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  1. Zinc Blog One

    Hello there, this is my first blog where I report my improvements using Zinc to treat my persistent, painful acne. Lets get the basics out of the way real quick: - I'm 25, female - currently taking Zinc (as Zinc methionine) 30 mg (OptiZinc by Source Naturals) which also contains Copper (as Copper Sebacate) 288 mcg - also currently taking a women's multivitamin that also contains 15mg of Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) (2+ years) and Yaz birth control pill (8+ years) - I avoid dairy (not lactose intolerant, just prefer to not ingest it) and don't eat much red meat - acne is primarily found around my lips/mouth/chin area and more recently right under my chin near my neck (inflamed, itchy, whiteheads, cysts, sore/painful) - been taking the OptiZinc for 2 weeks and a day now WEEK 1: - after a week, there is much less acne overall and less inflammed acne - all inflammed pre-existing acne has gone down - a few new pimples have formed (whiteheads) but not too many WEEK 2: - heavily increased hormonal acne around mouth/chin area - very inflammed, very painful and itchy - most spots are coming to a white head or are a cyst - feeling a little discouraged but I will continue taking these pills for AT LEAST 12 weeks since I hear that is usually a good amount of time to see whether or not things are actually improving or not (I wonder if this is an "initial breakout" like on Accutane.. I hope so **I added a photo from week 1, and later tonight I'll add a photo from today for week 2, sorry for the "deer in the headlights" look I have going on
  2. After dealing with acne and hormonal cystic acne since I was 13 as a female it was extremely hard. I'd get made fun of if I didn't wear foundation or even if I did. Always felt as if people were staring at me and I did for so long gave me horrible anxiety and took a toll on my social life. Over the next 5 years I've tried every regimen I could get my hands on. Every scrub and mask and treatments. Nothing ever worked. Just recently I decided to try zinc after doing a lot of research. I also added fish oil because I heard good things as well. For the first month it was as if my acne was getting worse. But now after 2 months my face is cleared up for the most part! I still have a few tiny pimples here and there but nothing compared to what I'm used to and the best part, no cysts! If you have severe hormonal cystic acne you should give it a shot. Now I just do a basic clean and clear face wash morning and night and take my vitamins at night and every morning my face seems get more clear. Now I just have to deal with these horrible acne scars. If someone has a good method for that I'd love to hear it!
  3. Hello Everyone. Won't keep this too formal, but like many of you I tried Accutane, had a few minor side-effects while i was on it, like dry lips and skin, blood noses, dry eyes, soreness after sport, etc. Then when I discontinued Accutane, some of these effects left, but were replaced with other far more insidious side effects. In no particular order these included: -Erectile Dysfunction -Depression -Fatigue -Joint Pain and more injuries -Low Testosterone These are just the core ones. If you have these, it goes on to affect every other aspect of your life, like you become less social, and feel anxiety in social situations. It also means you no longer enjoy things you used to enjoy doing, like sports, especially seeing you’re feeling sore from it and can’t seem to gain strength anyway due to low T, or see the point in studying to do well in University because you don’t know what you want to do anymore, and struggle to picture a future where you are happy and fulfilled. You don’t want to get into a relationship and you don’t feel like you deserve one, especially because you don’t know whether you could physically perform in one, etc, etc. The fact that you don’t see an end in sight to these maladies is what makes the situation seem more hopeless, more despairing, and it is why many people commit suicide, especially in a society that insists in “all in your head” or ”you’re imagining it” “X, Y and Z had it as well and they are fine, so just get over it”. Because on the outside you look the same, people disregard it, and it is only because of the people that lost hope and ended it the only way they knew how that this issue has been acknowledged by the world, but it is still far from accepted. Anyway, luckily a lot of this bullshit for many of you should be over soon (approx 3-6 months) I have come to the conclusion that the long term side effects of Accutane is due to brain damage. The downside to this conclusion is that brain damage can’t be 100% cured. The good news is that the difference between a poorly managed TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and a well managed TBI are like black and white, and if managed well you will be VERY close to 100%, but poorly managed and you will feel… maybe very similar to how you feel now. The best news is it is never too late to start managing your brain health These are the symptoms of a TBI Fatigue or lethargy Irritability Depression Anxiety Difficulty falling asleep Feeling “slowed down” Feeling “in a fog” or “dazed” Difficulty concentrating Difficulty remembering becoming fatigued easily; disordered sleep; Headache; Loss of libido, erectile dysfunction; vertigo or dizziness; irritability or aggression on little or no provocation; anxiety, depression, or affective instability; changes in personality (eg, social or sexual inappropriateness); or apathy or lack of spontaneity. If these sound familiar, that not a bad thing. If you found out you are short sighted and needed to wear glasses, then it means now you can wear glasses, so you no longer need to suffer the symptoms of your blindness. Same thing here. You are currently dealing with the symptoms the best you can. However, now knowing what the actual issue is you can treat it the way science has shown it should be treated. The best measurable way to recover from a TBI is to improve neuroplasticity. This has been shown in many other animals as well as humans, and is now becoming a prominent way to treat many mental illnesses. The most conventional way is through “Mindfulness Meditation”, which is a form of meditation where you get comfortable and try to think of nothing for 10-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to promote Neurogenesis/Neuroplasticity1 and this has been shown to help people with suicidality, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression, as well as chronic pain, insomnia, and hypertension. The way I’m treating myself is through the nutrition approach. It has been shown that creatine, fish oil, (unheated) extra virgin olive oil, vitamin d, zinc, magnesium, glutamine, taurine all also promote neuroplasticity. The Ketogenic Diet also helps promote Neuroplasticity, and many people who go on that diet who struggle with libido problems and are on antidepressants recover over the months and years they are on that diet. I have been doing these things for the last 5 months, and ahve noticed a great improvement in both my mental and physical health. I'm in a bit of a rush but wanted to get all this out there, so be forgiving of any and all poor formatting. Also challenge this and use what I've found to build up your own theories, and if you agree feel free to find other things we could be doing to promote neuroplasticity and improve our recoveries! Best of luck everyone 1(when looking up your own research on the topic these terms are virtually interchangeable, the ways to measure it are changes in brain metabolism and hippocampul growth) Interesting studies + exerts http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/ "Beneficial changes in the brain energy profile have been observed in subjects who are on a ketogenic diet (28). This is a significant observation because cerebral hypometabolism is a characteristic feature of those who suffer from depression or mania" Exert from a study on meditation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719544/ (Decreased stress and hypertension have been related to decreased autonomic arousal or reactivity,95–97 a possible means, along with positive emotions, reduced oxidative damage,98,99 and enhanced immune functioning,100 by which meditation may preserve cognition101 and reduce age-related allostatic stress and neuronal loss, thereby promoting brain longevity, plasticity, and learning) Nutritional treatment for acute and chronic traumatic brain injury patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24844176/?i=6&from=/24605947/related "omega 3 fats, vitamin D, N-Acetylcysteine, branched chain amino acids, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, taurine, coenzyme Q10, and many phytonutrients" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705194/ Mindfulness Meditation can stimulate hippocampal brain cell growth. A smaller hippocampus is correlated with a poorer recovery from TBIs, in the case of war veterans suffering PTSD at least. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11079535/ Study supporting Creatine consumption as one of the top supplements for recovering from a TBI, and this one supports Taurine use as well. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27156064/ Sources (For my mindblowing hypothesis) Functional brain imaging alterations in acne patients treated with isotretinoin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863802 Traumatic brain injury: a disease process, not an event. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20504161 Ketogenic Diet research article (contains research on how keto diet resets brain metabolism after TBI and how it is neuroprotective) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209323/?report=classic Will add more stuff to OP over time, and reformat it as well
  4. Hi, so I've recently made an account here after reading a LOT of reviews and experiences on taking zinc for acne. I was like "perfect, gonna give it a try". I have very light acne on my face after months of trying to heal it due to a stress breakout with their respective scars and bad acne on my back that is leaving red scars behind. So I decided to buy zinc tablets but I couldn't find them ANYWHERE where I live. I decided to settle for a multivitamin cause it was all I could find, I wanted to know if any of you ever had a bad experience with them. The tablets have vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, E, copper and zinc. The other option was an effervescent tablet with zinc, vitamin A and E I think. So im really hoping for your opinion on this.
  5. Hello everyone, I am 22yo female half black and half white. I suffered from acne since I was 13yo : extremely oily skin, black and white heads, occasionnal big painful zits as well as some cystic acne. I live in Paris France, where it's cloudy and cold most of the time. I'm inside an office all day. I wash my face and body with Dudu Osun, African black soap. I use Dudu Osun on my face to remove make up, then I cleanse it with jeunesse global luminesce cleanser. I've been keeping this cleaning routine for more than a year with the black soap, and I added the luminesce cleanser to my routine 3 months ago. I recommend both products to keep your acne in check and have a healthier skin, but it won't cure you. I started taking vit D3 when I realized that my skin stopped breaking out entierely when I exposed myself for long hours in the blazing sun (in vacay). I did some research on Google, fell upon this forum and tried it out (I tried a lot of different treatments before so I thought why not). A week ago I started taking vitamin D3 daily in very high dosage (10,000-40,000 IU), plus zinc supplements (one pill of 22mg per day). The vitamin D3 I take is Ortho D3 1000 IU. The zinc is from Solgar. My skin transformed in one week ; it's tight, glowing, soft... like when I was a kid. It's a miracle for me who battled acne for 9 years. Even the tiniest black heads of my nose disappeared. My skin is exactly like baby skin now. MORE THAN THAT : I have energy like never before ! I thought my dark circles were part of my face but they are entirely gone now. I stopped needing to sleep 8 to 10 hours to be able to wake up in the morning. I jump out of bed after 6 hours ! My anxiety also disappeared, my sleep is waaaayy deeper and my concentration is at the max.... I thought I was a lazy negative and depressed person (especially the winter) naturally but not at all ! As well, my digestion has drastically improved : I used to suffer from constipation (I could not go for 3 days and more !), and now my stomach is flat all the time, I have movements every day and sometimes twice. I can now eat cheese and other dairy products without being sick immediatly after. When I became a teen, my skin (face and body) got paler and is somewhat yellowish when I'm not tan. Now my skin is smooth and light brown everywhere and my scars (also face and body) are disappearing so much faster. My body temperature is higher (no more shivering and blue nails when it's less than 20°C !). I stopped having acne of my back. In one week ! Finally, I'm way more social and outgoing. I feel very very good in my skin and just generally happy. I'm feeling lifted of a very heavy weight I didn't know I was carrying. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, my problem : I know my daily dose of vit D3 is way too high. I feel like I'm addicted to the amazing results I'm witnessing so I want more, and the more I take the better I feel. It's working so fast and so well, but I'm scared to give myself health problems. At the same time, I don't want to stop or lower the dose because I would rather die than comeback to where I was (now that I know how good I can feel !) Also, I read that vit D3 without vit K2 is very bad because the calcium doesn't know where to go. I want to avoid going to the doctors and dermatologists. I don't know if they have been lying to me to sell me all those useless "cures" or if they were just dumb as ****. I can't believe I suffered all these years when the cure was so simple and cheap ! I can't trust them at all anymore. Here are my questions : - What is the safest highest dose of vit D3 I can take per day ? - Should I start supplementing in vit K2 or the food I'm eating enough to supplement me naturally ? (Now that I can, I eat cheese daily + kimchi + about 4 eggs a week but I can up that no problem). If yes, would you recommend the solgar vit K2 and in which quantities ? - Do you think I've already created myself some health problems due to my high doses ? How could I reverse it ? Thank you very much for reading and I can't wait to read aswers !
  6. So my acne consists of small, flesh colored bumps around my mouth and mostly my chin area. It's been like this for almost or just about a year now and has increasingly gotten worse. The area where I do have acne is slightly red JUST IN THAT AREA, which is around my mouth. Not cute. I'm almost positive this is hormonal. I started getting it around the time I had developed anxiety. Now that my anxiety has been gone for months, I want my acne to be gone! I started taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo about a month ago. I am not seeing much improvement but I know this is too soon to even tell. I've been told by my gynecologist that it will take three months for my body to adjust to the pills. I'm only 18 and having acne is the worst--especially from having flawless skin to this. It takes a toll on my self-esteem. If anyone has birth control stories DEALING WITH HORMONAL ACNE ONLY--please share! I also know that hormonal acne is usually either cystic or small comedones around the chin area. Also I have a pretty good diet. I take Vitamins E, C, Fish Oil, and Biotin everyday. I drink PLENTY of water--about five bottles daily. Drink at least a cup of green tea a day. And I eat healthy, with occasional sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth! I hardly ever drink milk. I heard that Zinc and Magnesium is good for your skin also. I'm thinking about buying them tomorrow. For skin care, I wash my face in the morning and at night only and I use a facial scrub once a week. Please people share your stories and help me out! I'm desperate.
  7. From the album Kat Sanchez

    A delicious Green Smoothie recipe I drink every morning for good/clear skin. It's one of the easiest ways to get all those skin-friendly minerals and vitamins we need like zinc, selenium and vitamin c, to maintain healthy skin. Hope you give it a try!
  8. i've had SD on my face for a month now. last week i finally went to my derm because nothing else was working. he prescribed nizoral cream. i know i've only been using it for about a week, but i'm still anxious about my results. for a couple days it was starting to peel off, but last night it came back full-blown and i'm getting really depressed because i finally cleared my skin up recently and i thought i wouldn't have to deal with this "feeling-too-ugly-to-leave-the-house" nonsense anymore. from what i can tell the peeling helps but as my skin is sensitive i don't want to use any harsh potions to induce peeling. my doc said i could go back and see him if the nizoral cream didn't work within two weeks, and i'm glad he's willing to help me combat this aggressively, but i've done some googling and i'm getting scared because i'm hearing these horror stories of people having to deal with the same SD patch for years. i'm currently using nizoral and pine tar soap and also taking acidophilus, biotin, zinc, and vitamin c. anyone else know something i can do? i heard that washing your face with head and shoulders and leaving the lather on for a few minutes helps?
