I was diagnosed with celiac disease in nov 2000 (30yo) and it was just one problem in a long list of problems. Ate a very standard american diet as a child, then adopted what I'd call a 1970's vegetarian diet (grains, processed soy, and junk food) at 19 and stuck with that until age 30. Long stint of 'healthier' vegetarian eating from 25-29....lots of produce anyway but many of my problems were at their height at that time (anxiety, upper respiratory infections, bone/joint pain, fibro symptoms).
Here's the long list - keep in mind that virtually all of it is gone now
✥ anorexia and bulemia and various times from age 12-early twenties.By the time I was 8 yo, I'd figured out that CW and allopathic docs didn't have the answer. I was constantly on abx for ear infections and 'strep throat'. Of course, I realize now that it was just viral tonsillitis b/c of my extreme D deficiency from growing up in Michigan. Anyhoo, I knew that 'they' didn't know what the heck they were talking about because I was told over and over that I'd start getting better w/in 24h of the antibiotics. Never did. Stayed sick for at least a week each time.
✥ anxiety 25-32 severe and debilitating
(still occurs rarely - now mild, rare and treatable with GABA, inositol etc)
ETA: disappeared once ketoadapted
✥ arrythmia (heart palpitations) - 13 or so through 36?
(completely treated with fish oil, taurine and sufficient magnesium)
✥ asthma (since childhood.....at it's worst from 30-38)
✥ bronchitis ('chronic' as a young child due dad's smoking 3.5pk/day smoker. still develop bronchitis easily from colds and other upper respiratory infections)
✥ bursitis - early 20s
(appears to have been related to the vitamin d, magnesium deficiency)
✥ depression - 11-32ish
✥ dyspnea (shortness of breath)- age 13-recently
(when it's not anxiety, it appears to be a grain/sugar consumption issue or simple overeating)
✥ eczema - severe/disfiguring - birth through age 32 or so
✥ ear infections and tonsilitis as a child - frequent (tonsil/adenoidectomy age 10)
last ear infection during high school - very severe
✥ psoriasis 26-31.
(disappeared when I went gluten free, though for many it will require vitamin d)
✥ seborrheic dermaititis (dandruff)- 23- 34ish due to malfunctioning immune system
(fixed with suffcient zinc and D...and being gluten free)
✥ upper respiratory infections as a child/adolescent - frequent/chronic
✥ upper respiratory started again at 25 (pheumonia 9x)
✥ fibromyalgia symptoms enough for a dx (25-33)
✥ lupus bloodwork indicated it, no solid symptoms (35-38?)
✥ osteopenia/osteomalacia - 3 years of age - early 30's
(appears to have been a simple vitamin D deficiency)
✥ hip pain (and tightness) started around 23
(appears to have been vitamin D and magnesium insufficiency)
✥ symptoms of sjogren's syndrome (29-32)
✥ severe post partum hemmorhage (1 L) with second child
✥ frequent/chronic yeast and other opportunistic infections
(don't worry about killing the fungus - get off grains/sugar, fix vitamin d levels)
No pain meds were made available so I spend much of my childhood in pain due to chronic infections and bone/joint pain. Oh, and the eczema. Because it seemed that doctors knew little and that medication 'didn't work', I spent the next 28 or so years maintaining a strong anti-vaccine, anti-medication, anti-allopathic medicine stance. A stance that I've significantly modified in the last 7 years beginning with the onset of asthma in my 2nd child.
So back a the ranch: during my 20's I found chiropractic, massage, homeopthy, herbalism and spend years steeping myself in the studies of those fields. Working with pregnancy and breastfeeding women became one of my favorite areas as it combined all of my favorite subjects both traditional and non-traditional. In February 1998, I began a formal apprenticeship with an exceptional, experienced homebirth midwife. I apprenticed with her for a little more than a year, then after giving birth to my first child, had to stop attending births but still attended prenatal appointments for her clients. As my daughter grew, it became apparent that her personality and needs for intensive phsyical activity weren't a good fit for spending several hours per day in the midwife's home office, so we left off prenatals as well......though it literally broke my heart. I continued my involvedment with pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding moms mostly on a volunteer consultant basis. During the last 10 years, I've continued to stay involved in all of my fields of interested and have accumulated a large body of knowledge - especially in nutrition and breastfeeding.
