so while we were away over thanksgiving, i thought we had escaped the bad effects that we usually feel (intestinally, that is). we came home and jump-started the dormant kefir in the fridge, and mixed it with the grains we had taken to the ILs. whoa - that combination was disastrous - very sour. and then we started having an minor intestinal collapse.
ds had been chewing hands and other stuff, including some minor eczematous areas on his face. it all pointed to yeast. however, magically, the drooling and hand sucking and stuff went away after a few days of homemade pickles and sauerkraut. but the rash remains.
dh and i have been eating a fair amount of beans. well, we had barley the other night and now have it on the "DO NOT EAT" list. anyhow, we still weren't happy with the kefir so... I DUMPED 4 JARS OF GRAINS and am now starting over. it's slow going but this batch tastes so much better than the batches we dumped.
we've all got ND appointments next week. it's funny - i was describing the symptoms to the ND over the phone (just for ds) - weekly weekend constipation, rash, chewing on things, lots of night-time nursing... he asked what i was doing - probiotics when ds complies, lactofermented food (pickles, sauerkraut, kefir), TTO/EVOO on the rash, etc. he asked what i thought it was - perhaps yeast. to which he replied that the symptoms seemed to match, but that some bodywork might help alleviate things. he's a funny little English man, my ND. (we had once talked about how there's a 3-way direct connection between the lumbar/sacral vertebrae and the gut and the vagus nerve)
in the meantime, dh has ASKED for simpler meals - like meat and veggies, no grains, no legumes.
this is the man who used to require bread with every meal. i'm also thinking that we need to go back to glutamine for a bit - kinda like a restart of sorts. dh is toying with the idea of doing another cleanse though i'm thinking he doesn't need it.
as for the 7-year thing... it seems that i have personally experienced major life changes almost every 7 years - which would explain why my system changes a bit along with those events. doesn't that correspond also with the hypothetical 7-year marriage itch?