Wednesday, 23 September 2015


*taken from HERE


  1. Hi Evelyn, I chanced upon ur blog a few days ago when I was researching about salicylate. And I read all the way from the beginning till this point. As I was reading your blog, I was also reading all over the Internet about food sensitivities, and I too came across articles about the gut. Just wanna share with you a little about what I read, though I have no idea how reliable it is. I am quite taken in by what I read about yeast overgrowth as I can relate to the causes and symptoms. Just a word of caution, if you do have yeast overgrowth, foods such as banana, cashew, flour and potato actually feeds the yeast. It might be good to reduce them. I know they are low in salicylates and I was just stocking up on them when I read about yeast. But thankfully, i read that cabbage, Brussel sprouts and garlic helps to fight yeast. And omega 3 and zinc too. Oh yes, I read that tofu and soy sauce might add on to the yeast too. So it might help to reduce them too.

  2. Hi Yixi! Thanks for dropping by. Thank you for the advice. Yes, if one does have yeast overgrowth, food like those you mentioned do make it worse. It's always good to keep a rotation diet. And to lessen food high in carbohydrates. Take care!

  3. Thanks Evelyn. I am reducing my son's carbohydrates cos I suspect his sensitivity to salicylate could be due to yeast overgrowth as i read it can cause allergies and sensitivities, and i am doing a sort of rotation diet for him too. One day of 'normal' food, followed by 2 days of reduced gluten, dairy, yeast, salicylate amines etc. Still observing and monitoring any improvement in his symptoms....
    You take good care too, esp with all this haze...

    1. Have you seen Dr. Yadav? He's the one who diagnosed me with this condition. He's in Pantai Hospital.

      Yes, the haze is awful. I've been hiding in the house since the haze is back. I don't even dare to hang the laundry outside. Everything goes into the dryer.

      All the best to you and your son!!!! I wish him speedy recovery.

    2. Thanks Evelyn :)
      I live in Singapore. Me too, have been staying in the house mostly, with all the windows closed and the aircon and air purifier on. Hope the haze clear soon.
      My son has several issues that needs attention, with several appointments to attend to. Hope he will cope fine when he goes to P1 next year. I am researching on all his symptoms and i came upon all these, salicylate, salicylate amine, preservative, addictive yeast overgrowth etc. And it makes a lot of sense as he has been on lots of antibiotic since young and last year he had to take 6 bottles of 2 different antibiotics due to a bee sting. And he has never taken probiotics. So I am speculating that due to yeast overgrowth, he started to have allergies and sensitivities. And looking back at his diet, it was super high salicylate diet, with all kinds of berries, avocados, apples, almonds, broccoli, honey, watercress, pine nuts, macadamia, sweet potatoes, etc and I cooked with olive oil and coconut oil plus a lot of spices like black and white pepper, turmeric cinnamon star anise cloves cumin curry ginger mixed herbs basil etc. And he also takes a lot of yeast causing stuff like fungus and mushrooms and soy sauce. He loves all kinds of mushrooms. It is indeed very difficult to cook now. But from your site, I get more ideas :)
      By the way, you write super well!
      And hope things will get better and better for you :) Amen!

    3. PS I even clean the house with white vinegar! And used it as a softener for the laundry too!

    4. WOW! I still cannot tolerate even the smell of vinegar. I actually went to see a Dr. Bernard in Tan Tock Sing Hospital. He doesn't believe in the 'salicylate theory'. He believes that it is the 'ang moh's' theory. Too westernized, he said. But he did give me some brilliant pointers. In fact his allergy nurse was fantastic.

      Antibiotics can really screw up our system. I hope he will overcome this soon and be ready for his P1.

      All the best! Keep in touch.

  4. Thanks Evelyn. Yup will be following your blog :))

    PS yup I read all your entries and I guess very few people believe in all these food theories or allergies. But i rather work on diet than having him take medication for the rest of his life, and it's not even helping much yet with lots of side effects...

    Hopefully I will see some breakthrough in a year or 2.

  5. Have you tried No-fenol or phenol assist? Or Epsom salt bath?
    I am trying out Epsom foot bath on my son. Going slow and monitoring the effects.

    1. I have tried Epsom salt foot bath. No effect for me. (I wonder why. Did I use too little? Or there isn't anything left inside me to detox? Hehe...) But too much of it is no good. That's what the people at the shop who sold it to me told me.

  6. Hi Evelyn, how much Epsom salt did u use? I think I used too little too. Didn't see any significant effect too. I put 1 tsp into a small basin for the little feet. I can't find the specific dosage for footbath in the net except for one that says one part salt to 2 parts water, but that seems an awful lot.
    For the low salicylate diet, I have been making mistakes here and there. For eg shallots are low and I tot it meant those little small onions. And I used lots to substitute the lack of spices. But later I realised they mean spring onions and onions are actually high in salicylate. Also, I have been using lots of chinese parsley for the lack of green leafy vegetables in the diet, but now I read that all parsley are low except Chinese parsley which is high. :( and on top of that, I read that jasmine rice has salicylate which is what I use. Urgh...
    I am also observing that amines is a problem.

    1. Try one tablespoon and see. Some say half a cup but that seems too much. Experiment and see.

      Yes, it's the spring onions with the thin bottom. Not the round bottom.

      Rice: I read that sushi is low salicylate. But generally I don't have a problem with rice.

      I can't take or smell cheese.

      My immunologist said it might not be amines. But a reaction to the bacteria that is growing in the cooked food left overnight in the fridge. Thus, the freezing of food. Freezing the food stops the growth of bacteria.