Alternative Medicine Treatment for Granuloma Annulare | From

By Elizabeth Kahn, Dietitian

Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition consisting of raised, reddish or skin-colored bumps that form ring patterns and usually appear on hands and feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, most lesions disappear on their own within a few months to two years. The primary concerns with this skin condition are cosmetic and there are many natural treatments that can speed the disappearance of these lesions.


You can treat granuloma annulare by trying to build up your immune system and having your body heal itself by getting plenty of sleep, exercise and by eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lea protein, fresh juices and taking a multi-vitamin supplement. Many nutrient deficiencies can lead to a lowered immunity and skin problems including granuloma annulare.


The regular treatment for granuloma annulare includes freezing or cryotherapy, hydrocortisone and light therapy. If you prefer to look further, there are several alternative medicine formulations available on the market for the treatment of this skin disorder including Annurax, Granutab (herbal) and Garnilin (homeopathic). Of all of these treatments, Granutab is the only one that has been proven effective in a clinical trial.

There are many herbs that can treat skin problems such as oak leaf extract which has healing properties for skin, aloe vera and green tea extract have antioxidant and healing properties, a warm washcloth soaked in malva tea can help inflammation and a poultice made up of chaparral, dandelion and yellow dock root can also benefit a rash.


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for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis Balch, James Balch; 2000

What Are the Benefits of Marine Collagen? | Elizabeth Kahn |

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the connective tissue in the body. Like many other components in skin, collagen is constantly being broken down, produced and recycled. Marine collagen is becoming increasingly popular for skin treatment and many people believe that it is better than land-based sources of collagen.

Better Source

Marine collagen is taken from fish and is thought to have less environmental contaminants than the collagen taken from cattle or pigs.

Better Absorption

Marine collagen is smaller in molecular weight and thus is believed to have increased absorption into the skin.


Marine collagen is derived from cod, a deep sea fish. The collagen is taken from the scales and fins.

We Need More Collagen as We Age

The use of collagen increases as we age and picks up speed after 40. As we age, it can benefit the skin to help boost collagen presence.

Easy on the Environment

Marine collagen is extracted from fish that are being processed for other purposes, so the collagen derived from these sources is said to be environmentally friendly.


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How to Fast to Heal Psoriasis |

How to Fast to Heal Psoriasis

By Elizabeth Kahn, eHow Contributor

Psoriasis is a skin disease characterized by red or brown, scaly patches on the skin. This condition can be recurrent and can be brought on by stress and other factors, including illness, injury, excessive alcohol use or certain medications such as those used for high blood pressure or heart disease. There are some studies that point to fat intake and toxin buildup in the colon as a cause of this skin disorder. Fasting is a good way to rid the body of excess toxins and to boost the immune system to help the body fight disease.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need

Raw fruits and vegetables

Fresh pure fruit juices

Green drinks (carrot juice, beet juice)

Steam distilled water

10 Lemons

Recommended: Powdered fiber (psyllium, bran or flax seed)


Herbal tea




Fish oil or flaxseed oil supplement

Fasting for Psoriasis

1. To prepare your body for fasting, eat only raw fruits and vegetables for two days prior to the fast. Take a fiber supplement every day before the fast.

2. Fast for five days.

3. Squeeze one fresh lemon into a cup of warm water and drink upon waking and going to sleep.

4. Drink 10 8-ounce glasses of steam distilled water per day.

5. Consume pure juices. Dilute all juices with water, mixing three parts water to one part juice. Green drinks made from green leafy vegetables and fresh juices such as apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery and grape are also recommended. Avoid citrus juices and tomato juice.

6. Drink up to 2 cups of herbal tea per day if desired.

7. Try a spirulina supplement, a piece of watermelon or applesauce to help with hunger.

8. After the fast, eat only raw foods for a minimum of two days and up to two weeks. Then maintain a diet of 50 percent raw foods, including plenty of vegetables and non-citrus fruits such as bananas apples, pears, grapes and berries. Take a powdered fiber supplement such as bran, psyllium or flax seed every day. Try taking a supplement with fish or flaxseed oil daily.

