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After several years of being on drugs I decided to do some more research on other methods. I thought about all those drugs I was on (there were more I didn’t mention but I decided to just do highlights) and how it caused more harm than good on my body. The ad agency I worked for also had Stelara as one of their clients and I remember even considering that. Psoriasis is an interesting thing. I mean it’s basically someone who has an overactive immune system. The positive side (there’s always a positive side to everything) is that I rarely get sick! I am like a mutant! 7042038a1a35519317ff9826d56a0a09

The downfall is that I get red and itchy skin and when I do get sick, I get deathly sick. I mean I have had pneumonia! I was 27 at the time and bam I was on a ventilator. Knowing this was an auto-immune disorder also told me something else, why is my immune system so hyper-active?

When we’re sick it usually means something. Our body is a map and a living vessel. When we  have an illness it means something we’re doing or did caused it to happen in the first place. I know this belief or concept may seem really weird to you, but think about it. When you go out and touch a bunch of things in public, what was one of the first things you learned? Not to put your dirty hands in your mouth! Why? or else…you will get sick! Okay let’s keep this thought in our hands for second. Now let’s remove the dirty objects with food and what happens when we put that in our mouths? Our body takes it in right? Work with me here, what happens next, we either like the taste and it pleases us and our bodies. Now let’s step a little further into this, what tastes better a candy bar or a bowl of spinach? The bowl..just kidding the candy bar right? Every one loves a candy bar or a sugary treat. Who doesn’t? Okay now I am not saying that candy bars cause psoriasis, but I am sure some of the food we eat does play a role. Right?

Now I know this thought seems a little wacky to some of you out there, especially in the psoriasis community. This is a huge controversy. In fact, whenever I talk about this with several people who do suffer from psoriasis, I am either met with agreement or disagreement. A lot of people will say everyone is different. Sure this is true, but to an extent. We do bleed the same color and our bones are the same color inside right? So there are some similarities. Sure not everyone will develop psoriasis by eating the same foods, but there are people who do! A simple Google Search on Psoriasis and Pizza returns a lot of interesting results. Many people have noticed a similarity with eating pizza and psoriasis. Many ps suffers will see different results by eating pizza. One thing many ps people say is if you want to look like a pizza eat some.

Growing up I loved pizza! It was my favorite food. Especially coming from Chicago, pizza is big here! Not liking pizza here is like being an atheist and going to a catholic church but not participating in any of the rituals. People may notice and you will be shunned! Okay that won’t really happen, but not being able to eat pizza does make a huge difference with ps. At least this is what I noticed. Do you have ps? Are you on drugs? Maybe experiment, try not taking any drugs and eat pizza for a month and see what happens. Document it. If you notice a difference then you know pizza does play a role. Not only pizza but maybe food does too!

This is when I decided to stop eating pizza. It wasn’t just pizza that I noticed things would happen with my body. One day I drank a ton of wine and I noticed I was super red days later. In fact, the redness remained and became worse! Here’s a picture of how it used to look. me-ps It wasn’t fun since it continued and covered my entire scalp. So one day I said okay no more pizza and while I’m add it, no more alcohol. Let’s see what happens!

Several days later, the ps alien base faded. That red spot you see in the picture disappeared. I did add some of the dovonex on there but I believe the food helped me more than anything. In fact, after I stopped eating pizza and drinking the ps aliens disappeared a little bit. The redness never came back and I continued to avoid the pizza and wine, here’s a picture of me a year after.00000205

You can see the remnants from the ps battle, but you can also see my thumb and how it was super short and extremely cut uneven. Well the ps alien base still remained in other places.

The battle was beginning to turn in my favor, but the war still continued!

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After the injections failed I decided to try something else. So I saw this herbalist who was also a chiropractor. He cracked my back (my first time) and I thought this was a little odd. He also gave me some strange things to drink. American Saffron tea  was one of the things that stood out (the rest were mixtures). I drank it and it did nothing for my ps invaders and my taste buds. I kept seeing him for over a year and continued the treatment of the random herbs and tea. Again, my ps didn’t clear up. It was quite odd!

