So today I thought I would talk about what I am doing right now to stop and reverse my vitiligo.
A week or so ago I mentioned on my treatment page that I had stopped the Merry Clinic Vitilax herbs in order to try the Chinese herbal blend my doctor put together for me. Well, I decided to go back to the Merry Clinic for a couple of reasons:
1. It seemed that my vitiligo started spreading on my legs again, and
2. I felt HORRIBLE when I stopped taking the Vitilax
The fact that I felt so terrible really surprised me – I guess I hadn’t noticed how much the herbs were helping me. I was going over the ingredients again, and I was reminded that the Vitilax contains herbs that are good for your hormones – Dong Quai and Tribulus. I REALLY noticed a difference in my menstrual cycle when I stopped taking it. I almost couldn’t function, I felt very foggy headed and achy, and I had a nasty migraine. So I will keep you posted on my progress with the Vitilax.
I also started juicing – today was my first day. I juiced 5 organic carrots, which gave me 10 oz of juice. The reason I decided to start doing this is because of the recommendation of three different doctors (two of which have vitiligo themselves) – Dr. Ben Kim, Dr. Wanakee Hill, and Dr. Lawrence Wilson. All three of them have stressed the importance of carrot juice for the skin and liver.
Dr. Kim, who has vitiligo, says,
Freshly pressed vegetable juices provide intact enzymes, and because they are nutrients that have already been extracted from fibrous vegetables, they provide a concentrated batch of nutrients that are readily absorbed into your system and able to nourish your cells. If possible, do your best to include at least one freshly pressed vegetable juice in your diet on a daily basis…
He recommends carrots and beets for repigmentation because it’s the pigment-rich vegetables that protect the skin against sunburn – which is important when you are trying to increase your sun exposure to regain color.
In her book, Wanakee’ s Nutritional Approach to Vitiligo & Other Autoimmune Diseases, Dr. Hill also stresses the importance of carrots and juicing. She says,
I highly recommend juicing for people with vitiligo or any other autoimmune disease…Juicing predigests nutrients. Fresh juicing circumvents the digestive process, allowing the freshly squeezed nutrients to go directly into the bloodstream. It’s like getting a shot of vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes delivered immediately.
I also had a phone consultation with Dr. Hill, and she stressed to me the importance of juicing carrots, beets, and dandelion greens to help cleanse my liver.
Just a quick side point on the liver:
Those of us with vitiligo need to pay special attention to the functioning of our liver.
It’s the liver’s job to filter and remove toxins from our body. But when it gets congested, it can’t do its job properly.
When there is a build-up of toxins in the body, these toxins can get into your cell membranes. When this happens, your immune system becomes confused and targets those cells for removal, thinking they are old or damaged. (source) This is one of the ways in which your body can begin attacking itself.
People with vitiligo, are shown to have congested livers, so cleansing it and keeping it functioning properly can do nothing but help.
On his site (which is FULL of awesome articles), Dr. Lawrence Wilson recommends drinking carrot juice daily. He says,
Carrot juice has an affinity for the liver, for some reason that I do not know. Dr. Max Gerson, MD. used it extensively to rebuild the liver. He wrote about it in his book, A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases. It may be the calcium in it, or perhaps something else. Do not to overdo on carrot juice [though]…Ten-twelve ounces daily of carrot juice with a few greens added if you wish, is plenty for most people…
Juicing the carrots was not hard to do at all – much easier than I was anticipating, and it’s yummy too :-). Altogether, from start to cleanup, took about 7 – 8 minutes tops. My juicer is very easy to use and very easy to clean – no more than 5 minutes.
This is such an easy way to start getting healthy and helping your body heal. I encourage you to give it a shot :-)!