My Living With Psoriasis Blog

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Think Twice Campaign

I received an email about a new website that had been created related to Psoriasis.
Within that email was the information provided below. It summarises what the concept is behind the website and what their aims are. I have also looked into the site and will talk about it below the quoted text below.
(It says in it “the website will launch tomorrow” – it has already launched)
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For the 1.8 million people known to have psoriasis in the UK lack of regular review highlighted by a recent survey could mean that serious comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer are missed.

New survey data show that:

• 1/3 of psoriasis patients haven't had treatment reviewed in at least five years
• 1/2 of psoriasis patients are on a repeat prescription
• Almost 60% of psoriasis patients on a repeat prescription felt at a disadvantage  

Lack of regular review highlighted by survey could mean that serious comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer are missed 
• Psoriasis is a common condition affecting 1.8 million people in the UK
• More than just dry skin, psoriasis is a chronic immune disease that affects patients over a number of years, sometimes from childhood
• Psoriasis is associated with an increased chance of developing other serious conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers
• The condition can also have a significant physical, psychological and social impact on sufferers, and can limit their work opportunities and income
• The significant burden has just been recognised by a recent World Health Organization resolution on psoriasis which aims to combat the stigma, improve disease information and patient access to care.

The Psoriasis: Think Twice campaign was created to address the significant patient need and is supported by a Working Group of experts in the field of psoriasis care. 

• Psoriasis: Think Twice equips patients with the tools and information they need to talk to their doctor about the physical and psychological impact of their condition
• The Psoriasis: Think Twice website www.PsoriasisThinkTwice.co.uk launches tomorrow and will help patients take ownership of their care

British Skin Foundation has commented:

"Skin disease can have a huge impact on all aspects of a person’s life, including self-confidence, career and personal relationships. One way to try and combat this is to ensure that patients have the best information and resources available to them to optimally manage their condition. Ensuring easily accessible advice and guidance is vital to prevent patients from becoming stuck on treatment cycles of repeat prescriptions where there may be a more effective alternative. This is why we support the Psoriasis: Think Twice campaign."
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From me:
When you click on the link it takes you to a very colourful home page with the following tabs “Think twice”, “7 tips”, “Jessica”,  “Exposed: Film”, “Dear Dr.”, Working Group”, “More Info” and “Quotes”.

Think Twice:
Quotes at the beginning that around 1/3 of people with pso, haven’t had it checked by a GP in roughly 5 years or so. It also gives the study in which that information has been collected at the bottom of the page; “Opinion Matters Survey, Patients with Psoriasis Receiving a Repeat Prescription, LEO Pharma data on file, May 2014”. So if you want to check that out for more information, then do!

You can also do a cute little bottle count of how many treatments you currently have or use.

7 Tips:
So this gives you helpful information when you are going to see your GP. To find out more information; click on the “download” button and it just comes up in a handy PDF that you can print.

Jessica:
This is a section dedicated to a story about Jessica, a fellow psoriasis sufferer. She explains her troubles with psoriasis and how it affected her life and education. It is wonderful to see someone share a story with others in hopes that they will realized they are not the only ones who find battling psoriasis such a physical and emotional struggle. She is sharing her story with everyone in hope that others will not have to suffer the way she did. Thanks to you, Jessica.

Exposed:Film
This part is truly wonderful. It is a film about a woman who documents her struggles with Psoriasis.

Dear Dr.:
This sections overs common questions that GP’s are asked and gives answers to them.

Working Group:
This is a list of people behind the campaign and lists their professions.

More Information:
This section shows you other places that are available for people with psoriasis to go. Very helpful to have and I suggest that you check them out if you haven't heard of them before as they are all different in their own way. 

Quotes:
I like this section; it shows what other people have to say about living with psoriasis. I am a fan of reading other people’s opinions and feelings so it is a nice touch to have on their website.


You should check it out for yourself! J
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Psoriasis Linked to Beer Consumption; Gluten to Blame?

This is an article by a write at Chemist Direct. It talks about the possibility that there is a link between beer and psoriasis due to its gluten content. At the end of the article I will link to the study where the information was obtained from therefore allowing you to read it yourself. 

