Aloe Creme Laboratories 03-12-1965

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RADIATION VICTIM Entire Body Exposed to 10 Million Linear Accelerated Bolt

NEWS From ALOE CREME LABORATORIES, March 12, 1965

Most Effective Medication in Atomic Age – ALO-OINTMENT (55% aloe)

Aloe Creme Laboratories, Inc. was alerted by the world’s foremost atomic burn specialist immediately following the unfortunate radiation accident reported in the reprint below, released by UPI. ALO-OINTMENT ( 55% aloe ) was rushed to the scene by special request of the team of doctors assigned to this case at the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital operated by the University of Chicago for the United States Atomic Energy Commission.

Medically, this is the most IMPORTANT CASE in this atomic age because this burn victim received the same kind of burn millions would receive during an ATOMIC BOMB EXPLOSION.

The victim’s entire body was exposed to radiation from a 10-million-bolt linear accelerator for about four or five seconds.

This case is being watched by doctors all over the world. Over the next several months, special reports will be published in leading medical journals on this case. Aloe Creme Laboratories will receive proper credit for its important role in supplying ALO-OINTMENT (55% aloe) for the treatment of this burn victim.

Latest reports are that the patient is progressing nicely with very little discomfort, without the use of sedation. As these medical reports are published, we will send you re-prints for your files.

For your confidential information, enclosed is a reprint of a medical paper published by The American Cancer Society on the effective use of ALO-OINTMENT (55% aloe). This report is by Dr. James Barrett Brown, the inter-nationally known plastic surgeon and present Chief Consultant in plastic surgery to the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, Veterans Administration and Senior Civilian Consultant in Plastic Surgery to the Surgeon General of the United States Army.

Reprint From: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel February 19, 1965

Radiation-Exposed Man Listed ‘Good’

CHICAGO. (UPI) – A man exposed to high radiation was reported in good condition in the University of Chicago medical center Friday. Doctors watched his case closely because he suffered the same kind of burns millions might receive during an atomic bomb explosion.

Robert Carpenter, 42, Rockford, Ill., was exposed to radiation from a 10-million-bolt linear accelerator for about four or five seconds Thursday when he stepped into a room in which the accelerator was located.

His whole body was exposed to radiation, and his right hand was touched by the electronic beam itself. The hand was severely burned.

Most of the team caring for Carpenter are assigned to the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

The team issued the following statement about Carpenter:

“His condition is good at this time. His temperature is normal and his blood counts are normal. He received a large exposure to the skin of his right hand and he is being treated for this condition.”

Physicians and physicists were trying to reconstruct what happened Thursday at the Midwest irradiation Center, Rockford which Carpenter manages. Carpenter told them he stepped into the room, and as soon as he realized the machine was on, he fled.

The experts said they were trying to determine where Carpenter was standing at the time he received the exposure. He was flown by chartered plane to Chicago.

The linear accelerator was described as an atom-splitting machine in which electrons particles of an atom, are set free from the atom and accelerated at speeds of up to 186,000 miles a second down a long tube. These electronic “bullets” can be used for such things as sterilizing food.

SAME KIND OF BURN RECEIVED FROM AN ATOMIC BOMB

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Use of Aloe Vera on Radiation Induced Cancer

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Prevention and Treatment of Radiation-Induced Cancer, Including Pure Atomic and Cathode-Ray Lesions

Use of Aloe Vera

James Barrett Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Mr. Rodney Stockton spent some time with Dr. James Barrett Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S. Dr. Brown was a well known plastic surgeon. Dr. Brown was first licensed in Missouri in 1923. He gained much surgical experience repairing damaged tissues to World War II injuries. Dr. Brown’s research work has been extensively published. He has authored several books in the area of plastic surgery. He has been member of and served in office of several important surgical organizations. For all practical purposes, Dr. Browns credentials are too numerous to document.

Dr. Brown researched radiation burns as it related to their surgical repair and post surgical recovery as well as the long term effects that the radiation damage would inflict including potential future cancers. He was amazed at the results obtained in treating radiation burns with an aloe vera gel product developed by Mr. Rodney Stockton. He had this to say regarding the results:

“The use of aloe vera on radiation burns has been advocated for many years. We formerly obtained the thick leaf with its natural soothing gel from the Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw’s Garden) here in St. Louis, split it open and applied the fresh gel of the leaf directly to the area.

