Age spots are not only "sun spots" as often depicted. They can also be the result of repeated injury to the skin. For example, I developed an age spot on the side of my nose from wearing glasses over many years, and spots on my forehead from repeated injury by rose and pyracantha thorns as I struggled with my garden.
Of course, one should show one's age spots to his/her GP and have them investigated, if warranted, to rule out invasive cancer. However, if an investigation is not warranted, a traditional treatment is the application of Bread Soda, a treatment I have used effectively to get rid of the spot on my nose and to greatly reduce my forehead spots. Bread Soda has also been used by Irish people to reduce the prominence of freckles. (Notice the above picture, taken from Skincare by Louisa, besides the more obvious brown spots also bears a typical "glasses" depressed spot on the side of the nose).
Here is a recent picture of myself, where I show that the "glasses" spot is completely gone and the forehead spots greatly reduced and on the wane:
There are, of course, many reports of how bread-soda has failed. However, these are probably due to a falure to persist with the treatment or to use a wrong technique. In the past, methods have include putting a paste of damp bread-soda on the spot and covering it with a sticking plaster to keep in place. My method is as follows:
- Apply for 14 days.
- Rest for 14 days.
- Repeat 3 times.
- Rest for 6 months.
- Repeat if necessary.
The application: First apply a moisturising cream to the face. Then, dip a damp finger into a line of bread-soda spread out on a plate or work-top, and rub the damp bread soda vigorously into the spot. After a few minutes, gently spread another layer of moisturising cream over the spot, to keep it moist. E45 cream is ideal. (Otherwise, the bread-soda will dry to a white powder and flake off. The second application of moisturising cream keeps it invisible and in place).
Second day: Wash, and scrub with a face-cloth, before next application of bread-soda.
Progress: The progress during the first 7 days will be rapid; you see the spots visibly fading, day by day. Then, the spots begin to re-assert, due, perhaps, to deeper levels of the skin becoming apparent as, I suppose, the upper layer is exfoliated.
During the second 14 days (the rest period), as one washes and scrubs, the discolouration fades again, I suppose due to the regrowth of the upper layer in healthy form.
Note: bread-soda is not a whitening agent. It gets rid of white, or light-coloured spots as well as dark spots, returning the skin to its natural colour.
Note: Dr Simoncini uses bread-soda in the treatment of all cancers, not just benign age spots. Easy for skin-cancers, but a problem for other cancers is getting the bread-soda to the cancer-site, since it is not normally carried in the blood-stream. Simoncini injects the bread-soda directly into the tumour. Another method is to chemically combine the bread-soda with maple syrup or molasses. The sugar then carries the bread soda to the target area, and, in gobbling up the sugar, the cancer ingests its own nemesis. The trick is to heat a mixture of bread-soda with maple syrup or molasses to a particular temperature, which causes the two to combine chemically. Pour the hot mixture into moulds to create bread-soda lozenges. Lemon juice can be used for flavouring.
There have been reports of cures by this method when other chemical treatments have failed.
Attacks on Dr Simoncini (who was actually jailed for persisting with the unapproved bread-soda treatment) are often based on his assertion that all cancers are fungus. However, his diagnosis is based on the following simple facts:
- Some cancers are actually named as fungi, (which caused Simoncelli to wonder if, and then conclude that, all cancers are fungi).
- Characteristics of a fungus are that it manifests in a visible growth (e.g. a mushroom) and spreads by invisible trails under the surface. Characteristics of cancer are, similarly, manifestation as tumours or other visible form, and spread by invisible trail.
- Fungi feed on sugar - and so do cancers, more voraciously than regular cells.
- Fungi are killed by bread soda (e.g., a treatment for athlethe's foot, a fungus, is application of bread soda coupled with reduced intake of sugar and white bread).
Whether Simoncini's method is effective or nonsense, it will never receive official approval under the current regulative regime, because no funds can be found for the necessary research. Since the bread-soda patent has run out two hundred years ago, there is no profit to be made to recoup the costs of medical trials.
A similar comment can be made about Turmeric. This Indian spice has been found to kill cancer cells in a test tube. However, scientific investigation has shown that, when taken orally, it remains in the tummy and is not dispersed throughout the body. An American university sought a patent for turmeric, but the Indian government opposed the patent on the basis that Turmeric is not a new invention, being of course, an ages-old product. A patent would, however, no doubt, be available for a novel method of combining turmeric with some other product to cause it to be carried around the body and, thereby, to cancer sites.
It would be foolish to rely on traditional country cures for treatment of cancer. Diagnosis and treatment by modern medical science would be advisable. However, cancer is often caused by life-style and diet and can, therefore, often be avoided by avoiding toxic foods, such as sugar and, perhaps, wheat, and following Hippocrates' advice: "Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food!"
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