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I have been diagnosed with Grover’s disease under my breasts. I had a biopsy for diagnosis. Tried topical ointment with no really good results. Any ideas?
Full disclosure. I am now experiencing a different kind of rash. Not the same itchy painful bumps as my Grover's. It started on Monday. I thought it was because I went off smoothies for a couple days. But not sure it's the Grover's. This rash seems to migrate and not leave any bumps behind. It itches but not like before, and it's more of a patchy rash. It started on my arms and sides. Then migrated to my legs, then my neck, then back to my arms the next day. Super weird and not the same as before where it would leave the papules behind and not the nagging itch as before. NOTHING new or different in my diet or environment so I'm not sure where it's coming from. I went to derm today to talk about it and he agreed it did not present like Grover's and said I should get blood work done and put me back on steroids…the saga continues. I'll keep you posted.
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So sorry you are going though this. You may have developed another form of eczema. I started with Allergic Contact Dermatitis, ACD and then a decade later got GD. Have you had the 5 Day Extended Patch Test for ACD? Goggle this exact test for ACD. It tested me for about 78 chemical and natural elements that are common allergens, like latex for metals for example. I am not allergic to those but to 5 others and I must never come in contact with them again. Arm yourself with information. Rashes can have specific symptoms and appearance.
Go to dermnetnz.org and study the various types of eczema. Their photos are helpful. If you have one form of eczema you are likely to get others.
Also I wonder about overdosing on the vitamins in cilantro. Has anyone studied the vitamins and minerals it contains. For example my sister tested too high in her blood for vitamin D. She took calcium with D, and a multivitamin with vitamin D and the doc made her back off stating too much caused side effects. Yet no one on the earthclinic site mentioned getting too many vitamins.
Never stopped drinking smoothies but cut back on the cilantro and darn, if I didn't start getting more new itchy ones. Upped my cilantro this morning. This morning I had frozen cherries instead of strawberries. Yum! I wonder if stress precipitates them. I have been under a great deal of stress this week. Losing sleep over it.
hi in regard to smoothies can you advise what ingredients you use in addition to the cilantro regards pat
I keep it simple. In blender I put half of bunch of cilantro. Add one container of yogurt such as strawberry. Then I add orange juice so it’s about 1/3 full. I put on “liquefy” and that’s it. A putrid green looking mixture BUT it tastes surprisingly good. By the way, I keep the half bunches frozen until ready. They blend easier when frozen.
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What a clever idea. I could buy 2 weeks worth at a time. Tomorrow I'm traveling early so am trying a suggestion by one of us, forgot who, saying they made up 2 days worth. Tomorrow I won't have to take the time to blend and clean up.
Because I am on the whole 30 diet, I use 10 stalks of cilantro including stems, almond/cashew milk and almond/coconut milk, with three giant frozen strawberries and a frozen small banana cut in slices. I make a smoothie on high. I buy my bananas and strawberries fresh and freeze them in small baggies. I love coconut milk so I added this for flavor. I cannot do juice because of the sugar, or yogurt because of dairy. I also tried frozen cherries instead of strawberries and it was amazing! Since I hate the taste of cilantro I originally used less fresh and supplemented with pills. Now I am off the supplements.
Any new products for hair or skin, including soap? How about pollen? Perfume? Just trying to help.
I ran down the list….can't think of a thing. Thanks for trying!
I will ask for that test. Can't hurt! Thanks!
So I have given it about a month of trying the extract and then the capsules. Haven’t really seen any impact but have had a few eruptions so I am going to conclude that they aren’t doing anything. Making smoothies everyday is going to be a challenge but it seems that there might be something more in raw cilantro that isn’t making it in the supplements. Has anyone made up a batch for few days. Maybe just crush some ice into a lotion of the mixture each day. Thinking that might fit my schedule bettter. Will just use supplements when I am traveling for work I guess
I’ve been using whatever is in the fridge… 🙂 I have a vitamix which liquifies everything. I try to balance it out for consistency. I have used all the following in assorted portions: whole orange, apple, frozen and fresh bananas, frozen and fresh berries, dairy free yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon, kale, orange juice and ice. (And last week on vacation I added blue chair rum to one for a beach drink!) I just adjust things to balance the consistency. Hope that helps!
For some reason the supplements and extract do not seem to work according to many. If you freeze the cilantro and just throw a bunch in the blender with a container of flavored yogurt and some OJ it only takes a minute to spin around and drink.
