My son is almost 10 at this writing. When he was an infant, he had patches of eczema that really worried me. The pediatrician downplayed my concern about these red, raised, scaly patches that were oozy by saying that in Colorado all babies have eczema. “It’s from the dry cold,” he said. Two and a half years later, following a (delayed, I’ll have you know) MMR, I watched my son regress into autism.That eczema was a red (literally) flag for me that I missed. Turns out eczema is “an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant . . . that causes the symptoms of eczema. In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.”
Eczema is raised, patchy red spots that feel like thickened skin and, as they evolve, can turn white (from flaking off) or darken as they heal depending upon the complexion of the patient. Without exception it itches. Some of the “autistic behaviors” we see in children are a result of physical discomfort. Itching is very uncomfortable.
For us, eczema spots appeared on my son’s torso (in his adorable fat rolls), on the backs of his knees and in his elbow creases. Since the pediatrician told us not to worry, we did nothing. In hindsight, it meant that even that early, he was showing signs of autoimmune dysfunction. That was the red flag I shouldn’t have ignored. My son’s liver was not adequately clearing out toxins (clogged detox pathway). So when we vaccinated him, even on a delayed schedule, he could not detoxify from the vaccine and incurred brain damage.
What can you do to mitigate the risks to your child if you see the red flag of eczema?
- Consider vaccines carefully. This study explained away an 9-fold increase in eczema in their vaccinated population.
- Reduce toxic load, especially in the gastrointestinal system, by sticking to organic food (this will help to avoid genetically modified foods as well as pesticides and antibiotics) and avoiding medications where possible. (Stay far away from Tylenol/acetaminophen/paracetamol.)
- Remove products containing known neurotoxins (like aluminum, carrageenan and MSG) from your diet.
- Consider an elimination diet to spot any possible food triggers. Eczema is frequently a response to a particular food molecule that has made its way into the bloodstream due to a leaky intestinal wall. The major culprits tend to be gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
- Consider supplementation protocols that support proper detoxification pathways (liver and kidney support)
- Consider genetic testing from a company like 23andme to identify the specific detoxification pathways and supplement based upon those results.
- Consider exchanging your pediatrician for a naturopath.
- Find a chiropractor that does organ manipulation to help stimulate the sluggish detox organs.
- Consider alternative detoxification methods like IonCleanse footbaths, and saunas.
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