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  1. Us Biotek Lab Results

    Thanks, Andrea. It's kinda discouraging to see all the things I tested so positive for (ALL milk & wheat), but on the positive side, at least I now am better informed. I can do it. Actually, I had been drinking blueberry tea for the past few weeks since I can't drink coffee any more. I've been having anxiety as well. Maybe it'll abate now that I've got a handle on the blueberries. Peace to you and yours.
  2. Hi Guys: It's been a while, but wanted to share some news and ask for input. My integrative med doc ordered a blood test from US BioTek and the results were a bit startling and conclusive. All dairy tested positive for IgG and IgE off the chart, as did all wheat, spelt, sesame, egg white & yolk, coffee and BLUEBERRIES. (Blueberries???) The rest of the foods tested were no or low reaction. I have long had immediate reactions to "latex foods" (kiwi, banana, avocado, split peas & other legumes), but only banana showed as a moderate reactive food, the rest didn't. The reactions range from itchy mouth to foamy, thick mucous and spasms in my esophagus (sp -- sorry.) Have any of you had BioTek lab testing done? How reliable would you rate it? What of the obvious reactive foods that didn't show up? They recommend foods from the latex list. Interesting stuff!
  3. Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! Yeah, the "pimples" were DH, I'm sure of it. My integrative med doc thought so, too. The mainstream dermatologist missed it. The integrative doc (Patty Ammon) has been dx'd with ms and has a lot of expertise in that area. She said she sees a lot of connection between unhealthy guts and immune/inflammation illnesses/syndromes/disease. Health & happiness! Nama
  4. Hi Everyone: I'm popping in to give you all an update. I originally came to this forum in Jan/Feb 2007 with some neurological issues such as gait problems and a spastic right hand. What I learned on this board was invaluable! I learned to listen to myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had felt for over a month that I should stop eating certain things like wheat, soy, nightshade veggies, milk products, legumes, etc. From reading questions/answers, I discovered that my gut is and was very compromised. Through initial testing (including MRI's and a lumbar puncture) I was diagnosed with MS. But that's not the end of it! I went to an integrative med doc and her first recommendation was to become gluten-free! I was ahead of the game. OK, so here's what I want to share with all those seeking answers to their questions: 1. For over a year I'd had pimples/boils over my legs & torso. I also had chronic yeast infections (under my skin folds: breasts & belly). It was horrible!!!!! I tried everything, including 30 day rounds of strong anti-biotics. After going gluten-free, both issues cleared up and have remained cleared up for over 5 months now!!! If I accidently ingest gluten, I will get a few little pustules on my legs that lets me know. 2. When I eat foods from my "no-eat" list, I get little neurological symptoms like burning, twitching, etc. Serious stress can also cause this reaction. 3. My digestive systems is still compromised. It's been a long journey to try to get it under control!!! I feel like I just want to move in with a registered diatician and have him/her take care of me!! I seem to slip up every couple of days and eat Ben & Jerry's frozen yogurt, chocolate, or chips. I have, however, remained gluten-free as far as I know. 4. I've lost 45 lbs, have begun serious yoga practice, cultivated positive thinking, re-evaluated my life. In other words: THIS HAS BEEN A TEACHER. I wish you all success on your journies. Please stay positive and strong. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs, Nama
  5. Hi All: I was doing really well, then introduced some dried mangoes I got from the health food store and started feeling yukky. At first I thought it was from eating too many of the sickly sweet things, but my sinuses started acting up after 2 1/2 months of being gluten-free and no sinus headaches. Have any of you heard of dried fruit being contaminated with gluten? Crazy. Thanks!
  6. Seems Eleuthero is the new name for American Ginseng. Hmmm.
  7. Hi Everyone: I bought a new tea: Celestial Seasonings' Tension Tamer. As soon as I drank half my cup, my tummy began to cramp a bit, and then came the D. Do any of you have intolerances to any of the following ingredients? Eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, chamomile, lemon grass, licorice, catnip, tilia flowers, hops. I'm not sure what Eleuthero is. I have not had reactions that I know of to items 2,3,4,6 & 7. I'm not sure about the rest. Can anyone help me shed some light on this mystery? The tea was way yummy, btw. Bummer (no pun intended.) Thanks! Nama
  8. Any infection, as far as I'm aware, causes inflammation. I'm no expert on hemmies, tho, so I don't know.
  9. Hi Erica: Personally I think it's a good idea to not reintroduce foods until your gut has had some time to heal. My integrative med doc recommended I stay on the fruits/veggies/poultry/fish diet for 3 months, and then try to introduce one type of food a week, beginning with nuts/seeds, then legumes, then other proteins, etc. I've been gluten free now for a month and have to say I've seen dramatic results. It's hard, tho!! One good thing about this stringent diet I'm on is that I've lost weight. I figure I'm learning good eating habits and will most likely need to refrain from indulging in certain foods for the rest of my life. It's all good. Take care and I wish you much success on your wellness journey! Nama
  10. B12 Shots

