Last Monday we had an appointment with the Integrative Medicine (IM) doctor at KU. We were able to gain a lot of information and some action steps to possibly assist Brian’s body in fighting this cancer. The IM clinic is similar to a holistic doctor. None of the appointments, tests, treatments or supplements are covered by insurance, similar to a holistic doctor. I guess insurance just likes to pay for toxic chemicals, rather than healthy eating practices. The IM clinic isn’t designed to necessarily be “curative” for whatever disease or disorder you’re seeing them for, but it is a way to make sure that your body is working as “efficiently” as possible in order for your body (the best fighter against any disease) to be at its “best.”
Prior to the appointment, Brian had to do blood tests and send off different urine and stool samples. (Let’s just say that I may not ever eat chicken strips out of a white/red striped paper basket anymore, because that’s what was given to be the “collector.” Nasty.) When we went to Monday’s appointment, they had the test results back and we were able to talk through these things. One thing we discussed was the way Brian’s body was processing the food that he is eating. It’s quite interesting, but they can test to make sure you are able to pull out the nutrients you need and are able to use your calories the most effectively to help with energy levels and also to help get the right nutrients and get rid of the toxins. There are different vitamins and minerals that help this whole metabolic process work, so the tests were to find places that may be “bogged down” and help get those parts of the cycle working right again with the right supplements. Sounds confusing? It is. This is similar to the diagram he showed us:
Let’s just say, half the time I had no idea what the doctor was talking about. Thankfully, my science-minded husband studied this stuff in college so he understood it perfectly. When put into simple terms, it makes a lot of sense. If your body isn’t processing your foods efficiently, or your metabolic cycle is off whack, then your body isn’t at it’s “tip top shape” to be fighting diseases. The goal is to get Brian’s metabolism back to the proper place, since right now it is trying to use a less-efficient process because of all that his body has gone through. The doctor gave us a whole packet of supplements to order…B-complex, liquid vitamin D, more vitamin C, magnesium, pro-biotics (I call it good fungus), and a whole list of other things. One reason you saw me ask on Facebook about coconut water kefir grains to start growing our own
good fungal bacteria probiotics for much cheaper.
One of the biggest things we found out, after looking at results from a food-sensitivity test was that Brian is sensitive to wheat. His wheat “sensitivity” number was 34, compared to 2-10 range of other foods. So, this means that we are now trying to shift our diet to exclude wheat. The doctor didn’t specifically mention gluten, so we are primarily just focusing on avoiding products with wheat. It is a little easier than avoiding gluten, but it is still amazing the things that wheat is in. We are doing our best to remove as much as possible, but we are not worrying about the traces of wheat found in some things (like frozen turkey meatballs, etc) and he still has occasional Christmas goodies. Brian didn’t necessarily have horrible side effects of eating wheat, in fact we had no idea he was sensitive to it before the test, but since his body is reacting to it with inflammation (shown on the test levels), the thought is that by removing the sensitive items that it will give his immune system one less thing to deal with. Hopefully this means it will give his immune system a lighter load so that it can give more focus to fighting the cancer. Brian has mentioned that his side hasn’t hurt since we removed wheat from his diet last week, so that may have been a side effect that we just assumed was related to the chemo or cancer. It will definitely be a challenge to shift our diet (since you’re always told to eat whole wheat things!), but I don’t think it will be a huge deal. We’ll just be eating a lot more lean meat and veggies. We did go to the health food section at HyVee yesterday to look for some items to replace the regular items we ate that do have wheat (bread, pasta, pizza crust, baked goodies), and that was a bit overwhelming because it was all SO expensive!!
Why is living healthy and going to pro-active healthy doctors SO EXPENSIVE and not covered by insurance!?! No wonder our country is so unhealthy!!!
Anyways, Friday Brian had his PET scan, so we will be going in today at 3 p.m. to get his results. Definitely a little anxious to see what this afternoon holds for us. We’d absolutely appreciate your prayers. I’ll update on Facebook as soon as we hear something, and will update on the blog when I get time.