Fighting Eczema with Paleo and Aggressive Detox

I feel an obligation to keep everyone informed on Parker’s progress regarding his recent battle with eczema and newly diagnosed food allergies. I want to make it clear that my own error in judgement and allowing compromises to his diet are likely contributing factors. Although there is no way to know for certain, he displays many of the signs of leaky gut–a condition the mainstream medical community doesn’t necessarily recognize but is widely accepted by non-traditional medicine.

In my paleo search, I discovered the book Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfilippo. The author is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and fully embraces paleo but also understands the many health conditions associated with poor dietary choices. Her book contains a 30-day meal plan for Autoimmune Conditions, including eczema. This is the plan I started feeding Parker this week.
I was surprised to learn about many gut-irritants that are considered “CSID-safe.” Not to say these foods are not okay when leaky gut is not present, but beyond the obvious grains, the lists includes large quantities of leafy greens, raspberries and strawberries—plus eggs, nuts, all dairy and seeds. Parker’s normal diet consisted of most of these foods at home, while away from home this past year he has consumed large quantities of processes, packaged foods (without Food Enzymes and Sucraid.)
This may clear up the mystery as to why some CSID children seem to be irritated by raspberries, strawberries, or dairy (regardless of lactase enzymes) when first transitioning to CSID foods using the Induction Diet I outlined in my own book.
All this said, I want to make it abundantly clear that the foods and recipes I list on this blog–with the exception of those that include dairy products–are not likely the cause of Parker’s present health issues. Although now many of these foods (as listed in bold above) are adding to the problem because he consumed large quantities of grains and GMOs this past year.
In that time, what started as a few eczema patches inside his elbow and behind his knees last December has now progressed into large patches spread across his arms, around his neck and face. The allergy test done in June revealed new food allergies (he had an allergy panel done around age 6 which came back negative for these foods/environmental factors.)
Since he is now allergic to wheat, egg whites, milk (Dr. didn’t clarify lactose or whey), shrimp, cockroaches, Timothy grass, penicillin, cedar, dog and cat dander and hair, not to mention heat and chlorine irritate as well— the summer has been quite a challenge but at least I have been able to control most of his diet.
Sad to say, just removing these foods has not been enough to clear up the rash. The gluten-free baking flour attempt in July didn’t change the situation either. All Parker wanted to eat was the bread, pancakes, etc., and I suspected the high-starch flour was hurting more than helping.
So two weeks ago, I removed all grains (again) and gluten-free baking items. Then Parker started mega doses of probiotics, omega 3s, Vitamin D with magnesium, chlorophyll and having Sucraid and Food Enzymes with every meal. I hoped things would clear up by the time school started this past week, but I think his body needs more time.
The 30-day menu for Autoimmune Conditions in Practical Paleo calls for very little sweet foods. In fact, left-over dinner foods are listed as breakfast for many days. The starchy-root vegetables I have tended to avoid feeding Parker over the years (sweet potato, beet, parsnip), cannot possibly be as harmful to him as the corn, potatoes and wheat flour I have allowed more recently. According to Diane, these root vegetables actually promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, something I did not realize. Parker will still be taking Sucraid and Food Enzymes with every meal, regardless.
The plan is that after 30 days, if there still isn’t marked improvement, he will begin the 30-day plan again, but I will remove Sucraid as the only variable. My hunch (and this is only my opinion until science proves otherwise) considering Sucraid is yeast-based, is that this may be feeding the bacteria-growth contributing to his rash.
For now, this weekend (next 72 hours) I finally have time (work, writing, and back-to-school commitments have been brutal in the past few weeks) to aggressively attack this eczema from inside and out. Parker is stuck on the couch alternating 24-ounce cups of Chlorophyll Cocktail and organic Dandelion Root tea. With every meal, or 3-times per day (as I am not making him eat unless he is hungry), he will be taking the following supplements:
I will try to post again on Sunday evening to report on how Parker is doing. For now, I have lots of food prep and baking to do to make sure he has ample school lunch options for next week.
Oh, and here is a glimpse at one of his lunches from last week…
olives, dried organic apples, left-over mustard-glazed chicken from Practical Paleo book, raw almonds, and raw organic carrots. Lunch box from yumboxlunch.com.
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CSID, Eczema and Additional Food Allergies

I have some frustrating news. After over six months of Parker’s eczema flaring up, I finally took him to the doctor and requested a food allergy screening. Something else had to be irritating his system since he hadn’t been in school for an entire month, I was watching his diet very closely, and trying to keep his skin moist with a variety of creams and lotions. (See the bottom of the post for photos.) I did not want to continue the steroid cream, especially when the rash had spread to his neck and face. And I wasn’t going to give him another dose of antibiotics no matter what she said. But, the only way to know for sure if he was still eating something that was aggravating his system, was to get the allergy screening ordered through his doctor.

While waiting for the results, I asked our chiropractor if the colloidal silver he had mentioned a few weeks back could help with the infection, so I didn’t have to put Parker back on antibiotics again. He said it most definitely would. Within 48 hours, most of the oozing and irritated areas were drying up nicely. Read more about how I have addressed the topical healing HERE. I wrote a brief product review through my work blog last week on this topic alone.

