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  1. I honestly don't know what's going on with me. I've had health issues going on around 7 years now. I am 21 years old and it has ruined my life so far. My dad is celiac so i thought it was autoimmune i could have. I got the blood test done for that and it came back negative. I've been doing intermittent fasting for the last two weeks and it seems to have been helping but earlier i hit rock bottom. I hadn't eaten anything from around 8pm last night and i broke the fast at around 1:30pm with a big bowl of brown rice and carrot and ever since then i've been feeling really bad. I got fatigued, irritable, sinus issues, face got puffy, eyes puffy, redness on skin. I don't know why this happens to me it's happened many times before too after i eat stuff. Anyways here's a list of my symptoms: My symptoms aren't all there at the same time, they fluctuate. My symptom list is as follows: stingy eyes puffy eyes dark circles under eyes anxiety heart palpitations bloating belly fat (slight) (i'm skinny for my height but i have excess fat in certain places) breast fat (slight) Sometimes when my health gets really bad my face starts getting rosacea-like symptoms puffy face sinus issues brain fog bad short term memory paleness (especially in hands) cold hands and feet loss of collagen in skin oily skin/hair bloodshot eyes flaky skin between eyebrows fatigue irritability lack of sex drive insomnia i think my vision is worse when my health is down too, i have bad eyesight anyways so it's hard to tell flatulence blackheads/whiteheads on nose stiff joints
  2. Another reason to avoid many processed foods? “Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.” http://beta.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-sugar-c-diff-20180103-story.html Yuck! Just reading about how trehalose was developed and manufactured is enough to make you sick! ?
  3. Good morning everyone. So I have been gluten free for 4 months now. One thing I have realized is that I have an issue with yeast overgrowth which may be causing my gluten and dairy intolerance. I am wondering if anyone else experienced this and how they approached it. Also if you detoxed from yeast were you able to eat gluten and dairy again? I want to start a cleanse but I am not sure where to start. i am going to the doctor next week but thought it may be a good idea to be proactive. Thank you so much for all of your help!
  4. Digestive Upset Causes Beyond Gluten When you have Celiac disease, you have a damaged digestive system. This requires that extra care should be taken to avoid foods and additives that are known to cause digestive side effects. Many of the people who successfully recover their health after going gluten free will speak about having to make other dietary changes. These additional changes generally involve removing other foods not thought of to have gluten. Some of these other foods do in fact contain gluten. Some of it will be in the various ingredients in packaged foods, or cross contamination during some point in the production line. But others will actually not contain gluten, but do contain other substances that further irritate the damaged digestive systems that those with Celiac Disease have. Some terms that are heard these days are: Leaky Gut Intestinal Permeability Microbiome Probiotics and Prebiotics These all relate to managing the digestive system. It can get a bit overwhelming when you start digging into these subjects, since there appears to be an endless amount of info to learn. Many of them don't directly speak about Celiac and gluten. Others will disregard gluten problems, and be disrespectful of Celiac sufferers. However, the core theories, and core research backed information coming out of these topics carry an extremely important message: Put good stuff into your diet, and take damaging stuff out. Groundbreaking Advances in Digestive Health Importance Research in the last few years is really starting to get the core understanding of how this works, and realizing it's much more important than anyone dreamed of. This research is really just the beginning. The research will continue, and much more will be learned over the coming years. Some core concepts that have come out so far are: The main part of the immune system resides in the stomach. The microbiome is the core of the immune system. The microbiome is the bacteria in our systems, with "ground zero" being the stomach and digestive tract. Modern life as lived for the last 100 to 150 years has seriously changed the composition of the microbiome, and not for the better. The microbiome can be "changed" via diet. (The details of this are still in their infancy, so much more will be learned in the coming years.) Every person has a unique microbiome, thus meaning solutions will be unique to every single person. (This is why some treatments, diets, etc. have such dramatically different results from person to person.) As people with Celiac disease, who still struggle with not feeling well, we can use this to tailor a truly unique diet plan for our life, and for our wellness. We all must start with removing gluten, ALL gluten, from our diets. Unfortunately, that does mean some dramatic lifestyle changes. If we all lived in Utopia, we could just snap our fingers and have a proper gluten free product available for everything we're used to eating. But we don't live in Utopia. We live in a culture that is obsessed with gluten. It's everywhere. As many of you are aware, first hand, eating gluten free is being treated like a fad. That means that your need for 100% gluten free foods are being disregarded, and not truly taken seriously. By restaurants, food manufacturers, your friends, your family, etc. Far too many people think "just a little is okay." If you REALLY want to get well, then you need to control your food 100%. That can be inconvenient. It involves a big learning curve. However, it's vital to understand that with practice, this truly will become second nature. But only if you take the initiative to educate yourself fully. If you rely on someone else to make some or all of these decisions, you will not get better. You will continue to be sick, and you will continue to suffer. As you learn about taking control of eating gluten free, you'll run across a lot of conflicting info. You'll just have to work through the conflicting info, to find what's actually true. A Core Step in Recovery A big first step in getting control is to eat only food. That may sound silly, but there's a ton of stuff in the products that we buy that isn't really food, and the vast majority of them can irritate various parts of our bodies. Manufacturers use a lot of additives to mimic the taste, texture and actions of more expensive food ingredients, and to allow them to sell items that if made with real foods would not be able to be packaged and sold long after they were made. If you're still struggling with feeling well, and feeling frustrated that you can't eat "normal" then it may be time to get back to basics for a while, until you can learn more. It really is better to feel well and have what you may think of as a restricted diet. When you feel well, you can make better decisions, plan more, get a bit more creative in your meal planning, etc. Change Our Attitudes, Change Our Destiny A change in our attitude about food will also go a long way to help us deal with the needed changes. For example, we may think we're being deprived by not being able to eat "normal." However, if you think the "Standard American Diet" (the SAD diet) is "normal," then it may be time to rethink the wisdom of that. The SAD diet has come to be known as one of the worst ways to eat that the world has seen. It causes severe chronic illness, and is massively contributing to decades of illness for many Americans. Earlier I said that our culture is obsessed with gluten. This is clearly seen when you look at the last several Food Guides that the USDA has put out. The current version recommends 5 to 8 servings per day of grain products (for adult women and men). That's a LOT of grain. That's a LOT of bread. We're being told that we must eat grains to provide the following (per current USDA MyPlate site): fiber some B vitamins - folate / folic acid; thiamin, roboflavin, niacin iron magnesium selenium When we cut out gluten containing grains, we pretty much cut out getting these above nutrients