I Think I Overcorrected

Hey y’all.

First off, this is an eczema rant, and I figure some of you don’t want to stick around to read this.

I overcorrected my diet a year ago. I started really digging in and revamping my diet in the beginning of 2019. My skin got better, but then I got impetigo all over my right hand. I couldn’t get it to go away, so when I went to visit my sister, she took me to a doctor. My sister’s a doctor as well, so between the two conventional doctors, I ended up taking oral antibiotics. I tried eating a lot of sauer kraut during all this, but I neglected to realize that it had been pasturized, so all it did was create flare ups on my legs, which I never get.

I thought, well, it must be fermented foods, so I got rid of all my homemade kraut once I got home.

Now I’m realizing that, yes, fermented foods in abundance aren’t good for my skin, but I need some to help feed the probiotics in my gut.

I hate that I’m having problems with my eczema right now, and I hate that I’m feeling the need to use the conventional steroid creams. For months at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, my skin was clear. I figured the spring pollens were causing my problems. I believe they actually were back in the spring, but now it’s the end of July. Pollen cannot be the full problem anymore.

It was so fantastic to not use anything on my skin for all those months. I’m going to work on getting back to that.

I’ve come to the realization that steroid creams, in themselves, aren’t bad- the ideology surrounding them is bad. They’re something we (as a society) tend to use as a quick fix and then ignore the problem.

The reason I’m thinking about digging back into this, is because eczema flare-ups are a sign that there’s an environmental problem. Before now, I was thinking it was the pollen, then I was working in a room people were smoking in. I knew about the problems, but there shouldn’t be any problems now, and my eczema’s still flaring. Something’s wrong, and I need to find it.

Even so, I’ve come a long way. At the start of 2019, my skin was a mess. I did my own research, because there’s not a naturopath near and conventional medicine has proven not to help my skin, and I have YouTube people to thank for that. Michelle Mills helped the most, but Susan Valkai was a close second, and lots and lots of other’s videos helped, too.

I guess the long story short is that I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, but I know I have to do something.

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