Psoriasis: disease of developed countries

Psoriasis rates in developed countries are almost double those in undeveloped countries (processed foods?).  Psoriasis occurs more frequently in countries furthest from the equator.   [Medical News] Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, appears to be helpful in quelling the symptoms of psoriasis. [Dermatoendocrinology Jan 1, 2013]  The most commonly consumed foods among psoriatics are: beef, MSG, black coffee, chocolate, smoked foods, pepper, black tea.  Backing away from alcohol and tobacco produced 88% improvement in skin scaling in one study. [Annals Brazilian Dermatology 2011]  Lack of diversity of gut bacteria is associated with psoriasis. [Arthritis Rheumatology Jan 2015]

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