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Equality
Reply with quote  #46 
More info. From a medical researcher

http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut
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Lynn
Reply with quote  #47 
Thanks Equality for all of your input. I will check out that nfo a bit more.  

My mom had been eating the regular yogurt with the chia seeds on top, but the running stools did not stop. We cut down to just a 1 TBS of the regular yogurt because it appears she cannot tolerate it.  Then I picked up the Silk soy yogurt - vanilla flavor, and she is starting on that now.  FYI - she really likes it so that's a good thing.  At least it doesn't taste bad for those who can't tolerate lactose.  Hopefully, this will do the trick.  She told me that on a couple of occasions that she took another tsp. of chia seeds by themselves when the loose stools started, and then the diarrhea subsided shortly thereafter.  Maybe this will work.  We can only hope because she gets very weak with the loose stools and occasional vomiting.  I know 90-yr olds get tired, but this makes her weak more than usual.
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Equality
Reply with quote  #48 
Lynn,

That is great news that you are trying a different approach with soy yogurt. Some people's symptoms improve on a gluten and dairy-free diet.

My dad suffered from a similar kind of exhaustion you described from his continual need to take himself into the bathroom to deal with the effects of C-diff. it was awful. I hope your mother's issues improve soon.

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Lynn
Reply with quote  #49 
I can't believe this.  I think the chia seeds and soy yogurt are working!  It's only been a short time, but it's looking really good.  My mom ran around shopping for 2 days, and she was so happy not to have to worry about "the problem".  The first part of the week, she took her prescription pill that she has to take with a glass of water every morning when she gets up, and then she had her coffee.  The problem started up so then she had a heaping tsp. of chia seeds with her soy yogurt.  It stopped about 1/2 hour later without returning.  I suggested that since she didn't mind the taste of the chia seeds, then maybe with her pill and full glass of water, she should eat a tsp. of the chia seeds.  Then go ahead with the coffee followed by the yogurt and another tsp. of the chia seeds and see if maybe that would stop the problem from coming in the first place.  She tried that and it worked, but then she didn't go at all.  I then came up with the idea to use less of the chia seeds, but to do it the same way.  She didn't do it exactly as I said, but she did take less.  Today it worked perfectly, just as we wanted it to.  I am so happy. This gives her a lot more freedom, plus she doesn't feel as weak anymore.  

I am going to give this a couple of more weeks before I contact her doctors. They need to know about this remedy for their other patients.  The gastrologist ruled out Celiac disease and parasites, but sent her home after the colonoscopy with the same problem.  He suggested that she take the child's dose of the Immodium so as to avoid constipation.  I think her regular doctor changed that though. My mom has taken no Immodium this week, and she's loving it. She was taking some other thing too, but not this week.  

Now, it should be noted that Amazon has a thing where you sign up for a monthly shipment of the 12 oz. bag of Nutiva organic chia seeds.  They give a discount, and so far it seems to be the cheapest route to go.  

I'll check back in a couple of weeks with a final word on this subject.  I'm so glad that you all posted things in here about this subject and that I stumbled upon it.  Thanks so much!






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Equality
Reply with quote  #50 
Lynn,

I am overjoyed to hear that your mother is improving.

I hope your doctor listens to you. I tell everyone I can, because I know this Chia food cure works wonders and has other health benefits.

Sad to say doctors do not always know what is best and may not listen to non-medical people. My s's cardiologist claimed that fish oil is better than krill oil and he explained why in great detail. Unfortunately, based upon research he got the two mixed up, attributing what was good about krill oil to fish oil. Not so good for his patients.
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chels
Reply with quote  #51 
my gram has been in the hospital for days now. she has flu like symptoms, but it only seems to be happening in the morning. They have her on a bland diet but nothing has seemed to help. she has uncontrollable diarrhea and nausea. Anyone have any ideas as to what could be causing this??
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Lynn
Reply with quote  #52 
Well, unfortunately I think I might have to change my mother's condition to "Better But Not Cured".  We seem to be starting a 1 day on and 1 day off thing.  We thought that we had the set-back figured out the other day, but we can't explain what happened today.  I asked her if she could have had anything at all with milk in it, and she said that she did not.  We'll continue with the chia seeds, but maybe I'll give the blackberry juice or whatever it was a try.  After that, the only thing left is no wheat gluten.  That ought to go over real well with her.  I'm going to have to do some research on that diet so that it's not too awful for her.  

Chels,

Hopefully while your grandmother is hospitalized, they will figure out what is ailing her.  It could be a lot of things.  At least she's being hydrated and under supervised care.  It seems like when we get older we develop allergies and intolerances that we never had in our younger days.  It could even be something like that.  It's hard to pin down sometimes.  I hope she gets well soon.
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Lynn
Reply with quote  #53 
Well, I decided to post an update.  We seem to be at about 75% cured.  My mother is downing about 1 TBSP of the chia seeds first thing with her pill and glass of water.  Later she's having her soy yogurt with a tsp. of chia seeds.  For the most part, she has been eating white bread, the frozen dough that you rise and bake.  There's no wheat gluten added to the dough. Obviously, fresh baked bread is a wonderful alternative. She made it 3 days in a row with no problems.

She's doing her best to stay away from milk products and wheat gluten added products, but it's proving to be somewhat difficult.  Sunday was a big problem, but we ate vegetables with cheese sauce the day before.  I'm sure that the cheese sauce was a mistake. Monday she ate a slice of wheat bread from the senior center, so Tuesday was a slight problem.  The chances that there was no wheat gluten added in the bread are pretty slim I'm sure.  My guess is that if she could actually stay away from those products, the problem would stop. We won't ever know unless she makes it a couple of weeks without any of those types of foods.  As of this writing, she still has not taken any Imodium.  She's very happy with the results from the chia seeds even at 75%.  She can do so much more now and she's not nearly as weak as she was before.  The holidays are coming so it's hard to say what foods she'll be consuming.  She may have to pass on the tortellini with alfredo sauce I'm afraid.  

I'll post more in the new year.  I'm taking the time to post here just in case somebody with the same problem stumbles in here like I did.  The chia seeds have already helped immensely, and I feel it's really important to post this simple remedy.
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Ann
Reply with quote  #54 
What is truly stronger and works is Quercitain, not sure of spelling, it's a powder prescription to mix in drink or water or juice, usually for cholesterol but binds stool as well. It comes in generic too.
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observer
Reply with quote  #55 
The board is slow. I guess most are on the secret board.
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cuckoo @ observer
Reply with quote  #56 
Observer, I just assume the board is slow because everyone's doing last minute stuff to get ready for the holidays in addition to their caregiving duties.  Is there a secret board?  I hadn't heard of that.  Or were you making a joke?  Lol, I guess if it's "secret" I won't be finding out about it.
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obs.
Reply with quote  #57 
yes , cuckoo, there is , it's be email invite only, not that I"m on it, it was mentioned in some other posts recently and I know someone on it or one that used to be
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pq
Reply with quote  #58 
cuckoo, i agree with you that probably everyone's busy with holiday stuff.  i know MY own personal head is about to explode from all the stuff I have yet to do!!
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Equality
Reply with quote  #59 
I am so happy to read about the anti-inflammatory, quercetin. I am researching it now to help with my auto-immune disease.
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Middlegirl
Reply with quote  #60 
I have started taking chia seeds myself. Too soon to notice any changes.

MG
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