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January 2020

Welcome to your January newsletter, so here we are and we seem to have made it through the madness of 2019 and can press on into a new decade with hope for a bright future for all, How was 2019 for you? I hope it was good, why not pop in and tell us or to see what's been going on in the forum. We can now go forward into the new decade with high hopes

Sadly we are still not being seen in some search engines and are way down the pecking order for being seen, if you can think of a way to promote the club we would be pleased to hear your ideas

Don't forget to scroll down and read Freds new year message, its well worth a read

It's a new year so what better time to come in and update your threads or if you don't have one and would like to start a thread about your treatment you can do that Here .

The off topic has been as busy as ever as we now have a games and quiz board where many of the existing games have been moved to and a few new ones added why not pop in and have a look Games and Quizzes Here

If you're a guest feel free to browse through the links here and join if you want to see more. Some off topic items may not be available for guests but all the health boards are
The forum team have been busy keeping an eye on the Club and are there for you, so if you can't find something you are looking for or if you aren't sure how to do something, we are here to help just click the link below to make contact

I'm always looking for ideas to improve the newsletter if you have a suggestion contact me or if you prefer any of the staff you will notice if you are a member that Fred is doing a survey, more about that later in the newsletter HERE

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This months stats

4 New Members | 39 New Threads | 3046 New Posts

This months new members

RichC - Hanksmom - XJESIKAX - AgnesD -

New Introductions

Please look at these introductions and come and welcome the new members that have taken the trouble to write an introduction.

Hanksmom wrote ....

Hi everyone My son (who is 16) was diagnosed with psoriasis over a year ago. After finding our way through many doctors we have finally found a dermatologist that has started him on Stelara. First does was on November 16th and his next injection is scheduled for December 14th. No sign of immediate improvement as of yet. Scalp is flaking very badly and making it difficult for him to attend school. We struggle with the emotional issues that psoriasis can cause, especially when you are a teenager. .... Read more here

Members Treatments, Questions and comments

Cowsaregreat wrote....

Saw a lovely Dermatologist today. Managed to see him privately though he told he I need to get into the NHS system for dermatology at my local hospital. Anyway he was talking about different ways of trying to manage my psoriasis - topical, injections and oral. He said injections wouldn’t help and then said oral would but comes with a lot of side affects. To be honest, I’m not bothered about the side affects at the moment. Just wondering what oral medication anyone is taking and if it’s been successful or if the side affects have been awful - I’m happy to have good and/or bad stories! My psoriasis gets so sore due to friction from my clothes plus I have them in all the crevices in the body! I’ve got to wait for a letter from him, then I need to go and see my GP to get referred into the system and I go back and see the chap I saw today on 27/1/20 with my research done and ideas of how I want to move on. After 15 years of suffering today has been the first day where I’ve felt someone may be able to give me help and hope . Read more here

Bill wrote ......Treating a long standing plaque with subcutaneous b12/folate injections

Time for another experiment. I have had a plaque on my right knee in some form for at least 25 years. I would treat it with topical and cover it in band aids, but I invariably develop an irritation to the band aid adhesive before the thing heals. After reading a bit of research relating to b vitamins and psoriasis, I thought I'd try a 5mg a day folic acid supplement along with a b complex supplement. This did bugger all, but a little more reading alerted me to a 1963 paper by some British researchers who claimed a 75% positive response (not sure what they mean) to subcutaneous b12 injections directly into plaques.

I don't have b12 for injections, but I do have injectable b12/folic Acid Read the rest here

Want more?

A lot of members only threads and journals have been updated, come and see if there are more replies on your thread ... why not log-in and have a quick look around.

Off Topic Board | Members Photo's | The Ask Threads

*There are other members only boards. But as it depends on how many posts you have made and what group you are in I won't add them here. The only way to see them is to make more posts.

Q and A's with a member

Each month we choose one of our members at random to answer 10 questions, this month it was bav101

Q1: What would be your last meal ?

A1: I love Chinese food and I'm a big sucker for Sweet and sour chicken balls and rice, so that would be it.

Q2: Any sports interests ?

A2: Yup, an ex girlfriend got me into Ice Hockey so i watch that whenever I can regardless of who's playing. I also enjoy Formula 1, I'm a big Lewis Hamilton fan, great driver and from what i've seen nice guy away from the track as well.

Q3: What one piece of advice would you give your younger self ?

A3: Stand up for yourself more and dont let anyone treat you like a doormat regardless of who they are, you wasn't put on this Earth to be treated like a sub human.

Q4: What did you last laugh at ?

A4: I have to admit, it was a political joke. So in the interests of not annoying anyone I'll keep that to myself. It was really really funny though.

Q5: Do you believe in aliens ?

A5: Definitely, there seems to be a lot of evidence scattered around the planet that shows that we more than likely have been visited or are being visited. Our galaxy and the universe at large is to big for us to be the only sentient life.

Q6: What was your best job ?

A6: Hands down, General Manager at a online radio station. We had a good bunch of folks who DJ'd and who were behind the scenes and it let me be creative, something sadly i dont get to do enough.

Q7: What would you like to see invented ?

A7: The Warp drive, NASA has said its theoretically possible but we dont have the level of technology to actually do it yet. It would let us explore the galaxy and pay a visit to those entities who have visited us. Its only right in the end for us to pay them a return visit, say hi and return the sugar we borrowed.

Q8: How far away from your birthplace do you live ?

A8: I was born in Lewisham, South East London and now In Bristol so according to Google its about 140-150 miles away.

Q9: What is your favourite saying ?

A9: The one i use the most would have to be "I dont have a Scooby" which is a weird way of saying I dont have a clue, or i dont know. Tends to confuse the hell out of people not from England heh.

Q10: Best historical event ?

A10: Hands down, it has to be the Moon Landing in 1969, I wasn't there to witness it as it was 10 years before my time but I've watched it on Youtube and a few months back because it was the 50th anniversary I watched a rerun done in real time from Take off, to the moon and splashdown. Was really awesome to watch.

Who will it be next month ? Nominations on a postcard.

Fred's Music Column

Henry or Hardy: Ever heard the songs "John Henry" and "John Hardy" ? No, well you should give them a try as they have been recorded by many different artists over the years so there is bound to be one you like. Both are American folk songs about working on the railroads

Though the surnames of John are similar, and if you listen closely to different recordings of each song you could be forgiven for thinking they are the same story. But they are very different stories as "John Henry" died of overworking, and "John Hardy" was hung for committing murder.

"John Henry" died after beating a steam-powered rock drilling machine in a race, and "John Hardy" was hung for killing another man at a game of cards whilst drunk.

The list of artists performing both songs is huge and some artists have recorded both. I prefer the "John Hardy" song myself, I don't know why but I just find it a better song. Go and give them both a listen and let me know which one you prefer.

Quiz Time: New Year songs. 1 point for each one you get right.

Can you get the track from the opening lyrics ?

Q1: No more champagne And the fireworks are through.
Q2: If I don't see you through the week See you through the window.
Q3: Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon.
Q4: Don't look so sad, It's not so bad you know.
Q5: All is quiet on New Year's Day A world in white gets underway.
Q6: Fall in light, fall in light. Fall in light, fall in light.
Q7: Another year you made a promise Another chance to turn it all around.
Q8: We're having a good day Let's make it a great night.
Q9: Oh, I'm still living At the old address.
Q10: And I won't forget The way you held me up when I was down.

A1: Happy New Year by ABBA: First recorded in their 1980 album Super Trouper, released as a single in Europe in 1999.
A2: Celtic New Year by Van Morrison: From the album Magic Time released in 2005.
A3: Auld Lang Syne: A poem by Robert Burns in 1788 later turned into a song and recorded by many artists.
A4: It's Just Another New Year's Eve by Barry Manilow: From his 1977 album Barry Manilow Live (Bet Jim got that one right)
A5: New Year's Day by U2: Released in 1983 on their album War also released as a single the same year.
A6: New Year's Prayer by Jeff Buckley: From Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk album 1998. Said to be inspired by Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir"
A7: This Is the New Year by A Great Big World: Originally released in 2011 on Ian Axel's debut album, In 2012 it was re-released with his band A Great Big World.
A8: New Year's Eve by Snoop Dog: Released November 2010 as a promotional single, after not making the track list for Doggumentary.
A9: In The New Year by The Walkmen: 2009 single taken from their album You & Me released in 2008.
A10: This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies: Taken from their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle.

