Why should you drink lemon water first thing in the morning?

The benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning are insurmountable.  But why is it important to drink this on a empty stomach first thing?  Many reasons but one of the most reassuring one is to flush out accumulated toxins.  Lemon water has essential trace minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium.   Natural occurring electrolytes that help give you energy throughout the day.  So in the morning your body needs to be rehydrated and lemon water is best to rejuvenate the cells.   Not only does it flush out toxins but it will help regulate kidney function.  It’s also a great digestive aid to amp up your ability to process food. 

If that isn’t enough reason to start drinking a tall glass of lemon water I will compose the top ten reasons you need to start your day off with a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

1. Being an emergency medical technician you are trained size up the patient first by assessing their ABC’s.  Lemon juice helps all three. 
2. Lemon water can help the body maintain its pH.  Lemon water has a alkalizing effect on the body.  Studies show disease can not survive in an alkaline environment.
3. Lemon water is a good source of vitamin C.  A natural source of this vitamin has been proven to fight off colds and flu. It’s also essential for skin cells.
4. Freshly squeezed lemon water can reduce joint pain by nutralizing uric acid in the blood.  High levels of this acid is known to cause gout.
5. This water will help dissolve kidney stones, gallstones, pancreatic stones.  It does this by removing calcium build up.
6. Lemon water supports proper function of the nervous system which can reduce effects of depression and anxiety.  Potassium is essential for nerve function and is naturally occurring in lemons.
7. Many people suffer with hypertension.  Lemon water will cleanse the blood resulting in lower blood pressure.
8. People who drink lemon water find it easier to lose weight due to the pectin fiber that is available in lemons. 
9. Freshly squeezed lemon water can prevent cancer by creating an environment that is unsuitable for cancer cells to develop.
10. Finally lemon water has impeccable effects on our metabolism.  It behooves you to drink water with lemon because of the valuable antioxidants.  Antioxidants have been shown to help eliminate free radicals. 

So when I get up the first thing on my mind is to get a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice into my body.  Being that I was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis 24 years ago I need this anti-inflammatory food. 


The best and fastest way to make lemon water is to cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze it into a tall glass.  I use a tool that I purchased at Kohls.  I then add filtered water from my refrigerator.  The filter in my refrigerator adds magnesium to our water.  I found that by drinking lemon water I’m decreasing the symptoms of my autoimmune disease.  If you would like to research more about positive effects of lemon juice go to http://www.pubmed.gov.  If you want to learn more about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis go to my Facebook page Overcoming Psoriasis
According to my dentist you should brush after drinking lemon water.

Minerals help Psoriasis

With the winter months approaching so does the itch and pain associated with psoriasis.   How do you deal with your psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during these months?  I spoke to a friend of mine from our support group Overcoming Psoriasis .  Eddie McEvoy, “I developed psoriasis at the age of 15 and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 26.”


I find his story similar to my own.  We get diagnosed with a chronic disease that has no cure.  We then find ourselves researching everywhere to find a solution.  Eddie had to have shoulder surgery.  He needed to take pain medication.  Eddie said, “taking naproxin and salfasalzine and solpadol pain killers, also tramadol at night to help sleep.”


Eddie shared his story because he believes it might help someone else who has our disease.  Eddie’s story takes a turn for the worst.  “Last July I collapsed and required 3 pints saline solution till they got me blood, then 4 pints of blood, I had lost it somewhere (they never found the source of the leak).  I met someone who pointed me in the direction of minerals, now take magnesium and boron, other additions are coconut oil for everything, and hymalain salt which I use a lot. I believe the magnesium is the big player in my recovery, Magnesium Citrate is beneficial for so many things and is used in 350 processes of the body.  So I am studying magnesium and also Iodine as it plays an important role in our health too.”


“I am 60 years of age and have had no arthritis medication for 1 year now.
Also a massive player is Magnesium salt baths, I take one every day when at home. Soak in it for 20 min, it removes toxins and your joints soak up the magnesium, I also have magnesium oil sprays which I carry all the time and spray them onto my joints that may feel a bit sore now and again.”


