Last year, Psoriasis resurfaced in the worst type of way. In the tailbone area and my navel, I itched. When I looked closely at the skin lesions, they looked like ringworms. I went to Walgreen and purchased a topical ointment. One of the lesions disappeared, and the others didn't. I decided to visit my Dermatologist, and she diagnosed me with Psoriasis. Okay, no worries. I figured I could use Hydrocortizone and everything would be okay. That was not the case. My doctor prescribed a stronger steroid that discolored my skin and in fact, made it about ten shades darker. I decided not to use any more prescription drugs and do some research. What I found was astounding. Psoriasis is associated with Leaky Gut. Take a look at the title of this blog and refer to the bold sentence in the first paragraph. Doctors describe an Ulcer as Peptic ulcers or open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. Peptic ulcers include Gastric ulcers that occur on the inside of the stomach. Duodenal ulcers occur on the inside of the top part of your small intestine (duodenum). The most common causes of peptic ulcers are infections with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and long-term use of aspirin and certain other painkillers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox, others). Stress and spicy foods do not cause peptic ulcers. However, they can make your symptoms worse (Mayo Clinic, 1998).
You may also hear the term intestinal permeability and leaky gut syndrome. Psoriasis is a considered a chronic skin disease that causes inflammation and scaling of the skin. Normal, healthy skin experiences cell production about once a month, but when you have psoriasis, the skin cells rise way too fast and pile up on top of each other. Doctors are sure that it starts with your immune system and the cells called the T-cells. T-cells are a part of the White Blood Cells, and when properly functioning, they fight against infection and produce antibodies. However, when you have psoriasis, the T cells mistakenly overact and leads to unhealthy swelling and fast production of skin cells. A “leaky gut” can happen when microorganisms and toxins can pass through a permeable intestinal lining and into the bloodstream and body (where they shouldn’t be).
Earlier I posed a question that one might have, and that was, what do emotions have to do with physical disease? Let me delve into that. When I learned I had Psoriasis again; I immediately looked within myself to figure out what unhealthy emotions was I harboring and what experience was eating me alive. In that, I needed to release some destructive emotions that stemmed from my son's traumatic experience as well as walking away from health care after twenty + years and not having the bi-weekly income I was accustomed. I felt powerless, worthless sometimes and very anxious and angry. I blamed myself for my son's experience as I felt like without the income I used to have, I wouldn't be able to care for him. I felt useless as I had no idea how to embrace my new life without a job. I lost all sense of connection to myself and my confidence. I ate just about anything to suppress or ignore my pain. The beginning of 2015 and 2016 was terrible for me, and I had a rough time processing the thoughts and emotions surrounding them. All of the unhealthy energy led to my Leaky Gut. The Leaky Gut partners with the digestive system that which is directly connected to my Solar Plexus or Personal Power Chakra (Manipura). Our Chakras are energetic sources or vortexes that attract and emit energy. Chakras are responsible for providing the attached organ the vital energy that promotes functioning. When our Chakras are closed or inactive, physical dis-ease occurs. When physical dis-ease occurs, that means your spirit is speaking loud, and it is now time to pay attention to not just your body, but your thoughts and emotions. Hypothyroidism associates with the throat. The Throat Chakra (Vishudda) is the voice of the body. It is a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakra to express. If it is out of balance or blocked, it can affect the health of the other chakras. Some conditions that occur when the Throat Chakra is imbalanced are throat lump, laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, teeth problems, thrush, jaw problems, earaches, ear problems, sinus infections, thyroid problems, arthritis in shoulders, sore shoulders or arms, and neck problems. If your throat chakra is over-active, you more than likely be over-opinionated, perhaps very critical of others and how they are performing in life. You may be verbally abusive to those around you and may find yourself yelling a lot when not necessary. You won’t allow others to “talk back” or voice their opinions about certain situations; it will be your way or no way. A year after I married my husband, I wanted a divorce and mainly because he had not resolved his past pain of sexual abuse and had not forgiven his ex-wife for cheating on him. My husband brought all that baggage to our marriage and more than often I was very judgmental and opinionated. Some days, I buried my true feelings, and for three years I sat still feeling hopeless knowing I wanted out of the marriage. I didn't believe I could help him and thought the marriage was doomed. That was enough stress and unhealthy emotions to destroy more than just my thyroid. I wanted my husband to heal.
