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Hi, Nathalie. Thank you for your follow-up response.
Like most testing, the IgG food panels are not 100% diagnostic, so it’s okay if nothing came up positive. There are no doubt other causes to her issues, for which you are doing well into looking into. Cases like this, psychosomatics plays a key role.
Given the already restrictive nature of the allergy elimination diet, I don’t have them remove all grains, just those containing gluten.
There is no perfect window for the duration of the elimination phase. I was taught in medical school that 3 weeks was quite adequate, but I found in clinical reality, most patients were not willing to do the entire 3 weeks. I also offer this, but most take the 2 week timeframe and then challenge the foods. I have seen plenty of results this way, so I am content with the 2 weeks. If your client is willing to go 4 weeks, all the better.
In regards to your question about 4 weeks being sufficient to heal the gut, there are many factors involved. Intestinal cells regenerate every few days, but how long as the damage incurred, what type of damage, are there still “insults,” etc., will all influence regeneration.
• Unknown. Tales from the crypt: Study on gut cell regeneration reconciles long-standing research controversy. Science Daily. 12 Nov 2011. (http://tinyurl.com/ndccho5).
Mastic gum has been shown to be more helpful in eradication of H. pylori (in vitro) than actual healing. There are a number of nutrients that would assist in gut healing, but yes, definitely the castor oil packs and stewed apples will assist in this.
If she is the type to react to every supplement, I would certainly consider using food, homeopathy, counseling, or possibly hypnotherapy as Suzi suggests as first line interventions.
I addressed the probiotics and SIBO issue before, which I feel you will find interesting. You may find it via http://tinyurl.com/m9h23dw.
The human gut contains on average: 40,000 bacterial species, 9 million unique bacterial genes and 100 trillion microbial cells (http://tinyurl.com/3mv6o9u). Given this information, I can’t possibly fathom how organic acid testing would be able to predict how an individual will respond to supplementing probiotics.
I hope this helps.
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