Holly Jessen, Grand Forks, N.D., letter: Diet changes changed my lifeI have struggled with health problems due to an adult-onset dairy allergy and an overgrowth of candida. I control it with a combination of diet changes and working with a Grand Forks-based holistic nurse practitioner.
By: Holly Jessen, Grand Forks Herald
GRAND FORKS — Thank you so much for the story, “Drastic diet changes improve N.D. woman’s health issues” (grandforksherald.com, July 8).
I have struggled with health problems due to an adult-onset dairy allergy and an overgrowth of candida. (I’m not sure if this is slightly different than candida hypersensitivity or just a different way of saying it.) I control it with a combination of diet changes and working with a Grand Forks-based holistic nurse practitioner.
With her help, I cut out all sources of yeast, fungus and sugar for one month while also taking herbal supplements. I lost a significant amount of weight, and I feel so much better.
What people eat every day has a much stronger effect on their bodies than people realize. As the article points out, some are skeptical of food allergies or sensitivities, yeast in particular. In fact, I used to scoff at people who were on restrictive diets and didn’t indulge in the treats that used to be a big part of what I ate.
But people such as Nina Stone (who was featured in the article) and me are living proof that food really is medicine. Avoiding certain foods (even if they are perceived as healthy) can have a life-changing effect.