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November 13, 2013

Are Your Skin Problems an Autoimmune Issue? – Answers, Solutions, plus a New Primal Book!

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The Hidden PlagueToday’s guest post is from my good friend Tara Grant, truly a budding superstar in the Primal/paleo/ancestral health movement. Tara started out as a success story (“Tons of Doctors and No Solution” – one of the most visited stories in our entire archive; and also on the pages of the The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation), and has leveraged her Primal success (she went from 245 lbs to 159 lbs in around 18 months in ’09-’10) like few others: She’s a veteran PrimalCon presenter, has delivered numerous Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminars, and recently completed a remarkable book called The Hidden Plague, which details the painful and poorly understood skin condition of Hidradenitis supprativa (HS).

Tara has become an underground legend in the online autoimmune community for helping people solve frustrating skin conditions such as HS (and assorted other autoimmune issues) with a methodically designed diet-based protocol that identifies trigger foods and promotes natural healing of the digestive tract and immune system. Her post today might resonate with many of us who deal with mild to significant skin issues the traditional way (lotions, potions, creams, prescriptions) with less than stellar results. For example, I flipped a copy of her food restriction protocol to a friend of mine who’s suffered from psoriasis and been under medical care for 40 years…She reported immediate and dramatic improvements after following Tara’s protocol. Enjoy Tara’s post and learn more about the book below…

My Story

I have been sick for as long as I can remember—except that I didn’t actually realize I was sick until I was in my mid-thirties. Before that, my baseline notion of health was what it was, and I was basically living in acceptance as a miserable, suffering human. When I switched to a Primal Blueprint eating style in 2009, a lot of the chronic conditions I thought were “normal” suddenly vanished. I was left with a feeling of health and vitality that, frankly, I wasn’t used to. I didn’t realize that human beings could actually feel this good, or that I could actually look good like the fortunate few!

Tara Grant

I used to have quite a lot wrong with me, including PCOS, IBS, endometriosis, massive mood swings, joint pain, and depression. As bad as those problems were, issues with my skin trumped them all and caused me considerable psychological damage. I suffered from cystic acne—both as a teenager and as an adult, long after it was supposed to have stopped. I had mild eczema, chicken skin on my upper arms, mysterious hives and rashes, and itching from head to toe. My skin would get inexplicably dry and cracked, especially on my feet and legs. I suffered from ingrown hairs in my nose, on my scalp, and anywhere I decided I wanted to shave. I was riddled with inflammation, and my skin broadcast the tale for the world to see. I felt eighty years old. I hurt. I was sick. I hated my life and I wanted to die.

Something told me that living in constant pain and misery wasn’t what nature had intended for us as a species. I knew I could get better, but I didn’t know how. Everyone around me was “sick” too—even the doctors I went to see. In an attempt to fix myself, I became a serial patient—I saw over forty doctors in four different countries when I was working for NATO. Each doctor attempted to treat my individual symptoms, as if the symptoms were the problem – instead of just…symptoms…of a bigger issue. Nothing they tried ever worked. I spent thousands of dollars on antibacterial and acne products, to no avail. I took any and all medication I was offered, hoping that the answer was in the latest pill, and being constantly disappointed. None of the forty medical doctors ever suggested a connection to diet or made any recommendations about my diet.

During this time, the worst problem I had with my skin (and this is one I never told anyone about) was a condition called Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS for short. I suffered from HS for over 20 years, with no more than a couple months respite from the horrible pain. Doctors were stumped when I mentioned the symptoms of this condition to them. Typically, I was told I would need to make another appointment, or that they simply didn’t know what was wrong with me. Although the condition got drastically better when I started eating Primally, it didn’t fully go away. I still flared-up from time to time, for no apparent reason. I knew I was on the right track with my diet modifications, and I made it my mission to somehow solve my last and most painful lingering problem, no matter what it took.

What is Hidradenitis suppurativa?

HS manifests as painful boils, deep-seated lumps, and acne-like lesions in inverse areas of your body—that means anywhere skin touches skin. In severe cases, or when inflammation is extreme, any hair follicle on your body is fair game. In order to really bring this concept home, let’s play a thought exercise. Take the worst breakout you ever had as a teenager. Now, turn it into a boil and make it the size of a golf ball. Where shall we place it? How about your groin? Armpit? Under your breast, on your scalp, the back of your neck, or on your testicles? Sounds horrific, doesn’t it? Now, let’s add in the unfortunate fact that this boil (let’s say it’s in your groin) takes approximately two months (or longer) to go away. While it’s healing, it leaks and oozes both pus and blood, gets even more inflamed and painful, and has a huge chance of becoming infected. Forget about your sex life or that tropical holiday you had planned. You don’t want anyone to see you—or touch you—during this time. Right as the boil is starting to fully drain and heal, another one pops up right next to it, starting the whole damn cycle over again. Unfortunately, this is what people with HS deal with on a daily basis. HS is classified as one of the most painful diseases you can have—and doctors will tell you that there’s no cure. There isn’t even a standardized treatment or medication that works. Sufferers leave the doctor’s office with little to no hope that their condition will ever get better.

There are different stages to HS, and in stage one the sufferer may not even know they have an actual “disease.” They may think they just have weird ingrown hairs in their armpit or their nose, or zits on their butt. People that do go to the doctor usually leave with a diagnosis of: “Keep yourself cleaner, here are some antibiotics.” About once or twice a year, people with stage one HS will experience some sort of strange painful lump, zit or boil that will linger for a while and then mysteriously go away. They usually don’t even think to go to a doctor about it.

Until the disease progresses, that is. When HS reaches stage two and three, there’s no escaping or denying it anymore—that’s when the golf ball-sized boils come into play. This doesn’t happen without intense inflammation, which fortunately a Primal Blueprint eating, exercise, and lifestyle pattern help protect against substantially.

Why Don’t More People Know About HS?

You’ve probably never heard of HS, and I’m not surprised. Those of us that do have it often don’t like to talk about it. It’s super embarrassing, and we’ve been made to feel ashamed of ourselves. According to HS-USA, an online support group, there are upwards of 12 million people with HS in the United States alone, and a huge portion of this number are suffering in silence. That’s more people than are living with HIV and AIDS. HS isn’t an American problem, either. I’ve heard from people as far away as Finland, Thailand, India, and Australia who are afflicted, and who are struggling to find help.

Although you may not have heard of HS before, I guarantee that you know at least one person with it. They may not talk to you about it, or even know what it is that they have. Many people live with HS for years without ever seeing a doctor, or even telling anyone about it. HS is closely linked to depression, and sufferers may cut themselves off from friends and family in an attempt to isolate themselves. They may even attempt suicide.