from grains. It's almost impossible to get these nutrients in the same quantities from non gluten grains. However, all is not lost. It's very easy to get these nutrients in other common foods in our diet (if we don't follow the USDA MyPlate recommendations). You can get a ton of fiber from adding leafy greens, vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and seeds. All of the B vitamins in the processed grains, those mostly used in the US and other developed countries, are added. The fact is that the processing of foods strips out most of the natural B vitamins. It's super easy to get these vitamins from meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans and vegetables. Be sure to eat all of those foods. If you have some other reason to exclude some of those foods, then get some proper advice from someone who properly understands eating gluten free AND your other limitations. Remember that part of the reason we think we must have these very high levels of grains is that's what the marketers have told us. Even the USDA is really just a group of growers in the US that grow mostly grains (along with a large portion raising livestock). The USDA's food guides have been shown repeatedly to NOT be based on truthful, valid research. Take a Step Back, Keep it Simple to Start So, when you're planning your gluten free diet, remember that you don't have to fill your plate with as many grains as you may be used to. Get back to the basics. Plan out some home cooked meals, made with pure, fresh foods. This may be something you haven't done much of, since our culture is so used to buying mostly prepared foods, but with some practice, and some basic planning, you'll be well on your way to making significant progress in getting well. Here's a super simple dinner plan, to get you started, when you have no idea how to start: Choose your favorite PROTEIN - meat, beans. Pick your favorite single herbs to prepare them with. Add some diced onions or garlic. Cook. Choose 2 different colored VEGGIES, steam them, or cut up and eat raw - have one be green, the other one be a nice vibrant color. Choose a STARCH - brown rice, potatoes, yams, etc. Boil and serve with butter. Make a SALAD, with a base of leaf lettuce, and at least 4 other veggies, all different colors. Make a salad dressing from scratch: 1 crushed garlic clove, 1/4 c apple cider vinegar, 1/2 c olive oil, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper. Place in a container and shake. You can take this basic plan, and adjust one thing at a time by finding a recipe you like that fits the gluten free, processed food free criteria. Over time, you'll start to build a wonderful collection of recipes that suit you and your family. Be sure to let us all know in the comments below when you try this, how it went, and be sure to tell us what you ate! Bon Appetit! Thora Toft - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - References and further research: Time to Run - Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) USDA - Choose MyPlate website Excerpt from “Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage and Reclaim Good Health” by Richard Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar
  5. Hello guys this is my first post forgive the long post but my situation is complicated. I just got out of bed as I had to cause of Night Sweats, I hate them, I did go with my wife and kids to the centre of town (London) to see a chinese TCM doc and so we went to China town to a restaurant, its been cold also and the stress of the kids having tantrums I think sent me overboard. I must say though for 3 nights have had terrible night sweats BUT the previous 3 days I ate wheat and dairy which I usually avoid, I had ricotta cheese and Italian wheat bread, gluten free lasagna but has cheese/ and my wife made chinese food with soy sauce, chinese restaurant food. My symptoms are sneezing, roof of the mouth hurts and when I sneeze its as if Ive just torn a layer of skin or something from the roof of the mouth, night sweats, mucus in the mornings. I suppose the stress I have in my life doesnt help, Im lowering my medication (Paxil) and hope to reduce and stop Prilosec also as I believe it maybe the reason I have a damaged intestine or leaky gut seeing as chronic low stomach acid could allow bad bacteria to migrate from the stomach to the duodenum etc, low stomach acid food arriving in the duodenum doesnt have the acid trigger that you need to send a message to the pancreas to digest the food and so partially digested food feeds the bad bacteria, right? I also did coffee enemas for 9yrs daily an this may have damaged my duodenum/small intestine cause bile is released each time and bile is slightly corrosive? I stopped doing them now but not sure which diet to follow, Ive heard of FODMAPs diet, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Mcdoughall high starch low fat/oil diet, Keto, low carb, Mediterranean. Im confused which diet to follow cause I have a few issues, fatty liver, gallbladder polyps, GERD/Hiatal Hernia, depression/Anxiety all diagnosed but the leaky gut, or Gluten intolerance hasn't been diagnosed, maybe I should get an allaergy test, I think I'll test positive even for water at least it seems this way, that my body is becoming intolerant to many foods and the list seems like its growing. I wasn't gluten intolerant from birth, this is what the Chinese doc said to me yesterday, she said I doubt if your Gluten problem started 4 yrs ago, usually people have it from birth, i thought what is she talking about, I', Italian and I ate mamas lasagna, spaghetti, bolognese, minestrone etc as Italians we ate a paste based meal everyday and this was for decades I ate wheat, I ate bread as well and processed foods, surely I would have known sooner and reacted sooner? I started reacting 4 yrs ago and intially was going nuts cause I thought I had dust allergy and thought |I was allergic to my home, to mold, insects, the air, I just didnt make the food connection, until I read about Gluten, then i started to avoid Gluten and started to eat Gluten free bread (took some getting used to), finally after 3 to 4 yrs some relief, now I cannot eat Gluten and even Dairy, sometimes I find sugar/stress and potato skins gives me auto immune problem symptoms like red hot ear (Relapsing polychondritis?) This is just my intro I have written a longer letter to give to a doc, but not sure which doc could help me, I will send it in a few minutes once Ive finished it, the chinese doc I saw says we cannot shrink the polyp and is too expensive with her herbs but will try for a few weeks to see if I feel better, the reason why I like the chinese approach is that they treat you whole-istically cause I have too many things going on for a one size fits all approach, one remedy or diet may harm or worsen another problem that I have. Thankyou guys for reading any help or advice will be much appreciated, thanks. Gerald
  6. Before I get into the neurological symptoms, let me give you a synopsis of my background and family history. Both my parents smoke and my dad was always a heavy drinker. My mom had GERD / Acid Reflux pretty much her whole life and it should be noted that she's basically 100% Norwegian (I've read that Northern Europeans have GERD and gastrointestinal issues more than anyone else - same with the Irish). My mom was also recently tested positive for Celiac Disease (our diets growing up was filled with wheat products, so connecting the dots here, I think she was being bombarded with gluten and her body couldn't handle it). She would have severe mood swings, especially towards my dad (who is now passed on). Her acid reflux got so bad that she went in for an endoscopy and they told her that she had Barrett's Esophagus. She's still alive to this day though and seems to be holding up reasonably well. My sister also has severe acid reflux and panic attacks. Now to get to my own history. I was born in 1983. As a baby, I had severe eczema, and would rub certain areas of my body (such as my wrists) raw on the carpet, because I was constantly itchy. I would also constantly spit up breast-milk and even the baby formula. My parents had a hard time figuring out what to feed me! We would also drink tons of cow's milk. That finally hit a brick wall around age 25 (in 2008), when I started noticing that if I drank straight cow's milk I would end up with (and still do end up with