Hormesis is a Fundamental Biological Concept
“The hormetic dose response is independent of biology model (i.e. common from plants to humans), and describes the limits to which integrative endpoints (e.g. cell proliferation, cell migration, growth patterns, tissue repair, aging processes, complex behaviors such as anxiety, learning, memory, and stress, preconditioning responses, and numerous adaptive responses) can be modulated. Thus, the hormesis concept is a fundamental concept in biology with a wide range of biological implications and biomedical applications.”
Kent, a 49-year-old male with a recent knee injury came to Dr. Saltzman with knee pain and muscle tightness that kept him from exercising. His knee pain was at a level 6 out of 10 with walking, but increased to an 8 or 9 when heading down stairs or trying to stand after sitting. He had undergone an arthroscopy two years before and was told that he would need a joint replacement eventually.
Creating a Foundation
Kent first underwent Prolozone injections containing a mixture of oxygen and ozone plus nutrients into his right knee to reduce pain. Then Dr. Saltzman started Kent on rehabilitative therapies to prepare him for weight-bearing exercise. The goals were to strengthen the muscles above and below the knee, increase his flexibility, and reduce inflammation. Dr. Saltzman also treated Kent’s knee with pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to further reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate tissue repair and healing.
Get More Oxygen
As soon as he was pain-free, Dr. Saltzman had Kent start sessions in an ozone sauna with supplemental oxygen to remove toxins and begin sweating again. Kent also started gentle exercising with supplemental oxygen.
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As Kent’s knee recovered, his exercise sessions intensified. Dr. Saltzman had Kent do rigorous cyclic exercise training with oxygen followed by a recovery period. Then, while still breathing high-flow oxygen, Kent would stretch, undergo a PEMF treatment, and work with the firm foam roller. This intense combination of therapies worked together to help circulate blood and oxygen deep throughout his body and joints. They also helped remove lactic acid and other toxins from his muscles.
Kent was finally able to do more with his body than he had done in years. He was back to his active lifestyle and felt strong and confident with his knee. His exercise capacity grew dramatically.
Jack, a 60-year-old male with severe toxicity, bladder cancer, and sedentary lifestyle came to see Dr. Saltzman after being diagnosed with his cancer and undergoing a urologic procedure to remove the tumor. His major lifestyle risk factors included a 30-year smoking history, though he’d quit. There was also evidence of heavy metal toxicity, and he was unable to do exercise of any kind. He was shocked that the medical establishment had no further program or recommendations to offer him aside from a repeat cystoscopy to re-image his bladder in one year. Dr. Saltzman explained that in the integrative oncology world, many practitioners believe that cancer results from a combination of toxicity, nutrient deficiency, and poor cellular energy production. He also told Jack that that chronic inflammation and continuous 24-hour comfort can significantly contribute to disease.
Build a Foundation
Dr. Saltzman observed effects of chronic low levels of oxygen in Jack. He had deep wrinkles and a slightly bluish tinge to his face. His face was puffy and the whites of his eyes were not clear. Dr. Saltzman began Jack’s treatment with a toxicity and nutrition analysis, which indicated heavy metal toxicity. Jack began a series of intravenous chelation therapies, designed to bind the heavy metals and encourage their excretion in the urine. Dr. Saltzman also administered customized nutrients and vitamins in the IV. The entire chelation process took several months. Jack felt stronger and could walk longer before feeling winded. Dr. Saltzman noticed less facial swelling and improved coloration, too.
To support Jack’s recovery and discourage his cancer from returning, Dr. Saltzman recommended changes to his died intended to keep his insulin levels and blood sugar levels low. Jack limited refined carbohydrates and animal protein, and began a time-restricted eating plan that included raw and cultured foods.
Get More Oxygen
Dr. Saltzman suggested a series of ozone and ultraviolet blood irradiation therapies to support additional detoxification and immune enhancement. Jack experienced good energy and improved sleep for several days after these therapies.
Reach for the Sky
Once he felt better, Dr. Saltzman started Jack on an exercise plan. To pre-condition for that process, he spent time in a far infrared sauna to start sweating again. He went to physical therapy to loosen his muscles and build flexibility. Then Dr. Saltzman introduced cyclic exercise paired with oxygen and recovery breathing. Jack felt more youthful than he had in years.
Through all these therapies and major lifestyle changes, Jack progressed from disease to vitality. His improved quality of life was evident to everyone around him. He transitioned from a focus on disease reversal to giving himself peak performance goals. He regularly exercises with oxygen, and Dr. Saltzman built additional hormetic challenges into his workouts. Best of all, Jack’s cancer has not returned. He successfully learned how to take his health into his own hands.
Gary is a 42-year-old kitchen designer recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune condition. Gary had intermittent symptoms that involved lower extremity muscle weakness, mild coordination impairment, stiffness, and generalized fatigue. He was prescribed steroid and immunotherapy medications by other specialists. He did not tolerate these medications well and was seeking alternative therapies from Dr. Saltzman.
Build a Foundation
As he was not experiencing any MS symptoms, Dr. Saltzman suggested Gary try few active breathing sessions with oxygen loading and reducing acid waste (C02), followed by stretching and yoga. Much to his surprise, Gary was able to do 30 breath-hold pushups after doing the breathing exercises for the first time. Gary also made equally surprising flexibility gains.
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These results made Gary more confident about trying cold therapies. Gary started slowly with warm showers, then introduced a minute of cold, with warm recovery, then progressed to ending a shower with a minute of cold. He did not like it, but his symptoms responded well. Dr. Saltzman had him spend more time outside in the cold with limited clothing. Gary had less stiffness, and his fatigue diminished significantly. He built on these gains and became stronger and healthier. He got to the point where cold was no longer the enemy. Over time, Dr. Saltzman introduced more therapies to Gary, including cyclic exercise, intravenous ozone therapy, and many dietary changes.
Gary was able to reduce his medications almost right away, and in a few months, got to the point where he only needed them for symptoms. He has not had a flare of his condition in several months and is as active as he was before his diagnosis. Gary continues his regular practice of the breathing and cold therapies. He sums it up best in his own words: “This work has given me many things back that I thought I had lost. I can fight back. My condition is not gone, but now I am in control of it.”
Mary is a 54-year-old type 2 diabetic. Over the past 10 years, she had gained weight, developed arthritis, cut back on playing tennis because of pain, and needed to increase her oral diabetic medications. Her doctor and nutritionist advised her to eat multiple small meals with carbohydrates to maintain her blood sugar levels.
Create a Foundation
Dr. Saltzman found Mary’s reduced insulin sensitivity was the real issue. He shifted Mary’s meals away from the high carbohydrate foods she believed she needed to maintain steady blood sugar levels to more raw and fermented foods. Within one month, Mary had adjusted well to this healthier foundational nutrition and didn’t experience low blood sugar episodes. Dr. Saltzman then reduced Mary’s daily number of meals from six to three in an attempt to increase her ability to burn stored body fat. She also resumed her exercise program. She felt stronger and more energetic.
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After she was used to the different way of eating, Mary transitioned to a ten hour time-restricted eating window. Ultimately, she discovered that eating nothing was actually easier for her system to manage than eating a little. This is because even small meals elevate blood sugar, causing an insulin response and triggering other hormones. Mary’s daily fasting period helped her burn body fat, reduce blood sugar, and increase her insulin sensitivity.
Mary continued her exercise program and time-restricted eating and was ultimately able to reduce her diabetic medication for the first time in a decade and hopes to wean off it eventually.