  9. Pityrosporum Folliculitis - FAQ Introduction A lot of people are struggling with that they think are acne primarily on their chest, shoulders and back. It may also develop on the face(primarily the forehead). After trying countless acne medications or simply by trying to wait it out the condition still persists. The fact is that many "body acne" sufferers got some sort of folliculitis and when the lesions develope on the upper body it's often Pityrosporum Folliculitis they got. The same questions pop up under the body acne section, and by creating this thread I'm hoping to answer some of this questions. However, be advised that I'm not a dermatologist or expert on the field. The information I'm providing is mostly from what I've read(countless hours of reading up on the subject online) and from what I have experienced. This thread is a working progress and I hope others also will participate with information they have on the subject. Questions regarding this FAQ or contributions can be done by replying in this thread, but general questions regarding Pityrosporum Folliculitis can be asked in this thread. It has a lot of great information and users own experiences with PF. What is Pityrosporum Folliculitis? The first thing you should do is research the subject on your own. There's a lot of information found on the net and here are some good links: http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic338.htm http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/16713 http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_dise...orum_folli.html http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/159/1/64.pdf http://dermatology.cdlib.org/rxderm-archiv...um-folliculitis http://www.vgrd.org/archive/cases/2005/pit/pit.htm Do i have Body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis? This is the first question that people with "Body Acne" ask themselves when they are confronted with the term Pityrosporum Folliculitis. However this is often the hardest one to answer since "Body Acne" and Pityrosporum Folliculitis look a lot alike. Also a lot of people have them both at the same time since both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis thrive on oily skin. Some things you should consider to find out if it's acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis: - Go to a dermatologist(This is the safest thing you can do to find out if it's body acne or Pityrosporum Folliculitis). Be sure to contact the derm before you schedule an appointment to be sure that he can do a biopsy or something like that to find out what your condition is. - Have you tried acne medication without success? If you have it's more likely that you got Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Have you used antibiotics previously. If this made the condition worse or if you got the spots on your body after the use of Antibiotics it's most likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - Does it sometimes itch. If it does it's probably Pityrosporum Folliculitis - Do you got Acne on your face too? If your face it's pretty much clear, but your body breaks out it's more likely that Pityrosporum Folliculitis is what you got. Pityrosporum Folliculitis can develop on the face to, but it's much less frequent. - Does it get worse in hot, humid or sweaty environments or in periods where you don't shower much. If it does it's more likely Pityrosporum Folliculitis you got. - There is no comodones or cysts associated with PF. It's Papules and Pastules and the material expressed from pustules is white to yellow - Try some sort of medication against Pityrosporum Folliculitis(see treatments below) and see if this improve your condition. A safe bet is to buy a cream containing 2% ketoconazole(Nizoral, Daktarin Gold or something like that), and try it for a couple of weeks to see if it improves the condition. - Check out the pictures of Pityrosporum Folliculitis below to see if it looks like what you got. What does Pityrosporum Folliculitis look like? http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_1_high.jpg http://www.aocd.org/images_ddd/Pityrosporu...itis_2_high.jpg http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/171/8/851.pdf http://www.skinatlas.com/pityrosporum.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol1.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol2.jpg http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path...img/pitfol3.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_1_010901.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/folliculitis_2_010907.jpg http://162.129.70.33/images/pityrosporum_f...is_1_040505.jpg http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...st&id=12078 What kind of treatments are there? Topical Most popular on acne.org: Ketoconazole Description: Widely used chemical for PF and can be used topically either as a shampoo(leave on for about 5 min in shower before washing of) or as a cream. It's usually available in 1 or 2% concentrations in various products. Research/information:- The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Nizoral, Fungoral - Leave on product: Nizoral, Daktarin Gold, Fungoral Zinc Pyrithione Description: Not as effective against Pityrosporum ovale as Ketoconazole, but used with great success by a lot of members on acne.org. Head & Shoulders has 1% Zinc Pyrithione in it and that is probably why it works so good for a lot of people. Zinc Pyrithione is both antifungal and antibacterial. However, I recommend trying something like ZNP bar since it has 2% Zinc Pyrithione in it and is designed for use on the skin, not specially for the hair. Research/information:- How I got rid of my bacne - Using only Head & Shoulders - i'm clear using head and shoulder shampoo - The in vitro antifungal activity of ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide against Pityrosporum - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Head & Shoulders, ZNP bar Propylene Glycol Description: Used by a lot of members on acne.org with great success. Very easy to use since one option is to just spray it on using a spray bottle. It's fast, cheap and easy to apply to f.ex your entire upper body. With a cream it's hard to apply it to f.ex your entire upper body and it's therefore likely that the PF might spread. Propylene Glycol is often used in a concentration with water(50/50 of each). Sometimes you can buy 100% percent Propylene Glycol, but then you should dilute it with water before applying. If you look at the ingredients list on a lot of cosmetics you can see that Propylene Glycol is almost always on it. However, don't expect that your regular acne medication might work since it has Propylene Glycol in it. It's often a very low percentage of actual Propylene Glycol in the product. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: PG from chemistrystore.com, 50/50 PG/Water from Cubancrafters.com Mandelic Acid Description: There is very little research on the antifungal effect of Mandelic Acid, but it's a popular product on this board against Pityrosporum Folliculitis. It's claimed to be both antifungal and antibacterial and exfoliates the skin. Therefore it's also good against red marks left from acne/PF. I personally receommend the product from Vivant for Pityrosporum Folliculitis on the body since it's a strong product(15% Mandelic + 2% lactic), it has very little ingredients besides the Mandelic and has some Propylene Glycol in it. However, the serum is very expensive and therefore it might be wise to buy the toner(9% mandelic) if your economy is tight. Research/information:- Mandelic acid is amazing against blackheads and acne ... - Nucelle changed my life Products: - Cleanser/wash: Vivant Mandelic Acid Cleanser - Leave on product: Vivant Mandelic Acid serum, Vivant Mandelic Acid toner, Nucelle Mandelic Acid Other treatments: Salicylic Acid Description: Used against both acne and Pityrosporum Folliculitis and is always a safe bet if you aren't 100% sure what you got. Mostly used in a concentration from 1,5% to 3% and either as a cleanser or a leave on product. A leave on product is nearly always the best bet since the Salicylic acid in cleansers doesn't sit on the skin long enough to do anything. Also, a Salicylic Acid product has to have a low pH to work(no higher than pH 4 is recommended). Most if not all cleansers has a higher pH than that and therefore the Salicylic Acid is pretty much ineffective. Research/information:- The antifungal activity of Salicylic Acid - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Leave on product: Dan's Salicylic Acid, Paula's Choice Liquid BHA, Salicylic Acid from dianayvonne.com Sulfur Description: Isn't the most known chemical against Pityrosproum Folliculitis, but has has antifungal, antibacterial, and keratolytic activity. Very drying when used as a leave on product and is therefore often used as a cleanser/wash and washed of after 5-10 min. Research/information:- The use of Sulfur in dermatology - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis - Topical Sulfur Products - Increase cell turnover (dead skin cant harden to create sebum) Products: - Cleanser/wash: Sulphur Soap(10% Sulphur), Sulphur(10%)/Salicylic Acid(3%), Grandpa's Thylox Soap Selenium Sulfide Description: Selenium sulfide is highly active in inhibiting the growth of P. ovale. It's usually used in shampoos and is washed of after about 5 min on the skin. Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged - Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Products: - Cleanser/wash: Selsun Blue, Selseb shampoo, Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment Tea Tree Oil Description: Both antibacterial and antifungal and effective against Malassezia furfur(the same as P. Ovale) Should be diluted with f.ex another oil like emu or jojoba. You can also find it as a shampoo. Never buy Tea Tree Oil in plastic bottles. Also it's best if it's stored in dark glas bottles. Research/information:- Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil Manuka Oil/honey Description: Manuka Oil is 20-30 times more active than Australian Tea Tree Oilfor gram positive bacteria, and 5-10 times more active for fungi. However, there's a lot more research on Tea Tree Oil and it's effect on the Pityrosporum yeast. Research/information:- East Cape Manuka Oil, Manuka Cream and Manuka Soap - Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties Products: - Leave on product: Living Nature Manuka oil and honey gel, Manuka oil from http://manukaoil.net/ Ciclopirox olamine cream Description: Antifungal often used to treat Pityrosporum folliculitis Research/information:- Monograph - Ciclopirox Olamine Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Econazole cream Description: Treats fungus infections Research/information:- Pityrosporum folliculitis: a common disease of the young and middle-aged Products: - Leave on product: Can be bought from drugstore.com Oil of Oregano Description: Antifungal Research/information:- More information on this Products: Leave on product: Oil of Oregano from North American Herb and Spice Apple Cider Vinegar Description: Malic Acid is found in Apple Cider Vinegar and is antifungal. It can be used directly on the skin, but should be diluted first. Research/information:- Apple Cider Vinegar Cures - Apple Cider Vinegar* Pictures On First Page, Reduces Oil, Red Marks, Acne, Dry Skin, Regulates pH levels & More Products: Leave on product: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Oral Azole antifungal agents Description: The two most used are Ketoconazole and Itraconazole. It's very effective, and if it is indeed PF you got these mediacations should make a remarkable clearing. However, you are lucky if the results are permanent and one should continue topical medication afterwards. Research/information:- Short term treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis with itraconazole Products: You need a prescription to get this medication legally, and therefore you have to contact your doctor to get this stuff. Isotretinoin Description: A lot of people try Accutane after years of struggling. In a lot of cases it's effective against Pityrorsporum Folliculitis since the yeast thrive on oily skin. However, it's not always effective and some people on this board has experinced that their Pityrosporum Folliculitis has come back after the course of Accutane. Research/information: Products: Ask your dermatologist if you want this drug. Does diet, hygiene or physical activity affect Pityrosporum Folliculitis? When it comes to diet and Pityrosporum Folliculitis I'm not an expert. It's always hard to know if something is breaking you out or not. Some people say the fungus feed on sugar, but I have yet to see any hard evidence supporting this. So when it comes to general diet guidelines to help treat Pityrosporum Folliculitis there is a long way to go. However, there are several things that you can eat which should help to treat the condition from inside. This is a great list of natural antifungals Pityrosporum Folliculitis often affects athletes. This could be due to the sweating, rubbing from clothes etc. However I don't think working out and sweating makes PF worse if you take a cool shower right after you sweat using a medicated cleanser. Some people on this board feel that the Pityrosporum Folliculitis/acne increases due to bodybuilding. . I'm not sure about the direct connection between working out and Pityrosporum Folliculitis. The reason people feel that they get PF due to bodybuilding could simple be that they sweat a lot, wear to tight clothing or experience rubbing from weight bars or machines. I work out a lot myself an for a long time I tought Pityrorsporum Folliculitis were a result of that, but I have now realised that I manage to keep it under control by taking a cool shower right afterwards and use a medicated cleanser. However, I will break out if I go days with physical activity and no showering. What is your experience with Pityrosporum Folliculitis? Started getting what I tought was acne on my forehead around december/january 2006/2007. I used hair care products full of shitty ingredients and had long hair that touched my forehead. This caused several papules/pastules. However, the damage was done, and now I didn't want to cut my hair to reveal my shitty forehead. After a while I cut my hair and stopped using any products in it, but the problem persisted and got worse. During the following months I tried Dan's regimen, several diet changes, washes and more. However nothing seemed to do any good for my forehead. Summer 2007 I went on vacation and was in the sun for hours each day. I got a nice tan and all my acne on my forehead "cleared up". What I actually was doing was damaging my skin and disguising all the red marks behind a nice tan. I still regret this to the very day since it made my red marks stay for ages. At that time I hadn't acne on my body at all(just some spots on the top of my back). However, I got a pretty severe sunburn, and a lot of dead skin on my shoulders and upper back. A couple of weeks later I started getting "acne" on my shoulders, upper back and chest. Mostly I got Pastules and what looked like whitehead on my chest(see the last picture under pictures) and the little deeper kind of pastules/papules on my shoulders/upper back. Mostly it only itched on the upper back and sometimes on the chest. However the itch was far from irritating and was never really a problem. Through the winter(2007(September)-2008(January)) I didn't do much to the problem. I was hoping it would go away on it's own, and it was winter so I didn't have to reveal my upper body. When the summer got nearer I realised this shit wasn't going away, and I started trying different kind of products. After a while I started vitamin B5. It worked well on my forehead, but didn't do much for my upper body. Read my progress on this in my log Around april 2008 I started reading about Pityrosporum Folliculitis, and I soon realised this was what I had. Since then I've spent countless hours researching the subject. Started using Head & Shoulders, but without great results. After a while I also started using Mandelic Acid and it began to clear up. However it didn't hold the folliculitis in check and soon I satrted a new topical regimen including a Sulphur/Salicylic Acid soap(sal3.com) and Daktarin Gold(Ketoconazole 2%) cream. it worked well for a while, but the PF soon started to occur again. The next thing on the agenda was Propylene Glycol which seemed to work great for the first couple of days/the first week, but as I had previously experienced PF is a bitch and after 3 weeks I still got spots on my chest and shoulders/upper back. September 11th I started Itraconazole 200 mg/day and a new chapter in my treatment history is about to begin. Without this forum I would have never realised that it's Pityrosporum Folliculitis I have, and I would probably still be struggling with different kind of acne treatments. It's about time I give something back to this community, and I hope this post will help other members. If I can help one person to get clear by creating this FAQ it's all worth it. Good luck!
  10. So far so good!

    I've had bad acne my whole life and kept it at bay with the pill for most of my 20s but since starting a family it has all returned with a vengeance. I generally have large cystic bumps around chin, nose and forehead. These will quite often form a white head. I never ever have clear skin. Recently I decided to shake up my approach and made some major but inexpensive changes which seems to be working! My chin and nose have been clear for weeks. My forehead has had a weird breakout but that seems to be going away. My routine is: Bio Zinc vitamin daily Remove make up with micellar water. GENTLE cleanser, I use Cetaphil. Apple cider vinegar toner, with pad. Azelaic acid on all the usual spots to prevent. Calming moisturizer, I use Avene Recovery Cream. Weekly mask of Dr Lewinns puressence purifying mask (discontinued) which has kaolin clay and black walnut extract. For breakouts and whiteheads: Under surface: Mario Badesco buffering lotion and sulphur based drying mask Whiteheads: Mario Badesco drying lotion. I'm a bit sensitive to chilli and red wine so have been limiting my intake of those. It's been about a month and I'm almost totally clear!! Touch wood. Will update if any changes. Posting here because of all the help I've received from reading others posts in the past.
  11. Hi all, I have been using the experience of those on acne.org during my journey and now that I have seen some noticeable results, I thought I should share it with you. Little background about me: 27-year-old female, acne during my teenage years, went on Accutane when I was 17 and acne was gone, mild acne came back during my early 20s but nothing too bad, moderate-severe acne started when I was 25, went on antibiotics for 9 months, I was clear for 6 months but after 6 months it came back even worse. I have tried topical antibiotics, retinoids, salicylic acid, and BP with no improvement. After doing so much research, I decided to the following step by step and saw little improvements with each step: - Eat a strict paleo diet for 1 month, after that, still follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, and alcohol-free diet - Eat more healthy fats (I use cold-pressed coconut oil and olive oil) - Take probiotics (pills and fermented food) - Take digestive enzymes for one month (This made the most difference in my skin) - Take zinc supplements - Take cod liver oil - Take ginger + turmeric tea once a day - Take vitamin D supplements (This made my skin to go from okay to very good!) - Take MRT food sensitivity test and avoid foods that I am sensitive to I started taking these steps in January 2017 and now it is June 2017. I have 2-3 breakouts during my ovulation week and 1-2 breakouts before my period. They are much smaller and less painful that the ones I used to get 6 months ago. Now that I am mostly clear, I am totally fine with drinking a glass of wine once a week or having a cake during a birthday. However, I try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet as much as I can. Here is my current regiment: - First thing in the morning, take one teaspoon of cod liver oil - At noon, take 44mg of zinc - In the afternoon, take 2200IU vitamin D - Before going to bed, take a potent probiotic As for face wash, I use Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (I never thought I could use a facewash as gentle as this one!). Two times a week, I exfoliate my face with my Clarisonic. I want to emphasize that if you do intense workouts, you need to be extra careful with your diet because your body needs a lot of nutrients to recover (I can tell you my workout story and how it affected my acne). Also, I would suggest taking blood tests before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements. I was both zinc and vitamin deficient. My nutritionist has been super helpful during this journey. I would highly recommend seeing one if your insurance covers it or if you can afford it.
