What’s the best holistic skincare treatment for eczema? Eczema is related to other kinds of allergic diseases like asthma and hay fever. Usually there’s a family history of one of these conditions, and people who have it truly actually end up with dermatitis. There is an increasing incidence of eczema in the past decade, suggesting that some kind of environmental changes are a factor. It is aggravated by not only allergies in some people but also by various foods in some others.
Eczema is also aggravated by secondary infection, which people get from scratching, opening up wounds, and having oozing cerium. This can gets a culture of staph and other kinds of germs growing on it. Those kick the immune system up into high gear, and more and more of the skin problem appear.
It’s important to break the itch and scratch cycle. Keep the skin lubricated to calm down the inflammation. In functional medicine, we seek out the various causes that are contributing to the eczema and deal with each one. Doing all of that can make a dramatic difference.
Leaky gut use to be a bad phrase in medicine, because it was considered to be kind of hokey. But thanks to Doctor Fasano, who has studied and documented it, the condition is now well-established.
The inside of the small intestines has bonds between the cells that form a barrier. But in leaky gut, the breaking of those bonds allows materials to get between the cells and invade both the blood stream and the lymphatic tissue that surrounds the small intestines.
These materials get transported out to the rest of the body in a way that is not often good. Some of those substances have information to, say, put you to sleep, some of them have allergens and can cause an immune attack and inflammation of the body, and some of them are toxins that can cause the whole variety of changes that shouldn’t be happening. One of the most common causes of leaky gut is gluten in ordinary wheat and barley.
Lesser known is a substance called Zonulin, It’s is released when gluten comes in contact with that area of the intestinal barrier. Zonulin has a role in opening up the barrier and breaking the bonds. So there are a lot of people now who are finding themselves getting a leaky gut situation from eating gluten. They may not have a reaction to the gluten itself in other parts of the body, but other substances make it through the barrier and cause trouble in the blood stream. This double action causes a lot of people both to be confused and to be sick.
So leaky gut now is a real thing, thanks to Harvard Medical School physician Doctor Fasano. We are now learning more and more about leaky gut and how it could be bothering you.
What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Natural Acne Treatment
Interviewer: Give us an example of how a Conventional Dermatologist would treat acne as compared with methods you employ with Holistic Dermatology.
Dr. Dattner: As a Conventional Dermatologist depending upon the severity of the acne, I might use some topical Benzoyl Peroxide. This opens up the clogs and calms down any infection in the area. If it’s worse, I’d go to antibiotics, and if it’s worse still, I might even go to Retinoids or oral Retinoids.
In my practice I did a little of those things before I started using more alternative methods. But I began to see some problems with people who had been to dermatologists and been on antibiotics for a long time. They started developing yeast overgrowth, chronic fatigue, and various other problems.
Dr. Dattner: So as a Holistic Dermatologist for the past three or four decades, I work on the digestive tract. I try to get the intestinal organisms more normalized. I try to enhance the digestion. I try to fix leaky gut and inflammation and fix the liver and… I keep working from the bottom up until I have gotten to the skin.
Interviewer: Right, and then the skin is going to react.
Dr. Dattner: Yes.Then I’ll help with drainage products to help the skin. And I get a longer cure when my patients have learned how to take care of themselves.
Interviewer: Yeah, I mean it’s not just putting something topical on–it’s about getting rid of the cause of the problem and following through, right?
Dr. Dattner: Right
Interviewer: And it’s a lifelong change.
Dr. Dattner: Right. And they can still use topicals, but as a part of a larger holistic program of natural acne treatment.
“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.”
The basic two types of inflammation that have been understood for years are: the immediate hypersensitivity and the delayed hypersensitivity.
The immediate hypersensitivity is mediated by antibodies, especially of the IGE class. Now, those are the antibodies that are involved when you take a whiff of a flower and start sneezing or pollen and start sneezing, and develop hay fever.
The other type of inflammation is the type that comes on a day or two later that’s mediated by lymphocytes: white blood cells that are in your body that distinguish what belongs and what doesn’t belong and then set up a reaction to it by dividing in the lymph nodes and bringing a army of cells out to destroy the targets.
What kind of targets they destroy? Well they destroy especially two kinds of targets. One is you modified, so if you have some poison ivy on your skill cells that get recognized as you modify. The other kind of you modified could be if you have a tumor that’s arising and the cells look like a little like they should but a little bit different. And we need a very sophisticated arm of the immune system to distinguish those differences and set up a reaction to destroy them.
And our body is doing that all the time, getting rid of those tumors and that is the delayed hypersensitivity system. But both of these systems can recognize a problem and get rid of it. For instance… hypersensitivity will attack virally infected cells or chemically modified cells as well as tumors, or even the fungus-modified cells. So if you have a fungus there involved in that attack as well.
However in some instances, your body’s immune system, once it has recognized some target that seems to be a problem and have a curing activity against it, may help to recognize some other parts of your system modified or otherwise that looks like the original target. And your body will attack that and cause destruction and an inflammation there as well. That we call cross-reactive attack because of molecular mimicry.
So the body’s immune system has two different major systems and many, many variations. Since this information has been growing rather since I started studying this decades ago. There is a huge body of information on all kinds of variations on this. But these two basic types still prevail and are good starting points for understanding react to different things.