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My naturopath doctor recommends i cut out all grains for three months and only eat Seafood, chicken,beef, and vegetables. She wants me to eat mainly seafood and vegetables using only coconut and olive oil. She said she wants to boost my Omega 3's. Has anyone tried this type of diet? Do you have any advice and do you think mynaturopath doctor is correct in havingme do this diet. I shave been having digestive issues for the past year since diagnosis and my symptoms match candid overgrowth even though the test didnt reveal a candida problem.......what exactly are the grains i need to cut out?

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It sounds like a pretty good idea. There's nothing that would hurt you, and she's very likely thinking that only whole foods will help your GI system, and possibly eliminate any other aggrevants. I would guess if she said all grains that would include buckwheat, millet, quinoa, etc. Make sure you get your carbs though... very important brain

My brother had horrible digestive problems and has gone to pretty much only whole foods. He had drastic improvements, but he still eats gluten. I think if he were to go gluten-free his problems would be totally cleared up.

Hope it works!!!

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You are better off getting omega 3 from fish oil (cerified mercury free) than eating tons of seafood. If you eat seafood stay away from farm raised (full of pesticides) and stick to salmon, and white fish. No tuna steaks or swordfish! Don't eat much tuna from the can except tongol and limit that.

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I think it's worth a try. There are many who feel humans shouldn't eat any grains for optimal health. I'm not sure I'd know what to eat if I went grain-free, though. I'd be lost without corn and rice.

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My naturopath doctor recommends i cut out all grains for three months and only eat Seafood, chicken,beef, and vegetables. She wants me to eat mainly seafood and vegetables using only coconut and olive oil. She said she wants to boost my Omega 3's. Has anyone tried this type of diet? Do you have any advice and do you think mynaturopath doctor is correct in havingme do this diet. I shave been having digestive issues for the past year since diagnosis and my symptoms match candid overgrowth even though the test didnt reveal a candida problem.......what exactly are the grains i need to cut out?

I'm not a believer in candida but I think the diet is very healthy. You don't need grains to survive. Mankind rarely ate grains during much of it's history until the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago. In some places grains have only been eaten a few thousand years... and in some places, only a few dozen years. The Inuit for instance. And the paleo record of when grains are introduced always shows a lot of diseases appearing for the first time, like tooth decay, osteoperosis, short stature, heart disease and so on.

Anyway, if you want confirmation check out http://thepaleodiet.com and http://paleodiet.com. They're good places to start your grain free diet.

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I'm 99% grain free and it's helping my gut to heal. I added in bromelein and papain, as well as probiotics to aid digestion and it seems to be working for me. It's hard to avoid rice and corn, but I feel so much better when I do.

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I think your naturopath has given you excellent advice. When I first went gluten free, my digestive system was a mess and I was having touble with virtually everything I ate. At first I tried to achieve a level of "normalcy" by trying all the gluten free breads, cookies, eating rice and corn, but it wasn't until I spent a few months eating exactly as suggested by your doctor that everything settled down and I began to feel good. At that point, I re-introduced things on a limited basis and have no trouble with them now....although I am still careful not to have too much of any of that stuff. Corn is tricky, rice too, and I keep the gluten free baked goods to being just occasional indulgences. I think I'll always have a sensitive system.

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My naturopath doctor recommends i cut out all grains for three months and only eat Seafood, chicken,beef, and vegetables.

I did this diet for about 4 months back in 2005. I didnt eat any grains at all...no starchy veggies either. I felt better for awhile and then worse as I started reacting to alot of what I was eating...and especially supplements I was taking.

I ate alot of seafood which was not a good choice since I was already toxic from mercury...I'm sure this didnt help matters.

For the past year I was down to only a handful of foods...and for a few months just organic grassfed beef and organic peas.

I havent done well with any grains for a few years now...I've been grain free for most of that time. I felt better off of grains but by avoiding it I wasnt able to fix what had caused this problem to begin with.

I've been working with Dr.'s to get to the root of the problem. Personally, I didnt feel that the grains were "evil"....just that something wasnt right in my body and I was no longer tolerating foods that were at one time not a problem for me.

In the past few weeks I've had significant changes and since Xmas I've been eating grains again without suffering the major symptoms I'd been getting the past few years. I started treatment to get the heavy metals out in late October. I just had my 7th treatment this past Friday.

