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, its causes, and its 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 am excited about what I have learned about treating my psoriasis. As a self-educated layperson when it comes to the treatment of psoriasis, I now want to share the knowledge I have gained with others who either have psoriasis or know someone with psoriasis. If I can get my psoriasis to heal, I’m confident others can.
I have not included pictures of my psoriasis in this book. If you or someone you know has psoriasis, you know the classic appearance. Instead, I wanted to encourage readers to focus their attention on understanding and healing their own psoriasis, rather than to focus on the appearance of my psoriasis.
I have done my best to make the discussion simple, straight forward, and comprehensive, so you will come away with a road map that will lead you to an expanded understanding of your own psoriasis, its causes and it cures.
My primary goal in writing this book was to simplify the random process I followed as I discovered what I needed to do to heal my psoriasis. My hope is that my story will serve as an example of the healing that is possible and will encourage people who are struggling with psoriasis to look for their own answers. This book contains what I have learned about treating my psoriasis and the dietary guidelines I developed to suit my needs. And yes, I eventually accepted the fact that dietary change would be required in order for me to get my psoriasis to heal completely.
Of course, diet is not a unique approach to managing psoriasis; other websites present diets that include many of the same foods purported to manage psoriasis. However, what is unique about my approach to treating psoriasis is its reliance on an established protocol using supplements to directly treat the fundamental causes of psoriasis. As such, this approach complements the dietary changes that are commonly recommended in the treatment of psoriasis. For me, using these supplements helped to produce visible results and also provided the dietary wiggle room I needed in order for me to stay with the program.
The results that I have achieved from my dietary and life-style changes have exceeded my expectations. Not only have these changes resulted in healing my psoriasis, but my overall health has improved as well. I have included discussions of my other health issues and the improvements I have experienced.
The purpose of my book is to discuss:
1) what I did to get my psoriasis to heal;
2) the overall results I have achieved; and
3) how I have measured my progress, both internally and externally.
This book is written for people who want to gain control of their psoriasis by developing an understanding of their own psoriasis or those who are dissatisfied with the currently available treatments (due to lack of results, inconsistent results, side effects, high cost, etc.) and are looking for ways to get their psoriasis to heal naturally (i.e., without prescription drugs).
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 them to look for information and answers concerning their psoriasis.
My overall goal, as the author of this book, is to help remove some of the mystique that has developed around the causes and cure of psoriasis. By telling my story, I hope to motivate you to become pro-active in your search for answers about your own psoriasis and to act on what you discover.
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.
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.
Traces, visible to those around me, that I ever had psoriasis have disappeared. However, not all traces have yet to completely disappear. I plan to continue doing what I have been doing until all traces that I ever had psoriasis are gone.
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.
Unfortunately, I have spent many 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.
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.
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.
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 my book are both available on Ed’s web site flakehq.com .
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