==== ====Cure Your Psoriasis Naturally in 3 Days!http://tinyurl.com/cureurpsoriasis==== ====Psoriasis comes from the Greek word psora, meaning fine bran like scaling. Psoriasis afflicts 1% -4% of the general population, and is a type of chronic skin condition where itchy scaly red or whiteflaky patches form on the scalp (in approximately 40% of cases), elbows, forearms, knees, groin,and legs or lower back. For many it is a condition that seems to "come and go," and may appearas a few spots or involve large areas. It is not contagious, either to other body parts or otherpeople. It is characterised by thickening of the skin (epidermis) which reveals bleeding points uponremoval of the scale.The cause of psoriasis is uncontrolled skin-cell growth, the rate at which skin cells divide inpsoriasis is roughly 1,000 times greater than in normal skin. This is a condition that generally cantend to run in families. Some cases I have seen in the clinic are quite severe, and can be quitephysically and emotionally traumatic for the person involved. In most cases however, psoriasis isconfined to a few spots, and seems to affect many people on the sides or at the back of the head.Many patients visit natural therapists with psoriasis, and we are often the last port of call when itcomes to chronic conditions affecting the skin. Long-standing psoriasis patients often have been toa medical doctor or a skin specialist and have tried many creams, tar solutions, been prescribedpharmaceutical drugs and various other lotions and potions along the years. Most of thesetreatments are only of temporary use, and many patients I see have given up on conventionaltreatment and started to experiment and self-prescribe.Natural medicine does have a big role to play in helping alleviate the condition. Skin eruptionssuch as psoriasis, are generally curable to a large extent if the patient perseveres with theirtreatment long enough, however, skin irritants such as the sun, anxiety, stress, and various othertriggers take their toll over time, and the person relapses again and again. This makes it harder tostick with a treatment plan.It can significantly help sufferers if they can identify their individual triggers, to eat a morepsoriasis-friendly diet, and to learn about the effects of stress and nervous tension on psoriasis.Psoriasis is a stubborn and difficult condition to treat, both from a practitioners as well as patientsperspective. Successful treatment requires patience, diligence and long-term treatments withdetoxification to observe any true lasting benefits.I have found that there are many potential causes of psoriasis, and several underlying factors maytrigger skin flare-ups, including the following. Poor protein digestion and bowel toxemia: One majortheory relating to the cause of psoriasis proposes that psoriasis occurs when the liver isfunctioning poorly, in which case endotoxins (wastes from within the body) enter the bloodstream.The build up of endotoxins, along with poor bowel flora (too many bad bugs, not enough good
ones, or an imbalance of colonic bacteria) levels has been linked with psoriasis. Poor kidneyfunction is also implicated. A low fibre diet is a common cause, because psoriasis is associatedwith high levels of circulating endotoxins, and a diet low in fibre is associated with increased levelsof endotoxin-producing bacteria. In addition, a high fat diet: It is interesting to note in countries withlower fat consumption that psoriasis is rare. Some experts believe that psoriasis can result fromthe faulty utilisation of fat in the body.Many doctors blame this condition on genetics (hereditary), psoriasis runs in families they say.There are always exceptions, however. A faulty immune system is common in psoriasis patients,and psoriasis may occur as a result of allergies. I always check the person out carefully for anyunderlying food allergies. It pays to go onto a trial elimination-diet for about three weeks todetermine to what degree your diet aggravates your skin condition. Excessive activity of certainwhite blood cells called lymphocytes ( helper T-Cells) may be an underlying cause of psoriasis.People with AIDS or HIV patients often have the most severe forms of psoriasis.Stress is a big one, and in fact one of the major triggers. I find that many people can tend to havea flare-up after periods of stress, this can include emotional stress, or physiological stress such assunlight exposure. Alcohol is a strong aggravating factor, particularly with male drinkers. Tobaccosmoking increases the risk of psoriasis developing in women particularly. Also, watch out for theless obvious forms of fat such as potato chips, chocolate, fish/chips, sausages, pizza