Psoriasis

  1. Severe psoriasis can raise your risk of dying

    Could clearing up your skin save your life?

    From the itching and burning... to the scaling and peeling... having psoriasis can really get "under your skin."

    It can be unsightly and embarrassing -- but you might comfort yourself with the notion that this inflammatory illness is only "skin deep."

    The worst that can happen is that those red and scaly patches crack open and bleed... right?

    Well, unfortunately, we're finding out that psoriasis might be an indication of something more serious going on in your body.

    We already know that having psoriasis has been linked to a higher risk of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

    And now, a new study shows that the more "real estate" psoriasis takes up on the surface of your skin, the greater your risk of DYING.

    In the study out of the University of Pennsylvania, the researchers determined how much "surface area" psoriasis took up on the skin of about 8,700 patients with the condition and then followed them for four years.

    By the end of the study, it turned out that patients whose psoriasis covered 10 percent or more of their bodies where nearly TWICE as likely to have died than patients with less severe psoriasis.

    It didn't matter if the patients smoked or not... were slim or overweight... or had other major medical conditions.

    Even when controlling for these risk factors, along with demographic factors like age and gender, the link between psoriasis surface area and risk of death held true.

    Now, the study didn't determine WHY something that appears superficial could send you six feet under, but I wouldn't be surprised if the culprit was inflammation.

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease -- which basically means your immune system has turned AGAINST you instead of working FOR you. And when it attacks your healthy tissue, it causes inflammation that can manifest in a variety of ways.

    And over the long term, we know that inflammation can be deadly. It's at the root of a multitude of diseases -- including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and even Alzheimer's.

    Unfortunately, the mainstream generally treats only the SYMPTOMS of psoriasis -- typically with topical cortisone preparations, which not only have unpleasant side effects but can also stop working after several months of treatment.

    And don't let them try to shut down your overactive immune system with powerful drugs -- because that leaves you open to all sorts of other infections.

    Instead, aim to knock out your psoriasis by going after its underlying causes.

    You can rebalance your immune system by switching to a diet that's a natural inflammation fighter, like the Paleo diet, and supplementing it with probiotics and vitamin D. Just make sure to find out if you have any food allergies that could be triggering an autoimmune reaction.

    Anti-inflammatories like curcumin, fish oil, and white willow bark can also help tame a psoriasis flare-up when it occurs.

  2. Psoriasis can be cured with vitamins, minerals, and herbs

    The safe and natural way to save your skin!

    Q: The excema I've had for years on my hands has flared so badly that my doctor says it's psoriasis. Medications certainly help, but the dryness and cracking continue. Can you make any other suggestions?

    GR: If you have psoriasis, you know all too well what those silvery scales and red, raised patches on your hands, arms, and face look and feel like. And if you're one of the five million people in the U.S. suffering from this painful and unsightly condition, you know just how resistant to treatment it can be.

    Conventional medicine generally treats psoriasis with topical cortisone preparations, which can alleviate its symptoms. However, the potential side effects include bruising, changes in skin color, and dilated blood vessels.

    In addition, patients commonly become resistant to the cortisone preparation after several months of treatment, which means that their dosages must be consistently increased.

    As with any other condition that I treat in my practice, I find it better to address the root cause of it rather than trying to band-aid the symptoms.

    The rapid cell division that occurs in psoriasis is attributed to an abnormal ratio of two different cell growth-regulating factors. This ratio can often be normalized with an herbal remedy called Forskolin, which is often used in Ayurvedic medicine.

    Forskolin is available in many health food stores, and it does not appear to have any toxic side effects. Most preparations offer 5 mg tablets and capsules, which should be taken two or three times daily for a total dose of 10 to 15 mg per day.

    Ultraviolet light therapy is also an option, and it's one that's actually offered by the mainstream. UV radiation penetrates the skin and slows the abnormal rate of skin cell growth.

    In most cases of psoriasis, food allergies and sensitivities are common. Once allergies have been determined and treated by a physician, there are a number of vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can drastically improve -- and even eliminate -- psoriasis.

    A naturally-occurring metabolite of vitamin D, called 1.25 dihydroxy vitamin D, can be very effective for most cases of psoriasis. However, it's only available by prescription through compounding pharmacists.

    Vitamin B12 and folic acid are also helpful in treating psoriasis. Because the dosages required are fairly large -- 1,000 to 3,000 mcg of vitamin B12 daily and 50 mg
    of folic acid taken two or three times per day -- you may need to get a prescription from a doctor skilled in nutritional medicine.

    To achieve the highest level of relief, these nutrients should be taken over the same period of time. Just keep in mind that it can take two to three months to experience results.

    Finally, the elements nickel and bromide (in very small quantities) can help cure psoriasis. Yes, CURE! Often, this chronic skin problem disappears completely.

    Other times, it's substantially improved, so it's worth trying -- especially since adverse reactions are few.

    Drop me a line at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com, and I may choose your question to answer next!

  3. Relieve psoriasis without compromising your immunity

    Prescription drugs often treat autoimmune diseases like psoriasis by shutting down an immune system that's gone haywire -- but that does nothing to address the underlying cause of the condition. Fortunately, research has shown some vitamin victories over psoriasis, as well as other natural ways to reduce inflammation and support your immune system to keep you protected from anything else that might attack it.
  4. FDA approves dangerous new psoriasis drug

    Big Pharma’s new psoriasis drug just recently received approval from the FDA, in spite of a KNOWN risk that you’ll commit suicide if you take it.

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