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NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

Disclosure: you may find links in this article to various products I use. I am NOT being compensated in any way for this advertising. They are simply products that I have found to work well for me.

If  you’re just now joining us and would like to catch up on what we’ve done so far, please click on the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base
  7. Rice & Potatoes

My week following the last treatment for rice and potatoes was uneventful, other than finding out I really don’t want to eat potatoes that much anymore. I think I will opt for rice instead for this treatment coming up. I just like it more.

The avoidance period for this treatment is very challenging. As I mentioned in a previous post, pretty much everything has B vitamins in it, so the only things you can usually eat for this treatment are deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice and cauliflower. However, I have a brand of veggie chips that I eat (Terra Chips) that claim to be free of vitamin B. I had my practitioner test me for these when I went for the treatment and she said it would be ok for me to eat them. Boy, did that ever turn out to be a lifesaver!

Some people really like deep fried foods, especially if they are still generally adhering to the standard American diet. But, I’ve been off of them for a long, long time and I just really don’t like them so much anymore. I also eliminated rice a couple of years ago after realizing it was contributing to my sugar cravings. As for cauliflower, it’s good for you, but a person with a thyroid problem needs to be judicious about how much is consumed. Cauliflower is considered a goitrogenic food, which means it has the potential to suppress thyroid function, especially if eaten raw. I always cook these foods and try not to eat them more than a few times a week.

I ordered a very small deep fryer in order to fry fish for this treatment, since I didn’t feel I could trust that fish fried at a restaurant would meet all my allergy requirements. I decided to do my frying the day before my treatment, so I wouldn’t have to bother with it after the treatment. I’m usually pretty tired right after these treatments and, many times, that fatigue carries all the way through the avoidance period. Sometimes I only regain my energy the day after coming off of the avoidance period.

Holy Hot Oil! The deep frying was a disaster! I followed the instructions on the fryer and filled it with oil up to the “max line”. When I submerged the basket full of fish into the oil, the oil overflowed onto the counter and all over the floor of the kitchen.

There I was with a truly hot mess on my hands.

My kitties loved this, of course. What an adventure. I did not.

I almost just gave up, but I knew I couldn’t because I would have nothing to eat. So, I just gathered myself and proceeded to clean up everything and try again. I finally managed to make enough fish to last for 2 days, which is my typical avoidance time. I also made enough rice to last for 2 days.

The treatment itself went as usual. We discussed what supplements I would have to avoid: my multivitamin (this always makes life a little harder when I’m not on it) and my 5-htp supplement, which helps me sleep.

My practitioner then muscle tested me for vitamin B and I was very weak. The usual progression of spinal “massage”, energy work, and acupuncture followed. Afterwards, I tested strong for vitamin B.

The avoidance period was not fun. I ate my first meal of fried fish, rice, cauliflower, and Terra chips and, about an hour after eating, my blood sugar started to go down. In order to counteract this, I ate more fish, but I removed the coating first.

Protein always stabilizes my blood sugar.

I knew immediately that I was going to have to cut out the rice and take the coating off of the fish and just eat fish, cauliflower and Terra Chips for the next 2 days. Blech! except for the chips 🙂

So, that’s what I did and I didn’t experience any more issues with my blood sugar after that. But, what a horrible diet to be on. I really hope I don’t have to do anything like that again during these treatments.

My hope for the vitamin B treatment was that it would make a big difference in the state of my muscles, since they tend to get very tight and form knots from time to time, and the B vitamins are critical for muscle function. Unfortunately, the opposite happened, but I don’t think it was because of the treatment. I think the reductions that I took in my meds a couple of weeks ago finally caught up with me. So I increased my LDN (low dose naltrexone) up to 2 mg. to see if that would help.

What’s happening with my muscles now is pretty common when I have an episode. Usually, the left side of my neck and my left shoulder and arm are very tight. This has been a constant since my muscle problems started about 20 years ago. This particular configuration is connected to old injuries sustained while I was playing my flute 8 hours a day for all those years. But what sometimes happens when I have a flare-up is that my right side will suddenly tighten and become very painful for no apparent reason and my left side will actually release. It’s pretty bizarre. This is what happened after this treatment. As a result, I had to go back to the chiropractor and massage therapist for some pain relief as I waited for the increase in my LDN to begin working. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to 2 weeks to happen.

