Can THAT Really Be Making Me Sick?


One of the things I’ve researched, was how foods (other than gluten) can cause people with leaky gut to get really sick…  I had read that as your gut is healing, the foods that make you ill can even change.

How could this be?

Well, essentially when gluten isn’t processed well in your system, it causes leaky gut, and through that your body attacks the food, or the food attacks your body.

Sometimes people notice this, through diarrhea, or it’s less obvious as it slowly breaks down your digestive tract and immune system, other times people are constipated.  Regardless, it’s not normal to have to take anti-diarrheal medicines for life, any more than it is to have to take laxatives regularly either…  and your energy level shouldn’t be repeatedly down.

Your body is trying to tell you something…. and that’s the only way it can speak.

We need to listen.

So part of my appointment at my naturopath was a Cytotoxic blood test.  It’s where they take your blood, separate blood from plasma and mix the blood with a food – to see what type of reaction it causes.

If you have a leaky gut, then some foods can actually cause an inflammation process in your system… foods that one might normal think are GOOD for them, will attack the body.  More importantly, your white blood cells.  Your immune fighters.  This is actually a suspect for why many people have auto immune diseases triggered, and poor immune systems.  Your body is fighting something all the time… and you can be low on those white blood cells, to conquer colds and viruses – by the very food you’re trying to eat to be well.

So, being the skeptic I am…  I’ve read a lot on what is the best way to determine food allergies – including quackery reports on who thinks this isn’t a valid test.  While I had gone to an immunologist…. and done the skin testing, a lot of what I read said this isn’t really a good test.  {Since you don’t put food on your skin – it obviously reacts different in your gut.}  While what you put on your skin IS absorbed…. this just wasn’t effective for me (at all!) Considering my tests from the immunologist shows I had “zero” food allergies – I would agree.  This didn’t work for me, and I knew it was wrong.  CLEARLY I was having problems with other grains, peanut butter, coffee… and lots of other things.

My body was starting to think a flare was normal.

So, with that said… I had also read that Cytotoxic testing can be done incorrectly… or (and this was from medical doctors) that it wasn’t “proven” to be helpful.  Thankfully Kansas is a state where my N.D. has to be licensed to practice, and the facility checks out with the BBB. This isn’t some fly-by-night operation, and their goal is to help you be well by finding the source of the problems, so your whole body can be well vs. just masking issues with prescriptions.

Well, I can simply tell you my experience so far…

I think it’s right on the money.

I got a list of foods that measured on a reaction result of mild reaction (1), moderate reaction (2), moderately severe reaction (3) and severe reaction (4).  I didn’t have any foods that were 4s, but I did have several 3s, and 2s as well as some 1s… and the results were very interesting.  Some of the foods I don’t eat…  but several of them I do.

Keep in mind they have no idea what I eat.  I just went in there fasting for 12 hours… and they took my blood.  The foods that were causing problems are attacking my white blood cells – destroying them… and that would explain a lot of my continued problems, with auto immune disease and digestive issues.

My top problem starters?  Cantaloupe, Avocado, Cabbage, Squash (including zucchini), coffee (no surprise there!), and BHA/BHT (an additive, watch those plastics and products with these!)

Next in line were some more fruits that I eat often… Pineapple, Watermelon, Apple (I ate these daily!), Garlic, Tomato, Turkey (yep,I know…), salmon, tea, almond (and almond milk and flour), chocolate, oats, rice (since MOST products and GF grains are made with rice flour…you see my problem processing any grains?), navy beans…

Lastly were the 1s…. Grapes,Strawberries, Carrots, Hops, Honey, Pinto Beans, Fluorine, Pecan, and Yeast.

You might wonder why wheat, and gluten are not on the list.  It’s because celiac is not an allergy.  Remember that these are MY inflammatories currently…  we are all created unique, so there is no reason to believe they would cause YOU any problems… other than gluten and dairy, which gum up most people’s system.  Any good nutritionist will tell someone with chronic illness, cancer or auto immune disease that gluten and dairy should be the first things to go.

Back to allergies, – they often make us think of sneezing, watery eyes…  but I hadn’t considered it breaking down my body as well.  Some of them weren’t causing GI issues… but the inflammatory process is systemic.  So each was causing different affects.

So… what to do?  Take those foods out forever?  Not necessarily.

They recommend removing the 3s for 12+ weeks, the 2s for 8 weeks and the 1s for 4 weeks… and then rotating one new food in every 3 days to see how my body responds, noting any changes.  They also suggested (to maximize my health) that these foods might be good to leave out of my diet… OR minimizing them greatly.  1-2 times a week tops after the 3 months removal.

For me, things like coffee – are a no brainer.  I don’t desire to make myself sick.  I know I took it out for 5 months – tried it again, and still got sick.  Hence the uveitis.  There is no doubt in my mind that causes systemic inflammation in my body because I feel like that was measurable to me.  I’m assuming the combination of the other foods – in any given meal… or multiple meals… hasn’t been my friend.  I can’t tell you how often I make fruit “salads” with pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe and the like…

I’ve been enjoying pears… and oranges… and bananas… and guava juice.  Huh?  Yeah.  I know… but it’s actually very good.

So, there you have it – that’s one test result back that – so far – seems to be helping!!  My pain in one week is improved a lot.  Not 100% but definitely improved.

As far as leaky gut, and your body not being able to absorb vitamins, as well as causing OTHER major problems – you can envision why this is VERY bad for your body.  You might also be able to imagine how this can snowball in a bad direction.

For instance, if you see a rash on your body – you often treat the rash with a topical ointment.

Does the source of the rash just “go away” if you slather it in ointment and you can’t see the rash?  NO.  It’s more likely the inflammation is just going on somewhere else you can’t see.

A better thing to do is also seek out what is the cause for the rash, instead of just treating the symptom.  The same thing goes for cysts, and cancer… not that you shouldn’t treat the outward symptoms – but you need to try to determine the SOURCE, and make the necessary changes for health.

If you think this is some good stuff, just wait for what I have on tap next.  My head is getting clearer…  Watch out!

 “For I say, through the grace given to me,

to everyone who is among you,

not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think,

but to think soberly,

as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

 For as we have many members in one body,

but all the members do not have the same function, 

so we, being many, are one body in Christ,

and individually members of one another.”

Romans 12:3-5

Posted on December 29, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow! What a blessing to be getting some where!! I had no idea that foods like you mentioned would cause issues! I can’t wait to hear more!!

  2. No kidding! it completely makes sense though – some of the foods cause GI issues, others (like coffee) and other fruits are obviously causing problems elsewhere. Thanks a lot leaky gut, I have your number now!! 🙂

  3. EXCELLENT INFO– I’m having brain fog this morning from my MCS– so I need to reread it again– when I’m thinking better–thanks!!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that, that must be awful. Brain fog makes me crazy!!

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