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post #101 of 267
I'll pm you so we don't go completely OT. That is if I can get anything to go through...the server is SO slow!
post #102 of 267
I'll pm you so we don't go completely OT. That is if I can get anything to go through...the server is SO slow!

Ugh. I've tried several times so I'll write some here and then pm you if I can!!!

Conventional wisdom actually has said for years that anyone with IBD should have no fiber. Now people are saying more because of all the "tests" that show a decrease in colo-rectal cancer with high fiber diets. It's starting slowly to come round again. A couple of books have just been released within the last few years addressing this. here's one: http://www.fibermenace.com/

I am thinking you have bile in your stool. Have you been tested? That would explain alot.

I agree wholeheartedly about the non-removal of foods. However healing measures still need to be taken IMO. There are many options, but I think it's prudent to use at least one. We use homeopathy. It's what works best for us.
post #103 of 267
wow...it actually did go through! Wacky.
post #104 of 267

Thank you and raw eggs

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank you for the well wishes, hugs and advice. I know I went on a tirade there, but sometimes the pregnancy hormones really get to you. I'm going to make sure I'm getting in enough of the right vitamins and minerals, starting with increasing my intake of liver. I've been neglecting myself trying to take care of my son and my home. But thanks again for your encouragement. It really means a lot to me!

Now, after my son was sick, I got terribly ill for two days as well...severe vomiting and diarrhea. MY husband said it was the raw egg yolks I was putting in our smoothies. I got lazy this week, didn't buy my eggs from the farmer's market but from the all organic store around the block, and used those eggs for my smoothies. It possibly could be something else, but now I'm curious about making raw egg consumption safer. If I'm using just the yolk, should I boil the egg for a minute (NT raw egg yolk for baby recipe) then crack the egg and use the warm yolk for my smoothies? Am I getting rid of any bacteria by doing this, or just making it worse? Or should I just stay away from eggs that I didn't collect myself?

Thanks.
post #105 of 267
suzukiaustin - haven't got any advice for you on this but i hope some one else has because i had a similar experience last week. i've been having raw eggs (the whole egg) in my smoothies and didn't have any problems, i've been trying to go more raw and the other evening i had raw fish - that i had marinated in lime juice (i'm not a fan of sushi). it was the first day i had eaten all raw! and in the middle of the night i woke up very nauseous and i had to vomit, there was no pain and i felt great afterwards, but i'm now wondering what that was. the fish was fresh and didn't smell atall and tasted great, but i've been feeling under the weather for a couple of weeks and have felt a bit sick everytime i eat. i don't know if its the eggs the fish or perhaps even detoxing? anyone have any ideas? i'm a bit scared that it might happen again now and its totally freaked me about even trying raw meat now! but i didn't have any cramping pain or feel too ill apart from the nauseoa so i'm not sure it could be food poisoning.
post #106 of 267
No info on the raw eggs and fish but, I will be reading for my own sake

Has anyone noticed a huge difference in dark under eye circles after cutting out grains? DS has horrible dark circles and I think he eats very healthy- I'm sure I'm missing something in his diet as I don't have it all figured out yet. Or could it be the B vits?
post #107 of 267
Hmm, I hope someone chimes in about the eye circles. DH and I both have them. DH actually has darkness all the way around his eyes (his mom and grandfather have it too). I just have it under my eyes.
post #108 of 267
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Hmm, I hope someone chimes in about the eye circles. DH and I both have them. DH actually has darkness all the way around his eyes (his mom and grandfather have it too). I just have it under my eyes.

i'm interested in the dark circles aswell because my dd has recently got them. they actually cleared up more when we cut the grains. they reoccur when she needs to have a bowel movement and won't do it this comes in phases so when she is regular they go (she has a habit of holding them in but she's not physically constipated - when she holds in it causes major problems in every way).
but also recently i've been eating raw dairy and i'm still nursing her and i was wondering if this is a sign of intolerence to the dairy i'm eating. i've read somewhere that dark circles around the eyes can be signs of intolerence to a food.
post #109 of 267
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i've read somewhere that dark circles around the eyes can be signs of intolerence to a food.
According to "Is This Your Child" by Doris Rapp, dark circles around the eyes can be allergy/intolerance signs. My allergist says so, too--but it can be food or environmental allergies.

