I recall having a consultation with a young woman who was accompanied by her boyfriend. Her chief complaint was a deep, crawling, itching sensation in her skin, mainly the arms but occasionally spreading to other areas. Nothing was visible on the skin itself: no urticaria (red, round bumps that itch intensely), no eczema, no plaque formation, etc.
If you’ve never experienced this type of chronic itching, as I haven’t, it’s difficult to empathize with people who are plagued by it. It’s a terrible symptom because scratching doesn’t provide relief. In fact it really doesn’t do anything other than irritate the skin.
And because nothing is visible on the skin, loved ones and friends (and often doctors) think the sufferer is having mental problems. The boyfriend fell strongly into that category. You could tell from the look on his face that he thought she was nuts.
This type of symptom is caused by systemic histamine release as a result of allergies and sensitivities.
When immune cells are excited by antigens (anything recognized by the immune system that induce an immune reaction), they release a cascade of signaling molecules (SM) that cause systemic symptoms and local target organ dysfunction. Each SM produces its own signature of symptoms.
Histamine is responsible for two main effects in an inflammatory response: dilating blood vessels and making them more permeable to allow more fluid to pass from the bloodstream into the tissues. This allows for reinforcements to arrive but also results in localized swelling, edema, and redness. That’s histamine’s local effect.
Systemic histamine release causes the following symptoms:
Headaches: pulsating, whole-head pain, often with a sense of great pressure or bursting within the head
Fast pulse, low blood pressure, irregular heart beat
Itching or burning followed by flushing and an unpleasant heat
Increased stomach acid release with crampy abdominal pain
May provoke an asthma attack
Anxiety and agitation with a diffuse, odd body sensation often described as “my bones are on fire”, “I feel weird all over”, “a deep pricking, crawling sensation.”
Antihistamines may help with localized reactions but have little efficacy on systemic symptoms.
As is always the case, removing the cause is the best course of action. Patients such as this young woman should go through the nutrient and foods treatment program. Unfortunately, her boyfriend put the kibosh on that idea and apparently he was in control of their budget.
I ran into an interesting research paper titled “Food Allergy is Linked to Skin Exposure and Genetics.” The lead study author is Joan Cook-Mills, a professor of allergy-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
In case you don’t care or have time to read the article, here are the salient points:
“The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. Food allergy is triggered when these factors occur together.”
Up to 35% of children with food allergies have atopic dermatitis, which can be caused by “at least three different gene mutations that reduce the skin barrier.” Also, soap in wipes disrupt the top skin layer of lipids.
While food allergies among children are on the rise, risk factors can be reduced in the home environment by following these simple instructions:
SET-DB™ practitioners can easily eliminate sensitivities like these, but prevention (when available) always trumps cure.
My wife and I have been on a ketogenic diet for about eight weeks, for weight loss and to help us gain control over our diet again (perhaps I should just speak for myself on that last one). In the past we always did the homeopathic version of the hCG diet, the one from DesBio we put patients on while in practice. It always worked well for us and we knew it inside and out, but we decided to try something different.
It was a little tough for a couple of weeks, mainly because we didn’t supplement with enough electrolyte replacements, but we’re humming along now. We’re at the point where we’re starting to add more carbs from starchier but healthy sources, like sweet potatoes. (We’ve been eating plenty of vegetables but no fruit). I’m down 17 pounds, my wife about 10 (but she looks like she’s lost more).
Anyway, this isn’t a keto diet post, it’s a thyroid post. While researching for my upcoming SET-DB™ Thyroid Protocol, I ran across some interesting information regarding dietary fat and the thyroid gland.
“It turns out the linoleic acid suppresses thyroid signaling.”
Here are some highlights of the post I linked above (Mark’s Daily Apple—great site):
When I developed my highly effective fibromyalgia treatment program, I didn’t feel the need to include dietary recommendations, for a number of reasons.
One, getting people to change their diet is difficult. Most have to be backed into a corner, facing serious health problems, before they’ll give up their favorite fast food meals and daily quarts of sugary soft drinks.
Two, the program is very effective without a change of diet. This suggests that diet doesn’t cause or greatly contribute to fibromyalgia, but I realize that may not be completely true. While the average patient sees a 67% decrease in their overall symptom profile, the fact is most had some symptom(s) at the end of the program, albeit far less than they had when they began. Diet modification could well have resolved some of those residual symptoms.
Three, sometimes you have to pick your battles. Those who raised or are raising children understand this. Do you want to spend your energy getting patients to come in for their treatments (which actually isn’t difficult at all because we got the money issue out of the way at the start) and take the few supplements you give them, which proved to be effective, or spend your time begging and pleading with them to stop eating at Burger King every day?
This won’t be the case with my upcoming thyroid protocol. As you just read (and there’s more to come, diet-wise), there’s enough evidence that diet does affect thyroid and thyroid hormone function.
