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misspudding
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I've decided to start this thread as my own personal place to heal my son's gut (and mine, as well). Here goes!

I've had celiac-like gut problems my whole life. My son was recently diagnosed with Crohn's-like IBD (weight loss, constipation-predominant). We have a lot working against us. We're O-negative, gut-reactive types.

I've been mostly BTD/GTD (Explorer) compliant for several years, except for my morning coffee and the occasional corn chips. I tried doing a full-on "paleo" diet two times in the last two years. Both times I ended up having migraines every other day! So I know I do okay with some brown rice and compliant beans. I gave coffee up last year for several months (and felt amazing). I've been struggling since I live in the Seattle area and if you've ever been here, you know it's a coffee-lover's dream (and coffee-avoider's nightmare). Once the weather turns gray and cold for 9 months of the year, it's very hard to avoid having a hot beverage that has a lot of body to it. Tea just doesn't cut it sometimes. So, that's been my experience. I *know* I'm an Explorer.

My 9 year old son has pretty much been eating the Hunter GTD diet for the past two-plus years, except for milk chocolate, corn and non-GF oats. He's been low FODMAP for the last two years because of ongoing tummy issues (he had diarrhea as a baby, which we determined was a dairy allergy; he had chronic constipation beginning two years ago), but after a recent round of rifaximin (for IBS/pre-colonoscopy prep), his hydrogen/methane breath-test "cleared" him of fructose malabsorption. He's back to diarrhea now while he's on steroids for the IBD. Thankfully, he tapers completely off of them in about 10 days. He was on mesalamine for about 10 days, but he seemed to be getting much worse, so our GI doc is allowing us to follow diet intervention, as we originally requested. The sensitivity to drugs makes me wonder if he's an Explorer, but I think he's more of a Hunter given his gut sensitivity.

I've currently got him on the Hunter diet. I'm giving him mostly superfoods, with some neutrals. I think we should buy stock in either Dole or Chiquita because of all of the bananas he's been eating. This kid has always been able to eat way more meat than I have (which is saying a lot). He can easily scarf down two pounds of meat in a day.

We'll be getting the SWAMI in the mail in the next day or two, I hope. I'm interested to see how much of it overlaps with Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The IBD community is fanatical about SCD because it's cured a lot of people, but it seems even stricter than what my son is currently on, if I take into account his dairy allergy and given his history of FODMAP issues. SCD is not low-fructose. I feel what he really needs is more choices, more nutrition. So much of what I've read about autoimmune disease is that you're dealing with a chronic lack of good nutrition, mainly due to gut dysbiosis. Reasons again I'm leaning toward SWAMI over SCD. But again, maybe the food lists will be similar. No clue at the moment.

So that's really why I'm documenting my journey here, because I hope that there might be another family with a kid with IBD who is at wit's end like we've been. Thankfully, his case is "mild" per the doc (probably because of all that we've done already), but I know this is a chronic disease with periods of flare and remission. My son has not gained any weight in two years, and we're getting very close to the puberty years, so it's a pretty critical time to figure everything out.

Comments are fine here, but I am trying to keep this in "blog post" form.

Thanks for reading!  




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Thanks, Seraffa! This is all a challenge, and I figured this was the best place to vent!




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One of the hardest parts about teasing out what hurts and what helps for my son, in this initial diagnosis with IBD, is the effects of medicines and supplements.

For example, I never knew why everyone I talked to who also had Crohn's or ulcerative colitis said, "Avoid steroids if you can!". I was like, "Aren't they supposed to help? Why would they prescribe steroids if they don't help?" Well, sure they tell the immune system to back off, but holy c**p are there side effects!!!

We started IV steroids (methylprednisolone, which for all practical purposes is prednisone) in the hospital over a month ago. Immediately, my son felt fine, compared to how he had been feeling. He hadn't been sleeping well in the hospital because who does, so it was hard to tease out the fact that the steroids were having any other effects.

