Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome

Post Viral Fatigue is a form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Post Viral Fatigue is a chronic low grade in inflammatory response to infections, especially viral infections which are currently more common than they were, thus driving an increase in the incidence of CFS.

The Dove Clinic has many years of experience of treating this challenging condition, key treatments are directed at correcting the gut Microbiome.  Dr Julian Kenyon of The Dove Clinic has extensive experience in this area having seen many patients during the twenty years he has been at the Dove Clinic – and before that time too.  Click here for further information.

Telephone consultations are available to those living far away from our main clinic base in order to start the treatment process off.

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The Dove Clinic is exempt from the mandatory reporting requirement but will adopt the principles as good business practice

The Dove Clinic is a private medical consultation and treatment business

The business supplies medical services to members of the general public

The business works with medical suppliers and cleaning companies, as well as service providers such as accountants, stationers, electricians and facilities support companies.

The business is providing a Modern Slavery statement to support good practice

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Areas of the business which need to be mindful of Modern Slavery include. People, Supply Chain, Safeguarding, Whistleblowing

All recruitment takes place according to recruitment policies and procedures and HR is supported by HR Department Solent.

All staff are required to undertake regular equality and diversity training and the topic of modern slavery is included as an agenda item at staff and management meetings on a six monthly reminder cycle.

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The Management team will review current and new contracts for modern slavery implications.

The team will note any Modern Slavery implications within its regular Dove Clinic report

This statement has been produced in accordance with provisions as set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015/Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (if business is legally required to produce a statement) and applies to The Dove Clinic Limited. The statement was approved by The Dove Clinic Management team on 22nd January 2020.

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacteria, which is spread by Ticks. Not every Tick carries Borrelia. The most common sign of infections is an expanding area of redness on the skin, that appears at the site of a Tick bite a few days after the initial bite has occurred. The correct treatment at that time is an Antibiotic, preferably Doxycycline, and usually that causes no further problem.

Most Tick bites which carry Borrelia are not treated in this way, simply because the rash eventually goes away, and this can lead to a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is what is often referred to as ‘Lyme Disease’.

Sometimes long-term antibiotics are prescribed for this, often after tests, but we have had very limited success with this approach. We use a range of approaches which we have used for several decades for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have significant success with these approaches.

Testing for Lyme is controversial, as standard NHS tests often reveal nothing for Borrelia. We use a German laboratory for testing, which we find is more reliable, and that gives us a good idea of whether Lyme is present.

The occurrence of Lyme Disease is relatively common in the area of the country where our main clinic base is, as we are close to the New Forest, where Deer are common, these Ticks are often carried by Deer.

Dr Julian Kenyon
January 2020

LEAKY GUT SYNDROME – Causes and Treatment Approaches

It is possible that leaky gut syndrome may be causing other health issues that are affecting you; from weight gain to skin problems, depression, autoimmunity, to food allergies.

Your gut should contain its contents within the gut.  Leaky gut happens when your intestines develop tiny holes and contents leak into the body. The gut wall houses up to 80% of your immune system. Up to 80% of the immune system is located within the gut walls, the leak causes excess inflammation as your immune system tries to deal with the leak. Over time this can lead to chronic inflammation which is at the root of many modern illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, autoimmunity, heart disease, cancer and many more. 

Not everyone with leaky gut has digestive symptoms and sometimes the problem manifests itself elsewhere in the body.  If you have digestive symptoms such as gas(wind), constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, cramping, bloody stool, abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, smelly stools, IBD, SIBO, candida overgrowth, gastroparesis, dysbiosis, then pretty much any and all digestive symptoms and disorders may be due to leaky gut syndrome. 

Some research has suggested that in order for autoimmune disease to be active leaky gut syndrome must be present, and over 80 have been identified including Celiac disease, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, alopecia, and rheumatoid arthritis among others. 

A substantial number of disorders or diseases could be related to having an underlying leaky gut, which can include but is not limited to cardiovascular disease, cancers, thyroid disorders, digestive disorders, urinary conditions, obesity, reproductive disorders, respiratory disorders, hepatitis, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. But there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the causes.

Leaky gut may also be behind some skin disorders; the connection between skin and gut health has been well established and many conditions such as acne, hives, psoriasis, hair loss, rashes, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, and dry skin could be connected to leaky gut syndrome. 

It is thought that many brain and mood disorders/conditions such as anxiety, depression, brain fog, chronic fatigue, migraines, mood swings and cognitive diseases have a connection to leaky gut syndrome at their roots.  The same applies to body and joint pains such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal conditions which have been connected to increased intestinal permeability according to research. 

Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances may to some degree have an underlying issue with leaky gut syndrome; once the gut has healed many patients discover that their food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances will resolve themselves. 

In testing, low trace minerals are often an indicator of leaky gut.  Inflammation inside the digestive tract makes it difficult for vitamins and minerals to be absorbed through the gut wall and into the body which may be what is leading to these low mineral readings. 

Sugar cravings may be a symptom of an overgrowth of bad bacteria within the gut, this dysbiosis will often disappear once the patient has addressed the health of their gut lining. 

Some steps which may help to heal a leaky gut include:

  1. Removing all irritating foods and other toxins from the diet and environment.
  2. Replacing all toxic foods with those that support digestion and healing foods.
  3. Repairing the intestines with nutrients needed to heal the gut wall and underlying immune system.
  4. Reinoculating to restore a healthy balance of the gut’s microflora.
  5. Remove all main dietary triggers for leaky gut including legumes, dairy, grains, refined foods, processed foods, and put the focus on relaxing before, during, and after meals to help optimize digestion, especially while healing. Stress is bad whether it be mental or physical can trigger leaky gut syndrome. 
  6. Diet, several drugs, and alcohol are all triggers that have been most studied. Imbalance in gut microflora, infections, and yeast overgrowth all contribute to an increasing intestinal permeability. The mouth is the beginning of the GI tract thus research suggests that poor oral hygiene and dysbiosis in the mouth can also contribute to increased intestinal permeability. 
  7. Replace bad dietary habits with those that are healthy, nourishing, and whole foods can really help. While healing the digestive system may need some additional temporary support such as hydrochloric acid, bile salts, or digestive enzymes. Often those with leaky gut have low stomach acid production that may benefit from taking apple cider vinegar before meals. 
  8. EPA and DHA found in fermented foods, oily fish, ginger, quercetin, and turmeric all have also been shown to help repair leaky gut.
  9. Fermented foods and probiotics will help to reinoculate the gut with healthy bacteria to restore a healthy ratio of gut bacteria. To help improve the health of the gut microflora eat a variety of healthy foods and fibres; avoid using antibacterial cleaners; consume raw/live/unpasteurized fermented foods; and consume a range of probiotic and prebiotic foods. Keep in mind that it is possible to over consume one type of bacteria, making it recommended to get probiotics from a variety of fermented whole food sources. 

Leaky gut is something we can help with, so it is worth your coming along to see us. Contact secretaries@doveclinic.com or call 01962 718000 to arrange a consultation.