Maintaining Health Using a Combo of Paleo and Limited Starch/Gluten-Free Alternatives

We’ve gotten into a good routine since school began in August. Parker is doing awesome, is full of energy and his skin looks great. He is ounces away from hitting 60 pounds and his teachers say he is a great student who contributes and interacts regularly.

I am so thankful for the many resources out there that have helped me in this journey. Recently, a few readers have contacted me asking for my interpretation of enzyme levels for themselves or others. Somewhere in the blog archives I think I addressed this, but I will explain my perspective on the issue to be clear.

I am not a scientist or a doctor. However, since my family has personally found success in modifying our diet with a primary focus on individual symptoms rather than enzyme levels, I am encouraging my audience to do the same. Yes, enzyme levels may indicate overall tolerance levels, but it seems each person has many other factors aside from digestive enzymes that can play a part. The goal is to reduce digestive stress, strengthen the digestive process by minimizing toxins and processed foods and including support-based supplements, and to monitor each person for symptoms.

Here is a look back to how the current challenge in our CSID journey began.

May 2013: Parker, age 9 had been suffering from severe eczema since December despite the modified diet I had created (see A Place to Start without Sugar or Starch). Unknown factors surfaced at this time including a lack of Parker taking his digestive supplements with cafeteria-based school lunches. I took Parker to the doctor for the 4th or 5th time and requested an allergy panel to determine if he was reacting to additional foods. The allergy panel came back showing he was now allergic to MILK, WHEAT, EGG WHITES, SHRIMP, COCKROACHES, CEDAR and GRASS POLLEN, CAT and DOG HAIR and DANDER, and PENICILLIN. A previous allergy test when he was six had come back negative for allergies to all of these so this was a new development.

My whole approach had to change. Not only did I need to now eliminate several more foods (milk and eggs had been a staple in his diet up to this point), I also had to find ways to bring healing to his body. Over the years I had learned about conditions such as “leaky gut” that could cause temporary food allergies as well as autoimmune conditions. Not one to simply cover-up symptoms, I was determined to bring my son–once again–into a state of health and well-being by getting to the root of the cause.

REVIEW 2013 POSTS for details on the process and how I ultimately found the best combination for healing Parker’s condition. Time alone was a major factor, but I want to encourage anyone if they stay the course, and keep trying various means, there is hope of healing in the end!

Over the past couple of months, Parker’s symptoms have remained under control event though I have made some exceptions and compromises to his once strict diet. To give hope, I want to summarize his current diet, but please know that EACH PERSON IS DIFFERENT. There are too many factors involved to know these particular foods can all be okay for your individual case. However, know that it is possible to expand the diet once symptoms are under control and methods for curbing mild outbreaks or digestive distress are at hand.

In a typical week, Parker’s normal diet currently includes one of the following for each meal:

BREAKFAST:

