageing is accompanied by a low-grade chronic, systemic up-regulation of the inflammatory response and that the underlining inflammatory changes are also common to most age-associated diseases." (Giunta)

 Synonyms: Other researchers call it: Metaflammation, Para-flammation and Smouldering Inflammation.

 Acute Inflammation
 An acute inflammation is where the body is threatened by a pathogen, toxin or injury, the "pro-inflammatory markers", such as cytokines, are produced and the immune system responds accordingly. As the threat is neutralised, the anti-immune system kicks in, the number of inflammatory markers goes down and the immune system returns to normal. This usually takes between 3 days to about 3 weeks.

 But inflammaging is a low-grade, chronic, asymptomatic, feedback loop, that continues for years. Characterised by an over-active, but weak, immune response (lots of cytokines) and a weak anti-inflammatory response (unable to turn off the immune system). This results in simultaneous tissue damage and tissue healing over decades causing damage of specific cells and disfunction of organs.

 Diseases with definite links to inflammaging:
  • Obesity (as much as 65%)
  • Heart disease, stroke
  • Diabetes II,
  • Many cancers
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Alzheimers
  • Depression
  • Persistant pain
Diseases with probable links to inflammaging:
  • Some Allergy
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Lupus
  • Crohns
  • Psoriasis
  • Parkinsons
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inflammaging
This doesn't mean that all these diseases are a result of inflammaging but that the increased incidence of these diseases is probably due to inflammaging. Co-morbidities to inflammaging include:
  • Increased Oxidative load (oxidised lipids)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Subclinical viral infection
  • Epigenetic damage (damage to the parts of DNA that surround the genes and controls which genes are expressed)
Inflammaging isn't caused by something specific, it is "induced". Inducers of inflammaging include:
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition - excessive:
    • saturated fat intake
    • glycaemic load
    • fructose drinks
    • salt
    • alcohol
    • and starvation
  • More Inducers of inflammaging :
  • Inactivity
  • Smoking - passive smoking
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Stress
  • Anxiety/ Depression
  • Pollution
The underlying factor is our lifestyle today, most of these inducers have only been common since the industrial revolution. Protectors against Inflammaging:
  • Activity
  • Adequate water
  • Sunshine – light
  • Temperance
  • Air - breathing
  • Rest – sleep, stress control
  • Trust in a loving God
Nutritional Protectors include:
  • Fruits/ vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Mono-unsaturated fats
  • Tea
  • Dark chocolate
  • Omega 3-6 ratio
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Calorie restriction
  • Anti-oxidants (in foods - not supplements)
To summarise, Inflammaging is the normal increase in metabolic inflammation as we grow older. But if we had a 'non-inflammatory' early life it goes up more slowly.

 Reversible
However, Inflammaging is reversible.

 To find out more just follow the links I have here or Google Inflammaging or Metaflammation.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dengue Fever Remedy

Hydrotherapy cures Dengue in just three days.

Chikungunya and dengue are just two of the diseases carried by this Asian Tiger Mosquito. And it is coming to Australia! If you want to start to feel really uncomfortable read (or listen) to ""Dengue Epidemic" replayed this month on ABC Radio National. This little mossie is called the "barbecue stopper" because of their nasty sting. Even their name, Aedes, means "unpleasant".

The good news, after listening to that programme is that hydrotherapy treatments are effective for most fevers, I have had most experience with Dengue, but have treated glandular fever and childhood fevers.

The first important point about treating fevers with hydrotherapy is to begin as soon as the fever is detected. It doesn't matter what actually causes the fever, hydrotherapy is effective for most. An early start means that the disease is resolved more quickly, decreasing the chance of the serious complications like cerebral malaria and haemorrhagic dengue. Patients also miss out on those non-fatal but painful bone and joint pains in dengue and chikungunya.

Second, work out which sort of fever it is. In dengue (and all the other diseases mentioned in this post) it is commonly a Retention Fever with cold skin, shivering, goose bumps and chilly sensations.

