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Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:12am
I am the only one with acne all over that started at puberty. I have keratosis pilaris as well, I have digestive problems, and no one else in my entire family has ever had such bad skin as I do. Mostly my entire family fee up in the Caribbean and that is where I was born, but I can to the USA when I was 4. It doesn't make sense that only I would have such issues, when no one else does. I mean why should I have no probiotics, so many food allergies, leaky gut, and have to avoid all grains!? What happened to my body that didn't to theirs?

I am going to stop all grains, and I have a feeling that will help my acne, and I'm going to get an ELISA food allergy test soon, but I don't know if I will ever be able to eat certain things again, like rice
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:15am; Reply: 1
Why not make a trip to the D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition store in Williamsburg and see one of the Practitioners?

You might need some help to get yourself well. The food allergy test will tell you what not to eat, why not get a plan that tells you what to eat to be healthy.



I live in Port Washington--  :)

Quite possible you are a non secretor?
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:25am; Reply: 2
Or go to the University of Bridgeport for a consultation. I am headed up on the 23rd of August-- come along with me. :)
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:35pm; Reply: 3
Do you know what your genotype is?
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 1:46pm; Reply: 4
No no and no! I don't have that kind of money, I'm 18, double majoring in college. Look, I came to the forum for help, not people telling me to go elsewhere for help. If you can't help or put any logical input in, please don't tell me how to spend money
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, June 29, 2012, 1:52pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from tolondontoparis
No no and no! I don't have that kind of money, I'm 18, double majoring in college. Look, I came to the forum for help, not people telling me to go elsewhere for help. If you can't help or put any logical input in, please don't tell me how to spend money



Wow---  :'(

You never have to do anything anyone here says these are all suggestions.

Sometimes we need practitioners to help us.


  Sunlight helps acne clear up, or you can get s sunlamp for yourself.
http://www.stopacne.com/lifestyle-and-acne/sunlight-acne.htm




Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:10pm; Reply: 6
@tolondontoparis: even people from the same family can have very different genetic profiles between them. So your question as to why you have health problems that the rest of your family doesn't experience is a question that can't just be answered like that: between the genetic and environmental factors there's so much that can play a role.

I think Andrea AWsec proposes that you see a professional, because to find an answer to your question, someone needs to take a much closer look than we could ever take, from the little bit of info you provide here.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:17pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from 2degreespisces

I think Andrea AWsec proposes that you see a professional, because to find an answer to your question, someone needs to take a much closer look than we could ever take, from the little bit of info you provide here.


Yup--- I have seen people go round and round-- till they see someone who in a matter of minutes figures it out.

Of course you do not have to go see anyone that is your choice--


You might be the only one who is a nonnie in your family (like Eric Morrison he is one of 7 or 8 boys and the only one who was ill) you might be a c section baby? never exposed to healthy flora, you might have taken loads of antibiotics over the years? I don't have the answers to these things.
But I can offer you the idea that University of Bridgeport is a great place and they might even take a portion of the fee if you speak with them and explain your situation.

This is up to you. :-/

Posted by: 19000 (Guest), Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:18pm; Reply: 8
No need to be rude...

Try to not get so overwhelmed. You have to experiment and yes, that CAN be a frustrating experience but stress just makes things worse. Yes, you may have to avoid all grains (at least for a while). It's not the end of the world.  You will find there are lots of good replacements out there the more you explore this stuff. You just have to have a better attitude and an open mind.  Sounds like you're already on the right track with eliminating certain things and seeing how that goes.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, June 29, 2012, 4:04pm; Reply: 9
As has already been indicated, there are MANY factors that can be at work to make you the "lucky" recipient of major discomfort.  Usually anything that happened prior to about 3 or 4 years old, you won't remember, and others may not either.  Without having a significant health history, we can't guess at the cause.  Also, two people won't have the same result from the identical input, so there is more potential for not knowing "why"...

