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Color My World

This morning a new blog was born and if you would like to share the moments I have with my grandson you can go to and read my latest entries. That said, before I got the self proclaimed “brilliant” idea to start a blog about my grandson I was thinking about something else altogether. The many colors of a healthy human body.

In dentistry, we look at the color of your gingiva, aka gums, to determine health and perhaps that is where I started looking at colors in the human being. Red gums indicate inflammation and there are even shades of red that we, the dental practitioners, see when we look in your mouth. Cyanotic, red gums are not only inflammed from lack of flossing or general bad oral hygiene the bluish tone of cyanotic red gums indicates an underlying infection called periodontal disease.

Marginal redness, a redness that occurs within the first 3 mm of gingival tissue,  usually indicates the presence of bacteria that are literally pooping acids on to your gingival tissues and causing them to possibly bleed and become puffy. Rosy Pink gingiva is generally healthy tissue indicating lack of bacterial plaque, no inflammation and overall health of the body.  A too light pink might be indicative of anemia and a blood test would be in order.

The only time that darker gingiva is not abnormal is in people with darker pigmented skin. Their gums are pigmented as well and the darkness does not denote dental dis-ease.

Color is just so revealing that I think I have become acutely aware of the various human colors in my world. If a person presents as florid and flushed there is something going on. If female she may be having hot flashes but often it is Rosecea and while the causes are debatable there is something off if you are suffering the redness and irritation of Rosacea. The medical community dismisses it but puts you on antibiotics to “treat” the condition. We all know how good antibiotics are for our gut, (not) and how important gut health is to your overall condition. The other causes of overt redness is heart disease and alcoholism.

The color I am most sensitive to is the greenish tinge that people get when their liver is under stress. Your liver is one big sieve for cleaning out the poisons are bodies deal with daily and when it becomes overwhelmed humans will take on a jaundiced patina. It has happened that patients will come in to our office and I will comment to my Reiki healer Donna, on the jaundiced appearance and voice my concern (to her and not to the patient). She can feel chaos and emotions as they come through the door but color isn’t her thing and she always look at me askance but never seems to doubt what I am seeing.

A few years ago at my sister-in-law’s funeral my brother and I were looking at photos of her taken just a month before her death sentence was pronounced by the Mayo Clinic, terminal pancreatic cancer. In the photo she was smiling and summer tanned but she had that telltale green to her skin and I was the only one who noticed it but now she was dead.

At the time it made me sad. When she first complained of terrible “acid reflux” or asked if it could be an ulcer (around the time of the photo I had been looking at) had her Michigan doctors noticed that green tinge to her skin perhaps they would have delved in to it more thoroughly thus giving her a few more months. Instead they took x-rays of her esophagus to rule out ulcer and put her on Prevacid or some such thing and sent her home.

I am not saying there was a cure I am just saying she might have had more time had someone thought to check her pancreatic health at that stage because as the disease progresses your liver cannot keep up with the poisons in your system thus the coloration of your skin. If there is one thing we know about pancreatic cancer it’s that it is often caught too late, that is why its victims are usually dead within weeks or months of their dreaded diagnosis.

How about the color gray? Hair might turn gray, clouds are gray but skin should not be gray or ashen. People with heart disease often have ashen skin color due to low oxygen circulation. You will see this tone in older folk’s skin and maybe that is normal given their advanced age or health but someone 90 and under should not be ashen unless they just had surgery and are deep in their recovery.

We can’t run up to people and exclaim loudly that they aren’t a healthy color. What you can do is look in the mirror. Are you jaundiced, are the sclera of your eyes yellow? Do you have a gray pallor? Or do you have lots of pinpoint red spots on your face in the area of the bridge of your nose? Look at your gingiva in a bright light do they appear stippled (grapefruit skin appearance), pink and are the papilla (the pink part between your teeth) sharply pointed between teeth? (Note: in the above gingiva link #3 is not unhealthy that is the pigmentation of a person with darker colored skin)

Take care of all the colors that are you and look for my next blog entry on Friday the 23rd. It is a slightly altered holiday schedule but I have a great recipe to share with you for Christmas morning.



