Eczema update review 
Compiled by Walter Sorochan Doctor of health and Safety; Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted 15 2019. Disclaimer: These statements provide information that has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Nearly 31 million Americans suffer from eczema-related symptoms.  Grudnitsky:Treatment that works 2019  McCoy:Dr. Axe Natural eczema treatment 2017

There are many forms of eczema:  atopic dermatitis or eczema, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, statis [blood flow], psoriasis and eczema may be linked to asthma, hay fever and perhaps other auto-immune disorders. No one really knows for sure! But no matter what part of ther skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy [puritis].  WebMD: Skin conditions & eczema

Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S.. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.  WebMD: Skin conditions & eczema

Causes: The causes of eczema have not been researched very well, and this contributes to controversy and debate. As this author researcher viewed the numerous articles about eczema, he observed eczema referals to many body functions and wellness.  Eight of these links are briefly summarized brlow: 

1. Skin changes:  It is worth noting that human skin changes with age.  Skin thickness gets thinner and loses its functional properties like ability to retain water and absorb sunshine to synthesize hormone D.  The skin itself is made of hyalurnic acid, ceramide and other co-factor substances that can decrease even in young persons, causing skin problems such as itchiness, dry skin, ageing and possibly triggering eczema.  Sorochan: Hyalruonic acid 2016

Your skin is the largest organ in the body. Several researchers point out that the skin is the mirror of what goes on inside the body.  If this claim is true, then eczema, like skin itching, may be a symptom of disorder(s) happening inside the body. We need good research to validate this claim for eczema!

2. Human Growth Factor [HGF]:  The human body at birth is endowed with a protective antioxidant substance called superoxide dismutase [SOD], giving the baby the ability to fight infection and get rid of free radicals and other toxins. As the baby grows older, SOD rapidly decreases and even as we grow older, we have less and less ability to synthesize SOD. Mother nature has also endowed adults with the ability to augment the early childhood loss of SOD by eating foods rich in SOD, like broccoli, cabbage, greens, ground flax seeds, melons and fruits.   Sorochan: Human growth factor 2016

Supplemental SOD is destoyed by stomach acids when ingested orally. This has been overcome by Glisodin that helps the body make its own SOD. SOD helps your body get rid of free radicals, suppresses inflammation, enhances immunity and acts like a sunlight UVA block. Skin tissue is smoother, healthier, and more radiant, after 2-3 months of using Super Glisodin. Sorochan: Human growth factor 2016  Glisodin should be viewed as possibly helping eczema persons; and although the science is good, research is lacking. 

3. Immune system:  The exact cause of eczema is not fully understood and remains a mystery. But it is believed to be triggered by an overactive immune system that responds aggressively when exposed to irritants. Eczema is sometimes caused by an abnormal response to proteins that are part of the body. Normally, the immune system ignores proteins that are part of the human body and attacks only the proteins of invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. In eczema, the immune system loses the ability to tell the difference between the two, which causes inflammation. 

A new study cited by writer LoBuono in 2015, claims that eczema is an auto-immune disease.  LoBuono: Eczema Is an Autoimmune Disease 2015  The new study by Hamilton and associates at Regeneron Pharmaceutical shows that dupilumab, a type of drug called a monoclonal antibody (mAb), can reverse the immune response that causes AD skin lesions. The eczema lesions cleared up.  Hamilton: Dupilumab identifies eczema as autoimmune 2014  This research has promise but you have to be aware that both LoBuono and Hamilton may have vested interests in advocating their drug.  Since this study is in its final third long phase of research evaluation, there is hope this new drug may be available by 2019.

4. Food:  A real and as yet unexplored factor, that may be contributing to eczema, is food. A high protein meat diet has be linked to eczema.  Khalsa: Ending eczema 2014  Numerous articles even list some nutrients for skin health but provide no documentation. Research is lacking about nutrient deficiency and eczema.  Low sun exposure and hence low vitamin D [hormone D] has also been linked to eczema.  McCoy: Dr. Axe Natural eczema treatment 2017  "Food is man's best medicine."

Healer Karta Khalsa lists the following foods that increase eczema symptoms: "eggs, citrus, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, red meat, tomatoes, sugar and cheese. In general stay away from a high protein diet, saturated fat, processed food and fried foods".  Khalsa: Ending eczema 2014

Eczema may respond to a good nutritious diet that has a balance of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and amino acids. Several reviewed articles tacitly mention this, but give no documentation.

