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Archive for July, 2010

Article for Living Without Magazine

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This month I have a 5 page article in the magazine “Living Without”.  It is in the “So Good” section of the magazine.  It contains Allergy-free kid meals to try for school lunches. You will find the article in the Aug/Sept issue in markets and health food stores or try and click on the Aug/Sept issue.  It is entitled: Lunchbox Adventures.  Enjoy!

Eight Years of Diarrhea (Part 4 Light at the End of the Tunnel)

Monday, July 19th, 2010

After a few months on a gluten-free diet, our lady in this story was feeling better.  So good in-fact that she decided to have turkey sausage with eggs one morning.  That meal put her into the hospital.  Why? The answer is: for a couple of reasons.  First, any newly diagnosed Celiac are very sensitive to lipids (fats) and will have great difficulty digesting them.  The first year after my sons’ diagnosis, I only cooked with olive and vegetable oils, and did not give them any sausages, bacon, or ham.  Secondly, she later found out she was sensitive to eggs (this was short lived).  Her diarrhea was so bad that she needed 2 days in the hospital to rehydrate her.  Her doctors had no answers other than medication that was not working.  Luckily for her one of her friends, who had heard about the Specific Carbohydate Diet, suggested she try it.  This diet is for individuals with bowel diseases such as: Crohn disease, chronic diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and Celiac disease.  The theory behind this diet is: eating too much complex carbohydrates in our diet such as breads, donuts, and fast food etc., that are difficult to digest, may cause very harmful bacteria to grow in our intestines.  It seems that no amount of medication can cure this bacterial infestation.  The only way to rid one’s self of the bacteria is to starve out the bacteria.  This bacteria feeds on disaccharides and polysaccharides.  Any type of complex carbohydrate must be eliminated to get rid of the bacteria.  This is not an easy diet (I will explain it further in a future blog).  However, the lady in this story embraced the diet and is healing again.  Hopefully, she will not go off the diet until the gut is totally healed (about a year).  Only time will tell. End