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Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative Paperback – October 1, 2008
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After 20+ years of struggling with this disease, the answers are in this 1 book. Results were quick and dramatic. -- Reader from North Carolina, 1/28/00
Many patients who suffered for decades are now provided with evidence that this holistic approach is of great value. -- Pathways, Book Review, Oct, 1991
My husband is 99% clear now. It was tough at first but the results are so worth it. -- Reader in Midwest, USA --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Say goodbye to the pain, scales, itching, and self-consciousness—-naturally
No more drugs, steroid creams, tar baths, or ultraviolet treatments! Now there is another way to achieve a cure. In Healing Psoriasis, you'll discover how to alleviate, control, and even heal this agonizing condition without dangerous drugs or treatments.
This life-altering guide presents a proven, all-natural, safe, and healthy program for healing psoriasis. In simple, straightforward language, Dr. John Pagano explains why psoriasis must be viewed from the inside out; reveals the importance of diet, detoxification, and mental attitude in overcoming the disease; and offers a clear, step-by-step regimen that has helped many people worldwide win their battle with psoriasis.
Complete with revealing case studies, extraordinary before-and-after photos, and helpful recipes, this book is the resource you need to find freedom from psoriasis—at last!
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When I decided to get pregnant, I had to stop all of my meds. Pregnancy kept my symptoms relatively at bay, but postpartum, my skin erupted, and fast. I had lesions in places I'd never seen them before. 90% of my scalp had thick lesions and perhaps worse, I had 4" lesions around my nipples, making it very difficult and uncomfortable to breastfeed.
I came across this book on Amazon while shopping for alternative treatments. Due to the compelling reviews, I figured I'd give it a shot. I followed the system nearly to a "t" for the first 3 weeks. I did not do any hydrotherapy or home enemas, but I did a 2-day apple cleanse, cut out all sugar, white flour, nightshades and coffee, and began a regime of Slippery Elm Bark tea in the mornings and lemon water throughout the day. Since then, I have stayed 100% off nightshades but have reintroduced very limited quantities of white flour, sugar and decaf black coffee.
Within one week the lesions on my nipples were 90% gone. Within two weeks, the lesions on my body started to fade. Within four weeks, 75% of my body lesions were gone. As of today, which has been about 5 weeks since I started the regime, my scalp and body are 95% clear. I am honestly in a state of shock. I feel like telling everyone I know about Pagano's theories.
A couple notes:
** I found sea salt baths to be helpful as my body healed itself. Pagano recommends epsom salt baths (using 4 pounds of salt!), but I had read about people having success with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, so I tried that instead. SF Salt sells it for a really great price.
** I used a topical prescription treatment to help speed things along (Clobex spray), but I plan to stop using it in the next week or so as I get closer to 100% clear.
** I found Burt's Bees Miracle Salve to be a great product for my nipples. I had to avoid all medications in that area due to breastfeeding.
** I discovered that my baby's Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash worked really well for my hair and scalp. Plus it smells delicious. I have since switched to the adult version of Burt's Bees Shampoo and think the gentle formula has been a welcome change for my scalp as it heals.
** Pagano recommends a pretty large list of supplements. I couldn't commit to the whole list due to personal preference and breastfeeding, but I have been taking 1000mg Flaxseed Oil, 200mg Milk Thistle, a pre/post-natal multi-vitamin (contains Zinc and Vitamin A), and 100mg Colace (stool softener). Instead of taking an additional 1000mg of Fish Oil, I've just been making it a point to each fish at least 4 days a week.
To anyone considering trying Pagano's 'diet', I urge you to not be afraid of what seems like an overwhelming list of 'to-do's' and 'not-to-do's'. I have found the diet very easy to follow and actually quite fulfilling. It's been nice to be cooking again and eating more healthy foods. Pizza has been hard to give up, but when your skin clears up like mine did, you won't feel too bad about missing out on a slice. Seeing amazing results sure makes the regime seem a lot easier to execute.
I am so grateful for discovering this book and I encourage you to try it if you're a psoriasis sufferer.
*I am a real person who actually bought this book on Amazon and have not been compensated for this review.*
Then I stumbled on this book in a blog somewhere and decided to give it a try. I had tried the paleo auto-immune protocol which helped somewhat but never cleared my skin up entirely. I read the online preview and started the diet protocol while waiting for the book to arrive. The book mentions that patience is required and it can take 3-4 months to see any changes. For me they were immediate.
For the first week my energy was very low but now it is better than ever, staying level throughout the day to the point that I have cut out caffeine as well and feel no need for it.
Basically there is no reason not to try what is suggested in the book. It's a very healthy diet for pretty much anyone, regardless of whether or not they have psoriasis.
Update 9-17-15: after following the diet "somewhat" for 10 months I can say my psoriasis is greatly improved. My scalp is about 50% clear. The large patch on my leg is not much better. A patch on my shoulder is about 50% cleared up. No new patches have surfaced and I am not laying in bed itching like crazy anymore when trying to get to sleep. I will admit that I am not following the diet 100% by any means. I basically cut out most foods with preservatives, alcohol (I do have a couple glasses of wine on the weekends), diet coke (used to drink 2 per day), most refined sugar, pasta, shellfish, red meat, night shades and all fried foods. I am not drinking any of the suggested tea and still eat a fair amount of wheat bread (can't live without it!). Hope this helps you too!
I did this diet 15 years, or so, ago. It works!!! I didn't stay away from the nightshades, and the psoriasis is back. I have been on it this time for 50+ days so far and it is already looking much better. I wish I had stayed on the diet years ago, but I really love tomatoes and didn't have all the recipes I have found this time.