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AIP Stories of Recovery: Jan’s Recovery from Celiac Disease

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AIP Stories of Recovery is a success story series about regular people from the Autoimmune Protocol community who are changing their lives using the protocol. Each month a new person is featured and readers have the opportunity to discover all the different health challenges that are being overcome by folks just like themselves on the same path. At Autoimmune Paleo we hope you’ll be inspired by, empathize with, and learn from these stories. If you are interested in sharing your story, please let us know by filling out our interest form.

Despite being diagnosed with Celiac disease at age four, it wasn’t until adulthood that Jan understood what full-on autoimmune healing meant. Over a period of years, Jan’s health slowly began to deteriorate and as a new mother, it wasn’t just her own needs she had to attend to but her growing family’s. Six weeks on the GAPS diet made a miraculous difference and sparked a new approach to wellness that will last the rest of her life. 

What health issues are you dealing with, when did they begin, and how long did it take to get a diagnosis?

I have been Celiac all my life (diagnosed at four years old), and honestly thought that it was no big deal. I lived well, and had no complexes about having to eat differently… I was very active and productive, etc.

It wasn’t until I was living overseas and began having babies that my health slowly began to deteriorate, and I came to know what “active” autoimmune disease feels like. Since then, I continue to claw my way back to health, and have retrained in nutritional therapy and the culinary arts so as to be able to share these important lifestyle lessons with others.

Describe what the lowest point on your health journey was like.

I would wake up every day exhausted, dreading the moment that my two young children would wake up and need me to be there for them. At the same time, I was seriously worried that I had cancer (or some other terminal illness) and that I wouldn’t be able to be there to see my children grow up… which inevitably threw me into deep sadness.

What challenges influenced you to look for a solution? Basically, what was the tipping point?

I finally motivated myself to figure things out because it made me too angry to imagine that I was just slipping quietly into death from some scary illness without even digging into figuring out what was wrong.

When you found a protocol to help you heal, what was it and what was your first indication that it was working?

I started with the GAPS diet, which was nothing short of revolutionary. In just under two weeks, I witnessed a daily change in my body as the swelling and puffiness and inflammation waned, and the fog in my mind slowly lifted. From there, I moved into the Paleo diet… and the Autoimmune Protocol. I also completed a 6-month candida diet, which was very restrictive and intense.

What resources have you used on your healing journey so far and how did you find them?

Autoimmune Wellness! (Thank you so much for all you do!) Dr Ballantyne’s website; Eileen Laird’s podcasts; readings on the Seignalet diet; Chris Kresser’s podcasts/books/et.c; Rob Wolf’s podcast; Wise Traditions resources; various websites for recipes; various books; and on and on and on. Whatever I can get my hands on, at this point.

Did your doctors suggest any treatments that you rejected and if so, why did you choose to try other methods?

I was living in places where seeing a doctor was not always an easy thing… and where the kind of medical care that was available was less than “modern”. As such, I felt obligated to take my health into my own hands fairly early on in my journey… and to check back in with functional medical doctors whenever I was back home through Canada.

It can seem like our lives are consumed by a chronic illness, but there is so much beyond those struggles. What brings you true joy right now?

I am full of hope about the future. I am in the midst of completing the last step of the training that I felt was necessary to embark on a new career. In three more months, I will relocate for the final time to France where I intend to set up a teaching kitchen, Nutritional Therapy practice, and (over the long term) a café or “hub” for families interested in nutrition and well-being. My goal in the medium-term is to build a network of like-minded people in France, and to begin to provide the resources (in French) that are so sorely lacking.

Read more about Jan’s journey and learn about her nutritional therapy practice on her website.

Would you like to share your Story of Recovery? Let us know by filling out our interest form.

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Introduction to Hypoglycemia

Have you been feeling faint or under the weather after changing your diet, skipping a few meals or going for a few hours more at the gym? If so, there’s a chance that you’re hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia is a fairly common condition, especially in the diabetic population, which entails a dramatic decrease in your blood sugar levels. It may cause you to feel dizzy, weak and confused. These articles will focus on what hypoglycemia is, the symptoms you should look out for, and how you can prevent episodes from happening again.

