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1. Question: About Homemade Mayo
Hi! Love the Blog!!
I love the idea of homemade mayo, but I have some from the store that I want to use first. Do you think I can add whey to it and make it lacto-fermented?
Absolutely. I don’t like storebought mayo, though, because it’s typically made with nasty oils like soybean oil. I’d personally toss it.
2. Question: GAPS Diet For Digestive Problems
My family did GAPS for a few months and it did help us out. I know you did it too and I think it helped you. We do now eat grains, properly prepared and drink raw milk, etc. and are fine with them.
So I have started reading Matt Stone and wondering about all of this. I know you have been following his advice too.
I have some friends with major digestive problems and I have been telling them about GAPS but now I am wondering if I should be recommending GAPS or not.
Do you still recomend GAPS to heal the bowels or is her another way??? What should I suggest for others with digestive problems??
I do recommend GAPS for people who need it. It really depends on how sick you are. Some people need GAPS. Others can just give up gluten and/or dairy.
That said, I think anyone who has food allergies should go off of all possible allergens (essentially GAPS diet) for 4-6 weeks to rule out food allergies.
3. Question: Opinion About Raw Milk As Cure To Gastritis
I’ve been reading your blog and following your Facebook page for about a year and a half, and I love your work. Thank you.
I would very much love your advice on something. This doesn’t need to be posted in your weekly Q&A (unless you want to post it there). I need help on an issue. I tried to post about this on your Facebook page, but the entire public would know about it, and I’m too embarrassed over my problems to post it publicly. (I did post it, but then I took it down right away.)
I’ve been consuming raw milk for over a year for all of its health benefits. I feel that it has helped me in a number of ways. I’ve been suffering from gastritis for four years, and it soothes my stomach. I was also recently pregnant –- my baby was born in September –- and I consumed the recommended 2 tall glasses every day of my pregnancy, and I am continuing to consume this quantity as I’m nursing. (This is per WAPF guidelines for pregnancy.)
I went for an upper endoscopy on Friday. My gastroenterologist’s findings included gastritis, severe bile reflux, and duodenitis. (I’m upset that after 18 months of WAPF eating of which 9 months were on GAPS, I am still in a severe mess.)
I find myself wondering if raw milk is not useful for the treatment of gastritis (or if it could even compound the problem). I’ve been intrigued about Raw Milk Therapy, and I’ve considered doing a Raw Milk Fast once I’m no longer nursing. I’m wondering if, in my case, I should stop the raw milk altogether. You’ve made a great many posts (either on FB or on your blog) about all the benefits of raw milk, but I’m wondering if a better approach for me would be to kefir it all.
I do love the taste of raw milk and the soothing effect it has on neutralizing the acid in my stomach, so I hope I can continue to drink it. However, I’m more interested in doing all I can to cure my problems, even if it means giving up on raw milk.
What is your opinion of all this?
I see my gastroenterologist tomorrow for my follow-up appointment, and I would LOVE if you could respond to me before tomorrow morning. I know you are busy, and you don’t know me in person, but I am desperate for help, and I do appreciate any advice that you can give.
P.S. I read this LIVESTRONG article which seems to confirm my thinking at the moment.
Hi, Anonymous… I’m not a doctor so I can’t tell you how to treat a disease.
I will say this: It may be that you still have a dairy allergy, in which case you may need to go off dairy for a while. I’d recommend doing the GAPS Diet for 4-6 weeks (essentially an elimination diet) to see if that helps you.
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