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Energy Medicine and SIBO

Hi, Dr. Jeffrey Mark here. Today I'd like to talk to you about using energy medicine and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. As you know, many people have been reading online and looking up small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and they've gotten treatments, either with herbal supplements, antibiotics, or other medications, but they've frequently  noticed that the bloating, discomfort,  constipation or diarrhea come back after a few months.  So there's a feeling of frustration with many looking for a long term solution.  These recurrences occur because there's some root causes that may not be addressed; this may  include the vagus nerve, which has been traditionally been very difficult to treat, or to access, because we haven't had any means of being able to access or treat the Vagus nerve until more recently with energy medicine. So today I'd like to talk to you about  using energy medicine for management of  small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So let me share with you a set of slides. As I mentioned in the introduction, people that have had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which involves an imbalance of bacteria or bacteria present in the wrong places. It's also a condition of inflammation with intestinal permeability and of turning off the vagus nerve, which I'll go into briefly in a few minutes. And it's this vagus nerve aspect that keeps this condition recurrent, meaning you can get treated with antibiotics, you can get treated with herbal medicines,  you can get treated with herbal products and probiotics or prebiotics, but many times SIBO tends to recur. And it's an exercise in frustration for some because of the need for continued use of prebiotics, probiotics, rounds of antibiotics and rounds of herbal supplementations. What I'd like to tell you today is that there is another way that you can treat the root causes which include treating the vagus nerve, and I'll show you this in a few minutes. So we're going to be talking about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. And there are many aspects of this and I'm just going to briefly go over some of these things and many people have been reading and looking online. Basically, treatment steps include trying to repair the small intestinal permeability issues because this tends to occur because of the damage done by aggressive bacteria, inflammation, or the lack of balance of the correct bacterial ecological systems.  The inflammation occurs because of cytokines which are cell signals that result from the stress points around the cells. They stimulate the immune system and drive inflammation. This can cause bloating and pain.  So the idea is to repair the gastrointestinal lining to reduce the cytokines generated by  these cell signals that trigger the  ongoing  inflammation resulting in bloating and pain. There's also a condition of central sensitization where the body tells the brain that there are ongoing problems.  The brain remembers past traumas  in certain areas of the limbic system or the midbrain.   Whenever any kind of stressor occurs that may or may not be similar to the original traumatic event, there's a lower threshold and intolerance to the triggering event that fires off a response of stress. And this raises the cortisol, which can lead to intestinal permeability and inflammation and things getting through the gastrointestinal tract. So this starts the  intestinal permeability issue which needs to be addressed as well. And the other aspect is this Vagus nerve which I alluded to earlier, gets turned off.  The Vegas controls a lot of things in the gastrointestinal tract, including the pH, gut motility,  sphincter function, which actually in certain areas such as the ileocecal valve keeps bacteria out of areas where it doesn't belong like the small bowel;  And it also quiets the immune system. So there's a regulatory type function as well. Reduces sensitivities and allergies. So these are the aspects that we are going to be looking at when we treat small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and the energy medicine allows us to do this. Imagine if there was a way that you could quickly reduce inflammation. You would then be able to normalize the immune response, balance a hyperactive response, reduce stress, and correct  central sensitization, and activate the vagus nerve..The Vagus nerve  would then calm down the immune system and balance the automatic autonomic function, and increased ATP or energy by 500 percent.  This can all be done without drugs and can be done quickly. This would be a major asset, something highly desirable, which we now have available through energy medicine  using frequencies and microcurrent. So with microcurrent we know  energy or ATP production increases by 500 percent. There's several papers, such as this one here on your screen. We know that inflammation impairs function.  If you want to decrease inflammation, you'd want some anti-inflammatory product or device or mechanism to reduce  lipo oxygenase or LOX  and cyclooxygenase called Cox.  You want to do this quickly, you want to do it dramatically, but you don't want a permanent lasting effect because once you normalize to the correct normal baseline. you don't want to go below a certain threshold because inflammation, and a setpoint is helpful. That's because if there's something that occurs, you want to be able to respond to it appropriately such as an infection. You want this to be relatively inexpensive, or at least affordable and non invasive. So what fits the bill is actually energy medicine frequencies have been shown to reduce inflammation in several studies that have shown that frequencies can reduce lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase. So it's been shown that the lipoxygenase  or Lox inflammation can be reduced by 62% by certain frequencies and 3% reduction in cyclooxygenase or  Cox, which is equivalent to getting toradol.   