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Psoriasis (warning: sensitive topic)

1sweetpea1sweetpea Raw Newbie

My boyfriend suffers from psoriasis and it gets worse, year by year. He had it when we met 10.5 years ago, but it was just a quarter-sized spot on the back of his head, plus dryness in the genital area (sorry for the graphic post), which was a bummer, but seemed to be okay whenever he used his corticosteroid creams (which he hates). The creams/salves are frustrating, because, although they kind of work, they’re gloopy and they make the skin of the affected areas really thin and prone to cracking, which is pretty nasty if the affected areas are body parts that are involved in a lot of movement. As it stands now, I’m constantly washing bedding that has blood spots or stains from the goopy salve. The psoriasis has erupted in other areas, so now there are trouble spots all over the back of his head, his elbows, his fingernails and toenails, sometimes on the backs of his legs below the knees, between the pecs and a tiny spot on his back that is growing. I’ve even noticed a spot or two on his face at times. Luckily, they respond well to treatment and don’t seem to stick around for long.

With each passing year, as it gets worse and spreads to new places, he is becoming more and more self-conscious. I haven’t seen him in a bathing suit in years. He dresses in the dark or in his closet. He puts band-aids on the worst-looking fingertips. He’s basically out of commission 98% of the time in the bedroom department—he’s either slathered up with the goopy salve or pretty messed up with psoriasis plaques.

I adore him. He is an incredible person and my soulmate. For the most part, the psoriasis doesn’t bother me. I love all of his 2,000 body parts, even if they don’t all look smooth and perfect like other peoples’. He knows that, but he’s still so self-conscious and doesn’t like to talk about it. It’s pretty tough not to be able to be intimate, except on the rarest of occasions, when all the stars are in alignment and he’s miraculously plaque-free. We’re happy in every other way as a couple, but this is a pretty big problem … for him AND for me.

He’s not a fan of traditional medicine, so he’s opted to see a homeopath, but after a year of treatment, he’s seen no improvement. He’s been to an acupuncturist over the past 6 months, but again, there hasn’t really been any change. He lives a high-stress life as a businessman and entrepreneur, and the psoriasis really flares up in stressful times. When we go on vacation for 6 weeks, it gets better (due to exposure to the sun and the lack of stress), but it doesn’t go away, and frankly, the improvement is pretty minimal.

I don’t know what to tell him at this point. We tried a diet last year that eliminated fatty foods, meats and plants in the nightshade family, and alcohol, but to be honest, it was so tough for him to stick to it, he gave up pretty quickly. He didn’t want to be miserable, which I understand, but the sacrifices in other areas (wink, wink) are pretty major too, so we’re still on the hunt for something that will work, without him having to abandon all sources of food and beverage pleasure. I should add that he’s not raw, but he eats vegetarian more often than not. He loves dairy and eggs, but for the most part, doesn’t partake in much meat these days. He won’t go raw. He’s just not into it. He eats some raw, with me, but just loves his cooked meals too much.

Sorry for the novel-length post. I’ll get to my point. Does anyone first-hand experience with psoriasis, or some sage advice for me/us. He would be mortified if he knew I was posting this, but I’ve seen some really great advice offered for other health issues and wanted to see if anyone knows of a natural product or substance that could make an impact on this most unfortunate affliction. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any tips and/or advice.

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  • Annabelle77Annabelle77 Raw Newbie

    Yikes—how difficult! Would he be willing to try to go all raw for a “fast”. If you put a time frame around it maybe he will go for it.

    Do you think he could handle a juice fast for a week? I have no idea if this will work—but it might allow his body to divert digestion-energy to attending to the skin issue.

    Is it an auto-immune disorder?

