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Postby MrMistery » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:19 am

The fact that you are doing Ok does not prove anything. I don't eat by my blood type (or I don't think so, I have no idea what the diet would recommend for B+) and i'm still ok..
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby MichaelXY » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:37 am

I am O type blood, and I am on the O type diet.
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby Browneyes » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:07 pm

Hello

Like the other post I have read I also bloat no matter what I consume or if I don't eat at all. I have gained an outragous amount of weight in the last 6 months to spite the fact that I eat very little and mainly fruits, small amounts of raw vegetables and nuts. I have had every test known to man with no results other than I am prefectly healthy. My thyroid is enlarged and has been for several years now but T3 & T4 thyroid levels are fine. I've been to every specialists there is but nothing has been found. Doctors seem to think I sit around eating chocolate bon bons all day. If it's metobolism than mine must be working at a snails pace. I'm over 40 but under 50, I've had my gallbladder removed and had a hysterectomy. I have began to get depressed over the weight gain and I'm just frustrated that Doctors don't know what is wrong or even suppects that anything is wrong. My gp knows that someting is wrong but says he dosen't know what since all the test I have had have been normal. One good thing has came out of this though. I've cut my sodium intake down so that now I'm off bp meds. I'm going to a new endocrinologists in 2 weeks my fingers are crossed. I feel better knowing I'm not alone in this although my husband of 25 years is very supportive. I'm sorry that anyone is suffering with this mystery illness but at least I know I'm not crazy.
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Possible Cure

Postby debbiemaycry » Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:08 am

hi,

I read all of the posts people have written in this forum and I identified with most of you. Now that I am getting better, I just wanted to share it with all of you so that you don't have to go through the same things I did, though I read a lot of you have been having a hard time for a long while.

I also suffered from severe food intolerance, bloating and unexplained weight gain for about two years now. I knew in my gut it wasn't in my head, I was sure I had a weird disease because I felt great, I had initiative, I was a visionary, I had aspirations, I liked to work, I was happy etc. I went to a lot of doctors and they all told me I was fine. Someone suggested it might be IBS, but I was sure it wasn't because I wasn't constipated, nor did I have diarrhea.

I investigated a lot during these last two years, and I tried everyhting. Then one of the doctors referred me to a psychiatrist, and I went with her, though a bit reluctant. In the first session, she told me the most common cause of food intolerances is a sub-clinical depression. She prescribed SSRIs (anti-depressants) and told me it might take two or three weeks before they start taking effect. The very first day I took them, I noted my stomach wasn't bloated anymore (though it helped that I was still on a very strict diet of eating only the foods I already knew didn't bloat me). I had been deteriorating, since now even the safe foos bloated me a bit now, but with the first pill, they didn't bloat me at all.

Now, at thirteen days of taking the SSRIs, I am eating normal food (meat, wheat, cookies, cakes, sandwiches, salad dressings) and I get only a bit bloated and I don't gain weight; actually, I'm losing all the weight I've gained these two years (since I was always very very thin, all of my family is). I do have some side effects like nausea (a lot of nausea the first few days), sweaty palms, feeling excited all the time, and mild constipation; but all of them are subsiding. And the more they subside, the more the bloating symptom seems to be subsiding too, and I expect that in a few more weeks it will be totally under control. I am also going to psicotherapy once a week for a more long term treatment.

I suggest you go with a psychiatrist to see if it is possible you guys might have a sub-clinical depression. Don't discard it because you don't feel sad; I didn't feel the least bit sad, though I was sometimes a bit grumpy, but not so much to consider it out of the ordinary.

Hope this was helpful to someone.
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Postby missuk » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:40 pm

I've been on a thyroxine trial for 4 weeks now. All the symptoms i had pointed to it although the tests kept coming back normal. Its hasnt helped the bloating which I really hoped it would. I have however got more energy and my hair has stopped falling out.
My weight doesn't seem to change much but i am bloated 24hrs a day.
I dont know my blood type but have heard a lot about the diet. I did however feel better when i had a high protein diet but found it hard to stick to. For those of you who feel better for trying it good for you. What ever makes a change even if it is small.
MichealXY i know your playing devils advocate but people on this site have been suffering a lot. and i know exactly whats its like, its so awful you will try anything if you have heard its helped somebody else. Maybe your not in the same position, if your not lucky you. Cut people some slack. They are only suggesting things that could give someone a glimmer of hope.
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New Ideas

Postby sjlazo » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:39 pm

I am "O" Positive. I dont really think that has alot to do with it, but in all my efforts to find a helping aid I will research what the "o" blood type diet should be. Ive began to take antacids, but that does nothing, i also drink warm milk (my grandma's house recipe for the bloating), but the antacids only work for a little bit..and the milk doesnt do anything. I have researched the idea of DE-Toxifiacation of the body. Its my latest idea and seriously think the problem has to have a starting point I am over looking, and need to get to try and fix whatever it was that triggerd the sympthoms. I have done the Ionic Cleansings up in Iowa and that seemsed to help a bit but not completely. Whether i should have continued with the treatments or had more frequent cleansing to ensure better results I still dont know, but again, food for thought.
Im glad this site allows everyone to share their ideas, cures, and progress. One day we will all see results and this will also pass.

