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  1. Can't figure out right diet?!

    I would try testing for allergic response by methodically eliminating foods. My cystic acne is a response to citrus.
  2. Better Grains and grain substitutes

    Yes, most links in old threads are broken. It happens every time they upgrade. I used to get them fixed, but no longer have time. Also, many threads have been archived so can't be changed. You can go to my profile & look for my topics. My topics: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/profile/54738-alternativista/?do=content&type=forums_topic&change_section=1 ZAG thread: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/247794-zag-enzyme-lectins-digestive-tract-and-clogged-pores/
  3. Examples Of How Bad Our 'health' Care System Has Become

    More on how bias leads to faulty research & acceptance by conventional medicine & elsewhere. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/11/30/biased-research-drives-health-care.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20161130Z1&et_cid=DM127041&et_rid=1777055931
  4. http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/how-about-new-theory-of-evolution-with-less-natural-selection More on epigenetics & a revision to our understanding of evolution. “The epigenome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins, and other factors regulate gene expression.”
  5. Question about diary and acne frequency

    you just have to try it.
  6. washing your face three times a day?

    Yes. Water only
  7. Work lunch ideas?

    Baked sweet potatoes. You can top them different ways to change them up. I used to eat sweet potatoes topped with sauteed greens & a tiny bit of feta as a go to lunch when I needed one.
  8. Examples Of How Bad Our 'health' Care System Has Become

    5 Common Prescriptions That Should Require Nutritional Counseling Starts off with all the important things blocked by the Statin drugs they are trying to get us all to take as "preventatives" Very few people should take statins. Primarily those few with a rare genetic tendency towards very high cholesterol. Also, covers Hormonal birth control & metformin. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-common-prescriptions-that-should-require-nutritional-counseling/?awt_l=OFQc_&awt_m=J4nHxOd0jhWvYa Another one not mentioned are blood thinners. People are told to avoid greens, broccoli, etc as they are good sources of vitamin K which helps your blood clot. But people should not avoid these superfoods. They should eat them regularly & their prescription for the blood thinner should be adjusted to compensate.
  9. Glucosamine trigger out acne ?

    You just have to try it. I tried taking MSM which many people take for skin & joints & it made me break out in a strange acne all along my spine from my hairline down. And it took a while to go away, since it wasn't an inflamed acne.
  10. Acne prone have longer Telomeres

    Could have to do with your skin care. Soap, BP, etc. I'm 51 now and the last few years, suddenly people are telling me I have lovely skin. Apparently people don't see the scars or blotches as much as I do. I also have several features that I've always had or had for years, that I think look like age, now that I am older. Or that won't age well. Super thin skin/dark circles under my eyes. And my eye sockets are big and round making this a really prominent feature. I also have tiny acne scars on one side of my mouth right where the lines form around your mouth, which I think makes me look older & even less symetrical than I really am. Still, I think I'm aging much better than most & have hopes for the future since I stopped interferring with my skin's ability to function with soap a couple years ago. But I did use BP & lots of harsh things for years when I was younger.
  11. Calculating the glycemic load of a whole meal

    Yes, avoiding high glycemic load meals, drinks & snacks will help acne & almost everything else to do with your health. But there's no need to calculate anything. Just eat mostly real, whole nutrient rich foods & never have empty high GL foods by themselves. Take a fiber capsule or have a handful of almonds or something when having a small cheat like the office birthday cake. Also, it might be helpful to note that starches become resistant after they've been cooked & cooled. So pre-cooking your potatoes, oatmeal or pasta lowers the impact. Also, how much they are cooked & how. Don't overcook pasta.
  12. Acne and allergies

    My cystic acne is a reaction to citrus. You might try avoiding that & see if it helps.
  13. I would like to know why diet affects SOME people for acne and not others? 

    1. alternativista

      alternativista

      Because some people aren't prone to acne.  Why do some people get fat while others can eat all they want?

  14. Glyphosate sprayed on many grain, seed & bean crops right before harvest to dry them Also, GMO or not is not really the most important issue. The more important issue is whether or not it contains glyphosate. And glyphosate is sprayed on many bean, grain & other seed crops right before harvesting to dry the plant so it can be harvested by the machines which are gunked up by green vegetation. this is mostly done in northern climes with short seasons. But most of these things are grown in the north: Sunflower seeds, lentils, garbanzos, grains of all sorts. Things you consider health food. Things vegetarians eat a lot of. You need to buy organic, unless you know how they were grown & harvested. http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-09-29/the-non-gmo-label-doesn-t-go-far-enough-taking-stock-of-gmos-and-glyphosate
  15. Why Did the Obamas Fail to Take On Corporate Agriculture? By MICHAEL POLLAN http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/09/magazine/obama-administration-big-food-policy.html?src=recg&smid=fb-share&_r=2&inf_contact_key=1858f3baf9eac51c67d3135ee3818c866c0757427c0f9319f5d6726c95177443 Because he said he would. And they made some efforts. But the big Food lobby is too powerful & without a movement, it wasn't a wise thing to focus on. We need to be the movement. Because Trump certainly isn't going to take it on. And some Big food corps & industries like the poultry industries are historically huge supporters of the Clintons. On the other hand, this article curiously didn't mention the Monsanto people Obama appointed to the USDA & FDA.
  16. Glad to see you're active here again. Last time we were in touch back in 2014, I was suffering from acne. I managed to clear up for 2 years and stopped visiting this website. However, due to some recent events, it all came back.

