Here's a history of my problems
20yrs ago started taking Paxil and Prilosec for depression and
Round about the same time doc told me I have a benign condition
called Gilberts Syndrome which means bilirubin levels are higher
than normal in liver function tests (sluggish phase two detox I
About 9 years ago started doing coffee enemas because I wanted to keep my liver
clean cause of the years of taking the two medications and also
to speed up a sluggish liver (Gilberts)
About 4 years ago started become intolerant to Gluten/Dairy and
Last year started having auto immune type symptoms when eating
potatoes with skin, sugar and stress - these gave me red ear burning
symptoms that burnt only the cartilage area and not the lobe which
resemble the autoimmune disease Relapsing PolyChondritis, I did read
about a lady who reversed RP by adopting the Mcdougall diet (Vegan,
high starches diet and no fat/oil)
2 years ago was diagnosed with Cholesterolosis (gallbladder polyps)
after having pain in my liver area and righ shoulder blade, I was
eating junk foods like potato chips (Crisps) chocolates but also
healthy foods like salads, carbs, meat etc. Not exercising and having
lots of stress with my wife and the kids and my father with dementia,
having to deal and look after all of them, my wife seems to think
a man should be a man and just get on with his responsibilities, she
doesnt understand that I'm not response - able, or able to respond and this
creates even more stress for me and frustration/anger, I have felt
many times I want to walk away and never come back, my health is
suffering and people seem only to care about their needs and not mine.
After the diagnosis I changed my diet and stopped eggs and used
cholesterol reducing yoghurts (Benecol) and lecithin and tried to eat
slightly healthier, I also stopped doing coffee enemas which I
got addicted to doing longterm.
8 months later I had another ultrasound (cause the polyps in the
gallbladder can become malignant if they get to bigger than 1cm)
I was then diagnosed with fatty liver, I thought what happened
Initially I thought that the enemas may have a negative affect on
sludge/bile in the liver/gallbladder, but I always thought coffee enemas get rid of
toxins directly into the colon, anyway this is why I stopped the
enemas, but after 8months I get fatty liver disease, what the
So then I thought maybe my liver got so used to daily exporting of
bile by coffee enemas that when I stopped doing them then my liver
not only went back to being sluggish but slowed down even more,
like what happens when you stop acid reflux meds and then you get
rebound acid, which is worse than the problem you initially took
the meds for.
I did do some research and found that coffee does stimulate the
liver AND gallbladder to get rid of bile and Italian scientists
have found that fatty liver can be reversed in rats by using the
equivalent of 4 cups of coffee per day. But coffee also irritates
the intestines and that may not be good for the gallbladder RE:
damaged gut affects CKK messages to Gallbladder. (also coffee,
chocolate etc weaken the L.E.S. so that doesnt help me fix my
I was thinking that the decades of taking Prilosec reduces stomach
acid and created a 'leaky gut' by first of all allowing bad
bacteria to thrive and migrate to my duodenum/small intestine,
also food arriving there won't have enough acid in order to
trigger release of pancreatic enzymes to breakdown foodmatter
(my point is the acid triggers the pancreas to release
digestive enzymes to further breakdown food and so food in my small
intestine arrives undigested, ALSO the fact that I did all those
enemas I thought that the barrier between the colon and small
intestine there is a valve and this valve may have weakened due
to the vacuum type action after thousands of evacuations
(like having diaorreah for 9 years I suppose), thus bad bacteria
could migrate into my small intestine? And the enemas releasing bile
into my intestine, this may have damaged the intestine as well.
I think my problems stem from GERD/Hiatus Hernia AND depression/Anxiety
and the medicine that Ive taken for these diseases, and so have to
reduce these meds and fix the original problems and here is the
problem, each disease can be fixed via low carb or high carb diet (many say online),
it seems this way - depending on which website you read, or Guru, 'functional
medicine' doc you happen to come across.
I tried tapering off the meds, what a mistake, I reduced both
paxil and prilosec. Within a week I was nervous, angry, shouting,
crying, and depressed and had constant duodenal ulcer like pains,
after 3 weeks of hell went back on to normal dose for both meds
and wait until I stabilised on those doses, i.e. let my ulcer
and brain heal from the last taper attempt.
