* Although we could explore skin clues for the rest of the year, today we’ll wrap up dermal geographical points of interest. You’re getting the idea, right? The body, especially its “packaging” gives loads and loads of early clues as to the direction a body’s health may be headed. As with GPS, you can pay attention to the map and gain control over where you are heading, or you can ignore the map/clues……... and who knows where you may end up!
* Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a skin abnormality that results in velvety darker discolorations found most often in body folds and creases. The discoloration develops gradually over time and is most often seen across the back of the neck, armpits, and groin area. Although acanthosis nigricans is sometimes an inherited skin characteristic, the most common cause is diabetes and obesity. Endocrine abnormalities (thyroid) and certain cancers (adenocarcinomas) can also cause this type of skin change.
Chronic use of certain medications can also cause AN. Birth Control Pills and some hormone replacement therapies, steroids, high dose niacin, and a class of drugs used to treat HIV (protease inhibitors) are the most common offenders.
* Keratosis pilaris (KP) is an annoying but harmless skin condition which causes dry rough patches and tiny bumps often seen on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks. You may have heard it sometimes called “chicken skin”. An estimated 40% of the population has experienced it, and though often related to a Vitamin A deficiency (which is seen in roughly 51% of adults in the USA), KP is most often seen in people who regularly eat a very specific set of food triggers.
Who’d have thought that 51% of adults in the USA would have a Vitamin A deficiency?.... And yet we do. Vitamin A deficiency will ultimately affect the eyes in addition to the skin. Young Living has a super eye health supplement called Illumineyes which happens to be loaded with Vitamin A. #killtwobirdswithonestone
Those with KP would do best to avoid common skin irritants found in mainstream bath and body care products. Thankfully, Young Living has us covered here too! They make caring for ourselves so very easy! Have you tried any of the YL bath and shower gels and bar soaps? I’m especially fond of the Morning Start Shower Gel!
Food triggers are a serious influencer of keratosis pilaris. Thankfully, the foods that tend to trigger the outbreaks are 100% unnecessary and are generally void of quality nutritional value. These would include:
🔥Refined white sugar
🔥High fructose corn syrup
🔥Trans fats (found predominantly in junk and fast foods)
🔥Refined carbs (white bread, pastries, soda, sugary breakfast cereals, etc)
🔥Artificial flavorings and colorings
🔥Commercial (homogenized/pasteurized) dairy
My feeling about KP is that, while annoying and harmless, it is an early red flag clue that bumpy waters may lay ahead if reparations are not in order. If food is a trigger, then the gut is compromised and showing early signs of stress. Don’t let this stress escalate…. It’s a slippery slope. The gut is at the root of all chronic disease throughout the body, not the least of which is digestive disorders themselves! YL’s Life 9 probiotic and a digestive enzyme (Essentialzyme, Essentialzymes-4, Allerzyme, or Detoxzyme) would be excellent supportive measures to get and keep your gut on track.
KP is a common skin condition among children too….. It’s far better to nip things in the bud than it is to let a situation escalate, even if it means going thru a season of junk food withdrawal. Good eating habits are perhaps one of the best gifts you can give a kiddo! Don’t forget that Young Living has Kidscents Mightypro probiotic packets and Mightyzyme chewable digestive enzymes for little tummies too!
Because KP is actually a buildup of dead tissue, a gentle but effective way to minimize the bumps is by using a “clean” DIY sugar scrub on the areas 3-4 times a week.
2 cups organic brown sugar
½ cup organic fractionated coconut oil
½ cup honey
5 drops of lavender essential oil
* Dandruff affects roughly 50% of the population and comes in a few common types. It too is more annoying than harmful, but clues are flying with each brushing of the hair!
Possible causes of dandruff include:
🔥Chronic inflammatory skin condition(s).... Remember skin is a mirror of the gut!
🔥Allergy or sensitivity to something either applied or ingested (again, gut flag!)
🔥Yeast overgrowth (gut flag!)
🔥Omega 3 deficiency
Managing stress is key with any inflammatory condition. Stress reduction techniques include yoga, prayer, meditation, deep breathing, and utilizing your favorite calming essential oils.
