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Posted by dani on June 08, 1999 at 06:37:46:

I just thought it would be good to post how far I've come since I first found this site. my skin was bad and i was very very depressed about it. then this site inspired me to make some changes. I can't say what did the trick, as is often the case when you try many things at once without doing controlled studies on yourself, but i did a) cut refined sugars out of my diet; b) got into exercising.. aerobic a few times a week and i am still trying to work it up to every day; c)sretching/relaxation with yoga & breathing exercises every day; d) vitamins from my naturopath by the name of Nature Derm: Skin Care System Dietary Supplement and by the same brand, their acne cream (by the way do you know if sulfur has any long-term bad effects on the skin? that is the active ingredient), and also Zia acne treatment mask is excellent for spot treatments.

I was able to get off the antibiotics I was taking and switch to the herbal supplements WITHOUT a period of skin freak-out, and I was so scared of it getting worse before it got better. i am sure this ease of transition was due to my lifestyle changes. it sure feels good to not need antibiotics anymore. my skin is actually better than when i was on them.

i do have one question for walt: sugar is supposedly related to my skin problem and i believe that cutting it out has helped, but i find one interesting thing: when i eat something at all greasy, i can literally feel myself breaking out and often realize that I have that very hour. i don't get that same immediate feeling of skin reaction when eating something sugary. have you ever heard of someone having a supersensitivity/allergy to any kind of grease or oil?

thanks



Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...)

Posted by
kate on June 09, 1999 at 13:18:18:

In Reply to: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by dani on June 08, 1999 at 06:37:46:


Hi, Dani, I was just reading your letter above. I have very stubborn reocurring acne. I have been on accutane before to treat it, but I would much rather try a natural approach. The one you have seems to be working very well. Could you tell me where you first learned about it and where I can read up on it so that I can try it too? I have been looking all over Dr. Stoll's archives and cannot find his natural cure to acne- only talk of it. Your help would be really appreciated. Good luck with the skin care. I'm sure your success will continue.



Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 09, 1999 at 14:10:07:

In Reply to: Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by kate on June 09, 1999 at 13:18:18:

Hi, Kate.

The "cure" for acne is to take the pressure off the hypothalamic fight or flight storage. To do that, the single most important thing is the SR. However, a whole foods diet, the e/diet and/or therapeutic doses of food supplements & essential oils and exercise greatly magnify the effect of the SR and so most people will see faster results by doing all three. These are the 3 legs of the wellness stool so often mentioned.

I would appreciate any help you can give as to how to make this more plain from the volumes of this information being repeated over & over in the archives. If I have to type it out each time for each person, there are lots of other people with critical questions that will have to be ignored.

I REALLY WOULD APRECIATE THE HELP!

Walt



Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 09, 1999 at 14:14:55:

In Reply to: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by dani on June 08, 1999 at 06:37:46:

Thanks, Dani.

The sugar is just a stressor that adds a burden to the already overburdened hypothalamus and makes one more suscpetible to all the other stresses.

The fats & oils are directly related to the fat metabolism of the sebaceous glands (the ones involved with the acne). Improving the metabolism of fats in these glands is what the essential oils are all about.

Hope this answers your questions.

Walt



Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...)

Posted by dani on June 09, 1999 at 14:29:06:

In Reply to: Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by kate on June 09, 1999 at 13:18:18:

well, what i was going by was the idea that there isn't a "cure" for acne, but that rather it is a symptom that my body isn't happy with itself.. i.e. hormonally imbalanced due to stress, not getting enough nutrients, exercise, etc. I had been having other health problems suggesting that my immune system was weak and overall figured out the skin problem was a reflection of my poor health (which i still have a lot to work on).

basically dr. stoll's "cure" has to do with helping your body heal itself, because that's the only way you can truly be healthy, rather than taking a pill for a symptom, which doesn't solve what is causing the symptom to begin with. you can look at his general health advice for the 3 things he always talks about, 1) diet 2) aerobic exercise 3) skilled relaxation. he suggests cutting out refined sugars as they can aggravate your system if your immunity is low (and other elimination diets in general to see if a type of food is causing the problem), and then aerobic exercise is crucial to immunity and reduction of stress (which can freak out hormones, causing skin problems), and then skilled relaxation, cuz we store up tons of energy that has nowhere to go without deliberately getting rid of it, and this screws up our system as well.

so, yeah, since puberty i have tried absolutely everything (besides accutane) and have been really discouraged. i really hated being on antibiotics but i tried natural remedies (vitamins, creams) and they didn't work at all so i gave up and went back on the pills. i even was taking antibiotics once, was brave and decided to quit, then it got so bad that i started up again.

then i started figuring out that my skin was a sign of me being really stressed out, not eating right, and my immune system not functioning correctly. it's a sign of a bigger problem and if you just treat the symptom you'll be back where you started in no time. are there any other problems, like, are you depressed, stressed, do you exercise, do you eat your vegetables, do you catch every cold that goes around?

like i said, i'm not sure which part of my plan helped the most, but once i had cut sugar out for a while, started up aerobics, and gotten into stretching & breathing exercises for relaxation, i could tell my overall health was improving because i stopped catching every cold that was going around and i had more energy. my naturopath (who looked more at my overall health and nutrition than my dermatologist) prescribed the cream and the supplement and told me to let her know when i felt ready to stop the antibiotics (which i can tell are not good for me at all). then one day i felt ready to stop taking the pills, was waiting for my skin to get really bad for a while, and it just never did. hmph.

so far my skin still has minor problems when i am reallllly stressed, when i eat unhealthy food, or when I'm PMS-ing but nothing compared to before. i don't think i could go without the nutritional supplements but that's ok with me for now!!!

good luck
read all you can about general health & immunity rather than focusing on a "cure" for the symptom your skin is showing. hope that helped a bit!!



You wrote a great description of 3 legged stool, Dani! nmi

Posted by
trish on June 09, 1999 at 15:13:11:

In Reply to: Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by dani on June 09, 1999 at 14:29:06:

nmi



Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) (Great Archive Material!)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 10, 1999 at 11:10:10:

In Reply to: Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by dani on June 09, 1999 at 14:29:06:

Thanks, Dani.

You have it right.

Now, as the wise woman said:

"Knowing what to so AND doing what you know!"

Namaste`

Walt



Dr Stoll's approach to acne added to main acne archive page

Posted by Bill on June 14, 1999 at 08:03:09:

In Reply to: Re: Acne Success Story!!! (so far...) posted by Walt Stoll on June 09, 1999 at 14:10:07:

Dad,

I just added your paragraph explaining your approach to acne to the acne archives with lots of links sprinkled in. I also took the liberty of adding a sentence or two. Let me know if you would like to make any changes.

Bill



Re: Dr Stoll's approach to acne added to main acne archive page

Posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on June 14, 1999 at 09:40:07:

In Reply to: Dr Stoll's approach to acne added to main acne archive page posted by Bill on June 14, 1999 at 08:03:09:

This sentence and links approach is GREAT! This is the way the archives really "ought" to be done. Yes, I know it takes mucho effort. What you did is a wonderful start.

I'll try to make the Glossary entry "jibe" with the archives descriptions when/if they get updated like this one was.

Great! Terrific! Wonderful!

Thanks Bill,
RocketHealer Jim++



Re: Dr Stoll's approach to acne added to main acne archive page

Posted by Dad on June 15, 1999 at 09:29:30:

In Reply to: Dr Stoll's approach to acne added to main acne archive page posted by Bill on June 14, 1999 at 08:03:09:

Thanks, Bill.

That is exactly what I would say. Will this stay at the top like this, now?

Love, Dad



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