The Link Between Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the Herpes Rash?

DH popoosThe link between Hashimoto’s and the Herpes rash is this. If you have any thyroid issue whether it is Hashimoto’s, low thyroid or hyperthyroid. You will have an issue with gluten sensitivity.

Is Your Herpes Break Out Really a Gluten Rash?

Are you suffering from occasional herpes out breaks on areas of your body but not on the genitals?  Those with a sensitivity to gluten, often develop blistering rashes that are often mistaken for a herpes outbreak.

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A Local Dermatologist told us he is upsetting the GI docs because he is diagnosing gluten sensitivity/celiac more than they are. He is sending patients out to be tested for gluten sensitivity/celiac when he sees these blistering rashes. He says if the fluid from one of these blisters is collected and tested it comes back very frequently positive for gluten sensitivity. However, most these rashes are so itchy, patients scratch and break the blisters before it can be collected.

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Are you frustrated because the herpes medication doesn’t seem to control it or provide any relief? A good way to control the outbreaks would be to identify the causes, and take effective measures to ensure that they remain out of your daily life. How was your herpes diagnosed? What if your herpes outbreak wasn’t caused by virus. What then?

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), an itchy, stinging, blistering skin rash, occurs when your skin reacts to gluten antibodies circulating in your system. Some people call dermatitis herpetiformis a “gluten rash” or a “celiac disease rash” because it occurs in conjunction with a sensitivity to gluten. Regardless of the presentation or symptoms, a positive diagnosis of DH always indicates that a gluten sensitive enteropathy is occurring.

DH back sideDermatitis herpetiformis (DH) can often be misdiagnosed and frequently confused with skin conditions such as: allergies, bug or mosquito bites, contact dermatitis, diabetic pruritus, eczema, herpes, shingles, hives and psoriasis.

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DH faceReddened skin, circular bumps, and blisters filled with clear, neutrophil (white blood  cell), containing liquid are very common. Skin lesions and scarring can also appear, particularly in patients that scratch and irritate the skin during outbreaks.

The onset of DH may be acute or gradual, appearing in the same location every time. DH outbreaks are very often mirrored, meaning that the rash will occur on both sides of the body in exactly the same place. The hallmark sign of DH is an intensely itchy, blistering skin rash.

DH can appear anywhere on the body; however, It most frequently present in the following areas:

  • Buttocks
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Lower back
  • Scalp


Dermatitis herpetiformis sufferers usually experience to rash in the same location every time. The rash might be continuous, or it might come and go.

DH skinBefore the actual dermatitis herpetiformis breaks out, your skin may itch in that location, or it might feel is if it’s burning.  The rash itself usually includes reddened skin plus multiple small, pimple like-bumps which contain a clear liquid.

The dermatitis herpetiformis bumps usually take several days to heal (during which time new bumps usually appear nearby), and once healed, only behind small purple marks that lasts for weeks or months.  People with long-standing dermatitis herpetiformis usually have continuously reddened skin where the rash occurs.

As the name implies, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) looks herpetic and is sometimes mistaken for a herpes virus. Red plaques erupt in groups of blisters, in the resulting intense itch can disturb sleep.

Who does dermatitis herpetiformis affect?

DH lipsUnlike gluten sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease, which is diagnosed more often in women, dermatitis herpetiformis is more common in men. In fact, some studies show a male-to-female ratio of up to 2-to-1 in dermatitis herpetiformis patients. Men are more likely to have a typical oral or genital lesion.

DH can affect people of all ages but most often appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 40. People of northern European descent are more likely than those of African or Asian heritage to develop DH.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis is an autoimmune blistering disorder associated with a gluten sensitive enteropathy. People with DH have a condition of the intestinal tract identical to that found in gluten sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease, although gastric symptoms might be absent. Autoimmune processes can be arrested if the interplay between the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem and environmental triggers is prevented by re-establishing intestinal barrier function.

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How does a disorder that damages the intestines show up on the skin?

When a person has gluten sensitive enteropathy consumes gluten, the mucosal immune system in the intestines responds by producing a type of antibody called Immunoglobulin A. As IgAs enters the bloodstream, they can collect in small vessels under the skin, triggering further immune reactions that result in the blistering rash of DH.

DH handThe first clue that a skin eruption may be DH is that “it itches like crazy.” People are digging at themselves. As a result the blisters are almost always broken open by the time the DH suffer seeks medical help.

The second characteristic sign of DH is its location on the body. Lesions most often appear on the extensor surfaces – the forearms near the elbows, the knees, and the buttocks. The outbreak of the lesions also tends to be bilateral, meaning it appears on both sides of the body.

The grouping of the lesions provides a final clue. Although DH is not caused by a herpes virus, its lesions resemble those of herpes and hence the word herpetiformis. In both conditions, lesions are formed in small groups. Still, DH is often confused with eczema, a common inflammatory skin disorder that, like DH, results in an itchy rash that is often scratched raw.

A gluten sensitive enteropathy is different from celiac disease in that a gluten sensitivity is the result of a microscopic colitis. The damage to the gastrointestinal lining in microscopic colitis is not bad enough for a biopsy or endoscopy to see enough damage to be called celiac disease. Many patients report they have been checked by their doctor and were told their lining was red or irritated. So they did not have a gluten sensitivity because they did not have celiac. Many healthcare providers also assume a person’s immune system is always working at 100% optimal efficiency. When in fact, the immune system is so fatigued from constant exposure to gluten. It cannot create a response in the normal fashion.

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A strict gluten – free diet may take weeks to clear up an outbreak. Accidental ingestion of gluten will cause symptoms to recur. Hidden sources of gluten can prolong the outbreak.

For some it will be as easy as maintaining a gluten free lifestyle. Others will require our help in quenching the immunoglobulin reaction, controlling the immune response, restoring the digestive chemistry and repairing the gastrointestinal lining to enable them to maintain themselves through diet and lifestyle.

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The Bowel Truth: What Stools Will Tell About Your Health

Can you believe that you can tell a lot about your health just by looking at your stool? Have you ever heard of the ISWA? (International Stool Watchers Association) You won’t find it on the Internet. It’s a “secret organization.” Believe it or not, this is a popular search engine topic so you should know you might have friends in the ISWA. From your stool you may be able to get clues about your diet, your gastrointestinal health, and even whether your stress, anger, or anxiety levels are too high. You may find that your gastrointestinal health needs to be improved upon, and you may want to have a look at something like a GI-MAP stool test to help you go about doing that.

