Abdomen

First thing in the morning or anytime on an empty stomach, I take Liquid Oxygen Drops - 3 drops in a little water - usually once a day. Yes, it is dilute hydrogen peroxide. We know one of its main functions is to activate and stimulate the immune system. Hydrogen peroxide kills harmful viruses, yeast or bacteria, it stimulates enzyme systems throughout the body- so says Dr David Williams.                                                https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/hydrogen-peroxide-curse-or-cure

The trillions of bacteria in the microbiota are in "communication" with the 100 million neurons of the gut-brain and neurons of the main brain, what could possibly go wrong there? Plenty!

The gut-brain axis is the communication links between the GI tract and brain function and development - from Wikipedia.

Emotional and cognitive centers in the brain send and receive messages to the intestinal function mechanisms: immune activation, intestinal permeability, enteric reflex, and entero-endocrine signaling system. Examples of the gut-brain axis actions: When we feel danger, the “fight or flight” response of central nervous system (brain) is triggered. The enteric nervous system in the gut responds by slowing down or stopping digestion. That enables more of the body’s energy to be used against the threat. Other fears can cause the digestive system to slow down or speed up and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms. Emotions, feeling of excitement, or nervousness may cause churning in the stomach – the “butterflies in your stomach” feeling. Also, GI malfunctions can give you anxiety, stress and even ruin your​ life. (GI malfunctions can be caused by deficient diet and/or inflammations due to IBS, candida, parasites, infections, toxins, drugs, additives, GMO's, mercury fillings, electrical frequencies, etc.) Like it or not, Its the gut-brain axis that lets us know how we feel. Homeostasis is the desired, stable feeling.

​From Study.com - Homeostasis in the Human Body:                                         Homeostasis is the reasonably stable internal environment of your body and is maintained (by) negative feedback loops (gut-brain axis).

Communication is accomplished through nervous system electrical signals  and endocrine system hormones that travel through the blood to convey messages. A receptor detects change, a control center determines how to respond to that change, and an effector  carries out the orders and returns the body to homeostasis (via negative feedback loops - and we humans are loaded with unknowable numbers of these feedback loops). (more of the science below).

​GI malfunctions tend to disturb the homeostasis and pain may be the result. But, if we know what to do, we can save ourselves from much pain.                                                                                                                                         Many years ago I had continuous stomach and abdominal pain - didn't think I could last long that way. Several complete work-ups found nothing of significance. Walking seemed to be my best medicine, lots of walks.

All drugs and drug store medicines made me feel worse. The problem with taking drugs to control some parameter in the body is that the very small signal feedback loops get clobbered by the drug.  That prevents the body from achieving homeostasis, the desired, stable feeling. The side-effects of drugs - they make holes in your system. It is like using a sledge hammer to kill a fly on your wall - now you have a hole in your wall.

Fortunately I stumbled onto Homeopathic medicines, and a good doctor from India, Dr George, who taught me how to use Homeopathy and some natural treatments. I have also devised some unique treatments that work surprisingly well for me. I will try to describe them all on this site.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS, Duodenitis and Ileocecal Valve Syndrome IVS seems to have been the problem, probably worsened by candida, parasites and mercury from my silver fillings.

The list of ills that IVS can cause is long - and for good reason. The body needs to open and close this valve at the right times, depending on the stages of digestion. If it gets it wrong, illness will start.


From an article by the NIH, Annals of Gastroenterology, 2015 Apr-Jun       The gut-brain axis - It is the interactions between enteric microbiota and the central and enteric nervous system.                                                                                                The gut-brain cross-talk is a complex communication system that ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, which also has multiple effects on motivation and cognitive functions.                                                                                                        The extreme complexity of these interactions is the dominion of “gut-brain axis” (GBA)​. Its role is to monitor and integrate gut functions and to link emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with intestinal functions and mechanisms: immune activation, intestinal permeability, enteric reflex, and entero-endocrine signaling. Mechanisms underlying GBA communications involve neuro-immuno-endocrine mediators.This bidirectional communication network includes the central nervous system (CNS), both brain, spinal cord, autonomic nervous system (ANS), enteric nervous system (ENS) and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis.                                                                                                 The autonomic system's sympathetic and parasympathetic limbs, drives both afferent signals from the lumen, which are transmitted though enteric, spinal and vagal pathways, to CNS, and efferent signals from CNS to the intestinal wall.                                                   The HPA axis is the core stress efferent axis that coordinates the adaptive responses of the organism to stressors of all kinds. It is a part of the limbic system, a zone of the brain involved in memory and emotional responses. Environmental stress and elevated systemic pro-inflammatory cytokines, activate this system. It works through secretion of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) from the hypothalamus which stimulates adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion from pituitary gland that, in turn, leads to cortisol release from the adrenal glands.

Licorice root is powerful herb with lots of uses. Many people could probably benefit from licorice. An adaptogenic herb, licorice has been scientifically proven to influence cortisol levels and it may help in cases of chronic fatigue due to low levels of cortisol.

Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, which stops the body from breaking down cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’ made by adrenal glands. Cortisol is released in mental and physical efforts. Low levels of cortisol can cause adrenal fatigue syndrome -  feelings of tiredness, mood swings and poor immune function.

Licorice root may help those with adrenal fatigue - prevents the body from “using up” its stores of cortisol - reduces conversion of cortisol to inactive cortisone in kidneys, thus increasing levels of cortisol in the body. So, licorice root can give a lift adrenal gland function and enhance stress resistance.

​It does have potential to influence other hormones too, so licorice must be used with caution. Overuse may result in some negative side effects.

​World Health Organization recommends dosage of licorice root of no more than 75mg/day.

Large dosage of licorice (more than 20g/day) may cause increased levels of the hormone aldosterone, and may lead to headaches, high blood pressure or heart problems. People with high blood pressure or kidney problems should not take licorice root in any amount.

Glycyrrhizic acid may cause high blood pressure and low potassium levels and heart and muscle problems. It may interact with heart medications.

A safer form of licorice, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, has had glycyrrhizic acid content removed - may reduce chance of side effects.

​Best to understand your health and current conditions before taking licorice, and/or get advice of a health professional to advise on dosage.

                                                                                                                                        Cortisol is a major stress hormone that affects many human organs, including the brain. Thus, both neural and hormonal lines of communication combine to allow brain to influence the activities of intestinal functional effector cells: immune cells, epithelial cells, enteric neurons, smooth muscle cells, interstitial cells of Cajal and enterochromaffin cells.                                                                                         WE SHOULD NOTE that these same cells are under the influence of the gut microbiota, whose contributing role in brain-gut reciprocal communications has recently been identified. The concept of a microbiome GBA is now emerging.                                                                                                         The enteric microbiota is distributed in the human gastrointestinal tract. Each person’s microbiota profile is unique. However, the abundance and distribution of these bacterial phylotypes in the intestine is similar among healthy individuals.  This microbial community has important metabolic and physiological functions for the host and contributes to its homeostasis during life.   

                                                            

Feedback Loops in bio-medical literature

Feedback loops are recognized in the bio-medical literature: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go... (PLoS One, a peer-reviewed open access journal):

"Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of the Cross-Talk between Insulin/AKT and MAPK/ERK Signaling Pathways  - Loss of feedback loops or the coordination among them results in abnormal disease state."

More articles, mostly peer-reviewed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go...

"Bidirectional interactions and stress response" is suggestive, of what I call, "negative feedback loops" in the following abstract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go...

TITTLE: "The gut-brain axis: interactions between enteric microbiota, central and enteric nervous systems: Strong evidence suggests that gut microbiota has an important role in bidirectional interactions between the gut and the nervous system. It interacts with CNS (Central Nervous System) by regulating brain chemistry and influencing neuro-endocrine systems associated with stress response, anxiety and memory function. Many of these effects appear to be strain-specific, suggesting a potential role of certain probiotic strains as novel adjuvant strategy for neurologic disorders. It is my contention that in treating illness, you should not disrupt these feedback loops, as that is how you cause disease - that's what drugs do. 500 million people choose to use Homeopathy - probably because it is minimally-invasive with little or no damage to the feedback loops. I just don't see how else you can treat the body safely.







       

First thing in the morning or anytime on an empty stomach, I take Liquid Oxygen Drops – 3 drops in a little water – usually once a day. Yes, it is dilute hydrogen peroxide. We know one of its main functions is to activate and stimulate the immune system. Hydrogen peroxide kills harmful viruses, yeast or bacteria, it stimulates enzyme systems throughout the body- so says Dr David Williams.https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/hydrogen-peroxide-curse-or-cure