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This week, Dr. Alex Juszczynski, D.C. of The Wellness Way – Largo spoke to The Wellness Way student club about “Psoriasis and Eczema… Digging Deeper Past the Skin.”

Dr. Alex Juszczynski, D.C. on “Psoriasis and Eczema… Digging Deeper Past the Skin.”

A lot of people think psoriasis and eczema are skin issues, but really it it’s likely a reflection of the gut. The skin is like the “3rd kidney;” it supports detoxification of the internal environment. When a patient goes to their medical doctor with these conditions, their plan is to treat the symptoms with steroids and creams. These types of solutions cause the mucus membranes and microbiome to be altered. These are only ways to manage flare ups, not restore health and normal function.

Instead, when skin concerns like these arise patients should ask themselves what are their stressors? Could it be immune stress, medications, immunizations, mental stress, heavy metal, mold toxicity, or allergies? In order to find out what the patient’s stressors are, some of the markers we can look at here at The Wellness Way would be a lipid panel, triglycerides, insulin, liver enzymes, fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1C, vitamin D, gallbladder markers, food allergies, and a stool test. This comprehensive testing can determine how the body is responding the stressors.

Case 1:

  • 40-year-old male with constant congestion
  • Reliant on allergy medications
  • Has oozy red itchy flare ups, a prior root canal, joint pain, fungus on toe, multiple rounds of antibiotics, and was exposed to environmental toxins long term.

 

When Dr. Alex ran testing, he found 6 food allergies that this gentleman was eating every day. His stool test showed bacterial imbalance, low mucous barriers, and high beta glucuronidase which can indicate a struggle with recirculating toxins. He had multiple bacterial and yeast infections, as well. After working on these areas of concern and the patient avoiding his food allergies, the re-test at 4 months showed more bacterial balance and few infections.

His psoriasis had improved, and the patient was reminded that skin concerns are a long-term game.

Case 2:

  • 5-year-old with psoriasis since birth.
  • He presented with flaky and itchy skin.
  • The child was up to date on all vaccinations
  • Steroids didn’t help, he had mood changes, a stunt in growth, and was anemic.
  • With testing food allergies and avoiding the 5 foods he reacted to, many of the imbalances in his gut cleared up along with the skin rashes.

Supplement Spotlight: Nettle Leaf

  • This herb can be immune system modulating, which may help in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis that are aggravated by immune stress.
  • This herb can also support the body’s proper elimination and may regulate high histamine responses seen with food allergies.
  • It may decrease fluid retention, edema, and swelling.
  • This is an herb that is commonly used for skin conditions such as those discussed today, but it always depends on testing and the patient’s needs.

In conclusion

Avoid the mental, immune, and food stressors. Support the immune system and the bacterial imbalances instead of suppressing the symptoms with steroid creams.

Remind the patient that consistency is key, and to expect ups and downs in the healing process. When we retest at TWW, focus on big wins!

Testing won’t be perfect because we must help rebuild the gut and liver functions while supporting the immune system.

Avoiding food allergies, staying up with herbs, avoiding starches/yeasts/beer/wine, handling stress, and consistent adjustments can help the patient stay consistent and see the progress they want!

 

Submitted by Madi Walter

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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