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DONNA F. SMITH, C.C.N., C.N.
Licensed, Board Certified
H. BRELAND, P.T., S.C.S.
Board Certified Sports Specialist
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T. ROGER HUMPHREY, M.D.
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Donna F. Smith
by Donna F. Smith, C.C.N., C.N.
This article will provide new insights
on the function and enhancement of healthy skin. This information will help
you promote healthy skin and prevent or improve the signs of aging, such
as wrinkles, dry skin, warts, moles, brown spots, spider veins, etc. I will
also address the internal biochemistry that promotes healthy skin and anti-aging
so that you may correct the causes of problem skin from the inside out and
from the outside in.
The skin is the largest organ in and around
your body. The skin makes up approximately 80-90% of your body weight
and personality. Your skin has trillions of cells which are being replaced
every second by the millions. This replacement enables you to keep your
youthful look and prevent the aging process. Each cell is made up of memory,
intelligence, and energy governed by the nutritional chemistry of DNA
and RNA. This, along with hemoglobin, the nutritional part of your blood
that makes skin glow, makes up the chemistry that keeps your original,
youthful design and separate male and female personality features and
The heart provides the electrical stimulus
to propel the RNA, DNA and hemoglobin along with 4300 gallons of blood
through 60,000 miles of blood vessels every 24 hours. This electrical
stimulus serves as the means by which the nutritional chemistry that maintains
and keeps the design of the skin is distributed throughout the body. The
nutritional components also keep the skin breathing with an ultimate reward
of youth and rejuvenation. It is the nutritional chemistry and/or electricity
that propels these cells into their constant position of firmness, design
and personality. When the chemistry and/or electricity comes in short
supply or intensity, the body begins to cannibalize itself by robbing
one area in order to give to another. In this manner the body tries to
keep homeostasis, the equilibrium of subsystems. Malnutrition is the catalyst
The skin bathes in hemoglobin. When the
skin, the warehouse of nutrition, is not kept at peak performance, it
begins to crumble due to a loss of resistance, immunity, color and ultimately
the youthful design, shape and appearance. This is replaced with multiple
syndromes of skin infections, inflammations and abnormal cell growth.
Abnormal external factors begin to show blemishes, wrinkles, lines, crow's
feet, lumps, welts, rashes, itching, cysts, moles, warts, fever, cold
sores, alligator skin, age spots, dry, rough, chaffed, blotchy, freckled
skin, flushing, acne, shingles, ulcers, psoriasis, blackheads, furrows,
pustules, eczema, dermatitis, urticaria (hives), flaky or scaly skin,
bruise easily, blisters and patches of various discoloration of gray,
black, purple, and white skin.
The Biochemistry of The Skin
Much of the aging process is caused by
shaving, bathing, scratching, heat, cold, invaders of bacteria, and malnutrition,
which causes the wrapper or skin parchment to become paper-thin or transparent
tissue that is no longer elastic or can avoid any overexposure. Finally,
the turbulence of overexposure and malnutrition grows so great that the
protective wrapper (skin) can no longer maintain its organization or structure.
You notice this in the malnourished elderly, their skin is so transparent
and extremely thin in its outer layer. Maintaining skin nutrition is the
key to preventing this aging skin process. In my clinical nutrition practice,
I rarely find a new client/patient over 35 years old who is not malnourished,
and I am finding this more and more in our youth.
Here are some facts about the body which
may surprise you:
Knowing these facts, it is obvious
that our skin, our bodies, were originally designed to regenerate and live
youthfully for a long time. The environmental factors (mentioned below)
and malnutrition is the cause of premature aging of skin and the body as
||The skin replaces itself once a month.
||The stomach lining replaces itself every five days.
||The liver is recharged every six weeks.
||The skeleton repairs itself with fresh atoms of calcium very three
||In one year, ninety-four percent (94%) of the atoms in your body
have been exchanged for new ones.
People do not grow old; they become
old when their cells stop regenerating themselves.
The key organs and glands that promote
healthy skin are the liver, heart/blood, and hormones. In relationship
to the skin, below I will explain the effects of environmental pollution
(chemicals and germs). My four-part article series on Fibromyalgia,
written for the Internet Magazine Natural Health World, provides
vital information and understanding on parasites (germs, bugs, etc.) and
their effect on the health and well-being of the body, which includes
the skin. Knowing this information is vital to promoting healthy, vibrant
skin. (For a free copy all four articles on Fibromyalgia, go to
and click on ARTICLES or request a copy of each through email@example.com.)
A toxic liver pollutes the blood and then
the blood pollutes the cells. When your body is exposed to environmental
pollution, the liver, kidneys and lymphatic systems of the body have been
designed to deal with these toxins and move them out of the body. However,
if your body cannot move them out, then the poisons are recirculated and
eventually stored in the fat and brain cells. This promotes obesity and
the various mental dysfunctions, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks,
memory loss, in addition to premature aging.
