Hello, my first post here. I'm a 20 yr old guy who has been losing weight for the past 3 years, very slowly, but in not so smart ways.
I've lost ~45 lbs, but I did a lot of stupid things over the years. Very low cal, alternate day fasting, and the like. Worst thing I did was probably adopting the low fat, high protein craze (this probably set me up for all kinds of deficiencies, especially Vitamin A.). I brought on a ton of health issues... Score one for mainstream health media.
Most of them seem to have gotten very prominent in the past year. I never had acne (serious enough to bother with) as a teen. About a year ago it started to get really bad. Around february it was the worst it has ever been, I had whiteheads and mild cysts all over my face and new ones on a daily basis. Decided I had to do something so I quit all dairy, cold turkey. Pretty soon after this I got nail ridges despite supplementing calcium (I keep reading how these are normal and I've never had them in my life and got them in the space of a few months, so no, I don't think they are normal). But the acne became a bit less severe since quitting that.
Around this time I discovered I have Keratosis Pilaris (mostly on my upper arms, some on thighs and my face is kinda crusty as well).
I've also been diagnosed with low Vit.D and Omega fat levels, and have spent the summer tanning outside daily to restore the D and eating sardines/flax seed for Omegas.
Over the summer and especially since starting to eat animal liver the acne has gotten a lot better. It's almost not even an issue now. I can go up to 2 weeks without any new stuff and it only takes a day or two to disappear as opposed to weeks like before. My face has gotten a lot softer and looks better in general as well. Note that I ate tons of carrots before this and they never helped anything...so much for carotenoids.
I suspect the fat soluble vitamins take some time to restore and I've only been eating the liver for a month so I suppose in a few months I will be completely acne free as it is improving really well. I changed my diet around completely and try to eat as diverse as possible, eating sauerkraut, cooking on lard, more fruits and vegetables, etc. But the KP is not improving much (or very slowly) and my hair is so much thinner than it used to be. 3 years ago I had such dense hair I could barely comb it, now I'm afraid if this continues I'll go bald at 20 :(. Not sure what to do.
I do notice new hair growing all over my body since I started eating liver (I guess the follicles are getting unplugged) so I hope it also will work on hair , but anything else I could do to make sure? I'm getting my thyroid tested in a month or two (got to wait long for those tests).
Also, another issue I've got in the past months is that the inside of my eyes is kinda yellowish and the blood vessels are more prominent than they used to. I'm not sure if this is sun damage from tanning without glasses or some deficiency (maybe B complex?). No, it's not jaundice as the yellowing is only in the inside corners and my skin looks perfectly normal.
It's just so ironic that when I was a fatass I had no health issues whatsoever :/
Anyone have any take on these issues?
P.S. I will probably supplement Vit.D in the winter. Is 5000/IU per day a good amount?
Thanks and sorry for the longish post. I've read so much in the past months I could write an essay. It sucks when you have to be your own doctor.
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on September 30, 2012
at 04:45 PM
You have a LINOLEIC ACID DEFICIENCY.
Eating high amounts of linoleic acid will not fix this fully, but it might help.
Acne is not caused by bacteria or hormones or what have you (they play a role, but a negligible one considering 100% of acne is hormonal and 100% of acne is genetic and 100% of acne is bacterial. If you focus on hormones, genetics or bacteria, you won't find the answer to your acne. )
Do yourself a favor and get a GLA supplement (Gamma-Linoleic Acid.) Consume it AND rub it on your skin. It does not need to be rubbed in the area in which you have acne/Keratosis.
on September 28, 2013
at 08:10 PM
That sounds like an inflammatory issue. Maybe you should consider trying a GAPS:
And reading Dr. Art Ayers' recommendations for an anti-inflammatory diet and life style, he's very good:
on April 03, 2013
at 02:30 AM
For your hair if you want to see fast improvement in growth and length use Miconazole nitrate. Yup, Monastat for yeast infections. Specifically the 3 day one at 4%. It comes with three (obviously) 4% miconazole nitrate pre-filled tubes & and one with 2%. Use the 4% one day and the 2% on off days. Apply it to your scalp until you reach your desired length and fullness.
*reported side effects: headaches...although I've never experienced any... if you do, try diluting it with water...
in any case with consistent use, whatever your hair growth is in a month, times that by two. Its about 13-15$ at your local drug store.
on September 30, 2012
at 02:40 PM
You haven't actually said what you eat - only that you no longer eat dairy.
Without that knowledge all I can say is:
Try and reintroduce dairy (milk, butter) and eat eggs.
I've seen someone restore their premature hair loss from a deficient vegan diet just by reintroducing eggs.
It is worth a try - if acne worsens then try upping the liver to compensate.
Your acne can actually be a positive sign that you are getting healthier - no not through 'detoxing' - but through an increase in sex hormones. With an increase in vitamin D, vitamin A becomes a limiting factor, hence the liver helped.
on September 30, 2012
at 12:19 PM
I think know exactly what you have (for hair loss and nails only)!!! I never had acne, but I am sure it is related because I had other symptoms instead (I had a severe fatigue).I had/still have the same thing! It is inflammation. You have to have an anti-inflammatory diet.
I am in a hurry now, but here are some pointers:
NO PROCESSED FOODS. NONE FOR 6 MONTHS. NO SLIPS, NO CHEATS otherwise your body will never get out of it. I did not do it, so I have to start all over again.
NO VEGETABLE OILS. NO SAFFLOWER, NO CANOLA, NO SUNFLOWER, etc. ect. NONE WHATSOEVER.
NO WHITE FLOUR, NO WHEAT PRODUCTS, NO GLUTEN, - NONE FOR 6 months.
NOTHING SWEET NO SUGAR NO HONEY NO AGAVE SYRUP. GREATLY REDUCE/ELIMINATE FRUIT.
REDUCE YOUR CARBS. YOUR DAILY INTAKE SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 70 OR LESS THAN 30. COUNT THEM. Alternate, don't go very low every single day. I did not know about it, my new doctor told me I had to.
BONE BROTH 3 times per day.
Liver every day.
Live fermented foods (in moderation) every day. Sauerkraut, real pickles, consider yogurt from raw milk.
Strong live probiotics from a refrigerated section every day.
Green leafy vegetables. Nutrient-dense foods every day (look up Terry Wahls).
Stay like this for 6 months. You will get better because your immune system will stop attacking yourself.