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  1. Calcium

    Hi, I'm eating no dairy at all because it breaks my out. But do I get enough calcium now or do I have to take supplements?
  2. Dairy is causing me to break out so I don't consume dairy at all now. But I'm wondering if this can be bad for acne? Do you need dairy, for example for calcium or other things? Thanks!
  3. Hey guys. I've been lurking on this website for so long, and I promised myself that if I ever found a cure for my acne, I'd share it. Thankfully I did, so here you go. For the past few years I've been really messing with my diet (do not recommend). My acne started getting worse as I was dieting, and no matter how I changed my diet, it did not go away - it only got worse. So yesterday I made an excel sheet detailing each diet and every symptom I had while on that diet. A few things stood out to me clearly (if only I had done this months ago!). LONG STORY SHORT: I think a lack of calcium causes acne. I know there are already so many theories out there. I even saw one user on here explaining why calcium is the cause of acne. I just thought I'd back this theory up and explain my own experiences. Even if calcium isn't your answer, maybe this post will encourage you to analyze your diet to figure out your own cure. Basically, up until 2014 I was getting calcium from milk, yogurt, and cheese all the time. Then I started the paleo diet, where I was eating NO dairy, much more meat, very few grains, and more fruit/vegetables. This is when the acne started. I went back to eating a regular diet without the dairy, but my skin didn't improve. Then in 2015/2016 I went on a low fat vegan diet with no dairy. My acne was as bad as ever. At this point I didn't know what to do, so I just gave up and started eating whatever I wanted, including dairy. This was also around summertime, so I was getting more vitamin D along with calcium. Lo and behold my skin started drastically improving. It's currently not perfect, but I noticed that the more calcium and vitamin D I get, the better it looks. Like I said, I analyzed every little detail about my health, and the only correlation with the acne is a lack of calcium. So I'm sure it's not about high/low fat/carb or stress or fiber. If you guys want, I can upload the excel sheet. The thing about calcium is that it needs vitamin D to be absorbed, and I think magnesium and vitamin K help your body deal with it. (for the record, every time I eat leafy greens, which are high in vitamin K and A, my skin looks worse). I tried taking a magnesium supplement once, but it just gave me an upset stomach. Also, this is beside the point, but I also noticed that my mental health and grades were by far the best while I was eating more meat on the paleo diet. I think the calcium somehow affects our hormones. I've only seen studies on how estrogen affects calcium absorption, but I never see any on how calcium levels affect hormones. This is a long story, and would have to be explained in a different post, but I think adequate calcium improves thyroid function, which affects so many other things. So there you go. I don't know if I'm going to just stick to high-calcium foods, or take a supplement, but I'm happy I found my cure!
  4. ★★★CONNECTION between CONSTIPATION, High BP and Non-Insulin-Dependent DIABETES★★★ Constipation is caused by various combinations of the following factors : 1. Excessive amounts of the constipating nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids (like citric acid, but not vitamin C), calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. 2. Deficiencies of the laxative nutrients. 3. Constipating medicines and drugs. 4. Constipating additives, adulterants and contaminants in foods and drinks. 5. Residues of constipating pesticides in foods and drinks. 6. Too much exercise. 7. Fasting or semi-starvation diets which result in a deficit of energy in the body. 8. Over-indulgence in sex and excessive loss of semen (in men). 9. Hypothyroidism. 10. Anemia (low RBC count). Over-indulgence in sex makes the constipation much worse in men. During the period of lactation, women who excessively breast-feed their hungry older infants, or have to breast-feed twins, may suffer from constipation. The symptoms associated with chronic constipation are edema, high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, tumors and cancer. The other symptoms in this condition can include non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), high levels of fat and cholesterol in the body, leukemia, etc. ★Cures for Constipation & Related Diseases★ Persons suffering from constipation, high blood pressure, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes and other associated problems should take greater amounts of the laxative dietary factors such as: Vitamin C Vitamin D Thiamine (vitamin B1) Pantothenate Magnesium Manganese Sodium Potassium Iodine Chromium Phosphates and some other compounds of phosphorus Zinc, Etc. Note of Caution: High doses of the nutrients should not be given once the symptoms of constipation are controlled. Moving too fast in the opposite direction can bring new symptoms of the opposite condition that can frighten the patients. Nutrition therapists must have the knowledge about such critical stages. Lower doses of nutrients should be given once the change from the constipating stage to the diarrheal tendency is noticed. The treatment should be changed or even stopped once the original symptoms disappear. The salts of micronutrients like manganese, iodine, chromium and zinc should be taken only on the advice of an expert nutritionist. Even small overdoses of such micronutrients taken regularly can be toxic. Patients suffering from constipation and associated symptoms, should reduce the intakes of constipating dietary factors such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. They should avoid constipating medicines and drugs, as well as foods containing constipating additives, constipating contaminants and residues of constipating pesticides. ★★Fiber, Water & Laxative Nutrients★★ Indigestible dietary fiber or roughage, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, is present in large amounts in whole-grain flour products, bran-enriched foods, peas, beans and pulses, leafy and root vegetables, fruits and their skins. Dietary fiber can absorb a lot of water and can help in producing peristalsis in the intestines. So dietary fiber can be considered as a factor that may physically help in the production of peristalsis. Constipated persons should consume adequate amounts of water and fiber-rich carbohydrate foods like unrefined cereals, vegetables and fruits. They should avoid eating white polished rice, refined white bread and other white flour foods because refined cereal foods are poor in the laxative vitamins and minerals. The refined cereal foods should not be given to such patients till they get cured of constipation. Whole-wheat flour foods should preferably be eaten by them every day as such foods contain many laxative factors. Besides consuming other vegetables and fruits, the constipated persons should also eat foods containing herbs like onion, garlic and leeks. Persons suffering from chronic constipation should be made to consume the vegetables, pulses, etc, along with the water used for boiling them. The water should not be thrown away as it can be used for preparing soups and curries. For example, they should consume the water used for boiling potatoes, spinach, guar (cluster beans), cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beetroots, peas, beans, gram, lentil, moong, brown unpolished rice, etc. The water used for boiling such foods contains the laxative factors like potassium, magnesium, phosphate, manganese, chromium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), etc. This procedure should be followed as long as it is necessary to control constipation. ★More Measures to Control Constipation★ The following salts are constipating and so the processed foods, drinks and medical preparations containing them should be avoided by persons with constipation: Calcium carbonate = CaCO3. Calcium bicarbonate = Ca(HCO3)2. Calcium chloride = CaCl2. Calcium sulfate = CaSO4. Sodium nitrate (Chile saltpeter) = NaNO3. Potassium nitrate (saltpeter) = KNO3. Citric acid. Ammonium chloride = NH4Cl. Salts of constipating micronutrients: Copper sulfate = CuSO4. Other compounds of copper. Calcium fluoride = CaF2. Sodium fluoride = NaF. Potassium fluoride = KF. Calcium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and calcium sulfate are found in hard water. The hard water containing any of these calcium salts can cause constipation, and related problems, and should be avoided by the constipated persons. Chile saltpeter and saltpeter are used as food additives to cure meats, which should be avoided by persons with constipation. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume water stored in a copper vessel. Constipated persons should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Fluoride salts are used in toothpastes, mouth washes and for fluoridation of water. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation in the users. The excessive ingestion of fluoride prevents the adequate formation and the efficient functioning of thyroxin in the body of a person using them. The toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water should be avoided to help the formation of adequate thyroxin in the body. An adequate formation of thyroxin helps in preventing constipation. Persons who suffer from constipation should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Constipated patients should consume vitamin D-fortified milk. Exposure of the skin to sunshine helps in the formation of vitamin D in the body, which reduces constipation, as vitamin D is a laxative factor. Constipated persons can use foods and beverages that contain dilute phosphoric acid as an additive. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation in the constipated persons. Such persons should, therefore, avoid calcium carbonate and preferably take dicalcium phosphate. Dilute phosphoric acid is much more effective than dicalcium phosphate in combating constipation, as it provides the laxative phosphate radical without the constipating calcium. Persons suffering from constipation and related problems should avoid fasting and semi-starvation diets as such practices make constipation more severe. As exercise makes constipation worse, the constipated persons should avoid too much exercise and must take adequate rest. Men should avoid excessive indulgence in sex and conserve their semen. Men who have too much sex and lose a lot of semen can become very constipated. During the period of lactation, women should not breast-feed their infants excessively, as that may cause constipation in them. A low hemoglobin level tends to cause constipation. A severely anemic person who gets a blood transfusion can even get cured of chronic constipation. To tackle chronic constipation in their patients, nutrition therapists can prescribe proper doses of one or more of the laxative salts like sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, magnesium hydroxide, sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate and magnesium phosphate. They can also prescribe with caution minute quantities of one or more salts of laxative micronutrients like potassium iodide, sodium iodide, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate and chromium trichloride. The intake of a proper combination of laxative salts can even produce a bowel motion in a constipated person within 30 minutes! However, the overdoses of laxative salts must be strictly avoided. ★★High BP & Heart Disease★★ All the constipating factors are synergists in raising the blood pressure. The greater intakes of the constipating factors cause the retention of greater amounts of sodium chloride (salt) and water in the body, which results in the elevation of the blood pressure. The dietary factors that can increase the blood pressure are the greater intakes of vitamin A (especially preformed vitamin A as in pills), vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, protein, fat, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrate, copper, calcium, etc. Foods that are deficient in laxative factors also tend to cause constipation and raise the blood pressure. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause constipation and high blood pressure in those who consume them regularly. The consumption of foods rich in the constipating factors should be reduced to bring down the blood pressure and to decrease the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Such foods include meats, eggs, nuts, fats (especially saturated animal fats), coffee and acidic items like sour lemon juice which contains citric acid. Some spices like cumin seeds (jeera), fennel seeds (saunf), mustard seeds, mustard powder, cinnamon (daalchini) and fenugreek (methi) are known to cause constipation and should be avoided. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. The regular consumption of some constipating item like betel nut (areca nut) is very dangerous for persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes. Betel nut can cause heart attacks and strokes in susceptible persons. All persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes should avoid certain killer combinations of nutrients. A patient, suffering from heart disease, who takes a pill containing a large amount of vitamin A immediately before or after eating a meal rich in protein and fat, can collapse in a few minutes and die soon of a heart attack. Preformed vitamin A, as available in pills, forms an incompatible combination with an iron salt. The high doses of vitamin A and an iron salt taken with protein, fat and acids form an instant killer. The addition of vitamin K, folic acid, copper, fluoride, nitrate and other constipating factors makes this killer combination even more extremely toxic. Even the strongest persons in the world cannot easily survive after taking these various combinations of instant killers. The other factors that can increase the blood pressure are the constipating drugs and medicines, and constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. The foods and drinks which are rich in the laxative factors help in lowering the blood pressure and in preventing heart disease associated with constipation and high blood pressure. Persons having constipation and high blood pressure should increase the intakes of laxative dietary factors such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphate, zinc, etc. Persons suffering from constipation and high blood pressure should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease in the persons who take such calcium supplements. Persons with constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease should prefer dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease, and therefore should be avoided. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise should be avoided as it is bad for persons with heart disease because it can cause constipation. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men as it can give them constipation which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. The loss of blood due to injuries and blood donations can also cause constipation and increase the blood pressure. Loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can give constipation and high blood pressure to women. ★How is Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes Caused?★ Instead of non-insulin-dependent diabetes, this type of diabetes should be called non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors can cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in susceptible persons. The regular consumption of foods that are deficient in the laxative factors can also cause constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in those who consume such foods regularly. The other factors that can increase the blood sugar and cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes are the constipating drugs and medicines, constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. Why do the excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes? In the condition of constipation, there is greater stability of the organic biochemicals like protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc, including the hormones like insulin, in the body. Due to chronic constipation, protein, fat, carbohydrate and other biochemicals become very stable and cannot be broken up at a normal rate. There is a much slower break up and utilization of protein, fat and glycogen (human carbohydrate) so they tend to accumulate in the body. When they get saturated in the body, even the glucose level gradually begins to rise in the blood leading to diabetes. In this type of diabetes, there is more than enough insulin in the bodies of patients, as insulin becomes more stable than it is in normal individuals. The insulin is too stable to be utilized properly, and this insulin prevents conversion of an adequate amount of glycogen into glucose to provide enough energy. The person affected by diabetes associated with chronic constipation tends to gain weight as the stored energy reserves in the form of glycogen cannot be broken up and utilized at the normal rate. When glycogen becomes saturated in the cells of the muscles of the body, the glucose level starts rising in the blood, as not much glucose can be sent to the cells of the body to be converted into glycogen. The glucose also becomes too stable to be broken up efficiently to produce energy. When more and more glucose accumulates in the blood, diabetes makes its presence. The body then tries to get rid of the excess of glucose through the urine, which can increase the frequency of urination and the volume of urine. Insulin should not be administered in the non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, because the extra insulin can cause an excessive accumulation of glycogen in the cells of the body leading to many related problems like the formation of more cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. The administration of insulin can even make this type of diabetes worse. ★★Cure for Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes★★ In non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, there are real or relative deficiencies of the laxative factors in the body. The consumption of foods and drinks, which are rich in the laxative factors, helps in lowering the blood sugar in persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons having constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should increase the consumption of foods and drinks that are rich in the laxative nutrients like vitamin B1 (thiamine), pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (phosphoric acid in dilute form), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. If you have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should reduce the intakes of the constipating factors. Food supplements and medical preparations containing the constipating factors can be harmful for persons with NIDD. You should try to avoid the consumption of foods that are very rich in the constipating nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, nitrates, copper, etc. The patients should consume more quantities of the unrefined foods, that are rich in laxative factors, like whole-wheat flour products and brown unpolished rice, vegetables and fruits like papaya, brinjal (eggplant), guar (cluster beans), bitter gourd, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. They should consume moderate quantities of protein-rich beans, moong and other pulses and legumes. They should consume vegetable soups which are rich in the laxative nutrients and can be beneficial for them. They should greatly reduce the consumption of foods that contain animal protein, animal fat, eggs, butter, cheese, etc. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. They should consume some quantity of foods containing carotene instead of preformed vitamin A. If you have constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, drinking wheat water can provide you with extra quantities of many laxative nutrients. For getting wheat water, unwashed wheat should be boiled in water. Half a cup of wheat can be boiled in one and a half cups of water for 2 minutes. The brew should be left standing for not more than about 5 minutes. It should be strained within a short time, otherwise wheat will begin to absorb most of the water. Drink the wheat water hot or cold, once or twice in a day, according to your need. Don't consume the boiled wheat, but throw it away as it no longer contains most of its original vitamins and minerals. Persons with constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should consume milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D. They should also expose their skins to sunshine for some time daily because that can make their skins synthesize vitamin D. They should use iodized salt in place of ordinary salt. If the constipation persists, the diabetics can also use milk of magnesia, magnesium sulfate and some other laxative salts of essential minerals. The intake of calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation and high blood sugar in the persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons with constipation and high blood sugar should preferably take dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Taking beverages containing dilute phosphoric acid helps in undoing the constipating effect and related problems caused by excess calcium in the body. In diabetes associated with hypothyroidism, thyroxin may be given to the patients for some time. As a nutritionist, I do not favor the use of hormones for any long-term treatment, as hormone therapies can produce many side effects. It is better to make the patients consume iodized salt regularly as a long-term measure to treat hypothyroidism. This measure should also help to control the symptoms of non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Therefore, fluoride-rich products should be avoided by the diabetics. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should also be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are the best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise causes constipation and should be avoided by persons with high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to the excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men, as it is extremely constipating and can gradually lead to high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The loss of blood due to any injuries and blood donations can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in women with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. During the period of lactation, women, who excessively breast-feed their extremely hungry older infants, may suffer from constipation. They should avoid excessive breast-feeding of their infants, as the excessive loss of milk from their mammary glands makes the effects of their non-insulin-deficiency diabetes worse. With the guidance of an expert nutritionist, constipated persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should take some suitable tonics or food supplements which contain laxative nutrients like vitamin B1, pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (as in dilute phosphoric acid), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. Diabetics should avoid mental tension, because mental tension produces toxic chemicals that spread to the whole body and weaken it further. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● ★★CONSTIPATION due to IRRADIATED Foods★★ Irradiation of foods is done for reducing spoilage by killing the pathogenic bacteria and harmful insects. Irradiation is also used for preventing the sprouting and ripening in vegetables and fruits. Irradiation of foods causes massive losses of Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C, which can be even up to 90 per cent! The regular consumption of such foods can cause EXTREMELY SEVERE CONSTIPATION, which cannot be relieved even by the regular use of laxatives. Even the highly experienced doctors cannot easily find out the real reason for such SEVERE CONSTIPATION caused by the IRRADIATED FOODS, which can destroy Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other biochemicals even within the bodies of the persons who consume such foods! This chronic constipation due to the IRRADIATED FOODS can be associated with edema, high blood pressure, high levels of fat and cholesterol, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), leukemia, tumors and cancer. Even the fiber-rich foods made from multigrains can become EXTREMELY CONSTIPATING after they are treated with IRRADIATION, which causes MASSIVE DESTRUCTION of Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other nutrients in such foods, as well as in the bodies of people who consume such foods. Almost all of the packed foods and drinks, which have shelf lives of many months, or even a couple of years, are HIGHLY IRRADIATED items. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
