A Message from Dr. Nancy Collins

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I treat wounds, they usually look at me blankly for a few seconds and then say “like a gunshot wound?” While a gunshot is certainly one type of wound, many other types of wounds exist, including wounds from diabetes, burns, surgery, circulatory diseases, and pressure, commonly referred to as bedsores. Some of these wounds heal quickly and easily, while others linger and become an ongoing problem.

Chronic wounds are not only painful, they are costly. The obvious costs include direct medical costs, but the emotional toll is also a cost on the patient, the caregivers, and the health care providers.

Many successful advances have occurred in the topical treatment of wounds during the past decade. However, to build strong, new tissue, you also need right mix of nutrients. This site is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to promote healing from the inside out.

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Preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Cranberries are the most promising nonpharmacological option for preventing UTIs that is also safe and well tolerated. Proanthocyanidins (PACs), the flavonoids in cranberries, are responsible for UTI prevention by inhibiting the adhesion of E. coli to the urinary tract wall. The PACs in cranberries contain a unique A-type linkage in their structure, while most other foods contain only the more common B-type PACs. The PACs are absorbed rapidly from the gastrointestinal tract and excreted in the urine. The unique molecular structure explains why cranberries are the only food associated with urinary tract health.

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