You can work for years trying guesswork or you can spend a little time and money up front to get a solution from a very knowledgeable source and save yourself undue stress, etc...  I will tell you from experience that struggling for 30 years continuing to get less healthy is not a very productive plan.  It will take some time for healing to take place, but you should be able to see progress soon given the correct solution.
Posted by: Spring, Friday, June 29, 2012, 4:16pm; Reply: 10
And here I was feeling really good a while ago when I saw Andrea's post and thought, "Wow, that is really sweet that she is reaching out in such a nice way!" And I still think so.
Posted by: D.L., Friday, June 29, 2012, 4:17pm; Reply: 11
T - If it's any small consolation, I, too, am the only one in my family to have such severe allergies to nearly everything, and leaky gut. Mom had milk and strawberry allergies, (but she died of heart trouble, which runs in her family). Dad is allergic to penicillin.  My brother and sister don't seem to have anything. I, on the other hand, have leaky gut, lots of food allergies, molds, mildew, pollen, chicken feathers, cat and rabbit dander, several meds, chemicals, etc. Like you, I also cannot eat grains without a reaction, even rice. (I tried Rice Chex this morning, but no luck.) I had acne when younger, probably due to hormones. I've had ulcers twice and an infected stomach tube. I've had skin allergy tests and blood allergy tests. I think it's a combination of the genes I inherited, environmental factors, eating factors, and lots of stress. Try not to stress, though, because it produces excess cortisol, inflammation, more acne, and other problems. Believe me, I know what it is like to be going to college and have financial obligations.
All of that being said, though, hang in there. Do the best you can with your resources. I know it is not easy, and as someone who has been through a lot, all I can advise is try to get to the bottom of what is causing the problems. Try a diary of what you are eating. Eliminate all the foods that you know are offenders and after a period of time, try adding offenders back one at a time and note your body reactions.  Take, at the least, a good multi-vitimin/mineral supplement. I am doing the Dr. D'Adamo things to see if that helps. I've found that the people on this forum want to help and don't want to seem confrontational.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 4:51pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from D.L.
T - If it's any small consolation, I, too, am the only one in my family to have such severe allergies to nearly everything, and leaky gut. Mom had milk and strawberry allergies, (but she died of heart trouble, which runs in her family). Dad is allergic to penicillin.  My brother and sister don't seem to have anything. I, on the other hand, have leaky gut, lots of food allergies, molds, mildew, pollen, chicken feathers, cat and rabbit dander, several meds, chemicals, etc. Like you, I also cannot eat grains without a reaction, even rice. (I tried Rice Chex this morning, but no luck.) I had acne when younger, probably due to hormones. I've had ulcers twice and an infected stomach tube. I've had skin allergy tests and blood allergy tests. I think it's a combination of the genes I inherited, environmental factors, eating factors, and lots of stress. Try not to stress, though, because it produces excess cortisol, inflammation, more acne, and other problems. Believe me, I know what it is like to be going to college and have financial obligations.
All of that being said, though, hang in there. Do the best you can with your resources. I know it is not easy, and as someone who has been through a lot, all I can advise is try to get to the bottom of what is causing the problems. Try a diary of what you are eating. Eliminate all the foods that you know are offenders and after a period of time, try adding offenders back one at a time and note your body reactions.  Take, at the least, a good multi-vitimin/mineral supplement. I am doing the Dr. D'Adamo things to see if that helps. I've found that the people on this forum want to help and don't want to seem confrontational.


Thank You! I didn't mean to be rude to anyone, I just cry myself to sleep everynight because my skin ruins my life. I have already spent so much money, and I feel like I have been cursed. What's the point of living if everyday is hell! Anyways, you made me feel better, and I am trying so hard to get better! I think that by eliminating grains completely for a while will help, and the intolerance test. It's just hard to keep track of reactions, even with a food diary, because it could take an hour or days for a reaction to or skin rash to form.
Posted by: D.L., Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:02pm; Reply: 13
Have you had your hormones tested? Perhaps they are out of balance. But don't take synthetic hormones. I wouldn't even do natural estrogen or progesterone cream unless you know for sure how your hormones test. Sometimes just a little tweaking can do wonders. Maybe a simple blood test for hormones could be worth the cost.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:05pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from Andrea AWsec



Wow---  :'(

You never have to do anything anyone here says these are all suggestions.

