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post #41 of 484
Thank you Bluets for the info. I have read about omega balance but I do not understand about GLA, ALA ...

DS is about 8 days out from the start of his stomach bug and is still recovering. His poop is all (that I can see) is abnormal. It is mushy like mashed potatoes, but not mucousy. Saffron yellow in color and smells like vinegar. He had been mostly nursing for about a few days but has been eating more and more solids each day. The smell does not seem normal, and I am surprized about the yellow color. Anyone have any ideas?
post #42 of 484
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Originally Posted by Nolansmum View Post
Thank you Bluets for the info. I have read about omega balance but I do not understand about GLA, ALA ...

DS is about 8 days out from the start of his stomach bug and is still recovering. His poop is all (that I can see) is abnormal. It is mushy like mashed potatoes, but not mucousy. Saffron yellow in color and smells like vinegar. He had been mostly nursing for about a few days but has been eating more and more solids each day. The smell does not seem normal, and I am surprized about the yellow color. Anyone have any ideas?
from enzymestuff.com (http://www.enzymestuff.com/rtstools.htm)

Stool starts out green , then turns bright yellow as it goes through the digestive tract. It is bile and bacteria that finally turn it brown. Yellow or green stools can indicate stool is passing through the digestive tract too rapidly not giving it a chance to change colour. Bright yellow stools can also indicate not enough bile / bilary obstruction.

if you go to www.abchomeopathy.com and use the online software, you might be able to get a suggested remedy. just based on the stool description, i get that you be giving your ds mercurius vivius - but you should probably doublecheck

are you able to do the BRAT diet, even in part? that should definitely help firm things up.
post #43 of 484
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Originally Posted by Nolansmum View Post
Thank you Bluets for the info. I have read about omega balance but I do not understand about GLA, ALA ...

DS is about 8 days out from the start of his stomach bug and is still recovering. His poop is all (that I can see) is abnormal. It is mushy like mashed potatoes, but not mucousy. Saffron yellow in color and smells like vinegar. He had been mostly nursing for about a few days but has been eating more and more solids each day. The smell does not seem normal, and I am surprized about the yellow color. Anyone have any ideas?
I've wondered about the vinegar smell, too. I've noticed it in dd's poop, too, but I can't remember the color. They weren't firm, though, definitely like mashed potatoes.

Also, after reading about animals, I'm freaking. My dh got a cat TODAY. And now I'm so freaked. My dh thinks I'm being paranoid and I think he's just thinking about all the money he spent on cat stuff today. What the heck am I going to do now. . .:
post #44 of 484
Caedmyn: Can you give the probiotics to DD in something like oat milk? Or what about in some water? A little expressed breast milk?

Does the SCD help diverticulosis/diverticulitis?

Samantha
post #45 of 484
caedmyn, even though it may taste vile, it might be worthwhile trying EBM as a kefir substrate.
post #46 of 484
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Originally Posted by Nolansmum View Post
Thank you Bluets for the info. I have read about omega balance but I do not understand about GLA, ALA ...

DS is about 8 days out from the start of his stomach bug and is still recovering. His poop is all (that I can see) is abnormal. It is mushy like mashed potatoes, but not mucousy. Saffron yellow in color and smells like vinegar. He had been mostly nursing for about a few days but has been eating more and more solids each day. The smell does not seem normal, and I am surprized about the yellow color. Anyone have any ideas?
You might just give him a few more days to recover--I've noticed that when I've been sick sometimes my stools change colors and just takes a few days to go back to normal, which they do on their own.
post #47 of 484
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Originally Posted by MommyofPunkiePie View Post
Caedmyn: Can you give the probiotics to DD in something like oat milk? Or what about in some water? A little expressed breast milk?

Does the SCD help diverticulosis/diverticulitis?

Samantha
The SCD can help diverticulosis/litis.

