My older son was born a healthy baby; he was breast fed for two months and then was on formula. In infancy he did not develop any symptoms of allergy and was never sick. By his first birthday when he was on regular table foods including dairy, the skin on his cheeks developed bright red rash, that would sometimes get better with some topical creams on the advice of our pediatrician, but never completely go away. By age two he had runny nose almost all the time and dark purple circles under his eyes with swelling. Then the skin under his knees started to itch, get crusty and flaky and constantly irritate him. Pediatricians gave prescriptions for topical steroid creams telling me that this child was born prone to eczema and will suffer with it all his life, and that the red cheeks were reaction to cold weather. On my request he was tested for allergies with only available skin prick test, they refused to do any kind of blood testing. The skin test showed that he was allergic to dust mites. Although we had hard wood floors throughout the house, we still ordered professional air duct cleaning, we changed our bedding, purchased mattress covers, etc. Nothing helped. What topped everything was the night shortly after his third birthday. He started wheezing after dinner, and went into a full blown asthma attack by 2 am. We rushed him to the emergency room where he received steroid injections and breathing treatment. After he was stabilized, we left the hospital with prescriptions for inhalers, oral steroids, breathing machine and the thoughts that now our son is an asthmatic that will have to rely on medications all his life.
As soon as I found out about Dr Marina Rozenshteyn and her program and read about the successful not just management of autoimmune conditions, but complete treatment, I jumped on the plane with my three year old, and we had him tested. Turned out, he was intolerant to dairy from birth; there were other foods on the list that were not a major part of his diet, but DAIRY, it was truly what he was raised on like all kids: milk, cheese, yogurt, cereal. I kept thinking what else do kids eat if not that stuff? I did not have anything to lose, but try to remove dairy from his meals at least for one week. And what do you know? Three days after eliminating milk, his breathing became normal, we stopped daily steroid treatments, 5 days later his rash on the cheeks started clearing up and those dark circles under eyes – disappeared. He is almost nine years old now. We substituted dairy for goat and sheep milk and yogurts. And he has not had a single asthma attack since. His skin is clear for the most part, occasionally he gets itchy under his knees, usually after he eats something that contains milk at school or friends’ birthday parties. But we can handle that. Bottom line, he is healthy, he does not rely on taking daily medicines, and he has developed good eating habits that he will carry on throughout his life. Thank you Dr Marina, for giving my child an opportunity to have a healthy and fulfilling life without medications and for teaching us that we are what we eat.
In the end, I would like to add, that my younger son, who was born four years later is growing healthy. We decided to keep him on the same diet as his older brother from birth without testing by eliminating cow milk, so he never was exposed to the food allergens, which caused my older boy asthma at an early age.