About Elaine Mummery
Whilst I am a nutritionist my ability to clear acne came from 25 years of independent research. (There is no training course, as far as I am aware, that gives a practitioner all the necessary facts to clear acne). During my studies I discovered that the common thought process of ‘one cause’ for acne was in fact an unproven theory; a theory that is promoted on the NHS website as a medical fact. Based on this theory many pharmaceutical drugs have been developed to treat acne. The conclusion made by many people is that doctors have conducted sufficient research to clearly identify the cause of acne and have scientifically developed safe drugs in which to successfully treat it.
It is important to have faith in your practitioner and many people do until they have a health issue such as acne. My clinic was set up and continues to exist because acne sufferers continue to try everything their doctor and dermatologist has to offer and yet for the majority of people acne comes back. By the time a patient comes to see me they can have a long list of health issues caused not only by the drugs they have used but also because the initial cause of their acne was never addressed.
I started my studies by reading all the medical research conducted into the cause of acne. Next I read from all the health practitioners who opted to specialise in the treatment of acne both with drugs, herbs, homeopathic and with diets, natural supplements and other natural methods.
What was clear from my research was that 1) there were very few studies conducted into the cause of acne 2) doctors were too quick to believe in a one cause for all theory that has never been proven 3) due to the lack of research and proven medical facts most practitioners were floundering when it came to treating acne 4) skincare companies could clearly see there was no cure and thus started to come up with their own products to take the money from vulnerable acne sufferers who were at a complete loss as to what was causing their acne.
The truth of what I discovered was eye opening. I thought how cleverly the pharmaceutical companies hoodwink people into a false sense that there is a drug to cure everything when in reality it is far from the truth. The many doctors I have treated and who recommend my services confirm this as they find themselves in a very difficult situation whereby they have been trained to work with drugs as opposed to finding a natural solution and drugs only provide for some a temporary solution.
The next step I took was to understand the workings of the human body and to find out what the body needed to make it work efficiently. My faith in the medical world came back and I began to clearly see that the medical world was in fact divided. All the research was now being conducted by the pharmaceutical companies. Doctors were being trained primarily to use pharmaceutical drugs and were given very little training into the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and diet choices. The incredible research doctors proceeding them had undertaken was now being pushed aside in favour of drugs. Many doctors were losing heart with this and could see that the drugs were not benefiting their patients and decided to go back to working with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and diets and found this to be far more rewarding. These doctors however had to opt to work privately.
When I started to read what these open minded doctors had to say I was blown away by the amount of research they had undertaken. How the body utilises minerals, vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids as well as carbohydrates, protein and fat from our diets in order to function efficiently. Doctors had compiled lists that clearly pointed out symptoms that the body showed when it was lacking in specific nutrients.
The next step was how to work out what deficiencies related to acne. I also had to work out what tests my patients should conduct in order to provide me with accurate information.
25 years is a long time to dedicate to a specific subject but I could never have opened my clinic with the information that I have now if it wasn’t for the following people who wrote down their studies thus allowing me to piece together why the body produces spots.
Rick Malter pH.D
Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D.,P.E
Carolyn Dean, M.D.,N.D
Jamie Kaufman, M.D
Jordan Stern, M.D
Dr Richard Schulze
Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D
Burt Bersonm M.D., Ph.D
Lawrence Wilson, MD
Rick Malter, Ph.D
K.Seetharam Bhat, M.SC
Bhayani Belavady, D.SC
I would also like to thank my patients especially in the early days when a degree of experimentation took place to allow me to categorise spots types. Also to Gustave H. Hoehn, M.D who wrote a book called ‘Acne can be cured’ in 1978. Whilst he was far from finding the cure his efforts and his idea to open an acne clinic gave me my inspiration to do the same.
The medical world is divided and in turn this has caused confusion for the public. Many opt to take sides with the pharmaceutical companies who they feel offer the ‘scientific’ option and many flounder experimenting with many alternative health providers and health information they stumble upon on the internet. Such continues to be the case with acne.
Whatever you choose to believe there is always this fact to consider: scientists have proven that the body relies upon minerals, vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein and fat from diet. Scientists have also proven that through blood testing and hair analysis (there are some quack testing so be careful) that we can determine what our bodies have enough of and what they are deficient in. Does it not make logical sense to start from this basis when treating a health issue such as acne?
Clearing acne is easy for me now but it has taken 8 years of running an acne clinic in both Glasgow and London to allow me to fully understand what is often overlooked – the debilitating health issues that often come hand in hand with acne. My clinic is not therefore just about clearing acne, it is about delving deep into the cause of the acne thus allowing me to work with my patients to address other health issues thus creating balance.
Thanks to the dedicated work of the doctors I noted above a consultation at my clinic can be life changing with an increase in energy levels, a feeling of calm and a healthy body as well as healthy clear skin.
My clinic will only ever attract open minded individuals, individuals who understand what the body really needs for it to work. My methods are medically correct, scientific and get results for being so. My patients continue to be a joy to work with and continue to recommend my services.
My patients include patients from the age of 7 to 70, doctors and many other health practitioners who have struggled to clear their own skin, actors, actresses and singers.
Working over 8 years in Glasgow and London was exhausting and I opted to reduce my work load and move to France. I continue to offer online consultations so please feel free to get in touch should you require my assistance.
With very best wishes