Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is characterized by episodes or cycles of severe nausea and vomiting that last for hours, or even days. These cycles tend to alternate with intervals with no symptoms. Although originally thought to be a paediatric disease, CVS occurs in all age groups and researchers believe CVS and migraine headaches are related.
Each episode of CVS is similar to previous ones, meaning the episodes tend to start at the same time of day, last the same length of time, and occur with the same symptoms and level of intensity. Although CVS can begin at any age, in children it starts most often between the ages of three and seven and episodes can be so severe that the patient has to stay in bed for days.
The exact number of people with CVS is unknown, but researchers believe more people may have the disorder than commonly thought. Because other more common diseases and disorders also cause cycles of vomiting, many people with CVS are initially misdiagnosed until other disorders can be ruled out. CVS can be disruptive and scary, not just to people who have the illness but to family members too.
CVS has four phases:
- Symptom-free interval phase – This phase is the period between episodes when no symptoms are present.
- Prodrome phase – This phase signals that an episode of nausea and vomiting is about to begin. Often marked by nausea—with or without abdominal pain—this phase can last from just a few minutes to several hours. Sometimes, taking medicine early in the phase can stop an episode in progress. However, sometimes there is no warning; a person may simply wake up in the morning and begin vomiting.
- Vomiting phase – This phase consists of nausea and vomiting; an inability to eat, drink, or take medicines without vomiting; paleness; drowsiness; and exhaustion.
- Recovery phase – This phase begins when the nausea and vomiting stop. Healthy color, appetite, and energy return.
CVS is hard to diagnose because no tests—such as a blood test or x ray—can establish a diagnosis of CVS. A practitioner must look at symptoms and medical history to rule out other common diseases or disorders that can cause nausea and vomiting.
Because of the similarities between migraine and CVS, some people are treated with severe CVS with remedies which are also used for migraine headaches.
A person who experiences the following symptoms for at least three months—with first onset at least six months prior—may have CVS:
- Vomiting episodes that start with severe vomiting—several times per hour—and last less than 1 week
- Three or more separate episodes of vomiting in the past year
- Absence of nausea or vomiting between episodes
A person with CVS may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, dizziness, and sensitivity to light during vomiting episodes. Continued vomiting may cause severe dehydration that can be life threatening. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, decreased urination, paleness, exhaustion, and listlessness. A person with any symptoms of dehydration should see a health care provider immediately.
Many people can identify a specific condition or event that triggered an episode, such as an infection.
Common triggers in children include emotional stress and excitement. Anxiety and panic attacks are more common triggers in adults. Colds, allergies, sinus problems, and the flu can also set off episodes in some people.
Other reported triggers include eating certain foods such as chocolate or cheese, eating too much, or eating just before going to bed. Hot weather, physical exhaustion, menstruation, and motion sickness can also trigger episodes.
Force fluids (pure, filtered water, fresh-squeezed organic vegetable juices, and/or broths), but avoid solid food and especially dairy. After vomiting subsides, start with a light vegetable broth and toasted whole-grain bread, and then slowly reintroduce more solid foods, such as plain organic yogurt, potatoes, soups, brown rice, and steamed vegetables. After two to three days, resume a normal organic, whole foods diet.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Wait one day after the vomiting has stopped before taking supplements and then take very light doses for the first few days. Useful nutrients include acidophilus, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1, vitamin C, folic acid, and deglycerrhized licorice.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.comor www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Ginger root eases nausea: www.naturalnews.com/034934_ginger_root_nausea_vomiting.html
Homeopathic remedies ease morning sickness:www.naturalnews.com/030917_morning_sickness_homeopathy.html
Using hypnosis to cure nausea in cancer patients:www.naturalnews.com/024817_patients_cancer_chemotherapy.html
Acupuncture proven to reduce nausea in post-operative patients:www.naturalnews.com/026222_results_NIH_patients.html
Further Information (links and books)
Sickless: 51 Treatments for Morning Sickness by Abid Rahman RPh; The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide To The Curative Power Of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman ; 1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine