Now many doctors and others with no background in nutrition will say that we can eat anything we want because the body's digestive enzymes are designed to break the food down. This would be true if we were eating an 80% natural diet. By that I mean a diet in which most foods contain within them the enzymes necessary for complete breakdown. The natural diet leaves behind no residue from the digestive activity. That is normal digestion.
But we don't have a natural diet. Most of us have a SAD diet - the Standard American Diet. You know - burgers, fries, pizza, beer, chips, donuts, coke, etc. These are non-foods, new to the human species in the past century. Our digestive systems were never designed to break these chemical bizzarros down. So the stuff doesn't get digested - it just sits there, rotting. Abnormal diet = abnormal digestion.
TOXEMIA AND VICARIOUS ELIMINATION
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."
Toxemia Explained p. 49
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.