The most important part of the program will, of course, be eliminating a person’s sensitivities to things like iodine, thyroid tissue (80–90% of hypothyroid sufferers have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), T3, T4, TSH, adrenal hormones, certain amino acids, etc. If this isn’t done, it’s likely supplementation with hormones or nutritionals will not work as well as they could, or at all.
I've been working on the ins and outs of remote treatment for some time and think I have it figured out. I've sent out the instructions to several SET-DB™ practitioners for further testing and feedback.
The difficult lies in ensuring the patient performs the treatment on themselves correctly as the practitioner isn't there to do it for them. This will be easy for many and nearly impossible for some. Some need to have an assistant of sorts to perform the treatment on them. But once someone is trained, the session shouldn't take more than a minute or two longer than an in-office session.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Previous versions of the OSST™ BioSurvey required the used to create Custom Categories before they could use it. To some practitioners this was a piece of cake, but many others didn't know how to create Custom Categories and so didn't use the OSST.
The OSST™ BioSurvey is now fully functional out-of-the-box. All a practitioner has to do is order a few homeopathic drainage products and they're good to go.
I edited the BioSurvey to test products I used in practice, from four different homeopathic companies. These companies will automatically sync with your software each time you sync with ZYTO's servers.
If you want to use different companies, you can still set up your own Custom Categories. But now it's easy. I explain it, with pictures, in the manual.
The SET-DB™ Basic Package includes TWO ways to help patients and clients achieve better health!
(The OSST™ in the Fibromyalgia Package has also been updated.)
I’ve had several practitioners in the past few months who’ve told me they only wanted the standard SET-DB™ package, not the SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia. When I asked one why, he replied, “I don’t like treating fibromyalgia patients.” When pressed he said they’re “too grumpy.” I assume the other practitioners reasons for not wanting the fibromyalgia program would be along the same lines.
At first this attitude surprised me because I had such good experiences treating fibromyalgia while in active practice. But the more I thought about it, the clearer it became…
…I enjoyed treating fibromyalgia patients because I had something that helped the vast majority of them get their life back. The ones who started out “grumpy” left my treatment program smiling. And it always started after about six treatments.
If you don’t have something to offer that really helps them, the case will end in failure, which is frustrating. Frustrating for the practitioner and even more so for the patient. I wouldn’t like that, either.
When I think of my grumpy fibromyalgia patients (they didn’t all start like that—maybe only 25%), one face is always the first to pop up in my mind: Jackie (real first name, but I’ll withhold her last name). She used to scare my wife when she started her treatment program.
Incidentally, her husband drove her to our office for about the first half of her treatment program. (They lived about 40 miles away.) After that, she was able to drive herself.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s her testimonial:
BEFORE Dr. Boothe’s treatment: “I was unable to do hardly anything. I had to give up driving my car. I had to depend on my husband for everything. I spent most of my time at home and I needed a housekeeper to do my work. I had severe stomach problems, couldn’t sleep, was very tired all the time, and was very depressed. I had to have epidural injections in my spine and took pain medication that didn’t help. I couldn’t eat, I spent a lot of time in bed—days at a time.”
(Let’s cut these poor people some slack—who wouldn’t be grumpy feeling like that?)
AFTER Dr. Boothe’s treatment: “I’m now doing my housework and I’m able to drive! I have good sleep at night. I’m able to eat and I have no stomach problems anymore. I need no more prescription medication for pain and no more epidural injections in my spine. This is the healthiest I’ve felt in years! I feel happy and am enjoying all the things I had to give up. It was all worth the 40 treatments. I have my life back again!”
Jackie Xxxxxx, Stockton
I don’t have access to her Symptom Intensity Graph so I can’t show it to you or tell you how she rated herself in the top 13 symptoms of fibromyalgia at the start and end of her program. But, do you really need those numbers? Isn’t quality of life more important?
I bet you’re wondering why being able to do her own housework was important enough to her to mention in her testimonial. If so, you’re obviously not part of the post-war generation. You and I look forward to not doing our own housework, but her generation took pride in taking care of themselves and their family, which meant doing their own work.
If you could have seen Jackie toward the end of her program—driving herself around, free of heavy pain killers and painful injections, eating what she wanted instead of what she could, taking pride in being able to take care of her house again—you’d understand why we looked forward to each and every new fibromyalgia patient we were blessed to help.
SET-DB™ prices are going up January 1, 2018:
SET-DB™ Package or SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia Package purchased separately
Now: $1,197 each
1/1/2018: $2,297 each
SET-DB™ and SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia Packages purchased at the same time
SET-DB™ is the preeminent treatment for eliminating sensitivities. With BioSurveys that run on a ZYTO Elite or Select system, it is by far the easiest (for both practitioner and patient) and most effect system available.
