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CREST (Calcinosis, Raynaud phenomenon, Esophageal dysmotility, Sclerodactyly, and Telangiectasia Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy CREST is an acronym for the following conditions:

C alcinosis
R aynaud's phenomenon
E sophageal dysfunction
S clerodactyly, and
T elangiectasia.

As such it is the name for a syndrome with the above named components.

It is a variant of scleroderma, displaying characteristics of both the localized and systemic varieties. It is a relatively stable and slow-moving form of scleroderma and has a much more favorable prognosis than other forms.

There is no evidence that the basic process differs from the usual scleroderma, but the pace and order of CREST seems to be different in that intestinal involvement comes slower and later in the course of the disease.

It is considered and 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.

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 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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