This summer, my Mother had a stroke followed by a heart attack and fainting spells. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong. In fact, after the last visit to the ER, an entire team of doctors said to me, “We cannot explain her symptoms and so we are going with your theory that it’s diet related. Why don’t you give it a shot.”
So, over the past 2 months, I’ve been working on her case. On the surface, her case appears complicated:
- Development of glomerulonephritis in her 20’s with unknown etiology leading to kidney failure and transplant.
- Multiple Strokes
- Multiple Heart Attacks
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Protein spilling
- Chronic Pain
- Dizziness followed by periodic fainting spells
- Hair loss
- Brain Fog
- Cognitive Decline
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Cerebral Hemorrhage
But, once you connect the dots, the picture becomes clear:
All of her symptoms are due to chronic inflammation. Lower the inflammation, and her body can heal.
I’m in the process of identifying her unique triggers – factors causing her inflammation – by using laboratory tests, available research, and intuition. While we wait for the results of the lab tests, I’ve removed two of the most common dietary triggers: grains and dairy.
We know from my genetic testing that my Mother and I share the genes for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Consequently, every time we eat grains, we will experience inflammation. In fact, eating one bread crumb can inflame our bodies for up to 2 months. And, dairy contains casein, which is structurally similar to gluten. Sometimes the body gets confused between gluten and casein and begins to form antibodies to casein through a process called molecular mimicry. Therefore, I eliminated all grains and all dairy from my Mother’s diet.
Changing my Mother’s diet has been challenging:
- She was eating a standard American diet, with most of her calories coming from conventional, processed foods. And, those are the foods she still wants to eat.
- She was addicted to Ensure and sugar.
- She lives across the country, so I’m limited by what I can order online.
- Money is an issue.
- And, she’s now in an assisted living facility with my step-Dad. So, every week, the facility sends me the menu they plan to serve, and I modify it according to my Mother’s needs and the constraints placed upon me by the facility.
So, I’m doing the best I can and giving the rest over to God.
I’d like to share one of her meal plans in case it helps someone who is also transitioning to a grain-free, dairy-free lifestyle. It also contains links to the foods I have been ordering online for her.
Disclaimer: This meal plan was created for my Mother. It is not meant to be medical advice. Hands Off My Food, LLC and Sina McCullough, Ph.D. specifically disclaim any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, that may be incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of the website (HandsOffMyFood.com), book (Hands Off My Food!: How Government and Industry Have Corrupted Our Food and Easy Ways To Fight Back), YouTube channel Dr. Sina McCullough), Facebook page (Hands Off My Food), or any of the content during consulting sessions or speaking engagements. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. The information provided is not meant to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions. The information provided is not medical advice nor is it designed to replace advice, information, or prescriptions you receive from your health care provider. Consult your health care provider before making any changes to your diet, medication, or lifestyle. Proceed at your own risk.