brownies for people who are allergic to everything

The good folks at Paleo Demystified (@allaboutpaleo) thought this too extreme to publish on their blog. Maybe so, but welcome to my world! 🙂

I know you are out there: people who are allergic to coconut, nuts of all varieties, eggs, and the list goes on. This brownie recipe is for you.

I went paleo in August of 2012, but that was just the beginning of this continuing journey. When I saw a functional medicine MD a month later, she was happy to know I was already paleo, but she then ordered all sorts of tests to further understand my body’s state. MS and RA were the easy parts, of course. I also had leaky gut and carried around a not-so-lovely population of clostridia, campylobacter, and candida. I was also highly allergic to coconut, all nuts (tree and non), gluten, brown rice, bananas, pineapple, shellfish, berries, cow dairy, soy, and eggs; this is the short list. I must avoid fermented foods and vinegars (cause excess histamine and fermentation in sensitive guts) while following an extreme autoimmune version of the paleo diet.

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paleo: two years and going strong

Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I started paleo in total desperation. Trained as a scientist, I believed the dogma we’ve been fed about low-fat diet but mostly how disease works and how we treat it. Diet wasn’t part of that equation. Thank goodness I’m trained well enough to understand Dr. Cordain’s lecture on MS, the biochemistry in Robb Wolf’s book (although no biochemistry knowledge is needed for his humor) and also understand that paleo was the answer. Two years ago, I was in so much pain from RA that I couldn’t use my hands or shoulders. A scientific article had just been published that told me what I’d been injecting for 19 years didn’t REALLY work for MS in the manner originally believed. The word desperate is totally appropriate.

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gluten

Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You

Because this is such a powerful, passionate 7-minute video by none other than functional medicine MD, Dr. Mark Hyman, on what you should know and why you might think twice about consuming gluten, there is simply nothing I might add.

extra credit:
Gluten information on Hyman’s site
Why Diseases Don’t Exist & What Really Makes You Sick

chocolate

2014-06-17 14.43.14Chocolate. I remember when I first began paleo in August 2012 and realized I couldn’t have sugar. It was devastating, but when I cheated (even a little), my hands became claws from the effects of RA. This was real motivation NOT to have any type or amount of sugar–even dark chocolate with its negligible amount of sugar.

I am happy to report that 2 years later, 6 months into killing off my candida, and several months into killing off my camyplobacter/clostridia populations, I am now able to taste a tiny bit of chocolate without disastrous results to my hands. I just had to do the experiment and it was worth the wait. Associating chocolate with pain is not a healthy thing.

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leaky gut info

This Secret Illness Could be Making You Sick
Source: SolvingLeakyGut.com

The secret illness that may be causing all of your health problems. Very succinctly stated and very accurate. This amazing infographic is a detailed yet concise explanation of leaky gut. I know it’s at the root of both of my autoimmune conditions, MS and RA. I’m busily trying to remedy that with every morsel of food, every probiotic capsule, and every supplement I consume. It’s a work in progress. Thank you to the worlds of paleo and functional medicine.

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Oscar

Just a short note here to document the fact that I left the house for my morning stroll yesterday AM without Oscar (my WalkAide) present on my left leg.

Oscar, my WalkAide

Oscar, my WalkAide


I got part way down the street before realizing this. I could have turned around and retrieved him, but I instead chose to go for a much shorter walk with my walker and without Oscar. I will always find things like this utterly amazing. I’m regaining function thanks to paleo and functional medicine.

Dr. Hyman

Another great video to watch. It’s 22 minutes of your time, but when the speaker is functional medicine MD, Dr. Mark Hyman, it is definitely worth it! He’s speaking via a MindBodyGreen Symposium on everything from what we know about food, why sugar is a recreational drug and the best decision you can make about what you put in your body. Watch Sugar & The Only Rules You Need To Eat Healthy now!

extreme

I happened upon this short excerpt of Dr. Amy Myers (a functional medicine MD) speaking at a Wellness Summit about people’s skewed view of health, normalcy, and diet. She sums up society’s problems in a few short sentences.

I addressed this in my post about functional vs. traditional, and I am still having these conversations with people. For them, it is just so much easier to take a pill than to change your lifestyle and diet for the sake of your health.

PS A friend of mine with RA was aghast that occasionally I eat cauliflower for breakfast. I believe she’s currently on 3 different meds for her condition while I remain Big Pharma-free.

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Grain Brain

2014-06-09 17.50.27I’m paleo; it’s no secret. Because of this, reading Dr. David Perlmutters’s book, Grain Brain, was an easy sell. We’re not big carb eaters, and I don’t consume any type of sugar except for the occasional taste of dark chocolate. I also carry HLA-DQ2 and anti-gliadin antibodies; I’m, obviously, gluten-free.

The amount of information contained in this book is simply astounding. The listing of scientific citations is most impressive, and it definitely served to activate my inner-geek. Of all the quotes, however, I think I like this one the best:

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