Cluster Headaches (Histaminic Cephalalgia) Treatment
What are cluster headaches?
Cluster headaches, otherwise known as histaminic cephalalgia, are a type of seasonally occurring headache that is often mistaken for allergy- or stress-induced headaches. Although generally shorter in duration, they are considered one of the most painful types, even more painful than migraines, and typically occur on one side of the head near the orbit (the bone surrounding the eye). The pain associated with cluster headaches is very severe, lasting between 15 minutes to 2 hours, and has been described as burning, piercing, throbbing, or constant. As the aches often occur at night, the pain is enough to wake people up.
There are two general categories of cluster headaches: episodic and chronic. Episodic cluster headaches occur on a daily basis for a week to a year, then do not return for at least a month. In contrast, chronic cluster headaches occur daily for over a year with no remission of symptoms, with remission lasting less than a year.
How do cluster headaches happen?
The exact causes of cluster headaches are still unclear. However, evidence shows the cause might be related to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls the body’s internal sleep cycles. The hypothalamus sends out a signal to the trigeminal nerve, a nerve located near the eye that is responsible for sensing heat and pain. For this reason, cluster headaches are also categorized as a trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC).
How common are cluster headaches?
Cluster headaches are the least frequently occurring types of headaches. It is estimated they affect about 1 in every 1,000 people and affect men three times more frequently than they do women. The typical age group of those affected is 20-40 years old. Over 80% of those who suffer from cluster headaches have the episodic type.
If you are experiencing cluster headaches, Alternative DrMCare can help you. Keep a diary of your triggers, so you know what to avoid. Triggers can be food high in nitrates like bacon. Other common triggers include smoking, alcohol, bright lights, high temperatures, and even a high altitude.
Capsaicin (hot pepper) nasal spray can reduce pain in a cluster headache attack because it desensitizes the trigeminal nerve.
Melatonin supplements are also effective at reducing the pain and occurrence of a cluster headache attack.
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George Guess, M.D., D.Ht.
"As a family and homeopathic physician with over 30 years' experience, I can attest to the therapeutic efficacy of Dr. Mitch Fleisher's nutritional/botanical support protocols. I've especially had experience with those used for hyperlipidemias (elevated cholesterol and triglyceride) and high blood pressure. Often it's the case that only some of the suggested agents are required, however, the product recommendations in their entirety are quite useful for those persons who require greater support to help alleviate their condition(s)."
George Guess, M.D., D.Ht.
Editor, American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine
Vice President, American Institute of Homeopathy
Associate Faculty, Center for the Study of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine,
University of Virginia (CSCAT)
"As a long time patient of Dr. Mitch Fleisher, I've come to truly appreciate the vastness and excellence of his knowledge of alternative medicine. In him, I found not only a physician whom I could trust for accurate information, but a professional partner and mentor for the health and well-being of myself and my family.
I first consulted Dr. Mitch for my vague, undiagnosed symptoms that other practitioners had no clue about or answers for. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome were the diagnoses he made after that first visit. I went home with his nutritional protocols for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in my hand feeling hopeful, because somebody finally really listened to and understood me and knew what I needed. Along with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, I was experiencing chronic stress, anxiety and allergies. I ordered the nutriceutical supplements that he recommended from the high quality nutritional companies he suggested and within a week of beginning my program, I knew that it was going to work, because I felt different, more grounded and experienced a big relief from many of the symptoms that I had been suffering with.
Over the years, I stuck with his recommendations and my health continued to improve and is still getting better. My allergies are now gone and my anxiety is resolved. Most of the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms have been alleviated, so now I can exercise more, drive farther and use the computer longer without feeling sore. If I get sidetracked from taking my supplements for a week, I start to feel a change for the worse, but when I get back on them, the difference is indeed noticeable.
Dr. Mitch's protocols have become a valuable part of my wellness library. It is no surprise that my copy of the 'Nutritional Support for Colds and Flus' looks like an old, crinkled road map, as does the 'Nutritional Support for Allergies' protocol. I have shared them on many occasions with family and friends. I was very happy to hear that his natural support protocols are being made available to the public, because each one is unique and valuable in its own right. I am looking forward to having his complete collection to refer to.
Other benefits I've found from using Dr. Mitch's natural support protocols are the time and money I save. As a person who believes in using an alternative, complementary approach to heath care, I am freed from the overwhelming, confusing, burdensome task of trying to research and figure out the right nutriceutical supplement combinations for both me and my family. I also don't waste money anymore on products that don't work.
Throughout the years, my association with Dr. Mitch has transformed my health, as well as that of my family for the better. His clearly written protocols, packed with easy to use information, educate me, so that I can pass along knowledge to others. I know that the investment I am making in a nutritional program under Dr. Mitch's supervision has had invaluable rewards with compounding benefits.
It is a genuine pleasure to wholeheartedly recommend the Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols to anyone seeking valuable, cost-effective, user-friendly, alternative health care wisdom that really works!"
Certified Life Empowerment Coach
Dr. Fleisher is my Miracle! M.J. Chapman
I was diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer on February 12, 2008. Over 90% of cervical carcinomas are of squamous cell origin. This cervical cancer was small cell carcinoma, like lung cancer. This happens in less than three percent of cervical cancers. Prior to this surgery, I had regular examinations and Pap smears, which came back negative for cancer. However, Pap Smears are not sensitive for detecting small cell carcinoma.
Surgery revealed the cancer was completely encased in a fibroid tumor. The cancer stemmed from my cervix and metastasized into three lymph nodes as well as my uterus. The tumor was also starting to fuse onto my bladder wall. The surgeons left a portion of the tumor and my cervix to facilitate future internal radiation sessions. My uterus, ovaries, appendix and the metastasized lymph nodes were removed. I had Stage 3B cancer.