  • My homemade NUT CEREAL (raw almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts plus dates, raw unsweetened coconut, spoonful of honey and cinnamon, and coconut oil pulsed in food processor until it looks like granola) with unsweetened almond milk.
  • Nature’s Path Organic PUMPKIN FLAX GRANOLA with unsweetened almond milk plus VITAL-ZYMES.
  • APPLEGATE FARMS NATURAL SUNDAY BACON, white sweet potato peeled, shredded, and fried in bacon fat, omelet-style eggs yolks with a drizzle of pure maple syrup PLUS vital-zymes
  • SMOOTHIE with frozen blueberries, banana, whole-fat coconut milk (organic Thai Kitchen in a can), half avocado and a handful of greens such as kale or spinach.
  • Occasionally Van’s Gluten-Free pancake or waffles. (NOTE: No more than 2x per week or he begins to show symptoms.)
LUNCH: (Vital-Zymes with every meal containing sugar or starch alternatives)
  • Minimum of 3 non-starchy vegetables (cucumber, spinach, carrots, bell pepper, avocado, tomato)
  • 1 semi-sweet fruit (fruit leather, strawberries, applesauce, pear, apple or grape juice)
  • 1 starch substitute (Schar gluten-free classic rolls, brown rice tortilla, left-over brown rice pasta)
  • Nuts in either a snack-bar form or loose. (Almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • Occasional exception of organic peanut butter for use with celery or apple slices.
  • Sweet Potato chips, Veggie Sticks
  • APPLEGATE farms deli meats either loose or in a sandwich roll or wrap. Salami, roasted turkey and roast beef are his favorite. He uses mashed avocado as a “mayonnaise substitute”. I am trying to get him to try mustard, but he won’t.
  • Left-over chicken, hamburgers, steak, etc. from previous nights dinner with tossed salad and lemon juice dressing.
  • Wild canned salmon, trout, or tuna with only water or oil (no soy or broth.)
DINNER:
  • Variety of baked or cooked chicken, turkey breast, salmon, sirloin beef burgers, Applegate farms beef hot dogs, pork, ground turkey or grass fed beef.
  • Rice pasta, baked or fried (in olive oil or meat fat) potatoes (white sweet, white regular, red), brown rice or no starch.
  • steamed non-starchy vegetables–green beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, winter or summer squash
  • fresh tossed salad with leafy greens, lettuce and a variety of other vegetables
We have tried corn-based products a few times but Parker seems to break out in a rash within a day or so. Some of the above products have traces of corn and don’t seem to present a problem. We also avoid soy products for various reasons but as more of a preference than an necessity.
If Parker begins showing signs of distress (rashes, excess gas, sleeping late, difficulty concentrating) the first thing I do is reduce or eliminate the starchy substitutes (gluten-free foods, grains, potatoes). Then I add a few cups of herbal healing teas (Dandelion tea, Traditional Medicines “Throat Coat”, peppermint and/or chamomile teas) through the week for internal assistance, and apply a thin layer of his prescription eczema cream to inflamed patches of skin. Within 48 hours, these techniques have reversed any symptoms and Parker returns to normal.
Frequent showers and applying protective lotions have also been important in reducing external irritating factors.
I hope this update will help you! I am not sure when I will be back again, as I am in the process of final edits for my fiction book set to release in April of 2015. Eventually, I plan to pull A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch, complete a full-revision and republish with our updated story, recipes, and resources. It will eventually be less of a “recipe book” and more of an encouraging guide for parents to know they are not alone and to point them in the direction of the many resources I have found helpful and healing in our own journey.
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Induction Diet Summary

For the induction diet, remove all sucrose and starch (use Group A foods that do not need Sucraid) until child is symptom free for 3 weeks. Then begin adding 5 grams of sucrose per day with Sucraid, working up to 5grams sucrose per meal with Sucraid, then moving to 10 grams sucrose per day, etc.

I discovered that eliminating all dairy aside from yogurt, helped my son to thrive. According to several resources on digestive issues, removing lactose temporarily has proven to reduce symptoms more quickly.

Essential supplements:

NOTE: I have used Shaklee vitamins, supplements, and cleaning products for over 14 years. Their quality is superb and I highly recommend you find a local distributor or take advantage of their wholesale membership offers. Anything not offered through Shaklee, I order through Nature’s Sunshine, another long-lived company that also specializes in digestive health.

·         A liquid, powdered or chewable multivitamin without added sugar such as Shaklee Infant Powder or Incredivites, is essential.

·         Omega-3 supplement such as added Flax-oil to yogurt or smoothies.

·         Priobiotics that do not include added sucrose or starch.

For younger children, mashing supplements or blending works if they will not or cannot swallow tablets or capsules.

Optional Supplements I have personally found helpful for my family:

·         Adding Liquid Chlorophyll to juice or smoothies.  According to Nature’s Sunshine, chlorophyll is a “digestive tract detoxifier”, “supports intestinal health”, and “supports circulatory health”. There was a point in the early CSID days that the only liquid Parker had was his cup of chlorophyll mixed with distilled water, honey and lemon. I believe having this supplement consistently allowed his digestive system to recover from months of malabsorption as well as to get over bouts of diarrhea within days or even hours. Compared to the three weeks it can takes some children with CSID to recover from accidentally ingestion of too many sugars or starches, this is definitely a supplement I recommend! My son knows it helps him and often asks for his chlorophyll when his tummy is bothering him.