  12. During my many years struggling with mild cystic acne and after seeing many different Dermatologists, who put me on many different medications (including Accutane), I discovered that I must be the one to resolve my acne. If I was ever going to manage my acne, I must be proactive and study my skin in order to understand my acne disease process. So I began reading all I could about the skin and what role it plays with the body. Then I systematically examined my skin, trying to figure out what was causing my acne. The most important thing I found out is that skin is an excretory organ, helping manage the bodily wastes and toxins, like the digestive system and lymphatic system. As a result, I modified my life and it had a profound impact on my acne. Here's what I did-- Regular bowel movements, everyday or every other day. If I was constipated I'd have a cup of Smoothmove Herbal tea. Worked way better than laxatives and stool softeners. Sweat a few times a week--I hate exercising, so I only run until I get a good sweat going to clear my pores (about 10 min), then I stop. Strictly limit alcohol (not eliminate). Plain Vodka with soda water is that only thing that wont break me out. No dairy, it has added hormones--I use unsweetened coconut milk instead. Eat healthy--Limit (not eliminate) fried and processed foods. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Strictly limit artificial sugar (not eliminate). This was the hardest for me, because I love sweets--but I love clear skin more. So if I need something sweet I either have a piece of fruit or a bowl of bran cereal with some blueberries or raspberries. Drink lots of water and Green Tea. Also, hot water with lemon too. One over-the-counter Zinc tablet every other day. Have a generalized skin care routine with a non-alcohol toner. In the AM I use First Aid Beauty Cleanser $20, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion Toner $15, and Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer $40. In the PM I use Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser with 3.5% benzoyl peroxide $10, Seaweed Cleaning Lotion toner, Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, and a generic salicylic acid moisturizer over the Clinique moisturizer. Every three days in the PM, I use The Body Shop's Tea Tree Clay Mask to deep clean my pores, which replaces the Neutrogena Cleanser (I don't want to overdo it and irritate my skin). The makeup that works best for me and doesn't break me out is Clinique's Superprimer $27 with Beyond Perfecting Foundation $27. No setting sprays, bronzer, setting powder, etc. The less on my face the better. I use damp disposable makeup wedges, not a Beauty Blender or a brush. To remove my makeup, I use Clinique's makeup wipes $15, which I find are gentler on my skin than other brands. What I really want to express is that diet and exercise really impacted my mild cystic acne. It was the game changer. My skin care routine has pretty much stayed the same prior to my lifestyle modification. Once I started to do everything on the list my skin cleared up within 2 weeks and I haven't had any new cysts. I occasionally get a white head, but its gone after 2 days, unlike the cysts which would last for 2 weeks. Staying true to everything on the list is still difficult, but having clear skin makes it sooooo worth it. I hope this helps. Now, you must decide to what lengths would you go for clear skin? Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor and my experience shouldn't replace what your doctor said. I also never said my acne was "cured" only "resolved". I still get the occasional small zit. I'm only sharing what worked for me and it might be different for you.
  13. Comedogenic: Tending to produce or aggravate acne. This post lists comedogenic ingredients and products containing those ingredients above a certain threshold. This is the BAD LIST of what to avoid in your skin care products. If you want the good list of non-comedogenic products, see this alternate post. This is purely informational. I am not making any blanket statements concerning any particular product. Use this post to inform yourself. What you choose to slather on your face is your own business. Just because something claims to be "non-comedogenic" "non-acnegenic" "oil-free" "dermatologist tested" or "dermatologist approved" does NOT mean the product is free of comedogenic ingredients. These terms are not regulated, and a company can use them however they want. You will find many "non-comedogenic" products that contain the worst offenders on this list! A major offender is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate...contained in many mainstream cleansers. Ingredients with a comedogenic rating of 3 or higher are highlighted in red. ingredient : comedogenic factor : irritant factor 1. Lanolins Acetylated lanolin : 4 : 0 Acetylated lanolin acohol : 4 : 2 Anhydrous lanolin : 0-1 : ? Lanolin alchol : 0-2 : 2 PEG 16 lanolin (Solulan 16) : 4 : 3 PEG 75 lanolin : 0 : 0 2. Fatty acids Laurie acid : 4 : 1 Lauric acid : 4 : ? Myristic acid : 3 : 0 Dioctyl succinate : 3 : 2 Syearyl Heptanoate : 4 : 0 Palmitic acid : 2 : 0 Stearic acid : 2 : 0 Behenic acid : 0 : 0 Ascorbytl palmitate : 2 : 0 Butyl stearate : 3 : 0 Decyl oleate : 3 : 0 Dilsopropyl adipate : 0 : 0 Isopropyl isosterate : 5 : 0 Isopropyl myristate : 5 : 3 Isopropyl palmitate : 4 : 1 Isopropyl linolate : 5 : ? Isostearyl neopentanoate : 3 : 3 Isostearyl isostearate : 4 : 1 Myristyl lactate : 4 : 2 Octydodecyl stearate : 0 : 0 Stearyl heptanoate : 4 : 0 Tridectyl neopentanoate : 0 : 3 PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate : 3 : 2 Ethylhexyl palmitate : 4 : ? Isodecyl oleate : 4 : ? PPG 30 : 0 : 0 3. Alcohols and sugars SD Alcohol 40 : 0 : 0 Isopropyl alcohol : 0 : 0 Cetyl alcohol : 2 : 2 Cetearyl alcohol : 2 : 1 Stearyl alcohol : 2 : 2 Ceteareth 20 : 4 : 1 Propylene glycol : 0 : 0 PG dicaprylate/caprate : 1 : 0 PG dipelargonate : 2 : 2 Sorbitol : 0 : 0 Sorbitan laurate : 1 : 1 Sorbitan sesquinoleate : 0 : 0 Sorbitan stearate : 0 : 1 Polysorbate 20 : 0 : 0 Polysorbate 80 : 0 : 0 Glycerin : 0 : 0 Glyceryl stearate NSE : 1 : 0 Glyceryl stearate SE : 3 : 2 Pentaerythrital tetra caprai caprylate : 0 : 0 Wheat germ glyceride : 3 : 2 Polyethylene glycol : 1 : 0 PEG 20 stearate : 1 : 0 Laureth-4 : 5 : 4 Laureth-23 : 3 : 0 Oleth-3 : 5 : 2 Oleth-10 : 2 : 1 PPG 30 cetyl ester : 0 : 0 PEG 40 castor oil : 0 : 0 Steareth-2 : 2 : 2 Steareth-10 : 4 : 3 Steareth-20 : 2 : 1 Steareth-100 : 0 : 0 PG Monostearate / Propylene glycol monostearate : 3 : 0 PEG 8 stearate : 3 : 1 Disodium monooleamido PEG 2 Sulfosuccinate : 4 : ? Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate : 4 : ? Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate : 4 : ? Oleyl alcohol : 4 : ? Isocetyl alcohol : 4 : 0 Isocetyl stearate : 5 : ? PEG 200 Dilaurate : 3 : ? PEG 100 Distearate : 2 : 0 Hexadecyl alcohol : 5 : ? Octyl stearate : 5 ; ? Myreth 3 Myrisrate : 4 : ? 4. Waxes Candelilla wax : 1 : 0 Camuba wax : 1 : 0 Ceresin wax : 0 : ? Beeswax : 0-2 : 0 Lanolin wax : 1 : 0 Jojoba oil : 0-2 : 0 Sulfated jojoba oil : 3 : 0 Emulsifying wax NF : 0-2 : 0-2 5. Thickeners Carboxymethylcellulose : 0 : 0 Hydroxypropylcellulose : 1 : 0 Magnesium aluminum silicate : 0 : 0 Carbomer 940 : 1 : 0 Bentonite : 0 : 0 Kaolin : 0 : 0 Talc : 1 : 0 Sorbitan oleate : 3 : 0 6. Oils Olive oil : 2-4 : ? Cocoa butter : 4 : 0 Coconut butter : 4 : 0 Cocos Nucifera / Coconut oil : 4 : ? Grape seed oil : 4 : ? Crisco : 3 : ? Hydrogenated vegetable oil : 3 : ? Peach kernel oil : 4 : ? Linum usitatissiumum seed oil / Linseed oil : 4 : ? Sesame oil : 2 : 0 Corn oil : 2-3 : 0 Avocado oil : 2 : 0 Almond oil : 2 : ? Emu oil : 1 : 0 Camphor oil : 2 : 2 Hazelnut oil : 2 : 0 Hemp seed oil : 0 : ? Evening primrose oil : 2 : 2 Peanut oil : 2 : 1 Pomegranate oil : 1 : 0 Rosehip oil : 1 : 1 Tamanu oil : 2 : 0 Shea butter : 0 : 0 Argan oil : 0 : 0 Mink oil : 3 : 1 Glycine soja oil / Soybean oil : 3 : 0 Shark liver oil : 3 : 2 Triticum Vulgare / Wheat germ oil : 5 : 2 Cotton seed oil : 3 : ? Cotton awws : 3 : ? Apricot kernel oil : 2 : 0 Camphor : 2 : ? Castor oil : 1 : 0 Hydrogenated castor oil : 1 : 0 Sulfated castor oil : 3 : ? Sandalwood Seed Oil : 2 : 0 Squalane : 1 : 0 Squalene : 3 : ? Safflower oil (cold pressed only, high lineolic content) : 0 : 0 Safflower oil (cooking variety, high oleic content) : 4 : ? Mineral oil : 0 : 0 Petrolatum : 0 : ? Sesame oil : 2 : ? Sunflower oil : 0-2 : ? 7. Pigments D&C red #6 : 1 : 0 D&C red #9 : 1 : 0 D&C red #19 : 2 : 0 D&C red #27 : 2 : 0 D&C red #30 : 3 : 0 D&C red #36 : 3 : 0 D&C red 40 : 2 : 2 Ultramarine violet : 0 : 0 Iron oxides : 0 : 0 Cafmine : 0 : 0 Titanium dioxide : 0 : 0 8. Silicones Sirnethicone : 1 : 0 Dimethicone : 1 : 0 Cyclomethicone : 0 : 0 9. Sterols Cholesterol : 0 : 0 Soya sterol : 0 : 0 Peg 5 soya sterol : 0 : 0 Peg 10 soya sterol : 0 : 1 Choleth 24 : 0 : 0 Sterol esters : 0 : 0 10. Vitamins and herbs Algae extract : 5 : 4 Red Algae : 5 : 2 Tocopherol (vitamin E) : 2 : 2 Tocopheryl acetate : 0 : 0 Black walnut extract : 0 : 0 Chammomile extract : 0 : 0 Vitamin Apalmitate : 2 : 2 Panthenol : 0 : 0 Calendula : 1 : ? Cold Pressed Aloe : 0 : ? Carrageenans : 5 : ? Sodium chloride (salt) : 5 : 0-3 Colloidal sulfur : 3 : ? Flowers of sulfur : 0 : ? Beta Carotene : 1 : ? BHA : 2 : ? Algin : 4 : ? Potassium Chloride : 5 : ? 11. Preservatives Methyl paraben : 0 : 0 Propyl paraben : 0 : 0 Allantoin : 0 : 0 Hydantoin : 0 : 0 Sodium hyaluronate : 0 : 0 12. Detergents Sodium Laureth Sulfate : 3 : 2 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate : 5 : 2 Sodium Myreth Sulfate 3 : ? Carbomer 940 : 1 : ? Hydroxypropyl cellulose : 1 : ? Kaolin : 0 : ? 13. Misc Octyl drinethyl PABA : 0 : 0 Oxybenzone : 0 : 0 Octyl methoxycinnamate : 0 : 9 Octyl salicylate : 0 : 0 Lithium stearate : 1 : 0 Magnesium stearate : 1 : 0 Zinc oxide : 1 : 0 Zinc stearate : 0 : 0 Triethanolamine : 2 : 0 Stearic acid TEA : 3 : 2 Sodium PCA : 0 : 0 Hydryolyzed animal protein : 0 : 0 Adamosis stearate : 2 : 2 Xylene : 4 : 3 Zea Mays (Corn Starch) : 2-4 : 2-5 Octyl palmitate : 4 : 1 Sources: Face Reality Pore Clogging Ingredients LIst, Zero Zits Comedogenic List, Let's Talk Acne and Cosmetics, Beneficial Botanicals
  14. Recently took vitamin A 10000 iu vitamin e 400 iu vitamin d3 2000 iu and zinc pciolmnate 50 mg and skin got clear no new pimples but had to stop because my stomach got inflamamted and was worried too many pills a day, well me thinking it was the zinc alone doing the job because i had previously taken vit a and e and nothing but i have new pimples today after stop taking eveyrhting else but the zinc, so now i am back on the vit d 2000 iu and we will see if that was the cure for me in a couple of days hopewfully this goes well guys something was makng my acne better out of all of those .
  15. End of month 2

    This is me 3 days shy of my 2 month mark since the start of Dan's regimen. In fact, these photos are doing my skin justice, because the red marks are far more evident in person. Here's a quick re-cap of my past 2 months. So I began February 9th, 2017 and have done mostly everything exactly as outlined in the regimen's instructional video, and text. I say "mostly" because I did experiment with reducing my BP to only 1.5 pumps for a couple of days during my week 6. I tried this because the full 2 pumps was still making my skin red and flaky (not extreme) and I wanted to experiment, and it ended up leading to a minor breakout, as I somewhat expected. Since then, I have been following the instructions to a T.... mostly. I again say mostly because Acne.org recommends using Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30, and I am using Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55. It has been working very well (knock on wood), so I am hoping that it continues, because I obviously need an SPF during these spring / summer months, and due to the fact that I am using one pump of Acne.org Moisturizer mixed with one pump of Acne.org AHA + Glycolic Acid nightly. SO, I currently have maybe 5 active spots, 3 of which have been laying deep under the skin, slowly making their way to the surface. My breakouts have been so mind-blowingly minimized, and my post-inflammatory erythema is fading slowly, but surely. I do have some minor rolling scars (not one exceeding .5 mm in depth) but they have caused the surface of my face to become uneven. I hope that's enough information to draw somewhat of an idea of where my skin is currently sitting. My plans now are to keep following the regimen with precision, and to get my marks and scars on their way out the door. I have been doing some special studies on microneedling. I have my mind set on receiving my first microneedling session for 2 weeks from today. I believe that 2.5 months is a generous amount of time on the regimen to wait until beginning scar revision. I plan on asking the clinic to use 2.5mm needles for the first session, and 1.5mm needles for following sessions, using the "Rejuvapen." I will be taking daily zinc supplements to help my recovery process go smoothly. If results aren't showing after 4-6 treatments, I am going to consider some V-Beam laser treatments for my PIE. I am looking for advice and pointers from those of you who have either been on the regimen, or have had microneedling sessions performed. Mainly from those of you who have had success with these things. I want to know what works, what's the quickest, and what's the most efficient way that I can get back to having beautiful skin. Anything and everything helps. Thanks!
