Simple Burn Treatment
I stumbled across this article the other day, and thought i would share.
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"SIMPLE Burn Treatment!
Here is a simple and quite effective burn treatment writeup from a doctor friend in Fiji – worth the read!
Fiji/Schelker Burn Treatment
1.Immediately after being burned: get a raw egg & separate the white from the yolk.
2.Apply a generous amount of egg white to the burn with your fingers.
3.Have a Fan of some type, or blow with mouth onto egg white to get it to dry.
4.Repeat several times a day & once before bed & maybe next day if necessary.
5.Next day gently wash off dried egg white from skin and reapply if necessary.
Note: The sooner egg white is applied to the burn the less chance for blister, infection, & scaring. After application you may choose to go to a health care provider.
DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE PHYSIOLOGY INVOLVED
Fiji/Schelker Burn Treatment
By Dr. Byron Cragun B.A., D.C.
An effective simple universal treatment for burns has generally eluded the population of this planet. However, there has been a remarkably effective treatment present throughout the world since the beginning of time and this treatment comes from the most basic source, the egg. How it is that the knowledge of this most important item is not common knowledge in this world of ours? I don’t think anyone can answer this but we all need to accept the fact that Nature has never provided any item that is so powerfully effective for the treatment of burns and so easily available everywhere on this planet.But only the Egg White!
I present you with my story and all the facts about this Burn Treatment that I have, including what occurs physiologically, so the world can start using it IMMEDIATELY. Remember there is a child somewhere who will suffer needlessly if the mother does not have this information. Help end the pain, suffering, and scaring, tell EVERYONE NOW.
I have called it“The Fiji / Schelker Burn Treatment”. I want Fiji to become the origin of this knowledge to the world and the Schelker family be known for where the burn treatment originated. I simply explain how and why it works physiologically and give you factual information from personal experience.
Approximately 30 yrs ago I meet a great friend in Chiropractic School from Switzerland, a Dr. Claude Schelker , who told me the story of how his family, who did a lot of welding, treated themselves for their daily burns. They would always take a tea canister to work with a fresh egg in it. When they were burned, no matter how severely, they would crack open their egg, separate the white from the yolk, and with their fingers spread the egg white generously on the area of the burn. They would then blow on it or have a fan blow on it to get it to dry and repeat by applying several coats then go back to work. This procedure would be repeated several times during the day and one application before bed. In the morning they would wash of the egg white and find undamaged pink skin, minus hair. Depending on the severity of the burn they might have to reapply egg white the day after the burn but there was never blistering, swelling, infection or scarring.
I thought this was quite a remarkable story but needed to burn myself (accidently) for the experience necessary to really FEEL the significance of this, new to me BURN treatment. One day my motorcycle fell on its side with my bear skin under its glowing hot exhaust pipe.
What a nasty burn this was on the inside of my left leg. Wow this was painful and what was a person to do, basically nothing. So I jumped around in pain for a while then went about what I was doing. About 20 minutes later, over I go again with the motorcycles (a 1965 triumph 500) red hot exhaust about 4 inches higher than the first burn only larger and more severe. Man this was some kind of painful lesson I was getting. This time I remembered Claude and the egg white. I was a scientist and aspiring Doctor so I couldn’t resist experimenting on myself by applying the egg white to the NEW burn and leave the other untreated. How could I fully appreciate this experience otherwise?
I immediately got and egg from the refrigerator, separated the yolk for the white, spread several coats of fresh egg white on the second more severe burn and repeated this several times during the day and once before bed. After approximately one hour the pain had largely subsided in the treated area but the pain continued throughout the day in the first burn.
The next day the untreated burn was as one would expect; blistered red, swollen, running, and becoming infected and it looked and felt terrible and a scar eventually formed.
The treated burn had what looked like melted plastic on it which was the dried egg white. I washed the egg white off and was startled to find smooth Pink skin minus hair with no blistering or swelling and it was not painful at all.
The answer to why and what occurs in this treatment of burns is a very interesting story and one I know you will all enjoy regardless level of understanding you presently have regarding how the body works.
When a severe burn occurs, all the cells of the epidermis and dermis are destroyed. The cells kind of explode and the content of these cells becomes a pool of chemicals of all kinds from DNA to enzymes and all the things that are meant to be separate from everything outside the cell. The cell membrane that separated the contents inside the cell from the outside has been destroyed.
These chemicals are intensely irritating to the surrounding tissue and, like the eye with an irritant, it will try to wash, dilute, and cleanse out the irritant. So fluid begins to enter the damaged tissue area. The blood vessels are destroyed, swelling begins, and nerve endings are either destroyed or are irritated causing pain. The swelling continues and the pressure created by the swelling restricts the blood flow into the damaged area and reduces the blood flow out of the damaged area also. With no fresh blood carrying oxygen and nutrient into the damaged area plus poor blood flow out, fluid accumulates and blister formation occurs. Next all the tissue in the area begins to breakdown further. The final stage is infection which is followed by repair and scar formation. We have all seen and felt this personally.
Medication for pain, inflammation, and infection is basically all that is available for the care of the wound but this will take too much time and will be ineffective anyway. There are all types of folk remedies in the world but who remembers what they are or can find someone who knows. I guarantee someone will know where a raw egg is. This Fiji / Schelker burn treatment will become the Folk remedy for the Planet.
Enteregg white and “The Fiji / Schelker Burn Treatment”. Egg white is pure liquid protein. It is sterile and cool if taken from the refrigerator.
When egg white is applied to the skin it dries quickly especially if something is blowing on it like your mouth or a fan. When something dries quickly there is a cooling effect much like wind or a fan cools.
So egg white has a cooling effect which is important, cooling slows down the inflammation a bit. Next egg white seals the wound with a sterile coating.Next a remarkable thing occurs.
