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post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
I have to disagree with this--at least for me, I still had cramps even after months on a very low salicylate diet. Magnesium gets rid of my cramps very quickly, so it appears that mine are due to a magnesium deficiency. But then, I'm not sensitive to salicylates so perhaps for those who are, they can cause cramps.
That's very interesting. I suffer from horrible cramps each month. What type of magnesium supplement should I look for?

Also, can anyone explain this salicylate theory to me? I've never heard of it before. I thought menstrual cramps were due to an imbalance of omega 3 vs. omega 6.
post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by rayo de sol View Post
That's very interesting. I suffer from horrible cramps each month. What type of magnesium supplement should I look for?

Also, can anyone explain this salicylate theory to me? I've never heard of it before. I thought menstrual cramps were due to an imbalance of omega 3 vs. omega 6.
I don't think it matters. Epsom salt baths are a good way to get a fair amount of magnesium into you without having to worry about bowel tolerance.

Salicylates are a pesticide that most plants produce. Different foods have varying amounts--most grains have none, fruits and veggies have amounts ranging from none to very high, herbs and spices are generally very high, honey is very high, almonds are pretty high, coconut oil and EVOO are high. Basically everyone has to detoxify salicylates through the liver, and everyone has a finite capacity to detox them. Some people have genetically lower enzyme capacity and are sensitive to lower amounts, in some cases to virtually any amount, of salicylates. Salicylate sensitivity can cause a very wide range of health problems, from digestive problems to "allergy symptoms" to chronic health problems like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (as can other naturally occurring food chemicals like amines and glutamates). Here's a couple of links
www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info
www.plantpoisonsandrottenstuff.com
post #43 of 55
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Originally Posted by caedmyn View Post
Hi JaneS! How is your DS doing now?

I've really struggled to come to the same conclusion as you have--some things are just not fixable (see my siggy!). I'm just hoping that my next baby will be healthier.
He's doing really great as long as we stick w/ limited diet. Which sucks, but at least it's figured out for now and he's sleeping, growing, etc. all I can pray for is immune system maturation at age 6-7 will produce some changes.
post #44 of 55
i've pretty much come to the same conclusion- that a TF will not cure all. this was a hard pill for me to swallow and sometimes i do feel angry about how much energy/time/emotion/money i'm spending, yet my dd still has major gut issues. like JaneS's son, dd is pretty healthy when we eat our limited diet + ridiculous amount of supplements. but of course i really really want to cure her and i and be able to eat like others.

but, i also know that if i did not go through all this effort, she would be much worse off. the gut issues would exacerbate, her behavior would be crazy, her skin would look terrible, and she just wouldn't be developing as well. she'd get sick with colds again. i think maybe her shyness would be even stronger. and her teeth, which were starting to decay before TF, would continue on their path to becoming cavities.

the notion that TF cures all is definitely not true in our household. but, there is still much value in eating TF, and that's why i continue to do it despite it all.

i also wanted to agree with other posters about allergy symptoms becoming amplified when you are healthier. i no longer have chronic fatigue and chronic sinus pain. but now when i eat something i'm allergic to, i get immediate and intense feedback from my body. i guess that is the trade off for improved health. i try to see it as a good sign that i'm on the right track.
post #45 of 55
to the OP: my dd gets allergy shiners too. or i should say she used to. we've been off grains (all grains, including rice and corn) for a couple of months now and the shiners are way reduced. they do pop up from time to time, mildly, when we eat highly phenolic foods like berries. but it is no longer a chronic thing.

if i were you, i would keep a food journal, also noting the reactions. pretty soon you'll have a better idea of what is causing the allergies.
post #46 of 55
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We finally got ds's food sensitivity results. He is sensitive to 26 different foods! 26! Interestingly, most of them are foods he doesn't eat, anyway. He showed allergic to many grasses, like oats and amaranth. DP has allergies to grasses, too. DS has a low level sensitivity to wheat and milk, but not cheese. I don't understand how cheese can be ok when milk isn't. Apparently, bananas are more of a problem for him than milk or wheat. Tomatoes and all citrus fruits are also out. Thankfully, he can still eat eggs and meats. I'm pretty sure ds also has yeast. His poops are all messed up, and his digestion is bad. Motocita, what supplements do you give your dd? I'm doing CLO, acidophilus, enzymes, and gut-soothing herbs. I still have no real idea what to feed ds on a regular basis. He can't have any bread products unless I make him some rice bread. We like to eat out sometimes, but now that's impossible.
I don't think that NT had a lot to do with ds's food problems. The problem with grasses is probably just genetic, and ds's doc said that bananas are a common food for kids to have problems with. In our case, they are so convenient that we probably overdid it. If anyone has any good cookbooks or recipes to share, I'd love to read them. I got the Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook but it's useless for us. Virtually every recipe has an ingredient that ds can't have. I just got a new dehydrator that I should really start putting to use. This will definitely open up our food horizons.
post #47 of 55
Given your DS gets sick often, I thought I'd mention that several people in my circle of friends have had good results from putting hydrogen peroxide in the ears at the onset of a cold. It seemed to help prevent the colds getting to be big ones.