  16. Updated 14th April 2013: supplements changed to B5 only. Disclaimer: The following post is intended merely as a contribution to the global pool of knowledge and experience of acne, I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice, or inducement or encouragement for sufferers to take any course of action, I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. Any consequences of your use of this information is entirely your own responsibility. Please scroll down and read the FAQ before posting questions -the chances are it's already been answered. I get a lot of emails asking me for information already posted -please be a good egg and check first. Thanks! Introduction Hello and welcome to my regime! Hopefully by reading and adopting this treatment plan you will take a major step towards dramatically improving your skin and your life. I don't make that statement lightly -people from all over the world have done just that: "My mild acne is completely gone (it took about 10 days), my blackheads are 90 % gone (I had a LOT of them) and my skin looks better than ever. I am 39 years old and I have never had so clear skin!" "'I've been using this regimen for about 2 weeks and honestly, my acne never looked better than it does now!" "I've been doing this regime about 16 days so far...pretty much all my body acne has gone." "My skin looks better than it has in a long time." "My skin and eyes are glowing." "My skin feels much smoother." "My skin is healing very quickly and swiftly in comparison to before." "When I look in the mirror every morning all I can say is WOW...PLEASE, PLEASE give this a go because it has worked a treat for me" "My oily skin has reduced by 85% and acne is 70% gone" "My oil production has stopped completely!" "Awesome results..." "I'm now addicted to the fantastic energy boost that juicing each morning gives me.." "Skin started smoothing out almost immediately....I've received compliments from family about how nice my skin looks." "Vast improvements...my acne has gone from cystic and relatively severe to much more mild and not at all cystic in just over 3 weeks." "The combination is a winner...It's been 9 weeks so far and I'm very pleased with the outcome." "I have been on the regimen for 4+ months. my stubborn moderate acne is 100% under control, my skin is 95% clear at all times...my skin is softer, and so smooth, literally not a bump on it." "I'm almost at 30 days and continue to see great improvements!!" "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" I know first hand the devastation that acne can wreak in people's lives -I had cystic acne from age 14 to 40. I have been clear for over 4 years now and this is how I did it. If I managed it, I am convinced that you can too. These steps transformed my quality of life and I hope they can help other people. There are 4 simple steps: 1. Vegetable juice. 2. Removal of sugar from diet 3. Low B5 supplementation 4. Increased water consumption My view After 26 years, I became convinced that intractable adult acne is the result of a systemic failure in the body. If topical treatments could work for you, they would have worked by now. You wouldn't be reading this page. Accepting that fact is not easy for some people, but it is the crucial step in adopting an effective holistic program. It's what I did when I turned 40 and how I managed to clear my skin. I am not a doctor or a dermatologist or a nutritionist. I am regular guy who created this regime from reading and researching what other people had found out and combining it. I simply asked myself two questions: What has come up again and again as producing the best results? Is it possible to combine it into one program? The hypothesis behind this program is that there is a synergistic effect between all four elements, in that the power of the regime as a whole is greater then the sum of the parts. If you omit any one element then you are undermining the logic behind the treatment and hampering your chances of success. My regime 1. Vegetable juice. THIS IS THE KEY ELEMENT OF THE REGIME! I bought a jucier for £100 (about $160). Every day I make up 1 pint of vegetable juice. I generally drink it on an empty stomach. Among my favourites are sweet potatoes or carrots cucumber beetroot vine tomatoes bell pepper celery butternut squash anything else that juices -although dark green vegetetables are often bitter so use sparingly! But I've come to believe you can pretty much use any vegetables, and in fact, it's much better to vary your juice as widely as possible. Carrots tend to be the first thing people juice, but I advise restraint. They are high in sugar. I would restrict their use to every other day at maximum. Similarly with beets. If you after beta carotene, it is far better to use sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Among the very best vegetables for the skin are kale and spinach. Being leaves, a budget juicer won't juice them, you will need to add the juice and the leaves mixture into a blender. I tend to buy organic because I can afford it, but I don't think it realy makes much difference to the effectiveness of the treatment. It takes 5 minutes to chop and juice the vegetables, 5 minutes to drink, 5 minutes to clean the jucier. For 15 minutes effort you are taking therapeutic levels of nutrients. This is a list of the nutrients in a typical glass of juice I make: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B9 Vitamin B12 Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Vitamin K Betain Calcium Choline Copper Iron Magnesium Manganese Omega 3 Potassium Protein Phosphorus Selenium Zinc and of course, water Also: 10 essential amino acids Anti-oxidants such as Quercetin, Kaempferol and Lypocene all linked with anti-cancer and anti-heart-disease properties. Anti-inflammatories Imagine this powerhouse of nutrients hitting your system first thing every day, in a liquid form quickly absorbed by the body. Now compare that to the breakfast you currently eat. 2. Removal of sugar from the diet I'm not going to discuss the whole sugar-acne thing. All I will say is that I noticed huge reductions in the oiliness of my skin when I cut out sugar. I stopped all discretionary sugar items: cakes, confectionary, chocolate, soda, sweets, etc. I didn't go so far as to stop eating processed foods with added sugar, since you have to be practical. Almost everything has sugar added to it. It doesn't matter eating a little -it's the huge spikes in blood sugar that come from eating things like donuts and cola that you want to avoid. See the FAQ below for why I juice 'high-sugar' vegetables and how this fits in with removing sugar from the diet. 3. Supplements I don't believe in megadosing. I think it's dangerous. I strongly advise anyone considering megadosing vitamins to think again. See the FAQ below for more on this. I take time release 500mg of B5. Incidentally, way before the recent B5 studies, it was known that B5 had a beneficial effect on acne even at low doses. Adele Davies in her book "Let's Get Well" (I think published back in the 60s) noted cases that cleared up by taking just this amount -500mg. B5 hasn't caused me any problems. However, the possible side effects of B5 (mentioned with much larger doses than 500mg I recommend) are related to the fact that it can in theory crowd out other B vitamins. So it is possible in the longer term to suffer deficiency symptoms of other B vitamins. It is therefore very important that you eat a good diet, one rich in B vitamins, and to monitor yourself for any conditions like itching scalp or dry lips. For this reason I now sprinkle powdered wheatgerm into my food once a day. The bottom line is that we all have different metabolisms and what may be okay for me, may be too much for you. I only mention this for the sake of completeness -it's always wise to have as much information about the subject as possible. 4. Water consumption I increased water consumption by 1-2 pints a day. Hydration of the skin is always beneficial. Note, however, that I am not advocating forcing down pints of water for the sake of it. I noticed that I would often wake up in the night, thirsty, so I started drinking a pint of water before going to bed. That's all. This meant my body was always adequately supplied with fluids. The results I experienced There is no such thing as an overnight cure. We've all read posts along the lines of "WOW! I started taking xxxx on Monday and three days later my acne has ALL GONE!!" These posts are often well-intentioned but they suffer from obvious problems: 1. You need to be able to sustain a 'cure' for months and years, to have confidence that it really works. 2. No problem in the human body heals overnight. Think about it. When did you last go to the doctor with some ailment and he said to you, "Just take one of these pills tonight, and tomorrow you'll be cured." Even antibiotics, among the most powerful and targetted drugs available, take about a week to ten days to work. And that's on temporary infections. Any problem you've had for years is going to disappear gradually, not overnight. If you've reached your 30s or 40s with acne, then it's clear that no short term approach will work for you. If there was a short term treatment, you would have found it by now. Only the long term treatments remain. I know that's an unpalatable truth for many people reading this, but it is the truth nonetheless. It is essential, therefore, that you recalibrate your expectations from seeing results in days, to seeing results in weeks, or months. So many acne treatments promise 'visible results in just five days' but this is not a realistic scenario for adult acne. Accepting that requires a fundamental shift in your mindset. With that in mind, here is the timeline I experienced: 1. Five Days Energy levels much higher. Elevated mood levels. No visible skin benefit. 2. Two Weeks Skin felt unusually soft, smooth and younger-looking. Noticeable oil reduction. No improvement to acne. 3. Six weeks Oil overproduction no longer a problem. Number of existing lesions diminished. New acne still appearing but heals faster. Unsolicited comments from people about how well I was looking. 4. Three months Acne had completely disappeared, and has never returned. Note that this is my experience. Some people have reported faster results than this, others slower. FAQ (periodically updated as new questions arise) I strongly advise you to read this FAQ. It covers a lot more ground than the basics above. GENERAL QUESTIONS I've been through all these so-called 'cures'. Why is this one any different? I'm not saying I can cure your acne. What I can say is that it worked for me and I had cystic acne for 26 years. If it can help me it is almost certainly able to help others. You may be one of them. Who are you and how did you develop this program? At the age of 40 I decided that I was going to try my best to kill my acne once and for all, and rather than hopping about from one quack remedy to another as I had done for the past two decades, I would develop a logical treatment based upon the best available clinical and anecdotal evidence. I concluded that if I could combine the elements most likely to help into one program then I would stand the best chance of a 'cure'. From searching the internet and reading widely a consensus of opinion emerged: sugar-elimination, vegetable juice, B5 supplementation. I'm not a healthcare professional. Nothing in this post constitutes medical advice. I am simply putting my own experience into the public domain. How you use this information is entirely up to you. So how does it work? I'm not a scientist. But my hypothesis is that the elements of treatment work together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts. But it's basically healthy eating, right? No. Just eating 'healthily' won't work because there are not enough nutrients in whole food (and they are absorbed too slowly) to fix the problem. Juice is like a mainline of nutrients over and above regular meals. Juicing is not a substitute for poor meals. You still need to consider the amount of fibre, omega 3, calcium, etc that you are getting from whole food. Also, when people talk about eating 'healthily' in connection with acne, they nearly always focus on food elimination, and not food inclusion. Cutting out suspected trigger foods is not healthy eating. The key is the nutrients you supply to the body, not what you remove. In what ways does your regime differ from all the other threads here about diet? It doesn't. My regime concurs with the basic principles of most dietary-based approaches. That's because I took the elements that crop up again and again and put them into one regime. There is an increasing body of evidence to support these principles, rather than them just being someone's opinion. For a recent article, go here: http://www.huffingto...a_b_822163.html However, where I diverge from other views on diet is that I don't think it's possible to cure acne by removal of foods from the diet. Although there is the occasional person on these forums who achieved clear skin through stopping eating bread, for example, I think these cases are very rare. For most of us, the key is what you DO eat, not what you DON'T. Vegetable juice will have more effect in your skin than stopping bread, chocolate, dairy, processed foods, meat combined. Will it work on teenage acne? In principle, I don't see why not. But common sense would suggest that there is something fundamentally different going on between the 90% of teenagers who get acne and the 5% of 35 year olds. Furthermore, all the doses (and that includes the juice) are meant for adults. Not matter how grown-up you may feel, teenage physiology is not the same as that of a thirty or forty-year old. You are still growing. Your internal organs are not the same size. Your hormonal situation is different. You don't have the same tolerances. Most prescription drugs usually stipulate a reduced dosage for children under 16 or under 12, or sometimes it's not allowed at all. So, I'm not recommending it for people under 18. It's listed under 'Adult Acne' for a reason. Please do not disregard this advice. If you choose to, then whatever you do, make sure that you cut the doses by at least 50%. And that includes the juice. JUICING The more juice I drink, the better, right? No! Doing anything to excess is not a good idea. Don't exceed my recommended dose. Can I drink commercial vegetable juice like V8 instead of making my own? No. Commercial juices have been centrifuged and pasteurised to destroy bacteria. This also destroys many of the nutrients. They have also been bottled many weeks, if not months, in advance. This also degrades the nutrient content. Furthermore, juices like V8 usually have high levels of added salt which is bad for you. Freshly-juiced vegetables from commercial juice bars are fine, but relatively expensive. Can you recommend any juice recipes? I'm not bothered what the juice tastes like; I just want the nutritional benefit. But if you want the juice to taste delicious, there are plenty of juicing websites with recipe blends. Your juice seems very high in sugar. How does fit in with removing sugar from your diet? The average American eats just one vegetable per day (and the average Brit, let's be fair). But they also eat candy bars, soda, and all manner of other very-high sugar foods. By removing these and juicing more vegetables you are still taking far less sugar and getting the intense nutritional benefits of vegetables. The only high-sugar items on my list are carrots and beets. Most vegetables are not high in sugar. Can you recommend a juicer? I use the L'equip 110.5, which has been highly recommended by many juicing websites. It's well built, easy to use and clean, has a decent warranty, and is reasonably priced. It does the job. I would not advise buying a juicer from a department store on the recommendation of a sales person. They'll sell you any old tat, often models that are difficult to clean or not even specialised juicers, but food processors which don't do a great job. The main things to consider are: 1. How easy it is to clean? If it's difficult to clean you wont want to use it. You should be able to do the whole thing in 5 minutes. This is the main thing to check out. 2. How noisy is it? If you've got close neighbours you're not going to be able use it at the crack of dawn. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a workmanlike juicer that will last a number of years. I recommend spending about £160 (US $100) on your first model. If that sounds like a lot to you, think of it this way. If it lasts 3 years, that's just $1 a week for probably the single greatest thing you can do for your skin (and your health). Now think of other things that you normally spend $1 a week on. Which is more important? If you are on a budget, then it is possible to juice using a normal food blender and then straining the mixture afterwards to separate out the juice from the fibre. How should I clean the vegetables? I use a vegetable brush. It is important to clean them well. Should I buy organic? I'm in two minds. Part of me suspects that the 'organic' foods you buy from supermarkets are little different to the regular kind. However, I think it's a big benefit if you can source your organic veggies locally from a farm, which I now do. But I hate the taste of vegetable juice. Carrots and beetroot are sweet, not bitter. I think my blend of vegetable juice is delicious. The 'difficult' vegetables are the dark green leafy ones, which certainly you want to use sparingly. Just experiment until you find a blend you like. I can't be bothered with juicing -it sounds like a lot of work. As I said, it takes just 15 minutes. I would also hazard that you probably already spend at least 15 minutes a day on the topical treatments for your skin. This will being bring better results. Should I drink it on an empty stomach? Yes. Should I drink it in one dose or a half dose twice a day? Logic would indicate that splitting it into two separate doses would more effective. But then you've got to clean the juicer twice. Your call! Should I water the juice down? No. Most of it is water! I'm worried about not being to tolerate vegetable juice. Might it cause an upset stomach? The main vegetables I recommend should cause you no problems. But be careful with others. Dark green veggies should be introduced carefully. Others, such as onions, which are irritants, and leeks, can make a glass of juice completely undrinkable even by adding just a small amount. You will discover these things as you go along. It is possible to make yourself feel quite sick by drinking too much of the wrong vegetable (i have done this a couple of times!) so go carefully with those experiments. Should I add anything to the juice? Some vitamins are better-absorbed alongside fats. For that reason you may wish to add a spoonful of olive oil. Recently I have taken to adding flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds for the fats. But it is rather unpalatable. Olive oil is probably a better idea. You may also wish to add other things like protein powder, etc. Sometimes I add pea-protein. Some leafy vegetables won't juice. What should I do? Make your juice, transfer it to a blender, add the difficult vegetable and give it a whizz. You'll have a vegetable smoothie. Can I make fruit smoothies instead of juicing? Smoothies use the whole of the fruit, blended into a drink. So it's just as physically difficult to drink a smoothie made with ten apples as it is to eat ten apples! The point of juicing is to ingest more vegetable nutrients than possible through eating. To do that you need to remove the fibre. People are often drawn to fruit smoothies because they find the taste more palatable than vegetable juice, but aside from the aforementioned reason, there is no evidence to support fruit juice benefiting acne. That's not to say that fruit isn't healthy to eat; it's just not part of this program. DIET What about pizza/alcohol/gluten/pasta/bread etc? All the salient points are listed in the regime above. Whether you want to drink beer or eat pizza is up to you. Generally I think living a monastic existence when it comes to food and drink is neither desirable nor practical. So you're not some health nut, then? You only have to look around you to see couch potatoes with clear skin and athletes with acne. Living a healthy lifestyle is certainly desirable, and one we should all strive for, but I don't actually think it's of specific value when trying to clear your skin. So don't think you have to get up at 5am and go jogging to help your acne. And this isn't a low GI diet? No. I have never consciously tried to adopt a low GI diet since it seems too restrictive and difficult to follow to me. That's not to say that I don't endorse the principles of it. You may wish to tweak my approach if you wish to follow a low GI approach. You've mentioned sweet potatoes a lot in your posts. What exactly are the benefits? They are amongst the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They always appear near the top of the lists of skin-care vegetables. They are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. They are rich in anti-cancer chemicals. They have proven immune system boosting properties. They are highly anti-inflammatory. And they taste delicious. Do you drink coffee? I don't drink coffee. It's not a conscious decision; I just can't stand the taste without sugar. Starbucks will just have to eke out a profit without me. What about tea? I'm British! The county would collapse without tea! I'm the same. Although recently I have switched almost exclusively to green tea. And what about milk? There's some evidence that milk may be a