So how many points did you get ?
  1. Why are you reading a music column.
  2. Was it really that hard ?
  3. Not bad but you must brush up on your music.
  4. One more and you would be in the 50%s.
  5. I'm impressed 50% is good.
  6. Now you're cooking.
  7. Well done I doubt many will beat that.
  8. I take my hat off to you, I only got 6 and I knew the answers.
  9. Was that luck or web searching ?
  10. You really do need to get out more. Or get in touch and I'll let you do the next one.

Members recommendations: Each month I ask our members to come up with a music recommendation on a theme. This month it's Movement

Caroline suggested: People Come, People Go by Earth and Fire
KatT suggested: Dance Monkey by Tones and I
Raxyl suggested: Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
D Foster suggested: Shake, Rattle and Roll by Bill Haley and His Comets
Grizzly Bear suggested: Fire Brigade by The Move
JohnB suggested: Dance With The Devil by Cosy Powell
Kat suggested: Boot Scootin' Boogie by Brooks and Dunn
wooleyb suggested: Movement by Hozier
jiml suggested: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
Mrs Fred suggested: (Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree by The Move
Fred suggested: Up And Rolling by North Mississippi Allstars

Listen on: Deezer | Spotify

*Watch out for my new thread each month where I ask for your recommendations. I also have a thread in the Members Only boards and you are welcome to pop along and give some feedback or suggestions. Find It Here

Enjoy your music, and don't forget to tune in next month.

Johnb's Recipe Spot

Turkey Quesadillas

First off, a Happy New Year to all of you and welcome back to the kitchen.

Now I dare say you may be a tad fed up of Turkey if you have been force feeding yourself over the Christmas period , but please bear with me this dish is delicious fast and surprisingly filling. Ideal for a quick supper.

Turkey Quesadillas
So first off start with the filling combine the following 1½ teaspoons of dry Thyme, 1½ teaspoons of Allspice and 1½ teaspoons of ground Paprika. Hack a round 350g of Turkey breast into strips and coat well with the spice mix and leave to marinade if you can, but it works fine as is.

Thinly slice a large onion, de-seed and slice into strips one green and one red bell pepper.
Fry off the onions and peppers in a little oil for around 5 minutes until it has started to soften in a large frying pan. Throw in the turkey and continue for 7 minutes more or so until the Turkey has started to go nice and golden and more importantly cooked though. Remove this mix from the frying pan and give it a good wipe to clean.

Separate the mix between 3 Tortilla Wraps and spread over the entire surface. Grate around 120g of a nice mature Cheddar cheese and scatter this evenly over the three wraps and top each with a further Tortilla wrap.

Wipe a tiny drop of oil over the surface of your warm frying pan and gently place one of your Quesadillas in. Cook gently over a medium heat until the Tortilla is just tinged a nice healthy golden brown, (don’t forget the old words of wisdom my Grandad imparted to me in my youth – “When its brown it’s done, when it’s black its buggered!”) then turn it over and cook the other side. Continue cooking the others. They do stay quite hot for a good time, so don't worry you will be eating in shifts.

To serve cut the Quesadillas into quarters, pile on a plate with lime wedges and a little green salad if you wish. A small bowl of guacamole with nachos work well with if you need a bit more.
Wash it down with a nice cold bottle of Sol, obviously with a lime wedge rammed in the neck.

To add a little variation, I think it could cope with a good fat teaspoon of ground cumin or even add some chilli powder. It may even take a small handful of fresh coriander chopped and scattered over the filling before topping off.

To read more recipes or add your own Click here

New Year message from Fred

In May this year we will be celebrating Psoriasis Club's 10th birthday. I had hinted before that I may call it a day on that milestone and close Psoriasis Club.

As some of you know I went through a couple of sad moments in November and December and I received a lot of support from our members. I had seen the support they all give to each other not just for psoriasis but also in the Off Topic board for other things some are going through, and experiencing it myself reminded me that this place has such a great bunch of people. It's like a virtual family in here and over the years we have proved that all are welcome, we even got one new member reach 1000 posts in three months last year.

