Literature review on kidney disease (woman, Sweden)

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I hired Annie to help me perform a literature review on a chronic kidney disease that I have myself. She was very accommondating and quick to reply. She shared with me both her own experiences and research that she found. I got a great confidence for her with her background as a researcher in conventional medicine. She became the perfect mix between conventional medicine and what can be considered more complementary medicine. Thank you so much!


Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism), Qiong, 31 yo

One morning in June 2014, I woke up with a disturbingly fast heart beat. I am quite familiar with this frequency, 120 times per minute, because I suffered from it before in 2008, when I was first diagnosed of hyperthyroidism or Grave’s disease.
I was lucky the first time, my FT3 and FT4 were not that high, so a six- month medication treatment (Propyl-Thyracil or PTU) put my hormones back on track and I recovered fully. But I wasn’t so lucky the second time. When I got my blood test results a week later, the doctor from Södersjukhuset suggested Radioactive iodine or surgery right away because my thyroid hormones were too high. I was quite devastated because I don’t have any confidence that I could beat it again, because the symptoms were a lot more aggressive this time, from constant hunger to terrible sleep, I had it all. But the heart beat was the most difficult symptom to deal with, coz it takes a lot of energy to act normal at work when your heart beats 120 times per minute.

I decided to take the medication first to see whether it helps. Unfortunately after two and a half months of Tapazole, my symptoms did not improve at all and my FT3 and FT4 continued to increase. 

That’s when I turned to Annie for advice. She suggested me to try a diet shift, a version of the Paleo diet, and gave me a list of foods that I should avoid. I did not buy into this whole Paleo thing until she gave me some books to read. After reading the books, I fully understood what causes autoimmune diseases and why should I absolutely exclude certain proteins, such as gluten, and why I should eat food that provides easily-absorbable nutritions which my body needs desperately due to the fast metabolism. That’s when I started to take Paleo seriously, stopped my medication Tapazole and followed a strict Paleo diet. I have set my mind to stop any further harm on my poor thyroid gland and focus on supporting my immune system through the Paleo diet instead, because that’s the root cause of my Grave’s disease. But my decision was unfortunately not supported by my doctor at Södersjukhustet.
However, after just one week of my strict diet, miracle happened! My heart beat started to slow down gradually, and three weeks later, my heart beat went back to normal completely. Four months later I got my blood tested again, and all of my thyroid hormones went back to normal and there’s no trace of thyroid anti-bodies anymore. All the doctors at the Endocrine department of Södersjukhustet were shocked by my blood test results, especially knowing that I have not been taking any medication since four months ago.
As I read more and more about autoimmune diseases I started to realize that what caused my condition was actually chronic stress because I lived a very healthy life with no genetic links and no troublesome infections. Chronic stress can cause leaky gut directly, which was the starting point of all autoimmune diseases.
So I started to learn a number of de-stressing techniques such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation, and practice them regularly. It’s been two years and by the time I wrote my story, I just got my blood test results, and everything looks fine.
Throughout my Paleo journey, I am so amazed by how modern medical research is able to reveal exactly how different types of food interacts with our digestive systems and therefore affects our immune system, and what are the chain effects stress can have on our body and immune system. Annie also researched and informed me about other treatments such as low dose naltrexone and supplements. If it’s not because of Annie, I never would have been introduced to the beautiful world of medical research, and I never would have beated my hyperthyroidism for the second time.

Fatigue, insomnia, irritability, low mood (male, 33 yo)

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Från ungefär 3 år började jag må allt sämre. Eftersom stress och sömnbesvär är vanliga konsekvenser av att bli förälder tänkte jag inte att det var något anmärkningsvärt. Kraftig trötthet redan i mitten av eftermiddagen nästan varje vanlig dag på jobbet, nära till stress, ett lättretligt humör och återkommande känslor av instängdhet, meningslöshet och fundamentalt missnöje med nästan allt omkring mig såg jag som en oundviklig konsekvens av brist på fritid och ett ständigt behov av städning.

Det kan det ha varit, delvis, men inte helt och hållet. När jag försökte träna för att bli av med den stelhet och “känsla av att vara 80 år” som jag börjat få allt oftare blev resultatet att jag nästan tuppade av. Jag hade fått ett fästingbett med efterföljande feber och nackstelhet precis innan jag började må sämre. Annie misstänkte att en infektion kunde ligga bakom min ganska typiska kombination av besvär. Och mycket riktigt hade jag borrelia. Andra tester som Annie hjälpte mig att ta visade på candidaöverväxt, SIBO, förhöjda nivåer av oxalater, problem med mitokondriernas funktion, oxidativ stress och näringsbrister.

På väldigt kort sikt när jag började behandla borrelian mådde jag faktiskt sämre. Jag kände mig sjuk och tolkade plötsligt alla besvär som om jag borde vara hemma och ligga i sängen. Men jag provade att äta de antibakteriella och immunförsvarsstärkande medel som Annie föreslog, och det dröjde ett par veckor av daglig behandling innan det började kännas bättre.

Jag är inte längre trött varje dag, jag får inte samma utbrott över trivialiteter som oreda i hemmet, och delar av kroppen gör inte ont utan anledning. Framtiden ser ljus ut och jag är inte färdig än. Allt har inte blivit perfekt men skillnaden är stor. Annie har hjälpt mig något oerhört med att förklara vad som har hänt och vad det finns för något att göra åt det. Det är annorlunda än vad som hände när jag gick till en läkare, som lät ta några prover som inte visade något ovanligt och sen inte sa ett ljud mer. Jag hade kunnat gå runt med en infektion hur länge som helst.

IBS and joint pain (male, 63)

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After having taken medical drugs for my upset stomach for many years (such as Omeprazole) I was adviced by Annie to change my diet and now I don’t take any drugs at all since one year. I could not in my wildest imagination believe that my problems could improve without these pills. My joint pain also went away!

Weight loss (Maria, 61 yo)

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A while ago I realised that I had steadily gained weight during the last decade, I’ve always been of the opinion that food is an important part of a good life! I realised I should “do something about my weight”. I also had some issues with my gum which worried both me and my dentist. Through my profession I have a lot of “traditional” knowledge about the national recommendations about food, where fear of fat has been dominating. This, I now realise, leads to an increase in carbohydrate intake  instead of fat. I, like most people, love sweets, pastries and bread. My dentist did not advice me on diet, just on how to clean my teeth. On the other hand, Annie explained how sugar contributes to disease and weight gain, and that even bread and potatoes belong to a group of foods that in some aspects can be as detrimental as sugar. I started to decrease the amount of sugar, pastries, bread, potatoes and pasta. I quite easily lost 28,5 pounds and kept them off since. Sometimes I gain one or a few pounds but now I know the cause and what I can correct. As a bonus my dentist and dental hygienist tells me (quite surprised at first) that everything looks great with my teet and gum. I enjoy living a lighter life without having to renounce my passion for food.

Nail fungus (and systemic Candida?) (Martin, 30 yo)

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Eight years ago I developed a very persistent toe nail fungus which turned the nail yellow and causes an intense itch. For eight years I’ve applied different creams for nail fungus which helped with the itch but never with the fungus itself. Annie explained to me why the fungus thrives and that the underlying cause can be candida overgrowth, which a test she helped me take actually showed. Nail fungus can be a sign that there is fungal overgrowth in the rest of the body. After following Annie’s recommendations a healthy nail started to grow almost immediately and the fungus disappeared within a few weeks, as fast as the nail grew. To make sure that the fungus does not come back the environment in the body has to change so that the fungus does not like it. See pics below.

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