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I Think the Eczema Is Finally Going Away!

Well, it would seem that we have finally had a breakthrough. Through a strange series of circumstances (namely, me getting a 24-hour bug which messed with my digestion big time, slowing it to a crawl for almost a week, until a friend did a treatment on me), we discovered Bowen therapy. Now, Bowen is usually used for injuries, like sports injuries, not for issues like eczema, but since one simple move that took less than 3 seconds to do had so dramatically fixed my digestion (and by dramatically, I mean that I felt better instantly), and since my friend who told me about the therapy suggested that Manny might be benefited by it, we found a therapist and scheduled an appointment.

After the treatment, we didn’t notice any results, but we decided it was worth scheduling one more treatment. Around that time, we realized that he was reacting to yeast (he would eat a slice of yeast-raised bread, throw it up, eat half of a second slice, throw it up, etc). His body was rejecting it, and yet he could eat all the other ingredients in the bread in other forms (like pancakes), so we knew it had to be the yeast. So we cut all yeast out of his diet–switched to soda bread, quit using nutritional yeast, etc. About 6 weeks later, ie, today, he is able to tolerate them again. It would seem that the Bowen therapy, although it didn’t have any dramatic results with him like it did with me, really did help him, and now his body is at a place where it can heal.

His face was getting better. Within the past week or two, the eczema that was chronically around his mouth has begun to heal, and by heal, I mean disappear. His face is about 90% clear now (if you don’t count the scratches he got from playing outside), and in another week or two, if he keeps going as he has begun, it just may be totally gone. Behind his knees has also almost completely cleared. We noticed it improving even though we hadn’t used any hydrocortisone for several days. My husband put a little on once or twice within the past few days just to hurry up the healing, but I haven’t put any on, him, and he certainly hasn’t had it every day. I’m really excited about this. I am going to watch him, and if he continues to improve, I will ask his doctor if we can do another IgE test in a month or two and see if his score has come down (last time it was over 3,000).

This is probably unrelated, but I have started giving him B12 shots again (.1 ml of methylcobalamin every day, or at least every day when I remember it–probably more like 3-4 times a week). I doubt this caused the dramatic healing, but I’m sure it hasn’t hurt anything, either.

So it seems that the combination of avoiding yeast (which was hindering healing) and doing the Bowen therapy has been exactly what he needed to allow his body to heal. Indeed, if he is healing on the outside, he must be healing on the inside. If that’s the case, then it may be that his sensitivities to many foods may diminish or even disappear. That would be such a blessing!

That’s where we’re at at the moment. I’ll keep you posted as to how things go and the results of any tests we do in the future.

Review of My Food My Health Menu Plan Service

Back when I thought that candida might be causing the eczema in my sons, I began looking into doing a candida diet. It seemed to overwhelming to me to try to revamp the menu on my own, so I decided to see if I could find and test drive a menu planning service that would deliver me menus, recipes, and shopping lists customized for the candida diet.

Enter My Food My Health. I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled on them, but somehow I did find the service, and it appeared to be exactly what I was looking for. However, I didn’t want to commit to 3 months of the service, especially since money was tight at the time, so I requested a short trial to see if I liked it, and offered to review it in exchange for the chance to try it out. They set me up with a free trial, and now I’m fulfilling my end of the deal.

All in all, I found the service quite impressive. They have a lot of recipes, and are apparently adding new ones from time to time. You can customize your diet with specific issues, such as candida, celiac, eczema, etc, and you can also exclude specific foods (because they cause allergies or you just don’t like them). You can add other family members and specify exclusions for them as well.

Making a menu is as easy as clicking on  “Create New Meal Plan”. This generates a menu all ready for you. I found that I wanted to customize the menu, which was a little tedious but not really difficult. It puts one recipe per meal, but you can add more to create a 2 or 3 dish meal (such as adding a salad to a casserole, or an omelet to hashbrowns). I really like the fact that this menu plan allows you to plan all 3 meals instead of just dinner like some do. I was told that they are working on making the menu planner easier to use, which should make it less tedious and more user friendly in the future.

