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Posted by: kescah, Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:58pm
I had mild eczema on the palms of my hands and my wrists for about eight years. Last summer it became psoriasis. I began to wear microfiber fingerless gloves because 1) it was ugly, 2) the warmth helped and 3) I left it alone better when it was covered. Normally I only wear natural fabrics, but cotton is absorbent and I could not afford to have any more moisture removed from my skin. Since the microfiber felt so good, I was sure it must be ok.

Off we went to Hawaii, where it seemed laughable to be wearing gloves, but oh well. While we were there, my psoriasis became severe. The itching was intolerable (for six months!), it spread up my arms, and my skin was very red. I quit the gloves, obviously, but the horror continued.

My homeopath told me long ago that I should get off wheat (which I had done for 3 years to no avail), but my Swami said it is a diamond for me. So when he told me to get off wheat again for my psoriasis, I didn't do so. Eventually he told me that he thought I needed to get off all grains, since getting off just wheat didn't help. Well, that sounded drastic. Ugh. All grains? (My friend told me, oh, then just eat brown rice instead. :D) I was slow to try that, but eventually I noticed that at the top edges of the psoriasis, I had hives. No doubt the hives were under the psoriasis, too. The problem was so severe that I had to give in.

Shortly after quitting all grains, I felt quite a bit better. I improved more yet on homeopathic histamine. Now the itching was far less frequent and much less severe. It usually was surfacey, now, which just meant that the scales needed to be scratched off. Bad enough. But once in a while I still got deep, severe itching. I realized that meant allergy. So I began doing pulse testing a few days ago to see what other foods I might be allergic to. Since I was already mostly on compliant foods, I am testing them first. Sadly, my only meat is going away. But I look forward to feeling much better.

Hopefully by fall I will be back in long sleeves (I was very cold this winter!). Since I will have to wear natural fabrics, and most of my clothes are cotton, that means the dryness of my skin will have to improve if I am to be warm.

Anyway, I wrote this in case anyone with psoriasis has not yet checked out the allergy connection.

Also, any suggestions on building up an allergic body would be appreciated. I have leaky gut, so I am allergic to a lot of foods. Thanks!
Posted by: Lola, Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:09pm; Reply: 1
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any suggestions on building up an allergic body would be appreciated


you have the allergies book
and last but not least, SWAMI! ;)

oh, and also the allergies protocol as well as all the sups related to allergies support at DPN
Posted by: kescah, Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:30pm; Reply: 2
Thanks, Lola. I hope I can eat enough of my compliant foods to subsist on them. :/

If I get the allergies book, will application of it help me to quit being allergic eventually? Or am I doomed to this forever?
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:18pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from kescah
I have leaky gut, ...

Fix this...

Deflect, Intrinsa, Ghee, may need some Gastro D, then Polyflora...
Posted by: Spring, Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:32pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from kescah
Hopefully by fall I will be back in long sleeves (I was very cold this winter!). Since I will have to wear natural fabrics, and most of my clothes are cotton, that means the dryness of my skin will have to improve if I am to be warm.

Have you checked your iodine level? I was so low at one time that I was freezing to death in the summer!

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Are you iodine-deficient?

Do you often feel tired, and have low energy? Do you have muscular and skeletal aches and pains? Brain fog, unenthusiastic or depressed? Do you have a variety of allergies or intolerances? Are you prone to fungal and other infections? Digestion not what it used to be?

http://www.growyouthful.com/remedy/iodine.php
Posted by: Lin, Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:23pm; Reply: 5
Kescah,  That's very interesting as I had an aunt who had psoriasis.  And I discovered I was gluten intolerant and read that with psoriasis being auto immune it is often due to gluten.  I find I do best on rice.  The histamine part is also interesting as I've just been reading about this being connected to people with Hayfever which I have.
thanks!
lin
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:55pm; Reply: 6
Try this thread for some help.

Remember it will not go away over night.
A full year of compliance will one of the best things you can do the gut takes time to heal.

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1333422932/


More from old posts-
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?v-search/p-2/
Posted by: kescah, Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:34pm; Reply: 7
Thanks ABJoe! But if I fix the leaky gut, won't I still already be allergic to these foods from past leakiness?

Spring, I am cold because I have to wear short sleeves in winter weather. But I will make sure I'm getting my iodine. Thanks!