5. Alkalinity: It is well known in medical circles, but ignored, that an acid pH body contributes to many disorders and diseases.  One needs an alkali body pH of 7.1 to 7.2 to help healing take place and the body to function properly.  Food controls body alkalinity.  Sorochan: Acid-alkali balance 2015

6. Bacteria:  According to Mayo Clinic, the majority of people who have eczema also have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin.  McCoy: Dr. Axe Natural eczema treatment 2017  This makes them more predisposed to eczema flares and skin infections. 

The other aspect of bacteria and linkage to eczema are bacteria found in the colon.  Food feeds bacteria in the colon .... good and bad bacteria.  Sorochan: Immune-digestive connection 2013   It is the bad bacteria that is linked to enzema. Bad food feeds bad bacteria that in turn can harbor Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and can worsen the eczema condition. Eating fresh green raw vegertables rich in fiber and nutrients, as well as fresh raw fruit, nuts and grains, feed the good bacteria and promote a healing affect. To restore the balance of 80% good to 20% bad bacteria, one needs to eat less protein meat, processed foods, sugar sweets and more vegetables, fruit and nuts. This may be a much needed lifestyle change!

7. Silver:  Nano colloidal silver was a surprise mention in one of the articles but not unexpected. One interesting website, 'eEmuaid'  claimed to have a cream that destroyed bacteria while at the same time adding colloidal silver to the cream mix. Silver is a known disinfectant and germ killer that had been used by doctors before antibiotics were discovered. So if this emuaid cream is working, then it could be that the main healing ingredient in the cream recipe is silver and not the rest of the ingredients. Incidentally, nano colloidal silver is safe to use on the infected skin as it is a very strong pathogen killer.

8. Gotu kola:Natural healer, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa in his article recommends using gotu kola to stimulate growth of skin. This plant herb promotes rapid healing and regrows new skin, cleanses and repairs long-standing lesions. Khalsa also recommends calendula ointment [trolamine] to prevent acute skin inflammation.  Khalsa: Ending eczema 2014 Healer Khalsa documented his recommendations.

Those affected by eczema have at least eight options to relieve their condition. Will any of them work by themselves? They may but one should, with the help of a medical doctor or healer, experiment which works best. Even consider combining several. Author Sorochan shares information as an independent researcher and makes no claims nor recommendations.

Eczema, like most body disorders and diseases, is complex and is shrouded in medical jargon that lacks good independent research. Meanwhile millions suffer pain and discomfort and search for relief, only to be prayed upon by scammers. Many eczema articles do not provide documentation, do not disclose an author or an expert about health or eczema; yet try to give information about eczema in an attempt to create the illusion of credibility so as to market a product. This research investigator did not consider such websites creditible and avoided them. This article attempted to review the better articles about eczema and attempted to summarize the best scientific information that these articles made available. 

Here is an example of how Paul Grudnitsky drafted an eczema article that appeared to provide what seemed like good information at the beginning:

“What Happens to Eczema Skin?” According to the  National Psoriasis Society :

“If you have eczema, your skin may not produce as much fats and oils as other people’s, and will be less able to retain water. The protective barrier is therefore not as good as it should be ... allowing bacteria or irritants to pass through more easily, your skin breaks down more easily, quickly becoming irritated, cracked and inflammed.”

The weakened protective barrier is behind the many life-altering problems that come with eczema. The skin is:

  • •Sensitive to Irritants: Soaps, Detergents, Shampoos, and Disinfectants
  • •Irritated by Allergens: Dust Mites, Pets, Pollen, Mold, and Dandruff
  • •Prone to Bacterial Infections: Staph Infections, Viruses, and certain Fungi
  • •Dry & Damaged from Scratching: Rashes, Scars, and Changes in Pigment

Once these irritants pass through the weakened protective barrier, they trigger our immune system to respond by swelling the affected area with blood. This inflammed state is further irritated by certain foods, temperature and humidity, stress levels, and even intense exercise… ...Unfortunately, these irritants and triggers are often a normal part of everyday life.

So other than avoiding exercise, humidity, stress, and allergens, what are your options for treatment?

The current medical treatments focus on reducing itching and swelling, but they tend to only focus on making the symptoms more bearable, and some of them come at the cost of nasty side effects:

  • 1.Antihistamines: This is a good start, but current medical research is still cautious to claim this is an effective therapy on its own because it doesn’t treat the skin, it only treats the itchiness. Furthermore, antihistamines cause drowsiness and leave you sluggish all day.
  • 2.Antibiotics: To address the irritating bacteria, doctors may prescribe antibiotics in serious cases. This is not a long term option; in fact, it can make matters worse. Antibiotics kill our GOOD and BAD bacteria, which weakens our immune system, leaving you nearly defenseless against eczema.
  • 3.Topical Steroid Creams: Topical steroid use results in diminishing effectiveness, so more and more powerful ones need to be applied to achieve the same results, and once users discontinue topical steroids, eczema is devastating.