The list of recipes is quite extensive. Our family is vegetarian and mostly gluten-free, and there are still so many recipes we can use! (I ended up decided not to do the candida diet, by the way.) I didn’t expect to find many that Manny could use, but I did find a few. And they are really tasty, too.  Most don’t use exotic ingredients–a real plus for most people. A few do, but that’s okay; it’s fun to try new things once in a while.

I must emphasize how tasty the recipes are. I have only tried a handful, but I am very impressed. The Chickpea Chilli was a hit with my husband–and he doesn’t even like garbanzos! When I made the Seared Tofu with Green Coconut Curry (minus the jalapenos, for my daughter’s sake), along with a simple veggie stir fry, my husband said that it was better than eating out at a restaurant! The Quinoa-Millet Banana Muffins were very simple and easily adaptable to my son’s very restricted diet. The Puree of Chickpea and Tomato Soup earned me several complements at church, and I can’t wait to try out the Quick and Simple Ratatouille tomorrow, to serve with our traditional Monday pasta.

It is easy to print out recipes; you can either print out the whole week’s worth at once, or just print individual recipes. I found the latter worked better, though for some reason they always had 2 pages, and page 2 was usually blank (except for the website info and page x/x and time stamp on the bottom). That might be an issue with my printer, though. I like having printed them out; I can file them in my menu binder and use them again and again, even if I don’t continue with the service.

Once you have made your menu, you can click on shopping list and see a list of all the ingredients needed for the week’s menu. You can print it as is or hide certain things (say you have rice already in your pantry, you can hide that item). You can also edit the list manually, which is good if you need to add items to it. Personally, though, I wouldn’t print the list. I put my shopping list on my iPod with the ShopShop app, so it’s easier for me just to copy from the list. I do like how it the MFMH list is categorized, though. Ingredients are listed under headings like Produce, Eggs & Dairy, Flour, Pasta, Nuts & Seeds, etc. This makes it easy to see which items you are buying, as well as keeps you from running around the in a slap-dash fashion, or missing things when you are in a section. Currently it lists items from individual recipes separately–as in, 3 eggs, 6 eggs, 2 eggs, etc. I have been told they are working on the shopping list to consolidate the repeated items, so in the future it would show 11 eggs, not 3, 6, & 2.

One feature I wish it had was the ability to start the week’s menu on any day of the week. It starts on Sunday, and it is given in real time. Once a day has passed, you can’t change the menu. I shop on Tuesdays and like to make the menu Wednesday through Tuesday. This means that I would have to do Sunday’s recipe on Wednesday and plan my menu before Sunday, then change the days on the print out. This is awkward for me, but not impossible. Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue for someone who wanted to make the whole month’s menus at once. They could view the shopping list for each week and purchase the non-perishables for the whole month at once, and then just get the fresh produce as needed. This would mean less time in the store, which would definitely save money. You can plan your menu many weeks in advance with this service, so that would be very feasible. And from what I’ve been told, I’m the only one who has ever had an issue with this in the 4 years they have been operating, so I guess it’s not a big deal.

There is a way that you can add your own recipes, but it is a little hard to find. And the trouble is, it does not seem to add the ingredients to the shopping list. The box to add your own recipe is more just a box to add the name of a recipe you have, rather than being where you would write in the recipe. You can write in the ingredients, but you can’t add them to the shopping list automatically; you have to do it manually. At least it’s an option. I’ve been told this will also change in the future. Fortunately, your personal recipes have a special icon, so when making your shopping list you can simply collect the list of ingredients for those specific recipes and add it however you want–to their customizable shopping list, or to your paper or electronic one.

One neat feature I almost forgot to mention is that it tells you how many calories the recipes have, and gives you a total for the day on the menu. This is really handy if you are counting calories. I don’t count calories–never have and never will–but I know some people do.

The shortest subscription time is 3 months for $34.99. Other options are 6 months for $49.99 and 12 months for $89.99. This price is quite reasonable. I know a place that charges $5 a week for plans, which is reasonable, But My Food My Health’s plans are $11 a month for the 3-month plan, and the cost would go down if you subscribed for longer.