Sample Induction Diet Menu

Day 1

BREAKFAST
·         Scrambled eggs with chopped spinach, mushrooms.
·         2 TBS Liquid Chlorophyll diluted in 6 ounces water with half a squeezed lemon and crystalline fructose
LUNCH
·         Plain yogurt and blueberry blended with added flax oil and powdered vitamins.
·         Sliced ripe avocado
DINNER
·         Cooked butter beans (if canned, make sure only salt added)
·         Diced tomatoes
·         Chicken breast strips cooked in coconut oil
·         Chlorophyll, lemon*, fructose mix
*adding lemon to all meals containing meat, egg, fish or poultry can aid in the digestion process

Day 2

BREAKFAST
·         Scrambled eggs with side of blueberries
·         Chlorophyll mixture
LUNCH
·         Albacore canned tuna (no soy flakes or broth added) mixed with 1 TBS plain yogurt and fresh lemon juice
·         Peeled and sliced cucumber
DINNER
·         Turkey burger (no bun)
·         Steamed broccoli (add butter and sea salt to taste)
·         Mashed cauliflower (add butter and sea salt to taste)
Other snacks and foods:
 (don’t be afraid to serve breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast)
·         Welche’s Grape Juice
·         Use Kale, broccoli, bell pepper in scrambled eggs
·         Cranberries cooked in water and fructose
·         Steamed cabbage with butter
·         Celery and carrot slices (if your child can have hard foods)
·         Hard boiled eggs, chopped or sliced

Begin Adding Cheese and Some Dairy Once Diarrhea Has Stopped

·         Cottage cheese
·         Cream cheese
·         Sour cream
·         Grated cheddar cheese


Add Group A food to be taken with Sucraid after 3 weeks of no major symptoms

See Abbreviated Sugar and Starch Content in Foods as well as the complete list of foods by category from http://csidinfo.com/sucrose_and_starch_in_foods.htm 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

It is very important to stay in contact with your child’s doctor and dietitian during this process. These are only suggestions based on what has helped my child. The final decision of what and when to feed your child specific foods should be between you and your doctor. Keeping detailed records of all the food your child eats as well as any symptoms is the most accurate way to determine what your child can tolerate.
Even if it appears your child may not tolerate a specific food now, you may be able to add it at a later time once symptoms are under control. After my son was virtually symptom-free and gaining weight steadily, I was able to add most of the Group A foods plus almond-flour and dairy products. However, enzyme levels from his biopsy qualified him for Group B and now he is able to have most Group C foods in moderation without issues.

Eczema, Acne and Rash Around Mouth Treatment

Dandelion Root TeaYesterday, I updated a post from around two years ago regarding the rashes around Parker’smouth that have come and gone since he was an infant. After his CSID diagnosis and removal of sugars and starches, he would still get occasional irritation around his mouth. Usually, I would just treat it with Aquaphor a few times per day. Eventually it would clear up.

Several months after he started tolerating some starches, he developed eczema for the first time in his life (he was five years old). It started as a break out on his back, but the consistent area of irritation has been in the folds of his arm and behind his knees. The eczema only seems to occur during the summer months, and I have not connected his break-outs with his diet.

Since my children have CSID, food is usually the first thing I associate with any symptoms my children present from fatigue to headaches to wetting the bed. Realistically, it is impossible to always track everything they eat. As their mother, I just want my children to have relief, even if I can’t pinpoint why they are having troubles! This past summer, my sister told me about a very simple treatment she had successfully used with her three-year-old son who has had severe eczema his whole life. Since Parker’s eczema was acting up pretty badly, I decided it was worth a try.

