Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in the UK and can be debilitating for some. A fifth of acne sufferers have considered suicide, with adult acne being seen as a rising epidemic. 95% of acne sufferers say it affects their daily lives and 63% experience lower self esteem (as per the British Skin Foundation). We can all appreciate from these statistics why resolving acne is so important.
Many of my clients find me after having already tried Accutane, which sadly hasn’t been the wonder drug they was hoping it would be. Not only that, but Accutane comes with many health risks which are often not translated to patients with the right level of severity. This should be a last resort and for extreme cases of acne only, but is now over prescribed and given to those with only mild cases.
I wanted to enlighten you all on some of the evidence and dangers surrounding Accutane, for both those of you who have taken this drug and those that are considering. Simply put, Accutane is only of the most dangerous drugs ever made.
The drug maker Roche, who was the former manufacturer of Accutane, has paid out millions due to lawsuits over the drug causing inflammatory bowel disease. They’ve spent most of this century in court defending themselves against lawsuits from people, whose health has been irreparably damaged by this menacing drug.
Roche has lost nine out of 13 lawsuits since 2007, and was ordered to pay more than $25m in damages in 2010, plus another $18m in 2012, to Accutane users who developed inflammatory bowel disease as a result of the drug. Roche subsequently stopped selling the drug in June 2009, however other drug companies still sell the generic but no less deadly form of Accutane.
In 2004, brain scans showed that people taking Accutane suffer a 21 percent decrease in activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain area known to mediate symptoms of depression. These brain changes may explain the depression and suicidal thoughts reported by some Accutane users.
In the US, Accutane has been given the strongest warning available for any drug category and was given an FDA Pregnancy Category X rating. This means if you fall pregnant, your baby will be severely damaged, resulting in possible birth defects, miscarriage, premature births and death in babies. How toxic must this drug be to cause this level of damage?
On top of these, there have also been reports of patients suffering with;
- Increased liver enzyme levels and liver damage
- Headaches and brain swelling
- Disturbances of your central nervous system and seizures
- Development of inflammatory bowel disease
- And more!
This is without touching on the devastating effects to the microbiome and gut health, which leaves us vulnerable to future diseases – because after all, all disease begins in the gut. With a toxic drug creating a toxic environment, this is the perfect place for bad bacteria, fungus, yeast and parasites to multiply and lead to long-term problems.
Many of my clients have gone on to experience IBS, brain fog, anxiety, chronic fatigue, eczema, joint pain, anemia, gas, insomnia and so on. The saddest part for me is that acne can be treated naturally. We’re putting this toxic chemical bomb into our bodies, when we really don’t have to.
When I was healing my own acne, I discovered a few effective methods when it came to treating acne;
- Removing food sensitivities
- Detoxifying the body
- Cleansing the organs of harboured waste
- Rebalancing the microbiome
- Healing and sealing the gut
- Tackling pathogens, including parasites
- Reducing inflammation in the body
This is why I created the Wellness Programme, to help others heal naturally and finally find the answers no one else has been able to give them. We incorporate all of the above into 90 days, to take you through this tried and tested process. I know how difficult this information can be to find, as it took me 6 years of in-depth research to finally piece all of the puzzle together.
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