Good luck to everyone. Hope we can help eachother through this.

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Postby MichaelXY » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:49 am

missuk wrote:MichealXY i know your playing devils advocate but people on this site have been suffering a lot. and i know exactly whats its like, its so awful you will try anything if you have heard its helped somebody else. Maybe your not in the same position, if your not lucky you. Cut people some slack. They are only suggesting things that could give someone a glimmer of hope.


I appreciate your plight and I do not mean to dismiss your suffering as something trivial. Keep in mind however, that this is a public forum and as such, you’re free to share your opinion as I am mine. With that said, I feel I would be remiss not to share my thoughts concerning would be home cures, bogus unresearched alternative medicine, and the proliferation of misinformation that is often posted in this forum which most likely does little to no good, and quite possibly puts someone in harms way by following misguided advice in lieu of seeking medical professionals.

Be advised that this is a biology forum where science minded individuals share ideas that pertain to this field. This is not a naturopathy forum and as such, you should not expect much support, as non scientific claims will not be widely accepted by forum members, with the exception to other desperate individuals seeking medical advice via the internet.

As long as people continue to propagate ill founded, non-scientifically supported health related information with unproven claims; I will be there to offer a rebuttal.

Also it is only fair for the readers to view alternate opinions, yours, mine included :)
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Postby Momofthree » Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:44 am

Hi. If any of you have read my past posts then you know I have been awaiting the results of the Gastroscopy I had done 3 weeks ago. The receptionist lady told me that if the Doctor hadn't called me than they didn't find anything. I am not happy with this kind of communication but will see the Doctor this wednesday coming up when she does my colonoscopy. I will ask her what results came up with my Gastroscopy. If nothing on either test I will pursue the gallbladder angle and then my thyroid. Its got to be something.
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Postby Momofthree » Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:47 am

Hi. Have been having chest pain under my left breast for the past 3 days with the feeling of fainting as well. Went to walk-in today as I was scared. They did an ECG but it came back normal. My blood pressure is O.K. sitting or standing. But when she checked my heart rate from sitting to standing it jumped significantly. So she has suggested a Holter monitor. Of course like everything I have to wait. this is not going to happen until a month from now. how is that going to help me today? the only other option she can see is the CT scan but they take forever to get into as well. I did however today get the results that my Gastroscopy all came back fine and that there is nothing wrong in that area. Also my gall bladder has 1 small polyp on it and she doesn't think that would cause me any pain. Plus the pain is under my left breast instead of my right. Also my thyroid has been checked several times she said and it always comes back normal. She said my case is a puzzler. Well I am aware of that. I asked on the off chance could it be anxiety and she said I don't really fit into that category either. So I will try and wait patiently until Wed. when I have the Colonoscopy and see if they find anything. I still believe there is something wrong with my colon or gall bladder that is causing these symptoms of faintingness and pain in my chest as well as the nausea and bloating.
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby Jennuan » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:44 am

Just wanted to give an update with regards to my daughter's GI problems of stomach distention, pain in her upper stomach, etc.

We recently found out that she was allergic to Milk, Soy, Corn, Chicken, Ham, Pork, Potato, Cucumber, Carrot, and about 10 other foods. We were instructed to not eat the foods she was allergic to as well as to NOT eat ANY BY-PRODUCTS (meaning anything dairy, soy lecithin and soy protein, corn syrup, cornstarch, etc.) Well, my daughter's pain in her stomach, just below her sternum, has subsided and only comes about on rare occasions. Her stomach distention has come down some but not all the way. What I discovered, though, is that soy and corn products are in so many processed foods that we eat, even really healthy snacks! I researched what negative effects are of corn syrup and recommend that you do the same. Corn syrup is making so many of us very unhealthy and it is in much of the foods that Americans eat. I am convinced that because she is allergic to 16 foods and all the by-products, there has to be an underlying cause. We have a GI scope in December. My daughter's endoscopy revealed two ulcers (one in her lower esophagus and one in the upper stomach) as well as eosinophilic esophagitis.

