is estimated that 30-40% of the population has some sort of gluten sensitivity,
compared to the <1% who have Celiac disease [Osborne, 2016]. With 70% of those
who think they have Celiac disease actually having a gluten sensitive
disorder [Osborne, 2016]. Properly
differentiating then treating Celiac disease vs. gluten intolerance vs. gluten
sensitivity avoids bigger problems down the road.
Gluten intoleranceis the inability to digest gluten,
a family of storage proteins found in all grains.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that infects the stomach. It may be passed from person to person through contact with saliva, vomit or fecal matter; or spread through contaminated food or water. H-pylori infections are prevalent and are often the cause of stomach ulcers, acid reflux, burping & belching and general upper GI distress (Grisanti & Weatherby, 2016). It is a risk factor for stomach cancer. Acute infections are often highly symptomatic, yet the body has the capability to adapt to long term, chronic H-pyloir such that patients may have either very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all (Grisanti & Weatherby, 2016).
For the people who are thinking about doing a Liver cleanse now...WAIT a few months! Winter is actually the time to nourish the Chinese kidney
[water element], which is the mother of Liver [wood element] inpreparationfor a spring-cleaning. According
to Chinese medicine, Liver [wood element] detoxification is best done in Spring when the body is climatically receptive to cold, bitter & draining cleansing medicinals. So how does one support the Liver now in Winter? By supporting its mother the Kidney, and its grandmother the Lungs.
I wrote this long article because many women were approaching me for help related to complaints of fatigue. Yet, they did not present with the Chinese medicine diagnosis I expected. Some were self-treating with substances [including Chinese herbals] that were dis-harmonious with their constitution, making accurate diagnosis and treatment difficult. While women are mostly impacted by CFS, 20% of sufferers are men who remain undiagnosed [Clayton, 2015, p.
Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar
levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the
complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.
It is hopeful that combining Western
research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent
the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the
overall morbidity associated with the disease.