Paleo definition diet

No matter what, the core principle behind Paleo diet includes focusing on pasture-raised meat, eggs, wild fish and fresh vegetables while avoiding basically everything that is processed such as the gluten in grains, sugary foods, additives, and preservatives. Diet Review: Paleo Diet for Weight Loss Leave it to Harvard to deliver an unbiased look at the research of paleo and the benefits and risks for putting the diet into practice in real life. A paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. What is the paleo diet? The paleo diet is a nutritional approach that focuses on eating only foods that are high in nutrients, unprocessed, and based on the foods that were available and eaten by humans in Paleolithic times. The paleo diet is designed to resemble what human hunter-gatherer ancestors ate thousands of years ago. The focus of the paleo diet is on eating foods that might have been available in the Paleolithic era. The paleo diet is also known as the stone age diet, hunter-gatherer diet, or caveman diet. Welcome to PaleoDiet.org – the official resource for the paleo diet. Unlike other sites in the space – we are a non-profit .org site – so we focus on giving you the best information – period. No BS. If you’re new to paleo – check out our comprehensive paleo definition here. We’re working on expanding […] Paleo Diet Summary Introduction The optimum diet for the human animal based on the nutritional requirements established during its evolutionary path to its present form (the modern homo sapiens). The biologically appropriate diet. What Is The Paleo Diet? Paleo is a simple dietary lifestyle that is based on foods being either in or out. The definition of a paleo diet is a diet that only includes foods that can be hunted or gathered. The theory behind it is that agriculture developed too quickly for the human body to adapt. Therefore, food raised on farms isn’t food that the body can process. The Paleo diet may feel restrictive at first, but if you have an open mind and adventurous palate, you’ll soon find that this way of eating offers infinite variety, flavors, and nourishment. For any life change to truly take hold, it has to be enjoyable.

Carnivore Diet success story with Mike

2020.09.22 13:24 ketogenicendurance Carnivore Diet success story with Mike

Interview with Mike

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Mike Lewis. I work as a medical doctor in the UK. I work in A&E and General Practice. Married with 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren aged 3 and 1. I live in the Lake District in the UK.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I have followed a low carb diet for years. Initially the Atkins diet. He definitely had the main idea correct. He was criticised by the uninformed but I liked his philosophy. And why shouldn’t you try and make money from an idea you and your life’s work. Contrary to popular belief he wasn’t obese when he died from a head injury in 2003.
My diet has changed over the years to paleo then ketogenic before carnivore.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

The evidence seemed to be convincing that the majority of plants weren’t that healthy an option. Many of our ideas about how great they were to eat are based on marketing and the factual information doesn’t match this hype.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started off eating mostly steak, lamb, chicken, eggs and dairy. I still drank coffee with cream initially. Then I dropped the chicken and then dairy and added in organ meats. So now I have steaks, heart and liver (mostly beef) and eggs. I eat twice a day. Still have coffee without cream though.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Since making that change I have lost a further 8lbs and % body fat is 16. I weigh 151 Lbs and 5’9”. Much more energy. Never had any medical issues to begin with and not on any medication. I’m in ketosis all the time but rarely check it any more.
Questions 6 to 10 are here
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2020.09.15 08:08 --NoIdeaWhatImDoing Finally made up my mind to start DDPY. Any advice or tips for a nervous beginner?

So I've had my DDP Yoga DVDs for a while now, and haven't given them much thought. Here recently I've noticed myself struggling a little bit more with my normal work duties, which I attribute to the Colorado wildfires, and my health in general. I have a heart condition, Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, which makes things a little difficult as well.
Something clicked in my head tonight, and I just feel like I'm ready to start my journey now. I struggle a lot with back pain, and stairs seem to be one of my biggest enemies at the moment. I've even noticed myself getting winded from just walking on flat ground, at a moderate pace. I'm tired of struggling, and I'm ready for a change.
I feel like my biggest challenge will be with food, and eating in general. I eat when I'm bored, so I'll definitely have to watch out for that. Other than that, I work graveyard shifts, so there's not a lot of options for me, other than McDonald's and Taco Bell. So I'll have to figure out healthy things I can bring with me to snack on. I figure for the time being, until I can get a good grasp on everything, I would just start meal planning with simple things like chicken and steak, asparagus and broccoli, things like that. I would like to start myself on a Paleo Diet, once everything starts falling in place.
I'm planning on starting my first workout when I get off shift, in about 3 hours. Any advice or tips for a beginner, to help make this plunge a little easier?
Maybe it'll help with motivation if I put my stats out in the public. I'm a Male, 28 years old, 5'6", 181lbs.
Thanks for any advice or tips or info!
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2020.09.08 16:43 electrowiz64 4 1/2 months nearly cured!!!

Posting this to help others, 26M since April 24, caught it due to a family emergency. Long hauling ever since
I know many of you want success stories for some hope, I know I was the same, I think I can safely declare myself 90% better.
At times, it would be so bad that I got really really bad chills, fever, and fatigue on some days. I even developed pretty bad palpitations some time in early July and in August, it stopped. It could have been drinking coffee idk really. But my heart rate went as high as 100 resting, anxiety at an all time high also. Walks definitely helped and too much sun or housework put me back really bad.
I think what really did it for me was sticking to a paleo diet focused on autoimmunity for a few weeks and BAM. It’s the most restrictive but damn did it work. I had a cheesecake 2 days ago and fries and soda and no reaction. I’m definitely gonna attempt paleo once in a while tho like week intervals, can’t recommend it enough in terms of energy levels, & veggies every meal!!
I still have occasional stuffy noise and feeling warm, but no more chills/tremors that was the worst, you don’t feel miserable until that’s every other day. I haven’t attempted drinking alcohol or full on exercise yet (gyms not open) as those are the hardest hitting triggers. Maybe in a month or 2, but PLEASE PLEASE try and fix up your diets. I’m a firm believer now that all this processed crap, even regular and whole wheat is bad for you long term.
Coffee 2 days ago gave me funny chest feelings so I’ll try a cup every other day & ease into it. I’ll post a month update when I can have a beer or scotch again.
My sister has gluten sensitivity & says she’s never had more energy before when on paleo. & when sick, she only gets symptoms for 2 days. Even attempting it myself for a week, I felt like a kid again
UPDATE: Autoimmune Protocol Paleo Diet: Avoid eggs, sugar, processed foods, nightshade veggies (peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, paprika), nuts, legumes (beans), grains (bread, whole wheat, rice), alcohol, coffee, dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) STICK to healthy foods like chicken, pork, onions, broccoli, celery, carrots, fruits like apples (in moderation) squash, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, seafood. Heck you can use coconut flower and make almost anything. Snacking on celery and apples gave me the MOST improvement in symptoms too. Drank turmeric or nettle tea everyday as well
You can do so much with this too like cauliflower mashed, fried riced cauliflower, chicken soup, sausage & sauerkraut, chicken & broccoli, even have chicken thighs for breakfast, sashimi, and with coconut flower you can do anything.
Hey it’s restrictive but do you wanna feel better or feel like crap forever while eating whatever you want?
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2020.09.07 19:43 viewfromtheeast What do you eat before very early morning workouts?

Two mornings a week I work out with a personal trainer - we meet at 6am. Our workouts are usually HIIT or strength training with some cardio at the end.
I have a protein shake when we are done, but I definitely need something small before I workout. I just switched over from a balanced diet to 40-40-20 low car diet following more of a paleo regiment.
I was thinking of making some grab and go “muffins”. I definitely need carbs before so omelette bites or whatnot will not work.
Any ideas?
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2020.09.05 22:42 KJC201820 Best website for natural healing, no BS

Hey guys, so I've always been a supporter of more natural methods of helping my body heal (tried so many medications and they ended up mostly harming rather than helping me in the end), and have found this website dedicated to those with HS trying to put their disease into remission through lifestyle changes. They are a functional medicine team of doctors based in Colorado. Their philosophy of healthcare is based on Hippcrates, "Let thy medicine be thy food..."
It is: https://www.helpforhs.com/
You aren't required to purchase anything, as they have free informational videos on their YouTube, but I did purchase their cookbook and have a lot of new ideas for meals now. I could share some. The best diet they recommend anyone with inflammatory disease to try is a strict (but not meant for too long!) elimination plan, or the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (Google it). An AIP plan has one goal: to help you see/ feel which foods cause the most flaring, which will put the control in YOUR hands for your own health. Empowerment is everything and that starts with knowledge about our individual bodies!
AIP initially cuts out a lot of foods known to add to inflammation, while focusing on adding in those foods which have been shown to aid in inflammatory reduction (mainly a whole food diet). I have found that if I eliminate or significantly reduce (because life) all forms of sugar, dairy, grains, refined vegetable oils, and legumes, I am able to heal faster than I ever have. I would post pics, but I am still just starting out on this (Week 2) and I want to continue to give it a fair go.
If anyone is interested, I have used this method and it definitely works to reduce moderate- severe inflammation from HS rather quickly. Just wanna help. No hate please. Offering another perspective. If you don't care for it, feel free to disagree and scroll along. 🤗
Happy healing,
K 💕
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2020.09.04 12:40 Edward-Margon Paleo diet recipe ideasTURKEY-BACON-AVOCADO KALE WRAPS Paleo lunches are usually just leftovers or salads, so there are times when I definitely miss wraps and sandwiches. Usually I’ll make lettuce wraps, and those are good, but they aren’t really as flexible as a traditional tortilla.

Paleo diet recipe ideasTURKEY-BACON-AVOCADO KALE WRAPS Paleo lunches are usually just leftovers or salads, so there are times when I definitely miss wraps and sandwiches. Usually I’ll make lettuce wraps, and those are good, but they aren’t really as flexible as a traditional tortilla. submitted by Edward-Margon to Paleo_Diet_Recipe [link] [comments]


2020.08.28 12:20 Edward-Margon Paleo diet recipe ideasTURKEY-BACON-AVOCADO KALE WRAPS Paleo lunches are usually just leftovers or salads, so there are times when I definitely miss wraps and sandwiches. Usually I’ll make lettuce wraps, and those are good, but they aren’t really as flexible as a traditional tortilla.

