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Accutane Harms Your Liver, Increases Your Cholesterol

September 09, 2006 | 45,873 views

Accutane, an acne medication known to cause birth defects, can also raise the risk for potential heart and liver problems more often than had been thought.

The drug was already known to increase levels of cholesterol, liver enzymes and triglycerides (a kind of blood fat that can raise the risk of heart disease), all of which can lead to serious illness over the long term. But a new study found that the risks of these problems were higher than expected.

Lab tests on more that 13,000 patients showed abnormal results for cholesterol and liver function with much greater frequency than had been predicted. Most patients' lab tests returned to normal when they stopped taking the drug.

In all, 44 percent of those taking the drug developed high levels of triglycerides, where 25 percent had been predicted. Another 31 percent developed high cholesterol levels and 11 percent showed abnormal liver function.

 

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

This time, at least, drugmaker Roche can claim users were already warned to some extent about these particular problems. But they're just a few of the many toxic side effects of Accutane.

Unfortunately, many patients believe all these side effects are a bargain when compared to dealing with acne problems. The standard a approach for acne involves the use of antibiotics.

However, most dermatologists won't tell you that antibiotics invariably kill the beneficial bacteria in your colon and set the stage for medical problems down the road with chronic yeast infections.

Accutane was never designed to be a first-line drug for acne. It is only for resistant cases of severe acne that are non-responsive to conventional approaches.

However, all the conventional approaches to acne, including Accutane, merely focus on treating the symptoms and NEVER actually address the reason why acne results in the first place. The real answer to controlling acne is by optimizing your insulin levels. The best way to do that is to avoid sugar and grains.

But doctors cannot sell you a healthy diet, and they are under strong influence from the drug companies to prescribe expensive, and sometimes harmful, topical acne creams and antibiotics. The only person getting rich from a healthy diet recommendation is YOU (from all the money you will save from NOT buying expensive medications).

Eating refined carbohydrates and sugar leads to a surge of insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body. This can lead to an excess of male hormones, which cause pores in your skin to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria. Additionally, IGF-1 causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is associated with acne. So simply avoiding carbohydrates and sugars can clear up most, if not all, of the problem.

I am no stranger to acne solutions and struggled with painful and embarrassing acne nodules for my entire young adult life. I didn't finally understand the following principles until I was well into my 30s. I tried dozens of different topical approaches and even used antibiotics.

Fortunately, the solution for acne is highly effective, inexpensive, and safe -- the great trio of many natural medicine approaches.

So just how do you beat acne?

The first and most important step is to clean up your diet and normalize your insulin levels. You can do this be eliminating all processed foods.  Don't eat it unless someone you know made it from fresh ingredients in a local kitchen. Since processed foods make up over 90 percent of the diet of most Americans this will likely be a struggle for you so let me prioritize the changes.

The first step is to stop all fluids except for water. You simply cannot consume ANY soda, diet or regular doesn't matter, or fruit juices, even all natural organic ones don't fall far behind as they will also raise your insulin levels.

Next highest in priority would be to stop all grains, even unrefined organic grains, as just like the fruit juice, they will raise your insulin levels. So this would mean excluding foods like bread, toasts, all cereals, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, pasta, waffles, pancakes, popcorn, rice, millet and quinoa.

The acne should improve rapidly and in a few days to a few weeks you should notice remarkable improvement, far better than using antibiotics or dangerous drugs like Accutane. Once you start to improve you can gradually reintroduce some of the grain products, and you will find what level you can tolerate before you will exceed your body's threshold and suffer side effects like acne.

Consider acne a major blessing as it is just a sign that you are not giving your body what it requires to stay healthy. By using it as a feedback system you can avoid future problems like cancer, heart attacks and diabetes.

If you happen to have used antibiotics PLEASE get yourself on some good probiotics. I have treated thousands of patients who have suffered from chronic yeast symptoms and most of them were undiagnosed. Be sure and use a good brand. Health food stores have some of them, but if you are confused we do carry an excellent one in our store for your convenience.

 

 


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