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Pizzaiolo for a day!

Moses created his very own pizza at Piatto Pizzeria named after himself. Chicken, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Super fun and delicious!!! A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Moses’ pizza will be donated to Make-A-Wish!

Pizzaiolo for a day!

Pizzaiolo for a day!

Spreading out the dough

Spreading out the dough

Adding the chicken

Adding the chicken

He made his own version with a glutenfree crust and a dairy-free cheese

He made his own version with a glutenfree crust and a dairy-free cheese. Delicious!

Enjoying Moses' pizza with good friends

Enjoying Moses’ pizza with good friends


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June 2015 Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in June 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

Moses started the following homeopathic remedies on June 13, 2015.

1) Constitution – Lyc. 12C – a drop a day;

2) Skin – Eczema/Dry, flaking scalp/Ear fissures – Ephedra 9C/Lipps. 30C – 2 X a day + spray;

3) Itchiness  – Apium g. 12C – a drop a day plus spray up to 3 X a day;

4) Abscesses – Barosma 30C – a drop a day;

5) Abscesses on eyelids – Cad. bro. 12C – Note: This is the same remedy as last month

6) Acute – Asthma – Calad. 12C – as needed

7) Food Allergies/Eye Ulcer/Prone to pneumonia/Thrush – Nat. carb. 30C/Rh. fr. 12C/Vib. t. 30C/Naph. 30C – a drop a day

8) Immune Support – Digitox 30C/Jatr. 30C – a drop a day

9) Stress – Chloral. 30C – a drop a day

10) Acute – Night Terrors – Aurant. 200C – as needed

Supplements

She recommended two new supplements:

  • Amaranth Oil made by Activation Products; and
  • Oceans Alive 2.0 from Activation Products (Moses hasn’t started Oceans Alive yet, but I love it).

Two days after starting the new droppers, Moses said that his abscesses were going down in size. Whew! Three days after starting the new droppers, the one on his left armpit started draining, but not completely. The one on his neck was starting to get a bit smaller, although it was still a good size. The ones on a sensitive area was still there. Plus, he has small bump on his right eyebrow and one on one of his ears.

Four days after starting the new droppers, Moses had nine abscesses in total:

  • Under both armpits;
  • On a sensitive area;
  • right eyebrow;
  • left eyelid (small);
  • left ear;
  • back of head (small, hard, sore to touch);
  • dental abscess on the right side, upper jaw; and
  • a swollen lymph node on on the side of his neck.

Coincidentally, on the same day that Moses started the new droppers, I also spent time with some healers (and Moses and I have a pattern that after I spend time with healers, Moses develops an increase in symptoms). So I’m not sure if the increase in abscesses was a healing reaction to the new remedies or related to our old pattern or a combination of both. In any case, it was a doozy of a reaction.

He also had a runny nose. He started a new dropper for the abscesses: Stram 30C.

Five days after starting the new droppers, Moses stayed home from school because his abscesses were generally sore. Also, he complained of stomach pains for most of the day. In the evening, he complained that his throat was tingly after eating a snack that he always has (apples with peanut butter) and needed Benadryl. He later tried to make himself throw up. And then he had a night terror (his first one in ~3 months), on the day after the new moon.

A couple of days later, on June 19th, he wasn’t feeling well during a field trip and I picked him up early. His surgeon drained his ear abscess.  In the evening, he couldn’t eat because his mouth was sore because of a new space maintainer. He was very emotional, teary and very tired.  He started an additional dropper to prevent diarrhea because he started Clindamycin to treat his dental abscess. We were worried about Moses dental abscess – it was so large that it pushed his nose out of place. It looked so sore. Later that night, he had a huuuuuuuge violent night terror.

By the next morning, Moses’ dental abscess wasn’t as swollen.  Thank God!  And his frame of mind was much better. He felt good enough to do a walk / hike through the woods with me and one of his friends.  It felt like the worst was behind us. Also, the dropper to prevent diarrhea did the trick because he no longer had diarrhea.  Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!!!!!

