Archive | April 2014

Genova 2200 GI Effects Test Results

I received my results today from the Genova 2200 GI Effects Results panel and am sharing some of them here.  You can check out a sample report from Genova here: http://www.gdx.net/core/sample-reports/GI-Effects-Compehensive-SR.pdf

This test was taken before starting any potato starch supplementation.

I have much research to do on my own still before even commenting on this.  The main target for my functional medicine practitioner side seems to be the yeast issue.  While the potato starch has helped, I do not think it has totally stopped the yeast issue.

One interesting side note, the functional med practitioner also identified signs of some periodontal distress.

Proposed action plan:

  • Digestive Support (digestive enzymes), L-Glutamine
  • Oral Health Items (floss, oil pulling, hydrogen peroxide rinsing)
  • Elimination diet: 3 weeks of no sugar/no dairy/no nuts seeds to starve off the yeast.   Basically GAPS intro.
  • Follow elimination diet up with alternating anti-fungals and biofilm treatments

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Resistant Starch Update Day 26: minor setback

I had a minor setback in my Resistant Starch self-experiment.  Some intense life stress resurfaced in the afternoon and my GI failed less than an hour later.

I also made two very minor food mistakes:

  • forgot to refrigerate my lunch
  • ate some “paleo snack” candied pecans w/dried fruit.

I blame the stress for the failure though.

I kept going with my normal maintenance diet including the potato starch/probiotic/yogurt drink.  The next morning the GI problems were still there.

Time to go back to a basic gut-healing diet.  Bone broth and meat.  No veggies and no dairy until I feel better.  I think I’ll try to keep up with the RS in water.

Metametrix results coming this afternoon.

Resistant Starch Update: Day 23

Today is day 23 of my resistant starch experiment.  4 tbsp a day in 4oz goat kefir with all 3 SBOs.  So simple but so effective.
This is the single most powerful intervention I’ve ever experienced.  My IBS-D symptoms have vanished without a trace.  The freedom I now have to eat a variety of healthful foods is powerfully liberating.  For months, maybe a full year, I wasn’t able to get the veggie intake that I wanted.
My health practitioner is not quite sure what to make of it.  At first she thought the resistant starch was “gumming up the works.”  At week 3 see seems more willing to accept that it’s working.  I have such an increased feeling of well-being that I have little doubt it is working. Last week I pulled out the motorcycle for a full commute in San Francisco traffic: that only happens when I’m feeling my best.
I do think some variety would be best though and will move towards that soon.  Increased GI resiliency had already allowed me to drastically increase the variety of different foods that I’m able to consume.  I even at a catered Thai curry at work last week – much to the surprise of my coworkers.
A few days ago I took the RS dose at night and finally remembered a dream for the first time in too long.  Recovering my ability to remember dreams could be a great indicator of health.
I’m tracking weight, FBG and occasional food intake to share later.  More excitingly, I should get the results of a full metametrix GI panel next week.
Here’s a days worth of meals.  This many carbs would have wrecked my digestion 3 weeks ago:
  • butter and mct in coffee
  • 2 ground beef sliders on gluten-free bread, cole slaw, few tater tots
  • frozen yogurt with blackberries and a few m&ms-corn tortilla chips (3-4 servings), salsa, cheese
  • 1 tbsp honey and a date
  • goat kefir, goat yogurt, 4T potato starch blended into 1/2 frozen banana

6 Ways to Prevent Paleo from Extinction

One of my favorite panels at PaleoFX 2014 this year was “Building Not Burning Bridges in the Paleo Movement.”

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Building Bridges: Michelle Norris, Jonathan Bailor, Dr. Deborah Gordon, Mark Sisson, Diana Rodgers, Robb Wolf

Topics discussed ranged from working together with the Weston A Price Foundation to working with corporations to bring Paleo to their employees.  Mark Sisson threw down some great comments about how he is working to bring new people into the Paleo fold.  Robb Wolf talked about his work that has helped improve the health of police officers and fire fighters in the City of Reno.
At the end of the panel, Michelle asked each member for some tips to help keep Paleo from extinction.  Here they are:
  1. Support Farmers and Farm to School initiatives.
  2. Bring newcomers into the fold by going after specific life issues like helping with weight loss or PCOS.   Offer a short term cure first to bring them to Paleo.
  3. Post more local and seasonal recipes.  Talk and blog about where you get your food and who your farmers are.  Focus on sustainability
  4. Support the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
  5. Say only things about Paleo that people can’t disagree with.  Politicians do this!
  6. Support Paleo vendors who make Paleo friendly products
Here were some of my favorite tweets from the panel: