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health & diet + changes was posted 07/31/2009 11:29 am by Sandra (TX)
E-mail Address: smpettit@swbell.net

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Hi Pat,

I'm in basically good health too, but can relate with some of your husband's experiences -- of course we're all different, so take whatever of this fits your situation:

--Food tolerances change over time. I can pretty much eat anything too, however am noticing reactions when my diet has too much of something, like soft baked cookies from a grocery bakery -- these did a number on me to the point I thought I had a virus, but I really think it was a ingredient in the cheapo cookies I over-indulged on. Too many sweets in one day are my main enemy (my body responds with oily, floating, loose stools). First thing I'd suggest is to eliminate processed sugars and fatty foods as much as possible from his diet.

--Weight-bearing exercise routines to build up those core muscles in our body are more important than I realized -- it's worth a try if he's not already doing this. It also increasees energy levels.

--Dring plenty of water.

--Energy level -- I wish mine was what it used to be too. Things I try to do: protein at breakfast, B-12 sublingual and/or a multi-B vitamin in the morning, also DHEA is a natural promoter of testosterone which low levels of can also impact energy.

-- There are over the counter supplements like 'Align', etc. that can help with eliminating gas and smoothing the digestive process.

-- I'm not opposed to Ritalin or Adderrall to help with energy/focus, but would try other diet changes first.

-- You might consider him getting a physical with his GP -- because sometimes they'll look at the big picture better than an oncologist might.

Good luck.

P.S. Isn't it great that he's a 5 year Whipple survivor?

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