Inflammation also interferes with the gut and brain function, and you would want to decrease tumor necrosis factor alpha which is a cytokine that signals, inflammation and other types of cytokines as well, and you want to, again, decrease it in the normal range to set to the set point of normal. If there's a recurrence of activities such as infection  that merits an immune reaction you want to be able to have the appropriate response. Just like the thermostat, you don't want to set it too low, and you don't want to set the thermostat too high, either. So cytokines are made by cells to signal other cells. There's the tumor necrosis factor alpha which is TNF alpha here. AGE  stands for advanced glycation end products, PAMP is for pathogen associated molecular patterns/particles and DAMPS are damaged associated molecular patterns/particles, and all these things show that there's either damage or inflammation, something going on that's bad in the environment and the cell senses these things and sends this red alert. And this red alert goes to the nucleus and activates certain genes. In response to this red alert signal, you get inflammation by recruitment of white blood cells and the immune system takes off. So, if you have factors such as invasive bacteria, bleeding, damaged  tissue fragments they activate these transcription factors and you enter into a proinflammatory state. Now, people try to control the proinflammatory states by using aspirin and said your non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, drugs, herbs, nutrients, they all act like keys in the lock that try to decrease the response, we kind of turn the key, kind of off or downgrade the response, if possible, that's what the purpose of taking an aspirin or acetaminophen in certain cases result in. You can also do this by using frequencies, it's like a key fob. Using a signal that is electromagnetic and in the correct frequency, and in the correct amperage, which is a micro amperage to get the signal there so that the cells turn off this cytokine response to decrease your mitigate the red alert to be more appropriate measured response instead of an uncontrolled raging Red Alert, sometimes that may be appropriate but prolonged state, as I'll tell you turns off the vagus nerve and has all those functions that I briefly mentioned. So frequencies do appear to change the cell signaling. And you can see that there's studies that show amino acids get altered and increased as well as proteins increased as well, just by this cell signaling alteration and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth develops in a number of ways, there's usually some form of diminished stomach acid so the proton pump inhibitors or other medications that suppress acid, make it easier for this to develop. Poor gut motility where the intestines don't move things through very well, such as a slow moving stream where water is usually not very clean or clear, because things can grow in it versus a fast moving whitewater rapid  where the water is usually very clear, because things get flushed right through.  Intestinal neuropathies,  something that affects motility, some physical obstructions, people that have adhesions previous surgeries, and some pockets called diverticulosis, or anything that affects any areas that can cause chronic inflammation, are at risk for developing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So, what does the Vagus nerve have to do with this?  Well the Vagus nerve, controls a lot of things including stomach acid, gut pH,  motility through the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, or intestines, pancreatic secretions and sphincter function reaching the lower esophageal sphincter.  So people that have reflux may have an inadequately functioning Vagus nerve or control, or the vagus nerve could be shut off. It's a primary system, where it both senses and activates or controls much of the intestines.  The vagus nerve is called the wandering nerve  and is the longest nerve in the body, and goes through touches much of the intestinal and extra intestinal system as well the spinal cord and other types of tissues. It has a primary role of suppressing the immune system as it samples danger, and once it detects either infection, inflammation, or damage it then turns off and activates the immune system so that the immune system can deal with whatever problem is going on.  It will detect this infection, inflammation, and it will turn off, activate the immune system to deal with it. And that's how your body responds.  The vagus also gets in the way of a stress response because it is  responsible for maintaining the rest and repair state which is the De facto state of your body, where there is not much stress. Like a sleep state or repair state, your heart rate is slow, it increases digestion and secretions and suppresses  the immune system. So, when you're in a fight or flight, you're in a stress situation. These things don't help you survive, what helps you survive is your sympathetic system running faster, breathing faster, getting more oxygen, getting more blood to the muscles, and you're not really worried about digestion at that point, which is if you survive you digest later. Now, If you have some traumatic injury or stress the above responses make sense but many times your brain reacts the same way just thinking about or encountering stressful memories, triggers, or encounters. So whether you get yelled at by the boss, or a train comes close to you or somebody almost knocks you off the curb on the side of the street, your reaction is pretty much the same. Whenever you get bad news on the phone or email, your heart rate goes fast, your palms getting sweaty. So, the midbrain and the brain and the limbic system are designed to be getting these red alerts and getting you moving out of the way, or responding, either in a fight or flight response. So, what SIBO does is that every cause is usually associated with infection, stress or some kind of tissue damage. So there are things that are probably not related to the Vagus. So there are things that Vagus is not a part of in terms of causing of SIBO, which includes certain medications  such as proton pump inhibitors reducing acids,opioids/ opiates used for pain, antibiotics, and unless they're related to some trauma infection or stress they will engage the Vagus. This list is usually not part of the equation leading to SIBO. In those circumstances, Parkinson's is also separated to basal ganglia related central nervous system type of condition. It starts with constipation and some issues with the traveling of toxins or bacteria along the Vagus nerve getting up into the brain and then, causing pathology and immune suppression. There are associated vagal dysfunction and autoimmune conditions that may be seen in some aspects of diabetes, there's several conditions of diabetes that can be related to variable suppression of the vagus especially if there is an  infection. There are conditions that most likely are related to the Vagus and physical lesions like scar tissue or other structural pathology that can trap the vagus, problems with the vagus or causing injuries, any kind of inflammation, any kind of sphincter dysfunction because the vagus controls the valve. Parasites again cause depression of the vagus because the vagus senses this infection. The vagus passes things on to the immune system to deal with traumatic brain injury and