Nutritional Video

MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome – or Lyme with friends) patients are faced with numerous decisions when they finally get diagnosed:  1) Finding a LLMD (lyme literate doctor – specially trained to effectively treat the disease(s), 2) Having to change ingrained habits such as diet, sleep habits, and basically revamping everything in their lives, despite the fact they are often cognitively impaired and can hardly think let alone make major decisions.  It can be an enormous task just separating medications!

The following video is excellent at explaining many nutritional myths we’ve grown up with including – fat is bad.  It also points out a few things that are helpful for weight loss, since many MSIDS patients gain weight while in treatment.  

It also discusses digestive enzymes with ingredients I cover in the article about systemic enzymes:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/systemic-enzymes/

Warning:  It does become an infomercial toward the end.  Again, I’m not selling anything or advocating this particular brand.  You could just as easily take each of these ingredients separately; however, it may help some of you get started, particularly if you don’t have the brain power to hunt down all of these things yourself.  Some LLMD’s personally go to supplement labs and have reputable supplements in their office which can truly help with decisions patients have to make.  Others; however, only give antibiotics.  Since this disease(s) is so invasive and can infect and monkey with every part of the body, it’s imperative to replace what the body isn’t making or is imbalanced in, have a good, nutritional diet, as well as making sure the body is detoxing all of these dead organisms.

http://3harmfulfoods.com/video_022516a_5.php  Dr. Amy Lee, Bariatric Physician
Dr. Lee has board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition and obesity medicine specialty. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness and weight management. Her goal is to standardize a diet plan that is evidence based through educating her patients and providing proven solutions that work.

A Review of Bio X4:   http://supplementpolice.com/bio-x4/

May Meeting Reminder

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/may-meetings-coppe-labs/

Don’t forget Dr. Baewer of Coppe Labs will be speaking this Saturday (May 28, 2016) at 2:30pm about Powassan Virus, other Arboviruses, and Coppe’s research.

See you there!

Toxoplasmosis

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Toxoplasma gondii,

by AJ Cann http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/26/mind-bending-parasite-permanently-quells-cat-fear-in-mice/

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/epi.html Toxoplasmosis is caused by a common protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and is the leading cause of death attributed to food borne illness in the U.S. More than 60 million carry it but are asymptomatic. It is also on the of the CDC’s “Neglected Parasitic Infections,” and has been targeted for public health action.

Transmission:  food (undercooked contaminated meat, or knives, utensils, cutting boards, or other foods that had contact with contaminated meat), congenitally (mother to infant), and in blood transfusions, and organ transplants. Sexual transmission is theorized.  However, cats, the only known hosts, play an important role, by eating infected rodents, birds, or other small animals and shedding oocysts in their feces up to 3 weeks after infection. An infected cat contaminates the litter box and/or the soil or water if it goes outside. Transmission to humans occurs after accidental ingestion. In the human host, the parasites form tissue cysts in skeletal muscle, myocardium, brain, and eyes, and may remain for the life of the host, and can reactivate when the immune system is compromised.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16457490  There is evidence of coinfection of Toxoplasmosis with Lyme Disease. This particular patient was initially diagnosed with MS and had symptoms of clumsiness and weakness of the right extremities, and years later was also diagnosed with LD (borrelia). Toxoplasmosis is significant in people who are immuno-suppressed, and Lyme Disease will trigger a previous asymptomatic case.

http://chronic-lyme-disease-solutions.com/Toxoplasmosis.html  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/symptoms/con-20025859

Symptoms: body aches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headache, confusion, seizures, coordination problems, fever, lung problems, blurred vision, encephalitis, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. It has been linked with anti-social, aggressive, and jealous behavior in men, and promiscuity in women. Children born with it may develop hearing loss, mental disability, blindness, and even death.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/  Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky and British groups say that Toxoplasmosis in lab rats changes the wiring in their brains which can take away their fear response, drawing them to their number one predator — cats. Years ago Czech scientist, Jarosav Flegr, noticed reckless traits in his own behavior which included crossing the street in the middle of dense traffic and openly scorning the Communists who ruled his native Czechoslovakia. He accidentally discovered he had the parasite when he was asked to donate blood to test a diagnostic kit for Toxo. He discovered that the French have infection rates as high as 55%, due to their desire for steak prepared saignant, which literally means, “bleeding,” while Americans have a 10-20% infection rate. Neurobiologist Ajai Vyas found Toxo cysts in rat testicles and semen and that the protozoan then moves into the female womb, typically infecting 60% of pups, then heads to her brain to affect her behaviors eventually getting back to the cat. This leads to the possibility of sexual transmission in humans. The research also found that 75% of the females preferred the infected males. Psychiatrist E. Fuller Torry points out that schizophrenia rose in prevalence in the latter half of the 18th century just when people in London and Paris started keeping cats as pets. He believes that 75% of schizophrenia is associated with infections, with Toxo a significant portion.