A whopping 98% of the US population fails when it comes to optimal Omega 3’s in their diet. OmegaGize3 is loaded with what we need so as not to be a part of that epic fail statistic. Other clues of Omega 3 deficiencies may include dry hair, dry skin, depression, dry eyes, joint pain and stiffness.
* Thinning hair is something that happens gradually over time. While it is normal to lose around 100 hairs a day, hairs should also be growing back in as they are falling out. Very few people have the hair in their 50’s+ that they had in their 20’s. #aginghappens
Factors that affect thinning hair may include:
Genetics (family pattern hair loss)
Emotional & physical stress
Medical conditions (thyroid or hormone imbalance, and heart disorders)
Poor nutrition or poor absorption of nutrients
Hair products that make thinning worse
Decrease in collagen production as we age
---Ways to minimize thinning hair include eating nutrient dense foods (and utilizing the YL digestive enzymes mentioned above!), OmegaGize3 !!!, and supplemental collagen (internally).
Medications will always and forever have side effects. By their very definition they are a toxin, and many of them cause hair loss. Some of the top offenders include:
Certain acne meds
Anti-coagulants (after about 3-4 months)
Immunosuppressants (methotrexate, Enbrel, Humira etc)
Some anti seizure meds
Blood pressure meds (those whose generic name ends in -olol or -pril)
Mood stabilizer meds (including paxil, zoloft, amitriptyline, and prozac)
Weight loss meds (eg: phentermine)
Gout meds (allopurinol)
Many chemotherapy agents
Steroids (which are also immunosuppressants)
NSAIDS (ex: ibuprofen, naproxen )
I am not a doctor, and cannot diagnose, treat or cure you. I will however, continue to provide you with clues you can use to help you find your way back to the vibrant healthy person God designed you to be (or to support the vibrant health person you already are!). Which body part should we cover next as we continue to unearth clues?
It's not always easy, but it will always be worth it!
In the above video Senior Editor Alex Newman of The New American magazine interviews the former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Dr. Lee Merrit. She explains her belief that America is currently facing what appears to be biological warfare. Whether the Communist Chinese released the COVID-19 virus on purpose or by accident is impossible to know, but the implications are enormous. And when it comes to the new vaccines, Dr. Merrit, a former military doctor who studied biological warfare, reviews previous animal studies on the technology underlying the vaccines and paints a dire picture.
She concludes that there are ways to treat viral infections that are time-tested and effective. Great news there!
I do love Paul Harvey. I cannot recall a single commentary that wasn't thought provoking. Have you heard this one? It's a "rest of the story" moment that will make you pause.
'Rona Va((ine and Potential "bonus" effects video cliff notes: (Below this post is the link to the video)
I've notated key minute mark points in the video if you don't have time to watch the whole thing, but are curious about a specific topic within the video. That said, the entire contents is important, so put your (preferably air tube) ear buds in and listen to it while you are doing chores or driving!
@3:50 Dec 10th 2020: Pfizer Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting findings.
Page 41 of this document: Serious adverse events, including death.
A total of 2 vaccine enrolled participants died. Both were over 55yrs old (not being reported by mainstream media).
😵Non fatal "bonus" effects noted:
@6:00 British regulatory committee (our FDA equivalent) recommend people who have had serious allergic reactions to medicines, vaccines, or food avoid the vaccine. Pregnant women and children have also been advised against taking the shot.
@7:30 no studies have been performed regarding ‘rona va((ine and interaction with any medications people might be on. (My thoughts: I would find this particularly troubling with the medications classified as biologics…. And often used in autoimmune disorders)
@8:05 Effects on Fertility: Unknown. No tests have been done on pregnant women. (My thoughts:...... and therefore, their offspring. Logic is important here!)
@8:42 4 early vax volunteers developed Bell’s Palsy (partial paralysis of one side of face)
@9:15 most side effects appear to happen after the second dose, but long term effects still remain unknown, AND WILL REMAIN UNKNOWN, until millions have gotten theirs. (My thoughts: how many years were drugs like Darvocet, Vioxx, DES , and Thalidomide [ ….pulled from the market for severe birth defects ….. Now on the market again, but with stricter guidelines for use] on the market, and how many people received the medications before the side effects showed up?