When you’re in pain, it’s hard to sacrifice something that gives you pleasure, like food. But, truthfully, I am trying this because I’m at the end of my rope. I wake up some mornings and wish I had died in my sleep. I cross the street and wish that a bus would hit me just so I wouldn’t feel pain anymore. Constantly being told there’s no cure has made me seriously consider killing myself. I am a very motivated, productive, hardworking guy … so I want to try and work this out.

SJ – Toronto Canada

Conventional wisdom and the medical community are completely stumped as to what causes HS, and even how to treat it. Sufferers are subjected to pharmacological experiments and barbaric surgeries. These treatments invariably fail to work and sometimes the patient is left worse off than they were before they went to the doctors. Unfortunately, many doctors still believe that bacteria causes HS and they advise patients to keep themselves cleaner and to take a daily course of antibiotics. Some doctors even tell their patients to bathe in bleach.

Because HS can resemble several sexually transmitted diseases (depending on where it shows up), and sufferers are led to believe that they’re “dirty,” most people with HS are incredibly embarrassed and afraid to open up, in fear that they may be judged. They have often given up hope that their condition will ever get better—or may be in denial that there is a problem in the first place. There is incredible misinformation about HS out there, and sufferers often fall for scams in a desperate attempt to find help, or make themselves sick by using home remedies that are downright medieval.

So, the short answer is that no one knows about HS because no one talks about it, there’s no research being done (except to see how we react to different drugs), and most people aren’t even aware that there’s a problem. I suffered from HS for over 20 years, with no more than two months in between flare-ups and I never mentioned it to anyone. But guess what folks: I’ve been in remission now for over two full years. Not only that, but the disease also retreated from severe stage two to mild stage one during the three years before that—at the exact same time I went Primal. Altogether, I’ve been on the mend for five years. I was told this was impossible by the medical community, and told I had no options other than resigning myself to pain and suffering. This simply isn’t true, and I’ve decided to speak out about it. This condition needs a spokesperson, some better PR, and a lot of doctors need to get a freakin’ clue. I healed and reclaimed my health all by myself. I didn’t use any creams, or take antibiotics, or have surgery. I simply changed my diet and healed my intestinal tract, which was severely damaged on account of following a Standard American Diet for decades. Whether you’re suffering from severe stage three and confined to a bed, or you’re simply bothered by the lumps under your breasts or in your armpit, The Hidden Plague can help. Understanding the true cause of your skin problems is incredibly empowering, because you can use this information to heal yourself.

So, What’s The Solution?

We’ve all had a pimple at some point. Quite a few of us have even had acne that’s been embarrassing, or problems with ingrown hairs, zits on our scalps, or even little bumps on our upper arms. It’s easy to forget just how sick we used to be back in the SAD old days. Even though we’ve (hopefully) become fat-burning beasts, have energy for days, and look amazing in a swimsuit, I would go so far as to estimate that about 50 percent of us on a standard Primal or paleo diet still have some sort of issue with our skin. Inflammatory skin problems seem to be the last symptoms standing for many of us and they’re so friggin’ frustrating. Even when we cheat a tiny bit with food indulgences, we get hit like a freight train. Many of us chock this up to hormone imbalances, but the truth of the matter is that it’s more likely any skin condition you’re still experiencing after going Primal is autoimmune. That means you also have a leaky gut and probably have something called dysbiosis (a microbial imbalance in your digestive tract).

Here’s a shocker that you might want to sit up and pay attention to: It’s quite likely that some or many seemingly “safe” Primal-approved foods are aggravating your condition, or keeping you from fully healing.

Rarely do we connect what we eat to the state of our skin. However, once that connection is made it can be a wonderful awakening. It allows us to break free from the unproductive relationship many of us have found ourselves in with traditional dermatological and medical care; it puts the power to heal ourselves back in our own hands.

What Is the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol?

The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol, or the AIP for short, is a stricter version of the Paleo diet. Created by Robb Wolf to help heal a leaky gut (and therefore autoimmunity), the AIP removes certain foods like nightshades and eggs for a certain period of time, and then reintroduces them to see if there’s a reaction. Many people are able to heal themselves simply doing a strict AIP for 30 days, finding out what triggers them and then avoiding those foods in the future. A standard AIP works great for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis. However, there are still a number of us with inflammatory skin issues that don’t see complete relief with the AIP. That’s where my Skin Protocol (detailed in The Hidden Plague) comes in to play. If you experience autoimmune reactions like itching, boils, and acne that the standard AIP doesn’t take into account, you may benefit from further dietary restrictions. Unresolved issues like eczema, rashes, acne related to your period, dandruff, even headaches, can all be helped using the information in The Hidden Plague.

How Journaling Can Help

It took me three years to really nail down my triggers because I didn’t keep a food journal. I wasn’t very scientific when I first started out—but when I started seeing results I needed to be able to replicate them. The flare-ups seemed to be so random sometimes, but I knew deep down that there was a pattern. As soon as I started writing things down, that pattern became visible and I was able to connect a lot of dots. I’m hoping that by following the step-by-step protocol in The Hidden Plague you’ll be able to nail down your triggers in a couple of months.

The Primal Blueprint 90-day Journal can be really helpful in this journaling process, because it prompts you to take a big picture view of numerous diet, exercise and lifestyle variables that affect your energy level, mood, cognitive performance, physical performance, and status of health problems (such as an assortment of skin issues or autoimmune issues). Many people don’t know where to start when it comes to journaling, and thus might find motivation wavering. I strongly recommend taking a 90-day period of your life and recording all the data that you are directed to in the 90-Day Journal. If you happen to have annoying skin issues or other autoimmune issues, The Hidden Plague provides a detailed plan for how to find out what is triggering flare-ups in you and how to stop them. The book contains a complete Skin Protocol diet, as well as a guide to reintroduction after your restriction phase ends. You’ll learn what really causes inflammatory skin conditions, what a leaky gut is, how autoimmunity works, and how to put an autoimmune condition into remission. We’ve even got some autoimmune friendly basic recipes to get you started, including tomato-free pizza sauce and ketchup.

I want to leave you with the idea that you don’t have to suffer in silence, that you have other options besides the mainstream medical care protocol, and that you are obligated to take responsibility for your health. “Trusting your gut” is better than blindly following along with the many dietary and lifestyle practices that can destroy your health if you are not careful, or not lucky.

Special Limited-Time Offer

Mark here. First off, many thanks to Tara for sharing her very personal story with us today. When I first heard it myself, and then learned more about HS and the numerous clients she has helped overcome this autoimmune disease, I knew I wanted to help spread this important message – especially because it is so often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by the conventional medical community.

Today, I’m pleased to be able to officially announce the release of The Hidden Plague through Primal Blueprint Publishing. As per Mark’s Daily Apple tradition, I’ve put together a special limited-time offer to order this book direct from PrimalBlueprint.com before it goes on sale to the general public. It expires on Saturday, Nov. 30, 11:59 pm PST.