    Wow, thanks for the great input! My integrative med doc has given me all the info on the best B12 to take, and it's my choice to do subling or injection. Maybe I'll try the sublingual first.
  11. Food For Thought

    I was going to mention the hijacking of my thread, but was getting a kick out of the debate, so let it slide. BTW, coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter. I think that is why the american heart assoc. doesn't recommend it's use as a common cooking agent. I understand from this forum and my own research that coconut oil has a higher smoking temp than the liquid oils, and that may mean that it produces less toxicity as it heats, but one should not throw caution to the wind just because someone (mercola?) says so. Yes, let's not be sheople. What about your health are you more interested in? And, if heating oils is unhealthy in general, why not quit frying? There are better ways of preparing foods. Also, it is reasonable to assume that most businesses are based on profit. Every business wouldn't be in business if they didn't assume a profit of some sort. I actually work for "the government" and never use my power for personal gain, nor does anyone I know who works for government. It's just a job. I am grateful that our country has the resources for research, etc. (that takes a lot of money.). I try to use my common sense when deciding what is healthy and what is not. I personally don't buy into the whole "government as the enemy" thing. Just my opinion, don't mean to offend anyone, or suggest that others' opinions are not valid. Anyway, gotta run. Thanks for the lively discussion.
  12. B12 Shots

    so how much is your injections? 1 cc? (i wasn't really paying attention to the doc). Are the sublingual B12s comparable, really? Geez, if they are what the heck am I thinking of giving myself shots for???
  13. I've been eating veggies/fruits & poultry/fish now for over a month and I have to agree that IT'S HARD! The up-side to this is that my gut is healing. I can tell. I also started taking a pro-biotic (gotta get the refrigerated kind and check the label for ingredients), and am taking Glutamine to help with the gut-healing process (my integrative doc recommended it.) I was trying to eat rice with my meals, but don't seem to be tolerating it very well. I sneak a bit in here and there, but it just doesn't "feel right." My doc wanted me to avoid red meat (for my MS), and I found I am feeling even better w/o it. For me, it's a bit of trial and error finding "little things" I can inject into my diet to keep it interesting. For a while, I didn't even want to eat, but now have regained a normal appetite. Sending positive diet vibes your way! Nama
  14. B12 Shots

    B12 injection a therapy for buuilding up the courage for a tatoo? LOL That's priceless! Yeah, the first B12 shot the doc asked me if I wanted to try it myself. NOT! I know it will be a hurdle to self-inject, but I suppose I can do it. I have to look away from getting blood drawn too, Rachel, but hopefully this won't involve blood (the hard part for me about getting blood drawn.) So is it a weekly thing for you all? Or does it just depend on your needs? I'm calling my doc today to order it. Hugs, Nama
  15. Food For Thought

    Wow, this thread got into some pretty interesting tangents. lol Bottom line: As a collective race we are always learning and growing. The first time man ate a tomato, he was going out on a limb: was it going to kill him (as other plants killed members of his "tribe"), or was it going to nourish him? He was lucky. Sure, there are corporate cover-ups generated by fiscal drive, but most things, like the consumption of milk products, are not new. Generations have flourished "on the cow". Perhaps our increasingly toxic environment has more to do with current food intolerances than the foods themselves. Perhaps the levels of stress we live with does too (although I can't imagine more stress than living the unsure life of a few hundred years ago.) So learning and sharing is a good thing. That's the beauty of the internet and folks like us who are willing to share our knowledge. It does pay, however, to be cautious with information. It's important, IMHO, to throroughly research anything before jumping on the bandwagon. Thanks, again, for the lively and informative posts. Wishing each of you success on your wellness journies! Nama