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bradmanda

Member Since 16 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 31 2014 07:51 AM

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In Topic: Allergy To Eggs

24 July 2014 - 11:09 AM

Exactly. The elimination diet will save you time + $ + agony, and give you solid conclusions...I wish I had known about nutrition and eliminating problematic foods when I was younger. 


In Topic: Allergy To Eggs

23 July 2014 - 07:20 AM

Thanks! 


In Topic: Weaning Off Of Spironolactone

31 March 2014 - 10:20 PM

Still going strong! No change in my regimen or diet and no acne as yet to report, except a little oiliness.

I must admit, I'm only taking 50 mg of spironolactone now but because it has become my crutch, the one thing I can depend on from numerous trials in clearing my skin, I'm a bit afraid to go cold turkey. I'm still clinging to the acne safety net provided by spironolactone. 

Let me emphasize again, I FEEL so much better than when I was on birth control and taking 100 mg of spironolactone daily. It all really took a toll on my system. My boyfriend has even noticed a change in my mood. 


Man, the things we have to put ourselves through because mainstream medicine is so backwards 


In Topic: Weaning Off Of Spironolactone

23 March 2014 - 11:59 AM

In sum, a little rant:

I have suffered from acne and oily since elementary school, and I cannot emphasize the extent to which having acne has influenced my life. Having had more consistent and long-term success with changes in diet and lifestyle, rather than antiobiotics, aggressive bouts of Accutane, birth control, etc., I find it increasingly difficult to turn to conventional medicine for solutions. I've had many kind doctors throughout my life, but their view of diet as secondary, or even a minor factor to finding the "right" medication is astounding. This is not to say that I am, therefore, a converted believer in the power of supplements. (I believe that serious problems exist with this camp, as well). 

I also find it discouraging that anyone who points to a connection between diet and acne, or overall bodily health and acne, is deemed a "hippie," a "granola eater,"  "confused," or must even be "bad" at science (baha). I actually believe that the problem is not with science, per se - it's the way that scientific knowledge is manifested in mainstream medical practice. Throughout my journey of bad skin, I have read over 100 scientific articles which have highlighted the connection between carb or sugar intake and acne, the connection between the functioning of different organs and acne, anthropological accounts on acne, etc. etc. The research out there is growing, but it seems that more informed, dear I say it "educated" ways in which people are treated by their health practitioners are lagging.

Wasn't science once justified on the basis of serving humanity? 
 


In Topic: Weaning Off Of Spironolactone

23 March 2014 - 11:26 AM

Hi everyone,

Just popping in to give another update on my face:

I am still taking my reduced dosage of 50 mg of spironolactone during the morning, in addition to 1 tablet of Nature's Way DIM in the evening.

Like I said, I feel a lot better than when I was taking 100 mg of spironolactone and birth control. I am overall "happier," and no longer experience periods where my emotions are flat-lined. It would take me a lot to feel much of anything, and the easiest emotion which came to me was "anger," unfortunately...

Also under this previous treatment, my fingernails were weak, flaky, and tore easily. (See other posts about how birth control interferes with the absorption of many key vitamins and minerals.) Now, my fingernails are strong, once again! 

Now, the downsides:

My oily skin has slowly come back. It's not the oil slick that it was, but when I eat carb-y meals or do not move around enough (like when I recently took a 9-hour flight), it gets oily. But really, only enough to soak one oil-absorbing sheet. That's pretty good progress still, and not a really huge downside, in my opinion.

I have one hard, medium-size pimp on my jawline. I've noticed that pimples usually form on this part of my face when I get off of birth control or spironolactone (this happened the last time), or when I am following a diet or using supplements that are suppose to "cleanse" my system. Since I'm doing both (DIM is also used a liver support), I'm not to worried, and the pimple does not look like it will come to head, anyways.