Within a few days, the allergy results came back. To my dismay, he is now allergic to the following:

  • egg whites (a look at my recipes and you will know why this one made me cry!)
  • milk (sorry buddy, no more cheese or sour cream)
  • wheat (not a surprise)
  • shrimp
  • cockroaches (um…what? you say… guess what cockroaches are used for? FOOD DYE!)
  • penicillin (yah, so my hesitation about antibiotics will no longer be challenged!)
  • cat and dog hair and dander
  • timothy grass
  • cedar
The good news? The Paleo diet support the omission of most of these foods, so I was on the right track. The challenge: not using eggs. After attempting to feed our entire family according to these limitations over the past couple of weeks, I realized this is not possible with my limited time and resources.
My compromise? I purchased some gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free baking mixes (despite having high-starch content)… for the purpose of baking Parker a variety of “treats” he can have in place of the bread, milk, etc. that the rest of the family can eat.
I just can’t bear for him to be starving all the time. We are all pretty small people to begin with and we have lost far too much weight consuming Paleo foods alone. I realize quantity is a factor, but I need to find a happy medium. Costco is now selling many products that are organic and gluten-free. A relief (kind of ) to my food budget. So, I will be including non-gmo brown rice, Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking mix with Ener-G egg-substitute into our weekly menu plan. 
Parker will continue to take his Sucraid and Food Enzymes to assist with sugar and starch digestion.
As far as his eczema, we have been experiencing triple-digit heat here in the Sacramento Valley. I am trying to keep him indoors and we are swimming in fresh water to avoid lake contaminants and chlorine. He is also drinking 22 ounces of Chlorophyll Cocktail and a cup of Dandelion Root tea each day. There are parts of his body where the rash is clearing up, but other parts (primarily the ones he keeps scratching) keep getting irritated again.
I know it’s a process and it could take months to flush out whatever is stressing out his system. My hope though, is that we can get the rash under control before school starts again. And that his new teacher is willing to help make him comfortable and encourage him to make wise choices.
PHOTOS (for comparison purposes)

Eczema, Acne and Rash Around Mouth Treatment

Dandelion Root TeaYesterday, I updated a post from around two years ago regarding the rashes around Parker’smouth that have come and gone since he was an infant. After his CSID diagnosis and removal of sugars and starches, he would still get occasional irritation around his mouth. Usually, I would just treat it with Aquaphor a few times per day. Eventually it would clear up.

Several months after he started tolerating some starches, he developed eczema for the first time in his life (he was five years old). It started as a break out on his back, but the consistent area of irritation has been in the folds of his arm and behind his knees. The eczema only seems to occur during the summer months, and I have not connected his break-outs with his diet.

Since my children have CSID, food is usually the first thing I associate with any symptoms my children present from fatigue to headaches to wetting the bed. Realistically, it is impossible to always track everything they eat. As their mother, I just want my children to have relief, even if I can’t pinpoint why they are having troubles! This past summer, my sister told me about a very simple treatment she had successfully used with her three-year-old son who has had severe eczema his whole life. Since Parker’s eczema was acting up pretty badly, I decided it was worth a try.

Dandelion Root TeaThe solution:  Dandelion Root Tea

Apparently it supports the liver in detoxification. Going back to the assessment from Parker’s naturopath regarding his mouth rash indicated stress in his stomach and intestines, this made sense to me. Parker drank 2-3 cups of diluted Dandelion Root Tea for the next few days. Please note, I had been applying prescription cream twice a day for at least a week with very little improvement. Within a few HOURS, Parker’s eczema was clearing rapidly. The oozing and itching stopped, and by the second day, there was hardly a trace of it. I wish I had taken before and after photos at the time in order to document the changes!

But what I do have for you today is another testimony of how Dandelion Root Tea has also helped to clear up his most recent face rash.

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Parker started showing irritation around his mouth. My oldest daughter, Elora, who also has CSID noted that she breaks out around her mouth when her diet is less than ideal. As a young child, and well before we knew anything about CSID, she would have rashes around her mouth all the time. As a child, so did I!

Anyway, one of the corners of Parker’s mouth was inflamed and oozing. I had forgotten about the tea solution until I came across some in my sister’s cupboard. I immediately made Parker a cup and he eagerly drank it, recalling how quickly it had worked for his eczema over the summer. I continued to apply Neosporin to prevent infection or spreading of germs to his cousins, but the Dandelion Tea came through once again!

However, I only gave it to him that one time this week. The pictures here show traces of the rash still present. (Also note the fact he has not been able to take his Sucraid consistently due to an error in shipping prior to Thanksgiving, so I can say there is a marked connection between this rash and the ingestion of some foods that contain traces of sucrose without the use of Sucraid.)

If you choose to try this “treatment” with your own child, you may wish to dilute the tea or even serve it iced depending on the age and preferences of your child. I also sweeten Parker’s with honey, but feel free to use an alternate sweetener if required.

As always, if you find success (or not), please let me know by commenting here so that other parents can know I am not the only one who has experienced results.