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The Dietary Cure for Acne Paperback – Print, 2006
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With 174 scientific references, The Dietary Cure for Acne clearly explains the ultimate causes of acne, and details a dietary program that will begin to clear up your skin within 30 days or less. Written by internationally recognized author and researcher Loren Cordain, Ph.D., this is the only scientifically documented program that directly addresses all four known causes of acne, and the only program shown to clear acne blemishes in a human clinical trial. In chapter four you will learn how The Dietary Cure for Acne heals your skin from the inside by preventing all four known causes of acne. You will learn how the foods you eat affect hormones called IGFBP-3 and IGF-1, and how that affects pore blockage. You will learn how the type of fat you eat can affect bacteria proliferation in your skin. And you will understand how an enzyme called ZAG, that normally works to help keep pores open, is inactivated when you eat certain common foods. Chapter six reveals the 11 types of food to avoid, along with a clear explanation of how that particular food promotes acne. The rest of the chapter provides a specific action plan. The diet is divided into two distinct phases. In Phase 1, which lasts 30 days, you will be attacking the causes of acne with every nutritional tool that can improve acne symptoms. By closely following the diet, your acne will rapidly improve. Phase 2 covers the next 3 months and beyond. Chapter seven is titled The Good Foods, has a sample menu and complete information on all the food that you will be eating on this program. After reading The Dietary Cure for Acne, you will understand how the right foods can prevent the pore blockage, excess oil production, inflammation, and bacterial infection that characterize acne. But most importantly, you will learn specifically which foods to eat, and which foods to avoid, so you can take action and get results.
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The paleo diet is the way to go!!
After my acne came back, I tried whatever I could to help it. One night while searching for (more) tips, I came across this book and bought it immediately. I have been paleo for several months now, and was interested in more information regarding paleo and acne.
While the book did provide information regarding Dr. Cordain's research, the advice was pointless. I can't believe I paid that much money to be told to do what I'm already doing. I'm quite disappointed, and have thankfully found new products that have helped my acne.
As was mentioned in other reviews, it was disappointing not to have more menu suggestions and the website only had a very few offerings of recipes. I consulted the Paleo Diet book and although it was a little helpful, there was contradicting information to the Acne book (about sweet potatoes and nuts, for instance) so we weren't sure what to do in those cases. Additionally, Dr. Cordain suggests adding one food group back in at a time each month, but instead of a specific food given as an example, he gives pizza as the example which has flour and cheese together....??? two very likely candidates to cause acne.
I was also surprised that Dr. Cordain didn't even give mention to the fact that there might be a link between the problems people are experiencing with grains and the fact that we are not soaking the grains ahead of time, which breaks down phytates (the part of grains that make them quite indigestible). Soaking grains is an ancient practice as well and might very well help many people have a plant-based source of protein that there bodies can then assimilate.
The amount of protein in ratio to veggies and fruits has been a big question for me about this diet. My daughter seems to want to eat a lot of meat (mostly chicken) and fruit. And she does always seem hungry, constantly foraging.
So, although I can see that this is very helpful and finally provides a scientifically-based explanation for acne, it really seems like there is a lot more to further this research as well as being far from a complete resource. I've had to purchase many more diet books, and search out interesting recipes as the months pass. And that, too, should be mentioned: my daughter has improved skin but she is still getting some new lesions and it has been almost 3 months. A great starting point yet not quite complete.