Introducing Tasha and Mike: A Mother’s Experience

Some Effective Natural Remedies based on a Mother’s Experience

It is my pleasure to introduce Tasha, mother to a very energetic 8-year-old boy; we’ll call him Mike.

For most of his life, she has managed these many ailments:

Mike at 15 months: eczema improving

  • allergies: multiple food and environmental
  • anaphylactic reactions (life-threatening allergic reactions)
  • eczema
  • rhinitis
  • asthma

Allergic reactions are the response of our immune system. As a result, those reactions change over time, some waning, some worsening.

Mike’s current allergies are to:

  • dairy,
  • egg,
  • soy,
  • peanut,
  • mustard,
  • eggplant,
  • shellfish,
  • artificial food dyes,
  • dog,
  • cat,
  • alder,
  • birch,
  • grass, and
  • weeds

Mike previously also reacted to legumes, paprika, sage, black pepper, oats, barley, amaranth, and papaya.

Fortunately, he has “outgrown” his allergies to those triggers. But he still has major struggles with common food ingredients.

Mike at 20 months: eczema not entirely gone, but improved!

As many of my readers will recognize – because you deal with similar multiple reactions in your own families – because of Mike’s many allergies, he eats at home, and he eats home-cooked meals, “cooked from scratch.” Anything else can be life-threatening for him.

A Mother’s Experience

I introduce Tasha because she brings a perspective to this blog site of the mother who has “been there, done that” caring for a child with challenging illness. Similar to Dr. Janice Joneja (who I introduced on this blog last year), Tasha was inspired to leave a career as a research scientist (specializing in test development in biotech) in order to care for her son.

We can all learn from parents like Tasha, and I am delighted that she has agreed to contribute the occasional article to this site!!

Mike is especially fortunate that he has Tasha for his mother: she has the education, intelligence, persistence, and research background that helped her do what is necessary to care for children like Mike. She has done the research, filtered out the trash and useless remedies (both “conventional” medicine and “natural”), and she has done the hard tasks (like elimination diets) to figure out exactly what Mike’s triggers are. She has integrated the best of conventional and alternative remedies for an effective, functional, integrative approach for optimal health.

Isn’t that what we all want?

She has also taken on the task of eliminating the known triggers from Mike’s environment and diet.

For those of you with children like Mike, you know what a HUGE challenge this can be. It can be a full-time job!

Sharing Her Perspective and Natural Remedies

Here are some of the topics that we can expect Tasha to share, from her experience:

  • Atopic conditions – eczema, allergies, asthma
  • Gut health affecting general health, neurological health (ADHD, autism, etc.)
  • Various diets
  • Natural nutritional supplementation using whole foods
  • “alternative” treatments working with “conventional” treatments – functional and integrative medicine
  • Minimizing exposure to toxins to achieve health and wellness
  • How to develop edible recipes in the context of multiple allergies or sensitivities
  • How to remain sane in the face of these challenges

Tasha: Mike’s mommy
Adding a Mother’s Experience to this blog

So, with that introduction, stay tuned for Tasha’s reply to my article about dealing with eczema in my own son. I learned some things, and I’m sure you will too.

Next week …






Hi, I’m Russell Faust, author of this medical education blog.

Russell Faust, PhD, MD boogordoctor

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