Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dead Sea Climate Can Ease Psoriasis

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dead Sea Climate Can Ease Psoriasis

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Stubborn cases of psoriasis that seem to resist most therapies seem to yield to the combination of sea, air and sun along the Dead Sea. The sea itself is abundant in minerals acclaimed to have therapeutic value.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaly eruptions on the elbows, knees and other parts of the body. Millions of Americans suffer from it.

There is no cure for the disease but there is relief. Conventional treatments consist of exposure to certain light rays, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays or various medications, either by mouth or as an ointment. Sometimes, in severe cases, several forms of treatment are combined. There may be unpleasant side effects from the medications.

Probably the best treatment for psoriasis is UVA light and probably the best source of UVA is the sun. But in most parts of the world it is impractical to use the sun for treatment purposes, because of side effects or because of smog, clouds and other weather factors.

At the Dead Sea, natural conditions are ideal for treatment. It is 1,300 feet below sea level. The sun shines virtually all the time. The weather is hot and dry and causes the sea water to evaporate and produce a filtering haze over the area. …

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