Finding a Repair Cream for Eczema
By Susan Peck
Photography by Paula Kuzawa
Like the parents in the Academy Award nominated movie Lorenzo’s Oil, the true story of a relentless search for a cure, a young Auburn Hills mother put everything she had into the development of a natural skin treatment to give her son and daughter their lives back.
Failing to find a doctor capable of successfully treating her children, Diana Stroebe, founder of Whole Body Solutions LLC, put all her efforts and savings into the development of a healing skin cream for their severe and debilitating eczema. SEEN explores the journey that began more than 10 years ago and spans across the country.
NS: HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY BEGIN?
DS: When my first child, Jordan, was born in 2003 with (atopic dermatitis) eczema it changed our lives. It’s described as “the itch that can’t be scratched,” and for a newborn baby it is intolerable. He was covered with raw and peeling skin that kept him up all night crying and making it so nobody was getting any sleep. It took over our whole lives.
In my quest to find answers for him, we saw pediatricians, allergists and nutritionists; and I did hours and hours of research myself day and night, but nothing was working. By the time my third child, Lydia, was born four years later with the same thing but even worse, her doctors admitted her to the hospital and gave her every possible test, including one for leukemia. Nothing came back conclusive. My kids were feeling like social outcasts because of their skin outbreaks. I can remember being at McDonald’s in the play area with them and other moms were pulling their children away from mine. Just for the record, eczema isn’t contagious or passed from person to person.
This had all taken a big toll on our family. After my divorce, and moving over the years 11 times (including a brief move to Florida because of the humidity, UVB, UVA sunshine rays and ocean salt water), nothing solved our problems completely. After years of suffering for all of us, I knew I had to find a solution on my own.
With all my research and putting what money I had together, I took it upon myself to set up the company Whole Body Solutions LLC. I developed a repair cream to replace the gold standard treatment of steroids and antibiotics for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis that never worked for my children and others. My Soteria Quantum Essentials Skin Repair Cream was created from combinations of coconut oil, essential oils, zinc oxide and other natural ingredients.
NS: WHAT WAS YOUR MISSION WITH WHOLE BODY SOLUTIONS LLC AND SOTERIA QUANTUM ESSENTIALS?
DS: My mission with Soteria was simple: making skin relief something that can be within reach for all. Having experienced the setbacks, social issues, worry and frustrations that can come with a skin condition, I hope that Soteria Quantum Essentials is the answer for others, too. After using it daily, my children have responded beyond anything we’ve tried before. Today Jordan, 13, Ellayna, 12, and Lydia, 9, all attend a charter school in the Pontiac school district and are active and healthy and all sleeping well at night.
NS: WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR WHOLE BODY SOLUTIONS LLC TODAY?
DS: While I don’t have a brick and mortar store, I have set up online merchandising for the purchase of Soteria Quantum Essentials cream at www.getskinrelief.com. The cream is also the perfect night cream and eye cream and formulated to work well on geriatric skin. I’m also excited to be working on a new product to fight viruses like the common cold, something we all would benefit from. Believe it or not, it’s something that will be applied to the bottom of the feet and should be available early next year.
NS: WHAT GIVES YOU THE GREATEST FULFILLMENT FROM YOUR BUSINESS?
DS: I wake up each morning with the purpose of giving even one child or family their lives back. If I’ve done just that, then all my hard work is more than worth it.
You can purchase Soteria Quantum Essentials cream online at www.getskinrelief.com or at your local Whole Foods store.