March 15, 2012 by Marcus
Filed under Health Conditions, Recent Posts, Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum tacamahaca and/or Calophyllum inophyllum), Vitamins and Minerals
My wife has suffered with a large, painful and growing keloid scar on her left shoulder at the site where she received her childhood vaccinations. I also believe that was the cause of the keloid scarring in the first place. Would tamanu oil be the best oil to put on this to relieve the pain and to possibly reduce the scar (or at least keep it from growing any larger)? Or would EMU Oil be more effective in your opinion?
The pain is SO BAD right now that she wants to go to a dermatologist to get a STEROID SHOT which I do not recommend, but she feels there is NO ALTERNATIVE. Do you know what the side effects are from the steroids shots used in treating keloid scars so that I can educate her?
Thanks for letting me know as soon as possible, Dr. Ettinger. I appreciate all of your help!
P.S.–Do you ship UPS Ground? The reason I ask is because UPS is the only major carrier that does not irradiate any of their products.
Based on the urgency, I’m cutting to the quick. I would alternate oils throughout the day. If there is no relief, to her satisfaction, go for the shot (side-effects are far less than her pain) and continue with the oils.
Our organic, Tahitian tamanu oil is of the finest quality and purity and is what I use every day. We do ship UPS ground.
Go immediately for the shot and use the oils afterward. Personally, I would not want to watch my wife in pain until the package arrives.
Let me know what you decide and what works.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C
From New York University’s Langone Medical Center website:
When the body repairs a wound, it often does so by creating fibrous scar tissue. Internal scars that may develop following surgery can cause significant pain. Surface scars are generally painless, but they may be cosmetically unpleasant. In some cases, scars on the skin can develop into a special form of oversized scar called a keloid. Keloids are generally red or pink, and often form a ridge several millimeters above the skin. These scars occur when the body continues to fill the scar with collagen after it has healed. Darker-skinned people are more likely to develop keloids than those with lighter skin.
Conventional treatment of any type of scar is less than entirely satisfactory. Keloids and other scars on the skin may be reduced in size by freezing (cryotherapy), steroid injections, radiation therapy, or surgical removal. However, a new, even more visible scar may develop in the place of the one that was removed. Similarly, removal of painful internal scars may lead to the new formation of painful scar tissue.
Proposed Natural Treatments
The herb gotu kola is said to help remove keloid scars. 1,2 When used for this purpose, it is taken orally, applied to the skin, or injected into the scar. However, there is no reliable evidence that it is effective.
According to some schools of acupuncture , surface scars impede the flow of “energy,” and thereby cause various illnesses. Acupuncture treatment of both surface and internal scars is said either to shrink them or, at least, to reduce their effects. However, there is no meaningful scientific evidence to indicate that acupuncture offers any benefits for scars.
Other natural treatments proposed for scars, but again without reliable supporting evidence, include: Aloe vera , allantoin, coconut oil, collagen, elastin, jojoba oil, lavender oil , massage , magnet therapy , selenium , snail extract, tamanu oil, vitamin A, vitamin C , vitamin E , and zinc .
1. Kartnig T. Clinical applications of Centella asiatica (L.) . Herbs Spices Med Plants . 1988;3:146-173.
2. Bosse JP, Papillon J, Frenette G, et al. Clinical study of a new antikeloid agent. Ann Plast Surg . 1979;3:13-21.
Hi Dr. Ettinger,
I forgot to ask you when I was there for my appointment about the cracked skin at the corner of my mouth. It wasn’t so bad then, but it has gotten worse. I have never in my life gotten this, so it’s a mystery. I’ve tried putting some skin repair cream on it, but It hasn’t helped that much. I know there’s a reason why this happens, but I seem to have forgotten. Is it some nutritional deficiency? any suggestions about getting rid of it?
Thanks a lot.
It’s called angular cheilitis or cheolosis.
Although the sores of angular cheilitis may become infected by the fungus Candida albicans (thrush), or other pathogens, studies have linked the initial onset of angular cheilitis with nutritional deficiencies, namely riboflavin (vitamin B2) and iron deficiency anemia, which in turn may be evidence of poor diets or malnutrition (e.g. celiac disease). Zinc deficiency has also been associated with angular cheilitis.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
1. Dorfman J, The Center for Special Dentistry.
2. MedlinePlus (2005-08-01). “Riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency (ariboflavinosis)”. National Institutes of Health.