The human gut is almost unique amongst mammals – the upper gut is a near sterile, chemically digesting carnivorous gut (like a dog’s or cat’s) to deal with meat and fat, while the lower gut (large intestine) is full of bacteria and is a fermenting vegetarian gut (like a horse ‘s) to digest vegetables and fiber.

Stools Can Reveal A Lot About Your Health

HOW FOOD BECOMES STOOL

No matter how nutritious, your favorite foods won’t do you any good in the natural whole state. From the moment food enters your mouth, your body embarks on a campaign to turn it into a soupy mush called chyme. Chewing, saliva, peristalsis (the involuntary contractions of gastrointestinal muscles), bacteria, hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, bile, and other secretions all work to give each meal the consistency of split pea soup.

Digestion is the process by which nutrients are extracted from food and absorbed by the body.

  • Mechanical digestion involves food being chewed and swallowed while stimulating the chemical digestion. Mechanical digestion processes – such as chewing, swallowing and the muscular movements that mix and move food through the digestive tract – supports the chemical digestion by physically breaking down whole food into smaller pieces to facilitate chemical breakdown.
  • Chemical digestion is required to process and extract nutrients from food that the body needs to survive and thrive.
    • Chemical digestion is responsible for sterilizing food entering the body and maintaining the environment that controls microbial behavior.
    • Stomach acid kills the alkaphilic (alkaline loving) loving pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, mold, parasites and non-acid-proofed Probiotics.
      • NOTE: Alkaline loving Bacteria are disease causing pathogens. Alkaline environments support their growth.
    • Alkaline Pancreas juices and Alkaline Bile kills acidophilic (acid-loving) bacteria and Probiotics.
      • It is the digestive chemistry that keeps the upper digestive tract bacterial numbers low, not the immune system.
That is the digestive chemistry’s job.
  • Chemical digestion liquifies food into chyme. The “Alkaline” pH is necessary to break the molecular bonds of the molecules that make up the food. When the molecular bonds break, the solid food turns from solid to liquid form. Alkalinity turns solids into liquid. Unfortunately, many have come to believe they should turn their body’s alkaline.
  • Without chemical digestion, the body would be unable to properly emulsify food for the nutrients to be absorbed.

Fermentation is the digestive process by which carbohydrates are broken down by microorganisms into simple molecules for absorption into the bloodstream. Some fermentation takes place throughout the gastrointestinal tract, but the intensity of fermentation depends on microbial numbers, which are generally highest in the large intestine. Thus, the large intestine is quantitatively the most important site of fermentation, except for the species with forestomachs (ruminants like cows), which for cows helps them to be successful vegetarians. People are monogastric, meaning one stomach, (cows have four stomachs and spend their days regurgitating and chewing the grass over and over), relying on digestive chemistry to extract the majority of the nutrients.

Digestion of food must occur in a specific sequence and order. There are four overlapping phases that convert food into stool. Each phase stimulates the next step, like dominos. Miss a step and digestion is impaired. Just like removing a domino causes the chain reaction to stop, even if you are eating organic, vegan or grass-fed. I am surprised at how many think because they are eating “healthy” their digestive processes are working at optimal efficiency.

Thought & Smell

First, the thought of being hungry and the smell of food cooking stimulates the saliva glands and the gastrointestinal hormones made in the pituitary that stimulate the stomach, pancreas and upper digestive tract. Our bodies need the time to produce the digestive chemistry, i.e. stomach acid & enzymes, pancreas juices and enzymes and bile from the gallbladder. The smell and thought of food starts the process.

We have been taught that odors are bad. How many home deodorizers are on the market? Then add to that pre-packaged microwave meals which are also devoid of any food odor. Flowery home deodorizers are not conducive to good digestion. Microwaved food may smell somewhat like food when the package is opened but it doesn’t provide your body with the time it needs to prepare the digestive chemistry. Yet what happens when you walk into a home with the smell of cooking food? That food tastes so much better. Why? Because your body is better prepared for it. Unfortunately, the most common answer I get during a consultation is that they don’t know how to cook because they grew up using the microwave. Thank God for Alton Brown on the Food Network doing shows on how to cook.

Mash & Mix

Next, there is Mash & Mix where the upper teeth serve as the anvil and the lower teeth are the hammers that break down big pieces of food into smaller pieces. Too many are using the 1-2-3-gulp method during this phase. This leaves the food like chunky salsa. Food should be mashed to more of a fruit smoothie texture. This is where the digestive chemicals begin to be mixed in. The chemicals work on the surface of the food and can only soak in so far. Remember, when you made the Nestle’ Quick and when you got to the bottom of the glass there was a big blob of chocolate powder. Did you ever take a spoon and mash it and find the inside of the blob dry? The milk didn’t penetrate the interior. The same happens when you use the 1-2-3-gulp method. Leaving the chunks of food in your digestive tract not chemically processed at 98.6 degrees for hours or days. How long can you leave food out on a hot summer day before it starts to go bad?

Chewing stimulates the stomach, pancreas and gallbladder to prepare for the arrival of food. Think of chewing as foreplay for digestion. Without the chemistry, the system is dry and there is an insufficient quantity of digestive chemicals to break down the amount of food eaten. But before the food is broken down chemically, it is sterilized. The upper gut is a near sterile environment. Stomach acid kills the alkaline-loving bacteria and microbes. Most disease causing microbes love an alkaline environment. Pancreas juices and bile sterilize the acid-loving bacteria and microbes. This combination keeps the number of microbes in the upper digestive tract at a low level giving the chemicals the time necessary to act on the food.

Most disease causing microbes love an alkaline environment. Think about that when you alkalize your system.

  • Most pathogenic bacteria grow between pH 7.2 and 7.6.
  • Very few bacteria, such as lactobacilli, can grow at acidic pH below 4.0.
  • Many food items, such as pickles and cheese, are prevented from spoilage by acids produced during fermentation.
  • V. cholerae is an example of the bacteria that can grow at an alkaline (8.2–8.9) pH.

