Gluten Free Diet Should Be Considered For Everyone With Neurological And Psychiatric Symptoms

Brain dysfunction may be the only or the main sign of gluten related disease. Dr. Mario Hadjivassiliou recently reported at the International Celiac Symposium that his neurology clinic has followed over 300 patients with gluten sensitivity presenting with various symptoms. In his clinic the most common gluten related neurological disorder is ataxia, a condition of impaired balance, present in almost half. However peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, headaches, and seizures are also neurological manifestations of gluten related brain disorders.

Gluten ataxia, the most common cause of previously unexplained ataxia, is associated with gut disease in only about a third. Usually there is an absence of the specific antibodies in the blood diagnostic for celiac disease but elevated gliadin antibodies. Brain tissue examined after brain biopsies or an autopsy has been found to contain deposits of gliadin and/or tissue transglutaminase in the absence of antibodies in the blood.

About 60% of patients with gluten ataxia have shrinkage of the cerebellum portion of their brain. They also may have irreversible loss of brain Purkinje cells. MRI scans of the brain often reveal bright white spots in this area rather than the area where this occurs in multiple sclerosis, a condition that may be mimicked by gluten injury.

Gluten causes 34% of all unexplained sporadic axonal neuropathies. Gluten sensitive enteropathy is 10 times more common in these people. I recently treated a woman who had years of a known diagnosis of such a neuropathy though she had never been tested for celiac disease. She came to me after I diagnosed her daughter’s celiac disease. Though she does not meet strict criteria for celiac disease she has the major gene for celiac and has elevated gliadin antibodies in her stool and blood. Increased intraepithelial lymphocytes were seen on duodenal biopsy but not sufficient to confirm celiac disease. Yet she is improved on a gluten free diet. Dr. Hadjivassiliou has confirmed to me personally by e-mail that these neuropathies will get worse with continued gluten ingestion but most improve with gluten free diet though it may take several years to do so. Long standing symptoms may never completely reverse.

This makes it very important not to delay considering gluten as a cause of neurological symptoms nor delay diagnostic testing or institution of a gluten free diet. In my opinion a gluten free diet trial should be offered or considered for all neurological and psychiatric symptoms. However, I encourage anyone considering such a diet to first undergo adequate testing for celiac disease first because once a gluten free diet is initiated the tests may be falsely negative within 2-3 weeks of the diet. Even if the tests are negative for celiac disease before restricting gluten then a trial of gluten free diet is suggested. Regarding gluten and the brain Dr. Hadjivassiliou was quoted as saying “there is a historical misconception that gluten sensitivity is solely a disease of the gut…to recognize the neurological impact, you have to appreciate it is a systemic disorder.” This is my personal and professional experience as a gastroenterologist who is Food Allergies Specialist – the Food Doc and celiac disease expert who is regularly corresponding with people from all over the world as the Food Doc.

Millions of Americans Are Dying of Scurvy-Like Diseases

“Millions of Americans Are Dying of Scurvy-like Diseases” – but Medical Doctors are not trained to recognize it or treat it. This is a hush-hush subject because most doctors will not even talk about it. If you think I’m exaggerating, just try to discuss the content of this article with your doctor. At the very mention of the subject, my heart specialist’s blood pressure steamed to red hot in his face and he nearly threw me out of his examining room. Well I simply ask you to read this article and evaluate for yourself.

Let me remind you of the disease, Scurvy. It was a disease that usually hit seamen who traveled for months at sea. These were men who started their voyage as hardy and healthy as any group could be. But after months at sea their bodies were breaking down and they were dying. What was the problem? It was simple: their diet was lacking a certain nutrient. The solution was a simple fruit containing vitamin C. Now, I don’t know who discovered this solution, but my guess is that Limes were distributed by some fearless group of Multilevel Marketers.