Rapp says that red ears and nose can also be signs, among other things.
post #110 of 267
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Hmm, I hope someone chimes in about the eye circles. DH and I both have them. DH actually has darkness all the way around his eyes (his mom and grandfather have it too). I just have it under my eyes.
They are, as far as I know a sign of mineral depletion. Of course, with allergies and a leaky gut this is an issue. It's not necessarily the only one. If you can restore the minerals you should lose the circles. Healing the gut would of course accomplish this.

IMO allergies are the MAIN cause, but not the sole cause.
post #111 of 267
Would a mineral supplement like Concentrace be a good place to start? I don't doubt at all that we could be mineral deficient. I know I'm magnesium deficient for sure because of other health stuff I have (mitral valve prolapse).
post #112 of 267
I'd think so. There could be other reasons why you aren't accessing and absorbing them, but I would start and see what kind of a difference there was. If you saw nothing in a couple of months then I might graduate to testing to find out why you weren't absorbing them.
post #113 of 267
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I'd think so. There could be other reasons why you aren't accessing and absorbing them, but I would start and see what kind of a difference there was. If you saw nothing in a couple of months then I might graduate to testing to find out why you weren't absorbing them.
What kind of test is this? What specifically does it test for? I have had "allergy shiners" << as my mom always called them<< forever. Nothing was ever done about it, just "that's the way it is" because I have allergies (i.e. environmental, like pollen).

I am wanting to know what kind of test I could take to figure this out?

TIA,
Jamie
post #114 of 267
I hate busting in on a conversation like this but have no choice as there is always a continuous one going and I don't keep up. Personal question for you fellow grain free-sugar free ladies. I NO,NO,NO sex drive. Anyone else troubled by this? i have celiacs but am symptom free, not wasting anymore but am still BFing 15 mo post pardum with no period. Somebody help me! I've posted all over about this as it is causing huge problems in my marriage.
post #115 of 267
Joybird, my son's stools didn't firm up when he went GF or when he went grain-free. Enzymes helped, but he still had problems. What finally did it for him was when he started taking Saccharomyces Boulardii. It's thought to be in kefir (although what's in kefir may be slightly different). He was drinking water kefir at almost every meal, but he needed to take this in order to see this improvement. Just thought I'd share our experience.

jhow32000, I wish I could give you a definitive answer. I know how tough that is. Much of our 15 year marriage has involved me having no sex drive. I'll share some things that have helped me/us (you may have already tried them, in which case ignore me). One is that if dh asks for it, I do everything in my power to say yes (sometimes I just can't, though), and then I try very hard to enjoy it (and I usually do, which may mean that I have less of a problem than you, I don't know), even if it's just a little. This often will increase my sex drive. And if there is a problem that makes it hard to enjoy it, I try to address that. Like right now, with nursing, I'm very dry. A little coconut oil makes a world of difference.

I also make sure not to withhold my affection in other ways. I realize the other ways aren't as satisfying to dh, but they're what I can do. It was really tempting for awhile to just avoid giving affection, too, since that always carried the "risk" of an expectation I did not wish to meet. Now I've found that dh and I are both happier if I do express my affection. I also have to communicate and be honest that sometimes I'm not wanting anything else. This, too, can improve my sex drive.

I have also had trouble with my health, or lack thereof, getting in the way of my having a sex drive. THere have even been times that it makes me ill (not out of disgust or anything, but a purely physical response - hormones is my guess). I make sure I explain it to dh in such a way that he is left with no doubt that he didn't make me sick, and neither did his affection. It was a problem in my body. When he knows what is making it difficult for me, he is much more likely to take it in stride, and he's also more likely to be creative. He also is very involved in helping me to get healthier. He reads and learns things. He suggests this "therapy" or that one. He has a lot of incentive.

And addressing my health issues has definitely helped to improve things for us. This has been a long-term project, though.

Oh, and many years ago, a dr. or ND (can't remember) prescribed some testosterone cream for me. It was really amazing.
post #116 of 267
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What kind of test is this? What specifically does it test for? I have had "allergy shiners" << as my mom always called them<< forever. Nothing was ever done about it, just "that's the way it is" because I have allergies (i.e. environmental, like pollen).

I am wanting to know what kind of test I could take to figure this out?

TIA,
Jamie
There are several. I prefer either a hair or urine mineral screen. It would also test heavy metals as well.