An intravenous Port-A-Cath was surgically implanted onto my chest wall, under my skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein in which to administer the Chemotherapy and draw blood. Six treatments of Cisplatin and Eptoside Chemotherapy were planned to be given to me concurrent with twenty-five treatments of radiation and five treatments of internal radiation. Forty-five Gray Units of radiation were administered to the abdominal cavity below my rib cage. I was later told that Forty Gray Units could have destroyed my kidneys! An additional Thirty Gray Units of internal radiation were aimed directly at the remains of the fibroid tumor that still contained the cancer.
I was relatively new and uneducated to Alternative Care at this time. Although I knew of someone that had been cured of Melanoma using a Holistic approach with diet, supplements, surgery and radiation, I did not think it could possibly help in my case. My radiologist was honest and said she did not think she could even place me into remission. My research told me this was a very aggressive cancer and women with late stage, such as mine, have a very poor prognosis.
From the first day I was given the news, I knew if I was going to make it through this, I had to maintain a positive attitude and surround myself with positive energy. I drew strength from my Faith in my Creator and the outpouring of love and prayer offered from friends and family. I accepted the help that was offered. I was determined to keep my sense of humor through this devastating ordeal. A favorite saying became an attitude, especially when I felt I couldn't go forward, "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!!"
Ultimately, I was only able to receive 3 and 1/2 treatments of Chemotherapy. Loosing my hair was the least of the side effects. During the combination of chemo and radiation, my white cell count went down to near zero. I was hospitalized on two occasions, given blood transfusions, platelets and massive doses of antibiotics. During one stay, I was dangerously close to becoming septic.
I had to take Zofran for the constant nausea and Dilaudid for the abdominal pain, which caused another set of side effects. General anesthesia was administered five times for Internal Radiation at the end of my treatments. I developed a severe radiation burn about the size of a quarter on my abdomen that took weeks to heal. A bladder infection placed me in the hospital once again in severe pain. The abdominal pain continued to be relentless. A CT Scan revealed my colon was "hardened and inflamed." I was sent home with painkillers, anti-nausea medicine and instructions to rest.
In May, I was informed the large tumor was killed, but I felt this would be short lived. Nothing was offered by my doctors to help boost my immune system and repair the damage of the chemotherapy and radiation. I was only instructed to eat a balanced diet, which included Ensure until I could tolerate solid foods. The pain continued and hollowed me out.
More than once, I cried for God to take me home. I felt I had been abandoned, placed in a leaky wooden boat with only my hands to bail out the sea and an ominous storm approaching on the horizon. I did not think I would make it to the end of the year much less see another spring and my garden in bloom.
During the Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments, I received Chiropractic adjustments that would ease the effects of the treatments for a day or so. My Chiropractor referred me to Dr. Mitch Fleisher in June of 2008. My main objective was to regain some of my immune system; I had little hope of preventing a recurrence of the cancer. What life was left in me, I wished it to be of a better quality than I was experiencing.
Dr. Fleisher was most patient and thorough during the several hours he consulted with me. He did not judge my former decision in choosing conventional care. I was given Constitutional Homeopathic medicine along with his natural self-care protocol for Cessation of Abnormal Cell Growth and Metastasis.
Before I had a chance to begin, I was hospitalized with an obstructed colon. The operative report said it was a multi-nodular tumor invading my left pelvic sidewall. It enveloped the rectosigmoid colon. The surgical oncologist performed a colostomy on June 25, 2008. I woke up to find a colostomy bag surrounding a stoma and was informed that it was permanent. An inoperable tumor approximately 4 to 5 cm was left in my pelvis sidewall. At the rate in which it first grew, the oncologist determined that I had two and a half to three months to live if I was lucky. I now had Stage Four Cancer.
The oncologist signed me into Hospice Care and I was sent home to die. A hospital bed was placed in our bedroom. I signed a 'Do Not Resuscitate Order.' My husband and my niece talked with our Priest and the Funeral Home for my Funeral Arrangements. I requested that my ashes be scattered on a nearby hillside with one of the most beautiful views in the county. Panic attacks came with every sunset. I was afraid of being alone at any time of the day and closing my eyes to sleep. Family and friends traveled from across the country to say their good-byes. We all prayed for a Miracle.
My husband called Dr. Fleisher for help about a week after I was placed in Hospice. We hoped at the very least to delay the pain that I would experience when the cancer consumed me. I was only able to start with less than half the protocol he initially gave me. Nausea still overwhelmed me, but I managed to swallow the supplements. I followed the Metabolic Typing diet that DrM recommended and avoided sugar and unrefined carbs, as cancer feeds off these foods. I continued to receive regular Chiropractic adjustments to further strengthen my immune system and facilitate the supplements.
At this time, it would have been so easy to place my head upon my pillow and leave this earth. The fatigue was profound. As the days and weeks continued, I slowly found more strength to fight. Phone calls and emails were promptly answered by DrM in simple terminology, for which I was so grateful. He became the oars in that leaky boat, pulling me back to the safety of the shore. I was able to push aside the fears and doubts with each sunrise.
By the end of August, against the advice of my Hospice nurses, I began slowly weaning myself off an extremely powerful opioid narcotic pain medicine, Fentanyl. It is more potent than morphine. Coping with the withdrawal from this drug was most difficult. When I asked the Hospice nurses how others handled this, they responded, "We don't know. Our Hospice patients never come off of this, Ms. Chapman!" They were amazed at my progress. Bi-weekly Hospice care examinations were reduced to once a week. I showed no signs of the cancer advancing and I experienced NO PAIN, even after weaning myself totally off the Fentanyl patch.
As Fall approached, the nausea began to subside and my appetite slowly increased. My hair grew back in shiny and healthy. My husband and others told me I was glowing with health. It was during this time that my husband and I learned we would become grandparents. I felt this was a Sign, a Gift from God. I was determined to be present for the birth of this child.
By December, my energy level was much higher. I climbed the stairs effortlessly in decorating our home for Christmas. On December 25, 2008, six months to the day my husband was told I would not be alive, I prepared Christmas dinner for my family. By the end of the year, I would be released from Hospice. The oncologist had never before signed a patient OUT of Hospice Care.