if I drink it) sulfur burps which taste and smell like rotten eggs. I even tried drinking raw cow's milk one time and the result was the same, I was burping rotten egg smelling burps and would get diarrhea! This is also around the time when I noticed my acid reflux getting worse and worse. In 2009, I started lifting weights again after taking a long break from high school. When I would do any squatting motion exercises such as dead-lifts or squats, I'd almost pass out because I couldn't catch my breath afterwards. I finally went in for an endoscopy and they told me that my esophagus was raw and red. I also should note that I've read getting anesthesia and all the drugs they give you during that time, can cause long-term psychological issues, especially anxiety, which I never really had until after that year. I realized that I couldn't do those squatting exercises or anything that put pressure on the abdomen area, since it would push acid back up into my esophagus. I decided to start lifting weights on an empty stomach and that did work for awhile but I couldn't figure out why my acid reflux was still so bad. Acid shooting back up into the esophagus, is caused by inflammation. This affects the Vagus Nerve (which is the longest cranial nerve). Some of the main functions of the Vagus Nerve include, 1. Breathing 2. Speech 3. Sweating 4. Helping in keeping the larynx open during breathing 5. Monitoring and regulating the heartbeat 6. Informing the brain of the food that is ingested and food that has been digested 7. The Vagus Nerve performs the major function of emptying the gastric region of food Any damage to the vagus nerve causes Gastroparesis which is losing the muscular function in the stomach and intestines. This results in food being emptied slowly, that leads to other problems such as fermentation of food in the stomach and food getting compressed into hard pellets which can cause severe problems if the pellets get stuck in the intestine. Especially in people with diabetes, when sugar levels get high and are not well controlled, it can result in the vagus nerve damage. This can result in anxiety / panic attacks, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), trouble swallowing, chills, asthma-like symptoms, heart palpitations, tingling / numbness in extremities and limbs, blood in the stool, hard of breathing, anxiety attack-like symptoms, canker sores, nightmares (including hypnogogic and hypnopompic auditory / visual hallucinations, such as hearing a gun shot upon waking up, even though no gun was fired), dry mouth, heart attack-like symptoms, and more (I had all these symptoms too btw). I believe that since our bodies are intolerant to wheat and dairy products, it is causing inflammation in the body, which then causes all these other symptoms. So at that point, I began having hallucinations (including hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations). They were mainly auditory hallucinations and some (but fewer) visual hallucinations. They started around 2013, when I got sick with the flu and also had an in-grown toenail (I had to get it cut out by the doctor and it was the worst pain of my life!). I was extremely religious back then (I left my faith last year at end of 2015) and felt like these were omens or signs for some of the things that were deemed ‘sinful’. I then had a breakup with a gluten-free who lived in Montana and the auditory hallucinations continued. I’ve been having them again starting in 2016 after getting sick with a chest respiratory infection (I’m seeing a trend here with getting sick and having these), which I believe were caused by the Autumn Rhinitis / Hay Fever Allergies. I was at the gym around the start of August 2016, and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath after each set of lifting. I went home and haven’t been back to the gym since. I was having trouble breathing just walking up a flight of stairs, and it was a daily nightmare until I started looking into ways to help solve my issues (which I’ll get into in a minute). I also don’t have a great sleep schedule from working late night shifts, so I’m typically always sleep deprived. I should also mention that I think I have formed P.T.S.D. (PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from watching a music video where it showed a death. The image of the woman dying kept playing in my head (this also happened around August 2016). Then on top of all that, I was lifting weights 2 times a week (full body workouts), doing H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) a couple times a week in the morning, AND working night shifts. On top of all that, my dad died last year (October 3, 2015) and within a week afterwards around October 10th, I ended up with appendicitis so I had to get the appendectomy surgery to get my appendix removed. A few weeks later, I walked away from my faith (not due to emotional reasons, but due to extensive research, which was already in the process starting at the beginning of 2015). So I lost my dad, my faith and my appendix within a month's time period. It put a lot of stress on me I think. I’m 33 years old, so still somewhat young, but I think I was pushing my body to the limit, and it’s been affecting my brain chemistry. Not only that, but recently, I put the other dots to the puzzle and found out that I also have gluten intolerance / Celiac / Coeliac, so I’ve stopped eating gluten (and dairy) products. I also have done a few sessions of AAT (Advanced Allergy Therapy), by a doctor named Dr. Jill Cohn in the San Francisco / Berkeley / Oakland Bay Area. You don’t even have to be there in person for her to treat you, she does it all online through a conference call on a site similar to Skype. You can watch testimonials on YouTube as well, and I’m here to tell you that her system did cure me of Ragweed allergies. I now understand that because I was pushing my body to the limit as well as trying to stay 500 calories below maintenance (to cut fat and get shredded), that my body wasn’t getting the proper nutrients and vitamins due to eating wheat and gluten (as well as dairy). This damages the alveoli and villi in the intestinal tract which are crucial for absorbing the nutrients from your food. I also found out that my body reacts poorly to chocolate as well. Chocolate is a 'stimulant' and has been proven to affect the brain the same way that cannabis / marijuana will. This could be some of the problems you all are facing as well. At that point, your body is so run down, that it will start attacking ‘harmless’ invaders, such as ragweed pollen, pet dander or even just simple dust particles, which this process of your body in attack mode, will cause inflammation, hence the reason I was having trouble breathing (my body developed exercise-induced / allergy-induced asthma). Not only that, but when your body is so run down and not getting the proper nutrition, it can cause psychosis and schizophrenic symptoms as well! I started taking a ton of supplements and they’ve helped tremendously. Here are a few to get you started. Try these and eat a balanced diet for a couple months. I’ll bet you start to feel better and the hallucinations diminish. 1. Vitamin D3 (Jarrow Brand 5,000IU – take two to four per day) – This is especially necessary if you live above the 37 degree parallel (latitude) in the Fall and Winter (typically from September to March). The sun only produces Vitamin D3 in our body when it is 50 degrees (altitude not temperature) above the horizon and even during the Spring and Summer, this only occurs from around 10AM in the morning to 2-3PM in the afternoon. So you have only a 4 to 5 hour window in the morning to afternoon when the sun is producing Vitamin D3, which most people aren't really out during those times, because of work schedule. This is why around 75 to 80% of the world population are D3 deficient! A good source of information on this is Dr. John Cannell. Go research how vital and important D3 is for us! You want your ng/ml (nano-grams per milliliter of blood) to be from 50 to 100 (or even slightly over 100 is fine too!). 2. Magnesium (CALM BRAND) – Magnesium is the driver for Vitamin D3. It’s very important and we don’t get enough of it in our diet on average. 