Free 90-Day Journal with Purchase

Order a copy of The Hidden Plague today and get a FREE copy of The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal (retail value $22.95).

The 90-Day Journal is the perfect companion to Tara’s new book. It will help you track, identify, and eliminate trigger foods and behaviors, so you can begin to heal your digestive tract and immune system and end your suffering once and for all.

If you have struggled with mystery skin problems including autoimmune reactions like itching, boils, rashes and acne this book was written for you. As Tara indicated, this could be a sign that you have leaky gut and a microbial imbalance in your digestive tract, and this book can help you resolve those issues. So order your copy today and take advantage of this special free book offer. And if you know someone who you think could benefit from this book please don’t hesitate to pass this article on to them. It could be life-changing.

Read an excerpt of The Hidden Plague

Many thanks to everyone that purchases one or more copies of The Hidden Plague over the next couple weeks. Tara Grant and the entire Primal Blueprint Publishing team and I appreciate your support and hope that this new book will touch your lives just as Mark’s Daily Apple and previous Primal Blueprint books may have in the past. Grok on!

Fine Print:

  • Unlike previous retail channel promotions, this one is simple: You order the book directly from PrimalBlueprint.com and we send you the free bonus item directly with your book order. No worries, no hassles!
  • This special bonus offer ends at 11:59 pm, Nov. 30, 2013 (PST).
  • Only orders placed on PrimalBlueprint.com will receive the bonuses.
  • The Hidden Plague is not yet available on Amazon.com or at other retail locations.
  • Both domestic (U.S.) and international orders are eligible for the bonuses.

 Order Your Copy of The Hidden Plague Today!

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Luke
2 years 10 months ago

Tara,
First off your before and after pic is amazing! I have never heard of HS before but that sounds terrible. I actually was cringing as I read. And I can’t imagine dealing with something like that for 20 years. I know lots of people who have improved their skin by going primal but never to the extent your talking! Your protocol sounds cool il be passing it on.

I’m Impressed by your dilegence.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you so much. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to get to the bottom of things–that’s one thing the Primal lifestyle has really helped me with. Getting to the root of a problem instead of just treating symptoms has left me with health and vitality like I never before believed possible. 🙂

ashley
ashley
1 year 10 months ago

Tara i know whst you went tho .. because i go tho it daily .. im always in pain from hs hs in all stated places but groin and but and head.. please help.. i dont know what to do and have no money for your book.. i wish i did so bad..

ashley
ashley
1 year 10 months ago

Btw your before and after pics are amazing! !!!

MarielleGO
MarielleGO
2 years 10 months ago
very interesting. I’m not sure if what I’m experiencing the same but ever since I suffered heart illness and got stuck on a life of medication and less immunity I have been experiencing small inflammations in the groin area. Like you said, it’s bloody painful. The doctor told me it was caused by my less then perfect heart condition and low immunity. He gave me an anti-biotic cream and told be to use it when ever I felt the need to deal with it. After 5 years I now know how to prevent the big inflammations but it’s anything less… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Fantastic! I’m not sure how a doctor could connect inflammation in the groin with a heart condition, but it’s amazing how creative some of them get when they really don’t have any idea what’s going on. I’m sure The Hidden Plague will help you. I’d love to hear back about how you’re doing. 🙂

MarielleGO
MarielleGO
2 years 10 months ago

Tara, the doc says that due to heart issues my immunity is low, due to low immunity small skin issues in warm areas can grow to inflammation.
He does have a point of course but the fact that he says the only thing that helps is working on my immunity, walk around naked so air can get in those areas and not to have sex because it could cause more skin damages led me to find other way… (wonder what he was thinking at the time)…
I’m looking forward to reading your book.

Meesha
Meesha
2 years 10 months ago

I’m thanking the Lord right now that I don’t have HS, but I do have very dry skin on my hands and my lower legs and heels. Has anyone had experience clearing up dry skin with diet?

Cindy
Cindy
2 years 10 months ago

MarielleGO, I read somewhere recently that dry cracked heels can be a sign of thyroid problems. Maybe something to check into?

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

I had my thyroid checked numerous times over the years — in fact, it was the only test many doctors ran — and it ALWAYS came back normal.

peanutem
peanutem
2 years 10 months ago

Just because your results come back normal, doesn’t mean your thyroid function is normal. I’d suggest you look into it further. Also, dry skin and diet are almost definitely related – try coconut oil, and also try rose hip oil topically.

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years 10 months ago

grassfedgirl has a great article on thyroid … and always trusts your symptoms …. NOT the numbers…
http://www.grassfedgirl.com/answers-to-5-common-thyroid-questions/

Shary
Shary
2 years 10 months ago
It’s more likely due to a dry climate. Several years ago we spent a few weeks in Las Vegas. My heels got so dry and rough I could have used them for sandpaper. We then went on to Calif., near the coast, and within just a few days my heels smoothed right out. In my own experience, a clean diet doesn’t help all that much if you live in a ultra-dry climate. Your skin can itch all over if it gets too dry. Lotions don’t work very well for dry heels. What works best for me is a drugstore product… Read more »
b2curious
b2curious
2 years 10 months ago

I have problems with dry skin, especially my hands and feet. I have also lived in Hawaii and Guam. I currently live in the south, which is quite humid in the summer. For several years, I ran humidfiers in the winter, to the point that we began having mildew problems. And I still have dry skin. I’ve had improvements since going mostly Primal, but I still have problems. Climate isn’t always the problem.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

My dry skin went away, as did the excessive growth of skin on my heels, when I went Primal. Coconut oil helps, both internally and externally, but for me removing my trigger foods was the most important thing. I think the heels may have been a sign of elevated insulin, but regardless, I’ve had multiple issues with my skin over the years. It doesn’t really matter what causes each individual symptom if you’re able to get rid of them all by changing your diet.

Josh
Josh
2 years 10 months ago

Maybe I missed this (sorry) but what were YOUR specific trigger foods that you removed?

Mrs G
Mrs G
2 years 10 months ago
Start making your own soap. I’ve also very dry skin and eczema. I solved eczema with a gluten free diet but my skin kept being dry. In a couple of weeks after using only my own homemade soap, the problem was totally solved. I cook a lot, so I wash my hands very frequently. After several months, I went to visit my family for a few days and I did not bring my own soap with me. Huge mistake. My skin went dry again and I needed several days of homemade lotion to heal it. Now I use only homemade… Read more »
Joanne
Joanne
2 years 10 months ago

How do you made your own soap, shampoo and lotion?

