I have psoriasis on my palms and soles of feet, and a spot on my scalp. I first had it as a child around 10 years old,but luckily it was only a round spot on both my knees that went away on their own. It wasn't until as an adult I developed it first on my scalp hidden by my hair that I finally got it diagnosed by a doctor. Later it developed on my feet but got that to go away with topicals.
Then after several years it came back and was now on hands and the feet again. This time the topicals weren't working so I happened across a book in the bookstore about healing it naturally. Which is what I'm doing now. It finally gives true insight into the problem and I believe it will work because it has so well, so far. However, this is by no means a quick fix and I expect many more months of applied effort before my body finally heals enough to make the psoriasis symptoms go away for good. Luckily, since this diet I now follow is a lifestyle changer that also works to make you lose weight, I get to kill two birds with one stone.
Now, whenever I lose a pound or two it makes my skin flare again with all the toxins that had been release from my fat stores. Thankfully it is short lived, plus I'm learning ways to keep my body more alkaline and reduce the scope of the flare. When I look at my skin and see it getting so close to being normal, I think I've turned the corner but then the weight loss triggers another round and I know that I 'm going to pay the price of getting out this very slowly. Just like how I got into it.
Psoriasis is caused by weakened intestinal walls allowing toxins to be rerouted through your body instead of being eliminated out of it. The body stores it away for the liver to get to it when it can, and the skin is forced into doing back up for the liver since this toxic state is calling for desperate measures. So why wasn't the liver doing its job? Well actually it has, and still is, but it has been overwhelmed. By what you ask? In my case, I factor in several things: as a child I was a downwinder of the Hanford nuclear reservation back in the day when accidental hushed up releases happened. And I used to pick strawberries for a local farmer who had a huge crew of kids working for them every summer, and of course many a pesticide ridden berry never made it to the berry flat.
As an adult I had two major sources. One was my job, I managed a clothing store that was subsequently determined by the state has having unlawful amounts of formaldehyde and other chemicals laden in the textiles and packaging they were shipped in. I worked there for 14 years. The other main source, to which many of you can probably relate to, is that I drank alcohol and had progressed to the point of drinking several drinks nightly.
When I found out that I would have to stop drinking for this diet, I just sort of tested it to see if it would help. Since it very clearly did help my psoriasis clear, I decided to stick with it for the duration. Since I did go through what I determined after the fact, an alcohol detox I decided to research it on the internet. I found out that the liver considers alcohol to be so heinous a poison that it will put on hold all other normal eliminations until the alcohol is eliminated first. So you can see that drinking nightly caused my body to not be allowed to normally process all its toxins. It was forced to use the above mentioned backups, namely the skin and the fat cells.
So now you see why this is going to take awhile, I have at least a 100 lbs to lose. And it's not going to come off my body without a fight because now I have a weakened digestive system that is going to take a while to heal all the way. The good news is that hallelujah, I found the solution and even if it's going to take awhile I know that it is working and I'm simply going to have to do 'penance' for all my alcoholic 'sins'. There is a good deal more to this diet than just stopping drinking though, and so far the steps I've taken have proved they work.
Also, my husband and I have taken to exercising regularly and he really helps to motivate me to keep at it. So far I've lost about 12 to 13 pounds and lost about six to eight inches all around. We walk, attend the gym, and bike ride. My other big motivator now for losing weight is my psoriasis. Right when I'm about to get lax with what I've got to do, I get reminded what this for, in a very painful and itchy way. I'm going to do this because I want to die of old age, not crash and burn. I want my life to be as fresh and young and healthy as I can make it. Sorry this is such a long introduction, I get caught up in the excitement of retelling it to people. It also helps to remotivate me and put the plan more clearly in my minds eye. I'll get off the podium now, before I start to wax lyrical. Oops, too late. ;)
| current weight: 221.0