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Maff

Maff

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CDSA Interpretation - Metabolic Markers

CDSA Report - Metabolic Markers
Continuing with my blog series aimed at helping you decipher the results of a comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA), this week I will describe the various "metabolic markers" that might be referred to on your test results. n-Butyrate This short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) is produced as a result of the fermentation of dietary fibre, particularly gums and pectins, by certain bacteria that inhabit the intestines (particularly probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifodobacteria species). An n-butyrate level within the reference range is first and foremost then, an indicator that such health promoting bacteria are present in sufficient amounts. A low n-butyrate level in this respect may indicate a deficiency of beneficial bacteria while a high level suggests a general bacterial overgrowth caused by factors such as low stomach acid or high carbohydrate/fibre diets. In the former case probiotic supplements may be required while in the latter antibiotic therapy, whether drug-based...
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    Maff says #
    Very kind True, I'm really happy you find the site so helpful. We're all glad to have you as a member
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    True says #
    thank you so much for providing this info. I love this site, I can always find the info I need here. Very valuable.
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Natural and safe flea control for the home

Flea Control for Cats
For the first time my cat (Stimpy) has recently developed a very persistent flea problem and managed, despite my best efforts, to infest my home as well - so I ended up covered in itchy bites! I don't mind treating Stimpy with the regular anti-flea products as I can apply them wearing my carbon filter mask (or holding my breath!) and then leave him outside for the rest of the day. When it comes to my home however there is no way I can spray pesticides/insecticides on my carpets and furnishings. I'd never be able to live there again. On a recent trip to Pets at Home (the equivalent of PetSmart in the US) I came across a product labelled with stand-out words such as "natural" and "organic". I've learned through experience that this in no way means the product is safe for those with environmental illness however so I made a mental...
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    I consider that grooming your pet is a vital part of being a pet owner. Grooming your canine helps you accomplish many things. It
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    adminv15 says #
    The most popular kind of flea control product on the market is the “spot-on” variety, sold under brand names like Fron
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    Thanks very much for the good wishes and for checking out the videos. Feel free to embed and use them to educate others. T he ebo
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Foods and Supplements to Balance Phase 1 and Phase 2 Liver Detoxification

Liver detox pathways and required nutrients
Last week I blogged about how the two phases of liver detoxification can get out of balance due to chronic exposure to toxins, for example, and how this can impact on a person's health. As discussed, the most common problem is that phase 1 speeds up and phase 2 cannot keep up - someone in this situation is known as a pathological detoxifier because of their increased risk for symptoms and disease. The previous blogs with more detailed information can be found at: Pathological Detoxifiers and Environmental Illness Detoxification Profile Results - The Pathological Detoxifier and Chronic Illness   Now I want to take a look at foods and supplements that pathological detoxifiers can use to balance their liver detoxification pathways and improve their health. Essentially what we want to do is slow down phase 1 while speeding up phase 2. There are many foods and supplements that can help. One...
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    Maff says #
    Yes, I'm not sure about SAMe being available IV to doctors and patients Tracy. I mentioned it to one nutritional medicine doctor I
  • Tracy Mac
    Tracy Mac says #
    Some of the studies of S-ame have been done using IV therapy so it is possible. Whether it is available commercially is another qu
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    I just remembered...I'm not sure if I've asked you before whether you've looked into phospholipid exchange (PLX) therapy? That is
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Pathological Detoxifier
  A little while ago a member posted in the forums about a subject which hasn't been addressed specifically on the site before - 'pathological detoxifiers'. I thought this subject deserved more attention as it can be a vital piece in the puzzle for those suffering from environmental illnesses including multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and Gulf War syndrome. To define what it means to be a pathological detoxifier first we need to understand the basics of how liver detoxification works:   Liver Detoxification The detoxification of toxins by the liver basically occurs in two phases. Substances the liver must detoxify can be exogenous (from outside of the body) such as alcohol, drugs, pollutants, or endogenous (from inside the body) such as hormones. Most toxins are fat-soluble which means they are easily absorbed and stored in the body (particularly fatty tissues, including the brain), but are difficult to...
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    bolam56...my experience has been remarkably similar to yours. my particular MCS was made about 400% worse from allergy shots cont
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    Maff says #
    Hi Heather, Welcome to the site and thank you for your excellent post! Sorry it has taken me so long to reply but I have been on
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    Hi all! Just now finding this site and happy to see that there is a comprehensive discussion on the matter of us "pathological de
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Detoxification Profile Results - The Pathological Detoxifier and Chronic Illness