3. Vitamin C (take around 2,000mg per day) – Look up Dr. Thomas Levy and Dr. Linus Pauling for good information on this. The Liposomal type of Vitamin C is the best kind! 4. Vitamin K2 (different from Vitamin K1 – Get the Jarrow Brand called Vitamin K-Right) – Millions of people take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bones. Yet few patients or physicians realize that optimizing bone integrity involves more than taking a single mineral supplement. A critical additional component for bone and cardiovascular health is vitamin K2. Recent research has revealed that, without vitamin K2, calcium regulation is disrupted. In fact, low levels of vitamin K2 are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. K2 is the gateway that allows calcium to get to your bones. When you take vitamin D3, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren't realized. So, really, if you're taking vitamin D, you're creating an increased demand for K2. And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.For so long, we've been told to take calcium for osteoporosis... and vitamin D3, which we know is helpful. But then, more studies are coming out showing that increased calcium intake is causing more heart attacks and strokes. That created a lot of confusion around whether calcium is safe or not. But that's the wrong question to be asking, because we'll never properly understand the health benefits of calcium or vitamin D3, unless we take into consideration K2. That's what keeps the calcium in its right place. 5. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Ubiquinol – it’s a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. (Get the Jarrow Brand – no I don’t work for them, but I’ve heard they are the best in all of these, and it’s what I take). 6. Vitamin B-Right (Jarrow) which has all of the B vitamins in it. Niacin (B3) has proven to be very helpful for those with Schizophrenia and Psychosis. Look up Dr. Abram Hoffer and his research on mental illness and Niacin. Careful with Niacin in huge quantities, as it will cause a 'flushing' effect, but you still want enough to get the benefits. 7. Oxylent (which is one of the best tasting and best multi-vitamins out there in my opinion). It’s got most of all you need in there when included with what I mentioned above. (Those are the main ones above, but here are a few other supplements I take. ChlorOxygen, Serrapeptase {SerraGold Brand}, mushroom supplement called 'Breathe' by New Chapter Life-shield, HealthForce Green Alchemy Protein Powder, HealthForce Vitamineral Green, Probiotics, MSM, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, local honey, and avocados for potassium, along with getting at least a half gallon of water per day - which I drink at least 32 oz. to 50 oz. of water on an empty stomach every morning). Within a month of taking all this (I started on November 2nd, 2016), I’m now feeling about 95% back to my normal self. The other 5% is caused by my poor sleeping habits, as well as stress. I now realize that these psychological issues were all subconscious from the heavy religious indoctrination. If I had never been introduced to these religious ideas, I’m sure I’d not have these particular religious themed hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations. When it first started, I was seeing visuals such as numbers and objects floating in the air upon waking up, which, they’d disappear within a few seconds. I also hear voices, which would say terrible things, and then the voices would continue in my head as if it were having dialogue with me in my own mind. I would feel like God hated me, due to the content of what was being said. I’m pretty sure I have some sort of religious trauma after leaving my faith and also, after my dad dying within the last year (2015). They actually have a name for this type of PTSD and it’s RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome). You can find some good material through Dr. Marlene Winell online if you suffer from the religious form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Anyways, I hope all of this helps someone else who may be going through similar! Just know you’re not alone and it’s more than likely happening because of nutrient deficiency and/or a traumatic experience you suffered as well as your diet if you are gluten intolerant / lactose intolerant. These aren’t devils, demons, hobgoblins or ghouls harassing you, this is all natural phenomena and it can be treated with the right diet, the right supplements and proper sleep! I am still getting cross-contaminated (or there is a cross-reactor food that mimics gluten and/or dairy) somewhere in my diet, so my psychological issues persist, including waking up feeling like something is trying to talk to me in my mind. I am trying to figure that out now. But they also have supplements you can take that will break down gluten if you are accidentally 'glutened.' Here is a study I found from WW2, that correlates to mental disease and gluten / wheat below. "One of the first hints that these circumstances could have implications for the psychological sciences was the observation that, in several countries, hospitalization rates for schizophrenia during World War II dropped in direct proportion to wheat shortages. In the United States, where over that same period the consumption of wheat rose rather than diminished, such rates increased instead (Dohan, 1966a,b). In South Pacific islands with a traditionally low consumption of wheat, schizophrenia was only found in 1 person out of 30,000. When Western grain products were introduced into their society, it dramatically rose to 1 person out of 100! (Dohan et al., 1984)."
  7. I would like to share something interesting that happened to me. Maybe this story would help somebody that can’t eat food because everything is making you sick. I’m 2,5 years gluten free and little less casein free. I’m eating always home, cooking my own meals and eating 95% whole food diet. I had SIBO twice during that time. I had a positive breathing hydrogen test. I took 2 antibiotics the first time, and after proximately year- stronger one from tetracycline group. I felt much better after treatment, but only for a wail. I was able to eat more food without problem. I don’t know, if I have leaky gut, or my problem was just SIBO, but I was reacting to beans, lentils, peas, corn, soy, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and sweet - high fructose fruit (oranges, apples, pears, peaches) like to gluten. I also had problem with any type of jelly, juice, syrup, fruit in jar (I have fructose intolerance, but I wasn’t able to eat any fruit at all). I didn’t have diarrhea, but I had pain, I was bloated and I had very painful trapped gas. Gas-X didn’t help at all. Only thing that helped was digestive enzymes right after food. I took Pancreolan forte (in Slovakia) which is Pancreatin in the USA. I took probiotics for some time, but I had more pain in the intestines and in stomach, so I stop using them. I got to the point that I was reacting to everything. Only water and plain rice didn’t bothered me. But who can live on that for a long time? Then something eye opening happened: A week before Hurricane Sandy I had pneumonia. I was put on amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium and later on Azithromycin. During that time I was able to eat anything without any digestive issues. I enjoyed it. I didn’t have pain or bloating. Does this mean that who have a problem with food intolerance, maybe with leaky gut too, have just bacteria overgrowth in the intestines instead? Antibiotics kill the bad bacteria in mine and I stop having a problem with food. I know that SIBO can come back. I started taking probiotics again in mild doses. I can still eat problem food in small doses without problem. If I will combine more things during a day (minestrone soup for lunch, corn with dinner and orange for evening snack), I will have very mild bloating. One more thing: When I had the breathing hydrogen test, the technician waited 2,5- 3 hours after I drank some liquid for the final peak in reading. She told me that the liquid is now in the intestines and now we will see how I will react to it. After this test I started to notice pattern. When I ate something like soy, cabbage, orange, etc. I had bloating always 3 hours later when the food from my stomach went into the intestines. Now I test myself this way, when I want to find out what I’m “allergic” to. I will eat something and three hours later I will find out, if I’m intolerant to it and how strong my intolerance is. Any thought?
