My Health History
My specific health condition, past and present.
Date: 2/22/2005 7:01:09 AM ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2925 times
Let me give everyone some background on my situation, so that the rest of this blog makes sense.
I'm 25 now, but I've struggled with acne since puberty. In the last 5 years or so, it seems to have escalated. More and more often, I get deep red, blood-filled cysts that are very painful to the touch. These cysts can be the diameter of a nickel and protrude from the face as much as 2cm. The majority of the acne is on my chin, but I do get some on my cheeks. I almost never have acne on my forehead or anywhere else on my body. I have a very logical mind, and I'm always looking for patterns and correlations, but I wasn't able to directly like my acne to my diet, exercise patterns, or external skin-care regimen. I hate to be cliché, but I really feel like "I tried everything over-the-counter" and even some prescription medication (antibiotics and Tazorac). These only inflamed my skin more. I tried products from infomercials (you know the ones). Nothing made any lasting difference. A new product would often seem to work for 1-2 weeks, then my skin would no longer respond.
I also have problems regulating my blood sugar. I would have huge swings--hyper one moment, almost asleep the next. There is a history of diabetes in my family, so this is a major concern for me. I'm always hungry, and I'm rarely satisfied by even the largest meal. Even after I eat a nutritional meal, I never feel energized. I am constipated. It was not uncommon for me to have 3-4 days between bowel movements. Overall, I just haven't felt right in my own body for almost 10 years.
HOW I GOT HERE
I grew up on the Standard American Diet. While my parents generally did not allow me to eat complete junk every day, they didn't exactly warn me of how the food I ate would affect my health. So, when I went off to college, I found myself eating fast food 2-3 times a day...and drinking at least 3 cases of soda (pop?) a week. I've never really had any problems with weight gain (probably due to a high metabolism), but my exercise habits left a lot to be desired. Most of my days and nights were spent sitting in class or working behind a desk.
After a few years of my own personal "Super Size Me" movie, I found myself in a better job which allowed me to eat substantially better food. So, instead of McDonalds, I would go out to a local sit-down restaurant and eat very often. I became a lot more interested in my body around this time. I began a weight-lifting program and changed to a very high-protein diet (120+ grams a day). This allowed me to put on a lot of muscle, but I think it was probably pretty detrimental to my acne-prone skin.
The plan consists of four areas of focus. First, I will use repeated liver flushes to clear my liver of blockages and aid in both blood health and poor digestion. I'll stop flushing when I no longer get any stones.
Second, I need to clean up my excretory system. This will involve bowel cleanses and probiotics. This step won't be complete until I'm having at least 2 good eliminations a day.
Third, I'm going to do a parasite cleanse. I believe this is directly related to both my skin problems and my poor digestion. I will go through two 2-week Clarkia cycles.
Fourth, I will change my diet for life. I need to regulate my blood sugar better through my diet. This means eliminating anything that would cause an artificial spike. Specifically, I'm removing processed sugars entirely from my diet, especially high-fructose corn syrup. I'm also removing dairy from my diet (with the exception of kefir) and making a serious effort to get more natural fiber from fruits and vegetables.
WHERE I AM NOW
Right now, I've been seriously cleansing for about 3 months. I started with 1 liver flush (about 50 small stones). I followed this with a 4-day juice fast and psyllium/bentonite shakes (not very effective for me). Three weeks ago, I did my second liver flush (150 stones, some as large as kidney beans). One week ago, I did a third flush (not many stones, probably due to poor eliminations before and after flush). Since the beginning of the cleansing, I've removed sugar and dairy from my diet. Over the last month, I've also removed all grains from my diet. I notice that I crave grains pretty intensely. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think that might be the parasites or candida talking. I started my first Oxypowder colon cleanse last night.
Since my second liver flush, my acne made a significant change. Since then, I have not had any cysts. I still have a lot of facial acne, but it's not as painful and it generally comes and goes within 3 days. I still have a lot of scarring and discoloration. I know that this will take some time to heal, and after a year of acne-free skin, I may look into microdermabrasion or laser treatment for the scars.
So, I started this blog because I have a lot of faith in these cleanses. They make sense to me, and I really do believe that this is the answer. I hope my experiences can help others find their own way out.
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