Sunday, November 2, 2008

Psoriasis - You Will Not Believe This Simple Treatment

Once there was an avocado farm in Australia that had a shop and market at the roadside. Along with the usual nick-knacks for tourists, there were these small glass containers with avocado oil. I never heard of avocado oil before, have you?

Of course there were for sale, after all it was a gift shop. In a small rack right beside the product were some brochures that in part claimed that this avocado oil would reduce wrinkles (I could sure use that!) and cure, right, I said cure - psoriasis.

Those of you that have psoriasis know what it is, but for those readers that don't, here is a brief explanation. By the way, psoriasis is pronounced (suh-RI-uh-sus).

Psoriasis is a non-contagious disorder which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the extension aspect of the joint.

The surface of the skin that has psoriasis looks like it would be extremely contagious, but as I said above, it is not. If you are unfamiliar with the condition you might think it is leprosy, but is not even close although leprosy is not contagious either.

Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which over time is known to cause a condition known as psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.

The actual cause of psoriasis is not known, but it is believed to have a genetic component. Several factors are thought to aggravate psoriasis. These include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.

Psoriasis, like leprosy, although the two conditions are not connected in any way as to what is the cause, is probably one of the longest known illnesses of humans and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood. Some scholars believe psoriasis to have been included among the skin conditions called tzaraat in the Bible.

The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood. There are two main hypotheses about the process that occurs in the development of the disease.

The first considers psoriasis as primarily a disorder of excessive growth and reproduction of skin cells. The problem is simply seen as a fault of the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and its keratinocytes. The keratinocyte is the major constituent of the epidermis, constituting 95% of the cells found there.

The second hypothesis sees the disease as being an immune-mediated disorder in which the excessive reproduction of skin cells is secondary to factors produced by the immune system.

Psoriasis vulgaris is a severe condition of psoriasis. It was recently found that a cream containing avocado and 700mg of vitamin B12 per kilogram of cream together with methyl glycoside stearate and distilled water for consistency, if applied to the affected skin area affected with psoriasis twice a day, appeared to clear up the affected areas.

Where other creams tended to peak out at various times, the vitamin B12/avocado cream did not peak, but continued to work effectively for a long-term benefit.

An additional option is the oral consumption of Fumaric Acid. Many studies have found that fumaric acid is a safe, effective and well-tolerated long-term oral therapy for psoriasis.

The recommended dosage in the past has been one 500mg tablet/capsule per day taken in the evening with a glass of water, tea or milk.

The only side effect reported is a flushing of the skin within 20-30 minutes. The flushing normally continues for only 15-20 minutes but has been know to last for a couple of hours. On rare occasions the flushing could last for a couple of hours, but medical authorities normally do not consider it a risk.

If no or only minimal effect is achieved, the dosage may be increased at the discretion of the person. Dosage may be increased in 500mg increments, waiting 1-2 weeks to evaluate the success.

When treatment success is achieved, stay at that dosage level. Consult with a medical professional as to the issue if there are any questions. The maximum dosage is 3,500 mg.daily.

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Joni Bell has many years of extensive study in the area of natural cancer prevention and treatment. He has numerous success stories of people being diagnosed living cancer free with use of alternative methods.

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