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About RedRipe

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  1. I've heard mixed reviews about the OCM. Some people say it saved them, others say it permanently damaged their skin. This thread isn't about that, so I'd like to avoid those responses. What I'd like to know is whether (high-quality, hexane free) castor oil is safe to use topically. I thought it was fine, but this little blurb in wiki made me wonder: It sounds like the oil is just fine, but the ricin is a toxic byproduct from the oil production? I don't want to use it if it's potentially
  2. There is actually no difference between "virgin" coconut oil and "unrefined" coconut oil. So, if you're ever doing price comparison...don't get tricked, they're the same thing. Same with "extra virgin" coconut oil. It's not the same as olive oil, so it's all about advertising and wording. Pretty much any organic, unrefined coconut oil is great!
  3. Have you checked the ingredients on your dry fruit? Some people react to sulfur dioxide, which is often added to dried fruit to preserve its shelf life. Junk food may be the first culprit...but sensitivity to sulfur dioxide may be another!
  4. Good advice! I've used manuka honey in the past with good results. Have you seen any difference between manuka honey and any type of high quality honey? Just wondering, as manuka is costly.
  5. Wow. Getting clear has been a long journey, fraught with peril and uncertainty! After disappearing from these boards, I'm back with a quick success story...and a few questions. At this point, I am 99% clear. I know what my food triggers are, and I pay the price when I break the rules. It's been a time-consuming process, but I needed to take it slow with my food elimination. Every time I tried to give up too many foods at once, I ended up cranky and hungry. I'd see results, and then I'd b
  6. Congrats on getting clear. A lot of this is great advice...some is incorrect though.
  7. In December, I visited a nutritionist to talk about food sensitivities. I had been avoiding gluten prior to the appointment and had seen improvements in my digestion and my skin. I described my symptoms to him - bloating, gas, sluggishness, alternating between diarrhea and constipation, acid reflux. He didn't seem to think my symptoms pointed to gluten sensitivity, which surprised me, but I decided to roll with it. I had a blood test for celiac, and the results came back negative. I've been
  8. The cheapest test is around $400, is it not? That money would pay my rent. I know that the cost of living with underlying or undiagnosed food allergies/intolerances could be much, much more than that long term...I'm just not convinced that the alcat isn't full of false positives (or negatives):
  9. Gluten-free grains that are fairly easy to find - Amaranth Brown or white rice Buckwheat/Kasha Millet Quinoa Gluten-free flours/baking ingredients - Rice flour Quinoa flour Garbanzo flour Almond flour or almond meal Potato flour (high gi) Cornmeal (common allergen) Soy flour (common allergen) Tapioca starch (an alternative to cornstarch) Xantham gum (binding agent) Arrowroot powder (binding agent)
  10. Unfortunately, some say that the ALCAT test is an unreliable indicator and may lead to incorrect diagnoses. A lot of these tests are really expensive, so I'm doing as much research as I can before diving in. "Take home" tests through private companies make me nervous, but it seems like people have had some luck with them... I've read that one of the most reliable tests for food allergies is a scratch or skin test...I don't think that this tests food intolerance though. I definitely am intole
  11. If cost is an issue, rice and almond milk seem to be the cheapest alternatives to soy milk. I would choose almond milk over high-carb rice milk, unless you're allergic to almonds... Other good but more pricey alternatives are oat milk, coconut milk (I've also tried the turtle mountain/so delicious brand...it's good!), and hemp milk. Almond and rice milk are good if you're looking for a thinner beverage with a more watery consistency...coconut and hemp milk tend to be thicker, kind of like dri
  12. As I mentioned in my first post, winter is approaching and my skin is getting dry. I have the type of combination skin that can be both greasy and flaking at the same time. I use moisturizer on my hands as well during winter months.
  13. I put "natural" in quotations because I know many naturally-derived ingredients can be rather irritating. Here's the scoop. I've tried so many moisturizers over the years, from drugstore stuff (dove, aveeno, eucerin, cetaphil) to mid-range health store brands (avalon organics, beauty without cruelty, the list goes on). After stressing about my greasy skin for years, I recently discovered that the *only* thing that doesn't make me oily is a dab of jojoba oil mixed with water, or forgoing moist
  14. I've head great luck with mandelic acid and jojoba oil. My blackheads have been stubborn, but they are slowly but surely working their way out. Mandelic acid penetrates the pore and, in my opinion, has helped to shrink my pores back up as it cleans out the gunk. Here's a good thread, started by someone else. I get mine from Garden of Wisdom (online), and use the 15% solution with alcohol...the other one is made with seaweed, which seems to give some folks breakouts. I find that the mandelic
  15. To the person concerned about calcium: It's super easy to get calcium without drinking milk...there are a lot of calcium-fortified non-dairy beverages (soy, almond, and rice milk...even orange juice). If you're not down with "fortified" foods, there are many foods loaded with calcium: white beans, tofu, almonds, brazil nuts, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, turnip greens, cooked spinach, collard greens...even papaya. Eat your greens and you'll be better than fine!