I have been lurker here for a long time, thanks to all the amazing folks here helping people around the world with their health issues.
After a lot of reading and observation of my symptoms, I'm almost certain that I have Iodine deficiency. Here are my symptoms
1) Extreme hair loss and hormonal acne
2) Can't sweat easily
3) I can't easily get up from bed in the mornings, feel very tired(even after 10+ hours of sleep)
4) Very dry skin and hair
5) Can't gain weight no matter what I eat(only anti-symptom)
6) Brain fog
7) Cold hands (especially my right hand) and feet. I always used to have a very hot body, including hands and feet but this was 2 years back.
9) Gut issues (heartburn during early mornings, occasinally)
10) General tiredness and procrastinative in native
11) When I last tested I was severely deficient in Vitamin D and B12
I have started with one drops of Lugols 2% along with DryE with yeast free selenium, magnesium citrate and B complex. I have no symptoms with this dosage, after how many days on this dose can I safely ramp up to 2/3 drops a day? Also, I don't notice any difference in my symptoms on this dosage.
Am I on the right track to get rid of my health issues? or am I missing something?
P.S - My regular blood routine came out clean. TSH is at normal range
Hi everyone, I joined this forum in hopes of support and maybe similiar stories. I have had severe acne for 5+ years now, trying everything from Proactiv, retinoids, Aczone and tazorac. The only thing it did was get rid of the acne for a short term (and not to mention they costed A LOT). I've tried organic African soap too, but it only made it worse. I honestly feel so defeated because even my dermatologist said it shouldve healed 1 year ago and then he suggested cosmetic surgery. I literally cried the whole drive home. It is just so saddening how acne is ruining my life----it makes me feel worse around people, I've even worn makeup just because it gives me some confidence. I know it shouldn't matter that i have acne because "it's about your personality," yah of course it is but looks give first impressions too, and my acne is horrible. I have it on my left and right cheek, it's much worse on the left one. I have keloid scars and marks on my chest and back too.I am a 19yr old male btw
Anyways, I've come upon water fasting last month and have been amazed at what people have said has happened to their skin issues during and post fast. I've been drinking only 100% natural juices and water for 5 days and plan to for one more day. After tomorrow, I will only drink water for hopefully 14 days....I will listen to my body. After i break my fast, I will eat a healthy, raw food based diet, again.....hopefully
Has anyone else done a water fast for their skin issues? Is 14 days too short? Too long? Sorry for the lengthy post lol
That diet can help you post fasting to find out if food is triggering your acne.
If your acne disappear during the water fast, that will be quite a strong evidence that food may have something to do with your acne.
Common acne triggers are sugars added to foods, milk, flour products, oils and fats especially processed and heated oils and fats, industrially processed and packaged foods and drinks, food additives , food preservatives , and some people can even have problems with meat, or fish or shrimps, or nuts, or even some vegetables.
When it comes to water fasting, take it one day at a time, and read a lot about water fasting!
Liver flush may also help before the fast, by cleansing the liver.
Water enema on the first days of the fast may also help by cleaning the colon from feces that may stay inside of you for many days.
Keep us updated with your fasting experience, and with any changes in your symptoms.
Hi thanks for the tips! I should've clarified, yes I am using a juicer. The juices (now on 6th day) have made my acne purge. Today I woke up with five pimples, and my acne marks seemed almost fresher, and brighter. I've read that this might be my body pushing out the toxins? Hopefully so, I start my water fast tomorrow, and if food is my main acne trigger, I'll use this time to research new diets(raw probably)
I'm by no means a doctor or medical professional. I have been hostage to a constant red face since the age of 13. I never knew why or understood the reasons my face was constantly red. At a young age my doctor told me I had rosacea and that it's heriditary. I accepted the diagnosis and went on with my life. Just recently I heard of a new rosacea product called SOOLNTRA that has 1% Ivermectin. That really got my gears turning. I did my research for hours online, reading blogs and forums. I discovered Rosacea, Acne and possibly scalp psoriasis are all caused by demodex mites! I figured if I could get ivermectin and try it for myself I have nothing to lose. Not having health insurance I went on Amazoon, found ivermectin paste for $2.99 I read the reviews. Humans have used it for scabies although it's made for horses. I was a bit skeptical and hesitant at first but went ahead and tried it. It's been two weeks and my face and scalp have never looked better and felt better!! I hope this easy cure will help millions escape our failing expensive healthcare system and demodex mites that ruin our lives.
