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#3490747 Our Food Is Toxic

Posted by alternativista on 04 August 2015 - 02:44 PM

Natural flavorings & other additives that might appear on ingredient labels is far from the worst thing in Tyson chicken.  They are the founders in our absolutely horrific in every way poultry industry.  Our industrial food system pollutes our environment (ocean, rivers, lakes, air, soil), is responsible for 1/3 of greenhouse gases before it shipped around the world and it's not just cow farts, it's cruel, it makes us sick, and not only that, the farmers accepting the contracts to raise the chickens or eggs in these horrific methods end up being basically indentured servants. 

Try to buy as little as possible from Big Food. And yes, that probably means eating less meat unless you are wealthy.  Because raising & processing chicken the right way is actually quite expensive. Especially the processing. Especially for small producers who do free range as processing plants don't like to deal with small lots. Chicken wasn't a big part of our diet until Tyson came along. 

#3490611 German Scientist Recommends Paleo-Type Diet For Acne Sufferers

Posted by alternativista on 03 August 2015 - 01:49 PM

thank you.  Funny how literally all research into nutrition's affect on conditions such as acne is done in Europe, Asia or Australia.  I don't recall seeing a single American study/paper/report.  Not even from Universities.   Gee, I wonder why that is.

I had a thread where I was collecting examples of doctors & other experts that admitted the diet/acne connection. It got archived.


#3482255 Examples Of How Bad Our 'health' Care System Has Become

Posted by alternativista on 26 May 2015 - 01:04 PM

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


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.

#3473074 Better Grains and grain substitutes

Posted by alternativista on 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.

#3471150 Reducing Exposure To Chemicals - Recipes, Alternatives, Etc.

Posted by alternativista on 10 February 2015 - 12:11 PM

Reviving this topic!


I'm trying to reduce my exposure to chemicals. I'm a poor student so it's not always so easy for me to make big changes like buying all organic food, but I've got to start somewhere


Recently I've bought Fat and the Moon Deodorant cream, Earthpaste toothpaste, and pure olive oil soap. I already wash my face with a DIY oil cleanser of watermelon seed oil and cromollient.


In the near future I'd like to replace my plastic tupperware with glass, start drinking water out of only glass, and replace my nonstick pans with cast iron or stainless steel ones.


To save money, evaluate whether you really need the soap & deodorant.  And I mix up a tooth powder with calcium bentonite clay & baking soda which I use at bedtime. And dry brush in the AM and whenever else I feel the need. I eat a lot of things that make your mouth feel cruddy or get stuck between teeth or stick to gumline like nuts & seeds.


Wide mouth canning jars are good cheap food storage.  and watch yard sales for cast iron. You might want to look at the cheap Lodge pans I mentioned above. Feel the surface. Then you can tell the difference between that and old pans you might find at a yard sale or thrift store. And so you don't buy that unseasonable cheap lodge stuff that's in the yard sale or thrift store because the previous owner couldn't season it.

#3468128 What Form(S) Of Dairy Can Your Body Tolerate?

Posted by alternativista on 15 January 2015 - 10:52 AM

Whether or not hormones have been given to the animals, there are hormones in milk that aren't good for adults or acne.  In any country. 


Still, it irks me that some people can enjoy the occasional dairy-based treat, and people like me break out from it in just about any form.


Well I can't have citrus unless I want to break out in cysts.

#3467884 What Form(S) Of Dairy Can Your Body Tolerate?

Posted by alternativista on 13 January 2015 - 05:12 PM

And The growth hormones given to the animals are not the only hormones to be concerned about in dairy.  It both contains and stimulates growth hormones intended to make babies grow.  And those hormones have negative affects on bodies that are no longer growing. Including negatively affecting several factors involved in acne formation.


The fact that growth hormones and GMOs are allowed in our food, but banned in that of other countries, says a lot--and nothing good--about most politicians and corporations in the U.S.


Yes it does. And the government controlled by the corporations. So buy as little as possible from big corporations and as much as you can from small local producers. 


But that's besides the point. Whether or not hormones have been given to the animals, there are hormones in milk that aren't good for adults or acne.  In any country. 

#3467856 What Form(S) Of Dairy Can Your Body Tolerate?

Posted by alternativista on 13 January 2015 - 02:05 PM

I don't notice any issue with any dairy.  Still I limit it. I don't drink milk. And I mostly only have small amounts of fermented dairy such as yogurt and flavorful cheeses which I treat as a condiment, not a food group.  


Rules of thumb: Fermented is better than not. Full fat better than skimmed. Grass fed is better than grain fed.  Goat better than cow, etc. 


As for the hard cheese mentioned above, aged cheeses are only a problem for those intolerant to amines which develop over time. And those people should try to consume only the freshest foods period, not just dairy. 


Also, lactose intolerance is not the only issue.  It's not uncommon to be allergic for example. And that's just one more of many reasons to limit dairy.  


And The growth hormones given to the animals are not the only hormones to be concerned about in dairy.  It both contains and stimulates growth hormones intended to make babies grow.  And those hormones have negative affects on bodies that are no longer growing. Including negatively affecting several factors involved in acne formation.


More on dairy:  http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/294804-acne-dairy-and-cancer-the-5alpha-p-link/ Click on it!

