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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825749
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alan C. Logan, ND, FRSH is a board-certified naturopathic physician licensed in Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase, and as valedictorian from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. As an invited faculty member of Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education, he lectures in the mind-body medicine courses offered at Harvard. Co-author of Your Skin, Younger (Sourcebooks, 2010), he is the only naturopathicdoctor to have his commentaries published in the four leading dermatology journals - Archives of Dermatology, the International Journal of Dermatology, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the British Journal of Dermatology. Widely regarded as one of North America's leading cosmetic nutritionists, he has been featured in health and beauty magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, W, Life & Style, as well as CTV and Global National Canadian television.

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This book takes on an approach that goes from the inside outs of acne. A must for anyone who has been struggling with acne without success. The author explains the different elements of our modern day diet that brings about acne and how we can correct this to finally have a clear skin. This book is also useful for anyone concerned with their health in general. After reading this book I am amazed at the fact that doctors make a connection between high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, etc. with diet but not if it comes to acne. This book explains well how diet influences every aspect of our health and how we simply need to make the right food choices towards a healthy diet. Just as importantly the author explains that what we frequently think of as healthy isn't always so. Therefore, one needs to read this book to understand what is healthy and what isn't. You'll be surprised. A book worth many times its price. Thanks to the authors.
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Great book, just required a bit of patience to read. Read a bit like a textbook, but the information was quoted by a lot of naturopaths and dermatologists (from personal experience)
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Really good read and good information. Very informative and helpful. It definitely shows the link between diet and acne.
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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deac180) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended - dermatologist's perspective Dec 21 2009
By Derm Doc - Published on Amazon.com
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Every acne patient should read this book. I find it very unfortunate that the American Academy of Dermatology has continued to perpetuate the myth that diet is not linked to acne. As someone who has made the choice to lead a healthier lifestyle, I was essentially following this diet for the past several months before I even read the book. I could see wonderful changes in my skin in addition to other changes (lost 30 lbs, was no longer tired and achy). I no longer had monthly flare-ups of the female adult acne, no longer had a drab complexion. People told me my skin seemed to "glow" and that my skin looked like an ad for an Oil of Olay commercial. I was no longer dependent on the latest and greatest topical treatment from the big pharma.

This textbook explains very clearly, and with excellent scientific background, exactly how diet and lifestyle influence the inflammatory and hormonal systems in our bodies to aggravate acne. The Western diet and lifestyle that predisposes to acne is also linked to obesity, diabetes and hormone dependent cancers down the road. For the past year, I have been recommending that acne patients avoid sugar and dairy. More recently, I have been recommending this book to all patients and/or their parents who see me about their acne. The endless antibiotics prescribed for acne lead to unfavorable to changes to bacterial flora, increase antibiotic resistant organisms, and may lead to other changes. I have seen firsthand how acne has now become a problem in much earlier and later ages than before. I see children whose acne starts at 9, adults who have acne well into their 50's. Many of these changes are not a result of genetics but of diet and lifestyle, particularly diets that are high in sugar, dairy, and unhealthy fats.

The diet in this book is not restrictive. The recommendations in this text are also appropriate for anyone trying to lose weight or improve their cardiac risk factors. I strongly believe it is only a matter of time before there is more proof that other inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis would benefit from similar dietary and lifestyle modifications. The only fault I can find with this book is that it is a little textbook-like. The authors explain every study that supports their points - very good for those who are skeptical, but it can make it a bit of a slow read.

I do realize that many of my patients will not pick up this book - they come to me to get a pill, a quick fix, and move on with their lives. I now take the time to explain the dietary and lifestyle contributors to acne and recommend this book, even though it really slows down the clinic. If even a small proportion of patients will make positive lifestyle changes as a result of my recommendations and this book, I will be quite pleased! Recently one of my patients left me a message - her skin improved within weeks of following the dietary changes. I was absolutely delighted to hear it.
93 of 102 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e318aec) out of 5 stars A Must Read for Anyone with Acne Dec 2 2007
By Sarah C. Zampino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is arguably the most important book on skin care in the last decade. It is not about hearsay, old wives tales etc, and it is not based on opinion or testimonials it is about scientific advances that have clearly shown that diet and acne are linked beyond any doubt. In addition to the updated diet and acne research from Harvard, Australia and other centres, there are some 300 scientific references in the back to support the connections. I thought it was an interesting combination of authors, a naturopathic doctor and a conventional dermatologist, and this seems to pay off for the reader. The chapters provide scientific explanations for why sugar, milk and so-called bad fats can promote acne. On the other hand, they also describe why whole grains, fibre, antioxidants, omega-3 fish oil and green tea can help acne. The authors provide shaded boxes for some specific anti-acne nutrients like zinc, selenium and some others, and they explain why acne patients may need more of these nutrients and where they can be found in foods. I liked the stress-acne chapter, how stress influences dietary choices, and the guidance on stress management was appropriate. This book should be in every high school library and the waiting room of every dermatologist's office.
179 of 204 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eeb50f0) out of 5 stars Apparently well-researched, yet confusing. Sept. 22 2008
By A. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Basically, this book attempts to confirm most people's suspicions about certain types of food causing acne (ex. milk and cheese). As expected, the book immediately launched into various theories about how milk, dairy, and generally inflammatory foods all can cause acne through hormonal changes, insulin reactions, and sebum modulation. It's all very logically sound in the way it is presented.

