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IBS, Celiac and Parasites and Pathogens

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim

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This spooky looking parasite is Giardia and it can triple your risk of getting irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue years after an original infection.  

Inevitably patients come back from camping trips or foreign travel and I diagnosis them with Giardia.  We start immediate treatment to eradicate this nasty bug.  

This bug will take you down. Patients come in exhausted and experience a number of gastrointestinal complaints with bloating, foul gas, headaches, and general malaise. I had a couple years ago who got giardia from the husband going on a hunting trip and upon return infecting his wife. They were ill for months. 

I run Genova's comprehensive stool profile to identify parasites and potential treatment. 

A recent study found a high prevalence of chronic fatigue (30.8%) and irritable bowel syndrome (39.4%) six years after the original diagnosis. These are huge numbers and you wonder did the person have leaky gut to begin with or did the infection cause the leaky gut?  

When a patient has a parasitic infection we use all resources to eliminate the infection - pharmaceuticals, herbals, RX homeopathic, I.V. ozone because the health stakes are too high. Then I focus on repair, rebuild and recolonization to bring you back to an even better normal.  

If you are not feeling well since you camped or traveled call us and let's run a comprehensive stool profile test. Waiting to get better does not work. I can tell you I've been there.  

On the Celiac front

A study by Dr. William P. Stuppy, MD from Los Angeles from 2000 through 2013 found that out of 1336 patients 33% were positive for gliadin antibodies (celiac disease) and of that 33%, 55% also tested positive for an enteropathogen.  The three most common infections were T. gondii, E. histolytica and H. Pylori.  45% of all patients tested positive for more than one enteropathogen with 13% testing positive for four or more.  

I have diagnosed all three pathogens several times over in my practice.  T. gondii is dangerous during pregnancy and comes from cat poop.  E. histolytica is the one that ruins your vacation in Cancun Mexico. H. Pylori seems to run in families and O bloodtype and is difficult to get rid of.  

Dr. Stuppy found something unusual in his study.  Sometimes we think that pathogens are a consequence of poor sanitation, food choices, food and water preparation, personal sanitary habits or services, low socioeconomic status or some natural disaster, but his study revealed higher pathogens in higher affluent areas.  He found an elevated risk of parasitosis in more affluent patients.  Dr. Stuppy thought it was because this patient population ate loads of organic raw foods.  

One other thing you should know

Parasitic infections are endemic.  In one-third of intimate physical relationships parasitic infections were shared by partners.  My treatment treats everyone because of the high transmission rates otherwise reinfection keeps happening.  

Since 1940, there has been a known connection between giardia and celiac. Patients with parasitic infections show evidence of celiac disease with elevated levels of salivary antibody IgA to gliadins, gliadin Antibodies and secretory IgA.  This means that your practitioner should rule out parasitic infections as well as celiac disease.  Everyone with a diagnosis of celiac should be tested for parasites and other enteropathogens.

In the meantime, take GOOD GUT products daily. You need a GOOD GUT to survive in this world.

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Topics: The Scoop on Poop, Autoimmune Disease, Gut Repair, Chronic Illness and Disease

Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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