Psoriasis Linked to Beer Consumption; Gluten to Blame?

Research has shown that women who drink alcohol more often, particularly regular beer, appear to be at greater risk from the autoimmune skin disease psoriasis.

Psoriasis is skin disorder which affects around 3% of the population in the UK. It’s an immune condition where skin replacement speeds up causing raised ‘plaques’ which can be scaly, flaky and itchy with a darker skin tone. It affects both men and women equally and the severity of the condition differs from person to person. In many cases it can have an impact on sufferer’s lives both physically and mentally so finding ways to improve the condition or stop it from occurring is important to psoriasis sufferers.

Although many doctors will say that diet is not a major factor in psoriasis outbreaks a study by Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University has shown that women who have more than 2 alcoholic drinks per week (particularly beer) appear to be at increased risk of developing the condition.

The study consisted of 83,000 nurses, 1,000 of which had had previous outbreaks of psoriasis. Every two years the women who participated in the study were sent questionnaires about their alcohol consumption. They were questioned about how much they drank, what they drank and if they had been diagnosed with psoriasis. The research found that drinking wine, light beer and liquor did not cause an increase in the risk of developing the condition. However those who drank non light beer and consumed on average 2.3 beers a week had a 72% greater risk of getting psoriasis compared to those who did not drink at all. The risk was also increased further for those who consumed 5 or more non light beers a week.

Abrar A. Qureshi, assistant professor of dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston with relation to the study stated:
"We can say that if a woman would like to consume alcohol and if she has a family history of psoriasis or known psoriasis in the past or some other reason she might be predisposed to psoriasis, the alcohol of choice probably should not be non-light beer"

"When we looked up the components of different alcoholic beverages, one thing that stood out for non-light beer was the amount of protein, gluten in particular," said Qureshi "When we stumbled on this, we realized that there have been reports in the past that ingested gluten was associated not just with psoriasis worsening but other autoimmune diseases, such as celiac disease."

Due to the fact that there was no significant increase in psoriasis risk with other types of alcohol suggests that a component in beer, possibly barley, may be responsible for the increased risk of developing the condition.
Beer is one of the very few non distilled alcoholic drinks, and uses a fermentation process usually with a starch source such as barley. Barley contains gluten, a substance that sufferers of autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis can be very sensitive to. The researcher of the study says that the association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of new cases of psoriasis, or of the condition worsening, has been suspected for a long time.

If you think you have a risk of developing psoriasis or already have it staying away from gluten may help your condition and many sufferers of the disorder have seen their skin improve dramatically by following a gluten free diet. The researchers of the study believe that doctors should educate patients on the potential impacts lifestyle can have on the condition whilst encouraging changes which may be beneficial to them managing the disease.

Where can I see this information for myself?

Where can I find more Chemist Direct psoriasis articles? 



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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Poll = "Does psoriasis effect your self-confidence?"

Hello all you beauties! 

I have created another chart from the second poll that I had on my page. There were less votes for this one as I think that I had it on the page for less time overall. However, every single vote is important to me regardless of overall numbers. 

I hope that this gives you piece of mind, to know that there are others out there who think and feel exactly the same. 

I know that I am lacking in the confidence department, so don't feel disheartened that you are, most of us are! 

I do want to pay special note to those awesome people out there that voted "I honestly don't care what people think" - I hope to be in your category one day. I hope we all make it there :) 


Let me know if you have any ideas for poll questions. I have put the third one up now, so please go vote! :D

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Poll = "What do you think is the worst thing related to having psoriasis?"

I am very excited for this; this is the data that was collected from the question poll on my page!

I hope these polls will highlight that the feelings associated with psoriasis and to show others outlooks on having the condition.

This is the data from the first poll:


I hope these polls will highlight that the feelings associated with psoriasis and to show others outlooks on having the condition. 

If you have any ideas for new poll questions;anything that you personally want to know or and questions you have, then comment below and I will create one. 

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Best Psoriasis Blogs of 2014

I received a spot on Healthline’s list of the Best Psoriasis Blogs of 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This makes me so happy.