  5. ★★★RELATIONSHIP between DIARRHEA, Low BP & DIABETES★★★ There are two main types of diabetes mellitus which are known as Insulin-Dependent Diabetes (IDD) and Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes (NIDD). One can understand that low blood sugar (glucose) is the opposite of high blood sugar as in diabetes. But how should one understand that one type of diabetes has many symptoms that are the opposite of the symptoms found in the other type of diabetes, even though both types of diabetes raise the blood-sugar levels? In diabetes, the fasting blood-sugar level rises above the normal limit of 120 mg per 100 ml of blood. The normal fasting blood-sugar range is about 80 to 120 mg per 100 ml of blood. Why should the two types of diabetes raise the blood sugar and yet have many other symptoms that are of the opposite types? This paradox about the two types of diabetes is one of the most difficult problems to understand in the sphere of Nutrition and Health. I had to find out a way to understand the paradox about the two forms of diabetes, which is the reason I could cure myself of diabetes about 33 years back. I had to solve the riddle of diabetes for my own personal benefit. Both of my parents had diabetes, and they came from families prone to diabetes. While many of my diabetic relatives took drugs to control their blood-sugar levels, I have never taken any drug to keep my blood-sugar level normal. The fact that seems most surprising to others is that I have also been consuming sweet foods and drinks for all these years, except for a period of a few months! In those few months, I used artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame, which I had to give up because I got pain in the muscles and bones. In spite of what I state, other people are not ready to believe the fact that I cured myself of active diabetes, and I have kept my blood sugar under control for many years, just by balancing the different dietary factors. In fact, I have not taken any allopathic or non-allopathic drugs in the last 46 years to treat myself for any disease. The artificial sweeteners, which I could use only for a few months, were meant to replace sugar in my foods and drinks and not for curing diabetes. I have preferred to use only the suitable combinations of vitamins, essential minerals and other nutrients to treat myself for any disease in all these years. According to my research, the basic cause of IDD is persistent or recurrent diarrhea in the affected persons. The basic cause of NIDD is chronic or recurrent constipation in the affected persons. So, for understanding the nature of the two types of diabetes, it is necessary to know what are the causes of persistent diarrhea and chronic constipation. Broadly speaking, to be free from both the types of diabetes, the general rule for any person is to avoid both diarrhea and constipation. This is my basic theory on controlling diabetes. To be more scientific, one must avoid both diarrhea and constipation by adjusting the intakes of only the essential dietary factors as far as possible. It is not really easy to succeed in this, as corrections are required in the intakes of many essential dietary factors. ★★★Causes of Diarrhea★★★ Diarrhea is caused by various combinations of the following factors: 1. Excessive amounts of the laxative nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and some other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. 2. Deficiencies of the constipating nutrients. 3. Laxative medicines and drugs. 4. Laxative additives, adulterants and contaminants in foods and drinks. 5. Residues of laxative pesticides and petroleum products in foods and drinks. 6. Lack of exercise and excessive rest. 7. Overeating which results in the excess of energy available to the body. 8. Prolonged retention of semen (in men) due to lack of sex. 9. Hyperthyroidism. 10. Polycythemia (high RBC count). Abstinence from sex makes diarrhea much worse in young men. During the period of lactation women, who do not breast-feed their infants, may suffer from diarrhea due to the retention of milk in their mammary glands. The symptoms associated with persistent or recurrent diarrhea are damage to the gastro-intestinal tract, dehydration, fever, low blood pressure, heart disease associated with low blood pressure, rapid loss of weight and chronic fatigue. The other symptoms in this condition can include insulin-deficiency diabetes (IDD), acidosis, gout, low levels of fat and cholesterol in the body, ulcers, ulcerous cancers, etc. ★★Cures for Diarrhea & Related Diseases★★ Persons suffering from diarrhea, low blood pressure, insulin-deficiency diabetes and other associated problems should take greater amounts of the constipating dietary factors such as: Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin K Riboflavin (vitamin B2) Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) Niacin Tryptophan (an amino acid) Folic acid Protein Fat Some organic acids like citric acid (but not vitamin C) Calcium Fluoride Chloride (Bromide) Nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen Copper Etc. Generally speaking, I consider protein and fat to be constipating factors. ★Note of Caution: High doses of the nutrients should not be given once the symptoms of diarrhea are controlled. Moving too fast in the opposite direction can bring new symptoms of the opposite condition that can frighten the patients. Nutrition therapists must have the knowledge about such critical stages. Lower doses of nutrients should be given once the change from the diarrheal stage to the constipating tendency is noticed. The treatment should be changed or even stopped once the original symptoms disappear. ★The salts of micronutrients like fluoride, copper, vitamin K and folic acid should be taken only on the advice of an expert nutritionist. Even small overdoses of such micronutrients taken regularly can be toxic. Patients suffering from diarrhea, and the other associated symptoms, should reduce the intakes of laxative dietary factors such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. They should avoid laxative medicines and drugs as well as foods containing laxative additives, laxative contaminants, and residues of laxative pesticides and petroleum products. ★Foods Should be Boiled & Water Thrown Away★ For persons suffering from persistent diarrhea, the vegetables, fruits and other items used in their diets should be thoroughly washed, as that can help in removing the pesticides sprayed on them in the fields and storehouses. Also, such patients should eat only those vegetables, pulses, meat, chicken, etc, that are cooked after they are first boiled in water for some time and the water is thrown away. For example, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beetroots, peas, beans, gram, lentil, moong, meat, chicken, rice, etc, can be boiled for some time first, and the water thrown away, before they are cooked further. Boiling them in water, and discarding that water, reduces the quantities of the laxative factors like potassium, magnesium, phosphate, manganese, chromium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), etc, in such foods. Tomato and sour lemon juice can also be added to the boiled and cooked vegetables, pulses, meat, chicken, etc, to make them more effective in curing diarrhea. This procedure should be followed as long as it is necessary to control diarrhea. I am definitely not joking when I state that the nutrient-rich water used for boiling the foods of patients having diarrhea should be thrown away. This is not exactly an ideal solution, but the first requirement is to save a patient's life in such a bad situation. Only when the causes of diarrhea are identified, and steps are taken to remove such causes, can this procedure be stopped. For example, one such cause of persistent diarrhea can be the consumption of cooking oil contaminated with residues of petroleum products. Finding out the actual cause of diarrhea and stopping the consumption of the contaminated oil, and then correcting and balancing the diet to make it normal, can take some time. There is no need to be dogmatic on this issue of conserving nutrients. Persons suffering from diarrhea must avoid even the relative excesses of laxative nutrients in their diet. We must not overlook the importance of the relative excesses and relative deficiencies of nutrients in the bodies of patients with the different types of health problems. All the therapies should be based on logical thinking rather than on the dogmatic and wrong belief that we require more and more quantities of all the essential nutrients. A particular patient's needs at a particular time should determine how much of the different nutrients he should be given. Nutrition Therapy must be made a dynamic form of medical treatment. The dietary treatment should be changed according to the actual needs of an individual patient at a particular time. No treatment should be continued when it is no longer required by any particular patient. The patients with diarrhea should not consume fiber-rich carbohydrate foods like unrefined cereals, vegetables and fruits. They should preferably eat white polished rice and refined white-flour foods instead of whole-wheat flour foods. The refined foods, which are poor in the laxative vitamins and minerals, should be given to such patients till they get cured of diarrhea. Indigestible dietary fiber or roughage, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, is present in large amounts in the whole-grain flour products, bran-enriched foods, peas, beans and pulses, leafy and root vegetables, and fruits, especially with their skins. Dietary fiber is considered biochemically inert in the gastro-intestinal tracts of humans. Biochemically, pure dietary fiber should be considered neither a laxative nor a constipating factor in its action. But the dietary fiber can be packed with many laxative and some constipating factors, as in the brans of wheat, rice and other grains, leaves of vegetables and skins of fruits. Dietary fiber can also absorb a lot of water in the gastro-intestinal tract, and thus can help in producing peristalsis in the intestines. So dietary fiber can be considered as a factor that may physically help in the production of peristalsis in the gastro-intestinal tract. ★★More Measures to Control Diarrhea★★ The following salts are laxative and so the processed foods, drinks and medical preparations containing them should be avoided by persons with diarrhea: Sodium sulfate = Na2SO4 (purgative). Potassium sulfate = K2SO4 (purgative). Magnesium sulfate = MgSO4. Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) = Mg(OH)2. Sodium phosphate = Na3PO4. Potassium phosphate = K3PO4. Magnesium phosphate = Mg3(PO4)2. Laxative salts of micronutrients: Potassium iodide = KI. Sodium Iodide = NaI. Zinc sulfate = ZnSO4. Other salts of zinc. Manganese sulfate = MnSO4. Other salts of manganese. Chromium trichloride = CrCl3. Other salts of chromium. In the condition of diarrhea, patients should avoid cola drinks containing phosphoric acid, vitamin D-fortified milk and iodized salt. Chemical compounds like potassium iodide and sodium iodide are used for the iodization of table salt. The excess of iodine can cause diarrhea due to an excessive formation of thyroxin in the bodies of persons consuming such salt. Instead of consuming milk for getting calcium, patients should take tablets containing calcium carbonate, as that salt can help in controlling diarrhea. They should also avoid eating highly spiced foods, onion, especially raw onion, and garlic. Persons suffering from diarrhea and related problems should avoid overeating, because overeating produces a laxative tendency. They should take exercise regularly as exercise helps in checking diarrhea. Exposure of the skin to sunshine should be reduced to prevent the formation of too much vitamin D in the body. Even the heat of sunshine should be considered as a laxative factor because it provides energy. Men should not let semen accumulate in their bodies for a long time, as that can produce a laxative effect. Blood-letting helps in curing diarrhea in persons having polycythemia or high red-blood cell count. During the period of lactation, women should not avoid breast-feeding their infants, as the retention of milk in the mammary glands may cause diarrhea in them. ★How is Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes Caused?★ Instead of insulin-dependent diabetes, this type of diabetes should be called insulin-deficiency diabetes. The excessive intakes of the dietary laxative factors can cause insulin-deficiency diabetes in susceptible persons. The regular consumption of foods that are deficient in the constipating factors can also cause diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes. The other factors that can increase the blood sugar and cause insulin-deficiency diabetes are the laxative drugs and medicines, laxative adulterants, residues of laxative pesticides, residues of petroleum products and other laxative contaminants in foods and drinks. Why do the excessive intakes of laxative factors cause insulin-deficiency diabetes? In the condition of diarrhea, there is a faster and greater break up of the organic biochemicals like protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc, including hormones like insulin, in the body. In this type of diabetes, there is a massive formation of glucose due to the massive splitting of protein, fat and glycogen (carbohydrate) in the body. In severe cases of IDD, there is even a wasting of tissues of the muscles and other organs due to the rapid destruction of protein and fat. In the body, most of the glucose is normally produced from the carbohydrate of the foods consumed. In the liver, glucose is also produced from fat and amino acids. Glycogen is produced from glucose in the liver and in the muscle cells. Insulin is the anabolic hormone which helps in converting glucose to glycogen. One main function of insulin is to prevent the accumulation of too much glucose in the body. Insulin thus helps in making the utilization and oxidation of glucose gradual and continuous. During persistent diarrhea, which causes a deficiency of insulin, not much glycogen can be formed or stored in the body. In IDD, the rise in the blood-glucose level is due to the excessive formation of glucose especially from the rapid break up of protein and fat. In the diabetic state, to prevent itself from further harm, the body tries to get rid of the excessive amount of glucose by excreting it through the kidneys as a constituent of urine. To facilitate this process, urine becomes copious and urination becomes frequent. Why do such diabetics require insulin injections regularly or even every day? Obviously, the insulin is used up faster because the laxative biochemical factors in the body rapidly destroy insulin just like they destroy the other organic compounds such as protein, fat, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc. When there is a massive splitting up of protein, fat and other organic compounds, not much new insulin can be formed in the body. Even the limited amounts of insulin in the body are destroyed fast. Insulin-deficiency diabetes is caused by the rapid destruction of insulin and by the non-formation or inadequate formation of new insulin. How does the administration of insulin help the diabetics? The administration of insulin slows down the break up of protein, fat and carbohydrate (glycogen) by making them more stable, and this reduces the formation of glucose which also brings down the blood glucose levels. In this way, insulin helps to control diabetes. According to my research, insulin should be a constipating factor. I am sure that the administration of insulin can even control some of the symptoms of one type of AIDS. I wonder why an anabolic hormone like insulin is not used to treat this type of AIDS instead of giving the highly toxic anti-retroviral drugs to the patients! As a nutritionist, I do not favor the adoption of hormone therapies for long periods, but I am not against the use of hormones in treating serious cases which involve life-threatening emergencies or other critical situations. As far as possible, hormones should not be used for long-term therapies, as their prolonged use can produce serious side-effects in the patients. The hormone therapies also cannot treat the basic causes of diseases. ★★Cure for Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes★★ In the insulin-deficiency diabetes, there are real or relative deficiencies of the constipating factors in the body. If you have insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should consume foods that are rich in the constipating nutrients like preformed vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. The consumption of foods containing animal protein, animal fat and eggs is beneficial in this condition. The constipating nutrients help in a similar way as insulin does. They can make even insulin more stable. If you have insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should reduce the intakes of the laxative factors. Food supplements and medical preparations containing laxative factors can be harmful for persons with IDD. You should try to avoid the consumption of foods that are very rich in the laxative nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. Patients with IDD should particularly avoid cola drinks containing phosphoric acid, vitamin D-fortified milk, iodized salt, and vitamin C enriched beverages. We must realize that even the water-soluble vitamin C supplements can do a lot of harm if they are taken regularly in this condition. The administration of thyroxin can trigger an attack of insulin-deficiency diabetes in the patients who are prone to it, but I know that many allopathic doctors actually prescribe thyroxin to patients who suffer from diarrhea and have insulin-deficiency diabetes! The administration of thyroxin must be avoided in such cases, as it makes both the diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes worse, and can even kill the patients. Iodized salt should also be avoided by such patients, as the excess of iodine causes hyperthyroidism which is associated with diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes. Vitamin D is a laxative factor, and so exposure of the skin to sunshine should be reduced or avoided by persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes. You should find out a way to avoid the excessive ingestion of zinc that results from the drinking of water supplied through zinc-coated galvanized pipes, tanks and other vessels. The excessive amounts of zinc can very easily enter foods, drinks and medicines. Persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing zinc. Their teeth should be free of zinc. The ingestion of large amounts of zinc is known to cause a severe deficiency or relative deficiency of copper in the human body. Copper can help in reducing the effectiveness of zinc. So drinking some quantity of water stored in a copper vessel is beneficial. The chromium-plated utensils should not be used for cooking or storing foods, drinks and water. The best option for persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes is to use heat-resistant glass or enamel-coated utensils of the best quality. If stainless steel utensils cannot be avoided, only the best quality stainless steel utensils should be used. In insulin-deficiency diabetes, it will be a terrible mistake for the patients to take chromium supplements, as the extra chromium can do terrible harm to them. The patients with insulin-deficiency diabetes should not have any dental fillings, caps or bridges containing chromium. Their teeth should be free of chromium. Blood-letting can help in curing diabetes in persons having polycythemia and diarrhea. The excessive intake of food increases the availability of energy nutrients in the body, which can result in the production of more glucose. Overeating produces a laxative effect. The reduction in food intake is beneficial in such cases. Lack of exercise is a laxative factor. Therefore, taking more of active physical exercise is beneficial in insulin-deficiency diabetes. Lack of sex for long periods is laxative for men. Sexual gratification, with loss of semen, is a constipating factor for men. Sexual gratification reduces the laxative effect of the large amount of semen produced in the bodies of young men. Sexual activity helps men in controlling diarrhea and in reducing the effects of insulin-deficiency diabetes. During the period of lactation, women should not avoid breast-feeding their infants, as the retention of milk in the mammary glands may cause diarrhea in them. Breast-feeding should help in reducing both the diarrhea and the effects of insulin-deficiency diabetes in lactating women. Diabetics should not add artificial sweeteners to their beverages as such additives are known to cause many harmful side-effects and even cancer in the long run. If the diabetics must consume tea and coffee with some suitable taste, they can add a little salt instead of sugar to the two beverages. Black tea or black coffee can be lightly brewed along with a little salt. A small quantity of sour lemon juice can be added to the salted black tea or coffee by any diabetic persons who prefer to have their beverages with a better taste. ★Ingestion of Petroleum Residues & Diabetes★ The ingestion of residues of petroleum products through foods and drinks can cause insulin-deficiency diabetes. The residues of petroleum products like hexane and paraffin, in contaminated and adulterated foods and drinks, cause loose motions due to the losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and other nutrients. There is also a massive destruction of many organic biochemicals, including hormones like insulin, in the body. The ingestion of residues of petroleum products drastically reduces the formation of insulin and also causes the destruction of insulin in the body. The ingestion of residues of petroleum products must be stopped to be able to cure insulin-deficiency diabetes. In some countries, like India, castor oil is used on oilseeds and foodgrains to protect them from insects. As an allopathic medicine, castor oil is used regularly as a purgative by many people all over the world. Purgatives like castor oil must be strictly avoided by persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes, as they cause losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and other nutrients. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Note on Classification of Nutrients: The general purpose classification of nutrients into the laxative factors and the constipating factors is very helpful in understanding the biochemical properties and effects of the commonly consumed foods. For the sake of easy reference, I have classified protein and fat as constipating factors, but let me state that all the types of protein and fat do not have constipating properties. Strictly speaking, each and every type of protein, amino acid, fat, fatty acid, any other organic or inorganic acid, carbohydrate, sugar, dietary mineral, and derivative of any vitamin must be precisely and correctly classified as a laxative factor or a constipating factor by nutritionists. We must also classify all the nutrients in categories other than those of laxative and constipating factors. There can no running away from the reality of such a massive task. No individual scientist or single group of nutritionists can do the massive work of listing all the nutrients in different categories. So we require millions of nutritionists for this new research, and the world is going to get them especially from among the educated housewives who cook food for their families. The nutritionists shall then form the largest individual group of scientists in the world. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
  6. ★★★Ingestion of PETROLEUM Residues causes MANY DISEASES★★★ Hexane petrol is used as a solvent for extracting more oil from oilseeds by many manufacturers of edible oils. Hexane is one of the main petroleum contaminants that is ingested as a residue in such cooking oils, which we use for preparing different foods. Paraffin or petrolatum is another petroleum product very widely used in western countries as a protective coating for fruits and vegetables, as an anti-foaming agent in beet-sugar refining, as a release agent in bakery products, in chewing gum base, for sealing the packs of food products and beverages, in cosmetics and, in liquid form, as a laxative. Some manufacturers of table salt use paraffin wax in the proportion of about 0.5 per cent as an anti-caking agent to make the salt free flowing. Paraffin is known for causing cancer. Low-level, prolonged poisoning with hexane, paraffin and other petroleum products can cause chronic diarrhea in the affected persons. Chronic diarrhea causes massive losses of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and many other nutrients. By causing deficiencies of these nutrients, the residues of petroleum contaminants in foods can damage the mucous membranes of the gastro-intestinal tract and kidneys, causing inflammation and chronic pain in many parts of the abdomen. The affected persons can get ulcers, abdominal pain, stinky flatulence, skin problems like dandruff, dermatitis due to damage to the skin, and later even cancers of the mucous membranes and the skin. There can be rapid loss of weight in spite of adequate intake of food, fall in blood pressure, arrhythmic heartbeats and heart disease associated with low blood pressure. Many patients can also suffer from weak eyesight and insomnia. The deficiency of vitamin K causes hemophilia in many persons. ★Chronic Diarrhea can cause AIDS, Asthma, Diabetes★ The daily ingestion of petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks can produce an extremely lethargic condition and chronic fatigue, rapid premature ageing, even AIDS and early death. Consumed regularly, knowingly or unknowingly, paraffin is one of the major causes of AIDS in USA and other western countries. Chronic diarrhea and the loss of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K cause a severe deficiency of mucus in the body. Once there is a deficiency of mucus, all the mucous membranes, including those of the respiratory organs, are adversely affected and become allergic to many substances and chemicals, including some nutrients, and even the oxygen of inhaled air. So, the ingestion of petroleum-contaminated foods can cause respiratory problems like coughs, colds, bronchitis, leading even to the depressed-breathing asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis and AIDS. Why do many truck drivers get AIDS? One of the most important causes of AIDS in truck drivers is the regular inhalation of vapors from the unburned diesel and petrol and also the smoke from the burnt petroleum products. The regular inhalation of smoke and unburned vapors of petroleum products can cause allergic coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases in the drivers of vehicles, petrol pump attendants and garage workers. By causing the losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K, as a result of chronic diarrhea, the residues of petroleum products in contaminated foods and drinks can also cause the faster breakdown of many organic biochemicals, including the hormones like insulin, in the body. Consumed regularly, the petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks cause insulin-deficiency diabetes (IDD) by drastically reducing the formation of insulin and also by rapidly destroying insulin in the body. ★Arthritis, Fractures, Loss of Teeth★ Petroleum-contaminated foods, containing residues of hexane and paraffin, can cause severe demineralization of the bones and teeth. There can be constant pain in the bones and teeth due to the deficiencies of calcium and fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. The severe decalcification of bones can lead to arthritis and fractures, and the tooth decay can cause cavities and loss of teeth. As an affected person gets aches and pains in various parts of the body, he suffers from an inability to sit, stand or sleep in one position for long. The pain in the bones can also involve the spinal column. ★MILLIONS Suffer from CHRONIC BACKACHES★ One of the main reasons for the millions of people in the world to get chronic backaches is the ingestion of foods and drinks contaminated with residues of petroleum products. The residues of petroleum products can be found in oils and fats, sugar, bakery products and many other processed foods of mass consumption. Millions of people can easily get chronic back pain in the modern age due to the consumption of such petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks over a period of time. There should be a complete ban on the use of hexane petrol in the extraction of edible oil from oilseeds. Paraffin should also not be used in any form in or on food products. Petrolatum or paraffin should not be used to clarify sugar. Paraffin wax should not be used to coat fruits and vegetables. It is better to use glycerin and its products, or suitable edible oils, instead of paraffin in ointments and creams. As far as possible, we should avoid all foods and drinks that are most likely to be contaminated especially with petroleum products like hexane and paraffin. ★LPG is NOT CLEAN as it is NOT OXYGEN★ Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consists of butane, isobutane, propane, propylene, butylenes and other gases. The impure LPG can also contain other harmful chemical additives and contaminants. Natural gas consists mainly of methane with some amounts of ethane, propane, butane and nitrogen. A warning odor is added to the domestic cooking fuel as a safety measure for precaution. Due to their designs, gas furnaces function in such a way that a little quantity of unburned gas is bound to leak out, thus polluting the air in the kitchens. Cheap low-quality LPG containing some toxic gas is passed on to consumers with a claim that the irritating smell of the gas is due to a safe additive which is an indicator to warn about any leakage of gas. ★Inhalation of LPG can cause Headaches, Asthma, Heart Problems★ The substandard LPG with the irritating smell is a very sickening substance which can easily trigger headaches, coughs and colds in the millions of housewives and other cooks who work in the kitchens. Even some forms of asthma and heart problems may be caused by the regular inhalation of harmful vapors of impure LPG contaminated with the harmful chemical additives, The cheap, impure and toxic LPG is sold in many places in India. Politicians permit the sale of poisonous products that cause epidemics of asthma, AIDS and other diseases in millions of consumers, and later they make pretences of protecting them. Health officials then wonder where the diseases like asthma and AIDS come from. They then get costly toxic drugs administered even when such drugs don't cure, as the causes are not removed. Again, huge amounts of money are made from the sale of costly drugs. ★Bits of GREASE can Contaminate Foods★ Small bits of toxic grease used for the lubrication of grinding mills can get mixed with the flour. The ingestion of grease-contaminated flour can be extremely harmful. A lubricating grease is a mixture of a mineral oil and paraffin, wax or soap. Some soaps used in making greases contain barium, aluminium, lead, lithium or zinc. Some greases also contain graphite. Billions of people consume cereal flours in different forms. Have we ever cared to find out how many people become sick due to the consumption of flour products which get contaminated with grease?
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  8. August 18

    Hey y'all. Happy thursday! I did not take my N-A-C this morning. And I'm going to be taking a break off taking that, for a little while. I ate like 10,000 calories today. Not really more like 2700 but I walked over 5 miles for sure because I charged my phone so I didn't have it on me for an hour and I still walked almost 5 miles today. Plus most of those calories are from nuts lol, deeeeez nuts. im looking into what it takes to be a paralegal. So yeah, that's what ya girl Natalie is doing on a Thursday night. New 60 days in tonight woop woop!!
  9. August 16

    Last night was the same mask as usual-- I tried the rosehip oil out finally, after the Argan and before the aloe. It's 5:55am right now and it's time to punch today in the face haha!! It's 10:25am right now...Work is KA-RAZZZZY. I'm going on my walk after I eat a snack. Yayyyy. its almost 8:30pm I'm going to lay down and rest I'm dead I'll deal with life tomorrow
  10. August 15

    Hey y'all. Same ish as usual. Just working my butt off. For the past week or so, I have been taking my walk around the lake in the mornings usually at 10:45-11:45 or sometimes 11:45-12:45. Depends on how work is goin and if shit pops off. I've been getting good sun. The morning sun is the BEST. It's currently 93 degrees where I'm at. AND NO BREEZE LOL. I have not been putting argan oil on my face in the mornings-- just at night before I put on my aloe. So my routine for the past two nights has been my mixture of manuka honey, colloidal silver, goats kefir, cinnamon, turmeric and a probiotic capsule. Then I wash it off (with tap water eeeeeeek) after an hour or longer just depends, tone with NOW I'm diluting ACV to 50/50 filtered water/ACV, and then put argan oil on let it dry for a few minutes and then fresh aloe. holy shit my dark circles are so insane I really need to start sleeping properly. It's 6:35 and I'm waiting for my sister to get out of the kitchen so I can cook & make tea !!