In the meantime, I’m pushing forward with these treatments because I know that, as I get more of them under my belt, everything will continue to improve.

Onward and upward!

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

Following is a list of everything we’ve covered up to this point. Feel free to click on the links to revisit or catch up on any of my previous NAET posts:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base

As I stated in my last NAET post, following the last treatment, I was able to go off of all of my digestive enzyme supplements! This is a vast improvement for my digestive system and I’m really looking forward to doing stomach acid, which is a few treatments away, to see what differences that might  make.

Treatment #7 was for rice and potatoes. This treatment is not considered one of the “Basic 15”, but was a little “side trip” in order to prepare me for doing the vitamin B treatment. The vitamin B treatment is challenging, in terms of what you can eat, so my practitioner wanted to try to give me as many options as possible. Since I normally don’t do well with either rice or potatoes, the hope is that treating me for these foods will allow me to tolerate them more easily.

The treatment began, as usual, with muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment, which was for digestive enzymes. I did, so we were able to simply move forward from there. My practitioner then tested me for rice and potatoes and, of course, I was weak.  We went through the usual treatment series: spinal “massage” with breathing and energy work, followed by acupuncture.

The avoidance for this treatment turned out to be very easy for me, since I never eat rice or potatoes anyway. My practitioner instructed me to eat a small amount of rice and potatoes regularly after the avoidance period (which was calculated at 50 hours again) to see how well I tolerate them.

We also discussed what I would be able to eat following the vitamin B treatment, which would be after this treatment. The list was not pretty: deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice, cauliflower…ugh. I decided I would purchase a very small deep fryer so that I could control this process and use my own gluten-free batter for the fish. I have not eaten deep fried anything in about 30 years and haven’t ever really done my own deep frying, so this should be interesting.

After my avoidance period was over, I did try eating potatoes and rice. I’m not fond of potatoes anymore. I’ve lived too long without them. I do like rice, however, but I know I’ll have to be careful about how much I eat after the vitamin B treatment.

I continued to feel pretty good after this treatment and I have been able to hold onto the reductions I made in my medications so far, so that is a good sign.

The adventure continues….

To healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

To catch up on what we’ve done so far in this series, you can click on any of the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar

My sixth NAET treatment was for digestive enzymes or, in NAET parlance, “Base”. I was pretty excited about this treatment because I’ve had an enzyme deficiency for a very long time. I was also a little skeptical, I must say. It was hard for me to understand how my body could just begin to produce enzymes again after being unable to for so long. But, I decided to trust the process and just see what might happen.

We began the session with the usual: muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment for sugar, and I did. As a result, I should be able to eat some things that contain sugar, but since this is still fairly early on in the treatment process, I decided to be safe and try only a few cooked apples. I was able to eat these with, what seemed to be, no problems, but I continue to be very judicious about how many of these I eat and how often I eat them.

As the session continued, we discussed the supplements I would have to avoid for this digestive enzyme treatment. Obviously, I would have to stay away from digestive enzymes, but, unfortunately, my hydrochloric acid supplement also has enzymes in it, so I would have to avoid that as well. We decided that apple cider vinegar could be used instead if I had problems.

As for food, I would need to avoid eggs, vegetables, beans and dairy products. This left me with a couple of days of eating basically meat, quinoa, and the special bread I make. I joked as I was going through this that I was on a “brown” diet because everything on my plate was brown. Other than the monochrome nature of the food, the diet wasn’t particularly hard to follow and I was able to stay on the majority of my supplements, so that really wasn’t a problem either.

The remainder of the treatment was as before: I was tested for digestive enzymes and found to be weak. This was then followed by spinal “massage” with breathing, which was followed by energy work, and that was followed by acupuncture. My practitioner then retested for the enzymes and I tested strong.

