Multiple Organ Dysfunction from Bad Root Canal: Case Review

A 40ish year old woman came to the office with unresolved fatigue, gastro, thyroid symptoms,  despite following a Gluten Free diet for nine years. Having done mostly GAPS/AIP/SCD eating protocols in that time frame.  She recently was food tested and determined that IgGs were positive for Casein, chocolate, coffee, corn, egg, peanut, tomato, wheat, and yeast. Limiting these foods has allowed some weight loss to begin, but other symptoms are still present.


She was being treated for the usual Social Media Memes of SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue with probiotics and  supplements made with whole food without any improvement. Analysis of the Genova 2200 Gastrointestinal Stool Profile was presented as everything was okay. She was referred to my office for a different opinion.

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This was the assessment after triage of the labs she brought to the office. There was a disagreement as to whether the mouth was a problem that being it was not what she was there for. She wanted to know why she felt so bad and nothing seemed to have any affect. Turns out it started in the mouth and was all down-stream from there.

Would you like to see how this case is broken down? What are the thought processes as different components of her case are broken down? Let’s get started.


Her Cycle of Dysfunction

  • Bad Root Canal contributing to Oral Infection
  • Food Sensitivities | Allergies
  • Bacteria Cleave Immunoglobulins
  • Anemia of Chronic Inflammation
  • Sulphate Reducing Bacteria
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Oral Bacteria Contribute to Endometriosis
  • Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal Yeast infection symptoms can mimicked by Bacterial Vaginitis (BV). Periodontal bacterial vaginosis can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a Yeast Infection. Bacterial Vaginitis can be caused by various conditions, such as bleeding gums and gingivitis. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), miscarriage, preterm birth and low birth weight are associated with oral bacterial infections.

 

Cross colonization of the openings of the human body have received little study in contemporary medicine. Because of this, there is limited practical recommendations for management of patients with both dental and urogenital tract microflora disorders. Not because nothing can be done. It is due to the compartmentalization of health care. The mouth and vagina are at opposite ends of the body. Dentist go to Dental conventions. Gynecologists go to Gynecological conventions. They never become aware of the problem at the other end of the body. Dental patients tell Dentists about their mouth. Gynecology patients – Well you get the point.

As a Functional Doctor, patients report all of their problems in the assessment forms allowing the connection between their reoccurring “Yeast” infection and bleeding, receding gums. From there, the patient can be directed to the proper treatment and support to eliminate the problems.

The current paradigm focuses on vaginal/uterine infections predominantly originating from the vaginal tract, with the microbes ascending into the uterus. An increasing number of bacterial species have been identified in vaginal/uterine infections that do not belong to the vaginal microflora. Infections in the uterus can originate from the mouth as bacteria entering to bleeding gums move throughout the body looking for a place to call their new home. There is a small association between periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis with oral sex with a partner that has periodontal disease. Bacteria enter the blood vessels in the mouth is the primary route of infection.

Is Your Yeast Infection Really A Bacterial Infection?

Culture Lab Testing is still readily available and reasonably accurate for finding air breathing microbes, so clinicians continue to use it even though there are significant known limitations. 99% of microbes in your body are stressed out when exposed to air, going dormant or dying making them unculturable.

The same statistics apply with Vaginal Cultures. This is why Candida seems so prevalent. They are using antiquated lab tests.

This lack of growth by anaerobic microbes results in a significant change in the balance of microbes in lab test results; since those species capable of surviving exposure to air will more actively grow when there is no competition. It becomes readily apparent that Culture and the culture dependent MALDI-TOF methodology are severely limited to identifying only culturable microbes (less than 1% in the human body).

If your Doctor is using antiquated Culture tests or swabs. They are missing 99% of the microbes that could possibly be causing your “Yeast” infection. If you are experiencing reoccurring “Yeast” infections, the use of cultures and swab tests are likely wrong and leads to inappropriate treatment.

