Your Skin and it’s Inherent Healing and Renewing Capacity

By Ben Fuchs | PharmacistBen

Your Skin and it's Inherent Healing and Renewing Capacity

(PharmacistBen) Everyone wants great skin. We are bombarded daily by advertisements and marketing proclamations that claim to deliver it. The skin care industry is a 10 billion dollar business made up mostly of products containing oils and waxes, solvents, emulsifiers and chemical ingredients that allow for the creation of cosmetic commodities that modify the superficial appearance of the skin, without actually creating real changes.

Yet skin is naturally dynamic and normally regenerates itself on daily, weekly and monthly basis. It is the quintessential renewing organ and this assures a constant supply of youthful, healthy tissue. Within 4-8 weeks old skin cells have been completely replaced. This ultimately means that, with the right products and techniques, the characteristics of less than healthy skin can be transformed and your skin’s naturally beautiful, radiant and healthy appearance can be restored.

To best leverage your skin’s inherent healing and renewing capacity, we need to understand how the skin is constructed. While to the naked eye it appears like a covering that protects the inside of the body, in reality it is a complex organ that is structured in multiple sheets that can be generally classified into two major strata. The upper is referred to as the epidermis, which makes up about 10% or so of the skin, and underneath that, the remaining 90% is called the dermis. The surface of the epidermis is made up of a protective coating called the stratum corneum.

All organs of the body are composed of cells as well as the stuff that cells secrete. The skin is no different. The predominant cell type in the dermis is called the fibr-o-blast, which is responsible for producing tightening and elastic fibers, like collagen and elastin, as well as a water-trapping spongy material that gives the skin its dense and robust appearance. The cellular star of the epidermis is the keratin-o-cyte, which is the source of moisture factors, protective defensive chemicals, and a hard protein called keratin that acts as an impermeable barrier makeing up much of the ultra-thin stratum corneum protective surface. The suffix “-cyte” is derived from the Greek word for container. Scientists use this designation to refer to various types of cells. Thus a “keratin-o-cyte” is quite literally a “keratin making cell”.

Keratin is one of the natural world’s most ubiquitous proteins. In addition to being found in human hair, it comprises a large concentration of the structural components of feathers, hooves, horns and antlers. In humans, it makes up the surface of hair strands as well as finger and toenails. Via its deposition on the skin surface, it’s also responsible for much of the mechanical barrier effects of the body’s largest organ.

Keratin-o-cytes, which are generally referred to as “skin cells”, are born in the bottom layer of the skin and they gradually rise to the top, becoming more and more filled with keratin. By the time a skin cell has made it from the bottom layer to the surface, it is no longer alive but is essentially a cell remnant or a shell almost completely packed with keratin to the point where it is actually a little more than a hardened little speck of protein. At this point, it is no longer called a keratin-o-cyte. It is now known as a corneo-cyte which means “hardened cell”. The coalescence of corne-o-cytes on the cutaneous surface comprises the stratum corneum layer, the technical name for the very tippy top of the skin which is directly exposed to the environment. Stratum corneum is Latin for “hardened layer” and it gets its name from the corne-o-cytes (hard cell) that compose it.

This transformation of keratin-o-cyte into corne-o-cyte is a complicated affair. Defects in this process (known as “differentiation”) are responsible for many skin issues including acne, eczema and psoriasis. These health challenges are generally referred to as differentiation diseases because, while morphing into a corne-o-cyte, the keratin-o-cyte takes on different shapes. The movement of cells from the lower layer of the skin to the upper layer is tightly regulated. If there are any defects in the structure or chemistry of skin cells (i.e. keratin-o-cyte) this process can go awry and disease can result.

For example, if skin chemistry is somehow not proceeding correctly (usually subsequent to inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of oxygen as well as toxicity) cells may produce way too much keratin, and the end result can be little hard bumps called milea or keratosis. This type of biochemical dysfunction is also associated with acne lesions and pimples. Because all illness is cell illness, all disease is cell disease and all physical dysfunction is cell dysfunction, if you think you are dealing with milea or zits or any other skin issue, in reality you have a skin cell (keratin-o-cyte) issue.

Skin cells, like all cells, make chemicals. The production of these chemicals is dependent on fats and fatty vitamins, none of which are more important than Vitamin A, which I call Vitamin A-nabolic (anabolic = building) because it is so fundamental for the construction of biological structures, i.e. cells. While most vitamins are helpers, supporting the work of other biochemicals, Vitamin A is no mere assistant. It represents nothing less than a molecular “on- switch” for activating chemical synthesis in keratin-o-cytes, and this makes it the quintessential skin health nutrient. When it comes to addressing bumpy skin or milea, or any other skin health issue, making sure you’re getting enough Vitamin A from foods and supplementation is very important

Vitamin A deficiencies can be approached from two angles. The first angle involves the intake side of things, which means supplementing. A daily 10-20,000 i.u. dose is a good place to start. If your keratosis is really bad you may want to take 30,000 i.u. for a couple of days. Because Vitamin A and the sunshine nutrient Vitamin D act as partners, you want to be using both; make sure you’re getting some sun exposure or, if that’s not possible, supplement with Vitamin D3 (maybe 5000 IU). Keep in mind the kind of Vitamin D that our skin cells make in response to the sun is more effective than food or supplemental Vitamin D.

There’s a second approach to take when it comes to milea and the little bumps and that is to use topical Vitamin A. The best form is retinoic acid, which requires a doctor’s prescription. Retinoic acid comes in various strengths of which 0.1% is the strongest, and that’s what I’d be using for treating skin on the body. For little bumps on the more delicate skin, like on the face or underneath the eyes, or if you simply can’t handle a 0.1% strength, try one of the other strengths of retinoic acid, either a 0.05% or 0.025% strength. You can also use a gentler and more accessible Vitamin A substance called retinol which can be just as helpful and doesn’t require a prescription. However, because retinol is not as potent as retinoic acid, you’re going to need a 2.0 to 5.0 % concentration for best skin smoothing effects.

Exfoliation can also help reduce the formation of milea bumps. You can use a loofa pad or even a washcloth to unclog pores and eliminate bumps, or you can use alpha or beta hydroxy acids. Look for cleansers and toners that contain ingredients like lactic acid, glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Don’t overuse, lest the skin becomes irritated. For most folks, applying these types of products 2-4 times a week is enough to change the quality and texture of the skin and permanently eliminate milea. Applying retinol or retinoic acid after exfoliation can create a synergistic effect that can produce more significant results than you’ll get from using the two ingredients separately.

Posted by Ben Fuchs in Health, Skin Care

The Skin Law of DermoDynamics

By Ben Fuchs | Pharmacist Ben

The movement of the skin follows a regular set of principle or laws. Because the Universe is holofractal, we see these same laws repeated in different manifestations in different systems. A system in this model is defined as a group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole. There are many different kinds of systems. There are molecular systems, religious systems cellular systems, political systems solar systems. There are an almost infinite amount of systems we could think of but they all have certain things in common. One of the most important commonality involves how systems grow and utilize energy. They all do it the same way using the same principles or laws.

Skin Law DermoDynamicsThis is true whether that system is a biological system a botanical system, a political system, a philosophical system whatever. These laws were described from a physics perspective (which studied the movement of large objects like planets as well as smaller objects like billiard balls) as thermodynamics and because the laws of thermodynamics have been regarded as the most accurate and fundamental and precise ever developed, I find it helpful to describe the same principles as they apply to the skin I call these laws of skin movement “DermoDynamics”.

Now the principle of thermodynamics, set down in the 19th century, when science started to get good at making and moving things, are basically about movement and the utilization of energy. The same is true about DermoDynamics except for we apply the principles of movement and energy to the living system we call the skin, whereas thermodynamics applies it mostly non-living inanimate “bodies” (planets and such). We basically want to understand utilization and exploitation of energy; when to take it in when to not take it in and growth; how to maximize it.

While the skin is not only a biological system (it is also a quantum system that utilizes principles other than thermodynamics), it still responds very positively to bio-manipulation at the thermo/dermodynamic level. Thus it is important for anyone who wants to maximize his ability to ‘grow” tissue to understand how this works.

The first law of DermoDynamics tells us that matter and energy are conserved In other words unless a system is open to and receiving new energy, matter will always stay at the same level. There will always be just as much “stuff” as there is now. It may get rearranged, but it will always be the same amount. It’s can’t come and go unless the system somehow opens up and becomes not only receptive to more energy, but actually absorbs it as well. Now remember, ours is a holograph fractal universe, which simply means that the same principles, characteristics and qualities show up across different and diverse fields of interest. Historically this has been called “The Law of Correspondence”. For example, if your mind is closed, the same thoughts will keep circulating round and round. If there are no new ideas, growth and evolution cannot occur. I call this phenomenon “Old Man’s Disease”. I first noticed it in old men although I have subsequently found it’s symptoms in young people and women as well. Old Man’s Disease is marked by a substantially closed mind that manifests in an “I know everything” attitude. This is a classic manifestation of first law conservation at work and is a sign that no new energy is being input (in this case into the brain/mind) and thus no new growth is occurring. The brain remains plastic well into old age if it is open to new energy. This is called neuroplasticity and it essentially shows up as a more facile brain with better cognitive, reading and memory skills. Circulation and oxygen metabolism can be up-regulated as well. All of the markers of good mental facility are can be increased. Growth depends upon new inputs of energy because growth means more organization, coherence, and “stuff”. This means more efficient and more economical use of energy. No growth or evolution or complexity can develop in a closed system because in such a system matter is conserved. As it regards the mind, this connection between energy and growth/complexity/organization can be called “thinkodynamics” .

