• In this highly anticipated second installment about dairy versus non-dairy milk, I’m diving into many of the ethical concerns and questions you’ve probably wondered about.

    While I have tried my best to share information without too much emotion involved, I admit that I find the treatment of workers to be difficult to stomach + tolerate.

    Since you already know what my biases are from Part 1, we’ll dive into the nutrition between options as well as additives, heavy metals, pesticides, environmental impacts, water use, and worker + animal abuse.

    I realize that there’s a ton of information presented here and you might be tempted to say that I only am sharing a fragment of the issue. To appropriately cover each one of these topics would involve individual longer conversations.

    So if something in this really interests you, I have placed the references at the end of the post so you can easily review them further for yourself.

    And I encourage you to do more research even beyond this since ultimately that’s how one makes a truly informed choice.

    With that said, let’s dive in!

    In this episode: Nutrition content in dairy vs plant-based milk Additive ingredients commonly found in vegan dairy Biggest offender for high arsenic Pesticide + glyphosate exposure – wow! Environmental impact + Carbon footprint Water use – Dairy vs Plant-based crops Is plant-based milk really cruelty-free? Animal abuse concerns Quotes:

    There is just no way for plant-based milk to match animal dairy unless they are fortified.

    Cashew production often results in painful, caustic, permanent burns to the workers’ hands.

  • If you’ve ever wondered what’s better for your health – dairy or non-dairy milk – buckle up because this is the first of a three part episode diving into this topic.

    Though most people want a simple answer, it’s honestly anything but!

    There are pros and cons to both dairy + plant-based milk products which I only started to research in the past year.

    What I found was incredibly upsetting + has left me wondering if, as a society, we’re making informed choices based on facts or emotional marketing that obscures the reality of those choices.

    And knowing that dairy is also a hot topic within the skin rash community, I’m excited to dive into the research to see what it actually says.

    Ultimately I ask that you keep an open-mind about this conversation just as I have. I don’t claim to be an expert nor to have all of the answers.

    But I do have a much different perspective now knowing what I know. Everything I’ve shared on Instagram about my journey back to consuming dairy was met with great interest + curiosity.

    So I decided to do a deeper dive here to share what I’ve found with you!

    In this episode: My decade-long journey of eliminating to reintroducing dairy (yes, I consume dairy) My biases + beliefs about dairy + the plant-based industry (I want to be transparent) The many problems with the plant-based milk movement Seed oils + plant-based milk Nutrient fortification of plant-based milk What’s coming in Parts 2 + 3 of this series Quotes:

    Changes to agriculture (especially involving animals) are coming mostly focused on reducing greenhouse gases to slow the warming of the planet. Partly pushed by governments, regulations + laws, it will also come from a shift in consumer buying patterns.

    You’ve got to be incredibly careful about emotional manipulation around food + diet. Fear is a powerful motivator as is wanting to feel like you’re “doing the right thing”.

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  • The oral microbiome has been recently classified as a “gateway” microbiome, giving it immense importance in total body health. The placental microbiome is another gateway microbiome- it sets the immune system of the developing child- and is extremely important since it's closely related in microbial content to the oral microbiome! But what creates a dysbiotic oral microbiome?

    My guest today is Mark L. Cannon. He is a Professor of Otolaryngology- Division of Dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, an Attending Physician at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to being the founder of Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove (1981); he is the Research Coordinator of the Pediatric Dental residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cannon has 40 years of experience in pediatric dentistry and has presented lectures both nationally and internationally. He lectures on many oral health topics including evolutionary oral medicine, the gateway microbiomes, biologic and bioactive dental materials (patents owner), probiotics, and all aspects of everyday Pediatric oral health. Dr. Cannon has humbly accepted two invitations by the Karolinska Institutet, first to the Nobel Forum (2016) and secondly to the Nobel Assembly (2017). Most of all, Dr. Cannon is the proud father of five, all of whom are very accomplished. He is also a very proud grandfather!

    Do you have issues with both the skin and your dental health? Have you considered tackling the mouth issues first? Let me know in the comments!