Lin, from what I've read on this forum, my blood type should not have trouble with gluten. Am I right about that? Even if it is a problem, would I be getting gluten if I am not eating grains?

Thanks, Andrea. I will read up!
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:02am; Reply: 8
Quoted from kescah
Thanks ABJoe! But if I fix the leaky gut, won't I still already be allergic to these foods from past leakiness?

As the body heals and gets the toxins out of the bloodstream and is reducing the amount of stored toxins, it may drop much of the sensitivity just because it isn't so overloaded...  

I do know the "leaky" and sensitivities will continue to get worse if you don't fix it...
Posted by: kescah, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:24am; Reply: 9
Well, that makes sense!   :)
Posted by: kescah, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:51am; Reply: 10
Andrea, your second link is not working. If you can try again... thanks. :B
Posted by: kescah, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1:12am; Reply: 11
I did a search for psoriasis threads, and all I could find was single pages from ten or more years ago. Really? It is not that rare! I'd love to read any threads you know about.
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7:08am; Reply: 12
http://www.drklinghardtacademy.org   ;) ;D
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 3:44pm; Reply: 13
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive7/config.pl?read=30349


http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive8/config.pl?read=37768


Here is a recent one and the best!



http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1272490301/s-13/highlight-psoriasis/#num13
Posted by: kescah, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:18am; Reply: 14
Thanks, both of you. But Amazone, your link is not working.  :)
Posted by: kescah, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 2:03am; Reply: 15
So, he recommends unpasteurized butter in what quantity? I am using ghee... is the other better? I suppose it was probably chosen specifically for her.

I keep sorting out what I can and cannot eat. Of my GTD compliant foods, I am allergic to many. That cuts down my diet quite a bit, but this is a miserable disease, and I am not inclined to eat anything that makes it worse. I do wonder if I will be able to get enough nutrition, though.

I need to order the Deflect and the other recommended supplements.

I do notice, while doing pulse testing for allergies, that some vegetables actually seem to reduce my pulse rate. Must be a good thing.

For anyone interested in testing for food allergies that way, take your pulse before eating a food (best to do just one food at a time), then 10, 20 and 30 minutes after. Don't do anything else to raise your pulse, like exercise, during that time. If your pulse rate goes up 5 or more beats per minute, you are allergic to that food.

Dr. Mercola says not to scratch when it itches (really hard to obey!) but to use a compress of good salt water (like Himalayan salt). He says it relieves the itch and prevents breaking out.

Sunlight helps (the UVB rays), and oh, I almost forgot!

I recently started on N-Acetyl Cysteine from the health food store. Wow! I had bought it for my son's bipolar, and I did some reading on it. It said it was helpful with inflammation, so I decided to give it a try. The first dose reduced the severe dryness of my skin so much that instead of rubbing olive oil on every fifteen minutes, I used it only twice a day on my arms and maybe 5 times a day on my hands. Really a huge, huge improvement! Today is the third day and my arms are not bothering me much at all, though they are still peeling.

It is also useful for OCDs, grooming disorders (like skin picking, which really is a sorry condition to have if you have psoriasis...) and even helps people to quit smoking.

Welcoming any comments and getting more and more foods out of my diet. :/


Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:57pm; Reply: 16
Not just for her-- he would not tell us about it unless he thought it was useful for everyone. That is not like him.
2TBS once a day-- melt it in hot water and drink--

Being all over  the place with supplements will only make you crazy.


This is a treatment for  specific amount of weeks not a forever thing--- ;)

Posted by: kescah, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:08pm; Reply: 17
I thought it might be specific for her blood type, genotype... you know.

The N-Acetyl Cysteine is far from making me crazy- it is the best thing yet with overnight relief. I realize I still need to do the work, and I assume that a year from now I will be in great shape.

The NAC is something that anyone can use with any inflammatory condition or any of the following psychiatric conditions- worth a try:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3044191/

Thanks for the additional butter info!
Posted by: kescah, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 5:43am; Reply: 18
Somewhere here I read that some of the only foods I can eat (neither non-compliant or allergens) cause gut problems. I think I read peanuts, soy and ... that's the question. What else?

