I went back to the functional doctor for the results of my tests this week. It was good news really. I did have antibodies to most of my body tissues, but at a very low level. My pancreas is about kaput, putting out little or no insulin, but I knew that.
My thyroid test was unclear because of the thyroid meds I take but I have halved them since I found out they were not good for me overall so in a few weeks I will test that again. The 4 stage saliva test of my adrenals was in the normal range. But my levels of all of the sex hormones was off the charts high. I have been taking bio-identicals for about ten years and obviously too much. So I stopped using the cream and we will test every few months to check the levels. Then my vitamin D was low to mid-range so I must be having trouble absorbing the D3 caplets. I’ll get back to spending more time in the sun, then I’ll get the very best kind of Vitamin D as nature intended 😉
I won’t get the results of the food sensitivity test for a couple more weeks but I’m on the strict diet and feeling better every day.
So, overall, I feel lucky to have had the tests. I will stay on the diet so I can prevent any more auto-immune diseases from taking over my body. I’m doing so much better on the diet anyway and I have eroded my resistance (with tapping) to eating meat at every meal. I even added liver for breakfast. If you’d told me that 2 months ago I would have laughed and thought you were crazy ;-).
And I have had a huge AHA! about osteoporosis. Apparently the link between bone loss and gluten sensitivity is that some of the villi in the intestines are specifically designed to absorb calcium and other minerals, and gluten sensitivity wears down the villi to little nubs so they can’t do their job. So you can take huge doses of calcium until the cows come home and it will just get deposited into bone spurs and joints because the body doesn’t know what to do with it.
I had been trying to find the connection between diet and bone loss for a long time. I know it has a lot to do with our pH, but it has increased so fast and in younger and younger women all the time, so I knew there was another piece to the puzzle. Truly the diet most people are eating now is killing us in ugly ways. There are way more poisons and toxins to be found in processed food than real nutrition. I won’t even get started on that in this post 😉
If anyone has already got auto-immune diseases and wants to stop getting any more these are the most important tests. I might have missed some because they didn’t apply to me. But the tests and the functional doctor are very expensive and most don’t take insurance so you could just get started with the most complete book on the diet, The Paleo Approach, Reverse Auto-Immune Disease and Heal Your Body, by Sarah Ballantyne. I highly recommend it.
So, good luck with that journey if you choose to take it. And now I will get off the topic of auto-immune diseases for a while and let you know how I’m doing with it in a few months.
May everything you put in your mouth serve your highest good,