Protopic – Why are we suppressing an immune system?

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What you get when the steroids stop working – Protopic, steroid free cream for eczema – sounds ideal doesn’t it? Except i’ve seen quite a number of people given this for severe ongoing eczema and it comes with quite a few contraindications and a scary list of potential side effects including:

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https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-20335/protopic-topical/details

The FDA tell us ‘The safety of PROTOPIC Ointment has not been established beyond one year of non-continuous use.’https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/050777s018lbl.pdf

So how do you manage chronic eczema after your year of non continuous use?
Because from what i’ve seen in patients Protopic either causes you a ton of issues on top of the eczema and also your eczema will resurface. Protopic is an immunosuppressant, it’s the only way conventional medicine has to ‘treat’ eczema. When the immune system comes out of suppression it will ramp up again and return the eczema, often with more force.

What modern medicine should be doing is asking why some people have an overactive immune system. But this is the failing of medicine. It compartmentalises people. It doesn’t look at the whole person but rather individual body systems. To affect change in anyone you have to address the root cause

The immune system, whether overactive or weak has its roots in the gut – this is where we need to treat, not suppressing the skin with topical steroids, or going one step further and compromising the entire immune system.

“An enormous fraction of the immune system’s constitutive function is aimed at controlling our relationship with the microbiota. As such the highest number of immune cells in the body are resident at sites colonized by commensals such as the skin or the GI tract. In turn, in order to protect their ecological niche, a dominant action of the healthy microbiota on the immune system is aimed at reinforcing barrier immunity and therefore their own containment. A central strategy utilized by the host to maintain its homeostatic relationship with the microbiota is to minimize contact between microorganisms and the epithelial cell surface thereby limiting tissue inflammation and microbial translocation. In the gastrointestinal tract, home to the largest density of commensals, this segregation is accomplished by the combined action of epithelial cells, mucus, IgA, antimicrobial peptides and immune cells. Collectively these structural and immunological components have been referred to as the “mucosal firewall”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4056765/

Homeopathy is well aware of the power of the gut, for many years we have been using bowel nosode remedies to support the gut microbiota. We know the benefits that these remedies can yield, not only to the skin, but for allergies, atopic conditions, arthritis, joint pain, anxiety, IBS and IBDs and much more. Plus with using a bowel nosode remedy alongside organ support (adrenals, liver & kidneys) we encourage the bowel to take on some of the detoxing and take a load off of the skin.

It makes complete sense to aim treatment at the root, but instead the steroids and immunosupressants continue to be handed out with little support, no real guidance for use and all that is happening is that the doctor is deferring the problem and creating more for the future, because you cannot suppress the immune system indefinitely, that’s not a safe option for anyone and that is why Protopic comes with such side effects. It’s a dangerous bandaid.

I work online, internationally with eczema suffers, those with red skin syndrome and going through topical steroid withdrawal. Book a free no obligation appointment to talk to me about your concerns with your skin: https://tracywhitehomeopathy.setmore.com

First published to Steemit June 2019

Topical Steroid Withdrawal & Homeopathy

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Modern medicine classifies Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) and Red Skin Syndrome (RSS) as ‘rare’. It is not rare, but getting a medical diagnosis is. Some medical professionals question whether this condition even exists.

No doctor wants to accept responsibility for poorly managed eczema and the resulting fall out from the over prescribing of steroids. Whilst these steroids come with the advisory of using them short term, in my experience patients are relying on them on a daily basis over prolonged periods of time. Years in many cases. I’ve seen children in my clinic whose parents despair at the repeat prescriptions and the endless merry go round of creams.

Many of us know that these steroids are not addressing the eczema, they are just suppressing it, we know when we stop then the skin flares and we are back on that steroid cycle. Really we are trapped between flared skin or suppressing and running the gauntlet of steroid damage. This is because modern medicine really has nothing else to offer other than topical steroids, drugs like Protopic that suppress the immune system, oral steroids and antibiotics.

So how do you heal from TSW?

