Hi – I’m Jaeme!
Starting as a young child, I had chronic constipation
My mother had me believe that Fletcher’s Castoria and prune juice were “treats”. I had been given high doses of antibiotics as a young child also, for what was later shown to be a moldy house and not bacterial infections as misdiagnosed.
This may have given me an out-of-whack gut microbiome right from the start. By the time I was a teenager, the chronic constipation had progressed to very painful IBS-C that at times would drop me to the floor curled up in a ball and not have a bowel movement for up to 10 days.
At age 23, a colonoscopy showed a severely redundant colon (all wrapped up on my left side instead of placed across the abdomen like an upside down “U”). So doctors said I would never get any better, but anyway eat a Mediterranean-type high fiber whole grain and bean diet with lots of extra fiber supplements (like we are “supposed to”) because they didn’t know what else to do. This was 20 years before it became mainstream.
A high fiber whole grain and bean diet triggered other issues
I followed the protocol, but nothing improved and along the way other health issues started popping up or getting worse:
- Life-long anxiety
- Life-long acne
- Life-long sinus
- Thyroid cysts
- Ocular rosacea
- Frequent UTIs
- Keratosis pilaris
- Overall itching
- Energy slumps
- Stomach pain
- Belching, and more.
Doctors just kept saying it was “part of getting older”, and prescribed more meds including PPIs, thyroid meds, nasal sprays, and the “fix-all” antidepressants since of course, women are often seen as having it “all in their minds”. Stomach pains and digestive issues led to endoscopies, gall bladder tests, kidney scans, and a liver biopsy, all which were normal. I now know this was caused by SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or out-of-whack gut microbiome).
About 7 years ago, I contracted bronchitis and was given a heavy dose of Cipro
Soon afterwards I started getting heavy post-nasal drip and mucus in my throat. This then progressed to constant swallowing, throat-clearing and coughing. Then progressed to a constant “golf ball stuck in throat” sensation. Eventually this turned to throat swelling and trouble swallowing, then throat pain and hoarseness.
I thought I would lose my public speaking job, as I could barely get through 5 minutes without clutching my throat and losing my voice. Even sleeping was very difficult from all of the gagging and pain. An ENT doctor did a sinus CT scan and laryngoscopy, and diagnosed LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux,”Silent Reflux”). I was prescribed the standard PPIs, nasal steroid sprays and a low acid diet for LPR, and this made my LPR even worse!
Desperate, I searched and found the Fast Tract Diet through Dr. Norm‘s Digestive Health Institute website
This was before the Fast Tract Diet Facebook page or the Fast Tract Diet Mobile App even existed. Reading the info, it made sense that the low acid diet made my LPR worse – it is high in fermentable carbs (high FP points). It also made sense why 30+ years of a Mediterranean-type high fiber whole grain and bean diet never worked for me and contributed to my issues (again, high FP!).
So I bought the Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn book, which is an invaluable resource for understanding the science behind the diet and for figuring out your individual issues. Although I love the Fast Tract Diet Mobile App and the Facebook group, I would never have found such good success without the book principles to guide me. I followed the two-week intro diet in the book, and started seeing relief after the first week – like flipping a switch.
After the two-week diet reduced my symptoms, I followed the book advice to try adding back one carbohydrate group at a time, one week at a time, to monitor for changes. I started with lactose, since I suspected I was okay with that and no problems. Then I tried fructose, then non-starch fiber and again, no problems.
But when I tried starches, my LPR flared big time
Eliminate starches, symptoms reduced again. This made sense with my previous years of high starches.
So once I figured that out, I was able to adjust my diet to eliminate starches and still stay moderate FP points with the other fermentable carbs. I found a Low Carb High Fat version of the Fast Tract Diet with no starches or sugars works best for me. By 2.5 months I was 85% improved, and at 4 months 99% improved. But something even more amazing happened – I noticed my IBS-C had improved, as had my rosacea, acne, thyroid cysts, frequent UTIs, etc.
By 6 months all of my health issues had eliminated with no more meds!
I have now gone daily and comfortably for the first time in my life at age 50, for 4 years so far. My bloodwork is stellar, my blood pressure and weight ideal, best mental and physical shape and energy of my life, with no more Rx meds – again for 4 years so far. I went to a Nutritionist (RN/MS) to double check this. She monitors my bloodwork and agrees I am getting very dense complete nutrients and am optimizing my health.
My inflammation markers are zilch, no more energy slumps, I have terrific fingernails and skin, etc. My GP doctor commented recently that my skin looks terrific and I almost cried – I never in my life expected to hear that! A recent DNA test showed I descend from a part of the world that would have traditionally eaten my current way, so again this makes sense.
The key to success is finding out what works best for you and make it an “eating lifestyle” change. The Fast Tract Diet showed me that we are all unique products of genetics and a lifetime of exposures. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for all humans like we keep trying to force. The Fast Tract Diet can help you figure out your best foods.
I now see my LPR as a blessing in disguise, since it led me to find the Fast Tract Diet and my best health
I “walked through that door” and never looked back. I have found new favorite foods that do work for me, my taste buds have detoxed from the sugars and old favorites do not even sound appealing anymore – I just see those as the horrible symptoms they cause.
My diet is still quite varied and includes: organic grass-fed meat and dairy, seafood, nuts, lots of leafy greens and non-starch veggies, lots of good fats like olive and coconut oil, dark chocolate, and occasional low carb fruit like berries.
I am able to eat out at almost any restaurant or potluck gathering, etc.
My “go-to” backup plan is a salad with meat, veggies and cheese. I drink lots of coffee with heavy cream, citrus, vinegar, spices, acid foods, etc. with no problem and was able to do so after the two-week intro diet. I had a huge sweet tooth, but no longer – so I hope my story will help support those of you at the beginning of this life-changing journey.
I literally owe my life to Dr. Norm, the Fast Tract Diet and helpful supportive people in the Digestive Health Institute forum and the Fast Tract Diet Facebook group and that’s why I’m still here 4 years later trying to lend support as an Admin. Wishing you all the gift of health – the best present I ever received! My eternal gratitude to Dr. Norm!
Action steps to get rid of LPR and beyond:
Read the Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn book
Get the Fast Tract Diet Mobile App for Android or iPhone/iPad