Archive for October 2007

Dietary Cure for Acne

October 24, 2007
  • This may be my one and only post on this blog
  • My purpose is to increase awareness of great recent work that will be of benefit to most acne sufferers.
  • These sites relate to research by Professor Cordain (Colorado State University) and associates. Cordain and colleagues have many papers in reputable peer-reviewed scientific publications on this and related matters. Check them out at the above websites.
  • Dermatologists are generally slow to recognise recent evidence of a major role for diet in acne. [Science is a big ship, and changes direction slowly .. unlike ‘zits’ ]
  • If you suffer from acne, try the diet outlined at the above sites for at least 4 weeks: you will have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. The only losers might be the pharmaceutical industry.
  • I am not affiliated with Prof Cordain and associates, and have nothing to gain – financially or otherwise – by publishing this blog, apart from the satisfaction of knowing that some acne sufferers will be greatly helped. (Although, as a veterinarian, I have to admit to being fascinated by the science).
  • A young relative of mine had bad acne, was on “Roaccutane” (R) and now has some facial scarring. ( … if the prevalence of acne in western countries is around 90% of teenagers, most people have at least one young relative with bad acne … ). Alas, the information outlined at the websites above came about 10 years too late for him. But, perhaps you can be spared unnecessary suffering ?
Very simply:
  • high glycaemic load diets plus dairy products have a major role in the pathogenesis of acne (through their insulinaemic -and other- effects)
  • the dietary cure for acne basically is a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, fish, and lean poultry. Yep, that’s it.
  • (And, on the flip side, avoid grains and cereals and byproducts, dairy products, processed and refined foods containing sugars, processed oils etc).

I wish you well. Give the diet a go. What have you got to lose?


Paleo Diet Newsletter// Acne // Lectins etc

October 24, 2007

May be of interest

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The latest version of The Paleo Diet Newsletter is now available at  In this issue, we celebrate the release of the paperback version of The Dietary Cure for Acne with an interview with Dr. Cordain about just that topic. We also cover lectins and food poisoning, and address a question about Paleolithic man’s consumption of legumes, grains, and tubers.

We are proud to announce the available of two new resources. The first is the paperback version of The Dietary Cure for Acne. If you have not yet read this because you did not want to download and print out an ebook, now is your chance to obtain the book in paperback form. Whether you have acne or not, if you are interested in optimum health and nutrition you should read this book and have it on your bookshelf.

Also newly available is the DVD Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization; Understanding The Dietary Cure for Acne. This recording is of a talk given last year at the Boulderfest nutrition conference. It comes complete with 70 footnoted slides, and gives a clear explanation of the evidence supporting the relationship between diet and acne.

Both the book and DVD are available at The book retails for $24.95, and the DVD is priced at $19.95

PS What I like about this stuff from Prof Cordain is that it is backed up by references (many of which he has authored) in reputable peer-reviewed scientific journals, and that his reputation as an academic at a well-regarded university (Colorado State) is on the line 
 …….    as opposed to half-baked theories/theoreticians/diet gurus you often see on ‘the net’.

Dorrigo ride today

October 5, 2007

Just back from a very pleasant ride to Dorrigo for lunch.
A near perfect run: sunny (but hazy), light breeze, few cars, 23-27 degrees.
We both agreed the Dorrigo Plateau is as good a bike road as we have done (3 countries*, 2 continents), although I guess the great bike roads are all different.
Quite a few bugs tho – as many today (~ 250 kms) as we encountered in the whole Around AUS trip (60 days/ 17 500 kms) 🙂
Cruised along on the limit and the bike consumed just 4.9 L / 100 km (very little luggage, side boxes off, and maybe the bike has ‘run in’ a bit more 🙂
(Filled the bike this am: ULP was 132.8 CPL (we used Vortex (RON95) … and diesel was 6 cents cpl dearer. In Brisbane currently diesel is ~ 14 cents dearer (similar to WA). Go figure)
Steve L
Pics: Top: view from our usual lunch spot; Middle: Dorrigo Plateau; Bottom:  JL and Zed.
* ( I have included Qld, NT and WA as part of AUS 🙂