Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 44 of 100 Day Raw Food Challenge: Tick Bite

Today I talk about my tick bite, and the possibility that I might have Celiac Disease. Sorry to be gross, but I have to tell you about the rash that I've had on my ankles for 10-12 YEARS! I am pretty sure it's Dermatitis Herpatiformis, and I'm having a biopsy done next week to confirm that.

Big fun!


Isle Dance said...

You are not alone. I can't eat gluten or wheat either. Let me know if you want me to share little tips to help make the transition away from them pain-free/hassle-free. Wait. I'll do a blog post on it soon. :o)

Viv said...

What great news (the raw food clearing up the rash)! And the doctor can't argue with results! I love it!

I, like you had chronic fatigue, depression (and anxiety). I had some allergy testing before I went raw and it was determined that I am allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, corn and soy. Well, now that I am raw, I don't eat those foods anyway. Voila, no problem! I feels soooo much better. After awhile I may try raw soy sauce to see if I can tolerate it.

Glad to have you back!



Penni said...

OMG BunBun, I too have suffered from Dermatitis Herpatiformis. Since I've been on my juice fast, it started getting better and better and now after 3 months of juice, it's completely gone. I was blood tested for Celiac disease several yrs. ago, the test came back fine, yet I have heard the testing through blood work is only borderline accurate. I will be really interested to see what your biopsy reveals.

You look really great by the way. I can see such a change in your face from the early videos. You are doing great!!

Birch Center said...

You look so great! I'm very excited for you.
Have you tried the technique of "massaging" the kale with olive oil and salt? It literally ends up looking and tasting cooked! On youtube you can look up Karen Knowler and she demonstrates as kale avocado salad with this technique. Try it! It's soooo good (I love kale, too!) (After massaging the kale with salt and oil, you add things like lemon, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes...yum.)

Anonymous said...

I can't have gluten either. But that's ok, because it caused me to be WAAAAAAAY more experimental in the kitchen! Last time I checked though, the only truly conclusive test for celiac is a biopsy of your intestinal villi, which, after not eating gluten for over a month, would probably come back as negative since your villi have now had time to heal.

BTW, there is wheat-free tamari available, in place of soy sauce. It's not raw, but what can you do?

RawBin said...

Hey Bunny, I was tested for Celiac disease. Inconclusive. Some my allergist said that the blood test is adequate, but the gastroenterologist said that it's not necessarily the most accurate! To do the bowel test, you have to eat lots of wheat for several months. Hmm. All I know is when I eat most glutens, I have many uncomfortable unmentionable side effects. Last thing I cut out of my menu was eggs because when I ate them, I was getting a rash on my ankles and wrists. Looked and felt like poison ivy.

Lisa, aka Pixywinks said...

Oh, so sorry about the tick bite. I've had my share of them… growing up in the country and all. You can heat a needle with a match and rub it across their back and they will turn loose. That's a safer way to get them off than just pulling them.

Hope everything turns out ok at the docs. Sounds like you are on the road to great health. Pretty soon you won't need to see the doc. LOL

Pixy Lisa

Anonymous said...

As someone else mentioned because you've been off gluten your test might come back negative. If so, you'll have to go back to eating gluten and have the test done again. I think that there is wheatfree soy sauce.

HiHoRosie said...

Sorry about the tick bite. Yucky! Hope all goes at the doc too. At least, now you're on your way to excellent health. :) And horrors that you had COOKED kale and carrots!!! I jest of course. I'm not strict about cooked/steamed veggies very much. I'm just proud of you for not having any of the bbq foods! That's got to feel good. :)

chasmyn said...

Next time you try kale in a smoothie, add some lemon - it cuts the bitterness of the kale and makes it quite palatable.