So do I like the service? Yes, to a point. It gets hard if you have too many diet restrictions (because it excludes recipes that could be easily modified, because the computer doesn’t know that, for instance, you could use a different milk or leave out the nuts), and recipes are not customizable by serving size, so if you are not doing this just for yourself, you would need to multiply certain recipes that are designed for 1 person and adjust the shopping list accordingly (omelet recipes are pretty much all one-serving recipes). I do love the variety of recipes and how tasty they are.

But will I subscribe? Probably not. I realize that what I need is just more recipes, not something that plans my menu for me. $35.99 is not bad for as many recipes as I can print out in 3 months–that would be a couple cookbooks worth of recipes, and as you know, most cookbooks are full of recipes you don’t use. This allows me to print the ones I like and put them in a binder, so it is definitely worth it in terms of just recipes. Some people will find it more useful than I would for the actual menu planning. And they add more recipes all the time, so an ongoing subscription will suit many people quite well.

Would I recommend it? Sure. I would say it’s definitely worth what they charge. You will not waste your money if you purchase a subscription. You can keep the printouts if you decide not to renew, and you’ve come out ahead. And you may like it better than I did and decide to keep the service.

What if you aren’t interested in a menu plan? They have a kid-friendly cookbook available that is gluten and dairy free  called Kids Delicious. The book would be especially suited for families whose children have autism, celiac, gluten intolerance, IBS or lactose intolerance. If my son were not so restricted in his diet, I think I would buy one myself! And who knows? Maybe I will get one sometime when Ralfie is older.


Disclaimer: I received a free 3-months subscription to this service in exchange for my review. However, the opinions expressed in this review are all mine.

Free Sample of Renew Lotion

There aren’t a lot of creams and lotions, other than those with steroids, that really make a difference in eczema. Renew is one of them. It made a difference in my son’s eczema within two days.

And I am offering free samples! I have a few travel-sized tubes that I can mail out to anyone in the US that requests a sample. I won’t even charge for the shipping. Why? Because once someone sent me a sample, and I want to pass on the favor.

I can’t promise it will cure your eczema. It might. I know people who no longer have eczema since using Renew. But it might make a difference. And if you have a baby with eczema, you know how wonderful it would be to have something to help so that you don’t need to use as much steroid cream.

How can you get some? Send me your name and address to lisa [at] and be sure to mention this offer for a free sample. That’s it. I won’t add your name to a mailing list or anything like that. I will reply and let you know I’m sending it. And if you like it, I’ll be happy to tell you how you can get more.

My supply is limited, so please respond asap. Any requests I get this weekend will be mailed out Monday or Tuesday.

Vegan, GF Thanksgiving

This year I decided to not just go all out on our Thanksgiving feast, but to make it as allergy-friendly as possible. My husband recently was diagnosed with a sensitivity to wheat, and I’m nursing a gluten-intolerant baby, so that makes all but one person in the family that has to be gluten-free. I am, however, a traditionalist; I love stuffing and buns and gravy. In the past, I would have despaired of a gluten-free stuffing or gluten-free buns, but this year, I knew I had the recipes needed to make a very traditional Thanksgiving feast, gluten-free style.

So I thought I would share with you what I did. Let me start with what my son ate, since he wasn’t able to eat everything we did. He had a salad with green leaf lettuce, cauliflower, and homemade Italian Dressing (using lemon instead of vinegar). I only gave him a little bit, and he ate it all gone first. The rest of us enjoyed a raw kale salad, which was basically kale torn in pieces, massaged with olive oil and  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and topped with lightly toasted sesame seeds. Our 6-year-old daughter ate her portion, too, without complaining. The massaging really helps the kale.

I left out the onions in Manny's stuffing.

Then he had stuffing and buns. I followed this recipe for stuffing, making my own broth (with things like broccoli stalks, bits of celery, cauliflower stem, some cabbage–basically anything Manny isn’t allergic to) and using a recipe for GF bread that I found on Etsy. This bread is really some of the most amazing bread I’ve ever seen, at least in terms of gluten-free bread. If you’ve ever made GF bread, you’ll know how it usually has more of a batter consistency than a dough consistency, but this bread is a dough and can be kneaded. It is also very high in fiber, which completely negates all the starch that is used (about 1/3 of the flour). The recipe is copyright, but it’s cheaper than a loaf of GF bread is anywhere, so I recommend you buy it and try it out. One loaf made a pan of stuffing.

