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June 23, 2018

Common Foods that Cross-React with Gluten

If you are following a strict gluten-free lifestyle, yet you still suffer from symptoms seemingly related to gluten, you could be eating foods that do not contain gluten but your body reacts to them as if they do. This process is called cross-reactivity.

Unfortunately, some gluten-free foods such as cheese, chocolate, non-GMO corn, nuts, grains, and coffee contain proteins so similar to gluten that the immune system may confuse these proteins with gluten and react as if you just ate a bowl of whole-wheat pasta!

It's estimated at least half of those who are gluten-intolerant are also sensitive to cross-reactive foods.

Below is a list of common foods that cross-react with gluten:
  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • White and milk chocolate (not dark chocolate)
  • Coffee, except air-roasted coffee (offered by Optimal Health Network)
  • Non-GMO corn
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy (alpha-casein, beta-casein, casomorphin, butyrophilin, whey protein)
  • Eggs, except soy-free eggs
  • Hemp
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Polish wheat
  • Potato, except sweet potato
  • Rye
  • Rice, except black rice and wild rice
  • Sesame
  • Spelt
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff
  • Yeast
  • Lentils, except black
  • Beans, except black
  • Nuts, especially almonds, but not coconut, pecan, chestnut, walnut, pine, pistachio, and Brazilian
If you are gluten-intolerant and still having health issues even after removing gluten from your diet, eliminate the above foods for at least two months and see if your symptoms improve. Make sure you've healed your gut as well. Then, after two months you may reintroduce the above foods one at a time to determine which ones are causing cross-reactions.

If you determine that there are foods that are cross-reactive for you, the treatment is to permanently remove these foods from your diet in addition to eliminating gluten.

Even though the cross-reactive foods do not actually contain gluten, your body thinks they do and therefore the inflammation and damage to your body can ultimately be equal to gluten. If you need support, consider a health consultation with me.

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March 25, 2018

Detoxing During End Stage Cancer: Questions on Hair Analysis and the Enema Series

By Kristina Amelong

Recent correspondence from a client:

"Can hair analysis [HTMA] still be helpful with an end stage cancer diagnosis? I was diagnosed 12/22/17 with stage IVB [metastatic] colon cancer. They gave me 6 months or less. No cure. I have refused traditional treatment and am trying my best to help my body help itself while I trust my maker to be my healer. I am juicing 64 oz daily along with supplements and a raw diet including raw milk products. I am beginning sauna time and seeking potentially intravenous vitamin C. Detoxing is exhausting! Your site has helped me a great deal to improve my coffee enemas, though I wonder is it OK to do two series daily? I am interested to know if the hair analysis would offer helpful info at this point. I would appreciate any thoughts you may offer."

My response:

"Wow! What a journey. My blessings to you.

Yes, absolutely the HTMA can be a useful resource in working with your body.

It is fine to do two enema series daily, as long as you feel better or the same, and not worse for more than a couple hours. Do rest from that cycle every couple weeks.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance."



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March 19, 2018

Using Enemas to Help Provide Relief from LARS (Low Anterior Resection Syndrome)

By Kristina Amelong

Recently I was contacted by Kate, who has sought support for her husband who suffers from LARS (low anterior resection syndrome) following colorectal cancer surgery. LARS is a constellation of symptoms which can include fecal incontinence or urgency, frequent or fragmented bowel movements, emptying difficulties, and increased intestinal gas, that occur after a sphincter-sparing resection (i.e., anterior resection) of the rectum. I would like to share my dialogue with Kate in the hope of helping others who are struggling with LARS.

Kate wrote to me as follows:

"My husband had colorectal cancer in 2014 and had his rectum removed in April 2015. Since then he has had low anterior resection syndrome (LARS). He has learned to live with it by greatly altering his diet and lifestyle. We've learned that a lot of people with LARS are doing enemas to get some relief. My husband has told me he'd like to try them. I'm a novice but am learning as much as I can as quickly as I can. This could really be the answer we've been hoping for to give him some relief from LARS. Enemas could possibly mean he can eat differently, travel, sleep, etc.!

Here are some of my questions:

Have you helped people with LARS? If yes, which products do you recommend for enemas to be successful? Can you do them daily? Or how often do recommend doing them?

I'm so happy I found your website. Thank you!"

I wrote back to share a potential reference from another client:

"Hi, Kate. Wonderful to hear from you. Begin HERE. Does this fit?"

[Client reference appears in second half of linked blog post.]

Kate replied:

"You got it. This fits perfectly! Pretty much the same exact story as Bob.

