First of all let me state very clearly, I am not a doctor or medical provider of any type. I’m a mom, somewhat more qualified to assess my child in certain respects.
I am talking about my child’s constitution here. I have been dealing with a child with a chronic sinus infection for two years. Over these two years she has developed an allergy to two antibiotics, she was already allergic to another one from previous exposure. In these two years she has become intolerant of dairy products.
We did a food challenge to discover this. A food challenge is when you remove the food in question from the diet altogether for several weeks to see if the symptoms go away. Then slowly reintroduce the food to see if symptoms come back. In my daughter’s case the symptoms lessened over the period of removal, but when we reintroduced the food- WHAMO- sinus infection number 7 or 8. So, off to the doctor to confirm the sinus infection.
Voila! Another antibiotic.
Over this sinus infection period we also adopted a dog. This little guy has a chronic yeast infection in his ear. The vet gave us an ear wash to help keep his ear clear. But he developed an ear infection this time and he would cry when I tried to clear his ear. That’s how I knew it was an infection, he didn’t cry when I normally cleaned his ear. He didn’t like it, but he didn’t cry. The vet treated his ear with an antibiotic and he is doing fine now. But I questioned myself whether dogs should take probiotics like people should when they take antibiotics. I went online and started to do research first on the chronic yeast infection. The sites I found were interesting, but even more interesting was a site that linked me to chronic yeast infections in people.
This is the point of this article.
Again, let me state I am not a doctor and have no medical training. Chronic yeast infections in people are not just the kind women experience. Yeast of the bad variety can invade and take over your whole system (GreatDaneLady.COM, www.bodyecology.com, The Yeast Connection, by Dr William Crook). So in this new revelation of mine and the lists of symptoms that can suggest that a person’s system is overwrought with yeast, I am on a quest to discover whether I can not only cure my dog of his chronic yeast ear, but also my daughter’s chronic sinus infections.
And to make things all the more spectacular, CPTV just aired a report on the connection between the gut and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) called Autism Now with Robert MacNeil. I watched this after just reading the Body Ecology Diet’s website about the connection between the way a body processes food and it’s waste and ADHD and Autism. I am now so convinced that my child’s sinus issues and my other child’s ADHD/ASD could be improved or eliminated by changing what they eat and when they eat it.
This not an easy task and so far it has proved almost futile. One of my daughters is an incredibly picky eater, both of my kids love fruit and juice and this is a major NO NO on this diet. The recipes I have tried so far have all failed miserably. I plan to make this change for all of us, myself and my husband included.
I realize I have no control over the choices my husband will make. But while at home, I can prepare meals for all of us to eat together and this will hopefully lessen the strain on the kids feeling singled out as the victims of my science project.
But when one child is allergic to all but two basic antibiotics and is supposed to be taking another one now for her sinus infection, and the other is on medication for ADHD, I feel this challenge is worth it.
A 6-year-old who is otherwise healthy and active should not have to deal with this chronic illness and increasing food intolerances. For me I hope to feel stronger, less tired and achy, and for my other daughter … well maybe she can feel and think more like the rest of us, possibly even stopping her medication.
Hope - that is what this is offering me.