Vaginal and Uterine Infections

Oral bacteria enter into oral capillaries, especially if you have bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth. Receding gums is another sign of oral bacteria causing problems. These conditions lead to increased bacteria in the blood, thus enhancing the opportunities for bacteria to travel to distant organs and joints in your body. The symptoms of oral bacteria infection mimic those experiences in ascending infections, i.e., with the bacteria colonizing the lining of the uterus.

Graphic of tooth with different points of entry for bacteria into the blood stream

Dental procedures such as extractions, root canals, implants, deep scaling and crowns that cause bleeding provides an entry point for bacteria to move into the blood. Unfortunately, the focus is on mercury fillings and not on the bacteria that take advantage of the new places to take up residence. Read more on Root Canals…

Bacteria being carried through the blood allows the spread of opportunistic bacteria from one location to another, i.e. uterus, joints, thyroid.  It is then plausible that opportunistic bacteria take advantage of your body’s specific chemistry and colonize wherever growth conditions are suitable. The oral and vaginal environments provide similar colonization and growth conditions in a your body for bacteria to grow. Because faulty, antiquated Culture Lab Tests continue to be used, anaerobic bacterial infections are seldom found.

These opportunistic oral bacteria setting up a new residence in the uterus become Invasive Species and Keystone Pathogens. An Invasive Species is a species that spreads to a new location they are not normally found in, becoming Keystone Pathogens and causing damage to the tissue, organs and health of the human body.

Invasive Species are able to out compete normal inhabitants due to lack of natural defenses that keep their population in check. Invasive Species become bullies in their new location, changing the environment to favor their growth and survival, i.e. a crack house moving into your neighborhood.

A “Keystone Pathogen” is a low-abundance microbe that can orchestrate inflammatory disease by remodeling a normally beneficial microbiota into a dysbiotic one, i.e. residents of the neighborhood change their behavior to avoid confrontation with the crack dealers. Once the Keystone Pathogens get a foothold, they hack into the immune system by producing chemicals that make them invisible to the immune system, i.e. crack dealers paying off the cops.

Oral bacteria invading the uterus and vagina change the environment so much so that the normal vaginal bacteria are weakened to the point where they are no longer able to out-compete the Candida/Yeast. You have invaders in the vagina and uterus arriving internally from the blood and externally from the vagina. The Candida/Yeast are opportunistic; taking advantage of the weakened normal vaginal bacteria being unable to prevent the overgrowth of Candida/Yeast. You experience temporary relief from Yeast infection products or prescriptions, but it always comes back. This is because the oral infection replenishes the bacteria to the vagina and uterus repeating the process over and over.

An increasing number of studies report intrauterine infections caused by bacterial species not found in the urogenital tract, such as F. nucleatum and Bergeyella, Eikenella, and Capnocytophaga spp., all of which are common species in the mouth.

Female Reproductive Disease and Periodontal Infection

Periodontitis is a condition in which dental bacterial plaque cause an inflammatory response that leads to loss of connective-tissue attachment, ultimately resulting in loss of affected teeth. Symptoms include bleeding when brushing or flossing, inflammation at the site, and tooth loosening and ultimately tooth loss.

Chronic generalized inflammatory and inflammatory-degenerative periodontal diseases of different severity have been detected in all female patients with gynecological diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis. The major markers of bacterial vaginosis have been also detected in oral cavity in women with periodontal conditions, i.e. receding gums, bleeding gums, canker sores, etc. Root canals, crowns and implants should also be considered if you are having reoccurring vaginal infections.

Bacterial vaginosis is a frequently occurring condition with the focus being primarily on bacteria ascending from the vagina into the uterus. Bacterial vaginosis affects nearly 30% of women between the ages of 14 and 49. Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a decrease in the normally predominant (air-tolerant) Lactobacillus bacterial species, and a corresponding increase in a diversity of anaerobic microbes (air-hating) AKA Competitive Exclusion. Bacterial vaginosis is typically asymptomatic, but if symptoms are present, the most common complaints are discharge and odor.

