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Preface: Last September, Susan
G. broke out with skin lesions she self-diagnosed as P.
She discovered a site on the Internet selling a product called “Kalawalla”
and emailed me asking if I had heard about it.
I hadn’t and sent Susan this response:
2002, Susan emailed this to me:
I finally decided to try the Kalawalla, and I want to let you know
how it’s working. I have
been taking Kalawalla for 3 months, now.
The psoriasis on my head is pretty much gone.
I had it in small spots almost all over my body — legs, back,
stomach, back of the neck — and they are all almost completely gone.
The spots on my hands and elbows are taking longer, but I think
it’s because I have trouble not picking at them.
They do look better than they ever did with the prescription
medicine I was using. The only
side effect I’ve noticed is an increase in abdominal gas toward the end
of the day. Taking 3 capsules
before bed, as opposed to during the day, helps with that.
It is worth
it, not to have the psoriasis so badly.
I have been led to think 3-6 months is all you have to take it and
have ordered another 3-month supply. I
do find that hard to believe, but I will take it forever if it keeps this
stuff off me without chemicals and going to the doctor all the time!
I was so
worried about not being able to wear shorts and short sleeves in our
100-degree summers here, but now I can.
by the way, my dermatologist pretty much scorned the stuff when I
asked him about it. Said that
if it worked, it would be in their manuals.
You have to do your own research to gain knowledge and watch out
for yourself these days. I
know I was basically being a guinea pig by trying it, but it is paying
off. Knowledge is power.
God loves you. The link
to Kalawalla site is (see above). –Susan G.
Response: Can’t knock
success! I went back to look
at the original batch of emails Susan had sent — including those from
Dr. K., Chief Medical Officer for Organic Hope.
has been successfully used in Europe to treat psoriasis for over 10 years.
In fact, in some countries such as in Spain, it has an OTC status.
You can ask your doctor to review the information regarding polypodium
leucotomos extract (Kalawalla) and psoriasis treatment.
On the bottom of our web
page, you can find many links to medical journals regarding the use of
polypodium leucotomos extract
and psoriasis. You can then
review the articles straight from the med journals yourself.” –Dr. K.
I did a very
cursory review of the literature Dr. K. references.
In one journal article citation (a short summation — you must pay
to read the entire article via MedLine), over 60% of some 490 patients studied experienced
appreciable improvement using Kalawalla.
Note that this includes calculating a number of patients who
dropped out of the study presumably because the medicine was working
of results are what we expect to see of many natural and dietary-based
regimens for P. While a “6
in 10” chance of improvement after 3 months of trying are certainly
better odds than playing the lottery, for many severe
flakers this does not put the Kalawalla regimen on the highly
desirable list. (Frankly, we
want even better odds.) On the
other hand, for flakers with patience and an endurable level of severity,
especially if their desire is to avoid other treatments with known bad
side effects, this elevates Kalawalla’s standing on the highly desirable
list. When I’m told my time’s up on the systemics — and if the
biologics aren’t available to me for whatever reason (Amevive, Xanelim,
Enbrel...) — I will most certainly consider Kalawalla.
My fear is an explosive relapse of my condition prolonging (or
preventing) the effectiveness of this natural regimen.
Thanks, Susan, for sharing all this with us. I hope we’ve provided enough information here for people with an interest to learn more and to seriously consider Kalawalla. And — it goes without saying — we’d like to hear from anyone else who has tried this. -Ed