(Updated Jan. 2020)
- OVERVIEW Video- 1 minute protocol overview
- IN DEPTH Video – 20 minute more detailed video
- FULL WRITTEN PROTOCOL – detailed in depth written protocol
- LAST WORDS
- SHORT WRITTEN PROTOCOL – a quick written summary
- FAQ – a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) so you can understand and follow the protocol
NEW IMPORTANT INFO UPDATE
CALCIUM – it’s not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium, such as some Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Orange Juice etc. Real food that contains real calcium are OK – it appears to be the fortified with calcium food that is the issue (check labels for added calcium above 30% per serving RDA)
Check out the testimonials of people who have used the protocol
NEW INFO UPDATE
CALCIUM – not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium, such as Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Orange Juice etc. Foods that naturally contain calcium are OK. Beverages that are fortified with calcium can be problematic. Now, it is very hard to find dairy substitutes (almond milk, etc.) that are not fortified. Look at the percentage. If it is higher than 30% per serving, don’t use it. OR, because the added calcium sinks to the bottom of the container–don’t vigorously shake the contents before pouring.
The 4 Step Protocol Video Overviews
Short Version – 1 min.
The 4 Step Protocol Video Overview
Long Version – 20 min.
VIDEO UPDATE re. VITAMIN D3 – correction: I took 40,0000 iu daily, 20,000 breakfast + 20,000 dinner (or 40,000 with largest meal of the day)
The Protocol Steps Written – Detailed
The protocol is SIMPLE but not necessarily easy. You need to dedicate yourself to it for at least a couple of months. And you need to make a few sacrifices.
But it’s worth it if you’re fed up with hiding behind long-sleeved shirts and pants; tired of scratching yourself until you bleed; tired of your house being full of flakes; tired of the inevitable depression that comes with having this disease.
VITAMIN D3 (soft gel)
I began with high dosage* D3 in 2014. (UPDATED Jan. 2020) 40,0000 iu daily–20,000 iu with breakfast + 20,000 iu with dinner (or 40,000 with largest meal of the day). The theory behind the high dose vitamin D is that it pulls excess calcium from soft tissue (skin and psoriasis plaques) and arteries. It was, and still is, a remedy for osteoporosis and heart problems.
You will find many articles on the topic of D3. The recommended daily allowance changes dependent on where you get your information. Re: the fear of toxicity–the Mayo Clinic states that 50,000 iu of D3 over a period of two months “may” be toxic. A hospital study in Brazil had patients taking 25,000 iu daily for 6 months. The doctor who did this hospital study (Dr. Cicero Coimbra) has been using high dose vitamin D for several decades and gives his patients 1,000 iu D3 per kilo (2.2 lbs) of body weight.
Always consider the source of the information on D3. Remember, the pharmaceutical companies are making a great deal of money from psoriasis sufferers. Neither supplements nor vitamins can be patented which means there is no incentive (money) to share this information.
The higher dosage is only taken for a couple of months and then lowered to 10,000 iu daily. This is my maintenance level and I take it every day. If you are getting lots of sunshine you can lower the dosage.
*Getting high dose D3 can be challenging. You cannot buy it in Canada. I get mine in the U.S. You can work with the vitamin D3 drops to get the higher dosage. Or ask your doctor for a prescription. This problem needs to be addressed as numerous doctors and naturopaths have stated that 10,000 iu daily is the required dosage because we spend most of our time indoors during the dark winters and, in the summer we slather on sunscreen or cover up. Hence the widespread deficiency of vitamin D in the majority of people.
VITAMIN K2 mk7 (soft gel)
Vitamin K2 (the mk7 form) is a vital part of this protocol. The D3 pulls the excess calcium from the soft tissues (plaques, etc.) where it shouldn’t be and the K2 mk7 moves it (the calcium) to the bones and teeth where it SHOULD be. They are partners.
There are quite a number of forms of K2 (all the way from mk1 to mk9). The mk7 is the most important form for this protocol and is difficult to find in a food source and is easier to find in a supplement.
There is only one food source high in K2 mk7 and that is NATTO (Japanese fermented soy bean). Not everyone can find it. And once they DO find it, not everyone can tolerate it’s weirdness—strange smell, stranger taste with the texture of alien slime. Having said that, I eat it almost every day I call it “medicine!” One 50 gram container of Natto contains 400 mcg (micrograms, not milligrams) of K2mk7.