Both periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, preterm birth and low birthweight. The process through which oral bacteria stimulate an immune response resulting in preterm birth remains overlooked.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition characterized by decreased vaginal lactobacilli and increased anaerobic bacteria, has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. The abnormal microflora typical of Bacterial Vaginosis overlaps considerably with bacterial species known to be associated with periodontal disease. For example, Prevotella and Porphyromonas species have been associated with Bacterial Vaginosis and Periodontal Disease.,

What are signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a “fishy” smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms.

Many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common include:

  • An abnormal amount of vaginal discharge
  • The vaginal discharge is thin and grayish white.
  • Vaginal odor (foul-smelling or unpleasant fishy odor)
  • The vaginal discharge and odor are often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
  • Pain with sexual intercourse or urination (rare symptoms).

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, if present, can occur any time in the menstrual cycle, including before, during, or after the menstrual period. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.

What problems can bacterial vaginosis cause?

Bacterial vaginosis usually does not cause other health problems. But in some cases it can lead to serious problems.

  • If you have it when you are pregnant, it increases the risk of miscarriage, early (preterm) delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
  • If you have it when you have a pelvic procedure such as a cesarean section, an abortion, or a hysterectomy, you are more likely to get a pelvic infection.
  • If you have it and you are exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (including HIV), you are more likely to catch the infection.

If you are having frequent “Yeast” infections, you may want to consider the possibility it is not “Yeast“. It may be an overlooked oral bacteria infection. Theses same bacteria traveling through your blood are also falling into your digestive tract becoming Invasive Species acting as Keystone Pathogens causing digestive problems. Since Dentist do not treat gynecological conditions and Gynecologist do not treat dental conditions. You need help guiding you through the process.  Call today.

Have You Weathered A Cytokine Storm?

Chances are you have if you are suffering from Hashimoto’s, autoimmune conditions or a confusing mess of symptoms, you may be experiencing your very own Cytokine Storm season where you will have bad days followed by calm days after the storm and again by bad days. You may have found yourself in the proverbial “up a creek without a paddle” in your autoimmune world.

Cytokine Storms occur when the immune system becomes and remains activated against the immune stimulants beyond the point of being helpful.

A good defense against most illness is a healthy immune system. We all know how a mother bear protects her cubs. At the first hint of danger she takes action to protect them in much the same way as our immune system seeks to protect us. We have been conditioned to think of external microbes as our enemy during a time of infection or inflammation. But our own immune systems are potentially more lethal. When the body detects foreign microorganisms or substances, it can respond by overprotecting the site of that irritation. In its hurry to get antibodies to the infection site, the body may dispatch so many that the level of cytokines becomes highly elevated, creating a Cytokine Storm.

“Storm” is an appropriate metaphor because it acknowledges a variety of mechanisms in a variety of circumstances. A Cytokine Storm is a symptomatic condition which occurs in varying forms and involves a number of different mechanisms. The primary symptoms of a Cytokine Storm are extreme fatigue, low mood, anxiousness, anxiety, insomnia, high fever, intermittent hot flashes, swelling and redness, and nausea. You may be more familiar with a Cytokine Storm known as Septic Shock, which is another example of the immune system gone berserk.

Cytokine Storms occur when the immune system becomes and remains activated against the immune stimulants or physical triggers (food, toxins, bacteria, virus, parasite, etc.) beyond the point of being helpful to where the immune response turns damaging or deadly. Researchers in Psychoneuro-immunology are now reporting emotional events can be a trigger as well. Cytokines are not simply immune, but rather neuro-immune modulators. The nervous system regulates immune cells and the magnitude of an immune response via the effects of peripheral neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, nor-epinephrine, dopamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, acetylcholine, histamine and neuropeptides. The manner in which the cytokines are stimulated and balance between the inhibitory and stimulatory neurotransmitters determine the intensity of a Cytokine Storm.

