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October 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm in reply to: Please Help!! What to do about magnesium and or Selenium deficiency? #9410
Are you eating dairy? It must be eliminated if you're gluten intolerant. I was using clarified butter thinking it was void of most of the milk protein. No wonder my eczema wouldn't go away. Once I stopped all dairy, it went away in 2 weeks.
I took the intestinal permeability test from Genova Diagnostics. It was within normal range but outside 1-SD which is not necessarily abnormal. Results depend on renal function. Interestingly, my doctor wanted me to get a kidney scan since my uring sometimes contains blood and my bun was elevated 3 points above the limit suggesting kidney stones or gravel. Elevated levels of only a few points could also be from eating more protein, which I was doing a week or two prior to getting my bloods taken. It's possible the test could be off if renal function is impaired, and I recall reading one shouldn't take the test if that's the case.
I am vitamin D, B 12, and folic acid deficient, and am using iodine as a patch to help my low thyroid. I am gluten/dairy/soy intolerant along with other foods, and have Candida, so I can't eat sugars, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and possibly Sjogren's Syndrome which I need to test for.
Gluten made me heavy. I've lost 10 of the 16 lbs. I put on for a gluten challenge in less then 2 weeks. I'm not on enzymes yet since it's better to wait a while before including them when you are first starting a Candida diet. They'll probably be added soon, along with an anti-fungal medication. I remember this from 18 years back when I had Candida for the first time.
Lori, I was given the wrong phase of my doctor's 4 step Candida diet! I knew something was wrong. It's a good thing I asked. I'm starting from scratch so I can only have meats, fish, non starchy vegetables, and salad. I didn't entirely waste the two weeks it was wrong since I lost 10 lbs. of bloat, but eating the fruit probably didn't help my Candida. I'm hoping I won't have too much of a herxhimer reaction after starting the revised diet.
It's called the herxhimer reaction. I had it bad 18 years ago when I had a very high Candida count for the first time. I was shaking from sugar withdrawal like a drug addict. I was put on Nystatin, an anti-fungal, 8 weeks into the diet. It did nothing, so I was switched to Diflucan. I felt great on that but could only be on it a few months, since it can have an effect on your liver. I finished the Diflucan about the 6th month I was on the diet, and from that point on I was feeling almost normal. It took almost a year to feel 95% better. Stay strict on the diet for best results.
Eighteen years later, I've got Candida again, half as high a count then the first time, but now I only have skin itching and some hives so far that started the second week of the diet. I'm not on anti-fungal medication yet. I'm doing a hydrogen peroxide drip first which helps the candida go away faster, but I might need the meds later on to help more. I feel much better just eliminating the foods I got intolerant too. I'm not sure how much yeast is dying off at this point. Normal levels according to my test, are 100 and lower. I had 447 this time. Maybe it won't take a year this time to get well.
I'm losing it too. I'm low in B12 and folic acid thanks to being gluten intolerant, which can affect the skin, nails, and hair. It could take longer then 2 months to bring those levels up and see a difference in those things.
I remember controvery between doctors over allowing fruit or not back then, so I didn't have any. I'm not allowed berries or melons for that reason, but this time I can have peaches, plums, etc. I'm on a 4 day rotation diet to avoid becoming intolerant to more foods. I can have coffee once in 4 days as well. I'm doing a hydrogen peroxide/ B vitamin drip once a week. Perhaps I can be more liberal with fruit sugars because of this. I have no idea. The drip is supposed to eliminate the candida rapidly. I was told I'd need about 8 treatments. I'm not a lover of fruit unless it's ripe, but having gluten intolerance, candida, and many other food intolerances is making my diet quite limited, so I'm eating what I'm allowed in the mean time and trying to enjoy it, until I see my doctor again.
Thanks Dr. O. I researched the web for over 3 years suspecting I had gluten intolerance, and became a member of your site since I consider it to be the #1 source for gluten information on the entire web. You were my inspiration for deciding to push my doctors to look for gluten intolerance, which I found out 3 days ago I have. Thanks to your site, I know exactly what I have to do. I'll be reading the recipe section too. I plan to make my own mayo. Thanks for being one of the rare doctors out there sharing so much vital information freely. You've probably saved my life.
It is strange, but I read one could cycle between hypo and hype so maybe that's what's happening. Gluten intolerance finally showed up on my last test, but only after I spent 2 months eating bread two to three times a day. I gained 16 pounds, but it was worth it to get it to finally show up.
No one should take supplements on their own other then a daily multivitamin, until their doctors prescribe them. You can create imbalances and toxicity not knowing what you're doing. My nutritionist is an MD and a Do. HE prescribed the iodine and the form to take it in. I've read about the toxic problem, but have also read kelp is now so contaminated it can't be used for anything. The truth about these things might be entirely different from what we're reading on the web. Lori, ask your doctor about iodine. He'll tell you if it's appropriate for you.
Congratulations on all you've achieved so far! I use starches to maintain weight, or I just keep losing weight not eating any and get too thin. It's all in the balance. Just 2 starches a week keeps my weight steady. That's not alot, so I'm sensitive to sugars and put weight on fast if I eat too much of them too often.
Some of my symptoms have changed since I changed my diet and added iodine. I really won't know what's wrongl unil all the test results are in. I'll keep you posted. Diane
Lori, I agree. Twenty five years ago I saw my energy, digestion, weight, and bowels normalize after 5 months going gluten, dairy, and sugar free. I never got dehydrated like I do now. I felt great until I added small amounts back into my diet a year later. I had mild symptoms, so I didn't connect them to intolerances that affected my body functions.
How are you doing? Are you seeing any improvements yet?