What is POTS (Dysautonomia) and what can be done about it?
POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome a condition where a person faints when then stand up quickly. Along with 14 other kinds of dysfunctional autonomic nervous system varieties, called "Dysautonomia" it cripples an estimated 70 million people worldwide today.
I've had the privilege of walking with a 36 yr old woman who developed POTS within days of running a marathon. (Hear her story below.) As she's seen great strides in her recovery by cleaning up her gut microbiome, I've become a student of POTS, NCS and other forms of Dysautonomia and am fascinated by its genesis.
In this post we'll look at common symptoms and a non-conventional therapy that's making all the difference in this rising autoimmune disease.Autonomic Dysfunction
Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of you that works your vital organs without you thinking about it. Like, maintaining a constant internal temperature, regulating your breathing, keeping blood pressure steady, and moderating your heart rate.
Dysautonomias are states where these automatic functions no longer work properly.
Dysautonomia affects an estimated 70 million people worldwide, with roughly half of them experiencing symptoms before age 19. 85% of victims are female.Common symptoms include:
- an inability to stay upright
- dizziness, vertigo, and fainting
- fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- low blood pressure
- problems with the gastrointestinal system
- disturbances in the visual field
- breathing difficulties
- mood swings
- fatigue and intolerance to exercise
- disrupted sleep pattern
- frequent urination
- Temperature Regulation Problems
- concentration and memory problems
- poor appetite
- overactive senses, especially when exposed to noise and light
These can occur in a range of combinations, making dysautonomia a difficult condition for doctors to diagnose.Types
There are at least 15 different types of dysautonomia.
But by a long shot, the most common is POTS with NCS (neurocardiogenic syncope or fainting).POTS (NCS)
The presenting symptom of POTS is fainting, also called syncope. Syncope actually affects tens of millions of people worldwide and it can occur only occasionally or it may be frequent enough to really disrupt a person’s daily life.
Be Still My Heart
Gravity naturally pulls the blood downward, but a healthy ANS adjusts the heartbeat and muscle tightness to prevent blood pooling in the legs and feet, and to ensure blood flow to the brain.
NCS (POTS) means the nervous system if failing to control this. The blood pressure is miserably low and the heart overworks to try to increase blood pressure without the help of muscles contracting and blood vessels constricting to move the blood up to the brain. This temporary loss of blood circulation in the brain causes a person with POTS to pass out.
The following are known to trigger syncope (fainting) for people with this autoimmune condition.
- alcohol consumption
- concentrated sugar consumption
- very warm environments
- tight clothing
Medication such as beta-blockers (Midodrine) and pacemakers may be used to treat persistent or severe cases of NCS.
A New Treatment Plan
But what if the answer to all this nervous system dysfunction lay in the gut microbiome? Notice that alcohol consumption is a trigger. And although most teens and young adults do not drink alcohol regularly, POTS is on the rise among this demographic. It’s also curious to me that people with this condition do better if they watch their consumption of sugars. Why?
Because all Autoimmune diseases, Dysautonomia and its 15 varieties included, begin in the gut as Hippocrates (400 BC) claimed thousands of years ago. Once friendly bacteria are destroyed by any one of 8 different Risk Factors, simple sugars in the diet feed opportunistic microbes in gut which produce enough internal alcohols to make you feel a bit tipsy and trigger POTS symptoms to fire.
What people all over the world are discovering is, when they restore "health to the navel" by repairing leaky gut syndrome and removing the majority of acid producing microorganisms from their microbiome, the "marrow in their bones" which is where immune cells are born and maintained, comes back to its senses, performs its proper function and stops attacking the body.
Healing Dysautonomia Naturally
Meet Idonna Clarke from Idaho who was diagnosed with Dysautonomia at age 36, just 7 days after running her 2nd marathon. She underwent surgery to have a heart pacemaker installed. She suffered a pneumothorax (punctured lung) during the surgery and even 6 months later had not recovered her health.
"I tried rest, caffiene, slept elevated, visited my doctor multiple times but did not improve. What made all the difference was when I did the full 30 Day Reboot program to correct my microbiome and heal my leaky gut. "