Thursday, June 19, 2008

Health Snack For Kids (and Mom TOO!)

I am pretty sure most EVERYONE has heard about Nourishing Traditions by now. It is a GREAT book! I need to get me another copy as I have lost mine or loaned it away and have no idea to who or if and when I will ever get it back.

But anyways, we sprout grains and it is SO MUCH FUN! It is SO EASY that even a child could do it. In fact, it is a GREAT thing to get children involved in!! :)

Right now, we usually sprout grains to eat them raw. Sprouting grains release the enzymes (which your body desperately needs and has so little of) as well as make them alkaline-forming (allowing your body to be more neutral than acidic - I could go on and on about this, but the book Alkalize Or Die is a great book - read with prayer as it is not Christian). But since we are in need of the enzymes (which die when the food is cooked), we eat it raw.

And of course with JJ's on going health issues and food allergies, sprouting grains are just one way to help him get the enzymes his body needs as well as create different textures and foods for him to eat. :)

I love to sprout buckwheat. It is a gluten free grain (despite its name) and it not related to corn either (both things which JJ cannot have). It is a VERY mild grain which is great for children with a lot of food allergies. But also is great for picky eaters (because it does not have a strong overwhelming flavor). I LOVE Sprout People and the information they give on their site. You CAN NOT GO WRONG if you use the information on their site (and it is FREE! THANK YOU SPROUT PEOPLE!). :)

So make sure you do NOT have the toasted buckwheat groats or you will never get sprouts (if they are BROWN they are toasted, if they are white and tan and greenish, they are raw)! LOL!! Follow the directions for sprouting, and stop when the groats have TINY little tails. That is when they are sweetest!

We save all the soak/rinse water and pour it in the garden. It is ESPECIALLY good for plants/tress that are in really poor shape. We have a tree in the backyard that was near dead. I began pouring the water on it and VIOLA! That tree is doing GREAT now!

One thing I should mention is that when I do the initial soak of any grain, I always add hydrogen peroxide to the water. I cannot remember where I read to do that, but it basically kills all the bad stuff that can end up on the grain from harvesting/packaging/shipping/sitting on a shelf/etc. When I do this, I get a foamy yucky goo at the top of the water, so I know it is doing SOMETHING! LOL!! :)

Now you can do a BUNCH of HEALTH HEALTHY HEALTHY snacks for the kids. You can rinse and drain (after sprouting) and then dry slightly and eat just like that. YUM! You can also add some salt and nutritional yeast for a cheese popcorn type thing (although this is best done if they are dry). I dry mine in our dehydrator, but you can dry them by leaving them on baking trays in the sun. :) You can also use them in place of oats for a new take (and GF take) on granola. And Buckwheatie Bars are a definite favorite around here! I also found a recipe that looks really good that you can use the buckwheat sprouts as "Buckwheatie Crispies" and have your own cereal bars looks good!

And as I said before, sprouting grains is great to do with the kids! They get so excited to see the little tails. And what a WONDERFUL lesson/habit you are passing onto them! Plus, it is nice to have someone else to remind you, forgetful Momma that I am, to rinse and drain them as often as needed! LOL!!! :)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Possible link between EE, acid body and autoimmune disease??

I am reading that the eosinophil granulocytes, or eosinophils (those white blood cells that are in over abundance in children with EE) are acid-loving (source, Wikipedia). This confirms the research I have done about trying to create a more alkaline environment for JJ's body to help with the food allergies.

When the doctor did the scope of JJ's esophagus (I got to see the pictures), I noticed that it seemed to be confined mostly to the middle part of his esophagus, with a tiny white spot here and there in the upper esophagus. I am curious to see what it would have looked like before I started the process of making JJ's body more alkaline. Would there have been more spread covering the entire esophagus, starting from the bottom up?

And his colon was clear. I wonder if there would have been more in his colon had I not been working on making his body more alkaline. And I am curious if he is healing from the gut outward, hence why the gut looks clear, and the lower part of the esophagus looks clear, but the middle is covered with white.

Eosinophils produce cationic granule proteins and release them through degranulation. Dengranulation of the eosinophils can result in low pH i.e. making the body acidic. So not only do eosinophils love acid (and therefore there are probably increasingly more and more eosinophils in an acidic environment), they produce acid as well.

