How do I develop synergy to treat my Peyronies disease?

Been searching your site, have ordered Neprinol, but have not found the alternative product suggested for the synergy ‘maybe’ needed — besides Vitamin E, which I take.

Greetings,

Please read this page from the PDI website, “Synergy and Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease.”

In this discussion you will learn that synergy results from the combined use of several different therapies, but not any particular therapies.   For successful Peyronie’s disease treatment the more therapy and wider variety of therapy products that are used, the deeper and more effective your synergy will be – the more the merrier.

Synergy is a natural reaction when groups of similar things are combined.   Let’s take for example people.    If we combine a group of people who are slightly bad, when they get together they will tend to do things and behave in a way that is generally more bad than they would if they were not together.   In a similar way,  if we combine a group of people who are good, when they get together they will tend to do things and behave in a way that is generally better than they would if they were not together.  I suppose you can say that by combining similar things the natural tendency of those things is intensified. This is synergy. There is no limit to the number of things you can add for synergy to happen, and everything seems to be affected by it so you can use any Peyronie treatment you want to cause it to help you.

In the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease we  use different therapies that have been shown to be slightly effective as a Peyronie’s therapy.  But when you combine them – the more the better – you get an increase of this ability to reverse  the Peyronies problem.

Further, since no one can tell which of the Peyronies therapies you need most and which you are lowest in, we approach treatment from a broad base that you supply all of those that could be helpful so that you are not missing any and this will also strengthen the effect of synergy on your problem.  Let me know if you have any more questions about the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronies disease. TRH

 

Have you any knowledge about serrapeptase or nattokinase for Peyronie's treatment?

Hi, I just ordered your massage CD.

Have you any knowledge on the product serrapeptase or nattokinase?

They are in a category of systemic enzymes which are fibrolytic — fibrolytic enzymes break down fibrin and reduce or prevent scarring. Examples of these are serrapeptase and nattokinase. So, more precisely, could a fibrolytic enzyme like serrapeptase possibly reduce the fibrosis in the penis?

Best to you,

Michael

 

Greetings Michael,

Certainly.  Since 2002 PDI has advocated the use of the fibrinolytic enzymes, nattokinase and serrapeptase to treat Peyronies disease.  You may learn more about them here Enzymes (Neprinol, Nattokinase and Fibrozym) for Peyronie’s Treatment.   TRH

 

What is the dosage of therapy that will improve my Peyrnonie's disease?

I am taking a combination of Neprinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Can you advise me of a good number of each to be taken per day? I am currently taking 6 Neprinol per day, 3,000 mg of Vitamin C and 800IU of Vitamin E per day. Is this a safe amount that will effect Peyronies disease?

Greetings,

As I write repeatedly in these commentaries, there is no way to know ahead of time if any therapy plan is going to be effective for any particular person’s Peyronie’s condition or what dosage will work for you.  This is why it is essential each plan should be as varied and aggressive as possible, and that it is followed faithfully each day.  Because you will be able to monitor the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar before therapy begins and as it continues you will know whether your plan is working.  If it is working, you continue following your plan. If it is not working, you slowly increase the dosage of your plan until you begin to notice changes in the scar.

It is essential that you not just take your various supplements, but that you “work” your plan.  The PDI concept of determining the dosage of Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease is based on a simple system followed to prescribe drugs in medical practice. 

This is how your medical doctor fine-tunes the dosage of the drugs he/she gives you:   Your dosage is started based primarily on your age and body weight for that particular drug – everyone starts at about the same dose, but it will change based on response to the drug.  You take the drug as prescribed, you return in a week or two and your doctor asks you questions and examines you to see if your symptoms have changed.  If your symptoms have been reduced to your doctor’s satisfaction, your dosage is kept the same.  If your symptoms are the same the dosage is either increased or you are given even more drugs.  You now taken an increased drug dosage as prescribed, you again return in a week or two and your reduction of symptoms is determined.  If your symptoms are now reduced your dosage is kept at this higher level.  If your symptoms are the still same the dosage is once more increased or you are given even more drugs.  This goes on until your doctor thinks your symptoms are under control.  This is how medicine is generally prescribed. 

You can use the same method to determine how many and which of your different therapies to use to change the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronies plaque and hence to reduce the curved penis that the scar causes.

As you take the dosage of the Alternative Medicine therapies you are using you monitor the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronie’s plaque or scar, just as a doctor would.   If your scar shows improvement (smaller, softer, a different shape, more difficult to locate or you have signs of the scar “falling apart,” you keep dosage the same.  If your scar is the same size and shape, just as hard and just as easy to locate, you slightly increase the dosage of what you are taking or you add new therapy to your plan.   You compare your scar every 10-14 days, looking for positive signs of scar reduction.  This pattern of increased therapy continues until you find that your scar has begun to improve.

You do not just start popping a predetermined number of pills each day hoping that you get better.  You monitor your scar for positive scar changes and you are fully aware what it will take to make it happen.  This is PDI method of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  

The Neprinol, vitamin E and C dosage you are taking is very common, and might even be a little low in regards to Neprinol.  Please refer to the notes and detailed instructions you were given about taking Neprinol when you received your order from PDI.

If you have specific questions about altering your Peyronies treatment plan please contact me directly.   TRH

Would my doctor recommend your treatment for Peyronie's disease?

Dear Dr. Herazy,

I’ve been all over your web site and read all the amazing testimonials. I’m 54 and I’ve been suffering with Peyronie’s disease for years. I have not been regularly intimate with my wife for years now, and she recently told me intercourse was too frustrating for her due to the challenges we deal with due to my condition. That was hurtful, as if I haven’t already lost all self confidence. Anyway, you may have heard of my doctor, Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh.

I have already been through three rounds of penis injections with little or no results. Dr.Shabsigh has told me to consider surgery.  I need to do something as I can’t continue to live this way, and my marriage is just about shot.

Dr. Shabsigh is considered to be knowledgeable in the area of PD & ED.  Do you know him?  Would he recommend I try your treatments? I really need help. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks very much,

Tom

Greetings Tom,

No, I have never heard of your doctor.  I have no idea what he would think of using Alternative Medicine.  However, if it is his idea to think that sticking multiple injections into a penis that already has Peyronie’s disease is a good way to treat this problem, then he is likely to follow the standard medical line of thought about treatment.  

If you want to really get some help beyond the standard medical concept of risking additional scar formation after surgery on a penis that has already demonstrated the tendency to create excessive scar formation , then I suggest you spend some time reading the PDI website.    The PDI website is full of useful information if you take the time to read it.  When you have a specific question about Peyronie’s disease treatment please  let me know.  TRH

Can my urologist prescribe PDI Peyronies treatment so my insurance covers it?

Can my urologist prescribe products from your catalog so my insurance covers it?

Greetings,

While your idea makes a lot of sense, you must realize that insurance companies do not make decisions based on what makes sense; they decide based on popular medical thinking; insurance company policy is dictated by standard medical ideas.   Your urologist can prescribe anything he/she wants to do, however that does not mean your insurance company will have to pay for it.  Insurance coverage does not work that way.

Using nutritional therapy products to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque might make a lot of sense to you and me, it is not standard medical thinking.   Standard medical thinking is to allow the curved penis caused by the Peyronie’s plaque to get so bad that it is treated by a $30-40,0000 Peyronie’s surgery.  Rather than attempt a brief therapeutic trial of natural vitamins and enzymes over 3-4 months that might cost less than a $1000, the insurance company would rather spend a lot of money to cut on a man’s penis and run the risk that it could make his problem worse.

I suggest you talk to your urologist to see if he would be receptive to your idea.  Who knows?   It might happen that you get lucky with your insurance company, and you get your Peyronie’s disease treatment reimbursed.   Strange things happen.   Let me know how it turns out.  TRH

Would Neprinol work on my Peyronie's disease?

Hi,

I’ve had Peyronies now for roughly 10 years. I passed a kidney stone in my 30’s and it jammed at the end of my urethra, I squeezed it ,and it passed. But for a month my penis killed me. It eventually shrunk to about 3 inches, from 7  1/4 inches . Ive tried everything. I went all natural. vitamin c, 1000mg , omega 3 1200mg, vitamin e 1000 mg, l-arginine, ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto 1000mg, and flax seed oil, 1000mg gotu kola.  All have helped get at least 6 inches in length back after 10 years.

My love life suffered at first, but we overcame things. I would like to get the other 1 1/4 inches back. Right at the tip, just behind, it curves up around 30 to 35 deg. I can feel the hard plaque still. It just won’t soften up any more.

Would Neprinol work, or do you have any suggestions on how to finally rid my self of this man destroying dilemma?  I’m 45 now, I would like to keep going if you know what I mean.

Thanks.  Any suggestions would be a great help.

Greetings,

While I realize you have probably just discovered the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website on the internet, my first suggestion is that you stop playing around using different herbs and supplements that have not been shown to be helpful for treating PD.

“Going natural” is not the key to successful Peyronie’s treatment; you have to use the right products and use them in the right way.  It looks to me like you just started using anything that might have had some positive things written about it, and hoped it would help your problem.   You have not “used everything.”   You have only scratched the surface.   You have approached your problem from the wrong direction and gotten lucky that some of the things you did  might have helped you.   Had you spent that same time, effort and money using the products from the PDI lineup for your Peyronie’s treatment I believe you would have been far better off today.

I suggest you get on at least the PDI medium plan along with the PDI gentle Manual Penis Stretching CD video and use them faithfully for a few months.  It is important to use the exact therapies from PDI because not all brands of Alternative Medicine therapies are of the same quality or potency.   You cannot walk into the average vitamin store and expect to get good quality products that will do the job for you.  It is amazing and appalling that many vitamin shops sell such low quality items.

Your question about Neprinol shows that you do not understand how to use Neprinol and that you are again approaching your therapy from the wrong direction.   You need to spend more time reading what is on the PDI website to learn how to go about successful Peyronies treatment. 

When you order from PDI you will receive specific instructions how to use everything that you order for the best possible treatment of Peyronies disease.   Let me know if you have specific questions about helping your problem.   Good luck to you.   TRH   

Must I accept there is no cure for Peyronie's disease?

Hello Dr. Herazy,

I've had Peyronies since I was 14 years old. There was a blunt trauma, I was too young and shocked to address the issue and chose to ignore it.

Initially, my erections were not greatly diminished. There was a curvature of about 30 to 35% to the left and slightly downward. Erections lasted a little less long and were slightly harder to produce. Urine did not pass as forcefully as it had before.

Now I am 31, erections are much harder to produce, are never full and have significantly less duration. At times there is a slight pain in the penis after ejaculation and urine passes much slower than it use to. I would place the curvature at 40 to 45% and in a more flaccid state. It is very depressing for me because I have only experienced sex with this condition and as it worsens I avoid it and relationships. Surgery sounds horrible and signing up to a treatment plan has me concerned about developing conditions or side effects from the treatments, as I have a lot of life to live.

Is there any hope? Must I accept that there is no cure and what ever options are available will involve sacrifice or long treatment plans?

Suffering Guy

 

Greetings Suffering Guy,

Apparently you have not spent much time reading the vast amount of information about natural Peyronie's disease treatment available on the PDI website.  

When I developed PD in 2002 I began my treatment with the premise that there is a cure for Peyronie's disease – various authorities will report that from half to 20% of men who develop this problem will undergo a spontaneous remission in which it just goes away on its own.  In other words, the body corrects the problem of the internal plaque or scar tissue in the tunica albuginea, and the scar and the curvature just go away.  that sounds like a cure to me. 

When you read on the medical websites that "there is no cure for Peyronie's disease," what they really mean is that there is no prescription drug available from a pharmaceutical company that has FDA approval to eliminate the plaque in the internal tunica tissue.  While it might be true that "there is no cure for the common cold," does that mean that everyone who has a cold will continue to keep the problem and will eventually die from it?  No.  With rare exception (the very young, the very old, and those who are very weak with severe illness), anyone who develops a cold will cure it usually in a little less than a week.  That is what the body is designed to do to cure itself.  

Certainly, there are some conditions (cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, etc.) that are more difficult and more rare to overcome, but for the most part there are a large number of health problems that the body is fully capable of self-repairing.   Where exactly is it written that every case of Peyronie's disease is permanent and beyond the ability of the body to eliminate? I have never read that anywhere, and as I mentioned earlier every authority states that a fair number OF PD cases reverse themselves for complete elimination.   If that is true then the question should be asked, "Why hasn't your body eliminated your PD?"  

For the last 10 years I have spent every day with that question on my mind.  I have developed some ideas and strategies I have seen over and over again that will increase a man's ability to get rid of his own Peyronie's disease.  You can read about a few of these Testimonials of Peyronie's Disease Institute

There is not much I can do to reduce whatever level of sacrifice or time is required for your body to reduce your Peyronie's plaque to the best of your ability.  I hope you think enough of yourself, and are willing to do some work, to bring about your best level of recovery.  If you have any questions about using Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie's disease please let me know.   TRH

What about using Kegel exercise as a Peyronie's treatment?

2 very simple short questions do kegels exercises help peyronies i read it will or may because it's said to be a exercise that women used but it can be used in men and online says it can force more blood into the penis and help with the healing process. The other i have on my mind is i read W What does it mean to "Break Up Scar Tissue" I was reading about castor oil and they said it "breaks up" internal/external scar tissue and breaks them up? Is it different than "reducing" Could you clear up this definition? Thanks, and hope this wasn't too much to ask, but i just didn't want to forget the other question so i just put them both here in one, thanks again Dr. Herazy.


Greetings,

Yes, spend a of of time in our video. "Massage and Exercise" for Peyronie's disease to give you specific measures to assure you do Kegel exercises correctly for PD.   I have advocated Kegels for PD for many years, and used them as part of the Peyronie's disease treatment protocol when I got over it. 

You will have ask those people who use these terms – breaking up and reducing scar tissue – what they mean when they use them.  To me it sounds like careless use of words.   TRH

Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease completely disappears?

Hello,

Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease actually completely disappears?

One often-quoted study says that 13% of cases improve spontaneously after one year. This, however, includes very small curvature or plaque reduction. However, I have not heard of one single reliable and medically documented story of complete remission. It seems that even if some treatments appear to be effective in reducing or even dissolving the plaque, the tunica can never regain its original elasticity.

Can you give us your thoughts about this please.

Best regards,

Leo

 

Greetings Leo, 

Thank you for the excellent question.

How often, and to what degree, Peyronie's disease spontaneously recovers is such an interesting and important PD topic that I wrote,  Spontaneous Remission and Natural Cure of Peyronie's Disease.    You might consider reading this also for additional ideas.

Anyone who has looked for help with Peyronie's disease knows why it has been called the bastard-child of medical practice.  No one should be surprised it has never been the subject of investigation to determine the frequency or degree of spontaneous recovery or natural healing.  I could not find any information about what criteria is used to determine a complete response to treatment or a spontaneous remission of Peyronie's disease.  For example, when all outward signs of cancer disappear after treatment, this is called a "complete remission" or a "complete response."   These terms do not necessarily suggest the cancer has been cured.  It only means the cancer cannot be detected in a way that it was previously used to identify it.  If after treatment the cancer is still present but in a reduced capacity to incapacitate the patient or of a reduced size, it is called a "partial remission."  In regard to Peyronie's disease these concepts might also apply, but this has not been worked out clinically for PD.  For this reason, the words we use (remission, recovery, response, cure, improvement, complete, partial) are subject to controversy because they have not been defined in relation to Peyronie's disease.  

Thus, there is room for interpretation when you ask if Peyronie's disease ever "completely disappears."   A consensus would have to determine if a practical (functional) or anatomical (structural) definition of recovery was to be used for Peyronie's disease.  Previously I have written, "the average man would not care at all that he had Peyronie's disease if it did not cause a penile distortion that denies him from having sexual intercourse.  If the Peyronie's lump did not interrupt sex activity, the problem would be essentially ignored." 

While i understand the thought and motive behind asking about a study of spontaneous remission of Peyronie's disease, I believe it is unlikely for the pharmaceutical or medical industries to actually spend money to research if this problem goes away on its own.  Their focus is far more likely to be directed toward drug creation or surgical advancements.  In preparation for writing this reply I Googled "spontaneous remission cancer" and "spontaneous recovery flu" and could not find any medical studies for those searches.  That this information is not available should not be interpreted that these things do not happen, but only that no one yet has taken the time, effort and money or has a vested interest to study these topics.   

For a majority of men, from a practical or functional standpoint, restoring sexual function would define "complete recovery" if this occurred as a result of direct treatment, or "spontaneous remission" if this occurred without treatment, regardless if the Peyronie's plaque persisted or the tunica albuginea was less elastic.  To underscore this prevailing and practical attitude that men take about their Peyronie's condition, I have communicated with many men who have told be that they like having Peyronie's disease because their particular direction and degree of penile curvature increased the sexual pleasure of their partner and thus they saw themselves as better lovers. Their interest in correcting their Peyronie's disease was equally practical and sexually motivated:  they were concerned that if the curvature worsened, they would not be able to engage in intercourse.  Conversely, from a clinical or anatomical standpoint, restoring previous physical normalcy (external appearance of the shaft, elimination of the internal fibrous plaque, complete elasticity of the tunica albuginea), would define "complete recovery" if this occurred as a result of direct treatment, or "spontaneous remission" if this occurred without treatment.  Without these terms being defined it is difficult to communicate accurately.

Yes, I am aware of that study reporting 13% of cases improve spontaneously; others reports suggest up to 50% of Peyronie's disease cases simply go away without treatment.  This variation in numbers is probably due to a different set of criteria for determining what degree of improvement constitutes a real improvement  or recovery; this is discussed in the 3rd paragraph. Given the nature of the problem It is easy to understand why there is still controversy and revision (usually upward) of the reported rate of occurrence of PD in the general population, to say nothing of the rate of spontaneous remission for the problem. 

When I developed Peyronie's disease I struggled frantically looking for a way out of the Peyronie's nightmare.  After reading reports of 20-50% spontaneous recovery from PD my thoughts turned in a more positive and productive direction.  The pivotal insight that occurred to me was:  "If 50% of men heal their own PD, then the body has a cure – even if the MDs do not.   All I have to do is increase my immune response to this PD scar in whatever way makes sense to me, and I believe I might be able to heal my problem like those lucky men who spontaneously correct their own problem.  Now I am in control."  Before that I held the common negative and hopeless victim mentality displayed on many of the Peyronie's forums. This little bit of information so encouraged me and uplifted my thinking, that I eventually developed the treatment protocol that enabled my body to heal my PD problem.  This same protocol (now improved in several significant ways) has since been used many hundreds of times by men who learned about it on this PDI website.

From my experience in working with men since 2002 I have used the informal, uncommitted, and long-distance format of the internet, emails and telephone calls.  Since I am not conducting formal research, I have no way to control, monitor or verify how anyone is conducting his PD therapy plan.  Men do what they want to do.  I can only offer suggestions and hope my message gets through.  Not only does everyone seem to create a slightly different therapy plan, but each man goes about using his plan in a different way.  The non-uniform and irregular application of the ideas you see on the PDI website makes it difficult to evaluate effectiveness or degree of improvement achieved.   Not only that, men are notoriously bad communicators about this aspect of their private life.  Once Peyronie's disease is eliminated from a man's life he quickly disengages from the problem and happily returns to his previous life, rarely contacting anyone about his success.  They gladly try to forget about the condition that so humiliated them and nearly ruined their lives.  Men are reluctant to discuss or report on the stigma of diminished size, erectile dysfunction and disfigurement associated with Peyronie's disease.  For these reasons the number of men who experience spontaneous improvement of their PD will always be much more speculative than even the number of men who have PD, which is wracked by speculation for the same reasons.      

You are correct, there are no formal medical studies of complete Peyronie's remission.   But what of those published medical statistics reporting 13-50% of cases that get well without treatment or outside intervention.  Is that not more than the medical acknowledgment or the single story of complete remission you asked for?  Further, what of the hundreds of urologists and family doctors each day around the world who advise their newly diagnosed Peyronie's patients to "come back in six months to see it it goes away"?  Aren't each of these MDs implicitly saying that from their experience they see a sufficient percent of PD cases clear up on their own, thus justifying the standard wait-and-see strategy they all use?  "Wait-and-see-back-in-6-months" is part of the standard medical protocol and must exist for some reason; do you think that spontaneous remissions happen often enough to build a treatment protocol around it?  I do.

I offer a simple speculation about the condition of the tunica albuginea after favorable Alternative Medicine treatment, because I do not know.  The body eliminates to the best of its ability what it does not need.   I have a scar on my knee from a childhood injury.  Over the years it has slowly faded and now is barely visible.  I assume that if there is no useful purpose for the PD scar within the tunica albuginea, the body will pick up the collagen fibers over time.  This might not be a fast process like the body removing the cells of inflammation, but it should at least in theory happen if only because the body is designed to eliminate foreign matter.  Along that line of thought, I am a retired chiropractor with a highly refined sense of touch developed over 42 years of practice.  When I report that I cannot find any evidence of my previous gang of PD scars, you can believe that they are either gone or so dramatically diminished in size.  Of course, this is ultimately speculation because surgery would be required to verify the actual state of my tunica.       

Lastly, it is difficult to know how to label my particular improvement of Peyronie's disease or the experiences of those men with whom I have worked.  They no longer come to the PDI site for treatment information because they are apparently satisfied with their previous Peyronie's problem after following their version of PDI therapy protocol.  I do not know if I can say my body eliminated or cured my Peyronie's disease, or not. I do not know if I can say I had a "complete remission" or a "partial remission" because those terms have not been defined clinically. 

All I know for a fact is that back in 2002 when I was at my worst, I could easily describe 4-5 different plaque primarily on the left and dorsal aspect of the shaft.  My primary distortion was a combination 35 degree curve to the left, a ten degree curve upward, with a counterclockwise rotation.  I say primary distortion because twice while I had this combination curve and twist, it was replaced for a few weeks by a severe bottle-neck deformity that made me sick to look at.   After following an aggressive and faithful PD therapy plan that I devised over many months, all of that went away.  I was able to monitor the slow and gradual reduction of the size, shape, density and surface features of each of those 4-5 plaque.  As I observed them slowly fragment and disappear, my distortions disappeared and my lost length and girth returned.  Today I cannot find any PD plaque and my shaft is straight.   I have worked with many men who have reported various stories along that same basic outlineOf course, some men respond better to Alternative Medicine therapy than others; not all respond well, and some do not get any improvement at all.  When I learn of men who are not making improvement I can usually trace it back to a small and non-aggressive application of the PDI therapy concepts that is revealed by meager and irregular purchase of therapies. Conversely, those men who report better results ask more questions, follow a more faithful and aggressive plan of action, and overall seem to be more focused and serious about their eventual recovery.       

Back to your original question, "Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease actually completely disappears?"   By that question I take it that you mean, "Is it possible that the tunica albuginea returns to a completely normal state after what you call a self-repair, self-healing or spontaneous remission?"  To that question l answer that I do not know.  I must assume that in order for my curvature pattern to improve, for my scars to be undetectable, for my lost length and girth to have been returned, that some favorable and demonstrable tissue change must have occurred within substance of my tunica.  This in turn should have caused the tunica to become more elastic than when it supported the nasty Peyronie's plaque.  Speculation, for sure, but logical.

For me, and I believe for the men who come to the PDI website looking for some straight information about what they can do to help themselves get well, I wish to say we do not care if the tunica albuginea completely returns to normal or not.   I am satisfied when a man tells me he cannot find his PD scar any longer; that he can have intercourse for the first time in many years; or that his penis is now straight.  At this time I am more interested in learning how to more effectively help the men who have Peyronie's disease so they can more quickly and efficiently eliminate their problem, than I am in splitting hairs while defining the words cure, healing, recovery and remission.

Again, thanks for the great question that gave me the stimulus to put a few thoughts on the internet that were not there previously.

Good luck to you and I trust that you are successful in dealing with whatever prompted your interest in this subject.  If you have interest in learning about Alternative Medicine Peyronie's disease treatment, please let me know.    TRH

Question about Peyronie's treatment

Dear Sir,

I M.A. Mujeeb from India is suffering from Peyronies. Up to May 2010 I was quite well in sex but May or June 2010 onwards my penis is bending from both side (stem side and ring side) While incursing I am getting pain. I request you to tell me whether this medicine is effective for the above problem for me.

Thanks and regards,

M.A. MUJEEB

 

Greetings M.A. ,

Any or all of the different Peyronie's therapies found on the PDI website can be successful when combined in an aggressively and faithfully applied treatment plan.  The likelihood for that success is increased by following a broad based plan that includes both systemic, topical and external therapies.

Even if you did mention several therapies there is no way for anyone to intelligently predict the outcome of your use of any therapy.  Treatment results is far too complex, with far too many variables, to give a meaningful answer to your question if you could be helped.  It is always something that each man must attempt to learn for himself how he will respond. 

To assist you I suggest you read at least a few of these articles:  Peyronie's disease treatment frequently asked questions and  Peyronie's treatment philosophy and Peyronie's disease natural treatments: introduction.  

 

 

 

TRH 

Should I continue with the same Peyronies therapy and for how long?

On 4/15/11 I suffered a trauma to my penis during sex, (no black and blue or bleeding), my girl leaned too far back while on top. I went to the urologist 2 days later experiencing pain and a lump at the base. He suggested 4 weeks of abstinence. Unfortunately that didn't work and I searched the internet for some answers. I am 47, of good health, exercise regularly, no health problems. I did the enzyme therapy,Vita-E and C, PABA and applied the Thackers formula every night. It has been 3 months now and no change in the lump at the base. I have an hour glass shape, no bend. The only change was the pain subsided within the first 2 weeks but the lump only changes size when erect it's larger and smaller while flaccid. This has been constant since the beginning. Should I continue with the same therapy and for how long? Please reply with any suggestions.

 

Greetings,

You ask for suggestions:

1. While abstinence might have been wise during the very acute stage of injury, it is poor Peyronie's disease treatment.  I suggest ice and anti-inflammatory measures (essential fatty acids, aspirin, etc) would have served you better.     

2. I do not know what you mean when you say you "did enzyme therapy, Vita-E and C, and PABA."   That does not tell me enough; you need to provide dosage, frequency or timing for how how you used them.  That makes a tremendous difference for the possibility of success.  Just popping pills in hopes that something works is usually not helpful and it is definitely not the way PDI suggests anyone conducts good therapy.  I cannot comment on the kind of treatment plan that you followed without knowing more about it.  I suggest you provide more information.

3.  Further, it appears that while you got your idea for using vitamin, E, vitamin C and PABA from the PDI website but you did not get your therapy products from PDI.  This is often a mistake since you have no assurance about the quality of those products or how to use them.  People who visit the PDI website for a few ideas and then experiment on their own with only partial compliance to our ideas, usually earn partial results.  I suggest you made a big mistake by deciding to experiment when you should have been actively treating yourself with known products of high quality.

4.  When you say their is no change in the lump at the base of your penis, what do you mean?  What is the current size, shape, density and surface features of that lump?  If you do not know the specific answer to those questions, I suggest you are only guessing if your lump has or has not changed.     

5.  You say since the time of your injury the lump changes size when erect compared to being flaccid, but you also say you were not black and blue as a result of the initial injury. This seems to be contradictory. Since I am not able to verify this information, I would suggest that you might be mistaken on this point. 

6.  You ask if you should continue your therapy and for how long.  You did not tell me enough about your therapy or your lump so that I can answer that question. Please provide those details. 

7.  Based on the information you provided, you "did enzyme therapy, Vita-E and C, and PABA." for about two months.  That is a short time for whatever you did.  I suggest you are being too hasty judging the effectiveness of care.  This tissue is often slow to respond.    

8.  I suggest you might not have Peyronie's disease at this time; you might be on your way toward it but you might not have it at this time. You notice I used the word "might" three times in that last sentence.  This is because I am unsure since your injury happened less than four months ago, and you did not present your story in a way that is typical of Peyronie's disease. My guess is that you are still in the acute stages of a soft tissue injury and that you should consider doing more to reduce the active inflammation at this time.  

9.  My last suggestion is the most important:  Learn more about the correct Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie's disease by spending more time reading about it in the PDI website.  

Good luck to you.  TRH

Can you tell me how long the PDI middle plan will last?

Hello Dr. H,

My husband is considering the middle plan for his Peyronie’s. Can you tell me how long it will last him?

Thank you!

Karen A.

Greetings Karen A.,

Many people want to get an understanding about rate of product usage, so yours’ is a common concern.

Each person approaches his Peyronie’s disease treatment plan a little differently, not only in regard to size of treatment plan and overall direction of therapy, but especially in terms of dosage.  Some men take all their PD therapies in a very conservative way, some men take all their PD therapies in a very aggressive way, some men take 1-2 of their therapies conservatively and a few very aggressively, other men do not follow their plans very faithfully and so forget to do what they should do.

Because of this, each bottle and each therapy plan will last for a variable length of time.  In other words, not all men who get a Medium Plan use it in the same way or at the same rate.  So, how long individual bottles of any therapy plan will last is a personal and variable issue for which I can only give you approximations based on what I see others doing.

Based on my experience with others who use a PDI Medium Plan, the average person re-supplies the DMSO and Super CP Serum close to once every 3 months, while the Factor 400/400 and Maxi-Gamma E, C, Scar-X and MSM about every 4-6 weeks, and the systemic enzymes every 4 weeks.  Of course, the Massage and Exercise video CD is never replaced.  My guess-timation is that the average man will spend about $75-100 monthly to replenish the Medium Plan, after he makes his initial purchase which will be the greatest expense.  To state it another way, the Medium Plan costs around $210 to start, and about $75-100 per month to continue.     

In addition to the usual information that comes with your plan, I would suggest that you really should get the book I wrote about PD, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”   In chapter 4 of this book you will learn the essential skill of how to determine the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar so that you will know exactly how to regulate your intake of therapy in your plan.  In addition, the book also gives a wealth of practical information that you can easily use every day to make life with PD easier and less stressful.  This popular book gives treatment suggestions and a dietary approach to PD that are not found on the PDI website; actually, the book is most helpful and valuable in treating PD, but in a much different way than what is found on the PDI website.  Check it out.   

Good luck to you and your husband.  Let me know if I can help in any way. TRH

 

 

Benefit of VED for treatment of Peyronie's disease?

Dr. Herazy,

Do you recommend or see any benefits for using a Vacuum Erection Device (VED) for the treatment of early stage Peyronie's Disease when the patient has no difficulty achieving a normal erection by sexual stimulation?


Greetings,

Please review my blog post on this subject from a few years ago, http://peyronies-disease-help.com/ved-vacuum-pump-peyronies-disease-treatment/

Generally, like with most things related to Peyronies, I find men saying different things about the VED; some say it helps and some say it does not and others say it caused their PD.  The greatest limitation I find is that whatever stretching of the penile tissue occurs using the VED is too general.  To do any good in Peyronie's disease treatment the stretching must occur only and specifically at the site of the scar, not the entire organ.  To do this I developed the Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method described in this video.    

Another way to look at the subject  of the VED is in regard to the current level of injury and vulnerability of your penile tissue at this time.  You already have a problem, and the problem often starts from a very small injury – sometimes so small that it goes unnoticed.  The VED will apply perhaps up to 100 PSI to your tissue; enough to often break blood vessels and tear tissue.  This amount of force applied to the penis that already has shown a tendency to over-respond to injury by creating excess scar tissue does not sound like a good idea to me.  TRH

Peyronie’s Disease and Phimosis

Phimosis treatment and Peyronie’s disease

There is a lot of discussion these days about how the sellers of the mechanical penis stretchers say they can be used for treatment of Peyronie’s disease.  Any reader of this forum knows that PDI has taken a position against these awkward mechanical devices because of countless conversations and emails from men who report to PDI that these stretchers have actually caused their PD or worsened the PD problem if it was already present.  See Penis Stretcher: Big Problem as Peyronie’s Treatment and Penis Stretching for Peyronie’s Treatment and Penis stretching for Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

There is another way to that is better and safer to correct the distortion and bent penis of PD.  It is to use the PDI Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique © instruction CD to actually make significant improvement in the curved penis that is caused by the Peyronie’s plaque.  For confirmation how this might work for Peyronies disease, one has only to look at how the medical profession advises a man to help himself when he has a condition of the penis called phimosis.

Phimosis is a fairly common condition of the penis in which the prepuce or foreskin is too tight or small for it to be completely pulled back or retracted over the head of the penis.  Most of the time this condition is detected in early childhood, but sometimes persists into adulthood.   In the adult with phimosis, since the foreskin cannot be easily pulled back over the head, oil and dead tissue cells collect between the head and foreskin and results in the collection of a smelly white cheese-like accumulation called smegma.  During sexual activity the skin can become irritated and painful because of the forced friction and movement of the otherwise tight skin.  To correct this problem the medical profession has a simple solution that should be kept in mind by anyone with Peyronie’s disease.

Phimosis treatment shows how to manage Peyronie’s disease

There are two basic ways to stretch the foreskin or prepuce when phimosis is present:

  1. Gently pull back on the foreskin when erect, so that its opening feels tight around the head without feeling real pain.  Hold this position for a few minutes, and repeat a few times at one session.  Do a few sessions per day.  This stretching can be made easier if you first soak in a warm bath.
  2. Gently pull the foreskin forward over the head to create extra tissue in front of the head.  Then, with the foreskin forward and the two little fingertips inserted into the foreskin opening, hold each side of the foreskin further open and gently pull out and away on each side of the opening you have created so that the opening is larger than usual.  Continue stretching the opening with the tips of the little finger until it feels like you have stretched it to a comfortable limit and is never painful.   Hold for a few minutes and repeat a few times during a session.  This is also done best after soaking in a warm bath for a few minutes.

Continue stretching the prepuce or foreskin for a while longer once you develop to the diameter foreskin opening you want.

Peyronie’s treatment can also be done by stretching that should be easy, gentle and done in a relatively short time.  Heavy weights, tight clamps that abuse the tissue, and months of treatment are not necessary.  All of this is best accomplished with the PDI Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique ©.

Peyronies Treatment and Attitude

Peyronies care improved with right attitude

When someone starts Peyronies disease treatment using Alternative Medicine there is always a sense of heightened anticipation about how fast results might occur, and how quickly sexual function and lost size might be restored.  Often this attitude of expectation is so intense that an unreasonable anticipation develops that can only lead to disappointment, frustration, and ultimate failure.   This is unfortunate since so much of this self-inflicted problem is totally avoidable.

The best attitude to have while starting Peyronie’s treatment is a simple combination of determination, honest curiosity and low expectations.  Your determination should stem from the fact that there is no known Peyronies cure, other than the fact that 50% of men get over their PD solely because of natural healing and repair of their immune system.   This should serve to make you determined to be one of those 50% of men who corrects his own PD problem.  Honest curiosity should arise from learning about your particular case of Peyronie’s disease in terms of the size, shape, consistency or hardness, and surface features of your plaque or scar formation.  You should also be curious to learn what you use and what you can do to make your scar go away on its own.  Keep your expectations low and allow yourself to the surprised and delighted by whatever progress you can achieve on your own.  Reasonable expectations reduce your stress, and stress slows and inhibits your progress.  Contribute to your recovery with the right mindset that leads to the success you are looking to earn.

Contributing to your ultimate success is to keep in mind that Peyronie’s disease follows almost no pattern of behavior or similar findings or reaction from man to man for comparison.   It seems that each case of Peyronies is different in small and large ways.  And for this reason it is also difficult to anticipate the course of recovery for anyone.  You must be willing to accept the uniqueness of your situation, including how long it will take to begin to see improvement and the eventual elimination of the Peyronie’s plaque that plagues you.  Peyronie’s disease us unlike any other health problem you have ever dealt with, so do not make the mistake of using past experiences to anticipate PD progress.

Lastly, you should not expect to gain good results against your Peyronie’s disease with a half-hearted or minimal effort.  Over and over again I see that men who do little, gain little, and men who do their best, achieve the best.  Stay focused and work hard to eliminate your Peyronie’s plaque and you stand the best change of ridding yourself of this terrible problem.

Poor Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Results

Every few months I will receive a telephone call from someone who asks why he has not had any improvement after using his Peyronie’s treatment for a while.

Usually the first and last question I ask is, “What is the size, shape, density and surface texture of your scar?”  The typical response I receive is at first silence, and then the caller will admit he does not know the answer to the question.  At that point I will explain that if he does not know the current size, shape, density and surface qualities of his  scar and he did not have that information when he  started his treatment, there is no way to know for a fact that he did not progress.

Basically, these men are comparing minimal information to minimal information, and conclude that nothing has changed.

Further, I also get emails and calls from men who complain that they have not made enough progress to justify continuing with their treatment plan.  My line of questioning goes like this:

1.  What products and therapies are you using now?

2.  What is your dosage for each?

3.  Honestly, how faithful are you to your plan; how often do you forget to do what you are supposed to do?

4.  What kind of change to your PD therapy plan have you made recently?

5.  What was the size, shape, density and surface quality of your PD scar before treatment started and what is it now?

As you can imagine I usually learn they have not been following the PDI plan, but picking and choosing to do a few things that suit their fancy.

Most often the men who do not respond well are those who use no more than 1-3 different therapies.  Sometimes the products they use are not from PDI but they use something recommended by someone at a local vitamin store. Compliance on a day to day basis for taking their products is “not great”.  I learn they have not read the book I wrote but were trying to base all their therapy on the information only from the website.  Along the way I might also learn they have been using Viagra while following their modified PDI plan or that they have received a series of Verapamil injections within the past few years.  These men also seem to naturally eat all wrong for PD based on the suggested diet in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” In short, they are their own worst enemy.

If any of this describes how you approach your Peyronies treatment, please consider changing your ways if you wish to get good results.

Please take your problem seriously, and take your treatment even more seriously.  The more you do the better your results should be.

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Stay focused to your plan, and do not become discouraged.

Erections and Peyronie’s Disease

Erections can be difficult to develop on demand while in a sexual situation.  Paradoxically, erections can be difficult to stop or inhibit at certain times, especially during sleep.  All of this is important to Peyronie’s disease treatment since erections during sleep can have an adverse affect on progress of care.

A nocturnal, or nighttime, erection occurs because it is important for the basic health of the deep tissue, known as the corpora cavernosa, of the penis.  These deep tissues of the shaft fill with blood and trap it within the corpora cavernosa to create the erect state. If this term, corpora cavernosa, sounds familiar it is because the tunica albuginea is a thin and tough layer of tissue that covers the corpora cavernosa and the tunica albuginea is where the Peyronie’s scar is located.A nocturnal erection can be thought of as type of stretching exercise that takes place during the night when there is little other activity going on, to make sure the penile tissue is stretched and used in this unique way to keep the tissue healthy.

The problem during a nocturnal erection when Peyronie’s disease is present is that restriction and binding of the already-bent erection can be sustained against the penis for a long period of time.  Also, it is important to keep in mind that this added pressure poses a risk of additional injury top the man who already has PD.  For this reason it is important to be careful with an erection when the penis has no comfortable or safe direction to extend itself.   Since it is not possible to stop an erection while asleep, it is smart to not wear tight or limiting underwear or pants while sleeping if you have Peyronie’s disease. It might be even smarter to wear nothing at all while you sleep since this avoids a great potential for binding and restriction.

For the most part, a normally occurring erection that can simply “stand on its own” with no pressure against it, is not going to bind or incorrectly stretch out the penile tissue in a way that is detrimental to the penis.  Problems occur during a drug-induced (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) or artificial erection, during which an abnormally great amount of blood is drawn into the penis by more soft tissue relaxation than normal.   For this reason it is understood that a naturally occurring erection is safer than an artificially created erection.

Drug induced erections can start Peyronie’s disease

Over the years I have communicated with many men whose PD started after a drug induced erection that stressed the penile tissues by greatly increased internal pressure.  This process would not be much different than taking a car tire that is meant to go no higher than 40-50 pounds per square inch during normal use, and over-inflating it to 100-150 pounds per square inch.  Because it is not built to take that kind of pressure, you could expect some problems to develop in using a tire that way.  Not much different with the penis.

Sexual activity is NOT to be avoided if you have Peyronies, but rough, aggressive, hard sex can be dangerous and really injure the already damaged tissue further. Developing and using a natural erection is not to be avoided either in Peyronie’s disease.  However, it is important to keep your wits about you and do not go wild during sex.  The emphasis should be on an easy, smooth and gentle sexual encounter.  Any sexual activity or posture that causes pain should be avoided.

Many important related topics about taking care of yourself, avoiding injury, doing nothing to set your progress back while you are attempting to heal your problem, are covered in my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”   Check out the website about this book at  http://www.peyronies-disease-help.com/PD-owners-manual.html I think you would enjoy learning more about what you can and should do to take care of this nasty problem.

When Peyronie’s Scar Not Easily Located

Peyronie’s plaque

If you are going to be in charge of your therapy plan, you must know where your Peyronie’s plaque or scar is located.  Even though it is not always easy or obvious, it is essential to Peyronie’s disease treatment because our method is to use “scar behavior” as a guide – a bench mark – a barometer – to judge effectiveness  of care.  Scar behavior is not a matter of curiosity; you MUST know about the scar in as great detail as possible to know if you are making actual progress or not.  If you do not know if there is a change in the size, shape, density or surface features of your scar during treatment, then you are guessing – and shame on you because your results will not be as good as if you actually knew what was going on down there.

Before I go into this subject in some detail, I must remind you that the Peyronies scar is best located while the penis is soft or flaccid – meaning not erect.  This will be true 99% of the time, so don’t bother to look unless you are flaccid.

Peyronies scars or plaques can be extremely variable in most all aspects.  For example, while some men have an obvious scar, others could not find one if their life depended on it.   Often, when a scar is not found, but there is still pain and bending or any kind of recent penile distortion, a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease is still made.  This diagnosis can be accurately made because the scar that is causing the pain or bending is either:

1. So small – it cannot be found

2. So very soft – it blends into the other tissue and cannot be detected

3. So deep – it cannot be reached or felt easily

4. So large and flat – that the edges are not easily determined, almost like trying to find the edge of a roll of plastic wrap.  When it is a large scar – as many of them are – it is something that is so close to you that you do not see it because you are looking far away and cannot see what is under your nose

5.  The doctor’s lack of ability, experience or concern when he does the examination – that he simply misses what is actually there if he was better at this kind of thing – yes, I know, it is difficult to imagine but it is true.

When a scar is never found it is because of a combination of two or more of these factors – deep and small, or soft, large and flat, or deep, soft and doctor error, and so on.  From my experience with those who have an extremely difficult time locating their scar, it seems that #4 (so large and flat) is often an issue.  Keep this in mind when you search your personal  landscape while trying to locate your scar.

Finding your Peyronie’s plaque

Ultimately, if you have Peyronie’s disease you must begin the search with the attitude the scar is there, and only waiting to be found.  Do not start with a negative attitude; you want to have a sense of high anticipation that it will be found within the next few seconds – this will help keep your senses alert.   You should use as many different tactics as you can to find your scar(s) because having a good knowledge of your scar situation will help your treatment effort.

Hint:  Try to think in terms of your scar being much larger than you have previously imagined.  Allow yourself to mentally expand the size of the scar you are looking for.  Meaning, if you were looking for a “pea” before, start looking for a “peanut” size structure or even larger.  This changes your methods and your outlook about what you can detect.

It seems that lately I have many men reporting that their scars are as large as the length of the shaft.  Of these, some are narrow while others are wider. With this in mind, image that your scar is very large.  If you are looking for a pea-sized scar it will prevent you from easily finding something much larger.

Do not be discouraged if the scar you have is large since it does not seem that the size has much to do with difficulty or time required to eliminate it.  Larger scars can take just as long as smaller scars to treat.

Different way to approach Peyronie’s scar

Try this:  forget about finding a “scar.”  Just try to find something – anything – within the mass of erectile tissue that feels unlike the other tissue.  Find something that is unlike the rest of the tissue. When you find it, mark its location with a marker pen of something that will stay on the tissue for a day or two.  Go back each day to that area and re-think what you are feeling.  You are trying to see if it becomes easier to make sense of it.  It could be that you have an unreasonable expectation of what a “scar” should feel like, and you are missing what is really rather obvious only because your expectation is wrong.  Really, how could you know what a Peyronie’s plaque feels like if you have never had to do this before?  It is a common problem.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has much success with the methods we present to you.  Just because your doctor could not locate your scar does not mean it is not there.  And it definitely does not mean that you cannot find it, just because he can’t.   As so many men with PD finally come to understand, you must take control of your situation and begin to get well on your own.

I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of men who wanted Peyronie’s treatment.  Some of these cases were mild and some were severe, some had it just a few months and a few more than 10 years old.  I had a bad Peyronie’s disease problem until I cured my condition using the procedures found on the PDI website.  You will not feel like a victim once you start working to improve your health and immune response against the presence of this foreign tissue.

Pentoxifylline and Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Pentox for Peyronie’s treatment is an off-label use

Every now and then I get an email asking for my opinion about using Pentox (Pentoxifylline) for Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Over time I have developed a few ideas about this controversial drug that is gaining some popularity as an off-label Peyronie’s treatment.

Those MDs who prescribe Pentox are still trying to figure out the best way to use it, not only for PD but for many other conditions.  While the primary use for Pentoxifylline is based on its ability to increase peripheral blood circulation, hence it is used to treat senile dementia and intermittent claudication, Pentox is gaining acceptance with the medical community for Peyronie’s treatment.

Some MDs who have learned the hard way that PDE5 drugs (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) are not at all a safe or effective Peyronie’s treatment have instead begun to prescribe Pentox to increase blood flow in Peyronies.   But to have that make any sense at all you have to believe that PD is caused by reduced blood flow in the first place, or that merely increasing the blood flow will somehow help PD.  I can totally agree with that thinking if you have evidence that your penis suffers from reduced blood flow (it is cold and blue).  But if your penis is not cold and blue and bent, then you probably will not benefit from Pentox in the way that most people think.

