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What conditions does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treat?

What conditions does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treat?

DBT: Why do you ask? DBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, and sometimes for certain personality traits or obsessive compulsive disorder. It can be an adjunct to medications or in some cases an alternative. I would be happy to discuss options of therapy vs meds related to your specific situation by email, audio or visual consult on my concierge practice ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

An autoimmune disease in which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases can affect the ...Read more


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Prognosis and therapy pfapa?

Prognosis and therapy pfapa?

Rheumatogist: Pfpapa is an illness which presents with periodic fever, mouth lesions, and abdominal pain.You should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Does photodynamic therapy work?

Does photodynamic therapy work?

Yes: Pdt for actinic keratoses (skin) is a proven treatment and results in significant reduction of both clinically apparent and as yet undetected precancerous lesions. However, one treatment does not eliminate 100% of lesions. New lesions may also develop. Long-term surveillance and periodic re-treatment is advised. Pdt has great potential for the treatment of a variety of other malignancies as well. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy cure age-related macular degeneration?

Can photodynamic therapy cure age-related macular degeneration?

No: Photodynamic therapy treats the areas of leakage in the retina in the hope of improving vision. It does not cure, only treats the manifestations of the disease. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cognitive behavioral therapy involve?

What can cognitive behavioral therapy involve?

Depends on issues: As might be in any psychotherapy, a lot depends on your concerns along with what you are like. One thing you can expect is a period of time describing yourself, a bit of your history and your present circumstances. Then, there'll be a strategy time with some tasks for you to try and report the effects. Then, tweaking to improve. Cycles of trial and error to find understanding and solutions. Best! ...Read more

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Can mud therapy cure arthritis?

Can mud therapy cure arthritis?

No: Depending upon the content of salicylate, sulfur or any other active antinflammarory that mud may contain people may get a benefit from it. The temperature : warm or old has in itself some antiinflammatory properties. ...Read more

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Polymyosotis would cannabis therapy help?

Polymyosotis would cannabis therapy help?

Comments: It appears that you are taking appropriate medications for your inflammatory muscle disease. Medical marijuana might relax you or even distract you, but would have NO appreciable therapeutic effect otherwise on your muscle disease. Would contact your treating doctor directly prior to engaging in cannabis. ...Read more

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Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

Does homeopathy work in treating psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis?

No, not alone: Both psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis have inflammation, which can be helped by homeopathy, but unlikely controlled enough to avoid the joint damage if things are not controlled. Smoking hurts both. Seek a homeopathic physician to guide you. ...Read more

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How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

How aggressive can initial therapy for rheumatoid arthritis be?

Multiple medications: It is documented that early, agrressive therapy is indicated in RA and results in much better outcome as opposed to delaying agrressive therapy(as was done in the past). Initial therapy would include plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) methotrexate, and biologic agents, i.e., enbrel, humira, etc. This approach is supported by long term clinical trials and radiographic evidence. ...Read more

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Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Occam's Razor: Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker the anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisermorase). Symptoms have to be put into context and better described than elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet will help to lower body weight which it will help to decrease weight demand on the joints. ...Read more

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Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Trials: Clinical trials for genetic therapy are underway. As of this time there is no approved method for gene tx in cf. Kalydeco, (ivacaftor) a new drug, dose reverse the effects of one subtype of cf, but it dose so by aiding the damaged sodium-chloride transporter to get in proper position and function normally. ...Read more

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When is combination therapy (dmards) used to treat rheumatic disease?

When is combination therapy (dmards) used to treat rheumatic disease?

RA and psoriatic: Combinations of Methotrexate and biologics are often used to treat inflammatory arthritis such as RA or psoriatic arthritis. Other combinations have also been used in these diseases as well. ...Read more

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For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

PDT is not a proven: Radiation therapy is the standard treatment for early (Stae-1) cancer of the vocal cord. Photodynamic therapy(PDT) is potentially useful but it is not in common usage in the US ...Read more

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Does ozone therapy help in treatment of pemphigus vulgaris?

Does ozone therapy help in treatment of pemphigus vulgaris?

Ozone: Ozone gas/oils topically in mouth may help healing. Ozone blood therapy may be part of the approach to help your immune system behave itself. To try to avoid drugs, you'd need an astute alt med doc / naturopathic doctor with great nutritional training and ozone training. Maybe someone like dr robert rowen. ...Read more

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Dr. Moshe Lewis
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective ...Read more