Psoriasis drug linked to a deadly brain infection

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis and approximately 6.5 million people suffer with it. Psoriasis ismale-doc-looking-at-brain-s considered by many to be incurable. However, due to the dysfunctional aspects of the immune system which are present in this condition, that conclusion is debatable.

Raptiva is a drug that is sometimes prescribed for moderate to severe cases of psoriasis.  Raptiva is typically injected once a week and works by suppressing the normal inflammatory response triggered by the immune system.  T-cells, which are critical in fighting off infections in our bodies, are specifically suppressed by this drug.  The result is fewer psoriasis symptoms but it comes at the cost of lowering the entire body’s immune response.

A common, and usually benign, virus present in most people’s central nervous system is called Polyomarvirus JC. This virus is considered harmless except in cases of compromised immunity. Conditions like cancer, AIDS, chronic corticosteroid or other immunosuppressive therapies can activate this virus.  Once activated, this virus is called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). Eighty percent of victims diagnosed with PML die within six months. Survivors often suffer severe neurological disabilities.

The FDA has confirmed three deaths (with a fourth being investigated) due to PML brought on by the use of Raptiva. Consequently the FDA has issued a warning for users of this drug to contact their physician and discuss new treatment options.

Recent studies on oxidative stress and psoriasis are very promising. Clearly, using effective antioxidant therapy to increase glutathione is a very safe approach that addresses an underlying cause of this condition.

I find it tragic that in the attempt to alleviate painful symptoms, people are often shortening their lives or, as in this news article, losing life. Correcting oxidative stress would be a good place to start. The best bio-available isotonic supplements that I believe would positively impact psoriasis are listed below.

Isotonix® OPC-3 Beauty Blend
Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2
Ultimate Aloe® Gel
Curcumin Extreme™

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