How do you end up with nasty asthma, terrible diarrhoea, horrific epilepsy and serious food intolerances?
And how the hell do you fix that?
You dance naked drenched in wine in the light of the full moon, opps no – wrong blog.
This is how I have begun. With the assistance of our fantastic hospital Caspian has gained a great amount of epilepsy control using the Ketogenic diet and then the Modified Atkins diet. An awesome beginning. In Caspian’s case this has helped control his epilepsy but exacerbated his diarrhoea and asthma to catastrophic levels. As you may remember he began to avoid food extensively in November last year. Caspian refused food so much that he was eating pork fat, meat and rice milk almost exclusively. This state of affairs was not safe nor sustainable.
Enter the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) allergy elimination diet. This is a brilliant system that assists you to identify which man-made and natural food components set up asthma, gut symptoms or eczema in your child. By April this year (2013) I had a good idea of which triggers bothered Caspian. The miracle was his return to eating a greater variety of foods. His asthma for the first time in his life faded away. Sleep, that elusive treasure began to be in decent, uneventful chunks.
I next turned to his gut. He was still in a bad way with diarrhea/ constipation ( thanks to the ketogenic diet). Lets just say my nose and everyone else on the block, knew all was not ok in that department. Many complementary health practitioners would say that true health begins in the gut. In a way I have arrived at the true problem with Caspian last. Enter the Specific Carbohydrate diet (SCD) and the Gut and psychology syndrome diet (GAPS). Gaps is built on SCD. These are specifically designed to allow intestines to heal. In May after starting the Atkins diet I removed soy milk & rice milk from Caspian’s diet. Really, I did little else. It has had a remarkable effect, and my nose knows it. Lets just say that things are moving in the right direction with Cas’ belly. I have been paying attention to the speed of which his carbohydrates are taken up too… this is Low glycaemic foods.
And guess what, his epilepsy is even better than ever!!!! Not the same as on the classic ketogenic, but better.
Now that I have got that off my chest I can return to actually serving you food, not words for posts..
Each of these diets has multiple books, websites, forums and facebook pages dedicated to them. Rpah has done its thing since the 1970’s. SCD had it beginnings in material dating from the 1940’s, The ketogenic diet goes back to ideas from the 1920’s and 30’s. This stuff is not new. It all has strong science behind it. Never in a million years would I believe I would combine the information from 6 serious and profoundly important diets to help my smallest son begin in his journey of healing. And it is working.
Rpah allergy clinic- and book for New South Welshman. For the rest of the world it is beautifully put together by Sue Dengate in her ” Fed Up” series.
Sue Dengates “ Fed Up” and “ Fed up with Asthma”
Food intolerance network
“Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Godschall
GAPS By Natasha Campell-McBride
USyd low glycaemic index
Ketogenic – Charlie foundation
Atkins for seizures