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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anne,

You're more than welcome.

Thank you for doing such a great job of convincing your doctors to read it. I'll be happy to send you free copies to replace the ones you gave away, if you want.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Thank you, Tex! Reply with quote

Hi Tex,
I was diagnosed two days ago with MC and immediate went to two places-google for as much information as I could find that was helpful and amazon.com to find a book on MC, which I found---Yours!! It is in the mail and should arrive tomorrow. I can't wait. I have been suffering for many many years from GI problems without a clue as to what was going on. I am happy and sad to have my diagnosis. Happy that I have one and sad for my body. But this forum and the posts I have read so far and your book, which I will being reading tomorrow when I get it give me the hope that I can and will feel better.
Thank you for your book and to you and everyone who makes up this website.
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sunny,

We certainly understand how you feel, since virtually all of us have experienced those same emotions. We're relieved to finally know why we've been sick for so long, but we're definitely sad to discover that it's not something that is going to just run it's course and disappear — we will have change our lifestyle in order to accommodate it for the rest of our life. The good news is that while the disease has no cure, it's symptoms can certainly be controlled, and by controlling them, hopefully we will be able to prevent the development of additional autoimmune-type diseases in the future.

We appreciate you joining our discussions, and thank you for the kind words.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:55 pm    Post subject: your book! Reply with quote

Hi Tex,
I'm reading your book "Microscopic Colitis" in the Kindle format and was wondering if you could help me with a question.

I've been reading a lot on this forum as well as other Internet sites and the SCD diet book and remember that combining certain types of foods together impedes proper digestion.

My question is: Can you eat quinoa and chicken at the same meal? How about chicken with potatoes? Somewhere I've read that you shouldn't combine animal protein with starches, ergo my questions.

Since you have a wealth of knowledge and experience with MC perhaps you can steer me in the right direction. My MC diagnosis is now 1 week old and I've been chewing 3 Pepto tablets 3xs/day in addition to restricting my diet by eating gluten and dairy free. The WD is gone and my BM are definitely reduced in number.

Thanks for any further advice you can give me.
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Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cristina,

It sounds as though you're making very good progress if you've improved that much in only a week. What you are doing definitely seems to be working.

Some individuals apparently feel that not combining food groups helps with their digestion, while others feel that each meal should contain a reasonable balance between protein, carbs, and fat. Personally, for my main meals at least, I virtually always combine food groups, mostly because that's the way I've always done it. Some research indicates, for example, that eating carbs without a significant amount of protein is more likely to lead to weight gain, and it can adversely affect blood sugar levels.

My take on this is that some foods are more difficult to digest than others, especially while MC is active, and if we try to eat a food that is difficult for us to digest (because the inflammation that causes MC can cause a significant reduction in the production of certain digestive enzymes), then yes, we are more likely to have digestion problems, but as long as the foods digest well individually, then they should digest well in combinations with other foods that digest well.

Foods remain in the stomach for varying lengths of time, depending on their digestive requirements. But this is entirely normal behavior. The stomach automatically releases food as chyme whenever it is ready for the next step in the digestive process, while continuing to digest food types that need additional time in the stomach. For example, soups are released first. Solid foods remain longer, and the more difficult to digest meats, such as beef, tend to remain in the stomach longer than other types of foods. Some people may view that as an indication of a digestion problem, but in fact it's entirely normal behavior, and the stomach is designed to handle that automatically.

That said, if you happen to discover that some particular combination of foods does not work well for you, then it may be advantageous to avoiding eating them together (at least until after you are in remission). But this falls under individual issues, and it's difficult to say with any certainty whether someone else in the same situation would have a similar problem.

I hope I haven't just confused the issue.

Tex
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tex,

Thanks so much for your quick response. I tend to agree with you regarding combining food groups. For lunch I had a small portion of quinoa and mashed yams and didn't get any negative reaction, Yay!!!

Hopefully I'm on the right path of my healing journey. Not having explosive D is such a relief!

I'm also chewing my food more consciously and eating slower, which is a new technique for me since I've always been known to eat rather quickly. Growing up with two tall, strong brothers taught me to eat fast before all the food was gone, :-)

Have a great evening,
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Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Others have remarked about how "conscious awareness" of eating, and eating more slowly is helpful. I found myself eating much more slowly after my symptoms began, and I still eat slowly. Previously, I was always in a hurry, so I tended to wolf my food down.

Thanks, and hope your evening is going well, also.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: New to the game! Reply with quote

"Tex" it is very nice to make your acquaintance and I will order your book for my reading pleasure!
As a new member of "The Potty People" (and looking forward to the day when the number of bath tissue rolls in my bathroom is not my #1 priority) I am curious as to how you decide what your food intolerances are?

I was extremely fortunate to be diagnosed 3 weeks following the beginning of my multiple daily diarrhea trips with a colonoscopy and seven biopsies that all showed collagenous colitis with mild active inflammation on each sample taken.

I admit I am not a drug taker although at this point in my “discovery zone” I am happy to have an Imodium A-D now and then to keep my sanity (and diarrhea in check). I also decided that the nuclear arsenal of drugs my doctor was attempting to prescribe to treat me were way out of line. Why drop an A Bomb when a fly swatter will do the job?

I hope that one day I may sound as assured and stable as the majority of the posts I have read on this site all while I learn how to live a more normal life, i.e. stop counting bath tissue rolls …… Again I stray .... How do you decide what your food intolerances are? Going bland and then a slow reintroduction???
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Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello WeeZ,

It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance, too. Welcome to our Internet family. Back when my symptoms finally reached the point at which I could no longer pretend that they weren't debilitating (over 16 years ago), valid information about the condition was much more difficult to find and I had never even heard of the disease. It took me over 2 years of research and trial and error testing from the day that my GI specialist assured me that there was nothing wrong with me that a visit to a good psychiatrist couldn't remedy Laughing to figure out that

1. my symptoms were caused by something in my diet (despite my doc's insistence that diet had nothing to do with my problems)

2. I would have to eat a very restricted diet in order to avoid all the foods that were making me sick.

An elimination diet can still be used of course, followed by a trial and error testing program after remission is achieved. But many members here simplify the process and speed up their recovery by ordering stool tests from EnteroLab in Dallas, TX that identify the most common problems. EnteroLab was founded by Dr. Kenneth Fine, a GI specialist who became a researcher after he developed MC himself.

Most people order the combination of Panels A1 + C1, because it provides tests for most of the foods most likely to cause reactions for MC patients, at a discounted price for the combination. Here's a link to a description of the tests:

https://www.enterolab.com/StaticPages/TestInfo.aspx#PanelA1C1

I hope that you will be able to develop a recovery program that will allow you to get your health back much, much faster than I was able to do back in the "dark ages of MC".

Again, welcome aboard, and please feel free to ask anything.

Tex
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tex, I just placed my order for both of your books. I can't tell you how good it is to find this support group, (my sister told me in 2009 when I was diagnosed..."And don't go on the internet looking for a support group, it will make you feel worse") but to tell you the truth, I feel so much better after spending three years in limbo and finally receiving a definitive diagnosis; and, quite by accident finding this group. I'm looking forward to the books as I think it will not only benefit me but my boyfriend, as well. He has been very supportive but sometimes he just doesn't understand how tricky this disease can be.

I will keep you posted. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you that so often, our loved ones desperately want to help us, but they don't know how. And how could they, when our doctors don't even know how to treat the disease effectively over the long term?

Thank you for the kind words, and I hope that you will find the answers you are seeking in the books, and in this discussion forum.

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