This article shows studies that high carbs and dairy intake cause acne, but those dietary practices also lead to obesity, poor health, a compromised immune system, and malnutrition.
Feb. 20, 2013 — A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has determined that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets and dairy products, and that medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can play an important role in acne treatment.
17 million Americans suffer from acne, mostly during their adolescent and young adult years. Acne influences quality of life, including social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression, making treatment essential. Since the late 1800s, research has linked diet to this common disease, identifying chocolate, sugar, and fat as particular culprits, but beginning in the 1960s, studies disassociated diet from the development of acne.
"This change occurred largely because of the results of two important research studies that are repeatedly cited in the literature and popular culture as evidence to refute the association between diet and acne," says Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. "More recently, dermatologists and registered dietitians have revisited the diet-acne relationship and become increasingly interested in the role of medical nutritional therapy in acne treatment."
Burris and colleagues, William Rietkerk, Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College, and Kathleen Woolf, of New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, conducted a literature review to evaluate evidence for the diet-acne connection during three distinctive time periods: early history, the rise of the diet-acne myth, and recent research.
Culling information from studies between 1960 and 2012 that investigated diet and acne, investigators compiled data for a number of study characteristics, including reference, design, participants, intervention method, primary outcome, results and conclusions, covariate considerations, and limitations.
They concluded that a high glycemic index/glycemic load diet and frequent dairy consumption are the leading factors in establishing the link between diet and acne. They also note that although research results from studies conducted over the last 10 years do not demonstrate that diet causes acne, it may influence or aggravate it.
The study team recommends that dermatologists and registered dietitians work collaboratively to design and conduct quality research. "This research is necessary to fully elucidate preliminary results, determine the proposed underlying mechanisms linking diet and acne, and develop potential dietary interventions for acne treatment," says Burris. "The medical community should not dismiss the possibility of diet therapy as an adjunct treatment for acne. At this time, the best approach is to address each acne patient individually, carefully considering the possibility of dietary counseling."
I find soap too drying for my face, cleansers are pricy and a lot of the time if they are gentle enough they don’t clean effectively. Several years ago when my daughter, Rachel, became an esthetician we began looking at the products on the market that were all natural, supposedly. We found many to have parabens, even the ones from the health food store. So I used my knowledge as a Chef and my background in herbal medicine to study the traditional oils and ingredients in cleansers. I learned to formulate and them started experimenting. I came up with this cleanser; it is inexpensive to make, works really well as an exfoliate, cleanser and has essential oils that nourish the skin. After I began using it I found it so effective that I stopped using glycolics and other exfoliates. I will also tell you how to do a great facial at home for almost no money.
3 cup water
2 cups baking soda
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 ½ cup honey
1 Tbsp. Dr. Bonners Almond liquid soap
2 teaspoon glycerin
1 teaspoon Vitamin C
1 teaspoon Salicylic acid – you can crush up aspirin for this or buy it through a formulation site.
3 Tablespoons Xanthan gum
On low heat, combine water, honey, almond, Dr. Bonners, oils. Remove from heat and let cool about a minute. Add honey. Whisk. While whisking, add ascorbic acid and salicylic acid. Whisk slowly, do not inhale powders. Now add baking soda, a little at a time, it will thicken this mix a tad. Add xanthan gum a tablespoon at a time to thicken. Let sit a few minutes, adjust thickness. I like it to be kind of thick, like a hair conditioner. Apply to the skin like a soap and rinse off with tepid water.
You will notice your skin feels incredibly clean, soft with no tightness or dryness. The honey is a humectant, a good moisturizer and an natural preservative.
This mask with make your skin feel as great as any high percentage glycolic peel and it helps even out skin tone by fading the brown splotches some of us get.
Make a paste out of baking soda and lemon juice. Apply to your face and leave on for about 3 or 4 minutes the first time. This is a fairly strong fruit acid so use for short periods at first, you will feel it burn at first. Use Rose Oil to sooth the skin after washing it off. Ultimately use it about once a week and your skin will get used to it. Hold a towel under your chin as you are doing this as it tends to dry out. You can use half of the lemon to re-moisten it if needed.