Paleo diet recipe ideasTURKEY-BACON-AVOCADO KALE WRAPS Paleo lunches are usually just leftovers or salads, so there are times when I definitely miss wraps and sandwiches. Usually I’ll make lettuce wraps, and those are good, but they aren’t really as flexible as a traditional tortilla. submitted by Edward-Margon to Paleo_Diet_Recipe [link] [comments]


2020.08.27 20:37 FeistyBlackCat Is Kelly a fundie? A deep dive. (Apologies for the massive amount of information in here)

Ohhh Kelly, where do we start?
Like most of you I first came across the Midwestern gothic word vomiter that is KellyHavensOhio on Fundie Snark. In just about every post about her a snarker would inevitably question her validity as a fundie. So, I got curious, shoved my actual PhD research aside and spent many long days combing through her insta and pulling my hair out in frustration (how can someone say so little with SO MANY WORDS????)
I actually went into this project thinking I would prove that we SHOULDN’T be snarking on Kelly. I was basing this mostly on her pictures (who has the patience to read ALL THAT TEXT???). I thought that she might be strange and religious, but should be able to do whatever she wants on her personal social media as long as she isn’t using it as a “ministry” like our other beloved fundies.
Boy was I wrong. Using the fundiesnark guide here in combination with evidence from her Instagram (Kelly has other platforms, but her Instagram is very dense, so I’ll be exclusively referencing information found there), I believe Kelly is 100% snarkable.
Let’s dive in.
Kelly’s Background/Descent Into Fundie-ism:
Our Kelly started out as what appears to be a normal mainstream Christian with an incredibly privileged life. Her dad is a medical doctor for some branch of the US military (I can’t be fucked to dig back into her comments to find the specific branch) and it looks like, although she mostly lived on the East Coast of the US, she also had the opportunity to live abroad when her parents were stationed in Europe. She has two sisters, both with university degrees and careers. She also was not homeschooled (she went to *gasp* PUBLIC school!) and was able to explore various hobbies and intellectual pursuits through highschool into college, including photography and writing.
Based on her Instagram posts like this, she was first exposed to fundie-ism in college when she met her current husband. Although she went to a liberal arts college, it kinda seems like she didn’t exactly fit in with her peers there (she says she was "rejected" by the world and felt anxious and out-of-place) so she looked for friends in the local community, specifically within her husband’s “little country church” (more on that later). This is when she “found the Lord” and changed her life goals. She talks about preferring "conservative" country people to the stifling "liberal" university setting.
(Pictures from her Baptism/Conversion).
Although she originally majored in philosophy, after meeting her husband/finding the Lord she changed her degree to English because "old time theology" was a safer option and didn't strain her mind so much. She states that she wanted to drop out of college after meeting her husband, but it seems like her parents "pressured her" to pursue an intellectual path and graduate with her degree.
Kelly's husband (and his 11 siblings!) were all homeschooled and have bizarre Biblical names (Kelly even said she'll be naming all her children after Biblical figures, as well as homeschooling them). His mom (super easy to find on insta/google) has a super religious family blog and fancies herself a "Christian Author" if you feel like diving into that, but I won't cover it here. The point of this is that her husband definitely was raised in a fundie family and that Kelly and him plan on raising their children in a similar lifestyle.
As far as denomination goes, Kelly describes her beliefs as "a Bible-Believing Christian", but specifies Church of Christ/ Church of God in other comments. Here are some of her comments that describe her specific theology. It's not as interesting to me as her "Christian lifestyle" posts, but it helps understand her underlying beliefs a bit more.
Snarkability:
Kelly’s Intent For Her Social Media:
From the Fundiesnark rules about who we can snark on:
**“**Many users reported that rather then being snark on religion the posts were mainly focusing on REDACTED’S clothing and looks, the sub is here to discuss and laugh at fundies doing weird things in the name of their religion. Taking her Instagram profile at face value there is no evidence (that we could see) of her spewing hate, promoting a bigoted rhetoric or using her platform to outwardly evangelise. All of the things that make our pet fundies so infuriating and interesting to us.”
Kelly refers to her Instagram/photography/etsy shop as her “ministry ALL THE TIME . She is very clear that she intends to use her platform to evangelize. She also constantly mentions that God is her photography director and tells her what to share with her followers (major Karissa vibes here).
Kelly even spent FOUR HOURS on a recent post because she takes her "Calling" as an influencer seriously.
Her ultimate goal is to write a book. The synopsis of her future book is really worth it's own post, but I can't resist sharing this special treat with all of you:
Basically her book is based on her own life before a godly man showed her the way to God. I'll just let you read it in her own words because there's no way I can do this shit justice!
Kelly’s Most Problematic Beliefs:
Modesty:
Did you think the prairie skirts were just for the aesthetic??? Hell no! Kelly wants you to know that God wants women to dress modestly! Modesty= Beauty! How could anyone respect their God-given body without adorning it in modest clothing???
She "regrets" that she had a normal childhood and her parents didn't force her to dress modestly. And, much like our Baird buddies, laments that it is so difficult to find modest clothing!
“Biblical” Gender Roles:
“Natural God-Given Gender Roles” are Kelly’s gluten-free bread and butter (she’s Paleo, not that you wanted to know, but she mentions it A GAZILLION TIMES).
What exactly does she consider to be the role of women? To be "homemakers, wives and mothers". In one post she discusses losing her job, stating that “As a woman my duty is to serve my family…My work was getting in the way of my purpose”. Even working from home can is "unnatural" for women.
Here is a compilation of screenshots in which Kelly discusses the "role of a homemaker"(I have so many more but got sick of posting them to Imgur). She repeats the same sentiments over and over: that a woman is happiest "keeping house" and serving her husband.
In this gem she claims that obeying submitting to your husband (even if you don't understand what he is ordering to do or why) is freeing and allows a woman to relax in her role.
According to Kelly, women NEED a husband to feel truly fulfilled. She describes life as a "single" being one filled with "sorrow".
Unsurprisingly, Kelly's beliefs about a woman's role in the family overlap a lot with tradwife beliefs (she even uses the hashtag in her posts).
Interactions With Her Followers:
Kelly's interactions with her followers are disturbing. She constantly reiterates the idea that one cannot have a fulfilling life without God or a husband.
When a follower mentioned abusive relationships in response to one of Kelly's posts about marriage=freedom, she did a little victim-blaming and essentially said that if someone is Christian they can't be in an abusive relationship. She echoes these thoughts in a response to another follower who escaped an abusive husband.
If you are "struggling" with singleness, Kelly has some encouraging words for you. All you have to do is delight in the Lord and he'll bring you a husband!
What if you can't catch yerself a godly man? Welp, Kelly thinks that celibacy is your God-honoring path.
There are also some Gwen Shamblin-esque comments about dieting/exercising FoR tHe LoRd.
Anti-Thought
Kelly has many anti-intellectual posts about "purging her mind" from all that thinkin' nonsense she learned at university. When a follower asked her why she glorifies ignorance, she had this to say. In Kelly's world, thinking leads to negativity. Apparently if you think about the "troubles of the world" you can't be blissfully ignorant!
She also focuses her posts on encouraging followers to "be simple like children" in their "purity".
As a researcher and "thinker" myself, I find Kelly's refusal to acknowledge anything outside her "perfect" self-created cottagecore world horrifying and harmful. Especially considering the fact that she plans on being in control of her childrens' education. I guess she's just not going to tell them about the unpleasant parts of life???
Natural Labor:
Kelly has some…interesting views on childbirth. Like our other fundies, she glorifies NaTuRaL LaBoR as a godly childbirth in her posts and encourages it for her followers. Her unique twist on this is that Jesus can remove the pain part of labor if you allow him to relax your mind enough (?????). She presents pain as something that humans create by not trusting God enough, but in another post says that God doesn't erase pain??? I'm confused. I’ll spare you from her 3-part birth series post (I’m sure it’s been posted here before), but she seriously romanticizes the birthing process (she supposedly wandered into a meadow to pluck fresh wildflowers after her water broke).
Oh, and the Holy Spirit is her birthing coach.
Covid:
Kelly is a Covid “truther”. Despite the Ohio stay at home order she has been attending church services and “fellowshipping” regularly (To be fair it does look like she stayed at home at least once for the Easter Service). I won’t link pictures of their social media here (I want to stick to JUST Kelly), but her In-Laws have been posting conspiracy theories about how Covid “just happened to appear during an election year”. They’re all also registered Republicans and Trump supporters *shocked face*. In this post Kelly refers to the “advent” of Covid, implying that it isn’t real.
Romanticisation of the Past:
Kelly really likes the Colonial period. According to her: “…old ways are better and old things are better.” Apparently if we just all went back to the "old simple ways" our "modern problems" would disappear. Even her church (she doesn't specifically mention the name of the church, I just REALLY went deep in this research project and managed to find out which church she attends) describes its beliefs as "old-fashioned".
I think it goes without saying that Kelly NEVER addresses the problematic elements of early America, or even the existence of anyone who isn't white or Christian. In her world, early Americans were "visionaries" and "men of faith".
FundieSnark Rules:
Just in case you are still wondering if Kelly fits into all the rules on Fundiesnark, I'll address them directly here.
On this post a mod lists the criteria for determining if someone is a fundie, stating that the subject must:
"Have more than insta as a social media platform (blogs, youtube, Facebook) think of our common subjects."
Kelly's primary platform is instagram. She also has a photography flickr, as well as a Facebook dedicated to her photography business. Additionally she has a couple of Etsy shops (one of which is listed on her instagram "about" section).
"Their account should be predominantly religious in content (the weird clothes and hair are the cherry on the top)."
Hopefully with all the screenshots I've posted you can see that Kelly's religious beliefs permeate every one of her posts. She even says as much here (as one example).
"Random profiles from people like [REDACTED], however amusing, don’t generate much discussion beyond the superficial stuff. Keep it on topic."
Kelly's aesthetic is weird. Because of her anti-intellectual views, MASSIVE text walls and emphasis on "simplicity" it is easy to focus on the superficial elements of her insta, which...is what she's going for? I think that when we post about Kelly it's important that we ask why she's posting these things and what kind of message she's sending to her followers.
Why is Kelly Particularly Concerning to Me?
Kelly’s beliefs are similar to many of our pet fundies. Like Birthy and P+M she pushes the prosperity gospel and promises of “true happiness” if you follow God’s rules. However, I think Kelly is more dangerous than them because she hides a lot of her problematic beliefs behind walls of flowery prose and cottagecore inspired photos. Delving into her Instagram, I was surprised to discover that some of my non-fundie friends follow and like her pictures. Kelly is educated and spent a portion of her life as a non-fundie, so she is able to present better than some of our less-than-self-aware fundie friends. It’s easy to gloss over Kelly’s “message” and her pictures/romanticized version of life can be appealing to people who enjoy things like cottagecore and homesteading, but it’s not real. Under the surface there’s a message that there is something inherently wrong with you if you aren’t Christian. If something bad happens to you it’s because you aren’t trusting God enough.
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2020.08.27 12:17 bekkerz Trying to stop being just a lurker 😆

