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My skin was clear for several years following a program similar to Dr. Stoll's

Posted by
Cathy on September 19, 1999 at 19:14:42:

I've been reading through the archives and feel I must testify to how truly toxic Accutane is. I took it twice 10 years ago while in highschool. The year after I finished my last course I threw up once a month. I've also been depressed off and on since 1990, sometimes to the point to being suicidal. Although I can't prove it, I really believe my brain chemistry has been negatively altered by Accutane. Fortunately, I'm open to alternatives and am determined to get my life back together without prescription drugs.

I've noticed a lot of complaining and whining about Dr. Stoll's harshness on this board. Dr. Stoll is not being overly harsh. He's trying to get you to open your mind to alternative methods of staying well. I can personally attest to the effectiveness of meditation and diet. After I finished my last course of Accutane in '89 my skin stayed clear for a year. After that I started having mild breakouts. My doctor said this was normal and told me I'd have to go on Retin-A as a "maintenance" treatment. Around the same time I started eating a whole-foods, organic vegetarian style diet. Within weeks of cleaning out my system my skin was fine. I was involved in a regular exercise program which I think also helped. I did not actually do any specific type of meditation but always set aside "private" time, usually in the morning or night, to help myself relax and calm down. I also journalled and took a lot of quiet walks by myself. I know neither of these activities really constitute "meditation" but they worked for me. I never had any kind of serious acne relapse from 1990-1994. I never used much more than a cleanser and a moisturizer, and occasionally tea tree oil. I believe that my eating, exercise and "calming" habits had a great deal to do with my success.

In 1995 I moved back home. I stopped eating well, dropped my exercise habits, and stopped taking time to relax. Within 6 months my acne was back in full force, worse than ever. Since then I have gone through periods when my face is better, and periods where it is worse. The better periods *always* coincide with attention to diet, exercise, and relaxation. I've found that doing some kind of structured prayer on a regular basis (including giving mantras) also helps. I don't know if my brain gets to the right level of alpha waves when I chant, but I do notice that I feel much calmer and happier.

I am currently struggling to get back to a healthy diet and to get my level of stress under control. I know what is required. I'm using vitamin A and other antioxidants but know that my skin will not calm down until I set aside time to relax. There is NO WAY I am going back on Accutane.

To everyone on this board who is skeptical, I challenge you to TRY Dr. Stoll's approach. How can you criticize something you've never even tried?

Cathy



If you can't relax, how can you expect others to?

Posted by Kari on September 20, 1999 at 09:05:25:

In Reply to: My skin was clear for several years following a program similar to Dr. Stoll's posted by Cathy on September 19, 1999 at 19:14:42:

You say that you need to relax and aren't able to, so your skin isn't clear. THAT really inspires me to try to relax. If you have bad acne and it works so well, I'm inclined to believe that you'd make SURE to do it (therefore, I'm still skeptical). Retin-A counts as an acne treatment, so does Accutane. How do you know the effects (WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO RELAX) can't be attributed to prior Accutane or recent Retin-A treatments? I'm going to do SR for at least 6 months to "try" Dr. Stoll's method, but jeez, if you're trying to write an encouraging post, it's not working honey. Have you ever heard the saying, "Practice what you preach"?



Re: My skin was clear for several years following a program similar to Dr. Stoll's TESTIMONIAL-- Archive under acne.

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 20, 1999 at 14:52:13:

In Reply to: My skin was clear for several years following a program similar to Dr. Stoll's posted by Cathy on September 19, 1999 at 19:14:42:

Thanks, Cathy.

Your story also reminds everyone that this is not an easy road. Even though you already KNOW that this works for you you still fall off the wagon from time to time and have to prove it to yourself all over again.

Most of us are like that. However, as you say so eloquently: what kind of person would condemn an approach without even trying it? At the most they should just ignore it. Then they are the only ones who suffer from their own intentional ignorance. By condemning it, they influence some fence-sitters and drag them over the hill with them.

At least you already know what works.

By the way, both prayer and chanting are very effective ways to get to the "relaxation response" I have been discussing on this BB for years. Do what works for you.

Namaste`

Walt



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