When the color and texture of our cheeks moves way beyond a bashful blush, it's time to call the Health Care Detective
- NAME: Samantha B
- AGE: 40
- GENDER: Female
- PRIMARY COMPLAINT: Rosacea
HISTORY: Mild to moderate Rosacea with breakouts regularly over the past 2 years. Exposure to water damaged building in the past.
TRACKING DOWN THE CULPRIT
ANALYSIS AND SUSPECTS: Functional medicine analysis indicates the most suspected causative agents is an environmental toxin, most likely a mold related irritation as well as digestive/nutritional issues.
Additionally, adrenal dysfunction as well as generalized hormone disruption is probable.
Samantha is sensitive to foods – not sure which one’s exactly. She reports intermittent food related symptoms including the Rosacea.
Molds living in the sinus and GI can produce toxins that will damage the gut lining, disrupt hormone balance and can cause or make worse the presenting symptoms. The following tests shall be ordered to rule out suspects:
- Dietary Antigen – food reactions. Allergies and sensitivities
- Mycotoxin – look for source of inflammation as it related to mold generated toxins.
- GI MAP – screen for pathogens, GI dysbiosis, additional sources of irritation, GI immune response and GI inflammation.
FINDINGS AND INVESTIGATION: May 2018:
- Multiple food allergies and sensitivities-
- One moderately high mold toxin
- 3 parasites (one not clinically significant)
- Pathogenic bacterial overgrowth x2
- Gluten sensitivity confirmed on both tests
- B-Glucuronidase too high allowing for the reabsorption of toxins
- SIgA very elevated – active GI immune response to infection
- Calprotectin elevated – GI inflammation, IBS
Significant diet modification, focused on gluten elimination, began immediately. The parasites have been identified and these are also targeted in the first round of action.
FINDINGS AND INVESTIGATION: September 2018
Parasites have been eliminated.
Dietary modification has helped tremendously but still having unexplained flares ups**.
Gut healing protocol initiated, and additional food testing is ordered to investigate common gluten substitutes.
Samantha is also asked to remove foods more susceptible to mold growth.
FINDINGS AND INVESTIGATION: October 2018
**It is discovered that soy and tapioca are highly immune reactive foods for Samantha. These were also removed from the diet while gut healing protocols were continued.
Samantha enjoys a clear complexion and after healing the damage caused by the parasites, mold, bacteria and gluten intolerance, she has been able to add back many of the foods that were originally restricted. She will always have to follow a gluten free eating style to maintain her lovely complexion.
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