My girlfriend and I have been Paleo for about a year now, most things have changed for the better, however my girlfriend's scalp psoriasis flared up shortly after starting paleo and has got progressively worse, why would this be? Her migraines have been cured and both of us look and feel healthier but surely this is a sign all is not well? She has tried coconut oil to control it, even some presciption lotion from the doctor but this just gets rid of what's there, it doesn't ultimately fix the problem, she has tried limiting eggs, tried limiting pork, low carb etc to no avail, any ideas what is going wrong here and any ideas for a solution, help would be greatly appreciated as this is really getting her down and is hugely embarrassing and unconfortable for her, not to mention frustrating as we love the Paleo way of life but this is not good. Thanks
Hi Paleosaurus. What is your typical diet like? I also have psoriasis and as a result have to take paleo one step further by limiting many other foods.
I personally avoid dairy (butter is okay), nightshades, fruit (fructose), and soy.
People like Robb wolf and Campbell Mcbride also suggest taking out eggs (lysosomes), nuts and starchy foods such as potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes (hard to digest polysaccharides).
Is your girlfriend eating any of these foods?
Also- has she taken an antibiotic anytime within the past year?
It may be that her Vitamin A increased through her diet, but her D levels need to come up as well as Vitamin K & Magnesium. They all need to be in balance. Also, she is possibly deficient in zinc, which is really necessary for skin health.
Is she supplementing D3? Has she had her level checked?
Has she tried going no-poo? I haven't ever had my scalp diagnosed, but I had some terrible symptoms and now after going no poo for almost a year, my scalp is sooo much better. First few months are hell.
I just read 'Power of vitamin D' by Sarfraz Zaidi and he says low levels of vitamin d can cause psoriasis. I actually just bought some D3 today to see if I could get rid of a small amount of psoriasis that I have. If she isn't supplementing already she should be or she needs to up what she's taking. Obviously getting tested would be a good idea.
It could be dysbiosis. Some skin problems are. Specifically, I'd say yeast overgrowth. Paul Jaminet explains that Candida can feed off of keytone bodies, and so candida can actually become worse on a very low carb diet. Mine did. I'd try getting about 600-800 calories from carbohydrates like potatoes/yams/sweet potatoes. Perhaps also try taking probiotics and/or adding homemade sauerkraut. That's working for me.
I am sorry to hear this. Psoriasis is quite disabling for some people, and scalp psoriasis is very tough for women.
There is probably a vast underlying heterogeneity in Psoriasis patient, some with diet controllable disease, some with a a different disease. I am very leery of single unifying explanations for any human related phenomena.
Perhaps you guys could look into other anti-inflammatory measures, particularly topical treatments. I have heard garlic oil can be effective, as well as fish oil, possibly coconut oil. Psoriasis may have a long half life, so it may take a while for a treatment to be effective.
In general, reducing stress in your life is very good for psoriasis. Perhaps taking up a meditation practice if you don't already?
hope this helps!!!
Hi, I don't know if your GF is still dealing with this but I am on my 1st week of Paleo and my psoriasis has flared up something awful! I am going to stick through it because sometimes, the body has to get worse before it can get better. In the meantime, I am using a topical agent given to my by my Dermatologist. Its called Taclonex. It is pricey (over 50.00 a tube) but its last me a long time seeing that I only have Psoriasis in my elbows and ankles and 2 knuckles. (Weird how the joints are affected first.)
I used for a while (till I ran out) African Shea Butter. I got it from http://shop.oldcityremedies.com/ in St. Augustine, FL. That, coupled with Black soap, seemed to have helped a lot in the past. I should probably buy more. Anyway, if you guys know of anything else that can work I am all ears.
My psoriasis is on my face and scalp, and has gotten worse since I went Paleo. However, my stress level at work is not healthy, so I think that is playing a larger factor in my flare-ups, then anything. I have read through all the above comments, and there are some things (supplements) that I need to adjust, that might help me. Sorry- I didn't answer the question, but I do thank you for asking it! Hopefully by now your girlfriend has found some relief.
I've a friend with a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis, a type of rheumatoid condition. When you read about it, it seems it can present with or without skin involvement, and with or without joint involvement (he seems to have both). I didn't think too much of it until my own mother was diagnosed with it--erroneously, as it turned out. She had hip pain, but it was referred pain from a ruptured lumbar disc. They selected psoriatic arthritis based of the fact that she does have sort of psoriatic-looking nails, and had one bad blood test for possible rheumatoid markers. After a year or so of horrendous rheumatoid drugs, they figured out what was wrong and fixed her back. Meanwhile, my friend seems only to function with the drugs. (If only HE would consider dietary interventions!)
I suppose my point is that there may well be a non-dietary/lifestyle cause for the psoriasis. But it seems like it would be very hard to guess without knowing a huge amount of information about the patient, like environment, family history, lifestyle, a lengthy journal of absolutely everything going into the mouth, onto the skin, into the lungs, etc.--and even then, I gather psoriasis is a tough nut to crack. BUT, as you continue this exploration, if at any point psoriatic arthritis comes up, proceed with caution and healthy skepticism. I'm guessing you would anyway. It might be worth looking into, or a disaster. But I was pretty disturbed by my mother's experience so I feel like I have to share it whenever psoriasis comes up--just in case.
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