Zinc Oxide (with Phenol) as an Effective Treatment for Psoriasis…

New Article Reveals How One of the Key Ingredients in Columbia Antiseptic Powder Plays a Major Role in Skin Healing

New York (PRWEB) August 29, 2013

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A new article reveals how Zinc oxide, one of the key ingredients in columbia antiseptic powder plays a key function in skin healing at the cellular level by accelerating the epithelialization of the skin (1).

Zinc oxide has been shown to prevent and heal inflammation, protect against the sun’s dangerous UV rays, and is an effective eczema treatmentpsoriasis treatment and helps to heal various skin injuries such as burns and irritation. Zinc oxide can also be used to heal wounds, and reduce the irritation of sunburns and chapped skin. People who are zinc deficient typically experience slower wound healing times, says Jonathan Moore, DPM. When zinc oxide is applied to a wound, it aids the body in providing the extra zinc skin cells need to repair. (3)

Columbia Skincare is taking the phrase “better than the sum of its parts,” quite literally. With its meticulously formulated antiseptic powder, Columbia offers results superior to other medicated powders by combining zinc oxide with phenol. This is a unique blend of naturally occurring ingredients which are commonly used in other medicines but not commonly blended together.

The antiseptic properties of phenol were first championed by Sir Joseph Lister who was such a proponent that it became the first widely used antiseptic in surgery. Lister determined that phenol kills harmful bacteria and fungus that caused infection. Prior to his pioneering work, nothing was done to prevent infection after surgery. His studies were prompted by Louis Pasteur’s advances in microbiology and showed phenol was safe to use, producing no ill-effects on the livestock that grazed upon fields treated with it. (3)

When zinc oxide is blended with phenol, a potentiation occurs which results in having a much stronger zinc oxide, ten-times stronger in fact. This stronger form of zinc oxide remains safe, just much more effective. Bacteria cannot develop a resistance to phenol, because phenol denatures the protein in the bacteria cell membranes. Bacteria do, however, develop a tolerance to antibiotic based powders. (4)

  •      Phenol offers deeper penetration into skin layers, much deeper than antibiotics or iodine. (5)
  •      Phenol has a local anesthetic effect that virtually all monographed bacteriostats do not have. (6)
  •      Potentiation of the antibacterial effect of phenol occurs with the zinc ions from zinc oxide. (7)
  •      Phenol kills bacteria with concentrations as low as 0.2 percent. (8)
  •      Phenol has a safety record of nearly 200 years; considerably longer than antibiotics. (9)
  •      Phenol cools and soothes rashes and skin irritations on contact. This minimizes itching to allow the skin to heal and prevent further infection caused by scratching. This soothing effect can be felt as soon asColumbia antiseptic powder is rubbed into the skin. (10)

Healthy skin provides a protective shield from irritants and infectious agents. Unfortunately, the skin’s natural barrier may be compromised resulting in irritation, rashes or infection. (11) Columbia brand products offer a safe, effective and natural way to maximize the skins ability to remain or become healthy.

“There is a big difference in effectiveness and safety among over-the-counter topical treatments being used today and our medicated powder,” says company spokesman Steven Rosenfeld.

Columbia skin care products have been carefully developed & manufactured to address the needs of skin from both a restorative and a protective perspective. Their formulations use proprietary technologies and ingredients selected and manufactured exclusively in the United States since 1871. The regular use of Columbia Antiseptic Powder and Columbia Healing Cream skin care products has proven to be an effective way of maintaining healthy skin.

1. livestrong.com/article/134121-the-effect-zinc-oxide-skin/
2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lister,_1st_Baron_Lister
3. livestrong.com/article/138323-the-benefits-zinc-oxide-skin/
4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiseptic
5. Goodman and Gilmans The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 4th Edition, Macmil lan, Philadelphia 1970
6. Cecils Textbook of Medicine, 20th edition, Saunders, Philadelphia 1994
7. Remingtons Pharmaceutical Sciences, 19th Edition, Mack Publishing, Philadelphia 1995
8. Guyton and Hall Human Physiology and Mechanisms of disease, 6th edition, Saunders, Philadelphia 1997
9. The Merck Manual of Medical Information, R. Berkow, editor, Merck and Co., Whitehouse Station, NJ 1997
10. helium.com/items/2025739-medical-uses-for-phenol
11. mayoclinic.com/health/contact-dermatitis/DS00985/DSECTION=prevention

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Battling psoriasis with a cup of tea

Published: Tue, April 30, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m. on Vindy.com

Q. Your readers did it again!

I’ve been drinking oolong tea for more than a month now, and the patches of psoriasis have disappeared, along with the flaking.

