Rashes are More than Skin Deep

| October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our phlebotomist at the lab told me she needed a morning off to go to the doctor. She had developed an intensely itchy rash on both forearms. One doctor had given her a steroid cream that eased the symptoms but the rash would come back with a vengeance if she stopped the cream. This happened because the problem was not in her skin, but in her gut.

As we age, our stomachs become less effective at producing a critical critter killer–hydrochloric acid. Normally, this is one of the main defenses we have against the trillions of critters that live in and on us all the time. Once there is a compromise in your ability to keep critters under control, they will start to overgrow. Where they overgrow depends on your genetics. Your immune system responds to this overgrowth by producing chemicals in an effort to get the critters back down to normal numbers. The chemicals produced by your immune system can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on which chemical is produced. The generic term for this immune system response is “inflammation”–Latin for “on fire”. The medical suffix for inflammation is “itis”. If inflammation is in the skin, it’s generically called “dermatitis” (derm=skin). “Arthro” indicates joints. Inflammation in the joints is “arthritis”. If you have an “itis”, you have inflammation due your immune system responding to critter overgrowth. Asthma=pneumonitis–lung inflammation. There is appendicitis, colitis, pancreatitis, etc. Steroid creams are usually the first response of MSU trained doctors. Steroids like cortisone and prednisone inhibit the immune system. This temporarily brings relief as the immune system stops producing its “weapons of mass destruction”. The steroids do nothing to reduce the number of critters. On the contrary, steroids will often make the problem worse as they make more sugar available to feed the critters. Once steroids fail, stronger drugs to weaken the immune system will be used. Obviously, these will fail also because the immune system is not the problem. Not my first rodeo with this problem, so in 5 minutes I was able to tell her to start following the BALi Eating Plan and add Robynzyme. The interaction was so brief, I forgot about it. Three days later I stopped by the lab and she reminded me by showing me her rash had resolved.

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(MSU is a commonly used Robyism that typically stands for “make science up” or “make sh*t up”. “Critter” is commonly used to reference Candida yeast overgrowth and inflammation.)

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Category: General Health, Inflammation, Skin

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