Deodorant- I don’t use it all the time, as eating clean means every low amount of body odor. But I found that very few all natural deodorants actually worked. Finally, two years ago I found Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant and it works!! Loved it. BUT at $16.00 for 3.4 ounces I was loath to re-buy it. So, I looked at the ingredients and made it myself.
Buy one bottle of grain alcohol. Buy one small bottle of lemon oil, organic.
I used the Weleda bottle and mixed my own, using 3 1/4 ounces of alcohol and added 1/4 teaspoon of oil, shake well, spray on and enjoy.
Coconut Oil – An Overview
Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
Coconut Oil Is:
- Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
- Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
- Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
- Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
- An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
- Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
- Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
- Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
- Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
- Infection fighting
- Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
- Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
- Nontoxic to humans and animals
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)
Weight in pounds
Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
150+ 3 1/2
100+ 2 1/2
50+ 1 1/2
Type of Coconut Oil to Use:
- Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.
- Expeller pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell or taste. It is still outstanding to use but does lose some of it’s health properties during the refining process.
- Food grade should always be used.
Millie; I use Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Cream
160 Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body
1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff
Shea Butter Beeswax Beef fat Sweet Almond Oil
I made a great balm for my feet; melted equal parts organic beef fat from gas fed cows, shea butter, bees wax and sweet almond oil, let it harden almost all the way, formed it into egg shape, placed in small glass jar……heavenly, I walk, a lot, garden, go barefoot..this has made my feet so soft like nothing I have used before.
I have had numerous requests for a list of the websites I love. Most of these I read daily;
This site is one that I read every new post, every day. It’ll keep you abreast of new tech, software worth knowing about and TONS of tips and how-to’s. A must for anyone who wants to be more tech savvy.
EWG – Environmental Working Group
This site a an incredible resource for learning about what’s toxic and how to help lower your bodies exposure. My favorite link in the site in SkinDeep; a resource for very personal care product you can imagine and how toxic it is, or isn’t..with the governments white paper on toxicity.
This is consistently, year after year, the ONLY website I pay to join; amazing recipes, how-to’s, product and equipment reviews AND America’s Test Kitchen..all in one site that is the definitive how to cook site!
Yanko Design– Modern Industrial Design News
Another Website that I NEVER miss a post. This site inspired me to begin growing my own food, to make high heat compost a priority, to install my outdoor solar shower…to realize my little bit of land could support me and feed me!
I was a HUGE fan long before he published an article I wrote. This man inspired me to begin using a sawdust toilet, to really radicalize me environmentalism.. and I thought I was hard-core. But he nudged me .My kids thought I was crazy raising them without the use of paper towels or a dryer. But give up toilet paper…Read about he and his wife’s debate on this subject!
You can learn about any aspects of growing most anything here; find the threads about your area of interest or area of the country…I love reading threads where people lend experience and wisdom, and have a bunch of different opinions. You can settle in and study and take the advice that resonates with you.
The Smart Gardener via Michael Pollen
here’s what Lifehacker had to say-
Smart Gardener is a free webapp that makes planning a garden really easy. The app lets you drag and drop garden beds to layout your garden and helps you find plants perfect for your location, then it generates an intelligent plan and even sends timely gardening reminders.
Smart Gardener may be helpful even for people without green thumbs, because it offers suggestions based on your specific location, time of year, and other details, even down to your garden’s orientation to the sun and how many adults and children are in your household. In addition to smart gardening plan, the app offers personalized advice for plant care and harvesting, with weekly email reminders if you wish. It seems almost foolproof..
These should keep ya busy a while. .To be continued……
Another great post from Treehugger
Image credit: thievingjoker @ flickr
Convince your boss to let you work four (slightly longer) days a week
Working four ten-hour days instead of five eight-hour days is not only a great way to have a longer weekend, but it’ll save you some cash, too. You’ll save 20% on whatever you spend for commuting, coffee, lunch, and any other daily expenses you incur by dragging yourself to the office. Let’s say you do it on the cheap, and don’t drive yourself, pay for parking, or spend more than a few bucks on lunch. Even if you spend $2 on the bus or public transit, $2 for a coffee and $6 for lunch, you can easily save several hundred bucks by working four days a week. Get the nitty-gritty in our guide for How to Go Green: Commuting.