Let’s relate that bit of disease history to today’s disease environment in America. We are fighting Cancer, Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus etc., etc., etc. Americans are suffering and dying from these diseases, but they are all diseases that often respond to various food supplements. Most doctors begin their treatments, however, with radical drugs and procedures that have at best questionable benefits in comparison with their side effects – permanent dreadful side effects. And many times such drugs or procedures are no more effective than some of the poorer quality food supplements, which usually have no side effects.

There are, however, a growing number of doctors who for the most part speak very softly to their peers, and who are using as a first line of medical care, the best food supplements they can find. Those brave doctors are getting excellent results for many of their patients without degrading the patient’s quality of life. And still leaving open the opportunity of the more aggressive treatments for those who need them.

Of course some supplements are achieving better results than others. The better supplements have years of traditional testing to demonstrate that they have few or no side effects. They also have years of scientific data by reputable men of science to say that there is good reason to expect desired results. (ex. – Search for the word Mangosteen on http://www.pubmed.gov.) Finally listen to some of those neglected testimonies to see if they match the laboratory expectations.

Let me repeat for emphasis – many diseased and dying Americans, some even who have had their treatments terminated by their physicians because the aggressive treatment was failing, are recovering after being given certain food supplements.

Medical professionals – open your eyes: see some of these results and call current-day killer and painful diseases by what they are – nutrient deficient diseases just like scurvy. Sure we need the aggressive medicines and procedures, but not as the normal first line treatment. Give selected nutrients a chance before using something with undesirable and permanent side effects. Most people with these diseases trust their doctors to be giving them the best treatment available.

I don’t suggest abandoning science, but look for supplements with reasonable data from solid research organizations. Be skeptical – sure! – but don’t be so blind, try it, and don’t just turn your noses to the wind, waiting for the FDA to approve something that is not on their platter.

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Importance of Pest Control for Homeowners

The importance of pest control can’t be denied as these creatures carry a number of diseases and infest your bedrooms and kitchens. Therefore, they need to be controlled if you want to keep yourself and your kids healthy. Rodents, for instance, may drop feces on your food in the kitchen. Eating this contaminated food may cause you to fall sick. Let’s find out more.

Bugs, spiders and insects

Typically, most bugs live outside your home. So, if you come across a few of them crawling or flying inside your home, chances are that they got in your house with your dog or groceries. This is not a problem at all. The problem occurs when you see these insects regularly despite eliminating those using special products. If this is the case, chances are that your house is infested.

In this situation, you might want to call an experienced exterminator. Usually, these tiny creatures carry bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella. They can cause intestinal illnesses.

Rodents

Just like bugs, rodents may cause damage to your property in addition to make you sick. For instance, rats carry several viruses, such as bubonic plague, tularemia, salmonella and Hantavirus, to name a few. Since these creatures travel thousands of miles, they spread around disease, fleas and microscopic freeloaders.

If you keep these insects away from your property, you can keep your family safe and healthy. Again, hiring the services of an exterminator is the best way to get rid of these annoying creatures. Just make sure you take these steps as soon as possible. After all, you don’t want to end up with a disease or property that needs heavy repairs.

Wasps

Wasps are known for their aggression and viciousness. In fact, their stings may even make you seriously sick. Wasps are of different kinds and make their nests in different parts of your home, such as garden, lawn and eaves, just to name a few. Generally, they don’t mess with humans. However, if you provoke them, they can attack you in defense.

The problem is that they can sting you several times out of aggression. If you are allergic to bee stings, you may die in a few minutes once a wasp stings you. Therefore, it’s important that you remove their nests and hives from your property as soon as you come across them.

Pest Control

Different types of pests, such as mice and cockroaches can create nets in your house. And most of them tend to make nests in hidden areas of a building. They don’t need more than a few days to build colonies in your home. At the end of the day, you will pay the price for the health conditions or property damages caused by these creatures.

In short, if you don’t want to put your life or your property at risk, we suggest that you don’t allow these pests to build their nests in your house. If your house is already infested, we suggest that you hire the services of a good pest control service.

Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Explained

WHAT IS VIRAL HEPATITIS?