It is my opinion that when Pentox is said to help men with PD it is because as the blood flow is increased to the periphery, it also brings in an increased flow of nutrients to assist the healing process.  Further, when Pentox helps a case of PD it is because of the totally secondary benefit of increasing the body’s ability to heal and repair the PD plaque when there are more nutrients in an area of the body.   It is a small point, perhaps, but a vitally important point to understand that it all comes down to the body healing the PD scar – not the Pentox having some curative ability by itself.   If Pentoxifylline can increase general circulation more safely than Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, then great I am all for that.  But you have to consider that if you do not have a circulatory problem in the first place, then why take any of these drugs at all?

If the benefit of Pentox is to bring more nutrients into the tissues, to assist healing and repair of the PD plaque or scar, that is wonderful.  If it is beneficial to bring more nutrients into the tissue, would it not be a more logical and effective Peyronie’s treatment to intentionally and intelligently supply a wide variety of nutrients at a higher than average dosage to the body to assist the healing process?  After all, that is what PDI has been doing since 2002 and it works in a great percentage of cases when it is done correctly.

Since extremely few men actually have any evidence of a circulatory problem in the pelvis, taking Pentox or even Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, will not make a difference because that is not the problem that is going on with PD.   If the problem is that you did not heal your tunica albuginea injury because of poor nutrient availability then I suggest it would do you a lot of good to increase the nutrients directly, not indirectly by playing with the circulatory system when there is no circulatory problem.

You notice that I do not say, “Do not take Pentox,” I only say it is new so use caution.  I also say that when Pentoxifylline helps it probably does so only because it helps the body work better by increasing available nutrients, not because it specifically increases blood flow.  If you want to help your pelvic blood flow:

1.    Wear boxer shorts

2.    Uncross your legs when you sit

3.    Do some Kegel exercises

4.    Put a moist hot pack on your privates when you watch TV

Most MDs are taking the attitude that while they do not know if Pentox helps PD, or why it helps when it appears to help PD, at least they currently have no evidence that it makes PD worse – so what the hell, take it and let’s see what it does for you.  This is how many medical patients get hurt in the long run with such a cavalier attitude about drugs.

I say better to take an Alternative Medicine approach to your problem to help your body heal and repair the Peyronie’s pathology naturally.

Fix Penis Curvature

How to straighten curvature of penis

For most, the main focus of Peyronie’s disease treatment is primarily to fix penis curvature or whatever distortion might exist.  However, this is not the best goal to have when you want to get fix your bent penis.

The primary goal of Peyronies treatment should be elimination of the internal scar (Peyronie’s plaque material) that causes a curved penis to develop in hte first place – not to fix penis curvature.  Although the most obvious aspect of Peyronie’s disease is the curved penis, it is not the actual problem.  Using penile curvature to determine success of any Peyronie’s disease treatment is unwise and counter-productive since it is not the real problem.

Healthy internal tissue of the penis is able to fill, trap and expand as blood enters it for a normal erection to develop. In Peyronie’s disease one or more areas of a layer of tissue known as the tunica albuginea develop a dense and inelastic fibrous scar tissue or Peyronie’s plaque.  During a normal erection the slightly elastic tunica albuginea will stretch and expand evenly in all directions.  But when a man has Peyronies disease expansion is limited because the tunica albuginea contains fibrous tissue, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease usually begins as a small internal nodule or band of fibrous tissue on the top or sides of the penis, within the tunica albuginea.  A few weeks to a year later, this fibrous nodule can develop into a larger irregular plaque of variable size, shape, density and surface quality.  The Peyronie’s plaque can be as long as the penis and sometimes surrounds the penis, creating an hourglass indentation around the shaft. Some are one large mass, while others are small isolated islands of fibrous tissue in many areas. Scars can be so soft and small, with edges so tapered and vague, that no scar can be found.  When no Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be found it is assumed to exist when a curved penis develops during erection.

Peyronie’s disease causes penile curvature because the inflexible fibrous tissue of the Peyronie plaque prevents incomplete filling as an erection develops or by pulling unevenly on those same internal tissues.  The location and degree to which this poor filling and internal tug-of-war takes place is different from man to man, and so the bends and distortions are also different.  At times a small internal scar can cause a great amount of distortion and poor erection quality, just as a large scar can cause very little problem.  In other words, the scar size does not determine the degree of problem that is observed.  Sometimes as a Peyronie’s plaque or scar increases or decreases, the distortion can get either better or worse; many times the degree of penile curvature does not indicate the severity of the Peyronies plaque or the success of Peyronies disease treatment.  For this reason, the true measurement of success of Peyronies treatment should be determined by the reduction of the Peyronies plaque or scar.  Once the fibrous plaque material reduces in size, shape, density or surface quality, only then can improvement of the curved penis or reduced erection strength be expected in time.

Fix penis distortion by treating the Peyronie’s plaque

A curved penis that suddenly appears one day might be difficult to ignore, but it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease that lies below the surface – the fibrous scar in the tunica albuginea.  Without that Peyronies scar there would be no curved penis; because it is the cause of the distortion it should be the only way that treatment success is determined.

Evaluating progress of a Peyronie’s therapy plan can be difficult, if not impossible, if only paying attention to a curved penis.  A small scar – or a scar that is getting smaller – can cause a large penis curvature.  A large scar – or a scar that is getting larger – can cause no bend at all if it is balanced by other scars that are applying a symmetrical force.  Making matters more complicated, a man can have many more scars than he can locate because the often overlap.  Thus, it happens that a curved penis can worsen as the scar is actually being reduced or eliminated.

When only one scar is present the curvature problem is direct and easy to understand, although this is uncommon.  More commonly multiple scars cause internal pulling and twisting that create complicated distortions that can worsen as the scars become smaller.   Several scars can interact on many planes of internal penile tissue.   Any significant reduction in one or more scar will alter the internal tension on the tissues, resulting in an altered curvature.  Because there is no guarantee the curvature will improve initially, I advise to focus all attention to the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar while treatment of the Peyronies problem continues.  Realize the curved penis is just a reflection of Peyronie’s plaque structure below the surface.

Do not be discouraged as you try to fix the penis curvature related to Peyronie’s disease.  Instead, look for changes in the size, shape, density and surface qualities as you continue your Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Insanity

Einstein and Peyronie’s treatment

We have all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity:  “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”   Well, I think this sometimes applies to the way some men conduct their Peyronie’s disease treatment plans.

I am reminded of Einstein’s famous quote each time I communicate with someone who wants to know why his Peyronies treatment is not getting results even though he is faithfully following it daily, for weeks and months at a time.

Please review the following email exchange between one of your PD Warrior brothers and me. You will see the writer had no idea about the size, shape, density or surface quality of his scars yet he was trying to treat himself with Alternative Medicine.   Because he had no idea of where he was, where he had been, or where he wanted to go, he was easily discouraged and was not successful with his Peyronies treatment.

I will use the familiar method to keep the email question sent to me in black and my responses to him in red within his email so the information becomes more of a conversation between us.

Hello Dr. Herazy,

It has been a while since we talked on the phone when I asked for help getting started treating my Peyronies correctly.   My name is BXXXXX, maybe you remember me.   I am the student at the University of XXXXXXXXX who was in the bike accident and was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis.  Three months later I was diagnosed with PD.  I asked my doctor if he thought there was a connection between the accident and the PD and he said no.  From my experience Peyronie’s disease is a fairly common outcome if you sustained direct injury to the penis shaft when your pelvis was fractured.  Many men develop Peyronies disease  after injuries that occur during sexual activity that are less serious than what you went through, so I am not sure why he would have said this.  Also, your Peyronies could have started either from the injury to the shaft that took place during the bicycle accident, or from the catheterizations that took place during surgery or afterward.  I have a large discussion about how PD can start from abusive catheterizations on the PDI blog at Possible Peyronie’s Causes: Catheter and Cystoscope Trauma.    Because of my limited funds I settled on using a PDI medium plan plus PABA.

I thought because I am young and the injury was recent I would get over the PD fast.  That is usually true for most men, but even some younger men take longer to recover because of overall poor health, stressful lifestyle, poor diet, genetic predisposition, or other reasons like drug abuse. But after two months I got discouraged and quit care for a few months.  I was following the medium plan for two months and my curve stayed the same as far as I could tell, so I stopped doing everything.   You made a few mistakes early in your care:  1. You did not contact me for ideas and advice about your treatment when you ran into a problem.  You were in a totally new area of your life and you were trying to do it all by yourself when you have help available.  Big mistake.  2.  I looked up your records and you did not getPeyronie’s Disease Handbookthat would tell you how to go about treating your problem.  For this reason you used the phrase “my curve stayed the same as far as I could tell.”  This means that you were not using the condition of your curve to tell you if your treatment was successful or not, and this is a big mistake made by people and MDs who have no idea how to approach PD treatment. The condition of the penile curvature is determined by the internal PD scars that affect the tunica albuginea.  If you want the curve to go away you must get rid of the scars.  All of your evaluation and attention should be directed to understanding and documenting the condition of the size, shape, density and surface qualities of each of your scars.  Once your scars are reduced or eliminated you will change in the distortion pattern or bend that you have.  3.  You were guessing about your care because you were guessing about your condition at the time you were treating yourself.

Before you go on a diet to lose weight you must at least measure your waist and weigh yourself so you know your situation at the start of your diet.  If you do not measure your waist and weigh yourself, how will you know if your diet is working?  If you are guessing about your weight, you will either quit a plan that is working because you do not know that it is working, or you will stay on a diet too long that is not working.   If you know your exact waist measurement and weight you will be able to tell immediately when the diet starts to work – or not.

You will then be able to intelligently either stay on a diet that is helping you or change the diet if it is not helping you – all based on your knowledge of the situation.  You must do the same with your PD treatment. Then I reinjured myself during sex   Always be very careful during sexual activity and maintain control of the situation because it is you who will suffer most.  All woman-on-top positions are dangerous because you do not have good control over her and she can bend the penis if she comes up too far and you slip out.   When she comes back down again you will get your shaft bent. and my curve got even worse.  I thought I had no choice but to start PDI treatment again since the idea of Peyronie’s surgery is out of the question for many reasons.     Good thinking.  Surgery is the last thing you want to do if you have PD.  I have many posts on the PDI blog about Peyronie’s disease surgery that goes bad.

I am sorry to say that after ten weeks of faithfully   No, you did not faithfully follow the PDI concepts of treatment. You think you did, but you did not.  You tried to make up your own rules and they did not work for you.  You cut a few steps out of the process and you wasted time and money guessing about your treatment.   As a necessary step at the beginning you must determine the exact size, shape, density and surface quality of each of the scars you can find. Once you know that, then you can begin care.  By applying or using whatever level of treatment you think would help you, you should frequently monitor your scar to see how they are responding to whatever kind of treatment you have chosen to use.  To learn more about this process, please refer to chapter four of the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” and many blog pages that refer to this process. treating my problem I believe I have not made any changes with my bend or the pain I have,  Again, it is not the bend or pain that is important – but it is the condition of the scar that is causing the bend and the pain that is important.  All focus and attention should be on the scar that is causing all of the things you notice. although sometimes it is difficult to say.   That is exactly the point I am making.  It is difficult for you to say because you were guessing for four and a half months and you got confused and frustrated along the way. The two nodules on the top of the shaft are smaller some days, but it is difficult to know for sure.  It is good that you can tell that they are changing, that means that your tissue will respond to your treatment if it is already responding to things that you are doing in your daily life.

For the last ten weeks this is what I take:

Nattokinase – 2/dose between meals
Fibrozym – 2/dose between meals
Vitamin E 400/400 – 3/day
Maxi-Gamma E – 1/day
Vitamin C – 1/day
MSM – 3/day
Scar-X – 2/day
PMD DMSO with Unique-E and Super CP serum – 1/day
PABA – 6/day
Massage and Exercise program – 4 or 5/week

There is nothing wrong with the plan you are following.  The problem is that you are not sure your body is not responding to it because you have no baseline for comparison to judge progress.  So, the job in front of you is to know exactly the size, shape, density and surface qualities of your scars, and to then see what you have to do to your plan to make your scars change from that baseline.  It is that simple – and that difficult.  More about that will be covered below.

If you are looking for my suggestions about what you might want to consider changing with your PD program:

1.    Consider increasing your enzyme dosage; maybe even adding Neprinol into your plan.

2.    You really should reduce the Factor 400/400 vitamin E for now

3.    Consider increasing the vitamin C intake

4.    Adding moist heat applications prior to your PMD DMSO treatment is always a good idea

5.    Consider getting the PDI Manual Stretching video – it is an inexpensive way to add a very different level of treatment to your plan

6.    Consider using the Genesen Acutouch pens – they are effective and often increase treatment results within a short time for many men

You do not want to follow all of these changes or additions at once; doing one at a time while monitoring your PD scar for positive changes is how it is done.

Putting these two different times I followed your system of treatment I worked for a total of about 4½ months and do not have anything to show for it.  How do you know you have nothing to show for it?  You could have a nice reduction of the size, shape, density or surface quality of your scars but you would never know it because you have not taken the time to learn how to document these important measurements.

Your system makes sense and I like the logic of it, but I do not know how to make it work for me.   It is really not that complicated or difficult to make the system work once you get a few things explained to you. What changes should I make to my treatment plan to create more definite changes in my problem?    All you have to do is to make some change – any change – to your PD treatment plan and check back in 7-10 days to see if there is any change in the size, shape, density or surface quality of your scars.  If you see a change, then keep doing what you are doing.  If you see no change, then change something else.  It is as simple – and complicated – as that.

Since neither you nor I am smart enough to know ahead of time what your body needs to recover from PD, it is your job to try different things to learn first-hand how your scar will respond to whatever changes you decide to make.

Following the same ineffective plan for four and a half months is insane.  If you are walking north and you really want to be going south, you must stop what you are doing and turn yourself around.  Successful PD treatment is not a matter of popping a handful of pills into your mouth, hoping that something will happen.  You must learn what it takes to make your PD scar respond favorably and continue to do that.  You must be in control of your plan and understand your Peyronie’s plaque or scar behavior better than your MD – and that should be pretty easy.  I can help you if you let me. TRH

Thanks for your time and help.

BXXXXXXX


I hope reviewing this email exchange was helpful.

It really is not a complicated process to figure these things out.  I believe the problem is that most people are accustomed to going to the doctor and following orders; they are not accustomed to being in charge of their treatment.   After men realize that their MD has no viable PD treatment to offer them, then they finally take on the challenge of taking control of their destiny and they start to see results.

Cause of Peyronie’s Disease

Trauma frequently seen as Peyronie’s cause

While the cause of Peyronie’s disease remains open to speculation, some theories are more popular than others.  However it starts, it is important to remember that Peyronie’s disease is a disorder of the tunica albuginea.

Among the several explanations for a possible Peyronie’s disease cause, trauma or direct injury to the penile shaft is almost always mentioned as either a primary cause or at least a significant secondary cause.  More specifically, the cause of Peyronie’s disease is universally explained as a wound that does not heal in the normal way, whether related to injury usually associated with sexual activity or a medical procedure. Even when other causes are mentioned it seems that injury will usually be associated in some way.

Role of wound healing in Peyronies disease cause

The penis contains two sponge-like, tube-shaped chambers (corpus cavernosae) with many tiny blood vessels that fill with blood during an erection.  Below the two corpora cavernosae is the corpora spongiosum through which runs the urethra or passage way to release urine from the bladder.  Each of the corpora cavernosa are enclosed in a thin and flexible sheath of elastic tissue called the tunica albuginea, which stretches slightly during an erection. Injury to the penis can cause inflammation and damage to the tunica albuginea.

If an injury heals as it should then usually there are no long-term problems.  But if the healing of the injured tunica does not proceed as it should, it can lead to excess internal scar formation, known as Peyronie’s disease.  The area of the injured tunica albuginea is not as flexible as before injury.  With the area less flexible, when the penis attempts to become erect the region with the scar tissue doesn’t stretch, and the penis curves, bends, develops a dent or becomes distorted in some other way (bottle neck or hourglass deformity).

The tunica albuginea has many layers, with very little blood circulation between them.  When an injury to the tunica albuginea occurs, the tissue fluids associated with the inflammatory process can remained trapped between these layers for many months. During this time the cells found in the inflammatory fluid can release chemicals that lead to increased formation of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that causes reduced elasticity of that area, internal scar tissue and possibly calcification.  The combined effect of these tissue changes is the characteristic penile deformity associated with Peyronie’s disease.

Inherited abnormality as cause of Peyronie’s disease

There is some evidence of a genetic cause or predisposition to PD related to an inherited abnormality of human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27).  Peyronie’s disease is statistically more likely to occur in men whose immediate family members also have PD, or systemic lupus erythematosus (a connective tissue disorder).  PDI research shows that 37 percent of men with Peyronie’s disease also experience Dupuytren’s contracture, in which hard contracted develops on the palms of one or both hands.

Other conditions as cause of Peyronie’s disease

  • Vitamin E deficiency has been associated with the Peyronie’s disease, primarily because early Peyronie’s disease research showed treatment with vitamin E demonstrated success in a significant number of cases.  Since that time less interest has been shown in using vitamin E as a Peyronie’s treatment.
  • Inderal and the PDE5 inhibitor class of drugs (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) used to chemically stimulate development of an erection have been known to cause Peyronie’s disease.
  • Diabetes when severe or prolonged will precipitate damage to the blood vessels in any area of the body, including the penile shaft.  PDI research shows that 21 percent of men with PD also have diabetes.

Regardless of the cause of Peyronie’s disease, it is important to start treatment as soon as possible to increase your ability to heal and repair the underlying injury to the tunica albuginea. Refer to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website to learn how to start Peyronie’s disease treatment using Alternative Medicine.

Peyronie’s Treatment at the New Year

As this New Year begins it is a good time to stir your commitment to success in your Peyronie’s treatment.

When you consider that your odds for success against Peyronie’s disease are not very good if you do nothing, it is important that you do something to help yourself.  We specialize in doing all that you can to help you to heal this problem of PD.

Good luck to you.  Let me know what I can do to help you along on your path to successful Peyronie’s disease treatment.

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”  — Benjamin Disraeli

“Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have.”  —  Woodrow Wilson

Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”  —  B.C. Forbes

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”   —   Vince Lombardi

Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”  — Mario Andretti

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”   —  Tommy Lasorda

He conquers who endures.   —   Persius

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of determination.”   —  Vince Lombardi

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

Penis Stretcher: Big problem as Peyronie's Treatment

Question safety and effectiveness of mechanical penis stretcher

I closely monitor all aspects of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  On July 27, 2010, I received the following news release from the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is of vital importance to any man who has Peyronie’s disease and has considered using a mechanical penis stretcher for this curved penis problem.

Please carefully read the last sentence of the last paragraph of the FDA release since I will discuss that sentence in particular:

News & Events

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2010
Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

Federal Agents Seize FastSize Extenders and FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitors
Unapproved devices are adulterated and misbranded; safety and efficacy not established

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized $346,954.43 worth of FastSize Extender devices and FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor devices, as well as component parts used in the manufacture of the FastSize Extender. The FastSize Extender and the FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor are manufactured and distributed by FastSize, LLC of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

The FastSize Extender and the FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor are misbranded and adulterated because they, among other things, are unapproved and were manufactured under conditions that did not meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) requirements. The seizure warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor device was promoted to measure penile axial rigidity (intercavernosal pressure) and to aid in the diagnosis of health related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The FastSize Extender device was promoted to gain length, girth, and overall penile health improvement and to correct penile deformity caused by Peyronie’s disease. Because the devices are intended to diagnosis, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent diseases, they are subject to the regulatory authority of the FDA. The devices do not have approved applications for premarket approval for these uses.

During a recent inspection of the FastSize LLC manufacturing facility, inspectors noted significant deviations from cGMP regulations. Additionally, the devices are not properly listed with the FDA as required by law, and the firm failed or refused to furnish materials or information regarding the devices to federal inspectors as required under the Medical Device Reporting regulation.

Three important issues come to mind about this penis stretcher:

1.    Seizure of more than a third of a million dollars worth of property is a serious action for the FDA to take.  It indicates they acted in accordance with strong evidence against the FastSize Extender manufacturer to immediately stop any further sales of this product.  This is not just a slap on the wrist over a difference of opinion or a minor offense; this suggests the FDA encountered a major problem with the FastSize Extender.  Perhaps they had reason to think they would not be cooperative or forthright if they were otherwise simply asked to stop selling this device to the public.

2.    Although the news release does not go into detail about the deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practices problems encountered by the FDA inspectors, it could possibly do with sanitation or material and assembly quality issues.  None of this should make anyone feel good who has used this product in the past.

3.    The first sentence of the second paragraph, in which the FDA says. “…The FastSize Extender…are misbranded and adulterated because they, among other things, are unapproved and were manufactured under conditions that did not meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) requirements…” caught my interest.  I wanted to know more about what these “other things” might be.  For this reason I called the FDA spokesperson who wrote this FDA news release, Erica Jefferson,  to learn what she did not report concerning these “other things” that were a problem with the FastSize Extender.  I specifically asked her in a telephone conversation about details concerning the safety of this product and what is called efficacy (the ability to produce the desired result) meaning, the ability of the FastSize Extender to reduce the penile curvature of Peyronie’s disease.  In an email on 7-28-10 Ms Jefferson replied to me:

Dear Dr. Herazy,

Thanks for your call. So, I checked in with our compliance folks and as the release points out, the FastSize Extender has no approved application for premarket approval in effect (pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 360e(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), thus, there is no assurance that the device is safe and effective for its intended uses.

Regards,

Erica

Erica V. Jefferson
Press Officer
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
office: 301-796-4988
cell:  240-753-3047
fax:  301-847-3536
email: Erica.Jefferson@fda.hhs.gov

So, apparently these “other things” are the fact that in spite of the extensive advertising about how great the FastSize Extender is to treat PD, the manufacturer has no proof that it is safe or effective.  No additional details were available about the safety issues.

If the manufacturer actually had any data or information to prove the FastSize Extender was safe or that it had efficacy (effectiveness) to treat Peyronie’s disease, you can rest assured they would have completed the necessary applications for premarket approval from the FDA.  It is reasonable to assume that they did not complete the required forms because they could not prove the safety or the ability to help treat Peyronie’s disease.

Mechanical penis stretcher not a Peyronie’s treatment

For years now this blog has addressed the problems of these mechanical penis stretching devices.  To read a past blog about this subject, go to Peyronie’s disease and the penis stretcher.   Many men have told me their PD started after they injured themselves with a mechanical penis stretching device; therefore, it does not make sense to me that this same device could actually help PD.

Please keep this FDA news release in mind the next time yo0u see one of those slick ads promoting a mechanical penis stretcher.  It looks like the government is starting to crack down on these folks.

Let me know what you think about this FDA announcement, and let me know your experiences with a mechanical penis stretcher.

Peyronie’s Treatment and a Crying Baby

Peyronie’s disease treatment requires a variable approach

Peyronie’s treatment is a lot like caring for a crying infant.

If you have never had to care for an infant it is necessary to understand that, regardless of what the adult might think about solving the problem of a crying baby, it is the baby who will ultimately determine how a situation is handled and a problem is solved.

The adult might have a certain idea in mind to stop a baby from crying, but to be successful the solution must be in agreement with what is wrong with the baby. It is the baby who will eventually dictate how the problem should be addressed because the baby has needs that must be met, regardless of any adult preconceptions

  • If it is a wet diaper that makes a baby cry, what good is it for the adult to feed the baby?
  • If the baby is frightened, what good is it for the adult to change the baby’s diaper?
  • If the baby wants to eat a lot, what good is it for the adult to feed the baby only a little?

The wise adult will listen to the baby and watch for clues, and act accordingly.

Peyronie’s disease treatment

What was said of the baby is also true of your treatment of the Peyronie’s disease plaque.

  • If you think a high price mechanical penis stretcher will somehow solve your curved penis like straightening out a bent paperclip, I can assure you that your penis is not a paperclip and will not respond like one.
  • If you are convinced that taking vitamin E for a few weeks should help your Peyronie’s problem, but you are actually deficient in MSM, acetyl-L-carnitine, PABA and systemic enzymes, then you will be disappointed.

To be effective, your Peyronie’s treatment must be directed toward what your body needs to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque.  In other words, to be successful your Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy must be correct and directed toward what is actually wrong in your body.

Monitor Peyronie’s plaque to guide treatment

If you know the exact size, shape, density and surface characteristics of each of your PD scars, you will know when your treatment is being effective because one or more of these findings will change as you alter your treatment plan.  Without this exact information about your scar you are only guessing if your treatment plan will work.

For more information about this vital process for successful Peyronie’s disease treatment, go to “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

Pentoxifylline and Peyronie’s Disease

Pentox not researched Peyronie’s disease treatment

Pentoxifylline (often called simply, Pentox) is a drug that is sometimes used in medical Peyronie’s disease treatment.  The exact mechanism by which Pentox affects the Peyronie’s plaque is not at all understood.  But then, its use for PD is called off-label – meaning experimentally and without scientific basis since the drug was not intended or designed to be used in this way.  This is similar to the way that Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are prescribed for PD, even though this is also an irregular use of these drugs; Verapamil is used in a similar off-label manner.

Pentoxifylline is not a vasodilator; it affects the body by changing the shape of red blood cells while in the blood vessels by a mechanism that is not completely understood.  This change allows for improved flow into the smaller arteries and even capillaries of the body. For this reason it is commonly used for treatment of circulation problems in the arms and legs.  While being taken, the effects are experienced as though Pentox is a vasodilator but it is not.

Pentoxifylline is one of those drugs that have multiple off-line uses as determined by any adventurous doctor who is willing to experiment with his/her patients. This is good and bad at the same time.  Apparently pentoxifylline does so many things in the body that it can and is applied to many conditions – this is good, I suppose.  But because it does so many things in so many areas and systems of the body that Pentox is more likely to cause widespread and surprising side effects and new problems that new health problems can develop in those who experiment with it – this is bad.    It has been used in humans for a wide variety of inflammatory and fibrotic conditions; hence, it has been also used for Peyronie’s disease at times.   When it does seem to help PD, the mechanism is not understood, but could be related to blocking of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-1-mediated pathway of inflammation, thus prevents deposition of collagen type 1.

It comes as a tablet that is specially coated to prevent stomach lining irritation.  For this reason do not break, crush, or chew the tablets; swallow dosage whole. Do not stop taking pentoxifylline suddenly. It may take 8-12 weeks for any beneficial effects of pentoxifylline to be noted.

This drug is so new that there have been very few – maybe only one – studies of pentoxifylline for any use.  It has yet to be determined how much and how reliably pentoxifylline reduces plaque formation in later term or well developed Peyronie’s disease.

Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum, liver disease, any type of bleeding disorder or any type of surgery.

Lastly, because pentoxifylline increases the movement of blood into and out of all areas of the body, it increases how the body responds to some drug functions and reactions.  For this reason, if you are taking another medication along with Pentox you might notice that the other drug will begin to affect you stronger or differently than before.  Thus it might be necessary to adjust the dosage of these other drugs while you are taking pentoxifylline.

I have run across many men who were put on this drug and had no improvement of their PD, and experienced multiple side effects strong and bizarre enough that they had to stop usage – and this made their problem even worse.  These Pentox side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, headache, dizziness, anxiety or blurred vision may occur at first as your body adjusts to the medication.  More significant are the other side effects of chest pain, mental confusion, gastric irritation, difficulty breathing, or severe rashes that should prompt immediate attention of the prescribing doctor.  Also, pentoxifylline can be difficult to reduce once you are on it since rapid reduction can worsen any of the above side effects.

For information about the natural Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease please visit the Peyronies Disease Institute website.

Channel Blockers and Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease and Verapamil

Calcium channel blockers, or calcium antagonists, are a class of medications as well as natural substances (D-glucaric acid) that disrupt calcium ion conduction along what are known as the calcium channels of the body.

While some doctors use calcium channel blockers to treat Peyronie’s disease, there are researchers who have evidence that these very same calcium channel blockers can actually cause Peyronie’s disease.  This shows how strange and up-side-down is the world of Peyronie’s disease treatment.

The most widespread prescription use of calcium channel blockers is to reduce elevated blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension, particularly elderly patients.  Calcium channel blockers are notably effective to reduce large blood vessel stiffness, a common cause of elevated systolic blood pressure in geriatric patients.  They are also used to control and reduce rapid heart rate, prevent spasms of brain blood vessels and reduce chest pain due to angina pectoris.

Calcium channel blockers, or calcium antagonists, also treat a variety of conditions, such as Peyronie’s disease, high blood pressure, subarachnoid hemorrhage, migraines and Raynaud’s disease.

All tissue of the body requires oxygen, and the heart muscles in particular need oxygen to pump blood.  The faster and harder the heart pumps blood, the more oxygen it needs. Heart pain occurs when the amount of oxygen available to the heart muscle walls is inadequate for the work load of the heart.  Calcium channel blockers dilate the large arteries that supply blood to the heart muscles, and thereby reduce the pressure within those arteries. This action reduces the stress on the heart muscles and reduces the need for oxygen at the same time, thus reducing angina pain. In similar mechanism, calcium channel blockers reduced elevated blood pressure, and slow the rate at which the heart beats in a condition known as tachycardia.

Peyronie’s treatment with verapamil

One type of calcium channel blocker known as a phenylalkylamine calcium channel blockers, is called Verapamil.  It is used in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease because it is thought to be effective in disrupting the calcium ions found within the Peyronie’s plaque, thus slowing or reversing the development of the offending plaque material that is the cause of the notorious Peyronie’s curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease is a complex health condition without a known cause that affects nearly 4-6 percent of the worldwide male population.  It is best characterized by the development of internal fibrous plaque material below the surface of the penile shaft that results in curvature of the penis, as well as pain.  Peyronie’s disease typically on average at age 54, yet men of all ages (from 16 to 80) can and do  develop it for reasons that are not consist or clear.

Some medical doctors prescribe a topical gel of the calcium channel blocker, Verapamil to be applied once or twice daily over the area of the Peyronie’s plaque.  Since it is thought that calcium channel blockers change the way that calcium is bound within the plaque, that it might slow or reverse the development of Peyronie’s disease.  While this form of treatment has not proven especially effective, and has fallen out of general favor, other medical doctors attempt a more direct route of administration by injecting Verapamil directly into the plaque material of the penis.  This can be a rather painful treatment, and is often given in series of 12 to 20 injections over time.  Verapamil injections have not proven to be especially effective, either, yet remain on the list of medical therapies because it offers some avenue of treatment for both patient and doctor who do not have much medical treatment available for this troublesome and persistent problem.

Danger of Verapamil injections into the Peyronie’s plaque

In addition to the problem of inconclusive results and lack of support within the medical community for the use of Verapamil drug injections as a Peyronie’s disease treatment, there is also the vexing problem of trauma to the delicate tunica albuginea by repeated piercing of these multiple injections.

While there is still debate if calcium channel blockers actually cause Peyronie’s disease in healthy men, as well as if it can be used to treat Peyronie’s disease in those men who have it, the use of verapamil appears to be reducing if only because of discouraging clinical outcomes.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute has maintained since 2002 that it makes sense to attempt to restore and support the natural healing ability of the body to correct Peyronie’s disease as occurs in about 50 percent of men who develop this condition. Read how you can use many Peyronie’s disease natural treatment options to help your body heal and repair without risk or danger of unnecessary drugs or surgery.

Peyronies: Disease of the Penis?

Peyronie’s disease is not a disease

The problem that brings men to this website that is usually commonly called Peyronie’s disease is not a disease of penis tissue, actually.  We continue to use this term only because for hundreds of years it has been commonly associated with this problem we share, but it is not accurate.

A disease refers to an altered condition of the body that is associated with extreme pain, significant and limiting organ or system dysfunction, social problems, and even death.  Further, a disease is typically acquired by means of indirect or direct contact or transmission from one person to another.  While there are many definitions of what constitutes a disease, the above definition is universally acceptable.

Let’s consider each element of what constitutes a disease, point by point.

1.    Peyronie’s disease seldom causes extreme pain, and sometimes no pain at all – does not fulfill definition.

2.    The genitourinary system of which the penis is only a part continues to function carrying urine in all cases, and has reduced sexual function in about half of the cases – does not fulfill definition.

3.    Society is not affected by a Peyronie’s curved penis that plays havoc with the man who has it in the way that diseases like the flu or measles, alcoholism, syphilis and tuberculosis  do – does not fulfill definition.

4.    Lastly, it is not communicable.  It is not possible to catch Peyronies from someone else or pass it on to another person  – does not fulfill definition.

5.    Peyronie’s disease is not fatal, except to some couple’s sex life – does not fulfill definition.

You will notice that throughout the PDI website and blog I often refer to this problem as a “condition.”  More clinically accurate names that were taken from the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website:

1.    Indurato penis plastica

2.    Penile fibrosis

3.    Penile fibromatosis

4.    Penile induration

5.    Chronic cavernositis

6.    Fibrous sclerosis of the penis

7.    Fibrous cavernositis

8.    Fibrous plaques of the penis

Peyronie’s syndrome

Some people use the term Peyronie’s syndrome to refer to this problem, but technically that is also not a correct way to refer to Peyronie’s disease.

A syndrome refers to a typical group of several essential and clearly recognizable clinical signs, symptoms and characteristics that often occur in association or together, creating a picture or profile of a recognizable clinical condition.  In an actual syndrome the presence of one feature, sign or symptom will alert a doctor to the possibility a particular syndrome might be present.  Once this is established, the doctor will automatically look for other features, signs and symptoms that normally occur with it within the profile of that suspected syndrome. If additional typical findings are found, a diagnosis of that suspected syndrome can be made.

Peyronie’s syndrome is not a valid term because the characteristics, signs and symptoms of Peyronies are actually too few, and seldom present a customary group of features that suggest this particular health problem.  By usual medical standards the few symptoms and signs associated with PD are actually vague and sometimes are totally missing. Since there are typically only three such standard findings associated with Peyronie’s disease (penis pain, penis curvature, presence of the common Peyronie’s plaque or scar), this group is not  large enough to strongly suggest this condition, hence Peyronie’s syndrome is not a good term to use.

Disease of penis not fair to either party

Many times I am asked how I would suggest telling a woman about Peyronie’s disease.  The first thing I say is, “You want to be fair and accurate when you tell this new woman you have just met about your problem. For this reason do not tell her you have a ‘disease.’  PD is not a disease, so do not create a problem for her or yourself that neither of you deserve.”  I then go on to explain that to be most accurate and honest requires that you describe what is wrong with you, avoiding the term “Peyronie’s disease.”  Simply say, “I injured myself a few years ago, and now I have an excess of internal scar tissue that has caused some penile curvature.  I am not as straight or large as I was before this scar material developed, but I am otherwise very healthy. Do you have any questions about what I have just said?” Then answer her questions honestly and forthrightly.  I have never met a man who has gotten into trouble or lost a woman in a new relationship if he offers this type of description of his problem.

You do not have a disease of penis tissue so do not frighten her or create problems where none should exist.

If you wish to learn more about this condition usually called Peyronie’s disease, or Peyronie’s disease treatment, please review our website and blog for additional information.

Help Peyronie’s Disease Treatment with One Simple Idea

Early Peyronie’s treatment experimentation

In the early phase of experimenting with my own Peyronie’s disease treatment in 2002, I saw only slight improvement.  With so little helpful information available at that time, I was forced to constantly experiment on myself based on my reading and research.  My double-curve was only slightly better after a few months of using a wide variety and a great amount of different natural therapies.  I was discouraged because I was not sure i would be able to figure out how to get the Peyronie’s help I needed.

About this time two important things happened that would change everything for me.

The first was that I began to notice that while my curvature did not change at all in the early part of care I noticed that my Peyronie’s plaque or scars were not only changing, but changing often and in different ways.  The penile curvature did not change but the scars were very active. I began to notice that the size, shape, density and surface features of each scar would change – sometimes a lot – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse – every few days.   This was a fascinating and frustrating observation that I had never read or heard about while doing a great amount of investigation into Peyronie’s disease. I thought I was the only one whose scars changed so much, because in all my reading I had never read about rapid and significant scar changes.

This was the unique discovery about PD in 2002 that I was the first to make:  Not only do the size, shape, density and surface features of the Peyronie’s scar change, but they change on a frequent – sometimes almost continuous – basis.  Realizing that the scars were changing made me think differently about Peyronie’s disease; as a result I had to re-evaluate my early Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas.

The second thing that happened was my wife made a brilliant observation about my scars in relation to what I was eating.  I would discuss my scar changes with my wife because I was fascinated that so much change could take place often in just a few days.  One day, after making yet another report to her about my scars getting worse again (after showing improvement for several days), she casually told me, “You know, it seems that whenever you eat ice cream your scars get worse.  You said your scars were softer and more difficult to find a few days ago.  You had a big bowl of ice cream last night, and now your scars are hard again and easier to find.  I noticed the last few times you ate ice cream that two or three days later you complained about your scars getting bad again.  Maybe you should stop eating ice cream for a while and see what happens to your scars.”

Well, like any husband, at first I thought she was wrong.  But when I began to experiment with her ice cream theory, I saw to my amazement that she was correct.

This led to a series of other direct observations that changes in the size, shape and density of the PD scar are often in relation to what I was eating.  It also led to my second important discovery:  By observing for changes in the size, shape, density and surface quality of the PD scar, it can be “used” to act like a guide to determine what is good and bad for that person’s Peyronie’s disease.

Help Peyronie’s treatment: compare to scar

If you want to help Peyronie’s treatment be more effective you must learn to measure your treatment efforts against changes in your PD scar.  All treatment must be evaluated to learn if your scar responds favorably to it.  In order to do this you must know how to determine and record the size, shape, density and surface feature of each scar.  This very important topic is discussed in detail in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” – in addition to other important topics.

Don’t guess with your Peyronie’s treatment.  Know what makes your scar get better or worse.  Use that critical information to guide you to your best level of recovery of which you are capable.

Detoxification during Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Consequence of systemic enzymes like Neprinol for Peyronie’s treatment

When using any of the systemic enzyme products (Neprinol, Nattokinase 1500 or Fibrozym) in a Peyronie’s disease Alternative Medicine program, it is not uncommon to go through a detoxification reaction.   Avoiding a detoxification reaction, and what to do if you have one, is the reason anyone who orders these particular products receives specific suggestions for their use.

Any of these systemic enzymes will destroy foreign fibrin in the body, regardless of the location of the fibrin material.  Over time as Peyronie’s plaque and fibrin is destroyed the greater the problem for the body is to eliminate the fibrin protein break-down products and tissue debris.  Like when you clean the attic – you must  find a way to get rid of all the accumulated junk.

When starting to use the systemic enzymes in a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan, this can amount to a flood of break-down debris that possibly can overwhelm the ability of the liver and large intestine for removal.  The end result is often nausea and diarrhea that are caused by this “housecleaning” that performed by the systemic enzymes.

Besides being no fun, the nausea and diarrhea problems that detoxification causes will also make absorption of nutrients more difficult and inefficient.   It is difficult for the body to absorb nutrients through the bowel wall while diarrhea is taking place.  For this reason I suggest that you stay at an enzyme dose high enough to just border on digestive distress (light occasional diarrhea and nausea, but definitely controllable), but less than having bad out-of-control problems.  This way you are attempting to still push for the benefits of detoxification without losing nutrients because your system is in a state of irritation from toxic overload.

Peyronie’s treatment personal and specific for the individual

There is no one who can tell you the exact dosage to go about detoxification without developing a lot of diarrhea; you have to figure out how to do it; no one can do it for you. I suggest you not stay on a constant or level dose of enzymes.

Let’s say you wish to try a 6/day dose of your enzymes (either Neprinol, Serrapeptase or Fibrozym).  I suggest you start at 3/day and over a 7 day period slowly work your way up the level you wish.  If you notice a slight case of diarrhea starting, drop down to one less pill per day for a few days but do not totally stop taking the enzyme because you then interfere with your body’s tendency to adapt to and tolerate that product.  After a few day go back up to the dose that had caused a little diarrhea and you will likely have no problem.

As an option for those who want to take – as an example – 6/day of a systemic enzyme consider this effective variation.   Play with that 6/day dose by taking 5/day and 7/day on alternate days; or even 4/day and 8/day on alternate days.  This way, on the high days you are pushing yourself for detox but this is followed by a day of relative “rest” with the lower dose of enzymes so that you your gut does not stay irritated for a long time. This method also has the advantage you are not stopping your program; you are staying with it but modifying it for maximum benefit to you.

If you are taking these enzyme products you might consider trying this pattern of taking them for a few weeks.  I found I was experiencing toxic overload when I was taking about 12/day of Neprinol in addition to other systemic enzymes.  I did this higher/lower pattern and it really seemed to help.  Eventually I got to the point I could take up to 18/day of Neprinol with no problem at all.  This higher level of systemic enzyme therapy can be a little complicated, but it was definitely worthwhile for me.

A Peyronie’s disease treatment plan requires planning, work, and dedication to be successful.   Read the testimonials of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute from those who do did it the right way and learned how to avoid detoxification problems.

Drugs Can Cause Peyronie's Disease

Prescriptions drugs that start Peyronie’s disease

The cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unknown.  However, among the more commonly suspected causes are injuries as during intercourse, penile trauma as during a difficult catheterization procedure or surgery, genetic predisposition, or a problem of the immune system.

Because medical Peyronie’s disease treatment is also poorly defined, with no standard drug receiving formal approval, one must wonder about the drugs that are currently being prescribed by medical doctors for their Peyronies patients.

Several prescription medications list Peyronie’s disease among the potential side effects.  While no formal research exists that proves these medications cause Peyronie’s disease, presumptive evidence and frequent patient complaints of strong association with these drugs supports these as possible causes.

  1. 1. Beta Blockers – These are the most common medications in popular use that list Peyronie’s disease as a potential side effect.  Beta blockers is a class of drugs used for various indications, but particularly for the management of cardiac arrhythmias, protection of the heart after a myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina pectoris, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, glaucoma, migraine prevention, mitral valve prolapsed, and hypertension (high blood pressure). They tend to diminish the effects of epinephrine (adrenaline) and other stress hormones in the body, thus reducing cardiac demands.  If you have ever been treated for any of these conditions, and were treated with a beta blocker, this might explain a current case of Peyronie’s disease. Commonly prescribed beta blockers:

Acebutolol                  Alrenolol                     Atenolol
Betaxolol                 Bucindolol                     Carteolol
Carvedilol                   Celiprolol                    Esmolol
Labetalol                    Metoprolol                  Nadolol
Nebivolol                    Penbutolol                  Pindolol
Propranolol                Sotalol                        Timolol

  1. Interferon – This prescription medication is used to treat multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and hepatitis.  Its manufacturers list Peyronie’s disease as a possible side effect.
  2. Dilantin – This is a well established anti-seizure medicine, also reported by its manufacturers as a potential cause of Peyronie’s disease.
  3. PDE5 drug group (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) – this is a group of inhibitor drugs that block an enzyme process of the smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels supplying the corpus cavernosa of the penis.  As a result of this influence, these drugs act to increase blood flow in the penis in response to sexual stimulation.   The maker of each of these three drugs advises that men with Peyronie’s disease should consult with their doctors due to possible adverse effects on the penis.

The bottom line concerning all these drugs is that every one of them has side-effects and related ways of complicating the problem of someone who is already sick.  Drugs should be used with great reserve and discretion, and avoided if at all possible.

Once PD is present and a man learns that there is no known medical treatment available, he should consider using Alternative Medicine for Peyronie’s treatment options.  This is an option that the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has researched and developed since 2002, with considerable success.

Guide for Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

How to know if your Peyronie’s treatment is working

For those who do not have the book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook,” this post will be an introduction to the idea that to seriously provide Peyronie’s disease treatment it is absolutely critical for you to master of the physical condition of your Peyronie’s plaque.  This handbook book presents in detail the necessary steps required to fully understand and accurately report all possible physical qualities and aspects of your Peyronie’s plaque or scar.

To use Alternative Medicine well to treat Peyronie’s disease it is necessary that you can accurately describe the current condition of your problem. It is not good enough that you know you have a scar somewhere down there, or that it is a “nodule” or “lump” or “band”, or that your shaft is “curves upward.”   All of these are general and meaningless terms.  They do not clearly and accurately say anything about the specifics of your current state.   Worse yet, these terms are not objective or real enough to compare the condition of your scar from one time to another.

If you think about your Peyronie’s disease problem in these vague terms you would not know enough about your problem – now or in the future – to determine if your Peyronies is getting better or worse.  Saying that your scar is “hard” or “soft” is like saying the weather today is “hot” or “cold.”  These terms are very general and subjective, and mean very little.   This means if someone said it was “cold on Christmas day,”  in middle of summer it would not help him to know exactly how cold it was – he could not “remember” how cold that day was six months later.

Specific Peyronie’s treatment information

If you were looking for a new job and you were told you would be paid “money,” you would not be satisfied with that information.  You would want to know how much money per hour, your total per week, how often you would be paid, what other direct and indirect benefits were included, and your vacation schedule.  You would want details at the beginning of your employment so you would know later if you were being paid correctly on pay day.  You would need details at the beginning to determine later if things were going correctly or not. The same with Peyronie’s treatment.

The other day I had a long discussion with someone who just finished reading my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”  I asked about his scars.  He said the largest one was “3/4 of an inch and rather square-ish with somewhat sharp, not rounded, edges, rather flat, generally firm but with a little ‘give’ like the seat cushion of his car, and rough and bumpy like the backside of a carpet.”  The other he said was a scar that was the size, shape, hardness and smoothness of a “grain of un-popped pop corn.”