  11. New blog so I can post photos! Duh! For your reference... this is me: Meet Natalie! Today at work...I'm dead. I'm so sleep deprived I have no idea how I'm still functioning. I ate and I feel sick. It's about 4pm. I'm ready to go home and sleep. I had to start this blog because my other one ran out of MB??? I don't even know. Ain't nothin' changed...Drinkin' tea...Workin'...YOU already KNOOOOW. photos with my hair down are last night and today with my hair up at work looking like death haha!
  12. Last night I finally tried turmeric in my face mask. I was a little nervous, I'm not even gonna lie--- about the whole jaundice lookin' face after. It did not leave my face as yellow as I thought and I feel like it helped my skin overall. And Tuesday night and last night I added fresh aloe to my face after I washed off my face mask, toned with apple cider vinegar and wiped down my face with argan/tamanu/oregano oil then added fresh aloe. It burns for a few minutes because of the wild oil of oregano but my face is SO SOFT from the aloe. Yaaaasssss. In the morning, if I'm feeling a little dry, I add some argan oil in the morning. Also, b-t-dubz, I'm drinking 4 mason jars of tea at work. It's always a mixture of my TEAAAAAAS: calendula, milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock and spearmint. I have merged my lemon juice into my morning mason jar. Its just after 10am. I'm excited to go on my walk! Work got crazy and I finally went on a walk at 12:45pm but I got some good sun. You can see where my work out top was. Woah wtf so I can't upload any photos??? Maybe I have to start a new blog..It says max total size 5.33MB. http://www.behealthy.com.au/aturopathy/iridology/iris-pics/ ^^^ Interesting website about eyes & your health.
  13. It's been super foggy in so cal for the past few mornings. Once the marine layer clears out I'm going to take my walk around the lake. I love getting vitamin D when it's at its peak (10am-12pm). It's 10am now, I think I'll go at 11am after I eat some kefir & berries. I'm drinking my tea today! Calendula tea first. I've been putting a whole lemon worth of juice into my morning mason jar with warm water and coconut oil, ginger tea and sole. Then when it cools down I put in my apple cider vinegar.
  14. STORY TIME CONTINUED... Holy shit how could I forget? My last health issue was when my cat, Atreyu, who is in the photo down below with my pitbull Junior, attacked my leg. It was late last March of 2015 and he saw a stray cat outside and I walked up to him and BAM he redirected his anger on my right leg. I still have scars from it, like 6 puncture wounds. So me being me, I was already freaked out about my skin and my insides and antibiotics BUT antibiotics were the only option at that point. After a week it was swollen and thick with infection so I went to the doctor and got a round of antibiotics. Thankfully the swelling went down and I healed but it was seriously so frustrating having to take antibiotics while trying to cleanse my insides. But it was mandatory. Hey y’all, so I’m going to take a rest on taking my colloidal silver orally. My lips are turning grey/pale lol. I’m at work. I slept OK, but without smoking/drinking canna-oil it takes me a lot longer to fall asleep that’s for damn sure. So it has been two days now that I have not smoked or consumed marijuana. I miss it, but I’m eager to see what happens to my body while taking a break from something my body has been so accustomed to for years and years. And years! This morning supplements were the same, but I took my 2 probiotics, 1 N-A-C, & 1 digestive enzyme (I gotta take it BEFORE I eat!) in the morning, after I oil pulled and brushed my teeth, and my teaspoon of manuka honey with my mason jar of warm water with: 1 teaspoon coconut oil, probably ½ cup of ginger tea (that I make every couple of days by smashing up a couple knobs of ginger, and letting it simmer on low for about an hour, skin and all, not washed [its straight from the farm]) 1 whole lemon’s juice, 1 dash of pink Himalayan sea salt sole, and then when the drink cools down fully I add a dash of apple cider vinegar. And then after my breakfast: all of my herbal supplements --- 1 evening primrose oil, 1 tulsi holy basil, 1 neem, 1 chasteberry, 1 liver kidney detox, 1 ashwagandha, 1 triphala ---- and 1 COQ10, 1 krill oil, 2 spiru-blue, 2 magnesium, 1 calcium. My skin has been looking super raggedy. Stress + not sleeping well + not drinking my herbal tea = no good for Natalie’s overall health & well being. I made a gang of tea last night. I think I brought spearmint, dandelion root, calendula & milk thistle today. I’m not sure though, lol, because calendula is super light just like burdock root. I’ll know when I smell it…Burdock root is DISTINCT. So it’s TWOSDAY. Which means Deadliest Catch! Yayy!!! I’m just catching up on work this morning, listening to my Soja & Bob Marley music.
  15. FIRST OFF! These are some great articles I was reading today... http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22821/the-90-day-diet-that-drastically-improved-my-sleep-energy-anxiety.html http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-23015/the-mthfr-gene-mutation-what-it-is-why-you-should-care.html http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-26171/12-ways-to-detox-your-life-for-optimal-health.html?utm_content=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=160808&utm_source=mbg Morning was the usual. 2 probiotics, 1 N-A-C, scoop of manuka honey, mason jar... 2 spiru blue, 2 magnesium, 1 krill oil, 1 calcium, 1 tulsi holy basil, 1 ashwagandha, 1 neem, 1 liver kidney detox, 1 triphala, 1 coq10, 1 digestive enzyme, 1 evening primrose oil, and I think that's it... At night: 2 spiru-blue, 2 magnesium, 1 krill oil, 1 calcium and 1 evening primrose oil. I haven't been drinking my herbal tea for the past two days (Sunday & today) only lemon water. Y'all. My life at home is just negative and volatile. I can't even vent about it because I've relived this tainted situation for the past year. So. To be clear, and keep my mind on something else... I have not SMOKED weed since July 26th. So that is 13 days. And keep in mind, I have smoked weed every day of my life since I stopped doing hard drugs the last day of 2008. So for almost 8 years. But that is the one thing I cannot get myself to stop doing. I did not consume canna-oil last night and I'm going to give myself a challenge. I will not be consuming marijuana for ONE month. I am eager to see if 1) my skin gets better, 2) my thyroid stops acting up, 3) my eyes stop looking so damn bulgy. I know there are so many health benefits of marijuana and I am a MAJOR advocate...But for me, I would like to see if I can do it and if my health improves or worsens. Looking back at it, all of my health issues really started when I was doing drugs. OBVIOUSLY. Not eating, snorting cocaine/crystal meth which who knows what it was cut with and smoking at least a pack of cigarettes a day, oh and not sleeping. I was 14/15. The holidays of 2008 I was covered in a rash all over my stomach, arms, legs and even a few patches on my face-- which I now know to be psoriasis. Which is an autoimmune reaction...NOBODY TOLD ME! I used topical "psoriasin gel" from Walmart and it cleared up. I was suffering for a good year before it went away. Which looking back, I don't know which is worse, being self conscious about your face/acne or your body with a scaly rash. I still have a few scales on my elbows and obviously my eyebrow. I turned 16 in April 2009. The next birthday was god awful. A few days before my birthday in april 2010 I developed a huge abscess behind my eye, in my eyebrow region, exactly where my scaly patch is now. I was prescribed antibiotics of course, because they are the catch all cure...NOT! Fast forward like 14 months to June 2011, picking up my pitbull from Venice at midnight we were rear ended while stopped on the 405 freeway by some transient doing 65mph. I'll have to take a picture of my bumper-- that was the only impact we felt. But, I do suspect I have some brain damage because I wasn't wearing my seat belt and I was thrown around in the front seat. Nothing major at all, but for someone that's already got health issues it was not beneficial at all. Plus, I have a lazy eye now-- sign of brain damage because one part of my brain operates faster than the other. Fast forward another 16 months to October 2012, two days before Halloween, my cat Oreo who had just turned 10, passed away. That day was one of the worst days of my life. I'm tearing up just typing this and thinking about it. When you know, in your heart and the pit of your stomach, that someone or something you love is going to pass away that day but they are still alive when you recognize reality..Man. That was a tough one. My first animal to pass away and really anything or anyone I've ever known to pass away. I was 19. But you know what's weird, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I never really had acne until... I wanna say... ehhh 2011. 2012. 2013. And then 2014 it got bad. I've always used topical treatments and was brainwashed by western medicine into thinking SKIN has nothing to do with your INSIDES/Nutrition. Boy...I wasted so much time and money on topical treatments. My hormones were always pretty good-- in the sense I didn't have massive cystic acne; but I had PAINFUL endometriosis periods. It was insane. And I've always had acne in between my eyes, in my "uni brow" region, which is directly related to your liver. Anywho, back to my story, after my abscess "drained" which is so scary to think about because it was behind/above my eye (AND BTW, I've always had eye boogies since then) I really didn't have acne in 2011. I used commercial shampoos/conditioners/hair products/deodorant/shower gel/lotions/dish soap & I drank UNFILTERED fluoride filled city water for my entire life in the states (since 2002) up until like beginning of 2015. I stopped using all commercial things I listed above earlier this year, after the holidays. My skin was raging, I was doing the oil cleansing method not knowing, FOR MY PERSONAL HEALTH CASE, my issues are internal and whatever I do to the outside doesn't reaaaally make a difference. Needless to say, like most other people, oil cleansing destroyed my skin and I've got the scars to prove. But I am hopeful my skin stops purging and clears up and all I am left with IS scars, because I do believe the oil cleansing works-- in fact if my skin STOPS being a disgruntled little S.O.B I solemnly swear to ONLY use oils on my face. Hemp seed oil, argan oil, tamanu (for scarring), ect. Okay let's talk about another horrible time in my life. BTW just realized (and I've said this in a previous blog) I really didn't spend anytime outside in the sun in the years 2009-2011 and then I got dogs and they got me out of the house by walking. My vitamin D levels must have been scary low. Holidays of 2014 so halloween, thanksgiving, xmas and new years. I was so depressed. My skin wasn't that bad, still not as bad as my skin is NOW, TODAY, RIGHT. NOW. But I was sick. Fatigued. Brain fog. I got super sick when I would smoke weed and I had no idea why. I thought I was severely anemic and started taking iron gummies for kids. WTF WAS I THINKING? Oh I know what I was thinking, I was deathly afraid of doctors and hadn't been in years so I was self diagnosing myself and self medicating myself but not wanting to address the scarier conditions, that I am currently afflicted by. Which is crazy to put everything together now because my celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, adrenal fatigue... everything is intertwined. ALSO! I haven't been drinking bone broth and I haven't MADE bone broth in at least a month now. I haven't eaten meat in about 5 weeks.
