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Hunter Gatherer More Questions

Posted by Lori Reid on August 25, 1998 at 22:03:39:

Hi Bob & All,

Today I went with some family members on a day long road trip. When it came to lunch time the small children were allowed to choose a place to eat (pizza place). Rather than cause trouble, I decided to eat along with everyone else. I also thought it would be interesting (hopefully not too painful) to see what kind of a reaction I got.

I was rather surprised at the mildness of the reaction. I do have a medium sized headache, some post nasal drip, tight throat, slight nausea, sort of feel like I'm weighted down with lead filled limbs, medium case of brain fog and maybe a little feverish, but no severe joint pain like I expected after eating wheat, dairy, tomatoes, sugar etc. I'm just really surprised (and feeling lucky) that it wasn't any more severe than that.

Also, a question: even prior to today's experience, I've been slightly constipated, can I do anything about that?

Other observations, if I don't eat the meat & vegetables in a 4 or 5 to one ratio then I start to have minor cravings etc.

Health to All

Lori


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Re: Hunter Gatherer More Questions

Posted by Robert McFerran on August 25, 1998 at 23:13:13:

In Reply to: Hunter Gatherer More Questions posted by Lori Reid on August 25, 1998 at 22:03:39:

Lori,

'Cheating' is an inevitable and even useful thing so don't punish yourself too much for eating pizza.

I do want to remind you of a few things however.

The longer you go without eating a food allergen the less the reaction. This might account for the relatively mild reaction.

Remember, now you have to wait at least five days before you can effectively test any of the components that were in that pizza. I would imagine that there was wheat, milk, sugar, bakers yeast, corn starch, tomato, etc. You know that there was something in there that caused a reaction but no idea what it is.

The reaction will create inflammation along your intestinal tract that will add to your constipation for a few days.

If you want you can take some more of the alka-seltzer gold or even 4 oz. of the magnesium citrate to get things moving again.

I've done what you did today -- and in the end I always ask myself was it worth it? Sometimes it is, most of the time it is not.

Bob




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Re: Hunter Gatherer More Questions

Posted by Steve on August 27, 1998 at 03:53:24:

In Reply to: Re: Hunter Gatherer More Questions posted by Robert McFerran on August 25, 1998 at 23:13:13:

Bob,

Would you tell me more about magnesium citrate.
Looking to get off herbal lax. Is this somthing I can take
daily? With or without food? Appreciate any info. you
shed on this.

Thanks

Steve




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Re: Hunter Gatherer More Questions

Posted by Robert McFerran on August 27, 1998 at 14:56:33:

In Reply to: Re: Hunter Gatherer More Questions posted by Steve on August 27, 1998 at 03:53:24:

Steve,

The reason that you are constipated is NOT because you have a deficiency of your herbal laxitive OR magnesium citrate.

The magnesium citrate is used at the start of the elimination diet to induce bowel movements to clear the large intestine of most of it's contents. Since these contents often contain previously eaten food allergens the overall effect it to speed 'clearing'.

If you want to get over your constipation I would urge you to try and determine your food allergies via an elimination diet since these allergens often create the inflammation that creates the constipation in the first place.

Bob



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