Dandelion Root TeaThe solution:  Dandelion Root Tea

Apparently it supports the liver in detoxification. Going back to the assessment from Parker’s naturopath regarding his mouth rash indicated stress in his stomach and intestines, this made sense to me. Parker drank 2-3 cups of diluted Dandelion Root Tea for the next few days. Please note, I had been applying prescription cream twice a day for at least a week with very little improvement. Within a few HOURS, Parker’s eczema was clearing rapidly. The oozing and itching stopped, and by the second day, there was hardly a trace of it. I wish I had taken before and after photos at the time in order to document the changes!

But what I do have for you today is another testimony of how Dandelion Root Tea has also helped to clear up his most recent face rash.

Just prior to Thanksgiving, Parker started showing irritation around his mouth. My oldest daughter, Elora, who also has CSID noted that she breaks out around her mouth when her diet is less than ideal. As a young child, and well before we knew anything about CSID, she would have rashes around her mouth all the time. As a child, so did I!

Anyway, one of the corners of Parker’s mouth was inflamed and oozing. I had forgotten about the tea solution until I came across some in my sister’s cupboard. I immediately made Parker a cup and he eagerly drank it, recalling how quickly it had worked for his eczema over the summer. I continued to apply Neosporin to prevent infection or spreading of germs to his cousins, but the Dandelion Tea came through once again!

However, I only gave it to him that one time this week. The pictures here show traces of the rash still present. (Also note the fact he has not been able to take his Sucraid consistently due to an error in shipping prior to Thanksgiving, so I can say there is a marked connection between this rash and the ingestion of some foods that contain traces of sucrose without the use of Sucraid.)

If you choose to try this “treatment” with your own child, you may wish to dilute the tea or even serve it iced depending on the age and preferences of your child. I also sweeten Parker’s with honey, but feel free to use an alternate sweetener if required.

As always, if you find success (or not), please let me know by commenting here so that other parents can know I am not the only one who has experienced results.

Summer Goals and Update on PJ

It doesn’t seem like it has been nearly two months since I last posted. I apologize for not getting an update out sooner. Here is an update on my Parker as well as where I am at on the cookbook project.

PARKER

He is still breaking out in rashes near his elbow, behind his knees, and on his neck and face. I finally scheduled an appointment with his GI to see if we could do some more tests to determine food allergies and he referred PJ to the Allergy doctor. I was suppose to get a call from his office to schedule blood and skin testing, but have not heard back yet. The first week of summer vacation was hard on me for various reasons– hay fever, a last minute revamp on my 15-year-old’s bedroom plus she started drivers ed; sending my 13 year-old half way across the country to visit her grandpa; and a June 8th deadline for freelance writing articles I am doing for a local magazine. Whew! Thanks to CE and her comment to remind me to connect with the other CSID parents and let you all know I have not fallen off the face of the planet, though I do feel like my head is somewhere on the other end of the galaxy lately!

So, until I am able to determine the cause of PJ’s rashes, all unproven theories (mine or otherwise) will be on hold until the medical tests come back. The doctor suspects eczema or psoriasis. The only thing I have read about either is in regards to the pH diet and that the theory is eczema can be the result of an overly acidic body. Now, I know PJ’s pH levels were close to balanced when this rash started, so I must trust in traditional medicine to at least point me in the right direction as to how to treat the symptoms.

In the meantime, I have been overwhelmed with life in the fast lane– toting along 5 kids, a tight budget, and sneezing in between– and I have not been keeping very good track of PJ’s eating habits. We did add corn syrup into his diet, and though most foods containing corn syrup do not rank high on my list of healthy, helpful foods, I believe he has done well on the digestive end of it. (I did introduce corn syrup well after his rash developed and it didn’t seem to change the severity of the rash at all). I will however, not condone the use of corn-syrup foods in my cookbook, with the exception of using fructose.