3. Lu S, Wu H (2004). “Initial diagnosis of anemia from sore mouth and improved classification of anemias by MCV and RDW in 30 patients”. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 98 (6): 679–85.
4. Gaveau D, Piette F, Cortot A, Dumur V, Bergoend H. (1987). “[Cutaneous manifestations of zinc deficiency in ethylic cirrhosis].”. Ann Dermatol Venereol. 114 (1): 39–53. PMID 3579131.
E-mail me here with your questions. Did you checkout your blog? I have many posts about mangosteen and it’s xanthones.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
Nancy: Yes, I have checked out both blogs and appreciate the information. However, the list of xanthones refers to what’s in mangosteen in general. It does not specifically name how many of these xanthones your Absolute Mangosteen TM contains. Does a third independent party test for xanthone content and quantity in Absolute Mangosteen and how often do they they test for this? Is it done before and after bottling? With every batch? Obviously the xanthone content would vary somewhat from batch to batch, but one would hope you stay within a certain range. I believe you have a superior product ,but would like to know the specifics before purchasing. Thank you! Sincerely, Nancy
Dr. Ettinger: Nancy,
Thank you for the question. We do not measure for exact xanthone content (mg’s/mcg’s), as our product is a juice and not a xanthone supplement (I don’t know of any such product). Apples and oranges, in juice products, are not measured for their phytonutrient content either. We use 100% organic, whole mangosteen. That’s whole fruit – pericarp and seed included, in our juices. That is what I require and look for.
No supplement company I know of tests for mg’s or mcg’s of the 20 or so xanthones present in their juice or caps. It is just assumed that it’s in there because of the inclusion of the pericarp and seeds. The total mg’s of the mangosteen is listed with a statement that, “this product contains a full complement of xanthones” or some such statement. Also, we are one of the only companies to use “flash pasteurization” (related posts on flash pasteurization), which helps to protest the phytonutrient profile of the juice.
I hope we can keep you as a customer and I do know you are getting more of a response here than you will get from any other manufacturer. If you do get a more detailed response, I would very much like you to forward it to me.
I hope this helps and satisfies your inquiry.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger B.Sc., D.C.
“I don’t think we should be taking food from whales.”
No one is taking food from whales. Where did you get your information?
Almost all if not all supplemental astaxanthin is derived from natural sources, such as the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis (see below) or the pink yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous.
ASTAXANTHIN, a member of the carotenoid family, is a dark-red pigment which is the main carotenoid found in the marine world of algae and aquatic animals. ASTAXANTHIN is present in many types of seafood, including salmon, trout, red sea bream, shrimp and lobster, as well as in birds such as flamingo and quail. This pigment is commercially produced from the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis, the richest known natural source for ASTAXANTHIN.
You can also read my post on astaxanthin, “Astaxanthin – King of the Carotenoids!”
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
Charlene’s response back: “I am glad to hear that thanks.”
Here is the rest of the story:
THE PRODUCTION OF NATURAL ASTAXANTHIN BY HAEMATOCOCCUS PLUVIALIS
The microalga Haematococcus pluvialis synthesizes and accumulates ASTAXANTHIN to relatively high levels. The commercial production process is based on two distinct cultivation stages. The first is called the “Green Stage,” which starts indoors with a single-cell colony of the microalga, and continues outdoors in solar-powered photobioreactors. The aim of this stage is to produce plenty of viable, unstressed “green” algal cells by normal cell-division process (see Fig. 2). The “Green Stage” provides optimal growth conditions in order to achieve maximal biomass production rate. The second cultivation stage is the “Red Stage” (see Fig. 2), in which the algal cells synthesize and accumulate the pigment ASTAXANTHIN. This stage starts by subjecting the cells to severe stress conditions, mainly high radiation intensity and changes in growth media. As a result, the Haematococcus cells start to form cysts by producing thick cell walls, and to synthesize and accumulate ASTAXANTHIN in its esterified form. Cultivating the algal culture in closed systems allows an environmentally controlled process with less biological and chemical contamination. Following the “Red” process, the level of ASTAXANTHIN in the “red cells” may reach up to ~4% of their dry weight. The ASTAXANTHIN content of the “red cells” is correlated to the severity of the stress conditions, mainly to the light flux through the culture. In due time, the “red” culture is pumped to the down-processing area, where the cells are cracked (to render the pigment bioavailable), dried, and vacuum-packed. Haematococcus oleoresin is produced in an additional step, using the CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction process. Increasingly, both consumers and regulatory agencies are requiring extracts that contain no residual solvents. U.S. Nutra of Eustis, FL, has the technology to extract Haematococcus with CO2 and without any co-solvents.
