So What are Eczema and Psoriasis?
Eczema and Psoriasis are both forms of dermatitis [a blanket term meaning any “inflammation of the skin”(e.g. rashes, etc.)] or inflammation of the epidermis [the outermost layer of the skin].
The term eczema is broadly applied to persistent skin conditions that range from dry patches to recurring skin rashes which are characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
Psoriasis on the other hand is a non-contagious disorder which affects the skin and joints. Commonly recognised by red scaly patches which appear on the skin. These psoriatic plaques, are essentially areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly builds up at these sites taking on a silvery-white appearance. Psoriasis is most frequently found occurring on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the extensor aspect of the affected joint.
Mainstream medicine accepts that it has no idea how to cure eczema or psoriasis and simple uses the term eczema and psoriasis as labels referring to a set of generalized clinical characteristics or symptoms.
What is worse is the fact that this has been haphazard and unsystematic, with many synonyms (different names for the same conditions) used to describe the same condition. One type of eczema may be described by location (e.g. hand eczema), or by its appearance (eczema craquele or discoid), or by its possible cause (varicose eczema). Adding to this confusion, many mainstream practitioners use the term eczema and the term for the most common type of eczema (atopic eczema) interchangeably. [In 2001 the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) simplified the nomenclature of allergy-related diseases including atopic and allergic contact eczemas.]
Why Mainstream Medicine Fails in Dealing with Eczema,
Psoriasis & Acne
The main reason why mainstream medicine is failing people suffering with eczema, psoriasis and acne is because they are only dealing with symptoms, rather than looking for and treating the underlying cause(s) of the problem.
As already mentioned mainstream medicine accepts that it has no idea how to cure eczema or psoriasis thus (at best) their treatments simply aim to control the symptoms: reduce inflammation and relieve itching as best they can.
Dermatological problems will often be treated with corticosteroid ointments, creams or lotions in an attempt to deal with the condition. But, as already mentioned, they do not cure eczema, but, in most cases, are simply controlling or suppressing the symptoms.
Even worse is the fact that prolonged use of topical corticosteroids and drugs have serious side effects, the most common of which is the skin becoming thin and fragile (atrophy). In most cases, this form of treatment has been spectacularly unsuccessful.
Additionally, when eczema or psoriasis is severe, and does not respond to other forms of treatment, immunosuppressant drugs are sometimes prescribed. The problem with these is that they dampen the immune system and, although they can, in the short term, result in dramatic improvements to the patient’s eczema, these drugs can cause serious side effects and, once they are stopped the symptoms re-appear, as badly as before.
Their immunosuppressive action can, if used without antibiotics or antifungal drugs, lead to some skin infections (fungal or bacterial) which have been shown to cause, amongst other things, glaucoma and cataracts.
Topical immunomodulators like pimecrolimus (Elidel and Douglan) and tacrolimus (Protopic) are more recent development, effectively suppressing the immune system in the affected area, and although they do appear to yield better results in some populations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health advisory about the possible risk of lymph node or skin cancer from use of these products,
It is true that the resultant improvement with these drugs does improve the quality of life of sufferers; and the current practice of UK dermatologists is to not even consider this risk of cancer as a significant real concern and they are increasingly recommending the use of these new drugs.
However, even if you set aside the possible cancer risk, there are other potential side effects with this class of drugs. Adverse reactions include severe flushing, photosensitivity and possible negative drug interaction in patients who consume even very small amounts of alcohol.
Their only other suggestion is to offer various emollients (substances that simply soften and soothe the skin) as maintenance, or calming, therapy. But this does nothing with respect to getting rid of the condition.
So what else can you do?
How The Eczema Treatment Clinic Can Help
There are three simple steps to curing Eczema, Psoriasis and other skin conditions (and any other illness):
1) Find the Cause/Causes
2) Confirm the correct Cure/Cures
3) Treat (kill) the Cause/Causes
Get these three steps right and you must, by definition, get better…
We believe that almost every illness is caused by a specific, or combination of specific pathogens and, as such, there is, in almost every case, a corresponding “specific” solution – a logical and natural cure.
Bio-Electric Functions Diagnosis, or Electro-Acupuncture as it is sometimes called, is used to track down the causes of IBS (or any other illness they might be faced with). This is a galvanic skin reaction test which, by measuring changes in the Galvanic (electrical) readings of the skin at specific meridian (acupuncture) points, when subjected to various pathogenic test materials, it is possible to accurately confirm the pathogen(s) causing the illness, whether bacteriological, viral, parasitical or fungal.
Once we have tracked down and confirmed the pathogens that are causing your symptoms we then treat them with a derivative of themselves to eliminate them. We use the anti-version of the pathogen to kill the pathogen.
In this way, once the pathogen has been isolated, we will use remedies that are derived from the actual pathogens that are causing the problem in the first place to treat the illness. [ed. using exactly the same principles as mainstream medicine when using immunization, inoculation and vaccination to treat illnesses].
The level of recovery and the time it takes will be dependent on a combination of:
a) How long ago the infection occurred (and took hold)
b) The cause of the infection – bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral (or a combination of any of these)
c) The state of health of the individual both at the beginning of the infection and subsequently [as the individual weakens it is very common for further infections to establish themselves and so exacerbate the condition] d) The strength of the individual’s immune system
e) How quickly the individual’s body is able to heal the damage caused by the pathogen
However, in most cases, once treatment has begun, signs of improvement are apparent in a relatively short space of time.
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© 2009 G. Wimbourne
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