The list is brilliantly compromised and created with great care. I admire a lot of the other bloggers on the list and would like to share that with you today.

AND I want to share with you the badge that I received due to this great honour.

The list of bloggers:

Just a Girl With Spots: http://justagirlwithspots.com/

Being Me In My Own Skin: http://beingmeinmyownskin.com/


Serious About Psoriasis: http://www.seriousaboutpsoriasis.com/





Read them!
All of us come from different walks of life and have all had our own unique experiences with psoriasis. What we write about is different and how we express ourselves is different. However, we will always have one common goal and that is to make people suffering with psoriasis feel at ease and to try and help them power through. You should give them all a read as they are all wonderful in their own way.


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Who is your Hero?! 2014 Health Hero Awards



I received an email asking me to spread the word about a very beautiful concept. 

It is called: 2014 Health Hero Awards.

This award aims to highlight those special people who put themselves second and someone else first. As the email stated “the heroes of healthcare”. I think that it is only available to residents in the UK. 

There are so many people out there who go above and beyond to ensure that someone knows they are loved at a time that they need it most. This award goes to show that special someone that their selfless act meant more to you than they probably know.

My Hero:
I fell ill and was hospitalized when I was about 14. I remember my Mother would not leave my side – even when I had to go into the operating room she refused to leave until I was unconscious and even then I was told she kept talking to me. My entire family supported me through the situation but her especially. She cried with me and at times for me. She stayed awake with me. She talked to me and kept me calm. She asked questions for me. She made me comfortable. She was so close to me the entire time I didn’t feel alone or worried. When I was in pain she sorted it out, when I was thirsty she poured me a drink, when I was hungry she fed me. To be honest, I don’t remember being that worried when I was in hospital – at all. I knew that she was there and that she would take care of me. I didn’t need to be worried, my mother was there and she was my rock. She had the strength for both of us and made sure that I was as happy as I could be considering the circumstances. I must mention my sister and father though – they were there for me and cared for me also, throughout (sadly all three of them couldn’t stay in the hospital no matter how hard they tried to!) and afterwards when I need to go into London for check-ups.

I love them unconditionally and will forever be grateful for putting themselves aside and taking care of me when I really needed them. All three of them each in their own unique way made me feel safe. 

Who are they meant to be?
Your special person doesn’t need to be a family member. It could be someone that you kindled a relationship with going through a tough time. Someone who might share a similar story as you so knows your troubles and tribulations. It could be a family doctor who has taken care of your health from when you were born up until now. Maybe even someone who hasn’t taken care of you personally, but has taken care of a relative or friend.

There are so many people out there who strive to make others suffering bearable. They do it completely selflessly and that in itself is honourable.

How?
To nominate your Health Hero then go to www.boots.com/healthheroes OR go into a Boots UK store and pick up a leaflet.

Deadlines? 
Nominations close on the 20th May 2014. So you need to hustle and get your nominations in.

Now onto the fun stuff! This is a direct comment from the email I received:
What is really exciting is that each of the five Health Hero finalists will receive an all-expenses paid VIP trip to in London, staying at a top hotel, with tickets to Health Hero Awards Gala Dinner. The Health Hero that’s made the biggest difference to someone’s life will be announced at the celebrity gala dinner and they’ll receive a well-deserved family holiday up to the value of £5,000

Please nominate your Hero. Heroes don’t do good to be recognized or given a medal, they do it because of the goodness in their heart and to put a smile on someone else’s face. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make sure they know just how amazing they are AND to tell the entire world that they are absolutely wonderful!! 
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Guest Post - Russell's Story

This is a beautifully written account by Russell. He took the time out to write about his experiences with psoriasis and has courageously let me share that story with you.



Russell's E-mail:

I tried most of the creams you have written about but nothing really worked for me. Things just got worse.

I did a great deal of research and found three things that have worked well to minimise the effects of Psoriasis. I developed it when I moved to a desert country, whether that was the trigger or not, I'm unsure.

The four things I tried were a healthy diet to detoxify, exposure to sunlight (UV), exercise to de-stress and a good cream regime.

