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Using The Clark Method Newsletter
July/August 2003 Number 52
by Bonnie O’Sullivan
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Update on Sandy Petry, Bonnie’s Daughter:
Today, August 21, 2003, it is my great pleasure to report that my daughter, Sandy, has won a huge advancement in her fight against diffuse chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis of the jawbone. She has been free of headaches for over a week and her body is much less swollen and painful (a friend who saw her two months ago said she looks three sizes smaller today).
Dr. Clark is right; damaged teeth and bone in your mouth (often painless) can cause disease in other parts of your body and you will not get well until you have them removed.
Sandy knew her body would return to normal if she got rid of all the dead bone in her mouth (infection in her facial bones caused inflammation and pain of the blood vessels and lymph nodes throughout her body). However, her doctor kept warning her that osteomylitis patients do not recover 100%. He is probably right with patients who have less determination and belief than Sandy that their bodies are tough enough to go through the treatment.
The treatment, if you have a doctor and skilled dental surgeon who are both knowledgeable and willing to treat you (and dental insurance or deep pockets), consists of repeated dental surgeries to remove all your teeth and dead bone (causing unbearable pain), and 60 plus days of powerful antibiotics (every 12 hours by IV PICC Line for one hour to ensure a high peak of antibiotics in the blood twice a day) before and after surgery. Beyond that, you are subjected to (from the surgeries) the risk of damaged facial nerves that may cause facial paralysis, plus misaligned cranial bones, and (from the antibiotics) the risk of damage to your kidneys, liver and intestinal tract, plus emotional stress (from clostridium).
If Sandy had not read The Cure For All Cancers by Dr. Hulda R. Clark, Ph.D., N.D. and understood that damaged teeth and cavitations in the jawbone can cause pain and disease in other parts of the body she might not have persevered through the past two years. The connection between hidden infection in the mouth and pain in other areas of the body is not widely known and the correct treatment is known even less. Sandy has not only suffered the pain of osteomylitis, she has suffered the frustration of many obstacles blocking her recovery.
One obstacle was getting Sandy’s second PICC Line placed. The hospital did not get paid for Sandy’s March PICC Line placement and would not place the second one prescribed in June. The reason is that Medi-Cal insurance (California’s Medicaid program that provides medical care for low-income and uninsured Californians) approved the IV antibiotics needed to treat osteomyelitis but not the placement of the PICC Line needed to administer it or for the visiting nurse who is needed to periodically change the dressing at the PICC Line site (Sandy has a friend do this now).
[Note: The IV antibiotics, administered twice daily for 60 consecutive days into one of the central nervous system veins that carries blood to the heart, will destroy other veins if they are subjected to these antibiotics daily.] We spent many days between June 30 and August 8 calling and visiting doctors and hospitals before Sandy finally had her second PICC Line placed. When Sandy’s story is published in book form the title may very well be: “How One Woman Triumphed over Osteomyelitis and Bureaucracy.”
Another obstacle was depression. After enduring a Clostridium Difficile infection, learning that Medi-Cal would not pay for her PICC Line placement, having to wait four weeks for surgery, and continuing to have headaches, pain in her mouth, breasts and lymph glands, Sandy became extremely depressed. Almost daily she told me she did not want to live in this world any more. I felt so helpless that my will to write the newsletter vanished. We got through it with the help of John Mullen (please see the information about John Mullen on page 7 of this newsletter). With the approval of John, Sandy is taking PB8 capsules (the pro-biotic that works best for her) and special oil capsules that help with her depression. I cannot give you Sandy’s testimonial about this product as the FDA would view it as a medical claim. If you would like a special report via email (or regular mail) about this product, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 651-7080 and ask for The Special Oil Report.
In the May/June Newsletter, Number 51 (completed on April 5, 2003), I reported that Sandy had an IV PICC Line placed in her chest through her arm in one of her central nervous system veins that carries blood to the heart.
On March 26, 2003 Sandy’s doctor started her on antibiotics through the IV PICC Line. He prescribed ceftazidime every 8 hours, which, after two weeks, resulted in pinpointing (with swelling and pain) another area of Sandy’s mouth that needed surgery (upper right jawbone). On April 7th she called her dental surgeon to tell him about the PICC Line, ceftazidime and the problem area and he gave her a surgical appointment for April 14, 2003.
