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36 minutes | 3 days ago
178: Using Probiotics For Eczema in Little Ones w/ Jennifer Brand, MS, MPH, CNS
We've talked a lot on the show about how gut health plays a role in the health of the skin. But is this the case in children as well? My guest today will explain all about the skin-gut connection, specifically in little ones. My guest today, Jennifer Brand, MPH, MS, CNS is an integrative and clinical nutritionist and the founder of Jennifer Caryn Brand Nutrition. She specializes in childhood skin rashes (eczema in particular), food allergies and sensitivities, and gut problems. Jennifer’s own struggle with gut problems and disordered eating, her father’s battle with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, her brother’s diagnosis of psoriasis, and her mother’s diagnosis of vitiligo left her frustrated and stirred her search for a different approach as conventional means fell flat. She's is a faculty member of LearnSkin, and her work has been featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Voyagela, as well as on podcasts, online summits, and in-person presentations. Join us as we discuss the use of probiotics in children as a tool to help combat eczema. Have probiotics helped your child's skin condition? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: In Jennifer's experience, in what percentage of babies and children is the microbiome one of the main problems? The problem with eliminating too many foods from a child's diet What is the gut-skin connection? How can probiotics support better skin health? MegaSporeBiotic dosage tips for children Benefits of prebiotics Quotes “By addressing what's happening in the gut, we can get some resolution to what's happening on the skin.” [2:01] “When we start taking food after food out of the diet and especially when we start taking otherwise healthy foods, like certain fruits and vegetables, the diet becomes smaller and smaller and more restricted, and we start to risk nutrient deficiency, nutrient insufficiency, and nutrient deficiency in little ones.” [2:46] Links Interested in trying MegaSporeBiotic? Click HERE to grab a bottle! Find Jennifer Brand online Get Jennifer Brand's FREE Guide To Beat Your Little One's Eczema HERE Get Jennifer Brand's FREE Guide To Probiotics For Skin Rashes Healthy Skin Show episode 008: Identifying The Chemical Triggers Behind Your Skin Flare Ups w/ Jennifer Brand Healthy Skin Show ep. 110: Missing Links Between Your Little One's Skin Rashes & Mom's Health w/ Jennifer Brand, MS, CNS Follow Jennifer on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
14 minutes | 10 days ago
177: Liver Detox - Skin Rash Connection, Part 1
I’m often asked so many questions about liver detoxification. You can find so many different people promoting liver detoxes as “the way” to help rashes. My approach (as you probably know) differs greatly. Partly due to my own personal experience living with hand eczema and also from working directly with clients. I generally do not ever recommend liver detoxes or cleanses. And for some who have a histamine problem or have allergies to pollen — I recommend you steer clear! In this episode, I’m going to break down the different phases of liver detoxification so that you can understand my perspective. Yes, it’s complicated and I have tried not to get too nerdy on this (because biochemistry can be confusing). Join me as we dive headfirst into the liver detox-skin rash connection! In this episode: 3 phases of liver detoxification Distinct role of each phase of liver detox How nutrients play a role in liver detoxification Problem with using herbs to “detox your liver” Ways that your liver detox system can become overwhelmed Quotes: Phase 2 detox handles the burden from Phase 1 AND everything that doesn’t need to go through Phase 1. Liver detoxes that include herbs generally speed up Phase 1 detox resulting in a lot of more toxic byproducts.