    In this episode: What is a "gateway microbiome"? Why missing THESE bacteria from your mouth microbiome is problematic List of diseases + health issues associated with a messed up oral microbiome What bacteria like P. gingivalis can INSIDE of your cells Is xylitol helpful for oral microbiome health? Strep salivarius VS. Strep mutans Quotes

    "Half the population has their gut controlled by the mouth. If you have leaky gut, you have leaky gums, leaky blood-brain barrier... And before you know it, problems with the skin, which is what we've seen in so many studies. You'll find a lot of studies showing that with every skin disorder, there's an associated gut microbiome problem" [06:07]

    "It was a very, very powerful multi-center study... And they significantly reduced preterm birth by having the moms chewing xylitol gum. I mean, the savings and healthcare dollars are huge, but again, you're working on a gateway microbiome and you're inhibiting a keystone pathogen." [16:04]


    Find Dr. Cannon online along with his bio here

    The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

    Want to try some amazing toothpaste + mints with xylitol? Try RiseWell!

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 260: Oral Microbiome-Skin Rash Connection w/ Dr. Mark Burhenne

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 020: How Your Mouth Microbiome Can Mess Up Your Skin w/ Trina Felber

  • You may have seen my post on Instagram where I was talking about progesterone hypersensitivity. My guest today connected with me shortly after that went live and agreed to come on! She's one of the first people that is more on the practitioner side of things that I know of who's actually lived with this and dealt with it! She will be talking about how she's found ways to help support the body around this to become less reactive.

    Today's guest is Sarah Tyler. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham and worked six years in the University Hospital’s Heart and Lung Transplant ICU in Birmingham before deciding to become a Nurse Practitioner. Sarah attended Vanderbilt University where she obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Family Practice in 2012. She is an American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Nursing was always satisfying to Sarah because of its foundation in holistic healing theories that recognize the importance of considering the whole individual. She currently practices out of Denver, CO in a setting that balances conventional and alternative methods to optimize health and well-being.

    Join us as Sarah discusses the mystery of the luteal phase rash and all about progesterone hypersensitivity.

    Are you dealing with Progesterone Hypersensitivity as well? Share with me know in the comments if you have questions or want to share what works for you!

    In this episode: What is progesterone hypersensitivity + what symptoms would you look for? Sarah's personal experience with progesterone hypersensitivity Various treatments Sarah tried before getting a clear diagnosis What is LDA therapy? How pregnancy + conception affect luteal phase rashes What testing options are available from your doctor? Why you SHOULD consider trying an antihistamine (at least in the beginning) Quotes

    “Because my cycles were irregular, I had to give myself herbs to promote ovulation, promote my own progesterone, but every time I tried to regulate my cycle, I would get this rash.” [9:44]

    “When you dive into progesterone hypersensitivity forums, a lot of people's experience is that you'll have a lot of flares during the first trimester, until that placental progesterone level start in increasing; and then once that happens, I don't know if immune system shift takes place, but the rash fades.” [13:23]


    Find Sarah Tyler online | Instagram

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 250: Progesterone Sensitivity Rash

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 072: Sex Hormone-Skin Rash Connection w/ Dr. Carrie Jones

  • This topic mainly pertains to children, but since there is high risk, especially with severe eczema cases, I wanted to bring awareness pertaining to the atopic triad. Many parents may feel inclined to see if the child will grow out of it, but after chatting with today's guest, it sounds like that's probably not the right approach, especially if it's in the first year of life.

    Today's guest, Dr. Chris Thompson, is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, Head & Neck Surgeon with over 25 years of experience practicing medicine in Texas. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A & M University in College Station and went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Thompson focuses solely on allergy, sinus and nasal treatment and is considered an expert in all three fields. He is one of a handful of doctors that played an integral role in the development of the cutting-edge sinus procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty. He is very excited for the future of allergy treatment through sublingual immunotherapy, as more patients choose and stay consistent with the treatment.

    Join us as Dr. Thompson discusses all things relating to early onset allergies, eczema, and asthma!

    Did you treat your child's eczema early or find allergies or asthma popped up after eczema first appeared? Let me know in the comments if you have questions!

    In this episode: What is the Atopic Triad? Can allergies be triggered through the skin barrier?? Can you prevent the "Atopic March"? Why you really shouldn't let allergies, asthma, or eczema just "run the course" Are there side effects from certain allergy meds? Quotes

    "If your child has even has mild eczema, they have a 20 to 30% chance of developing asthma. If they have severe eczema, it's upwards of 70% of those kids are gonna go on to develop asthma and you CAN intervene." [23:04]

    "If you don't treat (asthma), those muscles get bigger and bigger and the airways get narrower and permanently get damaged. So it's important to treat asthma early and aggressively so that you can prevent that lung damage that may ensue if you don't treat it." [14:51]


    Find Dr. Thompson online

    Follow Aspire Allergy on Instagram

    RESEARCH: FDA Requires Stronger Warning About Risk of Neuropsychiatric Events Associated with Asthma and Allergy Medication Singulair and Generic Montelukast

    RESEARCH: The triad of current asthma, rhinitis and eczema is uncommon among adults: Prevalence, sensitization profiles, and risk factors

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 265: Problem with Antihistamines That No One Tells You w/ Dr. Chris Thompson, MD

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 248: Is Eczema Related To Histamine Intolerance?

