2010-05-17

Gut Instinct


Gut Instinct


Nine days in the hospital. This is what a monkey gut can do. Nagging, for years, with its hot little protests and complaints. You blame gluten, or milk, or a parade of assorted culprits, from chili peppers to chai. And while these offenders may indeed play a part in the long burning dance of your life with food, a new realization begins to poke its way into existence. 

Your brain has a twin.

And it lives in your gut. The Second Brain.




It feels every spike of happiness, each dull thud of disappointment. It twists in anticipation and burns with worry. It alerts you to the creepy guy, leering at the bus stop. It nudges you to pay attention. We ignore our animal intuition at our peril. It is an ancient gift we take for granted. 

The trouble is, some of us feel too much in our gut. And we pay a price. 

I write about this because too often we assign digestive symptoms to food allergies, or eating on the go, cross contamination or a schoolyard bug. We blame something outside ourselves, an invader, an enemy. And meanwhile, back in our body-brain we churn our anxiety into searing little pockets of trouble. Trouble that gnaws and radiates and eventually, perforates the duodenum. 

That's the top theory for my current flare, anyway.




I've been tilted on tables while sucking iodine through a straw, beamed by x-rays and rolled into CT scans (twice). I visualized surf a la John From Cincinnati while stuck inside an MRI machine as my three hip screws got hot. I blew through five IV's due to tiny, wallflower veins and ate and drank nothing for six days to rest my searing gut. I listened to my gastroenterologist in the middle of the night as he sat at my bedside in the dark and explained each possibility and indication with soft-spoken calm. An endoscopy will be scheduled when it is safe to do one.

I am back at our apartment now, and tired. Waking up in my own bed is heaven. My diet today is baby rice cereal, some carrot soup. Mashed potato. I am caffeine free and sipping warm rice milk instead of coffee. Steve is baking mini banana muffins.

It's good to be home.









Images from my hospital stay, taken with my iPhone.


143 comments:

  1. Feel better. Feel much, much better.

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  2. OH MY Kari, please be well.

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  3. Speedy recovery!!!!

    Big hug from Denmark

    Elizabeth

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  4. Oh gosh. I'm glad your home.

    I physicalize stress in my gut. I'm dismissed for feeling sick when there's nothing wrong, but you're right about the effects still being real.

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  5. I'm so glad you are home and I hope you feel better really soon. (
    they have nice flooring in your hospital)

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  6. I hope you are feeling better soon. So happy to hear you are back in the comfort of your home. hugs!! anne xoxo

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  7. Even in the worst possible situation, you manage to make art. I'm so glad you are home and that there's a plan for going forward.

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  8. I'm glad you're home and doing all of the things you need to do to feel well. Blogging is the bottom of the list, and your health and those you love in your real world are the top of the list.

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  9. You are such a brilliant writer. Who else could write about 9 days in the hospital with such poetry and a few life lessons thrown in for good measure. I was so glad to see that you were finally home. Sending good energy for future healing too. xoxo

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  10. Feel better in the comfort of Home!
    Many healing wishes are sent forth from my aching gut to yours!

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  11. I hope you feel better soon!

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  12. Karina:
    Hope you are now on the road to recovery. 9 days in hospital is enough to make some sick! Take care of yourself and always, always go with your gut.

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  13. Hope you are feeling better soon. I was a hospital nurse for a long time and those scenes are so familiar, but it is very different when you are a patient, right?

    I've been GF for three years because of my son, and now my second son, and have tried enzymes, probiotics, etc. I just found Kombucha and I absolutely love it. Have you tried it? It is so wonderful and balancing and my long- damaged gut loves it! I thought Kefir was the answer, but I think this is exponentially better!

    Feel better soon!

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  14. Karina - I am so glad you are home from the hospital, and so appreciate your sharing your wisdom and art with us - hope things improve and please know I (and many others too) are keeping you and your family in our thoughts.

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  15. Best wishes to you, wonderful woman.

