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this has probably already been posted, but i have to say that the best solution i have found so far is this program. another mama on mothering and irl passed it on to me and i've been on it for nearly a month with great progress so far. i have been trying to heal terrible eczema, digestive issues, food sensitivities, frequent uti's and yeast infections, some asthma, for years. i see an amazing naturopath in vancouver bc, dr.hal brown, who took care of all of this really well...but still the finer points weren't done with. one thing he did that healed so much was to end my years of vegetarianism, and take me off of grains and sugar completely. i still felt that i had candida issues and have tried different cleanses with little avail. still addicted to sugar!

i highly recommend bee's program. so far i've healed my tongue, which has had awful welts of candida for a long time, and now if my 3 year old wants to snuggle on top of me to sleep, my belly doesn't hurt anymore. it is very strict, but very clear, which i find helpful when wading through all of the information out there! there's a great yahoo group as well. so far so good.

i'll check back soon and let you know how things are going, but if you do have time to read bee's site, i think it could contribute a lot to the discussion here.

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post #442 of 451
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Originally Posted by newcastlemama View Post
Hey all I am joing in.
I have been through a lot of health challenges that past few years but I am healing..I seriously need to heal my gut though. I have already done TF for 2 years

Here is my puzzle--
-I still have multiple food sensitivites (gluten, dairy, eggs, tomatoes mainly)
-I had really high IgA for glianden
-I made very minor improvments in ferritin levels even after tons of red meat and supplementing. My hemogloblin levels are good, but if I miss meat for 2 days I get anemic feeling and get very bruised.
-I have floating stools
-I have had an uncomfortable feeling in my lower right abdominal area for a few years. I had an ovarian cyct there which burst a few weeks ago that my obgyn found (there was just fluid on the ultrasound) but I still have this feeling there so maybe it is something else.
-My gallbladder (liver?) area has started to feel uncomfortable now the past few days!

Does anyone think I have celiac disease? When I searched some of the symptoms this came up. I guess whatever my issue I need to heal the gut so I am not sure if diagnising really matters.

Here is what I am doing
-Starting GAPS diet on Nov 28 (I have been transitioning into this)-lots of broth, ferments, liver.
-I am making sour water kefir for more probiotics.
-Digestive enzymes with and between meals (Do you think these are good? http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Pancreat...estive-Enzymes or should I be taking something else...HELP!)
-Dandelion root tea, ginger tea between meals
-clo and extra D
-I take a B-complex, zinc, borage oil, c with bioflavonoids, K2. Magnesuim as needed.

Thanks! I will be posting a lot more to this thread in a week.
Jen
gluten intolerance and celiac disease can mess up the sphincter of Oddi which controls release of bile out of the gallbladder. symptoms are general pain in the right chest, but pressing on the liver/gallbladder pressure points can relieve those spasmy pains. a digestive enzyme for fats can relieve that feeling - use something for lipase and related enzymes. if you mix dandelion root with chicory root for tea, you can really relieve the liver congestion - though i'm not sure about problems you use this regularly. does anyone know?

how is your iodine intake? you might consider incorporating dulse or kelp into your diet somehow.

i'd actually suggest a homeopathic remedy before anything else particularly to address the abdominal pain.
post #443 of 451
Thanks bluets. I use sea salt already but I will incorporate more dulse/kelp(What made you suggest those? I am just curious.)

I am doing the dandelion root and will look into a chickory mix. You can do it for 4 weeks and then take a break for 2 weeks I think. It was safe for BFing on kellymom.

The digestive enzymes I am taking have lipase 12,000 units of activity. Mabe I need more lipase? My MIL had this pain too and she said it went away after being diligent with probiotics and enzymes, esecially the NOW super enzymes (maybe I will try those instead). She said she needs the Benatine HCI for the pain to stop...maybe me too?

artparent-I am not sure of you were suggesting Bee's candida deit to me
I have no yeast type issues even though was was on a lot of abx in the past. If the Gaps thing does not go well I may try a candida type approach but I don't want to make my life really hard unless I must I feel like GAPS is a really good fit at this time...it just makes a lot of sense to me.
post #444 of 451
newcastlemama - some of your skin conditions might indicate iodine insufficiency, at least homeopathically. go to http://www.abchomeopathy.com and enter in all your seemingly disconnected issues - it might give you new directions to check out.

a year or so ago, my dh had a bunch of conditions that indicated homeopathic treatment with secale (the gluten grain rye) - which got me thinking about gluten intolerance for him. this year (why does he never listen to me) he went through a heap of testing for gallbladder issues only to find out he had borderline gallbladder dysfunction. after wading through pubmed, i decided that he needed to shift to a GF life. had he listened to me a year ago we'd be a few thousand dollars richer (Well, maybe not coz we prolly woulda invested it in the mutual fund...).

as for the dandelion-chicory mix, check out mountain rose herbs herbal tea called "herbal coffee". or just do a decoction of 1:1 dandelion:chicory - there are nice recipes for these drinks in Garden of Eating.

oh, dh uses Enzymedica's Lypo Gold product with much success. i think the best price is at luckyvitamins.com
post #445 of 451
Wow, I was just curious about iodine insufficiency, so I just googled that and found this:

http://www.mbschachter.com/iodine.htm

Very interesting stuff!
post #446 of 451
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Originally Posted by momofmine View Post
Wow, I was just curious about iodine insufficiency, so I just googled that and found this:

http://www.mbschachter.com/iodine.htm

Very interesting stuff!
That's a great article! I had been wondering about that issue, too, and that article really summarized it well.

