- April 20, 2013 at 11:56 am #103167
HallmarkMemberTopics: 12Replies: 6
I’m on week 12 of the official protocol and am enjoying my diet. I will try to compile a short history of my health for anyone to toss out a few ideas on what I may have omitted.
Short version: I’ve had to clear my throat often for years. For the past nine or ten years I have had hypoglycemic symptoms (irritable, sleepy after meals, some mental confusion) that were mostly controlled with a “healthy American diet” of whole grains, very low sugar, no fruit, plain yogurt, etc. Came down with ?? tendonitis in both knees and shoulders. I still don’t know if I caused this myself with various odd exercises I did in order to relieve back pain, or if I have some other disease causing this (going on two years of this). I did have a positive ANA (maybe a lupus-like thing) and am taking Plaquenil for this. Due to my knees and shoulders problems I am unable to exercise or even take walks. I had cortisone injections in both shoulders two different times last year.
Last summer thought I had a UTI – tried all natural methods but finally took a UTI-specific antibiotic for one week (first time on antibiotics in ten years). Still had a feeling of “not quite right” down there and realized it must be yeast. Tried all natural methods and still had symptoms (never any discharge, just itching and burning). Tried two doses of Diflucan after several rounds of OTC yeast infection creams. In November started a stricter, anti-yeast diet gathered from various internet sites. In December, went for kinesiology testing at a chiropractor and took $$$ supplements for yeast but these didn’t help. His questionnaire did help me realize that my hypoglycemic symptoms were probably caused by yeast. Nearly all of the hypoglycemic symptoms disappeared with a stricter no-dairy, no grains diet.
I started this forum’s strict diet in early February of this year. Improvements: a few days off and on I have had no symptoms. Most days I have labial itching and vaginal burning (both are mild). Changes for the better: hardly any throat clearing on most days and I can now eat avocado without a stomach ache. I must have had a leaky gut because I couldn’t eat apples, avocados, pears, coconut, or raspberry without a big stomach ache. I’ve only tried the avocados now but they please me and don’t cause cramping – hooray. Possibly related symptoms (?): flaky eyelid, corners of eyes seem mildly infected but they aren’t, eyelid twitching some, skin on palms are rough and dry. These three symptoms are rather recent. I also have bloating after some meals.
Typical diet as of this week:
soup of homemade organic chicken broth, cabbage or some other greens, okra, green beans, zucchini eaten with 1 T. coconut oil
egg scrambled in coconut oil
coconut bread eaten warmed up with 1 T. coconut oil
brussel sprouts, rutabagas (roasted)
avocado, cucumber, green bell pepper, yellow onion, bean sprouts, celery, organic greens (Romaine, kale, cabbages, etc), fresh herbs, with lemon juice and olive oil
kefir homemade and setting out 60 hours (24 with grains, 24 hours on counter after that without grains, and 12 more hours)
Salmon twice a week
I have eaten lots of rutabaga and Brussels sprouts at meals and never had any bad reaction. Actually, I’m not sure I ever had much of a die-off. One day in the first week I had chills in the middle of the night. Another time I had rose hips tea (self-brewed) and I became nauseated right away and vomited once. Other than those times I can’t discern any die off.
Calcium 500 mg/Magnesium 500 mg
Dulse seaweed flakes in soup daily for iodine
coarse sea salt, black pepper, fresh or dried herbs/spices
150 mcg molybdenum
nettle tea (I stopped this as the weather grew warmer here)
milk thistle (I stopped this recently)
MK-7 Vitamin K-2 (good for bones – it’s found naturally in natto)
1200 mcg folic acid (prevents the sores on my upper palate that I get with my lupus-like thing)
Plaquenil 400 mg (for my lupus-like thing)
vitamin D 5000 IU
Vitamin C 3000 mg
Vitamin E 200 IU
Vitamin A and D (5000 + 400)
Mega Flora 20 billion CFU, twice a day (almost done with this then will move to 50 billion CFU, twice a day)
Swedish bitters after meals
Thorne SF722 three caps a day (rationing the one bottle I had)
Fish oil Nordic Natural ultimate omega on days I don’t eat salmon
Zinc 50 mg
Selenium 100 mcg
Biotin 5 mg
[Evening Primose Oil 1000 mg – I have a bottle of this, should I take it?]
Coconut oil added to bread and soup. Can’t stand it plain (about 9-10 teaspoons a day + what is baked in the coconut bread)
Stopped garlic once I started taking good probiotics.
Foods that I thought made my symptoms worse: buckwheat flour, stevia powder, organic chicken, kefir that’s “new” (not fermented enough), too much oat bran (I was loving this with coconut oil but I’m omitting it for now), coconut unsweetened flakes, coconut manna, hemp seeds.
After reading all that, do you see anything that I should stop doing, or start doing, or change in some way?
I’ve learned so much from you all sharing information. I thank you – you forum regulars, you know who you are – for being willing to help others selflessly.
HallmarkApril 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm #103175
Able900SpectatorTopics: 92Replies: 4811
Your daily regimen sounds ‘right on’ for the time period, and considering you improvements, it’s definitely time to concentrate on increasing the flora in your intestines so that you can progress further with the treatment.
You need to increase the probiotic billions, at least up to 80 billion CFU’s (or anywhere around that amount) a day.
You’ll also need to find a way to increase your coconut oil intake once you start concentrating on the flora because this is one factor which helps to change the intestines to a more beneficial environment for the bacteria to multiply. Very few of us enjoyed the coconut oil, and the only way I could get past the taste was to use very warm (almost hot) tea to get it down. Put a teaspoon of the oil in your mouth and follow immediately with a drink of warm tea. It was always easier for me to take it this way if I allowed the coconut oil to thicken in the refrigerator before taking. This has worked for most of the people who have asked me how to get it down without being sick.
Since you’re still experiencing bloating after some of your meals, try taking the Swedish bitters about ten minutes before your meals instead of after. Please let me know if this helps.
AbleApril 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm #103190
HallmarkMemberTopics: 12Replies: 6
Thank you, Able, for your thorough response. From reading others’ posts, I had a feeling I needed to take more coconut oil. You are so kind to help people with their troubles – I appreciate your efforts.
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