The only thing that seemed to work was the Dovonex and the other steroids I was on. So I decided okay let’s do something else. I found a new derm and she was really nice at first. She gave me more drugs including this weird one. It was a mixture of a bunch of steroids that I was supposed to put on my skin. What she didn’t tell me was that it could stain threw my clothes! I remember riding on the bus and people kept staring at the back of my pants. I had put some of that crazy oily cream on the back of my pants and apparently it went through. I had some stains on the back of my knees! It looked like I was bleeding or had some weird thing going on since it was dark and my pants were a light brown. Since I put some on in the early morning I apparently got some on my butt cheek too! So yeah I went the whole day with this crap on me. Eventually it dried but the stains remained. They were one of my favorite pair of pants that I never wore again after that day.

The drug did help! By golly gee willikers it worked! 29e

Maybe this derm was the one for me! The drug was great. I put it on other spots of my body which included my elbows, arms and other parts of my legs. I even applied it on my scalp and face. I did it at night of course, didn’t want another bus experience. Of course that meant stained pillow case and sheets, but I had to do it to fight off the alien invaders! I finally found a weapon to fend off the alien invaders! Even the stuff was going into my nail bed, which mean their bases were also getting attacked. wfgp9kI was finally winning the fight against the ps alien invaders! Or was I? One thing I learned about steroid creams is they have a really nasty side effect. They cause acne. So I went from having ps on my skin to also having acne. This also caused my ps to change too. Some of the acne spots became ps! The alien ps invaders change! They went from being scaly little and big spots to these acne spots that eventually became small red white scaly spots! It was like they were alien reapers! The battle took a turn for the worst and my body was again losing the fight. Insert dramatic space music.

Do you know how boxers and kick boxers look when they are going to fight? I am referring to the bandages on their hands. wear-hand-wraps-step-7 Sorta like that! It looks like they burned their hand or something right? I mean I know why they do it obviously (I studied martial arts and we had to do this too). Now imagine getting that wrapping but only on your fingers then walking down the street. People are going to stare and wonder what happened to you. This brings me to my next story.

As the ps invaders began to take over more of my nails I decided to see another dermatologist. This one was super cool! His name, well I don’t want to expose any of the doctors I saw, some were at Northwestern Hospital, St. Joseph, I can go on and on, but yeah, this one was super cool. He was nice and thoughtful. After telling him about the previous one he was pretty unhappy about the type of treatment she gave me, both medically and emotionally.

After taking some snapshots of my hands, I felt like a hand model!960 Okay maybe not that extreme but it was for science! At least that’s what he told me. He said he wanted to document this for future studies! I was making a difference! Contributing to science seemed like a cool idea. He decided to give me some Corticosteroid injections at the base of my nail. Now I don’t know if you have ever been stung by a scorpion or a bee, but this is what it basically feels like. The hot fluid went into my fingers and the stinging sensation hurt super muchos. I didn’t like it but I remember thinking, this is for science goddammit!

I did this for about six months, went once every few weeks and bam injections. After all that pain for both science and treating the alien invaders who set up a pretty good base in my nails, the medicine did nothing. I was flummoxed. They did nothing!? But why? The doctor was confused, but his only reasoning was that it was “stubborn” and difficult to treat. Obviously after all this pain and blood, I felt a little discouraged again. So I said fine, I am going to figure something else out.

What I learned from this experience was the fact that pain isn’t fun. No matter what diseases or hardship we experience in life, there will always be some sort of pain. Through that pain we learn, we survive and we grow. Whether it’s from a broken heart to getting injections in our fingers, no matter what the pain may be, the hope is to learn from it. At least it doesn’t make it in vain right?

When I was 14 years old I unintentionally cut myself. Though this time, this cut was unlike any of the previous cuts I had experienced. I wasn’t sure why, but it healed differently. Instead of turning into a scab and disappearing it remained. It turned white and it didn’t disappear. Being in high school people began to wonder what it was. I thought it was just a different type of scab though it did shed a lot of skin. After the ridicule continued I knew something was up so I told my parents and the doctors told me I had psoriasis. I had no idea what that was but it sounded like it was an alien thing. I thought I was from another planet. It got worse.

