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that I am currently going to is both Diplomate in Internal Medicine and a
DO, very sharp, and has had wonderful success with that Polypodium
leucotomos [a.k.a. Kalawalla, a.k.a. Calaguala, a.k.a. Samambia,
a.k.a. Anapsos] in the cases of allergies.
He is also using it for psoriasis patients and has had me
researching both GALT and
writings about this fern [that grows in tropical climates].
The gut association is very important because most immune
modulation occurs there. I had
no idea of the enormous amount of published papers I would wade through.
I read abstracts at PubMed on GALT and on Polypodium leucotomos.
Another website for published references and a very good general
ethnobotanical paper is: www.rain-tree.com/samambia.htm
Kathy N. forwarded this email from her Dr.]
Date: Fri Mar
Calaguala (Kallawala) for Psoriasis from Dr. M.
I am having
wonderful results with allergies, but have not yet given it a try on
psoriasis. I am going to start
my first patient today.
Diet is of
utmost importance along with this immunomodulator, as continued
"leaky gut" and antigentic stimulation from the wrong types of
proteins seems to foster more misdirected inflammation.
A book titled Healing
Psoriasis by John O.A. Pagano, D.C. is a book that documents many
pictorial cures for psoriasis and details dietary info.
(Remicade) is a very expensive monoclonal antibody created to bind to
Tumor Necrosis Factor - alpha (TNF-a), that also reduces psoriatic joint
activity. If the gut is still
challenged with poor diet, the tendency for further immune dysregulation
is still there.
gut is the processing arena for most of the immune system (search about
GALT-gut associated lymphoid tissue).
email from Kathy N.]
The amount [of
Kalawalla] he recommended for me was 2 caps in the morning and one at
night, using the Organic Hope formulation.
My CRP is 42, which is very high, of course, and the arthritis is
long standing. I got the book
by Pagano, and those cures look very impressive.
Different technique, of course, but you really are what you eat.
The research done in Spain with the same fern extract used a higher
dose I believe. And the
research done there refers to the name Anapsos, or P. leucotomos.
I liked the rain forest data best, but am not sure about
Response: Thanks for the
update on your research, Kathy, and the links.
It appears the use of this fern root extract for psoriasis has been
practiced for centuries, and the more recent analysis of the way it works
is very compelling.
When I read
things like this I am always baffled by why this information is not common
knowledge, at least to flakers. I
can only assume one of two econo-cultural influences are at work:
(1) Because the “medicine” is natural and relatively
inexpensive to “harvest,” there isn’t enough money to be made to
start the engines of information diffusion, or (2) there is a shortcoming
to the treatment — perhaps a low percentage of people for whom it works,
or disenchantment surrounding the long-time regimen requirement (before it
starts to work).
In your third
email you mentioned you were using the Organic Hope product (Kalawalla).
I looked this up: http://www.organichope.com/english/psoriasis.html
and, further, went on to the page that “explains the cause” of
I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed.
I encourage everybody to at least read the “cause” article.
It seems to me to echo pretty well the current “establishment”
positions on the question. I
was particularly impressed by the discussion of diet at the end of the
article. The section starts
with the question: “So my
diet has nothing to do with it?” and the first two words of response are
“Not really.” This would
seem diametrically opposed to the Pagano theory and regimen (the “leaky
gut” syndrome). Conversely,
it agrees with prevailing “establishment” thinking.
(The Organic Hope article goes on to say eating healthy is
important to control stress — emotional and physiological — which does
seem to be a P trigger.)
sold by Organic Hope seems pricey by my admittedly underinformed notions
of herbal food supplements. Including
shipping, it costs about $40 per month.
They do offer a money-back guarantee if you completely finish
whatever quantity you order. As
expected, a list of “conditions” apply to that guarantee, but when I
reviewed them nothing struck me as unusual or inappropriate.
what I read, it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for
Polypodium leucotomos to work to improve psoriasis, which
puts it — for me, at least — well within the range of many more
conventional P remedies, including the Soriatane that I’m trying for the
first time now. At the same
time I was reviewing the material Kathy referred me to, my prescription
plan was being revamped and all my co-pays were being increased.
Now I spend considerably more than $40 a month and, frankly, I’m
still a flowering flaker.
I’m not very far from saying “yes” to a Kalawalla trial of my own. Meanwhile, Kathy, please stay in touch. -Ed