and toomuch BBQ in summertime.Certain pharmaceutical drugs I have found are strongly involved in precipitating a psoriasis flareup. These are the main ones: alpha-interferon, aspirin, cortisone, lithium, beta-blockers,phenylbutazone, progesterone, iodide, nystatin, and indomethacin. Over the years, I have foundthat various people actually have a drug-induced form of psoriasis. This is particularly true withelderly patients I have seen, who develop a bad case after certain types of pharmaceutical drugswere introduced. One such drug is hydroxychloroquine, sometimes used for rheumatoid arthritis,which can cause severe psoriatic skin reactions. Are you taking a drug and have psoriasis? Thengo online and do some searches, you may be quite amazed.Erics psoriasis treatment PlanFirst of all, it is important to be aware of causes & triggers of psoriasis. There is no sense intreating a condition such as psoriasis when you are aggravating it at the same time by being on acausative drug, too much alcohol, or a poor diet high in take-away. It is important to eat a healthydiet and avoid foods that could potentially trigger your psoriasis, as well as to drink at least 6-8glasses of water daily to flush the body and keep the skin hydrated.Dietary recommendationsA cleansing diet, for 2-3 weeks, is advisable in the beginning of treatment of psoriasis. You arebest to consult your Naturopath or qualified natural health-care practitioner about this. There areseveral ways you can do this, but the best way is to follow professional guidance until you knowwhat you are doing. I place patients on what I call the hypo-allergenic diet for a three weekperiod, this special diet is avoid of all the potentially immune-trigger foods such as dairy, wheatand gluten containing grains, eggs, and the four to five key trigger foods. After the diet, you will beable to see for yourself to what degree your current diet affects your skin. You might be quitesurprised to see just how much your health and vitality has improved over all, and not just yourskin!
Fresh food diet: The people who appear to obtain the best results with psoriasis, are the ones whoeat the most fresh foods in their diet. Plenty of fresh, steamed, and partially cooked vegetables. Allthe vegetables are fine generally. Carrots in particular have a most favorable effect on improvingpsoriasis, so eat plenty. Plenty of fruits (no banana, pineapple or citrus except lemon), raw andfresh nuts & seeds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, and particularly sesame seeds.Alkaline grains such as millet, quinoa, rice, buckwheat are all good. Remember, lots of waterProteins: Several gut-derived toxins are implicated in the development of psoriasis. Withincomplete protein digestion, bacteria inside your bowel can break protein residues (amino acids)into various toxic compounds. One such group of toxic compounds is known as polyamines. Thebest way to deal with these toxins, is to reduce/limit your intake of animal meats, whilstsimultaneously increasing your intake of dietary fiber. Psoriatic patients have shown remarkableimprovements whilst on a vegetarian diet, and the experts think that it is probably due to theirdecreased levels of gut-derived toxins and polyamines in general. Digestive enzymes areoccasionally important in the treatment of someone with psoriasis.Low protein, low fat diet Many patients show signs of abnormal nitrogen (protein breakdownresidues) retention. When placed on diets of no more 4-5gm/nitrogen daily (30gm protein), with anadequate caloric intake, patients experienced a gradual disappearance of psoriatic lesions whilstmaintaining their weight. Lesions recurred when diet was stopped, however. When 140 patientswere placed on a vegetarian diet, results were often brilliant, often the eruptions steadily faded andactually disappeared with absolutely no internal or local treatments. However, the best resultswere obtained by combining the diet with other forms of treatment. With a low protein, low fat diet,sometimes the rash will recur, but, as a rule, the outbreaks will not be nearly so severe or aspersistent as the previous ones.Cold-pressed vegetable oils such as sesame and/or flaxseed oil, 2 Tblsp per day. I am not a bigadvocate for recommending flaxseed oil as a supplement, primarily due to the fact that it is adifficult way for the body to access Omega 3, but for psoriasis it is an excellent adjunct to the diet.Extra-virgin olive oil is also great. The oils must be fresh, cold-pressed, unrefined and unheated. Ibelieve that there are some great cold-pressed oils made here in NZ, ask around.Animal fats: This is a major in psoriasis: If there is one thing that will make a