  • 1sweetpea1sweetpea Raw Newbie

    It is most definitely an auto-immune disorder. In preparation for the super strict diet last year, he did a 3-day apple fast, with a colonic irrigation to start him off and a home enema to finish the apple fast. He was pretty glum and cranky after the 3 days. I wonder if he’d do a juice feast for a week. At least the variety might keep him interested. He’d be wondering if red wine in the evenings counts … LOL! I’ll wait to see what suggestions come in, but if a lot of people suggest the juice fast, I’ll see if he will go for it.

  • TomsMomTomsMom Raw Newbie

    This runs in my dad’s family, although the form is not so severe(thank God).

    To be honest, I would skip the fasts and starvations. It’s going to stress his body, not mention depress his spirit(unless he enjoys this sort of thing).

    Would he be willing to just go all-raw for a few months? Empty out the cabinets and the fridge of processed and cooked foods and just go all raw? No grains, no dairy, and NO alcohol. And give it a few months to see improvement.

    There are so many recipes to have fun with, so he won’t get bored or frustrated. And no more fancy balms or salves. I’ve seen just as many crappy balms come from American herbalists as I have seen come from doctors for psoriasis.

  • RubyLaineRubyLaine Raw Newbie

    I have had psoriasis for about 15 years. It came on during a stressful period in my life. I have been raw for about 2 months now after being vegetarian for 12 years and vegan for the last 7. I am hoping to get some relief by changing to a raw food diet but as of yet have noticed nothing. I have the balms and creams but they are only temporary solutions as long as you continue using them. I also have the shampoo that costs almost $400 dollars and that doesn’t seem to be helping my scalp what so ever. It’s a bummer and I am hoping that eating only raw food helps. I don’t have it as bad as your boyfriend does though. Good luck and maybe by some slim chance we will find the magic potion that works for us.

  • melaverdemelaverde Raw Newbie

    I am no expert but I have been dealing since a young age of skin issues (eczema in particular). I have spent half of my life trying to find a solution and an explanation of the real causes of the condition, I have seen plenty of doctors, specialists, dermatologists and more…needless to say none of them really helped, they actually got things worse with toxic medications. The only thing that help me understand and finally resolve the issue has been natural hygiene and its treatments and diet. Basically here is the issue: There is no such thing as a skin disease, all skin symptoms are a reflection of internal intoxication. This is simple to understand if we realize that the skin is an organ dedicated to filter out impurities/toxins amongst other things. As such it doesn’t really matter if you have a pimple or acne, a rush, eczema or psoriasis, the cause is the same.. internal intoxication. Anyone that promotes a magic pill, or cream or even a magic natural ingredient I believe is wrong as there is no easy way out (they may bring temporary relief but no long term solution). The only solution, in my view, is detoxification and this can be achieved using several methods but the most important is diet, possibly 100% RAW vegan (food combining would help also) for at least a few months and the elimination, by default, of anything toxic such as for example alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, processed foods etc.. Also it is important to stay away from anything toxic such as chemicals…..(some of us work in contact with those). To speed up detox I used Hydrotherapy (warm/cold steam sauna), daily enemas, physical activities (sport, yoga, stretching etc..). If the individual is consistent and determined within a year most people will see results. WARNING: Before getting better the condition will get much worse, possibly spreading to the whole body (especially if using hydrotherapy), this is part of the healing process and it is up to the individual to decided on what degree and speed to detox, if detox and pains are too severe there are ways to slow it down. The harder the pains and detox symptoms the faster the healing. Best of luck to your b/f and you. My very modest opinion based on personal experience. PS If your boyfriend decides to go for the natural approach I would suggest to find a good naturopath or natural hygienist for advise and support, natural therapies can have adverse reactions if wrongly performed.

  • 1sweetpea – I am part of the Green Room associated with juice feasting & the Rainosheks, where I discovered Lilly’s profile. Lilly is slowly curing her eczema and psoriasis with raw juices and foods. I am pretty sure she has a profile over at GI2MR, but I am unable to find it. In the meantime, you may be able to contact her via her blog. I’m sure she’d be willing to help. Also, ask to see her before/after photos – they are amazing!