trigger. I don't drink milk. Again, this isn't a conscious decision, it's just that since stopping sugar, I don't drink coffee. Also, I don't really like breakfast cereal. So I just never drink it. But it was never consciously part of my regime. Perhaps it should be. But diet doesn't cause acne! My friend eats all the junk food he/she wants and he/she has perfect skin. Some people (me included) can eat all the junk food they want and they never put on any weight. I'm the same waist size at 44 that I was at 21. Does that mean junk food can't make people fat? What foods do you emphasis in your diet? Green leafy vegetables. Berries -blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. I probably spend £5 (US $8) on berries daily. Salmon. Turkey And what about 'bad' food that you shouldn't eat? I love curry. If I could I would eat curry every day. As it is, I have it two or three times a month. I also love pizza. But in my opinion, it's probably the most unhealthy food on the planet. So I never order a commercial one. Occasionally I buy one in a supermarket. SUGAR REDUCTION Mmm, sugary things! There's no way I could get through the day without M&Ms, a can of Coke, and my aunt Alice's delicious lemon cake. It's going to be impossible to quit those. You only think it's impossible because you are attaching a positive utility to eating them. If you reprogram your mind to associate sugary food and drinks with negative utility (oily, spotty skin, excess fat, diabeties) then you will naturally want to avoid them. It takes time to reprogram your mind but it can be done. I did the same with cigarettes. Once I changed how I thought about them I never wanted to go near them again. And 14 years later, I haven't. We each have our own 'weakness'. But the human brain is extremely powerful if you know how to leverage it correctly. Can you elaborate on that? Most of the time our brains work in our favour. If you put your hand into a flame, your brain sends a message to instantly retract your hand to avoid serious damage to the organism. If you walk into a smoke filled room, your lungs crave fresh air and you try to get out of there as soon as possible. You don't have to think about these things -it's instinctive. The body will always try to get us out of pain and into pleasure as quickly as possible. It is a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, with cravings also, you are in pain, and your mind will try to get you out of pain (the craving) and into pleasure (the craving has gone) also. It is instinctive too, and works on a very powerful subconscious level. That is the simple reason why WILLPOWER ALONE WILL ALWAYS FAIL. It's why people who try to stop smoking fail again and again because the pain (nicotine withdrawal) is too strong for willpower alone to overcome. The way to change behaviour is to reverse the pain/pleasure process and get it to work in your favour. If you mentally associate sugar with pain (blackheads, lesions, cysts, oily skin), then your mind will start to work in your favour by trying to get you away from the pain of horrible skin and into the pleasure of not eating sugar and having clear skin. It is then easy to stop. Really. Willpower is not required, since it doesn't take any willpower to get away from something bad. It happens automatically. Now. To get to this stage is simple, but not easy. You have to reinforce your new way of thinking about sugar until it becomes subconscious and automatic. This means repeating the bad effects of sugar to yourself several times a day. Sounds silly? It works. I advise writing out all the bad things about sugar consumption and keeping it with you and reading through it several times a day. Don't just write down 'spots' -write down the emotions connected to them. Embarrassment, isolation, self-loathing. Really FEEL the pain of those negative emotions. This is the most powerful way to start mental reprogramming since you are experiencing the pain on an emotional level. Tempted to eat sugar? Then run through the list again. You wont want sugar after reading it. It's a chore at first but it yields massive benefits if you manage to see it through. After a while, your mind automatically associates sugar with pain and eventually it never crosses your mind to eat it again. This saves you the futility of fighting cravings all your life. These are well-known principles of changing addictive behaviour and they really work. I have applied them to several areas of my life and they have yielded incredible results -results that I could never have got through willpower alone- and I advise everyone struggling to change their behaviour to try them. Sounds like too much effort? I understand. But you're trying to change your life here. It's not an easy thing to do. Massive effort = massive results. SUPPLEMENTS That low level of B5 supplementation can't possibly work -you have to take at least 5g/10g etc. It does work. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to support the benefits of low supplementation. I'm concerned about the possible side effects of B5 It's sensible to be concerned. See the section on B5 above. I can't find B5, can I take Pantothenic Acid instead? They are the same thing. I already take other supplements. Can I continue to take them whilst using your regime? In recent years I've come to believe that supplements are generally not beneficial and may well be harmful. I would advise anyone to take only the barest minimum level of supplements necessary. You may be able to take even less than the B5 and Carnitine doses I describe. Can't I just take lots of vitamin pills to save me the hassle of juicing? I have to say that it concerns me greatly to read (albeit well-intentioned) posts from young people treating their acne by megadosing vitamins. If you research the clinically documented cases of vitamin toxicity caused by megadosing you will be shocked. Don't be fooled by the fact that vitamin pills are legal products, available without prescription. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal products. Does that mean they're safe? Cigarettes aren't safe at all, and with alcohol it's left up to the user to moderate his or her consumption. Society does not employ legality of a product to ensure safety; it's left up to the user to do that. The problem is that desperate people do not moderate their usage; they take very high doses. The manufacturers know this -that is why these pills are packaged in high doses. It is a response to demand, not a statement of safe dosage. Furthermore, don't be fooled by the fact that because these substances occur in nature they are therefore 'natural' and must therefore be good for you. Many things in the world are 'natural' -it doesn't make them desirable. There are all sorts of poisonous plants, insects, fish, etc on the planet. No-one would eat Deadly Nightshade. Or the seeds of the Laburnum tree. So forget the myth of 'natural' = good. And remember that these pills are drugs. They are mass-produced in factories using artificial processes to synthesize chemicals into pill form, often at concentrations hundreds of times stronger than the richest food source. Just because it doesn't require a man in a white coat to prescribe them does not mean that they don't share the essential qualities of a drug. If you're not convinced of this, remember that the origin of drugs is in the natural world. No-one would deny that opium is drug, and yet it comes from poppies. Heroine is derived from opium. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant. And I'm not just referring to illegal drugs. Many prescription-only drugs are part-synthesized from the natural world. I know the harmful effects of megadosing first hand, having given myself vitamin D toxicity in my 30s. This was taking 'just' 5000 IU a day. Over a period five months it built up in my system and made me very sick. (Note: there is a difference between the way Vitamin D is synthesized through UV exposure and that gained through dietary sources, this is why UV synthesized Vitamin D will not lead to problems). My doctor had no idea what was wrong with me. I was in hospital for five days. Did it cause any long term damage? Who knows. I don't want anyone else to put themselves through that. People have said to me, "Look, here's a website showing Vitamin X is absolutely non-toxic" or "Dr Z states categorically that Vitamin X has never caused any adverse symptoms." Well, fine. But for each one of those, I can show you someone else with a contrary opinion, with different research. The very fact that it's a matter of debate proves that the health risks are unknown. And megadosing is relatively new. It's not until a generation has passed, that we will know the full story. And let me tell you that being able to point to a specific website saying that Vitamin D is perfectly safe is of no benefit if it's you that's sick. I would strongly advise anyone considering taking megadose vitamins to do some research and think again. Juicing the amounts I recommend doesn't begin to approach megadose level. Wow. You sound quite opinionated on that. I have no particular axe to grind with the vitamin industry. Vitamins are helpful for many people. I'm simply keen to dissuade others from making the mistakes I made. TOPICALS Do you think a good skincare regime is still important? Yes. Unfortunately most people make this the focus of their treatment, when it really should be a secondary treatment. So what topicals do you you use, then? If you ask a hundred people to recommend a skincare product to you, you will get a list of a hundred products! It is futile to ask for recommendations because everyone differs in product tolerance, pH skin values, and oiliness. For that reason, what you should be looking for is the overall reputation of the manufacturer, not any individual product. Companies that make effective acne skin care products tend to also make a range of acclaimed skin-care products for all skin types.This is no coincidence. I use a cleanser of clinical grade and a non-oil based rehydrating gel. They are relatively expensive but they are superior to anything you can buy on the high street. That's not to say that these particular products will work for you; but rather that the manufactuer's product range will almost certainly contain a product that will. I'm not going to mention the brand here because this thread is about holistic treatment, not topicals, and I don't want to be misinterpreted as promoting anyone's products. But if you'd like to message me, I will gladly tell you which ones I use. What about Benzoyl Peroxide? I stopped using BP prior to starting this treatment. If my program works for you, then you won't need BP either. MANAGING THE TREATMENT I've started your treatment and I'm still getting zits. What's going wrong? Nothing is going wrong. Review the timeline that I mention above. Remember, you are attempting to heal a systemic problem in the body. It takes time. Don't get obsessed over the day-to-day fluctuations in your skin. Much as people like to look for cause-and-effect situations in acne ("I ate a fresh cream cake on Monday, and on Wednesday I've got a big cyst on my chin") I believe that this is merely pattern-fitting out of random data. The only meaningful measure is the bigger picture over the longer timescale. What's the key to success with your program? Setting up a routine and seeing it through. I'm going away for a while. How can I follow this regime whilst on vacation? If you're going away, then enjoy the break! Don't spend time worrying about your face. Short breaks from the regime won't make any lasting difference. But that doesn't mean it's acceptable to gorge on chocolate. Stick with the main points as best you can. If you want to continue to take vegetable juice whilst away, then I suggest tracking down a local juice bar, if possible. Here in London, there are several specialist juice outlets dotted around, and the better cafes will also do you a nice fresh blend. I daresay it's the same in all major cities. Failing that, emphasise vegetables, where possible, in your diet. Personally, I would rather take no vegetable juice at all than drink V8. As I've said above, I think V8 is of very limited, if any, benefit. I'm some weeks into your program and I haven't seen any benefit, I feel like quitting. I know how tempting it is to quit after a couple of weeks and move on to another treatment. It is inherently challenging to continue with programs that appear to be producing poor results. But often the one thing we haven't tried with skin programs is time. I guarantee that there are people who will have read my regime, tried it for a few days, seen a couple of new lesions pop up, then quit, concluding it doesn't work, off to another thread to try that for a few days, and so on. How do I know that? Because I used to be that person! If you can manage it, try to formally assess the condition of your skin just once a week, say every Sunday night, for twelve weeks. Use objective measures such as how many active lesions, how many are healing, how oily your skin is, etc. Perhaps put this down on a spreadsheet. This will help you see the broader trend over time and keep you on track to the 12 week goal. Only at that point, can you make an informed decision about whether to continue. I've reached the three month period, I've followed your regime to the letter, and I can't see any benefit whatsoever -now what? (so far, this question has been asked just twice) Please don't despair. My regime may require tweaking or reworking to find what works for you. That may be just around the corner. What is important is not to respond emotionally and throw in the towel but to take a step back and consider logically and carefully what additional elements you might add, and to give those time to work. Juicing provides a firm foundation on which to base further treatment plans. Remember Thomas Edison, who took 5000 experiments to perfect the light bulb. Or James Dyson, who needed 1000 prototypes to invent his bagless vacuum cleaner. You need to adopt a similar, calm, scientific approach. I know that's easy to say, but it's ultimately the key to clearing your skin. A couple of areas you may wish to investigate are L Cysteine and probiotics. I've been reading around about Cysteine and some users have reported success with that combined with B5 instead of carnitine. The area of probiotics also looks interesting. My advice is to get a list of your top-4 programs to try, and start at the top and work downwards giving each one program three months. Over the course of a year you will have investigated all of high-probability holistic remedies. A structured and targeted approach has a much greater chance of success. And keep up the juice. PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS I'm age XX and I feel really depressed and angry that I'm still suffering with this awful skin all these years later, especially when I think about the effect it's had on my life. Why me? Everyone reading this knows how you feel. Someone once said to me, "You're so ugly I can hardly bear to look at you". There is no denying that moments like that shape you. You wouldn't be human if they didn't. I can't change anyone's past. But I can hopefully point you in the direction of a better future. What about stress/masturbation/depression/psychological factors? Don't get sidetracked from the fact that acne is a physical ailment like a broken leg. Stress doesn't help anyone but it's not causing your acne and thinking about it won't help any. MISCELLANEOUS So what do you look like these days? Apparently I'm the spitting image of Keifer Sutherland. With a few scars. Although he hasn't aged as well. Hey, your regime has worked for me. Thanks! You're welcome! Please put up a post or email me. Reading about other people's success is very inspiring for others new to the program and you can help other people just by letting them know that it helped you. I can then quote your post in the FAQ. I can't get back the years I suffered with acne but I can give those years to other people. That's why I put this up. So you're not promoting any product or service or website through this post? No. Unless I figure out a way to corner the world's production of sweet potatoes and cucumber! Is it advisable to read all of the subsequent posts below this one? No. I've summarised everything important that's come up from other people in this FAQ (and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future). However, you may find it encouraging/motivating to read posts from other people who have started to juice. Can I tweak your regime with my own ideas? Of course. My treatment plan may require tweaking for you to get results. Some people have found that combining my regime with probiotics or cysteine, was the way forward for them. It's not set in stone. The idea is that this thread evolves for people to develop their own individual treatment plans, and share their knowledge with others. It's about empowerment, and not being a passive sufferer in the dermatologist's waiting room! Any final message to anyone considering your program? Beating acne is not straightforward. If it was, sites like this wouldn't exist. Succeeding means making it your mission in life, for a short while, to clear your skin. Make no mistake, you will need to summon more resilience and perseverance than the average person. But it can be done. And the benefits of succeeding are so significant that it's worth putting everything you can into it. For that reason it is important to prepare psychologically. Don't choose to start the regime just before Christmas, for example, when you will be surrounded with sugary foods. Make sure you are able to get to the supermarket sufficiently often to buy enough vegetables. Think about what time of day you will be juicing. Maybe buy a new knife or chopping board specifically for the task. Consider keeping the regime a secret from family and friends, to see whether you get any unsolicited comments on your skin further down the line. Preparing well like this will give you the biggest chance of success. Woody Allen once said "90% of success in life is just showing up". Be that person who shows up! Can I contact you with questions? Sure. But be a good sport and check it hasn't been answered already. Good luck! Winged Serpent
  17. Hello everyone! After lurking for quite a while, I finally decided to post here to seek help, since dermatologists have failed big time with me. I want to know if there's someone here with symptoms similar as mine and if so, if they managed to find a solution to acne. I'm a 27 yo female, and when I was 16 a gyn diagnosed me with PCOS and put me on the pill. It wasn't until I was 24, had depression and my skin was dry as the Sahara no matter what I did, and after seeing in some exams that I had 0 testosterone, that I decided it was time to let go of the pill. So, I will do this with a more 4chan narrative style: - 24 yo: off the pill > initial acne breakout, nothing serious again, I can stand a few pimples or even a cyst > menstruation came every 40 days or so > before menstruating about 3 - 4 thick black hairs came on my chin (totally removable) > good mood, no depression > no acne (ocasionally a very small pimple just bf menstruating) - 26 yo (August 2015): had pyelonephritis with renal abscess, which led to 2 moth antibiotic treatment > fair fell off > no acne > didn't lose my period (still the same as before) > stopped eating meat because it made me feel ill after this > started taking probiotics daily to the day > started to get regular yeast infections > developed a huge intolerance to antibiotics and meds in general (gave me yeast infections asap and felt generally bad) - 27 yo (June 2016): ate soy for a month to get proteins since I stopped eating meat > defended my thesis (a lot of stress) > had just done Alexandrite laser hair removal in whole face, they told me I could get a few pimples but nothing serious > period didn't come for 60 days (oh you damned phytoestrogens, I wish I knew you before), and when it came some big cysts came on my face > had minocycline prescribed, and this was the worst thing ever: it was like hell broke loose on my hormones, got a yeast infection the whole time, and my acne got worse than it had ever been in my whole life, I had huge red cysts all over my face, used BP 10% which only made irritation worse, I swear I was the exemplar to put in a dermatologist magazine for a severe acne case > dermatologist said she didn't want to put me on accutane since I was reacting so much to meds in general > started low glycemic diet after being diagnosed of PCOS again by another gyn (I weight 50 kgs and am 1.60 mt tall) Ever since, I haven't been able to have the skin I had before June 2016. I have tried zinc, magnesium, calcium, vit D, together and on their own only to make my testosterone reach sky limits (thick chin hairs and crazy sex drive) and get sadistic cysts on my face, so ultra proved they don't work for me. I also tried doing the same things I did before, eating the same way, I started having chicken (the farm kind without the hormones) and it has helped a bit but I still break out and feel this isn't my skin. Sorry for the wall of text, kind regards, Isidora
  18. Has anyone had any problems with high dose zinc (75mg+ daily) causing their period to disappear? I have had problems with irregular periods ever since I went off birth control, but they seem to be worse after taking a higher dose of zinc. I know that zinc can increase testosterone levels, so I wonder if that is what is happening. I am taking a larger dose of zinc because I eat a lot of beans which supposedly inhibit some zinc absorption, but maybe I should cut back.