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  16. you worded this so well . . . the link between heart and mind and gut . . . how some of us route our emotional storms to our bellies . . .

    i know that food has always been comfort for me, and that being gluten intolerant has just been so hard. . . growing community of gf folks helps, your blog helps . . . especially this post. i'm sorry for your suffering, but so grateful you wrote about it . . .

    after a year of agony, i was just diagnosed with ulcers and IBS . . . i've taken to calling it "crazy in the gut" as it feels like sorrow and rage is expressing itself in a wild, mad fashion that i'd never dare do in my living . . .

    do you sometimes wonder if folks like you and i and the other folks dealing with these sorts of ailments are the first warning signals of just how bad things are going to get with the food supply???

    . . . sending you well wishes . . . glad you're home . . .

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  17. I am so, so sorry you are so sick. Thank you for reminding us that it's not always about the food. I do hope you get better soon.

    On the theme of brain-gut connections, you might find Dr. Michael Gershon's work interesting...he is a seminal in the (newish) field of neurogastroenterology. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/23/health/23gut.html?_r=1

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  18. Thank you for the link to the article- and all the wonderful comments. Much love, xox k

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  19. I am so sorry to hear of your troubles and wish you the speediest of recoveries back to health - you are in my prayers. As usual, you hit the nail on the head when you wrote "because too often we assign digestive symptoms to food allergies, or eating on the go, cross contamination or a schoolyard bug. We blame something outside ourselves, an invader, an enemy." Much easier to do that than look within.

    Feel better, friend.

    Ellen

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  20. So glad you are home, 9 days, yuck!!! I too, carry my anxiety, stress, fears, etc. all in my tummy. So no matter what foods avoid for my allergies and sensitivites, I have to learn how to avoid life, so to speak. Praying for a speedy recovery!!! Take care of you!!! You are my inspiration in all the GF, Celiac, food sensitive madness!!! Big hugs!!!!

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  21. I must think with my bladder...I always have to pee when I'm nervous.

    I hope you are feeling better and get back into your groove soon. I tell my son, age 5, not to feed the bad tummy bugs, they eat sugar, gluten, junk food and stress.

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  22. thanks for this post, Karina, and thanks for the link to that book that sounds very interesting. as someone who has been struggling with digestive issues for a few years now and is still working on the causes (not allergic to gluten, but possibly corn? and so on...), reading about others' struggles is comforting and also informative.

    and i hope you feel better soon!

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  23. Oh Sweetheart. I hope it is all sorted out quickly and that you are on a speedy road to recovery.
    Big Love
    Melissa

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  24. I hope you feel better soon

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  25. Oh my gosh Karina! You are so sick! Think about all the laughs we had during our Celiac demise! Wish I could figure a way to help you out now the way you helped me then!

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  26. I hope you feel better soon, my tummy troubles are not quite so severe, but I fear the "second brain" issue is plaguing me too.

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  27. So Sorry to hear about your health problems. Glad that you are back home. Wish you a very speedy recovery. Get well soon my dear. Sending lots of warmth and positive energy your way. -Meenakshi.

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  28. There is nothing like one's own bed after being in the hospital. I spent 10 days there last fall due to GI problems, surgery, complications, etc.

    Hope you feel better soon and continue to be well.

    Cindy
    http://www.wheatlessfoodie.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm so glad you're home, nothing like having your own bed. I know just how you feel, I have Crohn's Disease and I have had so much pain in my gut. It took 15 years to diagnose my condition, until then I was told, "can you control this with food?" did I have a choice? LOL You have my deepest sympathy.

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  30. Oh no! I hope you get better soon and find out what's wrong! I'm praying for ya, it's horrible being sick.

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  31. Been there....Feel better!

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  32. Oh no. Please be well.
    I have so many digestion issues and no one knows what's wrong with me.
    They even tried to blame my heart. I'm one to worry and be anxious so I completely agree with you. Brains and emotions and digestion are all one in the same.

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  33. You are in my thoughts and prayers for much rest, and a speedy recovery.

    Love and hugs from Virginia.

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  34. Glad to hear you're finally home and receiving TLC from your hubby. Rest and be well. Sending big hugs your way.

