Meal on a Plane

It was dinner time on a British Airways flight from London to New York. As the flight attendant moved down the plane, she asked one of the passengers: “Would you like dinner?” “What are my choices?” asked the passenger. “Yes or No,” replied the attendant
You can get peanuts and a beverage these days if you are lucky.

Peanuts are not a bad choice as long as you do not have mold problems or peanut allergies.

Peanuts contain a mold toxin and can be one of the reasons for peanut intolerances.

Almost anything you order is almost guaranteed to be high in salt in order to give it taste.

I wonder if they offer a heart healthy meal plan,

I know many airlines order kosher meals and vegetarian meals.

What about a meal that is just fresh fruits and vegetables- you may not want bread or a roll if you are gluten sensitive.

I think the solution is bring your own food.

Prepare ahead of time and be prepared. I dont think they serve organic food.

I know they do not cater to picky eaters- nor do they give probiotics

They will supply the beverages.

One thing for sure, you should have a lesser risk of getting exposed to Lyme disease on the plane than on the ground.

Bon Voyage

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Update on Celiac

Celiac is an autoimmune disease cause by a permanent sensitivity to gluten found in wheat, rye, barley in people with a genetic predisposition to the disease. There is both a genetic part and an environmental trigger necessary for celiac.

Stomach and intestinal presentations of celiac include belly pain, not wanting to eat, constipation, diarrhea, poor weight gain, weight loss and vomiting.

Other ways in which celiac may present include: anemia from lack of iron, mouth sores, swollen tender joints, behavioral problems, teeth enamel problems, depression, skin rashes, headaches, poor muscle tone, poor bone density, delay in puberty,

Celiac is associated with autoimmune liver disease, diabetes, down syndrome, Immunoglobulin A deficiency, inflamed thyroid, and turner syndrome.

For routine blood testing a tissue transglutaminase IgA level and total serum IgA level is recommended

For those who have low levels of IgA, additional tissue transglutaminase IgG should be ordered

A gluten free diet consists of eliminating foods that contain gluten and also includes avoiding barley or malt extract, bran, bulgar, coucous, durum, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzo flour or meal, orzo, panko, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, wheat starch.

Potentially hidden sources of gluten may be found in ales, beers and lagers, breading, brown rice syrup, coating mix, communion wafers, croutons, candy, luncheon meats, broth, pasta, sauces, soup base, stuffing, self- basting poultry, imitation bacon or seafood, soy sauce, marinades, supplements, prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins and mineral supplements, lipstick, gloss and balms. Consult with the manufacturer to get all the ingredients

Gluten free grains and starches include amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, flax, nuts, beans and seed flour, millet, potato starch, potato flour, quinoa, rice, rice bran, sago, soy, tapoica

Lyme disease and KatieCouric Show, Lyme belly ache, colitis, abdominal pain

Many people dont know that Lyme and its coinfections can have stomach and intestinal manifestations even though research and articles have been published- This often leads to misdiagnosis. See http://

http://www.healthydays.info/nutrition_professionals.html for links, videos and downloadable research studies on stomach and intestinal lyme
 
Today- Katie Couric did a section on Lyme disease, very informative- however, less than 50% of the infected people have the bullseye rash or a positive blood test.
 
Lyme can mimic Crohn’s disease, colitis, and other intestinal disease. It and its coinfections such as mycoplasma and bartonella can cause a rash that resembles stretch marks
 
 

Lyme disease, Cat scratch, Mycoplasma, Chronic Fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting

I recently saw a patient with a history of Lyme disease and and a bullseye rash. He had it 4 years ago and was treated with antibiotics. He came to me because of nausea, diarrhea, belly cramps. Many people are unaware that when you are bit by a tic, you can now get a number of other infections such as bartonella ( the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever) and mycoplasma species ( cause of chronic fatigue ), Anaplasma, and babesia ( a parasite). Its not just lyme alone, which makes the picture of what is going on very complicated. Sometimes the labs dont confirm what you suspect and the physician has to go based on symptoms.
Lyme is called the great imitator cause it may mimic over 300 other diseases including, crohn’s, celiac, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus ( just to name a few). Bartonella also causes enlarged lymph nodes and may mimic appendicitis. These infections may be associated with a rash which resembles stretch marks but occurs in areas where stretch marks dont occur.
My patient had a thorough evaluation by two other Gastro specialist as well as MRI of the brain, While there was no evidence of inflammation, or active infection, these infections often cause the immune system to be activated and chemical from the immune system can affect the body in different ways. I believe in this case, his brain was affecting his gut, causing cramps and diarrhea and vomiting. His endoscopy and colonoscopy were entirely normal, ruling out other causes of nausea vomiting and diarrhea.
Another point to make is– people can get bit more than once with a tic. There are different species of infections carried by tics. One treatment and success doesnt preclude getting bit again and new symptoms or recurring symptoms. Seek out a health professional who will listen to you, believe what you are telling you, who wont dismiss you and has the persistance to pursue and refer if he doesnt know what is going on.