Evolution does not like genetic inbreeding for the same reason. Evolution requires an opening of the family system. That’s why incest is so taboo. It produces defective offspring because evolution is a type of growth and growth does not occur in a closed system. Where can it grow to? Growth and movement and increases in complexity in response to opening a system also have a correspondence in terms of healthy skin. This is The First Law of DermoDynamics.

While the first law of thermodynamics says that matter is conserved in a closed system (which means growth does not occur in a closed system), The first law of DermoDynamics says skin matter is conserved and unless something is put on the skin that will input energy into it, in other words opening it up, because matter is conserved, growth cannot occur. In other word, the system has to be opened up by inserting energy into it. If energy is put into the system, it grows and that biological fact can be exploited to produce healthier, younger, more attractive skin. For what is attractive in skin? When you boil it down to its fundamentals, what we call healthy beautiful skin is really skin that is in it’s anabolic building stage. That’s what young skin signals, and that’s what signals young skin. “Hi there, I’m thriving and youthful( subtext: let’s make a baby)”.” The fact that this message is being sent through our eyes into our judgment areas (where decisions a with amazing speed, basically for determining mating behavior) on a subconscious level does not make it less powerful or significant. We like youthful skin, because it signals I’m healthy and mateable. That’s pretty much it. So anabolized skin looks good and anabolization can only occur as energy is inputted into the previously closed system. What we perceive as young beautiful skin is a result of the new tissue, connective and circulatory tissue that is being built up. When you put energy into the system called the skin, that energy is transferred, and it is essentially converted into matter The matter shows up as denser, healthier, more robust and vital tissue and support structures. Such as: more cells, especially fibroblasts. Now fibroblasts are truly amazing cells that produce important substances that are the hallmark of youthful anabolic skin. For example, they produce long strands of sugar which are called GAGs (glucose-amino-glycans) Usually these sugar chains are associated with a protein. These are referred to as proteoglycans, and they play an important role in the health of all biological systems including the skin. Because GAGs are usually PGs, we will be using these terms interchangeably. The unique structure of these macromolecules impart some interesting emergent properties. One of the more distinctive features of GAGs an PG, is their repeating units. They have repeating pieces. In other words, the chains are long strands composed of the same piece of molecular matter repeated over and over and over again. This repeating patter is called a polymer, which is simply a word to describe something composed of poly (many) of the same pieces. Substances like hyaluronic acid, which many people have heard of and others like dermatan and helparin, and keratan w(not keratin) which hardly anyone has heard of. These polymerized sugar chains can trap energy , the repeating patterns form a sort of cage that electrons are trapped and stored and released from. This electrical activation in proteoglycans makes them amazingly important signaling molecule that we are only now in the 2011 beginning (yes, beginning) to understand. Anyway they are said to be piezoelectric, which simply means that they release electricity when they are moved in an appropriate fashion. This electrical release acts as a ‘doorbell” to let the cell know that growth is required. This gives them a key role in the anabolic process. A second feature of GAGs is their powerful water-holding capacity. For example 1 gram of hyaluronic acid can hold a thousand grams of water . Or to put in a more relevant way, 1 teaspoonful can hold over a gallon of water. When the GAG swells it produces a gel like, spongy material., This makes them great shock absorbers and spongy support molecules.

