Cold Water Gout Cure

Gout Can Create Stabbing Pains

Perform a search for “gout cure”, and you will find almost nothing but dietary advice, perhaps coupled with some recommended nutritional supplements and medications. According to the reports of some hydrotherapists, cold water therapy is a seriously under explored treatment modality.

Several cases of gout being improved or cured by cold water therapy are described in the book, “Hydropathy, or the Cold Water Cure” by R.T. Claridge:

  • “A king’s councillor had suffered for six years with the gout, which, affected different parts of the body, ended by settling in the feet, which were inflamed, and remarkably red. Foot-baths, in a hot decoction of plants, ordered by the faculty, so increased the pain, that the invalid, reduced to despair, had recourse to cold water; repeated cold foot-baths, after some days, caused the inflammation and redness to disappear. Astonished by the happy effect of cold water, he came to Graefenberg, where he submitted to the treatment” … “at the end of two months he went away radically cured”.
  • “A doctor who had had sciatic gout for five years, in the left leg, which was very much swelled, and quite black, went to Graefenberg, where after three months’ treatment, such a number of boils came out, that he was no longer able to walk: after some time, these boils closed, and left the invalid in a perfect state of health.”
  • “B____, a captain in the army was here fifteen months ago upon crutches, with gout in his feet and hands. He was perfectly cured in nine months, and staid the last six months to see if there was any probability of a return of the gout. He then left, fully satisfied that it no longer existed in his system.”
  • “C____, an officer in the army, came here to see a friend: he also stated, that five years ago he had been perfectly cured of gout in five months.”
  • “D_____, aged sixty, had been confined to his bed for the greater part of several years: he came to Graefenberg, staid six months, and now follows the treatment at his own house. Since that period, for two years, he has never been confined to his house for an hour: his hands and feet he finds are resuming their original size and form”.

Sebastion Kneipp and His Gout Cure

Sebastion Kneipp, one of the founders of hydrotherapy, also purportedly cured many gout patients with cold water applications and hay flower infusions. In his book “My Water Cure”, he describes that:

“… excessive and superfluous nourishment of the body produces gout, which is mostly to be traced to over-indulgence in eating and drinking…

People of simple habits, and who are not over-weakened by the complaint, I can easily and readily cure; but I seldom have any such illusion with regard to the more distinguished class of gout patients. They are a heavy burden, and mostly incurable by water, for they will not obey orders, and suffer alike from effeminacy and dread of cold water; were it not so, they would be as easily cured as the others.

A gentlemen of position suffered four weeks from violent foot pains. He was cured the first time by sweating; but a year later the complaint returned and chained him to bed for twelve weeks” … “He sent to consult me, saying he would do anything in order to be freed from this dreadful illness. In a few weeks the chief cure was accomplished.

As water poured upon quicklime inflates and breaks it up, so here, too, the gout tumours disappeared under the various applications. Later the patient continued to employ cold water from time to time, in one or the other form, and as far as I am aware, the former complaint never troubled him again.”

Ice Bath Benefits and Considerations

No need to go this far.

Sometimes a cold shower is just too cold. Then again, sometimes it isn’t. For the truly hardcore, a brief submersion in a tub of ice water is the ultimate cold water experience.

Ice baths work on the same principles as cold showers, only they are often colder, more intense, and in some ways possibly more beneficial.

Ice cold baths are particularly popular among athletes, who claim that an ice bath can reduce inflammation, relieve muscle soreness, and help maintain peak performance during intensive periods of activity.

Notable Proponents of Ice Baths

-Tim Ferris, national Chinese kickboxing champion and author of the Four Hour Body, takes three 10-minute ice-baths a week, claiming they help keep off weight and improve sleep quality.

-Paula Radcliffe, world record holder for women’s marathon, says: “It takes the inflammation down in my legs and although it’s cold at the time it makes you feel so much better, half an hour later.”

-Tony Wilson, a physiotherapist at the University of Southampton, recommends cold baths over cryotherapy: “What they say about the treatment is correct but you might as well just get in a cold bath and save your money”.

Reported Benefits

Because an ice bath is more intense and fully immersive than a cold shower, the following benefits may be pronounced.

-Mood boost: As described by the Outdoor Swimming Society, “the joy of swimming without a wetsuit at this end of the temperature spectrum is the cold water high … and it is sufficiently powerful that a 1-2 minute swim can leave you feeling good all day.”