In the meantime I cleaned my diet and decided to reverse my fatty
liver by doing the things that science has shown work, losing
weight, exercising. Also adopting a mainly low carb diet using
some Cocconut oil and other good fats like olive, avocado, flax. Some say
go vegan, high carb low fat some say do the Ketogenic diet, Ive
done both, with the Keto I always have palpitations as I need
some carbs (maybe electrolyte imbalance seeing as bananas seem to stop
the palpitations), the high carb low fat I put on weight and after doing
my own research feel that high carb will convert to fat in the
liver, the liver seems to be great at doing this, The liver has the
highest density of glycogen storage in the body, but once these
stores are full, further excess dietary glucose leads to
progressive hepatocyte triglyceride accumulation (fatty liver)
via “ de novo lipogenesis”.
I want to via diet and supplements (and other) to fix my two main problems which
Im taking meds for (anxiety/depression and GERD/Hiatal Hernia) but
now I have to deal with fatty liver and gallbladder polyps, its as
if my body warned me and then said okay I'll give you something
else to think about now :/
By adopting a low carb diet I can get enough Tryptophan during the
day and in the evening have a carb meal like potato to release
insulin so that Tryptohan which can't compete with other amino
acids, will then be released and get into my brain thus effecting
Also I will make sure I get the nutrients that my liver needs in
its phase I and II detox (my phase II is sluggish – Gilberts
syndrome) also use choleretic and cholagogue foods which will aid
in keeping liver and gallbladder functioning well and bile flowing,
have stopped doing the enemas and use herbs and foods to do the things
that the enema did, coffee I can drink in small amounts maybe?, I
use milk thistle/dandelion/artichoke and other herbs to keep those
For my small intestine/duodenum 'leaky gut', obviously avoid gluten
/dairy/soy and sugar, take L-Glutamine to tighten the junctions in
my small intestines, (Quercetin also does the same), increase good
bacteria by taking 100 billion pro biotic supplement daily,
sauerkraut and kefir?. I'm not sure if I may have S.I.B.O.
(Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
For my GERD/hiatal Hernia problem, I need to lose weight and get
to my ideal weight so I started exercising daily by jogging for 25 minutes a day
and create a calorie controlled diet of about 800cal if its not
too low, Dr Micheal Mosley showed how a man on 800cal reversed his
fatty liver in 2 months by slashing his weight.
Do you have any ideas on my plan on healing? Forgive the long
I currently do IF (Intermitent Fasting) by reducing my feeding
window to 6 hrs in the evening and then fasting for 18hrs, my plan
is to deplete Glycogen stores in the liver - liver fat gets used or burnt
up as fuel at approximately 15hrs in fasting state and then body goes into a
state of autophagy, which may help 'munch' or shrink the polyps. I was thinking
in order to spped up Glycogen deletion I could jog in the morning and then use apple pectin
to absorb some the cholesterol released by fat burning, I have read beets are very good for this
and Fibre such as Psylium and vegetables of course.
I was wondering whether Serrapeptase or Selenium can help shrink the
Hiatus Hernia/GERD - I have done some research on healing GERD,
from massaging the LES or pit of the stomach area downwards with
my hands, drinking water early in the morning and jump up and down to bring
the hernia down, losing weight, squatting when going to toilet,
eating fibre to avoid constipation and avoiding any straining at stool
, abdominal breathing to bring down the diaphragm, not wearing tights
belts, sleeping on an incline, I did also see a Brazilian study that showed
that Melatonin can tighten the LES sphincter muscle.
Depression/Anxiety - Stress reduction techniques like relaxation sessions, prayers,
Massage, meditation, self hypnosis, hot baths.
For both diseases vegans and low carbers have their various success stories
and studies to back up their claims, so diet wise is where Im stuck,
do I do a low carb diet with good fats or high carb - low fat diet?
Online you'll find stories where vegans will say they healed the very diseases
that I'm trying to heal, at the same time you'll also find paleo or low carbers
saying the same thing, one conclusion that Ive come up with without
rejecting the experience of any one camp, is that the danger is the combo
I mean the combination of FAT and CARB, if you avoid this combination
then the body can be healthy and heal ... Maybe? I suppose we are all different
and there is no size fits all diet, all the time.
Dr Mcdougal I like his work but annoyed when he refers to Gluten
intolerance as a RARE problem cause he wants to push grains I assume, its just not true,
I know many people who have problems with wheat and Gluten, I have lived in China
on and off since 2000 and I hardly ever heard of allergies, they eat rice not so much wheat,
Rye, possibly some barley, corn yes, but wheat is not that popular, Rice is of course.
The methods of making more money by wheat growers may be a reason why wheat is worse
for us now (roundup) I don't know. His no oil/fat and high starchy veggies like potatoes,
yam, breads, corn seems do'able but I found it gets boring after a while with no fat I
suppose its a question of willpower, I found that with low carb diets and keto that my
brain didnt like it, I would get palpitations in the evenings (maybe interferance with Paxil)
maybe GABA is effected by carb intake or lack (maybe potassium issues), definately you need or I need carbs
or I'll feel down, carbs raise insulin and allow Tryptophan to pass into the brain without
competing with other amino acids hence it can effect serotonin production, 'without carbs
people with depression/anxiety don't do well' (Neurologist Dr Amen) I have
to agree from my own experience. So I thought I'll do high carb low fat, problem is that the liver has its
2 phase detox system or pathway and certain amino acids (Taurine, Glycine etc),
B vitamins are required for this to work, eggs for example contain cysteine, choline, B vitamins
and other ingredients that are crucial for liver health and yet has also cholesterol, and then
we move to other arguements, is cholesterol good or bad, is LDL necessarily bad for me in my situation?
I just don't know, seeing as I have a Cholesterol problem I have avoided eggs,but eggs are good for the liver
and yet I dont want to overload my body with more dietary Cholesterol.
For my disease I looked at fatty liver, Mcdougal shows one person (a doctor) that followed his plan
and healed his fatty liver, on another video you'll see another doctor funnily enough, both doctors who
recovered from fatty liver disease, one healed via a hige starch low fat diet and the other with a
low carb diet with eggs, lean meats good fats etc.
There is another problem (The main one that I want to deal with), my gallbladder problem which is a
build up of sludge/bile/cholesterol in my GB, well low carb diet would help by introducing
good fats like olive oil, flax, cocconut etc, when fat is ingested the GB squirts out old
bile/sludge to emulsify the fat and this allows old bile to be ejected hence keeping the old
bile moving and avoiding bile stasis in the GB along with eating liver healing veggies such
as cruciferous, sulphur, the onion family, artichoke, Milk thistle, dandelion etc that help
detoxify the liver and gallbladder and help with phase I and II detox.
The fatty liver problem actually I know how to solve, lose weight, by reducing 10% of weight you reverse fatty liver.
But I want to fix my GB problem also, if I do the Mcdougal diet then I worry about Bile stasis, although by eating no fat/oil my body would compensate and adapt to
create less bile/sludge/cholesterol, but Im not sure about this, the body controls cholesterol production either way to stay in homeostasis so possibly if you reduce
all cholesterol your body picks up its own production and if you up your dietary cholesterol then the body makes less, I don't know for sure.
Coffee (many bitter substances are good for detoxing the liver, radicchio, chichory etc) in some studies showed that it can reverse fatty liver in mice, Italian study.
When I stopped doing the coffee enemas - 8 months later I was diagnosed with fatty liver!! I realised that possibly my Liver was so used to this
flush, coffee helps release bile from the liver and speed up phase I and II detox?, (actually this could be a reason I got GB polyps in the first place if each time
I was doing the flush I was exporting bile to the GB then this excessive exporting if bile created an unnatural build up?, And so when I stopped then the system
slowed down and fat built up in my liver seeing as the process of detox slowed down (eggs help the detox process of the liver and I stopped eggs too) I also used
plant sterols added to 'Benecol' spread to reduce my cholesterol (I was tested last year at the GB polyps diagnosis and it was slightly high but nothing remarkable
and has always been this way.
