Psoriasis is a disease that can affect men, women and children at any age and it is the most prevalent autoimmune disease. “Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.” (1) This is the definition of a condition which can cause discomfort, pain and emotional distress to those afflicted.
People living with psoriasis can have mild, moderate or severe psoriasis and their symptoms can change over time and ‘flare up’ if triggered by an injury or event. The skin incorrectly over produces skin cells as the immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake. These patches can become inflamed and a wound or an infection may occur in severe cases. Consequently many sufferers are forced to take some time off work.
“Total direct and indirect health care costs of psoriasis for patients are calculated at $11.25 billion annually, with work loss accounting for 40 percent of the cost burden. Approximately 60 percent of psoriasis patients missed an average of 26 days of work a year due to their illness.”(2)
“Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition marked by itchy inflamed patches of skin.” (3) It is characterised with red sore patches that can develop anywhere on the body and is very similar to psoriasis and can affect anyone at any age.
These conditions are medically termed as chronic and not curable, although there are prescription treatments and medications available that can ease the symptoms.
The figures globally of people affected with these common skin problems are shocking to consider. “125 million people worldwide—2 to 3 percent of the total population—have psoriasis” according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. “Worldwide, about 20 percent of children and up to 3 percent of the adult population have some form of eczema.” (4) Psoriasis and eczema can have a real adverse affect on the quality of life for many sufferers and in some cases severe skin problems can lead to hospitalisation and be life threatening.
Dr John Pagano is a chiropractic physician based in New Jersey whose book ‘Healing Psoriasis’ proposes a natural alternative to traditional therapies for permanently eradicating both eczema and psoriasis. For more than twenty years Dr Pagano has been recommending internal cleansing as the way to cure these diseases ‘from the inside out’. Photos throughout the book show miraculous improvements in the skin of his many patients.
“His regimen focuses on healing the leaky gut syndrome (which he believes causes psoriasis and eczema) through diet, detoxification and spinal adjustments.” says Harry K. Panjwani M.D., Ph.D in the forward of the book. (5)
The major focus of Pagano’s ‘drug-free program’ is recommending a special and mostly alkaline diet to reduce the toxic build up that many people experience in their stomach over time. Specific teas and foods are suggested to assist the healing of the digestive system which leads to what Pagano terms as ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Pagano believes an inefficient and damaged stomach can allow toxins to get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation of the skin as they try to leave the body by an inappropriate route.
Detoxification methods are employed that include focusing on emotional healing and freeing the mind of negativity. Initially chiropractic sessions and also colonic treatments and enemas are all part of the healing program. Adopting correct posture and daily exercising are all prescribed to help rebalance the body. Drinking extra pure water helps to flush out more toxins and steam baths help to replenish the nutrients back into the skin externally. Natural oils such as olive and coconut are also used to help the sore areas of the body repair comfortably. Getting sunshine on the body is a good idea as long as care is taken not to burn. There are many detailed tips which can be found in the easy to read pages of this volume which is available from Amazon and Google and Barnes and Noble in America.
It is definitely worth buying a copy of this book if you or your family are inflicted with eczema or psoriasis. We have personally followed the advice contained within the paperback for more than a month and found it to be positively life changing. It is not a quick fix pill or ointment but once you have started you will see improvements within a short time.
The other downsides are that Pagano’s system requires discipline as it is restrictive and quite a drastic change and requires a lot of adjustment for some people. If you have a sweet tooth and really like caffeinated or alcoholic drinks or if you are a smoker, there are sacrifices to be made for getting completely clear skin. Many folk with eczema and psoriasis also have allergies such as wheat or dairy or may choose to be vegetarian or vegan for personal reasons and for them what is actually ‘allowed’ on the regimen can be rather limited.
Shopping for the proper fruit, vegetables, proteins and grains takes considerable care. Cooking meals can be a little complex as there are lots of foods to avoid and some foods can only be eaten alone. This can cause complication in some restaurants and fast food is completely forbidden. Practice makes perfect with getting used to this new personal routine and how and what to order when dining out. Losing weight is often reported after a few weeks with this diet which many adults welcome. Overeating is definately not advised but snacks are permitted and there is no missing meals or starving unlike many fasting therapies.
However if you are ready to commit to a radical lifestyle change you can achieve a happier, healthier life with no eczema or psoriasis in a matter of weeks or a few months. Compared to other expensive and time consuming eczema and psoriasis prescriptions, equipment and medical sessions Pagano’s plan is revolutionary. This book is published by Wiley and is very highly recommended indeed. This drug free program really works and may be just what you have been waiting for to cure your incurable skin disease forever.
(1)(2) ‘Statistics’ National Psoriasis Foundation website 18 Oct 2018 https://www.psoriasis.org/content/statistics
(3)’Eczema: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment’ Healthline, Debra Sullivan 4 Oct 2018 https://www.healthline.com/health/eczema
(4) MG217 website Eczema Statistics 23 Oct 2018 http://www.mg217.com/your-eczema/statistics/
(5) ‘Healing Psoriasis’ The Natural Alternative Book by Dr. John O.A.Pagano, D.C https://www.amazon.co.uk/Healing-Psoriasis-Alternative-John-Pagano/dp/0470267267