Tips & Warnings

Avoid red meat, fried foods, all other sources of saturated fat, citrus fruits, sugar, and processed foods including white flour. Try stress management techniques such as meditation. Stress can cause psoriasis, and it also lowers immunity. If this fast does not help heal the psoriasis wait at least 30 days, then try a 10 day fast, which will go deeper and repair more of the body’s systems, according to “Prescription for Nutritional

Consult your doctor before performing this or any fast.


“Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” Phyllis A. Balch: 2006


How to Control MRSA With Diet |

How to Control MRSA
With Diet

By Elizabeth Kahn,
eHow Contributor

An MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
infection is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and is often called a
“staph” infection. MRSA is a strain of staph that’s resistant to many
antibiotics. Most MRSA infections occur in health care facilities like
hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers. People with weak or compromised
immune systems are at most risk for this infection. The best way to fight any
infection is to strengthen the body so that it can heal itself. One of the best
ways to strengthen the body’s own defense system is through diet.

Difficulty: Moderate



  1. Consume one smoothie every day. To make a
    smoothie, include a combination of the following: Fruits, vegetables, fruit or
    vegetable juice, soy milk, yogurt, honey to sweeten if necessary, and ice.
    Include the directed amount of amino acid, vitamin and mineral powder. Blend
    all ingredients in a blender or juicer. Only apples or apple juice should be
    added to a vegetable juice or smoothie. Smoothies can be pre-made and frozen
    for easy access and busy schedules.
  2. Eat organic food that contains no pesticides or
    chemical additives.
  3. Eat plenty of a variety of fresh whole fruits
    and vegetables and fruit and vegetable juices daily.
  4. Eat only whole-grain breads and other whole
  5. Eat only lean sources of protein such as
    chicken, lamb, tofu, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  6. Use only canola, olive, flaxseed or soybean oils
    and spreads.
  7. Avoid saturated and trans fats. Most saturated
    fats and trans fats are found in animal products and foods fried in unhealthy
    oils. Avoid toxic substances like alcohol, processed and refined foods,
    chemical additives and pesticides.

Tips & Warnings

Relax. Try taking a relaxing and detoxifying bath every day.
Many products are on the market for this and you can try 1 cup Epsom salt, 2
cups baking soda and 10 drops lavender oil.

Get plenty of fresh air, sunshine and exercise as these all
reduce stress and build immunity. Studies have shown that people with high
levels of stress have lower levels of antibodies that help fight off infection
(see Reference 3).

Believe you can get better and you will. Science has shown
that positive thinking can help fight disease.

If you are under the care of a doctor, check with your
doctor before performing this diet.


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Nutrition and ADHD: Alternatives to Focalin and Other ADD/ADHD Drugs

By Dietitian, Wellness Educator and eHow Contributor, Elizabeth Kahn

Focalin or dexmethylphenidate, is a psychostimulant drug commonly prescribed for A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) and A.D.H.D. (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Focalin is a milder version of Ritalin (methylphenidate). As an alternative to such stimulants, there are many successful natural remedies that include nutrient and allergy testing and diet therapy (2: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Balch 2004).

Primary Treatment

  • Currently the primary course of treatment for sufferers of ADD and ADHD is stimulant treatment. The other more commonly prescribed drugs for these disorders are Adderal and Ritalin.

Nutrition and ADD

  • Nutritional imbalances can cause ADD symptoms. For example, symptoms of hypoglycemia often resemble ADD symptoms. Blood sugar irregularities can mimic ADD symptoms and can be caused by a diet high in refined, processed foods. Food allergies, vitamin, mineral, amino acid and other nutrient imbalances and food additives can cause ADD symptoms.

Nutrition Research

  • There are many nutritional implications in ADD. More and more people are looking for alternative treatments and are turning to nutritional remedies.  In “The ADD Answer,” Dr. Frank Lawlis shows that according to many studies, nutritional remedies such as diet modification and food allergy testing were successful in 70 percent of cases.