  • rawlizardrawlizard Raw Newbie

    Could he be having a omega 3 deficiency? Omega 3s help the cells to ‘breathe’ and to move things around (detox-feed). It is also needed for a healthy immune system. Even if he is currently consuming some form of this fatty acid, the fact that omega 3 is a fat soluble element, makes it difficult to absorbe and to see any results on the short term. If you think that it may be your boyfriend’s case, the best way to facilitate the absortion of this fatty acid is to make it water soluble. To do this, you have to mix one part of flax seed oil with two parts of quark (cottage cheese or yogurt) in a blender for a couple of minutes until it becomes emulsified. You can add dill, garlic, cilantro, etc to this so he can dip some veggies, for example. This is obviously not a raw or vegan recipe, but it based on the extensive (and succesful, I have to add) research of Dr. Baldwig with cancer patients. For more info about this go to http://www.cancure.org/budwig_diet.htm, if you google Dr. Baldwig you will find a lot of info as well.

    If that is the problem you should be able to see a change in a matter of weeks.

  • I agree with Melaverde.

    I think that boyfriend has old mindsets about diet. He might think dairy is good. But it might be actually worse than his meat consumption.

    He has been struggling with the skin issues. I think that he can do a couple of things that wouldn’t shock his meat loving sensitivities. Goal 1. stop consuming dairy products. He can eat at least one all fruit or raw meal to facilitate goal 1. Goal 2. stop drinking sodas if he is drinking sodas. Goal 3. Make sure he is doing some exercise. 15 minutes of mild exercise is better than none. Exercise is essential the lymph system to pull toxins out.

    Since being raw, I have found that nut consumption makes me break out in sections of hive like pimples. When I quit the nut (nut milk) consumption, the clusters stopped. But I was still getting a pimple a week. This summer I started eating bananas to replace some other fruit that wasn’t available. The weekly pimples have stopped. Now I consume at least 2 bananas a day usually at breakfast time.

    His skin has been very mad from what he has been eating. I hope he gets relief. That would be one less thing to stress him (which came first, the chicken or the egg). And as most of us say, the raw diet leads to a feeling of calmness and love.

  • I have psoriasis for the last 15 years,not as severe as him,a few patches here and there.And i have gone through all the medicines.Nothing works. Allopathy,homeopathy,ayurveda,panchakarma.I have been a vegetarian all my life. But since starting with raw(about 7 months) I have noticed a big change.The itching is almost gone,the scaling has reduced.I also started with oilpulling in the last couple of months.The skin around the patches is slowly turning pink.I am not sure if it is due to Oilpulling or raw…. Please dont use any salves.Simple coconut oil also soothes the skin. I also noticed that stopping all dairy products also made a big difference.I also try to eat mono fruit meals as an ayurveda practitioner once told me never to mix fruits with anything. he said it was the root for all skin problems.best wishes.

  • I also forgto to mention I practise pranayam everyday for 30-45 min.It helps in stress.My psoriasis was due to stress.

  • 1sweetpea1sweetpea Raw Newbie

    I have convinced him to move away from cow’s milk in his morning cereal. He now uses almond milk, but that could easily be switched to a hemp/sunflower seed milk, if nut milks prove problematic. The only dairy he really eats now is cheese. I’ve suggested that he trade his cow milk cheeses for goat milk, and preferably raw goat milk cheeses. He’ll do it at home, but he loves pizza, so he’s still getting the cow’s milk cheeses at least once a week. We used to eat yogurt, but once I stopped, it just wasn’t in the house, so he hasn’t really missed it. Although he’ll tell you he’s a meat eater/lover, truthfully, he only eats meat of any kind once or twice a week, max., unless he’s away from home for a week and eating in mostly restaurants. I’m the chef here at “casa 1sweetpea”. I cook or un-cook nearly 100% vegan. I also frequently make his (cooked) lunches for the week. For a SAD eater, his diet is pretty impressive. The low points are the pizza and the occasional indulgence (maybe every other week) in chicken wings and fries. This is the only fried meal he ever orders. In good faith, I must add eggs to that list as well. He loves those damned things. I now buy organic free range eggs for him. His diet is better than anyone else’s that he knows, with the exception of me. The problem is, nobody he knows suffers from psoriasis, except his dad, whose psoriasis is limited to elbows and is very minor.