  8. Hi, I've posted on here before and everyone's input was definitely helpful so I thought I'd do it again. I'm 22 and I was diagnosed with celiac via an endoscopy biopsy a year ago. After a couple of months of going gluten free, I was feeling really great and, dare I say, pretty close to being back to "normal." So from about January to July I was feeling well, other than once or twice when I was accidentally glutened. However, around July this past summer, I started having stomach problems again, including cramps, diarrhea, bloating and heartburn (which I never had heartburn until I got celiac). These symptoms are milder than when I had undiagnosed celiac, occurring 1 to 3 times a week, rather than almost every day like before. But still, they are pretty similar symptoms. I take immodium and bentyl pretty regularly, maybe overuse of the meds is messing me up. I got another round of labs done about 2 months ago, and everything came back normal. Thinking it might be another food allergy, I visited an allergist and they did skin tests and did not find anything. I am not having any histamine reactions, either, but I never really have from the get go. Of course, the allergist said that he could not really do much testing, otherwise, as blood work would not detect anything food related. He pretty much advised to take foods out of my diet to see how I'm feeling and try to narrow it down. As careful as I am, I know there is a risk of cross contamination. However, I didn't think I was THAT sensitive, as back in the winter I accidentally drank a sip of regular beer thinking it was my own, and felt fine the net day. So I figured that a teeny tiny amount did not really affect me. I am slightly frustrated in that I was feeling really well and out of nowhere I started slipping back again. I have read articles that say that a celiac's stomach is never fully healed, but they always seem gimmicky and promote a really specific diet. I am skeptical when reading things like, "gluten free diets alone don't work." But, I can't deny that I am still having issues. I am definitely willing to alter my diet in terms of eating more clean, but realistically I don't think I could ever go 100% clean. I eat pretty well already but, like everyone, I enjoy junk food once in a while and love dining out once a month or so. At this point, the next step is for me to go back to the gastro, but I wanted to see if I was maybe missing something or not thinking about something else that may be causing this. Basically I am wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar to this and if it was due to diet, or maybe another related gastrointestinal disorder. I am also not sure about which foods to test out removing from my diet. I went dairy free for a while and I was still having the same issues. Has anyone had their sensitivity increase after being gluten free for a few months? Is there a factor I could be neglecting to take into consideration? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
  9. Hey all, I've been diagnosed celiac for about a year, and until recently, was living fine with the gluten-free diet. About a month ago, I started noticing stomach aches after drinking breakfast shakes, and eating cheese. I found out that dairy intolerance often comes with celiac, which would have been fine as well, except around the same time I started having stomach/abdominal pain after eating almost anything. It started with gluten-free/DF homemade chili, then gluten-free chicken fried rice, and before I knew it I had to cut almost everything out of my diet. For the last 3-4 weeks I have been eating exclusively raw fruits/vegetables and poached chicken/turkey breast. Literally everything else that I've tried to reintroduce has given me abdominal pain. This includes all types of nuts, white rice, eggs, cod, salmon, peanut butter, even oven-roasted vegetables. I usually start feeling discomfort/tightness in my stomach around 30 seconds to a minute after eating any of these things. Despite eating 2 avocados and 1-2 chicken breasts a day, I'm not getting enough fat in my diet, and have lost about 15 pounds (down to around 120 lbs. as a 6', 21 year-old male). I recently spoke with my dietician who recommended that I start trying a low FODMAP elimination diet. Thankfully, most of the things I had to eliminate were things I already couldn't eat anyways. However, this limits my diet even further, and I can't even tolerate most of the things that are supposed to be okay to eat on this diet. I have noticed no improvement since starting this diet, which leads me to believe that there is something else going on. I have been taking multi-vitamins and probiotics daily for about three weeks but am currently losing hope, as none of my doctors/specialists have been able to give me a solid answer. The doctors that I have seen don't accept leaky guy as a legitimate medical condition and have sent me to a few different specialists instead, seeming generally clueless themselves. I am having a consultation for a colonoscopy soon, as well as for a cystoscopy (I apparently also have some sort of kidney/bladder blockage, maybe a stone. We're not sure if it's related to any of this yet). I have seen a naturopath and a dietician, but neither of what they've told me seem to be doing anything to solve the problem. I feel worse every day, low energy, irritability and a general feeling of tiredness are pretty much constant and it's becoming difficult to deal with school as well as other commitments. Does anyone have any insight as to what could be going on with my body, or at least some general advice on what to do in my situation? Let me know if you'd like any more information. Thanks for reading, and for any input you may have. Matt
  10. HayInNeedleStack

    New Idea

    EDIT: Is there a "wrap text" option for the text to eliminate the now-present horizontal scroll of this entry? Today I was thinking about my back pain during when waking up in the mornings and decided to do some research in the internet. I bumped into diseases like scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis. I decided to take a look in the mirror and saw that I my back is actually bent, my head hanging far in front of my torso - a clear sign of kyphosis. Now it also struck me that my mother also has some kind of congetial spine curvature (she even had to too some stretching exercices in her youth because of that), and she also like me can only sleep on her side (not on back or on front). And that my karate couch (who's a medical student) noticed during the stretching exercises that my back bends "irregularly". Image of kyphosis: https://www.google.ee/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&celiac disease=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=%2Furl%3Fsa%3Di%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dimages%26cd%3D%26cad%3Drja%26uact%3D8%26ved%3D0CAcQjRw%26url%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com%2Fkyphosis-treatment%26ei%3D-pZzVKvcAo3oaMajgdgL%26bvm%3Dbv.80185997%2Cd.d2s%26psig%3DAFQjCNEO9me8IrQj81LWGL_2YiwRt0T1zw%26ust%3D1416947794510696&ei=-pZzVKvcAo3oaMajgdgL&bvm=bv.80185997,d.d2s&psig=AFQjCNEO9me8IrQj81LWGL_2YiwRt0T1zw&ust=1416947794510696 Okay, I have a kyphosis. But can it somehow be connected to my unsolved digestive problem? What I know about my digestion: Problems started in the summer of 2008 (age 14), right after my big growth spurt, gradually worsening, culminating in 2010. Symptoms: constant diarrhea, severe brain fog, muscle weakness and constant fatigue In 2010 celiac disease was excluded (blood test negative), although I'm extremely sensitive to gluten (few grains of wheat can cause 10 days of fatigue, especially at mealtimes). But still, another antibody tests for food intolerances was positive (for wheat, rye, yeast...some vegetables). From my trial-and-error diet I quickly found out that these results were true. 4 year diet on allowed foods has revealed that I'm mildly intolerant to everything - there is no single food that I could eat as much as I want with returning of symptoms (brain fog, exhaustion, diarrhea). E.g. allowed