Eddie wants you to know, “I made the mistake of using magnesium oxide at first, (it is less bowl tolerant)
magnesium citrate is better absorbed.


Hamptons Bike Tour Event May 14th 2016


Hamptons Tour is well on its way.  I’m excited that the NPF has chosen NY to lead the way in a series of rides set to take place across the country.  In collaboration with Novartis and the Duck Walk Vineyards located in Watermill NY, our first NY event will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016.


We will have four rides to choose from; 10, 25, 62, and 100 miles.  We want this to be a fun event for all levels of cycle enthusiasts.   Duck Walk Vineyards is the perfect setting to kick-off and end our event!


Rob from the NPF and I had the opportunity to select the location out of four locations.  This venue definitely fit perfectly with what we were looking for.  We will be setting up in the middle of the vineyard.  There is a clearing that makes this the perfect spot to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding the event.


The corks will be opened and the cheese will be served with the vines all around us.  A live band and food will be provided for all to enjoy.  Corporate sponsors are welcome.  Volunteers are needed.  Teams are encouraged to sign-up early.


We’ve already started to canvas the area.  Some people already said yes to helping out.  Businesses are also willing to help with our cause.  Let’s make this a wonderful event to be remembered for a lifetime.  Help me help the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.   Email me at tvsoccerdad@yahoo.com or call Todd at 631.487.5857 for more information on how you can get involved!!


Model Advocate with Psoriasis.

People who suffer with the visible skin disease psoriasis often feel invisible in society. Imagine being asked to leave a public pool because of your visible plaque psoriasis. What long term effect will this situation have on that particular individual?

Because psoriasis is visible, it is often perceived to be contagious. In fact, that’s the misconception I spend most of my time explaining to the general public. Psoriasis is not contagious and it’s not just a skin disease. The visual red flakey blotches on the surface are just a symptom of the inflammation happening underneath. In a recent study, it revealed this skin disease can cause heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and depression if left untreated.

Pharmaceutical companies have been working feverishly to develop new treatments. Many doctors and patients are not comfortable trying some of these new medications. Moderate to severe patients could be doing more harm than good without drug intervention. Patients need to be their own advocates and educate themselves to make a informed decision. The most reliable source of information these days is the National Psoriasis Foundation .

Models strive to be perfect for the camera lens. One runway model that won’t let her skin disease deter her from being photographed is Joleen Obie Trail. Joleen was diagnosed at 18 with a mild case of psoriasis appearing on her elbows and knees. She was able to continue her career in modeling by having the make-up artist cover her spots. Later on in her career, at the age of 32, her psoriasis became severe because she “caught a serious cold from a very stressful situation” causing her to flare.  She also had a run-in with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) so she had to avoid foods with gluten.


I asked Joleen, “What are you doing to help your psoriasis?”

She responded, “I try to avoid nightshades. I only had tomatoes twice this year. I reckon that helped. I avoid eggplant and peppers. I will occasionally have potatoes. I try and follow the Dr. Pagano’s Diet. I use Dovobet, but only on my elbows and just tar and coconut oil on my legs. The Pagano Diet is so strict and difficult to follow. I like the concept of his diet and I eat brown rice instead of white rice. Spelt pasta instead of wheat. I do things that I like that make my body happy, such as yoga, swimming, and walking!


Next I asked, “What advice would you like to share with other psoriasis patients?”

Joleen: I think the most important thing is to be proactive as soon as possible. I encourage others to buy the book Dr Pagano’s, “Healing Psoriasis.”  Join a support group and educate yourself about psoriasis.  Magnesium baths with lavender oil are wonderful and soothing. I’ve used acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Oregano oil and a good foundation to cover it when needed! Just stay on top of it and don’t let it get the best of you. Life is meant to be enjoyed!