In January 2009, a PET Scan revealed that the 4-5cm inoperable tumor was only one cm with very low activity of cancer cells. There was no metastasis to any other lymph nodes or organs. This was incredible news!!! I received no chemotherapy or radiation since the surgery in June of 2008. After my radiologist reviewed the Scan, she said, "Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!" But, sadly, she didn't want to know what I was doing. It seems most regular doctors are afraid to 'buck the system' and learn what really works.
In February of 2009, I was able to travel to witness the birth of my beautiful granddaughter. I was filled with Hope and Joy, and a renewed determination to dance at her wedding.
I relished every flower and soft breeze in spring. I sat on my porch and watched the golden light of sunsets where only six months earlier I fought panic attacks at this moment of the day. I MADE IT!!! My garden and my life were bountiful.
The month of May brought an episode of the Shingles Virus, not unusual in former Cancer patients. I was completely healed in about 3 weeks using Dr. Fleisher's natural self-care protocol for this Viral Infection. People afflicted with Shingles have told me it took them between 6 months to a year before the symptoms and pain are relieved. I have experienced no residual pain.
On June 25, 2009, a year to the day I was told I was terminally ill and over 18 months after first being diagnosed with cancer, I was present with my husband and friends to watch the sun set at the site, which should have been my final resting place. My latest Pet Scan, July 13, 2009, revealed no activity of Cancer!!! I burned my 'Do Not Resuscitate Order' in Celebration.
Being diagnosed with Cancer is one of the most frightening experiences one can face in life. Most people cope with severe side effects months and years after conventional treatments. Not only did Dr. Fleisher's natural self-care protocol heal the effects of the chemotherapy and radiation, it rid my body of Stage Four Cancer!!! He truly honored his oath of "Do No Harm" during this process. I feel confident that he will always direct my family to the most effective, highest quality supplements and Homeopathic medicines available.
I have almost as much energy now as before the cancer diagnosis. Some days, I can exercise twice as much as before. Life has returned to 'normal.'
I will continue the lifestyle changes that I have learned from DrM and will always refer to his Alternative DrMCare website for future conditions. I strongly recommend that everyone refer to it too when they're in need of powerful, natural self-care.
Some of God's Miracles are instant and defy explanation. During this journey, I have learned that God will send people into our lives to help Heal us with the Gifts and Knowledge bestowed upon them.
Dr. Fleisher is my Miracle! M.J. Chapman
Mayo Friedlis, M.D., D.A.A.P.M.
"For over 10 years, Dr. Mitch Fleisher has been my 'fount of knowledge' for all things natural and nutritional in medicine and he continues to be the mainstay of nutriceutical supplement information and direction for my patients and my family. He has made nutritional support his life's passion and is my personal resource for these matters. I have relied upon his nutritional support protocols for years now whenever I have need for the absolute latest, most accurate, solidly scientific, clinical information about the therapeutic use of nutritional products for anything from fibromyalgia to tendonitis, fatigue to eczema, etc.
Dr. Fleisher has significantly raised my level of clinical expertise in nutritional healing and has vastly improved the quality, depth and breadth of the care that I can render to my patients. One of the most difficult problems is determining the correct amount of the many nutrients that patients need to maximize their health and function on a daily basis. I have such trust in Dr. Fleisher's expertise and integrity, that the Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols is the first line of nutritional support for my patients, my family and myself."
Mayo Friedlis, M.D., D.A.A.P.M.
Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management
Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians
Founder and Former Medical Director of Industrial Medical Services at Columbia Pentagon City Hospital
Recognized as the foremost practitioner of Prolotherapy in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore Metropolitan area
Administrative Director, Capitol Spine & Pain Centers (formerly 'Center for Physical Medicine & Pain Management')
Dawn B., EdS, LPC,
Upon reaching forty years of age, it was as if a switch was flipped and the train I was riding careened onto the fast track to ill health. I purchased a book that offered prescriptions for natural healing. Although I followed those protocols religiously, my health continued to decline.
Even after seeking the help of a holistic M.D., I saw little improvement as I lethargically meandered through brain fog. Normally an energetic and enthusiastic person, I found myself becoming exhausted on a daily basis. In the morning, after returning from a run and showering I\'d have to take a nap before starting my day! Important tasks had to be completed by noon because as the day wore on, I became completely enervated. Daily naps became commonplace for me.
I found it difficult to remember acquaintances names. At social gatherings, brain fog prohibited cognitive functioning as I struggled to find my words. In these situations, my inability to converse caused me develop stress headaches.
Despite maintaining a consistent work out schedule, I continued to gain weight. My blonde hair started thinning. I seriously wondered if my body was starting to die. It was so scary because the doctor was unable to help me. I was overcome with discouragement as my body became torpid and my brain obtuse.
The most important lesson I have learned on my health journey is that not all \"holistic health\" approaches are equal. I am so glad that the train I was riding made one last stop - Dr. Mitch! He listened to me and then confidently told me my body would heal but it would take time.
Within just two months of following DrM\'s protocols, I noticed that I no longer needed those daily naps! The next change I noted was improved cognitive ability. One day, while brushing my hair, I noticed new hair growth! The last change was a drop in my weight.
Through DrM\'s judicious application of constitutional homeopathy and nutritional therapy, I have undergone an astounding transformation and have a second chance at life. I now possess the mental acuity and physical stamina that allow me to be enrolled in graduate school full time!
If you, too, have made station stops that have not yielded results don\'t become inured to your current state of health; I encourage you to stop in at Dr. Fleisher\'s Complementary Alternative Medicine portal.
Now that holistic health has become so popular, many doctors have read a couple of articles, attended a couple of classes and call themselves \"holistic.\"
In contrast, Dr. Fleisher has been practicing holistic health for over 25 years! It is not a fad to him. When I compare the money I spent on other doctors and protocols with DrM\'s fee for continuously updated protocols that actually work, I surely wish I had found DrM sooner. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity now! My energy soars and I am a new person living life to the fullest.