Persistent, highly elevated levels of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines induce a complex, dysregulated condition resulting in massive inflammation and fluid accumulation, blood flow dysfunction and eventually tissue destruction. Thus, in Cytokine Storm, the body’s immune system fights to rid itself of the immune stimulant, but the fight somehow escapes from the normal regulatory controls that should have prevented an overzealous immune system from severely damaging or killing its owner. Read more about My Cytokine Storm

After the storm has passed: Cytokine-Induce Sickness Behavior

After the Cytokine Storm has subsided, sick individuals have common symptoms of sickness; little motivation to eat, withdrawal from normal social activities, fever, burning muscles, aching joints,  fatigue and have significant changes in sleep patterns. They display an inability to experience pleasure, have exaggerated responses to pain and brain fog. Pro-inflammatory cytokines acting in the brain cause sickness behaviors. Although Functional Medicine has defined pro-inflammatory cytokines as the central mediators of sickness behavior, each patient exhibits unique circumstances. Specialized lab testing provides a scientific understanding of how cytokines and neurotransmitters are communicating with each other.

What’s Next?  

Calming a Cytokine Storm  and regulating cytokine induced sickness requires a multiple focus approach involving cytokines, neurotransmitters, quenching inflammation, re-regulating the immune system and elimination of any potential triggers. It is crystal clear that there must be negative feedback loops in the immune system, as well as positive ones. The latter enable the system to react quickly to serious infections. The former are needed to keep the system itself from spiraling out of control.

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Neuro-endo-immunology is an emerging field of medical science that seeks to understand the interconnectedness of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems functioning as a larger whole, termed the “NEI Supersystem.” In order to regulate cytokine induced sickness, you need to find a doctor that has a working knowledge of Neuro-endo-immunology, cytokines and neurotransmitters. Most are found only in labs and are not practicing healthcare providers.

Here are some questions to discuss with your practitioner. 

  • What is a Cytokine Storm?
  • How is TH17 involved in the TH1/TH2 challenge?
  • Do you use lab testing or supplement challenges to determine treatment protocols?
  • What are the different supplements used to challenge your condition?
  • What lab testing do you use?
  • How would they treat your condition?
  • Do they use Stimulated Cytokine or Neurotransmitter testing?

Researchers and most physicians agree that peripheral neurotransmitters impact the brain, especially during a cytokine storm. To date, neurotransmitter testing shows only peripheral neurotransmitters. But imagine you were trying to understand someone who was speaking in a language for which you only knew 17 words! Nonetheless, if you heard the words “danger”, “help”, and “fire”, you would have a decent idea as to the meaning of the message. Similarly, perturbations in the cytokines that we are able to find in the Stimulated Cytokine testing are extremely useful as indicators of the patient’s immune status, or to use the more formal lingo, they are biomarkers of the immune system. Unfortunately, many accomplished Neurologists remain too “brain-based” and overlook the impact neurotransmitter in the body have on the body.

TH1/TH2 Challenge and More

Despite its seductive simplicity, the Th1/Th2 model does not adequately explain T-cell immunity. Many cytokines produced by T-cells do not fit obviously into either category. Recent studies have shown exposure to lectins or bacteria trigger T-cells to produce IL-6, IL-17, and GM-CSF, cytokines not associated with either the Th1 or the Th2 immune system. This has begun an explosion of interest in the generation and function of “Th17” immune system that has not shown signs of tapering off.

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When combined with a strong inflammatory cytokine such as TNFα, interleukin 17 (IL-17) triggers a severe inflammatory response. TNFα was thought to provoke only a TH1 response. Curiously, the ability to control the activity of IL-17 is relatively poor. It’s like being pregnant; once it has started you are just along for the ride.

Case example: We had one case where the doctor used Supplement challenges to determine the treatment. First, they did the GABA challenge. The patient felt great but was put on acetylcholine support and immediately crashed in a cytokine storm. Doctor said it was the flu. Next, they used (Gastro-ULC) making the patient feel better. Doctor stopped that and supplemented with digestive enzymes making the patient crash again. The doctor explained it as a “Healing crisis”. Patient came to our office for help.

