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Mr. Dewke, I
just discovered your web site last night, and I love it.
I ordered your book as soon as I saw that I could!
I have had P on my feet for three years straight.
It has gotten slightly better and much worse at times,
but has never gone away. I
did PUVA three times a week for about a year and then I said, "F@#*
it!" It did clear up the
P on my palms, but my poor, poor feet were unresponsive.
ANYWAY, I just
found this article on Gary Null's web page.
He's an holistic, natural doctor and patient advocate who deals
with many, many topics. I
finally went to his site to find some info on P, and I think there is a
cure! Here is the
You can be sure
I will be giving my ole' Derm a call with this new information.
(The sad thing is, I don't think it's all that new.)
I hope everyone out there will read this and harass their Derms
into prescribing this stuff to them. If
not, maybe we can all get together and order in extreme bulk from
getting this site and all of these people together...it means a lot to
know that everyone scratches and gets sick of the goop and hates their
Derms! Sincerely, -Kelly L.
Response: Thanks, Kelly, for
turning me onto this article. I
found it both too technical for me but fascinating nonetheless.
In short, this article synthesizes the work of a number of European
doctors around the use of two substances in what sounds like a successful
regimen for improving psoriasis. The
two substances — and the precise names are important — are
emphatically points out that plain “Fumaric Acid” is not
the substance being discussed and will
I don’t want
to say much more about the treatment because I’ll probably make mistakes
in the retelling. I do,
however, encourage any flaker who is interested in alternative therapies
to go to Kelly’s link (above) and read the article.
(I printed it out — 18 single-spaced pages.)
underlined statements don’t come close to telling the story, I thought
I’d share with you some of the lines that jumped out at me enough to
specific dietary restrictions associated with the treatment regimen.
After presenting these, the author writes:
“If the skin does not clear up, the patient is either not taking
his medication correctly (that is too little medication), or he/she is not
sticking to the diet, or the diagnosis is incorrect.”
I noted toward
the end of this article that many of the references are dated (1980s).
There’s also a paragraph of glowing praise about Skin-Cap, a
“pyrithione zinc” product that we now know worked so well because it
illegally contained a strong corticosteroid.
Without the corticosteroid the zinc pyrithione was next to useless.
The very existence of this paragraph in this paper knocks it many
rungs downward on the credibility ladder.
(However, more than a handful of dermatologists were fooled into
praising Skin-Cap before the ruse was foiled and the true contents of the
Skin-Cap reference, I am very intrigued by this paper.
Most of the work was done in Europe.
It will be interesting to see if the National Psoriasis Foundation,
with it’s new emphasis on exploring alternative treatments for
psoriasis, comes across this one.
I’d be delighted to hear from anyone else with info or experiences using “fumaric acid.” -Ed