  • If you’ve ever experienced the frustration or disappointment after trying so many different things you’ve seen people post about online that has helped them – only to not get better or get worse…

    This episode is for you.

    I’ve been in your shoes when I was struggling with dyshidrotic eczema back in 2016.

    After months of trying everything under the sun that I read about online without getting any relief (except from using topical steroids), my enduring skin rash felt like a huge sign of doom.

    I didn’t understand why things people swore made their skin quickly improve only made my hands worse.

    A few weeks ago, someone in my community asked me if there was a way to trust so many stories of healing online.

    They couldn’t understand why various suggestions never seemed to work for them.

    So I shared my thoughts over on Instagram and received such an incredible response that I figured I should share it here too!

    Before you assume that you’re broken or curse, this is what you need to know…

    In this episode: Why what works for others might make your skin worse Understanding what a “sample size” is Two reasons I don’t share what healed my dyshidrotic eczema Does everyone with the same diagnosis have the SAME root causes? If you’re looking for “the missing piece to your case”… Quotes:

    There’s so much variability between people who share the same exact diagnosis, it’s impossible to expect what worked for one will work for everyone.

    Be cautious of falling into the mindset of thinking that there’s just ONE thing that you’re missing so maybe THIS person has your missing piece.

  • I'm going to say it. You CAN have reactions to all natural herbs. That's just how it goes. Natural does not mean safe and that you could NEVER react to it. To go into all the science behind herbals, I brought in a medical ethnobotanist, and she gives it to us straight!

    Today's guest is Cassandra Quave, Ph.D. She is a disabled writer, speaker, podcast host, professor, mother, explorer, and ethnobotanist. She works as the herbarium curator and associate professor of dermatology and human health at Emory University, where she leads anti-infective drug discovery research initiatives and teaches courses on medicinal plants, food, and health. Dr. Quave is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and recipient of the National Academies Award for Excellence in Science Communication. Her award-winning science memoir, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines, was published in 2021.

    Have you had a reaction to an "all natural" herbal or cream? On the flip side, is there something that you feel really helped you? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

    In this episode: Differences between herbs, essential oils + extracts Why you should be REALLY careful what you apply to a broken skin barrier What about herbs during pregnancy? Wound healing herbs like calendula + St. John's wort Thoughts on psychedelics + kratom How herbs can impact the liver's detox systems NEGATIVELY Dosing with antimicrobial herbs to fight off viruses + colds Quotes

    "I think that calendula is really great for wound healing. There's been a lot of research to support this too by various groups showing that it has, you know, good barrier restorative activities." [15:47]

    "These are powerful, powerful medicines, and the things that are sold on the market right now, there are a lot of challenges, especially with kratom, about identity. Do you have the right plant and do you have the right chemotype because you may have the correct species of kratom, but not all kratom produce the same group of molecules at the same levels." [23:53]


    Find and Follow Dr. Quave on her website | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok | YouTube

    Buy your copy of Dr. Quave's book: The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicine

    Want to try some skin products with herbals Dr. Quave mentioned (like calendula and St. John's Wort)? Try Quell Nourish and Daily Butter!

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 030: Natural Remedies For Eczema Rashes w/ Abby Lai

  • Many people in my audience are interested in adrenal health because steroid exposure is a common issue for many (especially those who end up with HPA axis dysfunction because of the steroids). So, I brought in a very popular expert... on thyroid health. Wait, what's the connection between your thyroid and adrenals? Most people who have thyroid issues end up having some form of adrenal dysfunction. So today, she's giving tips on what to do if you actually have adrenal dysfunction and how you can take back your health.