    I’ve made his psoriasis seem horrendous in my original post. In actuality, the patches only cover a total of 5% of his body or less. In medical circles, he would be considered only moderately affected. The problem is that some of the locations are really visible or else in awkward places, as I mentioned in my first post. My frustration is that he comes from a family that embraces liberal alcohol consumption. They’re not alcoholics, per se, but they are very fond of their fine wines. In addition, he loves beer. He had his gallbladder taken out a few years ago, and in my opinion, the psoriasis has gotten worse more rapidly since then. His liver does more work now that the gallbladder is gone. I think the wine and beer put a lot of stress on his liver. He works out, as I do, hard, but in fits and spurts. We do well for a couple of weeks, then go for a couple of weeks with no exercise. We have an infrared sauna that his parents bought him to help him sweat out toxins. He uses it after workouts. We’d both benefit from being more consistent with exercise. He’d benefit from getting into that sauna more regularly.

    My greatest fear is that when he realizes that the only way to clear up the psoriasis is to give up all of his favourite foods, wine, beer, the odd cigarette that he smokes socially with smoker friends, then become committed to daily exercise and sweating, he’ll become angry and depressed that he must “sacrifice” so much of what makes him happy. How do I gently push this on him without pushing him away from me? If I’m the ogre telling him he can’t do what makes him happy, then he’ll start to associate the deprivation and unhappiness with me.

    I’d be ecstatic if went raw with me. He won’t do that. I’ve suggested we try a one week juice feast together to detox him/us. He’s mulling it over. But, what happens when the week is up? When he’s working out of town, he’ll stay with the friends who smoke and drink a lot and he’ll return to restaurant meals. It might be a tremendous week of detox, but whereas I’d continue on with raw veganism, he’ll return to his moderate omnivorousness. I’m all for gradually trading bad items for good ones, so that nothing is a shock to the system, but then he wouldn’t see any improvement for a long while, if at all.

    I read the China Study recently. I think I have imparted the dangers of a diet heavy on the dairy products and meats. He gets it. He just believes that his diet is much better than average, so moderation is acceptable. I also believe that moderation is key, but my interpretation of moderation is less liberal than his. I might eat a bit of cheese every few weeks. I might eat a bit of fish or seafood every few weeks, but 95% of the time, my choices are healthy vegan and largely raw vegan. I think I could get him down to dairy once a week (for his pizza fix), meat/fish/poultry once per week or less, 3 eggs or fewer per week, but I fear I couldn’t push him beyond that. I can get him to consume less alcohol, but I don’t think I can get him to agree to cut it out completely. That plan has failed in the past. I don’t have a problem with the moderate alcohol consumption whatsoever, unless it is the very thing that is triggering the psoriasis. Then, it’s a problem.

  • bittbitt Raw Starter

    yes, my psoriasis was gone after about 100 days raw. it’s the only thing that worked!

  • melaverdemelaverde Raw Newbie

    Interesting bitt…funny how conventional medicine defines psoriasis as incurable..this makes me think what is exactly the purpose of science, the medical establishment and so called research..we spend trillions annually on modern medical research and treatments and they can’t even cure a cold sore..call me skeptic but I really lost my faith a long time ago. Happy you got rid of it yourself!

  • My Dad has mild psoriasis and takes evening primrose oil for it. Maybe it’s similar to the flaxseed oil rawlizard was talking about?

    -My acne has cleared up! I’ve had it since I was 12. It’s never been severe but just always an issue. Now after two months 100% raw (and an unhealthy one at that -too many nuts and agave and not enough greens…I’m getting there) I only have a few spots on my face and back. So much scaring though.

