Category: Skincare (Page 1 of 3)

TOP 3 HEALTH TIPS FOR 2017, Plus a Valuable Cold Weather Skincare Tip

1. Value of Resting.

This is a portal into MORE productiveness. I have found in my life this has allowed me to get more done in less time. AND regular resting has increased my healthy longevity giving me more productive years.
Most importantly resting teaches us to honor God with our time. Exodus 20.

2. Power of Trust.

Eliminating fear and anxiety reduces stress, which improves overall health through immune system optimization. This reduces inflammation which is a major driver of most illnesses—especially pain and aging.
I have learned this through 40 years of taking care of patients. Spouses as well as parents and their children, employers and their employees can all benefit greatly by working to restore trust.

3. Importance of Giving.

Giving and receiving are tied together. I have a saying, “the more you give, the more you live.” Giving is active—just do it! Receiving/ living life to the full is receptive—we must be open to receive. A smile. Cash. An opportunity. Etc. You still have to work at receiving! Give it a try.

COLD WEATHER SKIN CARE TIP
For dry itchy skin and rashes (Eczema, Dermatitis, Winter Itch, Psoriasis, Icthyosis, Etc.) TRY THIS:
1. BEFORE bathing or soaking put a generous coat of old fashioned Vasoline (petroleum jelly) on that troubled patch. Then get in and enjoy your bath or soak! Just before getting out use a gentle cleanser—white unscented Dove bar or liquid, liquid Cetaphil cleanser or Shaklee Basic H liquid are a few of the best.
2. Get out and immediately towel dry METICULOUSLY. (Most people don’t realize that evaporation of water lying on the skin is the worst thing they can do for troubled skin.)
3. Then immediately apply a cream that seals the outer barrier layer of the skin. This barrier layer has been broken and is not doing its job—that is to keep the harsh outside environment OUT, and to keep the gentle inside environment IN. So by applying a barrier cream, there is repair of that necessary protective function. Over time the full function and normal appearance of the skin will be reestablished.
My favorite barrier products are EPIONCE’S
—Extreme Barrier Cream for general body areas.
—Medical Barrier Cream for the hands, especially during the day. The hands get wet and suffer repeated harsh exposures during the day—even waterless sanitizers are brutal to the skin.
Once the skin heals and looks and feels normal again, it is vitally important to maintain susceptible areas, thereby preventing relapse. This can be done by continuing the same gentle cleanser, and by applying MEDICAL BARRIER CREAM after the bath and at least twice a day to the hands. MEDICAL BARRIER CREAM is the best way, when used on a daily basis, to maintain susceptible dry skin areas, keeping them healthy and preventing future rashes.

I hope this tutorial on Cold Weather Skin Care is helpful to you. Pass this advice along to someone who suffers—or to those who have children that suffer from skin disease. Help tame the inflammation!

Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103 Healing Prayers
ALL HIS BENEFITS!
Combine the Healing Streams of Prayer and Medicine.
Ask GOD to Empower Each Application! HE will!!!

What You Should Know To Protect Yourself From HERPES INFECTIONS

This virus is extremely common—infecting the vast majority of humans at some time in life. You get it from another person due to close contact. There are actually 8 types of Herpes viruses, and TODAY we will discuss the most common two. We will take up the other types in future blogs.

Neurotropism is the unique property of these viruses—meaning the ability to infect nerves and set up housekeeping there. Of course this can cause pain and even damage nerves permanently. After the initial disease is over, the virus goes dormant in the nerve, living there for months to years, awaiting an opportune moment (usually when the immune system is weakened) to replicate and cause disease again. This cycle can repeat many times in susceptible individuals.

Recurrent disease is why Herpes is so insidious and often difficult to completely irradicate. Any type of stress can precipitate an outbreak of Herpes. Menstrual, sun exposure, finals—there is a long list of triggers. Cold sores/fever blisters are the most common type of Herpes infection, so lets talk about that type first.

HERPES SIMPLEX Type 1

Herpes Simplex Type 1 is the usual virus that causes painful skin sores above the waist, usually on the face around the mouth. It is typically spread by kissing when viruses are sheading—usually when a sore is present or is about to break out. Usually there is a prodrome before an outbreak—a tingling or funny feeling in the nerve endings where the sores are about occur. When you start to feel this, avoid kissing or close contact (especially with babies and cancer patients) and do good frequent hand washing. The first time infection can be more severe, more painful and even have low grade fever and lymph node swellings nearby. This usually occurs on the dry parts of the mouth and nearby skin—only rarely occurring inside the mouth. The first episode can last for 2 weeks, but recurrences only last 4-5 days on average.

Treatment focuses on antiviral antibiotic therapy and strengthening the immune system. Acyclovir (or one of its spin-off copycat drugs) is a great oral Rx medication for this—especially if it is started quickly after the initial prodrome symptoms. The quicker it is started, the quicker it will abort the attack. See your doctor for this drug and keep a supply nearby for when it is needed!

Finally, RELAX. Nearly everyone gets this virus sometime. You are not a leper! If you are one of the unfortunate ones that gets this frequently, there is prophylactic Acyclovir. You can take it by mouth daily for years if needed to keep the recurrences away. Thank God this is an extremely safe drug. I have used this drug a lot over the last 30 years and have only had one patient tell me there was a side effect. However, consult your doctor and pharmacist for what you need to know about Acyclovir, especially if you go on it for a long time.

