A real story of HOPE for millions with Psoriasis – Dubai
My name is Stanley, I am a 34 year old male living with Psoriasis for the past 18 years. My ordeal started with dry, itchy skin and rashes on my legs that slowly spread to my elbow and fingers.
When I was younger, I recollect having Eczema and allergies. Over a period of time, my Eczema subsided after applying topical creams and moisturizers. I also tried Ayurvedic treatment both which helped me in keeping my Psoriasis under control.
However, the symptoms would resurface every now and then creating havoc in my social life. Being a guitarist, I would have to put multiple band-aids to cover the scabs on my fingers. I was embarrassed to shake hands with people as they would often inquire what the scabs were.
I would never have known that my food allergies and food intolerances were a contributing factor to my condition; until I did the IgG ‘food intolerance test’. I was tested for over 200 food groups and was found sensitive to milk, egg white, wheat, gelatine, and citrus. I was told to stay away from all these foods indefinitely to keep my symptoms at bay.
I stumbled upon NAET as a way to clear my allergies, here in Dubai. Every known health issue begins with a weak immune system, hence that began as the first target through the NAET treatments and later I was cleared of all my food allergies and sensitivities. I started seeing results almost immediately….my Psoriasis started to clear and all my open wounds dried up completely. All those 18 years of suffering had finally come to an end.
2.8% of the UAE population has Psoriasis disease
Statistics indicate that it is estimated that some 2.8 percent of the UAE’s population has Psoriasis affliction and support groups are a dire necessity. “Psoriasis affects all ages and mostly among middle-aged people, but we have even seen it among kids,” Dr. Dayem said.
(Source: Emirates 24/7, Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012)
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings.
Researchers agree that psoriatic disease is an autoimmune disease. That means that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are actually caused by an overactive immune system.
But how can your immune system which is built to keep you healthy actually causes illness? The explanation can be found in the word itself. Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system automatically launches an inflammatory response against your own body.
When the immune system functions properly, it protects the body against any “invaders” that might make you sick, such as bacteria, viruses or other pathogens. But in people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the immune system goes into action even without these invaders. Instead, the immune system fights the body’s own tissues. In Psoriatic disease, this battle is waged in the skin and joints.
Researchers who study psoriatic disease are still working to identify the substances inside the body that the immune response mistakes for antigen. One possibility could be certain kinds of bacteria, in some cases, streptococcal infection (Known as strep throat) can trigger a case of Guttate Psoriasis.
Another possible antigen could be antimicrobial peptides, molecules that are a part of the immune system and work as the body’s own antibiotics. Research funded by the National Psoriasis Foundation found that a particular antimicrobial peptide can cause an autoimmune reaction in many people with moderate to severe psoriasis.
Living with Psoriasis
Managing life with psoriasis isn’t always easy. Living with Psoriasis has unique challenges. like Stress, Itching, Relationship, Depression, etc….
Stress: Stress is a common trigger for a psoriasis flare. At the same time, a psoriasis flare can cause stress.
Itching: The itch of psoriasis may have a bigger impact on the quality of life than the visible effect of the disease.
Relationship: It can be difficult talking to friends and family about your psoriasis and how it affects your life. Psoriasis may impact your relationships.
Depression: People with psoriasis are more likely to become depressed. It’s important to look for symptoms of depression and seek treatment if you need it.
What are the causes and risk factors?
A combination of elements, including genetic predisposition, food intolerances, and environmental factors play a major role leading to Psoriasis. It is common for psoriasis to be found in members of the same family. Defects in immune regulation are thought to play a major role.
It takes many years to develop Psoriasis in a person. In some case 15 years or more, depending on the food allergies/intolerances that one may have from an early age. What starts as itchy skin or Atopic Dermatitis may lead to Psoriasis, lymphomas, cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s disease, and depression. Psoriatic arthritis affects up to 30% of individuals with psoriasis.
It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.
Types of Psoriasis
There are several different forms of psoriasis, including psoriasis vulgaris (common plaque type), guttate psoriasis (small, drop-like spots), inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, groin, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (small pus-filled yellowish blisters).
When the palms and the soles are involved, this is known as palmoplantar psoriasis. In erythrodermic psoriasis, the entire skin surface is involved with the disease. Patients with this form of psoriasis often feel cold and may develop congestive heart failure if they have a pre-existing heart problem.
What is Psoriatic nail disease?
Psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails. There are different types of nail changes that can occur. These changes include:
- Pitting of the nails – small pits appear on the surface of the nail. There may be one pit or many pits on the surface of a single nail.
- Onycholysis – the nail separates from the skin underneath the nail. At first, this looks like a white or yellow patch at the tip of the nail. This patch gradually gets bigger and reaches the base of the nail. The gap between the nail and the skin underneath the nail can become infected and change color.
- Subungual hyperkeratosis – chalk-like material builds up under the nail. The nail becomes raised and often tender.
- The color of the nail may change, such as turning to yellow-brown.
- Fungal nail infections can occur with psoriatic nail disease. Fungal nail infections can cause thickening of the nails.
