I discovered Moringa a while ago. It is the most nutrient-dense botanical on earth and is as close to a natural multivitamin as you can find in one dose. You'll get beta-c plus almost every other vitamin, mineral and amino acid in a generous but not over-dosage. I shake some powder up in a small jar with water and shoot it down. Also I take a liquid kelp form of iodine at night which balances the thyroid. This has helped enormously to stave off depression. Hope that helps.
Breathing and gentle yoga have helped me. I imagine meditation is good, too. Basic vitamins, such as are available in Moringa leaf powder, and iodine to help regulate thyroid function have helped me out.
Have you been taking apple cider vinegar? It blasts calcification throughout the body including kidney, liver and prostate stones. I've found a bunch of stuff but because of the tane, I will probably have problems going into the future still. Moringa powder is a great multi vitamin. Digestion is difficult post-tane, so getting vitamins minerals amino acids from food can be challenging but moringa has been a real Godsend. It's the most nutrient-dense botanical on the planet apparently. Iodine in liquid form seems to help regulate my thyroid function and makes me calmer. Liquid chlorophyl for liver rebuild and cleansing (it's very close to hemoglobin so it does wonders) and also helps with overall hydration. If I get really anxious and cant sleep I take lithium orotate. Many post-Accutane related brain problems stem from dopamine depletion I believe, which is why people have found cannabis helpful. Not sure that's the right drug but L-tyrosine in too high a dose makes me pissed off but energetic. Again the moringa seems to contain every amino acid so tyrosine is in there in a good dose, along with other stuff. It always gives me good energy and a sense of overall wellbeing.
I had prostatitis a couple of times. After doing some research I realized that it may be related to stones in my prostate. Stones form when the body is dehydrated especially. I tend to get kidney stones as well. The good news is that apple cider vinegar mixed with water seems to disolve all manner of stones in the body: kidney, liver, prostate, gall and others. Also, when you wake up first thing in the morning drink 3 tall glasses of water. Don't eat for an hour afterward. this works wonders by hydrating your body after sleeping and not getting any water for a large chunk of time. This was a fad diet in Japan a few years back and man, it works. Started normal urination after that.
I forgot to mention: Maca root powder in small doses has been improving my sex drive and all the good physiological expressions of it. It supposedly also helps with dopamine levels. For liver cleansing and rebuilding, the most low-impact and high output substance I have found is simply organic liquid chlorophyll. I can't recommend the Moringa highly enough for well-being. Was thinking about making a Rick Simpson-type oil extraction from it. Feels great mixed with warm (not hot) water. Both Maca and Moringa also provide much needed iodine, which I have touted here before, and which may be part of Maca's legendary hormone-balancing effects.
I have been eating Moringa leaves with good results. It's the most nutrient-dense plant in the world I have read, and was the NIH's botanical of the year recently. I like it because it makes my body feel energized and healthy. It has a lot of amino acids as well as vitamins and minerals. It improves dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine levels among other benefits. Moringa contains vitamin A but I am not too worried. Haven't experienced joint pain in a while. I like it.
I'm back, this time with a step in the right direction. Has anyone else tried liquid CHLOROPHYLL? It's the substance responsible for photosynthesis in plants. Molecularly very similar to hemoglobin in blood cells. It supports red blood cell building, oxygen delivery and immune health. It aids in the excretion of dioxins from fat cells, and helps the liver to regenerate healthy cells. It soothes the digestive tract and is known to be effective in treating IBS and colitis, health problems 'tane users often complain about. I have used a liquid form of it for 2 weeks and I can honestly say that it has done more across the board for all of my health problems than anything else. It is giving me more energy and lots of it. In the process my depression has receded also. I sleep well now and wake up much earlier and feel well rested and strong. Perhaps best of all is that my throat isn't dry all the time. I have more normal levels of saliva and mucus and my skin looks and feels much better too. A building-block of life, it might go a long way in helping to heal from Accutane's detrimental effects.
I spoke with a doctor-naturepath recently here in Charleston. He was the first medical professional I have talked with to both acknowledge that Accutane can cause damage and also had had experience in treating this damage in a patient. He believes that Accutane has damaged ALL of the human body's glands, not simply only the sebaceous glands. Apparently (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gland) all glands follow a similar pattern of genesis in forming from epithelial cells. He suggested that Chinese medicine has the answer to "plumping up" all of the glands through an herbal protocol. Essentially, the glands are not destroyed, but simply withered like branches of a tree, but since they are still connected to the body and semi-functioning, they can actually be reconstituted to a large degree. Also, he suggests acupuncture, and that the acupuncturist should be able to prescribe an herbal protocol along these lines. I am tired of buying expensive supplements but might be willing to give this kind of thing a try. Since glands synthesize hormones and play a critical systemic role in the body's overall health, it would make sense that many of these similarly structured organs were effected by Accutane. Moreover, it would mean that rejuvenating these organs will help us to heal to a great degree- skin, thyroid, pituitary, sex, nutrition, etc.