I remember a few years later I was in gym class and the back of my knees were super red and scratched up. I had scratched them in my sleep and it hurt showering let alone bending them. I had no idea why this was happening to me since I never deserved or asked for it. All I remember looking back was getting ridiculed for that too. It wasn’t easy but I tried to ignore it, both the bullies and the ps, which is short for psoriasis. I was pretty ashamed and I tried my best to hide it.

As I became older I noticed it slowed down and showed up in random places on my skin. I would put cream on it and pretend it was an alien invading my body. To me the medicine was the attack and seeing it disappear would be a sign that the aliens were losing the battle of taking over my skin.

Time passed and before I knew it I was 21 and this is when things really became interesting. Life tends to pass us by pretty quickly and one thing we always try to do is live for the moment. This concept played true in my early 20s. I would have a drink here and there with my friends at the time. I did it mainly to fit in and belong in the group. Though looking back all those friends are gone now. Was it worth it? No it wasn’t since all it did was make the alien ps try even harder to invade my body. All the drinking made the alien ps invade my nails. At first I thought it was from my photography class (took some photography classes in school) and I thought the chemicals were causing some weird reaction. But no I was wrong, it was the alien ps invading a new area of my body. This caused me to reach out to even more doctors.

The medicine was pretty painful. Having ps on the skin means you get to put some random topical steroid or cream on it that’ll cause the white part to become red and eventually fade. Alien ps in the nails is a different story all together. Because creams cannot reach under the nail bed it makes it a lot harder to attack their alien ps bases. So one of the many, countless doctors I saw (there were about 25 all together, I will explain why I saw so many in future posts) decided to prescribe me methotrexate, which also sounded like an alien. I thought this would help, but no it did nothing. It was super risky taking it too since it can cause cancer! Isn’t that crazy? I didn’t want to worry about having deformed cells that could kill me being in my mid-20s. methotrexate psoriasis cancer risk

Imagine getting cancer because I was trying to fight the alien ps. That would be worse since I can’t fight them as easily. So I decided to get off that drug. The doctor was pretty upset and against this. She thought it was ridiculous that I decided to take control of my life and not take this drug anymore. I’ll never forget her words, she said to me, “You are making a big mistake, your psoriasis will become worse.” I thought to myself how the hell does she know, she doesn’t have the alien invaders!

Going forward my blog is going to go into a new chapter. I decided to talk about my experience having the ps alien invaders and how I was finally able to beat them once and for all. It’s basically me writing a test report on my experience on how I successfully QA’d the shit outta my unwanted visitors.

Thanks for reading, I hope this serves as an inspiration and motivation to fighting your own issues including ps if you have it! Keep reading more posts and the more you’ll learn about me and the battle against alien ps invaders!! borg

 

 

Let me ask you a personal question. I know, I know what you are saying, but you don’t even know me! You have to take me out to dinner first! But trust me on this one okay? Would you let someone else drive your car? Or better yet, would you let someone else drive in general? Now I don’t mean a Uber driver, though those experiences can be pretty…interesting to say the least. What I am referring to is letting a robot drive your car. I don’t mean this guy:cabdriver-890x445-616x308

Though I wouldn’t let him drive me anywhere with those beady little eyes. I mean he has a, “I am going to take you to a strip club or some other destination you don’t even want look.” How or why would anyone trust a facial expression like that? That’s really not a good idea. This is my point, why would you let something that has no feelings drive you somewhere? Sure maybe he won’t look as suspicious like this guy but the mere concept is a tad daunting. Being in QA, there is always a bug in any system, there’s no such thing as a bug free system. With that mindset what makes you think a robot will not have any bugs or flaws? Plus forget about quick getaways! The robot has to take time to calculate and understand your command/destination. A simple, “Drive!” will not cut it. Forget about robbing banks and running away from zombies.

