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Dr. Gaila Mackenzie-Strawn

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Eliminate Acne With Natural Medicine

On : 22 September, 2013

In : Acne

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An alarming 80% to 95% of all teenagers in the U.S. have acne.

Recent studies have shown that a change in diet can eliminate acne.

A study showed that acne does not exist in societies who eat a hunter gatherer diet. People in these societies eat mostly fish, fruit, vegetables, tubers,nuts, rice and wild game and do not eat any western foods such as refined sugars, dairy products, cereal grains, or processed foods.

When these groups move to areas where Western foods are available, they develop acne.

In another study, subjects who ate a high protein- low sugar diet experienced a 50% reduction in acne in only 12 weeks.

A Harvard study linked acne to dairy consumption.

You may ask, what is the link between eating a western diet and acne?

Let’s begin by looking at the link between acne and eating refined carbohydrates like white breads, white rice, sweets and junk food. Eating foods high in sugars raises insulin levels in the blood. Increased insulin levels raises male hormone levels. Increased male hormone levels are well known for their effect on stimulating oil production in the skin and clogging pores.

Inflammation plays a role in the development of acne. Eating junk foods and foods high in sugar increases inflammation in the body and contributes to acne.

Many people who suffer from acne have taken antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the probiotic, healthy bacteria that are necessary for balance in the digestive tract. Maintaining balance between the healthy bacteria and the Candida yeast in the digestive tract is very important because if this balance becomes unbalanced, the Candida yeast flourish and grow out of control. Candida yeast produce waste products that are toxins. When too many toxins accumulate in the body, the skin is used as a way to expel these toxins (in the form of acne).

Recommendations to eliminate acne:

  1. Eat a hunter-gatherer, yeast free diet consisting of chicken, fish, turkey, lamb, eggs, grass-fed meats, beans, vegetables, berries,fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut oil and olive oil.
  2. Avoid processed, refined white flour products, sweets, non organic dairy products, fried and junk foods.
  3. Take a probiotic supplement that contains acidophilus bacteria.
  4. Reduce inflammation by taking EPA/DHA omega 3 fish oil.
  5. We have helped hundreds of patients with this program over the past 30 years. Feel free to email me at drgaila@drgaila.com with any questions or comments.

    Dr. Gaila

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