    Here is my post - http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/359264-will-antibiotics-for-a-weekfor-hpylori-destroy-my-gut-and-bring-back-my-acne/#comment-3541251

    Would you mind going over it? I dunno, you seem to have a lot of experience, maybe you'd be able to guide me in the right direction?

    Thanks a lot :)

  17. Hibiscus tea helps clear skin?

    Yeah, it isn't getting colder here yet. 89, sunny & humid today.
  18. Which means we are less prone to aging. http://www.sciencealert.com/good-news-people-prone-to-acne-are-protected-against-the-signs-of-ageing More things that are different between us & them. There are a few you should watch out for. i.e a tendency towards low HDL http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/315130-things-that-are-different-in-acne-prone-skin-the-differences-between-us-and-them/
  19. 'recent' Advances In Acne Pathogenesis Information

    Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Improves Acne in Humans by Modulating Intracellular Molecular Targets and InhibitingP. acnes http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)36111-X/fulltext#s0010 As in Green tea. I skimmed but didn't see if they were testing it topically or orally. Full text is available. And we knew it usually helped. Make a toner with a little ACV diluted with green tea. Modulators of UDP-glucose ceramide glucosyltransferase for treating acne or hyperkeratinization - diagram, schematic, and image 08 http://www.patentsencyclopedia.com/imgfull/20100028878_08
  20. Dessert Recipes and Ideas

    There are many nut based alternatives to the graham cracker type crust. I'm pretty sure they were posted earlier in this thread.
  21. 'recent' Advances In Acne Pathogenesis Information

