By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Smear Chili Oil on Your Psoriasis?

    Every once in a while, a reader comes up with a home remedy that surprises us. Although we have often written about capsaicin, the essence of hot chili peppers, we've never imagined using chili oil an…

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2017 14 Comments
    Humira Side Effects, Complications and Interacti…

    Humira (adalimumab) is the best selling drug (in dollars) in the U.S. (and around the world). Sales were listed between $13 and $16 billion in 2016. That is an unbelievable amount of money for a singl…

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 8 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 15 Comments
    High Drug Prices Shielded by Soaring Lobbying Bu…

    Wonder what's behind high drug prices? Have you ever heard the crude expression: "Money talks and bulls**t walks." We apologize for the obscenity. But nowhere is that crude phrase clearer than on Capi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Supplements Help Clear Psoriasis Plaques?

    Psoriasis is a common skin condition in which the immune system drives skin cells to divide and develop far too rapidly. As a result, silvery scaly patches, or psoriasis plaques, appear over reddened …

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 13 Comments
    Will an Exotic Vacation Clear Up Your Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly. As a result, people develop itchy red patches of skin, often covered in silvery scales. These can be unsightly, but…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Bathing in the Dead Sea Soothe Psoriasis?

    The skin condition called psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction to triggers such as infection, injury or stress. Genes play a role, so people with family members who have psoriasis are more susceptible…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 33 Comments
    Can You Ease Psoriasis with Natural Remedies?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which the skin cells end up turning over far more rapidly than normal. As a result, red itchy patches with silvery scales (clumps of cells that moved too q…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 9 Comments
    Should You Take Biotin and Resveratrol for Your …

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem in which the immune system makes skin cells turn over much faster than normal. The result is frequently red, itchy patches on elbows, knees, scalp or other areas of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Psoriasis with Cilantro

    Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition in which skin cells turn over far more quickly than usual. The plaques that form in places like elbows and knees can be red and unsightly and may be covered…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2016 4 Comments
    Did Vacation Soothe Psoriasis Because It Relieve…

    Quite a few serious medical conditions get worse when a person is under stress. Sometimes this connection seems so obvious that we forget to comment on it. One reader called this link to our attentio…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 8 Comments
    Snorkeling in Hawaii Was Unique Remedy for Psori…

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition that occurs when the immune system attacks the skin. Skin cells turn over far more quickly than usual and create red patches on the skin with slivery scales. While th…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 9 Comments
    Will Eating Cilantro Banish Psoriasis Plaques?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which skin cells turn over much faster than normal, forming reddish itchy plaques on the skin, often covered with silvery scales. There is no cure, although th…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 5 Comments
    Vitamin D Works Magic Against Psoriasis

    Q. I have been taking 5000 IUs of vitamin D3, and my psoriasis has seriously improved as a result. If only I had known about this 15 years ago, it would have saved me so much anguish. I can't understa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2014 9 Comments
    Aspirin Helps Control Plantar Psoriasis

    Q. I was diagnosed with plantar psoriasis more than a year ago. The palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet developed very dry skin that cracked and bled. They looked like they had dry glue all over …

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2014 5 Comments
    Glycerin Offers Relief from Itchy Scalp Psoriasi…

    Q. I have scalp psoriasis. The tea tree shampoo I use helps with the itching, but my scalp is left very dry after using the shampoo on a daily basis. Someone wrote you and said to try rubbing the scal…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2014 3 Comments
    Cilantro Controlled Embarrassing Rash on Chin Wi…

    Q. A home remedy from your column really worked for me. I developed a spot on my chin that my son noticed. When I checked it in the mirror, it appeared red and scaly, though it did not hurt or itch. I…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2014 15 Comments
    Simple Inexpensive Solution Soothes Psoriasis Pl…

    Q. I was diagnosed with psoriasis several years ago. My dermatologist prescribed a number of medications including steroid creams but I did not get much relief. My doctor started talking about adding …

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2014 17 Comments
    Pico de Gallo Salsa Helped Soothe Psoriasis

    Q. I have been afflicted with hand psoriasis for several years. My dermatologist has prescribed a $1000 UV light that is less than effective. She has also given me a prescription steroid ointment that…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2013 12 Comments
    V8 Smoothie with Cilantro Plus Apple Cider Vineg…

    Q. I just read in one of your emails that someone used "Organic Apple Cider Vinegar" for their scalp psoriasis. I owe that person big time for writing in!!! Do I dare say that it is the best thing I h…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2013 6 Comments
    Green Tea Calmed Psoriasis

    Q. I started drinking organic sencha green tea to reduce the inflammation causing my arthritis pain. To my surprise, drinking 3 cups a day cleared up 90 percent of my psoriasis. I love the taste. When…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2013 48 Comments
    Accidental Discovery Eases Psoriasis

    Some of our most important drugs were discovered partly by accident. Penicillin was developed after Alexander Fleming found a mold devouring the bacteria he was growing in a petri dish. A class of val…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2011 48 Comments
    Turmeric Eases Suffering From Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that produces red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin, particularly on areas like elbows or knees. In mild cases, it can be treated with sunshine or controlle…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2010 17 Comments
    Turmeric Against Psoriasis

    Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry powder and yellow mustard. It has been used for thousands of years in India both to flavor food and for its medicinal properties. Several years ago we heard from …

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2010 9 Comments
    Turmeric Against Psoriasis

    Q. For a year and a half, my dermatologist has treated me for psoriasis. First I took cyclosporine and then CellCept. Like another reader stated, I too developed every side effect listed in the warnin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2009 30 Comments
    Can Curry Spice Soothe Psoriasis?

    Back in the dim days of black-and-white television, one over-the-counter product that was frequently advertised claimed to help "the heartbreak of psoriasis." The phrase is no longer heard in commerci…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2007 15 Comments
    Curry Spice Clears Skin Condition

    Q. I want to thank you for writing about turmeric. I had psoriasis on my feet and my hands so bad that I lost all my nails on my fingers. I went to doctor after doctor to heal my psoriasis, but nothin…