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Wants to try a Dietary Approach
From Joan G.

Hi Ed:  I have just recently come across your sight while trying to locate new ways of alleviating my psoriasis. I thank you for taking the time to put this site together, I found it very informative as well as comforting (if that's the right word) that alas I am not the only person out there suffering. (I laughed out loud when I read Ria's quote on your home page, that is completely how I feel.) After spending a few hours reading through the testimonials and articles (probably just trying to avoid the actual work I'm supposed to be doing), I realized I needed to stop feeling depressed and be thankful that I'm not as bad off as some.

My depression is due in part to the fact that I just returned from a trip to Hawaii, and after 7 consecutive trips to the tanning booth and a heavy rotation of Ultravate and Dovonex, my skin for the first time was relatively clear and I was not completely horrified to put on a bathing suit (at least I didn't notice anyone staring, but after 15 years I'm pretty much to the point of not caring anymore). As always, after just a few days of not being in the sun and abandoning my 20 minute medication application routine, everything is back and spreading fast.

My quickie UV treatments are just that and I have a growing concern over the skin cancer issue. My dermatologist just keeps recommending biologics and drugs like Enbrel (that are supposed to help me with my arthritis, too). These are just not options for me as my husband and I are actively trying to get pregnant (not to mention my lack of fondness for needles).

What is my question, you ask. I started researching diet and psoriasis and came across quite a few sites. It has always seemed logical to me in that I have been clear in areas only to have my P flare up after certain foods (what these are exactly I have not taken the time to figure out). John Pagano's name came up a few times along with his diet book and I am thinking about trying it out.

The only copy of the book I have found is a used copy on Amazon going for $99. I found it a little odd since one of your visitors mentioned a list price of $19.95. I'm curious if the price is high because it has been out of print for a while and there just aren't many around, or is it just that great? I didn't know if you knew of any other sources for this book or if anyone else who visits your sight might be able to make a recommendation as to where to find it. I'm a little reluctant to drop that much cash on a used paperback. I found quite a few other books on the subject, but Pagano's name seems to come up the most with glowing reviews. There was another book that I found by Cynthea Sabolich (Spot Free in 30 Days), the only appeal there being a $24.95 price tag. I'll take any information you might have!

Thanks for your help, and keep up the good work!

Fellow P Sufferer and Coffee Achiever    -Joan G.

p.s. Yes, I know if I do the diet the coffee will have to go (ugh!)


Ed’s Response:  You can order both of John Pagano’s books at this web site:

Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative costs $31 including shipping in the U.S.

Dr. John’s Healing Psoriasis Cookbook ... Plus! Costs $40 including shipping in the U.S.

I’d recommend you search on Pagano here and read through the correspondence that’s been exchanged over the years.  (At this writing, you will get about 32 hits by searching on “Pagano” at FlakeHQ.) 

Another diet-based treatment plan for P is offered by another chiropractor, Dr. Robert Connolly.  I reviewed Dr. Connolly’s book, Psoriasis Can Be Cured and recorded on-line ordering information in my June 2001 Briefing.

I can appreciate your not wanting to try a biologic regimen while you are trying to become pregnant.  I’ve lifted this statement from the official Enbrel prescribing information:

Developmental toxicity studies have been performed in rats and rabbits at doses ranging from 60- to 100-fold higher than the human dose and have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus due to ENBREL. There are, however, no studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Having noted this, I also want to suggest you have a heart-to-heart with your OB-GYN about any radical dietary approach to treating P while pregnant or attempting to get pregnant.  (Both Pagano’s and Connolly’s diets are, in my opinion, radical.) 

Good luck with whatever you try, Joan.  And do let us know how it goes.  -Ed

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