Q & A: December 30, 2012

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 30, 2012

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1. Question: Did I Kill My Kefir Grains?

Hi Ann Marie,

Just wondering what I should do if I rinsed my kefir grains in tap water??? The kefir I made with them seems to be normal looking (as far as I can tell!!) but wondering what I should do with them now!

Thanks for your help and wonderful blog!



If the kefir grains still look OK, and if they are still producing decent kefir, then don’t worry. Just don’t rinse them with tap water again.

2. Question: Which Probiotics Do You Recommend?

In your latest Q+A, you said that it is most important to get the right probiotics in the gut and only some of them work. Which probiotics will help restore normal digestive wall/immune system? Id like to reverse my allergies/intolerances if it is possible. I have gluten, lactose, casein, tannin intolerances and also noticed that I have reflux (same as leaky gut) because their dietary provisions, no tomatoes, no uncooked onions (cooked is fine), no mint, no chocolate, citrus fruits, or spicy foods seem to apply as well. thanks in advance for your help,

Chelmsford, MA


Hi, Dennis,

I cover this in my free e-book — click here to download it.

3. Question: Gluten-free Sourdough Starter + Bread and Dealing with Funghi/Yeast & Parasites?


I was hoping you maybe could answer a question for me… I’m dealing with funghi/yeasts/candida and various other parasites/bad gut flora/allergies and hormonal imbalances. Over the past couple of years I’ve developed such issues regarding food/food types/macro’s, (having to) gaining weight/fat, meal frequency, exercise vs sitting too much etc. (adrenal/thyroid issues? diabetes/metabolic issues? etc.

According to my energetic therapist it’s best for me that I’d follow the classic ‘anti-fungal’ diet(yeasts/funghi feeding products such as dairy, bread, starch/sugars or carbs for that matter etc.)… but I really really start to miss bread (part also bc of it’s convenience and because it’s considered normal to eat over here.)

But even sourdough bread is considered a no-no bc of the natural yeasts/candida that form into the sourdough.

So I was wondering, since you did GAPS which is no grains, if it really is that bad in regards to feeding the wrong organisms? (I know I should make broths to consume to heal the gut lining, however I’ve tried it a couple of times after watching YTvids but I always ended up throwing them away and now I can’t muster up the willpower/patience anymore to try all the work/it once again, just as with fermenting veggies, as I’m a total cooking noob. Yet I must somehow seem to close/heal the gut lining…..:( )

Question 2: Do you maybe know an easy way/recipe to make gluten-free,at least wheat-free, sourdough starter & bread and how one should make it?

Like I said I’m really a dummy when it comes to cooking,everything always fails/goes wrong….:'(



I did not actually do GAPS. It did not exist when I healed my gut in the mid-90s.

I gave up sugar and gluten and took strong probiotics and some other supplements including adrenal support. I still ate non-gluten grains and honey and fruit.

I followed that diet and supplement protocol for about 2 years and after that I found that I could consume gluten and sugar with no adverse reactions.

I cover this in my free e-book — click here to download it.

As far as gluten-free sourdough, I haven’t tried making it but you can google it and find recipes.

4. Question: Earthing Shoes?

Hi Anne Marie,

My wife is reading the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? and we got curious about shoes to see who sells good shoes like it was described in the book and we found your website talking about –- we followed to your resources page but didn’t find anything!

Very nice and easy readership you got going,



I don’t know of any good companies that sell shoes with leather soles off the top of my head. I’m sure my readers can recommend some in the comments.

5. Question: Low Body Temperature While Healing Gut?

Ann Marie,

I have had a very difficult time since having my son three years ago with feeling “right”. I have been diagnosed with leaky gut, all kinds of food allergies, adrenal fatigue, I had a cyst drained from the thyroid two years ago. I am SO tired, suffer major insomnia, have bursitis in my shoulders, low blood pressure and I suffer from horrible headaches. I have been trying so hard to figure this all out.

My naturopath has me on an elimination diet which excludes gluten and dairy and of course she has me taking all kinds of supplements and tinctures and going to an acupuncturist. My body temperature is generally low but since I have changed my diet I am FREEZING and my insomnia and fatigue have gotten worse for the most part. I am very concerned with healing my gut but I also know I need to raise my body temp. What do you think the right route is?

Do you think there is a way to combine Matt’s 180 degree protocol with a gut healing elimination diet? Help!

Thank you for your time.



