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Eczema-Free for Life Paperback – Jan 18 2005
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About the Author
Adnan Nasir, M.D., teaches dermatology at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and practices in Raleigh, NC. He is a noted clinician and researcher of immune diseases of the skin and has received numerous awards for his work, including the AMS Research Forum Award.
Priscilla Burgess is a journalist whose work has been published in national magazines.
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While I did find a number of his suggestions worth trying [such as washing with oatmeal rather than soap & eliminating B-complex] I found some completely insane like taking a bath in diluted Clorox!
The book is worth reading if you don't know much about Eczema but I caution parents to do further research by talking to someone that HAS Eczema. Some of these ideas can make your child's rash much worse. And the ever present push from western medicine doctors to give you cortisone, then when it doesn't work - stronger cortisone, just hasn't helped me at all - not to mention the side effects & potential birth defects it can cause.
I also don't agree that Eczema has nothing to do with what you eat. There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of Essential Fatty Acids [Omega 3.6.9] to those with eczema. This has been a far more helpful to me & my infant son. You might also want to consider allergy tests. [There are also foods that are irritants that you may need to hold off on during a flare up.] When your system is stressed common sense tells you that it all has something to do with why your Eczema is flaring. Remember Eczema is a symtom not the problem.
The best book I have read on eczema is:
Superimmunity for Kids : What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now, and Prevent Disease in Their Future (Paperback)
by Leo Galland, Dian Dincin Buchman
Superimmunity for Kids is a much better book for adults or children with eczema. After reading the Superimmunity book I wanted to lower the number of stars I gave for this review but it wouldn't let me.
On a more serious note, I was very disappointed to see Dr Nasir promote the idea that eczema patients often do not get bettter from the meds given us because we do not follow directions properly. I think that this "hypothesis" stems from the dermatology community's self-serving denial of the meager effectiveness of the medications they give us. This is closer to the truth, docs: We are highly motivated to get better, but the stuff you give us is expensive, often dangerous, and works poorly! We need better than that!
But don't get me wrong: the book fills an important niche. It is chockful of interesting information and useful tips. I particularly appreciated the information on daily routine care, on the various conditions that accompany eczema, and on promising treatments. Get it, read it, make notes, and read it again. Then, teach others what works. I recommend this book alongside Dr Atherton's classic Eczema in Childhood: the Facts.
I have gone from relapses to remissions and back countless times. I was working harder and harder to keep my skin under control. What I wasn't doing was working smarter. That's because I didn't know, and no one told me, that the more you know about eczema, the better your skin does.
I used to visit the doctor each time my skin acted up, and get a prescription, only to return a few months later. My doctor didn't have time to teach me. In this book, I not only learned about the science (without the hype) surrounding eczema, I learned practical day-to-day tips on keeping me and my home healthy. From daily skin care, to managing flares, to preventing flares and dealing with insurance companies. From what cosmetics and creams to use, and what to throw away (and I've thrown a lot away). From what works, and what doesn't to the latest research, this book covers a broad spectrum. The only change I would recommend for future editions is more illustrations of the rash.
This book has more useful information in it than all the visits I've made to the dermatologist combined! At less than the cost of a co-pay, it's definitely worth it! I use it as a reference that I go back to again and again. I am asking my library to stock it, and I'm recommending it to everyone I know who has eczema!
I dont believe that most of the medicines a dematogist gives you work. I've tried many oral steroids (which leads to weight gain and a quick fix that doesnt last long), steroid and cortizone creams(which are costly and after years of using no longer work and simply leave scars),Even the all natural creams have not worked for me.Recently I even resorted to try a medicine that significantly lower your immune system. Horrible mistake! Sure my skin got better for a little while but I had a vast of other problems that occured shortly following this medicine and eventually my skin of course worsened. I started having terrible bladder problems, lumps in my [...] that had to be removed, fatigue, staff infections that turned into mrsa, all of which I accredit to the lower immune system from the medication.
So to all of you suffering from eczema or dermititis please be aware that there is no ecezma free for life as this book states, as great as that may sound. Please just be aware of that if purchasing this book. Although could be somewhat helpful if new to eczema stress makes eczema worse, and soap does irritate the skin. It is impossible to stop scratching so please understand that if you are around someone with eczema do not nag them about scratching it makes them scratch more, trust me! Please be careful when going to a dermatologist you may waste money on a quick fix that wont last, which seems like what this book offers. Try changing your diet ultimately if you have eczema you also have many allergies try not eating wheat and watching how much acid you consume. If someone has a cure let me know but this book is not it.
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