Every once in a while I get a panicked message from someone who accidently ate, or served their child, a forbidden food. S.O.S! What to do now? Can the damage be contained? ...continue reading "Diet Mishaps, Diet Rescue"
Will you be informed of serious health issues after your child turns 18? Would you be able to help if needed?
At age 18, teens gain legal control over all their healthcare information. HIPAA privacy laws prevent parents from accessing their child’s information and restrict a parent’s ability to influence medical care.
When parents send their teens to college they assume that, after paying for tuition and for health insurance, they will have the right to be informed and consulted in case of an accident or when a severe health challenges arises. NOT SO!
Our son is a diet veteran, with over five years of eating strict SCD and mentoring people new to the diet. He knows that this diet granted him freedom from pain and from medications. However, while the diet led to wellness, the diet also created some dependencies that we cannot ignore.
Restricted diets are difficult. Raising teens is not for the faint at heart. Add a medical condition that causes the need for a restricted diet, and you are stuck in an endless struggle to juggle and balance these three challenges.
Can it be done? ...continue reading "Teens and diets"
This prep is SCD compliant.
A colonoscopy can be the butt of many jokes, funny and dreadful at the same time. It is not a procedure that is reserved for older adults - thousands of kids, some very young, undergo this test every year. The cleansing preparation is notoriously unpleasant, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are some good options to ease the discomfort: ...continue reading "Gentle colonoscopy prep"
Maintaining SCD (or other restricted diets) can be done away from home.
Sleep away summer camps are the highlight of every summer, and our son loves them. CCFA Camp Oasis is his favorite every year. He travels to camp with a week’s worth of SCD meals, all packed in large coolers for the long drive, and labeled meticulously so the wonderful kitchen staff knows exactly what to serve him each day. We start preparing a month before camp, cooking large amounts of food, freezing single portions, labeling everything, and printing a detailed menu guide.
Here are the menus for food we sent to summer camp in the past few years:
Traveling while maintaining a restricted diet can be a challenge. Planning ahead and keeping a running list of essential items helps. Here is our master checklist for travel, Gut Harmony Ultimate Travel List. You can print it out, adapt it to the kind of travel you plan, and check items off as you pack.
Happy Travels...Bon Voyage!
If it seems like the diet is not working and there is no improvement in the child's symptoms, check these potential problem areas: ...continue reading "Diet Problems"
Whether you wipe your nose on your sleeve, a tissue or an expensive handkerchief, the cold virus is a uniquely humbling experience. In most cases it takes just a few days of good self-care to bounce back to wellness, but a lingering cold, a sinus infection or a bad flu can be taxing on the immune system and can trigger a gut flare.
Cold and flu prevention are still an unresolved frontier. We can already book a flight to space, but we have not made much progress in the fight against the common cold virus. ...continue reading "Colds"
Contrary to the old joke, plumbers are not the only ones that can turn shit into gold. Retail and pharmacy shelves full of laxative products are proof that when our ‘pipes’ are ‘clogged’ we will pay handsomely for fast relief.
Constipation is not normal and not pleasant. It is important to figure out the reasons for one’s constipation and try to address the root cause of the problem. ...continue reading "Constipation Protocol"