Also, I wanted to also inform other bloggers that my daughter ALSO has TYPE A blood. Coincidence? Well, I found a seemingly reputable website that stated that people with TYPE A have naturally thicker blood than do people with Type O. If you eat a food not compatible with your blood type and stomach enzymes, the food is not broken down or digested properly, and the vitamins and minerals are not absorbed into your bloodstream to fuel and nourish your body. Reactions to this might be a stomach ache, gas, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea. What happens is that antibodies glue themselves to the foreign invaders (improper food) and agglutination or "gluing" takes place in your blood. Now if you happen to be Blood Type A, who already has thick blood, your blood becomes even thicker. The thicker the blood, the slower it moves and the harder your heart must pump to push the blood through your arteries. This thick slow moving blood makes it easier for plaque to build up on your artery walls. When plaque builds up, the risk of heart disease or other illnesses greatly increases. I'm a believer in Adamo's book, "Eating for your Blood Type."

May I also say - I'm still a big believer in Natural medicine and am being more convinced by researching about it.

Check out this website: http://www.naturopath.co.nz/why.asp.

Natural medicine has been around for centuries and is a great way to natually cure and/or help treat chronic conditions. Western medicine may be great for acute conditions (sore throats, acute infections, etc) or for people requiring immediate surgery; but, generally speaking, western medicine promotes the heavy reliance on pharmaceuticals, some being of highly toxic content, which in the short run, may treat an acute injury or illness, but in the long run, only treat SYMPTOMS and fail to treat the root of the problem. Many of them also have harsh if not worse side effects than what you are actually trying to treat! Once you treat the symptoms and you feel no pain, you don't probe further...that's when the situation can get deadly. When your body is in pain, there is an underlying cause. Treating only the symptoms can be dangerous.

For MichaelXY, who tries to downplay and trivialize peoples' concerns, I suggest that you lighten up a bit. It's like you're trying to "one up" people making comments. Most people on this forum are grasping at straws. Because of their comments, I have been able to look into their suggestions in hopes of helping my daughter. Everyone has to exercise caution with medicine. If you want to blame me for going the Homeopathic or Naturopathic rount, fine, but truly you can't have all the answers. I don't either. I'm in the forum to gain some insight. Knowledge is power. Listening to your gut instinct can guide you to the answer. Believing that your local MD (a PRACTICING physician) has all the answers and that you should be content with "It's probably something she'll grow out of"...or..."It's normal, don't worry"...can be foolish. Had I believed my pediatrician who told me that, I would not have pressed on to other physicians and had her esophagus and stomach tested, nor would I have had an allergy test performed. I applaud people like Jenny McCarthy who wasn't content with the mainstream answer. Look at the outcome she achieved!
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby MichaelXY » Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:20 am

We recently found out that she was allergic to Milk, Soy, Corn, Chicken, Ham, Pork, Potato, Cucumber, Carrot, and about 10 other foods


Do you mind sharing how this determination of allergies was made? Was it done at a medical facility or a Naturopath?

Also, I wanted to also inform other bloggers that my daughter ALSO has TYPE A blood. Coincidence?


No! 40% of the world population has this blood type. Why does not half the world population have this problem if we accept you’re rational?

Well, I found a seemingly reputable website that stated that people with TYPE A have naturally thicker blood than do people with Type O


What is your criteria for reputable?

If you eat a food not compatible with your blood type and stomach enzymes, the food is not broken down or digested properly, and the vitamins and minerals are not absorbed into your bloodstream to fuel and nourish your body


Complete and utter unsupported hogwash; do you have anything to support this claim?

Blood Type A, who already has thick blood, your blood becomes even thicker


This is simply preposterous.

For MichaelXY, who tries to downplay and trivialize peoples' concerns, I suggest that you lighten up a bit. It's like you're trying to "one up" people making comments


I will not lighten up for the very reason that I do not take this matter lightly, quite the opposite. So many people are ready to believe something they read on the internet, I am voicing my concern only as a check and balance. I have nothing to gain by giving my opinion, I only find advice like yours dangerous to those that may listen and may also require medical attention. You are doing nothing but proliferating bogus claims and harmful advice. I just hope your daughter does not have to suffer due to your negligence in sound judgment.

I applaud people like Jenny McCarthy who wasn't content with the mainstream answer. Look at the outcome she achieved!


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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby ariela » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:52 pm

hey.... i had the same prob a while ago..... i dont kno if this was said yet but my problem was sorbitol..... i chewed alot of sugar free gum which, along with many other sugar free products, contains sorbitol. same thing, i could eat one cracker and bloat up like i was pregnant. NO FUN!! i went to doc after doc and finally we figured it out.... GOOD LUCK!
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