I went on a strict four month detox diet. Within 3 weeks the small hard itchy areas that had started to develop receded back to normal skin conditions. I cut out sugar, processed foods, yeast, all oils (except small amounts of olive oil), cut down on red meat, no coffee, dairy products especially butter, cheese as well as margarine, bleached products like white flour, white rice and pasta. I also cut out anything acidic except for lemon juice. The only sugar intake was through fruits and a few teaspoons of honey for my immune system. I found out that so many food products like baked beans and tinned soup (even the top brands) contained excessive amounts of sugar. I resorted to buying only fresh foods and did not eat out.

I increased my intake of salads, vegetables, green tea, water, brown rice, brown pasta and fish. I also reduced my meal time portions and when I felt hungry I drank water. In most cases when one has a healthy diet and you feel hungry, your body is asking for water. Chips and roast potatoes were par boiled and baked coated with a bit of olive oil and fresh herbs. Bread intake was decreased but I made homemade whole-wheat bread as I could see what went into the recipe.

I would drink juice from a whole lemon with a tea spoon of virgin olive oil (watch out for fakes) to cleanse the liver on a daily basis. I actually started having a lot more energy as a result of the diet. Along with the diet I took a daily dose of Psyllium husk tablets for my colon. I also took an antioxidant tablet but one can get these vitamins through natural foods.

This worked for me but there are different detox diets available out there where it is up to the individual to try what's best for them.

Secondly, I increased my exposure to sunlight which did help somewhat. Nothing had eradicated the problem entirely but life was more bearable.

The third most important part was to exercise regularly to reduce the normal daily stress of life and having to deal with Psoriasis.

But here's what I have found to work well on top of the diet. I use Skin-Cap shampoo which has cleared my scalp entirely. On my body, I use a soft loufa to remove the scales and slightly reduce the size of the area without breaking the skin and then I build the skin up through moisturising creams.

I use Skin-Cap cream 2 times a day on areas that start to show. The really bad areas are covered in the cream quite thickly and then I use a surgical plaster to keep the cream in. I leave it on for 24 hours and then let the skin breathe for half a day and repeat the process. After a week, all of the red irritated parts have almost disappeared. Once the scales are gone, I keep moisturising twice a day to keep it away. This works wonders and my skin goes back to normal.


I still have to moisturise my entire body with a general cream like Bioderma twice a day and when I see a red area developing I use the Skin -Cap cream to stop it spreading. Areas that are persistent get the Skin -Cap daily just to be on the safe side. When a hard itchy area starts to develop I found that preventing it from spreading was a lot easier than trying to reduce it in size.

Contacting Russell.

On top of emailing about his struggles with psoriasis he has given contact details if anyone would wish to communicate with him about anything that he has written. 


From me:

I have never personally met Russell, he just emailed me about his story and I asked him if it was okay to share on my blog for others to read. I really feel that reading someone else's story gives you a sense of calm and clarity that you are not alone and that others out there face the same things you do. 

Thank you Russell, your story was truly appreciated.  
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

TV Show - Optomen

Okay so, I have also received another e-mail from a woman at Optomen which is a TV production company. She would like me to write something about their up and coming show that is focused around psoriasis. They have mentioned that filming is to take place soon so anyone that would with to be a part of the show needs to contact them right away. 


A little bit about Optomen:

It is an “award-winning TV production company” who has made “high-profile programmes for both UK and US channels”. They have produced TV shows such as: Gordon Ramsay's Behind Bars (C4), Great British Menu (BBC) and Mary: Queen of Shops (BBC).


What Optomen had to say:

“Optomen TV are currently making a brand new health show for the Discovery Channel and we are keen to raise awareness of Psoriasis, in order for viewers to gain a clearer understanding of what it’s like to live with this condition. Our show will explore the symptoms associated with Psoriasis and how best to treat/manage it. 

We are reaching out to people with Psoriasis who would be comfortable taking about their condition on television. If anyone is interested, they should email us at 
healthshow@optomen.com with their name, location, contact email address and a brief description about themselves. As we are scheduled to film soon, we advise anyone interested to get in touch asap”

From me:

I am not entirely sure about specifics with this show but they summed it up pretty efficiently; it is a show that will be trying to raise awareness and understanding of psoriasis through people with the condition participating in the show and representing the psoriasis community.

