Welcome to today’s guest blogger, Kim Weiler, internationally certified health coach, lecturer, and author, whose 21-year journey to healing her psoriasis inspired her to help others through her business, Healing My Skin. Finally discovering the key of nutrition and self-love, she shares all in her new book Ps – It’s All About Love: How A Painful Journey With Psoriasis Became A Life Devoted To Healing Others.
Mind, Body, Spirit Connection to Your Skin
When I was interviewed by Dr. Veronica, she asked me a few deep questions that made me think long and hard about my journey with psoriasis. We began by talking about what was going on in my life when I first developed the disease at the age of 19. The first thing that came to mind was my father becoming sober a few years earlier. This wasn’t a new connection for me to crunch on, I even wrote about it in my book. What it was, and what it continues to be is a reminder of my mind, body and spirit connection. It reminds me that there is a connection between what is going on in my life emotionally and what is manifesting physically. I’m not saying my disease was solely caused by my father’s drinking, but I no longer can deny the fact that all those toxins in my body created from fear, worry, stress, anxiety, sadness, and anger had something huge to do with psoriasis erupting on my skin. Combine that with processed food filled with toxic chemicals, foods I ate every day that caused inflammation, a lack of self-love, and boom, you have an auto-immune disease!
For those of you who don’t know, psoriasis is a condition where the skin, instead of shedding normally about once a month when cells mature, sheds rapidly every few days. The cells are shedding faster than the body can handle and because the cells are unable to mature, you are left with layers of red, thick, scaly patches on your body that are itchy, painful and although not contagious, you wouldn’t know it from the way people look at you. I’ve lived half my life in fear of judgment and feeling like not enough. This way of thinking made me sicker and I didn’t see it for a really long time – almost 20 years. As I write this today, I’m clear of psoriasis and I honestly cannot express to you enough the importance of finding love for ourselves; with or without our disease or ailment or extra weight or whatever it is we are struggling with. We must find a way to love ourselves every day…period!
I know practicing self-care is a bit challenging because life is so busy. We all have some place to be all the time and something that must get done. It never ends. But where does our self-care fit in? For most people, it just doesn’t! When I say self-care I’m not necessarily referring to going out to get a massage. I’m talking about when you care enough about yourself to make your happiness a priority. It’s when you shift your focus on living a joyful life and having healthy relationships – relationships that include people, money, food, body-care and stress alleviation. My best self-care is when I am getting dressed in the morning and I say loving things to myself. It’s when I have a negative thought about my body and I stop it dead in its tracks to replace it with a positive thought. Like I said, it’s challenging, but aren’t we worth it? Aren’t we worth being kind to ourselves? That’s self-care…that’s self-love!
Dr. Oz said “You may think your problems are coming from your job, your spouse, your kids or your health. But these are all just projections on a movie screen that are showing you the current state of your mind-body-soul connection.” I know it’s not a coincidence that my skin remains clearer than ever now that I use nutrition, self-love and happiness as nourishment. This simple choice saved my life and brought me to my purpose which is to help people love themselves and heal their skin. I encourage you to take control of your health because it’s a choice that begins with you and ends in your skin loving you back.
Dr. Veronica – I enjoyed our conversation, your holistic approach and am so grateful to be part of the revolution to take back our health. By the way, who suffers more from psoriasis, men or women? As I said, I knew over 125 million men, women, and children suffer, but yes, the answer is, and not surprising, a small percentage more women suffer from it than men.
Dr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.