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 to 50:1!

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 improved.

Based on information from Energy Times(10/99), Island Sun Times (12/00) and info from mercola.com (Dr. Joseph Mercola)
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