Sadly my 4 month long awaited hospital visit was a disappointment as I feared.
My gluten intolerance has escalated to the status of no doubt being Coeliac - the specialist agreed with me on this point, though to 'prove' it she said I would have to submit myself to a punitive gluten diet to make myself seriously ill. my response was of course negative to such a suggestion! My last severe attack last November left me totally prostrate for over 8 weeks! I live in fear of repeating anything similar.
Although I was offered a colonoscopy, I was warned of the possible danger of ripping the intestine wall as a possibility during the intervention. I therefore, have elected to have a further stool test first which will measure levels of inflammation first. Other than that the only thing I was offered was medication in the form of a slow muscle relaxant - purely a symptom-suppression approach which would resolve nothing, so I declined.
When I tried to discuss a different approach attempting to re-seed the gut with probiotics, I was told that if I wanted to 'go down the road and find some sort of dietician who might be able to help as some people had reported some sort of benefit for having gone'...then maybe I could 'try it !!!'
I was somewhat speechless. I left it at that...
Instead I believe that our excellent Dr. Michael Mosley is on the right track when he urges us all to take care of our 'gut'.
Thyroid, diabetes, heart issues and arthritis are all affected by problems in the gut.
Just think if this aspect were treated with the importance it deserves, how much better people's lives would be and how reduced the strain would be on the NHS!
Its a NO-Brainer.
All of theses conditions and related illnesses are sadly viewed in isolation be it due to pressure from the Medical establishment not wanting to accept new thinking, or the big Parma Corps that have greater powers than governments to impose their will upon us.
I personally have waited for this hospital appointment before deciding to act on my own account.
I found a few days a go an interesting link and tried to post it, but cannot seem to see it anywhere? I is composed of a 10 minute video that is very instructive. I will attempt to give a precis version of it as I feel it is very well explained in very simple
It explains the links with Hashimoto's, heart conditions, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue and depression etc- essentially all autoimmune conditions that are directly influenced by the state of the gut.
The ideal optimum functioning ratio for a healthy gut should be:
85% Probiotics (good bugs) : 15% bad bugs.
The video explains the 3 major DO NOT EAT foods which feed the bad bugs on our intestine, which must be avoided at all costs if at all possible. The third one 'fruit & vegetables' came as a surprise, purely because of the toxicity of pesticides. In the USA they tested strawberries and found that there were 15 pesticides present! Some of them so toxic they are linked to cancer & dementia. They therefor, urge us to buy organic whenever it is possible to safeguard against against these hidden poisons,
Also explained by this company is the fact that the majority of probiotics produced take 2 years from the time they are produced and bottled to when they get laid out on the shelf ready for purchase and by that time the probiotics are long since dead.
Also the majority of tablet form probiotics cannot survive the stomach acid and never get to their destination in tacto!
This company has created a liquid, 'live' format that they claim survives the stomach acid. They go into a lengthy explanation and then offer the product for sale.
Everything they explain is excellently put forward. However, I did my research and have found that one can purchase 'water kefir grains' from the internet. I have done so and will 'grow' my own kefir probiotic drink for myself.
I also did further research to understand more how it "worked", because being lactose intolerant I wanted to understand how it would work with 'water'. I searched for "how can I add sugar to make water kefir if I am supposed to avoid sugar?" I found another website which explained a woman's journey to killing off Candida albicans. She adds cinnamon to her water kefir. And most importantly she explains that during the creation of the kefir, the kefir grains consume over 80% of the sugar that they are fed, and then continue to consume the sugar in the gut that the nasty Candida is feeding upon inside us!
Also the article explained that the home-grown live culture kefir had a greater concentration of probiotics than most shelf sold probiotics!
So it sounds like a win-win situation.
The American video is very instructive and very well laid out, but the home-grown kefir solution is less expensive by far and may even have a higher concentration than the official 'dropper' solution.
As I say I have sent off for my kefir grains.
I am going to pursue a regimen that includes the drink in my daily routine. I will keep a diary and will report upon my progress.
Having suffered from severe diarrhea since March amongst other things, like the Catalans who are taking matters into their own hands, I am going to do the same as I aim to beat my 'hitherto undisclosed autoimmune condition that affect my connective tissues' (quote form my very helpful, but stumped GP), improve my hashimotos, improve my gut, dare I say attempt to repair my leaky gut, reduce my inflammation- severe pains in hands and feet and generally regain some energy in the process.
There are a few books that are excellent- written by our brilliant Dr Mosley who does frequent programmes on British TV, with these in hand and the kefir I will make a difference to my health.
Watch this space!
Best Wishes to all, everywhere all over our beautiful planet!
Together, being caring and generous, sharing info and experiences we can overcome, its just a matter of finding the first piece of the puzzle, I think this might be it!
Poppy-a-very-excited-cat! Am optimistic for the first time in years!