Holistic treatment and Sweet Syndrome

Nothing is sweeter than seeing a client respond well to holistic treatment.  The client I am referring to came to my clinic about three weeks ago.  He had been diagnosed by his medical doctor with an illness known as Sweet Syndrome   http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sweets-syndrome/DS00752/DSECTION=causes


If you check out this link, you will see that this has nothing to do with sweetness.  This disease turns its sufferers into modern-day Jobs.  You remember Job in the Bible?  He was covered head to foot with boils and skin abrasions.  Such was the case of my client.


He had been suffering with these skin lesions for two and a half years.  He had been seeking traditional medical treatment, with no progress, no healing.  The May Clinic states that this disease is idiopathic which means that no one knows what causes it.  If there is no determined cause, then it is very hard to treat with pharmaceuticals.


Such was the state of affairs when Mr. P came to see me.  After taking a case history, we embarked upon a treatment with homeopathic remedies and herbs.  After one week, Mr. P called me, stating that the lesions on his skin were more numerous and it appeared that he was getting worse.  What he did not know, (and maybe you need to know too) is that when the body starts to heal, the natural healing process is to push out the offending germ/bacteria/virus/microbe/parasite through the natural elimination pathways of the body.   Because we don’t know what the cause of Sweet Syndrome is, one of the best ways to bring him to healing was to encourage the body to eliminate whatever was the origin  The skin is the body’s largest eliminative organ, so seeing the lesions become worse in a very short time gave hope that the body was clearing itself.


Mr. P came back into the clinic, and we made up a topical preparation with almond oil and about four different herbal extracts to put on the lesions.  After about two weeks had passed, we called him this week to check on his progress.  He said that he had been to his medical doctor, and his doctor was amazed at his recovery.  In fact, his doctor wants to know what we did to effect this improvement.

Yesterday, Mr. P came into the clinic.  He rolled up his pants leg, and I was amazed at the transformation.  Three weeks ago, his body was covered with very sore, painful running tiny blisters.  Today, the sores are all scabbed over, and are fifty percent smaller.  There is no blistering, very little pain, and no inflammation.   Mr. P’s testimony is that he is very much better than he has been in the previous two plus years, and he wants to continue working with other health issues in a holistic manner.


As a Naturopath, I see stories like this all the time.  People come into the clinic regularly, very frustrated and disappointed with their medical outcomes.  Often, like Mr. P, they have been under allopathic medical treatment for many years, and are not getting any better.  They have been told that nothing can be done, and that they will have their conditions the rest of their lives.  This is just not true.


Life should be sweet.  If you are not enjoying health and a sweet life, I encourage you to research holistic therapies.  There is a path to healing as long as there is breath in the body.


Until next time,


Dr. Polly

  • Denise Vessels says:

    What an awesome testimony of healing that God wants us to have. You have always taught that if we give our body what it needs ‘naturally’ (hence, what God intended), then the body would heal itself. This is another instance of just that. …and it was done quickly. God loves to show off. Intrigue the medical profession, confound the doctors with the simplicity of God’s design…I love it! Mr. P’s testimony will forever be ‘sweet!’ Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa says:

    My sister has been diagnosed with Sweets syndrome she has pain in her joints especially the knees. She has the rashes that come about when it is in full bloom. She was put on predisone for a 1 1/2 it has now reocurred. Where are you located? She lives in the Bay Area near San Francisco, Ca. Do you have any doctor there that you could recommend? My email address is jdiz.zigns@yahoo.com Any suggestions will be helpful

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you Polly, I will be waiting for your contacts.

  • Candy says:

    I have had sweets on and off for the last 7 years and
    Sat summer saw naturalpath and was put on tintures and high doses of chorella and it went into remission but is now back stronger than ever but am still on tintures and chorella and will see naturalpath when I travel as none avail in Kuwait where I live. I feel that it may be at it’s end as they are all over my feet not sure though but do believe natural cures is answer to this and most diseases

  • lynn selvage says:

    My daughter has histoicitic? sweets she has been sick for 7 years both deasies are in one biopsy have you ever heard of this

  • RJ Butaney says:

    Hi Polly, thank you very much for the promising hope, inspiration and reminder on how the body heals. My dad has been suffering from Sweets since 1996 and has been on prednisone since then, and the effects of the drug are really taking a toll on his body. We live in Boston MA and would welcome any insights you can share / or practitioners you know that have the knowledge in this area to help. Please advise and thanks in advance, RJ

  • RJ Butaney says:

    Hi Polly, thank you very much for the quick response. Depending on where in NH, it could be anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. We are located very close to downtown Boston, and southern NH (places like Nashua) are about 45 minutes. Thank you again, RJ

  • Angelica says:

    Hello Polly,
    My mother has been diagnosed with Sweets Syndrome and is currently suffering flare ups of lesions on her leg. She is also a post-polio sufferer. My mother has been on different antibiotic therapies but none have really helped long term. I would appreciate it if you could please send me a list of physicians in our area that you feel would be able to of help. Like Lisa, we are also located in Northern California.