I have so few foods right now. I really don't want to cut those out unless I need to. Can someone clue me in?
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:50am; Reply: 19
All that I am going to say here, is conjecture on my part..so take it with less then a grain of salt.

I own a pulse- meter.. my pulse varies greatly by the amount of oxygen in my lungs.. there is no way I could not influence my breathing with the least thought.

I think eliminating foods for such a reading would not be my way of trusting this  diet here.  Being sensitive to a food is quicker measured by how soon you itch from it. Doing this way of GTD eating for a month should in my way of thinking do you good, even if for now you 'think' a food might not be good for you. You may need the nutrients of that food to heal other issues.

Having self tested for a long time might make you afraid of eating certain foods, which is possibly much more of on issue then actually being sensitive to it.  If I would advise you, I would suggest strongly that you eat Super Beneficial Diamond foods for a week, and after that add one Beneficial food a day. And keep eating just those foods for a year. After that I would expect you will no longer be sensitive to most of those foods and feel much better inside and out.  (look up the differences between sensitive and allergic- might calm some fears.)  This GTD way of eating if you tested correctly, should be a big step in the right direction.

I eat very few neutral foods, and no avoids, when I am good, as they make me sleepy and water retaining.  I do cheat here and there with 5% of other foods, and can most often tell the next day that I did so with puffy body, stiff joints, gaining weight.

Doing the butter is good for a while.. using as much olive oil I might question, and possibly change from one brand to another, just to make sure IT is not irritating your internal body which has to compensate for it.

It might also be better to take a spoon of olive oil instead of putting it on the skin.  I found olive oil calms the brain a lot after about 15 minutes. ( my experience - learned recently for other reasons./ Careful / not forgetting the calories./ it might affect your hunger / so monitor your food intake /needs..)  if you are over or underweight there is a need for taking the oil differently.  I will answer you later if you tell me which it is. You might be able to take several spoons of oil a day...          

The tip on how to treat on itch is interesting.  

Your experience with NAC is interesting.  Keep reporting.
    
Posted by: gardengirl, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2:58pm; Reply: 20
I have psoriasis and multiple autoimmune issues. I find gluten and dairy directly related to my psoriasis. I find other foods cause other issues but not psoriasis. I am just a very sensitive/reactive individual unfortunately. I like having a higher fat diet - coconut oil, avocados, meats, butter, nuts. I go more by what my body tells me over any specific diet - I have to combine information I read but read my body first as I haven't met anything that can meet my sensitivities that well. A food journal and documenting absolutely everything puts me in a really good place.
Posted by: Enobattar, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:13pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from kescah
Somewhere here I read that some of the only foods I can eat (neither non-compliant or allergens) cause gut problems. I think I read peanuts, soy and ... that's the question. What else?

I have so few foods right now. I really don't want to cut those out unless I need to. Can someone clue me in?


Soy and peanuts are very good foods for Warriors.  Do you have access to your/a GenoType book?  There is a ton of allowable foods.

Perhaps I'm not understanding???
Posted by: kescah, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:39pm; Reply: 22
Enobattar- Thanks for your reply. Yes, I do have the GenoType book. I have my Swami, too, which is really great to have. I know soy and peanuts are really good for warriors, and I am not allergic to them (no itch), but I read here that they and some other foods contribute to leaky gut. Now I can't find that comment. If someone who knows could reply, I would appreciate it greatly. A list of any compliant (even diamond) foods that I should not eat while healing my gut would be greatly appreciated. Or do I have that wrong?

Another question- is freezing my fish ok, or should I eat only fresh?

Gardengirl- Is gluten found only in grains? I am off all grains. I am an A type and believe that we don't have a gluten problem, but I am willing to do whatever I must. It is really good advice to listen to the body first and foremost. I am going to focus more on that. Thanks for your comments. You might want to try N-Acetyl Cysteine for inflammation. I find that it tremendously helps with the dryness of my arms and hands. I've only taken it for a week, but noticed a huge difference the first morning-after, and smaller improvements regularly since.

Goldie- I do find that steep rises in my pulse (9 or more beats) correspond to the itching. I also assumed that oxygenation would affect the pulse and have tried to be very consistent about exercise levels before testing. I am going to test breathing/pulse levels, too, now.

