All About 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 Leaky Gut and Eczema Connection -Is Western Medicine Finally Catching Up?

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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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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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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Eczema, Asthma, and Allergies – How I Damaged My Children’s Guts

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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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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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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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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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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