They don’t want your skin to look better

As you sit there mid-flare in pain, unable to stop scratching, and miserable wondering why you can’t make your skin rashes go away…


The reason is pretty clear → $24 Billion Dollars


That’s how much the skin care industry makes from the creams, ointments, and lotions “specifically formulated for extremely dry skin”.


The industry intentionally formulates these products to work “just well enough” to appear helpful so you keep buying them.


Making you a “loyal” customer (ahem… a “cash cow”) for 5… 10… 20… even 30 years!


Your desperation to make the rashes stop and manage your symptoms translates to a big pay day (for them).


See, they’ve rigged the skin rash game against you.


And they’ve spent a lot of money to make you think that THEY are the only solution out there.


If you’re wondering why your doctor isn’t advocating for you or offering you better options, it will probably surprise you to learn that they too are on the take.


In 2014, Big Pharma paid dermatologists $34 Million dollars in “consulting fees”.


And in turn, your dermatologist gives you “solutions” formulated by Big Pharma and the skin care industry that aren’t really solutions at all.


They’re merely band-aids...


To tide you over while managing your symptoms.


And that’s the whole point here. To keep you as a “cash cow”, they won’t heal your skin rash or even formulate products that would solve the symptoms because doing so would negatively impact their shareholders’ stock reports.


So there’s ZERO incentive for them to offer you actual solutions that work.


Since you now understand how twisted this whole system is, I want to suggest something that they never will…


You’ve got to focus on healing your skin from the inside out.


To do so, you need to look deeper than the symptoms and flares. There are root causes that lie underneath your skin rashes and perpetuate the vicious cycle.


By addressing your own unique root causes, you can finally stop the flares and rashes for good.


Here’s the top 15 Root Causes for your skin problems I eluded to last week...


  1. Leaky Gut Syndrome (including gut infections, gut dysbiosis, and gut dysfunction)

  2. Genetic SNPs

  3. Thyroid dysfunction

  4. Hormone imbalances

  5. Heavy Metal Exposure

  6. Food triggers (beyond the common ones you’ve heard of like gluten, dairy, and eggs)

  7. Nutrient Deficiencies

  8. Environmental Allergies

  9. Skin Microbiome Disruption

  10. Immune System & Inflammation Pathway Activation

  11. Chronic Stress

  12. Past Trauma

  13. Liver Detoxification Challenges

  14. Mitochondrial Dysfunction

  15. Environmental and Chemical Toxin Exposures


Bet you never heard of most of these mentioned at your dermatologist’s office!


Most people have 4 to 6 Root Causes, on average.


Sarah, for example, struggled with psoriasis for most of her life and was desperate to try anything… even immunosuppressants. But before going that route, she decided to see what else could be triggering her symptoms.


It turned out that she had candida overgrowth and a gut infection with low stomach acid. As a result, her gut was leaky. Plus, her mitochondria weren’t generating energy properly, she had PTSD from living in NYC during 9/11, and her thyroid function was low.


And then Katherine had such terrible eczema on her hands that she couldn’t wear her wedding rings anymore, let alone touch anything without wearing gloves. Her skin had become so fragile from steroid creams, that it would crack and break open leaving her constantly in pain.


After some testing, she discovered that she had a genetic SNP that predisposed her skin to struggle with moisture retention. And she had a number of food and chemical sensitivities, disrupted skin microbiome where the eczema rashes were located, and nutrient deficiencies that made it hard for her body to make healthy, new skin.


So you can see, everyone has their own unique bundle of root causes that fuel the rashes.


How many root causes do you have?


Once you identify what your root causes are, you can then get to work.


The truth is, addressing your root causes makes all the difference between those who end up healing their skin rashes from the inside out and everyone else who keeps trying all those external bandaids.


That’s why I’m excited for my friend Jen and her mission to empower you to put a stop to your skin rashes with her upcoming Eczema & Psoriasis Awareness Week! 


She’s committed herself to bringing together the best minds in the integrative industry to share actual “root cause” solutions instead of bandaids.


Register today and grab your spot for this eye opening event, you won't want to miss it!


