Psoriasis

200_200-girl-facePsoriasis is a fairly common condition and is inherited, therefore one of your parents probably has it too.  For some, the symptoms of Psoriasis can be debilitating.  The plaques can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, and if it progresses to psoriatic arthritis it can be painful and damaging to your joints.

What is Psoriasis?
People with Psoriasis have increased rates in their skin proliferation rates.  The mitotic rate in psoriatic skin lesions is 1,000 times greater than in normal skin.  Uninvolved skin in psoriatic patients is 2.5 times greater than non-psoriatics.   Therefore the purpose of treatment is to not induce squamous cell proliferation, therefore increasing cAMP while not increasing cGMP.

How to Eliminate Symptoms
Psoriasis can not be cured, and it doesn’t need to be.  The way to eliminate all symptoms of Psoriasis is to balance cGMP and cAMP, then psoriatic skin will function more like normal skin.

Ways to Induce Balance
1. Increase Vitamin D supplementation and/or sun exposure without sunscreen.
2. Rule out food sensitivities (blood test or elimination diet)
3. Decrease animal fats (animal fats are high in arachadonic acid which increases cGMP)
4. Limit simple carbohydrates (leads to high glucose and insulin levels, increasing cGMP)
5. Weight reduction can help if applicable
6. Increase supplementation of Vitamin E (400iu) and Vitamin A (25,000iu) – Anti-oxidents specific for psoriasis.
7. Ensure sufficient intake of Selenium (200mcg) internal or topical when lesions are present to speed up breakdown of plaques.
8. Increase supplementation of Fish oil (Nordic Naturals from HealthWaves or Bio-Omega from Usana)
9. Ensure sufficient intake of Zinc (30mg to 3 mg Copper) inhibits cGMP precursors
10. Others: garlic, quercetin, folate, increase dietary fiber, fumaric acid can all be helpful.
11. NEED TO AVOID 
A. Aspirin and any other NSAID (as best as applicable)
BHerbs like Arctium Lappa, Echinacea, Inula, Ginseng (select other immune and energy modulators)
C. Vitamin C and biotin (avoid supplementation beyond optimum levels)
D. Beta-blockers (if you are on a Beta-blocker, discuss alternative options with your doctor)

I generally start with the bold items and adjust to what other risk factors are present.  More often than not, even with mild psoriatic arthritis, the bold items are sufficient for relief of symptoms of Psoriasis.

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