    My guest today is the compassionate, innovative, and solution-focused integrative pharmacist, Dr. Izabella Wentz. Dedicated to finding the root causes of chronic health conditions, her passion stems from her own diagnosis with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2009, following a decade of debilitating symptoms. As an accomplished author, Dr. Wentz has written several best-selling books, including the New York Times bestseller Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, the protocol-based #1 New York Times bestseller Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health. Her latest book, Adrenal Transformation Protocol, is set to be released on April 18th, 2023. The book focuses on resetting the body’s stress response through targeted safety signals and features a 4-week program that has already helped over 3,500 individuals. The program has an impressive success rate, with over 80% of participants improving their brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, sleep issues, and libido.

    Do you have symptoms of adrenal fatigue? If so, what are you doing about it? Let me know in the comments below!

    In this episode: What is adrenal fatigue (and is it even real)? The feedback loop between your thyroid + adrenals (hello, cortisol!) Why chronic or unprocessed stress (including unresolved trauma) is a very crucial part of the puzzle Dr. Wentz's helpful tips to get better sleep to regulate the circadian rhythm Pituitary suppression from the use of hydrocortisone (as seen in TSW) from a pharmacist perspective Why cholesterol is IMPORTANT! Quotes

    "As the stress progresses and whenever we have low levels of cortisol that are too low, this can also be a signal to the body to make more reverse T3 and to slow down the thyroid gland because thyroid hormone breaks down cortisol." [06:31]

    "I joke about positive affirmations are amazing, but they're like putting a Band-Aid over a leaky fishbowl if you're not working on trauma." [26:47]


    Find and Follow Dr. Wentz on her website | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok

    Order your copy of Dr. Wentz's newest book -- Adrenal Transformation Protocol: A 4-Week Plan to Release Stress Symptoms and Go from Surviving to Thriving (coming April 18th!)

    Learn how to heal Your adrenals and get your energy back with The ABCs of Adrenals free download

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 023: How Low Thyroid Plays A Role In Skin Rashes w/ Dr. Izabella Wentz

    Thyroid Skin Rashes: The Hidden Connection No One Talks About

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 153: Steroids + Cortisol: How To Pinpoint Adrenal Problems w/ Dr. Carrie Jones

  • Like other common skin rash conditions, there are many pervasive myths that you can read online or that people think about rosacea that simply is not true!

    My hope is that by talking about these six common myths, you’ll discover that there is more to rosacea than a frustrating diagnosis.

    Since April is Rosacea Awareness month, I want to dive into common questions to help you connect some dots that will offer insight into your skin (and health as a whole).

    So let’s dive in!

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    In this episode: Is rosacea the same thing as acne? Different types of rosacea + progression to rhinophyma Rosacea common skincare triggers Is rosacea contagious? (Kind of…) Alcohol consumption + risk of rosacea Why rosacea ISN’T a skin-only problem Does rosacea impact only fair skin tones? Quotes:

    Rosacea is not triggered because your face isn’t clean, but harsh exfoliation; strong, drying ingredients in skincare and makeup as well as excessive use of anti-aging products can trigger rosacea.

    Though rosacea as a condition isn’t contagious, a Demodex mite infestation that can cause rosacea IS contagious!

  • My audience is people who are struggling with rashes and, let's be honest, there are some rashes that appear in areas that you're not going to want to, you know, show to a Facebook group.

    Not only are they uncomfortable physically, but it can be very hard for some to talk to their provider about it. That's why I'm so grateful to today's expert, who is an open book on this topic! She walks us through the age-old question of "Is this normal"?

    My guest today is Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and a clinical sexologist, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones through her website and social medical channels. She is the best-selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth and now is releasing another book called Is This Normal?: Judgment-Free Straight Talk about Your Body. As an international speaker, clinical educator, and medical advisor within the tech community, she's considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Brighten serves as a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine.

    How do you feel if you have ever had issues down below? Did it ever bring you shame? Let me know in the comments below!

    In this episode: Why it's so important to talk to your doctor about rashes "down there" and what type of doctor you should talk to Signs from your body that something's off Hormonal imbalances -- why usually more than one hormone is off How poor sleep impacts SO many hormones Thoughts on melatonin supplementation -- worth trying or avoid at all costs? Quotes

    "Even the imagery they use, it's just this really horrible imagery until we have some kind of medical intervention to come in and save us from being women. And all of that's wrong. It's all wrong!" [10:14]

    "Yeast infections could also be a sign. If you're having repeat yeast infections, it can be a sign of insulin dysregulation, blood sugar imbalance; and it may be the first way that diabetes is showing up for you." [16:35]


    Find and Follow Dr. Brighten on her website | Instagram | Facebook

    Order your copy of Dr. Brighten's newest book -- Is This Normal? (available now!!!)