The very next day, there was no trace of the dental abscess at all! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!  He felt so good and energized that we did the Signal Hill hike again and he did it with a lot of energy!!  He ran up the last set of stairs, and as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a 500 ft climb to the top! It felt like the “gift” of this set of powders. It was so amazing to see how strong his vitality and life force is.

By June 23rd, he was down to two abscesses (left armpit and a small bump on his right knee started to develop). All of the other abscesses disappeared. Was it the homeopathic remedies or the Clindamycin that we started for the dental abscess?????  Or both? Whatever it was, it was highly effective.

June 25, 2015

Today was a big day – it was his last day of Grade 3. He only spent an hour at school because he had to fast and then had 2 baby teeth pulled at the dentist. It was an emotional day for Moses because he missed out on some plans to spend with some friends after school. He also started Activation Amaranth oil (1 drop) with no problem.

June 26, 2015

Moses had an allergic reaction to food that he’s eaten many times before (swollen lips), which subsided after Benadryl and rinsing his mouth with water several times. This is his 5th allergic reaction that he’s had in the last two months.   His sensitivities / allergies seemed to have heightened in the last two months. I pray that this is a healing reaction that will ultimately result in the underlying healing of his allergies. Only time will tell.

Later that night, he was up until 1:30 am because of pain due to a new abscess on a sensitive location and a painful bump on his right knee. Oh boy!

He also had a huge abscess under his left armpit and the swollen lymph node on the right side of his neck is back.

It felt like another round of healing reactions – perhaps to the Stram 30C dropper???  Or maybe this was the fuller healing reaction that typically comes ~ 2 weeks after starting a set of remedies.

June 27, 2015

Today was the third day of amaranth oil and I was optimistic, so I gave Moses 3 drops. It might have been too much. He wasn’t feeling well shortly after taking it. He felt light-headed. Wanted to lie down. Tried to make himself throw up. He was supposed to go to the movies and instead, he stayed home. He also has an increase in wheeziness and coughing. Oh boy!  I planned to give him a few days break and then will go back to one drop per day.

Also, the abscess on his behind was killing him.

He had a huge night terror (his third one of the month) and the abscess under his left armpit drained immediately after the night terror.

I hoped that today was the “peak” of this healing reaction and tomorrow would be a better day.

July 1, 2015

On Canada Day, Moses required general anaesthesia to drain an abscess on his behind, and on his right knee. The abscess on his behind has been so sore that he had been sleeping on a bean bag for five days, and having terrible sleeps because he couldn’t sleep on his back (sore behind) or is front (sore knee). He was up until midnight / 1 am most nights. Thank God those abscesses are resolved! He still has a swollen lymph on the right side of his neck.

He was a real trooper and the rest of the day turned out beautiful. We spent the rest of the day at the beach with some friends, at a backyard party and enjoyed the fireworks. Loved it!

Unwinding at the beach on Canada Day

Unwinding at the beach on Canada Day

July 2, 2015

It’s the day after his surgery and Moses has three new abscesses: one under both armpits (the one under the right is sore to touch) and a small bump starting on his right eyelid. Oh boy.

July 3, 2015

He had another “itchy throat” incident involving peppermint tea and honey. He is still currently so sensitive. This is his 6th incident in the last couple of months. So many things make his throat / tongue / lips itchy. On the good side of things, the abscesses that were drained a couple of days ago are healing really well. Yay!

July 10, 2015

Well, good news – one of the abscesses under his armpit went away, but now, he has 2 under his right armpit, still has a small bump on his right eyelid and a small one on a sensitive area. He also has a huge swollen lymph node on the right side of his neck that his pediatrician wants to get an ultrasound on. Oh boy.

Later that evening, Moses had his 4th night terror of the month. Goodness. Let’s hope that next month will be an easier one. He started his next round of remedies this morning (July 11), so I’ll keep you posted as always.

I also have a session booked with his karmic healer, but she is so busy that the session is booked for early September.

Gifts

As you know, there are always gifts associated with the Heilkunst journey. Even with his increase in symptoms this month, overall, Moses is doing well. He’s doing great emotionally and socially. He is having a great time at summer camp and has made some new friends. He is at a playdate with one of his new friends right now! We’re so proud of him!