Lyme disease in the stomach, intestines and colon

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks which may also be carrying other infections such as Bartonella, Mycoplasma etc..

Typical symptoms of Lyme include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system and the Gastrointestinal tract. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful but are not a requirement to making a diagnosis Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases including Bartonella (commonly associated with cat scratch fever), Mycoplasma ( a cause of chronic fatigue syndrome and gulf war syndrome), Ehrlichia, Babesia ( a parasite causing anemia), .

Gastrointestinal Lyme and other tick diseases may present as…

Abdominal pain (belly aches),

blood in the stool ( colitis)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohns disease, Ulcerative colitis

failure to thrive, poor gain weight, not meeting age appropriate milestones

diarrhea and/ or vomiting

heartburn, GERD

constipation with or without motility issues ( Gut issues secondary to neurologic lyme and/or bartonella)

soiling or encopresis

Irritable bowel syndrome

mouth sores

rashes may occur in patients that are not the characteristic bullseye rash and might resemble a stretch mark or be a non descript looking red earlobe or slap face or slap back appearance

Leaky Gut and its consequences- Is Yeast overgrowth the only cause?

In Leaky Gut Syndrome, the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated allowing metabolic and microbial toxins normally kept within the small intestines for passage into the colon to enter the blood stream.

Leaky Gut could be implicated as a primary contributor to asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, rashes, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis. It also contributes to PMS, uterine fibroid, breast fibroids, chronic fatigue syndrome and pediatric immune deficiencies.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common problem of modern society in part because of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Motrin, Advil, Aleve, which damage the natural balance the bowel requires to operate optimally.

 

Antibiotics damage the bowel environment in two ways. The first is by destroying beneficial bacteria.

The second way antibiotics damage the intestines is by promoting the growth of Candida and other fungi and yeast. Candida overgrowth may precipitate Leaky Gut Syndrome

 

The damage done by Candida is to the intestinal epithelial barrier, allowing the absorption of toxins and chemicals to enter the blood and affect numerous organs, including the brain

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With leaky gut, nutrients can be absorbed before they are fully digested. The body’s immune response, through specific antigen-antibody markers (the food IgG test), will identify some of these foods as foreign invaders. Every time that particular food contacts the lining of the intestines, an inflammatory immune response is mounted that further damages the epithelial lining Food “allergies” may become a common secondary contributor to maintaining the leaky gut, even after the yeast is eradicated.

 

The most common food allergies are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, barley,oats, rye), corn, beans (especially soy), and nuts. It is uncommon to have an allergy to meat, rice, millet, vegetables, or fruit. When an IgG antibody to a food is detected, it is important distinguish a real allergy – that which causes an inflammatory reaction.

 

 

 

While lactobacillus supplementation is often recommended to help with leaky gut and Candida overgrowth, most of the lactobacillus sold today does not survive in the intestine, either due to poor terrain or due to being a strain that does not implant in the human intestines. There are specific Lactobacillus preparations available that do implant and do help establish a healthy intestinal environment.

 

Summary of Common Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome:

Consumption of allergenic foods

For infants, premature birth

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Radiation therapy

Alcohol consumption (depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ( depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)

Steroids (prednisone, Medrol, cortisone, etc.)

Deficiencies of amino acids that support the gastrointestinal lining (glutamine, arginine, taurine, BCAA, etc.)

Zinc or vitamin A deficiency

Digestive tract infections (bacteria, yeast, parasites, viruses)

Excessive stress

Poor digestion

Starvation

Antibiotics

Excessive sugar leading to yeast and bacterial overgrowth

HIV infection

 

 

leaky gut and yeast

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leaky gut and yeast

this is a face rash which resulted from an overgrowth of yeast in the body and a leaky gut with numerous food allergies. it responded to gluten free, diet as well as other dietary restrictions. treatment for the yeast also helped the rash improve