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When the body’s primary channels of waste elimination (liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and the skin itself) become sluggish or blocked, internal toxicity builds and is often pushed out through the skin with sweat and sebum (hair oil). Those waste products can be over-acidic and irritative; hence one of the first signs of a stressed liver is itching.



Similarly if skin pores become blocked by cosmetics or anti-perspirants, waste products are prevented from getting out creating a toxic state under the skin. Perspiration actually has no smell, but when left to dry and clog the pores, bacterial and fungal organisms colonize damp areas creating body odour. You may have noticed this odour changes with your diet, especially if you consume a lot of garlic or spicy foods.


Nutritional deficiencies prevent the dermis (the underlying skin layer) from repairing properly and often show as dry, cracked or reddened skin. Damaged skin weakens the protective barrier between our internal and external environments, and therefore allows infections to enter. Scratching such skin just makes it worse, increasing damage and introducing pathogens from dirty finger nails.


Conditions such as acne, produce a white exudate (pus) under the skin, which is in fact a gathering of dead white blood cells (WBCs). WBCs carry out the primary function of the immune system; engulfing foreign invaders in the blood stream. Their presence is a sure sign the immune system has been activated by something. In the absence of obvious injury and infection, a frequent excess of pus indicates the response from WBCs is failing to deal with the scale of the trigger, and thus the immune system is weak. This is usually a sign of intolerance reactions from the wrong foods, plus nutritional deficiency.


Eczema, Psoriasis and certain rashes may well be aggravated by poor food choices, but usually include an emotional element and/or some form of metal toxicity. Thus they respond well to food intolerance testing, metal chelation and Homoeopathy.


Allergies (hyper-sensitivity reactions) are not so common as you might think. Some parasitic infections may look like allergy, so it’s important to identify such things before treating. Dirty bowels or poor liver function will also produce hyper-sensitivity to a whole range of foods and chemicals, which are often blamed on allergies too. As a general guide, if you think you have a long list of food allergies, it is far more likely you have one or more of the other conditions mentioned above.


If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned here, come in for a diagnostic session to discover the cause, and restore a healthy complexion.


Article written by David Wells, Osteopath & Applied Kinesiologist.

The perspective shared in this article comes not just from medical training but from symptoms and treatment protocols observed over more than 20 years of clinical experience.

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Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Skin rashes, Acne.


Skin, especially on the face, is an indicator of our underlying health. The application of creams or lotions to poor skin and rashes rarely addresses the underlying cause. The majority of skin conditions are signs of toxicity emerging from within.

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