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Concerning zinc......

I think that zinc is best absorbed WITHOUT food in most cases... a half-an-hour before bedtime is a great time to take it.

As far as zinc and its absorbtion...

Iron decreases its absorbtion. That's a scientific fact.
Calcium COMPLETELY decreases its absorbtion. That's also a scientific fact, and if anyone wants to argue about that to me, be my guest. There is what I believe somewhat of a stupid trend going on in the supplement industry. Most zinc supplements actually CONTAIN some form of calcium in them... check your zinc supplement. 9 times out of 10 the word "calcium" will appear in the ingredient list.

As far as zinc supplements, I would actually recommend to you a ZMA supplement. ZMA stands for Zinc Monomethione Aspartame, and it is a bodybuilding supplement believe it or not. It contains Zinc Monomethione (OptiZinc), Magnesium, and B6 in a potent combination that will drastically reaise your testosterone by 30%. Now some of you might be saying "Isn't testosterone bad? Won't that cause acne?" No! Not true! Testosterone is actually a great hormone. Did you ever see a pimple on Arnold Schwarzenegger? I don't think so (even though he DID in fact take steriods, but let's not get into that). The only reason that steriods will give you those kind of side effects is because they are synthetic and disrupt your natural hormones. You see, your body will actually shut off its testosterone because it is constantly receiving the hormone from another source. This leads to bad bad stuff. The bad hormone is actually DHT, which is responsible for acne as well as hairloss. Zinc will help to correct this, and believe it or not, nutritionalists recommend zinc as a preventative measure against hairloss. You should take zinc internally (ZMA) and externally (Head and Shoulders) for the best results.

Anyway, to make matters short, ZMA is an awesome supplement, not only for bodybuilding, but for everything! A lot of people forget that Magnesium is crucial to hormonal balance... I would recommend Higher Power Nutrition's ZMA Night Time Formula. It makes you sleep like a baby... it's great, and trust me, it will help with your acne. It's the best zinc supplement out there. Some of you may JUST have acne because you're deficinent in zinc. If that is the case, then this could very well be your cure. Just make sure you haven't eaten anything with iron or calcium 2 hours prior to taking it. You shouldn't be eating 3 hours before bedtime anyway, as this is hard on the liver, and liver health is so important for healthy skin!

Concerning the liver purge...

Make sure you kill parasites first before you do this. You might become quite sick. I made the mistake of not doing this. I was very sorry I made this decision when I was throwing up numerous times. You'll still get stones out, but it won't be as effective.

Parasites...

You could be taking your supps perfectly and be doing everything else right, but if you haven't killed parasites, you're putting a lot of that expensive supplementation to waste. Once a nutritionalist said "Who are you feeding, you or your parasites?" This has truth to this. Now obviously, let's not go to drastic measures and say "Chris, you're wrong... if parasites were stealing all of my food, I would be dead!" You're right, parasites don't steal all your food, but they can cause pretty bad health problems. As a simple test, do you have dandruff at all? Or have you ever had athlete's foot? How about warts? Does your scalp itch? It could very well be due to parasites. I highly recommend ridding yourselves of these little critters through the use of an electronic unit as well as the herbal stuff. The great thing about the electronic unit is once you buy it, you can keep zapping and zapping free of charge, killing every parasite in your body except those in your colon. You will need the herbs for that.

Concerning the multi-vitamins...

The best "multi-vitamin" you can get is a mixture of bee pollen and royal jelly. These supply EVERYthing you could possible want. Most multi-vitamins out there are crap. For instance, what good is having zinc in a multi-vitamin if iron is in it too? Iron will prevent the zinc from being absorbed.

Also, you might be wondering when to take supplements. One would think that the best way to take them is right after a meal. Wrong. 5 minutes prior to a meal is ideal for absorbtion. Trust me. And take your Vitamin E and A when your eating meals with fat, since they are fat-soluble.

Many of you may still be searching for the acne cure. It's a long journey, but with diligence you'll get there. Suprisingly, you really don't have to spend too much money if you play your cards right. And you don't have to be perfect, either. My diet isn't perfect... nobody's is, but I sure don't get acne anymore, and this is quite a feat for a 17 year old guy in the middle of puberty. Not only will your acne improve, but every aspect of your health will as well. You will sleep better, you will be more musclar and defined (I know I am), your eyes will become more cystal clear, your vision may improve, you will NEVER become sick, because at this point your body's immune system is incredibly strong, and you'll be happier... not only because you look better but because you feel great too!

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Cotton Candy - It really seems like you care about your health, which is fabulous to hear. Don't let it control your life, however.

Your diet sounds pretty good. The only thing I would worry about is soy. There's a little something from Leo Kiesen after I give you my opinion.

You don't want to lose too much weight. Eat more oatmeal if you want, you can eat all the oatmeal you want... it won't wreak havoc on your face.

I'm assuming that monodox is an anti-biotic, but I really do not know. Anti-biotics, while in the short term will drastically help your acne, do worse things in the longrun. If you want to gain wait, you gotta eat... no way around it... just eat the right things. If you don't like eating red meat, try chicken or fish. Fish are really great sources of EFA and protein.

