Dr. Mercola - "We can solve well over 90% of the all chronic
diseases with simple, inexpensive natural therapies. Following the
eating plan and radically reducing grain and sugar intake while
optimizing omega 6:3 fat ratio
will likely reduce over 50% of the health problems Americanscurrently
experience. I know this is true because I have successfully treated
many thousands of patients from all over the country with these
techniques." Steroids (Cortisone) - Cortisone
creams, ointments, and lotions commonly prescribed for skin disease
may clear the skin temporarily and control the condition in many
patients. Side effects from steroids include thinning of the skin,
dilated blood vessels, bruising, and skin color changes. Stopping
these medications suddenly may result in a flare-up of the disease.
After many months of treatment, the psoriasis may become resistant
to the steroid preparations. more on the
side effects of steroids
Healing Psoriasis is a comprehensive report which outlines
Dr. Pagano's psoriasis regimen and chronicles the results his patients
have attained by using his natural procedures which are drug-free,
without tar baths, injections, or ultraviolet treatments. The 300
recipes in the cookbook follow the principles of the regimen.
The Pagano diet, as detailed in the book
Healing Psoriasis by chiropractor John Pagano, uses the
idea of restoring a healthy digestive track to solve the problem
of psoriasis. The implication is that the build up of toxicity
leads psoriatics to expel toxins through secondary systems, namely
the skin. Pagano suggests a regimen of herbal teas, apple-fasting,
spinal adjustments, colonics and a suggested dietary ratio of80%
fruits and veggies to 20% starches and protein. While some have
found regimen to be a bit ‘extreme’ or ‘unworkable’, Pagano does
provide excellent information on many ‘flare foods’ and offers a
number of pictures and testimonials, suggesting that some of his
recommendations can be quite valuable.
"The book Healing Psoriasis perceives psoriasis, as well
as eczema, as having its origin in The Intestinal Tract. Viewed
from the inside-out, rather than from the outside-in, a whole new
approach to the disease evolves.This concept, first promulgated
by the late Edgar Cayce, identifies the problem as a build-up of
toxins (poisons) in the system making their way through the skin,
but not originating in the skin. He sites a primary cause as being
due to thin, porous, intestinal walls allowing these toxic elements
to "seep" through (now referred to as "The Leaky
Gut Syndrome"). He further emphasizes that a proper DIET and
adequate ELIMINATIONS are a major part of the solution. This book
proves the efficacy of this theory by documented case histories,
patient affidavits and striking before and after photographs.
Psoriasis Causes Disability That Equals Other Major Medical Diseases
comparison of psoriasis with other chronic, debilitating medical
and psychiatric conditions suggests that, though not life threatening,
psoriasis can severely threaten the quality of life. It ranked even
more detrimental to quality of life than even angina or hypertension.
From the results of this study, it appears that psoriasis can be
physically and emotionally debilitating and is not simply a cosmetic
Psoriasis interferes with daily functions, generates psychological
distress, and disrupts social relationships. The findings of the
study confirmed what psoriasis sufferers have long known – psoriasis
can cause as much disability as other major medical diseases.
Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is an evaluation of the
influences of a patient’s current health status and on their ability
to achieve and maintain a level of overall functioning that allows
them to pursue valued life goals. The HRQL assesses eight domains
of health status: physical functioning, role functioning related
to physical status, bodily pain, general health, vitality, social
functioning, role functioning related to emotional status, and mental
Patients with psoriasis reported reduction in physical functioning
and mental functioning comparable to that seen in cancer, arthritis,
hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and depression. Some aspects
closely associated with a negative impact on the physical dimension
of HRQL include burning sensations, joint pain, and how the bones/joints
look. "Scales falling off" was predictive of higher physical functioning,
indicating that patients who report better physical functioning
tend to be bothered more by scales falling off.
of the symptom is NOT the same as elimination of the disease. (detail).
I was on cortisone (steroids) for 9 years in an attempt to suppress
my eczema. Its side effects nearly killed me in the process.
The fastest way to restore wellness is to stop putting into the
body the things that have caused the physical problem to develop
in the first place, and then give the body the nutrients it needs
to repair and rebuild itself. The holistic approach treats the whole
person, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates
the body's natural abilities to heal itself.
from Shirley - I am all too familiar with the debilitating pains
of skin disease because I suffered from life long severe eczema
- some doctors said it was psoriasis (see
my testimonial). It wasn't until 1998 that I achieved a
complete cure with natural means. The reason
that a skin disease like eczema and psoriasis can cripple a person's
physical and mental aptitude as described above is not understood
by most people. Holistic doctors view eczema and psoriasis as symptoms
of a "blood disease" which occurs when eliminative organs (liver,
kidneys, intestines, etc.) malfunction, causing toxins to accumulate
in the blood which can affect mental clarity and aptitude. The body
attempts to compensate for faulty eliminative organs by excreting
these toxins through the skin which is the largest eliminative organ
next to the liver. (In his book, Healing Psoriasis,
Dr. Pagano explains how build up of toxicity leads psoriatics to
expel toxins through secondary systems, namely the skin.) More on
Blood Purifiers. The two
major steps I had to take to ignite my internal healing forces:
- Eliminate from my diet and environment all offending elements
to which my body was susceptible to. Mainly, I had to eliminate
starchy foods from my diet (flour, rice, pasta, potatoes), as
well as dairy products and most cooked or processed foods).
