I can say that with authority because I’ve had severe psoriasis since the day I was delivered into this cold and uncaring world.
Aside from the ugly, itchy patches on the skin, psoriasis leaves behind a long trail of frustration, anxiety, and even depression. Most of us with psoriasis have simply resigned ourselves to having to “live with it” and “deal with it”, never knowing when the next flare-up will happen.
The medical community seems to project the same feeling with an endless list of “let’s try this ointment”, knowing full well that it’s unlikely to make any significant difference. This leaves us bereft of hope that we can ever have “nice” skin. We’re still at the mercy of our uncomfortable and unpredictable skin, doing our best to hide it from stares and unkind comments.
As we move into the new year, we’re once again in the season of resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, be a better person, and so on.
Instead, what I would suggest is that we think about resilience. Resilience means “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”
Let’s face it. It’s been a tough couple of years with lots of uncertainty: job losses, the pandemic, politics, climate change, and so on. We’re feeling pretty beaten up over everything that’s going on in our world. On top of our bad skin, it’s a long list that we have little control over.
Or do we?
What if I told you that you have nearly complete control over your skin? This may come as a surprise or more likely, you’re completely skeptical of that statement, and for good reason. You may not be aware that you can control your skin because no one has ever told you that you do.
To be clear, there is NO cure for psoriasis. If you have it, you’ll have it forever.
But you have the capacity to control your skin and get it into near or complete remission without any toxic medications.
That’s a bold statement but bear with me. It’s not easy and yet it is easy once you learn what I’m about to tell you.
In his article, The 3 Traits of Highly Resilient People, Nick Wignall says that resilient people have three traits:
- Acceptance – See reality for what it is
- Purpose – Clarify your highest values
- Flexibility – Ability to change closely held beliefs
These are not innate by any means but are traits that we can learn.
Let’s take them one at a time.
Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation to the fact that you have bad skin, and that there’s nothing to be done about it. Acceptance means seeing that you do have a disease that has a cause, and if you take care of the cause, the disease will heal.
When we see a dermatologist for our psoriasis, the doctors are going to prescribe three different treatments: creams or ointments, UV light, or biologic injections. None of these treatments get to the root cause of the disease, which is an unhealthy gut.
The biologics directly suppress your immune system by largely targeting something called TNF-α or Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha which is a special type of messaging protein used to alert immune cells that there’s inflammation. By suppressing TNF-α you’re going to be sicker because your body can’t respond to an actual infection. This leaves you vulnerable to infections, sepsis, tuberculosis, and even cancer.
Instead, we want to heal our gut. This is going to strengthen the immune system and naturally reduce inflammation. This way, TNF-α will go down naturally until you need it to fight off an infection.
It sounds complicated but healing the gut bacteria is as simple as changing what you put into your mouth. Consuming the wrong foods feeds the “bad” gut bacteria, and not eating the right foods has the same result.
We all know that we need to eat “healthier”. It’s the new year, right? Perhaps that’s what you’ve decided to do with a new year’s resolution. If so, that’s great.
The Standard American Diet or “SAD” as I call it, is a terrible example of what we should be eating. It’s been so skewed by big-budget marketing machines and subsidies from the government that it doesn’t resemble anything like what we should be eating, and it’s making us sick.
If you were to be given the formula to follow on what to eat to heal your gut, would you do it? The reward would be that your gut would heal, and with it, your skin will naturally heal itself.
When I fixed what I ate, I was stunned at how my body changed in just six months:
- I lost 65 pounds eating as much as I wanted, and I didn’t count a single calorie
- My psoriasis and adult acne cleared up
- My cholesterol and triglyceride numbers plummeted into super-healthy ranges (my doctor couldn’t believe it!)
- My blood pressure dropped to 90/60
This can be your Purpose for 2022.
“If insanity is trying the same thing over and over without success, then flexibility is the heart of sanity.”
How many times have you been to the dermatologist hoping for something new that would work? I can’t count the number of doctor visits I’ve been to and gotten NO results.
I had to find a different way. I had to be flexible and get rid of the ideas I’d held so closely for so many years that clearly don’t work.
2500 years ago, the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” He was correct. Food holds a far more powerful healing power than all the pills and ointments that a doctor may prescribe. But our modern medical technology seems to have lost that art.
When a person is in medical school, they take about 2000 hours of training to realize their degree. A paltry 1% of that time or a measly 20 hours is spent on nutrition.
This one fact is why your doctor has not talked about how nutrition can be used to heal your body instead of using artificial means.
Once I discovered that food directly caused my illness, I no longer needed the toxic medicines or doctor visits.
This Is a Marathon
If you choose to go on this journey with me, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There is no magic bullet. Psoriasis moves VERY slowly, and it takes TIME to heal. Expect to take six months to get some reasonable results.
But if you stick with it, you’ll have the answers for the long haul, and you can keep it going from there on forever.
If you’d like to learn more, please watch the short video on my website, Control My Psoriasis.
Learn resilience and embrace it this year instead of making yet-another half-hearted new year’s resolution that you know in your heart, you won’t stick with.
You have the power to change your life.
Let’s do it together.