Detoxification Profile Results - Pathological Detoxifier
Following on from my blog - Pathological Detoxifiers and Environmental Illness which explained the process of detoxification in the liver and when someone might be termed a 'pathologicial detoxifier' - I wanted to share the results of my own Detoxification Profile and explain how the results related to my illness at the time and subsequent developments. The Detoxification Profile uses caffeine, paracetamol, and aspirin, to determine how well phase1 and some of the most important phase 2 liver detoxification pathways are functioning.   My Detoxification Profile Results     Interpretation As you can see, although my phase 1 is within the reference range, it is towards the upper end of normal. In combination with this my phase 2 glutathione conjugation is borderline low. The other phase 2 pathways are all what Genova ,I believe, now classes as high and indicates increased toxic exposure.  Other testing revealed my d-glucaric acid was high...
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    Hey Matt. I'm in a terrible situation - I've almost died a few times in the last 1.5 years from such severe CFS/MCS etc, which the
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Hi Rick, Sorry to hear about your poor health. I can certainly sympathise with the frustration of needing expensive medical tests
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    I need help with liver detoxification. Everytime I take any liver detoxing herbs or eat any liver detoxing foods I get a very bad
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Petition the UK Government to Protect us from Artificial Perfumes/Scents

Today I was contacted by Vivien Pomfrey who has started a peition on the 10 Downing Street website (UK Government site) calling on the Prime Minister to protect UK citizens from artificial perfumes in all their forms. I have just signed the petition and hope that if you are a UK citizen you will do the same. Vivien and myself also hope that those of you from other countries will petition your own governments through whatever means possible. This is an issue that has widespread implications for human health and the environment and deserves much more attention than it currently receives.  Thank you!   Here is the email from Vivien with the link to the petition and more information she has compiled: There is now a petition to Downing Street demanding a ban on the uncontrolled public use and importation of artificially-perfumed products at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Scents/ You need to be a UK...
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    Great! And here is a petition going on in America that will affect the world as it involves asking the Olympics and their affilia
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    As an asthmatic I will certainly be signing, the strong perfumes some people wear are a trigger for asthmatic attacks, or make sym
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Do Mercury Amalgam Fillings Cause Chronic Illness?

Mercury Amalgam Filling
 As part of some research I was doing for my degree lately I had to address the issue of mercury fillings and their potential to cause ill-health. Having no fillings myself this is not a subject I have looked at in any real detail before, but I know it may be a major concern to many of you. The literature I came across was certainly conflicting. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a news release acknowledging study findings from the 1970s and 80s demonstrating that amalgam fillings are continuously giving off mercury vapour...which of course the unlucky individual with the fillings then inhales. Until this time it was thought that exposure only occured during the initial installation of the fillings and that after that the mercury was stable. The news release raises the possibility that the mercury vapour given off by fillings could cause chronic mercury poisoning and some of...
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    I had some large amalgam fillings removed by drilling about 5 years ago. When the dentist had finished I had black dust all over
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    Well after wathcing the following video "The Beautiful Truth" on Youtube, only a week later I booked an appointment with a special
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    I'm 27 years old, have three amalgam fillings in lower jaw. They were put in my mouth me being 10-17 years old, i cannot recall mo
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CDSA Interpretation - Digestion and Absorption Markers