I travel the world as a model and always strive to be my best. My psoriasis has taught me to lead a much more peaceful life now! I am content with where I live. I don’t have any plans to change. I am happy with the simple things like good healthy yummy food and taking my dog to the beach. I adore gardening and lying in the sunshine. Nature inspires me and my gorgeous man who loves and supports me!


Joleen is an advocate for models all around the world. She is changing the industry standards. She says, “Healthy women and healthy models.” New laws are being implemented to protect models from becoming bulimic or anorexic. These laws will require models to have a certain BMI (Body Mass Index). Models will be required to carry doctor’s certificates, reporting their healthy status. It’s extremely unhealthy and unrealistic for woman to be portrayed in this light.

Joleen now resides in Australia. The sun is known to help slow down the replication of skin cells of psoriasis, which is reproducing cells ten times faster than normal. Joleen is an active member of our support group Overcoming Psoriasis .

Article written by Todd Bello

*Resources; National Psoriasis Foundation

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Psoriasis can be Beautiful

“When life gives you Lemons, you make lemonade.”  Sounds so cliche.  This age old adage can help you come to terms with some of life’s unpleasant situations.  Many of us fall into a rut when things take a turn for the worst.  If you look for the opportunity in every situation you can manipulate things into your favor.
The universe is energy, with that said. Think of yourself as a magnet.  If you think negatively or do negative things you will attract negative energy.  So the simple solution to this is to be positive, grateful, and loving.  You will be rewarded ten fold because positive energy pays dividends.  It’s the way the system was designed.  It’s divine.
But how do we change or make a bad situation good?  Well for starters you have to be creative. It must be genuine and truthful.  And it must inspire and motivate others. It must have rack value or what is known as “random act of kindness.”  Remember giving is divine and love is the greatest energy in the Universe.   With that said, I want to introduce to you a very creative individual named Taryn Moon.

The idea to be a cherry blossom tree popped in my head after a really close girlfriend of mine shared this analogy with me, “You’re like a beautiful flower, and your spots are like your petals falling when you’re under stress” I thought “WOW! my spots do look like flowers, maybe I should be a cherry blossom tree for halloween!”

Taryn was diagnosed at the age of seven and she was in the second grade.  Psoriasis formed after she came down with chickenpox.  Her mother nursed her back to health by eliminating inflammatory foods and feeding her foods loaded in nutrition.   Taryn completely cleared by the 4th grade.  After a series of moves accompanied with stress and some unpleasant situations at school, Taryn’s psoriasis returned.  This time her dad took her to the doctor and I find this most interesting.



When my Dad took me to see a doctor for it the doctor said, “Oh no it’s such a shame, she’s such a pretty girl” and the adult me gets SO mad at that doctor for framing it that way, but the little girl me heard that and thought that being pretty and having psoriasis were two different things.


I asked Taryn if she also has psoriatic arthritis, here is her response.

I don’t believe I do have psoriatic arthritis although my joints pop a lot.  At one point I thought I had carpal tunnel but after starting my diet it subsided.  My hands were really achy at the thumb, especially after polishing wine glasses and silverware (I work in a restaurant)

What treatments have you tried?