On April 10, 2003 Sandy’s doctor changed her antibiotic to Cefepime, as it is effective against not only bone marrow infections but also streptococci infections, which ceftazidime is not (streptococci was cultured from pus weeping from Sandy’s ears 10 days earlier). This antibiotic was taken every 12 hours, which helped her to get 8 hours of sleep at night.
April 14, 2003; Separated Alveolar Bone Removed
On April 14, 2003 Sandy’s dental surgeon removed a ridge of alveolar bone that he found had separated from the main alveolar bone in her upper right jawbone. Between the two ridges he found dead bone marrow that he sent to Washington Hospital Laboratory for analysis. However, due to cutbacks, the hospital could not culture the specimen for the required amount of time (4 to 6 weeks). This culture is necessary before a Sensitivity Test can be done to learn what antibiotics will kill the bacterium. So the doctor had to guess about the antibiotics. After this surgery, Sandy continued to have headaches on the right side of her head, her mouth, lymph glands and breasts continued to be painful and yellow pus continued to weep out of her ears.
April 16, 2003; Zosyn Prescribed
On April 16, 2003 Sandy’s doctor changed her antibiotic again. He explained that he wanted her to try 30 days of Zosyn, which is effective against Actinomyces species and Eikenella corrodens, the two anaerobic bacteria that cause diffuse chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis, which is what Sandy’s dental surgeon diagnosed her with in March 2003.
For the administration of Zosyn, Sandy was given a pump that was connected to her PICC Line that gave her a high dose of Zosyn every 6 hours and a low dose in between.
On May 13, 2003, after being on Zosyn 24 hours a day for 26 days, Sandy decided she had had enough. She had experienced pain in her abdomen since beginning Zosyn and had morning diarrhea and felt nauseous daily for three weeks. She had called and left messages for her doctor about the pain, diarrhea and nausea, but had not heard from him. So, when she began vomiting, she stopped the Zosyn and faxed the doctor a letter asking what he wanted her to do. She heard from him immediately saying to stop the Zosyn and take a stool sample to the lab. (During her 26 days on Zosyn Sandy had been sleeping more and more and had begun feeling more and more depressed but she was determined to complete the 30 days of IV’s to ensure the bone marrow infection was totally destroyed.)
May 15, 2003; Clostridium Difficile Infection Discovered
On May 15, 2003 Sandy’s doctor received the results of her stool test and informed her that she had a Clostridium Difficile infection throughout her intestinal tract, which is often a result of taking antibiotics by IV. He prescribed another antibiotic for the clostridium, Flagyl, 500 mg. orally, three times a day for 14 days. He advised against removing the PICC Line as after the clostridium was cleared up he said she would need further IV antibiotic treatment.
May 18, 2003; First IV PICC Line Removed
On May 18, 2003 Sandy asked that the PICC Line be removed as it was irritating her chest. The doctor instructed the visiting nurse to remove the line, which he did later that day.
Sandy could not tolerate the Flagyl after 2 days. She followed John Mullen’s guidance using Dr. Clark’s protocol of 3 Black Walnut capsules and 2 betaine hydrochloride capsules 3 times a day, fennel capsules and Lugol’s Iodine, 6 drops in a ½ glass of water twice a day, until John told her to taper down to 2 Black Walnut capsules 2 to 3 times a day, 3 drops of Lugol’s Iodine 2 times a day and no betaine hydrochloride or fennel capsules. She also took dozens of pro-biotic capsules daily. She made ozonated water with her pure oxygen tank and ozonator and used 2 cups of it in a quart enema, which she held a few minutes and released, and immediately did an implant (an enema that is not expelled) of a mixture of one cup water and four Tbs. of pro-biotic powder. Her self-treatment, following John’s advice, worked well, as she felt better immediately and when she had another stool test done on June 7th it was clear of clostridium. (Pro-biotic capsules and powder are sold in most Health Food stores.)
June 9, 2003; A Four Week Wait for Surgery
On June 9, 2003 Sandy again saw her dental surgeon. Since May 13, when she stopped the Zosyn IV, the pain in the area behind her nose, above her jawbone had become intolerable (this was the same area where the surgeon removed a cyst in November, 2002, and where she has had pain constantly since her front teeth were extracted in September 2001, and where she felt pain whenever her front teeth touched a glass since she was 9 years old). Sandy told the dental surgeon that her doctor thought she still had dead bone in that area. The surgeon agreed and scheduled the surgery but his next available surgery date wasn’t until July 10th!
