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My Vitiligo Story and the Recouleur® Story

 

I suffered with vitiligo for many years before getting an accurate diagnosis. Compounding my dermatological issues were comorbidities

I was misdiagnosed with eczema, when I was actually suffering from psoriasis. During the course of 14 years, I visited seven dermatologists, a nutritionist, six general practitioners, three acupuncturists, a homeopath, four chiropractors, and a chiropractor-naprapath – a total of 23 clinicians. I was told many things, all of which reflected attitudes that seemed quite apathetic. In retrospect, I believe this was due in large part to a paucity of information and specialized training. Determined to find a solution, I read as many medical books and scientific articles as I could find on the subject. Interestingly, I uncovered research published as early as 1945 that showed the efficacy of specific vitamins and nutritional therapy for treating vitiligo. It was extremely confounding that so many of the healthcare providers I encountered knew so little about any treatments for vitiligo, despite the existence of published research.

I started taking a blend of vitamins and minerals, experimenting until I discovered a combination that slowly restored some color to my hands and feet. After years of frustration in seeking answers for my own case of vitiligo, I became a researcher in the field of nutritional therapy. I established Supernatural Health, Inc., with the goal of developing a safe nutritional supplement for the treatment of pigment loss and gray hair associated with vitiligo. This ultimately led to the development of the Recouleur® dietary supplement with a National Science Foundation grant under the auspices of Northwestern University. Upon fulfilling all FDA requirements, Recouleur® had its market launch in 2004. A patent was awarded in May 2008 for Method and composition for treating hypopigmentation of the hair and skin.

If you do one thing for your vitiligo, take Recouleur® dietary supplement.

Vitiligo Tip: Get Your Thyroid Tested

People ask us about do’s and don’ts for vitiligo.  Testing the thyroid is one thing you should do for vitiligo because research has shown the risk to develop autoimmune thyroid disease to be 2.5 times higher among people with vitiligo. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ that lies flat across your windpipe. It produces hormones that affect the body’s metabolism, heart rate, and growth.

Thyroid gland
The thyroid gland often doesn’t work right in people with vitiligo.

Thyroid disease can speed up or slow down the thyroid’s hormone production which can cause a variety of physical problems. Those with vitiligo have a significantly higher incidence of autoimmune thyroid disease than the normal population.

All vitiligo patients, especially children (who are not routinely tested) should be tested for thyroid function and antibodies. A blood test will tell whether your thyroid is healthy. If you have thyroid disease, treatment can successfully manage it. A properly functioning thyroid also helps set the foundation for healing.

If you have vitiligo, do get your thyroid tested.  More useful articles are in our Vitiligo Learning Center.

American Vitiligo Research Foundation

“A little about the AVRF, the oldest vitiligo charity: I would like to share that the American Vitiligo Research Foundation (AVRF) ‘Embraces Diversity!’ We are a 501©(3) federally tax exempt charity based in Clearwater, FL. We were founded in 1995 and we are a ‘Humane Charity’ that does not support any research with the use of animals.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that removes color from a person’ skin, leaving it with white patches. You are not born with vitiligo, it is an acquired disorder. Vitiligo is not contagious and it does not discriminate. It affects all ethnicities. The AVRF focuses on children affected with vitiligo, since they endure bullying and rejection from their peers. Even though vitiligo does not kill the body, it does have a tremendous impact on an individual’s spirit. Unfortunately, society does not understand how devastating this skin disorder is on those living with it.

I am reaching out to everyone who reads this to please take a moment and picture yourself or a loved one having vitiligo. The daily mental pressure by an uneducated society that focuses on flawless skin is very difficult to live with.

This year some of the AVRF children will be attending our yearly children’s retreat in Canby, Oregon. Our children will be doing a walk on Sunday to raise awareness and funding for much needed vitiligo research. ALL money raised from the walk will go to support vitiligo research. Any amount you can donate is appreciated. Since we are a charity all donations can be used as a tax write off.

On behalf of all children, and adults affected by vitiligo worldwide, I want to personally thank each and every one of you.” Stella, AVRF founder.

Recouleur® sponsors the AVRF. We hope you do too at https://www.gofundme.com/avrf-kids-charity-walk