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‘It’s the notion that there is no perfection – that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.’ Leonard Cohen
A gentle miracle post by David.
The word Eczema originally derived from the Greek word ‘Ekzeh’ which literally translated means ‘boil out’. The symptoms that can appear as a result of the condition reflect this as an accurate translation. Blisters, flaking, dry, heat and soreness can present itself to the patient with the condition.
Yasgur defines eczema as an ‘inflammation of the skin of an acute or chronic nature…’
Both definitions highlight the skin irritation that must be traumatic and disturbing to the patient experiencing the disease.
It is accepted that the skin is the largest organ of the human body and therefore one can surmise requires the same respect, care and attention that any internal organ beneath its surface usually receives; However, sadly this is not always the case.
Medically, eczema has in increased in prevalence in the population over the last generation as previously the condition was relatively rare. To date, the reasons for such increase are unknown. It could be argued that that society has also dramatically changed since a generation ago. That said, one needs to argue the sociological and medical link to the epidemiological increase, possible causes and maintaining causes to the skin complaint.
Yasgur defines eczema as an ‘inflammation of the skin of an acute or chronic nature…’ any inflammation as Yasgur describes, must be traumatic to the person experiencing the disease. The skin itself is made up of a number of layers and has a unique physiological system that works from both internal and external stimuli. Taking this physiological system into consideration plus the sociological/ lifestyle changes that have occurred over the past generation, the following key examples could indicate the reasons for the increase in prevalence, in particular, diet and food intolerance, allergies, drug reactions and stress.
Diet and Food Intolerance
Over a generation, diets have changed dramatically due to large supermarket chains, convenience foods, mass production and lack of the ‘grow your own’ culture that was necessary a generation ago. The preservatives, increase in salt, additives and colourings to our manufactured food build up within our bodies and become toxins within our system. In turn these increase the amount of pollutants being released into the body, blood, organs and ultimately the skin causing the intolerances and eczema symptoms more acute to the patient at the time, maintaining causes of the eczema due to no dietary changes and ultimately the acute condition turning into a chronic problem. Hence an example of the internal physiological system associated with the skin.
More and more people are diagnosed with allergic eczema and contact reactions. The increase in skin products such as cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes and also laundry based and other household products may be a reason for exacerbating the eczema condition. More mad more people use non organic, chemical based products on their skin or have contact with their skin that contain potentially harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde that result in allergic reactions.
Perfumes and other fragrances such as deodorants and body sprays can contain large amounts of alcohol and laundry products can contain allergy causing components. All these items, when contact with the skin can trigger an immune response resulting in a reaction such as allergic eczema. Here is a good example of the external physiological system that can cause the skin to react.
Over a number of years and increase in pharmaceutical drugs and the financial tariff associated with them is evident in today’s society. It is no coincidence, therefore, to witness an increase in eczema as a result of drug reactions.
Similarly to food, although, it could be debated that this is more serious, drugs that are taken by an individual have the ability to cause a further problem to the person taken them. Described as a ‘side effect’ in conventional medicine and widely accepted without full questioning. The suppressive nature of pharmaceuticals, also exacerbate a skin reaction as the original symptom being suppressed has to re-form and fight back within the body and this can sometimes take on another form from the original symptom, complaint being treated. Then, in turn this new symptom requires further pharmaceutical treatment and the downward spiral of someone’s health starts and continues. For example, increasing the strength of topical steroids in the suppressive treatment of eczema by conventional medicine methods.
Stress reaction eczema or the worsening of symptoms as a result of a stress response is also being diagnosed more frequently and today’s fast pace living, financial pressures and debt, materialism is resulting in more and more people being diagnosed with skin problems. As a result of the constant stress responses occurring in the body and the chemical reactions that occur skin reactions are experienced by a large amount of the population living the stressful lifestyle. However, it is fair to say that as a result of the stressful living, dietary intake may be poor; use of pharmaceutical medication may be part of their day to day life or medical history and therefore not each area works within isolation.
