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Answering a question: What can be done for psoriasis?

I was asked this question at a health show I attended and the following is my response:

To answer your question about psoriasis, there are many things that can be done and it really is dependent on the individual as each and every person is different.

Having said that, there are some common key pieces to consider.

1. With all skin disorders (and really for everyone), essential fatty acids (EFAs) are really important. You may have heard of them as omega 3 or omega 6 oils. The most common deficiency is of omega 3 which you can find in fish oils from fish like salmon (wild is best), tuna, cod, and halibut. One thing to consider when eating these large fish is that they have the potential for containing higher quantities of heavy metals such as mercury. The little fish like herring, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are good alternatives. Because we generally don’t eat enough fish, a good quality fish oil is often recommended. Another source of omega 3 fatty acids is flax in the form  of ground flax seeds or flax seed oil, not baked in bread or cereal or whatever as those are heated and the oils are largely destroyed.

2. A good probiotic (e.g. acidophilus), not just in yogurt.

3. Check your diet. There may be triggers.

4. Determine if there are any allergies that may be able to be avoided or treated.

5. Use clean topical products, no petroleum, no cortisone (though you may need to choose cortisone creams occasionally) for regular use.

6. Most of my skin patients receive customized Chinese herbs to help treat the cause and the symptoms of their skin problems.

So, the long and short of it is that there are many options that can be tailored to each individual and I’m happy to help out in person if you like.

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