I still have a couple of areas that need some ointment now and then, but overall I can wear shorts now without being embarrassed about my skin. (My skinny legs are another matter.) Thanks.

A. A study long ago in Japan found that oolong tea was effective in easing treatment-resistant eczema (Archives of Dermatology, January 2001), but we have found no studies of oolong tea for psoriasis.

Several visitors to our website have reported that drinking oolong tea eased their psoriasis. Others have noted that turmeric or cilantro also can be helpful.

Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease

This Giant Kelp is used to produce Carrageenan food additive(…good to know since psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease.)

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The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.

A team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, say junk food diets could be partly to blame.

‘This study is the first to indicate that excess refined and processed salt may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases,’ they said.

Junk foods at fast food restaurants as well as processed foods at grocery retailers represent the largest sources of sodium intake from refined salts.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal sent out an international team of researchers to compare the salt content of 2,124 items from fast food establishments such as Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway. They found that the average salt content varied between companies and between the same products sold in different countries.

U.S. fast foods are often more than twice as salt-laden as those of other countries. While government-led public health campaigns and legislation efforts have reduced refined salt levels in many countries, the U.S. government has been reluctant to press the issue. That’s left fast-food companies free to go salt crazy, says Norm Campbell, M.D., one of the study authors and a blood-pressure specialist at the University of Calgary.

Many low-fat foods rely on salt–and lots of it–for their flavor. One packet of KFC’s Marzetti Light Italian Dressing might only have 15 calories and 0.5 grams fat, but it also has 510 mg sodium–about 1.5 times as much as one Original Recipe chicken drumstick. (Feel like you’re having too much of a good thing? You probably are.

Bread is the No. 1 source of refined salt consumption in the American diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just one 6-inch Roasted Garlic loaf from Subway–just the bread, no meat, no cheeses, no nothing–has 1,260 mg sodium, about as much as 14 strips of bacon.

How Refined Salt Causes Autoimmune Disease

The team from Yale University studied the role of T helper cells in the body. These activate and ‘help’ other cells to fight dangerous pathogens such as bacteria or viruses and battle infections.
Previous research suggests that a subset of these cells – known as Th17 cells – also play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases.

In the latest study, scientists discovered that exposing these cells in a lab to a table salt solution made them act more ‘aggressively.’

They found that mice fed a diet high in refined salts saw a dramatic increase in the number of Th17 cells in their nervous systems that promoted inflammation.

They were also more likely to develop a severe form of a disease associated with multiple sclerosis in humans.

The scientists then conducted a closer examination of these effects at a molecular level.

Laboratory tests revealed that salt exposure increased the levels of cytokines released by Th17 cells 10 times more than usual. Cytokines are proteins used to pass messages between cells.

Study co-author Ralf Linker, from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, said: ‘These findings are an important contribution to the understanding of multiple sclerosis and may offer new targets for a better treatment of the disease, for which at present there is no cure.’

It develops when the immune system mistakes the myelin that surrounds the nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord for a foreign body.

It strips the myelin off the nerves fibres, which disrupts messages passed between the brain and body causing problems with speech, vision and balance.

Another of the study’s authors, Professor David Hafler, from Yale University, said that nature had clearly not intended for the immune system to attack its host body, so he expected that an external factor was playing a part.

He said: ‘These are not diseases of bad genes alone or diseases caused by the environment, but diseases of a bad interaction between genes and the environment.

‘Humans were genetically selected for conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, where there was no salt. It’s one of the reasons that having a particular gene may make African Americans much more sensitive to salt.

‘Today, Western diets all have high salt content and that has led to increase in hypertension and perhaps autoimmune disease as well.’

The team next plan to study the role that Th17 cells play in autoimmune conditions that affect the skin.

‘It would be interesting to find out if patients with psoriasis can alleviate their symptoms by reducing their salt intake,’ they said.

‘However, the development of autoimmune diseases is a very complex process which depends on many genetic and environmental factors.’

Stick to Good Salts

Refined, processed and bleached salts are the problem. Salt is critical to our health and is the most readily available nonmetallic mineral in the world. Our bodies are not designed to processed refined sodium chloride since it has no nutritional value. However, when a salt is filled with dozens of minerals such as in rose-coloured crystals of Himalayan rock salt or the grey texture of Celtic salt, our bodies benefit tremendously for their incorporation into our diet.

“These mineral salts are identical to the elements of which our bodies have been built and were originally found in the primal ocean from where life originated,” argues Dr Barbara Hendel, researcher and co-author of Water & Salt, The Essence of Life. “We have salty tears and salty perspiration. The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and body fluids are similar to sea water. From the beginning of life, as unborn babies, we are encased in a sack of salty fluid.”