He had a great year at school.

His lungs are healing and clearing.

He is so resilient. It is amazing to witness his vitality. For example, within hours of coming out of general anaesthesia, he was running around at the beach, climbing rocks (really not recommended after general anaesthesia), but overall had such energy and such vitality. It’s truly amazing to witness.

When we went for a hike at Signal Hill with some friends earlier this month, Moses was jumping up and off rocks and literally ran up the steps at the last bit of the 500 ft climb up the hill. The hill leaves me winded, but not Moses.  It is truly amazing to witness his strength, vitality and overall health.


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Breathing easier

Some great news that we received this week is that Moses’ lungs are healing, clearing and he’s breathing easier.

In October 2014, Moses had a pulmonary function test (PFT) and his test result was 68%. His pediatrician said that a score in the high 70s would be considered ideal. Find out more about PFT results here. 

This week, Moses tested at 74%. Yay!!! This is tangible evidence that Moses’ lung function is healing. 74% is in mild (abnormal) range; whereas 68% is in the moderate (abnormal) range. So thankful!

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The full story. Back in October, his pediatrician was concerned about his PFT results that she wanted to change his medication (ugh)!  But before changing his medication, she wanted us to maximize his current medication (he takes Alvesco, a preventative puffer). She wanted him to take 2 puffs of Alvesco twice a day, but truthfully, Moses is only taking 2 puffs once a day (our family tries to minimize medications).

For the most part, Moses’ breathing is manageable and he generally doesn’t need his emergency puffer (Ventolin) except when he’s at school.  (His symptoms increase when he’s anxious. I think he’s generally anxious at school and needs his puffer at school, but when he’s at home, he doesn’t need it). He’s been doing a phenomenal job of hiking, running and climbing, so I think overall, his lungs are fine.

But, there seems to be a Murphy’s Law thing happening because whenever Moses had a follow-up PFT scheduled, his asthma symptoms would increase, he would start wheezing and develop a cough. Every single time. This happened 5 times. So, we just kept postponing his PFT because we didn’t want him tested when he was having difficulty breathing.

Of course, Murphy’s Law was in place his month. Moses’ breathing was fine for weeks, and then sure enough, a week before his PFT was scheduled, he started developing a cough and a wheeze. Oh boy! Since it had been 9 months since his last PFT and since we had cancelled so many appointments, we decided not to cancel this time around.

I had trouble sleeping the night before the appointment because I thought that his pediatrician was surely going to suggest changing his medication to something stronger.

And, then the results of the PFT surprised us all. Even with a cough and an increase in symptoms, Moses’ baseline breathing is better than it was 9 months ago. Wow, wow, wow. This means that his baseline is probably better than 74!!!!

I’m so happy about this. It’s again more tangible evidence of the real and true healing that is occurring (and of course, I attribute that to Heilkunst).  Also of note, is the fact that it was in October that we re-started Heilkunst treatment after a two year break.


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Grade 3

So proud of our Moses, who made it through Grade 3 with flying colours. He did really well in school this year, despite the fact that his motto is to work as minimally as possible and the fact that he doesn’t enjoy reading, writing or school work. But, he’s so bright, has amazing comprehension, and has a computer brain that remembers everything, so he did phenomenally well overall. This year was his best report card ever. So proud of him!

He also enjoyed Grade 3 because he made some good friends. In the past, he was very shy, and he seemed to come out of his shell this year and gain some confidence. It’s been such a joy to witness him joking around and hamming it up with his friends.

Another amazing thing about Grade 3 was that it was the very first school year that Moses did not need to be admitted to the hospital. We are so pleased!! He still missed 4 weeks of school due to illness, but he was able to rest and recover at home. So thankful!

What a year, it has been!

Enjoying a walk through the woods with one of his buddies

Enjoying a walk through the woods with one of his buddies

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* I really feel that Heilkunst has helped Moses at school. I feel that it helped him socially, behaviourally (in past years, he struggled with focus, listening and completing work during the allotted time) and also cleared some brain fog. So thankful!

