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Dr Sobo publishes article in Natural Nutmeg Magazine

Dr Sobo publishes article in Natural Nutmeg Magazine

The O-Shot: The Next Generation in Natural Treatment for Sexual Dysfunction

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments are becoming a popular option for giving a naturally based, biological boost to the healing process. Platelet cells in our circulation have the natural function of assisting the healing process by the release of biologically active substances, growth and tissue healing factors. Since platelets are utilized in this manner naturally throughout the body, a number of different areas of treatment have arisen as experience with treatments using PRP has grown. Platelet Rich Plasma treatments can be used successfully for female sexual dysfunction, stress incontinence, erectile dysfunction, hair restoration, and arthritis.

The PRP Process
Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from your own blood in an office setting. The blood is drawn in the same manner as when you have any general blood tests. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge with the purpose of separating and removing the platelets from the rest of the blood. The remaining blood is centrifuged again, to produce PRP that contains five to seven times the concentration of platelets normally present in the blood. Finally, this PRP with its richer complement of healing and growth factors is then injected back into the body in the area being treated. Because PRP is created directly from a patient’s own blood, neither allergic reactions nor rejection of the platelet cells can occur. This is a safe treatment that can be performed and completed in an office setting in approximately one hour from start to finish.

Female Sexuality: The O-Shot and Bladder Incontinence
Women’s sexuality difficulties are considerably more common than you might think with over half of women today struggling with some form of sexual dysfunction including: dyspareunia (uncomfortable or painful sex); decreased libido (lack of sex drive); and weak orgasm or difficulty achieving orgasm. Although causes may include psychological and medical reasons, these issues are commonly caused by age-related atrophy of tissue, decreased blood flow and other changes.

The O-Shot is a non-surgical, safe and simple procedure that uses the growth factors each woman has in her own body to stimulate vaginal and clitoral rejuvenation. Some women see an immediate increase in sexual desire and pleasure. In some patients, it may take several weeks to months. Results typically last an average of 12-18 months or more with one treatment. Occasionally patients may desire a second treatment within 6 to 12 months of initial treatment.
One of the greatest benefits of the O-Shot is that many women with urinary incontinence will see a near or complete resolution of symptoms for a long period of time (1 to 4 years) with only one treatment.

Male Sexuality: The Priapus Shot (P-Shot) For ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
Fifty percent of men between the ages of 35 and 65 will have a problem with erectile dysfunction, or other sexual wellness issues. The P-shot is a medical procedure that can effectively treat erectile dysfunction. Unlike other erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments, the P-shot delivers long-lasting results that you cannot achieve with pills, creams, or other male enhancement procedures. It is especially helpful for men who have lost erectile function due to prostate issues, Peyronie’s Disease treatment, the side effects from prescription drugs, or other medical conditions such as hypertension or diabetes.

Each person’s experience may differ, but most men report:

  • Increased sensation and pleasure
  • Increased erection and firmness
  • Increased sexual ability and stamina
  • Possible improvement in urinary incontinence and prostate issues
  • Possible enhanced length, girth and appearance
  • Reduce/remove plaque buildup in Peyronie’s Disease

After the P-Shot you can immediately resume normal physical exercise and sexual activity.

Hair Restoration
PRP Injection Therapy of the scalp helps hair follicles to activate, “wake up” and produce hair again. PRP is most effective in patients that possess functioning hair follicles, but are not keeping up with their hair loss, but will not be effective for those with entirely bald areas where there are no viable hair follicles remaining.

For patients with thinning hair, three PRP hair restoration injection treatments are performed 4-6 weeks apart. The results in the activated hair follicles begin to produce a fuller, thicker head of hair. The results may be maintained for as long as 3 years. Keeping your hair as thick as possible over time would be a simple matter of repeating the injection, the timing of which will vary from patient to patient based on individual need and desire. People who suffer with more aggressive hair loss do best with shorter treatment intervals (annually). Because pattern baldness is a dynamic process, periodic assessments are done to determine if any adjustments to your treatment protocol are needed to meet your expectations.

The most well-known of these cutting edge PRP treatments have been in the field of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. This has resulted in significant attention from the media because of its use by the NFL, Major League Baseball, Tiger Woods, and other elite athletes. Interest in PRP is growing in part because traditional treatments for both arthritis and sports-related joint problems are often only marginally effective. Surgery may often be ineffective and can cause complications and further damage. Cortisone shots are effective in reducing pain for short periods of time, but they don’t address the underlying problem and may lead to joint damage if used repeatedly. Physical therapy is very helpful in some cases but ineffective for many. Sometimes not much more than an ice pack and anti-inflammatory medication is all that the patient is left with. More studies are underway to elucidate the benefits and prove the effectiveness of new PRP treatments and to research the best ways to standardize the treatment’s preparation and delivery. Among the conditions successfully treated are: rotator cuff tendinitis/ tears, shoulder joint arthritis, Epicondylitis-Tennis Elbow, Osteoarthritis, ligament tears, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and arthritis.

