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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Gut Essentials

Contributing Author: Warnke, Cheryl L.Ac.

Cheryl WarnkeCheryl Warnke, LAc, is an acupuncturist and herbalist based in California, helping to resolve a broad variety of conditions including pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, and hormone imbalances. Because she believes in a holistic approach to health, she works to uncover the underlying cause of complex health issues instead of just masking symptoms. Cheryl has been using functional diagnostic testing for over a decade to complement her traditional Chinese approach, to help resolve even the most complex of patient cases.


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The fact is, the food we eat is often contaminated with organisms that we wish weren’t there. That salad you ate yesterday–or was it the burger–one of them could easily have brought along a "friend."

OK, don't get disgusted. I know this is rather unappealing to think about, but it's true nevertheless.

Should we all become paranoid about parasites in our food? No, that's not my point.

My purpose behind this article is this: A healthy intestine will prevent these organisms from gaining a foothold in one's system and will simply excrete them via a bowel movement.

Therefore, all we really have to be concerned with is ensuring that we have healthy intestines.

What are the signs of an unhealthy, or permeable, intestine? There are many. To name a few: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, pain, eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes, arthritis, and stomach and abdomen discomfort.

Now, you might notice that while diarrhea is on that list, it isn’t the only symptom mentioned. Traditional medical doctors often argue that unless you have chronic diarrhea, you don't have to worry about having a parasite. That is definitely not accurate, as proven by many clinical trials in which very nasty parasites have been diagnosed in patients with no diarrhea.

The chronology appears to be this: A patient develops (or is born with) a food allergy that causes damage to the integrity of the small intestine. This damaged small intestine, when exposed to a parasite, is not able to repel it and the organism gains a strong foothold in the small intestine, further damaging it.

Putting the cart before the horse in diagnosis is often the problem with patients suspected of having parasites or other organisms. In other words, you are looking for the parasite before you've healed the small intestine.

Often, diagnosis of these organisms is thwarted by the fact that they burrow themselves deeply into the tissues of the damaged small intestine, making detection nearly impossible.

The keys to a correct diagnosis and treatment are several:

1. The food allergy must be detected and eliminated from the diet so that healing of the small intestine can take place. Gluten (gliadin) intolerance is often a major player in the damage experienced by the small intestine. COREONE offers a test which can detect gluten intolerance.

2. Once some healing of the small intestine has occurred (this can take four to six months), you must then have an accurate way of detecting the presence of the organisms. Traditional parasite tests involve a single stool sample, which is evaluated for only about two to three different parasites.

These tests "miss the boat" in several major areas. They only use one stool sample, which can easily miss the presence of a parasite, since parasites have a life cycle. They are only detectable in their virulent stage at certain times in their life cycle. The test also falls short in that only looks for a limited number of organisms when many more exist that can cause problems. Finally, the test can only distinguish the adult organisms, not their eggs. This last point is important because the adults lay eggs shortly before the end of their life cycles. After this, a dormant period follows when the eggs have not yet hatched and the adults have died off. The eggs obviously will hatch and become adults. Therefore, the ability to detect the eggs can make for an accurate diagnosis even when no active adults are to be detected.

COREONE diagnostics offers two excellent tests to evaluate the presence of parasites, bacteria, and yeast. Their stool analysis requires five different samples and can detect the presence of eggs as well as adults. Their blood test detects parasites that may be more difficult to detect in stool. Finally, COREONE also offers a blood test for yeast detection, which is outstanding in evaluating whether yeast is present and, if so, determines whether it is in the virulent form that is serious health hazard.

3. You must have a protocol for treatment that actually works. Some parasites, even when diagnosed, are then treated with drugs that are harsh on the liver and have only a 65% cure rate. The doctors affiliated with COREONE diagnostics have worked hard to determine the safest and most effective protocols to assure elimination of the organisms.

4. A good recolonization program must be in place to repopulate the intestines with the good bacteria that are very important in preventing future infections. This program is implemented once the organism has been eliminated with medication.

5. You need to know when to re-test to ensure that the organism has indeed been eliminated. This is a vital point and one that shouldn't be forgotten.

While this may not have been the easiest subject to read about, I can tell you that it is extremely important. In my practice, the ability to detect and treat parasites successfully has been a critical part in my ability to achieve health in otherwise unhealthy, unhappy patients.