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 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.
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
This book is receiving high praise from key opinion leaders.
“Excellent reading! I learned much more than I had anticipated. Thank you Audrey for this extensive book of much needed knowledge for those of us living with vitiligo. Being a vegetarian I had no idea what I needed to supplement, but now I know.”
“Wow! I thought I knew a lot about Vitiligo until I picked up your book. It’s a must read for anyone with or a relative of a vitiligo patient.”
Larry S., a.k.a. “Spotty King”, Cedar Park, TX
Founder Vitiligo Match
One of the strengths of “The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the treatment of Vitiligo” is, in my opinion, the fact that it strikes the perfect balance between scientific detail and simple explanation so that it makes suitable reading for anyone, regardless of whether they have a scientific background or not – and regardless of their prior understanding of vitiligo. … She then reviews key vitamins and minerals used by the body to produce skin pigment and describes the role played by each one, as well as the adverse effects of deficiencies. And, crucially, she backs up all of the information with relevant research studies. … So, it was extremely useful to have such a comprehensive overview of the subject and its associated literature all in one place and set out in such a clear and concise way.
Caroline’s positive mental attitude is contagious. Thank goodness vitiligo is not!
Having vitiligo, not knowing the course of this skin pigmentation disorder, struggling for good vitiligo treatment information can be discouraging. Be inspired by these positive pointers from her vitiligo blog:
If you have vitiligo, don’t put your life on hold. One day more effective treatments will be freely available. But, until then, my advice to everyone looking for vitiligo solutions is:
1. stay cheerful and get on with life;
2. try my protocol (or any other non-risky treatments that have been proven to be effective);
3. support each other, because no one else really knows what it is like to have this condition.
In the FAQs on Recouleur.com, we talk about repigmentation and taking vitamins “Because people are different, this may not happen for everyone. It is still an important part of healing.”
Caroline furthers this “Of course, there are no guarantees with any vitiligo treatment, so I have no idea if the virtually total re-pigmentation I have achieved is possible for everyone. But perhaps my experience will at least offer some encouragement to others who may have given up hope of ever seeing their natural skin colour return. “