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Oceans Alive

Activation Oceans Alive 2.0 is the other supplement recommended by our Heilkunstler for both Moses and me.

Oceans Alive Phytoplankton is a super-nutrient from the ocean that provides the body with an increase in residual energy that builds up significantly when it is ingested on a daily basis. Marine plankton benefits are attributed to the abundance of naturally produced vitamins and minerals. You can learn more about it here

I’ve started it, and I actually love the taste. It’s very salty (it comes from the sea) and it tastes like super-potent seaweed goodness!  My body craves it. I can take the drops directly from my tongue. Because of the saltiness, I follow it up with a glass of water. I do feel that it’s helping with my energy levels.

So far, I haven’t started it with Moses because I’m gradually introducing the amaranth oil and he’s been going through a healing reaction (likely related to homeopathy), so I’m going to give it some time. Also, I’m pretty sure that he’s going to think it’s disgusting (since Moses is very picky).  I’ll start him off with one drop in juice or something like that.

Testimonials

  • There are over 100 testimonials about Activation Oceans Alive here.  It’s a very compelling read. In general, everyone’s energy levels seem to sky rocket on this supplement.

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Amaranth Oil

During our last consultation with our Heilkunstler, she recommended two new supplements, both by Activation;

I started Moses on the amaranth oil yesterday, so it’s really too soon to see an effect, but one thing that I really like about it is that the taste is mild and it’s been easy to hide it in his cereal, on his toast and/or shakes. I started with one drop.

The recommended daily dosage for the Amaranth oil is 5 drops for every 50 lbs of body weight per day, so I will gradually work up to 6 drops per day. So far so good though!

I have been feeling like Moses needed a high quality oil because we stopped the flax seed oil (his body wasn’t “testing” high on flax seed oil and our Heilkunstler suggested that we stop it). In the meantime, I’ve been adding hemp seeds and chia seeds to his shakes every day, but it still feels like he needed more.

Benefits

  • Amaranth oil is a rich source of vitamins, like E and essential fatty acids, including oleic acid (which is good for the heart), and about 40% linoleic acid which cannot be produced in the human body.
  • Reduces inflammation;
  • Reduces anemia;
  • Supports respiratory system;
  • Protects against environmental toxins;
  • Protects against radiation;
  • Improves brain function;
  • Boosts the immune system;
  • Detoxification;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Improves eyesight;
  • Helps digestive disorders; and more!
  • You can find out a lot more about the benefits of Amaranth oil here.

Testimonials

  • A couple of testimonials about Activation amaranth oil, one of which was regarding respiratory health here.
  • More testimonials on Amazon here.

Updates:

June 27, 2015 – Today was Day 3 and I gave him 3 drops. It might have been too much. He wasn’t feeling well shortly after taking it. He felt light-headed. Wanted to lie down. Tried to make himself throw up. He was supposed to go to the movies and instead, he stayed home. He also has an increase in wheeziness and coughing. Oh boy!  I’m going to give him a few days break and then will go back to one drop per day.

July 8, 2015 – Started him on 1 drop per day. So far, so good. Will keep him at 1 drop for at least a week.

amaranth

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* In case you are curious, the total cost for both supplements was $105.26US, including shipping, so it wasn’t cheap, but since they were so highly recommended, I figured it was worth giving them a try.


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May 2015 Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in May 2015. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

The following were the new droppers this month, which Moses started on May 18, 2015.

1) Skin – Eczema/cradle cap scalp/Itchiness all over body – Sol. car. 7C/Cer. bon. 30C – 2 X a day plus spray
2) Ear fissures – Lat. mac. 30C – 2 X a day plus spray 2 X a day
3) Abscesses – Indigo 12C – 2 X a day
4) Abscesses on eyelid – Cad. bro. 12C – a drop a day (Spray as well, if possible)
5) Asthma – Background – Yohim. 12C – a drop a day
6) Acute – Asthma – Med. 200C – as needed
7) Food allergies/Eye ulcer/Prone to pneumonia/Thrush – Copaiva 12C/Vesic. 30C/Anag. 12C/Fer. ars. 12C – a drop a day
8) Immune normalization / Potential parasites – Stic. 30C/Solid. 30C – a drop a day
9) Stress/Anxiety – Mur. ac. 30C – a drop a day
10) Acute – Night terrors – Cheiranth. 9C – as needed (he didn’t need this at all – he didn’t have any night terrors this month).