Thank you DrM for my new lease on life!
Dawn B., LPC, SPHR
Josee Bourbeau, M.D.
"Dr. Fleisher's vast experience in natural medicine has greatly helped my patients and my family. I have consulted with him for years for different pathologies such as fibromyagia, hypertension, Parkinsonism, diabetes, arthritis, colitis....to mention a few. He has been very helpful in providing very effective, natural, nutriceutical support protocols for each of those pathologies. My patients have been pleased and healthier in the process."
Josee Bourbeau, M.D.
Gorham, New Hampshire
"I first met Dr. Fleisher about 10 years ago at the prompting of a friend. I had been going to my family doctor for two years for extreme weakness and aching. I could no longer climb a set of stairs or walk to my mailbox. Maintaining my house was almost impossible. My blood lipids were elevated and my blood pressure was high.
After my first appointment with Dr. Fleisher, I took a homeopathic remedy and a regimen of nutritional supplements. Three weeks later, I had an appointment with my family physician and he was amazed at the difference in my blood work, blood pressure and renewed energy. I continued to improve weekly and ultimately fully recovered. I have continued to be treated by Dr. Fleisher to this very day for new complaints.
I have found him to be a compassionate physician regarding his patients. There is a level of caring that I have found in no other doctor. I have been listened to and believed. This has not been my experience with other doctors.
Dr. Fleisher is a brilliant man with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge to help his patients. He is a great teacher of how to care for yourself and those around you.
He has treated me and my family for so many ailments, I could probably list them from A to Z, but these come to mind quickly: Fibromyalgia; depression; chronic tendonitis; a three month old baby with colic; strep throat; plantar warts; hypothyroidism; diabetes; my son's knees surgery (he took only the protocol recommended by Dr. Fleisher and did not need the prescriptions from his surgeon. My son amazed the surgeon with his rapid healing); migraine headaches; low iodine levels; bladder problems; child birth (Dr. Fleisher was called during my daughter's difficult labor and he prescribed a homeopathic remedy and the child was born strong and healthy and Mom healed quickly); broken foot with torn ligament and tendons (the bones were set by my family doctor but the tendons and ligaments were never dealt with. Once again Dr. Fleisher gave me a protocol that healed my foot completely); acid reflux disease (gone); female problems; menopause; helped with our aged dog and on and on.
He always diagnoses me in the office and sends me home with a regimen to follow. The lab work would always confirm what he had diagnosed.
I have found that if Dr. Fleisher prescribed it, I know it will work. My family and I have a deep appreciation for Dr. Fleisher and I will consult with him at the office, on the phone and on the internet for my health always.
Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Friend
"I sat through the meeting with school officials, teachers and guidance counselors, trying to hold back my tears. They handed me a large workbook: Your ADD/ADHD Child. Their words 'disruptive', 'not focused', 'aggressive' hit my ears as well as my heart. Then they said the word that all parents dread 'Medication.' I remember sleepwalking out of that meeting, sitting in the car with my husband and hearing him say, "We will never medicate Alex! Whatever it takes, whatever we have to spend on private schools, we will never medicate him." I pulled out my cell phone and placed a call to our homeopathic family physician, Dr. Mitch Fleisher.
That was eight years ago. Today, Alex is a happy, centered, 13 year old, enjoying life, school, family and peers. At school, his classroom participation is positive and whenever a teacher or faculty member has a computer problem, it's Alex who gets called in to solve it. This past summer, he volunteered 180 hours as a Junior Counselor at a local Gymnastics Summer Camp. He rode his bike to and from camp every day, but on the second day of camp, I had the opportunity to drive him. When I dropped him off at the entrance, I saw a young boy waiting inside the lobby. When he saw Alex, he started jumping up and down, waving his arms around and running toward my son. Alex gave him a 'High Five' and they turned to go into the gym together.
That moment will stay with me forever. So how did that happen? How did we go from being advised by school officials to medicate our son to having a teenager who wakes up happy and looking forward to each new day? I can only give you one mom's non-medical perspective. Dr. Mitch saw beyond the disruptive behavior of that 5 year old boy. He spent several hours taking Alex's case, listening and asking questions that allowed him to prescribe the 'best fit' homeopathic constitutional remedy and nutritional support that released the chaos and allowed Alex to expand peacefully into his true inner nature.
Over the years, Dr. Mitch has raised the health of our family on many levels - mental, emotional and physical. We continue to benefit greatly from his ongoing research and thirst for knowledge in all areas of alternative and complementary health care fields. I look forward to his seasonal 'Self-Care' protocol sheets and stock up early before cold and flu season. As a parent, you wish the best for your children, but navigating the vast array of health care products and options is extremely overwhelming. The peace of mind that comes from being able to place your family's health and well-being in the capable hands of a trusted physician is priceless. Dr. Mitch has made a world of difference for our family."
Pure Pilates Fitness Instructor
"In December of 2005, I was introduced to Dr. Mitch Fleisher for some health issues, one being, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
I suffered terribly with this awful disease and tried several, different approaches to healing with other alternatives. In 40 days, I had lost 20 lbs. and was in a very weak and lifeless state bound and determined to get this under control. Thanks to Dr. Fleisher, he put me on a nutritional supplement regimen and a change of diet, no grains and processed dairy. Within a few weeks time, things started to slowly get back to normal, that is, my diarrhea had diminished and energy levels came back and my weight returned to normal. I have not had a bout with this ugly disease for several years and don't expect to!
Dr. Fleisher has also helped me with my heavy metal toxicity with a special nutriceutical protocol that I take daily.
This last year, my husband had suffered with painful gout and had high cholesterol. Again, Dr. Fleisher recommended special, nutritional protocols and a slight diet change and my husband has not mentioned his gout again. It took only one day and the pain and swelling were gone. His cholesterol problem is also improved. It made a believer out of him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are truly blessed and very fortunate to know Dr. Mitch Fleisher. He is outstanding in nutriceutical medicine and a gifted healer. I would highly recommend him and his natural self-care protocols to satisfy anyone's health and wellness needs."
