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Relief through Diet has Calmed the Roller Coaster
Dear Ed, I love
your site and I always make sure that I check it regularly for the latest
mail and articles, especially about the various treatments that everyone
has tried and tested. So I’ll tell you about mine.
for P involves modified diet, baths and olive oil. I’ve had P for about
15 years and I’m only 26. I
used steroid creams and had one course of UV light treatment — all
without success. Then one day I just got fed up and decided I’d had
enough. I had P all over my body, face and scalp (over 90%).
That was over 18 months ago. Since
then I’ve tried various ways of dealing with this and the following has
proved the most successful. I
Pagano’s book and it sounded like a lot of hard work so decided to
try and modify his regimen to suit my needs.
I have cut out
wheat, red meat, all nightshade vegetables, citrus fruits, alcohol,
cigarettes, potatoes, dairy, caffeine and fizzy drinks from my regular
diet. So I eat rice,
vegetables, gluten-free pasta, chicken and fish.
However, I had steak, fries, beer and cigarettes last weekend so I
do venture off the diet once in a while (about once every 6 weeks if I’m
honest). I have a bath at night before bed in just water — no soap or
bubble bath — for at least 30 mins.
I then use a flannel to gently exfoliate the skin cells off my
skin. After my bath I use
olive oil on my skin (I buy this at the chemists and it doesn’t smell
very strong) and then put on my pajamas and it’s off to bed.
I don’t have
to wash off the olive oil in the morning, except for my hair.
For my scalp, I use olive oil at night and then wash it out in the
morning (I don’t use conditioner).
Well, my skin
has actually gotten better in some respects. My P is clearing very very
slowly. I can now see that the steroids have thinned my skin.
The biggest benefit of my new regimen is that I’m no longer on
the emotional roller coaster that comes with trying a new treatment which
works for a while and then fails.
I live in
England and the weather is changeable so sometimes my skin is very dry and
sore if it’s cold. But I prefer things the way they are now to when I
was using my creams. I hope that this regimen will make my P better.
Hope this will
be useful for some people and I would like to get in touch with people in
UK who have tried this sort of thing.
Kind Regards, -Ani
Response: Just reading your
description of your “customized” regimen makes me think there is an
unlisted ingredient in your recipe — and probably a very active one.
Call it “determination.” Or
perhaps it is hope.
studied the diet and approached it realistically, managing to eat
regularly what you can, but you also understand that in our cultures
lapses are to be tolerated if we are to be gregarious beings.
accepted that this approach takes time.
Connolly (another diet promoter) said so effectively, We did not contract this disease in a day.
It isn’t going to go away in a day, either.
I think it’s
your determination that has — for now, at least — ceased that roller
coaster ride “that comes with trying a new treatment which works for a
while and then fails.” Enjoy
that while it lasts.
UK-ers interested in direct contact with Ani, drop me an email and I’ll
see that it gets delivered.