This past weekend the Valley Integrative Physicians staff comprised of homeopathic practicioner Dr. Bruce H Shelton, MD, MD(H), Head Thermologist Cheryl Huey, and Office Manager Audrey Shelton traveled to Orlando Florida to attend the Biannual American College of Clinical Thermography Symposium. One hundred seventy-five practitioners from all over the USA and around the world were in attendance. We met fellow thermographers from far away places such as China (where thermograms are being used inside hospitals), Turkey, and Australia, to name but a few localities where thermograms are being used as part of the healthcare system.
Saturdays sessions were presented by experts in various fields such as female hormone replacement, acupuncture, biological dental care, functional medicine, and the full gamut of Integrative therapies were widely discussed. The most personal impressions were made by folks that have heard me speak at other conventions over my long career as a speaker on homotoxicology and integrative medicine. Many current customers of DesBio who have listened to the many DesBio webinars where complex homeopathy, botanical medicine, and nutrition come together as one organized modality and who came up to me and shook my hand in thanks for the information that I’ve imparted.
The Sunday sessions were put on mainly by Dr. Peter Leando, PhD, the creator/inventor of the Meditherm Thermogram systems, who gave us a review of the state of science behind thermographic imaging. He stressed the point that thermograms image the autonomic nervous system’s effects on the skin, overlying areas of health, or pathology. Inflammation, for instance, stimulates the sympathetic nerves which cause constriction of surface blood vessels and the skin in those areas appear cold (blue) whereas direct irritation can cause heat to be present which can appear red. Tumorous growth can stimulate the parasympathetic nerves to dilate blood vessels and those areas above a tumor will appear hot or red as well. It is very important to apply clinical judgement therefore when interpreting what one is seeing AND TO REMEMBER that thermograms aren’t considered diagnostic for the reason that the clinical judgement piece must be added by a trained physician who knows how to combine all the pieces of data to make a medical diagnosis.
My bottom line take-away pearl of knowledge from the weekend is that homeopathy and complex homeopathy is a perfect addition to the thermogram experience and should be used by every practitioner using digital thermography, and, when used correctly, helps solve hard to diagnose medical issues that eludes an allopathic-only oriented practitioner when dealing with complex and hard to diagnose patients.