Girl Who Suffers From Eczema With Itchy Skin That Would Burn Then Blister Says A Strict Raw Vegan Diet Has Stopped Her Breakouts

Proponents of a vegan diet claim that it can heal or even cure many common ailments. The Mail Online has an interesting story by Kate Pickles about a woman who claims that a raw vegan diet actually cured her blistering eczema.

People who follow a raw vegan diet and lifestyle often say that it can help manage and even cure many health problems. They claim that many common health issues are caused by a non-raw, non-vegan diet. 22-year-old Alice Morgan says her eczema went away when she started eating a very strict raw food vegan diet.

Morgan used to suffer from eczema breakouts that were so severe that they caused her skin to itch and burn, and even blister. Some breakouts left Morgan with bleeding skin and blood all over her clothes.

After trying many medications and treatments, Morgan turned to a raw food vegan diet in desperation. And her breakouts have actually stopped altogether!

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Alice Morgan, 22, would suffer flare-ups causing her skin to feel like it was burning, (left). She says eating nothing but raw fruit and veg has stopped the outbreaks (right)

She shares her experience:

“I would get this feeling like my blood was bubbling with heat, then a bone, deep itch in my skin that I could never reach even when I gave in and scratched it.”

“It would get quite swollen, redden and I’ve have lots of red dots all over my skin – it was really hot and there wasn’t much I could do to cool it down, apart from take Dead Sea salt baths as often as I could.”

“After that my skin would ooze, that was pretty horrible.”

“When I didn’t have much control over the itching, I would often wake up with blood on my sheets and pyjamas.”

“Then there’s a heat which usually came off of my neck, arms and cheeks.”

“In the next stage it would dry out, become scaly and flaky all over my face and body.”

“The flaking stage lasts for days on end, there isn’t a great deal you can do when your skin is like this apart from moisturise, with a pure organic oil like almond or avocado.”

The flare-ups started in childhood but returned three years ago when she was at university
The flare-ups started in childhood but returned three years ago when she was at university
Her skin would break out in agonising red blotches before scaling over and developing blisters (left) but after switching her diet, her arms have cleared up (right)
Her skin would break out in agonising red blotches before scaling over and developing blisters (left) but after switching her diet, her arms have cleared up (right)
During severe attacks, she became so self-conscious she did not want to leave her home
During severe attacks, she became so self-conscious she did not want to leave her home

Miss Morgan adds:

“It was really hard to deal with, in the past I have felt lonely, awkward, low, uncomfortable, antisocial, ugly, anxious, the list goes on.”

Despite doctors prescribing her steroids, her condition only worsened:

“It was out of control, over my face and arms, I’d never had it on my legs before too.”

“People don’t understand how severe eczema can get, it’s not just little patches behind the knees, elbows, it spreads all over my body.”

“There’s no hiding it really, which makes you feel self-conscious and awkward in social situations.”

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The flare-ups would go through fazes of feeling burning hot then would dry out, become scaly and flaky all over her face and body (right)

Miss Morgan had lost hope until three months ago, when she started a grain-free, raw vegan diet – eating only raw fruit and vegetables for her three meals a day. She says that vegan diet has stopped the flare-ups and gave her healthier skin:

“It’s a very, very restrictive diet but I feel the best I have done in a long time,” she said.

“It got to the point where I was prepared to do anything to get better again.”

“At the moment I’m trying to stick to my raw vegan diet, I don’t eat any grains and 80 per cent of everything I eat is raw.”

“I’ve seen results since day one and although it’s a tough diet to follow it seems to be worth it, I just hope I can maintain it.”

“Before, I felt like eczema had taken my life away, but I am now determined to get it back and be able to live a normal life like before my flare-ups.”

“I have enough creams and lotions to open a pharmacy, but now since discovering my new diet I’m choosing to keep everything as natural as possible.”

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Miss Morgan now believes she is 80 per cent healed

“I am a true believer that the correct diet can cure any disease or illness”.

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This Photographer Accidentally Shot The WRONG Proposal

A photographer in Arkansas thought he was doing the right thing by photographing a man proposing to his sweetheart. And it would have been the right thing, had it not been the wrong couple!

Jacob Peters from  JP Photography, was contacted by a gentleman in Wisconsin who wanted a photographer to secretly photograph him proposing to his girlfriend. The proposal was going to take place at the romantic spot of Hawksbill Crag.

In order to arrive before the couple and be all ready, Peters got up at 2.30am, packed up 30 pounds of gear and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National Forest. He parked in up at 4.45am and hiked up to the point, where he was ready at 6am, as planned. It may have occurred to him that there was no cell phone service, but before he had waited too long, a happy couple arrived.