30 minutes | 17 days ago
176: Dealing With Recurrent Skin Infections w/ Dr. Peter Lio
Do you struggle with recurrent skin infections, like staph or strep? In today's episode, my guest and I discuss what can cause recurrent skin infections, the difference between a skin rash flare and a skin infection, and ways to reduce skin infections. My guest today is Dr. Peter Lio, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. While at Harvard, he received formal training in acupuncture. Dr. Lio has written a textbook on Integrative Dermatology and has published over 100 papers. Join us as we talk about the possible causes of recurrent skin infections, and steps you can take to reduce them. Have you experienced recurrent skin infections (e.g. staph or strep)? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: Can you get a skin infection from products you are using on your skin regularly? More hygienic ways to use skin products Considerations if you get recurrent skin infections (like staph infections) Should you seek treatment for a skin infection? What are other skin infections? Quotes “I really think there is something to this concept that people who are heavily colonized, if that's how we want to call it, it's not just a benign bystander. It is actually doing bad stuff to the skin.” [16:07] “Such a big portion of my practice is recurrent staph infection and staph colonization…One of the big triggers I think is having multiple family members who are colonized.” [5:33] Links Find Dr. Lio Online Healthy Skin Show ep. 001: How to Protect & Strengthen Your Skin Barrier w/ Dr. Peter Lio Healthy Skin Show ep. 037: Nickel Allergy And Eczema w/ Dr. Peter Lio Healthy Skin Show ep. 104: Topical B12 For Skin Rashes w/ Dr. Peter Lio Healthy Skin Show ep. 136: Alternative Solutions For Rosacea w/ Dr. Peter Lio Healthy Skin Show ep. 004: A Groundbreaking Approach To Treating Atopic Eczema w/ Dr. Richard Aron Healthy Skin Show ep. 106: What The Heck Is Eczema Herpeticum? w/ Abby Lai Call Dr. Lio's office at (312) 995-1955 to order Pink Magic cream Follow Dr. Lio on Twitter | Facebook
12 minutes | 24 days ago
175: Top 3 Mindset Shifts On Your Skin Journey For 2021
Have you heard the phrase “Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you’re right” from Henry Ford? There’s so much truth to this statement and it is critical on your skin rash journey. I’ve spoken with so many people over the last three years who have shared with me some of their greatest fears about their skin problems. And what I’ve found is that those who believe that they’ve exhausted all hope and have tried everything and are ready to give up trying… are right about their predicament. It’s not about what they have or haven’t done — it’s more about what they believe about their situation. This is significant because if you don’t believe there is hope, you’ll be the first to bail at the slightest of speedbumps or setbacks. So while we can talk about the importance of various supplements or protocols, mindset is JUST as important… and sometimes even more so. That’s why I wanted to add in more mindset focused episodes to help you stay the course and see your skin (and situation) in a different light. All with the purpose to keep you moving forward so that you can reach your finishline. I believe in you… and I want to give you the tools to help you get there. In this episode: The power of your mindset to dictate whether you can make it through flares + setbacks (or throw in the towel) Unrealistic expectations of solutions shared online (AND why they might not work for you) Knowing your root causes is just the first step in the process Thoughts on taking lots of random supplements that might help your skin My beef with “healing your leaky gut” + why most people never actually do it Quotes: It’s not your fault that someone else’s solution didn’t work for you. It didn’t work because their root cause combo is different than yours. All the bone broth and glutamine in the world isn’t going to fix your leaky gut if you’ve still got a super messed up microbiome.
12 minutes | a month ago
174: When Topical Steroid Withdrawal Gets Complicated
The topic of topical steroids is a tricky one… very controversial these days for some who’ve discovered that their body has become addicted. As you know, I’ve covered Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) in multiple episodes of the Healthy Skin Show. Today’s episode is a focused on my own personal insight as a clinical nutritionist directed specifically to support those who find themselves in TSW. There are some common assumptions that float through the TSW community that I’ve found to be unfortunately concerning. These assumptions have at times ended up creating an even worse state of health for a client because the advice they were given was not appropriate for them (and at times, inaccurate). While I realize that TSW is not an official medical diagnosis leaving people to essentially self-diagnose, there is a greater risk of misstep because of the complexities not just of the human body, but also because of the lack of medical support. Advocates do and share what they can, but there can be significant gaps in knowledge that many of us who work with individuals in this community are hoping to fill with new research and clinical experience. I’d like to help you avoid some pitfalls that I commonly see by sharing some pearls from my clinical practice where I work with TSW clients in addition to my ongoing research. The intention is to offer a perspective that could open up new avenues for you of working on your skin and ultimately your health. In this episode: Elimination diets + Topical Steroid Withdrawal Nutrient deficiencies in clients with TSW Could something else be making your TSW experience WORSE? Hidden reasons driving intense itchiness associated with TSW Staph infections + Topical Steroid Withdrawal Quotes: Clients with TSW tend to have a crazy amount of nutrient depletions that can be very challenging to correct. Extreme itchiness typical of TSW could be from other issues like a hidden gut infection (like H.pylori or Blastocystisis homonis), mold exposure or zinc deficiency.
