36-year old mum-of-two reversed her chronic, steroid resistant eczema with a vegan diet – Totally Vegan Buzz
36-year old mum-of- two reversed her chronic, steroid resistant eczema with a vegan diet
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A 36-year-old patient recounts how switching to a vegan diet has helped her heal her skin condition that she controlled using steroid creams for 15 years.

Jennifer Pierce from Los Angeles, US, had her first mild eczema attack, when she was 7 years old.

However, by the age of 25, she started using topical steroids to keep her eczema bouts in control. This led to her skin getting ‘addicted’ to the creams – known as topical steroid addiction and eventually her eczema became uncontrollable and resistant to topical creams.

“I’d used steroid cream since I was 25 years old to help clear my eczema.

“I was never made aware by doctors about the risk of becoming addicted,” Pierce told The Sun.

Withdrawal symptoms

When she conceived her first child Pixely, her symptoms receded for a while because she was given a high steroid dose only for them to come back stronger after she delivered.

“My skin cleared for the duration of my pregnancy but after giving birth I suffered with horrible flare ups and I was covered head to toe with eczema,” she recalled.

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Each day living through TSW can feel like a year and many of you are seeking help to speed up the healing process. ?‍♀️While TSW does take time, I do believe I was able to get through the worst of it faster (within 5 months) for three reasons: 1. I supported my body through the intense detox with pure hydration and a plant based diet, which I continue religiously to this day ? (see #medicalmedium) 2. I did bikram yoga to encourage the detox process (all exercise is great) ?‍♀️ 3. I stopped using all moisturizers! ? . This is my story about stopping moisturizers. . During the peak of TSW I was bathing every day to exfoliate the shedding skin. ? I could literally roll the skin off my face and body in the shower. ? After bathing, I used moisturizers in an attempt to prevent more shedding but I noticed every time I did this my skin would become more red, inflamed, and itchy! I tried several moisturizers with pure ingredients and my skin still hated it. ? After a few months of trial and error, I realized the moisturizers just weren't helping and if anything were slowing down my healing. So I decided to quit using moisturizers. ? . When I stopped using all moisturizers, my body went into a “moisturizer withdrawal” and my skin became severely dry. I let my skin take over, and I trusted my body to start healing itself on a deeper level. Our bodies can do amazing things when we don’t interfere! . At the end of the first week, the top layer of skin you see in the pictures started to shed naturally. The new skin underneath was strong! ? . After three weeks I was no longer shedding massive amounts of skin. The new skin was still raw, sensitive and red but it wasn’t as inflamed or itchy. ? . I didn’t shower for three weeks during MW ?. I also waited two months before putting moisturizer on my skin. . Every day since MW my skin has been better and better unless I eat something I shouldn’t and my skin flares up! You can read more about this on my March 3 post, “remove inflammatory foods.” . When it comes to your healing journey do what feels right for you! Let your body and intuition be your guide and you will get through this. ?

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After her skin stopped responding to steroid creams, she ditched the meds only to suffer from topical steroid withdrawal, which caused her severe itching, hair loss, flaky skin, redness, and night sweats.

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Happy face to face Friday! Growing up, my mom would tell me that sometimes we don’t understand why we are going through trials until we can look back through the rear view mirror. When we are stuck in the middle of a challenge, it is really hard to see the bigger picture. Experiencing eczema as a kid and then going through topical steroid withdrawal as an adult were the most difficult experiences of my life. At school I felt embarrassed when my friends would ask about the red patches on my skin. For as long as I can remember I would hide under long sleeve shirts and scarves. When that eczema ultimately turned into topical steroid withdrawal after 15 years of steroid cream use, I was at the end of my rope. I would lie awake at night sobbing and asking God why this was happening to me. Why have I been tortured for all these years? What did I do to deserve this? Looking back now in the rear view mirror it all seems so clear to me now. I was not being tortured but being prepared for something far greater and more important. I was being prepared to receive the gift of health! I learned about @medicalmedium at the right time and place in my journey. Following the advice to change to a low fat, plant based diet not only helped me heal from TSW faster but it is also helping me clear my body from the underlying causes of eczema. While I wish I had known about Medical Medium as a kid, I don’t think I would have welcomed the wisdom shared like I do now. I needed to experience the trials in order to fully understand and appreciate what it means to be healthy. If you are going through a challenge now, just know that there will come a time when you can look back in the rear view mirror and say, now I get it! It was meant to be and I am forever changed for the better because of it. Sending love to all you healing warriors out there. ?

