- He has a pretty decent bacteria problem in his digestive system.
- He also has a little bit of a yeast problem in his system too.
- He has a moderate sensitivity to egg whites.
- He has a low sensitivity to: casein, whey, egg yolk, cow’s milk, cod fish, cashews and yogurt.
Some of those things are related like casein is the protein found in cow’s milk and yogurt. And egg whites and egg yolks can never really be completely separated.
So…what does this all mean? The answer has 3 parts:
#1: Remove the irritants from the system:
We’ll be removing more things from his diet. Namely, eggs and casein products (milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream). We’ve already been gluten-free for a month as well as having eliminated food dyes, artificial flavors, preservatives and a lot of fruits & veggies that have salicylates in them. Those things (well, not the gluten free) is the basic tenet of the Feingold Diet that we’ve been on since end of October.
#2 Add good stuff back into his diet:
His behavior has been much better (by that I mean a lack of big meltdowns and outburts and he shows more impulse control), we’ll be able to start adding in some things that we originally took out. Hello tomatoes! Hello cucumbers and pickles! Hello bell peppers! Hello berries!
It’ll be a long process though. Since his tests came back all clean for those items, we feel good about re-introducing them. BUT…we still want to re-introduce them one at a time just in case there is a reaction that wasn’t caught on the tests. And it can take up to 4 days before you see a reaction from a food. It’s not like his hair will automatically turn purple once a tomato hits his lip. Instead, the food will get into his digestive system and his body will start to react to it over the next couple of days. A bad day on Wednesday could have easily been caused by something eaten on Monday.
Our doctor actually recommends waiting a week between introducing new foods. We’ll see how it goes, but whether it’s 4 or 7 days, it’s gonna be a while before we have a bunch of new foods into our life.
Tomatoes are first though. Pizza! (Though, no cheese sadly.) Sloppy joes! Salsa! BBQ! Spaghetti!
#3 Fight the bacteria!
Probiotics to the rescue! A heavy dose. A really heavy dose. Our goal is 50 billion cultures a day. Yes, 5-0. Yes, billion with a b. I was shocked when our doctor recommended it. But we won’t get there all at once. We started mid-last week and my goal is to be at 50 by the end of this week – assuming he continues to tolerate it. We’ll likely stay at 50 billion for a month or so, then back it down to a maintenance kind of dose.
We’ve decided to hold off on treating the yeast problem. It wasn’t that severe and you can really only medically treat it with an anti-fungal, which isn’t too kid friendly. So we’ll limit his sugar intake and hope the yeast dies off as the gut gets stronger.
Is this permanent?
I hope not. For 6 months we’re going to:
- Do the milk-free and egg-free life.
- Limit sugar as much as reasonable.
- Treat heavily with probiotics, then continue a maintenance dose.
- Continue with the chiropractic care (I don’t think that will be for 6 more months – just a couple heavy-duty).
- Treat him as if he has a leaky gut and add in fermented foods, switch to organic food as much as possible/reasonable/budget allowed, make our own bone broths, and changing to grass-fed beef.
Then in 6 months, we’ll test again and see what the results tell us!