36 minutes | a month ago
173: Malassezia: The Bug Behind Many Fungal Skin Problems w/ Dr. Julie Greenberg
Ever heard of malassezia? No? You're not alone! This organism is not very well known, but it is actually a huge contributing factor toward skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, tinea versicolor, and certain types of acne. My guest today, Dr. Julie Greenberg, is a licensed ND who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic dermatology clinic that approaches skin problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg hold degrees from Northwestern University, Stanford University and Bastyr University, and received advanced clinical training at the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Washington Medical School and at the Pediatric Dermatology Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is also the Program Chair of the Naturopathic & Integrative Dermatology series on LearnSkin.com, a learning platform for integrative health care professionals. Join us as we talk about malassezia, a bug that is responsible for several fungal skin problems. Has malassezia been found to be the cause of your skin rash? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: What is malassezia? What's the relationship between malassezia and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff)? Why is the skin pH important? What happens when the pH of the skin is too high? Is there a test to look for malassezia? What other skin conditions are linked to malassezia? Are there any topical or dietary solutions for malassezia? Why you should not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin. Quotes “Over 50% of adults will have some form of dandruff in their life. That's usually a non-inflammatory form of seborrheic dermatitis.” [2:42] “Our skin, many people are surprised to learn, is also supposed to be relatively acidic, like four, 4.5 to five, 5.5, and when the skin becomes more alkaline, or has a higher pH, it cannot defend itself as well, and we do get problems.” [5:04] Links Find Dr. Greenberg online Healthy Skin Show ep. 107: Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin Healthy Skin Show ep. 149: How Staph Aureus Wrecks Your Skin w/ Dr. Julie Greenberg Gut Dysbiosis and Its Role in Skin Disease: A LearnSkin course I co-authored LearnSkin Naturopathic and Integrative Dermatology Series
14 minutes | a month ago
172: Why Use Zinc Cream For Skin Rashes
Can zinc applied to your skin help skin rashes? As you heard in episode #169, zinc is REALLY important for your skin! People mostly focus on consuming zinc in their diet as well as getting additional zinc through supplementation. This is important because your body doesn’t make zinc… it must be consumed in some way so that your body has ample access to it. But one often overlooked point in this conversation is the impact that zinc used topically can have on your skin. Not just for general health, but also to potentially help reduce itchiness + inflammation too! And this is why I created the Z+ Rebuilder skin cream… because of how helpful zinc can be. So let’s talk about how topical zinc can be helpful and the different ways you can add it to your protocol! In this episode: Benefits of zinc applied topically to your skin Where zinc is stored in skin tissue How potent is topical zinc to sun exposure? Can zinc help with itchy, inflamed skin? Understanding dry skin + its connection to zinc How to use zinc topically Quotes: Zinc is found in the epidermis at a concentration of five times more than in deeper skin layers. Research demonstrates that zinc status may play a role in your skin’s ability to hold in moisture + avoid being so itchy.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
171: Can A Root Canal Cause Eczema, Psoriasis or Other Skin Rashes? w/ Dr. Kelly Blodgett
Did you know that a root canal could be a possible root cause for other health issues? My guest today is Dr. Kelly J. Blodgett, a recognized leader in holistic and integrative biological dentistry, a published researcher, author, and top clinician. His educational background in psychology, traditional dentistry, naturopathic medical dentistry and integrative biological dental medicine provides him with a unique perspective as a healthcare provider. He understands and respects the interconnectedness of oral health, systemic health and the feelings and emotions which accompany most people’s dental experience. Dr. Blodgett’s professional vision is to reverse the negative stereotype associated with dentistry by sharing loving care in an environment free from judgement. Join us as we talk about whether root canals are linked to eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions. Has your root canal been linked to your skin condition? Tell me about it in the comments! In this episode: Why do