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But eventually I snap out of it. I became a vegetarian/vegan (or whatever you'd like to call it), because I started to get an inkling that there really was a connection between autoimmune and diet, not to mention what I learned about the horrifying ways animals are tortured by the dairy and meat industries. In all the appointments with dermatologists I have had over the years, I am 31 by the way, 0% have ever mentioned diet as a factor in vitiligo, let alone a major player in its spread or in halting its spread!
When I first began to really research this idea in January of this year, I became really angry. It goes beyond vitiligo too. As I learned more about how our horrible eating is killing us, read important books like "The China Study" "AutoImmune and Diet" watched "Forks Over Knives" and read a ton of other things, I could not believe that in my 31 years NO one had ever mentioned this to me before. That until that fateful January day, I was living in complete and utter obliviousness. I consumed cow's milk (laden with puss), ate meat (filled with hormones, proteins, poisons, msg, etc, etc) ate foods loaded with dyes (skittles, M&M's, Doritos, you name it) shown to cause cancer in lab rats, and on and on. The more I read, the angrier I became. There was a point when I was so consumed by this that I couldn't think of anything else. I was on information overload. To make matters worse, NO one around me had had the same experience. No one believed what I had come to believe. They were enjoying their oreos and milk and I was shopping for gluten-free pasta, almond milk and organic everything. It was a wonderful time to re-learn how to shop for groceries, something I had previously hated. Now, I found it fascinating to take my time in the aisles, reading all the ingredients. And now, I had the knowledge behind it, so I KNEW when something on the label wasn't good. But still, I must admit I have had moments of real bitterness and envy. I am trying, moment by moment, to come to terms with the new me. It's been 10 months and slowly but surely I'm getting there.
I know I'm digressing a bit. Forgive me. Part of becoming the new version of me, and I'm not quite there yet, was trying to understand vitiligo. Until this year, I don't think I really considered too much that it is autoimmune. Sure I heard the word and knew that it was, but I didn't ever think it through. I didn't think that the autoimmune disease CAUSED the spots. That the problem wasn't the spots - they were simply the symptoms of the problem. Your body can't tell you "Hey, dummy, I'm NOT HAPPY!" so instead, perhaps these spots are indications that something internally is out of whack...in a major way. In a weird way, we're almost lucky. Most people, though their insides could be in horrible disarray, don't know until it's too late - heart attacks, heart disease, etc. Our body is CLEARLY letting us know...with spots. Not ideal, clearly.
Anyway, I was on Amazon and found Wanakee Hill's book. I bought it quickly, disregarding the first person's review. Either way, I thought, I am learning. Whether I agree or disagree with what I find is immaterial. The time to disregard opinions on this topic, or dismiss it before reading it, has passed; I will take seriously anyone who has had thirty years' experience with the disease and is herself a sufferer.
Reading this book confirmed many things I have heard over the years but somehow managed to block out. For whatever reason, I wasn't ready then. But now, when I read her book, I think "Oh. Yup. I remember that." My mom, who has been into Hollistic healing and treatments for years used to say "I hear people with autoimmune are supposed to avoid nightshade vegetables." And boy was she right. She also said that sometimes people have serious cravings for foods they are allergic to. Whether I am correct or not, I have always found myself unable to stop eating salsa which is primarily made up of tomatoes, a nightshade vegetable. Coincidence? I don't know.
I have Dr Kee's lotion and oil which I purchased recently, and am in the first few days of using it. Like anything made to treat vitiligo, I'm sure it takes time to see results if I do at all. If you have it you know that it can be quite random. What works for someone else may not work for me. And I've seen before and after pictures from people who have used her products. It's simply amazing. The hope I feel and excitement that I could be someone who essentially "cures" myself through diet and supplementation is a VERY powerful thing!
By the way, as an aside, if you are new to learning about vitiligo, I strongly encourage you to do research on supplementation. Vitiligo sufferers are PROVEN to be deficient in vitamins that are essential to our immune systems. I take daily: Vitamin D, St. John's Wort, A vegan multivitamin that has Iron and Copper (known for V sufferers to need), I also take fish oil, lysine, Milk Thistle, Vitamin C and B12 (Buy dissolvable B12 for under your tongue. Apparently it is difficult to absorb B12 and some pills you swallow may pass through entirely without being absorbed) and a few others whose names I don't quite remember. In addition, I try my hardest to have a nice leafy salad every day if I can. Warning: Vitamins are to be taken seriously! Don't go out and buy a ton of stuff without doing research or taking to a Homeopath. Having too much iron for example, can be very dangerous. Just because it is "natural" does not mean it doesn't affect your body...it's quite the opposite.
Lastly, I would recommend checking out a story online called "Emily's Vitiligo." The whole book is available online for FREE and it's written by a man whose daughter Emily had pretty severe vitiligo. After hearing "There is nothing you can do" from multiple dermatologists, he decided that wasn't good enough (exactly what Wanakee Hill did too) and he changed his family's diet COMPLETELY. No more dairy. No more meat. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans. Emily's vitiligo RE-PIGMENTED in a huge way! Check out the pictures yourself. He also specifically recommends Dr. Kee as a great resource, which led me here.
I will come back and update mu post after trying the lotion and oil or a month or so in conjunction with healthy eating. We'll see what happens. For the first time I feel in control. Good luck to you, whoever you may be, in your journey to heal your own vitiligo, or support a loved one who has it. The worst thing to hear is "At least it isn't cancer!" It is beyond depressing to see your body change before your eyes knowing you can't do anything to fix it. Or at least that's what I used to believe.
By the way, I spoke with Dr. Kee on the phone today (She offers her phone number on her website...how cool is that?!" If you want to get an idea of the validity of her information, speak with her directly. Yes, she sells lotions and creams which SHE uses on her own vitiligo! Why should we be annoyed that she is promoting it in her book? She said to me "If I had listened to the dermatologist when I was seventeen who said 'By the time you're 30 you will be covered with vitiligo,' I would have no color at all today." She also said, and I quote, "Unless I told you I have vitiligo, you'd never know."
Give this book a try. It could just be the life changer you've been waiting for. Back to update in a month or so!
p.s., I am not in ANY way, shape or form an employee of anyone who makes vitiligo products, writes vitiligo books or does anything in the Hollistic and or medical fields. I'm in finance, people. Though I am not a doctor, if you have questions on my review or just need someone to talk to who understands, you can email me at VitGirl247@gmail.com.
Best to all of you!
***UPDATE: I stopped using Dr. Hill's lotions. They may or may not work but I wasn't able to dedicate the time to applying the lotion three times per day for however long. I found I was inadvertently rubbing it off all the time and it wasn't for me. I do believe in her methods however and I also firmly believe that food is the key. Please e-mail me if I can help with anything :)