-Improves sleep: In the words of Tim Ferris, an ice bath an hour before sleep is “like getting hit with an elephant tranquilizer”.

-Reduces soreness: Paula Radcliffe says “It takes the inflammation down in my legs and although it’s cold at the time it makes you feel so much better half an hour later.”

Precautions

An ice bath can be potentially dangerous if you are not acclimated to the practice.

A BBC journalist (Tom Fordyce) discovered this when he tried to follow in the footsteps of marathon champion Paula Radcliffe by taking a 10 minute post-run ice bath.

“Fourteen seconds and 73 swear words later I am back dancing laps of the bathroom again. My legs have gone an interesting blotchy red. I can’t be certain, but it looks like the early stages of frostbite.”

Dr. Lisa Silver of Oxfordshire, commenting on cold baths, has stated that frostbite and hypothermia are real risks of prolonged cold exposure.

Frostbite?

Frostbite typically occurs at or below freezing temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C). Water obviously cannot be below freezing temperature and still be a liquid, but could feasibly be exactly at freezing point. In this case, it would theoretically be possible to get frostbite if the ice was colder than freezing when you got in and was still absorbing heat from the liquid water at 32 °F. But ice baths are generally taken at 50 °F to 59 °F, well above the danger zone.

Hypothermia?

Other individuals warn against hypothermia. However, according to The Science of Sport, this is not really a danger unless you spend a prolonged time (30 minutes, for example) in water that is exactly freezing temperature (0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s pretty darn cold. At a more reasonable temperature, like 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), many individuals can survive for up to 3 hours.

Heart Attack?

The one outstanding issue that does seem to remain is possibility of heart attack. The Science of Sport claims that the cold water can induce irregular heart beat, leading to heart attack. On the other hand, an article on Mayo Clinic says that irregular heart beat (or “fibrillation”), won’t cause a heart attack, but can lead to heart complications.

That is probably enough to warn against icy cold baths if you have an existing heart condition. However, thousands of athletes safely take ice baths, not to mention the scores of  people who swim in icy winter water through groups such as the Ice Hole Swimming Society of Finland, Polar Bear Clubs of North America, and “Walrus” clubs of Russia. You can minimize your risks by bathing in cool, but not freezing temperature waters. The same precautions and guidelines hold as for those taking cold showers.

Readers: If you can find any definitive evidence on whether sudden cold exposure can actually induce heart attack, please share.

Finding a Balance

Don’t think that just because it is called an “ice bath” that the water actually needs to be freezing temperature. A bath in the range of 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit will probably give you all the kick you need. Karyn Marshall, a champion weightlifter, reported that after 15 minutes in a 55 degree bath she was “shivering for two hours in the hot California sun with a warm up jacket on”.

Others have suggested that a 10 minute bath in 60 to 75 degree water is just as beneficial.

Image courtesy of owner Aad Villerius, used under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license.

21 Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

 Alexa Fleckenstein, M.D., author of Health20, has a few things to say about cold showers. Within the book, she writes:

“Cold water can do more than just wash away sweat, dirt, old skin cells, bacteria, and viruses:

 

What a Cold Shower Can Do For You

  1. Enhance immunity against infections and cancer

  2. Give your glands (thyroid, adrenals, ovaries/testes) a boost, improving hormonal activity

  3. Jump-start your mood and motivation

  4. Crank up your metabolism to fight type 2 diabetes, obesity, gout, rheumatic diseases, depression, and more

  5. Normalize your blood pressure

  6. Decrease chronic pain

  7. Train and improve your blood circulation

  8. Detoxify your body

  9. Fight fatigue

  10. Strengthen exhausted, irritable nerves

  11. Rejuvenate, heal, and tone the skin

  12. Deepen your breathing

  13. Help with insomnia

  14. Improve kidney function

  15. Reduce swelling and edema

  16. Improve lymphatic circulation, thereby increasing immune function

  17. Reduce stress by regulating your autonomic nervous system

  18. Regulate temperature, fighting chronically cold hands and cold feet and excessive sweating

  19. Keep your hair healthy

  20. Improve hemorrhoids and varicose veins

  21. Reduce aches and pains”






Just thought you’d like to know. :) For specific tried and true water cures, see the Water Therapy Guidebook

 

Weight Loss

Some basic reasoning tells us that cold showers can assist in weight loss. Consider the acute effects of a cold shower. The water hits the skin and almost immediately the body jump starts; blood flow increases, muscles harden, and heart rate increases. All of these things require energy.