Once a human becomes infected the parasite needs to get back into the cat, the only place where it sexually reproduces. Due to the impoverished Soviet economy, Flegr gave personality tests and computer-based tests to assess reaction times to infected and non infected Czech students. His findings were so strange he tested then civilian and military populations. He found: infected men wore rumpled old clothes, had fewer friends, and were more hesitant, while infected women wore expensive, designer brands, had more friends, and were extremely trusting – doing what they were told. Both had slower reaction times, less attentiveness, an abnormal fear response, and were two and a half more times more likely to be in traffic accidents. Two Turkish studies have replicated the traffic accident finding. He also also found that 12 of 44 schizophrenia patients had reduced gray matter, with the decrease occurring almost exclusively in those who tested positive for Toxoplasmosis.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295012.php?trendmd-shared=0  Medical News Today reported on a study claiming the parasite is responsible for around a fifth of schizophrenia cases. Now, new research by Johns Hopkins provides further evidence of this association after reviewing two previous studies which identified a link between cat ownership in childhood and development of schizophrenia and other mental disorders later in life and then  comparing them with the results of a 1982 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) questionnaire.  The questionnaire revealed that around 50% of individuals who had a cat as a family pet during childhood were diagnosed with schizophrenia or other mental illnesses later in life, compared with 42% who did not have a cat during childhood. 

T. gondii may be the culprit. 

Researchers at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands conducted a meta-analysis of more than 50 studies that established a link between T. gondii and increased risk of schizophrenia.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/247346.php   Women carrying IgG antibodies to Toxo when giving birth have a higher risk of self-harm or suicide later on, especially if antibody levels are high.

Diagnosis:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20025859 Serology to check for antibodies to the parasite, although tissue cysts may be observed through stained biopsy. The CDC recommends all positive results be confirmed by a specialty lab for Toxoplasmosis. In some cases if testing is done too soon, there will be a false negative, and it would be wise to consider retesting later to give the body a chance to produce antibodies. A positive means you are actively infected or that you are asymptomatic. Congenital cases are found using molecular methods such as PCR or with an ultrasound scan that reveals hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain). A negative ultrasound does NOT rule out infection.

Please see your health practitioner for Treatment

Treatment: Healthy people keep the organism in check and do not require treatment; however, if you are also fighting MSIDS, you should consider this organism in your treatment picture.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseasesconditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/treatment/con-20025859
Pyrimethamine (Daraprim), a malarial drug is the typical drug of choice, which may prevent your ability to absorb the B vitamin, folate, necessitating supplementation. In conjunction, Sulfadiazine is used, with Clindamycin (Cleocin) as an alternative. Those with HIV/AIDS may need to take these medications for life or until the CD4 remains high for 3-6 months. Spiramycin, an experimental drug in the U.S., is used in Europe to reduce a baby’s risk of neurological problems and may be obtained from the FDA.

Similarly to borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease, once the parasite is in brain cells; however, antibiotics cannot kill off the thick-walled cysts.

Prevention: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis/basics/prevention/con-20025859

*Wear gloves when you garden or handle soil and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward.
*Don’t eat raw or undercooked meat.
*Wash kitchen utensils thoroughly. After preparing raw meat, wash cutting boards, knives and other utensils in hot, soapy water to prevent cross contamination of other foods. Wash your hands after handling raw meat.
*Wash all fruits and vegetables. Scrub fresh fruits and vegetables, especially if you plan to eat them raw. Remove peels when possible, but only after washing.
*Don’t drink unpasteurized milk. Unpasteurized milk and other dairy products may contain toxoplasma parasites.
*Cover children’s sandboxes. If you have a sandbox, cover it when your children aren’t playing in it to keep cats from using it as a litter box.

