Agreed garzie, this is what I think as well. The autonomic dysfunction has made it so that my gut cannot heal itself. regardless if i eat perfectly, I'm never in rest-and-digest so my gut never heals.
I'm starting to find that there is a huge link between the ANS and the immune system. The old thinking used to be that autoimmunity damages the ANS, and thats why you see dysfunction of the two of them together. I'm starting to think the causality runs both ways, however, and that the autonomic nervous system/vagus nerve actually regulates inflammation in the body. There was an expierment I read about
where a neurosurgeon in NY cut the vagus nerve of a rat, and showed how systemic inflammation in the body went nuts. I could never quite explain why exactly people with PTSD or emotional trauma develop immune diseases, or why dysautonomia and immune dysfunction are so intimately intertwined. I think it may be because the ANS controls the inflammatory/anti-inflammatory switch.
As we discussed, the ANS also controls the stomach/microbiome. So it seems to me that there are 3 pieces of the puzzle. Some people try to heal the immune system to fix the ANS. Others try to heal the gut to fix the immune system/ANS. I've done both, and have made progress, albeit incomplete progress. I'm convinced my ANS is just stuck in fight-or-flight and thats driving the symptoms, the screwed up gut, the inflammation. So I'm going to try taking the 3rd approach, healing the ANS. Hoping Spero Clinic can do this.
Wrt lyme being autoimmune/inflammatory, there's no doubt about
it. I think the innate immune system gets stuck in over-drive. Excess neuro-inflammation, which again comes back to ANS over-drive. It begins to over-react to everything. You cant have one without the other. Probably why so many people have found DNRS helpful. The more i learn the more the pieces come together.
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