Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

What is seborrhoeic dermatitis? 

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is simply a type of skin inflammation. Common with a newborn it manifests as cradle cap. It is also seen on adults as flaky, white or yellowish scales often on the scalp – causing dandruff or in other oily areas of the upper body: in the ear, inside of elbow or around the eyes. Also can show up on the chest, face and back. Sometimes as rash on the face. It is sometimes referred to as seborrhea.

It is thought to be caused by a fungus that resides in sebum oil (from the sebaceous gland –

Wikipedia defintion: The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair of mammals. In humans, they are found in greatest abundance on the face and scalp.)

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is not contagious. This fungus, much like a bacteria or virus that can be in anyone’s body, will be in the sebum oil of many people but not everyone reacts to it by getting a rash. Those who react, get skin inflammation or things like seborrhoeic dandruff as mentioned above.  And like psoriasis or eczema, stress can be a factor so weakened immune systems can exacerbate it.

Symptoms:

The fungus that causes Seborrhoeic dermatitis or things like seborrhoeic eczema resides in the sebum oil. The areas mostly affected are the head: scalp, ears, eyes and around the nose. But other areas of the upper body are affected also. The center of the chest and sometimes the back.

To varying degrees there can be skin lesions, plaques(red scaly patches), white or yellowish flaking skin (dandruff), itching, mild redness and hair loss. Sometimes just dry skin patches.

Cause of Seborrheic(Seborrhoeic) dermatitis: 

The presence of the fungus is obvious.. Stress, fatigue and weather extremes can set it off. Also, oily skin or not shampooing or washing the skin enough. Caution here as washing too much can have detrimental effects also. The purpose of the sebum oil is lubricate, waterproof/protect the skin. So, balance as in all things is necessary. Some will try and moisturize the skin after washing and the alcohols can sometimes set it off. Overuse of sanitizers can have a similar effect. Skin disorders such as acne can also set it off and often obesity may increase the risk.

Cradle cap which is a form of of seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygiene. It usually clears up on its own. Wash with a very mild soap and apply Thentix ‘A Touch of Honey’. At any time there is itchyness small amount of Thentix on to alleviate.

Treatment: 

In extreme cases medicated shampoos or creams are necessary. Many of these, such as cortisone and steroid products have their own detrimental long term effects so trying something more natural is always a safe bet. Dandruff home remedies without laurel sulphates are definitely beneficial. Cleaning the affected areas regularly keeps the fungus from irritating the skin. One should also work on boosting immune system. Cut down on sugars, sodas and the like.

Using Thentix for seborrheic dermatitis:

Honey and calendula oil, two of the ingredients, both have anti-fungal properties. Other ingredients in Thentix help hydrate the skin without making it oily. Some products like tar cream can be nasty to use where Thentix goes right into the skin. Thentix was partly developed for more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema and for this has anti inflammatory ingredients (chamomile and calendula are a couple) so is excellent for handling itchiness. Apply a small amount and itchiness should go away quite quickly.

Another benefit is that Thentix has no petroleum product fillers. Because of this it will not clog pores. It will allow the skin to breathe. Many products one uses for this skin problem will sit on and coat the skin. They can look unsightly and feel uncomfortable. Thentix, once applied goes right in and does its work without a lot of ‘advertising’.

With moderate to severe cases of seborrheic dermatitis we recommend applying Thentix a few times a day until the skin becomes soft again. Sometimes this can take a few weeks. One should feel relief from any itching fairly quickly and then some steady improvement from redness and the flakyness.

Using Thentix on the scalp:

Applying to the scalp will not make the hair greasy at all. (I have known people to occasionally use Thentix as a hair conditioner.) Work into the scalp 2-4 times a day as a dandruff treatment until any scalyness has cleared up. At that point you may want to use once a day as maintenance.

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Cause of Allergies

Cause of Allergies

Allergic Reaction

I met a young lady the other day at the Season’s Christmas Show in Mississauga that was having real problems with allergies and not just seasonal allergies.  Each year, she said, she seemed to have a new allergic reaction to something or other.  And strange ones.  Oft times she would get some weird allergy that was obviously not hereditary as neither of her parents were particularly allergy prone.

In the 50s and 60s, a peanut allergy was pretty much unheard of and in general things like food allergies were not such a big deal.  I’ve known for some years that peanut allergies were largely created by the over use of antibiotics.  So, I thought I would try to see if I could find something definitive for allergies today in general, as to cause.

There are numerous theories.  Some make quite a bit of sense to me and others not so much.  Some researchers, I think, ignore important data and some researchers get far too complex.  Maybe they want to keep their research grants going…!

