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MY JOURNEY WITH PSORIASIS

Here is my journey in pictures and music with the latest updates. Below you'll find details of the journey.



I want to share my story because I believe there are more people than me who have received the information that psoriasis can't be healed.

I developed psoriasis in 1980 at the age of 12. A trigger for psoriasis can be a traumatic event and for me this was the case, with my father dying in an accident that year. I can see that my body wasn't well prepared for something like that, as the food I grew up on largely consisted of wholly or partially processed foods and a lot of sugar, mainly in the form of ice cream.

The psoriasis appeared as small patches on the elbows and a broad band on the scalp on the back of the head. In my teens I went to doctors and got different medications, including cortisone creams and various strong-smelling solutions to spray on the scalp. When I around a decade later learned that cortisone thins the skin, I stopped with the preparations.

Sun and surf and summers helped and I had one year, 1993, when I did a gardening training and never experienced psoriasis that winter. Otherwise, it became more and more difficult with the itching. It was not uncommon with crusts on the scalp and that I scratched until there was blood. In the summer of 2002, I felt desperate and shaved off all the hair on my head to allow sun and air full access. That's when I discovered that the use of the shampoo had been a part of what had caused dryness on the scalp and thereby worsened the itch. Since then, I use shampoo very rarely and usually also finish by rinsing my hair and scalp in cold water to reduce the itching. Since this time I have not had chemicals in my hair as I had had up to that point when toning the hair.

Through my love for The Work of Byron Katie, I had done a clip with Katie-citations that's put up on YouTube. One day a woman commented that she could recommend a retreat where they used The Work in combination with green smoothies. I did not know what green smoothies were, got curious, found clips with Victoria Boutenko, the discoverer of green smoothies, then found more and more information on raw food in general, and was clearly attracted by the luminous faces that greeted me. I also found a 100-day raw food challenge with Bunny Berry that was just about to get started, so said and done, I joined. This was in the spring of 2009.

I started out pretty slowly, but felt each day how it just felt more and more right, so after two weeks, I went completely raw and emptied all the kitchen of non-raw food, throwing things that were old and gave the rest away to friends. My friend in need during this time was Erica Palmkrantz's book Raw Food:A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day. I also found good recipes at Renee Voltaire's web site and translated a few things from those I found with American measurements and ingredients. I bought a lot of ready-made juices and smoothies, and bought ingredients online from the raw food businesses that started to appear in Sweden. I decided not to invest in various expensive kitchen appliances that in a worst case scenario would be left in a corner, but ran with a simple, good blender that's quick to clean. Overall, it was easier than I thought to eat raw, I lost excess weight and was spending much less time on food than before.

However, I felt detox symptoms from sugar-withdrawal and gradually also felt more and more faint. I asked for help in the 100-day group and was advised to clean out the bowel so that the body would have time for detoxification. I got a Clysmatic for home use, and then felt increasingly better. I have since learned that if you start such a diet without helping with elimination, you might as well not do it, because it does more harm than good with all the released toxins beginning to circulate with nowhere to go.

I had no thought of psoriasis when I started out, but after a while I saw that a woman who was also in the 100-day challenge wrote that her psoriasis had disappeared. This sounded incredible to me, because I had learned that psoriasis is incurable. However, after having read many other testimonies about what raw food can do, I got curious and wrote to her and received a long and helpful reply. Her psoriasis had disappeared about 3-4 months after she started with raw food, she said.

Sure enough, my 100-day course of treatment allowed the psoriasis on my elbows to disappear, never to return in these three years, despite the fact that for a couple of years after the 100-day challenge, I ate mostly cooked food. Below are pictures from when I started in April 2009 and then once a month until the psoriasis was completely missing from my elbows about 4 months later. The years following I ate vegetarian and drank rice milk instead of milk, but ate some other dairy products, mainly cheese. No meat (especially red meats are inflammation-inducing), no alcohol. Quite a lot of sugar. Some bread.

3 years later - still gone


Before the psoriasis disappeared in late summer of 2009, it flared up sharply, and when I showered the spots could get deeply red and feel irritated. This is apparently a common reaction, that it gets worse before it gets better. It was a great feeling when the psoriasis then completely disappeared and the elbows were smooth for the first time in decades. I could not stop touching them!

After the 100-day cure there was a fairly abruptly change of diet, when I set off to an English retreat center for two months and everything would get boiled as a matter of principle. It was hard to go back, to which what really felt as starting with worse food again, but eventually I got used to it and looked forward to hot soups with toast and sugared jam in the evenings.

In the spring of 2010 I did a 16-day living food course, and had hoped that this wonder cure would take care of the psoriasis left on the scalp. Unfortunately that didn't happen and I also realized that living food was not my thing, neither work wise nor taste wise. Somewhere I was also left feeling deflated, when the 16-day effort did not seem to lead anywhere.

This leads us to 2011. The tip that a couple of years ago led me to raw food became a reality here in Sweden, when the Joy for Life retreat with green smoothies and The Work was held for the first time in Europe. When Valya, Victoria Boutenko's daughter, during the retreat said that psoriasis was a simple thing to fix in a week of green smoothie fast, I got tears in my eyes. There was still hope! During the week when we basically drank green smoothies and ate some fresh fruit and eliminated toxins every day, I was quite exhausted and could feel my scalp starting to itch more. After a week psoriasis was still there and I decided to follow the suggestion about continuing another week at home.

The second week I woke up one night with great itching of the scalp, trying not to scratch, but just holding my hand over the back of the head and breathe. On the night of day 13 I was feeling the scalp and it was completely smooth, although I could feel some itching "under the skin" on the outskirts of the eczema was located. In the morning, I could once again feel psoriasis with the fingers, but now I had no longer any doubt that it was possible it could go away completely.

But also this time didn't turn out as I had hoped. No doubt the green smoothies are very powerful and cleansing. Looking back I can wonder if perhaps it would have worked if I had only rested during this second week, but the circumstances were such that I needed to work physically and I felt very weak. The cleansing was simply too tough.



Fast forward to 2012 and my partner and I have started the retreat centre Sinnesfred i Skåne, where we offer The Work and raw food. We notice after some time that it's too intense for most people to eat only green smoothies and raw food during the retreats, so we have a mixed menu of mainly raw food and one cooked meal per day. This later will be the recipe we follow when summer comes and I, after a starting completely raw adventure cleanse of Kris Carr's (The Crazy Sexy Diet), continue with high raw - 75-80 % raw per day.

My experience after all these twists and turns is that the enduring cleanse works the best. The difference between the 100 day raw food cleanse in 2009 and this longer cleanse in 2012 is that I had no itch this time, and the psoriasis didn't flare up as it did then or during the intensive green smoothie cleanse in 2011. Less intensity also make some things more drawn out. For example I was spitting salt during the cleanse in 2011 during just one evening, while the spitting during this last cleanse has been going on for 2 months, this while detoxing dairy products.

This cleanse has at times been hard with intense mood swings, dizziness, not to mention the spitting :), but I find it so fascinating that the body is doing its utmost to heal as soon it gets the space to do so, that I welcome the symptoms - they're signs of something going right!

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Text: Adina Malveklint


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