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The Eczema and Sugar Connection

In this blog post, I review how sugar is related to eczema and why we all need to pay closer attention.

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What can cause Eczema?

If you Google “what causes eczema?” the typical answers describe an inflammatory skin condition, genetic in origin, primarily related to an abnormality in the skin. The answers seem to suggest that since it is genetic we are unable to change the root cause of the problem. Most people think of eczema as an isolated skin condition since it has an obvious presence on the skin. I want to squash these notions right here and now.

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Should I use Vitamin D for Eczema Treatment?

Can Vitamin D be used for the eczema treatment? Let’s review the medical literature on how vitamin D can be used for Eczema treatment and how to choose the right Vitamin D.

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Stress-Induced Eczema: How Parental Stress is Hurting Your Kids

Stress-induced eczema is probably the most under-appreciated cause of eczema in the world. More and more studies are showing the relationship between stress in individuals or families, and the health effects stress wreaks.

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Understanding Histamines and Eczema

Understand the complex role histamines may play in the development of eczema, and recipe options to reduce histamine load.

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Eczema

If you haven’t had at least one debate with someone over the Covid-19 vaccine then you most likely have been living under a rock for the last year. The amount of misinformation circulating about the virus, the vaccine, or the nation’s response is mind-boggling. My mission with this blog is to provide reliable information to families to help their children thrive. With that said, I have gotten lots of questions from my eczema families on whether they should consider the Covid-19 vaccine and if the vaccine will affect their eczema. Here is what you need to know.

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5 Reasons Zinc Supplements Should Be Part of Your Fight Against Eczema

Zinc plays a vital role in every one of our cells, but particularly in our skin. 5% of the body’s zinc is contained in the skin where it functions to keep our skin cells from becoming inflamed. It also stops the skin cells from producing inflammatory proteins which worsen eczema. Zinc also helps to stop mast cells from erupting. Mast cells are like big pinatas floating around our bodies ready to erupt and cause severe inflammation.

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7 Ways Western Medicine Has Failed Eczema Sufferers

I think pediatricians these days are overworked, tired, frustrated and drowning in a system of government-mandated computer clicks – and many times it’s easier to write a prescription than to counsel a family for an hour. That was certainly true for me when I was given 10-20min per patient by the governing bodies. I also think that some physicians are so closed-minded to the possibility of natural options that they refuse to acknowledge that there is another way. Below I enumerate the 7 biggest mistakes I see western medicine continue to make with eczema treatment and their patients and continue to suffer.

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Can Food Sensitivities Cause Eczema?

My 2 older children have struggled with eczema for most of their lives. My middle child, Jake, had his most severe symptoms during middle school and high school. He never had any type of severe reaction to food, like a peanut allergy, for instance, so we assumed his skin problems were NOT food-related. Despite topical steroids (this is before I realized the error in my ways), his symptoms continued to worsen particularly on his chest, back, and face.

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The Real Cost Of Eczema

From the exorbitant expenses of medications like Dupixent to the broader financial strain on those managing eczema, we embark on…

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The Problem With Dairy And Eczema

The Problem with Eczema and Dairy

Our family traditionally drank an absurd amount of milk. We typically would drink a gallon and half of milk per day, and sometimes more. When the kids came in from playing outside, we would quench their thirst with a big glass of cold milk rather than water. Each night my husband would eat several bowls of cereal before bed. We were drinking skim milk because the food industry had tricked us into thinking all fat was bad. Then we shifted to organic whole milk as the first step toward cleaning up our diets. But our inflammatory conditions remained despite the cleaner dairy products. It wasn’t until we were forced to remove dairy as part of my daughter’s eczema treatment program that we noticed the biggest changes. Her skin rapidly improved, my belly felt better, and my husband noticed his joint pain was better! Now I am not sure we can chalk all that up to dairy removal, but I definitely think there was a link.

