Every profession is influenced by a half a dozen Professional Influencers (PIs). And just like that all the Lyme Illiterati will start diagnosing their patients with Mold. Immediately becoming Mold Illiterati.
Most Doctors practice in a manner that is a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group and Professional Influencers. The Social Media PIs will quickly become Mold Illiterati, leading to more misdiagnosis.
Two recent patients diagnosed by nationally know PIs had Diabetes. But the PIs never bothered ordering a Complete Blood Test. Just labs for Mold and they fudged their analysis to support the Mold meme.
Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning and losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms for mold illness are very similar to chronic Lyme disease:
Focus/concentration issues, word recall, memory issues
Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical,
but often it is mental.
People with pre-diabetes or insulin resistance also can have low or normal blood sugars, if their
high circulating insulin levels are further challenged by a prolonged period of
fasting or dietary restriction.
High blood sugar. Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during
the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But prolonged
hyperglycemia with some of the symptoms listed here, especially physical and
mental fatigue, are not normal.
Red Blood Cell
aggregation has been consistently associated with insulin resistance.
Feeling agitated, jittery, moody, nauseated, or having a headache is common
in Insulin Resistance, without immediate relief once food is eaten.
Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from dysbiosis.
Insulin Resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates suffer from gas, lots of
Sleepiness. Many people
with Insulin Resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal exceeding their Carbohydrate
Fatigue after meals, craving sugar after meals, must have
back on carbs until you are no longer sleepy after meals and/or do not crave
sugar after eating.
Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. The fat in IR is
generally stored around the midsection in both males and females.
Increased cholesterol and triglycerides.
When triglycerides are equal to or greater than cholesterol suspect
Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension
have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a
direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure: as insulin
levels elevate, so does blood pressure.
Depression. Because carbohydrates are a natural “downer,”
depressing the brain, it is not uncommon to see many depressed persons who also
have Insulin Resistance.
Most Doctors never bother checking for Insulin Resistance.
Symptoms of Red Blood Cell Aggregation
Brain fogginess and inability to focus
Cold hands and feet
Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
People with pre-diabetes or insulin resistance also can havelow or normal blood sugars, if their high circulating insulin levels are further challenged by a prolonged period of fasting or dietary restriction, e.g. food sensitivities, AIP diet, GAPS, Keto, etc.
Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that has struck nearly 80,000 people since the CDC began keeping track in 1982 and now causes at least 8,500 new cases annually.
There’s no doubt that both acute and chronic forms of Lyme disease are real, that they’re caused by a spirochete passed by the bite of an infected tick and that they are treatable with antibiotics, says Dr. Allen Steere, director of the Lyme disease program at the New England Medical Center
“But along with that has come the ‘other’ Lyme disease,” he says, a syndrome of pain and fatigue of unknown cause.
It is of “unknown cause” because they are unable to get out of the Lyme Echo Chamber.
Lyme Disease Has Become a Profit-Centered Diagnosis du Jour.
How prevalent is Lyme becoming a Profit-Centered Diagnosis du Jour? Functional Medicine practitioners are now doing GROUP consultations. They are posting in the Social Media groups about how much it has increased their profits.
Diagnosis is tricky because people had Lyme disease score positive on antibody tests long after the infection is over – even if their later problems have nothing to do with it. With the Lyme Illiteratii it will not matter if the lab results are negative. You will still have Lyme Disease. However, there is a problem with this. If you have ever had Measles, Mumps or Chicken Pox, you will have positive antibodies for Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox. Does that mean you currently have Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox? Think about how Lyme Disease has become a profit centered Diagnosis du jour.
Of nearly 800 patients who visited Steere’s clinic during a five-year period, he says, 23 percent had chronic Lyme disease; another 20 percent had – had it and then developed something else, usually pain and fatigue that could be called Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior; and 57 percent had a pseudo-Lyme disease, usually a pain and fatigue syndrome caused by Cytokine-Induced Sickness and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome. Do the math. Seventy-seven percent (77%) do not have Lymes. Even with the 23% that previously “had” real-Lyme, it does not mean they will respond to an active-Lyme treatment. It occured in the past.
Now before you start quoting the Lyme Illiteratii, let me propose this scenario to you. You go to the Doctor for your fever and sore throat (Common Cold) symptoms. The Doctor is a Measles Mentor specialist. This Doctor runs a Measles antibody test to find you are positive for Measles “antibodies”.
Signs and symptoms of measles typically include:
Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
You mention experiencing some abdominal pain, headaches and swelling of your legs during your period. The Measles Mentor instantly recognizes these are symptoms of Atypical Measles (AMS) – abdominal pain, abnormal liver function tests, edema (swelling) and headache. Your previous liver function tests are normal, but your MM Doctor doesn’t order any tests they would disprove their diagnosis du jour. They don’t like explaining lab results that would rule out their diagnosis du jour. They focus on antibody testing which is almost always positive and if it is not they will find a way to make it positive. It is guaranteed the Doctor will prescribe treatment for Atypical Measles (AMS).
The problem with this diagnosis and treatment is two-fold. You have a childhood history of Measles when you were nine years old, which gave you life-long antibody protection from measles. Years later your body’s immune system is producing antibodies to Measles. Thus the positive Measles antibody test results. The second is you are missing the rash. There is a stereotypical rash occurring with Measles. Where is it? Read More on the Lyme Rash.
The Measles Mentor Doctor explains very convincingly that you are having a “relapse”. Not everyone develops the Measles rash. That is why they call it “Atypical.” You are at a loss to question the diagnosis and treatment. So you start following the Measles Mentor Facebook group. Sure enough, you find everybody repeating what the Measles Mentor Doctor told you. You use Google to search for more information on Measles to find multiple Measles Mentor Doctors all publishing the same information. Not only that, they are having symposiums on Measles to educate people on the diagnosing measles, charging each person attending hundreds of dollars to attend.
Take notice here. They are publishing the same information because they are doing “copy and paste” from the founder of the Measles Mentor group. Some are adding the ubiquitous symptoms of brain fog, and fatigue to their description that are not specific to the disease. Other Measles Mentors have linked Measles to stubbing your toe in the middle of the night with the lights off. Remember the Inflamed Eyes being a symptoms of Measles. The Measles caused you to not be able to see the chair in the dark. Another example is this post regarding the thyroid in this screen shot from a social media influencer. You are guaranteed to have the symptoms of the diagnosis du jour.
Why Do the Antibody Rules Only Apply to Lyme?
None of the Lyme Illiteratti will discuss the following images. They start babbling and speaking in tongues. (Probably caused by Lyme) because it blows up their Lyme Antibody memes.
