Whipple’s disease is a rare, infectious, gastrointestinal disease that occurs due to exposure to the bacteria Trophyrema whipplei. It results in malabsorption of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into the body. This primarily manifests as a gastrointestinal disease, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, lungs, heart, skin, joints, and eyes. This is because those essential nutrients are necessary for the proper functioning of these organ systems, and without them, serious repercussions will occur.
The bad news is, there is no known preventative measure for Whipple’s disease, as with most bacterial infections. There are a number of allopathic remedies that are only administered in hospitals, and these are actually the most trusted and reliable treatments for the condition. These include a steady stream of powerful antibiotics for up to 2 years since the bacteria is extremely hardy and can survive dormant for long periods in the body. Even when the symptoms decline, the bacteria can still survive and wait for a relapse of the condition.Whipple’s disease mainly affects men (more than 80% of cases).
Symptoms of Whipple’s Disease
Some of the most common symptoms of Whipple’s disease include:
Once the rest of the body begins to suffer from malnutrition or malabsorption of nutrients, people can begin seeing symptoms like:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Fatty stool
- Neurological problems such as dementia, memory loss, lack of concentration, headaches,
- Rapid eye movement
Many of the non-gastrointestinal symptoms occur later in the process, and by that time, it is essential that you begin antibiotic treatment if you want to recover from this ravaging disease.
However, there are a number of home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of the disease and to make life more bearable while trying to recover. These include the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and a generally high-protein diet. It is important to note that these remedies should be taken in conjunction with proper medical treatment.