The U.S. population is increasing in obesity
and mental dysfunction today. My clinical experience has been that one
of the major causes is a toxic liver. We hear more about liver cancer
today than any other time in history. In my clinical nutrition practice,
I have yet to find a new client/patient who does not have imbalanced liver
enzymes, indicating a toxic, congested and swollen liver. Think of the
liver like the filter on your automobile. If the filter was never changed,
the oil would become overloaded with dirt, grime, and pollution, which
results in dirty, contaminated oil circulating through the engine. In
time, the engine would malfunction and the car would stops.
Similarly, if your liver, the blood's filtering
system, is toxic, instead of filtering the poisons and toxins in the blood
and removing them from the body, these toxins remain in the blood and
get circulated through the body and deposited into the cells and tissue,
primarily the fat and brain tissue. The cells, then, cannot regenerate
and begin to die for lack of oxygen, water and nutrients. The aging process
is accelerated. Signs of this happening internally is seen externally
through the skin as wrinkles, dry, scaly, infectious skin, etc. The longer
this process continues, the more malnourished the cells become. The long-term
effects can again be seen in transparent, gray, lifeless, odorous, thin
Therefore, if healthy vibrant skin is your
goal, you must not work purely from the outside to feed and nourish the
skin, you must also work from the inside - this means correcting nutritional
deficiencies to prevent malnourishment and detoxify the liver and blood
to prevent environmental pollution from inhibiting skin regeneration.
A clinical nutrition analysis of your blood
can provide the information you need regarding how toxic your liver and
blood is. With this information and after following a clinical nutrition
program, you can detoxify your liver and blood and correct nutritional
deficiencies. Your health and your skin will improve. It never ceases
to amaze me how beautiful the skin of my clients/patients becomes through
the process of healing their body through improved nutritional biochemistry.
One important note is that the body heals
from the inside out, so the internal biochemistry must become balanced
and nourished before you will see lasting, positive effects on the skin.
However, while working internally, you can speed up this process by also
nourishing your skin as well. It is important to nourish the skin externally
with non-toxic, nutrient-rich skin care products formulated using herbs,
unsaturated oils, foods and other natural ingredients.
Our Skin and The Environment
The nails and hair are an extension of
the personality of the skin. The hair, scalp and nails are sensors that
test the environment and warn the organ system of the skin of potential
disaster. When healthy, the system is always ready, through the intelligence
of the cells, to prevent disaster.
Our bodies are full of invasive disasters
from our environment. These include chemicals, pesticides, bugs, viruses,
poisons, diseases, allergens, etc. Unfortunately, they often destroy the
natural chemistry of our blood and lymphatic systems. Without these systems
functioning at peak levels, the natural design, color and beauty of our
skin is in danger.
Many homes, offices, automobiles, and recreational
vehicles are combustion chambers full of body chemicals, allergies, odors,
household germs, mold, mildew, plant pollens, bugs, flies, spiders, ants,
etc. These are dangerous to the health and beauty of people, pets and
domestic animals. Floating chemicals and poisons from people, pets, birds
and sometimes sick plants, make every member of their household sick.
To secure a healthy environment, the desired
natural procedure is to practice prevention by neutralizing the entire
area members of the household live. This includes the office, cars and
recreational vehicles. Spray the carpet, lower parts of drapes, kitty
litter box, bathroom fixtures, etc., once per day for 10 days, then always
once per week with Amway Pursue Germicidal foam cleaner. This thoroughly
disinfects and neutralizes the once sick house and/or other properties.
It allows the household to have clean, healthy, allergy-free air so the
people's bodies can effectively breathe through their skin. The skin's
glow will then be restored and invigorated by hemoglobin that will awaken
sick cells to youthful life.
Health and Beauty Aides To Enhance Our Skin's
Read your labels thoroughly before applying
anything on your skin. Not only do preservatives, colorings, dyes and
other additives harm your skin, whatever is applied to the skin permeates
through to the organs and glands of the body and pollutes your body systems
as well. The labels on personal care products should read like the labels
on the containers of food you eat. I use and recommend Arbonne International,
Swedish-formulated skin and hair care products.
Another option is to make your own skin
care products. I teach Natural Beauty Sessions, where I share recipes
using foods and herbs to make your own skin creme, astringents, hair rinse,
relaxing and rejuvenating herbal baths, etc. (If you would like to order
the Natural Beauty materials and recipes from this session, go to the
Self-Designed Programs in www.womensportsnutrition.com.).
Our experience has been to keep the skin
healthy, resilient, lubricated, shiny, firm, soft, cosmetically glowing,
and tan. To maintain this appearance, rub the skin, hair, nails and orifices
of the body, this includes bottoms of the feet, behind the knees, the
sex organs, anus, arm pits, lips, nose, closed eyes, ears and buttocks,
several times a week at bedtime, with natural skin emollient hand,
feet and body lotions, such as available through Arbonne, plus Naturade
Aloe Vera 80 from health food stores.