The digestive chemistry controls the environment of the gastrointestinal tract. The environment controls the behavior of the microbes. It is not simply an issue of good vs. bad bacteria. A healthy gut environment will have well behaved bacteria that work with and for the body. Just as a ghetto controls the behavior of those who live there as even good bacteria in a ghetto gut will change their behavior and become detrimental to health. This includes probiotic and fermented food bacteria.

Mix, & Absorb

Mixing movements occur in the gastrointestinal tract as a result of smooth muscle contractions. These repetitive back and forth contractions usually occur in small intestine and mix the food particles with the digestive chemistry and other fluids. These contractions are stimulated by the production of serotonin by cells lining the small intestine. Ninety-five (95%) of serotonin is made in the gut for peristalsis and control of the blood supplying the gut. The movements that propel the food particles through the GI tract are called peristalsis. These are rhythmic waves of contraction that move the food particles through the various regions in which mechanical and chemical digestion takes place.

The small intestine is the part of the gastrointestinal tract between the stomach and large intestine and is where much of the chemical digestion of food occurs. Virtually all nutrients from the diet are absorbed into blood across the lining of the small intestine. In addition, the intestine absorbs water and electrolytes, thus playing a critical role in maintenance of body water and acid-base balance.

The bowel is made up of the small and large intestines. The small intestine includes three sections—the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. In the ascending and transverse colon much of the water, electrolyte and sugar balancing occurs between the inside and outside world, except for, perhaps the kidneys. It is also in this area that the symbiotic (living mutually together) bacteria live. It is reasonable, therefore, that their products should be absorbed from this area.

You may have specific nutrient deficiencies depending on which sections of the small or large bowel are not functioning properly or were removed.

The sites of nutrient absorption in the small bowel are the:

  • Upper section (duodenum), where iron is absorbed
  • Middle section (jejunum), where carbohydrates, proteins, fat, calcium and vitamins are absorbed
  • Lower section (ileum), where bile acids and vitamin B-12 are absorbed

The nutrient absorption in the entire length of the large bowel is the:

  • Salts and electrolytes. Mainly sodium and potassium.
  • Water
  • Dissolved minerals
  • Vitamin K
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin D
  • Folic acid
  • Many of the B vitamins in small quantities.

Without these nutrients, the blood is chemically unbalanced, a condition that can lead to illness and chronic poor health.

Ferment, Absorb & Eliminate

Fermentation: The cells lining the large intestine do not produce enzymes, but contain huge numbers of bacteria, which have the enzymes to digest and utilize the substances the enzymes produce. The microbial floras of the large intestine are primarily responsible for two processes:

  • Digestion and metabolism of carbohydrates not digested in the small intestine.
  • Synthesis of vitamin K and certain B vitamins

Cellulose is the fiber in the diet, but no human cell is known to produce a cellulase, an enzyme that breaks down fiber for digestion. Several species of bacteria in the large intestine produce cellulases and digest celluose. Importantly the major end products of microbial digestion of cellulose and other carbohydrates are volatile fatty acids, lactic acid, methane, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Fermentation is the major source of intestinal gas.

Volatile or short-chain fatty acids (especially acetic, propionic and butyric acids) generated from fermentation are not only generated from fermentation within the intestinal lining, but can be absorbed by diffusion and contribute to systemic metabolism and other metabolic processes.

The job of the large intestine is to absorb water and salts from the material that not been digested as food and get rid of any waste products left over. By the time the food mixed with digestive juices reaches your large intestine, most digestion has already taken place. What’s left is mainly fiber or plant matter that takes a long time for bacterial digestion to occur.

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While your digestive cells are absorbing sugars, starches, fats, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, waste products continue traveling down the line. In the colon, all the leftovers are combined, packed together, and partially dehydrated. What remains – our feces – consist of water, indigestible fiber, undigested food (such as corn and small seeds), sloughed-off dead cells, living and dead bacteria, intestinal secretions, and bile. (The worn-out red blood cells in bile give excrement its distinctive brown color.) In the large intestine, bacteria feed on this mixture. These helpful bacteria produce vitamins that are absorbed into your blood.

Proper blood supply to the intestinal tract

The blood supply to the gastro-intestinal tract must be whole and intact to allow proper assimilation of the absorbed materials into the body. This is controlled through the Vasomotor components of the NEI Supersystem. Read More … Any damage to, or scarcity of blood supply from whatever cause, will limit the effectiveness of absorption.

The main function of the the enteric nervous system is to coordinate the movement of food through the gut (peristalsis) and trigger the release of the appropriate hormones and enzymes that are necessary for digestion and controlling blood flow in the gut wall which is important for the absorption of nutrients.

The two parts of your automatic nervous system (Autonomic nervous system) control the blood supply to the organs. The “Rest & Digest” Parasympathetic stimulation will increase overall blood flow to the gut as well as increasing secretions and general gut activity. The “Fight or Flight” Sympathetic stimulation will have the opposite effect. Most people with chronic health issues are Parasympathetic dominant with their blood pooling in the mesenteric veins.

Symptoms of Excess Sympathetic / Deficient Parasympathetics

* Anxiety-like response * Enlarged pupils * High blood pressure

* Infrequent bowel movements * Nervous strain

* Tension headaches * Irritability * Indigestion

* Rapid heartbeat with palpitations or weak pulse

* Nightmares * Muscle tension

Symptoms of Excess Parasympathetic / Deficient Sympathetics

* Sluggish/poor digestion * Lethargy/fatigue * Cold hands/feet

* Low blood pressure * Small pupils * Sweats easily

* Sensitive to noises and touch * ADHD * Mental confusion

* Difficulty concentrating * Restless sleeping * Urination at night

* Hemorrhoids – Internal and/or External

What Does an Ideal Bowel Movement Look Like?

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If all goes, as it should, you’ll end up with a healthy bowel movement. Although digestive idiosyncrasies, variations in intestinal bacteria, and other variables can produce different standards for a healthy stool, in general it should be brown to light brown; formed but not hard; cylindrical, not flattened; fairly bulky and full-bodied, not compacted; somewhat textured but not too messy; and very easy to pass. And it shouldn’t smell – much. You’re passing methane and bacterial, degraded foodstuffs, so there’s always going to be a little odor, but it shouldn’t be a very strong, pungent odor.

An ideal bowel movement is medium brown, the color of plain cardboard. It leaves the body easily with no straining or discomfort. It should have the consistency of toothpaste, and be approximately 4 to 8 inches long. Stool should enter the water smoothly and slowly fall once it reaches the water. There should be little gas or odor.