I was very impressed!  Not only did I fully understand the physical nature of those two scars, but I knew he knew for his future reference how to evaluate his scar as his therapy progressed.  As he continues to make improvement he will be totally confident to identify all progress and changes he makes – or doesn’t make.  He is on top of his problem and he will do a better job and make more progress than the man whose only recollection is that his scar is, “I don’t know, I guess it is just some kind of bump.”

Two months later he would be able to think back to the feeling of a grain of unpopped popcorn and know exactly what his small scar was like.  If later by comparison the ¾ inch square of bumpy cardboard felt like a ¼ by ½ inch strand of overcooked pasta with a loose and rough surface like a pair of woolen socks, he would know for sure he was making progress.  He would know for sure how to manage his dosage and his selection of therapies based on his confidence in the progress he was making.

You cannot possibly remember what “hard” or “soft” felt like one month earlier.  Without vivid, exact and personal references that do not change over time you will not have to guess about your progress or lack of progress.  Saying your scar is a “bump” or that it is ‘hard” is almost useless.  Each description must be loaded with personal meaning that you can accurately refer to later so you will have no doubt if you are making progress or not.

Peyronie’s Disease Handbook

If you follow these instructions from the handbook you will be more knowledgeable about your problem than a medical doctor about the condition of any one patient’s problem.  I guarantee it.  With that knowledge you will be able to direct and control your therapy better than ever before.

The goal is to be a master of what is going on with your Peyronie’s disease treatment on a day to day basis, and to use that knowledge in such a way as to guide your diet and your Alternative Medicine therapy to your fullest success possible.

Good luck to you, even though after all, it is not really about luck, it is about hard work and knowledge!

Peyronie’s Sex Problems Can Be Helped

Sexual intercourse and Peyronie’s disease

The heat of a sexual relationship is a chemical (hormonal) reaction, and over time it can fade unless a couple takes measures to prevent that from happening.  This is especially true when Peyronie’s sex difficulties must be dealt with.

Compounding the usual situation in which, over time, a couple will often experience their usual sexual heat cooling down to a comfortable glow.  This is perhaps a sign of maturity of the relationship, indicating there is more than sex between them that keeps them committed and attracted to each other.  Perhaps this is why some couples who deal with Peyronie’s disease sex problems actually improve their relationship, while others do not stay together.

Peyronie’s disease sex enhancing strategies

1. Let her lead you

Be the submissive one.  Follow her lead.  A University of Michigan study reports  that female rats experience a dopamine  (a pleasure and euphoria-inducing neurotransmitter chemical) boost only when they control sex. The critical point is that she is actually leading the sexual activity, not just conducting sex the way you like it to be done.  If this means you both get your nails done – go for it.  She will pay you back.

It seems that women really enjoy sex related to role-playing.  It is reported in Men’s Health that 76 percent of women surveyed said would be interested in sexual role-playing in which the woman is in a position of authority and the man is the sexual novice she is instructing.  Most popular fantasies: professor/student and nurse/patient.

2. Learn new moves

A new sex position is more than a new way to do the same old thing.  “Anything novel or exciting is likely to drive up the levels of dopamine in her brain,” says anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why We Love. Oxford University MRI scans found that learning any new motor skill – learning to ties a new knot, taking piano lessons, or some new sexual activity – stimulates the brain in the same way and the same region as those stimulated during orgasm.   Therefore, a new sexual maneuver or activity will boost sexual activity and pleasure.

3. Games are fun for many reasons

Competitive games and situations in which there is a mild and healthy tension and sense of anxiety (as when competing in a game of chess or poker, or Trivial Pursuit)0 increases the dopamine levels outside the bedroom.  This could increase sexual pleasure and interest in sexual activity because “Your brain can’t differentiate between the external anxiety caused by a novel situation and the internal anxiety caused by being attracted to someone,” says Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. “A boost outside of the bedroom can carry over for when it matters most.”  This happens because competition promotes the release of the sex drive-boosting hormone, testosterone.

4. Start all over

Approach your sexual activity as thought it was your first date. “If you’ve learned how to pleasure her, it’s too easy to forget about foreplay and all the other things that keep sex fresh,” says Debbie Herbenick, Ph.D., a Men’s Health sex advisor.

To heighten the foreplay experience, do this: First, take a 3-day sex break to heighten sexual tension and anticipation.  This will cause dopamine to collect in the brain.  Next, spend an evening just necking like two teenagers, and keep your clothes on to increase the sense of anticipation. This will cause an increase of dopamine in the body without a way of release.  Third, wait two days and spend another evening only touching each other sensually any where you want – except the genitals.

Then, wait another two days with no physical or sexual contact.  The fifth step is to spend another evening using only your lips to stimulate and touch each other sensually any where you want – except the genitals.  Without sexual release and continued sexual stimulation over this prolonged time period, your dopamine  levels will be sky high.  In addition both of your testosterone levels will be higher than usual, leading to explosive sex and heighten sexual sensations when you finally do engage in full wonderful sexual contact.

5. Massage message

Stimulate her body to increase her levels of oxytocin. This is the hormone that battles stress, increases sexual arousal, creates a bonding affect between sexual partners.

Physical contact – such as kissing, cuddling and deep muscles massage – unleash oxytocin in her body.  The best time to do this is after sexual activity.  The more time and tenderness involved in giving physical contact AFTER sex, the better your bonds will be. It is certainly possible for your relationship to improve in spite of your  Peyronie’s disease.

6.  Nostalgia has benefits in bed

Discussing the early part of your relationship, from the first date to your honeymoon, is not just an exercise in nostalgia. With the simple act of revisiting old memories when romance and sexual passion were fresh and strong will stimulate the hormone norepinephrine.  This is a brain hormone that highlights and intensifies those sexual memories.   “You’ll unlock her passion,” says sex therapist Laura Berman, Ph.D., director of the Berman Center in Chicago, “and intensify the new memories you’re making, too.”

When you use these simple and easy methods to stir hormone activity in the body the net affect will be to reduce your Peyronie’s sex problem.  Add to that an aggressive and faithfully followed Peyronie’s disease treatment plan and you will find yourself feeling better about a lot of things.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Use with Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s treatment using erection producing drugs

The erectile dysfunction and soft erections associated with Peyronie’s disease are sometimes treated with Viagra, an erection causing drug made by the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company.  The information about Viagra duplicated in this blog post is written by Pfizer about Viagra, in relation to Peyronie’s disease.   The basic information presented by Pfizer is essentially true for other erection producing drugs, like Cialis and Levitra.

Here is the Viagra drug information from Pfizer, found their website.  I have removed a considerable amount of technical Viagra information that does not apply to Peyronie’s disease to make it easier to find what you need to know. Notice the section below that I have put in bold and underlined.

PRECAUTIONS

General

The evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment.

Before prescribing VIAGRA, it is important to note the following:

The safety of VIAGRA is unknown in patients with bleeding disorders and patients with active peptic ulceration.

VIAGRA should be used with caution in patients with anatomical deformation of the penis (such as angulation, cavernosal fibrosis or Peyronie’s disease), or in patients who have conditions which may predispose them to priapism (such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia).

The safety and efficacy of combinations of VIAGRA with other treatments for erectile

dysfunction have not been studied. Therefore, the use of such combinations is not recommended.

In humans, VIAGRA has no effect on bleeding time when taken alone or with aspirin. In vitro studies with human platelets indicate that sildenafil potentiates the antiaggregatory effect of sodium nitroprusside (a nitric oxide donor). The combination of heparin and VIAGRA had an additive effect on bleeding time in the anesthetized rabbit, but this interaction has not been studied in humans.

Use of any drug to assist erections in Peyronie’s disease

It is my opinion that any man who is undergoing Peyronie’s disease treatment is taking a huge risk to use any of these erection producing drugs because it has been my observation and experience in talking to hundreds of men about their Peyronies problem, that these drugs can injure the penis and actually start Peyronie’s disease, make it worse, or possibly delay or interfere with your effort to try to heal your Peyronie’s plaque.   This happens because of the damage done by the surprisingly strong and uncontrollable erections these drugs can create.

With the use of these drugs it is possible that the forced erections they cause can place great internal stress within the penis that can injure the delicate tunica albuginea.  The erections created by these drugs can be indeed super-erections, greater than what a man normally experiences.

I have had a number of men tell me they are convinced their Peyronie’s disease started after using Viagra, Cialis, etc.   I am confident that at a later time we will start to hear reports about more side-effects of these medications.  This should not be so difficult to believe when you can read for yourself that the drug manufacturer is already warning men in particular with Peyronie’s disease to be cautious about its use.

Peyronie’s disease aggravated easily

Super-charging an erection is not the way the body was designed to be used.

What if you could take a drug that would enable you to lift a ton of weight above your head and keep it there for an hour?  Nice trick, very impressive, but your body is not built to take that kind of pressure to the muscles, ligaments, joints, bones and blood vessels.  A trick like that would cause great damage to internal organs, your spine, blood vessels, all major joints, etc.  Simply put, “It just ain’t natural.”  Same with these erection drugs like Levitra and Viagra.  The increased pressure created by these medications can be very damaging to the delicate tunica albuginea, and can result in or worsen a case of PD.

What would happen to your car tires if you happened to over-inflate them with 100 pounds of air pressure, even though they were built to take just 40 pounds of pressure?  You would be running the risk of damage to the internal structure of tire, wouldn’t you?  Of course.  The same thing can happen if the penis is over-inflated and then given a “rough ride.”  This is where the problems start, and this is what I want to bring to your attention.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are not a Peyronie’s treatment

It is very likely that the MDs who prescribe these medications to men with Peyronie’s disease will not agree with this thinking.  MDs tend to favor a chemical “fix” to most problems, so you would tend to expect a natural and automatic prejudice from an MD to use drugs to solve most problems.

If you have taken Cialis or any other erection producing drug because it was prescribed for you, and you mention this information to your MD, what do you suppose he or she will say?  Well, the first thing you must consider is that this information indicates that your doctor prescribed something for you that was not safe or appropriate.  The natural reaction would be for your doctor to immediately defend her decision.  That makes sense.  It is not my intention to make trouble for your doctor, she was only doing what she thought was best for you.  It is my intention for you to independently think about these things and see if they make sense to you, the owner of the penis that could become injured.  Do more research on your own, then talk to your doctor.  This way you are armed with both sides of the story.

It is my further intention to prevent you from injuring yourself further with these erection producing drugs.

A penis that is predisposed to Peyronies in the first place cannot tolerate the kind of stress that these erections drugs create.  It is just like someone with asthma cannot tolerate dust, odors or smoke that does not bother other people.  If you already have Peyronies you should do everything you can to avoid any kind of stress to this tissue, including avoidance of erection producing drugs.

I talk to a lot of men who are given a prescription for Viagra, etc. to help their sexual difficulty, and they instinctively know that this treatment does not make sense to them.  Yet, they are tempted to use the drug because of the promise of improved sexual performance; besides, they are also tempted because they feel, “Heck, my doctor would not do anything to hurt me, maybe it is OK to do.”  I would agree, your doctor would not want to hurt you intentionally.  Yet, we all know that tens of thousands of people are hurt each year by drugs that are given with good intentions and bad consequences.

In addition, I have talked to many men who have reported to me that they used these erections drugs many times, maybe for several months, with absolutely no problem.  The erections were “normal” and controllable, and everything was fine, and the sex was great.  Then, one night, one time, they took that same drug in the same way, and they got an erection that was unbelievably hard and huge, and they thought they were going to explode.  It scared the devil out of both partners.  A few days or weeks later – a curved penis and Peyronie’s disease developed.

If you attempt to think independently and logically about what might happen to your Peyronie’s disease when these drugs are used, you should have no trouble understanding how this could work against you.  If your doctor can convince you that they are perfectly safe, then you should do what your doctor says to do. Just remember, who that penis is attached to if a tragedy happens.  Your doctor will shrug his shoulders; you will have a worse case of PD.

My opinion is that the use of Viagra and similar erection drugs could easily be worsening the very problem you are attempting to heal.   The use of these drugs represents a calculated risk that you are taking, and you should be aware of it.

Please write a comment or question about this article if you want to know more about Peyronie’s disease treatment with Viagra, Levitra or Cialis.

Peyronie’s and Verapamil

Verapamil and Peyronie’s disease treatment

Verapamil is used in Peyronie’s disease treatment by injection directly into the Peyronie’s plaque or a topical Verapamil cream is applied to the skin over the Peyronie’s plaque.   For more information about this method, see Peyronie’s disease treatment via direct drug injection.

Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker of the phenylalkylamine L-type.  It works by relaxing the muscles of the heart and blood vessels. Verapamil is an anti-arrhythmic drug approved by the FDA in 1981 to treat hypertension, angina, cardiac arrhythmia, and recently, cluster headaches.  No oral or transdermal Verapamil is approved for Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Most used for Peyronie’s treatment is in the form of a topical Verapamil cream that is applied twice daily for many months.

There are many different companies that compete against each other with their own unique patented Verapamil formula, creating difficulty to know what to believe about the use of Verapamil for Peyronie’s disease treatment.

With so much competition among companies and unsafe practices of illegal companies, some even resort to making inferior and dangerous topical Verapamil cream products.  As a result, Peyronie’s patients who use counterfeit Verapamil have reported:

  • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness, fainting, heart beat irregularities, often requiring changes in other medications to become stabilized
  • Severe skin irritation
  • Skin burns and blistering

Peyronie’s Verapamil connection

As with many popular medications, the exact way Verapamil is supposed to benefit Peyronie’s disease is not entirely known.  Keep this in mind when someone says they do not know how vitamin E or acetyl-L-carnitine or PABA helps Peyronie’s disease.

It is proposed that long term use of Verapamil blocks calcium from entering into the Peyronie’s plaque or scar.  Another theory s that Verapamil increases fibroblast activity to make more collagenase that breaks down the Peyronie’s plaque or scar. However, calcium is an essential mineral that must have free access and movement in all tissues and hundreds of different normal and healthy chemical, enzyme and hormone functions of the body.  The body needs calcium to function normally and healthfully, and it does not do well when it is blocked by a drug like Verapamil.

Peyronie’s disease and Verapamil side effects

When taken topically or orally for Peyronie’s, Verapamil can cause side effects that may impair thinking or abnormal organ function because of calcium metabolism interference.   Care should be used when driving a car, operating dangerous equipment, or any skill in which mental alertness or memory is needed.

Verapamil and Peyronie’s disease warning

Men treating Peyronie’s disease with Verapamil must deal with extreme fatigue, loss of energy, blood pressure problems and skin reactions that often occur.  Also, if Verapamil is stopped suddenly any side effect or problem for which it is being taken (like Peyronies) may become worse.

You should not use Verapamil if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • Serious heart conditions, especially “sick sinus syndrome” or “AV block” (unless you have a pacemaker)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Recent heart attack

Personal experience with Verapamil and Peyronie’s disease

After attempting to treat my own Peyronie’s disease with topical Verapamil cream for eight months, my overall health suffered from weakness, fatigue, memory failure and low blood pressure caused by the Verapamil in my blood stream.  However, worst of all, while using Verapamil my Peyronie’s disease worsened.   The size of each Peyronie’s plaque increased and my Peyronie’s curve doubled.

Shortly after using Alternative Medicine to eliminate my Peyronie’s problem, I started the Peyronie’s Disease Institute with my MD colleagues I was working with at the time.  With this organization I communicate with dozens of men daily about their problems with PD.  Considering the information outlined above, it seems fewer and fewer medical doctors use Verapamil for Peyronie’s disease management.

Penis Doctors or Peyronie’s Doctors? – Take Your Pick

Doctors who specialize in Peyronie’s disease

When you think about going to a “Peyronie’s specialist,” you should understand a few things that could make all the difference in the world to you.  You should also know that Alternative Medicine is your safest and most logical approach to Peyronie’s treatment – more about that at the end of this article.

Each month I am asked for the name of a few Peyronie’s doctors; someone who specializes in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease, in a particular part of the country or a specific city. My answer that I do not know of any such doctor always seems to be a surprise.   Often a follow up question is posed in which I am then asked for the names of penis doctors, and again I give the same answer.

For anyone interested in finding a Peyronie’s doctor, first consider that Peyronie’s disease is known as “the doctor’s nightmare.”   Notice, the name is not “a man’s nightmare,’ or “a curved penis nightmare,” or “a patient nightmare,” but “doctor’s nightmare.”   This suggests how much doctors in general do not like dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  The average doctor does not like to deal with the diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie’s disease, as well as the many valid complaints and exaggerated demands of both the men and women who must live with this problem.  Frankly, we men with Peyronie’s disease are often a royal pain in the butt for an MD to deal with.

Peyronie’s specialists

Most often it is the urologists who come closest to the idea of being penis doctors or Peyronie’s doctors.  But even they often want to avoid the many frustrations and long explanations that are a part of working with men who have Peyronie’s disease.  I guess that 99.4% of men who are given a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease have not once ever heard of it before it is dumped on them.  That this condition exists is a total shock to the man who first learns he has the problem. And just like the denial phase of someone who learns of the death of someone, there is a denial phase when first being told that the reason for the penile curvature, pain, or strange lump is an interesting thing called Peyronie’s disease that has no known cause and no known medical cure – other than Peyronie’s surgery.   This news creates a lot of denial issues in the patient that the doctor must take the time to explain away.

It is said that no one is happy while dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  Another reason the doctor is not happy is because he or she has no standardized or accepted form of medical treatment to rely upon.  Generally, there are four three basic approaches for managing this problem medically:

  1. Offer no treatment, but simply monitor the progression of the problem. Suggest the patient come back in six months to determine if the problem has deteriorated enough to warrant the risks of surgery.
  2. Offer the patient to either “try verapamil or cholchicine or POTABA for a while, although I have not had much luck with any of them, or you can always use some vitamin E if you would like.”   This kind of low key and unenthusiastic recommendation is based on the fact that none of these approaches work, and the doctor knows it.  The MD is put in a tough position because he or she cannot help PD, and this is a known fact from the start.  Talk about a negative situation that only gets worse as the penis shrinks or sex becomes difficult as a curved penis develops.
  3. Suggest surgery right away.
  4. Go home, ignore it, and try to learn to live with it.

These four options all seem wrong to the thinking patient. Yet, the doctor feels obligated to offer some kind of treatment when none actually exists, and he knows ahead of time that the patient will be upset when nothing helps.  Long explanations, distrust, and complaints will follow over a few office visits until the patient figures out the doctor really has no Peyronie’s disease treatment. The doctor knows ahead of time he will look incompetent and non-caring no matter what he does.  Hence the term, “doctor’s nightmare.’

For all these reasons only a few medical doctors have focused on Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Some of those who work in this area of urology are:

Thomas Lue, MD – Los Angeles, CA
Culley Carson, MD – Chapel Hill, NC
Lawrence Levine, MD – Chicago, IL
Martin K. Gelbard, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Sudhakar Krishnamurti, MD – Hyderabad, India

These doctors are essentially using the same drugs as any general practitioner or urologist, with perhaps maybe the surgery they perform being different in some cases.   You need to understand that while these doctors can be called Peyronie’s specialists because they hold themselves out to being more interested in or spending more time in the area of Peyronie’s disease treatment and diagnosis, there is not that much different they can offer than the doctor down the street in your town.  The great difference with these doctors is the number of people they see who have PD, so they will have more experience in this area.

For this reason when some calls to ask about a Peyronie’s doctor, I suggest they just contact a local urologist they have confidence in and stick with him.

Since there is no accepted standard medical treatment for Peyronie’s disease, and so many doctors suggest not doing anything for the first 6-18 months, I strongly suggest that a person consider building up his own ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque or scar.  Information can be found at natural Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Vitamin Therapy

Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment to promote healing and repair

All Peyronie’s disease treatment is controversial.  Peyronie’s vitamin therapy is even more so because the medical profession has always been slow to understand the use of nutrition to promote wellness.  This website presents information about the use of natural Peyronie’s disease vitamin and minerals unlike the conventional use of drugs and surgery to treat Peyronie’s disease.

The use of Alternative Medicine in the form of Peyronie’s disease vitamin, mineral and enzyme treatment has been developed in the following manner:
1. Distillation and interpretation of opinions and data found in hundreds of medical research studies and ongoing technical data from the scientific community, as found in the footnotes at the conclusion of each of the Peyronie’s disease treatment subheadings.
2.  Concurrence of opinion of the three primary medical doctors, and Dr. Herazy, who practiced together at Pioneer Medical Clinic, Chicago, IL, using their combined clinical experience of 90 years in practice, along with their medical knowledge and experience with  Complementary Medicine to promote the innate healing response of the immune system.
3.  Observations and personal experience of Dr. Herazy who treated his own Peyronie’s disease problem while using these same Peyronie’s vitamin treatment principles. Dr. Herazy was successful treating his severe case of Peyronie’s disease, and presents on this website what he learned from his valuable experience.
4.  Dr. Herazy’s experience and direct feedback from thousands of men and women who successfully used the Peyronie’s disease vitamin and enzyme treatment principles outlined throughout this large website.  This valuable information is retrieved from many dozens of telephone and email discussions each day since 2002, in which issues of progress and lack of progress, modifications of Peyronie’s disease treatment protocols are worked out on an individual basis.
5.   Analysis of data and information derived from PDI’s ongoing seven-year survey questionnaire research project, voluntarily provided by approximately 2,400 men who have Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment not mainstream

Traditional medicine, with no accepted Peyronie’s drug treatment, offers only surgery as a mainstream cure.  The Peyronie’s Disease Institute is not against Peyronie’s surgery when a case has been unresponsive to prolonged and aggressive use of multiple conservative care.  However, this is not how it is often done; too many men rush into surgery believing that is an easy and sure solution to a big problem.  Each surgical candidate should remember these three things:
1. Surgery will not restore the penis to its original length.
2. After surgery, hardened scar will develop to shorten the penis, often by 1-2 inches.
3. There is no guarantee that additional scarring might occur at the site of surgery, resulting in a return and possible worsening of Peyronie’s disease.

Yet, there are many Peyronie’s vitamin therapies investigated in large body of medical research that documents positive, but inconclusive and sometimes variable, reports of success while treating PD. Improvement and recovery made in the body while using Peyronie’s disease vitamin and enzyme treatments can be subtle and slow since their purpose is only to support or encourage a normal process of nature that is reduced or absent.

Our Peyronie’s disease treatment theory is that the potential benefits of these subtle natural therapies are enhanced and multiplied by simply using several alternative therapies at the same time – known to science as synergy.  It is easy to understand – at least for most laypeople – that a single natural therapy will not work as well as aggressive multiple therapies; like “ganging up” on the problem. One child cannot lift a grown man; five or six children can do it with ease.

It is our opinion that it is safe and reasonable to attempt to improve the eventual outcome of PD by faithfully and aggressively using several conservative Peyronie’s vitamin treatment ideas that are based on sound science and common sense.  For more information, click on Peyronie’s treatment help starts here.

Potaba and Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Potaba for Peyronie’s treatment based on PABA, a vitamin

PABA, or para-aminobenzoic acid, with a formula of H2NC6H4CO2H, is a white crystalline substance that is slightly water soluble.  POTABA is simply PABA with a molecule of potassium added to it.

PABA has been referred to as Vitamin Bx because it is an intermediate step in the bacterial manufacturing of folate or folic acid in the intestinal tract.  Some bacteria in the human intestinal tract, such as E. coli,require PABA for proper metabolism. Humans require folate since we lack the enzymes to convert PABA to folate, hence it is made available via the bacterial flora.  Sulfonamide drugs are similar to PABA in their chemical structure, and their antibacterial activity is due to their ability to interfere with the conversion of PABA to folate by the enzyme dihydropteroate synthetase.  In this way bacterial growth is restricted through folate deficiency without effect on human cells.

Medical use of Potaba (potassium para-aminobenzoate)

Potaba inhibits abnormal fibroblast proliferation, thus it can reduce formation of scar material early after injury.  It is speculated that this POTABA anti-inflammatory activity is dependent on initial biotransformation that starts with granulocytes that are stimulated through the initial injury.  It also inhibits abnormal fibroblast proliferation, acid mucopolysaccharide and glycosaminoglycan secretion that occur during the normal inflammatory process.

POTABA has been used to treat a variety of conditions characterized by chronic inflammation and fibrosis; this list includes scleroderma, dermatomyositis, morphea, pulmonary fibrosis and Peyronie’s disease.

A POTABA research study was conducted by Carson who retrospectively reviewed 32 patients who were treated with 4,000 Mg of Potaba three times daily, for at least three months and later were followed for an average of 14.4 months.   Carson reported reduction of penile pain in 44% of those studied,  plaque or scar size reduction in 56%, and improvement of penile angulation in 58%. Complete reversal of penile distortion and angulation occurred in 26% of those studied. The average interval to improvement was 4.2 months, and younger patients with a shorter duration of disease were more likely to respond to therapy.  Even thought Carson’s study did not have controls, it suggests a possible role for POTABA in the medical therapy of Peyronie’s disease.

Unfortunately, the results of Carson’s retrospective and uncontrolled research were not reported as an intent-to-treat study.  Further, the number of research subjects who started therapy but stopped because of severe abdominal symptoms prior to three months has never been disclosed.

Because of the expense of POTABA, the need to take POTABA three or more times daily, and frequent occurrence of severe gastrointestinal side-effects (burning pain, abdominal cramping, and bowel irritability0, make it very difficult for the average man with Peyronie’s disease to follow the treatment guidelines for even a short time.  Yet in order to be effective, the length of POTABA therapy is variable, but sometimes lasting 12-24 months of active care.

Medical use of PABA

When a single potassium molecule is added to PABA, it results in what is called a potassium salt; this combination of potassium and PABA is called POTABA.  It is used as a drug against fibrotic skin disorders, and as such it can be used in Peyronie’s disease treatment.  PABA is also occasionally used to treat Irritable bowel syndrome to and related gastrointestinal symptoms, and in nutritional epidemiological studies to assess the completeness of 24-hour urine collection for the determination of urinary sodium, potassium, or nitrogen levels.

Despite the absence of any recognized syndromes of PABA deficiency in humans, many benefits are claimed for PABA as a nutritional supplement.  PABA is said to improve fatigue, irritability, depression, weeping eczema (moist eczema), scleroderma (premature hardening of skin), a patchy pigment loss in skin called vitiligo, and premature gray hair.

Peyronie’s disease:  POTABA or PABA?

The first Peyronie’s treatment work involved PABA, the vitamin.  When this was shown to be successful, work was then done to show that POTABA, the drug, could be more successful.  The interest is working with POTABA – the drug – was greater than with PABA – the vitamin – because the drug is more profitable and is easier to control use and distribution through the medical profession.

The reason PDI promotes the use of PABA for Peyronie’s disease treatment is because it has almost no side effects, is much less expensive to use, does not require a prescription and it combines well with other Alternative Medicine therapies.

For more information about the many ways to use Alternative Medicine to promote tissue repair and reversal of penile curvature, go to Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

Medical Peyronie's Cure is Lacking

Peyronie’s disease cure right under your nose

Everyone wants a medical Peyronie’s cure that is a fast, easy, economical – and, oh yes – guaranteed.  In short, the ideal cure for Peyronie’s disease from the traditional medical viewpoint would be simply to pop a pill or two.  In this way everyone with a bent nail could go about with his life as before, with minimal inconvenience or effort.

Why would I say that this is the viewpoint of “everyone”?   Well, simply because we live in a medical society.  When people think of a “cure’ they think of medicine as it is currently being practiced.   All efforts on the medical industry drawing board are directed toward looking for a drug – oral or injectible – to be the great cure for Peyronie’s disease that has evaded us for over 425 years.   Currently, Peyronie’s disease surgery is the only treatment that organized medicine makes available to someone with this problem and it is beset by limitations and drawbacks.

Other than the Peyronie’s Disease Institute no other effort has been made to seriously investigate a treatment for Peyronie’s disease outside of the traditional medical model.

This limited viewpoint of looking only for a medication to treat Peyronie’s disease is typical of the medical and drug industries.   The business people who decide how to approach a particular health problem tend to look at these issues from a profit standpoint; they also only look in directions and for treatment approaches that are not only profitable, but which they can control so that their profit is protected.

Since the perfect Peyronie’s drug has eluded the medical establishment, they are quick to say there is no known cure for Peyronie’s disease.   What this statement really means is that there is no known cure for Peyronie’s disease using a drug or medical procedure they can profit from, control, and manipulate.

There is a Peyronie’s cure

What kind of medical quackery and heresy – nonsense – is it to say that there is a cure for Peyronie’s disease?  Actually none.  The body itself, in a fairly high percent of cases, will heal and correct – cure – the Peyronie’s plaque so that the problem does not advance.  Peyronie’s disease eventually leaves without a trace of deformity, pain, scar formation or limited sexual ability for about half of the men who get this problem.  It is said that about in half of the men who develop Peyronie’s disease, within the first 12-24 months the entire problem will just go away on its own.  Does that sound like a Peyronie’s cure to you?  It does to me.

How does the body go about doing this miraculous thing, to rid itself of the terrible curved penis that is the hallmark of Peyronie’s disease, and heal over the mass of fibrous material that is known as the Peyronie’s plaque?  I do not know; no one knows.  But then again, I do not know how my body does the thousands of miraculous and complex things it does every second of every day of my life.  I do not know, as a small example, how my body can take the breakfast I just ate and convert into living tissue.  We are all just wonderful that way, and part of this is demonstrated when a man heals his own Peyronie’s disease.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute is involved with the use of a wide variety of nutritional and supplemental products that are intended to increase and improve the ability of the body to heal the Peyronie’s scar.  It is really not so complicated or more mysterious than that.

For those who say it is quackery or nonsense to think that a person can improve his ability to heal and function better in life, I ask, “Why it is that a person eats?”

What is the purpose of eating?  To satisfy the taste buds?  No, that is just a side benefit.  We eat, we put nutrients into our body so it can function; the food we take in is fuel to enable life and repair to take place.   By following the ideas of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute about PD treatment, all we are doing is trying to increase the odds and opportunity for the body to heal and repair in a way that is better than what is happening now.  Call this a Peyronie’s cure if you want, but it is no more miraculous than anything else that your body does during the course of an average day.

For more information about the philosophy, click on natural Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Vitamin Therapy

Peyronie’s disease vitamin E treatment and other nutrients

There are many important nutrients – vitamin, mineral and amino acids – that should be used to improve and support the ability of the body to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque and help reverse the curved penis it causes.  However, since starting this work in 2002, I have never heard of a medical doctor prescribe any supplement other than vitamin E.  I think this says a lot about what MDs know about Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy; their knowledge is limited, focused only to the obvious, and tends to not go beyond what everyone else is prescribing.

Vitamin E and Peyronie’s disease

The standard Peyronie’s disease vitamin E recommendation of the medical profession is to “get some vitamin E, and take no more than 400 IU a day.”  Occasionally the dosage will be doubled to 800 IU daily of vitamin E by some doctors who think outside the box a bit.  This is important to remember because vitamin E is essentially the only non-drug Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment that is suggested to a man with Peyronie’s disease.

Vitamin E is available in both a synthetic form and a naturally occurring organic form.  Which form you decide to use ultimately determines how much can be taken safely.  There are eight different members of the vitamin E family.  Four are known as tocopherols and the other four are tocotrienols.  The most widely found vitamin E member is gamma tocopherol, which assists the elimination of nitrogen free radicals, as well as being an effective anti-inflammatory agent.  Tocotrienols are primarily found in the skin and subdermis where they protect against UV and free radical damage. Tocopherols are found in the major organs.  A balanced diet – very difficult to achieve these days – contains all eight members of the vitamin E family.

Because of costs and chemical stability,  and because early research proposed it was the only member of the family to have biologic benefit to man, most vitamin E supplements contain only alpha tocopherol.  This means most men on Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy as prescribed by their medical doctor will receive only one of the eight members of the vitamin E family.  Since the early days of vitamin E research (not so long ago in the 1950s) it has been proven repeatedly that the complete vitamin E family, stressing gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols in their natural and unesterified form, accelerate wound healing and minimize scar formation.   For this reason I am most insistent that men using Peyronie’s disease vitamin E treatment use a high quality vitamin E product that is heavily slanted toward gamma tocopherol and all the tocotrienols, like Yasoo Health’s Factor 400/400.

If you are concerned about vitamin E safety issues, please read Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Vitamin E that answers all dosage and safety questions.

The body is like a house

In order to build a solid house and have it operate well, it is necessary to have a wide variety of components available during the construction phase and during the long maintenance phase when the house begins to need help in the form of repairs.

During the construction phase, many problems would develop if all the builder had to work with were roof shingles, or just windows, or just doors.  A wide variety of components are needed to make a good house – lumber of various widths, thicknesses and lengths, concrete, plywood, along with nails, dry wall, electric wire, and so many other hundreds of different things.

During the maintenance phase, many replacements and repair items are needed.  If the home owner only had nails, or furnace filters, or pale yellow paint to work with, it would not help a bit if the problem was a leaky roof, a squeaky door, or a leaky faucet.

It makes sense that a wide variety of replacement and repair parts are needed for all the parts of a house.  It also makes sense that a Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy program has to also be broad and diverse.   How does it make sense that all the problems of Peyronie’s disease are solved with just vitamin E?

Peyronie’s disease vitamin, mineral, and amino acid treatment

Peyronie’s Disease Institute uses a variety of different nutrients to satisfy the many needs of the body to have all the needed supplies to heal and repair the scar tissue in the best way possible.

Look at the list of different products that are suggested for use in the large Peyronie’s treatment plan.  The list is long because the process is complicated.   Of course, even the large plan does not contain all the nutrients that could be recommended to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque; PABA, acetyl-L-carnitine, quercetin, bromelain and herbs to stimulate the process are just some of the additional therapies that can be used.

Your house is large and complicated, but it is nothing compared to the body. When the body develops Peyronie’s disease it just does not make sense to attempt to fix it with vitamin E only.  That would be like trying to fix a broken window with a screw driver.   The screw driver might be a useful to remove some glass from the window frame, but other tools – and glass – will be needed for the repair to be done correctly.

For more information about successful Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Via Direct Drug Injection

Injections can cause Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease treatment using drug injection into the delicate tunica albuginea of the penis is a medical therapy that is fast loosing favor for treatment of the Peyronie’s penis.  One of the reasons is the lack of good results, the other is that it has been shown that injections can cause or aggravate Peyronie’s disease in many cases.

I have personally communicated with hundreds of men whose Peyronies started after a series of penile injections that were undertaken for a variety of reasons.  It appears the drug is not so much the issue that causes injury to the tunica membrane, but the repeated penetration and trauma that causes the scar material that eventually starts a Peyronies problem.   However, it has also been shown that the presence of certain drugs can cause a chemical irritation to the tunica albuginea.  So in this regard, drug injections could easily represent a double threat of injury to the tunica that results in Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s treatment – “First, do no harm”

This blog post about Peyronie’s disease treatment using direct drug injections (Verapamil, cortisone, etc.) should hit home for a large number of you.  Many men have undergone painful drug injections into the penis because their medical doctor thought it was worth the effort, and only found themselves with a new problem or worsening of their original Peyronie’s disease.

First I will simply copy an article, “Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease.”  This research discussion is essentially about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT (or ESWL as they call it here).  This article comes from www.pubmed.gov under the reference number PMID: 15114750 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE].

What is important to note in our particular discussion is the area I have highlighted for emphasis.  You will note from an earlier post about ESWT in Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog, this form of therapy has been fairly well abandoned by a large percent of doctors who used it for many years since these injections seem to cause more problems than it helps. The reason this information about ESWT (or ESWL) is included in this article about penile injections is that these Russian physicians make a very interesting comment while discussing ESWT that underscores the damage created by injections (of any kind) into the tunica albuginea.

[Article in Russian]

Neĭmark AI, Astakhov IuI, Sidor MV.

The authors analyse the results of treatment of 28 patients with Peyronie’s disease using extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) performed on Dornier U15 lithotriptor. A total of 2-6 sessions were made, maximal number–12. The efficacy was controlled by clinical indices and ultrasonic investigation (Doppler mapping of the blood flow). ESWL proved to be efficient in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease (PD), primarily, in patients with early disease before appearance of severe fibroplastic alterations. Less plaque vascularization by energetic Doppler mapping due to ESWL is an important diagnostic criterion of PD treatment efficacy. Conservative treatment is not indicated in marked deformities and plaque calcification, erectile dysfunction. Moreover, any injection into the tunica albuginea, especially complicated by hematomas (deep tissue bruising) may be a damaging factor which triggers fibrous inflammation. Such patients should be treated surgically. If the patient is interested in immediate results or is not interested in continuation of sexual life, the treatment is ineffective. Thus, ESWL is an effective, safe method of PD treatment but requires further study and accumulation of clinical experience.

It seems that the problems penile injections can cause is not that necessarily about the drug that is injected into the tunica, but the needle itself that is used to deliver the drug. An injection to deliver any drug, or sterile water, can cause injury to this delicate membrane.  This sets off an inflammatory response that can result in significant Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar tissue formation for men who as so predisposed.   Doing this once can be risky.  Doing this up to a dozen times over a few months, as is often the recommended course of therapy, just multiples the opportunity for injury to mount on top of injury.

This Russian research team offers the opinion that the effects of such injection into the penile shaft causes such significant plaque development, that surgery is the best treatment option for the damage that it can cause.   Obviously, I do not agree with that, since surgery can also cause more scar development. Their conclusion is that they find men who receive these injections often eventually are rewarded with a disturbed and discontinued sexual life.

Growing concern about injections for Peyronie’s disease treatment

This idea is brought to your attention to demonstrate there are many in the medical community who agree with the same position that I have taken for many years now.  These doctors and I contend it is inherently risky, in fact, dangerous, to stick needles repeatedly into the penis for Peyronie’s disease treatment. Their  logic concludes that any treatment that can start or aggravate the very problem it is attempting to treat, is not much of a treatment.

It is unfortunate that the medical community turns a blind eye to the direct observation of poor results, serious irritation of the tunica, and the solid logic that reputes injections as a form of Peyronie’s cure.  Those who continue to inject their Peyronie’s disease patients, and bring these men farther down the road toward greater plaque development, must be desperate to look useful or just ignorant of how Peyronie’s disease often develops.  It is so common for medical doctors to think only in terms of medicine and surgery, notwithstanding the tragedy that can often result from their limited thinking.

The Peyronie’s treatment concept of using non-invasive methods to increase the healing response of the body is a safer and more trustworthy Peyronie’s disease treatment than some of the aggressive medial schemes being promoted today.

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What does Peyronie's disease look like?  Pictures of Peyronie's disease

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Peyronies pictures of the classic curved penis shown on this page are offered to widen the experience and education of anyone interested in this terrible problem. The pictures of Peyronie's disease found at the bottom of this page are graphic full male nudity, presented for educational purposes.

In the experience of PDI, most men do not understand the full consequences and eventual degree of distortion that are possible from Peyronie's disease – until it is too late. Because they do not know how bad the penile curvature, Peyronie's pain, and loss of sexual function can be, there is a tendency to underestimate the problem. Thus it is assumed that the small problem will stay “just an inconvenience, and hardly noticeable”. For some the curve or distortion starts small and stays small. However, for others it starts small and just continues to get more distorted, more curved, and perhaps more painful, eventually resulting in total loss of sexual function. At this point most men resort to surgical correction. For a discussion, click Peyronie's disease surgery.

If your Peyronie's penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy's   second book, "Peyronie's Disease and Sex."

There is a direct, safe and effective technique for manual penis stretching that has been researched and developed by PDI.  For details, click on stretching curved penis.

Without fully understanding where Peyronie's disease might take them, it is easy for some men to not take the curved penis of Peyronies too seriously. The uninformed and uneducated can accept and agree with the wishful thinking of the standard medical treatment to do absolutely nothing for PD in its early stages.

Click on "Peyronie's Disease and a History Lesson" to completely change the way you think about Peyronie's treatment.

Peyronie's Pictures: an Education and Wake-Up Call

To help comprehend and verify the nature of the Peyronie's disease problem, many men are shocked to see a Peyronies picture for the first time. It can be a real wake-up call.

These Peyronies pictures are not intended to aid a layperson make a self-diagnosis, nor are they intended to guide Peyronie's disease treatment. They are offered to encourage prompt medical evaluation and attention about any problem that might be PD. Bear in mind, just as every person is a unique individual, with unique physical characteristics – this even extends to the appearance of the penis in health and disease. Simply because you have a curved penis, or even a severely bent penis with a 90 degree angle, does not necessarily mean you have Peyronies. Do not think that your penis must look like any of these. Only a physician experienced in this condition can accurately diagnose this problem.

Learn how easy it is to create an effective Alternative Medicine plan, click on Organize Peyronie's Disease Treatment.

Before viewing these Peyronie's pictures, please review what causes the dramatic penile curves and distortions you are about to see.

Peyronie’s disease can be considered an exaggeration of the wound healing process. It is characterized by the presence of one or more flat and irregular benign (non-cancerous) fibrous plaques or scars anywhere along the shaft of the penis, as well as painful erections. Usually there is only one scar, but multiple scars do occur.

These scars can stop full expansion of the penis during erection, resulting in various degrees and patterns of distortion. Depending on the number, size and location of scar tissue, the penis can be slightly to severely distorted or shortened during erection or not at all. For more information, Anatomy of the Penis and Related Areas.

Peyronies pictures showing the erect penis from 5°- 45° are not uncommon, sometimes 90º or more. Sexual difficulty and impotency also range from mild to severe, depending on the degree of curved penis deformity.

Graphic pictures of  Peyronie's disease

Peyronie's Disease downward penile curvature - unusual
Peyronie's Disease downward penile curvature – unusual
 
Peyronie's Disease hourglass deformity in lower one-third
Peyronie's Disease hourglass deformity plus slight penile curvature
 
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature - common
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) – rather common
 
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) -
            rather common
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature – common
 
Peyronie's Disease bottleneck deformity with lateral penile
            curvature to left - common
Peyronie's Disease bottleneck deformity with lateral penile curvature to left – common
 
Peyronie's Disease 90 degree lateral penile curvature to right

Hopefully, these pictures of Peyronie's disease will help you to understand your own situtaion better, and motivate you to see your medical doctor. Please review the section, Peyronie’s Disease Treatment, to determine how to incorporate the aggressive use of multiple conservative measures to treat your PD.

Click here for more Peyronies pictures.

Thacker’s Formula – Other Peyronie’s Treatment Questions

Thacker’s formula and other Peyronie’s disease treatment questions

Perhaps a few times a month someone emails a question to me about Thacker’s formula.  This legendary Peyronie’s treatment – called Thacker’s formula because of the Dr. Thacker who is said to have created it – contains a specific ratio of Castor oil, DMSO and apple cider vinegar.  Although I know the exact proportions to make this Peyronie’s treatment I will not disclose this information here because I can not provide in this space all the details for correct use that are necessary to use it correctly and safely.

Along a similar line, I am sometimes asked if I know anything about using various things like herbs for herbal Peyronie’s disease treatment (ginkgo biloba, echinacea), a micronutrient (Coenzyme Q, EPA), or some type of old home remedy (garlic, Castor oil, olive oil) that might be used as a Peyronie’s disease cure.   They want to know what I would think about using the Thacker’s formula or other treatment, and why don’t any of these types of treatment appear in the PDI lineup of therapies?

In order for any therapy or procedure to be included in the PDI lineup of 14 potential Peyronie’s treatments, it has to have either been applied specifically in treatment of PD in a series of scientific studies and proven at least 50% effective in several trials (even though it might have done poorly in others), or it must have demonstrated good success and acceptance within the scientific community for treatment of other unrelated health problems (acupuncture and homeopathy).  With this simple criterion we establish some level of scientific credibility for those therapies in our PDI lineup, and further increase the possible effectiveness of therapy when several of these are united in a synergistic program of care.

There are probably some really good Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas that could be actually very effective.  But who among us wants to spend his time, effort, money, and most importantly, his opportunity to get over his Peyronie’s disease by experimenting with theories that have absolutely no proven ability to influence the body to promote healing? I did not want to waste my time on theories of questionable merit, when I knew there were many available that had already achieved some level of success.  This last group seemed to be a better place to look for answers, than chasing unproven ideas.

Edgar Cayce’s castor oil pack might indeed be an effective Peyronies’ disease treatment, but for one reason or another it has not been subjected to even minimal scrutiny for PD.  The goal of recovering from Peyronies is too great to use an untried treatment, when there are so many others of higher credibility and logic to work with.

Thacker’s formula does not meet Peyronie’s treatment guidelines

PDI was started on the basis of using treatments of some level of known and proven merit, and uses this standard today to determine what additions will be recommended and used in future therapy plans.  Rumors, stories, and speculation you read about on a Peyronie’s forum are not enough.  Alternative Medicine employs early science to see through the maze of superstition and learn the truth of what may or may not work to regain health.  These are the principles used to formulate the current Peyronie’s disease treatment strategies you have learned about.  We are already working on the outer rim of established medical practice, but we must be careful to not go too far away from common sense and valuable scientific information that will help us achieve our health goals.

Usually, my suggestion for someone who wants to use such a new Peyronie’s treatment is to do it in combination with several other known and better proven therapies already in the Peyronie’s Disease Institute lineup.  This way there is back-up treatment, and the total effort will create a therapeutic synergy.  Never is it suggested to use only the one therapy of any type, proven or unproven.

So, if you are just adding in an extra type of therapy because you read about it on a Peyronie’s forum, I say, all the more power to your curiosity and sense of adventure, but please do not use it exclusively as the treatment you provide for yourself.

While there is no reason to believe there is any potential harm in using Thacker’s formula correctly, and perhaps great therapeutic benefit,  at this time I cannot endorse the use of Thacker’s formula because it is essentially untested and unproven in any meaningful way.  There is a lot of good information about sensible Peyronie’s disease treatment, with reasonably good results in research testing, that should be used in a broad based  rehabilitation program.

