Sadly, Still Using Only the Western Model
Unfortunately, although products I have used are appearing, the philosophy and understanding with which I employ
these seems to be sorely lacking. Probiotics (healthy bacteria, like acidophilus) were both praised and questioned for use in treating atopic dermatitis.
Despite multiple positive studies, skeptics mentioned one study in which children’s dermatitis actually did worse
with probiotics. But no consideration was given in the study regarding which diets corresponded to counteracting yeast and helping the probiotics work better.
Now that alternative medicine supplements are being accepted into traditional medicine, researchers are creating
studies on them, but are treating these supplements in the same way they treat pharmaceuticals. So the idea of having a magic pill that cures everything still seems to float above the concept of treating the whole person, which is what I continue to do and promote as a holistic dermatologist.
To your health,
Alan M Dattner, MD
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