twodrifters

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    Lyme disease

    Amy, I went through heavy duty antibiotic treatment 5 years ago, with both orals and IV. So I sympathize with the debilitating effects of this disease. I wish I'd had the support of Whole9 then. I did improve with the antibiotic treatment, but then I had to recover from the effects of the antibiotics. Eventually I was eating to decrease yeast issues, which flared up systemically. A bout of C-difficile hit me really hard, and taught me that I wasn't consuming enough probiotics. The capsule form I was taking didn't have enough different strains either. I didn't know about some of these other options, like kombucha, etc. It's tricky when you have to time ingestion of probiotics and antibiotics to get the benefit of the probiotics. I still experience "flares" of inflammation that are arthritic in nature, and I'm hoping that eating Paleo will really decrease these flares. Lyme disease can be brutal but I think you're on the right track.
  2. I'm in my second (back to back) Whole30 and am eating spinach almost daily, as well as kale, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, etc. Recently the issue of goitrogens has come to my attention. A search on this site did not bring up any discussion of it, but I'm guessing this must be discussed from time to time. This is what I came across on another site: "Goitrogens are chemicals that prevent your intestines from absorbing iodine. Chemicals classified as goitrogenic may also inhibit your thyroid function directly by slowing the production of thyroid hormones. According to a 2002 article in the journal "Thyroid," foods high in goitrogens, such as raw spinach, can increase your risk of developing thyroid disease, but they have not been shown to directly cause it. Other risk factors include pregnancy, low iodine consumption and poor health." (http://www.livestrong.com/article/517401-does-raw-spinach-affect-the-thyroid/#ixzz28dGzKuhO) I certainly don't want to bring on thyroid problems, but so many of the veggies contain these gloitrogens. --twodrifters