The dosage for vitamin K2 mk7 is 400 mcg daily. Again, this dosage will be reduced after the first two months.
IMPORTANT: The D3 and K2mk7 should be the “soft gel” form. AND they MUST be taken with some form of FAT (eg: a tsp. of coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
The Magnesium Chloride is used topically (and absorbed transdermally). You can find Magnesium Chloride FLAKES at a health-food store or it can be purchased on-line. Ancient Minerals is the brand I have used.
Mix the Magnesium Chloride with distilled water (or ordinary water) in a 50/50 solution. If you find that this solution burns too much, dilute with more water. If stools are too loose, reduce the amount or number of times you use it each day.
There are several ways to apply the solution to your body. The most absorbent places are under the arms, the genital area, behind the knees, the bottoms of the feet. Or all over your body. Some people have difficulty tolerating the solution on their scalp.
You can spray, dab, rub—any method to get it onto your skin. And ideally, leave it on for 20 minutes at least. Some people then wash if off and then moisturize. Some leave it on, then moisturize. Some people, like Charlie, don’t believe in moisturizing. I’m working on him.
HOW MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FITS WITH D3 + K2
Remember that the D3 pulls excess calcium from soft tissue and arteries and the K2 directs it to the bones and teeth. So, where does the Magnesium Chloride come in? Magnesium Chloride keeps the calcium fluid so that it can be directed by the K2.
Headless (aka Charlie) is the “King” of Mag and has seen and read a lot of peoples’ results. One of the most important observations is that “things get worse before they get better”. Often, after a week of trying the Mag and suffering the burn, people see that their psoriasis looks redder. This causes them to stop using it. NOTE: If it burns too much, dilute with more water. If stools are too loose, reduce the amount or number of times you use it each day.
But DON’T STOP!
The “redness” is just one of the steps to healing. You need to have patience. If it itches too much, shower it off after 20 minutes.
We humans are the only mammals who do not wean our offspring off milk at a young age. We do the opposite. We encourage them to drink milk and plenty of it. And to eat dairy products, particularly cheese, which is even higher in calcium.
Two important pieces of information gathered from studies of psoriasis:
- Patients with psoriasis have an inability to metabolize calcium.
- Excess calcium has been found in psoriasis plaques.
- UPDATE – ANY food or drink with calcium added will add to the problem. Many drinks and foods are now “fortified” with additional calcium. Always read the labels. If the product is fortified with more that 30% per serving, avoid it. TIP: to lower the calcium in “fortified” products do not vigorously shake the container because the added calcium tends to sit in the bottom.
If you were to study the incidence of psoriasis in high dairy consuming continents (North America and Europe) you would find that 3-5 people per 100 have some form of psoriasis.
Contrast this with a low dairy-consuming continent (Asia) and you would find that 1-2 people per 1000 have psoriasis.
THAT’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!
Clearly you can get calcium from other sources than dairy but WHY does the calcium from, say, vegetables and other high calcium, non-dairy products not seem to be as big a problem as the consumption of dairy products? We don’t know.
But the differences between low-dairy consuming countries and their incidence of psoriasis and high-dairy consuming countries and their incidence of psoriasis is MORE THAN SIGNIFICANT.
I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF ELIMINATING DAIRY.
NEW INFO UPDATE
CALCIUM – not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium, such as Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Orange Juice etc. (check labels for added calcium beyond 30% per serving RDA)
THE CAR ANALOGY
Here’s a problem we ran into with a number of people who wanted to try this protocol. They were willing to do two, or maybe three parts of the protocol. But not all four.
So, imagine you wake up one morning to find that your car won’t budge. You have it towed to the garage. Your mechanic says that all four wheels are seized up but that it’s an easy job to fix them all and you’ll be on the road in an hour.
You say: “Only fix three!”
Got the picture?
You’ll just be spinning around in circles—getting nowhere with only three of four wheels fixed!.
Here’s the simple RECIPE for using this protocol:
- UPDATED Jan. 2020- I took 40,0000 iu daily–20,000 iu with breakfast + 20,000 iu with dinner (or 40,000 with largest meal of the day) (for 2 months approximately.)
- For two months (or until my skin was clear)–then reduced the D3 gradually to
- 10,000 iu daily (I take all of this with one meal, and I take it every day).