difference, even if youjust try this. Try to avoid all animal (saturated) fats as much as possible. Keep away fromprocessed meats particularly, avoid anything from the deli department of your supermarket.Watch out for those pre-cooked or frozen meals or snacks like pies, sausage rolls, fish-fingers,pizza, chips, etc. They generally contain hydrogenated (animal) fats. Watch out for the skin onchicken, and if you eat red meats, be sure to choose lean cuts, or remove ALL the fat carefully. Iwould recommend the avoidance of bacon, ham and pork as well. Venison is ok.Fish Fats: Increase your intake of fish oils, and oily types of fish in general. Fishes rich in essentialfatty acids (EFAs) are cod, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trevally, herrings, pilchards.Avoid citrus fruits: Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, etc. Lemon is fine, it is the only alkalinecitrus fruit! I would also recommend that you avoid both banana and pineapple.Avoid gluten: Gluten has been implicated as a cause of psoriasis, when gluten is removed from
the diet of psoriasis patients, their condition generally improves. So, this is best tackled byremoving bread, wheat, rye, barley, and even oats from the diet for a few weeks. Rice or millet,quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat all contain no gluten, so be adventurous give them a try.Avoid alcohol: Alcohol consumption is known to worsen psoriasis considerably. The connectionbetween the liver and psoriasis involves one of the livers basic functions: filtering the blood. Whenthe liver becomes overwhelmed by the increasing number of gut-derived toxins, the level of toxinsincreases in the blood, and the psoriasis gets much worse. Do you really want to improve yourpsoriasis profoundly once and for all? Then you need to stop alcohol altogether for some time.Other treatments or recommendationsGet your medicines checked: Are you on a Beta-Blocker for high blood pressure? You may wantto check with your doctor if it is causing any aggravations of your skin. In fact, do you havepsoriasis and are on any pharmaceutical? Your GP or pharmacy should be able to tell you if yourdrug/s have any possible skin-based side effects. Many patients can potentially have skinconditions aggravated by pharmaceutical drugs, and how annoyed they get when they realise thatit was a drug causing the problem!Avoid commercial soaps, shampoo, cosmetics. Try instead more natural forms of these items, theHealth-food shop again. The skin should be kept supple by having regular baths, add one to twoteaspoons of flaxseed oil, or wheat germ oil, almond oil, etc. Try a chickweed based lotion or acream for the itch, your Health-food shop or Naturopath can help here again.Ultra-Violet Radiation in sunlight may temporarily alleviate the symptoms. Exposure of afflictedareas of the Skin to UV-B may temporarily alleviate psoriasis. UV-B has been shown to inhibit theexcessive proliferation of skin cells that occurs in psoriasis. Aromatherapy plays an important rolein dealing with such a problem as psoriasis. Evening primrose oil is used as a base on the body,use wheat germ on face or scalp. The best essentials oils to use are bergamot, sandalwood andlavender. Ive also found that it is worth trying to apply topically, direct to the affected areas, someEPA (try evening primrose oil, or fish oil if you are game!) which may cause significantimprovement in the condition of psoriasis if used regularly.Erics Sensible Psoriasis SupplementationMany people spend a lot of money (and some of this is wasted) on products to treat or alleviatetheir psoriasis. I have found that using topical (on your skin) treatments, good old fashioned oilssuch as wheat germ, avocado, or almond are hard to beat. Why pay a fortune for all those socalled "wonder creams". By taking the vitamins A, C, and E, as well as the minerals zinc andselenium you are supporting the healing of skin, the formation of collagen, protecting the skinagainst damage and enhancing the immune system.Fish oils (Omega 3) will often decrease the redness, itching, and scaling, and diminish the areasgenerally affected. This can occur with a few weeks from taking it regularly. Psoriasis may occuras a result of an essential fatty acid deficiency- Psoriasis patients are often deficient, and improvesignificantly within weeks of supplementing with a good quality Omega 3 oil (EPA & DHA).Take every day 5 mls (or 3 capsules of 1000mg) of a good quality fish oil. Try New Zealands veryown unique Omega 3 oil, rich in the Vitamin A & D which has a tremendous healing effect onthe skin. Consult with your practitioner if you are on a blood-thinning drug before you take anyOmega 3.