Another batch got turned into what I call Trinity Buns. A loaf of bread takes 45 minutes to bake, so I thought these would probably take about 30 minutes. In hindsight, I should have done them only 25, but they were still good, just a little on the dry side. I also think I had a tad bit too much flour in them, but that’s okay. We still enjoyed them. Take a closer look. Can you believe they are 100% gluten-free?

When I was growing up, I asked my mom why we didn’t make our own cranberry sauce. She said it was too much work. But she was ignorant. It is as simple as buying a 12-oz bag of cranberries (fresh or frozen), adding 1 cup each of water and sugar (I cut the sugar in half and add a scant half-teaspoon of stevia), bringing to a boil, and simmering until they are thick. No pectin needed. Couldn’t be simpler.

Unless you are not paying attention. I was talking on the phone and added two cups of water, the full cup of sugar, and then threw in the stevia. Moments later, I realized my mistake, so I ended up going to the local store and paying $4 for an 8 oz bag of organic cranberries (the only ones they had, surprisingly). So the sauce wasn’t cheap, but it was good. Manny loved it. I think it is what made his meal extra special.

Because it was just the four of us, I decided to skip the sweet potatoes. I may cook some up tomorrow in lieu of the stuffing, which is almost all gone now, so we can eat them with the leftovers. I bought some real maple syrup to go with them.

We are vegetarians, except for Manny; his diet is so restricted that we do give him organic chicken or turkey now and then. If I had planned ahead, we could have given him a little turkey, but I didn’t have any. But I think I created a new tradition for the rest of us when I decided to make a Tofurkey. I’ve heard of making one before, but I never actually did it. I researched recipes, looking for simple, and found this recipe for a gluten-free tofu turkey. It was very simple to make–but it used 4 blocks of tofu. I picked it partly because the other recipes I looked at used more tofu and had more steps to them. Because I’m concerned about GMO’s, I used organic tofu, which cost me about $2 a block, so the Tofurkey was the most expensive food on the table, but at under $10, I’m sure it was cheaper than a real turkey, and definitely cheaper than a vegetarian turkey substitute! I used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce, because it is gluten and GMO free, and I left out the sesame oil because I didn’t have any. It was delicious. We ate just over a quarter of it. I also added cranberries to the stuffing (I didn’t put them in the regular stuffing because they have sunflower seed oil in them, and Manny is very sensitive to it).

My gravy recipe is quite delicious. I start with a half cup of cashews (or almonds, but this time I used cashews), 2 cups of water, and two heaped tablespoons of arrowroot. Then I added two teaspoons of onion powder, 2 tablespoons of oil, two tablespoons of Bragg’s Aminos. Then comes the “secret” ingredient: the miso. I used to use Hacho Miso, which is quite intense, and only required 1 tablespoon. However, it contains barley, so I switched to a miso with rice, but it is more mild (both in flavor and salt content), so I increased the amount to a heaped tablespoon. Blend until smooth, then thicken like normal. Delicious!

Manny can’t have potatoes anyway, so I just mashed them with Earth Balance butter and Pacific Ultra Soy (which has the highest fat content of any soy milk out there). Topped with gravy, they were so delicious!

You can’t really see it in the picture, but we opened a bottle of sparkling cider as a drink. Manny is sensitive to apples, especially if they are not organic, so I gave him white grape juice, which he had never had before, so it was special.

So there it was. Our thanksgiving feast. Delicious, nutritious, and gluten-free. I really liked that “turkey.” I’m going to have to do that every year!

Must Watch/Buy This Video: Genetic Roulette

I’m not sure why I never thought of it before, but it seems that there is a connection between genetically modified foods and allergies. The movie Genetic Roulette describes exactly what my son has been dealing with–extreme food allergies. And it has given me hope that if we put him on a 100% organic diet, we might be able to reverse some of the issues. Through October 17, 2012 you can watch it free; after that you can rent it or purchase it on that site.

I am not being paid to promote this video. I shared it on Facebook, and I feel that it is timely information. When I sat down and started watching it, I didn’t even finish before I knew I had to share it with my readers here on this blog.