If the 26 year old woman being coerced to get a MMR booster has positive Antibodies for MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA. She must have MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA according to the standards of diagnosis used by the Lyme Illiteratti. But wait, there is more.
A Woman from the country of Jordan (that’s in the Middle East) has Rubella Antibodies of 57.9. Wow!!! The 26 year old Rubella Antibodies were 3.17. Shouldn’t the woman from Jordan be covered in a red rash? The Lyme Illiteratti would be going bat crap crazy for a lab test with antibodies that high.
This brings into question the “Measles” epidemic in the United States. It may be a new strain of Measles that is being brought in by mass immigration.
Antibodies from Botox Injections
You can have a previous exposure to the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which your immune system took care of. Eliminating it from you body but is now producing antibodies from that previous exposure. The same can occur with BOTOX injections. You can develop antibodies to Clostridium botulinum after receiving the BOTOX injections, but that does not mean you have Botulism.
Time to Get Serious
How many common symptoms are there between the popular diagnosed conditions? Too many conditions have the exact same overlapping symptoms. Professional and Social Media Influencers write books, post blog articles and host summits piling all of these symptoms onto their diagnosis du jour of choice. They present every symptom a person could possibly have all being caused by their diagnosis du jour of choice. When in fact in reality, you are allowed to have multiple organs dysfunctioning at the same time. Walking around the house in the dark is why your stubbed your toe, not the diagnosis du jour.
Is it “Hope for Lyme Disease” as in you hope for Lyme Disease. They teach you how to walk the walk to have Lyme Disease. They teach you how to talk the talk for Lyme Disease. You become a ATM machine for them.
Or is it “Hope for Lyme Disease” as in you feel bad. You have symptoms but it does not fit the criteria for Lyme Disease. Insurance companies, Professional and Social Media Influencers have trained us to to seek a diagnosis to better understand how you should be feeling.
Insurance Companies Complicate the Diagnosis Problem
Insurance companies dictate that you are only allowed one conditions at a time. Multiple conditions require exponential amounts of paperwork to document the multiple diagnoses. Which more that likely will cause payment for the treatment to be denied. Don’t assume just because the Doctor accepts your insurance co-payment they will inturn get paid by the insurance company. It is easier to play the game and give you the diagnosis du jour that pays the most.
One Condition = One Payment. Multiple Conditions = No Payment.
This leads to the lumping of symptoms onto the actual symptoms of the diagnosis du jour. This leads to further confusion in the treatment. Professional and Social Media Influencers include the accumulated symptoms into the media they produce, which adds to their profit margin in added supplement sales.
Making a Diagnosis to fulfill the requirements for insurance payment is self-limiting. In that only one condition at a time will be paid for. This leads to a blurring of lines that define specific health conditions. Of these “diseases” – such as Lyme, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy, thyroid, Candida and depression, all have the same core symptoms.
Of these “Diagnosis du Jour” – such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy (Which is now the replacement diagnosis for fibromyalgia.), thyroid, Candida and depression – which terms tells the Doctor and patient enough to search the internet about what is going on in their life or what to do based on the diagnosis du jour. This guarantees any symptom you have is going to be caused by the diagnosis du jour.
Are You Caught in the Diagnosis Trap?
The Internet makes it easy to fall into a trap. Professional and Social Media Influencers make their money by trapping you into a diagnosis du jour. Yes, those Social Media Influencers are monetizing (making money) by promoting a diagnosis. But they are so nice and caring. Yes, they are. All the way to the bank.
The trap that we fall into is called anchoring bias for a diagnosis du jour. The patient seeks the help of a Doctor with a set of complaints, usually self-diagnosed, that fit a broad range of conditions. Doctors, just as patients, follow the personality. Not the information. Once they get a label in their minds, they fit everything into that diagnostic box, anchoring all of the symptoms to that diagnosis, even ones that do not quite fit.
Anchoring or focalism is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions.
For the doctors, this is a trap of a patient’s bias anchoring them to a diagnosis du jour. Patient with an anchoring bias seek help from Doctors with the same anchoring bias of the same diagnosis du jour. If the Doctor does not address the patient’s diagnosis du jour, they leave. Doctors are quickly trained by patients to give them what they want for business reasons.
If something doesn’t fit, don’t try to make it fit.
An example of this is a woman that sought help for her thyroid condition. Her thyroid labs were normal. She was unable to get out of bed. Her daily routine was bed to couch, then couch to bed. It took her several months to get labs done being unable to leave the house as she was. Her lab tests showed she was suffering from Hepatic Encephalopathy. Then it took her several months to take the supplement protocol. She was able to return to work and start exercising. After six months she called to ask when I was going to start treating her thyroid. I told her she didn’t have a thyroid problem. She got upset and left seeking the help of a “thyroid” specialist. This case reminded us to keep reciting the mantra: if something doesn’t fit, don’t try to make it fit. Ask what else might be going on. Don’t fall into the trap.
Let Me Be Clear!
At no time am I saying you are not feeling the way your are feeling. Doctors must be free of any preconceived notions on what is causing your symptoms. I understand you are feeling bad. Giving you a popular diagnosis du jour will make any treatment recommendations for it detrimental to your health. This further worsening of your health only serves to feed the bank account of the Professional and Social Media Influencers promoting the diagnosis du jour.
Are You Ready to Escape the Diagnosis du jour Echo Chamber?
Do you want a Doctor that looks at you without a diagnosis du jour agenda? During the first contact with a patient I find out which echo chamber they are in. Then I determine if they are willing to step out of the echo chamber. It is up to the individual to stay out of the echo chamber.
The diagnosis du jour echo chambers are seductive. It may be easier to go through heroin withdrawal than to leave the diagnosis du jour echo chamber. Well, what if I do have it?
Whatever you perceive you will achieve.
How many Doctors have you been to? How much money have you spent on Doctors and treatments? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting the results to change.
If you have read this far. Something must be resonating within you. You may be questioning your diagnosis du jour. You need to be independent of the opinions of those following the Professional and Social Media Influencers. Over and over, patients who’s health is returning, tell me their well-meaning friends are sending them links promoting their diagnosis du jour. This is an invitation back into the diagnosis du jour echo chambers. They don’t want you to leave. Be like them. Commiserate with them. Is that what you want? You could have a Jesus healing and they would still try to convince you that it didn’t occur.
Healing is not immediate. Especially, if you have a history of doing misguided treatments. It takes time. Six to eight weeks to heal a fractured bone. Three to seven days for a cut. Your body has the ability to heal. The immune system has a minimum of a two year memory. That does not mean you won’t feel better for two years. It means it is a slow gradual progression.