My practitioner also tested to see if we could treat for rice and potatoes at the next session in order to prepare me for the vitamin B treatment coming up. The vitamin B treatment is really challenging as there is very little that you can eat, since almost everything contains vitamin B. Hence, the need to clear my system of any issues it might have with rice and potatoes (and I have a history of problems with both).

My avoidance period was, once again, calculated at 50 hours. At the end of the avoidance period, I decided not to take anymore enzymes and I have been off of them ever since.

I was able to eliminate both of my digestive enzyme supplements with this one treatment.

I continue to be astounded at the changes I am experiencing with these treatments. This is much more improvement than I have had with any other approach I have tried. So exciting!

To continued healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: Treatment #5 – Sugar Mix –

NAET Treatments and Hashimoto’s: Treatment #5 – Sugar Mix –

Here’s a list of all of the previous treatments we have covered:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C

You can click on any of these to go back and catch up on anything you may have missed.

Treatment #5 was for sugar. Normally, you would treat for vitamin B at this point in time, but because my body was asking to be treated for digestive enzymes after the calcium treatment and we couldn’t do that until we treated for sugar, we decided to do sugar, then digestive enzymes, then vitamin B. It’s really nice that these treatments can be tailored to the needs of each individual.

For a lot of people, treating for sugar would be a biggie, in terms of avoidance. For me, it was just a normal couple of days because I’ve not been able to tolerate sugar of any kind for a number of years anyway. But for someone who is eating sugar, you would have to avoid the following kinds of sugars: cane, beet, brown, corn, rice, maple, fruit [fructose], date, grape sugars, glucose, maltose, dextrose, glucose, sucrose, lactose, molasses, honey. This means anything to which sugar has been added, in addition to fruit, dairy products, and root vegetables. You would also have to avoid toothpaste and mouthwash! I just used baking soda instead.

Stevia is not included in this list, so if you eat something that is only sweetened with stevia, that should be fine.

As usual, at the beginning of the appointment, we discussed any changes or difficulties that occurred since the last treatment. I told my practitioner that I had to cut way back on my vitamin C after the treatment because I was feeling really anxious. She muscle-tested me for the vitamin C and found that 1500 mg would be the optimal dose.

That was half of what I had required before the treatment!

Since then, I have found that I actually do better with only 1000 mg a day, which is an even bigger reduction from my original 3000 mg a day!

After this, I was muscle-tested for sugar and, of course, my arm just fell to the table when she tested me. If you missed the post where I discuss muscle testing, you can find it here.

My sugar issues have been going on for a really long time. You would not be wrong to characterize my past eating habits as those of someone addicted to sugar. Over the years, I gradually weaned myself off because I knew that sugar was contributing to my fatigue. I finally took myself off of all sugars, including fruit, about 4-5 years ago because even the fruit was making me tired. But elimination has not allowed me to reintroduce any fruit with any success. I’ve suspected SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) for a while, but tests for SIBO are not usually very conclusive and I’m not willing to drink that horrible sugary stuff they make you drink as part of the test. My biggest hope for this treatment is that it will help to resolve these sugar issues.

After testing, we went through the normal spinal “massage” followed by energy work, followed by acupuncture. Afterward, she tested me again for sugar and I was strong.

As I mentioned earlier, this avoidance period was really no problem for me. The only thing I had to avoid that I eat fairly regularly were root veggies, and avoiding those for 2 days was easy.

When it was over, I didn’t go all out and try to eat every sugary thing out there. I feel like sugar is a big enemy of the body, so I’m not so anxious to re-incorporate it into my diet. I did cook some apples, with no added sugar, and eat some after meals. Apples are really important for handling inflammation and for feeding the muscles, so this is one food I would like to be able to tolerate well again. My body seemed to handle these better than it would have before the treatment. Aside from that, I just stayed with my usual sugarless diet after the avoidance period.

A few days after the treatment, I started feeling wound up and hyper again. I decided to decrease my dose of LDN to 2 mg. This helped some, but after a couple of days, I could tell it was not going to be enough. So, I decided to decrease my thyroid medication as well, from 1.75 grains to 1.25 grains. That seemed to help quite a bit. To reiterate:

I was able to cut my LDN in half and reduce my thyroid medications by 1/2 grain after this treatment!