Heya everyone, I've been following here for a while just to feel a sort of community and solidarity in the way I eat but I feel kinda weird never actually participating, so here I am! I'm 38 (but birthday is in a few days) and have been varying degrees of atkins/pp/low carb/paleo for probably the last 15 years but only got down to a comfortable weight a couple of brief times. I have 3 kids with various food intolerance and neurodiversity, and a supportive-but-"standard diet"-eating husband, and I always ended up getting burned out from the stress and effort of dealing with everyone's food stuff. I was cooking practically all the time, for years, and although I used to be a real foody and loved cooking and restaurants, at some point it just became a huge negative horrible black pit and I hate it now. I would end up going off plan, or just overeating because I was constantly prepping food or super stressed, etc.
Anyway, my kids are old enough to make themselves a reasonable number of healthy meals and snacks and my spouse can damn well make himself food as well, so I finally kind of snapped and stepped away from that role a few weeks into lockdown. I think the particularly extra horrible stress of that time, plus grocery shortages, plus everyone eating every meal at home put me over the edge. So I feel tremendous relief in a way but also pretty guilty and like a bad mom/spouse. 😔 So that's it's own whole other set of problems, but on the plus side, I've lost a bunch of weight since I let myself focus on my own needs. I have the occasional carbier meal with my husband but only every couple of weeks or so, and it's been way WAY easier to maintain my routine since we aren't going out.
Lockdown has been kind of awesome in the way it forced a major simplification of our lives. Also grocery delivery. It was barely a thing here in Germany before (we also have much more limited options when it comes to groceries and low carb versions of things) but now several places are starting to manage it better which means I am less likely to grab shitty impulse buys. So, I'm very nearly out of the 200's for the first time in probably a decade and feeling pretty great about it, and also more physically "well" than I have in ages, buuuuuut I'm also freaked out that eventually the guilt will get to me and I'll go back to being the family sous chef and/or our routine will go back to pre-covid times and I'll be faced with date nights out and stuff, and I definitely don't know how to deal with that. 😒
Anyway, I'm really glad to have a found such a supportive group where I can share this stuff. Thanks everyone! (Btw, I lost the post where I saw how to do a flare, can anyone link me to it? In the meantime--> SW:250ish? CW:203 GW:170)
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2020.08.27 06:23 soundeziner /r/HealthyFood - The Million Munchers Milestone. A good time to talk about what is healthy, disagreement, and food/diet/portion shaming. And the pictures....

1 Million Subscribers!

Woohoo! That's a lot of interest in this topic. Thank you all so very much for joining in and making this a great and positive Reddit community. Wish we had some coupons for healthy foods to pass out. Maybe some of the promoters can do a HealthyFood coupon on their site and tell us about it in the promo post.
One of the most effective things done in the sub resulting in more positive discussion and reduction of diet wars has been the addition of the Automod reminder in all the posts. The level of anger and diet war rage has dropped immensely because of it. We know some don't like it but it will continue to be added. Keep in mind it is done for good reasons and remains because it truly helps.
There's always room for improvement though. The following are concerns by some participants and the moderators which by making this post, we hope helps the sub become even better.

What is healthy? Why does the sub allow / require...

It isn't clear or easy. Some wrongly get angry here adding "how can the mods allow this" or "that is definitely not healthy so why isn't it removed" or they get angry because others don't agree with them. Is vegan or carnivore the right approach? keto? fruitarian? CICO? paleo? tacos only? truck tires? small pebbles? a light gravy? The top minds in nutrition science have not reached clear and absolute end all findings enough to definitively answer the questions many people have. There is a whole lot to this.
Here are some things we can say for sure though
  • A Monochromatic approach to what everyone should eat is missing the reality of the world - People come in a variety of conditions and needs. What is healthy for one person may not be ideal for another. What someone posts may be ideal for them but not you and that is okay.
  • Nobody gets to decide for everyone - The moderators are not the people to decide what is healthy for everyone on the planet and what isn't. Neither are you. Maybe the poster has a deficiency the food in their post addresses (that would be "healthy" for them). You don't know.
  • "Because I say so" is much less effective than supporting evidence - All you can do towards productive conversation is offer information which includes links to relevant science you may be aware of. Provide info and resources if you really want to convince / help someone and let them reach their own conclusions. Don't force your conclusions. Don't get angry. Don't insist people have to agree with you if you are only stating things without actual supporting evidence. Providing links to science sources can help in other ways too, people frequently misquote them or fail to understand what was done / said. It's possible someone could point out something in it you missed or misunderstood.
  • Again, nutrition is not solved - There are few thing in nutrition which have a consensus.
  • The point of the sub is to discuss foods - Entering conversations with "well I've decided it for all of you so the end" is rude, missing the point, isn't going to accomplish convincing anyone of anything, and it does not follow our rules. This sub is meant for discussion. Offer what you have and let people think about it.
so no, we aren't going to remove what someone else posted or said solely based on you saying "that's not healthy".

What's going on? Do I get to express my opinion or not?

Great! If you have a differing opinion from the poster or others in the comments about what is healthy, it's fine to disagree provided you A) help them understand your view by backing the claim with links to sources and B) avoid being rude about it in any way.
Nobody is censoring you and in fact, we are striving for the opposite. We want you to effectively get your point across. We want people to learn from each other and discuss based on science you agree with which is why we require the citation links.
You get to give an opinion and help others understand why when you add links to sources. It is positive and productive and has an actual chance of convincing others to look at it from your perspective.
Just saying "That's not healthy" does jack shit so make the worthwhile effort to support your point(s).

But I'm right!

RAAWWRRR I GET TO DO WHATEVER I WANT BECAUSE I'M RIGHT!!! RAWWWRRRR
Nope. This is an "ends justifies the means" argument as well as conveying that you believe you are above the rules. The rules still apply to you.
You may not be right though. You may have misinterpreted something.
You may be right about why something is "unhealthy" but saying so is not enough. You still have to explain why, citing sources with links to back it up. The notice added to every post makes this requirement clear.
You may have a different POV from another person about what it is healthy but no matter who is right, that does not mean you get to ignore the rules about being rude to others, the mods, or the sub itself.
The rules still apply to you.

Food / Diet / Portion shaming is not allowed

First, it's a dick move in general so don't.
Second, way too often shamers assume what the ingredients are in the food shown and get it wrong. Avoid assuming things like what the ingredients are, how much sugar it has, or the amount of calories. It may have alternate ingredients which is often the case. Ask nicely what it is made with and still avoid shaming. It's not what this sub is for.
Third, the portions shown in the posted image may be part of a meal, a meal for multiple people, what they eat for a snack or a whole day, a once a month meal, something made by request for someone else, made for a child or very small person or a very very large person... You don't know by looking at a picture how much a person eats, how often they eat it, or who it's for. Too often portion shamers get it wrong. Portion shaming is not what this sub is for

The pictures

Please make clear if the picture or the food in it are not yours. If your post is just a picture of food, it should be your picture of your food.
Thank you.
There you have it. Things to keep in mind while participating here. I hope this helps those who had questions about these topics
To all of you and the next million subscribers, CHEERS!
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2020.08.27 00:24 issues-aita AITA for not keeping my parents informed of my medical condition?

Throwaway because my siblings use Reddit and know my username.
I’ve been very sick for a little over a year now, and I don’t have a diagnosis. We’re still working on it, but it’s taking a while to figure out what’s wrong with me. My parents are (understandably) worried and keep giving me advice that’s meant to make me feel better. Which is nice of them, but their advice is “Have you tried yoga?” “Go for a run, your symptoms will disappear!” “Cut out gluten, you’ll start getting better.” “My friend’s daughter’s friends’ cousin had your exact symptoms! She went on paleo, and she’s completely cured. You need to start the paleo diet!”
I can’t go for a run or do yoga, because I can barely walk. I tried cutting gluten, and nothing changed. And no, my mom’s friend’s daughter’s cousin didn’t have my symptoms, and has a condition that my doctors have ruled out. So I asked them to stop giving me advice.
They freaked out and told me that they had to give me advice, because this was really hard for them and giving me advice made them feel better about it. I understand, it must be hard seeing your daughter get sick and not know why, but I can guarantee that it’s harder for me to actually be sick. They said no, it’s not harder for me. In fact, they told me that I was making this all about me, and that I should think of their feelings for a change. They also said maybe I should do something to help them deal with this, because their feelings are more important than mine.
So I stopped telling them anything about it, since it was so hard for them to hear anything without giving me “advice” that I’ve repeatedly asked them to stop giving. Everything was alright for a while, but now they’ve found out from my sister that I’m having more tests done. They called me and told me I’m a horrible person and that they deserve to be the first to know what’s going on with me. I pointed out that they can’t respect my wishes and accused me of making my illness about myself (who else is it about???), so why would I want to tell them anything about it? They got mad and started calling me names again so I hung out. Now they’re spamming my phone demanding I tell them everything and calling me more names.
I think they’re definitely TAs, but I’m starting to feel like maybe I’m an asshole too. After all, they’re concerned. But I don’t think I deserve to be berated for not giving them an update.
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2020.08.22 04:15 Murky-Wish My (26F) Liposuction + Fat Transfer Journey