You might say, I obviously got the Leaky Gut from using all the Ibuprofen and the Psoriasis and Hypothyroidism is a symptom of the unhealthy or Leaky Gut, and indeed you are correct, physically speaking. But we are more than our physical bodies. We are beyond the physical world (metaphysics), but that is another blog.According to Louis Hay (1990), digestive issues or gut problems spiritually represent dread, fear of the new, inability to assimilate the new. Psoriasis arises out of fear of being hurt, deadening the sense of self, and refusing to accept responsibility for our feelings. Hypothyroidism or throat problems represent humiliation "I never get to do what I want to do." "When will it be my turn?" and the inability to speak up for oneself. Swallowed anger, stifled creativity and refusal to change. Does all of that not align with the italicized phrases written above in the previous paragraph? My spirit spoke to me so that I can clear my mind and acknowledge my emotions. Today, I have accepted full responsibility for my feelings, and I digest life with ease. Life agrees with me, and I assimilate the new every moment of every day. I am alive to the joys of living. I deserve the very best in life as I love and approve of myself. I move beyond all limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creatively.
As you know, I believe Pain is Power as that is just how life is set up. So, let's talk about the empowering aspects of my Leaky Gut today. Some of you may not know that I have smoked cigarettes for almost thirty years. Well, after researching the dynamics of Psoriasis and Leaky Gut, I released that attachment on December 24, 2016. I AM smoke-free. I have tried to quit smoking numerous times and failed. Well, thanks to Psoriasis (pain), I quit (power). How cool is that? I asked the Universe to give me strength, but I never questioned how and it came in the form of pain. If there is one thing I know to be true, for every breakdown, there is a breakthrough. What a breakthrough as I am so grateful for Psoriasis. Had it not showed up and showed out, I'd probably be smoking a cigarette as I write this blog. I am so proud of me. I visited some friends, and a few of them smoked cigarettes and my body rejected it as the smell of them made me want to puke. My eyes burned, and my nose was irritated, and for me, that was a good thing. My body no longer desired Nicotine. I am a non-smoker after thirty years of smoking. Thank you Psoriasis.
I thought I would never quit smoking cigarettes after trying to stop and starting back. I was also afraid of the weight gain. When I quit smoking at twenty-two, I gained forty pounds, but obviously started back. This time was different. This time came with a severe cost. The cost of my health. I knew it was time for me release all things that no longer served me a purpose as my health was failing right before my eyes. I was in a do or die space and didn't allow any fear to arise and stop me. I bought some Nicotine patches a couple of days before Christmas and wore one on Christmas Eve. I wore them for about four days. But, after researching Psoriasis and Leaky Gut, I decided to stop wearing them as I didn't want anything released into my bloodstream. I removed the Nicotine Patch and is now smoke-free. I cannot tell you how good I feel. Giving up cigarettes is a huge accomplishment. I am smoke-free! THANK YOU PSORIASIS!!! Click here to continue reading.
My Story of Health, Healing and Transformation.
When I was 17 years old, doctors told me I had a Peptic Ulcer and stool was leaking into my blood system. (How gross does that sound?) I didn't understand what the doctors told me as I was just happy the pain was gone. Later, I went to Cook County Hospital for a colonoscopy and learned I had a disease called Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I was told to stay away from spicy, fried foods, soda pop, sugar, tomatoes, meat, citrus fruits and to focus on vegetables and some fresh fruit and drink plenty of water. Now being a seventeen-year-old, I certainly didn't follow all those instructions, but I did stop drinking soda pop, and laid off the spicy foods. After a while, the problem seemed to expire. Shortly after, doctors diagnosed me with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD.) Again, doctors told me to adjust my eating habits. When I turned twenty-five, I developed a condition called Psoriasis. (See image below) I used hydrocortisone, and within three weeks, they vanished. I thought everything was clear. When I was about 30 years old, I experienced what medical doctors call Irritable Bowel Syndrome, (IBS). It is very painful and debilitating.