hypochlorhydria, bile or enzyme deficiencies are also involved by the vagus because they controlled secretions. And there are also things that are probably related as well to the vagus on immune disease infection with Lyme, and other types of irritable bowel conditions, leading from intestinal permeability issues to the bacterial overgrowth and the antibodies and we are not going to go specifically into those areas right now. The migrating motor complexes, is the primary sweeping device that keeps this like a sweeper that goes through and, every few hours, your body has this mechanism where there's a signal that tells all the waves that goes through the intestines to move things through. And this is controlled as well by the vagus. After infection or inflammation or after the "immune system" does its job. The idea is that the data should come back online, and that's because things need to be in balance, and there needs to be rest and repair. But sometimes this doesn't happen. And you're thinking, well, why wouldn't this happen, why is it not staying off. That's because the Limbic stress centers  stay on and are sensitized. Central sensitization occurs when the threat is gone but the threshold is now lower so that any new threats are very easily reactivating things. So the sensitized patient has, has something traumatic that's happened, some stressful event, either loss, or a rape or abuse or some sort is very traumatic. And that causes stress with lower reserves and any future insult will not be  well dealt with because of this initial insult and the body feels that it needs to protect itself. It's vulnerable, it has low reserves, and then everything is a threat or seemingly a threat or things that have happened in the past, that your midbrain remembers certain patterns of either smells, cologne, colors of clothes.  Whatever the situation was that occurred during that stressful moment gets remembered and recorded, and then your body responds much quicker so that it can protect itself because it's learned that this condition was very very concerning, and very threatening, but of course this can be happening unconsciously as well. So there's some people who are not even aware of that. So the vagus does not get activated. This causes problems, obviously because your immune system continues to be active, and there's nothing as a counterbalance and you get macrophages T cells and fully active immune systems. The immune system, unchecked, leads to a risk of autoimmunity, and that the immune system may seek out cells that are actually your own and they may be active against them, either because of this intestinal permeability which may continue or because they're forming a lot of antibodies. And some of these antibodies may end up resembling receptors to different things like thyroid or your DNA, or your joints. So, what's important is that the vagus nerve gets activated so that you can have this cholinergic type stimulation which turns off this cytokine response. So, if the vagus stays off as I mentioned, you're at risk for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, the Vegas controls motility so you can end up with gastroparesis or decrease the ability to move things out of your stomach, you get dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of bacteria or fungi or viruses in your ecosystem which is the microbiome in the intestines and small intestines. You can also have leaky gut or intestinal permeability, you get various food and environmental sensitivities and that's because of the leaky gut with things, going through the intestines and being active in the immune system being activated. And you can have chronic inflammation that can lead to various things like adhesions. So with energy medicine we actually have a way now of modifying the vagus. We can also treat chronic ear infections as well. There are people that have had mold exposures, people that have not just small intestinal bacterial overgrowth parasites and other types of infections that may need to be addressed as well. Once these are addressed either with the energy medicine or with medications, herbal or lifestyle adjustments and if the Vegas doesn't come on where we can operate with the Vegas to make sure that it comes on and rebalance the system. So, I hope this is helpful in giving you some insights by some people with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth as an example, may have recurrent problems because the Vegas doesn't come on, either because of recurrent infections, where because of central sensitization, where the body is constantly in this siege state of stress, and where the vagus nerve, needs some help in terms of reactivating and rebalancing. If the Vegas continues to remain off then it perpetuates this cycle, where if things don't move, because of mortality because of secretions because of acid, then you can get recurrence of the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. And that's why many people need recurrent courses of antibiotics they need recurrent courses of herbal supplements they need more prebiotics, probiotics and motility agents. So, with energy medicine and getting the right frequency and microcurrent that can make a difference between adequately treating the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, with the root cause of the vagus nerve versus treating other causes, and still not activating the root cause of the vagus nerve. So if you have questions and would like us to treat you with energy medicine, getting the right frequencies and microcurrent please contact us. We'd like to help you and get you on the path to better health and wellness. The goal of course is that you spend more quality time with your loved ones, be more active and increase your productivity in your various endeavors. So please give us a call at 925-736-9828,  email us at info@jeffreymarkmd.com, , or visit and request a consultative appointment on our website at www.allfunctionalhealth.com.  If you have questions about how functional medicine can help you with brain health, gut health, and immune health and building up immune resiliency. You can give us a call at 925-736-9828,  email us at info@jeffreymarkmd.com, , or visit and request a consultative appointment on our website at www.allfunctionalhealth.com.  So let us help you on your journey of health. Take care and stay healthy. 

 

Jeffrey Mark, MD

Author
Jeffrey Mark, M.D. Helping clients with compassionate and comprehensive medical care for over 25 years with 4 board certifications in functional medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and anti-aging/ regenerative medicine . IFMCP, ABIM Gastroenterology, NPAS Internal Medicine, ABAARM.

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