Acne. Suffer with Conventional Drugs? Or Cure with Homeopathy?
Acne (acne rosacea, acne vulgaris, cystic acne, nodulocystic, acne conglobata, scarring, blackheads, whiteheads, papules, comedones, pustules, Acne mechanica/sports induced acne, nodules, zits, pimples) is an inflammatory skin condition that causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest. It has been estimated that it can affect 80% of young people between the age of 12 and 24. For teenagers it can cause considerable distress and loss of confidence. The spots vary from surface blackheads and whiteheads to deep, inflamed, pus-filled pustules and cysts, which can be severe, long-lasting, and even leave permanent facial scarring.
Conventional Medical Treatment for Acne
Conventional treatment for acne can prove to be very long-term, and ultimately unsuccessful. If the condition is mild a variety of topical gels and creams, usually containing the chemical benzoyl peroxide, are usually recommended.
Benzoyl peroxide can irritate the skin, and made it more sensitive to sunlight. NHS Choices also says that it should be used sparingly, and can have a bleaching effect, “so avoid getting it on your hair or clothes”. The common side effects mentioned a dry and tense skin, a burning, itching or stinging sensation, some redness and peeling of the skin
Otherwise, conventional medical advice is to keep the skin clean, and for women, to avoid make-up and cosmetics.
When the condition becomes longer-term, or more serious papules and pustules begin to appear, a number of different treatments are used. NHS Choices says that the first treatment is usually a combination of antibiotic tablets, and topical treatments.
Topical retinoids such as Tretinoin and Adapalene are used in gel or cream form, but the advice is to use these ‘sparingly’, to avoid ‘excessive expose to sunlight’, and they are not recommended in pregnancy as they cause birth defects. BHS Choices says that the most common side effects are irritation and stinging
Topical antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria on the skin, and after a time the treatment is stopped “as there is a risk that the bacteria on your face could become resistant to the antibiotics; which can “make your acne worse and cause additional infections”. The common side effects mentioned are, irritation of the skin, redness and burning of the skin, and peeling of the skin
Azelaic acid is used “if the side effects of benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids are particularly irritating or painful”. It can make the skin sensitive to sunlight, and the common side effects mentioned include burning or stinging skin, itchiness, dry skin and redness of the skin
Antibiotic tablets are used to treat more severe acne. Tetracycline antibiotics are used although they are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women who are give erythromycin antibiotics instead. The treatment can last as long as 4 to 6 months. The side effects mentioned by NHS Choices are skin sensitivity to sunlight, and making the oral contraceptive less effective.
Hormonal therapies are recommended for women who suffer from acne during the time of menstruation. This includes the combined oral contraceptive pill, although NHS Choices warn that the progestogen-only pill, or contraceptive implant can sometimes make acne worse.
Co-cyprindiol is described by NHS Choices as a hormonal treatment that can be used for more severe acne that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. NHS Choices describes “a small risk that women taking co-cyprindiol may develop breast cancer in later life”. Also, it says that “there is also a very small chance of co-cyprindiol causing a blood clot”. And again, this drug “is not thought to be safe ….. if you are pregnant or breastfeeding”. Other side effects mentioned are bleeding and spotting between your periods, headaches, sore breasts, mood changes, loss of interest in sex, weight gain or weight loss
Isotretinoin (better known as Accutane, or Roaccutane) is also recommended, but NHS Choices states that it can also “cause a wide range of side effects” so it is “only recommended for severe cases of acne that have not responded to other treatments”. Indeed, the side effects are so serious it can only be prescribed by a specially trained GP, or a dermatologist. These side effects include
• inflammation, dryness and cracking of the skin, lips and nostrils
• changes in your blood sugar levels
• inflammation of your eyelids (blepharitis)
• inflammation and irritation of your eyes (conjunctivitis)
• blood in your urine
• inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
• inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
• kidney disease
NHS Choices also says that Isotretinoin will damage an unborn baby by causing birth defects, and that it is not suitable for women who are breastfeeding. It is also thought (but not admitted by NHS Choices) that it can cause mood changes, such as depression, anxiety, aggression and suicidal thoughts.
