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Why Traditional Treatments are All Wrong

Posted Jul 22 2009 12:05am

In This Issue:

Severe Eczema — Why Traditional Treatments Fail

By Stan Gardner, MD, CNS

Do you struggle with painful itching — red, flaming hot rashes that irritate?  If so, you may have Chemotherapy eczema, an inflammatory condition often associated with allergens, sensitivities, or even the body attacking itself (autoimmune-related).  You may be surprised to learn that eczema is not just a skin condition.   It involves nutritional deficiencies and a build-up of toxins in your body that affect its severity.

Here’s why traditional treatments often fail miserably in treating eczema.  They merely address the symptoms of the disease with prednisone (steroids), petroleum-based ointments, and synthetic anti-histamines.  These only add to the already existing toxic load in your body.

But here’s the good news.  Despite what you may have heard to the contrary, it’s possible to treat eczema in healthy ways, without potentially toxic drugs and chemicals.  Let’s address what we can do from a prevention and alternative medicine standpoint to help heal eczema.

Understand Your Skin’s Basic Needs
First and foremost, you must identify the basic needs of your skin tissue.  Your skin needs:

  • Pure, clean water (not tap water with toxic chlorine and fluoride) for hydration of skin.  A good general rule is to drink 6-8 cups per day or 1 cup per 25 pounds body weight.
  • Oils — especially the essential fatty acids (EFA).  The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils in the skin is 1000 to 1, so your need for omega-6 oils is tremendous.  Contrary to prevailing opinion, most people are deficient in omega-6 oils.  Evening primrose oil or the less expensive borage oils are an excellent source of these omega oils.  Also try flaxseed oil, which is also excellent, with a 3:1 ratio of omega-3 over the quantity of omega-6.
  • Vitamins and minerals.  Zinc is very important for the skin, and vitamins C, E and A are needed and often found deficient in people with eczema.

Eliminate Inflammatory Triggers
Let’s turn our attention to probable causes of eczema.  Because it is an inflammatory condition, all inflammatory triggers need to be avoided.   Common dietary triggers include:

  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Trans-fatty acids (or hydrogenated oils)
  • Aspartame

In other words, the ingestion of real food and avoidance of all processed food (which has unknown inflammatory chemicals added) is important.

Allergies may also be a trigger for symptoms to emerge.  The offending triggers often include:

  • Wheat or milk
  • Vaccination
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Animal dander
  • Exposure to various chemicals

Take the Right Supplements
Avoiding these triggers may be helpful for you, but there is also a safe effective way for desensitizing called NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) which uses energy principles for treatment.  You can learn more about NAET by visiting their website.  There are also immune modulators like beta-glucan, colostrums and mushroom extracts that may lessen the immune stimulation.

Here is something else that many people are not aware of.  The older we are or the more medications we have been on, the more likely we are to experience toxic skin reactions. That’s why the nutrients like milk thistle and alpha-lipoic acid are so important.  They support liver detoxification pathways.

Some people also find tremendous benefit from colon cleanses or liver cleanses.  While you are detoxing your body with the nutrients mentioned above, there are safe products that may provide symptom relief while the causes are being addressed and corrected.

Quercetin stabilizes the mast cells that release histamine, thus acting as a natural antihistaminic.  MSM is a safe anti-inflammatory, as is its parent compound, DMSO.  You can also find topical relief with Shea butter or aloe vera.

Glyconutrients may also be helpful for you.  They attach to proteins to facilitate proper communication between cells.  The absence of proper cell-to-cell communication results in disease, so your eczema may resolve once you have established a more healthy communication system throughout your body.

The potential list of safe alternatives for treatment of eczema is lengthy and too long for this article, but it’s important to mention a few additional treatments.  Homeopathic frequencies can impart a continuous healing effect on all tissue, including skin.  Sun exposure is important for all of us, but especially when we have skin problems.  Finally, if you have underlying emotional issues that are not addressed, it may be impossible for long-term complete healing to take place until they are addressed.

[ Ed. Note: Stan Gardner, MD, has practiced energy and alternative medicine for over 10 years.  He believes that many diseases could be prevented entirely, healed more quickly, and cause less damaging results through the application of proper nutrition.  To visit his website and sign up for his free daily health secrets, click here. ]

5 Times More Omega-3s Than a Can Of Tuna

Your body needs a fresh supply of omega-3s every 24 hours. Omega-3s are the “good fats” that power up your heart and brain. Your skin, joints, eyes and blood vessels are also dependent on this powerful nutrient.

The omega-3s found in high quality fish oil …

  • Strengthen your heart and blood vessels.
  • Maintain blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range.
  • Help support joint and muscle health.
  • Keep your triglycerides (blood fat) in the safe range.
  • Sustain healthy HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
  • Boost your memory and brainpower.
  • Protects your blood vessels and nerves.
  • Promote steady, regular heart rhythms.

The Pacific waters – especially further south towards Peru and Chile – provide a pure, rich source of healing fish oil. It’s the cleanest, most potent source of fish oil on the planet.

