gut results

The results of the GI Effects Microbial Ecology Profile – Stool which I submitted on September 4th, 2014, were all I could have asked for. My usage of Allimed has rid me of three of my gut squatters: clostridia, campylobacter, and a parasite. I had waited a few weeks to have Genova run this particular Stool panel because they had updated their tests such that we’d receive even more glorious information about my poo. That expanded information yielded a much-needed extra result–I also carry another bug: Proteus. Not only did they find out this tidbit, but they also told me what my Proteus is sensitive to and, hence, what to treat it with. Seems my Proteus is sensitive to Oregano Oil and penicillin antibiotics don’t bother it at all. This tells me that the likelihood I’ve been carrying this particular bug for awhile is very high given my life has been nothing if not penicillin-filled. read more

current plan

I had a recent appointment with my functional medicine MD. It’s been 2 years since my first visit (August 15, 2012). I’ve been killing Candida with Thorne SF7222 since January 2014 and Clostridia & Campylobacter with Allimax since mid-April 2014. It’s definitely time to retest and see where we are and how to proceed.

I planned to go in Monday, August 11 for the big blood draw for the NutrEval test, but that was nixed by an uncooperative menstrual cycle. We shall wait until Friday the 15th. read more

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. read more


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

leaky gut info

This Secret Illness Could be Making You Sick

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. read more

Gluten Freedom

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Dr. Alessio Fasano’s book, Gluten Freedom, is phenomenal. From the seemingly endless useful tips and references for those of us who must be gluten-free, the painstakingly simple explanations of the science, detailed difference between allergy/sensitivity/celiac, bountiful recipes, personal stories, and heart-felt recounting of the evolution of his Center for Celiac Research, it is a must read for anyone with gluten issues or anyone who knows someone who is afflicted.

For the closet scientists, his work is beautiful. See page 104 discussing tTG isoforms for proof. read more


It never fails. When I most need a kick in the behind or a reminder why I’m following the paleo path, a post from Robb Wolf’s blog appears which is terribly relevant to my current situation. Recently it was Is Stress Wrecking your gut? When I look at what has happened in my life just in the past two months, I wonder why I’m not in the hospital. In fact, I believe I would be in the hospital if it weren’t for eating as cleanly as I do, practicing guided meditation regularly, having a superb body worker, and a phenomenal functional medicine MD. read more

leaky gut

Still ruminating on the last Wahls’s post, when I receive an email update from Robb Wolf. So eloquently stated, How to Keep Your Poop Where it Belongs by Jordan Reasoner, enumerates one of the problems I have with Wahls book when it attempts to make things easy and convenient for people who are struggling with autoimmune or other serious health issues.

Yes, paleo is great, and it’s a huge part of the solution, but it doesn’t necessarily address all of the important topics.

enter Jordan Reasoner:

Mistake 1: Eating Holes in Your Gut

If you have leaky gut and you’re still struggling with chronic illness, the 80/20 rule doesn’t fly. Eat gluten on the weekends? Stop it. Occasional beer with your friends? Stop it. The research is very clear that gluten contributes to leaky gut and when it comes to dealing with serious health problems, there’s no room for “Cheat Day.” read more


I’ve been having difficulty with the information (advertising) contained in the emails I automatically receive because I purchased the book, The Wahls Protocol. I seriously wonder at the wisdom of advising people to eat corn chips as a vehicle for kale as does one of her recipes. I wanted to read the book, but I was now having serious reservations. I thought it might be prudent to begin with the table of contents where I found that there are actually three levels to her diet. Reviewing levels of diet left me unimpressed. Again, in my opinion, she’s trying to make it easy or convenient for people (eg actually allowing food items to make it “easier to socialize”), but those caveats could cost them success caused by inflammation due to the foods she’s allowing. read more

belief systems

I am friends with a woman who was my neurologist. Although she doesn’t practice here any longer, and I had to find a different neurologist, she and I get together occasionally to have coffee and visit. I enjoy her company, her great sense of humor, and her willingness to talk science with me. During this most recent visit, she revealed that she didn’t really believe in paleo, and she’s a vegetarian. I managed NOT to insert my foot in my mouth. It is, after all, not necessary for my friends to hold the same beliefs that I do. That would be rather boring. We had a pleasant but brief discussion about Terry Wahls new book, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, and Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter. This served to remind me that it is not my job to convince anyone else, particularly medical professionals, about the worthiness of paleo or any other related subject like gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, dairy allergies, etc. I know how my body reacts. I do not require further convincing. I need to keep this in the forefront of my mind when I visit my new neurologist for only the second time and tell her I stopped injecting Betaseron 10 months ago…and am improving in spite of that action. read more