Kim Kardashian Met with the Medical Medium for Her Psoriasis
Unsurprisingly, he suggested celery juice as a psoriasis treatment.
When it comes to treating her psoriasis, Kim Kardashian seems open to trying everything. She's experimented with light treatments, topical cortisone ointment, diet changes, and she's even crowdsourced medication recommendations on Twitter. In one of her latest attempts to find a treatment for her flare-ups, Kardashian met with Anthony William, aka the Medical Medium. (Related: Kim Kardashian Shares Selfie Showing What Dealing with Psoriasis Really Looks Like)
In a clip from an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, KKW shows the Medical Medium a flare-up on her leg. William then begins moving his arms around her before providing his diagnosis. "So what's happening is you've got these deposits of copper inside the liver," he says. "That's a dermatoxin so that's a poison that's floating to the skin."
If you've ever seen the Medical Medium's posts on Instagram, then you know what happens next: He tells KKW to drink celery juice for her psoriasis.
ICYDK, the Medical Medium made celery juice popular on social media. He's written about the "miracle juice" in nearly all of his books, touting its "potent healing properties" and "incredible ability to create sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues," according to his website.
"People are healing from all kinds of acute and chronic illnesses," reads one of his blog posts, "including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, SIBO, constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, blood sugar issues, migraines, acid reflux, high blood pressure, addictions, adrenal issues, gout, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and countless others, from drinking plain celery juice daily." (Believe it or not, health experts tend to disagree.)
FYI, the Medical Medium doesn't have a medical license or any nutrition certs (his website has a disclaimer about this). Nonetheless, his large social following has given him a platform in the online wellness community.
So is there any reason to believe celery juice might actually be a legit way to treat psoriasis?
Well, since celery contains magnesium and iron, it can help to control your body's acidity, which might explain its general popularity as of late, says Gretchen Frieling, M.D., a dermatopathologist (a doctor who practices aesthetic medicine and pathology) in Boston.
That said, there's not a lot of research backing up celery juice as a psoriasis treatment, explains Dr. Frieling. "Oftentimes nutritional changes like eating more vegetables and less fast food can help psoriasis symptoms," she says, "but these changes need to be accompanied by medication in most cases."
At this point, there are no proven natural cures for psoriasis or even medications that can completely wipe it out. Treatments only help to minimize the extent of flare-ups, says Dr. Frieling.
As for the Medical Medium's comment about KKW's psoriasis being linked to "deposits of copper" inside her liver, it's possible he was on to something.
"Copper is usually absorbed from foods and drinks we consume, and is washed out by the liver and exits via bile," explains Dr. Frieling. Accumulation of copper in someone's liver and other organs is usually a sign of Wilson's disease, she says. "The physical and mental stress this condition has on you can amplify your psoriasis symptoms." Extreme fatigue, eye discoloration, and yellowing of the skin are all signs of excess copper in your system, she shares. But it's best to visit a doctor over a medium if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, she adds.
In the KUWTK preview, Kardashian admits that she has her doubts. "I'm a little skeptical, but I'll try the celery juice," she says in the clip. "If it works, it's worth it."
Time will tell if she ends up becoming a #celeryjuicechallenge advocate.