Hello! My name is Dr. Paul Deglmann (co-owner of NutriRestore). I want to share a little of my personal story with you to make you realize that even practitioners who dedicate their careers to health and nutrition can still have their own health issues.
As you know, when you or someone you love becomes sick, it makes you search that much harder for answers. When the answer is unclear, this is where you likely have had to become your own “doctor” in terms of digging into the research and trying to find out WHY you are sick.
Figuring Out the “Why?”
While in chiropractic school, my health was doing “well” until my face started to get irritated/red. Around the same time, I also started to experience some weight gain and brain fog. It went on for a few months…. then a few more months…..then a few more. I finally saw a dermatologist who prescribed a topical and oral antibiotic. The result??……. nothing.
A few years later, I visited another dermatologist that was highly recommended. He diagnosed me with rosacea and prescribed me Accutane. Given my education and background, I was hesitant to take the medication because I had heard about the potential severe side effects. I asked the doctor “Why did I get rosacea?” He replied “We don’t know. We just know Accutane works to get rid of it.”
After being on the Accutane for a few months, my skin did clear up. I was thankful for that, but it then returned a few years later.
In 2010, I started to study functional medicine intensely and got much more serious about looking for the root cause of the symptom or disease if I wanted a long-term solution. This is also around the same time that I started to date my now wife, Jill. In the beginning, we would go out to eat and almost every time she would end up lying on the couch with her knees bent trying to relieve the abdominal discomfort. After this happened a few times, we ended up testing her for gluten sensitivity. The test came back extremely positive and required a gluten-free diet. Now that she tested positive, I figured that I’d better do the test on myself, too. When my results came back, I was shocked! There were 22 different markers involving gluten sensitivity and I tested positive for 20 of them! Also, the two antibodies associated with Celiac disease were off-the-charts high. I didn’t have any digestive complaints at all and Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease of the small intestine. How is that possible? I then thought to myself “Why do I have Celiac disease?”
With gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, you can have an extremely wide variety of symptoms. Mine happened to be rosacea, brain fog and a few extra pounds. For someone else, it could be migraines, chronic pain, diarrhea, difficulty gaining weight, canker sores as well as many other symptoms and some people don’t have any symptoms that they can detect or correlate to gluten in the early stages.
Fast forward a few years and we now have two young boys that are also gluten-free due to these reasons along with the fact that my wife and I both have a genetic predisposition to gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease.
Remove the Ingredients from the Toxic Soup=Results
When my wife went on a gluten-free diet, her digestive symptoms went away almost immediately! For me, my skin cleared up (at the time) and I lost 55 lbs in 5-6 weeks and wasn’t even eating healthy! Instead of a regular pizza, I’d have a gluten-free pizza. Instead of regular donut, I’d have a gluten-free donut. The gluten protein was literally that toxic to me and my body started to shed weight extremely fast. One of our favorite instructors, Dr. Bob Rakowski, says it best…..”The solution to pollution is dilution.” Your body will hold onto fat and retain water to make the toxicity less toxic to you. This is certainly true because after just maintaining the tradition gluten-free diet for a few years, my symptoms associated with gluten exposure started to return. Because of this, I ended up drastically changing my diet about 5 years ago and am now grain-free/dairy-free due to fact that all grains contain a form of gluten (just not the same gluten as what’s in wheat), but that’s a story for another time.
I have seen so many patients where dietary changes are extremely powerful when food is the big inflammatory trigger breaking the body down. However, maybe your diet is already good, but you are still struggling with your health. This is where high-quality supplements can potentially help you address some of the other big inflammatory triggers like microbes (bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasites, tick-borne illness like Lyme disease), toxins (chemicals, mold, heavy metals) and nutritional deficiencies. Everyone is different, so it is very important to answer the question “What are the triggers driving your symptoms?”
The NutriRestore products have played a large role in improving my overall gut health as well as replenishing the nutrient deficiencies I had as a result of Celiac disease.
I sincerely hope that the NutriRestore products and education along the way can help improve your health along with the health of your family and your loved ones.