@11:24 “there will be strokes and heart attacks” because we are vaccinating a vulnerable population’. Yet….. the media is saying this will just be coincidental. Nothing to see here…. Move along. #doyourresearch
@12:00 yay. Govt regulators (ie: FDA) have plans to closely monitor the va((inated over the next two years…. Ie: expect surveillance of the jabbed.
@12:45 Important: slide/graphic of possible adverse event outcomes. (My thoughts: compare these long term side effects with a short term infection of the 99.97% survival rate ‘rona and come to your own conclusions).
@14:33 live coverage of govt meeting….. Note: they will be actively monitoring for events that include fetal deaths and infant outcomes. (My thoughts: not that there’s any going back once these events are recognized)
@15:30 What’s going on this flu season? According to the CDC, as of December 3rd 2020, REPORTED FLU HOSPITALIZATIONS are too low at this time to generate an estimate……. (My thoughts: folks, the CDC says the flu just isn’t here this year. And if you believe that, I’ve got a tropical island to sell you in Iceland)
@15:36 Positive association between ‘rona deaths and those who are getting the flu va((ine this year. (My thoughts: I’ve said this in earlier posts….. Don’t do it! This is one of the large reasons I left corporate retail pharmacy in September. I made a pledge to do no harm ….ie: Hippocratic oath…. when I became a pharmacist 30 years ago. My oath is my word, and I would rather not be paid than to go against that oath.)
@17:30 Reminder--- There is no liability for vaccine manufacturers thanks to a law that went into effect in 1986.... only a fund paid for by taxpayers that is woefully inadequate for those who are injured for life..... vaccine makers get off scotfree regardless of outcome. (My thoughts: that’s right folks……. If you or a loved one are injured by a vaccine, there is no real compensation plan in place. This would be like driving thru Dallas during rush hour on a daily basis, and no drivers having any liability insurance. You are #onyourown should you choose to say yes to the vaks)
I've been diving in to the history behind some of our well known "vintage" Christmas carols this December. Some of you may have seen them in my FB stories. (I'm doing my best to highlight one per day). 🎄 It's been so interesting and I've gained a much greater appreciation for songs and their backstage stories.
Today's archeological dig was especially compelling because it seems like it could have been written this year, and I wanted to share.
🎶" I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" 🎶was written as a poem in the middle of our country's Civil War in 1863 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
His wife of 18 years had just passed away unexpectedly, and his son had gone to fight for the freedom of all men to parts unknown. Longfellow was notified by telegram on December 1st, that his son was seriously wounded at a battle during the Mine Run Campaign. He was emotionally devastated by both events and the stress of everyday life during war time.
Yet in his deepest despair, he retained his devout faith in Christ.
As I read thru the verses of the original song (some of the modern versions have been altered), I was struck by these two in particular:
🎶'And in despair I bowed my head;
"There's no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."🎶
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God's not dead friends. He's very much alive and He corrects injustices in His own timing. Keep the faith. Goodness and loving kindness will ultimately prevail. ❤️🇺🇸🙏
I'll forever see this Christmas carol in a different way. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you today!
If you are in the 40 to 60 something age category (as I am), have you noticed that a number of friends or acquaintances of similar age have complained of shoulder joint pain and stiffness? I used to assume that this was the result of normal wear and tear as we age, and sometimes that is the case. Often tho, I run into people who have shoulder pain and stiffness who cannot recall having had a memorable recent injury. Idiopathic (ie: unknown cause) frozen shoulder usually starts out with a dull or achy pain in only one shoulder, with pain that may extend to the shoulder muscles that wrap around the front of the arm that ultimately leads to long term limited mobility of that joint. It’s a painful and frustrating disorder because there isn’t really a known cure, and it nearly always “unfreezes” on its own within 6 months to 2 years, although injections to surgery are often recommended by western medicine.
Idiopathic frozen shoulder (called “50 year old shoulder” in Eastern Medicine) happens much more often in women than in men, usually between the age of 40 and 60yrs old…… coincidentally around the time hormone production really wanes… specifically estrogen.
When estrogen production decreases significantly, the flexibility of our connective tissue is affected. We may see it visibly as crepey looking skin, but make no mistake…. Your joints are being affected too….. In this case, specifically the shoulder capsule.
