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Member Since 10 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active May 16 2013 07:01 PM

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In Topic: Multiple Intolerances And Restaurants?

16 May 2013 - 07:01 PM

Hi there!  We also find that going in to a restaurant and talking to the Chef at 3:30 in the afternoon and then returning to eat on the early side ensures an AWESOME experience :).  We also tip REALLY well and return to the places I feel safe eating :)

In Topic: Problems With Dairy?

16 May 2013 - 06:49 PM

Hi!  You are not alone...I have a 6.5 year old little girl who developed tummy aches over 8 months ago.  We have eliminated a TON of things and haven't found an answer yet.  Here are some things that we did discover were triggers for "big" tummy aches (she has pain all day, every day though...).  She did have a "KUB" xray which showed she was constipated and we have followed "protocol" very well on that front and still she has no relief from her pain.


- Ruled out gluten cross contamination (we have a dedicated gluten-free house because 3/4 of us have Celiac and we homeschool, so I know what she'd exposed to...).  We confirmed this by doing another round of bloodwork

- Ruled out parasites (like Giardia) via bloodwork

- Ruled out fructose malabsorption by doing a lengthy (2 month) low fructose diet

- Ruled out SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) by doing a breath test

- Ruled out various things through an abdominal ultrasound

- Ruled out ovarian cysts through a lower abdominal ultrasound


Dietary changes we've adopted:

- No cows milk.  Only goat milk products in moderation.  We rely more on coconut milk these days when a recipe calls for something of the sort.

- No grains of any kind. 

- No polyols (look up FODMAP) so no sorbitol and other "ol" ending sweeteners

- No avocado (a trigger food for her, interestingly high naturally in polyols)

- No nightshades (tomato is a BIG trigger for her).  Between going gluten-free and nightshade free the good news is she has no muscle/joint pain.

- No legumes of any kind.


We have pretty much adopted a paleo - type diet.


Things I'm still sorting out:

- Does she have an egg sensitivity?  (I did two weeks off with maybe light improvement...still deciding what to do next)

- Could she have a histamine intolerance?

- Is her gut flora ok?  (We have added in sauerkraut and tons of probiotics...)

- Does she have an anatomical abnormality?


xoxo to you and your little girl...hope we both find answers soon!!!

In Topic: Could My Couch Be Contaminating My Son?

23 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

You are a great Mom!  I was CRAZY with the cleaning I did...I have those $100 slipcovers over couches I got pre-kids...sanitized them, put 'em back on.  I replaced all my pots and pans, toaster, baking sheets, etc... I even emptied every cabinet, put down new contact paper, etc.  Somehow a chocolate maltball made it through all of that...showed up randomly in the middle of a shelf one day!!!???


Do whatever is going to make YOU sane ;)  , keep your kiddos healthy, and keep your marriage intact ;).  My poor husband had to even replace all his tropical fish food--it all had gluten in it.  I think that for him was (almost) the final straw in our purging efforts.  Remember to check things like the dog food too...


Also, I vaccuumed my car a gazillion times...no doubt kids drop things and there are sneaky places those crumbs hide...


Thinking of you!


In Topic: Need Help With Sibo In Kids--Input?

10 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

Hi Lisa--the test we did was to have my daughter "fill" a bag by breathing into it every 15 minutes. We capped the bag and labeled it. I think it gets sent off somewhere--so I don't know the numbers yet. I was thinking about the poor company that does these tests and HOPES for a higher accuracy rate--which could be higher if the nurses administered it (instead of the Mom!). I was quite fine at it (really punctual, etc), but it makes me wonder...

On another note, our allergist had "heard of" histamine intolerance but "needs to read up" on it (and wasn't too keen on doing even that). However, she did say that putting our daughter on anti-histamines full time for 1-2 months is a reasonable and ok thing to do to see if she improves. She'd do the child dose of Claritan 2x a day.

More on Tuesday...

Thanks for keeping up!

In Topic: Need Help With Sibo In Kids--Input?

09 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

As a quick update, we did the SIBO breath test yesterday at Children's Hospital in LA. Results due back Tuesday. Super simple test (the nurse had ME administer it...which was a slight bit annoying just because I'm sure it costs insurance an arm and a leg...). My daughter was a champ. Took about 2.5 hours all in.