June 30, 2003; 2nd IV PICC Line & Vancomycin Prescription Written
On June 30, 2003 in anticipation of Sandy’s July 10, 2003 surgery, her doctor wrote a prescription for another IV PICC Line to be placed in her chest and, through the IV PICC Line, 60 days of the “Big Gun” of antibiotics, Vancomycin. He stated that it would be best if she had the line placed and had a few days of the Vancomycin before the surgery and for 60 days after the surgery. However, the PICC Line was not placed until August 8, 2003.
Note: Vancomycin is active against most G(+) bacteria including Streptococci, Corynebacteria, Clostridia, Listeria, and Bacillus species. It is bactericidal to most susceptible G(+) bacteria at levels 0.5 - 3 mg/L. Staphylococci including ß-lactamase producing and methicillin resistant species are killed at levels <10 mg/L. Resistant mutants are very rare, except for vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE). Vancomycin kills bacteria mainly by inhibiting bacterial cell wall synthesis. However, it also damages the bacterial cell membrane and interferes with bacterial RNA synthesis. No significant post-antibiotic effect (PAE) has been observed for vancomycin and any of the susceptible organisms. To treat systemic infections, vancomycin must be given intravenously. The intramuscular route is not used because of the possibility of tissue necrosis. http://www.home.eznet.net/~webtent/vanco.html
July 10, 2003; Removal of Anterior Nasal Spine
On July 10, 2003 Sandy’s dental surgeon removed her anterior nasal spine. [Definition: The anterior (frontal) nasal spine is a small protrusion at the base of the nasal cavity, just above the teeth (Note: All of Sandy’s teeth were removed in 2001). This spine juts out slightly beyond the plane of the maxilla and serves to anchor the nasal cartilage.]
The surgery was performed through an incision in her mouth above and in front of her upper jawbone. This was the most painful surgery Sandy has experienced. The area was so sensitive the surgeon couldn’t fully numb it and she said the pain when the surgeon clipped off her anterior nasal spine (it took 3 clips) was worse than having a baby. Three weeks after the surgery she said she still felt like she had been hit under the nose with a two by four.
After the surgery the surgeon explained that Sandy’s doctor believes people with osteomyelitis of the jawbone often have a damaged anterior nasal spine, which harbors bacteria much like a damaged tooth or jawbone and it should be removed. The surgeon stated he has removed the anterior nasal spine from six of his osteomylitis of the jawbone patients with a 50 percent success rate.
Head and Neck Diagnostics of America diagnosis of Sandy’s anterior nasal spine (7/23/03):
Source of specimen (location): Left anterior maxilla.
Clinical Diagnosis/Description: Ischemic bone. (Definition of Ischemia: Decreased blood supply to a given body part, sometimes resulting from vasoconstriction, thrombosis, or embolism.)
Gross description of tissue received: The specimen consists of three irregular and tan calcified tissue fragments measuring 5X4X4 mm and is entirely decalcified. (Definition of Decalcify: To deprive of calcareous matter; thus, to decalcify bones is to remove the stony part, and leave only the gelatin).
Microscopic description of tissue: Sections show cortical bone with mild surface osteoblastic activity and excess cement lines and no missing osteocytes. Underlying trabeculae are also viable and inactive, and subcortical spaces are filled with a rather dense fibrosis, sometimes infiltrated by moderate numbers of chronic inflammatory cells. Large nerves are seen in this area and the nerves are unremarkable. The small amount of available fatty marrow is unremarkable except for dilated sinusoids in capillaries. There is no evidence of malignancy.
Microscopic Diagnosis: Viable bone with subcortical focus of chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis (chronic nonsuppurative osteomyelitis), left central incisor area.
Note: This bone does not appear to be ischemic, and the only inflammatory cells are in the fibrous tissue associated with the nerves (the nerves are presumed to be normal to site). Technically this could, therefore, be diagnosed as chronic neuritis, but since the nerves are within the bone and the inflammatory cells are not within the nerves themselves, I have chosen the above diagnosis. We will stain for myelin and send an addendum report.