In my years in practice as a homeopath specialising in skin conditions, I have heard some horror stories of TSW, people bedridden for over a year, unable to work, skin pustular and infected, or burnt red raw and splitting – and this is all due to a drug that was given to help their eczema. Once they come through the withdrawal, which can takes years in some cases, they are usually back to square one again – dealing with eczema. Years of these steroids have done nothing to help the initial problem, they have just created a whole separate skin problem that never needed to have happened. Shocking really. And this is just the physical fallout of TSW, the huge mental and emotional element to this is also something that I hear on a regular basis.

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This photo above was a man who had an online appointment with me in April this year, 4 months into steroid withdrawal. The left hand photo was april and the right photo in may. One appointment using remedies focusing on adrenal support and a bowel remedy was transformational for him, still a work in progress but a positive start. His skin was burnt all over, splitting, itching and pustular in places. he’s very happy!

Homeopathy is working for people with TSW, the same way it is working for people with eczema. I don’t give a remedy for TSW or eczema, I base remedies on individual peoples symptoms (physical and emotional) I think we have all seen that the one pill / cream ethos of modern medicine is flawed. Even though you may have RSS, another sufferer will have differing symptoms, homeopathy knows this and knows it has to take every single detail into account. This is about YOU healing from TSW and this has to be tailored to YOU

I work by using organ support remedies alongside my prescriptions. The detoxing organs of the body can come under strain during TSW and need to be supported. I often use remedies that work on the gut as these can have a positive impact on skin healing, from both RSS and eczema itself. By using bowel focused remedies we are finding another pathway for the body to detox itself, taking some of the pressure off the skin is vital in severe cases.

How can TSW be rare when GPs (in the UK) handed out around 27 MILLION prescriptions for TS in 2015? With eczema rates on the increase then we are coming to a stage where TSW will be more prevalent. I am committed to helping eczema sufferers heal from eczema, I fear for the huge numbers of children being routinely treated with steroids and I know there is a another way, one that is safe, gentle and non toxic and NON ADDICTIVE

If you are affected by eczema or going through TSW then do contact me. I work internationally and always happy to offer a free no obligation chat.

https://tracywhitehomeopathy.setmore.comtracywhite.co.uk

First published to Steemit June 2019

The Eczema Epidemic

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Conventional medicine would have you believe that eczema is a lifelong affliction, the cause is unknown and treatment offered is nothing but suppressive creams to mask the problem.

Homeopathy takes a different viewpoint on eczema. Rather than seeing it as a stand alone condition, we see it as merely a symptom of an underlying imbalance. From the many cases of adult and infantile eczema I have seen and treated over the years I have learnt that there are a myriad of reasons why you, or your child, could be suffering with eczema, but they always have their root in the gut.

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Scary statistics

Homeopathy has a lot to offer eczema sufferers compared to conventional medicine. We, as homeopaths, don’t encourage suppression of skin, we address the eczema at its root. Conventional medicine might concede that eczema is the result of an overactive immune system, but it never asks WHY IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN OVERDRIVE?
80% of our immune system originates in the gut, and if the gut is compromised there will be other indications, it is common to see asthma, food and seasonal allergies presenting alongside the eczema in many cases, and this atopic cocktail is fed by the over-driven immune system and the rising histamine levels.

New studies are showing that our gut bacteria is a factor in controlling and producing histamine, an inflammation feeding chemical. Increased histamine will create a cycle of allergic reactions and inflamed itchy skin. Certain strains of gut bacteria may actually be exacerbating histamine levels, which is why some probiotics may not be helping your gut or your skin.

So, what can we do about this?

Homeopathy has some powerful remedies called Bowel Nosodes think of these a bit like homeopathic probiotics, there are a dozen of these remedies, all slightly differing in their action, all of them have certain skin symptoms that help differentiate which one will be more beneficial. They cover so much more than skin too,gastrointestinal problems, asthma, chest issues, allergies, joint pains, mucus & sinus conditions as well as urinary tract problems can all point to the use of one of these remedies. Even anxiety and depression is covered by these, and the reason for this is simple:

Our gut bacteria influences our skin, our mood, our mental health and so much more than we give it credit (or the blame) for!

