“Eczema, psoriasis, acne, and practically all skin conditions are reflections of inner metabolic imbalances, which, in turn, are the result of numerous diet, toxin, and lifestyle stresses. The conventional medical approach is to suppress the immune system by immunosuppressive drugs and corticosteroids. The good news is that there is a safe, effective, and very scientific way of reversing these skin problems naturally.” Zoltan P. Rona, MD, MSc
What is Eczema?
In some ways it’s a bit like asking, what is a fish? At first, this might seem like an easy question to answer, but it’s difficult to define what makes a fish a fish because there is so much diversity among them–more than 27,900 species. They tend to look very different, behave differently, and react in any number of dissimilar ways. Eczema is much the same–with one exception: there must be itchy skin.
According to the National Eczema Association, symptoms include:
- Dry, sensitive skin,
- Red, inflamed skin
- Intense itching
- Scaly areas (sounds a little fishy)
- Recurring rash
- Oozing and crusting
- Rough, leathery patches
- Dark-colored patches of skin
Doctors don’t know the exact cause of eczema. The current guess is that it’s triggered by a combination of factors, including genetics. Having long been classified by the medical and scientific community as “incurable” they continue to keep focusing their attention on the skin, rather than looking inside. As difficult as it is to find effective answers to this often debilitating condition, it would be helpful if conventional medical thinking could get beyond the steroid mantra. But their thinking and rationale for topical treatment goes something like this:
- Abnormal immune function,
- The environment,
- Lifestyle that may cause the skin to be more sensitive, and
- Defects in the skin barrier that allow moisture out and germs in.
“70% of eczema patients have Candida Albicans overgrowth.” British Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy. Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat account for 90% of all food allergies. Those that have been struggling with healing please look at your consumption of these foods.
Good medicine is much like good gardening. When a skilled gardener notices the leaves of one of his plants turning brown and looking unhealthy he or she develops a plan that might include the following: less or more water, fertilize, control for pests, more or less sunlight, or even re-pot or re-plant for better soil conditions. Though the problem looks to be in the leaves, the focus is on the roots. Like most people, a plant’s health and diseases generally start there. To carry the analogy further, if you call in a tree expert, who recommends that you paint the brown leaves green, most people would agree that’s pretty crazy—the plant is not going to get better by just covering up the problem. So why do we try to cover up eczema with topical solutions when the problem lies somewhere in our roots?
“The misery that plagues man is of his own making, through ignorance, selfishness, greed, and an unprecedented disregard for natural laws. Know the natural laws and respect and adhere to them, and sickness and disease will vanish.” Pagano, John O. A., Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative.
Eczema can be better understood as an external symptom in which the body is trying to rid itself of internal toxins. To put it another way, the skin is doing what the bowels, liver, and kidneys should be doing. The skin is not designed to remove the waste matter to any great extent. So Leaky Gut Syndrome for example, will produce a toxic overload for which the skin acts as a backup toxin-removing system. This leads to rashes, irritation, and lesions. The skin is just a symptom or sign of what’s happening inside our bodies. Yes, there are some treatments to soothe the discomfort that you can use externally, but your main focus to turn your health around is internal.
Here are three major points for you to consider:
- Detoxify your body.
- Use supportive and healthy nutrition to heal your body.
- Change your lifestyle to support the first two.
Dr. Pagano’s book, Healing Psoriasis is excellent–even though the title is about psoriasis–he also covers eczema in detail. And, the cure for both is almost the same.
Can eczema be cured? Many times. Is it complicated? No. Is it easy? Probably not, unless you are tired of suffering, and follow a strict regimen. Getting started, you might ask the following questions in regards to toxicity and deficiency:
- What nutrients and/or hormones do I need in order for my skin to heal?
- How can I clear out the toxins that have accumulated in my body?
Once you start these two processes, in time, regeneration begins, and new skin forms to replace the old. How long it will take for an individual to detoxify is difficult to say. Each person has his or her own built-in time clock. Specifically, eczema is alleviated, controlled, or even possibly cured by taking the necessary steps to heal the intestinal walls and by opening up the normal channels of elimination, as well as preventing further toxins from entering the system.