Doctors also told me there was no cure, but if I ate fruits and vegetables, it would improve the symptoms. I also saw a psychologist and was given Zoloft. Eventually, the pain subsided, but what was to come was the absolute worse. But, before I share that experience, I want to talk about another diagnosis. The one thing I noticed all of my conditions had in common was food and stress. But how? I will get to that in a moment. In 2014, my menstrual cycle stopped, I felt dumb and could not remember anything even if you told you told me five minutes ago. I was very fatigued, as I slept four hours during each day and that was after eight hours of nocturnal sleep. I was depressed, had no sexual desires, gained twenty-five pounds, and the worse was, I could not move my bowel. By then, I knew the problem was serious. Our digestive system is uniquely constructed to perform its specialized function of turning food into the energy we need to survive and packaging the residue for waste disposal and mine was not working (Cleveland Clinic, 2017). At any rate, I went to the doctor and immediately the doctors assumed I was in menopause. I wasn't too convinced about that. I've worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty years as I have an Associates of Medical Laboratory Science and a Bachelors of Health Information Management. I knew something more serious was involved.
I suggested the doctor run a complete workup on my Thyroid, and later we discovered my values were below normal, meaning Hypothyroidism. The doctors suggested I follow a specific diet. After three months of taking Levothyroxine, the symptoms disappeared, and I felt 100% better. However, I wasn't too happy about having to take a pill for the rest of my life. So, I began researching how to heal Hypothyroidism naturally. The following year, doctor's diagnosed me with Early-Stage Heart Disease after completing a stress test. Again, the doctors wanted me to follow a particular diet. I was so not happy as my health was failing right before my eyes. I was the reason for my entire physical breakdown. Not only was I ingesting toxins, but I was harboring unhealthy toxins in my mind. (thoughts and emotions). Some might ask, well what do your thoughts and feelings have to do with illness. All of the digestive conditions I discussed are considered Psychosomatic Disorder according to John E. Sarno, M.D, The Divided Mind. But where exactly did the Psoriasis and Hypothyroidism originate? According to medical doctors, psoriasis is a chronic skin infection without a cure and hypothyroidism is in my case, caused by an iodine deficiency as I am allergic to iodine, shellfish, etc. Once again, relating back to food.
Image Credit- Mayo Clinic Website
How my leaky gut and psoriasis transformed my life.
Some causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome can include poor diet, difficulty digesting proteins, reduced liver function (your skin is your 3rd lung), emotional stress, hormonal changes, intestinal permeability, vitamin deficiency, etc. If you recall in my book, Perfectly Planned (Overcoming, Incest, Rape & Sexual Abuse), I mentioned suffering from severe migraine headaches and being prescribed 2800 milligrams of Ibuprofen as I took them for months. The Ibuprofen tore several holes in my stomach and intestines. (If I knew then what I know now, I would've sued Cook County Hospital). Now, imagine feces, undigested foods or protein molecules leaking into my bloodstream. The inflammatory response would be unimaginable and something like Psoriasis. The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, said: “All disease begins in the gut.” And more than 2,000 years later, we’re only starting to understand just how right he was. So, here I am experiencing a condition which began almost 30 years ago and due to my diet and unhealthy emotions. What about Hypothyroidism? According to Chris Kesser, (2016) it appears that Hypothyroidism is direct cause of the insufficient amount of the healthy gut bacteria - intestinal sulfatase - that converts T3S and T3AC into active T3. T3 is responsible for regulating your body’s temperature, metabolism, and heart rate. In the absence of T3, hypothyroidism results. So, there it is. Hypothyroidism is also a result of a leaky gut or an unhealthy gut (A gut lacking good bacteria).
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