I was suffering from severe depression; however I did not meet the clinical definition for depression, as I could function going to work and daily living. My deep hole emotionally was due to severe losses in a short amount of time; including grief from the death of my son, grief, anger & depression from a divorce, the anxiety of relocating twice, losing my job and ending a long-term relationship. This all happened within less than a 5-year span.
Nothing helped, and I did everything traditionally recommended. This included anti-depressant medication which made me extremely sick. I was in therapy, I exercised, ate clean, joined social groups, read self-help books, meditated, and prayed. Nothing made a difference, I was lonely and discouraged.
It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and time to think about protecting yourself during “cold and flu” season. As homeopaths, our favorite motto is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And the saying is never so relevant as it is with infectious diseases!
Our goal is to give our family, as well as yours, a safe and effective way to naturally boost their immune system and keep it functioning at optimal levels. After all, getting a major cold, flu or pneumonia is a drag and takes valuable time away from work, school and family. I must tell you that sometimes, you won’t be able to avoid infection because certain (and sometimes unavoidable) stressors can lower your immunity. However, we have noticed that people who use our protocols regularly tend to have less severe symptoms, PLUS they tend to have a shorter duration of infection…
Below, I will outline what we do for our family and what we have found works for others, too. There is a little flexibility in the protocol so you can find what works best for you!
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” -Stacia Tauscher
The rigors and stresses of school are the perfect breeding grounds for bringing to the surface “problems” that could be holding students back. “Problems??!!” you say incredulously, “my child doesn’t have ‘problems!’” children’s performance issues
Actually, Homeopaths take a non-judgmental view of the whole thing – we simply call these things what they are – “symptoms” and symptoms are something that can (and should) be treated and healed. Said another way, symptoms are a health problem needing to be resolved. Homeopathy is one of those truly healing modalities that can help resolve inherited or acquired problems.
Some symptoms may be subtle & barely noticeable. But some symptoms may not be so subtle and may even be disruptive, disabling or even disturbing to the child, the family and the classmates/friends/teachers. From emotional problems to learning disabilities to illnesses, homeopathy can give students of all ages the boost of good health they so desperately need to realize their true potential.
Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Cured with Homeopathy
Homeopathy: a “new” treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
Jerry was a tall man, age 46, intelligent, polite, trim, but barely able to walk, and looking visibly discouraged.
Jerry’s chief complaints were progressive weakness in his left leg, numbness in his left hand, and fatigue. His complaints began in 1993 while he worked as a scientist for a major pharmaceutical company. Extensive medical evaluations were done. The initial finding was “possible demyelinating disease.” As Jerry’s symptoms progressed, he noted marked difficulty with leg coordination and with balance while walking. In 1995, he was laid off due to “downsizing” when the company was taken over by another pharmaceutical drug giant. The layoff was very traumatic for him. A year later, he was diagnosed with Progressive-Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (PRMS), more commonly called Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS). The diagnosis was made through brain MRI and enhanced spinal MRI.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. MS causes destruction of the coating or myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerve fibers (axons). This damage can disrupt the normal flow of messages or nerve impulses from the central nervous system, causing a reduction or loss of body function. Often, the nerve fibers are also destroyed. Here are some interesting facts about MS:
It is diagnosed more than twice as often in women as in men
MS seems to be concentrated in certain areas of the world. For example, higher rates of MS are found in those living farther from the equator.
MS has been associated with certain viruses like mononucleosis (Epstein Barr), varicella zoster (herpes simplex virus 3) and Hepatitis A & B vaccines, although some claim research is lacking to prove this.
Many years ago, I, too, fell prey to the promise that orthodontic science could give me a beautiful new smile. During my high-school years, I was fitted with a mouth-full of lovely metal braces. Back then, the only option my orthodontist gave me was metal brackets mounted on the front of my teeth…and let’s not talk about rubber bands, spacers, expanders and retainers!