This will be long and mostly irrelevant information lol but if it helps even one person, I want it out there.
I’m 5’5 and right before surgery I was around 195lbs. I haven’t weighed myself since, so I can’t speak to physical weight loss just yet. I don’t know my measurements then and don’t know them now (sorry), but I wore size 14 jeans, a 38B, and L/XL in just about everything else.
THE BEFORE
I want to start by saying that the time between I made the decision to have the surgery to the actual surgery date was only about 2 weeks. I had thought about getting plastic surgery here and there as a lifelong “chubby friend”, but never seriously considered it until a family friend (who is a plastic surgeon) suggested I do it, said he had some time, and that was that. I should also say that really isn’t unlike me. Baby steps were never my forte, I tend to just jump in the deep end and hope for the best, and it’s one of the (many) reasons that I was really never able to lose weight/get in shape/whatever. I’m impatient and do everything full throttle. I weigh myself at least 4 times a day, I’ve hated my body as long as I can remember and I’ve done Keto, Paleo, the Bead Diet (where I basically didn’t eat for 6 weeks), low-carb, I was in the gym for 2 hours/6 days and when I didn’t see substantial change in the scale or the mirror after a few months, I would give up, go back to binge eating, rinse, repeat. But anyway, in those 2 weeks I tried to google as much as humanly possible about prep, recovery, what it would feel like, potential risks, etc., but as you can imagine, I was still wildly unprepared for a lot of it - particularly the emotional side of it. I don’t personally know anyone that’s ever had anything done, and am too shy to just cold message people. I also couldn’t find very many posts that were my age or of similar body shape to relate to, which is why I vowed to make sure I post my experience for the next person. So let’s get to it.
THE PLAN VS THE RESULT
The plan was to get liposuction to my abdomen, rib cage area, lower and upper back, with a fat transfer to correct my hip dips. If all went well, he would do my inner thighs and arms, too, but no promises since it was already going to be a lot on my body. In total, he removed about 4 liters of fat. Because it was so much, he warned I may have some loose skin, but I’m fairly young and my stretch marks aren’t very deep so it may tighten back up. At my 2 week follow-up appointment, he said my skin had already tightened far more than he had ever anticipated, so that’s exciting (more on this later). It was explained to me that I bled a lot during the procedure and my arms and thighs had to stay. The thighs I’m not really too upset about (I never really had an issue with them), but I do wish he had gotten to the arms as I’m afraid I’m going to look really top-heavy when I fully heal since I have broad shoulders too, but time will tell on that. He also noted that when I was laying on the operating table, my butt had a lot of depressions in it so he added fat there too so the fat transfer would look more natural altogether (again, I’m not mad at it lol). He also told me that having the procedure often inspires people to be more consistent with their diet/exercise since they’re basically at their goal figure, refining the few areas that he may not have been able to fully correct (like my arms) is usually a cake walk since you’d want to maintain the new figure anyway. I do see some merit in this because I for one am very excited to wear leggings with and a sports bra and show off my new flat belly and fantastic ass in the gym, post-COVID of course.
THE SURGERY & IMMEDIATE AFTER
I arrived to the clinic at about 6:30, was in my room by 7, and being wheeled off to operating room by about 7:45. I was the first surgery scheduled that day so, in keeping with everything else, there wasn’t a ton of time for second thoughts. In fact, by the time I actually started panicking about getting surgery, I was sitting on an operating table getting anesthesia injected into my hand and was out within the minute. I VERY briefly remember waking up in what I assume was the recovery room with a few other post-op women, dry heaving into a nurse’s hand that had run over to me, and promptly falling back asleep. Next thing I know, I was waking up back in my room telling my mom that my eye was swollen and it was about 11:30.
At some point, I wrote the following in my Notes App. It’s not fully cohesive but I won’t edit it and give post-op me the full freedom to tell her tale:
“Pain wise, it hurts but not has bad as i thought it was, but that may be due to the drugs. It feels like if i did 100 crunches and then rammed my hip into the side of the bed, hard. My left side hurts more than my right side, like literally no pain on my right which really confused me at first and my left eye is swollen and everything so i thought i had a stroke but my dr has assured me it’s totally normal. My torso is completely numb, I touched my tits and it was a complete out of body experience, feels like I’m touching someone else’s.
I’m thirsty as shit, I haven’t been allowed to have water since 8PM last night and since waking up I’ve been dry heaving and thrown up once which I’ve been told is from the anesthesia wearing off and I can’t have any liquids until I get it out and the fact that I can’t really sit up (per the doctor, i would love to sit up) is making me more nauseous so I’m in this cruel cycle.
The faja is giving the biggest fucking wedgie. The nurse came and pulled it out for me from the bottom (🥴) but it’s made the top so much worse now I’m convinced it’s tearing me a new asscrack but i felt bad making her get into it so I guess this is my life now.
4 hours post op, they gave me food but I immediately threw it up. So I settled for water and it gave me the hiccups which hurt like shit bc of the ab muscles that requires. There’s really no winning out here. I am dying to get up and walk around but they say I can’t just yet but My ass if very sore and I’d love nothing more than to stretch muscles out but here I lay, stationary and bored.”
I do remember really really wanting to sit/stand up, though I don’t remember exactly why I was in such a rush. I think I thought if I stretched it would hurt less but that joke was on me. I slept in 2-3 hour increments the whole 24 hours I was in the clinic but it was mostly just staring at the wall while I listened to Friends play off my phone and waited for the next dose of painkillers because my hips/flanks were on fucking FIRE.
This is where the emotional stuff comes in. It’s going to sound so unbelievably corny, but I kept singing Sierra Burgess is a Loser’s “Sunflower” over and over again in my head when I was laying there, and up to now, the song still plays in my head when I’m in pain or someone says something condescending about my having had surgery. If you‘re unfamiliar with it, there’s a part of the song that that goes:
But I'm a sunflower, a little funny If I were a rose, maybe you'd want me If I could, I'd change overnight I'd turn into something you'd like But I'm a sunflower, a little funny If I were a rose, maybe you'd pick me
And I remember thinking that I was laying there in so much pain and so miserable just because I didn’t look like the “pretty girls”, or ever let myself just be happy with my body and I had it keep me from literally EVERYTHING. I rarely go out because I hate being the biggest person in the group. I never learned to dance because I was afraid of being made fun of. I’m 26 and have yet to be in a serious relationship because I never ever saw myself worthy. I had always lived on the notion that no matter how much I liked someone, there was someone better, something thinner, that would look better in pictures out there for them. Now am I saying that losing weight would’ve fixed all my issues? God no, of course not. But I was laying in that bed, miserable, having undergone a painful surgery, spent a ton of money, worried the hell out of my mom, all for the chance of just LOOKING better and not actually being better because I let my looks run my life. Because for some reason, I was born big. I’m the tallest and widest woman in my family. I eat hidden because there’s always someone commenting on when, what, and how much I eat. And it all drove me to that hospital bed. I cried a lot that night, and in the days after, sometimes for no reason. I later learned that it is very common to get very depressed the week after undergoing anesthesia. I was discharged at around 10AM the next day.
THE RECOVERY
At the time of writing this, I’m only 16 days post-op so I can’t speak to my full recovery yet, only to what I’ve experienced so far. It sucks lol. The first few days I tried to walk as much possible (despite the doctor telling me to lay tf down) because I read that you recover faster the more you move and I just wanted it to be over. I had quite a few dizzy spells that prevented me from doing too much, whether it was from the medication, the fact that I refused to eat more than 2 bites of anything, or both I don’t know, but the room would (and occasionally still does) spin often. I built a pillow fort around me because I couldn’t lay flat on my back or else I couldn’t breathe, but being slightly elevated meant putting pressure on my lower back, so it was basically pick your poison and all generally very uncomfortable those first few days.
I started getting the lymphatic massages the day after I was discharged. The clinic I used has a team of masseuses that come to your house to do them, which I loved because I couldn’t fathom going back out. Now about the massages, they HURT. You feel 583892% better after even just the first one, without a doubt, but during I constantly have to fight back tears - even up to now with 2 weeks of daily massages later. I find it helpful to disassociate as much as you can. TV, podcast, daydream, whatever you can do to not focus on the person pressing deep into your poor tender and bruised areas over and over again - do it. Trust me. But they help SO much, I highly recommend starting them as soon as possible. I just had my last massage yesterday after having had 12 total (recommended is 8-10 consecutive, the more the better obviously) and I’m definitely sad to be done with them. I may get more later, but they add up in cost and I think the majority of the inflammation left is only going to go away with time.
The only hiccup in my recovery came about 4 days post-op at my first follow up appointment. Up to then, I had been in the surgical compression garment, which (despite feeling incredibly tight and stiff in the moment) is actually quite soft and more flexible than the stage 2 compression garment (faja) and has the standard 4 rows of hooks. The pattern we had set was that after each massage except the first one, I went down a hook to tighten more. At the time of the appointment, I had had 3 massages, was only on the second hook and still QUITE swollen. The masseuse had told me that general practice was that once you reached the fourth and final hook of the surgical faja, you moved to the stage 2 faja to really tighten things up. I also have a very long torso in proportion to my body so the faja did not reach up to my breasts like it was supposed to, leaving a weird strip of inflammation in the area that was left uncompressed. At the appointment, the doctor told me she wanted me to move onto the stage 2 faja because I was very swollen and she wanted more compression and it was slightly longer so it would hopefully fix the length situation, too. So she put it on. I cannot express how fucking uncomfortable and miserable and horrible that was. It did not fit by any means, we were all out of breath trying to get it on me, I was stiff as a board and it was digging into the sides of my crotch. It was also still not tall enough for me so not only did it not cover the strip, but it was digging into my shoulders and I was hunched over quite a bit. She assured me it would loosen up as I wore it. She also recommended I buy an abdominal and back board, so I did that same day. Let me tell you: it did not loosen up. I couldn’t breathe, everything hurt, and at that point I had mastered getting up off the bed by myself and could no longer do that so it felt like all the work I had done the past few days were for nothing. I didn’t sleep at all and cried that entire night from the misery. When the masseuse came the next morning, I BEGGED her to please let me go back to the surgical faja because I believed wholeheartedly that I was not ready for the stage 2 one, which she agreed to - but only until we reached the final hook of the surgical faja, which would be in 2 days and I’d have to wear the boards. I had absolutely no problem with that if it would get me out of that godforsaken stage 2 faja. When the day came to put it back on and retire my trusty ol’ surgical one, it fit SO much more comfortably and I haven’t cried since. Moral of the story: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If it’s not ready, it’s not ready and it’s okay to go a step back. I’ll get there when I get there.
THE PRESENT
I’m on the last hook of my stage 2 faja using the boards, along with sanitary pads, towels, socks, and literally whatever else I can stuff in there to make it tighter. I’m also looking at new fajas that have a bra attachment, which I’m hoping will alleviate the height issue. As for the comfort of it, Its actually more comfortable to have the faja on than not. Whenever I take it off to shower, it feels like everything going to fall apart and I definitely don’t love that feeling. I’m currently working on learning to get it on by myself. I’m going home soon (I’ve been staying with my mom while I recover) so I definitely have to master it. I can mostly do it, but it’s exhausting, I take constant breaks, and it’s not as well put as the masseuse puts it (obviously) so it needs a lot of adjusting once it’s hooked that my mom usually has to come help with.
As for how my body looks...it’s weird. Looking in the mirror is a very out of body experience. It’s all very bruised and discolored and its still pretty swollen so the proportions are a little weird, and I’ve started to develop hard lumps in a few places (that my doctor has assured me will go away with time...hopefully) but I can see the shape starting to come together. That hourglass figure is definitely there, small waist, rounded hips, round ass, all things that I love and have wanted literally my entire adult life, but I haven’t accepted that they’re actually mine yet. I see it on my person, I touch it and it’s mine, but it doesn’t look like me. It’s not a body I recognize. Do I regret getting the surgery? As of now, absolutely not. I tried on a very unforgiving bodycon dress the other day that I hated on me before and was FLOORED with how good it looked. I took pictures and sent it to everyone that knew about my procedure (I haven’t told a lot of people, most of my family doesn’t even know. I’m not ready for the whole song and dance of “wow look at you/why would you do that you didn’t need it/you took the easy way out/insert backhanded comment here”) but it looks GOOD and I’m so so so excited to see how it keeps healing and being able to call this new body my own.
I’m happy to answer any questions about my experience and will update this as I see fit. As for pictures, I’m going to refrain from posting the before/after yet, because it’s still really fresh. The after isn’t quite done after-ing. That “before” person is still very much me and I’m not terribly comfortable publicly calling that body “bad” in place of a new one that I don’t have/haven’t accepted yet when I spent my entire life shielding it from that very thing. At the 3 month mark (technically when most of the healing will have happened) my doctor said he will provide me the official before and after pics and I’ll be happy to share those when the time comes.
I’m sorry this is so long but I hope it helps give some insight to anyone that wanted it!
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2020.08.18 02:35 cbolanos95 Gut Health and Auto immune diseases.

