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Mar 25, 2016 · I have Lichen Planopilaris in Skin Health

What I have learned about auto immune disease from my experience is that
there isn't one thing that triggers. I have Lichen Planus as well as
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus. Auto Immune diseases travel in
packs and are poorly understood, diagnosed and treated. What happens (among
other things) is millions of toxins build up in our systems and everyone's
body reacts differently but they all do react. For me I went through
detoxes in my diet as well as being aware of what I was putting in and on
my body. Getting your world around you as free from chemicals and toxins as
possible will help mitigate further damage but you really need to clean out
what is trapped in your body. I am a self proclaimed anti-oxidant junky
because eating a clean diet (meaning knowing where my food comes from, no
pesticides or herbicides, no fillers or processed foods, additives, dyes,
hormones) that is heavy plant based, fruits & veggies especially, has the
phytonutrients that haul out toxins all day long. Lots of clean water to
flush it out and your body will heal but it takes time. It's a process and
it takes time. I'm actually getting ready to do what I call a radical
reboot in April because I've been having more flares lately as I've been
slacking on my healthy lifestyle and it shows in the way I feel. I have chosen to say no to the prescription meds
although occasionally I do have to use a topical steroid or antibiotic but
I know the meds are just as toxic as the disease so I have chosen to manage
it through lifestyle and stop trying to find "the cause" or "the trigger"
because it changes. I wish there was a simple answer because then you would
have a simple treatment but it just doesn't work that way. I have had great
success and felt amazing with beautiful skin so it absolutely can be done.

Nov 21, 2012 · Lupus in Skin Health

I was diagnosed by a biopsy of a skin lesion on my scalp that hadn’t cleared up after several months. I had strange lesions all over my body and it was the oral flare up of lichen planus that took me to the dermatologist who did the biopsy. I couldn’t believe it because I had felt better than I had felt in my entire adult life. In hindsight I realize that if I had been diagnosed earlier when I felt awful from rheumatoid arthritis and no treatments or meds had relieved it, I would have taken the lupus meds, curled up, and died. I felt hopeless, hurt all over, and didn’t want to live. I was introduced to Juice Plus+ and my pain went away for the first time in 15 years. I started to understand the healing power of food and it changed my life. So a year and a half later (Feb 2010) when I received the dual diagnosis of overlap syndrome of Lupus and Lichen Planus from the skin biopsy I knew that this wasn’t new (the LP was but I suspect I’ve had Lupus for at least 12 years) and that I could put it back in remission. Be careful of all the negative you find online. I want to spread a message of hope and healing. There is no cure but you certainly can live well managing your body. I have found that I have to have balance and it doesn’t take much to throw it off but what I put in my mouth, my mind, and my heart absolutely makes me stronger or makes me weaker. You are the best advocate for your body!