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VIDEO: Wednesday Night Live: Skin Health, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Skin Health

– First and foremost, the skin does provide this protective layer against the the outer world, the elements, and so on. The skin creates this mechanical barrier to prevent things from getting in. What’s perceived as kinda the outer world coming in to the inner world. But it does so much more than that, it also plays such a huge role in how we interact with the world through senses, essentially.

– Yes, yes. So this is a key point, is that the skin and the nervous system are really one and the same. The epithelium, which is the outer layer of the skin, and the nervous system all develop from the same type of tissue, embryologically. So, they have the same origins and then they go on and at certain points differentiate. But that close connection from the beginning really plays out, and it’s really clinically relevant and important. As maybe we’ll talk about in a little bit, when we’re talking about specific conditions or dysfunctions of the skin. But if you think about it, we have sensory nerves all through our skin. Anywhere you touch on the body on your skin you feel it because there’s nerve endings there so it plays such an important role in how we interact and we can look at pleasure, how the skin acts. So it’s not just a purely protective organ in that sense.

– It’s actually a source of nourishment.

– It’s a source of nourishment.

– I always like to call all of our senses “food”, it’s nourishment for the human being. I think of like the Romanian Orphanage issue that happened, I can’t remember the exact time, but there was, children weren’t receiving enough healthy touch in an Orphanage and they were having failure to thrive because of lack of healthy touch.

– That’s right.

– So the skin, when we touch, is a source of nourishment.

– That’s right, it’s a source of nourishment. It actually, chemical processes happen just by being touched. Nerves fire, chemicals move, you know, things actually, measurable results occur just as a result of that. So that’s a really good point. You also mentioned the inner world. I often tell people that the skin and the G.I. tract are really one and the same, it’s like a sock turned inside out.

– Right.

– Because the G.I. tract would be that other barrier from the outer world. That if anything, it’s gonna get really into our cells, it has to first go through either the skin on the outside or the G.I. tract on the inside.

– Right. See, outer world running through the inner world is really the G.I. tract, right?

– Yeah Open ended, walled off, epithelial cells, absolutely.

– And then when you speak of nourishment, of course, it’s even more concrete when we look at the nourishment, which you specialize in, nutrition. The way that we actually absorb molecules, we actually absorb substances from the outside world and then integrate it to the body.

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VIDEO: Wednesday Night Live: Skin Health, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Skin Health

– What are you looking for in a sunscreen?

– Well, I’m looking at, for sunscreen, that basically, that it’s non-toxic, so that it doesn’t have any toxic chemicals. You know and, most of the chemicals that you see, are toxic. So, basically what we’re bringing that back to, is zinc oxide.

– Yes.

– There’s zinc oxide, and titanium oxide, are two that show that they’re, they’re not absorbed in, through the skin very well. So, that’s a good thing, cause we want them on the surface, not going underneath. However, there are some products, that people have created, nano-particles. So, they’ve created these zinc oxide and titanium, and created really small particles, because people don’t like the whiteness on, you know, sunscreen. They want the sunscreen to rub in,

– Yes.

– so that they look better.

– [Man In Green] Well, the unfortunately, by creating those nano, those tiny particles, that increases the chance that we are actually gonna absorb those chemicals into our skin. Now, while they haven’t been shown to be dangerous on the surface of our skin, it’s a different story if we absorb that inside, into our body. Now, the UVB is what triggers a sunburn.

– Okay. They specifically interact with cells in a way that it triggers the sunburn. Well, you can think of a sunburn as the body’s actual warning system, that we’ve had enough sun. So, if we’re covering up, you know, just with sunscreen all the time, and we’re not getting, you know, that we’re blocking those UVB rays then, perhaps we’re turning off that signal that hey, it’s time to get out of the sun. And the reason is, is because, we’re always getting the UVA rays as well. The UVA rays penetrate more deeply.

– That’s right, that’s right.

– Yeah, so, some sunscreens only block UVB. Some sunscreens have been shown to block both UVA and UVB. Titanium dioxide only blocks UVB. Zinc oxide seems to block UVB and UVA. So, for all of my patients, I recommend a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen.

– Non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen. So, that’s what you’re really looking for.