- 400 mcg (NOT mg) vitamin k2 mk7
- I prefer the “Life Extension Super K” however it has been blocked in Canada. There are many new k2mk7 products on the market now. Just choose a reputable brand.
Natto (Japanese fermented soy bean—the highest food source of K2 mk7). One 50 gram container will give you around 400 mcg of K2 mk7.
Warning: Natto can be “challenging” (taste + smell + texture) !!!!
MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE: (Used Transdermally)
You can make your own solution and save a lot of money. Make with 50% magnesium chloride flakes (I use the Ancient Minerals brand) and 50% Water. Simply dissolve the flakes into the water. You can heat this to a supersaturated solution but it is not necessary. Put solution into a spray bottle.
– used topically on either the best places for absorption (under arms, back of knees, genital area, bottom of feet) or all over. Leave on for at least 20 minutes. Or just leave on. You can moisturize (or not) after 20 minutes. NOTE: If it burns too much, dilute with more water. If stools are too loose, reduce the amount or number of times you use it each day.
All dairy, ALL of it! And NO! it is not easy for some people to eliminate dairy (it’s a mind/attachment/habit thing). And STOP all “calcium fortified” foods and drinks above 30% RDA per serving.
But as a Laotian proverb says:
“If you like things easy, you’ll have difficulties;
If you like problems, you’ll succeed.”
Here are some substitutes for dairy:
- almond milk (either not fortified or not more than 30%)
- coconut milk (most coconut milk is not fortified)
NEW INFO UPDATE
CALCIUM – not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium, such as Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Oat milk, Orange Juice etc. (check labels for added calcium that is above 30% RDA per serving)
The world of dairy substitutes has grown exponentially in the past five years since I stopped dairy. I found a coconut milk, dark chocolate ice-cream at Trader Joe’s that was nothing short of sinful. Not to mention their Mango Sorbet—delicious! There are cashew/coconut ice creams that are as good as any dairy product I’ve tasted.
I’ve been experimenting with dairy free yogurt. That has been a challenge–particularly the plain (unflavored) kind. TIP: If you like your yogurt unflavored and you find the dairy-free products too bland and lacking that “bite”, put in a few drops of lemon juice.
And as more and more people develop food allergies, etc., the new substitutes are getting better and better.
And as the months fly by, and my skin remains clear, I find myself less and less tempted by the thought of any form of dairy.
Ask yourself, when you look longingly at that tub of ________ (fill in the blank with your favorite dairy product)…….
Is it worth the itching and unsightly plaques?
Is it worth the extra work of sweeping and vacuuming the flakes that decorate your home?
Is it worth the stares from people who think what you have is contagious?
Is it worth the sense of hopelessness that you feel when your skin starts to flare?
For me, it’s not worth it!! But this Protocol IS.
I think it’s important to add “patience” as an honorary step in the protocol. If you have had psoriasis for decades you cannot expect the protocol to work immediately. It takes time. Now, I was lucky. I had stopped eating any dairy products a few months before starting the high dose D3. Whether that made a difference, I’m not sure. But my skin cleared in 6 weeks. My dermatologist’s jaw dropped (he was recommending Methotrexate).
Because I had no idea I would be hosting a website and Facebook page, I did not take photographs of my skin. But we were fortunate to get a series of 5 photos from Jamie–whose experience was very similar to my own. Her skin was cleared in 6 weeks too.
I encourage you to take “before” and “after” photos. Trust me, you will forget how bad it was. I did make drawings for my dermatologist and when I look at them now I can’t believe my psoriasis was that bad. But it was. And that’s why I’m sharing this information with you. It brings me great satisfaction to hear from our members who have had success with the protocol. You testimonials are important.
We found our experience with the National Psoriasis Foundation to be two-fold. On one hand, we were grateful to be able to reach out and share with many others what had worked for us. And if I hadn’t read Flintchick’s thread, I might never have cleared my skin the first time.
On the other, we had no idea that there would be groups of people on the NPF Inspire site whose sole purpose was to discredit any claims we made of finding a treatment that worked.
We came to the realization that there were those who only believed in the pharmaceutical (or allopathic) approach to treatment of psoriasis. This belief lead them to intentionally and constantly badger both Charlie and myself; and any others who wanted to try something that was not promoted by pharmaceutical companies.