I am a huge advocate for anything that is psoriasis related and hope that there are plenty of people out there who are willing to be a face for us all. It takes a lot of courage to talk about psoriasis and the way that it affects your life, so a big thank you to anyone who is strong enough to do so.

Contacting Optomen:

Email them at healthshow@optomen.com or www.optomen.com/casting  (I am not sure which so probably best to send an e-mail to the address and have a look on the website for other contact details if you don't hear anything in reply) with:
1.     Name
2.     Location
3.     Contact email address
4.     Brief description of yourself (I’m guessing age/type of psoriasis/profession/family details)

Other Optomen contact details:




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Monday, 24 March 2014

Psoriasis YouTube Videos!

After I was contacted by Betty about their up and coming documentary, I wanted to take a look and see if there was anything else that had been on TV about psoriasis. So, I went to YouTube and had a look around. I simply searched “psoriasis” to see what would come up and there are a lot of videos! Some of them explain what psoriasis is and that is what I want to share today.

Below are a few videos that I think are pretty decent in explaining what psoriasis is, what the types of psoriasis are, causes and symptoms (including common things that can flare up or trigger psoriasis) plus diagnosis and treatment.

I just want to include these today because I had never (ever) looked on YouTube for videos related to psoriasis before. I can’t believe how informative they are!! I’ve learnt what I know about psoriasis from my Doctor(s) and constantly searching medical sites and reading psoriasis articles. So, this is just a different way of learning about it that I wanted to share with you and that I am annoyed I never did before.

If you are a newbie to psoriasis and are lost and confused about what is going on and are too nervous or embarrassed to speak to someone about it – take a look. Honestly, even if you are a veteran of psoriasis-suffering and know a lot about it- look anyway as you never know if you might learn something new J

At the end there are a few videos on Psoriatic Arthritis. I don't really know a lot about it so decided to watch videos that told me about it. 

Lastly, they are quick and simple to watch – you don’t even really need to watch the video, you can just listen to the words. So put it on in the background if you are a busy-bee and you may gain something! 

YouBeauty: Understanding your Psoriasis. 

I love this video. I think it is brilliant at giving a brief but fully accurate description of what psoriasis is and why it happens. Plus, the graphics are wonderfully created to widen that understanding. 


HealthiNation: Three-Part series on Psoriasis

I enjoyed this three-part series as it gives a good overall understanding of psoriasis.

Part One: What is Psoriasis?

Part Two: Causes and Symptoms of Psoriasis.

Part Three: Diagnosing and Treating Psoriasis.

Nucleus Medical Media: Psoriasis

My ability to intake large scientific words is rather slow, so I watched this video a few times to actually grasp what all the big words meant (and trust me, there are a lot!) Still worth a watch as it is very informative and concise.

HealthiNation: Three-part series on Psoriatic Arthiritis

I genuinely knew little about this so I thought it would be beneficial to include something about it. It doesn't discriminate against age or gender so it is best to know the basics about it to keep a watchful eye out for yourselves. 

Part One: What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Part Two: Living with Psoriatic Arthritis.

Part Three: Treating Psoriatic Arthritis.

Psoriatic Arthritis: Understanding the disease.



Hopefully some of these videos have been insightful for those that are lost inside a world of psoriasis, I know that they were informative for myself so I just wish they are for others as well. I am sure that there are plenty more videos on YouTube (do be aware that some of the videos that come up...do not fit within an informative criteria but each to their own). 

Please, inform me of any videos that you find that you think are brilliant and I will happily add them to the list to help others out there. 

Have a wonderful and informative day!! 

Alternative links to follow if the videos above do not work properly:
1. YouBeauty: Understanding your Psoriasis

2. HealthiNation Series (Psoriasis)

3. Nucleus Medical Media

4. HealthiNation Series (Psoriatic Arthritis) 

5. Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis
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TV Documentary - Betty

Hello all,

I have been contacted by Betty who is a company that produces “high quality factual television.”
(http://www.betty.co.uk/) Let me tell you why :)



What did they contact about?

