10 of the strangest medical procedures practiced today
Teeth in eye surgery and other strange medical procedures.
In recent years, medicine has changed a lot, but many people will be surprised by the unusual nature of some medical procedures that are still used. Here are 10 examples of the most bizarre medical practices of our time.
1. Fighting skin cancer with cryotherapy
Cryogenics is a special field of scientific research that works with extremely low temperatures. I’m sure many people have heard of a recent fashion fad: voluntary freezing in a cryogenic chamber in the hope of being resurrected in the future with the help of advanced technology. As it turned out, cryotherapy is also increasingly used in modern medicine to treat diseases such as skin cancer. The process basically consists of applying liquid nitrogen to a piece of cotton and then applying it to the affected area.
The only problem is that the area of skin treated with this method cannot be studied under a microscope, because cold nitrogen literally burns the skin, so it is difficult to get an accurate biopsy of the affected tissue after treatment. There are also several side effects – first, you should expect pain and blisters from the burn. In addition, there may be scars, but this is nothing compared to effective cancer treatment.
2. Rebirthing therapy
Rebirth therapy is a treatment in which a person is forced to squeeze through a very narrow, difficult opening to recreate the birth process. The idea is to make a person feel the same way they felt at birth. This is supposed to refresh his feelings and re-experience the miracle of starting a new life. The therapy involves squeezing through a variety of pillows, which are squeezed from all sides by therapists to simulate the birth canal. It may be difficult for a person to breathe, but this is part of the process.
This sounds a bit strange, and law enforcement agencies think the same way. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this procedure, and in the past, several people have reportedly died (possibly by suffocation) because of it. Currently, the therapy is illegal in Colorado and North Carolina .
A symphysiotomy is a procedure in which a pregnant woman’s pelvis is manually expanded so that she can give birth naturally instead of by caesarean section. In places where there is no medical equipment, saws are used to cut the pelvis wide enough for the child to come out. This may sound like something from medieval history, but a similar procedure was widely used by Irish doctors between the 1940s and the 1980s.
Women were often not told in advance what the doctors intended to do, and the consequences were appalling. Victims were often unable to walk after this, and they usually developed infections and back problems. Such a terrible practice has only recently become public knowledge.
4. Teeth in eye surgery
Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis is a procedure for blind patients with damaged cornea of the eye. The procedure consists of pulling out one of the patient’s teeth and implanting it in the damaged eye. And it works – transplantation is based on the idea that the body does not reject its own tooth, unlike an artificial implant. First, a part of the jaw bone is surgically separated, then a hole is drilled in the tooth to hold the prosthetic lens.
When the transplant is successful and the body does not reject the implant, doctors can replace the tooth with an artificial implant. The procedure has not yet been widely used, but it has helped many people restore their vision.
5. Injection of malariaJulius Wagner-Jauregg was the first of three people who have ever received a Nobel prize in the field of psychiatry. Wagner-Huaregg was also one of the few psychiatrists who treated his patients with biological means. For example, he infected them with malaria to treat diseases such as syphilis.
He was one of the doctors responsible for psychiatric institutions in early twentieth-century Austria that admitted patients with diseases such as pneumonia and typhoid fever. He began experimenting with them, deliberately infecting people with malaria to see its effect on other unrelated diseases. Wagner-Huaregg worked simultaneously with Sigmund Freud, and although Freud never won the Nobel prize, His psychoanalytic approach to psychiatry became much more popular than Jauregg’s biological approach.
For women who want their G-spot to “work” better than usual, a therapy for activating it called G-Spot has been developed. The procedure is designed to make it easier for men to find the G-spot by literally increasing its size. After anesthesia, chemicals are injected into the point to artificially increase its size for a more intense sexual life.
The criteria for getting permission for therapy are quite strict: you need to be a completely healthy “sexually functioning” woman who knows where her G-spot is, and the patient should not have any other problems, such as allergies or weak vaginal muscles. The procedure is very fast, and also surprisingly effective – about 87 percent of patients were satisfied with the results.
7. Laughter therapy
Everyone knows that laughter is good for the body, but few people suspect that hysterical boisterous laughter is becoming an increasingly popular therapy in countries such as India. Therapy is largely the result of the efforts of Dr. Madan Katariya, who in the 1970s in Mumbai essentially introduced laughter into medicine. Laughter therapy is usually performed in groups, and Kataria created the first “laughter group” 40 years ago.
Currently, there are about 5,000 different groups around the world where people are treated with boisterous laughter. In fact, this is not a fictitious procedure, as research shows that laughter helps the body produce more disease-fighting cells.
8. Therapy bees
Although few people will like the bee sting, it is useful for the body. Apitherapy is based on the idea of finding medical uses for bees, and some of the treatments involve patients being bitten by bees. A live bee is held near the skin with tweezers so that it stings the patient — and so up to 80 times a day. Bee venom is very useful for gout and arthritis, as well as for inflammation, and has long been used against these ailments.
The earliest examples of using bee venom come from the ancient Egyptians, who used it to treat arthritis. Patients often report positive treatment results, so apitherapy has quickly become a popular treatment for pain-related problems such as multiple sclerosis and tendinitis.
9. Therapy desert sand
In the Siwa oasis in Cairo, Egypt, there is an ancient belief that the hot desert sand has some healing properties, so travelers and locals usually allow themselves to be buried in the sand to get rid of skin problems and other diseases. First, in the morning, a hole is dug in the ground, allowing it to “absorb the useful rays of the sun”, then at about 2 PM, the patient lies down in this hole.
It is believed that the hotter it is, the more effective the treatment will be. Then the patient is covered with sand, except for the head, which is covered from the sun with blankets stretched on sticks dug into the sand. If the sand becomes wet with sweat, it is replaced with dry and hot sand to continue the procedure.
10. Children with three parents
Using three people to make a baby is a relatively new procedure, but it is increasingly seen as a legal practice. Although, it is worth noting that in a number of countries there are disputes about whether to allow such practices. The main positive feature is that this allows parents to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases to their offspring.During the procedure, the mother’s DNA is inserted into the donor’s egg, which is “cleaned” to leave only healthy mitochondrial DNA. Then the father’s sperm is added, and the child is born with genetic material from the mother, father, and donor.