Call today if you want someone to look at you and unique circumstances causing the way you feel.
For people who are outside daily for about fifteen minutes they ought to be fine. Since those with lives keeping them inside buildings, cars, stores, they received little sunlight. In addition, those of us who live in northern areas don’t get enough sun to affect our vitamin D production due to the angle of the sun in winter.
For those with an Autoimmune Condition, the story is quite different. Even short exposure to sunlight can provoke a Cytokine Storm. When I was at my worst. I could not walk out to get the mail in the sunlight. Fortunately, this condition has been resolved for six years.
Many can have an adverse reaction to Vitamin D, although the dosage they are taking is within the range that is supposed to be well tolerated according to studies. As you know Vitamin D is reported to do no evil.
The conventional view of autoimmune disease is that it results from the adaptive immune system “gone awry,” leading to inflammation and destruction of human tissue. Consequently, the Medical community uses immunosuppressive agents frequently used to curb what is considered to be inappropriate immune activation. Alternative and Functional Medicine practitioners have taken the opposite approach of stimulating the immune system.
Especially if microbes are involved. One of the agents proposed for this purpose is vitamin D. The use of vitamin D in various forms has had particular appeal because of a lower level of the precursor form 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-D) often being associated with autoimmune disease. This inverse association has fostered the view that adding vitamin D is correcting a deficiency.
The new model discussed here is based on a different view of vitamin D and autoimmune disease. Vitamin D is a close resemblance in structure to immunosuppressive steroids. The levels of each of the vitamin D metabolites are affected by a complex network of feedback mechanisms involving multiple enzymes and receptors, indicating vitamin D is regulated more like a steroid than a nutrient. A low level of serum 25-D is seen as a deficiency rather than the result of down regulation and a causal factor leading to illness.
Certain bacteria species reported on the Genova 2200 Gastrointestinal Function Profile are the primary cause of Vitamin D Receptor dysfunction. The innate immune responses are the first line of defense against invading microbes and bacteria. Because VDR is key to the innate immune response, bacteria have developed ways to counter to activation of the Vitamin D Receptor reducing the immune response towards themselves. VDR dysfunction would lead to chronic infections with a wide range of bacteria and other microbes, leading to inflammation and frequent elevation in autoimmune disease markers.
When bacterial species convert bile salts into toxic bile salts. Toxic secondary bile acid levels are damaging to the cells lining the small intestine and cause extensive mucosal damage of the stomach and esophagus. This is more harmful than acid reﬂux alone. The major conversion of secondary bile salts is the formation of lithocholic acid. Lithocholic acid competitively inhibits etiocholanolone elimination occurring in the liver. This results in increase potential for immune stimulation and a localized fever. In addition to this lithocholic acid causes damage to Vitamin D receptors and reactions to sunlight or Vitamin D supplements.
The ability of certain bacteria to cause VDR dysfunction is believed to be key. Increasing evidence indicates that vitamin D supplementation can contribute to bacteria-induced dysfunction of the VDR. This VDR dysfunction leads to immunosuppression that, while palliative in the short term, is counterproductive for long-term healing.
Vitamin D Receptor Antibodies
Another possible explanation for vitamin D deficiency in patients with autoimmune diseases is the presence of neutralizing autoantibodies to vitamin D. Bacteria survive by confusing the immune system. When immune cells show up to access the damage like Police responding to a 911 call, being unable to see the bacteria, associate the damage with Vitamin D. The Immune Cells then mistakenly produce antibodies to Vitamin D and Vitamin D receptors.
When this occurs, even exposure to sunlight can provoke an autoimmune response to Vit. D. Supplementing with Vit. D or even exposure to sunlight would provoke a Cytokine Storm with symptoms of Cytokine-Induced Sickness. Many with an impaired immune response may experience a mild form of Sun Poisoning.
Sun poisoning doesn’t really mean you’ve been poisoned. It is often the term used for a severe case of sunburn. This is usually a burn from ultraviolet (UV) radiation that inflames your skin. However, those with an autoimmune condition can experience Sun Poisoning through the activation of the immune cells to the Vitamin D being produced in the skin. This results in a person experiencing the symptoms of Cytokine-Induced Sickness
Symptoms of Sun Poisoning
Within just 15 minutes of being in the sun, you can be sunburned. But you might not know it right away. The redness and discomfort might not show up for a few hours.
You can become severely sunburned if you stay in the sun a long time and don’t wear protection. You are more likely to sunburn if you have light skin and fair hair.
Severe sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as the following:
Are you sick and tired of being – sick and tired? Do you agree that Autoimmunity is on the rise? Are you looking for ways to feel better?
All of the patients that contact me for help are all taking the standard internet-driven protocol of Anti-Inflammatory Supplements combined with Immune-Stimulating Supplements.
INFLAMMATION is a normal, protective IMMUNE RESPONSE to tissue injury caused by physical trauma, toxic chemicals, and microbes (bacteria, fungi, and parasites). It is the body’s effort to inactivate or destroy invading organisms, remove toxins, and set the stage for tissue repair. When healing is complete, the inflammatory process should subside.
Chronic Inflammationcauses progressive tissue injury through theChronic Immune Response.
The associated pain of the immune response may be severe and intolerable
Inflammation isincreased by inappropriate stimulation and activation of your immune system, through Immune Stimulating Supplements.
All Alternative and Functional Therapy is based on “stimulating the immune system is good.
Chronic inflammation culminates in devastating events that can lead ultimately to multiple organ dysfunction due to abnormalities in tissue architecture and replacement by non-functional fibrous tissue. Once this stage is reached, little can be done through diet and lifestyle.
Understanding chronic inflammation is a chronic irrational immune response has given rise to insight into ways to naturally control troublesome diseases, where ‘old’ therapies such as hydrocortisone and immunosuppressants combined with immune stimulants seem to have only a limited clinical results.
Chasing symptoms and triggers is futile until the immune system is calmed and quieted. The nutritional support listed below have been game changers in the reduction and elimination of Cytokine Storms and inflammation. More often than not, calming and quieting the immune system eliminates the majority of the so called triggers without the use of food allergy testing.
Melatonin regulates a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes including hypothalamic control of circadian rhythms, regulation of ovulation in women, and immune system stimulation, and the cardiovascular system. It has also been shown to influence cell differentiation where it can either stimulate or suppress cell division depending on melatonins concentration or the type of cell exposed to increased levels of melatonin.
In light of this, melatonin has been proclaimed to be a cure-all for everything from treating insomnia and cancer to acting as an anti-aging agent.
Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Melatonin concentrations are higher in the fluid of large follicles (cysts) than in the small follicles (cysts) suggesting that increased melatonin in follicles (cysts) prior to ovulation may have an important role in ovulation processes.
Many women experience pain and increased symptoms during ovulation due to the spike in melatonin production. Often women call every month wondering what they did to cause a flair in their symptoms. The first question is: Where are you at in your cycle?
Increased melatonin levels are observed in women with PCOS, patients with dysfunctional reproductive organs, in patients of HPG Axis amenorrhea, and in anorexia nervosa.
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MINERAL ASSIMILATION and UTILIZATION is affected by pH of the gut terrain and blood. Minerals have different pH levels at which they can be assimilated into the body. Minerals on the lower end of the atomic scale can be assimilated in a wider pH range, and minerals higher up on the scale require a narrower and narrower pH range in order to be assimilated by the body. For example….
There are those that are taking Iodine supplements for their “thyroid condition”, who are also “alkalizing”. What do you think their chances are that they are assimilating the iodine?
pH control impacts every biochemical process in the body including…
ENZYMES which are part of that biochemical process. There are hundreds if not thousands of enzyme processes which take place in the body. Many are so specific that they are like complex square pegs that need to “fit” into specific square holes in order to carry out their duty. If blood or gut pH is off balance even a little, some important pegs are not “fitting” their respective slots. Enzyme function and thus life itself begins to suffer.
Are you confused about flares/cycles/herxes of Lyme disease! When you started the antibiotics, you started to feel better and would say most of your symptoms were gone! You were feeling so hopeful and then BAM…it hit you again. If you are taking antibiotics…why would you flare? Aren’t the bugs supposed to be killed off? Is your main complaint is muscle and body pain. Do you walk around like a 90 year old! Are you unable to get out of bed?
One reason for some of the confusion about Lyme disease is that the incidence of Lyme disease varies so widely from state to state. So while awareness of Lyme disease might be high in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the other states that get a thousands of cases each year, it is likely low in states like Arkansas or Louisiana, that may only have one or two cases each year.
Understanding more about Lyme disease can help you recognize and may also help you avoid confusing Lyme disease with other conditions such as Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Cytokine Induced Sickness Symptoms
Within 2 days
Bull’s Eye rash
Within 30 days
Intermittent Hot Flashes
Swelling and reddness
Several Weeks to Months
After the Cytokine Storm
Little motivation to eat
Withdrawal from normal social activites
Numbness in limbs
Impaired muscle movement
Inability to experience pleasure
Exagerated responses to pain
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. You are more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend a lot of time in grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying the disease thrive. It’s important to take common-sense precautions in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent.
Lyme’s disease is not any unexplained illness, where using the horseshoes, hand grenades and healthcare (HHH) approach your symptoms are close enough. Lyme’s disease is real but many are ignoring the criteria for diagnosis and will find any reason to diagnose you with it. Lyme disease is the result of a tick bite, where the tick has been attached long enough to become engorged with blood. Finding one on your pant leg when you were eight years old does not count. Although one patient told me their Lyme Literati, told her that is when it started. For most cases, even an attached tick will not result in Lyme’s disease as there must be additional symptoms after the tick bite.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often.
Early signs and symptoms
These signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you’ve been infected:
Rash. A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn’t indicate Lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull’s-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. Looks like a walking advertisement for Target.
The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies.
Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.
Later signs and symptoms
In some people, the rash may spread to other parts of the body and, several weeks to months after you’ve been infected, you may experience:
Joint pain. You may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after you were infected, you may experience inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
Less common signs and symptoms
Several weeks after infection, some people develop:
Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat. Heart problems rarely last more than a few days or weeks.
Liver inflammation (hepatitis).
In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried primarily by deer ticks. The ticks are brown and when young, they’re often no bigger than the head of a pin, which can make them nearly impossible to spot.
To contract Lyme disease, an infected deer tick must bite you. The bacteria enter your skin through the bite and eventually make their way into your bloodstream. In most cases, to transmit Lyme disease, a deer tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours. If you find an attached tick that looks swollen, it may have fed long enough to transmit bacteria. Removing the tick as soon as possible may prevent infection.
What You Need To Know
Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which spread to people from infected deer ticks (Northeast and Midwest U.S.) and Western black-legged ticks (Pacific states), who become infected when feeding on infected mice, squirrels, and other small mammals.
Most cases of Lyme disease occur in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Lyme disease is most common during May, June, and July — the months when the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active.
The American dog tick and the Lone star tick do not transmit Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is thought to be often over-diagnosed, both because many Lyme disease symptoms are non-specific and because tests for Lyme disease often give false positive or true negative results, especially if done very early in the course of the infection.
Lyme Literate Doctors
If you make an appointment at Johns Hopkins, Harvard or the Mayo Clinic to see a “Lyme” specialist, you will see a doctor whom the Lyme Literati claim doesn’t believe in chronic Lyme disease. It is not that they do not “believe” in Lyme disease. In fact they understand that Lyme is a specific disease with specific criteria (See Table above) for diagnosis. You must fit under that bar to be diagnosed with Lyme.
Why is there political controversy and legal challenges facing Lyme doctors, that makes most of them prefer to keep a low profile. Because they are pushing people over the bar to fit anyone into the Lyme disease diagnosis. Physicians who have established themselves as “Lyme Literate Doctors” are a diverse group of practitioners scattered about the country. They all operate out of paradigms, which vary with one another. They generally believe in chronic Lyme, but in other ways disagree. Some use IV antibiotics, others will not. Some use herbs and alternative medicines, others do not. Some focus on co-infections. Some believe that Bartonella is the key to chronic Lyme morbidity, while others emphasize Babesiosis. Others look for a host of other infections including Epstein Barr virus, Herpesvirus 6, parasites and others. Some are focused on Chlamydia and Mycoplasma yet others think its all about Lyme.
I have seen real cases of Lyme, fulfilling all the criteria for the diagnosis of Lyme. They went to the Medical Doctor that prescribed the antibiotics for Lyme bacteria. They got better quickly and were back to living their normal life.
Lyme doctors may or may not order Lyme Western blots, Lyme C6 peptide antibody index scores, complement levels, vitamin D levels, CD57 counts or co-infection panels. I have seen many patients that have never had these labs done. The Lyme Literati will tell you that the labs are falsely negative for the majority of people with Lyme. They will convince you because they are convinced that everyone is suffering from Lyme. One thing can be said for Lyme doctors. They all agree; even though more often than not, they are wrong! So I am sorry to report; Lyme specialists are fixated on Lyme and will ignore the criteria for diagnosing Lyme, treating you for it regardless. Some are so adamant about Lyme they stretch the boundaries beyond belief. One Lyme Literati posted an article claiming Robin William’s death was due to Lyme. In essence, they have drunk the LymeAid and will convince you to drink it too.