Viral Hepatitis: This is the inflammation and necrosis of the liver caused by a virus or group of viruses.

There are other types of hepatitis including hepatotoxic and drugs related hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis.

Types of Viral Hepatitis

There are many types of viral hepatitis

Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G e.t.c

HEPATITIS B: It is caused by the Hepatitis B virus. A DNA hepadna virus with a partially double-stranded DNA genome.

HEPATITIS C: This is a serious and often-silent liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus – a single stranded RNA virus.At least six major genotypes have been identified.

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

Hepatitis B and C viruses are transmitted by contacts with infected blood or blood products

For example, via contaminated needles (including unsterilized tattoo needles), accidental needle-sticks in healthcare workers, and unprotected sex, sharing nailclippers, razors, or toothbrushes

-Unscreened Blood Transfusions.

OTHER MODES OF TRANSMISSION

It can also be present in saliva, semen and vaginal secretions and through HbsAg positive mothers to child (maternal-neonatal transmission). Hepatitis B is prevalent in homosexuals and intravenous drug users but most cases result from heterosexual transmission. The incubation period of hepatitis B is 6 weeks to 6 months (average of 12 – 14 weeks). That of Hepatitis C is between 6-7 weeks and clinical illness is often mild, usually asymptomatic.

Signs and Symptoms

Hepatitis C has been called “the silent killer” because the virus often hides in the body for years, escaping detection as it attacks the liver. Since most people don’t have warning signs of hepatitis C (or don’t know how or when they were infected).

They don’t seek treatment until many years later. By the time hepatitis C symptoms appear or a diagnosis is made, the damage often is well underway.

If symptoms do appear, they may be mild or severe. Among the most common complaints are:

Fatigue

Fever

Muscle or joint pain

Poor appetite

Nausea

Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen

Dark yellow urine

Vomiting

Yellowish skin or eyes (jaundice)

Itchy skin

Pale stools, easy bleeding, easy bruising.

Yellow Eyes: A Symptom

Acute and Chronic Hepatitis

ACUTE HEPATITIS as the name implies means the illness is sudden and short-lived, occurring within the first two weeks to six months of infection.

In up to 25% of cases, the virus clears from the body on its own without treatment.

CHRONIC HEPATITIS:

For hepatitis to change from an Acute state to Chronic, there should be persistent infection after six months and often much longer.

An estimated 75% to 85% of people with acute hepatitis go on to develop chronic infection.

Diagnosis of Hepatitis

Unless symptoms arise, people with hepatitis C usually don’t know they have the infection until it’s discovered during routine blood testing.

Simple blood test can tell if one is infected or not.

The routine tests include:

Tests for HbsAg

Tests for Anti-HCV.

Further tests and assays are proceeded for individuals who test positive to the above tests.

THE COMPLICATIONS OF CHRONIC HEPATITIS

As many as one in four people with chronic hepatitis C go on to develop cirrhosis, or severe scarring of the liver.

These people may have additional symptoms, including swelling of the legs and abdomen, spider-like blood vessels, and a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream that can lead to brain damage.

Persons with chronic hepatitis B, particularly when HBV infection is acquired early in life and viral replication persists, are at substantial risk of having cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Chronic hepatitis C is also one of the leading causes of liver cancer.

TREATMENTS

Treatments have vastly improved over the years. Today’s medications are more effective at ridding the body of the virus, and they have fewer side effects.

The type of treatment you receive will depend on the genotype, or strain, of your hepatitis, as well as how much damage the liver has sustained.

TREATMENT OF HEPATITIS B

The goal of treating chronic hepatitis B is to control the virus and keep it from damaging the liver. This begins with regular monitoring for signs of liver disease.

Antiviral medications may help, but not everyone can take them.

TREATMENTS: CHRONIC HEPATITIS C

Medications

Some of the newest medicines for hepatitis C genotypes 1, 2, and 3 include: Daclatasvir (Daklinza); Elbasvir/grazoprevir (Zepatier); Ledipasvir (Harvoni); Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir with dasabuvir tablets (Viekira Pak); Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa); Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi); Daclatasvir (Daklinza) with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi); and Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa).