Be wary of provoking immune responses. Those having bad reactions to the TH1/TH2 challenge are provoking a Cytokine Storm. Normally, the TH1/TH2 feedback loop is kept in check by the body. However, in some instances, when purposely provoked, the reaction becomes uncontrolled and too many immune cells are activated, much like pouring gas on a fire. This propagates a Cytokine Storm where far too many immune cells are caught in an endless loop of calling more and more immune cells to fight the irritation.

Those who have experienced a Cytokine Storm and have cytokine induced sickness should avoid, herbs and foods, which boost the immune response. TH1 boosters are astragulus, echinacea, goldenseal, immune boosting mushrooms. TH2 boosters are caffeine, green tea, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, and lycopene. Sambucol (which is Elderberry juice), Chlorella algae, Spirulina, Chocolate, Kimchi and Honey are additional foods that can increase cytokine production and should be avoided during a Cytokine Storm. These foods are good for treatment of less severe colds and flu, when the immune response appropriately regulated, but should be avoided when symptoms are being caused by a cytokine storm. Symptoms of a cytokine induced episode vary greatly from individual to individual. A limited list of symptoms are extreme fatigue, low mood, anxiousness, anxiety, insomnia, high fever, intermittent hot flashes, swelling and redness, and nausea.

Cytokine Storms are very serious and with the right set of circumstances can be fatal. If the storm is concentrated in the lungs and airways, the mucus and inflammation has the potential to block airways and result in death. This is recognized as a Type II hypersensitivity allergic reaction and only an Immunologist would connect cytokines with it. Many believe that the Cytokine Storm response was what caused the deaths of so many young adults in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. New research and understandings have caused some to question vaccinations, especially three-stage vaccinations.

More about Stimulated Cytokine testing?

Stimulated Cytokine testing is intended to assess whether an individual’s symptoms could be attributed to an imbalanced immune response. Our goal is to understand, as best we can, where to target therapeutic interventions, minimizing emotional decisions and guesswork in the therapeutic protocol.

It’s important to note that the standard immune testing by itself cannot distinguish between an immune response that is currently in progress, and one that happened in the past. That’s because it cannot tell the difference between so-called “effector” T cells that are currently fighting an active infection, and “memory” T cells that responded years ago to a prior infection and continue to circulate in the bloodstream.

However, at the same time it’s important to recognize that even a test that measures up to 17 cytokines, as NeuroScience Stimulated Cytokines Comprehensive panel does, is far from actually being “comprehensive”, considering that over 100 cytokines have been described to date!

The Best Option

The Neuro-Endo-Immune (NEI) Supersystem incorporates three vital disciplines: Neurology, Endocrinology, and Immunology, which is the evaluation of the NEI Supersystem through the measurement of neurotransmitters, hormones, and cytokines. Assessment of these essential biochemical mediators provides important insight into the root causes contributing to clinical conditions of a Cytokine Storm and cytokine induced sickness.

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Bone Marrow Fatigue

Do you have low white blood cells?  Are you always feeling bad and constantly fatigued but never get “sick”? If this is you?  You may have Bone Marrow Fatigue.

Do you have hip or sciatic pain the goes away for a couple of days after a Chiropractic adjustment? But then comes back again. You may have Bone Marrow Edema.

Bone Marrow Fatigue

When you have a low blood count, this means your bone marrow is not making enough of one type of blood cells. Bone marrow is a sponge-like tissue inside the bones. It contains stem cells that develop into the three types of blood cells that the body needs:

  • Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body.
  • White blood cells fight infections.
  • Platelets stop bleeding.