I've told my husband that there will be some trial and error in doing the enemas, from what I've read on a Facebook group for people with LARS. The least amount of trial and error the better. If I can set him up for success, then I know it can be a lifelong solution for us. It's been an extremely tough couple of years and if this works, then it will truly be a lifesaver in a lot of ways.

Russ (my husband) is 6'1" and about 155-160 lbs. Can you recommend the supplies he'll need? Also how much water do you recommend? My number one goal is success!

Thank you so much for your help!"

My response:

"Hi, Kate. Here are my recommendations:
You can also call for help with orders at (608) 242-0200."

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December 3, 2017

Pet Health

The Optimal Health Network's resource on pet health is still being developed. If you have stories of using enemas, suppositories, or essential oils with your pets to improve their health, we would love to hear from you.

Here are a few thoughts to start with:
  • In speaking with a holistic veterinary clinic, I found out that a common treatment for dogs who have cancer is to use frankincense enemas.
  • Diffusing lavender promotes a relaxed and peaceful attitude in pets.
  • One of the simplest cancer-deterring supplements you can add to your dog’s food is coconut oil. Use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight per day in divided doses. That's 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) for a 30-pound dog and 2 tablespoons for a 60-pound dog. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil help treat or prevent many kinds of illnesses and they have significant anti-tumor properties. Giving your dog coconut oil every day is inexpensive health insurance.
  • Feed your pet raw food, especially meat.
  • Dogs need real bones.
  • Some enemas are not safe for cats. Unsafe enemas are those containing phosphate (for example, some Fleet enemas). Cats absorb sodium and phosphate molecules from these enemas into their blood and tissues, becoming hypertonic. As a cat's body seeks to dilute the area and correct the hypertonicity, it pulls water from the tissues, including from the brain and muscles. The result is a potentially fatal hypertonicity electrolyte imbalance.
  • Use suppositories with your pets before you use enemas.

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November 24, 2016

The Scoop on Powdered Bone Broth

When the bone broth movement began several years ago, it was a celebration of a return to traditional, nutrient-dense, healing foods. Or as Chef Lance Roll says: Blessed Return Of Traditional Healing (B.R.O.T.H.).

Many of us began to recognize that the rise of disease and lack of optimal health, happiness, and energy that we're experiencing is a product of the processed, inferior foods we're buying into. So we began ditching our microwaves, TV dinners, and processed foods in favor of real, ancestral foods once again.

But, as the old adage says, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. This is evident in the genesis of products like powdered bone broth and K-cup bone broth. That is, an attempt to take a healing, REAL food and turn it into a processed convenience food.

Here's the problem: all of the studies on the power and benefits of bone broth are done on traditionally prepared broth, not processed versions. By deconstructing bone broth, you lose the very essence of what makes it the nourishing, healing food that it is. Properly prepared bone broth is more than its individual properties:
  • bioavailable collagen
  • abundant amino acids
  • vitamins and minerals
  • glucosaminoglycans
  • healthy fats and much more!
Bone broth is a synergy of all its properties working together. Add to that the aroma, warmth, deliciousness, energy, love, and nostalgia, and you begin to understand that real bone broth is an EXPERIENCE: you can actually FEEL it nourishing your cells. I dare say you miss that experience when you drink powdered water from a blender cup in your car!

When Chef Lance Roll of The Flavor Chef was at the WAPF Conference last week, over half of the attendees inquired whether he made a powdered broth. The answer, of course, was "NEVER!"
Buy Flavor Chef Bone Broth Soup

I'm not going to say there are no shortcuts in life. There are some. But bone broth is not one of them. We could take shortcuts and powder our broth. Charge less, and make a huge profit. But integrity does not allow it. In the case of bone broth, you do get what you pay for.

Learn more about the insidious compound created by the high heat processing of bone broth

If you're in the market for bone broth, then you likely value your health and wellness. So do your research. Ask questions. How is it being made? Who is making it? Look at reviews and credentials.

While I do sometimes supplement with probiotics or use green powders (from companies that I've researched and vetted for myself), I do so with full knowledge that it isn't providing the same benefits as eating fermented foods or real vegetables. If a green powder manufacturer claimed I would never have to eat another vegetable again if I used their product every day, I would seriously question their ethics.

Bone broth is not a fad. It's a traditional, healing FOOD. And, if done right, it tastes freakin' good! Our commitment is to providing the best-tasting, most healing bone broth. We will continue to look for ways to make packaging and shipping easier — in ways that do not compromise our values.

To learn more about the health benefits of bone broth soup, read my book, Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health.

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