[Warning: this topic is not for the squeamish!!]
Several days ago I noticed my bowel movements were getting very mucous-y, to the point where I couldn't see the stools from the cloud of mucous. I then started to feel vaguely ill, ... lethargic, irritable, blah. ...then things got interesting.
I began to feel a vague bit of moisture on my anus (..you have been warned!). This moisture lead to a bit of itchiness and discomfort. Of course I started to pay extra close attention to cleanliness, hoping that what I felt was nothing more than perspiration . But nope, it was coming out from within me.
Last Saturday I was feeling my worst. Of course I thought of going to the doctor. But the problem: I wouldn't be able to make an appointment until Monday, then perhaps not see him until Wednesday, then be asked to get a stool sample, and not have the results until the following Monday. That meant 9 more days of feeling unwell. And so I took matters into my own hands.
As I reported quite often, I have suffered from IBS for several years. The symptoms are much better than what they used to be, but I'm still not 100%. All the mucous in my bowel movements meant that my body (colon lining) was trying to rid itself of something (..this is explained in Digestive Wellness by Lipski). This something could be a worm or parasite. But in viewing the topic on the web I thought the culprit was Candida. A very itchy anus is definitely a sign of worms. A moist, discomforting anus is probably Candida. So I decided to nuke the bugger.
On Sunday afternoon I gave myself my first enema ever. Let me say it was probably the most inelegant thing I ever did. The enema solution was saline plus I added a small amount of white vinegar to make it slightly acidic (to hurt the Candida). I also added a small amount of ground aged garlic to the mix. The garlic burned like hell; I should have simply boiled a couple cloves of garlic and used the result of that.
Of course 10 minutes after the enema I had to go to the toilet. Out came the predictable yuck, and I started to feel much better. However 2 hours later I felt like I had something watery left in me so back to the toilet I went. The output looked something like:
In the commode it looked something like an upside jellyfish. The body was very flat, about 2 inches square. The tentacles (actually roots, called rhizoids: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhizoid ) extended up to the top of the water ... a good 6 inches or more.
Of course I was both grossed out and relieved that alien creature was out of me. And my anal itch was completely gone. Since then my bowel movements have yielded almost no mucous.
Now what does this have to do with psoriasis? IMHO, it comes down to the leaky gut syndrome. Guts leak often because of parasites. Candida's lengthy roots are vicious on the colon lining. Although a very simple organization, these guys have a superb survival instinct. They grab hold and they don't let go.
To be quite honest, I am surprised this situation happened to me. I've been doing very well by eating sauerkraut daily, which is loaded with Lactobacilli, and taking apple cider vinegar to increase my stomach acid (..to digest proteins). My intestinal gas went down tremendously, maybe by 95%. This means a 95% reduction in undigested food fermenting in my gut. For food in the gut to ferment you need yeast (Candida). So the Candida in my gut should have been starving, not multiplying.
What I think happened is that the Candida blob that I expelled was at its last legs of survival. Due to the sauerkraut and ACV my intestines became inhospitable. The Candida was being pushed out, right to my rectum. The enema I gave myself only affected perhaps the last 12 inches of my colon. That bugger was at the backdoor trying to escape. :-)
Now I don't suggest everyone go out and give yourselves a garlic enema. But be aware Candida is very real, and it can pop up even when you are doing a good job at trying to eradicate it. If you do experience anal itching I do recommend you see your doctor immediately. I waited and it rapidly became insufferable. Although a garlic (or ACV) enema would likely kill off whatever is bothering you it is preferable to know exactly what's going on. If a stool analysis says Candida the doc is likely to give you a Nystatin suppository prescription. This is definitely a kinder way to go!
Sorry for the length and graphic content of this post.