I've read a little about this on the mercola site but I don't have the article handy.

I hope you get all this sorted out!
post #48 of 55
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DS has a low level sensitivity to wheat and milk, but not cheese. I don't understand how cheese can be ok when milk isn't.
I don't completely understand how this can be, but it's our situation too. Our old chiro, using muscle testing, said cow's cheese was ok (and yogurt and other fermented products) but not cow's milk. We weren't drinking straight cow's milk at the time anyway (I'd already seen it didn't work for me), but cheese was fine for my son (older baby/toddler-age)--we ate it frequently. But when I first gave him a bite of the ice cream I was eating, he threw up. Weird, but I waited a month or so and wanted to see if it was just a coincidence--nope, happened again. I _think_ the explanation I got involved changes in some of the protein in the milk during the cheese-making process (same with yogurt).

The Garden of Eating is grain-free and dairy-free, so it may be of help. But it still sounds like there are other things you'd need to check.

Good luck with all this. Eating TF has been a part of our healing as well, but a lot of different things have fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Although exhausting and disheartening at times, overall this process has been quite the learning experience for me and has broadened my horizons in unexpected ways. It has been a blessing (and I make sure to remind myself of that when I'm feeling down ).
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
I don't completely understand how this can be, but it's our situation too. Our old chiro, using muscle testing, said cow's cheese was ok (and yogurt and other fermented products) but not cow's milk. We weren't drinking straight cow's milk at the time anyway (I'd already seen it didn't work for me), but cheese was fine for my son (older baby/toddler-age)--we ate it frequently. But when I first gave him a bite of the ice cream I was eating, he threw up. Weird, but I waited a month or so and wanted to see if it was just a coincidence--nope, happened again. I _think_ the explanation I got involved changes in some of the protein in the milk during the cheese-making process (same with yogurt).
Ok, well that makes more sense. I assumed that allergies to dairy products have to do with difficulty digesting the proteins, but I didn't realize that they changed that much when being processed to cheese. I would also call my current journey "disheartening." Whenever I see a recipe that might work, or try to think of some of ds's old favorite foods, I soon realize that there's a prohibited ingredient in it. Thanks for the book recommendation.

Qietserena, is the hydrogen peroxide put in the ears like drops, or do you just clean the ears with it?
post #50 of 55
Cheese also has less lactose than straight milk.

While dealing with my own sinus and allergy issues this week, I wondered if your son's issues might be more environmental allergies instead of food allergies?
post #51 of 55
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Originally Posted by spiderdust View Post
Cheese also has less lactose than straight milk.

While dealing with my own sinus and allergy issues this week, I wondered if your son's issues might be more environmental allergies instead of food allergies?
I recently read somewhere, and ds' Dr mentioned it as well, that enviro allergies don't generally start until kiddos get older. I don't know what age they start, but I was told that ds' food problems with grassy substances could turn into enviro allergies when he gets older, if we don't nip it in the bud now. I think that just means avoiding those foods for a while and strengthening his digestive system.
post #52 of 55
I wanted to second the Garden of Eating...I have multiple food intolerances (gluten/dairy) and I use a lot of those recipes.

I wanted to share too that I have eaten TF for about 2 years and it has done wonders for my mood issues (combined with nutrient supplements), general well being..BUT I probably have another cavity, I still have abnormal paps, and still have food allegies. I do all the supplements too and I hope that things are at least improving. Sometimes I feel like maybe it is my fault that I am not trying hard enough to heal my gut and teeth but I have to live my life. I just try and be grateful that I have access to foods that suit my body.

I still have some mother guilt too about my son having soy formula when I had to wean him and he was allergic to cow milk. But he seems to be a very healthy boy. It is so hard to be a mommy because we love our chidren so much and want to give them the best. s

Jen
post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by MommaMoo View Post
I recently read somewhere, and ds' Dr mentioned it as well, that enviro allergies don't generally start until kiddos get older. I don't know what age they start, but I was told that ds' food problems with grassy substances could turn into enviro allergies when he gets older, if we don't nip it in the bud now. I think that just means avoiding those foods for a while and strengthening his digestive system.
I have read this too and this was also our experience.
Enviro allergies showed up at age 3, I have read after age 2. It's called 'The Allergy March'. First eczema as an infant, then food allergies, then asthma. So far we've been able to head that off but not sinusitis.
post #54 of 55
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Originally Posted by MommaMoo View Post
I'm pretty sure ds also has yeast. His poops are all messed up, and his digestion is bad.
I would highly recommend enzymes with and between meals. Karen DeFelice's site and books are very good www.enzymestuff.com. See Yeast/Bacteria page too, Candex is gentlest, then Candidase. It could also be mix of yeast and bad bacteria.

Our WAPF Dietician recommends oil of oregano for yeast too.

Acidophilus was not as effective for us as bifidobacterium.
post #55 of 55
s mama. I could have written that post myself about 2 years ago. http://www.cookingtf.com/journey.html is our story. Come to find out, we had celiac disease. Removing gluten from their diets has proven to be the fix for us.
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