The fibroblast also produces structural proteins (which also have polymer based piezoelectrical properties) like elastin, which as the name implies, keeps the skin elastic. Elastin levels drop significantly with age and this major feature of older, non-anabolic skin. Opening up the skin system and energizing it stimulates fibroblastic elastin production. Then there’s everybody’s favorite skin structural protein, collagen. Inputting energy in to previously closed system called the skin activates the production of fibroblastic collagen too. And that means younger, smoother and wrinkle-free skin. In fact, UNLESS you input energy into the skin you can’t get more elatin or collagen. It’s the only way. If you want more fibroblastic fibers, you must open the system by, “energizing” the skin. Then there’s the blood supply which also is built up as energy is inputted in to the skin and more blood means delivery of nutrients and hormones and oxygen to drive the entire anabolic system

Then there’s the keratinocytes which live a bit higher than the more fundamental dermal cells and structure we, have been talking about. Keratinocytes live in the higher ground called the epi-dermis (above the dermis). They are born on the lowest layers of the epi-dermis, called the stratum basale (base layer) and they migrate upward toward the uppermost surface layer, the stratum corneum (hard or horny layer) this upward migration is called turnover or transit time and it typically takes around weeks, when we’re young and vibrant and vital and more like 6-8 weeks as we get older. In fact a slowing down of transit time is one of the hallmark signs of skin aging. Keratinocytes and their movement are an important measure of skin health for several reasons. First of all, their abundance results in a thicker epidermis which is associated with healthy skin. The faster they are being born and moving upward the more robust the epidermis. Second, as the keratinocytes are moving upward they are gradually becoming flatter and “harder”. Ultimately when they end their journey at the stratum corneum they will be very flat and very hard. Thus, the term stratum “corneum”, which means hard (horny) in Latin. At this point they lose the moniker keratinocytes and are referred to as “corneo”-cytes. They accomplish this morphogenic feat by literally dumping their contents overboard. The jettisoned material then becomes functional as moisture factors. In other words, the faster and more vital the transit process, the more moisture factors are available for use as hydration support. The more “moisturized” the skin will be. Third, the movement upwards stimulated by energy input assures a constant turnover and invigoration of the skin. Cells will literally be newer and more youthful at all times when compared against “ non-energized” cells and the epidermis that they compose. Anabolization of keratinocytic tissue therefore means more moisture factors, thicker, healthier and newer, fresher, literally “younger” skin tissue!

The second law of DermoDynamics tells us that entropy always rules! Systems that are closed, be they sociological, molecular or biological are always in a state of entropy, breakdown, degradation of information and organization (remember the Rules of DermoDynamics hold in a closed system, our mission is to bypass or supersede these laws by opening up the system with energy and substances that guide/regulate energy into the proper chemistry.) In terms of societies, the inevitable degradation of a culture can only be staved off by the input of energy, typically in the form of new ideas or ways of being. Molecular systems that are closed have likewise no hop of regaining strucctue and coherence unless enery is likewiswe inputed thereby opening up the system Then there’s the decohertrence and breaksown that occure in our favorite sytem, US! And that’s what we call “aging”. Aging could be thought of as the biological manifestation of entropy, decay, basically the loss of structure. The body is in a constant state of decay, even when we are young and healthy. This breakdown process is called catabolism, (the opposite of anabolism). The only reason the catabolic process it slips past out awareness is because, for most of us, the anabolic process is predominant. It essentially makes up for the catabolic breakdown by (re-) building and in some cases hyper-rebuilding. However this process typically requires the input of energy and supportive structuring agents. When it comes to the skin, for must of us anyway these are provided from the foods we eat. Under ideal circumstances the foods that comprose our diet will be foods that are rich in substances that provide metabolic energy and provide substances “guide” that energy into the right chemical reactions. That’s why food selection is are so important for anti-aging. the biochemistry of food and nutrition has many implications in connection with the entropy (aging) process. Energy can can also be inputed into the biological system (the body) via stressful and challenging physical activity. As long as the stress is acute 9vs. chronic0 and there is adequate recovery period, this is the most powerful way to reverse or neutralize entropy. Weight lifting, running are physical examples of how acute challenges can stimulate growth and reverse entropy. Crossword puzzles, learnig instruments or languages have been shown to increase brain complexity and angiogenesis (blood vessel growth). Living in low oxygen environment have bigger liungs. As Nitzche said (“what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger”)

The skin manifestations of entropy include dimunition of structural proteins, a decrease in fibroblastic activity, less GAGs, slower cell turnover, less lipids production all of this shaow up as dry thinning less that robust skin.

Fortunately the skin shows dramatic anti-entropic results when energy is inpuuted into it. Hundreds of studies that have been done over the past 50 yearshave shown that it is possible to demonstrate increases in every known marker of healthy when the skin is challenged appropriately. That means more collagen, elastin, blood supply, GAGs. Etc. In the manner described above in the first law, skin becomes healthier, younger, and anabolized. But once again we see to override the second law of entropy, energy MUST be put into the system.