quantity for certain rice species is 200 grams and rotation period ca 20 days. For some rice species it's much less (e.g. 30g with 20d rotation). And some brain fog is present even when I follow the rotation. The fifth point and my special rotation is what I've never found in the internet before. I know immune system must be involved here, because it's the only thing that explains "the memory" - something in my body remembers how much I've eaten different foods. And this memory has an IQ of 160 - it knows exactly how much during past 20 days I've eaten this carnarroli rice grown in Italia and how much basmati rice grown in India. It even differenciates between carnarroli rice grown in different parts of Italia (different products by different companies). The only thing that remains a mystery is the type of immune system: it can't be the allergic part (IgE), because that one is not so specific (it only differentiates between food families, that's where the common 4-day rotation diet comes from) and I don't have a "fast-reacting life threatening allergic reaction" to anything, nor have ever had a skin rash of any kind. Perhaps then the widely debated and contoversial IgG?, I've also eliminated other explanations like Gradually running out of specific enzymes for different species of rice over time that need 20 days to be reproduced by pancreas Counterargument: there are very few enzymes responsible for digestion, far not enough to "have an enzyme for each species", [there are just general enzyme labels like protease, amylase and they have don't have many subenzymes]) Specific species of harmful candida/bacteria thrive on specific species of rice, consuming too much of that product will cause this candida/bacteria species to multiply and cause my symptoms Counterargument: there is just candida albicans that everyone is talking about, that can overgrow, not thousands of species for covering each product of food. I also took a month of anticandida herbs + Itraconazol, nothing changed. Also, I become intolerant to probiotics over time - it's not likely that there are bacteria/candida who eat other bacteria. So, it's my immune system. Immune system's memory cells remember the half-digested particles of carnarolli rice, and the more I eat it the more the immune system detects these potenitally harmful invader particles and the more it tries to fight back by releasing chemicals that damage my nerve cells and muscle cells (causing brain fog and muscle fatigue respectively). The involvment of the immune system means that undigested food particles have to be in my blood stream (immune system doesn't reach to the bowel), thus my bowel has to be leaking every food I eat (I become intolerant to everything). Leaky gut syndrome. Now, I've tried to heal my leaky gut with treatments like SCDiet and taking supplements like L-Glutamine (15g per day), quercetine (2x300mg), deglycorized licorice root, fish oil. SCDiet doesn't work (I'm too intolerant to nuts, homemade yoghurt, lentils, veggies, fish and the food that is left [meat, fruits] with its rotation periods isn't enough to feed me). No notable improvement on the supplements (although I've taken them only 3 weeks, they could still have an effect in the future). Actually, all I've achieved with my 4 year diet is that I know the rotation periods of foods and selected 40 products of rice, buckwheat, millet (out of 150, wheew, that was an arduous 2 year project!) that have long rotation and cause FEW (but still some) symptoms AND strictly following these periods hasn't prolonged them even a bit. Meaning the intolerances haven't been healing at all and that with all my effort the leaky gut hasn't improved even a bit. Isn't this odd? Now, today an idea stroke me. I read that sometimes kyphosis can pincing or stretching of the spinal nerves. >Kyphosis:While most cases of kyphosis are mild and only require routine monitoring, serious cases can be debilitating. High degrees of kyphosis can cause severe pain and discomfort, breathing and digestion difficulties. I am quite sure that I have some kind of nerve damage, because I have very little or no knee jerk reflex. I'm very tolerable to pain. That was noticed for example by a masseur who struck my toes with needles. My arms and legs fall asleep often (although this is pretty common symptom). So, here is my new theory: Kyphosis -> spinal nerve pinching/stretching -> impaired nerve impulses. Now what would be unique in my is that my kyphosis isn't very severe (otherwise my doctors would have noticed it a long time ago) AND incidently the impaired nerves are the ones that control the digestion part. >Nerve Regulators:Two types of nerves help to control the action of the digestive system. Extrinsic (outside) nerves come to the digestive organs from the unconscious part of the brain or from the spinal cord . They release a chemical called acetylcholine and another called adrenaline. Acetylcholine causes the muscle of the digestive organs to squeeze with more force and increase the "push" of food and juice through the digestive tract. Acetylcholine also causes the stomach and pancreas to produce more digestive juice. Adrenaline relaxes the muscle of the stomach and intestine and decreases the flow of blood to these organs. Even more important, though, are the intrinsic (inside) nerves, which make up a very dense network embedded in the walls of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. The intrinsic nerves are triggered to act when the walls of the hollow organs are stretched by food. They release many different substances that speed up or delay the movement of food and the production of juices by the digestive organs. If the problem is in these nerves, then from the quote above we know that it can cause lack of digestive juice with all its enzymes can cause all my symptoms: lack of enzymes->undigested food. Undigested food causes all other symptoms like candida overgrowth, and some of this food surely gets into bloodstream (even if there aren't any holes in my gut (typical to "leaky gut" that could be present in case of celiac disease)). Stuff like veggies and nuts cause diarrhea because I just lack the enzymes to digest its fiber and no wonder gluten is the worst thing I can eat, because it's one of the most difficulty digestable proteins. The theory isn't perfect. I have taken a lot of different enzyme supplements and they had absolutely no effect. So there maybe other factors that I can't perceive. Or also my kyphosis->indigestion theory could be entirely wrong (maybe despite the all I am celiac and my blood test was false negative, despite the kyphosis being geneological I actually have so severe vitamin D deficiency caused by celiac that accounted for the formation of crooked spine,although I have no other obvious malnutrition symptoms, and my celiac case is just "special" with my leaky gut not healing and with all its rotations; doesn't make sense, does it?). But hey, what are you gonna do if whatever you do your symptoms still persist and make your life intolerable. I'm definitely going to present my theory to my GP and hope that she will at least consider my claims, and besides recommending me exercises to straighten my back she would also send me to some cool nerve tests (EMG, NCV,SSEP) that will determine if my kyphosis has anything to do with my nerves and digestive problems. EDIT (Nov 26): The theory above is wrong. My kyphosis is really small. And I found out that the text I quoted saying "high degrees kyphosis can cause...,..., digestion difficulties" obviously meant that they have difficulty swollowing the food or acid reflux coming up the throat due to the curvature upper body. Pinched nerve usually also causes pain/numbness. So my pinched nerve causing a little numbness in the rest of my body but "big numbness digestive system" is just delusional. Also, I read that "enteric nervous system can and does operate independently of the brain and the spinal cord", so this makes my theory pointless. Also, my mother actually had scoliosis, thus this is not heredetary. I think I have celiac+Hashimoto, I'm going to talk about this in my next post.
