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Psoriasis – to lead or to follow?

Following the trend

You don’t have to look too far to find someone claiming that they have cured their psoriasis with 'this' or 'that'. Should you follow the trend and try what they tried? There have been many such stories, and it cannot be denied that those who make this claim do look remarkably free of the condition. Be they the rich and famous, or the next door neighbour, all have their own tales.

However, rather than believing that they have found ‘The Answer’, I feel the reality is that they just found the perfect thing – or combination of things – which worked for them. And all of us are on this same journey, just hoping to eventually reach that destination.

Recommendations from others.

Every time that the subject of my psoriasis is raised, someone recounts a story about a friend or relative (or themselves) with the same condition, and how they saw great results with a certain product, treatment or lifestyle change.

For a long time, I listened most attentively, made notes and tried to follow their recommendations. However, I never replicated their success.

Over the years I have tried so many products, some good, some not. I have gone vegetarian and later vegan, although not for very long. At various times I went dairy free, gluten free, or tried cutting out specific things like cheese or tomatoes. I tried getting fit. But nothing much changed. True – I didn’t stick at any of these things for long. This is most likely attributed to the fact that I love pizza – a food source reported to me (by my own mother) as one of the worst food choices for sufferers of psoriasis. And I can believe that. Tomato, cheese (Mmmm cheese), bread, meat; plenty of gluten, fat and other tasty (but bad) things. Lots of food groups that (allegedly) might worsen psoriasis, but other than that, what’s not to like?

Anyway – I stopped. I stopped listening to the success stories of others, because they simply did not relate to me. There must be a million of them out there, and there is no way on earth that I am going to have the time, money or patience, to try a million different combinations of ‘things’ in the hope that one of them will work for me. All that any of us can do is to find our own path.

My path.

My path has taken me in a different direction to most. When flare-ups occur and I have to ease the pain and discomfort, I turn to natural products rather than heavy chemical-laden pharmaceuticals. And when others tell me of their own personal successes, I still listen attentively, congratulate them on the improvements that they have experienced, and (because I am a polite chap), say that sure – I’ll give that product or lifestyle change a try – before intentionally forgetting all about it.

Nigel Beckett


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