Peyronie’s Treatment Help Starts Here

Peyronie’s Treatment Right Now

Every day I talk to men who have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their curved penis when nothing else has helped them. They do all of their Peyronie’s disease treatment with the information found only on this Alternative Medicine website and “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s   second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

If you are interested in a direct, safe and effective Peyronie’s treatment technique for penile curvature that was researched and developed by PDI, click on stretching curved penis.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own.  If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Why Buy from PDI? It’s all about getting the best Peyronie’s disease treatment possible:

  • Service PDI offers email support and assistance for the products and services we provide. Dr. Herazy is here to help you with questions about the products we sell. This is an extremely valuable service the others cannot possibly match.
  • Quality and Quantity Repairing the Peyronie’s scar is such an important mission. It is critical you use a high quality and quantity of nutrients. We have done the hard part of selecting good companies and products. Buy with confidence.
  • Value PDI has a competitive pricing structure of which we are proud. You cannot find better products that deliver the quality and quantity for the prices we have set.
  • Convenience Everything you need is here, right now, in one place.

 

 

Three simple steps for Peyronie’s help:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told  next to nothing about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for information about what you can do to help your Peyronie’s disease.   Get clear and concise information from a doctor who had Peyronie;s disease.  I put my personal experiences and how I recovered from PD in a book I wrote called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at Peyronie’s treatment products.   All plans can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

Understand why Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease is not accepted by traditional medical practice, click  Science is Slow.

We strongly suggest you get all of your Peyronie’s disease natural treatment products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

Commentary:  Standard medical “wait-and-see treatment” of Peyronie’s disease, click Peyronie’s Disease and Man Whose House is on Fire.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with any “foreign” therapies you might decide to use on your own. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, like how to use vitamin E or the best advice about those mechanical penis stretchers.   I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.  info@peyronies-disease-help.com.

Click on “Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson” to completely change the way you think about Peyronie’s treatment.

PEYRONIE’S TREATMENT STARTS LIKE THIS

Peyronies Help To Use Right Now

Every day I talk to men who are have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their PD when nothing else has helped them. They do it all of this with the information found only on this site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own. If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

Do these three simple things to get started right now:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told nothing, or next to nothing, about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for answers, so get them in a special book I wrote, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/buy.html All can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal thinking about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

We strongly suggest you get all of your therapy products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

PDI cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with “foreign” therapies. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can. info@peyronies-diseae-help.com.

PEYRONIE’S TREATMENT STARTS LIKE THIS

Peyronies Help To Use Right Now

Every day I talk to men who are have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their PD when nothing else has helped them. They do it all of this with the information found only on this site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own. If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

Do these three simple things to get started right now:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told nothing, or next to nothing, about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for answers, so get them in a special book I wrote, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/buy.html All can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal thinking about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

We strongly suggest you get all of your therapy products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

PDI cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with “foreign” therapies. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can. info@peyronies-diseae-help.com.

Peyronie's Curved Penis

Penile Curvature of Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies bent penis is common diagnostic sign

Peyronie’s disease natural treatment is all about supporting your own ability to heal and repair the internal scar tissue (plaque) that causes a distortion or curved penis to develop.  Even though the Peyronie’s plaque is the most important element of this problem, Peyronie’s disease is known as the “bent nail disease” because the curved penis is the most noticeable aspect of this problem except for the sexual difficulty that often develops.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

In a healthy penis the internal tissue is flexible and expandable to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside.

In Peyronie’s disease the healthy and elastic tissue of the penis (in a part called the tunica albuginea) is replaced by dense and inelastic fibrous tissue that is called a scar or plaque. During an erection the normal elastic tissue of the penis can stretch and expand to allow the penis to become larger in length and circumference (girth) symmetrically, resulting in a straight erection. With the addition of Peyronies fibrous scar material this normal expansion cannot develop, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease often starts as a small nodule or bump on the top or sides of the penile shaft immediately below the surface of the skin. Over a few weeks to several months, this small area of density can expand to develop into an irregular shaped mass of variable size, shape, density and surface quality. Some scars are as long as the penis, or surround the shaft like a collar. Some scars are either so soft or small, or their edges are so gradual and vague, that the scar is not detected. When the scar or plaque cannot be located, it is can still be assumed to exist because of the curved penis that is commonly associated with Peyronies.

To learn more about a new, safe and effective technique for manual penis stretching of the Peyronie’s curved penis that does not involve costly manual stretching devices. For details, click on stretching curved penis.

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

Penile curvature of Peyronie's disease can break a marriage because it prevents sexual acitivity in a large percentage of cases.

Peyronie's disease is called the "bent nail disease" because a curved penis can prevent sexual penetration.

About 75-90% of couples who deal with Peyronie’s experience problems with sexual intercourse. The primary issue compromising sexual penetration is the presence of a greatly bent or curved penis that makes penetration physically impossible or so painful that intercourse impossible. Distortions can be so severe they are described as “cork screw” or “cane handle.”

Further compromising and limiting sexual activity is the incomplete filling with blood that can also develop in Peyronies that results in a small or large area of softness of the penile shaft. This softness causes a weakness of the normally turgid erection that can cause additional difficulty for the sexual act.

It is a rare Peyronies couple who does not experience sexual difficulty because of penile distortion and reduced firmness of the penis. Because of the complexity of so many physical and emotional issues that surface for the couple who struggles with Peyronie’s disease, the reader is best referred to “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” for detailed discussion and answers.

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s   second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

Normally curved penis

Some men are born with a penis that is not perfectly straight. Just as some people are born with hands or feet of different sizes, curvature of the nose, or eyes that are not the same size, the two primary chambers of the penis can be of a different size. For these men the penis will look straight when non-erect, but then exhibit the imperfection only during erection.

Usually this type of lifelong penile curvature is more gradual and arched than what is associated with Peyronie’s disease, and seldom prohibits intercourse.

This slight penile distortion will be noted all throughout life, and does not appear suddenly as does the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease. Additionally there is rarely pain associated with the normally asymmetrical penis, while pain is often felt in the early stages of Peyronie’s disease since inflammation is part of the initial process.

Curved penis treatment

The most important point to keep in mind at the start of Peyronie’s disease is that any penile distortion that develops is not the primary problem. While a suddenly curved penis is difficult to ignore, it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the scar or plaque material under the surface of shaft. If there was no Peyronies scar there could be no curved penis.

This is the reason I counsel men who use the Peyronie’s Disease Institute method of Peyronies treatment to focus their time and attention of the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar or plaque to determine if their Alternative Medicine treatment is being effective.

It is common during successful Peyronie’s treatment for the curved penis to worsen as the scar is being reduced or eliminated. This happens because it is difficult to know how many scars a man actually has, since they are often difficult to locate and often overlap. If only one scar is present (unusual), the curvature problems are direct and easy to understand. But, if several scars are present (common), the internal dynamics are made very complicated. Several scars could be influencing 2-3-4-5 different planes of connective tissue within the deep tissues of the penis to which they are all interconnected. Any change in one or more will change the way the internal tissues are pulled internally. This can make the curved penis and other penile distortion appear worse, even though the scars are improving under treatment.

For this reason it is wise to ignore the penile distortion and focus all attention to the condition of the scar while using Alternative Medicine to treat your Peyronies problem.

Do not be discouraged by the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease, but focus on effective natural Peyronies treatment.

To view graphic pictures of Peyronie’s disease, click on pictures of Peyronie’s disease and Peyronie’s pictures

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Russian Roulette

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment is Not a Time to Gamble

Standard medical care of Peyronie’s disease often is to do nothing for the first year or so. The medical thinking is this: “In half of cases the curved penis  goes away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, we can always do Peyronie’s disease surgery.” For the half of the Peyronie’s disease cases that do not go away, the scar and problem either stay the same or get a lot worse. If the PD results in an “acceptable” level of pain, an “acceptable” degree of penile curvature, or an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment, the outcome of the Peyronie’s disease is said to be “satisfactory” and the wait-and-see strategy is said to have been successful for that individual.

Do you know who judges what is an “acceptable” outcome for YOUR penis? Well, it is not you. That determination is made for you, ahead of time, by someone else. Your doctor is only hoping that you will eventually develop a certain “acceptable” level of a penile problem. If you get only as bad as he or she hoped, then your doctor’s opinion will be that everything worked out pretty well for you − even if you don’t think so. Can you believe that? Did you know this is how the wait-and-see strategy is justified?

Read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Peyronie's disease treatment can be a gamble if you do nothing for a year or two while your curved penis can worsen.  Peyronie's surgery is also a gamble.

Don’t gamble with your Peyronie’s disease treatment

You should find out early in your care if it is your doctor’s opinion that a 5-10-20° bend in your penis is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps taking some enzymes and other supplements. You should find out if it is your doctor’s opinion that not being able to have intercourse normally − as you have done previously − for the rest of your life is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps doing some exercises and using DMSO with copper and vitamin E. You should find out early if it is your doctor’s opinion that a dull ache and throb (maybe even a sharp pain) in your private parts every time you happen to get an erection is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the effort of perhaps following a nutritional program of MSM, vitamins E and C, Japanese herbs and maybe some carnitine. Carefully read those medical websites that discuss Peyronie’s disease treatment options. You will find how common is the opinion that so long as the penis is not terribly distorted and extremely painful, then everything is “acceptable”.

If you have PD you should know that the medical profession has a very low standard by which to judge what is an “acceptable” level of pain and distortion for YOUR penis, and what is an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment in YOUR bedroom. Using these standards by which to judge the health and well-being of YOUR penis, the medical profession has determined that this wait-and-see treatment approach makes sense to them. But, does it make sense to YOU? A man with PD should know his doctor is willing to take a chance like this with YOUR penis, when there are many reasonable conservative treatment options — even if they are currently unproven. Peyronie’s Disease Institute thinks this wait-and-see approach is a poor gamble and a bad strategy.

Learn how easy it is to create an effective Alternative Medicine plan, click on Organize Peyronie’s Disease Treatment.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with bad odds

The watch-wait-and-do-nothing strategy for Peyronie’s disease treatment must sound good only to the surgeon. To PDI it sounds like playing Russian Roulette with very bad odds. In Russian Roulette there is one bullet in a six-cylinder gun; that’s a one out of six chance of losing. In the wait-and-see approach, half of the cases clear up spontaneously; that’s a one out of two chance of losing. Or to put it another way, that’s like playing Russian Roulette with three bullets in a six-cylinder gun. No thanks.

Of course, if the PD worsens so that pain and/or distortion are intolerable, or intercourse is impossible, or impotency results, then surgery can always to taken as a possible solution.

Most would agree that it is better to do all that you can for your Peyronie’s disease, as soon as you can, using as many of the safe and scientifically grounded options that are known to have some limited success in helping the PD scar heal. If after following an aggressive alternative medical program, such as is presented on this website, there is less than complete repair and healing — as can happen — then surgery can still be used. Yes, you are taking a chance that the currently unproven alternative therapies PDI advocates might not work for you, but the down-side is minimal for the most part. We leave it to the reader to decide which is the greater risk: ignoring the problem, or exploring an uncharted treatment area. For further discussion, click on Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose.

Standard medical care of PD often is to do nothing for the first year or so. The medical thinking is this: “In half of cases the PD goes away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, we can always do surgery.” For the half of the PD cases that do not go away, the scar and problem either stay the same or get a lot worse. If the PD results in an “acceptable” level of pain, an “acceptable” degree of penile distortion, or an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment, the outcome of PD is said to be “satisfactory” and the wait-and-see strategy is said to have been successful for that individual.

Do you know who judges what is an “acceptable” outcome for YOUR penis? Well, it is not you. That determination is made for you, ahead of time, by someone else. Your doctor is only hoping that you will eventually develop a certain “acceptable” level of a penile problem. If you get only as bad as he or she hoped, then your doctor’s opinion will be that everything worked out pretty well for you − even if you don’t think so. Can you believe that? Did you know this is how the wait-and-see strategy is justified?

You should find out early in your care if it is your doctor’s opinion that a 5-10-20° bend in your penis is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps taking some enzymes and other supplements. You should find out if it is your doctor’s opinion that not being able to have intercourse normally − as you have done previously − for the rest of your life is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps doing some exercises and using DMSO with copper and vitamin E. You should find out early if it is your doctor’s opinion that a dull ache and throb (maybe even a sharp pain) in your private parts every time you happen to get an erection is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the effort of perhaps following a nutritional program of MSM, vitamins E and C, Japanese herbs and maybe some carnitine. Carefully read those medical websites that discuss PD treatment options. You will find how common is the opinion that so long as the penis is not terribly distorted and extremely painful, then everything is “acceptable”.

If you have PD you should know that the medical profession has a very low standard by which to judge what is an “acceptable” level of pain and distortion for YOUR penis, and what is an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment in YOUR bedroom. Using these standards by which to judge the health and well-being of YOUR penis, the medical profession has determined that this wait-and-see treatment approach makes sense to them. But, does it make sense to YOU? A man with PD should know his doctor is willing to take a chance like this with YOUR penis, when there are many reasonable conservative treatment options — even if they are currently unproven. PDI thinks this wait-and-see approach is a poor gamble and a bad strategy.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with bad odds

The watch-wait-and-do-nothing strategy for Peyronie’s disease treatment must sound good only to the surgeon. To PDI it sounds like playing Russian Roulette with very bad odds. In Russian Roulette there is one bullet in a six-cylinder gun; that’s a one out of six chance of losing. In the wait-and-see approach, half of the cases clear up spontaneously; that’s a one out of two chance of losing. Or to put it another way, that’s like playing Russian Roulette with three bullets in a six-cylinder gun. No thanks.

Of course, if the PD worsens so that pain and/or distortion are intolerable, or intercourse is impossible, or impotency results, then surgery can always to taken as a possible solution, although not a good one as you can read in Peyronie’s surgery.

Most would agree that it is better to do all that you can for your Peyronie’s disease, as soon as you can, using as many of the safe and scientifically grounded options that are known to have some limited success in helping the PD scar heal. If after following an aggressive alternative medical program, such as is presented on this website, there is less than complete repair and healing — as can happen — then surgery can still be used. Yes, you are taking a chance that the currently unproven alternative therapies PDI advocates might not work for you, but the down-side is minimal for the most part. We leave it to the reader to decide which is the greater risk: ignoring the problem, or exploring an uncharted treatment area.    For further discussion, click on Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose with Natural Peyronie’s Treatment.

Synergy and Treatment of Peyronie's Disease

How Synergy Applies to Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease

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Synergy (sin’-er-je) is the interaction of two or more substances or forces that when combined tends to produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. A short explanation of synergy is “1 + 1 +1 = 5”. Taber’s medical dictionary defines it as “the harmonious action of two agents such as drugs, or organs such as muscles, producing an effect which neither alone could produce, or an effect that may result which is greater than the total effects of each agent operating by itself”.

Synergy can be applied to winning a game of tug-of-war, or Peyronie’s disease treatment to reduce the terrible curved penis that so often develops.

Here is a very good example of synergy in everyday life. A doctor must closely monitor the combined effects of drugs that are prescribed to a patient. The effect of drug A on the body might be well known, and the effect of drug B might also be well known. But the synergistic effect of combining drugs A and B can be difficult to predict. As a result the doctor must closely monitor a patient when multiple medication is being administered. Thus, synergy is a significant part of the art of medicine.

There are many examples in life in which two or more agents or elements act in common to produce an end result that is greater than the simple sum each is able to achieve separately. A good example of synergy occurs in agriculture, when soil nutrients are applied to benefit crops. If nutrient A is known to produce a 2% increase in crop production, and nutrient B is known to produce a 2% increase in crop production, it is logical that using these two nutrients together should result in a 4% crop increase. However, because of the synergy between nutrients A and B a 6-8% crop production increase might occur, instead of the expected 4%. Taking it a step further, nutrients A, B, and C (with each increasing crop production by 2%) when used together might result in a combined synergistic effect above 12%.

Peyronie's treatment requires synergy to reverse a curved penis or eliminate Peyroie's plaque

Did you ever hear that some cooking recipes cannot be simply doubled if you want to make twice as much of a particular dish? Have any idea why that would be so? Sure you do: synergy. Perhaps, when a recipe is doubled, the oil, or the salt, or other ingredient reacts in a way that is more than twice its single effect. This is another example of synergy in action.

Let’s say that I can lift a maximum of 100 pounds, and you can lift a maximum of 100 pounds. It would seem reasonable that by working together, you and I should be able to lift 200 pounds. However, with the principle of synergy, it might be possible that together you and I could lift more than that, maybe 205, 210 pounds or more. Life is full of situations in which the synergy of team effort occurs.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.


Peyronie’s disease treatment using synergy

PDI’s philosophy for Peyronie’s disease natural treatment makes a lot of sense when you think about taking advantage of the power of synergy. We are suggesting that you take advantage of a simple and frequently seen phenomenon that occurs all around us every day. This explains why it is better to combine vitamin E with vitamin C and MSM or PABA in your Peyronie’s therapy plan.

Commentary:  Standard medical "wait-and-see treatment" of Peyronie’s disease, click Peyronie’s Disease and Man Whose House is on Fire.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute’s  approach of using multiple natural therapies uses this power and expects a synergistic result in treating PD, just as in other applications commonly seen in medical practice, architecture, agriculture, or any other part of life. The synergistic effect applies in countless areas and situations, and treatment of PD is no different. Therefore, the synergy of multiple therapies selected from successful PD research and studies should result in an improved ability of the body to heal and repair.

Click on "Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson" to completely change the way you think about Peyronie’s treatment.

Science is Slow about Peyronie's Treatment

Science Can Be Slow – Especially with Peyronie's Treatment

It is said that if aspirin was discovered today, it would not meet the rigid and exacting standards of scientific proof that are currently in use. Aspirin would be one of those drugs that would be outside of accepted medical practice since it would lack sufficient scientific proof. Medical acceptance and scientific proof of a therapy is, of course, important and desirable especially with Peyronie's disease treatment for the elimination of the classic curved penis or other penile distortions that occur.  Yet it is important to keep in mind that just because a procedure or substance lacks this acceptance does not mean it is therefore ineffective or inferior. It might just mean that medicine and science have just not yet figured it out sufficiently to declare that it is OK. Remember that it was not too many years ago medicine and science said the following were falsehoods, and could not be proven scientifically: 1. Exercise is good for your heart. 2. Diet is related to heart disease. 3. Smoking causes lung cancer. 4. Smog is harmful to lung tissue. 5. High fat diet raises cholesterol in the blood. 6. Antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin C are related to immunity and resistance. This list of what science made mistakes about could go on for a long time, all the way back to the “The world is round”. Most of us are old enough to remember the problem with Thalidomide. How about the AMA declaring that there was “insufficient scientific proof” of a correlation between a high fat diet (think French fries) and obesity? To read success stories, click on Peyronie's disease treatment testimonials. The point is simple:  Sometimes science is just slow to pick up ideas and information that are apparent to average people who use common sense and simple observation.  PDI thinks the same is basically true in regard to Peyronie's disease natural treatment.

For an interesting way of looking at things, click on A Honey of an Idea for Peyronie's Disease Natural Treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson

Peyronies Disease and Important Lessons from History

This discussion is about a terrible sickness that appears in the news occasionally, with an interesting application to Peyronie’s disease natural treatment.

Throughout history great epidemics have occurred, killing huge numbers in a given population. However, it is rare to find evidence that an epidemic – no matter how devastating – killed an entire population.  In fact, it is not known if an entire population has been lost to a disease epidemic. This is a simple fact that has great importance to Peyronie’s treatment.

That the human race survived the ravages of many deadly epidemics tells us something about ourselves, and our ability to defend against disease and heal tissue.  You must remember that in every epidemic that has ever occurred some of us recover after becoming sick − or never even get sick at all − while others become severely ill and die. From this we learn our bodies, for the most part, do a great job of defending, mending and repairing, even in the face of great health challenges.

As an example, a smallpox epidemic will typically kill 30-50% of the people who are exposed. Yet, did you ever wonder if a small pox epidemic is so bad that 30-50% of a population will die, what about the other 50-70% of people who survive the small pox epidemic? Why do these 50-70% survive? Why don’t 80%, 90% or all of those exposed to smallpox die from it? What is so special about the 50-70% who survive? What do they do, or not do, that keeps them from contracting the disease or dying? No one knows exactly how those who survive such an ordeal do it. But, we can at least assume that those 50-70% who survive an epidemic have a healthier immune system and were able to maintain better function of body chemistry and physiology. There is another way to say it that sounds a little silly, but is true: We can generalize that people do not get sick after exposure to a disease like smallpox because they are healthier than those who get the disease. Some bodies function better in some way to heal, repair and survive than the others who get sick, or die. The same can be said of any health problem, even Peyronie’s disease – if your body is working at its highest level, you stand a better chance of avoiding or surviving a health problem. This is where the PDI theory about PD comes in.

We all have scars on our body. Sometimes a minor injury heals with a major scar, while on the other hand, some major injuries heal without a scar. Some scars from childhood injuries fade as we get older. These are important points to consider, since scar formation of the tunica albuginea of the penis is central to the problem of PD. If scar tissue doesn’t always develop after injury, and is reversible in 50% of the men with PD, what about you? Do you really have to be stuck with a scar and a permanently bent penis? Our interest at PDI is to determine why this reversal of scarring happens in 50% of PD cases, and how to assist scar reversal for more PD sufferers. We think we are on the right track with our efforts, and we offer our ideas to you for your consideration.

We all have seen from our everyday observations and experience that scarring is not always inevitable and is sometimes reversible. At the Peyronie’s Disease Institute we simply attempt to create a favorable environment in which scarring of the tunica albuginea is minimized to the best of each man’s ability, and maybe even eliminated, by enhancing and supporting the normal healing response of the tissue to injury. Remember:  no epidemic killed everyone, so we know our body has an amazing ability to repair and heal.   History proves this to us.

Just as we have seen from history that not everyone who is exposed in an epidemic of a fatal disease gets it, PDI is working with the theory that the scar of Peyronie’s disease might be avoided or minimized if you can improve your tissue health and immune response.    If you work a bit to increase your ability to repair and heal your problem, you might even be able to avoid Peyronie’s disease surgery, wouldn’t that be nice?

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Organize a Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Plan

An Effective Plan to Treat Peyronie’s Disease is Simple and Direct

Let’s understand something. You do not have to use each and every one of the following products to create a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan. Which therapies – and number of therapies – you finally select are entirely up to you. One therapy – any therapy – has got to be better than none; two are even better, three even more so, etc.

Perhaps the average number of therapies that are used in a treatment plan is about 9-10. As a general rule, the greater the number of therapies the greater the power of synergy working for you. Our experience is that those who try to do the least, get the least. Makes sense, don’t you think? No one can predict how a person will respond to any plan, but as the old saying goes, “You usually get out of it what you put into it.”

Additional information about Peyronie’s disease treatment – totally different and totally from a different direction, not presented anywhere on this website – is also available in the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”|A good attitude seems to be directed toward an aggressive plan that can run for several months to help the body heal the Peyronie’s plaque material – anything that will avoid Peyronie’s disease surgery.

Why Buy from PDI? It’s all about getting the best Peyronie’s disease treatment possible:

  • Service PDI offers email support and assistance for the products and services we provide. Dr. Herazy is here to help you with questions about the products we sell. This is an extremely valuable service the others cannot possibly match.
  • Quality and Quantity Repairing the Peyronie’s scar is such an important mission. It is critical you use a high quality and quantity of nutrients. We have done the hard part of selecting good companies and products. Buy with confidence.
  • Value PDI has a competitive pricing structure of which we are proud. You cannot find better products that deliver the quality and quantity for the prices we have set.
  • Convenience Everything you need is here, right now, in one place.

Brief guide to create your Peyronie’s treatment plan:

1. Be aggressive. Think in terms of overwhelming your problem and supporting your tissue health in a broad area. Picture this as a war plan and you wish to attack from as many directions and levels as possible to assure your success in battle.

2. Diversify. Use some internal therapies and some external therapies. Use some nutritional therapies and some energy therapies. From the internal options, consider some nutritional and some enzyme therapies. Mix it up.

3. Educate yourself. Read about the various therapies so you can understand why each is recommended in treatment of PD. Determine which are the most important to you.

4. Get personal. Think in terms of what you know about your own health and body. Try to select those options that address you personally.

5. Discuss your ideas with your doctor. Do not exclude your doctor from your decision-making process. Keep him/her informed and listen closely to all advice you are given.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Options PDI recommends for your consideration in your PD treatment plan:

Method Item Product name, count PDI price
Internal Vitamin E Integral E 400/400 (60 soft gel) $28.00
internal Vitamin E Gamma E 500 (60 soft gel) 28.00
Internal Vitamin E Aqua-E (60 soft gel) 32.00
Internal Vitamin E Unique E (180 soft gel) 33.50
Internal Essential Fatty Acid Omega T 1000 (60 soft gel) 28.00
Internal Vitamin C Natural C 1 gram (100) 7.75
Internal Vitamin C Natural C 1 gram (250) 19.00
Internal Vitamin C Ascorbplex 1000 (90) 11.00
Internal Vitamin C Ascorbplex 1000 (180) 20.00
Internal MSM  Fundamental Sulfur (100) 12.25
Internal PABA PABA 500 mg (100) 8.50
Internal Acetyl-L-Carnitine Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500 mg (100) 39.75
Internal Enzyme Quercetin-Bromelain 333 mg (100) 16.00
Internal Enzyme Fibrozym (100)  16.50
Internal Enzyme Fibrozym (200)  28.00
Internal Enzyme Nattokinase 1500 (100) 16.50
Internal Enzyme Neprinol (300) Call for sale price 144.50
Internal Enzyme Neprinol (90) Call for sale price 79.99
Internal Japanese Herb KBG formula  17.00
Internal Japanese Herb HJG formula  18.00
Internal Homeopathy Scar-X  12.50
Internal Green Drink Greens First – 10 oz 39.50
Internal Multiple Vitamin Prosta-Support Formula (120) 22.50
External DMSO PMD Topical DMSO (4 oz) 21.00
External Vitamin E Callisto Vitamin E oil (1 oz) 20.00
External Copper Super CP Serum (1 oz) 21.00
External Acupuncture Genesen Acutouch Pointers 399.00
External Massage Exercise Instruction CD program 39.50
External Stretching Manual Penis Stretching Method 49.50
External Stress EFT – telephone consultation 80.00/hour

If you have any questions or problems concerning your Peyronie’s disease treatment plan, just send an email to info@peyronies-disease-help.com

For an interesting way of looking at things, click on A Honey of an Idea for Peyronie’s Disease Natural Treatment.


Why Buy from PDI? It’s all about getting the best Peyronie’s disease treatment possible:

  • Service PDI offers email support and assistance for the products and services we provide. Dr. Herazy is here to help you with questions about the products we sell. This is an extremely valuable service the others cannot possibly match.
  • Quality and Quantity Repairing the Peyronie’s scar is such an important mission. It is critical you use a high quality and quantity of nutrients. We have done the hard part selecting good companies and products. Buy with confidence.
  • Value PDI has a competitive pricing structure of which we are proud. You cannot find better products that deliver the quality and quantity for the prices we have set.
  • Convenience Everything you need is here, right now, in one place.


How an Erection is Affected by Peyronie's Disease

Peyronie’s Disease Stops Normal Erection Mechanics

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An erection is the stiffening or hardening with enlargement of the penis that periodically occurs upon a sexual and non-sexual stimulus. The primary purpose of an erection is sexual intercourse.  The curved penis of Peyronie’s disease occurs when this process is interrupted or impaired by the presence of the Peyronie’s plaque material.

There is a direct, safe and effective technique for manual stretching of the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease that has been researched and developed by PDI.  For details, click on stretching curved penis.

View graphic pictures, click on pictures of Peyronie’s disease and Peyronie’s pictures

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s   second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

The complex erection mechanism can start in either the brain (a thought), the penis (a touch), or the bladder (when filled). Upon stimulation a beautifully intricate and balanced reaction of nerve messages occurs between the brain and the reproductive organs. The first thing to happen to the penis is a message is received from the brain. This message causes nitric oxide to be released from the tissue of the penis. Nitric oxide in turn causes the same cells of the penis to produce cyclic guaosine monophosphate (cGMP). This chemical, cGMP, has the ability to cause rapid relaxation of both the arteries of the penis and the smooth muscles that line the network of small interconnected spaces of the corpora cavernosa and corpus spongiosum. This relaxation response has an expansive and enlarging effect on the penis, because it causes more blood to flow into the penis and it is “loosened up” to receive and hold the extra blood that is being shunted to it .

Going up

Blood quickly enters the network of erectile tissue spaces as this relaxation continues along the length of the penis. A small amount of blood enters the corpus spongiosum, but the majority of it engorges the corpora cavernosa which expand to hold 90% of the blood involved in an erection.

As more and more blood enters the relaxed spaces of the penis, the expanding spongy tissue presses against the firm tubular connective tissue sleeves known as the tunica albuginea and Buck’s fascia. This increased pressure in turn pushes against veins that normally let blood out of the cavernous and spongy spaces of the penis, compressing and closing their valves. Now with the veins closed off a greater and greater amount of blood is trapped in the penis. When the three penile chambers are filled with blood the penis is at its maximum length, diameter and rigidity, and is said to be erect.

The glans or head of the penis, the mushroom-like end of the corpus spongiosum that sits like a cap on the end of the penis, remains more soft and pliable during erection because its tunica albuginea is much thinner than elsewhere in the penis. This thinness of the tunica at the head of the penis does not allow it to develop the rigidity that other parts of the penis achieve. Of course this is a good design feature, since the relative softness of the glans protects the cervix of the uterus during intercourse.

Going down

After ejaculation, or upon loss of mental or physical stimulus, the brain stops sending signals to the penis to release nitrous oxide. With loss of the nerve signal and subsequent chemical release, the flow of blood is reduced, the pressure drops, the vein valves are no longer held closed and so open up to release blood, and the erection ceases. The penis returns to its normal pre-erectile size and flaccidity.

A simple balloon can give you a better idea of how an erection works: Before you blow up the balloon, the balloon wall material is very soft and flexible. Put a little air into the balloon and it begins to change shape by filling, making the balloon larger. As more and more air gets trapped inside the closed space of the balloon, it continues to become more rigid and large, until a limit is reached. After this certain limit point the previously flexible balloon material gets surprisingly tight and rigid. To keep it rigid you tie off the opening, and to reduce the rigidity you untie the opening.

Click on “Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson” to completely change the way you think about Peyronie’s treatment.

Peyronie’s disease and leaky valves

PD causes a problem with the erection mechanism because the vein valves “leak” and cannot build up sufficient pressure to create a full erection, due to interference from the scar or plaque tissue in the tunica albuginea. Its as thought the scar tissue blocks the closer of the vein valves, just as a kink in a car door keeps the door from closing completely, or not at all. As improvement occurs in the size, shape and density of the PD scar as a result of successful therapy, one of the first observable changes will be in the quality of erection response.

And this is why we contend, as you will read in other parts of this website, Peyronie’s disease is all about the scar.

For an interesting PD therapy discussion, click on Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose with Peyronie’s Treatment.

Honey Of an Idea for Peyronie's Disease Natural Treatment

Honey and Peyronie's Natural Treatment

Peyronie's disease treatment must be profitable for the drug industry, even if honey could help a bent or curved penis it would still have to make money to justify Peyronie's research This is one of those “I’ve got bad news and good news” stories. Here is the bad news: Peyronie’s disease  usually is given a bleak outlook based on current medical thinking. There is no strong research that currently proves any treatment method consistently or significantly improves the course of PD. Yes, PDI agrees with the medical establishment, there is currently no proven medical cure for PD; but that says notice about Peyronie's disease natural treatment using a variety of non-drug and non-invasive ways to assist you to heal your own Peyronie's problem. Here is the good news: We think the lack of a known or accepted medical “cure” shouldn't discourage the man with Peyronie’s disease at this time, since there are so many safe and non-controversial natural and alternative therapies that have earned good — but non-conclusive — reports in research from around the world. As you know from reading reports about various therapies, there are many encouraging therapies from which to choose. There is potentially very much that can be done for PD outside of standard medical treatment, with encouraging science to back it up. Scientific research is slow and deliberate; it is often contradictory, and it is sometimes – often – driven by the profit motive. Some Peyronie’s disease research shows favorable and positive results with vitamin E, or MSM, or Neprinol, or carnitine, or Nattokinase, etc., while other research of these same substances indicates just as unfavorable and negative results as the others are positive. Some research shows that only such a small percentage of men with PD are helped by conservative management that the results are not scientifically significant, or the results are inconclusive, or they are contradicted by other equally valid research. In other words, Peyronie’s disease research is often contradictory, vague and undependable. Many treatment methods are never studied because there is not enough potential profit to justify the high cost of such research. Just as a wild example, what if honey was actually an effective treatment for PD? Yep, all you had to do was eat some honey or smear it on you, and a short while later your PD would be gone. What would be the motive for a large drug company to do the necessary and vital research proving that honey was a good treatment of Peyronie's disease?   None.   If honey was a proven cure for PD only some beekeepers – and you – would benefit. Without profit, research usually doesn’t happen.

Understand why Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie's disease is not accepted by traditional medical practice, click  Science is Slow.

Profit and Peyronie’s disease treatment

If honey was the cure for Peyronie's disease, the research would never get done, and scientists would be correct to say there is “no research available to prove its      effectiveness.” Of course that lack of proof would be by their design. That is the dilemma of alternative medicine, and it is the basis for the indifference and lack of enthusiasm for Peyronie's disease treatment. PDI thinks there have been enough favorable findings for many therapies – fully acknowledging research and studies that contradict and refute them – that a person should investigate these inexpensive and naturally occurring therapies to learn their therapeutic benefit firsthand. Please note that for all of the therapies (vitamin E, DMSO, carnitine, Neprinol, copper, etc.) that are sometimes given negative results, there are other favorable and positive studies of these same therapies that contradict the negative studies. The therapies that PDI suggests are scientifically grounded, safe, economical and adequately proven to a degree necessary to justify their cautious and limited use in treating PD.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie's disease treatment testimonials.   So don’t be too bothered by a current lack of proof for theses Peyronie's treatments. Peyronie’s Disease Institute thinks it has  “A Honey of an Idea “ for you.

Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose with Natural Peyronie’s Treatment

Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose with Natural Peyronie’s Treatment

Logic and scientific basis for natural Peyronie’s care

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Anything you do for your Peyronie’s disease – even if what you do is to do nothing – is a choice and a calculated gamble.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute’s opinion is that it is smart to use the best of what is known and available while the truth about PD is still being debated. If what you do makes a difference to your Peyronie’s disease, look what you gained. If your Peyronie’s disease natural treatment effort does not help your PD, you did not harm yourself and chances are the various therapies at least benefited your overall health and well-being.

Commentary:  Standard medical “wait-and-see treatment” of Peyronie’s disease, click Peyronie’s Disease and Man Whose House is on Fire.

This website offers a base of information to create a personal treatment plan with reasonable possibility to improve your opportunity for success, based on the synergy of using multiple therapies yet with minimal risk since none of these treatments are inherently dangerous. With so many simple, safe and sensible things that often work, even though none of them have full scientific proof and acceptance, you have a reasonable chance to increase your tissue’s ability to heal and repair your PD. Even if these therapies do not help your PD, there is only remote chance any of them could do harm. This is not true of medical therapies. Peyronie’s Disease Institute uses therapies that are refinements of substances normally and naturally found in your tissues – vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. None of the therapies we propose are foreign or invasive in nature.

If you are successful in supporting your health sufficiently, and your tissue responds by healing your PD – you win. If you are not successful in supporting your health sufficiently or early enough to adequately make the changes or improvement in your PD as you hoped – you don’t lose. There are no known side-effects to the elements of this treatment plan, and you improved your eating habits, improved your nutrition input, exercised more, probably removed some plaque from your arterial walls, probably lowered your blood pressure, probably noticed that your blood circulation was improved and your hands and feet are not cold as they were before, and probably witnessed general improvement in your overall health or elimination of your curved penis – you don’t lose.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Peyronie’s treatment and your odds for success

If after following an aggressive and scientifically based alternative program of care your PD does not respond, as can certainly happen, then Peyronie’s disease surgery can still be performed. It seems logical that the PDI approach to managing PD is a safe way to use the time that the average MD would suggest that you do nothing to help yourself. Most conservative thought would be favorable to spending a few dollars and reasonable effort to reduce the need for an eventual surgical procedure. The person with a cold takes vitamin C to increase the function of his immune response, and expects to shorten the time he is ill. The person who has a broken bone and takes a calcium supplement, or the person who is anemic and takes some extra iron, or wants to build up some additional muscle tissue and takes some extra protein, is thought to be sensible and intelligent.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute tactic of aggressively using widely acceptable nutritional information and science in a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan is not much different. These measures have been reported to improve the ability of the body to heal and repair PD in certain studies — and could increase the odds you could be in the 50% group that eventually recovers from Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Question

Common question about Peyronie’s treatment

Every now and then someone emails a question to me about an herbal Peyronie’s disease treatment (ginkgo biloba, echinacea), a micronutrient (coenzyme Q, EPA), or an old home remedy (garlic, castor oil, olive oil) that might be used as a Peyronie’s disease cure.  Along a similar line, I am sometimes asked if I know anything about a legendary Peyronie’s treatment known as Thacker’s formula, what I would think about using the treatment, and why does this treatment not appear in the PDI lineup of therapies?

In order for any therapy or procedure to be included in the PDI lineup of 14 potential Peyronie’s treatments, it has to have either been applied specifically in treatment of PD in a series of scientific studies and proven at least 50% effective in several trials (even though it might have done poorly in others), or it must have demonstrated good success and acceptance within the scientific community for treatment of other unrelated health problems (acupuncture and homeopathy).  With this simple criterion we establish some level of scientific credibility for those therapies in our PDI lineup, and further increase the possible effectiveness of therapy when several of these are united in a synergistic program of care.

There are probably some really good Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas that that could be actually very effective.  But who among us wants to waste his time, effort, energy, money, and most importantly, his opportunity to get over his Peyronie’s disease by experimenting with theories that have absolutely no proven ability to influence the body to promote healing? I did not want to waste my time on theories of questionable merit, when I knew there were many available that had already achieved some level of success.  This last group seemed to be a better place to look for answers, than chasing unproven ideas.

Edgar Cayce’s castor oil pack might indeed be an effective Peyronies’ disease treatment, but for one reason or another it has not been subjected to even minimal scrutiny for PD.  The goal of recovering from Peyronies is too great to use an untried treatment, when there are so many others of higher credibility and logic to work with.

PDI was started on the basis of using treatments of some level of known and proven merit, and uses this standard today to determine what additions will be recommended and used in future therapy plans.  Rumors, stories, and speculation you read about on a Peyronie’s forum is not enough.  Alternative Medicine employs early science to see through the maze of superstition and learn the truth of what may or may not work to regain health.  These are the principles used to formulate the current Peyronie’s disease treatment strategies you have learned about.  We are already working on the outer rim of established medical practice, but we must be careful to not go too far away from common sense and valuable scientific information that will help us achieve our health goals.

Usually, my suggestion for someone who wants to use such a new Peyronie’s treatment is to do it in combination with several other known and better proven therapies already in the PDI lineup.  This way there is back-up treatment, and the total effort will create a therapeutic synergy.  Never is it suggested to use only the one therapy of any type, proven or unproven.

So, if you are just adding in an extra type of therapy because you read about it on a Peyronie’s forum, I say, all the more power to your curiosity and sense of adventure, but please do not have that constitute the majority of what you do for yourself.

Try not to become so desperate that you grab at straws. There is a lot of good information about sensible Peyronie’s disease treatment I can offer if you need help with your rehabilitation program.

Peyronie’s Cure is Where You Find It

Looking at Peyronie’s treatment differently

While it is generally agreed there is no such thing as a Peyronies cure, PDI has shown since 2002 that it is certainly possible to reverse the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease with Alternative Medicine when it is done in the correct way.  This concept is so different than what is promoted on the internet it could be called a new Peyronie’s treatment methodology.

Peyronie’s disease is primarily concerned with the dreaded fibrous Peyronie’s plaque or internal scar material that can cause a variable degree of penile curvature, pain, sex problems, and reduced penis size.  Any true Peyronie’s treatment must address the issue of the fibrous scar.  Yet, when men are first diagnosed by a medical doctor they are told there is no known cause of Peyronies disease and no Peyronie’s cure.

Just because the medical profession does not have a drug as a standard Peyronie’s disease treatment, they have assumed the position there is no such thing as a Peyronie’s cure.  For this reason MDs do not like to treat Peyronie’s disease.  The average medical doctor, even a urologist, has few options for anyone with PD, other than Peyronie’s disease surgery – which often has poor results.

Peyronie’s disease treatment

The current accepted Peyronie’s disease treatment in a medical office is to do nothing for the first one or two years, while waiting for the Peyronie’s problem to either get better or worse on its own.  This is the wait-and-see approach to Peyronie’s treatment is frustrating and irritating to any man who wakes up one morning with the curved penis of Peyronies.

While the medical establishment maintains there is no effective Peyronie’s disease treatment, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has worked since 2002 using Alternative Medicine in a unique way that proves this is not true.  There is a simple and direct method to for Peyronie’s disease treatment that is either misunderstood or overlooked by the medical profession.  Those who follow the Peyronie’s Disease Institute treatment concepts sometimes even call it a Peyronie’s cure.

Daily I communicate with angry and defeated men who get no help from the medical profession, who are neglected and given no hope or information to help themselves with their Peyronie’s problem.   Men speak of feeling like Peyronie’s orphans.

One of the basic questions of Peyronie’s disease treatment is this:  “If my medical doctor says there is nothing that can be done for me, other than surgery, what does that really mean to me?  For those who are comfortable with thinking independently, they must decide if there are options outside of medicine that the neighborhood MD does not know about, or even care about.

Natural treatment for Peyronie’s disease

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute was started in 2002 by Dr. Theodore Herazy after he successfully cured his own severe PD with Alternative Medicine.  His early experiments with herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other safe natural remedies showed exciting promise for Peyronies help.  Over the years he has guided and counseled hundreds of men each year through the treatment maze toward elimination of the scar and distortion of a Peyronie’s penis.  It is not always an easy assignment, and when it is done incorrectly or without needed gusto it falls short of the desired outcome.   But when a man uses all of the tools available to him in a faithful and aggressive manner, the results can be dramatic and prompt.   It is estimated that about 80% of men with Peyronie’s disease who follow a large plan according to the outline provided on the PDI website, see from moderate to great success in reduction of penile curvature and elimination of the Peyronie’s plaque material.

Even though the medical profession says it can’t be done – it happens anyway because the body knows how to heal itself.  Using the Peyronie’s Disease Institute concepts, you will be able to assist and stimulate that natural healing response that some people call a Peyronie’s cure.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Vitamin E

 Peyronie’s vitamin E dosage

The usual Peyronie’s disease vitamin E dosage advice from a medical doctor will be to “take no more than 400 IU of vitamin E a day.”   Sometimes this number will be doubled to 800 IU daily by some doctors who are more aggressive with their recommendation.  All of this is of valuable interest because vitamin E is the most commonly recommended non-drug Peyronie’s disease treatment, and very often it is the only non-drug Peyronie’s disease treatment that will be discussed.

Since vitamin E is available in both a synthetic form and a naturally occurring organic form, which form you use determines how much you can safely take.  Eight different members of the vitamin E family, four known as tocopherols and four known as tocotrienols, make up the vitamin E family.  A balanced diet – very difficult to achieve these days – contains all eight members of the vitamin E group.  The most widely found member is known as gamma tocopherol, which works to eliminate nitrogen free radicals and is a very effective anti-inflammatory agent.  Tocotrienols are primarily found in the skin and subdermis where they protect against UV and free radical damage.

Most vitamin E supplements contain only alpha tocopherol because it was thought that only this single part of the family of eight is the most important for Peyronies disease treatment. In fact, most vitamin E skin products contain a small amount of synthetic dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate.  This means that they contain only one of the eight members of the vitamin E family in the less effective synthetic form. Only products which supply the complete vitamin E family and are particularly rich in gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols in their natural and unesterified form contribute to accelerated wound healing and minimized scarring.  This is why PDI is most insistent on men using a vitamin E therapy that is heavily slanted toward gamma tocopherol and all the tocotrienols.

Peyronie’s and vitamin E controversy

Concern about vitamin E safety during the past decade or so has been due solely to bad publicity in this area, which is based on perpetuation of questionable research and misunderstanding about vitamins.   Faulty research reporting and misinterpretation of findings are the same two reasons for the condemnation of vitamin E supplementation.

First, vitamin E confusion arises from a medical reporting that ignores details of a particular vitamin E study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The problem is gross generalization or not understanding the vitamin E research study.

The Annals of Internal Medicine vitamin E report is found at   http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=718049    Review this information to verify what I report is accurate:

  • Those who took part in this vitamin E research often combined vitamin E with various drugs while they were being studied.  All potential and actual adverse drug reactions to these different drug combinations were not factored in or considered anywhere in the study results.
  • All study participants were elderly people, already being treated for a variety of chronic diseases. The researchers report this as a strong complicating issue, and puts suspicion on all conclusions because these elderly and sick people are far more likely to be taking high doses of vitamin E. They readily admit it is inaccurate to generalize these findings of this group to a healthy, normal, average or younger age group population.
  • This study contained too many variables.  It evaluated many different research studies, all of them used different procedures and protocols such as different vitamin E dosages administered for a widely variable amount of time. They admit they evaluated and combined data from sources that originated and were collected in different ways; they went beyond comparing apples and oranges, they compared grapes and bowling balls.
  • None of the studies reported took the time to report or differentiate chemical immense differences of natural and synthetic vitamin E.
  • Within the scientific community the findings of the original research has been questioned and criticized.

