Everybody has their own specific body odour. The smell should be neither obtrusive nor offensive but nevertheless distinctive. The smell emanates from the sweat pores and is dependent upon the content of sweat and other matters. This is not an unusual problem for many teenagers due to body odour being associated with poor hygiene after exercise. Bacterial activity in association with changing hormones and the predilection of this age group to use chemical deodorants that damage the body’s natural flora and allow bad bacteria to produce their toxins and odours on the skin unchallenged. Persistent bad body odour may represent the presence of certain systemic diseases.
Sweat is similar in composition to urine except for the presence of urea, a nitrogen-based protein waste product. The blood is generally cleansed by the kidneys and rarely has to resort to eliminating through the skin, but dehydration and certain drugs and diseases affecting the kidney can lead to the utilization of sweat as a waste product and thereby alter its smell.
Eating an excess of pungent foods such as garlic or spices may simply overload the system and the sweat absorbs the product with no pathology being present in the system.
Skin bacteria should produce little, if any, odour but certain strains, especially those that have been altered by the use of antibiotics, can produce noxious gases that are experienced as BO. The more sugar in the diet and the moister the environment in which the bacteria live, the more they multiply and these increased numbers create increased odour.
Some hormones have their own smell, such as adrenaline (the smell of fear), and female cyclical hormones actually encourage bacterial growth which in turn may encourage body odour.
Use only unmedicated soaps and avoid deodorants other than topical applications of essential oils, preferably to the undergarments.
Observe any changes on a daily basis in association with certain foods. Foods such as garlic and onions can create a body odour and individuals may be susceptible to particular foodstuffs. Keep a journal and ask a family member or close friend to monitor changes over a period of a few weeks. Correlate this to foods eaten and avoid any suspect foods.
Bad bowel bacteria can produce toxins that find their way into the sweat. Use high doses of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Probifidus shortly before each meal. Chlorophyll can be utilized similarly.
Zinc (30mg each night) should be tried. 1 Poor digestion can lead to an abundance of foods for bacteria, who multiply quicker and produce more toxins. Use hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes in the amounts recommended on the packet.
Wear natural fibres that absorb sweat more effectively and change clothes regularly if necessary.
Ensure good hydration by drinking at least a pint of water for every foot of height in divided doses throughout the day. Ensure that more water is drunk if exercise is undertaken or if alcohol and caffeine are drunk as these dehydrate the body.
Ensure good hygiene and regular washing and changing of clothes.
Review the homeopathic remedies Calcarea Carbonica and Silica and use potency 6 three times a day for ten days.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS) Inexcusably this condition (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and postviral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)) have only been officially recognized by the medical profession in the UK since the summer of 1996. Other countries have been a little bit more open but a large percentage of doctors refuse to accept that this syndrome exists.
The definition of CFS is initially a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’. This means that other medical causes must be investigated and eliminated. The symptoms must include fatigue or lethargy causing a 50 per cent loss of physical and social function for at least six months. Four of the following symptoms must also be present:
Physical: sore throat, persistent infections, swollen and/or sore lymph nodes, headaches and pain in muscles or joints.
Psychological depression: impaired memory or concentration, excessive sleep requirement, appetite loss or gain and agitation.
Very often these symptoms worsen with the slightest exertion. It is important to differentiate this from the persistent fatigue that is felt by 20-50 per cent of the population in association with incorrect lifestyle or stress, as this is quite separate from this condition.
For many years the orthodox world has been searching for a specific cause and the term postviral fatigue syndrome was popular because it suggested that this condition occurred after viral infections. This is simply not the case; CFS can occur with no previous or obvious illness preceding it.
In principle, any stressful event, be it physical, psychological, personal or social, can trigger this syndrome but generally it occurs in those who have already a weakened energy or constitution. The Eastern philosophies believe in an energy store (the Chinese call it kidney Qi) which can be depleted by life’s events or habits. With this energy level low any event may trigger CFS.
Specific imbalances in the energy and functioning of the pituitary gland or the parts of the nervous system that produce serotonin have been found in some cases but not in all. The pituitary gland and serotonin are involved in stress controlling the adrenal gland to a great extent.
There are no tests that confirm a diagnosis of CFS, although approximately 60 per cent of sufferers will have a specific protein in their blood called viral protein 1 (VP1). Treatment must be geared towards both the physical symptoms and the psychological or neurological components of this condition. The use of drugs such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories that may create a leaky gut can predispose to food allergy development that may turn out to be a much underestimated cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Homeopathy can be most effective, depending on your symptoms, and referral to your preferred homeopathic manual or a session with a homeopath to choose a remedy for the symptoms and your constitution is an excellent first step.
Take twice the recommended daily allowance of the following compounds in divided doses with breakfast and a late afternoon snack (not with your evening meal): beta-carotene, a multi-B complex, vitamin C and zinc.
Maximum recommended doses of adrenal extract and thymus gland extract should be taken.
Ginseng and liquorice may be supplemented with some success. RECOMMENDATIONS
Rule out any other cause for your symptoms by visiting your GP initially.
Do not push your body beyond its limits. Unlike, say, trying to get fit, working beyond your body’s endurance only makes the condition worse.
Remember that the condition is both physical and physiological due to the chemical changes that occur in the neurological system. Advice should be sought both from a complementary medical practitioner and psychological specialists such as neurolinguistic programmers, counsellors or meditation teachers.
Ensure that your diet is suitable for yourself . Test for food allergy/intolerance through blood test or bioresonance techniques.
Remember that the problem stems not from an incident but from a general lack of energy store prior to the commencement of the symptoms. Review your lifestyle, stresses and habits and endeavour to remove any contributing habits such as cigarette smoking, drug taking and lack of exercise.
Consider an initial detoxification programme and remember that you may feel an exacerbation of your symptoms as your body starts to repair.
If you have no response with these supplements within one month, then contact your preferred complementary medical specialist.