When Skin Conditions Are More Than Skin-Deep

For many years, I worked as an oral-facial reconstructive surgeon.

The clinic I worked in catered to the university and as a result, we got a lot of consults from other specialties. Even back then, before I knew what I know to be true today, I was oriented to look at my patients as a whole, not simply as a decaying tooth, a broken jaw or a tongue cancer.

The dermatology department referred many patients with severe skin problems. The referring doctors asked us to look for an infection in the oral cavity or any root infections the patient may have been unaware of.

More often than not, we found nothing amiss with the patients.

But, what I never understood is why none of those referring doctors ever asked the patients about their eating habits and food choices. Or why they never inquired about their patients’ relationships or deepest wishes.

Even back then, in my mind it was all connected.

After I studied Chinese medicine, I discovered that our skin is related to our lungs, immune systems and our large intestines. More than half of our lymph nodes are located in the gut, so skin problems may indicate a deeper problem.

The systems in our bodies are connected.

Armed with the logic of the inner connections of our bodies’ system, it makes sense that a basic method to improve skin problems is regular breath work and taking a hard look at your eating patterns.

Another thing to consider when it comes to the skin is sun exposure.

Are you afraid of the sun’s rays?

Companies that produce sunscreen work hard to mislead us on the dangers of sun exposure. The truth is, we need sunlight for our skin and our bones.

Of course, you should never burn yourself. A burn is a sure sign you’d had too much of a good thing.

However, you DO need sunrays on your skin WITHOUT sunscreen for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day, depending on your skin tone. If you plan to have prolonged exposure to the sun, plan ahead. Take sunblock with you and apply it after a few minutes. A little sunlight on your skin is good for you. But, not too much.

By the way, more than half the cases of melanomas, (a.k.a. skin cancers) present in areas of our bodies that never see the sun.

On this blog, I make a point to write about organ-related conflicts. Where the skin is concerned, the conflict is about personal boundaries.

Skin problems correlate to how well you set boundaries, or whether you need to set them in your life.

The skin is our largest organ, and skin problems are often the body’s way of pointing to underlying problems with the organs underneath.

Want to know more? Let me know in the comment section of this blog.

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  • Judy

    Thank you so much for this post, it is so helpful. Yes, I would love to know more. Any books, blogs, etc… that you think would be helpful?

    • Dr. Tiny Jaentsch

      Hi Judy,
      over the years I gathered bits and pieces of information on numerous places. There is one book that I really love that might give you more insight. The author is Paul Pitchford “Healing with Whole Foods”. It is primarily about nutrition based on chinese medicine. In it all the organ connections are explained as well as imbalances between them. Give it a try and tell me what you think.


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