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Year-end Report from Down
Hi Ed: I read with interest your interview of Dr. Pagano. In my opinion both Dr. Pagano and Dr. Sears are working on dietary habits which in turn reduce body inflammation. Over a number of years of researching and talking to alternate practitioners I have slowly learnt some of the dos and don'ts of both these professionals. Nearly twelve months ago, I had some blood tests done (this is after being on the Dr. Sears regimen for well over 12 months) and the results were good and in some tests, above normal for my age, proving to me that mainly Dr. Sears regimen (mainly balancing the proteins and carbohydrates) had been doing my body good. Exercise was important, avoiding certain foods and being positive that natural approach to psoriasis was the only way to go. I will never leave this thought as I am firm in my belief that once I rid the psoriasis and maintain the correct eating regimen for me, I don't see why the psoriasis will return, thereby eliminating [the need for] medication. I practice and follow the theory that turmeric, ginger and saffron are some important inflammation reducing agents. I use turmeric in my cooking all the time. I use ginger, but careful how much, as in my case it has made the psoriasis itch.
To me, it has taken many years to improve to this level. I guess it is like many other things, put certain factors together and a result may be obtained. As a child/teenager my parents took me to skin specialists but their medications and treatment, apart from their petroleum smells did not improve my condition. What it did do though was to cause my parents to spend much money in an attempt to rid or relieve my condition. Little did they know that dietary changes could have worked wonders. To be put on artificial milk supplement from the age of two weeks old, then have the psoriasis show up at 2 years old, seems likely related to me. The body takes time to unfortunately go through various stages before an outward sign shows. Then to complicate matters further, the body is fed things that it cannot handle properly, which in turn allows the psoriasis to worsen. Bodily organs are inflamed, including the skin, hence, until this cycle is discontinued, no improvement can be expected. Current medical intervention may relieve the symptoms, but does not get to the cause and cure it.
Positive attitude is so important, I frowned on the word “meditation” for many years, but now, wish I had practiced it years ago. The electronic meditation which I undertake is very powerful and I fully follow instructions that come with the levels. Learning to make the left and right brains function together more successfully makes oneself more focused and powerful within themselves, thereby enabling everyday living to be easier. Advantages are enormous.
I guess some people out there frown on some of my opinions. That does not worry me, I have had psoriasis and the time to prove certain things right or wrong. It is an interesting path. The psoriatic arthritis and other complications that can accompany psoriasis, I believe, can be turned around or reduced significantly for a better life.
Ed, I will keep you informed, we are having a week off for holidays early February 2006 and I intend to obtain a blood test requested from my doctor to get a progress update.
It will be interesting, because I am hoping that at the rate my skin is improving I may well have no signs of psoriasis. If a body takes 54 years down the wrong path, one should not expect miracles too fast. Nevertheless, I am expecting that 12 months after commencing Kalawalla, and on top of all other aspects of my regimen, I will be lesion free.
Your web sight and information contained within can only help people. I think it is important that if you are afflicted with a condition, talking to another person with that condition certainly helps. I am so glad that I stumbled across FlakeHQ, it is another stepping stone to recovery. Until we can have the opportunity to feel and look better we don't really know what it is like. I have never known myself without psoriasis, I look at normal skin people with a question mark, but soon I too will look like them. Its like living in a comfort zone to a point with psoriasis, my brain is coming round to the thought that I should look like others without psoriasis and looking forward to the day where I don't have to wear clothing to hide the affliction or be bothered about things which will worsen the condition. Sure, I will be very careful with my life after psoriasis is gone but at least I may be able to consume or do certain things that are basically prohibited now.
Regards, -Francis S.
Ed’s Response: Thanks for staying in touch, Francis. As you know, many FlakeHQ readers are following your progress — with Kalawalla, with your diet, with your lifestyle — and finding inspiration and suggestions to consider. In my opinion, you have been a wake-up call for many of us. Some of us think beating P is about good insurance, savvy doctors, and finding the right pill or injection. We want a quick and easy external solution. Most of us in this category are still looking, possibly finding effective temporary relief, but eventually becoming resolved to the fact that nothing external appears to work forever.
If we take our “external solution” mindset into the world of alternative therapies — diets, supplements, non-prescriptions applications, mind-body-spirit regimens... — we won’t succeed. This is an underlying message in your emails. Success in your world requires continuous study, vigilant practice and boat loads of patience.
Enjoy your vacation and I, too, hope when we hear from you next you will start your email with, “Clearance is wonderful!” -Ed
Francis S. correspondence in 2005: