Today’s blog highlights two interesting and very different topics that can impact both your mental and physical health: The cell danger response: inflammation, the microbiome and digestion; and microchimerism and how pregnancy can change the health of a mother in unintended ways.
I love to share resources after I’ve attended a conference but today I’m switching it up and sharing resources before the conference for three reasons: 1) to get you fired up and excited about attending in person (or on the Livestream) 2) to share in case you can’t attend in person (or via Livestream) and 3) to highlight the amazing work that the Mindd Foundation is doing via the Mindd Forum 2019, which will be in Sydney, Australia, March 23-24, 2019.
There’s also a giveaway of 2 free tickets to the Public stream (in-person or livestream) so read on below to see how to enter.
The cell danger response: inflammation, the microbiome and digestion
The cell danger response can cause increased inflammation and have direct impacts on the microbiome and digestion. The Cell Danger Response (also known as CDR)
is the intracellular response to stressors, viruses, chemicals or toxins and any foreign particles that come into the human system that need to be expelled. If the cell danger response is constantly being activated and is defective, it may cause a heightened prevalence and severity of inflammation.
The above article highlights the effects on the cell danger response on the microbiome, digestion and nutrient absorption, with ramifications for anxiety, depression, ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and many other conditions. Here are some highlights of what the CDR can impact the lower part of the colon
- alter disaccharide metabolism, causing the lower/distal bowel to receive a more significant number of simple sugars and change carbohydrate digestion
- alter the cells that line the intestines leading to differences in how amino acids are processed, affecting production of neurotransmitters such as GABA, serotonin and dopamine, with consequences for both your brain and gut health
Dr. Robert Naviaux coined the term CDR and will address these links in detail and explain current research with regard to the CDR, cellular healing and how to incorporate these concepts into practice. He will address the role this plays in the healing cycle and treating chronic disease, and specifics on CDR as it applies to understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. His masterclass series is titled: Cellular Pathways for Chronic Disease Recovery.
According to Mindd, three of Dr. Robert Naviaux’s research publications were the most frequently downloaded papers in the journal Mitochondrion in the last 90 days, so this gives you an idea on the relevance of this topic.
Dr Nancy O’Hara also has a helpful explanation of the CDR here cover Clinical Applications of Dr. Naviaux’s research, together with Dr. Elizabeth Mumper.
It’s a pretty complex topic and I’ve been trying to get my head around it for some time. I blogged about some of his early research on CDR and the dramatic effects of a single dose of suramin on “social communication and play, speech and language, calm and focus, repetitive behaviors and coping skills” in 10 boys, ages 5 to 14 years, all diagnosed with autism.
What does all this mean for you?
- Could the CDR be a factor in your chronic unresolved SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)?
- Could there be applications for anxiety for you if you have tried ALL the nutritional/biochemical approaches and are still not seeing symptom resolution?
- Could addressing the CDR help you if you’ve been harmed by benzodiazepines, SSRIs and/or fluoroquinolones and can’t take any supplements or can only tolerate very small doses?
- Could addressing the CDR help when you have a combination of many stresses like past or recent trauma, genetic defects, heavy metals, mold and Lyme, as well as gut issues and nutritional imbalances?
We clearly have much to learn in this area and I’m excited to hear more from these practitioners.
Microchimerism and how pregnancy can change the health of a mother in unintended ways
Pregnancy can change the health of a mother in unintended ways, sometimes causing harm and in other instances saving the mother’s life. Microchimerism is the “two-way implantation of cells between a mother and fetus.”
Approximately 50-75% of women carry immune cells derived from their fetus after giving birth. Not only that, but the offspring can also hold onto maternal cells too. The fetal cells present in a mother can be apparent for years after giving birth, and their role in human health is currently being investigated. Research is also evaluating the likelihood of whether an older sibling/previous pregnancy can pass cells to a current fetus of a different pregnancy.
