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Dog’s Healing Lick
Found your web site to be very informative. I'm 32, from Singapore,
have psoriasis on 50% of my body, mainly on legs and torso.
most of the creams available, UVB — cleared for a while, came back after
2-3 months — UVB and cream don't seem to help until...
Some weeks ago,
I went on the Atkins diet to help "improve" my health (not my
After going on
very low carb and NO sugar diet, I found that my psoriasis seemed to itch
less and less redness, fewer flakes. I
wonder if anyone out there has any diet experiences to share?
I also have a
silly habit of letting my dog lick my feet. My feet had two small patches
of psoriasis a few weeks back, the dog licked them, I find it to be quite
a lazy way of scratching my sores. But,
to my amazement, the psoriasis patches on my feet
all cleared up. I proceeded to let the dog lick a spot on my elbow
and it’s clearing up, too.
"Doggy! Come lick my back!"
My friends are
pondering if the enzymes in my dog's saliva aren’t “the cure.”
Cheers, Mark K.
Response: Hello back to
Singapore. Nice to hear from
you, Mark. First, on the
subject of diet. How much time
have you got to spend reading? Diets
of one sort or another are the most proclaimed of all the unproven
therapies to treat P. Search
on the word “diet” from the FlakeHQ home page and you’ll get 109
hits — and we’ve been nowhere near comprehensive in our treatment of
Yours is the
first mention I’ve heard of P improving on the Atkins diet; however,
it’s not uncommon for P to respond — worse OR better — to any major
change in a flaker’s life. The
true test will take a few months. How
closely will your P improvement track with your adherence (or lack
thereof) to the Atkins diet? (If I
remember correctly, the things from which you must abstain in the
beginning you can eventually come back to, in moderation, of course, after
you've attained certain weight loss milestones. Is that correct?)
that handy mutt. I suppose if
small Turkish fish allowed to nibble on lesions are therapeutic, a dog’s
fond licking should not surprise us with its healing powers.
At the very least, I imagine the process of being licked is a type
of exfoliation. I think, in
the animal kingdom, “saliva” can be very very bad or, perhaps, very
very good. As I
understand it, the bite of a Komodo Dragon (monitor lizard, somewhere near
your neck of the woods) kills its prey by the infections transferred
through the wound from the Komodo’s saliva.
Very very nasty stuff, that dragon spit.
Conversely, almost all mammals treat their own wounds and the
wounds of their offspring by “licking them clean.”
Quite frankly, Mark, I think I’d feel considerably less fear at
any dog’s lick than the prospect of being licked by some of the people
I’ve run across in my wanderings.
If the trend continues — that is, your spots the dog licks continue to improve and/or go away entirely — at least have the saliva analyzed. And, in the meantime, please don’t change the dog’s diet. <wink> -Ed