To make a long story short, I have IBS, bad seasonal allergies, eczema and asthma. My asthma started bothering me after 10 years of no symptoms (and no medication). My osteopath (osteopaths are not doctors where I live) told me that the cause was digestive and took me off the following: dairy, gluten, sugar (which led me to paleo) for several months. As a result, I no longer had any of the above problems.
Like many others, after this, I've experienced heightened sensitivity when I eat non-paleo foods and I no longer recover as quickly after eating them. I've never been diagnosed as having food allergies or intolerances.
Per a nutritionist friend's recommendation, I took a candida test (fecal) which included a test for leaky gut. The test came back negative for candida but positive for leaky gut.
My results were:
Secretory IgA: decreased: 252 μg/ml 510- 2040
Secretory sIgA is a parameter for the quality of the mucosa associated immune system as well as it measures the permeability of the intestinal mucosa. A decreased sIgA indicates a diminished activity of the mucosa associated immune system.
Alpha-1Antitrypsine: increased: 110.0 mg/dl positive more than 40
Alpha-1-Antitrypsine is synthesised in the liver and in intestinal cells and it is an acute phase protein. An increased reading indicates an increased permeability of the gut lining, which is responsible for the enteral loss of Alpha-1-antitrypsine. Entero colitis of different reasons can also cause an increase of this parameter. This reading indicates a leaky gut condition.
So, my question is, what type of doctor should I see, an allergist or digestive specialist? Who can give me some idea of what foods are causing me problems and guidelines on how to heal things. I don't know exactly which foods are the most offensive (I assume dairy and wheat). Nor do I know how long I need to go without any offending foods before my gut is healed. I'm feeling kind of lost because, even when I'm extremely vigilant, I sometimes have symptoms.
Thanks to all of you that actually got to the end to this question. I appreciate it.
You can do this yourself. Become your own doctor. The fact that you are here indicates you understand that what you have is a disease of civilization caused by your diet. There is nothing wrong with your body. We all have abused our bodies by eating neolithic foods over the years.
Read Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint, Robb Wolf's The paleo solution, Drs Eades Protein Power, follow Weston A Price Foundation and Chris Masterjohn's writings, Read Dr Harris' http://www.paleonu.com getting started program, read Dr Davis' http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/ read Chris Krisser's http://thehealthyskeptic.org/ Dr Guyenet's http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/ and one I like is Dr Art Ayers' http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/ It can get deep in chemistry and biology but I just absorb what I can. I am sure he would say that your problems are associated with your gut not operating correctly. He has a diet program to eliminate inflammation. And our Dr. K who posts here is close to having his own blog. Watch for his announcement. http://paleohacks.com/users/2932/dr-k#axzz1Ig20LtGt
Each one of these resources will have links to other resources. You will find each has a little different take on what paleo is....but the main thrust is eliminate wheat, corn, sugar, veg oils such as soybean, corn, canola, safflower, sunflower, and replace these neolithic items with meat and fat and very limited carbs. The only oils that I use are olive oil and coconut oil. Eat lots of eggs fried in coconut oil. Eat lots of saturated fat from meat and also macadamia nuts...the only nut I will eat because all the others have too much omega 6 fatty acid for me.
Also supplement with Vit D3 5000IU a day....or get out half naked in full sun for 20 min a day...10 min on a side. D3 activates T cells to find bacteria and virus' and kill them. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7379094/Vitamin-D-triggers-and-arms-the-immune-system.html
You can do this by yourself. Become a walking fat burning machine and most of your problems will abate.
This is a lifetime change. Those neolithic foods should never again enter your body. Many folks complain that if they slip, they feel rotten for a day or two until the body expells the offending substance.
Robb Wolf says avoid offending foods for two weeks to a month. Others say up to two years!! But you have to find what works for you!
I would recommend seeing an ND; but not a homeopathic doctor. An MD will likely put you on meds; but an ND will help you figure out which foods (aside from grains, legumes, and dairy) that you must avoid.
Cheeseslave is offering a great class on reversing food allergies and overcoming leaky gut. I recommend checking it out. She's more Weston Price than paleo, but she knows and understands paleo and I think she would address it in her classes if you tell her about it.
Ok I have been the rounds on this one..trying to fix my leaky gut. (Over the course of this I have tried a TON of stuff. Expensive!!). This is all my opinion only, despite any sweeping conclusions. (Bitter from the ongoing battle).
Gastero Docs: All the gastero docs I saw started with suggesting I might be swollowing air, chewing gum too much, or eating beans. Then they wanted to do the endoscopy/colonscopy. Once I actually had this done. (and the results were normal), I was told there was nothing more he could do. Subsequent attempts to get in with another gastero have failed. Once they hear you have done the big money maker tests, they could care less.
Nutritionist: She was actually the smartest one, had me trying GAPS, natural antibiotics, testing me for various things (like candida). However when it boiled down to it she could not prescribe medicine (like antibiotics) or order any 'real' tests (like bloodwork). When my treatment needed to go that direction, she couldn't help anymore.
Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture: I am all for acuptuncture, but my course of treatment made me much worse. I think this route would have been the best, but the doctor used energy work as a diagnostic tool, and kept insisting I had things going on that had already been ruled out with testing. UGH! $900 later.
Naturopathic Doctors: Best of both worlds as far as education goes, they can prescribe meds if need be and order tests but prefer a natural route for treatment. I am now seeing a third one, all three have been dreamy and wishy washy. Try a probiotic, try a cleanse, ....My thought it maybe they are so primary care oriented that particular problems are found to be really confusing.
I will follow this post closely for any new suggestions! Good Luck!
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