DD will take probiotics straight, I was just wanting something I can culture. For that matter, I don't know why I couldn't culture juice "yogurt"...it's really just the sugar the bugs are feeding on, I think we just tend to think of yogurt in a milk form. I think oat milk might have the same problems as giving babies straight oats--if they can't digest oats, they probably wouldn't be able to handle oat milk, either.
post #48 of 484
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Originally Posted by bluets View Post
caedmyn, even though it may taste vile, it might be worthwhile trying EBM as a kefir substrate.
I've never pumped, though...I was thinking today that she eats so little of the yogurt/kefir that I might just as well give her more probiotics, which are a lot easier to get into her, anyway. She eats maybe an ounce, or sometimes two, of the yogurt/kefir a day. If there's a billion good bacteria in a tsp (just guessing, I know the 24 hr yogurt on the SCD has more but this doesn't culture as long and I doubt it has more than a billion), she's getting 6-12 billion good bacteria out of the yogurt or kefir. That's 2-4 scoops of her probiotics. Maybe I'll just buy one of the dairy-free adult probiotics that contain 50 billion probiotics per capsule and start feeding her one of those a day
post #49 of 484
I haven't been keeping up w/the thread very well and haven't read all the recent posts but saw something about GLA.

Wanted to mention that dd's DAN doc recommended Super GLA (she takes 1 300 mg. cap twice a week) and it has helped her sleep *tremendously*. I saw improvement right away. Of course, we also started folinic acid at the same time but I think the GLA is awesome. I have not noticed any changes in her bms though.

Just thought I'd throw that out there to all you mamas struggling w/sleep issues too.
post #50 of 484
Annikate--didn't you say you were using a custom probiotics blend? What is in the blend? Has it helped your DDs? I'm thinking about having them put together a blend for DD...maybe 55% b. infantis, 15% l. acidophilus, and 10% each l. rhamnosus, l. salivarius, and l. plantarum. It'd be super pricey, at least $125 with shipping! But if I gave her 100 billion CFU a day it would last 5 months...it'd be totally worth it if it helps her.
post #51 of 484
I dropped off of this thread a few months ago so I'm not sure if anyone will remember me (I remember some of you - hi again).

I'm back after feeling pretty darn good for about 3 months. I had just weaned myself off daily doses of l-glutamine and Seacure (to heal the gut lining) and my digestion seemed on the up and up. I was still dealing with my bladder (Interstitial Cystitis) but at least my digestion was improving. Well, not anymore. For the last two weeks I've had horrible cramping and diarrhea (maybe not watery but loose and just icky) every time I eat. I feel HORRIBLE when I first wake in the morning and need to poop within the first hour, even before I eat anything. At first I thought it was hormonal related since it started when I got my period, but that was almost two weeks ago and while it improved (probably because I started back up on the l-glutamine which has prompted some healing) it's still not great. While I have a history of yeast/leaky gut issues, I don't believe that's what's going on now primarily because there are no accompanying vaginal issues and there always are when it's yeast. What I do have now is some very dry, bumpy, itchy rashes on my fingers which was making me think gluten intolerance since I know that can also be a sympton.
I have an appt with a new general MD tomorrow (I'm switching practices - my former practice is very holistic but the staff are inept and the doctors routinely cancel my appts out of the blue) who is supposedly open-minded. I decided to make an appt because after a week of this I think it's serious enough to warrant a doctor's visit. Plus, I'm at a point where I'm tired of guessing what's going on. I want to have a clear dx and then go from there. I'm guessing this doc will want to refer me out to a GI doc and that's where I get nervous. I DO NOT want to do any invasive procedures right away. About ten years ago I was dx'd with IBS (and we all know what a catch-all dx that is) and drugs were thrown at me. I never took 'em and switched my diet/took lots of probiotics, had the CDSA (which dx'd a yeast problem and dysbiosis) which helped but I'm beginning to feel as though I'm never correctly nipping any problems - just using a band-aid approach. Add to all this that I'm actively ttc and am seeking the help of a infertility specialist. So far I've been dx'd - this month - with not ovulating properly. I have what is called lutenized unruptured follicle syndrome. In other words, my blood work showed I ovulated but the follicle never released an egg. This might be a fluke since lots of women have this from time to time, so we need to monitor again next month to see if it repeats. I certainly do not want to be having upper and lower GIs and endoscopes or whatever they do in the conventional world since I know they will only require days of feeling like total shit (who will care for my daughter?) and then recovery and I want to avoid that while ttc.

