Guest: Michèle Wolff
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Michèle Wolff is qualified in both conventional and complementary medicine, practicing as a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, hypnotherapist, colonic hydrotherapist, aromatherapist and nurse. She is an expert in digestive comfort and natural detoxifying for peak energy, wellness and potential disease prevention, and has worked with a variety of natural healing methods and lectured around the world for more than 20 years. Michèle is also a bestselling author and a speaker on Food as Medicine for optimal performance and other health topics.
Michèle applies her passion for Food as Medicine to her own life. She educates her clients that digestion is key to many other health problems, as what we absorb and eliminate affects all other organs: “You are what you eat, assimilate and eliminate.” Michèle has seen the extraordinary impact diet has both negatively and positively on the body and mind.
Segment overview: Michèle Wolff is the Author of Digestive Solutions and is very well known naturopath, Speaker and Medicine expert. She said triggers of eczema included stress, foods, preservatives, chemicals, pollens, dust mites, toiletries and weather conditions. According to Michel medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey is used in hospitals around the world as it has been clinically-proven to help support wound healing and protect infected, eczematous skin, cracked skin and eczema wounds that are often associated with eczema.
Health Professional Radio – Eczema Awareness Month
Wayne Bucklar: You’re listening to Health Professional Radio. My name is Wayne Bucklar and today I’m joined by Michele Wolff. Michele’s a Naturopath and the Author of the book Digestive Solutions. Michele welcome to Health Professional Radio.
Michele Wolff: Thank you Wayne. It’s good to be here.
W: Now today we’re actually not talking about your book, we want to talk about Eczema given that it’s Eczema Awareness Month and I understand that you’ve got some thoughts on the use of medical-grade Manuka Honey in the treatment of Eczema. So give us an idea about the honey, why is it that you’re an enthusiast for this?
M: Manuka Honey has had an awful lot of research done in Universities in New Zealand and the quality of it is measured by something called Manuka Factor. The one of the highest Manuka factors is the factor of 20 and that’s the anti-bacterial action of the honey and the healing quality of it.
W: It is kind of extraordinary. I always find that honey’s one of those things that our mothers and our grandmothers and grandmother’s grandmothers said “Oh put that on, that’ll fix it” and all of a sudden now we have evidence of this and real scientific backing for it.
M: Yes, well I guess honey’s actually been used since the Egyptian times but modern day researches just caught up with that and the Menuka Honey in New Zealand has been shown to be the best in the world.
W: Now before we get on to how it works with Eczema, how common is Eczema in Australia?
M: Actually Eczema in Australia is one of the highest in the world like a lot of Western countries with up to 1 and 3 people affected most affected are young children up until the age of 5 however Eczema can occur at any age.
W: And you mentioned it being common in the Western world, is that some causation that’s related to the Western world? What are the causes for Eczema?
M: Yeah, it’s largely due to environmental factors, different types of pollution and preservatives and colorings and chemicals going into food. But now we’re exposed to 74,000 registered chemicals that just weren’t around in my grandparent’s day back a hundred years ago. So we have a lot more to cope with and your skin is like your second liver so the liver’s constantly dealing with daily toxins, things that we breathe in but if it gets too much to the body it will often come out on the skin.
W: I see. Now Manuka honey … is a variety of honey but that’s not a brand name, you can’t go and buy that as a brand, can you?
M: You can buy Manuka honey so you see you can walk in to a health booth shop and they offer Manuka honey but it’ll be usually be made by someone and then the honey will have a Manuka factor so the lower the Manuka factor the cheaper it will be and the higher the Manuka factor the more expensive it will be. So like a Manuka factor 20 just a small part of honey will probably cost you about $65 because of the very strong anti-bacterial effect of it.
W: Now I know Comvita make a Manuka honey, is that a brand that’s just readily available?
M: Yes, so Comvita have had a lot of research done into their creams. So they make creams and lotions and soaps rather than the actual honey that you eat but within the creams and lotions there is Manuka honey and then Aloe Vera and Chamomile which are very soothing to the skin and it’s a natural cream and lotion rather than the chemical one.
W: Now how does Manuka honey help with the symptomatic relief for Eczema?
M: It relieves itching and dryness within a week and it also helps to heal the skin. So often with Eczema it can get cracked and weeping and opened so it helps to heal the skin and gives a lots of relief of, it calms the redness that as well.
W: Now are there other things that people can do if they’re experiencing a flare-up of their Eczema?
M: Yes, so to go on to a more natural diet, so to eat foods from nature, possibly see a Naturopath to see whether they’ve got any allergies or intolerances so things like wheat and dairy and sugar are quite common and they can aggravate Eczema. When natural clothing some more cotton rather than polyester or synthetic clothing to air rooms when you’re in houses so that dusts, pollens don’t build up – those are the main things.
W: Now Michele in Australia winter is just around the corner and in other parts of the world, of course summer is just around the corner. But for our Australian audience, are these seasonal shifts associated with Eczema and winter?
M: They can be so some people are affected by the wind and the cold and that will cause more dryness and itching so putting a good cream on it like Comvita cream that’s going to be thick and act as a natural barrier from the weather and wearing natural clothing so your organic cottons or hemps are much more beneficial to the skin.
W: Now I understand that medi-honey’s used also in wound treatment in hospitals. How is the product different?
M: How is the product different?
M: It contains more Manuka honey so in hospitals a lot of people will have deep ulcers whether the leg maybe really open or deep wounds that won’t respond to antibiotics and antiseptic creams so yeah it’s a thicker cream that’s put on. Each day that forms an anti-bacterial layer and also allows the epithelium of the skin to heal much quicker and there has been lots of studies done on that and it’s been highly successful.
W: And Michele just in closing I suppose we should put on the record that you’re not an employee of Comvita Manuka Honey but in fact you’re a Naturopath and an Author of a book Digestive Solutions.
M: That’s correct. We have trialed their products and given to our clients. As a Naturopath I would also work internally with people with Eczema, with herbal meds and nutrition that it’s fantastic to have some symptomatic relief externally and something that’s natural and not gonna cause any long term problems and it’s an excellent product.
W: Now is there a website where people can get hold of more information that they need it Michele?
M: Yeah, sure www.detoxspecialist.com.au and the business is called Ultimate Detox Solution and the book Digestive Solutions is largely on food as medicine so it will help people with any conditions including Eczema actually.
W: I do appreciate your time today. I realize you’re very busy and thank you for sharing some of your wisdom with us on Health Professional Radio.
M: Thank you Wayne for having me on. It’s been a pleasure.
W: Now if you’ve missed my conversation with Michele Wolff, she’s a Naturopath and Author. The good news is we have a transcript on our website, you can also listen to the whole interview again, there’s an audio archive on YouTube and on SoundCloud and you can find the links to all of those resources at www.hpr.fm that’s Health Professional Radio station website. My name is Wayne Bucklar and you are listening to Health Professional Radio.