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Going public with psoriasis

Having psoriasis and being in public are not always a comfortable combination. Our immediate response is either to hide behind the psoriasis, or hide the psoriasis itself. I propose that you shine brightly from behind the psoriasis so that your skin and all its colourful layers go undetected.

My own experience as a college teacher and corporate workshop presenter has been to create a valuable and enjoyable experience for the audience that I am in front of. Their enjoyment then makes my experience under their gaze pleasant. However, no matter how thick skinned I lead myself to believe I am, my patchwork skin is still obvious and attracts curious stares.

There is a series of steps you can take to draw more attention toward your radiant personality and away from your skin.

Preparing your skin for a public event

One day before being in the public eye, have a magnesium bath soak to soften your skin and reduce inflammation. Towards the end of the bath, use a loofa to very gently loosen and remove excess layers of skin.

Gently dry and apply a ceramide rich oil such as wheat germ oil or rice bran oil. This will retain the moisture in your skin and slow down flaking and cracking.

Prepare your inner health

Take anti-inflammatory supplements such as omega 3 fish oil or curcumin combined with pepper, to reduce the thickness and redness associated with inflammation.

Clothing choices

Clothing can be your friend or foe. Whilst covering your skin lesions may seem like a good idea there are some things you need to avoid. Synthetic clothing, clothing with soluble dye and clothing that has been dry cleaned are known irritants of psoriasis.

Food choices

Leading up to your public exposure, eat foods that are easy to digest and have minimal to no processing, sugars or salts. Foods and beverages that are known to stimulate psoriasis outbreaks should be avoided. These foods include potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, red meat, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.

Preparing your mind

Having a positive attitude and confidence are the best form of distraction. This disposition can be achieved with positive affirmations, deep breathing and enough sleep in the lead up.

Just do it

I was recently interviewed for a business magazine article which required full-length photos of me. Unfortunately, this happened shortly after a psoriasis outbreak, which had invaded my lower legs. When I had put these techniques into action I felt prepared physically and mentally to be photographed and exposed in print. Surprisingly, during the photoshoot both the photographer and I didn’t realise that I had psoriasis. Do you?

Smooth skin wishes

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Psoriasis and Crisis

There is an unfortunate yet distinct correlation between the state of our psoriasis and the state of our emotional wellness.  Both trigger one another and we are sometimes unsure which happened first!

You may experience this first hand. Does your psoriasis become raised, red and itchy several days following an emotional ‘crisis’ such as anxiety, fear, anger or sadness? This is the link between psoriasis and crisis.

What we consider to be a crisis may be simply a hurdle to another person. We have complete control of the way we perceive a situation and this means we can allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by it, or not. Ironically people who have become resilient through their life experiences are less likely to become overwhelmed, and the worldview is that psoriasis sufferers are a resilient and strong bunch.

We can control our response to negative emotions much better than we can control our psoriasis so it makes sense to improve the way we manage crisis, so that we can improve our psoriasis.

Improving how we deal with crisis

Build your emotional armour at the start of each day

Begin your waking moments with gratitude. Regardless of your circumstances, you can be grateful simply because you have the gift of a new day, the ability to think and the hope of making things better. Sometimes the more we look, the more we see, and when we look through the lens of gratitude, our blessings become more obvious.

Create affirmations to use in case of emergency

Just like we have a first aid kit for the body, a bundle of personalised positive affirmations acts as a first aid kit for the emotions. These need to be prepared ahead of time and when you have a positive mindset such as after your morning gratitude. Writing your own personal affirmations will suit your situation and desired outcome, and speak directly to your subconscious. In case you experience writers-block, I have shared my affirmations to get you started.

Affirmation for a psoriasis break out

I am grateful that my body has the ability to heal itself and that I have control of my mind and emotions which will help in my healing. When I nurture my body with healthy foods and water, remove processed food and harmful products from my life and think positive thoughts, my body will begin to heal. This healing is inevitable.

Affirmation for conflict with another person

I am grateful for the strength I have within me and for the loving relationship that I have with myself. I take pride in being in control of my actions so that I always act with integrity. I know that sometimes people are on my life journey to give me lessons, build my resilience and make me stronger. I am grateful for them. I do not take anything personally except for my unconditional self-love.