I regularly use one of these bowel nosodes when someone comes to see me for skin, IBS or allergy problems, they can often be a great start point in your journey back to health, sometimes they are all that is needed.

Conventional medicine does not have the same solution for eczema, it never looks past the surface. There is always a story behind someones eczema / psoriasis / dermatitis and like a book we need to read it in its entirety, for context. Your skin is just one symptom in this story, and homeopathy always looks at the bigger picture rather than focusing on just the skin.

When you address a condition at the deepest level possible this will have a ripple effect on every system of the body.

if you’d like a no obligation chat about how homeopathy can help eczema then do contact me https://tracywhitehomeopathy.setmore.com

Eczema – Why the drugs don’t work

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I am becoming more and more alarmed at the amount of infants and children coming to see me who have been on steroids constantly over prolonged periods of time. Some of them several years. Mums on a cycle of repeat prescriptions dished out by a GP, without question.

When we look at the NICE guidelines for corticosteroid use https://bnf.nice.org.uk/treatment-summary/topical-corticosteroids.html
we see that it is advised that even mild (0.1-2.5 %) topical steroids are only used for a duration of 1-2 weeks on infants & children, this is because children are more susceptible to side effects. In rare cases adrenal suppression and Cushing’s syndrome can occur. I have seen children on very potent strength steroids, like Betnovate, applied daily.

In the UK in 2015 almost 27 MILLION prescriptions were written out for topical skin treatments, costing £169 MILLION! Figures suggest 15 MILLION people in the UK are affected by eczema, to varying severity. This is a massive amount of money for a treatment that doesn’t actually address the eczema, it palliates the skin symptoms, but the root cause is not addressed and the skin then becomes reliant on steroids to suppress the eczema. I have had parents tell me they are religiously applying a steroid and the eczema just appears on another part of the body – which hasn’t been affected before. These poor parents are literally chasing eczema around their children’s bodies.

It seems a joke to me that Homeopathy is becoming less available on the NHS, it is so effective at treating eczema, it doesn’t suppress, has no side effects and won’t thin or damage a childs delicate skin (and I have seen my fair share of adults now suffering with long term steroid skin damage because of steroid overuse). £169 MILLION is being spent on a cream that does not cure the condition

The irony is that homeopathy is affordable, gentle and non addictive – so it has no appeal to a pharmaceutical company. But I continue to wage my war on steroids. I know there is a better way than these topical creams. I know that homeopathy heals in a way that is more than skin deep, it may not always be an overnight fix, but its goal is to heal at a far deeper level than a cream could ever reach.

Conventional medicine says eczema is not curable, and this is true within the capabilities of conventional drugs. Homeopathy says otherwise, and I see this in action every day

Skin heals when the root cause is addressed

First published to Steemit April 2019

Eczema – Living a life free of steroids.

Joe’s mum booked an online appointment with me in June last year. He was only 2 years old and came for his eczema, which was extremely severe. It had begun at 9 weeks old. Joe was a very allergic child with a constant streaming nose and a history of ear infections. To date he had over 12 courses of antibiotics for either his skin, ears or chest infections. He had been hospitalised on several occasions for his eczema, which would leave him itchy, red raw and screaming in agony. When his skin flared there was barely an inch that wasn’t open, sore or weeping.

Steroid creams were applied around the clock, and piriton for his wheeze and allergies (hay fever) Mum said she felt sad that they couldn’t enjoy the simple things like going to swimming pools, messy play or holidays, as everything flared Joe’s skin.

There was a bit of an aggressive side to Joe. He would be very slap happy with his peers and would often bite his Mum when he became frustrated. He had a constant runny nose and a bit of a wheeze on his chest. High fevers and swollen glands were a regular occurrence.

I started Joe off on Tub 200c, hoping to see some relief to his eczema suffering, I figured his behaviour was an outward expression of the pain and irritation he was feeling from his skin.