Sometimes we need practitioners to help us.


  Sunlight helps acne clear up, or you can get s sunlamp for yourself.
http://www.stopacne.com/lifestyle-and-acne/sunlight-acne.htm






Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry!! I feel so evil!! I'm just sooo stressed out with my life in general! And you were so sweet offering to take me, since you live on Long Island! I will be headed back to Stony Brook on the 24th of August, and I am really quite money-less, stressed about trying to eat in college, and just so overwhelmed. I feel like there is nothing I can eat without my body going BOOM!

I totally just pulled a spoiled bratty child attitude! I apologize so much! It's not your fault, or anyone's, and you gave me the best advice you could! WOW I FEEL AWFUL!!!!!!!!

I am probably a non-secretor but could just be a secretor with a lot of problems. I was on antibiotics for so long when I had acne at 14, I always only ate fast food when little. My system is so toxic! And even-though I am eating healthy now, my body is still toxic, cause it can't handle anything. Although my stomach or body doesn't have any pain, I have terrible acne and skin, which is no coincidence. Maybe we can stay in contact, I would be honored if you said yes after my terrible attitude.

Posted by: D.L., Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:15pm; Reply: 15
By the way, T, I absolutely understand how stressful college is. I went back to college in a strange state, in my mid 50s, to get a master's degree in a subject that was way different from my bachelor's. I took every class that was available during the day, nights, weekends, and the summer, so I finished my degree in less than a year. Talk about stress and not eating right. All I did was study, do classwork, and get a tiny bit of sleep. Had no friends or family around. No money for anything fun. But if you put your mind to it, T, you can do it. My daughters had to work full time while going to college because I didn't have the money. They made it. My youngest daughter also has the same food allergy problems that I have.
Posted by: Jane, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:33pm; Reply: 16
I know this sounds overly simplistic but are you drinking enough water?  Sometimes something as simple as that can help clear toxins from your system.  When you are able, Trehalose Complex might help with a number of your issues.  It seems to help your skin and your nervous system.
Wishing you health. It's too bad you can't take Andrea up on her offer. She's very knowledgeable and a great supporter of Dr. D's.
Jane
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:37pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from D.L.
By the way, T, I absolutely understand how stressful college is. I went back to college in a strange state, in my mid 50s, to get a master's degree in a subject that was way different from my bachelor's. I took every class that was available during the day, nights, weekends, and the summer, so I finished my degree in less than a year. Talk about stress and not eating right. All I did was study, do classwork, and get a tiny bit of sleep. Had no friends or family around. No money for anything fun. But if you put your mind to it, T, you can do it. My daughters had to work full time while going to college because I didn't have the money. They made it. My youngest daughter also has the same food allergy problems that I have.


The support on this forum is tremendous! Thank You so much! I will do it all and remain healthy!
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:39pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from Jane
I know this sounds overly simplistic but are you drinking enough water?  Sometimes something as simple as that can help clear toxins from your system.  When you are able, Trehalose Complex might help with a number of your issues.  It seems to help your skin and your nervous system.
Wishing you health. It's too bad you can't take Andrea up on her offer. She's very knowledgeable and a great supporter of Dr. D's.
Jane


