I’d considered it my “normal” for so many years, blamed Hashimotos and Adrenal Exhaustion, my age…and then, finally, took the Cyrex Array 4 – Gluten cross-reaction test.
There, I discovered my sensitivities to potato and corn. I had been eating potato instead of grains – so, I stopped potato – and felt only mildly better.
I eat NO corn, so couldn’t figure out why it was so high on the test results.
Then I realized – the Chinese herbals I’d been taking for years in my IC treatment with a Chinese Medical Dr. are all created with cornstarch.
The other supplements I was taking are all also created with “starch,” cornstarch, maltodextrin, dextrose – some corn derivative.
The day I stopped taking them – I could feel the change. My thyroid numbers improved drastically within two weeks.
My energy changed dramatically.
IC flare-ups stopped. I stopped “thinking” “IC.”
I’m not saying I’m the “rule” – and yet, there must be many out there like me, whose body thinks corn and potato or other foods are gluten, and then attacks my thyroid (whose molecular structure is similar to gluten and gluten-cross-reaction triggers).
I remembered weeks and months in the past when I’d felt dramatically better – and put it all together in my mind: During those times I wasn’t taking either Juice Plus (though technically gluten-free, has oat bran) or any Chinese herbals.
So – for me, it was corn instigating auto-immune attacks on my thyroid. It then felt like thyroid was the first domino, with auto-immune flare-up all cascading from there.
I know there’s a lot out there about gluten, non-celiac sensitivities, testing, gastrointestinal stuff, FODMAPS, and “leaky gut.”
I do believe candida was at the bottom of everything for me, and created these sensitivities ((though I’ve always had a cast-iron stomach with no discomfort ever – except for the year of GERD solved with stopping grapefruit, any citrus, pineapple – other food “allergies…” plus more probiotics NOT made with garbanzo beans (switch of brands from Natren to Metagenics)) – yet, once the candida was gone and the symptoms remained – reducing noted allergens and triggers from foods totally made all the difference.
I’d like to credit this man for opening the discussion and having lots of great information to share: www.drknews.com.
Hope this helps you if you’re finding yourself in a low-energy place like I was…let me know where your personal investigations on ALL manner of “self-attack” lead you!