Eczema=Leaky Gut Syndrome by Yeast Over-growth
My DD 6 and DS 4 get eczema from sugar (except corn syrup), gluten and hot, humid weather. They may be allergic to whey, I'm not sure. Their eczema shows more vividly after a hot bath. It started when my DD started solid foods, which I innocently started with oat meal, Cheerio, etc. After I tried lotions, Aroma Therapy, Herbs, Homeopathy and other home remedies, I realized wheat was making her to cry more, sleep less and eczema to flair up more. I took food diary and listed everything we ate. Sure enough, the list of foods that was causing the eczema to appear more clearly. And, the list was long: Eggs, all kind of sugar, gluten, whey to group them up. Since I breastfed exclusively, I had to put myself on the special diet as well. And it turns out to be that I am better to avoid gluten as well.
Yeast was a big problem since my DD was born. I read about yeast, constipation, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and learned about SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) to better our immune function and our colon environment/function. I later met Karen DeFelice who happens to live near me and put ourselves on digestive enzyme (this was before SCD web site, www.pecanbread.com
was updated with the info on digestive enzyme.)
We are not on the strict SCD anymore due to my belief that it doesn't work like a cookie cutter. (As a side line, I worked as a diet counselor as I graduated from college. I believe you will lose weight if you follow a weight loss program as it is laid out for you--Diet Center, Jenny Craig, Protein Diet, South Beach, I don't care what. However, SCD doesn't work like that for everybody. Everyone digest foods differently, and their gut condition is different. Also, I wasn't doing the SCD to control Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn's or IBS. SCD can also help Autism and other conditions on its spectrum up to some degree, but so can other anti-yeast diet. I know this because I have LD.) However, if you are going to give a try to SCD, I recommend reading the book and websites well at first and follow the diet religiously, with a solid Into Stage. And, commit to it at least 6mo. minimum before you see a result. The gut healing takes time.) I believe SCD yogurt is a must and adding proper digestive enzyme is a big help in healing process. We still eat SCD yogurt every morning and take digestive enzyme with meal, but our diet is far off from SCD since I have added so much SCD illegal foods anymore. We still do not many SCD illegal foods, but organic fruits and veggies, free range meat and eggs, bone broth to list the super foods. We also avoid processed foods, foods that include words that I can't pronounce synthetic food colors, etc.
Books I recommend:
"The Yeast Connection" by William Crook--some of the info is out dated, but he is the pioneer on connecting yeast to diseases. It will give you a good over look on what yeast to your health.
"Body Ecology Diet" by Donna Gates--a new generation of Yeast Connection.
“Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall. Check the web site www.pecanbread.com
Guide to Better Bowl Care" by Barnard Jensen is highly recommended to better understand relation between disease and colon. He has other books that deepen the understanding of colon care.
"Digestive Wellness" or "Digestive Wellness for Children" by Elizabeth Lipski will help you understand how digestive system is important for good immune system.
As my last comment, there is no drug to correct GI disorders or yeast, but choosing what you eat based on your digestive disorder. It is a long road, if not a life long battle, but there is a way. There is no one good diet or food, but combination of different methods. There isn't many 'specialist' to guide you with disease like Leaky Gut, yeast, disbiosis, IBD or other gut related disease. People I met on the net has been the best support I've had to figure my ways out. I hope we can continue to support each other to a better health.