We thought, perhaps naively, that everyone would be open to a treatment that had success on the level that this protocol has had. Unfortunately, in truth, the more success this protocol garnered, the more the badgering increased–bordering on what could be perceived as discrimination or, at the very least, bias by the moderators who control the discussion site.
If we rebutted, or tried to defend ourselves, against the so-called Trolls, we were either issued warning letters, suspended, had our posts deleted or had our discussion thread shut down. This happened to Charlie (then called “thepain”), who had one of the fastest growing, most popular threads on the on the NPF Inspire site. And it also happened to our combined thread “Freedom From Psoriasis–a Survival Kit and Fun”. Yet the instigators, who went as far as to call our discussion thread followers a “cult”, rarely received any disciplinary actions from the Team.
The battle against psoriasis is already overwhelming enough–but the battle to bring a simple, natural and cost-effective treatment to the public’s attention on the NPF site, was not only overwhelming–it was exhausting in its unfairness and frankly, discouraging.
We have chosen to bring this protocol to your attention via Social Media (which has no ties to pharmaceutical companies) and where our voices can be heard. And where we are not constantly looking over our shoulder for the next attack. Our fight is NOT with the NPF. It is with psoriasis.
It was always those who suffered the most–those who followed our discussion, asked questions, posted photos and shared their results that brought us the greatest satisfaction. And we had the testimonials to prove it.
Sadly, all our work was removed from the NPF site and we can no longer share our protocol there.
Here’s just one person’s reaction to our discussion thread being shut down:
“Why on earth would they shut down information that is bringing so many people the best result of their lives….This information needs made available to all psoriasis sufferers ALL THE TIME! Makes no sense removing it. Thank you again. Your kindness is far above the call of duty. Heaven has a closer spot to God for people like you.”
And there are many more that you can read throughout this website. Letters such as this kept us going–kept our spirits up. Both Charlie and myself are just two ordinary people who had suffered for decades from this terrible disease. We know what other psoriasis sufferers are going through. We know what you may be going through. We’re here to help you with something that REALLY WORKS!
And as Charlie would say:
“HAVE A GOOD DAY AND ALL THAT!!!’
THE PROTOCOL (Short)
- Vitamin D3 UPDATED Jan.2020 – I took 40,0000 iu daily–20,000 with breakfast + 20,000 with dinner (or 40,000 with largest meal of the day)
- *Vitamin K2mk7 (soft gel) 400 mcg daily–200 with each meal (OR eat 50 grams of natto). Eat 1 tsp. of oil (coconut or olive) with the D3 and k2mk7.
- Magnesium Chloride Flakes in a 50/50 solution of flakes and water. Spray or dab on underarms, back of knees, scalp and bottoms of feet. Or on whole body.
- Eliminate dairy! Eliminate dairy! Eliminate ALL FORMS of dairy! (and not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium, such as Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Orange Juice etc. (check labels for amount of added calcium above 30% per serving RDA)
After 2 months OR when the skin is quite clear: Gradually lower the D3 to 10,000 iu daily and that’s where to stay unless you are getting lots of sun.
Reduce k2 to 200 mcg daily or 1 tablespoon of Natto.
Keep using the magnesium chloride solution under arms, etc. and on any new spots that might appear. If it burns too much, dilute with more water. If stools are too loose, reduce the amount or number of times you use it each day.
Remember: Dairy is not your friend. Eat it and I guarantee you’ll have new spots almost immediately.
Be patient! IT WORKS!
*We used to recommend Life Extension Super K but it has been blocked by Health Canada. American members can still get this product.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
Should I ask my doctor about this protocol?
Yes! Always keep your doctor in the loop. However, having said that, many doctors are not very knowledgeable about alternative/natural remedies and may never have heard of these supplements.
Should I get my D levels tested before I begin?
You can but you will read high. According to Dr. Coimbra (who has worked for several decades with high dose vitamin D) people with autoimmune disease need more D than “normal” people. Many people (if not most) have now been shown to have low D levels as a result of using sun screen and eating foods that are deficient in D due to current farming methods.
Does this protocol work for everyone?
It works for most people but we do get some people who were not getting results. But because we could not give advice nor recommend dosage on the NPF Inspire site, it was difficult to help some who were not using the protocol correctly. And some people just refuse to stop dairy.
I don’t want to stop dairy. Does it still work if I continue to eat yogurt?
No, it will not work as well. You are trying to remove excess calcium from your system. Adding dairy will either slow down, stall, or completely stop your progress.
