5 with parasites
7 with Candida albicans.
Wendy had a very informative discussion about the TFCC and Gut health on a recent Instagram episode. Here is the link and topic list.
In a second talk, Wendy met with Dr. Dean to discuss the importance of Magnesium and mineral supplementation for ulnar wrist pain, gut issues, and overall health.
Since 2010, the knowledge of the gut has gone through a scientific revolution. The ability to test the gut and understand the ranges of normal have largely been due to the "Gut Project" and advancements in testing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5074899/
In Chinese Medicine, the TFCC is related to the small intestine health via the heart meridian. The small intestine functions to absorb 90% of nutrients.
This is important. Any disturbance in the small intestine will affect our ability to absorb important minerals and nutrients.
- Iron is absorbed in the duodenum.
- Folate (Vitamin B9) is absorbed in the duodenum and jejunum.
- Vitamin B12 and bile salts are absorbed in the terminal ileum.
- Water is absorbed by osmosis and lipids by passive diffusion throughout the small intestine.
- Sodium bicarbonate is absorbed by active transport and glucose and amino acid co-transport
- Fructose is absorbed by facilitated diffusion.
- The small intestine also has a responsibility for your immune system.
I started investigating labs and new tests for my patients and found two that have proven to be very important and informative. The Great Plains Laboratory has an organic acid urine test. Your doctor can order the test which is sent to your home.
A stool test is equally important. Diagnostic Solutions offers a GI Microbial Assay Plus (MAP) test. This test is priceless. The GI-MAP was designed to detect microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness as well as indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function.
Once the data is collected, I have found few that can interpret and offer solutions. Dr. Bryan Skinner at Cypress Natural Medicine and his team are able to meet with you online and come up with a plan of care.
It's important to share that I have no affiliation with any of these organizations. Through research and due diligence, I have found and used them with my patients and trust the tests and interpretations.
If you have ulnar sided wrist pain that arose from no known injury, I hope this information can lead to a better understanding of your unique self. If you do decide to take the tests, please share your case with me. I am hopeful we can better document the connection between the gut and the wrist.