Just an update on me, in case it helps anyone else out there --

I have traced my symptoms back to an egg sensitivity. My main symptom, the anal itching, went away entirely when, due to my morning sickness, I stopped eating eggs. I would gag whenever I even thought about an egg. With them gone from my diet, the itching and inflammation went away. I had some eggs the other day just to test it, and the next day the itching and bleeding were back. So no eggs for me! The eczema only came that one day, and is gone now too.

The itching started about a year ago, so I must have developed the sensitivity around then, and my intestines being in that inflamed state for so long must have allowed the parasites to grab hold. I am much more confident, now that I know to eliminate eggs, that I can heal my gut with all of the things I've been doing. I think before that the broth, etc, was helping, but then I'd eat an egg and it would all just go to waste. I'm hopeful now that things will be OK. Thank you to my wise pregnant body that refused to let me eat them!

That's all for now.
post #447 of 451
That's great mbravebird! It's always nice to figure out a piece of the puzzle.
post #448 of 451
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Originally Posted by mbravebird View Post
That's a great article! I had been wondering about that issue, too, and that article really summarized it well.

Just an update on me, in case it helps anyone else out there --

I have traced my symptoms back to an egg sensitivity. My main symptom, the anal itching, went away entirely when, due to my morning sickness, I stopped eating eggs. I would gag whenever I even thought about an egg. With them gone from my diet, the itching and inflammation went away. I had some eggs the other day just to test it, and the next day the itching and bleeding were back. So no eggs for me! The eczema only came that one day, and is gone now too.

The itching started about a year ago, so I must have developed the sensitivity around then, and my intestines being in that inflamed state for so long must have allowed the parasites to grab hold. I am much more confident, now that I know to eliminate eggs, that I can heal my gut with all of the things I've been doing. I think before that the broth, etc, was helping, but then I'd eat an egg and it would all just go to waste. I'm hopeful now that things will be OK. Thank you to my wise pregnant body that refused to let me eat them!

That's all for now.
Thank you for sharing this!

My gallbladder pain started a week ago when I started using alot mayo and avocadoes (both allergens for me) again....I am hoping that is what triggered that pain and that it will stop soon. I am probably going to have to cut out butter as well to heal. I think I am one of those people too who won't be able to heal with allergens in my diet even though I take tons of broth/clo ect...oh well.

I am going to see my naturopath/homeopath today about my allergy/gallbladder issue. Thanks for even more info bluets..I really appreciate it!

Jen
post #449 of 451
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Originally Posted by newcastlemama View Post
Thank you for sharing this!

My gallbladder pain started a week ago when I started using alot mayo and avocadoes (both allergens for me) again....I am hoping that is what triggered that pain and that it will stop soon. I am probably going to have to cut out butter as well to heal. I think I am one of those people too who won't be able to heal with allergens in my diet even though I take tons of broth/clo ect...oh well.

I am going to see my naturopath/homeopath today about my allergy/gallbladder issue. Thanks for even more info bluets..I really appreciate it!

Jen
Ouch! I hope you get this taken care of. I have terrible gallbladder attacks and almost had it taken out until I found a naturopath that healed my gallbladder. Later I would get tenderness in that area, but it was always after I ate either store bought almond butter or honey (even raw). I recently took a homeopathic remedy that made my gallbladder ache so much, but then after a few days, it has never felt better. I think there is something to diet and homeopathy at the same time.
post #450 of 451
Anyone still here???
I was wondering about this lady's program, anyone have any thoughts?
http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/candida/index.php

She also has a page on what NOT to use...
http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com...es/menu6_2.php
post #451 of 451
i posted her site earlier in the thread, i've been using her approach for over a month now with great success so far. it is slow healing, but i can really see change, i think i said earlier that i think my digestive system was completely inflamed, for years and years. what i find really different about this program is that she organises nutrition first, eventually anitfungals, at the end probiotics. nutrition is very strict, but far more effective than anything i've done. i usually end up eating a lot of nuts, and eliminating those has been great; also increasing good fats like butter and coconut oil gives me so much energy, although it took some time for my body to get used to it. i've had a patchy tongue for years and it cleared up really quickly. there's a yahoo discussion group. i've tried many different ways to get rid of candida, but this makes the most sense to me. i had a lot of sensitivities - new ones, even, after 4 years with an nd, and i see now that they were healing reactions, and i just need to slowly introduce the foods...good foods like egg and garlic, for example. if you like i can keep you posted on how i do. i still have swollen legs, and a couple of touches of eczema, and if i 'cheat' i can feel a surge of candida having a party - my nd healed most of the eczema, i had it head to toes, with adjustments and supplements, taking me off grains and sugar and cow's milk, and ditching vegetarianism. he has told me in the past to just eat meat and vegetables, but i find her directions much more complete, i think the virgin coconut oil has been critical. i also really love dry-brushing my skin daily, and taking epsom baths, i feel much better though it is winter.

the site is disorganised, it is worth searching for any questions you have as there's so much in there that isn't in the menu at this point. i think bee is incredibly busy supporting a lot of people to heal.

i'd like to be able to eat what i like, to a degree, i think i may need to do this program for a year yet, we'll see. i re-experienced wrist pain i haven't had in 12 years - bee talks about healing reactions chronologically revisiting old illnesses - so i have great hopes that i'm healing back that far. i know another mama who has her whole family on this - so far my partner is joining me, easing into it slowly. he has more sensitivities than i do, so i'm interested to see how he feels in the next while. too bad the holidays are smack in the middle of this!

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