Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)

PCOD Overview:

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Influenza

Influenza Overview:

Influenza is a virus that most often affects the upper respiratory tract. It is commonly referred to as the flu, or a the common cold. Different sources will suggest these conditions as being different, however, they are both caused by influeza.

there are 3 main types of influenza, A, B, and C. Most infections are the result of influenza A and B. Out of these two, influenza A is far more common, and tends to be more severe.

Most people who are infected with influenza will remain sick for several days before recovering, however, some strains, such as the H1N1 strain that wiped out nearly 6% of the worlds population during the Spanish Flu outbreak, are far more deadly. Even less severe influenza infections take the lives of the young, the old and the weak on a regular basis.

 

Aetiology:

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Symptoms:

Dry/Sore Throat

Swollen Cervical Lymph Nodes

Fever

Diaphoresis

Chills

Respiratory Catarrh

Malaise

Muscle Aches

Fatigue

Headache

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Manage And Improve Febrile Responses

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  • Diaphoretics (Yarrow)
  • Circulatory Stimulants (Ginger, Cinnamon)

2. Enhance The Immune Function

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  • Immunomodulators (Echinaceae, Andrographis)
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3. Treat Cough/Catarrh

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  • Antitussives ()
  • Anticatarrhals (Euphrasia, Sambucus, Hydrastis)

4. Use Antivirals

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Differential Diagnosis:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Rhinovirus
  • Adenoviruses
 

Comorbidities:

  • HIV
 

Cautions:

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Herbs For Influenza:

 

Influenza Formula

Herb Name Ratio Amount in mL
Sambucus nigra 1:2 30 mL
Matricaria chamomila 1:2 30 mL
Mentha piperita 1:2 20 mL
Passiflora incarnata 1:2 20 mL
Total 100 mL

Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Measles

Measles Overview:

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease characterised by high fever, cough, inflammed eyes, and a whole-body spotty rash.

 

Aetiology:

Measles is caused by the Morbillivirus, which is a virus spread through the respiratory tract and conjunctiva. It spreads through the body via the lymphatic system and will also affect the skin. 

The incubation period for measles is apporcimatly 7-12 days. 

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Characterised by the "3 C's":

  1. Cough
  2. Coryza
  3. Conjunctivitis

These symptoms are often accompanied by fever, Koplik spots, photophobia, and malaise.

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Fever rises, often exceeding 40C and a red rash appears behind the ears and face and begins spreading down to eventually cover the entire body.

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Fever will return to normal, the rash begins to fade, leaving behind a ghost rash that eventually sheds.

 

Complications:

  • Pneumonia
  • Encephalitis
  • Otitis media
 

Symptoms:

Fever

Rash

Koplik Spots

Photophobia

Malaise

Coryza

Cough

Conjunctivitis

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Support Febrile Phase & Manage Fever

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  • Diaphoretics (yarrow)
  • Antipyretics ()

2. Eradicate viral Infection

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  • Antivirals (hypericum, thuja)
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3. Support The Immune System

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  • Immunomodulators (Echinaceae, cats claw)
  • Lymphatics (Echinaceae, baptisia, calendula)

4. Promote Healing Of The Rash

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5. Treat Additional Symptoms As Needed

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  • Sedatives (Chamomile, catnip, melissa, linden)
  • Carminatives ()
  • Antimicrobials (Calendula)
  • Antinflammatories ()

6. Support The upper Respiratory Tract If Needed

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  • Nutritional Considerations (Vitamin A, Carotenoids, Cod liver oil)
 

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Herbs For Measels:

 

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Mumps

Mumps Overview:

Mumps is a viral infection that mainly affects children. It causes an inflammation of the parotid glands as well as exocrine glands including the pancreas, mature ovaries, and testes.

 

Aetiology:

Mumps is a viral infection of Mumps rubulavirus. It mainly infects the parotid glands (salivary glands), but can also affect other exocrine glands. 

Mumps is spread through the saliva of infected individuals, many of which are asymptomatic carriers and vectors for the virus. Once infected, there is a 12-24 day incubation stage but become infectious 24-36 hours before symptoms occur. Illness usually lasts about 1 week. 

