When I practice Holistic Dermatology, or natural skin care, I look for the triggers of what originally caused the skin condition. When likely triggers for skin conditions emerge, I put my effort into reversing them as safely and naturally as possible, preferably with diet and supplements. (However, I will use drugs if I feel they are required for a particular situation.) This is one way I differ from an alternative practitioner.
So my patient history is far more probing than most of my colleagues’. This is not meant as a value judgment. Many people’s skin problems are successfully treated by dermatologists who are capable of treating a lot of people in a day, which is how most dermatologists practice. Nearly all of them would run broke and have to shut down, if they spent the time with each patient that I do, under the current insurance payment system. It’s just that some patients with chronic problems really do need the time to discover the cause.
If you find yourself with a more complex skin problem than you feel can be treated by your traditional dermatologist, or if you have a chronic skin condition that your doctor hasn’t been able to treat… Or, if you simply prefer to use the most natural course of action and do the least harm to your body as you care for it, contact me about a visit.
To your health,
Dr. Alan M. Dattner, MD
As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to prevent, diagnose or treat illness; please see your physician for care.