If you’re pregnant or otherwise at risk of toxoplasmosis or its complications, take these steps to protect yourself:
*Help your cat stay healthy. Keep your cat indoors and feed it dry or canned cat food, not raw meat. Cats can become infected after eating infected prey or undercooked meat that contains the parasite.
*Avoid stray cats or kittens. Although all stray animals need good homes, it’s best to let someone else adopt them. Most cats don’t show signs of T. gondii infection, and although they can be tested for toxoplasmosis, it may take up to a month to get the results.
*Have someone else clean your cat’s litter box. If that’s not possible, wear gloves and a face mask to change the litter. Then wash your hands well. Change the litter daily so that excreted cysts don’t have time to become infectious.

Fluoridated water is another example of a medical disconnect that needs to be exposed.

MSIDS patients have weak immune systems due to stealth pathogens invading Killer T-Cells which cause the body to attack itself.  We need to hunt to ground everything that is weakening our bodies, and one of those “things” is fluoride.

Hailed by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century, water fluoridation is something most of us assume to be safe and effective. But new science has upended this assumption, revealing that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor. The CDC tells us that drinking fluoride decreases tooth decay, at best, by 25%. That is one-half to one cavity per person over a lifetime. Is one less cavity worth risking a child’s long-term brain and thyroid health? It’s time to rethink this very old practice.

In OUR DAILY DOSE, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert (GMO OMG) lays out the dangers of water fluoridation informatively and creatively, highlighting the most current research and interviewing top-tier doctors, activists, and attorneys close to the issue. Through thoughtful examination of old beliefs and new science, the film alerts us to the health threat present in the water and beverages we rely on every day. This is an eye-opening look at how we have less control over our health than we may have thought.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/21/our-daily-dose-fluoride-documentary.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160521Z1&et_cid=DM105855&et_rid=1494753110

“Scientific investigations have revealed that fluoride is an endocrine disrupting chemical, and a developmental neurotoxin that impacts short-term and working memory, and lowers IQ in children.

It has been implicated as a contributing factor in the rising rates of both attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and thyroid disease.

Indeed, fluoride was used in Europe to reduce thyroid activity in hyperthyroid patients as late as the 1970s, and reduced thyroid function is associated with fluoride intakes as low as 0.05 to 0.1 mg fluoride per kilogram body weight per day (mg/kg/day).  

Children are particularly at risk for adverse effects of overexposure, and in April 2015, the US government admitted that the “optimal” level of fluoride recommended since 1962 had in fact been too high.

As a result, over 40 percent of American teens show signs of fluoride overexposure — a condition known as dental fluorosis. In some areas, dental fluorosis rates are as high as 70 to 80 percent, with some children suffering from advanced forms.

So, for the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lowered its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water by 40 percent, from an upper limit of 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) to 0.7 mg/L.

The HHS said it will evaluate dental fluorosis rates among children in 10 years to assess whether they were correct about this new level being protective against dental fluorosis.

But just what is the acceptable level of harm in the name of cavity prevention?

A number of studies have shown that children with moderate to severe dental fluorosis score worse on tests measuring cognitive skills and IQ than peers without fluorosis — a clear revelation highlighted in the film, as some still insist that dental fluorosis is nothing more than a cosmetic issue.

As stated, fluoride is a drug, and research into the health effects of fluoride are based on pharmaceutical grade fluoride. However, a majority of water authorities do not even use pharmaceutical grade fluoride; they use hydrofluosilicic acid, or hexafluorosilicic acid — toxic waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry, which are frequently contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, and other toxins.

This is a key point that many fluoride proponents fail to address when arguing for its use.”

Interestingly, 97% of Western European countries have stopped or have never fluoridated their water and have seen the exact same reduction in dental cavities as the U.S., proving it’s not fluoride doing the work here.

The best way to prevent cavities is by eating real, fresh food, avoiding sugar and processed food, getting plenty of omega -3 fats, and keeping the mouth clean.

