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  1. I’m with you 150%!! I spent $10k out of pocket last year with insurance ponying up 90% of the rest for a GI to tell me I might have overactive nerve endings. After 3 years with my internist and MS like symptoms including a fall on my steps resulting in 4 broken vertebrae, 2 broken ribs, a punctured l...
  2. Good articles! I take 2 huge magnesium pills at dinner time in addition to my other supplements throughout the day. I’m still in the healing process so there are a few supplements I take to equate to double the RDA. Primarily, I’ve noticed magnesium helps with recovery after a workout. It does giv...
  3. Regarding your sleep issue: there are many natural, plant based solutions you can try. Passion Flower is widely known as well as Valerian Root. These are the 2 I’ve tried, but there are many many more. Gaia is a well researched company and has both of those supplements. You can also find them on A...
  4. Based on your comments, I’m lead to believe you are female. If so, there are no commercially available DHEA supplements (that I know of) in the right dosage for women. If men need to supplement, the dosage is 20mg to 50mg. Women supplement between 2.5mg and 5mg. Most supplements available start a...
  5. Ah, you’re referring to the cholesterol pathway. Pregnenolone is greatly affected by the adrenal gland, thus affecting DHEA production. Mine is extremely low because my adrenals are insufficient at this time - I won’t go into why, but I’m only 48, not 70. To begin to repair the adrenals, higher level...
  6. Our hormones are greatly affected by deficiencies in our micronutrients. Testosterone naturally declines in men beginning at age 30. Add in the deficiencies and you create a much more rapid decline. Low T also affects cognitive functioning. For women, deficiencies are connected to estrogen dominance...
  7. It is a fact that celiacs maintain an underlying inflammation in their GI tract regardless of strict adherence to a gluten-free diet. It is also a fact that the gluten-free diet does not contain all the micronutrients humans need. One needs to be a nutritionist, have zero inflammation and spend many...
  8. I, too, have histamine challenges. Decades of inflammation, migraines, GI issues, extreme weight loss, itching.......finally pressed the docs. After several appts with various specialists who segmented my symptoms according to their specialty, they still missed the MCAS. It took a functional medicine...
  9. Corrine, I absolutely understand!! A note on the Bs: they can be very hard on a sensitive stomach. After 7 months of healing, I can take 1 of the 2 B capsules recommended for me. Conventional docs don’t seem to know this, yet it’s common knowledge among pharmacists. If you are eve...
  10. Knitty Kitty, You have provided valuable and interesting information. I know magnesium affected MCAS, but was unaware of the thiamine connection. Corrine, You can try Sweetish Bitters as a digestive enzyme right before you eat. Digestzyme-V from OrthoMolecular is a gentle digestive...
  11. Is naltrexone approved in France? LDN typically is compounded by a specialty pharmacy in the US. Which is good, because the pharmacist calls before compounding it to see which things you’re sensitive to prior to putting in a capsule, tablet or mixable powder. LDN therapy is off label use of naltrexone i...
  12. Corrine, It really seems like your body is having a hypersensitivity reaction. This is exactly what I experienced. The docs I saw, and docs who have MCAS, have stated it’s extremely difficult to diagnose. There are many variables to accurately diagnose, including your handling of the labs a...
  13. Hey cyclinglady! I have not made bone broth myself. Nausea was one of my chronic symptoms - I have a bionic sense of smell and hearing, thus, I avoided anything I could that had a smell. My sister makes hers and said it smells terrible. How do you make yours? I’m able to try that now. ...
  14. Corrine, My heart aches for you - I was in the same situation for 3 years. I am just now returning to where I was 15 years ago. Pernicious anemia along with decades of malabsorption, SIBO and MCAS snuck up on me, and I was too busy with my family to care for myself. What brought about the...
  15. I’ve had erosive esophagitis since 2007. The GI put me on a PPI at that time. In 2017 I had an autoimmune flare that is just now resolving with the diagnosis of 2 additional autoimmune diseases. A different GI did an EDG and colonoscopy, discovering a worsened state of esophagitis, hiatal hernia a...