I need to first explain what Osmotic Pressure is: If you separate salt water from fresh water with a membrane the salt water will try to suck fresh water through the membrane to dilute the salt water. The amount of sucking pressure is like a vacuum pulling fresh water through the membrane. This vacuum or sucking pressure pulling fresh water into the salt water is called Osmotic Pressure. The inside of a cell membrane is concentrated with highly osmotic chemicals similar to the salt water above. When the contents of the cell are released they will attract water to dilute them. This is the main cause of the swelling in a burned tissue and nothing can be done to change this. THIS IS NO LONGER TRUE AS YOU WILL NOW SEE.
Moist egg white possesses a high osmotic pressure. Dried Egg white produces incredibly high osmotic pressure. Immediately put egg white on the skin and dry it by fan or blowing, causing cooling, and as the egg white dries is begins to exert its osmotic pressure on the fluid accumulating beneath the epidermis (outer skin layer). The fluid is draw through the epidermis and is absorbed into the egg white in which the moisture is then rapidly evaporated.
What are the effects of this moisture being evaporated on the skin through the dried egg white?
One, the rapid swelling stops, and two, the moisture that would cause the swelling evaporates through the egg white on the surface of the skin. Picture a wick in a lamp pulling the fluid into the wick then evaporated or burned.
Because there is little swelling there is no pressure restricting the blood flow into the damaged tissue and the circulation is quickly restored by the body allowing Oxygen and important nutrient building material into the damaged area as well as good circulation out of the area (both venous & lymphatic) taking debris and deoxygenated blood out. Of course white blood cells are doing all the savaging and cleaning up of the cellular debris and these white blood cells come from the leaking damaged vessels in the area which are in the process of rapidly rebuilding themselves.
By keeping the egg white layer on continuously for a 24 hr. period there is little or no swelling so that there is a continuous supply of fresh blood with its building materials and abundant oxygen and removal of necessary cellular debris through the venous and lymphatic pathways.
One last important fact that was recently realized after using the Fiji / Schelker treatment for a burn on my arm was the fact that when the egg white dries it shrinks this applies a gentle evenly placed pressure on the underlying damaged and swelling tissue. This would have the effect of reducing the fluid moving into the damaged tissue as well as slightly increasing the osmotic pressure that the egg white has for the purpose of pulling fluid through the skin to be evaporated on the surface of the skin.
The burned area might need to be treated for several days or so depending on the severity and extent of the burn but it will always be successful.
The epidermis will be lost as it would be in a sun burn but the epidermis is basically dead tissue anyway. It cannot be stressed enough, apply the egg white to the burn as QUICKLY as possible.
If the burn is caused by hot oils first gently wash skin with some shampoo or liquid soap dry off then apply the egg white. Oils and fats seal the burned skin and stop any moisture from leaving the skin causing the blistering. Although the egg white has the ability to absorb oil to some extent it is best to simply gently wash any remaining oil off.
I discussed this method of treating burns 25 years ago with my Uncle Frank Jackson, out of U.C. Berkely, who developed synthetic skin for severe burns, and he thought how easy it would be to dry and package eggs white for hospitals but I said, “Why so complicated?” We both had a good laugh.
The last points I will include are two more personal first hand REAL and successfully treated serious burns by the Fiji / Schelker Burn Treatment.
One Friday evening about 20yrs ago I was in the pits at a race track helping a friend. He drove in his go cart and I put one hand on his shoulder and was going to tell him something. The problem was I put my other hand on the glowing red exhaust next to the head of the engine ( yeah one could not have been more careless). I must have jumped 2 ft. and immediately left for my truck to go to the store to buy some eggs. I could not believe what I had just done. I was certain I would not be able to work for over a month and my injury would affect me permanently and since I was a Doctor who used his hands as the main tool.
I really had no choice. I got the egg white on my hand with in 5 min and had my air condition vent blowing on the wound. I had applied about 5 coats and kept the fan on it for another 30 min then went back to the race tract. It was a nasty burn, with a bolt from the exhaust having burned a hole ¼” into a callous between my 4 & 5 fingers on my palm.
After about 1 hr the throbbing pain had subsided a bit and after several more coats of egg white and several hours later the pain was manageable. After about 5 hrs I applied one more egg white coating and went to bed. I had no idea what the morning would bring but knew it would not be good.
When I woke I quickly looked at my burned hand which appeared to have clear melted cellophane coating it. However it did not hurt. I proceeded to wash the egg white off and found a ½”x 3” bright pink line where the burn had been plus a bolt hole singed through the skin of the callous. The skin, where burned, had no finger print like lines but was as smooth as glass. I was able to work that day and continued to apply the egg white that day also but no scare, swelling or infection.
My final story is about my 12 mo. old niece. It was winter in California but I thought nothing of my little niece sitting on grading of the floor furnace next to the wall. Until I hear the blood curdling scream. There she was with her hands raised in the air because she dare not touch the burning hot metal she was sitting on. She had wet diapers on and I was not aware of the hot the floor grading until it was too late.
I grabbed her and ran to the refrigerator and separated an egg and applied the white to her little bum, which looked like it had been branded by a waffle iron. As you can expect she was hysterical with pain. I began applying the egg white to the burn and had a fan blowing on it in 30 sec. I could only imagine how bad this burn would be, with infection and scaring a certainty.
After about a 1/2hr her crying had stopped and was sleeping within an hour. I keep applying egg white and the fan as she slept. When she woke she did not seem in much pain unless she sat down. We kept the diapers off her for obvious reasons and kept applying the egg white throughout the day because the egg white would flake off when she moved. We continued to apply the egg white several times that night. When she woke we washed her bum to find a checker board of pink skin, no blister or swelling. Now that is a Fact also!"
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