They are creating a new documentary that is being made and broadcasted in the UK (therefore only people actually within the UK can be a part of the documentary). Their inspiration for this programme is “to raise awareness about psoriasis and other conditions by following people as they try to regain confidence and try to find love.”

This, to me, sounds like a very helpful documentary for those who have psoriasis. It will bring to light the fact that we are not alone and that the problems that we face daily – others also face! Plus, raising awareness of psoriasis can help widen understanding and acknowledgment and reduce prejudice.

Do note that this documentary isn’t just aimed at people with psoriasis. It is hoping to cover a wide variety of medical conditions that effect and hinder people’s lives. However, they have asked me to write about it to help spread the word and hopefully spark an interest in someone out there to take part! Psoriasis isn’t their main focus and every medical condition is equally important and relevant.

A brief description from Betty:

“We are looking for people to take part who have a medical condition or body issue and feel it can make dating and new relationships a bit tricky- It could be anything from vitiligo, to severe acne scarring or drastic hair loss.

The programme will be a heart-warming and uplifting series about relationships and finding love. We are looking for single people who feel that their love lives have been affected by a medical condition and as a result, may not feel entirely comfortable with being open about their medical condition/history when they first meet people.

The series will look at how much we reveal about ourselves to potential partners at the start of a relationship and how it can be trickier for those with medical/physical conditions. Throughout the series, our contributors will be raising awareness about their medical/physical conditions and documenting how these conditions can impact on their daily lives. We want to give a respectful insight into a variety of conditions, to both educate our viewers and at the same inspire others who may be in the same situation.”

When and where?

It should be aired through a Discovery Network in 2015 (specifics on dates and times aren’t well known this early on in production – but roughly around then). Also, I asked whether the website would have any section dedicated to information but they don’t have anything on there yet – but the “website should have some promotional material for the programme in a few months when we [Betty] have a title.”

They are currently trying to spread the word about this documentary and are trying to cast people to be involved in it.

How do I apply to be a part of the documentary?

If you would like to contact Betty about this documentary then email them at love@betty.co.uk and someone from their research team will get in touch with you to discuss details. The search for those to star in the documentary is already in process and will possibly continue from now until May/June time.

A little something from me:

I completely understand how daunting this might be to those who have any medical condition; not just psoriasis. The thought of people you don’t know seeing your most intimate ‘flaws’ can be highly intimidating. However, the only way that awareness can be raised is for those strong enough to lead the way. I would personally like to be considered for this documentary to show a face for others who might be too scared to but I currently live in Thailand and will be for a while so unfortunately can’t contact Betty’s research team to apply.

I hope that some of you out there will have that confidence to contact Betty and star in the documentary. You would be judged by none of us that understand your pain and tribulation. You may even be someone who makes a difference in other people’s reactions when they see psoriasis (or another equally as important medical condition). I hope to see this documentary at some point in 2015 and see someone with psoriasis on there.

Please, always feel welcome to contact me and talk to me about anything. If you are reading this but don’t have psoriasis but do have another medical condition or body issue then I am writing to you as well. I believe that experiences and emotions which I may have or have had are similar to what others experience. I am open to communication from anyone who needs someone to talk to. It is tough thinking that you are alone and all of us have been there at some point at time. If you are considering contacting Betty but are worried or nervous or whatever…then email me for a chat! I seek pleasure in talking to others out there who totally understand.


More about Betty:

If you want to see what TV programmes they have produced then http://www.betty.co.uk/programmes/all should take you to the right place!

Their other contact information: http://www.betty.co.uk/contact

Their Twitter account: https://twitter.com/bettytweetsTV



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Guest Post - Diet and Psoriasis

This post is by a fellow Psoriasis Sufferer from somewhere around the Globe.
He has written a little something specially to share information about how a diet can effect Psoriasis. Enjoy! 
Check out his wonderfully informative blog at: http://byebyepsoriasis.com/ for more posts. :) 



How Diet Affects Psoriasis – Reduce Psoriasis Symptoms Through Food

Many people think that there is little to no correlation between food and psoriasis. That being said, new research has emerged that suggests that this is incorrect. So many people are starting to realize that psoriasis is intrinsically linked to the digestive system and is commonly associated with specific food allergies.
 One study  in particular demonstrated that "Fasting periods, low-energy diets and vegetarian diets improved psoriasis symptoms in some studies, and diets rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oil also showed beneficial effects." 
While it isn't necessary to implement all these strategies, it is important to note that they can make a difference in your psoriasis symptoms and quality of life. 
Let's take a closer glance at these dietary adjustments as well as other related practices that are effective in healing P.

Vegetarian Diet

There is some speculation about one of the potential causes of psoriasis being what is known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”, where the small intestine (which is the immune system's first line of defense) is aggravated by large food particles and yeasts travelling through the digestive tract. This causes all kinds of problems such as damage to the intestinal wall, allowing foreign bodies to permeate it. This may explain why many psoriasis sufferers are also plagued by IBS symptoms and other digestive issues.
While this theory lacks adequate empirical evidence, it may still serve as an illustration of how psoriasis is affected by certain foods and how allergies to new foods can develop out of it.
A vegetarian diet is helpful because it ends up eliminating both red and white meats which are very difficult to digest and are notorious causes of inflammation. Without these foods in your diet, your digestive system will be given a much needed rest from breaking down tough foods and therefore be allowed to recuperate.
Another beneficial aspect of the vegetarian diet is that it prevents you from eating out often; since meat is a staple at take out joints and restaurants, being a strict vegetarian will force you to find alternative (and healthier) meal options.
Still, there are vegetarian foods that are widely recognized as being psoriasis triggers. Further modifications are needed to eliminate those problem foods.

The Modified Anti-Inflammatory Diet

This avenue is an optimal one for anyone who suffers from a skin condition. While it is technically pescetarian (which breaks the veggie rule), it eliminates several other problem foods that seem to be common allergens. This is a far cry from the commonly embraced anti-inflammatory diet which allows foods contain lactose or gluten. I suggest eliminating both lactose and gluten for at least 4-6 weeks to see if psoriasis symptoms abate. Some psoriasis sufferers find that getting rid of just those two ingredients alone seems enough to start the skin to clear quite noticeably.
Here is the bare bones diet: all of the foods are the simple, wholesome and natural: rice, fish, loads of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of seeds, nuts, olive oil (or hemp oil).
Foods that are off limits: Meat, Bread, Dairy, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Refined Sugar, anything that could cause inflammation.
I starting adhering to this diet exclusively about a year ago. While it may be seem impossible  at first to pass up on so many tasty and prevalent foods, it is totally worth it, if you want to start seeing a serious difference in your skin and you health overall.

Intermittent Fasting

This is another powerful tool when it comes to treating P. It has seen a lot of popularity recently, in popular media and on the web. Some styles of intermittent fasting involve switching on-off between days of normal eating followed by a full day of fasting. In other kinds, instead of abstaining entirely, you switch to one meal a day and skip the others. Another variation called the 5:2 diet suggests that you stick to an average diet 5 days out of the week and select the remaining 2 days to perform two eighteen hour fasts respectively.
Whatever method you end up trying (if you try it at all), keep in mind that balance is essential. Eating too little can result in more harm than good.
For more info on the subject, watch this fascinating documentary.
I also suggest that you consult a doctor or healthcare expert before starting any new diet or dietary restriction method.

In Closing

These guidelines are meant to help you achieve your goals in psoriasis reduction. They are anything but consistent. If changing your food intake hasn't worked for you, don't feel discouraged. Psoriasis is hard to manage and doesn't always react to positive lifestyle changes immediately. Don't give up hope.
It's also vital that you be comfortable with yourself, just as you are, in the present moment. Don't wait for your psoriasis to begin going away before you take the time to love yourself and others.
I wish everyone peace and clear skin.
Matthew Bridge is a musician, professional blogger, psychology major and fellow psoriasis sufferer. He operates www.byebyepsoriasis.com as a comprehensive source for natural and effective psoriasis treatments and remedies, as well as coping methods and psychological strategies for dealing with the disease. 



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