There is a doctor in Germany that has observed that children growing up on farms have fewer common food allergies that city kids.  This study of food intolerance has been going on in various ways for 20 plus years. They are still trying to figure it all out.

There is a very extensive article about this study, which I really liked, here:

https://www.allergicliving.com/2010/11/20/allergies-why-so-many-now/

“came from a school doctor in a Swiss village. He noticed that farm children under his care, unlike other kids, never seemed to get hay fever.”

The findings have been generally consistent – about 1 to 2 per cent of the farm children in the studies had asthma compared to 12 per cent of local, non-farm children in control groups. - Dr. Erika von Mutius”

Another quote from this article shows exposure to other children also lessened the incidence of allergies:


“Children in the larger families were being exposed to more germs. It fit with this rudimentary hygiene hypothesis.
“It took off from there,” says von Mutius.”

Another theory that I came across is that the cause is the increase of carbon dioxide due to global warming.  I discount this for any number of reasons (poor science being the main one) and also because there isn’t much anyone can do short term to fix this with regard to allergies.  And as there seem to be solutions that work with respect to some other theories, well, it just don’t hold up.

This short article shows a direct link between antibiotics, gut flora and allergies:

http://www.njallergydoctors.com/_blog/NJ_Allergy_Doctors_Blog/post/do-antibiotics-cause-food-allergies/

I came across a couple of articles a few years ago that linked the overuse of antibiotics to a peanut allergy.  The antibiotics killed certain bacteria in the stomach that were needed to process certain proteins in peanuts.  As a result the body could not metabolize them but instead reacted and treats this protein as an allergen.  I haven’t found yet that specific article but here is a quote from another site: 

"Dr. Martin Blaser, a microbiologist and professor at New York University, is working tirelessly on groundbreaking research into this dramatic spike in food allergies. His hypothesis is that exposure to antibiotics early in life is diminishing positive gut bacteria and thus weakening children’s immune systems, making them more susceptible to allergies.”

https://homeopathytoheal.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/overuse-of-antibiotics-may-be-a-cause-of-peanut-allergies/

And more from Dr. Blaser here:

“This microbiome is vital to our immunity against disease. Recent research shows the micrbiome* is disappearing.”

“The loss of our bodies microbial diversity is owed the overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals and the widespread use of antiseptics, sanitizers and Cesarian sections.”

https://www.peanutallergy.com/lifestyle/overuse-of-antibiotics-and-food-allergies

(*microbiome: a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the human body)

Extrapolate from this that if you are eating dairy, or eating meat that is not from farms that are antibiotic free, you will be getting them into your system nonetheless.  

I find that researchers often look in too narrow a field.  Having their own area of research, they neglect or fail to take in to account pertinent data from another’s research.   I’m not sure if this intentional because they want their own research to go on forever or because of grants, or for their own credibility or some kind of self importance.  As if it would be a bad thing to ‘borrow’ from someone else’s ideas or research.  

I have not read Dr. Blaser’s book and have not read detailed research by Dr. Erika von Mutius.  But… if one takes a step back and tries his or her best to not get too terribly complicated, one could surmise certain things from the above data.  

So, research and evidence from the above websites show:

1. Big families have fewer issues with allergic reaction and sickness.

2. Farm children statistically are much more resistant to seasonal allergies, food allergies and sickness in general.

3. Overuse of antibiotics can compromise immune systems and destroy ‘good’ bacteria as well as ‘bad’ bacteria.

Another point, and this is completely unscientific and just my own observation over the years: for about 10 years I was in a small independent grocery store.  Being near the front door of the store I could see that the customers who went directly for the sanitizer were often the least healthy.  Cause/effect, or coincidental I don’t know.  But my observation is that a majority of people that are ‘germaphobic’ are the ones that have the hardest time with illness and common food allergies.  They are sick the most.  Again, cause/effect or conincedence.  Are they that way because they over use sanitizers and they are not getting proper exposure to environmental bacteria?  Or, are they using sanitizers and being overly careful because they are already in a bad way?  

I don’t feel that someone should be careless, dirty and slovenly.  Those that are sick should, in general, be isolated from the healthy.  But one of the best ways for one’s body to build up antibodies is to be exposed to various bacteria.  

The farm kids were around sick animals constantly.  Yet, they remained healthy.  I know moms that would cringe seeing these kids in an environment like that.

So, what can an individual do to fix this?  Here are some of my suggestions.  (Also, it is OK to do your own research on this.)

