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Eczema – that annoying itch!

Eczema is chronic inflammation of the skin which is caused by inflammation. The inflammation can be due to irritants or allergens topically/environmentally or internally through the digestive system. Often I find that if I can heal the GI tract and the digestive system, and eliminate food and environmental allergens, I can have a concurrent positive effect upon the skin.

So what causes inflammation? Well, from my training and decades of clinical experience, mainly stress and food intolerances/allergies and poor digestion due to the microbiome of the GI tract being affected. This same mechanism of action is often also the culprit in asthma, arthritis, IBD, etc.   Actually it has been shown that people who had a lot of eczema which was treated with topical corticosteroids are more susceptible to later in their life developing asthma , arthritis or other inflammatory condition.

Naturopathic medicine is adept at dealing with inflammatory conditions using diet changes,...

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My Health – A Journey into Terrier Consciousness

allergies nutrition Jun 16, 2014

Here is an article I wrote a while ago for elephant journal:

Waylon has wanted me to write something for elephant journal for a while now.

While I appreciate that he enjoys my writing , I have been at a loss as to what to write about… until a friend on Facebook posted the above photo of me (2nd from the left) when I was 10 years old. Then something started to come together…

Sure I am a naturopathic doctor… I could write about that… Sure I spent time at an ashram and with spiritual teachers and learned a few things about myself… I could write about that… I have had a solid yoga practice for a while… yeah yeah yeah…
Boring, boring boring, blah, blah, blah…

Yet when I look at that photo I see myself as an emaciated child with multiple food allergies, a full head smaller than my friends who are pretty much the same age as me. But something in my facial expression is a harbinger of the journey I will undertake, first to...

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Natural Help for Allergies

allergies Mar 21, 2014

Many people feel a sense of relief and well being upon the arrival of spring. Days are warmer and longer, flowers are blooming, and many enjoy wearing lighter clothes and feeling the warm air against their skin. And in Boulder, opportunities for a myriad of outdoor activities abound. This makes many people grateful that winter is finally over. If one suffers from seasonal pollen allergies, however, springtime means the discomforts of a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and/or skin, trouble breathing, and fatigue.

Many factors contribute to the onset and development of seasonal allergies. Some are due to heredity and others are due to cumulative lifestyle factors and stresses on the body.

Food Allergies

If one has undetected food allergies and continues to eat their allergens, an excess burden is placed on the body’s immune system. I often attribute repeated exposure to food allergens akin to driving your car with dirty oil. It puts a drag on the whole system so your organs...

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Allergic to Food

allergies May 03, 2013

 

Allergies can lead to serious illness by Julie Stafford – FIT Magazine September 2, 1996

Nancy Squires lived what she thought was a healthy lifestyle for 20 years. She followed a vegetarian diet and her routine included running, hiking, and mountain biking. But after giving birth to a daughter six years ago, Squires started getting recurrent sinus infections. In the past two years, those sinus infections became almost a year round affliction. She tried acupuncture, she followed an herbal remedy and she went to a medical doctor and had a CAT scan. She took antihistamines, decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. Nothing helped long-term.

The doctor’s recommendation was surgery. In addition to the sinus infections, Squires noticed that her hypoglycemia – which she had always been able to keep in check through frequent meals—see me to be getting worse. If she missed a meal by even 10 minutes, she was slammed with a migrine-type headache....

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