Eczema Cure Basics: Shopping in Wet Markets vs Super Markets

If you have been reading my eczema cure protocols, you may have learned that it is the PALEO DIET that is the basis of eczema cure. But how to execute a GOOD Paleo Diet? It all begins with shopping. It even begins in choosing WHERE you CHOOSE to shop. I live around the Marikina and Quezon City area so I will give my specific example for the purpose of this short tutorial.

Timing: When to shop is of vital importance. The best produce are always available and snapped up in the earliest of mornings when the shops open. If you shop much later in the day, like a lazy afternoon, you will get leftovers, scraps, the very foods not chosen / rejected by more savvy customers… aka… you get poor quality food.

You must learn what time of the day the produce come in. Sea food in Farmers Wet Market Cubao comes in around 5am and also at 12:30pm, so that is twice a day. While beef comes in at 4am and hung for sale at 5am.

In organic markets, vegetables only come in fresh on that one Saturday early morning so you really must time your shopping schedule for Saturday mornings.

The early bird gets the best worms, the freshest foods equals the highest quality foods: the most nutrient rich content foods, the cleanest of foods.

Super Markets are usually a POOR CHOICE and absolutely not recommended. You will never find your eczema cure or psoriasis cure there. If you continue shopping in super markets in Manila, you or your child will never get well. In the first place, as with the issue of TIMING above, most super market meat and fish selections are not as fresh as wet market selections… plus the variety and selection is severely limited…it’s a monopoly. And really… the freshness comparison is just awful. If I had to live on supermarket shopping in Manila, my entire family would all be eczema sick. No kidding.

Super Markets are just loaded with junk and processed garbage masquerading as “food”. You can try to choose and choose, and most likely your choice will still be junk. When the good food choices in the super market are really: None of the Above!

What good food items may be available in the super market? Let me list down some of them:
– Virgin Coconut Oil,
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– In rare cases, they have organic vinegar
– In rare cases, they may have organic rice for those who haven’t kicked this bad habit out yet.

Rice is a bad habit, even if organic because these are basically empty foods in bulk displacing tummy space for real foods like meats, fats and vegetables. Minimize and eliminate as much as possible.

On to wet markets. I go to 2 wet markets. One in Cubao: Farmers Market. And the massive Marikina Market which is a conglomeration of wet markets, an entire city block of many many wet markets. I had grown so fond of Farmers Market for the high quality of beef and sea food I relocated my office to the building beside it… and this is why my EYE for FRESHNESS is very very high…. calibrated to be so high… because I see it and smell it every single day.

Wet markets are GREAT because there is no monopoly. Each and every stall competes against one another. The prices are cheaper than supermarkets, but more so is the QUALITY of the produce is much higher, absolutely fresher than super markets. Sea food that is alive, almost alive, fish with eyes so clear they’re still swimming.

At no point should you be buying intensively FARMED FISH if you wish to be cured. Farmed fish are fed a most atrocious diet that is merely meant to unnaturally grow them the fastest and the fattest due to commercial timing and profit requirements. You get unhealthy, obese fish with a bad fat profile which will not help you with your disease. Plus the farmed fish are usually DIRTY. Limited to waters within their plot of land in their little ponds, they swim and feed in their own poops! Yummy NOT!

What are these intensively farmed fish blacklisted in my point of view as not good for eczema or psoriases?
– catfish
– tilapia
– bangus / milk fish
– prawns
– salmon

For land animals, these are the black listed intensively farmed land animals to avoid:
– chicken
– pork
– big company branded beef in the supermarket or the imported beef in the wet markets (they are fed beer grain waste)

So what is good to eat that is available in the wet markets?
– tons of different ocean food, the freshest catch, fish, shellfish (oysters, mussels, clams), etc.
– beef, batangas beef, grass fed beef and organs
– goat, meat and organs
– turtles, frogs (in chinese area wet markets)

Avoid produce coming from Cavite ocean waters like shellfish, those are dirty from dirty waters of Cavite.
Avoid produce coming from Laguna Lake, too much industrial waste being dumped in that lake.

Who should do the shopping? Of course the most intelligent and most affected people in the family must do the shopping. You the most health knowledgeable must do all the shopping. You cannot delegate such a vital link in your health recovery to anyone less.

Hint: I DO ALL THE FOOD SHOPPING in our household.

You will have to change your life schedule around the wet market / organic market locations and schedules so you get access to FRESH, clean and nutritious food.  FRESH is KING.  Please understand how FRESH is important.  I will probably make a new post about freshness later.


  1. Hi Edwin,
    My little girl has multiple food allergies. Her allergy prone intestines are hard on her liver, skin, etc. She has an insatiable voracious appetite. Our schedule revolves around her diet. May we be able to contact you on a landline, pls?
    In the meantime,
    1. How does one tell if the beef is batangas beef?
    2. Then, how does one tell the batangas beef is only grass fed?
    It was explained to us that all local beef in Manila is grass fed coz grains are expensive. Exceptions are the cows raised for milk. They would have been raised on the grain waste of San Miguel. What makes Batangas beef different is a short period before slaughter, the cows are fed grain/feeds so the meat will be more tender. Is this true? Is this kind of beef still ok?
    3. Is it true that in the Phil., the feeds are hormone-free and has prophilactic antibiotic only coz BHT is too expensive?
    4. How does one avoid ending up w/ grain-fed beef complete w/ hormones & antibiotic? I mean, how can we be sure none of the big corp’s herd stray into the wet market supply chain, esp the rejects? (Besides the usual objections to such chemicals, my girl is sensitive/allergic to alopathic medications for humans. AND most of the contaminants are fat soluble, so they accumulate in the fats of the animals. My girl loves animal fats & her appetite is incredible, so we are very concernd.)
    5. How do we do a parasite cleansing?
    6. How do we keep ourselves & our food parasite free?
    7. Where can we buy
    a. organic fertilized eggs of duck, itik, etc.?
    b. organic, grass-fed ghee?
    c. deep sea fish roe?
    Thanks! Excited to try your recomended raw foods.

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