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i've talked to some of you before in other forums (thanks for all the great advice). i'm finally coming to join here officially, though i've read almost all the posts from every month.
my dd (2 years old) and i have yeast issues and need to heal our guts. when i read the description of leaky gut, it sounds like it fits her. we both had thrush when she was 2 weeks old and i tried to treat it every natural way i could find - finally swabbed her mouth with nystatin and i took diflucan and it went away. starting day 2, she had GERD/ reflux/ colic. it went away between 4-5 months. we used hyland's for keeping her comfortable. i eliminated dairy at some point but didn't see a difference. i thought you only needed to eliminate for 4 days so that's what i did and no difference.
at about 18 months, she developed eczema. we've done a real elimination diet, for about 5 weeks, and her OLD eczema spots almost cleared - they are no longer red except occasionally. their footprint is still there though. the newer spots behind her knees still look a mess and she has even developed some new ones since being on this crazy diet.
we eliminated dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, and nuts. about 3 weeks into the diet her eczema started getting much much worse and i realized she was sensitive to tons of things - it seems like salicylate sensitivity. i had been giving her lots of coconut oil to substitute for the fat we gave up with dairy, and lots more produce instead of the grains, and i think this pushed her over the edge. now her eczema is worse than when we started (overall) and she is reactive to everything!!! she has shiners every day instead of occasionally.
i cut back severely on the high salicylates and reintroduced dairy and eggs. i know it was not the smartest move but the elimination diet was tearing my household apart. it just was not good for our family. caused tensions, dd and i were constantly hungry and cranky.
jane, i loved the article you posted somewhere about moderation - the one where your friend took a moderate approach and still regained health. i feel drawn to this approach. i fear that our bodies will become even more sensitive to foods we can now enjoy, if we go on a super restrictive diet. this is why i am not doing SCD at this time. i'll try a moderate approach and see where that takes us.
i believe very strongly that probiotics will heal her gut. with this salicylate sensitivity we had to cut out coconut oil. i am also a strong believer of weston price/traditional foods so it seems nearly impossible to me to do without both dairy and coconut oil and still get a significant amount of probiotics into her.
we are 9 days into eating dairy and eggs. not much difference so far - she has good days and bad days. we've been eating 24 hour cow's milk yogurt (raw milk when i can find it) every day, with supplemental jarro probiotics cultured in there too. we've also been drinking kefir sodas daily. i'm soaking everything for 24 hours (brown rice, quinoa). we have bone broth in some form every day. continuing the CLO. yesterday i re-introduced x-factor butter oil and today our complexions looked rosy, plus dd was in a GREAT mood and full of energy today.
my plan, for today anyway
is to continue to eat in a traditional manner, preparing foods so as to be as digestible as possible, continue dairy unless i see a severe negative reaction, and keep a low level overall of the foods high in salicylates. i REALLY hope that dairy will work out, as i am totally counting on the probiotics to heal her gut. if we did have to cut out dairy i would continue with just kefir but i worry about our yeast issues and the sugar in those sodas.
i've also made an appointment to see dr. neustaedter (author of the vaccine guide, a frequent guest speaker here at mdc) on thursday. i sure hope the visit will be worth the $270 consultation that insurance does not cover. i had very good success with traditional chinese medicine myself so i am hopeful.
i guess that's about it. thanks for reading! i do feel somehow better after joining here officially, like i'm finally doing something concrete about our health.