From my own personal experience, the following measures are critical for remission:
1. Internal cleansing
2. A high alkaline/low acidic diet
3. Specific herbal teas
4. Adjustments of the spine
5. External applications
6. Right thinking—CRITICAL in healing any disease
In addition, it is important to monitor thyroid function. When the thyroid function is low, circulation is reduced. In advanced cases of hypothyroidism, the skin, in fact, may receive as little as one-fourth to one-fifth the normal blood supply. With reduced circulation, the nourishment supplied by blood is reduced and, at the same time, waste products are not removed promptly and completely since blood is the primary remover. The result is the development of itching, swelling, blistering, oozing, and scaling of the skin (Barnes, pp. 112-114).
Unresolved underlying infections are often an important component of eczema. If the immune system has to get up every day and fight germs (harmful bacteria, yeast, parasites, viruses, and fungus…etc.) it is not surprising that it becomes cranky and overly reactive. Infections from the Herpes virus and Candida albicans is common among eczema patients. In fact, 70 percent of patients with atopic eczema were shown to have Candida albicans overgrowth in their gastrointestinal tract. Toxins from candida can overload the kidneys and liver and when that happens, they become congested. As a result, the burden of daily detoxification can fall on the skin, since it is the biggest elimination organ, thus leading to skin problems such as eczema.
To reverse eczema, address the root cause. Please don’t waste your time and money on any of the ‘quick cure’ lotions and potions offered on various eczema help websites. Look into the causes of eczema and how to address them primarily with changes in your diet and lifestyle. Only you can do that, only you can become your own best healer.
“Remember, the symptoms of eczema are like the warning lights of your dashboard–
they are not the cause.”
Four Common Eczema Triggers:
- Your Diet: There are certain foods in your diet that may trigger skin issues. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are at the top of the list. They can increase insulin surges in the body, which can bind receptors on sebaceous glands in the skin. This can increase sebum production, making the skin oilier, and contributing to conditions like acne. Dairy consumption can also be problematic for most people with skin conditions, especially because of the hormones found in milk and milk products. Some of the hormones found in dairy products affect the proper functioning of the sebaceous glands, worsening some skin conditions. Try cutting out sugar and dairy for a few weeks to see if they may be one of your triggers.
- Your Hormones: Fluctuations in hormones can lead to a variety of skin conditions, including acne, oily skin, and dry itchy skin. In particular, highs and lows in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can aggravate or cause oily skin and acne. Thyroid hormone disruptions can lead to severely dry or oily skin.
Your Water: Drinking enough water is often overlooked but can be a very easy fix for people experiencing extremely dry skin. A large proportion of our body is made up of
water and our skin is no exception. Without adequate water, our skin becomes dehydrated, dry, and more prone to damage (including wrinkles). Caffeine is dehydrating, so drinking excess caffeine, like black tea and coffee, can make the problem worse. You should focus on drinking 1-2 liters of water a day, and for every cup of black tea or coffee you drink, try to replace it with 2 cups of water.
Your Gut Health: Eczema is most likely related to the health of your gut. Poor digestive function, which includes your stomach, liver, pancreas, and large and small intestines, can lead to chronic skin issues. Most often eczema is a “leaky-gut” making its way through the skin. Also, Chronic constipation and poor elimination habits are the major causes of colon impaction and the main reasons for “leaky gut.”
The 7 Deadly Eczema Sins
Most of us with any kind of illness are accustomed to taking “a pill for every ill.” We’ve been raised from childhood to feel we must take something in order to get well. In many cases, of course, this is true, but what if we are taking something in (ingesting) that is causing the problem? The cure then, of course, is to not eat or take such items. Here are seven don’ts that are culprits when dealing eczema. Remember, your entire healing may depend on what you stay away from.
1. Saturated fats— such as in red and processed meats,
2. Nightshades— especially tomatoes, peppers, and hot spices,
3. Too many sweets,
6. Junk food (for adults as well as children), and
7. Fried foods
Many people have found relief by just staying away from one or more of these items within a matter of days.
“The Magnificent Seven” Virtues
1. Fresh water, six 8-ounce glasses a day.
2. Vegetables, green leafy in particular—75 percent of the daily diet.
3. Fresh fruit/berries — CAUTION: eat very little fruit, and avoid at all cost in case yeast-fungal overgrowth.
4. Fish, fowl, and lamb, as animal protein. These should constitute 15 to 20 percent of your daily diet.
6. Olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice, especially in cases of candida.
7. Rest, sleep, sunshine, and exercise.
“Inexpensive Remedies for Psoriasis and Eczema”
Review: In a Nutshell — Recognize eczema for what it is:
- The external manifestation of accumulated internal toxins.
