Vitamin A, Eczema & Lyme Disease | Natural Health Newsletter

Date: 02/03/2003    Written by: Jon Barron

Q & A with Jon 2003

Question 1: Vitamin A

I just read where a three-decade study of consumption of more than 1.5 mg, or 5,000 IUs, of Vitamin A could lead to increased risk of broken bones . This study measured blood levels and concluded we should not take Vitamin A Supplements. This study published in the New England Journal of Medicine involved 2322 men. I checked XXX multivitamin and YYY antioxidant, and together they account for about 15,000 mg daily. I certainly don't believe every study I read, but I am concerned.

Answer:

That study refers specifically to retinol, the fat soluble form of vitamin A found in animal products. The products you mentioned do not contain any retinol. They contain beta-carotene, a provitamin A carotenoid, that is converted to Vitamin A in the body as needed. Although the New England Journal of Medicine specifically stated that there was no link between bone fractures and beta-carotene blood levels, it seems that distinction was not deemed newsworthy to be included in most press reports. Bottom line: you can enjoy multivitamin and antioxidant to your heart's (and bones') content.

Question 2: Eczema

I have been struggling with severe eczema for the past 12 years. Have any of your products proven to be effective and actually cure this condition?

Answer:

First of all, we never talk about curing anything with the Baseline of Health® -- merely empowering your body to take care of itself. That said, eczema is related to both an allergic response by the body and an immune system that is out of balance and over responding. It is, therefore, possible to significantly improve the condition in several ways.

  • You should use digestive enzymes with every meal, and take some every day at bedtime on an empty stomach. This helps remove the circulating immune complexes that increase the allergic response.
  • You should also use a good antioxidant formula. Make sure that it contains quercetin, which helps lower the immune response.
  • A variant of omega-9, an ester of fatty acid, has been shown to be effective in modulating the immune system and a number of people have claimed that it has been very helpful with their eczema. If you don't have access to this special variant, you can use CMO (cetyl myristoleate), which has proven effective, too.
  • L-carnosine also works as an immunomodulator and may help lessen the immune system's response.
  • Make sure you include some Unrefined, Organically Produced, Cold-Pressed, Virgin Flax Seed Oil in your daily diet. Within 90 days, the inclusion of the Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can make a major difference in the appearance of your skin.
  • Make sure you're getting good nutritional support such as a food grown multivitamin and liquid trace minerals.
  • And finally, there is a new class of drugs called topical immunomodulators (TIMs) that will soon be available that show promise in the treatment of moderately severe eczema. Two TIMs in development, tacrolimus and ascomycin, are steroid-free. Tacrolimus is likely to be the first TIM approved and available in the United States. Studies have shown that this new class of drugs will improve or completely clear eczema in more than 80 percent of treated patients, with an improved side-effect profile compared with topical steroids. I will be nice if it performs as advertised.

Question 3: Lyme Disease

Is there anything that can help with Lyme Disese? Any suggestions will be welcome.

Answer:

There certainly are no guarantees. Chronic Lyme disease is very resistant to even the strongest medications. However, natural protocols have demonstrated some significant success. For example, have you tried large doses of garlic yet? The active ingredients in garlic have some unique properties that have proven useful in overcoming Lyme disease.

First, garlic has almost no toxicity. On the other hand, its molecules are very small (molecular weight is 162.27.), so that it can easily go through the blood brain barrier to treat infections of the central nervous system (CNS), which is a major problem in chronic LD. And finally, garlic has been used in China to treat infections of the CNS such as cryptococcus meningitis and toxoplasmosis, exhibiting a cure rate above 80 percent.

We're talking:

  • One bottle of a garlic based anti-pathogen formula the first day.
  • One bottle the second day
  • 10 droppers a day with the next bottle
  • 3 droppers a day with the next
  • Also, make sure you use digestive or proteolytic enzymes without food so that they get into the blood stream.
  • 10 droppers of an echinacea based immune formula a day would be useful for a couple of weeks
  • And doing a liver detox is a good idea. The liver tincture has several strong anti-pathogenic herbs in it -- and the detox itself pumps garlic into the body.

Hope that Helps

Comments

  •  
    Submitted by Dolly Ann on
    May 21, 2011 - 9:40pm

    please let me know when more comments come up about lyme or leaky gut/food allergies

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    Submitted by Darren on
    August 31, 2012 - 10:20pm

    Hello. Life-long sufferer of chronic eczema. For years I was only given steroidal cortizone creams and they destroy the skin's ability to produce pigment that becomes a tan. Is there any way to regain the skins ability to tan in the effected areas or is that gone forever?

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    Submitted by Valeria on
    July 10, 2015 - 2:15pm
    Chapala, Mexico ,

    Dear Dr. Barron, I've learnt a lot from your reports, Thank you very much for your work. However, after reading the information about the Immune System I got confused
    and don't know what to do. The problem is that after an operation my immune system went crazy and is now attacking my muscles and connecting tissues. The diagnosis is Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
    What must I do - boost my immune system or suppress it? If suppress or modulate, then how can I do it with natural approaches.?
    I have refused to use Calcort and Voltaren Cream(also based on Calcort) because of their horrible side effects which rather kill the immune system than cure it.
    Thank you in advance. Valeria

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 13, 2015 - 6:34pm

    For obvious legal reasons, we cannot diagnose or prescribe for specific medical conditions—merely provide information. With that in mind, you might find the section on immunomodulators in the following newsletter useful. http://jonbarron.org/article/anatomy-and-physiology-immune-system-part-4

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