I drink at-least 9 glasses of water in the summer months, and a lot in the winter as-well. I love water with ice more than bottled water, and sometimes water in plastic tastes funny.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, June 29, 2012, 6:56pm; Reply: 19
You may think you look terrible now, esp. when you are in an environment where you pay good money to become a "professional" in life, and .....all that commuting around on Long Island. But really, in a way I envy you that you have so many resources to turn to in 2012. In 1984 I was just where you are in life; then the 14 years of unresolved Bulimia (binging and vomiting) started (right after the heroic fight I had put up against acne, myself.) I think you're a Nonnie. I would not have solved the mystery of my own illness if it weren't for this forum. And if it weren't for this forum, I wouldn't have even bought a single D'Adamo item to help myself. I was that skeptical.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 7:50pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Seraffa
You may think you look terrible now, esp. when you are in an environment where you pay good money to become a "professional" in life, and .....all that commuting around on Long Island. But really, in a way I envy you that you have so many resources to turn to in 2012. In 1984 I was just where you are in life; then the 14 years of unresolved Bulimia (binging and vomiting) started (right after the heroic fight I had put up against acne, myself.) I think you're a Nonnie. I would not have solved the mystery of my own illness if it weren't for this forum. And if it weren't for this forum, I wouldn't have even bought a single D'Adamo item to help myself. I was that skeptical.


Oh wow! You're such an inspiration!!! How'd you do it then!? Cure everything by fallowing the diet? I'm sure I'm the only nonnie in generations of my family (so unfair, but oh well)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:02pm; Reply: 21
There are lots of reasons that you're the only one in your family with skin issues. It could be that you deal with toxins through your skin while other family members deal with toxins in other ways. For example, my 16 year old gets behavioral reactions when she eats off-plan, but her skin is perfect. meanwhile, my 17 year old has been plagued with rashes and other skin problems, but doesn't get behavioral reactions to the same degree that her sister does. Toxins affect both of them negatively, but this shows up mostly in the behavior/moods of one and the skin of the other. The one with skin issues has been helped tremendously with fish oil supplements. These supplements are pretty affordable and readily available- I usually buy them at Trader Joe's.

Are you the youngest in your family? Are you the only one who's  been eating "American food" since early childhood? That could very well explain why you have more problems than other family members.

I also suspec that you're a nonnie. Try the O nonnie diet for a while and see if that works better for you. If you don't already own a copy of Live Right 4 Your Type, borrow it from your local library.

And try not to feel like your skin is "ruining your life." Yes, I do remember what it was like to be 18, plus I have a child who's almost that age. But try to keep things in perspective. There's more to life than how you look, and REAL friendships won't develop (or fail to develop) based on appearances. Somebody who will ignore you when you're "ugly" is somebody you're better off without in your life. Somebody "beautiful on the inside" will see past the physical and get to know you no matter how you look.

Do what you can to nourish your body so your skin can heal. But remember that your skin will heal when it's ready, and it may take a while of healthy eating and supplementing before your skin reflects all that hard work. Don't let that get you down.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:14pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from ruthiegirl
There are lots of reasons that you're the only one in your family with skin issues. It could be that you deal with toxins through your skin while other family members deal with toxins in other ways. For example, my 16 year old gets behavioral reactions when she eats off-plan, but her skin is perfect. meanwhile, my 17 year old has been plagued with rashes and other skin problems, but doesn't get behavioral reactions to the same degree that her sister does. Toxins affect both of them negatively, but this shows up mostly in the behavior/moods of one and the skin of the other. The one with skin issues has been helped tremendously with fish oil supplements. These supplements are pretty affordable and readily available- I usually buy them at Trader Joe's.

Are you the youngest in your family? Are you the only one who's  been eating "American food" since early childhood? That could very well explain why you have more problems than other family members.

I also suspec that you're a nonnie. Try the O nonnie diet for a while and see if that works better for you. If you don't already own a copy of Live Right 4 Your Type, borrow it from your local library.

And try not to feel like your skin is "ruining your life." Yes, I do remember what it was like to be 18, plus I have a child who's almost that age. But try to keep things in perspective. There's more to life than how you look, and REAL friendships won't develop (or fail to develop) based on appearances. Somebody who will ignore you when you're "ugly" is somebody you're better off without in your life. Somebody "beautiful on the inside" will see past the physical and get to know you no matter how you look.