So, my question to all of you in the know is - what should I be telling the doctor? What tests can I request that aren't invasive? I'd like to find out if I have any food allergies/sensitivies but don't know if I need to request a blood test or saliva. Do I want to see a GI doc or an allergist? I used to do phone consults with a holistically-minded GI doc (he did the CDSA) but he has since retired so I have no one to turn to locally who has a less-conversative approach.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #52 of 484
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
Annikate--didn't you say you were using a custom probiotics blend? What is in the blend? Has it helped your DDs? I'm thinking about having them put together a blend for DD...maybe 55% b. infantis, 15% l. acidophilus, and 10% each l. rhamnosus, l. salivarius, and l. plantarum. It'd be super pricey, at least $125 with shipping! But if I gave her 100 billion CFU a day it would last 5 months...it'd be totally worth it if it helps her.
You know, the reuteri is the thing that has helped dd1 the most. More than anything else I've tried. (She had severe constipation issues.)

I have not used the probiotics for dd2 (the Custom blend) on a regular enough basis yet to tell if they are helping her or not.

I forget - do you use the reuteri?

I don't know . . . I'm not sure I'd shell out that much $ for a *maybe*. Why don't you call the guy at Custom Probiotics and talk to him? He's very knowledgeable and was friendly. He might have a recommendation.
post #53 of 484
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Originally Posted by Annikate View Post
You know, the reuteri is the thing that has helped dd1 the most. More than anything else I've tried. (She had severe constipation issues.)

I have not used the probiotics for dd2 (the Custom blend) on a regular enough basis yet to tell if they are helping her or not.

I forget - do you use the reuteri?

I don't know . . . I'm not sure I'd shell out that much $ for a *maybe*. Why don't you call the guy at Custom Probiotics and talk to him? He's very knowledgeable and was friendly. He might have a recommendation.
When I started giving dd Reuteri (primodophilus) and Culturelle, that's when things started to get better, stool-wise. My biggest problem is getting her to eat the food I put them in: She went from having nearly completely liquuid stools with undigested chunks (tmi, sorry) to formed mostly solid bms.
post #54 of 484
ericaz - you might check out http://www.foresight-preconception.o...grammepreg.htm for an idea of ttc testing to go along with your infertility tests. they are a highly reputable organization. maybe take some of their materials to your doc.

as for GI testing, i would suggest perusing (and printing) some of the test possibilities from enterolabs and/or genova diagnostics (formerly great smokies lab). of course, take your past test results.

thorne's website has free back issues of alternative medical review (i think that's the name) which you should peruse and print - there are a number on leaky gut and dysbiosis... the last issue available has a review on celiac disease (and related topics).

i would also make it clear to the doc that you don't care about clinical trials - that you'd rather explore remedies even if there is only anecdotal supporting evidence.
post #55 of 484
Anybody have a good source for dairy free reuteri? I keep hearing all these good things about it and want to try it!
post #56 of 484
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Originally Posted by LovinLiviLou View Post
Anybody have a good source for dairy free reuteri? I keep hearing all these good things about it and want to try it!
I got mine at WF and I can't remember the brand. I'm pretty sure it has some form of dairy though. I'll check in the a.m. and if it doesn't I'll post and lyk.
post #57 of 484
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Originally Posted by LovinLiviLou View Post
Anybody have a good source for dairy free reuteri? I keep hearing all these good things about it and want to try it!
As far as I know there is only one brand of reuteri (I think it's Nature's Way) and it contains dairy. I'd like to find a dairy free one, too.
post #58 of 484
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Originally Posted by bluets View Post
caedmyn, even though it may taste vile, it might be worthwhile trying EBM as a kefir substrate.
Thank you for suggesting this. I got my water kefir grains today, am making some kefir soda for myself and I am pumping right now to make DS some BM kefir.
post #59 of 484
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Originally Posted by Nolansmum View Post
Thank you for suggesting this. I got my water kefir grains today, am making some kefir soda for myself and I am pumping right now to make DS some BM kefir.
Let me know how it works...I might consider getting a pump and trying it myself if it works. I wonder if you need milk kefir grains, though, or if water would work?
post #60 of 484
I'm trying to find info on kombucha and breastfeeding. I know there have been some disscussions around here but I am bad at using the search, how do I find these threads?

Also, is it possible that DS is reacting to tilapia but not cod? I have been looking back at my food diary and it seems like most of the times his face is itchy I have eaten tilapia. Probably just a coincidence. On this subject, does anyone here abstain from all seafood because of the mercury?
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