    Hopefully something works out for him

  • marionvalleygirlmarionvalleygirl Raw Newbie

    Didn’t know if this site had info to help: http://www.dermaharmony.com/?did=1&campaignno=s…

    Not to buy stuff, just information on what may spark some healin foods…

  • Hey sweetpea. I don’t know much about psoriasis but do know how complicated it can be to switch eating and lifestyle habits. I wish you and your bf lots of luck in figuring out how to find a balance with his psoriasis. One blog you may find interesting is here:

    http://lilyflowa.livejournal.com/

    This gal had eczema and psoriasis and was able to get rid of it through raw food and other lifestyle changes. You may want to check it out to get some ideas and/or motivation. Lots ‘o luck!

  • thanks for all the info, i have had psoriasis for 14 years with only a small break my last few months of pregnacy. i will keep you posted on how raw works for me.

  • vegan2rawvegan2raw Raw Newbie

    My daughter gets psoriasis from wheat,dairy,eggs,corn,peanuts and the only thing that healed it was having her go 80 percent or more raw (we also do not eat meat) any time she has a lot of cooked foods it comes back or any of those listed it comes back. I really believe in the raw food lifestyle b/c cutting out allergens and being healthy vegans was not enough for her it is going raw that helps. I think your bf has to be 100 percent into this decision himself not just pushed by you otherwise it wont work b/c he will cheat. In my opinion it is best not to pressure people just show him the facts of people who have healed this way (a lot of people listed blogs with before and after photos have him see those) He has to want it so bad that he can give up dairy and those irritants without remorse. You are doing him a great service by trying to help but ultiamately the power is in his hands so try not to stress too much about it yourself.

    We also only use straight raw coconut oil on our daughter and that helps more than any expensive cream. It also wont cause the skin to crack the way steroids do.

    Peace light and love

    Good luck

  • Hey there 1sweetpea: I say the following from experience and don't mean to be rude.I hope you won't take it that way...

    From reading your posts it sounds like he isn't really interested in changing. Often people, my pre-raw self included, get very comfortable in the "woe is me" role. Even if it seems totally irrational and you're miserable or physically uncomfortable, as your bf is- it seems as though he is more about complaining than taking action. I work in mental health and see this alot with clients. Perhaps what he needs to do is see a therapist to deal with his issues around change, but will only work if he wants to change. He is really lucky to have such a loving and patient partner willing to work this through!

    For me, an ardent cheese lover and bread bitch- I would dream about eating sad foods when i first started raw, I also quit smoking after 22 years! But now I taste a bagel and have to spit it out-it just tastes nasty to me. Cigarettes wreak-I can't take the smell. His taste buds WILL change over time. Eventually, he won't crave pizza and the other sad stuff. It's not easy! I still contemplate a bar of raw cheddar every now and then, but I know I will feel sick and dissappointed with myself- hence it is just not worth it. In addition, my mood has changed. My outlook on life has brightened and my response to external stress is much less intense. From the other posts- this would be important for him.

    Anyway- that's my 2 cents for what its worth...Best of luck to you both!

  • Sweetpea, I really sympathize. My mother has had psoriasis for many years and tried everything - except a raw diet ;-)

    But I agree with smsaler, he doesn't seem ready to change. He's not unhappy enough with it to commit to the work. Probably won't be until it interferes with his business.

    So now it's up to you to accept his decision or not. I don't think I could have lived in a relationship that did not include intimacy for so long. That must be very difficult for you.

    I wish you the best and happiest outcome.

  • Hey sweepea, I am with Melaverde on this one that omega 3 oil is good stuff.