Addendum Biopsy Report (7/25/03):
Note: Luxol Fast Blue staining shows myelin covering of less than 20% of available nerve fibers within two of the nerves, with two additional nerves showing more than 90% sheathing, and with another nerve showing approximately 50% myelin sheathing. Reticulin stains show the nerve fibers to be intact. Control stains are acceptable.
Conclusion: Nerve fibers are intact but two nerves show a considerable loss (degeneration?) of myelin sheathing. Such a loss is consistent with demyelinating diseases or local ischemia.
Pathologist: J.E. Bouquot, D.D.S., M.S.D., and Director
August 8, 2003; Second IV PICC Line Placed
When Sandy’s doctor wrote the prescription for the PICC Line and antibiotics on June 30th he told us he doubted he could get the line placed due to Medi-Cal’s refusal to pay the Summit Hospital where she had the line placed in March. He said it was up to us to get it placed. We left his office wondering how we could do something a medical doctor couldn’t.
We decided to start with the county hospital. We called Sandy’s caseworker who recommended Sandy see a Medi-Cal doctor who is familiar with osteomylitis. At the doctor’s office at the county hospital we were asked to fill out numerous questionnaires and requests for Sandy’s medical records to be sent to them from all of her previous doctors and dentists as far back as 1997. We were given appointments with the dental surgeon and the infectious specialist on their staff and, eventually, another one with the doctor to follow up. We kept all of the appointments and gave each doctor photocopies of Sandy’s recent test results.
[Note: On August 8, after Sandy had just had the IV PICC Line placed at John Muir Hospital, she received a call from the county osteomylitis doctor who told her, “We have decided that you do not need antibiotic treatment at this time.” What a blow that would have been if she had not just had her first dose of antibiotics through her new IV PICC Line at John Muir!]
In the meantime, the visiting-nurse company that provided a visiting nurse for Sandy during her seven weeks of IV’s in March, April and May and that had received the June 30th prescription for the IV medication from Sandy’s doctor, kept calling to set a date to deliver the IV bags of antibiotics. For five weeks we kept telling them Sandy did not have the PICC Line placed. Then, on the morning of August 7th, after Sandy told the nurse over the phone that she was in the process of getting the county hospital to place the line, the nurse suggested Sandy go to John Muir Hospital’s emergency room and ask them to place the PICC Line.
That’s when I recalled that the dentist Sandy saw at the county hospital told us that because John Muir Hospital is under contract to treat Medi-Cal patients he is called to John Muir Hospital whenever they have an uninsured accident victim with facial injuries brought into their emergency room.
So, armed with this information, we went to John Muir Hospital’s emergency room on August 7, 2003 and told the staff Sandy’s story. We were there for three hours and came away with an appointment the next day to have Sandy’s PICC Line placed. The people there were the only osteomylitis of the jawbone-educated emergency room staff members we have encountered in the two years that Sandy has been fighting this disease.
August 13, 2003; Removal of Palatal Bone (lingual to #6 backwards to forward midline)
After being on Vancomycin, twice a day (and ceftriaxone once a day), for five days, Sandy developed a large swollen area on the right side of the roof of her mouth that was very painful. That morning, August 13th, I looked in her mouth and saw the swelling and immediately called the dental surgeon. I told him about Sandy finally getting the PICC Line placed, the five days of Vancomycin she had had and the swelling. He asked a lot of questions and I gave the phone to Sandy so she could explain how her mouth felt. He ended the conversation by giving her a 3 pm appointment that day.
Note: This swelling, although not as prominent — but still painful — had been there since Sandy had her teeth removed, but when she mentioned it to her dental surgeon previously he thought it might be “referred pain” from the dead bone in other areas of her mouth or because her “bite was off” due to the many bone-removing surgeries she has endured since her dentures were made.
Over the phone the dental surgeon thought he could drain pus from the area but when he looked at the roof of her mouth he said it did not look like he could drain anything from the swelling. He then suggested that he immediately perform surgery to remove what was causing the swelling. Sandy and I were amazed that he was going to perform surgery without scheduling it sometime in the future. Without hesitation she agreed and he began the surgery. He removed her palatal bone lingual (tongue side of the jawbone) to #6 backwards to forward midline. He did this by grinding up the bone and having his assistant suck it away with the suction device while keeping the area flooded with multiple syringes of sterile salt water.
