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Naturopath Has the Answer
In the last
three months my psoriasis has just broken out, a lovely eighteenth
birthday surprise. It flared
up after a case of heavy strep throat.
I was visiting
my sister this holiday, she's studying to become a Naturopath, and she
said to me after I told her I had been diagnosed and been doing a lot of
research on the net, “Those people who run web sites on psoriasis know
nothing. Psoriasis isn't
caused by genetics, it's the diet. If
you don't eat healthy your body causes skin conditions like psoriasis.”
I have yet to
speak to her again... the ass.
Response: Well, your sis is
not alone in her belief. And
enough people have been helped by the diet therapies that it would be silly
for anyone to say to your Sis, “You know not what of you speak.”
That said, the diet detractors make a strong case, too.
If you haven’t already, read Dave
W.’s Anti-P Diet arguments.
They are thought provoking.
argument makes me sigh. Our
diet is our fuel source and what and how we metabolize the food we eat was
naturally worked out tens of thousands of years before fast foods,
additives, dietary supplements in pills and potions were concocted.
We are not born with “how to feed” instructions sewn onto our
lower lip. In the past 25
years we have probably learned more about the way we metabolize what we
eat than in all previous millennia combined.
And I think it’s safe to say we are still in the “opening
doors” stages of discovery.
“loose end” that bothers me most about the arguments in favor of diet
therapies for P is this. Most
of the diet therapists claim our P is a consequence of not eating well,
but this does not explain the heartbreaking formula-fed P-babies, those
infants who manifest P without having years of bad eating habits.
Diet is a valid
approach to managing P for some people.
That’s the weight I give it.
So, don’t be
too hard on your sister. We
don’t know that she won’t
become your ticket to lesion-free living.