July 2018: six weeks later and Joe is a different child. I cannot believe the transformation. The skin is incredible! The nose has dried up and the aggression is barely there are no biting. The only eczema remaining is a couple of patches in the folds of his elbows, which is where it initially began (this is a good sign for a homeopath as it tells us that the body is healing and symptoms are resolving in the reverse order they appeared) Mum has not used any steroids or piriton for 6 weeks and has torn up her repeat prescriptions!
Shortly after the Tub 200c Joe developed a hacking cough that lasted 3-4 days, he was sick a few times from the cough and then it cleared. His sleep improved and his skin started to dry out and heal up. I repeated the Tub 200c as there is still some residual eczema and a slight trace of aggression is still there.

September 2018: On the third appointment the skin of the elbows has healed further, nothing is visible to the eye and the only sign of the eczema is a slight sandpapery feel to the arm creases.
Behaviour wise Joe is a lot more content and there has been no aggression towards anyone. The chest is better and generally Joe is a different child from the one i met 3 months ago. Last time I heard all was going well and the skin is still clear. Possibly some more hay fever work to do in the spring if it becomes an issue, but for now he’s eczema free and off the steroids, which is my goal for any child (or adult) in Joe’s situation.

Response in this case was very fast, children have a very good capacity to heal when given the right remedy. A well matched constitutional remedy will have a broad action on the body. Not just on the physical complaints, but also mental & emotional factors too. So for Joe the skin was just one element to his case, the weak chest, repeated ear infections and the aggression were all calmed by the same remedy, a remedy that suited him as an individual. We call this the constitutional approach, and in practice I see it is as a very powerful tool in the healing of many illnesses and afflictions.

Book a FREE consultation to talk about your eczema concerns:

 https://tracywhitehomeopathy.setmore.com

First published to Steemit 04/01/2019

Welcome to the Neurotic Mothers Club!

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Are we really becoming a nation of neurotic mothers? This is a question I asked myself a lot 10 years ago, when my son was sick and yet no doctor would take the time to listen to me. He had an ongoing cough, every cold went to his chest, he was diagnosed with asthma initially, then went to bronchitis, he was given antibiotics & steroid inhalers, then diagnosed with atypical pneumonia, 3 more courses of antibiotics followed and still no improvement.

Over my years in practice as a homeopath I have come to realise that we parents know our children, we know what is best for them and we know beyond all doubt when they are not well. As a parent (or a patient) it is frustrating when we are allocated our 5 minute slot with the GP, only to leave feeling at best unheard, and often neurotic.

I’ve sat in GP appointments where my doctor has googled my symptoms, where I have been told completely incorrect information, a diagnosis off the back of a blood test, only to find it was wrongly interpreted. Symptoms were all in my head and that I shouldn’t google! I have to say I have little faith in my GP. Don’t get me wrong, the NHS is a wonderful resource, we are lucky to have it, it saves lives, there is no doubt about this. But for other less serious health issues I feel it fails many.

Daily I hear stories from my patients about how they and their children are lost in a system of contradictory advice, handed out suppressive medications and often patronised by consultants. I know the system is overstretched. I know the intent is to help, but the ethos of modern medicine is a flawed one. Maybe I am biased from my experience, but time has shown me I am not alone in this.

I came to realise some time ago that we must invest in our own healthcare, to a degree. Sure the NHS is free, but if something isn’t helping your particular condition, do you still keep using it? Many of us are not wealthy and the idea of paying for healthcare when a free option is available is somewhat irritating. Many times the people I treat have been through the medical system, on and off of many drugs, and yet when they come to me they say are still in the same place health-wise, or worse.

We budget for a lot of things in life, food, mortgage, holidays etc. We don’t tend to include healthcare in that budget, yet I would argue that health is as important as eating and having a roof over our head. We have to take responsibility for our health. Not buying that Costa Coffee every day would pay for an osteopath, homeopath, chiropractor etc…

We need to ask ourselves this. If the NHS wasn’t free, would we still be prepared to pay for the treatments we get? If the answer is ‘No’ then it’s time to reassess the situation. That’s what I did 10 years ago, and my son got better. I stopped the antibiotics as they were not working, he had been on 4 different ones over a month, I found a homeopath and within 2 weeks his lungs cleared and to this day he has never had any cold go to his chest.