I will follow your suggestion about eating diamonds for a week and then adding in beneficials. However, I won't eat the diamonds that make me itch. I'd love to eat wheat again... it is a diamond for me. But a major improvement occurred when I stopped all grains at once, and I am afraid to eat it. I could be allergic to diamond foods.

I will look up the difference between sensitive and allergic. Also, I am about 12 pounds overweight. Thanks for your help.
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:27pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from kescah
I have my Swami, too, which is really great to have. I know soy and peanuts are really good for warriors, and I am not allergic to them (no itch), but I read here that they and some other foods contribute to leaky gut. Now I can't find that comment. If someone who knows could reply, I would appreciate it greatly. A list of any compliant (even diamond) foods that I should not eat while healing my gut would be greatly appreciated. Or do I have that wrong?

It would be you to tell us if any beneficial or diamond food from Your SWAMI caused you a problem...

Quoted from kescah
Another question- is freezing my fish ok, or should I eat only fresh?
We eat most of our fish either frozen or canned...  Quick frozen is worse than slow frozen, but no fish is worse than frozen fish.  I'm also partial to eating good food, rather than bacteria infested, rotting food, so if I need to freeze food to keep it from going bad, I'd far rather do that than waste it...

Posted by: Joy, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:48pm; Reply: 24
Kescah,

I am one of the few people (perhaps on this forum) who understand what it is like when YOU HAVE TO ITCH.  I've had a skin condition on my left calf mainly but it's a little on my right leg and a little on both thighs for many years now.  

Initially, it was thought to be psoraisis or contact dermatitis.  It started with a small patch that itched on my left ankle area 7 years ago when my mother died and I was in a very stressful situation at work.  

I went to the dermatologist and he concluded it was a staff infection (not easy to get rid of).  He gave me various types of cortisone creams that worked in the short term.  

Right now in the last three weeks the itching at night has become intolerant.  Ice is a quick fix if you don't have anything else handy.  

I read your note about N-Acetyl Cysteine and I actually have some.  I just popped a pill after reading your post.  

I am very pro-essential oils and use Tamanu oil, Rosehip oil, Heliocrysum.  All very good for skin conditions.  I have edema on my left ankle and the least little scatch will make it swell.  One professional told me it was coming from the inside it will go away.  The skin looks alot better than it did six months ago.  It's just the itching that is so distracting.  

I applaud you for choosing to eliminate foods that you find are allergic to your system.  I'm thinking about taking a test through the Professional Supplements store that targets food allergies.  

Please keep me posted on what is working for you.  I hope we find the solution for this condition.

Joy
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:07am; Reply: 25
Hi Joy,

I am finding that it is certain foods that make me have the "allergic itch". However, I also have the "need to peel" itch, which is not nearly as deep seated or severe. It is relieved by scratching off the scales.

Has it ever been determined by a culture that you have/had staph? If so, you could try homeopathic staphlococcus. Much safer than cortisone or any drug. Do you have a discharge from the spot or fever? A staph discharge is yellow in color.

Or does it peel like psoriasis?

I suggest going to a homeopath about it, because the remedy would be chosen by the symptoms, even if a diagnosis cannot be made.

ABJoe, Thanks for the input. I do know that green beans, a diamond, make me itch badly- I wind up tearing off a lot of skin.

I am going to go off all common allergins for a time, such as soy, peanuts, dairy, etc. and eat only my diamonds. Then I will add them all back in one at a time to see what I react to. But I will also have to watch what happens with my diamonds, since I think I am allergic to some. I am eating just plain foods- no sauces or spice mixes.

With all that I have been doing, inc. diet, NAC, oiling my skin, and wearing only cotton, I am suffering about 1/4 as much as I was a few months ago. I am also using homeopathy, which normally is fabulous for me, but in this case we (me and doc) can only try to get the right remedy- the picture is mixed, as if I need four different remedies for different reasons. I'm trained in homeopathy- I know how it works (one remedy) but there is a lot to this mess. So I am not getting the normal excellent results this time. At one time a single remedy did help this, though, so don't anyone be discouraged from trying that route.

I am also going to order the Deflect and other suggested supplements from Dr. D.

I need to drink more water!!! And exercise more.

