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Gut Health Related to Multiple Sclerosis

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2019 1:15:37 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in The Scoop on Poop, Autoimmune Disease, Gut Repair

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This is why I developed GOOD GUT products for people with autoimmune diseases. Chronic disease begins in your gut. Your genes and gut bacteria contribute to the creation of autoimmune conditions. Gut health is the key to your overall health.  

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My Psoriatic Arthritis Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 16, 2019 11:56:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in Autoimmune Disease

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I am intimately aware of the importance of altered gut flora because I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2007. I suffered with disabling pain in every joint and was put on Methotrexate and prednisone for several months.  

How did I reverse my psoriatic arthritis?

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Children Should Eat Dirt to Boost Immunities

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2019 11:44:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in The Scoop on Poop, Autoimmune Disease

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Children should eat a pound of dirt. It's rich in humic acid. Humic acid is used clinically to rebalance the intestinal microbiome. It has extraordinary anti-viral properties. Instead of sanitizing our environment we need to expose our children to many microbes; after all we are mostly made of microbes. We need to get used to it and stop fighting nature. Forget the Lysol, Purell and bleach. These chemicals dismantle our innate immune system.

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Auto Immune Disease Affects Women 5:1

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2019 1:48:00 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in Detoxification, Autoimmune Disease

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Do you have any of these conditions?  Hashimoto, Lupus,Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS?

They all have one thing in common.



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Can Antibiotics Cause Celiac Disease?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2019 12:18:00 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in Autoimmune Disease, Gut Repair, Chronic Illness and Disease, Body Health

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Is there a connection? Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden think so because they found people with celiac disease were more likely to have used antibiotics in the year before their diagnosis.

Celiacs were more likely to have been prescribed multiple courses of antibiotics.

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Psoriasis, Depression and Psoriatic Arthritis - How are they linked?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 15, 2019 7:45:12 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi posted in Autoimmune Disease

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Correlation between psoriasis and major depressive disorder and psoriatic arthritis.

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What makes your Psoriasis Flare? - Ozone Therapy - Second Nature Care

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2019 7:29:46 AM / by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim posted in Autoimmune Disease, Ozone and Prolozone therapies, Healthy Living

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This is what I typically see every week with patients who have psoriasis.  As an autoimmune expert, I treat the gut first and that is more important than ever because of what researchers found. 

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The Most Common Autoimmune Condition - Celiac Testing - I.V. Ozone - Good Gut

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2018 10:49:14 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim posted in Autoimmune Disease

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The standard method of diagnosing celiac disease in symptomatic persons older than 2 years is the tissue transglutaminase (tTG) IgA test, followed by intestinal biopsy for histologic confirmation. The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for celiac in asymptomatic persons  according to the recommendations on screening for celiac disease published online in JAMA.  They also found inadequate evidence for the effectiveness of targeted screening in persons who are at increased risk of celiac, such as patients who already have an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes mellitus, inflammatory luminal gastrointestinal disorders, Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, IgA deficiency, and/or IgA nephropathy, or those with a family history of celiac. They also found the evidence provided on the effectiveness of treatment of screen-detected, symptomatic celiac disease to improve morbidity, mortality, or quality of life compared with no treatment or treatment initiated after clinical diagnosis to be inadequate as well. Research suggests that celiac is not associated with excess mortality, intestinal adenocarcinoma, and lymphoma; however, evidence is insufficient as to whether silent, or asymptomatic, disease has the same risk as symptomatic disease.

I disagree with the research because I believe that your risk for several cancers and other serious conditions increases due to the chronic inflammatory state.

Celiac presentation does not mean that you have persistent diarrhea or intractable abdominal pain; you can present with silent symptoms like: osteoporosis, joint pain, migraine headaches, cognitive issues, anemia, insomnia or menstrual irregularities.   Patient with celiac can also present with thyroid disease (the most common), constipation, bloat, alternate bowel habits, general nausea, some vomiting and gastro-esophageal reflux.

Gluten contains opioid peptides that affect intestinal function and the production of neurotransmitters or brain chemicals in the gut. These opioid proteins cross the blood-brain barrier where they interfere with pain-inhibitory systems, emotions and memory.  We use Cyrex labs to test these opioid proteins and receptors.

Do you think you may have celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

Most insurances cover standard celiac panels and we order more - HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 plus food allergies both IgE and IgG. Thorough testing gives a more accurate diagnosis. 

Schedule your consult to see if you have the most common hidden autoimmune disease and if you are gluten sensitive.

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For complete information, see:

US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Celiac Disease US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2017;317(12):1252-1257.

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Why am I Always Tired? - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - I.V. Ozone and I.V. Nutrients

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2018 7:21:26 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi posted in Autoimmune Disease

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Could you be more than just tired?

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Reduce Inflammation Now - Natural Anti- Inflammatories - LDN Low Dose Naltrexone

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2018 5:00:00 AM / by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim posted in Autoimmune Disease, Healthy Living, Chronic Illness and Disease

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