Affirmation for fear of change

I accept that the only constant in life is change.  I am grateful that I am resilient and able to embrace change, finding ways to make the most of the change so that it is a benefit for me and those I care for.

Affirmation for fear of loss

I am grateful for the blessings that have been a part of my life journey. The memory of the joy they have given me will stay with me for as long as I choose. When my life loses something for which I am grateful, it creates a space where I can welcome new blessings that will soon fill the void.

The value of using affirmations

Since antiquity it has been a belief that negative emotional states can have an adverse impact on the body’s ability to function in a healthy way. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The science of PNI links medical disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, immunology, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and psychiatry. This science provides evidence that the brain and body communicate with each other in a multidirectional flow of information that consists of hormones, neurotransmitters/neuropeptides, and cytokines.

Combining mind-body techniques such as positive affirmations, together with healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on health maintenance and disease prevention (1).

In gratitude

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  1. VITETTA, L., ANTON, B., CORTIZO, F. and SALI, A. (2005), Mind-Body Medicine: Stress and Its Impact on Overall Health and Longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1057: 492–505. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2005.tb06153.x

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Three conversation starters (or stoppers) about psoriasis

Humans are a naturally curious creature and will want to know all about anything that is outside of the ordinary.  For someone who is gift wrapped in psoriasis, we already know that we are extraordinary for many reasons. Responding to curious stares and cliché questions can become a little more tolerable when you are armed with some fresh information about psoriasis.

Psoriasis affects us more than we realise

About 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis have a family history of the disease in a first or second degree relative. This means that while someone may not experience psoriasis themselves, chances are that someone in their immediate family or someone who shares 25% of their genes does. This includes uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents, grandchildren, half-siblings, and double cousins. (1)

Langerhans and T cells got the message wrong

Psoriasis is known to be stimulated by a type of dendric cell known as the Langerhans cells. Langerhans stimulate our immune system which in turn activates T cells to clear infection by killing virus-infected cells.

Our T cells use cytokines to communicate to some of the other trillion or so cells in our body. In the case of psoriasis, the message being delivered by the T cells is to send in some inflammation and immune response. However, the message is distorted and leads to an exaggerated increase in the number of keratin producing epidermal skin cells, known as keratinocytes.

The approximate time it takes for normal skin cells to grow, mature and shed keratinocytes is 28 days, and in the case of psoriasis this process takes just 2-4 Days. (2)

This means that psoriasis patients shed their skin between 7 – 14 times faster than the average person because the Langerhans and T cells got the message wrong.

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow transplant recipients who previously did not have psoriasis, and have received their bone marrow from someone who did have psoriasis, have gone on to developed psoriasis after the transplant.

On the flip side people with psoriasis who receive a bone marrow transplant (BMT) from a donor without psoriasis, have experienced a clearing of psoriasis.

In the past 25 years, more than 30 patients with psoriasis who underwent BMT have subsequently achieved long-term remission of psoriasis. Before these patients received the bone marrow transplant their immune system was effectively eliminated by a preconditioning regimen, and any immune response after the BMT is typically of donor origin. (3)

As always, I hope this informs you, gives you an understanding and arms you with a comeback line!

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  1. Capon F, Munro M, Barker J, Trembath R. Searching for the major histocompatibility complex psoriasis susceptibility gene. J Invest Dermatol 2002;118:745751.
  2. Alternative Medicine Review 2007;12:320
  3. Kanamori H, Tanaka M, Kawaguchi H, Yamaji S, Fujimaki K, Tomita N, et al. Resolution of psoriasis following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for chronic myelogenous leukemia: case report and review of the literature. Am J Hematol. 2002;71:41–44.

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Obesity is an important risk factor for psoriasis

There are many reasons why we may experience obesity – some are within and some beyond our control, and somewhere in between. Very much like our control of psoriasis in some ways.

A concept occurred to me a long time ago about form and texture.  I decided that if my texture isn’t as good as it should be, then I’ll put effort into my form instead. Fortunately, common sense finally convinced me to abandon body image pressures and focussed on controlling both weight as well as skin, and this study backs up the reason why.

The relationship between psoriasis and obesity is two-directional – obesity can predispose you to psoriasis and psoriasis favours obesity. Both psoriasis and obesity are considered a chronic, low-grade inflammatory condition.