    Exp Dermatol. 2013 May;22(5):311-5. doi: 10.1111/exd.12142. Potential role of FoxO1 and mTORC1 in the pathogenesis of Western diet-induced acne. Melnik BC1, Zouboulis CC. Author information Abstract Acne in adolescents of developed countries is an epidemic skin disease and has currently been linked to the Western diet (WD). It is the intention of this viewpoint to discuss the possible impact of WD-mediated nutrient signalling in the pathogenesis of acne. High glycaemic load and dairy protein consumption both increase insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signalling (IIS) that is superimposed on elevated IGF-1 signalling of puberty. The cell's nutritional status is primarily sensed by the forkhead box transcription factor O1 (FoxO1) and the serine/threonine kinase mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). Increased IIS extrudes FoxO1 into the cytoplasm, whereas nuclear FoxO1 suppresses hepatic IGF-1 synthesis and thus impairs somatic growth. FoxO1 attenuates androgen signalling, interacts with regulatory proteins important for sebaceous lipogenesis, regulates the activity of innate and adaptive immunity, antagonizes oxidative stress and most importantly functions as a rheostat of mTORC1, the master regulator of cell growth, proliferation and metabolic homoeostasis. Thus, FoxO1 links nutrient availability to mTORC1-driven processes: increased protein and lipid synthesis, cell proliferation, cell differentiation including hyperproliferation of acroinfundibular keratinocytes, sebaceous gland hyperplasia, increased sebaceous lipogenesis, insulin resistance and increased body mass index. Enhanced androgen, TNF-α and IGF-1 signalling due to genetic polymorphisms promoting the risk of acne all converge in mTORC1 activation, which is further enhanced by nutrient signalling of WD. Deeper insights into the molecular interplay of FoxO1/mTORC1-mediated nutrient signalling are thus of critical importance to understand the impact of WD on the promotion of epidemic acne and more serious mTORC1-driven diseases of civilization. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Dermatoendocrinol. 2012 Jan 1;4(1):20-32. doi: 10.4161/derm.19828. Dietary intervention in acne: Attenuation of increased mTORC1 signaling promoted by Western diet. Melnik B. Author information Abstract The purpose of this paper is to highlight the endocrine signaling of Western diet, a fundamental environmental factor involved in the pathogenesis of epidemic acne. Western nutrition is characterized by high calorie uptake, high glycemic load, high fat and meat intake, as well as increased consumption of insulin- and IGF-1-level elevating dairy proteins. Metabolic signals of Western diet are sensed by the nutrient-sensitive kinase, mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), which integrates signals of cellular energy, growth factors (insulin, IGF-1) and protein-derived signals, predominantly leucine, provided in high amounts by milk proteins and meat. mTORC1 activates SREBP, the master transcription factor of lipogenesis. Leucine stimulates mTORC1-SREBP signaling and leucine is directly converted by sebocytes into fatty acids and sterols for sebaceous lipid synthesis. Over-activated mTORC1 increases androgen hormone secretion and most likely amplifies androgen-driven mTORC1 signaling of sebaceous follicles. Testosterone directly activates mTORC1. Future research should investigate the effects of isotretinoin on sebocyte mTORC1 activity. It is conceivable that isotretinoin may downregulate mTORC1 in sebocytes by upregulation of nuclear levels of FoxO1. The role of Western diet in acne can only be fully appreciated when all stimulatory inputs for maximal mTORC1 activation, i.e., glucose, insulin, IGF-1 and leucine, are adequately considered. Epidemic acne has to be recognized as an mTORC1-driven disease of civilization like obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. These new insights into Western diet-mediated mTORC1-hyperactivity provide a rational basis for dietary intervention in acne by attenuating mTORC1 signaling by reducing (1) total energy intake, (2) hyperglycemic carbohydrates, (3) insulinotropic dairy proteins and (4) leucine-rich meat and dairy proteins. The necessary dietary changes are opposed to the evolution of industrialized food and fast food distribution of Westernized countries. An attenuation of mTORC1 signaling is only possible by increasing the consumption of vegetables and fruit, the major components of vegan or Paleolithic diets. The dermatologist bears a tremendous responsibility for his young acne patients who should be advised to modify their dietary habits in order to reduce activating stimuli of mTORC1, not only to improve acne but to prevent the harmful and expensive march to other mTORC1-related chronic diseases later in life. KEYWORDS: FoxO, IGF-1, Western diet, acne, androgen, insulin, leucine, mTORC1, nutrition, prevention Exp Dermatol. 2013 Jul;22(7):505-6. doi: 10.1111/exd.12180. Turning acne on/off via mTORC1. Danby FW. Author information Abstract Over the past 10 years, the increase in comprehension of the mechanisms behind acne has been truly exponential. Starting with the ethnological work of Cordain, accelerated by the epidemiological work of Adebamowo, supported by the clinical trials of Smith and Mann, Kwon, DiLandro and others, the interface of diet and acne is coming into focus. Melnik now presents an exceptional pair of papers that illustrate for dermatologists what translational research is all about. The Western diet, the role of dairy, FoxO1 and mTORC1, the interplay of agonists and antagonists, therapeutics present and future - the jigsaw puzzle is coming together. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Full article:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746129/ http://www.landesbio..._full_text=true http://www.lipidworl.../content/8/1/25 These papers on mTor & acne are excellent summaries of all the known factors involved in acne formation and most of the research into cause and intervention from big pharma like isotretinoin, BP and metformin to EGCG and resveraterol. And of course diet, especially the western diet. And I wish to point out that they cite over one hundred scientific studies into these factors and how nutrients and diet habits affect those factors and thus acne. And yet people keep claiming there's no scientific evidence that diet affects acne. I guess it's like climate change deniers. No amount of evidence will change their minds.
  22. And many people take metformin for acne with some success.
  23. So, I keep my skin mostly clear via diet. However, I'm still prone to blackheads, especially on my back where my skin is usually not quite smooth. I assume it's blackheads, but I can't actually see them. However, last summer & again this summer, I notice it clears up completely. As it should be worse in the brutal hot humid Houston summers, I think it's likely due to some change in how I eat. And it occurs to me that in the summer, I drink a lot of cold hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea is a major component of Republic of Teas "Get Gorgeous" Tea. Try it. It's good for you. High in vitamin C & other antioxidants. It's un likely that it will make anything worse. Drink it instead of juices which are like drinking sugar. And you should't drink sugar. That's the only thing I'm strict about in my diet. Buy whole dried flowers in Mexican or Caribbean markets. aka Jamaica tea. It's also better cold than hot. And don't make it so strong you need to sweeten it. I usually brew it cold. In fact I do it in a jar leave the flowers in the jar to make a concentrate that I filter into my glass to dilute to taste. Add a little wine & call it Sangria to have with dinner. You can also eat the flowers. They are kind of nicely chewy. Add them to salad & stuff. I saw a TV chef used them in a salad dresser, chopped up in a blender.
  24. Exercise Causes Constipation!

    Well, the kind of exercise athletes do is actually not healthy. It's very damaging to the body. That's why they retire young with lots of problems. Look at how old most 30+ year-old white basketball players look. Take a walk. Do some heavy lifting, just not hour long sessions. Do chores. Or HIITs, just not the extreme kind. That's healthy.
  25. You'll just have to try it. And the answer to all three questions is yes. Goat is generally less of a problem than cow. And fermented dairy is better than not fermented. In fact, adult animals really shouldn't drink milk by the glassful. It is full of hormones and growth factors designed to accelerate growth. And in a body that is no longer growing, that's a bad thing.