Preventing The Growth Of Blood Vessels That Feed A Tumor – Could It Help Psoriasis?


William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.

What has this got to do with Psoriasis? Well in his presentation at TED, psoriasis was listed as one of the diseases where “Angiogenesis is Out Of Balance”. Psoriasis is classified on the list as “Excessive”. Watch the video below to find out more.

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What You Eat Or Don’t Eat May Improve Your Psoriasis


Dr Bagel explains how to possibly improve your Psoriasis with our food and exercise choices.

The National Psoriasis Association of America recently had a webcast by Dr Jerry Bagel.

Dr Bagel is a medical director at the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey and a USA national expert on psoriasis. He has served on the national psoriasis association medical board. Should you be interested in more webcasts, sign up on the website (www.psoriasis.org) and visit the list of webcasts here.

The following information are excerpts from Dr Bagel’s talk during the webcast. For the full talk, please view the links below.

Psoriasis patients with severe psoriasis have extra billions of T cells in you skin that produce chemicals and make your epidermis grow too quickly. Molecules such as TNF not only cause the growth of epidermis, also increase Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

Pro inflammatory molecules are in people with psoriasis that doesn’t only cause psoriasis but can bring on the co morbidities such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension – 3 to 4 times more than normal people. It increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Certain drugs make psoriasis worse – systemic steroids, beta blockers. Other medical conditions such as strep infections or earache can also make the psoriasis much worse.

30% of people who have psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis. This usually occurs 10 years after the onset of psoriasis. Some symptoms – Do you have stiffness in fingers or toes when you wake up in the morning? Another symptom is pain under your feet.

Fat in itself produces increase of TNF (Tumor necrosis factors) and this produces more T Cells. These are produced in the white blood cells. The more obese you are, the more psoriasis you will have and also likely to develop more of the co- morbidities.

Alcohol is terrible for psoriasis as it opens up the bloods vessels to the skin. More white blood skills then can get to the skin. White blood cells are making the chemicals that make your skin grow to quickly. When drinking alcohol, you are fueling the psoriasis pathway.

Compared with the general population, people with psoriasis have a higher
prevalence of:

Stroke
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Crohn’s disease
Lymphoma
Cancer
Metabolic syndrome

What can we do to minimise the inflammation:

1) Good food – Decrease pro-inflammatory condition
2) Good exercise – Decrease weight

“Eliminate processed foods”

Processed foods are turning right into sugar.
The sugar is turning right into fat.
Fat is turning into pro inflammatory molecules which will increase atherosclerosis
and risk of heart attack.

Cut out the red meat and switch to salmon. Get away from sugary foods, flour
and white rice (Note: Which is very difficult when eating out especially in Malaysia or Asia).

Dr Bagel also talks about the elimination of gluten which may help certain people
with psoriasis.

For more in-depth information, visit the National Psoriasis Association of America by clicking here or DOWNLOAD THE WEBCAST BY RIGHT CLICKING HERE & SAVE. Note: File format is WMV.

Meet The Composer Of “Don’t Look At Me That Way (The Psoriasis Song)”


Ray is the original composer and singer of “Don’t Look At Me That Way”

Recently via Facebook, we were in contact with Ray Chua who lives in Singapore.  Ray had written a song about Psoriasis. We knew we had to find out more about what inspired Ray to compose such a song. This was also the opportunity to ask Ray a few questions about his psoriasis. The YouTube videos are located at the bottom of this post.

1. When you first discovered you had Psoriasis, how did you feel?

Ray: I didn’t feel so good I guess, especially when I found out that I had to deal with it for a lifetime. I was also a little scared cause there was so little information about it. Back then, the Internet was not filled with info about the disease as there is now. I was diagnosed with Psoriasis 13 years ago.

