We started our clean eating journey thanks to The Jos. She’s always had horrible acid reflux. At her 10 year old check up, the doctor referred us to a GI. We had tried a few prescriptions, Zantac, Omeprazole, and lots of tums. So in August she had her first scope. They determined her stomach is fine, but her esophagus flares up when she eats certain foods. I asked if we should do an elimination diet to figure it out and the GI specialist told me “No, I don’t think she should have to go with out pasta. You like pizza and pasta, right Josie? Let’s just give her two pills every day and tums as needed. Tums work differently so she should be fine.”
Meanwhile, starting in July she started to get this bright red flare up rash around her mouth (see picture below). We went to a dermatologist 3 times and got 3 different prescriptions. The top two pictures and the bottom left picture are on the different prescriptions. They eventually referred us to the Mayo Clinic.
Side note: Josie also has SEVERE seasonal allergies. She’s taking shots once a week to try and help her manage them. She has an inhaler that she has to do twice a day, plus a rescue inhaler, singular every night, and Xyzal.
A friend referred us to a functional doctor. This was when we finally started to see some results. We have a long road ahead of us, but the bottom right picture is Josie without any prescription medication just changing her diet. We are currently gluten, dairy, and soy free.
We got Josie’s test results back and found out she was heading down a path for rheumatoid arthritis. Her inflammation is so bad it could turn into colitis or crohn’s disease. YIKES. Her immune system is crashing. Josie’s body is working so hard. Her toxic load is flaring up with asthma, allergies, and the skin rash.
So…the plan is to calm her tummy down. We’ll be doing plant enzymes, herbal supplements, and eating TONS of fruits and veggies.
We also found out that I have a non-celiac gluten intolerance. Gluten effects my brain and spine so for the rest of my life I need to have a low to no gluten diet.
All of the above was very eye opening for us. Josie and I have been gluten free for 3 weeks and have seen huge changes. Neither of us are bloated or have stomach aches, which were common. We both feel better. Josie hasn’t had ONE tums all month! We plan to start weaning her off the acid reflux medicine soon. Hopefully this spring we will notice some great progress with her allergies too!