A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple's proposal, completely missing his client's shot
A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple’s proposal, completely missing his client’s shot

Peter, discreetly hidden, began shooting the couple. The man duly got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and popped the question. It was obvious by the girl’s reaction that she had said yes.

“She turns around and starts crying and hugs him and it’s obvious she said yes and all went well,” Peters says.

Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag
Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag

He continued snapping even after the couple sat down and began to enjoy the sunrise.

At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas' Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas’ Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife

‘Job well done’, thought Peters, and packed up, hiked back to his car and drove home. He texted the guy to say that they shots had come out well, and then took a well deserved nap.

“I send the guy a text saying congratulations,” Peters recounts. “I’m glad it all worked out and then I take a nap since I was very exhausted.”

Imagine the shock when he woke to read the reply!

“I’m confused, we never saw you and we got there a little late, are you sure it was us? I was in a blue plaid shirt…”

The couple had arrived late, and had never seen Peters! On further texting it turned out that he had indeed photographed the wrong couple! Basically he had spent 6 ½ hours and $40 in gas to shoot 450 shots of the wrong couple!

“At first, kind of upset at myself,” Peters said. “I had just ordered a new camera and this shoot was going to go towards that. And I knew I wasn’t going to charge someone for work I didn’t do. I told my wife what happened and then immediately thought, they had to have seen me and thought I was some creeper in the woods with my camera and 70-200 taking pictures of them.”

“After a few days I figured I have photos that I’m sure this couple probably would like to have so why not try to find them,” he said.

Peters decided that the couple might actually like to have the pictures so he posted on Facebook, and amazingly, he got a reply from the couple, who were delighted that they had shots they did not even know of, taken of that most special day.

“I was hoping they were local but that didn’t matter,” says Peters. “They are from Dallas and they were sent a link to the post from a photographer they were going to hire. Within 4 hours I found out who they were and they couldn’t have been happier.”

Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen
Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen

Peters has said that he intends to make right with the couple he should have been shooting, by a romantic shoot with them. He has turned to crowdfunding to raise the money to finish the job with them.

Source: Daily Mail

Police Officer Wounded In The Line Of Duty Finishes His First 5K Run

You may think that after being shot in the head, life as you know it could be over. Not so with Mike McClaughry. After investigating a shooting in Mount Vernon, Washington, he was wounded in the head, which was classed as a traumatic brain injury. What makes Mike so special is that just months after the shooting, he was cleared to leave rehab.

“I really think that had a lot to do with the investment I made in my body before the injury,” Mike said.

Mike attributes his recovery to the fact that he was always been active outside, always jumping at the chance to do things outdoors, whether it was walking, hiking or jogging. He regularly hiked 50 – 75 miles with the troops, as he was a Boy Scout volunteer.

Mount Vernon police LT Chris Cammock agreed that it had always been important for Mike to be fit and active. So not surprisingly, when Cammock asked him to join the group of Mount Vernon Officers in the ‘Fun with the Fuzz’ 5K, he gladly accepted. Cammock said that they wanted to remind Mike that even though he only worked part time, after the accident, he was still one of the team.

“It would be nothing for him to go off and do 10 or 12 miles just to get out of the house and clear his head,” Cammok admitted. “It was very important for him to be physically active.”

“I was very excited, and very thankful,” Mike said. “I really wanted to do it.”

Mike took control of his training and his first milestone was when he reached 3.1 miles. His vision is damaged, and so he sees things as if you were looking through an ice cube, in a somewhat fuzzy manner. Mike learned that he could not push himself too far. He did in fact collapse five times during his training. Even the doctors did not know just how far he could push himself.

“The doctors didn’t know my limit because I was a bit off the charts when it came to recovery time,” he said. “So I had to do just enough to make sure I had the stamina for the 5K, but not too much to risk going down again. I didn’t need another ride to the hospital in an ambulance if I could help it.”

Mike rested a few days before the race and started it with Cammock next to him. Cammock was amazed to see Mike just take off as the starting whistle went. They crossed the line together at a time of 1:06:50, holding hands, and to cheering crowds.

“I had to keep up with him,” Cammock said. “He was like a thoroughbred—he just got out there and went. He carried himself the way he’s always carried himself, and it’s just really inspiring to be around him.”

“It was really special,” Mike said. “I had a great time, and I really enjoyed it.”

Mike says he hopes to participate in many more races. He said that what had kept him going through the 5K was the thought of his children. He says that even having had a traumatic brain injury does not need to slow you down. You can get through it, you may have to simplify your days a little, although Mike has learned to be grateful for each new day that comes along.

Source: Runner’s World

The 5 Best And Worst Things About Homeschooling

Most homeschoolers have their own list of pros and cons, when it comes to teaching the kids at home. Everyone is different. In this blog by a homeschool mom – who used to be a teacher – you can read some of her own best and worst things about the course she chose to take with her three children.

Her decision was made because her first child could read himself at very early age, and she felt he would be bored at a regular school. Interestingly, some of the pros are also cons. Life is funny like that.

Best Things:

1. Not missing any part of childhood

Homeschooling means that you get to be with your kids all the time, through their childhood. Being at home means that they will be somewhat sheltered from the rules which society dictates about how soon they should grow up. A huge bonus is how the innocence of childhood is not destroyed at a very early age.

2. Getting to learn at their own pace

Not having a child who is under pressure to learn at the same rate as all the other kids in the class is a huge benefit. Not all kids are quick learners who benefit from homeschooling, slow learners may learn at their own pace without being overlooked in a large class.

3. Close family relationships

Homeschooled families are invariably more close knit than kids who go off to regular schools. Kids will fight (as kids do anywhere) but overall the families are closer. Parents get to watch the family grow up together and strengthen bonds between siblings. Families tend to spend more time doing things together.

4. Freedom of time

Visiting museums midweek when they are quieter, taking vacations when regular schools are still working, field trips when it is convenient are all pluses when homeschooling. Families can take a whole year off and travel the country without being penalised for being absent from school. Most families realise how lucky they are when a child goes to college and routines must be obeyed.

5. My own learning

This homeschooling mom felt that her own learning had improves, especially in subjects like science and history. It is also good for the kids to see that mom and dad have never finished learning, it is an ongoing process, and never stops. Most homeschool parents learn to appreciate the learning process far more because they are so directly involved with it.

Worst Things

1. The weight of responsibility

You never can blame the teacher if your kid doesn’t learn, because you are the teacher! If the child ends up with a less than average education, then you only have yourself to blame. Homeschooling parents can never afford to be lax when it comes to teaching the kids. The whole end result depends on them.

2. Messy house

Homeschool parents need to accept that the house is never going to be completely tidy. Occasionally they will have other children over to all learn together, which means even more mess. Children and parents at home all the time means that the house will always have teaching projects on the go somewhere.

3. Lots of togetherness

While this is also a pro, a lot of togetherness means that occasionally people will get on each other’s nerves. Homeschool parents need to make special time for themselves. They may not want that time, but the truth is that they need time alone, away from the kids. Sometimes it is hard to organise time off.

4. Having to be in charge of structure

Mom and dad have to totally in charge of structuring the day. There must be a structured routine so the kids know when they are expected to work, turn in assignments, and be ready to start a lesson. Often this is a problem with parents who are more relaxed by nature, but it is important to keep a schedule for the kids.

5. Doubt

Every parent who homeschools their kids goes through periods of doubt at one time or other. The question arises about whether the child is anxious because that’s just the way they are, or is it because they are being homeschooled? As a parent, have you forgotten a vital part of their education? Most questions can be worked through, but the doubt may always be there.

While this mom is of the opinion that homeschooling is a great choice for her and her kids, she admits that it is not for every family. There are pros and cons in both methods of teaching, and each family will make up its own mind about the best method. She felt that it was the best solution for her and her three children.

Source: Scary Mommy

These Man-Caves-On-Wheels Are Amazing In Every Way

For the guy who needs space of his own, and a getaway home on wheels, look no further than here! The Utah based company Upper Valley Tiny Homes makes perfect man caves, which can be parked at the bottom of the garden, or towed off to a favourite spot on the river to fish. Or in fact to anywhere that takes your fancy.

These amazing little man caves measure only 7 x 18, and are perfect for hunting and camping. The company prides themselves on the fact that the homes are designed and made by men, for men, so they know exactly what men would like in their man caves.

With things like pull-out BBQ, dart boards, racks for guns, basketball hoop and putting strip, they are all that any guy could want. They even come with a deck to relax with a cold beer at the end of a hard day. The rear of the cave comes with a garage door which opens to store off road vehicles.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The caves come with flush toilets and 500 watt solar power. The kitchen has a stove and sink, fridge and cabinet. There is a bathroom with a compact shower, and bunks to sleep. The video will give you a better look at the inside of these tiny dens, and all they come with.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The man caves currently sell for around $43,000 and the complete specs are available from Upper Valley Tiny Homes. We think men of all ages will want one!

Source: Do It Yourself RV