Is it really that serious or are you really that busy in life that you need something else to do the driving for you? Are you really putting your trust into a machine so you can be lazy like this person? selfcar_01

Now I know what you will say, “But Andrew that person is being productive, they’re reading  and it gives them time to do other things.” Driving is a privilege not a chore. People forget this concept all the time. I mean I see drivers texting, putting on makeup and other things that distract them from the road. Driving also puts our lives in danger. So with that in mind, we are putting our lives in danger by letting a robot drive. At least with a human you have chances to avoid mistakes. Though I know there are positives such as no more drunk drivers in certain countries. And the thought of having these guys drive me around  stm0205car_309369k is a pretty cool idea! Though I am not sure the one on the left can be trusted.

As long as the robotic drivers aren’t these guys: robots-driving then I suppose this could work out. Regardless whether or not I like the whole concept of cars driving us around, this technology is coming. It’ll be here sooner than you know it! What do you think of this concept?

Are you a doctor? Maybe a super hot doctor like this one?Happy smiling doctor showing, isolated

 

Or maybe one of these three doctors? doctor_stooges_2

Chances are you are not right? And even if you were, would you really want someone to come into your office one day and say, “Hey Doctor, I saw a commercial that told me about these drugs.” If I were your doctor my reply would be something along the lines of, “Whoa wait a minute there spinach chin.” burnnotice_brucecampbell_652_featured_photo_gallery

Slow down there mister patient who feels like they know more than I do. Chances are your doctor has either heard of this (from studies) or has seen this same commercial too while they were up at 12am watching reruns of Knots Landing or Matlock. I bet if you went up to Matlock with this same talk (let’s pretend he’s Dr. Matlock) he’d probably have this reaction with you: matlock

Or maybe this one: maxresdefault

I know if I were him or your doctor in general this would most likely be my reaction to your “suggestion” for the medicine you think you should be on. I mean seriously have you listened to those commercials? They talk so fast when it comes to the side effects, they even have it listed in the tiny letters that require more than 20 minutes to read it but they only give you 2 seconds to realize something is there. That caption is so small even the ants need bifocals to read it. As it is it’s sometimes awkward to have these things come on TV during certain moments. Imagine sitting down with your significant other’s parents or grandparents and they decide to watch a little TV and bam you see this come on the screen: viagra-commercial-video-tv-women-target

This is one scandalous dressed woman. I mean look at that stare. I don’t think I need Viagra after seeing those hungry, seductive eyes! No but seriously joking aside, do we really need these commercials? I mean we should really leave this up to our doctor to decide what’s right for us. Plus, it really does make it feel like a business. Seeing drug commercials such as these tells me one thing, we’re a business. We are a living and walking dollar sign. They really don’t give a shit if you have any of the side effects, as long as they get some money off of you they’re happy. Obviously you would care more if you had a hardon that lasted for 10 hours. Drugs shouldn’t be taken lightly, nor should they be aired on TV as if we’re some sort of walking dollar sign. They make customers not cures! It really does take the human side away from being sick or in need of help.

 

 

Right now technology is having a huge technological fad! Look out! Oh noooo! I mean really look out because apparently this will really shape your reality.

Not sure if you saw it, but Samsung and Sony too, (I am sure a few other peeps) have developed these headsets that create a “virtual reality” experience. oculus_rift_vr_hardware_bundle_678_678x452

 

Because this is so wild and wicked dude! The Keanu Reeves looking guy sure as hell seems to think so. I mean look at his expression! He’s definitely in a virtual reality!

Now let’s take a closer analysis of this image. you have a guy wearing what looks like a mini television screen headset. I mean that’s what this is. It’s a screen up close. Let’s be honest here folks, this really doesn’t create a reality does it? I mean you’re staring up close at a bunch of moving images. It would be more of a reality if you were actually in it. Like the Matrix or the Holodeck. Now that would be a virtual reality.

What this guy is doing is staring up close as some movie or video game, and to me, that’s not a virtual reality at all; that’s more of a let’s see how long it’ll take me to get dizzy or blind experience.

Missing: Seat belts on both school busses and public busses. Have you seen me?