I’d like to introduce you to a tissue, a hormone and a condition.

The adipose tissue is an active endocrine organ. It secretes peptide hormones including leptin.

Leptin hormone regulates appetite and body weight. Leptin also plays important roles in the chronic pro-inflammatory state associated with visceral obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Studies in psoriasis have shown that psoriasis patients have higher leptin levels compared with healthy tested patients.

Psoriasis is an independent risk factor for hyperleptinemia, a condition where excess levels of leptin in the blood increases body fat content and stimulates appetite.

What was first – psoriasis or obesity?

Patients with psoriasis have a slightly increased risk for developing obesity. However, because stresses to the body bring on psoriasis, there is a possibility that obesity can bring on or increase the severity of psoriasis.

The link between obesity and psoriasis could be explained by the fact that low-grade systemic inflammation exists in both conditions. In theory, mechanisms that increase inflammation brought on by obesity may also exacerbate psoriasis in overweight patients. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that weight loss and subsequent reduction of obesity-derived proinflammatory mechanisms in overweight patients with psoriasis will likely improve their condition.

Fact 1 – there is a two-fold increased risk for developing psoriasis in an obese condition as compared with normal weight people.

Fact 2 – Patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) have an increased risk for new-onset psoriasis, and the higher the BMI, the greater the psoriasis severity. For each unit increment increase in BMI there is reportedly a 9% higher risk for psoriasis onset and a 7% higher risk for increased psoriasis severity.

Fact 3 – Dermatologists now recognise that patients with psoriasis have an associated increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, and vascular disease.

Most of us with psoriasis experience low morale from time to time because of the condition of our skin. According the World Health Organization’s Global Report on Psoriasis 2016, psoriasis is not only a disease that causes painful, debilitating, highly visible physical symptoms. It causes embarrassment, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and increased prevalence of depression.

Our greatest defence in keeping our spirits up is to nurture our body with the best possible nutrition to help reduce and remove our psoriasis. In most of our cases, I am delighted to say that we can take control ourselves. Psoriasis Life Mag proudly researches and presents specific targeted psoriasis dietary solutions. The onset or severity of obesity will naturally be managed by default, when these healthy nutrition guidelines are followed.

Wishing you a wonderful form and texture in the near future!

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References

Barrea L, Nappi F, Di Somma C, Savanelli MC, Falco A, Balato A, Balato N and Savastano S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016;13, 2-4

Jensen,P; Zachariae,C; Christensen,R;.Geiker,N; Schaadt,B; Stender,S;Hansen,P; Astrup,A; Skov,L. JAMA Dermatol.2013;149(7):795-801

WHO. Global Report on Psoriasis. 2016;16

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Curcumin paste is the golden era of psoriasis gels and puts coal tar in the dark ages

As psoriatics we could use the occasional glimmer of hope and I am delighted to share a review of alternative natural topical therapies for psoriasis that has shown some optimistic results for safer control of our pesky skin condition. My most favourite outcome of this research is the trial of curcumin gel and here’s why.

Firstly, clinical trials by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and National Institute for Health Research, (London) showed curcumin gel’s astoundingly successful results.

Secondly, this outcome sounded so good that I tried it myself for 6 weeks on my own occasional psoriasis, and it worked like a charm to reduce my lesions.

Curcumin gel yielded 90% resolution of plaques in 50% of psoriasis patients tested, within 2-6 weeks

The remainder of the study subjects showed 50 to 85% improvement. Curcumin was found to be twice as effective as calcipotriol cream (which generally takes three months to exert its full effect). The mechanism of curcumin is as a selective phosphorylase kinase inhibitor, thereby reducing inflammation.

Why we need to seek natural alternatives to the lotions and creams prescribed for psoriasis

This same clinical trial showed no evidence of coal tar’s effectiveness in treating psoriasis despite it being commonly prescribed for psoriasis. (E.J. Samarasekera EJ, Sawyer L, Wonderling D, Tucker R, Smith CH; Topical therapies for the treatment of plaque psoriasis: systematic review and network meta-analyses). Psoriasis patients are also warned to remain vigilant for potential local and systemic negative after effects associated with corticosteroids, also regularly prescribed for psoriasis.

