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Briefing - June, '01
Connolly’s Book Discovered
month, in my response to Amira P’s The
Mysterious Dr. Connolly, I said the old 800# for purchasing the
doctor’s book took me to a Lexus Dealership.
I based this on a recorded message that I didn’t quite understand
for whatever reason. Amira wrote back saying she tried the number and, indeed, it
connected her to Luxis International.
Luxis International was the stated distributor of Connolly’s book
as far back as April, 2000, when Sheryl H. first brought the book to our
attention in Eating Right in Kansas.
course, I was shamed into trying this again.
This time I reached a human who confirmed I reached the provider of
Dr. Connolly’s book, Psoriasis Can Be Cured.
I bought a copy ($19.95 + expedited shipping for $4.50, total
$24.45 ... not bad for a cure).
author of Psoriasis Can Be Cured is Robert E. Connolly, D.C. —
Doctor of Chiropractic. They
told me at Luxis International that Dr. Connolly has retired. Psoriasis Can Be Cured is 52 pages, 8.5x11”,
comb-bound, copyrighted in 1981, revised and re-copyrighted in 1990.
Here is the Table of Contents:
a nutshell, Dr. Connolly’s diagnostic and treatment approach to P is
based on the assertion that it is caused by liver dysfunction and high
levels of toxic substances introduced through diet and built-up through
insufficient excretion of normal metabolic waste.
Assessing this is based on one or two acupressure tests, which can
be performed by the flaker and a friend following instructions in the
book. These tests are, in
turn, based on the neurological assertion that major nerve trunks from the
spinal chord split into three branches that serve the skin, an organ and a
muscle group. Indications of
dysfunction in one of these (the organ) can be detected through tests on
another (the muscle group).
either test indicates liver dysfunction — and Connolly all but promises
this will be the case for psoriatics — the treatment has three
components: a strict diet
(including the complete exclusion of pork), an herbal dietary supplement
regimen, and a simple twice-daily acupressure exercise that takes only 20
addition to 5 pages of case histories in the text itself, after the
Epilogue, 11 letters testifying on behalf of the cure are reproduced.
is the closing paragraph of Dr. Connolly’s book:
must have patience. Remember, we are getting a natural healing, not an
artificial, temporary improvement. This
usually takes longer. Some
people respond fast, others are slow, and most fall in between.
We have had some patients clear in one month, while others have
taken up to six months or a year. Remember,
you did not get this condition overnight, and you are not going to get rid
of it overnight. Do have
patience and stick with it. You
can have the same results these people did.
I tell you my reaction to the book, here’s the email and physical address and phone number
to the distributor:
/ Luxis International Corporation
begin, as I read Psoriasis Can Be Cured, I was attuned to the fact
that Dr. Connolly was apparently selling nothing more than information. For
me, the surest red flag that a publication (free or not) is a scam is a
promotion within it for the purchase of something else.
Connolly’s presentation, on the contrary, is impressive in its
matter-of-fact purpose: I
discovered this works ... here’s why and how ... here’s how to try it
I wondered, Why had I not heard of this?
Well, in fact, I had heard of pieces of this from many sources and
spread throughout the 1990s. The
acupressure assessment and treatment sounds very similar to my acupuncture
experiences in 1994 (see the excerpt from Flake:
Confessions of a Psoriatic
reproduced here). Theories about metabolic waste and toxicity relating to liver
dysfunction abound — my most recent exposure, before Psoriasis
Can Be Cured, was Sang
Whang’s book, Reverse Aging (JSP Publishing, Copyright
1990, ISBN 0-9662363-1-9).
And, of course, the warning that “natural healing” takes an
unpredictable amount of time to work seems to be a usual accompaniment to
having read J. Pagano’s book, Healing
Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative, I am guessing there are
more than a casual few similarities between Connolly’s “cure” and
Pagano’s “natural alternative.”
I was further
impressed with Connolly’s work because the chapter titled “The Usual
Present Day Medical Treatment” is a well-summarized treatment of the
most common therapies for psoriasis (anthralin, methotrexate, steroids,
Goeckerman regimen and PUVA). Some
well-known therapies aren’t mentioned (cyclosporine, tegison/soriatane...),
but Connolly did not mean for this chapter to be all-encompassing and
there’s just enough to convince me the writer is not ignorant of medical
establishment practices. (Also,
we must bear in mind that the "book" was penned in 1979 or 1980
and its last noted revision was in 1990.)
Connolly closes this chapter with an essentially correct assessment
that all of these therapies are directed at the symptoms rather than the
cause of psoriasis and are therefore “doomed for eventual failure.”
