Raw Vegan Day 14 + Misuse of Topical Steroids

Day 14 – Raw Vegan and Red Skin Syndrome Testimonials

Red Skin Syndrome Fireside Chat:

Today we will check out an article posted on the Indian Journal of Dermatology.  This particular article is called “Rational And Ethical Use Of Topical Corticosteroids Based On The Safety And Efficacy”, written by Sanjay K Rathi (Consultant Dermatologist, Siliguri, West Bengal, India) and Paschal D’Souza(Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology, ESIC-PGIMSR, New Delhi, India). It is fantastic complete with photos and references to more than 70 additional articles written by doctors globally about the topic of the “over use” and “misuse” of Topical Corticosteroids and Systemic Corticosteroids.

Here they point out “…Over the years it has become increasingly apparent that TC are being abused by doctors and patients alike. Apart from the well-known indications such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus, discoid lupus erythematous, etc., they are being used for conditions such as melasma, urticaria, and even undiagnosed skin rash by dermatologists and general physicians. This is because of the quick amelioration of signs and symptoms of many skin disorders by the application of TC in the first instance. This can buy time and hold patient a while longer more so with a non-specialist. Studies in patients presenting with steroid-related eruptions have shown that there are several nonmedical advisers like friends, neighbors, beauticians, barbers, etc. telling them to use it as fairness/cosmetic creams,  anti-acne, anti-fungal therapy and for that matter any skin eruptions. There is a tendency to reuse old prescription for a recurrent or new rash. Prescription sharing with relatives and friends on the presumption that similar looking skin problems can be self-treated by simple prescription copying is rampant. To compound this problem, there is easy availability of these drugs almost for the asking without a valid prescription at every chemist shop. Moreover, store pharmacists also double up as doctors doling out advice about which TC to use. These instances, although reported from many places worldwide, have significant impact in our country of a billion plus people with an adverse specialist-to-patient ratio.

The awareness of this significant problem has led to a flurry of activity as evidenced by discussions about TC misuse by dermatologists at various forums in the country and abroad. Presently, the hope is to contain, if not entirely, reverse TC misuse due to the prevailing situation in our country.”

For more information, check out www.itsan.org, the (ITSAN) International Topical Steroid Addiction Network.

Day 14 Raw Vegan

Yes that’s right, 2 weeks down – 2 weeks to go… AND I FEEL FANTASTIC TODAY! Energy level is great even though the skin on my body is not and I’m sleeping really well. All the infections are like 90% gone which has led to my physical and mental energy being better too.

 BREAKFAST – 7 Carrots, 2 apples, 2 cloves of garlic, 4 handfuls of spinach and ½ an English cucumber made 18 ounces Juice. Diluted it with 6 oz of water.




LUNCH – Another Chipotle Salad day.

DINNER – I was inspired by the pineapple juice I had yesterday at Café Brazil. So today I made my own with 8 oz of Libre’s Organic Coconut water, 8oz of R.W. Knudsen’s Organic Pineapple Juice, 1 cup of organic frozen mango and 1 banana.




Then for dinner I grabbed a large jicama at whole foods, peeled it, sliced it in the food processor to make chips and then sprinkled it with smoked paprika. My hubs made his amazing salsa, but before he puts 6 chili peppers in it he blends it with just ½ a jalapeño and gives me a cup of salsa. So this is my dinner.




SNACK –  Probably have a handful of nuts, fruit toast from the other day and some dried fruit.














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