Make your own curcumin paste to treat psoriasis

This is the recipe and instructions for the curcumin paste that I have tested on my own psoriasis, with some outstanding results. I have combined turmeric with aloe vera gel and finely ground pepper. The following list is a breakdown of the ingredients that have worked extremely well for me and also in the clinical trials that I have researched and described. I have included information about the role of each ingredient and some suggestions about how you can source these compounds.

Turmeric – Contains the anti-inflammatory curcumin that is needed to treat the psoriasis. Please use organic turmeric root, either bought or harvested yourself. You will need to peel the root and finely grate it, them simmer in filtered water to break it down. Continue simmering until the volume of water is reduced. Allow to cool before adding the aloe vera. Alternatively, you may prefer to use ground organic turmeric powder.

Ground black pepper – improves the bioavailability of the curcumin, in simpler terms, helps it to assimilate into our skin.

Aloe vera gel – provides the gel that carries the curcumin. A controlled trial of Aloe vera extract in 60 patients for 4-12 months demonstrated a significant clearing of psoriatic plaques. Aloe vera plants can be grown and stems harvested and peeled for use, or alternatively you can buy aloe vera gel in health food stores.

Instructions

Mix equal parts turmeric and aloe vera. Pepper is optional so keep a close watch on any reactions on your skin if you are going to use it. If you choose to use pepper, then add one part pepper to every 20 parts turmeric.

The gel will keep in a refrigerator for 2 weeks. Be sure to clean the jar and use clean, sterilised applicators each use. Use 3 times daily on your psoriasis lesions. Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks.

Best wishes for shrinking patches

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Reference

Traub T, Marshall K, Psoriasis – Pathophysiology, Conventional, and Alternative Approaches to Treatment. Altern Med Rev 2007;12(4):319-330

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7 factors that trigger psoriasis

There is a pleasant synergy between the viewpoint of alternative and natural medicine and the findings of clinical research. Psoriasis has no known cure and when we find this correlation that alternative and orthodox medicine can agree on, we can give it credibility, and also our full attention!

Based on the text of Clinical Dermatology, written by dermatologists for dermatology students, there are seven clinically accepted causes of psoriasis outbreaks, which apply to each of the 6 patterns of psoriasis. These 6 psoriasis patterns are:

Plaque psoriasis – This is the most common type. Lesions range from a few millimetres to many centimetres in diameter, are pink or red with large, centrally adherent, silvery-white, polygonal scales usually on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp.

Guttate psoriasis – This is usually seen in children and adolescents, often triggered by streptococcal tonsillitis. Numerous small round red macules come up suddenly on the torso and soon become scaly.

Scalp psoriasis – The scalp is often involved. Areas of scaling are lumpy and sometimes more easily felt than seen.

Nail psoriasis – Involvement of the nails is common, with ‘thimble pitting’ and separation of the nail from the nail bed

Flexure psoriasis – Psoriasis is in the folds, particularly under breasts, anogenital area and other folds of skin on the body. Psoriasis is not scaly although red plaques glisten and often fissure in the depth of the fold.

Palms and soles psoriasis – Palmar psoriasis lesions are often poorly demarcated and barely recognised. The fingers may develop painful fissures and at times, lesions are inflamed and studded with 1–2 mm pustules

In each of these psoriasis patterns, these are the common precipitating factors that trigger flare ups, based on the belief of clinical dermatology and alternative medical science:

  1. Trauma
  2. Infection
  3. Hormonal
  4. Sunlight
  5. Drugs
  6. Cigarettes
  7. Emotions

Controlling likelihood and consequence

Of the 7 causes that trigger each pattern of psoriasis, it is empowering to realise that we can take control of the likelihood of the trigger occurring, and thereby plan to minimise the consequence of the trigger if it should occur. When we understand the risks, plan to mitigate them, we wind up with a personal strategy that diminishes the impact these triggers have on our psoriasis. Let’s look at some of these strategies:

Trauma trigger

If the psoriasis is active, lesions can appear in skin damaged by scratches or surgical wounds.

Reduce the likelihood by protecting yourself against physical trauma. This may simply mean that you consider personal protective equipment and clothing.

