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Skin Health: Looking Deeper

Monday, November 16th, 2015

A common skin ailment that exists in populations across the world is atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema. Most of us have family members or friends that have experienced eczema at some point in their lives.

Atopic dermatitis is part of a triad of illnesses that often runs in family lines. Asthma, hay fever, and atopic dermatitis make the triad of atopy and family members may be affected by one or all three. If an individual has a relative with one of the three, it increases the likelihood of developing one of the triad over his or her lifetime. As with any chronic or acute inflammatory illness, diet and life style choices can dramatically improve the symptom picture.

Eczema can develop in the newborn or can spontaneously emerge later in life. We often see children with eczema that is caused from food sensitivities or premature introduction of certain foods that the child is unable to metabolize without creating inflammation. Cautious and conscience food introduction is a great way to prevent eczema in a baby or toddler. In older children or adults, eczema is often related to food sensitivities, liver health, environmental toxicity, allergies or stress. Unfortunately, it is often a combination of many things.

Identifying and treating the cause, not the symptom, allowing the healing power of nature to act, and treating the whole person are some of the guiding principles that create the quality healing that will allow an individual to live symptom free.

Integrated medicine has many treatment options for atopic dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. A thorough health history including a review of the organs systems of the body will help to identify the cause of the skin inflammation and guide the treatment plan.

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What Your Skin Might Be Telling You

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Listen to Skin Podcast

In this podcast, Nature Cures Clinic founder Dr. Greg Eckel and colleagues discuss the largest organ in your body, your skin.  They talk about the various symptoms that will manifest on your skin and what could be some of the underlying causes.  They’ll discuss how the conventional world will most likely treat skin conditions, usually with immune system suppression or a topical ointment.  But from a naturopathic perspective, the skin is a picture of some imbalances that are happening within your body.  They’ll discuss ways that they would treat that, as well as give you some great tips on ways that you can prevent or naturally treat skin symptoms that may develop on your body.

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