All of the factors highlighted illustrate the possible reasons for the marked increase in eczema skin conditions over the past generation. Conventional medicine holds the belief that the correct process of treating eczema is mainly to apply topical steroidal based creams and offer relief to the individual by suppression of the symptoms that they are presenting with. This is a negative treatment route to follow and although this may result in a relief of the uncomfortable symptoms that can be experienced, the long term effects are not treating the underlying cause and can then present in the patient as another condition at a later date. This is possibly proven with the link between asthma and eczema in children in particular.
Homeopathy can be an invaluable healing medium for an eczema patient to consider as the vital force can be aided to fight the part of the body affected and reduce eczema as a curative method. Homeopathy will treat the ‘whole person’ and will advise on other treatments such as diet and healthy eating, stress reduction and a generally more natural lifestyle. Remedies such as Belladonna can aid the reduction of the uncomfortable symptoms whilst the homeopath treats the underlying cause and possible miasmatic reasons and maintaining causes for eczema within that individual patient.
Caution here should be aired as the eczema can indeed ‘flare’ up whilst undergoing homeopathic treatment. The aggravation of symptoms is somewhat different to a side effect of pharmaceutical treatment and the exacerbation of symptoms should be considered as positive. The law of cure believes the body heals from inside out so an exacerbation of symptoms is considered part of the healing process. For the patient themselves, this can be a confusing time as it is fundamentally opposite to how we are brought up in this current society and consider ‘treatment’ to reduce symptoms quickly without consideration for the suppression that occurs and longer term effects. Here lies the challenge to the homeopath treating an eczema case, with regard to working with the patient to support them through a possible aggravation of symptoms in order to help them accept that this is part of the process of healing and ultimately better in the long term.
As this essay demonstrates, the increase in eczema over a generation can be argued to reflect the changes in sociological factors over the same period of time.
Food, cosmetics, stress and not to forget the amount of pharmaceutical products consumed in society can be attributed to the increase highlighted. As society continues to take its current journey and path, further increases of a previously rare condition will become more and more prevalent and ultimately the only winners will be the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing and selling more suppressive treatments to our medical professions who in turn prescribe them to the general public.
However, there is one light at the end of the tunnel that continues to burn for a positive future for our skin. By treating eczema from the inside out using homeopathy can help to support a cure and ensure the condition becomes as rare as it was a generation ago.
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New Facts, Figures, Insights, and Generally Sexy Information about Homeopathic Medicine Today!
Information compiled by Dana Ullman, MPH
NOTE: This information presented below is provided in much greater depth and breadth in Dana Ullman’s book The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. To see this book’s Table of Contents, list of impressive quotes of support for this book, and a sample chapter, go to: http://www.HomeopathicRevolution.com
C. Everett Koop, M.D. and Homeopathy!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a doctor. The doctors I knew as a very young child must have helped to plant the desire in me, when I was as young as five or six. One homeopathic physician, Dr. Justice Gage Wright, was a great model.
Published in Koop , New York : Harper, 1992.
Research Mounts in Support of Homeopathy
The Lancet (September 20, 1997) published a review of 89 controlled double-blind and/or randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials and found that homeopathic medicines were 2.45 times more effective than placebo. When only reviewing the highest quality trials and when adjusting for publication bias, the researchers determined that homeopathic medi cines were still 1.78 times more effective than placebo.
The British Medical Journal (February 9, 1991) published a review of research on homeopathic medicine and uncovered 107 controlled clinical experiments, considerably more than the non-homeopathic researchers who evaluated the studies had realized existed. An impressive 81 of these 107 experiments showed that homeopathic medicines were effective in treating a variety of common ailments, ranging from arthritis, hay fever, migraine headaches, influenza, post-surgical conditions, and complications of childbirth.
Reference for further information: Dana Ullman, M.P.H., The Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy , New York : Tarcher/Putnam, 1996. Paolo Bellavite, MD, and Andrea Signorini, MD, The Emerging Science of Homeopathy: Biodynamics, Complexity, and Nanopharmacology , Berkeley : North Atlantic , 2002.
Medical Student Interest in Homeopathic and Alternative Medicine
As of 1998, 62% of medical schools taught courses in alternative medicine, including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown , Tufts, Columbia , Johns Hoplins, U.C.L.A., and U.C.S.F. At the U.C.S.F. School of Medicine a 10-week course in homeopathic medicine has been taught for three consecutive years to an average of 120 medical and pharmacy students. Further, 23% of the family practice residency programs had clinical training in alternative medicine.