Reduce the impact by considering taking anti-inflammatory supplements during the healing process. An example is curcumin as a supplement as clinical trials have shown great results in using turmeric to reduce psoriasis activity.

Infection trigger

Tonsillitis caused by streptococci often triggers guttate psoriasis. Bacterial exotoxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) and certain streptococci can act as superantigens and produce massive T-cell proliferation and cytokine production leading to disorders such as toxic shock syndrome and psoriasis.

Reduce the likelihood by protecting yourself against bacterial infection. You can contract streptococcal infection after contact with infected persons. The bacteria are present in saliva and nasal discharge so sneezing, coughing and shaking hands can spread the bacteria.

Reduce the impact by boosting your immune response using natural supplements and whole foods as medicine. Antibiotics is the common treatment for streptococci infection however, psoriatics need to be mindful of the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. If antibiotics are necessary, then a probiotic supplement would help restore the good gut bacteria.

Sunlight trigger

Improves most psoriatics but 10% become worse.

Reduce the likelihood of photosensitivity by choosing early morning or late afternoon sunlight and reducing your time in the sun.  Photosensitivity can be caused by side effects of certain medications. Photoallergic reactions can also develop as a side effect of some medications and chemicals found in beauty products and sunscreen.

Reduce the impact by covering and protecting your skin to help prevent a reaction. By wearing hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves when outside you can reduce its impact.

Drugs trigger

Antimalarials, beta-blockers, and lithium may worsen psoriasis. Psoriasis may ‘rebound’ after withdrawal of treatment with efalizumab, systemic steroids or potent topical steroids.

Reduce the likelihood by considering all natural health options before using potent topical treatments for psoriasis. While clinical trial test drug potency against psoriasis, tests for system wide side effects are often overlooked. A case in point is the drug efalizumab, used to treat psoriasis, which has been withdrawn from the market because it increases risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and usually fatal disease of the central nervous system. The primary objective of Psoriasislife Mag is to raise awareness of the dangerous side effects of clinical drugs and creams being used to treat psoriasis, and bring to light natural alternative approaches.

Reduce the impact by nurturing the body with only the best possible nutrients available to you so that if the situation arises when you need drugs, your body is well equipped to assimilate the drug and be better adapt at healing.

Emotion trigger

Emotional upsets seem to cause some exacerbations.

Reduce the likelihood by maintaining healthy relationships, leaving relationships that do not serve a benefit, stocking up on sleep, gathering our support team, and shifting our perspective on what we allow to upset us, in other words, we do not sweat the small stuff. Having compassion for others may help to reduce emotional triggers because we focus less on ourselves and our own feelings, and begin to understand what motivates others.

Reduce the impact by finding a value set that resonates well with you. My personal favourite is The Four Agreements, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz. I use each agreement to work through a situation, take responsibility for what I can and let go of what I cannot be responsible for. Here is a snapshot:

“The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best”

Don Ruiz, you’re welcome!

 

Keep your finger off the trigger and your skin healthy

regi

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Reference:

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition By Richard P.J.B. Weller, John A.A. Hunter, John A. Savin and Mark V. Dahl

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Things that should not get under your skin

Human skin’s most important function is as a defence organ to prevent outside compounds from entering into our body, however it cannot prevent smaller molecules from penetrating.

Our skin is absorbent

Humans have an outer layer of skin, referred to as the corneal layer of the epidermis. This outer layer is just a few micrometers thick with between 5 – 7 cell layers, but effectively forms a barrier that preserves life by protecting our insides from the outside world. Topical creams attempt to penetrate past the epidermal barrier and this is sometimes a challenge when the compounds consist of large molecules.

The 500 Dalton Rule

The molecular weight (MW) of a compound must be under 500 Dalton to allow skin absorption. Larger molecules cannot penetrate the corneal layer.

Interesting things about the 500 Dalton rule are:

Allergens
  • The most common allergens that cause contact dermatitis have a molecular weight (MW) that is under 500 Dalton, and larger molecules are not known as contact allergens. Nevertheless, thousands of molecules have been recognised as inducing contact dermatitis.
Dermatology creams and ointments
  • The most commonly used and effective topical drugs in dermato-therapy all have a molecular weight under 500 Dalton.
Transdermal drugs
  • Certain drugs for system wide treatment need to be delivered through the skin in order to avoid the liver. Transdermal drugs may include nicotine or hormone patches and of the 7 or more drugs delivered transdermally, all are smaller than 350 Dalton.