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  35. I almost want to cry with joy because I don't feel so alone anymore after reading this post! Sometime I get so angry and caught up in the feelings I have about food, my gut, the pain, and so many unanswerable questions, and cry really, really loudly. I want to be a gastroenterologist in my next life :)

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  36. Oh, lovely Karina, I hope that the medical types sort things out and that you feel better soon. I've been in and out of hospitals for the last several months due to another wrinkle in the cancer situation - pelvic this time - and I have come to loathe hospitals, absolutely loathe them. Coming home is always a relief and a blessing and wonderful beyond expression.

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  37. I'm sorry you had to go through that! I'm 20 and have been suffering with high amounts of stress and anxiety most of my life. Since I was 10 I have suffered from digestive problems and also headaches, post nasal drip and so much more bodily symptoms. My family and I spent so much time and money trying to make me feel better and find out what was wrong. I had been on SO many different diets and nothing worked. I never knew what would set my symptoms off, everyday was different. 3 years ago I was told it was all in my head, I do have RSD after all. I was told to eat whatever I wanted and I did. I felt good for a few weeks, but then continued to suffer with the symptoms until one month ago. My body was giving me every sign of candida 6 months ago. Yellow skin, itchy, abdominal pain, bloating and so much more. I felt like I was dying and this wasn't the first time. I went to the naturopath once again and we decided that this is all related to stress. I just went to my family doctor and she said that I'm the text book of general anxiety disorder because people who are affected with it have a host of aches, pains and digestive issues, but all tests come up negative. Anyway, right now I'm taking baryta carb, a homeopathic med, and I'm also working on reducing stress, so far my symptoms and completely disappeared. Well, that is until I had a erythritol sweetened soda a week ago, it has been misery since and I know this could last 2 months to a year because it happened the last time I had the soda, but I didn't connect it to the soda. Ok this was way too long and you probably got bored long ago. Don't underestimate the power of the mind.

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  38. So sorry to hear about your tummy travails. Hope you feel better soon.

    TK

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  39. Sounds like you've been through a lot. But I think you nailed it on the head when you said, everything we feel is felt by our bodies as well as our brains.
    I work with clients on things like this every day. Body, mind and spirit working together can create the most healing.
    Be well, sending lots of loving healing energy your way.

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  40. Sending you love, darlin. And lots of it.
    xoxo

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  41. Oh no! I'm so sorry you have been so ill. I wish you the speediest of recoveries.

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  42. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  43. Karina, you've transformed your experience into an artful reminder to listen to our inner voice. Thank you, and be well.

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  44. You're so lovely Karina! And you're so right. My belly is a window to my mood and feelings all the time! We need to breath more and relax more. It's not just about food. Thanks for the reminder. I hope you feel so much better soon. And I hope you can eat brownies for breakfast soon. xx

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  45. Oh I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering. I, too, have that gut problem and am suffering horribly with it now. Speedy recovery!

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  46. Glad you are home!

    I just found your site a few days ago and have been searching the recipe archives for vegan no soy...then followed you on Twitter where I read you were in the hospital!

    Snuggle with your hubby and requests lots of soothing soft back rubs. And collect lots of loving hugs from family.

    Please, be well.

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  47. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, keep positive, and get well soon.
    Mary

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  48. Oh Karina, I hope you feel well soon.

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  49. Arghh this all sounds all too familiar.. after discovering I was gluten intolerant, and going GF, I thought that would be the answer to my tummy troubles... but it wasn't. After the Gluten test, my naturopath did a stool test and discovered that years of suffering from Gluten intolerance had lain my insides to a wasteland and little immunity, I had almost every parasite on his list.. Its been 5 years, and little by little I'm cleaning my gut up.. (why did I think quitting gluten would be all it took?) So sorry that you're suffering... I sent you love and big hugs.. and hope that your health starts to spiral upwards, now that you're home: Neinah

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  50. Thank you for posting this. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad. I hope you feel better soon. My thoughts will be with you.

