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#61 Catreena


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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:23 AM


Sorry I didn't notice your post asking about meds I'm on.

I'm not on anything but low carb diet right now (not the Atkins thing, just cutiing down and changing a few things) , and of course the Keflex for the acne. I go back to my Dr. on Wednesday to find out where to go from here. I hope they stop the Keflex though because long term Antibiotics scare me and I've been on it for 4 months now and my script goes on for several more months. Anyway I have no clue aht my Dr. will choose to do from here.


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Posted 28 August 2004 - 01:54 PM

I don't think using an antibiotic for an extended period of time is necessarily bad, especially if you're using a fairly mild one such as keflex - The ones you want to avoid are the sulfa and pencillins, they are the ones used most frequently in life threatening situations from what I understand.....the nice thing about the penicillins is that antibiotic resistance to them can almost always be overcome with a higher dosage - the same is not true for any other antibiotic.

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Posted 29 August 2004 - 11:51 PM


i think you've posted before that you had other skin problems also... like eczema or something.. did changing your diet help with those problems?

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Posted 31 August 2004 - 03:54 PM

john smith,

regarding your question to sweet jade about diet and other skin probs...

i've been on a number of other message boards (diabetes, PCOS, hirutism(excess body/face hair), excessive sweating) and MANY, MANY people have indicated their symptoms related to these "ailments" were lessened or CURED by diet. in particular, low simple carb, low sugar.

it's taken me 27 years to realize food that comes in a box or can is not "real food" and not very healthy. i'm a firm believer that diet causes many ailments, not just acne. acne is just one way it which your body is letting you know something ain't right. just as getting overly fat, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE (John Smith @ Aug 29 2004, 11:38 PM)

i think you've posted before that you had other skin problems also... like eczema or something.. did changing your diet help with those problems?

Yup all of those things that Idealist said are possible. However for me, the only other skin problems I suffered from were occasional dry patches (the "natural" non drying soap fixed that), recent onset of dandruff (decreasing with avoidance of fried fats/trans fats) and ingrown hairs / pseudofoliculities. I stil have the pseudofolliculities and it's something that can also be blamed on bacteria and inflammation. So to avoid it I can't wax (darn) or if I do I must use exfoilating products afterwards to try and prevent it (that's my soon to be tested theory).

Oh unless you mean the acanthosis nigricans. As for that it seems to have lightened up, but isn't entirely gone. I've been reading that tyrosine phosphatase is responsible for melanin production and since I tend to hyperigment anyway, I may give R-ALA a try as it supresses this enzyme some as well as helps with blood sugar. It's all in theory as to whether it will help with the pigmention as nothing has connected ALA and melanin together, but it won't hurt to try. ;-)

I'm also dabbling with something called Mega Folic Acid Therapy (estrogenic). Since BC helped reduce my SHBG and a woman on the PCOS board mentioned that this helped reduce her hirsutism by 90% I thought I'd give it a try. Not to mention I've heard that folic acid also helps with hyperpigmention and it seems to help. I take a combo of Boron (3 - 18mg), PABA (1-2g) and Folic Acid (40 - 60mg) I bought them in bulk powder form so I now have years of this stuff even at the max doses! Right now I've stopped taking it but once I figure out how to mix each of these together in one container for easier use, I'll start back.

Could only find 2 studies that arent too relevent though:
http://www.ncbi.nlm....ist_uids=675247 (no idea if this would be related)

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These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):
* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)
* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002
* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)
* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):
* 1/18/08 Ultimate Colon Cleanse (30 day program)

* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).
* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.