It may help to think of the body as a heat engine. A typical heat engine utilizes a hot reservoir and a cold reservoir to run a motor, as in the diagram below. Only, instead of a motor, the body runs various metabolic processes.

Why Your Body is Warmer Than the Environment

Why Your Body is Warmer Than the Environment





Like a heat engine, the body must transfer heat to the environment. Even on a blistering hot day, we transfer latent heat to the air by sweating. Internal body temperature is the “hot reservoir” of the heat engine, while the “cold reservoir” is the air (or water) that surrounds the body. Without this transfer of heat, the energy of all our metabolic processes would have nowhere to go.

The key is that the metabolic output (W), equals the amount of heat flowing from the hot to cold reservoir. Taking a cold shower or bath forces you to burn more energy. And by estimating water temperature, you could calculate approximately how much.

In a 2.5 year experiment, rats of equal age were gradually accustomed to standing in cool water (at 23° C, 73° F) until they were standing in it 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Even though the rats ingested 44% more food than the control group, their body weight was significantly lower. Incidentally, their lifespan was also slightly longer (by approximately 5%), and they had significantly fewer tumor formations [1].

This also trains your physiology to deal with colder temperatures, raising your resting metabolism. This is similar to the effect of physical exercise. The only difference is that while working out raises it through a direct stimulus to metabolism (through will power), showering in cold water is more of an indirect stimulus.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3781978

Increase Glutathione Levels

 

A Key To Healing: Glutathione

A Key To Healing: Glutathione

Cold showers may increase one of the body’s most powerful endogenous antioxidants: glutathione. While the body can make its own glutathione from other nutrients, our bodies cannot seem to utilize glutathione pills or capsules. Encouragingly, a study of winter swimmers hints that cold water therapy can stimulate increases in glutathione levels.

In fact, many of the antioxidants we ingest orally work by helping the body produce glutathione.

Praise for Glutathione

David Perlmutter, M.D., author of The Better Brain Book writes “Glutathione is perhaps the most effective and beneficial antioxidant in the nervous system and has the added benefit of enhancing mitochondrial energy production.”

Ray Sahelian, a medical doctor and author, writes “Glutathione peroxidase plays a variety of roles in cells, including DNA synthesis and repair, metabolism of toxins and carcinogens, enhancement of the immune system, and prevention of fat oxidation… Brain glutathione levels have been found to be lower in patients with Parkinson’s disease.”

 

The Study

One study followed ten healthy subjects who swam regularly in cold water, and compared their glutathione levels to non-winter swimmers. They found two things:

1. Immmediately after swimming they had an inflated amount of oxidized glutathione to total glutathione.

2. At baseline, their “reduced glutathione” was greater while their oxidized glutathione was less than non-winter swimmers.

Explanation

 

What does this mean? This is good. If you will recall some high school chemistry, oxidation is a rusting-like process in which a cell gets an electron stolen from it, becoming damaged. Antioxidants sacrifice their own electrons for the benefit of the cells. Therefore, although immediately after a cold shower your antioxidant glutathione becomes “oxidized”, when you return to baseline the protective form will be more plentiful than it was.

 

Think of it as working out; your muscles are a bit weak immediately afterwards, but stronger when you recover. The researchers write “This can be viewed as an adaptation to repeated oxidative stress, and is postulated as mechanism for body hardening. Hardening is the exposure to a natural, e.g., thermal stimulus, resulting in an increased tolerance to stress, e.g., diseases. Exposure to repeated intensive short-term cold stimuli is often applied in hydrotherapy, which is used in physical medicine for hardening.”

Fevers

Warning: Do not try to lower a fever with a cold shower — it is dangerous. If anything, use lukewarm water. The following is purely for informative purposes.

Dr. James Currie and his Cold Water Cure

Dr. James Currie was handed the unique challenge of curing an infirmary of soldiers while traveling by ship, without access to appropriate medicine. Cold water was his cure.

Symptoms

Dr. James Currie said that he generally observed a time over the course of 24 hours when a fever would exhibit a spike in intensity; he called these “exacerbations”. Of these, he said “These exacerbations are marked by increased flushing, thirst, and restlessness. If the heat of the patient be, at such times, taken by thermometer, it will be found to have risen one or two degrees in the central parts of the body above the average heat of the fever, and still more on the extremities”.

Treatment

He continued: “The safest and most advantageous time for using the aspersion of affusion of cold water, is when the exacerbations is at its height, or immediately after its declination is begun; and this has led me almost always to direct it to be employed from six to nine in the evening; but it may be safely used at any time of the day, when there is no sense of chilliness present, when the heat of the surface is steadily above what is natural, and when there is no general or profuse sensible perspiration. — These particulars are of the utmost importance.”

Caution! Does Not Mix with Chills

He further cautioned: “If the affusion of cold water on the surface of the body be used during the cold stage of the paroxysm of fever, the respiration is nearly suspended; the  pulse becomes fluttering, feeble, and of an incalculable frequency; the surface and extremities become doubly cold and shrivelled, and the patient seems to struggle with the pangs of instant dissolution. I have no doubt, from what I have observed, that in such circumstances, the repeated affusion of a few buckets of cold water would extinguish life. This remedy should therefore never be used when any considerable sense of chilliness is present, even though the thermometer, applied to the trunk of the body, should indicate a degree of heat greater than usual.

Neither ought it to be used, when the heat, measured by the thermometer, is less than, or even only equal to the natural heat, through the patient should feel no degree of chilliness. This is sometimes the case towards the last stages of fever, when the powers of life are too weak to sustain so powerful a stimulus.

More Caution – Does Not Mix with Profuse Sweating

It is also necessary to abstain from the use of this remedy when the body is under profuse sensible perspiration, and this caution is more important in proportion to the continuance of this perspiration. In the commencement of sweating, especially if it has been brought on by violent exercise, the affusion of cold water on the naked body, or even immersion in the cold bath, may be hazarded with little risque, and sometimes may be resorted to with great benefit. After the sweating has continued some time and flowed freely, especially if the body has remained at rest, either the affusion or immersion is attended with danger, even though the heat of the body at the moment of using it be greater than natural. Sweating is always a cooling process in itself, but in bed it is often prolonged by artificial means, and the body is prevented from cooling under it to the natural degree, by the load of heated clothes. When the heat has been thus artificially kept up, a practitioner, judging by the information of his thermometer only, may be led into error. In this situation, however, I have observed that the heat sinks rapidly on the exposure of the surface of the body even to the external air, and that the application of cold water, either by affusion or immersion, is accompanied by a loss of heat and a deficiency of re-action, which are altogether inconsistent with safety.”

James Currie’s Actual Stories

Case #1

A Nurse in the fever-ward of the Infirmary, having several patients under her care, caught the infection. She was seized with violent rigors, chilliness and wandering pains, succeeded by great heat, thirst, and head-ach. Sixteen hours after the first attack, her heat at the axilla was 103° of Fah1., her pulse 112 in the minute and strong ; her thirst great, her tongue furred, and her skin dry.

Five gallons of salt water, of the temperature of 44° F were poured over her naked body, at five o’clock in the afternoon, and after being hastily dried with towels, she was replaced in bed: when the the agitation and sobbing had subsided, her pulse was found to beat at the rate of 96 strokes in the minute, and in half an hour afterwards it had fallen to 80. The heat was reduced to 98° by the affusion, and half an hour afterwards it remained stationary. The sense of heat and head-ach were gone, and the thirst nearly gone. Six hours afterwards she was found perfectly free of fever, but a good deal of debility remained.

Source:Medical Reports, on the Effects of Water, Cold and Warm (pg. 18-26)

Skin Health

One of the main problems with a hot shower is that it tends to dry the skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Dry skin can be itchy, become chapped or cracked, and exasperate conditions like eczema. When the normally plump cells of moist skin become dry and shriveled, fine lines and wrinkles also appear.

How Hot Water Dries Skin

The mechanism behind this is quite simple; heat opens skin pores, so a hot shower leaves the skin’s oils completely vulnerable to being eroded by the water. A cold shower closes the pores more tightly, keeping oils locked in.

Testimonial

Here is one testimonial I found interesting:

“I once had a short term job that required me to live outdoors for a little over a month. During that time, the only type of shower I had access to was an outdoor one that only supplied cold water….After a month of not drying my body out with the usual hot, steamy shower, my skin was extremely soft, radiant, smooth, naturally moist (but not oily), and healthy. After I returned home,  I continued taking cool showers because I simply learned to love them and the accompanying benefits.”