    Get your copy of Beyond the Pill

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 005: How Hormonal Birth Control May Be Contributing To Your Skin Condition w/ Dr. Jolene Brighten

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 084: Rash Triggers For Your Sensitive Lady Parts (That Can Be Embarrassing To Talk About) w/ Dr. Jolene Brighten

  • Many of you now by now that my dad was an ophthalmologist, so I guess there's a certain place in my heart for eye issues. However, when we talk about skin on the show, we might not think about the connection to our eyes, but a lot of people struggle with eye issues, especially since some medications that are taken to help skin conditions sometimes exacerbate eye issues.

    Today's guest is an optometrist, Dr. Carly Rose who is an optometrist who received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Kentucky University before heading off to optometry school in Chicago. She then chose to complete a year-long residency at the Cincinnati VAMC Eye Clinic.

    Dr. Rose owns a comprehensive primary eye care practice called Eyecare on the Square and a dry eye medspa, Clear Eyes + Aesthetics in Cincinnati OH. She is a current member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Optometry.

    Have you ever dealt with dry eye or eye-related side effects from medications? Let me know in the comments below!

    In this episode: What is dry eye + what are the symptoms? What can cause an ocular surface condition? How screens + breathing can mess up tear production What you need to know about Demodex mites + eyes… yikes! Possible medications that can dry out your eyes Tips for dry eyes- at home or in a professional's office! Quotes

    “Tears are a lot more than just water. They're very, very complex. And it's really cool because it's also kind of like breast milk in that it, it changes percentage of components depending on what's going on in the environment. So they're reactive.” [2:52]

    “There are more dry eye patients than all macular degeneration and glaucoma patients combined. And that number is growing exponentially.” [03:57]


    Follow Dr. Rose and her practices on Instagram here, here, and here | Facebook | tiktok

    Check out Dr. Rose on her website

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 210: How Steroid Creams Impact Your Eyes w/ Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 201: Before You Put Anything Around Your Eyes…w/ Rachael Pontillo

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 276: Dupixent Eye Side Effects: What's Going On? {RESEARCH} w/ Dr. Roselie Achten

  • If working with an alternative medicine or integrative practitioner on your skin problems has been on your wish list, you must listen to this!

    Hopefully you’ll find this episode before you commit to working with anyone because the process of finding an integrative or alternative “skin rash-literate” practitioner isn’t as simple as it may seem.

    That’s because addressing chronic skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff, chronic hives, dermatographia and even topical steroid withdrawal is a specialty.

    But functional trainings often lump them all in with gut + autoimmune problems – often treating them as if they were solely a gut problem.

    HINT HINT – they’re not JUST a gut problem.

    So let’s talk about why you can’t just look for any integrative or functional provider AND what you can do to vet those whom you’re considering working with!

    In this episode: Why you can’t just look for a functional or integrative practitioner and assume they are “skin problem” literate Being integrative is a spectrum Problems with functional medicine for chronic skin issues Suggestions on finding a knowledgeable practitioner Quotes:

    If you have a history of disordered eating or eating disorders, ask if they would still use elimination diets in your case.

    Because functional medicine does not teach anything about topical steroid withdrawal, your practitioner will likely assume you have severe eczema.

  • If you've ever joined a Facebook group and uploaded a picture of a crazy, bumpy rash and someone told you to just put a cream on it, there's no shame here. However, some people may actually have shingles, and you can't just "put a cream on it"! In honor of National Shingles Awareness Month and Week, I wanted to bring in an amazing expert on the topic to dish out the facts and what to watch out for.

    My guest today is Mamina Turegano, MD,. She's a triple board-certified dermatologist, internist, and dermatopathologist practicing at Sanova Dermatology in the greater New Orleans area specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Turegano has a special interest in evaluating how nutrition, lifestyle, sleep, and other environmental factors can play a significant role in inflammation, aging, and cancer. She is a recent graduate of the Integrative Dermatology Certificate Program. In addition to providing skincare tips and knowledge on dermatological conditions through her social media platforms, she shares her Japanese mom’s anti-aging tips, which incorporate holistic and traditional Japanese beauty practices.

    Have you ever had shingles? How did you find out, and what did you do for it? Share with the community in the comments below!