But then we left the hospital and were sleeping in our own home, and it was apparent the steroids were very much Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. My son couldn't fall asleep until 5:30 in the morning that first week, and then would maybe sleep for three hours. He looked miserable. Our naturopath recommended ashwaganda, which definitely took the edge off. In hindsight, I'm sure rhodiola would have been helpful.

As we've tapered off of the steroids (we still have about a week and a half at this point), I started to notice other awful effects. He was on antibiotics right before he went into the hospital, both for the SIBO diagnosis from our naturopath, and the pre-procedure prep from our MD. Later breath testing indicates the bad bacteria that produce hydrogen/methane were successfully wiped out. But because of the steroids, his immune system can't handle the yeast that have taken over. He's had gas and bloating and "diaper" rash. It seems to be better but yowza! Couple that with the fact that they're liquid steroids with all kinds of sugar to make kids take them, and it's not a good time.

I'm also giving my son L-glutamine to help heal the gut, but I've read it can be a source of fuel for the yeast. We're also doing a probiotic and our ND recommended coconut oil and/or ghee. Assuming my son is a non-secretor, I think that's probably okay. But these can all have their own fun side effects.

On the anti-inflammatory side of things, I've got the curcumin, ginger, and fish oil going on. The curcumin can cause gas and bloating, though generally mild for most people, and the benefits totally outweigh and kind of side effects. Ginger is a godsend. It really seems to calm his gut. No clue on the fish oil, but since most of my ancestry is Northern European (mainly Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Danish), I know he probably needs it. I've never had any problems with fish oil.

We're doing the Hunter diet right now, since that seems to be the most gut-soothing of our options. Still waiting on the SWAMI, which should arrive on Friday, based on mail tracking. I'm still leaning toward a one-two punch of SCD in the context of SWAMI. Hoping that won't be too restrictive. Also hoping that makes the most sense. In any event, lots of high-quality meat and soothing veggies and fruits can't hurt! Really hoping that his diet won't be this strict for very long. He desperately needs to gain weight.




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Oh wow. Just SWAMIed him!

Totally, absolutely thought he'd be a Hunter, but he's an Explorer! Guess that pesky MTHFR gene and fingerprint patterns did us in! Wow. Well, at least I know I'm not just cooking for me anymore!

Well, c**p. It says rice is a superfood. I plugged in nonsecretor, just on a hunch, and it still came up with rice as a superfood. Not a diamond one, but still beneficial. I don't know what to think. Based on everything I've heard about IBD diets, things like SCD and GAPS and Paleo, it says if you have a gut problem, cut out all grains. Ugh, I'm so nervous. Would love to see others input on SWAMI versus SCD and whether or not they're doing grains.

Ugh, it's really hard being an explorer with gut issues!

Overwhelmed!  




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Hi MP,
Have your son try out abit of compliant rice, like brown rice (hope is compliant for him)
Also, have your son take more vegetables, esp brocolli.
For fruits, i'm not sure if swami allow him to take watermelons, check it out, is suppose to be a real good fruit for Os.

Hope your son can take Deflect and Polyflora, cos these help alot for us Os.

Explorers have quite limited food choices i think, but stick to his swami recommendations and monitor his reactions to those foods.
Sometime neutrals maynot be good for him, do take note.

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i think watermelons are diamonds for ALL types. and pineapple are neutral if not superfood for all as well. haven't seen anyone who has that as avoid..

'alkaline-forming' foods should be good for the O-digestive track.

Limes, lemons, grapefruit. not sure if they're all compliant.


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Thank you all! He loves lemons like crazy right now and they seem to be helping a lot. I'm going to look into ordering the polyflora. He had SIBO/fructose malabsorption, but that seems to be gone at the moment, so hoping things like watermelon will be okay. Going to take it slow with anything high in fructose.

Which brings me to agave? Why is it a superfood over honey? It is so high in fructose, I'm very reluctant to use it.