It has long been known that cells that make red blood cells make up the bone marrow. However, knowledge that immune response begins within the bone marrow, in other words, that bone marrow is also a secondary lymphatic organ, is fairly recent. Under normal circumstances, various cells form within the bone marrow, including endothelial precursor cells (EPC), neutrophils (Nf) and dendritic cells (DC).

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is part of the healing process for wounds and infections. Inflammation is a normal immune system response that functions to protect the body from infection and diseases. During inflammation, white blood cells and other body chemicals attempt to remove any potentially harmful substances from the body.

The body is set up for short sharp bursts of inflammation, to combat microbial, mechanical or chemical insults. This inflammation happens locally at the site of injury, but is guided by the autonomic nervous system and the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem. The whole point is to generate enough inflammation to combat the threat through (stimulatory neurotransmitters, inflammatory cytokines & chemokines, white blood cells and the sympathetic nervous system) and then cool, repair and close up the area of injury ending the inflammation through (inhibitory neurotransmitters, anti-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, white blood cells and the parasympathetic nervous system).

Disruption of the NEI Supersystem through long-term stress and the ingestion of inappropriate foods and chemicals irritation create a state of chronic inflammation. Our immune system can become fatigued, working at a low level, no longer able to generate enough energy for full protection, but still causing on going cell damage through low-grade inflammation. We become both depleted of certain white blood cells and others continue to maintain the inflammation.

The following are the most common symptoms of bone marrow fatigue. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

LOW PLATELETS:

  • Easy bruising
  • Bleeding: nose bleeds, gums, or mouth
  • Tiny red spots on the skin (petechiae)
  • Blood in the urine
  • Dark or black bowel movements

LOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS:

  • Fever and chills
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Signs of infection (anywhere in the body):
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • An area that is warm to touch

LOW RED BLOOD CELLS:

  • Fatigue
  • Paleness of skin, lips, and nail beds
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tires easily with exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are all disorders of the stem cell in the bone marrow responsible for producing blood cells. In MDS, blood production of Red and White Blood Cells is disorderly and ineffective. The number and quality of blood-forming cells decline, sometimes irreversibly, further impairing blood cell production.

What are the symptoms of Bone Marrow Fatigue and MDS?

Symptoms vary depending on the individual and the severity and time the bone marrow has been overworked. Symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness, or fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pinpoint red spots on the skin caused by bleeding from small blood vessels
  • Easy bruising
  • Frequent infections
  • Fevers
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath

Compare these symptoms to your diagnosis of choice – Thyroid, Fibromyalgia, Lyme, etc. All of these symptoms would be diagnostic of those conditions without question.

Lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) are characterized by increased apoptosis of hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow (BM). The mechanism driving this excessive apoptosis involves multiple immune molecules, including inflammatory cytokines such as interferon-γ (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukins (ILs). Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is the hallmark cytokine produced by CD4(+) Th17 cells, and IL-17 mediates activation of the adaptive T-cell response inducing an inflammatory cytokine environment. Elevated IL-17 levels and IL-17-induced IFN-γ and TNF-α overproduction may be involved in the pathogenesis of lower risk MDS. Bone broth stimulates production of IL-17.

Opposing memes of Medical vs. Alternative / Functional Practitioners.

The Medical Communitysuppresses the immune system with stronger and stronger drugs, i.e. LDN, hydrocortisone, etc.

Alternative and Functional Practitionersbelieve the autoimmune reaction occurs because the tissue is so toxic that the immune system basically can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. It then starts attacking the tissues where the toxins are pooled.

Both Communities believe the immune system is working perfectly except that it cannot tell healthy tissue from bad tissue; bad bugs from good bugs, etc.

The Alternative and Functional Practitionerstreat patients with immune stimulating supplements and say, “You are going through a ‘Herx’ or ‘Flair.’ You will have more and more good days, less bad days. Stick with it.” “The flare-ups won’t be as bad or last as long.” This all makes perfect sense when they say it. Plus numerous websites say the same thing, so it must be true. They treat going through a ‘Herx’ or a ‘Flair’ as a rite of passage. I did this myself.  They claim – Don’t be afraid to stimulate the lymph, stimulate the immune system. It is the only way to heal these diseases.

