Common skin condition could cause you to spiral into depression

If you don't have psoriasis, then maybe all you know about the disease is that it's a skin issue. But for the 7.5 million Americans who suffer from the condition, it's more than just a skin issue.

It's a daily battle with fear.

There's the fear of an outbreak even when your skin is clear. There's the fear that it could get worse -- and even lead to a form of the disease that causes blisters on the hands and feet.

And then there's the fear of how other people look at you. Any psoriasis sufferer can tell you about the embarrassment and outright humiliation they've felt when folks notice their red skin and the white scales flaking off.

The truth is it's FAR from just a skin problem. It's a self-esteem problem, too, because when you're forced to live with all that fear and embarrassment it's natural to start feeling downright crummy about yourself.

And that's why I'm not surprised in the least by a new study that finds folks with psoriasis face double the risk of depression.

I've even heard of tragic cases where some people have attempted suicide because of the condition.

Nothing makes me sadder than that -- because clearly their doctors have failed to give them the help they so desperately need.

But the mainstream isn't assigning any blame to the doctors over this. Nope -- they're engaged in their favorite form of scapegoating.

They're actually blaming the patients!

The experts are lining up to say psoriasis patients need to take more meds to control the condition, knowing full well the drugs are often ineffective and come with risks -- and that, of course, leads to yet one more fear: The fear of side effects.

Fear and depression of course cause stress, and stress is a major risk factor for a psoriasis outbreak -- so the disease keeps getting worse instead of better.

But I'm here with a way out.

Psoriasis can have any number of causes, and likely has a genetic component to it, but you can take steps today to minimize outbreaks and limit the extent of the damage.

Since food allergies and digestive problems often play a major role in psoriasis outbreaks, start with a back-to-basics diet high in fiber and rich in inflammation-fighting essential fatty acids.

Avoid processed foods, dairy and red meat and of course avoid fast food and fried food. Consider going gluten-free, as many patients see major improvements and limit alcohol or, better yet, avoid it completely.

That's just for starters. There are more natural therapies available, including one that could actually cure this supposedly "incurable" condition -- and I had the full scoop on that in the August 2013 edition of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations.

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