“In water, salt dissolves into mineral ions,” explains Dr Hendel. “These conduct electrical nerve impulses that drive muscle movement and thought processes. Just the simple act of drinking a glass of water requires millions of instructions that come from mineral ions. They’re also needed to balance PH levels in the body.”

Mineral salts, she says, are healthy because they give your body the variety of mineral ions needed to balance its functions, remain healthy and heal. These healing properties have long been recognised in central Europe. At Wieliczka in Poland, a hospital has been carved in a salt mountain. Asthmatics and patients with lung disease and allergies find that breathing air in the saline underground chambers helps improve symptoms in 90 per cent of cases.

Dr Hendel believes too few minerals, rather than too much salt, may be to blame for health problems. It’s a view that is echoed by other academics such as David McCarron, of Oregon Health Sciences University in the US.

He says salt has always been part of the human diet, but what has changed is the mineral content of our food. Instead of eating food high in minerals, such as nuts, fruit and vegetables, people are filling themselves up with “mineral empty” processed food and fizzy drinks.

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

Vitamin D Zaps Psoriasis

By Joe and Teresa Graedon

Syndicated columnists

Q: I have had psoriasis for more than 35 years. A few years ago, my doctor suggested vitamin D, as my blood level was low. Much to my surprise, my psoriasis began to disappear almost immediately.

Several patches had proved impossible to cure with other medications. When my blood test showed a normal level of vitamin D, the doctor asked me to cut back the dosage. I did, and the psoriasis returned.

I now take 5,000 units of vitamin D capsules per day, and that keeps my psoriasis in check. Regular monitoring of my vitamin D level shows that I am in the middle of the acceptable range with this dosage.

A: Dermatologists have embraced topical vitamin D-like prescription creams, foams and ointments for psoriasis (American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, August 2012). Calcipotriene (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux) is pricey, however.

Many doctors may have forgotten that oral vitamin D also can be helpful (Journal of Dermatological Treatment online, Jan. 21, 2012). More than 25 years ago, Japanese researchers noted that oral vitamin D-3 reduced the symptoms of psoriasis without side effects (British Journal of Dermatology, October 1986).

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them c/o King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., 15th floor, New York, NY 10019, or via their website: www.peoplespharmacy.org

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Israeli Scientists Make Breakthrough in Treatment for Psoriasis

by Zach Pontz

The Algemeiner

FEBRUARY 27, 2013 12:02 PM

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in collaboration with Teva Pharmaceuticals have developed an improved version of an experimental medicine for the treatment of the chronic skin disease psoriasis.

Dr. Marianna Zaretsky and Professor Amir Aharoni, from Ben-Gurion University and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, working with Drs. Liora Tabron, Yoel Kay and Revital Etzioni from Teva, have engineered a transgenic receptor that binds with high affinity to natural interleukin-17.

Psoriasis is caused by the immune system sending out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. One of the signals involved in the process is interleukin-17. The researchers have developed a new method to inhibit interleukin-17, and hopefully decrease the inflammation associated with psoriasis.

“We developed this method to treat patients who did not respond to existing treatments,” Aharoni said.

According to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, upwards of 125 million people suffer worldwide from the disease. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Art Garfunkel have battled publicly with the disease.

Accidental Discovery [CILANTRO] Eases [HEALS] Psoriasis

By Joe and Teresa Graedon

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.
TascaloozaNews.com

Some of our most important drugs were discovered partly by accident. Penicillin was developed after Alexander Fleming found a mold devouring the bacteria he was growing in a petri dish.

A class of valuable blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors (lisinopril, ramipril, etc.) was developed when scientists investigated why victims of the deadly jararaca snake of Brazil died after experiencing very low blood pressure.

Sometimes people also put unexpected discoveries to good use. Such was the case when Donald Agar found that eating two coconut macaroon cookies daily could control the devastating diarrhea brought on by his lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s). He shared this surprising outcome, and many other people have benefited during the past decade.

Several weeks ago, we heard from a reader that a common herb, cilantro (coriander leaf), might offer unexpected help:

“I have a home remedy that is amazing. I used to have severe psoriasis on my knees, elbows, eyes, forehead, wrists, feet and scalp. It would crack and bleed, itch and flake.

“One day, a man commented on my raw patches and asked about the treatments I’d tried. I explained about the numerous prescription treatments that had next to no success. Steroids gave short-term relief, but the problem usually came back worse than before the treatment.

“This man said that to cure my skin problem, all I needed to do was eat raw cilantro. He said I should eat enough to turn my stool green.