As a young girl, treatments were diet, suntanning, and homeopathic.  All throughout high school the treatments were topical and suntanning beds, we tried to do the lightbox therapy through the hospital for awhile but it was a lot to go wait at the doctor for an hour 3 times a week so we stopped going.  Around 21 I was prescribed methotrexate and had clearing with that, but I felt really nauseated on it and was getting sick a lot.  After that I used the eximer laser with success and then got a bill for it 2 years later for $2000.  The hospital and the insurance company had been fighting back and forth about it for that whole time and then ultimately decided that I’d have to pay it.   That was my first major headache with insurance and psoriasis.  About a year before my wedding, I saw a dermatologist who prescribed humira for me.  After a couple months of jumping through insurance hoops, and hours on the phone I got my starter kit.  My psoriasis cleared up almost completely while I was on humira.  About a year in though my husband got dropped from our health insurance because he hadn’t worked enough hours and I was with out  humira for about 6 months I believe.  We picked up new insurance (we worked with an insurance broker to make sure we had a really good pharmaceutical program and are paying SO much for it) and I went back on Humira for about 8 months.  My last humira injection was July 10th of 2014, I made the decision to go off of it and try to heal with lifestyle, diet, and holistic approaches after having a scare visiting my grandfather in the hospital, kissing him and then later finding out he had mrsa.  I had also been sick for 4 months straight through the flu season prior to that and was also starting to consider that I’d like to prepare my body for having a baby.  Right now I’m about a year and 1/2 in to no prescriptions and trying all natural treatments, along with Dr. Pagano’s Healing Psoriasis guidelines.  Most recently I did a parasite cleanse and have actually seen the most improvement since I’ve started this natural journey.
I am not completely opposed to going back on biologics, although I do have resistance around being dependent on any drug because of all the headaches I’ve dealt with on the insurance end and the stress I felt when I couldn’t get my prescriptions refilled.  I want to exhaust all of my natural healing resources first before I go back.  I really want to go the healthiest route, and the trickiest part is I don’t truly know which route that is.  I just try to keep moving forward, and keep taking steps and always choose what feels best for my body



Psoriasis has had a huge impact on my life, and it has affected me differently at each stage of life.  It had a huge impact on my self confidence, and I think had me hyper-aware of my looks in high school.  I also went through a stage where I was looking for validation that I was beautiful from the attention I could get from men.  At one point I realized it was a valuable tool, that it automatically weeded out the men who only cared about the way I looked.  When my psoriasis went into remission I definitely had a spike in what I call “superficial” confidence.  I felt beautiful for the first time in my life, and I wanted to wear short shorts and backless shirts because my skin was so clear!  My husband was really taken back by my new confidence and would tell me repeatedly how gorgeous I was, and subconsciously I resented the compliment because I felt that it meant that before my skin was clear I wasn’t.  When my psoriasis came back in October of 2014 I was also going through a sugar/gluten detox and I really lost my way for a bit.  I was really depressed, I felt really isolated on my diet because eating out or going for drinks was what my husband and friends and I did for fun.  I became really insecure and jealous any time I saw my husband look at another woman, or tell a friend she looked beautiful.  Hitting a really deep rock bottom for me was my wake up call, and I did some major soul searching.  Through my soul searching, little by little, I found myself and my true worth beyond my skin.  I’ve done so much emotional work, and at one point psoriasis shifted for me.  Now I am so truly grateful to psoriasis and the journey it has taken me on.  I am a faithful person, and I believe everything happens for a reason and psoriasis for me, was no mistake.  I could’ve gotten lost in a superficial layer of life, I was pursuing modeling and could’ve gotten so caught up in my looks as my value but instead I am here, totally confident in myself spots and all.  And I honestly feel more beautiful today, than I felt even when I was clear.  Psoriasis helped me discover how beautiful I am as a person, not as a body.


The idea to be a cherry blossom tree popped in my head after a really close girlfriend of mine shared this analogy with me, “You’re like a beautiful flower, and your spots are like your petals falling when you’re under stress”  I thought “WOW! my spots do look like flowers, maybe I should be a cherry blossom tree for halloween!”  I actually had another experience where I lifted my shirt to show someone my spots on my tummy and her response was, “WOW!  They’re beautiful!” After that I was looking in the mirror one day doing my “I’m beautiful” affirmations and it finally clicked for me, “YES I AM!!”   With this shift in perspective I had the confidence to embrace my spots and dress them up rather than hide them.  I have an incredibly talented friend Taylor Gallegos who was happy to paint me so I made the costume myself, and left my tummy open as a canvas.  I was overwhelmed by the response when I walked into the party, most people didn’t even notice my spots until I explained the concept behind the costume to which the response was usually, “WOW that makes it even more beautiful!”  I spent the night talking to a lot of people about psoriasis, from a completely comfortable and empowered space.