Thank you So much for sharing your success w/ ivermectin, Justin. I'll be ordering that paste on Amazon the second I send this msg. and pray that it delivers the final punch I need to clear up this train wreck of a face.
After billions of research hours I recently figured out that my 12 years of nightmarish, life-changing pain & misery have been caused not JUST by bacteria & fungus, but by these wretched demodex mites that LIVE in my skin and create the bacteria & fungus !~ this is just SO Gross!!
Like many of you who've had this for a couple of years, these horrible creatures have damaged my life is so many ways, I'm praying that I can fix some of it when I get the demodex under control (I've read that we can Control them but can never kill them all.)
[Skip the rest of this 'essay' and go to my next post I'm going to send if you don't want to read any more of people's personal experiences being tortured by demodex mites; I'm going to send some info from an Acne Forum about some excellent treatment ideas for bacteria & fungus that might work well for you: They DO make the mites come out of your pores & follicles in droves but either they don't have quite enough kill power to Control the darned things or maybe I'm just not consistent or patient enough because I work very very long hours @ a State College.]
["My Mite Story" ]I'm sharing this so those of you who've suffered emotional, social and career damage due to this disfiguring condition, will know that you haven't been alone on this painful road.
~Even tho' I now know they have a name, I know that everybody has them on their face, and I've looked at these monsters under a 10x magnifying glass, it still seems surreal, like a bad dream, that hundreds, maybe thousands of them have been multiplying in MY skin all these years, turning my once clear & lovely skin into layers of hard, thickened itchy skin full of painful sticky white plugs & throbbing pimple-like bumps.
I feel like I've been in some bad horror movie for 12 whole years watching myself become ever more depressed, hopeless, pitted, scarred & isolated from spending hundreds of hours alone in my bathroom tearing my face up just to stop the throbbing, distracting pain in those big ugly bumps.
It's been hard not to cry all these years when I saw my reflection each morning w/ all the sores and red bumps on my face; It's made me dread going to work each day knowing I have to meet w/ college students up close, looking like I got mugged.
I've gone from being a social, fun-loving, happy, optimistic & confident woman in her 40's to someone who doesn't even want to leave the house anymore - takes too long to patch my face up and too embarrassing even when I do a 'good' job of it.
Most painful, has been trying to help friends, family & co-workers understand why it takes me hours to get ready to go somewhere or why I don't even Want to go out w/ anyone, anywhere...my face hurts and burns & will look awful in minutes even tho' I spent 2 hours covering it up. It's just been heartbreaking trying to explain my increasing isolation and despair because I couldn't even explain to Me what was happening to me..Until there were Forums like this one and the Acne Forum where other victims of this weird disfiguring infestation started sharing their stories, research, treatment successes & failures.
I owe every bit of new found hope to every one of you who has so generously shared your stories & wisdom.
So...Fast forward to several months ago when I googled "Sticky white plugs on my face" and found stories, information and ideas on a couple blogs & on ACNE forum, for products to try to beat these monsters...I was overjoyed! First time in years I had some hope that I wouldn't have to be a reclusive slave to my face forever.
~Almost all info & recommendations however, were for killing bacteria & the fungus left behind when the mites die and their bodies become mush (your skin reacts to all that crap which is why it forms many hard &thick layers); Not much mention of products to kill Demodex because, like me, lots of folks reserching ACNE don't realize that the bacteria & fungus and pimples may ALL be caused by demodex.
~I DID see improvement using all the suggestions for killing bacteria & fungus, but was HORRIFIED to see truckloads of those white, rice like mites coming out of my pores this weekend due to a rigorous care routine that takes too much time to do on workdays, and Knew I HAD to look for a way to Kill the Mites too.
I'm going to order the ivermectin and pray that it kills mites. I'll write that post w/ useful treatments as soon as I can.
I wish you blessings and clear skin, Barbara
Here is a tip for those who are ordering ivermectin from Amazon. Many products (targeted toward horses) say 'apple flavor'. This type is a sticky jelly and messy to use topically. However, the Horse Health brand is a white paste. It comes in a big plunger and is 1.87% so you need to cut it about in half with a lotion or cream of your choice. It is quite inexpensive and they ship fast.
