Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I have Psoriasis

1 of my many small spots of psoriasis
I have recently discovered some random spots on my legs and arms. Turns out I have psoriasis, which is an auto-immune disorder which is generally inherited; y grandma was a long time sufferer which explains that.  I am thankful that so far my case seems to be quite random, but I am finding more and more spots regularly.  I have been doing plenty of research online to discover ways to treat, prevent and deal with this newly discovered ailment I have. Considering the array of auto-immune disorders out there, this one is relatively minor and certainly not life threatening. For me, so far, the condition is very mild. There are over 7 million people who suffer from psoriasis so I know I am far from alone. There are many home remedies out there. So far I purchased an ointment from the drug store which contains coal tar which is regarded as being one of the best treatments for psoriasis. After purchasing the ointment I decided to research the active ingredient which turns out to be TOXIC, EEEK!! Here is an excerpt from wikipedia with regards to its safety:

"According to the National Psoriasis Foundation and the FDA, coal tar is a valuable, safe and inexpensive treatment option for millions of people with psoriasis and other scalp or skin conditions.[14] Coal tar concentrations between 0.5% and 5% are safe and effective for psoriasis, and no scientific evidence suggests that the coal tar in the concentrations seen in non-prescription treatments is (or is not) carcinogenic because there are too few studies and insufficient data to make a judgement."

In light of this, I will use the ointment only when I am unable to achieve comfort through home remedies. In my search for help I have come across a few home remedies that I feel may be very helpful. Vitamine D* is known for slowing down cell growth. Since Psoriasis is basically an overgrowth of skin cells, applying topical vitamin D should definitely help. Also, simply moisturizing more regularly as well as not using soaps with harsh chemicals. I plan on using Avocado Oil with Vitamin B12** since it contains omegas which have also been shown to reduce symptoms and severity of psoriasis, It is simply a matter of me finding a pre-mixed cream or making one myself. These are the home remedies that I feel stand the best chance based on their properties. I also am trying to alter my diet a bit, sitting back on grains. I am aware of people who have had success with this alone. I am a lover of breads and pastas but I do believe cutting back is always a healthy move, regardless of psoriasis. I have purchased a Spiralizer to make veggie pastas and also have a Bread Machine to make paleo breads.

Considering this is an overly visible disease, it becomes that much more difficult to live with. I have made a vow to myself to never let it change what I choose to wear not how I view myself and my beauty.  It is not something that is catchy or dirty and is nothing to be ashamed of. I will not hesitate to speak of it if asked about the spots and I will also educate others about the disease.

Paleo Bread: TO) Recipes)

*Info on the link between Vit. D and Psoriasis
**Medical Study of B12 cream containing Avocado Oil to treat Psoriasis

More Great Info on THIS SITE (University of Maryland Medical Center)
The National Psoriasis Foundation also has a discussion board that many may find very helpful.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Milk Kefir and Strep Throat

My daughter recently came down with strep throat.  Kefir has shown in studies to combat the strep bacteria.  It has never been tested on humans but we have relied on drinking kefir twice now when a person in my household had strep and I have never caught the infection.

Here is a great link about kefir.
Also a link to more benefits which go far beyond combating streptococcus bacteria.
And Another Link.