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. read more


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.

not serving paleo

Tecfidera invitation--love  that safety info

Tecfidera invitation–love that safety info

I received this invitation to a MS Smart Session in the mail the other day. It’s an advertisement for Tecfidera;, the new pill for the treatment of MS.

Yes, my neurologist put me on their patient list. Yes, I’ve received their little info kit, and yes, they continue to call and ask when I’m going to begin taking their drug and start handing over a startling amount of money for the privilege (Tecfidera’s wholesale cost is nearly $55K/year; your insurance decides how much you “contribute”). read more


I remember when I was diagnosed with MS in 1991. Being a scientist, I read everything I could about the disease and the process by which we believed it operated and took apart the nervous system. The thought was that remyelination and adult neuronal repair was not possible. I never believed that. As a trained biologist, it simply didn’t make sense, so I kept believing otherwise.

I’ve witnessed my body repair itself over the years. My initial deficits were on my right side. Those no longer bother me, and current issues are now on my left side. I could at one time fish tea bags from scalding water—that is, thankfully, no longer the case. read more

human reaction

When we first went paleo, it was a real struggle. It wasn’t just the cleaning out of the house and changing the way we ate. That was the easy part. It mostly, at least for me, was realizing that what I’d been taught my entire life was a lie. Not only had our government misled us, but so had science. If you read Cordain’s, The Paleo Answer, you’ll find all the references to why we should not be eating dairy, whole grains, legumes, etc. To top it off, it’s not just that it would be better for us not to, but there is evidence that illustrates why we shouldn’t and other evidence (fat argument) that shows how we’ve been purposely misled because of a personal agenda. The fat argument has come to light again recently in articles such as The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease. 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