Chronic- Diseases-Their Signs in Iris
The bronchi, lungs and pleura showed chronic signs of the third and fourth stages. The brain region displayed the grey, mercurial crescent; the outer margin of the iris, the whitish flakes of arsenic. The entire iris was overspread with the greyish film of coal tar products. The scurf rim was heavy and continuous all around the iris; the lymphatic rosary also was very heavy, indicating the engorged and inactive condition of the lymphatic glands.
The iris pictures on this page show the appearance of her eyes when she first came to us five years ago.
The right iris shows a lesion in the region of the knee. In her girlhood the knee was injured by a fall on the ice. The right liver area shows the sign of subacute inflammation. The chronic signs in anus and rectum, left eye, stand for external and internal hemorrhoids.
At the time of writing this most of the signs just described have disappeared and the iris presents a clear, blue appearance. Of the drug signs only traces of mercury and iodin are visible.
A Typical Case of Psora
When I first met Mr. B. three years ago he had a growth on the left side of his throat the size of a large walnut. It had a soft, red spot in the center which seemed ready to open. Several surgeons had diagnosed the case as true cancer and recommended immediate surgical removal.
The eyes of this patient at the time of my first examination, though apparently brown, showed on close examination a blue background. The brown, heaviest in the region of stomach and intestines, was superimposed.
When I mentioned this, he answered his mother had told him that in infancy his eyes were blue, but they had darkened and become brown when he was a few years old.
The scurf rim was heavy and dark except in the brain region. The darkening of the eyes and the formation of the scurf rim must have been caused through the suppressive treatment of skin eruptions, but this he did not remember and, his mother being dead, it was impossible to secure information on this point.
At the age of seven he suffered with inflammatory rheumatism. This was treated by an allopathic physician. He remembered that he was confined to bed for several months and that he did not fully recover from the attack for six months.
Two years later he was again prostrated with the same trouble and this time also he was not able to attend school for over six months. Since then he had been troubled periodically with rheumatism.
The treatment always consisted mainly in the administration of salicylates. This accounted for the heavy white ring in the outer margin of the iris, which stands for salts of sodium, magnesium, potassium and bromin, the bromin being more confined to the brain region.
We always find that people who have taken salicylates repeatedly and in considerable quantities exhibit in the digestive area of the iris the brown and blackish discolorations indicating atrophy of the membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. This patient was no exception to the rule.
On being questioned he admitted that since the first attack of rheumatism he had suffered from constipation and indigestion. These conditions had grown worse after the second attack and had become more chronic with advancing years. He reported that for many years he had never had a movement of the bowels without resorting to laxatives or enemas.
At the age of eleven he "caught the seven year itch", as he called it. This received the regular sulphur and molasses and blue ointment treatment. It proved a stubborn case and persisted in spite of drastic treatment for about six weeks.
Suppression of the scabies showed in the iris by several large itch spots, one in the right groin and one in the region of left neck, and another in right lower back. Several smaller itch spots showed in the intestinal tract.
During his childhood he was vaccinated a few times and received several antitoxin injections for immunization. This addition of disease matter to his system undoubtedly added to the vitiated condition of his vital fluids and helped to darken and discolor the iris.
From childhood up he was troubled, as before stated, with stubborn constipation, indigestion and malnutrition due to the atonic condition of the intestinal membranes. Catarrhal elimination through the membranous linings of the nasal passages, throat and bronchi endeavored to relieve the morbid condition of his system, but he did his best to prevent this by the use of cold and catarrh cures.
After his thirtieth year the rheumatism gradually became more chronic. Pathogenic obstruction in the system, together with the effects of the salicylates on the heart weakened that organ and caused it to dilate, which resulted in leakage of the mitral valve (Fig. 28, p. 239).
At the age of fortyone a swelling appeared on the left side of the neck. It was treated first with iodin; then several doctors pronounced it incipient cancer and recommended immediate surgical treatment. The patient balked at this for some time. When the further development of the growth left no doubt about its being of a malignant nature, he came to me for consultation and examination.