“I found that it takes a bundle each day for 10 to 15 days. I mix it in a green salad with my favorite dressing and find it an interesting flavor. My skin has been completely clear for six years. If I notice a small patch starting to get rough once or twice a year, I eat a bundle of cilantro for two or three meals and have no more skin problems!”

We could find no research to support his claims, but since then we have heard from others who have also reported benefit.

One person offered this

follow-up: “I have been testing this out, as I have bouts of psoriasis. This winter, I woke up sporting quite a few spots on my thighs. I know how quickly this stuff can multiply, so I thought I would test out the cilantro. I can say that it is having an effect.”

Another reader reported: “I have been eating one bunch of cilantro in a salad for lunch every day for about two weeks. It worked. My psoriasis subsided just like it does in the summer after exposure to the sun. No other drink (oolong tea, green tea) had any notable effect. No topical creams had any notable effect. My scalp is not perfect, but I don’t have to hide my skin.”

In an experimental vein, one woman came up with a different way to consume this remedy: “I make a smoothie with cilantro and V8 juice in the blender. It is helping my psoriasis tremendously.”

There is still no evidence grounded in science that would support or explain this home remedy. We caution those taking warfarin that cilantro, like parsley, is very rich in vitamin K, and suddenly increasing consumption by eating a bunch a day could interfere with the effectiveness of the anticoagulant.

It is unlikely that scientists will test cilantro, but these stories stand as a reminder that careful observation can lead to intriguing options.

Write to Joe and Teresa Graedon via their website:www.PeoplesPharmacy.com.

Psoriasis is Not a Heartbreak but it Might be Malnutrition (Omega-3 Fish Oil Treatment)

The Merck Manual, the “Cliff Notes” of medical school, says that psoriasis has an unknown cause and no real cure. If the medical doctor’s black bag is empty, that does not mean that there’s nothing else to do. It means that it is now necessary to know Nature’s nutritional knapsack. (What a nice alliteration that turned out to be.)

With psoriasis, there definitely are some worthwhile clues to track down. After all, as Sherlock Holmes said, “if all common explanations fail to solve a problem, then the answer must be some uncommon one.” To many people, the therapeutic use of fish oils, vegetable juice fasting, zinc, and vitamins do indeed represent something completely different. Different, but not actually all that unreasonable.

Psoriasis may be partly due to a difficulty in the way the body handles oils, or to a lack of oils in the diet itself.  Studies have shown that consuming a fatty acid found in fish called EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) may provide symptom relief. EPA is an “omega-3 fatty acid.” All that means is that the first carbon-to-carbon double bond is located three carbons in from the far (omega) end of each molecule. Most vegetable oils that you eat are omega-6 fatty acids (such as linoleic acid). Now just why would it matter if a chemical bond is by Carbon Number Three or Carbon Number Six?  As they said in Kung Fu, “There are many mysteries, grasshopper” and this seems to be one of them.

Can you stand any more of this? Let’s see. The two most common fish oil omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (mentioned earlier) and DHA (docosahexenoic acid) People who don’t eat fish need to know that there is a third, vegetarian omega-3. It is called LINOLENIC ACID (NOT omega-6 linoleic acid mentioned above)  This omega-3 “fish oil” is found in linseed oil and more importantly in soybean oil and GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES.

Linolenic (omega-3) acid is slowly converted into both DHA and EPA in the body. Ah ha! Could this be the problem that psoriasis patients have, namely, that they are slow to make this conversion? If so, the psoriasis patient probably needs fish in the diet to provide EPA ready made.  It is a sensible thing to do anyway. The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy among all the “Westernized” cultures, and they eat a LOT of fish.  The Japanese also eat very little red meat.

A way the omega-3 fatty acids might work is by actually getting into each cell membrane, making them more bendable, adaptable and durable.  Improved immune response is another benefit of fish oil consumption, and it is especially important in the treatment of lupus.

So, as my kids would ask, “How much of this stuff do we have to eat?”  Well, oily fish (trout, mackerel, salmon) are best and a little dab will do you.  Non-oily fish (cod, flounder, haddock) are also worth having, but you’d need to eat a bit more of them. Tuna packed in (omega-6 vegetable) oil does not count.

Alternatively, you could eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, use soy oil more often, and take an EPA supplement. Around 300 to 1,000 milligrams of EPA daily is frequently recommended.

Incidentally, the New England Journal of Medicine (312:1205, 1985) reported that as little as 30 grams of even low-fat fish per day reduced the 20-year death rate from coronary heart disease by fifty percent! That is only about ONE OUNCE of fish daily, actually providing less than 300 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each day. This is very strong support indeed. Helping your skin could actually save your life.