“Saving Lives By Treating
Acne With Diet” Acne is an epidemic skin disease
of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates
of over 85% of teenagers. In the US, acne nowadays persists
even after adolescence into the third decade of life
in nearly half of men and women. But it’s considered a disease
of Western civilization, meaning in some places, like Okinawa,
it was rare or even nonexistent. In this regard, most common acne is not
some “physiological” phenomenon of puberty, but may represent a visible risk indicator
pointing to aberrant nutrient signaling promoting chronic epidemic
diseases of civilization. This is what they mean: the dairy, junk foods, meat,
and egg proteins in Western diets all conspire to raise the
activity of the enzyme TOR, contributing to
acne and obesity. So using diet to suppress TOR
may not only improve acne but may prevent the march to more serious
chronic TOR-driven diseases of civilization. So the excessive TOR stimulation
induced by the standard American diet may first just manifest as
premature puberty and acne, but then may contribute to obesity,
diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. A lot of this is
relatively new. Until recently, for example, only a
weak association has been accepted for the role of milk and dairy
products in acne formation, but there is now substantial evidence
supporting the effects
of milk and dairy products as enhancers of
acne aggravation. Milk is not
just food, but appears to represent a most
sophisticated hormone signaling
system activating TOR, which is of critical concern
given that TOR is recognized as the fundamental driving
force for a number of diseases. But if milk is naturally
supposed to stimulate TOR, why the problem? Because we’re drinking milk
from the wrong species. Cow’s milk is
designed for calves. Cow infants grow nearly 40 times
faster than human infants. Cow’s milk has three times more leucine,
the primary activator of TOR, so it may lead to human
TOR over-stimulation. It’s like where they do experiments giving
donkey milk to rats to see what happens. Makes no sense. And of course milk
is for babies. Continued consumption of any kind of milk
after childhood, during adolescence and adulthood is something that never
really happened naturally, and may have long-term adverse
effects on human health. In this regard, it’s kind
of frightening to realize that more than 85% of teens in
Western countries exhibit acne. This implies that the majority of our population
is living with over-activated TOR signaling, a major disease-causing factor, which probably may pave the way for the
development of other more serious diseases. A history of acne has been associated with
breast cancer risk in women, for example, and prostate
cancer in men. So early dietary counseling
of teenage acne patients is thus a great opportunity
for dermatology, which will not only help
to improve acne, but may reduce the long-term
adverse effects of Western diet on more serious
TOR-driven diseases. So just like urologists use erectile
dysfunction as an opportunity to save lives by putting people on
heart-healthy diets, dermatologists can use acne
as a way to save lives by putting people on
a cancer prevention diet. So, how do you turn acne on and off
via dietary manipulation of TOR? A comprehensive dietary strategy
to treat acne can only be achieved by higher consumption
of vegetables and fruits, given preliminary evidence for the
effectiveness of natural
plant-derived TOR inhibitors in the treatment of acne, and the
reduction of animal-derived food.