Mrs G
Mrs G
2 years 10 months ago
The soap/shampoo I make is called Cold Process Soap. There are several beginners recipes online and you should already have most of the equipment you need in your kitchen. Basically, soap is made by combining one or more oils (acid) with a lye solution (alkali) at the same temperature. The soap is poured into molds and then cured for 4-6 weeks. During this time the soap will become solid and firm, the saponification process will be completed and the soap will not contain any lye. If everything went ok (e.g. you followed the instructions and correctly measured the ingredients), you’ll… Read more »
Renee
2 years 10 months ago
Tara, Thank you a million times for sharing your story and this vital infomation with the world. So often people suffer in silence, gulping down handfuls of modern medicine only to spiral farther and farther down into the depths of dispair and pain. You have offered hope and solutions, two things so sadly lacking in much of our society today. There is a path, there are guides, we can heal no matter what we are suffering with. In fact, as we begin our own personal healing journey much more will be revealed along the road. You have so artfully pointed… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Renee! Your kind words mean so much. xoxo

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Fredrick Hahn
2 years 10 months ago

My daughter eats VERY well – no gluten, no nightshades, no eggs, no junk food, but still suffers from bad eczema around her ears/scalp area.

Any ideas what might be causing this very dry flaky skin in this particular area?

B
B
2 years 10 months ago

Hi,
look into the quality fats your daughter is eating. The issues you are talking about are normally linked to that. Also the consumption of leafy greens (cooked perhaps if her gut is compromised). A good omega 3 and GLA supplement may work wonders. Include some avocado in her diet. Find some natural fats and not just nuts because nuts while good are not always best depending on your individual gut issues. Eventually try introducing free range eggs to see if it agrees with her.

Nirit
Nirit
2 years 10 months ago

It’s a good idea to check the shampoo she’s using. Commercial shampoos can cause issues in and around the ears and face.

Edyta
Edyta
2 years 10 months ago

My boyfriend went shampoo-free 2 months ago and he get rid of eczema. Dandruff gone after 2 applications of yogurt.
First month was a nightmare to tell the truth, but he has very nice soft hair and healthy skin now.
I use egg-yolk – cleans as well as shampoo but does not dry out my hair, so I do not have to use conditioner.

Christine
2 years 10 months ago

What are nightshades?

dmunro
dmunro
2 years 10 months ago

tomatoes, potatoes, peppers are all members of the nightshade family

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget about tobacco, goji berries, bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatillos, all varieties of white potatoes, and all tomatoes – even organic, heirloom ones. Nightshades contain alkaloids which can be problematic for autoimmune conditions.

Mantonat
Mantonat
2 years 10 months ago

Eggplant too.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

LOL I can’t believe I forgot eggplant. I hate that plant so much.

RenegadeRN
RenegadeRN
2 years 10 months ago

A lot of people with dairy intolerance or allergies experience eczema. Especially children.
Try eliminating ALL sources of dairy- including products that contain whey or casein ( caseinate).

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Dairy is definitely a trigger. Cultured dairy can be even worse, believe it or not.

Crystal
Crystal
2 years 10 months ago

Look into removing dairy. My daughter’s eczema is entirely caused by dairy. It took a long time for us to figure that one out. She could also try an elimination diet if that doesn’t work. Individual foods affect everyone differently. It could be something as random as citrus foods.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
2 years 10 months ago

You say no gluten but does she still eat grains? Wheat? My husband had chronic severe flaking and redness in the scalp, especially around the ears, sometimes in the eyebrows, among other skin issues. After going Paleo and ditching all grains, no more problems, no more flakes and redness.

Before discovering Paleo, he did get some relief from using Bentonite clay products. But now he doesn’t need that any longer.

Teresa Ensslin
Teresa Ensslin
2 years 9 months ago

It can take YEARS to recover from celiac-related “eczema” (dermatitis herpetiformis). Also, the tiniest amount of gluten can cause an auto-immune response. I am finally healing, very gradually, from a skin condition I’ve had my entire adult life (I’m 51 now). And I’ve been eating pretty much primally for the last 13 years. Took gluten out completely a year & a half ago. Tell your daughter: be patient, and avoid gluten scrupulously!

Robin
Robin
1 year 2 months ago
Go primal and forget dairy, chemicals, hormones, sugar and most of carbohydrates! My eczema is ok now thx to primal! But I have to notes that the cure of eczema precedes brutal worsening of condition, my purifing took 3 years. Three years of decay, pain and hoping I wont die. 4 becalm: my eczema was brutal, not that usual light eczema most of people knows, so probably it wont be such a drama in case of ur daughter.. Also I recomend check some topic about killing of candida, stratoccocus and other bad pathogens but never take antibiotics. All of them… Read more »
Robin
Robin
1 year 2 months ago
Go primal and forget dairy, chemicals, hormones, sugar and most of carbohydrates! My eczema is ok now thx to primal! But I have to notes that the cure of eczema precedes brutal worsening of condition, my purifing took 3 years. Three years of decay, pain and hoping I wont die. 4 becalm: my eczema was brutal, not that usual light eczema most of people knows, so probably it wont be such a drama in case of ur daughter.. Also I recomend check some topic about killing of candida, stratoccocus and other bad pathogens but never take antibiotics. All of them… Read more »
Ross
2 years 10 months ago
What an inspiring post! I am currently in constant battle with my brother and his wife over the horrific eczema that my poor niece is suffering from at the minute. It’s heartbreaking to watch such an outgoing confident girl becoming very withdrawn and insecure due to the awful extent of her eczema. It makes it worse for me to know that a month of eating primally would go a long way to fixing the problem, and I’m pretty sure it would cure the problem entirely. My brother and his wife are unfortunately very mainstream and are not “outside the box”… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Perhaps getting them a copy of this book would help. If they are aware of the psychological damage that a skin condition can do to a young person, they may get on board a little easier. However, at the end of the day, we can’t change anyone but ourselves — all we can do is arm our loved ones with information and let them make the decisions for themselves. 🙂

Stef
Stef
2 years 10 months ago

Ross, So sorry to hear that! I have friends like that. It is terrible to watch preventable suffering. I suggest you stop talking about the subject with your brother. Once he’s forgotten all about it, then offer to take your niece for a nice long holiday and feed her primally during that time. Make sure you don’t lecture her during the time. Just make it look totally natural – sort of like this is what I eat, while we’re on holiday, this is what you eat, too. Good luck.

Leslie
Leslie
2 years 10 months ago

Hey Ross! This is so heartbreaking. I am that little girl! I am still broken because of eczema. I am 29 years old and have a family of five. Its taking a lot to reprogram, but its worth it! Print out these blog comments for them and maybe it will sink in. That little girl is worth trying a different diet. I wish my Mom knew how to think out of the box years ago! Continue the fight and I wish beautiful, healthy skin for her!

Colleen
Colleen
2 years 10 months ago
My daughter has had terrible eczema. Diet changes helped alot, but it was still very bad on her hand. We finally tried milk thistle capsules, and it finally cleared up. The skin on her hand is still thick and leathery, but no itchy or cracks and it gets better all the time. Tara-thanks for your website and all your research. I’m an OCD researcher too. I have only mild HS, but it still sucks! Going primal really helped, but not all the way. My stomach issues are also getting more sensitive and I’m reacting to other things than wheat. Just… Read more »
René
René
2 years 10 months ago

Well, now it has a name!

Thanks!

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Kinda cool how that happens, isn’t it? I bet you thought you were the only one with it. And now that it has a name, and a book, you can put it into remission. Let me know if you need any individual help.

Steven moak
Steven moak
2 years 10 months ago
From the time I was 12 years old, I suffered thru cystic acne. Not only my face, but back, chest, arms, etc. even on my genatalia! Extremely embarrassing in junior high and high school, trying to play sports, locker room showers and dressing. You get the picture. Fortunately, I loved sports more and have won bicycle races, run marathons and am a 1982 Hawaiian Ironman finisher(Oct. race). I’m 57 now and still suffer slightly dorm acne breakouts but have followed the paleo diet for nine months now and have lost 20 lbs. , gained muscle and am getting my mojo… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Steven!

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
2 years 10 months ago

One of the biggest indicators of improvement I see in everybody’s after photos on Friday is how much glow and health there is to their skin. I too have seen tremendous improvement in my skin quality and glow since going primal two years ago. Our skin might indeed be our first best indicator of what’s going on in the rest of our organs. Great post! Great story! And I am so glad you are spreading the word to others!!

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Rhonda — so glad you’re having success! A glow to my skin was one of the first things I noticed after going Primal. That, and all the energy… 🙂

Lars
Lars
2 years 10 months ago

Yay Tara! I hope your book helps as many people as possible.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Lars! Me too. 🙂

Alison Golden
2 years 10 months ago

Woo-hoo lovely girl, congratulations! So glad to see this book out and that there’s now hope for so many silent sufferers. You’ve made a simply awesome contribution to the world with this book, Tara. Looking forward to reading it!

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Aw thanks Alison! I’m excited that so many people will be able to regain their lives. This disease gets horrific and debilitating when it’s bad. Even when it’s not bad, it still sucks big time. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the book! 🙂

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 10 months ago

Back to the gut once again. Amazing stuff. Love your story Tara. You are one of my favorite all time Grokettes.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

It always comes back to the gut. Hippocrates was on to something thousands of years ago – and it’s great that we’re FINALLY reclaiming that knowledge. 🙂

Salamagundy
Salamagundy
2 years 10 months ago
I discovered Marks Daily Apple on 11September 2013 and immediately began to modify my diet accordingly. I have eaten ‘healthily’ for donkey’s years, primarily vegetarian but including some fish and dairy whilst eschewing refined, processed foods – particularly sugar. On very rare occasions I would allow myself the crust off a piece of bread, a few potato chips or an upmarket pizza. I’ve never been grossly overweight but I was pleased to observe very early on that eating Primal caused me to lose a dress size in body fat. However, on 30th September I developed a skin condition like no… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago
I know that many people like to say that skin issues are part of “detox” or “clearing,” but I personally have found that when I have a flare-up, it is directly related to the state of my gut, and what I have eaten. Eczema is autoimmune in nature. Be careful because many detox programs actually contain ingredients that can be triggers for AI conditions. Dietary supplements often contain yeast, and nightshades, and can even contain things like gluten, corn, artificial colors and sweeteners, and other problematic stuff. I personally would recommend a 30-day AIP, with the removal of other items… Read more »
Ann Marie
2 years 10 months ago
I agree with Tara re: supplements that may contain ingredients that trigger an adverse reaction. I experienced this with a top-rated green drink that caused a rash on my back that itched like crazy. Doctor diagnosed eczema due to allergy. “What causes the allergic reaction?” I asked. “Could be anything,” the doctor answered. I did not fill the scrip for steroids. Instead, I completely ditched the wheat, and the rash went away for a bit, but came right back. I stopped all supplements for a blood test, and the rash cleared in a few days. As soon as I went… Read more »
Yasmine
Yasmine
2 years 10 months ago

I’ve had pretty sever excema for most of my life. I’ve found that it is not nearly as bad when I cut out dairy completely (and I’m extremely excited for this book, to hopefully get rid of the condition completely!). Steroid creams are pretty nasty. I really recommend a homeopathic cream called Florasone to help with the itching while you figure out your diet. I went through a period where I tried probably a dozen different creams, including steroids, desperate for relief, and this is the only one I found to actual help. Hope it can work for you, too!

Yasmine
Yasmine
2 years 10 months ago

whoops, I meant “eczema!”

Pamela Reaves Rpdriguez
Pamela Reaves Rpdriguez
2 years 10 months ago
My son and I both have had the boils in a hair follicle in the eyebrow, underarm, and groin, but only about half the size of a golf ball. He also gets irritated hair follicles on his thighs. We have a genetic pre-disposition to autoimmune disorders as well as digestive problems. Several years ago we started a modified Paleo diet and have not had near as many of these skin issues since then. We are trying to avoid eating grains and dairy, but it is hard since we both live in non-Paleo households and don’t get to make all the… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Pamela! By telling others that you’ve resolved skin issues through diet, you’ll be helping more than you could ever know. Many people never make the connection between what they eat and the state of their skin. And you’d be surprised how many readers this WILL resonate with! Many of them didn’t realize what they have has a name — and a protocol. 🙂

Lynn
Lynn
2 years 10 months ago

Soon as I am off today, I am ordering this. I have been eating primal, lost weight, but still have intestinal issues. I am sure this book will help me see what I may have missed. Thank you for sharing your experience in a way that I am sure will help many.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Lynn! You’d be amazed at how many seemingly unrelated issues go away when you heal your gut. I wish you the best! Thank you.

Mike
Mike
2 years 10 months ago

Tara,
Great post! I learned what I have is HS last year from your website. Eating primally and avoiding potatoes has kept me mostly bump free. Can’t wait to read the book!

And for those that don’t know, Tara’a Magical Multipurpose Paleo & Primal Dough Recipe http://www.e-junkie.com/252961/product/489265.php is well worth the $3.95.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

OMG Mike, thanks for the shameless plug. hahaha I’m glad you like the recipe. And super glad that your HS is drastically better! Here’s to full remission soon. 🙂

Petra
Petra
2 years 10 months ago

I suffer from Rosacea and would like to know if that would be considered an Autoimmune issue? I have been Paleo for over a year, but strict Paleo for 2 months which has helped some, but the rosacea redness and bumps are not going away.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Yes Petra, rosacea can be classified as autoimmune. The protocol in the book can totally help you uncover your triggers so that you can heal.

Harondel
Harondel
2 years 10 months ago

Any plans for an ebook version? I’d go with the special offer if there was an electronic version. No interest in the paper version personally.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

There will be a Kindle version available December 1st on Amazon.com 🙂

hedwards
hedwards
2 years 10 months ago

That’s good news, but could you get it into one of the other stores as well? Amazon refuses to offer books in anything that works with other ebook readers. Leaving us to either not be able to use it on the device of our choosing, or crack the protection and convert it into epub.

Mantonat
Mantonat
2 years 10 months ago

I think the paper version is the non-Kindle solution. 😉

Michelle
Michelle
2 years 10 months ago

You can download a free Kindle app for any android device. I read Kindle books on my Nook using the app.

hedwards
hedwards
2 years 10 months ago
The paper version of the book doesn’t do me any good as I travel a lot, Mantonat. And Michelle, the Kindle app doesn’t do me any good. For one thing I’m not likely to have a smart phone and for another thing, I have a Nook ebook reader, and that doesn’t help me read the books on that device. For another thing, most of my books are from B&N, which means that I’d have to load a completely separate App for the Kindle books because Amazon doesn’t feel like supporting an industry standard format. What Amazon needs is a stiff… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

hedwards, the book is also available on B&N. Maybe they’ll have an e-version?

hedwards
hedwards
2 years 10 months ago

Good point, I’ll go over there and click the link to let them know I want the ebook. As long as nobody was foolish enough to sign up exclusively with Amazon, it should be easy enough for a deal to be signed, if there isn’t already one.

hedwards
hedwards
2 years 10 months ago

I’ll be getting a copy of this book. It’s a shame that it isn’t an ebook version with the deal. I do quite a bit of traveling for work, and it would be nice to not need to bring the book along with the journal.

Dylan
Dylan
2 years 10 months ago
Tara, your article couldn’t have come at a better time. Lately I’ve wanted to get to the bottom of my skin (and nail) issues. While going virtually primal has definitely minimized my acne, I do tend to get little itchy bumps on my arms, hands, and legs. I also have a big problem with fungal infection it seems. I have chronic athlete’s foot and a few years back one of my hands started to get overtaken by fungus to the point that two of my fingernails have become infected. Thankfully going primal seems to have mostly put the jock itch… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Dylan! I truly hope it helps you. Make sure you pay special attention to the info in the book concerning yeast, wild yeast, fungi and mold.

Song
Song
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you for writing this book, Tara. I suffered from this for 20+ years as well and it can be devastating. I sincerely hope your book sheds light on the condition and helps people who have been searching for an answer.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Song, I hope so as well. 🙂

Tom
Tom
2 years 10 months ago
My wife and I have been following a PB diet for 2 years. She was recently diagnosed with Lymphomatoid papulosis (LyP). LyP is very rare and strikes only about 2/1,000,000 people. We really like our skin doctor but she has little to offer and was shocked when 2 consecutive biopsies confirmed the diagnosis. Since my wife has been told she has a weak immune system we speculated that a leaky gut might be involved somehow. However, we thought a paleo/PB diet should have ‘cured’ that. Everything you said seems to make sense and I am ordering the book today in… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Right on, Tom! I am so hopeful that this could help! Let us know if you see any changes or improvement. It may not be the “cure,” but it certainly can’t do anything but improve your wife’s immune system. 🙂

Brandy
Brandy
1 year 7 months ago

My husband was recently diagnosed with LyP wondering if your wife has found anything specific that works to keep her skin eruptions more under control. Thanks for any info you could pass along!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 10 months ago

Tara, Thank you, I cannot wait to purchase this book! Recently the psoriasis I have has been getting worst. Pus and blood are coming from the affected area. This past week, I have switch soaps and applying creams to it, which has helped, but it is still oozing. The rash started to get worst when I joined hot yoga.

I am gluten free, but still eat some other non paleo items. I need to be stricter in my diet!

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Have you been to the doctor to get tested for fungal infections, superbugs, parasites, or other infections? I know hot yoga places are a breeding ground for that type of thing. If it turns out to be fungal, it may be that you actually have a yeast intolerance and it’s making your psoriasis SUPER bad (just conjecture, of course but something to look at). It’s a good idea to rule out any infection before it becomes serious. Good luck! Let us know how you are.

Joe
Joe
2 years 10 months ago

It certainly seems to be for me.

I have had acne on my back and shoulders since middle school and after one month on paleo, my skin is clear for the first time EVER (sounds like an advertisement, right?).

I feel bad for all those people buying acne cream because they just assume they have “bad skin”.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

I did it for YEARS. I spent tens of thousands of dollars in the drug store, and was intimately familiar with the entire pain killer/antacid/fiber supplement aisle in the grocery store. It’s amazing what we’ve come to accept as “normal” in this culture. Migraines are not normal. Acne is not normal. Golfball-sized boils are NOT NORMAL.
So glad you’re Paleo. Keep it up, kiddo.

Erin
Erin
2 years 10 months ago
HS is not something to take lightly at all. When I was working the surgery floor, it was pretty frequent we had post op HS patients. Large, deep wounds with extremely painful dressing changes. I had no idea the cause was autoimmune. And Tara, you’re right. the docs really don’t know what to do about it except surgically remove it. I’m definitely going to be picking up a copy of your book. I still suffer with acne, even with primal eating/lifestyle. I just wish I could get my boyfriend on board. He has a hx of IBD and currently suffers… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Erin, it’s great having medical professionals in the know. You’ll be able to help so many people. 🙂

Beth
Beth
2 years 10 months ago

Tara,

I’m so glad I found this article today on HS. My husband has been diagnosed with this problem and has suffered with it under his armpits for several years. He’s also been to doctors, had the boils surgically lanced, given antibiotics, etc. all to no avail. He also has a large sore on his calf that will not heal no matter what injections, creams and lotions he’s been given. I’m going to have him read this article and we’re going to order your book. I’m so excited. Thank you.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

You are so welcome, Beth. I know how frustrating and painful this can be for family members. Hang in there, it will get better.

Chris
Chris
2 years 10 months ago
I’ve been reading MDA, and following Robb Wolf for some time now, and I’m very thankful for everything you all contribute. I’ve been a secret H.S. sufferer for about 20 years too. I had no idea it had a name. I was told it was just my “Cross to Bear” by one doctor. He was compassionate, but otherwise not helpful. I too, felt dirty when I was told to use antibacterial soap etc., and to keep my self cleaner. I was given antibiotics which never worked, had some of the boils lanced that were unbearable, and then I just resigned… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Ah Chris, I was reading your comment and thinking, “Hey, I don’t remember writing this!” Your story is very similar to mine.
Thank you for sharing. Our stories will help others to come forward, who will in turn, help others.