L&D Commodities, Inc.
Gretna, Nebraska 68028
"When I received the message that the skin biopsy report showed the tumor to be malignant, I didn't sink into a pit of despair. The dermatologist assured me that the lesion on my chest had been completely removed and that the margins were clear. "Nothing to worry about", he said. When he removed it again six weeks later, he assured me once again that the margins were clear and I had nothing to worry about. When the cancer moved into the lymph glands of my right armpit, I saw a surgeon who did a biopsy that indicated the tumor was metastatic squamous cell carcinoma, which had migrated from my chest wall.
I contacted an oncologist in Los Angeles who arranged for me to have surgery within a week, because the tumor had grown quickly to the size of a small orange. After surgery, I was referred to several radiation oncologists who recommended that I begin a six-week radiation program. One of the radiation oncologists told me I had a 30% chance of losing my arm from the radiation, but, if I didn't do it, I was committing suicide. Both radiation oncologists also told me I would have to give up all the antioxidants I was taking, especially vitamins C and E; the explanation being that radiation is an 'oxidative treatment' (I wondered if this is a matter of semantics or science?)
I thanked these doctors for their advice while telling them that I would look into alternative therapies. I wanted to give my body the best possible chance to heal itself. Here's another health challenge, I thought. I've been through a few and always learned so much from each, not only about illness, but about the system for dealing with it. Sadly, I've seen too many medical doctors who seem dogmatic in their approach to medicine rather than scientific, too willing to base their practice on arrogant 'authority' rather than real life, clinical experience.
I'm fortunate enough to know some doctors who are willing and able to explore the ways of true health rather than rely upon the medical business dogma. Dr. Mitch Fleisher is at the top of my list of healers. Though he is on the other side of the continent (in Virginia), my first phone call was to Dr. Mitch. With his powerful protocol of detoxification and nutritional supplementation to build my immune system, so that my body could take care of the cancer, I have astounded the radiation oncologists who told me I was committing suicide by not following their regimen. Dr. Fleisher's nutritional supplement regimen and homeopathic guidance along with raw organic vegetable juices, saunas, and putting the mind in the healing mode got me through this learning experience while curing my body of cancer.
The cancer has not returned after three years. Recently, I had CT and PET scans that confirmed this. I am thankful for Dr. Fleisher's help. Actually, I feel more energetic and healthful now than before the cancer. I had also been having trouble with cardiac arrhythmias (runs in the family) and Dr. Fleisher has helped me to address that using homeopathy and his nutritional supplement regimen for the heart as well.
Yes, it can be done, but curing oneself of cancer and heart disease takes personal commitment and a doctor informed about reinforcing the immune system and healing the whole person. There is none better than Dr. Mitch Fleisher."
William Cates, age 68
Owner & Winemaker, Tantara Winery
Santa Ynez, California
"My story started back in April 2001, when I suddenly lost all function in my right, dominant arm. I was incredibly scared, in intense pain and clueless as to what had happened to me. My arm was stuck in a claw position. I was unable to move my fingers or make a fist. I literally cried everyday from the pain. The atrophy in my arm and especially my wrist was getting so bad such that my right wrist was looking about half the size of my left wrist. I couldn't even pick up a pencil. My husband and I had just started our own business. I had to go to work; it wasn't a choice for me. I would go to work, hold back the tears, work through the pain and come home and break down. That was how I felt every day for almost a year until I met Dr. Mitch Fleisher.
Like many folks who have some strange medical condition pop up, I went to several (approximately 20) medical doctors who specialized in nerve disorders. I went to Johns Hopkins University Hospital every other week for that first year meeting with one of the top rheumatologists in the country. He had me do every test under the sun for months, but my situation stumped the man. He didn't know what else to do with me. He told me he didn't know if my arm was "going to make it." He prescribed me some Neurotin, which helped somewhat initially, but nothing long term. Several doctors diagnosed me with RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) and others said I didn't have it. I think they were all guessing, because they felt they HAD to place a diagnosis on it. I had a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins mold a cast for my arm that I had to sleep in every night, which just made my pain worse. This same surgeon gave me a cortisone shot in my wrist and told me that I'd be pain free in 2 days. The shot did nothing. Actually, it did end up burning away the little bit of fatty tissue I had remaining in my wrist, which only made the arm weaker and physically thinner.
So, here is where the good news starts. We were referred to Dr. Fleisher and went to meet him, of course, thinking "could this be the doctor who can help me or will this be doctor number 21 on the growing list of doctors who have dismissed me because they, unfortunately, don't know what to do for me?"
Dr. Fleisher listened very carefully to my story. He then analyzed my symptoms and prescribed for me my specific, homeopathic constitutional remedy and put me on a supportive program of nutritional supplements, as well as advised me on diet and what foods to avoid, what foods to eat. Within a month, I had great improvement.
Dr. Fleisher will take the time necessary to hear your complete story. In fact, he wants and needs to hear your whole story. He puts the pieces together so he can figure out the puzzle. That is what he did for me. He figured out my puzzle and now I have my arm back! I don't walk around in pain every day. Not only can I pick up a pencil again, I can pick up my 2 year old son and my 4 year old daughter. I can type again. I have my life back!!
Dr. Mitch has also helped relieve my chiropractor husband of his chronic eczema that defied treatment by other methods, as well as helped our family, including my mom, with many other health problems with homeopathy and nutritional therapy. His natural medical self-care protocols are a valuable resource to us all.
Because of his advanced training and special knowledge of both conventional and alternative medicine, I feel that Dr. Fleisher can see outside the box. He keeps himself informed of the latest research. He has a clarity and depth of vision and insight that I hadn't experienced with any of the medical doctors and specialists that I had seen previously.
Simply put, Dr. Mitch Fleisher is my "hero" and I am very thankful that he is in my family's and my life."
