In the Undoctored world, we love to have signs that 1) alert us to a potential health problem, and 2) can be used to track the effect of some strategy or to gauge recurrence. This is what I mean by “body signs.” Such body signs can be enormously empowering in your quest to regain magnificent health.
Unfortunately, in the conventional doctored world, such body signs are often just “treated” with medications or procedures while never addressing the root cause. This means that the cause continues and can account for recurrences as well as other health problems. For instance, if small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, is the underlying cause for fat malabsorption that you witness every day with your bowel movements, your doctor—at most—will prescribe pancreatic enzymes to help digest the fats. Yes, the fats will be better digested, but the overgrowth of unhealthy bacterial species that have ascended up the entire length of the intestinal tract is still there, inflaming your intestines, inflaming other parts of the body, leading to metabolic disruptions such as higher blood sugar and insulin resistance, and leading to diverticular disease and colon cancer.
So, in the Undoctored world, we put these body signs to work to help us sort out health, always asking whether these phenomena suggest an underlying phenomenon that can be corrected. Among such signs are:
Skin tags—Skins tags (discussed in more detail here) are little pieces of skin, typically brownish in color, that occur on the neck, face, back, and other body parts that signify that insulin resistance is present. Reverse insulin resistance, as we do in the Undoctored program, and skin tags recede without ointments, salves, or burning or cutting them off.
Xanthelasma—Pictured above, xanthelasma are small collections of fat that occur on the eyelids. They are a sign that you have too many small LDL particles, the sort of LDL particles triggered by consumption of sugars and the amylopectin A of wheat and grains. It also means that you are at increased risk for heart disease, since small LDL particles are a potent cause for coronary disease and heart attack. Reverse your small LDL particles by banishing all wheat and grains, then taking steps to reverse insulin resistance, just as we do in the Undoctored program, and xanthelasma recede. The Undoctored Wild, Naked, Unwashed program decimates small LDL particles in nearly everybody.
Eczema—Much eczema goes unexplained, causing the doctor to prescribe steroid creams or other nasty Band-Aids. But eczema should cause you to explore SIBO and the related and often concurrent condition, SIFO, small intestinal fungal overgrowth. SIBO and SIFO are hot topics in our Undoctored Inner Circle, including how to confirm and manage on your own without the ignorance or interference of your doctor.
Fungal infections—Fungal infections such as those from Candida species should cause you to ask whether you are seeding, say, your skin, scalp, esophagus, toenails, or vagina from SIFO in the entire length of your intestinal tract.
“Love handles”—While love handles themselves are not visceral fat, the generous roll of fat around the waist signifies the presence of inflammatory visceral fat surrounding the intestines, liver, pancreas and other organs, contributing to insulin resistance/high blood sugars; body-wide inflammation; presence of small LDL particles, VLDL, and fatty liver; and increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer; and hormonal distortions such as low testosterone, high estrogens in males.
Seborrhea—The common facial redness of seborrhea is essentially a “signature” rash for wheat consumption that recedes within days of banishing all wheat and related grains.
Constipation—Putting aside readily identifiable causes such as dehydration, constipation is a fairly reliable sign that you are infested with Archaea, microorganisms that evolutionarily pre-date bacteria. It is not clear why some people’s intestines allow proliferation of these curious creatures, but the implications of this phenomenon are just starting to become appreciated. Our L. reuteri yogurt, by the way, may represent one method of reducing or eradicating Archae such as Methanobrevibacter smithii.
There are many, many other body signs that you can put to work. What personal body signs have you identified, tracked, reversed?