In my last post on my daughter’s eczema treatment, I had mentioned once again the Functional Medicine treatment that is helping her heal her eczema from within. In this post I am really happy to say that she is much better than before and her eczema is under control.
She is finally off her immunosuppressive medication after 5 long years of depending on systemic drugs to keep her eczema under control. She has been on prednisone (oral steroid), cyclosporine, azathioprine and methotrexate (at various points in time) to manage her very severe eczema for the past 5 years. For those of you who have been following my blog know that it has been a very long journey filled with a lot of ups and downs. When I started Functional Medicine treatment in 2015 I was convinced that it works but I knew that it would not be easy to implement the changes needed and the discipline that would be required. Countless others have been healed by this treatment for various chronic conditions including the seemingly “incurable” ones like Multiple Sclerosis (read Dr Terry Wahls recovery from a crippling MS here), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto (read Dr Isablella Wentz’s story here), Alzheimers (read up on Dr Dale Bredesen’s amazing work here).
The struggle is part of the story
It has been worth every second, minute and hour that I have spent on healing her gut from within when I see her soft and radiant skin today
It has been worth every second, minute and hour that I have spent on healing her gut from within when I see her soft and radiant skin today. It has been worth every tear that I have shed when times were difficult and I questioned myself on the path that I had chosen to follow. It has been worth the effort that I had to put in to make the changes in our diet and lifestyle as product availability was poor initially and I struggled with finding the recipes for a different way of eating (gluten and dairy free). It has been worth it when I hear in her voice the delight of sharing her lunch with her friends in school, where her friends look forward to having the very same (gluten and dairy free, unprocessed foods) foods that she used to once eat alone.
Healing a leaky gut
It was a precious day for me last Thursday as her Functional Medicine pointed out in my daughter’s latest test reports of how her gut has healed slowly from being “leaky” and how this has resulted in her eczema coming under control. Her stool (GI Map) analysis showed that the her gut lining had healed to the extent that the protein called Zonulin was no longer present in high quantities as previously tested over the last couple of years. In other words the tight junction of the gut lining had healed to the extent that it no longer allowed any undigested foods, toxins, bacteria or yeast into the bloodstream and activate the immune system. This had helped calm down her immune system which had helped bring her eczema under control and allowed her to be pulled off her immunosuppressive medication. There were a few things that still needed to be taken care of as had showed up in her urine metabolite ONE test but every single marker had nonetheless showed improvement.
What had worked for us was a combination of lifestyle change and the right nutrition for her. Healing the gut from within also forms a part of the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Some of the key things that we did that helped us to heal her eczema-
- Remove trigger foods (like gluten, eggs and dairy), refined, processed and sugar laden foods (baked products, beverages etc) yeast, nightshades to name a few
- Remove and reduce toxin exposure by switching to safe and eco friendly laundry and dishwashing detergents, personal care products (shampoo, lotion, cream etc)
- Use therapeutic grade essential oils to manage and prevent infections and skin conditions; I later started using these for a variety of other ailments as a safe and effective preventive measure including minor burns, cuts, headaches etc
- Add probiotics and fermented foods like kefir/sauerkraut to help increase the ratio of favourable bacteria in the gut against the harmful ones
- Increase vegetable intake (through soups, juices and meals) as well as fruits (all colours)
- Add supplements like Glutamine, licorice amongst others to help heal the gut lining
- Add supplements like cucurmin, NAC, omega 3, phytonutrients etc to boost her antioxidant levels and lower overall inflammation in the body
- Address the chronic stress of living with eczema with the help of books, emotional support and mindfulness
- The whole family supported in making these changes without which we would not have been able to make this kind of difference
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
Eczema remains a part of our life today inspite of what we have achieved. However, as I have mentioned in my earlier posts, it is only a part of who my daughter is and does not define her
Eczema remains a part of our life today inspite of what we have achieved. However, as I have mentioned in my earlier posts, it is only a part of who my daughter is and does not define her. And it is even more true today than ever before. It may remain a part her life but it is not something that she needs to be scared of. She will most likely need to be much more careful of her diet and lifestyle than many others but I believe this will give her a better insight and control over her own health which will actually help her in the years to come. While she has matured over the last few years due to her struggles, she has retained her innocence which gives her a freshness that children naturally possess. I can only hope that these years of learning and accepting the various changes in her young life will shape her into a compassionate, strong and beautiful young woman in the years to come.
As her mother, caregiver and a human being even I have come a long way since I started writing this blog about four years back. Today I would like to share some of the things that I have learned along the way.
- Remember to always trust your own intuition and instinct where your child is concerned; there is no better advocate for your child than her mother (and father)
- Try and work with doctors (and other healthcare practitioners) as partners so that you can work efficiently as a team; this is true for chronic conditions where treatment may take years to show any results
- Food is medicine; nutrition plays a HUGE role in our health whether we realise it or not
- I have learned not to compromise on the quality and safety of anything that we put in or on our body; buy the best quality and non toxic (if possible organic) produce and consumer care products
- Taking care of your child’s emotional health is equally important and has a huge impact on their self esteem and confidence; we can unknowingly end up neglecting this aspect of our child’s health while focussing on their medical treatment
- Self care should be regular part of the daily routine for the primary caregiver (usually the mother) of a child; without taking adequate care of yourself you simply cannot give the best of yourself to your child over a long period of time
- It is important to include forgiveness as an integral part of your approach in taking care of your child; this is true both for your child as they may fail at times to adhere to the treatment plan and also for yourself as you may make mistakes even if it is unintentional
- And last but not the least remember to enjoy all the good that is there in your life and treasure each moment with your child; their childhood can disappear in a flash if we are consumed only by trying to tide over the ‘bad times” till “good times” take over
I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength
There is so much that has happened in the past few years, so much that as a family that we have covered together and much that we have learnt along the way. While I wish my daughter did not have to go through what she did, it was something we had no control over at all. It took us a while to accept this fact and at the same time be thankful for all that we have. As this year comes to an end, I am grateful to have to come to this point in my life where I have so much to share and an opportunity to make a difference.
As this year comes to an end, I am grateful to have to come to this point in my life where I have so much to share and an opportunity to make a difference
I discovered my passion for helping others in need in the domain of healthcare and have set up my Health Coaching practice. This was done after completing my one year online course from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. I also discovered my passion for writing and creating awareness for various health related topics like the ones mentioned below (links given below)
- Stress and why need to empower our children to have a healthy relationship with it
- Toxins in our environment and how they affect our children
- Toxin exposure for babies and children- how can we reduce it?
I have also started creating awareness by giving talks to small groups of people and my first presentation is on “Toxins- hiding in plain sight”
Nourish. Heal. Connect
I am collaborating with Dr Amrita Talwar, who is also my daughter’s dermatologist, for a Health Coaching set up in her clinic in Mumbai. At the same time I also have my own practice where I have started seeing clients for various health conditions.
I focus on the following aspects of healthcare-
- nutrition and hydration
- exercise and movement
- sleep and relaxation
- social relationships and connections
- mindfulness and stress management
Incase you are interested in knowing more about my practice, please get in touch with me at
Contact : +917738533913