I think that you should keep us updated, this is interesting. Just because some people have objections to this theory doesn't mean that it can't help you, so don't get discouraged. Although I'm not a fan of cod liver oil or raw milk, the logic behind this method seems to be valid. Enabling the body to fully maximize the absorption of nutrients is key. The relationship between hormones and nutritional deficiencies is also very intriguing...I have PCOS and have some common deficiencies associated with hormonal imbalance, like vitamin D and inositol, so - along the same lines -- the thyroid-vitamin absorption connection can definitely help some people.
If you find it hard to get raw milk, don't completely rule out supplements. I don't recommend megadosing with vitamin A or anything extreme. Just find a whole food supplement that contains vitamin A and other nutrients...my top recommendations would be herpanacine (great ratio of vitamins plus a gentle herbal blend) and solgar's earth source vitamins (great multi that helped my hormonal acne for a few years). Sure, there are fillers in most supplements, but these are the top 2 I have tried so far that my body responded well to.
Thank you for recommending those supplements, I will definately check them out! Especially the herpanacine.
I think the vitamin A theory is interesting. I think that it is part of the reason why when people go paleo, they have success in a lot of their skin conditions + other disorders because not only is it saying to eat meat, but also animal ORGANS (liver = vitamin A), eggs (pastured eggs = way more nutrients A, D, K...), and grass fed butter which has a lot of fat soluble vitamins (A,D, K...).
Also, much research has come under fire because of the K2 debate. K2 is found in these foods.... Also back to Vitamin A, if you look up foods rich in Vitamin A, we NEVER eat these foods. Like...ever! I don't know anyone that eats liver on a regular basis or goes out of their way to eat pastured eggs!!! Pastured eggs are ORANGE, not yellow like the ones found in super markets, which show their high vitamin A content.
As I was researching, I also found this : http://www.healwithf...-deficiency.php that said Almost half of British women could be suffering from chronic vitamin A deficiency caused by a previously undiscovered genetic variation where they can not convert beta carotene to the retinol form.
I think fat soluble vitamins are critical, but we are scared away from them because they are always stated with, "can be toxic at high dosages". But if you get them from these foods rich in them,... it should not be a problem because all of the vitamins are working together. I also want to say that many websites (especially "medical" websites say vitamin A deficiency is not common in the U.S or other developing countries. These same websites say things like biotin and magnesium deficiency is rare also. Are they serious? Then why do so many people have success with these vitamins? )
Ironically, after my last post, FedEx was at my door and my package arrived. I have been taking 3 teaspoons a day. I am amping it up for the beginning weeks just because I want it in my system faster. Build up my stores. Sort of like how Vitamin D works... Since it is not water soluble, my stores will fill up faster and not be wasted in urine. I also eat pastured eggs every morning. I do not eat grass fed butter because honestly, I don't know how I am supposed to eat it. I've always hate butter, I don't drink coffee so I can not mix it in there, and I only like butter on white bread (french toast) but since i don't eat white bread.... I've been thinking about putting it on rice or vegetables or meat but I just don't really care for it. As for raw milk, I have been able to get in contact with a few farmers that are selling it in the DMV area, but it takes a while because they are not regular with checking their mail. lol But I am in the process of getting it. I am getting GOAT milk. Raw goat milk, but I guess raw cow's milk is okay too. But raw goat milk is less allergenic AND has more of the nutrients than regular cow's milk which is just what I need.
So I started on December 31, 2013 and today is January 3, 2014. I have noticed a few things actually...
1) My keratosis pilaris is drying up. Literally, I have scratched off the flakes and it is not bumpy anymore.
2) My breasts are sore. I am wondering if this is because I am about to get my period? This would be great since I haven't had a period in FOREVER. I'm a virgin, and never used birth control, NOTHING. So when my period stopped, I was greatly concerned. No doctor has been able to help me. I've read on a forum where a girl said she had a period within 2 weeks of taking the cod liver oil! That is great. So I think this is a good sign actually.
3) My pubic hair has stopped falling out. TMI?
4) The clogged pores I had on my face is gone. I mean just... GONE. I read that thread on lineoleic acid (spelling)? lol Or was it oil? How we are deficient in it. I tried the recommendations, but it just never worked for me. Oil pulling also never worked for me. But THIS... ha... It worked for me!!!! You know those pesky sebum plug/keratin plugs under the eyes, next to the nose, on the cheek? Totally gone now.
5) My face complexion is soft... moisturized... toned.. I don't know how to explain. Is this what people mean when they say they are glowing? lol
6) Depsite magnesium/calcium clearing me up, I still get the occasional pimple on my jawline, and especially if I cave and eat a little treat. lol But since starting the cod liver oil + eggs, it seems like I don't get anything??? I saw a post on acne.org of a guy who had a smiliar experience where he could drink alcohol and get away with it when on cod liver oil: http://www.acne.org/...ear-since-2009/
Markable difference. I'm going to wait 2-3 weeks to see how much more will happen, but I'm going to give it a full 3 months.
I guess I will put the brand name here...
The cod liver oil I am using is Green Pasture's cod liver oil. I am using the BLEND (butter oil/fermented oil blend). I am taking BOTH the capsules AND the gel. The gel is easy to take for me... I get the unflavored. I put it in the fridge, so the gel is nice and firm, and I swallow it like a pill. Don't even taste it. The capsules are great. In one of the reviews, I read one person say she didn't notice any results with the gel, but did with the capsules. Who knows why. lol But I've had great success with both the gel and the capsules. Once I finish these bottles, I will just buy the gel and take 2 tsps a day, or maybe even just once a day. I'm just trying to ramp up my levels, specifically vitamin A and K2.
Also, it is weird how calcium worked for me because keratin is mostly calcium, and can make keratosis worse. I'm wondering if that is why it did not clear up on mag/cal and needs vitamin A/K2 to break it down.
Edited by IDK111, 03 January 2014 - 09:57 AM.