Question: When I was pregnant I discovered that I had Candida. I had been eating lot of very sugary foods during pregnancy after years of dieting and lots of exercise. It was my binge time. After discovering I had Candida, I gave up most of my sugary foods for the rest of the pregnancy and by the time I gave birth I was totally sugar free. After giving birth I went back to my old ways with eating sugray foods, however after a month I started feeling very depressed and and was getting headaches and feeling anxious, irritable and unable to cope. When I stopped eating sugar these symptoms disappeared. Any time I eat sugar for more than a few days in a row, all those symptoms come back. I also now get a similiar reaction with lactose and dairy, nitrates, citrus fruit, mushrooms and gluten. These (excluding gluten) came up as allergies for me when I took a hair allergy test. Prior to my pregnancy I did not have any allergies except for gluten intolerance which I have been unable to prove though any tests. I am struggling to manage all these allergies and I am wondering how they came about and how I can get rid of them. I also suffer from being low in iron as does my son who is 13 months. He has been diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia and I have not been able to get his iron levels up with the use of a supplement. He is still being breastfed and is an exclusively breastfed baby. He eats solid food but with the finicky appetite of some children his age which makes it hard for me to get the right nutrients into him. Can you help with this? How di I get him to eat and get his iron levels up? I am also wondering how to get hold of animal fat to use instead of olive oil? Tracy
Answer: Well, first of all, no baby should be exclusively breastfed after 6 months - no traditional society does this. And the first foods for baby are always high: iron foods like liver and egg yolks. The baby needs to get on some solid food right away, starting with pureed liver and egg yolk. (See the article under Children’s Health at westonaprice.org). To deal with your allergies, you need to see a holistic practitioner - try the Nourished MarketPlace Practitioners or contact your nearest WAPF local chapter to find one. You should be on raw milk, lots of cream and butter, cod liver oil and lots and lots of bone broths. The book Performance Without Pain details a diet plan that should get rid of the candida and allergies. Best, Sally
Also, try the Candida Protocol on Nourished Magazine.
Question: I find myself facing a fructose intolerance, which although frustrating at first, answers many questions about why I cannot tolerate many foods. I was clever enough to get flat curve hypoglycaemia a good 10 years before it was invented, and whilst making great efforts to follow a low sugar diet, I found myself in the trap of a high fructose diet instead (big mistake!) Nobody told me my blood sugar was low because my insulin levels were off the scale, and that a diet rich in fructose could be a trap. Can you recommend a book or some sane articles I could read? - it is extremely difficult to find good consistent information on this subject. A full table of fructose/fructan food content would be enormously useful - I find many information pages on the internet will give wonderful tables of low-fructose foods, but include those with fructans as well (I don’t think this helps!) Paula Grey
Answer: I do not know of any tables and I do agree with you that it is hard to find coherent information on the internet. I suggest you search for all the articles by Meira Field (Fields?) in Medline - she did a lot of good work on fructose. But it should be fairly easy to avoid it: just don’t consume anything with high fructose corn syrup or any fruit juice, and only very small amounts of fruit, and always with cream or butter. Eating a high fat diet should help stabilize the blood sugar. Best, Sally
Question: Since chia seeds have a high phytate content, do they need to be soaked or sprouted before they are eaten? Also when soaked chia are mucilogenous and it is recommended that one drinks this as it is high in fibre. However due to the high phytate content wouldn’t the ’soaking water’ be toxic? Linda
Answer: Honestly I don’t have a lot of experience with chia seeds. I don’t think they are high in phytate, most mucilogenous seeds are not so they don’t have to be soaked but I wouldn’t recommend eating a lot of them, perhaps 1 tablespoon ground up on oatmeal. Best, Sally
Question: Can one substitute kombucha for water as a hydrator? Linda
Ed’s Note: Sally doesn’t have an answer for you on this question. Perhaps our readers have some input? Historically, people don’t seem to have drunk that much straight water. Generally, they drank fermented drinks like cider and beer. One theory of the prevalence of alcoholism today is that we are craving these naturally fermented drinks that gave us lots of healthy micro-organisms for our gut. Perhaps you could try drinking only kombucha for a while and see how you feel? Does it affect your energy levels, your urine output, your skin tone, your bowel movements? Let us know!
About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. Send us an email with your question and we'll put it to her.