| Emu Oil is This Physician's
by Beth Silva
Hundreds of patients who have visited Dr. Dan Dean of Dan C. Dean
D.O. & Associates in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan are receiving relief
from various ailments, thanks in part to treatments with emu oil. A
commodity acknowledged for centuries [in its native Australia] for
its medicinal purposes, emu oil is just beginning to be touted and
recognized by some in the medical field in this country.
Typical of the medical practitioner, Dean was at first somewhat
skeptical about the reputed medicinal and cosmetic benefits of emu
oil. The doctor remarks that his initial research in earnest on the
oil happened on a trip to Australia several years ago. But the
physician, also an avid thoroughbred horse enthusiast, was won over
only after emu oil was used to save one of his top racers, The
Rebalizer. Dean explains that the horse picked up a Salmonella
infection, was treated at the Michigan State University, but
developed an allergic reaction to all the IV steroids, antibiotics,
etc., it received and subsequently lost all its hair and much of its
Knowing that emu oil had a reputation to stimulate skin and hair
growth, the doctor decided to give it a try on his favored horse.
Ultra sensitive to touch, The Rebalizer had to be stilled for the
first few applications of pure emu oil to his bare hide. But Dean
says that after twice-a-day applications for three days, the animal
welcomed the employment of the oil. Shortly after the treatments
began, his horse's health and hair returned! Dean says that after
researching the oil further, he began using it on himself, his
family and then patients, with incredible results.
Now, two years later, hundreds of the doctor's patients (as well as
some patients of other physicians sent to Dean) are realizing
benefit from emu oil. On a typical day the doctor uses the oil on
individuals suffering from burns, abrasions, sore joints, eczema,
arthritis, colitis, psoriasis, and as a wound application
immediately following surgery.
"It's all voluntary," says Dean. "I explain to the patients what the
oil is and what I'll be doing. I've had exceptional results with the
oil and we haven't had one patient complain. Actually, many people
come in and ask for it. When surgery patients leave they are given a
small container of the pure oil to be applied to their wound three
times a day to speed up the healing process. In the office we use
the pure emu oil directly on open burns, abrasions and ulcerations.
We only use pure emu oil with no added ingredients. It's an amazing
The doctor utilizes the oil's moisturizing properties by compounding
an emu oil nasal spray and cough syrup formula for some of his
patients. "When cold and flue season starts, we'll use the oil on a
minimum of 15 patients a day," he says.
When asked what impresses him most about the oil's properties as a
practicing physician, Dean replies, "the thing that's most
impressive about the oil is I can actually see the way it affects
open wound healing, which I'm very interested in."
The doctor is also presently researching wound healing utilizing emu
oil to learn more about the oil's properties with Dr. Leigh Hopkins,
a comrade who is a clinical professor of pharmacy with a degree in
"We've got the cart before the horse," says Dean. "We know the oil
works, but we want to look deeper into the microphysiology and
biology of just why it does work." Actually, emu oil is being
utilized and researched quietly by a growing number of individuals
in the medical field including cancer centers interested in the
oil's effects on burns sustained by patients during radiation
treatments. Dean himself has a growing number of patients being
referred to him by other medical professionals. Of this he says,
"Slowly we're getting other physicians interested in the oil. It's a
little hard to convince doctors, but I don't push the emu oil on
them, I let them come to me. Now some are asking, What are you
using? and Why did so-and-so heal so fast?
An 80-year-old diabetic patient with gangrene of the toes and a
serious heel ulceration was recently referred to Dean. "The surgeon
who sent the patient down said it looked like they were going to
have to amputate the foot," relates the doctor. "But I suggested
that we first try the emu oil. And by using the emu oil we were able
to completely heal the ulceration on the heel and there's no
gangrene in the toes -they're just as pink as can be. The surgeon's
comment was, it looks like emu oil turned this thing around. We're
not going to amputate.' We used only pure oil in the treatment and
it saved this gentlemen's foot!"
Patients of open-heart surgery also receive emu oil on their freshly
stitched incision. Dean says that when they return to their thoracic
surgeon for a follow up with a well healed sternum incision, the
surgeons always comment on how fast the incision healed.
Convalescents of a nearby extended care facility also benefit from
the medicinal advantage of emu oil. Dean says that he is currently
using the oil on individuals with pressure sores. "We're using the
oil when the sore is actually a grade 1 - when we just see the
inflammation of the skin. And I think because of the oil's
penetrability, we're able to prevent the sores rather than having to
cure them," he remarks.
Dean is helping to spread the interest in emu oil. He delivered the
slide presentation "Wound Management With Emu Oil" at the 1998
Annual American Emu Association Convention in San Antonio and
relates that he was recently approached by a drug company (that
usually features a discourse on one of their own products) to
deliver a presentation on emu oil to an all-doctor audience. He
mentions that he has also been petitioned by an Alternative Medicine
group out of Chicago to speak on emu oil.
To better serve individuals requesting the oil, Dean recently began
offering a line of several specially formulated and pre-tested emu
oil products for medicinal and cosmetic applications called 'The
Dean's List." And this May the doctor received a Humanitarian award
for his continuing work in the field of family practice, as well as
a New Product Award for his product line from the Award Committee
for the International Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Inventors Clubs
of America Inc.
Through Rishada Emu Inc., Dean currently has available six products,
which he says contain a high percentage of emu oil and Include a
hand lotion, skin moisturizer, skin tightener, body cleanser,
shampoo, and 100 percent pure emu oil. "I'm real excited about all
our products and people's response to them is amazing," says the
doctor, who has additional emu oil products on line.
Dean says that he will continue to research the oil and use it in
his practice. "I wouldn't quit!" he says.
The published article was accompanied by a series of photos,
supplied by Dr. Dean.
Series 1, was a severe gasoline burn on the arm of an 8 year old
patient, covering most of the lower inner art, and around the elbow.
The burn was treated with only pure emu oil, no antibiotics. With in
21 days the lesions was almost completely healed, with minimal
Series 2, showed a gravel abrasion, from a motorcycle accident, on
the inner arm. After cleaning and debriding, the area was treated
with pure emu oil on an occlusive dressing. With in 3 weeks, the
lesions was completely healed, which normally would have taken 4-6
Series 3, was photos of an elderly
woman with severe eczema on her face. She had previously been
treated for approximately eight weeks by a physician with
conventional therapy (cortisone, antibiotics, IV, oral). All prior
medications were discontinued, and after three weeks of applying
only pure emu oil, the area was nearly normal with healthy color to
Ulcerative Lesions on woman's arm.
Dan C. Dean attended Northern Oklahoma College, Central State
University and received his Doctorate of Osteopathy at Missouri's
Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. Dr. Dean has been
practicing medicine for the past 28 years, and currently conducts
his practice in two clinics in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Reproduced with permission from Emu Today and Tomorrow, October,
1998, page 2