Going Going GORD
Long-term reflux also known as gastrointestinal oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) affects approximately one in five Australians. GORD is described as a burning sensation (or heartburn) from stomach acid that moves up into the oesophagus. GORD is a chronic condition and common medical treatment is to prescribe Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI). However, as this case demonstrates, dietary and lifestyle changes along with a focus on gut healing, can result in our patients experiencing relief from these distressing symptoms.
The Marvels of Myrrh
Since biblical times Commiphora molmol (myrrh) oleo-gum resin has been used by the Middle East, China and India. Its uses are many and varied, having an affinity for the heart, blood and female reproductive systems. Traditionally used for wound healing specifically mouth ulcers and gingivitis, respiratory conditions with catarrh, gastrointestinal complications and having anti-schistosomal activity. As well as, conditions affecting cholesterol, blood sugar and cardiovascular health. Myrrh possesses vast analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial actions which highlight its myriad of therapeutic potential.
A Gut Full of Pathogens
Giardia lamblia (syn. G. duodenalis, G. intestinalis) is a protozoal parasite that is transmitted via the faecal-oral route and through contaminated water. Giardia infection triggers intestinal inflammation, enterocyte apoptosis, intestinal barrier dysfunction, villous shortening and atrophy, disaccharidase deficiency and subsequent malabsorption. These effects manifest as diarrhoea, malabsorption and weight loss in affected patients.