For the past couple of years, I've been getting the start of vitiligo on my face. It's an auto-immune attack on the melanin in your skin that eventually leads to the white splotches that are really noticeable on some people. Since it's possibly stress and diet related, I've dialed way back on the intensity stuff and brought my diet to more "middle of the road" to make sure I'm not stressing my body out with weird things and it does seem to help some.
Anyway, I'm looking for tips from people that have it or know people that have it and how they get it to slow down, pause, and in some cases even reverse. My skin doc said it looks like it's actually "filling back in" with pigment. Even though it's surprisingly common, I get conflicting advice and also there isn't much research or medicine for it since it's non life-threatening. For example, I hear both Sun is good for it and Sun is bad for it, so I wanted to drop in here and see if the hive mind knows the actual truth.
Thanks and feel free to PM me too if you want to chat more in person.
Love the podcast. I don't have vitiligo, but my doctor has advised me to keep a journal relating to another stress-related health issue I've dealt with. Stress on the body can be so much more than just worrying about stuff. It can be diet, activity, environmental, allergies, etc.--as you allude.
With the physical symptoms, a journal for you could just be a daily or weekly photo of your spots that you can compare to see their regression/progress. You can then track that to life changes.
On the podcast you've talked about ketosis a lot. I do have a relative who was advised against ketosis (he's a crossfitter) because of the stress his doctor felt it was putting on his system--he was having digestive and immune-system problems. It might be worth tracking your spots against the ketosis efforts to see if there is a correlation there.
Best of luck. Keep crushing it out there (just not too, too hard.)