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Skin For Skin

This title sounds like a type of skin grafting, but it is a quote from the Adversary (Iyov 4:2), better known to Christians as Satan or the devil (Job 4:2).  Of course this famous story pits the righteous man Job against the fallen archangel Lucifer.  For sins of pride and other shortcomings God allows Job to fall prey to this evil antagonist who promptly kills his children, steals his very successful businesses and afflicts his skin with very painful sores that would not heal from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet.

This story clearly demonstrates that our exterior wrapper, the skin, is fragile and susceptible to many of life’s testings, trials and tribulations.  Hence, DERMATOLOGY was born to aid, assist and comfort the suffering, to help us pass through “the valley of the shadow of death” and most importantly to help restore health, hope and life itself.  See Job 42:10-17 and Psalms 103:1-6.  So, there you have it—a brief summary from this ancient text of the birth of DERMATOLOGY.

THIS HISTORY LESSON WILL SERVE TO NOTIFY MY PATIENTS THAT GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH DR SMITH!  I am making a COMEBACK.  After a brief retirement from 32 years of fulltime DERMATOLOGY practice, I AM BACK.  I will soon restart my career practicing in Ft Gibson, OK with Northeastern Health System.  My new clinics will begin some time after Mothers Day.  PLEASE WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL TO CALL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!  I will email and /or post on my website, www.smithderm.com, the new practice telephone and address in March or April.  STAY TUNED!!

Thank you reader for your loyalty and patience during this transition.  I am very excited about my new affiliation with Northeastern Health System.  These caring, compassionate and well organized people will make it a joy for my patients to be seen– and worth the 45 minute drive from Broken Arrow.

All the BEST and many healing BLESSINGS!!!
Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103: 1-6

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!!!

Update on Dr Smith’s Retirement Planning

After two years of planning I am finally at the threshold of retiring from full time dermatology! HOWEVER, I AM ONLY 63 y.o. and in good health, so I plan to remain ACTIVE with EPIONCE (topical skin care products—including some NEW exciting products on the horizon) and with PLYMOUTH HEALTHCARE (oral skin care products that my wife and I developed—including some NEW exciting developments). I also look forward to traveling, seeing my grandchildren more and doing some missions trips. Who knows? I may even do some part time dermatology in the future.

I look back on these 41.5 yrs since starting medical school and feel very blessed to have had a productive career—doing the things I enjoy the most—helping people and healing the sick! To my patients I say, “Thank you for the trust that you imparted into me that activated GOD’s healing works into your lives! Thank you for your faithfulness!!” To my wife, family, coworkers and friends I say, “You have contributed immensely to the many good deeds that have been done for so many people. Thank you, thank you, thank you for co-laboring with me as we asked God to multiply our efforts and bring more healing into patients’ lives!! You have been AMAZING!!! Your patience, your grit, your endurance to NOT give up, especially in the trying time, the difficult times. Thank you for your faithfulness!!!”

YES I am retiring from full time work in January 2017. HOWEVER, I am looking forward to an ACTIVE retirement! My MEDICAL HEALTH BLOGS WILL CONTINUE, as I try to pass on simple ways to obtain ALL HIS BENEFITS of health, healing and restoration (which includes anti-aging). I am looking forward to staying in touch with you about many more exciting healing breakthroughs and simple tips that will help you and your loved ones LIVE BETTER!

BE BLESSED!!!!!

Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology

Psalms 103
ALL HIS BENEFITS

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