Are You Sick and Desperate to Feel Better?
I get it. I understand what it is like to live with Cytokine-Induced Sickness. Unfortunately, I did it to myself, because I was sipping the Alternative Medicine theories KoolAid. I was doing what was supposed to be good for me. It came back to bite me hard. I was also able to pull myself out of it as I have done for numerous patients.
My “Eureka” moment came when I was one of five doctors in the country granted unlimited lab testing. After doing over a hundred labs, many on “Lyme” patients, most on severe autoimmune patients, I recognized it was the unbalanced Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem that needed to be addressed to restore health. The individual pieces of the NEI Supersystem are understood separately with the exception of the immune system and treated as separate issues. When in fact, the individual system works synergistically exerting influence and control over the other two systems.
When you tell me you are sick and don’t feel well. I believe you. When you tell me you have these weird symptoms – I will believe you are actually experiencing them. If you choose to work with me, I will introduce you to the concept of Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior. Your flares/cycles/herxes are Cytokine Storms and we will work together to understand what is triggering them and then control them. The good news is you will know within the first thirty days, something is happening in a good way. The bad news is it will depend on the status of your NEI Supersystem as to how long it will take to get you to the point where you can maintain yourself through diet and lifestyle as I am doing now.
Cytokine Induced Sickness Behavior
Due to their commonality, symptoms of sickness are frequently ignored by physicians because they are trying to fit you into a diagnosis based on their specialty. They are not looking at the NEI Supersystem as a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Since it was established in the late 1980s and early 1990s that proinflammatory cytokines induce sickness behavior, much has been learned about the way these mediators alter the Neuro-Endo-Immune (NEI) Supersystem functions and of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are involved in these actions.
Cytokine-induced Sickness individuals experience weakness, malaise, listlessness, and inability to concentrate. They become depressed and lethargic, show little interest in their surroundings, and stop eating and drinking. Their range of preoccupations is limited to their own body and the suffering they are experiencing. This grouping of nonspecific symptoms is collectively referred to as ‘’sickness behavior.’’
The amount of energy that is required to maintain the processes of the NEI Supersystem is quite high since. Because of the high metabolic cost of an unbalanced NEI Supersystem, there is little room for activities other than those favoring preservation of energy. Essentially, your body goes into power-saver mode. Read More:
Instead of trying to lump nonspecific symptoms of infection and inflammation that include hot flashes and profound physiological and behavioral changes into some named disease. I recognize the behavioral symptoms of sickness represent, together with the NEI Supersystem responses and the associated changes in the body, it is a highly organized strategy to maintain homeostasis.
Exposure to, lectins and bacterial endotoxins or pro-inflammatory cytokines induces a number of NEI Supersystem symptoms collectively referred to as ‘flu-like syndrome. The degree of overlap between flu-like syndrome and depression symptoms is considerable and there is a close linkage between to excessive uncontrolled and unregulated production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem. Read More …
Both the cranial and abdominal brains recognize cytokines as molecular signals of sickness. Clarifying the difference in the way the brains process the information generated by the immune system is accompanied by an increased understanding of the NEI Supersystem components that mediates cytokine-induced sickness behavior. We are still far, however, from understanding the whole. Among the hundreds of genes that proinflammatory cytokines can induce in their cellular targets, only a handful has been examined functionally. However, by working with the individual components of the NEI Supersystem synergistically. Your sickness can be reversed. For more information, call or email me today.
Fibromyalgia symptoms and Hip Degeneration are relieved or eliminated by Correction of the Category 2 Structural Distortion Pattern.
Fibromyalgia and the Category II Sacroiliac Slip Separation
When ligaments in the pelvis stretch and tear the sacroiliac joint separates and the sacrum slips on one side; the spine becomes imbalanced, the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned and the nerve roots down the entire spinal cord can become irritated and compressed, effecting normal neurological function.
The separation of the sacroiliac weight bearing joint as shown on the cover results in reciprocal distortion in the shoulder girdle and neck, as well as disrupting the balance of other weight bearing joints such as the knees, ankles and arches of the feet.
Thus Category II symptoms may be varied and distant from the vicinity of the pelvis, and may include some of the following:
* Jaw problems * groin pain
* Neck pain * lateral thigh pain
* Ear pain, loss of balance, tinnitus * knee, ankle and feet problems
* Lateral headaches * hypoglycemia
* Shoulder, arm, hand pain * menstrual problems
* Lateral chest pain * low back pain
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The pelvis is the foundation for your body, held together only by ligaments. These ligaments are full of nerve endings. Theses nerve endings monitor movement, non-movement, stretch and pressure within the sacroiliac joint. Think of the pelvis the same as you would the foundation on your house. Do you want the foundation level and stable or loose and moving? Correct – Level and stable. What happens when the foundation on a house starts sagging? Doors and windows stick or will not open. Walls crack. Plumbing does not work. The roof sags and the chimney does not stand up straight anymore. Sound familiar?
The pelvis has three joints. The pubic symphysis (1) in front serves as a pivot point to allow slight movement, torsion with movement or expansion during pregnancy. The two sacroiliac joints (2&3) in the rear have more nerve ending monitoring than any joint in the body. The temporomandibular joint would be second. The sacroiliac monitors the body’s center of gravity located between the sacroiliac joints. The temporomandibular joint acts like a plumb bob monitoring the location of your head. Gravity provides a constant pull against these joints so they always have a reference point. Both the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joints serve as satellites providing the brain with information on the position of your body. An example of this would be global positioning satellites providing information to the GPS in your car. The brain then sends signals to muscles throughout the body to maintain posture and stabilize your body as you go through your daily activities.
No part of the body can be understood except in relation to the whole.
Understanding that a 16% reduction in the diameter of the blood vessels cuts the blood flow in half. A Category 2 posterior-inferior ilium tightens the acetabulum ligaments, essentially applying a tourniquet, to the femur head. This tourniquet is periodically released as the person sits, bends over going through the activity of daily life. Blood is never completely shut off. But reduced daily depriving the cells of the bone and connective tissue of oxygen and nutrients necessary for good joint health.
Over the course of a week or month, the reduction is insignificant. However, over the years of living with an uncorrected Category 2, the degradation of the bone and joint accumulates. It is assumed a consequence of age. Rather than a correctable, reversible condition.
