Sun And Supplements Relieve Psoriasis
About 8 million Americans endure physical and emotional pain inflicted by the
skin ailment psoriasis. Psoriasis is not contagious, but is often hereditary.
This condition is linked to a rapid growth of cells in the skins' outer layer,
causing round, reddish skin patches with silvery scales. In severe cases, the
entire surface of the body can be disfigured with painful cracks among patches
of scaly skin. Despite continued research, scientists have yet to find a
precise cause of this condition.
According to The Optimum Nutrition Bible, by Patrick Holford, psoriasis may be
linked to a candida infection or digestive problems. Many experts recommend a
cleansing diet to help alleviate the problem, since the buildup of toxins in an
unhealthy colon also may be a factor.
Dry skin conditions, such as psoriasis, is often a sign of fatty acid imbalance.
Your skin cells need to have healthy cell membranes to prevent moisture loss,
capture nutrients and keep toxins away. Fatty acids are necessary for this and
to help keep skin cells strong and functioning properly. If you aren't eating
enough of the right fats, chances are your skin will be dry as a result. In the
majority of cases, fatty acid imbalance occurs because a person eats too many
omega-6 fats, found in such products as corn, soy, canola, safflower and
sunflower oil, and not enough omega-3 fats. These two types of fat, omega-3 and
omega-6, are both essential for human health, however, the ideal ratio of
omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Our ancestors evolved over millions of years on
this ratio. Today, though, our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 averages from 20:1
James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, C.N.C., Prescription For Nutritional
Healing, consider psoriasis to be a result of faulty utilization of fat, since
the disease is rare in countries where the diet is low in fat. Current research
also indicates the immune system may play a role. Supplements that may be
beneficial include flax and evening primrose oil, zinc, magnesium, and
antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E. The publication Prescription
For Nutritional Healing also lists Ultimate Oil from Nature's Secret (re-named
Fish-Free Omega 3 Oils) to be "essential" in treating psoriasis.
Psoriasis Sufferers Find Relief At Tanning Salons
In a study conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, associate professor of medicine at
the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, psoriasis sufferers
who have received daily UV treatments showed significant improvement. The
findings are supported by a recent Brittish study of the use of narrowband UVB
light as "safe and effective" for psoriasis treatment. The test results were
reported in the 1999 edition of the Brittish Journal Of Dermatology
vol.140,pp.887-890. The study might help explain why so many psoriasis
sufferers visit tanning salons for relief.
The research was conducted by the Dept.Of Dermatology at the Western Infirmary,
Glasgow,Scotland,UK. A 40-lamp medical UVB unit was employed in the tests on 75
patients between the ages of 18 and 72.
The subjects were given treatments three times per week for up to 20 exposures
or until their condition cleared. Ninety-five per cent of the patients reported
that the treatments were beneficial. Of the 75 patients treated, 29% were
completely cleared, 62% showed marked improvement, while 9% were moderately
Based on information from Energy Times(10/99), Island Sun Times (12/00) and info
from mercola.com (Dr. Joseph Mercola)