So here I am. The move to primal/biologically appropriate from vegetarian was a swift one. My 2nd child was diagnosed with many food allergies. And by then, none of us were eating gluten. I started working with Krispin Sullivan (www.krispin.com) to get our diets straightened around. The first thing she did was insist upon getting D tested for all of us. We did. All of us were low. In August. In Atlanta. 3 people who spend a ton of time outside - albeit mostly in the shade and not midday.
That was the summer of 2001. My anxiety was at fever pitch. I set aside my distaste for medication as I knew it was lifethreatening. Fast forward the med trials with a wonderful psychiatrist. Side effects were unbearable. Anxiety was unbearable. By now, Krispin had me on 1,000 or so IU of vitamin D, I wore no sunscreen and went in the sun midday, everday. I also decided to follow the protocol from one of Andrew Stoll's studies on bipolar disorder and fish oil (even though I wasn't bipolar). I started taking 16g fish oil per day, two different products, both high dose, to achieve an equal intake of DHA and EPA...iirc I was getting 5gEPA and 5gDHA combined.
I'll never forget the day, 3 weeks into my vitamin D and ultra high dose fish oil regimen, that while opening the refrigerator to take out my fish oil bottles, I felt literally felt something opening in my brain and could feel a warm happy feeling settling in as if the clouds in my mind had just parted.....and the sun shone through. Extraordinary. Interestingly, Krispin had said I'd feel improvements at 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months. I didn't know that was 3 weeks (to the day) until looking at the calendar after it happened.
The rest we can skip for now....bits and peices will come up here and there, I'm sure but to get to the oint: what brings me here now. I have fully believed in primal, I've never managed to stay grain free (gluten free yes, grain, no) or sugar free.
Even though optimizing my D ameliorated most of my symptoms (all of the autoimmune stuff, the fibromyalgia-y stuff), the bone pain, I still had remaining issues with the occasional, yet always severe upper respiratory infection. 18 mos ago, my doc and I made the difficult decision to treat any cold/cough/upper respiratory infection, no matter how minor, with prophy abx in hopes that it would head pneumonia off before it had a chance to take hold. It worked. But we all knew it wasn't a good solution. We all wondered if I had some axymptomatic, yet chronic reflux that was causing the problem. It didn't seem likely so we ignored. But hmmm, why was I getting cavities after 15 years of no cavities? And I brushed every time I ate. And flossed. And waterpicked. And what was up with the chronic post nasal drip?
One, two, skip a few--> 3 weeks ago, I had my first ever symptomatic 'heartburn' - except that it was in my throat not my chest. And the back of my nose. And my left ear. And it made one of my teeth hurt. What did I eat that preceeded this? Gluten free cake. Well craptastic. The discomfort was extreme to the point that on day 2, I was either going find a surgeon who would do a nissen fundoplication on the spot or take some prilosec. The prilosec worked. I promised myself that I would be finished with grains and sugar and if I still needed the fundo after a good long chunk of time being grain and sugar free, I'd do it.
I'm three weeks in. Most days, there has been a little sugar cheat - a few chocolate chips or something like that. Once I completely forgot and ate some bread (not gluten free).
The last three days though have been purely primal. No sugar, no grain cheats at all. Moving most of the day - cleaning the house, walking the dog around the block a couple of times a day. Sprinting....chasing said dog in the yard, up and down the stairs and around the house. Lifting heavy things....tossing the 46lb 8 yo has been most fun. Kettlebells. Body weight exercises.
The hardest part of PB for me is play - I'm just not playful. But that's another long post.