Dr. Alan Dattner is a special kind of person. He's not your Seinfeld-type of dermatologist-- he has worked long hours in research laboratories to learn how the mind and biochemical agents can fit together harmoniously. If you are suffering from any type of skin disorder, read his book. You will be glad you did.
Along with an inquiring mind, Alan has a tenacious nature that allows him to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the causes of skin diseases. Reading his book was an epiphany to me in the understanding of my particular affliction--eczema.
I have suffered with this skin condition since childhood. After seeing many dermatologists, the verdict was always "try to find out what you are allergic to and use this cortisone compound." The first part was good advice, but cortisone damages the skin and should never be used to quell an eruption--it's a quick fix that causes worse problems later on.
Dr. Dattner's holistic method put me on the right track to control eczema. I am a retired electronics engineer and professional guitarist who performs from time-to-time at local gatherings. With some of the crazy characters who gather at these "jams" to ego trip and dominate the program, the situation can get very stressful for a perfectionist like myself.
When I met Alan at some of the "jams," I could tell from his bearing that he was a professional and unlike the rest. I learned that he was a Dermatologist. He discovered that I had the dreaded E and suggested that I try to find out what I was allergic to (I've heard that before) and to check out his book.
At this point I was having an eruption that was very damaging to my hands. I feared that I would have to give up playing guitar. His advice in this book has been what I needed. I was unaware that the stress from these highly-competitive and unfriendly "jams" was not helping me. They were supposed to be happy times, but some of the "folks" have been downright mean, nasty and the wrong kind of people to associate with.
I have taken Alan's advice and avoided stressful situations and nasty "folks." I'm still happily playing guitar and creating music in my home studio.
Thank you Alan and Shohama! Keep playing that mean blues harp--you rock!!