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Eczema and the Gut: Our family’s story

Social media has the unique ability to take life, which we know to be messy with lots of ups and downs/ failures and victories, and put a fake shiny gloss on it. Like putting lipstick on a pig! I think when people look at my Instagram posts or YouTube Channel, they probably miss the fact that my family struggled with our health for years. All 3 of my children experienced classic chronic inflammatory conditions such as eczema, allergies, and asthma, while my husband suffered from multiple inflammatory conditions in addition to anxiety. Heck, even my dog had severe allergies!

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7 Misconceptions About Eczema & The Problem With Assumptions

I think we need to start this with a fascinating story about misconceptions in modern medicine before we tackle the…

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Understanding Eczema

Understanding Eczema

If you google, “what causes eczema?” The typical answers describe an inflammatory skin condition, genetic in origin, primarily related to an abnormality in the skin. The answers seem to suggest that since it is genetic we are unable to change the root cause of the problem.

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Getting Under Your Skin – Eczema and the Skin Microbiome

Medicine can be terribly humbling at times, particularly when treating children’s eczema. But I have found that often my most humbling patient experiences are also where I learn the most about managing this frustrating disease. I want to tell you Tyler’s story as it provides a wonderful picture of how both the skin and gut play a role in eczema.

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Is Eczema Genetic?

About a year ago, Jake and Amy, a new young beautiful couple, walked into my clinic with their newborn baby, Henry, in tow. As I pulled back the blanket of Henry’s car carrier, I immediately saw why they were there – their precious baby boy was covered in eczema. I gently pulled the little guy out of the carrier and peeled off his onesie. Most of Henry’s cheeks, belly and back were filled with red patchy lesions of eczema, and he was not happy about me touching them.

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The 7 Misconceptions About Eczema

I think we need to start this with a fascinating story about misconceptions in modern medicine.

In 1981, at a small hospital in Perth, Australia, a young medical resident in training named Barry Marshall was looking for a research project. He was completing his gastroenterology rotation which largely consisted of seeing patients with painful peptic ulcers. It was commonly accepted at the time that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid in the stomach.

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The Leaky Gut and Eczema Connection

In 2016 my family moved to New Zealand as my husband was attempting to “find himself” in the midst of an unsatisfying surgical career. Unfortunately, my New Zealand medical license was delayed and I found myself alone at home most days, in a foreign country, with no friends and nothing to do – utterly lost. To stave off boredom, I dragged my family to jump off bridges with me in Queenstown or paragliding off cliffs.

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Can Constipation Cause Eczema?

Constipation and Eczema, let’s unravel the connection! When my daughter Allie (now 19yrs old) was a baby, I nursed her…

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Natural Ways to Deal With Eczema On Hands

Did you know that topical corticosteroids’ common side effects include things like itching, easy bruising, thinning of the skin, a…

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The effects of food dyes, and preservatives on Eczema

Processed foods are everywhere, and most of us have no idea what’s in them (food dyes and preservatives among other…

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Eczema Friendly Bento Box

If your child’s school provided lunches are as scary as my kid’s schools have been, you will definitely want to…

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Eczema vs. Psoriasis: What’s the Difference?

What if something scary was happening to your body and you didn’t even know what it was? That happens every…

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13 Eczema-Friendly Laundry and Cleaning Tips

Did you know that up to one in every five infants has eczema, and doctors estimate that between 10 and…

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My Latest Posts

The Eczema and Sugar Connection

In this blog post, I review how sugar is related to eczema and why we all need to pay closer attention.

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What can cause Eczema?

If you Google “what causes eczema?” the typical answers describe an inflammatory skin condition, genetic in origin, primarily related to an abnormality in the skin. The answers seem to suggest that since it is genetic we are unable to change the root cause of the problem. Most people think of eczema as an isolated skin condition since it has an obvious presence on the skin. I want to squash these notions right here and now.

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Should I use Vitamin D for Eczema Treatment?

Can Vitamin D be used for the eczema treatment? Let’s review the medical literature on how vitamin D can be used for Eczema treatment and how to choose the right Vitamin D.

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