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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Discoid lupus is a benign, distinctive disc-shaped skin eruption. It affects the skin and not the internal organs. It is neither cancerous nor contagious. The initial lesion is a small or moderate-sized, coin-shaped red patch that arises spontaneously or after mild injury or exposure to sunlight. The disease spreads to other areas, but it may be confined to the exposed areas of the body, such as the face, scalp, ears, chest, and arms. The inflammation occurring on the skin may cause destruction of hair follicles and glands and thinning of the skin, with loss of normal color. This may lead to permanent scarring and loss of hair. Discoid lupus is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign product, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs. Researchers believe that changes in the skin may be caused by an autoimmune reaction of the immune system, skin injury, or an inherited factor. However, there is no clearly defined predisposition to the disease.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs.

The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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