I have to say, I continue to be surprised by the vast improvements I am experiencing in such a short period of time as a result of these treatments.

I’m hoping that, after I’m done with the “Basic 15” treatments, I will get be able to get more adventurous with trying foods that I haven’t been able to eat for a long time. For now, I’m just really happy to be making my supplement list shorter and feeling stronger as a result. I know there is some point in the treatment sequence where it’s considered safe to start trying new foods again. I’m sure my practitioner will let me know whenever that is and give me some guidance as to how to go about that.

By the way, I found a booklet on the NAET site which details the results of a 10 year study of the effects of NAET treatments on various health issues. It’s really pretty amazing. You can check that out here.

More soon.

Wishing you the best of health,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

 

The Hashimoto’s “Diet”….or what food is left to eat??

The Hashimoto’s “Diet”….or what food is left to eat??

Figuring out what to eat when you’re dealing with Hashimoto’s can be incredibly hard, frustrating and downright depressing because, depending on how badly you’re feeling and how many sensitivities you have, you may feel as though there is literally nothing left to eat. This can also be dangerous, because elimination is not always the answer. Too much elimination can put you in a serious state of malnutrition. I actually got to this point before deciding that I had to pick my battles. I couldn’t eliminate everything that might be causing me a problem. So, in this post, I’m going to talk about the “biggies” associated with autoimmune disease, as well as the approach I’ve taken with my own diet.

My current diet has been decades in the making, largely because no one seemed to have a clue as to what was causing my fatigue and brain fog, which were my earliest symptoms. I began with going on a low-carb diet, mainly cutting out bread and potatoes, which did help my energy levels for a while. But, I didn’t think about the carbs I was ingesting as a result of sugar intake: alcohol, snack foods, and the fact that sugar is in almost all processed foods.

Get Rid of the Sugar

This is a biggie for everyone. Sugar is at the root of so many problems for so many people that, if you value your health and longevity, you owe it to yourself to do this. Remember that your body is already compromised and struggling from the Hashi’s. Sugar compromises your systems even further.

I am a sugar (and chocolate) addict. I think there are a lot of people out there who struggle with this. We are constantly confronted with yummy, sugary foods every where we look in this culture and the temptations are monumental.

My cravings for sugar began when puberty set in. It was like having a constant itch that needed to be scratched. When I was a teenager, I remember going into the kitchen cabinets when my  mom wasn’t home and looking for anything sweet to eat. Sometimes she would have baked goods in the pantry, but more often than not, I would have to improvise, like eating brown sugar right out of the box with a spoon. After I moved away from home, I would eat cans of frosting or the sweetest candies I could find. My mother used to remark on the fact that I never got sick from consuming these things, but it was as if my body just couldn’t get enough.

I was in my late forties before I began to seriously try to curb my sugar intake. In an attempt to abstain, I refused to keep anything in the house with sugar in it, but I would still have desserts if I ate at restaurants…and I was still drinking wine with dinner.

Finally, in my early fifties, I just got tired of feeling lousy every time I would have something sweet to eat, so I cut out all sugar. But, the cravings were still there. It wasn’t until I also cut out all grains (I had already been gluten-free for a long time at this point) that my cravings went away completely.

So, if you’re struggling with sugar addiction, you will need to take a serious look at your sources of sugar – these will include the obvious sugary items in addition to all grains, starchy foods, and fruits.

I also think, in hindsight, that my sugar addiction was connected to hormone imbalances that set in during puberty which resulted in a lack of endorphins and dopamine. I have struggled with depression for most of my life, beginning in adolescence, but since finding ways to supply my body with more endorphins, this has gotten much better. A magnesium deficiency was also probably at work here, since I have also always craved chocolate. I still do, but have found healthy ways to deal with this: lots of magnesium through supplements and lotion, and eating small amounts of very dark chocolate sweetened only with stevia. My personal favorite is from Dante Confections. This chocolate takes a little getting used to because it is very intense, but I love it now, and a little goes a very long way.