Experts Disagree On Two Stool Characteristics: FLOATING versus SINKING?

Opinion A) Stools should float because buoyancy is a sign that the body has absorbed the minerals in the food and that these nutrients are not contained in the waste.

Opinion B) Stools should sink because of their bulk and fiber content.

I am not impressed with either argument: most stools will sink. Whether it floats or sinks really doesn’t seem to make any difference. An occasional deviation from this total picture is usually considered okay; chronic deviations (or any featuring blood) are not, and should be checked with a doctor.

Stool That Sinks Quickly

Rapidly sinking stool can indicate that a person isn’t eating enough fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, or drinking enough water. This stool is often dark because they have been sitting in the intestines for a prolonged time. Only members of the International Stool Watchers Association (ISWA) with advanced skills will be able to determine if their stool sinks rapidly.

What Are Floating Stools?

Stools normally sink in the toilet. However, a variety of things, mainly diet, can cause a change in your stools. Changes to the structure of your stools may result in floating. Occasional floating stools are usually nothing to be concerned about. Your stools will most likely return to normal without any treatment. Floating stools are not an illness or disease; however, they can be a symptom of some illnesses and diseases.

Common Causes of Floating Stools

The most common causes of floating stools are excess gas and fats in the stool. Both provide buoyancy to the stool preventing it from sinking. Pancreas and Gallbladder problems cause malabsorption of fat. Increased fat in the stool will cause them to float.

Certain foods are easily fermented by bacteria and can cause gas in your stools. Foods that ferment and the resulting gas include those that contain large amounts of sugars, lactose, starch, or fiber, such as beans, milk, cabbage, apples, soft drinks, and sugar-free candies. This can indicate a microbial overgrowth.

Fat malabsorption is a condition that results in a very limited ability of the body to absorb fats in the gastrointestinal tract. Fat malabsorption can result in a deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, such as impaired gallbladder function, liver dysfunction, pancreas exocrine insufficiency.

Malabsorption can occur when your stools pass through your intestines too quickly, such as when you have diarrhea. Malabsorption can also occur when your body does not process and absorb fats correctly.

Malabsorption of Fat Due to Pancreatic Insufficiency

Diarrhea is a common problem and presents as loose, watery, oily or foul-smelling stools that can be caused by insufficient amounts of pancreatic enzymes in the intestines. This leads to malabsorption as undigested food passes quickly through the digestive tract.

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If you have severe malabsorption, your floating stools may also have a strong odor and be greasy in appearance. A common cause of malabsorption is gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections as the bacteria change their behavior, producing more toxins than nutrients. GI tract infections can be caused by viral or bacterial infections. These infections usually go away without any treatment.

Some of the diseases that can cause floating stools include:

Atrophic gastritis

Atrophic gastritis is a process of chronic inflammation of the stomach mucosa, leading to loss of gastric glandular cells and their eventual replacement by intestinal and fibrous tissues. As a result, the stomach’s secretion of essential substances such as hydrochloric acid, pepsin, and intrinsic factor is impaired, leading to digestive problems, vitamin B12 deficiency, and megaloblastic anemia and a failure to stimulate the pancreas, gallbladder and liver to process fats. It can be caused by persistent infection with Helicobacter pylori, or can be autoimmune in origin. Those with the autoimmune version of atrophic gastritis (Autoimmune Atrophic Gastritis) are statistically more likely to develop gastric carcinoma, Hashimoto’s disease, achlorhydria, and pernicious anemia.

Short Bowel Syndrome

Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) is when the intestines do not absorb nutrients properly. This can occur due to intestinal disease or when part of the small intestine is missing from either a genetic defect or surgical removal. Most overlook the un-named intestinal disease contribution to Short Bowel Syndrome considering it only with a named intestinal disease, i.e. Celiac, Crohn’s, or IBS. Chelation therapy poisons the bowel lining causing not only SBS but also Barren Gut Syndrome (BGS). BGS occurs when the lining of the intestines is so damaged beneficial bacteria have no place to adhere to.

Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) is defined as malabsorption resulting from anatomical or functional loss of a significant length of the intestines (small or large). Short-bowel syndrome is a disorder clinically defined by malabsorption, diarrhea, steatorrhea, fluid and electrolyte disturbances, and malnutrition. The final common etiologic factor in all causes of short-bowel syndrome is the functional or anatomic loss of extensive segments of intestines so that absorptive capacity is severely compromised. The amount of bowel that must be lost to produce malabsorption is variable and depends on which section(s) is/are lost, and whether the ileocecal valve is functioning.

What are the signs and symptoms of short bowel syndrome?

Chronic diarrhea is the classic symptom of severe short bowel syndrome. Other symptoms may include:

  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Pale, greasy, watery diarrhea
  • Particularly bad-smelling stools
  • Weight loss
  • Exhaustion
  • Food sensitivities
  • Fluid retention
  • Malnutrition
  • Pain in the stomach or abdomen
  • Indigestion

Because of the body can’t absorb enough nutrients, patients with short bowel syndrome often exhibit symptoms of nutrient and vitamin deficiencies, such as:

  • Anemia due to iron, folic acid, and/or vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Skin rashes and scaling of the skin or hyperkeratosis due to vitamin A deficiency
  • Bruising and blood in urine, due to vitamin K deficiency
  • Muscle spasm and bone pain, due to vitamin D and calcium deficiency
  • Osteoporosis due to calcium deficiency

Children diagnosed with short bowel syndrome are also often slow in growth or development, due to lack of nutrition.

Lectins and Short Bowel Syndrome

Dietary lectins naturally occurring in all legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables are highly toxic to the gastrointestinal lining from the mouth to the large intestine. Biologically irritating to the cells, lectins cause the lining to thicken while increasing the porousness by damaging the connections holding the cells together. Thus contributing to Short Bowel Syndrome. The cells can no longer absorb nutrients but toxins, microbes and food particles pass between making their way in to the blood provoking an inflammatory response. Most of the time the inflammatory response is the TH17 cytokine storm. Lectins stimulate the release of gut hormones that shut off chemical digestion and the mixing movement of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine.