COOKBOOK UPDATE
After the unfortunate incident in April, I will not be posting any more recipes with labels defining which CSID Group they are ‘safe’ for. I know just as well as any of you who have been caring for a CSID child for any length of time, that even the tolerance levels of starch and sucrose in an individual child can vary. My PJ, for example wasn’t able to tolerate the smallest portions of apple, cantaloupe, or banana until over two years after his diagnosis. Not even Sucraid was helpful to him at first. So what may be safe for a child who has recovered from the trauma associated with CSID symptoms, may not be safe for another child within the same group. We all must take responsibility and use our better judgement in feeding our children.

In light of my continued belief that the digestive supplements my son has been taking for the past two years have contributed to 1) his steady weight gain and 2) a speedy recover when he does eat food his body cannot handle; I cannot present this information in the cookbook as ‘recommended’ for any one else. I will mention the supplements I give him and why his homeopathic doctor recommended them in my introduction, but after that all the recipes will only include foods known to be safe for kids with CSID.

After several phone conversations with the woman who runs http://www.csidinfo.com/ , we both concluded the best direction my book can take is from the perspective of a mom with a Group B child. Since there is very little research for Group B, this book needs to be written in a way that newly diagnosed Group B parents can use. Right now, Mary is carefully reviewing my manuscript so that doctors and dietitians will support the information and feel comfortable passing it on to other parents. In order to do this I have to take my own personal beliefs and theories out, sharing my personal story and then presenting the foods and recipes in a way that will give Group B parents a strong starting place to feeding their child healthy and helpful foods.

This process will take some time as both Mary and I have other commitments and obligations. As much as I know this book is needed, I believe taking the time to work with the experts on CSID will help me to create a resource that will become very valuable for many years. In the meantime, I do want to continue to post recipes and personal reflections about how our whole family is adjusting to CSID. I will try very hard to update this blog at least once per month. I want to know I can still be offering hope and encouragement to others, so please resubscribe by adding your email address to the mailing list on the right. Since I changed the name of the blog, you will not receive updates if you only subscribed to the other name.

I hope this was helpful to those of you wondering about my son and my project. I welcome your comments, but if you want a personal response, please send me an email so I can respond to you directly. You can write me anytime at Writing4Life@msn.com

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you all have a great summer!

Rash May be A Good Sign of Detoxitfication!

Wow! After getting frustrated about Parker’s reoccurring rash– I just came across a snippet from a book about detoxification that might explain what is going on. (The Detox Book, by Bruce Fife) Since Parker has always been one to develop rashes as an indication of something going wrong, this book says that this rash may be a sign his body is detoxing– which makes perfect sense considering the fact I have eliminating all that excess protein! This book also says not to increase medications or vitamins, but to let the body to its job and let the rash run its course.

I was going to cut out the Sucraid for a week anyhow, to see if that was causing the problem. But now I am going to cut it out to help his body continue to heal without having to process the Sucraid. I have actually increased his Sucraid during the past month, so this may be hindering him more than helping him.

Other “symptoms” of the body detoxing include cold symptoms, constipation, discharge from eyes, nose, or ears, moodiness, tiredness and more.

I know personally I panic whenever Parker shows signs of stress. But I need to remember if I am doing everything right, or mostly right and feeding him the best I can, nothing in excess and making sure he gets plenty of fluids and rest, that I can trust his body is doing what it needs to do to make him healthy.

After going all day yesterday without Sucraid, a lot of water, almond cookies and fruits and veggies, the hive-looking rash on his legs and arm have faded considerably and are now light pink and dry looking.

I plan to make sure he has plenty of vegetables today, his chlorophyll and distilled water. He will still take his Papaya Mint with his eggs, and his Magnesium Aspartate as recommended by his naturopath.

One thing we all need to remember as well is that when we use natural methods to help our children, it often takes more time to see improvement that it would with strong medications. But we need to trust that God designed our bodies to heal themselves if given proper time and not hindered by toxins. We need not rush the process to make ourselves feel better.

Mystery Solved About High Proteins!