Learn how you can put the power of Peruvian fish oil to work for you … right now!


Eyes Healthy Living:

How to Stop Age-Related Vision Loss Now

By Victor Marchione, MD

Age-related vision loss is a sad fact of life for a vast number of adults. But there is onemisconception that tends to float around. It comes in one word: inevitable. In fact, vision loss is not an inevitable part of aging. Researchers have proven that your ability to see details may actually increase as you get older.

With that in mind, there are many ways to protect your eyes and stop the threat of vision loss. It’s a blend of easy, insignificant lifestyle changes complemented with some excellent antioxidant supplements proven to help keep your two tiny windows to the world clear.

Lifestyle Tips
There are a myriad of techniques you can incorporate into your daily life to make your vision strong enough to withstand any negative effects of aging. How easy is this? Close your eyes for at least one minute every hour. Every 15 to 30 minutes, change your eyes’ focus by concentrating on a word or object that is 12 feet (or so) away. That’s right, just look away!

Take frequent breaks from focused activities such as reading or watching television. Relaxing your eyes avoids long-term strain. When looking at a computer or television, position the monitor slightly below eye level, so you are looking downward at it. Set both up so there is no glare on the monitor. Position both as far away from your eyes as possible, but close enough that you can still read it.

When outside, wear UV-protectant sunglasses. Not only will they shield you from damaging solar effects, but they’ll also prevent you from having to squint and strain your muscles.

Have eyedrops? Make sure they are natural with no preservatives — these ingredients can actually aggravate dry eyes and possibly damage cells in the eye.

And exercise your eyes. First, close your eyes and slowly move them in a complete circle three times. Then, try changing focus by holding a piece of paper as close as you can without it being blurry for 15 seconds. Then look away and focus on something about 12 feet away for another 15 seconds. Repeat this to strengthen your eyesight.

Finally, hold a pencil in your hand and, starting with your arm extended, slowly bring it towards your nose; the goal being to get it as far as possible without seeing a double image.

In my next article, I’ll tell you about the best nutritional supplements to keep your eyes sharp and healthy at any age.

[ Ed. Note: Dr. Victor Marchione has been practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years and is a respected leader in the field of nutrition, smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News, CBS Evening News, and the NBC Today Show. He is also the chief formulator of the 20/20 Vision Formula from Bel Marra Nutritionals.]

Two Secret Ingredients Your Eyes are Starving For

Used to be like clockwork.  You turn 40 and fine print turns into an army of ants racing across the page.

So you pick up a pair of reading glasses, slip them on and you signal to the world (yourself included) that the first sign of aging has taken its toll on you. And then
things could get worse.

Night vision can diminish, and so might your social life, since driving at night becomes out of the question. Color perception fades. Details disappear. It becomes difficult to recognize familiar faces from a distance… even in daylight.

But this misery does not have to be your fate. Years of eye-health misinformation and misconceptions are being debunked. Simply read on and discover the newly revealed secrets that can make your future brighter than ever.

Click here now to get the breakthrough story.


steak salad Healthy Recipes:

Grass-Fed Flank Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

By Kelley Herring

This meaty, Argentine-inspired salad will satisfy the biggest beef fan. And it may help guardagainst breast cancer too. That’s because grass-fed beef is a rich source of a powerful fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). In a recent study, women getting the most CLA in their diet had a 60% lower risk of breast cancer than women getting the least. 1 Each serving of this simple salad provides approximately 2.5 grams, or 50% of the daily requirement for CLA.

Time To Table: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Benefits
Excellent Source of: Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin
Good Source of: Calcium, Vitamin E, Thiamin, ALA, Omega-3
Preferences: Low Carbohydrate, Low Sugar, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients
3 cloves organic garlic
1/4 Tbsp chipotle pepper sauce
1 package (10 oz) organic mixed greens
1 ½ pounds grass-fed flank steak
3 tbsp organic red wine vinegar
2 tsp fresh organic oregano
1 bunch organic Italian parsley
1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil

Preparation
Prepare the grill to medium-high heat. Combine parsley (with stems), oregano, and garlic in processor; blend 10 seconds. Add oil, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce; blend until almost smooth. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Brush grill rack with oil. Sprinkle steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill steak to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer steak to work surface; let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, toss greens in large bowl with some dressing. Transfer to large platter. Thinly slice steak across grain on slight diagonal. Arrange steak atop greens. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

References

  1. Aro, A., S. et al. Nutr. Cancer. 38, no. 2 (2000): 151-7.

Nutrition Information
418 Calories, 24 g Total Fat, 6 g Saturated fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 16 g Monounsaturated fat, 2 g Polyunsaturated fat, 58 mg Cholesterol, 157 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 0 g Sugars, 39 g Protein

[ Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder of Healing Gourmet – the world's leading website on the power of foods to promote health and protect against disease. Her latest work is a revolutionary health transformation program called, Your Plate, Your Fate. In this 7-part program you'll learn how to protect your health and optimize your weight by maximizing the nutrients in your food.  Learn more here. ]

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