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                           First Aid  & Common Illness

Everyone should have a basic knowledge of first aid and its treatments. We should also understand how to diagnose and treat common illness. This section of the website will be devoted to teaching people how to treat common injuries and illnesses. Below will be an alphabetical list of the most common injuries and illnesses with, when appropriate, a way to diagnose, and always a treatment plan. All the medicines and supplies listed are available to the public and where necessary, common sources will are given.

Sprains/Strains of Joints
These occur most commonly to joints such as the knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder, and occur from a movement beyond the normal range of motion. When this injury happens it feels like a tearing has occurred at the site and the effected joint is painful and does not want to be moved. They are classified as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree. The actual injury is primarily to the ligaments of the joint but can also in the case of the 3rd degree sprain affect the bone as well. 3rd degree sprains will not be addressed here and should be seen by a health care professional. 1st and 2nd degree sprains can be diagnosed for the most part at home. Local swelling, generalized pain around the affected joint, no point tenderness at the end of a long bone attachment, and the joint is able to be moved by someone else even though no weight can be put on it; then it is most likely a mild to moderate sprain. Given a day or so it will even turn a darker color as the blood coagulates before it is resorbed.
Therapy is directed at increasing blood flow through the area and towards rebuilding of dammaged tissues. There is no direct blood supply to ligaments and consequently the healing is greatly slowed. The only way that particular tissue can survive is by the flow of oxygen and nutrients from an area of higher concentration to an area of lowered concentration, via a vessel that passes by the ligament.
Hydrotherapy called revulsion therapy is extremely important in this respect. It essentially gives one days worth of blood flow in fifteen minutes time.The way to accomplish this is to either soak the immerse the affected part or wrap it in wet towels as hot as one can stand from tap water for 1 minute. Then directly immerse or wrap in the coldest water from the tap for 2 minutes. Repeat this five times for a total of fifteen minutes. If this is done several times per day, the healing of tissues is greatly increased.
Another very useful therapy is acupuncture. When done correctly allows the body to utilize more effectively and increase significantly, all the local tissue hormones and cellular components of healing. Increased prostaglandin E2, phagocytosis, endorphins, blood flow and the like all help the healing process. To increase the effectiveness, I always use the external application of a chinese burning herb called Moxa. It does not touch the skin but gently warms the area.
Medicines that I always keep in my first aid kit are Vitalzym X(World Nutrition Inc, 1 800 548-2710,, or Wobenzym-N(Naturally Vitamins,   1 888 766-4406, Both of these nutraceuticals are in the category called systemic enzymes. I use these at the maximum recommended dosages until the swelling and pain are reduced and the range of motion and strength have returned.
I also recommend either Yunan Pai Yao or Tieh Ta Wan chinese patent formulas. These are harder to purchase if you do not have access to a chinese pharmacy but are extremely effective with or without the enzymes. Tieh Ta Wan is a large chewable pill and is used for the milder strains and injuries, while Yunan Pai Yao is either in capsule form or powder and is used for more severe trauma.
Lastly, I use both passive and active stretches and mobilization combined when appropriate with at first mild and then later strong excercise.



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
They are the sole opinion of Dr. Schwartz and are not intented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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