One of my good friends had a classic case of psoriasis. His psoriatic rash covered areas of his face and scalp, torso, arms and legs. His story is an important one because he almost completely overcame his psoriasis simply by eliminating hidden digestive infections, eating a “rotation diet” and thoroughly detoxifying his body.
Psoriasis can be a very nasty inflammatory skin disease. It affects 1-3% of the Caucasian population and may severely compromise the quality of life in those affected.
There can be a huge amount of variation in the severity of the condition from person-to-person. The psoriatic rashes can impact day-to-day activities and social life, which is why it can be so unpleasant.
Many leading authorities actually argue that psoriasis is not actually a skin disease at all. Instead, it reflects that the body is responding to something else – usually something being inside the body that should not be there. In fact, it is now agreed that the disease is actually an inflammatory response.
It has been suggested that H pylori infection may be one of the organisms capable of triggering the inflammatory response that manifests as psoriasis.
In my experience, I would also contend that several other viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungal organisms can trigger the type of inflammatory response that leads to not only psoriasis, but also other skin disorders.
Worms such as Ascaris, Strongyloides, hookworm, tapeworm and flat worms such as liver flukes may contribute to skin disorders. My friend expelled a twelve-inch tapeworm and a liver fluke during his parasite cleanses.
Microscopic parasites such as Giardia lamblia, Blastocystis, Entamoeba histolytica and Cryptosporidium can also cause problems. For example, Giardia is known to cause hives (urticarial).
Yeast and fungal overgrowth such as Candida, Rhodotorula & Geotrichum may certainly cause skin problems. Dandruff, jock itch and fungal toenails are well-known examples.
Research has clearly shown a strong association between Helicobacter pylori and rosacea as well as urticaria. Although there is not as much research linking H pylori with psoriasis, some studies do seem to suggest an association.
One recent study found that the prevalence of H pylori was significantly higher in patients with psoriasis than in those without the disease. Of course, this does not prove that H pylori causes psoriasis, but it does show an association. In addition, some studies have shown improvements in psoriatic patients when H pylori bacteria are successfully eradicated.
You’ll remember I mentioned my friend Chris at the start of this article. Well Chris worked with the same Functional Medicine doctor who mentored me as I was learning this work.
My friend worked under this particular doctor for more than twelve months, following a strict rotation diet, avoiding gluten, milk, sugar and alcohol, removing parasites and working to remove toxins such as mercury from his body.
After twelve months, as well as having infinitely more energy and stamina, better sleep and moods, his skin had virtually cleared and in his words he was “a new person”.
This case serves as a valuable lesson because his psoriasis was not actually psoriasis at all! Rather, it was simply a symptom that reflected what was going on inside his body.
Anti-inflammatory skin lotions and creams were never going to heal my friend’s skin, because the skin was not where the root cause of the issue was located! Instead, the cause was within and inside his body and the skin was just a reflection of those internal imbalances.
In our practice we have consistently witnessed countless clients whose skin disorders improved or disappeared dramatically when they changed their diets, removed chronic digestive infections supported their detoxification processes.
Psoriasis is not a skin disease. It is a reflection of what is happening internally. As a result, in order to resolve psoriasis it is essential that address your diet and lifestyle by removing junk foods and foods that you are intolerant to and then run testing for digestive infections and remove bacteria, parasites and yeast if necessary. It is also important to detoxify your body carefully.
Essentially what you are doing is removing everything from your body that should not be there. When this is achieved, your body does not need to remain in a state of alert. This reduces inflammation and any health condition that is associated with the inflammation is almost guaranteed to improve, including psoriasis.