IceLAB - the modern Cryo-Spa
SE Asia has now joined the modern European spas with the
opening of the IceLAB at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. This Cryo-Spa in
Pattaya is the first of its type in SE Asia.
Whole Body Cryotherapy (cold) is a short-term passive physical therapy that
has a systemic effect. Typically, therapeutically effective temperatures in
the range of minus 110°C are used for this therapy. It works according to
the “stimulus - reaction - adaptation” principle.
Whole body cryotherapy applications are used both therapeutically and to
optimize performance. The short-term (2 - 3 minutes) cold stimulus working
intensively on almost the entire body surface during the minus 110°C
whole-body cryotherapy activates a short-term series of reflex activities in
the central nervous system with fast-acting pain relief and inhibition of
inflammation as well as improved blood circulation and oxygen uptake by the
In the IceLAB the visitors experience immediate pain relief that lasts
several hours. It helps to erase the hypersensitive pain memory formed in
patients suffering chronic pain, and the central pain sensors are
desensitized. Pain mitigation is appreciable and effective, accompanied by a
reduction in the use of analgesic and a significant improvement in the
Quality of Life.
This is the basis for the successful utilization of IceLAB, particularly in:
• Acute traumatic and postoperative situations and rehabilitation
• Inflammatory and degenerative rheumatic diseases
• Chronic headache
Immune-Modulating Effect of Cryotherapy:
There is a reduction in inflammatory and irritated stimuli in hypersensitive
IceLAB may therefore also be used successfully to treat:
• Bronchial asthma
Improvement of Athletic Performance:
The performance-enhancing effect of cryotherapy has been scientifically
demonstrated. Its use in performance sports increases stamina while reducing
the heart rate. Mental stimulation in preparation for performance is clearly
also important. These effects may be used successfully across the entire
spectrum of sports from fitness maintenance to high performance athletics.
The applications of whole-body cryotherapy prevent the development of muscle
soreness and improve both toleration of muscle soreness and sleep quality by
reducing the accumulation of harmful metabolic byproducts.
Faster Recovery and Shortening of the Traumatic and Postoperative
Bringing top performers back to peak fitness as quickly as possible after
the event is the most important topic in performance sports. Use of the
IceLAB creates the conditions needed for more intensive training episodes -
an important contribution with no harmful side effects.
In addition to pain relief, acceleration of healing is also important. This
makes IceLAB an ideal supplement to conventional physical therapy.
There are even more benefits from the IceLAB Cryo-Spa. The IceLAB climate
affects both body and psyche. The increase in physical performance in
combination with a general activation and improvement of psychological
profile quickly turn a visit to the IceLAB into a favorite ritual.
The visitor experiences exceptional results in the treatment of:
• Burn-out syndrome
• Fatigue and exhaustion
• Circulatory disorders
• Sleep disorders
The Cryo-Spa procedure has proved its efficacy over two decades of use in
the USA and Europe - and it is now available in Thailand.
For more information telephone 1719, or email [email protected]
“Sugar” - have you got it?
“Sugar Diabetes” is a serious ailment, which can arise
for many reasons, and can affect many systems in the human body. Diabetes,
often just called “sugar” by some patients, is diagnosed and monitored
mainly through a simple blood test - the Blood Glucose level.
Glucose is a type of sugar found in fruits and many other foods (this
includes lactose and fructose). It is the main source of energy used by the
body. Most of the carbohydrates that people eat are also turned into
glucose, which can be used for energy or stored in the liver and kidneys as
To stop the sugar levels just increasing daily, a balance is achieved
through a hormone called Insulin which helps the body use and control the
amount of glucose in the blood. Insulin is produced in areas of the pancreas
called ‘islets’ and released into the blood when the level of glucose in the
blood rises. In simple terms, people who do not produce enough insulin
develop Diabetes. People can also develop diabetes if they do not respond
normally to the insulin their bodies produce. This occurs most commonly when
a person is overweight, and since obesity is on the rise, so are various
types of Diabetes.
