On Friday, July 19th, Jake and I trekked 45 minutes across town to our holistic doctor’s office. What did she have to say about Jake’s increased food allergies?
First off, she didn’t appear to be very surprised. His food allergies have always been all over the place and this is because his digestive system doesn’t function correctly … something we’ve known all along. The things we have done in the past year have helped him cognitively, but haven’t been enough from a gut standpoint to heal the allergy problem. That being the case, we need to amp up what we are doing to heal his digestive system.
It was also reassuring to hear that it is very common for allergy test results to vary, even on a daily basis. If Jake’s body was reacting severely to fish, it could have made intolerances or slight allergies appear more elevated and the results might have been much different if some of those things were tested individually. Therefore, the chances of him going into true anaphylactic shock if he comes into contact with those new allergens is probably unlikely.
So where do we go from here? What does Phase Two look like?
- Continue with GFCF diet & supplements (multi-vitamin, CoQ10, B vitamins, calcium)
- Continue with gut-healing supplements (probiotic and glutamine)
- Add Inulin, a prebiotic
- Add IgG 2000 DF – three times more immunoglobulin G (IgG) and total immunoglobulins than colostrum and twice as much cysteine
- Stop taking D-Hist Jr. (main ingredient quercetin) because it has bromlein in it, which is pineapple. Yes, he is taking an allergy med that he might be allergic to. Go figure! I may go back to this product though because he was doing great on it and I miss it. He is so itchy this time of year because of his grass allergy.
- Try new quercetin supplement. (Started today!)
- Incorporate some GAPS diet principles
- Try adding eggs back into diet. Yay!
- Continue with acupuncture two times a month to stimulate the healing of his digestive system. The good news is, my insurance covers this service. The bad news is, they don’t cover speech therapy.
The day I got home from our appointment, I ordered the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Thank you to Melody who recommended this book to me a while back and thank you to Candace for reminding me about the diet. For those of you who haven’t heard of this book, it outlines the GAPS diet and explains the science behind why it works. It is a diet for people with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, food allergies, depression and schizophrenia.
This book really spoke to me and at some point in the near future, I will write a review on it. But for now, I will say this … I applaud the mothers who are determined enough to be able to pull this diet off in its entirety. They are rock stars in my book.
In my personal opinion, I don’t think Jake’s overall condition is severe enough to warrant doing the complete diet. This sentiment goes against what is said in the book (must do the diet in its entirety to see results), but Jake’s doctor said that anything I could manage to pull off would be beneficial to his digestive system.
Therefore, my GAPS diet goals are as follows:
- Homemade beef & chicken broth daily
- Sugar-free (not completely, but we will do our best!)
- No syrup – honey only
- No fruit juice – fresh juice each morning instead (apple, carrot, little bit of beet)
- No GFCF carbs like Glutino pretzils, potato chips, potatoes, tortilla chips, popcorn
- More organic veggies/no canned – include at lunch and at snacks as well as more at dinner
- Big portions of good quality protein at every meal. No more GFCF chicken nuggets or hot dogs.
- Fat at every meal. Book states, “The more animal fats your patient consumes with breakfast, lunch and dinner, the quicker will be the recovery.”
- Beans – Incorporate navy beans, which is supposed to be the easiest type to digest. I am also going to continue with black eyed peas, even though the book says they are not allowed. Jake can’t have many of the things on this diet because of his allergies and beans do a great job of filling up his belly.
Let me be honest here. In no way, shape, or form am I excited about Phase 2 like I was about Phase 1. Nothing about any of this is fun and it is mentally and physically exhausting. Each and every thing with this new diet and supplement program has to be tried individually and because Jake’s system is so sensitive, I always have to watch for reactions. That, in itself, without all the food preparation, is nerve wracking.
I don’t know. I do have my doubts and wonder if all of this will make any difference with his food allergies. I also know the majority of medical professionals would tell me not to waste my time. I question – What if his belly is in great condition (he has no belly pain and great poop), but he still has all these food allergies? And if the gut-brain philosophy is true, since he is so much better cognitively, shouldn’t his belly be healthy also?
I ask myself these questions, but know three things: 1.) I believe in diet & supplemental intervention. I have witnessed progress first-hand. 2.) I trust my doctor. 3.) I have to at least try and if I fail, I will make the best out of a bad situation.
I also pray for guidance and wisdom. I pray for God to put paths in front of me that will be easy to follow. From the beginning of my journey with apraxia, I have done this and it is remarkable what starts happening when I humble myself and ask for help. Encouragement from a friend at just the right moment, blog posts (Everydays here and here) that restore my faith and answer questions that I am battling at that particular moment, new people that come into my life at precisely the right time, or a new song on the radio that puts all of my thoughts to a melody. I’m loving my new theme song Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets for Phase 2 …
** Please Note: In case you are wondering, this is not going to evolve into a blog on food allergies or biomedical. I will occasionally post our progress/regression for documentation purposes, but I will spare you my lard-making, beef and chicken broth simmering, sugar-withdrawal nightmares, and all the drama that goes along with the GAPS diet and trying to talk your child into taking new yummy supplements. I could seriously turn this into a Julie & Julia project (love that movie!) and share a new cooking adventure each day, but I don’t have the time, energy or sanity to make that happen. Enjoy your weekend!
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