Over the counter pain medication still dominates as the #1 selling class of drugs. If you add into that figure the number of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, we are talking about a lot of people experiencing pain and inflammation. Maybe that’s you or someone close to you. Dealing with chronic pain is like a puzzle; and the pieces have to be systematically examined until the major one is discovered.
One piece is the need for essential fatty acids. Another piece is the epidemic deficiency of vitamin D. (As a side note: I just found out that the standard blood test for vitamin D is the number one test ordered by physicians in the United States.)
Another piece to this puzzle most clinicians are less likely to be sensitive to is silent infections. According to the journal “Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,” a 1991 article disclosed that 70% of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis’s are carriers of “silent infection.” Bacteria, yeast/fungi, amebas, protozoa, and other “parasites” are an unknown cause of neuromusculoskeletal inflammation. Incidentally, when we talk about parasites we’re not just talking about worms.
Also dysbiosis is the condition of having microbial imbalances on or within the body. Dysbiosis is most prominent in the digestive tract or on the skin but can also occur on any exposed surface or mucous membrane such as the vagina, lungs, nose, mouth, genitourinary tract, sinuses, ears, nails, or eyes.
So as we piece together the puzzle, ultimately we are seeing GI dysregulation. And whether it is from allergens like gluten or dairy or the immunological battle between white blood cells and the infectious agents, the GI tract becomes compromised. Toxins in the form of antibodies, endotoxins, or even metabolic byproducts are released into the blood- stream and new levels of inflammation are mounted to combat the invaders.
One of my favorite authors, Dr. Alex Vasquez has written a great paper on this subject. He makes a significant point. I want you to hear this loud and clear: microorganisms can cause disease, specifically pain and inflammation, even when they are not causing obvious infection.” Dr. Vasquez lists 14 different mechanisms articulating why these organisms, we’ll call them “the bugs”, can cause serious biochemical/ immunological patterns that end in inflammation and or serious pain.
The organisms may not be pathogenic in origin but their presence causes distinct changes in physiology. The body adapts or compensates to its surrounding and as it does, often times, healthy tissue is damaged. This is one of the mechanisms for leaky gut and inflammation.
Also, Dr. Vasquez describes something called NF-kappaB. It’s like an amplifier that can turn pain and inflammation up or down. “NF-kappaB activation is a major factor in the production of proinflammatory messengers and in the induction of proinflammatory enzymes.
The link between dysbiosis and systemic inflammation becomes clear: gastro- intestinal bacterial overgrowth leads to excess production and absorption of toxins. This initiates immune dysfunction and a systemic proinflammatory response. This means reducing bacterial overgrowth or reducing the “bugs” can help cure otherwise “incurable disease.” The beauty is that we don’t have to use harmful agents with side effects.
So what do we do with all this information? Clinicians who understand dysbiosis and the mechanisms involved look for ways to integrate this information when treating patients with gas, bloating, alternating constipation/diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, severe allergies, arthritis, and autoimmunity. In fact the more unusual the case, the more we need to focus on the gut.
Medical labs have tests that can evaluate digestion, identify, and even culture the bugs to see what may be present. This is where your Dr. Godo can help. He can order the tests or he may get you started with a detox program to reduce the overgrowth of “organisms.”
Many people are surprised at how well their body responds. Thousands of people see a major reduction in pain and inflammation without the side effects of drugs. You don’t have to live with pain. Make an appointment with Dr. Godo and see how you respond. The point is that you can do something about pain and inflammation.
Dr. Jason Godo