Emotional Stress Can Often Trigger Psoriasis
After having been in clinical naturopathic practice for almost 30 years, I have noticed that powerful emotional events occurring in that person’s life are frequently linked with the actual cause of their poor health. And in the case of people with psoriasis, there is no exception. In fact, most of my psoriasis patients notice that stress, particularly emotional stress, has been linked to their psoriasis flare-ups.
When I carefully look at the patient’s time line, and ask the question: “When can you last remember feeling truly well?” the person can generally recall one or several stressful events which took place before they became unwell. If you have been unwell for several years, ask yourself what happened in your life before you became sick. An event may have occurred up one year prior, but typically it will have been in the months leading up to you becoming unwell.
With psoriasis, the patient may well have had it so long they forget what started it, it what the triggers are, but I’ve found the onset was often precipitated after a series of stressful events. The person’s immune system may have been struggling for some time and I’ve typically seen a patient developing psoriasis after a few rounds of antibiotics or some other kind of immune type of drug. What I’ve commonly noticed is a cluster of stressful events occurring in the patient’s life which started to cause adrenal fatigue, and then their immune system became increasingly compromised leading to leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and a rampant yeast infection or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then ensued, culminating in psoriasis. (See my other book called Psoriasis – Understanding Stress and Immunity for more comprehensive information on adrenal fatigue).
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