1. Confusion over terminology -not always intentional- is at the core of a lot of the problems when discussing psoriasis.

  2. 'Natural' or 'alternative' does not automatically equal safe or free of side effects. People don't want to hear it, but that generalization is pure marketing. A given treatment may very well be safer, with lower side effects, than others. Which is a good reason to consider trying that treatment. But not just because it is all natural. Arsenic was a treatment used for psoriasis into the 20th century, and while it may be all natural, it's hardly risk free.

  3. Not all treatments work for everyone or work the same for everyone they do work for. There is no guarantee that something will help you even though it helped someone else. By the same token nor is a given treatment worthless for everyone simply because you did not receive satisfactory results with it. This is why the only honest answer to the general question "is X an effective treatment" is "maybe".

  4. Likewise, not all people respond to the same triggers or to the same triggers in the same way. Stress is probably the best known trigger of all, yet at least one newsgroup member has his psoriasis improve under stress while others have no noticeable effect from it. This is also why there is no such thing as a psoriasis diet or a list of foods to avoid/seek out. Some people clearly have triggering responses to diet, but these are not universal in any way.

  5. Nor is there any one set disease path, where something like the fact that these people's psoriasis spread to more of their body over time means that everyone's will do the same. Some people have their psoriasis steadily worsen, some have it stay pretty much the same, many go through periods of ebb and flow, and some have it disappear never to return. With all the possible variations in between.

  6. Pretty much by definition, most of the people in a psoriasis support group such as the newsgroup tend towards the worse case scenarios or else they would not feel the need/be inclined to put the time into participation. This should be taken into consideration when looking at answers to a question about whether psoriasis usually does X.

  7. Dermatologist does not equal psoriasis expert. Setting aside possible issues with individual competency, a given derm may be a very good doctor but specialize and have primary interest in some other area of dermatology.

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