Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reintroduction of vitamins...square one

Grayson has done really well off the supplements, although it's apparent to us that the yeast is a constant problem even without them which just reinforces our decision to start chelation in the near future. His body just isn't capable of keeping the yeast in check. His gut is damaged enough that even with two doses of strong probiotics daily, the yeast wins the battle daily. Some days are better than others and I am sure that is related to his diet. Sugars, carbohydrates and sulfur foods feed yeast. Unfortunately, with as limited as his allergen-free diet has to be, we don't have the option to really cut down on everything we should reduce or even eliminate. The lesser of two evils, I guess you could say!

The reintroduction of Grayson's vitamins is like starting all over again with doses and frequency. We need to slowly introduce the things we think he really needs in order of priority and respond to the yeast accordingly, then give him time to adjust to the increases in the dosing. I am also going to watch for improvement or regression to make sure he is tolerating them in general. It appears that vitamin C most definitely causes yeast overgrowth so we need to increase the yeast protocol as well as change it up a bit to add more power to the punch! So when we see signs of yeast we are now giving him 15mg of biotin with 3 drops of Oil of Oregano (OoO), plus two No Phenol since the OoO is a high phenol product. So far I have started him back on the zinc/C drops twice a day successfully, today anyway, ha ha ha. I have started him back on one DMG and that went well, I will probably hold off for about a week now to make sure he tolerates these changes and adjusts to them. I also ordered trial sizes of Brain Child Nutritionals multi-vitamins and minerals to see, if we can cut down on the number of supplements he has to take in a day. It's something we have to introduce very slowly to avoid too many side effects. If he tolerates them, it could really make things easier on us.

I also wanted to throw in a little plug for Oil of Oregano. This stuff is amazing! It crosses so many lines of attack. It is made from wild oregano called Origanum Vulgare which is different from the common oregano we all use in cooking. It can be used topically and/or internally, but it's a spicy little remedy so be careful about putting it directly into a child's mouth! We put Grayson's drops into a dropper full of juice. I personally enjoy swishing it around in my mouth as is, it has been helping with a few recessed gums that were sensitive. Since it's an anticeptic, it numbs my mouth temporarily, but also provides a nice clean feeling. This powerhouse is a natural antibiotic, antiviral (there isn't much that can claim this), antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal (yeast), antiparasitic, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, helps prevent food spoilage, it helps with digestive health, immune system, joint and muscle flexibility, respiratory health, clear smooth looking skin, you can put a few drops in shampoo for dandruff, put some on your carpal tunnel syndrome (I have had an achy wrist and using the oil helped after a few days of direct application). I have to comment on the skin part. For anyone who knows me well, you also know that my skin has been a problem for me for years and I am VERY sensitive to everything. I put a drop into my lotion and have only done this once, but have already seen a difference in the clarity of my skin. Now the only problem is having enough of this stuff in the house to have some in our bathroom, the kids bathroom and the kitchen!! ha ha ha One little piece of information that is VERY important when you decide to use OoO on a regular basis is that you must replenish the good gut flora as well, daily. OoO is very powerful and like medical antibiotics, it kills off the good stuff with the bad so you must take probiotics and dosing should be at least two hours away from your OoO dosing. For us, we use probiotics in the morning and in the evening before bed, the OoO is used mid-day to avoid killing off the good bacteria that we just put into the intestines! When used on a maintenance dose, just once daily, you are less likely to remove all of the good gut flora, however, I would still recommend taking a daily dose of probiotics anyway, it will only help matters!

When you look for OoO, be sure to find the highest carvacrol (at least 80%) you can find and be sure the it's wild type mentioned above. I prefer the internet for finding good deals, but the nearest health food store is likely to have it in stock if you need it fast for treatment of a pesky illness.

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