Modern Medicine: Steroids, Antibiotics and Health


The esthetic industry, like many others, is going through a major transition. Now more than ever, skin care professionals need to take their client’s health into consideration. At a time when skin conditions and diseases are on the rise, it is important to know how one’s health and the use of medications affect the skin. Modern medicine includes a movement to empower you and your client’s own health transformation by identifying the sources and clearing them.

Maybe you recall the futuristic movie “Logan’s Run,” where they had lasers that repaired the body’s damage in an instant? Many of my generation thought modern medicine might look something like that. Sadly, we aren’t there yet. In fact, medicine seems to be failing us as we have more and more clients/patients that never seem to resolve their medical or skin issues and instead just keep adding new medications to address the latest problem. What went wrong? The simple answer is that medicine and greed do not work well together.

The Miraculous Body

My research has led me to understand that almost every disease we face today is the result of a combination of one or more of the following: toxins, pathogens and/or emotions. As physicians, we often have to learn the intricacies of human physiology. My takeaway from that has been nothing short of awe. When you realize that the latest scientific research shows we are made of 100 trillion cells, and about 65 trillion of those cells are bugs that do not contain our DNA but remain in the body to assist our systemic needs, it is certainly awe-inspiring. If you go deeper you will find that each cell averages about 250,000 unique events per day, which means that in total, for your survival and for you to thrive, your body performs about 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 cellular transactions every day with little-to-no mistakes. Wow!

The reason these numbers matter is because from them we can conclude that the body is miraculous and brilliant and still not well understood. It is a remarkable engine that just keeps running and adapting in the face of adversity. It adapts to its environment, to emergencies, to pathogens, to toxins and to emotions. This process is called epigenetics. Our DNA turns genes on and off based on what is best for our health. For example, if you are being exposed to estrogen toxins like certain pesticides, your body will adapt by lowering your functional estrogen in an effort to try and keep you from getting cancer. Medicine calls this ‘early menopause’ and offers hormone medications. I call it estrogen toxicity and prefer to remove the toxins from the body to let it restore its natural estrogen.

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Ben Johnson, M.D., is a physician, internat­ionally renowned educator, entrepreneur and inventor who has spent most of his career in esthetics. He is the founder and formulator of two innovative and successful skin care lines, most recently Osmosis + Beauty.

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