Folic acid. This B vitamin is required by the body anywhere the cells grow quickly, e.g.; the mouth,gums, cervix, and the skin in general. According to Dr. Jonathon Wright, of Seattle, Folic acid,50mg or more each day is effective in many cases. Dosage may be tapered, as improvementoccurs. Some need more, others less. B12 levels are at times very low, and need checking byeveryone with psoriasis. Vitamins: B12 (100 to 1,000 mcg) may need to be intramuscularinjections. An article in the British Medical Journal back in 1963 mentions about the curativepowers of B12 with psoriasis. Always take a B vitamin with a B Complex in general, which is alsogood for stress and anxiety, and this is very important for the psoriasis sufferer!St Marys Thistle: It makes good sense to take this herb, after all it has a very beneficial effect onyour liver. This herb increases bile flow and helps to detoxify the polyamines which build up wementioned earlier. And, cleaner blood means less aggravations, less redness, inflammation anddiscomfort in general. This herb is very important detoxifier for you to take, particularly if you takea pharmaceutical drug, and have psoriasis as well.The Zinc taste test: This can be done by your practitioner, to ascertain your bodys level of zinc.Zinc levels are generally are low in patients with psoriasis. Take zinc at night, away from foods, try50 - 100mg. And because so many people lack a significant source of Selenium in their diet, Igenerally recommend 400iu per day for a few weeks, tailoring the dose down to between 50 -300mg depending on the person. Also, increasing your Vitamin C intake can have wonders on theskin, try between 4 - 6,000mg each day in divided doses for two to three months before youdecide that it was of no benefit. Ill bet that you get benefit. When you reduce the dosage, do itgradually with Vitamin C. Take a Vitamin C with bioflavonoid complex.Propolis: from the beehive. Try to get some liquid, cream or lotion. Chinese studies say that whenapplied on the lesions, that many persons experience significant benefit.This concludes my views on psoriasis, a skin condition which can be greatly ameliorated byholistic treatment. To summarise, it is important to consider stress as much as your nutritionalstatus. Having worked with many patients in the clinic with psoriasis, I can assure you that bygetting your stress levels under control and by supplying your body with the correct nutrients, youwill have the best chance of reducing the incidence of this annoying complaint.Mr. Eric Bakker is a registered Naturopath with a Bachelor Degree of Science majoring inComplementary Medicine as well as separate diploma qualifications in Naturopathy, HerbalMedicine and Classical Homeopathy. Eric is past Vice President of the New Zealand NaturalMedicine Association with almost 20 years of clinical experience in natural medicine and has hadextensive post graduate training in Australia, America, New Zealand and India.Mr. Bakker lectures at natural medicine colleges and natural health conferences throughoutAustralia and NZ, writes for several journals and natural health publications and specialises in theclinical integration of natural and conventional medicine. Eric has practiced in conjunction withmedical doctors for over 13 years in medical clinics in both NZ and Australia.Mr. Bakker specialises in the clinical integration of natural forms of healing and conventional
Western Medicine. Eric is the Clinical Director of The Naturopaths and has a clinical practice in theHawkes Bay, New Zealand. Your best way to contact Eric is by way of email:firstname.lastname@example.orgHis website is: http://www.naturopath.co.nz. Erics NEW website will be coming very soon, his oldone is being revamped right now!Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Eric_Bakker_ND==== ====Cure Your Psoriasis Naturally in 3 Days!http://tinyurl.com/cureurpsoriasis==== ====