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Remarkable Findings

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In December 2002 a paper printed in the Archives of Dermatology by a group of researchers led by Dr. Loren Cordain from the Department of Health and Excercise Science at Colorado State University, analyzes how diet may influence the development of acne.

This work should refute the long standing claim by dermatologists and other medical professionals that there is no scientific evidence to link acne to diet. How can this be anything but a major breakthrough in medical science!

The paper is: Acne Vulgaris A Disease of Western Civilization

Click here to link to Dr. Codain's website to read more about his work and download a copy of the paper:

. Cordain L, Lindeberg S, Hurtado M, Hill K, Eaton SB, Brand-Miller J. Acne vulgaris: A disease of western civilization. Arch Dermatol 2002; 138:1584-90.


BACKGROUND: In westernized societies, acne vulgaris is a nearly universal skin disease afflicting 79% to 95% of the adolescent population. In men and women older than 25 years, 40% to 54% have some degree of facial acne, and clinical facial acne persists into middle age in 12% of women and 3% of men. Epidemiological evidence suggests that acne incidence rates are considerably lower in nonwesternized societies. Herein we report the prevalence of acne in 2 nonwesternized populations: the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. Additionally, we analyze how elements in nonwesternized environments may influence the development of acne. OBSERVATIONS: Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), no case of acne (grade 1 with multiple comedones or grades 2-4) was observed. Of 115 Ache subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years) over 843 days, no case of active acne (grades 1-4) was observed. CONCLUSIONS: The astonishing difference in acne incidence rates between nonwesternized and fully modernized societies cannot be solely attributed to genetic differences among populations but likely results from differing environmental factors. Identification of these factors may be useful in the treatment of acne in Western populations.

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7a. This "article" includes a series of letters written in response to the publication of the article above, Acne vulgaris: A disease of western civilization, and Dr. Cordain's response. Please click on all three items below for a complete viewing of all the material.

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