3. Other Types Of Ulcers
3.1 Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a condition where the colon becomes inflamed and, due to constant irritation and toxemia, ulcers develop. There is moderate to severe diarrhea with loss of blood in some cases.
This is a very serious condition where a situation has developed due to a long period of abuse. This condition only arises when an extreme toxicosis exists throughout the body. It develops due to improper eating and drinking habits—fried foods, meats, refined and processed foods, etc.; lack of exercise; lack of fresh air and sunshine; lack of sleep; stress; etc.
Most physicians do not restrict the diet of such patients except in the use of raw fruits and vegetables. They say that the roughage in these foods are too irritating for the patient to handle. In truth, these are the only foods that will promote health. However, it is important that such patients first initiate healing of the colon. The fast is in order for all such conditions. This fast, however, must be taken under the supervision of a person who is experienced in conducting fasts. To document the effectiveness of the fast in regard to the healing of ulcerative colitis, read Triumph Over Disease by Fasting by Dr. Jack Goldstein. In this book Dr. Goldstein tells of his experiences with ulcerative colitis. He ran the gamut of all the orthodox treatments but he only became worse. After reading some books on Natural Hygiene, he undertook a six-week fast followed by a natural-foods diet. He was so much improved that he was soon able to return to work. Several subsequent fasts allowed his body to completely regenerate and heal so he is now in superb health. I highly recommend that you read this book.
Many people experience acute diarrhea and colitis when on a diet that contains dairy products. These symptoms occur due to lactose deficiency. Lactose is the sugar in milk that most adults cannot tolerate due to lack of the enzyme lactase that is needed to split the lactose into the mono-saccharides glucose and galactose. It therefore becomes a toxic component to the body. The case in milk is also indigestible because we lack rennin to break down this protein. Thus, a case of toxicosis is initiated. This debilitates all bodily systems and in some, results in colitis. If incorrect dietary habits are persisted in, the colitis may evolve into ulcerative colitis.
3.2 Ulcers on the Skin
When a condition of toxicosis exists throughout the body, the skin may be used as an outlet for its toxic overload. Through a process of autolysis, a break in the skin will be made. This is done by the autolytic enzyme called lysosome. This enzyme is liberated from the cell and is capable of digesting protein tissue. Soon, a small pustule will appear on the skin. This may take the form of a pimple, boil or cyst. The pustule will enlarge in size until it really liberates its toxic contents. This is the body’s method of housecleaning and the procedure should not be interfered with.
Tremendous improvements have been made during a fast for such conditions. Pustules enlarge and empty their toxic contents during the fast and healing then takes place, this process unburdens the body, alleviates toxicosis, and suits in a generally-improved state of health. If, anywhere during the course of this process, a drug is taken to oppress the symptoms, the toxic matter will be redirected back into the system. Now the crisis becomes more severe toxicosis increases. The body must now initiate a more desperate attempt to eliminate its overload and a more stressful type of “disease” follows. You can see how much more sense it makes to cooperate with your body at the first sign of “disease” (housecleaning). The body will purify itself and homeostasis will be maintained.
3.3 Varicose Ulcers
Valved veins of the lower limb are of three types: deep vains, perforator veins, and superficial veins. Venous flow most efficient during muscular activity when the contracting muscles compress the sinusoids (minute blood vessles) and deep veins, thereby pumping the blood toward le heart; the direction of flow is controlled by the venous valves.
Veins function to conduct blood from the peripheral tissue to the heart. Blood pressure in these vessels is extremely low compared to that in the arterial system, and blood must exit at an even lower pressure, creating a need or a special mechanism whereby blood will be kept moving on its return to the heart rather than being allowed to pool and create more resistance to capillary flow. To achieve this, veins possess a unique system of valves. They serve to direct the flow of blood to the heart, particularly in an upward direction, preventing backflow when closed, movement of blood in veins toward the heart is brought about largely by the massaging action of contracting skeletal muscles and by the pressure gradient created by-breathing when, during inspiration, the pressure in the thoracic cavity decreases and the pressure in the abdominal cavity increases. Insufficiency of the valves can cause veins to become varicose, that is, swollen with accumulated blood, knotted, and painful. The veins lose their elasticity as a result of the continuous distention. Varicosity commonly occurs in the superficial veins of the lower extremities, which are subject, to strain when the individual stands for long periods of time. Obesity hastens their development.
Initially, superficial veins are tense and may be palpated but are not visible. Subsequently, they become visibly dilated or painful. Eventually pigmentation (from red blood cells diffusion through the capillaries), eczema, edema, subcutaneous induration and ulceration occur. The ulceration is usually small, superficial, and very painful because of exposure of nerve endings. These ulcerations may start following minor trauma to an area of pigmentation, induration, eczema, or edema, and are usually chronic by the time they are seen.
Treatment usually consists of compression “with hosiery, injection of the veins, or surgery. As with any such treatment, causes are not removed and health is not restored. Dr. Shelton advocated the fast for all cases of varicose veins. He said, “For more than 40 years I have advocated the employment of the fast in cases, of varicose ulcers. In many such cases that I have cared for, I have not had one to fail of healing.” Also in regard to varicose ulcers and fasting, Dr. Shelton quotes Dr. Harry Clements. He cites an article that appeared in The Lancet, June 15, 1968, entitled “Fasting for Obesity,” the article read, “Perhaps the most unexpected effect was the rapid healing of varicose ulcers. Case 10 had had ulceration continuously for 18 years, following an operation on her varicose veins, but after six weeks starvation the ulcers had completely healed whereas case 12 had ulcers which had remained active for seven years in spite of seven months’ treatment in 1964, yet they healed in three weeks.”
The body will heal when provided with the proper conditions for healing and repair. As with all toxic conditions, rest is the primary condition, and the fast met that requirement.