Treatment is similar to my previous post on Malaria. That is, a Sweating Treatment followed by a Graduated Tonic Cold, daily for three days.

In practice this is the regime we used for dengue:
Russian Bath for 20 minutes, until sweating profusely, followed by Cold Mitten Friction, daily for three days. We never needed a fourth treatment as all the people we treated had recovered enough to leave hospital without any weakness or tiredness. This compares to the usual ten days in hospital followed by weeks of lethargy. Kellogg recommends using the Cholera treatment while febrile, which is a Hot Blanket Pack then Cold Mitten Friction.

For Glandular Fever I used a Hot Tub Bath until sweating, followed by a Cold Shower. Once again this was daily for three days when the patient was fully recovered and returned to work.

However you can use whatever Sweating Treatment is handy for you. The Sweating Pack is very good and Cold Pours are easily done after Packs and Tub Baths.

One reason that these treatments are so effective is that they really boost the immune system. The white cell count is often trebled by the third day. This was confusing for our referring doctors initially, as they thought the patients were developing another infection, when the patients were feeling quite well and eager to leave hospital.

Another important benefit of treating fevers with hydrotherapy is that the patient doesn't have to expend the huge amount of energy required to produce the fever needed to respond to the disease.

It is a surprise to most people that fevers are a good thing (as long as they don't get too high). Fevers are the front line of the immune response to infection and the hydrotherapy treatments listed here push heat into the body, assisting the rise in body temperature without the body having to work so hard. This is why there is less weakness or prostration after a fever treated with hydrotherapy.

I would love to hear of your experience with fevers so please leave a comment.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Morning Sickness Remedy

Heating Trunk Packs relieve nausea and pain during pregnancy.

More than half of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness but the treatment typically aims "to lessen the symptoms of nausea, rather than attacking the root cause(s) of the nausea" (Wikipedia). This usually means that a mother suffers weeks of discomfort, and sometimes distress, during pregnancy. This can be avoided with hydrotherapy.

Dr Abbott, when talking about severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), said the Hot and Cold Abdominal Pack is an "almost never-failing remedy".

When she is pregnant my wife has relatively mild morning sickness and used hydrotherapy in her last two pregnancies. One treatment would relieve morning sickness for about two weeks when it would be repeated with similar effects. She has used it on other women with similar results. All of the cases I am aware of were not severe, but they uniformly had relief.

For use at home, the Heating Trunk Pack is the safest and easiest. Because it seems a little complex to the beginner, I wrote up the full procedure. Kellogg says the cause of morning sickness is Celiac Congestion and so the treatments are all Vascular Antiphlogistics any of which would probably work so if you want to modify things then go ahead.

Please leave a comment if this treatment helps you, or someone you love, enjoy their pregnancy without the effects of nausea.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Malaria Treatment

A friend on the western border of Thailand sent me a email asking about treating malaria with hydrotherapy.

This makes sense because a lot of the malaria in this area is resistant to preventives and can lead to cerebral malaria, which if it doesn't kill, often leaves the person with major brain damage. I know this because I taught hydrotherapy up on the Burma border about 20 years ago and saw the results of malarial infection.

The Traditional Hydrotherapy page on Malaria lists a lot of treatment methods but basically it is a heating treatment until the patient starts sweating and then a Graduated Tonic Cold which is a short cold treatment. Then the patient is wrapped up warmly to sleep and for other treatments.

As with all treatment, the sooner it is started, the better. One of hydro's great advantages is that it doesn't interfere with other treatment and even if we have misdiagnosed, it won't cause any damaging side effects in most cases.

So... if it looks like it may be malaria, start treating it straight away before the patient gets weak.

On days 1,2 and 3 do something to get the patient sweating (but make sure they have a Cooling Compress on their head). The hill tribe people I worked with wrapped a patient in black polythene plastic out in the sunshine, to achieve sweating.

Once sweating started do a quick cold treatment. The tribe's people would quickly dunk them in the very cold river.

They are kept warm between treatments.

