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Hi I was silly and consumed some almond milk that was fortified with calcium. I frank it over a period of one week. I wasn’t clear when I did this but I was improving, and now I have a flare. What I’ve noticed about the flare is that it’s different in that it’s about a hundred smaller spots, where I used to get fewer but larger ones. I am going to be religious about checking labels
Hi fleur: I’m not sure where you are from, but I have noticed that the overly high amount of fortified calcium in dairy substitutes is much worse in the U.S. After two years of being clear, I changed my brand of almond milk to the Trader Joe’s brand. I had a flare and it took me a couple of months to realize what was causing it. The brand that I had previously used said 30% calcium per serving and that did not seem to be problematic. But the Trader Joe’s brand was 46% calcium per serving, and that was the tipping point. Once I realized this, and stopped the TJ brand, my skin cleared but I had to up my D3 to 40,000 iu for a couple of months to get rid of the flare.
Now, regarding the many small spots. That’s interesting because I am always doing little experiments to see if small amounts of dairy, or goat milk yogurt or whatever will affect my skin. Unfortunately they do. But instead of being larger spots, I get these little–sometimes so small I can’t see them, I can just feel them–spots. They are certainly less bothersome and worrying than before but they do let me know that what I’m doing is probably not a good idea.
One of the ways I read about that helps reduce the amount of “fortified calcium” in dairy substitute beverages, is to NOT vigorously shake the container up before pouring. It seems that the calcium sits at the bottom of the container. Now, you do have to swish it around a bit or you end up drinking swamp water:) Another option is to make your own almond milk which is pretty simple. Just throw some almonds into water and blend it in your blender and strain. You can’t totally avoid calcium. You just want to keep it down to a dull roar.
Dakota, I started taking D3 K2 Nov 20. 10,000 iu D3 and 100 mcg of K2 morning and night ( 20,000 daily). I was already taking a multi vit, zinc,Magnesium glycinate, liquid B complex and Ozona liquid probiotics. My feet and legs were covered with thick plaque ( I crawled a lot). Some of the plaque started peeling off and the lumps were not as thick. I was so hopeful, then spots of plaque started coming on other parts of my body and the itch came with it so I upped the D3 to 30,000 daily and got scared and dropped back to 20,000 D3. Soaking in bath with1 cup of mag flakes and spraying as recommended. Two days ago the plaques started flaking (and I helped by rubbing and pulling) now the flesh is so tender. Should I not rub or pick, will it just fall off? Should I start falling back on the D3 down to maintance? 3 months for me will be Feb 20. I also drink loads of lemon water and homemade kombucha
Hi Frances: As you know I did respond privately to you but for those who come to read the comments, I will add a few things. As you know, we just discovered a mistake in our protocol dosage PDF. I took 30,000 iu d3 in 2014 and then when I had a second flare two years later (much smaller flare from “heavily fortified with calcium” almond milk) I took 40,000 iu daily. Now, the reason for the increase was because I had found the research of Dr. Coimbra who uses high dose D3 for his patients with autoimmune disease, and has done for several decades. So I was less afraid of the higher dose D3. As I said, he gives his patients 1000 iu vitamin D per kilo (2.2 lbs) of body weight. As I weigh 120 pounds, if I had followed Dr. Coimbra’s method, I would have taken 56,000 iu. But I didn’t. I took 40,000 iu and that did the trick. I think body weight does make a difference. So, if someone weighed a lot more than me, they might consider taking more D. Where I do think there can be a problem is taking “too little” D3. If 10,000 iu daily is my maintenance level (not therapeutic) then taking 20,000 iu daily (incorrectly stated on the PDF) either won’t work or it will be slow going. Anyway, we’ve corrected the mistake on the PDF.
Hi Dakota! Just when I thought the protocol was not working, sure enough I started noticing my skin clearing in mid December!! I had gone to see a dermatologist in December and she mentioned methotrexate. She’s said we’d look at everything after the holidays.. well, I have not gone back yet! I will go to see her but will not be taking the methotrexate! If the protocol keeps working, I will stick to it! She had prescribed a foam called Enstilar which works well so I have been using that and continuing with the protocol!
Thanks so much!
Hi Dakota and Charlie is it ok to consume goat milk and goat cheese while on the protocol?
Thank you so much !! My symptoms have been slowly disappearing and I feel great and it’s because of you andThis protocol . After 20 years of suffering with psoriasis on my hands and scalp I’m really becoming free of psoriasis and I love it !!! Thank you both so much !!!!!
Hi I’ve been on the protocols for 1 year I’ve officially stoped eating all dairy 6 months ago I was still experiencing symptoms , I read in a blog about calcium in the rice milk and you said to avoid high dose of it. I was taking a calcium supplement and stoped taking the calcium my symptoms have Improved. But I’m still having symptoms I am having cacao in my coffee . My question to you is the calcium in the cacao not good for me ?
Ok, well it sounds like you have slowly removed calcium (or at least the bad stuff) from your diet–which is good. I lower the amount of calcium in my almond milk by not shaking the container too much because the calcium sits in the bottom. I don’t take a multivitamin because of the calcium–so I get my vitamins individually (eg: magnesium disglycinate, vitamin C powder, a B-complex, etc.) It’s more work but I think it helps. I didn’t know there was calcium in cacao but I just looked at mine and it does. Who knew? But I don’t think you could be using enough of it in coffee to make a difference. You don’t want to remove ALL the calcium from your diet. We need calcium. But for your bones, increase veggies that are high in calcium and do weight lifting exercise for bone health. I need more information about your diet, supplements, etc. to give you a better response.
Hi Dakota I’m very healthy I do take vitamins b complex, e , c, garlic , cod oil . I eat lots of fresh vegetables and wild rice,quinoa … I do eat goat cheese and goat butter is that ok ?
Hi Dakota, reaching out… Monday will be my 4th week on the protocol. I don’t see any changes to date 😞 You mention 2 months.. was wondering what people’s experiences were when following this. Did they see progress only at the 2 month mark? Thank you, any advice would be well appreciated.
Hi Donna: There doesn’t seem to be a “typical” experience re: when the protocol kicks in. I was lucky. I had stopped all dairy two months before taking the high dose D3 and K2mk7. So my body was pretty clear of dairy. That may have made a difference.
Now, a few things can affect the performance of the Protocol. Not taking enough D3 in the beginning. Not eliminating all dairy and food/beverages fortified with calcium. Taking calcium supplements while on the protocol. Stressing over how it’s not working. As I had no expectations, I was not stressed. But people now have expectations–many of them based on two people who got great results in 6 weeks. That set the bar way to high. So, I guess “patience” is another thing to consider.
I just finished an experiment where I consumed a little dairy every week and watched how a small flare didn’t heal for five months. Dairy is definitely a problem.
Anyway, keep me posted. Dakota
Thank you so much Dakota! Will keep at it 🙂 your words of encouragement are what I needed.
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