Gluten is a Problem with Hashi’s

A lot of changes have occurred since the 1950’s to the baking products we use now. Things have been added to wheat flour to make it more stretchable and elastic so it can be used in any number of foods like sauces, soups or even wine. Unfortunately, these additions or changes to our food have caused adverse reactions for many of us, including leaky gut and an activation of the immune system which causes the body to form antibodies to gluten. These antibodies are put on high alert every time you eat anything with gluten in it. What you have to do is read labels carefully and be knowledgeable about what foods might contain gluten. For a list of foods and products that contain gluten, go here. For more general info on this topic, go here.

Another Issue With Baked Goods…

Back in the good ol’ days (1950’s – 60’s), they used to add iodine to flour as an anti-caking agent. This was great because it meant pretty much everyone was getting adequate iodine in their diets. Then, they decided to used bromide instead. Since then, thyroid-related problems have been on the rise. You see, bromide is an endocrine disruptor which attaches to the same receptors as iodine. So not only are you not getting the iodine from your baked goods, but the bromide is actually interfering with the endocrine processes in your body and preventing your body from absorbing what little iodine you might be getting from your food. So read those labels and don’t buy any baked goods containing anything related to “bromide” or “bromine”. This lovely ingredient can also be found in certain soft drinks and pesticides used on fruits, among other things. For a detailed discussion on this, click here.

Are Goitrogenic Foods Our Friends?

Good question. For years, many of us with thyroid issues were told “Don’t eat that broccoli!” along with anything else related to it because these foods suppress the thyroid. This approach excludes a whole family of veggies that have a ton of health benefits. The goitrogenic food family includes items which contain soy, cruciferous veggies, and a few other foods such as strawberries, peaches and millet. The list includes:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Millet
  • Mustard greens
  • Peaches
  • Rutabaga
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips
  • Peanuts
  • Radishes
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach

It is now thought that cooking these foods dramatically reduces the goitrogenic effect. I make a practice of eating cooked greens regularly due to their incredible health benefits, and kale is a part of that regular practice. I have not noticed any adverse effects from doing this. I do stay away from peanuts and peanut butter except for the occasional indulgence, because I have experienced adverse effects from these foods. Soy has become so prevalent in our vegetarian/vegan culture that it would be really easy to negatively affect your thyroid with these products if you’re not careful. Once in a while is fine, but not daily. So, just remember: cooked and in moderation, and you should be fine. Always, always monitor yourself to be sure you’re not experiencing any negative effects.

For more information on how soy relates to thyroid health, click here.

The Problem With Nightshade Veggies

Nightshades are another group of vegetables that are usually avoided by people with Hashi’s. They contain saponins, lectins, and capsaicin, all of which can be problematic for digestion, leading to various food sensitivities and leaky gut.

Saponins are a protection device utilized by plants against microbes and insects. These compounds can resemble detergents and cause inflammation in the body. Foods containing saponins include peppers and tomatoes.

Lectins are found in grains, legumes, nightshades, and oils made from seeds. They are incredibly hard to digest and can penetrate the protective mucus of the intestinal lining, leading to leaky gut.

Capsaicin is a potential irritant to the intestinal lining and may also contribute to leaky gut. It is found in chili peppers.

Some of the more common veggies that belong to the nightshade family include:

  • tomatoes
  • eggplant
  • white potatoes
  • sweet and hot peppers
  • chili-based spices (including paprika)
  • goji berries
  • pimientos

I make a practice of avoiding these foods altogether because I can tell when I eat them that they are not my friends. I usually end up with some kind of digestive distress. For a more complete discussion of this issue, click here.

More About Lectins

Lectins are found in grains, legumes, nightshades, nuts and seeds. I already mentioned above that lectins can be a problem as they can agitate the lining of the intestinal wall and possibly cause leaky gut and autoimmune reactions.

However, choosing to eliminate these healthy foods completely can lead to  a lack of certain nutrients, notably the B vitamins, which are crucial in staying healthy. I did go off of these for a while, but I was even more tired and lost more hair and muscle tone, so I decided to incorporate small amounts back into my diet.

