HOW MEGAN OVERCAME ACNE, CHRONIC SINUS INFECTIONS & ASTHMA
I began fighting acne from the day I started my period, 13 years old or was it birth? It was not pretty. Cystic acne, small tiny bump acne, back-ne, chest acne, everywhere. My dermatologist put me on years worth of antibiotics, and for the longest time, they worked wonders. When they didn't work anymore, he told me it was time for Acutane. That lasted all of three days until I developed bloody stool and he told me to stop immediately. Ummm...why? Aren't bleeding intestines normal? What about my acne? Am I going to look like this forever? Enter in birth control pills. Ahhh... the magic pill. It gave me flawless skin, regular periods, and zero cramps. What could possibly go wrong? After 11 years on it...something.
Lets backtrack to my freshman year of high school-new school, new friends, same acne, and now chronic sinus infections. At least one a month. Real cool, self. The doctors couldn't figure it out. They gave me every pill under the sun and nothing worked. I just sucked it up...literally. These infections also exacerbated by asthma, which I developed as a 10 year old and struggled with for years.
This went on until age 26. I developed an autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome (characterized by an attack on my mucous membranes). I was in pain. I would've done anything to lessen the inflammation. I decided to get off all meds, so I discharged the contraceptives...and after three months, half of my hair fell out, I went into mild depression and the acne came back with a vengeance.
I heard others had some relief from a vegan diet. Determined, I did it for 4 years. At first, I felt on top of the world. My AI symptoms diminished greatly and my asthma and sinus infections practically vanished! Looking back, I believe it was the lack of dairy in my diet that stopped the sinus troubles. With all these wonderful changes, my acne was still going strong, like a pubescent boy, but a woman, at 26.
After four years, my Sjogren's symptoms got worse after a bad stomach bug. I decided to try a Ketogenic/low carb diet this time, which may be the most difficult diet in the world. After one week on this, my acne completely went away. Gone. It only took me a lifetime to figure this out and all it took was me cutting sugar? Thank you, Jesus!
I'm still working on the AI disease and probably will be for quite a while, due to years of damage. I cannot wait to share my progress with you.
How JD “Cured” His Chronic Asthma
JD began having mild symptoms of asthma in his teens, with a tightness of chest and the sensation of not being able to fully breath deeply every once in a while. At the age of 32, he suffered from symptoms daily. The symptoms began immediately after replacing his cloth shower curtain with a PVC lined plastic alternative curtain (UMMM CRAZY, Take notes, people!). To make matters worse, his home was filled with mold caused by water damage. Symptoms persisted despite having removed the shower curtain, waxing and waning from almost feeling normal again to sleeping difficulties from breathing challenges.
JD tried everything to get relief. He experimented with supplements: multivitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Evening Primrose Oil, Bromelain, Fish Oil and raw garlic (Goodbye, Vampires!). With little relief, he visited his physician and received the traditional asthma protocol: Albuterol, Steroids and in an act of desperation, Tianeptine (an antidepressant that works by increasing serotonin reuptake). Albuterol did not work for him. And the other two caused “violent mood swings”! Those are some potent concoctions!
A few other things he tried were breathing techniques, allergy tests and drinking more water.
After many attempts to find relief, he finally found a protocol that worked for him. The supplements that decreased his lung inflammation and provided the most relief were: Fish Oil (he believes this was a “major turning point in helping his breath again), Vitamin C, Magnesium and Evening Primrose Oil (all great for reducing inflammation). JD points out that, like most Americans, his Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio was disproportionately leaning towards the O6, which is probably why the fish oil was so effective in reducing inflammation.
Still a few years later, in an attempt to find even more relief, JD experimented with the Paleo Diet. He eliminated ALL grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods. He focused on eating healthy fats, nuts non-starchy veggies, fruit and grass-fed animal protein (Grass fed is significantly higher in Omega 3s than grain fed!). He also added in a Vitamin D supplement. His results from this dietary change were INCREDIBLE. His asthma symptoms were gone. GONE! And an added bonus, he lost 10 pounds!
JD is still doing well today, and still functions with the occasional “cheat”. He knows that he may have a flare if he eats a large amount of the wrong stuff or is exposed to pollen that he is sensitive to.
JD runs a website showcasing his sci-fi writing, electronic music skills and a vast array of self-experimentation topics. Check him out at www.jdmoyer.com