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Lactose Intolerance

Floating stools commonly occur in people who have lactose intolerance when they drink or eat dairy products. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in dairy products. Ingesting dairy products when you are lactose intolerant can cause gas in your stools and diarrhea, which can lead to malabsorption.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine when gluten is eaten. An autoimmune disease is one in which your body’s immune system mistakenly produces substances (antibodies) to attack your own tissues. Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat products. Celiac is an inherited disease. Symptoms of the disease can begin in childhood or adulthood. There is no cure for celiac disease. The symptoms go away when gluten is avoided.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited and often fatal disease that causes an excess production of thick and sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. The excess mucus in the pancreas prevents the proper absorption of nutrients, which can cause floating stools. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Treatments, including medications, may reduce floating stools, as well as other symptoms of the disease.

Other

Extremely rare genetic diseases that can cause floating stools include:

  • Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome (a genetic disease in which the intestines cannot absorb fat)
  • biliary atresia (underdeveloped bile ducts, which make the intestines less able to absorb fats)
  • disaccharidase deficiency (a deficiency or absence of enzymes, such as sucrase and isomaltase, which are needed to break down some sugars and starches)

Preventing Floating Stools

If you have floating stools, but no other symptoms, you may want to try a home treatment. There is a good chance that your floating stools are caused by your poor chemical digestion rather than diet. Keep a record of the foods that you eat and your bowel movements. Take note when you have floating stools. When you do have floating stools, look to see what foods you recently ate. If you continually keep a food intake and bowel movement record, you may be able to identify which foods cause your floating stools. Once you identify the offending foods, you can determine which phase of your digestive process is not working properly.

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The Number Of Pieces And Their Buoyancy

WHOLE OR PIECES?

Bristol Stool Chart

a) Each bowel movement preferably should be in one piece, about the shape and size of a banana and tapered at the end.

b) Stools don’t have to be well-formed logs. They can disperse in the toilet water; they can break down.

Stool Color

If Your Stool Looks BLACK, TARRY, AND STICKY It Could Mean:

  • Bleeding in your upper digestive tract. The black color comes from digested blood cells.

If Your Stool Looks VERY DARK BROWN It Could Mean:

  • You drank red wine last night or have too much salt or not enough vegetables in your diet.

If Your Stool Looks GLOWING RED OR MAGENTA It Could Mean:

  • You’ve eaten a lot of reddish foods such as beets.

If Your Stool Looks LIGHT GREEN It Could Mean:

  • You’re consuming too much sugar, or too many fruits and vegetables with not enough grains or salt.

If Your Stool Looks PALE OR CLAY-COLORED It Could Mean:

  • Minimal amounts of bile are being excreted, perhaps because of problems with the gallbladder or liver.
  • Stool that is pale or grey may be caused by insufficient bile output due to conditions such as cholecystitis, gallstones, giardia parasitic infection, hepatitis, chronic pancreatitis, or cirrhosis. Bile salts from the liver give stool its brownish color. If there is decreased bile output, stool is much lighter in color.
  • Other causes of pale stool is the use of antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide. Stool may also temporarily become pale after a barium enema test.

If Your Stool Looks BLOODY OR MUCUS-COVERED It Could Mean:

  • Hemorrhoids, an overgrowth of certain bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, colitis (inflammation of the colon), Crohn’s disease (also known as inflammatory bowel disease), or colon cancer.
  • Red blood usually means the ailment is located near the end of your digestive tract, whereas black blood signals partially digested blood coming from an ailment higher up the tract. Seek medical advice promptly.

If Your Stool Looks PENCIL-THIN AND RIBBONLIKE It Could Mean:

  • A polyp or growth in your colon that narrows the passage for stool.
  • Spastic colon. It can also be from a prolapse at either side of the transverse colon constricting the colon and lack of fiber.

If Your Stool Looks LARGE AND FLOATING, WITH GREASY FILM ON TOILET WATER It Could Mean:

  • Malabsorption — your digestive system isn’t getting full nutritional use of food.

If Your Stool Looks LOOSE AND WATERY, SOMETIMES DIARRHEA WITH UNDIGESTED FOODSTUFFS It Could Mean:

  • Possible causes are food poisoning, lactose intolerance, antibiotics, antacids, dietary intolerance, dietary changes, travel, anxiety, stress, inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome. It is also a symptom of hemorrhoids if it is ongoing so you may need a hemorrhoid doctor.

If Your Stool Looks SMALL, HARD, ROUND PELLETS It Could Mean:

  • Constipation – even if you’re defecating frequently.
  • Possible causes are eating too much dry food, including protein, and not enough vegetables and raw foods; laxative abuse; worries; or irritable bowel syndrome.

If Your Stool (Has) ALTERNATING BOUTS OF DIARRHEA & CONSTIPATION It Could Mean:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome. This chronic condition can be aggravated by red meat, spices, sugar, alcohol, lack of fiber, allergy-causing foods, irregular hours, and chaotic relationships. One way to make this condition a lot easier to deal with is through products such as CBD chewing gum. If you haven’t heard of this before or given it a go, checking out something like cbd gum reviews at puregreenliving could help you on the way to hopefully dealing with IBS a lot more effectively.

If Your Stool (Is) REALLY BAD SMELLING It Could Mean:

  • An imbalance of intestinal bacteria or eating too much animal protein, which can putrefy in your digestive tract.
  • An overgrowth of Sulphate-Reducing Bacteria.

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How Should Doctors Treat Adrenal Fatigue?

If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible. – T. Harv Eker

It’s frustrating to have persistent symptoms your doctor can’t readily explain. Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, and nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn’t an accepted medical diagnosis unless it is diagnosed as Addison’s disease.

Proponents of adrenal fatigue seldom recognize adrenal dysfunction is always secondary to other physiological mechanisms 

What are the adrenals? Think of them as the caring grandma. She will not sit down when the family is together until everyone is seated at the table and all are served. But before she sits down, she has to clear the dishes, make coffee and serve dessert. Then she has to wash the dishes, clean the kitchen and make snacks. She’s fatigued because she is always trying to take care of everybody. She is an enabler to a dysfunctional family. Do you think she would be so fatigued if family members would stop bickering long enough to pitch in and help?

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This is not a case where the Alternative medicine community knows something the Medical community does not. While it is true the Medical community does not recognize adrenal fatigue. The Functional Medical community has followed the adrenal fatigue paradigm. This off recognizes other factors are involved because neurotransmitters are tested at the same time as the adrenals. As a result of this, those with ‘failing adrenals’ on the never-ending adrenal program respond to the neurotransmitter support.