The 3rd law of thermodynamics tells us that something is always happening. Systems, that are not at temperature of absolute zero, (which is almost all known systems) are always doing something. And there’s only one of two things that can be happening. Either building up, becoming more organized, coherent (anabolic) or breaking down, becoming less organized, decohering. It takes (an input of) energy to “go anabolic”, in other words to make anabolism dominate over catabolism. That’s because of the 2nd law which tells us that entropy, of which catabolism is it’s face always rules unless energy is inputted. Basically once again we see that Systems break down without inputs of energy. The third Law of Dermodynamics says that skin tissue will tend toward break down unless energy is inputted. It should be noted that from birth to roughly the mid twenties, the skin and that body in general are optimized for anabolism. Their biological machinery is operating a n efficiency level that makes great use of energy. Wasted energy is minimized and a great functionality is achieved. That’sa why when you’re young you can do anything and still be anabolic. It’s niot unususual for high anabolic specimins to smioke, drink lots of alcohol get little sleep and still maintain a buildimg up system.make very effeicent This means that they tend so positively toward growth that it take extraordinary circumastance to stop. This situation soon reverses, usually somewhere in the mid-twenties and at this point a catabolic reversal takes place. In other words break down supercedes building up and that’s when the visible signs of aging take place. Unless energy is put into the skin and the biological machine in general the second law will kick in and entropy will ensue. Remember, what we are talking about tis the increase in the markers of youth and a decrease in the markers of aging. Namely softer, more hydrated skin. Smoother tighter skin with less wrinkling. Helahtier more nourished tissue. Better protection from environemtal assault, and fater revery from wounds. Very interestingly most topical skin care stratagies and products prport to do these thing without addressing the energy needs of the skin. Remember, if the skin is energy deficient and/or is not making good use of the energy it has it will not be anabolic. Simply applying a product on the stratum corneum cannot change the quality of the skin unless somehow energy is being inputted.

From a topical perspective energy is inputted into the skin in two main fashions. Mechanical and Chemical. From a mechanical perspective, anabolism can be enhanced by disruption of the ski’s uppermost surface, the stratum corneum. This barrier perturbation initiates growth and repair biochemical processes. These are the same process are acting when the skin is younger and more anabolic. In other words simple carrier disruption reverses the catabolic, entropic, aging process. Instead breakdown you have buildup. Simply disrupting the barrier is anabolic anti-entropic and anti aging. This is much the same thing as when you trim the leaves back on your plants and you’re plants get nic and bushy. The second mechanism is chemical. This involves making the skin more acidic. Tyically the skin rests within a pH range of 4.5-6.5. In order to really have a significant effect on the skin, a product must nbe able to cause a drop in skin pH to 3 or so. Acidity can be likened to electrical stimulation. In fact acidity is literally a measurement of the movement of electrons i.s. electron activity. We call this electron activity “electricity’. Thus putting acids on the skin is like putting electricity ito the system. It’s electrifying the skin in essence and this in turn stimulates growth. The skin responds to the drop in pH (increase in acidity) by become more anabolic. The most common acids that are used topically are the alpha hydroxy acids. These include glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and acetic acid. Each has it’s own specific characteristics but for the most part they all act in a similar fashion. The effectively drop the skins pH. What make the alpha hydroxy acids so effective is a secondary mechanism. The have a unique solvent effect of the connecting chemicals (glycoproteins) that keep corneocytes on the stratum corneum adhering. Thus they accomplish stimulation, energy input via two separate and distinct mechanisms. The drop in pH and the desmosome dissolving induction of barrier disruption

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Secrets of Fat Loss & Super Health

Secrets of Fat Loss & Super HealthInfowars Nightly News co-host Aaron Dykes talks with pharmacist and radio talk show host Ben Fuchs about the Secrets of fat Loss and Super Health.


* How to incorporate the 8 Chapters of Good Nutrition into your life.

* The need for protein is huge. It’s one of the single best foods.
* 1/2 gram to gram of protein per pound of body weight.
* The only way to get this is to supplement. The best is whey.
* Potein has Lactoferrin (Natural antibiotics) and Immunoglobulins.
* Desire for sugar can mean lack of protein.
* Protein is a dieters best friend.
Your brain scans the blood for nutrients to determine if you are hungry.
Looks for specific proteins. Tryptophan and glutamine. Amino acids.
If those nutrients are present, brain says “no need to eat”.

* Good fats keep you away from bad fats.
* EFAs are good fats.
* EFAs convert to Master Hormones.
* EFAs makes Skin soft.
* Ease menstral cramps.
* EFAs are oxygen magnets.

* Most of your calories should come from veggies.
* Cabbage is great for digestive system.
* Hunter gatherer cultures had stronger bones than agrarian.
* Gather knowledge for your own health.

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