Having very bad gut health is probably one of the worst things for your thyroid and immune system. In fact theres Studies that have shown that bad gut health makes you more susceptible to an autoimmune disease and not only that but contribute to mental and emotional disorders as well. Since your gut is responsible for brain function and creates 90% of Serotonin. I honestly feel like if I would have tooken care of my body before I was diagnosed I would have been much more happier and sorry, no offense to the people out there who are going through a lot with their thyroid disorder. I'm not saying it's impossible to feel happy I'm just saying it takes twice to work to actually feel great .It truly has been a struggle throughout the years for me with dealing with a low/high thyroid and graves disease. Starting this week I am truly committed to go on a paleo/keto diet that focuses on high fat and high protein diet with little to no carbs. Definitely taking a organic super food drink every morning that has probiotics with it as well. And I'm going to exercise more often and hell even meditate to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. I've done pretty bad to strict diets over the years. The thing about both of them is that they're always temporary for me and it's up to me to find something that works. But when I actually started consuming more greens I felt 10x more happier that's for sure.
Here's a link that explains why having good gut health is important.
https://youtu.be/b4CBy0uVqRc
Here's a link explaining the effects of anti depressants vs a good balanced diet.
https://youtu.be/Ugcq6FWmNI8
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2020.08.18 02:31 cbolanos95 Gut health and graves diease.

Having very bad gut health is probably one of the worst things for your thyroid and immune system. In fact theres Studies that have shown that bad gut health makes you more susceptible to an autoimmune disease and not only that but contribute to mental and emotional disorders as well. Since your gut is responsible for brain function and creates 90% of Serotonin. I honestly feel like if I would have tooken care of my body before I was diagnosed I would have been much more happier and sorry, no offense to the people out there who are going through a lot with their thyroid disorder. I'm not saying it's impossible to feel happy I'm just saying it takes twice to work to actually feel great .It truly has been a struggle throughout the years for me with dealing with a low/high thyroid and graves disease. Starting this week I am truly committed to go on a paleo/keto diet that focuses on high fat and high protein diet with little to no carbs. Definitely taking a organic super food drink every morning that has probiotics with it as well. And I'm going to exercise more often and hell even meditate to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. I've done pretty bad to strict diets over the years. The thing about both of them is that they're always temporary for me and it's up to me to find something that works. But when I actually starting consuming more greens I felt 10x more happier.
Here's a link that explains why having good gut health is important.
https://youtu.be/b4CBy0uVqRc
Here's a link explaining the effects of anti depressants vs a good balanced diet.
https://youtu.be/Ugcq6FWmNI8
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2020.07.29 00:39 electrowiz64 Long haulers, be careful on your Vitamin Intake

Just a PSA to be careful on taking your vitamins. As desperate as we are on finding a cure, you could cause damage like me.
I’ve been haulin this long since April. Desperate to find answers and get my life back, I started taking extra vitamin D in May. Aside from my Centrum Multivitamin 1000 IU of vitamin D, I took extra 2000 IU of vitamin D everyday to keep under 4000 IU daily limit.
I stopped taking it in June cuz it was giving me these nightly fevers/chills and I recently got a blood test for general checkup to find my calcium levels were elevated, a sign of vitamin D toxicity, that’s great. Vitamin D is fat soluble so it lasts in your system a while so I’m definitely taking it easy, sticking to multivitamin.
But still a word of caution to take it easy out there on the vitamins. On the downside I’m still having relapses so ruling that out. Someone mentioned an overactive immune system so I removed dairy and processed foods and excess carbs from my diet. No more fast foods, salad with every meal. In a week Once I’m back home, I’m switching to a full Paleo diet so will report back in a month. Hope everyone is safe
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2020.07.18 16:59 stevegannonhandmade Newly diagnosed 18 year old... long...

Hi,
We have an 18 year old son who had symptoms last December that sent him to the hospital… abdominal pain mostly, and he had been going to the bathroom much too often along the way. He ate like crap, so we had been encouraging him to eat better (more balanced meals anyway) as he is 5’ 8” or so and weighted like 118 (very lean). We assumed his poor eating had a lot to do with his bathroom issues and low weight.
At the hospital they talked about the possibility of Crohns, which of course would explain a lot of what he was experiencing (we had no idea). He had a Cat scan at that time which pointed towards Crohns.
About a month ago he had a colonoscopy, (which is when we got the 'for sure Crohns) and we just had the follow up appt. with his GI the other day. In the meantime his mother and I have been doing a lot of reading online… most of mine has been here. Our son has done very little of his own research. The colonoscopy showed the Crohns for certain, and inflammation where the small intestine meets the colon… The GI said he did not scope up into the small intestine much at all. There was a little bleeding, so it might be normal to stop there?
Since he left the hospital (around 8 months now) he has been almost symptom free. He has been on Entocort, and our family Dr. just started him on LDN a week ago. Trips to the bathroom have gone from 4 or 5 to 1 to 3/day. He has been eating (mostly) Paleo/low fodmap, and for the last month or so closer to AIP).
I have had crazy success with controlling my weight, reducing my depression, improving my skin, AND resetting my circadian rhythm (Non 24 for more of my life) moving to Zero carb/carnivore. And his mother is so much happier and feels better in many ways on a medium to low carb version of Keto. So… we have a lot of meat, animal fats, olive oil, avocado oil, etc… in the house… almost no dairy and neither or us eats any wheat/grains (really almost no carbs in the house other than what is found in whole foods/veggies) or any processed foods, and we’ve moved him very close to that. He also has homemade bone broth daily. He has had alternative flours, breads and tortillas along the way, and we have cut them all our since the definitive diagnosis. We are trying to guide him to cut almost everything for a while, and then add things in to see what his trigger foods are. He has not been much of a participant in this (I don’t know if I would have been at 18 either with this super restrictive diet), and yet he eats what his mother makes for him without too much complaint.
He has had a couple of ‘flairs’… in the last 6 months. I put that in quotes NOT to minimize what he is experiencing… only because he has just complained of some abdominal pain, and a couple of times he has had diarrhea (again… not to minimize) and it seems minimal compared to what so many of you describe when you talk about your flairs…. many of you are REALLY struggling with this disease. I am sorry you are going through that, and I very much appreciate your participation in this resource. Each of these times he has confessed to eating junk or drinking (and eating junk) with his friends… and… we know that correlation is NOT causation. We also know that Crohns is not caused by poor eating habits. At the same time some of you report some success in controlling symptoms (or perhaps improving) through diet.
Anyway…
The GI was REALLY pushing for him to start on Remicade. He listened to all of our questions and concerns (about Crohns in general as well as Remicade and biologics as a whole). He also wants to add one or two other drugs (I don’t remember them at the moment) to keep our son from developing antibodies. That makes sense, and he said these other 2 drugs had more (and worse) possible side effects. He would like an MRI as an additional data point to see if there has been any change since it’s been almost 8 months since the Cat Scan at the hospital. We will do that.
I guess my concern is his pushing us to start Remicade even though our son is pretty much symptom free.
I understand we can’t know what is happening inside his intestines for sure without tests on a regular basis, and… We only have the the Cat scan from 8 months ago plus the recent colonoscopy so far (we will schedule the MRI).
Can we call ‘symptom free’ a form of remission?
Does symptom free mean there is a good probability that his condition (and the level of inflamation) is at least stable (not getting worse)? I imagine impossible to say without additional data points…
What has been your experience?
How many of you have been symptom free for a while (without medication) and later found that you had gotten much worse during that time?
IF the best thing to do is starting medication (remicade plus those other 2 in this case) then we will do that. And… since there are side effects to each medication, if possible we would like to have him stay off of them until he needs them. At the moment he is not suffering any symptoms, and so does not feel the ‘need’ for medication.
In the end of course, it is up to him since he is 18, and he still wants opinions and guidance. I would not be asking this if he was casting a wide net with his own research (again… I don’t know that I would be different when I was 18). We do not want to have him off medication only to find out in a year or two that he has been getting much worse while symptom free, and we could have prevented that.
Thank you so much!!
Some of you will no doubt take offense to the way I have worded some (or all) of this (perhaps even that I am asking ‘for him’ at all). My intention is only to gather information to help our son make and best decision for him and his long term health. I don’t always word things perfectly, and often I find that perfection can be the enemy of forward movement.
I have told him much of what I’ve gathered here; told him how many of your were sharing your experiences both good and bad; and he could get a lot of information and support here. So far I do not believe he has taken advantage of this incredible resource.
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2020.07.14 05:05 ahhhfhhdjfjejdjjs AITA for saying that my parents should give my younger sister a healthier diet?

