Moldy and Blood Brain Barrier
Everyone is exposed to mold on a practically daily basis. How can it really cause so many different symptoms as functional MD’s claim? Over time, I intend to answer those questions for a long list of symptoms, but for today, let’s look at the brain. Several studies indicate that our delicate neurological system does suffer when mold toxins get too high.
Early Life Nutrition and Family Meals
Today’s report brings together two studies into one soup that impacts health from infancy to adulthood. While the two groups of researchers know little to nothing of each other, their work comes together to guide families, society, and medical providers on the importance of early childhood nutrition and family meals.
Pathways of Autoimmunity Explained
Understanding must precede therapy as scientists seek to adequately relieve the suffering of millions with autoimmune conditions. Initial understanding pointed repeatedly to an immune messenger or cytokine called Interleukin 1b as a critical factor in the development and progression of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. For a number of years, medications to block this messenger were used to treat these diseases without fully understanding and without adequately relieving the process. Researchers now believe they have found the pathway leading to interleukin 1b production in autoimmunity.
Many younger patients come to our office with a life-disruptive mix of random symptoms that have lasted years, sometimes with a prior diagnosis of POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and they want answers. These patients primarily complain of dizziness, palpitations, passing out, difficulty exercising, and other cardiovascular symptoms. Most also complain of seemingly vague symptoms in other body systems like fatigue, headaches, brain fog, weakness, GI issues, bladder issues, and sometimes unusual skin symptoms. They need clear answers about what is happening to them, why it is happening, and how to make it better. Functional medicine was made for these types of patients.
Long Hauler COVID Immune Dysfunction
Science lives on as the discipline which never runs out of questions, especially for COVID19. While true for every worthy scientific endeavor, the persisting syndrome of Long Hauler COVID promises a litany of questions to answer for years to come. The acute disease was threatening enough, but the ongoing symptoms for many with Long Hauler COVID leaves many looking for answers which lead to full recovery from the hated virus of 2020. One of the developing answers points towards inflammation of the cells lining the blood vessels.
Mycotoxins and Other Endocrine Disruptors
Chemicals which influence our hormonal balance literally fill our reality. From the air we breathe in water damaged buildings to the plastic- wrapped food we eat, we cannot escape them. While we treat many in our clinic with mold toxicity for hormonal imbalances, the threat posed by such toxins is magnified by the plethora of chemicals applied to our skin or ingested in our diet. Collectively, both adults and children face the ongoing and progressive adverse effects of this toxic soup.
Spikes in the COVID Brain
There is nothing like living through a mystery thriller in real time (even if the mice are the heroes of this particular chapter). The entire planet wakes up each morning asking for more news about this little virus called “SARS- CoV2” (and the resulting COVID 19 disease). Some people want to know the case count or the death count. Some people want to know the latest news in vaccines or therapies. Some people just want to know whether their kid will be wearing a face mask in school this year or if vacation plans need to be delayed. No matter which camp you fall into, we all want answers on how to turn life normal again in the COVID twilight zone, and some mice have recently moved us a little closer.
Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more... offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.