I found this great #poem about #vitiligo on the National Vitiligo Foundation website today…
Picture of Perfection
(A Poem by Brian K. Blackden)
Let not the pigment of my skin describe me
it is merely a covering to my soul
I am not imprisoned by your glances
your whispers fall unheard
In contrast to most, my body unique
Let me take you on a journey
close your eyes and listen
take my hand and walk in my footsteps
We talk and express our deepest thoughts
dreams spontaneously shared
Hopes and desires quite similar
fears and acceptance a reality
As we walk in an aromatic field of flowers
smelling the bounty in an unbridled breeze
nature begins to beautify the unsighted view
Two people unknown to one another
Conversing, growing, blossoming, learning
As we near the road to return to home
open your eyes and look upon the picture
You now see me whole, in all my perfection
Brian K. Blackden © 2006
There seems to be quite a lot of evidence that many chronic skin conditions are in fact symptoms of digestive problems.
This interesting snippet of advice for psoriasis sufferers from ehow.com on how to treat the skin condition naturally matches my own experience in relation to vitiligo. The green food supplement I take contains both #spirulina and #chlorella. It was one of the nutritional supplements that helped me to re-pigment several years ago (and to stay re-pigmented) and I know of several people who have been able to keep their psoriasis under control by using it too.
Interestingly, I didn't take a digestive enzyme during my re-pigmentation. But I do use one now whenever I eat a big meal - after a nutritionist suggested it might help with the absorption problems that I believe were the original cause of my vitiligo. It certainly helps relieve the IBS symptoms that I still suffer from at times.
(I have never taken aloe vera, though a lot of people swear by it - again for IBS as well as in skin creams - but I have tried flaxseed oil from time to time and I always notice how glossy and strong my finger nails become, so it obviously is beneficial.)
I only realised when I read the following web page:
http://www.dermnetnz.org/colour/leukoderma.html that - contrary to popular belief - leukoderma and vitiligo are not synonymous. Vitiligo is just one type of leukoderma. Here's what the dermnetnz.org site says:
Leukoderma is the name given to white patches on the skin. These patches are due to the partial or total loss of skin pigmentation. There are many causes of leukoderma. Vitiligo is a specific type of leukoderma and is often, although incorrectly, used interchangeably with the term leukoderma (sometimes spelled leucoderma).
There are many causes of leukoderma, some of which include:
Check out this inspiring and uplifting blog called Perfectly Flawed. It's "a network for persons dealing with Vitiligo. ...dedicated to focusing on issues surrounding the disease. The goal is to help not only people with Vitiligo but to help the world understand, embrace, and empower their inner beauty. This network will allow people to share photos, arts, and/or writings."
Most mainstream doctors seem to dismiss out of hand the idea that there is any link between vitiligo and nutrition. My own experience of re-pigmenting as a result of taking nutritional supplements has been ample proof to me of the connection between the two. It's good to see that the Vitiligo Society also addresses the subject. This page on their site is worth a read and goes a long way to explaining why Boost and Five a Day+ worked for me. http://www.vitiligosociety.org.uk/index.php/nutrition.html
For centuries common sense and experience have taught us that you are what you eat. I wonder why it is that modern, western medicine has lost touch with this concept. Could it possibly be anything to do with the influence of the lucrative drugs industry? Or am I just a cynic?!!!
If you feel that vitiligo has held you back from finding a partner you may be interested to know that a new TV programme is in the planning which will tell the stories of some of Britain’s singletons whose love lives have been affected by a medical condition or body issue. The aim of the programme is for the participants to make a stand against the conditions that have knocked their confidence and charisma and be given help to get back in the dating game.The makers of the programme, Betty TV, are looking for people in the UK who want to raise awareness of the impact a medical condition can have on someone’s confidence and love life whilst positively portraying their search for love.
If you would be interested in discussing this with the programme makers they can be contacted on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Caroline.