I have been trying to figure out what was causing Parker such high protein levels and through doing some research for another mom– I discovered that Parker was getting about 3TIMES TOO MUCH PROTEIN!!! Instead of getting 30 grams per day, he was getting closer to 100 grams with the chicken and hamburger patties.

Wow! This explains so much. His poor little body just couldn’t keep up with processing all of it.
He is now going on Magnesium Aspartate until his Urea levels drop. In the meantime, his protein will be coming from eggs and almond flour– in much smaller amounts. The magnesium will help his body eliminate the excess protein much faster. Once his level return to normal, I plan to add small portions of chicken, fish, and cottage cheese into his diet once or twice per week. But he will still need lemon on his meat to assist in the digestive process.

This is one of those Mommy Moments– where we think we are doing good or making up for the areas that are lacking and instead end up doing what is worst for our child! But I don’t feel bad– I am grateful that I was able to discover what I did wrong, learn from it and move on. I trust God is leading me and only allowing Parker’s body to suffer enough to speak to me until I change what needs changing for his good and the good of every child I am suppose to be helping through this experience.

AND I am very grateful that I found this out BEFORE publishing my book! I will take more caution in the recipes containing meat and other protein portions and label recipes so that you will know how much protein your child needs and won’t over do it like I did.

New Information Could Change Everything!

After feeling frustrated about Parker’s recent symptoms and diagnosis, I began to look into a diet called “The Perfect Diet”. It focuses on food combinations and when to eat what. I don’t really know a whole lot about it, but it seems hopeful, though I feel like I will be starting all over with “what” I feed my son.

If you would like to look into it yourself, please go to Defeating Bad Eating. In the mean time, I am sure I have posted some recipes here that conflict with this diet. As soon as I know and understand the correct combinations, I will make the needed corrections.

Tests Results– Good News and Bad News

The first photo shows his rash a couple of weeks ago, representative of what it was this morning, though he had more irritation on his upper lip and less on his cheeks. The second photo reflects his rash after two doses of Magnesium Phosphorus salts this afternoon.
I am a bit overwhelmed at all of the information I just received regarding my son’s digestive system and other vital organ function. It has been over a year since Parker had a Thermography* and Chemistry* test at his naturopath and I was finally able to set aside the time and money to have him tested.
I was really hoping for a wonderful report, as his growth has been so great this past year. Though he has made many strides in his overall health, his doctor found a few concerns and has revised his diet and supplement regimen in effort to bring better balance and health to his body.
I plan to do more research on all the information she gave me, but the following is a summary of what we discovered.

1) Right off, Parker is suffering from an itchy and irritated rash around his mouth. This happens on occasion, and I usually treat it with Aquaphor. Most of the time I trace back this skin irritation to a few dietary compromises the previous day. Though I am aware that skin conditions are a sign the internal organs of the body are stressed—I admit I made light of his face rashes as a temporary set back and a quick fix.

However, this morning, the rash in combination with his testing revealed some startling and serious results. Please bare with me as I try to put into Lehman’s terms what his doctor explained to me.
Between his Thermography and Chemistry, results indicated his Ureas are off-the-charts high and that his colon and appendix were also highly stressed. From what I gathered from the doctor and a quick Internet search, ‘urea’ are chemical bi-products of our bodies breaking down protein.
In my research I have discovered that most people eat way too much protein. So it makes sense that Parker—his main diet being of meat, chicken, eggs, and fish—would be a bit stressed out. We had gone over this possibility before, and made some alterations to his diet, including the addition of lemon to all his meals containing protein. It just so happens that we ran out of lemons a few days ago and I had not had a chance to buy more. This could possibly explain a small elevation in ureas, but I am thinking I have just been letting him eat way too much meat.
In addition, the rash around his mouth specifically indicates stress to his stomach (above lip); his large intestine (below lip) and his small intestine (sides of mouth).