Vitamin E safety

The Annals of Internal Medicine report states vitamin E has a relative risk of 1.05. A relative risk of 1.0 is actually a neutral finding.   This 1.05 risk level is not clinically significant to establish an association between a fatal dose or use high dose vitamin like vitamin E.  Consider that water might have a relative risk of 1.05 in certain situations.

Before taking higher doses of vitamin E for therapeutic benefit, consult a health professional first.  Discuss your health concerns, possible vitamin E side effects, and what dosage of vitamin E might be best for you.  Vitamin E may be deficient in some diets, especially very low fat diets. Most nutrition experts agree that taking vitamin E supplements is safe.

Vitamin E study limitations and problems

Here is a summary of this study presented by those who conducted this study:

The evaluation of high-dosage vitamin E trials in which more than 400 IU of vitamin E was used was often too small to establish accuracy of findings.  This study should not have included elderly patients with one or more chronic diseases, yet they were the primary participants.  It is not clear how to generalize the findings of this study conducted on ill and elderly people to a population of healthy adults.  It is also not clear how to determine the exact dosage at which someone might be at risk of taking too much vitamin E based on this study using ill and elderly people.

In spite of these large obvious flaws and limitations, the conclusion of this study is that any dosage at or above 400 IU daily of vitamin E mayincrease mortality and should be avoided.

Secondly, misunderstanding and confusion exists over the many subtle differences between natural and synthetic vitamin E.  The ultimate error is that natural and synthetic vitamin E will chemically react the same, and that is not true.

Problem #2 – Natural or Synthetic Vitamin E

Natural vitamin E is d-alpha-tocopherol, and synthetic vitamin E is dl-alpha-tocopheryl. Since the names of the chemicals are different you know the chemicals are different.  As the chemicals are different, their reaction is also different in the body.

The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients reports, “Natural vitamin E supplements outperform synthetic forms, according to a VERIS Research Summary. Results of recent studies suggest that natural vitamin E is more bioavailable and is retained in body tissues significantly longer than synthetic vitamin E. These studies show that previously accepted differences were underestimated and that the bioavailability of natural vitamin E is about twice that of synthetic vitamin E compounds.”

Vegetable oil, specifically soybean oil, is the primary source of naturally occurring vitamin E.  However, synthetic vitamin E is manufactured from petroleum chemicals (yes, the same oil that comes out of the ground, used to make tar, motor oil and gasoline, often linked with cancer).

Doctors are very comfortable and familiar with prescribing synthetic chemicals.  For this reason they are not hesitant to prescribe a synthetic vitamin.  But, the primary difference scientists use to determine toxicity and function within the body is the molecular structure of a compound.

When taking levels of “vitamin E” above 400IU is found to be unsafe, it is because the vitamin E is synthetic and not tolerated well. All biomedical testing proves that within the human structure there is a strong chemical discrimination or preference between natural and synthetic vitamin E.

“Our studies suggest without question that natural vitamin E delivers at least twice the impact as synthetic E,” said Robert Acuff, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Nutrition Research at East Tennessee State University.  He concludes it is the natural form of vitamin E is obviously the one human tissue was designed to use.  Margaret Traber, Associate Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, seems to discriminate between the two forms of vitamin E, reporting that the human body will retain the natural organic form of vitamin E, while rapidly eliminating the synthetic form in the urine and bowel.

It is my opinion that the human organism will tolerate much higher doses of natural vitamin E – provided by Peyronie’s Disease Institute and the Natural Complementary Medicine LLC website – and can tolerate much less synthetic vitamin E available found in lower cost and lower quality products.  For this reason PDI only uses organic and natural vitamin E for use in Peyronie’s disease treatment plans.  Using the kind of vitamin E we have available, many men use levels in the 800IU-1,200IU range while attempting to reduce their Peyronies plaque or scar.

For additional information go to the PDI website at vitamin E.

Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease with Drugs

Medical Peyronie’s disease treatment

Medical treatment for Peyronie’s disease is basically limited to simple reduction of pain and hope for some level of sexual function.  Since no known medical treatment of Peyronie’s disease exists, several experimental approaches are used with only half-hearted enthusiasm by the average medical doctor.

Current experimental medical approaches used to treat Peyronie’s disease:

  • COLLAGENASE – Currently being researched as an injection directed into the scar tissue to enzymatically digest and eliminate it.   It is found that repeated injections into the penile tissue can cause Peyronie’s disease, and hence the long term outlook for this method is questionable.
  • POTABA – This is PABA, a B vitamin, with a potassium molecule attached.  PABA is a safe form of Peyronies treatment, but the addition of potassium to the B vitamin requires a large dosage often resulting in severe gastric pain and digestive problems.
  • COLCHICINE – This is a standard gout medication that is used to treat Peyronie’s disease because it is supposed to reduce inflammation and scar formation.  Not many reports of success are evident in the literature, and for this reason this drug is not a very popular Peyronie’s treatment.
  • INTERFERON – A protein that is used because it is thought to disrupt the production and promote the breakdown of collagen.  Of all medications used, this is the least popular Peyronies’ disease treatment.
  • VERAPAMIL – A drug normally used to treat high blood pressure. Can be administered topically in gel form over several months, or is directly injected into the plaque in a series of 8-20 shots into the penile tissue. This drug, in either form, is also less popular than it was when first introduced several years ago due to poor clinical results.
  • STEROIDS – This is the same common drug used for many conditions, basically because of its anti-inflammatory ability.
  • RADIATION – In low dosage thought to reduce pain, and no other benefit to Peyronie’s treatment.   Can lead to other problems of excess radiation.
  • SURGERY – Because the body does spontaneously resolve about 50% of Peyronie’s disease cases without any treatment or medical intervention, surgery should not be considered for at least one or two years following onset of signs and symptoms of the disease.  Peyronies surgery is used only in severe cases, because it is not uncommon for surgery to make Peyronie’s disease worse or lead to complications that are worse than the original problem.

Most men who contact the Peyronie’s Disease Institute have already tried one or more of the above treatments, and are still looking for Peyronie’s help.  The philosophy to treat Peyronie’s disease is simply to treat the man who has the Peyronie’s scar so he is better able to eliminate and correct his own problem – just as happens with the 50% of men who spontaneously heal their own Peyronies scar without any help from anyone.

The basic approach used by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute is to use as many well-researched Alternative Medicine therapies as possible so as to support the natural healing ability of the body.  This can be done with vitamin E and C, acetyl-L-carnitine, PABA, dietary guidance, gentle manual soft tissue stretching of the scar tissue, DMSO, copper peptides, and others.   For more details click Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease and you will see how easy it is to take control of your future.

Peyronie’s Penis

What causes curved penis?

Before I discuss what can be called a “Peyronie’s penis,” it would be good to mention the normal penile curvature of many men.  Many men look for answers to “Why is my penis curved?” and eventually come to think they have Peyronie’s disease, when that is not the case.  They think that just because they have curvature of the penis, that it must be a Peyronie’s penis, when it is not.

Normal penile curvature

A small degree of curvature of the penis is common among men and can be considered normal, as many men are born with this benign condition, commonly referred to as congenital curvature. Probably the single best and easiest way to determine is a curved penis normal, is to answer the question “Have you had this curved penis problem all of your life?  When you were a small boy, was your erection bent?”  If the answer is “yes,” then it is most likely your current problem is not a Peyronie’s penis.

It is most common for the curvature of Peyronie’s disease to cause a bend or distortion that is angular or abrupt, like a sudden bend in the road, while a congenital curvature is usually gradual and milder in degree, like a banana.  Some cases of Peyronie’s disease will cause a gradual, mild, banana-like curvature, however.  Because no case of Peyronie’s disease can be diagnosed on the basis of the appearance of the curved penis, a doctor must evaluate the condition for other signs and symptoms.

When a man has Peyronie’s disease the condition is characterized by an internal scar or plaque, or hard lump that forms within the substance of the penis. Congenital penile curvature will not exhibit this internal scar material.  If the cause of the penile curvature is Peyronies, it will often appear rather suddenly, be accompanied by pain, be accompanied by some degree of lost penile length or girth, and cause a certain degree of erectile problem that has not been experienced before.   Not all of these factors must be present for a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease; the presence of the internal scar or lump is most valuable to make the decision.

Peyronie’s disease can cause pain, penile distortion and reduced sexual ability due to the presence of flat or cord-like internal lesions (scar tissue known as “plaques”) located on the top, bottom or sides of the penis within a thin but tough membrane known as the tunica albuginea.  Although it is a popular notion that Peyronie’s Disease always involves curvature of the penis, the scar tissue sometimes causes other distortions like a bottle neck deformity, an hour-glass deformity, or divots or indentations or nicks, rather than the classic curvature.

How to fix penile curvature

Once it has been determined that a man has only a normal congenital curvature of the penis, it is still possible to help him using a few parts of the standard Peyronie’s disease treatment approach.  He can use topical DMSO, Callisto topical vitamin E oil, Super CP Serum, and the gentle manual penis stretching technique developed by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute to make positive improvement safely and effectively once he knows he does not have a Peyronie’s penis.

Peyronie’s Treatment Sensations

Strange reaction to Peyronies therapy

Every now and then I get a question about the variety of unusual sensations and reactions that men notice during Peyronie’s treatment, or immediately after, a particular therapy used in Peyronies treatment.  These are the Peyronie’s disease therapies most often associated with this kind of response:

  1. Genesen Acutouch Pointers
  2. Manual stretching method found on the CD
  3. DMSO PMD formula
  4. Super CP Serum copper peptide ointment

Most often the sensation is described as a “tingling” or “aching” or “electrical” sensation in or near the area of treatment.  It can be felt during or within the hour any of these therapies are applied.  The intensity can be variable from time to time it is felt; sometimes very mild and hardly noticeable, and at other times enough to wake a person from a sound sleep. Sometimes the response occurs each time the treatment is done, and for other men the reaction occurs every now and then at irregular times.

If you experience this kind of reaction in the area of your Peyronie’s scar, do not become alarmed. It is common and usually signals some good response to your Peyronie’s treatment as changes are occurring in the condition of the scar.

This is not something that has been studied much in the scientific literature since those researchers prescribing drugs or standard medical procedures for PD do not get the kind of reactions and responses that occur while following the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy principles.  They do not report this kind of reaction because they do not make the kind of rapid changes that are seen in men using the PDI protocols.

Therefore, there is no research that has been done to explain this phenomenon.  It is my theory that these reactions are due to the rapid changes that take place in the tissue in and around the scar material.  During or after a particular Peyronie’s treatment a change may occur in the tension and length of the otherwise contracted scar material of the penis.  These alterations of tension and position of the tissue layers could easily explain the unusual sensations that occur. I find from my own treatment experience, and that of other men who have had improvement in their Peyronie’s disease, that these “moving” or “tingling” or “aching” sensations appear when the scar is undergoing some level of change (improvement).  Many men come to count on the appearance of these changes to herald improvement of their scars from time to time.

It is most probably NOT just one therapy or just the one product causing this usual sensation.   It is closer to the truth to say that these sensations are the sum total of all the synergistic efforts that are included in your therapy plan. The problem (a good problem) with using so many of these therapies together is that you will never be able to accurately say which one did the most or least for you.   A synergistic Alternative Medicine therapy plan is a group effort, with all therapies making some contribution to whatever happens to you.

Please email your questions about Peyronie’s disease treatment to this blog.

Curved Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies bent penis is focus of problem

While the primary interest of Peyronie’s disease treatment is the internal scar tissue or fibrous  plaque material that causes the distortion or curved penis to develop, it is not the primary interest of the man who has PD.  For him, the most important aspect of Peyronie’s disease is the curved penis that plagues him.  For this reason Peyronies is also known as the “bent nail disease.”

For those interested in viewing graphic pictures, click curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease causes a curved penis when the fibrous tissue of the Peyronie scar or plaque pulls unevenly or causes incomplete filling within the erect penis.  This can vary in degree or severity from man to man.  For this reason the curved penis does not indicate the severity of the Peyronies problem or success of Peyronies disease treatment.  The true success of Peyronies treatment is based on the change that occurs in the Peyronies plaque or scar.  Once the fibrous scar changes, eventual improvement in the curved penis can be expected in time.

The internal tissue of the healthy penis is flexible and expandable.  This normal tissue is able to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside the organ.

In Peyronie’s disease some of the tissue is not healthy or flexible and elastic.  Specifically, the deep tissue known as the tunica albuginea is not elastic because it replaced by dense and inelastic fibrous tissue that is called a scar or plaque.   As an erection develops the elastic tissue of the tunica albuginea must stretch and expand evenly on both sides, left and fright, and top and bottom, of the penis.  If this cannot happen because an area of the penis is no longer flexible and expandable, then a curved penis results.

Peyronie’s disease usually begins with a small nodule or bump that is found on the top or sides of the penis, just immediately below the surface.  A few weeks to several months to a year later, a small fibrous nodule can expand into a larger irregular scar of variable size, shape, density and surface quality.  These scars can be as long as the penis.  Some appear like a collar to go around the shaft.   Some are one large mass, while others appear to be like small isolated islands of fibrous tissue in many areas.   Scars can be so soft or small, with edges so tapered and vague that no scar can be found.  In a case of Peyronie’s disease when no scar or plaque can be found, it is still assumed to exist when a curved penis develops during erection. .

Normally curved penis

Most men have a straight erection, but some are born with a penis that curves or bends (usually upward).   Just as fingers on the hand or a nose can display a natural bend, or arms can be of different length on the same person, the penis can be bent without the presence of Peyronies.  Typically, the normally curved penis follows a more gradual and arched design, more like a banana.  In Peyronie’s disease the curved penis is more localized and abrupt, like an angulated bend.

When the two primary chambers (corpora cavernosa) of the penis are a different diameter or length, the penis will bend when erect.   The penis will appear straight when flaccid, and on erection it will bend.

This slight penile distortion will not be associated with pain, there will be no trauma in the history, and it will not appear suddenly as does the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

It is estimated that 75-90% of Peyronie’s disease couples will sooner or later experience a sexual intercourse problem, in regard to either pain or difficult penetration – or both.   The curved penis of is the primary reason sexual penetration is compromised, and it is also the reason for the pain that can be experienced by either – or both – partner. This is especially so in those cases in which the distortion is so severe it is described as “cork screw” or “cane handle.”

Incomplete filling of the penis with blood during erection can also happen in Peyronies.  This results in an area of the penis, either small or large, that is soft and unable to sustain the rigors of intercourse.  A soft area within an otherwise firm erection presents a weakness and vulnerability of the normally turgid erection.  A weak area of erection can suddenly collapse or buckle during intercourse, causing additional injury to the penile tissue.  This can cause pain, inflammation and additional fibrous infiltration.

It is a rare Peyronies couple that does not deal with some level of sexual difficulty related to penile distortion and reduced firmness of the erection.  The many physical, emotional and social issues of Peyronie’s disease are complex.  For this reason the reader is referred to “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” for more information about this complicated area of life with a curved penis.

Treatment of the curved penis

It is important to remember that any penile distortion that develops in Peyronie’s disease is not the primary problem of this condition.   A curved penis that appears one night is difficult to ignore, but is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the scar. Without the Peyronies scar there would be no curved penis.

This is the reason I advise men who are undergoing Peyronies treatment to focus on the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar or plaque to determine if their Alternative Medicine treatment is being effective.  The curvature can improve or worsen as the scar is reduced.

A small scar can cause a large bend, just as a large scar can cause no bend at all if it is balanced and symmetrical.   For this reason a curved penis can worsen as the scar is being reduced or eliminated.   Estimating progress or success of a PD therapy plan is difficult .  A man can have many more scars than he is aware of, and they can be larger than can be detected since they are often difficult to locate and often overlap.

If only one scar is present the curvature problems are direct and easy to understand, although  this is unusual.   However, if multiple scars are present the internal pulling and twisting they cause can be very complicated.   Several scars can interact on many  planes of internal penile tissue.   Any reduction in one or more scar will alter the internal tension and pulling of the tissues, resulting in an altered curvature.  There is no guarantee the curvature will change for the better initially – sometimes it can look worse as the scars become smaller.  This is why I advise to focus all attention to the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar while treatment of the Peyronies problem continues.  Realize the curved penis is just a reflection of what is going on with the scar9s) below the surface.

Do not be discouraged by the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.  Instead, stay focused on your plan for effective Peyronies treatment.  Learn more about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease and the Erection

Peyronie’s treatment and how to care for erections

An important consideration of Peyronie’s disease treatment concerns how the ability to develop a normal erection will be influenced.

While erections can be difficult to develop on demand during a sexual situation, paradoxically, an erection can be difficult to stop, especially when it develops while asleep.  Nocturnal (nighttime) erections occur for a reason, and they are important for the overall health of the spongy tissue of the corpora cavernosa and corpora spongiosum (deep tissues of the penis that fill and trap blood to create the erect state).

It is as though the body takes the opportunity to develop an erection during the night when there is little other activity going on, to assure that the penile tissue is stretched and used in this particular way for its own benefit.  The problem with a nocturnal erection in Peyronie’s disease is that confinement and binding of the erection can be sustained against the penis for a long period of time at the risk of additional injury.  Be especially careful about getting an erection during a time when the penis has no comfortable place to go – do what you can to avoid an erection while wearing tight underwear or pants.

For this reason it is important to not wear tight clothing to bed in order to avoid this problem.

For the most part, a normally occurring erection that can simply “stand on its own” with no pressure against it, is not going to bind or stretch out the penile tissue to any great excess that is going to be detrimental to the penis. Where you can get into trouble is in creating a drug-induced (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) or artificial erection, during which an abnormally great amount of blood is drawn into the penis by more soft tissue relaxation than normal.  So in this way we see that a naturally occurring erection is safer than an artificially created erection.

Over the years I have communicated with many men whose Peyronies disease started after a drug induced erection that stressed the penile tissues by greatly increased internal pressure.  This process would not be much different than taking a car tire that is meant to go no higher than 40-50 PSI during normal use, and over-inflating it to 100-150 PSI during use.  Because it is not built to take that kind of pressure, you could expect some problems to develop in using a tire that way.  Not much different with the penis.

Sexual activity is NOT to be avoided if you have Peyronie’s disease, but rough, aggressive, hard sex could really hurt you.  Developing and using a natural erection is not to be avoided either in PD.  Just keep your wits about you and do not go wild during sex.  The emphasis should be on an easy, smooth and gentle sexual encounter.  Anything that causes pain should be avoided.

Many important related topics about taking care of yourself, avoiding injury, doing nothing to set your progress back while you are attempting to heal your problem, are covered in my recent book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”   I think you would enjoy learning more about what you can and should do to take care of this nasty problem.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Question

Peyronie’s treatment that are not mainstream

Every now and then someone emails a question to me about an herbal Peyronie’s disease treatment (ginkgo biloba, echinacea), a micronutrient (coenzyme Q, EPA), and old standby like vitamin E, or an old home remedy (garlic, Castor oil, olive oil) that might be used as a Peyronie’s disease cure.  Along a similar line, I am sometimes asked if I know anything about a legendary Peyronie’s treatment known as Thacker’s formula, what I would think about using the treatment, and why does this treatment not appear in the PDI lineup of therapies?

How is a Peyronie’s treatment method selected by PDI?

In order for any therapy or procedure to be included in the PDI lineup of 14 potential Peyronie’s treatments, it has to have either been applied specifically in treatment of PD in a series of scientific studies and proven at least 50% effective in several trials (even though it might have done poorly in others), or it must have demonstrated good success and acceptance within the scientific community for treatment of other unrelated health problems (acupuncture and homeopathy).  With this simple criterion we establish some level of scientific credibility for those therapies in our PDI lineup, and further increase the possible effectiveness of therapy when several of these are united in a synergistic program of care.

There are probably some really good Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas that that could be actually very effective.  But who among us wants to waste his time, effort, energy, money, and most importantly, his opportunity to get over his Peyronie’s disease by experimenting with theories that have absolutely no proven ability to influence the body to promote healing? I did not want to waste my time on theories of questionable merit, when I knew there were many available that had already achieved some level of success.  This last group seemed to be a better place to look for answers, than chasing unproven ideas.

Edgar Cayce’s castor oil pack might indeed be an effective Peyronies’ disease treatment, but for one reason or another it has not been subjected to even minimal scrutiny for PD.  The goal of recovering from Peyronies is too great to use an untried treatment, when there are so many others of higher credibility and logic to work with.

PDI was started on the basis of using treatments of some level of known and proven merit, and uses this standard today to determine what additions will be recommended and used in future therapy plans.  Rumors, stories, and speculation you read about on a Peyronie’s forum is not enough.  Alternative Medicine employs early science to see through the maze of superstition and learn the truth of what may or may not work to regain health.  These are the principles used to formulate the current Peyronie’s disease treatment strategies you have learned about.  We are already working on the outer rim of established medical practice, but we must be careful to not go too far away from common sense and valuable scientific information that will help us achieve our health goals.

Usually, my suggestion for someone who wants to use such a new Peyronie’s treatment is to do it in combination with several other known and better proven therapies already in the PDI lineup.  This way there is back-up treatment, and the total effort will create a therapeutic synergy.  Never is it suggested to use only the one therapy of any type, proven or unproven.

So, if you are just adding in an extra type of therapy because you read about it on a Peyronie’s forum, I say, all the more power to your curiosity and sense of adventure, but please do not have that constitute the majority of what you do for yourself.

Try not to become so desperate that you grab at straws. There is a lot of good information about sensible Peyronie’s disease treatment I can offer if you need help with your rehabilitation program.

Peyronie’s Disease and Baby Boomers

Peyronie’s disease:  male health problem no one knows about

If you are a member of the baby boomer generation and have never heard of Peyronie’s (pay-row-neez) disease, you are not alone.  However, if you are a male baby boomer or married to one, you are in the prime age group to experience a problem you know nothing about.  This is so because Peyronies disease primarily affects men between 50 to 65 years of age, although an age range of 18 to 80 years has been reported, with an average age at onset of 53. Few people know about the problem until they need Peyronie’s disease treatment.   This is why it is important for all baby boomers to know about, and how to avoid, it because this health problem can easily ruin your life. Peyronie’s disease remains one of the most perplexing and difficult urological diseases to treat; it has been called “the doctor’s nightmare”.  Most everything about this condition (cause, progression, symptoms, age distribution, response to treatment) is variable and unique to the man who has it.  The great variability of Peyronie’s disease that makes it difficult to study and to understand, also makes it almost impossible to treat like other medical conditions. It is a complex problem that is much more common than most people realize. Estimates suggest that up to eight out of 100 men over the age of 40 have Peyronie’s disease – that is a lot of people worldwide – and still only a small percent of people have ever heard of it. People are reluctant to discuss this problem because it involves the male organ.  For this reason it is difficult to develop accurate information and statistics, especially since men are so shy on one hand, yet also inclined to exaggerate.

Definition of Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease can best be understood as an exaggerated wound healing in response to an injury in which an excessive amount of Peyronie’s scar tissue develops within the man’s shaft. Peyronie’s disease (also known by over 12 different names, among which is "iduratio penis plastica") is very special disorder of the connective tissue in which fibrous “scars” or “plaques” develop usually after direct injury.   This Peyronie’s plaque occurs in a special tissue of the shaft known as the tunica albuginea, a fibrous chamber or envelope that surrounds the two penile cylindrical shaped masses of spongy tissue known as the corpora cavernosa.  The corpora cavernosa enlarge during sexual excitement, and the tunica albuginea covering, are designed to expand and elongate.  If there is fibrous scar or plaque material in the tunica albuginea, the expansion and elongation cannot develop properly resulting in bending, weakness, shortening and incomplete filling of the organ.  Sometimes this distortion is mild (just a few degrees) and does not affect the ability to perform, while at other times the distortion can be extreme (more than 90 degrees) resulting in greatly adverse consequences. A certain degree of normal penile curvature can and does occur in some men.   This is a benign and natural condition many men are born with, commonly referred to as congenital curvature; this is not Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms

Four common findings of Peyronie’s disease:

  1. Pain – caused by inflammation and stretching of internal tissues in response to injury and distortion; can be present constantly or only during erection
  2. Nodule or mass formation – variable size lumps or elongated cords can develop in one or multiple areas; sometimes these are difficult or impossible to locate depending on the density, depth and size of the scar formation
  3. Curvature or distortion – caused by presence of one or more nodules or masses of scar tissue in the tunica albuginea, preventing normal expansion during erection; can be minor to gross in appearance
  4. Reduced sexual ability – due to physical distortion that prevents penetration or due to reduced firmness that also prevents penetration (erectile dysfunction).

The onset of Peyronie's disease symptoms can be sudden or slow, but often appears within a month or two after direct injury.  The pain of Peyronie’s disease is extremely variable; from hardly noticeable to the kind of pain that prevents sleep.  Peyronie’s pain is worse in the beginning, usually gradually improving over time – improvement in a few weeks while others continue for years. For these reasons Peyronie’s pain is not a reliable way to judge the severity or calculate the time for eventual recovery. Even though Peyronie’s disease is a male health problem, women are also affected by it.  They are indirectly and adversely affected by the erectile dysfunction, organ curvature and distortion that make intercourse often impossible, as well as loss of organ size that often occurs over time.  Additionally, and perhaps even to a greater degree than men, woman bear the brunt of the mood swings, anger, brooding and ill-temper that accompany their partner’s Peyronies problem.

Treatment of Peyronie’s disease

There is no standard or accepted medical Peyronie’s cure since no drug is proven to eliminate the scar within the shaft.  The only accepted and available medical treatment is Peyronie's disease surgery.  However, given enough time after Peyronie’s surgery the condition will only re-appear in a worsened presentation.  This surgical outcome is made bleaker by knowing that even the first Peyronie’s surgery can result in total loss of sensation (anesthesia), increased pain and increased curvature and greater scar formation than before surgery, and in some cases amputation. The Peyronie’s Disease Institute has specialized for the last eight years in the use of Alternative Medicine therapies and techniques that are found to be successful in perhaps 60-80% of cases. None of the therapies are known to result in adverse reactions or side effects.  For more information about the Alternative Medicine approach, visit Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Prevention of Peyronie’s disease

With so many variable aspects of this problem to consider, it is important to know that in addition to everything else, there is no universal agreement about the cause of Peyronies. Some say that injury alone cannot start the problem as we have described above, but that other genetic and metabolic factors must also be present.  The Peyronie’s Disease Institute takes the position that this is true.  However, if a man never sustains direct injury to the area he is far less likely to develop Peyronies. With age not working in the favor of any baby boomer couple, it is important to evaluate all situations in which direct injury can affect this area – especially sexual activity.  This requires  that special caution is exercised if a baby boomer gentleman finds he no longer has the usual firmness he previously possessed (erectile dysfunction).  Attempting intercourse with a partially flaccid organ can result in sudden buckling or abrupt bending during insertion or the sex act itself.  Another way to prevent injury is to modify the techniques used during sexual relations.  The single most common injury that starts Peyronie’s disease occurs when the female partner is on top, and she loses hold of him while she thrusts down, jamming and painfully bending him against her upper thigh.  To avoid this kind of injury it is important to not use any female-superior position, but to use other techniques in which physical contact is controlled, firm and not likely to disengage during activity. Even if baby boomers have never heard of this terrible condition that robs a couple of one of the greatest pleasures of life, it happens every day.  Now that you know about Peyronie’s disease you can do a lot to protect the best years of your life. Dr. Theodore Herazy has practiced Alternative Medicine for over 40 years, and has directed the Peyronie’s Disease Institute for the last eight years.  He has written two books about this problem, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” and “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

Peyronie’s Plaque or Scar

Peyronie’s plaque or scar central issue

The central issue of Peyronie’s disease is the infamous Peyronie’s plaque, also called a scar. Peyronie’s disease typically occurs in men between 40 and 65 years of age, although a range of 16 to 80 years is documented; some experts say it can occur at any age. From personal communication with a particular man, I was told that his own Peyronie’s disease was started after a dog bite to the groin – at the age of 10. Nonetheless, it is most important to recognize that all clinical signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease originate from the effects of the plaque upon the internal tissue layers (tunica albuginea) of the penis.

A developing Peyronie’s plaque appears in response to either micro-trauma to the small blood vessels from a single injury of great force, or multiple injuries of a small force. While there is strong evidence that genetic factors and drug factors also influence the start of PD, it is trauma that is usually considered to be the most likely cause of the Peyronies plaque or scar.

A Peyronie’s plaque on the cellular level initially consists of fibrin threads deposited in a massive network throughout an area of injury within the tunica albuginea of the penis. Peyronie’s plaques, or scars, later combine the dense threads of fibrin connective tissue with reduced and fragmented elastic connective tissue fibers, as well as excessive amounts of type III collagen material, which happens to be specially inclined to excessive scar development. In about one-third of chronic cases of Peyronie’s disease, calcification of the plaque can occur over time. For more technical information about the Peyronies disease plaque.

The curvature of the Peyronies penis is due to the fact that scar tissue does not stretch as easily or as fully as healthy normal tissue. The normal tunica albuginea is composed of elastin fibers and collagen, although the site of scar tissue from Peyronie’s disease is composed mostly of collagen. This difference in composition of these two tissues is what causes a bent penis to develop during erection.

Eventually as one or more Peyronie’s plaques develop into a mass of hardened tissue in the delicate tunica albuginea, it results in variable pain and penile distortion that most often takes the form of a bend or curve; sexual function is often reduced as a result of direct or indirect affects of Peyronie’s disease, also. The penile curvature of Peyronie’s disease is caused by the dense inelastic scar, or plaque, material that shortens the involved side of the tunica albuginea layer that covers the corpora cavernosa of the penis. In approximately one third of patients, the scarring involves either the top or bottom portion of the penis shaft, occasionally both. The lateral sides of the penis can also be affected by Peyronie’s plaque development, if that area experiences injury.

Peyronie’s plaque not easy to find sometimes

In some men the Peyronies plaque is easily found on manual examination, in others it is found with difficulty, and in some men no Peyronies plaque is ever located. It can be frustrating to have a wicked penis distortion, and still not be able to locate the Peyronie’s plaque.

To locate the plaque or scar material a light and inquisitive touch is most effective. Do not be heavy-handed, or press down into the deeper layers to find the Peyronie’s plaque material, because it is found just below the surface of the skin. And, oh yes, you will never directly see the plaque or scar, since it is not on the surface of the skin, but below. Make peace with the Peyronie’s plaque and do not hate it, just determine how to assist your body to remove it.


To learn about using Alternative Medicine to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque, a good place to start is the PDI website, Peyronie’s disease treatment introduction.

What is the Best Peyronie’s Disease Treatment PDI Uses?

Best Peyronie’s treatment

Every week, without fail, some poor guy who just learned he has PD will write an email to me asking, “What is the best one of all the Peyronie’s disease therapies PDI uses?” it is a common question, and a good one.

The best way to treat Peyronie’s disease is with everything you can throw against it.  It is that kind of problem.

There is no one therapy that is a magic bullet. There are no wonder cures, no nifty little tricks that will get you a larger penis and are also a Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Each person must educate himself about the problem, read about the different Alternative Medicine therapies and what they can do, determine if there are any indicators that one or more might be indicated, and then consider time, effort and cost. Lastly, it is necessary to determine how important it is to you to regain your health. Based on all this, a man should feel comfortable with a plan of action he can follow for several months as he goes about doing all he can to improve his body’s ability to heal and repair the injury of PD.

Those men who get good results with their Peyronie’s disease are the tough SOBs who just keep going after it day after day with as much therapy as they can afford to use, until they seem to wear the fibrous tissue down. Slowly they gain on it, with the scar(s) becoming softer and smaller; slowly they come around. Some get fantastic results and some get only moderate results – few who work hard at it do poorly. There usually is progress to be made if you work at it.

So, again, “What is the best Peyronie’s treatment?” I would say the answer is that you do all that you can for as long as you can until your body overwhelms the Peyronies plaque tissue. To do less than that is to allow Peyronie’s disease to ruin your life.

Penis Stretching for Peyronie's Disease Treatment

Penis stretcher in Peyronie’s disease treatment

Here is a post that I recently entered on a Peyronie’s disease forum in response to a man’s comment that he wore a particular penis traction device for three months and noticed no change in his condition.   This information about this manual therapy that works well with other Peyronie’s disease natural treatments found on the PDI website.

Greetings estep32002,

I have read your post about the penis stretching or penis traction device for Peyronies treatment.

Previously, I have written to this forum in the negative about these penis traction devices. I have done so because of repeated communications I receive from men who have Peyronie’s disease, who tell me of their lack of success. They tell me of their inability to wear these penis stretcher devices because of built-in design flaws, and their experience of being injured by these stretchers. All that I learn tells me they do not help Peyronie’s disease as the sellers say they do.

Actually, I think you are somewhat unusual in your ability to have worn or used one for three months. Men tell me they cannot stand to put one on for longer than a half hour. They say they get bruised and develop sores after a few minutes or a few hours of use.

One fellow recently told me he wore his expensive model for ten minutes and never put it back on again. Another poor guy admitted to me he has three of them sitting in a drawer, and they all hurt him badly. He thought if bought a better and more expensive one, he would eventually find one that he could use. Three stretchers later, no such luck.

If you could wear such a device long enough to actually stretch the soft tissue of the penis, that does not mean the more rigid and more dense tissue of the Peyronies plaque would also stretch. When I was first introduced to the idea of using a penis traction device to treat Peyronie’s disease, it did not make sense to me. I figured that the only thing that could eventually happen – if all went well – would be that the penis would be larger, but it would still exhibit the PD plaque with the related curvature that it causes. Let me explain.

Just as a chain breaks at its weakest link, a penis that has a Peyronies plaque in it will primarily stretch from the normal, healthy tissue. The normal tissue will stretch sooner and farther than the plaque material can respond to the stretching force. Think of it this way: A roll of toilet paper tears at the perforations because that is a point of weakness in the paper. Here’s another example: Remember when automobile tires had inner tubes? Remember what would happen if you blew it up with air, if it had a weak spot in the rubber wall of the inner tube? Sure. The weak part would bubble up or swell up because it was weaker than the normal strong part. The weaker part would stretch under pressure before the strong part of the rubber had a chance to stretch.

In Peyronie’s disease stretching the weaker tissue is the softer normal tissue, while the stronger tissue is the plaque that contains all the dense fibrous materials. When someone with PD stretches his penis, most or all of the lengthening will come from the more flexible and weaker tissue, not the scar tissue. The scar will not be altered because it cannot participate in the stretch, because the traction force is used up by the normal tissue.

When I ask these traction device makers a few simple questions exactly how their penis enlargement products can help Peyronies, I never receive answers back from them. I ask about the pain and tissue erosion created by the pressure that is applied to hold onto the penis head, and again I get no reply. I think this says a lot

There are safer and more effective ways to stretch the penis, to reduce the PD plaque material, than applying a mechanical appliance that smashes down on the glans to hold the penis. Peyronie’s disease is a complicated and stubborn problem to treat. I have been personally involved with PD for about seven years now, since having the happy experience of developing a pretty nasty case of it. In that time I have learned a lot and helped many men along the way. My advice is to be very careful with these mechanical penis stretcher products. TRH

What I did not mention in that Peyronie’s disease forum response is that the safer and more effective way to stretch the penis was developed by me while working with 10 men who I knew who were customers of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute. If you are interested in learning about this gentle and effective way to treat your Peyronies, go to Peyronie’s penis stretching.

Peyronie's Plaque and Fibrin

Peyronie’s disease plaque and fibrin

The tissue changes that occur in Peyronie’s disease are unique in regard to the Peyronie’s plaque that develops.

In a November 2005 abstract account, Kenneth D. Somers and Dawn M. Dawson, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and Department of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, reported on their findings concerning the tissue changes that occur in Peyronie’s disease.

To begin this explanation, they remind us that Peyronie’s disease is actually a pathological fibrosis, or a situation in which there is excess fibrin tissue located in a small area to the degree that it becomes a problem for the body. In the case of Peyronie’s disease, this fibrosis also is associated with an excessive deposit of collagen in the same area of the fibrin plaque or scar.

Although the cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unknown, they tell us, injury or trauma has long been thought to be the inciting event. To determine if this is true, they looked at the cellular structure of the Peyronie’s plaque or scar to get an insight into the cause of this condition.

Materials and methods they used

Small samples of plaque tissue was taken from 33 patients with Peyronie’s disease, and control tissue and nodular tissue was taken from the penis of eight patients with Dupuytren’s contracture; both groups of tissue were analyzed for collagen staining, as well as fibrin and elastic fiber structure and distribution.

Their results

As a result of this study they found abnormally stained collagen in 97% of the samples, disrupted elastic fibers in 94% and excess fibrin deposition in 95% of the samples. These same findings were not found in the normal scared tunica albuginea of control patients who did not have Peyronie’s disease. The presence of abnormal fibrin accumulation in Peyronies plaque tissue was detected in a special chemical analysis, while this abnormal fibrin was not found in skin tissue samples from the same patients.

Their conclusions

Their conclusions from this study is that the fibrin deposits in Peyronies plaque tissue is consistent with the theory that repeated minor injury or single major injury to the tunica albuginea results in fibrin being deposited in the tissue spaces at the site of trauma to start this condition.

PDI therapy concept

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has taken the position that it is this excess fibrin deposit within the excess collagen formation that can be safely and easily removed by the use of a battery of systemic enzymes that are specific for foreign fibrin protein in the body. By using natural Peyronie’s disease treatment methods to increase the healing response of the immune system against Peyronie’s disease plaque, it is possible to reverse the abnormal tissue found in the tunica albuginea and therefore eliminate the cause of pain and penile curvature associated with Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s Disease Impotence

Peyronie’s Impotence facts

There are several reasons why Peyronie’s disease impotence (erectile dysfunction) develops in about 75 percent of the men who have this condition. Peyronie’s disease impotence can be mild or total, it can be occasional or constant, but it is extremely common for men with Peyronie’s disease to experience sexual intercourse performance problems or alteration of erection strength.

Impotence is defined as the continual inability to sustain an erection long enough or strong enough for sexual intercourse or the inability to achieve ejaculation, or both. Peyronie’s disease impotence is the erectile dysfunction that develops due to abnormal changes in the penis that are part of Peyronie’s disease.

Most people assume that Peyronie’s impotence develops due to lack of blood flow to the organ. This might be true in especially in those cases in which the man has an underlying problem with the cardiovascular system (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, vascular disease, diabetes, etc.) In other men , another occasional cause of Peyronie’s disease impotence is emotional. Because of the reduced self esteem, shame, embarrassment and anger related to penile distortion and reduced length and girth of the organ, a man can develop strong emotional reactions expressed as Peyronie’s impotence. However, for most men the primary cause of Peyronie’s disease impotence is simply due to what is known as “venous leakage.”

Peyronie’s impotence fundamentals

In a great number of cases of Peyronie’s disease impotence the fundamental problem is that the blood is no longer being trapped by the veins of the penis to dam it up to create the greater fluid pressure of an erection. The problem is that the veins of a man with Peyronie’s disease do not close to trap blood well. This imperfect or absent closing is caused in great part by the presence of the Peyronie’s scar. The scar acts like something that is blocking a door from closing. That is where therapy should be directed in Peyronie’s disease impotence – toward removal of the scar so the veins can close to allow a normal erection to develop.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to directly treat Peyronie’s impotence is with an Erektor. An Erektor is an external penile support device that offers just enough gentle support to the penis – even without an erection – to hold it for easy penetration to allow intercourse to continue as long as the couple desires. The Erektor allows men to perform full quality intercourse without erectile medications or supplements. Unlike ED medications, the Erektor is safe because it has no drug side effects.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute is proud to be the only company to serve as an authorized distributor of the Erektor. For those couples who must deal with the frustration of Peyronie’s disease impotence, the Erektor is often the only thing that helps.

Please go to our sister website known as Natural ED Solutions to learn more about the Erektor and get some real help for your Peyronie’s impotence.

Peyronie’s Pain

 

Peyronie’s disease pain is different with each man

Peyronie’s disease symptoms – even Peyronie’s pain – can be extremely variable. In fact, one of the things that makes Peyronie’s pain so undependable as a factor on which to create a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease is that the penile pain is a different presentation from one man to another. Because of the wide variety of Peyronie’s disease pain symptoms, Peyronies treatment can be equally variable when using Alternative medicine.

Peyronie’s pain symptoms

The onset of Peyronie’s pain symptoms can be sudden or slow, but most often will appear in less than a month after direct injury. Often the pain related to Peyronie’s disease is worse at the beginning of the problem, and then gradually improves over time – perhaps in a few weeks or months. Other men have a delayed onset of Peyronie’s disease pain. For all these reasons it is not a reliable way to judge the severity of the condition or to use to calculate the time necessary for eventual recovery.

For many men the pain associated with the actual injury that causes the problem to begin can be greater than the daily Peyronie’s pain that is associated with living with the condition. For others, the pain associated with the actual injury is mild and brief compared to the daily Peyronie’s pain they experience. Again, all of this is related to the variable nature of all Peyronie’s disease symptoms.

Peyronie’s disease pain patterns

Peyronie’s pain most often occurs with an erection during the first six to 18 months after onset. However, pain associated with Peyronie’s disease may present itself in many ways:

  • Only during an erection
  • Only when not erect (flaccid)
  • Only during an orgasm
  • Only when the penis is touched

Peyronie’s pain originates in Buck’s fascia

The scar tissue, also known as a plaque, associated with Peyronie’s disease and the variable pain it can cause can often – but always – be felt below the surface of the skin of the penis as small elevated or flat beads, lumps, bands of slightly to greatly dense and hard tissue. These soft tissue masses are located in a layer of soft tissue in the tunica albuginea. However, the scar in the tunica albuginea does not cause the actual Peyronie’s pain. The pain originates from the many pain fibers found just below the tunica albuginea in another layer of soft tissue called Buck’s fascia.

Apparently, when a man experiences intense or frequent Peyronie’s pain, it is because the scar is large enough or deep enough to press down deeper from the tunica albuginea into Buck’s fascia. And when pain is not as great a complaint, it is because Buck’s fascia is not being irritated by the scar or plaque material.

For a more comprehensive discussion of Peyronie’s disease pain, local penile anatomy and Peyronie’s disease treatment you can start searching the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website at Peyronie’s disease introduction.

Peyronie's Breakthrough

Non-drug Peyronie’s breakthrough

When someone thinks of a Peyronie’s breakthrough most commonly a miracle drug, like Xiaflex for  Peyronie’s disease treatment might come to mind.  Yet, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has brought several key ideas and therapies to the Peyronies community in the last few years, any one of which could be called a Peyronie’s breakthrough.

Peyronies breakthrough treatment concepts

Several different and new Peyronies treatment ideas and products developed by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute since 2002, in addition to improvements over existing concepts known to the medical community.

A genuine Peyronies breakthrough is the Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method© The basic idea of stretching the Peyronie’s scar to straighten the bent and contracted tissue is not new. Because there is considerable profit in this devices, the idea has been overrun by copycats who use a mechanical penis stretching device to make the penis straighter in spite of the Peyronie’s plaque. After talking to many men who were injured by these ineffective and dangerous mechanical penis stretching devices, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute investigated the subject. After a two year research project, PDI developed a safe, effective and affordable technique that is very effective when combined with a traditional aggressively designed PD therapy plan.

The CD for this new Peyronies breakthrough treatment clearly demonstrates how to gently stretch the thickened fibrous tissue inside the shaft of the bent penis – something totally new in the world of Peyronie’s disease treatment – to improve the six basic types of PD deformities:
1. Twist
2. Curve
3. Bend
4. Dent (also called a ding, depression, or hinge)
5. Hourglass
6. Bottleneck
Further, additional information is included that explains how to successfully stretch a combination of distortions, since very often two or more penis distortions appear together.

Peyronie’s breakthrough research

The PDI research group to develop the idea of a safe and effective manual stretching technique consisted of 10 men, all of whom:

1. Were 40 to 72 years of age,

2. Had PD four to eight years,

3. Had penile curvature from 40° to100°, that had not changed in over six months,

4. Stayed under medical supervision during the project,

5. Failed with at least two different medical therapies without help (POTABA, verapamil, cholchicine, cortisone, etc.),

Within six months, of the 10 research participants:
8 – saw moderate to significant improvement of curvature,
2 – saw no progress with their curvature, and
10 – (100%) saw moderate to marked improvement of sexual ability.

Those eight participants who earned moderate to significant correction of their Peyronies distortion, also used an aggressive PD therapy plan of vitamins, minerals, herbs, PDI Massage and Exercise program or Genesen Acutouch Pointers during the penis stretching research. None just stretched the penis; that would only result in penis enlargement, and that is not the PDI goal. All men added the Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method© into an already large and actively pursued Alternative Medicine therapy plan designed to reverse and eliminate their PD scar. As a result, eight of 10 men noticed an abrupt and significant objective and subjective improvement of their symptoms.

For those interested in learning about a true Peyronie’s breakthrough treatment, go to Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©

New Peyronies Treatment

Many New Peyronie’s Treatment Available

There are several totally different and new Peyronies treatment concepts recently developed by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute. These Peyronie’s disease treatment concepts are improvements over existing ideas and information known within the medical community.

The first new Peyronies treatment is the most exciting, and this has to do with the professionally produced CD video that presents the Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©. After talking to so many men who were injured by those ineffective and dangerous mechanical penis stretching devices, I decided to investigate the subject. The basic idea of stretching the Peyronie’s scar to reduce the tight and contracted tissue is interesting. So much so, that after a two year research project, PDI developed a safe, sensible, effective and affordable method that actually works and is safe. With this new Peyronies treatment it is possible to manually stretch the scar material because it goes about it in a way that is different from the mechanical penis stretchers.

The CD for this new Peyronies treatment clearly demonstrates how to gently stretch the thickened fibrous tissue inside the shaft of the bent penis – something totally new in the world of Peyronie’s disease – to improve the six basic types of PD deformities:
1. Twist
2. Curve
3. Bend
4. Dent (also called a ding, depression, or hinge)
5. Hourglass
6. Bottleneck
Further, additional information is included that explains how to successfully stretch a combination of distortions, since very often two or more penis distortions appear together.