Both of these memes will see initial success. After a three months the immune system will break free of the suppression or become so fatigued from the constant stimulation it will not be able to respond. Exaggerated response occur with administering more drugs or explained away as a ‘Herx’ or ‘Flair.’

Overstimulation of the Immune System

It is possibly to have an over active immune system, in very simple terms that is what is happening when you have an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is an ‘out of control’immune response. Honestly the entire idea of “boosting the immune system” is an invention of the supplement industry designed to sell products that practitioners capitalize on. It is validated by the ‘Common Cold.” Boost the immune system and it lasts seven days. Without immune stimulators it last a week. Okay the symptoms are less using immune stimulants. I’ve done that myself. It’s a great scam because both sick and healthy people think they need it.

This has then been extrapolated to any disease. Boosting the immune system will heal any disease in theory. They blindly follow this meme of immune stimulation. When in reality, more harm than good is being done. Everything is based on symptoms. Eventually with constant immune stimulation using supplements, bone broth, etc. The bone marrow producing the immune cells becomes so fatigued that quality and quantity of blood cells is impaired. The character of the immune cells behavior is changed. They want the immune system always on the hunt, always looking for something to do. Antibodies from previous exposure are deemed current infection. Why don’t the antibodies go away? They are memory cells from previous exposure not from an active infection.

Bone Marrow Fatigue is characterized by increased damage and/or death of hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow (BM). Here is where the miracle of immune-stimulation occurs. Inflammation is caused by an immune response. Without immune cells, inflammation is reduced. Based on reduced symptomatology or the lack thereof, this is a success until it is not. They crash the immune system by overstimulation, claiming success even though the patient has not improved overall.

Elegance in Healing

It was during the time when I was one of five Doctors across the United States given carte’ blanc immune lab testing that I realized the ‘Herx’ and/or ‘Flair’ is a Cytokine Storm with Th17 leading the charge. The cytokine storm have captured little attention of the public and the healthcare community alike, and while the general notion of an excessive or uncontrolled release of proinflammatory cytokines is well known in research, the concept of a cytokine storm and the biological consequences of cytokine overproduction are not clearly defined or recognized. Read More…

When the immune system is fighting pathogens, cytokines signal immune cells such as T-cells and macrophages to travel to the site of infection. In addition, cytokines activate those cells, stimulating them to produce more cytokines. Normally, this feedback loop is kept in check by the body. However, in some instances, the reaction becomes uncontrolled, and too many immune cells are activated in a single place. Bone Broth is loaded with cytokines signalling the immune system to respond in the overproduction of immune cells and attracting the immune cells to the location of the bone broth. Thus, promoting gut inflammation. Someone that is immune suppressed will feel better, temporarily. Then the blame is shifted to food sensitivities because ‘bone broth’ is healthy and could not possibly do any harm.

The cytokine storm is caused by an exaggerated response when the immune system encounters a new and highly pathogenic invader or a ‘false flag’ by immune stimulating foods and supplements. Cytokine storms have potential to do significant damage to body tissues and organs.

Healing must be elegant, working with the body’s own natural healing momentum and capabilities.

Cytokine Storm Treatment

The clinical presentations of all cytokine storm symptoms (CSS) can be strikingly similar, creating diagnostic uncertainty. However, clinicians should avoid the temptation to treat all CSS equally, because the triggers inciting inflammatory responses vary widely. It it thought that failure to identify and address this underlying trigger(s) results in delayed, nonoptimal, or potentially harmful consequences. However, chasing triggers is futile until the immune system is calmed and quieted. More often than not, calming and quieting the immune system eliminates the majority of the so called triggers.

You are a unique individual with your own set of circumstances. Stop trying to find a diagnosis box to stuff yourself into. You need help and I can provide assistance in sorting your system out. Call today 530-615-4083.