2) The plan for now—NO MEATS, POULTRY, FISH or CHEESE until is urea levels decrease significantly. This is going to present a challenge, but thankfully he can eat all the eggs he wants. In addition to eliminating these proteins, we are also adding the following supplements to help him recover as quickly as possible. The stress of his appendix are a concern for problems later in life and since he is just shy of 5 years old, we need to determine safe levels of protein so he doesn’t keep getting to these high levels of toxicity.


Addition of Slippery Elm Bark Powder.
I have purchased a large bag of powder and will be making capsules for him to swallow with his other supplements. I will start with 2 capsules per meal.
According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis a. Balch, CNC , slippery elm “soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the bowel, stomach and urinary tract…Beneficial for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, and gastritis.”

Addition of Magnesium Phosphorics 6X (Hylands)
He has already taken 2 doses of 6 tablets each. His doctor ensures me he can have as many of these as he wants to. I plan at the least giving him 6 per meal for the next several weeks.

Increase in his amounts of Leafy Greens in soups and eggs.
His doctor reminded me that because he lacks enzymes and has a higher risk for stress in his digestive tract, that most if not all of his vegetables should be steamed. This keeps his body from working so hard to break down the food and retrieve vital nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.

Activation of Both Chlorophyll and Calcium Gluconate Using the Frequency Device
In an effort to target harmful substances in his body and reduce stress on organs. He will continue to take 2 teaspoons of chlorophyll in water with lemon after each meal. I will capsule the calcium gluconate powder and give him 3 with each meal as well.
THE GOOD NEWSParker’s salt levels and his pH are just fine! This is great news as now I am only dealing with intestinal stress factors and not other risks involved in his body being in an acidic state. I believe his supplements are a huge factor in this, along with using sea salt—as all promote alkalinity even though he has still been having a lot of meats which are acid forming foods.

Definitions of testing terms:
*THERMOGRAPHY-(Computerized Regulation Thermography) This particular device evaluates your body functions by a direct temperature measurement probe instead of measuring thermal radiation. The result is a scanning method that is much more precise than any other thermographic system. It maps out the complete autonomic nervous system as it projects to and from each organ or tissue. With this form of thermography, we can finally see what the body is doing long before it becomes dysfunctional enough to create an irreversible problem. This is not diagnosing disease, but rather identifying the patterns that lead to disease, so that these patterns can be successfully treated. For more information click HERE.

*CHEMISTRY TEST– Through samples of urine and saliva taken 2 hours after eating, this combination of tests determine levels of sugar, urine pH, saliva pH, body salts, albumin, and ureas. For more detail on this test click HERE.

Rash around mouth indicating stress to stomach, large intestine and small intestine

rash on face could be digestive stress

(Please note this post was revised and updated on December 3, 2011)

I want to apologize for not having any content with this post’s picture. I am not sure if I accidentally deleted it recently or not, but I am revising it and adding what I remember from the time I originally posted this.

When my Parker (above) was first diagnosed with CSID, he had a small rash on his cheek near his mouth. As a toddler, he would break out around his mouth within minutes of ingesting the smallest form of starch, such as maltodextrin or soy flakes added to food. This rash is different than the one that occurred as a possible sign of detoxification.. as that was not on his face at all, but was small spots on his back.

Though I cannot currently locate the specific foods Parker was eating at this time, I did find the test results from the urine test conducted by his naturopath on this exact day. The results indicated the following:

Excess meat and animal protein was stressing his system.

His doctor also mentioned that because of his inability to digest most carbohydrates, I must watch his protein intake as the body must have  proper carb/protein balance. My understanding of this in relation to CSID was that I often overcompensated with meat and dairy products to offset the exclusion of starches. At one point I had calculated his estimated protein intake to be 3times what it should be! Once I cut back on meats and most dairy, his symptoms, including the rashes around his face would clear up.

I also realized that Parker has always done better when I use egg, yogurt and almond flour as his primary sources of protein.

In conclusion, although I assumed he was reacting to starch such as soy flakes added to tuna, I had to re-evaluate the possibility it was the tuna he was reacting to. I suppose either could be possible depending on how overloaded his system was at the time.