    However, I know people have mentioned stress, but the reason behind it is this. When the body is put into 'fight or flight' mode, the body responds by putting a good blood supply into the bits that really need it - ie the muscles heart etc, but the bits that don't need it - gonads skin and guts, do not get as good a blood supply. The problem with our lifestyle is that we do not use up the stress hormones that we secrete, especially if we eat a high sugar, caffeinated diet. So, we end up stressed up to the eyeballs, which means we end up with ibs, skin conditions, etc. The skin shows things like eczema and psoriasis when we are stressed and unable to unwind. So I would emphasise what all those people have said about stress and really try to concentrate on that aspect.

    The omega 3 oils are brilliant for skin anyway, those with dry skin will see some evidence of 'waterproofing' after a short while of using it - I know I have.

    He sounds lovely, give him lots of tender loving care and keep dropping heavy hints about how brilliant you feel on raw and maybe he will join in ;D

  • internettouristinternettourist Raw Newbie

    Sometimes people get more serious about being raw when they have dire health issues. The skin problem isn't dire enough for him. It apparently is just irritating to him. And he like most probably believe that's what clothes are for--covering things up.

    You don't want to nag him. I wonder how many times you can insert things into conversations without being a nag. I cannot get my mom to stop eating dairy. She says "If I die tomorrow, I'll die happy." It isn't funny though. That bloatiness looks very sick.

    Maybe just being that shining example of health may be inspiration to him. Out of what you have listed, I think the dairy is the worst thing for his health, worse than meat eating. Instead of having pizza night, maybe you can have raw gourmet night,candle and movie night, or whatever.

    And maybe at Christmas time we should lighten up and count our blessings. I mean it could be worse. He could stink up your house by broiling some sausages or bubba burgers. That would really screw up your karma. You'd have to kill him.

  • lol, i live with a person that does that!!

    I don't want to kill him tho (lol) cos he's lovely in lots of other ways and he says he will try (an then brings home bacon and black puddin) sigh

    Seriously? i think it does screw up my karma

  • 1sweetpea1sweetpea Raw Newbie

    Thanks for the insights and opinions, everyone. I appreciate your thoughts. Indeed, Internettourist, I believe his motivation might be totally different if the psoriasis covered his face. I'm thankful that it doesn't. He believes it to be totally stress-related. It definitely gets better and worse depending on how stressed he is and how much sunlight exposure he gets, which is very little most of the year. We're headed to India for 6 weeks, beginning New Year's Day. He's expecting the break from work and the (hopefully) warm and sunny weather to do wonders for him. It will, but I still believe that his food and beverage choices are a factor as well.

    As for the various opinions that he'll never change and that I'm too patient or a masochist for sticking around in a sometimes frustrating situation, I guess you can't put yourself in my position. I have to weigh the pros and cons of our relationship. He lived with my food quirks for nearly 10 years before finding out that I had been bulimic for our entire relationship (and beyond). He stuck with me, forgave me for keeping my dark secret existence from him, supported me and tried to understand what I was going through, even though it was totally foreign territory for him. We have a bond that many couples would love to have. We talk about everything, we laugh, we've even cried together. We've given each other 10.5 years and I think it would suck to turn around and tell him that his skin condition and reluctance to overhaul his lifestyle are just too much for me to accept. What if he had told me that my keeping my eating disorders from him was too much for him to handle and that he felt he didn't really know the real me at all and no longer loved me? He could have. He didn't. I know diabetics and people with high cholesterol who refuse to change a single aspect of their diets and lifestyles, foolishly believing that a pill or needle will "keep things under control". Do we abandon them because they aren't making the changes we wish them to make? I doubt it. Psoriasis is not a life threatening condition. I live with a man who treats me very well, works tirelessly to provide for us (I have a great job but it's currently low-paying as it's a start-up company) and allow us to take beautiful 6-week vacations together every year. He's my best friend, snuggle-buddy and closest confidant. With the exception of one rough patch, our relationship has only become stronger year by year. Yes, the lack of physical intimacy can be lonely and downright frustrating at times, but (forgive my bluntness/crudeness) I could not imagine ending an otherwise idyllic relationship just because I'd like to "get laid" once in a while. Call me a fool for sticking with a stubborn mule, but is it reasonable for me to tell him to eliminate many sources of social enjoyment (wine, cheese, beer, occasional chicken wings and fries or very occasional meat indulgences) or else? What kind of a person would I be if I threatened to leave if he doesn't clear up his psoriasis and jump into bed with me ... stat?!? I'm being extreme, but think about it. Yes, I'm a giver. I don't demand a lot from my partner, but I'm no doormat either. We have mutual respect for one another and each pull our weight in our respective roles in the relationship. If you took a look at your own relationship and said to yourself: "I am 95% happy", would the 5% that's lacking be reason enough to walk away? Not for me.