This use of the aloe vera leaf has been replaced by use of Alo Ointment (55% aloe) as supplied by the Aloe Crème Laboratories, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the past few years. It provides a constant supply, is easily handled and applied, and is productive of relief from pain and itching. It tends to keep down keratosis and ulceration; these effects may tend to slow up, and possibly prevent, changes toward malignancy. We have many patients who have obtained marked relief from pain, cracking, and keratosis of such radiation burns. These include cases of physicians? hands burned in their own work, and burns from treatments given over the face and elsewhere”

We have recovered this excerpt of Dr. Browns impressions of the use of aloe vera gel, however, have been unable to find the original source. We have seen it inserted into a publication from the American Cancer Society “A Cancer Journal For Clinicians” Vol 14, pages 14-15 1964, however, the text does not appear in the original article. We have additionally located this excerpt on the internet as part of a collection of research as it pertains to Aloe Vera Gel. At this time, we have not been able to determine the original location where Dr. Brown’s experience with Mr. Stockton’s aloe vera gel cream has been published. Because Dr. Brown has such an extensive publication list, we suppose it might be some time until we verify his statements.

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Aloe Vera Gel and Radiation Burns

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From “ANNALS OF SURGERY” VOL. 162 No. 3 p. 435 September 1965

HIGH ENERGY ELECTRON INJURY

(cont.) …”It was not done because her arm was not swollen, and it was thought that manipulation around the axilla in getting a flap in place might result in a less favorable circulation in the arm. This equivocal point had been brought about because in an earlier attempt at restoration (elsewhere) a flap did not survive. This left still more scar around the area, precluding the use of the most likely pedicle for a flap. The patient had been operated upon and treated by radioactive cobalt and is still free of cancer after 10 years. Such losses and such efforts to get them repaired are worthwhile if otherwise fatal cancer has been controlled as in this patient.

The patient in Figure 10 has a still wider-spread radiation burn occurring on both sides of the neck and down onto the adjacent thorax. This patient has not developed slough but has the typical chronic burn. She is shown following complete excision of the area in three stages and substitution of the thick split grafts without the need of a flap.

It is true, in all radiation burns, that free skin grafts may suffice if they can find enough blood supply to “take.” They are usually serviceable, give the best results and are the least troublesome for the patient. There is no reason to believe, however, that a free graft will work if a thicker supply is needed to protect the defect, and it is usually thought that an exposed point of maximum impulse of the heart, or pericardium, or pleura or lung would need a flap coverage.

An important point is that these can be done in stages and do not have to have a complete flap repaid immediately. If on the other hand, for exposed or open pericardium or pleura and immediate flap can be done, it can be put in place in a single or double-stage procedure.

Aloe Vera gel for chronic radiation burns is worthwhile, with a tendency for the Aloe Vera to check keratosic development if it is started early. This is an old treatment we have used, borrowing the Aloe Vera leaves from the Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw’s Garden) and putting the fresh leaf gel on the wound. Now the Aloe Vera gel can be obtained as Aloe Cream Ointment *** with 55 percent gel in it, and it can be used with advantage on all radiation lesions, with the qualification that if sensitivity occurs it can be discontinued. There are instances of physicians’ hands that have been cared for with Alo Ointment or with the pure fresh gel; widespread resection and operation thus have been avoided, although it is not certain that this advantage will last throughout their lives. At least there is indication that the Aloe Vera gel may bring about a reversal of the keratosic tendency of typical chronic radiation burns if started early and continued.

A summary of radiation lesions of the chest and neck is the same as in any area of the body – that they will probably need to be resected and repaired either with free grafts or with flaps. The lesions on the chest have the added difficulty of the possible exposure of pleura pericardium lung or the heart. In these instances a flap is nearly always indicated and it can be the most direct type of flap which is a short, broad, blood-carrying flap with a permanent pedicle that is not interrupted after the flap has grown in place.

Pain can be excessive in radiation injuries but usually as soon as the patient is awake he will make it known that the pain is gone, although he may be having new pain from the operation. At least the deep, boring pain is relieved by the resection. It is best if the defect can be covered by an immediate graft or flap but, as noted, these procedures may be done in stages with the wounds left open temporarily.

Diagnosis becomes particularly important when there is delay. There is some”…

*** Aloe Creme Laboratories, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

James Barrett Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Compliments of Aloe #1 Laboratories 750 NW 38th Street Oakland Park, FL 33309

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