Before I get to my menu plan for the week, I want to share some rather exciting news from Sam’s appointment with his pediatric GI on Friday. We got the first “real” evidence that everything we’ve been doing over the past 5 months (since going to see Dr. Vikki Petersen and the amazing team at HealthNOW Medical Center) is WORKING!
I shared in this post that Sam was again having severe constipation this past January and his GI prescribed 2 capfuls of Miralax a day in the hopes of getting him “moving” again…and if that didn’t work, he would have to have more invasive testing done to see if he had a motility issue (versus his doctor’s theory that he was “withholding” as the consequence of some traumatic bathroom incident).
A month later, we flew to California and Dr. Rick (Dr. Vikki’s husband) ran some simple tests that had not once been suggested by my boy’s local MD’s and the results blew my mind…parasites and poor intestinal bacteria (the “good” bugs). Six weeks after treating Sam’s pinworm, adding a higher quality probiotic and some big time dietary interventions, Sam was going to the bathroom (without Miralax), twice a day.
So on Friday, I allowed Dr. N to examine Sam’s abdomen before I told him what we had discovered at HealthNOW and low and behold, he said his colon felt nice and soft…and that “Miralax has done it’s job well.”
Do you have any idea how HUGE the grin was on my face as I told him that I had actually pulled Sam off the Miralax a week after he prescribed it as well as the results from the blood and stool tests from HealthNOW (and the positive IgG Casein antibody test), and that his improvement came after addressing those underlying issues?
Okay, I may have been a little smug and self righteous, but we began our appointment with Dr. N telling my 7 1/2 year old son that he’s lucky that he doesn’t have celiac disease and doesn’t need to be gluten free at this time (never mind that he not only had symptoms, but he also had a positive celiac blood panel, a positive celiac gene test and his mother’s own history of atypical celiac). I appreciate your view doctor, but I won’t allow my son to destroy his health in order to satisfy conventional medicine’s outdated and harmful protocol for an “official” diagnosis, so please don’t tell my impressionable child that it’s okay for him to eat gluten!
I will add that Dr. N redeemed himself somewhat when he appeared genuinely intrigued about the test results from HealthNOW (and he confirmed that dairy is one of the top culprits for chronic constipation), he even ordered a followup stool test to make sure the parasites are gone, as well as an IgE RAST for casein.
Just goes to show that it does pay to become your own personal health expert/advocate.
Marinated Steaks (I will use Gluten Free Tamari, but Coconut Aminos would be a great alternative for those with soy allergies. I will also use my corn-free Worcestershire Sauce, but Lea & Perrins is also gluten free), Quinoa Salad with Artichoke Hearts (I’m VERY excited to have quinoa back in my diet!)
Pan-Seared Scallops and Shrimp (I omit the olive oil and butter and use Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions instead…this coconut oil has no coconut taste), Grilled Artichokes, Salad with Vegan Green Goddess Salad Dressing (recipe coming soon)
Applegate Farms Turkey Burgers (lettuce-wrapped for me and Taco Burgers for my guys, sans the cheese of course. If you’re looking for a really good corn taco shell, my husband says the Bearitos Blue Corn Taco Shells are the best he’s ever tasted, light and crispy and made with organic corn) and Homemade French Fries.
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