    In this episode: What are shingles + how is it different from chickenpox? Is shingles just an "old person's" health issue? Signs + symptoms of a shingles outbreak Possible triggers for shingles Treatment options for shingles Are shingles contagious + who should be cautious around someone with shingles? Can you get shingles multiple times? Quotes

    "Stress... I would say that's probably the number one trigger is stress." [6:35]

    "Eczema herpeticum is actually related to herpes simplex. So different variant, but it can look similar if eczema herpeticum is localized to one area." [21:52]


    Follow Dr. Mamina on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | tiktok

    Check out Dr. Mamina on her website

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 106: What The Heck Is Eczema Herpeticum? w/ Abby Lai

  • You go to the doctor, get blood panels run, but you're told you're fine. However, you don't feel well. Have you ever felt that maybe there's a step missing somewhere or something is just being overlooked?? Today you'll hear from someone who might be able to give you some insight on why things have shifted in the medical system and what you can do to support health, especially your mitochondrial health.

    My guest today is Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, MSL. He is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013.

    I'd love to hear if something really stuck out to you in this interview! Share with me in the comments below!

    In this episode: What is metabolic health + what all does it affect? Insight on the liver enzyme ALT + how it's normal range has changed What are Dr. Lustig's "Hateful Eight" for metabolic health? Thoughts about why the diabetes diagnosis is exploding Glucose vs. fructose - which is worse? The importance of fiber Quotes

    "It makes sense that the disease of alcohol and the disease of sugar should be the same, and that's why children now get type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease without alcohol." [5:01]

    "It turns out there are a whole lot of mitochondrial toxins out in our environment. But the mitochondrial toxin that you have the most control over, that you could deal with yourself in a flash and get rid of about 85% of the mitochondrial dysfunction in your body in one fell swoop, is the molecule fructose, which is one half of sugar." [20:17]


    Follow Dr. Lustig on Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

    Check out a charity Dr. Lustig supports: Eat REAL

    Get ALL of Dr. Lustig's books:

    Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

    Looking for some healthy snacks made from REAL food? Try PaleoValley!

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 007: How To Combat Your Chronic Skin Issues By Helping Your Liver w/ Dr. Alan Christianson

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 047: Will A Liver Detox Help My Skin Rashes?

  • If you're a longtime listener, you know that I HATE crazy food dogmas. I will say it OVER and OVER again! So, with this conversation, one of the important pieces that I want people to walk away from today is that this is not black and white- are certain foods good or bad for you, should you only eat Organic, you need to eat only after a certain time of day, etc. Food restrictions or diets are not a one size fits all.

    Today's guest, Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, is a Washington University fellowship-trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lyon is the founder of the Institute for Muscle Centric-Medicine™. She services the leaders, innovators, mavericks, and executives in their prospective fields. In addition, Gabrielle works closely with the Special Operations Military and has a private practice that services patients worldwide.

    If you've increased your protein intake and it helped your skin health, what are your favorite ways to do so? Share with me in the comments below!

    In this episode: Why the argument against protein tends to be incorrect The importance of muscle in terms of longevity How does muscle act as a metabolic regulator? If you're dealing with a compromised skin barrier, what types of intake numbers might you consider? The BIG animal vs. plant question What happens inside the body when you exercise and why it's CRUCIAL for health Dr. Lyon's big announcement on the working title of her new book! Quotes

    "Everyone talks about insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's. Much of these metabolic diseases begin in skeletal muscle first." [5:32]

    "For protein turnover, your body goes through about 250 grams, depending on your size, of protein turnover a day. That's a lot of protein turnover!" [6:32]


    Find Dr. Lyon online and download her free LYON PROTOCOL for a food guide here (scroll down halfway on homepage)

    Follow Dr. Lyon on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

    Preorder Dr. Lyon's book Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well coming out this Fall!

    Try these brands for some supportive products to help get your protein intake up: Quell's Protein Powders | Vital Proteins | PaleoValley

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 065: Why Protein Is Good For Your Skin (And Solving Skin Rashes)

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 268: Plant-based Vs Carnivore Diet: What’s Best For Chronic Skin Issues?

  • If you’ve heard that skin rashes are caused by underlying gut problems, this can definitely be a factor – especially looking at gut function + your gut microbiome.

    That said, gut issues are just one factor in a case, so skin problems aren’t entirely gut problems!

    While I’ve discussed other gut problems that are associated with chronic skin issues, I haven’t yet dove into the link between low stomach acid + chronic skin problems.

