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Sharing an Asthma Success Story from Canada

I still regularly hear from people who experience asthma improvements from implementing the SolveEczema site strategies.  I  would like to share a letter I received a year ago from Julie Leung, a mom in Canada who implemented SolveEczema.org strategies to solve her children’s eczema, and with whom I have been corresponding.  She describes the benefit …

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What to expect when implementing SolveEczema.og site strategies

First, referring to my last post, I noticed the thumbnail of the poster does not load.  But if you follow the link to the F1000 site and look at the upper right hand corner of the page, there is a link to download a PDF of the poster to enlarge and view on your computer. …

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Letter to a Medical Student — What % of Cases are From Detergent? — Part 4

Final installment of a letter to a medical student.  Read the rest of the letter:  [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] To the question of estimating what percentage of the eczema/atopy problem relates to detergents — reasonably assessing what percentage of a problem relates to one thing or another implies a broad understanding of the …

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Letter to a Medical Student — What % of Cases are From Detergent? — Part 3

I’m afraid I don’t keep track of citations electronically; I will add in citations after the last post.  There will be at least 4 parts. AJ [Part 1]  [Part 2]  [Part 4] Part 3: So when I say 25-60% of eczema cases result from detergents, I’m really considering the commonality of circumstances under which detergents would …

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The role of surfactant in asthma

I’ve gotten much feedback over the years that the changes described in Solveeczema.org do more than help eliminate eczema for certain people, they help reduce or eliminate asthma, even in atopic family members who do not have eczema.  I’m not going to do too much analysis here, I’m going to let this article speak for …

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Detergents in Everything

When I said detergents are in everything these days, I guess I didn’t know the half of it. The Whole Foods web site lists “ingredients that are commonly found as inactive ingredients, or excipients, in dietary supplements.”  Sodium lauryl sulfate is listed as an “emulsifier; also used to aid in the making of tablets.”  It’s …

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Update on Sunscreens

With summer approaching, it’s time to take another look at sunscreens. The products list on Solveeczema.org is notably short on sunscreens.  We had good luck with Mustela’s Moderate Sun Protection Stick (SPF 20), but a company spokesperson told me last week that the product has been long discontinued and they have no remaining stock. That’s …

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Persistence of Detergent Residues

I think this research paper by Horiuchi Utako from Gunma University in Japan speaks for itself — the translation of the abstract isn’t perfect, but the meaning is perfectly clear: 1)  A lot of detergent remains in clothing even after excessive rinsing. 2)  A significant amount of those residues can migrate onto other surfaces that …

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Update on mattresses: Avoiding dust

Here’s an interesting development.  In a previous post, I wrote about our experience choosing a mattress that wouldn’t be an allergy source for this specific detergent problem.   In trying to find something that wouldn’t shed detergent-laden dust or introduce potential allergens such as latex, we chose an organic cotton mattress with a food-grade polyethylene …

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