Friday 9 August 2013

Recently I received an email from a reader of this blog who wanted to share her insights about DD and specifically gluten diets. Her email about what a Doctor passed on to her about his observations:

Just about anything that is chronic. I have successfully used gluten-free diets for disorders such as ADHD, fibromyalgia, lupus, migraines, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis, psoriasis and even type 1 diabetes. The list goes on and on. I have even used it successfully for weight loss when everything else failed. If you have an illness that is not responding to medical intervention you have absolutely nothing to lose. Wheat, rye and barley may be the culprits. And, you can get far better sources of nutrients from other sources. There is absolutely no harm in giving a gluten-free diet a try—even with a child. I have a dramatic case of Darier’s disease that completely cleared with a gluten-free diet. I didn’t even know what this disease was. I called one of my physician colleagues and I researched it. You are basically born with this disorder and it usually manifests by the time you are a teenager. Imagine the worst case of psoriasis from head to toe. This man never wore shorts, tee shirts or a bathing suit until he went gluten free. This is an autoimmune genetic disorder that completely cleared on the diet. He stayed on the diet for the rest of his life and his skin remained clear. None of the medical treatments (some quite toxic) he received had worked.

What are your thoughts? Any insights into what is working for you?  In her email she also mentions that her photodynamic treatments have cleared most of her skin of the DD. My father has very bad Psoriasis and swears by going in the sun or a to a tanning salon to wipe out break outs on his body. No need for lengthy treatments (I mean we are celtic decent and aren't made to tan!) so he started at 15 seconds and worked himself up to 5 mins and he says that does him just fine!

I have remarked in the past that diet is a huge step in understanding why your skin is acting the way it is. So take care and nourish yourself, don't just feed your hunger.


  1. As a ginger I don't tan, like at all. I wear SPF 60 pretty much everyday, even in the winter.
    My Dad used tanning beds as a means to help his psoriasis in therapeutic doses (meaning very small amounts of 1-2 minute visits once a week)
    This may be a post for the big group: you can also do a search in the group to see if tanning comes up!
    Good luck!