Hi Everyone. So I started going Paleo in January. It was great, then I went away to work at a camp for the summer, still stayed as paleo as possible with the shitty food we had.
After working for the summer I went travelling for 3/4 weeks and ate absolute shite. And since being back home I have continued with this. Now I have an a rash that I have been told looks a lot like Raindrop Psoriasis. I am going to the doctor tomorrow about it, but in true modern day fashion I have looked it up a bit online and a lot of people seem to be forming a link between Raindrop Psoriasis and Gluten in your diet.
I was just wondering if anyone has a history of Psoriasis and has noticed any improvements since changing to the paleo way of life.
My plan for after travelling was to get back on the Paleo Diet once I had a job and some money to pay for the good food. But it might have to be a bit sooner if Gluten is now ruining my skin.
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on October 11, 2012
at 12:47 AM
When the skin makes Vitamin D3 naturally, usually 10-20,000 IU are made locally in the skin. The excess Vitamin D 3 is then broken down to its degradation products. These degradation products have been shown to inhibit the development of psoriasis in studies. These degradation products prevent the proliferation of the lower levels of the skin from reproducing at a faster rate than normal. This is the pathology found in psoriasis. The lower epidermis is known to grow 25-40 times faster and the skin gets a large red plaque on its surface as a result. This is why light therapy is still so effective in treating psoriasis today. It???s kind of funny that dermatologists don???t look at the pathologic causes of this disease here. Here sun light is curative because it stimulates Vitamin D 3 production to make excess Vitamin D3 to make degradation products. Anyone with psoriasis should have their Vitamin D levels checked and optimized before they do anything else. Most have extremely low levels and they tend to be obese and have higher cancer rates across the board as well. Why? Low vitamin D levels is why!
In autoimmune diseases we need to advocate for much higher levels of Vitamin D. Why? In order for circulating vitamin D to perform its functions, it must first activate the vitamin D receptor (VDR). The problem is that many people with autoimmune disease have a genetic polymorphism that affects the expression and activation of the VDR and thus reduces the biologic activity of vitamin D. Studies have shown that a significant number of patients with autoimmune diseases have several VDR polymorphisms. There are over 25 variants of VDR polymorphisms now known and the list grows monthly. If you have a VDR problem you require much higher circulating levels of vitamin D to bind to these defective receptors. As we have mentioned in multiple previous blogs, a leaky gut predisposes to the development of autoimmunity. Moreover, optimal Vitamin D levels are also linked to ???tighter junctions??? between the enterocytes of our intestinal lining making our guts ???less leaky???. If the gut is less leaky our immune system is stronger, because it does not have to be activated constantly to protect the rest of the body. We have also seen above, that vitamin D levels play a huge role in our immune surveillance in our GI tracts. It appears to be critical to push your levels to much higher plasma levels in these cases. I strongly recommend talking this over with your doctor. The fears of toxicity are very overblown in my estimation and the risk of too low a level for disease propagation is far too common and risky for your health.
Humans have a Vitamin D savings bank in our body. It is supported by a good protein diet and a leads to a better Vitamin D level. An Epi-paleo Rx is an optimal choice for this bank account. It works by making a protein called Vitamin D binding protein (DBP). It acts like albumin does in the blood. The vitamin D-binding protein (DBP) is a highly specific carrier for vitamin D and all of its metabolites found in the plasma. This allows us to store vast amounts of Vitamin D. Why do we need that from an evolutionary standpoint you ask? Vitamin D synthesis from cholesterol by the sunlight is thus maintained within physiological limits estimated to be 0.01 to 2.5 mg of cholecalciferol per day. 2.5 mg per day translates to 100,000 IU per day!!!! This is why UV light remains a mainstay treatment even today for psoriasis. This came from my Vitamin D blog on my site.
on October 16, 2012
at 08:07 PM
I have had an ongoing patch of psoriasis for nearly a decade. It will flare up on occasion but has never been a huge problem. I have been able to treat it for the most part with a topical steroid and keep it under control (growing slightly over the years). Since starting Paleo a month ago I have only recently realized that lo and behold, I haven't used my steroid cream in a month...and haven't had any flare ups. Hoping that cutting out some of the toxins has solved the problem!
on October 10, 2012
at 09:15 PM
Paleo hasn't helped my psoriasis at all. UVB light has helped tremendously.
on October 16, 2012
at 09:24 PM
I have had intermittent bouts of psoriasis on my elbows since my teens, usually during times of stress. Interestingly, though, I've suffered from Geographic Tongue (a condition believed to be related to psoriasis) and this has been completely resolved for the first time EVER with a paleo diet (following the Autoimmune Protocol).
Even though I haven't had an episode of psoriasis for a year or so, I'm willing to bet I won't have one while I stick to a Paleo lifestyle.
It's been a revelation for me to finally be rid of this supposedly benign but ultimately ugly as hell condition!
Please report back with how you get on.
on October 10, 2012
at 07:40 PM
it sounds as if you have guttate psoriasis and I used to suffer with that. What put mine into remission was simvastatin. When I came off the drug it came back so I went back on it. I do not need it for cholesterol because thanks to paleo my cholesterol was fine but I take it for its anti inflammatory effect. Doctor is fine with that.
I have not tried paleo and low omega 6 (which is what I am doing now) without the simvastatin.