Is Hypoglycemia Dangerous?

For most people, glucose is your primary source of energy, making it one of the most important substances in the body. Unfortunately, there are instances when the body is not able to properly regulate glucose expenditure, exposing you to a variety of conditions, which include hypoglycemia. Relatively, hypoglycemia is not a dangerous condition, as long as you listen to what your body is trying to tell you.

However, there are instances when it may cause extreme complications, which may endanger your life and the lives of the people around you. Severe attacks of hypoglycemia, especially in undiagnosed or unregulated diabetics, may cause seizures, blackouts and fainting spells.1 If you’re driving or walking to work, these unexpected blackouts and loss of all motor functions may cause fatal accidents, which may lead to fatal repercussions.2

What Are the Risk Factors for Hypoglycemia?

Like other diseases, certain people are more susceptible to hypoglycemia than others. The risk depends on various external and internal factors, some of which are rooted in their interference with the body’s insulin production and energy expenditure. If you think you may be suffering from hypoglycemia, here are some of the risk factors that you should be looking out for:

Diabetes. Diabetes patients suffer from a relatively higher risk of getting hypoglycemia because of their body’s inability to regulate insulin and glucose. This condition is more common in Type 1 diabetes patients because of their dependence on synthetic insulin. When their blood sugar drops to a critical level, they are at high risk for insulin shock, a life-threatening complication of hypoglycemia.3

Increased physical activity. A sudden increase in physical activity, whether during exercise or work, depletes the sugar in the body. This heightens your risk of hypoglycemia, especially if food intake is not appropriately adjusted.4

Alcohol consumption. The liver is responsible for storing glucose to be released at certain parts of the day when the need arises. When you ingest alcohol, it renders the liver incapable of releasing these stores to counter insulin production.5

Old age. Older diabetes patients are more prone to hypoglycemia because of the increased difficulty in diagnosis. They suffer from altered kidney function as well, which may negatively influence blood glucose levels.6 In some cases, hypoglycemia symptoms may also aggravate cognitive impairment in the elderly. More often than not, these cognitive symptoms are swept aside as nothing more than old-age delirium.7

Obesity. Weight gain may be one of the side effects of hypoglycemia as your body tricks you into eating more glucose than necessary.8

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Hypoglycemia Causes

Hypoglycemia Types

Hypoglycemia Treatment

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How to Control Moles in Your Garden

If you are having problems with moles but do not want to use poisons, there are some things you can do that are environmentally friendly and humane. Here are some tips on how to control moles naturally.

1. Get a cat. Really – just the smell of a cat about the place will keep moles at bay. But most cats will actively hunt the moles as well.

2. Plant castor bean plants near your garden. Bear in mind that castor bean plants, while attractive, are poisonous. So if you have small children or animals that may ingest the plant, this is not a good option. Castor bean plants do repel moles, though.

3. Castor oil is a less toxic natural option. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of castor oil. Stir in a teaspoon of linseed oil. Then add a tablespoon or two of this mixture to a gallon of water to make a mole repellent spray.

4. Control the grubs in your garden. Moles love to eat grubs, and if there are no grubs the moles are likely to leave. There is a natural substance called milky spore powder that you can work into the soil to get rid of grubs. It is non-toxic and harmless to pets, people and wildlife.

5. Plant some daffodils and marigolds around the border of your garden. These plants tend to repel moles.

6. Use live traps. Most feed stores carry these. Some sources suggest that sunflower seeds make good mole-attracting bait. Once the mole is trapped, relocate it as far away as possible. Keep repeating this until no more moles go into the trap.

7. Lining your plant beds with half-inch, galvanized mesh is said to be effective. The moles can’t get through the mesh to burrow.

8. Raise your garden beds. Moles prefer to dig deep down and will generally not go to the trouble to climb a hill in order to dig.

9. Sprinkle strong herbs and spices in and around the mole holes in your garden. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are two suggestions, but any strong spice will probably work.