Hi, Krista, I empathize with you. However, I don’t know the right route for you because it is really a very personal situation.

For me, eating more food, specifically carbs, and getting more rest helped me bring my body temperature up. See my post here on my experience with Matt Stone’s protocol.

6. Question: Dental Work Before Pregnancy?

Hi Cheeseslave,

My husband I would like to try to conceive in the near future and I am concerned about a few issues I have with my teeth.

I always have heard that you should go to the dentist before conception to deal with any issues you have, so as to avoid dental work while pregnant. I haven’t gone to the dentist since learning about the WAPF way of life almost 2 years ago. Just before that time I started a root canal process on a molar. What is left to be done is to put a filling into the actual tooth part.

They told me if I did not come back soon for a filling that my tooth might crack, which it has and is missing a piece. I haven’t gone back because I am not sure if the damage has already been done to me in terms of what has already been put into the canal or if I am saving some more damage by not having a filling put in.

Also I had a gumboil form below another molar and wasn’t sure how to handle that but I kept taking my cod liver oil and after about 6 months has disappeared. However the molar is now chipped from biting into a really hard cookie. I am just looking for any advice you have on these matters because I am not sure what to do.

Thank so much for the excellent blog you have. It had helped out so much on my real food journey :)


I am really not sure how to advise you because I am not a dentist. I would consult with a WAPF-oriented dentist.

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Vickie December 30, 2012 at 7:39 AM

This is some info on the question about the dental work before pregnancy. This comes from Dr. Mercola website and it lists the Westin Price Foundation as one of it’s references about the article. This is the link to the articel:
If that link doesn’t work, you can go to: http://www.mercola.com website and search under root canals. There are many other articles there to read. Best of health to you!


Alexandra December 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM

To question #4-earthing shoes:

Check out “Soft Star Shoes”. They are a minimalist shoe company, made in the USA of high quality leather and they make an earthing shoe with leather soles. If you type in “earthing” on their website they will tell you which shoes can be made to order with leather soles (the rest have vibram soles).

Also check out “Arrow Moccasins”-made in Massachusetts of Swiss leather.
They make BEAUTIFUL moccasins with single or double layered leather soles

Hope that helps!


ellen December 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Vintage Shoe Company has some shoes with leather soles…


Edubs December 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Joelle- are you Dutchie from the 180 degree health forums? Something about your voice reminds me of her… Hope that doesn’t make me sound like a crazy person and either way; best of luck to you! I know what it feels like to feel like everything is wrong with your body!
I have RRARFED for about 6 months, with a huge focus on reducing stress and not making myself feel guilty if I need to sleep 10 hours a night, as well as taking serious duty probiotics, lots of vitamin d from a coconut and palm oil based source (I know Matt recommends getting your D from sunshine but that’s not an option for all of us!) and adrenal support. Now I take fermented cod liver oil a few times a week for my D. While it does suck to gain weight, it’s worth it to not feel tired, spacy, freezing cold and depressed all the time! Best of luck and good health to all of you.


Deo Williar December 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Soft star shoes have really nice leather sole shoes!! My family loves them.


Sile December 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I have a pair of leather triple-soled moccasins from Wassokeag. I love them! http://www.wassookeagmoccasins.com/
I know they say “for men” but I think they’re pretty unisex. Just make sure you convert your shoe size to men’s, if you’re a woman.


Krissy December 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Soft Star Shoes –they make fantastic shoes!


Carissa January 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

+1 for Soft Star Shoes — I Earth in them all the time! Plus, they are completely customizable, so when I’m walking around in public, I’m not drawing undue attention to my feet (unlike, say, Vibram Five Finger shoes).


IC January 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Years ago I waited between having a root canal and a crown. That root canal eventually failed and I had it extracted recently as per the Meining protocol. I am sure it carried more infection than it would have had it been capped right away. However, I also believe all root canals carry infection. After I had the extraction my tonsils became half the size they had been and everything felt cleaner. I hope you can get to a holistic dentist that is familiar with the root canal/focal point problem. Good luck!


Gabriele January 6, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Regarding the GAPS diet, I tried it to recover my adrenal glands, insomnia and leaky gut. I actually tried everything else.

In the end, what worked was the PHD of the Jaminets. Following a the Paleo diet, consuming high fat foods, reducing fibers (veggies) to the minimum and increasing safe starches (in my case, only yams). After years of pain, this diet took reasonably little time to fix everything.


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