Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that can form inside the body, binding internal organs together...and leaving the victim to suffer incredible pain. Since adhesions elude the eye of standard medical tests, and many doctors do not discuss the illness itself, a proper diagnosis of adhesions, or ARD (Adhesion Related Disorder), is often left up to the sufferer!
Pycnogenol is the registered trade mark name of an extract that is made from the bark of the Maritime Pine that grows on the soutwest coast of France. A clinical study conducted at Kanazawa University School Of Medicine in Ishikawa Japan revealed that pycnogenol significantly reduced symptoms of endometriosis by 33 percent. Pine Bark Study Dr. Fred Pescatore, a former Dallas Texas internist who founded Partners in Integrative Medicine , which combines alternative medicine with traditional medicine, was quoted in a Ft. Worth Star Telegram interview by Carolyn Poirot: "I've been studying pycnogenol for five to seven years, and long before my time, it was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt-in probably 200 studies-to work as an antioxidant. It increases the capillary flow, the blood supply needed for healing wounds. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties." The Kanazawa study showed that the women suffering from endometriosis who were treated with pycnogenol showed a slow but steady reduction of symptom scores from severe to moderate. Pycnogenol is worth review. It is available in most health food stores.
The following article in the Washington Post suggests that doctors may be practicing more defensive medicine. But before you get excited, thinking that defense is in the interest of the patient, think again, as this article states: "maybe doctors are fearful of litigation." C-section Could it be that many doctors who insist that a C-section is the preferred choice of delivery are simply watching out for their own best interests while placing an unsuspecting woman (and her unborn child) in harm's way?
Did you know that C-sections performed in the United States as an elective procedure are up 31%? C-section More and more women (or their doctors) are scheduling the unborn's birth via planned SURGERY! Yikes! C-section births have even become the "trendy" thing to do, with many of these moms-to-be totally unaware of the risks that surround this surgery, as well as being unaware of the risk of developing a debilitating illness know as Adhesion Related Disorder (ARD).
A c-section delivery should only be performed when the life of the baby or mother, or both, are at risk.
A c-section procedure IS major abdominal surgery.
Women should carefully weigh the benefit of this surgery against the risks that can develop both during surgery, as well as after surgery. Outside of other risks (even the risk of death) from c-section delivery, adhesions will form as the body's natural response to the surgical incision. For some of these women, the adhesions will become a problematic condition known as ARD, adhesion related disorder, which is an illness that is often hushed among the medical community.
Adhesions are foremost known among physicians to be an iatrogenic disorder, meaning caused by the physician or by the medical treatment (or both), thus explaining the silence which surrounds this disorder. The majority of the public is unaware of adhesion related disorder.
93% of people who undergo major abdominal or pelvic surgery will develop adhesions with 53% of these people developing further (later) complications due to adhesion formation from the surgery itself.
ARD can become a life-altering, disabling disorder which leaves the sufferer in pain and in search of an answer to her pain.
Since surgery is the #1 cause of this disorder, a catch-22 situation develops. Doctors (surgeons) know that surgery for adhesions only creates more adhesions, yet surgery is the current resolution for this disorder. Adhesions can be likened to pulling weeds: once you think the problem is gone, they have developed again.
The adhesion sufferer can find herself on a medical merry-go-round, enduring surgery after surgery in the quest for relief, with each surgery only proving to set her up for further complications.
Before submitting to a surgical procedure, do your homework. Ask your doctor about the risk of developing adhesions. Ask your doctor what preventative measures will be taken to lessen the likelihood of developing adhesions.
Your life, your future, is in your hands.
C-sections as an elective procedure continue to rise in the USA. More American women are speaking out, as in this article written by Rhonda Arthur. (See link below). Rhonda unveils a wealth of information for the unsuspecting mommy-to-be and is to be commended for her efforts to raise awareness about the risks that are involved when a c-section is simply (medically) unnecessary. The article ends with a statistical factor in regards to the death rate of American women compared to~gulp~(did she really say it?) European women. C-Section
The information found on this website is to share the personal story of my daughter's trying journey with Adhesion Related Disorder. This website is designed solely to: inform, educate, and shatter the silence that surrounds the illness of adhesions, or ARD (Adhesion Related Disorder). The postings within this site are the opinions of the author and/or guests who post here. No content of this website should be construed as medical advice. This site does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician for all matters concening physical and mental health. 3/14/07