Friday, July 20, 2007
I have recently decided that my constant battles with psoriasis and Yeast infections are interconnected. I've been to doctors for both conditions on and off for the past 27 years. I get prescribed ointments for the skin and the over the counter yeast stuff for the other, and sent on my way. Never once has a doctor linked the 2 conditions. Or offered more in depth testing to determine if I have a systemic infection going on. It took my dental hygienist to point out the fact that my having an autoimmune disease makes me susceptible to infections.
Lately I've been having flare ups of both conditions due to the stress of dealing with my husbands brain injury. The stress and worry have been so bad that I've been drinking more. And eating more things that I know I shouldn't. And the break outs just get worse. It's a vicious cycle. Now I am wondering if treating the yeast infection might help the psoriasis? I made a trip to the local health food store and purchased $100 worth of items including Candex, Kyo-Dophilus, Yeastaway, Uva Ursi, and Oregon Grape Root. I'm ready to kick some serious yeast butt. I also stopped by the grocery store for some baby oil and A&D ointment for my skin. I know that quite a few other SparkPeople have psoriasis (and probably yeast, too). I'll be documenting my progress (or lack there of) here on my blog.
The hardest part of this whole experiment is the Candida Diet. In order to starve the yeast in my system I can't eat anything with sugar, yeast, or mold. Believe it or not, that cuts out just about everything that makes my life worth living. No wine. No beer. Not supposed to have any alcohol AT ALL but I'm looking into which ones might be acceptable. My husband is really allergic to yeast, so he can't have wine or beer...but scotch and whiskey don't effect him.
I can't have cheese, bread, or rolls, vinegar (or anything with vinegar in it), pickled smoked or dried meats. mushrooms. Fruit juice.
This isn't going to be easy. But if it works, I'm game.