  • Stimulants are being prescribed to many children, including preschoolers.  These medications are often chopped up and inhaled through the nose and can act as gateway drugs for these children.






Remedy Using Desiccated Liver Powder |

By Elizabeth Kahn, eHow contributor

Desiccated liver powder is concentrated, dried liver, usually that of a cow. Liver is a nutrient-dense supplement that can help boost energy, libido, muscle growth, brain power and general health. Liver is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin A, arachidonic acid, DHA and B vitamins.  Liver contains an unknown “anti-fatigue factor.” Supplements given to rats greatly boosted their swimming endurance. It may be because liver is rich in carnitine, lipoic acid and other energy-related nutrients whose food sources have not been sufficiently researched.

Desiccated Liver

  • Now Foods sells a desiccated liver supplement with minimal additives. Dr. Ron’s sells a grass-fed version of this supplement.

Grass-Fed Liver

  • It is a good idea to use organic, grass-fed liver. For a source of local, fresh, grass-fed liver you can contact your local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter. North Star Bison has great tasting, fresh liver.

To Treat

  • Desiccated liver supplements can be used to treat anemia, low energy, liver disorders, and to build healthy red blood cells and relieve stress.

Vitamin A Concerns

  • Liver is high in vitamin A and consuming an amount of vitamin A over 100,000 international units daily over a long period of time can cause problems such as abdominal and liver problems, hair loss and pregnancy related problems including birth defects.  Watch your overall vitamin A intake while taking this product. Consult your doctor before taking this or any supplement.




Food and Diet for ADD | Elizabeth Kahn |

  • ADD, or attention deficit disorder, is a name given to a set  of symptoms with an unknown cause that relate to the nervous system. It is  estimated that 3 to 5 percent of children have this disorder. Most commonly  prescribed for these disorders are amphetamines. These drugs stimulate parts of  the brain that are inactive in many sufferers of this disorder. Food and diet  have been helpful in reversing symptoms in 50 to 70 percent of ADD sufferers,  according to “The ADD Answer” by Dr. Frank Lawlis.

Dietary Causes:

  • There are many foods that have been found to cause ADD.  These  include chocolate, dairy products, white flour or gluten, a low-protein diet and others. In one study 74 percent of ADD  sufferers responded abnormally to an insulin test, which means many may have a  problem with sugar. Food allergies often also play a role in ADD, and the culprit foods can be  discovered by doing an elimination diet. Many patients who have been diagnosed  with ADD have allergies to food additives such as dyes, preservatives and  salicylates in food and others.

ADD Diet:

  • An organic diet rich in vegetables, some fruits, whole grains  and legumes can be helpful in determining if dietary factors are causing these  symptoms. Follow the proportions of the food guide pyramid. Avoid dairy  products, white flour, sugar, carbonated beverages and foods that contain a high  amount of phosphates, juices high in sugar, processed foods and foods that  contain salicylates such as almonds, berries, cucumbers, peaches and  tomatoes.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Commonly suspect and foods to avoid include ketchup, fat,  apple cider vinegar, chocolate, corn, ham, chili sauce, mustard, pork, colored  cheeses, refined sugar, simple carbohydrates, butter, candy, luncheon meat, salami, meatloaf, milk,  sausage, soy sauce, milk, salt, tea and wheat. Also avoid antacid tablets, cough  drops, throat lozenges and commercial toothpaste (use only natural  toothpaste).


  • A nutritionist can help identify what dietary factors, if any,  might be causing these symptoms. Additionally, both lead and copper have been  implicated in ADD, and these can be identified by performing a hair analysis.  Once the food culprits are identified and the diet and body are put back into balance, many of  these foods can be reintroduced successfully.

References & Resources:

  • “Prescription for Nutritional Healing;” Phyllis A.  Balch; 2006
  • “Ritalin Nation;” Dr. Richard DeGrandpre; 1999
  • “The ADD Answer” Dr. Frank Lawlis; 2004
  • My USDA Food  Pyramid