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Pierce, 36, quit her job and was homebound as she was too embarrassed to leave her house.

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Those of you who are following my journey know I went through Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) after 13 years of applying hydrocortisone creams and 15 years of using doctor prescribed steroid creams to treat my minor eczema.? . Two months after I became pregnant with my daughter, I had a major flare up of eczema that covered my entire back. My doctor filled a new prescription of steroid cream and told me it was safe to use while pregnant. ? Shortly after my daughter was born, the eczema returned with a vengeance. It covered my entire body to the point where the ends of my big toes split.?I couldn’t bend my arms. The pain was intense and the never-ending unscratchable itch was unbearable. I started to lose my hair. I had insomnia and night sweats. ? The steroid cream stopped working. This was the start of TSW and my body was going through a major detox, but I didn’t know it yet. I felt lost, confused, defeated, and depressed. How could I to raise my daughter when I could barely take care of myself? ? . Exactly two years ago this month, my life changed forever. I met two women, strangers, at a fully raw restaurant. ? These angels divulged their own healing success stories made possible by following the advice of Anthony William, the Medical Medium. I raced home that night, bought his first book, and two days later I was drinking celery juice. It was divine intervention at work. ? . Fast forward to today and I am a completely different person in mind, body and soul. ? I am not 100% healed but I now know the truth behind my eczema! And I finally know what to do about it!?#medicalmedium . My 3 year old daughter has eczema, and I’ve made it my mission to share with others the steps we are taking to heal naturally. ? I will never fault my own mother for not seeking out this information because it didn’t exist when I was a kid. But now that I am a mom, I cannot be silent with this knowledge while others out there are seeking answers. ? . I want adults and kids with eczema to know you don’t need to suffer. Topical steroid creams are not your only option. You deserve to heal permanently and completely. You deserve to be free! ?

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“I went into hiding because I felt so embarrassed about my appearance – my skin was red, flaky, cracked and bleeding,” she recounted.

Vegan switch

After her doctor advised her to try “a complete elimination diet” to rule our food allergies, Pierce started by eliminating dairy, eggs, and gluten in 2016.

In March 2017, she went completely vegan after speaking to fellow eczema sufferers who had managed to reverse their condition with dietary modifications.

She also stopped slathering her skin with moisturizers and washing for four weeks to prevent leaching out the natural oils produced by the body.

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This image represents a journey ? that has completely transformed me. I am not the same person today that I was three years ago. When I look at the person on the left I see someone lost, scared, and desperate for answers ?. . Topical Steroid Withdrawal was my catalyst for change and launched me on a quest ?for answers. The struggle molded and shaped me. The thousands of layers of skin and pride I shed was like breaking shackles⛓. When I look at the person on the right I see someone free ?! . I feel blessed to live my truth and serve as a beacon of light for others on their healing journey ?. Through it all, being in service to others is the real reward and the greatest gift ?. . SPIRIT SAYS, “remember that all storms pass ☔️…One thing that happens when we go through struggles is that we become stronger ?️‍♀️even if it doesn't feel that way at the time. We learn to adapt, survive, and draw on parts of ourselves we otherwise wouldn't have had to ?. Many of us who go through chronic illness or hardships also choose to help others who are struggling by offering support ? and compassion in their tough times ?, which is a special gift ?. If you have gone through trials in this life, or still are, know it's because you are a special person with great purpose here. Remembering this truth about who you are can also help you ride out the storms until they pass ?.” . Thank you @medicalmedium for shining your light ⭐️ when I was lost in the storm. ⛈

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“I didn’t even know food could be a culprit. Quitting all moisturisers combined with my diet change was a massive turning point for my skin,” she confirmed.

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Raise your hand if you love avocado! ?‍♀️ My family does too! However, in my quest to heal my daughter and myself from eczema, I’ve reduced the amount of fat we eat including fat from avocado. ? . Medical Medium says, “Reducing fats no matter what kind of diet you eat is a powerful way to support your liver.” ? . I don’t eat avocado every day but when I do I only eat half (unless the avocado is tiny). ? . SPIRIT SAYS, “Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.” ?#medicalmedium . Does anyone spy the heart? ? #iseehearts

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“I felt uplifted and encouraged to continue eating a plant-based diet because every day my skin was getting better.”

“Now I only have three or four flare ups a year when the season changes and they only last a few days,” she told the publication.

Pierce also swapped her daughter’s diet to plant-based after she got eczema at 18 months and now at age 4, Pixely’s skin is “much better too.”

How has veganism helped you improve your health? Share your stories in the comments below!

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