So I posted a while ago down and discouraged because I was not feeling so well after a few months on this diet. Well, now I know why! My doctor had a GI panel run and I have c. difficile and cryptosporidium. The c. difficile may have been related to contaminated food or water but more likely came on after I was on antibiotics this last winter. The cryptosporidium, on the other hand, is more likely from food or water and my doctor mentioned that there had been recent outbreaks across the country and the current theory was that it MIGHT be from Central American produce. I haven't been outside of the country or eating any odd things or even swimming in any lakes or rivers around here. This summer I was in the ER because of severe dehydration from the onset of cryptosporidium (I have a compromised immune system from lupus, so it hit me harder than most in the beginning). Since then, I've had pretty typical symptoms, but just thought it was lupus flaring up.
Well, I'm thrilled it's not lupus, but now it's pretty obvious that rinsing all fruits and veggies and scrubbing those with tougher skins just is not cutting it! Do people use natural products to kill what's crawling around on our food? Does white vinegar kill these types of parasites? I'm going to do some online research, but was hoping some of you wonderful people might already be using products you enjoy and trust.