Gangrene is a serious condition in which a loss of blood supply causes tissue to die. It can affect any part of the body but typically starts in the toes, feet, fingers and hands (the extremities). It can occur as a result of an injury, infection or a long-term condition that affects blood circulation.
You should seek immediate advice from your licensed health practitioner if you think you have gangrene.
Symptoms of gangrene include:
- The affected area of tissue changes color, such as turning red to brown to black
- A loss of sensation in the affected area, or the area of tissue becomes extremely painful
- The affected tissue develops black blisters and begins producing a foul-smelling pus
The two most common types of gangrene are:
- Dry gangrene
- Wet gangrene
Other less common types of gangrene include:
- Gas gangrene – where an infection develops deep inside the body and the bacteria responsible begin releasing toxins
- Necrotising fasciitis – where bacteria spreads into the skin and then into surrounding tissue
- Internal gangrene – when blood flow to an internal organ such as the gallbladder is blocked; this often occurs as a complication of a hernia
Having an amputation – even a so-called ‘minor amputation’ such as having one of your toes or fingers removed – can have a profound negative emotional impact.
Having an entire limb removed can cause serious psychological complications. People often grieve for the loss of their limb in the same way they would grieve for the loss of a loved one. Feelings of anger and depression are common.
Many cases of dry gangrene can be prevented.
Dry gangrene usually develops inside the foot of a person with poorly-controlled diabetes, atherosclerosis and/or peripheral arterial disease. If you have one of these conditions it’s important to have regular check-ups to assess the state of your feet and report any problems to your licensed health practitioner as soon as possible.
A low-fat diet, regular exercise and, if you smoke, quitting smoking will also improve your blood supply.
Who is affected
Dry gangrene is a relatively common problem among high-risk groups, such as people with diabetes and/or peripheral arterial disease, and is a common cause of amputations.
Diabetes UK estimates that people with diabetes are 15 times more likely to require a major amputation than the population at large.
Every year in England around 5,000 people with diabetes have an amputation as a result of gangrene.
There is limited data about other types of gangrene which are not thought common.
For example, from April 2010 to April 2011 there were 52 reported cases of gas gangrene and 903 cases of internal gangrene in England.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body blogs.naturalcures.com/the-best-way-to-cleansing-and-purification-of-the-body/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective blogs.naturalcures.com/hypnotherapy-for-stress-management-why-it-is-so-effective/
Bentonite clay can prevent needless amputations: www.naturalnews.com/026259_clay_diabetes_amputations.html
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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
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