Adrenal testing is the “Low-Hanging Fruit” of the Alternative medicine community. 

Adrenal testing is the “Low-Hanging Fruit” of the Alternative medicine community. Adrenal tests do not require a lot of effort and will almost always show adrenal fatigue, like testing the air pressure in a flat tire.

The adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, produce a number of hormones and neurotransmitters, including cortisol, noradrenalin, adrenaline – the three main stimulatory neurotransmitters, dopamine – a neurotransmitter and stress hormone precursor, DHEA, aldosterone, estrogen, and testosterone in addition to the little know – eticholanolone – the inflammation hormone. Dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine are classified as Catecholamines, which are tyrosine-based stress neurotransmitters produced by the adrenal glands during times of psychological stress or low blood sugar levels’.

Melatonin will not work for interrupted sleep for those with low cortisol levels. Low cortisol levels will allow a person to go to sleep and wake up later during the night. Melatonin suppresses cortisol levels and makes adrenal hormone receptor sites more sensitive. Melatonin would work best for those who simply cannot go to sleep.

Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone produced in the adrenal cortex (part of the adrenal gland). It is commonly known as the primary ‘stress hormone’. It is involved in the response to anxiety and stress, controlled by the Corticotrophin-releasing hormone produced in the pituitary. Elevated cortisol levels tend to increase blood pressure and blood sugar, and reduce the immune responses/capability. Compared with the neurotransmitter adrenaline, it is very slow acting, in neurological terms. Adrenaline can be released in a small fraction of a second, whereas cortisol requires a whole second to be secreted. Cortisol tends to be more implicated in the long term fight or flight response that afflicts those with long term stress, e.g. autoimmune conditions. Of course, overproduction of cortisol through extended periods of stress will result in adrenal burnout and the eventual underproduction of cortisol and other adrenal hormones.

There are many other factors contributing to the stressing of the adrenals glands and impaired neurotransmitter production in general, such as impaired Dopamine/GABA and Serotonin pathways and energy production, excessive Glutamate and Aspartate intake (results in excitotoxicity and disrupts brain chemistry), excessive free radicals, psychological and physical stress, high carbohydrate diet (especially sugar), nutritional deficiencies, inadequate digestive and amino acid conversion processes, prolonged periods of hunger between meals (3 large, square meals a day approach), recreational/legal drug use (caffeine, alcohol, certain anti-depressants, marijuana, speed, meth, cocaine etc.), and birth control pills etc.

For example, it is very difficult to improve adrenal function if a person is anemic. They will not be able to deliver oxygen to mitochondria for ATP energy production and will be dependent upon glycolosis for energy production. Glycolosis is inefficient and places great demands upon the blood sugar/adrenal stabilizing system. The symptoms of any of the thirteen types of anemia are identical to those of adrenal fatigue.

The use of simplified protocols and models to support adrenal disorders are self-limiting. Adrenal dysfunction is always secondary to other physiological mechanisms that need to be identified. The following physiological mechanisms are the root causes preventing the adrenals rehabilitation:

  • Anemia
  • Dysglycemia
  • Low cholesterol
  • Infection
  • Increased intestinal permeability
  • Surgical menopause
  • Dehydration
  • Inflammation
  • Immune Dysregulation
  • Excess Pro-inflammatory cytokines
  • Deficient Inhibitory neurotransmitters
  • Depression medication
  • Emotional stress
  • Autoimmune
  • Heavy metal due to DMT1 upregulation from inflammation/immune dysregulation
  • Environmental antigen burden

– Case Studies & Principles, page 90-91, D. Kharrazian, Author of Why Do I Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal.

Are the adrenals involved? Absolutely, but the best way to support them is by correcting the physiological mechanisms causing them to fatigue. The major factor behind adrenal fatigue is usually a Neuro-Endo-Immune system imbalance.

The Neuro-Endo-Immune (NEI) Supersystem incorporates three vital disciplines: Neurology, Endocrinology, and Immunology. Evaluation of the NEI Supersystem – through the measurement of neurotransmitters, hormones, and cytokines – nervous, endocrine, and immune function, are represented respectively. Assessment of these essential biochemical mediators provides important insight into the root causes contributing to adrenal fatigue. The Neuroscience NeuroEndocrine Comprehensive should be utilized to simultaneously measure adrenal hormones, cortisol, DHEA, neurotransmitters and hormones. The NeuroEndocrine Comprehensive profile includes additional neurotransmitter metabolites, DOPAC and 5-HIAA, to assist in assessing serotonin and dopamine activity. It also includes the addition of the amino acid taurine, which is useful in confirming the extent of the stress response.

One way to develop a plan to correct adrenal fatigue is to measure neurotransmitter precursors using the Metametrix Triad Profile. The TRIAD Profile targets each persons specific needs by integrating three powerful profiles – Organix, Amino Acids, and Allergix IgG Food Antibodies – into a single innovative test offering customized intervention options.

The interrelationship of the biochemical processes between the adrenals, different neurotransmitters and hormones involve extremely complex systems of the body: endocrine system, exocrine system, hormonal regulation, immune system, neurological system and brain chemistry. It is extremely complex and finely balanced. Too much or too little of any system can be very detrimental to the body.

Neurotransmitter and hormones must be evaluated. Patients with similar symptoms can have remarkably different metabolic and nutritional needs. Patients with comparable laboratory results often exhibit widely divergent symptoms.  Adrenal fatigue can be measured and corrected by specific testing.

Are you interested in having your adrenals checked? I invite you to call today to set up your adrenal test.

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Melatonin Suppresses Thyroid Hormones

The hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (HPT axis) is a neuroendocrine system that regulates metabolism.  When the hypothalamus senses low circulating levels of the hormones T3 and T4, it signals to the pituitary, which then signals the thyroid gland to release T3 and T4.  T4 normally is converted to the more active T3, but T4 can also be converted to reverse T3 (rT3).  Reverse T3 works against the T3 receptor, so high levels can be detrimental.