We have shared: Laughter and Tears ~ Recipes and Hobbies ~ Births and Deaths ~ Holidays and Homes ~ We even have a political thread that although can sometimes get a bit heated we still manage to have respect for each other (how many politicians can do that) but the best part for me is that you can sense a genuine friendship.

So my new year Promise is to keep Psoriasis Club going as long as I'm able to work. I will no longer think each year if it's worth renewing the hosting, I can find enough pocket money each week to put aside so I will have enough each year to just click renew. No doubt I will have moments when things break in the engine room and I'm sure I will have to make a few decisions as the buck stops here, but I have the Forum Helpers and I know a lot of our regular members are always keeping an eye on things.

Which only leaves me with one problem ....................................... How shall we celebrate 10 years ?

I would like to wish all our members and guests a very happy and healthy New Year 2020. I'm looking forward to it.


Members Photos

Im always pleased when members submit photos for use in the newsletter and each month our members can choose 1 image to show on the newsletter and I'm always pleased to add them

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Caroline winter a few years ago
2 / 8
Fred Brand new year =Brand new start
3 / 8
jiml Chinese water deer in winter by the river
4 / 8
Grizzly Bear Village kids having fun
5 / 8
Turnedlight Whiteout in the garden
6 / 8
D Foster I think I'll have today off
7 / 8
Mrs Fred A winters morning
8 / 8
Raxyl Ibis from December down under

* All images are property of the member mentioned below the image.

See more members photos Here


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Annual Report 2019

Newsletter: Set up and printing €150 x 12 = €1800

Contributors fees:
Fred: €1500
TL: €500
John: €2.75
Total: €2002.75

Postage and packaging: 1465 x €2.50 = €3662.50

Total Cost: €7465.25

Terms: Cash within 7 days

Thank you for your custom.

Psoriasis Club Newsletter


These members have a birthday this month showing in their profile. Maybe you would like to send them a PM on their special day. Or you could start a new thread in Off Topic

27th January Catherinep

Happy Birthday to you.

Is Psoriasis contagious


Contagious: A contagious disease is one that can be transmitted from one living being to another through direct or indirect contact. Thus the flu, which can be transmitted by coughing, and cholera, which is often acquired by drinking contaminated water, are contagious diseases.

Psoriasis: Is an autoimmune disease that can be passed on through genetic make-up, and can be triggered by injury to the skin, emotional state, illness, hormone changes, and some foods. Just because you have psoriasis does not mean your children or other family members will have it, due to it being in the genes.

So if anyone asks: You can tell them. No psoriasis is not contagious. It cannot be passed on by skin to skin contact, it is not found in air, water or food. It cannot be transmitted by insects, towels, pets, etc. you cannot catch it from a blood transfusions, or having sex.

It is impossible for any living thing to catch psoriasis. So don’t worry if we have just used that seat on the bus, don’t worry if you bump into us and notice our skin, you will be perfectly safe.

Oh and if you would be good enough to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, we would be grateful. as we have a weak immune system and we don’t want to catch your germs.

You are welcome to comment HERE

Poetry section

Turnedlights poetry corner

A bit of fun this month ..

There was a young vegan called Pete
Who decided no more to eat meat
No eggs and no jelly
No cheese mild or smelly
And no leather shoes for his feet

Author Turnedlight

To read more poems or add your own Click Here

Huggamug Coffee Shop

Now open

The new coffee shop "Huggamug" is now open and has been very busy since it opened at the beginning of last month

Why not come on over and get your free virtual coffee and slice of cake and have a chat. The free coffee offer runs out later in December when we put the Christmas decorations up
Click Here to enter

Thought of the month

For more thoughts of the day or to add your own Click Here

Hints and tips

Why not add a picture of your own to your avatar

Want to be different to everyone else and have an Avatar (Photo in your profile and posts ?) Click "User CP" in the green bar just below the main menu, then Under your profile on the left click "Change Avatar" A Google search for "Avatars For Forums" should find you something. or you can use your own photo, Still not sure ask away, we would rather you have an avatar as it makes you different.

See here for more

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Quiz Winners

Active Member Count
D Foster with 968

Caption Competition
wolleyb with Ok which one of you idiots put superglue on the tree.

Pub Quiz
Jiml with 23/31

First Of Last
KatT with F

Where's Herbert
Turnedlight with F4

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