This reminds me of a scene in the original Stargate movie when Daniel discovered the meaning of the seven symbols. In order to determine the location of an object in space you must know the location and a point of origin. This become more complex when movement is involved, i.e. movement of your body during exercise because now direction of movement must be factored in. Your body has an onboard GPS system continuously monitoring the location of every joint in your body relative to two specific points – your center of gravity located between the sacroiliac joints and the center of your head located between the temporomandibular joints.
The vestibular system of the inner ear (semicircular canals, the saccule and the utricle) monitors movement three dimensionally in the X, Y and Z planes. The gyroscopes or vestibular system in the inner ear use this information to determine direction of movement. Information from the vestibular system of the inner ear is sent to the cerebellum where it is processed with location of the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joint. This combined information is then used to control muscle tone, tension and movement throughout your daily activities. Simply put this information is used to keep your head over your butt. The muscles used to do this are attached to bones at every Fibromyalgia “Trigger Point” location.
Why doesn’t your GPS work in a parking garage? It lost a good signal from satellites! Why does a person have vertigo? It is due to scrambled signals from the sacroiliac joints and temporomandibular joints and not from an exclusive inner ear problem. In the past I spoke with a Medical Doctor specializing in vertigo by treating “ear rocks.” The Doctor with great enthusiasm explained the treatment of having the patient roll their head around until all the ear rocks had settled to the bottom of the vestibular system. He hung up on me when I asked what happens when they bend over to tie their shoe.
Prior to 2000, GPS signals were scrambled making them useless for anyone but the military. The scrambled signals would report your location miles away shifting constantly from where you actually were. When the GPS signals from the sacroiliac and temporomandibular joint are scrambled your muscles will be constantly attempting to maintain their location. This causes a build up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide in the muscles. Many people associate this with their burning muscles. Eventually, the muscles fatigue and adhesions will form to compensate for the lack of strength. Many notice reduced flexibility when this occurs.
You can check if your internal GPS is scrambled. First look at your stance.
Are your feet under your shoulders?
Do you have a wide bipod stance?
Are the feet pointed to the front or off to the side?
Do you have to watch where your feet are when walking or running?
Do you stumble or fall if you look away?
Are you considered clumsy?
Stand with your legs barely touching with your feet pointing towards the front. Close your eyes and take in a deep breath and quickly let it out. Do you start swaying or clunk off to either side. Be careful because some of you will fall over because your system is in dire need of help.
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The wider the stance and the more the feet are pointed out – the more instability your sacroiliac joints are suffering from.
Pelvic Foundation Becomes Unstable
As you go through life events can traumatize or distress the pelvic and temporomandibular joints. Birth trauma starts it off. Fall-down-go-boom would be next continuing through out life. This causes a bad case of “CB” AKA Crooked Butt. Maybe you do a face plant or get hit in the face. Either way, it doesn’t matter. The satellite signal starts getting scrambled. Inflammation corrodes connective tissue and ligaments holding the sacroiliac joints stable. Add to the influence of excess hormones causing ligaments to loose their elasticity. The pelvis shifts causing a twist (AKA scoliosis or spinal curvature) throughout the body up to the temporomandibular joint.
Category 2 Muscle Irradiation
The separation and stretch of the ligaments stimulates the Category II muscle groups to irradiate muscle contractions though out the body to maintain structural stability. The Category II muscle irradiation is driven by the influence of gravity into the weight bearing sensory nerves of the sacroiliac. This effect is the same principal used by Crossfit and Kettlebell enthusiasts. The principle is called muscle irradiation and works by creating tension in surrounding muscles which increases neuro-muscular recruitment within the target muscles. This principle is described in “Power to the People” by the well-known Russian trainer, Pavel Tsatsouline (you can ask me how to pronounce that!). The difference is the sacroiliac separation causes an involuntary defensive response while those exercising seek to induce the effect to develop more power.
The most profound aspect of gravity induced muscle irradiation is that astronauts do not snore in space. They were able to induce slight snoring when the astronaut wore a EEG cap (much like the tight fitting bathing caps worn by swimmers) to measure brain waves. I previously snored like a freight train until my Category II was corrected. To experience muscle irradiation, you can stand up, relax your body. Shake out your arms and relax them. Now with one hand make a tight fist while keeping the rest of your body relaxed. You will feel the tension creep up from your hand to the elbow. Then the shoulder and across the chest and into the neck. That is muscle irradiation.
The extra stretch in the sacroiliac prompts the psoas/diaphragm muscle to start tightening. This pulls on the esophagus stretching it. Making it hard to swallow in addition to constant stimulation of the production of saliva. This constant drip of saliva neutralizes stomach acid. The abdominal organs are compressed. They now have trouble expanding and contacting which is necessary for proper digestion.
Chewing should stimulate digestive chemistry but the twist makes chewing uncomfortable. Digestion begins to suffer. Bacteria ferment food improperly chewed and not chemically digested. Fermentation produces the gas seen in an x-ray. In order for gas to be seen on an x-ray, it must reach atmospheric pressure. That is 14.7 pounds per square inch (psi). That is half a car tire pressure. The exercise balls used in gyms have a pressure of two psi. A 350-pound football player would pop the ball long before the air in the ball could be compressed. Fourteen point seven pounds of pressure in the colon pressed down on by the psoas/diaphragm contraction into the hipbones will stretch the weakened ligaments separating the microgrooves in the sacroiliac providing weight-bearing stability to the pelvis allowing the pelvis to further shift. This stimulate more muscle irradiation. The pain produced by sacroiliac separation is often mistaken for sciatica.
This pelvic twist causes the lumbar disc to twist in the opposite direction to keep your head over your center of gravity. The extra wear and tear on the disc results in a bulging disc. If the pelvis is stabilized using the Sacro Occipital Blocking procedures, disc bulges have an excellent chance or repairing.
Organ Function Compromised
Not only are the organs of digestion – stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, and colon function impaired. The sex organs are compromised. The uterus is suspended from the pelvic hipbones and anchored at the pubic bone. The twist occurring in the pelvis causes the uterus and cervix to twist. The uterus must now cramp to force menstrual flow through the narrowed cervix. Circulation of blood to the pituitary is impaired as the cranial bones torque in response to the pelvic twist. This alters hormone production impacting the monthly cycle and fertility.
Inflammation necessary for healing is increased. Muscles strength weakened from chronic inflammation is compensated for by inflammation stimulating the formation of adhesions wound throughout the body like a spider web. Flexibility begins to suffer. Circulation is reduced not only in the blood but also the lymphatics. Toxins build up in the body. Adrenals go into alarm stage until they become fatigued.