    Thank you for your time!

  • fouzi@khalidsultan.net says:

    Hi Polly,
    My mother has sweet syndrome and has suffered from it for several years. We are currently in Hamburg in Germany and was wondering if you know anyone who can assist with this here. Alternatively, may be you can advise what type of natural treatment specialist we need to locate, them perhaps we can work with you and him closely to try to treat the Sweet Syndrome.

    I am wondering what the body is trying to detox and remove through the skin, leading to sweet syndrome. Has there been any testing of the discharge to try to understand what the body is trying to achieve?

    I would also love to hear from any other patients who have found beneficial treatments for their sweets. Please email me on fouzi@khalidsultan.net

    Best Regards,


  • Melanie says:

    Dr. Heil-Mealey,

    I am so relieved to hear that there’s a treatment for Sweets. I live in San Francisco and would be so grateful if you could recommend someone in the area. I can be reached at cruzempress@yahoo.com.

    Thanks so much,

  • Tania Leisten says:

    Hello my mom has been diagnosed with sweets, she not only gets the sores all over her body but she gets them in the back of her throat. It’s extremely painful. She lives just a bit north of San Francisco ca, do you have any recomendations? Please email me at tmleisten@aol.com. I would greatly appreciate it, as we are trying to find other options for her. Thanks

  • Lesliee Rich says:

    I have been suffering from sweets for about 5 years. I have bad reactions to prednisone and would love to know if you have anyone you could refer me to in Northern Utah.
    Thank you!

  • Haya says:

    polly, thanks for a wonderful work and post. my friend’s 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with sweet syndrome. she lives in Toronto, Canada. any practitioners you know there to contact? appreciate your help.

  • Gina says:

    Hello Polly

    As with many of the others on this site, I also have a family member, my father, that was recently diagnosed with Sweet’s about a year ago. He has never had any serious medical issue until this popped up. He has been on Prednisone most of the time and tried other medications to try to get off of it. He is open to trying other holistic approaches and I’d be most appreciative if you could recommend a practitioner in my area. He lives in San Carlos, which is about 30 miles south of San Francisco,Ca.
    Thank you!

  • ticiacates says:

    Hello Polly,

    Do you know of any practitioners in the Denver CO area? My father has been battling this syndrome for 5 years and we are looking for alternatives to prednisone. I would be grateful for any advice. Ticiacates@gmail.com thank you

  • Dana says:

    Hello Dr. Polly, I have the same diagnosis of sweets syndrome and have not had any consistent relief in years and years. I live in Jacksonville, FL. Do you recommend someone in this area who could help me? I appreciate any information you may have for me. Thank You!!

  • Julie says:

    I read through some of your comments and noticed you recommended a herbalist in St George, Utah. Do you know of any in the Salt Lake City area? Thanks in advance!

  • […] US-based naturopath, Biblical nutritional counsellor, and iridologist called Polly Heil-Mealey has been treating Sweet’s syndrome (SS) patients, despite having a very poor understanding […]

    • This is an interesting comment. I feel sorry for you, that you are in the medical profession (you say you are a nurse) and have suffered SS for many years. If you read my blog correctly, I did not say that I cured Mr. P. I reported what I saw, and his own testimony as to how the herbs and homeopathy helped him. His doctor said that his was idiopathic, but I do agree with you, that many cases are an auto-immune disease.

      The medical profession will tell you that there is no cure for this syndrome. Why not look elsewhere and see if other modalities will give hope? I certainly do agree that not all health modalities are appropriate for every person, but if you have tried allopathic treatments, and they have not worked for you, you have nothing to lose in trying homeopathy or herbal remedies. Always go to a trusted professional, as these types of illnesses are very complex and you will need professional help.

      And to my nurse friend, you have a very poor understanding of homeopathy and herbal remedies. It is very mean-spirited to strike out against me and the good results that we had dealing with this syndrome. I wish you well, and hope you find help for your issues.

  • Angie Burden says:

    I have suffered Sweet’s Syndrome for close to three years. I live outside of KC, MO…Any recommendations for this area? Thank. You in Advance for your time!!

  • Tim Eddleman says:

    Hey Polly this is Tim I have sweets syndrome do unknown of any around Charlotte NC .That I can contact for help thanks

  • Donna says:

    Suffering from Sweet’s for years in Ocala FL area. Do you have any referrals for this area?

  • Rhonda Lawrence says:

    I read above about a combination of herbal extracts helped a patient and almond oil was mentioned- what were the remaining extracts that were used in combination that were so successful- PLEASE!
    Thank you ☺️

  • Teddy Wolfe says:

    My name is Teddy Wolfe I have been dealing with sweets syndrome since I was 25 I am now 34 I have tried many different treatments learning that I am allergic to sulfa medications has also made treatment difficult I have not been able to find any home remedies herbs spices anything that I can use to help I have used prednisone and other sorts of steroids and also a topical ointment known as triamcinolone I am at my wits end I have painful lesions open sores on my face my neck my back and my arms extremely painful very itchy can you help me