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How A Mother Cured Her Daughter’s Eczema With A Raw Diet

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How A Mother Cured Her Daughter’s Eczema With A Raw Diet

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Maya suffered with a severe form of eczema since she was a young baby. At the age of one, red, flaky skin broke out all over Maya’s body forcing her mother to resort to the conventional doctor-recommended treatment for eczema, steroid cream.

As supplemental advice, Maya’s pediatrician also recommended removing cow’s milk from her diet and replacing it with goat’s milk (about 15% of infants experience a dairy protein allergy, with common allergic symptoms manifesting on the skin). After doing so, Maya’s mother noticed that it had worked, but this only lasted for a short while.

It wasn’t long before Maya began to experience constant colds, a side effect Maya’s mother figured was due to the steroid cream. Steroid creams have a remarkable skin-penetrating ability which can flood the bloodstream and kill the cells which provide immunity against pathogens. Maya’s mother worried that the cream was only covering up the problem, rather than solving the root of the issue.

At the age of 4, Maya’s eczema returned with a vengeance. Her mother had already decided not to use the steroid cream, and resorted to a naturopathic approach.  She cleaned up Maya’s diet by cutting out milk, gluten and refined sugars all together, a tactic which proved beneficial as she watched her daughters eczema disappear yet again.

When Maya turned 7, her eczema flared up again worse than ever before. This time however, Maya was also found to have candida and parasites. In desperation, Maya’s mother went to her diet once again, this time cutting out meat and eggs as well as sugar. But her efforts were to no avail, as symptoms seemed to be getting worse.

After months of playing with Maya’s diet, her mother could see that she was ill from all of their efforts to rid Maya of her candida. She was losing weight rapidly, which her mother attributed to Maya’s gut’s inability to absorb nutrients. It was at this point that she was considering putting Maya back on drugs in fear of losing her daughter.

 

Once Last Effort To Save Her Daughter

Maya’s mother had tried everything she thought she could, and her daughter’s condition wasn’t getting any better. Right before she decided to put Maya back on drugs, she came across a vegan community on Instagram which posted about how a high-carb, raw vegan diet was showing success in treating candida.

Although this sounded ‘wacky’ to Maya’s mother, she had no other option at that point. She tested out a 10-day banana diet before giving it to Maya, and she noticed she felt fantastic during the program. She immediately started her family on a diet that consisted mainly of fruit, leafy green and healthy fats from things such as avocados, nuts and seeds.

For the past six months, Maya’s skin has completely cleared up since going raw vegan, with only a few tiny dry spots left on her skin. Maya is finally at ease, and her family is feeling the benefits as well.

Today Maya and her family are happy and healthy, traveling the world and documenting their experiences on their YouTube channel, deHappy.

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Maya and her siblings on a family vacation.

 

Is A Plant Based Diet The Way To Go?

While a definitive consensus about whether or not a plant-based diet is the most beneficial dietary lifestyle is still undecided, many physicians have begun to recognize the health benefits of such a diet.

In 2006, after reviewing data from 87 published studies, authors Berkow and Barnard reported in Nutrition Reviews that a vegan or vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. They also found that vegetarian populations have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In addition, their review suggests that weight loss in vegetarians is not dependent on exercise and occurs at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week.

Another study found that vegetarian diets are nutrient dense, consistent with dietary guidelines, and could be recommended for weight management without compromising diet quality.

The Adventist Health Studies found that vegetarians have approximately half the risk of developing diabetes as non-vegetarians. In 2008, Vang et al reported that non-vegetarians were 74% more likely to develop diabetes over a 17-year period than vegetarians.

The only way to decide whether or not a plant-based diet is right for you is to try it out. A great way to start out is by reducing your meat and animal by-product intake gradually, such as limiting them to 4 days a week.

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  1. How do you balance a behavior vegetarian diet for toddlers and adults without looking horrible weight and becoming sick, I do know many many have,fallen sick from turning vegan vegitarrian. My son has severe ezcema I believe he has candida my husband has candida and I have celiac disease, and well my daughter has gut issues too, the hardest part is my husband he doesn’t care what goes in his body and he is a big meat lover, I’m more raw and the kids are stuck in between. We also have a hard time with the funds to supply what we need daily from the fruits and veggies… Any advice?

    • Hi Amanda,
      I’d say the most common mistake new vegans do is eating insufficient food. When switching from an animal-based diet – which is extremely high in calories – one needs to replace that with eating enough calories from plant-based foods in order to feel satiated and have energy. You said money is an issue, if that’s the case, I would definitely rather eat a cooked vegan diet, because it is much cheaper and much more calorie-dense than a raw vegan diet.

      A starch-based diet of potatoes, rice, corn, and beans is cheap, and gives lots of energy. Adding green leafy vegetables like kale to ones menus is tasty and nutritous. Steaming a few vegetables like carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower and mixing it all together – any toddler will love that. Eating fermented foods are also very helpful: http://www.organictalks.com/turmeric-sauerkraut-recipe-fermented-health-booster/

      We eat fruit with oatmeal (gluten-free) in the morning to which we add a few nuts and ground flax seeds (there we get our Omega 3 fatty acids) – it’s very delish – maybe you try too? We don’t use oil – only avocados as a fat source. It goes great with salads or can be used as a spread.
      And don’t forget: try to get as much sunshine as you can (Vitamin D), do some exercise (at least walking), and think of using a Vitamin B12 supplement (many vegans do, because there’s no B12 in plant-based foods).

      But if you feel sick or weak somehow, definitely consult yourself with a doctor. I’m just giving you a few tips which the average vegan like I uses in order to stay healthy. Online you can find many recipes to make a healthy and tasty meal. Here you can find lots of them: http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/
      Reading books helps a lot to get a bigger picture of what you are doing.
      “The starch solution” by Dr. John McDougall is a book that will give you all the information you need (you can probably buy it used on Amazon).

      All the best,
      -Alen

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