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This is a fascinating case study of psoriasis in a patient who was 90% covered with severe skin
 His skin was so itchy and burning that he was physically disabled.  He had strength…he had
ability…but the burning and itching was aggravated by movement, and was so severe that it would force
him to lie in the bed…or to turn around on his way to work.  

And this guy is no wimp.  He served in Vietnam, where he survived not only the combat, but severe blood
poisoning, and a fungal infection so nasty that they offered to amputate his toes!  

The psoriasis started about 20 years ago following a fall on his knee, gouging a hole in the skin.  (which
makes it about 20 years AFTER the immune challenges in Vietnam)  Instead of healing as we come to
expect, it
activated the scaling lesions of psoriasis.  Who knows what entered his body at that time, or
if it actually released something inside him, from the harsh conditions of Vietnam.  

When I finally saw him, the psoriasis had spread all over his body.  
He had been on steroid creams for
10 years, followed by Methotrexate for the next 10 years as the condition got worse.
methotrexate sufficiently suppressed his skin lesions to a manageable level, but during a recent
his doctor discovered that it had damaged his liver so badly that he refused to
prescribe it again!

Imagine that…and it doesn’t take much imagination, because our culture has ACCEPTED as customary,
many medical treatments that are dangerous or deadly.  But that’s not the point…imagine that your
medicine (solution to severe pain)
is suddenly taken away…with no options given!  “We can’t give
you this anymore…good luck.”  

As you might expect, not long after, the skin lesions and burning / itching came back with a
 When I saw him, he couldn’t stand upright in gravity for more than a minute!  And I
bet…he was in such pain…that if I offered methotrexate and a 50% chance of death…he would have taken
it.  Just a guess, based on how bad it was!

If you are not familiar…methotrexate is chemotherapy.  It poisons your body to suppress cell reproduction.  
Cell reproduction is how your body HEALS.  When your knee is cut, or your liver is damaged by a chemical
exposure or alcohol abuse, the damaged cells are removed by the immune system, and no worries…the
healthy cells reproduce and fill in for the damaged cells.  

But his body didn’t heal like that when he cut his knee…
it created lesions known as psoriasis.  Why
the heck would “healing,” our apparent God given right…fail?  A lack of toxicity?  No…that is where we
seem to get it massively wrong.  Every condition for which these poisons are used… primarily autoimmune
diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer…
the underlying CAUSE of these
conditions is toxicity.  

There are several ways to become “toxic.”  Infections such as bacteria, viruses, and fungus cause toxicity
by activating an inflammatory cascade of hormone like chemicals in our body that serve the purpose of
directing and aiding the immune cells to respond to the invasion.  The fight that is forged by the immune
system produces “dead cells and pus” which your lymphatic system is designed to clear out.  And, many of
these infections release “bio-toxins,” which is a bit like the biological warfare used in Vietnam know as
Agent Orange!   

Then there is the accumulation of environmental chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, cleaning
chemicals, petroleum products, and more, as well as the addition of chemicals into our food chain, such as
artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.  These chemicals are now measured in the millions
of pounds introduced into our environment on a yearly basis.  And there are not a dozen or so, we are
talking almost a million different synthetic chemicals used and left in our environment by various

So let’s review the history again…poisoned and infected with a nasty fungal infection in Vietnam…then
back in the states he takes a post military job with a petroleum corporation, which, as he described,
included significant skin contact with the petroleum products…then he falls on his knee, opening his blood
to viral and bacterial infections…and instead of healing, he scales and burns.  Then for 20 years he
suppresses inflammation and cell reproduction with chemicals…slowly increasing the doses and drug
until his doctor sees signs of liver failure.

Toxins leave our system via the liver and lymphatic system.  Both use the Intestines and Kidneys for
dumping…and secondarily the skin.  So if we see massive inflammation in the skin, a reasonable
consideration would be failure of the liver or lymphatic system…and the “root cause” would be the several
forms of toxicity mentioned above.   

And now he is in my office…worse off than ever.  I advise him that I have nothing that suppresses…
natures medicines only heal.  But,
if you give it time, we should see a gradual improvement…leading to
“True Health”…which requires no medications!

