This has been a lifesaver for us: Karen Fischer Eczema Diet book. Prior to finding this and implementing the diet for my son, J, with severe eczema, we were already doing lots of work on his diet, from a gluten free diet (which was also egg free, dairy free, soy free and sugar free) to a grain free diet, and finally incorporating this eczema diet, which is designed specifically for eczema warriors.
This has helped to remove the last bits of his itching episodes, improved his nighttime sleep further, so he is just enjoying life much more now, with his old self showing again, monkeying around and being a kid. Something that we tend to take for granted in healthy and normal children.
In this article, I will walk you through:
- the single most important change we implemented in J’s diet, through the help of this book, that cleared up his eczema
- the details of the content covered in the book
- my own take on the Eczema Diet
- who should read this book
Our biggest takeaway from this book – salicylates
For J, I believe it was removing the high salicylates foods in his diet that helped to totally clear up his eczema itch and rashes. I had read about salicylates in my continual research for my two eczema warriors, but sort of just brushed it aside and hoped that J is not affected by it, as many of the healthiest foods actually contain high levels of salicylates.
Like avocado, broccoli, pineapple, watermelon, etc. These are healthy fruits and vegetables that we eat on a weekly or even daily basis. And I refused to believe that they aggravate eczema.
Until I finally sat down to read this book, from start until the end. The information presented made so much sense that I implemented this eczema diet two days after I got the book. And boy, am I glad that we did this. Within three days, J would report to me, on his own accord, that his sleep the previous night was GOOD.
This reporting went on daily for about a week, as he himself was amazed and hadn’t experienced such restful sleep in a long time. After that week, it sort of became his norm, so I didn’t hear from him anymore. His itch and irritability also dropped another notch.
Salicylates are chemicals naturally produced by some plants, to act like a natural pesticide, helping the plant ward off bugs and pests. It is also important in regulating the plants’ growth and development. For more information on salicylates, you may want to read up this research article, or webmd.com.
The Eczema Diet book has cited findings that salicylate sensitivity is the most common chemical sensitivity in people with eczema. This linked research has shown salicylates to affect the lower gastrointestinal tract in sensitive people, which in turn is intricately related to the skin. So if you are not getting relief from your eczema despite your efforts in cleaning up your diet, it may be worth looking into this book.
Karen Fischer Eczema Diet – the content covered in the book
The Karen Fischer Eczema Diet book comprises 3 sections:
- Part 1: Eczema and diet
- Part 2: Non-diet information
- Part 3: Programs, menus and recipes
Each part is further broken down into various chapters, all of which I have found to be very relevant and useful.
On eczema and diet
In the first part of the book, Karen presents the science behind how diet can affect eczema, in relation to these discussion points:
- histamine toxicity
- gastrointestinal tract dysfunction
- abnormal fat metabolism
- chemical sensitivity (salicylates, nitrates, food colourings, sulfites, and monosodium glutamate)
- lactose and dairy products
- egg white injury
Liver detoxification is also discussed at length, together with the nutrients that are required to support liver function.
The importance of acid-alkaline balance in our meals is also explained, followed by how The Eczema Diet works to incorporate the temporary avoidance of offending foods, and the addition of eczema-safe foods and nutrients to boost the health of liver, blood and gastrointestinal tract, to restore skin health.
An entire chapter is dedicated to the top 12 eczema-safe foods and other useful cooking ingredients like cooking oils, sweetener, non-dairy milks, eczema-safe grains and legumes.
What I found particularly precious are the cooking and preparation methods for grains and legumes (as I would be putting these back into J’s diet in time to come), for removing the phytic acid found in them, which is an anti-nutrient.
The last chapter in this first part is all about supplementation: Vitamin C, D, the Bs, and magnesium, zinc, among a few others. Probiotics are also discussed, listing the exact strains for various conditions like digestive issues, allergies, and so on.
On non-diet information
Part 2 on non-diet information includes these discussions:
- which skin care ingredients to avoid and to favour
- how to patch-test a skin care product
- an eczema-safe home: natural cleaning products, bedding and fabrics, etc.
- how to care for infected eczema
- bath recipes
- itch busters
- dandruff and cradle cap
On programs, menus and recipes
This section includes:
- infants with eczema (breastfeeding, infant formula, and starting solids, foods to avoid)
- children’s meal plans (with lunch box menus)
- 3-day alkalising cleanse for adult
- how to expand the eczema diet, after having healed from your eczema symptoms (these are still alkalising foods, and without the ‘very high’ salicylates).
- recipes – there are many inspiring ones, from mains and soups to salads and snacks, my all time favourite being the Tarzan juice, which the whole family drinks for our daily breakfast, to support J on his eczema diet journey.
- eczema-safe food charts and shopping guides: I have a physical bookmark on these pages, as I constantly make reference to them for my grocery shopping list.
My take on Karen Fischer’s Eczema Diet
This is THE BOOK for people dealing with eczema, as it caters very specifically to this condition. The author herself is a nutritionist, and has successfully treated her own daughter’s eczema, spurring her to help eczema patients, to free them of this debilitating condition that many think is a skin disease, but in fact its roots are much deeper – our gut health, diet, and allergies.
The information is presented in a convincing manner because it is based on science. Even for someone like me who has read and researched extensively on eczema over the years, it is still an eye-opener. It opened my eyes to something that I previously turned a blind eye to: salicylates sensitivity.
