By Marilee Tolen, RN
During the years of my practice in my Wellness Center I received many patient referrals from Dr. John Pagano, the author of the book “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative”. These patients were suffering severely from psoriasis. Many of them sought out Dr. Pagano’s “alternative treatment” as a last effort because medical treatments had failed them. Dr. Pagano referred these patients to my center because we offered colon hydrotherapy, one of the holistic approaches to psoriasis that he recommended.
Psoriasis, along with eczema, are conditions where the body is toxic. Internal cleansing combined with a few other natural approaches can offer healing to those suffering from these uncomfortable and unsightly conditions.
To understand this approach it is important to remember that the skin is an organ of elimination. When other eliminatory organs are over-taxed, especially in the intestinal system, the skin takes over their job. Many skin disturbances are the body’s attempt to get rid of toxins.
Foods are an extremely important factor with psoriasis. There are certain foods that contribute to flare ups, and there are certain foods that allow the healing.
The more dealings I had with people with psoriasis and the more I learned about the foods they ate, the more convinced I became on how important nutrition is for the psoriatic (name for person living with psoriasis).
This might sound kind of odd, but it is true. . . .the actual skin lesions of these folks looked like the foods they binged on. The popular culprit – pizza, or foods with lots of white baked flour and tomato (pasta). Bagels and cream cheese were also a common favorite. Besides the bright red “tomato” colored skin, some of these patients also had white crusty patches that resembled mold on cheese. This suggested to me internal fungus. I could tell by survey that cheeses, tomatoes, and white bread were the greatest offenders to these folks.
I trained as a colon therapist and became certified under a few different programs. I did this to get the depth and breadth of this modality. The program and philosophy that I most embrace is the Cayce/Reilly approach to health. This is the same approach that is discussed in “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative”. The suggested diet emphasizes eliminating the nightshade family plants for conditions such as psoriasis and arthritis. Psoriasis is often accompanied by arthritis (there is a strong connection between digestion and joints).
The nightshade family plant foods are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Again, I found that the people with psoriasis that I treated ate these foods very frequently.
Here are some key factors and recommendations for the natural approach to healing psoriasis from the Cayce/Reilly approach to health and Dr.John Pagano’s book “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative”:
–Psoriasis is basically a toxemia with the cause being poor eliminations and a thinning of the intestinal wall
–There is excessive acidity in the blood
–Internal cleansing is recommended
–Spinal adjustments from a chiropractor or an osteopath is recommended
–Sources of irritation are commonly the duodenum, jejunum, and upper intestinal tract
–Colonics or home enemas are recommended
–Diet should be highly alkalinizing
–Fish, fowl, and lamb are okay to eat
–Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water daily
I would also add:
–Eliminate breads and baked goods
–Eat lots of leafy green vegetables
–Exercise to mobilize the lymph system which also helps to detoxify the body
–Take digestive enzymes
–Get fiber in the diet
There always so many questions as to what essential oils can be helpful for psoriasis. It is very important to note that although there are essential oils that can help diminish the discomfort of the condition, no essential oil can help psoriasis completely if these other recommendations are not followed.
Some recommended essential oils/products:
–Juvaflex over liver for liver cleansing
–JuvaCleanse internally (start with one drop)
–Rose Ointment topically
–Cleansing Trio or Internal Cleansing products that contain therapeutic essential oils
All of the above oils and products can be purchased below:
Reprinted from “Home Spa Lady’s Tips of the Week,” a free on how to Make Every Day A Spa Day.