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Image Extension Error When Quoting Comments

26 July 2014 - 10:50 AM

Does anyone else sometimes have trouble responding to quoted posts? I keep getting this error message when I'm responding to someone's comments: You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community.

I realized it's because the person I'm quoting is using a smiley/ image in their post, and once I remove that image from the quoted post, then I'm allowed to post. Is this a glitch, and do others have this issue?


Best/ Safest Menu Options For Mexican, American, Asian, And Italian Restaurants?

06 June 2014 - 10:05 PM

What are your "safest" menu items for Mexican, American, Asian, and Italian restaurants?

I almost never eat out these days, so I'm usually at a loss when it comes to ordering at restaurants. I have some important social functions coming up and I have to have formal work dinners at several restaurants. So I can't avoid it....what do you recommend I order in each of these restaurants? Also, drink suggestions as well...not soda, alcoholic ones...usually I go with vodka-based, but I'm not sure what to get at the Mexican restaurant. 

I'm planning on taking digestive enzymes with each meal to hopefully do some damage control, and probiotics a few hours before and after. 

Hormone & Vitamin Tests

31 May 2014 - 09:33 PM


I thought it might be a useful idea for everyone to contribute to this thread with useful hormonal and/or vitamin tests they ordered through their doctor/ naturopath/ online. This is to help those who are confused about which tests to order, especially if your doctor does not specialize in hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other issues.

Here's my list. I will add more later because I'm in a rush right now.


- First of all, hormonal blood tests, unless you take the same tests several times a month and at different times of the day, are not very helpful. You need either saliva or urine tests (taken a few times a month) to chart your monthly hormonal fluctuations. No test is 100% accurate, so it's wise to also consider other symptoms besides acne  (e.g. look up things like adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, zinc deficiency, etc). 


- HORMONAL PANEL: Ask for a full panel, including all the thyroid tests (not just T3, also T4 and anything else available), E1 and E2 for estrogen (not just E2, that won't help if you have estrogen dominance), all the androgens/ testosterone, progesterone (very important), and a few other neglected hormones that can still cause acne but doctors rarely check them, like cortisol and prolactin. There are a few more, but I forget now... I'll post the actual names for each test when I look them up. 


- VITAMINS and MINERALS: Vitamin D and zinc are the 2 common deficiencies for acne sufferers. Niacin might be another one, inositol (especially if you have PCOS), and other Bs (like B12). Check your iron, magnesium, chromium, and selenium too if you don't normally eat very healthy and/or if you have anemia (or if you are vegetarian). 


- You can also get tested for celia's disease/ gluten intolerance if you have severe allergic reactions. If your reactions are not severe (i.e. no hives etc), then you can take the ALCAT test or something similar for intolerances. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, try doing a simple histamine test to see how high your histamines are compared to the average. If they are higher than average, then you either have allergies/ intolerances or mast cell disorder/ mastocytosis. 


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Vitamin Water

28 May 2014 - 09:11 PM

How many of you drink vitamin water? I have been drinking the sugar free kind almost every day for a few months now, sometimes instead of taking my regular multivitamin, and I think that for those with sensitive stomachs vitamin water zero could be a good way to get some vitamins & minerals without forcing your liver to work extra to break down capsules. 

Just putting this out there for anyone who is interested. The vitamin water zero I drink also has a good amount of niacin, and I think that's key to fortifying the liver. It also contains vitamin A, C, electrolytes and a bunch of other nutrients. I'm sure there are some not so great ingredients, but the list is short and overall I really like this water rather than the sugary kinds.

Eu Supplement Regulations

18 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

We all know that people are beginning to turn to supplements instead of conventional drugs, but apparently the European Union has decided to regulate supplements and lessen the amount of each supplement to force people to turn to medicines. A user on this forum, graciemeow, told me about this when she tried to purchase vitex and realized that the quantity was much lower than usual so it didn't do anything for her. 

This is outrageous. It's an attempt to force people back to pharmaceutical drugs. I hope this doesn't spread in the US, it's very worrisome that the industry can have this much control over supplements. 

You can read about it and sign a petition here: https://www.consumer...althchoice.com/