Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my site. Here you will find information about the low oxalate diet, oxalates themselves, and how they affect the human body.

My name is Michelle, and I had been following a low oxalate diet for roughly a year at the time that I began this blog. Even after a year of the LOD (Low Oxalate Diet), however, I had only just begun to scratch the surface of information available about oxalates, and what good a low oxalate diet can do for people.

I came to LOD when I was very, very ill. And I learned that, while the low oxalate diet can work wonders for individuals who need it, it is definitely not a cure-all. It is just one step along the journey of healing a person’s whole body. So while I encourage you to explore this site about the low oxalate diet, the most important thing I feel you should do is join a certain Yahoo Group, called Trying Low Oxalates. Everything I now know about oxalates and how to deal with the body’s reactions to LOD, I learned on that group. It is a very active group, and chock full of helpful people who have “been there, done that,” and are more than willing to offer you the support you need on your oxalate reduction journey.

Regardless of whether you are looking to try a low oxalate diet to try to heal kidney stones, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, eczema, or any other condition, this group is absolutely invaluable. It can be a little overwhelming at times, which is part of the reason I created this site; folks were asking for a more easily searchable, and more organized repository of information. But everything I am publishing here, I learned over on the Trying Low Oxalates group. So I can’t recommend strongly enough that you join. It is a private group, but don’t worry, anyone can join. In my experience it usually takes less than 24 hours to get approved as a new member. Once you get approved, make sure you keep a copy of my glossary open in your browser as you start reading. Unless you’ve been doing biomed a looong time, you’ll need it!

I am not the group owner (Susan Owens, who has done so much research into oxalates and how they affect us, is), but I really can’t say enough good things about the group. Most importantly, Trying Low Oxalates has the most up-to-date and complete list of oxalate values of foods available. This information alone makes it worth joining the group! This is information that has been paid for by the members of Trying Low Oxalates, the Vulvar Pain Foundation, and perhaps others I’m not even aware of. I cannot post it here because it is not mine to provide (and besides, I probably wouldn’t be able to keep it up to date properly – it’s constantly being added to). But I can tell you that if you have found any other lists of low oxalate foods on the internet, they are likely incorrect, and as such can easily cause you more harm than good. Please, do yourself a favor, and join the Trying Low Oxalates group now.

All that said, if you can think of a topic you’d like me to cover on this site, or a question you’d like answered, by all means, leave me a note in the “Leave a Reply” section near the bottom of this (or any) page. While I have many plans laid for this site, I know everyone will have different questions and concerns. So whether it’s something you’d like to know about the science of oxalates, or clarification about my own personal story, ask away!

2 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Linda says:

    Hello,

    I have been taking a supplement called Zypan (two tablets after meals as a digestive aid). I am wondering if this is high oxalate? If you or anyone else has any information regarding this, I would appreciate hearing from you. I believe most of my symptoms are related to oxalates/candida. I am trying to follow the low oxalate diet. There are so many things to learn here. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Linda!

      I am actually personally familiar with Zypan, as I have taken it myself in the past (before starting the low oxalate diet). For those reading who have never heard of it, it’s a product by Standard Process which contains, among other things, betaine HCl and pancreatin.

      I can’t tell you for certain whether this supplement is high or low in oxalate, as it has not yet been tested. That said, some forms of betaine are derived from beets, which are quite high in oxalate. Still, the amount of oxalate remaining in betaine products would depend upon how the beets are processed, so the only thing that will definitively tell us whether Zypan is high or low is to have it tested.

      If you would like to have Zypan tested, I can send you details about where to send a sample and donation to cover the cost of testing (I believe the donation to cover testing is $50). Otherwise, I’d say that if it helps you, you should take it.

      If you eventually bring your diet down to the recommended 60mg per day of oxalate, and you are taking the other recommended supplements, and you still can’t dump, then it might be time to look at a supplement like Zypan as a possible culprit (that is to say, it may be too high in oxalates and prevents you from dumping). But until that point, if it were me in the situation, I’d keep taking it, as it helps with food digestion and allowing the gut to get the greatest possible amount of nutrition out of everything eaten. Since many of us with oxalate problems also face more general malabsorption issues, anything that helps with your absorption of nutrients is a very good thing!

      That said, candida is reputed to enjoy an acidic environment, which Zypan is definitely good at creating. So if you are certain of your candida diagnosis, Zypan may not be the best possible supplement…perhaps digestive enzymes without the HCl would be better? I’m definitely no expert in any of this, but I did want to mention that, as it’s something which has come up in my own research.

      Best of luck with your health,
      Michelle

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