Monday, 19 June 2017

It's All About Diet (Part 3-FODMAP [The MONASH University])

The new gastroenterologist introduced the MONASH University's Low Fodmap handbook to us.

You can access the website and place your order for the book. It costs AUD$10. You have to add some money for transportation. (Click on LINK to access the website.)

This is the app which I bought. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Pain & Rock Star No More (Part Two)

When we walked into the new gastro's office, my heart actually sank. He looked like a strict headmaster. He looked like he had a whip behind his desk and was ready to whip any of his patients who dared to question him.

He asked me about my problem once we were seated. After explaining to him about my pain, the treatments that were administered at the ER on Monday and Wednesday night, the medication that I had been ingesting, he asked me multiple questions. He was very meticulous and very thorough. He asked about my history. He went through all the documents/X-Rays/test results that we had brought. (Many doctors do not do this. They feel that it is a waste of time.) He then told me to lie down on the bed and proceeded to press my abdomen. I almost jumped through the ceiling from the pain. He continued to press on the left side and right side and continued to asked me about where was more painful and to rate the pain to him on a scale of 1 to 10. I told him it was 100!

And then he dropped the million dollar statement.

It wasn't GERD.

It wasn't my stomach.

It was my intestines!

The food poisoning that I had during the time I saw Dr Yadav wasn't over.

WHAT?!!?!

The bacteria that is usually the culprit for such poisoning is Staphylococcal Enteritis. You can click on LINK to read up about it. New gastro guy said that some people do not have the usual 'thunder and lightning' (diarrhoea and vomiting - which I did not have) when they are struck with this bacteria. This bacteria then exudes a toxin. This toxin causes inflammation in the intestines (panniculitis - inflammation of the fatty tissues of the intestines). Thus, the severe pain which I had. My intestines were INFLAMED! The bacteria and its toxin were long gone. But the inflammation that was caused by the toxin could not go away.

And the best drug for this is Ibuprofen. One of my enemies. It's an NSAID. Which I definitely could not have.

He said both his hands were tied and he has never come across a patient like me before.

Thus, the only solution would be PREDNISOLONE.

Yup. Steroids.

2 weeks of steroids.

I wanted to scream FML.

I had no choice.

So steroids it was. 6 tablets to begin with. 30mg for 3 days and then taper to 25mg for 3 days until it would reach 5 mg.

He also said GERD would never, ever, ever, EVER cause such pain like this. That was why Nexium didn't work. He did mention that overuse of Nexium can also cause it to be useless. Then it would be time to switch PPI. Even though all of them are labelled as PPIs, different brands are created differently. And by switching to another brand of PPI, the GERD can be controlled.

BUT, he did say long term of PPIs are not good. GERD is a life-long chronic disease. One must learn to control it and if an attack does happen, go on the PPI for 5 days and then stop.

New gastro also mentioned that many times IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) mimics GERD. And the cause of IBS 99% of the time is caused by FODMAP! I wanted to cry with joy. I told him that I had just blogged about it a few days ago! A doctor who BELIEVES in food intolerance (other than Dr. Yadav that is). He then proceeded and showed us the Monash FODMAP book and also the FODMAP app in his smartphone. I had wanted to buy the app a few months back but that didn't happen.

I was just so excited that I finally found a doctor who believed in food intolerance and sensitivities.

And so the Prednisolone journey began.....

(...to be continued)

The beginning of this journey: 1000 Kilometres and Candida

The second part of this journey: Candida & Dr. Yadav

The third part of this journey: Pain & Rock Star No More (Part One)




Sunday, 4 June 2017

Pain & Rock Star No More (Part One)

The pain in the upper middle region of my abdomen was becoming worse as the days went by. It was so excruciating to the point I was swallowing all sorts of gastric medication which I had. And yet the pain did not go away. It got worse and worse. I couldn't eat or sleep. All I could do was curl up in bed and whimper.

I finally succumbed to the pain and went to the ER on a Monday night (10th April) The usual ER doctor who knew my history of reflux and my allergies gave me Nexium (PPI) via IV. Usually it would work after about two hours. This time the pain didn't diminish at all. Imagine having this kind of pain 24-hours non-stop. I told my dad that it felt like like something was clawing from the insides, eating my insides and that there was a huge cavity in my stomach. He said it sounded like Ripley's Aliens. HAHA!

The climax of that night was fantastic. I had parked my car in the basement of the hospital because of the rainy weather. Also the open carpark was full of cars from visitors. When I left, I took the lift as usual. The lift was slow in arriving but I did not give it much thought because I was in so much pain. I entered and pressed B (for basement). The buttons didn't work. As I was about to step out of the lift, the doors closed and down it went. I walked out of the lift and pushed the doors which led to the carpark. Lo and behold, they were LOCKED! I then walked back to the lift, and that was when it dawned on me that the lift wasn't FUNCTIONING! I was trapped. And the best part was that my phone did not have a SIGNAL as I was in the basement!!!!!!! OMG! I could see my car through the glass window of the door. I was so near yet so far. I shouted for help at the top of my voice and banged the door. No one came. I continued doing it until I realised that nobody could hear me. I tried the lift again. I jabbed the buttons furiously hoping that the lift would descend. The lift did not move. I then walked to every part of the area that I was trapped in trying to get a signal with my phone. No signal at all. Tried banging the door AGAIN and screaming for help at the top of my voice. Tried jabbing the lift buttons AGAIN! Walked at every corner of the area that I was trapped in AGAIN! Suddenly, I had SIGNAL on my phone!!!!!!! I called the ER and told them of the predicament that I was in. They got someone to send the lift down. Then only was I told that the lift ceased operating by 10pm. Then why did the lift worked when I used it? No one could answer me. Twilight zone? By the time I got home, it was 11pm.

Tuesday was no different. The pain was as bad. My part-time cleaning ladies said I looked like hell. I HAD to see a gastroenterologist. I knew that if I went to see Dr. Rock Star, I would be sent for a scope again and he would prescribe me PPIs to no end. My last endoscopy and colonoscopy was only over a year back.

Who should I see?

I did not know of any other gastroenterologist. I decided to go to the hospital's website and check out each and every gastroenterologist that worked there. Finally, one caught my eye. One of the conditions that he had treated was food intolerance! Dr. Rock Star doesn't believe in this. He told me I could still eat whatever I wanted even though I told him that certain food caused me to be sick in the stomach. He instead said that I was stressed or filled with anxiety and proceeded to give me PPIs and anti-anxiety/sleeping medication. I called up the hospital and the new gastroenterologist had a slot available on Thursday afternoon! I couldn't wait.

Wednesday evening came, and I was at the ER again. Hubby had to take emergency leave and bring me to the hospital. I couldn't even drive. The usual ER doctor who saw me on Monday stayed back to attend to me even thought his shift was over. Bless him! He said I was so pale looking that I looked like a ghost. This time he IV-ed Nexium and Tramadol (an opioid group painkiller which I could thankfully take). And he did blood tests and sent me for an ultrasound. Everything came back excellent. He said that I had to see a gastroenterologist ASAP. I told him that I would be seeing one the next day.

Thursday finally arrived.

I would be lying if I told you that I wasn't anxious. Would he be like Rock Star? Or even worse than Rock Star?

My heart sank when I walked into his consulting room.....

(...to be continued)


The beginning of this journey: 1000 Kilometres and Candida
The second part of this journey: Candida and Dr. Yadav

Friday, 2 June 2017

Buckwheat Tea

8 years plus of not being able to have tea can really cause one misery.

Tea is high in salicylates. Even when I could have tea (before I had the anaphylaxis), they caused me to be wide awake the whole night! Some even gave me migraines from the bowels of Hades.

So I did some research recently.

Buckwheat is negligible in salicylate. And one can make tea out of it.

YAY!

I washed 500gm of buckwheat groats and baked them at 180C for 1/2 hour. You can also bake them until golden brown.

I got a tea infuser.
Once they were cool, I poured them into a jar. 
I placed about a teaspoon of the buckwheat groats into the infuser. 
Then I dunked it into a cup of boiling water. 
Voila! Buckwheat tea!
Alternatively, you could buy these tea bags and use them instead if you do not have an infuser. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Powdered Buckwheat Drink



Ingredients:

1. 1 tablespoon of buckwheat powder (grounded buckwheat groats)
2. 1/2 teaspoon of cacao powder
3. 250ml of hot water

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1. Pour buckwheat and cacao powder into mug.
2. Pour hot water into mug and stir.

Bon appetit!


*It takes some getting used to drinking without sugar. You can add dates, honey or maple syrup if you're not used to it!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Day I Need Not Cook (Almost!)


This year's Mother's Day was the first ever that I needn't cook. Well, except for boiling the rice and baking the salmon. Hubby cooked lunch. And then hubby and Joel vacuumed and mopped the floor. It was my day! And a great day it was.


