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Member Since 24 Aug 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 03 2007 09:39 PM

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In Topic: Ankylosing Spondylitis

03 July 2007 - 09:27 PM

It takes awhile but you can adjust to a low carb diet, takes about 2 weeks for most people to make the transition. The body has to switch from metabolizing glucose to using ketones for fuel and it requires switching to making different enzymes. I would advise you look into a Paleo diet, it includes fruit, nuts, veggies and meats and eggs, I feel very good on it and it is naturally starch free.

For Vitamin D ideas you might want to peruse this web site: http://vitamindcouncil.com

There's one doctor on the Internet who says the only sort of D that works for his patients is oil-based Vit D3 (cholecaliferol) that the stuff in multis or calcium pills just doesn't work. He suggests that you take enough of it to get to at least 50 (of whatever the range is), it is at the top of the range and that is about 4000 - 6000 iu of the stuff if you're not in the sun much. He writes quite often about D3 at Heart Scan Blog

Hey, thanks for that link. I'll check it out.

I know what it's like to stop sugar/carbs. Holy cow.....if I do that again, I'll start slowly. Die off of candida can be WAY torturous! :-)

In Topic: Ankylosing Spondylitis

28 June 2007 - 09:09 PM

I have AS and I'm also gluten sensitive. My AS is pretty mild and has gotten much better since getting off of grains and dairy. You might want to check out http://kickas.org a lot of folks there have had luck with a no-starch diet, which is essentially what I follow too.

I take sulfasalazine for my AS and it works pretty well in combination with my dietary practices and getting plenty of vitamin D.

I'd suggest trying the no-starch diet and seeing if it helps you out.

I am already off of all grains. I do eat a little bit of sugar, because I can't tolerate any fruts and veggies (good carbs!) due to my stomach condition (gastroparesis). With the celiac and the gp, I'm really in a bind....which is why I have all the vitamin deficiencies. I'd love to get off the sugar, but when I can't eat any other carb, my energy level goes right in the dumper.

I'm sure getting plenty of Vit. D is essential. I am currently 10 points below what they consider a low normal for Vit. D. so I'm exploring ways to get more (stomach won't handle any supplements either). I bought a Vit. D3 cream but this is my first day using it. So far, I'm doing good with it and it actually has relieved some pain (I put it directly on my spine).

In Topic: Ankylosing Spondylitis

28 June 2007 - 09:00 PM

Hi, I am curious - I didn't know there was a test for AS. For years I have had a problem with my sacro/lower back and physios and chiros have told me its 'fused' in a perculiar way. One physio described it as almost spina bifida but not ( she had my xrays at the time ).Now I have pain in my rib cage area - also a perculiar restriction. What is this gene test and should I be concerned about my symptoms ? The stiffness is worse in the morning and improves with movement but not over exercise.

I would definitely get tested. The HLA-B27 is just to see if you have the gene. It's not a diagnosis. But with your symptoms and "fusing', I would say it's at least possible that you have AS. Google AS...you will find symptoms, one of which being morning stiffness. I am SO stiff in my neck and shoulders in the morning. It feels like someone stole some of my vertebraes in the night....like I don't have as much spine as when I went to sleep. It gets better with warm water and movement. I also found out that I'm real low on Vitamin D, which is probably the cause. So you might suggest testing that also.

Symptoms of AS do not improve with exercise, unless it's the right type. Such as swimming, which is easy on the joints. I can't hardly play baseball with my son because I'm sore for a week afterwards. Too jarring on the joints.

So yeah...get tested. It can't hurt anything.

In Topic: Las Palmas Green Chile Sauce

13 April 2007 - 05:24 PM

BR: If modified food starch is listed, by US law, it is required to list wheat as an ingredient. Sounds like you are good for go, unless you see wheat in the allergins statement.

Hmmmm...well...that always still makes me nervous to just trust them to abide by the law. :o Guess I will write the company if nobody else has tried it and had good luck with it.

Thanks for all info.

In Topic: Arbys!

07 August 2006 - 03:08 PM

Hey guys,

Just wanted to say thanks for the replies. I feel pretty good about at least trying it now....as long as I have a few days of being able to be sick, just in case. :P

Arby's, here I come!!

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