The diagnosis of psoriatic nail disease is usually made by the appearance of the affected nails. Occasionally, a sample of the nail (a biopsy) is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Psoriasis appears as a small bump, a papule, surmounted by scale. When these papules coalesce, a plaque is formed that is often covered by thick layers of horny scale.
When this scale is shed, it appears as dandruff, which can be quite unsightly. Scratching these plaques, either because of itching or because of the impulse to remove it, is a very poor idea because of what is called the Koebner phenomenon. This may cause psoriasis to develop in areas of inflammation and trauma. Scratching off the scale will only make things worse
Yes, psoriasis is associated with inflamed joints in about one-third of those affected. In fact, joint pains may be the only sign of the disorder, with clear skin. The joint disease associated with psoriasis is referred to as Psoriatic Arthritis.
Patients may have inflammation of joints (arthritis), although the joints of the hands, knees, and ankles tend to be most commonly affected. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory, destructive form of arthritis and is treated with medications to manage the progression.
The average age for the onset of psoriatic arthritis is 30-40 years of age. Usually, the skin symptoms and signs precede the onset of arthritis.
In most cases, a psoriasis diagnosis is rather straightforward. Your doctor will perform a physical examination of your skin, scalp, and nails, and also take your medical history. If you have a family member with psoriasis, it’s important to share that with your doctor.
In rare cases, a psoriasis diagnosis may require a biopsy, where your doctor takes a small sample of skin to examine under a microscope so he or she can determine the exact type of psoriasis and rule out other disease possibilities.
Ways to manage Psoriasis
Topicals: One of the most common approaches is topical creams and moisturizer that are prescribed by your doctor after you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis.
Soriatane (acitretin) is an oral retinoid, which is
a synthetic form of vitamin A. Synthetic retinoids was approved in the U.S. in the 1980s. Soriatane is the only oral retinoid approved by the FDA specifically for treating psoriasis. Isotretinoin, another oral retinoid, is sometimes used instead of Soriatane to treat psoriasis (see page 16 for more about isotretinoin).
The exact way that Soriatane works to control psoriasis is unknown. In general, retinoids affect how cells regulate their behavior. Retinoids help control the multiplication of cells, including the speed with which skin cells grow and shed, which increases in psoriasis.
Salicylic Acid. Some doctors recommend salicylic acid ointment, which smoothes the skin by promoting the shedding of psoriatic scales. Using salicylic acid over large areas of skin, however, may cause the body to absorb too much of the medication, leading to side effects. Salicylic acid may also cause skin irritation and weaken hair shafts, which can cause breakage and temporary hair loss. The effectiveness of these preparations is modest at best.
Calcipotriene -containing topical ointment. Calcipotriene, which is related to vitamin D, has proven to be effective for treating psoriasis, especially when combined with a topical corticosteroid cream. It’s best to use only limited amounts to avoid side effects.
NOTE: Do not take any medication without consulting your doctor.
With us, we get to the root of the problem, identifying and eliminating the allergen that is causing the recurring symptoms.
We offer the prospect of relief to those who suffer from addiction and allergies by reprogramming the brain to perfect health. Just like rebooting a computer, we can reboot our nervous system to overcome the adverse reactions of brain and body.
To fully understand what we do, one needs to know some Oriental medical principles. We take the acupuncture and Oriental medical theories and developed a technique that can eliminate the reaction from the root.
Addictions can definitely cause illness. Continuous contact with an allergen produces toxins in the body and causes blockages in the meridians. If these blockages are not cleared, reactions to the allergens often produce symptoms that mimic other diseases.
By clearing foods from the basic protocol, we strengthen the immune system, improve digestion and absorption. This allows the body to get the necessary nutrients, which are essential for life.
One allergen is cleared per visit. Each individual has a different genetic makeup and health history so the number of sessions required varies from one individual to another. For some people, allergens are cleared immediately however, for others it may take many sessions to accomplish the desired results.
Some people might raise their eyebrows and ask, “Can you really eliminate my Psoriasis?” We answer with a resounding “YES!”
Seven Years of Psoriasis
I suffered from psoriasis and joint pains for seven years. My skin completely cleared up after I was treated by Dr. Devi for calcium mix, cheese mix, chocolate, and vitamin F (fatty acids).
–Theresa B. (Long Beach, California, U.S.A)
Psoriasis completely disappeared
Since the NAET treatments I received last December, psoriasis that had been plaguing me for almost a year has almost completely disappeared. I have only a few itchy areas on my scalp and two small persistent areas of redness on my right cheek. This is down from total body involvement in December.
I did and still do use other complementary medical modalities such as: maintaining an alkaline diet, colonic irrigation, regular medication, exercise, and massage. I must say, however, that I experienced the most dramatic reduction in symptoms after NAET Treatments. I have continued to use only the products that I cleared with NAET desensitization.
The relief I have experienced is tremendous. Judging from other psoriasis suffers I have met, my recovery is unusual in that I continue to improve with no flare-ups to date.
-Judy and Ken Nelson, Oregon, U.S.A.
Freedom from Psoriasis after 18 years. (A Real Story)
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