Friday, March 21, 2008

Thanks to The National Psoriasis Association

I am really excited this week because the National Psoriasis Association has included Skin Free Skincare products in the "Consumer Corner" of their "Psoriasis Advance" journal. The NPA publishes "Psoriasis Advance" four times a year. It is a really valuable journal with lots of information. I encourage everyone to go to to read about their projects, publications, and the many wonderful things they do to help people with this debilitating and chronic disease.

Many people are not aware that psoriasis lasts a life time and may be accompanied by psoriatic arthritis. Not only can psoriasis be painful physically, but it is extremely painful emotionally. These patients suffer a great deal of stigma and concern about their appearance and the reaction of people who are unfamiliar with the disease and it's symptoms. I've had more than one psoriasis patient in tears during a consult at the pharmacy. The disease can cause depression, loss of work, and other social complications. I hope everyone who knows someone with psoriasis will vist the website and encourage their friends and family to do so as well.

The National Psoriasis Association sponsors walks, patient conferences, Congressional visits for support, research for a cure, and awareness programs for patients and physicians. These are really important efforts that will benefit a large portion of our population.

As our lives are filled with more and more artificial products and our immune systems are compromised with stress, junk food diets and living indoors with poorer air circulation, we are seeing a frightening increase in diseases like psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders, diabetes, renal disease, and cancer. I hope you all will take a moment to consider your lifestyle. Really evaluate what you do for your body to keep it healthy! It's never too late to start thinking about eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking a moment to relax!

All the very best, Julie

1 comment:

botanical said...

More than 4.5 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with psoriasis, and approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. An estimated 20% have moderate to severe psoriasis. Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and females. Recent studies show that there may be an ethnic link. It seems that psoriasis is most common in Caucasians and slightly less common in African Americans. Worldwide, psoriasis is most common in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe. It appears to be far less common among Asians and is rare in Native Americans.