A Pain In The…Face!
These days, there are many more options to move those pearly-whites into a more pleasing alignment. No matter what kind you get – braces, retainers, “invis-align”, etc, – teeth repositioning can be very painful.
When my orthodontist first installed my braces, my teeth were terribly sore. This soreness is caused by an inflammatory response by your body to a perceived trauma, i.e. unnaturally moving your teeth with braces. My teeth became so sore that I could barely swallow liquids the first day after installation. I was unable to brush my teeth for several days and was on a liquid diet for almost a week! Every “adjustment” (where they tighten your braces) caused enough pain for me to resort to taking painkillers like Tylenol (Acetaminophen, Paracetamol) and Motrin (Ibuprofen). Read more
I am glad to say that after finishing the homeopathic clearing for Cipro, in addition to my other daily remedies, I feel very well and almost back to normality. So I would like to thank your team for the amazing work you are doing and for preserving this precious and useful knowledge that homeopathy is.
Human nature may lead us to downplay our small complaints and symptoms in lieu of a more favorable “I’m healthy” posture. In some ways, this can be a good thing. It keeps us positive, upbeat and less affected by our health issues.
On the other hand, it may benefit our overall state of health AND our performance to heed those little complaints and tendencies as subtle signs of an “as of yet unrecognized” disorder in need of treatment. After all, it is usually the little complaints that add up to a major condition when left unattended!
In homeopathy it is precisely those little signs and symptoms that give the homeopath the needed indications for a remedy that will remove the disorder. And more often than not, homeopathic treatment resolves an emerging heath problem before it could be diagnosed as a medical condition!
Before you decline into crisis mode with your health, you can “head it off at the pass” with homeopathic maintenance treatment as soon as one or even several seemingly insignificant signs have made their appearance!
Max, age 68
“I just can’t seem to think clearly anymore,” Max would complain to his wife Ingrid, a long time client. “Also, my hip is just getting worse and worse!” Yet, when she offered to set up an appointment with Mr. Mueller, Max would deny he had any problems and claimed he did not need any help! Ingrid spent time during each of her own consultations talking about this to Mr. Mueller who suggested that, while one of the remedies she was on would be of great benefit to Max, it would be best if Max would come for consultations of his own. Read more
In May, 2012, my 21 year old daughter had very swollen legs and ankles and was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. We went the usual route that lead to an appointment with a kidney specialist. The specialist wanted to put my daughter on 5 different drugs, the main one being a steroid, and also wanted to do a kidney biopsy (a painful and risky procedure). The biopsy was to determine what the type of disease was causing the nephrotic syndrome. The result would have been the same treatment no matter what they found, so I said wait on the biopsy and let’s try the drugs first.
I left the specialist office that day with the prescriptions for the drugs and got them filled. But, I couldn’t bring myself to give them to her. I knew how the steroids could affect her body and with all the other drugs combined, it was just too much.
I looked into alternative treatment, being a firm believer in natural cures and treatments. I found a video online about a woman whose daughter was cured of nephrotic syndrome using the homeopathic remedies provided by Mr. Manfred Mueller.
I contacted Mr. Mueller in June, and found him to be a caring, knowledgeable, patient and thorough homeopathic practitioner. He put my daughter on the remedies and with 4 weeks she had absolutely no swelling. A year later in June of 2013, she was finished with the remedies. It’s 6 months later and she has not had a relapse or any problems and I consider her cured of the nephrotic syndrome.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I went this route for my daughter, instead of the toxic pharmaceutical drugs that only cause more problems.
What I would say to anyone reading this is please, don’t buy into the negative things people are saying about homeopathy. I feel they are simply misinformed and believe that the only option is to use pharmaceuticals. But, drugs don’t cure anything, they treat symptoms, but they don’t cure. Give homeopathy a chance!