Hi Barbara, I have been able to function fairly well and live more actively since altering my diet to include eating less sugar, dairy and zero gluten. But actually, it has been a basic regimen of iodine, selenium and occasionally Lithium Orotate that have helped me tremendously with my thyroid issues. I have tried 5-HTP and it helps me to sleep as well as seems to relieve some stomach issues by introducing serotonin into the gut where a huge percentage of the body's supply belongs. I prefer lithium orotate in small doses before bed. But it is difficult to recommend too much manipulation of the thyroid without a better understanding of what these things really do...In addition, good vitamin intake and minerals, amino acids, etc. seem to be the basic building blocks of everything. I am not sure anything needs to be taken all of the time or in large quantities. The leaves of the moringa tree seem to be of great benefit as well, as it includes many of these basic life-sustaining properties in an all-natural form and I feel y energy increase when I eat them. I hope these ideas help some. Chemo-threrapy drugs such as Accutane are destructive, no question. They wind up poisoning all of the cells in the body in their attempt to alter the few. The Gerson Therapy diet is purported to heal most cancers and almost any disease (imbalance) in the body. It consists of juicing and eating cooked vegetables, as well as doing regular coffee enemas over a period of 1 to 2 years. I have not tried it myself yet, but I would bet that it could do wonders for any systemic damage caused by Accutane.
My positive thoughts are with your granddaughter and all of us as we try to better understand and heal. Imortant and helpful for me is also to drinking a fair amount of water particularly upon waking in the morning. This is a critical time to replenish. Perhaps the most important factor in healing is time, and a sustained effort at providing the body with the materials it need and staying away from things it doesn't. Several people have felt that vitamin A is dangerous to our bodies, post-Accutane, but I have seen studies which point to the fact that since it is a synthetic version of retinoic acid, Accutane actually causes vitamin A deficiency rather than overdose, through it's exaustion of the pathways for vitamin A, as well as interfering with other vitamin activity. I hope some of these suggestions help.
Yes, I am wary of any synthetic RAR manipulation (especially one which supposedly "reversibly" induces male sterility) even though they claim that many other RAR system parts are not affected. As you highlighted in bold, I believe that to add the inverse of an RAR agonist like Accutane, might simply be like running over the family dog again in reverse rather than bringing him back to life. However, I am intrigued and want more information if possible. I take Beta Carotene occasionally and it feels like it helps with many symptoms, both physio- and psychophysiological. Many of our symptoms seem to mimic Vitamin A deficiency. Here is an article that talks about Accutane's effects on RAR: From the part called "Vitamin A: Friend Or Foe": http://www.westonaprice.org/mentalemotional-health/pursuit-of-happiness
"Accutane is not vitamin A. The body handles it differently from natural vitamin A (see Figure 4) and there are a number of lines of evidence showing that it acts as an anti-vitamin A compound that can aggravate vitamin A deficiency. In newborn mice treated with dexamethasone, a drug that induces emphysema-like changes to lung tissue, natural vitamin A helps treat the disorder while the active ingredient of Accutane has no effect and may even make it worse.30 Accutane caused night blindness, a traditional sign of vitamin A deficiency, in a child with cystic fibrosis, whereas vitamin A supplementation resolved the night blindness.31 In rats, the active ingredient of this drug accumulates in the eyes and interferes with vitamin A recycling; rats taking it at high doses took fifty times longer to recover from exposure to intense light than rats that did not take the drug at all.32
A physician published a letter earlier this year reporting that two patients developed depression on Accutane; when the physician took them off the drug and supplemented them with 10-12,000 IU of vitamin A for seven to ten days, the depression resolved and they were able to go back on the drug without it recurring.33 The totality of the evidence strongly suggests that vitamin A deficiency contributes to depression and that Accutane is associated with this mental illness because it interferes with vitamin A metabolism."
RAR is an acronym (stands) for Retinoic Acid Receptor. The theory is that an RAR Antagonist might reverse the effects of a RAR Agonist such as Accutane. There are drugs like that, but I'm not sure how one would get a presciption for it or really if you would even want to try something like that because it may just do damage to the already damaged pathways for RA or vitamin A & D...