DOTSLADY's SparkPeople Blog DOTSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SIBO for FIBRO treatment (FODMAPs +) I have been seeing a paleo doctor (occasionally). It's a "boutique" service where I "get" to pay an extra $2k a year for personal attention. You know, like you idealistically believe you'll get from an allopathic doctor? Not to complain. I have credit cards for this. :P He is wonderful, btw. It's SUCH a relief, i.e. no stress, to talk to him because he GETS me! I got him to order me a SIBO test. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. More on this later, but how did I get here? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:25:59 EST FAVE gut interviews today only They're free today, so watch if you can. Or buy them (so nice they're free for a bit). I'm out the door for an 8 hour drive to see old doctor or I'd catch you up to date. Every time I come here to document weight, I say I'm going to write a blog and don't. I have podcasts and summit videos to watch! DH will be in here wanting me packed and ready, and I'm blogging. :P So, quickly, change your paradigm maybe: <BR> <BR> Digestion Sessions II (sign up!! just google it) with Sean Croxton and Mi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:15:38 EST Stewart (belated Halloween Humor) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love me some gluten humor. <em>334</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:20:27 EST Free Eating Psychology Conference link <em>387</em> FYI: <link><BR>m </link> sign up for free speakers regarding different aspects of the psychology of eating. Speakers include Dr. Hyman, Dr. Sarah Gottfried (hormones), Jessica Ortner (tapping), Dr. Perlmutter (neurologist), Jon Gabriel (love him), Dr. Hyla Cass, Daniel Vitalis ... I think there will be 50 speakers during the week. I appreciate the pick-me-up when I'm feeling frazzled -- it helps keep me focused; maybe it will help you, to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:45 EST H PYLORI. Another route to a LEAKY GUT Much needs to be shared and I know I'll forget some, but here goes. <BR> <BR> My Christmas present 2013 was getting an endoscopy from a new gastroenterologist who wanted to check on the status of my villous atrophy/celiac (it has been since Jan 31, 2006 since celiac endoscopy/diagnosis). He snipped a bunch of biopsies, and I awaited 10 days for results: celiac villous atrophy was great, no problem - yay (I was a Marsh Stage III meaning my villi were nubbins (out of IV who often don't respo... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:20:00 EST Another Genova Test, Massage and a Funny I sent another stool sample Monday to Genova: The Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Profile #2100 ( <link> </link> ). I understand they are changing the tests within this test and not including the parasitology starting Oct. 28th. I was in such a hurry to mail the test I sent it without the cover/box for protecting the vials! I sure hope they get it okay?! ew! The genetics counselor wanted a more recent test. I'm primarily checking dysbiosis/bacterial imbalance within... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:38:20 EST Carrying On From Fun: Carry On <BR> <BR> "If you're lost and alone <BR> Or you're sinking like a stone <BR> Carry on <BR> May your past be the sound <BR> Of your feet upon the ground <BR> Carry on" <BR> <BR> It's marching music: <link> </link> for a mellow march/walk. I misplaced my iTouch and I miss my walking tunes. <BR> <BR> __________________ <BR> <BR> We got Dd moved into her new apt. and with luck and a prayer she will do fine. That's what I said the first day. ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:05:17 EST Catch Up Time <img src=""> <BR> old pic, I've let my hair grow so I can pony-tail it for walking in the heat. <BR> <BR> I've been a ghost, so sorry, but it was necessary for me to take a break this last year or so. I have maintained my 40 lb gain because I've not been eating low-histamine (more like potato chips, Starburst, and even ice-cream - I should share THOSE labs). The doc had me change thyroid dose from 150mcg to 50mcg and I'm still astound... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:57:46 EST RIP Musti <img src=""> <BR> Jenny on left, Musti on right. Musti would never stay still for a picture, so this is a pretty good shot of the old man. :) <BR> <BR> Our black lab, Musti, was put down yesterday. He was my other lab, Jenny's, puppy. <BR> <BR> His hind legs could not sustain him any longer. He would whine and/or bark from his comfy pillows in my bedroom I think for company or to tell me what, I don't know. After 5 minutes or more h... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:50:26 EST CT Scan Results: Not cancer but let's rescan in a few After I followed the scan machine's instructions to hold my breath, then breathe, etc., the tech said over the intercom that I needed to lower my pants as she didn't know they had metal grommets which interferes with the end product. I do so and therefore have to be rescanned; ie, double radiation, which ticked me OFF! <link><BR>82398582691047.html#printMode </link> <BR> <BR> As usual, I asked for copies of my medical results and guess which pics were ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:01:38 EST CT Scan Done I had the CT scan this morning after many phone calls regarding the dye. I got what I'm calling a "dry" scan with no dye. I'd reacted to the Ultravist contrast dye a couple of years ago when I was tested for lung cancer (um, turned out to be GERD) via CT scan. I had an itchy throat which was closing up, heart palpitations/racing, anxiety, dizziness (I've since come to learn that all this is due to histamine intolerance). I was given IV Benadryl (an anti-histamine) and not allowed to driv... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:07:20 EST I'll be seeing more doctors. Kidney cancer? I'll post my ultrasound records later. 2.8cm (about 1") hard mass. Doc said they didn't say 'suspicious' which he didn't like. He wasn't reassuring, and after I looked online, I'm not reassured either. Phew. Need to find my happy place. It has been so long. I picked up a Bernie Segal book at a used bookstore about laughter and cancer; guess I'll grab it off the shelf. <BR> <BR> Supposed to get CT scan next (which I'm not keen to do as I react to the dye) and/or biopsy. Hairdresser... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:04:46 EST Tired of Doctors Kidney pain started 15th of Jan. Got flu on 16th (norovirus or some such 24-hr version coming out both ends at same time. beautiful stuff). Kidneys continued hurting so went to ER (couldn't find instacare) and they did urinalysis which was negative to white or red blood cells. They put me on antibiotics for 7 days. Then I got additional script for more days cause pain wasn't going away. Stopped after 10th straight day. Went back to doc and they said they'd set up ultrasound. Waited da... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:18:28 EST Crazy Cholesterol & Other Labs Jan 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> VAP Cholesterol Test <BR> Test/Ref Range <BR> <BR> LDL Direct 174 H (less than 130mg/dL) <BR> Total HDL Direct 69 (40 or more) <BR> Total VLDL 15 (under 30) <BR> Total Cholesterol 258 H (less than 200) <BR> Triglycerides 72 <BR> Total Non-HDL (LDL+VLDL) 190 H (less than 160) <BR> Total APOB100 calc 118 H (under 109) <BR> <BR> LP(a) 19 H (under 10) <BR> IDL 9 (under 20) <BR> Real LDL 146 H (under 100) <BR> Sum Total LDL 174 H (under 130) <BR> Real LDL Size Pat... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:15:08 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:47:56 EST New Thyroid Dose December 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> TSH: 8.233 High (ref range .40-4.20) <BR> Free T-4: 1.20 (.80-1.80) <BR> Free T3: 1.87 Low (2.3-4.2) <BR> <BR> New dose started yesterday, Jan 6, 2012: <BR> <BR> Synthroid upped to .150 mcg from .125 mcg. <BR> Cytomel 5mcg added (I've not tried this before). <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:59:37 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:52:23 EST Keep pushing. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:32:33 EST Unzipping the Unhappy Me I'm emotionally up and down. DH usually returns home after a 7-8 hr drive Friday nights and leaves on Sundays back to his new work locale out of state. He likes his new job and that's good for him. He was home for a week or so during Christmas holidays and it was pretty okay I guess. <BR> <BR> Miss Julie, Therapist, talked about "isms" in life -- alcoholism, consumerism (shopping addiction), pornography-ism?, drug addiction-ism, etc; how they're diversions from reality. I guess I could... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:43:45 EST Cry-y-y-ing ... STILL Another emotional setback. Actually my heart has been talking to me. I've been bawling on and off during the day as I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, not sure anymore. Sometimes I don't know why, and I told Miss Julie, Therapist, that I feel like I have Post Traumatic Stress. She concurred. <BR> <BR> DH and I talked for 4 hrs. So glad the daughter didn't come home. I'm tired of thinking about This and That. I don't talk to anyone else about it except the therapist. I've go... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:21:57 EST Thanks for Giving Dd worked, and Dh and I went to a neighbor's. When I look back at my state of mind the past 6 months, I can say I was an emotional wreck: I felt anxiety to the nth degree, but it was a different anxiety than my celiac anxiety as I could handle it. I can attribute this to the fact that I have MUCH MUCH MUCH! better adrenal health this time around due to a better-for-ME allergen-free diet. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I baked a ham and some sweet potatoes. Neighbor was willing to roast a gf turkey ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:19:07 EST In a Rabbit Hole <em>172</em> "Je taime mon petit lapin," is "I love you my little rabbit" in French. Forgive spelling errors as it has been since jr. high. I taught Dh to say it when we were dating. His pronounciation was uncoordinated, goofy and very endearing. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> I'm stressed. I'm SO sick of being stressed. Emotional roller coaster rides, thoughts of moving us/Dd, packing, eating/food. I'm up to 200.2 today. Yesterday, lessee, I ate: 3 or 4 pkgs of pomegranate seeds (equiv to t... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:44:05 EST I visited a dietitian <em>150</em> Yesterday I met with a dietitian who had her masters degree. I let her steer her appt with me, and it took a while going through my food history before I started getting to my current issues w/the histaminosis/histamine intolerance. I think she had a routine and the eventual story she got out of me was a surprise. She thinks I'm hard on myself and that I need to relax, which is hard to do right now. I brought some of my more current labs and she didn't think they were bad a... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:57:45 EST Cyrex Antibody Array 5 Results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This Cyrex test was $575 through my MD/ND, and I got results in early October and am only getting around to sharing now. It's supposed to give you an approx. 10 yr. predictive look at where antibody activity is evident to specific organs/systems in the body. <BR> <BR> My results indicated I have antibodies to my thyroid, which isn't surprising since I have Hashimoto's, and I was also equivocal for antibodies t... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:40:52 EST Canada recognizes histamine levels in food? I sporadically checked twitter for histamine hashtags and found an interesting post from the Canadian gov't re: too much histamine in I think canned, maybe jarred, anchovies: <link> </link> (October 30, 2012 entry). Huh. I like that - not that I'd be eating those as I know they're high in histamines GENERALLY - but what about people who don't KNOW they have a histamine problem? Yikes. <BR> <BR> "The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and Division o... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:45:18 EST Bye-Bye Recliner Since I've been eating histamine foods, my body is reacting: pain, stiffness, achiness. It's a slow climb out of this hole thus far. I haven't had Starburst for a good three days though - YAY! I STILL think about it daily - BOO! Haven't had chips for way longer - YAY! <BR> <BR> Have I mentioned how the past two years I've been growing more, shall we say, amorous? Since the low-histamine, more yet again; probably because I wasn't in pain 24/7 or esp after exercise. That sense of free... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:26:36 EST From 196 to 188 I can't believe I got back up to 196. That's almost 200 ya'll. Scared the H out of me. I'm struggling to stay on the wagon, but have only THOUGHT about Starburst when I'm hungry. I mention it to DH and he knows I struggle with it, and he's about out the door to buy them for me. I tell him he's an enabler. He seems okay with that. He doesn't like it when I'm angry - not that NOT getting Starburst makes me angry - it doesn't. I'm anxious a bit, but definitely not angry. I think he does... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:48:09 EST 25 lbs up and counting Food me: ...right when you don't think it can get worse, it keeps getting worse. I keep getting worse. Starburst. Potato chips. and now honey Greek yogurt. Hmmmm. Tang, salt/fat/crunch and Pudding mouth feel. <BR> <BR> Clinical me: I'm also obviously estrogen dominant per my abdominal ultrasound results (uterine fibroid). My ZRT saliva results prove that: I'm too low in progesterone, too high in testosterone (libido, whiskers, a few zits/boils even). No wonder I can't lose weight... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:59:00 EST Old/New News: Labs (Cholesterol, Thyroid, Ultrasound) Old News I haven't blogged for posterity: <BR> <BR> Cholesterol went wacky. Need to find labs. <BR> <BR> Thyroid: got better. Rx lowered from 125mcg to 100mcg. Retested lab scheduled tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Abdominal ultrasound: Uterus measures 9.4 x 3.5 x 4.6cm. Small .9cm hypoechoic region posteriorly in the fundus - possibly small fibroid. Sm. amt of fluid noted at cervix vs a tiny nabothian cyst. No pathologic appearing adnexal fluid noted. <BR> <BR> Well, that tiny nabothian cys... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:06:21 EST Starburst. Potato Chips. That's all I crave. What else can I say but that my middle gut is a swishy mess of newly added Starburst & Potato Chips - 10 lbs so far. I started out good today and it ended badly. <BR> <BR> I will try yet again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to run again. I'm sore; and that's likely because my eating has been SO off with the low-histamine. Today's bfast after my run was leftover salmon (leftovers = higher histamine), watermelon. I juiced up some romaine and cilantro because I... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:31:31 EST Still Angry Much has transpired emotionally, but I'm mostly in an <BR> ANGRY <em>28</em> ANGRY <em>234</em> and SAD <em>46</em> SAD <em>39</em> place. <BR> <BR> Food: I've been all off plan eating plain yogurt, salsa and corn chips and Starburst. I've gained back 6 lbs and boy can I feel it! I really liked being 171 and so close to 160ville. I look forward to when I'm back there, so at least I still have some gumption left. I gotta go walk the dog. I'll try to listen to some P!nk to keep... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:59:53 EST Angry Birds I don't know what that game's about, but that's our family. I'm still an emotional hot mess. I'm tired of hearing DH's voice wane on about himself and his problems. I'm tired of Dd's anger at me! <BR> <BR> I have fought and worked my way into this and I just don't throw in the towel that easily. I have fought for everything in my life, why shouldn't I? Perseverance usually pays off. Why is this so hard? <BR> <BR> I'm tired. <BR> (Lots edited out, sorry). Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:33:37 EST I've lost 100 lbs <img src=""> <BR> July 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> Random before pics. I don't know how much I weighed because I didn't monitor at the time. I know I weighed around 230s-260s when pregnant. I weighed around 250s when dx w/celiac in 2006, then I gained 23 lbs and it has been a SP journey since (up and down, up up down down). But ultimately, 100 lbs is down and I've got pictures. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:10:29 EST Food Allergy Fun cartoon <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:30:11 EST 170-ville! Yippee!!!! I'm flirting with 170-ville. I'm joining the group asap! Today's weight: 179.2. I thought for sure I'd gain cause last night was a restless one. <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor for labs yesterday. I'll be going out of town for about two weeks, then the doc is going out of town for two weeks, so I won't get results til July 25! Argh! I think the gods are testing my patience (the gods know I want results that minute). Anyhew - tested: <BR> <BR> -thyroid panel to check new Synthroid dos... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:27:00 EST Body Composition Analysis May 2011 vs June 2012 Update on body comp. Spoiler alert: not much has happened to my body the past year. This is boring, but I'm putting it here for my reference. I lost 11 lbs, most of it fat, but not all. I lowered my BMR (not great). But at least I didn't gain. It's called changing your expections to meet your new personal happy place. :P <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> June 20, 2012 <BR> Height: 5' 2.5" (measured) <BR> Weight: 183.7 (after workout. I weighed 181 at home in the a.m. when I weigh) <BR> Body Fa... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:13:21 EST Cyrex Leaky Gut Array 2 Results 1 Year Later After Trying Harder & Rosacea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> My gut's not leaking anymore. I have all normal parameters compared to last time except the IgA is a bit increased. The naturopathic MD said it's likely because the IgA is active in repair. She explained that the test in essence shows the leakiness depth-wise, which I never knew. What does "trying harder" mean? MUCH stricter on the grain-free - I may have had some Udi's bread here and there, but... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:59:57 EST I got my Epley on ... So I got a house call yesterday. :) <em>436</em> <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> Another dear ENT dr friend and his wife dropped by and he did the Epley Maneuver on me yesterday evening. <link> </link> He thought from my symptoms that he's not sure it'd work, he thinks I have or am getting over a viral infection in my right ear. My nystagmus wasn't terrible or is getting better he said. <BR> <BR> If I had vertigo, I'm to sleep in a recliner for two nights making... Mon, 21 May 2012 12:15:52 EST Funny gluten-free tumblr You know I'm always up for a laugh. I hope you have a gluten-free funny bone in your body! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 May 2012 13:42:33 EST Tan & Tone Robotics Results When I was in high school I did a report on facial isometric exercises for health class. I did it for years but that waned the more tired I got, the older I got. Same with keggels - lol. Well, if you're in OK you might find these RESISTANCE exercises help you get on with starting an exercise program: the sign in the window says, "The Un-Gym, where the unfit get fit." And that's where I was at. I met a few women who were using it as gentle exercise because they had rheumatoid arthritis ... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:46:41 EST Ketotic hypoglycemia So right after I wrote my last blog I promptly went out on my back porch and wretched up a bit of empty gut liquids. I'd actually eaten at Pei Wei some boiled chicken and steamed broccoli for a late Mother's Day meal from Dd (around 8pm). It's not like I went to bed with an empty stomach is my point. However, I've not been eating enough I know that. My bad. I'm in a weird emotional place, and this, too, shall pass, but look what was in my email inbox the following day: <link>drbenkim.c... Wed, 16 May 2012 13:20:45 EST DOMS Day Good :) On the exercise tolerance front here's encouraging news: <BR> <BR> 1. I walked the dog the usual 1-1.5 miles on Saturday. <BR> 2. Then I joggled 52 minutes at a 16.5min/mi pace straight through, no walking another 3 or so miles. <BR> 3. Then I went to robotics exercise for an hour. I'll be posting before-after measurements in a week or so, which will be the month mark to see how that went. It's very passive exercise so I'm not expecting much, but would be pleasantly surprised if some... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:14:33 EST Histamine, the new Gluten. Understanding Histaminosis the Master Mimic It's a biogenic amine - it has an affect on our body and has an amino acid component to it. Most all food has some amine/protein component to it (even butter fat as I learned from my Cyrex test). Important for regulating the immune system. In fact, it's theorized that disregulation of the gut lining, i.e. leaky gut by histamine sets one up for other intolerances. Have vertigo/Meniere's? Asthma? IBS? Migraines? Rosacea? High blood pressure? Arrhythmias? Sinusitis? Insomnia? Red face/flush... Sat, 12 May 2012 09:26:15 EST My Mother Post: Answers to Nagging Symptoms: HISTAMINE I'm a Biogenic Amine Woman, too. <BR> <BR> What the heck am I talking about NOW?! When you read about celiac and gut health like I do, you come across the fact that people often aren't 100% after going gluten free. It's what led me to paleo four years or so ago. I don't actually know what 100% wellness feels like yet, but I DO keep getting better with my changes. I never went 100% low-carb paleo, esp at the beginning; choosing to include lots of fruit, dairy and some gluten-free grains b... Fri, 11 May 2012 10:54:35 EST The Power of Vulnerability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not crying as much, and I slept fairly well considering I'd been getting about 2-3 hrs/night the past two weeks. Had a nice, long talk w/you-know-who on Friday night and dragged some feelings out of him. Men. They think they have to shoulder the weight of the world on their shoulders. What an awesome responsibility they feel. That night he couldn't hear what I said, that we shoulder the world together. W... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:19:48 EST MTHFR gene: you WANT to know if you have a mutation MTHFR - it's both a gene and an enzyme. If you have a polymorphism in one of two known genes, your MTHFR enzyme won't work effectively. Implications for the following health issues are involved, and that's why you should know/care (think about your family medical history, too): <BR> <BR> <BR> Autism <BR> Addictions: smoking, drugs, alcohol <BR> Down’s syndrome <BR> Miscarriages <BR> Pulmonary embolisms <BR> Depression in Post-Menopausal Women <BR> Schizophrenia <BR> Fibromyalgia <BR> Chro... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:10:43 EST As a former Kashi Queen ... I appreciated this. I found it on a FB page. It was taken by a sales rep at a grocery store in Rhode Island. I've been extolling the hazards of gluten since my celiac dx in 2006. I even wrote Kashi a line or two about how I don't appreciate their product; that it needed a black box Surgeon General's Warning (all gluten products do). Though a gluten warning would be better, it's a brilliant start to see a GROCERY making effort to protect its consumers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:44:14 EST Some Keys Vacay Pics <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (there I am reading, "Why Is My Doctor So Dumb" and often didn't get it, so I'm dumb, too! LOL) March 18, 2012 <BR> <BR> I have more... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:03:43 EST Food Allergy Fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More fun at <link> </link> <BR> (used w/permission from the author/creator/blogger). <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> These make me laugh, and I need one right now. I hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:01:51 EST <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> I give this gift/link to you today because sharing is caring. <BR> <BR> Also, Shaun shared this one with me, which is similar: <link> </link> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Had a nice day today - it was lovely and sunny, with a slight breeze. The grass was mowed yesterday (pic was taken befor... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 00:37:14 EST