After taking Oliver off dairy … I thought I’d won. We’d had one night of sleeping through the night and I was ecstatic. I felt like a walking zombie and just one night of him sleeping through the night was enough for me … but after a week he was back on more antibiotics for tonsillitis. I knew that I couldn’t figure this one out alone … I called a naturopath. Our first appointment was in March 2011. In was in awe of her vast knowledge base immediately and I felt very overwhelmed. The moment Oliver walked in the door she talked about him being Celiac or gluten intolerant. She knew it immediately and I knew that there was going to be a lot of work in the future and a lot of learning on my part. She immediately tested him for IgG allergies. His tests came back saying he was intolerant to gluten, peanuts, dairy, citrus, and eggs. I was shocked and I really didn’t know where to turn. But, she was (and still is) an amazing doctor. She told me to take my time in absorbing all this new information, but to get him off these foods. I took two days to organize my plan of attack and then we knocked off all the foods that he was intolerant to. From that moment on, he was a completely different kid. He stopped banging his head on the floor profusely, the black circles around his eyes disappeared, he never had another cold, tonsillitis or ear infection, he was sleeping MUCH better and most importantly he was SOOOO happy! We focused on healing his gut … he had daily probiotics and still has them today. We continued to see improvement in Oliver with each passing day, week and month. And, when it was time to reintroduce the foods that he was intolerant to, we found out quite quickly if he had a problem with them. Oliver continues to be off gluten, dairy, citrus and peanuts to this date. Every time we tried to introduce any of these foods he had either diarrhea, coughing, or poor behaviour. Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs with Oliver’s diet, but we believe that this lifestyle is important for his health.
So, now that we had gotten over the hurdles of changing Oliver’s diet we decided that Charlotte needed to see Oliver’s naturopath as well. Charlotte was 12 months old. She had had so many ear infections in her life and so many antibiotics and I knew, this wasn’t good for her. By this time I was no longer nursing her, I had tried every kind of formula and ending up putting her on soy at 7 months. It was the only formula that she didn’t outright react to. But, she still wasn’t sleeping. The first time I took Charlotte to the naturopath, she immediately told me to get her off the soy formula. I did. And, she slept. Not all night, but it was a HUGE improvement. I also put her on the gluten free, dairy free, peanut free and citrus free diet. (I know, I know, I guess I was in denial still that Oliver’s diet would probably help Charlotte as well!) She also steadily improved. The biggest change I noticed in Charlotte was that her constant tonsillitis disappeared after going soy-free. Her chronic constipation vanished. I no longer needed to give her a daily laxative. So, how you might ask, or what did I feed her? As if I didn’t have enough going on, I started making my own formula. I found a recipe online and I showed it to my naturopath. She gave me the green light to start feeding it to Charlotte. She thrived on it. Charlotte had ear tubes put in December 2011 ( 15 months old) and we’ve never had a problem with her ears again. Her tubes fell out just six months after the surgery. The ENT was baffled that after falling out so quickly, she never had another ear infection again. I wasn’t. I believe that he constant ear infections were from the soy she was consuming. No soy, gluten, or dairy = no ear infections.
We continued to see the naturopath every few months. I often refer to her as my guardian angel. Seriously, if I hadn’t taken the kids to her, I don’t know where I’d be today. I know that Oliver would be a very different little boy. I’m sure that he would be on Ritalin and be deemed as the “bad” boy in his Kindergarten class. Instead, he is the boy that is quiet, calm and so very smart. (He’s not an angel, but close to it!) He is well behaved and so very grown up for a 5 year old. Charlotte sleeps through most nights now as well and is doing wonderfully as well. I am a big believer in naturopathy (more so everyday!) and I know that even though this lifestyle isn’t always “easy” it’s our way of life. It keeps us healthy ….