Will do. And it’s a “bunch”. That’s a standard way they sell it???
Yes, "bunches" vary but its about 1-2 cups and usually comes with a twist tie around it. Some bunches are small so double up if necessary 🙂
I am posting this because some have wondered about Vitamin D. As you will see, there is no D in cilantro. It does say, however (but now below), that you can be more sensitive to sun so do wear sun block. I just googled cilantro health benefit and there is much more on this subject.
Cilantro Nutritional Facts
A great source of vitamins and minerals, cilantro should be considered a superfood, or at least a “superherb.” A small amount delivers the full daily value of vitamin A and K and is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Cilantro is a great, low-calorie option for those who want to add more nutrients and flavor to their diet. Below is the full nutritional breakdown for 3.5 oz. of raw cilantro leaves.
Vitamins and Minerals Amount Daily Value
Vitamin A equiv. 6748 IU 135%
Thiamine (B1) 0.067 mg 4.5%
Riboflavin (B2) 0.162 mg 9.5%
Niacin (B3) 1.114 mg 5.5%
Vitamin B6 0.149 mg 7.4%
Vitamin C 27 mg 45%
Vitamin E 2.5 mg 8%
Vitamin K 310 ?g 387%
Calcium 67 mg 7%
Iron 1.77 mg 10%
Magnesium 26 mg 7%
Manganese 0.426 mg 21%
Phosphorus 48 mg 5%
Potassium 521 mg 15%
Sodium 46 mg 2%
Zinc 0.5 mg 1.6%
Cilantro and Toxic Metal Cleansing
Beyond its nutritional benefits, cilantro is a powerful, cleansing agent that specifically targets toxic metals. We are constantly exposed to toxic metals like aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium. Toxic metals tend to accumulate in the endocrine system, muscle tissue, and even deep within the bones. Once these metals reach dangerous levels, many serious health problems occur. Common side effects of toxic metal exposure include hormone imbalance, oxidative stress from free radicals, and, in extreme cases, impaired organ function. Don't wait to experience harsh side effects before cleansing your body.
Mercury, for example, can have a devastating effect on your health. Many people who suffer from mercury exposure report feeling more clear headed after consuming large amounts of cilantro over an extended period.
Exposure to lead is also far more common than many people realize and has many adverse effects on the body. In animal studies, cilantro has been observed to protect against lead-induced oxidative stress.
Cilantro helps cleanse the body of toxic metals by supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Compounds in cilantro leaf bind to toxic metals and loosen them from affected tissue. This process allows metals to be released from the body naturally. You can access these benefits by consuming the raw leaves or ingesting concentrated extracts. Unfortunately, fresh cilantro goes bad very quickly. Not everyone appreciates the distinctive flavor of cilantro. One explanation for the difference in flavor perception is the absence of a particular gene called OR6A2. The lack of this gene seems to be common in those who report a foul taste.
Additional Benefits of Cilantro
Cilantro has strong antioxidant activity.
Promotes Heart Health
Cilantro may help prevent cardiovascular damage.
Provides a Mood Boost
Cilantro has been shown to promote calm feelings.
Promotes Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Some studies report that cilantro encourages normal blood sugar levels.
Supports Restful Sleep
Cilantro may help improve sleep quality.
Supports Healthy Cells
Coriander seed oil possesses antioxidant properties that may reduce oxidative stress.
Encourages Fungal Balance
Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil reported that cilantro oil has potential against an oral form of the candida fungus.
Fights Harmful Organisms
Cilantro has demonstrated neutralizing activity against several types of harmful organisms.[11, 12]
Encourages Brain Health
Cilantro may help support neurological health by discouraging oxidative stress.
Promotes Normal Fluid Balance
Coriander seed encourages normal fluid balance and urine flow.
Supports Bone Health
Vitamin K supports healthy bones, and eating even a small amount of cilantro provides the recommended daily serving of vitamin K.
Nutritional Support for Eye Health
Cilantro contains nutrients, including vitamin A, which support eye health.
Natural Food Preservative
Cilantro leaves and coriander seed are used to produce essential oils that act as natural food preservatives.
James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of "The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs," has praised cilantro for the way it supports the digestive system. He recommends drinking tea made from the leaves for any form of stomach discomfort. Additionally, cilantro may encourage normal bowel movements.
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