A Hard Lesson Learned (BLOG #14)

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After almost five years psoriasis free (minus that flare a couple of years ago that taught me that anything “fortified with calcium” was a bad as dairy) I got a little wake-up call.

I have to be honest, I was experimenting [CHEATING]( with a little dairy now and then, forgetting to take the supplements once in a while, and running out of the Life Extension Super K and using a substitute.

The result=a few too many new spots of guttate psoriasis. It was nothing like I used to have but it was enough to get me worrying.

I upped my vitamin D3 from 10,000 iu daily to 20,000 iu daily. Nope, it didn’t help. My skin got more spots. I really started to worry. Was the protocol not working any more?

I had just finished my book (“Make Your Bed”) in which the main character, Truman, has psoriasis. And the full protocol was in the book, too. It was central to the story–there to help other people with psoriasis. I was getting freaked out.

So, off I went to Bellingham where I bought two bottles of Life Extension Super K, a whack of D3 @ 10,000 iu per pill. And I upped my D3 consumption to 40,000 iu daily (20,000 iu with breakfast, 20,000 with dinner).

I finally started seeing results, after less than a week on the higher dosage.

Now, I have always suspected that this protocol only works with the high dosage at the beginning. 5 or 10,000 iu is NOT high dosage–it’s maintenance (my opinion only). Well, actually, Dr. Coimbra, in Brazil recommends 1,000 iu per kilo (2.2 lbs of body weight).

I googled my body weight in pounds a realized that according to his system I should be taking 56,000 iu. However, I’ll stick with 40,000 iu as long as it’s working. The next couple of weeks I’ll be watching my skin like a hawk.

Anyway, this has been a bit of a tough love lesson. I knew I was cheating a bit too much on the dairy. I knew it. But I have this rebellious streak that pops up more than occasionally in my life. I don’t like being told what to do. I want to do what I want to do. Well, I can’t. Not if  I want to keep my skin clear. And that is what I really want.

So, I’ve had an ass kicking! And it hasn’t been much fun. No dairy!!! Keep up the high dosage until my skin is clear. And stop being a brat. It’s just not worth it.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you who live in Canada and shop at Costco (they might have it at Whole Foods) there is now a vegan yogurt from a Quebec company called Maison Riviera. Their non-dairy yogurt comes in cute little glass jars that can be reused for all kinds of things–or recycled. It is really delicious and comes in three flavours. I love it.

Anyway, I hope this helps you in your battle with this disease. It’s a steep learning curve.

Much love,

Dakota and Lucky (who loves to find a patch of sun on the floor and lay in it). Too sweet!!!

dakota

Author: dakota

I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, on the West coast of Canada. I share my apartment with a little Brussels Griffon called Lucky. I like to read and watch movies and draw cartoons and write. Mostly I like to putter. And fix things. And think.

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