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VIDEO: Wednesday Night Live: Skin Health, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Skin Health

– With your patients and skin health are there any supplements or foods that come to mind for you, that help with the health of the skin?

– Absolutely, yeah. I really look at, I’m be curious to hear what you recommend, but I really look at the basics, you know. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is so important for building healthy tissues.

– Right

– You know, connective tissues, to maybe we’re looking, really getting underneath the outer layer, the epidermis into the dermis, you know, all of the connective tissue there. So, vitamin c, already mentioned vitamin d, that’s a pivotal. Vitamin A is a real important one, Vitamin E are a really important one. Now, I could make this list of all these different vitamins, and you could say, okay I’m gonna run to the store and buy these vitamins. And for a couple, that might be a good case, but perhaps an even wiser way to go about it, is to eat foods, that already contain all of these different nutrients, because, you know, what we’re finding more and more, is that vitamins, micro-nutrients, they work together. You know, they work synergistically.

– I think food is always the best first way to go, and then, you can add in supplements, as an insurance factor, perhaps.

– Yeah, I would agree with that 100%.

– Yeah.

– I’m looking at specific foods. I really like to look at what’s in season, you know. In particularly, in the summer months. You know, what we find if we just looks at fruits. You know, if you look at the fruits that are in season, throughout the year. Well, in the summer months, late summer when the sun’s most intense, when it’s hottest out, then we have juicy fruits, you know. And so, there’s more water in it, there’s more fluids, and so, we obviously need that, you know. We need to be more hydrated. So, we’re looking at peaches, melons, you know, these kind of juicier fruits.

– Cantaloupes, watermelons.

– Yeah.

– Tomatoes, which is a fruit.

– There you go. Yah, tomatoes are fruit, as well. And then, when we transition to fall, and we get into maybe pears, apples, asian pears, stuff that, you know, still packed full of nutrients. Not quite as much. You know, not quite as much liquid in per unit, but, you know, a different, just a different flavor, you know. I really, really trust in that, eating seasonally. What are some foods you might recommend?

– So, for me, with skin health and foods, I really like to look at foods that are, like your dark leafy greens, things like kale, and spinach, and collared greens. These foods that are really rich in nutrients like lutein, and zeaxanthin, your carotenoids. So, things like carrots, all the foods that are anti-oxidant rich, specifically. So, kale is a big favorite of mine. I like to call that, like, North America’s super-food, really. It’s so nutrient dense. So, I’m really looking for foods that are really high in fat soluble vitamins, as well as, anti-oxidants, like lutein, beta carotene, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, because all of these will penetrate into the, well they’re anti-oxidants for the skin. So, when the sun’s rays are coming and interacting with the skin, there is free radical production there.

– That’s right.

– And so, what these anti-oxidants do is they quench these free radicals that are produced in the skin, and it helps protect the skin from any potential damage from the sun, and slows the aging process on the skin, which is really important.

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VIDEO: Wednesday Night Live: Skin Health, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Skin Health

– A lesion is just a general term. So a skin lesion is any abnormality on the skin. Ideally, the skin is meant to be flat and smooth. So skin lesions are things like moles, skin tags, hemangiomas, birth marks, seborrheic keratosis, solar keratosis, xanthomas, which are the little kind of fatty deposits often seen up here, around the eyes. And it kind of goes on and on. So there’s several many different classes of skin lesions. And so the treatment that I offer, which I learned from Doctor Teleren, he developed his applying a specific compound. It’s an acidic compound, it’s so simple. We just apply it topically. It’s very precise, using a toothpick, and what it does is, upon contact with the lesion, the solution constricts it. Constricting the lesion is cutting off its nutrient supply, so it’s isolating the lesion, it cuts it off from the rest of the skin, and then what will happen is that the lesion then scabs up and is able to just fall off. So this is a way that we’re able to really, really precisely treat any of these lesions, and it’s amazing the array of different things that can be treated. It’s also very safe to treat. Because it’s so precise, and because it constricts and isolates, it’s not spreading. We can treat very sensitive areas. We can treat mucus membranes. We can treat inside the mouth, lips. We can treat on the inside of the eyelid. We can treat on top of the eyelid. These are places where it’s actually quite common for getting different types of lesions. Skin tags can often form. Sometimes basal cell carcinoma, different cancerous lesions can form up here. Well if you’re going to a traditional doctor, and the tools that they use to remove those lesions are freezing them, cutting them. Often times if it’s in a sensitive area, they’re not gonna touch it. Cause that’s not an area where you can perform surgery. You can’t cut on the eyelid, cause there’d be nothing left to stitch up. So this really gives us the ability to treat lesions that aren’t accessible by other means.

