My friend’s mom texted me one day telling me she was diagnosed with vitiligo, and that she was gradually losing pigmentation on her forehead and jawline. She was also distraught that her Harvard-educated dermatologist told her this condition was incurable. Personally, I had never heard of vitiligo, well at least I thought I didn’t. But when I duckduckgo’ed the term and found out what it was, the first thing that came to mind was Michael Jackson, I thought, “Oh yes this was the disease Michael Jackson pretended to have”.
Well, my mantra is “Nothing is Incurable”, and when I’m told an ailment is incurable, I go into overdrive to find a cure.
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition that causes patchy loss of skin pigmentation. The onset of vitiligo typically appears in the mid-twenties, but it can appear at any age. It tends to progress over time, with larger areas of the skin losing pigment. Some people with vitiligo also have patches of pigment loss affecting the hair on their scalp or body.
Normally, the color of hair and skin is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin variations, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious but can be stressful or make you feel insecure.
According to an article on Medline plus:
Vitiligo is generally considered to be an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs. In people with vitiligo the immune system appears to attack the . About 15 to 25 percent of people with vitiligo are also affected by at least one other autoimmune disorder, particularly autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, , pernicious anemia, Addison disease, or systemic lupus erythematosus.
What did I find in my Research
Well, the minute I saw auto-immune I thought of Powdered Black Seeds(Nigella Sativa). The reason being there is a plethora of research articles expounding how Powdered Black Seeds and extracted components reverse to varying degrees many autoimmune issues.
I found two noteworthy articles, the first,” Nigella sativa seed extract and its bioactive compound thymoquinone: the new melanogens causing hyperpigmentation in the wall lizard melanophores“. Within the article it states:
These findings suggest that the extract of N. sativa, as well as its active principle, mimic the action of acetylcholine in melanin dispersion leading to skin darkening via stimulation of cholinergic receptors of muscarinic nature within the melanophores of wall lizard. This study opens new vistas for the use of N. sativa active ingredient, thymoquinone, as a novel melanogen for its clinical application in skin disorders such as hypopigmentation or vitiligo.
In the second article, “Effectiveness of Topical Nigella Sativa for Vitiligo Treatment“. It states:
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of topical Nigella sativa seed oil on vitiligo patients. Material‐Method 33 vitiligo patients were included in the study. Totally 47 areas were evaluated in all patients. Cream containing Nigella sativa seed oil was topically applied to hands, face and genital region two times a day for six months. Results Statistically significant repigmentation was detected in hands, face and genital region, the three treatment areas, and the p values are found 0.005, 0.001, and 0.004 respectively. Conclusion Nigella sativa can be used as an adjuvant therapy that can contribute to the treatment especially in sensitive skin areas like genital region.
I could have just stopped here, and told my friend’s mom to use my Powdered Black Seeds. But my recent research on vitamin d caused me to dig further, especially being privy to the fact that vitamin d in mega doses modulates not only the immune system but genetic expression.
I found this very interesting research article, “A pilot study assessing the effect of prolonged administration of high daily doses of vitamin D on the clinical course of vitiligo and psoriasis“.
…This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of prolonged high-dose vitamin D3 treatment of patients with psoriasis and vitiligo. Nine patients with psoriasis and 16 patients with vitiligo received vitamin D3 35,000 IU once daily for six months in association with a low-calcium diet (avoiding dairy products and calcium-enriched foods like oat, rice or soya “milk”) and hydration (minimum 2.5 L daily)…Fourteen of 16 patients with vitiligo had 25-75% repigmentation. Serum urea, creatinine and calcium (total and ionized) did not change and urinary calcium excretion increased within the normal range. High-dose vitamin D3 therapy may be effective and safe for vitiligo and psoriasis patients….
This article is significant, in the effect that they were administering the correct therapeutic dosage of vitamin d in this study. I’ve been researching and experimenting with vitamin d on myself for months now, and I’m 100% convinced there is a worldwide conspiracy against vitamin d by the Pharmaceutical Industry, but that is another story for another day.
Essentially this article states that by administering 35,000 IU’s of vitamin d daily for six months, that 14 of the 16 people who had suffered from vitiligo, had experienced 25-75% repigmentation of their skin.
See my article,” How I cured my Tennis elbow without Surgery“.
What I advised my friends’ Mom to do
I told her she had three choices, she could either take the powdered black seeds, or she could take the 35,000 IU’s a day of vitamin d3, or she could do both. She decided to do both, but only after I explained to her about the myth of vitamin d toxicity(which only manifests at over 300 nmol/L). Being that vitamin d utilizes three very important cofactors, bio-available magnesium, and vitamin K2, I told her to get those two supplements. I also told her she might want to get a zinc supplement as every vitamin d receptor binds to zinc, and a zinc deficiency could cause vitamin d deficiency or hinder its potency.
See my article, ” Magnesium: The Miracle Mineral“.
So what’s the prognosis?
She did not take 35,000 IU’s a day as stated in the study, she is only taking 25,000 IU’s daily, and she is also taking two powdered black seeds pills a day. Incredibly, it’s only been a month and her facial vitiligo is about 60% re-pigmented. I have to actually get really close to her face to see the patches. Being she is taking both the black seeds and the vitamin d, I believe the combination has accelerated the healing in comparison with the six-month vitamin d study.
Once she is fully healed I will write an update article.
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