In case anyone did not see this on the Agave thread, here is a list of things that contain corn. Some of it really surprised me. http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-printable-list.php
Posted by: Joy, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:33am; Reply: 26
Kescah,

I am going to consider going to a naturopath about my skin condition.  The dermatologist I went to is top rated in my area but that only goes so far.  I'd rather give homopathic staphloccus a try because all the cortisone creams were like a bandaid.  I have scaly bumps that itch.  

I just bought a large (and I do mean big) aloe vera leaf from the grocery store down here.  I know people either have it growing in their yards or can purchase a plant but this leaf I just cut off a portion and slit it to put on my leg.  It gives instant relief at least until morning.  

Also, I have used Braggs apple cider vinegar during a shower which is alkaine on the skin and alleviates itching.

Just thought I'd share a few helpful hints because I know what it is like no matter the origin of the skin condition.

Please keep us posted as to your findings of foods that are allergies for you.

Hope you get relief soon also.



Joy
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:20am; Reply: 27
Hi Joy,

Thanks for your nice thoughts and the anti-itch tips. :K)

If you find an actual homeopath (not the same as a naturopath or herbologist), he/she can pick your constitutional remedy. I would ask if he/she uses homeopathy for 85% of his/her treatments. Many naturopaths use homeopathic remedies, but are not skilled in constitutional prescribing. Though, of course, some are. And that is my preferred treatment, but I don't mean to be pushy.;D
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:16am; Reply: 28
Arghhhh.

I had decided to quit the main kinds of allergen foods, which I thought to be soy, milk products, etc. Then I did a search for allergens in adults, and I found this information:

In infants and children, the most common foods that cause allergic reactions are the following:

    Egg
    Milk
    Peanut
    Tree nuts such as walnuts
    Soy (primarily in infants)
    Wheat

In adults, the most common foods that cause allergic reactions are the following:

    Shellfish such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab
    Peanut
    Tree nuts
    Fish such as salmon

Another site adds sesame and various fruits and veggies.

This makes me want to just go to some wonderful buffet dinner and give it all up!
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:19am; Reply: 29
But on second thought. I'd itch.

And this might mean I can eat some of the things that I thought I could not. Trying to be chipper.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, May 6, 2013, 1:49pm; Reply: 30
Peanuts and soy are "avoids" for me and for my type B son. They'd likely cause gut problems if we ate them. If you read "peanuts and soy cause gut problems" from a source that wasn't BTD specific, then I wouldn't trust it at all. Os and Bs in the test group may have skewed the results.

Similarly, why worry about foods that "are common allergens" if you're not personally allergic to them? Get allergy tests if you're worried that you have undiagnosed allergies- but otherwise just trust SWAMI.

Go ahead and eat  the foods SWAMI recommends for you, unless you've discovered that you're allergic or intolerant to any of them. Don't worry about any "one size fits all" dietary advice.

What you do eat is as important as what you don't eat. Cutting out more and more foods will NOT lead to greater health. You need good nutrition to heal.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, May 6, 2013, 3:43pm; Reply: 31
I thought I would join this thread rather than start my own.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

ISSUE/SYMPTOMS
On April 16th, I believe I may have been exposed to an environment toxin, in the process of trying to clean up contaminated soil from a leaking sewage pipe.... under our house.  

Although I wore protective clothing and a HEPA mask, there was one point where I reached under my mask to scratch an itch.

I think it was the next day, or a few days later I can't remember, that I started to notice that my lips felt dry, cracked. Like I needed lip balm when I've never had cracked lips in my life.  

My symptoms increased and spread.  I then developed a rash, a mild bumpiness around the edges of my mouth and chin, and on my forehead between/above my eyebrows.  The rash became slightly flaking around the edges of my mouth/chin.

The only thing I've had slightly similar to this, are small patches, on my abdomen/chest when I've eaten wheat/corn/avoids.  

The area of itch has spread farther than the rash itself.  I have small patches of mild rough flaking skin around my eyes. Most of the itch is on my face, ears.  I've felt the itch on my scalp, and random areas of my body for isolated incidents.

The itch is somewhat mild, bearable most of the time, but I have scratched it.  I don't know if random quick feelings of itchiness I have on other areas of my body are related.