So shocked! It never occurred to me that rosacea was caused by a parasite. I've been taking Ivermectin for years. My mind was focused on killing the parasites. When I read your post I went immediately to the mirror. The rosacea I have had for 20 years and just accepted is gone. I never noticed and had no clue it was caused by parasites.
Hello. I am glad to hear the ivermectin cream helped you. Often times though, an overgrowth of demodex mites points to some other problem that is allowing them to overpopulate and this is the cause of the problem. If you are fortunate and your problem is still resolved - great for you. If not, you may want to investigate further.
Demodex mites in the proper population are actually part of a balanced scalp. They ingest excess sebum in the hair follicle and keep things tidy in your scalp. They do not defecate so do not leave waste in the follicle. However, an overgrowth can cause a reaction as can a predisposition you may have to be sensitive to them. If this problem has not been resolved please do get it investigated further. I don't want to alarm you but sometimes other things like tumors of the pituitary can result in "red face" and although highly unlikely it is something you would want to be ruled out. Hope your problem is resolved and I wish you the best. Kind regards.
I will skip the story of my life and go to the point.
I'm not a doctor but for what I've been reading for the last 5 years of my rosacea I can deduct that rosacea is not a skin condition and not caused by mites on your face.
I've been following my intuitions since minute zero and till now has proven to be at least going in a good direction.
My rosacea right now is in a good condition and "controlled". It's never been incredibly bad but it is now in a point that i don't mind at all. It has improved radically in the last 3 months and I will explain what I did to achieve that.
So this is what I've found to be related to my rosacea. This means that others might have different causes but this is what I find more plausible in my situation.
The keys of my findings that I think are most probable are:
First and the obvious:
The cause of rosacea does not lie in the skin. Mites might play a role in it but they are definitely not the cause but more of a consequence.
Second: Rosacea happens when your body is compromised. In my opinion happens either when body tries to get rid of toxics or by the mere fact that your body is poisoned. The result is the damaging of the skin.
Third: When having rosacea most of us can observe dryness of the skin. The more dry the worst the rosacea. This usually apply to eyes as well. In my case rosace affected my eye as well and had 2 cases of blefaritis. This can be improved by applying moisturisers. Drops in the eye and creams on the skin. I usually use plain nivea body milk (the one that contains honey) on my face. This creme does wonders for 7€ per bottle last for 4-5 months or more. I apply 2 drops on my face every morning and if I see it's getting worst also at night. This keeps the skin of the face protected and moustorized all day. An organic super expensive cream would be much better but I don't have the money so this does it for me. I keep putting eye drops when I use the computer and I always have pain in my face due to dry eye but with the drops i keep it controlled.
Forth: The most probable cause in most of the cases of rosacea will be a compromised intestine. Most probably due to intestine infections,
either bacteria, fungus or parasites or a combination of them.
After all this years all comes to the same point, intestines. Since minute zero I started with a "diet" if i can call it that. Just keeping gluten dairy, red meets and Sugar out of the equation has proven to be really good. Proof is that whenever I would eat cheese or bread in 1 day I would have pustules coming. In bad days if I was eating some types of cheese I could even see pustules growing in 3 hours. Same goes with spicy foods, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, ...
Fifth: In my case everything points at parasites. My doctor started me on a protocol to try to keep them under control. Since there are many types of parasites stool tests are a bit a lose of time unless you very lucky and find them. In any case you could have even more types undetected.
Parasites have no digestive system and need (bad) bacteria in order to digest so that explains also bacterial infection in the intestine (when parasites die) and why the antibiotics will not work (because they will keep coming from the parasites).
Sixth: Most of the people who suffer from rosace suffer also from depression. We tend to think that we are depressed because our face is red, and we don't want to be seen, but believe me, this is not true. And I repeat this might not be the case for everyone but people who is depressed with rosacea this might be the result of having a compromised digestive system and your body getting intoxicated. Well there is a big explanation for that but I don't want to extend too much. Just google depression and bacteria or parasites or even Fecal Transplant and depression you will see its quite interesting.
getting rid of it:
Apparently parasites are really difficult to see and even more difficult to get rid of. They migrate through your body and even hide in parts where you can not reach with anything. It is even more complicated when you add the fact that people around you (family partners pets) can be infected too and reinfect you even if they show no symptoms. So the perfect treatment is when you treat yourself and also the people around you. As I said before there are many types of parasites and they all follow different cycles so it gets very complex to know how to treat.
A protocol must be followed and it has to be done at least 3 times to begin with. This could take 3-4 months. After that you have to continue to avoid reinfection and let your body heal and restore your intestinal flora and intestine health.
I've done already 2 of the 3 cycles of the parasites protocol (for 2 months) and I can see a clear improvement on my face. During the protocol the first days I feel an overall improvement and by the end my eye is good my face is better but more important I feel much better and not depressed!
As a curious fact. Last week I had a problem after crazy night. Took too much alcohol and got really sick. Whent to the regular doctor and he actually suggested based on my symptoms (refered to my digestive problems after the alcoholic episode) that I could have or Heliobacter pilory or parasites. Coincidence?
I have to say that I have also detected myself something in my poo that could be a parasite. I will bring it to a lab to be tested. I will post the results.
So what do you think> any body agrees or disagrees? please comment and if you have more complete information or new findings please share.
What is the protocal you're following? If a person has no medical ins. and little income, what would you advise? We have various parasites, the worm and gel blob types, still hoping someone might help with id'ing the pics of whatever they are I posted a few weeks ago. ("Please help identify") I tried oral injectible Ivermectin and Albendazole for 2 months, last summer into fall, and Doxycycline. Dogs are still heavily infested, so am I actually. Caged bird has big worms in stool, still, and bird mites still.
Anyway, an order of Bactrim and Albendazole is arriving tomorrow. I started using an entire clove (the whole thing, not a single clove) in scrambled eggs daily, the dogs love it, and I think it's working better than any medicine. Also garlic finely grated in romaine salad with citrus/olive oil dressing--dogs LOVE it, hilarious!! :) Romaine for me is an anti-biotic, always has been . I hear it's used as an antibiotic for tortoises. I think it really helps the immune system. Poor man's ways to try to recover from the worst hell. Any additional inexpensive ideas welcomed!!
Are you going to treat for fungus? Do detox for heavy metals? Take pro-biotics? Take digestive enzymes? Herbs, etc? Is your protocal expensive? I didn't quite understand you sometimes, your ending sentence "Coincidence?" I have brain fog so maybe that's why. Glad you posted. Somewhere I read that most communication on these boards are thru PM, sad to see that b/c many won't benefit who could have. Hope you get some good replies.
I was thinking about removing my root canalled tooth, but I don't want to make a mistake here, perhaps I should look for the problem elsewhere?
If you think that my root canal canal is aggravating my acne, is there a way to fix it, perhaps a Magnetic Pulsar could kill the bacteria in the root canal and I could keep my tooth? If pulling the tooth is the only option then would zirconium implant be a safer alternative or should I choose a bridge instead?
- peeling lips all your life
- acne since you were 15/29, the last 14 years
- root canal 1 year ago
- 4 moles removed 1 year ago
It is clear that you have been sick long before you got root canal.
Whatever caused destruction of your mouth microbiota, leading to the damage of your teeth ending with root canal, is the same thing causing your skin problems.
That is not to say that having dead tooth with root canal is any good, but you should definitively look for the causes of your health problems elsewhere.
If I have already fixed my diet, my intestines, my intestinal microbiome, and my liver, and I am still having problems, than I would be considering the possibility that root canal is that major cofactor of my health problems.
So, what is your diet like?
Do you consume any sugar?
Industrially processed foods?
Foods with preservatives ?
You know, there are no shortcuts to health.
There are no shortcuts to a place worth going to.
If you think that you can just pull out one tooth and all of your problems will disappear, you are going to have some unpleasant surprise.
Learn about healthy diet, natural foods, liver flushing, natural lifestyle, fecal transplant, etc.
A root canal will prevent you from getting well and you cant fix it with diet.
You need to get the root canal removed and clean up you diet if you want a long healthy life.
Fixing the jaw is always the strongest medicine. Watch the video-do you think mercola has a good diet?
Having a festering infection in you jaw but eating right makes no sense-and is dangerous
Thanks phelp, I'm already aware how harmful root canals can be. Did you experience any problems with root canals yourself?
I do believe that Dr. Mercola is right, it really makes sense to me. But the thing is, I'm already thinking about removing my root canal, but I am not sure if I should go for a zirconium implant or a bridge. I'm also considering to leave it as is, but if it might cause more problems, I'm more than willing to get rid of it ASAP.
About pulling the tooth:
Would pulling out the tooth be enough or is it necessary to remove some of the periodontal ligament?
Zirconium implants seems great, but I've heard that if you get one, there's still a micro-gap left around the implant, so bacteria can live there as well. It's just something that I've read on the forums, I'm not sure if it's true, but I really don't want to have the same bacteria that's in my root canal living in that gap. I've also heard that the implant goes in very deep, so the bacteria can get much closer to the jawbone and cause serious infections
A bridge should be safer in general, but the teeth on either side of the gap would have to be ground down to posts. Also the jawbone would be exercised less in that particular area. It might be a good solution for some people, but it's the only bad tooth in my lower jaw, so I'm not sure if it's the best solution for me.
I've also heard of composite bridgework, when the gap is filled with a bridge out of composite. I've read that this solution might be not as reliable, but I can't find much information about this one. Maybe someone of you guys have a composite bridgework done?
Partial (uh that's not the nicest thing, reminds me of old people), but it's least intrusive and probably healthiest. I'm not sure if I'd go for this one, because it would be quite uncomfortable, but it is a possibility.
Pull out the tooth and leave a gap. But the teeth are moving and I might have problems with my teeth and jawbone later in my life, right?
Keep the root canal...
Which path should I choose? Please share your thoughts.
Another option pull the tooth and have the dentist permanatly bond a false tooth in place with non toxic glue. I had two loose front teeth. My dentist glued the back side and cut the loose teeth off and removed the loose stubs. I was good for over 30 years.
Just researched ‘bonded teeth’ cheapest most effective tooth replacement. Maybe why dentists don’t tell us. …dez...
How can I find a biological dentist? Should I look for a dentist who are so called biological (holistic) one or any dentist should know how to do this, I mean the only difference is removing the ligament, right? Or is there something else they do differently?
Also what do you think about 'Bonded Teeth' suggested by beatty57 in this thread?
I would look for a dentist who calls themselves a biological dentist. Then ask do they use mercury or do root canals-if they do move one and find someone else.
Biological dentist concern themselves with anything they place in you jaw-including any drugs injected
Hi. Tough choices. If it were me, I'd choice #4 or #5.
For choice #6: As you probably know, root canals are always infected (even though the infection cannot be seen on x-ray but could be seen on 3d CAT Scan or Cavitat scan). There are many good books on root canals and toxicity, but you can also see the presentation by Dr. Boyd Haley to the IAOMT conference. Watch 1st 5 minutes and then from 38:50 onwards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoiYYzCuHOA
For choice #1: Dr. Huggins had always said that implants will always eventually cause an autoimmune response. So, I choice to avoid them. Also, Zirconia dental materials can have aluminum oxide in them and I chose to go the non-metal route since I believe metals in the mouth can cause lots of health problems over time. You may want to see some of the dental material-related videos by Simon King: https://www.youtube.com/user/siking1962/videos
If it were me, I'd get the book by Dr. Douglas Cook, "Rescued by my dentist" to read up on dental materials. If you really want to know what's in the dental materials, you have to look at the MSDS sheet (not the ingredients list).
The find a holistic or biological dentist, preferably someone familiar with Dr. Cook's work and procedures.
I had a Molar tooth out 5 months ago that had root canal treatment 12 years previous and I am happy with the gap so far. I do not want am implant and definitely do not like the idea of a bridge that would file down 2 good teeth.
I still have 1 other tooth that had root canal treatment 12 years ago so am interested what you chose to do.
If by eating, you jaw is getting affected then there is no sense of eating like this. Its better to have the root canal, which will be helpful to ear the food comfortably. Get more information aboput this here at http://www.cellublue.com/
I agree with you, there's no shortcuts to health. But still I'm trying to improve my health, trying to find what works specifically for me.