so basically i’m 15, and i’m on a diet rn, not really a diet diet in that i’m cutting out carbs or whatever, i’m just in a calorie deficit. but basically my whole life i’ve been chubby, and looking back it probably started because of how my parents raised me with food, and then just became something i relied on i guess.
but it’s really wild looking at what they eat now and thinking that that’s how i used to eat too. they get fast food/take out 4 times a week, and that’s not even counting how often they go out for ice cream.
for basically my whole life, fast food was seen as another meal, not really a treat. it was never “you did good in school, let’s go get ice cream,” it was always “i want ice cream, let’s go get some.” which isn’t a bad thing, but it kinda is when it’s 3+ times a week. it’s the opposite with home cooking, my mom deciding to cook dinner is a special occasion at this point. growing up my meals were either frozen, microwaveable, or take out.
so i was always chubby, but my sister, she's 12, is thin as a stick. she is also gluten intolerant, and half the time refuses to try anything. her meals basically consist of mac and cheese and pizza. and ice cream, or course.
it's probably worth mentioning that i'm like 99% sure i have an eating disorder of some sort. i don’t wanna get into it too much, but i figured it might be worth mentioning.
but my sister has such a bad diet, and i feel like my parents let her have one either because of her intolerance or because she’s skinny, maybe both, i’m not sure. but i’m also not sure if i feel like that because i’m an ass, or if my eating disorder makes me an ass, or if it’s actually justified.
i don’t want her to eat paleo or some shit, i definitely don’t want her getting an eating disorder too. i just mean less takeout and maybe just a little bit more home cooking or something.
so AITA if i say that my sister should have at least a little bit of a healthier diet?
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2020.07.03 16:21 Ofbret My 6 year Nexplanon journey just ended (39F)

Just had my Nexplanon removed yesterday a few months shy of the expiration of my second implant. Here’s a brief outline of my experience.
Implant #1 2014-2017
Oct 2014-delivered my second child. My pre-preg weight was up slightly to around 165 but I was very pear shaped with slim waist (before that my normal weight was around 145). I was high risk for my second child due to preterm labor for the first so I was on P17 injections for my second pregnancy. I was close to 200# when I delivered full term.
December 2014-Nexplanon inserted. Around this time I was breastfeeding and doing Whole30 and was already close to my pre-preg weight
March 2015-I was eating really clean, breastfeeding, and had gotten below my pre-preg weight of around 145. I felt great, started back at work part time, was active. Can’t remember if I had started having any periods again yet.
October 2015-stopped breastfeeding.
December 2015- the weight started creeping back on pretty quickly after I stopped breastfeeding. Also, there was some very stressful family stuff happening with my FIL getting ill with cancer and dying around this time.
For the remainder of the time with implant #1 i pretty much had light irregular (but frequent) spotting-mostly brownish. By the time I had the implant changed I was back up 20# to around 165 and a lot more belly fat than I’ve ever had.
Implant #2-October 2017
Since this seemed the easiest BC option for us (hubby didn’t want vasectomy, weren’t sure if we were done with kids), I had it replaced.
The second go around was a little different. Weight started to come on quicker now and my periods started changing. I started having more regular frequent “normal” like periods for the first two years.
May 2018-I was around 175. We bought a business but I kept my FT job and had just more stress in general.
Feb 2019-around 185#. Major stressors with family and business life. I had to quit my job to help with our business. I started doing HIIT classes with girlfriends 2 times/week as stress relief and cardio the other 3 days. Nothing makes the weight come off. I experimented with different diets (for good periods of time) Whole30 again (which had been so effective before but did nothing now), paleo, even tried keto/low carb (felt awful), intermittent fasting.
Also around this time, I started having very heavy periods as often as every two weeks. Having a lot more fatigue (increase blood loss maybe?) At some point in the last two years I seriously wanted the Nexplanon out and bought a Daysy thermometer to try temp tracking for birth control. But never made the appt for removal.
December 2019-highest weight yet, 196# same weight I was at 40 weeks pregnant. Mostly midsection weight gain. Stress levels remaining high with business related stuff.
January 2020-decided to switch to a more plant based diet-cut way back on animal products but not completely eliminated meat.
March 2020-down to about 190#. Resolved a major business stressor. Things looking better stress wise...then COVID hit.
April 2020-weight down to about 184#. Eating more Vegan-ish/plant based. Did mail order thyroid testing-results were normal. Still with heavy periods-have ruined two sets of sheets now with overnight bleeding.
July 2, 2020-no changes to diet, weight back up to 191#. Nexplanon removed.
So in general, I’m sure a lot of my weight gain is stress related, but it definitely seems exacerbated by the Nexplanon because I’ve gone through extended periods of stress pre-Nexplanon without weight gain. Diet changes make initial small changes but weight always creeps back up. Intense exercise now seems to stimulate weight gain (increased Cortisol?)
I discussed all this with my doc yesterday at my removal appointment. My main worry is that I now have some metabolic syndrome/pre-diabetes, so he’s running labs (glucose levels, TSH, Vit D levels) and agreed with getting the implant out (agreed that a lot of people report weight gain and hormonal weight gain hard to battle). He also encouraged me to try intermittent fasting again.
BC-started using my Daysy finally, and condoms for now, hubby maybe will get a vasectomy but will probably have to wait until all this COVID stuff is resolved.
Hoping I lose a good portion of this weight and my labs don’t come back too abnormal. Will try IF and continue plant based diet.
Anyone have similar experience or get metabolic syndrome while on Nexplanon?
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2020.06.29 19:15 eternitypasses What I’ve learned after having acne for 10 years

What I've learned after having acne for 10 years
This post was originally submitted on acne (https://www.reddit.com/acne/comments/hfc9fs/what_ive_learned_after_having_acne_for_10_years/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x), but was strangely removed by the mods with no explanation given. I have not been able to re-post this on acne since it was taken down.
These are the things I've learned in no particular order after dealing with acne for 10+ years. I know these things to be true since they've been repeatedly confirmed by my own experiences. I am sharing what I know to be true, and you may think otherwise, and you are free to challenge. I welcome debate!
  1. Acne is not normal.
People often like to say that acne is normal to get during puberty, or at other supposedly "hormonal" stages of life, but this is simply not true. If you were to go to a doctor and asked them why you have acne, they would probably not give you a better answer than "hormones" and "genes." While these things may be applicable, they are not the root cause of anything. We are all genetically predisposed to a variety of diseases, but genes are not enough, they need to be "activated" by our environment to be relevant. In regards to hormones, our body has a very intricate system when it comes to hormones, and makes every effort to ensure our hormones are balanced, if they are not, it is because of something, it is not a natural state of your body!
After having acne for so long, I began to question why I had acne. Originally I had also fell back on the idea that it was "normal" and that it would pass with due to time, but that time never came on its own by just waiting. So I started questioning everything. Was it the food I was eating? Well turns out, food definitely has a lot to do with it. In my phase of questioning everything, I found this study by Loren Cordain: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/479093. This study had quite a shocking a title... "Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization." How could that possibly be? Aren't diseases supposed to be lower in western civilizations due to our obvious medical advancements? The answer to the question is no, and it's not just acne, it's a variety of other diseases. To summarize the study, two non-westernized (and quite remote and isolated) populations were examined. These two populations included the the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Aché hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. They observed: "Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), no case of acne (grade 1 with multiple comedones or grades 2-4) was observed. Of 115 Aché subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years) over 843 days, no case of active acne (grades 1-4) was observed." How could that possibly? Meanwhile, I could see all around me that I definitely was not alone in having acne.
Of course, it wasn't just this piece of evidence that led me to the conclusion the acne is not normal, or perhaps better put, it's not natural as it definitely has become the normal in western countries. The Eskimos also never experienced any acne, so much so that they didn't even have a name for it. It wasn't until the Eskimos "moved to town" that the kids there started developing acne. Unfortunately that article isn't as easily accessible as the previous study, but for those requiring a source, here it is; https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Citation/1971/11000/When_The_Eskimo_Comes_To_Town.3.aspx.
  1. Topical products do not work for acne and they can end up making it worse or causing other skin issues
The common sense thing to do when one starts to develop acne is to critique their hygiene. Of course, I found out through my experience that hygiene has nothing do with acne! Nobody gets acne cause they're not washing their face, barring very few exceptional cases. Acne, in most cases, is an internal disease, so trying to fix it from the outside will never fix it completely. Of course, there are some that will actually develop acne from external factors such as skincare products etc, and for them they need simply avoid those products.
I started out with BP... Sure it looked to be helping. I would apply it and the nasty pimple I had would soon dry up and flake off... Wonderful! Soon I realized that supposedly magical product 1) did nothing, 2) make my skin so dry that I was actually embarrassed to show anyone my face... My skin would just peel. Of course, I tried proactiv (garbage, worked initially, then stopped working altogether, and makes it so that your skin develops a dependency on the product), clean and clear (again, worked initially, then didn't), salicylic acid (did nothing) etc.
I also learned from my journey, the less I washed my face, the better! The less overall face products I used on my skin the better. More products will not get rid of your acne! Skincare products all can wreak havoc on our acid mantle and weaken our skin make it more susceptible to irritants resulting in acne.
  1. Birth Control is not the answer
About 3 years into my journey, I was told about another wonderful cure! The great birth control, that wouldn't just fix my acne, it would also make my periods lighter and also do other amazing hormone balancing things! I was on it for 2 years, it seemed to work initially, and then it too slowly did absolutely nothing. However, at this point, I was absolutely mortified to go off it. I was told so many crazy horror stories about how if I went off it, my skin would break out horribly and it would take months and months for my hormones to balance out. Eventually I decided that I didn't want to take weird synthetic hormones that did the very minimal for me in terms of acne. So I stopped... and what happened was awful. I had the worst acne I've ever had in my life after quitting birth control.
  1. Diet and nutrition does matter
The first diet I ever went on to fix my acne was the paleo/low glycemic diet that was started by Loren Cordain, one of the authors of the study above that I linked. It worked like a charm! I didn't touch a thing that wasn't allowed, and my skin for the most part was amazing. It was only when I went off the diet that I ever broke out. I really thought I had figured it all out. I was safe in the security that I would never break out if I ate things I knew were safe to eat. I also deduced that some of my worst break outs were caused by dairy, so I began avoiding dairy like the plague, and now consume it in very limited quantities.
I also came across many studies suggesting Vitamin D lowers acne incidence rate as well. Since I live in a northern climate, I don't get as much as sun for 9 months out of the whole year, I started taking a vitamin D supplement.
  1. Accutane does work, but is not the cure, and is not safe in any doses other than very low
After I quit birth control, my skin was the worst it had ever been... I was desperate. I was told about Accutane... the nuclear bomb when it came fixing acne that the medical profession could offer. And it made sense to me, it wasn't a topical product, it was something that would fix my acne from the inside out. This was consistent with everything I had learned so far into my journey. I can't argue that it didn't work, it did work... and I never went past 0.5mg/kg/day. I knew from my journey that everything the medical profession had to offer came with its side effects, and to never trust anything completely. It's also the reason why I never opted to take antibiotics... I just knew not to trust the medical profession on that one... The accutane definitely helped clear my acne ever so slowly, however, I still broke out here and there even on accutane. I took it for about 9 months, alternating between 10mg-30mg. It all depended on how my lab work came out. Sometimes my liver enzymes were so high that my dose needed to be lowered. But I didn't care... something was finally working! Then about 4 months in, I started developing weird rashes on my face. They were like big itchy red blotches. I still experience them to this day, almost 2 years later, but not as bad now.
  1. Keeping a diary is helpful, n=1 matters
Keeping a diary where you carefully document various factors that may contribute to your acne can be very helpful. It doesn't have to be a literal diary, it can be an excel sheet. I kept track of everything I thought could be a factor in my acne, the food I ate, the skincare products I used, the supplements I took, day of my cycle etc! It's very valuable information for when you want to figure out what may be causing your acne. In addition, the information you figure out is probably not just applicable to you and can also be valuable to others!
  1. Reading about other people's experiences is useful and it's best to keep an open mind
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting results is the definition of insanity. When it comes to figuring out the cause of one's acne, one has to be open minded.
I often spent quite a lot of time researching the cause of acne as that was what my experience had told me I needed to figure out. Throughout that time, I came across a woman called Melissa Gardner, who initially had a pdf regarding "fluorderma." Which essentially was an acne like condition caused by the (excessive) consumption of fluoride. I was intrigued. I knew that I had lived in fluoridated areas for a good chunk of my life, and my acne began when I was living in one. She later came out with a more thorough book on it called the Hidden Cause of Acne (https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Cause-Acne-Affecting-Health-ebook/dp/B075CRN5KK). The book was quite eye opening for me as it was consistent was all my previous experience. The eskimos were NOT drinking fluoridated water until they "moved to town." The Kitavans didn't have fluoridated water, neither did the Ache tribe in Paraguay. In addition, we know that surface waters such as lakes, rivers and springs do not have high fluoride concentrations at all. Usually not more than 0.15 ppm, compare that to water fluoridation which is at 0.7 ppm currently. Upon reading that book, I made every effort to drink only spring water. And before that, I had already stopped using fluoridated toothpaste. Of course, it's hard for to me to say one or way or another as I had started doing this roughly at the same time I hard started taking accutane. I can't say for sure, what had the biggest effect, However, it's been 2 years since taking my last dose of Accutane and it's been 2.5 years since I drastically reduced my fluoride exposure, and interestingly enough my skin now is much better than 2 years ago when I took my last dose.
  1. Modern medicine cannot be relied upon when it comes to diseases like acne
The latest innovation in acne treatment was Accutane, which came out in 1981 and even that was by chance! Accutane was initially a cancer drug and through trials they saw that in those who had acne, they skin cleared. Since then, the medical industry has come out with nothing! They are not interested in curing acne or preventing acne, they are only interested in "treating" acne in a way that they can make money. There is barely any funding to do any useful research as to the pathology of any disease, let alone acne.
I made this post to share and document everything I've learned because I know how difficult and frustrating it is to deal with acne, especially when it has the potential to cause lifelong scars. Thank you!
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2020.06.29 19:10 eternitypasses What I’ve learned after having acne for 10 years