  1. Find some sort of natural sanitizer.  Most of the commercial ones are very destructive.  Find something with honey (antibacterial) and calendula (antiseptic).  There are other ‘natural’ ways to ‘sanitize’, just do your research.  Don’t use disinfectant soaps.
  2. Buy meat products that are from farms that do not feed their animals antibiotics.  Much easier to find these days.  Although, if you drink a lot of milk, that may be a little more difficult to find.
  3. Let your children play in the dirt.  And play in the dirt with them.  

I don’t think there is a quick fix necessarily for those already with severe or not so severe allergic reactions but like anything, doing little bits can gradually make a difference.  And as more and more people change their buying habits and stop over sanitizing maybe we can come off that nose dive into a completely unhealthy society.  Maybe we can slow down and prevent some of these common food allergies, environmental and seasonal allergies.

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Thentix 2 Ounce tube

Thentix 2 Ounce tube

Refilling Thentix Two Ounce Tube

The manufacturers of Thentix try and listen to their customers.  Constantly surveying they will make changes.  (We know, you can't please everyone - but they try!)

We have had the 2 ounce tube as a replacement for that size jar for a little while now and recently came out with a four ounce tube.  These have been quite popular as they are much more convenient to carry around and a bit more hygienic than dipping your hand in the jar constantly.

Working a long trade show recently (Calgary Stampede) I had several people ask if these tubes could be refilled. I didn't  have a proper answer until now.  Doing the following worked quite well.  You will need the 12 ounce pump bottle to do this. You aren't going to be able to spoon it in from an 8 ounce jar.

My two ounce tube was almost empty so I removed the clear plastic top.  There is a small piece of foil over the inside: remove that.  The tip that is exposed has a very small hole for the cream to exit.  I took a longish, sharp knife and carved the hole a little bit bigger - just enough for the tip of the 12 ounce pump bottle to fit in.  Put the tip right up to the hole and squeeze some Thentix in.  Tap the small tube down so that the cream goes into the bottom and just keep repeating this until it is full.  Replace the clear plastic top and you are good to go. You may want to rinse the tube out with water between every couple of fillings.  Thentix doesn't last forever.  Rule of thumb is that is will last a year to a year and a half from opening.  It has natural oil which can go rancid over time.  Cool temperatures will help it last longer.  Just don't leave it on the dash of the truck when you go to Arizona or Florida in the summer!

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Arthritic Pain and Inflammation

Arthritic Pain and Inflammation

Apparently, arthritis is really a somewhat generic term for joint pain or joint disease.  Some research list upwards of 100 types of arthritis.  And statistically it is the leading cause of disability in the United States with more than 15% of the population suffering from it.  Different types will obviously have different causes.  Inflammatory arthritis can be the result of a messed up auto-immune system.  Immune system attacking the joints and the inflammation getting out of hand.  Causing more and more pain.  Then there is infectious arthritis; this caused by virus, bacteria or fungus having gotten in the system somehow.  Triggers the auto immune system again creating inflammation and swelling.  The most common is osteoarthritis.  The degeneration of the cartilage protection the joints, causing the bones to run together causing pain and difficulty of movement.  More pain.  

Causes can be many.  Poor diet, lack of exercise, weight gain, genetics, past injuries, age, disease and environmental factors such as mold.  Some related conditions are gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

If you have come to this website then you may have already been diagnosed with arthritis or you are just manifesting some of the symptoms.  Some of these being: stiffness in the joints, pain, swelling, reduced motion.  We can help with some of those but please note we are helping with symptom relief, we are not healing anything.

There are numerous remedies for the pain and swelling of the different types of arthritis.  Drugs, improved diet, exercise including yoga.  Various creams and linements that can be used topically for relief.  Often heat and cold are recommended together although some people do better with one or the other not both.  Heat is not generally recommended for inflammation but I've had lots of people tell me that they respond well to heat for pain caused by inflammation.  A lot of pain creams have heat with help with the circulation amongst other things.

If you are using our Snap Heat Packs for pain, you can use in conjunction with a cold remedy or on its own.

The Snap Heat Pack heats up very quickly and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes or more depending on the size and if wrapped to keep the heat in or not.  Some people can tolerate it on bare skin but most will want to have some sort of fabric between the pack and the skin for at least the first 10-15 minutes.  Be careful.  If you are going to alternate a couple of times between cold and heat and you are using the same pack, you will have lost some heat by the time you get to the second use.  If you have a couple of packs, it will be easier to switch out.  If you are using morning and night for example, you can just boil them for a few minutes after use and they will be ready for the evening or later in the day when cooled.  (Check the Instructions page.)

We also carry an excellent Muscle & Joint Cream for pain.  Made in Canada and certified 100% natural by Health Canada.
You can find out more on this here: Purchase Muscle & Joint Formula

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