Office Manager & Mom
"I was plagued with respiratory allergies throughout my childhood and early adulthood. I had been having seasonal allergies that occurred primarily in the spring and fall. In the mid nineties, I visited Dr. Mitch Fleisher for my homeopathic constitutional consult. To my delight, since taking my remedy, my allergies ceased to be a problem. My other major health issue was chronic constipation, which had troubled me ever since my last child was born in 1973. My constitutional remedy, Alumina, and nutritional supplements cleared up my digestive problems and my overall health was greatly improved.
I began re-experiencing health issues last year, and asked Dr. Fleisher to take my case again. The new constitutional remedy, Molybdenum metallicum, and nutritional supplements he prescribed cleared up my chronic eye problems and other allergic reactions. I had not been able to eat wheat for many years without digestive disturbance and I find that I can now safely eat wheat products in moderation.
I am 67 years old and in great health and full of energy and zest for life with the support of the homeopathic medicines and nutritional supplements that Dr. Fleisher recommended for me.
My husband and all three of our daughters have had their homeopathic constitutional remedies prescribed by Dr. Fleisher. Our daughters had inherited our allergies and their remedies and nutritional supplements greatly improved their health and well being. My husband, Bill's, cancer and heart problems were also healed.
Our daughter, Trevor, considered going to allopathic medical school, but after talking to Dr. Fleisher about her plans, Trevor decided to go to National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She and her husband, Thad Jacobs, are now both Naturopathic physicians and have the Santa Barbara Center for Naturopathic Medicine. Thanks to Dr. Fleisher's guidance, Trevor is now able to help her patients through homeopathy and nutritional therapy.
My mother, Gladys Foster, developed Alzheimer's disease late in life. She realized that her memory was deteriorating and she was greatly distressed. She and I would go to Dr. Fleisher's office and sit and cry. Dr. Mitch would come up with a new remedy and we would buy a few more months of lucidity. Through his kind, expert guidance and his prescribed homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements, we were able to help my mother maintain a decent quality of life for a much longer period of time than would have been possible without his support.
My entire family continues to benefit from our association with Dr. Mitch Fleisher and we are grateful for his help and guidance over the years. I feel good about recommending the Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols, so that other folks can benefit as we have."
Santa Ynez, California
Catherine Clark, M.D., A.A.F.P.
"Dr. Mitch Fleisher is a very knowledgeable and gifted healer. DrM has generously chosen to share his healing protocols with us. Please indulge, as I have, and you will find incredible results."
Catherine Clark, M.D., A.A.F.P.
Gregory S. Gelburd, D.O., F.A.A.F.P.
"Dr. Mitch Fleisher and I have been professional associates and friends for over twenty years. He was one of my clinical instructors in my postgraduate classes in homeopathic medicine and he has continued to assist me with difficult cases and expand my knowledge of complementary alternative medicine.
The field of medicine is changing rapidly in many areas. This is particularly true for complementary medicine and the field of nutriceutical supplementation. It seems as if every year, there are at least two, three or more new products arriving that tout all kinds of benefits. I have had a hard time, as a family physician, keeping up with the entire field, and yet, I know the importance of nutrition and certain supplements for my patients' health care. Dr. Mitch Fleisher has become my 'main resource' for this information.
Dr. Fleisher is an accomplished, complementary alternative medicine researcher and lecturer, and is one of the only physicians I know who still remembers and uses biochemistry in his nutritional medicine practice. Dr. Mitch is one bright guy! He has been at the forefront of nutritional medicine. We have shared many patients over the years that I have seen benefited greatly from Dr. Fleisher's work. I appreciate his determination to get to the truth about these products and their potential benefits. He has been prudent in his research and, therefore, very helpful to me and my patients.
The internet service he has established promises to be of major help for many patients and practitioners alike. I trust his judgment on supplements and certainly believe Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols is everything it promises to be. I look forward to using it myself
Gregory S. Gelburd, D.O., F.A.A.F.P.
Board Certified Osteopathic Family Physician
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Medical Director, Downtown Family Practice Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia Medical Center
Julie Joslin, Ph.D.
"Dr. Mitch Fleisher has been treating me holistically for over a dozen years. When I first met him, I had suffered for many months with reflex sympathetic dystrophy in my left foot and had found no success with the treatment given by my regular physicians. After twenty-two nerve blocks, my symptoms continued and worsened. My body grew weaker with all the pain medications I was taking and I was told to sign disability papers. I was even threatened by so-called specialists with the suggestion of surgery to cut the nerves in my leg!
I met with Dr. Fleisher and followed his nutritional protocol, as well as took a homeopathic remedy. Within a few months, I no longer needed crutches or a wheelchair. I was walking up to four miles a day! I am now running twenty-five miles a week and biking, too.
Over the years, Dr. Fleisher has continued to provide my children and me with excellent medical care. Whether it's a cold, flu, poison ivy rash, exhaustion, stress or pneumonia, the homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplement advice that Dr. Fleisher has prescribed has not only cured us and kept us strong, but educated us, too, about how to take the best care of ourselves. I cannot say enough heartfelt thanks for this enlightened awareness of healing from Dr. Mitch."
Julie Joslin, Ph.D.
Professional Educational Consultant
Spencer, North Carolina
"Our family has found Dr. Mitch Fleisher's natural medical self-care protocols invaluable. Since she was a baby, my youngest daughter quickly develops ear infections with nasal congestion. When I give her colloidal silver as prescribed by Dr. Fleisher's Cold & Flu protocol, she is dramatically better within a few hours and after one day is solidly on the road to recovery. She has never had to use antibiotics or have ear tubes.
Our family also uses his Allergy self-care protocol to weather seasonal allergies and their associated nasal congestion and eye and ear irritation. It also helps my kids minimize their food allergy symptoms, if they should arise.