Injectibles

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF HEPATITIS B

The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all infants at birth and for adults

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF HEPATITIS C

Currently, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Avoid any contacts with body fluids by protecting yourself using protective measures.

FACTS ABOUT STDs

Chlamydia:This is a common STD that can lead to infertility if left untreated. It clears up quickly with antibiotics. But it often goes unnoticed because symptoms are vague or absent.

Women with symptoms may notice

– An abnormal vaginal discharge;

– A painful urinating.

Symptoms in men can include:

A discharge from their

penis;

A burning sensation when

urinating; (dysuria)

Pain and swelling in one

or both testicles

Can chlamydia be cured?

Yes, chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. When taken properly it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on.

GONORRHEA

Gonorrhea spreads easily and can lead to infertility in both men and women.

Antibiotics can stop the infection.

– Burning during urination and discharge.

– Later, the infection may cause skin rashes or spread to the joints and blood.

In Men: Discharge from the penis, swollen testicles.

In Women: Vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, spotting. Symptoms may be mild and are easily confused with a urinary tract or vaginal infection.

SYPHILIS

Most people don’t notice the early symptoms of syphilis. Without treatment, it can lead to paralysis, blindness, and death.

Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics.

Signs and Symptoms: The first sign is usually a firm, round, painless sore on the genitals or anus. The disease spreads through direct contact with this sore.

Later, there may be a rash on the soles, palms, or other parts of the body, as well as swollen glands, fever, hair loss, or fatigue. In the late stage, damage to organs such as the heart, brain, liver, nerves, and eyes occurs.

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

Most cases of genital herpes are caused by a virus called HSV-2. It’s highly contagious and can spread through intercourse or direct contact with a herpes sore.

There is no cure. But antiviral drugs can make outbreaks less frequent and help clear up symptoms more quickly.

Symptoms: Fluid-filled blisters that form painful, crusted sores on the genitals, anus, thighs, or buttocks. Can spread to the lips through oral contact.

HIV/AIDS

The HIV virus weakens the body’s defense against infections. HIV spreads through unprotected sex, needle sharing, or being born to an infected mother. It may cause no symptoms for years, so a blood test is the best way to learn your status.

Timely treatment is important to help prevent serious illnesses. Many have no symptoms, but some people get temporary flu-like symptoms one to two months after infection: swollen glands (seen here), a fever, headaches, and fatigue. Canker sores in the mouth can occur, too.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIV

While there is no cure for HIV, there are medications that can suppress the amount of virus multiplying inside the body. People take a combination of antiviral drugs in hopes of preventing the infection from advancing to AIDS.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that spreads during sexual contact. It can be cured with prescription drugs.

Signs and Symptoms in Men: Most men have no obvious symptoms. Some develop a mild discharge or slight burning during urination.

Signs and Symptoms in Women: Women may develop a yellow-green discharge with a strong odor, vaginal itching, or pain during sex or urination. Symptoms usually begin five to 28 days after acquiring the parasite.

COMPLICATIONS OF STDs

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious complication of untreated STDs, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea.

It happens when bacteria spread to infect the uterus and other female reproductive organs. Prompt treatment is essential to prevent damage to a woman’s fertility.

Signs and Symptoms: Lower abdominal pain, fever, unusual discharge, painful intercourse, painful urination, and spotting. However, there are often no warning signs.

Who’s at Risk for STDs?

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for an STD, regardless of gender, race, social class, or sexual orientation.

That said, teenagers and young adults acquire STDs more easily than older people.

Can Virgins Get STDs?

Yes, they can. Many STDs spread through any type of sexual activity, including skin-to-skin contact and oral sex. This is especially true of STDs that produce genital lesions or sores.

Preventing STDs

The best ways to avoid getting an STD are to abstain from any sexual contact.

Do not share sharps and needles.

Avoid the use of unsterilised objects.

Make hyiene a priority.