If we could use additional support for our conditions alongside the NHS, or go elsewhere if they weren’t helping us, then this would take the pressure off the NHS. If we stopped stockpiling drugs and only took prescriptions for what we needed this would help the NHS. We need to preserve this service by taking a bit more responsibility where we can.

We will always want and need the skills of the nurses, doctors and surgeons, the diagnostics, blood tests, surgeries, midwifery services etc…but for many conditions we also need to know when to try another approach for ourselves and our family.

First published to Steemit October 2018

Sensory Processing Disorder – Sensitivity on another level

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I’ve seen many children with Sensory Processing Disorder over the years. None were as severe as the case I am presenting now:

Ellie’s Mum contacted me in July this year with concerns over her daughters SPD, emotional meltdowns and aggression. I have never met Ellie and both of our appointments have been carried out online via her Mum.

Ellie is 6 years old. She is a very sensitive child who feels emotions very strongly. She is triggered by noises, over stimulated by screen time and needs to have a set daily routine in order to function. Trips to the shops are impossible. Family holidays are far too overwhelming for her so these don’t happen anymore. Ellie used to be limited by what she could wear, she had a few items of underwear, one dress and flip flops, but she preferred to wear nothing at all, as clothes were such a struggle for her. At this time she hasn’t been able to even wear any underwear for 10 months. The situation has rapidly worsened over the last few months and her Mum is very concerned for her, they have been housebound for the last month as Ellie can not wear anything or tolerate sitting in her car seat. They have tried hypnotherapy, but it hasn’t worked, the hypnotherapist said he could cure Ellie after one session so when this didn’t happen Ellie became very anxious and blamed herself and said she had “a stupid brain” and would hit her head and shout at herself.

Ellie’s birth had been a natural water birth but she was bright red and had high bilirubin levels so spent the first 10 days of her life in special care under lights to address the issue. She was separated from her mother, who recalls Ellie being a red and angry baby, she was good in the day as a baby, but would scream all night. Ellie has huge anxiety around going to the doctors and hospitals, she will lash out at medics and try to escape.Any routine trips to the GP for her little brother are hellish for everyone involved.

At home Ellie will behave aggressively and meltdown, screen time will exacerbate this. She feels bad afterwards, or flips into denial mode, but she has no control over herself when she is in a heightened state. She will kick and spit and her meltdowns start with a vocal growling noise, almost like a warning to others. When she is calm she is a lovely girl and she wants to be able to wear clothes and play at the park like other little girls her age.

I feel that Ellie is living in a very heightened state of fear, she struggles to sleep and needs a parent with her and doesn’t like the dark. Whilst from her behaviour it may appear to be anger, this is just how Ellie expresses her feelings of being out of control. She can keep a lid on things to a certain degree, she is calmer at her grandmother’s house but as soon as she gets home she has to release her tension that has been bottled up.

I give Ellie a remedy called Stramonium 200c to start with. Stramonium is a remedy of fear and terror. There is a desire to escape from a perceived threat, wildness and aggression are seen, but this is not from anger but fear. Fear and feeling out of control, being expressed as anger is how I saw Ellie’s situation.
I decide its best not to tell Ellie we are treating her for this issue. I do not want to put more pressure on her as she blamed herself after the hypno failed. Mum uses homeopathy a lot with her children so Ellie doesn’t ask what its for.

Follow Up Appointment

A month later Ellie’s mum reported that the meltdowns had stopped for the first few days after the remedy, but were slowly building back up again. Initially Ellie tried on some clothes at home but couldn’t keep them on.
The SPD has intensified and now despite being naked most of the time Ellie is super sensitive to her own skin and body. She can’t lie in bed as says her bum feels uncomfy on the bed. She has sensations of her internal organs and stomach and appears in a very heightened state. She has prickling sensations in her feet, which her Mum notes is interesting because when Ellie was in special care they would perform a heel prick test every hour, this went on for days.
Although this doesn’t appear to be progress, I feel it is, my thoughts are that Ellie has carried this feeling of fear, being alone and out of control since her birth. I repeat the Stramonium but go up in potency, quite high this time.