Have you ridden a school bus or a public transportation bus? Chances are you may have noticed the absence of a seat belt. No? Let me show you! 100315063753_400x300_buses20safety20belts20raw1 See anything missing? There are no seat belts! Children are supposed to be our future, yet they are not protected properly on a school bus.

Some tour and charter busses have seat belts such as this one: Screen-shot-2013-11-21-at-2.22.49-PM-e1385061869173

I suppose this means tourists are more valuable than children? It doesn’t make much sense to me. Any moving vehicle should have undergone safety protocols including the implementation of a seat belt.

When someone rides on an airplane they are more inclined to buckle their seat belt. Yet on a school bus which is more in risk of a collision with another moving vehicle, there are no seat belts. How often do you see a plane upside down like this? overturned-school-bus-gubb2jpg-5614bf8df7c5c179

Imagine how many were injured or hurt on this bus! Safety seat belts may have played a role in saving a few lives, but it’s better to have them than to not is it not?

It’s a pretty scary scenario, but public busses used for transportation also do not usually have seat belts. Such as this bus used in Chicago: electric_bus_interior_low_res

Some may say there are no seat belts because busses are the “safest way to travel.” I find this to be a total lie. It’s a moving vehicle. If in the event there is an accident and the thing does flip, being secured in your seat thanks to a seat belt at least prevents you from flying out the window. If this is the case then why do charter busses and tourist busses have them?

If these things are installed on both public and school busses, at least the option will be there for someone to possibly save their own life!

 

I grew up for most of my life in Chicago. Much has changed in this city of wind. One thing that has recently changed that has unfortunately stood out is the gun problem here. I am not here to beat the issue to death (bad pun?). No, I am here to point out one bug that I found with the whole concealment system here.

Now, in case you are unfamiliar with the gun concealment law here, put it this way, it’s kinda like the wild midwest here. People who have taken classes and are (hopefully) sane can carry a concealed gun. This not only tells me that the police here are not adequate enough to protect everyone, but it also means that anyone you pass in this city can be carrying a gun!

Now one question that comes to mind is how do businesses and companies know who is carrying a gun? Well fear not dear tourist or citizen of the city of wind! You are in luck! The whole system is set up with a sticker! Yeah…a sticker…

Let me show you with some screenshots yeah?

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And: 1738430_1668925306717251_752219084_n

Okay before you get too trigger happy and start freaking out let me dive more into this totally fail proof system! So instead of putting up metal detectors or those cool body scanners from Total Recall.

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Yeah that one. The city of Chicago has devised a plan to stop citizens from entering a building with a concealed gun with a sticker! That’s right! A sticker that shows no guns (like the Ghostbuster sticker 3101d1282614735-constantly-getting-red-ghostbuster-sign-top-phone-ghostbusters but not as cool looking) will deter gun carrying citizens from entering any building! Right? Well any smart person will ask the one question, HOW THE HELL WILL THEY EVEN KNOW SOMEONE IS EVEN CARRYING A GUN?! I guess once things hit the fan and that person comes out firing at zombies or whatever else comes their way everyone will know. Of course at that point that person will be seen as a hero since they saved everyone from a zombie, or a Hitler robot.

But on a serious note, this is a really stupid system. I mean really, I can walk into a building/establishment with a concealed gun and no one will know! A sticker will not stop me, in fact it’s pretty laughable. This is Chicago. This is the Chicago no one talks about or reports on! Now aren’t you glad you came here to learn a very vital piece of information about the city of wind?

New York, New Mexico, New Hampshire and New Jersey come to mind today. This whole “New” title. How long have these states been around in America? For quite some time now right? When do we not consider these new anymore? I’ve been to three of these states and there is no New state smell. In fact it smells especially in New Jersey and York. Instead of New York why not just call it York or Not So New York? Or how about merge all the states together? That way we could avoid all the new names. We could call it a new name anyway such as America. Do we really need separate states? We’re all living on the same piece of land and country are we not? Maybe one day this country will realize that not everything great has to be new or separated into states.