(see my testimonial for detail)
- Provide my body with vitally important nutrients that it
required to begin the healing process and to support the immune system. Such nutrients include tonic herbal formulas
Alteratives / Blood Purifiers / Detoxification
Alteratives are herbs which alter (purify) the blood. Most herbs
for blood purification promote the cleaning action of the spleen,
liver, kidneys and bowels. These herbs should be used over a long
period of time, allowing gradual detoxification of the entire blood
stream which in turn, will improve digestion, assimilation and glandular
secretions. Bad habits and poor diet must be corected to remove
the cause of the toxicity of the blood. Infections, cancer, arthritis
and skin disease are some of the diseases caused by impure blood.
Ayurtox (Detox) and
AyurGold (Holistic Blood Care) are natural supplements geared
towards cleansing and detoxifying your body and enriching your
overall health based on Ayurveda - the Oldest and Most Comprehensive
Medical System Available.
Cat's Claw Uña de Gato (Cat's Claw) is known as a
cleanser. It supports the digestive system, intestinal tract
and helps with bowel functions
Sangre de Drago is used widely in the Rainforest
for its ability to assist in repairing/regenerating healthy
body tissue and skin. It is one of the strongest natural antioxidants
Illumination help energize, cleanse, detoxify, strengthen,
and revitalize, feeding virtually every organ and system of
the body, promoting peak performance in our everyday lives.
Gravizon circulatory and lymphatic support
formula (assist in cleansing the blood)
Fiberzon supports a healthy colon - Fiberon is a synergistic
blend of fibers and botanicals recognized for centuries for
their cleansing properties. As an internal cleansing program.
Persimmon leaf is anti-allergic and anti-pruritic in composition;
in other words, an allergy or itching preventive food. Furthermore,
research has proven the therapeutic effect of persimmon leaf extract
on those suffering from dermatitis. The preventive effect of persimmon
leaf extract on the dermatitis was dose-dependent and a continuous
intake of persimmon leaf extract significantly decreased its onset
and development. As well, studies have shown that supplementation
of persimmon leaf improves lipid profiles and suppresses body weight
gain in animals that were fed high-fat diets. It is also used topically
in some beauty products to help to clarify the skin and eliminate dull and dark areas.
Persimmon has been cultivated in Japan for at least 1,000 years, where it is considered the national
fruit. So it only seems natural that Japanese researchers discovered
that the main flavonoid in persimmon—astragalin—inhibits the release
of histamine in mice suffering from atopic dermatitis. When the
mice were given persimmon extract, they exhibited fewer behavioral
symptoms, such as scratching and biting their skin. There was also
a reduction of serum IgE, the antibodies produced in response to
an allergen. Additionally, tissue samples showed there was less
inflammation and thickening of the skin.
Persimmon Leaves are part of Dr. Miller's VelociTea Detox Tea Ingredients
by Dr. Bill Miller, Ph.D. in Nutritional Science, the
VelociTea Holy Tea is a unique herbal blend of safe, all-natural ingredients
designed to promote healing by gently cleansing the digestive tract,
detoxifying the body, improving skin condition. The "Holy Tea" name
is taken from the traditional name of one of the ingredients, a
widely-used medicinal herb known as Holy Thistle or Blessed Thistle,
and is not intended to imply any religious significance - although
grateful users who experienced remarkable health improvements after
drinking Holy Tea often thank God for this gift of healing!
In contemporary herbalism, Blessed
Thistle is used to treat liver and skin and mucous congestion,
and remove parasites such as worms and flukes from the colon.
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Psoriasis and Your Immune System
of the most important discoveries about psoriasis is that it's more than just a skin disease; it's a chronic inflammatory disorder of
the immune system, known as autoimmune condition. This system includes a type of white
blood cell, called a T cell, that normally helps protect the body against infection and disease. Scientists now think that, in psoriasis,
an abnormal immune system causes activity by T cells in the skin. These T cells trigger the inflammation and excessive skin cell reproduction
seen in people with psoriasis. It is believed that you must have a genetic tendency to be susceptible to the condition. But
once your immune system is triggered, it sends a false alarm to your skin cells, telling them that they’ve been damaged. The skin
cells react by attempting to repair this “damage.” They begin reproducing at an accelerated rate (the process that takes roughly 26 days in
normal skin now occurs in about 5), rising to the skin surface,
dying, and building up there. The skin surface thickens. As blood
vessels expand and more blood flows to the skin, it becomes red.
The result is the flaky, red patches you know as plaques. Because
psoriasis is a condition of the immune system, researchers have
turned their efforts toward medicines that target the immune system
Kenneth Bock, MD - "Because
transfer factors can function
as immune system modulators, they can help to restore immune system
balance in many types of clinical situations."Kenneth Bock, MD,
best selling author on immune system modulation.
Richard Bennett, PhD - "The immunity provided by
transfer factors is long lived
and can help all ages who are suffering from a variety of ailments
or those who want to stay well. The unfolding events surrounding
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, (SARS) is yet another painful
reminder that we live in a crowded world where continents are only
a plane ride away. The SARS epidemic is only one of an ongoing series
of new emerging diseases. Our best global and personal strategy
is to do all in our power to ensure and support our unique abilities
of disease resistance and immunity” Dr. Bennett is an Infectious
Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist, who is enjoying retirement
from a 21-year career with the University of California where he
specialized in food and water quality and safety. He received his
Doctorate in Comparative Pathology from the University of California,
Davis. He has also served as an advisor for the FDA and USDA.
Recent Advances in Psoriasis: The Role of the Immune System
by Barbara S Baker (Imperial College School of Medicine, St. Mary's,
This book presents the evidence for the belief that psoriasis
is a disease of abnormal keratinocyte proliferation induced by T
cells. The latest approaches to investigating the immunopathogenesis
of this disease, and a review of previous findings, are presented
to give an overall picture of the current knowledge in this field.
Each topic is discussed in detail, clearly illustrated and well
referenced. The book should prove invaluable to clinical dermatologists,
and researchers in the fields of immunology and dermatology who
have an interest in skin diseases.
The skin frequently gives the first sign that an
autoimmune diseases is present. In many
of the diseases mentioned, the skin is only peripherally involved,
but in others, the skin is the primary site of the disease. One
of the foremost is psoriasis.
Diseases - The word "auto" is the Greek word for self.
The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components
(called molecules) that normally work to defend the body and eliminate
infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other invading microbes.
If a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly
attacks self, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's
own body. A collection of immune system cells and molecules at a
target site is broadly referred to as inflammation. There are many
different autoimmune diseases, and they can each affect the body
in different ways. For example, the autoimmune reaction is directed
against the brain in
multiple sclerosis and the gut in
In other autoimmune diseases such as
systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), affected tissues and organs
may vary among individuals with the same disease. One person with
lupus may have affected skin and joints whereas another may
have affected skin, kidney, and lungs. Ultimately, damage to certain
tissues by the immune system may be permanent, as with destruction
of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas in
Type 1 diabetes mellitus.
Autoimmunity (excessive or self-destruction) - when the
immune system fails to recognize 'self' as friendly and mounts an
attack on itself"
Explaining Autoimmune Disease by David Isenberg, PhD and John Morrow, PhD.
Healing eczema/psoriasis, dry, cracked and
callused skin: the drug free approach
A personal account from Shirley (author of this website)
I suffered from severe eczema/psoriasis
with painful swelling and oozing of the skin, bleeding cracks, severe
scaling, itching and burning. I sufferedmiserably
for 49 years from this horrible disease which totally debilitated
me. No creams, potions, salves, or anything else could cure my condition.
When I wasf 17 years old a doctor prescribed cortisone pills and
cream (steroids) to suppress my eczema. After taking this
dangerous drug for 9 years, I had to stop due to
horrendous side effects. My immune system
was blown out. Not only was my eczema much worse now, but as a result
of the cortisone (steroids) side effects, I suffered from severe
depression, chonic infections, paralizing back pains, and other
It wasn't until I turned 50 that I finally
discovered how to heal my skin by igniting
my own internal healing force. I credit my healing to a combination
of natural approach: homeopathy,
omega 3 oils,
sunlight therapy, and
avoiding all vaccines. Small spots
stubborney remained over the years responded by magic to
I'm 62 now and my skin is completely free of
eczema, but the dry/cracked/callused condition of my heels remained
stubbornly. I suspected it was an indication of a nutritional deficiency
but I was taking all the trace
minerals from the sea, the
omega 3 oils, my
diet was optimum now... or
so I thought, until I learned about
glutathione and Immunocal.
After taking Immunocal
for 2 months to help raise my glutathione level all the cracks and
calluses vanished. Read the detailed story
of my journey into healing eczema
Dr. Douglas Willen - "It took a colleague of mine over 9 months to convince me to use
glyconutrient (saccharides) supplementation in my practice and I only tried it because I had
a case that was chronic and extremely difficult, a 7-year old girl
with horrible eczema over her entire body, and I was getting nowhere
using all my tried and true protocols. Not to mention the fact that
this little girl was my daughter's best friend! Well, the glyconutrients
proved to be the missing link in that case... Her rapid recovery
really got my attention! I began doing the research and the
reading on this subject and was incredibly impressed with the science
backing these products. Four out of the last eight Nobel Prize winners
won their prizes because of their research in this area called glycobiology,
and thousands of new research papers are published each year in
the field. Needless to say, I have continued to use this type of
nutrition in my practice since."
view before and after
" I have been diagnosed with severe plaque psoriases over 40
years ago. During that time I have tried all kinds of treatments
that have been available. You name the cream, lotion, pill, injection,
nothing has worked. It was very damaging to my self
esteem and caused me great emotional damage going through my teen
years. Psoriasis was even beginning to show on my face and on my
hands. When I was getting medical treatment, the side effects outweighed
the benefits. It was very embarrassing to get a haircut, as my scalp
was covered and most of my body as well. I never wore shorts or
T-shirts in the summertime. Swimming in a public pool was out of
the question. I resented the rude questions and stares. All this
changed about four months ago, when I was introduced to
I drank it for only two weeks, when the red patches stopped itching,
burning and flaking reduced. For the first time in 40 years my skin
improved. After one month, the patches began to shrink, my skin
felt more calm. I am still improving and happy to see the positive
changes in me. Now I am taking it faithfully every day and I never
looked this good. This summer I will buy myself my first pair of
shorts. I am so impressed with this wonderful product that I will
take it as long as I live." Liz, Ontario, Canada
"My daughter, Stef, used to have problem feet. She had severely
cracked heels and thick yellow toenails that were difficult and
painful for her to trim, as they always grew into the sides of her
toes. Two weeks after she started drinking
she asked for me to trim her toenails, and lo and behold, they were
absolutely normal! They were easy to trim with no pain, good color;
her cracked skin has completely healed. This all in just a couple
"I have had Psoriasis of the scalp since I was about 13 years
old. I have had to use vinegar, Biotin and B-12 to keep it under
control. I haven't used anything in 2 months now since I've been
taking marine phytoplankton and the itching
Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that
marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to
sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials
to make new cells that function normally. Marine phytoplankton has
been called "the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet".
Containing a wide range of trace elements, amino acids, vitamins,
minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and cellular materials, marine phytoplankton
promotes and maintains optimum health by boosting and supporting
all systems within the body. Its antioxidants and unique polysaccharides
can halt the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer. Both high
levels of saccharides and adaptogens increase energy and stamina
by improving our ability to consume and use oxygen. Adaptogens also
improve cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart and circulation.
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Testimonial of healing psoriasis with castor oil
Date: 10 Jan 2005
I had really bad psoriasis about a year ago (and since I was
a small child and I am 38 years old) and last April I began massaging
castor oil on my liver after each shower (daily)
and I have seen a 90% reduction in my psoriasis since that time.
I didn't have the patience to do the packs so I just do the daily
massage and have seen amazing results. I put about a dime size amount
in my hand and without having dried the area of my abdomen after
my shower so that it is still moist, I massage in the oil.
I don't massage it for any real length of time - no more than the
time I spend massaging in otherlotions
into my skin. After a couple weeks of 30 degree temperatures
I have had a little psoriasis pop up, but the amount is so minimal
in comparison to what I have experienced in the past that I am unconcerned
and undaunted. I have also struggled with endometriosis and have
had physicians want to do surgery on me for the condition.
I do a full abdomen massage with the oil and my endometriosis symptoms
have greatly reduced as well. Castor Oil is also suppose to
help soften scar tissue. I have had 2 c sections and after
8 months of using the castor oil, once was once a nasty thick and
solid scar is now almost imperceptible.
Oil Packs (for external use)
The Oil That Heals by William A. McGarey, M.D.
A fascinating analysis of a medical doctor's research on and verification
of the healing properties of castor oil packs, first recommended
by the noted psychic Edgar Cayce as an adjunct for many ailments
that resist traditional medical treatment.
This natural oil has amazing healing properties. It has
been used in virtually every major civilization since antiquity
for the cure of normally fatal disabling conditions. In India, they
called it erand. In ancient Greece it was known as kiki. It is mentioned
in the Bible and in the most ancient Egyptian papyrus yet found.
In Europe, in the Middle Ages, it was used by some to cure the plague.
They called it the "palma christi" or the "hand of Christ." This
extract of the castor bean is a safe, gentle, easy to use remedy
for virtually any illness - when it is used externally.
Psoriasis and Homeopathy Cure from deep within
External medication serves to provide only temporary relief from
the itching and the eruptions almost always re-appear as soon as
they are stopped. Homeopathic medicines are virtually safe completely
and there are hardly any chances of side effects even if the medication
is taken for a few years. Homeopathy can offer a lot by way of treatment
for psoriasis. Through prescribing a correct constitutional homeopathic
medication most of which is internal a lasting solution can be found.
The modern system of homeopathy treats Psoriasis without using
any local cream or lotions. The wisdom in the treatment of Psoriasis
lies in stimulating the healing process from within.This website
is devoted to the sufferers of psoriasis and brings them a new ray
of hope through homoeopathy.
Learn more about homeopathy
See before and after pictures
Combination of Allopathic Treatments Harms Psoriasis Patients
What happens when cyclosporine is given to patients with
psoriasis, whose prior treatments, such as PUVA, are known to
also cause cancer? Could it make a difficult situation even
worse by increasing even further the risk that the psoriasis
patients already face? The answer is yes. Psoriasis patients
using cyclosporine have a dramatic increase in the number of
squamous cell cancers of the skin. In a study reported in The
Lancet, (Vol. 358, No. 9287: 1042-1045), Isabelle Marcil, MD,
and Robert Stern, MD, from the department of dermatology at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., followed
1,380 patients who had received PUVA therapy from 1975 through
1976. A total of 844 patients were available to be part of the
present study. Of that group, 31 patients had received cyclosporine
treatment between 1975 and 1998. When the researchers compared
the psoriasis patients who received cyclosporine to those who
did not, they found that any use of cyclosporine increased the
risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer about three times.
If the drug was taken for more than three months the risk was increased four times.
Cortisone creams, ointments, and lotions may clear the skin temporarily
and control the condition in many patients. Side effects include
thinning of the skin, dilated blood vessels, bruising, and skin
color changes. Stopping these medications suddenly may result
in a flare-up of the disease. After many months of treatment,
the psoriasis may become resistant to the steroid preparations.
more on the side effects of steroids
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by Serano Robinson
book tells a fascinating story of a man who, after 30 years
of failed medical therapy, cured himself of a disease
without medication, without skin treatments, and without spending
a penny on an expensive cure.
"I got the book, I tried it, and it WORKS - I had psoriasis
all over my body, and now after 2 months I only have a few spots
on my feet!! The author's ideas about psoriasis are the clearest
of any "expert". When I overate all the time and ate crappy
foods, my body got rid of alot of this excess waste through
my skin, so it's no wonder that my psoriasis never had a chance
to heal. And because my body spent all of its energy digesting
food, it didn't have a chance to fix any of my psoriasis scales.
By stopping the overeating, pacing my meals and eating the right
foods, my psoriasis started getting better right away, and kept getting better.
The author isn't saying that you have to starve to death to get rid of your psoriasis, just to start changing
the way that you eat." an amazon.com reviewer
Josh also triumphed over his psoriasis
Shirley: When first I met Josh in November 2000, his legs and other
parts of his body were covered with a nasty case of psoriasis
with intense swelling and flaking. I was all too familiar with
the pain andsorrow
of skin disease because I had suffered from severe
eczema for 50 years and finally achieved
a complete cure with natural means. Josh took a similar approach
to treat his psoriasis. I have witnessed first-hand
the incredible transformation that he has achieved to cure his
skin condition. Several months after having met Josh,
I was amazed when he showed me his skin—this time almost 100%
psoriasis-free! Upon my request, Josh agreed to write a testimonial
of his journey into health.
Josh's leg before the treatment on left
Josh's leg several months later
Here is Josh's Testimonial: healing psoriasis naturally
I was about six or seven when I first noticed a small amount
of flaky patches on my scalp. It was summertime and my hair
had been cut quite short, but at this point the psoriasis was
still very unnoticeable. Several years later my mom began PUVA
treatments (UVA radiation and cyclosporine) for her own recently
diagnosed psoriasis and thus began my first ‘clinical’ contact
with the disease. I would be well into high school before my
own condition would move beyond the annoying ‘dandruff’, to
small patches on my knees and elbows that would soon require
a host of different topical steroids. Even still, this was really
nothing more than an inconvenience and didn’t bother me particularly.
However, by my second year of college, things really took a
turn for the worst.
Like any normal college kid I was beginning to encounter
greater amounts of stress, supplemented by generous helpings
of alcohol and junk foods. My psoriasis was spreading along
my legs and torso and was often inflamed, itchy and causing
me to shed skin throughout the dormitory. It was both embarrassing
and unsightly. Nevertheless, I tried to remain a good sport
about it and hoped that the doctors could offer me some sort
of solution. It was at this time that I first began receiving
UVB radiation exposure. It wasn’t that difficult, but did require
a significant commitment; visits to the dermatologist 3 times
a week and twice a day applications of different steroid and
salicylic acid ointments. The good news: it worked. The bad
news: it never worked well enough to completely clear me, and
if I stopped the psoriasis would rebound even worse in only
a matter of weeks.
At this point I began to question if there wasn’t perhaps
a nutritional answer or holistic approach that might be missing.
The answer from physicians was categorically ‘No. There is no
significant medical evidence that nutrition is implicated.’
I wasn’t satisfied with this answer, however, would embark for
the next several years on an exploration of numerous ‘alternative
approaches’ to trying to tackle the disease, while periodically
resuming ‘conventional’ treatments with my dermatologist. In
those few years, I tried everything from Chinese herbs and acupuncture
to Ayurvedic medicine and special mineral baths. What I learned
in those few years never led to a really significant clearing,
but it did lay the foundation for understanding my own body
better, as well as noticing what sorts of things made my skin
In September of 2001, I was back in the dermatologists’ office,
receiving yet another regimen UVB when I had a very discouraging
conversation. I had been getting the light treatments for a
while and the doctor felt that I wasn’t seeing the kind of benefit
worth risking the potential skin damage that might result if
I were to continue for much longer. It was his suggestion that
I consider using Soriatane, an oral medication, similar to Acutane.
I was concerned and frustrated. I could see that the topical
steroids were beginning to take their toll and I certainly didn’t
want to get skin cancer trying to fix my psoriasis. Still, I
was suspicious of the drug because I had heard it had side effects
and that I would be required to have blood tests to ensure that
I wasn’t damaging my liver. Still, I trusted and liked this
doctor a great deal and decided to consider it for a few days.
I went home and began researching more about the drug. Some
of the of the side-effects included both hair loss and badly
chapped lips. What’s more, many of the people on it seemed less
than satisfied with the results they were getting. This was
a real crossroads for me. On one hand I wanted desperately to
fix my skin. On the other, the potential drawbacks of taking
this drug were more than I wanted to cope with. What’s more,
the doctor, as nice as he was, really refused to acknowledge
what I knew, which was that when I would eat a certain way or
avoid certain foods, I would get somewhat better. With this
in mind, I called the doctor the next day, thanked him for all
his help, and told him I would not be returning. What followed
was the worst ‘rebound’ of psoriasis I ever had. It was also
the best thing I could have done . . .
Over the next several months I would spend nearly $1,500
on different holistic ‘cures’ for psoriasis. I would log countless
hours on the internet exploring for any information possible
information that might lead me to some undiscovered answer.
While a great deal of this was fruitless, ultimately I was able
to find a handful of different adjuncts that contributed to
clearing my psoriasis to near zero levels by February of 2002.
I write to you a year and half after that initial clearing and
I’m happy to report that, despite several very small and fluctuating
patches, I am still nearly psoriasis-free!
Adjuncts and Approaches
What follows is a description of some of the products and approaches
that may be useful for others to look into. Some of these may
be more useful than others depending on the specifics of how
different people respond. Psoriasis is a very individual condition.
I’ve distilled this down to a handful of things that I feel
can be truly helpful, rather than a list of all the numerous
and supposed ‘cures’ that I encountered.
Special Diets and ‘Flare Foods’
One of the more helpful things to begin looking at is the
response that one has to certain kinds of foods. I call these
‘flare’ or ‘trigger’ foods because they will often bring about
a worsening of the condition, sometimes immediately, sometimes
cumulatively. The predominant ones among psoriatics are sugar,
alcohol, citrus, and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes,
eggplant, peppers and tobacco). As well, some of the more common
food allergens like wheat, milk, soy, and nuts may also cause
problems because generally psoriasis occurs when there is an
increase in allergic inflammation. Also excess consumption of
meat, dairy, refined flours and junk foods may lead to a worsening
of the condition.
In some people, certain allergenic foods can trigger eczema
or make it worse. The mostly likely culprits are
wheat (glutten), nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes,
eggplant, peppers and tobacco) and shellfish.
It is now apparent that there are groups of people who
nightshades in their diets, wish to avoid them anyway or
find that eliminating them helps alleviate a variety of mental,
emotional and physical problems. The following groups of people
Facts on the harmful effects of potatoes and other nightshade
There are a couple of specific dietary regimens such as the
Pagano diet and The Zone diet which are also worth investigating.
Psoriasis, Healing from the Inside Out by Heather J. Ferris
"Psoriasis covered up to eighty percent of my body for almost
thirty years. I gave up fighting the disease and became intimately
aware of what was triggering it. This is the story of my awakening
to health and to life." Heather J. Ferris
Psoriasis is hormonal!? That’s right. Many people don’t realize
that our body produces all sorts of hormones in response to
what we eat and how we are living. The skin system in particular
relies on a number of different hormones; eicosanoids and prostaglandins,
to regulate inflammation, produce new cells and support healthy
cell membranes. I believe this is one of the most powerful bits
of knowledge for psoriatics, because it exhibits directly that
balancing these hormonal responses can bring about profound
changes in the production of new skin cells. But how does one
regulate these hormonal responses? Aside from following an overall
healthy diet, the answer is Fat. More specifically, essential
fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are a category of fats that are crucial
to the completion of all sorts of different cellular functions.
Unfortunately, many people do not receive the proper levels
of EFAs in their regular diet and so supplementation is often
necessary. Paying particular attention to ratio of Omega-3 to
Omega-6 EFAs, and providing adequate levels of the specific
nutrients (vitamins B3, B6, C, E, Magnesium and Zinc) involved
in converting EFAs into the desirable hormones, increases our
ability to produce healthy skin. (more on
essential fats and
There’s one EFA supplement in particular, TheraflaX, that
I whole-heartedly recommend! It’s also the only brand name which
I will endorse here our discussion. The reason for this is three-fold.
Firstly, using this product marked a real turning point for
me personally. Secondly, it’s the only EFA product that I know
of that’s been patented and studied purposely for use with psoriasis.
And lastly, the creator of the TheraflaX, a scientist from South
Africa, researched and developed the formula for members of
his own family who were psoriasis sufferers.
The chia seed
is one of the richest source of omega-3 oil and other
essential nutrients for a healthy skin. They were
the power food of the ancient Aztecs. According to Spanish manuscripts,
the Aztecs ate the Chia seeds to improve their endurance - they
called it their "running food" because messengers could purportedly
run all day on just a handful.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria such as acidophilus, bifidus,
and lactobacillus and are essential for a healthy digestive
system. When there is an abundance of these fundamental intestinal
flora, the body will most effectively absorb all the beneficial
nutrients from the healthy foods we are consuming. It’s been
said that ‘the skin is a direct reflection of the state of the
colon.’ Taking probiotics is one critical part of restoring
the health of the entire gastro-intestinal system. Probiotics
supplements can be found in capsules and powders and should
generally include a high number, 1 billion or more, c.f.u. (colony
forming units) per dose. Probiotics can also be consumed from
various cultured foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and fermented
These include things like barley and wheat grass juices,
as well as powdered spirulina,
blue-green algae. There is a quite a bit of debate about which
of these are better. My personal suggestion is to try a few
of them. Personally I’m partial to the fresh juices, as I feel
like they are more vital and provide a more immediate effect.
Green foods and juices are good because they can purify the
blood and stimulate the production of various enzymes, which
can be used to properly break down foods. Green foods also help
by increasing overall immunity. (more on
the amazing healing power of green juice)
I really don’t believe that consistent or long-lasting clearing
can occur from any topical approach, holistic or conventional.
However, having endured countless days and nights itching, chapping,
and flaking, I fully recognize the need to gain some relief
wherever possible. The following are a few of the more effective
and safe topicals that may be able to soothe the symptoms of
Calcium Montmorillonite clay has been used historically and cross-culturally for both internal and external healing. The clay makes an excellent poultice. Even better, one full cup of powdered clay in a warm bath can do wonders for relieving some of the heat, itching and inflammation from psoriasis. This clay is available in small quantities from health and beauty stores and in larger quantities, for use in baths, from ceramic clay suppliers. One important point: If you plan to use clay in bath water, it’s essential that it be very
finely milled, so that it can’t clog the plumbing! I recommend TerraBathe
There are a host of different oils that may be able to moisturize
inflamed skin and reduce the flaking. Two of the more popular
ones that are often suggested for psoriasis are emu oil and
Emu oil is derived from the large ostrich-like birds, you
may have encountered at the zoo. The oil is highly permeable
and absorbs into the skin very easily and quickly. One drawback
of Emu oil is it’s high price, often $7 to $10 per ounce. Also,
some people are uncomfortable with idea of applying animal fat
directly to their skin.
Neem oil on the other hand is derived from the seeds of the
neem plant. In India neem has been used extensively for thousands
of years and has a history in Ayurvedic medicine of being used
for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. Unlike emu oil,
neem oil is fairly inexpensive about $2 to $4 per ounce. Unfortunately
neem has a very strong and distinctive smell and so some people
may find this prohibitive for everyday use.
Finally, a good moisturizing lotion is often required for
most psoriasis sufferers and some prove to be better than others.
In general a very basic moisturizer is probably best. After
all, no one wants to risk further inflaming their skin from
any potential reactions to strong perfumes or extracts. One
common suggestion is lotion with colloidal oatmeal in it, such
as Aveeno Lotion which can be found in supermarkets and drugstores.
Most colloidal oatmeal lotions are only slightly more expensive
than regular moisturizers and may be more beneficial than plain
A Recipe for Clearer Skin
When it comes to psoriasis, one size doesn't fit
all. What works for one person, will not necessarily work for
everyone. Anyone who is really committed to solving this condition
needs first and foremost to pay attention to their own body
and how they respond to certain treatments. That being said,
the following is a short work sheet, in order of importance,
of my suggestions for proceeding with a natural psoriasis regimen.
Remember, holistic healing is often a slow process, and so it’s
important to commit to trying something for at least 1-2 months
before reevaluating whether to continue or not.
- Identify and Reduce ‘Flare Foods’
One of the best ways to do this is to rotate certain suspect
foods out of the diet for several weeks at a time. If you
notice improvements in absence of that food or an increase
in inflammation when the food is reintroduced, then you
have probably identified a trigger-food. The bad news is
that these tend be the foods that we are the most attached
to, the good news is that as you begin to have some success
in combating the psoriasis you may notice later an increased
tolerance for these foods. As a general rule, it’s best
to keep consumption of heavily refined foods to a minimum.
The more processes involved in getting it to your plate,
the worse it probably will be for you. However, it’s important
to maintain balance with this. ‘Sainthood’ is not required
but moderately health-conscious eating habits may prove
to be crucial in your search for healthy skin.
(more on the healing
power of raw food)
EFA Regimen / TheraflaX
As mentioned above, daily consumption of a good essential
fatty acid supplement can assist in balancing the hormonal
conditions that give rise to psoriasis. These supplements
are available in most health food stores and should be combined
with a vitamin profile rich B3, B6, C, E, Zinc , and Magnesium.
Once again, if it’s available to you, I recommend
TheraflaX as an ideal EFA supplement for people with
psoriasis. Theraflax is currently out of stock
and unavailable. Josh will try to import more from
Intestinal health is a vital part of overall well being.
Without proper absorption in the GI track, your body cannot
properly get the nutrition it needs to function properly
and support health skin production. Probiotics should be
taken in one form or another at least once, if not three
times per day. Those using food forms such as yogurt or
sauerkraut, should pay special attention to avoid pasteurized
products which will have killed off all of the beneficial
bacteria before it can be consumed.
- Try Some Green Foods
Whether it’s a daily shot of wheat grass or a teaspoon of
spirulina mixed juice, incorporating ‘green foods’ into
your diet is simple and can be quite effective. Not only
will you likely see an improvement in the texture and glow
of your skin, but most people report an increase of both
energy and overall health.It’s my hope that other people suffering with this incorrigible
condition can find some use for the information, I’ve offered
here. If nothing else, I present it as evidence that clearing
from psoriasis through natural means is possible! I encourage
everyone with psoriasis not to give up searching for answers.
Leave no stone unturned in your own quest to get clear. . .
Shirley, I want to thank you for being such an excellent
resource to myself and so many others looking for answers to
our health questions. Your commitment to providing independent
and thorough information about all sorts of wellness issues
has been a real source of inspiration for me in my quest to
understand and clear my psoriasis. I hope my testimonial can
be of help any of your readers who might be contending with
the same difficulties as I did.
Josh .Wheeler - Los Angeles, California = July 1, 2003
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External treatments to soothe itchy spots
soothing treatments tips from the email bag
In the Fall of 2000, I learned about the wonderful health
benefits of sesame oil (rich in anti-inflammatory plant sterols),
lecithin, slippery elm tea, and castor oil packs for eczema/psoriasis
I also discovered a wonderfully effective and simple external
treatment to soothe the itch. It is not a cure, it only
soothe and relieve the itch for several hours or a whole day.
Believe it or not, cayenne pepper, especially
the hottest pepper, habanero, made into a tincture
with apple cider vinegar, can do wonders for the most severe itch.
When first applied to the itchy spot, it may slightly burn or sting
for a few minutes, but within 10 to 15 minutes after the application,
I experience a complete relief of the itch along with a deep sense
of well being, relief and relaxation. I make the tincture
as follows: a handful or two of fresh, dried or powdered habanero
peppers in the blender with raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple
cider vinegar, enough to allow complete pulverization or blending.
Pour the mixture into a bottle and shake once a day for a couple
of weeks. Can be stored at room temperature indefinitively. Before
using on my skin, I dilute the tincture with water, to make an
appropriate strength.. Shirley
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power
of magnesium chloride with biologically
active, certified organic aloe vera extract in therapeutic amounts.
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus is ideal for addressing various
skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and acne,
in addition to offering a broad range of benefits for skin tissue.
While the benefits of aloe to the skin are well known by most, the
application of magnesium chloride to the skin has shown marked benefits
for enhancing skin barrier function, reducing inflammation, speeding
wound healing, and augmenting skin cell hydration
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Our bodies desperately require fats - the proper fats - for ultimate
skin beauty, especially as we age. But too many women have cut dangerous
to their beauty quest out all fats - and that's dangerous to their
Prostaglandins, which strongly influence skin health, are the
body's chemical messengers, governing many processes, including
inflammation. They are not stored in the body but must be constantly
synthesized from essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are taken in
from the diet. The best dietary sources of EFAs include flax, seafood
and evening primrose oils.
Yet while fish and flax oils supply omega-3 fatty acids, evening
primrose oil is one of nature's richest sources of an even rarer
fatty acid: gamma-linolenic acid. The exceptionally high gamma-linolenic
acid content of evening primrose oil makes it critical to skin health.
That is because two key enzymes-Alpha6 desaturase and Alpha5 desaturase-involved
in metabolizing many of the EFAs and making them useful to the skin
are absent in skin itself. However, the skin does not require either
of these enzymes to convert gamma-linolenic acid into favorable
compounds required for mod-erating inflammation.
But, the skin requires the continual formation of gamma-linolenic
acid from precursor compounds by the liver, and then depends on
the blood for transport to the skin. Although the body can convert
other EFAs into gamma-linolenic acid, it may be more beneficial
to provide a constant supply of already-formed gamma-linolenic acid
from evening primrose oil. That is because the body's capacity to
convert the more common linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid decreases
with age, increasing the body's requirements. Also, the activity
of ?6 desaturase is inhibited by many environmental influences such
as diet, stress, and aging. Thus, supplying already-formed gamma-linolenic
acid enables the skin to use EFAs more efficiently to fight off
disease and quell inflammation.
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Fish oil - A team of researchers from Austria, the Czech
Republic, the Slovak Republic, Germany, and Poland now report
that intravenous infusions of a fish oil emulsion is quite effective
in ameliorating the symptoms of chronic plaque-type psoriasis.
Basic beauty begins with the glow of good health,
which shines from within. The skin often mirrors the health of the
whole body. A radiant clear complexion begins with proper nutrition,
efficient digestion and assimilation of nutrients by the body and
regular elimination. Skin problems are a reflection of internal
health and are often a reflection of overall body and blood toxicity
and/or stomach problems. Almost anything that cleanses the blood
or intestines will also show a result on the skin. Skin problems
can also be as a result of allergies, hormone imbalances, nutrition
This is the story how I suffered from severe eczema all over my
body for 49 years, since the age of one year old. No creams, potions,
salves, or anything else cured my condition. It wasn't until I turned
50 that I finally discovered how to cure this terrible condition
by igniting my own internal healing force. Ironically in the process
of curing my eczema my overall health and vitality improved dramatically.
If you expect to find a magic bullet cure here, you'll be disapointed.
In a nutshell, I credit my cure to homeopathy, natural rawfood diet,
special oils, uropathy, and herbal remedies.
other inspiring testimonials I received in my email from people
who wanted to share their success of healing themselves and their
animals without drugs, surgery or radiation. I received permission
from each person to publish their testimonial and to include their
email address to facilitate personal contact for support.
Testimonials of Natural Healing:
Success using alternative to antibiotics
Ear infection: avoiding ear tubes
Curing Breast Cancer
Heart Attack and lung cancer recovery
The miracle of flaxseed oil (linseed oil)
Herbs for abscessed tooth pain and infection
Healing fibroids naturally
Natural Remedies for Digestive Problems
Flaxoil heals eye and vision problems
Flax Oil for Behavioral Problems ADHD
Nutritional help for me and my cat
Autism and seizures
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