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has Arrested Husband’s Bad Case of P and PA
I almost feel guilty writing to you about my problem — having
read several reports including Wanda's report and yours — but I
would appreciate any answers you may be knowledgeable on to a few
1) Is there is
a technical difference between acrodermatitis continua and palmar plantar
pustulosis? I have been
diagnosed with PPP.
2) Does either
of the above conditions spread? I.e., at present I have PPP on my right
large toe only.
would like to tell you the following in the hope that maybe YOU and others
could benefit from the information I give below and, LOL, don't write
back and tell me to "practice what I preach" — I know I
My husband (54
years old) developed psoriasis at 30 years old. Over a period
of time it spread so badly that he was diagnosed as a severe case.
PUVA treatment had to stop as did using Methotrexate and Cyclosporine.
All these had adverse effects — as did long term use of Dermovate
Over the years
he also developed psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis,
osteoarthritis, osteoporosis — to name but a few — which caused
England, I appreciate we have an advantage of a National Health Service
and my husband is under a Dermatologist at a leading teaching
hospital (The Middlesex Hospital in London).
At present he
has been given a drug (which is only allowed by a few teaching
hospitals, as it isn't recognized as British Standard tested) which is of
German origin ..... The Trade Name is FUMADERM but clinically known
as DIMETHYFUMARATE + Salts (the name Fumaric Acid also comes to mind
somewhere)! It apparently is
thought less damaging than Methotrexate & Cyclosporine BUT he still
has to have regular blood tests to check it is not causing internal damage
BUT this drug has virtually cleared his skin.
problems, for which he takes FLEXIN (Indomethacin — a non-steroid
anti-inflammatory drug) now outweighs his skin problem. With all the
above named arthritic conditions he was in such a bad way that he had to
apply for a Disability Badge (last Christmas).
He couldn't even walk a minimal distance. He even had difficulty
getting up from a chair!
While he was
suffering so badly, indirectly so was I. It isn't easy to watch your
loved one deteriorate so badly and be in such permanent pain. I
suffer with Crohn's Disease (we sound a right pair LOL) and the whole
situation was depressing for me, too!
Last October I
decided to seek alternative help for him.
I needed to do something positive for both our sakes! I was
introduced to an Alternatives Dr. (private - not part of our NHS) by an
acquaintance I knew who swore blind this Dr. cured her Rheumatoid
tried an elimination diet which didn't come up with anything in
was a CANDIDA diet. This mainly means cutting YEAST and/or
SUGAR out of your diet completely. Sounds easy BUT it isn't!
NO more chocolate, biscuits, bread, cereals (except Shredded
Wheat). No more bananas,
grapes, oranges, pears, kiwis, etc.).
No more sauces, stock cubes, etc., etc. It is
amazing to learn, now that I have to read ingredients, how many
products contain yeast and sugar!
He was also
allergy tested for a few things and one test showed that
"CORN" was a toxin for him. Do you know that the majority
of tablets/capsules contain corn starch to bind the powder content?
Ironically by simply taking his prescribed medication it was causing him
allergic bodily reactions and damage! To overcome this he now injects
(every other day) an anti-allergic serum to eliminate the harmful effects
of corn. On the positive side,
he can now eat corn (i.e. healthshops' "cornflakes" — no sugar
content) even corn-on-the-cob occasionally with no ill effect.
For the first
time in years he is virtually pain free. Even our dogs have
benefited LOL. “Walkies"
with their Dad are on again!
persevered with this diet for approximately 8 months now and has lost over
28 lbs. The weight loss has obviously benefited pressure on his
I would be more
than happy to forward any information we have (e.g., listings of
acceptable foods). However, I hope that this information gives
"food for thought" to you and others and even by exploring the
internet on Candida it may shed light to giving some relief from various
As far as I
know, nobody has ever died from Psoriasis or Arthritis.
It is the harmful and potent drugs given that are, ironically, the
conclusion, allergy testing and diet are definitely worth trying.
Even spiritual healing, which can help reduce pain caused through inflammation.
If a healer ever says "I can cure you of your arthritis," he/she
is not genuine!
Of course, it
can be costly to find the right help BUT nothing is more important in life
than having good health! The
next stage, for us, will be to experiment with cutting down on
his medicinal drugs to see if the diet alone can keep him pain free!
best wishes to all. -Avril H.
Response: Thanks for this,
Avril. A marvelous
counter-argument to the discussion Dave W. and I are having elsewhere in
this month’s mail (More About Dr.
hasn’t been discussed here in a long time, but if you search on
“candida” from the home page you’ll see over half a dozen exchanges
in which the subject has been discussed.
Your account is the most compelling so far and I’m very glad you
shared it with us.
questions you asked at the onset of your email are properly addressed by a
dermatologist, which I am not, so I won’t risk confusing the matter.
I hope you’ll write again and keep us apprized of your husband’s condition. Meanwhile, our best wishes to both of you. –Ed