Cold Showers for Sunburns?

The water temperature for a sunburn should be perhaps not cold, but “cool” water, as described by the National Institutes of Health. They suggest: “Try taking a cool shower or bath or placing wet, cold wash rags on the burn.” [1].

  1. Medline Plus


were ultimately very refreshing. However, that was not the only benefit to such brisk showers. After a month of not drying my body out with the usual hot, steamy shower, my skin was extremely soft, radiant, smooth, naturally moist (but not oily), and healthy. After I returned home, I continued taking cool showers because I simply learned to love them and the accompanying benefits.

Saunas Before Showers

 

The Verseo Sauna is as Portable as a Suitcase

An infrared Sauna is as Portable as a Suitcase

The low cost and portability of infrared saunas are bringing the health benefits out of the spa and into the home. For several reasons, it is extremely beneficial to use an infrared sauna immediately before a cold shower.

1. Stimulate Circulation to Skin and Muscles

An infrared sauna followed by a cold shower is much like the tradition of Finnish Saunas, where it is customary to jump into a cold lake after a steam sauna session. The heat of the sauna raises your body’s surface temperature, increasing blood flow and nutrient delivery to the skin. Afterward, the cold water sends blood rushing back to internal organs, exercising the full range of circulation.

2. Superior to Hot Water

While hot water can be relaxing, it is far from the ideal medium for warming the body. Hot showers strip the skin of its essential oils and create a noxious steam that amplifies the absorption of any toxic impurities. While hot tubs are generally precluded for pregnant women, saunas pose no serious health risks [1].

3. Feels Better

Cold showers can be uncomfortable at first, but a sauna makes the cold water immediately enjoyable. After you have been using the sauna for 10-20 minutes, you will be excited for the refreshment of a cold shower and its myriad benefits.

4. Safe and Effective

Infrared saunas warm the body with infrared heat, which is the same type of heat you might feel from the sun during early morning or late afternoon hours. The infrared waves in saunas are completely safe, and in fact, research shows these waves can actually protect the skin against sun damage [2]. Like steam saunas, infrared saunas offer benefits to sufferers of arthritis, mild depression, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, and much more.

5. Extremely Affordable

A traditional steam sauna can cost well over $5,000, but portable infrared saunas offer the same benefits, if not more, for merely hundreds. They are extremely cheap to operate, consuming no more than 20 cents of electricity per hour – much cheaper than the gas and water consumed by a hot shower.

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1. Skittish About Saunas?
2. Infrared Radiation May Protect Skin Against Aging and Damage.

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Athletic Recovery

Boxer

Cold water can help alleviate inflammation and muscle soreness from intense exercise. The concept dates back to the tale of semi-legendary hydrotherapist Vincenz Priesnittz, who, seeing a deer hold a wounded limb in a stream, became inspired to heal the masses with his cold water treatment. Jockeys have known for years that cold water wraps and compresses can speed up recovery and help prevent injury in horses. There are a significant amount of studies, sponsored by the sports industry, showing that cold water immersion bestows some athletic advantages.

Muscle Soreness and Dysfunction

In an experiment at Loughborough University in the UK, researchers ran 20 young males through an intense drill of intermittent shuttle runs, a 90 minute session “previously shown to result in marked muscle damage and soreness”. Half the group was assigned to partake in cold water immersion immediately afterwards in 10 ° C water (50 ° F) for 10 minutes. The control group received no treatment. At regular intervals for 7 days, they measured:

  • Perceived muscle soreness
  • Muscular function
  • Efflux of intracellular proteins

The group that received cryotherapy (cold water immersion) reported less muscle soreness than the control group, and tested superiorly for certain signs of muscle damage. The researchers concluded: “The results suggest that cold-water immersion immediately after prolonged intermittent shuttle running reduces some indices of exercise-induced muscle damage. [1]”

Faster Recovery

Some studies have looked at how cold water therapy affects physical performance when used in between consecutive days of exercise. These include experimentation with treatment methods for players during a basketball tournament, and likewise between climbing sessions for experienced rock climbers.

