For the last 4 months now I have battled a variety of skin infections. Right now my face is being afflicted with a viral infection which had isolated itself to the area below my nose, but this morning it’s decided to draw a diagonal line from my left eyebrow to the middle of my forehead. Probably scratched myself in my sleep and then scratched my forehead. These days I’m anything but a happy camper when it comes to my health, but we keep on trucking…
Red Skin Syndrome Fun Facts:
The link above is to a book translated into English that Japanese Dr. Mototsugu Fukaya had written. The original title was, “Steroid Addiction 2010 – I’d like to request the Japanese Dermatological Association to remedy its guideline for management of atopic dermatitis.” Something I found interesting was his commentary on the clinical trials that had been performed by pharmaceutical companies and physicians.
- Dr. Fukaya deliberates that most clinical trials had only been conducted for 35-100 days. He mentions only a couple were more than 100 days which does not properly mirror the reality of the long-term Topical Corticosteroid users whose average treatment of Topical Corticosteroids is typically anywhere from months to years. Therefore, he felt insufficient data had been obtained due to the trial lengths and this lack of information negatively affects the medical community’s acceptance of Topical Corticosteroid Addiction.
- Dr. Fukaya also reports that 1 in 4 patients with Topical Corticosteroid Addiction can stop steroid use without any complications (rebound affects). But it wouldn’t matter if someone were to taper off of Corticosteroids or stop usage “cold turkey”; it would not change the fact that 3 of 4 Topical Corticosteroid Addicted patients will suffer the normal rebound affects (Red Skin Syndrome) at a certain phase during long-term use.
For more information and fun facts, check out www.itsan.org, the International Topical Steroid Addiction Network.
Day 4 of 30 Day Raw Vegan Challenge
Let me just tell yah, the challenges each day has brought has been hilarious. Today I woke up to zero electricity. Apparently the power was off over a few blocks due to power line issues, so this meant no smoothie, no juice and no electrical appliance prepping. Finally around 4pm we got power back on. So here’s what I put together:
Breakfast – A few almonds and water.
Lunch – I wasn’t very hungry because I haven’t been feeling so good as I battle these skin infections. I slept until noon, so technically dinner today was my lunch.
Dinner –Yellow squash pasta with “Rawmesco”, basil pesto and mixed herbs. (I just used a spiralizer to make the yellow squash into noodle shapes.) The herbs are just wripped curly leaf parsley, basil leaves and pea sprouts. I mixed them into the “pasta” as I ate.
“Rawmesco” Recipe: Usually Romesco Sauce components are all roasted, along with a slice of white bread and then blended. The color will be much richer the next time I do it and the textures will be smooth. Later this month I will redo this recipe since I know what the kinks are, like how veggies have a lot of water. This picture doesn’t do the sauce justice, the flavor is fantastic. My recipe however is adjusted so there won’t be any kinks for you.
1 dried ancho chili soaked in water over night, 1 Red Bell Pepper (no pith no seeds no stem), ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, ½ pint plum tomatoes, 5 cloves peeled garlic, ¼ cup raw white potato (I used a bunch of raw chips from last nights potato salad), 1 tsp smoked paprika, ¼ cup olive oil, 1/3 cup almonds, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp. salt and pepper to taste. Blend til smooth in food processor or high-speed blender. (Add water if too thick.)
Basil Pesto Recipe: ¼ cup almonds, 2 small bunches of basil leaves, juice of ½ a lemon, 2 cloves garlic, ½ tsp salt. Place in blender and slowly add olive oil until desired consistency
Snack: Chowed down on 3 oranges later after dinner.