  16. Last night: usual face mask then ACV toner & my mixture of 30 drops argan, 15 drops tamanu & like 8 drops of oil of oregano. I put that all over my face & a dash on my eyebrow eczema. Good morning y'all. Today was the same as usual in the morning. But I didn't have much of anything for breakfast. Hemp seeds before I had my supplements because I need to take them with a fatty food. And a banana before I left for work and a banana when I got to work. I had a massive blood sugar drop last night and I got so sick at like 2am. I had so much food and calories yesterday and I haven't taken my walk around the lake this week. Today I'm going to a board meeting in DTLA. I get to leave work at about lunch time so I will go home and eat some good hearty food. I'm just not hungry right now...Like, the way I felt last night...I think because I have been taking oil of oregano internally since sunday night your *supposed* to adhere to a ketogenic diet (less than 50 carbs a day). I figure I only eat whole foods so I don't take it seriously when I eat almost 300 carbs a day now. But oh my lord I was so sick. Before work: 1 mason jar with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, salt sole, and ginger tea. Today at work I drank 2 mason jars at work with 1 being half spearmint/burdock root tea. And the 2nd one is lemon water (1 whole lemon juice). I'll be snacking on fruit through out the morning... A kiwi, some oranges, and some goats kefir with cinnamon & blueberries. on my way to the meeting in downtown Los Angeles. It's 4:30pm... I've been in the car for a half an hour and I'm already like AHHH I HAVE TO PEE LOL i drove home last night so I couldn't take any photos of DTLA. I got home at 9pm and put on a face mask for an hour
  17. Hey y'all. Today at work I drank 3 mason jars of lemon water (equal to 2 lemon's juiced) and 1 mason jar of tea... half calendula and half burdock root. Work is busy busy busy today. Tonight I have to make a new batch of my face mask. Some manuka honey, dash of colloidal silver, probiotics, and cinnamon. I need to drink my apple cider vinegar with my oil of oregano in it. And also put the colloidal silver in my mouth for about a minute. I've already eaten a ton of calories today and I haven't even had dinner?
  18. Good morning everyone, same ish as usual. Happy TWOSDAY. Morning supplements: ashwagandha (adaptogen), tulsi holy basil (adaptogen), triphala (colon cleanser), liver kidney (detoxer), evening primrose oil (hormones), 2 spiru blue (antioxidant), krill oil (antioxidant, omegas), magnesium, calcium (will balance each other), digestive enzyme and 2 probiotics. It it is now 5pm and I'm walking around the lake. It's about 80 degrees out and not a cloud in the sky. I have my skin face mask on-- dash of cinnamon dash of colloidal silver dash of Manuka honey dash of probiotic capsule. It's 7:35pm I'm chillen watching deadliest catch. Waiting for my sister to get out of the kitchen so I can cook! & clean. But I'm already smoked out & showered. And I dry brush my body before I shower by the way. evening supplements: probiotic, 2 magnesium (your supposed to take 4 a day &I I have been taking 2 a day) tulsi holy basil , evening primrose oil, ashwagandha , calcium , 2 spiru blue &a krill oil.
  19. scraped tongue > oil pulled > brush teeth > eat tablespoon of manuka honey (holy fucking shit it never gets old. I have read people "don't like the taste of honey"...WTF... Try manuka!) > take N-A-C supplement on empty stomach > drink mason jar of warm water with ginger tea, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, & salt sole. Morning supplements: ashwagandha (adaptogen), tulsi holy basil (adaptogen), triphala (colon cleanser), neem (blood cleanser), evening primrose oil (hormones), 2 spiru blue (antioxidant), krill oil (antioxidant, omegas), magnesium, calcium (will balance each other), digestive enzyme and 2 probiotics. I didn't sleep worth a shit last night and I am looking positively haggard. My skin has broken out around my mouth, once-a-fucking-gain. I've been stressed out and haven't had any spearmint/dandelion root/milk thistle/calendula tea in two days. I didn't have time yesterday to make it for work or last night to make it for today. That is the goal tonight. Dishes. Make food. Make tea. Smoke a ton of weed because I really haven't smoked much when I get home from work in the past couple of days. Last night (Monday) I drank some dandelion root and milk thistle tea and had apple cider vinegar in my lemon water before bed. I couldn't fall asleep until about 11pm but I got up when my alarm went off at 5:40am so that's good. It's Tuesday morning now and I'm editing this blog. Also face mask yesterday was I splashed water on my face and then put some Manuka honey probiotic colloidal silver cinnamon mixture on my face. I let that sit for a good 3 hours and then washed it off with water and wiped my face down with apple cider vinegar and then out just Argan oil on my face. yesterday I made herbal tea for today at work thank god! I had so many dishes to do from Saturday/Sunday I'm telling you... Cooking every single meal and snack and THING you eat can get you run down in the sense when I am home at night in always cleaning cooking meal prepping or eating. But I gotta do what I gotta do. I'm hoping tonight I. CAn get to bed earlier. i haven't taken colloidal silver orally in a few days. Evening supplements were krill oil, probiotic, ashwagandha, tulsi holy basil, evening primrose oil, 2 spiru blue, magnesium, calcium & vitamin d3,
  20. Good morning y'all this mornings supplements were: 1 triphala (new supplement) 1 ashwagandha 1 neem 1 tulsi holy basil 1 evening primrose oil, 2 spiru blue 1 krill oil 2 probiotics 1 magnesium 1 calcium 1 n-a-c on an empty stomach and 1 coq10 when I eat my lunch in a half an hour I will take my digestive enzyme. I drank my mug of ginger water with ACV and sole without the coconut oil cuz I forgot and I had my Manuka honey and n-a-c ive been laying out in the sun for a few hours so at 12 I gotta go get ready for work at 1. Before I went to work I put on some hemp seed oil on my face. ok I'm almost off work... So today I've been drinking lemon water, dandelion root tea and milk thistle, and spearmint tea. I am thinking about including a Blood gluco support supplement in my regimen. I have insulin resistance so part of my issue with my hormones and thyroid and auto immune disorders are intertwined with my blood sugar. Especially now I've really been incorporating complex carbohydrates into my diet. evening supplements were 1 probiotic 1 ashwagandha 1 tulsi holy basil 1 evening primrose 2 spiru blue 1 krill oil 1 magnesium and 1 calcium. im eating some mushrooms watching ghost adventures. also wtf almost forgot--- I have a face mask on. I put it in on at about 8pm. Some refrigerated Manuka honey cinnamon probiotic mask with some additional Manuka honey and probiotic capsule powder. At 10pm after tonight's AMAZING GHOST ADVENTURES LOCKDOWN IN A PRISON!!!! Ermergerd!!!! I will make my bed (just washed my sheets) and then wash my face with some water, tone it with ACV &then put the Argan/tamanu oil on. I will use fresh aloe tomorrow night. I have an extreme headache from my day today. I need to sleep
  21. Hey y'all. I am finally feeling better. Where the hell did the week go??? I'm already back to Friday which is great but I'm definitely run down. Scrape tongue, oil pull, brush teeth, eat a tablespoon of manuka honey, take N-A-C liver/antioxidant supplement [i was taking glutathione, reduced glutathione support] Morning supplements: -ORGANIC INDIA- 1 ashwagandha, 1 tulsi holy basil, 1 liver kidney, 1 evening primrose oil, -DR MERCOLA- 1 magnesium, 1 calcium & vitamin D3, 1 krill oil, 2 spiru-blue, 2 probiotics. Giiiiiirrrrrrllllll I am such a dunce. I have been putting my colloidal silver in my water. PSSSSH. I need to put it under my tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds. I will do this tonight. Liquids: I drank a mason jar of water with coconut oil, ginger tea, apple cider vinegar & salt sole in the morning at the house. At work I drank 4 mason jars, 2 lemon water and 2 dandelion root tea with milk thistle and spearmint mixed. Tonights face mask will be the manuka honey, cinnamon, colloidal silver with probiotic face mask. I have to bleach my hair when I get home so I'll put on my face mask and get to bleaching this mane.
