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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Candida - Psoriasis Connection?


If you know what it’s like to have psoriasis, you have probably tried a million different things to help, be it lotions, ointments, pills, injections, light therapy, diet changes, etc etc etc, and you may have heard about a zillion others.  I know I have, and I’ve spend more time reading about psoriasis on the internet then just about everything else except food (I like to cook).

One thing that popped up repetitively through my searches was a link between psoriasis and candida.
To my understanding, candida is an overgrowth of yeast found in our digestive tracts.  It is worsened by immune suppressants (which were used to help psoriasis), birth control pills (which I took for about 15 years), and simple carbohydrates and sugars (which I have been known to consume a lot of).  I read this info. In a few locations, but it is all wrapped up here.  I became a little concerned when I was put on erythromycin for a bacterial infection due to the use of EltaTar and phototherapy.  If that makes candida worse, which in turn makes psoriasis worse, aren’t we trapped in a vicious little circle???

It made sense to me to get myself a probiotic.  Even my dermatologist agreed it would be a good idea.  The lady at the health food store commented that I chose a good one when I brought Ultimate Flora Critical Care to the counter.  I had told her I thought I may have candida and I also have psoriasis but was taking and antibiotic.  She recommended I take the probiotic for a full month, and then try a candida cleanse.  I have a few other health friends, and they have mentioned liver cleanses.  In one of my earlier sessions of research on psoriasis and homeopathic remedies often pointed to things like cutting out gluten (which I tried and didn’t stick to because I found it difficult and stressful, but it may have worked because I did clear up for several weeks thereafter), doing liver cleanses, colon cleanses, following or elimination diet.  I need to look into whether one of these total body cleanses also caters to candida because then I wouldn’t have to buy 3 different cleanses, considering they are like $20-$30 a pop.

There’re so many symptoms of candida which is why I think it may be the underlying cause of my psoriasis.  Trying to fix candida won’t hurt if it’s not the problem, but if it helps keep my psoriasis in check then it would seem a likely culprit.  Here’re some of the many symptoms of candida I experience or have experienced in the last few years:  concentration/focus problems, short term memory, extreme tightness in the neck and shoulders, unrefreshing sleep, sore throat, white coated tongue, depression, irritability, chills, sensitivity to heat/cold, painful gas/abdominal bloating, dryness of mouth and eyes, skin rashes, dry/flaking skin, dermatitis, skin discoloration/blotchiness, allergies, sensitivity to noise/sounds, sensitivity to chemicals, sensitivity to odors, anemia, lightheadedness, feeling in a fog, fainting, muscle twitching, low sex drive, psoriasis, headaches, depression. 

Here are a few sites to explore symptoms:
I think I’ll try this spit test in the morning and see what comes of it.
I also really like this DermaHarmony website.  All sorts of information on here.  I’m thinking about ordering some of their products.  I probably won’t though because I’m a bit broke from right box right now.

I did ask my dermatologist what his opinion and knowledge of gastro-intestinal issues and psoriasis was, and he said, “The jury is still out on that one.”  But that doesn’t mean I don’t still have candida and that also doesn’t mean there could not be a connection.  I learned in my nutrition class that scientific studies can often take a decade or more to hit practice in the medical community, there was a term for the lag but I don’t remember it.  It’s worth a shot.

Taken on 03.06.2012
As far as an update on my psoriasis, my hands are terrible.  They are discolored, with thick peels and cracks.  They peel so often they look different every time I look at them.  They feel odd too, like kind of leathery.  They best way I can describe the sensation is it is similar to if you ever had a big blister on your hand that has drained and the skin is still all there.  It’s dead, but it’s attached.  The dried peels get stuck and caught on my clothes and the laundry.  The other day it was cracking like chapped and dry lips in the winter.  Gross, weird, sorry but it’s what I’m dealing with.  I’ll be taking my week 5 photos tomorrow so I’ll try to post them soon.




I would also like to share that I have been featured on The Value of Openness blog on the Patients Like Me network I joined, the one I mentioned in a previous post.  I was really flattered when I was approached to be interviewed!  The site has really been a great help.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Time for some Rock Band on PS3!

19 comments:

  1. Hi

    Well done for getting a blog going and seeing the link between candida and Psoriasis
    I've had P for over 20 years, in the past five years I've tried a few different approaches to resolving the P and I've had some success along the way. Right now it's in remission because I read this:

    http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/

    I have followed all the recommendations for the past 6months and loads of the P has gone or is on it's way out.
    I know for sure that a Candida overgrowth causes Psoriasis and if you follow this diet you will resolve it. It might take a few years if your skin is quite bad but it WILL work!
    I can send you some photos if you want to see how much my skin has improved.
    Best to you
    Zac