people get root canals? What can go wrong after a root canal? How could an infected tooth impact other tissue in the mouth? What to do if you've had a root canal that you suspect may be linked to other health issues you experience Quotes “Somewhere between 15 and 20 million root canals will get done in the United States this year. That's a lot of environment created that will breed infection in people's jaw bones, which is going to infect their entire health.” [8:23] “There's this whole infectious aspect to root canal treated teeth and I've sent probably a couple of 100 teeth to a DNA lab over the last three to four years. Every single one I have sent has come back teeming with bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.” [5:50] Links Find Dr. Blodgett online How to find a holistic dentist Follow Dr. Blodgett on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
34 minutes | 2 months ago
170: Vitiligo 101 + Alternative Treatment Options w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani
This is my first episode on vitiligo, and my guest today is here to lay some groundwork about this condition, as well as other depigmentation conditions that are mistaken for vitiligo. My guest today is Dr. Raja Sivamani, a board-certified dermatologist who practices at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Sivamani engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, plant science, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes a holistic approach to his patients and in his research. Join us as we talk about the causes of vitiligo, possible treatment options, and why it is so important to get an accurate diagnosis. Have you been diagnosed with vitiligo? Tell me about it in the comments! In this episode: What is vitiligo? How do you get an accurate vitiligo diagnosis? Other conditions that can cause pigment loss in the skin How to support skin that is losing pigment Sun exposure considerations when your skin loses pigment Integrative approach to vitiligo Quotes “You'll see patches of pigment loss, either on the face or on maybe, say, the arms or the trunk. And in some people, you can lose all of the pigment on the skin. But in most cases, that's not what happens. What happens is it's in set areas along the body.” [1:33] “Vitiligo's actually perhaps several different diseases all wrapped into one umbrella, or different variants. The standard thought is there's an autoimmune component, but there are other thoughts as well that there's too much oxidative stress in the body.” [20:41] Links Find Dr. Sivamani online Attend the 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium (for practitioners + now 100% online) Healthy Skin Show episode 076: What You Need To Know About Acne, Accutane & Antibiotics w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani Healthy Skin Show ep. 142: Psoriasis 101: What You Need To Know w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani Healthy Skin Show ep. 159: Grover's Disease: Lifestyle + Diet Shifts To Implement w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani Jennifer's appearance on the LearnSkin podcast: An Inside-Out Approach: The Role of Nutritionists and Nutrition in Healthy Skin Follow Dr. Sivamani on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter
12 minutes | 2 months ago
169: Why Is Zinc So Important For Your Skin?
This episode is bought to you by Quell — to help support rebuilding healthy skin from the outside-in + inside-out! Take 10% off your next order! Use promo code QUELL10 at check out — Get started HERE! – – – Though zinc is most commonly discussed in terms of it’s immune-boosting function, there’s also a lot of interest in it for skin health. Though I’ve touched on zinc before on the Healthy Skin Show, I want to spend some time diving deeper into its benefits as well as problems with over-supplementation. I plan on exploring zinc over the course of several episodes, so stayed tuned as we dive deeper in the coming weeks. For now, I’d like to share with you why you absolutely need zinc if you’ve got rashes, hair loss and other health issues going on! In this episode: Why zinc is so important for your body Does your body make zinc? Where zinc is stored in your body Skin rash conditions and symptoms helped by zinc Best food sources for zinc Why you shouldn’t take zinc with calcium Drugs that deplete zinc (hint: one is topical steroids) How much is too much zinc (and why too much is a bad thing!) Quotes: Zinc is an important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch nutrient needed for over 300 enzymes in your body. Steroids (including those which are used topically) + other common medications can cause zinc deficiency.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
168: Misdiagnosis of Chronic Skin Conditions In Skin of Color w/ Dr. Hope Mitchell