  19. I've been researching Zinc and apparently it can raise testosterone in some people and worsen acne. I feel this is true for me -- my hormone levels have been slightly off ever since I came off an androgenic BCP (Junel Fe). Taking Zinc for 2.5 months only worsened my hormonal breakouts and added onto my acne issues. When I think back, it makes sense. My breakouts started becoming more painful, more frequent -- even with pimples on my back which I rarely get -- when I began taking 30 mg of Zinc religiously. Things started getting pretty bad by the 3rd week...Unfortunately I was also doing a b-complex shortly after starting Zinc and I thought that was the main cause. But even when I stopped that one weeks ago, my acne has still be more troublesome than ever before. That made me realize Zinc needed to go. Been off it 9 days and hoping that helps soon. Anyone else have a similar Zinc break out? It's quite depressing to realize I was adding onto my problems all along. It taught me a good lesson...don't take a bunch of supplements for acne when they aren't right for every person!
  20. So here's my situation: I'm 24, out in the professional world, and having adult acne is nothing short of a nightmare. I have very sensitive skin, which often appears red and inflamed at the onset of any blemish. I get painful cystic bumps and my skin always looks and feels very oily and greasy. I have been researching and considering Accutane for the past 6 months but presently deal with dry eyes - made drier from LASIK surgery one year ago - and so I have been hesitant to proceed. In the meantime I have been considering similar but realistic solutions. Right now I'm currently on 115 mg of Solodyn, which helps with the cystic acne but by no means has been a cure. Along with that, I take Nicomide (an expensive prescription Vitamin B and Zinc supplement), which, so far in the course of a month, seems to have only provided minimal relief. Finally, I've recently begun taking Pantethine (the active ingredient in Vitamin B5) (450 mg, twice daily) but my skin is still very oily. I've read about L-Carnitine and how it's suppose to enhance the effects of Pantethine and so I am considering that as well. This is all very frustrating, very overwhelming, and I just want a solution - not researching and experimenting well into my late 20s. Anyway can anyone provide any insight? Has anything helped? Has anyone ever considered realistic alternatives to Accutane that have worked? Any help would be well appreciated. I am a 24 year old male.
  21. Day 1 Curology

    So no matter how much I want things to clear my skin, that I used to be able to use on my skin, they don't work. I prayed and just sucked up my fear of dermatologists. I got an online dermatologist on curology because it's a lot less hassle! I didn't want to have to call my doc to get a referral for dermatology, call the dermatologist, go see the derm, and then go get a prescription. I have insurance but it still costs money and driving. I also don't like taking on the phone for some reason. Anyways, I got my Curology today! As you can see in picture my prescription is: zinc pyrithione 0.25% clindamycin 1% niacinamide 4% Its free for the first month just pay $5 shipping! [link removed] Im also using free and clear liquid cleanser, derma e purifying moisturizer, insta naturals Aloe Vera, and Coola classic sunscreen white tea spf 50. I hardly ever wear a sunscreen but I really need to start! I got sample of Coola sunscreen I'm going to try because it checks out clean on the CosDNA website! Supplements: fish oil 2-4 a day. zinc 1-2 a day turmeric probiotics 1-2x *new Spearmint 2x. I just started taking it yesterday because it is supposed to help reduce androgen hormones/ oiliness.
  22. i wanted to post my spiro experience here- and get any feedback on other user's experiences. firstly, ever since i could remember i have had on/off SEVERE acne. all over the face. i could not even put a finger on an area that did not have a bump or red mark on it. I wanted to avoid birth control/ RX routes so i tried every diet (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian) and supplement/ natural method that i could think of (zinc, vit d, berberine, vit a, etc.) Nothing helped in the slightest bit. I eventualy got tired of all of it and came across spironolactone in my research... saw the general lack of side effects and positive reviews, so i went to a dermatologist, and he prescribed me 50 mg per day and told me i wouldn't see results until 3- 4 months in. He was correct, i started on August 10th and today would be 4 and a half months, where i can say that i am 95% clear, with only 3-4 small spots on my face. However, as i have been taking it tfor some months, i have noticed some side effects and have come across in my research others that have noticed some of the same things: 1) weight gain- i have always generally been a thin person, fluctuating between 110-120 at my heaviest. I have always carried weight in my belly only, where everywhere else stayed lean. However, since i have started taking spiro, I feel like my weight distribution has definitely changed, and i am getting bad stretch marks and cellulite around my butt/thigh region. Because of the diuretic effect, my bloating in my stomach has flattened, however, i am gaining weight on other areas of my body that i have never experienced before. 2) bloated face- i used to get compliments on my defined jawline and thin face, however, spiro has definitely made my face look much rounder and fatter looking 3) bad/tense dreams and longer sleep- since starting spiro, i am getting horrible, vivid dreams every single night. I also have to sleep a lot more on this pill. I used to run perfectly on 7-8 hours, now I need 10-11 hours to function. 4) general anxiety- i have noticed myself getting anxious about things i never used to, snapping at my friends more, and feeling stressed in my day to day life. My theory is that many of these symptoms (weight gain, bloated face, anxiety) are caused by the spike in cortisol that spiro does cause, along with an eventual estrogen dominance due to the suppression of testosterone. That is why i have started to take rhodiola and phosphatidylserine supplements along with my spiro to try to combat some of the effects, but i dont know whether it is placebo or not because i cannot really tell a difference. Has anyone been able to find a solution or can provide expertise for any of these problems?? please let me know, as i am extremely satisfied with the positive aspects, but do not know if down the road i will have to find another acne method.
  23. ★★★CONNECTION between CONSTIPATION, High BP and Non-Insulin-Dependent DIABETES★★★ Constipation is caused by various combinations of the following factors : 1. Excessive amounts of the constipating nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids (like citric acid, but not vitamin C), calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. 2. Deficiencies of the laxative nutrients. 3. Constipating medicines and drugs. 4. Constipating additives, adulterants and contaminants in foods and drinks. 5. Residues of constipating pesticides in foods and drinks. 6. Too much exercise. 7. Fasting or semi-starvation diets which result in a deficit of energy in the body. 8. Over-indulgence in sex and excessive loss of semen (in men). 9. Hypothyroidism. 10. Anemia (low RBC count). Over-indulgence in sex makes the constipation much worse in men. During the period of lactation, women who excessively breast-feed their hungry older infants, or have to breast-feed twins, may suffer from constipation. The symptoms associated with chronic constipation are edema, high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, tumors and cancer. The other symptoms in this condition can include non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), high levels of fat and cholesterol in the body, leukemia, etc. ★Cures for Constipation & Related Diseases★ Persons suffering from constipation, high blood pressure, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes and other associated problems should take greater amounts of the laxative dietary factors such as: Vitamin C Vitamin D Thiamine (vitamin B1) Pantothenate Magnesium Manganese Sodium Potassium Iodine Chromium Phosphates and some other compounds of phosphorus Zinc, Etc. Note of Caution: High doses of the nutrients should not be given once the symptoms of constipation are controlled. Moving too fast in the opposite direction can bring new symptoms of the opposite condition that can frighten the patients. Nutrition therapists must have the knowledge about such critical stages. Lower doses of nutrients should be given once the change from the constipating stage to the diarrheal tendency is noticed. The treatment should be changed or even stopped once the original symptoms disappear. The salts of micronutrients like manganese, iodine, chromium and zinc should be taken only on the advice of an expert nutritionist. Even small overdoses of such micronutrients taken regularly can be toxic. Patients suffering from constipation and associated symptoms, should reduce the intakes of constipating dietary factors such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, some organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. They should avoid constipating medicines and drugs, as well as foods containing constipating additives, constipating contaminants and residues of constipating pesticides. ★★Fiber, Water & Laxative Nutrients★★ Indigestible dietary fiber or roughage, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, is present in large amounts in whole-grain flour products, bran-enriched foods, peas, beans and pulses, leafy and root vegetables, fruits and their skins. Dietary fiber can absorb a lot of water and can help in producing peristalsis in the intestines. So dietary fiber can be considered as a factor that may physically help in the production of peristalsis. Constipated persons should consume adequate amounts of water and fiber-rich carbohydrate foods like unrefined cereals, vegetables and fruits. They should avoid eating white polished rice, refined white bread and other white flour foods because refined cereal foods are poor in the laxative vitamins and minerals. The refined cereal foods should not be given to such patients till they get cured of constipation. Whole-wheat flour foods should preferably be eaten by them every day as such foods contain many laxative factors. Besides consuming other vegetables and fruits, the constipated persons should also eat foods containing herbs like onion, garlic and leeks. Persons suffering from chronic constipation should be made to consume the vegetables, pulses, etc, along with the water used for boiling them. The water should not be thrown away as it can be used for preparing soups and curries. For example, they should consume the water used for boiling potatoes, spinach, guar (cluster beans), cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beetroots, peas, beans, gram, lentil, moong, brown unpolished rice, etc. The water used for boiling such foods contains the laxative factors like potassium, magnesium, phosphate, manganese, chromium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), etc. This procedure should be followed as long as it is necessary to control constipation. ★More Measures to Control Constipation★ The following salts are constipating and so the processed foods, drinks and medical preparations containing them should be avoided by persons with constipation: Calcium carbonate = CaCO3. Calcium bicarbonate = Ca(HCO3)2. Calcium chloride = CaCl2. Calcium sulfate = CaSO4. Sodium nitrate (Chile saltpeter) = NaNO3. Potassium nitrate (saltpeter) = KNO3. Citric acid. Ammonium chloride = NH4Cl. Salts of constipating micronutrients: Copper sulfate = CuSO4. Other compounds of copper. Calcium fluoride = CaF2. Sodium fluoride = NaF. Potassium fluoride = KF. Calcium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and calcium sulfate are found in hard water. The hard water containing any of these calcium salts can cause constipation, and related problems, and should be avoided by the constipated persons. Chile saltpeter and saltpeter are used as food additives to cure meats, which should be avoided by persons with constipation. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume water stored in a copper vessel. Constipated persons should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Fluoride salts are used in toothpastes, mouth washes and for fluoridation of water. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation in the users. The excessive ingestion of fluoride prevents the adequate formation and the efficient functioning of thyroxin in the body of a person using them. The toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water should be avoided to help the formation of adequate thyroxin in the body. An adequate formation of thyroxin helps in preventing constipation. Persons who suffer from constipation should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Constipated patients should consume vitamin D-fortified milk. Exposure of the skin to sunshine helps in the formation of vitamin D in the body, which reduces constipation, as vitamin D is a laxative factor. Constipated persons can use foods and beverages that contain dilute phosphoric acid as an additive. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation in the constipated persons. Such persons should, therefore, avoid calcium carbonate and preferably take dicalcium phosphate. Dilute phosphoric acid is much more effective than dicalcium phosphate in combating constipation, as it provides the laxative phosphate radical without the constipating calcium. Persons suffering from constipation and related problems should avoid fasting and semi-starvation diets as such practices make constipation more severe. As exercise makes constipation worse, the constipated persons should avoid too much exercise and must take adequate rest. Men should avoid excessive indulgence in sex and conserve their semen. Men who have too much sex and lose a lot of semen can become very constipated. During the period of lactation, women should not breast-feed their infants excessively, as that may cause constipation in them. A low hemoglobin level tends to cause constipation. A severely anemic person who gets a blood transfusion can even get cured of chronic constipation. To tackle chronic constipation in their patients, nutrition therapists can prescribe proper doses of one or more of the laxative salts like sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, magnesium hydroxide, sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate and magnesium phosphate. They can also prescribe with caution minute quantities of one or more salts of laxative micronutrients like potassium iodide, sodium iodide, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate and chromium trichloride. The intake of a proper combination of laxative salts can even produce a bowel motion in a constipated person within 30 minutes! However, the overdoses of laxative salts must be strictly avoided. ★★High BP & Heart Disease★★ All the constipating factors are synergists in raising the blood pressure. The greater intakes of the constipating factors cause the retention of greater amounts of sodium chloride (salt) and water in the body, which results in the elevation of the blood pressure. The dietary factors that can increase the blood pressure are the greater intakes of vitamin A (especially preformed vitamin A as in pills), vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, protein, fat, fluoride, chloride, (bromide), nitrate, copper, calcium, etc. Foods that are deficient in laxative factors also tend to cause constipation and raise the blood pressure. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause constipation and high blood pressure in those who consume them regularly. The consumption of foods rich in the constipating factors should be reduced to bring down the blood pressure and to decrease the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Such foods include meats, eggs, nuts, fats (especially saturated animal fats), coffee and acidic items like sour lemon juice which contains citric acid. Some spices like cumin seeds (jeera), fennel seeds (saunf), mustard seeds, mustard powder, cinnamon (daalchini) and fenugreek (methi) are known to cause constipation and should be avoided. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. The regular consumption of some constipating item like betel nut (areca nut) is very dangerous for persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes. Betel nut can cause heart attacks and strokes in susceptible persons. All persons who are prone to heart attacks and strokes should avoid certain killer combinations of nutrients. A patient, suffering from heart disease, who takes a pill containing a large amount of vitamin A immediately before or after eating a meal rich in protein and fat, can collapse in a few minutes and die soon of a heart attack. Preformed vitamin A, as available in pills, forms an incompatible combination with an iron salt. The high doses of vitamin A and an iron salt taken with protein, fat and acids form an instant killer. The addition of vitamin K, folic acid, copper, fluoride, nitrate and other constipating factors makes this killer combination even more extremely toxic. Even the strongest persons in the world cannot easily survive after taking these various combinations of instant killers. The other factors that can increase the blood pressure are the constipating drugs and medicines, and constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. The foods and drinks which are rich in the laxative factors help in lowering the blood pressure and in preventing heart disease associated with constipation and high blood pressure. Persons having constipation and high blood pressure should increase the intakes of laxative dietary factors such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphate, zinc, etc. Persons suffering from constipation and high blood pressure should eat foods prepared with iodized salt. Calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease in the persons who take such calcium supplements. Persons with constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease should prefer dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood pressure and heart disease, and therefore should be avoided. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise should be avoided as it is bad for persons with heart disease because it can cause constipation. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men as it can give them constipation which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. The loss of blood due to injuries and blood donations can also cause constipation and increase the blood pressure. Loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can give constipation and high blood pressure to women. ★How is Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes Caused?