Posted 10/11/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)
This is all very interesting. I've had a life-long ambiguous relationship with dairy products. Recently I underwent allergy testing and discovered that dairy, particularly cow-based dairy, is a problematic food for me. However, goat products were much better. As with so many things in lyme (and life) it's a balancing process. In my experience, it is difficult to absorb calcium from supplements, even when magnesium, vitamin k, and D3 are included. I've read that calcium is more easily absorbed from food sources. Yes, there are vegetarian sources of calcium, but I'm not sure I can eat enough of those to give me an adequate amount of calcium. Being a woman with osteopena (a step removed from full-blown osteoporosis) and someone whose blood levels of calcium usually test low despite taking supplements, I'm concerned about getting enough calcium. Therefore I wouldn't discontinue all dairy completely unless I was sure, as you are for yourself, that it was a trigger for inflammation. Instead, I eat it once every few days (rotation diet), alternating with other calcium rich foods. When I do eat dairy, usually it is organic goat yogurt so that I am also getting the benefit of probiotics, and I'm eating as pure a product as I can find.
I'm much more concerned about ingesting sugar, artificial additives, hormone and antibiotic-ridden foods, hydrogenated oils, and other foods and additives that are universally proven bad for us. Are you sure it wasn't the sugar (or artificial sweetener) in the pudding that caused the problem? Just my opinion, but I wouldn't like to see everyone boycot dairy. (And no I'm not a dairy farmer.) If there is a suspicion that dairy is the culprit for you, you could try the elimination diet. That is a good way to find out what foods bother you.
I like the idea of using almond milk. I haven't checked the carb count on that, but since I'm on antibiotics and taking probiotics to fend off yeast, I buy the unsweetened almond milk. It's pretty good.
Have you done the Atkins diet in the past? Do you use ketostix to check for ketosis?
Thanks for an interesting post. It got me thinking.
I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.