CDSA Report - Digestive Markers
It is an inesacpable reality that the health of the entire body is compromised if the gut and digestive organs are not healthy. For example, insufficient production of stomach acid, bile, and/or digestive enzymes results in inadequate digestion which can lead to nutrient deficiencies and increased risk of food allergies and intolerances. The composition of micro-organisms which make up the gut flora is now also recognised as being pivotal to overall health; too many of the wrong kinds of micro-organisms can result in leaky gut syndrome and the absorption of large quantities of toxins and allergens. With this in mind, many people suffering from ill health that has not been adequately addressed by conventional medicine choose to have a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) carried out. This test is now available from a number of independant labs and involves the examination of a patient's stool sample to determine if the digestive system...
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The Gluten Syndrome

While adding the latest research abstracts to the site the other day I came across a very interesting paper regarding the effects gluten can have on the brain and nervous system. As you are no doubt ware, gluten is a protein found in grains including wheat, rye and barley, which is the trigger for the damage to the tissues of the small intestine in those with celiac disease. In this condition the immune system produces antibodies that attack the gluten consumed in the diet as well as the body's own tissues. As such celiac disease is classed as an autoimmune disease - the body attacks itself (in this case triggered by gluten). Those with celiac disease frequently suffer from mood disorders and neurological symptoms such as epilepsy, ataxia (coordination problems), and peripheral neuropathy, which results in symptoms including temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness...
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    Maff says #
    Hi Bonnie, Many of us here, including myself, can certainly sympathise with you having been passed from doctor to doctor and gone
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    I have lived in a fog for so many years and I am so hoping this is the answer. I have gone through psychologists, neurologists, M
  • Maff
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    Hi Denise, Yes, there is a strong connection between celiac disease and autoimmune thyroiditis - which results in hypothyroidism.
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Biogenic Amines and Histamine Intolerance
When thinking about how food sensitivities and/or intolerances may be affecting our health, something that is often overlooked is the role that biogenic amines may be playing. What are Biogenic Amines?  Biogenic amines are a group of chemicals derived from amino acids (and therefore protein-containing foods) that have a number of functions and effects within the body, some desirable, and some not. The most well known biogenic amines are the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, and histamine, best known for its role in allergies. Others, which are less well known, include tyramine, tryptamine, and phenylethylamine. These biogenic amines may act as neurotransmitters, be involved in local immune responses (such as the inflammation produced by histamine release), or regulate functions of the gut. The classic neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline are all essential to proper brain function. Imbalances causes problems such as depression and anxiety. In relation to food intolerances however, we are more concerned with...
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    I found that I have troubles with many foods. I have a wicked allergy to amines. So it's nice to see your site - it reminds me tha
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    I couldn't disagree more with the first comment. Dr. Budka has helped me and several other patients that I know of who are deeply
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    Thanks for your comment. I can't argue with the recommendation of Biolab. Their tests are always supported by published, peer-revi
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Stress Reduction in Chronic Illness

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Stress commonly triggers or exacerbates symptoms of chronic illness. This is especially true of conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and depression/anxiety, in which changes in levels of stress hormones (e.g. cortisol, DHEA) and neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline) reduce the sufferer's natural ability to cope with external stressors. Having suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and associated conditions and symptoms for 18 years now I have found various ways to reduce the impact that stress has on my life. Today I thought I would share with you those that I have found most helpful:   1. Sleep The importance of a good night's sleep cannot be underestimated when you are chronically ill. This is the time when the body is in an anabolic state, detoxifying and cleansing itself of toxins and repairing wear and tear sustained during the day. I'm sure you will recognise that you feel worse after a poor...
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    Facing illness and medical treatment is often filled with uncertainty. In the midst of the unforeseeable, you may have concerns ab
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    These are great ways to reduce stress and in turn increase your health. I suffer from chronic illness and these tips really do wor
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Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency in Rainy Climates

After my own very positive experiences with vitamin D therapy for seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) which I wrote about a couple of months ago, my interest was peaked this week when I came across a story linking autism to deficiency of the "sunshine vitamin". Researchers from Cornell University carried out a "more refined" analysis of data collected during a 2006 study and confirmed that autism rates are highest in the rainiest counties of the three Pacific coast states of the US: Washington, Oregon and California.  The study is published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The original 2006 study, conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research was highly controversial, as the authors were not medical researchers and blamed higher amounts of TV viewing by children in the rainiest areas for the higher incidence of autism. I reported on this research when it was originally published: Autism Associated with...
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    Oh, sorry, I got your replies mixed up!
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    Hi Maff, maybe its something in therain that causes the problem.
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    Hi Agrophobe. Yes, there is certainly enough evidence to suggest mercury plays some role in the development of autism. In addition
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Phospholipid Exchange for Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue, Autism and More