Submitted by Dr. Henry Sobo. For further information about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) please see: http://drsobo.com/dr-sobos-prp-platelet-rich-plasma-program


Dr Sobo’s Blog Wins Recognition Award from the Alzheimer Society

Dr Sobo’s Blog Wins Recognition Award from the Alzheimer Society

I am proud to be named as one of the top Dementia blogs, congratulated by the Alzheimer’s Society. Please see all of the great information available by a variety of writers.Feedspot Blog Reader

Top 60 Dementia Blogs And Websites For People Living With Dementia

Congratulations Winners!!

Doctor Henry Sobo, MD


For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net


Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

A newly published  study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, showed that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet may slow the loss of brain volume which naturally occurs as a  result of aging.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by relatively  higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and whole grain foods. The presence in the Western diet of more processed foods, especially sugars, and hydrogenated oils, has long been thought to promote the development of a range of diseases and aging in general.


Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

For doctors and patients who wish to explore the effects of nutrition, and natural supplementation for those with cancer, the American Institute of Integrative Oncology suggests an approach to help patients with safe, non toxic treatments. The key is to focus on achieving the following goal:

Promote A Micro-environment That Is Not Supportive Of The Development, Proliferation, Progression Or The Metastasis Of Tumor Cells.

In conventional Oncology action is taken when a tumor is detected to eradicate the malignancy. After someone is in remission, surveillance is done to uncover a new tumor when it has arisen, at which time action is again taken to eradicate that malignancy. The Integrative Oncology approach uses biomarkers as early signs that may point to greater risk of tumor production or when recurrence may be more likely to occur. This method can be used by anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis to be more proactive than just using standard  screening methods for the recurrence of cancer before any action is taken. This approach is also used while patients are undergoing treatment under the care of  an Oncologist, to compliment that care.

These BIOMARKERS and NUTRIENT LEVELS can be evaluated and monitored as an indicator of progression, or risk of progression of disease. Appropriate steps can be taken when abnormal findings are uncovered.


CRP                                        IL-6                                         IL-1              Ferritin            Fibrinogen

Insulin                                   HbA1C                                  Leptin            Ceruloplasmin

VitD                                       Copper                                 Zinc                 RBC Magnesium


The Most Important nutrients used in Integrative Oncology

Omega 3 Fatty Acids                       Green Tea-ECGC                              Vit D3

Magnesium                                        Resveratrol                                         Curcumin

Beta Glucan and Medicinal Mushrooms                 Brassica- rich nutrients-DIM

Lipoic Acid                                           Probiotics                                            Berberine

Multi-Vit-min  with activated B vitamins, without Copper or iron         Methylated B12

Vitamin C                                             Quercitin

The nutritional content of the diet is always of paramount importance. A low sugar diet is essential. Many advise taking the Dairy and Gluten Free approaches as well.

To round out lifestyle recommendations, exercise is important to those with cancer, as it is to everyone else. Many research studies have confirmed this.

For more of  my blog posts on cancer see…


For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net


Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

The term “weekend warriors” has been used to refer to individuals who exercised irregularly, perhaps just on weekends. It has long been thought that this pattern of exercise was not enough to get the cardiovascular benefit of more frequent exercise, and that these people were just opening themselves up to greater in juries than those who exercised more regularly. Now that thinking has changed. A new study of over 63,000 English and Scottish adults with an average age of 58, showed that exercising just one or two times per week lowered the mortality rate over the eight year study period, by a  whopping 30 per cent


Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

If you like spicy food it may contribute to your longevity. Research from the University of Vermont revealed in a study of over 16,000 people, that those who ate hot red chili peppers reduced their risk of death.

For hundreds of years, peppers have been thought to be beneficial for many health problems. This study lends credence to this belief. The data about chili consumption was collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for approximately 20 years.

It is thought that capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to effect both cellular and molecular mechanisms that improve the health of the cardiovascular system, and prevent obesity. Their ingestion also is thought to exert an antimicrobial effect, countering the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and improving the ecology of the gut. The researchers believe that chili peppers will become increasingly recognized as beneficial. “Because our study adds to the generalizability of previous findings, chili pepper — or even spicy food — consumption may become a dietary recommendation and/or fuel further research in the form of clinical trials,” says study author L. Chopan.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net




Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Chronic Headaches

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Chronic Headaches


A new study from the University of Eastern Finland published in the journal Scientific Reports showed that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with an increased having of chronic headaches.

The study analysed vitamin D levels of 2,600 men aged between 42 and 60 years.

The men who had low  levels of Vitamin D in their blood were greater than twice as likely to suffer from chronic headache. These were found to be an even greater problem outside of the summer months of the year, when sunlight provides a natural source of vitamin D.

There have been many studies that have shown a link between Vitamin D deficiency and many types of medical problems.

For more information about Vitamin D deficiency please see other blog reports available on this website.

The Evidence Mounts for Vitamin D in Cancer , Heart Disease and Other Conditions.












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