Do what you can to nourish your body so your skin can heal. But remember that your skin will heal when it's ready, and it may take a while of healthy eating and supplementing before your skin reflects all that hard work. Don't let that get you down.


Yes! I am the eldest to my father, I have two little brothers who lived with their mother that cooked for the majority of their lives. And I am also the most African in my family, my two littler brothers are as white and American as every, but I received my mother's African genes. SO, I've been destroying my health from the begging of my time! And at the first sign of acne I was put on antibiotics, which only worsened thing. Do you think that someday after I'm all healed up, that I'll be able to eat certain foods that cause the reactions now? If not though, it will be worth it just to be healthyyy
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:15pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from tolondontoparis


Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry!!



Very mature.   :K)  (ok)  I'm happy that you see that we do care.  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:21pm; Reply: 24
Yes, once you're healed, you should be able to eat a wider variety of foods without reactions. It may take a few years to get there though, and things may  get worse before they get better if your body goes into "detox" mode. DD1 has been on BTD for about 3 years, and SWAMI for nearly a year, and finally her skin is clear!

You definitely need to have probiotics daily, since you have a history of taking antibiotics. Even if you can't find 100% compliant probiotics, you're probably better off  taking them rather than skipping them.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:39pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Yes, once you're healed, you should be able to eat a wider variety of foods without reactions. It may take a few years to get there though, and things may  get worse before they get better if your body goes into "detox" mode. DD1 has been on BTD for about 3 years, and SWAMI for nearly a year, and finally her skin is clear!

You definitely need to have probiotics daily, since you have a history of taking antibiotics. Even if you can't find 100% compliant probiotics, you're probably better off  taking them rather than skipping them.


Should I cut out every single grain for now? I just ate some rice, and feel guiltyyyyyy, but I just didn't feel full.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:58pm; Reply: 26
I don't know about if you need to cut them all out.  I occasionally have quinoa, because I know rice doesn't like me.

A sweet potato can help you feel full, though, when I eat some sweet potato I don't need grains to feel full.  It also gets easier with time.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Friday, June 29, 2012, 10:01pm; Reply: 27
I'm the youngest of six, and although one sibling has had health trouble her whole life, I was probably the sickest before I discovered BTD.  I was the only one desperate enough to try anything like it, because if I was sicker than my older siblings even though I was up to 15 years younger than them, what was in my future?  I was the first (of many) in my family to be diagnosed with celiac disease.

Since then more of my siblings have developed health problems, and three of them have gone gluten free and/or paleo, with good results.  My sister with fibromyalgia basically cured it after 6 months gluten free (I was just a few tender points away from that diagnosis myself, before BTD).
Posted by: Spring, Friday, June 29, 2012, 10:29pm; Reply: 28
I eat a sweet potato nearly every day, and I'm not an O!!! I just don't like rice very much. It tends to make me hungrier than ever! But I do love sweet potatoes, and they like me!! Someone that travels a lot said they baked up enough to last a week when they are out of town and eat them every day! They have access to refrigeration so it is no problem. I would definitely be having my share of sweet potatoes if I were an O!! Delish!! (smile)
Posted by: TJ, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 1:10pm; Reply: 29
T, I'm in the same boat.  I have three younger brothers who are strong, energetic, and who can eat anything they want to.  I've always been behind the curve with regards to physical fitness.  I have the leaky gut and mold, dairy protein, gluten, and sulfite sensitivities, along with the anxiety and depression.

I started BTD in 2007.  It has been a slow process.  Don't expect to find one single thing that is to lynchpin to fixing everything.  Even after all almost 5 years, I'm still not where I should be, but I'm a lot better than I was.  Hang in there!  Do your research to see what you can do to help yourself (which is what I've done).  Get as far as you can on your own.  Maybe you won't need any outside help, or maybe you will, but if you can't afford it right now just do what you can do for yourself.

I had to drop back to part-time when I was in college.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, that's something to consider doing.  If you keep yourself constantly stressed out, you won't ever make any progress, no matter how well you are eating.
Posted by: Johnny B., Saturday, June 30, 2012, 1:35pm; Reply: 30
You're probably a non-secretor.  It's a recessive trait, so your parents could carry the gene but not express it.   Do not feel pity for yourself.  This new understanding is an opportunity.
This would be an excellent resource for you:
http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/video-tutorials/

I'm the anomaly in my household as well.  I seem to be the only one with "white lines" on my fingerprints.  I mainly suffer from environmental and food allergies and some digestion problems.

You can't put diesel in a lawn mower and gasoline in a tractor trailer and expect them to run smoothly.
Stake your ground when it comes to food, so you can regain your health, and educate others as well as they can understand so they can reap benefits as well.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 3:08pm; Reply: 31
WOW! You all are so wonderful! I'm sure one day I may even be able to eat a sweet without a reaction, but does that mean I ever will? Probably not. I mean the foods that cause us so many problems aren't good for us!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 3:21pm; Reply: 32
   ;) ;D

Offer still stands to take a ride to University of Bridgeport to see the students--
Let someone else figure this out for you :K)
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 3:26pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
   ;) ;D

Offer still stands to take a ride to University of Bridgeport to see the students--
Let someone else figure this out for you :K)


I would have to figure out the cost, and start saving up! And then schedule going to college earlier maybe? It's really more difficult than just going! I wish! I'm trying to get a food intolerance test from my dr, but she thinks I'm a hypochondriac so it will probably never happen. I'm literally afraid to eat ANYTHING, which then stresses me out more, it's an awful cycleeeee

Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 4:23pm; Reply: 34
Would you like for us to look at the foods you are eating at this time and see if anything stands out that might be improved upon?  You could give us an idea of how you are eating and we could take it from there.

When money is tight, prohibiting many things that might be helpful, such as meeting with Dr. D and his interns, or taking supplements, it becomes more crucial than ever to fine-tune what you are eating.  That is the means you have to control and influence your health and healing.  
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 5:42pm; Reply: 35
First thing is to call them and get more information from University of Bridgeport. Allergy testing is really unnecessary and expensive. :-/

better to have a breath hydrogen test for over growth-- :)

You might get your doctor to write for a nutrition consult check with your insurance company they may pay a portion of it. Your Doc might do it just to get you off her back ;)

But really you need to call and get more information from University of Bridgeport, they may have a student rate.
Posted by: 19000 (Guest), Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6:39pm; Reply: 36
Well before going on this diet, I used to react VERY strongly to both dairy and meat but when I eat it as a treat (only on occasion) I am okay so it's definitely possible you'll be able to eat those things again (within reason).

The GenoType diet is the only diet that has healed me of leaky gut/yeast over growth/eczema problems and who knows what else. Well, that and a compliant probiotic.  Works wonders.

Your skin is not ruining your life though, your reaction to it is. Sometimes it's hard to have a good attitude when junk happens to us but it's really in our hands whether something is going to break us or not so try not to get so discouraged. You're still young and the body has an amazing ability to heal itself when we start treating it right. Everything will be okay.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6:42pm; Reply: 37
tolondontoparis, I'm sorry to hear of your frustrating acne situation. I grew up feeling the same way....My sisters didn't have acne and neither did my own children but I had horrible acne from the time I was 11 until I figured out what was causing it...the wrong diet and I was in my 40s before I was able to find
the BTD.  My mother took me to all sorts of dermatologists when I was a young child but nothing topical changed my condition permanently.. Now, out of my 4 grandchildren, only my oldest granddaughter experienced the same thing I did with acne and by age 11, she too was walking around feeling horrible about herself.  There is hope...I just want you to know that, even if you don't have a lot of resources.  Just so you hear something hopeful, my granddaughter is now  15 1/2 and her skin is beautiful. It was a matter of eliminating the foods that were causing her hormones to be out of balance, adjusting her essential fatty acids and adding foods she was missing....biggest thing
was getting her gut balanced.... All through blood type/genotype
dieting.  No expensive supplements and nothing drastic changed that much in her diet...but enough changed to where she finally has a better self image after seeing her skin clearing up.

