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  1. Hey, please come back and give us an update on your progress. Thanks!

  2. how did the anti and pro biotics help you?

  3. Are you still around? You have just reinforced my own theory.

  4. I couldn't recommend any particular strain of probiotics, especially since everyones flora is different. So I think the best strategy would be a shotgun approach, and take something with the most diversity. I generally recommend fermenting ones own food, just because its cheaper and thats how we have traditionally have got them. Kefir grains are 10 bucks on ebay and a 1 time investment. A kombucha mushroom is the same. I feel probiotics in food form as the bacteria get trapped in the curds, fat
  5. A note about prebiotics and soluble fiber I would actually hold off on prebiotics. The reason why they are "good" for you is that they feed the bacteria in your gut, without preference. In a "normal" person with healthy flora, most of the bacteria is good, and their intestinal lining is in good shape. However, prebiotics and soluble fiber would only aggravate someone with severe dysbiosis and IBS. If you have the wrong bacteria in your gut and you lining is damaged, you will only do more damag
  6. Just one more post before this turns into a flame war. First off, all the articles I posted were from high quality journals. Pub med is just a collection of research journals, and yes, there are many which are garbage. But the ones I posted were from highly respected journals. Seconds, I never said low carbing is what paleo man ate, or that low carbing is good for you. A recent study has shown that the reason people lose weight on low carb diets is mostly that they just eat less calories. Protei
  7. I couldn't resist. Just one more article (an old one from 1998) how genetic factors can affect microbial colonization and autoimmune disease. This may help explain why some of us are "prone" to acne. Slight genetic differences in the immune system cascades, tight barrier function, or even differential expression of toll like receptors may all play roles. This one is a good one and essentially reiterates everything I have said thus far. Just read the entire abstract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1795112...Pubmed_RVDocSum A study on zincs effects on inhibiting Toll-like receptors, thus reducing imflammation. This was a topical study, but oral usage of zinc is also used to treat acne. THere is a prescription acne medication for acne called NICOMIDE, since zinc works so well for acne. Guess what, there are TONS of toll like receptors in the gut. Coincidence? Guardians of the gut: newly appreciated role of epithelial toll-like receptors in protecting the
  9. Wow, no need to get pissy about it. I never told be to take antibiotics, only that I would. And I never said derm methods don't work. They do for most people. But for people like me who have tried everything, including accutane twice at 23 years of age, with moderate acne and seborrhea, and positive skin improvements with dietary changes, hours of countless research through medical journals and coming to my own conclusions (I recommend everyone do their own research so they can come up with thei
  10. This could be true. Taking probiotics with a seriously damaged lining may still cause aggravation. Despite being "good bacteria," they are still bacteria capable of producing foreign substances capable of producing an antibody response. I don't think they will stop the healing process per say, but proper timing in a leaky gut regimen could be important. Good point sleaman.
  11. There aren't many studies that connect acne with leaky gut...yet. But a quick search on Pub Med with key phrases such as "intestinal hyperpermeability" and "autoimmune" and "antibiotics" in different combinations, you will find more than enough journal articles. I know there is a case study where rheumatoid arthritis was successfully treated wit antibiotics. As for the enzymes failing, it could be several things. First, it depends on what type, HCL or fungal enzymes. Im not an expert of enzym
  12. Well I didn't go into detail, but the liver has to detox all those antibodies, so yes, supporting the liver definately can help. If the liver backs up, it comes out the skin. But fixing digestion should take the burden off the liver. I also want to add that my hypothesis about the cross reactivity is probably wrong. Food sensitivies can also contribute. And in the case of celiac disease, gut flora dysibiosis may be secondary to the aggravating food protein. So it may be overall antibody product
  13. (Brace yourself, this post might be long) After years and years of suffering from acne, and spending countless hours of research both on this board, and through research databases such as Pub Med, I think I have connected all the dots and finally figured out what causes acne. As people such as Sweetjade have figured out, the root cause of acne is LEAKY GUT or INTESTINAL HYPERPERMEABILITY What is leaky gut you say? It is exactly how it sounds, your intestines become "leaky" and let large ma
  14. I would recommend probiotics for sure, especially if coming off antibiotics. IF you take them during a course, they only do so much good, since the antibiotics will kill most of them off anyway. But, as you taper of the antibiotics, it is good to take probiotics, otherwise you may end up in a viscious cycle of intestinal dysbiosis if the wrong organisms begin to colonize the gut before the good ones come. Trust me, coming from someone who has been there, it is MUCH easier to prevent, than to tre
  15. For those who are interested in the whole leaky gut/intestinal dysbiosis/candida theory of acne, I found some new research that is only a few months old that I find is really interesting http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1862100...Pubmed_RVDocSum This research states that candida become hyphal (pathogenic/bad) when exposed to fragments from bacterial cell walls. Generally, "bad" fermentative bacteria which can occur after a course of antibiotics without proper recolonization from probiotics g