Ryan Sutter was finally diagnosed with the mysterious illness that has plagued him for about six months.
The former “Bachelorette” winner has Lyme disease which was triggered by high levels of mold in his body, he shared on his wife Trista Sutter’s podcast, “Better Etc.., » mardi.
“It seems what happened was that my immune system was weakened by exposure to toxins and especially mold,” said Ryan, 46.
“There are other people in the fire academy who have probably had the same exposures who don’t cope with those exposures because their genetics are stronger, they are able to get rid of toxins more easily. “
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Further testing determined Ryan was also positive for COVID-`19 and the Epstein-Barr virus, a disease that causes mononucleosis.
“In addition to being exposed to mold, I also faced those long days, exhaustion, dehydration; all those other things that weaken your immune system, ”he said of the struggles of being a firefighter.
“So my immune system was weakened, which made it difficult to fight off infections, or whatever that sounds like, which allowed previous infections that my immune system had been able to somehow suppress and control, to remake.” area.
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The testing process and months of confusion and frustration have taken its toll on the family, although Trista is relieved that they have finally figured out what is going on with her husband.
“It was tough,” said Trista, 48. “It’s really hard to see the person you love the most in the world wrestling. And he’s a big, strong, and oof guy – seeing him get emotional and feel hopeless, in that all I could really do is stand up for him, so that’s what I did. . ”
Although Lyme disease patients typically get a “high enough dose” of antibiotics, Ryan chooses to change his diet instead.
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“What I’m doing is avoiding, as best I can, gluten, dairy, and refined sugars,” he explained. “I added a ton of fruits and vegetables to my diet, things that are easy to digest… I followed specific diets and things to try to relieve a lot of these things so that my internal organs could function more. effectively and begin to fight against some of these viruses and bacteria that they were able to retain before going through this last year. “
The original “Bachelorette” first revealed in November that her husband was battling a “mysterious illness.” Doctors ruled out cancer, which was a “huge relief” for the couple.
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The couple married in 2003 after meeting on the ABC reality show and sharing two children, Maxwell, 13, and Blakesley, 12.