Gastroenterology/constipation

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Hello,
My daughter went to an internist for constipation she's had for 15 years.  Sometimes it's worse than other times. She had a blood test done showing a tsh score of 5.7, vit d deficiency of 5!, and total cholesterol of 268. She is 30 years old.  They want to do another blood test.  Meanwhile, I have been googling.  Seems to me she may have hypothyroidism.  However, it also seems like the vit d deficiency can cause the tsh score and the high cholesterol, and the constipation can cause all these things too.  It seems like she could be put on incorrect medications.  Can you shed any light on all this info?  Thank you

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Dear Lauren

I share concern about your 30 years old daughter health. I do not have her medical date, but what came to my mind.

Constipation and low thyroid, deficiency of the vitamin D and low thyroid, high cholesterol and low thyroid are common, interrelated conditions and I so them every day.
You wrote, “It seems like she could be put on incorrect medications.” Yes, she can go to her PCP and start to take hormonal therapy, anti cholesterol drugs and laxatives for the rest of her life.

By common sense, before taking medications, it is important to know what causes the problem. For beginning, ask PCP to check thyroid panel and rule out the Hashimoto thyroiditis.

For your thoughts, I can give you possible reasons for your daughter’ constipation:
•   Candida-yeast overgrow. It is possible if she took antibiotics, bad water supply (chlorinated water). Constipation/diarrhea may be also symptoms of it.
•   Low amount of the friendly intestinal bacteria
•   Not enough fiber in the diet
•   Dehydration
•   Not enough magnesium, potassium.
•   Low pancreatic function. Gas, bloating, left upper abdominal pain
•   Low amount of the bile. Bile constipation is in people that avoid fatty foods (olive oil, eggs, butter). These products stimulate the releasing of bile. Bile is natural simulator of the intestinal peristaltic  
•   Food  allergy, sensitivity
•   Low thyroid function. Some areas in the U.S. may have low amount of iodine. Temperature test may show that
•   In women, it can be connected with taking of the BCP
•   Depression. Combination of constipation and depression is well-known medical fact
•   Lack of exercise, sedentary life style
•   Some medications
•   Changes in life or routine such as travel
•   Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement



The good answer about healthy diet including constipation, you can find in my EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You”, part 2. Pancreas is core of your proper digestion. Healthy diet is vital.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240466#longdescr

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I wish good health for your daughter and you.

Peter Melamed, Ph.D.
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I can answer all questions about digestive health, especially in focus on the non-drug, non-surgery treatment. It includes healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, abdominal massage, and cleansing techniques. All these practices are widely used by gastroenterologists all over the world.

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This is my everyday job at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. I have decades of the experience of working as an MD in ICU, outpatient department and privet practice. I have helped many of my patients with the chronic digestive disorders by using the non-drug, non-knife approach for the 20 years.

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I published many articles on internet about gastrointestinal disorders. 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236176#/longdescr 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 http://pancreas.imedpub.com/chronic-metabolic-acidosis-destroys-pancreas.pdf 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 http://pancreas.imedpub.com/short-review-of-our-work--chronic-metabolic-acidosis-destroys-pancreas-with-focus-on-the-functional-exocrine-pancreatic-disorders.pdf 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 http://www.townsendletter.com/AugSept2015/acid0815.html 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10 http://www.smgebooks.com/chronic-pancreatitis/chapters/CP-15-01.pdf

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