• Do not be scammed – psoriasis a magnet for phony cures

    Because there is no cure for psoriasis and because it can be difficult for some people to find an effective treatment, psoriasis is a magnet for unscrupulous, dishonest people and companies who peddle phony treatments and false “cures” for the disease.

    Phony treatments often combine pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo with a touch of conspiracy theory that suggests the government, your doctor or some pharmaceutical company is trying to keep a cure hidden from you.

    It’s preposterous, but based on how many phony treatments are out there for psoriasis, it must be very profitable to lie to desperate psoriasis patients.

    Another common gambit that is a bit less evil is to use a standard, inexpensive ingredient that has shown some efficacy in treating psoriasis symptoms – say, coal tar or a mild topical steroid – and combine it with natural-sounding or scientific-sounding other ingredients they can create a story around. They can then charge two, three or even four times more than the effective ingredient is actually worth, because you have been told that the Emu spit mixed with organic hemp is really the miracle, rather than the few pennies of coal tar added to the $20 jar of product.

    A third common scam is to write books that discuss alleged cures for psoriasis. This is a pretty smart strategy because the authors can claim first amendment free speech protections. These are often marketed with phony endorsements and five-star reviews they write for themselves on book-buying websites.

    Look: it’s your money, and if you want to waste it, that is your right.

    But the truth is: psoriasis is a complex disease of the immune system, and some of the smartest medical experts in the world are working on figuring it out. It has not been figured out yet.

    If something sounds too good to be true, it is almost never true.

    Find yourself a dermatologist you trust and discuss fly-by-night treatments with this doctor before wasting your money. Or drop us a line and we’ll give you our assessment.

    But why reward bad people who are trying to steal your money and delay you from seeking out real treatments?