If I could give a newly diagnosed person advice about psoriasis it would be to surrender to the lessons psoriasis is here to bring, to follow its guidance to a healthier lifestyle, and to go within to find confidence.  Having a good support system is really powerful, my husband, friends, and family have been really amazing along the way.  For those who don’t feel they have that in place already, I would encourage them to go on meetup.com to find a support group locally, or reach out online.  None of us are alone in this, 1 in 50 people experience this!  I didn’t realize how many friends of mine actually have it until I became vocal about having it myself.  There’s no sugar coating it, it can be really tough at times but I would recommend a positive attitude overall.  Never give up hope, when you feel hopeless take an action step, do something that empowers you in your journey to healing.
My mantra is, “I have psoriasis AND I’m beautiful.”  Those two things are NOT mutually exclusive.


Taryn Moon is a member of our support group Overcoming Psoriasis

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Watch “Psoriasis Awareness – Bryneenee” on YouTube

New treatments are heading our way from a reliable company.   Phillips has an invention that controls plaque psoriasis with Blue light.  Phillips makes the bulbs that are responsible for Narrow Band UVB.  I’m excited about Blue light because it’s non-evasive and no side effects.  Available only in the UK.  Soon to to be available here in the United States.  Watch the story available below
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Beyond just a Skin Disease

We often go through the motions of life each and every day. Most of us enjoy our health. Some of us are less fortunate. When I watch the news and see teenagers using drugs, “I think why would they gamble with their health?” I went through those invincible stages as a kid. I think many of these bad decisions can be avoided if they only knew others have to fight for their health. Maybe they need to read stories like the one I’m about to share with you.
Layla is a bright young seven year old girl. She enjoyed most of her life growing up and going to school. Her life seemed pretty normal until she was diagnosed with psoriasis and eczema. Her smile and attitude was enduring. She enjoyed dance, her school work, and friends. Like any other seven year old girl life was exciting and fun.


Today Layla is fighting for her life. Her psoriasis turned into a severe form of pustular psoriasis. She is covered from head to toe. She also has a severe form of Eczema and is now suffering from congestive heart failure. The inflammation of psoriasis interrupts all the functions of the body.
Psoriasis affects 2% of the population. Some 7.5 million Americans. One in every 50 people, which makes it the most prevalent autoimmune disease. Because psoriasis is visible it is often misunderstood. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are not contagious and it’s not just a skin disease. Psoriasis affects the organs and joints as well. Psoriasis is a life threatening disease as you can see here.


Seven year old Layla is in critical condition and is currently in ICU. Like most of us, Layla didn’t sign up for this disease. Could you imagine being Layla’s parents? I’ve been praying for this young girl. I pray that the doctors figure out the best treatment for her.


So here is what I’m requesting you do for Layla and her family. First and foremost I’m asking you to be part of our prayer chain. We need devine intervention. Next, we need you to share this blog, this way someone with the resources will be able to help in various ways. Lastly, if you can afford to, please donate whatever you can to help this family.
I first learned of Layla when her mom reached out to me in our support group Overcoming Psoriasis . Our group was already able to provide airfare for the family. I told her I was a volunteer patient advocate with the National Psoriasis Foundation . This Foundation is the largest in the world pertaining to this disease. Many of the new treatments today have been funded by this organization. There is no substitute for their knowledge and professionalism.
Layla’s mom set up a Gofundme page. Some of the more graphic photographs can be seen there. I pray this article is delivered to the right person. I pray you see the urgency of this blog. I’m hoping Layla and her family feels the love and compassion us humans are able to show for one another.
The links are highlighted in the article. Just click them to visit the pages. I wish you, the reader and your family, health and happiness, peace and prosperity. May the spirit of the Holiday season start here by your generous gift. Giving is devine! Love is the most powerful energy on Earth. God Bless!

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