Normally, blood glucose levels increase slightly after a person eats a meal.
This increase causes the pancreas to release insulin so that blood glucose
levels do not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time
can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels, which
explains why good glucose control is important.
There are many ways to carry out blood glucose tests, including Fasting
Blood Sugar (FBS). This is a measurement of blood glucose after fasting for
12 to 14 hours. For an accurate fasting blood sugar test, do not eat or
drink for 12 to 14 hours before the blood sample is taken; however, water
should be freely taken, as otherwise hemoconcentration occurs to give a
falsely high reading. This is often the first test done to detect diabetes,
and explains why fasting blood tests are usually done when having a medical
The other common test is called the Random Blood Sugar (RBS). A random blood
sugar measurement may also be called a casual blood glucose test. This is a
measurement of blood glucose that is taken regardless of when the person
last ate a meal. Sometimes several random measurements are taken throughout
a day. Random testing is useful because glucose levels in healthy people do
not vary widely throughout the day, so wild swings may indicate a metabolic
Glucose Tolerance Testing can also be done, usually to confirm a condition
known as Gestational Diabetes, which can occur during pregnancy. An oral
glucose tolerance test is simply a series of blood glucose measurements
taken after a person drinks a liquid containing a specific amount of
glucose; however, this test is not used to diagnose diabetes.
To monitor the treatment of diabetes, there are another couple of tests
which can be carried out. The commonest is Glycated Hemoglobin, otherwise
referred to as HbA1c. This test actually is an indicator of the average
glucose concentration over the life of the red blood cells (which is taken
as over the previous three months).
Another is the Serum C-Peptide which is used to investigate low blood sugar
levels, done by measuring the C-Peptide which is produced by the Beta cells
in the pancreas.
“Normal” levels may vary from lab to lab, but generally the range taken for
FBS is that the level should be less than 110 milligrams per deciliter
Diagnosis of diabetes needs a fasting blood glucose level higher than 125
mg/dL on two separate days.
A fasting glucose level below 40 mg/dL in women or below 50 mg/dL in men
that is accompanied by symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may
indicate an insulinoma, a tumor that produces abnormally high amounts of
insulin. Lower than expected glucose levels can also indicate Addison's
disease, an underactive thyroid gland or pituitary gland, liver disease
(such as cirrhosis), malnutrition, or a problem that prevents the intestines
from absorbing the nutrients in food.
The Euro IceLAB Cryo-Spa – Is it for you?
The range of conditions that are improved by a therapy
course in the IceLAB Cryo-Spa is nothing short of amazing. The other amazing
feature is that there are no drugs to take, as the whole process is
physiological, releasing your own natural hormones and chemicals which in
turn provide a healing process from within your own self.
One area where much research has been done is in the field of Rheumatology,
and that term covers inflammatory joint problems, osteoarthritis, ankylosing
spondylitis, tendon problems, fibromyalgia, polyarthritis, spinal pains and
Drs. Wichmann and Fricke in Europe published their scientific paper on
“Whole Body Cryotherapy at minus 110 degrees C in patients with ankylosing
spondylitis.” Their summation was, “Based on our investigation results,
whole-body cryotherapy has a particular therapeutic value within the context
of the combined treatments required for ankylosing spondylitis.”
Drs. Kargus, Blum, Tauber and Teuber investigated, “The effects of whole
body cryotherapy in inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases.”
The diseases suffered by the patient group with rheumatic arthritis and
fibromyalgia satisfied the diagnostic criteria of the American College of
Rheumatology. They reported, “an improvement in the pain scale of 24
percent.” With rheumatoid arthritis they stated, “whole body cryotherapy in
patients with rheumatoid arthritis has shown that this form of therapy
represents an effective means of treatment, especially in acute stage
symptoms or when the disease is still at its onset.”
Of course, whole body cryotherapy in the IceLAB is also beneficial for those
without rheumatic diseases, but who are sportsmen and women who are exposed
to high muscular loads through concentric and eccentric power exercises. The
European sports Center has been using an IceLAB since 2004 to prevent muscle
soreness as it stops the accumulation of harmful metabolic byproducts in the
The new IceLAB Cryo-Spa at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is the first one in
Asia, but is backed by the 20 years of research in Europe. To see if the
IceLAB is for you, call in and see the friendly staff who can advise you
further, or visit the hospital website www.bangkokpattayahospital.com or
Cancer is from what you eat - or is it?
We cannot live without food and water. However, it may
interest you to know that you can do without food for 14 days, but you can
only do without water for seven. So it looks as if water is twice as
important as food. And while on interesting facts, a cockroach can live for
seven days without a head. But I am not suggesting that we behead the nasty
little creatures to verify this.
What we eat has fascinated us for centuries. We have made rituals and even
fetishes out of eating and drinking, and the oldest gourmet group in the
world, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, is still going and began in 1248 AD.
That’s a long lunch!
These days, with our tentative forays into ‘real’ science, our dietary
habits have also been scrutinized plus the many claims made for modifying
the kind of food we eat and what we drink. This in turn, has produced
legions of people who swear by various foods which will cure everything from
falling hair to falling arches (or even falling stock markets)!
Of course, it is very difficult to ‘prove’ that by taking desiccated
kangaroo droppings or similar items, that ‘something’ (usually cancer) will
not happen. Even more outrageous are the claims that some herb, poppy or
whatnot can actually ‘cure’ cancers. Is it all just poppycock?
The usual ‘proof’ is that someone’s great aunt lived to be 103 by eating two
gladioli every day. However, to be able to prove these claims needs medical
science to look at a large group, or population, and compare the cancer
experience with another similar large group or population. Ideally, the two
groups are matched for age/sex/ethnicity/working environment, location, etc.
You get no worthwhile results comparing Welsh coalminers with urban
Africans, for example, to go to extremes.
Finally, some results of a 15+ year study in Australia have been presented
at the CSIRO Prospects for Cancer Prevention Symposium. The findings emerged
from the Cancer Council’s Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study, an ongoing
research project involving 42,000 Australians who have been monitored since
Looking at the dietary habits and the cancer connection, Dr Peter Clifton,
director of the CSIRO’'s Nutrition Clinic, said there was “zero evidence”
that eating fruit and vegetables could protect against cancer. The
nutritionists and the healthy eating proponents were shattered. However,
this to me is a much more compelling argument than something that comes from
folklore, or the lady next door who is now eating three gladioli and swears
What the survey did show was that the three prime risk factors as far as
predicting cancers were concerned were identified as obesity, drinking too
much alcohol and smoking.
More than that, staying within a healthy body weight range was found to be
more important than following particular nutritional guidelines. This means
a thin person who does not eat enough fruit and vegetables would have a
lower risk of developing cancer than someone who is overweight but eats the
recommended daily amount of fruit and five colors of vegetables (and a
couple of gladioli for good luck).
Professor Dallas English, of the Cancer Council of Victoria, told the
symposium that despite decades of research, there was no convincing evidence
on how modifying one’s diet would reduce the risk of cancer.
“The most important thing about diet is limiting energy (kilojoule) intake
so people don’t become overweight or obese, because this has emerged as a
risk factor for a number of cancers, including breast, prostate, bowel and
endometrial (uterus),” he said.
The link between eating red meat and bowel cancer was “weak” and the Cancer
Council supported guidelines advising people to eat red meat three or four
times a week, Professor English said.
With obesity on the up and up, perhaps it is time you looked at your diet
too. So there you are - get down to a healthy weight and exercise regularly,
drink alcohol in moderation only (Australians do not know what “moderation”
means) and stop smoking. In this way you will lower your chances of heart
disease and cancer.
Goodness me, you might even outlive me! (But having heard you can’t take it
with you, I’ve decided I’m not going!)