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  51. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. You are truly inspiring. Right now just rest and take care of yourself. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  52. I did a few days awhile back and took similar pics. The one of the duty board was almost exactly the same. I've been there. Glad you're feeling better.

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  53. Karina,
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with this issue. I just read your post and am currently struggling with a similar condition. It's frustrating that there isn't a lot of awareness or support (from western medicine) for the connection between the mind and digestive system. I'm always hesitant to visit the doctor as they never find anything wrong!! I too have celiac and IBS, which are normally kept under control. However, when they flare up - they really flare up. I am reminded during these times to never take for granted being healthy!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

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  54. I'm sorry you've been ill, please get well soon. We're rooting for you!

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  55. I hope you recover soon. I feel your pain all too closely--after swearing off dairy and gluten my stomach aches and pains haven't subsided. I'm going in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy myself in two weeks. I hope that yours has helpful results.

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  56. Karina,
    Your insight to food and our bodies is so beautifully written. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Feel better.

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  57. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing & for inspiring all of us.

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  58. Gosh, GFGoddess, this totally SUCKS! A big, heartfelt "I'm sooo sorry to hear this!!" Thinking positive thoughts for you & wishing you a very speedy road to wellness...with some answers.

    I am so grateful for all that you have contributed on your blog. Both my husband & I enjoy many, many of your recipes & helpful hints. You're THE BEST!!!!!

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  59. Heart breaking, this is. Sending out healthy, loving, healing, happy thoughts to you.

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  60. Lovely Karina who inspires me regularly. Be well. From Miss Jane in Oz xxx

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  61. I am so sorry you were ill and glad you are back home. Your hospital photos are beautiful and really get your message across. I am new to you site and found it through a Fodmap info site. Fodmap having to do with short chain carbohydrate malabsorption. It is well known in Australia and New Zealand, but Docs don't know much about it here. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing your recipes and cooking experience.

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  62. I can identify with your post. After an excruciating gall bladder attack in December my naturopath looked at me and told me I needed to do an emotional inventory and get rid of the bitterness. It's much easier to try to eliminate the food and not do the harder work of dealing with the stress or emotions that affect the inside just as much. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the strength to do the hard emotional work that can be just as healing.

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  63. Many years ago, I, too, was in the hospital for nine days with half a dozen doctors around my bed scratching their heads wondering what would have caused a perforated small intestine. They thought I had swallowed a chicken bone! Which I hadn't, of course. Thank you for your beautiful blogs and recipes and I wish you a speedy recovery. Chinese herbs healed me where Western Medicine could not...Blessings, Goddess!

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  64. Oh so sorry to hear this news, we are all hoping for a full recovery very soon. My heart goes out to you.
    You blog is my first choice go-to cookbook, my favorite.
    Thanks

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  65. Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry to hear you've been under the weather. My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. (And, while I'm here, thank you for a wonderful site!)
    Heidi

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  66. K,
    So So sorry to hear you have been having such a painful time. Being home must feel so good!
    Your first paragraph was right on the mark regarding how our body gives us messages we ignore. That is one of my "talents." Wishing you comfort, and answers to come.
    Hugs and lots of love from Cape Cod!
    Marcia

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  67. healing energies!! my you've been though a lot!! But, you have given me so much, I am sending you healing energies!! You are so right, our gut hold a lot beyond food. Thank you for this post!!

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  68. Sending MAJOR good health vibes - hang in there.

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  69. Healing and positive thoughts are being sent your way. What a horrible time you have had. Loving and healing wishes -- tracy

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  70. Ohhhh Karina.....so sorry to hear you have been sick...sending hugs and a speedy recovery to you, Ina

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  71. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this, Karina. It must feel like curling up in your nest right now and healing. I'm thinking of you and hoping for a resolution to your discomfort.

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  72. Karina,

    What an ordeal! So glad you are home now. Thanks for your words of wisdom. Your post reminded me to follow up with my doc. Feel better soon.

    Valerie

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  73. K, I'm glad you're home. Your post made me cry, because it's so insightful and true. I also love the fact that whatever's going on with you, you're an artist to the core--that's what keeps us going, si? My offer still stands to come down and cook for you. Just say the word.

