In the summer of 2012 we started our 8 1/2 year old daughter on the anti-candida diet. So, the list below shows some of the foods she could NOT eat.
Cheese, Ice Cream, Margarine, Enriched Pasta, Walnuts, Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes, Raspberries, Raisins, Watermelon, Soy Sauce, Shortening, Vinegar, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Bread – except yeast free, Bakers Yeast, Brewers Yeast, Cake, Candy, Chewing Gum, Chocolate, Cookies, Honey, White Sugar, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Soda, Snapple, Tap Water, Lemonade unless pure, Tea, No Fruit Juice – except Orange and Grapefruit.
Hey we were going to Bermuda for a week, how bad could it be? We were about to find out!
We packed a whole suitcase with foods (and supplements) that she could eat and we had a kitchen so we could cook for her. It was all good – or so we thought. Our daughter was still going through withdrawal, even though we had her on mild topical steroids. Most of her skin was ok but she had dry, cracked areas on her ankles and behind her knees.
My daughter is the definition of warrior. She was determined to swim in the ocean and tried even though it really burned. She would have tears in her eyes and tell me that it burned but she stayed in. She wasn’t able stay in long but she managed to snorkel a little most days. The pool didn’t have much chlorine so that was better for her. It didn’t burn at all. She swam every day and enjoyed that but she was missing something – food. Plus she hated taking the supplements. It was a fight 3 times a day.
My daughter was always long and lean. She didn’t hit 20 pounds until she was a year and a half old but was in the 90th percentile for height. She was 55 pounds when she started this diet and wound up losing 5 pounds within 2 weeks. Her bikini bottoms were falling off her little ass. Leggings looked like loose pants. She was wasting away.
A couple weeks after we got home we went back to the holistic dermatologist. Her skin was not improving at all with this diet. It was already over a month. He put her on 9 more supplements and said to give the diet more time.
We could not see a way out of any of this. Our baby was now below 50 pounds, her skin looked like shit and she was miserable.
Once again I hit the internet desperately searching for answers. I would spend every free moment looking for something that could cure her. I knew the answer wasn’t pharmaceuticals but I didn’t know what it was. I ordered every “miracle” cure I could get my hands on and tried it all. My husband begged me to stop but I couldn’t. I had to help her.
Then one day I did a search for severe eczema and came across a picture of someone who looked like my daughter when we took her off the steroids. It said Red Skin or Red Man – I don’t even remember but it put me on the right track. I wound up doing a search for Red Skin and found ITSAN.org, I watched the video on the home page and instantly knew this was what my baby was suffering from – topical steroid addiction. Everything changed that moment.