Chronic Rheumatism And Rheumatic Gout (Osteo-Arthritis)

Both these diseases are closely associated with constipation and alimentary toxemia. Herter showed that certain putrefactive organisms are always present in great numbers in the stools of persons suffering from rheumatic gout The experience of many physicians has shown that great improvement often follows the adoption of a low protein diet in these cases; and the benefit derived from securing increased activity of the bowels has made many a mineral spring famous as a cure-all for rheumatics.

The writer has seen hundreds of chronic sufferers from these maladies greatly relieved and many cured by a low protein diet and the restoration of normal colon activity.

Pigmentation Of The Skin And Skin Diseases

When meat and eggs are eaten freely, according to Combe, there may be produced in the intestine a large amount of a brown poisonous coloring substance, "brenzcatchin," to destroy which is one of the functions of the suprarenal capsules. When these glands become defective, through overwork, this substance accumulates and, being deposited in the skin, gives rise to dinginess of the complexion, brown circles around the eyes, so-called "liver patches" on the face and other parts, brown spots upon the hands, and a deepening of the color of parts of the skin which are normally pigmented, as the axillary regions, groins, and in many patients a line down the center of the back.

This pigmentation is commonly seen in aged persons, in whom as in others its cause is the constipation which is usually associated with old age. The same pigmentation is sometimes seen in young persons, and even in infants, as the result of intense poisoning from intestial putrefaction. When an antitoxic diet is adopted, and the bowels are made to act normally, the pigmentation disappears with remarkable quickness. Dr. Lane of London has demonstrated the connection between this abnormal pigmentation and putrefaction in the colon, by removing the colon. He states that the worst cases show a surprising change for the better in a few days, and the pigmentation wholly disappears within a few weeks. Cases seen by the writer in a London hospital seemed to verify this claim, which is also supported by the results of securing frequent daily movements in very chronic cases of constipation.

Eczema

Eczema, one of the most common and most distressing of skin maladies, has long been known by skin specialists to be caused by constipation. Doctor Bulkley, the eminent skin specialist of New York City, has within the last thirty years many times called attention to the fact that eczema is encouraged by the use of flesh food, and that most chronic cases are curable by strict adherence to a non-flesh dietary, even when all other measures have failed to give relief.

A most distressing form of this disease is eczema of the anal region, one of the frequent results of constipation. This annoying ailment usually disappears very soon when the bowels are made to move three times a day, and meat is excluded from the diet.

Temporary relief from the horrible itching of eczema may be obtained in many cases by bathing the parts with very hot water (120° F.), or by exposing them to hot steam. Then apply an unguent, consisting of the following: lanolin 2 drams, borogly-ceride 1 dram, cold cream 6 drams. This method usually succeeds especially well in old cases in which the skin is dry or scaly. The eruption usually disappears very quickly after a proper X-ray application. The actinic ray is sometimes more effective. The affected parts should be constantly and very carefully protected.

Psoriasis

This form of skin disease, usually more obstinate though less distressing than eczema, is generally incurable without the adoption of a fleshless diet and restoration of the normal function of the colon. In many cases nothing else is needed to effect a permanent cure. A few applications of the actinic rays by means of the arc light or the "mercury light" will generally cause the eruptions to disappear. Apply the skin cream given on previous page.

Itching Skin Without Eruption

Many constipated persons, especially old persons, suffer from intense itching and burning of the skin, especially of the back and other parts of the arms and legs. The affection is generally worse in cold weather and when hard water is used for baths. A soap and water bath is generally followed by an increase of the itching. If the skin is scratched, an eruption resembling eczema appears.

Besides combatting the constipation nearly always present, bathe the parts with water as hot as can be borne (120° F.) several times daily. Avoid rubbing. After bathing, apply skin cream freely. The cream should be applied to the whole surface of the body after bathing and daily or even twice a day. If necessary to completely relieve the itching, menthol may be added to the cream in the proportion of ten grains to the ounce.