…And So The Testing Begins

A missing post from 10/26/11 that never got published…


I’ve been drained with all of the energy and work I’ve between pouring into healing my ‘patients’ and catching the welcome back to school virus. Katie’s in her first year of preschool (3 yrs old), so we’re being initiated with some congestion for Katie and major fatigue for me and hubby. Here’s a quickie update post:

We have been on GAPS and traditional foods for more than six months now. I believe that six months of dietary changes should be implemented and followed before supplements (like enzymes) or medical intervention are implemented, unless there are extreme and/or severe issues. Since our bodies have  methods of healing that we do not fully understand, I think it helps to minimize all unnecessary and possibly detrimental intervention.

I have now completed and have the results for Katie’s Loomis 24-hour Urinalysis. We have an appointment with her (allopathic) doctor next Friday, 11/4, to ‘determine’ if she needs a stool analysis (ahem, to GET the analysis kit says this witch doctor). We’ll be using the Genova Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) with Parisitology. I’m happy to say that Blue Cross Blue Shield partially covers the tests and should cut my costs in half. :sigh of relief: I plan on using these tests to tweak what we have been doing, since she still has bellyaches and malabsorbtion issues. My instincts tell me that her body is working hard but now needs some help to finish healing. I know that her detox pathways are clearing and are not as congested but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. I hope we can use certain combinations of food to boost her enzyme production and intake so I can avoid supplements as much as possible. My recent observations tell me that her greatest problem is digesting cellulose and that’s what gives her bellyaches and gas, so we’ll see what the stool test says. I hope to avoid any other testing besides the urine and stool tests except a hair analysis at one year, eighteen months, and two years to see what toxic metals her body is releasing. My worst fears are having to subject her little self to a blood test. I want to avoid that at all costs!

Next blog post will be the results of the urinalysis and dietary changes I’ve implemented based on them.

I’m happy to see that some of you on GAPS are on to the next stage of getting answers also and are making progress. Nice work!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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