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Posts from the ‘Asthma’ Category

Why I Tried Herbal Medicine for Eczema

By Sophia Ruan Gushée (see bio below)

Managing eczema has been a big issue in my family. When my youngest daughter was 3 days old, she began developing eczema. Since my older two children had not experienced eczema or other health issues, I kept waiting for my youngest to outgrow her skin issues as we tried different natural remedies for eczema. Sometimes it seemed that the eczema was subsiding. But, in fact, it was on a general trend of becoming more severe. Eventually I knew I had to try a different course of action. Read more

A Journey through Topical Steroid Addiction

By Melissa Hawira (bio below)

What I want to share with you today is my story of eczema and topical steroid addiction how I overcame both conditions and my now burning desire to help people conquer eczema themselves through my website Top Eczema Treatments that discusses natural eczema treatments.

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Help Jerry the Bear Find a New Food Allergy & Asthma Safe Home PHOTO CONTEST

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to something VERY unique today. Something that can have a very positive and powerful effect on children with food allergies and asthma. It is simply very cool. And your children will LOVE it!

To tell us more about it, first let’s welcome Aaron Horowitz. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, the creator of the most awesome “toy” ever, Jerry the Bear, a platform for pediatric health and wellness education, an idea that spawned from Aaron’s own childhood experience with Human Growth Hormone Deficiency and his own food allergies. Read more

How to Know Which Food Allergy Test Is Best For You?

By Megan Pennington (bio below)

If you think food is to blame for your eczema, asthma, tummy troubles or other health condition, an elimination diet is a good place to start. But if this does not appeal to you or if you were not successful in eliminating you or your child’s symptoms with this type of diet, there is another way. Read more

What Is The Atopic March?

By Dr. Peter Lio (bio below)

The concept of the “Atopic March” is compelling: seeing children who start with atopic dermatitis (eczema), then develop asthma, and finally develop allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is a fairly common pattern. Some have discussed that increased gut permeability (“leaky gut“) with or without actual food allergies or intolerances may come even before the eczema, and there are some studies that support this idea. Many ideas have been suggested for this progression, from maturation of the immune system to environmental factors, but it has largely remained an observation without much understanding. Read more

4 Ways To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality & Breathe Easier

By Julian Cox (bio below)

There is a good chance the air you breathe in your home is abundant in harmful gases. These gases could be wreaking havoc on your respiratory system by further aggravating your or a loved one’s asthma and allergies.

These three gases can have a direct impact on your respiratory health if found in high concentrations indoors: Read more

Heal Your Eczema 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?   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? 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

Heavy Metals In Your Mouth May Trigger Eczema, Allergies & Asthma

By Diane Meyer B.S., D.D.S. (bio below)

In the Dental field, various metals are implemented to create different types of restorations. Unfortunately, not all of these restorative metals will be the best fit for you. In fact, some of these metals may elicit adverse health effects including allergic reactions. Auspiciously, there are options for dealing with these metals after exposure, but it is advantageous to learn how to avoid these allergens altogether.


The most toxic of these metals is mercury, which is found in “Silver fillings.” A 2006 study confirmed that the mercury in the dental amalgam (i.e. Silver fillings) of pregnant woman can travel to the fetus and still be present in newborns. The mercury from the mother’s amalgam fillings during pregnancy was identified as the chief cause of atopic eczema. The study also confirmed that the newborn’s eczema disappeared after the infants underwent mercury detoxification (1,2) . Another article published in 2003 found that lichenoid bodies (similar to eczema) disappeared in all patients after their amalgam fillings were removed (3).

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Some Days I Feel Like…”I Just Can’t!”

Oh man. Today is one of those days. I feel like such a failure in regards to my son’s health. Just when I thought things were under control – the allergies, intolerances, asthma, eczema (on top of the attitude and aggression that comes with being a six-year-old boy) – now we have something new to add to our every growing list of issues to manage…dental health.

Tristan, now at six years old, walked away from a dental appointment today with eight cavities. EIGHT!!! Yes, you heard that right. EIGHT!!! Ugh. How did this happen? Read more

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