The medical studies abound with interesting associations researchers have noticed:
So what is a common link between all of these associations and features? A common link is a lack of beneficial intestinal bacteria. It is a plausible reason why these features appear together so frequently. A lack of the right intestinal bacteria is likely to play a role in many of the chronic disorders we have today, especially connective tissue disorders. It's a hypothesis that explains many of the associations that have been observed in the medical studies.
Researchers tend to try to categorize the different connective tissue disorders and their features as entirely distinct entities, but they are not. They have many similarities. If you just look at the data, and ignore the specific disease labels that researchers and doctors like to put on people, then I think you will find that many these types of disorders are highly multifactorial conditions which include variations of overlapping nutritional deficiencies as factors. The reason the symptoms of these disorders overlap is because their root causes overlap. The symptoms found in these disorders are not distinct sets of unique entities because their causes are not distinct entities. If you consider the possibility that a lack of helpful bacteria may be a factor in all of these different disorders, then many of the study results and interesting associations researchers have uncovered all make perfect sense -- there are logical reason why they occur.
I believe the lack of helpful intestinal bacteria is due, in part, to our modern day lifestyles that include preservatives in food, a cumulative effect of fertilizers and pesticides in farming and the ever popular use of antibiotics. Preservatives in food keep harmful bacteria from growing in food products, but what do they do to our intestinal bacteria? Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria, but they also kill the beneficial bacteria in our bodies in the process. Chemical fertilizers in soil help crops to grow, but what effect do fertilizers and pesticides have on our bodies? All of these factors can impact beneficial bacteria, and without beneficial bacteria, our ability to absorb nutrients and fend off harmful bacteria decreases.
may be linked to infection with a common bug and daily doses of
friendly bacteria could ward them off, preliminary research suggests.
A study presented Friday at an infectious diseases conference found
that about 18 percent of chronic migraine sufferers were infected
with the stomach bug helicobacter pylori and antibiotics appeared
to clear the headaches.
From the CBS News web site
|Low Levels of Helpful Bacteria Can Cause:|
|Poor Vitamin K Synthesis||Magnesium Deficiencies||B Vitamin deficiencies||Other Features|
not clot properly resulting in:
acid synthesis contributing to:
Various nutritional deficiencies and
Undigested, decaying food, which contributes to:
of harmful bacteria that contribute to:
With the table above in mind, let's take a few connective tissue disorders, plus a couple of common features of connective tissue disorder and review their diverse symptoms and how they fit in with this chart.
Fractures, premature birth, heavy menstrual bleeding, osteoporosis, scoliosis, pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, hearing loss, hypermobility, mitral valve prolapse, fibromyalgia, keratoconus.
Recent studies show that many premature births are linked to vaginal infections, and vaginal infections can be caused by overgrowths of harmful intestinal bacteria. Many people with OI are perfectly normal until a certain point in their lives, when they develop OI symptoms. Some people have OI and then recover. These are not the hallmarks of an incurable genetic disorder. Perhaps there is a genetic predisposition to OI, but something else must be triggering the disorders in the people that have it for only a part of their lives. Could antibiotics or other agents destroying intestinal bacteria be factors?
Pectus excavatum, scoliosis, pectus carinatum, osteoporosis, low blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, seizures, low body weight, migraines, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, anxiety disorders, asthma, allergies, sensory perception problems, fibromyalgia, keratoconus, hypermobility, calcification of tissues. deways Curves of the Spine (Scoliosis)
Pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, hypermobility, mitral valve prolapse, osteoporosis, bleeding tendencies.
valve prolapse syndrome:
Migraines, asthma, allergies, keratoconus, low blood pressure, low body weight, scoliosis, hypermobility, anxiety disorders, pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, bleeding tendencies, fibromyalgia, TMJ.
Pretty much every single symptom on the table.
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD has been linked to a high intake of salicylates, which are aspirin like substances found in high concentrations in foods like fruits and nuts. Allergies and asthma have both been linked to high levels of salicylates, as well as to aspirin sensitivity. Salicylates block the action of vitamin K, which is why aspirin thins the blood and can cause bleeding problems. Studies indicate magnesium is partly dependent upon vitamin K. Salicylates block vitamin K, which impacts magnesium levels, which increase adrenaline flow. The increased adrenaline flow then results in a variety of hyperexcitability disorders including ADD.
I believe this is why mitral valve prolapse, a condition very strongly linked to both magnesium deficiencies and increased adrenaline flow, is also linked to bleeding tendencies. When you look at everything logically, it all fits, and it all makes sense.
Von Willebrand's disease
Von Willebrand's disease is thought to be an inherited, common form of hemophilia. But is it? Are genes the only factor influencing the disorder? Von Willebrand's disease is closely linked to mitral valve prolapse and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. We know from other studies that MVP has an inherited tendency, yet is strongly linked to magnesium deficiencies, and is often corrected by magnesium supplementation. Could von Willebrand's disorder have an inherited predisposition, yet be impacted by diet like the MVP that often occurs along with it? People with von Willebrand's disease are usually aspirin sensitive (aspirin blocks vitamin K) and the symptoms of von Willebrand's disorder are pretty much identical to the symptoms of vitamin K deficiencies.
MVP occurs not only in von Willebrand's, but along with a wide variety of various clotting anomalies. Perhaps these clotting anomalies, including von Willebrand's disease may be caused in part by vitamin K deficiencies.
Related sections of interest:
Natural Therapies for Morgellons - The cause of this disorder is controversial and not clearly understood. My family had some similar symptoms so I wrote up what we found helpful.
"Without good bacteria, the body could not survive," - The skin is home to a virtual zoo of bacteria, according to a study published in February, 2007, in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. One of the study authors notes that human forearms have as many species of bacteria as most zoos have of species of different animals.
New sentinel against food poisoning? - Livestock feed containing a beneficial bacteria commonly found in cheese and yogurt has proven effective in reducing the dangerous E.coli bacteria in cattle before they are slaughtered for beef, meat researchers said this week
Bacteria May Prevent Quake Damage - "A natural culture of Bacillus pasteurii along with oxygen and other nutrients causes calcium carbonate to form around sand grains, cementing them together. The structure of the soil is not changed; the gaps are simply filled in."
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