Thanks! (Sorry, long below)
I am working with a holistic Dr. that knows how to treat Interstitial Cystitis naturally by healing the gut. It usually takes 1-2 years. I am 9 months into treatment and previous use of my acne topicals (benzoyle peroxide and Salicylic) really slowed down my bladder/gut progress. Western alternative approach to treating gut/bladder would involve the use of mucilaginous plant foods, but unfortunately in the case of IC, the SIBO, disbyosis and leaky gut is profound and my dr. has a different approach because the freeze dried aloe vera (for my condition) ends up being a band-aid and takes me in the wrong direction. She uses a combo of Eastern And Western approaches. She uses carefully tested probiotics (lactobacilli Megadophillus by Natren and B. Bifidum Mayloth Superstrain-Natren) and a few others. Chinese herbs designed to correct our imbalance. She uses cod liver oil for some of us (I have mild joint pain so she has me on Carlesons cod liver which has made my bottom and arms totally smooth-no more KP!)
If I use even a few drops of the oil (I think it is the tocopherol content) my immune system reacts in an inflammatory way and my lymph system goes bonkers and I have pelvic pain. Crazy I know. This just makes me crazy because I can't even use this ultra natural/effective topical. I might be able to use one drop in my non-comogenic moisterizer (has aloe and a few other things). We can't take vitamin supplements. And even vitamin D is difficult until our guts are more healed. This is a horrific imbalance. I am lucky my symptoms are very manageable right now.
We are allowed yogurt and green tea so I will be applying these topically as mask and toner respectively. I can also use lavender for scarring in moderation. Only spring water to wash face. I guess I will cheat and do OCM with grapeseed one or two times per week and take it all off afterwards (better than nothing you think??) so it doesnt flare me. I know it is the daily dose of linoleic oil is what helps you fake it till you make it.
I am only eating small amount of rice and occasional olive oil potato chips (my only treat!) as far as carbs go. I also tolerate a bit of sweet potato. I like brown rice mochi but try not to eat too much of it.
I try to eat 1/4 protien, 1/4 starch and 1/2 veggies. Only eat low sugar fruit: blueberries and raspberries. Occasional grapefruit or green apple.
I guess my carbs must not be at the right level, because even tho I was using the topical linoleic I could still see that my sebum is icky/oleic type? So my diet still needs tweaking and my gut needs healing (may have yeast, see below). Or do you think I just need more time? 9 months of whole foods no sugar, and no real change in my sebum quality. Sigh.
How do I know if I am controlling my blood sugar appropriately and not eating too many carbs?
I don't eat ANY processed foods and I dont eat sugar or drink alcohol. The only thing I can tinker with is taking out or limiting grains. Paleo says take them out, and I think you are saying to limit them but not necessarily take them out? So I am not sure how much to eat with each meal. I do know that I rarely need to snack and I don't get "toxic hunger" feelings before meals.
We are dabbling in employing SF 722 antifungal for some medium level candida I may have. But I can't start the anti fungal until I stop the linoleic because when I have them both in my system I cant tell which is flaring my symptoms!!
Thanks so much!!
Edited by mimij67, 19 July 2013 - 04:35 PM.