May-June '06 | briefing | mail | interviews | articlespsorchat | psorchat review | don't say this | flaker creativity | flakers' jargon | other places | archives | send mail | ed dewkesearch | acknowledgments | legal stuff | 2006 Ed Dewke

Kalawalla under Other Names
from Rob S.

Hi, Ed:  First of all, I want to thank you for your great site.  I am quite a proactive researcher of health issues, and though I was aware of your site  before; hadn't used it much due to the success that I've had on my own, but over the last few days I have really come to appreciate the effort you've put into your site and the resources contained therein, especially because it gave me a start on my Samambaia (a.k.a. Kalawalla) research. It warms my heart to know the good that you are doing.

Let me tell you a bit about myself.  I am 41.  I started developing psoriasis at around the age of 23.  I would say I have a moderate case (30% of my scalp + 5 or 6 stubborn lesions on my body).  I used to run close to a 4 minute mile in college, but came down with psoriatic arthritis around 7 years ago and had to stop running for awhile.  I now think the tendonitis I had in college — that I thought was due to running — was a precursor to my PA.

I did a LOT of research on my arthritis, more than on my psoriasis, because the symptoms were less manageable and more painful.  To treat my arthritis, I eventually settled on a combination of antibiotics and a no-to-low starch diet (the theory is that the arthritis is triggered by an autoimmune response to klebsiella, which mimics HLA-B27, the gene associated with P-arthritis.  See research by Alan Ebringer: the use of a low starch diet to treat ankylosing spondylitis.  Shortly after cutting back on starch (which klebsiella feeds on) my arthritis diminished.  now I am arthritis-symptom-free.

The psoriasis was not effected by the starch free diet, and my skin symptoms are slowly getting worse, so I have focused on the psoriasis itself more and more over the last two years.  Here's what I have found, to date.

First, for me, Dovonex coupled with moisturizer has been the most effective at merely managing symptoms.  Then I noticed once that when I avoided gluten for a week, by chance, I experienced a major clearing.  I also noticed fasting, even for a day or two, was very helpful.  The best combination to date has been:

  • warm ocean water

  • clean diet

  • humid air, and

  • Dovonex.

This combination would bring 80-90% clearing in days.  But not a cure, and also now I am noticing that the Dovonex and gluten avoidance is not enough by themselves, AND warm ocean water and humid air is hard to come by.  Which all brings me to why I am writing you this morning.

I have gotten pretty excited about Samambaia recently and am about to start using it.  I am wondering why your site focuses on Organic Hope as the supplier more than Raintree.  At first, I thought the only way to get it was through Organic Hope, but now it looks like the best way might be through the Raintree Nutrition people. That looks like an extremely reputable, thorough, and quality organization.  They apparently have Samambaia as part of a mix (it is 50% of the blend) for sale in a blend (check out the third party research within this link): 

But even more impressive is that apparently it can be bought in bulk ($20 for 1 lb) out of which tea can be made. I've seen it online for $15.

This would seem to be the best way to go, if it turns out to work.

Also, given the results some have had topically, perhaps the powder can be used to apply it topically.  Raintree has a great section on preparing herbals.  Also it would all be much cheaper through Raintree Nutrition.

I also noticed that Aubrey Organics has it in a shampoo, cream, and soap:

Okay, I haven't even tried the stuff, but I live in Berkeley, California, and noticed that I can access most of this stuff locally in stores, without sending away to Organic Hope, as your site suggests.  This may be a better option for those in the San Francisco Bay area that are interested in experimenting with the stuff.

If nothing more, I think the best information on Samambaia (as I think it should be referred to) is from the Raintree people, they have a lot of info through other links to research on Samambaia. 

I've been rambling, but I was hoping that you could let others know that it is more easily accessed than one might guess from your site. I hope I don't sound critical, not meant that way at all!  Please keep up the GREAT work, and I will let you know very soon what my results are!  By the way, have your tried it yet?  If not, why not?

Yours, -Rob S. (Berkeley, California)

P.S.  Check this out for more on Samambaia: (requires Adobe Acrobat)


Ed's Response:  Thanks much for both this, Rob.  I am VERY glad to hear about this alternative source for what we have been referring to as Kalawalla.  I'll post this in the May-June update and fix the Archives so looking under "Kalawalla" is no longer the only way to learn about this natural palliative for P.  (I'll add to the Archives Calaguala, Polypodium leucotomos and Samambaia — the first two of which should have been made a long time ago, but there seemed to be no point when "Kalawalla" was the only game at FlakeHQ!)

I haven't tried it, yet, because I'm still embroiled in biologic investigations.  Using my third — Humira — now.  I have this recurring nightmare that some day, for some off-the-wall health reason, or for lack of insurance, I won't be able to take any more of the new wonderdrugs, and I want to make sure there's something left in which to invest hope.  Some of the diets, some of the "naturals" — like Polypodium leucotomos — appear to be playing that role.

Best regards.  -Ed

P.S. from Ed:  There has been further discussion on MORE products containing polypodium leucotomos — the Honduran fern extract that is doing such a remarkable job at clearing skin P for many people.  Visit Psorchat (navigation bar, top of page) and search on “Kalawalla” to tap into the conversation so far.

This Month's Mail | Archives