Well, after sharing these, these, and these test results I am left with one final test result to share. Yes! The not-so-fluid bodily fluid. Let’s talk about my poop! Because poop truly is fascinating – as long as you’re not the one who actually has to do the disseminating and testing part. Getting it in the vials for shipping was plenty enough disseminating for me.
Collecting poop for testing is more involved than you might imagine. Not that many of you are likely to sit around imagining what is involved in collecting poop for testing. First you have to stop taking all medications and supplements 4 (or maybe it was 5?) days ahead of the first poop collection. Yes, ‘first’ poop collection does indeed indicate that there is more than one required. Then you have to make sure that you have eaten enough greenery the day before the first poop to ensure that you can produce something to collect. Collection day means that you pretty much have to stay home unless you have a set daily poop schedule or can poop on demand. Otherwise you might be somewhere entirely inappropriate for poop collection when the urge arises. Plus, carrying vials around in your purse in order to catch poop at a moment’s notice is kinda bulky and annoying, not to mention all kinds of awkward, and don’t forget you gotta get that poop in the ‘fridge straight away. If the ‘fridge you’re closest to is not your own things could get a little problematic. Then you live life as normal for a day before it’s back to house arrest while you wait for some movement. Once you’ve got all the poop required into the right vials, stirred and shaken, labelled and boxed up it’s off to the lab they go!
My ND emailed me as soon as she got the results back. She was SO excited! I love that my Naturopath is so excited about my poop! I am sure you are too. I bet you are all on the edge of your seats waiting to hear about my poop. So here we go.
Nontoxigenic E. Coli moved into my gut, repainted the walls, laid down some fancy carpeting, brought a lot of furniture in, and took up residence. Or, in less romantic terms – I have a massive E.Coli infection in my gut. It’s been there for around 11 months and has created utter havoc – the most noteworthy being damaging the walls of my gut and making it leaky. Bastard.
However, there is great news! The infection has not (yet) caused irreversible damage to my gut, so I will be able to heal it once we have tossed Mr. E. Coli out onto the street. We have issued an eviction notice, ordered the moving truck, and sent a team of packers round. He’s on his way out. This dude has one hell of a lot to answer for.
Adding in the adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, exhausted liver, and E. Coli infection into the mix, here is my updated treatment plan.
Treatment Plan #2 (around October 15th)
- Mitochondrial support
- Vitamin D
- α-Lipoic Acid
- Heavy duty specially formulated B vitamins
- Adrenal support
- Thyroid support
- Liver support
- Heavy duty probiotics
- E.Coli slayer (not a pharmaceutical or antibiotic)
- KETO (very low carb, adequate protein, very high fat) diet – separate post coming on this!
- Elimination diet – foods I can eat:
- Kippers (smoked herring), mackerel, sardines
- Macadaemias, hazelnuts, pine nuts
- 100% fat dairy – butter, heavy cream, sour cream, creme fraiche
- We added the following foods (one at a time to check for sensitivity) to my diet because I was healing so fast:
- Leeks (almost pee’d my pants in excitement!)
- Bamboo shoots (although that anyone would want to eat these is beyond me)
- Crimini mushrooms (this made me so happy I about cried)
- Raspberries (singing hallelujah!)
- Rotation diet:
- No food from list above to be eaten more often than every 4th day
- Increase liquid intake
- Water must be bottled
- Keep food log and track any symptoms or lack thereof
My list of permitted foods was made a lot shorter because of my need to be on a ketogenic diet. I will explain this in a separate post.
This list of permitted foods is unique to me based on my test results and needs. I am in no way advocating that anyone else should follow this list.
- Reduce stress as much as possible
- Get as much sleep as you can
- Do not exercise or over-exert
So, how come I have a massive E.Coli infection then, huh?
PS. Turns out those folks from Scrubs were right. Everything comes down to poo! Thanks, Danielle for sharing :-)