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agave is low G.I. which means it doesn't raise your blood glucose too fast


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Figuring out SWAMI definitely explains why a couple of Larabars on the weekend might have really screwed him up. Dates and brown rice syrup aren't the best choices right now. I will definitely have to look into making my own with figs. Also, one of the SCD diet options is heavy reliance on honey. Made some almond honey muffins the other night and he's had a few. I don't think it was as bad as the dates, but the honey isn't helping either, even if it supposedly has some antibacterial properties. I can already see that SWAMI > SCD.

Still nervous about agave and high fructose fruits and rice. Not nervous about anything else. Really want this kid getting as much nutrition as possible. He's not losing weight at all, thankfully, but he's not really gaining at this point, either. Really want him off of the steroids, NOW! One more week is all, thankfully.

I am sadly finding out, first hand, what stress does to your gut, though. This whole process (diagnosis and treatment of IBD for my son) has been hell. Normally, my gut isn't the best, but lately, it's been pretty bad. It's not stomach flu bad, but when I'm so stressed out I start to get "tingly" in my ears (easy predictor for a migraine if I don't do something about it), everything goes south below the belt. I've given up wine (woo)! Now I need to start rolling back the coffee again. Last year when I did it, my anxiety went way, way down. It is my only vice, but it's a very difficult one to kick. I'm still surprised I gave it up as long as I did last year.

Hoping for a good day!




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Get some Catechol (sp?) for yourself.  That will help with the anxiety.  
Years ago there was someone on these boards.  He was from Germany I think and he swore that rice and Maine blueberries saved his life when he had IBD. He lived on just that for a while.
I have it too, have had it for many years and been following O diet since the mid-90s.  Some veggies do bother me - too many carrots for one thing.  When I was first diagnosed in 1994 before I found BTD, doctor wouldn't allow me any veggies, not even baby food veggies.  Thinking has certainly changed since then and I eat most things that are O compliant.  One of these days I'll get to Bridgeport and get a Pro
SWAMI.
I feel best on lean buffalo - I buy the fresh ground at WFs and add seasalt and ground garlic and grill it.  If I want a sandwich, I use the Food for Life breads - mostly the Bhutanese Red Rice or the Black China Rice.  If I can't find them which I haven't been able to lately at my local SFs, I buy the millet/rice.  You have to toast them but they don't fall apart like most GF breads.  
I never had to go on the steroids.  I take an English drug called IC Balsalizide (much cheaper than the ASAs) and the Canasa Suppositories.  They help a lot.
I wish you son the best.  By the way, Dr. D once recommended I try something called Seacure - it's made from Whitefish.  Bought it once but I didn't see much difference.  You can google it to find it. Maybe it will help your son.
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Thank you for your information, Jane!

I think my DS didn't tolerate the ASA drug they put him on (Apriso). He seemed to get worse on it, though I have no idea if that was actually the case or if it was a food or even if the steroid mucked with things. The steroids are hard!

You have any idea if you lean more toward Explorer or Hunter? I'm wondering if the ASA drugs are hard for Explorers because of the salicylates? I'm sensitive to aspirin and pepto bismol, but have no problems with the topical salicylate pain creams.

Glad to hear you tolerate rice. I've heard good things about blueberries, too.

Have you ever done IgG testing to figure out if you have food sensitivities/intolerances? It's a blood test. We did that and only dairy showed up.