★ Instead of non-insulin-dependent diabetes, this type of diabetes should be called non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors can cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in susceptible persons. The regular consumption of foods that are deficient in the laxative factors can also cause constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. For example, the refined foods like white bread, other white flour products, sugar products, and white polished rice tend to cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes in those who consume such foods regularly. The other factors that can increase the blood sugar and cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes are the constipating drugs and medicines, constipating adulterants, residues of constipating pesticides and other constipating contaminants in foods and drinks. Why do the excessive intakes of the dietary constipating factors cause non-insulin-deficiency diabetes? In the condition of constipation, there is greater stability of the organic biochemicals like protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc, including the hormones like insulin, in the body. Due to chronic constipation, protein, fat, carbohydrate and other biochemicals become very stable and cannot be broken up at a normal rate. There is a much slower break up and utilization of protein, fat and glycogen (human carbohydrate) so they tend to accumulate in the body. When they get saturated in the body, even the glucose level gradually begins to rise in the blood leading to diabetes. In this type of diabetes, there is more than enough insulin in the bodies of patients, as insulin becomes more stable than it is in normal individuals. The insulin is too stable to be utilized properly, and this insulin prevents conversion of an adequate amount of glycogen into glucose to provide enough energy. The person affected by diabetes associated with chronic constipation tends to gain weight as the stored energy reserves in the form of glycogen cannot be broken up and utilized at the normal rate. When glycogen becomes saturated in the cells of the muscles of the body, the glucose level starts rising in the blood, as not much glucose can be sent to the cells of the body to be converted into glycogen. The glucose also becomes too stable to be broken up efficiently to produce energy. When more and more glucose accumulates in the blood, diabetes makes its presence. The body then tries to get rid of the excess of glucose through the urine, which can increase the frequency of urination and the volume of urine. Insulin should not be administered in the non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, because the extra insulin can cause an excessive accumulation of glycogen in the cells of the body leading to many related problems like the formation of more cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. The administration of insulin can even make this type of diabetes worse. ★★Cure for Non-Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes★★ In non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, there are real or relative deficiencies of the laxative factors in the body. The consumption of foods and drinks, which are rich in the laxative factors, helps in lowering the blood sugar in persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons having constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should increase the consumption of foods and drinks that are rich in the laxative nutrients like vitamin B1 (thiamine), pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (phosphoric acid in dilute form), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. If you have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should reduce the intakes of the constipating factors. Food supplements and medical preparations containing the constipating factors can be harmful for persons with NIDD. You should try to avoid the consumption of foods that are very rich in the constipating nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, nitrates, copper, etc. The patients should consume more quantities of the unrefined foods, that are rich in laxative factors, like whole-wheat flour products and brown unpolished rice, vegetables and fruits like papaya, brinjal (eggplant), guar (cluster beans), bitter gourd, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. They should consume moderate quantities of protein-rich beans, moong and other pulses and legumes. They should consume vegetable soups which are rich in the laxative nutrients and can be beneficial for them. They should greatly reduce the consumption of foods that contain animal protein, animal fat, eggs, butter, cheese, etc. Meats cured with salts containing nitrate, like Chile saltpeter and saltpeter, should be totally avoided. They should consume some quantity of foods containing carotene instead of preformed vitamin A. If you have constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, drinking wheat water can provide you with extra quantities of many laxative nutrients. For getting wheat water, unwashed wheat should be boiled in water. Half a cup of wheat can be boiled in one and a half cups of water for 2 minutes. The brew should be left standing for not more than about 5 minutes. It should be strained within a short time, otherwise wheat will begin to absorb most of the water. Drink the wheat water hot or cold, once or twice in a day, according to your need. Don't consume the boiled wheat, but throw it away as it no longer contains most of its original vitamins and minerals. Persons with constipation and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should consume milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D. They should also expose their skins to sunshine for some time daily because that can make their skins synthesize vitamin D. They should use iodized salt in place of ordinary salt. If the constipation persists, the diabetics can also use milk of magnesia, magnesium sulfate and some other laxative salts of essential minerals. The intake of calcium supplements, which do not contain the phosphate radical, like calcium carbonate, tend to increase constipation and high blood sugar in the persons who have non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Persons with constipation and high blood sugar should preferably take dicalcium phosphate and avoid calcium carbonate. They should not drink hard water which contains calcium chloride and calcium sulfate. Taking beverages containing dilute phosphoric acid helps in undoing the constipating effect and related problems caused by excess calcium in the body. In diabetes associated with hypothyroidism, thyroxin may be given to the patients for some time. As a nutritionist, I do not favor the use of hormones for any long-term treatment, as hormone therapies can produce many side effects. It is better to make the patients consume iodized salt regularly as a long-term measure to treat hypothyroidism. This measure should also help to control the symptoms of non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Toothpastes and mouth washes containing fluoride and fluoridated water can cause very severe constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Therefore, fluoride-rich products should be avoided by the diabetics. Foods cooked in non-stick teflon-coated utensils should also be avoided as they get contaminated with fluoride. Heat-resistant glass and good quality enamel-coated utensils are the best for cooking foods. As copper is a constipating factor, the constipated persons should not consume foods and drinks stored or prepared in copper vessels. Persons prone to constipation, high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes, should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing copper. Their teeth should be free of copper. Prolonged and strenuous exercise causes constipation and should be avoided by persons with high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive indulgence in sex, leading to the excessive loss of semen, should be avoided by men, as it is extremely constipating and can gradually lead to high blood sugar and non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. The loss of blood due to any injuries and blood donations can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. Excessive loss of blood due to heavy menstruation can cause constipation and increase the blood sugar in women with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes. During the period of lactation, women, who excessively breast-feed their extremely hungry older infants, may suffer from constipation. They should avoid excessive breast-feeding of their infants, as the excessive loss of milk from their mammary glands makes the effects of their non-insulin-deficiency diabetes worse. With the guidance of an expert nutritionist, constipated persons with non-insulin-deficiency diabetes should take some suitable tonics or food supplements which contain laxative nutrients like vitamin B1, pantothenate, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphate (as in dilute phosphoric acid), manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iodine, chromium, etc. Diabetics should avoid mental tension, because mental tension produces toxic chemicals that spread to the whole body and weaken it further. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● ★★CONSTIPATION due to IRRADIATED Foods★★ Irradiation of foods is done for reducing spoilage by killing the pathogenic bacteria and harmful insects. Irradiation is also used for preventing the sprouting and ripening in vegetables and fruits. Irradiation of foods causes massive losses of Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C, which can be even up to 90 per cent! The regular consumption of such foods can cause EXTREMELY SEVERE CONSTIPATION, which cannot be relieved even by the regular use of laxatives. Even the highly experienced doctors cannot easily find out the real reason for such SEVERE CONSTIPATION caused by the IRRADIATED FOODS, which can destroy Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other biochemicals even within the bodies of the persons who consume such foods! This chronic constipation due to the IRRADIATED FOODS can be associated with edema, high blood pressure, high levels of fat and cholesterol, heart disease, headaches, sleeplessness, mental depression, chronic fatigue, non-insulin-deficiency diabetes (NIDD), leukemia, tumors and cancer. Even the fiber-rich foods made from multigrains can become EXTREMELY CONSTIPATING after they are treated with IRRADIATION, which causes MASSIVE DESTRUCTION of Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and other nutrients in such foods, as well as in the bodies of people who consume such foods. Almost all of the packed foods and drinks, which have shelf lives of many months, or even a couple of years, are HIGHLY IRRADIATED items. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
  24. ★★★RELATIONSHIP between DIARRHEA, Low BP & DIABETES★★★ There are two main types of diabetes mellitus which are known as Insulin-Dependent Diabetes (IDD) and Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes (NIDD). One can understand that low blood sugar (glucose) is the opposite of high blood sugar as in diabetes. But how should one understand that one type of diabetes has many symptoms that are the opposite of the symptoms found in the other type of diabetes, even though both types of diabetes raise the blood-sugar levels? In diabetes, the fasting blood-sugar level rises above the normal limit of 120 mg per 100 ml of blood. The normal fasting blood-sugar range is about 80 to 120 mg per 100 ml of blood. Why should the two types of diabetes raise the blood sugar and yet have many other symptoms that are of the opposite types? This paradox about the two types of diabetes is one of the most difficult problems to understand in the sphere of Nutrition and Health. I had to find out a way to understand the paradox about the two forms of diabetes, which is the reason I could cure myself of diabetes about 33 years back. I had to solve the riddle of diabetes for my own personal benefit. Both of my parents had diabetes, and they came from families prone to diabetes. While many of my diabetic relatives took drugs to control their blood-sugar levels, I have never taken any drug to keep my blood-sugar level normal. The fact that seems most surprising to others is that I have also been consuming sweet foods and drinks for all these years, except for a period of a few months! In those few months, I used artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame, which I had to give up because I got pain in the muscles and bones. In spite of what I state, other people are not ready to believe the fact that I cured myself of active diabetes, and I have kept my blood sugar under control for many years, just by balancing the different dietary factors. In fact, I have not taken any allopathic or non-allopathic drugs in the last 46 years to treat myself for any disease. The artificial sweeteners, which I could use only for a few months, were meant to replace sugar in my foods and drinks and not for curing diabetes. I have preferred to use only the suitable combinations of vitamins, essential minerals and other nutrients to treat myself for any disease in all these years. According to my research, the basic cause of IDD is persistent or recurrent diarrhea in the affected persons. The basic cause of NIDD is chronic or recurrent constipation in the affected persons. So, for understanding the nature of the two types of diabetes, it is necessary to know what are the causes of persistent diarrhea and chronic constipation. Broadly speaking, to be free from both the types of diabetes, the general rule for any person is to avoid both diarrhea and constipation. This is my basic theory on controlling diabetes. To be more scientific, one must avoid both diarrhea and constipation by adjusting the intakes of only the essential dietary factors as far as possible. It is not really easy to succeed in this, as corrections are required in the intakes of many essential dietary factors. ★★★Causes of Diarrhea★★★ Diarrhea is caused by various combinations of the following factors: 1. Excessive amounts of the laxative nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and some other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. 2. Deficiencies of the constipating nutrients. 3. Laxative medicines and drugs. 4. Laxative additives, adulterants and contaminants in foods and drinks. 5. Residues of laxative pesticides and petroleum products in foods and drinks. 6. Lack of exercise and excessive rest. 7. Overeating which results in the excess of energy available to the body. 8. Prolonged retention of semen (in men) due to lack of sex. 9. Hyperthyroidism. 10. Polycythemia (high RBC count). Abstinence from sex makes diarrhea much worse in young men. During the period of lactation women, who do not breast-feed their infants, may suffer from diarrhea due to the retention of milk in their mammary glands. The symptoms associated with persistent or recurrent diarrhea are damage to the gastro-intestinal tract, dehydration, fever, low blood pressure, heart disease associated with low blood pressure, rapid loss of weight and chronic fatigue. The other symptoms in this condition can include insulin-deficiency diabetes (IDD), acidosis, gout, low levels of fat and cholesterol in the body, ulcers, ulcerous cancers, etc. ★★Cures for Diarrhea & Related Diseases★★ Persons suffering from diarrhea, low blood pressure, insulin-deficiency diabetes and other associated problems should take greater amounts of the constipating dietary factors such as: Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin K Riboflavin (vitamin B2) Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) Niacin Tryptophan (an amino acid) Folic acid Protein Fat Some organic acids like citric acid (but not vitamin C) Calcium Fluoride Chloride (Bromide) Nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen Copper Etc. Generally speaking, I consider protein and fat to be constipating factors. ★Note of Caution: High doses of the nutrients should not be given once the symptoms of diarrhea are controlled. Moving too fast in the opposite direction can bring new symptoms of the opposite condition that can frighten the patients. Nutrition therapists must have the knowledge about such critical stages. Lower doses of nutrients should be given once the change from the diarrheal stage to the constipating tendency is noticed. The treatment should be changed or even stopped once the original symptoms disappear. ★The salts of micronutrients like fluoride, copper, vitamin K and folic acid should be taken only on the advice of an expert nutritionist. Even small overdoses of such micronutrients taken regularly can be toxic. Patients suffering from diarrhea, and the other associated symptoms, should reduce the intakes of laxative dietary factors such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. They should avoid laxative medicines and drugs as well as foods containing laxative additives, laxative contaminants, and residues of laxative pesticides and petroleum products. ★Foods Should be Boiled & Water Thrown Away★ For persons suffering from persistent diarrhea, the vegetables, fruits and other items used in their diets should be thoroughly washed, as that can help in removing the pesticides sprayed on them in the fields and storehouses. Also, such patients should eat only those vegetables, pulses, meat, chicken, etc, that are cooked after they are first boiled in water for some time and the water is thrown away. For example, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beetroots, peas, beans, gram, lentil, moong, meat, chicken, rice, etc, can be boiled for some time first, and the water thrown away, before they are cooked further. Boiling them in water, and discarding that water, reduces the quantities of the laxative factors like potassium, magnesium, phosphate, manganese, chromium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), etc, in such foods. Tomato and sour lemon juice can also be added to the boiled and cooked vegetables, pulses, meat, chicken, etc, to make them more effective in curing diarrhea. This procedure should be followed as long as it is necessary to control diarrhea. I am definitely not joking when I state that the nutrient-rich water used for boiling the foods of patients having diarrhea should be thrown away. This is not exactly an ideal solution, but the first requirement is to save a patient's life in such a bad situation. Only when the causes of diarrhea are identified, and steps are taken to remove such causes, can this procedure be stopped. For example, one such cause of persistent diarrhea can be the consumption of cooking oil contaminated with residues of petroleum products. Finding out the actual cause of diarrhea and stopping the consumption of the contaminated oil, and then correcting and balancing the diet to make it normal, can take some time. There is no need to be dogmatic on this issue of conserving nutrients. Persons suffering from diarrhea must avoid even the relative excesses of laxative nutrients in their diet. We must not overlook the importance of the relative excesses and relative deficiencies of nutrients in the bodies of patients with the different types of health problems. All the therapies should be based on logical thinking rather than on the dogmatic and wrong belief that we require more and more quantities of all the essential nutrients. A particular patient's needs at a particular time should determine how much of the different nutrients he should be given. Nutrition Therapy must be made a dynamic form of medical treatment. The dietary treatment should be changed according to the actual needs of an individual patient at a particular time. No treatment should be continued when it is no longer required by any particular patient. The patients with diarrhea should not consume fiber-rich carbohydrate foods like unrefined cereals, vegetables and fruits. They should preferably eat white polished rice and refined white-flour foods instead of whole-wheat flour foods. The refined foods, which are poor in the laxative vitamins and minerals, should be given to such patients till they get cured of diarrhea. Indigestible dietary fiber or roughage, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, is present in large amounts in the whole-grain flour products, bran-enriched foods, peas, beans and pulses, leafy and root vegetables, and fruits, especially with their skins. Dietary fiber is considered biochemically inert in the gastro-intestinal tracts of humans. Biochemically, pure dietary fiber should be considered neither a laxative nor a constipating factor in its action. But the dietary fiber can be packed with many laxative and some constipating factors, as in the brans of wheat, rice and other grains, leaves of vegetables and skins of fruits. Dietary fiber can also absorb a lot of water in the gastro-intestinal tract, and thus can help in producing peristalsis in the intestines. So dietary fiber can be considered as a factor that may physically help in the production of peristalsis in the gastro-intestinal tract. ★★More Measures to Control Diarrhea★★ The following salts are laxative and so the processed foods, drinks and medical preparations containing them should be avoided by persons with diarrhea: Sodium sulfate = Na2SO4 (purgative). Potassium sulfate = K2SO4 (purgative). Magnesium sulfate = MgSO4. Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) = Mg(OH)2. Sodium phosphate = Na3PO4. Potassium phosphate = K3PO4. Magnesium phosphate = Mg3(PO4)2. Laxative salts of micronutrients: Potassium iodide = KI. Sodium Iodide = NaI. Zinc sulfate = ZnSO4. Other salts of zinc. Manganese sulfate = MnSO4. Other salts of manganese. Chromium trichloride = CrCl3. Other salts of chromium. In the condition of diarrhea, patients should avoid cola drinks containing phosphoric acid, vitamin D-fortified milk and iodized salt. Chemical compounds like potassium iodide and sodium iodide are used for the iodization of table salt. The excess of iodine can cause diarrhea due to an excessive formation of thyroxin in the bodies of persons consuming such salt. Instead of consuming milk for getting calcium, patients should take tablets containing calcium carbonate, as that salt can help in controlling diarrhea. They should also avoid eating highly spiced foods, onion, especially raw onion, and garlic. Persons suffering from diarrhea and related problems should avoid overeating, because overeating produces a laxative tendency. They should take exercise regularly as exercise helps in checking diarrhea. Exposure of the skin to sunshine should be reduced to prevent the formation of too much vitamin D in the body. Even the heat of sunshine should be considered as a laxative factor because it provides energy. Men should not let semen accumulate in their bodies for a long time, as that can produce a laxative effect. Blood-letting helps in curing diarrhea in persons having polycythemia or high red-blood cell count. During the period of lactation, women should not avoid breast-feeding their infants, as the retention of milk in the mammary glands may cause diarrhea in them. ★How is Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes Caused?★ Instead of insulin-dependent diabetes, this type of diabetes should be called insulin-deficiency diabetes. The excessive intakes of the dietary laxative factors can cause insulin-deficiency diabetes in susceptible persons. The regular consumption of foods that are deficient in the constipating factors can also cause diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes. The other factors that can increase the blood sugar and cause insulin-deficiency diabetes are the laxative drugs and medicines, laxative adulterants, residues of laxative pesticides, residues of petroleum products and other laxative contaminants in foods and drinks. Why do the excessive intakes of laxative factors cause insulin-deficiency diabetes? In the condition of diarrhea, there is a faster and greater break up of the organic biochemicals like protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc, including hormones like insulin, in the body. In this type of diabetes, there is a massive formation of glucose due to the massive splitting of protein, fat and glycogen (carbohydrate) in the body. In severe cases of IDD, there is even a wasting of tissues of the muscles and other organs due to the rapid destruction of protein and fat. In the body, most of the glucose is normally produced from the carbohydrate of the foods consumed. In the liver, glucose is also produced from fat and amino acids. Glycogen is produced from glucose in the liver and in the muscle cells. Insulin is the anabolic hormone which helps in converting glucose to glycogen. One main function of insulin is to prevent the accumulation of too much glucose in the body. Insulin thus helps in making the utilization and oxidation of glucose gradual and continuous. During persistent diarrhea, which causes a deficiency of insulin, not much glycogen can be formed or stored in the body. In IDD, the rise in the blood-glucose level is due to the excessive formation of glucose especially from the rapid break up of protein and fat. In the diabetic state, to prevent itself from further harm, the body tries to get rid of the excessive amount of glucose by excreting it through the kidneys as a constituent of urine. To facilitate this process, urine becomes copious and urination becomes frequent. Why do such diabetics require insulin injections regularly or even every day? Obviously, the insulin is used up faster because the laxative biochemical factors in the body rapidly destroy insulin just like they destroy the other organic compounds such as protein, fat, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, folic acid, etc. When there is a massive splitting up of protein, fat and other organic compounds, not much new insulin can be formed in the body. Even the limited amounts of insulin in the body are destroyed fast. Insulin-deficiency diabetes is caused by the rapid destruction of insulin and by the non-formation or inadequate formation of new insulin. How does the administration of insulin help the diabetics? The administration of insulin slows down the break up of protein, fat and carbohydrate (glycogen) by making them more stable, and this reduces the formation of glucose which also brings down the blood glucose levels. In this way, insulin helps to control diabetes. According to my research, insulin should be a constipating factor. I am sure that the administration of insulin can even control some of the symptoms of one type of AIDS. I wonder why an anabolic hormone like insulin is not used to treat this type of AIDS instead of giving the highly toxic anti-retroviral drugs to the patients! As a nutritionist, I do not favor the adoption of hormone therapies for long periods, but I am not against the use of hormones in treating serious cases which involve life-threatening emergencies or other critical situations. As far as possible, hormones should not be used for long-term therapies, as their prolonged use can produce serious side-effects in the patients. The hormone therapies also cannot treat the basic causes of diseases. ★★Cure for Insulin-Deficiency Diabetes★★ In the insulin-deficiency diabetes, there are real or relative deficiencies of the constipating factors in the body. If you have insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should consume foods that are rich in the constipating nutrients like preformed vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acid, protein, fat, organic acids like citric acid, calcium, fluoride, chloride, nitrates and some other compounds of nitrogen, copper, etc. The consumption of foods containing animal protein, animal fat and eggs is beneficial in this condition. The constipating nutrients help in a similar way as insulin does. They can make even insulin more stable. If you have insulin-deficiency diabetes, you should reduce the intakes of the laxative factors. Food supplements and medical preparations containing laxative factors can be harmful for persons with IDD. You should try to avoid the consumption of foods that are very rich in the laxative nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenate, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, iodine, chromium, phosphates and other compounds of phosphorus, zinc, etc. Patients with IDD should particularly avoid cola drinks containing phosphoric acid, vitamin D-fortified milk, iodized salt, and vitamin C enriched beverages. We must realize that even the water-soluble vitamin C supplements can do a lot of harm if they are taken regularly in this condition. The administration of thyroxin can trigger an attack of insulin-deficiency diabetes in the patients who are prone to it, but I know that many allopathic doctors actually prescribe thyroxin to patients who suffer from diarrhea and have insulin-deficiency diabetes! The administration of thyroxin must be avoided in such cases, as it makes both the diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes worse, and can even kill the patients. Iodized salt should also be avoided by such patients, as the excess of iodine causes hyperthyroidism which is associated with diarrhea and insulin-deficiency diabetes. Vitamin D is a laxative factor, and so exposure of the skin to sunshine should be reduced or avoided by persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes. You should find out a way to avoid the excessive ingestion of zinc that results from the drinking of water supplied through zinc-coated galvanized pipes, tanks and other vessels. The excessive amounts of zinc can very easily enter foods, drinks and medicines. Persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes should not have dental fillings, caps or bridges containing zinc. Their teeth should be free of zinc. The ingestion of large amounts of zinc is known to cause a severe deficiency or relative deficiency of copper in the human body. Copper can help in reducing the effectiveness of zinc. So drinking some quantity of water stored in a copper vessel is beneficial. The chromium-plated utensils should not be used for cooking or storing foods, drinks and water. The best option for persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes is to use heat-resistant glass or enamel-coated utensils of the best quality. If stainless steel utensils cannot be avoided, only the best quality stainless steel utensils should be used. In insulin-deficiency diabetes, it will be a terrible mistake for the patients to take chromium supplements, as the extra chromium can do terrible harm to them. The patients with insulin-deficiency diabetes should not have any dental fillings, caps or bridges containing chromium. Their teeth should be free of chromium. Blood-letting can help in curing diabetes in persons having polycythemia and diarrhea. The excessive intake of food increases the availability of energy nutrients in the body, which can result in the production of more glucose. Overeating produces a laxative effect. The reduction in food intake is beneficial in such cases. Lack of exercise is a laxative factor. Therefore, taking more of active physical exercise is beneficial in insulin-deficiency diabetes. Lack of sex for long periods is laxative for men. Sexual gratification, with loss of semen, is a constipating factor for men. Sexual gratification reduces the laxative effect of the large amount of semen produced in the bodies of young men. Sexual activity helps men in controlling diarrhea and in reducing the effects of insulin-deficiency diabetes. During the period of lactation, women should not avoid breast-feeding their infants, as the retention of milk in the mammary glands may cause diarrhea in them. Breast-feeding should help in reducing both the diarrhea and the effects of insulin-deficiency diabetes in lactating women. Diabetics should not add artificial sweeteners to their beverages as such additives are known to cause many harmful side-effects and even cancer in the long run. If the diabetics must consume tea and coffee with some suitable taste, they can add a little salt instead of sugar to the two beverages. Black tea or black coffee can be lightly brewed along with a little salt. A small quantity of sour lemon juice can be added to the salted black tea or coffee by any diabetic persons who prefer to have their beverages with a better taste. ★Ingestion of Petroleum Residues & Diabetes★ The ingestion of residues of petroleum products through foods and drinks can cause insulin-deficiency diabetes. The residues of petroleum products like hexane and paraffin, in contaminated and adulterated foods and drinks, cause loose motions due to the losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and other nutrients. There is also a massive destruction of many organic biochemicals, including hormones like insulin, in the body. The ingestion of residues of petroleum products drastically reduces the formation of insulin and also causes the destruction of insulin in the body. The ingestion of residues of petroleum products must be stopped to be able to cure insulin-deficiency diabetes. In some countries, like India, castor oil is used on oilseeds and foodgrains to protect them from insects. As an allopathic medicine, castor oil is used regularly as a purgative by many people all over the world. Purgatives like castor oil must be strictly avoided by persons with insulin-deficiency diabetes, as they cause losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and other nutrients. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●● Note on Classification of Nutrients: The general purpose classification of nutrients into the laxative factors and the constipating factors is very helpful in understanding the biochemical properties and effects of the commonly consumed foods. For the sake of easy reference, I have classified protein and fat as constipating factors, but let me state that all the types of protein and fat do not have constipating properties. Strictly speaking, each and every type of protein, amino acid, fat, fatty acid, any other organic or inorganic acid, carbohydrate, sugar, dietary mineral, and derivative of any vitamin must be precisely and correctly classified as a laxative factor or a constipating factor by nutritionists. We must also classify all the nutrients in categories other than those of laxative and constipating factors. There can no running away from the reality of such a massive task. No individual scientist or single group of nutritionists can do the massive work of listing all the nutrients in different categories. So we require millions of nutritionists for this new research, and the world is going to get them especially from among the educated housewives who cook food for their families. The nutritionists shall then form the largest individual group of scientists in the world. ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
  25. ★★★Ingestion of PETROLEUM Residues causes MANY DISEASES★★★ Hexane petrol is used as a solvent for extracting more oil from oilseeds by many manufacturers of edible oils. Hexane is one of the main petroleum contaminants that is ingested as a residue in such cooking oils, which we use for preparing different foods. Paraffin or petrolatum is another petroleum product very widely used in western countries as a protective coating for fruits and vegetables, as an anti-foaming agent in beet-sugar refining, as a release agent in bakery products, in chewing gum base, for sealing the packs of food products and beverages, in cosmetics and, in liquid form, as a laxative. Some manufacturers of table salt use paraffin wax in the proportion of about 0.5 per cent as an anti-caking agent to make the salt free flowing. Paraffin is known for causing cancer. Low-level, prolonged poisoning with hexane, paraffin and other petroleum products can cause chronic diarrhea in the affected persons. Chronic diarrhea causes massive losses of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and many other nutrients. By causing deficiencies of these nutrients, the residues of petroleum contaminants in foods can damage the mucous membranes of the gastro-intestinal tract and kidneys, causing inflammation and chronic pain in many parts of the abdomen. The affected persons can get ulcers, abdominal pain, stinky flatulence, skin problems like dandruff, dermatitis due to damage to the skin, and later even cancers of the mucous membranes and the skin. There can be rapid loss of weight in spite of adequate intake of food, fall in blood pressure, arrhythmic heartbeats and heart disease associated with low blood pressure. Many patients can also suffer from weak eyesight and insomnia. The deficiency of vitamin K causes hemophilia in many persons. ★Chronic Diarrhea can cause AIDS, Asthma, Diabetes★ The daily ingestion of petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks can produce an extremely lethargic condition and chronic fatigue, rapid premature ageing, even AIDS and early death. Consumed regularly, knowingly or unknowingly, paraffin is one of the major causes of AIDS in USA and other western countries. Chronic diarrhea and the loss of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K cause a severe deficiency of mucus in the body. Once there is a deficiency of mucus, all the mucous membranes, including those of the respiratory organs, are adversely affected and become allergic to many substances and chemicals, including some nutrients, and even the oxygen of inhaled air. So, the ingestion of petroleum-contaminated foods can cause respiratory problems like coughs, colds, bronchitis, leading even to the depressed-breathing asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis and AIDS. Why do many truck drivers get AIDS? One of the most important causes of AIDS in truck drivers is the regular inhalation of vapors from the unburned diesel and petrol and also the smoke from the burnt petroleum products. The regular inhalation of smoke and unburned vapors of petroleum products can cause allergic coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases in the drivers of vehicles, petrol pump attendants and garage workers. By causing the losses of large quantities of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K, as a result of chronic diarrhea, the residues of petroleum products in contaminated foods and drinks can also cause the faster breakdown of many organic biochemicals, including the hormones like insulin, in the body. Consumed regularly, the petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks cause insulin-deficiency diabetes (IDD) by drastically reducing the formation of insulin and also by rapidly destroying insulin in the body. ★Arthritis, Fractures, Loss of Teeth★ Petroleum-contaminated foods, containing residues of hexane and paraffin, can cause severe demineralization of the bones and teeth. There can be constant pain in the bones and teeth due to the deficiencies of calcium and fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. The severe decalcification of bones can lead to arthritis and fractures, and the tooth decay can cause cavities and loss of teeth. As an affected person gets aches and pains in various parts of the body, he suffers from an inability to sit, stand or sleep in one position for long. The pain in the bones can also involve the spinal column. ★MILLIONS Suffer from CHRONIC BACKACHES★ One of the main reasons for the millions of people in the world to get chronic backaches is the ingestion of foods and drinks contaminated with residues of petroleum products. The residues of petroleum products can be found in oils and fats, sugar, bakery products and many other processed foods of mass consumption. Millions of people can easily get chronic back pain in the modern age due to the consumption of such petroleum-contaminated foods and drinks over a period of time. There should be a complete ban on the use of hexane petrol in the extraction of edible oil from oilseeds. Paraffin should also not be used in any form in or on food products. Petrolatum or paraffin should not be used to clarify sugar. Paraffin wax should not be used to coat fruits and vegetables. It is better to use glycerin and its products, or suitable edible oils, instead of paraffin in ointments and creams. As far as possible, we should avoid all foods and drinks that are most likely to be contaminated especially with petroleum products like hexane and paraffin. ★LPG is NOT CLEAN as it is NOT OXYGEN★ Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consists of butane, isobutane, propane, propylene, butylenes and other gases. The impure LPG can also contain other harmful chemical additives and contaminants. Natural gas consists mainly of methane with some amounts of ethane, propane, butane and nitrogen. A warning odor is added to the domestic cooking fuel as a safety measure for precaution. Due to their designs, gas furnaces function in such a way that a little quantity of unburned gas is bound to leak out, thus polluting the air in the kitchens. Cheap low-quality LPG containing some toxic gas is passed on to consumers with a claim that the irritating smell of the gas is due to a safe additive which is an indicator to warn about any leakage of gas. ★Inhalation of LPG can cause Headaches, Asthma, Heart Problems★ The substandard LPG with the irritating smell is a very sickening substance which can easily trigger headaches, coughs and colds in the millions of housewives and other cooks who work in the kitchens. Even some forms of asthma and heart problems may be caused by the regular inhalation of harmful vapors of impure LPG contaminated with the harmful chemical additives, The cheap, impure and toxic LPG is sold in many places in India. Politicians permit the sale of poisonous products that cause epidemics of asthma, AIDS and other diseases in millions of consumers, and later they make pretences of protecting them. Health officials then wonder where the diseases like asthma and AIDS come from. They then get costly toxic drugs administered even when such drugs don't cure, as the causes are not removed. Again, huge amounts of money are made from the sale of costly drugs. ★Bits of GREASE can Contaminate Foods★ Small bits of toxic grease used for the lubrication of grinding mills can get mixed with the flour. The ingestion of grease-contaminated flour can be extremely harmful. A lubricating grease is a mixture of a mineral oil and paraffin, wax or soap. Some soaps used in making greases contain barium, aluminium, lead, lithium or zinc. Some greases also contain graphite. Billions of people consume cereal flours in different forms. Have we ever cared to find out how many people become sick due to the consumption of flour products which get contaminated with grease?