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  74. Well wishes from me and I am sure the entire food blogosphere. Feel better soon.

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  75. Warm Hugs!! So sorry to hear how much you've gone through! Hope everything's better SOON!

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  76. You have given so much to others & the universe will give back to you and help you heal! Be strong and get well :)

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  77. Oh sweet Karina, get well soon!

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  78. Karina, I hope you feel better soon! Much prayers here...

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  79. Get well soon, Karina.
    XOXO,
    ~M

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  80. Hi Karina,
    I'm so sorry too to hear that you have been in the hospital and that you have had to suffer with this. You are an amazing, strong woman and everyone loves you!
    I have mixed feelings about the gut-brain theory. I have had IBS since I was 19 (I am now 28). Along with IBS I have had extreme fatigue (so extreme that I had to quit my job) and several other random symptoms. I have been to several doctors, but no one could really help me. I have been so desperate that I was actually begging God that when they tested me for Celiac Disease it would show up as positive, so I could have an answer and relief for my symptoms. I tested negative. Through my own research, I tried the Candida diet-giving up sugar and gluten(along with the milk, soy, eggs I was already staying away from.) My stomach pain, bloating, etc, went away for the first time in 9 years. The tiredness has been hard to shake, but it definitely improves drastically when I eat so strictly. For years I have heard that IBS can be caused by stress and have had family members and well-meaning friends bring up stress. Any time someone brings up stress I feel like I am being blamed for my condition. If only I didn't do this, or if only I didn't think that...then I wouldn't have these issues. It's hard to suffer with these issues and feel like you are being blamed for them.
    I am now convinced that I have a bacterial problem. I have found some relief through probiotics and antiparasite, anti-yeast medicines, fish oil, and Vitamin D. I do pretty well when I don't give into sugar, but I am only human (and a hormonal girl!) so I have my moments and then all my symptoms come back.
    Recently I read The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin and am trying some recipes from a cookbook called Nourishing Traditions. I have hope that some day I will be able to tolerate carbs, honey, breads, rapadura, and be able to eat more than turkey burgers and spinach. My gut instinct tells me that my body is telling me that what goes into my body makes or breaks it. I know stress plays a role, and I am willing to work on it, but I have suffered enough in my life-if I believe that if only I didn't stress so much I would be healthy it will only cause more suffering,guilt, and unrest for me-not peace.
    I hope for both of us that if stress is the problem, we can learn to let go, and if stress is not the root cause, we can find health through hanging on until our answer comes.

    Much love,
    Bethany

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  81. I'm sending up prayers for you! Feel better soon dear :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

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  82. Dear Karina & family,
    Hmm, I haven't written bfore but you blog has been such a blessing for me and my family. We have taken your muffins and cakes all over NYC and the surounding tri-state area. It has been so liberating to have GOOD safe food to eat so that the kids and I can go out and explore. So while the internet sends micro bits of information around the world, please know that it sends lots of love and support from your readers. Best wishes for a soothing recovery - K, M & K

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  83. 9 days in the hospital is enough for a long long time. I feel what you're saying about that gut feeling. You are so right. Feel better Karina, feel so much better.

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  84. Oh Karina. Speedy recovery to you; I'm so glad you're back home again, and yes. Stress does things to the body. I was very nearly hospitalised for spinal problems but I never connected it to excessive stress - till I quit my very stressful job and it just went away on its own. Please do take care!

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  85. I too have faced the painful realization that it's not just what I put into my mouth, but how I manage my stress/emotions that influences my digestive health. I wish you all the best as you continue to heal.

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  86. *hugs*

    Poor dear. Hang in there, Toots.

    xoxo
    Kelly

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  87. What an ordeal... may God's peace and lots of good healing energy be with you today and through out your recovery! I'll send up a little prayer for you :)

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  88. I am so sorry to hear about your health issues but glad you can be home now. Healing seems so much easier in familiar surroundings. Bless you for sharing and know you have many prayers coming your way. Hope you feel better soon.