The book then goes into foods that prevent acne, mostly centering around those with omega-3 fatty acids. The basis for the argument is omega-3's anti-inflammatory effect.

However, up to this point, it is still information pieced together from various credible sources and made into a sort of "acne theory."

The book then goes into a dietary plan and list of foods for avoiding acne.

To my great dismay and confusion, the book confirmed my worst expectation: this is a general "eat organic, exercise, widen your diet to more exotic food" plan, based on health fads and feelings more than science.

After condemning milk and dairy for half the book, the author then recommends CHEESE as an anti-acne food! He then goes to list all kinds of flavors, with a caveat of "May worsen acne in some people" at the end!

"May worsen acne in some people?" For God's sake, you just spent half the book convincing us that dairy was the Devil's own conspiracy to create acne!

Then, he recommends Olive, Sesame, and Canola oil, all of which are Omega-6 dense, omega-3 scarce oils, which he just spent the last 100 pages trying to convince you were the Devil's second conspiracy!

The rest of the list is made up of common sense fruit and vegetables, with exotic carbohydrates such as hummus and quinoa thrown in for good measure.

Now I agree that avoiding dairy helps avoid acne, and also that eating large amounts of Omega-3 fats provide many health benefits, as did both before I read this book. I'm just disappointed in the consistency of the author.

The recipes at the end are great templates to make exotic meals one might not normally think of, but are just generally healthy foods, not some kind of special anti-acne food concoction. In fact, many of them use milk and omega-6 dense fats!

If one is a complete novice to health issues, I would recommend this book, however most people who have spent some time researching on the internet will not find anything new, and may actually find contradictory information.

Perhaps a version 2 is in order?
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deedfd8) out of 5 stars Its About Time!! Sept. 22 2007
By James G. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having read The Brain Diet, I was fairly confident that Dr Logan would do justice to this topic. This book seems even more polished which may be due to the involvment of his dermatologist co-author. The full scientific bibliography of references I found to be helpful.
If you are looking for a superficial book that simply breezes thru what foods to eat and what to avoid, this is not the one. It does provide that, lots of menu plans, recipes etc and an easy to understand plan for diet, but the book is so much more. Lifestyle factors which are also important in acne are well represented. There is lots on the history of why dermatologists turned away talk of, or even consideration of a diet and acne connection. There is a depth to the book not typically found in pop health books. Based on the science and research studies covered in this book, there is full validation for anyone who has ever thought that diet, stress and acne are all interconnected. The book validated my own experiences with acne and provided information on some key nutrients that have helped. The authors write in easy to understand language, even in sometimes complex areas, especially in the area of omega-3 fatty acids and acne. Helpful resources yet no product salesmanship.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcdd0b4) out of 5 stars Very good Aug. 15 2011
By SA - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by my Naturapath. I've always had acne, which is about 20 years now. It has gotten much better, but still plagues me now and again. It has been a long process. I have been told several times that diet doesn't affect acne, but intuitively I knew better. There is a definite cause and effect relationship for me that I learned over the years. Eventually I found that I had food intolerances that I had to deal with by avoiding those foods. That helped a little. Dairy is a big one for me and is covered thoroughly in this book but not from an intorlerance perspective- from a hormonal perspective which was helpful to me. He doesn't cover infections, which isn't surprising because this isn't the focus of the book. I have had to deal with a long term parsitic infection that was really causing me issues and was directly linked to my acne. This has been an ongoing battle, but I have made great strides in killing them and my overall health has gradually gotten better. Don't overlook an infection either parasitic (flukes, worms, bacteria, virus, fungal). They all wreek havic on your immune system and also continually posion your body which in turn causes stress on your detox organs, particularly your liver, and in turn overloads your skin as another detox organ. This book will teach you what foods are not only good for your skin but probably more importantly which foods support a healthy detoxifaction and hormonal system. For me, there is a direct correlation between how toxic my system is, particularly my intestines, and how much sebum my skin produces. The more toxins, the more sebum, the more acne. Lastly, I've learned from a very wise Naturapath that one cannot think of disease (acne) as a linear thing. It isn't simply A=A. The body is too complex. There is likely many factor contributing to your acne. Could be a combo or all of hormonal, stress, diet, infection and autointoxication, not supporting your body with good nutrition, not supporting your body with the means to detoxify itself (fiber, water, antioxidants, etc. all covered in this book), and topical products are the least effective. If you want to kill acne, then you have to do so from the inside out. This book is a good step in learning how to do that. I highly recommend it.