My First Steps

I was first diagnosed with psoriasis in the first grade.  I developed itchy patches of thick, flaky skin on my elbow, knees and forehead.  It made me very self conscious as a young child because people thought it was contagious and couldn’t help but stare or ask me “what is that?”  I also consistently have white flakes on my shoulders from itching my scalp.  The doctors and dermatologists just told me it was like rapidly growing skin cells and I could treat it topically with steroid creams.  Over the past 31 years, I have had patches on my elbows, knees, forehead, scalp, in my ears, and a patch on my leg.  I lost hope.  I thought this is just something I would have to deal with everyday- no cure.

A few years ago, I was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which for me displayed itself in my feet.  During the wintertime flares up, my toes will get so swollen, red, and painful to the touch.  I am known to wear flip flops in the rain and snow just because it hurts to put shoes on.  I was seeing a rheumatologist and we were trying to get medication approved by my insurance, but I was hesitant at the thought of being on meds for the rest of my life, not knowing what other side effects it may cause.

About a month ago, I started wondering if there was something else I could try, something that could help alleviate the itchiness and flaking that plagues me everyday.  I initially started down the path of looking at essential oils and upon researching it, I came across the book posted below.  Healing psoriasis a natural way?  I started reading some of the reviews and ordered the book right away.

Books like this usually have me snoring by page 3 but I couldn’t put it down!  It was fascinating to read about how psoriasis isn’t just something external, but really stems from what is happening internally.  Dr. Pagano defines psoriasis as “the external manifestation of the body’s attempt to “throw off” internal toxins.”  In order for me to heal my psoriasis, I need to heal from the inside out.

I will be documenting my journey as I follow Dr. Pagano’s method as described in his book: “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative” and also using recipes from his companion cookbook.  I am committed to this process and hope you follow along as an encourager or I hope I encourage you on your own journey of healing.

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