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  89. Sending healing energy to you. xox, V.

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  90. So sorry to hear of your troubles. Sending you good thoughts. Be well.

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  91. Karina,
    I am sorry to hear that you are suffering. I am going through something similar right now. I have Crohn's disease and have been suffering one of my worst flare ups for nearly a year now. I was hospitalized for three days to get me set up with a PICC line for IV nutrition and have been on TPN at home for nearly a week now to get me nutritionally stable enough for surgery at the end of the week. I have three strictures in my ileum caused from the build up of scar tissue. It has been a scary process for me. I'm only 20 years old and getting ready for my first major surgery. As nervous as I am, I am just trying to keep myself as calm and stress free as possible. I am looking at this surgery as an opportunity for relief and afterward I could have years of pain-free normal life. I wish you all the best and hope that the doctors find your solution soon.
    - Margaret

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  92. Karina, whether it's caused from within or from without, I hope you can deal with it and be well soon, and prevent a recurrence. I enjoy the art of your writing so much, and learned some serious lessons from your writing. Dr. Tom O'Bryan says if you have celiac, consumption of any of the other foods you are allergic to or intolerant of causes intestinal damage, like flattening of the villi. You are right about the second brain. But since my celiac diagnosis, I think that kind of thing is a little over-rated, as far as I'm concerned. Perhaps not for you, dear.

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  93. Karina, The body-mind connection is a very fine balancing act. I know that when I'm going through serious stress either personally &/or professionally, I start getting abdominal pain and other symptoms. Ultimately, I know it all builds up--stress, eating on the go, lack of genuine rest. If you can, meditation is a great way to destress and center yourself. So are long walks. I sincerely hope you feel better soon. Blessed be.

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  94. I'm so sorry to hear what you have been going through. You have provided me and my family with such inspiration and comforting foods ... I thank you and wish you all the best.

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  95. I second the recommendations for Kombucha and Chinese Medicine. I'm actually working on my MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine right now, and while I'm still not at 100%, it has helped tremendously with my chronic health issues. If you're not up to finding a practitioner in your area just yet, or don't want to spend the money for a course of treatments, check out "Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen." It's a cookbook written by two of my teachers, and it's all about food therapy utilizing Chinese herbs. Most of the recipes are GF (if you use wheat-free tamari), dairy free, nut free, egg free and vegetarian/vegan. It's available on amazon.com.

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  96. So sorry that you had to suffer! I was surprised when I saw the picture of the hospital gown when I came to your blog to look for a recipe. Hope you get well soon! May our caring thoughts and warm wishes speeden your recovery! All the best,
    Jyoti

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  97. Wishing you a speedy recovery, hope you feel real better very very soon :-)

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  98. You keep us all healthy and happy with your lovely G-F recipes, and tickle us with your humor. We'd be lost without you!! My partner and I send our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. We are rooting for you!!
    Teresa

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  99. I love your blog so much its my first place to look for recipes now. So when I logged on looking for a brownie recipe and saw this post I was so sad!
    I sincerely wish you well, and send loving thoughts for your body to heal and forgive you for being stressed out. ;) I know how that goes, all too well! I have CFIDS/M.E. and leaky gut, and my life can be hell if Im stressed.
    Anyway, I used your blueberry brownie bites for todays recipe, which I am also making 'medicinal'. They are in the oven now!
    peace,
    blessings,
    Holly

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  100. Thinking of you Karina. Hang in there. hugs.

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  101. oh my gosh, that sounds awful. I'm so sorry you've had to go through that...i can only imagine... im glad you're feeling better at home now

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  102. I know exactly what your saying about the "gut" try to remember it's all small stuff...feel better, sending you a big hug!

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  103. Be well and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Your gift of the most amazing website for GF food and inspiration--ever--is my favorite. Thank you, Katrina.

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  104. Feel better soon! xoxo

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  105. Get well soon, Karina! You have a community of caring GF adherents sending you good karma and wishing you a rapid return to good health!

