Hi Joan, My wife has a long (10 year plus) history of irritable bowel type symptoms, inflamed and bleeding gums (that have receded significantly in places). But long story short, she has just had a food sensitivity blood test (through a company called nutripath) that has shown high sensitivity to yeast and low sensitivity to cocoa, sugar and wheat. She is also waiting results of a stool test. I am wondering whether yeast sensitivity is something you have worked with? Or if you have any advice / could point us in the right direction. Kind regards, William
Dear William, I feel for your wife and her symptoms. I see many people with IBS and see great successes with diet. I can tell you that bleeding gums is not present as part of the cluster of symptoms that respond to diet, in food sensitive people. You would be wise to check it out with your doctor or dentist.
The important thing about any food sensitivity tests, is that they are a starting point, as we do not know exactly what is going on in the biochemistry in the detoxification process. But we do know that diet investigation helps with the symptoms. You can help your wife work towards the diet that is right for her. Where someone suspects yeast, it can be excluded, but my work with diet and IBS has shown it is rarely the only problem. Do go to the [Articles] section on my website and read all the articles on Irritable Bowel Syndrome so you have a feel for what IBS sufferers can think about. See http://foodintolerancepro.com/category/irritable-bowel-syndrome/ . One discusses the different options depending on the type of pain you have. You can also read the Article “What diet do I start with?” on http://www.foodintolerancepro.com/elimination-diet-with/
I have worked with many people with IBS and food sensitivity. Diet can be a bother but it is worth the effort when symptoms greatly improve! You can look in my book “Are You Food Sensitive?” for detail on how to collect useful information in your family, what additives and food chemicals to minimise, what foods you can eat, meal plans, and how to do challenges to arrive at your wife’s own best diet. See http://foodintolerancepro.com/buy-food-sensitivity-products/
The above comments presume the IBS and bleeding gums are separate symptoms. It is worth checking out with your doctor if they are connected in some disorder, just in case they are. As part of finding the best treatment for your wife you have begun the diet process. Also try to find an Accredited Practicing Dietitian so you have someone knowledgeable to help through the process. I wish you well in your effort to relieve your wife’s distressing symptoms. Let me know how you go. Kind regards , Joan