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Quoted from Jane
Get some Catechol (sp?) for yourself.  That will help with the anxiety.  
Years ago there was someone on these boards.  He was from Germany I think and he swore that rice and Maine blueberries saved his life when he had IBD. He lived on just that for a while.
I have it too, have had it for many years and been following O diet since the mid-90s.  Some veggies do bother me - too many carrots for one thing.  When I was first diagnosed in 1994 before I found BTD, doctor wouldn't allow me any veggies, not even baby food veggies.  Thinking has certainly changed since then and I eat most things that are O compliant.  One of these days I'll get to Bridgeport and get a Pro
SWAMI.
I feel best on lean buffalo - I buy the fresh ground at WFs and add seasalt and ground garlic and grill it.  If I want a sandwich, I use the Food for Life breads - mostly the Bhutanese Red Rice or the Black China Rice.  If I can't find them which I haven't been able to lately at my local SFs, I buy the millet/rice.  You have to toast them but they don't fall apart like most GF breads.  
I never had to go on the steroids.  I take an English drug called IC Balsalizide (much cheaper than the ASAs) and the Canasa Suppositories.  They help a lot.
I wish you son the best.  By the way, Dr. D once recommended I try something called Seacure - it's made from Whitefish.  Bought it once but I didn't see much difference.  You can google it to find it. Maybe it will help your son.

I remember that about the blueberries and white rice.  That was Joachim that shared his story.
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archivea/config.pl?read=88839

http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archived/config.pl?read=130785


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How about Intrinsa and ARA6, along with the Polyflora and Deflect?  Well, actually that seems like too much for someone whose gut is struggling so much.  But I'm not sure which one I'd eliminate.  It helped my lifelong IBS tremendously when I stopped all dairy, but since I'm not eating ghee anymore,  I really crave the Intrinsa.

Polyflora is essential, in my opinion.

Deflect seems very important, but maybe others who take it regularly can say whether it may be harsh on a delicate gut.

Rice rates about the same for me, as your son, on my SWAMI.  However cooked grains sit like a rock inside me.  But lightly toasted organic rice cakes are a different matter.  I digest them easily and they offer variety and a satisfying crunch.  Also, a way to eat sandwiches or just have something to put a topping on.



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honey and table sugar share the same glycaemic index im sure. Hence it's not the best for a sugar choice. Maybe sparingly to supplement the nutrients in small amount might be ok.

Im guessing maybe he could stay away from the sugary stuff for awhile and see if it helps. Sugar does promote breeding of bad hats in the gut i think? After all sugar promotes the growth of cancerous cells.

Irregardless of g.i., any form of sweetener constitutes to the amount of sugar per day so be careful with the portion


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Yeah, he seems to be doing well with rice cakes, bananas, lemon juice, and meat at the moment. He just tapered down on the steroids and has had a very good day today, so I think a lot of his problems were the sugar in the steroids (and well, the steroids).

I have high hopes for SWAMI, but I think our doc is going to want us on SCD, at least short term. Will definitely be modifying it (no honey, for instance).

I've been wanting to look up Polyflora, but the site was down for updates. Hope it's back up again!




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How old is your son? (it doesn't matter, I'm just curious)...

I have a dear friend who has Crohn's and she mostly follows the SCD, with a side of BTD. She's my age, though.


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He's 9. Been struggling since he was a baby with digestive issues, though. He would react to the HFCS in the tylenol we were giving him for teething (at 3 months!), and any dairy I would eat when I was nursing after we supplemented with formula when he was a newborn. I nursed for 20 hard months, though, because I had a hunch he would have tummy issues, as I've had them forever.

He did well from about one year old to 6.5 years old. Then started getting clogged up due to SIBO (had several rounds of antibiotics due to sinus infections between 2 and 5). He breath tested positive for fructose malabsorption, but we think it was SIBO. SIBO is cleared up, supposedly (confirmed through breath testing), but obviously we need to build the gut bacteria back up with good bacteria. The steroids have not helped in that regard. Ugh.

Most of the folks I know with Crohn's have treated it successfully with diet, mainly being gluten and dairy free. He never had bleeding, thankfully. Actually, knock on wood, his doc said his case was "mild".




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Today was a very good day! We tapered off to the last level of steroids (thank you baby Jesus!!!!!!). He'll be on it for one more week and then we can really, seriously, focus our efforts 100% on diet. We've mainly been doing SWAMI, but with the steroids in the mix, it's all over the place, so I've been letting him have rice milk (technically an avoid, but it's

We did the Seattle branch of the CCFA's "Take Steps" walk this afternoon. It wasn't too long of a walk, but DS has been struggling with "diaper rash" (though not bad since the latest taper, yay!) so we let DS bring his bike. He probably rode five miles, total. It was a decent event and the weather was pretty fantastic. I love this time of year in Seattle.

My happiest observation from this last month of hell is that this kid eats up exercise like it's candy! And it has such an amazingly good effect on his inflammation and pain. Seriously, every single time he's had pain lately, he asks, "Mom, can I ride my bike?". After 20 minutes of pedaling and getting some sunshine, he feels great. It is so fantastic! And today, he's (knock on wood) been pain free. I'm convinced it's those evil steroids. Ugh, hate them! I truly think they've done more harm than good.

Tomorrow, we'll be going to a bike swap that his elementary school told us about. Kids can turn in their old bikes, and they can get trade in value toward new bikes that have been fixed up by awesome bike mechanics. Considering how amazing the bike has been to him, and considering it's a bit small (he was never this fanatical about riding until he realized what a dramatic effect it has on his health), we'll definitely be doing that.




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That is so lovely to hear!  Bike riding makes for the best memories....
Glad he has improved so much
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Thanks, Serenity. I agree!

We determined that he needs to grow another inch or two before we move up to the next sized bike. But we'll definitely do that when he's grown!




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As I posted elsewhere on the forum, I had a major "a ha!" moment (do it in your best Oprah voice in your head), I've come to the realization that maybe the reason my son has stayed relatively stable over the last couple of years, but didn't get better, was that his diet has been relatively limited.

Some of it was due to when you have gut issues, you tend to be very picky. I remember when I was a kid and I had a really limited diet. My family teased me mercilessly about it (I'm the only Rh negative in a family of Rh positive peeps...that's my theory at least...). Only when it was obvious to me that it was gluten (in my 30s!), did I get a little more adventurous with food.

However, some of the being limited with diet is truly because of me. I've been so terrified that some food that I'm going to give him is going to make him worse, so I just stuck to super basic stuff. Mainly gluten free, low FODMAP, dairy free stuff. Meat, eggs, rice, corn, oats, a handful of veggies that didn't seem to hurt. Now I know I should have been pushing more variety. But I still have this PTSD of "OMG, what if this sends him to the hospital again?!"

Thankfully, again, he has a "mild" case. No bleeding, no fistulas, no stenosis of anything. Whatever we've been doing has kept his IBD from getting out of control, but he's not "getting better". So I'm going to change my paradigm, my thinking to what Dr. D. said:

"It wasn't what I was taking away from people that would make them better, it was what I was I isolated that they should consume that would make them better."

Still, as a parent of a child with a chronic illness, this is terrifying. Deep breath...and go!




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have you thought of secretor testing for you both?

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it was what I was I isolated that they should consume that would make them better."


now it makes sense, no?


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Ahh! Got it.

Yes, would love to do secretor testing. Actually ordered it a few years ago for me but kept the sample in my fridge too long. Now the test is more than twice the cost. Can't justify it as I'm not working right now. Money is very tight.




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Currently in SCD vs. SWAMI secretor vs. SWAMI nonnie hell. Really, I should just title this post "Honey".

Certain foods are bennies on SWAMI for O secretors and SCD compliant. Honey is pretty much the biggest example. For my likely SWAMI O nonnie, it's a black dot. Unfortunately, money is very tight and I don't have enough to spring for the secretor test. Maybe I could convince our ND to run it, but doubtful insurance would cover it. We've met our deductible this year, though, so that's a bonus!  

Most of the SWAMI secretor list vs. nonnie list shows mostly similarities, so I should count my blessings. Glad to know lentils and avocados are bennies for nonnies. Those will be good if my son could learn to love them. Especially avocados! What a gift those are! Yummmm...

As for SCD, I think it can be done in the context of SWAMI. We have nothing to lose at the moment.




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