Sufferers usually jump from one doctor to another because they are not improving. The reasons are simple. The body is not getting what it needs at the foundation level to effectively recoup, rebuild and heal itself. More is not necessarily better, and often can weaken the body. Stimulating the body without nurturing the adrenals leads to a gradual decompensation of the body that ultimately can be debilitating. Many sufferers have seen their careers destroyed, social life vanished, becoming homebound, and in severe cases, even bedridden. This doesn’t have to be you. It’s YOUR body! Do not take YOUR fatigue lightly. Short-term patches and ignorant nutritional and medical advice can ruin you. The body has amazing recovery ability if only given the right tools and chance, and that is where the recovery effort should be focused on.
Treatment: If a pancreatic or liver tumor is identified and able to be surgically excised, the skin lesions may normalize for an extended period of time, but because these tumors metastasize (spread to other areas of the body) quickly, surgery is not curative. In cases of end stage liver disease, surgery is not possible, and the goal of therapy is to increase quality of life and decrease uncomfortable skin lesions with supportive care and addressing the nutritional abnormalities. Supportive care includes supplementing protein and necessary minerals and enzymes through the diet and oral supplements or by weekly intravenous amino acid infusions that are performed in the hospital on an outpatient basis until improvement in the skin is noted. Unfortunately, despite the supportive care, the disease will progress.
A low glycemic diet may also be important for itching as well as general health. I have noticed that I have more itchy skin when I eat a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates. The diet that works the best for me to prevent getting itchy consists of cooked foods (cooking helps kill off any fungus or other microbes) that are low on the glycemic index. I think I itch more with the high blood sugar because that is what fungus and related organisms that make you feel itchy may be feeding off of. The best diet for me seems to be mostly cooked meat, nut, vegetables, fruits, and some beans with low glycemic values . For more information you can also read The Paleodiet by Loren Cordain, or visit his web site.