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How to Naturally Prevent, Control Ants

  • Block cracks and points of entry with caulk.
  • Try to water a little more outside – ants come in when they are thirsty or they smell something good.
  • Keep clean. Wipe down kitchen counters, floors and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Place animal food bowls in shallow pans of vinegar or water (you can add a little citrus oil or something to deter ants further as long as your animals leave it alone).
  • Lay a line of boric acid (can be mixed with sugar) along the ants path or sprinkle (or use an old spray bottle) behind areas such as ovens, sinks, washers and toilets.
  • Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cream of tartar, dried peppermint, paprika, cinnamon, salt, dried sage, cucumber peelings and boric acid all act as a barriers they will not cross.
  • For heavy Infestations mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon borax, and 2 tablespoons water into a thick syrup. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton balls on low lids or something flat that ants can reach. Place these lids in the middle of ant infestations. The ants will eat it and take it back to the nest and the numbers will diminish slowly.
  • For carpenter ants, try to locate and remove the nests. Drill holes in thew wood they are attacking and fill the holes with boric acid.
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Aromatherapy Treatment for Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)

Baths:

Take daily baths with the addition of 6 drops of any of the following oils:

Inhalations:

Put a few drops of Lavender on a tissue and inhale deeply, keeping the eyes closed to reduce stress, anxiety and the panic related to an attack of angina.

Get your dried, organic herbs, organic essential oils, bulk spices, loose leaf organic teas and aromatherapy supplies at the place where we shop – StarWest Botanicals!

Aroma massage:

Regular massage treatment is of enormous benefit in cardiac conditions. Massage is advisable at least once a month. The following formulas are recommended or you may create your own formula choosing from the list:

  • 1 drop Bergamot
  • 1 drop Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 10 ml of Massage Oil

or

  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 1 drop Marjoram
  • 10 ml of Massage Oil

Cautions:

Avoid Marjoram in pregnancy, although adverse effects are highly unlikely. Avoid Bergamot prior to sunbathing.

Diet:

It is essential to eat a healthy diet if Angina has been diagnosed.

  • Avoid junk food as much as possible since it contains high levels of sugar and salt.
  • Avoid all fried foods-try to steam or grill. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Saturated animal fats such as lard and butter have been linked with a high risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels.
  • Extra virgin olive oil is excellent and it is interesting to note that in Mediterranean countries, where enormous amounts of olive oil are consumed, the incidence of Angina is low.
  • Essential fatty acids are thought to prevent heart disease. They are present in oily fish such as mackerel and herring as well as in seed and vegetable oils.
  • Dietary fiber also appears to protect the heart, although more research is needed. It is present in all plant foods including cereals (especially oats) and vegetables, pulses, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Garlic is excellent for thinning the blood and it should be eaten raw whenever possible.
  • Supplements which may be useful include Co-Enzyme Q10 which is thought to enhance energy production within the heart. Studies show that Co-Q10 deficiency is common in patients with heart disease.
  • Magnesium reduces spasms in the coronary arteries and improves heart function. Garlic capsules are recommended (although raw garlic is preferable).
  • Obviously you should not smoke, and if you are obese then you should try to lose weight slowly and sensibly. Gentle, regular physical exercise is vital for a healthy heart. Try to take a 20 minute walk daily.
  • Hawthorn extracts are also of great value to sufferers of Angina and other heart diseases. Experimental studies reveal that Hawthorn dilates coronary blood vessels thus improving the blood and oxygen supply to the heart.

Keep Your Heart Healthy!

Cardio Support contains ingredients that affect different aspects of cardiovascular health, including arterial integrity, blood health, heart muscle strength and better blood flow.

Additionally, the ingredients in Cardio Support overlap their abilities, to enhance one another’s effects, increasing long-term heart health and protection against degenerative disease.

Cardio Support is the only natural supplement that we are aware of which utilizes enteric coating technology to safely release the active ingredients in the stomach.

This delivery method not only protects the enzymes such as Nattokinase but also greatly enhances the efficacy of other ingredients present such as Resveratrol and L-Glutathione.

No other formula covers so many ‘angles’ to manage and protect your cardiovascular system, and yet Cardio Support is still natural with no known side effects.

Learn more about Cardio Support now.

Why do we promote this?

This information is from “Teach Yourself Aromatherapy” by Denise Whichello Brown.