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Experiencing digestive issues like this is a good indication that you are experiencing gut dysbiosis--meaning that the more opportunistic bacteria in your microbiome is out of kilter and the good bacteria could be lacking. It sounds like your intuition is spot on in looking for things that are upsetting your microbiome. Soy, and especially processed foods like soya milk can be quite upsetting to the gut bacteria because of how it is processed and the high levels of phytates. This has been well documented in the literature.

You might also want to try a relatively short term elimination diet where you eliminate grains, soy, sugar, and any processed foods that can potentially feed the more opportunistic bacteria, and at the same time try to load up on foods teaming with probiotics--cultured (fermented) foods such as sauerkraut, other fermented vegetables, water kefir, etc. Combine this with taking a good therapeutic probiotic (start with a small dose and increase as you can tolerate more). Soil based probiotic products can also be really helpful for restoring gut flora because of their higher survival rate. Another thing to consider is adding in "safe" starches as you progress as a prebiotic to help feed and populate the probiotics that you are adding in. Otherwise you could be adding in good bacteria to help your system repopulate but you might be lacking the necessary climate as it were for the good bacteria to thrive. As your microbiome starts to get restored you can then start adding in "safe" grains, one at a time, such as rice, quiona, etc.

It's funny that if you go back a few years, advice like this would sound like it might be coming from the fringes of science, medicine, and nutrition. But now, even very prestigious medical centers, such as the Cleveland Clinic are getting in on the act. This Clinic is one of the most noted research centers in the US, in particular for illnesses such as MS. Here's a very recent article about this topic from a doctor at the CC:

www.cleveland.com/lyndhurst-south-eucli ... _impo.html

On the MS front in particular, the wagons are starting to circle a bit around the science that the state of the microbiome is a driver for MS expression:

"... And it gets still more complicated. As a number of studies [10-12] presented at MSBoston found, the microbiota—the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other single-celled organisms that reside in our gastrointestinal tracts—also appears to influence MS. This has also been shown in other autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Patients with MS appear to have unique proinflammatory gut flora, whereas work in mice has shown that yeast ingestion can prevent the development of MS. Dietary, probiotic, and antibiotic therapy in MS might be a ways away, but these approaches appear worth pursuing."

Hi Keithjwaz

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and interesting post. I will certainly be looking into it all over time.

God bless
Hilary x
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