One of the first difficulties is the denial problem. The tendency, when faced with the alcoholic’s massive rejection of reality, is to want to force him to face all the facts right now. The trouble with this approach is that self-knowledge is often bought at the price of anxiety, and anxiety is a drinking trigger. What to do? Provide lots of support to counteract the initial anxiety caused by the acceptance of the reality of the drinking itself. Then, gradually, keep supporting the small increments in awareness that occur in the sober experience. It is always the temptation of a counselor or family to take denial personally, to think the alcoholic is “lying” to them. Remind yourself that the alcoholic has adopted this defense as protection against the massive pain that would go with facing the “cold, hard facts.” Its function is to fool the self, not the others. It is difficult but very necessary to remember that the denial of some particular issue is serving a useful purpose at the time, keeping overwhelming pain and anxiety at bay until more strength is available. The counselor must decide how much of either the client can tolerate. The question facing the counselor is whether the denial is still necessary or whether it has become counterproductive, blocking further progress.*104\331\2*

If you have been identified as having an allergy to a particular food or food additive, you should check the ingredients in all processed and packaged foodstuffs. A number of food additives and preservatives are known to trigger asthma attacks and other allergy symptoms in susceptible people. It is more common, in these cases, for asthma to be triggered by the additives and preservatives contained in a food, than the food itself. (These are irritants, not allergens.)In Australia, food labels must list all the ingredients in a given package. A code numbering system has been developed to identify specific food additives. This means, for example, that tartrazine (a yellow dye known to trigger asthma in some people) cannot be listed simply as ‘Colour’. The manufacturer must use the class name, ‘Colour’, as well as the specific name of the additive colour, ‘Tartrazine’. Or, to simplify the label, the manufacturer may use the code number for tartrazine, ‘Colour (102)’. The name of an additive must be specified when there is no appropriate class name or a code number has not been allocated.Listed below are the class names which describe the functions performed by food additives, followed by the additive numbers. Using this information to identify ingredients will assist with avoiding known allergens.*36\148\2*

Once again I should stress that the skin condition reflects conditions inside the body, and therefore a naturopathic approach will serve the patient much better than layers of cortisone or tar ointment plastered over the skin, since this deals only in part with the symptoms, while the actual cause of the problem remains present inside the body. Psoriasis ought to be treated internally and to this end, a diet to establish an acid/alkaline balance in the body is essential. Such a diet has been described in one of my previous books Arthritis, Rheumatism and Psoriasis, and I still maintain that this is the correct foundation on which to develop a programme for psoriasis treatment.Psoriasis is often compared to arthritis, in which case it is referred to as psoriatica arthritica, but there are many kinds of psoriasis. This chronic inflammatory skin disease lasts for several years and has been the cause of concern and unhappiness for many people. Although it is generally believed that the cause of psoriasis is unknown, in my experience it is definitely largely diet related. With many of my patients I have seen, that if they are prepared to follow dietary instructions, the condition will clear. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict how long the treatment period will be, because the rate of improvement varies greatly among patients. I sympathise with the many people who suffer from this disease and their plight has challenged me to do everything within my power to help them. The worst possible attitude is that one ‘will have to learn to live with it’. No health problem must be allowed to linger and this is never more true than in the case of psoriasis.One of the most troublesome conditions is known as mother of pearl scales, where flaking skin peels off, leaving a shiny surface, sometimes so thin that blood seems to be visible immediately under the surface. These patches can be quite large and may appear anywhere on the body; it is not unusual for nails and/or joints to be affected. Although this skin condition does not appear to affect one’s health, it can cause considerable stiffness when it is related to arthritis. It is also a great cause of embarrassment and therefore Hahnemann’s principle is important: to treat mind, body and spirit. Nothing is gained by sitting back and wallowing in self-pity, because one gets more uptight and more nervous, which in turn aggravates the psoriatic condition, causing it to spread further and become more angry and deep-rooted. Many psoriasis patients will agree with me that they have periods when they seem to be able to cope reasonably well, until they pass through a stressful phase, and it’s then that the skin condition will suddenly flare up again.*41\147\2*