Psoriasis - Natural ways to Relief.
I believe that Shark Liver Oil and Bovine Colostrum can be of great benefit to psoriasis sufferers for many reasons. Shark Liver Oil boosts the immune system, it helps to kill Candida, the squalene in it helps with skin repair, it contains Vitamins A and E, and it can be applied externally as a soothing and healing agent. For these reasons we supply Southern Deep Shark Live Oil in both capsules and liquid in a squirt bottle for external application. New Zealand Colostrum has many similar characteristics although it does not contain Vitamins A & E.
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An extract from the book DIGESTIVE WELLNESS by Elizabeth Lipski M.S.,C.C.N. available at Amazon.com
Description of Psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin rash characterized by patchy, silvery-looking skin. It can affect just knees, elbows or scalp or can spread over most of the body. It often occurs at the site of a previous injury. Psoriasis often runs in families and usually develops gradually. It's believed that the scaling of psoriasis is due to overproduction of new skin a rapid rate of skin breakdown. Psoriasis flares up due to stress, severe sunburn, irritation, skin creams, antimalarial-therapy, or from withdrawal from cortisone, or it can brought on by other triggers. Then it goes into remission. Arachadonic acid and leukotrienes are elevated in the urine of people with active psoriasis, which indicates that omega 3 fatty acids may be of benefit. Psoriasis affects about 1 pc of the American population as a whole, but 2 to 4 percent of Caucasians.
Psoriasis can also occur with joint inflammation as psoriatic arthritis and is found in 5 to 7 percent of people with psoriasis. It isn't clear whether psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are the same disease or two almost identical diseases.
Michael Murray, N.D., and Joe Pizzorno, N.D., have documented a number of factors that influence the progression of psoriasis, including incomplete digestion of protein, bowel toxemia, food sensitivities, poor liver function, reaction to alcoholic beverages, and eating high amounts of animal fats. Let's look at each of these factors.
When protein digestion is incomplete or proteins are poorly absorbed, bacteria can break down the proteins and produce toxic substances. One group of these toxins is called polyamines, which have been found to be higher in people with psoriasis than in the average population. polyamines contribute to psoriasis by blocking production of cyclic-AMP. Vitamin A and an herb called goldenseal inhibits the formation of polyamines. Since protein digestion begins in the stomach, low levels of hydrochloric acid there can also cause incomplete protein digestion. Digestive enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid supplementation aid protein digestion.
Bowel toxemia plays an important role in psoriasis. A poor balance of intestinal flora due to stress, diet, medications, or other factors often leads to bacterial and fungal infection. In fact, many people with psoriasis have colonization of fungus in their digestive system and on their skin. In a recent study, twenty-one out of thirty-four people with psoriasis were found to have Candida albicans in the spaces between their fingers or toes, and the majority were also affected by fungi from the Tinea family. Other research found a 56 percent increase in nail fungus in people with psoriasis. Another study looked at stool samples of people with psoriasis and other skin disorders. Researchers found a high number of disease producing microbes, predominantly yeasts, in the Colon. This may not be the cause of psoriasis, but rather an indication of poor gut ecology. Treatment for yeast infection Corresponded with a decrease in skin inflammation.
Elimination diets and hypersensitivity testing have also produced profound results. People with psoriasis have high levels of IgE antibodies, which indicate an allergic component. Intestinal dysbiosis predisposes people to food and environmental sensitivities, so people with hypersensitivities need to heal the intestinal lining by taking appropriate bacterial supplements.
Poor liver function may contribute as well. Liver function profile tests and the metabolic screening questionnaire can help you determine liver function, and the metabolic screening questionnaire can also be used to follow your progress. Incorporate a detoxification program with an elimination/ provocation diet to determine which foods may trigger your psoriasis.
Alcohol consumption contributes to psoriasis, since alcohol contains many toxic substances, which stress an overburdened liver. Candida albicans (yeast) thrive when beer and wine are consumed. Even one glass can provoke symptoms. Alcohol also increases intestinal permeability.
The causes and treatment of psoriasis are complex. Successful treatment must encompass several approaches reflecting its complexity. Look for underlying causes and develop a personal program based on your needs.
Psoriatic arthritis affects 5 to 7 percent of people with psoriasis who have joint pain as well as the more common skin and nail symptoms. There is not yet agreement on whether this is an advanced stage of psoriasis or a completely separate but similar disease. The arthritic condition closely resembles that of rheumatoid arthritis, although people with psoriatic arthritis usually have a negative rheumatoid factor. Fingers, toes, and the lower back are the most likely joints to be affected. Skin and joint symptoms may flare up or improve simultaneously. This disease can be mild, but it can also be severely deforming and disabling.
No one really knows what causes psoriatic arthritis, although it appears to have genetic, environmental, and immunologic origins. The gene marker HLA-B27 is present in most people with this disease. Some researchers have concluded that chronic exposure to bacteria in the gut, tonsils, and skin results in inflammation throughout the body, particularly in the skin and joints. The interaction of these bacteria with a specific gene type may cause an autoimmune reaction, which causes the early symptoms.
Inflammation of psoriatic arthritis is involved with arachidonic acid pathways. A healthful diet plus essential fatty acids help reduce and prevent further inflammation. Evening primrose, borage, and fish oils, tumeric, curcumin, bromelain, and quercetin all work on these pathways.
healing options See Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis.
FUNCTIONAL LABORATORY TESTING
1. Food and environmental sensitivity testing, IgE and IgGA testing.
2. Candida testing (either blood or stool).
3. Liver function profile.
4. Intestinal permeability testing.
5. Blood testing for vitamin and mineral status.
Multivitamin with minerals:
Fish oils/EPA/DHA: Too much can be toxic; be especially careful during pregnancy and lactation. Eating fish or taking fish oils has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on psoriasis for some people. Fatty acids contribute to healthy skin, hair, and nails, and fish oils promote production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. It is also possible that fish oils potentiate the activity of vitamin D and sunlight. Dosage: Eat cold water fish-salmon, halibut, mackerel, sardines, tuna, and herring-two to four times per week or take EPA/DHA capsules. Fish oils increase blood clotting time so use them carefully.
Sunlight and vitamin D:
Saccharomyces boulardii: Saccharomyces boulardii is a cousin to baker's yeast. It has been shown to raise levels of secretory IgA, which are low in psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Dosage: one acidophillus/bifidus supplement containing Saccharomyces boulardii.
Topical creams: Many topical creams, oils, and ointments help psoriasis. Capsaicin, a cayenne pepper cream, helped 66 to 70 percent of the people who used it in a recent trial. Vitamins A and E have also been used topically with success; one physician alternates them, one each day. Creams containing zinc are also effective, as are salves containing sarsaparilla. Goldenseal ointment or oral supplements can also be helpful.
Aloe vera cream:
Glucosamine: A new hypothesis is that glucosamine, a component of connective tissue widely used for arthritic conditions, may benefit people with psoriasis. Glucosamine plus fish oil can limit amphilregulin and transforming growth factor, which enhance psoriasis. There is no human research as yet, but glucosamine has little risk. Southern Deep Green Lipped Mussel extract is worth looking at in this respect.
Milk Thistle, Silymarin: An excellent liver detoxifier, milk thistle has also been shown to have a positive effect on psoriasis.
Zinc: Zinc is necessary for maintenance and repair of skin, immune function, and healing.
Propolis: Bees collect a resin from tree buds and convert it into a highly concentrated substance called propolis, which a Cuban study found to have anti-inflammatory properties. The research is preliminary, but the overall benefits of propolis are many and the risks are low.
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