Very few companies commercially produce ASTAXANTHIN from Haematococcus pluvialis. The Hawaiian companies Cyanotech Corporation and Mera Pharmaceuticals cultivate the algae using an open pond system for the “Red Stage.” The Japanese company Fuji Chemicals operates an indoor facility in Sweden and its “dome-shaped” bioreactors in Hawaii.
Algatech uses tubular solar-powered photobioreactors for both the “Green” and “Red” stages in closed, strictly controlled systems (see Figs. 3 and 4). Algatech produces its ASTAXANTHIN from the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis according to its patented biocontrolled growing process (1). The plant is located in the southern part of Israel, in the Negev Desert, near the resort city of Eilat, thus exploiting the area’s high solar radiation year-round.
The major parameters used to assess high-quality commercial Haematococcus biomass and oleoresins are high ASTAXANTHIN content in the product, low levels of biological and chemical contamination, and excellent stability of the ASTAXANTHIN in the product. Producing ASTAXANTHIN in a closed system throughout the entire process (“Green” and “Red”) in an area with high solar-radiation intensity year-round, as in the case of Algatech, yields high-quality ASTAXANTHIN products (see Fig. 5). This algal biomass contains ~4% of its dry weight as ASTAXANTHIN. The production of the algal biomass in flake form (as with Algatechnologies’ dry biomass), offers additional clear advantages when an extraction process is required for the production of high-quality oleoresin with ~ 10% ASTAXANTHIN concentration.
I’ve recently bought your Absolute Acai Capsules product. I’ve not yet received it, but I had a question which your videos on YouTube did not quite address.
How much weight loss am I to expect while taking this product, without exercise? How much exercise do you recommend to boost the power of the Acai?
Thank you for taking the time to consider my questions, I hope to get an email from you soon!
I hate to have to break the news to you but acai is not a weight loss product. Who told you it was?
Acai is a wonderful, polyphenol rich, super-fruit, but it’s not going to shed pounds off of you. Here is what I would do: Take two caps in the morning (it is a great antioxidant) with a vegetable omelet. No snacks between meals. Have vegetables and protein for lunch and dinner. Each meal can have some fat like olive oil, avocado, olives or nuts. If you follow this program, with 20 minutes of exercise each day, I can almost guarantee that you will lose all the weight you want. In 10 weeks (no cheating) it can be as much as 30-40 lbs!
I hope this helps.
All of our acai products:
Do you have any feedback from any of the patients trying MM?
Secondly – a follow up to that blood work of my dads – he had a bone marrow test and turns out he has the following condition:
Then there is the actual bone marrow analysis.
Cellularity …. the normocellular % is 40% which is normal for my age.
Basically something that could be genetic and that he has had for a long time. Conventional treatment is wait and watch… Any thoughts or insight?
I haven’t used “The Miracle Mineral Solution” (chlorine dioxide) it in my practice. I have had a few patients use it on their own, though I’ve never heard any rave testimonials about it. Personally, I’m not going to be using it.
As far as your dad’s diagnosis goes, I have had other patients with similar diagnosis and have referred them out to various integrative medical clinics to receive treatments I can’t perform at my practice.
When you see this type of blood test result you would naturally think leukemia/lymphoma. This would need to be ruled in or out. Another thing I would like to rule in or out is, zinc excess or copper deficiency. Here is a link to what I’m talking about. Hypocupremia (copper deficiency) and bone marrow failure. This is important because if it’s part of the puzzle, resolution can’t occur unless the issue is also addressed.
The common denominator in treatment for all has been monthly sessions of IV vitamin C and ongoing LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) therapy. The patients I’m referring to have all had a diagnosis of leukemia (CLL mainly) or lymphoma (both Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkins).
Supplement wise has been: alpha lipoic acid (can be added to the vitamin C drip), CoQ10 (100+ mg’s), astaxanthin (8-12 mg’s), Vitamin D3 (2000-6000 IU’s), NAC w/selenium & molybdenum (Now Foods 1000+ mg’s), folic acid/B12 (400 mcg’s/2000 mcg’s) and betaine HCl (200-600 mg’s, per meal) for proper absorption of iron and other minerals.
