Dr. Gerasimos Papathanasiou

  • Born in 1966 in Athens -Greece
  • Study of Dentistry (Diploma 1993) and Doctorate in Pathophysiology at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Department of Pathophysiology) – Germany (1994)
  • Military service in the Hellenic Airforce as a Dentist (1995-1997)
  • Private Practice General Dentistry – Prosthodontics – Craniomandibular and Occlusal Disorders since 1997 in Athens
  • Training in Medical Acupuncture (Athens) and Diploma in 2002
  • Training in Neural Therapy (Therapeutic use of Local Anesthetics) in Vienna and Diploma issued by the Austrian Society of Neural Therapy – ÖNR in 2005
  • Training in Manual Medicine (Chiropractic) since 2015 (in progress) in Graz-Austria
  • Founder and President of the Hellenic Society for Neural Therapy and Study of Homeostasis (neuraltherapy.gr) since 2009. Organization and teaching of multiple courses in Greece and abroad.
  • Holder of Otto Bergsmann Award for Innovative Basic- Research in therapeutic local anesthesia awarded from the Austrian Medical Society for Neural Therapy in 2007
  • Instructor and Trainer of the Austrian Medical Society for Neural Therapy 2007-2014
  • Instructor and Trainer of the Hellenic Society of Neural Therapy and Study of Homeostasis since 2009
  • Instructor and Trainer of the German Society of Acupuncture and Neural Therapy since 2014
  • Scientific collaborator in the Department of Macroscopic and Clinical Anatomy of the Medical University of Graz-Austria. Instructor and Trainer in Topographic and Clinical Anatomy concerning multiple injection techniques with and without ultrasound use 2009 – 2019
  • Head of the Acupuncture-Neural Therapy and Craniomandibular Disorders Sector of the Headache Department at the Neurological Clinic of the General Hospital “Georgios Gennimatas” in Athens 2004-2012 (Director: Dr. K.E. Karageorgiou)
  • Scientific fellow-doctor practicing Neural Therapy in the Pain Clinic Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine of the General Hospital “Agios Panteleimon” in Athens 2013-2014 (Director: Dr. G. Broumos)
  • Scientific fellow-doctor practicing Neural Therapy in the Musculoskeletal Disorders Ambulance in the Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Accident and Rehabilitation Hospital “KAT” in Athens 2014-2015 (Director: Dr. E. Bakas)
  • Board Member of the International Society of Holistic Dentistry (GZM) – Germany since 2015
  • Honorary Member of the Austrian Society of Neural Therapy since 2013
  • Honorary Member of the German Society of Acupuncture and Neural Therapy since 2017
  • Honorary Member of the Turkish Society for Neural Therapy since 2014

Silent Inflammation

A human being is an open, living adaptive system which serves two objectives : First adaptation to the environment and second survival. Fundamental to this issue is the concept of Regulation, which includes all necessary mechanisms to serve these objectives.

The living organism must adapt and regulate when exposed to various stressors that challenge constantly its homeostatic state. Some examples are possible congenital defects, various forms of traumata or infections, psychosocial stressors, physical and mechanical stressors, etc. One of the most important stressors for the modern man represent however these so called “low grade inflammatory conditions”. Both the magnitude and the duration of stressors are important.

The human organism reacts to stress by activating a complex directory of physiologic and behavioral adaptive responses which take place in the CNS as well as in the periphery and their aim is to re-establish homeostasis. If the stressors and respectively the adaptive responses are excessive or prolonged they may have adverse consequences on many physiological functions as well as on the behavioral state of a person.

Because the general adaptation response is both essential for survival and very consistent in its presentation, it has been suggested that evolution created a special system for its coordination. This so called Stress System has both CNS and peripheral components.

The connection between peripheral inflammatory conditions and the activation of the stress system has been well documented in the literature. Immune – brain bidirectional pathways of communication have vastly contributed to our understanding of this issue.

Recently researchers shifted their interest from acute inflammation to chronic unresolved (silent) forms of inflammation since these forms seem to have serious links with cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depressive disorders. The oral region and its pathology are especially important in relation to chronic low grade inflammatory conditions. Diagnostic procedures and therapeutic approaches are being discussed. Among them the therapeutic use of local anesthetics is being presented.

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