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James Mazzarisi 06-07-2009 08:43 AM

Ear Infectionsand Paleo
I have been on a paleo regimen for about 2 weeks (which I love by the way). Late last week, I got such a bad ear infection that my ear drum ruptured... blood and puss drained from my ear for 36 hours and I spent easily the most painful day of my life with this (morphine did nothing for the pain).

I don't think I've had an ear infection since I was about 5 (34 now). Does anyone know if there are are characteristics of the paleo diet that can lead to ear infections? I include raw milk in my diet (about 2 8 oz cups per day), but this is no different than my pre-paleo days. I also eat boiled egg whites or eggs on a daily basis (only ate them rarely pre-paleo). I have heard these two foods could result in infections as well. I realize I could be correlating facts here and that my diet change may have nothing at all to do with this recent condition. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

Doug Blankenship 06-07-2009 08:53 AM

Re: Ear Infectionsand Paleo
I could be wrong and am sure someone will point it out if I am. But, I don't your diet had anything to do with an ear infection.

Sabrina Ramme 06-07-2009 02:31 PM

Re: Ear Infectionsand Paleo
In children sometimes dairy consumption can lead to ear infections, especially if there is an undiagnosed sensitivity to dairy. In your case, this seems unlikely.

Overtraining or undereating can weaken your immune system though. Sorry you're sick! Try mega dosing vitamin C for a couple days and see if that helps. (Maybe 2-5 grams/day).

:) Sabrina

Michael Whities 06-08-2009 07:04 AM

Re: Ear Infectionsand Paleo
I've had less ear infections since starting Paleo Dec 08. I scuba dive and before Paleo, I always had an ear infection afterwards. Since then, I have only had one.


Camille Lore 06-08-2009 07:13 AM

Re: Ear Infectionsand Paleo
My sinuses give me trouble when I consume dairy. If I let my sinuses go too long, it becomes ear trouble.
Unfortunately, I'm not willing to give up my half and half in my coffee.

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