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  2. I agree, at present I believe Candida is the cause of psoriasis. I have had P since 2000. I tried everything that doctors recommended but it did not get rid of it, so started looking in to alternate cures. I heard that P needed to be treated internally, also that it could be caused by a shock to the immune system. I started to think perhaps it was my diet causing this shock to it. My mum recommended I visit her friend at Allergy UK and get allergy tested. The results were that I was allergic to tomatoes, dairy, gluten and yeast. Because I had the P on the palms of my hands, my mums friend indicated that this was a yeast type of thing. So I started going on a candida diet, and my hands started to get better. I had a little patch on my back and that completely disappeared, and stayed gone even after I went back to eating sugar and yeast, amazing! I am back on the diet again after my hands and in my ears got bad again. This time I want to do it for longer than 5 weeks. I have heard I may have to do diet or a year. I will be taking probiotics and spore gone medicine as well. My belief is that because I took antibiotics, this killed off the good bacteria, allowing the not so friendly yeast bacteria to take over and change in to a fungi. The fungi somehow cause holes in the stomach lining causing food particles into the blood stream. Because of the particles in the blood stream, the immune system thinks it is being attacked. But because it is attacked from within, the immune system does not know what to do so it starts to attack itself. This is when the immune system then starts to send cytokene chemicals to various random areas of your body causing the speeding up of skins cell growth which appear as flaky plaques which are psoriasis. In a normaL working immune system he cytokene chemicals are sent to a wounded area of the skin to speed up the skin cells to help heal that area, but with P it is doing it all the time. So you have to kill of the fungi in your body by going on candida diet and P should go. Anyway this is just my theory, but it seems to be working for me, and my hands are already improving after 2 days. My email is Davidcourtney1@gmail.com hope this helps.

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  3. LACK OF VITAMIN D & CANDIDA POSSIBLE CAUSE OF PSORIASIS?

    I felt pretty certain candida was the cause of psoriasis, but I recently found out that two friends who had psoriasis took high strength vitamin D and both their psoriasis went.

    I have been on the candida diet for three weeks now, but since I started taking high strength vitamin D 4000 iu, it has nearly gone. So I feel pretty certain it is lack of vitamin D that causes it, but I am not 100% sure and in some cases it may be candida and lack of vitamin D causing psoriasis.

    When I was previously on the candida diet before for 5 weeks my psoriasis was not as good as it it now. Also I know a girl who had psoriasis all over her body and she went to Australia for 3 months and it completely went. Doctors treat bad case psoriasis patients with UV sunlight. Sunshine makes the body produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is now known to help the immune system and psoriasis is known to be an immune disorder.

    Below is my theory of how Candida causes psoriasis (if it does that is), also some more info on psoriasis I have found out.

    Candida possible cause of psoriasis
    1. Candida Albicans is in everybody in a yeast form and it is kept under control by our friendly bacteria. Candida Albicans helps fight against harmful bacteria.
    2. Antibiotics are taken which kill off the friendly bacteria in our gut, but the Candida Albicans are not affected as they are resistant to antibiotics.
    3. As the friendly bacteria are now wiped out, the Candida Albicans is no longer regulated and so starts to grow out of control creating lots of colonies. This is called Candida overgrowth.
    4. The Candida changes from a yeast form into a mycelial fungi form producing Rhizoids. (If Biotin is present in the body, this transformation is harder for the Candida to do).
    5. The Rhizoids are roots which hook deep into the stomach lining and damage it by causing tiny holes. This is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS).
    6. Undigested oversized proteins, fats, candida toxins, and candida fungi get in bloodstream because of the damaged porus leaky gut.
    7. Because of these foreign objects in the blood stream the immune system sees them as antigens and attacks them. Lymphocytes or antibodies then attack proteins, but some T cells get attached to tissues in the body in the process.
    8. Also the Thymus gland becomes tired and less effective because of all these extra antigens in blood stream it has to fight, and then regulatory T cells don’t clear up unwanted T cells in bloodstream as well which then also interact with bodily tissues.
    9. The Lymphocytes or T cells that get attached to bodily tissues interact with kerytinoxyte skin cells in the basal layer of the epidermis accelerating the skin cells which is called psoriasis.
    10. Also candida in the bloodstream overpowers liver and stops it working properly. (Milk Thistle cleanses the liver).
    11. The body lacks proper nutrients because of (LGS) also weakening immune system.

    Possible solution: Starving candida stops Leaky Gut Syndrome, which stops the immune system attacking its own tissue, which stops psoriasis.

    Anti Candida: Grisefulvin – an anti-fungal which can be taken internally), Spore Gone, liquid garlic, grapefruit seeds, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, Pau D’arco, Caprylic acid, oregano, salad, herbs, virgin olive oil, Biotin, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Colloidal Silver.

    Enhance the immune system: L-Arginine (boosts Thymus), Vitamin C, vitamin D, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Calcium panthothenate (B5), Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Evening Primrose. Make sure these vitamins don’t have yeast or sugar in them. These are mentioned in the book below.

    Anti candida diet: No sugar, yeast or gluten.

    A good book to read is: “Candida Albicans – Could Yeast Be Your Problem?”

    See other blogs
    http://www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasis/discussion/pustular-psoriasis-32/?reply_sort=asc&page=1#replies

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  6. Some research also say that weight loss is believed to have a good effect on the Psoriasis.

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