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Enter our Photo Contest!

We have big news! We are secretly working on creating a music video for kids with eczema and we’re collaborating with none other than the totally awesome Kyle Dine! How cool is that?!! I promise the quality will be MUCH better than our Stuff Eczema Mamas Say video attempt we made back in the early days. I can’t divulge much more just yet, but we hope to debut the video right here this summer. So, stay tuned….and get excited!

Now, here’s how your children can be a part of the video. We are going to feature a photo montage at the end of the video featuring amazing, fun, strong children who happen to have eczema, but that don’t let it define them. So, we’re hosting a photo contest! We will select our favorites to be featured in the video.

AND the photo with the most votes wins $100 to The Eczema Company!!!!

So, find your most adorable photos of your babies and children, maybe in some ScratchMeNots or wet wraps or other eczema clothing, and submit them to us and then ask your friends and family to vote for your entry!

Hurry because the contest ends on Sunday, June 14, 2015!

I cannot wait to see these photos of all your beautiful children!

Good luck to everyone!

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The Eczema Company Photo Contest

 

Official Rules:

  • Open worldwide.
  • Entry submission and Voting ends June 14, 2015.
  • Only photos of children with visual eczema under the age of 18 will be accepted as an entry. All others will be disqualified from the contest.
  • There is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.
  • An individual may only vote once per day.
  • Photos may be removed from the contest by our team if they are deemed inappropriate in any way.
  • By submitting a photo of your child, you authorize us to use the photo in our new music video.
  • 1 (one) winning photograph will be designated as the winner.The photo with the most votes will be designated as the winner once the contest ends. $100 in online store credit at The Eczema Company will be awarded to the individual who submitted the winning photograph. Winner will be contacted within 5 (five) business days after contest ends.

Healing with Autoimmune Paleo

Did you know that eczema was recently discovered to be an immune disorder by researches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai? The National Eczema Association explains the study in great detail here.  In the study, researchers found that the drug Dupilumab, a monoclonal antibody treatment that blocks the action of two key signaling proteins, interleukin (IL)-4 and -13, was able to reverse the skin disease in patients on a molecular level. Pretty cool, right? Well, what if it were possible to use food to stop eczema as well? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

The Paleo diet has been shown to decrease overall inflammation in the body and it also provides the foundation for a healthy digestive system, which we know is important through studies like this one regarding the benefit of consuming probiotics in those with atopic dermatitis and in preventing AD in studies like this. But sometimes the body still needs an extra push, so when the Paleo diet is not enough, it may be worthwhile to consider stepping up to Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), which is a modified version of the Paleo diet designed to stop immune disorders and send them into remission.

Like with all diets, it’s best to work with a physician or holistic nutritionist to ensure all essential nutrients are met, but this is especially important when transitioning a child or nursing mother to the Autoimmune Paleo diet.

Is Autoimmune Paleo THE answer to ending eczema? No, we know there is never one answer for everyone’s eczema, but AIP is definitely worth considering as it has been working really well for many. And the results haven’t only been for those with eczema, but also for those with asthma, food allergies, food sensitivities, and more.

So, if you’re curious about AIP, then you’ll be very interested in this….

AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans - Rectangle

 

Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom, and the creator of Autoimmune Paleo, has put together this bundle of Autoimmune Paleo e-books. It’s all of the resources you need to get started on your healing journey! Some of the highlights include: The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide, which contains the basics of the autoimmune protocol and over 80 AIP recipes to get you started. And The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide to Reintroducing Foods contains the details of how to safely reintroduce foods after the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol with over a dozen delicious recipes for phase 1 reintroductions. Another great read is The Best of AIP Cookbook, which contains over 160 recipes that truly are the best of the best of the autoimmune protocol! Plus there are e-books on stress, a huge factor for eczema, as we all know. And there is much more to check out!

What’s included?

40+ Autoimmune Resources ($500+ Value) + Tons of Coupons for only $39!

(And you’ll find a coupon from The Eczema Company inside!)

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Hurry—this bundle will only be available until May 25, 2015!

 

Food Allergies and Breastfeeding 101

Hello, Itchy Little World readers! I’m Betty from Betty & Baby, and I’m so happy to be joining you today! As a momma who’s still nursin’ a 15 month old with multiple food allergies, I know how difficult it is to start an elimination diet, let alone keep it going successfully…all without hitting a food rut. We’re going to share our story and talk elimination diets for those who are nursing or pregnant with a second child with a family allergy history.

Quick recap on our past 8 months

Baby J was only 7 months old when he had anaphylaxis to egg. I was alone. I was terrified. I was a wreck. But, thankfully I reacted quickly and stuck to my guns with the medics and docs. In a nutshell (no pun intended), after having a series of blood and skin tests done, it turned out that J was allergic to several nuts, eggs, and soy, with a sensitivity to wheat. What?! I had of course been eating all of those things, which to me had explained much of his eczema, dry skin, and terrible spit up phase. The icing on the cake? Not only were these foods to blame, but so were our two family pets. J had apparently had one of the most severe cat allergies the doc had ever seen. With no family history of allergy on my or hubbs’ side, this was a shock and the last thing we expected to learn about our healthy baby boy. I immediately cut out all of the offenders, yet felt deprived, weak, and extremely limited by my new diet. Read more

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

From eating peanut butter at an earlier age to avoiding dish washing, the topic of food allergy development has been hitting the national spotlight recently. And for a good reason — food allergies are a problem for more than 50 million people in the U.S., including 6 million children, according to the non-profit group, Food Allergy Research & Education. Another disease associated with food allergy is beginning to take center stage.  It’s called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and while we’re learning more about it everyday, the incidence continues to grow. Read more

Best All Natural Sunscreens for Eczema

When the warm weather comes around every year, I am very often asked what I think are the the best all natural sunscreens for eczema. So, today I thought I’d share them with you in this post. Over the years, we’ve tried many natural sunblocks and to be honest, when my son’s skin was really flared, we found we had to change his sunblock each year because he would become sensitive to the ingredients. So, keep that in mind and always patch test a new or old favorite sunscreen before slathering it on liberally for the first time each season.

