Why fructose malabsorption is relatively unknown is both a mystery and interesting to me. My crew of doctors, dieticians, naturalopaths and my gastroenterologist has never mentioned anything to me about it. Neither has my hypnotist or my acupuncturist (who is a M.D. himself and treats IBS). I have had a colonoscopy, upper and lower barium enemas, balloon testing, SIBO breath tests, stool tests, allergy tests, e. choli. testing, breath tests, blood tests, acupuncture and hypnotism. I have done colon cleanses – many of them. I have gone on antidepressants. Most doctors think it is all in your head. Nothing worked. Even when I did not eat I would get sick. Yes I tried that too. I fasted several times for one whole week and also fasted for three days three times a year. I was trying to clean out my system – restart the computer. I took herbs to combat parasites and herbs to combat candida albicans. I tried several different dietary approaches. I went on a diet once of no meat, no wheat, no sugar and no dairy. While it did improve my energy level and I lost ten pounds from moving so much, I still had awful stomach and digestive disturbances that greatly affected the quality of my life. I tried veganism and vegetarianism. I tried eating one meal a day. I tried Metamucil, Acacia fiber, digestive enzymes, beano, prebiotics, several different kinds of probiotics, aloe vera juice, so called natural laxative such as smooth moves tea, senna and cascara (very dangerous – you will develop a dependency). I had run out of options and I was told that my symptoms might not go away. One out of five people I was told. Where are they I would wonder, hiding out in their house like I’ve been? Some people actually have their gallbladders removed to improve their digestive systems. Usually this makes things worse. Unless you have gallstones, it rarely will be the cause of your discomfort and once it is gone it is gone.
Everyone knows about lactose intolerance, which creates very similar symptoms as fructose malabsoption. Wheat and gluten are gaining acknowledgement for causing an array of destruction in certain (shall we say) sensitive individuals. It seams we are running out of safe food to eat. Is it something we are doing as a species to spoil all our food – GMO’s, aspartame, chem. Trails, fluoride in our water, vaccines, chlorine in our water, high fructose corn syrup? Is it years of accumulation of toxins in our body starting to show themselves through disease, fatigue and general discomfort. I do not know but what I am aware of is that I have healed myself in one month of my diagnosis of depression and irritable bowel syndrome that the doctors had no answer for. I searched high and low, books upon books, surfed for hours trying to find relief. And then one day something magical happened and suddenly everything made sense. By finding a diagnosis myself, a diagnosis that fit all my symptoms to a T,this I then knew how to treat my condition and get better. The doctors who patted me on the back and wished me luck, well, I appreciate their energy. I was not about to accept that the disgust of excessive gas, depression and humiliation as my fate. I had tried everything with little help. The helplessness seamed endless. I can say many good things came about from this battle with food. I certainly learned a lot. I found the true authentic self with in me. Isolation can be a very good thing.
My vision and intention in writing this is that more people will become aware of fructose malabsorption, both what it is and how to treat it. In raising awareness of fructose malabsorption I believe that many people suffering will be able to improve the quality of their lives. There is much research still being conducted and studied regarding malabsorption and its role in health. After struggling with IBS for nearly a decade I decided to cure myself and get to the root of my problem if I could just find out what the problem was. The quality of my life was greatly affected by fructose malabsorption before I knew that that was the problem and how to successfully manage it. I have found a renewed hope and love of both life and myself now that I have the information available in how to eat properly. I feel everyone should know as much about fructose malabsoption as I do. It is exciting to finally know, first hand, that through dietary changes the quality of life of so many can be affected and greatly improved. Before the discovery fructose malabsorption, the diagnosis was usually irritable bowel syndrome. There seamed to be no organic changes to identify IBS and it was classified as a functional bowel disorder with no known cure and little guidance for treatment.
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