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Chico Esposito

Member Since 02 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 23 2014 03:04 PM

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In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

23 October 2014 - 02:43 PM

Chico; that is some solid discipline to keep it up for that long. I have to agree that one of the reasons I struggle to keep it up is the rapid weight loss. I'm not suggesting that it is a lack of protein (as weight loss is not dictated by protein content of diet), but simply difficulty in maintaining sufficient calorie intake.
For example, currently I work as your average waiter whilst waiting to find other jobs. That's 30-40 hours/week marching around. Then there is the fact I exercise about 4-6x/week whether it be resistance training or MMA, then there is also the dogs which need an hours walk per day. All this adds up to needing about 5,000/kcal per day. Getting that from fruit and veg is very difficult. Even Durian Rider who eats like 30 banana's a day says he only needs 3,000kcal/day, so that would suggest I need to eat about 50 banana's a day. Which quite frankly is bonkers. Currently I probably eat about a dozen banana's a day, a few other bits of fruit and about 1/2kg of raisins - that adds up to roughly 2,500-3,000kcal/day. The rest I get from eggs, turkey and other paleo based animal products.

Also Chico, I know your a strong anti-cannabis proponent but I would perhaps have a chat with Roland1986 if you ever see a post from him. I think he suffered similar sides to you in regards to general severe dryness (if I have remembered your sides correctly). He did take RSO for 2-3 weeks before quitting due to unbearable drowsiness (he had family and high pressure job). However, if I remember correctly he had significant improvement in all his sides. Although, I can't say that with 100% conviction and I don't know if any of those improvements lasted after he came off of it.


Yeah it's very hard if you do a lot of strength based training, smoothie's are the easiest way of getting a lot of calories in quickly. You don't need to be 100% raw, that's something were it becomes too dogmatic and it can actually affect your health adversely over time. I eat about 40% raw. The main core is fruits vegetables, nuts and seeds. Beyond that you can add your eggs, turkey and paleo meats. Beyond that, there are potato's or grains, lentils etc. Alkaline foods basically, highly alkaline foods to push your body back into an alkaline state.


I know people say alkaline / acid is a myth, the blood streams ph is self regulated all the time, that's true but if the ph starts to move towards the acid side, the body leeches calcium, phosphorous and magnesium from the bones to buffer the acidity, because those minerals are highly alkaline. By eating an alkaline diet the body doesn't need to take these minerals in the first place.

In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

23 October 2014 - 02:26 PM

Chico youve been on this forum since its inception. By now you would have gained much experience.

Can you tell me what supplements have helped and what you take currently if any?




I don't take any supplements anymore. I've taken them all, i mean you name it and i've taken it, but i don't see things in that way anymore. There was a time were it was "just let me find that one supplement that cures this" that was my approach, i've spent tens of thousands on supplements, it just doesn't work like that. You take something, the power of placebo, you think it's working, then suddenly it stops and you go back to the way it was before.


There are broadly two types of people here, ones the flat out react to vitamin A in food and people that don't....i'm in the former. Vitamin A in the form of retinol is poison to my body. The best advice i can give for those people is you must avoid ALL forms of retinol completely. I still eat kale and spinach and high beta carotene foods but egg yolk, butter, milk, cheese, meat, fish - i don't touch it, you can't heal if you don't remove it, you'll just keep adding to the toxicity.


Now you might be the type that doesn't react to vitamin A, either way stay away from cod liver oil, just eat what you normally eat. When i was 1-3 years post accutane i could eat whatever i wanted, i didn't react to vitamin A, but the more i ate, the worse it got, now it's 11 years post accutane and i cannot eat it at all, it accumulates.


So my advice would be sort out your diet, eat fruits, vegetables, soak nuts and seeds, eat quinoa, lentils, beans etc. Understand nutrition, dry skin brush, yoga, weightlifting, lymph based herbal teas, kidney herbs, echinacea, cleavers,  i drink a tea from Dr Stuart called skin purify it has nettles, red clover, burdock root, dandelion root, drink lots of water. I have a vitamix, i make 1-2 green smoothies a day, i strongly recommend that above juicing for the fiber benefits. Just healthy lifestyle choices really, no isolated supplements, just foods.


If you've got dry skin try natural moisturisers like Jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, apply argan oil to your hair, explore them. Hope that answers your question timatron, obviously it's not for everyone but that's my honest opinion.

In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

20 October 2014 - 10:16 AM

I have taken cod liver oil in the past and it's the worst thing you can possibly take if you've got accutane side effects, i can not emphasise that strongly enough, stay away from cod liver oil.

In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

19 October 2014 - 06:39 AM

Also Chico,

Your views seemed to be aligned with anonny's more than most. Just out of curiosity are you following his protocol; raw vegan, flushes, etc etc.? If so, any notable sustained improvement?

I'm just asking because it would be handy to have several individuals in all of the recommended treatment modalities. I'll admit I've tried following raw vegan 3 times now, each time I improve by a week. 1st time was 3 weeks, 2nd 4 weeks, 3rd 5 weeks. I probably would have lasted longer if I wasn't now the perennial stoner which lowers will power and very hungry. And as much as the pro-stoners like to say it doesn't affect motivation, that's BS.


Your right i do align myself more with anonyy's kind of philosophy. I'm not following his protocol although our protocols are quite closely matched it would seem. I have been raw vegan for 6 months, 100% and it was unsustainable due to finincial reasons more than anything else. I've done numerous 10 day, 14 day and one 31 day juice fast and done many liver flushes and various other things. Right now my diet is not vegan, although it's 100% vegetarian. I stay away from anything with retinol in it, so no dairy, no milk, egg yolks, no fish, no meat, no supplements etc.


I feel best on a vegan diet, so it's usually fruit, vegetables nuts and seeds....i make two green smoothies a day with mango, banana, spinach, kale, coriander and seaweed (fresh dulse or fresh kelp). Sometimes i do one called a "glowing green smoothie" which there is a recipe for by Kimberley Synder on Youtube. But the non vegan food is egg whites, i eat a lot of egg whites (highest food in methionine). It's to sustain my body composition more than anything else, but i find i thrive better on 100% vegan, my symptoms are lessened, not cured, never cured, but lessened when i stay away from retinol in all forms. What it is... is a maintenance diet, it stops any further damage being done, i find if i eat retinol the symptoms get a lot worse and the problems tend to migrate to other areas in the body over time.


I drink a lot of herbal teas with echineaca in them, things with kidney herbs like nettle, red clover, liver herb teas with dandelion root and milk thistle. This is to help the lymph, kidneys and liver. I also do liver flushs, but every time i try it fails, i presume that's because my liver is so congested that it's not capable of expelling stones. My bile flow i feel, has been affected for years, i've never cured it.

In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

18 October 2014 - 12:59 PM

What anonyy's saying is the body does what it does to survive, if a toxic substance can't be removed, then the body will go into maintenance mode to protect itself. It's like standby mode on a computer, the body intrinsically understands when the environment is hospitable to flourish and when the environment is dangerous to down regulate to self preservation, it's adaptation, it's a safety mechanism.