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Food Allergy Solutions ReviewNews, Ideas & Strategies to Improve Your HealthFebruary 2004
Acne: How Food Can Cause It
Acne may be one of the most common conditions known to humans. It can be embarrassing, frustrating, and downright unfair. Fortunately, most of the time, it is also avoidable.
The Traditional View of Acne and Its Treatment
Most people assume that getting acne is a normal part of life. But why do some people get acne when others do not? And why do certain people have such bad cases of acne?Commercial treatments for acne focus on keeping the skin clean and clearing clogged pores. This sounds reasonable, but again, why do some people have to obsessively clean their skin when others do not? And why do some people cleanse, exfoliate, deep clean and still get acne?
What's Wrong with this Approach to Acne?
The real problem with this approach to acne is that acne develops from inside the body, not outside. The skin is an organ, and it is an organ of elimination. We eliminate waste products through our skin, just as we loose minerals when we sweat.
Too many toxins inside the body can lead to inflammation in the skin resulting in clogged pores and acne. In order to treat the cause of the acne we must first remove the toxins.
Why Do Antibiotics Help, but Only Temporarily?
The inflamed and clogged pores of acne become infected. This is what causes puss. Antibiotics may help treat this infection. Unfortunately, acne comes back when the antibiotics are discontinued because the underlying cause that leads to inflammation and clogged pores, toxins in the body, still exists.
What Really Causes Acne?
A majority of acne cases, as well as many other skin blemishes, are caused by food allergies. Hormone imbalances may also play a role, but are largely over-rated. Fortunately both are treatable.
How Do Food Allergies Cause Acne?
Food allergies are the number one cause of acne, and the worse the acne the more likely food allergies are involved. Eating a food to which the body is allergic leads to a continuous toxic reaction. In such a case the immune system fights the food as if it were an invading organism. This can cause inflammation in the skin (and many other conditions), as well as the need to eliminate the toxin.
What Foods Cause Acne?
There isn’t just one food that causes acne. Any food allergy is capable of causing acne. However, the most common cause of acne that I see in my practice is dairy products.
Why Is It So Difficult to Recognize One's Own Food Allergy?
This is problematic because of the often delayed nature of food allergies. Allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, after a food is well absorbed into your system. And acne generally doesn’t come and go quickly enough to be associated with food.
This difficulty is compounded by the fact that certain foods, such as dairy and wheat, are so prevalent in our diet that many people eat them nearly every day. Therefore connecting your symptoms with your eating habits is often nearly impossible.
What Causes a Food Allergy?
It is most likely that food allergies are genetically predetermined. In the big picture, humans have only recently introduced many current day foods into the diet, so it’s not surprising that the immune system doesn’t recognize every food as a friendly substance.
However, we undoubtedly do not understand everything there is to know about food or food allergies.
How Do I Determine if I Have a Food Allergy?
The only sure way to determine if you have a food allergy is to have your blood tested for antibodies to a variety of foods. This is done with an ELISA Food Allergy Panel, which measures your immune response to approximately 100 different foods.
If you experience acne be sure to call 206-264-1111 to schedule an appointment.
Acne Case Studies
Case #1: 15 year old male with severe facial acne. This patient had undergone several rounds of antibiotics, which had temporarily treated his acne. However, the acne continued to return. ELISA food allergy testing demonstrated a high antibody reaction to several foods, including dairy and eggs. The removal of the offending foods resulted in noticeable improvement within 2 weeks, and over several weeks the patient’s his skin had cleared for good.
Case #1: 25 year old male with acne, predominantly on the back. This patient had experienced back acne and mild facial acne since his early teenage years. He also experience periodic digestive problems, including diarrhea, and had fatigue and frequent itchy skin. Following food allergy testing and the removal of gluten and dairy, both of which were positive, his acne gradually cleared and his other symptoms resolved.
Case #1: 20 year old female patient with acne. Patient was otherwise very healthy and ate a healthy diet. ELISA food allergy testing demonstrated high antibodies to dairy. The removal of dairy from her diet resulted in the clearing of her skin.
No More Acne!
New Support Group for
Gluten Intolerant Kids and Their Families
If you have a child with celiac disease or gluten intolerance and would like to get together with other people with the same challenge, then this is the group for you.
A new chapter of ROCK, Raising Our Celiac Kids, has recently been formed for the Seattle area. The goal of the group is to create an enjoyable and supportive environment for kids and families to meet and interact.
For more information please contact Seattle R.O.C.K. party coordinators Irina Risuhina (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Miranda Cantine (email@example.com), or visit the website at
For more information about the ROCK organization nationally, visit The Observer, Sunday, December 7, 2003
Inquiry Reveals Widespread Fraud in
Published Drug Research
An inquiry by the British newspaper The Observer reveals that hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies.
Scientific articles published in medical journals have a huge influence on which drugs doctors prescribe and on the treatment hospitals provide. But The Observer has uncovered evidence that many articles written by so-called independent academics may have been written by writers working for agencies that receive large sums from drug companies to market their products.
Estimates suggest that almost half of all articles published in journals are by ghostwriters. While doctors who have put their names to the papers can be paid handsomely for 'lending' their reputations, the ghostwriters remain hidden. They, and the involvement of the pharmaceutical firms, are rarely revealed. These papers endorse drugs and are paraded in front of physicians as independent research in an effort to persuade them to prescribe the drugs.
Dr. Richard Smith, editor of the British Journal of Medicine, admitted ghostwriting is a "very big problem." "We are being hoodwinked by the drug companies. The articles come in with doctors' names on them and we often find some of them have little or no idea about what they have written. When we find out [about ghostwriting), we reject the paper, but it is very difficult," he said.
This revelation about pharmaceutical research calls into question a large percentage of the information that physicians are taught about drugs. It also suggests that the peer review system for publishing such research is inadequate, and may be incapable of eliminating such glaring abuses.
Source: www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,1101706,00.html.TopReturn to Food Allergy Solutions Review Archive
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