A non-infectious chronic skin disease characterized by greatly accelerated skin cell production (20 times more cells than normal) resulting in redness and scaling of affected areas. Causes are unknown, but the disease is typically hereditary and seems associated with an imbalance in the cellular control compounds, cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and guanidine monophospate (cGMP). Risk factors are alcohol and animal fat consumption, bowel toxemia, impaired liver function, incomplete digestion, other nutritional factors, stress.

Raw vegetables and fruits, increase fiber and cold fish. Limit or avoid alcohol, animal fats, citrus fruits, meat, processed foods, sugar, and sources of gluten.

High-potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, flaxseed oil, vitamins A and E, chromium selenium, zinc, soluble fiber, UFAs.

Goldenseal, sarsaparilla, milk thistle.