Since low oxalate dieting seems to have a language all its own, I created this glossary for you to use, both when you’re perusing my site, and when you’re reading messages on the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group. I know when I first joined I was absolutely overwhelmed by the loads of acronyms and abbreviations used by members, so I hope this list will help others in the same situation.
One note: sometimes you will see two or more of these abbreviations listed together, for example “GFCFSF” this would refer to a diet that is gluten-free, casein-free and soy-free. So if you don’t see an entire abbreviation listed here, try searching for just the first couple of letters and see if that doesn’t lead you to the information you seek.
CF: Casein-Free; a diet which avoids the milk protein casein
Cutler or Cutler Protocol: The chelation protocol of Dr. Andy Cutler. Outlined in this book, and often discussed on the TLO group.
Dumping: This is the Yahoo Group’s term for the oxalate detox process by which the body’s stores of oxalates are released into the blood stream and (hopefully) carried out of the body. Dumping can occur through almost any system, but the systems most commonly involved are the bowels, urinary tract and skin.
FODMAPS: an abbreviation that stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols. Often used as shorthand for a diet which avoids these foods, which is sometimes helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Many books about this diet are available here.
GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome; a diet recommended for autism, ADD, ADHD, Schizophrenia and several other conditions. There is an entire book about it available here, as well as a cookbook, which is available here.
GF: Gluten-Free; a diet which avoids gluten from all sources
Guai: Short for Guaifenesin. This over-the-counter cough suppressant has been used by some to encourage/accelerate dumping (also called “cycling”). More information may be found on this page about the Guaifenesin Protocol.
IC: Interstitial Cystitis; a painful condition in which the bladder, urethra, and other parts of the urinary tract are continually irritated. Symptoms include pelvic pain and urinary frequency.
LDN: Low-Dose Naltrexone; a treatment sometimes used for many autoimmune diseases
LOD: Low Oxalate Diet
MTHFR: Shorthand for a genetic mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (NAD(P)H) gene. This affects many on the Trying Low Oxalates group, so you will often see it mentioned and discussed there. See this page for more information about the mutation and the issues it causes.
OAT: Organic Acid Test; a urine test, usually performed by Great Plains Laboratory, which can be helpful in determining which supplements or other treatments will work best for an individual.
PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (more information here).
Paleo: A way of eating designed around feeding our bodies the way our ancestors ate. Grain-free, processed food-free, and very compatible with the low oxalate diet.
SCD: Specific Carbohydrate Diet; a diet recommended for autism, IBS, Celiac disease, and several other conditions. Books and cookbooks for this diet may be found here.
SF: Soy-Free; a diet designed to avoid all soy products.
TLO: My shorthand for the Trying Low Oxalates Yahoo Group.
UTI: Urinary tract infection
VP: Vulvar pain or vaginal pain
Yasko: Dr. Amy Yasko, a doctor and published author (click here to see her published works) whose protocol is sometimes used in the treatment of autism, either with or without the low oxalate diet. Her site may be found here.
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