Chris
Chris
2 years 10 months ago
Hi Tara, Likewise, I’ve never had another’s story resonate with me the way yours has. My bell rang. It’s somewhat comforting, but even more disturbing that you and others have had to experience the pain and isolation that I did. It was, and still is to some extent quite the burden. Coming out as gay was easier than living with this crap. Same isolation issues abound. I’m so grateful that you are ahead of the curve, and figured it out. I can’t wait to incorporate what you’ve learned to heal myself. I was just getting to the point of addressing… Read more »
Teri Kirkman
Teri Kirkman
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Tara. Myself and many others owe you a debt that we can never repay for bringing awareness to the plight of the HS community, for promoting understanding and giving us the tools to fight back.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Oh Teri, you have no idea what a motivating factor YOU’VE been in all this. Thank you. You have been a constant source of support, an amazing spokeswoman and an advocate for all of us for years. xoxo

Pete
Pete
2 years 10 months ago

Gee..and I was looking forward to another 40 years of pain lancing,draining etc. Seriously, thank you for this! I knew there had to be a way to resolve these issues that didn’t require the freakin drugstore of Meds,Creams and soaps I’ve tried. Tears in my eyes while writing this…thank you so much Tara! I can’t wait to try this!!

Rob Petkus
Rob Petkus
2 years 10 months ago
Timing of this couldn’t be better. I’m ordering the book as soon as I finish this post. For the last 2 months, I’ve been dealing with some crazy skin rashes and redness, IB, inflammation in my skin and joints, etc. My Dr. had me on several different pills and creams. Blood test came be “inconclusive” and nothing has “cured” me. While I’d love to be cured, I’d love more to know what is causing the symptoms. I’ve lived a mostly primal diet for a while now. Beer, pizza and burritos are my weakness. Sometimes I’m better, sometimes I’m worse. Hopefully… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Yes! Get scientific! Finding out WHY I had flared-up and getting to the bottom of things was my primary motivating factor. Good luck on your investigation.

Kim R
Kim R
2 years 10 months ago
A very interesting read and thank you Tara for bringing such a rotten condition into the open. I suffered with psoriasis and various other skin conditions all through my life. It’s only in recent years (I’m 55 now) that things have settled with regard to acne. However, my son also suffers from psoriasis and I am trying to get him onto the paleo diet. He’s trying to take it all onboard and has been making the transition over the last 3 weeks. I haven’t spoken to him recently, but I’m hoping that it will have a positive affect on his… Read more »
Dawn
2 years 10 months ago
I had stage 2 to stage 3 HS for 40 years, Tara is spot on, HS is hideous plague. I have not spoken about HS all these years, I quit telling my mother when I was child as the doctor’s were barbaric in their treatment (they caused more pain than the boils), not to mention the mental anguish they inflicted, blaming me for my condition. I have had the privilege to find Tara’s blog on HS 5 weeks ago. I started the AIP / no nightshades protocol 4 weeks ago. In 2 weeks I was in remission, I never seen… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Dawn, I’m so sorry you had to suffer, but thrilled that you’re on the mend. Your words have really touched me, thank you.

Angela
Angela
2 years 10 months ago
Tara, I vouge for what you’re saying here. I was 270 lb.’s with horrific hs, which started when I was a teenager. Luckily it was only in my armpits and occasionally in the groin area. One piece missing in the article is the scars though. I cannot put on a bathing suit or tank top because of how mortified I am of the scars. But now that I’m 155 lb.’s thanks to 3 years of primal eating and understanding where my food comes from as well as food combining, I have only had 2 hs breakouts, unfortunately on the face.… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Fantastic Angela! You only need to give eggs up for 30 days, and then reintroduce. They don’t trigger me at all, so there’s still hope. 🙂

Kim
Kim
2 years 10 months ago

Tara, did you ever get rid of the chicken skin on your upper arms?
I’ve got severe keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, lower arms and thighs; very dry skin overall which is prone to fungal infections (I sweat easily and in copious amounts) and the skin beneath my eyebrows and on my scalp tends to flake whenever I’ve got the sniffles or are stressed out. For me the chicken skin is the main problem.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Yup, the chicken skin is totally gone. My husband and kids also had it, theirs is gone too. For us, making sure we have enough Vitamin A in our diets is essential to keep it away. I take fermented cod liver oil on a daily basis. Keratosis pilaris, HS, and even acne flare-ups are caused by excess keratin (well, it’s part of the chain for HS. For KP, it’s basically the sole cause). Vitamin A regulates keratin production. Organ meats, seafood, and grassfed ghee have all been great additions to our diet, as well.

Kim
Kim
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you very much for your quick and personal reply, Tara!
I’m already taking cod liver oil on a daily basis, I eat large quantities of fish and shrimp, I eat chicken livers every other week and I eat ghee occasionally.
Maybe upping all these will make a visible difference. I sure hope it will… A softer, less bumpy skin would make me feel more beautiful and feminine.

Steph
Steph
2 years 10 months ago

Be careful with fish oil and fish. I discovered that the krill oil supplements I was taking for omega 3″s caused facial eczema. Other fish oil was also problematic.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago
I don’t take regular fish oil or krill oil anymore. I was getting severely nauseous every time, no matter which brand I used. So, I took a break and then switched to fermented cod liver oil. It’s been fantastic. I also use it on my skin, in the form of Green Pasture’s Beauty Balm. 🙂 Never thought I would put fish and butter on my face, haha. Our guts need Vitamin A in order to repair themselves. If you’re megadosing on VitA but you’re still having symptoms of excess keratin, I would propose that perhaps your gut isn’t absorbing things… Read more »
Vivian
Vivian
2 years 10 months ago

I know Reynauld’s Disease a circulatory disease and not a skin disorder, but is it autoimmune? I’ve suffered with this since I was a baby. I’ve done Primal, Paleo, plus the autoimmune protocal and haven’t seen any change in symptoms. Could it be genetic? Has anyone with this disease used your methods or any other methods and had success?

b2curious
b2curious
2 years 10 months ago

Awesome question. I hope you find the answer, and share it when you do! I have mile Reynauld’s Disease myself. It, like my eczema, has improved, but not gone away…yet.

Bev
Bev
1 year 7 months ago

This is an old thread, but I was just reading through, and in case you hadn’t found your answer, yes, it is autoimmune. My sister and I have both been able to manage it with the AIP diet. However it seemed to be the one of the last symptoms to clear when going AIP and one of the first to surface during times of stress or negative reintroductions. Hopefully continued healing brings you some relief!

