Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory, non-contagious skin condition characterized by an uncontrolled shedding of the skin. It affects tens of millions of people throughout the world. It can develop at any age, although it is more likely to appear between the ages of 11 and 45. Psoriasis is derived from the Greek word ‘psora’, which means itch.
Normally skin cells take about 21 to 28 days to replace themselves, in psoriasis they take around 2 to 6 days. It causes patches of skin to become thick, red and crusty and covered with silvery scales. It can cause intense itching and burning as well as cosmetic embarrassment. The areas of the body most commonly affected by psoriasis are the arms, elbows, behind the ears, scalp, back, legs, and knees.
Plaque psoriasis -Approximately 80% of psoriasis sufferers have this form. It is characterized by raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by a silvery white scale. It is typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but can occur anywhere on the skin.
Inverse psoriasis – Is most common in overweight people and those with deep skin folds. Inverse psoriasis occurs in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and in other skin folds around the genitals and the buttocks. It shows up as lesions that are very red but usually lack the scale found in plaque psoriasis. It may appear smooth and shiny. Inverse psoriasis is irritated from rubbing and sweating due to its location in skin folds and tender areas.
Erythrodermic psoriasis – Erythrodermic psoriasis affects most of the body surface and is a particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis. It is characterized by periodic, widespread, fiery redness of the skin and accompanied by severe itching and pain along with swelling, particularly around the ankles. This type of psoriasis can throw the body’s chemistry out causing protein and fluid loss that can lead to severe illness. Body’s temperature regulation is also often disrupted and people with severe cases of this condition are often hospitalized.
Guttate psoriasis – This type often starts in childhood or young adulthood and takes the form of small, red spots on the skin. This form can heal on its own, never to return or may reappear at a later date as patches of plaque psoriasis.
Pustular psoriasis – This unusual form is mainly seen in adults and appears in the form of white pustules surrounded by red skin. It is not an infection, nor is it contagious. It affects fewer than 5% of all people with psoriasis.
Palmo Plantar Psoriasis – Palmo Plantar Psoriasis or Palmoplantar Pustulosis (“PPP”) is usually found on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet taking the form of tiny yellowish blisters amongst cracked weeping skin. This condition can be very sore and painful.
Nail Psoriasis – affects 25-50% of people who have psoriasis and is most common in people who have psoriatic arthritis. It appears as indents, discoloration, thickening and crumbling of the nails with the nails also lifting up off the skin.
Scalp Psoriasis –This type mainly affects the back of your head, but can occur in other parts of your scalp. It appears as red patches of skin covered in thick silvery-white scales. It can be extremely itchy and in extreme cases it can cause hair loss.
Psoriatic Psoriasis -Psoriatic arthritis is a painful form characterized by skin lesions and joint erosion. This particular type affects an estimated one million adults. Sufferers experience progressive joint pain and swelling, along with scaly, red skin lesions.
Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, flu-like conditions, drugs (such as penicillin, beta-blockers, lithium and chloroquine) skin damage, leaky gut or bacterial and viral infections. Patients with psoriasis are also at a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.
Diet is considered to be the most important factor when treating psoriasis. A high alkaline, low acidic diet is recommended. To know the PH of individual foods, we suggest you buy the book – The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Stress is another big factor affecting this condition. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- Vital Balancing. Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Learn to love yourself and stop berating yourself. What you say to yourself is what your are or what you become. Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.com and start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I take loving care of my body” and “I am ready to change” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them. Never underestimate the power of your mind.
Sebastiano’s Natural Story NC_Newsletter_12-09.pdf
Chemicals in skin care products – The Dirty Dozen article from NC_Newsletter_08-06.pdf
Great foods for your skin – Feed Your Face article from NC_Newsletter_08-06.pdf
Recipe for making Red Clover tea (but don’t add the sugar!) www.food.com/recipe/red-clover-tea-127541
Free download – www.juicemaster.com/clear-skin-programme
Dr Pagano on psoriasis – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjyYMV6svUU&feature=channel&list=UL start from 3mins 17 seconds.
Naturopathic Medicine and Psoriasis www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTOMamp68-0&feature=related
7 day alkalising water challenge – psoriasis www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKyzWxLp2KY&feature=related
Omega 3 fatty acids help psoriasis www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3133503/
Exercise decreases psoriasis risk www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/exercise-psoriasis-risk_n_1533402.html
Risk factors for psoriasis onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1346-8138.2009.00648.x/abstract?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+will+be+disrupted+on+25+August+from+13%3A00-15%3A00+BST+%2808%3A00-10%3A00+EDT%29+for+essential+maintenance&userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage
Alcohol and psoriasis in women www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20713772
Stress and psoriasis www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210504
Psychotherapy helps psoriasis patients www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2032371
Vitamin D and psoriasis www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22013980
Oregon grape and psoriasis: www.naturalnews.com/037144_Oregon_grape_root_dermatologists_psoriasis.html
Further Information (links and books)
Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative. The Drug Free Programme That Really Works by Dr. John O. A. Pagano
Dr. John’s Healing Psoriasis Cookbook…Plus! By Dr John O.A. Pagano
One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome What It Is And How It May Be Affecting Your Health By Dr. John O. A. Pagano
The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.
The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Makeup and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel
The Juice Master: Turbo Charge Your Life in 14 Day by Jason Vale