After the surgery he announced that the bone may have looked okay to some dental surgeons, but he has seen many facial bones in various degrees of deterioration and it looked suspicious to him, so he felt justified in removing it.
Sandy agrees with him 100% as since the surgery her headaches have not returned and her body swelling and pain is much reduced. However, her ears have not stopped weeping.
Sandy will continue with the prescribed 60 days of Vancomycin. This time she is carefully preventing another Clostridium Difficile infection by taking dozens of pro-biotic capsules daily and giving herself ozone enemas and pro-biotic implants daily. To keep her weekly blood tests in the safe zone she is drinking juiced green vegetables with a tablespoon of E3Live added, taking several B-complex capsules, several special oil capsules, and a high-dose mixture of Water Oz minerals daily. She has been on the IV’s of Vancomycin for two weeks and so far she is holding her own against the Clostridium Difficile and her blood tests are allowing her to stay the course. (Sandy did all of the above during the seven weeks she was on IV antibiotics with her first PICC Line, but she obviously didn’t do enough of it.)
One of the challenges Sandy has after oral surgery is the fit of her dentures. After every surgery her mouth has a new shape. Having a new liner put in has helped but her bite is still off (at the moment her teeth only meet on the back left side). The oral surgeon suggested she invest in new dentures and also have cranial adjustments to correct the position of the bones in her head disturbed by oral surgery and her bite being off. Sandy found an excellent cranial therapist who has helped and is in the process of having new dentures made. However, with each new surgery her denture try-in is delayed.
April to August; John Mullen Supports Sandy
John Mullen, a Certified Lymphologist, has helped Sandy tremendously over the past several months while she has endured pain, surgeries and uncertainty. John is a medical intuitive who works by phone with people all over the world helping them overcome cancer, leukemia, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, and other serious health issues. John’s manner is calming, comforting, reassuring and he always has an interesting idea to improve an ailing patient’s state of mind. If you would like to get in touch with John please call (770) 579-0622 (Please call between 10 am and 6 pm EST.)
We would like to thank John for his unwavering support through the past incredibly rocky four months of our lives. Daily, he gave Sandy positive feedback that her body was getting stronger. He suggested methods; many of them modified Dr. Clark methods, to control Sandy’s emotional and physical distress.
In times of extreme distress it is often too much to expect the patient to know if something is good for them or not. Or, how much of something is the right amount. In this capacity John is worth his weight in gold. He guided Sandy to use safe, natural items in the proper amounts for her at the time. The items and amounts changed as Sandy weathered the turmoil she was going through.
Sandy is now feeling better than she has in five years. And, today, she said for the first time in her life her head does not hurt. She will have body discomfort for as long as she has the PICC Line in her chest. And, while the antibiotics are coursing through her veins, she will constantly be fighting Clostridium Difficile. But she can see that she is on her way to being 100% well.
Thank you for your prayers. Every day we hear from at least one of you that you are praying for Sandy. Sandy is living proof that your prayers work.
PS To those of you who have asked how I am doing I would like to report that in many ways I’m healthier and stronger now than I was before Sandy’s illness was diagnosed.
When Sandy began making ozonated water with an ozone-making machine that uses an oxygen tank I began putting 2 cups of the ozonated water into my morning coffee enema. This has made a tremendous difference in my health and energy level. Before doing this I would periodically get urinary tract infections and I would routinely take oral antibiotics to overcome the infection. I had been doing this for so long that I was not aware that the infections and the antibiotics were robbing me of energy. The ozonated water enemas have improved my resistance to infection and shown me a perfect way to avoid taking antibiotics.
[Note: A physician who has personally experienced the benefits of ozonation (through insufflation and ozonated water enemas) gave Sandy the information about the ozone machine and referred her to The Health Tripp. If you are interested in learning more about this rarely publicized, alternative health practice please call The Health Tripp toll free at (877) 587-7334. When you call please mention that you read about it in this newsletter.]
Another health improvement I’ve been enjoying recently is not getting canker sores in my mouth. I used to get them whenever I ate tomatoes. Since last December I’ve been taking 2 teaspoons of E3Live every morning and it has balanced something in my system so that I do not get canker sores when I eat tomatoes. I love tomatoes and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying them this summer. It amazes me that I can now eat tomato-based dishes with no ill effects.
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The Material in this letter is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a prescription for any illness.
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