The Dead Sea – A personal report

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Israel has often been called the Land Of Miracles. However, having tried so many ‘miracle cures’ for my psoriasis I could be forgiven for feeling a little sceptical when departing for the Dead Sea on April 29 this year.

Over the 27 years that I have been a sufferer I have been drawn into the trap of trying all forms of miracle cures, all with very little success. I’ve spent hundreds of pounds on ‘exciting new discoveries’, all promising to cure my psoriasis but, alas, the only treatment that had any real effect was the steroid creams that we all know and love so well. Around May/June last year I suffered the worst spate of psoriasis that I have ever had in my years of suffering. This was a delayed reaction to a very stressful period during the first two months of 1999. By October I was desperate and telephoned All Abroad to try and get out to the Dead Sea. Unfortunately I was too late as the last group had just left and there wasn’t any more groups for that year. I asked Kathy White of All Abroad to ensure that I was included on the very first group for 2000 and this left on April 29. My trip was for three weeks during which time I really did experience a miracle. Psoriasis patches that had been resistant to treatment for 27 years disappeared, my scalp cleared completely as did most of my body. The only blemishes left are scarring mainly caused by the massive amounts of harsh steroid creams that I have used over many years.

Group v Sole Travel

I decided to travel in a group as I understand going it solo can be a very lonely experience. The Ein Bokek area of the Dead Sea is mainly visited by Germans, French and Scandinavians with very few Brits. Being in a strange land you really do need fellow country folk with you for the camaraderie. We stayed at the Ceasar Premier Hotel which was excellent in all respects and, as I have already stated, I booked through All Abroad who did an excellent job. The MD is David Kirsch who is a psoriatic. David joined us and was with us for the first two weeks. He was very attentive and made a special effort to involve himself with all members of the group. He dined with most of the group and was usually the first to put his hand in his pocket to buy drinks and wine. David really does believe in the ‘hands-on’ approach. He’s not the type who leaves the group to fend for themselves and I can’t recall any day when he didn’t ask members of the group how their skin was progressing. His ‘hands on’ and very attentive manner is quite unique. He even hosted two parties for members of the group who had birthdays, including providing champagne and birthday cake.

The Treatment

The treatment consists of the three S’s: Sun and Sea Salt (sorry about the last one). Being a first timer I opted for the Dead Sea Mor Clinic consultations and was under the care of their Dr M Harari. He provided me with various creams and oils together with a schedule which gave very precise instructions as to how much time I had to spend in the Dead Sea and how much sunbathing I should do. followed the instructions and achieved miraculous results. Just three weeks in the sea and sun and my skin, for the first time in 27 years, is 95 percent clear. Even the very stubborn five percent that didn’t clear is very much improved and that’s without a single drop of steroid - just sun, sea salt and moisturiser. I understand from other members of the group who are regular visitors to the area that the cure is not permanent and that the psoriasis always returns following a good remission period. However, without exception, all agreed that the benefits of the Dead Sea are accumulative in that the remission periods get longer each year and, although the psoriasis returns, it is always less severe than the time before. I cannot recall a time when my skin looked so clear and healthy, and even if it doesn’t last I won’t hesitate in returning to the Dead Sea next year to repeat the miracle.

By Ron Allsop

Article first published 2000 Skin ‘n’ Bones Connection. Issue 13 p9.

Please note: Travelling to the Dead Sea

There are a number of specialist travel agents who organise trips to The Dead Sea. In the United Kingdom check with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office www. fco. gov.uk before booking, to seek any current advice about travelling to Israel.

The Israel Government Tourist information can be obtained from
http:// london. mfa.gov.il