Rosacea: Your Self-Help Guide Paperback – Dec 1 2000
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About the Author
Arlen Brownstein, MS, ND, is a naturopathic physician. She lives in San Rafael, CA.
Top Customer Reviews
Here is the problem with this book in a nutshell: WAY too much data that is also very poorly presented, especially if you are a new sufferer of this condition. Perhaps a long-time sufferer of rosacea could pick through this helter-skelter mosaic and find some grains of wisdom, but the newbie like me will probably be overwhelmed and fall into despair. Fairly disorganized in general, there is too much anecdotal information with far too many contradictions in the medical sections (particularly the parts about acid balance in the diet). You're just dropkicked into various technical sections without any handholding and then thrown to the wolves of information overload.
When I was first diagnosed with rosacea, I needed some simple guidelines. I was depressed, felt like Mother Nature had screwed me over, and needed some positive steps to move forward immediately. Do yourself a favor and visit rosacea-dot-org or some other website that offers clearer, more direct guidelines on health, medicine, and other regimens so that your skin can start to look and feel better right away. That's what I did. It's free. After three months of treatment and some dietary adjustments, my face looks much better!
The book starts off talking about the author's discovery and subsequent distress at having rosacea. She went first for the traditional dermatologist directed treatment path. For a naturopath this is an honest admission - that she firstly thought that she need to consult mainstream medicine to `get rid of it'. Becoming disappointed with the results she then turned to her background.
The introduction section follows the theme of the book - lots of gently stated facts about rosacea. The treatment section mentions the regulation treatments and then talks about naturopathy and homeopathy. The much loved ZincO even gets a mention.
I'm not a fan of trying to control one's rosacea by avoiding known triggers. This comes from a desire to be rid of the disease by not giving in and changing your life dramatically. Thus, the seemingly obligatory section on triggers and stress doesn't really help. Next, is a short section on makeup and lasers.
The remainder of the book deals with nutrition for your skin. As well as dealing with supplements, the book asks us to forget the `food pyramid' and embrace the `food wheel'. The section on Fats and Oils is particularly detailed. This is the highlight of the book for me, information about for eg. borage oil and flax seed oil. These are often talked about in the Rosacea Support Group, especially in regards to ocular rosacea.Read more ›
But perhaps the most useful advice for those who have been forced to deal with this frustrating condition is Dr. Brownstein's account of her own struggle to overcome rosacea. This is the most encouraging news of all, and we're in her debt for sharing this valuable perspective.
Most recent customer reviews
I originally got this book at the library and read it. There is so much good information in it that I have purchased it on Amazon. Read morePublished on April 17 2009 by Margaret Booth
I just received this book, and already I like it! It has a lot of information about rosacea, about treatment, and ways I can do something about it. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Jill B
Rosacea had been making my life miserable for the past five years. My depression over the disease was literally ruining my life. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003
Dr. Brownstein has written a great basic book for sufferers of rosacea. She includes in her book alternative methods of healing rosacea, including ocular rosacea, that I found... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002
This is perhaps a good starting point for rosacea sufferers, but does nothing for those who want to eliminate the facial flushing and redness and not have to avoid our triggers... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by SuperPrime
I discovered I had rosacea about 2 years ago. Now I know why after reading this great book. I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago and from reading this book I gather that it is one of... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2001
it was great to read a book that explained in simple terms so much about this disease that makes me crazy, lots of ideas about dealing with redness, bumps, emotions.Published on June 2 2001 by Gretchen Cinnamon
Run don"t walk to your nearest book dealer to buy this wonderful book! Although most Rosacea sufferers are familiar with some of the information in the book,there is also a... Read morePublished on May 14 2001 by Nancy Hayden