Posted by June (Kc, Ks) on 01/04/2011
Hi Earth Clinic family,
Just wanted to share my experience in the ongoing saga of bacterial vaginosis... And fibromyalgia. I've been working with a nutritionist for the past year and was told I needed to go on a very low-carb, gluten-free diet because my blood sugar was consistently too high. I was already eating very small amounts of carbohydrates, but did have the occasional cheat food, be it corn chips or fast-food. But now that I've eliminated pretty much every grain source and excess sugar source I've noticed some big differences.
First of all, my BV symptoms are greatly reduced. When I watch what I eat carefully I don't have near the itchy discharge I normally have. I've even had a few days where I felt "normal" again in the vag department, and I've been dealing with this problem for several years now. I have also noticed a huge reduction in body pain. Every morning my body was super stiff and sore. I quit doing my morning yoga because I hurt so much. This body pain has a lot to do with not digesting properly, according to my nutritionist, and poor digestion has everything to do with fibromyalgia, which I was diagnosed with 20 years ago. Anyway, the low-carb diet is not exactly fun but it is good to notice some things are better. I do recommend working with a nutritionist, though, someone specifically who works with a theory designed on the work of the man who created the MRI machine. Otherwise, you will get the herbal version of an MD and as we have established here the medical community seems to be at a loss for solving this problem. If you ask the nutritionist about the MRI theory and they don't have a clue what you are talking about, find someone else. Or email me if you want the name of mine. Dmd19tfd(at)yahoo(dot)com
Basically, carbs I am limiting myself to include white potatoes and white rice with meat and a low-carb veg like raw carrot. (My nutritionist said white rice is ok because with improper digestion you are eliminating the brown rice hulls which would stay in your intestinal tract and ferment. ) I drink a lot of orange juice, which is really important for your liver - it needs the glucose. I can also have a little 70% dark chocolate. I eat meat as clean as I can find it and probably consume about 90% organic foods. I eat lots of coconut oil and coconut milk. NO GMOs!!! No beans. :(
There is a lot involved in my program, but these are the basics of the diet in how it reflects on my BV and fibro symptoms. I hope it helps someone else. Incidentally, folic acid, which helps many of us with the itching, also regulates blood sugar. And I have since learned that the BV bugs (bad bacteria) are living in the small intestine and actually migrate to the vagina where they wreak so much havoc.