If I do the Mcdougal plan then adding too many carbs will convert to fat, again we are all different and because I have a sluggish liver and a fatty one it could be
that MY liver will convert excess carbs to fat real quick, just to give an example I switched the Mcdougal for a week or even less I gained 3.5kg and immediately
switched to a low carb and lost that weight in a few days, I was 115kg 2 years ago at the GB polyp diagnosis, fatty liver diagnosis 8 months later was 108kg
(ideal weight should be 73kg), now am 104.5kg, but need to slim down to 80kg at least to stop this fatty liver problem, it should help my hiatus hernia problem
too and then hopefully can come off the Prilosec, cause a fat belly causes intra abdominal pressure upwards and puts pressure on the whole hiatal hernia/LES area
by reducing weight I could stop this from happening, even reducing my Prilosec meds to 10mg from my normal 20mg dose would be a success for me, I tried this recently
and after a week my throat was burning and in pain and so I know Im not ready yet, need to reduce my weight and try again when Im about 80kg.
So as you can see my problems are GERD/Hiatal Hernia for which I take 20mg Prilosec, Depression/Anxiety been taking Seroxat 20yrs only take 6mg daily, Fatty liver
and cholesterolosis, EDS hyperlax joints due to collagen problems, oh I also have scoliosis and the relapsing chondritis I seem to have under control (red ear pain)
if I don't indulge sugar, coffee, stress.
In the last one and a half years I have also experienced arthrits pains in my left knee and hip and left hand finger next to pinky, I searched and found a book by Giraud
Campbell its a bit old (1970's), he shows with xrays how he reversed patients arthritis in the hips and other joints in 8 months, some took 3 months - he used mainly
raw foods diet, a kind of raw paleo, no flour products or bread or grains some starchy veg allowed like potato but meats were mainly organ meats and raw or scalded
some with veggies, first day he would fast his victims, I mean patients And so reading all these books has confused me SO much, again you look up arthritis and
Mcdougal and the other vegan guys say that meat causes inflammation and this is the problem and yet the other side says that carbs are the problem and YES you will
have success stories from both camps, and so a person who has researched will come to the conclusion of WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON??
Meat consumption immediately INCREASES inflammation (Dr Greiger) and yet look online for leaky gut diets and you'll find low carb, bone broths are good, eggs,
I did make bone broth soups using only organic bones and had the red ear symptoms, I later found that Bone broths have Lead (Pb) in them (Greiger) and so for me for
whatever reason either inflmmatory response or Lead or some other reason it created an auto immune response.
The only way to see if one diet may work is to do ONE and have tests done, blood tests, Stool tests, Ultra sound, and other tests regularly and tweak a particular
diet to suit MY own body and situation, Dr Ornish for example is mainly on the vegan side but allows fish oils and some fish.
Back to my deadly duo or combo idea. If you look at foods that may create disease if you ingested them longterm - they have that carb/fat mix, chocolates
(bad carb+bad fat), all the foods I loved growing up like Tiramisu, Lasagna, pastries (sweet and fattening), it seems you can't have one without the other,
take a bowl of cream and a bowl of sugar taste each one and they are too overpowering but add them together you get icecream and BINGO you have the deadly combo
cause that icecream you can eat it without you feeling overwhelmed its been tricked in a way, your brain I mean, to indulge.
So the Mcdougal works by not ingesting fat so you feel full eating bland carbs, the other camps like keto you ingest fat and so your body gets the
message Im full the COMBO is the problem, because it is delicious, I tried make lasagna without fat, I tried making Tiramisu without sugar, bland as hell and
your brain gets the message Im not eating any more of this stuff and tells you to stop hence both diets help you to lose weight this way, and weight is a
contributory factor in many diseases.?
It's true we are all affected differently, with my situation I don't know how to get rid of gallbladder polyps (cholesterolosis) I figured that cholesterol has
accumulated on the GB wall and so I should avoid cholesterol (eggs, meat etc) I ate Benecol which is a cholesterol lowering butter/spread but didnt completely cut
out junk, fast forward 8months to my next ultra sound BANG! diagnosed with fatty liver, and the polyps stayed the same?
