Hello my web friend and welcome!!
I am so excited to share my journey through eczema, Topical Steroid Withdrawal, and “leaky gut” with you! YOU are the reason I started this website. For those of you suffering with eczema, gut issues, autoimmune diseases, or any other chronic health issues, my hope is that the information on this website will lead you to your path of healing. I have experienced the beautiful healing effects of functional medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, Ayurveda, and more, and sharing this information with you gives me an inner joy that is hard to explain.
“I couldn’t shake hands with people and, what’s worse, I couldn’t give my sweet children a bath because even something as harmless as water was far too painful.”
I used steroid creams for over 25 years to treat eczema on my hands and it eventually reached a point where it covered both hands and all ten fingers and formed little oozing, painful blisters under the skin. I couldn’t shake hands with people and, what’s worse, I couldn’t give my sweet children a bath because even something as harmless as water was far too painful. The steroid creams clearly were not working and I actually found out that they were causing the eczema to worsen. My skin was addicted to steroid creams!
I also struggled with leaky gut and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) that was caused by overuse of antibiotics. In 2010, my OB/GYN put me on a daily antibiotic for 8 months of my pregnancy and then in 2014 my dermatologist put me on a daily antibiotic to treat the eczema. SIBO is very difficult to treat and many believe that SIBO is actually the root cause behind most Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) cases.
I stopped all antibiotics and all steroid creams on February 8, 2015 and that was the first day of the rest of my life. What followed was an excruciating Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) period, a dramatic diet and lifestyle change, and an enormous amount of learning and enlightenment.
The Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) period typically lasts between one and three years and people often have to quit their jobs, spend hours in the bathtub for relief, and tie their hands at night so they don’t scratch the uncontrollable itch in their sleep. The rash often spreads full body, regardless of where the creams were used, and the sufferer typically experiences extreme pain, swelling, oozing, nerve zingers, fatigue, and many other debilitating symptoms. Visit ITSAN.org for more information about Topical Steroid Withdrawal.
“Functional Medicine sped my healing and significantly shortened my withdrawal period. “
I was well on my way down this path during my steroid withdrawal period … and then I found Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine sped my healing and significantly shortened my withdrawal period. I have made it my mission to spread information about functional medicine and other methods of healing to TSW warriors and to all people who are experiencing any type of chronic medical condition.
Today, I feel i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e.!!
So THIS is how we are supposed to feel?!?! I had no idea how bad I felt until I had something this good to compare it to! Before starting this journey, I thought I was a pretty healthy gal with a really annoying and painful eczema problem on my hands. Turns out I was a very unhealthy gal and was well on my way to numerous chronic health conditions (due to a suppressed immune system from the steroid creams) and would likely have developed an autoimmune disease (as a result of leaky gut and SIBO).
(If you want the play by play of my Topical Steroid Withdrawal journey, complete with gnarly photos…. here it is. You’ll get the good, the bad, and the u.g.l.y!!!)
This website is my passion because I am undeniably and unapologetically o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d with spreading information about true health, about functional medicine, and about supporting our bodies’ natural ability to heal to e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e I am lucky enough to encounter. You have found your way to this page for a reason and I consider myself blessed by our encounter. Please leave me a note to say hi.
You are on HealthTorch.com for a reason. Light your torch and walk with me through this journey. And once you have turned your own health around, light the torch of another. Collectively, our health torches will set the world ablaze and together we will change the current trajectory of disease for humanity.
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