Organic Food: 3 Natural Dermatology Reasons Your Skin Wants It
Organic food is really important, and I’d like to say a bit how it fits into health and fits into treatment of skin disorders with holistic dermatology. Now if someone has been eating a lot of foods sprayed with pesticides, it’s really important to let the body get a break from that. And one way of course is to eat organic foods.
Now when we say organic foods, really that’s a technical definition in this country. The term organic allows certain kinds of pesticides to be used. And when I think of organic foods, I think of foods that are grown without pesticides or toxins at all. And that’s my favorite. So there are probably some places that have wonderful foods that are grown without pesticides that are not registered as organic, because the registration process is expensive. But they could be even better for you than the ones that have the organic label but are grown with the allowable level of pesticides. So that’s one of the questions you need to ask when you are at the farmer’s market or your grocery store.
The next thing is that there are certain foods that are heavily sprayed and apparently soak up more chemicals than other foods, and those are the ones to definitely choose organic. Leafy vegetables, celery, strawberries and just a few of those. Find places to shop for your fruits and vegetables where you can learn what sorts of chemicals are being used. Because if you can wash the off with soap and water or a food detergent (found in your local health food store), that may be acceptable.
So using organic food can be beneficial because it avoids toxins. And some of those toxins inhibit the process the body does to suppress allergic reactions. So avoiding toxic foods and eating organic foods can help reduce allergic reactions. But personally I sometimes choose to use the regular, non-organic foods if they are not known to be heavy in pesticides. And I also choose locally grown foods that come from farmers who don’t use pesticides who are not necessarily organic, as mentioned above.
Of course organic can also mean using foods that have been given natural fertilizers, which again is another important thing to make the foods more healthy. And finally, interestingly enough, foods that are grown organically have more stresses on them, so that the plant has to make its own pesticides. And some of those pesticides are called cell versants. And those products that the plants make have anti-cancer properties. So, there maybe additional benefits in those “stressed” organic plants or pesticide-free plant that cause them to make products within them that will protect you much further.
So another vote for organic food from the holistic dermatology perspective. To your health!
Curious about natural dermatology for aging and cancer prevention? One of the reasonsthat I’m such an advocate of hats and clothing is that sun screens don’t really block the sun. They do take the sun’s energy and change it into a more harmless form of energy so that there is not a sun burn, but still some of that energy gets through. That energy can cause damage especially if you apply sunscreen on and then spend a lot of time out in the sun.
With just sunscreen, you get some of that energy coming through all day long that can be causing aging, and even potentially future skin cancer. It’s important to remember that even the metallic sunscreens like zinc and titanium are usually zinc and titanium salts, they’re not the metal. You do get some energy coming through, even using those. It’s very important to remember that you need other kinds of ways of blocking the sun. The sun screen is just an added benefit to protect against reflected rays.
“True healing takes dedication and time—it’s certainly not for the weak-willed. Through this journey, I’ve not only seen a beautiful improvement in my adult cystic acne, I’ve discovered a deep compassion for my health and wellness. Dr. Dattner’s practice is a blessing, especially for those who strive for a balanced body and mind.”
“I began seeing Dr. Dattner after I started breaking out all over my face for no apparent reason.
My skin had always been acne-free, even as a teenager, so I knew there had to be a reason for this unprecedented skin problem. I was concerned that if I went to a conventional dermatologist, she/he would likely just attempt to treat my skin topically instead of determining and treating the underlying issue. I found Dr. Dattner after a quick Google search, and while working with him, I realized that my skin began acting up after I accidentally ingested gluten (I have an intolerance).
I have struggled with a sensitive stomach, acid reflux, and several food intolerances for the last few years, but I did not consider that they might be related to my new skin problems in any way. Dr. Dattner diagnosed me with leaky gut syndrome and began treating me with supplements and an anti-inflammatory diet.
Within a couple of weeks, my stomach issues began to improve and my skin began clearing up.A few months later, my skin is 100% back to normal and my stomach has never felt better. While under his care, he has also helped me understand and treat my tension headaches, sciatica, and back pain.
I have honestly never had a better experience with a health care provider. Not only is his holistic approach to health incredibly effective, he is a uniquely thorough and attentive doctor.”
Curious how we use holistic dermatology for summer skin care? We know that sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Now there are several different kinds. There are pre-cancers that are very common as people reach their sixties and seventies.
There are other types of cancers like basal cell and squamous cell cancers that are problematic, but are usually not fatal. There is another kind of skin cancer called melanoma which involves a dark mole that is irregular in its appearance, its color, shape and the way it behaves. Those kinds of cancer are the ones that can be fatal in many instances.
It seems that the incidence of melanoma is increasing rapidly. There might be other causes apart from sun exposure which includes the loss of the normal ozone layer which protects us, because of all fluorocarbons in sprays. It is important to do sun protection in order to prevent both aging and skin cancers.
Interviewer: Good, so what got you interested in inflammation, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune disease before you were doing holistic dermatology?
Dr. Dattner: Well, when I was in college, I was volunteering at a little place up in Rye called Sloan Kettering.
Interviewer: Little place?
Dr. Dattner: It was. It’s now a big village, the place where that was. It was a laboratory where they were testing all kinds of stuff that they could find and seeing if it could kill tumors. But there was one little laboratory in there that was doing tumor immunology. I went and started volunteering there and that was where I first learned about lymphocytes and cellular-immune reactivity and tumor immunology.
Dr. Dattner: From there I went to a series of different laboratories where I was studying cellular-immunology and winding up at the National Cancer Institute. I had a long interest in the basic science behind this. In fact, I translated into my clinical understanding of how these things work and it helps me see somebody’s picture and pull it together in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Interviewer: Yes, so refreshing. I have to tell you with your background as a medical doctor to be engaged in all these alternative methods you use in holistic dermatology and integrative medicine, and seeing them work so well, you love it.
Dr. Dattner: Well, it’s only because I had heard about them and I sort of believed it. But, when I did my work on immune recognition and saw how the equations could be so different than one could have imagined otherwise in terms of one thing stimulating another thing as a response, I started to understand why those things make sense and knew that there was truly a science behind it. That science didn’t become understood generally until almost 20 some odd years later when people started talking about this in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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There are a lot of people who would like to get a tan when they’re young to make themselves look more attractive and look more like outdoor people. Now, that makes some sense if your whole life is outdoors but the problem with it is that the damage done begins to appear later in life and it accumulates. What you want to do is try to avoid sunburns at all costs and make sure that if you do get a little bit of sun that you protect the areas that show most.
This is a little bit different than what most people do because most women especially will get a nice tan on their ” V” neck area. You’ll notice that there are many women who continue getting that tan and by the time they hit their forties or fifties that area looks beat up with blotches and sunspots and redness and all kinds of damage. Whereas, there are other women who just get very light amount of sun and not have that damage. So you want to avoid that kind of damage to the exposed areas.