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Why I am pro IgG!

With food allergies, sensitivities and intolerance sometimes the road to find the root(s) of the problem is an ever winding road. With so may detours that when you get there you are too tired to celebrate. It took me three years to learn this valuable lesson. So today I am sharing my experience in hopes just one person can be on the road back to optimal health sooner than my family.

So what is IgG test? Well in the search for what ails you with foods the fastest way to getting answers, in my humble opinion. Well first I know everyone is familiar with a traditional blood test. Well a traditional blood test can show many possible illnesses. A few examples are as follows:

* blood glucose levels
* cholesterol levels (LDL, HDL)
* auto immune disease
* provide cancer markers and tumor markers (proteins found in your blood)
* liver health

So if a blood sample can tell you of illnesses would it not be a great place to start for food intolerance issues? After two failed tests for celiac, numerous trips to the doctors due to odd placed rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, food issues, screaming fits, and numerous other issues. I took the girls to a traditional allergists. Where interesting enough the IgE test most results came back pink without a hive. The IgE test shows the histamine reaction on the skin the “hive”. The same visit we also did the patch testing. That is where the skin is pricked and covered for a period of 24 to 48 hours. What traditionally is supposed to happen is a major hive or rash. What happened instead was all eight patches were flaming red. The allergists looked at me perplexed and had no answer. It was what he said that led me to the IgG test. When asked what was wrong as both of my kids were crying he said “I don’t know I have not seen that before.” “The only thing I can think of, is this is on the cellular level.” Nothing more than that aside from saying there was nothing he could do.

So once again I left another office exhausted with two girls in pain and no answers. However this time I had a clue, the word “cellular”. And I ran with it searching everything I could. Which was not much however I came across the IgG test and I knew a prayer had been answered.

So now what is IgG test. Well it takes place at a Natropaths office, and what they do is prick the finger and send the sample away. The blood sample is then tested against various foods to see which foods have the histamine response. This test looks for the IgG antibodies in relation to food. It can be tested on up to 300 food items.

Another interesting thing is that you do not have to eliminate foods before testing. So unlike the tests for celiac there is not a month to three months of eating the foods that are hurting you before the test can be preformed. My eldest had for the third time had the foods which were hurting her removed from her diet before the test. However that was not a requirement it just happened to be where we were in our cycle of food elimination trials. The IgG test still showed the reaction. The results were bang on to the foods I had already been questioning. Things finally made sense and having it on paper, well it was no longer me just reading her body/behaviors in food reactions. I had something concrete.

Since keeping my children allergen free they are happy healthy little girls. The rashes are gone, eczema gone, bleeding from the folds in her ears healed, bloated bellies gone and behaviors normal.

If you are struggling or your child is struggling with food issues and you can not get any answers this test is worth a try. I am not a doctor but I am a mom with a little experience to share and if I can help one person then my families experiences have done some good. If you are struggling to find the answers you really have nothing to lose. Wishing you the very best in your health journey the answers are but a finger prick away!!!

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Sources:
http://www.healthscopepathology.com.au/index.php/functional-pathology/tests/igg-food-sensitivity-profiles/
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/bdt/show
http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/e-newsletter/igg_vs_ige.pdf

A little sleep does the body wonders!!

When I was on medication I never ever struggled to sleep. It would seem like I had just laid down my head and the alarm clock would be going off. Such a sound sleep. After weaning off meds, being med free and getting healthier I still felt I was getting plenty of rest until kiddies came along and then rest well that is that?

So once my sleep (the little I got) began to dwindle I started looking for natural ways to enable my body to get sleep. I worked out, was taking vitamins yet changing my eating habits but still did not seem to get the rest I needed. Eliminated caffeine and any other stimulants before bed then completely. Yet I would still wake up.

What I had not considered was what minerals were missing in my diet. So as I continued to search I came upon calcium and magnesium powder. Now separately calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. It required for vascular contraction, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion, though less than 1% of total body calcium is needed to support these critical metabolic functions Magnesium on the other hand is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. It is also considered the relaxation mineral. Now balance both of these minerals and they can provide a wonderful nights sleep.

When I came upon a product that had the benefits of both I thought I would give it a try. Its called “Natural Calm Plus Calcium” Magnesium-Calcium Powder. And after my first night I was pleasantly surprised it actually worked. It was such a relief and there was no side effects. And it is gluten-free so no additives!! So if you are looking for a natural way to sleep like a baby it is a great place to start. You can find it at Goodness Me, SuperStore and most health food stores. So until I write again….

keep calm and sleep on

It was so much more than baby weight!

When I was pregnant  with my first child I started out at 160 pounds, by her birth I was 220 pounds. Since unlike elephants we are not pregnant for years before we give birth, that was a heck of a lot of weight in a short period of time. I had watched what I ate, exercised everyday plus walked our dog daily. I did not look how I thought I would. I had pictured a baby bump some water weight but not to be swollen to the point my creases had creases.

The only thing I had done differently was I had added milk although lactose free back into my diet, as well cheese and yogurt. Hey I was building a baby, calcium was important, I drank lactose free milk because at the time all I knew was I had lactose intolerance.

After her delivery I could not lose the weight. As I have mentioned before I worked out daily, walked the dog daily and still the lowest I got was 205. I got pregnant again and by delivery date I had gone up to 260 pounds. I was discouraged, but knew there was something wrong and had to figure it out.

Last January is when things began to shift. I got off medication that I did not need and things began to shift. In June I began the diet elimination and the weight began to come off. So as we stand today I am down 70 pounds! WoooHoooo!!! It has taken me 3.5 years to get below 200 pounds. Not because I didn’t exercise, or watch what I ate but because of medication and allergies. That is so HUGE!!

For years I had been beating myself up because I was not seeing any results. Thank goodness I am a fighter, pair that with prayer and determination, well I am so thankful to not have given up! I still have a ways to go but I am over half way there and so very thankful!!

So if you can’t lose the weight, you are watching what you eat, I strongly encourage you to look at the possibilities of allergies, sensitivities and intolerance’s. There is no way I am the only one experiencing this and I am here to tell you to never give up!!!!

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(Taken Fall 2012 – my reasons for Food Fueled)