  11. After I went gluten-free the first time I had Anaphylaxis a few times. I reacted to eggs, mayonaise, bell pepper etc. I also had low stomach acidity and very few bowel movements (some days I almost got none!). I had difficulties going to the toilet. Is that Leaky Gut or MCAS? I am planning on going gluten-free again, but I'm afraid. This time I will cut all foods I reacted to before but I want to know what is it. Living in a place where most doctors don't believe Celiac and Leaky gut exist I have to be my own medic.
  12. I wanted to drop back in and pass on what i've learned in the past year and a half since i started this "what's wrong with me?" journey. I thought I had food allergies/intolerances all my life - diarrhea when I eat has been my companion for 45 years. Digestive enzymes and probiotics have kept me alive and able to eat for the past 20ish years. The post with most of my story is here: http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/99411-i-think-youre-my-people/ Nov 2012 I was tested for the celiac gene and antibodies. In a lab error, my blood sample was sent to 2 different labs - Prometheus Labs and Peace Health Labs. Prometheus Labs developed the tests, by the way, so are considered to be the most accurate. Everything from Prometheus came back negative. The Peace Health labs were all negative, except the anti-tissue transglutaminase came back as a weak positive. I went gluten-free (100% and I am confident about that, right down to shampoo and toothpaste) for 7.5 months. No change in my digestive woes. Not worse, but not better, and my face was still breaking out (i'm in my 50's.) After 7.5 months, I went to oregon's premier research hospital in Portland and saw 2 gastroenterologists. They said I didn't have celiac disease, that if i had, i'd have begun to see improvements right away. Instead they said I had IBS - which was the first time any doc had told me that. Months passed and my youngest daughter's (20ish) digestive problems got worse and worse. She saw a naturopath, and in the course of her visits told her doc about me. The ND said it sounded like I had SIBO - Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. I read about it on http://www.siboinfo.org and thought it sounded like me. I went first to my primary care doc to ask for the SIBO test, who sent me to a gastroenterologist, who said i absolutely didn't have SIBO and that i had a gut that "ran fast" just like some people's legs run fast. He also said if i'd had diarrhea for 40 years statistically, it wasn't going to go away. that was helpful, of course. I said "I'm not dead yet" and decided i wasn't done looking for answers. I made an appt with my daughter's ND 2 hours away in another town, was tested for SIBO, and it came back positive. I took Rifaximin for 2 weeks, then started the low FODMAPS diet to starve any bacteria that remained in my small intestine. I'm on week 6 of the 12 weeks I need to be on that diet. I'm also taking low-dose-naltrexone (good reports on healing the gut with crohn's disease) and several supplements to help heal my intestines. That treatment all started 8 weeks ago. I've now been able to eat the first two foods that i was ever allergic to. I have bacon every day - that allergy developed when i was 9. I have had 5 oranges now - and i've been allergic to them (i thought) since i was 15. Everything says that this is working for me. All the evidence is that my gut was damaged by bacteria being in the small intestine, where it isn't supposed to be. Now that the bacteria is gone from there, my intestines are healing, which prevents food particles from leaking through my gut into my body, creating an allergic reaction. I'm afraid to hope that it's going to be a cure for me, but the evidence says it might. I woke up on day 7 after starting the antibiotic feeling the best I have felt in 40 years. It was amazing. I'm wanting to share this in case others of you, like me, don't get better on the gluten-free diet. If that's you, or it helped but doesn't eliminate all the problems, i hope you'll explore the possibility you have SIBO. it's a simple breath test to tell you if you have it. You can even order the test yourself, from Commonwealth Labs in Boston, and they will send you the results. For $175 you might get an answer. If a doc tries to check you for bacteria using a stool test, insist on the breath test. You can read on the siboinfo.org site why that is the only test that works to check if you have bacteria in your small intestine. It is also possible to have BOTH celiac and SIBO. People with IBS have constipation and/or diarrhea. The SIBO test measures for hydrogen (which is put out by some varieties of bacteria) and for methane (put out by other bacteria.) If you have hydrogen gas-producing bacteria, you have diarrhea. if you have the methane-producing bacteria, you have constipation. Methane has been shown to slow down gut motility by as much as 70%. You can have both types of bacteria. There is also a suspected link between the endotoxins produced by the bacteria in the gut and Fibromyalgia. I don't have it, but i did have a fair amount of muscle pain - i just thought i was getting achy but i didn't know why. When i took the antibiotic, the muscle pain stopped. i used to go to the chiropractor all the time because my neck would get so tight and hurt - and it's completely stopped. no more aches! My youngest daughter turned out to be negative on the SIBO, negative on parasites but positive on yeast overgrowth. She's now started treatment for it and we're hopeful for her too. I have never gotten the help i needed for my gut from conventional medicine. This naturopath, however, has turned into a blessing in my life and now, i'm offering this as hope to the rest of you. If you aren't getting completely better on your gluten-free diet, look into SIBO, parasites and yeast. I'd recommend the SIBOinfo.org website, the book by Dr. Mark Pimental "A New IBS Solution: Bacteria, the Missing Link" is about SIBO, IBS and why some things improve your gut but don't cure the problem. A good companion book is by Elaine Gottschall, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." It was about 20 years ago that doctors discovered that stomach ulcers were caused by h.pylori. Prior to that, docs thought they were because you were a type A person, told you to drink milk and calm down. Then they discovered the h.pylori bacteria and ulcers became treated with an antibiotic. Now, research has shown that many of the people with IBS diagnosis have bacteria in their small intestines, where they shouldn't be, which is called SIBO. Rifaximin is the antibiotic that is best to treat it. It's a hugely expensive AB ($1,025) but my co-pay for the whole 2 weeks was $35. Hopefully, some of what i've included here will help someone else. Wishing all of you the best! Please post if you have questions - i'll check back by and try to answer any.
  13. I do have leaky gut and tested intolerant to 55+ foods. About six weeks ago, I decided to start reintroducing a few. I hadn't had egg yolks or bananas in five months and they were a no go. I hadn't had dairy in over a year and OUCH! It is WORSE than before! Does this mean I should scratch these off the list forever? I have stopped reintroducing foods. It's not worth it to feel lousy. Anyone have success in reintroducing foods that you were not successful reintroducing previously? If so, how long did you wait?
