Jane

Jane is 35 years old and has not been well since the birth of daughter 2 years ago. She had not been able to lose any of the weight from her pregnancy, feels constantly bloated, and craved sweets daily. She would eventually like to have another child, but wants to be in better health before considering another addition to the family.

Chief Complaints

  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Overweight
  • Constipation and Bloating
  • PMS
  • Sweet Cravings
  • Brittle Fingernails

Medical History

  • Felt poorly since having difficult pregnancy
  • Family mostly overweight
  • Childhood medical history of extensive antibiotic use for chronic ear infections

Findings

Comprehensive Metabolic Profile

  • B-Vitamin Insufficiency: Deficient in all B Vitamins, especially folate, B6 and B12
  • Fatty Acids: Low Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Foods: Dairy and wheat allergies identified

GI Effects

  • Low predominant bacteria
  • Parasite found – giardia

Treatment Plan

Dietary: Eliminate wheat and dairy products and adopt Metabolic Typing Diet, eat organic foods, increase water intake, drastically reduce coffee consumption.

Nutritional: Complete parasite cleanse, followed by gut repair protocol. Add fish oils, multi-vitamin and mineral supplement with additional B vitamins and a probiotic.

Exercise: 30 minutes cardiovascular exercise 3 x per week increasing to 5 x per week to include resistance exercises 3 x per week.

Follow Up

1 week: Initially, Jane reported that the food changes proving difficult, and she was concerned she would not be able to complete the program. However, after only three days off dairy and wheat, she had her first normal bowel movement in years, the bloating was 80% better and she noticed improved sleep and greater energy levels.

3 months: Jane’s follow-up GI Effects revealed that giardia had been eradicated. Predominant bacteria still low but showing good signs of improvement. The Comprehensive Metabolic Profile reveals that she is making great strides in improving her health. Jane continues to need B6 and a probiotic but she is able to drop most of her supplements to maintenance doses, although she will continue some nutrients in higher doses in preparation for pregnancy. She continues to avoid dairy and wheat, but is now getting used to incorporating it into her lifestyle. Her menstrual cycle is improved, with a decrease in PMS symptoms. Her lipid levels were retested with her LDL 20 points lower. Jane reported that she feels alive again rather than merely living with reductions in weight and dress size as well as greatly increased energy levels.

Note: Very significant in Jane’s case were the profound deficiencies in folic acid, B12 and the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA, to name a few. Clearly, pregnancy would be difficult at best, given the key roles these nutrients play in foetal development.