Synergy as a new Peyronie’s treatment

Another new Peyronies treatment concept first presented by PDI is the concept of using a combination of several Alternative Medicine therapies together at the same time to increase the effectiveness of each one. This is a concept called synergy. This new treatment approach to Peyronie’s treatment is the foundation of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy approach. To read more about this concept, go to synergy.

Diet as a new Peyronie’s treatment

Next in the way of a new Peyronies treatment is the idea of using diet in the management of PD, that developed from the ongoing research project conducted for almost eight years by Peyronie’s Disease Institute. The dietary treatment approach for Peyronies treatment centers on the idea of closely reducing wide swings of the acid and alkaline balance of the blood. This diet is explained in some detail in the book written by Dr. Theodore Herazy, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

Actually, most of the information presented on the website of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute falls into the category of a new Peyronies treatment because in the past, before PDI came into being, only drugs and surgery were considered a serious Peyronie’s disease treatment. Now, many areas of Alternative Medicine are being successfully applied.  PDI has opened wide horizons for new Peyronies treatment.

Peyronies Treatment and the Penis Stretcher

Peyronie’s Curved Penis and the Penis Stretcher

This blog report is about the hot Peyronie’s disease treatment topic of penis stretchers, or as they sometimes call an extender, and the long awaited announcement of our new, one-hour PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD video.

All of this work and the discovery of yet another way to use Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease started because I receive so many questions about the penis stretching devices, and the sad fact that I hear so many bad stories about them. I got tired of telling people why these penis stretcher devices cannot work, describing the common potential dangers they create, their mechanical limitations of use, and the many horror stories I hear from men whose PD started after using a penis stretcher.  So, I started with a goal to learn if I could safely and effectively stretch the Peyronies penis, and I did.

A few months ago I wrote in the PD Institute Newsletters that I would soon offer a process that would revolutionize the concept of penis stretching as an improved form of Peyronies treatment. Now, the brand new PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD is complete and ready for your review on the PDI website.

There are several very good reasons I looked into, and then developed, this entirely new concept in Peyronie’s disease treatment. Most of these reasons are well known to a large percent of men who have Peyronies treatment and have tried and failed with the commonly advertised mechanical penis stretcher devices, and should be well known to the rest of you for your personal benefit and safety.

From my experience, those over-priced penis stretcher devices you see advertised so heavily as a Peyronies treatment are not effective, and are potentially dangerous to all men with PD.

One aspect of the problem is the inability to wear the stretcher. Makers of these manual devices do not mention on their websites that you should not wear the device for more than two hours at a time – yet they want you to wear it for eight to nine hours a day to achieve results. If you could actually wear the stretcher for the full two hours, this would mean that you would put it on and take it off four or five times a day, with perhaps an hour or two rest periods between each wearing cycle. Most of your day would be spent tending to the stretcher, and you would have to do this for perhaps a year or more!

However, after talking to many hundreds of men over the years I know that most men cannot wear one for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time because of the pain and injury they cause. The pain is not so much caused by actual stretching of the penis, but by the pinching and compression to the head of the penis (glans) that is needed to forcefully hold the penis while it is stretched. Now, I don’t know about you, but my penis does not have a handle on it, so there is no good or easy way for a mechanical stretcher to grab the penis in order to stretch it. Thus, it is necessary to apply a strong and constant pressure directly around and below the glans while the traction force is applied.

I have met a few men who could wear a manual stretcher for up to an hour at a time, but not much more than that. If you are one of the men tough enough to wear one for up to an hour, this would mean most of your waking hours would be spent waiting in pain to either put the stretcher on or take it off. I have met men who had so much pain, tissue erosion and broken blood vessels that they never tried to wear it more than once. I have met men whose Peyronies started after a single use of a manual penis stretcher.

The danger of bruising, blisters and tissue erosion are so common that the instructions that come with the stretcher devices discuss what you should do when – not if – these problems occur. If this level of injury happens to the outside of the penis, it can do similar injury to the delicate tunica albuginea where the real injury of Peyronie’s disease occurs. This is how men get into trouble.

There are other practical problems with the stretchers. These involve common issues of daily living like wearing clothes, sitting down, working or urinating that make using a stretcher rather difficult or impossible. I guess these would not be a problem to men who do not wear clothes, do not sit down, do not work, and urinate wherever and whenever they wish. For the rest of us, the mechanical stretchers pose a real problem in the real world.

There are other considerations about the stretcher devices. Have you ever wondered why most of the penis stretcher companies that advertise so heavily are located outside the U.S.? It could be that it is better for them to be located outside the bounds of U.S. law when it comes to customer complaints, product returns and refunds.

Over the years I have been approached by many major manufacturers of these stretching devices, asking me to sell their products on the PDI website. When I ask a few specific questions of these people, something interesting always happens. I find that the person I am speaking to suddenly is not the correct person to answer my kind of question, and I am told that someone else will get back to me with an answer. When I do not get called back by the second person, for fun and curiosity, I call back to speak to the second person. The second person is never available, or is never in the office, and never calls me back. Never, in all the times and all the situations this has happened over the years, has anyone ever answered one of my questions. Remember, these are the people who want me to sell their product, yet this is the kind of help and service I receive. Can you imagine the help and service you would receive if you called with a problem after you spent your money?

Did you ever wonder, if the stretchers worked as quickly and easily as the advertising says they do, why do they have to advertise constantly everywhere you go when you read about PD? There is a reason they are advertised so heavily, and it is not because of effectiveness.

Yet, the concept of stretching soft tissue is interesting since Peyronie’s disease is a soft tissue problem.

So, I recently completed this experimental trial that lasted a little less than two years, in which I worked with 10 men who were customers of PDI and NCMP. From this effort I was able to devise a totally new concept in manually stretching the Peyronies plaque or scar. Our results showed that 80% had moderate to marked reduction of curvature and/or scar formation, with each and every man experiencing an improvement of sexual function.

I encourage you to visit the PDI website to learn more about this method to safely, painlessly, comfortably, and effectively reduce your PD scar, reduce your PD curvature, and improve your sexual ability in 80% of the cases. I ask that you understand that the same concepts of Alternative Medicine, logic and common sense you see throughout the PDI website also applies to the strategy and methods taught in the new PDI one-hour stretching CD.

If, after watching the brief demonstration video, you still have questions about the procedure then just send me an email at info@peyronies-disease-help.com You know I will answer your questions.

Bear in mind that the primary principle behind all PDI treatment concepts has always been synergy, and it always will be. Therefore, you need to understand that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© is not a stand alone method.

Manual penis stretching was used in our tests in conjunction with standard Peyronie’s Disease Institute treatment plans as an additional method to increase synergy of care. No one used just this gentle manual penis stretching technique. In each case, greater progress occurred after using the Peyronie’s Disease Manual Penis Stretching Method© than without it; each man who followed the system saw better progress from his PDI therapy plan after adding the stretching technique. It seems that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© increased effectiveness of our current treatment concept in eight out of 10 in our little study group.

Yes, Peyronies is a lousy problem and I wish I could tell you that this is a magical cure – just like the people who make the mechanical penis stretchers or the herbal products, but I can’t. Effectively treating Peyronie’s disease is still work.

While I can report that 80% of the group saw improvement, that means that 20% did not. I came to learn that those who did not do well with the manual stretching method were those who used very small therapy plans or did not follow their plans faithfully. So, there is room for improvement with this manual Peyronies treatment method. I would hope so. We are just learning how to apply this concept, so it will be necessary to share our insights, experiences and ideas with each other.

Please check it out. I believe you will be impressed and intrigued with the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method©.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment with Genesen Acutouch Pointers

Genesen Acutouch pens for Peyronie’s treatment

So many readers of the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Blog use the Genesen Acutouch therapy pens and report good tissue changes after Peyronie’s treatment with them. For this reason this blog commentary will focus on basic techniques and concepts for their correct use.  Please recall that these Genesen Acutouch pens are the same professional quality instruments used to deliver acupuncture treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

Many people ask about treating the Peyronies plaque with them, wanting to know if it is better to use the holders that come with the pens or to just hold both pens manually.

The answer is that either methods will work for Peyronies treatment, depending upon each person’s particular response to the therapy. While there is a lot of research behind the development and use of the Genesen Acutouch Pointers by the Korean manufacturer, I would start out closely following their guidelines. Most men find using the Genesen pen holders is more comfortable and convenient, although some say the rigid distance that the holders mandate is not as effective for them as a slightly greater/lesser distance.  Each user must feel free to experiment with the Genesen Acutouch instruments or pens – be creative – and use the approach that delivers the greatest “reaction” that is described on the PDI website.

Some men get confused about pen tip placement around the Peyronies scar. It is important to remember to keep the pen tips 1/8 to ¼” from the edges of scar.  If a scar is ¼” in size, that means your pointers are rather close to each other, and if a scar is 3” in size your pointers are considerably farther apart.  The idea is to get the pens to deliver the current through the substance of the scar – whatever its size.   Since the manufacturer’s holder keeps them 1 1/2 inches apart, I would work with that distance too, especially if the scar is smaller than 1¼” in size.   Even if it is pea-size, try keeping the pens in the holder and stay farther away than the 1/8 to ¼” distance from the edges that I just mentioned.  You see, there are no rules, just guidelines that should eventually result in greater reactivity.  Break most any rule I give you about the Genesen pens, to see if you can generate a stronger or more dependable reaction.  Stand on your head in the corner, if it seems to give you the greatest response.

The Genesen pens are extremely popular for good reason; they are effective, easy to use, inexpensive compared to going to an acupuncturist at $90-$125 a visit, and very convenient to use in the privacy of your own home.

Each set of Genesen pens comes with my own 10 pages of notes that I created for the treatment of Peyronie’s disease. These outline some very common and popular treatment protocols. Any of these could be used by an acupuncturist who might easily needle these for you. The big advantage of the Genesen pens is that you can treat yourself in this very same manner, any time of the day or night, and several times a week, as you wish.  You can really concentrate your treatment with frequent care for best results, without going broke.

Consider adding the Genesen Acutouch pens to your therapy lineup if you are not seeing the kind of results you want.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment to Bring Back Lost Length and Girth


Here is a very brief but informative email exchange about Peyronie’s disease treatment I had just today with a man who I know has a fairly advanced case of PD.

From: XXXXX, XXXXXXXX [mailto:XXXXXXX@XXXX]
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 10:52 AM
To: herazy@sbcglobal.net
Subject: QUESTION

Hi Dr. Herazy,

I have noticed decrease in length and girth.  Can this be brought back to original size?  Can the remedies you recommend help change this back?

What do you suggest in terms of remedies or therapies?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

XXXXXXXXX

Greetings XXXXXX,

Men note partial or complete recovery from lost dimensions when using:

1. General Peyronies treatment from the PDI when applied in an aggressive and faithful way often brings back a good part of lost dimensions, sometimes complete.

2. PDI Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique© video. This is a very direct way to stretch the Peyronies plaque material and reduce the contraction that causes lost length especially.

3. The Erektor external penile support device when used with some regularity during intercourse.  See the link at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/impotence-erectiledysfunction-erektor.html

Regards,

Theodore Herazy, DC, LAc
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Peyronie's Disease Treatment Results

Effectiveness of Alternative Medicine Peyronie’s disease treatment

Many people want to know about the effectiveness of this Alternative Medicine method for Peyronie’s disease treatment that is being used by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

All day long I deal with men from around the world – like you – who do not have to report back to me. I have no control about how, if, and when anyone uses their various Peyronies therapy.  The information presented on the PDI website is available for people to use, and there is little to be done to assure the ideas and information is used correctly. In the casual relationship we both enter into, there is no guarantee you or anyone else will use any of these products as I suggest they be used.

You know how people can be.  I can only hope the suggestions I make are given fair consideration, and application of my suggestions and ideas are made in the correct way. PDI has no way of knowing how any of these procedures are being used.  This is a most important point to consider because how these products are used determines the results that are earned. PDI stresses the importance of multiple therapies to maximize the effectiveness of synergy, and this is where most of the discussion of treating PD seems to center: How to go about creating a synergistic effect and how much to develop for the best response possible.

I get back bits and pieces of information from men, here and there. But guys are guys, and so the feedback I receive back is limited in relation to the large amount of time, effort and information I put out to the PD community. But from the information I receive on an irregular basis, I can tell you candidly I see strong evidence that the more that a person does to knock that scar out of the tissue the greater the synergistic effect and the greater the likelihood for success.

Peyronie’s treatment and synergy

From an Alternative Medicine perspective, success in treating Peyronie’s disease comes down to synergy. You recall that synergy (sin’-er-je) is the interaction of two or more substances or forces that when combined tends to produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. A short explanation of synergy is “1 + 1 +1 = 5”. Taber’s medical dictionary defines it as “the harmonious action of two agents such as drugs, or organs such as muscles, producing an effect which neither alone could produce, or an effect that may result which is greater than the total effects of each agent operating by itself”.

The Peyronie’s treatment philosophy of PDI  makes a lot of sense when you think about taking advantage of the power of synergy.  We are suggesting that you take advantage of a simple and frequently seen phenomenon that occurs all around us every day, just as in other applications commonly seen in medical practice, architecture, agriculture, or any other part of life. The synergistic effect applies in countless areas and situations, and treatment of Peyronie’s disease is no different. Therefore, the synergy of multiple therapies selected from successful PD research and studies should result in an improved ability of the body to heal and repair.

While most men agree that the concept of synergy can be used to their benefit, they seem reluctant to use it. Why this is so is a matter of speculation. For the most part their hesitance to employ synergy aggressively with multiple therapies is based on financial considerations (money problems) or skepticism and caution that this process is too good to be true (fear of being lied to). In response to both of these possible reasons, PDI has done as much as possible to clear the way to effective use of these synergy therapy principles.

For those who have money troubles we have placed prices that are the most competitive and discounted possible. For those who are skeptical and concerned about being given false hope, PDI has taken great lengths to document the research and effectiveness of the many therapies that are used. For the most part, personal opinions are avoided and research results are used to explain our choices. The rest is up to the reader. Either this form of therapy makes sense or it does not. It either is something that appeals to you or it does not. You either understand the concept of synergy or you don’t.  It is the reason that MDs have so much trouble with patients when they start putting them on more than one drug – when combined, the synergistic effect of multiple drugs begins to magnify, often causing drug reactions that most people have come to be concerned about.  In the area of Alternative Medicine the synergistic results tend to be beneficial because the substances are basically beneficial and desirable to the organism. When given in large measure the results earned from Alternative Medicine measures tend to be positive and enforce a positive response.

No guarantee for Peyronie’s disease treatment

Peyronies is an extremely tough problem.  No one can promise results for ANY health care problem, let alone PD.  You know, some people never recover from a common cold, and some people can have a broken bone that does not heal.  No reasonable person can make guarantees of success.  So much is yet unknown about PD that we are still working on the treatment concepts.  You must do your best, do as much as you can, and do it for enough time for your tissue to respond.

How well you respond to this form of Peyronies treatment is dependent on your effort. Like the old saying goes, “You get out of it what you put into it.”  If you want to develop your own personal Peyronie’s cure you must be ready to work for it. PDI will help you.

Peyronie’s Disease and Sex Safety Concerns

Safety with a curved penis

Couples are always concerned if they can safely engage in sexual activity, especially during the early phase of Peyronie’s disease treatment.

The short answer is, YES.   Sex is good on may levels for you as individual people and as a couple, so go for it. You can and should engage in as much sexual activity you are comfortable with and desire, during treatment and in spite of your Peyronie’s disease.

The longer answer is, YES, but you must be careful and cautious in exactly how and what you do during sex.   Careful, gentle, non-stressful sex is certainly the safe and smart goal fore care of the erection. As the owner of the Peyronie’s curved penis, it is important to stay in control of yourself, and your partner should do the same, without becoming so carried away that you injure yourself further.  You are the only one who is going to suffer further if you bend or jamb yourself during sex, so it is your ultimate responsibility to be careful.

If any sexual activity or position causes ANY amount of pain or distress to either of you, it should be stopped.  Pain is your signal that something is wrong.  Do not do anything further to even slightly injure your penis while you are spending all this time, effort and money trying to get well.   Figure out other ways to enjoy sex without generating a pain response, and you will do fine.

Slow and careful does not mean dull.  It should mean more passionate sex, taking more time doing what feels good, all based on better communication between the two of you.

Please make sure that you do not attempt sexual entry too early, if she is too dry or otherwise unprepared for intercourse.  If you usually do not need to use any external lubrication (water-based lubricant like K-Y jelly), it is simply a smart thing to start using it now. This is a vital step to prevent further injury, since a second injury could be catastrophic.

Do not use positions and techniques in which the man does not control movement and activity.  Rear-entry sex positions are usually safer to use since they allow the man more control, but caution is still needed.

“Peyronie’s Disease and Sex”

The topic of sex in relation to Peyronie’s disease is immense.  When I began writing my first PD book, I intended to combine the topics of Peyronie’s disease treatment and sex all in one book.  When it became apparent how large this sex topic is, I simply decided a separate book would have to be written; it eventually became “Peyronies Disease and Sex.”

Any questions about sex and Peyronie’s disease?   Send them along at the heading on the right column, “Ask Dr. Herazy…”

Peyronie's disease treatment and Viagra, Cialis and Levitra

Questions about Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, and Peyronie’s disease

Boy, do I get questions about Viagra, Cialis and Levitra and Peyronie’s disease!  Most of these questions come from men who are taking these drugs on the advice of their MDs who using it as part of their Peyronies treatment efforts.

These drugs are wildly popular, not only among men who have erectile difficulty ( Peyronie’s disease  impotence) but also healthy men who merely use them to have longer lasting and more repetitive sexual intercourse.

Sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?

While I hate to spoil the fun, but over the years I have had a disturbing number of men tell me they know their PD started after using Viagra, Cialis, etc.   The erections created by these drugs are indeed super-erections and get to be that way because of the greater than normal internal pressure that is created within the tunica albuginea.  This is powerful stuff that can really cause problems in this delicate area of the male body.

These drugs create such hard and long-lasting erections because they induce an abnormal state in the penis. What if you could take a drug that would enable you to lift a ton of weight above your head and keep it there for an hour?  Nice trick, very impressive, but your body is not built to take that kind of pressure.  It would cause great damage to internal organs, your spine, your blood vessels, all major joints, etc.  Simply put, “It just ain’t natural.”  Same with Peyronie’s treatment with Viagra, and the rest of these products.

As much as it might sound like a dream come true, the penis is not built to sustain increased internal pressures that are created by these drugs, and the penis is not built to have hour after hour of intercourse.  That kind of activity can be abusive to the delicate tunica.  Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

I have an interesting story from a man who called me a few months back and explained that he injured his penis in a most unusual way.  He and his wife had used Viagra for the first time to their mutual delight.  Both of them went to sleep, except his penis continued to stay erect.  It was a monster of an erection and at first he thought it was great.  During the night, while asleep with a huge erection, he rolled over in bed and jammed his penis into the mattress.  He felt a great pain and felt the tissue “pop.”  Basically he tried to pole vault on his erection and he found his penis could not sustain that force.  About two months later he developed PD.  Can you imagine what would happen if you already have Peyronies disease and had something like that happened?  You would go from bad to worse.  This man did.

I know many men with PD have their MDs write prescriptions for these erections drugs.  I am sympathetic why men do these things.  They figure if it was not good for them the MD would now do it.  What they forget is that most MDs do not understand or care about PD, and are more interested in getting the fee for the office visit, than doing what is the smart thing to do.  MDs also perform surgery for PD that makes the problem worse, knowing there is a high rate of poor surgical results from this kind of surgery.  Just because you can get a prescription for it doesn’t make it any safer or any less stupid in the long run.

Use your head and stay away from these forced erections.

One last metaphor.  Your car tires are designed to hold 40 pounds of air pressure.  What would happen if you decided to increase the pressure to 80 pounds, just for “the fun of it?”  Well, first of all, we would all understand the tire would be much more likely to blow up and pull away from the rim because it was not built to be used that way.  It would be damaged by applying more pressure to it than it was built to take.  Enough said.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has access to some really great Oriental herbal erection enhancing – not forcing – products.  These will easily and gently boost your erectile ability but not in such a forceful way that you will get hurt.  They surely do work, but with no side effects, they last a good 8-12 hours, and they are a whole lot less expensive than your prescription drugs.  Let me know if you are interested and I will give you some information about these wonderful and safe products.

Average Time for Peyronie's Disease Treatment to See Results

Peyronie's disease treatment averages

There are no averages with Peyronie’s disease.  Everything about Peyronie’s disease is up for grabs. And for sure there is no average time within which men respond to Peyronie’s disease treatment.     Some men respond in a few weeks, others take months, and some not at all. There are those who email me saying they are not responding to Peyr0nie's treatment.  After questioning them,  I usually find  they made the mistake of either using a plan that is too small or not faithfully following the plan they have.  PD is a tough problem and you must be dedicated to eliminating the problem – half efforts do not work. What we propose at PDI is a concept for Peyronie's disease therapy that is not so earth shattering or extreme.  All we are doing is attempting to figure out why your PD did not correct like about 50% of the men who develop this problem.  If half of the men “cure” their own PD, why not you?  That is all we are attempting to address with our therapy concept.  It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet. All standard medical information about PD clearly states that in half of the cases, the Peyronies “goes away on its own.”   The Peyronie’s disease treatment approach promoted by PDI is to do all that is necessary to prepare the body to heal on its own, just as it should happen, just as happens in half of the cases.   In this sense you can say that a natural Peyronie's cure is about 50% effective.   It is really not such a crazy or extreme idea.  PDI advocates that an aggressive use of multiple conservative Alternative Medicine therapies, as outlined in our website, an assist the body to heal the Peyronie's plaque or scar better than if that effort were not extended. Since 2002 it is my experience that those men who follow the largest and most aggressive therapy plan will usually get the best results.  For those interested in doing all that can be done to promote healing and repair, the “Large (Best) Plan” is designed for maximum personal treatment.  This can be found on the PDI website .   The Medium Plan is the most popular of the three plans offered by PDI. There is also a Small Plan that is well designed.    It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans.  All can be modified to suit your thinking about therapy.

Aggressive Peyronie's treatment is usually best

Peyronie’s disease treatment must be followed aggressively and faithfully because PD is a very difficult and stubborn problem to treat successfully.  For any level of correction of the problem be prepared to spend time and effort to build up the strength of the immune response.  It can be done; I talk to men everyday who are doing it. I would be pleased to answer any specific questions you have about treatment.  I will be happy to give you the best of my thinking about what you might want to do to change the direction your problem is heading.  Simply ask a question at the end of this blog post. I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of men, some mild and some severe, some just a few months and a few more than 10 years old.  I had a pretty bad PD problem until I cured my condition using the procedures found in the book I wrote – the "Peyronie's Disease Handbook" – and the same Alternative Medicine ideas as on the website.  Success against PD is not determined by how bad the problem is at the start of care or how soon you start treatment; it seems to be determined by intensity of effort. You do not have to feel like a victim if you are working to improve your health and immune response against the presence of this foreign tissue. Peyronie’s Disease Institute is available to offer information and suggestions for effective care.  The PDI website offers ideas and information you will not find anywhere.   If you want some help and ideas that you are not now getting, I would be pleased to help you along.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment Blog to Help You

Peyronie’s disease blog

Peyronie’s disease is surrounded by a world of misinformation, honest differences of opinion, lack of judgment, as well as total confusion.

Every week I get at least one email from someone who is newly diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, but doubts that he has it.  The email will explain that the writer doubts he has Peyronie’s disease because he has heard that there is a Peyronie’s plaque or scar involved, and since he cannot see one, he doubts the diagnosis is correct.   He asks me to tell him if I think he has Peyronies, solely based on the information that his penis is bent.

What does this have to do with Peyronie’s disease treatment and blogging?  Well, with this Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog available to any man or woman who deals with the problem of PD, it is far easier to create a library of information and ideas about Peyronie’s disease treatment using Alternative Medicine.

If you are reading this blog looking for answers to an important question, you owe it to yourself and to the larger Peyronie’s disease community to ask that burning question about your problem that you would like explained.  There is a very good chance that other people would also like to know more about that same issue.  Without your participation in this blog, it will not reach its full potential to help you and others with Peyronie’s disease.

Questions in these areas?  Fire away:

  1. Anatomy of the male or female genitals
  2. Erections – how do they happen, why is mine weaker than before, how to increase and strengthen mine
  3. Peyronies disease – any aspect
  4. Peyronie’s disease  treatment – any aspect of medical, surgical or Alternative Medicine treatment
  5. Intercourse – any aspect
  6. Relationship problems – any aspect
  7. Your treatment plan is not going the way you thought it would

Please ask your questions and make your comments to those who have left a comment here.  In this way the misinformation, honest differences of opinion, lack of judgment, as well as total confusion of some, can be lifted.

Peyronie's disease treatment inspiration

Just the other day I ran into this exciting quote that meant a lot to me.  I can only hope it will inspire you to feel more focused and confident as you conduct your Peyronie’s disease treatment; to gather your inner strength to do more to help yourself along during the repeated trials and long days you spend working for your personal Peyronies cure.

“At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

I have seen this is in action in my life.  I have noticed many times, usually in great despair, that when I finally make up my mind about something – I finally no longer resist, but deeply and completely commit myself  – then suddenly the situation changes.  Problems reveal solutions.  Difficult people become cooperative.  I feel my determination and strength return.  Mountains of objections and problems become transparent to reveal the situation in such a different way that answers and success are finally in view.

Of course, all of this applies to Peyronie’s disease treatment in more ways than you can imagine.  If you find that you are more negative than you can stand, and you cannot think clearly any longer about the dark place you are in, send me a comment here.  Let’s work on it together.   TRH

Peyronie’s disease treatment with Scar-X

Homeopathic Scar-X used for Peyronie’s disease treatment

Scar-X is a great Peyronie’s disease treatment that just happens to be a Peyronie’s homeopathy therapy.  This is a unique homeopathic product that was put together exclusively for Peyronie’s Disease Institute by a gifted young homeopath from California.  Homeopathy is not a nutritional therapy; it is a type of energy medicine. It is about 175 years old and is gaining rapidly in popularity in the U.S., although it is used far more extensively in most other parts of the world.

Let me tell you how you can know for sure that homeopathy is gaining respect and use within the traditional medical community.  Recently, I attended a medical meeting at a famous teaching hospital in my area, during which the benefits of homeopathy were explained.  There were about 500-600 MDs in attendance.  We all were urged to consider using homeopathy in a case if standard prescription drugs were ineffective.

In addition there is yet another, even stronger, proof that homeopathy is gaining tremendous medical acceptance and use.  Go to your favorite drug store, and ask the pharmacist for some over-the-counter cold relief remedies.  In this same area of the drug store I guarantee you will find several – many – homeopathic preparations.  However, you will not know they are homeopathic preparations  because the DRUG store and the DRUG companies do not want you to know you are taking a non-drug preparation. Now they sell it to you, but it is presented as though it was just another drug.  Homeopathy will be packaged and presented as though it was just another over-the-counter medication, although it is not.  You will also find more homeopathic remedies in the over-the-counter section that are used for menstrual cramps, headaches, sore throat, hemorrhoids, fever, and many other common complaints.

Yes, homeopathy has really gained a large following within the mainstream medical community, they just don’t want to make a lot of fuss about it because they have ridiculed homeopathy for so many years it the past, saying it was worthless and quackery. The medical establishment is not good at admitting it was wrong.

Different way to use Scar-X

Scar-X is a very popular and low cost homeopathic remedy that can be a part of your Peyronie’s disease treatment.  If you follow the directions that are provided with each order you will be taking it in a very effective way.

However, there is a variation for taking Scar-X, and any other homeopathic preparation that you may have, that adds to its effectiveness.  I used this method when I was treating, and cured, my own Peyronie’s disease.   Here is another way to take a liquid homeopathic formula, rather than simply squirting it under your tongue and holding it there for 30 seconds:

1.      Place about 12 ounces of water in a glass, or find a water bottle of 12-16 ounces.  The exact amount of water is not that critical.

2.      Place 2-10 drops of Scar-X in the water, and agitate and stir well.

3.      Sip this water all day long, following the restrictions about not having any strong taste or recent food or liquid in your mouth for 15 minutes before or after you do take the water/Scar-X combination.

4.      It should take you perhaps all day long to finish the water/Scar-X combination.  So, in effect, it will take you all day long to consume the 2-10 drops of the homeopathic formula that you started put into the  glass of water.   The idea is that since homeopathy is all about extreme dilutions of substances down to the point that they are only present as energy when you take them, this further reduction and dilution of the Scar-X will make it more effective for you.

So there you have a different way of taking Scar-X that might be more effective than the other method.  Try it and let me know what you think.  Follow all of the other rules about taking the homeopathic formula that you were given when you received your order.

If you are not using Scar-X, you should look into it to increase your chance for Peyronie’s treatment success.

Let me know if you have comments or questions about this post.  Just leave your comments in the reply box, below, and thank you. TRH

Ladies Peyronies Forum – Women only!

Peyronie’s Disease Forum for Women Serves Useful Purpose

Women need a Peyronie’s forum for their special needs and issues.

While no one can doubt that the man who has Peyronies suffers in many ways with this problem, the women who love and live with these men suffer greatly in their own way.  Every woman touched by Peyronie’s disease suffers not less because hers’ is an indirect involvement, but perhaps more because of the acute frustration and helplessness of being unable to do anything to comfort her man during his times of distress.

Many of the emails I receive each day come from the women who are just as confused, frustrated, and angry about all the same issues that each man experiences in trying to deal with PD – with a few added issues.

Just as the man who first learns he has Peyronies, the woman must also attempt to grasp the answers to the basic questions that commonly arise at this time:

  1. This condition I have never heard of before – Peyronie’s disease – just what is it, and what do we do to get rid of it?
  2. Is it life threatening?
  3. What do you mean, there is no known cause or Peyronies cure?
  4. In the early part of the 21st century, when even cancers are being cured, how is it possible that science has no help for this problem?
  5. Could it be that we have talked to a doctor who is lazy or incompetent: should we talk to someone else?
  6. Would we get better answers, and help, if we spent more money and went to a higher level specialist?
  7. How could this problem affect up to 9% of the male population, but I have never heard of it before?
  8. What do you mean, you do not know if it is going to get better or worse?

On and on the questions pour out, trying to make sense of a terrible situation.  But there are other questions that a woman must naturally ask in the privacy of her own self:

  1. I am sorry that he got injured during intercourse.  He knows I did not do it on purpose.  I feel so guilty when I see him suffering.  Is he holding all this against me?
  2. What about my sexual needs; what am I going to do now?
  3. I didn’t do anything wrong, why am I suffering too?
  4. Why is he being so quiet and secretive about this; why won’t he talk to me about this problem?  Doesn’t he realize It is affecting me, too?
  5. What is going on with him?  He is getting so moody and irritable that I am afraid to talk to him sometimes.
  6. I feel like there is a brick wall around him, and he is a hundred miles away.  Why won’t he talk to me?

Of course, there are all the sexual problems and sexual discussions that are so unique between couples.  These too, are a part of the problems associated with Peyronie’s disease treatment– sometimes minor and manageable, and sometimes so major that a couple can not sustain themselves together.  In these cases where I counsel couples, I find that most all of the time each couple has a problem communicating on a much deeper level necessary to truly understand each other to the degree needed in this time of special need.

Throughout all this time, during discussion and lack of discussion, the woman suffers in her own unique way.  There are no easy answers to any of this, but it is necessary that a woman be able to communicate with someone, express her fears and her needs, and learn she is not alone.  This section of the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment forum blog is intended for this purpose.

Please feel free to ask questions, post comments and replies to each other, so you may feel this is a place of understanding and comfort for you.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with vacuum pump (VED)

Vacuum Erection Device (VED) and Peyronie's Disease

Every now and then I am asked about the use of a VED,  vacuum pump or Vacuum Erection Device to treat the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.  Many men are encouraged about a VED because their medical doctor has suggested it, or they have read something written on the Internet saying that it is a good Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Some of the more outlandish ads even say a VED is a Peyronie’s cure. A Vacuum Erection Device is a clear plastic cylinder chamber that is open at one end, and is placed over the penis and held tightly against the skin of the lower abdomen.  At the other end of the VED is a simple air pump that removes the air inside the cylinder once the penis is inside it. The air is removed from the chamber so that the bent penis is affected by the negative atmospheric pressure inside.  As a result, the negative pressure causes more blood than normal to enter the penis and an unusually large erection develops. This grater than average enlargement is said to be able to stretch the deeper tissue of the penis and reduce the penis curvature. The effect is temporary, but impressive.  A VED will give you an erection larger than you have ever had before, although it will not last more than a few hours outside the chamber, and any tissue changes that the stretching produces are equally temporary. The effects of reduced atmospheric pressure on tissue can be demonstrated by the "love kiss" or "hickey" that is created by placing the mouth over an area of skin (classically the neck), and forcefully sucking the tissue for just a short while.  Within seconds the blood vessels of the area are so dilated –  and often ruptured –  that a bruised mark is left in the area that will last for several days.  The Vacuum Erection Device does something similar to the entire penis.  It dilates all the tissue, allows more blood to enter the penis for as long as it is held in place, and it can also result in ruptured blood vessels and injury to the delicate tunica albuginea.  This kind of tissue reaction can be a catastrophe for someone who already has Peyronies.

VED can cause Peyronie's disease

In my time communicating with men who have Peyronie’s disease, I have found a surprisingly large percent of them who state their initial injury that resulted in their Peyronies can be traced back to use of a VED.  These are the men who started out simply wanting to increase their penile dimensions, and injured themselves to the point that Peyronie’s disease developed.  While there are a few men who say a VED helps them, there are many more who say it does not. The danger with a penile vacuum pump is in the overuse or abuse of such a device.  The theory behind the therapeutic use of the VED is to slowly and gently stretch the scar tissue and soften it.  That does not appear to happen, because the normal tissue does indeed stretch, but the Peyronie’s disease plaque tissue does not.  As a result a man finds that he has a temporarily larger penis that is less able to reach a normal full erection – and it still has the same Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar, and/or curve, he had before. When a man uses a VED he will either overuse the device, taking the very real risk of injuring the penile tissue even more, or he will temporarily enlarge the penis but injure the vascular mechanism so that his erection is not as rigid as before.  What he winds up with is a large soft penis that is rather ineffective in intercourse.  You definitely can create an artificial erection with a pump, but there are often damaging consequences to a VED that causes men to quickly stop using it once they see all the drawbacks. Many people ask for my advice about a “penis pump.”   Here is the basic problem with the VED:   You and I have both definitely proven that we have penile tissue that is susceptible to injury and when injured (and even when not injured), we can develop an excess scar reaction.  If you injure the penis by over-stretching, as is easy to do since there is no way to know at what point is the point of over-stretching, you will create more Peyronies plaque material.   Most men will probably over use the VED just because they get excited when they see the results the device can produce temporarily.  If you are prone to Peyronie’s disease anyway, this kind of tissue stretching can be a disaster.  The only way you can safely use a VED is to not over use it; the problem is there is no way to know what is over use and abuse until it is too late. From my experience with countless men, my opinion is that it is simply better to avoid the temptation and pass on the Vacuum Erection Device.  It can cause a lot more problems than the small and temporary change in Peyronie’s disease is worth. Send along your questions concerning Peyronie’s treatment under the “Ask Dr. Herazy…” heading, or reply to this particular article in the space below.

Peyronie's treatment

Peyronie’s disease treatment in detail

Since mid-2002, I have been deeply and continually involved in Peyronie’s disease treatment – initially for myself, and then later for other men who have PD. All the details of my successful effort to heal my own case of Peyronie’s disease using Alternative Medicine are revealed in my first book, “Peyronies’ Disease Handbook.”

The most popular single topic of any email question I receive from around the world concerns Peyronies treatment, naturally.  More than wanting to know about the chemistry or the physiology of Peyronie’s disease, or how to locate the Peyronie’s plaque, or names of doctors in different parts of the world, or anything else about PD, people want to know what must be done to successfully treat this terrible problem.

Many details about Peyronie’s disease treatment are found on the PDI website, in “Peyronies’ Disease Handbook,” and in nearly 100 issues of the Peyronies Disease Institute Newsletter.  Some days I answer more than a dozen emails from men and women who have countless questions about PD treatment.  I offer the best information I possibly can to each person. Yet, no matter how many times I present this information in a variety of formats, there remains one aspect of Peyronies treatment that many people just do not seem to understand.

Perhaps it is my fault for not stating this treatment information plainly enough, or not presenting it often enough.  Yet, somehow I feel responsible I have not found the best way to present this basic aspect of Peyronie’s disease treatment so everyone will understand this topic as well as I do.   If this is so, if all this is my fault, here is yet another attempt to make this important point about Peyronies treatment perfectly clear.

Peyronie’s disease treatment critical point

Regardless of how a person attempts to increase their immune response to eliminate the nasty Peyronie’s plaque, it is not as important how you start treatment, as it is how you progress and eventually finish your Peyronies treatment.   There are many ways to rationalize and calculate how you will go about treating your PD problem.  There are many good ways to help your body eliminate the Peyronie’s scar and restore penis health.  That is the reason I have assembled three different size sample treatment plans, go to http://www.natural-complementary-medicine.com/index. asp? PageAction =VIEWCATS &Category=2 I have repeatedly said that these three plans can be increased or decreased in an effort to help your body heal your Peyronies.

Each day several men begin their Peyronie’s treatment with PDI in a wide variety of formats. Some of these are ultimately successful and some are ultimately unsuccessful, not because of the plan they put together at the beginning of their care, but their ability to modify, organize and apply the necessary changes to their Peyronie’s treatment plan if they do not get the kind of results they are looking for with the plan they start with.

Peyronie’s treatment is like a football game

Let’s say that you are a football coach, and you have a big game coming up.  As part of your job, you rationalize and calculate how you will beat the opposing team.  You know the strengths and weaknesses of the men on your own team, and you do the best you can to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the men on the other team.  You keep in mind the weather conditions, the time of day, home team advantages, and countless statistics to eventually develop a winning strategy.  Eventually, you devise a plan to win.  The day of the big game arrives and you put your plan into action.  After a few minutes into the game you see that you have made some mistakes because none of what you planned is happening, because apparently you did not figure things out correctly.

You can do one of two basic things:

  1. You continue with the plan you started with.  You follow the basic plan that you started with because you tell yourself that your plan made sense to you before, and it should eventually work out.  You tell yourself, you must have patience with your plan.  You remind yourself that if you continue to follow your starting strategy things will sooner or later come together, your plan will begin to work, and you will eventually win.  Besides that, you do not know what else to do, so you struggle forward.
  2. You change your plan after giving it a reasonable time to work.  You eventually keep those parts of your starting strategy that seem to be working, while you change other parts of the plan that are not.  You improvise where you can, make minor and major changes if you are able, and look around for options that you might not ever have considered before.  You try different things until something works.   It is not pretty, it is not what you planned, but you take every advantage you can find during each moment of the game. Besides that, you do not know what else to do because continuing with a loosing plan does not make sense to you.

You see, my PD Warrior, Peyronie’s treatment should not be not static, although some people approach it that way.  Just because you start with one idea, one plan, does not mean you must continue with it if it does not seem to be working after a reasonable length of time.

If you start with one idea, and it seems to be working, fine, continue with it.  But if it is not working, change it.  How?  I don’t know.  But if you let me ask you a few questions and tell me about what you are doing, I know I can offer you some ideas you have never considered.  Sometimes these changes make a small difference in the progression of Peyronies treatment, and sometimes they make a huge difference.

Now, I hope this little discussion makes a difference in your effort to increase your ability to heal and repair your Peyronie’s disease.

Please comment and ask questions here if there is more that you would like to know about successful Peyronies treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Neprinol

Neprinol Used for Peyronie’s Treatment

Many men with Peyronie’s disease seem to have questions about Neprinol, the systemic enzyme that is such a popular therapy.  Some confusion exists because Neprinol is actually a high potency combination of several different systemic enzymes, rather than just a single enzyme, like so many other products.

These are the basic highlights of what you need to know about Neprinol as it relates to Peyronie’s disease treatment:

  1. Neprinol contains a high concentration of nattokinase, serrapeptase, bromelain and Coenzyme Q, and related co-enzyme factors.
  2. The nattokinase and serrapeptase in Neprinol are in much higher concentration than in the separate pills containing just nattokinase and serrapeptase.  You do not need to take as many Neprinol to get a higher dose of these two enzymes, as when you take the lower concentration enzymes separately.
  3. Taking Neprinol makes taking separate doses of nattokinase and serrapeptase unnecessary, although some men still take Neprinol plus additional nattokinase and serrapeptase products to diversify the sources and varieties of these enzymes.  PDI sells a separate nattokinase product call Nattokinase 1500 and a separate serrapeptase product called Fibrozym.  Both of these are great products and they can be used successfully in any PD program; it’s just that Neprinol has more of these same enzymes in it than these separate enzyme products.
  4. Neprinol comes in a bottle of 300 pills, while the separate Nattokinase and separate Fibrozym enzyme products come in bottles of 100.
  5. While a single bottle of Neprinol is comparatively expensive a few reasons:  the bottle is thee times larger than the average enzyme product, and each Neprinol pill contains a more concentrated dose of nattokinase, serrapeptase, bromelain and Coenzyme Q than are found in any other enzyme product.  Besides, PDI sells Neprinol through our sister-site, Natural Complementary Medicine Products, for $135 a bottle of 300, the best price on the Internet.  Neprinol represents a better value in the long run since you would need to take fewer or them, and the bottle is simply larger so you buy fewer of them.  For more information about how  Neprinol is used with great success in Peyronie’s disease treatment, clink on  go to Neprinol.
  6. If you want the discount we offer for Neprinol, just type in the discount code word “Neprinol” when you place your order with us, and you will be given a discount of $10 that brings the price down to $135.
  7. Most men can slowly work themselves up with very little trouble to 6 Neprinol per day; in fact, many men start at this dosage level and continue on from there to higher dosages without a problem.  Those who take it in the 9-12 per day range seem to get better results.  I know of many men who are quite successful with their Peyronie’s disease treatment who take a dose even higher than this.  Some people cannot do this, and all should be very careful to use caution and follow the directions that are supplied with the Neprinol when it is sent to you.

If you want to read more about systemic enzymes and Neprinol used in Peyronie’s disease treatment, go to the PDI website discussion about systemic enzymes at Neprinol.

Many times I get questions from men wanting to use only Neprinol in their Peyronies treatment.  I advise against it, because as good as Neprinol is, I have seldom see it do more than reduce penis pain associated with Peyronie’s disease.  Now, I guess there are men who have used it all by itself, and have found reduction of Peyronies plaque material or improvement of their curved penis.  I just have never learned that directly from anyone in personal communication.  However, when incorporated into an aggressive and well balanced Alternative Medicine Peyronie’s disease treatment plan, I have seen Neprinol often make a great difference in the effectiveness of the overall plan.

Remember, treating Peyronies is all about creating synergy with multiple therapies designed to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronies plaque or scar.  It is never as easy as popping a few pills – even as great as Neprinol – and getting the kind of results we all want.

Please send your questions about Neprinol to “Ask Dr. Herazy…”

When to Take Supplements in a Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Plan

Timing of Peyronie’s disease treatment important

Some men at the start of care get confused about taking their Peyronie’s disease treatment supplements.  If it is true that timing is everything, as they say, it is critical to the success of your Peyronie’s disease program.  If you do not take your supplements at the right time, you are not going to get the kind of results that you should.

Double check to make sure you take each one of your Peyronies therapies at the right time.  I just had a fellow the other day – after three months of treatment – finally figure out that he got confused on the first day, and was taking his Neprinol WITH meals.  What a mistake!  He wasted precious time, opportunity and money. Do not make that kind of error.

Take these with meals (immediately before eating or during a meal):

1. Vitamin E 400/400

2. Maxi-Gamma E

3. Omega Q

4. Natural C 1000

5. Fundamental Sulfur with C (MSM) – if you are having digestive complaints when taking it    between meals on an empty stomach, otherwise take between meals

6. PABA

7. Acetyl-L-Carnitine

8. Prosta-Support

9. NanoGreens – our new green drink

Take these between meals (1 hour or more before eating or 2 hours after eating):

1. Neprinol

2. Fibrozym

3. Nattokinase

4. MSM (Fundamental Sulfur) – only if it bothers your digestive tract when taken on an empty stomach

5. Quercetin/Bromelain

7. Scar-X – be careful you do not even chew gum or eat candy during this time; your mouth must not even have the taste of food in it when you take homeopathy

At the beginning of the day, separate all the supplements you will need for that day.  It is more work to handle the bottles twice a day.  If you are going to eat every meal away from home, put what you need in each for each meal in one of the small plastic cases for easy and clean transport.

Put an “X” on the bottle top of all products you take between meals.  Finding them will be easier when you are putting your supplements in the case.

We encourage you to talk to your personal physician about any digestive problem or concern you may have.  It is critical that you keep your family doctor informed about your progress and your current condition, especially when there is a problem.

If you have ideas about other topics you would like to have addressed, or questions about Peyronie’s disease treatment or plaque, please let me know.  TRH

Peyronie's disease treatment philosophy

Peyronie’s disease treatment is effective because it is different

The Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy of PDI is not accepted within the medical community at this time.  You should know the opinions and philosophy of PDI are not current mainstream medical thinking, although PDI has assisted perhaps a dozen or more MDs with their own Peyronies problem in the last few years.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute philosophy for Peyronie’s treatment is different from standard medical thinking in two fundamental ways.

