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carotenosis, carotenemia, carotenoderma

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This condition, going by various names, happens sometimes when a person eats a lot of carrots or drinks a lot of carrot juice. The skin turns orange. The names of this condition sound like a disease but it is harmless. Some people think it's a problem but I think it is merely an interesting color of skin.

I used to believe and most of the web pages that I have seen on this subject say that the orange skin color is caused by excess carotene (the substance in carrots that makes them orange). But now I'm not convinced. There is another theory.

If the orange color of the skin is caused by excess carotene, then why would it go away while continuing to drink carrot juice, as happened to Dr. Norman Walker? In 2009 when I drank carrot juice (and other juices and did some other things), my skin turned orange. Now I am again drinking carrot juice, averaging 2 (two) liters per day and I have been doing this for a long enough time that by now my skin probably should be flaming orange but I can't see any orange. So maybe the theory that the cause is excess carotene should be questioned.

Dr. Norman Walker had a different theory. Of course he was a quack and therefore should not be taken very seriously. Any doctor who drinks carrot juice is obviously a quack, even if he did beat liver cancer nutritionally. Norman Walker's theory is the carotene (he called it the carrot molecule) goes to the liver and binds with crap in the liver and then carries it out of the liver. So when the skin is orange, that means the liver is being detoxed. And when the liver is fully detoxed, the skin turns back to the normal color no matter how much carrot juice you drink. So goes Norman Walker's theory.

Which theory is better? Seems to me the liver detox theory makes better predictions. The excess carotene theory does not predict that the skin goes back to normal color and does not predict that the effect only sometimes happens. But what do I know?

There are stories about carrot juice. Maybe they are just stories. Ralph Cole beat stage 4 cancer by drinking carrot juice. Ann Cameron beat stage 4 cancer by drinking carrot juice. Doris Sokosh was near death with advanced cancer and beat it by drinking carrot juice and other juices. Norman Walker beat liver cancer by (among other things) drinking juices with special emphasis on carrot juice. He also invented the Norwalk juicer which is supposed to be almost the ultimate juicer and is recommended by the Gerson Institute and is specially good at juicing carrots. Carrot juice is a large part of Gerson therapy. If we imagine for a moment that all these stories are true, then the next question that suggests itself is what the hell is it about carrots?

Maybe polyacetylenes? Carrots have a whole shitload of substances that scientists say work against cancer. As do beets and most veggies and fruits. Some day the medical profession will isolate these substances and put them in a pill and it will be a very expensive pill and they won't tell you that you can get the same substances and more and in more usable form by eating veggies and fruits.

But let's get back to the liver. There is a medical procedure where all the patient's blood is removed from the patient's body and run thru a machine to clean it and put back in the patient's body. Russell Means had cancer and had that done to him and he died of cancer anyway. But wait. Don't the liver and kidneys do something like that, clean the blood? Why a machine? According to Charlotte Gerson, if your liver is working right, you can't get cancer, and it is normal for cancer patients to have a liver that is functioning at about one third normal, and that is part of why they got cancer. If you go much below one third, you are dead, according to CG. To beat cancer, you gotta fix the liver. Is this part of how carrot juice beats cancer? By getting crap out of the liver? What do I know?

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To add to the mix on beta carotene here's an interesting article I ran across about a year ago.

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/betacarotene

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