Lots of great info. here explaining the root of Psoriasis and its relation to toxins. Focus on healing the entire body and removing toxins for a better and happier well being. I am amazed at the many discussions of band aid treatments discussed here.
Toxemia means blood poisoning. Way back in 1926, a famous Colorado healer, JH Tilden MD, wrote a book which was the culmination of a lifetime of clinical experience, Toxemia Explained. Dr. Tilden was radical. He didn't believe drugs cured disease. He had one simple thesis:
"... every so-called disease is a crisis of toxemia, which means that toxin has accumulated in the blood above the toleration point. ... the crisis, the so-called disease - call it cold, flu, pneumonia, headache, or typhoid fever - is a vicarious elimination. Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin."
A disease is named for where the toxins accumulate so much that that body part starts failing.
This concept of disease, known as vicarious elimination, has never been disproven. What happens is, the normal avenues for expelling waste - liver, kidneys, colon - are overwhelmed by the amount of poisons being accumulated. As a survival instinct, various other organs of the body which were not designed for elimination of toxins become enlisted to help get rid of wastes. They try desperate measures to expel the indigestible, rotting poisons, often becoming inflamed or diseased themselves in the attempt.
One obvious example of this idea is ACNE. Acne is not a skin problem. It is a vicarious elimination: the blood and the colon are so backed up with poisons that are accumulating faster than they can escape that the body tries an extreme solution: expel the poisons through the body's largest organ: the skin. An alternative escape route. As the poisons leave, they irritate the normal skin and cause rash, redness, or pustulated eruptions, like pimples or boils. This is why skin creams and lotions don't work in such a scenario. It's not a skin problem. It's a problem of chronic blood poisoning by means of an indigestible diet. Third World people rarely get acne. Acne is a disease of excess, a consequence of the fast food lifestyle.
Chronic "incurable" eczema and Psoriasis often fall into the same category. People suffer needlessly for years with these diseases, under the direction of their well-intentioned but clueless dermatologist who has convinced them that their only hope is to find the right medication for their "skin disease."
Same with the kidneys. Their original job was simply to maintain water and electrolyte balance within the blood. But with the advent of modern foods of commerce, suddenly the kidneys find themselves spending all their energy trying to filter out these new manmade chemicals from the blood - a function for which they were never designed. Result: kidney disease today is the #9 cause of death in the US. (Historical Statistics)
Dr. Henry Bieler offers another example of vicarious elimination: the lungs take over for the kidneys. When the level of toxins in the blood exceeds the kidneys' capacity to eliminate them via the urine, the lungs try to take up some of the slack. The lungs secrete some of the blood's toxins through their mucous membranes. Such toxicity irritates and inflames the delicate lung membranes, and can be the initial cause of pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, edema or virtually any other lung problem.
Same with a cold. A cold is simply the body's way of saying that the level of toxicity has now surpassed the body's ability to get rid of wastes through the normal avenues: colon, kidneys, and liver. So it will try alternative or vicarious routes: nose, mouth, throat, eyes, lungs.
Bieler uses this same model to explain dysmenorrhea and pelvic inflammatory disease: irritation of female organs when they are used as alternate routes of toxin removal from the blood, every month. At menopause, when this avenue of detox falls into disuse, various new problems may occur as a result. Vicarious elimination: an organ of reproduction being used as an emergency organ of detoxification.
Again, Tilden's theory of vicarious elimination is that many diseases are really just an organ's emergency attempt to discharge excess poisons because the primary avenues are overloaded. If that body part is overwhelmed in the process, it becomes diseased and we pretend that that organ, in isolation from the rest of the body, is the problem.
Such thinking is more than just simplistic and disingenuous; if medical decisions are based on false perceptions characterizing the diseased organ as the disease, the results can range from ineffective to fatal.
Dr. Tilden felt that undigested food in the intestines and in the blood was the primary cause of all disease. His ideas are now being substantiated in most gastroenterology journals, which explore in great detail the 'modern' phenomenon of
Leaky Gut Syndrome.