  22. I'm at work. Super dizzy. Trying to get through. Morning supplements: teaspoon of manuka honey, 1 COQ10, 1 N-A-C (precursor to glutathione) 2 probiotics, 1 tulsi holy basil, 1 chaste berry, 2 spiru blue, 1 krill oil, 1 magnesium, 1 calicum, 1 digestive enzyme. I drank my mason jar of room temperature water with ginger tea, sole, & apple cider vinegar. At work, I brought 4 mason jars filled with spearmint tea (they claim to have 32 oz but I feel like it's more like 3 cups, [24 oz] not 4 cups). Yesterday I had a goat's kefir mask on pretty much all afternoon/evening. TONIGHT, I am going to try something new. I am going to wipe my face with some water BEFORE putting on my mask. Which is something I haven't done in a long time...To open up my pores so to speak. And then put on my honey, colloidal silver face mask. I was going to go on my walk today but I'm not feeling up to it. I wish I could spend some time in the sun but I have no tolerance to heat right now. xoxo "In a perfect universe, somebody would be you" ALSO! I knew I saw it somewhere... When to take evening primrose oil supplement My rag started on July 1st, so I started taking it again. I was taking it from June 7th-June 21st (2 weeks) and I feel like my chin/mouth area [directly related to hormones/ovaries] was clearer at that point. However, I am now taking it everyday (at night). Starting tomorrow, I will be taking two a day, one in the morning, one at night. I buy mine with royal jelly in them as well as evening primrose oil so it's a wonderful supplement. evening supplements: 1 probiotic 1 evening primrose oil 1 ashwagandha 2 spiru blue 1 krill oil 1 magnesium 1 calcium .... I think that's it. I have incorporated ashwagandha back into my regimen as of tonight and as of tomorrow morning I will be taking evening primrose in the morning as well. So both of those herbs are twice a day for me. i currently have a amanuka honey for mask on with a little colloidal silver and cinnamon! I have never tried cinnamon so we'll see how that goes.
  23. Hey y'all. This morning I oil pulled (still oil pulling with coconut oil spiked with peppermint oil). Brushed my teeth with my homemade toothpaste (coconut oil, peppermint oil, & baking soda). Had a teaspoon of manuka honey (YYYYYUUUUUMMMMM) and a mason jar (32 fl oz) of warm water with ginger tea, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and a dash of salt sole). Oh I put some hemp seed oil on my face this mornin' Morning supplements were: 1 ashwagandha 1 tulsi holy basil 1 neem 1 krill oil 2 spiru blue 1 magnesium 1 calcium 1 coq10 1 glutathione 1 digestive enzyme and 2 probiotics I'll catch up with you guys later. Work is super busy My life y'all...I am getting sick. Our co-worker is hacking up her lungs right now. I have a migraine and my head is warm...Not good. We are all out of it and over the place. Her friend just got over a respiratory infection and all that good stuff. I have been sipping on lemon water and spearmint tea. An hour left for me and then I'm going to get some sunshine and go on my walk around the lake. I have to go to the store after work and get some groceries. Ahhhhhhhh. Evening supplements: 1 probiotic, 2 spiru-blue, 1 krill oil, 1 magnesium, 1 calcium, & 1 evening primrose oil TONIGHT'S FACE MASK: When I got home I put ACV on my face, then put manuka honey on my face. Left it for 2 hours & then washed it off with tepid water. Then I put on straight ACV again.I then put on argan oil & then tamanu oil,
  24. So I decided to throw my story in here, it seems as if everyone who is writing here is currently on Accutane, by some name or another. When I was 10, I went away to sleep-away summer camp, where I was kindly given the nickname "Oxy Girl". The boys would come by my cabin and give me containers of Oxy Pads, bottles of Clean and Clear, and ever-progressing taunts "zittles" etc. I was a happy-go-lucky kid who really tried not only to not let their name-calling bother me, but actually tried to embrace my new persona as the ugly chick with bad skin. I suppose I had no choice, I was living with these kids for 2 months. I started treatment right after, so it would have been about 1995. Accutane was still under its patent, so that was the only name you could get it under, and it was relatively new. I had been prescribed Retin-A, Retisol, topical erythromycin, and when none of that worked, I started on oral erythromycin, which helped a little but only for a short period, when not only did my face get really terrible again, but I broke out in hives (and tears) and was taken off it immediately. As a last resort, my dermatologist put me on Accutane, 80 mg/day. Don't forget at this point I was only 12 years old and weighed like, 100 lbs. Like I said, I was a relatively happy kid, despite my skin, I had friends that I liked who didnt really care about my giant zits. My dermatologist told me of the risks of getting pregnant, and constantly stressed them to me, even though I was only 12 and constantly told him that I was not sexually active at all. I was also made aware of the cholesterol problems that could ensue from being on the drug, as well as the dryness that could ensue. What I was not told was about essentially every other possible side effect. When my mental health began to deteriorate quickly and fairly seriously, instead of telling someone about it and getting off Accutane, I didn't tell a soul. I cried all the time, I was miserable, and I had no idea this miracle skin drug could be the reason. I also started getting very severe migraines. I had to go to the emergency room once because they thought I was having an anneurism (which I wasn't, thank god) but my general practitioner blamed everything on hormones. I stayed on Accutane for 6 months, until my skin was clear, save for the occasional pimple (which really doesn't bother me) My skin stayed clear for about a decade, but in the last year, it seems to have been acting up, especially on my chin and jawline. Thinking now that maybe my sebaceous glands are starting to juice again. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find much information on the long-term effects of isotretinoin, but I can tell you that from my personaly experience, my lips are still in bad shape. I can't go anywhere without medicated lip balm. I have resorted to smearing anything available on my lips, and have been known to use olive oil in restaurants. Colored, sparkly, cosmetic glosses are a no-no because they usually just make it worse. I find baby-oil gel and a few brands of lip-balm work well. The skin on my face has never ever ever (even on accutane) been dry, and I don't even think I own a moisturiser. The nose-bleeds took about 8 years to calm down, I used to get them in class, at the mall, at work, everywhere, my nose would just start bleeding. I do use vaseline (or something of the source) for my nose in the winter to this day, but I only get one or two bleeds a year now. The headaches have gone away, they took about 6 years after treatment to go away, but I haven't had to use my prescription in 4 years. I struggled with suicidal thoughts while I was on the drug (which I hadn't ever had before) and a period of time afterwards. I struggled with depression for a long time after that (7 or 8 years) as well, but I haven't taken any medication for it in the last two years and things are looking up. The other health issue I developed after treatment, which is not only bothersome, but can be serious, is endometriosis. To spare you the possibly gross and uncomfortable details, I suggest you look it up (as a female). I wonder if there isn't a corellation between reproductive dieases and isotretinoin. I wouldn't be surprised. I really wish I had known about the possibility of these side effects when I was taking the medication, because despite the fact that my face looked like a war zone, I was more miserable from depression than I had ever been from my skin. If I could back and do it all over again, I'm not sure I would. I do think it's great that my skin has been clear for the last 10 years, but at what price? I urge you all to please be aware of the side effects and to be aware of your mental state. Ensure you know if depression, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, a tendency to headaches, etc. is in your family history. My mom has pre-mature osteoporosis and she can't do a lot of physical activities (like skiing) because of the risk of fractures. I make sure to take calcium supplements every day, and I've made sure to have a bone density scan. I don't want to scare you all off this stuff because it really is a wonderful thing to be able to have clear skin, and I do know what it's like to be made fun of and to be embarrased and to want to wear a paper bag over your head every day. I also know how great it is to have clear smooth skin. I just really do urge you to be aware of the other risks. It seems that such a huge emphasis is placed on the issue of pregnancy and birth defects. If this medication can do such terrible things to a baby, what could it be doing to you? There hasn't been extensive research on the long term effects of this drug and I'm sure there are people who get a few pimples who are asking to be prescribed it.