HPT melatonin
Melatonin supplementation inhibits the TSH content in the pituitary. However, Melatonin supplementation blocks the stimulatory effect of TSH on thyroid cells responsible for the production and secretion of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

During illness, profound changes may occur in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. The most consistent change is a decrease in serum tri-iodothyronine (T3) level, but in severe illness, thyroxine (T4) may also decrease. The persistence of a normal or even decreased level of thyrotropin (TSH) in the face of decreased serum thyroid hormone concentrations implies a major change in HPT axis set-point regulation. Since these abnormalities of thyroid hormone concentration usually occur without any evidence of thyroid disease and disappear with recovery, they have been referred to as the `sick euthyroid syndrome’ or the `euthyroid sick syndrome’.

TSH serum levels are lower and those of free T4 are greater at night, when melatonin levels are higher, so that the response of pituitary to hypothalamic TRH and of thyroid to pituitary TSH is influenced by the pineal hormone melatonin, which alters the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis function. Melatonin drives the molecular clockwork in the pituitary.

Melatonin & Thyroid Function

Melatonin has a suppressing action on thyroid function. Both hypothyroid and thyrotoxic patients have disturbed pineal function, which is not the case in those with weight issues. Those with hypothyroidism were found to have higher peak melatonin levels, total nighttime melatonin secretion, and urinary elimination of melatonin than normal individuals. Although thyrotoxic patients released a normal amount of melatonin during the night, their melatonin secretion peak occurs earlier in the night.

The molecular clockwork in the pituitary is strongly dependent on melatonin. Melatonin drives the rhythmic expression of clock genes in the pituitary, and the length of daytime light as well as melatonin supplements are involved in melatonin signaling.

Melatonin plays a role in the regulation of TSH release from the pituitary. Short days and long nights are correlated with decreasing levels of TSH in the pituitary. Moreover, chronic treatment with melatonin suppresses TSH release from the pituitary.

Melatonin has an inhibitory action on the Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. Long nights result in reduced levels of circulating thyroxin (T4). An active pineal gland produces melatonin, which inhibits thyrotrophin-releasing hormone (TRH) release from the hypothalamus. The effects of melatonin on the Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis are similar to its effects on the Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis.

Melatonin supplementation inhibits the TSH content in the pituitary. However, Melatonin supplementation blocks the stimulatory effect of TSH on thyroid cells responsible for the production and secretion of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Free T3, T4 and TSH levels are lower with melatonin supplementation.

Melatonin is Not Just for Sleep Anymore

While most consider melatonin to be only produced by the pineal gland. It is produced throughout the body in much greater quantity (400x more in the gut). Melatonin is much more involved than previously thought. From enhancing autoimmune flairs during cytokine storms, to playing a role with infertility, melatonin and melatonin supplements used for ‘sleep problems’ enhances these conditions and not in a good way. It even plays a role in hot flashes and night chills.

If you have questions about sleep and you are having thyroid, autoimmune or infertility concerns with your health. Please contact my office.

Mitochondrial Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue is a common complaint but I don’t have to tell you that. It has been given syndrome status as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Somebody starts blaming the mitochondria, which has now become Mitochondrial Syndrome. Let me translate “syndrome.” It is Doctor speak for “we don’t know but lump these symptoms together and give it a name.” There is a common meme on the Internet is to blame components of the mitochondria, listing 18 different different types of Mitochondropathy.

Mitochondria are the body’s cellular power plants. Why isn’t it generating power? Just as any power generators require fuel. The “fuel” for mitochondria is glucose and oxygen. Growing up on a farm, you learn the first question to ask is – is it out of fuel. Sometimes, it is that simple. So I checked the Professional Influencers websites to find out if they were checking the fuel for mitochondria. Do a simple ‘Ctrl F’ on their sites and type in glucose or oxygen. I was surprised to see none of them are bothering to check the fuel. Most are copy and paste – posting identical information. A couple of the sites mention oxygen during description of the mitochondrial components. But not as a requirement for mitochondrial production of energy.

On the farm, you learn to check the fuel in the tractor before tearing apart the generator. If you are using solar, check where the sun is. Is it cloudy? The Professional Influencers start tearing apart the mitochondria and recommending supplements with convenient links to sales pages, much like the repair shop selling new spark plugs. New spark plugs will not work if there is no fuel. Solar is probably closest to Mitochondria energy production.

Changes in blood flow, pH and metabolic function all play roles in the delivery of glucose and oxygen. Just as the sun moving across the sky changes the angle of the sun to the solar panel, clouds, and nighttime, all playing a role in how much power a solar panel will generate. Movement, blood flow and the stickiness of the Red Blood Cells (RBCs) play a role in the delivery of oxygen and glucose to the mitochondria. Insulin resistance (Pre-diabetes) makes RBCs stick together. It gets worse with Diabetes. To get the most output, everything must come together to deliver the maximum amount of fuel for both solar and mitochondria energy production.

Mitochondria rely on the blood to deliver glucose and red blood cells ability to carry and deliver oxygen. Do not assume, just because a blood vessel runs past the cells that oxygen and glucose are being delivered.

Conditions such as Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome alter both the delivery of oxygen and glucose. These are fairly simple to reverse and have fallen out of favor with the Professional and Social Media Influencers. They are not lucrative enough.

Pre-diabetes & Insulin Resistance

What is insulin?

Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ located behind the stomach. The pancreas contains clusters of cells called islets. Beta cells within the islets make insulin and release it into the blood.

Insulin plays a major role in metabolism—the way the body uses digested food for energy. The digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates—sugars and starches found in many foods—into glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that enters the bloodstream. With the help of insulin, cells throughout the body absorb glucose and use it for energy.

Insulin resistance is associated with low-grade inflammatory response. Insulin resistance is associated with an enhanced degree of Red Blood Cell (RBCs) adhesiveness/aggregation. Vascular complications are common in subjects with ‘metabolic syndrome’, insulin resistance as a result of RBCs sticking together. There is a significant correlation exists between the degree of RBC adhesiveness/aggregation and the degree of insulin resistance and that of inflammation.

Insulin resistance is associated with an accelerated formation of a blood clumping within an artery. An enhanced inflammatory response exists in individuals with the insulin-resistance syndrome, which is related to the development of atherosclerosis and positive ANA antibodies. RBC clumping is detrimental to capillary blood flow and tissue oxygenation for the mitochondria.

But Doctor, I don’t fit the picture for insulin resistance. I understand you don’t fit the exact picture for insulin resistance. You also don’t fit the exact picture for low thyroid, Lyme Disease, or whatever condition you are being treated for. But that didn’t stop them from diagnosing you and treating you for that condition.