What I've learned after having acne for 10 years
These are the things I've learned in no particular order after dealing with acne for 10+ years. I know these things to be true since they've been repeatedly confirmed by my own experiences. I am sharing what I know to be true, and you may think otherwise, and you are free to challenge. I welcome debate!
  1. Acne is not normal.
People often like to say that acne is normal to get during puberty, or at other supposedly "hormonal" stages of life, but this is simply not true. If you were to go to a doctor and asked them why you have acne, they would probably not give you a better answer than "hormones" and "genes." While these things may be applicable, they are not the root cause of anything. We are all genetically predisposed to a variety of diseases, but genes are not enough, they need to be "activated" by our environment to be relevant. In regards to hormones, our body has a very intricate system when it comes to hormones, and makes every effort to ensure our hormones are balanced, if they are not, it is because of something, it is not a natural state of your body!
After having acne for so long, I began to question why I had acne. Originally I had also fell back on the idea that it was "normal" and that it would pass with due to time, but that time never came on its own by just waiting. So I started questioning everything. Was it the food I was eating? Well turns out, food definitely has a lot to do with it. In my phase of questioning everything, I found this study by Loren Cordain: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/479093. This study had quite a shocking a title... "Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization." How could that possibly be? Aren't diseases supposed to be lower in western civilizations due to our obvious medical advancements? The answer to the question is no, and it's not just acne, it's a variety of other diseases. To summarize the study, two non-westernized (and quite remote and isolated) populations were examined. These two populations included the the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Aché hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. They observed: "Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), no case of acne (grade 1 with multiple comedones or grades 2-4) was observed. Of 115 Aché subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years) over 843 days, no case of active acne (grades 1-4) was observed." How could that possibly? Meanwhile, I could see all around me that I definitely was not alone in having acne.
Of course, it wasn't just this piece of evidence that led me to the conclusion the acne is not normal, or perhaps better put, it's not natural as it definitely has become the normal in western countries. The Eskimos also never experienced any acne, so much so that they didn't even have a name for it. It wasn't until the Eskimos "moved to town" that the kids there started developing acne. Unfortunately that article isn't as easily accessible as the previous study, but for those requiring a source, here it is; https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Citation/1971/11000/When_The_Eskimo_Comes_To_Town.3.aspx.
  1. Topical products do not work for acne and they can end up making it worse or causing other skin issues
The common sense thing to do when one starts to develop acne is to critique their hygiene. Of course, I found out through my experience that hygiene has nothing do with acne! Nobody gets acne cause they're not washing their face, barring very few exceptional cases. Acne, in most cases, is an internal disease, so trying to fix it from the outside will never fix it completely. Of course, there are some that will actually develop acne from external factors such as skincare products etc, and for them they need simply avoid those products.
I started out with BP... Sure it looked to be helping. I would apply it and the nasty pimple I had would soon dry up and flake off... Wonderful! Soon I realized that supposedly magical product 1) did nothing, 2) make my skin so dry that I was actually embarrassed to show anyone my face... My skin would just peel. Of course, I tried proactiv (garbage, worked initially, then stopped working altogether, and makes it so that your skin develops a dependency on the product), clean and clear (again, worked initially, then didn't), salicylic acid (did nothing) etc.
I also learned from my journey, the less I washed my face, the better! The less overall face products I used on my skin the better. More products will not get rid of your skin! Skincare products all can wreak havoc on our acid mantle and weaken our skin make it more susceptible to irritants resulting in acne.
  1. Birth Control is not the answer
About 3 years into my journey, I was told about another wonderful cure! The great birth control, that wouldn't just fix my acne, it would also make my periods lighter and also do other amazing hormone balancing things! I was on it for 2 years, it seemed to work initially, and then it too slowly did absolutely nothing. However, at this point, I was absolutely mortified to go off it. I was told so many crazy horror stories about how if I went off it, my skin would break out horribly and it would take months and months for my hormones to balance out. Eventually I decided that I didn't want to take weird synthetic hormones that did the very minimal for me in terms of acne. So I stopped... and what happened was awful. I had the worst acne I've ever had in my life after quitting birth control.
  1. Diet and nutrition does matter
The first diet I ever went on to fix my acne was the paleo/low glycemic diet that was started by Loren Cordain, one of the authors of the study above that I linked. It worked like a charm! I didn't touch a thing that wasn't allowed, and my skin for the most part was amazing. It was only when I went off the diet that I ever broke out. I really thought I had figured it all out. I was safe in the security that I would never break out if I ate things I knew were safe to eat. I also deduced that some of my worst break outs were caused by dairy, so I began avoiding dairy like the plague, and now consume it in very limited quantities.
I also came across many studies suggesting Vitamin D lowers acne incidence rate as well. Since I live in a northern climate, I don't get as much as sun for 9 months out of the whole year, I started taking a vitamin D supplement.
  1. Accutane does work, but is not the cure, and is not safe in any doses other than very low
After I quit birth control, my skin was the worst it had ever been... I was desperate. I was told about Accutane... the nuclear bomb when it came fixing acne that the medical profession could offer. And it made sense to me, it wasn't a topical product, it was something that would fix my acne from the inside out. This was consistent with everything I had learned so far into my journey. I can't argue that it didn't work, it did work... and I never went past 0.5mg/kg/day. I knew from my journey that everything the medical profession had to offer came with its side effects, and to never trust anything completely. It's also the reason why I never opted to take antibiotics... I just knew not to trust the medical profession on that one... The accutane definitely helped clear my acne ever so slowly, however, I still broke out here and there even on accutane. I took it for about 9 months, alternating between 10mg-30mg. It all depended on how my lab work came out. Sometimes my liver enzymes were so high that my dose needed to be lowered. But I didn't care... something was finally working! Then about 4 months in, I started developing weird rashes on my face. They were like big itchy red blotches. I still experience them to this day, almost 2 years later, but not as bad now.
  1. Keeping a diary is helpful, n=1 matters
Keeping a diary where you carefully document various factors that may contribute to your acne can be very helpful. It doesn't have to be a literal diary, it can be an excel sheet. I kept track of everything I thought could be a factor in my acne, the food I ate, the skincare products I used, the supplements I took, day of my cycle etc! It's very valuable information for when you want to figure out what may be causing your acne. In addition, the information you figure out is probably not just applicable to you and can also be valuable to others!
  1. Reading about other people's experiences is useful and it's best to keep an open mind
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting results is the definition of insanity. When it comes to figuring out the cause of one's acne, one has to be open minded.
I often spent quite a lot of time researching the cause of acne as that was what my experience had told me I needed to figure out. Throughout that time, I came across a woman called Melissa Gardner, who initially had a pdf regarding "fluorderma." Which essentially was an acne like condition caused by the (excessive) consumption of fluoride. I was intrigued. I knew that I had lived in fluoridated areas for a good chunk of my life, and my acne began when I was living in one. She later came out with a more thorough book on it called the Hidden Cause of Acne (https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Cause-Acne-Affecting-Health-ebook/dp/B075CRN5KK). The book was quite eye opening for me as it was consistent was all my previous experience. The eskimos were NOT drinking fluoridated water until they "moved to town." The Kitavans didn't have fluoridated water, neither did the Ache tribe in Paraguay. In addition, we know that surface waters such as lakes, rivers and springs do not have high fluoride concentrations at all. Usually not more than 0.15 ppm, compare that to water fluoridation which is at 0.7 ppm currently. Upon reading that book, I made every effort to drink only spring water. And before that, I had already stopped using fluoridated toothpaste. Of course, it's hard for to me to say one or way or another as I had started doing this roughly at the same time I hard started taking accutane. I can't say for sure, what had the biggest effect, However, it's been 2 years since taking my last dose of Accutane and it's been 2.5 years since I drastically reduced my fluoride exposure, and interestingly enough my skin now is much better than 2 years ago when I took my last dose.
  1. Modern medicine cannot be relied upon when it comes to diseases like acne
The latest innovation in acne treatment was Accutane, which came out in 1981 and even that was by chance! Accutane was initially a cancer drug and through trials they saw that in those who had acne, they skin cleared. Since then, the medical industry has come out with nothing! They are not interested in curing acne or preventing acne, they are only interested in "treating" acne in a way that they can make money. There is barely any funding to do any useful research as to the pathology of any disease, let alone acne.
I made this post to share and document everything I've learned because I know how difficult and frustrating it is to deal with acne, especially when it has the potential to cause lifelong scars. Thank you!
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2020.06.29 19:09 eternitypasses What I’ve learned after having acne for 10 years