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Complications:

Infection of Mumps rubulavirus can result in serious complications depending on the tissues infected. These can include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Infertility
  • Orchitis
  • Oorphoritis
  • Meningitis
 

Symptoms:

Pain in the throat

Swelling of the parotid glands

Nausea/Vomiting

Malaise

Aches

Restlessness

Hearing loss

Orchitis

Oorphoritis

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Eradicate Viral Infection

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  • Antivirals (hypericum, thuja)

2. Support The Immune System

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  • Immunomodulators (Echinaceae)
  • Diaphoretics (Achillea millefolium)

3. Support The Lymphatic System

This in turn supports the affected parotid glands.

  • Lymphatics (red root, calendula, baptisia, echinaceae, phytolacca (older children only and with caution))

4. Reduce Pain & Inflammation Associated With Sore Throat

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5. Treat Orchitis or Oorphoritis If Applicable

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Herbs For Mumps:

 

Mumps Formula

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Chickenpox

Chickenpox Overview:

Chickenpox is a highly infectious, common viral infection in children that results in fever, headache, and characteristic pox vesicles all over the skin.

chicken pox goes under the name Varicella zoster, which is a member of the Herpesviridae family of viruses.


Aetiology:

Chickenpox is caused by the virus Varicella zoster. It's spread through infected hosts through viral shedding of the vesicles it creates on the skin. Early signs include mild febrile illness, then the appearance of an itchy rash that quickly develops vesicles over 2-5 days. 

After an outbreak, the virus lays dormant in the body. it is the cause of the condition known as shingles later in life as a remergence of this same virus from dormancy. 


Symptoms:

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Therapeutic Aims:

1. Eradicate Ifection Through Direct Antiviral Support

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2. Support The Immune System

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  • Immunostimulants ()

3. Treat Itchiness Symptomatically

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  • Antipruritics (Chickweed, oats)

4. Support The Healing Of Vesicles On The Skin

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  • Vulneraries (Calendula, echinaceae, hypericum, lavender)
  • Topical Antivirals (Licorice, rhubarb, lemon balm)

5. Prevent Secondary Bacterial Infection

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  • Antibacterials (Echinaceae, golden seal, berberine containing herbs)

6. Encourage Fever

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  • Diaphoretics (ginger, yarrow, peppermint, elder, linden, chen pi)
 

Differential Diagnosis:

  • Herpes simplex
 

Cautions:

Chickenpox is a notifiable condition in many countries and must be reported to the local public health and communicable disease prevention regulators.

 

Herbs For Chickenpox:

 

Chickenpox Formula

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Syncope

Syncope Overview:

Syncope is a loss of cerebral perfusion and brief loss of consciousness. Typical episodes of syncope involve a brief feeling of light-headedness, darkened vision, and ringing in the ears. In many cases the person will also be pale and diaphoretic.


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Cardiac syncope is caused by a sudden and significant reduction in cardiac output. Cardiac arrhythmia, aortic stenosis, or upper GI bleed with hypotension may all provoke this form of syncope.

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Symptoms:

Sudden sensation of light-headedness

Ringing in the ears (Tinitus)

Darkened vision

Falling

Amnesia

Cardiac arrythmia

Hypotension

Confusion


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Herbs For Syncope:

 

Syncope Formula

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment


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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease Overview:

Parkinson's Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder to Alzheimer's. With this condition, the basal ganglia are affected, reducing the amount of dopamine throughout the brain.

 

Aetiology:

The symptoms of Parkinson's disease are the result of extensive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the basal ganglia. 

Causes of Parkinson's is heavily debated, however, the genrally agreed-upon triggers for the disease includes:

  • Traumatic head injury
  • Viral inflammation
  • Exposure to heavy metals
  • Organophosphate compounds
  • Neurotoxic compounds
 

Symptoms:

Tremors

Sleep Disturbances

Constipation

Postural hypotension

Loss of smell

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Diagnostic Considerations:

 

Examination/Assessment Findings:

  • Fixed facial expression
  • Eyes unblinking and staring
  • Bradykinesia
  • Cogwheel rigidity of joints
  • Resting tremor (pill rolling tremor)
  • Postural instability
  • Shuffling gait
 

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Comorbidities:

  • Dementia is common with Parkinson's Patients (40%)
 

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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment


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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Overview:

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the primary form of dementia (accounts for up to 70% of cases). It has a strongly age-related prevelance, with less than 1% of those affected under the age of 65 and a 30% prevelance in those over the age of 85.

Alzheimer's disease is gradual, producing progressive symptoms over the course of 5-15 years after diagnosis. Despite its slow progression, it accounts for nearly 7% of deaths in Western countries.