Well, the above is not the complete story, for Grudnitsky provides some good information about eczema; then goes on to recommend five best creams to alleviate symptoms. He does not back up his information with references and documentation. Does he have a vested interest in selling the creams? Does he have expertise as a medical doctor or researcher? This is not clear from his derma report website! 

There are many similar articles about eczema that appear to have some good information, only to end up selling some cream to alleviate the symptoms but not fix the causes of eczema. This independent researcher reviewed articles for their content, vested interest and author credientials, as well as chemical contents used in their products. Then used his knowledge of chemistry and human body functions to reason the claims made. 

Medications:  Medical doctors prescribe medications for eczema persons to alleviate itching.  These are usually of limited effect. Prescribed and over the counter medications such as azathioprine, cyclosporine, methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil and oral steroids [prednisolone] are dangerous because of side-effects and that they usually have limited value in healing. 

The 2018 convention of psychiatrists and medical doctors reviewed drug medications for Alzheimer's and found all to be ineffective and actually made Alzheimer patients worse. There is now an alert for all doctors and healers to consider limited or no drug therapy for most diseases and disorders.  Sorochan: Drugs cause diseases 2019  This new revolution in medicine, as of 2019, may not be reaching all doctors, pharmacists and enczeme healers.

Those prescribing treatment, even medical doctors, are usually doing so often blindly without adequate patient background, overlooking the environment patients live in, the food they eat and overlooking the biodiversity of patients.  'One size does not fit all!' When lacking this information, their recommendations, information and sales pitch should make one aware that they are usually not interested in helping the eczema vicitim as much as having a vested interest in selling a cream to make money.

Prevention:  Although there is no cure, the topical eczema condition is not contagious and is not spread from person to person. Eczema persons should not assume from this information that they can let down their personal hygiene guard down; instead they, like everyone else, needs wash  theur hands with soap and warm water numerous times of the day to minimize the possibility of infection. 

The medical viewpoint is that most people can effectively manage their disease with medical treatment and by avoiding irritants. However, medical doctors base their viewpoint on their training in medical school, where they are oriented to drug treatment of symptoms of pain and discomfort. Less than 25 % of doctors receive a minimum of nutrition information in medical schools, while the rest have no background in nutrition. So it should not be surprising to find most doctors not prescribing nutrition as a medicine.

Those suffering from eczema should be aware that a proper balanced whole plant complex diet can be very helpful in preventing and suppressing skin conditions and enhancing the immune system. Just adjusting the body pH with good food can create an alkali body that can prevent many skin conditions and disorders.

There is hope for eczema persons. Although drug therapy for eczema has been a failure, there appear to be some new promising medications on the horizon. The causes section probably has the best options. If you suffer from eczema, you need to take your body back from your trusted medical healer. Work with your healer but take charge of your body. Do your own research and become as informed as possible. Also explore holistic healers, and complementary medicine for help. No one has a handle on eczema at this time.

The author reviewed information about eczema that is scantly available in medical journals and the internet. Hopefully the reader will find information herein that may be of help in dealing with skin irritations and eczema.

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References:

Duran Rachel, "What is eczema and who gets it?" October 4, 2018.  Duran: Who gets eczema 2018

Emuaid, "Emuaid® Reduces Eczema Pain, Itching and Inflammation and Eliminates 99.99% of Bacteria in 1 Minute,"  Emuaid: eliminates bacteria

Grudnitsky Paul, "Finally, a natural eczema treatment that actually works," Derma Report, February 11, 2019.  Grudnitsky:Treatment that works 2019 "

Hamilton Jennifer o., et la., "Dupilumab improves the molecular signature in skin of patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis," Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 134, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages 1293-1300.  Hamilton: Dupilumab identifies eczema as autoimmune 2014

LoBuono, "For the First Time, Study Proves Eczema Is an Autoimmune Disease," HealthLine newsletter, January 5, 2015.  LoBuono: Eczema Is an Autoimmune Disease 2015

Khalsa Karta Purkh Singh, "Ending eczema and psoriasis," June 10, 2014.  Khalsa: Ending eczema 2014

McCoy Kathleen, "Natural Eczema Treatment: 13 Home Remedies for Eczema," Dr. Josh Axe, May 30, 2017  McCoy:Dr. Axe Natural eczema treatment 2017

National Psoriasis Society. "What is eczema?"  Nat Psoriasis Society: Eczema

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