Did you know that inflammation shows up differently on skin of color than on white skin? As a result, people of color are often misdiagnosed, because their doctors have not been trained in the different ways skin conditions can present on different skin tones. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Hope Mitchell attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She obtained her doctorate of medicine from The Medical College of Ohio (MCO). She also completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a Pathology Fellowship while at MCO and a residency in Dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Mitchell is an Ohio and Michigan board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and the founder & CEO of Mitchell Dermatology. With over 25 years of experience in the medical field, she is an accomplished, highly qualified dermatologist and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in general dermatologic education and treatment, acne/complexion treatment, skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and surgery, as well as cosmetic injectables. Dr. Mitchell has subspecialty interest in hair loss, eczema, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer prevention, and skincare consultations. She is an advocate for mentorship, education and diversity in medicine and dermatology. Dr. Mitchell is a wife and mother of four young adult children. Join us as we talk about how chronic skin conditions are often misdiagnosed in people of color. Has your skin condition ever been misdiagnosed? Tell me about it in the comments! In this episode: How not learning about skin conditions on skin of color can be problematic in getting an accurate diagnosis How does inflammation present in different skin colors? Do patients end up suffering because necessary tests are not run? What should people keep in mind when trying to determine whether what they're seeing on their skin is hyperpigmentation or inflammation? What is the connection between itching and inflammation? How does psoriasis show up in skin of color? Quotes “What I find in my practice is that a lot of patients that I start to see that seek me out because I am a black dermatologist have told me that either they were misdiagnosed, that's what led them to see me. They just didn't feel that their diagnosis was accurate. Or they were told initially that the diagnosis that they had, and they may not have been given a diagnosis, was nothing to worry about.” [3:38] “The other thing that I think throws off the doctor is that inflammation looks very different. It looks very different in skin of color. And so where we've been trained that red looks like inflammation, in skin of color inflammation looks more gray, it looks dark, it may look purple-ish, it may look dark brown.” [5:25] Links Find Dr. Mitchell online Healthy Skin Show ep. 151: How Eczema Changed My Life (So I Could Help Others) w/ Rakhi Roy, MS, RD, LDN Follow Dr. Mitchell on Instagram | Instagram
14 minutes | 3 months ago
167: Healthy Sweetener Alternatives For The Holidays
If you’ve ever wondered how you can mindfully reduce your sugar intake, this episode is right up your alley! We know that sugar can trigger skin rash flares, gut problems, and increase inflammation in the body (aside from contributing to blood sugar and hormone issues). While there are a lot of people that would swear to you that sugar is the devil and you should avoid it at all costs, I like to take a more pragmatic approach. We all live in the real world and have to take steps that are practical and sustainable over idealistic (that can lead some on the path to disordered eating). Sugar is all around us… and rather than fearing it, let’s talk about some better options! Options that could reduce sugar intake within your home that won’t have you (or family members) dumping treats in the trash because they taste like artificial chemicals. Nor leave you afraid to eat (which is an unfortunate common problem in our community). Here’s my advice on healthy sweetener alternatives that I often share with my nutrition clients! In this episode: Why I encourage my nutrition clients to avoid trying to go entirely sugar-free My top 4 recommended low or no-calorie alternative sweeteners Pros + cons of specific alternative sweeteners (some can trigger rashes!) Tips for finding lower sugar recipes for treats (so you can enjoy the holidays) Favorite companies that make or use alternative sweeteners Quotes: Food is one of life’s great pleasures and is meant to be enjoyed! Doing so mindfully can make all the difference between throwing in the towel versus staying on track. Certain alternative sweeteners can potentially trigger rashes in some (that look like eczema) or unpleasant gut symptoms like gas or bloating.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