The principles are much the same for all fevers.
If you have experience at treating malaria successfully with hydrotherapy, please contact me.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Traditional Hydrotherapy is Online!

This is really a big day. At long, long last the website is now live.

It has taken exactly a year from when I decided to get serious about turning Traditional Hydrotherapy from a dinky DOS programme into a stunning (hyperbole) website. And 19 years after I started going through the original books and putting them on HyperHelper.

Admittedly the content is still the same, it just looks a whole lot more attractive. It is easier to use with redundant cards combined and plenty of indexes and navigation added.

Please visit Traditional Hydrotherapy and tell me if you find mistakes. There must be some!

I'm not sure when the Google Search function will begin working. Google has to index the site first. Apart from that it looks good to me.

For those of you who can actually use the information on the site, I would love you to tell me how it goes. If I get enough feedback I will start a forum where you can add to the knowledge base of currently used and successful (or unsuccessful) hydrotherapy.

Big sigh of relief... and prayer of thanks to God.

What am I going to do now? Maybe get some more sleep... or relaxation? Software Freedom Day next weekend so that's next Sunday out.

Vim Makes a Sitemap File

This is probably the last tech (Vim) post I will be making as Traditional Hydrotherapy is online.

To try to jump start Google into indexing the site, I made a sitemap.xml file manually. I'm not sure if it will work, but I submitted it to Google anyway.

The instructions were quite clear from Manually Creating Sitemap Files, but how to achieve it quickly with Vim and over 900 files to index?

I used Split Screens, Reading-in files and, of course a repeating Macro.

I started by manually doing my home directory and making sure the parts worked. This was the longest part of the process and involved making some files (to read in) and the macro.

I had to produce code like this for each file:
<url>
<loc>http://www.traditionalhydrotherapy.com/Problems/VisceralCongestion.html</loc>
<lastmod>2010-08-17</lastmod>
</url>

I first made two files "top.n" and "end.n" to get the beginning and end of the url block
This is top.n:
<url>
<loc>http://www.traditionalhydrotherapy.com/Problems/
This is what end.n looked like:
</loc>
<lastmod>2010-08-17</lastmod>
</url>
Then I opened "sitemap.xml" in the hydro home directory (where the file would end up) and split the screen to "Problems/PageIndex.html" (using :sp Problems/PageIndex.html). PageIndex consist of an alphabetical list of all the pages in the directory, in this case the Problems directory.

I had to get the cursor in the right place in both files so moving to the line above the first file in the PageIndex list I then used Ctrl-W-P to move back the sitemap file then "G" to take me to the end of the file and ran this macro:
:read top.n^MG$^Wpj0f"lyt"^Wpp:read end.n^MkJxG$
:read top.n^M I read-in the contents of the top.n file (^M represents the single character for Enter, don't try to copy this file as I've escaped all the special characters - better to make your own keyboard macro)

G$^Wpj0 - move the cursor to the end of the sitemap file and Ctrl-W-p (CTRL is ^W) to take me to the PageIndex file and then move down one line and to the beggining of the line.
f"lyt" - find the first quote on the line, move one character to the right and yank to the next quote (this simply copies the url of the file from the link).
^Wpp - Ctrl-W-p back to the sitemap file and put the yanked text (the url)
:read end.n^M - read in the contents of end.n
kJx - move up one line and join the next line, deleting the space.
G$ - move the cursor to the end of the file and end of the line, ready for the next itineration of the macro.

Of course the this macro was repeatable so I just typed:
300@a
and it simply itinerated down the list 300 times. (the macro was in the "a" register)
When it got to the "</ul>" at the end of the list of files, it just stopped the macro as there was no " on the line.

I had to modify top.n and end.n for each of the four sections (Diseases, Effects, Problems, and Techniques) but otherwise it was quite quick.

I indexed 955 files in all.

The last bits were easy, I just added the xml header and footer and the file was complete.

Originally it was over 130 kb so I turned it into a 7kb .gz (sitemap.xml.gz) and ftp'd it to the site. Then I used Google Webmaster tools to submit it to Google.

Done. I think.