#3467848 Sweet Potato

Posted by alternativista on 13 January 2015 - 01:10 PM

Top them with some olive, coconut oil or butter to lower the glycemic impact. also eat the skin for the fiber to lower the impact.


How long & how you cook most starches does affect the sugars. I.e. longer cooked pasta has a higher GI than just done pasta.   But what you said above seems backwards to me. The opposite of what I'd always understood about white potatoes. i.e. baked is better than boiled.


This study compares the impact of steamed, baked and microwaved sweet potato and finds the they aren't significantly different and still in the moderate range and that's not including the skin.  http://naldc.nal.usd...v/catalog/54010


I suspect how long you cook them is a bigger factor than how.  And whether or not you include the skin, but the above study tested flesh & skin separately. 


Pan fried in a little coconut oil is a great way to eat them. For thanksgiving my sister prepared sweet potatoes by cutting them in large chunks and starting them on the stove top in a cast iron for a while then finished in the oven and they were the best I'd ever had. Way better than baked/mashed. More cleanup though. 

#3467843 I Finally Cleared My Acne With Diet

Posted by alternativista on 13 January 2015 - 12:56 PM

Congratulations!  Could you add your story to our Success thread filled with people who cleared their skin via diet and lifestyle.  There's a link at the top of the pinned Good things thread. 

#3466329 Sweet Potato

Posted by alternativista on 02 January 2015 - 03:04 PM

Sweet potatoes are good things.  I used to sort of be on a crusade to make sweet potatoes a common breakfast food.  Way better than cereals and breads for those of us that like a somewhat sweet carby thing in the morning.  Rather than the protein & fat we should have.  I used to eat them for breakfast a lot but quit because I began to eat them so much for lunch & dinner. 


We even had a very long thread devoted to the sweet potato with many people swearing they improved their acne. 


Beta carotene may get converted to acne fighting retinoids in our skin via UVB exposure. One more reason we need to get outdoors into the light. And those of us with acne and other problem prone skin have found to have an impaired mechanism for producing these retinoids.

#3452539 I Have Just Started A Predominantly Low Gi Diet And Simple Topical Treatment...

Posted by alternativista on 18 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

Hi Alternativista,
how does weather affect acne?

Hi, thanks for response, fallen off the low GI diet quite considerably, I find it very hard to stick to things for a decent amount of time. My skin isn't too crazy at the moe, I think stress, anxiety, hormones has a huge role to play in acne also weather changes,  

Just keep finding good things to eat. Eventually you will replace the junk.  And yes, weather and stress can affect.  
how does weather affect acne?

Humidity tends to make skin oilier.  And there tends to be a reduction in ceramides in winter which weakens skin making it more sensitive.  There are probably others.  And seasons I.e. Less vitamin d production in winter.

#3452437 No-Shampoo Methods & Benefits

Posted by alternativista on 17 September 2014 - 03:53 PM

I have a bag of hibiscus powder that I don't know what to do with, but it appears it works as a hair cleanser by itself (I'm bleached blonder, however, and would end up stained.) *URL Removed, see board rules; http://www.acne.org/board-rules.html Acne.org Moderator Team*
p.s. if anyone has suggestions what else I can do with it, PM me


Use it to make blush & tinted lip balm.  Beautiful color!   I don't know that it would stain your hair.  I tried to use hibiscus tea to dye some cloth but it washed right out.  I even tried to help set the stain it with a hot iron. 

#3452399 The Beginning Of A Caveman Life

Posted by alternativista on 17 September 2014 - 10:16 AM

I haven't used any kind of soap or cleanser for years.  They interfere with skin function which includes sebum composition (the difference between sebum that does what it should and makes skin glow and sebum that's sticky, looks greasy and clogs pores)  Not to mention production of retinoids and vitamin D which are both involved in normal cell turnover and exfoliation, which is at the root of acne formation.  And ceramides & other substances that make the epidermal barrier strong and thus less prone to irritation & infection.  Also normal sebum inhibits DHT production. 


However, most of this so-called caveman regimen is nonsense.  Such as dead skin masks and avoiding water.  You might want to avoid chlorinated water though as chlorine weakens the epidermal barrier.  


Personally, I cleanse my face by wiping with a damp cloth.  And oil cleanse when I have makeup to remove. 


More info on skin function:  http://www.acne.org/...p-impairing-it/

#3452395 Can Anyone Suggest Supplements For Extreme Anxiety And Insomnia

Posted by alternativista on 17 September 2014 - 10:01 AM

Do as much as you can each day outside in nature. talk a walk among trees or work in a garden in contact with soil.


Limit artificial light at night, especially blue spectrum as in LED displays, then go to bed by 10 or 11.  Get apps for PC & tablets that shift the spectrum towards the red end around sunset  You can get amber safety glasses for TV. 


There are apps with sounds that stimulate brainwaves for sleep. Like one called Relax Music for iPad/Iphone. 


Get your omega 3 EFAs and keep blood sugar stable.  


Tea (green or black) in the morning to boost GABA) and chamomile (or sleepytime blends) at night.  


Also take a magnesium supplement in the evening.  (chelate or citrate, not oxide)


Do things that boost feel good neurotransmitters such as laughter, hugs, dance, etc. 


Increase adaptogenic herbs/ spices: Ginsing, licorice root. 


Breathe deeply inhaling through the nose to increase nitric oxide in the blood and lower blood pressure. 


More:  http://www.acne.org/...-2#entry2679680