......to Second-Hand Reactions
A regular column by Gloria Gilbère N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.
Gloria Gilbère is an internationally respected traditional naturopath, homeopath and doctor of natural health. Author of the bestselling books 'I was Poisoned by my Body' and 'Invisible Illnesses', she restored her own health after suffering from leaky gut syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and now successfully helps others do the same. She focuses on finding drug-free solutions to 'invisible illnesses' such as these which she refers to as Multiple Allergic Response Syndromes (MARS).
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Monday, December 17th, 2007:
Invisible Illnesses: Connecting Fibromyalgia, Inflammation and Oral Health
by Gloria Gilbère, N.D., D.A.Hom., PhD., Wholistic Rejuvenist
With over 70 million baby-boomers reaching the youth of middle-age, were developing pain and discomfort from a myriad of invisible illnesses including pain, inflammation and digestive disorders.
Inflammation DefinedInflammation is a response that occurs when part of the body reacts to trauma, toxic overload or infection resulting in disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, injury, or bacterial infection.
In times past, symptoms of inflammation were easy to identify; swelling, heat and pain. With newer emerging disorders such as fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue and multiple allergic response syndromes (MARS), to mention a few, identification and diagnosis is challenging. More often than not, inflammation in the soft and connective tissue is invisible to everyone except the victim. In the case of digestive disorders, many victims of leaky gut, Crohns, colitis and irritable bowel never connect that part of the culprit can be the destruction of their oral health, subsequent bacterial inflammation and inflammation-causing foods.
Doctor Heal ThyselfUnfortunately, I speak from experience. As a result of a life-threatening accident and the subsequent drug-induced leaky gut from prescription medications for pain and inflammation, I became allergic to everything! Id consulted with thousands of clients around the world with serious multiple sensitivities and guided them to recovery, never dreaming Id someday be forced to walk the same path.
After a couple of years recovered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, leaky gut and MARS, I developed an acute sore throat on the left side when I swallowed. It was relentless. Prior to the sore throat, I enjoyed my usual bountiful energy for traveling, lecturing, teaching, and consulting. Suddenly, I was tired all the time, fibromyalgia and fatigue symptoms returned, dark circles appeared under the eyes, my elimination became sluggish, and the sore throat eventually became a defined swollen gland under the chin. After repeated visits and testing with my conventional physician, all that was echoed was everything is within normal range I then knew it was time to see my dentist.
My lower left molars had been crowned in gold in 1966. In spite of the x-rays not showing any decay, abscess or inflammation, I knew we had to investigate the lower left crowns although I had no pain or sensitivity in my teeth. My dentist removed the crown on the first molar and the following is what he uncovered. I was being poisoned by not only an exposed root from rampant decay, but the tooth had been built-up using a mercury amalgam filling and the poisons were pouring directly into my blood any wonder I had a one-sided sore throat that felt like a knife was piercing every time I swallowed?
The tooth was extracted and replaced by a bridge. I worked in dentistry for nearly ten years in the 60s and 70s and had forgotten that amalgams were used in that era to build a weakened tooth structure in order to prepare it for a crown. Dont become a victim of a false sense of security just because youve had your amalgam fillings replaced with crowns .your invisible illness could be hiding under your dental restorations.
My physician suggested antibiotics, even though no clear evidence of infection was present. Had I taken them, it would again compromise my intestinal integrity and provided an opportunistic entry for Candida yeast and the decline of my overall immune system.
Basic Steps to Reduce the Bodys Intestinal Toxic LoadScientists now know approximately 80% of our immune system is based in our gut .thats right, our gut. However, most of us never consider the fundamental protocols necessary to insure our intestinal toxic load is reduced, which is so interconnected to our liver health and the countless invisible illnesses. When toxins are being dumped into our liver, faster than its ability to neutralize them, particularly from a leaky gut, invisible illnesses develop. A protocol to reduce the overall intestinal toxic load and then add health-enhancing nutrients is imperative, otherwise the escalation of the disorder and decline of our immune defenses in inevitable.