Most doctors practice in a manner that is a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group. Healthcare peer groups partition the body out into the various specialties. All health conditions are then viewed through the prism of their specialties. Every once in a while someone fills the specific criteria for that specialty to have a miracle cure. Only by looking at the complete body can conditions such as Fibromyalgia be understood. At Wellness Alternatives, we evaluate your unique physiology to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Call us today for your assessment.Concerned about your Health?
When your see the words New Year, what comes to mind? For many people it is a time to start BIG changes, new beginnings, and finding ways to improve your health. Above all, a good detox to kickstart your weight loss and/or healthy living goals for the new year.
After all the festive splurging – both financially and holiday food – this is a good indicator that a healthy detox is in order to help reboot your body and mind for the start of a new year.
A New Year’s detox can incorporate your whole lifestyle – from your body to your home. So, here are 9 ways to kickstart your New Year’s detox.
#1 — Lemon Water
Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm water. Alternatively, this detox drink is a great way to kick your body back into gear. When consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help make a world of difference to waking your body up and helping you feel closer to 100% again. Thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content, lemons make a great detoxifying food to incorporate into your daily routine.
#2 — Apple Cider Vinegar
A naturally fermented food, apple cider vinegar contains a
wealth of beneficial probiotics and enzymes. This can be a saving grace if your
digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish after overindulging from Halloween
Dilluted with water and taken before a meal, it can help aid
digestion and get things moving along a lot smoother.
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#3 — Toxaway Tea
For most people, they’ve gone from Thanksgiving to Christmas
to New Year’s Eve, bouncing from one party to the next.
A few (or many) alcoholic beverages may have been consumed
during this time. Alcohol consumption is extremely taxing on the liver which
plays one of the most important detoxifying roles in your body. It’s time to
consider giving your liver a chance to catch up.
This Toxaway Tea contains a whole host of liver-loving
ingredients like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, and tulsi
Avoid alcohol completely and drink two to four cups of this
tea for the first few weeks of the New Year to give your liver a break and help
facilitate full-body detoxification.
If you like drinking loose tea from a cup but like being able to easily clean it then you will love this ceramic mate gourd. It fits the hand nicely while the curve holds the loose tea much like a regular Mate gourd. This makes it easier to let it steep in the initial cooler water before adding in successive amounts of hot water.
#4 — Cut The Sugar.
If you’re embarking on a new diet plan to help you feel more
energetic and vibrant, then you may want to consider doing a full sugar detox.
After all the holiday treats, your body is likely desperate for some relief from
the insulin rollercoaster ride.
Try cutting out all sweets, sugar, processed carbs, and
high-glycemic fruits for three weeks. Empty your pantry of tempting,
sugar-loaded packaged foods and restock your pantry with these 21-Day Sugar
Detox Pantry Staples.
If this sounds too hard, then you can start by replacing
highly processed sugars with more natural and less processed alternatives.
#5 — Ever Heard Of The Ketogenic Diet?
The keto diet was one of the most widely searched diet terms
in 2017. It’s focus on high fat eating, while restricting carbs, may help the
body switch from a sugar-dependent mode to fat-burning machine.
Toxins are stored in your body’s fat cells, so if you have a
few pounds to lose, a keto restart may be just what your body needs. Be sure to
consult your physician to make sure this is the right approach for you first.
If you get the green light, then this Essential Guide for Beginners is a
helpful place to start.
#6 — Deodorant Detox
It would be silly to go through all the trouble of detoxing
your diet and kitchen without taking a look at what you’re putting on your
One very minor tweak to your daily body care regime could
have a big impact on your body’s ability to detox itself. This involves
switching out your commercial deodorant!
Many commercial deodorants contain a host of harmful
ingredients. These are designed to clog your pores to stop your body from
sweating. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, practically speaking,
it’s doing your body a major disservice. Our body uses sweat as a natural
process for detoxification. You excrete toxins from your body when you sweat! This
is why after a night of drinking, you can not only smell alcohol on someone’s
breath, but you can often smell it through their sweat.
Learn more about just how toxic deodorants can be, plus how
to make and use a natural and healthier alternative.
#7 — Spirulina
Spirulina is one of those magical superfoods that seems to
be able to do just about everything except the house cleaning. It’s green, and
therefore, it must be good for you right?! Jokes aside, it’s nutrient-density
is actually second to none. It’s useful in fighting free radicals due to its
high antioxidant profile.
Incorporating spirulina into your daily routine can be as
simple as adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.
#8 — Detox Baths
What a better excuse to take a nice long, warm bath than to
declare it’s for the sake of your health! After all the chaos of the festive
season, some genuine TLC is in order.
Epsom salt baths are a wonderful addition to your bathing
ritual. Epsom salts are high in magnesium which aids your body’s detoxification
process. Furthermore, a few drops of essential oils in your bath or using a
chamomile lotion bar afterward will induce a blissful state of relaxation.
#9 — Skin Detox
Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially
after long holiday seasons, and women know it when they slept in their makeup,
ate too much bad food, neglected their skin after cold days, or, god forbid,
all of the above. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly,
from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show
up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for
the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.
At least for your detox days, while your skin is being
cleaned from the inside out, swap your morning cup (or three) of coffee for
hydrating and skin-clearing green tea. Avoid alcohol, sugary juices, and all
other liquids except water/tea and try your best to get your daily
Health Food products are containing Stealth Fiber that is labeled as a “Natural Fiber”, “Natural Sweetener”, and/or a “Natural Prebiotic”. This “Stealth fiber” is being increasingly added to processed foods, while not a problem for most; it can cause gastrointestinal discomfort for some who may not know they’re consuming too much of it. The fiber is called “Inulin.” Food companies hit the trifecta with inulin. They can market inulin in three different ways but only one ingredient.
Do you have problems when eating these common foods? If you do you may have an Inulin Sensitivity.
The average daily dietary consumption of inulin-type fructans has been estimated to be between 3 and 11 grams for Europeans[ii] and between 1 and 4 grams in the United States.[iii]
Food manufacturers, faced with demands to reduce calories. sugar, fat, and sodium while increasing fiber and flavor, are increasingly turning to products like inulin. They have discovered they can chemically manipulate the chemical structure of inulin to mimic tastes and textures consumers want in food. Their use is likely to continue to grow and “there is the potential for overuse.”
All ingredients present in whole foods work harmoniously with each other. The opposite occurs when refining a single ingredient out of an herb and calling it “medicine” often results in a deadly poison, so too does refining a single ingredient out of whole food often turns that ingredient into a toxic substance. Do not be seduced by those only looking at the so-called benefits of Inulin. It has a very real dark side.