DIET
My SWAMI diet is 99.9% avoid free, and has been for over three months.  (At times, I do exceed the fat and rice portion sizes.  The only avoid I've had is a recent batch ~in the last couple of days~ of home-made mayo with one avoid ingredient, white vinegar, and that's because I haven't found umboshi plum vinegar locally.

TREATMENT
I initially applied Ghee to soothe the itch, but it didn't do much of anything.  Tea Tree Oil was too drying at first. So for a time, I didn't put anything on it.

Yesterday, I applied 100% Tea Tree Oil to my face twice, in a span of about 6 hours.  Although drying, it did help calm the itch.  I'm thinking of trying to see if I can find a Calendula ointment from HEEL today, or just continue with the tea tree oil, since it does have an ability to kill bacteria/virus.

Supplement wise, I have been taking Type O Deflect, Polyflora; Bromelian and Boswellia.  I also take Intrinsa, Gastro D and ARA Plus->small dose, trying to heal old gut damage.

I'm not sure which specific D'Adamo Health protocol would be best to follow: antibacterial, antiviral, allergy, inflammation, or even possibly the yeast protocol, or a combo.

I don't have Quercetin but could pick it up.  My husband thinks I should take the herb Pau D'Arco, because he has been ranting and raving about herbs from the rainforest; he takes Royal Breakstone for his chronic kidney stones, and he's been recently educating himself about other rainforest herbs (big eye roll here).

He thinks I've got a yeast infection, and is pressing me to read up on Pau D'Arco.  Thing is, I took Pau D'Arco for years before BTD for my gut/yeast overgrowth and it didn't do squat for me, but that was long before, pre-BTD.

My rash has some aspects of the clinical descriptions of eczema, and some of psoriasis.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. I don't have health insurance and limited funds at the moment.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, May 6, 2013, 4:17pm; Reply: 32
KK,

There can be lots of nasty agents in the sewer pipe.  I doubt that there is any way to know what it is without a culture - and you'll probably be over it before you could get results.  I usually bathe any contact areas with hydrogen peroxide or colloidal silver right away, as well as increasing immune enhancers before, if possible, and after...  Alcohol is really drying and you already have that, but if it killed what was there so the skin could return to normal, it might be worth it...

After reading Dr. D.'s article in this month's newsletter, I would take a healthy dose of ARA for a week to see if that would boost the immune system enough.
Posted by: kescah, Monday, May 6, 2013, 10:38pm; Reply: 33
Ruthiegirl, thanks. I think you are right. I am going to stick to my SWAMI unless something on it makes me itch. I've read so much and had to digest it all, so I have changed my plan frequently- but I find that some foods on my SWAMI leave me feeling fine, not itchy, and my pulse corresponds, so I will just add one new diamond at a time and check each one out.

KK, Pau d' Arco didn't help with your candida? That is odd. It knocked mine out of the game for a while with every cup. But I had itching that made me very aware of its success. It cannot kill it long term; that can only be done by building up your immunne system. But it should be a temporary relief.

Your symptoms do sound like psoriasis, but it could be other things, too, so like ABJoe said, you need to find out. It does seem to have come on a bit fast for psosriasis. I had a tiny patch for years before it spread like yours  has.

Is there a free clinic in your town? There probably is. Or your county clinic might have sliding scale help.




Posted by: Joy, Monday, May 6, 2013, 11:36pm; Reply: 34
KK,

I did some research on Pau D'Arco because I thought it might help with the itching and it could be candida.  I got some liquid drops at the HFS today and will see how I feel tomorrow.

It does seem to be effective for a number of issues, so IMHO, I say kudos to your husband for mentioning that to you (it's worth a try) and for you posting it as part of your current issue.

I do hope you find the solution to that nasty situation you have around your mouth.  Please let us know what works for you.

Joy
Posted by: md, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 1:19am; Reply: 35
Could any of you with itchy skin be dealing with elevated blood sugar? I know, for me, the itch was driving me crazy.
Posted by: kescah, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 2:36am; Reply: 36
Thanks for the idea. I will check mine, but it was not bad last time I did about six months ago. Or a year... lol.
Posted by: Joy, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 3:53am; Reply: 37
It's true.  I don't really know what my blood sugar is right now.  All I know is I'm doing research on any and everything that could cause this relentless itching.  

