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alternativista

Member Since 13 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active May 27 2015 03:40 PM

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In Topic: Acne Friendly Hair Styling Products

26 May 2015 - 01:07 PM

You can use aloe vera gel like styling gel.

In Topic: Examples Of How Bad Our 'health' Care System Has Become

26 May 2015 - 01:04 PM

Article reviewing one doctors book on the reliability of medical testing: 

http://articles.merc...t_rid=964452621

I'm curious about the recent Consumer Reports on pesticides & contaminants in food.  Their list of what you should only eat organic and what is ok to have conventionally grown is very different from the EWG.org's Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 lists.  I want to know why it's different.  Has something changed in growing methods in conventional ag? unlikely. Or is there some problem with testing methods.

In Topic: Acne Prone Skin/sebum Deficient In Linoleic Acid, Possible Topical Solution

26 May 2015 - 12:57 PM

I realize I am resurrecting an old thread, but I wanted to keep my post in the same topic....


First of all, I am very convinced by research around linoleic acid. However, I haven't had much luck with oils -- they all seem to clog my pores. I understand this isn't the case for everyone, but my skin is very sensitive to different topicals (many supposedly non-comedogenic products give me new acne).

 

I have noticed linoleic acid as an isolated ingredient in some serum & moisturizer products (not necessarily for acne), for example, the "Moisture Defense Antioxidant Serum" by MD Formulations. It is simply listed as "linoleic acid". There seem to be a few acne product brands that use it as well (Hippocrates and Skintactix). 

 

I do some of my own product formulating (B3 serum, salicylic acid toner, and other things -- cheap and more control over ingredients for my finicky skin) and I keep thinking, if I could only get my hands on some pure linoleic acid, I could make a perfect, personalized serum just for me! None of the places I normally order ingredients from (Garden of Wisdom, Skin Essential Actives) carry pure linoleic acid. I found some on this site, but it's a bit expensive ($22 for 10mg) and ships through FedEx, which means customs fees for me (I'm in Canada). If I find a better source, I may go ahead and order some once I do a bit more research on what it could be mixed with, how stable it is, etc.

 

I have also noticed that CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, is very available as a supplement, but I'm not clear on the difference between LA and CLA, let alone if it would work topically in any useful way related to sebum and acne.  

 

Has anyone delved into formulating with pure linoleic acid? Any thoughts? Just thought I would share some of these ideas, since no one else on the internet seems to be talking about it :)


I have not.  I have been recommending Safflower oil which is 80 percent linoleic acid.  But recently, Whole Foods quit carrying the Napa Valley Organics brand I used to buy and discovered there aren't any alternatives in any shop.  If they carry any safflower oil, it's in a clear bottle (and it should not be) with no information to inform you or to indicate they even care about quality, age, etc. And whole foods puts exccess bottles on the top shelf right under the lights.  

Sigh.


In Topic: Are Eggs Inflammatory? And What Foods Are Anti-Inflammatory?

26 May 2015 - 11:21 AM

In general plant foods/herbs/spices/teas that aren't seeds are anti inflammatory. Seeds, sugar & animal products are inflammatory. 

Go to nutritiondata.org or com to look up foods & you'll get an inflammation score.  Eat more anti-inflammatory than inflammatory.  Also, if you are allergic/intolerant to it, it's inflammatory for you

In Topic: Better Grains and grain substitutes

27 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

I've just learned the way to cook spaghetti squash for the best noodle-like results when you shred is cut side up, not down.

 

Then you might need/want to pick out the dried crispy top bits before going nuts with the shredding.

 

See the great recipe in the second post of this thread.