Alternately, you can telecommute on the fifth day of the week; it’ll cost a bit more in energy and food expenses, but it’ll still save money in the long haul.
Annual savings: $500+ for a four-day workweek (that’s $10 per day, one day a week, for 50 weeks a year — you get two for vacation, right?); slightly less for telecommuters.
Photo credit: nasv @ flickr
Walk or bike on one trip that’s two miles round-trip per week
40 percent of urban travel in the U.S. is two miles per trip (or less), so hop on your bike (or take a walk) once a week, save some wear and tear (and gas) on your car, get a little fresh air, and save some bucks. Learn more about greening your ride in our guide for How to Go Green: Cars and take the savings to the bank. Ready to really make a change? Take the two mile bicycle challenge.
Annual savings: $56.26 — 104 miles (2 miles x 52 weeks) at 54.1 cents per mile, the average cost of driving per mile, according to AAA
Make your own all-purpose cleaner
Rather than dropping four bucks on individual green cleaning products and five or six bucks for a green toothpaste at the grocery store, you can easily swap out products you (probably) already have at home to do the same job. For cleaners, take 25 cents worth of baking soda, 25 cents worth of white vinegar or lemon juice, maybe a touch of essential oil, and voila! Small variations can yield toilet bowl cleaner, tub scrub, and toothpaste Plus, baking soda can clean most anything, including your hair (and it can strip paint, too!). By substituting baking soda for many of your cleaning needs, and adding a little elbow grease, the savings will add up.
Annual savings: $50 — give or take, depending on how much you clean (we figured six tubes of toothpaste at $4 each and one each of five cleaners — all-purpose, toilet scrub, tub scrub, window cleaner, and floor cleaner — at $5 apiece).
Image credit: katsniffen @ flickr
Hang your laundry out to dry
Your dryer checks in at number two on the list of household energy hogs (right after your fridge), according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and uses more than you might think. By cutting the dryer out of the equation and using the ample solar energy that falls to the earth every day, you can save some bucks, and prolong the life of your clothes, too. Get the full scoop in our guide for How to Go Green: Laundry.
Annual savings: $70 per year in energy costs
Set your thermostat wisely
Properly manipulate your thermostat — hopefully it’s a programmable model — and your savings will mount quickly. Follow Energy Star’s tips — simple things like regulating for when you’re awake and asleep, and modulating the settings for summer and winter — and you can remain comfortably heated or cooled, with a few extra bucks in your pocket. Get more tips in our guide for How to Go Green: Heating.
Annual savings: $180, according to Energy Star, if you maintain your diligence for an entire year.
Below are my tips on how I do laundry and save even more than these tips outline;
My Level of Living Green
I air dry all laundry–had to put a lock on the dryer cord to convince my daughters I was serious–they learned to plan ahead! I wash all laundry in cold water, always wash full loads, and use a drying rack inside if it is raining. It’s good for the earth and great for your skin, a free humidifier in the house. Which also makes it feel a few degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer. I use soapnuts for laundry. SoapNuts
2) Buy all organic meat, fats, butter, and the few veggies I still buy. Mostly I grow my own. Click HERE to go to my gardening Blog. Click HERE to see how I eat 100% organic and do so on less than $60.00 a week! And that includes grass fed organic meat at all three meals, at 2000 calories a day.
3) Buy all organic non-toxic beauty care products and make-up. I make my own skin care cleanser, exfoliants, and flower hydrosols. Here is a page on my blog showing the beauty products I use. Products I Use and Love!
4) Use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen sink and counters and general purpose cleaning. I use a loofah for scrubbing dishes (I am growing my own right now so I won’t have to buy them anymore!) My sister is crochets scrubbies for me from old t-shirts.