Minced pork with potatoes
Stir fried chayote
Baked salmon

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Powdered Rice & Millet Drink


Ingredients:

1. 60gm of organic red, brown and black rice
2. 20gm of millet
3. 1500gm water
4. Sea-salt

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1. Wash the rice and millet thoroughly.

2. Soak them for two days in the fridge. Change the soaking water a few times.

3. After two days, drain the water and do one final rinse.

4. Sprinkle some sea-salt and mix it thoroughly with the rice and millet.

5. Preheat oven at 180C.

6. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

7. Spread the rice and millet mixture evenly on the baking paper.

8. Bake for 1/2 hour. Halfway baking, stir the mixture with a spoon.

9. Once the baking is done, allow to cool before grinding it with the TMX.

10. Set 1 minute/slowly increasing the speed to 8.5.

11. Store in an airtight jar.

12. You can keep it in the fridge for longer storage time.

Bon appetit!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Candida & Dr. Yadav

After trying the FODMAP diet, things were going really well at first. Then I added back foods with FODMAP for one month before I maxed out the threshold which caused the IBS symptoms to have a party all over again.

I then went back to FODMAP diet but the IBS wouldn't shut up and quiet down!

It even reached to a point that chicken, fish and EVERY SINGLE thing that I ate triggered IBS. I had even stopped having rice. The intestines were churning out rap songs, vibrato passages and electronic music. Sometimes I could even hear an orchestra in there. 

That was when the kinesiologist's diagnosis of Candida being the cause of my IBS lit a 1,000,000 watt bulb in my brain.  

How could I get Candida even when I wasn't having sugar, gluten or even rice?

And then it hit me.

PPIs!

NEXIUM.

20 years of Nexium off and on. I've had GERD since I was 19. And I'm 40 this year. It's been break-up and then make-up with Nexium. I hate it, can't stand it but when it's gone, my stomach goes bonkers, has a breakdown and meltdown and Nexium is back in my life again. 

Click on LINK to read about GERD.

Nexium is a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor). It reduces acid in the stomach so that the acid reflux would not injure the stomach lining and esophagus. 

And that is when the sinister characters are able to infiltrate the gut. Bacteria and fungi are able to create havoc in the gut. Especially H pylori and Candida. 

So the million dollar question would be "How shall I get rid of Candida"?

Do I even have Candida in the first place? Why was I never tested for Candida?

I then decided to see Dr. Yadav about it. Maybe this Candida thing had something to do with screwing up my immune system. 

The night before I saw him, I had a terrible episode of IBS. This time I broke out in hives! This has never happened to me before. I started itching from head to toe. It was as though I had hundreds and thousands of ants crawling all over me. I felt so terribly sick that I woke my hubby up in the middle of the night and told him that something was so very wrong. He of course went into panic mode. (The anaphylaxis episode 8 years ago flashed before his eyes.) I swallowed a Piriton antihistamine and then monitored myself. The hives and itch disappeared. 

Morning finally arrived. We went to see Dr. Yadav. Stoned and groggy like the Walking Dead, I stumbled into his office and related to him what had happened. He said that I had eaten something which had some bacterial activity and I had a reaction to the toxin that the bacteria produced!

What did I eat? And then it struck me. I had forgotten about some food which I had cooked and left it on the dining table for a few hours. Even though it smelt good and tasted good after reheating it to boiling point, the bacteria had taken a foothold in the food. And I basically had food poisoning (with no diarrhoea)!

So we talked about Candida. I told him I read about Nystatin being a good medication for Candida. He said that it is and it's one of the pioneer drugs for Candida. The good thing about Nystatin is that it does not get absorbed into the blood stream. It enters the stomach, cleans the gut and out it goes!

I also brought up about being bitten by ticks back in November when we went on a vacation. The bites were still flaring up 5 months later! And they flared up pretty badly whenever I had chicken eggs or prawns. I could have chicken eggs and prawns prior to these bites. Dr. Yadav explained that shellfish and ticks have a similar chemical compound. So that could be causing the flare ups whenever I had prawns. Chicken eggs are high in histamines. So he took some blood for some tests.

We went to purchase Nystatin after seeing Dr. Yadav.

It is supposed to be taken three times a day; 5ml each time. I remember about 10 years back ago, a doctor at the ER in a hospital adviced me that whatever medicine I took, I should take a small amount and wait to see if I had any allergy reaction to it. And if I didn't, then I would take a little more the next round and waited.

So I took 2ml of Nystatin in the evening and waited. And I was fine. I took 5ml the next day in the evening and continued with one dose only. By the third day, all the bloated feeling and gassiness were gone. I could eat food that were on the high side of the FODMAP diet with no issues. I continued Nystatin for two weeks.

The Candida problem was finally solved!

But the nagging pain in the stomach didn't go away....

(...to be continued)



Friday, 12 May 2017

A Not So New 'Toy'


I got this pressure cooker many months back. This has travelled with us to Penang and to Johor. This pot is quite the traveller!

The best part about this pot is that it can be used with or without its cover. If you want to have fried rice, you can remove the lid and use it like a wok/frying pan.

I've cooked many dishes with this. I've used the bake function with fish, chicken and pork. I've even 'stir fried vegetables' with it. The pressure cooked boiled soup is fantastic.

I haven't tried the cake function yet.

Black eye peas soup
Hairy gourd with scrambled eggs
Fish balls fried rice
Minced pork with potato strips
Why a pressure cooker?

For people like me with salicylate sensitivity, we sometimes can be sensitive to histamine, amines and a whole lot of other stuff. Cooking food for long periods of time releases histamines, amines and glutamates. Thus a pressure cooker can achieve a dish which is supposed to be cooked for a long period of time in a short time.


P.s. Phillips should pay me for the advertisement.... Haha.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Thermomix Boiled Rice (Revised Version)

Ingredients:

1. 400gm rice
2. 1500gm water

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1. Place the 400gm rice in the simmering basket and place it in a container large enough for the basket to be covered in water.

2. Fill the container up with water and allow the rice to be soaked overnight.

3. Pour and drain the water away. Rinse the rice a few times under running water.

4. Fill the TMX jug with 1500gm water.

5. Place the simmering basket into the jug, cover the lid (without the MC) and set 21 minutes/90C/Speed 4.

I selected Speed 4 so that the water will wash over the rice. Look at the foam that came from the rice.
6. Once the rice is done, I covered the lid with the MC and let the rice sit in the jug for 1/2 hour before serving.

The starchy water. Apparently plants love this water. I have yet to try giving this water to my plants.
Bon appetit!


Thursday, 27 April 2017

An Alternative to Painkillers

Due to my allergy to painkillers and NSAIDs, it's horrible when pain decides to strike. Especially backaches or muscle sprains in the neck or shoulders.

There were two incidences about two years back where the pain was so bad that I was placed on physiotherapy by my orthopedic.

I have had weak back muscles for as long as I can remember. Other than teaching me muscle strengthening exercises, my physiotherapist also used the TENS machine on my back.

TENS stand for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

TENS machine is a small battery operated machine which has sticky pads attached to it via wires. Small electrical pulses are transmitted to the body.

*It is believed to be able to block pain signals sent to the brain on high pulse rate (90 to 130Hz). When it is set to low pulse rate (2 to 5Hz), it is believed to trigger the body to build endorphins to block pain signals.

*taken from HERE

Click on LINK to read more about the TENS machine.




These are three types of TENS machines. You can drop by shops which sell them and ask the sales people for their advice.

I have the red and blue machines. They've helped me a lot when I have pain.


Monday, 17 April 2017

1000 Kilometres and Candida

We went down to Johor and Singapore for a holiday in March.

Hubby insisted that we drive back up during one of the days to Tangkak to see a kinesiologist who was 1 hour and 40 minutes away from where we were staying at. And we had to travel back to where we were staying and that was another 1 hour and 40 minutes!

I found out about this doctor from one of my blog's readers who is a Malaysian. She was very sensitive to chemicals and smells at one point of time. And many food made her ill. She saw many doctors but found that this man helped her. 

Since we were in Johor, hubby said we SHALL see him. And we did.

The doctor's name is Wong Meng Kiang. He is a kinesiologist who specialises in allergy. His clinic is quite old and rundown. But it was full of people! 


His room was full of test tubes! They contain all sorts of allergens. There was even one labelled "Salicylate"!




He will first ask you for a brief history of your health and condition. He will then give you a 'test tube' with an allergen which he suspects that you're allergic to. You are to hold it in your left hand. He will then lift your right arm to a 90 degrees position and if you're allergic to the allergen in the tube that is in your left hand, your right arm will have no power to fight him as he pushes it down.

*According to the dictionary, kinesiology is the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement.

(*taken from HERE)

Click on LINK to read more about applied kinesiology where allergies are concerned.

Joel saw him first and he concluded he was allergic to mint (which was in his toothpaste), eggs and also dust mites.

Then came my turn. When I told him I have had anaphylaxis episodes and was also salicylate sensitive and what I have achieved today after 8 years, he said this:

"WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?!"

I told him to ask my husband. I never wanted to see him. My husband was the one who insisted on us seeing him.

He then continued, "Anaphylaxis is already at the worst state. There is no cure once you reach that stage. You can never be fully healed. But we can help you to achieve he stage where you won't reach anaphylaxis but achieve the just-break-out-in-hives-stage."

After diagnosing the three of us, he then brought us to a room to the back where he had a machine where he mixed a concoction specially for his patients based on their allergies/condition.


He uses saline water which he fills into the white bottle which is on the right section of the machine.



He then places the test tubes with the allergen that one is 'allergic' to. A 'homeopathic' movement (he said that there was a magnet inside the machine) is used to 'transfer' the 'energy' of the allergens to the white bottle. Thus, a dump-down level of the allergen is transferred to the white bottle. As one drips the solution everyday and also avoid whatever allergen that one is allergic to, one can be healed!
He said that many times blood tests are not accurate. Thus, this method of kinesiology is used to treat people with allergen. His wife and kids were healed of allergies with this method. And they are healed up till today.

I am sorry to say that I was a sceptic before I went, and I am still am a sceptic today. I have read up and watched YouTube videos about kinesiology allergy and yet my mind and heart cannot accept it. The science somehow do not add up to me. My mind somehow couldn't click to this theory.

BUT!

He diagnosed something in me which I had never thought of at all! Of course no doctors thought of at all too.

He said my IBS is caused by CANDIDA!!!!

But I have no fungal infection at all! Zilch.

But a light bulb went off in my head and that made the wheels in my head turn and it got me VERY excited. I started researching about it immediately that very day.

For you who would like to try this option, below are his clinic address and contact number:

Klink Specialist Wong,
114, Jalan Payamas,
Tangkak,
Johor. 

Phone number:
+606-978-1576


Coming up Next: Candida and Dr. Yadav


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

It's All About Diet (Part 2-FODMAP [The How, Why and What])

The HOW

Normal and healthy people who ingest food that has FODMAP would result in mild flatulence. But for people who have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and who have very sensitive guts, it can result in bloating, excessive flatulence, stomach cramping, non-stop of intestines churning, excessive burping, diarrhoea and even constipation (or alternating between the two).

It can reach to the point that you feel that your whole existence exists ONLY in the gut. I know what I'm talking about. I've lived in the toilet for many hours everyday for a period of time. It came to a point that I lost so much weight that people commented about the weight loss to me every single day when I went to pick my son up from school.

What to do?

I went on a low FODMAP diet. I tried as much as possible to eat food which do not consist of FODMAP. I mean food with FODMAP are healthy food. Vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes. It's not even Frankenfood. It was very frustrating. I kept asking what was wrong with me. Unfortunately, my gastro Rock-Star doctor didn't believe in this and told me that I was anxious and stressed out. I was given anti-anxiety medication instead.......

WHY FODMAP?

By taking away FODMAP from our diet (for a period of time), it can lower the overall gastrointestinal symptoms. It worked for me. Click on LINK to read more about this.

The WHAT

Not everyone react to FODMAP the same way. Some can digest lactose. Some cannot. So it's different to each individual.

Fermentable are foods which are broken down by bacteria in the large bowels. If your gut bacteria is off track, probiotics are a good source.

Foods rich in probiotics such as kefir, sauerkraut, yoghurt, miso, kimchi and kombucha tea are some of the natural probiotics that one can try. (Bear in mind some people who are histamine and amines intolerant won't be able to tolerate fermented foods or even probiotics.)

Two of the Oligosaccharides are Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). Fructans are naturally occurring carbohydrates that exist in vegetables, fruits and cereals. Wheat, rye, barley, onions, leeks, shallots, the whites of spring onions, garlic, legumes, lentils, artichokes and chicory.

Two Fructans are Inulin and Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS). These two have been getting more and more popular as they are well known for their pre-biotic effects. Our small human intestines are not capable of digesting these two as we do not produce the enzymes to process these food. These go straight to the large intestines.

Some foods that are high in Inulin are chicory root, dandelion root, asparagus, leeks and onions, bananas and plantains (when they are slightly green), sprouted wheat (which is used in Ezeikel bread) and garlic.

*table taken from HERE

Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) are in foods such as onion, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana and artichoke. FOS is also found in wheat and barley.

FOS is used in the food industry as an alternative sweetener. Interestingly, this is a *popular sweetener in Japan! (*taken from HERE)

Nowadays, many products (for example; vitamin enhanced flour and powdered drinks ) have FOS added to them.

Disaccharides are Lactose. This is in milk, evaporated milk, yoghurt, custard and ice-cream.

Monosaccharides are sugars that cannot be changed into simple sugars. Examples are Fructose, Glucose, Ribose and Galactose. They can be found in honey, mango, watermelon, apples, pears and high fructose corn syrup.

Click HERE to read more.

And finally we come to the last one.

Polyoyls are more famously known as Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol and Xylitol. Natural foods that contain polyols are apples, pears, apricots, nectarines, plums, mushrooms and cauliflower.

Polyols are also commonly used as artificial sweeteners in chewing gums, lollipops and mints.

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Bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, celery, soy beans, leeks, lettuce iceberg, everything that were wheat and gluten, chickpeas, cashews, siu bok choy, sugar and many more which were low on the salicylate diet started to create havoc and hell for my gut.

It was depressing at first. I eliminated those food from my diet. Anything that triggered IBS were eliminated for many, many, many months. And for once in a very, extremely long time, my bowels were silent. You could even hear the ant fart in the silence of my bowels.

Once I felt I was strong enough, I started adding back the FODMAP food bit by bit. Cashews, cabbage, celery, garlic, onion, chickpeas. I lasted for one month plus before all hell broke loose in my intestines. I'm back to FODMAP again at the moment. Now I know the treshold of the FODMAP that I can take. The only thing I won't be having in my life anymore is sugar. Yes, I have to admit, bread is EXTREMELY tempting!

Here is a table of the FODMAP diet:



*table taken from HERE

Here is a table of examples of some of the food that contain high FODMAP:



*table taken from HERE



A MUST READ: Click on LINK

Click HERE


I think this picture below says it best.


*picture taken from HERE


Friday, 7 April 2017

Epi Pen Recalled

I received a call from the pharmacist of the hospital that I bought my EpiPens from. My Epipens are affected by the recall.

Do get yours checked.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Malfunctioning EpiPens

Many EpiPens are believed to have a problem which may cause it to not be activated. *Apparently there were two cases where the EpiPen failed to work.

*taken from HERE

There is a massive recall of the EpiPens.

You can take a look at the picture below and check to see whether yours is affected.



*picture taken from HERE

Click on LINK to read more about this.



Sunday, 2 April 2017

It's All About Diet (Part 1 - FODMAPs [What is FODMAP])

The acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols

Fermentable means that carbohydrates and sugar alcohols are fermented by the bacteria which are in the large bowel**. This is the process where the gut bacteria break down undigested carbohydrate to produce the hydrogen, methane and CO2 gasses.

Oliogosaccharides is a literal translation as "few sugar". Oligo means few and saccharide means sugar. These are molecules that are made up of individual sugars which are joined together in a chain**. 

Disaccharides are double sugar molecules**. 

Monosaccharides are single-sugar molecules**.

And 

Polyols are sugar alcohols**.

They are a collection of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally*. They are also used as food additives.

These short-chain carbohydrates are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily fermented by gut bacteria. 

FODMAP include fructose, fructans, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), lactose and polyols (sorbitol and mannitol).


*taken from HERE

**taken from HERE


Friday, 24 March 2017

It's All About Diet! (An Introduction)

I'm not talking about fad dieting. It's not about FAT dieting either. I'm talking about diets which we have to adhere to in order to live a 'normal life'. A 'diet' which enables us to function, live and yet thrive and be healthy.

But there are so many types of diets out there! Which ones to follow?

The best is to get a dietician to work with us.

Unfortunately, I do not have one. Why? Simply because I could not find one who could understand what my immune system has transformed into.

I had some basic advice from Dr. Yadav. But after that I was on my own.

What to do?

Read up and research. And it's been 8 years of researching.

Thus I will blog about some of the diets that appealed to me and have helped me in becoming stronger.

Disclaimer: If you wish to experiment, please get the advice of your doctor. What works for me may be fatal for you. So be wise in experimenting.


....to be continued