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Member Since 01 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2012 09:14 AM

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In Topic: Tongue

21 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

OK, at the risk of sounding nuts, I'll share the following:

I've had that, and the burned tongue feeling eventually turned into a bout of CONSTANT dry mouth feeling that drove me crazy and lasted for months. Everyone kept just insisting it must be Sjogrens but tests were negative and I didn't have any other symptoms. It's under control now and only flares up occasionally but I've definitely seen the correlation between the mouth/tongue discomfort and my stomach, specifically low stomach acid. In fact, sometimes I wonder if that's what's behind the mysterious "syndrome" of Sjogrens, which my doctor says they call anything they just don't understand and therefore can't "cure". I searched for months, and in the end I tried a natural tonic I read about on the internet and within a day or so the symptoms were 95% gone and my "off" stomach issue was totally resolved. I still do it these days but just a few times a week. I'm like you, no gluten/dairy/soy and only whole foods. This tonic fills that bill:

2 TBSP Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother - like Braggs)
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
8 oz water
raw honey to taste (optional - the ACV/BS combo is actually a bit sweet on it's own - you don't need much honey, if any)

Back then, I would drink this just before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. I think the tonic is more to help the body achieve a healthy pH. These days I've substituted seltzer for my water in the drink and it's like enjoying a softdrink (without all the known carcinogens of canned fizzy drinks). Worth a try!

I'll try anything once. Did you take the HCL also?

In Topic: Exercise

10 September 2012 - 09:59 AM

No, that's more likely an allergic reaction. :o

You are totally right. I kept digging in my head for what I did and I finally got it. I had a appt. with my skin Dr. to get a skin abrasion, I only do this twice a year so I forget. I always swell after that. It sure feels good to figure something out and be done with it.

In Topic: Will This Ever End?

07 September 2012 - 07:19 AM

Hi Bossley,

A few things I can suggest that might help. Try taking some Betaine HCL with pepsin when you eat your meals. It is stomach acid in a pill and can help to digest your food if you are low on stomach acid, as many are. Stomach acid decreases naturally as we age, just like thyroid hormone production and sex hormones do.

I suggest you also try DGL (deglysterenized licorice) and mastic gum. Just in case you have an h.pylori infection as they estimate 50% of people do. And the other tips below are listed just in case you mlssed any of them. Hopefully something will help. Two weeks on the whole foods diet is not very long, but you said you have seem some results already. So definitely keep it up as it takes time for our bodies to heal and adjust.

If you don't get better in a month I suggest you try an elimination diet.

Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.
Don't eat in restaurants
Eat only whole foods not processed foods.
Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.
Take probiotics.
Take gluten-free vitamins.
Take digestive enzymes.
Avoid dairy.
Avoid sugars and starchy foods.
Avoid alcohol.

I looked up elimination diet to see how to go about it and there are so many different ways. How would you go about it?

In Topic: Will This Ever End?

06 September 2012 - 09:56 AM

I know how you feel! I have often wished I could just get my nutrition intraveinoulsy so I never had to eat at all. But right now I'm living on organic sweet potaotes and well washed meat. Those two things are where most of my nutrition is coming from. I used to really love sweet potatoes but when you eat them every single day you tend to get sick of them.

So I keep reminding myself that eating is a necessary bodily function. I try to forget that it was once a pleasurable experience. I just eat what I must, get it out of the way, then get on with the parts of life that still ARE pleasurable.

And I am thankful that eating such a restricted diet ALLOWS me to feel well enough to enjoy the other good parts of being alive. (Big talk from someone who feels like crying right now. Maybe we can hold each other up through this.)

I'm still sort of new to this and you know so much, but I,m there for you if you just want to vent.

In Topic: Will This Ever End?

06 September 2012 - 08:38 AM

Bossley, here is something I posted on a different thread just yesterday. If you need any more advice about corn I'll be more than glad to help.

"Corn has been a real problem for me. It is in EVERYTHING! There are several corn allergy forums on the web that you should research. Even though we have an intolerance to corn rather than a true allergy, there are a lot of intolerant folks on their forums, and you will find lists of foods and ingredients to watch out for.

Corn is not one of the "top eight" allergens so they don't have to disclose it when corn is used in processing something. It might be used for example (IS used actually) to vitamin fortify things like milk and cereal and rice. It is called a "carrier". It is also the usual carrier for "flavoring", "natural flavor", and often "color".

Corn is in the vegetable wash they use on bagged ready to eat salads and those baby carrots you see in bags at the store. Corn starch is the filler in almost all medications. (I have to have meds made at a compounding pharmacy.) The clear plastic bottles individual servings of water comes in are now made with corn.

If you have skin problems, be careful because some toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, and even paper plates have corn in them. Tea bags usually have corn in them. (They use it to help dry the wet paper and to keep it from sticking together.)

After 14 months gluten-free and corn free, I finally got corn starch back. I still couldn't tolerate corn meal and I never even tried corn syrup or corn oil. But then I got glutened by some cross contaminated rice, and it has set me back to square one. As crummy as getting glutened made me feel, the fact that I have lost corn again is the worst part, simply because it is so hard to avoid."

Another thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's post is that those soaker pads you find underneath meats from the grocery store are full of corn starch so you need to wash the meat well before you cook it. Of course you can't wash hamburger, so if you can't find it packaged differently, your best bet is to find a source of ground bison. It's much better for you than hamburger anyway - no hormones, antibiotics, nor any of the other garbage you find in beef nowadays.

I think I'll just stick to ice cubes.I don't like food any more.

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