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Talking to a stranger with vitiligo

vitiligo,nathalie pelletierTonight while shopping I saw a woman with vitiligo standing about 3 feet away from me. There was a man on her other side and I noticed that she caught a glance from him and immediately looked downwards while sliding her vitiligo covered hand into her coat pocket. (Does this sound familiar to you?)

I so wanted to lean over and tell her that he had smiled at her; that he wasn’t gawking at her vitiligo. But I knew all to well why she had done what she did. Immediately I felt a connection to her; like we were both members of some secret society, and I wanted to reach out to her and talk about our vitiligo. It’s not often that we come across someone else who truly understands the emotional issues attached to living with these damned white patches on our body.

Oddly enough, I was afraid to approach her. I didn’t want to seem intrusive, and I certainly didn’t want to make her feel like her vitiligo was obvious. So, in the end I walked away. And even 20 minutes later, as I stood in line to pay, I felt a pull to go find her and talk, but dismissed it

Now as sit comfortably at home I regret my choice, but I know if faced with the situation again I would have the same reaction. The problem is that I don’t want to offend the other person by pointing out that I noticed their vitiligo.

Tell me, would you be offended, or put off, if someone with vitiligo approached you to talk about it?


Piperine Interview With Dr. Soumyanath

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University, what sparked your interest in finding a cure for vitiligo?

My field of expertise is the identification of potential new drugs from natural sources e.g plants used in traditional medicines.  I started working on finding a treatment for vitiligo while I was employed at the Pharmacy Department, Kings College London, University of London.  This arose as a result of Maxine Whitton, then Chair of the UK vitiligo society, contacting me to see if I could shed any light on a traditional Chinese herbal treatment that one of the Vitiligo Society members had been given.  I have since relocated to Oregon Health Science University, Portland OR.  Although I am now focusing on botanical treatments for neurological diseases, my work on vitiligo is continuing.

How did you first make a connection between piperine and vitiligo? Continue Reading

Pepper Compound Could Aid Millions With Vitiligo

I’m including the following article today as a prelude to my next blog. Presently, I am conducting an interview with Dr. Amala Soumyanath.  She discovered that piperine, the alkaloid in black pepper responsible for its pungency, stimulated the proliferation of melanocytes in cell cultures.

nathalie pelletier, pepper, piperine04/09/08 Portland, Ore.

OHSU and AdPharma, Inc. announce collaboration to develop promising topical agent for vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disorder that afflicts as many as a 100 million people worldwide

Oregon Health & Science University has licensed a family of compounds derived from black pepper extract  on which it owns the patents  to AdPharma, Inc. for potential pharmaceutical development. The compounds have shown potential in animal studies to be effective in treating vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disorder. Continue Reading

Let’s Try NLP

Today I’ve attached a link to the audio for “Relaxing Inner Self for Healing”. I thought that this would be a great place to start since we want to reduce the stress which may be a trigger to vitiligo. So, make sure you won’t be interrupted, get comfortable, and click the link below.

Body Relaxation Induction and Relaxing Innerself For Healing Deepener

Remember, NLP works through repetition. You will need to listen to the audio a few times to experience results. Send me an email to let me know how it worked for you.