Instead of having to fly around the country at a cost of many thousands, SET-DB™ can be learned and implemented in as little as a few days.
Plans for 2018
1. Remote treatments: many practitioners have contacted me about doing SET-DB™ remotely. I didn't think it possible, but I believe I may have been wrong. After the wrinkles are ironed out, I'll be announcing it here on the blog.
2. Referrals: I get contacted by people wanting to know who does SET-DB™ near them. It's a trickle now but as SET-DB™ expands, the need for a referral system will expand with it.
3. Remote training: I'm thinking about adding an option for practitioners to fly me in to spend a day in their practice working with them or staff. There will also be opportunities to train remotely via your internet connect.
4. Product improvement: I'm constantly improving the product. I've recently completed a SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia Staff Manual and made improvement to the Fibromyalgia Practitioner Manual to make it even easier to implement the program.
Best wishes to you and your families, staff, and patients or client for the New Year!
I’ve recently been corresponding with a practitioner who was referred a 5-month-old boy for treatment for eczema. If you perform SET-DB™ on small children like this, there are some important considerations to keep in mind that will help you get to and correct the cause of the eczema quickly. (Much of this can also be found in the Practitioner Manual.)
The testing is done by placing the child’s hand on one of more of the plates on the Hand Cradle. The parent or guardian please their hand over the child’s, and you’re off and running. We have one grandchild who thought this was good fun and one who wailed. May your young patients fall into the former, not the latter.
I received a call from a practitioner a few weeks ago about reactions a couple of her patients had some time after receiving a SET-DB™ treatment. Both patients were children, siblings, about the same age. As I recall, one broke out with hives about four hours after a treatment for amino acids, the other about four days after the same treatment. The parent claims neither were given a protein meal during the four-hour avoidance period.
So, what gives?
First, after performing thousands of SET-DB™ treatments, no patient of mine ever reported a negative reaction after a treatment, other than what I write about in the Practitioner’s Manual. If the treatment was performed correctly and the patient observed the avoidance period, the only negative reactions ever reported to me were fatigue and a dull headache (from the New-Stim).
That’s not to say a negative reaction to a treatment could never happen, but the odds are right up there with winning the Powerball—not real likely.
So, again, what gives?
The obvious answer is they reacted to something they weren’t treated for, which could be just about anything as they’d only had one treatment. To put a finer point on it, it’s likely they reacted to something new in their shared environment. New allergen — new symptom.
Here’s what I would’ve done if this had happened to me:
To sum up, as a general rule it’s always better to try to get the patient to go through the treatment program you think they need. This should be the inhalants program or the food and nutrient program, or both. Anything less is doing the patient a disservice by allowing them to leave your care with sensitivities, which will over time contribute to poor health. (Small children can be an exception.)
Also, properly educate your patients/clients BEFORE they come to see you. This not only saves you time on the first visit, a better-educated patient is a better patient, and better patients will understand they need to get all their sensitivities corrected.
For most SET-DB™ practitioners, or practitioners of any sensitivity elimination treatment, communicating with prospective patients/clients is a major challenge. Most of my allergy patients had never heard of anything like what I was doing. So I’d talk and I’d talk and I’d talk, trying different explanations, saying things in new ways.
The question I could never answer to everyone’s satisfaction was, “How does it work?” No one really knows “how,” only that it does.
Some tell their patients, “It teaches the body a new way to respond” to the offending substance. But then the question still comes: “How?”
In time I learned the best way to educate prospective patients is to give them something to read, before they came in to see me. But, we live in an age when information comes at us from every angle, from the TV, our computers, and, most of all, the smartphone. The result is, people have short attention spans and won’t read anything longer than a paragraph or two (if that much) if they don’t have to.
So, I made them. I always offered a free (one of the most powerful words in marketing) consultation, but to get it, I required that they read my Allergy Report. It saved me countless hours over the years and saved me from having to repeat the same lines over and over. The practitioner’s manual contains dialogue for how I did this.
When I talk with SET-DB™ practitioners I am forever disappointed that so few take the time to edit the reports to fit their philosophy and practice. I can only surmise it looks like too big of a challenge, or the language in the reports isn’t sophisticated enough for them.
Let’s take the latter reason and discuss it a little. Let me start with a little history of my own. I developed an interest in typography and desktop publishing years ago, when WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) became a standard feature on computers. I remember spending hours creating professional-looking brochures, then printing them on special paper. I was sure people would be impressed with my professionalism and my phone would ring off the hook.
I belonged to the county chiropractic association, and one Saturday docs split time at a booth in the central park. Based on past performances, it promised to be a very busy day. I loaded up my nice brochures and headed for the park for my 2 hours.
Dr. Teryl Boothe and selected guests.