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  106. Oh, Karina!! I hope you feel better soon. Sending thoughts of strength and positive vibes.

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  107. I hope you feel better soon! I've been attributing my headaches to food sensitivities for months now, but everyone around me is convinced it's just stress. Thanks for this reminder that our emotional health affects our physical health too. I'm guessing it's a combo of food and stress for me, but I hope you figure out what's going on and get well quickly!

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  108. Glad you are home, beautiful pictures even in a time of chaos

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  109. My heart and prayers go out to you, K! I'm so sorry you were hospitalized and I wish you all the best in your recovery process. I enjoy your blog and recipes so much! Thanks for all that you do for the GF community! Warmest wishes and thoughts to you.

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  110. Karina,

    Bella (my 8 year old daughter) and I just read you post. We both feel for you, and hope that they find a way to help you feel better soon. Bella had h.pylori herself, and she says she knows a little bit of how you must feel. Sending lots of healing energy to you...

    Maya & Bella

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  111. Hugs. I found your blog recently and have been sending energy. I am glad you are home.

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  112. sh*t, feel better goddess! sending good healing vibes your way XXX

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  113. It sucks to be sick. I hope you become well soon.

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  114. Oh, my dear. I hope you feel much better soon. I am in awe of your ability to get right to the marrow even in a nasty situation, like a hospital stay. My tummy has been monitored by a GI doc since I was twelve due to stress issues, so I send you hugs and wishes for good health and less stress!

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  115. Dear goddess,
    I wish you the deepest healing of the body and soul. Hospitals, though help us on our path to wellness can suck the life out of us. I hope that miserable little hole heals quickly and you return to complete health asap! Delicious gf treats await you! :)

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  116. ((((((hugs!!!)))))) I've been a "silent follower" of your blog for quite some time now but I just wanted to know I am SO sorry you're not feeling well. My kids & I are praying for quick healing for you! You've made our gluten-free adventures so much more palatable & have been a true inspiration to "try new things" for my son!

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  117. Yes, I know all too well about the gut instincts. I too am guilty of it, unfortunately.

    You have given me encouragement right from the beginning of my gluten intolerance and I sincerely thank you.

    You have been through an ordeal, and thank you for keeping us posted - I for one have been concerned. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

    Peace,
    Angela
    from New Hampshire

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  118. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thanks for your great recipes, they've been a great resource in the past few months since discovering your site. In particular I'm making your flourless chocolate cake with my mother today. It's the surprise desert for my bride when we get married this Sunday.

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  119. Take care and get well soon

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  120. I just found your blog through some recipes posted on Facebook. I am so sorry you have been in the hospital! I pray that you will heal quickly.

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  121. Breathing with you ...

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  122. I was going to say that I am sad to hear that you've been in the hospital, but then I thought, it's a good thing you've been getting lots of care if your body needed it! So I'm glad you've been in (hopefully) good hands. Take it easy... there will be time for coveted foods later. Nourish yourself with what you really need...
    xxooChar

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  123. It's true...emotions can really pound the body. In so many ways. Hope you're whole and radiating peaceful health soon. ♥

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  124. So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and virtual hugs from upstate New York. Feel better soon, Goddess!

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  125. what a beautiful poetic introduction. get it in control and feel better :)

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  126. I hope you feel better soon.

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  127. feel better!
    do you know what is wrong?

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  128. Oh dear, oh dear. I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles and trials; wringing my hands in empathy, and relieved you are home now.

    love to you

    katrina

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  129. bless u karina! you don't deserve a monkey gut!

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  130. Dear Karina,

    I'm so sad to hear what you are going through. You are brave and resourceful! But I know that only gets one so far... we all need support and rest to heal. I just wanted to send good thoughts along- It's hard to be so good with the Gluten Free life, and be strict with one's self about so many other intolerances that even other Gluten avoiders needn't bother with and STILL suffer. (Speaking from personal experience!)I hope your mystery is solved soon and the solution is one you can live with. (After being a GF Vegan baker for 14 years due to my kids' anaphylactic food allergies,) I have personally been Gluten Free for coming up on the second year, and now due to Lyme's Disease, must also be low carb and no nightshades! (And continue to bake GF Vegan NoSoy for the rest of my family...) Information will come your way, helps will be made available, things will be made apparent; I have faith that this will be true for you. We all must trust (and honor) our Gut. Hugs and Happy thoughts to yours...