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Kate interviews Erin Elizabeth of Healthnutnews.com on her findings as to why so many holistic doctors are suddenly and mysteriously dying! Erin was the first to interview the family of the first deceased doctor- Dr. Jeff Bradstreet – to refute the reports that he committed suicide. Over 30 doctors have died since and Erin discusses what could be the reasons behind the horrifying deaths. Erin discusses vaccines, cancer treatments and so much more. Also- new findings about Tylenol and why studies say ingesting acetaminophen could be robbing you of feeling empathy!

Lyme or Arthritis?

http://jbjs.org/content/98/9/721  A new study in the May 4 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reviewed the records of 189 patients under age 18 who presented to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with excess fluid in the knee between 2005 and 2013. Of these patients, 23 had culture-positive septic arthritis; 26, culture-negative septic arthritis; and 140, Lyme disease or 74% of the total children included.

It also identified four symptoms that are predictive of septic arthritis, which is considered a medical emergency requiring surgical irrigation (flushing) and drainage to prevent rapid and irreversible destruction of the cartilage surrounding the knee.

Knee pain with a short range of motion
A C-reactive protein (CRP test; used to measure inflammation) of >4.0 mg/L
Fever
Age younger than 2

“The probability of septic arthritis with any one factor present was 18 percent compared to 100 percent will all four factors present,” said study author Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Our study offers a useful prediction algorithm to help distinguish septic arthritis from a knee effusion caused by Lyme disease in children.”

Lyme disease, on the other other-hand, is treated with antibiotics.  In addition to knee swelling and pain, both conditions may cause a fever, swelling of other joints, irritability and an inability to bear weight on the affected extremity. Common laboratory tests to measure inflammation, as well as white blood cell counts, also may be elevated.

It would be prudent to take the child through various checklists as MSIDS is a clinical diagnosis as the tests often come back negative for Lyme (borrelia) as well as the various coinfections; however, children are often not perceptive about what they are feeling physically in their body and/or they have a difficult time relaying verbally.  This is where parents need to be their child’s advocate, do the reading and understand the concepts, and fight for your child.  A person’s chances are always better if MSIDS is caught early.

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/symptomlist.pdf

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https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/babesia20checklist-20dr-20schaller.pdf

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/bartonella20checklist-20dr-20schaller.pdf

For an excellent article on LD in children:  https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/children/

Also, a book about when your child has LD:  http://www.lymeliteratepress.com

http://www.amazon.com/When-Your-Child-Lyme-Disease/dp/0996224300/ref=la_B001KC7OVU_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442161888&sr=1-5

 

 

statin-drug-risks-2Picture taken from:  http://www.regenexx.com/statin-drugs-beat-up-nerve-cells/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/310138.php  According to a new study co-authored by Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), statins can reduce borrelia in mice due to inhibiting an enzyme required for its cell wall.

It won’t completely eliminate LD, but it has the potential to reduce the numbers of new cases.  Seshu and his graduate students are now turning their efforts to understand how statins can be modified to affect the survival of borrelia.  Their hope is to reduce organisms which can block transmission to where LD doesn’t affect people significantly.

In our hope for a cure it appears we are quite willing to throw the baby out with the bath water – to our own demise.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/20/the-truth-about-statin-drugs-revealed.aspx  According to Mercola, statins deplete your body of CoQ10, impair the function of all sterols, including cholesterol and vitamin D, all your sex hormones, cortisone, and the dolichols which are needed to keep healthy membranes.  It is also classified as a Category X medication which means it can cause serious birth defects.  

Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors which block the enzyme in your liver responsible for making cholesterol.  There is currently over 900 studies proving adverse effects ranging from muscle problems to increased risk for cancer.  

Reported side effects:

Muscle problems including nerve damage and degeneration

Anemia

Acidosis

Sexual dysfunction

Immune depression

Cataracts

Pancreas or liver dysfunction

Memory Loss

On top of all of this, statins have been shown to increase the risk for diabetes.  And, by causing increased insulin resistance, there is chronic inflammation, the bedrock of most diseases, including heart disease which ironically is the primary reason many take statins in the first place.  Statins promote belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

They also injure adult stem cells in culture, the mitochondria of cells, and motor nerve cells.  http://www.regenexx.com/statin-drugs-beat-up-nerve-cells/

Most of these side effects are already experienced by the MSIDS patient (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome – or Lyme with friends).  Why on earth would we want to knowingly promote damage in our bodies?!

In this case, the poison is as bad as the disease.

I say, “Head back to the drawing board!”

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