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Posted by WhoseLineFan on November 03, 2000 at 03:03:56:

A while ago someone posted the link www.mercola.com (this site doesn't sell anything, so board moderator don't delete). Dr. Mercola is a licensed and board-approved doctor from Illinois who actively practices natural medicine in addition to traditional medicine. He has a search engine on his site and if you search the word acne you get a number of summaries of reports or studies on acne. if you click on the report "Acne drug linked to suicide risk" you'll go to his summary of a report on the depression side effects of Accutane. At the end of the summary, he say's that a person can get nearly the same results as Accutane with virtually none of the sie effects by taking large doses of non-synthetic vitamin A. The key is to make sure the vitamin A is non-synthetic. He says a person could take 300,000 IU a day for a few weeks and then lower it to 100,000 IU a day for 1 to 3 months. He says if you do develop symptoms like headaches/nausea to discontinue the vitamin. I e-mailed him and asked if Vitamin A supplements derived from fish oil or cod liver oil were examples of non-synthetic vitamin A and he said yes. He also agreed that taking the herb milk thistle for extra liver protection (just in case there are any side effects) makes sense. I've never tried the oral vitamin A approach to dealing with acne. My acne has gone from moderate/severe to mild by using pantothenic acid. But it would be nice to be completely clear for awhle, so I might try it. If it does work, this would be an enormous savings in money compared to Accutane. I know of an online supplement company (there's a link to it on Anne's site) where I could get 1,000 softgels at 10,000 IU each (from fish oil) for only $8.99. And that would be enough to cover the regimen suggested by Dr. Mercola. So a person could spend thousands? of dollars on Accutane or get the same results by spending $8.99 on non-synthetic vitamin A. I think people who are struggling acne should consider this.

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