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Got P in Acapulco, PA Relief through Diet Supplement
from Stanley E.

Ed:  I've had psoriasis (I call it "The Big PS") for more than 30 years. I contracted it while I was living in Acapulco — so I haven't tried any of the sun treatments! I did try all the creams and all the pills. The creams worked no better than any skin lotion — even though some of then cost almost $100 a tube. And all the pills — every one of them — hurt my stomach. So I stopped taking them, too.

About ten years ago, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. That was an expensive diagnosis. Because the knee surgeon I was consulting at the time told me "with 100 per cent certainty" that I had torn cartilage in my right knee. He made that diagnosis even though my legs, arms and body displayed obvious splotches of the Big PS. (I had at that time never heard of psoriatic arthritis.)

So, the son of a bitch operated, found the cartilage perfect — and then diagnosed the arthritis!

Anyhow, that ended my days of playing tennis. Until, years later, a friend who belongs to a tennis club, told me about some over-the-counter pills now called Move Free, made by Schiff.

Taking three of those a day, in a little more than a month, most of the signs as seen on X-rays of psoriatic arthritis disappeared. And the knee doctor said my worst problem was “tendonitis.”

And, more than ten years after having given away all my tennis equipment, I started playing some tennis again. I sent a letter about it to NPF and they published it months later in their Bulletin. Naturally, what I was trying to do was to pass along something that had helped me.

Which is what I'm trying to do here, too, I guess.   All the best.  -Stanley Evans


Ed’s Response:  Evidently Move Free and similar dietary supplements have helped a lot of people with osteoarthritis.  Here’s the Schiff page about the product:


Also note on this page there’s a link — “Special New Report” — to a Consumer Reports article on glucosamine and chondroitin (the two active ingredients in Move Free) that is very informative.  This report concludes with mention of a number of products that contain these compounds.  It also says that if you don’t feel a difference in about 2 months of taking the supplements, “you might want to try a different approach.”   

If my methotrexate continues to do less for me, I just might try Schiff’s Move Free.  Thanks for the tip.

Now, about this Acapulco thing.  Of course, you know you didn’t “contract” P there, but you “manifested it.”  In other words, your proclivity to flake was triggered while you were in Acapulco.  That’s got me worried.  Most people I know go to Acapulco to relax — the opposite of stress.  Of course, you said you lived there.  Perhaps you had a stressful occupation?  At any rate, I can certainly understand why you haven’t pursued any of the light-therapy regimens for controlling your P.  If mine had erupted in a sunny environment like Acapulco I think I’d doubt the palliative ability of sunshine, too. 

You’re not alone.  Some percentage of psoriatics are indifferent to sunlight as a treatment, and some subset of this percentage are even worsened by sun exposure.  Or so I read.  It was always doubtful that I would benefit from sunlight or light therapies because of my vitiligo.  However, one courageous derm decided to try me anyway.  We opted for PUVA, first (psoralen, taken orally, followed by full-body, in my case, UVA light exposure).  I burned very badly with so little exposure that the derm quickly gave up.  It seems I would spontaneously combust long before I could soak up enough rays to have any effect on my P.  So we really don’t know how my psoriasis would react.  Needless to say, I’ve neither applied for work in, nor planned vacations to, Acapulco. -Ed

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