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It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Privategp.com will be closed with effect from the 30th of September 2023.
It has been our privilege to look after you, our PGP “extended family”, which includes over 30,000 patients during our 28-year history.
Our integrative work has been groundbreaking with some truly remarkable and humbling results for which, I believe, we became quite famous.
I would like to thank past and present patients and staff for your tremendous work as an extended team, together with our network of colleagues throughout the UK.
We have worked very hard to try and ensure a smooth transition for your healthcare.
We hope that the information below will be helpful to you.

Your future medical care

It is important that you have access to your NHS GP or other medical service in future should you need prescription-based medications. We are unable to recommend a medical practice but may be able to signpost you to appropriate support via drpiper@privategp.com
If you have special requirements as a past patient please email drpiper@privategp.com. Responses are not guaranteed and will be discretionary.

How we handle your data

We have a legal duty to inform you of the way we are managing your data. Over the past two or three years, our policy has been to send you copies of all your letters, blood results, and notes from your consultations. Therefore, you should have enough information to provide any new GMC-registered medical practitioner.
Past medical records are held securely. Please send any SARS requests to drpiper@privategp.com

PGP still retains the contact data of all patients with an email address. This is with a view to making future contact to advise of any services being provided by PGP going forward. All patients are offered the option of opting out of this and having their contact data removed if they so wish.

Yours in health and happiness.
The PGP Team

CIRS

Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) was first used as a term in the 1990s to describe a multi-symptom, multi-system chronic illness.

Changes in cognition, hormones, and energy are commonly experienced. Exposure to certain environmental ‘inflammagens’ and pathogenic organisms (which can collectively be termed ‘biotoxins’) is understood to trigger this kind of chronic inflammatory response in the body. The work of Dr. Shoemaker showed that the toxic ‘soup’ found a water damaged building (WDB) e.g. bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes as well as tick borne infections were two of several triggers for this response.

Dr. Shoemaker’s work is intimately connected with Dr. Dale Bredesen’s work on cognitive decline and both indicate that exposure to biotoxins can be part of the pathway that leads to cognitive decline. Both Doctors also agree that resulting inflammation and eventual hypo-metabolism are the net result of exposure thereby contributing to changes in brain function. CIRS can, therefore, be seen as very much part of the cognitive decline jigsaw. 

The CIRS approach has led to a broader understanding of chronic immune system activation, so whilst CIRS is not a medical diagnosis currently applicable in the UK, the concept of a chronic inflammatory response picture is something that can still be assessed and considered.

In order to assess a potential chronic inflammatory response it is important to consider what exposure you might have had e.g. exposure to a water damaged environment, a tick bite or tropical fish food poisoning.  Next it is important to consider symptoms.

Symptoms can be varied and to some extent ‘invisible’, with neurological symptoms being common. If you think that your health may have been affected by possible exposure to any of the triggers noted above then please consider the following symptom chart. These are the 37 most frequent symptoms seen in the CIRS picture. The total score is important to note, but, each alternating colour of the chart indicates a symptom cluster. A cluster score of more than 8/13 can mean that further testing could be considered. The list given here is simply a guide and would be discussed in more detail during an appointment due to the specific nature of some of the symptom details. 

Symptoms cover typical inflammation symptoms, hormone changes, neurological symptoms and respiratory tract symptoms.

It is also important to be aware that even if you have experienced exposure to a  water- damaged building (or any other biotoxin exposure) and feel that your health is compromised, this may not be the only thing affecting your health. All aspects of your health will, therefore, need to be considered to get the fullest picture possible.

Testing for CIRS includes a blood test that covers inflammatory markers, hormone markers and some relevant antibodies.  The nasal swab test for MARCoNS is also useful to consider especially if there are sinus symptoms, although this can still be present with no symptoms.  This is relevant as hormone changes can mean there is less protection in the sinuses and so greater levels of bacterial colonisation can become more prevalent.

Where changes in cognitive health may be seen volumetric MRI testing can be important to consider.

HLA gene testing can be undertaken as can the GENIE test which reports on gene signalling, especially relating to the hypo-metabolic signature of the CIRS picture.

Finally, dust swiffer testing can be considered to check for mould/actinomycetes, mycotoxin or endotoxin exposure in an environment.

A chronic inflammatory response requires the careful consideration of a body of evidence that all builds to create a picture that is consistent with exposure. Lab test results should match symptoms and the therapeutic or treatment protocol should provide improvements that can be tracked via testing to allow for course-correction of a protocol as required.

Additional factors such as your health history, family health history, and other relevant symptoms and any prior diagnoses all have to be considered in order to give the most comprehensive understanding. 

One potential protocol is the Shoemaker Protocol, this is a useful framework that utilises the lab work to guide the programme, with retesting undertaken at regular timeframes.  The Bredesen protocol is also worth considering if there are cognitive symptoms, though the Shoemaker Protocol should take precedence of direction if there is a clear chronic inflammatory response picture related to biotoxin exposure.

The Shoemaker protocol is 12 steps with the first step being removal from exposure. 

  1. Removal from exposure
  2. Removal of biotoxin carriage – binder prescription
  3. Eradication of MARCoNS
  4. Correct anti-gliadin antibodies/Gluten free diet/Re-check
  5. Correct androgens
  6. Correct ADH/serum osmolality dysregulation
  7. Correct elevated MMP9
  8. Correct low VEGF
  9. Correct elevated C3a
  10. Correct elevated C4a
  11. Correct elevated TGFb-1
  12. Correct VIP

Your own progress though the Protocol will depend on your initial test results and response to each step. 

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