Jodi knows by eating healthfully she no longer has to suffer painful psoriasis, or the skin rashes and joint pain she had for over 20 years taking drugs and seeing medical specialists
By the time I turned fifty I was covered from head to toe with psoriasis and tested positive for other autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s and Sjogren’s. I started experiencing skin rashes and joint pain as a teenager more than forty years ago. Back then, in the sixties, I don’t think doctors knew much about autoimmune conditions (perhaps not even now). I was put on various drugs, including steroids and antihistamines, which swelled my body up like a beached whale. I was on medication for almost twenty years and saw different medical specialists including allergists, dermatologists, hematologists, rheumatologists, and endocrinologists.
In my mid thirties, unrelated to my chronic symptoms, I decided to improve my eating habits. I eliminated all junk food and artificial ingredients from my diet. Eventually, I became a vegetarian. To my surprise, I was able to eliminate all of the drugs I took. I remained symptom free for over a decade. Unfortunately, I slowly lapsed back into my old sad habits, living a frantic, restaurant hopping, stressed out life in New York City.
In my quest for improved health, I read Dr. Fuhrman's book, Fasting and Eating for Health. The book has a chapter devoted to autoimmune conditions. I have followed his eating plan since 2001 with much success. I experience skin flareups only when I stray from Dr. Fuhrman's eating program. I may never be cured, but I can manage my disease(s) provided I follow Dr. Fuhrman's advice. I have also had success following his autoimmune protocol. The body has incredible healing powers if given the proper nutrients and care. I have also lost twenty pounds and breezed through menopause.