Harmful things that creep under our skin

What compounds do you use on your skin that have a molecular weight under 500 Dalton?

Dermatology treatments for psoriasis

Creams that we use topically to treat psoriasis are designed to enter our body systems. While these creams have been tested to treat our psoriasis, their safety risks have not been explored. For example, corticosteroids are highly effective in psoriasis but there is a lack of long-term effectiveness and safety data available on this treatment used for psoriasis. Coal tar creams and lotions that are commonly prescribed for psoriasis have been tested to have little or no benefit in treating psoriasis, yet expose us to the risk of side effects.

Medical researchers warn that a strategy for the safe and effective long-term use of treatments for the maintenance of disease control in psoriasis is urgently needed.

Parabens

Parabens are used in over 22,000 cosmetics as preservatives, and are known to cause endocrine disruption, including male reproductive toxicity and various estrogenic activity studies. Are these parabens able to enter our body through our skin? Take a look at the size of their Daltons:

Butylparaben  194 Daltons

Ethylparaben 166 Daltons

Methylparaben 152 Daltons

Propylparaben 180 Daltons

For the psoriatic

Step 1: Check your labels for parabens and consider using natural alternatives such as:

  • Apple cider to wash skin and hair and maintain our pH acid mantle
  • Natural oils to moisturise
  • Magnesium chloride bath soaks

Step 2: Begin to wean yourself off dermatological creams and ointments that penetrate our body systems and put us at risk of side effects, and begin to heal from the inside out. Psoriasislife Mag will continue to provide many well researched articles to help you achieve this.

References

Bos JD, Meinardi MMHM. The 500 Dalton rule for the skin penetration of chemical compounds and drugs. Exp Dermatol 2000: 9: 165-169.

Kalb RE et al. Risk of Serious Infection With Biologic and Systemic Treatment of Psoriasis. JAMA Dermatol, 2015;151(9):961-969

Topical therapies for the treatment of plaque psoriasis: systematic review and network meta-analyses   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19101832

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If you knew that medical professionals knew little about psoriasis, would you want to know more yourself?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Report on psoriasis shows concern about a lack of awareness of health professionals. Based on the 2016 report, WHO points out that an insufficient number of health professionals causes a lack of specialist support to general practitioners, who are the frontline providers of health care. This lack of adequate training of general practitioners and other health-care providers results in a low awareness of psoriasis (WHO, 2015). The outcome for the unfortunate psoriasis patient is under-diagnosis and ineffective therapy.

For the seasoned psoriasis patient, the range of conventional treatment options available to us from our general practitioner or dermatologist are not only limited, but also expose us to long term toxic risk. Don’t get me started on smelling like roadworks, or clothing stains right where you don’t want them to be.

The WHO created a “Model List of Essential Medicines” in 2015, dedicating a section specifically to psoriasis, which includes a small number of topical and systemic treatments.  The pharmaceutical psoriasis treatment options from this list shed light on how deep in the dark ages we still are:

CORE LIST

Anti-inflammatory and antipruritic medicines

Betamethasone cream or ointment

Hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Medicines affecting skin differentiation and proliferation

Coal tar solution

Fluorouracil ointment

Salicylic acid solution

Urea

COMPLEMENTARY LIST

Methotrexate tablets

Ciclosporin capsules

Let’s talk more about toxicity from some of these synthetic psoriasis treatments. John Hopkins University recently conducted a review of 498 patients treated with high-dose methotrexate and revealed 29 drug-related deaths among these patients.  Methotrexate, when used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis has been linked to at least 7 deaths in Australia since 2000 due to incorrect dosage. The Medical Journal of Australia found these deaths occurred because of incorrect or accidental over dosage of the drug (Cairns et al., 2015). Topical ointment and solutions also pose a risk as certain chemicals and can be absorbed through the skin.

The good news is that psoriasis won’t kills us, so let’s not allow the drugs to do so. Psoriasis may, however, break our budget. Annual conventional medical treatment costs for psoriasis in the United States are estimated to be somewhere between $1.6 and $3.2 billion.