Dr. Mitch's recommendations have helped our family fight off upper respiratory viruses entirely or minimize their impact. Even with cases of confirmed strep infections, our family has been able to use his self-care protocol in order to recover quickly and avoid using antibiotics.
When one of my children developed croup, the special technique described in his protocol of using a humidifier and diluted hydrogen peroxide cleared up the croup in a day. When my youngest was crying from the intense pain of an ear infection, the hydrotherapy technique described in his protocol of using hot and cold compresses, helped ease the pain rapidly and allowed her to sleep.
Having Dr. Mitch's protocols to rely upon for what to take and the safe, effective dosage to use for whatever health problem arises is crucial, and knowing that the recommendations come from an experienced, caring doctor allows me to have peace of mind at a time when, as a parent, I'm scrambling to keep everyone as well as possible.
Dr. Fleisher's self-care protocols of nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and natural healing techniques have allowed our family to heal and recover quickly from a variety of problems, e.g., viral and bacterial infections, injuries, and minimize allergic symptoms. As a result, our family can function well, go to work and school and enjoy a healthier, better quality of life."
Teacher and Mom
When I was around 55 years old, I discovered that I was allergic to many antibiotics. I developed a very deep bad cough that kept me in bed a lot. My PCP gave me 3 different antibiotics in a 6 week period that I was allergic to. He told me that if I became very ill he didn’t know what to do for me as I couldn’t tolerate antibiotics. I asked him what he would do if that happened. He said that he would put me in a straight jacket (because I become so confused and dizzy when taking antibiotics) and put me in the hospital on a slow drip of antibiotics. After he was unable to help me get rid of my cough with antibiotics, he wrote me a letter and said that since I was not able to take antibiotics he could not help me and if I was not better in 6 months to make an appointment to see him. I asked to see another doctor in town who was with a different practice and well respected. He agreed with what my PCP said. I told the second doctor that I was thinking that I may be having an allergic reaction to the chemicals in our new bedroom furniture. I called my allergy doctor and he agreed with my diagnosis.
I called a Wellness Pharmacist in town to see what he might offer. He answered the phone and said, “Ma’am, you sound like you can barely breath." He said that I should not worry that I couldn’t take antibiotics as there were other options and suggested that I take olive leaf tablets which cured my cough.
I decided that no one was ever going to put me in a straight jacket on a low IV drip of antibiotics. I thought that that procedure would slowly kill me. I also had become allergic to all the allergy medicines available such as Zyrtec and Claritin.
I searched around for a different cure for my allergies. My Pastor encouraged me to see Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., who has helped me tremendously. His new patients have to answer 80 very specific, personal questions about their health, life, likes, dislikes, etc., and he takes blood tests. He figured out my personal remedy, which I take each morning as well as herbal supplements. My mom couldn’t believe how much my health improved with Dr.. Fleisher’s remedies. I no longer wake up congested. I can remember names and things that I couldn’t when I was younger. I have more energy and I can think clearly now. I recently had a D & C. Dr. Fleisher prescribed some homeopathic medicines for me to take before and after surgery, so I would have no pain. I had no pain or cramping, minimal bleeding, and I felt great!
My health and life have been greatly improved with taking homeopathic medicine and supplements. I think that I could have done much better in school, and had a much better quality of life if I had been taking homeopathic remedies when I was much younger.
I strongly recommend and support the use of homeopathic remedies and supplements. My experience, I believe, is relevant to countless thousands who struggle with similar problems not resolvable by traditional medicine.
Thomas Hessin, Sr.
"My odyssey of treating Chronic Hepatitis C began in 1993, when, during a routine physical exam, a blood test came up with a positive test result. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and he referred me to specialists at a major University hospital with a good reputation for treating diseases of the liver. After additional testing, they recommended that I be treated with alpha-interferon, which turned into a six month ordeal that made me feel like I had been run over by a truck the morning after the injection. The debilitating fatigue made it hard to function.
The initial response was positive, but after several months, the virus was again detected and they put me back on a regimen of alpha-interferon together with riboviran. The initial response was again good, but the process was debilitating and ultimately the virus started coming back.
I began looking for alternative treatments and found out about Dr. Mitch Fleisher, a fully board certified M.D. with a strong background in nutritional and homeopathic medical therapies. After significant consultation and testing, Dr. Fleisher put me on a protocol that has provided me with a very positive response to my condition. The therapeutic regimen of supplements is designed to strengthen my own immune system to fight the virus and aid the liver in repair of damaged cells, as well as to enhance my energy levels.
I have been able to keep the virus in check with his protocol and reduce the negative effects of the disease. In fact, the supplements that he prescribed reversed the serious liver damage from the virus. I continue to maintain high energy levels and can sustain my stamina in a demanding line of work. Dr. Fleisher and his caring staff have given me tremendous medical care and support. Thanks to them I can continue to lead a normal life. All is well."
Thomas Hessin, Sr.
President, Valley Real Estate Partners
Success with JRT and Peptide Therapy!
…And Magic Occurred…Twice!!
First of all, thank you for working with me on my general health and at times taking on an extra symptom or two that needs to be addressed. I had two concerns, the first was pain in my right piriformis area, which was a dull pain – but chronic for years. I mentioned this to you which resulted in an injection of a Peptide Solution, at the very targeted and correct spot and then the magic happened, by the time I left the office the chronic muscle pain had somewhat subsided and within a week it was gone. Gone. This was early 2021 and I have not been bothered with it at all with the former pain in the right gluteal/piriformis area.
The second need for a Peptide Injection was later – plus knowing and having had ‘the magic’, I complained that I had constant and limiting left upper arm pain, reduced strength in my left arm (not being able to open glass jars or lift moderate pans with my left hand/arm). Some of my Yoga routine I did well with my right arm, but it was a struggle with my left arm…try downward facing dog with a very weak arm. This time it ended up being a 2-injection series over 3 months; I also diligently followed your prescribed routine using DSMO cream, Zechstein Magnesium spray, along with heat and other potions you prescribed to decrease the pain and inflammation. And it worked. I am doing full Yoga routine with opening side arm stances with >95% range of motion…not looking like a wounded bird.
