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Secondary Eliminations Are Disease

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Sources: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor

However the exact form the chain from irritation or malnutrition to

enervation progresses, the ultimate result is an increased level of

toxemia, placing an eliminatory burden on the liver and kidneys in

excess of their ability. Eventually these organs begin to weaken.

Decline of liver and/or kidney function threatens the stability and

purity of blood chemistry. Rather than risk complete incapacitation

or death from sel
-poisoning, the overloaded, toxic body, guided by

its genetic predisposition and the nature of the toxins (what was

eaten, in what state of stress), cleverly channels surplus toxins

into its first line of defense--alternative or secondary elimination


Most non-life-threatening yet highly annoying disease conditions

originate as secondary eliminations. For example, the skin was

designed to sweat, elimination of fluids. Toxemia is often pushed

out the sweat glands and is recognized as an unpleasant body odor. A

healthy, non-toxic body smells sweet and pleasant (like a newborn

baby's body) even after exercise when it has been sweating heavily.

Other skin-like organs such as the sinus tissues, were designed to

secrete small amounts of mucus for lubrication. The lungs eliminate

used air and the tissues are lubricated with mucus-like secretions

too. These secretions are types of eliminations, but are not

intended for the elimination of toxins. When toxins are discharged

in mucus through tissues not designed to handle them, the tissues

themselves become irritated, inflamed, weakened and thus much more

subject to bacterial or viral infection. Despite this danger, not

eliminating surplus toxins carries with it the greater penalty of

serious disability or death. Because of this liability, the body, in

its wisdom, initially chooses secondary elimination routes as far

from vital tissues and organs as possible. Almost inevitably the

skin or skin-like mucus membranes such as the sinuses, or lung

tissues become the first line of defense.

Thus the average person's disease history begins with colds, flu,

sinusitis, bronchitis, chronic cough, asthma, rashes, acne, eczema,

psoriasis. If these secondary eliminations are suppressed with drugs

(either from the medical doctor or with over the counter remedies),

if the eating or lifestyle habits that created the toxemia are not

changed, or if the toxic load increases beyond the limits of this

technique, the body then begins to store toxins in fat or muscle

tissues or the joint cavities, overburdens the kidneys, creates

cysts, fibroids, and benign tumors to store those toxins. If toxic

overload continues over a longer time the body will eventually have

to permit damages to vital tissues, and life-threatening conditions


Hygienic doctors always stress that disease is remedial effort.

Illness comes from the body's best attempt to lighten its toxic load

without immediately threatening its survival. The body always does

the very best it can to remedy toxemia given its circumstances, and

it should be commended for these efforts regardless of how

uncomfortable they might be to the person inhabiting the body.

Symptoms of secondary elimination are actually a positive thing

because they are the body's efforts to lessen a dangerously toxic

condition. Secondary eliminations shouldn't be treated immediately

with a drug to suppress the process. If you squelch the bodies best

and least-life-threatening method to eliminate toxins, the body will

ultimately have to resort to another more dangerous though probably

less immediately uncomfortable channel.

The conventional medical model does not view disease this way and

sees the symptoms of secondary elimination as the disease itself. So

the conventional doctor takes steps to halt the body's remedial

efforts, thus stopping the undesirable symptom and then, the symptom

gone, proclaims the patient cured. Actually, the disease is the


A common pattern of symptom suppression under the contemporary

medical model is this progression: treat colds with antihistamines

until the body gets influenza; suppress a flu repeatedly with

antibiotics and eventually you get pneumonia. Or, suppress eczema

with cortisone ointment repeatedly, and eventually you develop

kidney disease. Or, suppress asthma with bronkiodialators and

eventually you need cortisone to suppress it. Continue treating

asthma with steroids and you destroy the adrenals; now the body has

become allergic to virtually everything.

The presence of toxins in an organ of secondary elimination is

frequently the cause of infection. Sinuses and lungs, inflamed by

secondary eliminations, are attacked by viruses or bacteria;

infectious diseases of the skin result from pushing toxins out of

the skin. More generalized infections also result from toxemia; in

this case the immune system has become compromised and the body is

overwhelmed by an organism that it normally should be able to resist

easily. The wise cure of infections is not to use antibiotics to

suppress the bacteria while simultaneously whipping the immune

system; most people, including most medical doctors, do not realize

that antibiotics also goose the immune system into super efforts.

But when one chooses to whip a tired horse, eventually the exhausted

animal collapses and cannot rise again no matter how vigorously it

is beaten. The wise cure is to detoxify the body, a step that

simultaneously eliminates secondary eliminations and rebuilds the

immune system.

The wise way to deal with the body's eliminative efforts is to

accept that disease is an opportunity to pay the piper for past

indiscretions. You should go to bed, rest, and drink nothing but

water or dilute juice until the condition has passed. This allows

the body to conserve its vital energy, direct this energy toward

healing the disordered body part, and catch up on its waste

disposal. In this way you can help your body, be in harmony with its

efforts instead of working against it which is what most people do.

Please forgive another semi-political polemic here, but in my

practice I have often been amazed to hear my clients complain that

they have not the time nor the ability to be patient with their

body, to rest it through an illness because they have a job they

can't afford to miss or responsibilities they can't put down. This

is a sad commentary on the supposed wealth and prosperity of the

United States. In our country most people are enslaved by their

debts, incurred because they had been enthralled by the illusion of

happiness secured by the possession of material things. Debt slaves

believe they cannot miss a week of work. People who feel they can't

afford to be sick think they can afford to live on pills. So people

push through their symptoms by sheer grit for years on end, and keep

that up until their exhausted horse of a body breaks down totally

and they find themselves in the hospital running up bills to the

tune of several thousand dollars a day. But these very same people

do not think they can afford the loss of a few hundred dollars of

current income undertaking some virtually harmless preventative

maintenance on their bodies.

Given half a chance the body will throw off toxic overburdens and

cleanse itself. And once the body has been cleansed of toxemia,

disagreeable symptoms usually cease. This means that to make

relatively mild but unwanted symptoms lessen and ultimately stop it

is merely necessary to temporarily cut back food intake, eating only

what does not cause toxemia. These foods I classify as cleansing,

such as raw fruits and vegetables and their juices. If the symptoms

are extreme, are perceived as overwhelming or are actually

life-threatening, detoxification can be speeded up by dropping back

to only dilute raw juices or vegetable broth made only from greens,

without eating the solids. In the most extreme cases hygienists use

their most powerful medicine: a long fast on herb teas, or just

water. I will have a lot to say about fasting, later.

When acutely ill, the most important thing to do is to just get out

of the body's way, and let it heal itself. In our ignorance we are

usually our own worst enemy in this regard. We have been very

successfully conditioned to think that all symptoms are bad. But I

know from experience that people can and do learn a new way of

viewing the body, an understanding that puts them at cause over

their own body. It allows you to be empowered in one more area of

life instead of being dependent and at the mercy of other peoples

decisions about your body.

Finally, and this is why natural medicine is doubly unpopular, to

prevent the recurrence of toxemia and acute disease states, person

must discover what they are doing wrong and change their life. Often

as not this means elimination of the person's favorite

(indigestible) foods and/or (stress-producing) bad habits.

Naturally, I will have a lot more to say about this later, too.