166: Mold + Histamine Connection w/ Dr. Jill Crista
When we think of histamine issues, most of us think of the usual symptoms (e.g. runny nose, congestion, itchy eyes). But did you know that high histamine can also cause behavioral issues and skin rashes, particularly in children? My guest today is Dr. Jill Crista, a naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and internationally recognized educator on mold illness. She helps people recover their health after exposure to toxic mold. Dr. Crista is the author of Break The Mold: 5 Tools To Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health. She also provides online training for medical practitioners to help them become Mold-Literate, to efficiently and effectively identify and treat their mold-sick patients. Join us as we talk about mold, mycotoxins, and the connection between mold and histamine issues. Have you discovered your histamine issues are related to mold illness? Tell me about it in the comments! In this episode: Why is mold such a problem? What are mycotoxins? Difference between mold and mushrooms What is MPA and how does it relate to the gut? How is mold related to histamine issues? Why might nettles help? Quotes “These toxins called mycotoxins are designed for that mold to defend its territory. So the very design of these toxins is to kill other living things, mainly microbial, but they do affect human health as well and the pets in that space.” [3:18] “MPA is mycophenolic acid, it's made by a few different species of indoor, toxic mold, aspergillus and penicillium.” [7:32] Links Find Dr. Crista online Dr. Crista's book, Break The Mold: 5 Tools To Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health Quiz: Is Mold Affecting Your Health? Follow Dr. Crista on Facebook | Instagram Nettle Lemonade recipe Dr. Jill Crista's Find A Doc page Mold Canary Membership - an über private membership forum where those who have been affected by mold and want to work with me (but can't because my practice is full) still have access to me via my Live Q&As, How Tos, Featured lab of the month, Recipes, Notable research, and more. Healthy Skin Show ep. 134: Dealing with Mold & Opening Detox Pathways w/ Toréa Rodriguez, FDN-P
11 minutes | 3 months ago
165: Before You Say No To Antibiotics, Consider This
It’s pretty common to be afraid that antibiotics will wreck your gut microbiome. That fear is pervasive thanks to the many health marketers who’ve convinced people (including myself at one point) that antibiotics were something to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately I’ve found that this approach leads my clients (and those in this community) to feel confused and to avoid treatment when it might actually be the best thing. I find myself sharing this exact information with clients every single week, so I thought I’d share this with you too to help you make better decisions for your skin and health. So before you pass on antibiotics prescribed by your doctor because of what you’ve heard or read, here’s what you should consider first! In this episode: Understanding the fear driving antibiotic use Will antibiotics totally wreck your gut? How to make a decision about whether (or not) to use antibiotics Six questions to ask yourself before taking antibiotics Situations when antibiotics might be the better option How to take probiotics during a round of antibiotics so that they’re effective Quotes: Long-term exposure can reduce gut bug diversity and increase the likelihood of opportunistic overgrowth (like Candida). We’ve been heavily marketed to through many wellness influencers that antibiotics completely wreck your gut and should be avoided at all costs.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
164: Mold Illness vs. Mold Allergy w/ Dr. Kasey Holland
Many think they're interchangeable, but mold allergies and mold illness are actually different things! They affect the body in different ways, as my guest today will explain. My guest today, Dr. Kasey Holland, is a licensed Naturopathic doctor. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA through a four-year CNME accredited program. While there she completed specialty rotations in environmental medicine, immune wellness, oncology, IV therapy, Parkinson’s disease, emergency medicine and mind body medicine. After this, she worked in an Integrative health clinic that incorporated functional medicine during her residency. This has provided her with exposure to a wide variety of pathologies and patient care in order to serve you better. She has always been passionate about helping people overcome mystery and chronic illnesses. This was further solidified after her own health obstacles. Dr. Kasey's specialties include the toxic trio: chronic EBV, Lyme disease, mold exposure. Join us as we talk about mold allergies and mold illness. Are you allergic to mold? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: How common is mold in the home? Mold illness vs. mold allergy How can mold cause mold illness? Is mold illness connected to fungal organisms (like candida)? Can mold suppress the immune system? Is mold illness a lifelong condition? Quotes “According to OSHA, approximately one in four homes can have water damage that has promoted mold that could cause harm to their health.” [1:11] “Mold illness is when you've actually been exposed to mold and the mycotoxins, and it's affecting your system on a much deeper level.” [2:35] Links Find Dr. Kasey online Healthy Skin Show ep. 150: Understanding Epstein-Barr Virus + Skin Rashes w/ Dr. Kasey Holland Healthy Skin Show ep. 134: Dealing with Mold & Opening Detox Pathways w/ Toréa Rodriguez, FDN-P Dr. Shoemaker's mold lab test list Follow Dr. Kasey on Instagram
13 minutes | 4 months ago
163: Iron Deficiency Skin Rash
Have you ever heard of an Iron Deficiency Skin Rash? It’s a thing! So is itchiness triggered by low iron levels. I was so fascinated by this topic that I wanted to dive deeper and help you understand just HOW important it is to get assessed for iron deficiency. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most common deficiencies that I uncover in my practice. If you’ve struggled in the past with iron (or have iron deficiency symptoms like hair loss), this episode is a MUST for you! Assessment is way more complicated than just looking at labs. I’m going through my process that I take every client through so that you get a better sense of what it’s like to have a comprehensive evaluation. Numbers on a paper only tell part of the story especially if you’re not feeling well and struggling with itchiness! In this episode: Iron deficiency + itchiness Type of rash that can appear due to iron anemia How low iron impacts your thyroid (+ ultimately your skin) Which diets make you more susceptible to low iron Best labs to check for iron status What I assess if I suspect iron deficiency Foods + supplements to help iron levels Quotes: Clients often take for granted that their body will just make the nutrients it needs like iron. And that mindset unfortunately can get them into trouble. Iron deficiency must be taken seriously and assessed from several different angles especially if symptoms are present.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
162: Loss + Trauma Associated With Topical Steroid Withdrawal w/ Kathryn Tullos
Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) can cause chaos in the body. But it can also begin to affect one's emotional health, as well as their relationships. My guest today, Kathryn Tullos is a Registered Nurse from Houston, Texas with a degree in Communications. She is a wife and mom of 4 kids - ages 14, 12, 10, and 9. In mid-2013, her son suffered severely from Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome (TSW) for 18 months, due to steroid creams prescribed for his eczema. Kathryn threw herself into patient advocacy to try to help others navigate this often misunderstood iatrogenic disease. She joined the ITSAN board in 2015, helped write and relaunch the ITSAN website, and eventually became Executive Director. She stepped down briefly in 2018, but she couldn’t stay away for long. Kathryn returned to ITSAN in October 2019 as President and CEO. Join us as we discuss loss and trauma associated Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome (TSW). Have you experienced loss or trauma as a result of TRW? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: What do people feel like they're losing as a result of Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)? How to prepare before and after recovery How to handle it when it feels like no one understands what you are going through Can therapy help? Quotes “I think that we really underestimate the emotional toll that it takes on relationships during and after recovery.” [6:15] “I think another misconception is when you're better, then everything goes back to normal and everything goes back to the way it was. And everything has shifted. Everything is different now. It's a totally new normal.” [16:27] Links Find Kathryn online Donate to ITSAN Healthy Skin Show ep. 132: What is Topical Steroid Withdrawal? w/ Kathryn Tullos Healthy Skin Show ep. 029: Is Trauma A Root Cause For Your Skin Rashes? w/ Dr. Keesha Ewers Healthy Skin Show ep. 156: Recovering From Topical Steroid Withdrawal w/ Briana Banos Healthy Skin Show ep. 144: How Chinese Medicine Can Help Topical Steroid Withdrawal w/ Dr. Olivia Hsu Friedman, DACM Healthy Skin Show ep. 096: Topical Steroid Withdrawal (A Personal Story) w/ Louise King Follow Kathryn on Facebook | Facebook | Instagram
10 minutes | 4 months ago
161: Low Oxalate Diet: Can It Stop Your Rashes?