The first look in the iris revealed the large itch spot in the region of the left neck (Fig. 28). I explained to him what it meant--that the psoric taint together with general autointoxication of his system was undoubtedly responsible for the tumor. After a complete tracing of his ailments by the records in the iris from infancy on, he at once grasped the reasonableness of my explanation and submitted to thorough natural treatment.
A description of the many crises he passed through and their significance would fill a good sized volume. Suffice it to say that within two months after the commencement of treatment his bowels acted freely, and the skin and kidneys had become more alive and active.
The first crisis came in the form of acute catarrhal elimination, which lasted four weeks. The thirteenth week, the second crisis period, brought a severe attack of acute rheumatism. This lasted for about three weeks and was followed in the fourth month by fiery, itchy eruptions all over the body. Several eczematous patches appeared on the abdomen and discharged an acrid, watery fluid. The patient one day exhibited these ugly looking sores to a visiting physician who was interested in our work. The doctor could not understand why the patient seemed to be so much elated over his affliction until I explained to him that I had predicted the appearance of itchy eruptions as a form of healing crisis.
I also explained the significance of the itch spots; that they stood for suppressed psora and that this constitutional taint would have to work out through acute elimination before a reduction of the malignant growth could be expected.
It is now three years since the patient ceased taking treatment. The itchy eruptions appeared and disappeared periodically, extending over a period of six months. In the meantime the tumor in the neck softened and diminished in size slowly but steadily. As the vital fluids became pure and normal the food was taken away from the parasitic growth and pure blood and lymph gradually absorbed its pathogenic materials.
During the crisis periods the patient underwent three fasts of seven days, two weeks, and four weeks respectively. These, together with strict raw food and at times dry food diet, aided greatly in purifying the system of its pathogenic encumbrances.
Fig. 28 shows the records in his eyes as they appeared when I first examined him. Note the heavy scurf rim, partly covered by the salt ring, the dark brown discoloration and black spokes in the gastro-intestinal area, standing for the atonic condition of the membranous linings of these organs caused by salicylates. The liver also shows dark, indicating a sluggish condition. The itch spots in groin, neck and intestines are plainly visible. They were dark brown in color, indicating that the suppression had taken place many years previously. The broad white ring in the outer iris stands for deposits of salicylates. A heart lesion is plainly visible close to the sympathetic wreath in the left eye. (Area 10.)
The upper part of the iris in the brain region shows the greyish veil of coal tar products. Iodin is visible in left throat. The left leg had been crushed in a railway accident, which is indicated by a diagonal closed lesion.
The causes and rational treatment of diabetes mellitus will be described in Vol. V of this series. In the following I shall confine myself to a description of the signs of the disease in the iris.
From the viewpoint of Natural Therapeutics we distinguish two forms of diabetes--the functional and the organic. The functional form of the disease is caused by pathogenic (mucoid) obstruction in the tissues of the body. Pathogenic obstruction prevents absorption of sugar by the cells in the muscular tissues and its combustion incidental to the performance of muscular labor.
Under consumption causes excessive accumulation of sugar in the circulation, and excretion through the kidneys. If this continues for a considerable length of time, it results in the degeneration of these organs through overwork and irritation by the sugar and poisonous by-products of glycosuria such as indican, acetone, diacetic acid, ptomains, leukomains and other pathogenic substances. From this we see that affections of the kidneys in diabetes are, as a rule, of a secondary nature, not primary. It explains why the most serious chronic lesions appear in the pancreas, liver, stomach and intestines, while the kidneys in the initial stages of the disease exhibit signs of acute irritation.
When the tendency to sugar excretion is due to pathogenic (mucoid) obstruction in the tissues of the body, then the lower half of the iris usually appears darkened while the upper half shows whitish. This indicates that the circulation is impeded in the surface, extremities and muscular tissues of the body, while congestion exists in the larger internal arterial blood vessels in the brain, lungs and heart, giving rise to high blood pressure. In the advanced stages of the disease this is followed by weakness of the heart muscles or atony of the cardiac and vasomotor centers resulting in low blood pressure. The intestinal area is usually very much distended and shows dark discolorations.