20-year-old woman who battled with psoriasis and eczema was told only treatment option left was chemotherapy has found a ‘cure’ through diet.
Hanna Sillitoe was such in a pain that she restricts herself going out with her red-raw skin wrapped in clingfilm to stop her clothes rubbing against it.
To cure her disease, she tried ‘every cream under the sun’ and at the end, the 38-year-old, from Manchester, started researching about anti-inflammatory foods and devised her own diet. She cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat.
Hanna Sillitoe has published a book to help other psoriasis and eczema sufferers
She works as an interior designer, who found her heavily scaly and crusted skin cleared up completely and also lost five stone (31kg). She also says her ‘whole health has been boosted’.
She was inspired by it and started a blog, and then publish a book, which has sold more than 5,000 copies since it went on sale in January.
Since then, she has heard from hundreds of people around the world who have reported similar success after embarking on her diet plan, allowing them to avoid or reduce their use of skin-thinning steroid creams.
They include a mother in the US whose toddler’s psoriasis was so bad strangers accused her of letting her daughter get ‘severely sunburnt’. She now says after following Hanna’s diet she ‘has her life back’.
Ashley – who said some people have accused her of being ‘a bad parent’ when they’ve mistaken her daughter’s psoriasis for severe sunburn – reports Charlie has found relief
Hanna has included these before and after pictures of an unnamed psoriasis sufferer – whose location is not known – who tried her diet in her book after the woman read about her ‘cure’ on her blog
‘I cleared my psoriasis’
Hanna said when she was 35, her skin problems and general health has reached a low point.
She said: ‘As well as skin problems, I suffered recurring urinary tract infections, my blood pressure was dangerously high, I was overweight and permanently exhausted.
‘At its worst, eczema covered my eyelids and plaque and guttate psoriasis [a type that appears as small, salmon-pink bumps on the skin] spread across my arms, legs, boobs, tummy and scalp.
Hanna has shared images of her stomach before and after she made her dietary changes
These pictures show the dramatic change in the interior designer’s skin on her arm
‘Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease with red raised patches covered in silvery scales affecting my knees, elbows and forearms.’
After educating herself on nutrition, she then cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat.
The interior designer started a blog
‘I cleared my psoriasis, eczema and acne, and lost five stone in weight without trying.
‘My recurring kidney infections disappeared, my bleeding gums healed and my energy levels bounced through the roof.’
‘Charlie has her life back’
Hanna read a MailOnline story in August in which Ashley Nagy in Arizona had spoken about her 22-month-old daughter Charlie’s psoriasis and she sent her her book.
The 29-year-old, mother-of-two, had shared photos of Charlie to raise awareness of the skin condition after revealing parents drag their children away from her in case they catch something.
Ashley said Charlie has not needed any topical or oral medications after going on the diet
Her mother says Charlie’s skin complaint does not define her and describe her as ‘bubbly’
The baby developed small red dots that developed into large welts that peeled and flaked off
The mother immediately changed her daughter’s diet, starting with the removal of gluten and dairy, and saw dramatic results.
The mother said that the two-hour bath routine they had to carry out every day to keep Charlie’s condition under control was been reduced to just 20 minutes.
‘She’s been clear for a whole month now and I am ecstatic,’ she said. ‘She isn’t 100 per cent clear but pretty darn close.
‘Charlie has always been a easy going and loving little girl but wow, she now has her life back. She is not on any topical or oral medications.
‘The closest thing we will get to a flair would be a few tiny red bumps on her neck or back, which we relate those to when we gave her a piece of pizza or she had ice cream one day.
Ashley said she notices the difference if Charlie goes off because she breaks out
‘I would say that it took a good month for her to get all of the bad food out of her system.
‘I am a firm believer that Hanna’s Radiant book is the answer.’
She admitted it is ‘very hard’ to get her young child to follow the diet consistently because she wants what she sees other people eating.
‘I’d be lying if I said we were perfect and didn’t stray from Hannah’s book. There are moments of indulgence.
‘When we do give her something off her diet she will start getting a few spots almost right away.’
‘Feedback was amazing‘
Hanna said she has been amazed by the feedback she’s received about her blog and book.
‘The amount of people who have messaged me to say it’s helped them would be in the high hundreds by now.
Hanna shares photos of people who have tried her diet and found it has helped
This toddler was covered head to to in psoriasis but has found relief through the book
Hanna was sent these before and after pictures of a woman who tried her method
‘I must get at least 20 plus messages a week via various social networks with stories, pictures and lovely messages from people who have been inspired and helped.
‘The book is being published in France, Spain and Hungary next year too.’