Progesterone Pimples

Zee Zit

Not long ago I blogged on the subject of “Zapping Zits” which initiated a fair amount of conversation both on Facebook and between Chloe (my research friend) and me. In talking about our shared affliction and our cures we discovered that we both take quite high doses of bio-identical progesterone (not progestin) for about 16 days per month. Chloe had noticed that her outbreaks of spots were occurring pretty regularly on the days she took progesterone. That made me think about the timing of my issues and I realized that I was getting “zee zits” at that time as well. At the risk of reader boredom I decided to do a little research in regard to bio-identical progesterone and your skin to see if we were on to something.

First some basic information. What does progesterone do in a woman’s body? Progesterone (essentially translating to “pro” gestational state) is essential for preparing and maintaining the uterine lining for a successful pregnancy. If fertilization does not occur and the egg does not implant, progesterone levels begin to fall, assuming a “regular” cycle, menstrual flow begins at day 28. Progesterone is made in the adrenal glands and has qualities of both androgens and estrogen. In the best scenario, natural progesterone competes with androgens, particularly when estrogen levels drop at ovulation, helping prevent androgens from exerting their effects upon the skin.

Why should a female worry about taking progesterone at all, especially if it is going to mar your face and cause you irritation every month? There are a variety of very good reasons. Progesterone in the body has multiple functions:

  • Prepare the endometrium for implantation of the fertilized ovum
  • Insure survival of the fetus in the uterus
  • Prevent water retention
  • Help use fat for energy at the cellular level
  • Serve as a natural anti-depressant
  • Create a calming effect on the body
  • Help eliminate sleep disorders
  • Help keep insulin release in check and maintain even blood sugar levels
  • Prevent overgrowth of the endometrium
  • Prevent breast tissue overgrowth
  • Maintain sex drive
  • Maintain normal blood clotting parameters
  • Protect against fibrocystic breasts

Now that the basics of progesterone have been covered we can set about to answer the question: Why do some women who take progesterone have trouble with spots and some don’t?  There appear to be several possibilities.

Some researchers pointed out that weak eliminative organs – such as the liver, kidneys and the intestines can cause skin problems like acne. The skin being an eliminative organ, if the liver is not performing at its peak, and if the kidneys and intestines aren’t either, then a lot of the elimination will have to take place through the skin …and when that happens, acne, rashes, and other skin conditions appear. So if your liver isn’t at its best you will eliminate toxins through your skin.

If you think your low functioning liver is exacerbating your hormonal skin issues cleansing your eliminative organs is recommended. Jon Barron provides an entire pharmacopia for challenged livers in his kit of organ cleanses (I like Jon Barron’s approach and the quality of his products although I have never tried this particular kit). You could also take herbs like milk thistle and dandelion root on a daily basis to support your liver. If you have actual acne, supporting and cleansing your liver may be called for especially if you regularly take products like Advil and Tylenol or drink soda and alcohol daily.

If a clogged liver plus progesterone has the possible effect of causing acne and rashes, what if what you are experiencing is just one or two spots that recur monthly? That is not acne, it is more likely a simple pimple, zit, spot, whatever name you choose. As I stated previously, some experts say that bio-identical progesterone can have an androgenic effect on a woman’s body and cause an over-secretion of oil. Researchers also point out that progesterone naturally causes some fluid retention which may cause the pores to swell and close up and voila! You have zee zit.

I also found several articles from a more holistic approach stating that bio-identical progesterone causes a kind of cleansing within the body as it is closely associated with a woman’s menses. This cleansing causes toxins to escape via the body’s largest organ, the skin. While for some women progesterone causes a zit or two some women report that spots will clear up when they apply natural progesterone cream to the inflamed area.

In the end I conclude that it is entirely possible that when a person  is suffering from the occasional spot on their mug   it could very well be due to their fluctuating progesterone levels. I suggest taking a holistic approach to the problem. Clean up your diet. Keep your skin free of petroleum products and unnecessary chemicals. Try some of the natural remedies suggested in “Zapping Zits“.

This is a certainty: maintaining optimal progesterone levels is essential. When next the dreaded spot erupts you can rest easy knowing that when the new moon appears and progesterone levels decrease your zits may be zapped naturally.

Until next week,