All the sunscreens I recommend contain non-nano zinc oxide. What I love about using a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide is that many people find zinc to be very healing for eczema when applied topically. In fact, diaper rash is a form of dermatitis, and zinc oxide is a common powerful ingredient in most diaper rash creams. So, why not ditch those chemically laden drug store brands and go for a sunscreen with non nano particle zinc instead? Read more

Be Prepared: 6 Steps in the Emergency Treatment of Anaphylaxis

You’re at a restaurant, and the person at the next table is having a severe allergic reaction to something he ate. His lips are swollen, his face is covered in a red rash, and he’s wheezing. He collapses to the floor. Everyone stares, not sure what to do. Would you know what steps to take?

Most people wouldn’t. Here are 6 steps to take to help save the life of someone experiencing anaphylaxis.

Six Steps in the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis infographic EN

 

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4 Tips to Drain the Lymphatic System & Take out the Body’s Trash

by Dr. Amy Duong

Today, I want to bring to attention the importance of the lymphatic system in the body’s ability to detoxify and heal acute and chronic disease, including eczema and other skin afflictions.  I consider the lymphatic system the most important forgotten detoxification system.  It is the body’s garbage can and it’s imperative for those suffering from eczema to help move and drain the lymphatic system for proper nourishment and maintenance of clear skin.

The lymphatic system is the body’s network of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph that are spread throughout your body.  There are about 700 lymph nodes in the body that filter the lymph before it returns to the circulatory system.  Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, the body uses the skin as an elimination organ to rid of internal toxicity, which then manifest as itchy skin afflictions, like eczema.  With eczema there is a concern with the circulation of blood to nourish the skin properly and this can be from lymph that is stagnant under the skin and not moving.

The lymphatic system does not have it’s own pumping mechanism similar to the heart’s electrical system that pumps oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood to and from the cells back to the heart.  Instead, to move and therefore help to drain the lymphatic system, it must be done manually with specific daily practices. Read more

Top Natural Remedies for Allergies

Allergy season is upon us. With it comes all the joy we associate with the overload of pollen: runny noses, itchy eyes, congestion, asthma, etc. Thank goodness spring is a prized time of year where I live because otherwise, I’m not sure how we’d tolerate this allergy season. I think most of us are so caught up in all the goodness spring brings to be caught up in complaining too much about our allergies. The snow melts away, grass and flowers begin to grow, the temperature creeps up slowly and the warmth of the sun envelops us. Ha! Who am I kidding?! I still complain about wanting to quite literally rip my nose off my face thanks to all this pollen. But honestly, I do still adore spring. Really, I do.

Thankfully there are a slue of very effective natural remedies for allergies that are easily available to help us get through this time of year. Read more

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat Food Allergies, Eczema and Asthma

Today we welcome a friend of mine Selena Bluntzer from Amazing and Atopic. Selena has a 6-year-old daughter who has food allergies, asthma and eczema. She’s going to share with us about her daughter’s treatment in private practice with Dr. Xiu-Min Li for these conditions. And she needs your help, read on to see what you can do!

 

ILW: Selena, please tell us a little bit about your daughter.

SB: I have a 6-year-old daughter with allergies to multiple foods, including milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, flax seed, etc. She has a history of asthma and eczema. She was diagnosed with food allergies at 18 months of age, but showed signs of atopy (eczema, etc.) starting around 3 months old. She loves to draw, paint and create and like many kids these days, she is into all things Minecraft. :)

 

ILW: What lead you to pursue treatment with Dr. Xiu-Min Li?

SB: We have been practicing strict avoidance for years, and after a couple of reactions in the early post-diagnosis period, we remained reaction-free for three years. I had read about other treatment options, which looked promising, but due to my daughter’s multiple list of foods, I did not want her treatment to include ingestion of her allergens.  So for a few reasons, we decided that we were content to continue with the relative safety of strict avoidance. Read more

A FREE Online Event for Skin Concerns: The Glowing Skin Summit

The Glowing Skin Summit will provide access to 35 of the world’s top skin, wellness, nutrition and hormone experts as they teach you the best natural treatments for radiant skin and vibrant health!

Save the dates: April 27 – May 4, 2015

WHY ATTEND? It’s FREE!

Over the years, Dr. Trevor Cates, as a naturopathic physician, has discovered that skin is a key indicator of your entire body’s health. When your skin is dull, dry and discolored, or you have problems like eczema, acne, rosacea or premature aging, it’s a sign that something is out of balance within your body. The Glowing Skin summit could help you restore your health from the inside out with a natural, integrative approach. The goal? Get your skin to glow!

Here are some of the speakers I’m most excited about:

  • Susanne Bennett; Alleriges and Their Impact on Skin Health
  • Trevor Cates; Addressing Skinflammation
  • Todd Lepine;  The Gut and Skin Microbiomes
  • JJ Virgin; The Sugar Impact on Skin
  • Josh Axe; Super Foods and Essential Oils for Glowing Skin
  • Tom O’Bryan; Your Diet’s Role In Skin Health
  • Izabella Went; The Thyroid-Skin Connection
  • Alan Christianson;  Adrenals, Stress and Skin

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