Julie
Julie
2 years 10 months ago

When will the book be available for Kindle or in epub format??

Kim
Kim
2 years 10 months ago

Tara already told there will be a Kindle version available December 1st on Amazon.com.

Chad
2 years 10 months ago

Website crashing, Tara? I can’t reach it.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Quite possibly. I can’t get on it either. 🙁

Chad
2 years 10 months ago

Lol. I’ll try it tomorrow. :-/ All that MDA traffic 😉 There are worse problems to have…definitely hit your support up though and ask them to make sure they’re not throttling you back.

Marlies Hobbs
2 years 10 months ago

Congratulations Tara! We are sure your book will help many people. I have shared on the Paleo Cafe page too, so hopefully it can help many Aussies also.
Wishing you all the very best x Marlies

SeattleSlim
SeattleSlim
2 years 10 months ago
I’ve been dealing with something called perioral dermatitis for a few years. (Itchy, spotty rash around the nose, chin, and even around the eyes.) Tried antibiotics, creams, everything home remedy under the sun — and nothing worked. My dermatologist said, oh so authoritatively, that diet has nothing to do with PD — that it might be hormonal or bacterial. Well, after 2+ years of that crap, I finally saw a naturopath, and she had me go on an elimination diet — no gluten, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, or dairy. And the rash cleared up within a week. When I reintroduced… Read more »
Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
2 years 10 months ago

I have suffered with the skin condition vitiligo (loss of pigment) for about 20 years. Would this book be helpful for this skin condition?

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Although vitiligo is autoimmune in nature, I’m afraid I can’t testify whether or not this book would be helpful in restoring pigment to your skin. However, if you are able to heal your gut and put the vitiligo into remission, then it certainly won’t get any worse.
Anyone else out there with this condition that could chime in?

Sara
Sara
2 years 10 months ago
I don’t have an answer, but I too am praying to find one. I have celiac and my four year old has vitiligo. Some research shows that being dairy and gluten free may prevent vitiligo from spreading, but nothing really brings back the pigment. There are very few research dollars spent on vitiligo because it is considered cosmetic, and much of the research is conflicting. Truth is it is an autoimmune disease and it is important to the people who suffer from it. I wish I could find more research regarding paleo/primal lifestyle and vitiligo. Thanks for your hard work… Read more »
Stef
Stef
2 years 10 months ago

I seem to remeber that I read somewhere that some specialists in Cuba can make the skin pigment come back and there has a bit of medical tourism developed over it.

pam
pam
2 years 10 months ago
Hi, Tara, we met once @ Primal Con 2012. i don’t know if you remember me. before i switched diet, i was cutting down gluten. (it makes me nauseous, headache, brain fog) then i switched diet; went completely GF; (i.e., i don’t knowingly eat gluten). felt even better. after a year, i had vitiligo. i tried dairy free; nothing happened. except mild stomach cramps everyday (by replacing dairy w/ coconut milk/cream. go figure! there is a woman blogger who cured her lifelong vitiligo by GF. she even start to repigment slowly but i seem to be going the opposite direction.… Read more »
Janet
Janet
2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Mark and Tara for your great work. My husband’s dermatologist keeps telling him his Psoriasis (which he’s dealt with for over 20 years) has nothing do with food. I’m very much looking forward to reading the book and helping him on his path to recovery. Thankfully he has become more open to ‘new’ ideas since seeing the success I’ve had with Primal eating.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

That’s great to hear! We wish your husband speedy recovery. It’s amazing how fast the healing can begin, once you start to heal your gut.

Rachael
Rachael
2 years 10 months ago
Crazy, I think I had this for several years. In the groin area, boils and carbuncles that hurt and made me crazy. No doctor had a name or an idea how to deal with it. It went away around the time I was diagnosed with first Celiac, then T2 Diabetes, and I decided to start a basically primal diet to get my blood sugar under control. I also did about a year of a yeast eliminating/gut healing diet and supplement thing. Thanks for giving me a name for that horrible time, and an idea how to deal with it if… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Rock on Rachael! We’re so happy you’ve got this under control!

Texmom
Texmom
2 years 10 months ago

As an HS sufferer for…gosh, thirty years now…I know how awful, painful and frustrating it can be. Many of us familiar with Tara’s site have been anxious for her book to come out. There is bound to be something new to try, no matter what you have tried before.
In the meantime, I find that applying Alpha Hydroxy lotion nightly to the HS prone areas has been very helpful in reducing flares. It might be something to try while you read the book and adjust your diet.

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the tip, TexMom. 🙂 It’s great all the remedies that are being discussed now that we’re all coming out of the closet about this!

Gwen
2 years 10 months ago

Tomatoes (any format, right down to catsup) causes ezcema for me. And a separate ‘break out’ I have had for the past 20 years (I’m 62)…I have discovered since I gave up chocolate entirely on 10/30….has disappeared. It was chocolate.

I firmly believe in this!

Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Gwen! Tomatoes are off my list, too.

T.
2 years 10 months ago
Hi Tara, Congratulations on your great work! I suffered from dermatological problems for almost 2 years before I was finally diagnosed with Lupus and given the information I needed to greatly reduce my symptoms: AVOID LIGHTS. As a black woman it had never occurred to me that I might be photosensitive but finally meeting a dermatologist who could give me useful information changed things. I have a friend who suffers from HS and I’ve forwarded your book info to her. This is very timely because she is just now trying to decide if she should make dietary changes, and I… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks, T! I’m sure your friend will thank you, as do I. I hope you’re taking a Vitamin D supplement, though, if you’re avoiding all light! 🙂

Joanna
Joanna
2 years 10 months ago
Tara (and Mark!) I hope I don’t sound too whacky when you read that I burst into tears when I read your post here and then, your posts on Primal Girl, about Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). I have suffered from something that sounds suspiciously like HS for over twenty years and so much of what you have written about the problem resonates so strongly – including the embarrassment and shame associated with feeling ‘dirty’, and the remarkable lack of knowledge or empathy I have received from the medical profession. I have been on a Primal diet since January and, while my… Read more »
Tara Grant
2 years 10 months ago

You are so welcome Joanna. I’m rooting for you. 🙂

Lynn Leslie
Lynn Leslie
2 years 10 months ago

I honestly wept when I saw this book. I have suffered (and those with HS know that “suffered” is a kind word) since I was 9. I am now 45. I was diagnosed in 1996, but my only options were surgery. Then in 2007, RA drugs.
Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Thank you Tara for putting yourself out there.

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[…] Today’s guest post is from my good friend Tara Grant, truly a budding superstar in the Primal/paleo/ancestral health movement. Tara started out as a success story (“Tons of Doctors and No Solution” – one of the most visited stories in our entire archive; and also on the pages of the The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body [&… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

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