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    deborah schanberger

    Hi everyone. A few years ago I had strep throat (4) times within (2) months. Each time the doctor prescribed stronger and stronger antibiotics. I also have had rounds of NSAIDs, Tranadol and Lyrica for nerve pain caused by a bulging disk in my lower back. I’ve had constant battles with yeast infections – on my face and other areas. About two years ago I developed dermatitis herpetiformis on my hands. I’ve seen a few different allergists and dermatologists. All were insistent it was due to something in my environment and couldn’t possibly be a food allergy. They prescribed topical fungals and various topical steroid treatments. I also have extremely high levels of both chloesterol that I haven’t been able to remedy with diet.

    At the end of 2016 I decided to experiment and stopped eating the traditional gluten (wheat, barley and rye). The rash improved. After a couple of weeks we went to a whiskey tasting event. The next day my hands and arms were covered in the rash. I removed gluten again and the rash improved. A week later we had pizza. Bam, next morning rash. Now I believe I’m going through gluten whiplash.

    With this new information, I scheduled an appointment with an enterologist to get to the bottom of this. The celiac blood antibody test came back within normal ranges. He said he didn’t see any evidence of intestinal damage from gluten. He noticed my esophagus and stomach were inflamed and he treated me for Barrett’s esophagus even though I didn’t have it yet. They said if gluten bothered me stop eating it but their findings didn’t suggest gluten as a culprit. The Ranitidine they prescribed (and I took against my better judgement) made the DH on my hands worse so I stopped it a week later.

    The dermatologist also thinks I now have rosacea. She treated it with Doxycycline (which I’m now allergic to and have ceased using it) so I’m using a topical cream, Soolantra. She said there is no cure or reason for the rosacea but I’m sure it’s related to my gut.

    Currently I am reading No Grain No Pain. I ordered the genetic testing kit and plan on getting tested for acute and delayed food allergies. I also want to get my gut bacteria tested.

    What is the best way to test for food allergies and which gut bacteria tests are recommended? What other tests should be done? I haven’t been able to find a decent PC Doctor so I’m trying to figure this out on my own.

    Thank you for your help!

    Michael West

    Hi Debbie, there is not a simple answer to your question regarding food allergie testing. Digging a little deaper for you, the following links may be useful and

    I’m also not certain that the high cost of a gut bacteria test is always justified. Even the recently developed stool test is going to cost $500 or more at

    How can we restore the microbiome? Do you have a Whole Foods Market, or a Food Co-op near by? Look for fermented food such as sauerkraut, kefir, etc. Ozuke beets, dulse & kale is a mild and useful probiotic. Try this at first and then consider using a variety such as Ozuke ruby calendula kraut.

    Start out slow, just a teaspoon the first day can be added to other foods that are lukewarm, never hot or cold. They can be pureed and added to other foods as well, if the taste is not acceptable. The first day, or so, one will experience some gas. The gas should decrease within a couple days, unless there are other issues that should be addressed by a qualified naturopathic physician. Gradually increase to 3 doses a day if well tolerated. It should be mentioned that these are simplified suggestions throughout this communiqué. All issues should be addressed by a qualified physician of naturopathy.

    It should be noted that grains and nightshades can be a problem as well. Avoiding all animal products is a start. Refined Sugar should also be avoided.

    Please keep in mind that digestive disorders are often directly related to many diseases by way of the inflammatory pathways that result and the imbalance of bacteria also know as dysbiosis. There is a new company that can actually test for imbalances in the gut microbiome that may be causing problems that lead to cancer and other digestive disorders at

    The gut lining is like a new shag carpet, if it is healthy. As we age and consume wheat, potatoes and other ‘nightshades’, that are sometimes ‘ripened’ with glyphosate, the chemicals and nightshades (such as wheat) cause the shag’s of our small intestine to become damaged. Eventually, they slough off causing ‘intestinal permeability’. This is commonly known as ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and may cause digestive problems that are rarely understood by conventional doctors. Dr. Tom O’Bryan – Autoimmunity And Leaky Gut – is a must listen at!Ar8TrlEg066zlIUkmwWzl4CGQsOTmw

    “Many, if not most, autoimmune diseases – including celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease – are characterized by abnormally high levels of zonulin and a permeable gut barrier (leaky gut).”

    Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Brain-Maker talks to Steve Paikin about the link between the stomach and the brain. Dr. Perlmutter is a renowned neurologist whose expertise includes gluten issues, brain health & nutrition, and preventing neurodegenerative disorders at

    The hundred trillion organisms that live within the gut, the human microbiome, regulate every aspect of our metabolism, as well as such important life sustaining functions as immunity and inflammation. Each of these activities plays a crucial role in keeping the brain and gut healthy, functional, and disease resistant.

    Undoing the damage AFTER eliminating meat, sugar, wheat, milk and refined starch may be paramount to your health. Learn more at

    Please pardon my assertiveness with the impeccable credentials of those I often quote. They are the real heroes, for they have taught me well.

    Sincerely yours,

    Michael West

    Michael West
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