I believe it has relieved some of the burden that my liver was dealing with and I'm starting to feel alot less "toxic". As a result I'm now tolerating many different foods....including wheat (I do not have Celiac), rice, corn, etc.

I choose mostly foods that are unprocessed and not loaded with chemicals as my liver is still heavily burdened....even though there is definate improvement in recent weeks.

Also, my candida and fungal issues have lessened significantly since starting the treatment for the metals. Its becoming less of an issue the past couple months...whereas in the past I had very high antibodies and it was one of my biggest burdens.

I do believe you probably have yeast issues but that would be secondary to something else going on in your body. Once you identify that and address it...the yeast problems should resolve.

I have heavy metals and parasites which have allowed for the yeast problem to occur. The more toxic you are the more pathogens will thrive in your gut...the more pathogens you have the more likely you are to have poor digestion...the combination of these things will inevetibly lead to leaky gut. Leaky gut will cause all sorts of additional problems including autoimmune disease, food intolerance, immune dysfunction, impaired detoxification due to a sluggish liver, etc.

My best advice is to try to find out why you are having so many problems with digestion and additional symptoms. If its Candida...then *what* is allowing the yeast to overpopulate in the first place??

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I did this diet for about 4 months back in 2005. I didnt eat any grains at all...no starchy veggies either. I felt better for awhile and then worse as I started reacting to alot of what I was eating...and especially supplements I was taking.

I ate alot of seafood which was not a good choice since I was already toxic from mercury...I'm sure this didnt help matters.

For the past year I was down to only a handful of foods...and for a few months just organic grassfed beef and organic peas.

I havent done well with any grains for a few years now...I've been grain free for most of that time. I felt better off of grains but by avoiding it I wasnt able to fix what had caused this problem to begin with.

I've been working with Dr.'s to get to the root of the problem. Personally, I didnt feel that the grains were "evil"....just that something wasnt right in my body and I was no longer tolerating foods that were at one time not a problem for me.

In the past few weeks I've had significant changes and since Xmas I've been eating grains again without suffering the major symptoms I'd been getting the past few years. I started treatment to get the heavy metals out in late October. I just had my 7th treatment this past Friday.

I believe it has relieved some of the burden that my liver was dealing with and I'm starting to feel alot less "toxic". As a result I'm now tolerating many different foods....including wheat (I do not have Celiac), rice, corn, etc.

I choose mostly foods that are unprocessed and not loaded with chemicals as my liver is still heavily burdened....even though there is definate improvement in recent weeks.

Also, my candida and fungal issues have lessened significantly since starting the treatment for the metals. Its becoming less of an issue the past couple months...whereas in the past I had very high antibodies and it was one of my biggest burdens.

I do believe you probably have yeast issues but that would be secondary to something else going on in your body. Once you identify that and address it...the yeast problems should resolve.

I have heavy metals and parasites which have allowed for the yeast problem to occur. The more toxic you are the more pathogens will thrive in your gut...the more pathogens you have the more likely you are to have poor digestion...the combination of these things will inevetibly lead to leaky gut. Leaky gut will cause all sorts of additional problems including autoimmune disease, food intolerance, immune dysfunction, impaired detoxification due to a sluggish liver, etc.

My best advice is to try to find out why you are having so many problems with digestion and additional symptoms. If its Candida...then *what* is allowing the yeast to overpopulate in the first place??

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I believe all of my issues started when i got diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I feel that since i damaged my intestinal lining, i have had problems digesting food and it is causing a candida problem and definitely a leaky gut. The leaky gut i feel is primarily caused by the inflammation from the celiac and since then i havent been able to heal due to consuming food i am intolerant to. I think this very simple diet as well as taking some good probiotics and time will help to heal my gut. I think i just havent given my body enough time to heal by being gentle on it and being patient. Due you recommend anything as a good detoxer and possibly antifungal?

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what bout something for parasites?

As far as recommendations for antifungals and parasite treatments...I pretty much leave that up to the Dr.'s because I have seen too many people cause more harm than good by self-treating. I tried to self-treat candida/leaky gut for a few months in 2005 and I only made things worse because I didnt have a full understanding of all that was going on.