My sluggish phase II detox was speeded up possibly with enemas but when I stopped I didnt go back to normal speed but back to sluggish or even super sluggish speed
and this caused me to get fatty liver (being fat also doesn't help but Ive been overweight for 2 decades) The only thing that changed that I can think of is stopping
coffee enemas and eggs.
So after this fatty liver diagnosis I spoke to a natural doc and she said that eggs are good for liver and certain veggies and supplements and so I listened to the advice
and started eating low carb type of diet using good fats, cause good fats trigger the gallbladder to release its stored bile to emulsify the fat, certain veggies also
help promote Glutathione production (I say this cause some do enemas for those two reasons)
In 9 yrs Ive landed in hospital maybe 4 or 5 times and mostly cause of severe palpitations possibly adrenal related but was ok, but scary whilst I had the episodes
all after an enema, once I was tapering off paxil and did my usual enema and had niacin and this sent me overboard actually this happened 3 times, once my blood
pressure was 200 and mine is never that high, I was trembling but my sitution as you say is a particular one, when you tapering off paxil you can get super jittery,
the niacin flush stresses you AND the coffee in an enema than BANG, the combo sent me overboard!
Im not sure which diet to go on for gallbladder polyps and so far have not found anybody who has healed their polyps and so I figured Selenium could do it, but diet
is the thing that is numbing my brain, some say vegan, some say paleo/low carb, I can understand how low carb could help by eating good fats to stimulate the expulsion
of old bile and keep things moving, BUT how about cholesterol? If one eats more cholesterol foods like eggs and meats then aren't you adding to the problem? That is -
And so I thought possibly Vegans have it right, by eating less cholesterol the body adapts, but I wonder if by reducing cholesterol from the diet would the
body UP its own production to stay in homeostasis?? I have no idea.
At mealtimes NOW I take supplements for my liver/Gallbladder -:
Vitamin C (Ester C) 1000mg, D3, B complex 100mg, Vitamin E, Selenomethionine (Selenium), NAC, Digestive Enzymes, Zinc+Carnosine capsules,
Pro Biotic of 60 Billion.
In the daytime I have 5gm L-Glutamine powder also Taurine capsule, in the afternoon a Quercetin capsule, during the day lots of water (I try to drink but actually 1/2 litre)
in order to keep bile fluid and not concentrated, Turmeric tea, also Ginger, mint, milk thistle, chamomile teas during the day to keep bile moving in my Gallbladder.
I realise that you can't go wrong with veggies and water, but now I don't know which side do I choose, the low carb (LCHF) or the Vegan type (HCLF) like the McDougall diet
or similar, its truly a maze for me and confusing.
A last point. In order to get rid of the Cholesterol polyps I am doing IF Intermitent Fasting where I fat 18hrs and eat 6hrs, my reasoning is that after 15hrs Glycogen
stores are depleted in the Liver and the body starts to use fat as fuel and at this oint goes into a phase called autophagy were the body start to 'munch' tissue
that isnt needed, so possibly my body could target the useless polyps and 'munch' or shrink them. During the daytime I fast and was worried about bile stasis in the GB
- I thought about this and drink lots of warm teas during the day, the water will make the sludge/bile etc more fluid and I make the teas out of either Turmeric, Nettle,
Milk thistle, Mint etc, which I hope can stimulate the GB to keep bile moving and NOT stagnate.
Recently heard that Serrapeptase can shrink growths and so, tried some but after two days my stomach hurt, I did read the label and it said if you suffer from ulcers
you shouldnt take it.
Im not sure if Im doing the right things, and if there is something else I can do or possibly what Im doing is wrong, Im fed up of being sick and want to be healthy again
and will do anything to achieve this goal.
Thankyou for reading my long letter, I need to find someone who can help guide me in the right direction. Forgive if I repeated somethings.
(Thankyou moderator for allowing me to fully explain my problems in such a long post)