Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Help for Vitiligo

Monday, 22 Jun 2009 03:12 PM

Question: I am in the early stages of vitiligo. I am 44 years old, and this just began a couple of years ago. Is there anything I can do to reverse or stop its spread?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease that causes a loss of pigment, creating irregular pale patches of skin. It is not an easy problem to treat with either conventional or holistic medicine. However, there are a few holistic treatments that are effective. I have found that many vitiligo patients are B-vitamin deficient. It is important to ensure adequate amounts of the B vitamins, particularly vitamins B12 and B6. I suggest taking 25 to 50 milligrams (mg) of B6 per day and injecting 1 mg of methyl B12 twice per week for those who are deficient. Furthermore, PABA, a B-vitamin-like substance, can help those suffering with vitiligo. I have found 2,000 mg per day of PABA helps with vitiligo.

In addition, diagnosing and eliminating food allergies helps with vitiligo. Finally, eat a healthy diet free of refined foods and toxic chemicals. This also helps vitiligo.


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