NEW INFO UPDATE
CALCIUM – not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium (check labels for added calcium beyond 30%)
Do I have to stop eating eggs?
No! Eggs come from chickens—not cows. They are not dairy.
Can I still eat butter?
Yes. Thank heavens. Butter is low in calcium. Try to find grass fed cow’s butter.
Does this protocol work for psoriatic arthritis?
We have not had feedback that tells us that it works for psoriatic arthritis. But we have read some encouraging natural remedies (particularly turmeric) that we will discuss later on this website.
Are there any other vitamins or supplements that might be helpful when doing this protocol?
Yes. You might consider adding Omega 3, Vitamin C, Vitamin A (halibut liver oil), a good multi-vitamin. More recently (based on the Coimbra protocol which is similar to ours) I have started to take vitamin B2. And occasionally I take milk thistle which is good for the liver.
What about the dangers of “nightshades”?
I think it would be wise to limit nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc.)
Should I avoid gluten?
That’s a personal choice. You know your body better than anyone else. I avoided gluten for several months and then slowly added it back in with no negative consequences.
Is alcohol (beer, wine, spirits) bad for me?
Again, this depends on your constitution. Alcohol is hard on the liver and there have been some theories that psoriasis sufferers have weakened livers. Charlie drinks tons of beer and I drink occasionally. We’re both clear.
Can I use this protocol when taking biologics or other allopathic medicines?
Talk to your doctor about anything you add to your current medications.
I’ve read several articles about the dangers of high D3 intake—what am I supposed to believe?
As mentioned in the body of the website, the recommended daily dosage of D3 is as variable as the winds. Always consider the source of any article. Pharmaceutical companies cannot make money from vitamins or supplements. Scare tactics are effective. Connect the dots.
Where can I find the supplements that you used?
Supersup.com is the website I went to for my k2mk7. (Life Extension Super K) New: this product may not be brought into Canada. But there are many more k2mk7 products that have appeared on the market in the past 5 years.
Vitamin D3 (5000 iu per soft gel) can be found on numerous websites and in health food stores in the United States. Unfortunately, in Canada, you can only get vitamin D3 soft gel in 1000 iu per pill. However, you can find vitamin D3 drops @ 1000 iu per drop which is easier than consuming a ton of pills.
Magnesium chloride flakes can be found in most reputable health food stores or you can order on-line.
Where can I find more information about this protocol?
You can no longer find two of our threads on the National Psoriasis Team Inspire discussion site (because they were deleted by moderators), titled:
1. “Something that Really Works” by thepain (this thread was about magnesium chloride. It was closed but you may still be able to access the information).
2. “Real Hope!!!” by Flintchick. This was the original thread that I found when my skin was at its worst (may still be available)
3. “…and his jaw dropped!!!” by dakota23 and “FREEDOM FROM PSORIASIS: A Survival Kit and Fun (by dakota23 and thePain) were removed by Team Inspire and every word that we wrote during the year we were involved with the NPF simply disappeared (which I still think is shameful). It held a lot of good information and many testimonials (which we lost) about the supplements k2mk7 and D3—no dairy and magnesium chloride used transdermally, etc. not to mention a lot of great tips from the people who were following our threads.
PS. CALCIUM – not just dairy, but all foods that are “fortified” with calcium Always check labels for added calcium or the % of calcium. Avoid servings that have more than 30% RDA.
Are there any side effects with this protocol?
Negative side effects:
Some people cannot take too much vitamin D3 and it keeps them awake at night. Some people experience their heart beating faster. The use of magnesium chloride can help with heart racing. If you experience anything worrisome, see your doctor. Also, you should not be taking blood thinners along with high dosage D3 or k2mk7.
K2 has not shown any negative side effects that we know of.
Magnesium Chloride solution: Can burn on plaques. Painful!!! Some people also experience loose stools. If it burns too much, dilute with more water. If stools are too loose, reduce the amount or number of times you use it each day (although loose stools are experienced more often from taking the magnesium chloride internally)
Positive side effects:
Magnesium chloride helps with sleep. And it repels mosquitoes!!! Charlie mixed the mag with an over the counter cream and put it on chigger bites and they stopped itching immediately.
Vitamin k2 + D3: Has been used as a natural remedy for osteoporosis and heart problems. It is also a natural anti-aging remedy.