1. PDI recommends using mainstream Alternative Medicine therapy products (vitamin E, copper, DMSO, enzymes, etc.), and procedures (a special manual stretching technique we have developed, manual penis stretching,  along with exercise, massage and acupuncture).  These are recommended even though they have not fulfilled the testing standards usually required of medication.  The use of stretching, exercise, massage and acupuncture are included because of their longstanding use in medical care for a wide variety of health problems; they have stood the test of time.

2.  PDI has found after seven years of review and research that taking multiple therapies, all at the same time, in sufficient quantities as described on its website, often stimulates or supports an improved ability to heal and repair the famous Peyronie’s plaque or scar.  The scientific term for this phenomenon is “synergy”.

The specific therapy products used by PDI are well known and generally accepted as important, and often essential, for health and well being, such as vitamin E, MSM, acetyl-L-carnitine, etc.  However, what is unique is that PDI advocates these therapy products are used in combination and in significant number for maximum potential effect and benefit.  This synergistic concept of therapy used by PDI to treat PD takes advantage of the affect of synergy – a concept that is very well known in medical practice. Synergy is the ability of two or more substances to work together to produce a total effect greater than what each individual therapy could produce by itself.

This Peyronie’s disease treatment concept is based on simple observations about this problem:

  • Why do some men completely recover from Peyronie’s disease without treatment?  You know, this happens in about half of the case.
  • Why do some men get worse and need surgery, no matter what treatment they try?
  • If the Peyronie’s plaque is similar to scars like I have on other parts of my body, why does it seem to change so much – not only the size, shape, and density of the scar, but also the location?
  • If it’s actually the same problem among all the men who have it, why does Peyronies vary so much from one man to the next?
  • What’s the difference between the two groups of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own, and the other in which it only gets worse no matter what they do for it?
  • What is the fundamental difference between these two groups of different responses?
  • How can I join the group that repairs and eliminates the Peyronie’s plaque and reverses the bent penis of PD?

Certainly, no one has complete or easy answers to these questions – yet.  However, I think it makes perfect sense that the man whose Peyronie’s disease simply goes away on its own has a better healing capacity, than another man whose PD never improves.  It cannot be a mater of luck; nature is just not that way.   It is my opinion that you can increase your healing capacity and become healthier in some yet undetermined way so you are able to heal your Peyronie’s scar and reverse your Peyronie’s bend to the best of your ability.

The fact that some men are able to recover better than others, must mean there is variable − not static − capacity to healing and repair among men.  Common sense and generally accepted knowledge about health, nutrition, and the healing process offers you and I the foundation for a treatment concept and philosophy that should improve your chances to recover from Peyronie’s disease better than if you did nothing to enhance your ability to heal.  It is really as simple and direct as that.  The Peyronie’s plaque found within and on the tunica albuginea can be seen as an expression or extension of the overall health and healing potential of the body in which it occurs.  Similar to an ulcer, a Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be thought of as the result of abnormal body chemistry and physiology.  As such, treatment of Peyronie’s disease should attempt to improve that distressed or abnormal chemistry and physiology of the penile tissue in which the plaque is found.

All therapy products, nutrients, techniques and ideas presented by PDI are all directly or indirectly intended to improve the chemistry and physiology of the body in general and plaque elimination in the tunica specifically. The end result of this effort should be a healthier person with healthier tissue that can heal better. That is the reason all Peyronie’s therapy items are selected on the basis of their potential to improve or normalize the chemistry and physiology of the tunica of the penis and the foreign plaque material.  Peyronie’s Disease Institute adopts the judgment of Mayo Clinic concerning Peyronie’s disease when it stated. ”early stage disease [of Peyronie’s disease] is reputed to respond better than well-established plaques, an early trial of inexpensive, safe and well-tolerated oral therapy is often initially recommended. … With advances in the molecular biology of inflammation and wound healing, the management and understanding of this frustrating disease will no doubt improve.”

With this statement in mind, I strongly recommend that any man, in any stage of Peyronie’s disease – no matter how chronic or advanced – should at least investigate the use of synergy created by the combination of several simultaneous non-invasive treatment measures selected on the basis of the best understanding of your problem and the information that is available to you.

Peyronie’s disease treatment is variable from one man to the next. Because the Alternative Medicine therapies used in Peyronie’s disease treatment are intended not to treat the disease but to support and strengthen the man who has the problem, so he can heal and repair it to the best of his ability.  Since we are all different, each man must approach his own search for a Peyronies cure on an individual basis.

The PDI website is full of helpful information about Peyronie’s disease treatment to increase your ability to heal and repair PD, just as it naturally and spontaneously happens in 50% of the men who develop this condition.   Keeping this in mind should change the way you look not only at Peyronie’s disease, but also the way that you consider your relationship to the problem and how you hope to eventually overcome it.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment and Skin Cancer

How Peyronies treatment can be evaluated

This is not the usual kind of information I enter on the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog.  However, it is important to discuss because the cancer  information you will read is important for any age audience, especially with the large number of seniors who are registered.

Even though this is not totally a Peyronie’s disease treatment topic, there is a strong PD message at the end.

If only Peyronie’s disease was this easy to figure out

A little over a year ago, my wife asked me about the black mole on the back of my left shoulder. Like in many of my conversations with her, I replied, “Huh?”

Twisting and stretching around, I examined myself in the mirror.  To my surprise I saw a flat black mole, slightly oval and right at ¼ inch across, that seemed to have come up overnight.  Good grief, Peyronie’s disease audience, what does that remind you of?

I knew that this flat black mole had the potential to become a melanoma, a malignant skin cancer, so I was concerned.

Melanoma skin cancer facts

The primary sign of a melanoma is any change in size or color of a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark.   A melanoma may even grow within a mole or birthmark that you already have, but they usually grow in previously normal and unmarked skin anywhere on the body.  Most often, they appear on the upper back (like mine) of men and on the legs of women.

Melanoma usually looks like a flat, brown or black mole with uneven edges, and  an irregular or asymmetrical shape.  When a melanoma is irregular or asymmetrical, one half of it doesn’t match the other half. Mine was nicely even or symmetrical.   Melanoma are not small, meaning they are usually in the larger range of those funny thngs that sometimes appear on the skin, ¼ inch or more.

However, I knew that a melanoma in its very early stage can look like a mole.

Moles are harmless skin growths that can be either flat or elevated in one or more areas.   The color of a mole can vary from pink flesh to dark brown or black.  The number of moles that a person has depends on the genetic nature of the person and the amount of sun exposure during childhood. I was in the sun a lot; getting at least one or two bad bouts of sunburn was just something that seemed to happen most every year I can remember.  Moles sometimes appear in clusters and groups in different areas of the body, especially during the early teen years. It is rather rare that a mole will eventually become cancerous.

A skin doctor or dermatologist looks for “the ABCD’s” to make a diagnosis of melanoma:

1.  A – Asymmetry – any two halves of the mole do not look the same

2.  B – Border – edges irregular, not perfectly round and smooth

3.  C – Color – not a solid color, but many different shades

  1. D – Diameter – larger than ¼ inch across

Also, if you notice that at any time a mole is becoming active and changing more than your other moles that you have, it should be checked by your doctor.

If you have ANY ONE of the above findings, you should see a doctor about the mole, because it could be a melanoma.

I was good with all of these, except maybe the diameter issue, so I decided to see a dermatologist.  After waiting almost a month for an appointment, the dermatologist moved and spoke like a man who was totally bored and did not want to be in the office.  I got the impression he felt like he was a factory worker who had long ago lost interest in what he was doing.

After a very brief examination and scraping of the tissue, I was told that my mole was a mole, and nothing more.  He said it must be removed, so it could not at a later time become a melanoma.  I was given just two options for in-office removal: scalpel surgery ($$) or laser surgery ($$$).  No other information or treatment was offered.  When I asked if there were other options, I received a curious and wrinkled look as though I had asked something really stupid, and he just shook his head “no.”

I told him I would think about it.  And I did think about it – for 10 seconds.

I remember reading that in many parts of the world, bloodroot paste has a high rate of success and is used to remove moles, melanomas and other skin lesions.  When I got home I Googled “bloodroot paste” and found a very interesting and informative site from South America that sells a small jar for $9.95 plus shipping.  Within two weeks I started to apply it, using the directions that were included.

In less than two weeks the mole fell off, and left the cleanest and nicest little crater of skin where the mole used to be located.  It is now in the process of healing, and filing up nicely.

On top of that, I still have an almost full jar of bloodroot paste left over.  Of the original $10 jar, I figure I have used less than 25¢ worth of the paste.   A pretty good deal.  I wonder if the insurance companies know about bloodroot paste?

Peyronie’s disease connection

The message of this blog post that I write today is not that you should treat your moles with bloodroot paste.  No; that is what I did.  You should do what you and your doctor decide to do if you have a mole or you think you have a melanoma.

The message today is that this is another great example of how a medical doctor sees and thinks in a certain way, and leads a patient in that one direction only.  The tunnel vision of the doctor allows him or her (and you) to think in one direction only. I guess you would not expect the Ford car salesman to sell you a Chevy, anymore than you would expect a Chevy car salesman to promote a Ford.

So, when you see the urologist about Peyronie’s disease, he will give you the usual patter:  “Yep, you have Peyronie’s disease.  No one knows much about it; there is no known cause and no cure.  Surgery is the only sure cure for it.  Yep, if it gets so bad you cannot have sex any more like a lot of men with this problem, I’ll just cut on you and that will take care of it.  Let’s wait a year to see if your Peyronie’s disease clears up on its own, or it gets so bad that you need surgery.  In the meantime, yep, try not to worry.  And, oh, by hte way, you might become impotent, yep.  If that happens, don’t worry, I can give you a few drugs that sometimes work. If you want to try some vitamin E, you can do that, but it really doesn’t help.  And remember not to worry, OK? See you next year. And don’t worry.”  End of discussion, and out the door he goes. And you sit there deep in worry, with your head spinning, wondering if the last two minutes were a dream.

I did not get information about my mole from the dermatologist, and I sure did not get options other than two choices of surgery.  I am glad that I knew about these things before I walked in because the conversation was more about the two choices of scalpel or laser, like it was my choice of coffee or tea.

The medical doctor lives in a very nice world in which he or she thinks there is nothing outside of medicine and surgery.  The drug industry, the hospital industry and the insurance industry all work together to make sure all patients know that there is absolutely no one that knows anything about your body, your wellness, your sickness and disease, and your eventual death, more than your friendly MD.

Everyone says it is so important to get a second opinion, because, you know, two heads are better than one.  But, the drug industry, the hospital industry and the insurance industry, all doctors, nurses and others who work in the health care industry know that it is not acceptable – and dangerous – to say or do anything that contradicts the primary care doctor. You could get sued. There is that mysterious power of “How dare you! That is MY patient!” that serves to control and limit a patient’s access to different ideas.  In this way, a typical patient only knows what the doctor wants the patient to know.   How convenient to keep a patient under control.

When a person goes for a second opinion, it is actually very difficult to get a true second opinion about the situation.  It turns out to be an exercise in which the second doctor is usually given a chance to say that the first doctor is correct.  This is the famous buddy system.   Did you ever notice that for the second opinion, the second doctor wants to read your chart so that he or she can see what the first doctor did and said about you?  This is done so that the second doctor knows the direction to go with your problem.  All of this happens so that the patient is not made to lose confidence or faith in the medical doctor.  Is this not true?  Does society agree with this arrangement?  Sure.  Is this a good arrangement for different ideas and information to be given to the patient who would like options?  No.

So much for exchanging information or learning anything new, or challenging the established way while looking for a better, safer, less drastic form of health care.

And thus we have a different way that I decided to treat my mole, and a different way that I decided to treat my Peyronie’s disease. If I did not think in a different direction I would still have Peyronie’s disease.

Cause of Peyronie's disease

How Peyronie’s disease starts

As anyone who has the problem knows, the cause of Peyronie’s disease is not well understood.  However, any research topics that shed light on this basic question are of great interest to men who have Peyronie’s disease.

Perhaps a good question to start with is, what causes the erect penis to bend in a case of Peyronie’s disease?  The answer lies in the function of the corpora cavernosa functions in the mechanism to produce an erection. There are actually two corpora cavernosa, laying side by side like two cigar shaped, paired balloon-like chambers that must be filled with blood to create an erection. Their connective tissue wall, the tunica albuginea, offers resistance and rigidity when it is stretched to its maximum.  The tunica is elastic to a point, but unlike the thin and flexible wall of a balloon, the tunica albuginea is interlaced with strong connective tissue fibers. These strong fibers do not allow for much expansion, and eventually determine the shape of the erect penis because of their structural rigidity.

Thus, in a very real and fundamental way, Peyronies disease is a disorder of the tunica albuginea. By producing dense and rigid areas of the tunica, called Peyronie’s plaque or scars, Peyronie’s disease interferes with the full expansion of the tunica. Plaques are either regions of reversible inflammation in early phases of Peyronies, or permanent scars later if the inflammation is severe and continues too long.  Much like a piece of tape placed on the wall of a balloon, the plaque or scar causes uneven filling and expansion of the tunica, and this causes bending  of the column of the corpora cavernosa.

A basic question is, what causes these plaques to begin?  Microscopic and chemical studies show that plaques represent an early stage of the wound healing process when the tunica is injured. Whatever starts Peyronie’s disease, the problem seems to the inappropriately increase of the normally healthful and proper process of wound repair.  Actually, wound healing may not be the appropriate term in all situations.

Most likely cause of Peyronie’s disease

One cause of Peyronies disease is obvious and direct trauma to the erect penis. This trauma can range from sudden and unexpected angulation during sex, to am actual rupture of the corpora cavernosa.  However, the fact is, many men with Peyronies do not recall any such traumatic occurrences.

Over time, all sexually active men will experience some degree of wear and tear on vulnerable areas of the soft tissue erection mechanism. Both the structural arrangement of the corpora and the inherent elasticity of its connective tissues counteract the strong mechanical stresses created by strong sexual activity.  But when men reach their mid-fifties, fundamental connective tissue elasticity throughout the body, and the penis, is on the decline.   And so, it just so happens that the average for appearance of Peyronies disease is fifty-four.

Peyronies plaques most often appear along the top surface of the penis. It is this region where the two corpora meet side by side, along the upper edge of the “inflatable I-beam” created during an erection that is most vulnerable to stress induced delamination.  Another word for a layer is a lamina; when layers are disrupted or separated, it is called delamination.

Autopsy studies in the mid-1990s on men have shown the earliest microscopic changes thought to be early Peyronies disease changes are actually a common finding.   It seems that while many men develop these changes, they will evolve into Peyronies plaques only for a small percentage of cases.

So what causes the process of normal wear and tear to develop abnormally into the destructive process of wound healing that is called Peyronie’s disease?  There are no clear answers to this question.   However, Peyronies disease is more common in diabetics, as well as men who have gout.  These are two conditions that can have an adverse affect on normal connective tissue healing. It is also more common in the presence of Dupuytren’s contractures. These scars of the fascial covering of the finger tendons in the palm of the hand are thought to be inherited, and may reflect an abnormal tendency toward scar formation in other areas.

Thus, we see that much is still to be learned about Peyronie’s disease, but as these microscopic tissue clues are unraveled, the mystery of this problem will be advanced, as well as Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie's disease treatment with Xiaflex

Peyronie’s treatment with experimental drug, Xiaflex

Peyronie’s disease is best known for the plaque, scar or hard lump that causes a curved penis to develop.   Peyronies begins as a localized inflammation, usually as a result of injury of some type. It is currently believed that Peyronie’s disease is caused by vascular trauma or injury to the deeper penis anatomy. Peyronie’s disease is most common in men over 50 years, and the incidence increases with age. This inflammation often progresses to a hardened plaque or scar that reduces flexibility of the tissue of the penis, and results in a bend or distortion during erection due to incomplete filling or restriction of the tissue.  Often, this causes constant pain or pain during erection, and for some men these can prevent sexual intercourse due t physical incompatibility or erectile dysfunction.

Aside from the physical changes, depression and reduced self-esteem are commonly experienced by men with Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease is most often treated by urologists, even though there are no approved drug therapies for Peyronie’s disease.  Peyronie’s surgery may be an option for some patients although complications such as worsening of the PD distortion can develop, as well as loss of penile length can occur.   Xiaflex, a type of collagen reducing enzyme, or collagenase, has been experimentally injected into the Peyronie’s disease scar or plaque as an in-office procedure. The purpose of injecting Xiaflex into the PD scar is to soften the scar tissue and improve or reduce the curvature of the penis. Further, this is hoped to improve sexual function and eliminate the distressing negative psychosocial aspects of Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronies Xiaflex trial results

Sponsored and monitored by BioSpecifics Technologies Corp., licensor of Xiaflex, the 12 month phase II open-label trials of Xiaflex showed limited but promising results.  These research tests were conducted to evaluate the ability of Xiaflex to successfully treat Peyronie’s disease, as well as its compatibility and side effect potential.  In this process clinical success was defined as a baseline change of penile angulation of at least 25 percent.

Each of the study participants received three injections of Xiaflex, administered on a separate day, and given over seven to ten day period.  Twelve weeks later, each man received a second series of three injections.  Research subjects were evaluated at three, six, and nine months after the Xiaflex injection series.

The average baseline angulation was 52.8 degrees.  In this study clinical success was achieved at three and six months with 58 percent and 53 percent of patients, respectively.  This would suggest that early success might not last very long or that the improvement to the Peyronie’s disease distortion was temporary.

In this study there were adverse reactions with Xiaflex that were not described in the general media.  The most common adverse reaction was only reported as a problem at the local administration site that was mild or moderate in severity, non-serious, and resolved in time without medical attention.  No comment was made about worsening of the Peyronie’s disease after the nine month time frame as a direct result of repeated injury to the delicate tunica albuginea tissue from the multiple needle injections of the needle used to deliver the Xiaflex.

It is the opinion of PDI that for some men these repeated injections could make their Peyronie’s disease condition worse over time.   It might be prudent for the average man to wait until more clinical treatment results are collected and interpreted before considering this treatment approach.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Via Direct Drug Injection

Drug injection trauma can lead to Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease treatment using drug injection into the delicate tunica albuginea of the penis is a medical therapy that is fast loosing favor.  One of the reasons is the lack of good results, the other is that injections often cause or aggravate PD.

This blog post about Peyronie’s disease treatment using direct drug injections (Verapamil, cortisone, etc.) should hit home for a large number of you.  Many men have undergone painful drug injections into the penis because their medical doctor thought it was worth the effort, and only found themselves worse for their effort.

First I will simply copy an article, “Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease.”  This research discussion is essentially about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT (or ESWL as they call it here).  This article comes from www.pubmed.gov under the reference number PMID: 15114750 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE].

What is important to note in our particular discussion is the area I have highlighted for emphasis.  You will note from an earlier post about ESWT in Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog, this form of therapy has been fairly well abandoned by a large percent of doctors who used it for many years since these injections seem to cause more problems than it helps. The reason this information about ESWT (or ESWL) is included in this article about penile injections is that these Russian physicians make a very interesting comment while discussing ESWT that underscores the damage created by injections (of any kind) into the tunica albuginea.

[Article in Russian]

Neĭmark AI, Astakhov IuI, Sidor MV.

The authors analyse the results of treatment of 28 patients with Peyronie’s disease using extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) performed on Dornier U15 lithotriptor. A total of 2-6 sessions were made, maximal number–12. The efficacy was controlled by clinical indices and ultrasonic investigation (Doppler mapping of the blood flow). ESWL proved to be efficient in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease (PD), primarily, in patients with early disease before appearance of severe fibroplastic alterations. Less plaque vascularization by energetic Doppler mapping due to ESWL is an important diagnostic criterion of PD treatment efficacy. Conservative treatment is not indicated in marked deformities and plaque calcification, erectile dysfunction. Moreover, any injection into the tunica albuginea, especially complicated by hematomas (deep tissue bruising) may be a damaging factor which triggers fibrous inflammation. Such patients should be treated surgically. If the patient is interested in immediate results or is not interested in continuation of sexual life, the treatment is ineffective. Thus, ESWL is an effective, safe method of PD treatment but requires further study and accumulation of clinical experience.

It seems that the problems penile injections can cause is not that necessarily about the drug that is injected into the tunica, but the drug injection with a needle itself that is used to deliver the drug. An injection to deliver any drug, or sterile water, can cause injury to this delicate membrane.  This sets off an inflammatory response that can result in significant Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar tissue formation for men who as so predisposed.   Doing this once can be risky.  Doing this up to a dozen times over a few months, as is often the recommended course of therapy, just multiples the opportunity for injury to mount on top of injury.

This Russian research team offers the opinion that the effects of such injection into the penile shaft causes such significant Peyronie’s plaque development, that surgery is the best treatment option for the damage that it can cause.   Obviously, I do not agree with that, since surgery can also cause more scar development. Their conclusion is that they find men who receive these injections often eventually are rewarded with a disturbed and discontinued sexual life.

This idea is brought to your attention to demonstrate there are many in the medical community who agree with the same position that I have taken for many years now.  These doctors and I contend it is inherently risky, in fact, dangerous, to stick needles repeatedly into the penis for Peyronie’s disease treatment. Their  logic concludes that any treatment that can start or aggravate the very problem it is attempting to treat, is not much of a treatment.

It is unfortunate that the medical community turns a blind eye to the direct observation of poor results, serious irritation of the tunica, and the solid logic that reputes injections as a form of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Those who continue to inject their Peyronie’s disease patients, and bring these men farther down the road toward greater plaque development, must be desperate to look useful or just ignorant of how Peyronie’s disease often develops.  It is so common for medical doctors to think only in terms of medicine and surgery, notwithstanding the tragedy that can often result from their limited thinking.

The PDI concept of using non-invasive methods to increase the healing response of the body is a safer and more trustworthy Peyronie’s disease treatment than some of the aggressive medial schemes being promoted today.

Peyronie’s Treatment Philosophy

Many elements in successful Peyronie’s treatment plan

“What is the most important product or vitamin I should use to treat my Peyronies disease?”  I get that question all the time.

The correct answer is that there is no ONE important therapy; they are ALL important, especially when used together. Each alone has limited ability to make a difference with the fibrous Peyronie’s plaque.   But when used together as we advocate at PDI, their combined effort is capable of generating a healing response. None will work alone to get results that are equal to a wide-based synergistic approach to therapy.

There is no way to predict which vitamin or mineral or enzyme therapy will do the most for you.  Actually, there is no one product that can destroy the scar by itself or build you up sufficiently so you can do the job yourself.  I think they are all necessary.  The more you can do for yourself, the better the results will be against Peyronie’s disease.

Please read and re-read sections of the PDI website that describes the treatment philosophy and principles of synergy, found at Peyronie’s treatment philosophy .  If you are having any doubts or indecision about what you are doing, you owe it to yourself to go over some of these points. You should educate yourself well about this terrible problem and come to fully understand why you are following this course of Alternative Medicine care.

There is a lot of good information for you on the PDI website.   If you haven’t spent a few minutes there lately, now might be a good time to just go over what started you thinking in this direction in the first place.   After you understand more about the philosophy that guides this process of eliminating the Peyronies plaque, it will be easier to follow your program well.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Philosophy

“What is the most important product or vitamin I should use to treat my Peyronies disease?” I get that question all the time.

The correct answer is that there is no ONE important therapy; they are ALL important, especially when used together. Each alone has limited ability to make a difference with the fibrous Peyronie’s disease plaque But when used together as we advocate at PDI, their combined effort is capable of generating a healing response. None will work alone to get results that are equal to a wide-based synergistic approach to therapy.

There is no way to predict which vitamin or mineral or enzyme therapy will do the most for you. Actually, there is no one product that can destroy the scar by itself or build you up sufficiently so you can do the job yourself. I think they are all necessary. The more you can do for yourself the better the results will be against Peyronie’s disease.

Please read and re-read sections of the PDI website that describe the treatment philosophy and principles of synergy, found at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/philosophy.html . If you are having any doubts or indecisions about what you are doing, you owe it to yourself to go over some of these points. You should educate yourself well about this terrible problem and come to fully understand why you are following this course of Alternative Medicine care.

There is a lot of good information for you on the PDI website. If you haven’t spent a few minutes there lately, now might be a good time to just go over what started you thinking in this direction in the first place. After you understand more about the philosophy that guides this process of eliminating the Peyronies plaque, it will be easier to follow your program well.

Peyronie's disease plaque and fibrin

Tissue changes of Peyronie’s disease are unique

In a November 2005 abstract account, Kenneth D. Somers and Dawn M. Dawson, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and Department of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, reported on their findings concerning the tissue changes that occur in Peyronie’s disease.

To begin this explanation, they remind us Peyronie’s disease is actually a pathological fibrosis, or a situation in which there is excess fibrin tissue located in a small area to the degree that it becomes a problem for the body.  In the case of Peyronie’s disease, this fibrosis also is associated with an excessive deposit of collagen in the same area of the fibrin plaque or scar that results in a curved penis.

Although the cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unknown, they tell us, injury or trauma has long been thought to be the inciting event. To determine if this is true, they looked at the cellular structure of the Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar to get an insight into the cause of this condition.

Materials and methods they used

Small samples of plaque tissue was taken from 33 patients with Peyronie’s disease, and control tissue and nodular tissue was taken from the penis of eight patients with Dupuytren’s contracture; both groups of tissue were analyzed for collagen staining, as well as fibrin and elastic fiber structure and distribution.

Their results

As a result of this study they found abnormally stained collagen in 97% of the samples, disrupted elastic fibers in 94% and excess fibrin deposition in 95% of the samples.  These same findings were not found in the normal scared tunica albuginea of control patients who did not have Peyronie’s disease. The presence of abnormal fibrin accumulation in Peyronies plaque tissue was detected in a special chemical analysis, while this abnormal fibrin was not found in skin tissue samples from the same patients.

Their conclusions

Their conclusions from this study is that the fibrin deposits in Peyronies plaque tissue is consistent with the theory that repeated minor injury or single major injury to the tunica albuginea results in fibrin being deposited in the tissue spaces at the site of trauma to start this condition.

Peyronie’s treatment concept

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has taken the position that it is this excess fibrin deposit within the excess collagen formation that can be safely and easily removed by the use of a battery of systemic enzymes that are specific for foreign fibrin protein in the body.  When combined with other known methods to increase the healing response of the immune system against Peyronie’s disease plaque, it is possible to reverse the abnormal tissue found in the tunica albuginea and therefore eliminate the cause of pain and penile curvature associated with Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie's treatment and rVita.com

Finding a Peyronie’s cure

Peyronie’s Disease Institute (PDI) approaches the problem of Peyronies treatment from an entirely different direction than traditional medical therapy.

While current traditional thinking is that there is no known medical Peyronie’s cure, they readily admit that the body does heal and repair PD in about 50% of the cases within the first 12-18 months after onset.  Their position seems to be that while the body can cure this problem – that particular kind of healing does not count.  Their self-serving thinking is that so long as a drug or medical procedure is not available for an MD to administer, then “there is no cure.”  The current standard of medical care continues to be wrapped up in drug and surgical treatment for PD, completely ignoring the fact that half of the men can cure their own problem.  The PDI position is that the use of multiple therapies when used in combination will often develop a healing synergy to correct the loathed Peyronie’s plaque.

Many years ago when I developed my own PD problem at the age of 56, I was confronted with the pressing need to do something to assist and stimulate my own immune response to my body could heal this unwelcome development.  With my background in Alternative Medicine I knew there were always options to assist the healing ability of the body.  I studied and reviewed various medical research articles about the subject of Peyronie’s disease and with the three MDs I was working with at that time, we developed the basic Alternative Medicine treatment protocol that is now found on our website for all to share.

Over the years I have continued the study of Peyronie’s disease, resulting in several significant improvements in the basic treatment strategy that is now used by many hundreds of men around the world.  Recently, this ongoing study has brought me to a most interesting and helpful Alternative Medicine website, rVita.com For those men who spend hours looking up various health and healing topics I encourage you to visit this website to broaden your investigation for a better way to seek health and healing.

The rVita.com website is a hub of natural healing information that brings together various Alternative Medicine disciplines like acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbology, detoxification, meditation, yoga practices, hypnosis, etc.  The emphasis is to educate website readers how they can use this information to increase their body’s ability to recover from chronic disease and reduced vitality.  In addition, this is well-researched information since many of the authors and contributors are MDs who take a conservative and natural approach wellness.  You will find additional information at rVita.com about many of the various therapies that are used in Peyronie’s disease treatment.

While they do not have a lot of specific information yet about Peyronie’s disease treatment, you can review and research a wealth of information about individual therapies you see featured on the PDI website.

I encourage all of my blog readers to spend some time getting educated and enlightened at the visit rVita.com soon.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment and Copper

Copper and Peyronie’s disease

Many people underestimate the benefits of copper  in Peyronie’s disease treatment. Copper is not like some of the more popular dietary and nutritional superstars like calcium, iron or zinc.   Copper is not as widely discussed because its range of uses within the body are narrow and too technical to be easily explained.

When someone says that calcium is needed to build bones, that is a rather simple and direct connection because calcium is thought of as coming from rocks and bones are hard like rocks.   When someone says that iron is needed to build red blood cells, that also is a rather simple and direct connection because iron is a primary element in hemoglobin, and iron stains things red and blood is red (because of the iron in hemoglobin).  But when someone says that copper is essential for the Krebs citric acid cycle, that is not so easy to think about.

The copper PDI advocates is presented to the body in the form of a copper peptide, which is easily taken into the tissue and used in a wide variety of essential, but small, technical processes.  The copper product we use is formulated by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of copper metabolism of the skin, Dr. Loren Pickart.  It is his product that we use to assist the healing of Peyronie’s disease, called Super CP Serum.  It is intended to saturate the tissue, traveling deeper over time with extended use.  Very little copper (about 0.1%) actually gets into the skin, but all the human studies on intact skin, both with GHK-Cu and the newer SRCPs, found positive actions on skin within 2 to 7 days.  Apparently, even at this low saturation level, the tiny  amount of copper that enters the tissue is enough to accomplish the desired results. The Neutrogena company has published very extensive studies in Cosmeceuticals volume 2 that confirm this principle.

The PMD DMSO we use will easily carry the copper-peptides deeper and more quickly than if it was not used.  This is why PMD DMSO is almost always used with this copper peptide product to assist the tissue of the penile shaft absorb the copper peptides and incorporate it at the cellular level. It is theorized that some of the copper is carried away from the area with the blood circulation, while the remainder extends progressively deeper with use. Depth of saturation has to do with several factors: amount applied, frequency of application, duration of application, and unique cellular physiology.

You might want to consider applying these two products in this way:  First, apply 2-3 drops of the Super CP Serum over the sites of the lesion(s).  After a few seconds of light rubbing and you will see and feel that it is quickly absorbed.

Second, flip open the spout of the PMD Topical DMSO Solution, and apply 2-3 drops over the same area and quickly spread it around.  You will likely notice an almost immediate warming sensation where you applied the DMSO; this is the response of the subcutaneous fat layer of this tissue to the penetration of the DMSO – that is how fast DMSO enters the tissue.

You might consider increasing the synergy of this local topical treatment process by also applying the Callisto vitamin E oil at the same time.  Even though the Callisto oil is being mentioned last, it is not applied last; it should be applied either before or after the Super CP Serum – and the PMD DMSO is always applied last, to drive the others into the tissue.

There is an additional benefit of using the Callisto vitamin E when using these other products that was not mentioned on the website: The vitamin E oil tends to keep the skin over the scar from becoming irritated; it doesn’t happen often, but it can occur.  The problem is that the skin of the shaft is thin, delicate and generally doesn’t receive much contact or abuse in the normal course of a day. For this reason, the penis shaft  tends to be easily irritated by a lot of things that do not bother skin in other parts of the body.  Since we don’t know just how sensitive your skin may be to concentrated copper or DMSO, adding in the Callisto oil can keep this problem from occurring.  Most men do not have this irritation response to either product, but you just might be the exception that proves the rule.  With this preventive measure you are assuring that irritation is minimized or eliminated, and so will you will be able to continue uninterrupted with your copper/DMSO therapy. To review why vitamin E is an important part of a PD program, check out the Vitamin E and C section on the website, at vitamin E

Usually progress of copper saturation is judged by evaluation of changes in pain (intensity and frequency), various qualities of the scar (density or firmness, size, shape and number), and penile function (deformity, angle, rigidity of erection, and shape).  Once this process gets started, it may still take additional weeks or months for it to be great enough to be detected.  Dr. Pickart tells of anecdotal information concerning copper and PD, when he informs me that men who apply copper peptides preparations on their penis after general skin irritation often say they wake up at night with erections; this he speculates is due to the activation of copper and zinc SOD which helps normalize nitric oxide vasodilator reactions.

Lastly, Dr. Pickart reports that his company has many hundreds of reports of regular scar tissue vanishing after using his products, with Super CP Serum being the newest of these.  For information about the use of copper in a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan, go to copper and Peyronie’s disease

It comes down to following your diverse Peyronies treatment plan with therapies like copper peptides and PMD DMSO for a reasonable period of perhaps several months, and seeing what happens in your individual case.   Send a question here to the blog and I will do my best to assist you.  TRH

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment: Early Changes to Look For

Early signs of response to Peyronie’s treatment

This post is about an interesting question I am asked from time to time about Peyronie’s disease treatment.  I thought it might be of interest to you.  The question is asked something like this, “When people finally get some positive changes in their Peyronie’s disease, how does it usually show up?  What usually happens first?  I want to know what I can expect, although I know we are all different.”

Well, usually – not always – as a man continues with a sufficiently large and aggressively applied Peyronie’s disease treatment plan from PDI, he will notice at first some small and TEMPORARY changes in the size and density of his scar.  The temporary nature of the change does not last long.  As treatment continues the changes and improvement become permanent.  Usually the scar itself will change before there is a noticeable change in the penis curvature or his ability to develop an erection.  This scar change will take place maybe during months 2-6 of the treatment cycle, although I have worked with men who see changes in the scar after just a few weeks of a PDI plan.  This fast response is the exception and not the rule, so do not plan on that kind of response although it does happen.

The initial and temporary improvement in the Peyronies plaque or scar will not last very long, maybe just a few days or so, and then it will often go back to how it was before – maybe even worse.  I wish I could say why this happens – it just does. Soon a pattern will develop in which there is improvement, regression, improvement, regression, back and forth, etc.  What happens over time is that you will notice that the amount of improvement will be greater than the regression, and the improvement will last longer than the regression.  You will likely see the pattern shifting slowly in favor of improvement – it will last longer and it will be greater than the regression.  Just like the stock market – it goes up and it goes down – but the general trend and pattern is that it slowly comes gets better.  This is how I have seen most every case of Peyronie’s disease improve.

Just as the Peyronie’s plaque changes, a little while later it is common to see a change in the curvature. The initial change in the penis curvature is not always improvement, however.  My curve worsened just after my scar showed some real strong progress for the first time.  I kept in mind that the Peyronies plaque was getting better, so I did not let the change in the curve upset me.  I kept working to reduce the scars I had and in time the curve I had also eventually improved.

Peyronie’s plaque and pick-up-sticks

Ever play “pick-up-sticks” as a kid?   With the complex interplay of sticks lying across each other, removing one stick makes three or four other sticks shift a bit.  I think the same happens in Peyronie’s disease.

How many plaques or scars do you have?  If more than one, then the dynamics are made even more complicated.  If you have only one scar (kind of unusual) then you have one scar that could be influencing 2-3-4 different planes of connective tissue within the corpora cavernosa of the penis that it is attached to.  It is not difficult to understand that if a part of a scar is changing, or one of four scars is disappearing, it could cause alteration of the tensions and angles of pull – as the scar is INCREASING or DECREASING in size – that could cause a change in the curve – to make it INITIALLY better or worse.  So in this sense, an increase in your curve is only seen as a bad thing if you know FOR A FACT that your scar(s) are increasing in size, shape or density. Over time, as the plaque continues to soften and reduce in size, and as the internal pull and tension created by these plaque begins to normalize, the curve should begin to straighten.  Continue monitoring yourself as you work aggressively, and you should see this positive pattern of recovery play out for you.

A worsening of the curve is acceptable if the plaque is improving.  As far as treating your condition and monitoring progress, the condition of the Peyronie’s plaque is far more important to monitor than a curved penis; plaque changes size, shape and density characteristics, and even seem to move, and so the plaque or scar tissue exerts control over the curve; the curved penis is just a reflection of plaque activity – good or bad.  A smaller plaque can create a larger curve if it is in the wrong place or is pulling or pushing in some strange way. It might make you feel sick to see your curve get worse, but ignore the curve and keep checking the condition of the Peyronie’s disease  plaque.  How do you check your plaque?  Go to review information about  my book, at Peyronie’s Disease Handbook

Whenever someone sends me an email reporting that he is seeing improvement in his plaque or bent penis, I warn him that it will not initially last very long and that his problem will surely return for a short while.  I can almost guarantee this pattern.  Come to expect it; count on it.  It is just the way it goes, so do not be discouraged or disappointed when it happens.  In a short time, you will see the pattern develop that will tell you that good things are finally happening.  Just stay with it.

How long it takes for the improvement to become permanent is also variable (just like everything about Peyronie’s disease).  Once you get your plan fine-tuned and working well for you, most of the time it takes 6-12 months or more for the progress to level off and become as good as it is going to be.  That does not mean that in 6-12 months or so you will be cured or completely well.  It just means you will be as good as you are going to be, in spite of your best effort.

Peyronie’s disease treatment via direct drug injection

Injections can injure delicate tunica albuginea, leading to Peyronie’s disease

This blog post about Peyronie’s disease treatment using direct drug injections (Verapamil, cortisone, etc.) should hit home for a large number of you.  Many men have undergone painful drug injections into the penis because their medical doctor thought it was worth the effort, and only found themselves worse for their effort.

First I will simply copy an article, “Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease.”  This research discussion is essentially about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT (or ESWL as they call it here).  This article comes from www.pubmed.gov under the reference number PMID: 15114750 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE].

What is important to note in our particular discussion is the area I have highlighted for emphasis.  You will note from an earlier post about ESWT in Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog, this form of therapy has been fairly well abandoned by a large percent of doctors who used it for many years since these injections seem to cause more problems than it helps. The reason this information about ESWT (or ESWL) is included in this article about penile injections is that these Russian physicians make a very interesting comment while discussing ESWT that underscores the damage created by injections (of any kind) into the tunica albuginea.

[Article in Russian]

Neĭmark AI, Astakhov IuI, Sidor MV.

The authors analyze the results of treatment of 28 patients with Peyronie’s disease using extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) performed on Dornier U15 lithotriptor. A total of 2-6 sessions were made, maximal number–12. The efficacy was controlled by clinical indices and ultrasonic investigation (Doppler mapping of the blood flow). ESWL proved to be efficient in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease (PD), primarily, in patients with early disease before appearance of severe fibroplastic alterations. Less plaque vascularization by energetic Doppler mapping due to ESWL is an important diagnostic criterion of PD treatment efficacy. Conservative treatment is not indicated in marked deformities and plaque calcification, erectile dysfunction. Moreover, any injection into the tunica albuginea, especially complicated by hematomas (deep tissue bruising) may be a damaging factor which triggers fibrous inflammation. Such patients should be treated surgically. If the patient is interested in immediate results or is not interested in continuation of sexual life, the treatment is ineffective. Thus, ESWL is an effective, safe method of PD treatment but requires further study and accumulation of clinical experience.

It seems that the problem penile injections can cause is not necessarily about the drug that is injected into the tunica, but the needle itself that is used to deliver the drug. An injection to deliver any drug – or sterile water – can cause injury to this delicate membrane.  This sets off an inflammatory response that can result in significant Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar tissue formation for men who as so predisposed.   Doing this once can be risky.  Doing this up to a dozen times over a few months, as is often the recommended course of therapy, just multiples the opportunity for injury to mount on top of injury.

This Russian research team offers the opinion that the effects of such injection into the penile shaft causes such significant Peyronie’s plaque development, that surgery is the best treatment option for the damage that it can cause.   Obviously, I do not agree with that, since Peyronie’s surgery can also cause more scar development. Their conclusion is that they find men who receive these injections often eventually are rewarded with a disturbed and discontinued sexual life.

This idea is brought to your attention to demonstrate there are many in the medical community who agree with the same position that I have taken for many years now.  These doctors and I contend it is inherently risky, in fact, dangerous, to stick needles repeatedly into the penis for Peyronie’s disease treatment. Their  logic concludes that any treatment that can start or aggravate the very problem it is attempting to treat, is not much of a treatment.

It is unfortunate that the medical community turns a blind eye to the direct observation of poor results, serious irritation of the tunica, and the solid logic that reputes injections as a form of Peyronie’s treatment.  Those who continue to inject their Peyronie’s disease patients, and bring these men farther down the road toward greater plaque development, must be desperate to look useful or just ignorant of how Peyronie’s disease often develops.  It is so common for medical doctors to think only in terms of medicine and surgery, notwithstanding the tragedy that can often result from their limited thinking.

The PDI concept of using non-invasive methods to increase the healing response of the body is a safer and more trustworthy Peyronie’s disease treatment than some of the aggressive medial schemes being promoted today.  For more information about the Alternative Medicine treatment philosophy for care of PD, please go to the PDI website.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Partial Success

Everyone has a different response to Peyronie’s treatment

Not everyone responds the same to Peyronie’s disease treatment.  After a few months of intense and faithful use of a Peyronie’s treatment plan a man will often, but not always, discover one or more small, but important, changes in his condition:

1.       Reduction or elimination of pain in the penis

2.       Softening and or reduction of the Peyronie’s plaque

3.       Changes in the penile curvature

4.       Improved erection capability

As these changes are noted, and take on permanency over time, a person with Peyronie’s disease assumes these changes will continue to develop at the same speed and degree of improvement.

In other words, if in one month there was a 10 degree improvement of the curvature of the penis, a person tends to assume that the next month would bring another 10 degree change.  When this does not happen, as is so common, disappointment can develop. And sometimes disappointment advances into a sense of failure and hopelessness. Given all the complex interplay of powerful emotions and interpersonal tensions that are a part of living with Peyronie’s disease plaque, this disappointment can be fueled into something greater than it needs to be.  This kind of disappointment – high hopes based on early progress, followed by frustration because lofty expectations are not fulfilled – can lead to dark depression.

Where a man would otherwise have a sense of partial success and satisfaction that progress has at least begun, in Peyronie’s disease doom and gloom often prevails.  Let us take the example of the man who starts Alternative Medicine Peyronie’s disease treatment with a 90 degree bend.  After 2-6 months of self-care, he now has a 45 degree bend.  Is he happy and satisfied?  Of course not!  He doesn’t even think about or feel appreciative for the 45 degree improvement, he just thinks all the more about the 45 degrees of curvature that has not improved.  I suppose that is human nature.  With so much intense interest and effort focused on the Peyronies curvature and plaque, he focuses all of this interest only on that part of his problem that has not improved.

These observations are presented to expose this idea to you in case you are guilty of these same negative reactions to partial success.  It is the old story of the glass being either half full or half empty; very often it is just a matter of how we look at things.  But in the case of Peyronie’s disease, there is a potentially damaging consequence to this distorted way of looking at the partial success of treating this problem.  When someone is so emotional and upset as is common in PD, it is easy to lose sight of the progress that is being made.  In this negative state of mind I have seen many men stop successful care prematurely merely because a portion of the initial problem still remained.  Worse yet, a man can disregard a good solid 10 degree of improvement simply because it is only a partial improvement and abandon all of his therapy because he has a disillusioned way of looking at himself.

If you have benefited your Peyronies curved penis with only partial success and want more, well that means you are like everyone else.  You must allow yourself enough time and opportunity to respond and improve.  You must also not be guilty of setting yourself back by continually injuring your penis during the course of a day by the way you handle yourself.  This is a subject that is very important, and is covered in some detail in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

Keep things in perspective.  Don’t be so discouraged that you are not yet perfect.  Continue your treatment until you are as good as you can make yourself.  Be grateful for what you have accomplished, even if more needs to be done.  Keep a realistic attitude about your timeline for healing and repair.

“Lord grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Stay positive. Stay focused on the progress you have made while following the best Peyronie’s disease treatment plan you can put together.

Peyronie’s Disease and Stressful Emotions Related to Sex

Stressful emotions and Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has for many years written about the various emotional issues closely associated with the bent penis disease.

Even though Peyronie’s disease is said by some to occur in 3-9% of all men, surprisingly very little is known regarding the psychological or emotional disruptions to the sexual well-being of those afflicted with this problem. In a 2008 research project, reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2008;5:2179-2184, Smith JF, Walsh TJ, Conti SL, Turek P, and Lue T, attempted to determine the source of emotional and relationship problems in Peyronie’s disease. In addition, this study attempted to identify risk factors associated with psychosocial difficulties in men with PD.

Of 245 men in this study, the mean age was 54.4 years, ranging from 19.4 years to 75.6 years; of these men 62% were married, and 59% presented within 2 years of disease onset. The overall prevalence of emotional and relationship problems that were attributable to Peyronie’s disease was 81% of the married men, and 54% of the unmarried men. Among those men who reported to experience relationship problems, emotional problems were noted in 93%.Loss of penile length and inability to have intercourse were strongly identified as the cause of a very high percent of emotional problems reported in this study.

Peyronie’s disease has physical and emotional aspects

Studies like the one mentioned above prove what every couple who deals with Peyronie’s disease knows all too well:  living with PD is not easy and it puts a lot of stress on any marriage or relationship.

It is obvious to any Peyronie’s disease couple who must daily deal with the reality of this problem, that Peyronie’s disease can quickly and easily become a source of great mental and emotional stress to both partners.  Having Peyronie’s disease should not be seen as a reflection of a man’s self-worth, masculinity, or virility.  In all cases of Peyronie’s disease in which a loving couple is involved, improved communication skills make a great difference in how the stress is managed and how the couple survives on a daily basis.

