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  1. Thanks Riceguy,

    I won't try prunes just yet because I'm still afraid of sorbitol (prunes are loaded with it). But in a couple of months I will give it a go.

    At present my cholesterol lowering regime consists of:

    Freshly ground flaxseed sprinkled on cereal each morning. Three fish oil capsules a day. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on dessert (or tea). Psyllium husks before most meals.

    I'm also wondering if I should be taking Lecithin.

  2. My problem first began on March 24th 2005. I thought I had the flu. No matter what I ate, it made me feel ill.

    I began to keep a food diary and within 3 months I worked out that I could relieve my symptoms my minimising my intake of fructose and by eliminating sorbitol.

    For the next 9 months, I was on a fructose restrictive diet, but I was still able to enjoy honey, bananas, nuts, cheese, yoghurt, salmon and oil and use psylliym husks as a bulking agent when I needed to. However, in March this year and particularly from July, all the aforementioned foods plus wheat, were bothering me and in the past month, I had been eating only rice, chicken, fish (all boiled) and green vegetables.

    I had been taking statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for the past 4-5 ears (since the age of 50), and on August 20th this year, decided I would stop taking them.

    For the first 26 days it made no difference. In fact I felt worse.

    It has now been 29 days since I stopped my daily dose of statins.

    Yesterday and today I have eaten chocolate, potato crisps, sultanas, oranges, cream biscuits, caramel pudding, mince meat, bread, pasta and any other food you might care to imagine.

    I have had no food intolerance symptoms.

    The relief and joy that I feel is tempered by the knowledge that all of you must continue with your own battles. Besides, celebrations in the past have often been shortlived.

    Although I am cautiously optimistic about the future, I now know that these statins impacted on my liver/intestines in such a profound way that my body was no longer able to digest and absorb many foods. As my body continues the "washout" of the effects of the statins, my tolerances towards foods continues to improve.

    I will post this news on other forums and will hopefully continue to contribute something relevant in the future.

    May you all continue to find the strength to carry on with your struggles.


  3. Pre-Opt on April 17 you said:

    "The main argument was that the body was not getting enough short chain fatty acids in the diet because these are mostly found in starchy vegetables and the doctors said that long term effects without SCFA could potentially be bad..."

    Can you tell me who or what you were responding to?


    Jack - sorry if this post doesnt display right.

  4. Hi all,

    My first post.

    Don’t know that I’m coeliac, but I certainly don’t have gluten because I don’t have any complex carbohydrates.

    I became very ill in March last year. Don’t know what happened, but I somehow lost the ability to digest food. I know stress was a factor.

    After losing 33 pounds in 3 months, constant nausea, diarrhea, and all the relevant invasive tests showing absolutely nothing, I was at the lowest point in my life when I somehow stumbled on to the Specific Carbohydrate diet.

    After two days on the diet, the nausea stopped, the diarrhea stopped and everything (except my eating habits) returned to normal.

    Whenever somebody tells me they have an intestinal illness, I always recommend this diet. Obviously, it doesn’t work for everybody, but I know that it has thus far saved my life.

    Dont worry, the cravings will go

    My best wishes to everybody.