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The Scurf Rim

(Fig. 8, page 66; fig. 18, page 216)

Outline of the section: Suppression of skin eruptions, mercurial inunctions, hot bathing, steam baths, heavy, dense clothing, coddling, or anything else which weakens skin action, tends to intensify the scurf rim. Find out what is it and other related info.

The name Scurf Rim was applied by the first Iridologists to the dark ring often visible in the outer iris of the eye, because it usually appears and is always intensified after suppression of milk crust, scurf, sycotic and other eczematous eruptions on the heads and bodies of infants and children.

The outer rim of the iris, where the iris color joins the white of the eyeball (sclera) corresponds in the body to the cutaneous surface, the skin. If the skin is normal, healthy and active, the rim of the iris shows no abnormal discolorations. If, however, the skin is weak, enervated, atonic, or in anemic and atrophic condition, there appears in the rim of the iris the dark scurf ring. Sometimes this dark ring is complete all around the iris (Fig. 18, p. 216), sometimes it appears only in certain portions or segments of it. (Fig. 9, p. 75)

Suppression of skin eruptions, mercurial inunctions, hot bathing, steam baths, heavy, dense clothing, coddling, or anything else which weakens skin action, tends to intensify the scurf rim.

Hereditary disease, as we have learned in former articles, is indicated in the iris of infants by a general darkening of color. Sometimes, however, in the offspring of scrofulous, psoric or mercurial parents the scurf rim also is, shortly after birth, more or less distinctly visible.

Nature endeavors to purify the tender, plastic body of its hereditary taints and acquired morbid encumbrances, not only through the natural channels of elimination, but also by the various forms of acute infantile diseases, such as diarrheas, skin eruptions, colds, catarrhs, febrile diseases, etc.

Fig. 8. Section of Iris.

Nature's favorite means of purifying the infant organism are skin eruptions on head and body. If these are suppressed by salves, drugs, drying powders, oils, creams, soaps, warm bathing, warm, dense clothing, and coddling, the scurf rim. appears, or, if already present, becomes more prominent, indicating that skin action has been weakened and paralyzed by such unnatural treatment. (Fig. 18,) It would probably be going too far to attribute the scurf rim always to suppression. As before intimated, the dark rim may be the sign of a weak and inactive skin not virile enough to produce eruptions. Such an individual, however, has but few chances to survive in the battle of life, and usually succumbs to the first serious disease crisis.

On the other hand, it is very interesting to observe how the scurf rim diminishes and gradually disappears when, under influence of natural diet, air, sun and light baths, cold water treatment, massage, neurotherapy, etc., the cuticle becomes alive and active, and through skin eruptions, furuncles, carbuncles, etc., throws off the latent chronic taints.

The scurf rim is, therefore, a reliable indicator of the normal or abnormal condition of the skin. This becomes of eminent importance in diagnosis and prognosis when we consider how necessary is normal activity of the skin to the maintenance of health and to life itself.

This is due to the fact that the skin, besides containing the superficial organs of touch, has two very important functions--heat radiation and excretion. Our temperature constantly stands near 99 degrees F., no matter whether we are at the equator or in the polar regions; whether we swelter in the heat of summer or shiver in the cold of winter. Deviations of a few degrees either way from the normal heat are symptoms of severe illness. The body is able to maintain this equality of temperature only by the instrumentality of the lungs and of the skin. If the skin is clogged, sluggish, tense or atrophied, then inner blood pressure and temperature rise too high. If the skin is too weak or relaxed, then the loss by radiation is too great and as a consequence inner blood pressure and temperature sink too low. If heat radiation is interfered with, as in high fevers, through uric acid or pathogen poisoning, or through atrophy and clogging of the skin, there results in the interior organs a tendency to congestion, high blood pressure, catarrhal, feverish and inflammatory conditions, which may cause coma and death.

It will be of interest here to study the elimination of morbid matter from the human body as it takes place through the organs of depuration. The principal waste product of carbohydrate metabolism is CO2--carbon-dioxide; of protein metabolism, CO(NH2)2--urea. Imperfect oxidation of carbohydrates and protein matter may result in the formation of many kinds of acids and ptomains. These must be neutralized and eliminated in the form of salts. The various organs eliminate normally only the following waste products:

NaCO3 Large amounts of urea, salts, water. Large amounts of CO2. Trace of salts. Valuable amounts of water. No urea. Small amounts of CO2. No urea. Consider-able amounts of salts--one-third of amount of salts eliminated through the kidneys. Considerable amounts of water. Indigestible and undigested foods, and other waste and morbid products. The latter particularly through the various forms of diarrhea.

When the system is in an abnormal or diseased condition, encumbered with large amounts of waste and morbid matter, then the excretory organs will eliminate many other kinds of waste and morbid materials besides the normal products of excretion mentioned in the foregoing diagram--as, for instance, uric acid and indican in the urine, etc.


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