After a night of intestinal agony I couldn't sleep and decided to look online for a solution to my 6 year problem of IBS.
ANDY CUTLER RESEARCH
I chanced upon reading Andy Cutlers book on eliminating sulphur foods during oral chelation. He is saying that the bodies burden of sulphur is too much and can cause further problems if chelating.
My pain and condition has been a lot worse since I began oral chelation with DMSA 1/2 a year ago. Now I realise my error was that I didn't follow his strict protocol, nor did I eleminate or reduce sulphur foods. I didn't see the significance or importance of this and now it seems clear to me that garlic, onions and chocolate are deceptively causing me pain, though I haven't been looking at them.
IRIDOLOGY - HOMEOPATHY
Reading into Iridology, sulphur is indicated as necessary for the nervous system and good skin. I have been eating copious amounts of garlic and onion thinking they are good for me and I have fantastic skin, and good nerves, but my intestine is severely F****D up.
I THOUGHT I HAD EVERY ANGLE COVERED WITH MY DIET
After much experimenting with diet and research I thought I had sussed my diet out. I have made numerous posts in curezone about my experiences, but I now realise they are not complete. I have removed all meat, all milk products, alcohol, caffeine, packaged foods, yeast, gluten, mushrooms, aflotoxins - peanuts, corn, melons, blood type diet problem foods - banana, tomato, mango, papaya, melons and excess sugar. My diet is practically vegan, with the exception of eggs, and some honey.
With regards to intestinal pain, diverticular, leaky gut, IBS, mercury poisoning I have missed 2 essential causes of continued abdominal cramps:
High fibre foods
High Sulphur foods
I can't stress enough that these 2 reasons appear to be the major cause of my intestinal agony.
THE PROBLEM WITH HIGH SULPHUR FOODS
Unfortunatley there are more high sulphur foods than I first thought, and they are all very healthy foods - brocolli, garlic, onions etc. This creates a problem, because sulphur is needed to help the body detoxify heavy metals like mercury. However, its causing me extreme agony to eat these foods.
IF I CAN'T EAT SULPHUR - WHAT CAN I EAT?
After spending several hours last night researching all foods that are low sulphur I came up with hundreds of foods that were considered sulphurous or high sulphur, but not much on low sulphur foods, except that lemon and molybdenum help neutralise a sulphur overdose.
This is what I have reduced my diet to.
(Only organic vegetables and fruit)
White Rice, white rice flour, millet
Pea protein powder, almonds
Olive oil, flax oil (not seed, too much fibre), fresh organic almonds but ground before eaten.
Sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, swede yellow purple (note turnip), beetroot small dose(not sure about this yet, but seems ok)
Thyme, ginger, himalayan pink salt (not sure about this with regard to sulphur, but need sodium due to high raw juice and Sugar intake on liquid diet)
Barley grass – (no more than 1 tsp per day, or i get headaches)
plant derived digestive enzymes
beet derived betain hydrochloric acid
dairy free probiotics
flaxseed oil, very fresh (I'd prefer to ground flax seed fresh, but the fibre causes too much pain)
Parasite and Colon Cleansing:
oxy powder Clarkia - wormwood, green walnut hull, cloves
uva ursi (in place of garlic)
FOODS ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED
Garlic, onion, leek, chives, shallots
Cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, lettuce, water cress, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, turnips, asparagus
SUPPLEMENTS ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED
MSM - sulphur
Vitamin B1 or B7 in high doses
flax seed ground or seed
Please, please please, anybody with similar experience, share stories and help increase to the list of allowed foods. I want to balance myself, and experience no pain for atleast a month before I begin chelating with DMSA again. Any advice is welcome.
Hey inspiraller, I remember you from the MS forum. Even though I still read that forum from time to time, I don't really feel connected to it because I do believe I found the answer to all health problems elsewhere.
I'm doing the Ask Moreless, pH balance protocol and am having amazing results. I know you are suffering from other things but I really believe you would be blessed by checking it out. Just my 2 cents but worth a millon to me. :)
I have recently started work with an excellent nutritionist who told me that my gut had not healed after starting a gluten free diet 5 years ago because I was making it try to digest foods that were too complex and I didn't have the internal structures and enzymes to do it with. I also had mercury, arsenic, lead and aluminum to chelate out. After two months I feel a lot more nourished, and my gut is calmer and showing signs of healing. My metals test just came back clean.
Here is the program she gave me:
Avoid in particular: dairy, grains, sweeteners, canola oil
2 oz George's Aloe juice (has no preservatives )
1 T Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar in water sipped during meal or slugged down before meal
Fresh juice or fresh whole juice (made with whole vegetables in a VitaMix) consiting of 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber, 3 Celery stalks, handful of cilantro, 4 dandelion leaves
A protein food (nuts, fish, eggs) and a large pile of steamed vegetables with avocado or oil to keep me full, followed by one fruit
same Apple Cider Vinegar
same vegetable juice
Big, big salad of lettuces and vegetables with a carrot grated over the top.
Dressing made from 1/3 C lemon juice, 1/3 C olive oil, 1/3 cup water, blended in blender
1 seasonal fruit and 4 oz nuts (soaked and dehydrated) whirled in blender with a bit of lemon juice to make the nuts easier to digest
1 pound steamed vegetables with lemon dressing
Followed by or combined with:
wild fish 2 x week
game or poultry 2 x week
bean or lentil stew 2 x week
1 pound baked yam with 1/2 orange squeezed into it
Drink lots and lots of water, as this program really hauls the trash out to the curb.
She had me take HealthWalk's chelator (XTract) at 2 per day for three weeks with one week off. She also had me take their Squalene at 2 per day. She wanted me to take their AdaptAid but I couldn't tolerate it. I also took their Rupronal (olive leaf extract) for a while for gut bugs.
I also rotated my protein foods carefully since I have allergy problems from leaky gut and my body freaks if it thinks I am piling in too much of one thing (brought on by eating brown rice 4-5 times a day for several years). I made my vegetable juice in a VitaMix because I can tolerate fiber and needed to stay full.
I don't know if all this would help you, but it had done so for me. I am also looking into low sulphur foods because my doctor says I don't handle them well (I reacted to a sulpha drug as a child and have trouble with sulphur foods now - see http://www.canarys-eye-view.org/challenges/food/index.html)
Much need info PM! I have been dealing with hives and digestive issues for over ten years. Your post has tuned me in to a possible culprit ' sulfur". I have been on prednisone for about a month to reduce the inflammation and hives. After I ate lunch today within 10 minutes I began to get hives even while on the meds. My meals up until that point was coffee, eggs and potato hash at breakfast. Then for lunch I had Kale, lamb and a lot of pineapple. I also took my blood pressure meds which is a sulfa drug, "linsinopril". I will focus on the sulfur foods and see what happens. thanks