His Heilkunstler decided not to give him any homeopathic powders since she felt that powders would just destabilize him. The plan is to do just droppers for at least 3-4 months to help build his immune system and then consider powders again.

Immediately after Moses started the droppers, he was intensely angry / emotional / felt like life was unfair. This lasted for three days. He had tiny “bumps” on his eye lids and yet another abscess disappeared.

Five days after starting the droppers, he had three new abscesses: one on his right armpit, one on his right groin and a small one on the right side of his head. Yikes!

His Heilkunstler also recommended the following probiotic: GutPro, but they don’t ship to Canada. (Fortunately, someone that I know was going to be in the US, so she picked up a bottle and shipped it to me). If you live in the US, you can order it here: organic3.com or corganiccs.com. He started the new probiotic (GutPro) on May 28, with no die-off reactions. Yay!

On June 4, a swollen, small lymph node on the right side of his neck developed – this is a new place for him and it was painful to touch, so I emailed his Heilkunstler for an acute remedy, and on June 5, he started the new remedy for his abscesses: Rh. a. 7C/Spiran. 12C (twice a day). It’s been a couple of days now and his abscesses haven’t changed yet.

Other than the abscesses, it’s been a great month. Moses is healthy and well.

He’s becoming more independent. He walked all the way to school on his own from our house a couple of times.

He has so much energy, that we hiked the Signal Hill North Head Trail as a family a couple of days ago for the first time ever! It’s a 500 ft climb, so it’s a great hike! I was so proud of him!!

Signal Hill hike

Signal Hill hike

It feels as though things have settled down for us, and we are able to focus on “normal” life kind of stuff. Things are great and I’m so pleased.


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Clearing Carcinosin to 50M (my journey)

In May, I cleared Carcinosin to 50M, and started the following droppers as prescribed by my new Heilkunstler.

Droppers:

1) Constitution – Sil. 30C/Nux-v 30C/Drainage combo – a drop a day

2) Neck and shoulder pain/Jaw clicking – Chi. mur. 12C/Pix 30C – a drop a day

3) Plantar’s warts/Allergies to dogs and cats – Atham. 7C/Rhe. 200C – a drop a day

4) Stress/Anxiety – Lith. mur. 1M – a drop a day

5) Connection to life purpose – Form. 200C – a drop a day

6) Connectedness to Moses – Cinca 1M – a drop a day

Miasm Powders:

Carcinosin 30C/200C/1M/10M/50M

Supplements

My Heilkunstler felt that it was appropriate for me to continue taking the following:

  • the supplements that I currently take (an omega supplement, multi-vitamin and an anti-oxidant supplement); and
  • Vitamin D drops.

Carcinosin (i.e., the cancer chronic miasm) can be described as follows:

“In psychological and emotional terms, the cancer state of mind is one which is “resigned” — either from having given up from stress or disappointments in life, and just accepting that that is all one can expect from their life, or in terms of a weakness of will to counteract the stronger will power of their family or friends, and just accept what others have dictated for them. In anecdotal terms, nurses on cancer wards have often said that the cancer patients who actually express anger (at their condition, at their caretakers, etc.) are the ones most likely to survive.” – Source.

In the past, Carcinosin has been a big chronic miasm for me, and I’d already cleared Carcinosin to 50M in September 2012, which is perhaps why I didn’t have a huge healing reaction to it during this round of clearing (i.e., this was my second time that I cleared Carcinosin to 50M). One thing out of the ordinary that I experienced (and  could have been a healing reaction) is I experienced  intense neck and shoulder pain (significantly more than I generally experience), which was partially alleviated after a massage and some yoga. A couple of weeks later, my chiropractor still needed to unwind some neck tension.