Aetiology:

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There are a number of causative factors associated with Alzheimer's & Dementia in general:

  • Old age (>65)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Low folate intake
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • ApoE
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • High caloric intake
  • Poor excercise
  • Social isolation
  • Heavy metal exposure
  • Medications (such as benzodiazepines)
  • Aspartame intake

The definitive cause for Alzheimer's is still under scrutiny and is heavily debated within the medical community, however, there are some predominant theories that have been backed up by a lot of high quality studies in recent years. The result of this research has highlighted that the cause for Alzheimer's disease is not a single pathological process, rather a series of pathogenic alterations in nervous system function that includes both the peripheral autonomic network and the limbic system.

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End stage Alzheimer's disease patients are unable to ambulate, dress, bathe, use the bathroom, or generally care for themselves without assistance. Meaningful conversation is no longer achievable, and in many cases they will be unable to speak intelligable words at all.

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Symptoms:

Decrease in executive function

Impaired memory

Altered social & behavioural patterns

Symptom

Mood irregularities

Decreased ability to use or interpret language

Loss in the ability to recognize objects or faces

 

Diagnostic Considerations:

The presence of an acquired impairment in memory, associated with impairment in one or more cognitive domains, including:

  • Executive function (e.g., abstract thinking, reasoning, judgment)
  • Language (expressive or receptive)
  • Praxis (learned motor sequences)
  • Gnosis (ability to recognize objects, faces or other sensory information)

Impairments in cognition must be severe enough to  interfere with work, usual social activities or relationships with others.

 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Prevent or Treat Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, or high homocysteine levels.

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  • Hypocholesterolemics ()
  • Cardiotonics ()

2. Improve Cognition

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  • Cerebrovasodilators (ginkgo)

3. Reduce Oxidation In The Brain & Improve Cerebral Blood Flow

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  • Cerebrovasodilators (ginkgo, periwinkle)
  • Antioxidants (Curcuma, ilex, rosemary, camellia sinensis, vaccinum myrtillus, vitis vinifera, allium sativum, schisandra)
  • Circulatory Stimulants (Rosmarinus, gingko)

4. prevent Dehydration

By ensuring adequate water consumption.

5. Address Potential Risk Factors

Such as depression, heavy metal or solvent exposure ad head trauma.

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Differential Diagnosis:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetic dementia
 

Comorbidities:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
 

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Herbs For Alzheimer's Disease:

  • Lions mane
  • Coffee
  • Panax ginseng
  • ginkgo
  • curcuma longa
  • bacopa
  • centella asiatica
  • rosmarinus
 

Alzheimer's Disease Formula

Herb Name Ratio Amount in mL
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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017


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Dementia

Dementia Overview:

Dementia is a set of neurodegenerative disorders involving both the cortical and subcortical brain, eventually resultin gin progressive cognitive decline.

As the condition progresses, executive function, language, and mental speed become ipaired. Changes in mood, behaviour, sleeping pattern, and independence follow.


Aetiology:

There are a number of causative factors associated with Dementia:

  • Old age (>65)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Low folate intake
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • APOE e4
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • High caloric intake
  • Poor excercise
  • Social isolation

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Makes up for about 70% of dementia cases.

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Symptoms:

Decrease in executive function

Impaired memory

Altered social & behavioural patterns

Symptom

Mood irregularities

Decreased ability to use or interpret language

Loss in the ability to recognize objects or faces


Diagnostic Considerations:

The presence of an acquired impairment in memory, associated with impairment in one or more cognitive domains, including:

  • Executive function (e.g., abstract thinking, reasoning, judgment)
  • Language (expressive or receptive)
  • Praxis (learned motor sequences)
  • Gnosis (ability to recognize objects, faces or other sensory information)

Impairments in cognition must be severe enough to  interfere with work, usual social activities or relationships with others.

 

Other Factors To Consider For Diagnosis:

  • Family history of Dementia
  • Altered social behaviour
  • Memory impairment

 

Testing For Dementia:

  • Imaging of head (CT and/or MRI)
  • Blood tests
  • Full blood count, ESR
  • Urea and electrolytes, glucose
  • Calcium, liver function tests
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Vitamin B12
  • Syphilis, ANA, HIV serology
  • Chest X-ray
  • EEG

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Herbs For Dementia:

  • Ginkgo
  • Muira puama
  • Panax ginseng
  • Lions mane
  • Coffee
 

Dementia Formula

Herb Name Ratio Amount in mL
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Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment


Recent Blog Posts: