For years I have wanted psoriasis out of my life. I was tired of having to dust off chairs and having to vacuum the carpet in front of my living room chair. I was really tired of having to live with psoriasis day after day.
I have spent many hours reading and thinking about psoriasis, the causes, and the cures. I suppose some might say that I have become consumed with it. However, when you live with something like psoriasis for so many years the goal of getting it out of your life eventually becomes the only goal that matters.
I finally understand what I need to do to get my psoriasis to heal and why it works. I am now committed to sharing that knowledge.
Ultimately, it is up to each reader to:
1) Evaluate my analysis and opinions contained in the EBook;
2) Evaluate the information contained in the books referenced in the EBook; and
3) Decide for themselves the approach that best suits their individual situation.
I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a doctor. My medical experience is limited to that of being a patient that has been living with:
1) Allergies (hay fever) for most of my life;
2) Psoriasis for the last forty years;
3) High cholesterol for the last twenty years;
4) High blood pressure for the last five years;
5) Heart disease for the last five years; and
6) Diverticulosis and ulceration of the intestine for an unknown period of time.
For a long time, I believed that the cause of my psoriasis was unknown. However, now I know there is a lot of information available that is relevant in explaining the development of my psoriasis and in identifying what I need to do to get my psoriasis to heal. The difficult and time-consuming part of this discovery process has been finding the relevant information, understanding how it all fits together, figuring out what I needed to do, and last, but certainly not least, making the required life style changes.
As a result of this process, I have found that by making the recommended dietary changes and by consuming some specific supplements, I have put together a program that is simple, inexpensive, safe, and effective at eradicating the symptoms of my psoriasis. The results that I have achieved have exceeded my initial expectations. Needless to say, there were a few surprises along the way. One of the biggest surprises was the "die-off" reaction.
My intent is to compile as much of this information into the EBook so that it can be used as an information guide for others who are looking for answers to their psoriasis.
It is my opinion that a lot of people with psoriasis have given up hope that they can do anything about their situation. I would like to see if I can help to change that. My intent as an author is to inform people about what I have learned and have done about my psoriasis and to encourage the reader to look for information and answers concerning their psoriasis.
In 2002, I discovered that consumption of certain foods and the use of a colon-cleansing program each had a visible healing effect on my psoriasis. At the time, I did not know how and/or why. Observing how my psoriasis reacted to the use of the colon-cleansing program and how it reacted to the consumption of certain foods convinced me beyond any doubt that my psoriasis could be healed.
For me, I can say, "the broccoli made me do it ". Had I not seen how the redness of my psoriasis paled (i.e. changed from red to pink) after consuming broccoli, I do not believe that I would have been as persistent in continuing the search for answers and would have been able to make the required lifestyle changes.
Since that time, I have been constantly searching for information about psoriasis and have routinely picked up any book that even remotely looked like it might contain information about psoriasis. My understanding of psoriasis is based on information that I found in the four books that are referenced in the EBook. One of the reference books was written specifically about psoriasis. However, psoriasis is only mentioned once in two of the other three books. Nevertheless, in my opinion, there are specific issues that link these books together.
Appendix A of the EBook contains a number of selected quotes from each of these books that I consider relevant to the understanding of psoriasis. Some of these quotes are referenced within the text of the EBook.
On July 13, 2009, I posted the first version of the EBook with the idea of telling the story of what I have done and am continuing to do to get my psoriasis to heal, to discuss why I think I have been successful, and to identify the sources of the information from which my ideas were developed. I believe that by compiling this information into the EBook, it will make it possible for others to benefit from my personal experiences, research, and analysis.
When I started writing the EBook, my focus was on psoriasis. I soon realized, as stated earlier, my health issues also included: 1) allergies (hay fever); 2) high cholesterol; 3) heart disease; 4) high blood pressure; 5) diverticulosis of colon; and 6) ulceration of intestine. As I continued to read, I began to understand how these health issues are linked together and that the treatment I was using to get my psoriasis to heal could also have a positive effect on these other health issues. The dietary and lifestyle changes that I have made in an effort to get my psoriasis to heal have also allowed me to get my cholesterol under control and to reduce my weight. I expect to know, in the near future, if these changes have also had a positive effect on the diverticulosis and ulceration of the intestine.
I have been aware of the issue of the acid/alkaline balance in my body for a number of years. It is my understanding that reducing the acid level in my body (i.e. raising the pH level) will eventually eliminate the overgrowth of Candida albicans and mycotoxins that has developed over the years and will stop the development of fungal yeast. In my opinion, the development of fungal yeast is an important issue because it leads to the development of "Leaky Gut" which in turn allows the Candida albicans and mycotoxins to leak into the bloodstream.
I have learned:
1) That consuming garlic will help to eliminate the Candida albicans. Understanding the issues associated with the overgrowth of Candida albicans and mycotoxins and the internal toxins produced by them is a critical part of the learning process;
2) That toxic waste is left after Candida albicans and mycotoxins die. This process is called the "die-off reaction". For the person who has psoriasis and is consuming antifungals, this can cause the appearance of additional outbreaks; and
3) How to use bentonite, psyllium, olive oil, and lemon juice to assist in the removal of internal toxins from my body, and to eliminate the sources of these internal toxins.
Along the way, I have become aware of the potential benefits of probiotics. However, the benefits of probiotics have now been called into question by at least one author. I have added a new section to the EBook that includes a discussion of my thoughts regarding the probiotics issue.
For the last few years, I have continued to develop a deeper understanding of why my psoriasis initially developed, why it started to spread over my body, why it stopped spreading, and what I can do to reverse the process. Although all traces that I ever had psoriasis have yet to completely disappear, most of them have. I plan to continue doing what I have been doing until all traces that I ever had psoriasis have disappeared.
At this point, I have three objectives in dealing with my psoriasis. The first is to get my psoriasis to heal completely. The second is to keep it from ever coming back. The third and final objective is to use a drug-free regimen (i.e, an alternative / natural approach) consisting of the consumption of foods and supplements as my treatment of psoriasis.
I believe that I now have all of the information that I need in order to get my psoriasis to completely heal. Unfortunately, I have spent over 60 years developing tastes for the foods that I now need to give up. The primary problem now is my inability to maintain a diet that is completely free of yeast, sugar, and caffeine. I have been unable to and, in part, unwilling to maintain a completely clean diet. The challenge for me is controlling the occasional feeling of being entitled to eat anything that I want, especially foods that contain saturated fat, sugar, and yeast. Nevertheless, week by week, clear skin continues to slowly replace the patches of psoriasis.
I am not sure that I would call the approach I am using to get my psoriasis to heal a cure. Rather, I see it as a systematic process that reverses the condition that caused my psoriasis to develop in the first place. What I am doing is definitely causing my psoriasis to heal. Just as important, during the process I have found answers to most of my questions about psoriasis.
I have used what I call a "read and confirm" approach. My ideas for the treatment of my psoriasis have come from books. Before I have acted on these ideas, I have consulted with a health care professional to confirm that what I am proposing to do is safe and will accomplish what I think it will. Over the years, I have routinely consulted with a chiropractor, a naturopath, and a family physician. During the past three years, the combination of my heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure has required that I take prescription drugs. Therefore, my final checkpoint has become a review of the proposed course of action with the pharmacist.
In the past, I have only measured my success by visually observing the overall condition of my psoriasis. I have recently realized that I do have ways to evaluate the internal changes that have occurred as a result of what I have been doing over the past few years.
In 2002, I had a live blood analysis performed and in 2004, I had a colonoscopy. I am now planning to have a follow-up colonoscopy and a follow-up live blood analysis performed sometime in the next few months. The results of these "before and after" tests should give me an idea of what internal changes, if any, have taken place over the past few years.
The first version of the EBook was posted in July, 2009. The first updated version was posted in May, 2010.
This update to the EBook contains discussions of my personal experiences with cholesterol, weight, identification of the factors in my life that I believe lead to the development of my psoriasis, and a very brief discussion of diverticulosis and the colonoscopy and live blood analysis procedures.
I will be posting additional updates to the EBook in the future as I continue to develop a better understanding of the information that I currently have and of additional information that I find in the future.
More information about the author can be found in a July interview conducted by Ed Dewke. That interview and Ed's review of the May, 2010 version of the EBook are both available on Ed's web site
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