Unable to gain weight

Answered on October 03, 2017
Created August 06, 2017 at 11:39 PM

You guys seem wonderful and supportive. I thought I would put everything out there. 

My name is Guy. I'm a 56 year old male. I remember as a child Iwas always sick and took numerous antibiotics. I remember my stomach hurting after eating a normal my breakfast at school. As the years went by I became stronger but struggle with a lot of allergies. I kept getting sinus infections and would treat them with antibiotics never knowing I needed to replace my healthy bacteria. No doctor ever told me anything different. I was under stess at work 10 –6 graveyard shift
working with mentally challenging individuals. I also supervised twowomen during the shift that did not like me supervising them.

My world fell apart and it scared me. I was having every symptom you could imagine, brain fog, muscle spasms, severe stomach pain, night sweats, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and the list goes on.I could barely make it through the night shift. Then I went to day shift and was tired all the time, but was able to do my job with our individuals.

Around the 90’s I transferred into the psychology department. Around 1994 I could barely make it through the day. I felt like my life as I knew it was over. I would eat regular food but had constant diarrhea, and continued to lose weight. I went from 180 lbs to 140 lbs. I had people at work coming up to me saying have you seen a doctor!

Since I had a verbally abusive stepfather my siblings, Dad and
stepmother thought I was going through depression. My stepmother told me I was starving myself. I told her I was eating like everyone one else but would have constant diarrhea, and every crazy symptom that candida causes. I looked like a 90 year old man and could barely do anything. My skin was all red and hurt. I felt numbness and tingling
in my harms and legs, brain fog, and severe stomach pain on my right side.

At this horrible time I happen to see Dr. Matsen’s book Eating A Live. I read it and underlined everything I could find, and at this point I was desperate and called Dr. Matsen a naturopatic doctor in Canada. I remember thinking when was last time I was well, and it was before I got sick with the sinus infection that turned into bronchitis. I made an appt to see him. I got my pass port and headed to Canada.

I knew my family did not believe me and thought I was only
depressed.They even tried to have me stay with them and have their regular healthy breakfast, but the food only made me extremely sick. I saw a G. I. specialist. He did not believe in my yeast theory. All my tests were normal. It’s was like I told him I saw a UFO!

I remember on the flight to Canada I felt so alone and was coughing constantly and really felt I was going to die. Dr. Matsen performed a test called blood screening. He took it from my ear and showed my blood with all these white spots. He told me they were yeast. I have never seen a picture like that before and still have it. He gave me some holistic medicine and had me take liquid friendly bacteria.

When I came back to Lubbock, Texas was emotionally and physically exhausted. I remember comitting myself to the mental ward. Of course I could not follow Dr. Matsen’s diet in a locked down hospital. I attempted to hang myself when I was released from the hospital because the insurance stopped paying. I wrote a suicide note to my family, but
was too scared to kill myself. I was locked up again. My Dad and wanted me to get Electric Shock Therapy. I never did, but was upset that he wanted that for his son.

I wrote a poem before I admitted myself to the hospital and finished it while in the hospital. I remember begging my G.I. to get me a bottle of friendly bacteria while in hospital but he just looked at me like I was crazy.

Anyway the anti depressant finally helped and I got back to life although it was difficult. I followed Dr. Masten program and eventually put on weight looked better so everyone assumed I was only depressed but not physically sick. I did get better and could eat a more normal diet although I had to be careful trying include sweets.There seem to always be a rumbling in my stomach.

Recently retiring from the Lubbock State Supported Living
Center, getting married, and moving to Amarillo was more stress that Icould handle. I stopped following my diet so once again I ate high carbohydrate diet and began experiencing candida symptoms. Now I feel I also have adrenal fatigue and sibo.  

I try to eat healthy and start everyday with lemon water and take the following supplements primadophilius
bifidus, candida cleaner, herbal detox, molybdenum, chlorella,and energize. I also take clonzpan 0.1 for anxiety, and Lexapro 0.5 for depression. When I get hungry I eat a small green or red apple which I found is the only way I can have bm, then my lunch is usually a salad, some meat, broccoli, avocado. I find it difficult to get nutritional
snacks during the day. I recently began taking essential enzymes andL-glutamine.

I wish I was able to find a good naturopathic doctor in Amarillo but unfortunately there is not one around here.

My heart goes out to all of the many people that suffer health
problems. I have gone from 185 lbs to 160 lbs following the candida  diet. My wife says I look sick. I’m always hungry and really feel I’m starving myself. The diet is so restrictive. I only snack on nuts like pumpkin seeds, almonds, and bazil nuts. I even had some picatios, and a sourdough sandwich because I feel like I’m starving.

I definitely feel the anti- candida diet is hard on the adrenals glands. I felt better eating the carbohydrates. Most of time I feel depressed and take medicine for anxiety and depression. I’m always irritable. Even after sleeping I feel exhausted.

I often have a severe pain on right side where the iloceal valve is located. I really appreciate your knowledge. I’m thankful for people like you that have dedicated their life making a profound difference in the lives of others and greatly improving the quality of their lives. Thanks your time reading my long email. I would appreciate any suggestions, recommendations, and helpful advice.





on August 10, 2017
at 01:32 AM

have you been tested for celiac?  COnsider replacing the sourdough sandwich with gluten free carbs as an experiment.  Gluten free oats might be a good choice because the more protein the better.

Are you eating any dairy?  What kind of meat are you eating?  Are eggs and nightshades a problem? 

The hard gainers I know tended to need to set very small goals, like "gain one pound".  Then determine how many ounces of protein needed to eat each day and then increase that amount by at least 2 ounces the first week, 4 ounces the second week, etc until you gain one pound.  

Then repeat the calculations. Very best wishes to you.   Also consider posting over at celiac.com, as their diet is closer to yours and also your symptoms will sound familiar to many there. 

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on October 03, 2017
at 08:33 AM

I would like to suggest that you use something known as Alfamalt syrup. It has shown great results in helping people gain weight over the years. It is a safe medication to use as well.

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