When Beauty Goes Beyond Skin Deep

Beautiful hair, skin and nails represent more than just outer beauty – they indicate great overall health. While we often brush off common pet peeves like dry hair or brittle nails as mere annoyances, they can sometimes signal a range of health conditions. Not all beauty issues are cause for alarm – many can be tied back to products, beauty routines like heat styling or bleaching, genetics or aging – but it is important to be aware of any changes that occur, especially if they are sudden or progress rapidly, and have them assessed by a doctor.

While an underlying issue could take weeks to be addressed in most traditional healthcare practices, MDVIP-affiliated physicians understand that internal issues can affect your appearance and need to be managed quickly. Always available with same-day or next-day appointments, your personal doctor will take as much time as needed to assess your concerns and, if necessary, work with you to develop a proactive solution tailored to your lifestyle.

Learn what your skin, nails, hair and mouth may reveal about your health. If you feel a symptom might apply to you, consult with your physician to determine the best course of action for your unique needs.

Hair
• Excessive thinning: Thyroid disease, diabetes or psoriasis
• Excessive loss: Nutrient deficiency, thyroid disease, hair product allergy, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis or diabetes
• Brittle, dry and/or coarse: Thyroid disease or polycystic ovarian syndrome
• Patchy: Fungal infection, alopecia
• Premature greying: Thyroid disease, anemia or vitamin B-12 deficiency

Skin
• Dry: Thyroid disease, celiac disease or Sjogrem’s syndrome
• Itchy: Blood, kidney or liver disease
• Blistering: Diabetes or celiac disease
• White patches: Vitiligo or psoriasis
• Scaly patches: Scleroderma, diabetes or psoriasis
• Rash: Celiac disease or allergies
• Red-blue fingertips: Raynaud’s syndrome

Nails
• White: Liver or kidney disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, congestive heart failure or nutrient deficiency
• White spots: Zinc, protein and/or calcium deficiency
• Spooned: Anemia
• Yellow or hardened: Lung disease or peripheral vascular disease
• Pitted: Psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis
• Red: Heart disease
• Blue: Pneumonia or lung infection
• Dark lines: Fungal infection, heart valve malfunction, melanoma or nutrient deficiency
• Horizontal dents: Heart attack, circulation problems, diabetes, nutrient deficiency, pneumonia or high fever
• Vertical ridges: Often common with aging; but may indicate anemia, kidney disease or arthritis

Nutrition
Sometimes, adjusting your diet can be effective in reversing unwanted changes in your appearance. Your MDVIP-affiliated physician may recommend adding some or all of the following foods and nutrients to your comprehensive wellness plan:

• Omega-3 fatty acids
• Vitamins: A, B-12, C and/or biotin
• Minerals: Iron, calcium, zinc and/or selenium
• Proteins: Casein
• Beans
• Carrots
• Dark green vegetables
• Low-fat dairy
• Whole grains
• Skin
• Whole grains
• Citrus fruits and juices
• Nuts and seeds
• Legumes
• Fatty fish
• Orange, green and red vegetables
• Nails
• Vitamins: A, B and/or C
• Minerals: Iron, calcium and/or zinc
• Protein

Oral Health
Bad breath happens to all of us, but if you notice frequent bad breath soon after brushing your teeth, it could be a sign of a deeper health issue like types of cancer, diabetes, ulcers, GERD, kidney or liver failure, a sinus infection or periodontal disease.

Just because you have a bad hair day or notice your skin is drier than usual does not necessarily mean an underlying health issue is the culprit. However, any changes in your appearance should be checked by your MDVIP physician. Should there be a health-related cause to your symptoms, you and your doctor will work together to manage the condition at the source in a way that works for you. Connect with an MDVIP-affiliated physician today and secure a partner in beautiful, vibrant health for life.
2 Comments
natalie sinlair
Jan 26th, 2014
My solicitation to join the MDVIP program stated 'there is an annual fee for the wellness program'. Nowhere does it mention what this fee is, nor any reference to insurance acceptance. I am interested but need to know up front what to expect before I join. Any help?
1 Reply
MDVIP
Jan 27th, 2014
Thank you for contacting us about your interest in joining MDVIP!

An MDVIP membership starts at $1,500. If you give us a call at 1-866-948-6357, we would be happy to have one of our representatives help answer any questions you may have regarding pricing, insurance or finding an MDVIP-affiliated physician in your area.

Also, if you haven't yet, take a moment to visit: http://www.mdvip.com/what-is-mdvip/our-model. It may help answer your questions as well.

Thank you again, Natalie, for contacting us!

In good health,
MDVIP
Pam Stuart
Nov 13th, 2013
sore throat, low grade temp. on antibiotics, not getting better. Help
1 Reply
MDVIP
Nov 14th, 2013
Hello Pam,
We're so sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. If you have not yet, we strongly recommend you contact your MDVIP-affiliated physician via phone or by logging into MDVIP Connect and sending a private message to him or her. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

In good health,
MDVIP

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