I want to wish you the best and let you know that you too can have clear skin on the right protocol....Our skin is our largest organ of elimination...If our guts are out of balance, for some, it shows up on the skin because there is just so much overload our bodies can handle.  

My parents had clear skin but I now remember one aunt on my mother's side who grew up with
acne because she had pitted skin as an adult...SO obviously, there is some kind of genetic pre-
disposition some of us have that sometimes doesn't show up in our immediate families.

{{{{{hugs}}}}}} I'm hoping at some point in the not so distant future that you too can have beautiful
skin!~  :)
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 9:42pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from Chloe
tolondontoparis, I'm sorry to hear of your frustrating acne situation. I grew up feeling the same way....My sisters didn't have acne and neither did my own children but I had horrible acne from the time I was 11 until I figured out what was causing it...the wrong diet and I was in my 40s before I was able to find
the BTD.  My mother took me to all sorts of dermatologists when I was a young child but nothing topical changed my condition permanently.. Now, out of my 4 grandchildren, only my oldest granddaughter experienced the same thing I did with acne and by age 11, she too was walking around feeling horrible about herself.  There is hope...I just want you to know that, even if you don't have a lot of resources.  Just so you hear something hopeful, my granddaughter is now  15 1/2 and her skin is beautiful. It was a matter of eliminating the foods that were causing her hormones to be out of balance, adjusting her essential fatty acids and adding foods she was missing....biggest thing
was getting her gut balanced.... All through blood type/genotype
dieting.  No expensive supplements and nothing drastic changed that much in her diet...but enough changed to where she finally has a better self image after seeing her skin clearing up.

I want to wish you the best and let you know that you too can have clear skin on the right protocol....Our skin is our largest organ of elimination...If our guts are out of balance, for some, it shows up on the skin because there is just so much overload our bodies can handle.  

My parents had clear skin but I now remember one aunt on my mother's side who grew up with
acne because she had pitted skin as an adult...SO obviously, there is some kind of genetic pre-
disposition some of us have that sometimes doesn't show up in our immediate families.

{{{{{hugs}}}}}} I'm hoping at some point in the not so distant future that you too can have beautiful
skin!~  :)


Love you!
Posted by: grey rabbit, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 10:04pm; Reply: 39
My daughter has had an acne issue since about age 12, she has not been able to clear it up, but it isn't that noticeable AND, she has a wonderful boyfriend, graduated with honors (graphic design) is now on her way to becoming a very successful designer. Grown-up, mature individuals look at the person, not the skin condition.
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Your skin is not ruining your life though, your reaction to it is. Sometimes it's hard to have a good attitude when junk happens to us but it's really in our hands whether something is going to break us or not so try not to get so discouraged. You're still young and the body has an amazing ability to heal itself when we start treating it right. Everything will be okay.
I agree!!!!!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 2, 2012, 2:28am; Reply: 40
Remember that what you DO eat is just as important as what you don't eat. It's important to get enough nutrition into your body, since your body needs nutrition to heal. Being "afraid to eat anything" isn't good either- neither the stress you're causing yourself, nor the possible lack of nutrition if you end up under-eating.

Some people do benefit from being grain-free for a while, but it's not necessary for everybody. There's no reason to feel guilty about eating some rice! Emphasize meats (including fish, poultry, and eggs) and veggies, but don't worry about adding in some rice or quinoa to feel full.
Posted by: tolondontoparis, Monday, July 2, 2012, 2:37am; Reply: 41
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Remember that what you DO eat is just as important as what you don't eat. It's important to get enough nutrition into your body, since your body needs nutrition to heal. Being "afraid to eat anything" isn't good either- neither the stress you're causing yourself, nor the possible lack of nutrition if you end up under-eating.

