Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Nutritional Medicine is Highly Effective for Baby Eczema

By Tim Howden ND BHSc MNHAA
I see a great number of treatment approaches that fail to address the complete picture of baby eczema.  Topical treatment and a change of soap cannot modulate the inner physiological profile associated with baby eczema.
The condition is immune driven and involves a TH2 dominant profile.  This all stems from the digestive system which is responsible for producing 85% of the adaptive immune cells.  Common to all children and infants with this condition is nutritional deficiency.  The body is simply unable to supply the nutrient needed to correct the inflammation of the skin either because the nutrients are absent from the diet or more commonly because the digestive system is unable to absorb nutrients from the diet.  This is paramount, because until the digestive function is corrected the eczema and associated inflammation wont resolve.  A qualified and experienced practitioner will be able to use nutritional medicine for effective treatment.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Three Things you need to know about Atopic Eczema

By Tim Howden ND BHSc MNHAA
1. If the cause of eczema is untreated the condition is likely to develop into asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergy.
Did you know that 20% of children presenting to their GP are given a diagnosis of eczema?  If the underlying causes are not addressed 44% of these kids are likely to develop asthma and of these 66% will acquire varying types of allergies.

2. Eczema can only be resolved by treating the underlying causes
The main cause are

  • excess inflammation
  • an under active digestive system
  • an imbalanced immune system (this is related to the digestive tract)
3. Natural Medicine is capable of successfully treating and achieving long-lasting results
Given the right ingredients eczema and it's associated conditions can be put to rest.  Lets not forget the unquestionable ability of the body to self heal.  No where is this more pronounced than in children.  Generally speaking, their vital reserve is much greater than in adults and their ability to rebalance and achieve homeostasis is significant.

Simple Tips: Eczeamtic children improve greatly when allergenic foods are removed from their diet.  This first step is often overlooked as being too simple.  But in fact it takes a large amount of stress of the digestive system and starts the healing process.
Secondly specific probiotics and essential fatty acids like flax seed oil and evening primrose will help further restore function and tone-down inflammation.  The skin will undoubtably improve because of this.  Restoring digestive function by addressing any mineral and nutrient deficiencies will also help achieve long lasting results.  This is best achieved by working closely with a qualified health practitioner.