Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. 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 Scleroderma

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 09:17 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Question: Our daughter is 48 and has had scleroderma for about five years. Her fingers are curled and are often black if she’s cold. Do you have any recommendations for us?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Scleroderma is a systemic autoimmune disease that hardens the skin. Patients frequently also suffer from vascular and organ problems.

In many cases, scleroderma patients have an underlying infection. In fact, research behind
an infectious etiology for many autoimmune conditions dates back more than 80 years.

In scleroderma patients, I have found that the bacterium mycoplasma is the most common
infectious agent. Tetracycline antibiotics have been very effective when combined with a holistic treatment regimen.

Other infectious organisms that I have diagnosed in scleroderma patients include chlamydia (nonsexually transmitted) and human herpesvirus 6.

More information about how to treat arthritic disorders such as scleroderma can be found in my book, Overcoming Arthritis.

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