Inulin can be found in high fiber breakfast bars, yogurt, ice creams, and beverages among other processed foods. The label may list inulin, chicory root extract, oligosaccharide, or oligofructose. For example, the Fiber One Chewy Bar with 9 grams of dietary fiber lists chicory root extract as its top ingredient.
Because of its expanding use in processed foods, allergic reactions to this dietary ingredient may occur more frequently than currently recognized.[iv] The identification of an association with allergic reactions to natural foods labeled as containing a “Natural Fiber”, “Natural Sweetener”, “Natural Prebiotic” with inulin being this ingredient should be considered with reoccurring health problems.
Inulin is increasingly used in processed foods because it has unusually adaptable characteristics. Its flavor ranges from bland to subtly sweet. It is being used to replace sugar, fat, and flour. Due to the body’s limited ability to process fructans, inulin has minimal increasing impact on blood sugar. It is used in Diabetic friendly food with claims that inulin is helpful in managing blood sugar-related illnesses. This is advantageous because inulin contains 25-35% of the food energy of carbohydrates (starch, sugar) and is touted as being “high fiber”, “naturally sweet”, and “low glycemic”.
Because products are being labels as containing “All Natural Fiber, All Natural Sweetener or an All Natural Prebiotic” people are consuming high quantities of Inulin. In addition to ingesting inulin in the form of a whole food; by eating chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes or other foods naturally high in this substance such as bananas, plantains, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, leeks, and garlic.
In terms of nutrition, it is considered a form of soluble fiber and is sometimes categorized as a prebiotic. Conversely, it is also considered a FODMAP, a class of carbohydrates, which are problematic for some individuals through causing overgrowth of intestinal methanogenic bacteria.
Symptoms Associated with Inulin Consumption
The consumption of inulin (in particular, by sensitive or unaccustomed individuals) can lead to gas, flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, excess gastrointestinal rumbling, and diarrhea and products that contain inulin will sometimes include a warning to add it gradually to one’s diet. Generalized wheal-and-flare reaction, laryngeal edema, nasal itching, cough, and breathing difficulties. Severe Th2 responses (anaphylactic-like) can occur after eating types of health foods containing inulin.[v]
For this reason, a food is considered unacceptable if it causes one of the following symptoms:
Generalized wheal-and-flare reaction
Too much flatulence
Too much intestinal pressure
Too much pain
Too much intestinal noise
Too many intestinal cramps or diarrhea, as observed and evaluated by the person themselves.
At high doses, increased flatulence and osmotic pressure can cause intestinal discomfort. These doses vary widely from person to person and also depend on the type of food in which inulin or oligofructose is incorporated.[vi] With regard to labeling, both inulin and oligofructose are gradually being accepted as “dietary fibers” in most countries around the world. The mention of their “bifidogenic effect” on food labels has also been legally accepted in several countries.
These symptoms are difficult to measure objectively. Moreover, the same amount of flatulence can be acceptable to one person while being too much for another person, i.e. Women won’t admit to it. Guys think it’s a badge of honor.
Based on inulin’s ability to cause digestive distress in some, I would recommend avoiding inulin (in its food sources and as an ingredient) if you suffer from gastrointestinal issues — celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), candida (no sugar), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
It has been speculated that people fall into one of three categories regarding sensitivity to inulin:
1) Nonsensitive persons can consume 30 g/d (grams per day) or more of the compound with little or no symptoms as described;
2) Sensitive persons can consume 10 g/d of the compound without discomfort but might experience undesirable reactions with doses of 20 g/d;
3) Very sensitive persons can experience symptoms of intolerance at doses as small as of 10 g/d.
Only the person who eats inulin containing foods can judge the intestinal acceptability of a food. Diarrhea is certainly a symptom of nonacceptability, but soft stools may be an acceptable or even desired phenomenon.[vii]
Enzymes in the small intestine break down lactose. In cases of true lactose maldigestion, lactose passes to the large intestine without breaking down and is fermented there by the bacterial flora. In lactose-intolerant subjects this causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, excess gastrointestinal rumbling, and diarrhea. Many lactose-intolerant subjects claim that they cannot tolerate any lactose at all in everyday life.[viii]
Symptoms of inulin intolerance usually include flatulence, bloating, cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rarely, constipation. Although inulin is increasingly used as a food ingredient because of its potential health benefits,[ix] i.e. dietary fiber, prebiotic, natural sweetener, & diabetic-friendly. A double-blind placebo- controlled food challenge has shown an increase of sensitivity with inulin.[x]
The increased use of inulin, as a food ingredient has led to a greater incidence of hypersensitivity but any gastrointestinal distress would be attributed to being lactose intolerant because of the increased addition of inulin into dairy products.
[i] van Loo J, Coussement P, de Leenheer L,Hoebregs H, Smits G. On the presence of inulin and oligofructose as natural ingredients in the western diet. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1995;35:525-52.
[ii] van Loo J, Coussement P, de Leenheer L,Hoebregs H, Smits G. On the presence of inulin and oligofructose as natural ingredients in the western diet. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1995;35:525-52.
[iii] Moshfegh AJ, Friday JE, Goldman JP, Ahuja JK. Presence of inulin and oligofructose in the diets of Americans. J Nutr 1999;129(7 Suppl):1407S-11S.
[iv] F. Gay-Crossier, G. Schreiber, C. Hauser. Anaphylaxis from Inulin in Vegetables and Processed Food. N Engl J Med 2000; 342:1372May 4, 2000
[v] Franck P, Moneret-Vautrin D, A, Morisset M, Kanny G, Mégret-Gabeaux M, L, Olivier J, L, Anaphylactic Reaction to Inulin: First Identification of Specific IgEs to an Inulin Protein Compound. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2005;136:155-158
[vi] Paul A. A. Coussement. Inulin and Oligofructose: Safe Intakes and Legal Status. J. Nutr. 129: 1412S–1417S, 1999.
[vii] Briet, F., Achour, L., Flourié, B., Beaugerie, L., Pellier, P., Franchisseur, C., Bornet, F. & Rambaud, J.-C. (1995) Symptomatic response to varying levels of fructo-oligosaccharides consumed occasionally or regularly. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr.49:501-507.
[viii] U Teuri, H Vapaatalo, R Korpela. Fructooligosaccharides and lactulose cause more symptoms in lactose maldigesters and subjects with pseudohypolactasia than in control lactose digesters. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;69:973–9.
[ix] Roberfroid MB, Van Loo JA, Gibson GR: The bifidogenic nature of chicory inulin and its hydrolysis products. J Nutr 128:11-19, 1998
[x] Chandra R, Barron JL: Anaphylactic reaction to intravenous sinistrin (Inutest). Ann Clin Biochem 39:76, 2002