Pantethine is safer and works the same. It is the active ingredient in Vitamin B5. If you have -any questions, feel free to ask me and I'll respond in this thread.
Jul 16 2007, 12:44 PM
I wish I had seen the info on pantethine before starting b5 powder 10 days ago. I have had moderate acne for 30 years... had 4 rounds of accutane. Currently on minocycline, tazorac, % benzoyl peroxide. This minimized my acne to 2-3 small lesions at any time.
So far, the b5 is affecting my skin AS WELL AS accutane. My oil slick of a face is almost at normal sebum levels already. My nose isn't shiny after all day at work. I'm excited, because if I can back off the dosage after 3 months, it could be a maintenance drug!!! No more oily skin and zits!
I think I'll maintain the b5 and watch for posts from people who have switched over to the pantethine.
BTW: I am an inorganic chemist and medical researcher. This stuff is not without side effects (diarrhea-common, hair loss-rare). From what I've read, you need to take a multi-b vitamin while megadosing b5. Since it's water soluble (not fat soluble) the excess will be excreted from your body. Compared to accutane (stores in the liver) risks are minor.
Aug 13 2007, 01:25 AM
Hey Richard – curious about your thoughts on carbs driving down testosterone. Do you have any studies to that end? I wonder whether the Kitavans had/have low testosterone, despite 70% carb intake? It doesn’t seem immediately obvious to me that carb intake alone would inhibit testosterone, as long as you were getting adequate cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins, zinc, selenium, etc. to support testosterone levels. These nutrients are often severely lacking in modern diets, as I’m sure you know! So it seems like misplacing causation for correlation to say that modern diets lower testosterone BECAUSE of their high carb levels. (They also have low mineral density, low fat-soluble vitamin levels, low fiber, low polyphenols/antioxidants, high iron, high fluoride/bromide, etc., which all could be confounding factors in the carbs-lower-testosterone hypothesis.)