Posts Tagged "low salicylates"

Reversing My Son’s Psoriasis

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Family, Family Health | 32 comments

My son wasn’t even a year old when he developed eczema… after his birth, someone made us chicken and cheese enchiladas, so I ate some. Within 24 hours he had bloody streaks in his diapers, so I avoided dairy. I would try it out every two months and still reactive with bloody stools. Around 10 months I thought he was ok and dabbled in it here and there, then he developed eczema, so took it back out, it cleared up. Little did I know it was just the beginning stages of psoriasis and here is our story how I am reversing my son’s psoriasis. My son began developing these red, scaly and dry patches behind his arm and on his cheeks around 18m and I kept thinking it was eczema. In May of 2012, he was sick with a stomach virus and did not eat anything for almost five days and his skin cleared up. That is when I knew it was related to something he was eating, however, we were already, gluten, soy, dairy, nut, peanut, corn, coconut, fruit and egg free, so it was baffling to me. I took him to our in house allergist and she told me that it was not related and to have him tested for a condition that causes allergies in the digestive track. I opted out, I didn’t want a scope down his throat and decided to get a second opinion and went back to the alternative pediatric GI we had seen a few months prior. He said that he had candida and prescribed him a very powerful anti-fungal. Without testing him, it did not sit right with me, so I took the prescription and never filled it. Though I was convinced he had candida We went to a dermatologist  in the fall of 2012 to get a proper diagnosis and when she looked at him, she said it is psoriasis and she had seen enough cases, however there was no relation to diet and skin issues. She gave me a prescription for a topical steroid. I took it and never filled it. I was not going to give my son a steroid cream, it also disrupts the gut bacteria, which I already knew was imbalanced and the possibility it would not work. I was glad to get the skin issue figured out, but was bummed about my dead end streets I was running into. Everyone thought I was crazy for keeping him off of these foods. I went back to my naturopathic MD who did another stress assessment scan and learned he still could not do any of the above foods and to keep avoiding it. Though when she looked at his red scaly cheeks, she knew he was eating something he could not digest. In Chinese medicine, red cheeks is related to the stomach. I saw another allergist, recommended by a friend, while he confirmed psoriasis, did the scratch tests, they came up negative. He said to keep avoiding gluten and dairy and gave me a prescription for a steroid cream… Perplexed one day I was talking to my mom who told me my father was allergic to salicylic acid, a component found in aspirin. It is a life threatening allergy for him. I don’t remember why she told me, but it stuck in my head. April 2013, three weeks before my son’s 3rd birthday, I pulled out all of his food charts for the 50th time and looked up salicylates and link to psoriasis. I came across this post on a connection with before and after pictures. I...

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Healthy Cauliflower Tots

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Corn Free, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes | 8 comments

Thanks to Pinterest, I have been inspired in my kitchen.  I have seen quite a few recipes for cauliflower tots in some way shape or form, but many I was seeing was full of heavy cream, a load of cheese, butter. My challenge in the kitchen is making everything food that is low in salicylates.  If you don’t follow my blog on Chicago Parent, I have disclosed my son has a salicylate allergy which has cleared up his psoriasis, he functions better, sleeps better and is happier little boy.  So this recipe is low in salicylates, but very tasty and I’ll give you some modifications that I would have done differently to give these tots a little more pizazz. My son has yet to like them, he is not use to eating cheese or eggs, so it is new for him, but hopefully he will soon. My motto is consistency and persistency wins the race. Healthy Cauliflower Tots 2 cups of grated cauliflower half of an onion 2 green onions 1 garlic clove or 1 tsp of garlic powder 1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast 1/4 tsp of celtic salt 1 egg 1/2 – 2/3 cup of shredded Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese (I buy mine from Trader Joe’s and shred it myself) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To make it easy, I put all of the cauliflower, onion, green onions, garlic clove in my Kitchen-Aid 3.5 cup food processor. This way you still can get the health benefits of having real garlic without having to press it or chop it. Mix the Nutritional Yeast, egg, salt and cheese together. The yellow color from the Nutritional Yeast gives it that yellow color that many tater tots have. Place the mixture in mini-muffin pans. I use a silicon based muffin pan and love it. Place in the oven for 20-minutes or until the crisp golden brown you like. This makes about 24 tots. I would have added some white pepper and paprika to it. I’ll let you all play with that mixture. I did add oregano one time and we liked it. This is way to easy to not make it. I had them for breakfast and my daughter loved them after soccer camp as a snack. This would definitely be an ideal after school snack or some quick breakfast when school gets underway. We have found that we do much better eating raw milk cheese and hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  ...

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