Thursday, August 17, 2023, 1:00-2:00pm ET: House Call

Featuring Madiha Saeed MD, Director of Education, and Heather Tallman-Ruhm MD, Medical Director, both of the Documenting Hope Project.

A child has been compulsively clearing his throat. Child is on a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, organic diet; is homeschooled and gets vitamin D every day. What could be the cause or help?

  • Dr. Heather: Is he producing phlegm? It would help to shift the nervous system into not needing to do so. 
  • Shandy: Were there any major changes preceding onset?
  • Beth: It could be PANS/PANDAS or dust mites.
  • Mom: Child went to PANS/PANDAS center in New Hampshire but wasn’t tested. No mold.
  • Dr. Heather: Is there a time when throat clearing happened less often? No
  • Dr. Kortney: Look at sources of mold, biofilms, IntelxxDNA and Lyme.
  • Dr. Madiha: Could it be underlying SIBO or silent reflux? Optimize digestion; digestive enzymes might help. Sporiform probiotics can make SIBO worse. Breath test is most accurate for SIBO. Organic Acid Test (OAT) can help, too.
  • Mom: Did IntellxxDNA testing, comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA) and blood work. 
  • Dr. Heather: Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) has a role in biofilms. Take a look at total load. 

Is air-duct cleaning helpful?

  • Beth: Yes, but be careful about cleaners used.
  • Dr. Heather: Air out house afterwards.

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