Because of the Peptide Solution Injection Therapy, I have no chronic pain(s) limiting my lifestyle and exercise routines. It is a delight to be able to put on/off a Tee-shirt or blouse without having to shimmy and make adjustments to get dressed. Chronic pain can be so limiting in other aspects of one’s life, where constant adjustments are being made.
Thank you for your approach to health – in general and being on the cutting edge of other medical solutions that do not require surgery or other more invasive medical procedures.
Health is Wealth
"As a long time patient of Dr. Mitch Fleisher, I want to share with you some of my experiences with this brilliant and caring physician. I have had several opportunities to work with Dr. Fleisher due to personal health crises. With each incidence, he has helped me to regain my balance and health with the nutritional supplement support protocols that he has developed. From a serious urinary tract infection, to a chronic cough due to asthmatic bronchitis, to dangerously high blood pressure, and chronic tendon inflammation, I have followed Dr. Mitch's protocols and have experienced amazing results. I highly recommend his Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols with absolutely no reservations."
Certified Massage Therapist
"I began my homeopathic relationship with Dr. Mitch Fleisher in 1996, while looking for relief for my son's reoccurring asthma. I had started seeing patterns in Giovanni's illness, i.e., diarrhea, runny nose, eczema, repeated ear infections, and three days later, asthma with behavior problems (hyperactivity, fears and acting out). It appeared to be all connected and I felt it was something that could be healed. Although, my pediatrician was prescribing an array of strong medications, his asthma was only becoming worse. Through the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School lectures at John Hopkins University, I was able to meet Dr. Fleisher and listen in on his lecture. When he discussed the typical patterns of asthma, it was all there. Needless to say, within a month, we were on our way to Virginia to see him. Over time, with a series of carefully prescribed homeopathic remedies and specific, nutritional supplement regimens, Giovanni is now a much healthier child!
From the beginning, it was very comforting to speak with Dr Fleisher, who listens in a caring manner without judgment. He is a very thorough case-taker, spending a great deal of time with you to find the correct remedy. Besides homeopathy, he is extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date about complementary alternative medicine, especially with respect to exactly which nutritional supplements to take to heal faster and stay healthier. When it is absolutely necessary, he will also carefully prescribe allopathic medication. All this integrative medicine knowledge gives him a very big bag of cures to work with for the benefit of his patients.
Dr. Mitch has supported me through many family emergencies early in the morning and late at night, e.g., successfully treating my husband, Osvaldo, who had a ruptured brain aneurysm while working in Saudi Arabia and was suffering with excruciatingly painful headaches and mental confusion unresponsive to allopathic drugs in the hospital; the homeopathic medicine and nutriceutical support regimen that he prescribed worked rapidly and miraculously for him.
I have referred many friends to Dr. Mitch who have experienced great success and he is the primary care giver for my large, extended family as well.
He was able to find the correct remedy and cure my mother's severe, debilitating, chronic asthma, which other homeopaths had missed. She had been constantly catching colds, worsening her asthma and was hardly able to function or enjoy life. Since starting her homeopathic remedy and sticking with her nutritional supplement support protocol, her asthma is under control, her immune system is strong and she has plenty of energy to be able to travel and comfortably do things she couldn't do before. In fact, she went on a Caribbean cruise where many people got sick with a bad flu and she didn't! Needless-to-say, my mom, and all of us, are very pleased.
I owe my good health and the good health of my family to Dr Fleisher's competence and diligence. He is a true, professional caregiver in every sense of the word. My family and I feel very fortunate to be under his integrative, complementary alternative medical care.
Dr. Mitch has now made his vast knowledge about natural self-healing available to everyone who needs it on the internet with the Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols. My family and I are very happy to highly recommend it to anyone looking for superior quality, truly effective, complementary alternative health care options."
Paris, France, New York City, NY, & Braunsfel, Texas, USA
Bill Maher, CADC, ACI
"I have been working both personally and professionally with Dr. Mitch Fleisher for a number of years. With his guidance, I have achieved a quality of health and of life that at one point I thought was not possible. My ability to function on a much higher level daily sometimes amazes me. The clients, afflicted with a variety of illnesses, some quite serious, whom I have referred to Dr. Mitch all have received respectful and successful care.
For one who is not prone to write letters, I was so inspired that I even went so far as to write a formal letter to Senator Ted Kennedy to ask him to stop the ridiculous legislation that was introduced to impede access to nutritional medical supplements.
I am sometimes awestruck at the power of natural solutions readily available to us, yet left unused by the majority of physicians. Dr. Fleisher's competence and knowledge are quite vast. I enthusiastically endorse him and his website of natural medical self-care protocols."
Bill Maher, CADC, ACI
Board Registered Interventionist II
Paul K. Branch, M.D., D.A.B.F.M
"Having known Dr. Mitch Fleisher for many years now, I have the highest regard for his knowledge of nutritional and herbal medicine and have frequently drawn upon his expertise. Dr. Fleisher is as knowledgeable as they come in the increasingly important area of nutriceutical medicine. His nutriceutical protocols are the best of their kind. There is no doubt that Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols reflects his commitment to the highest quality and latest research. I recommend it without hesitation."
Paul K. Branch, M.D., D.A.B.F.M.
Specialist in Homeopathy and Family Medicine<
Malcolm Smith, N.D., D.H.A.N.P.
"Dr. Mitch Fleisher is the doctor that I turn to for professional nutritional advice for my patients and myself. I can count on him to be fully knowledgeable about the most cutting edge medical research with respect to what the body needs to be truly healthy and in what form it is best assimilated. With all the conflicting information in the nutritional field, I so appreciate having Dr. Fleisher's expertise to guide my selection of nutritional supplements."
Malcolm Smith, N.D., D.H.A.N.P.
Specialist in Homeopathy and Naturopathic Medicine
CEO, President and Founder of The Homeopathic Symposium