We perform our diagnostics…and no surprise…we see evidence that he is infected with bacteria and
fungus, and his lymphatic system is very congested.  And we already knew his liver was in failure.  Also, a
measure of systemic inflammation, C-Reactive Protein, was 23 TIMES the optimal level.  Yes, that is
HIGH…not THE highest I have seen, but in the top 5!  

I am a little worried…am I in over my head?  I can see why suppression through chemicals happened!  
Such severe pain and discomfort…
the intensity of a patient needing help had never been

But I have faith in Regulation…that part of us that coordinates all our systems…which you could easily call
God.  And I have faith in my form of communication… muscle testing…which you could easily call a direct
conversation with Regulation (or God?).  

His body, through muscle testing, advised me to approach infection control with a VERY MILD
approach…and a VERY AGGRESSIVE approach to detoxifying, particularly the lymphatic system.  

Nature offers many methods of detoxifying or clearing the lymphatic system.  One such, that was critical to
his improvement,
was a plant called Red Root.  This plant was used by native Americans to treat skin
cancers and other aggressive skin lesions.  Another was
Burdock…a plant used traditionally (read that to
indicate what your grandmother, mother, or “medicine man” would have given you hundreds of years ago)
for skin disorders and cancer.  These “traditions” were passed on from generation to generation, dating
back to 3000 years ago, in the earliest documented writings.

I’m not sure how we lost these “traditions,” but I imagine it had something to do with profitability.  Most
medications are “loose translations” of plant medicines, made by studying the effects of plants, and taking
that observation to the lab to produce a similar effect in a synthetic chemical, which can be patented.  I don’
t know…and I don’t really care.  My purpose is to reconnect our culture to natural health, which includes
these healing traditions.

And here is the potential of natural medicine.  
Eight weeks into his treatment, he was back to
…not symptom free, but as I mentioned, this is a tough dude.  What was remarkable to me, though,
was a comment he made on that eight week check…
THIS GOOD WITH METHOTREXATE.”  Suppression never worked as well as healing and

I don’t see that many people with psoriasis…WHY??…because they have a drug that “keeps it
 And a story that there is “no known cause, we can ONLY manage the symptoms for
the rest of your life.”  And you say… “OK, I can live with this…still go to work…only slight discomfort.”  So
stop looking for True Health.  

This guy was VERY LUCKY!  Many others in his situation didn’t have a checkup scheduled as their liver
went into failure.  Yet their liver did fail, and as their toxicity increased, so did their fluid levels.  As one of
my professors said… “the solution to pollution is dilution.”  Dilution means water…and water held inside
means pressure…and pressure will eventually blow a valve or hose…and then your death certificate says
heart attack or stroke.  

No…it will not say that you died of your solution…the medication…but that is the reality if you dig
deep enough.

This guy was lucky.   His scheduled recheck was right at the time his liver was going down.  They pulled
the meds and saved his life.  Painfully, he was FORCED into my clinic.  He had no other options.  And if
you had that level of pain, you might even consider natural health traditions, too!  (maybe, after hearing
this story, you will consider sooner!)

I saw him recently at a birthday party for his daughters big 4-0.  He shared that he is doing great…even
eating some junk food, with no big consequence.  (Junk food and fungus/yeast don’t mix…generally you
will PAY if you still have the problem).  He was happy, comfortable, and his skin was the best it had been in
20 years!

What an encouragement for that “thing I do!”  I help guide people toward True Health...which includes
smiling and laughing at your daughters birthday party.  And you know what…it INTENSIFIED my mission of
spreading True Health…because ALL DADs, and MOMs…deserve to be at their daughters 40th birthday
party…celebrating life, love, and community!   

As a patient, you must ask…
“WHY do I have these symptoms!?”  
Functional Medicine (FM)
ANSWERS this question…
and provides a clear
step by step process
to discover and resolve
Dr. Stone is a Chiropractic Physician, certified in
Integrated Natural Medicine and Applied Kinesiology, and Functional Diagnostic Medicine.  
He also has over 300 hours of post doctoral education in Functional Neurology.  
This clinic does not treat named conditions,
rather we treat each individual toward health.

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