Learning what I’ve learned over the last many years, I’ve chosen not to go down this path by doing the following things:
💪Regular full motion exercise (lots of shoulder work)
💪Yoga (faith based for me)
💪Supporting my hormones fully thru perimenopause (early stage) and menopause. I use Progessence Plus (on my forearms and on the carotid artery points on my neck nightly, and I also alternate between PD 80/20 and Femigen (one capsule a day works for me). According to my labwork, tho I am in menopause, my estrogen and progesterone levels have been maintained at healthy levels to keep my body functioning well. (I highly recommend hormone/thyroid labwork on at least a yearly basis if you are wanting physical confirmation of what’s working and what’s not working for you!... if you do not have a way to get this done, please message me and I can help you.)
We are all built very differently, and are at different stages in our lives. If you support your hormones with a Young Living product(s)..... Tell me, what have you found that works for you, and how do you use it?
www.goodmedicine.info (for access to education beyond the basics)
Friends, would you mind taking a minute to sign this very important petition (if you live in Texas) .
Do you know how the big box businesses (think Wally World, Amazon, Home Depot etc) have only thrived since the quarantine and little businesses (think Mom and Pop stores and restaurants you love) have struggled to survive.
Well, the same thing is happening at our Texas state capitol. Big time multi million dollar lobbyists are still wine-ing and dining "those who make the rules" off site at swanky restaurants (etc) while grassroots "for the people" organizations are denied the ability to assemble in our capitol building to plead the case of freedom.
Make no mistake, this post is about choice and freedom, it's not "anti" anything.
If you think va((ine injury is something that doesn't happen (or.... that maybe it's something affecting only some kids), I ask you to reconsider that thought. Do you know someone with an autoimmune disorder? I'd be happy to explain more of the vaccine/autoimmunity relationship if you are interested (pm me).
Medical freedom is something that all 👀 's should be on right now, especially with the oncoming freight train that is the shining in the tunnel.
Do your research DEEPLY (and on a search engine that is NOT GOOGLE) before you agree to have any va((ine injected into your body. Understand this, what you don't know CAN hurt you.... and in the case of what's coming, understand that your genetics (that means your eggs or sperm too) will be forever altered. Is it worth the risk for a virus with a %.03 (or less) mortality rate?
This is not a political party issue, this is a health freedom and Constitutional Rights issue.
Please consider signing the petition and also, should you feel led.... please consider donating. TFVC are fighting for all of us 🙏🇺🇸💝.
www.goodmedicine.info (your friendly holistic educator and truth seeker!)
Up is down, right is wrong...when will it end? As an avid bibliophile📚 and believer in our Constitutional rights🇺🇸, this simultaneously breaks my heart and inflames it.
I read To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, The Cay, and Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry all when I was younger. They made an impact on me... each one a little differently... but ALL of them adding to lessons in empathy and history as it related to the times they were written in. If we don't learn from our collective history we are destined to repeat it (Winston Churchill)
I saw a picture a few months back of a school dumpster full of books. (... I can't even😭😭).... they were there because of cancel culture.
And then we have this example of "digital book burning" for the opposite reason. Investigative author Abigail Shrier had a nearly impossible time getting her book (based upon nearly 200 interviews of gender dysphoria experts, parents of girls who have transitioned, and girls themselves) published, reviewed, or even on a platform to be sold to the public because its contents goes against the current social narrative (despite the truth of the contents within the pages).
I'm reading our weekly paper (Epoch Times... the BEST most accurate and reliable news source I've found) and found these two articles in the same issue.
We are at a tipping point in our beautiful country. We who love it and who have conservative God fearing values are also known for quietly "going along to get along". Friends, we will all be held accountable for our actions here on earth, but we will also be held accountable for standing silently and allowing travesty to happen on our watch.
I stand for truth and freedom and loving one another. I stand against cancel culture...... do you?
Have you had a chance to flip thru the first issue of 40 Dandelions?
"Holistic healthy" doesn't separate body from mind or spirit. It's one of the reasons my business plan is in the form of a prayer rather than an accounting spreadsheet. #Godwillprovide
To learn more about why I do what I do, check out pages 11 thru 13. 😘 https://www.40dandelions.com/
xoxo ~ liz
www.goodmedicine.info (Did you know that I am a certified health coach and incorporate that ( as well as advanced blood work analysis) as a way to bless my YL community? Message me for details! )
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!