Friday, September 7, 2012

Eczema diet on Today Tonight

We are entering eczema season and it's now that the irritating and ugly skin condition is at its worst.

Dermatologist Dr Greg Goodman says one-in-five people get some form of eczema in their lifetime.

“You can get eczema developing from things from the outside world and you can get eczema developing from inside the individual due to an immune disturbance and they both produce the same sort of end response," Dr Goodman said.

And that end response can be cruel.
Ten-year-old Jacob suffered horribly from eczema and his mother Claudine tried everything to treat him.

“At its worse horrific he'd wake up screaming out because there was blood all over the bed," Claudine said.

After employing various creams and ointments Claudine eliminated sugar, wheat and dairy from Jacob's diet.

“Whatever he was putting in his mouth was coming out on his skin. I got told [to eliminate] wheat, sugar and dairy and I did that, but it wasn't enough," Claudine said.

Ultimately, Claudine had success with Jacob's condition by following Karen Fischer's eczema Diet.

The nutritionist had a special reason for creating an eczema diet. Her daughter Ayva was covered in it from just two weeks old.

“What was most important was adding things to the diet that reduced the acid to the tissue to balance the pH levels and that really helped," Karen said.

“She had eczema in the creases of her arm we had to put little mittens on her so she wouldn’t scratch," Karen said.

Ayva started the diet as a toddler and her skin cleared up. Others tried it too with the same results and soon word spread, culminating in a book.

“Bananas are the best for alkalising the pH and papaya is great for the skin - high in vitamin C, and has a natural antihistamine," Karen said.

The nutritionist has devised a therapeutic broth that helps reduce eczema almost overnight.

Brown some bones in the oven, add them to a pot of boiling water, chop up some vegies pop in the pot and simmer for six hours.

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Karen Fischer
The eczema diet

The Eczema Diet (Exisle Publishing)
By Karen Fischer

The Itchy Dozen
Here are the top 12 foods and beverages most likely to worsen the itch:
1 Cow’s milk and other dairy products
2 Grapes and grape-products including wines, sultanas and juices
3 Oranges and products containing orange
4 Kiwi fruit
5 Soy sauce / tamari sauce
6 Tomato and products containing tomato
7 Avocado
8 Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and silverbeet
9 Dried fruits such as dried apricots
10 Deli meats such as sausages, ham, bacon, meats with flavour enhancers
11 Corn and products containing corn
12 Junk foods containing artificial colours, flavour enhancers or preservatives

Eczema-safe foods include:

Therapeutic Broth (recipe below)
Rice bran oil

Therapeutic Broth
To reduce the itch, drink this broth daily and use it as a stock in the casserole and soup recipes from The Eczema Diet.

2 large beef bones, with a little meat on them (incl. necks, joints, marrow, lamb bones)
3 ½ litres filtered water
1 large free-range/organic chicken carcass
1 large leek, chopped
2-4 spring onions (shallots/scallions), chopped
2 brussels sprouts, chopped
2-4 stalks celery, chopped
3–4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). In a roasting pan, roast the beef bones for up to 30 minutes or until deliciously fragrant and browned. Remove from the oven and add them to a stockpot or very large saucepan along with the water, chicken carcass and vegetables. Cover, bring to the boil and then simmer on low heat for 6 hours.

Remove the bones using tongs, then place a strainer over a large bowl and pour the broth through the strainer, discarding the boiled bones and vegetables when you have finished. Before use, store the broth in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight. The next day carefully lift or skim off the layer of fat (this saturated fat is no good for your eczema). Your broth, when cold, should be thick and jelly-like.

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