Chris, a busy executive in London, had been struggling with a range of health challenges for several years.
His digestive system was out of balance, as evidenced by frequent bouts of loose stools and diarrhea.
In addition to the digestive symptoms, Chris was feeling low on energy during the day, and his head and neck felt heavy and achy.
His dizzy, heavy head had previously led to fainting & blacking out, especially during times when he was under stress.
Leading Harley Street neurologists had not been able to find anything wrong in terms of brain and neurological problems.
All in all, Chris’s symptoms were making daily function difficult and significantly reducing his quality of life.
Initial stool test
Because Chris had diarrhea on a daily basis, I wanted to check his digestive system for “bad bugs” and inflammation.
His stool test revealed a Citrobacter overgrowth, a bacterium that is known to cause digestive problems in people.
Citrobacter can also affect cellular energy production because it produces a gas called hydrogen sulfide.
Thus, not only can this bacterium trigger diarrhea, but it can also tank energy levels.
Chris’s stool test also revealed high levels of Geotrichum and Microsporidium. In plain English this meant that he had some toxic fungal overgrowth in his intestine.
These fungi were likely to be contributing to his digestive symptoms, and because of their toxic nature, potentially contributing to his general feelings of fatigue and malaise.
Another very important finding on Chris’ stool test was very low digestive enzyme output, as indicated by low Elastase-1, below.
Elastase-1 is an enzyme produced by the pancreas to help food digestion and to maintain a healthy intestinal environment.
When Elastase-1 is s low, we know for sure that food digestion isn’t working properly and may be causing nutrient deficiencies.
Chris’s blood test result
In addition to checking Chris’s digestion we ran a comprehensive blood test to check for metabolic imbalances.
It was interesting to note that Chris’s insulin level was too low, indicating possible trouble with blood sugar regulation.
We know that poor blood sugar regulation can cause nausea, weakness and even fainting/passing out.
I wondered whether this might explain why Chris has been struggling with this area of his health.
Another blood sugar regulation marker called LDH was also quite low, again possibly indicating some issues with blood sugar regulation.
We also found evidence that Chris had some nutrient deficiencies, the most important of which were zinc, vitamin B6 and vitamin D.
These nutrients perform critically important roles in the body, and deficiencies can contribute to many symptoms and disorders.
Vitamin D, for example, helps with blood sugar regulation, immune function and energy.
Zinc is important for immune function and deficiencies can cause diarrhea, one of Chris’s main symptoms.
Vitamin B6 is critical for detoxification and brain chemistry (we need B6 to make dopamine and serotonin, for example).
Even though the lab testing we do is very detailed, sometimes the “basics” also need to be assessed.
When I analyzed Chris’s food diary, it was apparent that his breakfasts might be destabilizing his blood sugar and causing some of his symptoms.
Breakfast wasn’t particularly “unhealthy”. It consisted of porridge and fruit, which is a combination that works well for some people.
However, these foods don’t offer much in the way of protein and fat, and can cause a spike and then a dip in blood sugar.
The blood sugar dip can lead to nausea, lack of focus, foggy thinking, irritability and a general feeling of uneasiness.
Some folk have even been known to black out/faint as a result of such blood sugar dips.
The fact that Chris’s heavy head and nausea occurred at roughly the same time of day – 30min before lunch – indicated to me that perhaps some breakfast “tweaks” might be helpful.
Chris’s healing program
Chris’s program consisted of five elements, which we addressed over a 4-month period.
First, we added some protein and fat to his breakfast.
Second, Chris visited a chiropractor to receive gentle manipulation on his head, neck and shoulders.
Third, we used an herbal protocol to knock out the “bad bugs” in Chris’s digestive tract (i.e. Citrobacter and fungal overgrowth).
Fourth, we supported Chris’s digestion using stomach acid, pancreatic and gallbladder support.
Fifth, we took care to replace Chris’s low nutrients (vitamins D and B6, as well as zinc), using appropriate supplementation.
What results did Chris experience?
Being sat at a desk all day, he’d compromised his posture and placed a lot of strain in the “upper third” of his body.
After his chiropractic adjustment, Chris felt immediate improvements in his head and neck area.
Having added some protein and fat into his breakfast, the late morning nausea and lightheadedness disappeared.
Once he’d completed the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal herbal protocol, Chris’s diarrhea had stopped completely.
Over time, as he replaced his deficient nutrients, Chris found that his energy level stabilized throughout the day.
These improvements didn’t happen overnight, but within 3-4 months, Chris felt like a new person and had no more incidents where he felt like blacking out.
Could a program like this help you?
At first glance, Chris’s situation looked quite complex. But as you’ve seen, the case wasn’t too difficult to resolve.
He’d been thoroughly assessed by top neurologists, who couldn’t find any serious medical problems. This gave me the green light to do my own investigations.
It all came down to four things:
A blood test and a simple home stool test, combined with a food diary, were the only assessments needed to uncover the root cause of Chris’s symptoms.
Once it was clear what was causing his symptoms, Chris was able to make laser-focused changes to his diet and lifestyle, and use targeted supplement protocols to resolve his issues.
The question is, “Could you achieve the same results?”
And the answer is, “YES, you could.”
If you are prepared to undertake the appropriate assessments, we can guide you along the path to complete recovery.
You’re not going to magically feel 100% overnight, but with sensible and manageable action steps, there is no reason why in a few short weeks you can’t feel a million dollars.
You’ll hear me talk about functional medicine testing a lot, especially stool testing, because it’s the main tool I used to fix 4 years of my own ill health when I had H. pylori and parasites.
In my humble opinion, if you’re experiencing digestive problems or even low energy, mood, skin and sleep symptoms, a stool test is one of the best places to start.
It’s dead simple:
You get a test kit sent to your home
You complete the sample and return it to the lab
We ask you to fill in some forms and provide a food diary
Once your results are in, we run a detailed consultation to explain what is going on, and what you need to do in order to feel well again
Click here for more details on how the process works.
It’s 100% risk-free
I don’t want finances to get in the way of your health, so running a stool test is completely risk-free.
If the results don’t reveal why you’re feeling unwell, I’ll refund every penny.
We hardly ever need to do this, but the guarantee is there, and it’s cast iron.
We want you to experience great health, and we’re here to help every step of the way.
I guess I’ve said all I can for now, and I hope to speak with you soon.
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