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Disclaimer: I’m sharing my experience here in hopes that it will inspire some of you. Be warned this is not me dishing medical advice—I am not a doc. Please talk to your doctor before making any medication, supplement, or dietary changes.
Its been awhile since I have updated the blog with where I am at in my personal health journey (almost a year, in fact). It was one thing sharing when my audience was small… but over the last few months my readership has grown a lot and I find it harder to put myself out there. I know a lot of you really resonate with my story and experiences, and it encourages you to hear about how I am doing, so here it is!
Last time we left off I had received the results from my Metametrix GI Effects panel (which you can order for yourself here) and found out I had H. pylori as well as a parasite. I was treated for both successfully under the care of my Naturopath here in Seattle—I did the pharmaceutical treatment for the parasite and a natural one for the H. pylori (mastic gum). If you feel you are suffering from an undiagnosed gut infection, I recommend getting tested and treated by a knowledgeable practitioner instead of wading this territory yourself.
In the few months leading up to the test, I had been feeling really in the groove with the Autoimmune Protocol—I had been doing it pretty strictly for about a year, and had only added nuts and seeds back into my diet. Still, I knew something wasn’t right with my gut, and I asked my naturopath for the Metametrix test just to rule some things out before I considered more restrictions. I’m really happy I did, because with gut infections like these no amount of dietary restriction is going to fix the issue.
Around the same time, I had genetic testing done through 23andme, and I found out that I was compound heterozygous (one mutation for each) for two key MTHFR enzyme mutations. I read up about them on Dr. Lynch’s website and learned that I was on the right track with eating a diet free from processed foods and folic acid. I had a consult with Sterling Hill (who is also well-versed in clotting mutations, for those of you who have them—I’ve got Factor V Leiden). She confirmed what I had learned on my own, and also offered some information about my clotting mutation and which tests to get to properly stay on top of that.
After being treated for the parasite and H. pylori, which took 3 months, I felt AMAZING! I went into the fall feeling super energetic, inspired, and happy to be alive. Food-wise, I started to be able to tolerate eggs occasionally, and since I got treated for the pathogens my tolerance for starches like sweet potatoes and plantains went up. This was great timing for me, since I had just made the decision to transition out of cooking for my clients and take on the project of self-publishing my book full-time.
Lest you think this is a happily ever after… I have had an unraveling of sorts in the last few months. I’ll be sharing what went wrong in my post later this week, along with how I fixed it. Stay tuned!