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{ health } Indigestion or Psychosis? Why choose when you can have both! By Dr. David Fakadej Would you rather have gas/bloating, diarrhea and constipation with cramping pain (all of them) or any one of the following psychological disorders: autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder or obsessivecompulsive disorder? Fortunately, there is no need to choose between indigestion and psychosis. The two happen at the same time! People with digestive problems have psychological issues – and people with psychological issues have digestive problems. New studies keep emerging showing a link between bowel issues and psychological issues. One study published Oct. 14, 2013, found a Mood-Gut Link in patients with both issues: high levels of interleukin-6 (inflammation marker) and low levels of interferon-gamma, (immune marker). Another study found that as tight junctions between intestinal cells break down, microbes ‘leak’ into the body proper causing cognitive issues (poor behaviour, negative thoughts, moodiness, depression, and fatigue) because of autoimmune responses and inflammation. Items that can break down the tight junctions include the following: painkillers, antibiotics, infections, alcohol enough to feel a buzz, gluten sensitivity (sub-clinical celiac disease), celiac disease, food sensitivities, radiation therapy and exhaustion. A challenge in the present health care system is specialization. For example, a gastroenterologist is not a psychologist or neurologist and vice-versa. There is no branch of health care that can diagnose and

treat a digestive cognitive issue. Health care by design and demand consists of specialists focusing on a “Chief Complaint” that requires an operation, a prescription, or a manipulation. This is very site-specific health care. Dietary changes to improve mentation is a specialty that does not exist. A nutritionist does not have a medical degree to diagnose and treat cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, if the specialty does not exist, the condition is untreatable. Though research shows a gut-mood connection, research currently categorizes this under psychoneuroimmunology, an new branch of health care barely starting. I feel for patients with generalized non-specific, ill-defined health deficits for which several medical evaluations and imaging found nothing because there is nothing to operate, prescribe, or manipulate. Moreover, I feel for doctors with patients demanding something from the doctor because the patient won’t change their habit(s). I had insomnia and chronic fatigue. I thought one caused the other; this is a fallacy. Insomnia does not cause fatigue, nor does the reverse occur. When I eliminated foods that caused each, both went away. One food caused insomnia and another fatigue. Patients are entitled to more than one pathology as much as they are entitled to more than one food. Do you have any form of indigestion? Gas (foul or rosy matters not), bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, gurgling grumbling sounds, nausea, heartburn, etc. I guarantee you also have a mental challenge: insomnia, fatigue, anger issues, difficulty with stress, irritability, and headaches on the lower end; MS, psoriasis, joint pain, autoimmune disease, narcolepsy, cognitive decline etc. on the higher end. On the other hand, if you have any form of mental challenge, you have digestive stress. Please, please, please recognize the doctor does not cure (In health care, there are legal ramification if we use the word ‘cure’). The cure comes from self-discipline, with a little assistance from a non-specialist health care professional. This article is a new spin on the phrase “food for thought.”

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Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Road, Auburn Township. Call him at 440543-2771, or e-mail

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