Recently, I was in Florida visiting my mother. My mother, Ruth, is a healthy 82-year old. However, she does have some medical issues that I need your help with. Let me explain.
The only medication my mother takes is Nature-Throid—a natural thyroid medication for hypothyroidism. My mother’s main issues reside around her gut and her feet.
My mother has always had a sensitive stomach. She frequently suffered with stomach aches after eating. This would include abdominal bloating and pain as well as diarrhea. I recall that she always had a heating pad handy in case she developed stomach pains. She saw a few doctors over the years who diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a ridiculous diagnosis as it does not state what the underlying cause is—it just describes the symptoms. It is given to a patient who suffers with abdominal pain where there is no concrete diagnosis for what is causing the discomfort.
A few years ago, I drew blood work on Ruth and found that she had antibody levels to both dairy and gluten. I told her to avoid all sources of dairy and gluten. My mother resisted at first, but eventually tried giving up dairy and found she was much better. I wrote about this in my Natural Way to Health Newsletter. Since giving up dairy, there is no question that her abdominal symptoms are better. And, if my mother cheats (which drives me crazy), she suffers—therefore, I suffer.
My mother also has pain in her feet. She has osteoarthritis of her feet. When she wears good tennis shoes, her feet don’t’ hurt. When she wears other shoes, she suffers—therefore, I suffer. I have told her to stick with tennis shoes. However, like most women (save the sexist comments—I have a household of women, an office full of women and I grew up with women), she prefers nice-looking shoes. I understand the importance of shoes to women as I have a household of shoes that are not mine. I told Ruth that if she cleans up her diet, not only will her weight improve, her stomach will be better and she will have less inflammatory pains—such as pain in her feet.
Here is the problem. My mother refuses to become 100% gluten-free. I have laboratory tests that clearly show she is sensitive to gluten and when she eats it, she suffers—therefore I suffer.
Back to my trip to Florida. My mother has lost a significant amount of weight in the last few months—about 10 pounds off a 120 pound frame. She clearly looks too thin. When I was in Florida, she went out to dinner with her husband and ate desert—full of gluten and dairy. She suffered—therefore I suffered.
I am very concerned about her weight loss. I told her that I have seen the same thing happen to my elderly patients who have dairy and/or gluten sensitivity. If they keep eating the offending food, they will develop abdominal distress. Eventually, continual assaults to the gastrointestinal tract leads to life-threatening problems like C. difficile and electrolyte disturbances.
I told my mother that she needs to avoid both gluten and dairy 100%. No exceptions. She has agreed to follow the dairy advice but she is fighting me on the gluten side. She complains that there are no gluten-free bread products that she likes. “I just want to eat sandwich, that’s all,” she said. She says the gluten-free bread products do not make good sandwiches.
In order to stop my suffering, I need help with recommendations about which gluten-free bread products taste good in a sandwich. Let me know which gluten-free bread products you like. Also, I need to be able to get it to my mother.
I know I have written this tongue-in-cheek. However, I am concerned for my mother’s health. I believe that if she does not get this situation under control, her health will take a dive in the wrong direction. I have told her this.
I will keep you posted on her condition. I will let you know when she finds a gluten-free bread product that she likes.
I await your help.