When I was tied to the couch one evening a ‘cute’ commercial for an eczema remedy appeared. He stated that he was treating eczema and that there was no cure for eczema. Needless to say, as a naturopathic medical student I was furious. There is a cure for eczema. This is called prevention. But that’s a different topic.
The topic I want to address here: Elidel, the ‘cute’ eczema drug, causes cancer in three different species of animals. It’s not cute. Protopic also causes cancer in those animals.
The FDA has recommended that doctors prescribe Elidel or Protopic only if all else fails due to eczema. Do not use in the long term and do not use in children under 2 years of age.
What are Elidel and Protopic consultants:
- Do not use at age two or under
- Do not use in people with weak immune systems
- Do not use long-term – only intermittently or short-term
- Do not use until all other eczema treatments have failed
What harms Elidel and Protopic can create:
- The potential for cancer increases with frequency. The longer the use, the higher the chance.
- The potential for cancer increases with quantity. The more used, the higher the chance.
- Upper respiratory tract infections were higher in children with Elidel compared to placebo.
- Unknown problems in the development of immune systems in children – to harm them or not?
This is what they have found so far. The list will grow. Why did they not discover it before it hit the market ????
Bottom line: Do not use Allidel or Protopic.
Treatment for natural eczema is possible:
Seek the advice of a skilled naturopathic doctor and your eczema will go away. Yes. Disappeared. Food allergy is the leading cause of eczema. Remove food that you are allergic to or insensitive to – and your eczema will probably go away.
The food allergens that cause eczema: egg, wheat or milk are the biggest players. Which one can be determined with the help of a food elimination diet. Remove this specific food and its bonds (like soy sauce – wheat based) completely for 3 weeks. Then at the end of three weeks, they ate a lot of what was avoided from food. How do you feel? Symptoms recur, worsening, no change? Obviously if you are severe, you are sensitive or allergic. Avoid this food for at least 6 months. This allows your immune system to relax and not react to anything.
There is also a simple technique I learned this afternoon in a lecture. Our professor stated that most people have a hard time doing a food elimination diet. I agree. I know so. He said he has patients who do a 48 hours Quickly consumes only quality food supplement powder such as BioCleanse functional food. Nothing else was eaten during this period. It states that 6 to 10 doses a day of BioCleanse inhibit appetite just fine and allow the body to remove the reacting food antigens. At the end of 48 hours, skin is valued along with energy and general well-being. If the eczema has improved during this time, and yes it can improve it as quickly as the skin regenerates quickly, then he knows that the eczema is related to nutrition.
A strong herbal cream product is also effective in helping to treat eczema naturally. Dr. Rowan Hamilton of Rowan Botanicals recently released Professional Intensif and Professional Extreme.
The bottom line today is to avoid these Elidel and Protopic. Address the cause of eczema – Do not just silence the area with local steroids. Steroids simply push the toxins deeper and elsewhere. Do you know what is the largest detoxification organ in the body? liver? No. The skin. Where do toxins appear when the liver is flooded with toxins? The skin. Remove the cause of liver stagnation, perform a light cleansing and apply a proven topical on the skin. In a few weeks you should get much better.
In a side note: Do you know what can happen when giving steroids to children with eczema? asthma. Time and time again we see this in the clinic. We take the history of any asthmatic child and discover that he / she has been given topical steroids to control eczema or other suffering in the skin. This goes back to what I stated earlier. Steroids only suppress the immune system and stop the body’s natural healing response to the accumulation of unwanted substances. These substances then accumulate in the body elsewhere. It is not recommended to push something deeper into the body. Better than inside. We then treat the child’s skin problem naturally and the asthma disappears. Sounds like a bunch of BS doesn’t it? I’m not a BS. With a degree in cell and molecular biology, I understand science. My medical school is at the leading end of natural healing and we are changing the way medicine is treated. It is very rewarding to see a patient after a patient get better. You can too.
Back to topic: Follow the FDA link [http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2005/ANS01343.html]Read the statement on Elidel and Protopic.
PS – The premise that you will see me a condition over and over again … and again: refer to the cause and not the symptoms. Sounds basic but it is far from basic. Imagine finding out why someone has high blood pressure? Do you know what a term of conventional medicine for certain reasons for hypertension? Hypertension is essential [what’s that?] Gave up idiopathic hypertension [means unknown cause]. Pin it and you are ready. I look forward to writing about that soon. I’m currently taking cardiology and learning a lot. Amazing how successful natural treatments for hypertension are. Don’t get me wrong – I fully support conventional medicine and work with MDs all the time. Seattle is a very amazing city as the bridge is solid between conventional and complementary medicine. There is time for medicine and there is time for natural alternatives – and there is time for both at once.
(C) 2005 Benjamin Lynch of HealthE Goods