Cancer Adjuvant Therapy (including NAC, CoQ10, selenium and alpha lipoic acid)
I hope this helps.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
Yes, obliphica oil is a synonym for Sea Buckthorn Oil. As far as I can tell it’s only utilized for Sea Buckthorn Oil used in products consumed and/or made in Israel – Obliphica Oil. Personally I think it’s just a created term to sound more exotic than straight Sea Buckthorn Oil. Just guessing here.
Other names for Sea Buckthorn are Sallow Thorn and Hippophae rhamnoides.
P.S. Check out our Sea Buckthorn juice, Sea Buckthorn Fusion. Seabuckthorn Fusion™ is a synergistic blend of some of nature’s most powerful, antioxidant rich superfruit and berry juices.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
I don’t know if you will remember me or not. I saw you many years ago for photo-faicals for my skin and you have since helped me with vitamins to help with my celiac disease. I love/loved the Probiotic Flora-Health the most. I really notice a difference in feeling much better when taking them. It has been a while since I have taken them as life has been hectic, financially and such. I am interested in taking them again but am now breastfeeding our first baby so I wanted to check with you on the safety of the product while breastfeeding.
Thank you for your time,
Congratulations and yes I do remember, from SD and mom in Montana? I hope my memory is still intact. Probiotic Flora-Health is not only perfectly safe for you and the baby while breast feeding it is a mandatory product recommendation of mine while breast feeding. Our Non-GMO Lecithin Granules is another as i our Liquid Power and Omega 3-6-9. If you take these four items all the way through breast feeding, your baby has the best chances of growing-up healthy, without the same childhood sicknesses that other kids may get. You can take the same four products for your continued health as well.
My wife did the same. Our daughter is 7.5 years of age, no immunizations and has never had to set foot in an MD’s office. I have had her on supplements since she was three. Yes, she has had some mild colds here and there but that’s it.
If you need any personalized health you can always reach me at 714-639-4360
Response Back: Dr. Ettinger,
Yes! You do have a great memory. Thank you for your response and additional recommendations for supplements. Its great to know your daughter has benefited from them as well.
I am sure we will be in touch in the future. I would like my husband to start taking supplements soon too.
Question: Hello, my grandmother gave me a booklet about noni juice. She has Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The booklet she showed me was from this company – tahitiannoni.com
My question is, I’m looking for as close to pure as possible noni juice. My grandmom won’t mind taking it straight but what can we use to ease the taste without deactivating any of the nutrients.
Second, she is taking Ranitidine, but only when needed. Can she stop taking it if continuous use of noni juice?
Thanks for your help. I saw your video because I didn’t just settle for the booklet. I did some research and saw your video and you seem to have the pure stuff.
Thanks for your time with my questions
Our Totally Nude Noni (100% pure organic noni juice) and our Almost Nude Noni (98% pure organic noni juice with 2% organic juice extract – flavor formula) will both works perfectly here. Our 98% product tastes pretty good and is no less beneficial than our 100% formula.
As far as here medication goes, your grand mom can try going without and if the symptoms don’t go away or become too unbearable, she can always go back on the meds.
Shoot me an e-mail and let me know which juice you chose and how it works out for your grandma.
Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.
Question: I was looking for iron on your website & did not find anything in the general area or under the Women’s section.
Do you not carry that supplement?
You request something and we answer your request!
Our Vegetarian Iron Complex™ utilizes the Albion Labs patented Ferrochel® Iron chelate where research has demonstrated it to be highly absorbed, well tolerated and non-constipating at recommended levels.
- Superior Bioavailablity
- Enriched with Vitamins & Herbs
- A Vegetarian Dietary Supplement
- 100 Tablets
This is an extremely absorbable form of iron with natural co-factors. I find that iron deficiency anemia is not so common. Most people lack the co-factors for absorption and utilization. This formula has it all. Plus, the form of iron we use is the least constipating of all forms. You will want to take 1 per day with meals.
Take care and have a wonderful 2012
Response Back: Good Morning….
That is great news, I will check back & order some along with my Liquid Power Multi-V. I had my annual doctor appt & when my blood work came back it showed me being anemic, so was told to take 325mg of iron a day. We think that part of it is my “pre-menopause” stage & the 2 week long cycles vs. the good ole 5 days.
Thank you for your time & wonderful supplements…
You too have a very Happy New Year!