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Blog and Thoughts on the Pagano Diet
I started on Enbrel March 11th this year and have had quite amazing
results for my psoriatic arthritis. To document my progress I started a
blog (see note at end) that can be read at
I tried a lot
of treatments and diets before starting on Enbrel. The only thing that
really worked for me other than Enbrel was the alkaline diet laid out by
Dr. John Pagano in his book, Healing Psoriasis (available from
Amazon). If you are long on self-control and can follow a very strict
diet, I think Pagano’s diet is an answer to psoriasis. I lasted for
about fifteen months and had wonderful results. Then I fell off the diet,
all my symptoms came back, and 18 months later I was approved for Enbrel.
after three months has done more for me than Pagano’s program achieved
after fifteen months, and two injections a week are a lot easier to manage
than an incredibly strict diet; however, I still feel Pagano’s program
works, and if you can’t get approved for Enbrel or don’t want to take
drugs, I think it is the best alternative out there. –Jerry C.
Response: Thanks for this
Jerry — your Blog is a valuable reference for the thousands of flakers
currently considering Enbrel, or just beginning with it, and your
experiences with the Pagano regimen underscore hundreds of similar
readers: If you’re taking
Enbrel or thinking about it, I encourage you to read Jerry’s
journal (Blog). It
contains 4 short essays that were written between April 1 and June 6.
Though Enbrel is expensive and somewhat scary to administer
(subcutaneous self-injections), and for some it doesn’t work well, when
it does work in can work spectacularly.
This was Jerry’s case and he is eloquent in his presentation of
the experience. My bet is, if
you are undecided about Enbrel in your future, but dissatisfied with your
current P condition, and sufficiently insured to mute the high bill,
Jerry’s testimony will send you to your derm in pursuit of a prescript.
should also make us think about — or rethink — the Pagano regimen,
which is primarily a strict diet. There
are many reasons why flakers may not take the high-priced drugs known to
help them and the Pagano diet is among the best known — and best
considered — alternatives. Even
if you can’t accept the theory (Pagano’s “leaky gut” explanation
for P and why his diet counters it) the results speak for themselves.
You don’t have to be a believer to try the diet anyway. –Ed