In doing more research on acne and diet, I came across another article last night on WebMD. It’s title: “Is Acne Fed by the Western Diet?”
The article focused on the research done by Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD, at Colorado State University. Her study, “Acne Vulgaris -A Disease of Western Civilization”, published in the December 2002 Archives of Dermatology, nailed the diet to insulin to androgen to oil production to acne link that I was talking about in previous posts.
Here’s what blew me away: The date on the article was 2002.
To me, these people have isolated the cause of acne, and the cure. They published it for the world to know, well over a decade ago. Doctors and dermatologists today are still telling their clients the cause is really unclear and there is no cure for acne?
I was astonished. I kept asking myself things like:
- “Why were more studies not done immediately?”
- “Why doesn’t every dermatologist know this and tell their patients?”
- “Why is this not common knowledge and common practice over 10 years later??”
Then it dawned on me (and I hate to sound cynical): but I quit asking myself questions when I realized this:
There is no profit in selling someone a healthy diet and daylight. You can’t sell it and make a killing. You can’t sell a monthly subscription to it. You can’t charge an insurance company for it. You can’t keep them coming back. There is no money in it.
Certainly, no one who profits from selling an acne treatment of any kind is going to tell you the cure. I will. Here it is: change what you eat and drink and spend more time outside. If it’s your child who is suffering from the condition, change what the whole family eats and drinks. You can start right now. How? Here are some links to get you started.
- The Teenage Anti-Acne Diet Booklet. The doctors who did this study created this booklet to help parents implement a high protein, low GL diet for their teenagers. It is an excellent publication, and it’s free.
- Practical Paleo. Beautifully illustrated, down to earth and practical guide to adopting a Whole Food way of eating.
- The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D and Nancy Deville. This book explains the science of food in relation to your hormone balance and provides practical ways to make the simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
- To my knowledge there has been no recent formal research into the link between Vitamin D3 deficiency and acne vulgaris, but when they find it, I doubt it will be widely publicized, because Vitamin D3 is dirt cheap, too. Please get your family’s Vitamin D3 levels tested, and work with a knowledgeable doctor to get your level up to healthy range.