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  1. plus Dairy. For me, dairy results in inflammatory or cystic acne. Whereas when I consume trans fats or wheat/gluten, my sebum production increases, and this generally lends itself to non-inflammatory breakouts like closed comedones and folliculitis because the yeast that triggers them is fed by sebum.
  2. I'm so glad to see this thread resurrected. I wish all of Listener's posts were. For me, it's trans fats/vegetable oils and wheat/gluten.
  3. 400mg is really the bare bones minimum. The best way to find the right dose of magnesium for you is to titrate up until you experience a loose stool. Then drop it 50-100mg below whatever that dosage was. A teaspoon of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) dissolved in water (followed by plenty of pure water afterwards) is a great way to quickly and safely up your magnesium levels to get things moving. Also, be sure you are getting your supplement in either a citrate or glycinate form, because magnesium
  4. Hmm...Not sure why you posted this in the diet & holistic health forum. There is a separate board in the forums dedicated to discussions about Accutane. You'll likely have more luck with your question there.
  5. Die-off symptoms are different for everyone. The first time I had one I had flu-like symptoms for a day and then my skin cleared nicely.
  6. In a way. It will restore your amino acid levels to a place where altering your diet and lifestyle choices (in order to heal your skin) won't trigger a relapse, because that's the most important thing right now. Dr. Julia Ross (she saved my life): The Diet Cure [Link removed]
  7. Much praise on your commitment to recovery and all the hard work you did to get this far. I am currently taking adjunct courses in Nutritional Psychology and have a particular interest in the connection between typical and atypical eating disorders and the gut/brain/skin axis, because yes, there does seem to be a strong correlation--especially in women. Have you ever heard of amino acid therapy?
  8. Agreed with Coce--pea protein is safe. Though it can make some people gassy. My favorite is Bob's Red Mill Chai Protein shakes. It's a vegan formula made with chia seeds and sweetened with monk fruit and it has added pre and probiotics. One bag lasts about two weeks. I like to add two heaping tablespoons along with cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of instant coffee, and a dash of sea salt to a mug of hot almond milk in the morning. It's the perfect vegan or paleo friendly dupe for a Starbucks latte.
  9. I did not. I would also recommend starting off on some S. boulardii + MOS. Start off slow--5 billion a day for a week, and then moving up to 15-20 billion a day for a month. Two more supplements I would add to the mix would be N-acetyl Cysteine to support liver detoxification and stimulate glutathione production (to ease detox die-off symptoms), and a raw, food-sourced B-complex to support your adrenals by keeping your B-6 and methyl B-12 levels up--Garden of Life makes an excellent raw B-co
  10. Aw, you're so welcome, sweetie. It's for sure scary, I know . I actually never went on BC pills with the intent of clearing my skin. I was just on them for, well, birth control--mostly because my jerk ex-boyfriend complained about using condoms and said it ruined sex for him (ugh). I quit taking them before I read any studies about how damaging they were to my body as well--I just had an intuitive feeling that they were altering my hormones in a way that was scary and ultimately consequential
  11. Antibiotics are quickly becoming useless for H. Pylori and proton pump inhibitors (also most commonly prescribed by mainstream doctors) are completely backwards logic as they decrease stomach acid even further (which is what H. Pylori is already doing). I killed my infection 7 months ago and healed the resulting ulcers in about two weeks with three natural products: organic apple cider vinegar, mastic gum, and matula tea. I then used L-glutamine to rebuild my stomach lining and continued taki
  12. Since it seems unlikely to me that most people who suffer from chronic skin conditions like acne are not also dealing with some other systemic or localized illnesses or unexplained symptoms, I wondered if (in the spirit of putting the "holistic health" back in the "Diet & holistic health" board) anyone would be interested in sharing their health history here. Also, what (if any) foods seem to trigger symptoms for you or lend themselves to healing. Creating a timeline of overall health proble
  13. Not too sure. I've been drinking 2-3 cups a day for a few years just because I like the taste and it chills me out. I'm pretty much 100% clear these days, but it's hard to say what part the tea played in it. On another note, you're really pretty!
  14. And for what it's worth, your instincts are spot on about birth control. Temporarily shutting off certain hormones is not "fixing" a hormonal imbalance--it's the equivalent of covering up the blinking "check engine" light in your car with a post-it so you don't have to see it while you continue to drive. Since unfortunately, I've never heard of anyone who went off BC and didn't see their symptoms return with a vengeance, I can't promise it will be easy at first, but it will be so worth it i
  15. So yes, testing is absolutely necessary--not only to determine where you stand right now, but also for the purpose of determining which bio-identical hormones would be appropriate and monitoring your therapeutic levels. The gold standard hormone panel would be the DUTCH Hormone Test. It's by and large the most accurate, comprehensive, and patient-friendly model available. This article will tell you everything you need to know about it-- including how it works, what it looks for, how to analyze i
  16. I literally have no idea what you just said. ...Or tried to say.
  17. TRUTH: Birth control pills cause as much permanent catastrophe in the body as antibiotics. If you have been lucky enough to avoid them until now, do your body the best favor you possibly can by keeping on that way. 

  18. I struggle with histamine intolerance as well, though less and less as I fix my body more and more. Yes, to answer your question, it is absolutely something that can just come about all of a sudden, and it can be the the result of a few root problems--the most likely of which is a leaky gut and/or some adjunct gut infection/dysbiosis/parasites. And you're right, if you've progressed to the point of histamine intolerance, your hormones will also very likely have been impacted via the liver sys
  19. Just want to add, I don't know if this was a slip-up on Chris' part or if he just knows something I don't on the matter, but it was actually my understanding that while there are sometimes false negatives on SIBO breath tests (which is why if the symptomology is there you still want to implement a treatment protocol to be safe) , there aren't a great many false positives. So I'm not sure what he means by that bit at the end there...
  20. It really depends on the kind of stool analysis you run. Culture-based methods are the most accurate and comprehensive, imo. While I don't agree with Chris Kresser on everything, he has one of the keenest minds for functional diagnostics in his field. I tracked down a podcast of his where he provides a detailed overview of his choice gut tests, and since I don't think I could describe it any better, I'll just share the transcription from that portion of the interview: "There are a lot of diff
  21. I completely agree. But to be honest, from what I've read online, a lot the results that American Gut have returned have been fishy--sort of like when it comes to testing for food sensitivity, where results differ wildly from lab to lab. For that reason, I've wanted to get a thread going about imperative gut tests for skin issues like acne, eczema, etc. Everything from the best methods for stool analysis to SIBO breath testing, to organic acid profiles, and how to determine if any other panels
  22. There are a few opportunities to contribute to the Human Microbiome Project's expanding research database. American Gut and British Gut, off the top of my head. They are always posting more on the Quantified Self blog too. http://humanfoodproject.com/americangut/
  23. S. Boulardii is especially a gem if you've a Histamine intolerance like me and can't take any fermented foods and/or most probiotics.
  24. Even if it wasn't your intention, the 'before' pictures are very metaphorical--the way so many with acne and scarring believe the world sees their faces. I think this would be a great series.