    (And though "cures" will not be posted, you can do your own research on this; my practioner says salt can heal and seal the gut, as in drinking salted/salinated water. There is a protocol to follow-- feel free to contact me if needed or with any questions and I can ask him.)

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  131. How beatiful. All this reader support will surely generate enough energy to heal your tummy.

    Feel better soon, goddess :)

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  132. So sorry to hear how awful your guts are at the moment, I truely sympathize with you. I really hope they find out whats wrong very quickly. I've just spent the last week in and out of hospital, same as you and today they said there is nothing seriously wrong with my gut.
    Surely this cannot just be food intolerances? Tonight I ate nothing 'bad' and still got the runs. Nothing wrong huh? I just dont know what to do next.
    All the best and wishing you all the luck in the world.

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  133. oh my gosh how aweful! sending tons of healing vibes your way.

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  134. Oh my, Karina, I do hope you get better, and quickly. I really feel for you because I've watched my mom suffer over the past 6 months and two trips to the hospital. She's had ulcerative colitis since 1994 and has been really felled by the disease recently. Your description of feeling everything in the gut is so apt, I think. I'm going to share this with her. Be well!

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  135. Anonymous reader de-lurking to tell you I know how it feels to have your body turn against you - the feeling of FAILURE somehow. that you didn't eat right, excercise right, think right. was it hormonal? allergies? what caused it? I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. I have felt the same way, the physical pain and the emotional pain, and I'm sorry. I'm glad you're home.

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  136. i love your recipes and what's even more amazing, since i already know you know what you know and it's amazing, is HUSBAND loves your recipes and since i have been felled with this ridiculous gluten problem i didn't know i had for 59 years and counting...well...

    my point is be well, i know what you are going through and if you were in *9* days, you were in very bad shape....now i do both western and eastern and try to get the best of both medical worlds...it seems a good mix for me, tho i am still felled....your blog has been a goddess*send and i have linked to you more than once because of this and that(tonight it's the corn sweet potato chili without the chilis and cumin unfortunately-hoping THAT is temporary!)....i hope all good things in particular good health for you and that you are up and around soon .... in the meantime, i guess there's always bravo tv....what i am going to now switch on...be well soonxx ♥

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  137. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have gluten and dairy intolerance as well as oral allergies. It's very hard to figure out which foods or combinations of foods cause my(thankfully not too frequent)painful stomach flare-ups. Please feel better soon and thanks for sharing, it really helps to know I'm in good company!

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  138. Dear Karina,
    Thank you for letting us know how you are.I hope now you're at home that you can truly rest and heal. I look forward to learning how you progress. I will keep you close in my thoughts.
    Kathy

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  139. Dear Karina,
    I am reminded of a dog joke: 'I only just met you, but I LOVE you!' That's how I feel. Your spirit comes through your writing and, well, just consider me a new fan/friend. Get well, and one day we'll tell our tales to each other...<3

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  140. Anonymous22:19

    Wow, I just discovered your page today. First of all, I was relieved to find a person with a similar attitude towards our daily lives with food. Accepting it, embracing it , and then finding a way to make the best out of what our body is telling us. Thank you for sharing your stories and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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  141. Anonymous01:15

    Thank gosh you are ok.

    I hope you are doing better than you were, though it's hard to get out of the flairs, don't we know. Bless your heart for working so hard for the Celiac/Dairy free poeple.

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  142. Anonymous21:00

    just stumbled upon this site looking for vegan guten free cornbread. Recipe seem FANTATSTIC and can't wait to make.! I am not a cook, I will be mixing this recipe soon!
    ~ so very sorry to read of your illness. I hope by now..Nov.23-10 you have recovered fully!
    Be well, much joy, & prayers your way.
    Jan

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