Today I received a message from Ellie’s mum saying the following:

“Hi Tracy, how are you? Well I hope! El has had her third big dose of stramonium now. We have seen some really promising improvements. She’s going to sleep much more easily and hasn’t been complaining about her bum cheeks being uncomfortable anywhere near as much, she’s been able to wear one scarf as a dress a few times but even more amazing is we went to the shops on Sunday (impossible before) and she chose herself a pair of trainers (3 sizes bigger) that she has been wearing! It’s so amazing as she hasn’t wanted to leave the house and hasn’t worn shoes in weeks. She was able to persist with trying different ones on. We’ve also had a lady round yesterday who is going to make her some clothes. She has had a few more meltdowns the last few days but she’s definitely improved so much since a few weeks ago”

This case is far from finished, but the improvement has been staggering, and it can and will be built upon over the coming months. But all this has been achieved in 2 months using one remedy.

In my mind SPD is merely a symptom, an expression of a deeper seated issue. Not every child with SPD will do well with Stramonium, and I certainly don’t advise self treating at home. But I wanted to present this case as testament to the depth and scope of homeopathy and its ability to heal past trauma and allow the body and mind to express and release trauma in a safe and non medicated way.

Ellie is wearing shoes, going to the shops, facing situations that would have been impossible just a few weeks ago. She will get into her car seat now without having to make sure there is a scarf underneath her, the sensation of the car seat is becoming less of an issue for her, she is less aware of the heightened sensations of her skin. I look forward to keeping this blog updated with her progress.

If your child is suffering from SPD, or struggles emotionally with life, please do get in touch for a chat about what homeopathy can do for you.

First published to Steemit August 2018

Steroids & Eczema – A Flawed Treatment

 

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Over the years in practice I have met many children with eczema, sometimes this isn’t why they have be brought to see me, often it’s mild and ‘managed’ with steroid creams and sometimes its severe and ongoing and the parents and child have ultimately been forced to live with it.

I notice that these children often have other issues running alongside their eczema, I see a lot of bowel issues presenting at the same time as eczema, behavioural problems and hyperactivity and/or aggression, allergies and intolerances to food and external allergens like hay fever.

The modern medicine approach to eczema is steroid cream, whilst this may give temporary relief to the problem it rarely fixes it. Steroids are unsafe to use over prolonged periods of time so the child lives in a state of suppression under the action of these creams. When they are stopped the skin reverts back to its job of being the largest organ of detoxification, and it sets about trying to push out via the skin whatever it is struggling with.

It’s a cycle of express – suppress – express, and it can be relentless and extremely distressing for both parent and child.

Homeopathys contribution to eczema issues is a clever and simple one. It doesn’t attempt to suppress the body at all, it respects the body and allows it to do whatever it needs to do, whilst using remedies to support this process and ease the burden on the skin and other detoxification organs.

As a homeopath I am interested in all aspects of a child, not just the skin symptoms, but also other physical complaints as well as mental and emotional expressions and behaviours. I want to know as much as I can about the uniqueness of your child, for this is the foundation of homeopathy. The individual, remedies given to match your child on many levels, the more I know about a child the more likely I am to be able to help them. What are their weak areas? What is their medical history? When did the eczema begin?

What I notice about children is that they are often an open book. Ask the right questions to the parent, or child, and the information I need to give a remedy is usually found. I don’t think as parents we are used to thinking in this way. A GP never asks how it began, they are mostly uninterested in our theories of triggers and often give conflicting views on allergies and eczema. It can seem like a minefield trying to navigate our way out of eczema. Sadly by the time I get to see a child the eczema has been in place a long time, and been controlled by steroids for some time, whilst this is not the end of the world, it can make the treatment of it more prolonged. When I am lucky enough to meet a baby with new eczema that is free of suppressive medication then the response is normally a lot quicker.

