Bee Venom Therapy Fairbanks AK

Some versions of the rapeseed plant do contain erucic acid, which can be toxic, but this substance has been almost entirely bred out of the plants used to make canola oil today.

Kathie Lorraine Stirling, MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Ave Ste 130
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Dermatology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak

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Roger Thurmond, MD
(907) 456-8899
PO Box 71720
Fairbanks, AK
Education
Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190Univ Ok Hlth Sci Ctr, Dermatology; Univ Ok Hlth Sci Ctr, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Kathie L. Stirling MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Avenue, Suite 130
Fairbanks, AK
 
Robert Franklin Moreland
(907) 646-8500
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Dermatology

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Thomas P Senter
(907) 276-1315
636 Barrow St
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Dermatology

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Roger Dean Thurmond, MD
(907) 456-8899
PO Box 71720
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kathie Stirling, MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Ave Ste 130
Fairbanks, AK
Education
Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350Moffitt Hosp Univ Of Ca, Dermatology; Loma Linda Univ Med Ctr, Internal Medicine

Thurmond, Roger
(907) 456-8896
4001 GEIST RD STE 8
Fairbanks, AK
 
Michael Leary Cusack, MD
(907) 562-2275
3601 C St Ste 1350
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1965

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Senter, Thomas P MD - Senter Thomas P MD
(907) 276-1315
636 Barrow St
Anchorage, AK
 
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Housecalls—Lowdown on Canola Oil, Bee Venom Therapy, Getting Rid of Warts

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Canola Conundrum
Q I’ve been hearing that certain types of canola oil aren’t healthy—can you clarify?

A
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about this oil. Canola oil, made from the seeds of the rapeseed plant, is low in saturated fat and contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids. But it’s not uncommon for the makers of supermarket brands to use petroleum-based chemicals to extract the oil from the seeds. Such oils are also heated during the refining process, which reduces their level of omega-3s.

The other worry about canola is basically groundless. Some versions of the rapeseed plant do contain erucic acid, which can be toxic, but this substance has been almost entirely bred out of the plants used to make canola oil today.
Your best bet is to choose an organic version that’s labeled “cold pressed” and that contains more than 20 percent ALA.

Cold pressing uses a mechanical press to squeeze the oil, generating less heat and leaving more of the omega-3s intact. By choosing organic, you avoid genetically modified organisms, since organic oils can’t come from such seeds.

One caveat: Canola oil produced this way has a lower “smoke point,” so you shouldn’t use it for high-temperature cooking like stir-frying; not only will it taste bitter, it can break down and cause damaging free radicals to form. (Grapeseed oil is a better choice.)

Humdinger Pain Helper
Q Can bee venom therapy help with my arthritis?

A It just might. Formal research on this topic is scant, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that bee venom can indeed make a difference for both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. “Bee venom contains several anti-inflammatory compounds,” says physician Andrew Kochan, director of the Kochan Institute for Healing Arts Research in Encino, California. “It has one particular agent that’s a hundred times more powerful than hydrocortisone.” Happily, stinging isn’t required; most practitioners inject a bee venom solution into the skin instead. Kochan says his arthritis patients start getting relief after just a couple of treatments.

You should be prepared, though, for the same minor side effects that come from being stung by a bee, namely swelling, itchiness, and redness. (Anyone allergic to bee or wasp stings, of course, should steer clear.) Finding a practitioner who uses bee venom therapy may take some legwork, as it’s not widely available. For more information, contact the American Apitherapy Society at www.apitherapy.org .

Warts Begone
Q Are there simple ways to get rid of warts?

A Most warts are harmless and eventually go away on their own, but most of us would prefer not to wait around. A physician can freeze them off with liquid nitrogen; you can freeze them at home with a new over-the-counter product called Wartner; or you can use an OTC salicylic acid product. But these treatments can require several rounds, and sometimes sting or leave you with blisters.

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