Today I have another interview…I just love finding these, they are so encouraging!
I recently connected with Shazaad Games over inside of the vitiligo Facebook group, and of course he so kindly agreed to share with us his experience in reversing his vitiligo. He gives some great tips, and I hope you all will find his interview as insightful and helpful as I did.
1. When and how did your vitiligo start?
I got my first spot back in 2013 at the age of 29 years old. It was a small white spot on my lower back. I paid no attention to it until a year later when it started spreading. At the time, I was doing my undergrad in Health Services Administration.
Working FT and going to school PT was no easy task.
2. What do you feel caused or triggered your vitiligo?
I know stress was the cause of my Vitiligo. No one in my family has it. My family members don’t suffer from any autoimmune conditions either. I’m usually a very calm and collected person. Guess the stressors in my life just got the best of me (Relationship, School,etc)
3. Did you change your diet? If so what changes did you make?
After being diagnosed clinically in Feb of 2014, I began changing my diet with the help and support of my Homeopathic Doctor. He told me to stay away from foods containing gluten and those which are acidic. I started eating antioxidant rich and alkaline foods. Being put on an antiinflammatory diet, I started seeing results.
Before going on this type of diet, my skin used to itch, and after itching I would see more spots. After making dietary changes, the itching went away and my body started to heal. I drink lots of water, at least 2 liters, including coconut water. One green drink per day as well. Organic Chicken and Turkey containing no hormones or antibiotics. Gluten free grains like quinoa and millet. Apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger and lots of green vegetables.
4. Did you/do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?
Yes. Probiotic mixed with water to clean up leaky gut and malabsorption of vitamins, ginko biloba, vitamin D3 2000 (10,000 international units per day), GLA primrose, Glutathione recycler, Vitamin B complex, OPC3, Plant based minerals, selenium, Skingen, Codliver oil, UNDA kidney and liver cleanse, Platanus Orientalis.
5. What topical treatments do you use to help you repigment?
I use Organic cold pressed coconut oil on my skin as well as narrowband uvb phototherapy. I stopped for a few months now and I’m repigmenting naturally.
6. What do you feel has been most important to your success?
Being positive, happy, determined and optimistic has helped me the most in my recovery. Without those 4 elements, I don’t think I would be where I am today as far as my Vitiligo is concerned.
7. How long after these changes did you see results?
When I stared my homeopathic regiment working with my doctor, my Vitiligo stopped spreading. I would say I saw a change in less than a month.
8. Any books you recommend?
Their are a couple I recommend. One is called Restless soul, Endless Hope: Living with Vitiligo by Mike Huard. It’s 16 stories including my own focusing on how people from all parts of the world deal with their Vitiligo. Another book is My Victory Against Vitiligo by Xichao Mo. A very easy to follow, step by step guide to taking care of ones vitiligo. This book is dead on with the suggestions it makes.
9. What advice would you give to someone who wants to reverse their vitiligo? Where should he or she start?
Find yourself a really good homeopathic doctor. You need to clean up the terrain within the body to allow the healing process to begin. The health of your immune and digestive systems depend on it. Change your lifestyle by changing your diet.
Another important component is the power of the mind. You must believe you can heal before the process takes place. Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. If you need a strong support system, there are Vitiligo Support groups that can help tremendously. Knowing and communicating with people who have vitiligo is such a comfort.
When I was diagnosed in Feb of 2014, I felt helpless for the first time in my life. Being told you have something that’s incurable can really take a toll on ones emotions. After being depressed for many months, I attended a Vitiligo Conference in Harlem, NY. When the conference came to an end, I was asked to join Vitfriends, a Vitiligo Support Group based out of Boston, MA. I helped to start the first Vitfriends NYC Support Group Chapter in September of 2014, along with my cohort Patricia Mills. Together, we have orchestrated several support groups and events to help benefit the Vitiligo Community.
In March of 2015, I did some modeling work for a company called Zanderm. They will be releasing a new camouflage makeup product just for people with Vitiligo on World Vitiligo Day, June 25th. I have been actively involved with them by helping to increase awareness of their product and improve quality of life.
Apart from being involved with Vitfriends, I have also been involved with NYU’s support group. I’ve given presentations on what I’m doing to repigment as well as camouflage cover-up make up demonstrations. On July 31st, I will be one of many presenters at the Vitfriends Vitiligo Conference being held in Boston, Ma. It will be 3 days of presentations, performances, events, and a walk for vitiligo awareness, given on the last day of the conference, Aug 2nd.
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