Answers to your questions:
Do you consume any sugar? None
Wine vinegar? None
Industrially processed foods? None
GMO foods? None
Fast foods? None
Foods with preservatives ? None
I'm on a strict Paleo diet (100% unprocessed foods, loads of raw vegetables, a lot of nuts, seeds, some organic fish, organic eggs, sometimes organic meat, some fruits that are low in sugar, sometimes kefir).
This change in my diet was the best thing about my severe acne. It really improved my health considerably. My acne was reduced from severe to moderate and lately it's mild, but it's still there, especially if I eat something wrong (like dried fruit that are high in sugar), so something still isn't right here, I used to be much more tolerant to various foods and never had any allergies. I want to heal myself.
I've also tried a strict raw Vegan diet for over 4 months with no processed foods, but it didn't work nearly as well. Things that was causing massive breakouts for me were fruit high in Sugar (like bananas) and potatoes, tomatoes seemed to break me out at the lower jaw only.
I even tried water fasting for 5 days, didn't help, but I was extremely exhausted afterwards.
I've also tried some natural remedies:
-Eating a lot of Red Cabbage Sauerkraut (I felt something going on when I was eating it, a massive die off of candida or something like that, made me feel sleepy, it was really weird, I think it had a positive effect)
-Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda, lemon juice and water (I've tried this long ago already and it seems to be most effective in making me more resistant to break outs, at least that was true when I wasn't on a strict Paleo diet)
-Liver flushing, 4 times (didn't notice any positive effects yet, but I'm willing to do more, I've read that there's a lot of people on curezone who cured acne and peeling lips with Liver Flushing)
-Salt water flush, 3 times (didn't notice any positive effects)
-Oil pulling for 2 months (no noticeable positive effect yet)
-Taking Coconut oil on empty stomach before sleep (I think it breaks me out just a little bit, no noticeable positive effects)
-Drinking one tablespoon of Bentonite every morning to detox for 1 month (didn't notice any positive effects)
Things I might try in the future:
-Keep doing Liver Flushes once a month
-Remove my root canal tooth. I'm still thinking if I should do it or maybe I should look for the problem elsewhere.
-Consume 2 tablespoons of Diatomacious Earth every day, to improve digestion and I've also heard that it's great for the skin, possibly it could help with my skin problems? I've also heard there might be a strong connection between your gut and acne and possibly my peeling lips.
-Do some enemas (I've never tried it and I've heard that it might destroy the a lot of bacteria, which in turn can cause other problems, but maybe I'm wrong here)
I don't know what else, there seems to be so many remedies, I'm lost here. Does anyone have any suggestions, how should I diagnose my problems and what remedies should I try first to heal myself?
Get rid of the root canal keeping it in is just silly.
Call Dr. Doug Cook in Suring Wisconsin and ask him if your root canal is infected (he will say yes), Then ask him about implants ( he is against implants) and then ask him where you can find a good biological dentist and he will tell you. You might also ask him for a good doc-he knows every good dentist and doctor in the world.
Seriously-Doug saved my life-I have been in his chair many times and see him tomorrow morning-you wont find a more knowlegeable dentist or a kinder man anywhere.
If I have to remove a lot of root canals what's next?
Are dentures good?
I hav heared partials are going to ruin the othr theet that are touching the wires of the partials.
Where do I find somebody who ha these experiences?
I'm taking cod liver oil. It was suggested to me on here for its high Vit A content, but I haven't noticed a difference yet. I might not be taking enough though :/ Do you know how much Vit A from your cod liver you take in total a day?
I'm taking a teaspoon a day, I think its the omega 3 doing it. Eating salmon clears up my acne to. I was eating a fillet of salmon every day for awhile, and all my acne cleared up. Then I stopped eating salmon and the acne came back. Then I started taking cod liver oil and got the same effect.
From what I know zinc deficiency can cause acne to. I've heard people clearing up their acne by rubbing fresh urine on their skin.
I have been having too much acne since 9 months. I have researched and decided to do fasting. I am drinking mainly water but having honey and lemon juice mixed in water every two hours from morning till evening 6pm. Today is the 4th day of my fast. Acne are still breaking out. How many days should I continue doing this fast so that acne disappear completely?