The majority of research on microchimerism has investigated its potential to cause harm. This is due to a 1996 paper hypothesizing the link between microchimerism and the cause of autoimmune conditions. However, the connection between microchimerism and positive health outcomes has been receiving attention in the last few years. This is partly due to detecting the capability of mammals to save their mother’s lives by providing cells that are repairing tissue, including bone marrow, to replace dysfunctional cells.
While the mechanism of action is currently unclear, it is understood that microchimeric fetal cells can provide repair processes within maternal tissue, via cellular differentiation.
Leah Hechtman will be speaking at the Mindd Forum 2019 on Microchimerism, mRNA and Parental Wisdom. She will review the understanding of how pregnancy can change the health of a mother in unintended ways and “how we can influence unique genetic pathways to improve the health of future generations.” Read about Leah and more about this fascinating topic in the MINDD article on microchimerism.
Ideally, attend the conference in person. These topics will all be presented as part of both the Public stream and the Practitioner stream, and will also be available via Livestream – at the Mindd Forum 2019 (links below).
Other topics of interest being presented at the Mindd forum
Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life is presenting in the Food Is Medicine program – Foods that Support Detoxification: Brilliant Brassicas!
Are you looking for clever ways to bring delicious inspiration to your plate? Learn how to incorporate brassica vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Kale and more) – this vital family of veggies – to inspire detoxification and disease-fighting, every single day. From breakfast to snacks to family meals and even dessert!
Naturopath, Nutritionist and Mindd Ambassador Helen Padarin is presenting – Nutrition & Lifestyle that Supports Mitochondria
Many symptoms can be due to your mitochondria needing support. These can include waking tired, energy slumps, fatigue, trouble concentrating, poor muscle tone, speech difficulties, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, vision or hearing problems, exercise intolerance or heart, liver or kidney disease. If you haven’t yet heard about your mitochondria – it’s time to get to know them and learn how to treat them well! Mitochondria are highly intelligent energy producing engines in every cell in your body.
Gillian Koziciki of Cultured Artisans is presenting – Fermenting the Rainbow for Health & Vitality
Bidirectional communication between your gut microbiota and cellular mitochondria show a link to your health and energy levels. Feeding your gut healthy, probiotic foods increases the good bacteria of your microbiome which assists your mitochondrial health. The full colour spectrum of foods can be fermented to provide guerilla nourishment.
Both Dr. Mumper and Dr. O’Hara are presenting – A Functional Approach to Conditions On-the-Rise
Clinical pearls and case histories, testing and treatment on Lyme disease, ADHD, PANDAS & PANS, Alopecia, Vitiligo and Cutaneous Mastocytosis, migraines, rhinitis, asthma, eczema, Cerebral folate deficiency, Chronic inflammatory response syndrome (i.e. toxic mold issues), POTS & Dysautonomia, Autism, Celiac & non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and ADHD without drugs.
Here are all the links
You can find the Mindd Foundation on facebook here.
Drawing to win a ticket to the Public sessions (2 tickets to be won) and 10% discount If you’d like to be entered into a drawing to enter a ticket to the Public Stream (in-person or livestream): Comment below and share why you’d like to attend/listen in and what interests you about any or all of these topics AND share this blog with a friend, colleague and/or on social media. Be sure to mention where you shared it when you comment. AND let me know if you’d like to attend the Public track in person or do the livestream Public track I have 2 tickets to give away and I’ll announce the winners on the blog Monday March 18 at 10pm PDT (USA) which is Tuesday March 19 at 4pm AEDT (Australia), and will email you directly if you’re a winner. As a Mindd Ambassador, I am also thrilled to be able to offer a 10% discount to my community. Use the promotional code TRUDY10 at checkout to receive this discount (this is for both the practitioner and public tracks and the livestream).
Can you see any applications of the above for your health personally or for someone in your family, or a client/patient?
Feel free to post your questions here too and I’ll do my best to try and address them.
And don’t forget to comment and share the blog for a chance to win a ticket to the Public stream!