Whilst there are many triggers for eczema, sometimes we just don’t know why a particular child has trouble shifting it. Often emotional factors can set it off, or aggravate it. I lose count of the amount of times a parent will say that the problem flares when the child is stressed, or a parents relationship breaks down, or some sort of life event happens.
Others say it appeared after several courses of antibiotics for a chest or ear infection, the possibilities are endless.

Eczema is just a symptom of something deeper, as is hyperactivity, repeat ear and chest infections are just symptoms too, homeopathy looks to find the cause, because when you address something at the heart then all the peripheral symptoms should slowly improve, and this is my experience in practice. Behaviour calms, eczema dries up and fades, chests and ears begin to become more hardy.

Homeopathy aims to re-balance the body, it is a catalyst to set the body into motion, and when we are healthy and well we can fight infection better, our immune system is optimised and doesn’t need antibiotics to help it overcome. This in turn keeps the gut biome strong and this is our biggest defence.
An holistic approach takes the whole being into account, it doesn’t separate symptoms and focus on those alone, because this is a flawed model of healthcare

One pill (or cream) does not fit all.

If you are struggling with eczema issues with your child, please do get in contact to see what we can do to help. I offer free reviews to chat about your hopes and concerns.

Online appointments available.

Why is my child constantly ill?

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Regularly I am seeing and hearing of young children stuck in a pattern of low immunity and repeat infections. Chest infections, ear infections, infected eczema, tonsils etc etc.
An overwhelming majority of these children have something in common. Antibiotics. Several short courses for acute infections and sometimes long term low dose to ‘prevent’ a recurrence.
Shocking by the age of 3 a lot of children have had multiple doses for issues that could easily have been addressed with homeopathy. I’ve seen children under the age of 3 coming to see me after 12-15 courses of antibiotics, which clearly aren’t working.

Children (and adults) become susceptible to repeat infections when their immune system is not performing optimally. There are many reasons why an immune system might be less than perfect but a big reason is the gut.
Antibiotics destroy the gut biome, they kill the gut bacteria (both good and bad) and leave a child in a vulnerable position against repeat infection.
I’ve seen children come to see me that have spend the majority of their short lives on antibiotics and the effect on long term health can be devastating. It can take the gut months (even years) to recover from antibiotics, and during this time the body is weakened in it’s defences, thus creating a situation of infection – antibiotics – infection.

Antibiotic use peaks over the winter months and in vast number of these cases the cause of the infection is viral. Antibiotics are useless against viral infections. We truly are living (and suffering) in the legacy of the antibiotic revolution.

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Now there is a time and place for antibiotics, they have, and will continue to save lives, but in a great many cases they cause more problems than they solve.

With 1000s of different species of bacteria present in the human biome it is our armour against infection, it is our biggest defence to illness and constantly works to multiply and populate to keep us well, it can’t do this without support. When we destroy our own defences then we surrender to infection and it will keep on attacking.

Homeopathy can tackle this immune susceptibility in a 2 fold way. Firstly homeopathy can address the acute infections, with remedies, thus taking away the need for antibiotics. Secondly, we look for a constitutional remedy, a remedy that fits you (or your child) taking into account all the symptoms, susceptibilities, personality traits etc. I never cease to be amazed at the power of the constitutional remedy in boosting the body and mind.

Along with acute and constitutional prescribing I also work with the bowel nosode remedies. I find these to be incredible in cases of antibiotic overuse. These bowel nosodes target specific groups of bad gut bacteria and help to bring the gut flora back into balance. They are powerful remedies at our disposal and each one has different indications for use. I use them a great deal for eczema cases and for children with obvious gut instability like food allergies / intolerances, diarrhoea or chronic constipation issues. They can bring balance back to the body and help rebuild the biome.

The gut really is a wonderful organ system, when it is treated well, when it struggles, the whole body will suffer. When I am presented with long term chronic issues and autoimmune conditions the answer can often be found in the gut.