    So let’s do that today so you can see why this often misunderstood issue (that’s pretty easy to figure out) is a great starting point to work on your case!

    In this episode: Overview of gut function + why any problems along the way create larger issues downstream Reasons why stomach acid could be low Symptoms of low stomach acid How to test for low stomach acid (at-home) Tips to naturally increase stomach acid Quotes:

    When stomach acid is chronically low, you can potentially end up with nutrient deficiencies + unwanted organisms in your GI tract that were swallowed.

    There are no backup systems in your gut so if one step fails, it triggers problems from that point onward in the digestive + absorption process.

  • You could be doing all the right things- eating clean, whole foods, tossing out all itchy clothing, and making sure you drink plenty of water. But you're still flaring. Today's guest speaks on possible external triggers that he's been researching that may be causing flares, and it can be everything from where you live to what specific chemicals are in your environment.

    My guest today is Dr. Ian Myles, who was born and raised in Colorado. He did his undergrad at Colorado State University, received his M.D. from the University of Colorado, then trained in internal medicine at The Ohio State University prior to beginning fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology at NIH. He became a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and has supported several US and international missions. Dr. Myles received his MPH from George Washington University before becoming the head of the Epithelial Therapeutics Unit to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a topical, live bacterial treatment for eczema.

    Have you changed anything in your environment or home and saw improvements in your rashes? Share with me in the comments below!

    In this episode: How the gut microbes prime the immune system to function properly and can affect cellular response in the skin Why you shouldn't be ONLY concerned with killing staph on your skin Why it's not in your head- allergic diseases HAVE increased since about the 1970s Aside from diet, what are some possible external triggers for eczema? (Hello clothing, sheets, and air quality!) Which chemicals seem to show up in the zip codes that have more eczema than you would anticipate? How do these chemicals physiologically harm the bacteria AND create signals for the body to create rashes (WOW!) Why eczema is not a drug deficiency and you need to look at the broader picture in your home and all of society Quotes

    "There's only seven chemicals you can use to give a mouse eczema so that you can then treat it, two of them are diisocyanates." [18:25]

    "In terms of the fabrics, I think laying that chemical up against your skin, or particularly polyester bedsheets I would worry about for children, if they're laying on that, that chemical is touching the skin, it's going to disrupt the bacteria's ability to do its job and it's going to directly activate the defects in the skin, or the receptors in the skin." [23:54]


    Find Dr. Ian Myles online here and on Twitter

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    Healthy Skin Show ep. 253: Eczema Expo 2022 Recap

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 266: Eczema-Gut Connection (PART 1)

    RESEARCH: Exposure to isocyanates predicts atopic dermatitis prevalence and disrupts therapeutic pathways in commensal bacteria - Science Advances 6 Jan 2023; Vol 9, Issue 1

  • Stress is a VERY hot topic right now, and I'm actually thankful it is because in the past, I think many brushed it off and just didn't talk it about it. However with new research, we know that it's not just a stressful "event" such as a divorce or a family member's terminal diagnosis that can have negative effects on mind and body. It can be chronic things such as consistent fasting, reliving childhood trauma, or as my guest today acknowledges, fast talking! It truly is unique for each person.

    Today's guest, Christa Biegler, is an award-winning dietitian nutritionist, host of the Less Stressed Life podcast, and author of The Eczema Relief Diet & Cookbook. She helps health-savvy women overcome food sensitivities and fatigue without restrictive dieting to beat bloat, burnout & eczema breakouts. She lives with her unicycling husband & kids in the Midwest.

    What are some things you've seen stress affect in or on your body? Let me know in the comments below!

    In this episode: What is unrealized stress? Cortisol's impact on other hormones when you're stressed Being honest about YOUR stress (not compared to others) What's an "energy vampire"? Role minerals play in your body when you're stressed Testing options to check your mineral status The most valuable ratios of a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) Quotes

    There's a sodium-potassium pump in every single cell. So if you have low sodium-potassium like I did on my mineral results, then you're not only struggling to get nutrients in and out of every cell, but it's a backbone to making stomach acid." [14:09]

    "With more severe skin cases, I have seen more severe toxic burden being lost in the tissue. So that's looking at arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, etc..." [27:51]


    Find Christa online here

    Follow Christa on Facebook | Instagram

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 042: How Sulfur Can Trigger Skin Rashes w/ Christa Biegler

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 128: Eczema Sleep Problems w/ Christa Biegler, RD

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 146: Chlorine + Bath Additives w/ Christa Biegler, RD

  • As anyone who has worked with me in my clinical practice may know, I feel very strongly about monitoring thyroid function and trying to optimize it. Plus, I get questions ALL the time surrounding it. Because of that, I am so excited to have an expert on the thyroid, Dr. Eric Balcavage, on this episode to talk about this important topic.