Some people do benefit from being grain-free for a while, but it's not necessary for everybody. There's no reason to feel guilty about eating some rice! Emphasize meats (including fish, poultry, and eggs) and veggies, but don't worry about adding in some rice or quinoa to feel full.


Thank You! Why should I be affraid of rice!? I shouldnt! And I looked into the things I was eating recently, and I was making totally compliant gluten free rice pancakes, but then realizes there was CORN STARCH in the baking powder! Perhaps that is what caused my back to break out!

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 2, 2012, 2:45am; Reply: 42
Instead of baking powder, use 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) plus 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar in place of 1 teaspoon baking powder in a recipe.

I've re-written all my recipes with the right amounts of baking powder and cream of tartar so I don't have to calculate everything every time (I already have my favorite recipes typed up, and many shared on this website.)

I've also heard of people making their own baking powder, to use in recipes in the exact amounts called for. (1 teaspoon of this equals one teaspoon of baking powder called for in a recipe.) You simply mix together 2 parts baking soda, one part cream of tartar, and one part compliant starch (such as arroroot or tapioca, depending on what's OK for you personally.) You could mix up a small or a large batch, depending on how big a container you have available to store it in.

The point of adding the starch is just to make it "match up" with commercial baking powder to make it easier to use in recipes. It doesn't actually make it work any better.
Posted by: Tom Martens, Monday, July 2, 2012, 3:25am; Reply: 43
http://www.battleforhealth.com/Battle_for_Health/My_Story.html
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 5:02pm; Reply: 44
Wow this thread got long fast,  I know you said that you've always had problems with you skin.  Fluorescent lights,  drain your B vits., also you lose your Bs with stress, so that would be another area I'd look into. The sun light is one I'd also follow.
Posted by: paul clucas, Saturday, July 7, 2012, 5:35pm; Reply: 45
TLTP, try eating on the O non-secretor diet.  You have to eat anyway and switching the vegetables will not cost much more or much less.  Official Gluten Free food has corn, potato, corn starch, or potato starch - it is better to buy ingredient than packaged food.

With little money available there is still a lot that you can do.  Idiosyncratic tendencies like " water in plastic tastes funny" as well as acne make knowing you secretor status important to you.  You have a very independent attitude, which might mean Explorer or Gatherer (Hunter is the only other option for O's)

You should try eliminating most common grains - rice is usually a safe bet but quinoa can be better.  If you have time for baking some time during the week, there are flours that will better your health.  How much dairy do you consume?

Don't forget the good fats - olive oil and ghee (clarified butter).

Instead of buying medicines, supplements, and other things that are supplies, look at saving for one-time purchases that help turn your food into your medicine.  When the money permits, I would recommend, if you haven't already, purchasing a secretor test, Change Your Genetic Destiny, and especially if you are an Explorer Swami Express.

I won't deny that making these purchases takes a level of comitment, but they improve your eating optoins for the rest of your life.

If I had my Swami at the age of eighteen I could have reached my ideal weight at 21 instead of 26 ...   There is nothing in this world like being in your twenties and at the peak of health.

There are many unexpected benefits that you will find once your diet has improved.

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The support on this forum is tremendous!
It has always been so.   ;D
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, July 7, 2012, 6:10pm; Reply: 46
you now have the power to change the way you feel.

just do it and feel proud about your individuality.

try a secretor test to tweak your guidelines further and get to the very core
Posted by: BTypeAUS, Sunday, July 8, 2012, 7:31am; Reply: 47
Sorry for hijacking the thread,..Andrea, do u know any practitioners of the BTD in Australia who can do the testing etc done at Dr Ds clinics in the USA? Thanks.
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