HERPES SIMPLEX TYPE 2

Herpes Simplex Type 2 is almost identical to Type 1; however, it usually causes these same painful clustered sores/blisters/pustules BELOW the waist. It is usually spread by sexual contact, and it is even more likely to become recurrent—breaking out in cycles over time in approximately the same body location as before. Treatment is the same as for Type 1. Prevention is avoidance of intimate contact during times of outbreak and during that pre-outbreak prodrome of tingling and burning.

IS THERE A CURE FOR HERPES?

No, not yet. There is ongoing work for a vaccine. This will be the next step, but for now there is an excellent oral RX medication, Acyclovir. This is readily available, low cost and well tolerated. This offers a lot of help and hope. Good nutrition is fundamental and will help build a vital immune system that can prevent these viral infections and/or prevent the recurrent disease.

IS THERE A TOPICAL THERAPY?

Yes. Many OTC and Rx creams exist. These are minimally effective compared to Acyclovir (see my endorsement above). Therefore, I don’t use them very often. However, I always strongly recommend EPIONCE Medical Barrier Cream for both the lips/around the mouth skin and the genital skin. When used on a daily basis, this strengthens the outer protective barrier layer of the skin, thus helping prevent virus particles to penetrate. It also helps keep chemicals out that can weaken the skin defenses.

IS THERE A SPIRITUAL COMPONENT?

Yes. Wherever there is disease, the whole person is involved. Forgiveness will give health restoration. Often with Herpes there is someone who gave it to you. If you can truly forgive that person from your heart, not holding that against them anymore, your body will relax and mend more wholly. I am praying for your heart to be receptive and for healing to flow through your memories/heart into your body.

Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatologist

Psalms 103

All His Benefits

The Most Remarkable Medical Discovery

If you read my blog from early January, you could tell how enthusiastic I am about the newly discovered health benefits readily available from simply optimizing Vitamin D3. Truly I believe it’s NOT JUST ANOTHER HEALTH FAD! I believe this is the most remarkable medical discovery in my 40 years in the medical field.

In this blog I will explore unanswered questions about D. Later this month I will respond on the subject of possible side effects: Is there a dark side to Vitamin D? (Short answer—rarely. See disclaimer below.) But first, if you haven’t already read my first blog on Vitamin D, do so now so we can build on that foundation.

WHAT KIND OF CANCERS ARE PREVENTED BY OPTIMIZING VITAMIN D?

All kinds. Lowering cancer risk is a better way to say it, but this is the #1 reason that we should know about D. This vitamin actually works like a hormone when blood levels are optimum—fine tuning all the body’s functions, much like, for example, thyroid hormone does. So when your body is “tuned” with D, everything works better — less chronic fatigue, less chronic pain, less depression, etc. Most importantly the immune system is clearly better able to prevent infections and cancers. Not just skin cancer, ALL TYPES OF CANCER. This is vital for all of us, but even more for those with a personal and/or family history of cancer. These HIGH RISK individuals desparately need to optimize their D3.

WHAT KIND OF VITAMIND IS BEST AND HOW MUCH?

D3 is significantly more active and much more stable than D2. D2 is cheaper and often used in multivitamins, but it is clearly inferior. I recommend D3 and will discuss it exclusively from here on. How much D3 is enough? Adults over 90-100 lbs should start at 2,000 units daily. Those over 200 lbs start with 4,000 units. Elderly and dark skinned people may need more—especially if indoors most of the time. After taking this daily for three months, see your health provider and get a blood D level. (Be CONSISTENT. If you miss a day, double the dose the next day and make it up.)

WHAT BLOOD LEVEL IS OPTIMUM?

Common sense tells us to shoot for the peak biological level. This is the highest level you can get from the sun. This turns out to be 70 blood units. Therefore the usual recommendation is to get close to this—50-100 blood units is the goal. (My blood D level was 42 on 2,000 units of D3 daily. So I doubled it to 4,000 daily, and my blood level after 3 months was 80—perfect. Everyone is a little different. Work with your primary medical provider until your level is OPTIMUM.

ARE THERE OTHER NUTRIENTS THAT WORK WITH D3?

YES! If you are interested is optimizing bone growth and metabolism to prevent osteoporosis, magnesium and Vitamin K2 are critical to have in place. These enhance the deposition of calcium into the bone and not into the blood vessels where it could cause vascular disease. In fact high doses of calcium that are commonly recommended for osteoporosis can be dangerous without these balancing nutrients. D3K2 supplements are readily available now, especially in health food stores.

More on Vitamin D next blog!

Praying ALL HIS BENEFITS for you and yours!

Steven A. Smith, MD
Psalms 103

 

 

Disclaimer:

If you are pediatric age, have kidney problems, are pregnant or nursing, or have glandular problems (endocrine), consult with your doctor prior to optimizing your Vitamin D3 intake. Be aware that most, but not all, practicing doctors follow practices similar to the above. If your doctor does not recommend Vitamin D3, get a second or even a third opinion.

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