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Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 20 #HAWMC: Miracle Cure

Posted Apr 20 2012 1:50pm

It’s Day 20 of the  WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month , in which participants are directed to write each day about a health issue.

Today’s Prompt: Miracle Cure.

Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer.

PALO ALTO, CA, April 20, 2012: NEW MIRACLE CURE FOR LYMPHEDEMA.  ABC Corporation, a mid-sized pharmaceutical company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, announced today that it is applying for FDA approval of a miracle cure for lymphedema involving laser treatment. Lymphedema is a chronic condition of swelling resulting from damaged or missing lymph nodes. Causes vary, and include genetics, trauma, and, most often, surgery and radiation to treat cancer. If it progresses, lymphedema can be a serious condition leading to infection, disability, and even death.

Up until this finding, lymphedema could only be treated by complete decongestive therapy (CDT). This complex procedure involves bandaging, gentle massage, skin care education, and stretching exercises directed by a certified lymphedema therapist, followed by self-care for the rest of the patient’s life. Certain patients find lymphedema pumps to be helpful in removing excess fluid, but pumps do not provide a cure.  And progress is being made with lymph node transfer surgery wherein lymph nodes from other parts of the body are grafted into the area where lymph nodes are damaged or missing. But like all surgeries, such grafting has its risks and side effects, with no guarantee of success.

The breakthrough laser-based procedure stems from a discovery by a team from Genius University Medical School led by Jack Jones, Ph.D.  Dr. Jones and his colleagues found that focusing laser beams at the site or sites where lymph nodes are damaged or removed restores the pumping action of the nodes. This then allows the lymph fluid to flow freely from the congested area of swelling into the lymph system as it normally would.  This simple technique, which can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic, would last only about five minutes. Because it has no side-effects, no follow-up appointments would be necessary. And it completely eliminates the need for all expensive medical prostheses, equipment and therapy, as well as self-management, currently used to keep the condition under control.

Phase III clinical studies of this laser procedure conducted at various medical sites were stopped early because patients treated with this new technique were cured instantly of their lymphedema, while the placebo group of patients receiving CDT did not see their lymphedema disappear. The April 20, 2012 issue of Natural magazine reports the clinical results in detail.

Once the FDA approves this laser procedure, any patients with lymphedema, no matter how much it has progressed, can ask their doctor if they are a candidate. Most patients will be eligible unless they are fighting active infections or other conditions that counterindicate any treatment of this kind. Patients diagnosed with cancer are expected to submit more readily to procedures to stage their cancer, knowing that a cure will await them if they do develop lymphedema from the biopsy or surgery.

Genius University has licensed the patents for this invention to ABC for an unknown figure.

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DISCLAIMER: No such cure for lymphedema has been found. This announcement is simply an exercise in writing.

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