While such language will irritate dermatologists, regrettably
Connolly is right.
I don’t think
Robert Connolly wrote this book to fool anybody.
I don’t know how much money has been raised selling copies of
this at $19.95, but I rather doubt it’s been a substantial contribution
to Connolly’s retirement. Furthermore,
the severe diet Connolly proposes in great detail will make contemporary
dietitians (at least the one’s I’ve met) livid.
Statements like this, “There is no law that says you cannot have
a steak for breakfast or eggs for supper,” go against the grain of
current thinking. Also:
“[M]any people are afraid of eggs because of all the cholesterol
publicity. Eggs are one of
the best protein foods we have and, besides, the yolk of the egg contains
lecithin which counteracts the contained cholesterol.
Also, there is a great controversy over whether cholesterol is
really involved in production of arteriosclerosis.”
I can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t a part of the 1990
revision to the original 1980 text. Today, the American Heart Association might not agree.
I don’t want
to write much more about Connolly’s “cure.”
I have the same reaction to it I have to most diet-related
P-treatment proposals — in short, they call for a very undesirable
approach to combating my P. Why
undesirable? Other approaches meet my needs for the time being.
This reaction is by no means a condemnation.
I believe the testimonials in Psoriasis Can Be Cured, but I
doubt a high percentage of us could find our way to “curing” our P
through this approach. The
diet is too restrictive. One
must plan one’s dining almost reclusively to adhere to the diet. Obviously, some would find this easier than others.
It would be tremendously difficult for me. (I mentioned the total
exclusion of pork because that has been raised in previous correspondence.
In fact, the exclusion of pork is only a small part of Connolly’s
dietary restrictions. To
learn more I must refer you to the book.)
recommend this approach? If
someone is debilitated physically or emotionally because of severe P ...
if someone either cannot afford or has exhausted the repertoire of
traditional treatments ... if fear or physiology rule out the potent and
dangerous systemics ... if these situations exist, I would not hesitate to
recommend Dr. Connolly’s treatment — or, I should say, recommend that
it be considered.
My study of Psoriasis
Can Be Cured made me revisit the issue of psoriasis as a disease.
Usually I bristle when someone affirms a “cure” for psoriasis.
We tend to define cure as eradication of the cause of disease.
(Right now the medical establishment seems to be focusing on a
genetic answer for curing P.) Connolly
uses the term to mean elimination of the cause through a learned and
continuous behavior (a certain diet).
His claim is that if you adhere to the diet you will remain clear.
Any return of lesions suggests a new build-up of metabolic wastes and
toxic products triggering liver dysfunction. This must be
counteracted by a return to the complete therapeutic regimen (diet plus
supplements and acupressure).
If we did not
think of psoriasis as a “disease,” but as a “condition,” it would
be easier to accept the concept of “cure” as behavior modification
rather than eradicating a cause through drugs or surgery.
One formal dictionary definition of “cure” is a successful
remedial return to health. Surely
if Connolly’s three-part therapy causes P lesions to disappear and
remain away through vigilant behavior, his claiming a “cure” is not
But I am
equally aware of the counterargument.
Why doesn’t everybody have to follow this plan to remain lesion
free? Why is it some people who eat all the “bad” things
don’t get psoriasis? It is
because they don’t have the condition or the disease.
So there remains something about “having psoriasis” that we
wish we could eradicate.
For better or
for worse, I and people like me are conditioned to favor health care that
fixes things fast and, hopefully, permanently.
The ingestion, injection or application of pills, potions and
unguents are about as much behavior modification as we’ll reliably
undertake. Much more than this requires replacing habits and that’s
not something we like to do or are very good at.
(In fact, we’re prone to resort to pills, potions or unguents to
help us change habits!)
For $19.95, Dr. Connolly’s little book, Psoriasis Can Be Cured, has given me much to think about. I’m glad it’s in my possession now. I’m glad I read it. I’m sure I will refer to it again. Will I do it? Probably not. -Ed
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As many of you know, PsorHeads had been the only non-FlakeHQ link imbedded in the contents bar at the top of these pages. I was excited about the creation of PsorHeads by Ed Reiss and it's continuation, later by Ed Anderson. I have been continuously warmed by the heartfelt leadership of the forums by Aase Marit, Dave W., Ed Anderson and Ed Reiss, Jerry J., Kim M., Lady Andy, Linda M., Marc Hirsch, Noah P. and Wil W. On several occasions I reposted FlakeHQ mail on PsorHeads and people always responded with more insights and inspiration than I could provide. I am going to miss that opportunity.
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