Dead Sea, Vitiligo

Dead Sea: Preparation for trip to Germany to see Dr Karin Schallreuter

After many years of suffering with Vitiligo, I’m lucky in the fact that it still only probably affects less than 20% of my body. I’m repeatedly told by family, friends and colleagues that it’s not noticeable unless I point it out to them.

This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect me psychologically because it does, often I can drop into a minor depressive trip and refuse to spend any length of time looking in the mirror for a few days. Although my affected spots may be limited, the thought and fear of it spreading is what really screws with my head.

About a year ago, I finally decided to take treating the condition seriously rather than just learning to live with it.

I first investigated diet, which I still struggle with daily but I have no doubt in my mind that this really can hold the answers to a lot of conditions, not just Vitiligo. The reason I struggle is

  1. I can’t cook(learning)!
  2. My job involves a lot of travel, so cooking from a hotel room is….. challenging!
  3. There is so much conflicting information; Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, 80/10/10, Gluten Free and Raw cooking etc… All appear to have health benefits, each with it’s own contradicting arguments and downfalls.

As mentioned before and in previous posts, it’s a work in progress. I’m sure I’ll write more blog posts in the future regarding food and diet.

Secondly, I looked into UV light treatments. People obviously get results from this treatment but it’s always made me nervous with associated skin cancer risks. Going under UVA or UVB lamps for a prolonged period didn’t seem to be a wise choice and that’s why I looked at the Excimer Laser. Due to it’s high intensity 308nm UV beam, the time required to treat the affected areas is much less. But, as my previous post shows, it’s pretty much non existent in the UK.

Then about six months ago whilst Googling I stumbled across Vitiligo treatment at the Dead Sea, Jordan. From what I could see, it was relatively unknown until a few years ago and still a number of people don’t know about it.

Dr Karin Schallreuter is a Professor of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and is currently based out of Institute for Pigmentary Disorders in Greifswald, Germany. She offers a yearly trip to the Dead Sea for 21 days along with the use of her developed Pseudocatalase cream. The results (I’ll try make an effort to reference them at some point) from other Vitiligo sufferers that have been to the Dead Sea is very promising. Check out Lee Thomas, he’s a news reporter from America that recently  went on the trip.

It has been up for some debate whether Dr Schallreuter is actually doing anything special because I’ve actually been e-mailed by two others Vitiligo sufferers saying that just going to Dead Sea initiated re-pigmentation without any special creams etc. My plan is to try this with her first and then following years I will go to Jordan by myself and follow my own treatment plan(with the use of Pseudocatalase if It’s available to order).

The website for Dr Schallreuter’s Dead Sea trip is http://www.vitiligo.eu.com/. I e-mailed asking to book on the 2014 trip and I was told I’d need an initial consultation in Germany.

I’m not going to lie…. All this is expensive!

Consultation Fee: 350,00 Euro

Blood Test: 160,000 Euro

Pseudocatalase cream: 95.20 Euro

And then I’ve got my travel costs

Return flight from Heathrow: £159.35

Hotel in Greifswald, Germany: £120.05

Realistically I’m looking at about nearly £900 after everything for the consultation and still no idea on the overall cost of the trip to the Dead Sea next year, I’d be pleasantly surprised if it was less that £2000!

Anyway, the initial consultation is all booked for the 8th of October(one month exactly from this blog post!)and travel is all paid for.

I’ll update closer to flight date!

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply reena November 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Please could you update on your visit with Dr Karin- we are looking ino it and would appreciate any advise.

    Please email – deepureena@yahoo.com

    • Reply Simon April 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Hi,

      I’ll be writing a new post soon, but I’m flying out to Jordan on the 17th of April for the treatment.

      Regards

      Simon.

  • Reply Gina May 9, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I would like to ask simon if the treatment was effective and how can I contact dr.karin,plz reply urgently,thank a lot

    • Reply Simon May 9, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Hi Gina,

      Post will be up in a few days!

      Simon.

  • Reply Lorain June 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Simon,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to document your journey, I’m so excited to have found your blog. I’m also happy to have been reassured that I need to be patient with responses from the professor.

    I was happy to have seen your estimations on this post about the cost of consultation; I’ve reviewed your other posts and haven’t found any estimations about the dead sea trip itself. Was it more than 2000 pounds, as you predicted?

    Thanks again!

    • Reply Simon June 12, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Hi Lorain,

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’ve updated the latest Dead Sea post to now included the prices. If you have any further questions please let me know.

      Regards

      Simon.

  • Reply Rajinder Kahlon May 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Simon
    I have just returned from the dead sea, it was an amazing 21 days, in the second week my chest and neck started showing signs of pigmentation, I am using the hand held uv unit at the moment as the larger unit will be arriving next week, so far very good results

    regards
    Raj

    • Reply Simon May 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Great news Raj! Always great to hear repigmentation success. I was planning to go to Jordan this year (not with the Prof’s group), but I’ve had to postpone until next year due to work commitments.

      Simon.

  • Reply SUNDEEP SINGH December 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Hi Simon,
    I want to know when are you going with the group next year, as I want to be a part of it?

    SUNDEEP SINGH

  • Reply Adnan July 30, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Hi Simon can u please send me the clinic Adress and email and also how much roughly treatment cost
    Thanks
    Adnan

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