However any doc for the most part can write a requisition for a blood test to look at specific nutrients. You can look at copper, zinc, calcium etc. in this way. To be fair I think that is pretty worthless. What's circulating in your body has no bearing on what you are using. A hair analysis shows what you have used, a urine analysis can measure what's being used v. what's being excreted.

There are some that say hair results can be skewed due to use of shampoos and other products. A pretty easy fix (for those who are willing) is to wash with gentle soap or baking soda and vinegar for a solid week prior to testing.
post #117 of 267
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Originally Posted by jhow32000 View Post
I hate busting in on a conversation like this but have no choice as there is always a continuous one going and I don't keep up. Personal question for you fellow grain free-sugar free ladies. I NO,NO,NO sex drive. Anyone else troubled by this? i have celiacs but am symptom free, not wasting anymore but am still BFing 15 mo post pardum with no period. Somebody help me! I've posted all over about this as it is causing huge problems in my marriage.
my best guess (based purely on intuition) is this: you had a very sick body for quite a while before you realized it. when you are sick your hormones get REALLY screwy. Now, when your body is in survival mode it wouldn't affect you as much. However once it starts to heal it lets all of it's guards down so to speak and starts the healing process. Many people report better functioning before removing gluten. After it's out it can take years to rebuild and normalize.

Okay, and here's me getting on my soapbox, so take it for what it's worth. There is a natural wisdom here. A return of menstruation and sex drive (there is a clear hormonal connection) means that your body is ready to get pregnant again. I'm not saying you can't have sex before then. What I am saying is that it's physiologically NORMAL not to want to. Historically IIRC a "normal" return of drive and menstruation was around 2 years. Supposedly this will still be the case with a very balanced and healthy body. It's not conventional wisdom anymore-how could it be? The vast majority of people are so out on sync with their bodies due to illness, drugs and synthetic hormones we don't know which end is up!

I think you are totally within the range of normal. Don't know if that helps.
post #118 of 267
It was a problem in my body. When he knows what is making it difficult for me, he is much more likely to take it in stride, and he's also more likely to be creative. He also is very involved in helping me to get healthier. He reads and learns things. He suggests this "therapy" or that one. He has a lot of incentive.



I think it's wonderful that he is so involved! I also salute you on your communication. That will make it so much easier for a partner to understand. The only thing (and this is again me on my soapbox) that I would say is to try not to see it as a problem with your body. Your body is doing EXACTLY what it is supposed to be doing. IT may be your "issue" but in my mind that is a whole different energy than saying your body is somehow not functioning properly. As women it is so important for us to remain connected and honor our beautifully functioning selves! Even if it's not what you *want* to see, it's still nature working at it's best.

Of course I do come from the place that our emotions affect our physical selves. So for me it is VERY important to try and have my thoughts lining up in a way that appreciate my body and respect it. Instead of trying to fix it, I try to give it the tools it requires and allow it to fix itself. That may sound like semantics, but in case it resonates with you I thought I'd throw it out there.
post #119 of 267
So I thought my sinus issues were going away, but last night I developed another sinus headache. I broke down and took some OTC medicine (after homeopathics failed to work AGAIN for me) and it's not touching it.

I'm HOPING it was the ham I had at my mom's house yesterday. She buys regular deli ham (I think it's Boar's Head brand) and I'm guessing it has MSG in it. (Hoping because otherwise I'm lost.)

We go there every week, so I'm thinking I'll pick up some Applegate Farms ham and bring it next time.

Also, I gained back a pound that I had lost. I really was hoping I'd continue losing! ARGH. What am I doing wrong?
post #120 of 267
OK, I have a few questions:

B.O. - I stink!! A few pages back FF said something about toxins being stored in fat and when we loose weight the toxins are released and begin circulating. I have been loosing weight since going TF/GF - could this be happening to me? Could this explain the body odour? Will it go away??

White spots on nails - I have noticed a few faint white spots on my nails and I think I remember hearing or reading somewhere that this means a mineral diffency. Any one know anything about this? Which mineral(s)?

Chelation - maybe this should go on another thread? When I last had blood work done, there were very definite heavy metal rings present. Is chelation the way to go? I saw a product called Bio-Chelat (drops taken orally) - is this effective or is the IV way a better way to go? Or is there something else that I can do that would be better?
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