    I don't need for him to be raw or even vegan, just healthier in his choices. I wish that he would demonstrate an ongoing desire to improve his condition so that I could believe he's interested in returning to a more intimate relationship with me. I'm happy that he cares enough to see an acupuncturist regularly and is making a concerted effort not to get too worked up with stress in his business life. He claims to want the intimacy, but I'm just afraid that we've both become so accustomed to the lack of it that we've accepted that this is what is. For me, it's causing a bit of a self-esteem issue, but in fairness, I think his own self-esteem issues are in play too. He can't feel good about himself when he's all spotty, cracking and oozing in places. He hides his deformed fingernails with Band-aids and hates when I point out a new spot. I know how self-conscious he's become, so how can I force him to strip down and potentially be subject to scrutiny (which is not my intention, but he'd pick up on it if I was observing "bad spots".

    He's been taking Omega-3s for a while now, with no improvement. As recommended by internettourist, I am counting my blessings and looking forward to an exciting 6 weeks together. Who knows? A vacation from all the stresses and duties at home might be just what the doctor ordered. Again, thanks all, for the honesty, support and suggestions. It feels good to get this off my chest. I would never discuss it with any friend or family member face to face, lest he feel "outed" to people we know. This has been therapeutic and for that, I am grateful.

  • bittbitt Raw Starter

    my husband had a lot of skin issues when i met him. it was a rash and acne. he finally got a food allergy panel. he eliminated garlic, bananas, flax, kidney beans, and peanuts from his diet. his skin is almost 100% clear now. it's amazing.

    I think if I had done the food panel i would realize i am allergic to more than just wheat and gluten. that is probably why psoriasis went away. i had had it for over 15 years. my mom was shocked when it was gone because it's been there for so long.

    i think if you find someone who does these food panels you could see if he could give up just one or two foods rather than do the whole raw diet. it's worth a try! if you explain to him that medicines have side effects and also are just dealing with the symptoms rather than the cause, why not at least explore it?

  • internettouristinternettourist Raw Newbie

    Have a wonderful vacation and new year.

    I wrote about oil of oregano in one of the other threads. It's suppose to be a cure all for all types of issues including acne and psoriasis and mites, etc. I noticed inflammation on a toe I broke 3 years ago go down within a day of my starting to take it. I take two pills a day, Solaray. One in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening after dinner. It's also a fix for water born illnesses, bacteria and parasites.

    Since your leaving the country, you may want to read up on the internet and take a supply for the both of you. I have been taking it for a month now. I plan on taking it for at least two more if not continuously. Peace out.

    Take care.

  • Hi SweetPea,

    I'm sorry to hear about the skin troubles that your honey is experiencing. I had eczema for years on my hands, which was always shaking peoples hands in business when they're cracked and often bleeding.

    I know several people that have often rid of their psoriasis by water alone, no change to diet. And some of these guys, you should see what they eat. All I'm gonna say is... Denny's. Ew. The water I'm referring to is alkalized, ionized water. The alkaline water alkalizes your body, which is one of the great benefits of eating raw food and why people see such health improvements. Plus changing your drinking water is a heck of a lot easier to do than eating all raw. You can purchase a machine that goes under or over the sink. Most machines also give you the option of acidic water. This can be used topically and my friends that had psorisis would put acidic water in spray bottle and spray to affected areas. My eczema was mainly on my hands, so I would just rinse my hands under the water. I haven't had any eczema issues since, it's been almost a year now. I don't know if my friends had psoriasis in the sensitive places that you're referring to, but they are ecstatic about the results that I can see with their clothes on :D

    There are several machines on the market, I personally use the Athena. The cheaper ones degrade quickly as they don't have self-cleaning.