The difficult part about the Eczema Diet, in implementing it for J, is the avoidance of some of his favourite fruits like watermelon and apple, and some vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and the leafy greens. We worked around it, like getting the whole family to eat more of the eczema-safe foods as well, or making special treats for him.
As we went gluten free first, followed by grain free before the Eczema Diet, the only way we are different from this diet is that we are grain free, whilst grains (the eczema-safe ones) feature quite heavily in the Eczema Diet.
Another point to note is that we were already on a very clean diet for six months, prior to embarking on the Eczema Diet. We were sugar free and processed food free. So the healing was quite immediate and obvious, and we could confirm that J does indeed have an issue with salicylates.
Who should read this book
Anyone dealing with eczema should read this Karen Fischer Eczema Diet book. And if you have been working on your diet to heal eczema, with not much success, then all the more you should read this. Or, if you are just starting to look into diet, then plunging into this eczema diet would likely save you months of confusion and trying out different diets, as it caters very specifically to minimise irritation to gut and skin, and to provide the nutrients that your body needs to heal eczema naturally.
12 thoughts on “Review of Karen Fischer Eczema Diet Book”
Oh wonderful! I am going to let my daughter know to tell her friend about this book. Maybe my daughter can buy it for her friend for Christmas. Her friend has been suffering terribly, and I knew it had to be her diet. She really doesn’t eat well to begin with, and of course doctors never give you dietary advice unless they want you to lose weight or reduce sodium intake. Other than that, you would think they would tell her these things? No. So this book could really help her so much. I am super excited I found your site. Thanks!!!
Yes, I’m thankful to have found this book too, it brought my son’s healing to a level that we have never known before.
Too funny, I had just read and commented on your A Guide to Eczema Elimination Diet – the reintroduction phase post and thought I’d take a look around your site. This book is exactly what I wanted to find. You really should mention it in your other post (unless you did and I simply missed it)! If I’m going to bring this to my husband’s attention, I’m going to need ammo and be able to show him that he won’t have to go on the proverbial rice cracker diet.
I will say this, Avocado is going to be a tough sell (not just for him but for me too). If he goes on a diet I go with him for support and I love my Avocados.
I’m definitely going to take a look at this book and it’s recipes to see if I might be able to alleviate his dietary fears so to speak.
Thanks again. Great site you have here!
Hello again, Scott,
Let me go and check out my other post to see if I did provide a link to this post or not, thanks for the reminder!
Yes, this is definitely THE book for eczema, read it and you will be able to convince your husband about the role that diet plays in eczema.
My friend always have returning eczema problems even after treatment. I think this book has the answers. I will let him know about this book. Hope he take a look at it. There should be a way to solve this problem. Going to the doctor again and again didn’t help but only more medical bills.
Do point your friend to this book. Doctors go the conventional way, mostly by prescribing steroids, which are actually very bad for our bodies, and worsen the condition.
Wow, I never thought that eczema would be so severely influenced by your diet. It seems that this book must be a lifesaver for anyone suffering. Is there a more condensed version of it somewhere? Something like a summary with action steps, so that someone can start implementing right away? I believe it would be really helpful for anyone with the problem to not have to read much before starting the implementation.
The book is a really great read, because it helps you internalise the reasons why you should go clean on your diet. But if someone is really looking for a much condensed version and want to zoom in straight to the diet, my other post on High Salicylate Foods to avoid also includes a list of eczema-safe foods, if you scroll further down, which is adapted from Karen Fischer’s Eczema Diet.
Hope this helps!
Great article! I have a friend that suffers from Eczema and the itching that she experiences can be debilitating at times. I had no idea that your diet played such a huge role in Eczema symptoms. I am going to forward this link to her so that she can check it out. It seems that stress is also a factor in her flare ups, so maybe changing her diet can even help with that. Thank you for the great information.
I do hope this can help your friend. Stress is a BIG trigger for us too, and its effects are immediate, the itch that never stops… So managing the stress level, for your friend, is going to help loads too.
Again, I am definitely sharing this with my friends who have children who suffer with eczema. Your site has been so useful to us and to our neighbors and friends. This book will help so much. Many of us in our area are going gluten free and dairy free. I am sugar free (well very low and no added sugar). Healthy, clean eating is so vital for everyone’s health!
I am so glad that your son J is seeing such relief. I have shared your site and will also share this page with my friends on Facebook. There are so many things that can aggravate eczema. Who knew? Thank goodness for this valuable book and for your website which has led me and my friends to some ways to relieve the condition! Liver detoxification is a valuable thing for almost anyone, too! I suffer with diabetes and my liver is in trouble. This book will be useful for me, too!
I think it really helps that your family has followed a lot of the diet recommendations, too. This can help J so he doesn’t feel like he’s being “punished” for something he has no control of. Thank you again!
It’s great to see you here again. Once again, thank you so much for your support of my website, by spreading the word and getting people who need the relief to come and learn about some strategies and remedies.
You know, it’s such coincidence that you talked about liver, because I was just going to order this book called ‘Liver Rescue’ by Anthony William, he’s also called Medical Medium. After I finish the book, I will be doing a review of it.
I have reviewed his first book on this post: Medical Medium Book Review. If you like the ideas he presented, you may want to consider getting the Liver Rescue book, I believe it will help gain some insights as to the causes and remedies for liver issues.