– Interesting. Now are there any possibilities for scarring or anything like that?

– There’s always a possibility for scarring, although over treating tens of thousands of patients with this, we find that it’s minimally scarring and often no scars whatsoever. Now we get the best results on the face and the scalp of course, because that’s where there’s the most circulation, on the skin. Often times I’ll treat patients, remove sometimes very large moles somewhere on the face, or other types of lesions. They’ll come back for a followup in three or four months, and we can’t find where it was. So I’m asking, “Let’s check in and see how it’s doing!” Well they’re like, “I don’t know, I think it “was somewhere here on the cheek.” It really is phenomenal sometimes. It’s not always that way. Sometimes it requires multiple treatments, which breaks into one of the real benefits of this, is that we can really see what we’re doing. So after we remove a layer of… Tissue, we can see what’s left. So there’s a tendency the skin always grows from this basal layer up, and it takes about a month for a cell to complete that whole journey. The basal layer of the epidermis to go all the way up and then slough off. Legions often times will penetrate deeper, so once we remove the outer layer, if there’s roots, we can see them. Once the scab falls off, we can see if there’s anything left and we can retreat that. Now if you’re using surgery to remove it, you’re just guessing. You’re just guessing on depth, and that’s why you’ll often see people who go in, they have a small lesion to go in to have it surgically removed, and then they come out and they have a huge scar! Because the doctor’s just guessing, and if it is cancerous, potentially perhaps they’ve identified that with biopsy or they can tell with individual signs, then they wanna make sure that they get it off. They have one shot at it, so they’re gonna really take a lot of tissue. This allows us to be very precise in the application. If we need to treat it again, no problem. It creates minimal inflammation, cause we’re constricting it and as you know, inflammation is fuel for cancer. So cutting it into a place that’s potentially cancerous is like pouring gasoline on fire. You never want to create more inflammation in the treatment of cancer, anywhere in the body, trying to really –

– Reign it in?

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VIDEO: Wednesday Night Live: Skin Health, Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Skin Health

– The skin is one of our primary ways of detoxing.

– Mhm.

– So through sweat, when we sweat, that’s one of the ways that we get rid of toxins, we release them out through the skin. Well it doesn’t just go one way coming out, we really do have to be aware that anything that we put on our skin has the potential to come inside our body.

– All the more reason to be really careful about what we put on our skin.

– That’s right.

– There’s a lot of toxic substances in skin care products it turns out so, things like parabens, methyl and propyl parabens, and a slew of other toxic compounds that are in our skin care products.

– Yeah, this is an issue that’s I think really big and it’s gonna come out more and more, and you know the shame in it is that most of the time when we’re putting on skin care products whether it’s sun screen, lotions, you know, we’re doing it with a good intention. People are doing it cause they’re like okay, this is something that’s gonna protect me. Well unfortunately that’s not always the case. People wear sunscreen to be protected from the sun’s rays, and you know, there’s no question it’s scientifically proven that getting excessive sun exposure, particularly when we burn.

– Right.

– And kind of sun damage, that that is linked with an increased chance of developing certain forms of skin cancer over time. In fact getting sun burnt is linked with an increased chance of getting all types of sun burn.

– Oh how about that.

– But if we take a little step back it actually gets a little bit more interesting because just getting sun exposure, total amount of sun exposure is linked total amount of sun exposure is linked with getting a couple types of skin cancer. The basal cell carcinoma and the squamous cell carcinoma. However, sun exposure on its own is, However, sun exposure on its own is, as long as we’re not burning, is not linked with an increased incidence of melanoma. Sun exposure has been shown to be protective against melanoma which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and in fact office workers, people who are always covered up and don’t have regular sun exposure, have a higher incidence of developing melanoma.