The need exists for more effective treatment options with fewer side effects.

One such option is medical nutritional therapy. Although medical associations do not promote a single, specific diet for psoriasis, researchers have reported the effect on psoriasis of modifying various aspects of the diet. Strong scientific evidence exists that shows improvement in psoriasis for a gluten-free diet; some scientific evidence exists for a vegan diet, rice diet, and supplementation with fish oil and vitamin D; and weak scientific evidence exists for a low protein diet, fasting, and supplementation with evening primrose oil, taurine, and zinc sulfate.

So before you stock up on a complex batch of medications and supplements, let’s remember the first hint of good practice from Hippocrates, the father of medicine himself, “first do no harm”. This may mean a trip to a fresh produce market instead.

Love and clear skin

regi

Source:

World Health Organisation (2015) World Health Organization. Available at: http://www.who.int/selection_medicines/committees/expert/20/EML_2015_FINAL_amended_AUG2015.pdf?ua=1,accessed17%2520October%25202015 (Accessed: 18 November 2016).

Cairns, R., Brown, J.A., Lynch, A.-M., Robinson, J., Wylie, C. and Buckley, N.A. (2015) Medical Journal of Australia. Available at: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2016/204/10/decade-australian-methotrexate-dosing-errors (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Brown, PhD, RD; Michelle Hairfield, PhD; Douglas G. Richards, PhD; David L. McMillin, MA; Eric A. Mein, MD; Carl D. Nelson, DC, A C, 2004. Medical Nutrition Therapy as a Potential Complementary Treatment for Psoriasis – Five Case Reports. Case Report – Psoriasis, Volume 9, Number 3, 297-307.

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125 million people with psoriasis and no known cure – say who?

It’s been an intense year of study and research dedicated to people living with psoriasis and I am ready to deliver. In fact, I’m more than ready! I am on a mission to improve the quality of life and access to treatment for all people with psoriasis. Building on the humble beginnings of Psoriasislife with its flaky offerings of extremely useful information, we now have enough resources from research and psoriasis experiences to launch us into a place we can learn and share. Hold onto your skins – this is going to be an exciting journey for all of us.

There are currently 125 million people with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis according to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA).

Psoriasis Living with PsoriasisIn fact, there are so many of us living with psoriasis that in 2014, Member States of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised psoriasis as a serious noncommunicable disease (NCD) in the World Health Assembly resolution WHA67.9. The resolution highlighted that many people in the world suffer needlessly from psoriasis due to incorrect or delayed diagnosis, inadequate treatment options and insufficient access to care.
What we are seeing, is that the WHO cares about psoriasis and is aware of the social stigmatisation that adds an extra layer to our discomfort. To prove the point, in 2016, the WHO release a Global Report on Psoriasis.
Psoriasis occurs worldwide and has now reached the status of being a serious global problem. It affects men and women, girls and boys of all ages, regardless of ethnic origin, in all countries. There is also evidence to suggest that the prevalence of psoriasis may be increasing. Many studies conducted through WHO show that psoriasis can impact substantially on the quality of life, even when a small body surface area is affected.

Now here is where we come into action. The WHO Global Report on Psoriasis, published in 2016 describes psoriasis as a chronic, noncommunicable, painful, disfiguring and disabling disease for which there is no cure.
This is motivating. There is no better time or greater reason to explore natural therapies alongside scientific research. It is through our personal psoriasis experience that we will come closer to finding the cause and cure.

With 125 million sufferers of psoriasis worldwide – you are not alone.
Although no known cure is documented, this statement relates to conventional medicine. If our adventure into safe alternative practice and shared experience through Psoriasislife has the potential to curtail or even stop your psoriasis, we want to know about it and contribute these successes to those hoping for a cure.

Love and good health

regi

 

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Testing our environment for psoriasis triggers

Today I’ll be boarding a 41 foot yacht with two dear friends in Fiji and sailing 2000 kilometres to New Zealand. It is the ultimate test – no land, no pollution, no chemicals and no processed food for 2-3 weeks – long enough to test how environmental factors (and possibly some stresses based on ocean conditions) cause changes in psoriasis.