2. What are the challenges you face while having psoriasis?

Ray: Here are a couple of challenges:

a)      How people view my psoriasis when they look at my nails, face, hands and legs. Psoriasis brings upon self esteem issues.

b)      No spas and massages for me because every one of them will freak out when they see my body.

c)      No swimming because the ignorant lifeguards (not enough awareness created) would come to me and ask me to leave the swimming pool. They are worried because in their mind, I have a contagious skin disease and will cause the public (other people in the pool such as kids and mothers) to vacate the pool. At first I thought it was a good idea after all – I could have the pool all to myself! Later on, I realized I would become the talk of the pool so I decided not to go back there. I am wondering if Malaysian beaches are cleaner? The beaches in Singapore are not very appealing so I stay off the sea as well (Editor’s note: Yes Ray, Malaysia has very clean beaches if you know where to look. We would advise not to swim in Malaysian waters during jelly fish season as this could severely affect your psoriasis if stung).

d)      I always have to moisturize & to keep my skin from being dry (as it would cause pain).

e)      Scratching and flaking constantly. I dislike being a public and home nuisance as people have to clean up after me.

3. What is your source of strength and inspiration in order to overcome or manage your psoriasis?

Ray: As I’m a Christian, it is Jesus. I know that whatever I’m going through, it cannot be compared to the pain and torture Jesus went through to ensure my place in heaven. This is our Christian belief. Claiming His promises from the bible helped too.

4. How did the idea of writing a song about Psoriasis come along? Was it difficult to compose the lyrics and music?

Ray: I figured it was not others fault if they don’t know what Psoriasis is. So I decided to do my part in raising awareness after I read an article on Channel News Asia about a 13 year old Malay girl who was being discriminated by her classmates in school. I cannot imagine how she would be feeling apart from feeling really sad. Since I had some time on my hands now, I decided to write a song about it.

It was not difficult because I was totally inspired to write a song about psoriasis. When the inspiration came, I just let the feelings flow and out came the music. The lyrics were pretty much what I felt – so it was easy. There is an English and Chinese version.

The Chinese version and the filming of the music video were done by my girlfriend (with no prior experience with filming). Getting this done altogether was something we could do together as it was for a good cause.

5. Do you have any encouraging words about fighting psoriasis that you would like to share with others?

Ray: Be confident about ourselves. No matter how we look – we are a creation beautifully crafted by God. Any imperfections are only trials on Earth to mould us to be stronger and better people.
In the meantime, try to “de stress” and watch our diets (if this affects your psoriasis) so that we can get into remission while waiting for a cure. Don’t worry, be happy! Come and like my psoriasis page where I will be posting more Psoriasis tips and discover some of my music at http://www.facebook.com/raychua.pso

God bless you all & do support Psoriasis awareness.

 Editor: Ray, we wish you all the best and thanks so much for sharing your story & music with us.


English Version: The Psoriasis Song (Original) (Don’t Look At Me That Way) by Ray Chua


Chinese Version: 别和我说再见 [牛皮癣歌] (The Psoriasis Song Chinese Version)

Non Diary & Gluten Free Margarine Spread


Available at The Village Grocer and other well stocked supermarkets.

Some of us psoriasis patients may be allergic to food that contains dairy. Should your allergies cause you to itch and scratch, then it is possible that the Koebner phenomenon may cause your psoriasis to worsen. Nevertheless, keeping a healthy lifestyle and watching the food we eat – will contribute to our well being.

Looking for a margarine spread without dairy? Try Nuttelex from Australia – available from The Village Grocer and other well stocked supermarkets.

This margarine spread can be used for cooking, frying and baking with 65% less saturated fat than butter and 55% less salt.

You may be happy to know the following:

Dairy & Lactose FREE
Nut Oil FREE
Gluten FREE
Soy FREE
FREE FROM Animal Ingredients
FREE FROM Artificial Additives
Cholesterol FREE
Free from Genetically Modified Ingredients
FREE FROM Corn Oil
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Ingredients include (all from vegetable sources): Sunflower oil, Canola oil (Non Genetically Modified), vegetable oils, water, salt, emulsifiers (471, sunflower lecithin), natural flavour, vitamins A, D2, E.

For more information, visit http://www.nuttelex.com.au

Editor’s note: We don’t get paid for featuring or promoting such food items. We are merely sharing the types of food that are safe for psoriasis patients that may also have allergies or just wish to maintain a healthy diet.