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“Unconventional” Paths to Healing

It’s been true for several decades that Dr. Dennis Fera, founder of Holistic Health & Medicine in Hillsborough, uses a range of “unconventional” therapies in pursuit of health and healing for his patients. (See box).

Dr. Fera with a patient in his Hillsborough practice.

Deborah was one of those patients. She presented herself to Dr. Fera with chronic abdominal pain, a result of a hysterectomy performed three years earlier.

“She had spent more than $10,000 on a great variety of tests and work-ups, and the results were always the same: nothing emerged as the cause of her pain,” said Dr. Fera. “I thought she was a good candidate for neural therapy, and that proved to be true. This woman was pain-free before I completed the first treatment, and she remained so thereafter.

“Another woman with severe pain resulting from endometriosis had the same outcome. Before I completed the injection into the area of the pelvic ganglia, her pain simply disappeared. These kinds of fairly common outcomes, over a period of a number of years, have convinced me of the efficacy of neural therapy for certain conditions.”

Neural therapy, Dr. Fera explains, was developed early in the 19th century by two German physicians. “It was based on the idea that illness can result from disturbances in the autonomic nervous system,” he says. “The extremely fine endings of the autonomic nervous system and the blood vessels terminate in the fluid that surrounds every cell. This is where all vital functions, such as metabolism, blood supply, temperature, cell respiration, energy balance, and the acid/base balance are ultimately controlled by the entire nervous system.

Many Approaches to Health and Healing

As a holistic physician with extensive training in physical medicine, Dr. Fera employs many "non-traditional” therapies to aid his patients in their quest for emotional and organic balance and robust health. His therapeutic approaches include:

CHELATION THERAPY. A safe, effective IV detoxification process that is also increasingly used to restore the blood flow in victims of arteriosclerosis without surgery. Often used to remove concen-trations of mercury, lead, and other toxic metals from the body.

OXIDATION THERAPY. Another IV procedure that rapidly relieves allergic reactions, symptoms of influenza or other acute viral infections. Tumor cells, bacteria, and other unwanted foreign elements in the blood can usually be destroyed with hydrogen peroxide treatment.

A procedure called “photolumin-escence” is beneficial in the treat-ment and cure of an extremely broad range ailments, from colds and flu to kidney diseases, osteo-porosis pain, tinnitus, certain dermatologic problems, and many others.

PROLOTHERAPY. Used for treat-ment of painful joints (back, neck, shoulders, knees, etc.). An injection procedure that is often beneficial, particularly when other treatments don’t work and X-ray findings are negative.

NEURAL THERAPY. Scars and other traumas to the body can cause areas of disturbed energy flow known as “interference fields.” Neural therapy eliminates the interference field, restoring normal energy flow and balance to the nervous system.

NATURAL HORMONE THERAPY. Used to address a wide range of problems including fatigue, weak bones, frequent joint injury or chronic pain, weakened immunity, thyroid problems, unsatisfying sleep, and skin problems.

NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE, including IV therapies and a strong emphasis on nutritional balance and proper use of vitamins and supplements.

STOMACH AND INTESTINAL SCREENING AND TREATMENTS. Used to discover the presence of pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, yeast, and various parasites, and to overcome digestive related prob-lems, GI irritation, and inflam-mation.

MERIDIAN STRESS ASSESSMENT TESTING a non-invasive technique to evaluate imbalances in glands and organ systems, and to help the body achieve optimal balance.

“What neural therapists have shown,” explains Dr. Fera, “is that inflammatory disorders, injuries, bacterial foci, foreign bodies, and scars can produce permanent disturbances (called ‘interference fields’) in this crucial regulating system, placing the entire system under strain. The patient who came to me with the chronic abdominal pain was suffering the consequences of scarring as a result of her hysterectomy. With the neural therapy technique, this was overcome by injecting an anesthetic solution into the interference field, which allowed the nervous system to reset itself. It’s a straightforward procedure that often produces extraordinary results, as it did for her.”


Prolotherapy is another “uncon-ventional” approach that Dr. Fera often finds effective “in assisting the healing process when an injured ligament or tendon, in the shoulders, neck, back, knees, elbows, or other locations, does not heal naturally by itself.

“The treatment consists of the injection of a proliferant within the strained ligament or tendon near their attachments to bone. We often repeat these injections from three to six times, usually at three- to four-week intervals.

“The solutions we inject cause a controlled inflammation at the site of injury to stimulate cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen fibers. This in turn strengthens the weld of the ligament or tendon to the bone and stabilizes the formerly loose and painful connection. In trained hands, prolotherapy is often an effective and highly successful technique to give long-sought relief from pain arising from over-stretched ligaments and tendons.”

Prolotherapy—sometimes called ligament reconstructive therapy— worked well for Bo Sargent, who incurred a severe injury to his right knee playing high school football. “Despite the injury,” notes Dr. Fera, “he continued playing football through pain in junior college; required medical attention and finally arthroscopic surgery in an effort to ease pain and return function; and, finally, was recom-mended for knee replacement surgery.”

Bo hobbled in to see Dr. Fera because he had an aversion to the idea of having his knee cut open and replaced by a mechanical device.

“Even with an injured knee, Bo attempted to lead an active life,” notes Dr. Fera. “He loves to dance, play golf, and other activities, but he finally was slowed by pain. I suggested a course of prolotherapy treatment, to strengthen the weld of the ligament or tendon to the bone and stabilize the formerly loose and painful connection.”

And prolotherapy worked well for this patient. “I had four treatments, and after each the joint was swollen for several days, but with each treatment it felt better,” he recalls. “After the fourth treatment, I was pain-free. It’s been pain-free now for years. The only way I can make it hurt is to really extend it—go out dancing all night, for example—but even then, once it is rested, the pain goes away. I do a lot of country western swing and shag dancing, play golf—the only thing I don’t do is jog. I don’t want to inflict that kind of pounding on the knee joint. Prolotherapy is pretty powerful stuff.”