Mark your calendar, Eczema & Psoriasis Awareness Week runs from April 16-22, 2018, and my talk about eczema food triggers is on April 19!


My interview with Jen was amazing. We covered:


  • Healthy foods that often trigger eczema that you'd never guess
  • How to test for unconventional food triggers so you know what to avoid
  • Chemicals found in plant and animal foods that can drive a flare


Here’s just a few of her other hot conversations you won’t want to miss…


  • Autoimmune Approach to Reversing The Root Causes of Eczema

  • What Your Dermatologist Isn't Telling You About Clearing Up Your Skin

  • Vital Nutrients For Clear Skin (That Everyone With Rashes Is Deficient In)

  • Hidden Eczema Food Triggers No One Talks About

  • Ugly Truth About Skincare Products & Why They Make Your Rashes Worse

  • Hidden Inflammatory Triggers Driving Psoriasis (And How To Stop Them)

  • How Undiagnosed Gut Infections Fuel & Trigger Chronic Skin Rashes


Plus, Jen is going to give away over $2000 in some of the best natural products out there to support you on your journey!


It’s totally free to participate in this week-long online event →




When you confirm your seat, she’ll also email you a beautiful 95-page digital cookbook to help you start rebuilding healthier skin at every meal!


I’ll be there… will you?





YES, I plan on attending, click here to register!


Make sure to get your hands on my ebook, it’s called Eczema Food Triggers Addressing Eczema From The Inside Out. It in you’ll learn about 10 different ‘chemicals’ found in natural, healthy foods that can cause some people’s eczema to flare up. You’ll also learn why this can happen, and what can be done about it. Here’s a hint, it isn’t all about diet, and it isn’t as simple as just removing triggering foods from your diet.


You can download my Eczema Food Triggers Cheat Sheet for free. --> click here <-- to get your free PDF document.


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"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."
-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist

Wishing you a delicious weekend!

Functional and Clinical Nutritionist


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Uncomfortable, unrelenting skin problems? Make friends with your skin again!

Problems with digestion and detoxification can lead to troublesome skin conditions. You are not alone, there are interventions that can help.

I first began working with Mrs. Gray (her name has been changed for privacy) just over a year ago. She was in her early 40s, and had been experiencing extremely troublesome skin problems for about 12 years. She had seen general practitioners, dermatologists, allergists, acupuncturists and neurologists. No one had been able to help her with her health problems.

From what we could tell, there were 3 different skin problems occurring at the same time. One was diagnosed by a physician as granuloma annulare, another was rash-like, and the third was classified as localized pruritus (super itchy and uncomfortable).

As a clinical nutritionist, I begin my scavenger hunt in the gut. Health begins in the gut. Seventy percent of our immune systems are located there. No joke. So it would only make sense that if your gut isn’t healthy, neither are you.

I should probably explain how this works. As a clinical nutritionist I practice functional nutrition. Functional nutrition is the core of functional medicine and uses natural means to help people reach an improved state of wellness, and even find relief from chronic and complex conditions. Functional medicine looks for underlying imbalances in the body’s biochemistry that may be contributing to illness. By addressing underlying imbalances with natural means (diet and lifestyle changes, and by using nutrient supplements) we can positively affect the course of chronic and complex conditions. Because 70% of our immune systems are in our guts, you have to admit, it’s a pretty good place to start our scavenger hunt.

Back to Mrs. Gray and her primary concerns regarding her skin. After our in depth intake session, I put together a letter for her to take to her physician requesting a variety of lab tests that would help guide me to develop an action plan for her to reach her goals. Long story short, we identified a variety of elevated metabolic markers (high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high levels of inflammation, and high homocysteine), a wide range of environmental and food allergies, MTHFR genetic polymorphism, and digestive dysfunction.

We used her lab results to guide us in developing a customized diet, lifestyle and supplement plan based on her biochemistry. Fast-forward a year. Mrs. Gray has experienced significant improvements in her skin symptoms. We lowered her cholesterol levels by 30 points, she is no longer pre-diabetic, her homocysteine levels are now in range, and so is a marker of inflammation that had been elevated.

A year may seem like a long time. We have to keep in mind how long the issues had been occurring. They didn’t show up overnight, they aren’t going away overnight. Also, it takes about a month for skin cells to turnover. And that’s the innermost layer. Then that layer has to make it all the way up to the top to replace the old/damaged skin layers. It does take patience and persistence, commitment to the process, and the dedication to follow through with the recommendations. Mrs. Gray stayed the course, and now is enjoying the benefits of her efforts, which include symptom improvement and improved overall health and wellness.

We all know that changes in diet and lifestyle benefit blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and inflammation (an underlying cause for chronic and complex diseases). How the heck is food connected to skin? Without getting too biochemical, problems with digestion and the gut can lead to leaky gut. Leaky gut allows food particles and toxins to escape the digestive tract and make their way into the blood stream, where they trigger an immune response. This immune response can manifest in a wide variety of ways, including as skin conditions. Digestive imbalances and impaired gut health also can cause a deficiency in nutrients needed for skin health, as well as overall health. Poor gut health and dysfunction, leaky gut, and nutrient deficiency can adversely affect detoxification processes in the liver. When we have a build of up toxins that cannot be excreted through normal routes (the liver is our major detox organ), those toxins will make their way out somehow, often that somehow is through the skin, and this can cause all sorts of skin conditions.

If you too have skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis (among others), you likely have digestive and gut imbalances and dysfunction, leaky gut, and impaired detoxification capacity.

Just as we have our gut microbiome and can have leaky gut, our skin also has a microbiome, and disruption of our skin microbiome can lead to leaky skin, and to skin conditions as well. And yes, there are interventions for improving skin health too that work from the outside in. Think probiotics for your skin. A favorite product of mine for addressing the skin microbiome is Mother Dirt.

And what’s the deal with MTHFR and homocysteine? MTHFR is an enzyme that makes folic acid usable by the body. It participates in what’s called methylation, a biochemical process that acts like a switch, turning things on and off, including DNA and RNA production, histamine metabolism, and some detoxification pathways (and a lot more). Problems with histamine metabolism, and detoxification as noted above, can contribute to skin issues. Methylation also is needed to convert homocysteine into another amino acid called methionine. Methionine is important for making proteins and other important compounds in the body. Elevated homocysteine is often a sign that methylation pathways aren’t functioning properly, and it is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, leading to heart disease and stroke. People that have a MTHFR mutation are not able to properly metabolize folic acid, and also can have abnormalities in the metabolism of vitamins B12 and B6. To help keep methylation pathways functioning, taking the active form (methylated or activated form) of B vitamins is important. One of my favorite B complex products is by Thorne Research (use my referral code HCP1170732). If you have MTHFR, there are also diet and lifestyle recommendations that can help.

Here is Mrs. Gray’s first testimonial about working with me:

“Jennifer is extremely passionate and truly cares about your health. She is a thoughtful, compassionate nutritionist who digs and digs to connect the dots into whatever your health issue may be. I’ve been working with Jennifer for almost a year now and she is by far the most thoughtful nutritionist who asks questions no other doctor I’ve been to for my concerns has ever bothered to ask, and my skin issues that have plagued me for years have now cleared up!”

And a year later, here’s what Mrs. Gray had to say:

"I’ve been working with Jennifer for over a year now and my initial concerns were chronic skin issues that doctors couldn’t figure out, including general practitioners, dermatologists, allergists, acupuncturists or neurologists. Through various tests, we’ve uncovered several food allergies, including gluten sensitivity, which I would’ve never suspected could be the underlying cause. From removing those foods from my diet combined with supplements, I have seen improvement in my skin and more importantly, my levels are all now within a healthy range. My cholesterol dropped by 30 points, my blood sugars are within a normal range (instead of a high range, borderline pre-diabetic) and my general inflammation is under control. Jennifer is well informed, well researched and totally committed to my health and will stop at nothing to find a solution to what ails me." 

Interested in becoming your own success story? Contact me today to get started on your journey to better health and wellness.


"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."

-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist