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Healthy Skin from Un-Healthy Skin Medications?

There are more than 500,000 different prescription medications sold via pharmacists in the U.S. and other countries. The FDA indicate that Accutane/Roaccutane is number 4 on the FDA top ten list of medications attracting serious adverse reaction reports and is number 5 on the FDA top ten list of medications attracting severe psychiatric adverse reaction reports.

Accutane/Roaccutane has been prescribed to about 2 million people in the US from 1982 to date. The number of people prescribed the other medications in the top ten list is estimated at several billion (ie several thousand million people). We believe that, on a per capita basis (ie when ADR’s are related to the number of people prescribed), Accutane/Roaccutane is number one, which indicates that Accutane/Roaccutane has attracted the highest number of – general side effects – the highest number of psychiatric side effects – the highest number of cases of suicide, suicide attempt and suicide ideation compared to any of the other 500,000 prescription medications

List of Side Effects (as appear on packet insert)

Dryness of skin (with scaling, thinning, erythema, pruritus), epidernal fragility (trauma may cause blistering), acne fulminans, facial hyperpigmentation, dryness of nasal mucosa (with mild epistaxis), of pharyngeal mucosa (with hoarseness), of conjunctiva (sometimes conjunctivitis), decreased tolerance to contact lenses and rarely keratitis, visual disturbances (papilloedema, optic neuritis, corneal opacities, cataracts, decreased night vision, photophobia, blurred vision) – expert referral and consider withdrawal; hair thinning (reversible on withdrawal) or (rarely) hirsutism; nausea, headache, malaise, drowsiness, sweating, benign intracranial hypertension (avoid concomitant tetracyclines); myalgia and arthralgia; raised serum creatinine concentrations reported; raised liver enzymes (rarely jaundice and hepatitis); raised plasma triglycerides and cholesterol (risk of pancreatitis if triglycerides above 8 g/litre); allergic, vasculitis and granulomatous lesions reported, other side-effects reported include hearing deficiency, mood changes, convulsions, menstrual irregularities, hyperuricaemia, inflammatory bowel disease, paronychia and Gram-positive infections, bone changes.

Diet and Healthy Skin

  • Now when it comes to skin, as much as you may have been led to believe that diet does not affect your skin, it actually plays the major role. Yes hormones do control your skin function, but everything you eat either has a positive or a negative effect on the hormones and this in turn WILL affect the skin.
  • For decades people have been saying chocolate effects their skin, yet the specialist have been saying this is nonsense and then of course the chocolate companies regularly issue press releases telling us why chocolate is good for you, which of course we all want to hear. So does chocolate ‘make’ pimples? Well basically refined sugar, caffeine and dairy products all upset the endocrine (hormonal) system and this is the system that controls skin function and health. As chocolate contains all of these it can in a round about way, very well be the cause of skin problems as can alcohol, heated fats, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates and sugar, lack of exercise and sunlight and in fact any drug that affects the hormonal system in any way.
  • The traditional approach to skin problems is to treat the symptom, not the cause. The cause is an unbalanced, unhappy hormonal system and this system is very sensitive and needs the right diet and lifestyle. Lack of essential fatty acids for example can throw your endocrine system to such an extent that you could be sterile never mind have a skin problem! The best sources of essential fatty acids are raw nuts and seeds, cold pressed oils (here flax oil is exceptional), olives, avocado, sweet corn on the cob and dark green leafy vegetables. Lack of vital minerals and vitamins such as beta-carotene and B complex vitamins especially the antioxidant group can severely affect your skin, and the best sources are from fresh raw fruit and vegetables, at least 5-11 portions daily. One of the best sources of very powerful antioxidants and B complex are dark green leafy vegetables. These amazing plants are loaded with SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), chlorophyll and a vitamin e succinate that has a dramatic effect on the health and condition of the skin. I have personally seen dramatic changes in skin due to the daily inclusion of dark green leafy veg.
  • The most nutritious of all these plants is the barley leaf and the most nutritious way to take this in is in the form of juice. One of the many reasons I take BarleyLife is because it is in my opinion the most nutritious of the barley juice powders available making it the most nutritious dark green leafy veg.
  • This SOD or Superoxide Dismutase that has been isolated in barley juice is an extremely powerful ‘anti-aging’ antioxidant. It converts a harmful substance called Superoxide, into water and oxygen, which is completely harmless, thereby preventing damage to the skin.
  • Research completed at George Washington University found substances that protect blood vessels from damage, in the juice of the barley plant. In 1994, at the same University, a Vitamin E succinate was identified. This was shown to improve or modulate Prolactin and growth hormone. Prolactin is vital to breast feeding moms, so breast feeding Moms will benefit from taking Barley Greens. Growth hormone will benefit children and those that are overweight. Growth hormone also slows down the aging processChlorophyll bears a very close resemblance to hemoglobin. Dr Fisher, Nobel Prize winner used chlorophyll to cure anemia. Since then Chlorophyll has been used to successfully treat peritonitis, brain ulcers, pyorrhea and skin disorders Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, the lungs, the intestines the uterus and skin.
  • One of the most active ingredients in Barleylife is the very high level of chlorophyll.
  • Chlorophyll has been studied for its potential
    * in stimulating tissue growth,
    * in stimulating red blood cells in connection with
    oxygen supply, and
    * in reducing absorption of dietary carcinogens.All of these properties would have a profound effect on the ability of the body to heal itselfSome of the isolated very powerful enzymes and antioxidants found in Barleylife are listed below. The first column is in 100g and the second in 5g.
Superoxide Dismutase
1,060 U/g53 U
Peroxidase/Catalase227 U/g11.35 U
Alpha Mannosidase0.501 U/g0.02505 U
Beta Glucosidase0.89 U/g0.0445 U
Acid Phosphatase107 U/g0.5 U
Polyphenol Oxidase330 U/g16.5 U
Antioxydant Potential Activity123NA
Lutonarin (7-O-GIO)4.62 mg0.231 mg
Saponarin (7-O-GIV)1.26 mg0.063 mg
Chlorophyll855 mg42.75 mg
  • The amount of chlorophyll in a food is indicated by how green that food is. BarleyLife is exceptionally green in fact many people are convinced that ‘something’ must have been added to make it that green! Nothing is added to make the colour greener, darker or richer, but the chlorophyll in Barleylife is higher than most other green juices and foods at a level of 855mg per 100ml
  • Chlorophyll also
    * removes carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide
    and has
    * anti-inflammatory properties,
    * antioxidant properties, and
    * wound-healing properties.

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