I have had a number of health issues but for a long time, did not understand that they could be related to the food I eat. In July 2010, I quit eating gluten and experienced a great deal of healing, but continued to have lingering issues. My children and husband also have health issues and we are all starting the Gut and Psychology Syndrome dietary protocol to get help.
- I was diagnosed hypothyroid in 1997. Until last year, none of my doctors ever mentioned that most people who are hypothyroid have an autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I now follow a treatment protocol developed by Dr. Datis Kharrazian and have experienced a lot of improvement since, but I’m still on thyroid hormone replacement.
- I developed allergies in my late teens and asthma in 1998, when I was living in a house with mold. Both have diminished substantially since going gluten-free. I breath more freely than I have in years, but still have occasional asthma attacks that don’t seem to have an obvious cause (not after exposure to known allergens or exerting myself).
- I am still extremely sensitive to perfumes, detergents, cleaners, body care products, and chemicals of all kinds. The thought of going to a morning meeting full of people who’d just completed their morning beauty and hygiene routines makes my sinuses itch. I can’t stand to walk through the cleaner aisle at the grocery store.
- I’m also sensitive to noise and am easily overloaded in noisy situations.
- I have joint pain throughout my body, in particular my sacro-illiac joint, knees, and shoulders. Recently, I’ve developed joint pain in my hands.
- I have had plantar fasciitis since 2004. There’s been some improvement since I quit gluten, but my feet still hurt after standing or walking for long.
- Fatigue. While this is much improved since going gluten-free, my energy still flags and if I exerts myself doing things I used to enjoy, like gardening, I’m tired for days afterward.
Loose bowels. Ever since I quit eating gluten, I have had loose bowels.
- I cannot sleep for more than seven hours in part because of back pain. This is normally not a problem, except when I’m sick or otherwise need to get more rest.
I used to wake up at 4am nearly every morning and be unable to return to sleep. This has already diminished since I’ve reduced my carb intake in the afternoon and evenings.
- Brain fog. Again, much improved since going gluten-free, but I still get foggy.
- Lost words. I tend to forget simple words in the middle of a sentence.
- ADD symptoms. I have a lot of difficulty focusing. Again, I’ve seen improvement here since going gluten-free and am looking forward to more.
- Moodiness. I allow myself to get frustrated by little things. Definitely improved since going gluten-free and managing my stress.
- Clumsiness. I drop things, I spill things, I fall. Lots less than I used to and I’ve learned to be careful. Listing here for the record.
- I fall in part because my ankles are weak. They simply give out on occasion. I have had serious, ankle-spraining falls at least once a year since 2002. My last such fall happened in April 2010 and I feel like my ankles have gained some stability.
- Skin tags. I used to get these a LOT and still do occasionally.
- A recent stool analysis revealed that I have overgrowths of Candida albicans and Haliobacter pylori.
- I have been overweight my entire adult life.
My husband’s issues
- Back trouble that causes him a lot of discomfort.
- ADD symptoms. He has a lot of difficulty with time management and focusing–he tends to hyperfocus.
My daughter’s issues
- ADD symptoms. She has a lot of difficulty focusing and gets overwhelmed at the prospect of tasks like cleaning her room. (She has experienced a LOT of improvement in this area since going gluten-free!)
- Clumsiness. She drop things, she spills things, she falls. Just like Mom.
My son’s issues
- He is sensitive to dyes and reacts violently when exposed to red dye in particular.
- He constantly craves sweets and grains. I fear this is a sign that he has yeast overgrowth.