So has the US Public Health Service Here is some great information to explain why, and what to do about it: Allergens & Irritants Guide Guide to Common Allergies Skin Allergies I would add to this section that in general I don’t find the skin scratch tests useful for ingested allergens. The very best test to figure out food allergens (not necessarily a full blown anaphylactic reaction, but hives or GI disturbance or even mood changes can be caused by food irritants) is the MRI/LEAP test. Learn more at The Guide to Animal and Insect Allergen-Free Homes Food Allergies and Eczema

New research is revealing something remarkable about why the body sweats. Beyond its obvious role in regulating body temperature, sweating has been found to facilitate the elimination of accumulated heavy metals and petrochemicals, indicating that if we want to be healthy we should put regular effort into doing more sweating.  Sweating has long been known as a source of bodily, if not also spiritual “cleansing.” But until recently, very little ‘scientific’ confirmation existed proving that using heat and/or exercise to facilitate perspiration-induced detoxification actually works the way that many natural health advocates claim.

Q: I have bad psoriasis but don’t want to take prescription medication.  What else can I do to clear up my skin?  Thank you! Julia M, Florida A: Hi, I’m going to talk first about the difference between eczema and psoriasis, because sometimes patients get those mixed up.  Eczema is an adjective – not a diagnosis.  Eczematous skin is red, flaky, often itchy – in general, skin that’s irritated.  The diagnosis is “atopic dermatitis.”  What that means is skin reacting to some kind of offending substance.  “Derm” is the root word for skin, in Greek, and “itis” means inflammation.  The “atopic” part refers to an inappropriate immune response. The challenge with almost all skin concerns is to find out what creates irritation to the skin, and then avoid the offending substance.  The vast majority of skin complaints are not cancer, and not life threatening.  But they can be severely compromising. If you have eczema, or atopic dermatitis, you have a sensitive immune system and you’ll have to manage this condition life long.  Drugs are not the answer, because they suppress...

NY Daily News (NY) – Does eating junk food make your skin break out? Diet may help control acne after all, say researchers – By Tracy Miller – (Wednesday, February 20, 2013) – For decades, the connection between diet and acne has been dismissed as an old wives’ tale. But now researchers are revisiting the subject — and a new review of studies finds evidence that what you eat may have a bearing on the severity of your acne after all. About 17 million Americans, and 80 to 90 percent of adolescents, experience acne, according to the paper, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Huffington Post ( – The Many Health Benefits of Avocado – By Dr. Joseph Mercola – (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) –   You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits. To learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is supporting clinical research to investigate various health effects of avocado consumption, particularly its benefits for cardiovascular disease, weight management, diabetes, and its ability to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients.   The first of these HAB-supported studies was published in November 2012. The small UCLA-led pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger (made with 90 percent lean beef) significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6) compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado.

The Huffington Post ( – Gluten: The Greatest Enemy of Clear Skin – Maura Henninger, N.D. – (Friday, February 08, 2013) –   When Lisa, who works as a nurse at a nearby hospital, entered my office, her big, relaxed smile was the first thing I noticed. But her easy manner quickly fell apart when she started talking about what had overwhelmed her for the last five years: cystic acne that wouldn’t budge, no matter what she did. Her skin had been beautiful — perfect — all through puberty, high school and college; she’d never had to think twice about it. Until she turned 24 and great big, painful pimples started to turn up, starting on her jaw but soon spreading all over her face. She’d tried a number of approaches: a vegan diet, chemical peels, herbal supplements, and medications prescribed by her dermatologist. Nothing helped, and she was becoming increasingly desperate.

TRICLOSAN is a very popular anti-microbial added to many commercial soaps, and widely used in schools and restaurants. Beyond the huge problem of unbridled use of antibiotics creating monstrously dangerous “super-bugs” (think: necrotising fasciitis, and now, recently, gonorrhea has recently become resistant) it seems that Triclosan interferes with calcium uptake in muscle tissue, including the heart muscle, and can cause heart attacks in mice and reduced swimming speed in juvenile fish. Read more here.

The top five foods for healthy skin Americans are shelling out big bucks for expensive cosmetics to treat skin problems such as acne, wrinkles and dryness, but most consumers are overlooking the cheapest, safest and most effective remedies: healing foods. A host of healthy, natural foods offer potent healing and preventative powers to remedy a wide range of skin troubles. These foods can dramatically improve skin

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