5) Take cloth bags to store for groceries and all other purchases. Take muslin bags I made to grocery store for produce. (I sell them!)
6) Recycle, re-use, make my own and have stopped buying anything I don’t really need. Don’t use paper towels, never have. I used cloth diapers for all 5 kids. I use a compost toilet, no toilet paper (think cloth baby wash clothes).
7) I compost all paper and food scraps, put all lawn clippings in my compost, use contents from my sawdust toilet to heat up the contents which enables me to do high heat (thermal) composting. The high heat and microbes render the finished product clean of harmful pathogens and pesticides and pharmaceuticals (if there are any; I eat organic, use no pharmaceuticals, no chemical cleaners).
Ideal; My economy model; Yep, it’s a hose reel, recycled. But a 5 gallon bucket works great. You can use sawdust, but I use wheat bran that I buy from the feed store downtown for 12 bucks for 50 lbs…lasts me about 6 months. And the compost I get is amazing!!!
8) I try to not buy stuff in plastic, I try to buy all glass. Store all food in glass. Re-use glass jars. I mostly buy real food (meat, produce) try to not buy anything that needs a label, so no packaging.
10) Make my own gluten free granola, make my own mayonnaise, salad dressings, spice blends. I do not buy any packages foods, eat all real food (not products), make my own coconut milk yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha tea.
11) I use a bike for errands close to the house.
12) Use very low flow shower heads. Ace Hardware has a 1.5 GPM with a shut-off valve.
13) Use all CF light bulbs…and use them as little as possible. I have one evening a week that I use no lights..on Shabbat! Dinner by candlelight!
14) Use grey water from shower (I keep a 3 gallon bucket in shower and take it outside to the flower beds.
15) Use water from rinsing dishes to water flower beds.
16) Use a broom on all my wooden floors instead of using vacuum cleaner.
17) Run as few errands as possible, car pool and combine trips. Ride my bike around neighborhood and for errands within a few miles.
18) Use micro-cloths to clean with, even on glass you do not need cleaning products!
19) I have NEVER bought bottled water. I bought a Kleen Kanteen for each person in the family, we refill and take with us. I’ve had mine over about 2 years.
20) Go paperless or CD-less as much as possible. I provide my clients with emails of my book, but still put cookbook software on CD.
21) Use only a hurricane lamp when we sit outside at night. It gives enough light to read by…but is perfect turned low …for just hanging out. Very romantic, too!
22) I carry my lunch each day to work in a insulated lunch box from Built, available at ReusableBags.com, using a stainless steel thermal jar for soup, glass wide mouth canning jars for other food, a wrap n’ mat for baked goods and a beautiful cloth napkin and real silver to utensils.
22) I carry my coffee, on the way to work, in a stoneware and stainless steel mug with a silicone lid (NO plastic!). From High Wave. And at only $12.00, it’s a steal!
23) I have an outdoor solar heated shower that I built.
24) I grow most of my food inside under grow light; no pests, very small amount of water use. I am growing cherry and big sweet tomatoes, basil, thyme. I have sweet potatoes growing, beets (mmmm, beet greens), onions, lavender (I use it in the skin care products I make and sell), Swiss chard, purple flowering kale, nasturtiums, cucumbers, peppers, bell peppers, purple basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, beet greens, garlic and lettuce in my sunroom hydroponically. Outside I have lettuce, banana tree, garlic, some tomatoes.
25) I use a non-disposable razor, an old-fashioned stainless steel, very high quality razor that uses double edged blades. It was 24.00 from ClassicShaving.com. The blades are 10 for 5.99, and they are double edged! They give the closest, smoothest shave you can imagine! No disposable blade can compare. I spend about 50 cents a year on blades!
26) Wash dishes with 2 dish pans in the sink, one for hot soapy water, one with warm rinse water. Do glasses first, pause a moment to let the soapy water drip off, then move to rinse water. Stop when rinse water is almost full and rinse quickly. Repeat with silver, plates, then pots and utensils. All with 2 dishpans full of water. Then I pour the soapy water, with all that organic matter, onto my plants in the garden. It helps repel pests and loosens the soil. And good for the biceps when you carry it outdoors.
27) I hand water my garden with buckets from the rain barrels that are under the eaves of my garage. 10 feet from my garden. The front flower garden gets watered entirely from the dish water.
29) I work out at home, no expensive gym memberships that I never used anyway. I save all the expense of membership, and gas and time driving. I have a set of weights, two exercise balls, a weighted hula hoop, a yoga mat and a chin-up bar.
30) I hand grind my coffee each morning with my Zassenhaus Model 169 DG Closed Hopper Walnut Zassenhaus coffee mill that I got at Sweet Maria’s.
31) I do not “buy” presents, I make them, and wrap them if I have brown paper bags, which I will decorate, I have done water colors on packages and they come out great…I like the affect.
From the Organic Consumers Association
Do you use Jason Pure, Natural & Organic, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face ObsessivelyOrganic, Nature’s Gate Organics, Stella McCartney 100% Organic, Giovanni Organic, Head Organics, Eminence Organic, Physicians Formula Organic Wear, Good Stuff Organics, Desert Essence Organics, or any "organic cosmetic" certified by Ecocert?
Hate to break it to you, but these so-called "organic" personal care products aren’t really organic and actually contain hazardous ingredients that would never be allowed in products certified to USDA organic standards.
Yesterday, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), along with certified organic personal care brands Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Nutrients, and Organic Essence, filed a complaint with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), requesting an investigation into the widespread and blatantly deceptive labeling practices of leading so-called "Organic" personal care brands, in violation of USDA NOP regulations.
The complaint, filed on behalf of the estimated 50 million regular consumers of organic products, argues that products such as liquid soaps, body washes, facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizing lotions, lip balms, make-up and other cosmetic products produced by 12 different corporations have been advertised, labeled and marketed as "Organic" or "Organics" when, in fact, the products are not "Organic" as understood by the average health and environmental-minded organic consumer.
In addition to the complaint, Organic Consumers Association’s Coming Clean campaign has launched a boycott of cosmetics that claim to be organic, but aren’t certified to organic standards as required by law.
We’re encouraging our members to switch to USDA certified organic body care and cosmetics products, as part of a New Year’s Resolution to "be more organic" in 2010.
On our body care page, we’ve listed 26 different health and beauty brands where every single item under the brand name is certified to USDA organic standards.
We need your help to get the USDA to take enforcement action based upon our legal complaint. Please write to the USDA today.
We’re also collecting the stories of consumers who have been defrauded by fake organic health and beauty care companies. Do you feel shammed? Please share your story with us.
BOYCOTT THESE FAKE "ORGANIC" BRANDS
Click on the links below to be taken to each brand’s entry in the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Safety Review Database where you’ll find a hazard score for each product and ingredient.
- Avalon "Organics"
- Desert Essence "Organics"
- Earth’s Best "Organic"
- Giovanni "Organic Hair Care"
- Goodstuff "Organics"
- Head "Organics"
- Jason "Pure, Natural & Organic"
- Kiss My Face "ObsessivelyOrganic"
- Nature’s Gate "Organics"
- Physicians Formula "Organic" Wear
- Stella McCartney "100% Organic"
- Alteya Organics
- Baby Bear Shop
- Brittanie’s Thyme
- Bubble and Bee Organic
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
- Earth Mama Angel Baby
- Indian Meadow Herbals
- Intelligent Nutrients
- Kimberly Parry Organics
- Little Angel
- Miessence Certified Organics
- Nature’s Paradise
- OGmama and OGbaby
- Organic Essence
- Origins Organics– Available at the Avenues Mall here in Jacksonville!
- Purely Shea
- Rainwater Organic Lotion
- Rose Tattoo Aftercare
- SoCal Cleanse
- Sensibility Soaps/Nourish
- Trillium Organics
- Vermont Soap
Note from me; The following products are not endorsed by this company, but are two of my favorites.
Aubrey Organics– One of my Favorites! Thier silk powder is awesome!
Jane Iredale– Best Mineral Makeup on the planet!