Hi Everyone, and welcome to scientistwithpsoriasis.com!
My name is Josh and I’ve shown the symptoms of psoriasis since I was about 12 years old. This was a long time ago. I mean, not THAT long ago. But… pretty long ago. The point is that I’ve had it for quite some time, so I have a fair amount of personal experience with it.
The purpose of this site is to provide a resource for people who want to know more about psoriasis. To accomplish that there are a few things I have planned that I would like to do. First of all, as a scientist I’m familiar with reading primary literature from science journals (i.e. articles which are often filled with very technical talk about science, written primarily for the benefit of other scientists and people whose careers are in medicine/science). What I would like to do is investigate some of these journal articles and write some posts about them. Kind of like a synopsis, breaking down the really technical aspects in a way that people can understand. This may be boring. I have no idea, but it seems like a good place to get started. If nothing else, then I’ll learn more about psoriasis, which seems like a good goal. If all goes to plan, then people can come to this site and learn some interesting science-based facts about psoriasis and likewise increase their understanding of the disease.
The second purpose of this site is back in my mid-twenties I did a diet. It sucked. BUT, it was the only thing I’ve ever found in my life that really helped me control my psoriasis. So, for your viewing pleasure I’ve decided to do the diet again! Huzzah! Bleh. Ok, I’m not going to define it right this very second, because what fun would that be. Alright, I guess this isn’t about fun. The real reason is that I’m lazy and I don’t want to do it right now, but rest assured I will DEFINITELY tell you. I mean, that’s what I do. Tell you stuff. In a future post.
I’m also pretty excited about a few things I have planned for the future! I’m going to be tracking lots of metrics on myself and what happens to me throughout the course of this experiment. As a little bit of a preview here are some of the things you are going to learn: my genotype, how my gut microbiome changes over the course of this experiment, what happens to things like my weight and physical characteristics, and obviously how my psoriasis symptoms change over time.
Because I’m a scientist, and this is the kind of crap we do.
Ok, buckle up. This is day zero, the last day of my non-dieting state. I’ll be posting about what I eat, and my current state, including pictures and the like. In addition I’ve got a youtube channel setup, so you’ll be able to see my crazy face from time to time. I’m also going to link up a facebook page, and twitter account. It should be SUPER fun. So fun. To not eat good things. Ever. :'(