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P.D.

Doctor of Pharmacy

P.M.D.

Private Medical Doctor.

P.T.

Physical Therapist.

PABA

(Para-aminobenzoic acid) Is a protective antioxidant vitamin used by the skin to filter out damaging ultraviolet radiation.

Palliative

1.  Serving to relieve or alleviate, without curing. 2.  An agent which alleviates or eases.

Palpable

Perceptible, esp. by touch.  Usually refers to a lump or a body organ which can be felt only when involved in disease.  (A doctor would not palpate the nose; he would feel it.  He would however, palpate the arm pit to see if there were swollen glands present).

Pao D'Arco Herbal Tea

Or lapochol or taheebo, is a South American tea made from tree barck generally found in Brazil or Argentina.  The tea is said to have anti-cancer properties.

Papillary

1.  Concerning a nipple or papilla. 2.   Resembling or composed of papillae.

Paraclavicular

Around or near the collar bone (the clavicle).

Parametrial

Around or near the uterus.

Paratracheal

Around or near the windpipe (the trachea).

Parietes

Walls of an organ or hollow part.

Parihilar

1.  Around or near the bornchi, the large tubes through which air enters and leaves the lungs. 2.  Also, around or near the notch (the hilum)  of the kidney.

Parineal

Concerning, or situated on, the perineum.  The perineum is the area on the outside of the body between the vulva and the anus in a female or between the scrotum and anus in a male.

Peritoneum

1.  The serious membrane reflected over the viscera and lining the abdominal cavity. 2.  Thin tissue lining of the abdomen.

pH

Is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, using a scale for 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), with 7 considered neutral.

Ph.C.

Pharmaceutical Chemist.

Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy.

Ph.T.

Physical Therapist.

Phar.G.

Graduate in Pharmacy.

Phar.M.

Master of Pharmacy.

Phosphatase

One of a group of enzymes which catalyzes the hydrolysis oh phosphoric acid eters.  They are of importance in absorbtion and metabolism of carbohydrates, nucleotides, and phospholipids and are essential in the calcification of bone.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Is a form of light therapy.  A photosensitive drug is injected in the body, and when a laser is directed at the tumor site, the light activates the drug, which destroys the precisely targeted area of unwanted tissue.

Photoilluminescence Therapy

Is the exposure of a small amount of blood to a certain wavelength of ultraviolet light.  The blood is removed from the body, treated, and then returned to the blood stream.  Also called photo-oxidation therapy and Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, this treatment is intended to create high-energy molecules in the blood that oxygenate and electrically charge the body, leading to increased circulation, anit-inflammatory effects, immune system modulation, anit-infection properties, and anti-cancer effects, and overall detoxification.

Photopheresis

Is a form of immunotherapy in which a patients  blood is drawn, mixed with a drug that is activated by, and exposed to, ultraviolet light, and placed back in the body.

Plaquex

Consists of a combination fo phosphorlipids, including phosphatidylcholine, which is mainly obtained from soybeans.  It is administered intravenously and is often used with EDTA chelation.

Plasmapheresis

Is employed as a therapeutic procedure in the treatment of several diseases.  This procedure serperates blood into its various components, isolating the plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets in a continuous flow system.  The typical plasmapheresis procedure involves separating the patients red blood cells from the plasma.  The red blood cells are then immediately returned to the patient, and the volume of plasma removed is replaced with fresh frozen plasma or with normal aslune solution and albumin, which have properties similar to plasma.  Plasmapheresis can also be used on some cancer patients, such as those whose tumors produce high quantities of abnormal proteins (e.g. multiple myeloma and related disorders)  The plasmapheresis separates these proteins by removing the patients plasma and replacing it with other compatible solutions.

Poly-MVA

Is a formula of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids designed to support cellular energy production and promote overall health by replacing certain neutrients that may be depleted during chemotherapy and radiation.

Polypeptides

Are compounds containing two or more amino acids united through the linkage of peptides, intermediates between the amino acids, and peptones in the synthesis of proteins.

Proctoscope

Instrument for inspection of the inside of the rectum.