The basketball tournament consisted of 29 males, mean age 19.1, playing for 3 days. The researchers aimed to see how different treatments affected performance in fitness tests such as vertical jump, sprints, and sit-and-reach flexibility. Out of three different treatments, they concluded: “Cold water immersion appears to promote better restoration of physical performance measures than carbohydrate + stretching routines and compression garments” [2].

The rock climbing experiment tested the performance of 13 females (mean age 27.1) who climbed an overhanging wall, twice, separated by 20 minutes of recovery. The recovery methods tested were:

Active Recovery – Riding a stationary bicycle.

Passive Recovery – Doing “nothing”, I presume.

Cold Water Immersion – The forearms and arms  were submerged (three periods of 5 min at 15 +/- 1 degrees C).

Electromyostimulation – The forearm muscles received a bisymmetric TENS current (a battery powered current commonly used to reduce perception of pain).

A number of trials over the course of several weeks showed that cold water immersion had a positive effect. The official conclusion was: “Active recovery and cold water immersion are two means of preserving performance when repeating acute exhausting climbing trails in female climbers. These positive effects are accompanied by a greater lactate removal and a decrease in subcutaneous tissues temperatures, respectively” [3].

Other Studies

Fitness Assessment (Soccer)

“In this study, we investigated the effect of water immersion on physical test performance and perception of fatigue/recovery during a 4-day simulated soccer tournament…. These results suggest that immediate post-match cold-water immersion does not affect physical test performance or indices of muscle damage and inflammation but does reduce the perception of general fatigue and leg soreness between matches in tournaments”.

Pre-Marathon Whole-Body Cold Shower

“To examine the effects of a prerace whole-body cold shower on muscle soreness (MS) and on serum creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase MB (CK-MB) isoenzyme activities, 16 experienced distance runners were randomly assigned to one of two treatment categories prior to running a marathon…. The results showed a marked (P < .05) difference between the cold shower group and the group without cold showers for CK-MB/CK ratio, and no difference for CK, CK-MB, and MS”.

Alleviate Depression

Feel Better?

Feel Better.

Ironically, I didn’t start taking cold showers because I knew they were healthy. It was just a moment of spontaneity one day when I was standing in the steaming hot water and for lack of a better word, realized I was “bored” with the consistent warmth. So I cranked up the cold water, and to my delight, it felt exhilarating. I started alternating between hot and cold on frequent occasion because it felt great and seemed to make me relaxed and refreshed throughout the day.

The Theory

Researcher Nikolai A. Shevchuk believes they are more powerful than mild mood boosters, actually capable of treating some cases of clinical depression. In his hypothesis, Adapted Cold Shower as a Potential Treatment for Depression, he proposed that many cases of depression are caused by a lack of “thermal stress”.

For millions of years, our ancestors were exposed to a wide range of temperatures that come with fluctuating ambient temperature and swimming and bathing in cold water. Modern man, however, often lives in a fairly consistent room temperature. Shevchuk proposes that this lack of thermal stress is one factor that contributes to depression. Another factor is a genetic overlay on the first; some people have a genetic predispostion to be affected more severely by the lack of thermal stress. He elaborates on the argument, informing that:

“Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.”

Let’s highlight a couple benefits for all of the non-neuroscientists out there.

Increase Beta-endorphin: The neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel better immediately after an injury. It works by binding to and activating opioid receptors, dulling pain, and increasing feels of relaxation and well-being. Additionally, it slows the growth of cancer cells [1], and is thought to play a role in behavioral patterns (i.e. stress, alcoholism), obesity, diabetes, and psychiatric illness. [2]

Increase Noradrenaline: A hormone and neurotransmitter useful for treating ADD, depression, and abnormally low blood pressure. The ADD medication Straterra works solely by increasing noradrenaline levels. A class of antidepressants, called SNRIs, function partly by increasing noradrenaline levels. The body manufactures noradrenaline from amino acids found in protein sources such as meat, eggs, and nuts. [3]

The Procedure

The proposed treatment procedure would last several weeks to several months. It would consist of one or two cold showers a day at 20 ° C (68 ° F) for 2 to 3 minutes, proceeded by a 5 minute gradual adaptation to lessen the shock.

Additionally, contrary to drugs that affect these brain chemicals, cold showers do not appear to have significant side effects or addictive potential.

[1] http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/ldn_and_cancer.htm
[2] Physiology of beta-endorphins: a close-up view and a review of the literature
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norepinephrine

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