If Peyronie’s disease advances it sometimes causes occasional or permanent erectile dysfunction.  This inability to achieve an erection strong enough to allow for penetration is often seen as a sign of diminished masculinity by the man, and diminished sexual desire by the woman.  It is most important that every man with Peyronie’s disease takes special effort to reassurance his sexual partner that this limit of sexual function is purely physical and not a refection of reduced interest and desire.  Conversely, every woman who is involved with a man with Peyronie’s disease should assure him that his physical limit is not a true or valid reflection of her respect, love, or desire for him.

For additional insight into dealing with the complex emotional issues between loving partners, please review “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” at Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.   Since this topic is so large and complex, referring to the more detailed information of this book would be most helpful to couples who are experiencing sex problems as a result of the Peyronie’s  curved penis.

Peyronies treatment and the penis stretcher

Peyronies treatment and the penis stretcher

This blog report is about the hot Peyronie’s disease treatment topic of penis stretchers, or extender, and the long awaited announcement of our new, one-hour PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD video.

All of this work and the discovery of yet another way to use Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease started because I receive so many questions about the penis elongating devices, and the sad fact that I hear so many bad stories about them. I got tired of telling people why these mechanical penis stretching devices cannot work, describing the common potential dangers they create, their mechanical limitations of use, and the many horror stories I hear from men whose PD started after using a penis stretcher. So, I started with a goal to learn if I could safely and effectively stretch the Peyronies penis, and I did.

A few months ago I wrote in the PD Institute Newsletters that I would soon offer a process that would revolutionize the concept of penis stretching as an improved form of Peyronies treatment. Now, the brand new PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD is now complete and ready for your review on the PDI website at Manual Penis Stretching Method©

There are several very good reasons I looked into, and then developed, this entirely new concept in Peyronie’s disease treatment. Most of these reasons are well known to a large percent of men who have PD and have tried and failed with the commonly advertised mechanical penis stretcher devices, and should be well known to the rest of you for your personal benefit and safety.

From my experience, those over-priced penis stretcher devices you see advertised so heavily as a Peyronies treatment are not effective, and are potentially dangerous to all men with PD.

One aspect of the problem is the inability to wear the stretcher. Makers of these manual devices do not mention on their websites that you should not wear the device for more than two hours at a time – yet they want you to wear it for eight to nine hours a day to achieve results. If you could actually wear the stretcher for the full two hours, this would mean that you would put it on and take it off four or five times a day, with perhaps an hour or two rest period between each wearing cycle. Most of your day would be spent tending to the stretcher, and you would have to do this for perhaps a year or more!

However, after talking to many hundreds of men over the years I know that most men cannot wear one for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time because of the pain and injury they cause. The pain is not so much caused by actual stretching of the penis, but by the pinching and compression to the head of the penis (glans) that is needed to forcefully hold the penis while it is stretched. Now, I don’t know about you, but my penis does not have a handle on it, so there is no good or easy way for a mechanical stretcher to grab the penis in order to stretch it. Thus, it is necessary to apply a strong and constant pressure directly around and below the glans while the traction force is applied.

I have met a few men who could wear a manual stretcher for up to an hour at a time, but not much more than that. If you are one of the men tough enough to wear one for up to an hour, this would mean most of your waking hours would be spent waiting in pain to either put the stretcher on or take it off. I have met men who had so much pain, tissue erosion and broken blood vessels that they never tried to wear it more than once. I have met men whose PD started after a single use of a manual penis stretcher.

The danger of bruising, blisters and tissue erosion are so common that the instructions that come with the stretcher devices discuss what you should do when – not if – these problems occur. If this level of injury happens to the outside of the penis, it can do similar injury to the delicate tunica albuginea where the real injury of Peyronie’s disease occurs. This is how men get into trouble.

There are other practical problems with the stretchers. These involve common issues of daily living like wearing clothes, sitting down, working or urinating that make using a stretcher rather difficult or impossible. I guess these would not be a problem to men who do not wear clothes, do not sit down, do not work, and urinate wherever and whenever they wish. For the rest of us, the mechanical stretchers pose a real problem in the real world.

There are other considerations about the stretcher devices. Have you ever wondered why most of the penis stretcher companies that advertise so heavily are located outside the U.S.? It could be that it is better for them to be located outside the bounds of U.S. law when it comes to customer complaints, product returns and refunds.

Over the years I have been approached by many major manufacturers of these stretching devices, asking me to sell their products on the PDI website. When I ask a few specific questions of these people, something interesting always happens. I find that the person I am speaking to suddenly is not the correct person to answer my kind of question, and I am told that someone else will get back to me with an answer. When I do not get called back by the second person, for fun and curiosity, I call back to speak to the second person. The second person is never available, or is never in the office, and never calls me back. Never, in all the times and all the situations this has happened over the years, has anyone ever answered one of my questions. Remember, these are the people who want me to sell their product, yet this is the kind of help and service I receive. Can you imagine the help and service you would receive if you called with a problem after you spent your money?

Did you ever wonder, if the stretchers worked as quickly and easily as the advertising says they do, why do they have to advertise constantly everywhere you go when you read about PD? There is a reason they are advertised so heavily, and it is not because of effectiveness.

Yet, the concept of stretching soft tissue is interesting since Peyronie’s disease is a soft tissue problem.

So, I recently completed this experimental trial that lasted a little less than two years, in which I worked with 10 men who were customers of PDI and Natural Complementary Medicine LLC. From this effort I was able to devise a totally new concept in manually stretching the Peyronies plaque or scar. Our results showed that 80% had moderate to marked reduction of curvature and/or scar formation, with each and every man experiencing an improvement of sexual function.

I encourage you to visit the PDI website to learn more about this method to safely, painlessly, comfortably, and effectively reduce your PD scar, reduce your PD curvature, and improve your sexual ability in 80% of the cases. I ask that you understand that the same concepts of Alternative Medicine, logic and common sense you see throughout the PDI website also applies to the strategy and methods taught in the new PDI one-hour stretching CD.

If, after watching the brief demonstration video, you still have questions about the procedure then just send me an email at info@peyronies-disease-help.com You know I will answer your questions.

Bear in mind that the primary principle behind all PDI treatment concepts has always been synergy, and it always will be. Therefore, you need to understand that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© is not a stand alone method.

Manual penis stretching was used in our tests in conjunction with standard PDI treatment plans as an additional method to increase synergy of care. No one used just this gentle manual penis stretching technique. In each case, greater progress occurred after using the Peyronie’s Disease DI Manual Penis Stretching Method© than without it; each man who followed the system saw better progress from his PDI therapy plan after adding the stretching technique. It seems that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© increased effectiveness of our current treatment concept in eight out of 10 in our little study group.

Yes, Peyronies is a lousy problem and I wish I could tell you that this is a magical cure – just like the people who make the mechanical penis stretchers or the herbal products, but I can’t. Effectively treating Peyronie’s disease is still work.

While I can report that 80% of the group saw improvement, that means that 20% did not. I came to learn that those who did not do well with the manual stretching method were those who used very small therapy plans or did not follow their plans faithfully. So, there is room for improvement with this manual Peyronies treatment method. I would hope so. We are just learning how to apply this concept, so it will be necessary to share our insights, experiences and ideas with each other.

Please check it out. I believe you will be impressed and intrigued with the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method©. Go to Manual Penis Stretching Method© and let me know what you think.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment with ESWT

Breaking up gravel and Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease treatment has been done in recent past times with ESWT, although after just a few years of promotion and use it has rapidly fallen out of favor.

ESWT or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a standard medical procedure that involves the use of shockwave lithotripsy (high pressure and low frequency sound wave) technology to treat Peyronie’s disease.  The machine that actually creates the extracorporeal shockwaves is a device located outside the body, that is applied over the affected tissue of the Peyronies plaque. In Peyronie’s disease, the fibrous plaque or scar is the target of these shockwaves that are identified with an ultrasound scanner.  The ESWT shockwaves per session range from 2000-3000, applied over several minutes, with the average patient receiving 4-6 treatments and a maximum number of sessions of 12. This procedure can be performed with or without sedation, although most men prefer sedation after their first actual encounter with ESWT.

Although ESWT is primarily used as a treatment for kidney stones, this shock wave therapy or lithotripsy, has also been attempted for Peyronie’s treatment since the early 1990s. However, more recent studies re-evaluating the effectiveness of ESWT for Peyronie’s disease have only shown mixed results. Some studies have found ESWT restores normal erections and reduces pain associated with Peyronie’s disease.  However, additional studies could not reproduce those same findings, and have not found any clinical benefit. Further research is needed to fully evaluate what role, if any, shock wave therapy should play as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

The current evidence concerning the safety of ESWT for Peyronie’s disease appears adequate, using accepted medical standards.  However, keep in mind that accepted medical standards also suggests that Peyronies surgery that leaves many men impotent or totally numb or more distorted after the surgery is also thought to be safe.  Even so, the evidence for the effectiveness of ESWT does not appear adequate to support the continued use of this procedure without special arrangements and for audit or research; this means that if you want to use ESWT, you will have to agree to use it on a research basis because it has not proven to be effective.  Doctors who use ESWT must therefore tell their patients that the outcomes of this procedure are uncertain and there is unclear effectiveness in relation to the risks involved.

ESWT safety

Safety is always an issue in any healthcare matter.  In the several studies of ESWT safety that have been conducted since the late 1990s, according to medical review, “relatively few complications were reported. Complications were mostly of a transient nature and included urethral bleeding, bruising, skin discoloration due to petechiae (small dot-sized bruises), and hematoma (large bruises). The relationship between the energy level used in the treatment and the reported complications is unclear…The Specialist Advisors did not note any particular safety concerns about this procedure. Superficial bruising and moderate local pain were noted as potential adverse events.”

This disconnected thinking seems to be typical of many medical reviews of Peyronie’s disease treatment options.  On one hand, the report of ESWT safety casually mentions urethral bleeding, along with large and small bruising of the penile tissue. On the other hand, it does not consider that small trauma is often sufficient to trigger the onset of Peyronie’s disease.  Perhaps a trauma large enough to cause bleeding and bruise marks is no big deal to a medical researcher, but ask a man whose PD started from a small and one-time injury during sexual relations.

Think of what a jack-hammer does to concrete

It seems unbelievable that medical researchers, who the public rely upon for approval or disapproval of Peyronie’s disease treatment options, can be this ignorant of the situation concerning Peyronie’s disease.  Perhaps this entire body of researchers did not consider that a trauma large enough to cause penile bleeding and bruising might just be sufficient to cause or aggravate Peyronie’s disease.

In fact, no medial explanation has been offered how beating on a Peyronie’s disease  plaque 2000-3000 times with a high pressure and low frequency sound wave is going to help the problem.  Recall that this technology was intended to break up kidney stones.  A Peyronies plaque is not a kidney stone.  The fact that the scar or plaque is sometimes calcified in latter stages is perhaps where the connection started between kidney stone and Peyronie’s disease.  Yet, it must be considered that the tunica albuginea of a man susceptible to Peyronie’s disease is unlike other tissue.  When irritated it develops plaque material, especially when subjected to something as strong as 2000-3000 sound waves strong enough to break up a kidney stone.

It just never made sense to me when I first heard of the ESWT concept several years back, and I was the only one saying that kind of direct and repeated trauma capable to break kidney stones could not be beneficial to the tunica of a man who already has Peyronie’s disease.  Over time I heard less and less of ESWT and how even the Canadian clinic that promoted it so heavily has stopped doing the procedure.

It seems that common sense is not that common, especially when it comes to Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s disease treatment: changes to look for

Know what to look for in early Peyronie’s treatment

This post is about an interesting question I am asked from time to time about Peyronie’s disease treatment.  I thought it might be of interest to you.  The question is asked something like this, “When people finally get some positive changes in their Peyronie’s disease, how does it usually show up?  What usually happens first?  I want to know what I can expect, although I know we are all different.”

Well, usually – not always – as a man continues in a sufficiently large and aggressively applied Peyronie’s disease treatment plan from PDI, he will notice at first some small and TEMPORARY changes in the size and density of his scar.  The temporary nature of the change does not last long.  As treatment continues the changes and improvement become permanent.  Usually the scar itself will change before there is a noticeable change in the Peyronie’s curved penis or his ability to develop an erection.  This scar change will take place maybe during months 2-6 of the treatment cycle, although I have worked with men who see changes in the scar after just a few weeks of a PDI plan.  This fast response is the exception and not the rule, so do not plan on that kind of response although it does happen.

The initial and temporary improvement in the Peyronies plaque or scar will not last very long, maybe just a few days or so, and then it will often go back to how it was before – maybe even worse.  I wish I could say why this happens – it just does. Soon a pattern will develop in which there is improvement, regression, improvement, regression, back and forth, etc.  What happens over time is that you will notice that the amount of improvement will be greater than the regression, and the improvement will last longer than the regression.  You will likely see the pattern shifting slowly in favor of improvement – it will last longer and it will be greater than the regression.  Just like the stock market – it goes up and it goes down – but the general trend and pattern is that it slowly comes gets better.  This is how I have seen most every case of Peyronie’s disease improve.

Just as the Peyronie’s plaque changes, a little while later it is common to see a change in the curvature. The initial change in the penis curvature is not always improvement, however.  My curve worsened just after my scar showed some real strong progress for the first time.  I kept in mind that the Peyronies plaque was getting better, so I did not let the change in the curve upset me.  I kept working to reduce the scars I had and in time the curve I had also eventually improved.    See Peyronie’s picture of curved penis.

Peyronie’s plaque and pick-up-sticks

Ever play “pick-up-sticks” as a kid?   With the complex interplay of sticks lying across each other, removing one stick makes three or four other sticks shift a bit.  I think the same happens in Peyronie’s disease.

How many plaques or scars do you have?  If more than one, then the dynamics are made even more complicated.  If you have only one scar (kind of unusual) then you have one scar that could be influencing 2-3-4 different planes of connective tissue within the corpora cavernosa of the penis that it is attached to.  It is not difficult to understand that if a part of a scar is changing it could cause alteration of the tensions and angles of pull – as the scar is INCREASING or DECREASING in size – that could cause a change in the curve – to make it INITIALLY better or worse.  So in this sense, an increase in your curve is only seen as a bad thing if you know FOR A FACT that your scar(s) are increasing in size, shape or density. Over time, as the plaque continues to soften and reduce in size, and as the internal pull and tension created by these plaque begins to normalize, the curve should begin to straighten.  Continue monitoring yourself as you work aggressively, and you should see this positive pattern of recovery play out for you.

A worsening of the curve is acceptable if the plaque is improving.  As far as treating your condition and monitoring progress, the condition of the Peyronie’s plaque is far more important to monitor than the curve; plaque changes size, shape and density characteristics, and even seem to move, and so the plaque or scar tissue exerts control over the curve; the curved penis is just a reflection of plaque activity – good or bad.  A smaller plaque can create a larger curve if it is in the wrong place or is pulling or pushing in some strange way. It might make you feel sick to say “My penis is curved!”, but ignore the curve and keep checking the condition of the Peyronie’s disease  plaque.  How do you check your plaque?  Go to my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” on the PDI website,  to review information about the Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.

Whenever someone sends me an email reporting that he is seeing improvement in his plaque or bent penis, I warn him that it will not initially last very long and that his problem will surely return for a short while.  I can almost guarantee this pattern.  Come to expect it; count on it.  It is just the way it goes, so do not be discouraged or disappointed when it happens.  In a short time, you will see the pattern develop that will tell you that good things are finally happening.  Just stay with it.

How long it takes for the improvement to become permanent is also variable (just like everything about Peyronie’s disease).  Once you get your plan fine-tuned and working well for you, most of the time it takes 6-12 months or more for the progress to level off and become as good as it is going to be.  That does not mean that in 6-12 months or so you will be cured or completely well.  It just means you will be as good as you are going to be, in spite of your best effort.   For some men it is complete recovery and full return to normal, and for other men it is a variable percent of improvement.

No one can accurately anticipate or tell what level of improvement will happen even after an intense effort of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Some of the worse cases make the most recovery, and some of the mildest problems improve the least.  You just have to do your best and do all that you can to regain your life in the best way you can.

If you want to know more about what you might be experiencing right now with your condition, let me know.  Ask a question on the blog, and I will be happy to explain what I can to you.   TRH

Peyronie’s Disease Institute Survey

PDI has conducted an online survey asking many questions concerning various aspects of health and habits of men who have Peyronie’s disease.   This survey has changed slightly over the five years it has been conducted.  These changes and additions have been in response to emerging trends of information about Peyronie’s disease treatment and the men who have this problem.

Many of you blog readers have completed the Peyronie’s Disease Institute’s symptom survey, and for that I thank you.  For those who have not answered that survey, I encourage you to do so at Peyronie’s survey.

The value of contributing to the survey has been proven in many ways. In fact, it was the strong trend of digestive symptoms that many men with Peyronie’s disease indicated in the survey, that prompted interest in looking at this as a possible direction of additional care.  As a result, the inclusions of the dietary therapy concepts were developed that are now a part of the PDI treatment format.  For complete details of those dietary suggestions to reduce stress upon the digestive tract in men with Peyronies, please refer to the large chapter in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” that is available at Peyronie’s Disease Handbook

I continue to monitor and assess the answers from the PDI survey daily.   There are several different trends (low back flexibility, circulation of the hands, cold sores and production of stomach hydrochloric acid) that I continue to monitor.  In addition, there are a few larger patterns taking shape as the numbers of survey responses continues to grow with each passing day.

As a side note concerning the PDI survey, if there is anyone out in the large audience of this blog, who has some insight or nagging question about the cause or treatment of Peyronie’s disease and would like to submit a question for possible inclusion in the Peyronies survey, please submit it here to the Peyronie’s forum blog.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment Philosophy – General Comments

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute treatment philosophy for dealing with Peyronie’s disease is not accepted within the medical community. You should know the PDI opinions and Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy are not current mainstream medical thinking, although PDI has assisted a dozen or more MDs with their Peyronies problem in the last few years.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute philosophy for Peyronie’s treatment is different from standard medical thinking in two fundamental ways.

1. PDI recommends using mainstream Alternative Medicine therapy products (vitamin E, copper copper, DMSO, enzymes, etc.), and procedures like a special gentle manual penis stretching technique we have developed, and acupuncture). These are recommended even though they have not fulfilled the testing standards usually required of medication.

2. PDI has found after seven years of review and research that taking multiple therapies, all at the same time, in sufficient quantities as described on its website that it often stimulates or supports some degree of improved ability to heal and repair the famous Peyronie’s plaque or scar. The scientific term for this phenomenon is “synergy”.

The specific therapy products used by PDI are well known and generally accepted as important, and often essential, for health and well being, such as vitamin E, MSM, acetyl-L-carnitine, etc. However, what is unique is that PDI advocates these therapy products are used in combination and in significant number for maximum potential effect and benefit. This synergistic concept of therapy used by PDI to treat PD takes advantage of the affect of synergy – a concept that is very well known in medical practice. Synergy is the ability of two or more substances to work together to produce a total effect greater than what each individual therapy could produce by itself. 

This Peyronie’s disease treatment concept is based on simple observations about this problem:

· Why do some men completely recover from Peyronie’s disease without treatment? You know, this happens in about half of the case.

· Why do some men get worse and need surgery, no matter what treatment they try?

· If the Peyronie’s plaque is similar to scars like I have on other parts of my body, why does it seem to change so much – not only the size, shape, and density of the scar, but also the location?

· If it’s actually the same problem among all the men who have it, why does Peyronies vary so much from one man to the next?

· What’s the difference between the two groups of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own, and the other in which it only gets worse no matter what they do for it?

· What is the fundamental difference between these two groups of different responses?

· How can I join the group that repairs and eliminates the Peyronie’s plaque and reverses the bent penis of PD?

Certainly , no one has complete or easy answers to this questions – yet. However, I think it makes perfect sense that the man whose Peyronie’s disease simply goes away on its own has a better healing capacity, than another man whose PD never improves. It cannot be a mater of luck; nature is just not that way. It is my opinion that you can increase your healing capacity and become healthier in some yet undetermined way so you are able to heal your Peyronie’s scar and reverse your Peyronie’s bend to the best of your ability.

The fact that some men are able to recover better than others, must mean there is variable − not static − capacity to healing and repair among men. Common sense and generally accepted knowledge about health, nutrition, and the healing process offers you and I the foundation for a treatment concept and philosophy that should improve your chances to recover from Peyronie’s disease better than if you did nothing to enhance your ability to heal. It is really as simple and direct as that.  The Peyronie’s plaque found within and on the tunica albuginea can be seen as an expression or extension of the overall health and healing potential of the body in which it occurs. Similar to an ulcer, a Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be thought of as the result of abnormal body chemistry and physiology. As such, treatment of Peyronie’s disease should attempt to improve that distressed or abnormal chemistry and physiology of the penile tissue in which the plaque is found.

All therapy products, nutrients, techniques and ideas presented by PDI are all directly or indirectly intended to improve the chemistry and physiology of the body in general and plaque elimination in the tunica specifically. The end result of this effort should be a healthier person with healthier tissue that can heal better. That is the reason all Peyronie’s therapy items are selected on the basis of their potential to improve or normalize the chemistry and physiology of the tunica of the penis and the foreign plaque material.

This Peyronie’s treatment philosophy is not offered as though we have an absolute Peyronie’s cure, not at all.   While we have a high success rate, it is not an absolute cure in that sense. It is merely presented as a way to treat the man who has Peyronie’s disease, because  we all know this happens in 50% of the cases – so it can be done, and it is being done.  PDI is merely offering a way to increase your potential to join the ranks of the men whose Peyronie’s plaque is healed naturally.  The only difference is that you are doing specific things in a deliberate and methodical manner to heal yourself better than you did the first time around.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute adopts the judgment of Mayo Clinic concerning Peyronie’s disease when it stated. ”early stage disease [of Peyronie’s disease] is reputed to respond better than well-established plaques, an early trial of inexpensive, safe and well-tolerated oral therapy is often initially recommended. … With advances in the molecular biology of inflammation and wound healing, the management and understanding of this frustrating disease will no doubt improve.”

With this statement in mind, I strongly recommend that any man, in any stage of Peyronie’s disease – no matter how chronic or advanced – should at least investigate the use of synergy created by the combination of several simultaneous non-invasive treatment measures selected on the basis of the best understanding of your problem and the information that is available to you. Peyronie’s disease treatment is variable from one man to the next. Because the Alternative Medicine therapies used in Peyronie’s disease treatment are intended not to treat the disease but to support and strengthen the man who has the problem, so he can heal and repair it to the best of his ability.  Since we are all different, each man must approach his own search for a Peyronies cure on an individual basis.

When you look at the different therapy products on PDI website, realize that they are intended to increase your ability to heal and repair PD, just as it naturally and spontaneously happens in 50% of the men who develop this condition.   Keeping this in mind should change the way you look not only at Peyronie’s disease, but also the way that you consider your relationship to the problem and how you hope to eventually overcome it.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Heat

Hot packs are a good Peyronie’s treatment

Even though you follow a good Peyronie’s disease treatment program based  current scientific knowledge of biochemistry and physiology, many men overlook a very effective therapy that is essentially free.

Heat – moist heat – can be incorporated in every Alternative Medicine Peyronies plan, especially those that use external therapies.  I am currently coaching a few MDs about treatment of their Peyronie’s disease plaque and fibrin that it contains; I can see a few of them roll their eyes when they read this.  Imagine, using moist heat for Peyronie’s disease – isn’t that cute.  Many people would probably not even consider using because it seems too low-tech, too simple, too basic, too dumb, to be of any  value.  Yet, I used it and so do a lot of the men I work with about their treatment plans.  Moist heat should be an important part of your Peyronie’s disease treatment plan.

Applying moist heat before and after using the combination of DMSO, topical vitamin E, and the copper peptide serum makes a lot of sense.  The heat dilates the blood vessels of the area and causes greater absorption of these three therapies into the tissue of the Peyronies plaque. Use moist heat on you penis if you are going to be doing any kind of external therapy.  For that matter, even if all you are doing are internal therapies of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, moist heat is still a good inexpensive therapy to do every day, all by itself.

Moist heat applied before other therapies (DMSO, copper peptides, vitamin E oil) will give them an extra advantage.  If you precede most any external therapy (or sexual activity) with moist heat you will bring extra blood to the genital area.  The additional blood flow and increased lymphatic drainage that occurs will allow other therapies to penetrate deeper and expand the tissue more fully.   In addition, you can also apply more moist heat after any or all of your therapies.  Moist heat will assure a better therapeutic response.

An element of potential danger is present when you apply heat to the delicate tissue of the genital area.  You must be very careful the heat is not too great and that you do not fall asleep with the heat being applied.  If you have a fair complexion, or have a history of burning easily, take extra steps to protect yourself from injury.  It is important that you check your skin frequently to assure you are not burning yourself.  If you use common sense and care with the process, there should be little problem.

Here is an excerpt from my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook”:

“A hot shower is generally not effective because the heat is applied in such a broad area that much additional blood cannot be sent over the entire body surface.  You will not experience the degree of increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage as when the heat is focused to a smaller and more specific area.

To do this properly, prepare three towels:

The first is used to cover the surface you will be sitting or laying on.

The second should be a large clean towel.  Soak it water as hot as you can stand to handle.  Wring the towel out as completely as you can, so that it is not dripping excess water.  Lie down in a comfortable position on top of the dry towel.  Apply the large hot moist towel to the genital area for 5-15 minutes, with special attention to covering and wrapping specifically around the penis, being careful not to burn yourself.

The third is a towel to cover and insulate the moist towel to keep it as hot as you can stand, for as long as possible.

The first time you do this, PLEASE check yourself after the first few minutes and check yourself again five minutes after the first check, to assure that you are not burning your tender genital tissue.  If it should happen, because that is the nature of accidents, use:

1.      Ice pack to the area for 20 minutes only, no more. After 20 minutes the response of the body to the ice changes, and the tissue begins to swell and favor retention of inflammatory by-products.   Do this twice the first day and then daily until you are no longer in pain.

2.      Neosporin topical ointment applied to the area of injury according to package instructions.  Keep the area clean and covered with sterile gauze.

3.      Aloe vera gel applied to the area will speed healing.

4.      Determine what you did wrong with the heat; don’t do it again, because you will be using moist heat again in a slightly different manner, as it is still a good thing to do.  Adjust and modify your technique so you will not burn yourself again.

At the conclusion of the moist heat application you should be nicely red – only.  You should not feel like you are sore to the touch after using the hot towel.  If possible, keep the hot moist towel in place while doing other therapy; apply moist heat while doing DMSO, copper peptide, and vitamin E Peyronie’s treatment, or soft tissue massage to the lower pelvis.

“As a very nice option, you can also simply use a hot water bottle wrapped with a moist towel to the genital when you go to bed, or simply put it in place if you are going to be sitting for a long time in front of the TV, your computer or even your car.  Or, you can even put a half or full cup of rice in an old sock, tie off the open end, and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to make a handy reusable heating method for your problem area.  Every little bit helps.”

Do not underestimate the value of moist heat applied to the penis to speed up healing – it might seem old-fashioned, but it works wonders.  Do it!

Any questions about this post?  Ask your questions under the main heading of “Ask Dr. Herazy…”    TRH

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment with DMSO

DMSO is a wide based Peyronie’s treatment

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was first synthesized in Germany in 1866.  Since then it has been available as a pulp-industry by-product for many years. Its principle use is currently that of an industrial solvent. While it is in use in medical and surgical treatment, it can be used in DMSO Peyronie’s therapy.

In 1964 Dr. Stanley W. Jacob and others at the University of Oregon Medical School were the first to describe the remarkable medicinal properties of DMSO.  In this first work with DMSO they applied it to intact human skin, and discovered it penetrates rapidly and produces a wide range of pharmacologic actions.  Some of these are anti-inflammation properties, local analgesia, stopping bacterial growth in it presence, increased renal function to reduce edema, a carrier action with drugs it is coupled with, softening of collagen (the primary component of the Peyronie’s disease plaque), nonspecific enhancement of immunity, dilatation of blood vessels, and reduction of blood platelet adhesion.  As a result, DMSO has been used widely to treat various conditions (arthritis and bursitis, acute and chronic musculoskeletal trauma, scleroderma, chronic urogenital disorders, and unresponsive postoperative pain syndromes). To date, little to no local or systemic toxicity or tissue destruction has been noted in humans when DMSO is administered.

Of special interest in Peyronie’s disease treatment, when normal tissue is injured or deteriorates for any reason, the damaged tissue naturally produces chemicals called “free radicals.”  It just so happens that DMSO is a potent scavenger of these radicals, maintaining the normal integrity of cells and tissues. These free radicals exert further harm to the damaged or aging cells, and thus prevent or slow the healing process.  Using DMSO in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease seems to make sense because it can be applied locally over the superficial surface of the plaque region.  Not only that, but it can be used to bring in other therapies directly into that same area – a double benefit. DMSO has been called “the most controversial therapeutic advance of modern times.”  However, the 40 year controversy since it first made medical headlines seems to be bureaucratic and economic, rather than scientific. More than 10,000 articles on the biologic actions of DMSO have been reported in the scientific literature, along with 30,000 articles on the chemistry of DMSO. These reports and studies strongly support the contention that DMSO is a truly significant new therapeutic principle.

Currently, DMSO is a respected and approved pharmaceutical agent in more than 125 countries, but not the U.S. In 1970, the FDA approved DMSO for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in dogs and horses. Many veterinarians consider DMSO to be the most valuable therapeutic substance in their armamentarium.  Later, in 1978, DMSO was given FDA approval as a therapy for interstitial cystitis, a painful and disabling urinary bladder inflammation.

In many ways, DMSO is the “aspirin” of our time. If aspirin had been introduced in 1963, as was DMSO, with its multiple beneficial therapeutic properties, aspirin surely would have been similarly restricted.

DMSO became prescriptive for humans in the USSR in 1971, in therapy of various musculoskeletal problems. Dr. V. Balabanova of the Moscow Institute of Rheumatology estimates that approximately 50 percent of the Russian population who have arthritis will receive DMSO as part of their therapy. There are more than one hundred articles in the world’s literature relating to DMSO and arthritis. This widespread and common use is based on the well-established pharmacologic actions of DMSO to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, soften scar tissue and contracted fibrous tissue elements, remove free radicals, increase circulation and stimulate healing.  No one with Peyronie’s disease can deny the value of these functions in the repair of the Peyronies plaque.

Based on research from around the world, DMSO has proven to be an effective treatment for many illnesses that otherwise have no known therapy. DMSO is safer, far less expensive, and at least as effective for a variety of problems for which the medical community is presently using other, less effective, and more costly treatments. In 1972 the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the scientific data on DMSO and determined it was a least as effective as other currently approved treatments for three musculoskeletal inflammatory human conditions. Yet, it has not been given FDA approval for these same conditions. Certainly, one of the most important questions about any new medicinal therapy is safety.  The only potentially serious side effect is the occasional patient who is allergic.  In Peyronie’s disease treatment, this is reduced simply by the small area to which DMSO is applied and the administration of topical vitamin E and urea with the PMD-DOMSO formulation created by PDI.

A careful review of the published literature on DMSO shows there is not a single death which can be  definitely attributed to this agent. Since it first appeared in the mid-1960s, hundreds of millions of treatments have been applied worldwide, showing that DMSO is a substance of extraordinary low tissue toxicity. At that time the FDA had received data submitted by approximately 1,500 U.S. physicians concerning over 100,000 DMSO applications, all showing safety and effectiveness. The pharmaceutical companies submitting this positive data were Squibb, Merck, and Syntex, all who would have suffered economic harm if this inexpensive therapy was made more popular and readily available.  With the withdrawal of their support, all further U.S. DMSO research and documentation of effectiveness has stopped.  Thus, the large drug companies blocked further interest or use in a safe, easy, effective and inexpensive substance that could help stop the progression of Peyronie’s disease, so they could develop drugs in which their profit potential was much greater.

Much of the resistance to the use of DMSO in Peyronie’s disease can be thought to be more political and economic, than scientific.  For these reasons, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has used DMSO in its therapy program from the onset.   TRH

Peyronies Treatment and Breast Cancer

Peyronie’s disease treatment information to use

Here is an some interesting information about Peyronie’s disease treatment from an unlikely source:  breast cancer research.

German researchers who track breast cancer rates of progression have proposed the controversial notion that some forms of breast tumors found in mammogram studies might naturally disappear – or heal – on their own if left undetected.   Archives of Internal Medicine November 24, 2008;168(21):2311-2316. Mammography and manual breast self-examination for tumors have become the standard methods for early detection of breast cancer during the last 20 years.Dr. Per-Henrik Zahl and colleagues examined highly invasive breast cancer rates among nearly 120,000 women age 50 to 64 who had a mammogram examination over a six-year period. They compared the number of breast cancers found in another group of approximately 110,000 women who were screened only once at the end of the same six-year period.

Dr. Zahl expected to find no differences in breast cancer rates.  However, he found 22 percent more invasive breast tumors in the group who had mammograms every two years, raising the possibility some cancers somehow disappear naturally.

This landmark cancer study suggests that some cancer can go away on its own, something that most doctors and  oncologists would never consider.   Prior to this study, when a cancer disappears without treatment, it is typically dismissed as an error of diagnosis or a fluke.  But this German study suggests that even highly  invasive cancers not only may go away without active medical treatment, but that they do more often than previously imagined.This supports the Peyronie’s Disease Institute concept that our body’s have the remarkable capacity to heal, and that ability is determined largely by our lifestyle – including and primarily your nutritional intake.  If you eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and sun exposure and address your emotional stress, your body has the best opportunity to maintain a healthy balance toward correction of many health problems like Peyronie’s disease.  Is this an infallible method of health care?  Of course not.

People still need medical intervention and need to visit their medical doctors.  But they also need to remember that the body can heal itself when given the opportunity, and that opportunity must be promoted by following reasonable things that promote health as we discuss on the PDI website.

If you are interested in information that will help you understand how to promote your best possible chance for a natural Peyronie’s treatment, then go to the website of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

If the body can cure an invasive breast cancer, it can do many wonderful and miraculous things when given the opportunity.  PDI gives you information about promoting that opportunity for the best Peyronies treatment possible.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Cameras

Profit motive in Peyronie’s treatment

In the past I have written that many forms of effective Peyronie’s disease treatment will not be given a fair investigation – or any investigation – because they lack sufficient profit for the medical industry.  They are ignored because they do not represent enough money, even though there is some evidence they might be helpful.

This statement seems a harsh and cynical attitude to many, I am sure.  After all, aren’t doctors and the drug companies and hospitals that work with them, all interested in helping humanity when we are ill or injured?

Here is a reprint of an interesting article that appeared in the 12-15-08 issue of Business Week magazine, titled, “The Inside Track in Medical Cameras”    http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/nov2008/id20081126_ 558172.htm?chan=magazine+channel_what%27s+next In this nicely written article, the author describes what these medical cameras can do, the intense business competition among the various camera makers in the $2.5 billion gastrointestinal endoscopy camera market, and how these companies are working to improve their products and sell more of them.  As you would suspect, this article is all about the business side of the medical camera market.

Here is a part of that discussion of new medical cameras that are used to look inside the body to either assist in diagnosis and treatment of illness.  Please pay special attention to the two lines I made bold for emphasis:

“…HDTV sharpened the quality of the images doctors could generate
and turned Olympus into the No. 1 player in the $2.5 billion
gastrointestinal endoscopy market, with 70% of global sales. (Japan’s
Pentax and Fuji vie for second and third place.)

But with competition on the rise and hospital budgets weighed down by
the struggling economy, Olympus must persuade customers that its
$20,995 surgical cameras are still worth the premium price. “These
devices have to enable them to do more procedures, and to do them
more efficiently,”
argues F. Mark Gumz, chief executive of Olympus
Corp. of the Americas, who has been calling hospital CEOs personally to
try to assess how far their spending might fall. “It’s a concern—there will
be significant financial stress on hospitals.”

The part that I highlighted indicates that the decision to buy a new Olympus  $20,995.00 camera will be made on the basis of greater profit for a hospital if the camera will enable more surgeries to be performed or to do the existing surgeries more efficiently (faster), which basically means more surgeries.

Note that the hospital’s decision to buy a new Olympus  $20,995.00 camera will not be made on the basis of other things that this camera is supposed to do.  The article states that it is capable of showing greater details of the inside of the body, thus allowing the doctor to detect problems more skillfully or find problems that might otherwise be missed with a poorer quality camera.

Thus, even thought the camera can help the doctor do a better job for the patient, the hospital’s decision to actually purchase the camera is made on the basis of profit, not patient benefit.

This is a simple and harsh reality of life that I fully understand, as do most of us.  Yet, I am sure there is a part of all of us that wants to hope and believe that while health care is indeed a business, when it comes to OUR health, that things are different.  We would all like to know that compassion, good will, kindness, altruistic thinking, noble effort, selfless service, and a blind and huge effort to turn over every stone to get us well will prevail when it comes to our individual health care, and that profit or human emotions of greed, jealousy, anger, or simple fatigue will not influence how our health problems are treated.  Of course we all want to believe this, yet we know it probably is not so.

For those of us with Peyronies disease, this is also true.  As I have written many times, the decision to investigate a promising Peyronie’s disease  treatment benefit with simple vitamin E, or PABA, or MSM, or acetyl-L-carnitine, simply will not happen because there is insufficient profitability for the health care industry in this therapeutic area.  This is why you so often read that a small study showed that an herb or vitamin showed initial signs of success in treatment of Peyronie’s disease, but no further research testing has been done.

I trust that this small example of a very large pattern of conduct – and omission – makes it a little easier for readers to understand why the PDI treatment concept is not being promoted or used within standard or organized medicine.  It has little to do with effectiveness; it has to do with profit.

Beta Blockers and Peyronie's Disease

One cause of  Peyronie’s disease

A number of drugs list Peyronie’s disease as a possible side effect.

Most of these drugs belong to a class of blood pressure and heart medications called beta blockers. One beta blocker is an eye drop preparation used to treat glaucoma. Other drugs that may cause Peyronie’s disease are interferon, used to treat multiple sclerosis, and phenytoin, an anti-seizure medicine.

The chances of developing Peyronie’s disease from any of these medicines are very low, however it does occur so this possibility should be kept in mind if there is a family history of PD.   Many times a man will consider taking a heart medication when some safer form might be available, never realizing that a beta blocker can lead him straight to Peyronies surgery and penile curvature.

Patients should check with their doctor before discontinuing any prescribed drug while undergoing any Alternative Medicine form of  Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Guarantee

Proven Peyronie’s cures and other nonsense

Every month or so I receive an email from someone who wants to know if there is a guarantee for our Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas.   The email usually goes on to say that he sees “PD cures” guaranteed when he does a Goggle search.

Boy, do I love getting those questions emailed to me!  This gives me a great opportunity to explain our Peyronie’s treatment philosophy.

Here are a few points that every one should consider when they see an advertisement for a “proven Peyronies cure” that mentions a guarantee:

  1. Who are these people who can offer such a guarantee? I have attempted to communicate with every one of these herbal companies or penis stretching companies to ask a few questions about their guaranteed  products. It seems to me that any company that can put a real honest-to-goodness money-back guarantee on a product must either have great confidence in the ability of that product, or they have no intention of returning your money because they will not actually honor their guarantee. Yet, when I try to contact these people who guarantee their Peyronie’s disease treatments, none of them has ever replied to my questions before buying their product.  Since they have proven to be unavailable before making a purchase, can you image the kind of service or chance of them honoring their guarantee after they have my money?  I have found that very often these companies operate outside the U.S., making it very difficult to contact them or take action against them if it ever became necessary.  Caveat emptor, “buyer beware.”
  2. Who gives a guarantee in health care? No one, actually.  Even a dentist who does a fairly simple and direct dental procedure, or someone who fits you for glasses or a hearing aid, or prescribes common aspirin, will never offer a guarantee.  Surgeons and lawyers and architects do not give guarantees, yet the person who has a secret herb for PD will give a guarantee.  This should make someone with Peyronie’s disease a little suspicious.
  3. What does it mean that Peyronie’s Disease Institute does not give a guarantee for its treatment procedures? Does it mean that the procedures do not work, or that it is an acknowledgment of the difficulty and complexity of the process of recovery from Peyronie’s disease?  Since of all the men who follow an Alternative Medicine treatment plan for Peyronie’s disease, no two will go about it the same way.  All men seem use a different treatment approach.  Besides different combinations of therapies, each man eventually settles on different dosages of each.  If that were not enough difference in PD treatment plans, I also know that some men are less faithful and accurate in their use of their therapy plans.  I even communicate with some men who say that after a few months of being on a large plan, they have not gotten around to using all of the 12 different therapies in their original order.  Can you imagine that?  Therapies they ordered, paid for and received, are still not being used after a few months.  They contact me for advice how to improve their treatment results. Of course, I tell them to open the box and use all of their therapies, and to use them faithfully and correctly.Also, I communicate with men who try to use their therapies, but they misunderstand the treatment concepts. The first mistake they often seem to make is to not read the detailed instructions that come with each order sent by PDI.  They might take their enzymes with their meals, instead of between meals, or they will take vitamins and minerals between meals, instead of with meals.  Sometimes they say they are too busy and cannot remember to use their therapy plan; for a few days or a week at a time, no Peyronie’s disease treatment takes place.  Then I get an email asking for advice when “the therapy plan is not working.”

For all these reasons, a guarantee of results cannot be offered since the plans differ with each man in so many ways, and I find that so many people do not do what they are supposed to do to recover from their Peyronie’s disease.

The next time you read about a company offering a Peyronie’s disease treatment guarantee, please think about these things.

The SINGLE most common question about Peyronie's disease treatment

Peyronie’s treatment basic question

For sure the most common question I receive – sometimes several times a day – goes something like this:  “I was just told by my medical doctor that my bent penis is caused by peyronies desease.  He did not tell me much about this problem so I looked around the internet, and I just found your helpful website. What can I do to help my peyronies?  Thanks for any information you could send to me.”  Yes, with no background information about himself, this person has asked, “What can I do to help my peyronies?” as though there is a single and simple answer.

Actually most email questions I receive ask directly for a solution to Peyronie’s disease, as though it was just that easy.  Sometimes the words change a bit:  “What works that will cure my Peyronie’s?” or “Can you help me get rid of my PD?” or “How can I cure my curved bent penis?”   All these questions suppose there is a simple and direct way to help the body heal the Peyronie’s plaque or scar.    My response is always polite, and I always try to be helpful and courteous, but I sometime wonder with almost 200 pages of detailed Peyronie’s disease treatment information on the PDI website that is freely available, what additional information a person could want.  Since everyone seems to write their email questions to me through the PDI website, I assume they have seen the wealth of information that is there to read and study at their leisure.   But I assume the real problem is that they are simply overwhelmed and frightened not only by the knowledge they just recently learned their penis has a “disease,” but by the sheer number of pages of information about treating this problem.

You will also notice that the average email – asking me for help about Peyronies treatment – does not tell me anything about the problem that is going on with the person.   Like asking someone “How do I fix my car?,” without telling them anything about the car or the problem you are having, it is important to give me as much information about yourself as possible, so I can give you reasonable assistance in response.       What I usually respond back is to suggest they spend a bit more time learning about PD and the  work of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.  I will remind them that whatever they might want to know about the Alternative Medicine cure of Peyronie’s desease can be found on the approximately 200  pages of information of the PDI website I encourage them that everyday I communicate with at least a dozen men who are taking control of their PD situation and making improvement when nothing else has helped them, and they have done all of this with the information found only on the PDI site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept.  All we are doing is attempting to figure out why your PD did not correct like about 50% of the men who develop this problem.  If half of the men “cure” their own PD, why not you?  That is all we are attempting to address with our therapy concept.  It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

I suggest that the safest and most logical Peyronie’s disease treatment is to attempt to join those 50% of men whose PD is resolved naturally.  All standard medical information about PD clearly states that in half of the cases, the PD “goes away on its own.”   Well, all we do with the PDI approach is to work with body to prepare it to heal on its own, just as it should happen.  It is really not such a crazy or extreme idea.   We advocate an aggressive application of multiple conservative alternative Medicine therapies as outlined in our website.

Almost always I suggest that they try the simplest and easiest route to learn more their Peyronies problem by reading a book that I wrote that gives much information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease.  This book, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook,” was written because of new and unique things that PDI  has discovered a man can do to easily make changes in basic living habits that could help Peyronies heal naturally.   It would be good to become familiar with some of the treatment concepts that are found in the book, found at Peyronie’s Disease Handbook The information and instruction found in the book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website.

Also I inform each man that it is most usual for men who follow the largest and most aggressive therapy plan to usually get the best results.  Each man who is interested in doing all that he can to help himself to the maximum is told to consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment, found at our PDI store The Medium Plan is perhaps the most popular of the three plans.  In treatment it is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans.  There is a smaller plan that is well designed.   All can be modified to suit individual thinking and unique situations that make therapy a little different for each person.

Over the years I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of men over the years with Peyronies and helped them recover from PD.  Some of these cases were mild and some severe, some just a few months and a few more than 10 years old.  As readers of the PDI website know, I had a pretty bad PD problem until I cured my condition using the procedures found in the book I wrote and the same Alternative Medicine ideas as on the website.  It is not necessary to feel like a Peyronies victim if you are working to improve your health and immune response against the presence of this foreign tissue.

Each email and phone call I receive each day asking for help with Peyronie’s disease treatment is special and unique.  All are answered with courtesy and respect, keeping in mind how shattered and confused each man can be when he hears the words “Peyronie’s disease” for the first time in his life.

Ask me your questions about Peyronies disease natural treatments with Alternative Medicine, and I will do the best I can to help you in any way that I can.  Please tell me as much about your condition as possible, so I have a good background of information to use in making a reply.