And it’s just one more reason why I hope with all my heart that Proposition 37 in California passes!

Help With Food Allergies

A lady whose blog I follow has a child that was recently diagnosed with multiple food allergies. She asked her readers for advice, and the results were overwhelming. There are over 100 comments and counting. Lots of good information. If your child’s eczema is a result of food allergies, you could get a lot of helpful advice from reading the comments on this blog post.

Multiple Allergies – What Does the Rest of the Family Do?

So one of your family members has been diagnosed with severe allergies to a bunch of foods. It’s not just gluten; it’s not just soy, or eggs, or nightshade, or dairy. It’s all of them. And more. Should you put the whole family on the limited diet or should you cook two separate meals three times a day?

There isn’t really an exact answer to this question. The answer will vary with the family and circumstances. However, I think I could give you some advice based on my experience with first a brother and then a son with multiple allergies, as well as myself having gone gluten-free for our baby (which, by the way, seems to be doing quite well–his eczema has not progressed since I did that).

What exactly you do with the rest of the family’s diet will almost certainly depend on the number of allergies and the severity of the allergies.

For instance, if you have a child that has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, then it would probably be a good idea to banish peanut butter and all peanut-containing products from the home. Almond butter will work just fine, even if it is a bit more expensive–but it’s way cheaper than a trip to the emergency room!

However, if your child (or other family member) has a very large list, but no or few life-threatening allergies, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to make your whole family adopt the special diet. Not only can it get very expensive (especially for a large family), but it would deprive the others of much enjoyment.

You may need to get some extra kitchen equipment if the person has severe, life-threatening allergies to certain things. I already mentioned substituting almond butter for peanut butter. In my home, we have a son who is allergic to peanuts and all other nuts, but he is not highly sensitive to minute amounts of anything. He is actually allergic to most seeds as well as nuts, yet I can use my blender for making pesto for him after making nut milk for the rest of the family, and he has no problem. Of course I clean it first, but I know it isn’t as clean as new. So I haven’t banished peanut butter and other nuts. He just never gets any. This is nice for us, but many families will need to take into consideration getting separate equipment for items that cannot be perfectly cleaned (like blenders, bread machine pans, toasters, etc; pans and dishes and silverware shouldn’t be a problem if thoroughly cleaned).

Does this mean you need to cook 6 meals a day? Not necessarily. It depends on the list. Suppose you have someone allergic to wheat, and the family wants sandwiches. Just use wheat- or gluten-free bread for that person. Allergic to potatoes? Put a sweet potato in a separate pan while baking potatoes for the rest of the family. Allergic to dairy? Cook some of the lasagna in a separate pan without the cheese (use tofu or quinoa or some other seasoned filler instead of ricotta and leave off the mozzarella).

If there is a long list of allergies, you may need to serve 2 meals at a time, one for the allergic person and one for the rest of the family. That is the reality in our house. But that doesn’t mean I spend all my time in the kitchen. There are actually 3 diet plans in our house: The long list of prohibited foods for Manny, gluten-free for me, and anything goes for my husband and daughter. Usually that means I eat one diet or the other. Rarely I’ve been known to cook 3 different cereals (say, amaranth for Manny, oats for me, 5-grain cereal for the other two), but I usually only cook two things. Today we had grilled veggies & tofu. Manny couldn’t have them, so my husband fixed him something else. He and our daughter ate the veggies with bread, but I just left off the bread and ate the veggies and tofu.

However, sometimes I cook things in bulk for Manny. Pancakes, waffles, biscuits, squash, beans, etc, can all be cooked in bulk and frozen. Then when I don’t have time to cook a regular meal, I can pull something out of the freezer.

When we have beans, sometimes I take out some of the beans before we season them (he can’t have the tomato sauce we add to our beans) and season them separately for him. When I made millet pudding for the family, I made some with nut milk for us and a small batch with hemp milk for him–but I baked them at the same time. He can have many of the veggies that we have, so I make them available for him with whatever his main course is. We also have an allergy-free cold cereal available, and some crackers and rice cakes, so that when we are in a rush, there is something we can feed him for supper (at our house, lunch is like most people’s dinner, and supper is a light meal). When we have pasta, we cook rice pasta for him and put olive oil, yeast flakes, dry basil, granulated garlic, and salt on it, while the rest of the family has a sauce of some kind (cashew cheese, spaghetti sauce, pesto, etc). He can usually have some salad, if I leave the tomatoes and carrots out.