- Remove the toxins that have accumulated and prevent further pollutants from entering your system.
- The process is one of internal cleansing and proper dietary selection of food and drink.
1. Internal cleansing: Enemas; high colonics; dry sauna, steam, and Epsom salts baths; laxatives; plenty of fresh water. To remove accumulated toxins (poisons) by improved bowel evacuation, adequate urinary drainage, and through the pores of the skin itself.
Coffee enemas per day as needed: The caffeine from coffee is one of the first enema choices because it is absorbed directly into the liver, and where it becomes a strong detoxifier. It makes the liver produce more bile (bile contains processed toxins) and then moves bile out to the small intestine for elimination. At this point, the liver is freed up to handle new incoming toxic material that has accumulated in the bloodstream. There are stimulating alkaloids in coffee which produces glutathione – S –transferase. An enzyme used by the liver to help make the detox pathway work. It is important to support the formation of more glutathione as this is one of the main chemicals that enable toxins to be eliminated via the bile. In short, a coffee enema speeds up the detoxification process. What you need:
1. Enema bag or bucket,
2. Large clean cooking pot (glass or tempered steel),
3. Dark roasted organic caffeinated coffee, and
4. Distilled Water
Laxative–for a laxative you can take one to two tablespoons of Castor Oil on an empty stomach in the morning.
2. The proper diet: High alkaline (80 percent) to low acid (20 percent); high fiber, fresh berries and vegetables in particular. Tends to keep the body chemistry more alkaline than acid. Helps improve eliminations as well as body building.
Upon waking, drink 8 ounces of water with the juice of a whole fresh lemon.
Fresh Vegetable Juice — 50% Romain Lettuce, a couple of carrots, and the rest green veggies, no fruit.
Nutritional supplements (1999 Readers Digest Recommendations for eczema):
1. Milk Thistle — dosage: 150 mg twice a day.
2. Zinc/Copper — dosage: 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper. Add copper when using zinc longer than 1 month.
3. Vitamin A — dosage: 25,000 IU a day for 1 month, then 10,000 IU daily.
4. R-Alpha Lipoic — dosage: 150 mg each morning.
5. Fish oil — dosage: 1,000 mg fish oil 3 times a day; 1 tbsp. (14 grams) Flaxseed oil each morning!!
6. Grape Seed extract — dosage: 100 mg twice a day.
7. Probiotics — brand: Min 50 Billion per capsules, Garden of Life and Renew Life are excellent.
8. Lecithin – One tablespoon 3 times per day with meals.
3. Herbal Teas: Slippery Elm Tea or Lozenges aids in the healing and rebuilding of the thin intestinal walls and prevent absorption of toxins. Saffron tea helps in the repair of intestinal walls, acts as an intestinal antiseptic, flushes out the liver and the kidneys, and removes toxins through the seat glands if you take it prior to a dry sauna. Oolong tea has been recommended for eczema relief to relieve inflammation and itching. A study of more than a hundred patients reported in the Archives of Dermatology (January 2001) showed that drinking a liter of oolong tea daily could markedly decrease inflammation and itching.
4. Acupuncture and Spinal Adjustments: Spinal adjustment ensure proper nerve impulses and circulation to the walls of the upper intestinal tract, as well as the glandular centers. Eczema is a reflection of an internal imbalance. Once this internal imbalance is addressed with acupuncture the skin will heal and respond. Most patients see results within the first 4 to 6 weeks of treatment, depending on the severity of the eczema.
5. External applications: Oils, ointments, baths, steam, massage, help soothe the external lesions keeping them soft and pliable. They help reduce scarring, relieve itching, and heal the surface cells. External treatments that I have found helpful are:
- Castor Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs) 50% solution
- Revitol Eczema Cream
- A paste made from Colostrum Powder and water
- Vitamin D Cream
- Essential Oils for Eczema
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6. Right Thinking: Keep your mind focused on the healing process and not on the disease.
Patience, perseverance, and discipline are keys to your success. Without changing the health of your gut, you cannot hope to change the outside of your skin–especially one that is lasting. A pill or cream for your eczema will not manage your condition for long, but healing your inside milieu will. Best of luck, and may God bless you and your loved ones during your healing journey.