Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nutrition Is Our Next Step

For the longest time, I have been battling with Jonathan's health and developmental delays.  I concentrated for the past 6 years on biomedical and physical interventions, but I have neglected the nutrition part.  I put him on a gluten free dairy free diet (GF/CF) for 3 years, then took him off and recently put him back on it.  However, I never paid close attention to what he was getting in his body.  The work surrounding getting therapies in line, the GF/CF diet, the supplements and other interventions has been so overwhelming that I didn't focus on a "nutritious" diet.  I saw a nutritionist at the beginning of this journey, but she focused only on supplements.  So quality of food has never been my forte.

However, this stress is paying its toll on me.  I feel sick and tired all the time.  So in trying to find a way to get my stomach and overall body in better shape, I ran it some interesting people who have opened my eyes to another dimension.

I knew that Cod Liver Oil was very good for the kids.  The brain is fat and needs fat to operate optimally.  I also knew that EPA was important for inflammation and I have been giving Jonathan those from different manufacturers for a number of years. What I didn't know was that the best type is the fermented type.  I recently ordered a new CLO from Green Pastures.  Jonathan likes it and Vanessa hates it.  But I was told it is the best quality out there.

We have been battling Jonathan's weight for years.  He is not obese, but he is heavy for his age (90 lbs).  And I believe that he gets tired so quickly because he is heavy.  I was convinced it is a thyroid problem.  However, after seeing this chiropractor/nutritionist, I am not so convinced anymore.  He may be suffering from a bit of Adrenal Fatigue, which causes his thyroid to act up.  Or it could be something else.

I scheduled an appointment with this doctor last week, and we talked about a plan.  First, they are going to do a hair analysis on both Jonathan and me.  We went yesterday and they took the sample.  After we get the results (3 weeks), we are going to make an appointment to review the results along with the intake forms.  We need to provide a Candida self-test result as well as a diet diary log that documents what we eat during 1 week. 

I am excited and concerned at the same time.  They are probably going to tell me that he has to give up all flours (including the gluten free ones) and I don't know how I am going to do that :)  But I am willing to try things that are reasonable.  I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because they come highly recommended by another Mom I know, and during my first office visit, I mentioned that I don't have a gallbladder and I was told to take Cholacol II (1 pill 15 minutes before each meal).  It has turned out to be miraculous for my digestion issues.  I am sure I have other issues to attack, but not feeling sick and bloated after eating is pretty priceless.