What I've learned after having acne for 10 years
These are the things I've learned in no particular order after dealing with acne for 10+ years. I know these things to be true since they've been repeatedly confirmed by my own experiences. I am sharing what I know to be true, and you may think otherwise, and you are free to challenge. I welcome debate!
  1. Acne is not normal.
People often like to say that acne is normal to get during puberty, or at other supposedly "hormonal" stages of life, but this is simply not true. If you were to go to a doctor and asked them why you have acne, they would probably not give you a better answer than "hormones" and "genes." While these things may be applicable, they are not the root cause of anything. We are all genetically predisposed to a variety of diseases, but genes are not enough, they need to be "activated" by our environment to be relevant. In regards to hormones, our body has a very intricate system when it comes to hormones, and makes every effort to ensure our hormones are balanced, if they are not, it is because of something, it is not a natural state of your body!
After having acne for so long, I began to question why I had acne. Originally I had also fell back on the idea that it was "normal" and that it would pass with due to time, but that time never came on its own by just waiting. So I started questioning everything. Was it the food I was eating? Well turns out, food definitely has a lot to do with it. In my phase of questioning everything, I found this study by Loren Cordain: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/479093. This study had quite a shocking a title... "Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization." How could that possibly be? Aren't diseases supposed to be lower in western civilizations due to our obvious medical advancements? The answer to the question is no, and it's not just acne, it's a variety of other diseases. To summarize the study, two non-westernized (and quite remote and isolated) populations were examined. These two populations included the the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Aché hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. They observed: "Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), no case of acne (grade 1 with multiple comedones or grades 2-4) was observed. Of 115 Aché subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years) over 843 days, no case of active acne (grades 1-4) was observed." How could that possibly? Meanwhile, I could see all around me that I definitely was not alone in having acne.
Of course, it wasn't just this piece of evidence that led me to the conclusion the acne is not normal, or perhaps better put, it's not natural as it definitely has become the normal in western countries. The Eskimos also never experienced any acne, so much so that they didn't even have a name for it. It wasn't until the Eskimos "moved to town" that the kids there started developing acne. Unfortunately that article isn't as easily accessible as the previous study, but for those requiring a source, here it is; https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Citation/1971/11000/When_The_Eskimo_Comes_To_Town.3.aspx.
  1. Topical products do not work for acne and they can end up making it worse or causing other skin issues
The common sense thing to do when one starts to develop acne is to critique their hygiene. Of course, I found out through my experience that hygiene has nothing do with acne! Nobody gets acne cause they're not washing their face, barring very few exceptional cases. Acne, in most cases, is an internal disease, so trying to fix it from the outside will never fix it completely. Of course, there are some that will actually develop acne from external factors such as skincare products etc, and for them they need simply avoid those products.
I started out with BP... Sure it looked to be helping. I would apply it and the nasty pimple I had would soon dry up and flake off... Wonderful! Soon I realized that supposedly magical product 1) did nothing, 2) make my skin so dry that I was actually embarrassed to show anyone my face... My skin would just peel. Of course, I tried proactiv (garbage, worked initially, then stopped working altogether, and makes it so that your skin develops a dependency on the product), clean and clear (again, worked initially, then didn't), salicylic acid (did nothing) etc.
I also learned from my journey, the less I washed my face, the better! The less overall face products I used on my skin the better. More products will not get rid of your skin! Skincare products all can wreak havoc on our acid mantle and weaken our skin make it more susceptible to irritants resulting in acne.
  1. Birth Control is not the answer
About 3 years into my journey, I was told about another wonderful cure! The great birth control, that wouldn't just fix my acne, it would also make my periods lighter and also do other amazing hormone balancing things! I was on it for 2 years, it seemed to work initially, and then it too slowly did absolutely nothing. However, at this point, I was absolutely mortified to go off it. I was told so many crazy horror stories about how if I went off it, my skin would break out horribly and it would take months and months for my hormones to balance out. Eventually I decided that I didn't want to take weird synthetic hormones that did the very minimal for me in terms of acne. So I stopped... and what happened was awful. I had the worst acne I've ever had in my life after quitting birth control.
  1. Diet and nutrition does matter
The first diet I ever went on to fix my acne was the paleo/low glycemic diet that was started by Loren Cordain, one of the authors of the study above that I linked. It worked like a charm! I didn't touch a thing that wasn't allowed, and my skin for the most part was amazing. It was only when I went off the diet that I ever broke out. I really thought I had figured it all out. I was safe in the security that I would never break out if I ate things I knew were safe to eat. I also deduced that some of my worst break outs were caused by dairy, so I began avoiding dairy like the plague, and now consume it in very limited quantities.
I also came across many studies suggesting Vitamin D lowers acne incidence rate as well. Since I live in a northern climate, I don't get as much as sun for 9 months out of the whole year, I started taking a vitamin D supplement.
  1. Accutane does work, but is not the cure, and is not safe in any doses other than very low
After I quit birth control, my skin was the worst it had ever been... I was desperate. I was told about Accutane... the nuclear bomb when it came fixing acne that the medical profession could offer. And it made sense to me, it wasn't a topical product, it was something that would fix my acne from the inside out. This was consistent with everything I had learned so far into my journey. I can't argue that it didn't work, it did work... and I never went past 0.5mg/kg/day. I knew from my journey that everything the medical profession had to offer came with its side effects, and to never trust anything completely. It's also the reason why I never opted to take antibiotics... I just knew not to trust the medical profession on that one... The accutane definitely helped clear my acne ever so slowly, however, I still broke out here and there even on accutane. I took it for about 9 months, alternating between 10mg-30mg. It all depended on how my lab work came out. Sometimes my liver enzymes were so high that my dose needed to be lowered. But I didn't care... something was finally working! Then about 4 months in, I started developing weird rashes on my face. They were like big itchy red blotches. I still experience them to this day, almost 2 years later, but not as bad now.
  1. Keeping a diary is helpful, n=1 matters
Keeping a diary where you carefully document various factors that may contribute to your acne can be very helpful. It doesn't have to be a literal diary, it can be an excel sheet. I kept track of everything I thought could be a factor in my acne, the food I ate, the skincare products I used, the supplements I took, day of my cycle etc! It's very valuable information for when you want to figure out what may be causing your acne. In addition, the information you figure out is probably not just applicable to you and can also be valuable to others!
  1. Reading about other people's experiences is useful and it's best to keep an open mind
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting results is the definition of insanity. When it comes to figuring out the cause of one's acne, one has to be open minded.
I often spent quite a lot of time researching the cause of acne as that was what my experience had told me I needed to figure out. Throughout that time, I came across a woman called Melissa Gardner, who initially had a pdf regarding "fluorderma." Which essentially was an acne like condition caused by the (excessive) consumption of fluoride. I was intrigued. I knew that I had lived in fluoridated areas for a good chunk of my life, and my acne began when I was living in one. She later came out with a more thorough book on it called the Hidden Cause of Acne (https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Cause-Acne-Affecting-Health-ebook/dp/B075CRN5KK). The book was quite eye opening for me as it was consistent was all my previous experience. The eskimos were NOT drinking fluoridated water until they "moved to town." The Kitavans didn't have fluoridated water, neither did the Ache tribe in Paraguay. In addition, we know that surface waters such as lakes, rivers and springs do not have high fluoride concentrations at all. Usually not more than 0.15 ppm, compare that to water fluoridation which is at 0.7 ppm currently. Upon reading that book, I made every effort to drink only spring water. And before that, I had already stopped using fluoridated toothpaste. Of course, it's hard for to me to say one or way or another as I had started doing this roughly at the same time I hard started taking accutane. I can't say for sure, what had the biggest effect, However, it's been 2 years since taking my last dose of Accutane and it's been 2.5 years since I drastically reduced my fluoride exposure, and interestingly enough my skin now is much better than 2 years ago when I took my last dose.
  1. Modern medicine cannot be relied upon when it comes to diseases like acne
The latest innovation in acne treatment was Accutane, which came out in 1981 and even that was by chance! Accutane was initially a cancer drug and through trials they saw that in those who had acne, they skin cleared. Since then, the medical industry has come out with nothing! They are not interested in curing acne or preventing acne, they are only interested in "treating" acne in a way that they can make money. There is barely any funding to do any useful research as to the pathology of any disease, let alone acne.
I made this post to share and document everything I've learned because I know how difficult and frustrating it is to deal with acne, especially when it has the potential to cause lifelong scars. Thank you!
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