It sounds like you're making a good effort by supplementing with borage and flax, but you definitely want to throw evening primose in for hormonal balance. Now about the soy. I drank soymilk for probably a year before I realized that it was completely cutting off my aborbtion of zinc, and probably throwing off my hormonal levels, since I had acne. But because so many people said it was "good for me", I believed them... here's what Leo Kiesen has to say.

"Isolated soy protein (soy protein isolate) is poison…

Textured vegetable protein is poison…

Soymilk is largely indigestible…

Fractionated soy products like tofu carry with them inherit problems…

High anti-nutrient content in soy improperly prepared leads to chronic mineral and amino acid deficiencies…

And the high phyto-estrogen content in the new form of genetically modified soybeans will upset hormonal balance leading to early puberty in girls, and a host of diseases related to high estrogens later on in life…

Yet if soybeans are grown and prepared right they can be a bio-available source of nutrition.

Want to know why…read on…

Soy for thousands of years was an important source of nutrition for Asian cultures. But it took those cultures many years to figure out how to prepare soy so it could be bio-available. The problems arrived when we started consuming it in excess improperly prepared, denature it with high temperatures and pressures, fractionate it to make bean curds, and God forbid, genetically modify it so it would be more bug resistant and yield more per acre.

Soybeans contain many of the same anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors that grains have. Soy is both high in phytic acid and in inhibitors that block the action of trypsin (and important enzyme for life) as well as other enzymes. These inhibitors are tightly folded proteins that retain their configuration even when cooked for very long periods. When ingested they produce gastric distress and reduced protein digestion and chronic amino acid deficiencies due to the enzyme inhibitor.

The Chinese knew this, and it was not until they discovered fermentation processes that they ever ingested the bean.

You see soybeans must be prepared in a specific way to neutralize these anti-nutrients…namely soybeans must be sprouted, or slow fermented as in the case of miso, shoyu, tempeh, and natto.

The sprouting and slow fermentation processes destroy the anti-nutrients and break down the soy proteins into bio-available forms. Any soy product less then this has the anti-nutrients left intact.

Soy normally has plant phyto-estrogens. These mimic the action of the hormone estrogen in your systems. They body can make adjustments for these phyto-estrogens by lowering estrogens, but in excess these phyto-estrogens will throw hormones out of balance. Well, genetically modified soy has many more times the phyto-estrogens as non-GMO soy only compounding the problem. Do not ingest genetically modified soy products of any kind.

Isolated soy protein and textured vegetable protein are poisons due to their highly processed nature. To produce soy protein isolate the soybeans are first ground and then solvents are added to extract the natural oils in the bean. The bean mixture now free of any fatty acids is then mixed with sugars and an alkaline solution to remove any fiber. Then it is precipitated and separated using an acid wash. This acid wash is generally done in huge aluminum tanks. The acid leaches aluminum into the soy. In fact soy protein isolates have as much as 100 times the aluminum content as the beans they were derived from. Finally what's left is neutralized in an alkaline solution and spray dried at high temperatures to produce high protein powder.

The result is a powder that is so denatured it becomes a poison. Yet most the anti-nutrients naturally in soy not prepared properly still remain. Your body cannot utilize isolated soy protein in any form; it simply has to get it out of your system as quickly as it can.

Textured vegetable protein is only isolated soy protein that has been extruded at high temperatures and pressures. Just as poisonous if not more so then soy protein isolate.

Read the labels…do not ingest anything with soy protein isolate or textured vegetable protein in it. They're putting it in everything now, especially so-called "heath" foods. And mothers I beg you…do not give your babies soy formulas or soymilk…please don't do it, just trust me on this one.

Soymilk is largely unusable by your body and comes along with it both anti-nutrients and toxins left behind from the manufacturing process. Consider the process involved in making soymilk. In order to remove some anti-nutrients in soy, the beans are first soaked in an alkaline solution. This mixture is then heated between 240-250 degrees Fahrenheit (115-120 C) in pressure cookers at high pressure. This temperature and pressure denatures the protein in the soy to the point that it becomes very difficult for your body to digest. The alkaline solution the beans are soaked in leaves behind a carcinogen called lysinealine. Not only that, the anti-nutrient phytic acid that are normally destroyed by sprouting or fermenting remains. This acid binds to minerals and will cause chronic mineral deficiencies if consumed regularly. Use rice milk or milk derived from nuts like almonds instead.

Fractionated soy products like tofu still have the anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors largely intake. The process of making these foods does lower some of the enzyme inhibitors, but many remain. The phytic acid remains intake.

The tragedy is soy products are now being heavily promoted as "healthy" alternatives the FDA. I tell you from sad experience I was duped by those promotions as well. It was not until I started doing regular live blood cell analysis on myself that I noticed the connection and researched it further. The current crop of soy products is not a healthy alternative…in fact they are a poison.

Anything the FDA recommends I ask you to research and question…be highly suspicious of it. Usually a lot of money and big business are behind that recommendation…not so much the concern for your health.

The only soy products I suggest you ingest are sprouted beans and fermented soy products such as miso, shoyu, tempeh, and natto, all of which should be made from organic, non-genetically modified soybeans (non-GMO). Tofu should not be used as meat substitute…it should only be ingested in small quantities as a condiment just as most Asian cultures do."





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