What happens with insulin resistance?

The consequences of insulin resistance are twofold. 1) RBC sticking together impairing blood flow and delivery of oxygen and glucose. 2) impaired delivery of glucose into the cells of the body.

In insulin resistance, muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin and thus cannot easily absorb glucose from the bloodstream. As a result, the insulin receptors on the cells are not responding to the presence of insulin. The body needs higher levels of insulin to help glucose enter cells. This puts added stress on the 1% (endocrine) of the pancreas responsible for producing insulin. With insulin resistance, it’s as if insulin is knocking on the door, but the cells can’t hear it. The pancreas responds by pumping out even more insulin (knocking louder) in an effort to get glucose into the cells, and this eventually causes Type 2 diabetes.

The beta cells in the pancreas try to keep up with this increased demand for insulin by producing more. As long as the beta cells are able to produce enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance, blood glucose levels stay in the healthy range.

This is made difficult by the 99% (exocrine) of the pancreas producing digestive enzymes. Without stomach acid, enzymes are trapped in the pancreas. No – betaine HCl supplements are not the same as stomach acid. The stomach does not produce “betaine” HCl. The proper quality and quantity of stomach acid stimulates hormone release in the small intestine to signal the pancreas to release the enzymes. Trapped in the pancreas, enzymes are activated and begin digesting the unprotected insulin producing endocrine cells of the pancreas. Then quantity control of insulin suffers as the pancreas is auto-digested.Why Doctors Miss the Initial Warning Sign of Insulin Resistance

Doctors have been trained to measure a person’s fasting blood sugar, or the glucose levels present in your blood, at least eight hours after your last meal. Most don’t express concern until results show blood sugar levels reaching 110 mg/dl “and” you have the proper body type. You can be thin and have insulin resistance. That’s when they start “watching it.” Then, once your blood sugar reaches 126 mg/dl, your doctor will diagnose you with Pre-diabetes. Thus preparing you for the meme of a life-long disease. That is if they ever consider insulin resistance when there are so many other conditions that have the same ubiquitous symptoms.

Single markers should never be used for a diagnosis, i.e. glucose – insulin resistance, TSH – Thyroid, etc.

Markers for Insulin Resistance include:

  • Glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • LDL
  • HDL

All things considered. This Patient has a preponderance of markers for insulin resistance.

The important thing to note is that blood sugar is the last thing to increase…so for many people, a fasting glucose test detects insulin resistance too late. For some, their digestion is so poor their blood sugar is never high. I have seen so many Professional and Social Media posting with their new glucose meters and how they are checking their blood sugar throughout the day. There is usually for only one or two posts and these Toy Collectors are on the next thing.

Delivery of Glucose

Insulin resistance is accompanied by impairment in the ability of insulin to deliver glucose to the cells and in turn the mitochondria.

Red blood cell agglutination occurs as a result of insulin resistance. Blood cell agglutination results in hypoxia/hypercapnia causing mitochondrial dysfunction

Insulin Resistance/Diabetes causes blood to be hyper-viscous and increased red blood cell agglutination, which lead to severe microcirculation disturbance, osteoporosis, hyperlipemia, imparing the delivery of both oxygen and glucose.

Delivery of Oxygen

If there’s one thing that mitochondria thrive on, its oxygen. Mitochondria require oxygen and glucose to produce ATP in sufficient quantities to drive energy-requiring reactions. Oxygen carrying molecules, such as hemoglobin and myoglobin are necessary to transport oxygen to where it is needed.

In “normal” conditions, Oxygen bound to hemoglobin in the blood diffuses down a steep pressure gradient into tissues as blood travels through capillaries. Next oxygen diffuses into the mitochondria.

As blood flows through the capillaries in our metabolizing tissues, oxygen diffuses out of the red blood cells.

Areas of high turbulence in the vasculature accelerate the release of oxygen from hemoglobin. In the circulation, there is no specific barrier to oxygen diffusion in the blood vessels that prevents oxygen exit. As a consequence, oxygen continuously diffuses out of the red blood cell, in the same way that the delivery of water transported by a leaky bucket is a function of how fast the bucket is carried. Red blood cells become hypoxic (oxygen deficient) after passing through turbulence until their next pass through the lungs. Hypoxic red blood cell pass by downstream tissues and mitochondria leaving them in a hypoxic state. The farthest areas of the body – brain, hands and feet are the most prone to being hypoxic.

Hypoxia Deactivates Mitochondria

Hypoxia deactivates Mitochondria. Hypoxia causes mitochondria to deactivate going into a dormant state. Let’s get this straight. Not all Mitochondria are shut down simultaneously. That would be death. What would a 15%, 25% or 50% deactivation of Mitochondria do to your energy levels?

What Mitochondria supplement will reactivate the mitochondria being deprived of oxygen? Of course the Mitochondria are not working. They can’t without their fuel – glucose and oxygen.

Doctor can’t I jump in a hyperbaric chamber or use a oxygen concentrator? Yes. Those will increase the oxygen in the body. But not enough to restore your energy. At best, these are a temporary quick fix, somewhere on the lines of a high interest payday loan. Especially when the red blood cell agglutination caused insulin resistance has not been dealt with.

Do the math:

  • Mitochondria with adequate oxygen and glucose produce 38 ATPs.
  • Mitochondria with adequate glucose but lacking oxygen produce 2 ATPs.
  • Mitochondria without oxygen and glucose produce Zero ATPs and deactivate going into power saver mode.

Supplements supporting the Mitochondria drive those that are still active to work harder with less glucose and oxygen. This causes them to age prematurely. Yes, Mitochondria do age and need to be replaced.

Bone Marrow Fatigue Results Production of Damaged Red Blood Cells

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.

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

The body is set up for short sharp bursts of inflammation, to combat microbial, mechanical or chemical insults. 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. Then add to the fatigue by overstimulating the immune system with immune boosting supplements. Read More …

Summarizing Chronic Fatigue and Mitochondriopathy

Symptoms of fatigue are attributed to disease conditions, e.g. thyroid, and about every other condition being diagnosed. Let’s start by checking the fuel first with Lab tests such as the Bio-Screen Sustain Max. Too many start with EBV antibodies that 90% (ninety percent) of the world’s population is positive for. Talk about low hanging fruit.

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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.