Reference: JAMA , November 11, 1998; Family Medicine , September, 1997.
The American Physicians’ Interest in Homeopathy
In 1900 there were 22 homeopathic medical schools in the U.S. , including Boston University , University of Michigan , New York Medical College, and Hahnemann University . There were also over 100 homeopathic hospitals and approximately 15% of physicians consid ered themselves homeopaths. As the result of harsh attacks and political pressures from the A.M.A. and from drug companies, most homeopathic colleges closed down by 1920.
A survey published in 1997 showed that 49% of a random sample of primary care physicians who are members of the AMA want training in homeopathy, that 13.8% refer patients to homeopaths, that 5.9% have prescribed homeopathic medicines, and that one-third “would use or have used” homeopathy in own practice.
Reference for further information on the history of homeopathy: Harris L. Coulter, PhD, Divided Legacy: The Conflict Between Homoeopathy and the A.M.A. , Berkeley: North Atlantic , 1975. Survey: British Homeopathic Journal , July, 1997.
The Sports Connection
Many leading sports figures use homeopathy, including: Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, New York Yankee Paul O’Neil, tennis stars Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova, Olympian Greg Louganis, Jose Maria Olazabel (twice winner of the Golf Masters Tournament), baseball players Jeff Kent (Houston Astros) & Benito Santiago (S.F. Giants), English rugby player Wil Greenwood, former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, pro golfer Sally Little, & Dr. Malcolm Brown (Britain ‘s Olympic team doctor for track).
Homeopathy: Europe’s Leading Alternative Therapy
Homeopathic medicine is so popular in Europe and is such an integral part of everyday health care that it is now inappropriate to consider it “alternative health care.” It IS main stream medicine in Europe . In France , 39% of physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines and 68% of physicians consider them effective. In Germany , 20% of physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines. In England , 42% of physicians refer patients to homeopathic physi cians, and 45% of Dutch physicians consider homeopathic medicines effective. Dana Ullman, M.P.H., Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy, New York : Tarcher/Putnam, 1996.
The Royal Connection
Britain ‘s royal family has sought homeopathic care from the 1830s to the present-day. They are the patrons to a homeopathic hospital in London , “The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.” George VI was so impressed with the healing powers of homeopathic medicines that he named his prize racehorse “Hypericum,” after a common homeopathic medicine for injuries to nerves.
Today, Prince Charles is an outspoken proponent of homeopathic and natural medicine, and he has popularized the term “complementary medicine” because he sees the great value homeopathy and natural medicines have in helping to create a comprehensive health care. Even England ‘s Prime Minister Tony Blair has gone on record saying that he uses homeopathic medicines for his children.
The Hollywood Connection
Major Hollywood stars commonly recognize that beauty starts from within, and growing numbers of Hollywood stars are using homeopathic medicines to help them maintain inner health so that they can exude that outer beauty. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Wagner, Tina Turner, Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Rosie O’Donnell, Angelica Houston, Mariel Hemingway, Sissy Spacek, Paul McCartney, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Linda Gray, Martin Sheen, Nick Nolte, ER Star Julianna Margulies, Olivia Newton-John, fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Franks, Cybill Sheppard, Ashley Judd, Naomi Judd, Vidal Sassoon, Lesley Anne Warren, Axl Rose, Marlene Dietrich, Michael York, and Courtney Thorne-Smith are but a handful of the stars that use or have used homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathy’s Contribution to the Treatment of Allergies
Little known facts of history show that it was a British homeopath, C.H. Blackely, who in 1871 was the first to recognize that seasonal sneezing and nasal discharge were the result of exposure to pollen. An American homeopath, Dr. Grant Selfridge was one of three physicians to start an organization that became the present American Academy of Allergy.
Although conventional allergy treatment borrows from the homeopathic approach by its use of small doses of substances to which a person is allergic, homeopaths use even smaller doses of allergens. Three studies, two of which were published in The Lancet , have confirmed the success in using homeopathic medicines to treat allergic disorders. Because of this repeat ed success, the researchers concluded that either homeopathic medicines work or controlled studies do not.
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