Today was not too bad.  My left ankle is still bad.  It's trying to heal but as soon as I detect a dry patch of skin I have to pull it off.   Is that bizarre or what?  

Anyway, I'm taking this Pau D'Arco as directed today for the first time and feel a bit better.
I just may be dealing with candida.  Will keep you posted.

Joy
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:07am; Reply: 38
KK I am so sorry you are suffering this way... I'd recommend getting some querctin!!
Posted by: kescah, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:30am; Reply: 39
Joy, me too. I can't leave it alone. I have to scratch off the scaly dry patches. People tell me not to scratch it- I want to tell them that if they had it to deal with, they'd be scratching it too! ;D

But that is not the bad itch. The allergies are the bad itch, and I wind up digging off healthier skin.

One of my diamonds today left me mildly bad-itchy. So I will have to eat both of them on separate days to see which one it was.

What fun this is.

Posted by: kescah, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:33am; Reply: 40
I can't believe how many people want me to just slap something on my skin and make them more comfortable around me. They would never dream of changing their diet, and they don't want me to do so! :-/
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 2:19pm; Reply: 41
I did another full face treatment of 100% Tea Tree Oil yesterday. It was uncomfortable for a short time but eventually the stinging went away.  Tea Tree Oil is very drying.

Whatever it is, is drying up and the itch is much improved.  The skin around my mouth area has improved.  There are still a few areas or slightly raised, red rashy skin but it is much less than before.

I'm guessing that, if I had treated with tea tree oil from the very beginning it probably would not have spread like it did.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:01pm; Reply: 42
I'm glad you found something that's working!
Posted by: Joy, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:19pm; Reply: 43
KK,

I've used tea tree oil on a skin condition and it is very drying.  But as you stated it does make the itch go away so the area can heal.

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Joy
Posted by: kescah, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:41am; Reply: 44
Glad you are getting better! I could not tolerate any more dry than I have. My arms look like the grand canyon when I wake up. Ridges 1/4 inch deep!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:12am; Reply: 45
Are you taking lecithin with flax oil everyday?
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 2:26pm; Reply: 46
Quoted from kescah
In case anyone did not see this on the Agave thread, here is a list of things that contain corn. Some of it really surprised me. http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-printable-list.php

Please be aware, though, that the author of this site stresses that all the items listed don't necessarily contain corn - they simply might. I react pretty badly to corn and some of the things they list I use every day without a sign of a problem. One of them being lecithin.
Posted by: gardengirl, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 2:37pm; Reply: 47
KimonoKat, I had a red raised blister type rash over my chin and sometimes around my eyes last year. I kept far away from gluten and used Dr. Bronner's bar soap (lavender scent) to wash my face, then applied coconut oil liberally all over my face, and then applied Penaten diaper rash cream (zinc oxide), this brand was the only one that worked for me, other diaper creams did not - I had a couple from my youngest lying around. Wow, I was sensitive to everything last year. Being completely and totally gluten free, being super careful of cross contamination seems to help me be totally healthy. I also read a lot of references of how psoriasis and gluten/celiac are closely tied. Although what was going on on my face was not psoriasis, it was a different kind of rash but all cleared now - with no doctor visits either!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 2:44pm; Reply: 48
gardengirl, kudos to you for clearing your rash without doctor visits.

I did not go to the doctor.  I did more treatments with tea tree oil. It's what I had in the house. I didn't have to buy something.  Although the initial application of tea tree oil was uncomfortable (the stinging; the smell) after a while it felt better.

I would say that my rash is 99.9% gone. I don't feel anything on my face. I occasionally get flashes of itch on my body, but that's not necessarily from the initial contact with the environmental toxins.
Posted by: kescah, Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:28pm; Reply: 49
Andrea,

I took lecithin for quite a while, but did not see results. I was eating allergins at the time, though, without realizing it. No on the flax oil- another thing I should be doing, I know. Trying to afford everything I need is really hard. Thanks for the suggestion; I will check this thread from time to time as I see how one thing works or doesn't, and try another.

Thanks for the comment, Spring. Glad to know it.

Gardengirl, I am interested in the psoriasis/gluten connection, though I read on this forum a few years ago that an A type does not have gluten problems. Does anyone disagree with that?

Also, I am not eating grains, so as far as I know, I should not have that problem. Right?
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