    Dr. Eric Balcavage is a functional medicine practitioner, chiropractor, host of the Thyroid Answers Podcast, and the co-author of the book, The Thyroid Debacle. The book co-written by Kelly Halderman MD, addresses the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.

    Dr. Balcavage is also the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, PA. As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and being Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, he is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on various health related topics including thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and chronic illness. He has made it his mission to change the way medicine looks at hypothyroidism.

    If you're suffering with a skin condition, have you checked into thyroid function? Were you surprised by it? Let me know in the comments below!

    In this episode: What does it mean for your thyroid to not be working the way that it should? What can cause a cell to perceive danger and affect its function? The difference between the body having dysfunction vs. creating an adaptive response Dr. Balcavage's opinion on having Hashimoto's- is it different than having any other thyroid problems? The elephant in the room- why should you even care about your thyroid if you're having skin issues?? FREE things to do to reduce stress responses in your body which affect the thyroid and skin health Finally...Which diet is best? (It's probably not what you think!) Quotes

    “If we have a population that's about 50% overweight or obese and if about 50% of the population has some type of blood sugar regulation issues going on, then the number of people that struggle with problems with thyroid signal physiology and tissue or cellular hypothyroidism is probably closer to 50 or 60%." [05:17]

    "What's the biggest organ to dump stuff out if you have a bad gut, bad liver, and bad gallbladder? Skin is one of the best places to dump it out. If you have an immune inflammatory issue, you're producing a bunch of inflammatory chemicals that are going to have an impact on the skin." [18:36]


    Find Dr. Eric online at his Rejuvagen clinic

    Follow Dr. Eric on Youtube | Facebook | Instagram

    Get Dr. Balcavage's book The Thyroid Debacle

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 101: Psoriasis-Thyroid Connection

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 023: How Low Thyroid Plays A Role In Skin Rashes w/ Dr. Izabella Wentz

    Thyroid Skin Rashes: The Hidden Connection No One Talks About

  • Today, it's all about the eyes, which are somewhat the extension of our brain, so treating ANY condition with them can be scary. I've gotten a lot of questions from listeners about dupilumab (Dupixent) and the side effects specifically when it comes to the eyes. So to dive in on this topic, I brought in today's guest, Dr. Roselie Achten, since her PhD focuses on ocular surface disease in atopic dermatitis patients before and during dupilumab treatment.

    Dr. Roselie Achten is a medical doctor and PhD student at the Department of Dermatology at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, and I am so excited to have her on the show! You can find some of her research findings in the links section below.

    Have you ever experienced any side effects with your eyes after starting dupilumab? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

    In this episode: Stats on how many patients develop Dupixent eye side effects (aka. dupilumab-associated ocular surface disease) Eye symptoms of patients commonly complain about How long does it typically take to develop eye problems from Dupixent? What puts you more at risk for developing Dupixent eye side effects? What are your options if you develop Dupixent eye side effects? Can reducing the use of Dupixent help? Quotes

    “We were also quite surprised by the fact that the majority of the patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis already had characteristics of the ocular surface disease. So of the 70 patients that were analyzed, 90% of them already had characteristics of ocular surface disease before the start of Dupilumab treatment." [11:09]

    "If patients have these signs and symptoms of dupilumab associated ocular surface disease, we first start with tacrolimus skin ointment for the external eyelids. We also start with ketotifen, which is an antihistamine eye drop... also the artificial tears, it's more for if you experience a dry eye sensation, it could lead to improvement of that symptom for a little time." [17:12]


    Find Dr. Roselie Achten online here

    Healthy Skin Show ep. 244: How Do Biologic Drugs For Chronic Skin Conditions Work? w/ Heather Zwickey, PhD

    Long-term follow-up and treatment outcomes of conjunctivitis during dupilumab treatment in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis - ScienceDirect

    Identification of Risk Factors for Dupilumab-associated Ocular Surface Disease in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis - PMC (nih.gov)

    Ocular surface disease is common in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis patients - Achten - 2022 - Clinical & Experimental Allergy