So if the list is long, you may need to fix two separate meals, but often you can prepare two similar dishes at the same time. Making two lasagnas takes only a tiny bit more effort than making one–and no extra baking time if they are baked together. Having extra meals frozen and ready to eat can be very helpful, so when you cook, cook in bulk.

If the person only is allergic to one or two things, the severity of the allergy and the rest of the family’s love of the item(s) will make it easy to determine whether to cut it out of the family diet or not. But when the list is extensive, as in my son’s case, you may need to change your attitude toward cooking, spend a little time now and then in the kitchen, cook some things in bulk, etc. It is, however, totally doable. And the rewards–less itching, growing better, better attitude, etc–will definitely be worth the effort.

Survey for Mothers of Babys With Eczema

In light of some of the things I have been learning, I would like to see if there is a relationship between metal dental fillings in the mother and eczema in the baby. Please take this brief (4 question) survey. I will post the results when I feel I have received enough data. If everyone that visits this site takes the survey, I should be able to post it within a week or two. Be sure to subscribe so that you won’t miss the results.

How severe is your baby's eczema?

At what age did the eczema start?  
Do you have amalgam (metal, "silver") fillings?

How many do you have?
Do you have any symptoms of yeast/candida? (google for list of symptoms if you are unsure)

Thank you so much!

Red Bottom, Green Poop

In researching coffee enemas, I discovered a post called Red Tushies and Green Poop. I wish I could have read this when Manny was a baby (can you believe he’s 3 1/2 now?!). No one seemed too concerned about the detail, though I did research it a bit. Nowhere did my research point to gut irritation as the cause of the strange breastmilk poop color. At least, not 3 years ago.

But as the author of that post says, consistently green poop is not normal. The occasional green poop from getting too much foremilk, or from an illness is one thing. To have it day in and day out isn’t. I don’t know when Manny’s poop turned green (it wasn’t at birth), but Ralfie’s poop started turning green between 6 and 7 weeks old. Now at almost 8 weeks I am forgetting what normal breastmilk poop looks like. I’ll spare you pictures, but Google has quite a few good examples.

The truth is, a breastfed baby’s poop should be orange with white curds in it. Ralfie’s poop is orange green or mossy green and has almost no curds at all. He also has a lot of gas, which sometimes makes him uncomfortable. The Red Tushies article puts it this way:

While there is a wide range of normal in color for a baby’s bowel movements, a persistent mossy color can indicate something is up.  The green may also be tinged with blood (usually dark in color).  Consult your doctor immediately if you see blood in your baby’s diaper.  While bright-red blood typically indicates a fissure or other lesion near the opening to your baby’s anus, darker blood comes from further up and can indicate allergic/sensitive irritation or something more complex.  With or without the presence of blood, you may also notice that your baby’s bowel movements are frothy, foamy, or mucousy.  While this is fairly common, it is not normal and should be investigated.

How I wish I’d known that when Manny was a baby! Some of the comments said it was yeast, though the author didn’t feel that the red anus indicated yeast unless it was accompanied by other symptoms of yeast (which she lists). I’m not so sure. Just because there is yeast in the gut doesn’t mean that there will be a yeasty diaper rash. Although Manny did get one at one point (we cleared it up with an OTC anti-fungal cream). My daughter had thrush in her mouth but it never made it to her diaper (thankfully that, and a bad case of diarrhea that dehydrated her so badly she had to be hospitalized, was the worst thing she ever had healthwise; she’s the picture of health today). I’ve heard stories of someone with yeast testing negative for yeast in the stool. It seems yeast can change its nature and do all kinds of weird things.

What is the point of all this? If your exclusively breastfed baby has consistently green poop and redness around the anus, chances are something is wrong with his gut. Whether it is pathogenic bacteria, as Manny most certainly had, or yeast, or both, or something else, that isn’t my place to say. I’m no doctor. But it does give you a place to start working, and definitely can help you focus your time with the doctor in an area that will be more profitable, in terms of finding the cause, than simply discussing skin care.