According to Dr. Dick Versendaal, Naturade Aloe Vera 80 enhances
the immune system, brings color and tan to the skin, rushes new nutritional
chemistry to sick cells, brings hemoglobin and collagen for the lubrication
of damaged cells. It will reduce swelling which is often seen in the very
sick. It also keeps the skin more electrical so it can fend off environmental
changes, stresses and infections for which the body, at the moment, has
no tolerance. This treatment often brings back original color or colors
that glow and are soft. An excellent way to obtain a suntan, safely and
quickly, is by treating or rubbing the entire body before sun tanning.
This treatment if used daily can assist in preventing yeast, fungus and
mildew on the skin. Target the feet, especially the bottoms, the body
orifices, and anywhere the skin is discolored or very sick. Athlete's
feet is caused by fungus, yeast and mold on the skin.
Vicks® VaporRub Cream
For those with areas of fever blisters, itching, alligator skin, flaky,
scaly or burned skin, use this safe, nontoxic grease less Vicks®
VaporRub Cream in a tube. Rub this on the affected skin for lubrication
and relief of fever, one or more times per day, until the skin syndrome
has abated. This cream is excellent for sunburns, and it most often prevents
An Additional Note: The internal cause of
nail fungus and athlete's feet is a yeast imbalance. I have found Vicks®
VaporRub Cream to work 99% of the time for those who have nail fungus
and athlete's feet, when addressing this problem internally as well.
Dermal-K Clarifying Cream
An excellent cream for spider veins. With
daily use after showering, you will soon see the difference. It is not
effective for severe varicose veins, however, daily use may prevent them
if you don't already have them or prevent others from appearing elsewhere
on the body. If you are unable to find this cream locally, contact me
Before you go sunbathing, rub the entire
area targeted for tanning with Vicks® VaporRub Cream. Then
cover that with your favorite suntan lotion or Naturade Aloe Vera 80.
Then cover you're the exposed areas with Arbonne Sunscreen. This procedure
enhances the tan, prevents burns, and gives the skin a shining glow. For
those who lie in the sun for more than an hour, for skin protection, repeat
this treatment during and after sunbathing. If you use any products other
than those listed here, read your labels closely and chose only those
products made of natural ingredients.
Again, I remind you of the importance of
cleansing and nourishing your skin internally, as well as externally.
Truly beautiful and youthful-looking skin requires both.
Clinical Nutrition Skin Support Programs
Clinical nutrition skin support programs
are available specifically to help people with the following skin problems:
acne, pustules, blackhead removal, cold sores/herpes symplex, shingles,
cradle cap for babies, dandruff, puffy eyelids, bright red face, facial
hair, fever blisters, fungus, athlete's feet, itching, swollen, red lips,
liver and brown spots, psoriasis and eczema, poison ivy/oak, ulcers, lesions,
burns, stretch marks, odor, warts, moles, tag warts, eyelid sty, and oily
or dry, thick, white crusted, cracking skin, etc.
Yes, it is possible to improve your skin, no matter what condition it
is in at this moment. Because your cells are designed to regenerate, your
skin cells will regenerate when you:
Though you will require all the above steps to achieve optimum skin enhancement,
I have listed them in the order of priority, in the order that will bring
the fastest results, if you want to take one step at a time.
||keep your liver and blood nourished and detoxified through
clinical nutrition analysis and programs designed for your unique
||feed the skin inside and out with the nutrients it requires
to regenerate healthy, vibrant, glowing skin
|| avoid putting substances on the skin that inhibit this
regeneration process, such as chemicals, colorings and dyes often
found in commercially-branded personal care products.
|| avoid or minimize the environmental factors that negatively
affect the skin, hair and nails, such as smoking, working in places
that where you would be exposed to chemicals, smoke, and other air
Reference: "Health and Beauty Aides to Enhance Our Skin's Immune
System," Dr. Dick Versendaal, D.C., Ph.D., CRA.
For products, information and services mentioned in this article,
www.womensportsnutrition.com - to obtain a clinical
nutrition analysis of your blood and to order "Natural Beauty"
PEP Session #18.
firstname.lastname@example.org - for other information
you are interested in as a result of reading this article and to order
Dermal K and Naturade Aloe Vera 80 if unable to locate locally. You may
also use this e-mail for a referral to an Amway Product Distributor if
unable to find one locally in your area.
email@example.com - for Arbonne
International Skin and Hair Care Products or call (940) 761-5330.
Health Food Stores - for Naturade Aloe Vera
Pharmacies - Vick's Vapor Rub
Copyright 1998 Donna F. Smith
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