    There's lots of info on the web about alkalized water, search psoriasis alkaline water etc

    Hope you and your honey can be bunnies again soon!

  • You probably dont want to hear some of my comments but here it goes anyway.

    Ive had psoriasis since I was 5 at about 5-10% most of my life. Then when I was 23 until about 26 I was about 90% covered I was horrified.. I went back to traditional medicines b/c I was desperate which I avoided for many years which didnt work. It only temporarily helped. My boyfriend at the time was supportive for about 4-5 months until he realized it wasnt going away. Then we started having issues and we broke up after how he was treating me.

    In the end I started eating mostly vegetarian except for fish sometimes and taking alot of vitamins. The omegas help alot.Im going to try and be mostly raw right now Im back to 5%.AS of now Im doing the master cleanse which I did before which helped a bit I am aiming to do a longer cleanse than last. and be stricter with my eating habits. I have a better boyfriend now who is supportive 100% and doesnt try to tell me how to treat my problem.

    Your bf has to do it on his own. I can honestly say that having other people telling you what to do about it MAKES IT WORSE its the stress . When my skin was bad most people were mean and everyone tried to tell me everything. Even thou you mean well and think you are helping him you are only making him self conscious. He might not tell him you are but you have to be comfortable with it. You need to show him you are comfortable being intimate while he has his rashes. I do it, I probably wouldnt if my bf wasnt so supportive.

    Every person is different for some diet works others it doesnt. As for vitamins take a small multi a good brand not like centrum, omegas 3,6 take 2000mg. Zinc, I take Thera zinc lozenges 1 a day. Tanning also helps I dont like to do it much but it does work. Use Olive oil shampoo and conditioner my scalp P is 100% gone after I started using it. I also only use lotions and creams that dont have added scents using plain olive oil or other types of oils is best. You can find them in health and beauty section of most organic groceries.

  • My daughter has the same sort of condition. One day we were in Whole Foods and ran across some unscented shampoo and I though we'd try it. It was a fluke/miracle. No more flaky patchy red irritating bumps on her scalp. I guess it was the perfume in the regular shampoo that irritated her. If this is the case with your boyfriend then maybe he might be allergic to perfumes? They can be in any kind of soap even laundry detergent. The shampoo we bought and continue to buy is just the generic Whole Foods brand 360. I wish you both the best there has got to be an answer out there.

  • Do I ever have info for you!!! I am very experienced with this topic. I was covered on 90% of my body, face and neck included and I was debilitated. I will spare you the details. Last year I cleared it up. Here is what I found to work.

    * Acidophilus - By replenishing your friendly bacteria, food is digested without creating toxins to migrate into the bloodstream and then the skin, causing psoriasis patches.This cured me.

    * Soak - Long baths to soak up water and then rub in a little oil imediately after drying to retain water. This is incredible! See improvement imediately!

    * Eliminate toxins - Alchahol, cafiene, smoke, etc...

    * Sea salt in water - cover patches with this solution. May sting and redden at first, but amazing results after a few minutes.

    * Sweat - Exercise to release toxins and reduce stress.

    * Cut back on sugars - Keeping stable blood sugar helps SO much.

    * Water - drink as much as you can to keep your skin clean and hydrated

    *Eliminate triger foods - Dairy. Oranges and tomatoes have AA (an acid that can cause redness and inflamation)

    *Use natural products - shampoo and toothpaste will not iritate as much as chemical versions.

    I am so thankfull that my partner stuck beside me and was helpful with encouraging me to heal. I am so glad you are supporting him!

    LOVE!

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