Hi everyone. My time is currently very limited due to just returning from a trip to California and having a backlog of studying and assignment deadlines for my degree course. I didn't want to leave another week "blogless" however so I thought I'd just draw your attention to a potentially powerful therapy known as 'phospholipid exchange' which Helen64 posted a question about in the forums this week.  Read the forum thread on phospholipid exchange therapy To explain the principal of the therapy we first need a little bit of biochemistry. Basically, cells in the human body have a cell membrane made up of fatty substances called phospholipids along with fatty acids. These fatty substances give the cell membrane a level of fluidity that allows them to efficiently allow nutrients to enter the cell and toxins to be expelled amongst other important functions such as maintaining the structure and shape of...
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    The 840mg PC amount for the Mega PC-35 is actually for a 2 capsule serving so each capsule is 420mg compared to 900mg for the Phos
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    Thanks for the kind words maff... Jarrow is a great company. It was their "PolyPC" I started out on in Dec '07. When they disco
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    After trying Life Extension's PPC, and a few other brands, I found I was unable to tolerate it. It irritated my GI tract and gave
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Genetic and Environmental Factors in Health and Illness

I am lucky enough to be spending two weeks in California having arrived on Wednesday of this week.  So as a UK resident I had planned to write a blog entry about how the extra daylight hours and sunshine had improved my mood and energy levels as they always do when I visit at this time of year.  ....the only problem being that as soon as I arrived a major storm system also did so! After weeks of 80 degree temperatures and wall to wall sunshine in California I am yet to see more than a glimpse of the sun. Typical! So with little time to come up with other blog ideas I thought I'd discuss a subject that I believe is important not just in environmental illnesses but in illness in general. As part of my degree in nutritional therapy I recently heard a lecture by Khush Mark, Ph.D. Khush is...
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    Maff says #
    Thanks for the welcome Bill. It's still raining (and hailing) up here in LA so I guess my plan for some winter sun hasn't paid off
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    Welcome back to Kalifornia Maff... I'm in San Diego. We get so little rain here I've been enjoying the storm. Sorry about the s
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Symptoms and Progression of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

This week I thought I'd try to get all you multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) sufferers involved and conduct a kind of survey so we can see the most common symptoms of the condition and how it develops in different people. I hope this is an idea that interests you and you'll get involved by leaving comments below. First of all I'd like to discuss my personal feeling on what MCS actually is. There has been a lot of confusion among both doctors and patients about whether MCS is an allergic condition or a neurological condition. My personal feeling through experience of the illness and reveiwing the available scientific literature is that it is most definitely a neurological disease caused by neurotoxicity (toxic damage to the brain).  A leading theory which I believe to be along the right lines involves a process called 'limbic sensitization'. The idea is that either acute or chronic...
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    ...If addressing Th1/Th2 balance has helped you in the past you might want to look into low-dose naltrexone (LDN) with your doctor
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    Maff says #
    Hi Samantha, Sorry to hear you have now developed MCS along with your already debilitating conditions. We do sound very similar a
  • adminv15
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    Hi maff, the sensitivities you had sound a great deal like the ones Im suffering with now. I am currently sat here writing this wi
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High Dose Vitamin D Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Vitamin D Injections
As part of my illness I have suffered greatly with Seasonal Affective Disorder, known also by its appropriate acronym - SAD. I notice large seasonal variations in my mood, energy levels and other symptoms and also day to day variations depending on the weather. Even a cloudy or rainy day in summer can make me feel depressed and sluggish. I have recently tried high dose vitamin D treatment after seeing studies that showed very positive results and wanted to tell you about what it has done for me. First though I want to talk a bit about my experience with SAD. There was a time before I knew about SAD and realised I had it when I felt suicidal each year from October to March. All I felt was total despair and spent most of my time in bed. If I hadn't still been living at home with my parents...
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    Hi perihelion, Sorry to hear you are also a SAD sufferer. I too get to the point of things being life-threatening with it if I do
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Hi Maff, I read this article with interest, as I am a lifelong sufferer of SAD, which can be life-threatening severe for me if un
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    Thanks! Have a great day!
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Christmas 2003 with friends wearing carbon filter mask
First of all Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2009 brings renewed health and happiness to all visitors to The Environmental Illness Resource. I will continue to do my small part to bring you information and resources to make sure this is the case! Over Christmas I couldn't help but reflect on how far I have come on my own personal journey in the last 4-5 years. This can best be illustrated with photos (Apologies in advance for the poor quality of some of them!).   Christmas 2003 - Mask Required! 1. This is me Christmas 2003 playing video games with friends while wearing my I Can Breathe! mask with carbon filter:   At this time I would occasionally visit friends wearing my mask like this but was still mostly confined to my flat/apartment. The masks were great as they enabled me to be around people without getting sick but...
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    Hiya Maff it's good to see you enjoying yourself !. I have not tried DHEA or thyroid supps yet and probably dont need the vitamin
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Allergy-free Christmas Tips

Christmas Pudding
 Christmas is obviously a time for celebration and partying but for those with allergies it can be like a minefield! While most people  generally eat and snack with abandon the millions who suffer from some form of food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance must be extra wary. It may be easy to tell which foods contain common allergens such as wheat, dairy and eggs when eating the main Christmas dinner but when it comes to snacks and party buffets with lots of pre-packaged foods things get a little trickier. If you are planning your own party you can obviously check labels to make sure the foods you buy don't contain ingredients that you, your family members, or your guests are allergic to. If you are cooking or baking yourself there are also a large number of alternative ingredients to the common allergens that can be substituted. The most common allergens include:...
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    Yes I agree, shopping is a nightmare, as is eating out and trying not to sound like a pathetic hypochondriac !. It is easier now t
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Hypoglycemia and Sugar Sensitivity

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a very common problem and cause of symptoms in those with environmental illness. Blood sugar levels are usually carefully controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain (a major control centre) which through a series of steps causes the release of two hormones from the pancreas; insulin, which lowers blood sugar by increasing uptake by cells, and glucagon, which increases blood sugar by releasing stored glucose (as glycogen) in the liver and increasing the generation of new glucose from substances such as amino acids (the building blocks of protein). Unfortunately for those of us who experience hypoglycemia this intricate system of balance is disrupted so blood sugar levels vary more than they should and often dip too low. It is well known in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) for example that the hypothalamus which controls the whole system does not function correctly. This results in hypoglycemia and a whole host of...
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    I have hypoglycemia which is on the virge of turning into Diabetes. Along with that I am also allergic to just about all food addi
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    Anothe excellent, easy to read and understand article Maff. I had chronic systemic Candida. The treatment which eventually cleared
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New chronic fatigue syndrome research initiative includes gut dysbiosis & leaky gut syndrome

I was delighted to learn this week of funding for research into the link between chronic fatigue syndrome, disturbed gut flora and leaky gut syndrome.   The CFIDS association of America launched their 'Accelerate CFS Research Initiative' - the largest chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research initiative to date. After a sustained year long fundraising campaign the association allocated over $600,000 of an estimated $1 million kitty to six research groups in the US and Canada. This is fantastic news for anyone suffering from this life altering illness and their families. ME/CFS has for too long been shunned by both medical researchers and sources of funding including governments, charitable bodies, and pharmaceutical/biotech firms. This despite the fact that ME/CFS is estimated to affect around 2% of the population in countries including the US, Canada and UK. People including myself who have been affected by this highly debilitating illness suffer greatly and are provided...
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    The following article suggests that investigating the consequences of intestinal hyper-permeability, i.e. leaky gut syndrome, is t
  • MissyG
    MissyG says #
    This is really good news Maff ! It seems Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue Syndrome and all its accompanying variables, (most of wh