Frequently, people come to me wanting to know how to make their skin beautiful. What I tell them is that the skin is a direct reflection of what is occurring, both inside you and in the world around you. Among other functions, the skin is an organ of excretion, which takes over when your other organs of excretion are overwhelmed.
Your skin reflects when you are “toxic,” excreting what the rest of the body cannot. What I want you to really get from this book is that the best way to maintain a healthy, youthful exterior is to care for the whole person. This is what I help people learn to do as a holistic dermatologist.
Tattoos have become more popular again over the past decade, with licensed tattoo parlors taking precautions to reduce the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS.
Unfortunately, it appears that even with such precautions, a new bacteria in the Tuberculosis family, Mycobacterium Haemophilum, has been found in otherwise healthy people getting tattoos. It seems to be acquired from the tap water used to dilute the ink.
Unfortunately, Mycobaterium Haemophilum is hard to treat and takes months to clear, even with the few special antibiotics that are effective.
Like with many diseases, the safest choice is avoiding exposure all together, and not getting tattoos.However, using sterile water to dilute the inks appears to be the next best choice.