The core objective of psoriasislife is to test drug free alternatives for their potency in removing psoriasis from your life. As editor and chief psoratic, I have tested each of the recommendations on my own psoriasis for the previous 6 years and have journalled the results before I share them with you. My experiments are based on the research and observations of only reliable medical professionals. However, I am about to embark on an experiment that comes straight from the heart.

To prepare for this trial I have brought myself to a psoriasis free state, except for leaving those pesky spots on both upper thighs for something to work with. The trip will show whether this goes pear shaped (the psoriasis, not my thighs!) or whether I come out clean. I will journal how psoriasis reacts to mental stress and how it improves when pollutants are removed.

I can’t wait to share all about it with you on the flipside!

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Knowing this about nightshades may change your skin  

Nightshades trigger psoriasis

Psoratics should avoid foods from the nightshade family. These include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Goji Berries
  • Tobacco (oh, really?)
  • Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc)

Foods in the nightshade family contain glycoalkaloids that are known to trigger psoriasis.  These glycoalkaloids are natural pesticides produced by nightshade plants and defend the plants against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and insects.  Glycoalkaloids bind to the cholesterol in the cell membranes of the plant’s predators, disrupting the structure of their membranes, and causing their cells to leak or burst open upon contact.

Nightshade (atropa belladonna) is a poison that should be avoided by psoratics.  Unprecedented research has been conducted by Norman F Childers, PhD, who has compiled overwhelming evidence that plants of the nightshade family have a most deleterious effect on people afflicted with arthritis and may even be a basic cause. Psoriasis and arthritis are closely allied diseases.

Problem number 1 with nightshades and psoriasis – Psoratics commonly have a digestive system that is already compromised by an autoimmune disease. Some kinds of alkaloids increase the power of the immune response – exactly what you don’t want when you’re dealing with an autoimmune disorder.

Problem number 2 with nightshades and psoriasis – The alkaloids in nightshade foods are commonly considered to be a gut irritant and this irritation of the gut contributes to intestinal permeability, known as leaky gut. Leaky gut sets off an autoimmune reaction when various proteins that should stay inside the digestive tract instead make their way out into the bloodstream, and the body attacks them in response.  This triggers an auto immune response and creates the need for the toxins in our blood stream to exit our body via our skin. This sums up the most likely reason why we have psoriasis.

I say ‘tomato’, he say ‘tomayto’, I say ‘potato’, he says ‘potayto’.

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Disease cannot exist in a body that remains in an alkaline state

Psoriasis is no exception.  Whilst maintaining a healthy pH state will bring you much closer to achieving freedom from psoriasis, it is supplementary to the other lifestyle improvements we have trialed and talk about.

To help you achieve a state of psoriasis freedom, your blood should always be slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.3 to 7.5. This maintains optimal general health and immunity.

Acidic and alkaline are two extremes that describe a chemical property. Mixing acidic and alkaline foods can neutralise their extreme effects.

The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. Pure rainwater is a pH of 7. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is alkaline. Different parts of the human body have different pH levels. Our ideal blood pH is slightly alkaline between 7.35 and 7.45, however, our stomach is typically 3.5 so that food can break down properly.

Our pH levels, (whether we are in an acid or alkaline state), are influenced by our foods and our emotions.

Acidic emotions

Stress, hate, anxiety,  jealousy and anger change your body chemistry to acidic.

Acidic foods

Foods that tend to cause acidity include grains, dairy products, fish, and meats like corned beef and turkey.

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The psoriasis ‘8’ principles

Well the 8’s have it!

Here are some very general yet valuable guidelines to get you on your way to clear skin.

80% of psoratic’s food and drink intake should be alkaline

8 glasses of clean water each day sure needed to promote healing

think gr8teful and positive thoughts and do not underestimate their worth

8 days and you will notice slight positive improvements in your psoriasis, however long term change takes longer

80 days of maintain this and you will be on your way to long term freedom from psoriasis.

This is a very simplistic look at the guidelines that will be explained to you in depth in further articles. It’s also a great way to get started today, ahead of specific instructions about ‘more of’ and ‘less of’.

Psoriasis is an external manifestation of an internal inflammatory condition that medical science does not have an understanding about. If we can begin with a holistic approach and narrow down to fine tune our healing, we are more likely to heal ourselves without medical intervention.

Welcome to the wellness!

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