A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Gangrene
I had a question the other day about gangrene.
Gangrene happens when body tissue dies.
It’s caused by a loss of blood supply due to an underlying illness, injury, or infection.
Fingers, toes, and limbs are most often affected, but gangrene can also occur inside your body, damaging organs and muscles.
There are different types of gangrene and all require immediate medical attention.
Blood plays a very important role in your health.
Not only does it carry oxygen and nutrients throughout your body to feed cells, it delivers disease-fighting antibodies that protect your body from infection.
When blood can’t travel freely throughout your body, your cells can’t survive, infection can develop, and tissue can die from gangrene.
Any condition that affects blood flow increases your risk of gangrene, including:
>Peripheral arterial disease
>Trauma or injury
There are two main types of gangrene:
Dry gangrene: More common in people with diabetes and autoimmune diseases, dry gangrene usually affects your hands and feet.
It develops when blood flow to the affected area is impaired, usually as a result of poor circulation.
Unlike other types of gangrene, infection usually isn’t present in dry gangrene.
However, dry gangrene can lead to wet gangrene if it becomes infected.
Wet gangrene: Unlike dry gangrene, wet gangrene almost always involves an infection.
Injury from burns, or trauma where a body part is crushed or squeezed, can rapidly cut off blood supply to the affected area, causing tissue death and increased risk of infection.
It’s called “wet” because of pus.
Infection from wet gangrene can spread quickly throughout your body, making wet gangrene a very serious and potentially life-threatening condition if not treated quickly.
If the infection gets into your bloodstream, a condition called sepsis, it can be life-threatening.
You may notice the following symptoms at the site of dry gangrene:
>Dry and shriveled skin that changes color from blue to black and eventually sloughs off
>Cold and numb skin
>Pain may or may not be present
Symptoms of wet gangrene may include:
>Swelling and pain at the site of infection
>Change in skin color from red to brown to black
>Blisters or sores that produce a bad-smelling discharge (pus)
>Fever and feeling unwell
>A crackling noise that comes from the affected area when pressed
Internal gangrene usually is painful in the area of the gangrene.
For example, a person with gangrene of the appendix or colon would be expected to have severe abdominal pain in the vicinity of the gangrene.
Gangrene is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical treatment.
While most people with dry gangrene recover fully with treatment, gangrene that involves an infection can be life-threatening.
The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances of recovery.
To deal with gangrene at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*Elevate your legs.