If you’re working through what foods seem to trigger or flare your rashes, you might at some point consider trying a low oxalate diet. Though it’s commonly used to reduce the production of kidney stones in those prone to making them, I’ve received many questions about this particular elimination diet for rashes. Aside from my general caution about eliminating more and more foods, improvement on a low oxalate diet (or because you have high oxalates in your urine) is an important clue! I’m sharing in this episode some clinical pearls about a low oxalate diet that might really surprise you. AND the circumstance when I think it would be worth a try to eliminate them (and when it’s not). In this episode: What is a low oxalate diet + its connection with rashes Foods that are high in oxalates What high oxalates indicate about your gut Probiotics that breakdown oxalates Is it worth it to try a low oxalate diet? Quotes: More current research shows that those struggling with calcium oxalate kidney stone formation “exhibit dysbiosis in their fecal and urinary microbiota compared with controls”. Gut bugs like Oxalobacter formigenes, L. plantarum, L. casei, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. salviarius, Bifidobacterium infantis, and Bifidobacterium animalis can all break down oxalates.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
160: How To Care For Rosacea Skin To Avoid More Redness w/ Rachael Pontillo
Are you looking for more natural and alternative ways to calm skin affected by rosacea? Today, we'll be talking about the dos and don'ts when it comes to rosacea care: skincare, diet, and more! My guest today is Rachael Pontillo, a holistic skincare innovator, author, and educator. Rachael is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and co-author of The Sauce Code. She’s a functional nutrition practitioner, AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician, and natural skincare formulator and educator. She’s the president and co-founder of the Nutritional Aesthetics™ Alliance, the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute™, as well as the much-loved online course, Create Your Skincare. She’s an avid herbalist, skincare ingredient aficionado, and lifelong learner. Rachael is also my good friend. Join us as we discuss how to care for rosacea to help avoid more redness. Have you managed to control your rosacea redness? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: What does rosacea look and feel like? Causes of rosacea Does rosacea occur in darker skin tones? How to support rosacea skin naturally Face washes you MUST AVOID if you have rosacea What is gua sha and is it safe for people with rosacea? Quotes “There is a type of acne called acne rosacea where they get pustular acne or papular acne.” [2:24] “I recommend keeping things simple. I do like herbs that have gentle cooling properties, like Aloe vera, marshmallow root is really nice. Calendula is lovely for most people. It is pretty well-tolerated. It's used in a lot of baby products, children's products, you'll even see it in eczema and sensitive skin products.” [15:59] Links Find Rachael online Create Your Skincare Nutritional Aesthetics Interested in trying Rachael's online classes to create your own skincare? Click HERE! Healthy Skin Show episode 024: Most Harmful Ingredients Hiding In Skin Care w/ Rachael Pontillo Healthy Skin Show episode 114: Why Preservatives In Skincare Can Be A Good Thing w/ Rachael Pontillo Healthy Skin Show ep. 145: The Problem With Sensitive Skincare Products No One Talks About w/ Rachael Pontillo Healthy Skin Show ep. 136: Alternative Solutions For Rosacea w/ Dr. Peter Lio Follow Rachael on Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram
35 minutes | 4 months ago
159: Grover's Disease: Lifestyle + Diet Shifts To Implement w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani
Have you heard of Grover's Disease? If not, you're not alone. In fact, I learned about this skin condition just recently! My guest today will enlighten us about Grover's Disease, and share some diet and lifestyle tips that may help. My guest today is Dr. Raja Sivamani, a board-certified dermatologist who practices at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Sivamani engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, plant science, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes a holistic approach to his patients and in his research. Join us as we discuss Grover's Disease: what it is, why it develops, and how to manage it. Have you been diagnosed with Grover's Disease? Let me know in the comments! In this episode: What is Grover's Disease? Grover's Disease triggers Treatment options Dietary changes for Grover's Disease How can dairy affect Grover's Disease? Quotes “Typically what you get is you get all of these scaly what we call papules, essentially bumps, that scatter in the areas where you tend to have a bit more sweating on your trunk. Tends to be the chest, the stomach area, the back, maybe onto the shoulders and it doesn't really go beyond that much.” [1:03] “I try to stay away from foods that are going to spike the insulin and IGF pathway, because some of those can also trigger your oil glands to secrete more sebum, and that's going to trap more moisture than you might need.” [17:01] Links DOWNLOAD --> Skin Rash Root Cause Finder eGuide Find Dr. Sivamani online Attend the 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium (for practitioners + now 100% online) Healthy Skin Show episode 076: What You Need To Know About Acne, Accutane & Antibiotics w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani Healthy Skin Show ep. 142: Psoriasis 101: What You Need To Know w/ Dr. Raja Sivamani Jennifer's appearance on the LearnSkin podcast: An Inside-Out Approach: The Role of Nutritionists and Nutrition in Healthy Skin Follow Dr. Sivamani on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter
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