I tend to stick with seeds more than nuts, and I avoid grains altogether because they cause sugar cravings and many of them contain gluten. I also avoid beans because I simply can’t digest them well. I eat a small amount of sunflower and pumpkin seeds several times a week and it doesn’t seem to bother me. In fact, I can tell a difference in my energy levels when I do this. On the days that I don’t do this, I make sure I have some other kind of high protein snack, like dried beef. This helps with my iron and B12 levels.

So, you will need to experiment a bit to see what might work for you. If you are experiencing adverse effects from any of the members of this group, then you should probably avoid them for a while and try again in 6 weeks or so to see if they still affect you.

If you would like to read more on this topic, click here.

Give Up Dairy (?)

Yes, here’s another “enemy” food group and this one hurts almost as much as giving up sugar.

I was born lactose-intolerant, so I probably never should have been consuming dairy at all during my life. The doctors took me off of dairy as a newborn and put me on soy formula (which also did not do me any favors), but at some point, my mother put me back on it. Then, when puberty hit, out came the acne. My mother took me to the dermatologist and I was fully expecting to be taken off of everything fried and sweet, but he simply said, “No more milk”…and it worked!

So, I stayed off of it again for a while, but eventually went back to eating cheese and ice cream. I never had much of a reaction to cheese, but the ice cream always left me bloated and gassy, so I didn’t eat much of it. As I continued to have problems with fatigue, brain fog and allergies, I realized that these foods were actually producing more mucus in my body. Now I never have any dairy….ever.

Here’s the thing about dairy: milk proteins are similar to gluten, so it can cause the same kind of reaction from your immune system that gluten would. These reactions fall into several categories known as IgE, IgA and IgG.

IgE reactions happen immediately and it is these reactions that people are usually referring to when you talk about food “allergies”. Think peanuts, for instance.

IgA reactions happen in the intestines every time you eat a particular food and can lead to intestinal damage. Celiac disease is probably the most well known IgA food reaction.

IgG reactions are more subtle and can occur some time after eating something. It is harder to “connect the dots” with these reactions because there is a span of time between eating and reacting. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, memory problems, bloating, just to name a few.

For detailed explanation of all these reactions, click here.

Dr. Osansky at Natural Endocrine Solutions believes there are other reasons to stay away from dairy:

  • Cow’s milk has hormones that were not intended for humans
  • The pasteurization process has the potential to alter milk proteins in a harmful way
  • Homogenization has the potential to alter the natural structure of milk
  • Sensitivity to casein and whey protein

For more details on all of this, click here.

There seems to be a difference of opinion out there regarding dairy and Hashi’s.  Many people say you should always be 100% dairy-free, while others say eating those things that don’t seem to cause a reaction is probably ok. I have chosen to stay away from it just to be safe and because I have a long history of reacting to it adversely. Since inflammation is a major part of dealing with Hashi’s, I believe it’s always better to err on the side of safety.

Other Issues

I have other sensitivities that are often not addressed in the typical Hashi’s diet. I am currently struggling with histamine intolerance and salicylate sensitivity which force me to eliminate a ton of foods that normally would be very nutritious and helpful. I’ll talk more about this in another post, but for a start on dealing with these issues, check out The Low Histamine Chef. She has tons of great information and recipes.

Which Diet to Follow?

There are several diet options out there to help you construct a daily plan for dealing with inflammation and the autoimmune responses that come with Hashi’s:

  • Autoimmune Gut Repair Diet – this diet comes from Dr. Datis Kharrazian who has become one of the leading figures in Hashi’s treatment and research. You can take a look at this diet here. The diet is very restrictive and may include things that you might still react to, so you may need to customize it for your own sensitivities, as I did.
  • Autoimmune Paleo Protocol – this is very similar to the gut repair diet, but may be slightly less restrictive as it is a maintenance program for people dealing with various autoimmune diseases. Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt have created a great website with tons of recipes and cookbooks. They are dealing with autoimmunity themselves and have worked tirelessly to bring delicious meals to those of us who feel we have nothing left to eat. Check it out here.
  • The Autoimmune Protocol – Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is another great source of information on autoimmune disease and diet. You can take a look at her ideas here.

I hope the information here is enough to get you started on an interesting journey in structuring a diet that will support your system and lead to healing.

Best,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.