  14. The article describes mice with leaky gut like condition and behavior issues that are improved by a bacteria. From Scientific American site: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bacterium-reverses-autism-like-behavior-in-mice ... Doses of a human gut microbe helped to reverse behavioral problems in mice with autism-like symptoms, researchers report today in Cell. The treatment also reduced gastrointestinal problems in the animals that were similar to those that often accompany autism in humans. ... The autistic mice also had 'leaky guts', in which the walls of the intestine break down and allow substances to leak through. Several studies have found that humans with autism are also more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders, suggesting that the two problems may be linked. ...
  15. Have any of you tried this and has it helped? I have read such conflicting information about it. I feel that it would be very difficult for me to follow but at this point I'm willing to try anything. I know that I am gluten free and free of cross contamination. I am not having any of the brain fog symptoms or other symptoms that I get and my antibody levels are almost at zero. However, I am struggling so much with continued bloating, gas, horrible heartburn, stomach pains, and constipation that lasts 7-10 days before one miserable long morning of it all finally coming out. Over and over. These symptoms have all been getting worse over the past 6 months (been gluten free for almost two years) and I wonder if its just my really poor processed food diet and cleaning it up a bit will help or if I need to do something really drastic like the SCD diet. Any thoughts? * A side note, I have spent the past two years eliminating and testing other intolerances. I eliminated eggs which I absolutely cannot have. I eliminated peanuts but it now seems that the symptoms I thought were being caused by peanuts are back full force even though I have avoided them like the plague. I don't seem to have any different reaction whether I eat dairy or not but the only dairy I eat is cheddar cheese. I have been fully tested for food allergies and have no reactions to any. I believe I eat too much sugar. I am underweight and struggling daily with my self image and self esteem because I feel that I will never be able to gain weight and I fear giving up the few things that I feel are KEEPING some weight on me (gluten free pastas, soda, candy, potatoes).
  16. I've been having some crazy success with the diet, but I just have some questions for anyone else that's followed it longer. This is my main concern: Before SCD, I have alternating, almost constant, C and D. It was horrible, and it was impossible to predict which days I'd need to stick around a toilet and which ones would render it obsolete. It was one of my many unbearable symptoms. And it's gone! The (vicious) cycle has been broken, I'm a free man! But, um... While I feel great (And have lost plenty of weight), I still have C. I'm not sure what's going on. I don't feel bloated, I'm dropping pounds, food is going in, almost nothing is coming out. I maybe have one or two bowel movements a week. It's weird, because I urinate a lot more than before. Is this a cause for concern? I feel great (unless I don't eat enough, then my body hates me because I have a very active job), but it's just... Not coming out. I used to have a serious dehydration issue so I drink water as much as I'm able. I eat what I can, but it consists of high meat content, with fruits and vegetable thrown into the mix. Please help me out, I'd really appreciate it! Also: Has anyone found any can't-haves NOT outlined in the SCD diet? I Recently found out I have a strange sensitivity to bananas. Also, I have a pre-existing issue with Casein that gives me mind-obliterating migraines after excessive consumption. Thank you!
  17. So I'll start taking l-glutamine. I'm seeing a lot of improvement as the severity of my symptoms lessened a lot, but still I continue to react to even more foods (lost rice, corn, cassava, I think I lost almonds and flaxseed too!) and I have to make a strict diet which doesn't really nourishes me. It basically consists of: juice (guava, acerola, passionfruit) fruit (apples, bananas, dried prunes, dried grapes) beans potatoes (regular and sweet) vegetables (carrots, beets) meat (chicken, bovine, fish) eggs (one per day, but I'm thinking of raising the number) And that's about it, though I have a fast metabolism and I just can't stick just to it because I seriously need carbs or else I just starve no matter what or how much I eat. I know I'll be able to add foods as I heal, so I talked to my doctor about l-glutamine so my healing can be faster. I will only eat what I know I can eat, but it will be hard if I have to go on like this for six months without gaining back at least rice or cassava. Also I know I lost foods because I always slip up and try out new foods when I shouldn't try anything new. Anyhow. L-glutamine plus following the diet. Healing, here I go!
  18. Hi Sorry to write such a long post, but I want to make my experience as detailed as possible so that it's easier to answer! I just wanted to ask a few questions about allergies and leaky gut. About 5 months ago I was having a lot of digestive problems, fatigue, depression a lot of weight loss (which is not a good thing for me because I was already quite skinny) and was eventually given a blood test for celiac which came back negative. I went on the gluten free diet anyway and most of my symptoms went away within about a week except for my stomach bloating and gas which lasted 2 weeks. During this time I had been eating lots of gluten free processed food, lactose free milk and going out for dinners and it was all perfectly fine so I was happy and started eating a lot and managed to gain back quite a bit of weight until I got glutened again while eating out. After this I stopped eating out as much and felt much worse than I did the first time I went off gluten, but after 2 weeks I was again completely better. Another week later I was back on my weight gaining regime and ended up getting glutened by putting my bread in the toaster that my parents use which I thought wouldn't happen since I do not have celiac disease, but regardless I have since completely avoided any form of cross contamination that I can think of. The problem is I haven't really healed this time and it's been over a month. Sometimes when I have eaten something that contained absolutely no gluten in it my stomach would just swell up 10x it's normal size (while it was already quite swollen) and I would get really bad stomach pains and other problems... I sort of figured out that it may have been corn since cornflour was often used in my meals when this would happen, but sometimes when I ate cornflour it didn't do this at all. After about a week of no corn (and pretty much no processed food at all) I didn't experience any pain but my stomach was still very distended. I decided to cut out dairy. I had been eating lactose free but not dairy free and thought maybe this was the solution to my problems. It's been almost a week and my stomach has not gone any flatter, but my fatigue, depression and insomnia has come back which I am thinking might be because of withdrawal from dairy? I am really hoping it isn't something else. A lot of my gas has gone away since cutting out dairy, but I still feel like there's something lingering in the background and the fact that I have barely any symptoms besides constant bloating makes it harder for me to determine what it could be. I have been eating a lot of rice, eggs, nuts and night shades (mostly potatoes and tomatoes) and am wondering if this could be the problem, but I'm so scared to cut anything else out because every day that I don't stuff my face with food I seem to lose almost a kilo (2 lbs?). I know a lot of people experience leaky gut and other allergies popping up, but I'm just wondering if it sounds like I could have one of these problems or are my symptoms too mild and I should just wait to see if it goes away before cutting anything else out of my diet? I know I haven't been dealing with this as long as a lot of people, but I'm just worried if I do nothing about it it'll get worse and if I do start cutting out food I may end up losing all the weight I gained back for nothing >< I am quite depressed at this point and could really use some advice...