My eczema vanished completely two months after moving to Cuenca Ecuador! Now understand, nothing has been changed in my diet or eating habits since moving to Cuenca Ecuador, meaning I eat the same type of foods and not much new has been introduced into my diet.
The irritating rash on my fingers started when I was a child. When I got married and moved to Portland Oregon, where it is rainy and damp I still had eczema on my hands; it didn’t stop there, when we moved clear across the continent to the southeast, where it is humid and hot, I still had eczema. I’ve lived in several different types of climates and amazingly I have had eczema in every single one, except for one, and we’ll get to that in a moment.
What Is Eczema?
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring and may enlarge the rash.
I do know that detergents and other household cleaning supplies can worsen the condition but it does not cause it. Luckily for me, I only had the rash between my fingers and boy did it itch and blister, and ooze, and bleed, etc. It was annoying and uncomfortable and unsightly.
At first it starts out as really dry, flaky skin and then something irritates it and it begins to itch. Once you start scratching the itch the blisters form and eventually the pustules begin to sweat and ooze. Funny thing is scratching the blisters makes it feel better. In times past, I used to scratch until my fingers were swollen and bloody; it was very unpleasant; anyone who has had eczema knows just how unpleasant this skin condition can really be.
Incorrect Information on the Internet
There’s a lot of incorrect information about eczema on the Internet. Most doctors and websites that talk about this skin condition do not even know the cause of eczema, and it is because so many people are afflicted with it or its cousins, hay fever, asthma and food allergies. The conflicting information on the Internet makes it very confusing.
FACT: I have lived in North American with eczema all my life and then moved to South America and it suddenly disappeared, tells me without a doubt it is caused by something existing in the food supply, simply because my diet or eating habits have not changed; the only thing that has changed is how the food is grown.
Same Foods, Two Different Kinds of Growing Techniques
The food I was eating in North America was grown in chemically laden soil, sprayed with noxious pesticides, and the feed animals given antibiotics and hormones and cooped up and force fed, while food grown in South America is grown in very little, if any pesticides, and the feed animals are allowed to graze freely on the grassland.
FACT: When we moved to Cuenca in June 2011 I had eczema on my hands, but after only a few months of living here, eczema simply vanished without a trace!! Not only that, but Frank and I both lost about 12 to 15 pounds and we can’t gain it back if we tried!! But that’s a whole other story, we’ll talk about in another post.
FACT: In April of 2014 I went back to the states to visit my mom for exactly one month and by the second week the eczema came back on my hands and this time on the back of my elbows too. I couldn’t believe I got eczema again after I was relieved of it for almost three years while living in Cuenca Ecuador! One month later, I returned back home to Cuenca Ecuador and in within a couples of weeks, the eczema disappeared again! And, it doesn’t come back!! So what is going on?
What Causes Eczema?
Firstly, how can you know if something is true or not? There is so much conflicting information about this skin condition on the Internet that it will make your head spin. And it is not just this health condition that is misdiagnosed but most every health issue you can think of. This is why we must learn how to “listen to our bodies” and be our own doctor, when it comes to health of our body.
However, there are situations where you might need a doctor. If you have an emergency, such as falling off your roof, or needing to get a blood transfusion, or if your appendix burst, etc. It would be wise to go to the doctor for emergency cases that are out of our control.
There are three ways a person can get started to facilitate this blissful state and be in more control of their health.
1) You have to experience something over and over again before it becomes a fact for you and your health problem.
2) You have to do your own deductions. You know your own body better than anyone, so what is it telling you?
3) You must listen to your body and feel and observe changes and know when it is reacting to something unhealthy in your diet.
That would be a good start. There’s more to it however, but let's get back to the eczema problem.
One website says wheat, and or nuts might be the cause of eczema. However, I eat just as much if not more whole wheat and nuts in Ecuador as I did in the states, and we were buying organic wheat berries in the states and the nuts were from the health food stores, so we’re quite sure that eczema is NOT caused from organic wheat or nuts (at least in my case) but, if someone includes non organic wheat or nuts in their diet and has eczema, they might want to stop eating those two foods just to make sure and start eating organic wheat and nuts.
You see, fresh, wholesomely grown foods will not cause an allergic reaction in most people. So then the only explanation for having a reaction after eating whole wheat and or nuts is that they were grown using harsh chemicals and sprays!
Here’s How I KNOW “My Eczema Was Something
Unhealthy in/on the food I Was Eating
1) I experienced the rash all my life UNTIL I moved to Cuenca, then I go back to the states for one month and the rash comes back but worse; then I come back to Cuenca and the rash once again vanishes without a trace!
FACT: It is something in the US causing my eczema. What could that something be? In the states I used a dishwasher and rarely had to wash a dish. Here I wash dishes twice a day and do not have dishwasher; my hands are in harsh colored detergents every single day and I only have a bit of dry skin on my hands that pure coconut oil seems to fix, and still no eczema.
2) Nothing has changed in my diet and I eat the same kinds of foods in both countries, so the deduction in this case is “how the food is grown”. Or, should we say, “What the food is grown in and sprayed with and injected with”.
3) In this case I didn’t have to change anything in my diet or take out a certain food because the eczema vanished on its own after coming back to Cuenca even when eating the same types of foods.
Now all we need to do is deduce which noxious chemical is the cause of my eczema; is it the pesticides sprayed on the plants, hormones and antibiotics injected into the steers and fowl, herbicides treating the bugs’, or is it all four? It doesn't matter to us since I do not live in the u.s anymore, however, other people that do may want to know these miraculous healing testimonies.
Food Sensitivity to Pesticides, Hormones,
To be more clear I have a allergy to things that are harmful to my body such as pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals that are put into the food supply in the US! But so does everyone else on this planet, it just shows up in different ways because everyone’s body is different. Not everyone’s body will react with symptoms in the same way.
This is important to know: When we understand that a food allergy or a reaction to certain foods and/or behaviors is perfect feedback for us to learn from, as in being able to deduce certain health issues on our own without the need for a doctor, then it follows that we can learn to understand what the proper response should be.
Unfortunately organically grown food in the u.s is quite expensive and not everyone can afford to buy it...and that is one of the major reasons why we moved to Ecuador. We feel happy and very blessed to be able to eat better, cleaner food for our health.
And that, my friends, is a blissful state to be in! With Better Health we Can Begin to Live a Better Life!
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