It seems that once the body is more alkaline that will help tame the EE, but possibly not get rid of it entirely as it is, I believe, an autoimmune disease. So then the problem becomes determining WHAT is causing the autoimmune response of increasing the eosinophils? Is it possibly the HHV6? Is it an overly acidic body? Or is it something else entirely? I plan on asking the doctor to test for HHV6 to rule that out first as that is my strongest suspicion considering what I know about the link between HHV6 and autoimmune disease.

I also note that the eosinophils are produced in the bone marrow (source Wikipedia). Maybe there is a link to bone marrow diseases/malfunction and EE? Something to look into further.

So now to continue to work to make JJ'S body less acidic and more neutral. I have been so busy I have not had time to read any more of the Alkalize or Die by Theodore A. Broody. But I must admit that with all this discovery, I am VERY anxious to get reading it and implementing it. The only problem is HOW to implement it on such a restricted diet.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

EE an Autoimmune Disease?? HHV6??

I am VERY curious to know if anyone with EE had white patches. Was it a fungus? I am also curious if anyone who has a child with EE has treated them for candida?

And on the off chance someone has done this, I am curious if anyone with a child with EE has had their child tested for HHV6? Does anyone’s child se Dr. Goldberg (in CA) for their child’s reaction with EE??

In all the research I have been doing, and with what I know about my SIL’s son (who has HHV6), it seems that EE is an auto-immune disease. Has anyone else come to this conclusion? Any other evidence to support this?

I know that you are prolly like me and have done/are doing LOTS of research trying to learn more about it and hopefully find a treatment/cure. I am just curious if anyone has tried these things as I have not seen any research on this yet for EE.

Update

Sorry I have not posted in so long. Long story short, we switched GI doctors and are SO PLEASED we did! But of course that meant things were going to move fast (as we got in with him very quickly). He wanted us into Jewish Children's which meant calling them and explaining what was happening with JJ. I talked to four different people and finally got a call and was asked to come in in two days. WOW!

So that meant even more rushing around and scrambling for in two days he was having the test for EE done. We got everything fixed up and went.

MAN yesterday was HARD on JJ. It was GREAT meeting with Dr. Atkins at Jewish Children's. I have done a lot of research on allergies (from since 2004) and it was VERY interesting to hear his take on all that research. I had even learned some stuff he had not heard of before. We talked for about 2 hours. We go back on Monday for skin testing (NOT looking forward to that).

Something he mentioned which is new to me is that the rotation diet and wide variety of foods I have been trying to give JJ (because I do not want him to become allergic to something) might actually be causing him more harm than good. He said that there was no evidence, at least not in science or his personal experience, to show that an allergy develops from having too much of a certain food. Basically it follows with Dr. Toomey's belief. That someone has an allergy to a food. That sometimes you react immediately, and sometimes you are able to eat more and more of it until you reach that threshold. It is at that point that a person thinks that because they have had too much of a thing, they have developed an allergy to it. When in fact, they have always been allergic to it, it is just now they have had enough of it to show signs.

He said a LOT of stuff and my head is spinning. LOL!

Then the new GI doctor did the endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy on JJ. Most everything was fine except the esophagus. There is white all over it. Dr. B (the new GI doctor) took a biopsy and thinks it might be a fungal infection. There might also be the presence of EE there. We will wait for the biopsy results. I am supposed to meet with him sometime next week to discuss them. LOVING Dr. B!

If it is a fungal infection, I am wondering if the EE (white blood cells) are actually a way of fighting off the fungus? My friend suggested that we can try treating for JJ and it might actually help. I am wondering if those whose children have been diagnosed with EE have tried treating for candida and seen any results??

JJ did NOT do well with the anesthesia. He went under fine, but woke up with a start and vomiting and bowel movement and screaming. I was not in the room when he woke up. He continues to throw up and not keep liquids down. HE slept fine last night and drank a full bottle of coconut water (our electrolyte drink as JJ is allergic to Pedialite). He was able to keep it down. But woke up at 4AM having a LOT of dry heaves. :( We gave him some more coconut water. He did fine. He ate some rice puff cereal and seems to be doing well.

I hope this is all over for him (that the anesthesia is fully wearing off). I do NOT look forward to all the future skin tests that JJ will have to go through. :( Any advice for how to help him through that? How do explain to a two year old that this is for his benefit?? :(