In early May, I saw a counsellor and felt that it really helped. It was my first appointment with a counsellor and I loved her gentle and intuitive way. I expressed a lot that was on my heart and we covered many topics. She gave me lots of food for thought. I will likely be booking another appointment with her in the future, but for now, I want to sit with some of her suggestions.

Towards the end of May, I started wearing an orgone pendant, which I really felt helped to keep me grounded, calm and feeling energetically protected.

In general, I’m feeling wonderful. More grounded. More at peace. More ease. More space between thoughts. Less striving. Less anxiety.

My work-life balance is, well, balanced.

Moses is healthy and well.

DH and I are getting along really well, and we have been having more fun with each other.

I’ve been inspired by Leo Babauta’s book, The Power of Less, and have been inspired to let go of that which is non-essential and focus on that which is essential.

I’m feeling really supported and completely feel that we are on the right track as a family. I am loving the gentle approach of our new Heilkunstler and feel that the remedies that she prescribes are exactly what my body needs. So gentle. I also feel that the orgone pendant has had a significant effect on my current state of mind. Feeling very content and supported, and loving all those who are sitting at my healing round table and at Moses’ healing round table.

Life is good.

Hiking Signal Hill

Hiking Signal Hill

You can read about the last time that I cleared Carcinosin:

  • at the end of this post to 10M here; the first time that I cleared Carcinosin, I was angry for most of the month (i.e.,  years of suppressed anger came up to be expressed).
  • at the end of this post to 50M here: the first time that I cleared Carcinosin to 50M, I experienced flu-like symptoms.


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GutPro Probiotic

Moses has been using the same probiotic (Genestra’s HMF powder) for years. Moses’ Heilkunstler advised that we change it up and recommended that we start using GutPro Probiotic. She assessed a list of ~12 different probiotics and GutPro came out on top of the list for Moses.

GutPro is an 8 strain formula:

  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Lactobacillus salivarius
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium infantis
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium lactis

GutPro is free of unwanted additives:

  • No allergens (e.g. dairy, corn, soy, gluten. GutPro™ probiotic is produced on a non-dairy, non-soy vegetarian culture)
  • No fillers or excipients (e.g. inulin, cellulose, maltodextrin, FOS)
  • No strains that are reported to cause reactions (e.g. streptococcus thermophilus, etc)
  • No strains that contribute to d-lactic acidosis (e.g. l-acidophilus, etc)
  • No unnecessary ingredients (e.g. magnesium stearate, silica, titanium dioxide)

Sounds good to me!

If you live in the US, you can find out more about GutPro and purchase it here.

But, we live in Canada and they don’t ship to Canada. Ack!

Fortunately, our Heilkunstler was at the AutismOne conference a couple of weeks ago and she purchased it for us and then sent it to us via Expresspost once she was back in Canada. Because Moses only needs a small dose (1/64 tsp = 12.5 Billion CFUs), a bottle contains 460 servings, and so will last us way over a year. His Heilkunstler will probably change up his probiotic by then, but at least it’ll last a long time because it cost ~$150Can with shipping (taking into account the current US/Canadian exchange rate). Yikes!  Anyhoo, it’s worth it if it helps….  Also, Moses has been taking a daily prophylactic antibiotic twice a day since he was 4.5 years old, so it’s important for him to take a high quality probiotic.

I read that others have experienced die-off reactions after starting GutPro, so I was worried about starting it, but so far, so good. One thing that I find different is that HMF powder contained Fructooligosaccharides, which was sweet, so Moses had no problem with me adding it to his water.  Gutpro doesn’t contain anything except for the cultures (and it seems to leave an “off taste” in the water), so instead of adding it to water, I’m adding it to his smoothies or his rice milk. (Update (June 7): I’ve now been adding it to his water with no problems).  By the way, the measuring spoons that are sold with GutPro are a must since otherwise, it would be impossible to figure out how much is a 1/64 of a teaspoon!

Interesting, after I tried some water with Gutpro, I felt some stomach upset (something that I generally never experience). Hmmm…. a die-off reaction for me?

Update:

June 28, 2015 – Moses has been taking this consistently every day over the last month. So far, so good!  No obvious changes, but I trust that it’s helping.

Others’ experiences with GutPro

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