I’ve been away from the blog for a while trying to figure out what to try next in an attempt to get rid of all my digestive symptoms. I have been on SCD since January 2008 and am still having problems. I found GAPS a while ago and incorporated some of that into my plan as well. Basically GAPS is SCD with extra care on the dairy and supplementation.
I was still having problems this fall with digestive symptoms and so my naturopath suggested a diagnostic test by Genova called the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis. She suggested I get the full test plus parasite test but that was extremely expensive and not covered by my insurance. So I got the full test, and went to my family doctor for an Ova & Parasites test. The CDSA test showed that I am not producing enough stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes. I have some markers of inflammation which can be due to infection by parasites or bacteria. My doctor ran bloodwork and did the O&P; test. The O&P; showed nothing, which doesn’t say much because it is a test that has many false negatives. The blood work showed some elevated liver enzyme and elevated eosinophils. This could be due to parasites as well. So my naturopath decided I have parasites, and my family doctor did not disagree. My family doctor is using this as an opportunity to refer me to a new GI doctor, now that some test I have had done showed something is up. Her hope is that finally a GI doctor will take me seriously and be of some help. I won’t hold my breath.
This past month I tried doing a parasite herbal cleanse prepared by my naturopath. It contains black walnut, quassia, artemisia, berberis, cloves and chiretta. I started on it too strong in the beginning and ended up suffering for 2 weeks with the dreaded ‘D’. So at this point I have stopped taking it but plan to start it very slowly soon. The goal is to take it for over a month to kill all parasites. I’m also supplementing with Betaine HCL and pancreatic enzymes.
Since doing this cleanse I have noticed I can’t seem to tolerate the same foods. I was doing great on eggs, meat, SCD yogurt, raw cheddar cheese, bananas, avocado, applesauce, stewed veggies and some nut baked goods (nuts soaked). I’m actually thinking that right now eggs are really bothering me. I plan to cut them out for 3 days (really tough! it’s my breakfast everyday) and see how that goes. I already tried cutting out nuts and that didn’t help at all, and adding them back in seemed completely fine. So I’ll continue with the nuts. If the eggs are ok, I may see if having too much chicken is bothering me.
For now, here is a recipe I have been making with extra bananas lying around the house:
Banana Nut Muffins
2 cups blanched almonds, soaked
1 egg (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup honey
Blend almonds to make almond flour or butter. Add all ingredients and mix well. Spread into two 8″x8″ baking pans or muffin tins. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes.
You might notice my nut recipes all look the same with a tiny difference in the amount of nuts or honey. That’s because I haven’t exactly strayed too far from the original nut butter brownies recipe. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, right?