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Is Pagano Legit?
Hi Ed, love your site. You seem to be in contact with a lot of psoriasis sufferers so I figured I’d try my luck and ask a question.
I read Dr. Pagano's book, Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative. I’m willing to try the diet and herbal teas but I just want to try and gauge if it is real or a scam. Why waste time and money if it’s a joke.
It’s so hard to tell with internet reviews — who knows who is being honest? So, I figured, your site is full of info, and you probably have heard more about this topic than I have.
What do you think? Is it for real, or is it just a way for Pagano to make a buck (its so easy to NOT follow the diet 100% that it can always be the "reason" the method didn’t work). Is this method legit like the book claims?
Any input would be appreciated.
Ed’s Response: Good questions, R M. Though I'm not personally an advocate — haven't even tried the Pagano diet (yet!) — I do believe it is for real and not a scam. For one, there are too many "take offs" on the basic Pagano regimen. Search in "books" at Amazon.com using keyword "psoriasis" and about half of the dozen or so titles that come up have to do with Natural Healing. Most of those are diet based, and Pagano's book is at the top of the list; the others derive most of their theory and instructions from him. The operant word through most of these is "leaky gut syndrome." Even Pagano admits that everything about his regimen that does NOT address LGS is ultimately unnecessary — mostly techniques intended to speed healing or make it more likely the patient will stay on the diet.
The Pagano regimen is SO DEMANDING that no credible statistics exist about its performance. That is to say, so many people fail to adhere to the regimen that it can't be said with any accuracy how well it works. Everything that's compelling about the regimen is, unfortunately, anecdotal. That doesn't make it false; it simply makes it "statistically inconclusive." Lots of people (myself included, I suppose) are reluctant to devote too much INCONVENIENCE (and dietary discomfort) to following a regimen that is "statistically inconclusive."
Having said all that, I must add that I have heard from dozens of folks who swear by the regimen; none of whom have a thing to gain by pulling the wool over my eyes. I'll close for now by saying, if I thought Pagano's regimen would be easy, I'd have tried it myself by now. -Ed
Ed: Thanks for responding but I guess part of my skepticism is that it DOESNT really seem that demanding.
I mean the way I see it you do the following:
Now, not including the colonics and spinal adjustments, which seem to be of secondary importance from what I have been able to understand, its not really THAT demanding. Is it? I mean it’s far from some radical, fanatical system.
Especially when you consider that small "cheats" would probably not matter too much. I mean, the goal is to heal the LGS and eliminate the toxins. I’m sure that cutting toxins down 95% instead of 100%, while healing the gut would work. In fact, if it didn’t interfere with the healing, I would expect that a even a moderate reduction of toxins would work, but just take longer. Right? Once the LGS is healed, your intestines should work like those in a non-psoriatic. Wouldn’t you think?
I guess that’s why, in my mind, I’m surprised that there isn’t more statistical data.
But, if you have heard of others who have had success, its worth trying. I’d love to know, first hand, someone that had success. Just to know if it’s worth any efforts. Although I don’t see it as THAT demanding, I wouldn’t want to cut out tomato sauce if I didn’t have to! -RM
Ed’s Response: Pagano might argue with your assumption (wish?) that "cutting down toxins by 95% rather than 100% while healing the gut would work." I've read that even the littlest infractions have obvious consequences — ESPECIALLY during the healing phase. Pagano says that AFTER the healing has taken place, some people can resume eating some of the no-nos — and that others resume anyway, knowing they can get back on the diet and "heal again."
That you do not find the diet that drastic is a great advantage for you! (I, on the other hand, would have a terrible time with it.)
You should contact this person: "Robin" [email protected]
She has been on the Pagano diet for over a year and has started a psoriasis support group — with an emphasis on the Pagano regimen — in Florida. I'm sure she would be delighted to get email from you. You can find her correspondence at FlakeHQ (listed here with most recent first; read from the bottom up if you want to get her story "as it unfolds").