I believe that the best way to go about treating infections is to be properly tested and treated with whatever works best for that specific infection. Otherwise...its more of a guessing game.

Many of us who have leaky gut are very sensitive to herbs or other supplements...just because a website says that a treatment is highly effective against this or that...doesnt mean that it will work for you or for me. We are all very different.

Personally, I do believe that a chronic candida situation that persists for months after a gluten free diet is implemented is there for other reasons.

Also, the symptoms for candida are endless...they include just about every symptom you can think of. Many other infections can cause those same symptoms....including parasites or bacteria infections such as Lyme.

Its impossible to know for sure what you're dealing with without proper testing to rule these issues in or out.

Parasites are one thing that are very commonly found in those who are gluten intolerant or Celiac. There are studies which have shown this to be true. I had one Dr. who said he finds parasites in *every* patient who is gluten intolerant and not recovering on the diet.

In addition, parasites are a known cause for chronic candida. If Candida is an issue there is *always* something preventing the immune system from getting it under control. Candida is not a foreign invader...we are born with it and it serves a purpose. When it grows out of control certain conditions in the body are allowing that to happen.

Candida is easily treated in those who have healthy immune systems and no underlying issues.

Here are some radio programs which might be helpful if you have time to listen.

http://www.biohealthinfo.com/html/resources/airwaves.html

There are a couple about gluten intolerance...and I'm pretty sure parasites are discussed.

There is one titled "Clearing Up The Candida Confusion".

Very informative.

If your Naturopath is not doing any testing and not trying to figure out why you have ongoing candida issues (if thats what you have)...I would recommend finding a more knowledgable ND to work with.

If you do the diet and are still unable to eat foods w/out having symptoms after a few months...I would get the testing done to look for additional problems.

Unfortunately, parasites are very hard to diagnose...there are literally thousands of them and the Dr.'s are only testing for a handful. I never tested positive for parasites in several stool tests but they were never ruled out either. All of my Dr.'s believed they were there and I was finally diagnosed with having a tapeworm. I believe I have lots of other parasites in addition to the tapeworm.

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I agree with everything Rachel said. I just wanted to add that I am going to be starting a no startch/sugar diet very soon because it helps with Candida, because I am on lots of antibiotics for Lyme. It's kind of a preventative measure. I am going to get more information from my Dr. about the guidelines in a few days, and I can post it if you'd like, so you can get ideas.

(By the way, your son is absolutely adorable! :P)

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Thank you very much Kassandra for the kind words. I just want to let Rachel know that I was tested for candida and it came back UNREMARKABLE. I just have the symptoms that match, but I think my problem is something else. I have confidence in my ND, as she listens very well and is extremely knowledgeable regarding all kinds of possibilities. Thanks Rachel for your advice and if you have any more ideas please feel free to chime in.

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Thank you very much Kassandra for the kind words. I just want to let Rachel know that I was tested for candida and it came back UNREMARKABLE. I just have the symptoms that match, but I think my problem is something else. I have confidence in my ND, as she listens very well and is extremely knowledgeable regarding all kinds of possibilities. Thanks Rachel for your advice and if you have any more ideas please feel free to chime in.

I just wanted to add that most of the time these intestinal infections are not easily diagnosed in stool tests. I'm not sure what type of testing you had done but my first 3 stool tests for candida were unremarkable and parasites never showed up at all.

None of it was ruled out based on the negative test results.

All of my Dr.'s who use alternative testing such as electrodermal screening or muscle testing said that my fungal problems were severe and my intestinal candida problem was huge...regardless of what showed up in the stool tests. One of them ordered bloodwork to check for antibodies against intestinal pathgens which cause or contribute to leaky gut.

Not surprisingly my yeast antibodies were extremely elevated...one of the highest she'd ever seen. She said of all patients she'd ever treated I was in the top 3 as far as the severity of my fungal issues....and yet my stool tests were unremarkable.

Thats why I'm saying that when the symptoms of disease are present the things which are known to cause those symptoms should be thoroughly investigated before having them ruled out. A severe candida problem would give a good Dr. an idea of what things need to be looked into as far as determining why that is occuring.

I'm not saying that your Dr. isnt good....or that she isnt nice...or a good listener. I'm just providing some info. that may or may not be helpful to you if your symptoms persist despite your Dr.'s recommendations.

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