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By admin | October 18, 2008


by Skip
Cannabis Digest #19

Skin is the body’s protective outer layer. It is exquisite, an elegant symphony of cells, fluids and electricity. It is one of the largest organs of the body and is self-regulating, self-repairing, permeable and beautiful. Skin comes in all colours and features. Skin, through perspiration, plays an essential role in temperature regulation. It contains a variety of sensory organs, allowing receptivity of the most sensitive touch.

Skin is composed of two main layers, the outer layer (epidermis) is composed of stratified squamous (platelike) epithelial tissue (cells), these cells are flatter and scalier at the surface. Skin is always shedding and renewing (food for mites). The inner layers (dermis) consist of fibrous and elastic tissue that is pierced by blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles and sweat glands. Its deepest layer anchors the skin to the underlying tissue. Skin needs to be maintained from within and without. It needs respect. Brushing is helpful; it aids in exfoliation, stimulates circulation and provides pleasant familiarity with oneself, or others. Skin absorbs, so, anything applied goes in (chemicals, cosmetics, deodorants, shampoos, oils, etc.), and therefore be, clean, natural, chemical free and organic. Buying organic promotes safety, comfort and nourishment. It also rewards good behaviour on the part of growers and manufactures.

From within, proper nourishment is essential, all that occurs within effects the form (appearance) and functions of our skin, hair and nails. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the skin is associated with the lungs and intestine. Odd as this may sound, it’s true, they are all three involved with filtering toxins. So things like dry heat in the lungs probably equals dry skin (Yin deficiency), dampness may be the cause of your acne and Candida. Lots of nutrients help nourish the skin. Actually, a good wholesome diet is most important, but add Vitamin D-3, Vitamin Bs, A, D & E. Try to eat mostly raw organic food, but if you develop diarrhoea or loose stools, lightly coat your food and maybe add a little ginger.

Remember to consume plenty of essential fatty acids in the form of omega-3 oils, i.e. flax, fish oils and hemp oil. When eating vitamin D-3 the new recommended dose is 10,000 units per day (look up D-3 calciferol on line). Remember no one has died of vitamin overdose or side effects in Canada ever, whilst hundreds die annually in north America of side effects from big pharma.

Nature heals and side effects are future business.

Skip Lafluer and Carola Schleuss CNC, CMP own and practice at Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions.  They invite anyone to call or drop in to ask questions about human health and natural medicines. 

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