If your baby is on formula, their poop will be different. And once you introduce solids, breastfed or formula fed babies will both have similar poop–at least, once solids comprise a good share of the diet. However, the redness around the anus will still be there. Both my sons have it. What about your baby?

Coffee Enemas for Allergies?

Have you ever had an enema? I haven’t. Not that I never will, just I never have so far.

But I’ve heard a lot about them. They can be useful for more than just relieving constipation.

A friend of mine, a naturopath and director of Modern Manna, a Christian health ministry, Danny Vierra runs a 10-day detox program called Bella Vita. The guests that come to his program use coffee enemas as part of the detox. Danny says that once they started using the coffee enemas as part of their program, they noticed that people stopped having severe detox symptoms. Former smokers found that cravings went away in less than a day when they used the coffee enemas.

I went to one of his seminars recently, and I asked him for advice about Manny and his eczema. He was just about to leave, so he didn’t have a lot of time to discuss it, so he recommended coffee enemas.

I thought, “That might be helpful. I’ll need to see about getting an enema kit.” But I didn’t think about it much after that.

Then today I came across a site that talks about coffee enemas. I scanned down the page until, around the middle of the page, I came across a list of benefits the author had experienced with coffee enemas:

Massive food allergies: Previously only two foods didn’t make my body hurt – lettuce and coconut oil! I was able to just barely get away with eating goat yogurt and organic turkey for protein.

Once I began coffee enemas, my food tolerance increased more and more. Now, I can eat all kinds of dairy products, beef, eggs, nuts, fruit – even occasional dark chocolate and (rarely) wheat products!

I interrupted my husband right there and told him, “We need to get an enema bag for Manny.” We found one on sale at Walgreens (on sale and buy one, get one 50% off–we bought four). Now I just need to get some organic coffee. I think I’ll just get the lightest roast I can get (the longer it roasts, the more it destroys the part of the bean that is beneficial) at the health food store.

So I decided to research the topic further. Had other people found relief from eczema by using coffee enemas?

Apparently, the answer is yes. One site, dedicated to an eczema cure (please note that I know nothing about the protocol, and how effective it would be for everyone) explains how the coffee enema works.

The alkaloid, caffeine, dilates the bile ducts throughout the liver. All the clogged channels filled with toxins that force incoming toxins to continue to re-circulate causing pain, are instead, emptied rapidly.

Another site discussing the topic says:

Yes, it is possible to use coffee enemas for eczema. This is because . . . there is a high correlation between a worsening colon condition and eczema. What this means is that as your body is more exposed to toxins within your body, the manifestations of eczema worsens as well. Hence, if you will cleanse your colon, there is a high chance that it will not manifest for a long time.

Now why am I even researching this? Let me see if I can explain.

When a conventional doctor sees eczema, he says, “Keep the skin moist, try hydrocortisone, and let me know if it’s not working and I’ll prescribe something stronger.” Or something like that. A few doctors, like my son’s pediatrician, will also recommend using probiotics. If food allergies are suspected, they might suggest you try cutting out common allergens and might refer you to an allergist. But mostly, they just treat symptoms.

But I am convinced there is a cause. It can’t just be genetic. Granted, maybe an allergy here or there could be genetic. But I believe there is a cause. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I am suspecting heavy metals and yeast. These are both toxic to the body, the latter especially when it dies off. Some people have a harder time eliminating toxins than others. So getting the body to flush out toxins faster without negative side effects would clearly be helpful in the healing process.

After all, if food allergies are causing the eczema, there is a good chance that the colon is irritated. Redness around the anus seems to be a good indicator of an irritated colon, as does mossy-green poop in breastfed babies (this site discusses the subject in some detail). So anything that will help the colon heal would theoretically be beneficial to eczema.

This is definitely something we are going to bring up with the naturopath when we go see him next Tuesday. I’ll let you know the results of that visit as soon as I can.

In the mean time, have you ever had a coffee enema? Have you even heard of someone doing one? Please share your thoughts!