Foundational First Step provide long-term relief and immune system support by detoxifying the body through use of a comprehensive herbal/fiber cleansing supplement for the large intestine. This type of detoxification will subsequently reduce the overall toxic load of the major pathways of detoxification, the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. An initial cleansing protocol would encompass 90 days, thereafter a maintenance dose should be taken daily to continue to brush colonic debris for elimination. If your elimination becomes sluggish, or constipation is an issue, take an herbal stool softener that does not contain habit-forming herbs, like Cascara Sagrada or Senna, along with the fiber cleanse product to encourage complete evacuation.
Second Step provide as much natural non-drug support for the immune system by supplementing with plant sterols and high potency probiotics. Plant sterols act as immune modulators, taming an over-active system and stimulating an under-active one.
Third Step Eliminate all foods known as the nightshades. This family of botanicals contains a substance called solanine, a chemical known as alkaloid, which can be highly toxic and known to cause inflammation, even in your mouth. Complete details are in the book Pain / Inflammation Matters.
Historical Perspective: The connection of nightshades in arthritis and inflammatory disorders was first brought to the forefront largely by the efforts of Dr. Norman F. Childers, former Professor of Horticulture at Rutgers University (for detailed information about nightshades, see Pain / Inflammation Matters written by Gloria Gilbère). The inflammation caused by nightshades ranges from gastrointestinal inflammation, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, muscle stiffness, gum disease, and migraines. Cholinesterase is an enzyme in the body originating from the brain that is responsible for flexibility of movement in muscles. Solanine, present in nightshades, is a powerful inhibitor of cholinesterase, in other words, its presence can interfere with muscle movement responsible for stiffness experienced after consumption of nightshades.
The nightshade group and foods high in alkaloids that ignite inflammation include:
Tomatoes Tomatillos Potatoes Eggplant Paprika PimentoPeppers of all varieties (red, green, yellow, chili, cayenne, hot/sweet)Homeopathic Belladonna Blueberries Huckleberries Tabasco OkraTobacco Products Potato starch
Some prescription drugs, especially those used for insomnia and depression contain potato starch, check with your pharmacist for a list of ingredients if you have an inflammatory condition, including inflammatory gum disease. Additionally, be aware that the homeopathic remedy Belladonna is also a nightshade.
There are plenty of great tasting food alternatives so that you dont miss the nightshades. Parsnips make great mashed, hashed or baked potato substitutes. Sweet potatoes are great for a potato salad recipe (see my book Pain / Inflammation Matters for gourmet recipes that you can adapt to your liking). Stay completely away from nightshades for 90 days before you decide avoidance hasnt helped.
Fourth Step Have a thorough dental exam by a biologically aware dentist. Many victims of inflammation and immune system disorders have a false sense of security because they have full gold or porcelain restorations. Many a victim has not been able to completely repair their immune system, and eliminate inflammation and pain, only to find that beneath their expensive restoration is a toxic mercury/amalgam filling adding constant insult to injury. If you have multiple mercury amalgam fillings, use a specific homeopathic to assist the body in ridding itself of heavy metals.
If you are a victim of invisible illnesses and youve been told, as I was, that youre within normal range, become a health sleuth to uncover the hidden causes, after all, its about your quality of life, naturally.
Dr. Gloria Gilbère is a traditional naturopath, homeopath, doctor of natural health, a Wholistic Skin and Body Rejuvenist and creator of a certificated course by the same name that is taught all over the world. She is internationally respected as an authoritative influence in the causes, effects and drug-free solutions for Leaky Gut Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Chemically Induced Immune System Disorders.
She is author of 9 books including: I was Poisoned by My Body, Invisible Illnesses , "Nature's Prescription Milk: Discovering the Healing Powers of Goat-Milk Products and Pain / Inflammation MATTERS
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Learn more from Gloria's books:
I Was Poisoned By My Body, The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!
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Pain/Inflammation Matters: Recipes for Life
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