Our mental health can also be linked to what is happening in our biome. Lots of research is being done in this area and there is evidence to show an out of balance gut has a massive influence on our mood and emotions. As well as the impact this bacteria has on our mood, it can also affect the foods we crave, poor diet choices allow an already imbalanced biome to become even more unstable.

When candida bacteria are able to reproduce and over-populate we see chronic fungal issues such as thrush establish and cause misery to the sufferer. prescription anti fungal treatments do not cure systemic candida, they merely suppress the condition back into the body, temporarily, until it once again rears its ugly head.

If your gut needs some help, or if you have a child who is struggling with immunity issues, please do contact me for a free no obligation chat about how we can work together to bring balance back into your lives.

First published to Steemit, April 2018

The Case of the 7 Year Impacted Bowel

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January 2018:

Katie is 7 years old. She came to see me with a chronic issue of constipation and withholding her stools since she was a tiny baby. She was under the care of an incontinence team and a few months ago had to undergo a dis-impaction procedure that involved a week off school and frequent daily doses of strong laxatives. Not pleasant for Katie or her Mum.

She had very large stools and until she was put on a daily dose of Movicol she was only going once a week, which was very painful and traumatic for her and her family. She has been taking Movicol daily for many years. She suffered abdominal hardness and frequent stomach aches (understandably). She was afraid to go to the toilet as it hurt her, so she would avoid going, resulting in frequent leakage and a lot of buying of new underwear. Katie said she would not go to the toilet at school and would not go without her Mum with her.

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Katie was afraid of the dark and of being upstairs on her own because “something is coming to get me” she was always a bit reluctant to go to bed and often had dreams of being chased. Apart from the bowel issue she was in fact a very healthy child. She ate well and had only had a couple of courses of antibiotics in her life.

Katie loves to perform, singing and dancing, she has no nerves on stage and loves being the centre of attention. She can be bossy and likes to be in control. Her mum says she is very strong willed but a sensitive child. Katie had been playing with her lego and stopped to say to me “I’m sensitive”she also dislikes loud noises (unless she is the one making them!)
She loves school and is very particular about what clothes she wears, declaring that she likes gold and sparkles!

I decide on Phosphorus as a remedy for Katie. I give her 3 doses at 200c potency to be taken over 3 nights.

Phosphorus children are extremely sensitive! I find them to be very charismatic and delightful to treat. They can be shy but also very extrovert. They are the performers, they attract attention wherever they go. In the remedy Phos we see many fears. Fears of the dark and fear of noise. Phos has its main action on the bone, nerve and blood in the body.

March 2018:

Katie arrived at my house, cheerful as ever, (and I will admit to not expecting to see much improvement so soon, bearing in mind this has been a lifelong chronic problem)
Apparently Katie has been going everyday, on her own! It doesn’t hurt as much (although her stools are still on the large side)
She says she has had no tummy aches and doesn’t feel scared to go to the toilet now. She is also spending more time alone upstairs, when it is dark! Had a dream she was chased by a troll, so still need work in this area.
She has developed a few spots on her chin and around her mouth (which I wonder is related to toxins from the bowel being released via the skin)nikki

Oh, and the best bit is that since after her first appointment she has only been on 2 sachets of Movicol a week! Amazing progress and I am so delighted.

This time the Phos is repeated at 1M potency, and I give Katie some tissue salts to help with the skin and also to help support the elasticity of her colon, the incontinence nurse seems to think that she is having large stools due to a stretched bowel (I am not convinced as shes had this since a few weeks old after all)
We are now dropping the Movicol to ½ a sachet 2-3 times a week. I don’t think this is going to be an issue.

I’m reviewing Katie again in May so i’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.

Update July 2018:

Katie is doing well. She has been off of all movicol for 3 months now and the incontinence team at the hospital have discharged her from their care. She is happy and going to the toilet on her own with no issues. Life is vastly improved and mum has no concerns. I have signed her off as there is nothing more to do here.

 

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First published to Steemit 26/3/18