All disease begins in the gut. ~ Hippocrates
These are the tests that the Thorough Old Fox ordered:
- Functional Liver Detoxification profile (post coming up about this soon);
- blood tests for vitamin levels: my vitamin D came back at 29 nmol/L, which is under what it should be (50 nmol/L is ideal);
- allergy blood tests for mould mix, house dust and grass mix. Surprisingly, well, for the mould at least, these came up negative. Professor Allen said: “All that means is it’s a different kind of ‘allergy’, not the conventional type.” (Any perspectives on this will be appreciated, if you could pop them in the comments below. When it rains, or gets damp and cold, I know I get mould effected, in that my sinuses, face and head aches and pulsates with pain, and I would love to know of a blood test/scan that can show what this is. Note: I have had the sublingual-drops type of testing (with Dr Colin Little), where they make you sick by provoking a physical reaction to Cladosporium, and Aspergillus moulds, and then give you drops to take home);
- And, finally, the CSAD level 1 test.
Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)
The Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) is a functional test that provides an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora, as well as identifying pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts.
The CDSA is a non-invasive test providing invaluable information for the patient and practitioner in terms of understanding the role of poor digestive function in disease states.
Poor digestive function and imbalanced gut flora may play a crucial role in the underlying cause of a number of health conditions. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and bad breath are all indicative of poor gut function.
There are 5 different CDSA Level tests, click here, on the Download Different CDSA Levels link, if you’d like a rundown on all of them.
“In 1936, after the long term and intensive stress of being Chancellor and Führer of Germany, Adolf Hitler became sick with gastrointestinal cramps. Dr. Theo Morel gave Hitler capsules of Mutaflor, which contained ‘bacteria cultured from the faeces of a Bulgarian peasant,’ and Hitler, for a time, felt better.”
Mutaflor ® capsules contain as the active substance the defined non-pathogenic strain Escherichia coli strain Nisssle 1917. Probiotics are defined as live non-pathogenic micro-organisms that, when ingested in adequate numbers, exert a beneficial effect on the health of the host.
The Mutaflor ® strain had its origins in 1917, isolated by Professor Alfred Nissle during the First World War from the faeces of a particular soldier who, “in contrast to the large majority of his comarades, had suffered neither from dysentery nor from any other intestinal diseases” The strain, Escherichia coli strain Nissle 1917, designated DSM 6601 in the German Collection for Microorganisms in Brauschweig is arguably one of the most examined and therapeutically relevant bacterial strains worldwide.
The therapeutic effects of Mutaflor® are strain specific and have been demonstrated by in-vitro and in-vivo experiments and clinical studies.
- E. coli strain Nissle 1917 (2.5–25 x 109 viable cells (CFU))
- Methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate copolymer (1:1)
- Dibuytl phthalate
- Titanium dioxide
- Iron (III) hydroxide oxide monohydrate
- Beeswax (yellow)
- Carnauba wax
- Purified water
The first time, I had this nose-bleeding-frustrating illness, I didn’t have food allergies or intolerances, only sensitivities to chemicals. Most people who I’ve met with chemical sensitivities have stacks of problems with foods. For me, in 2005, there were some early symptoms with tomatoes and potatoes but these disappeared as I got better. As did symptoms (face rashes and upper respiratory (eyes, and nose) breathing problems) related to eating foods (dates, fruits, nuts, seeds) that were even slightly mould affected–they came and they went. The only ‘real’ food allergy is one, with eggs, that I’ve had since I was a child. (And from a Paleo perspective that’s pretty horrid because they’re in so many recipes.) So, going by all this, if I look at it all as one Big Stupid Experiment: thrashing myself with chemical exposures while sensitive to chemicals can cause food intolerances. I mean, the symptoms, and the exposures have been relentless, it hasn’t stopped and it’s been 18 months now, culminating in my body’s tantrum chucking over foods (I know it can work the other way for some people too.) Whether this is via good bugs missing or bad bugs stripping them from the gut, or via some other biochemical process taking place in the body, it’s not clear, but it does suggest the problem can be fixed. And that’s the bright side!
I’ll be retesting in February 2013, so I’ll see how all these treatments work and re-post then.
(Oh, next I’m going to try Kefir. And I’ll let you all know how that goes!)
Three questions for you:
Do you have any tricks for healing the gut?
Do you have a theory on why food allergies/intolerances attach themselves to people who have allergies/sensitivities to chemicals?
And, this is what I’d really like to know: how can some people develop chemical sensitivities, and then later, develop intolerances with foods, and then other people who have the food allergies/intolerances first and then later, develop sensitivities to chemicals?
More Gut Stuff from Two Gutsy Souls: Sarah Wilson and Dr Chris Kresser
Or, click here to listen to Dr Chris Kresser’s Podcast on these topics:
- Digestive function – normal and abnormal, signs and symptoms
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Gut pathogens
- Maintaining healthy gut flora
- The best nutritional approaches for gut healing
The Lovely Professor Rob Allen has retired. I am yet to work out who has replaced him at the NIMM Clinic as Hawthorn is too far away for me to travel to now. However, hopefully, one of my readers will drop down a comment below of who they’ve found helpful.
Other Doctors at the NIMM Clinic in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Due to the fact that I have such problems digesting meat (and other foods) I have gone onto a vegan diet (this may be a permanent decision based on the ethical realisations I’ve become aware of since making the switch). You can read My Vegan Story here.
2016 Post: Environmental Medicine Doctor, Dr Mark Donohoe‘s Document on Healing the Gut: Is Stewed Apple the Perfect Functional Food for the Gut?