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Chris asks…

what are symptoms of gonorrhea?


Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It usually affects the genital area, although the throat or anus (back passage) may also be involved. Gonorrhoea affects both men and women and is easily transmitted during vaginal intercourse. It can also be transmitted during anal or oral sex.

Gonorrhoea may not cause symptoms in women
A lack of specific signs and symptoms means gonorrhoea may go undetected for longer in women. Often there are no symptoms. Sometimes, gonorrhoea causes:

An unusual discharge from the vagina
Pain while urinating or passing water.
Untreated gonorrhoea can lead to infertility in women
If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Symptoms of PID include:
Lower abdominal pain and tenderness
Deep pain during sexual intercourse
Heavy and painful periods
Women who have had PID need to be especially careful about gonorrhoea, because the risk of infertility increases with each bout of inflammation.

A check for gonorrhoea may be recommended
Because gonorrhoea may not cause symptoms until PID has already developed, sexually active women who have recently had a change of sexual partner or feel they may be at risk of a sexually transmissible infection (STI) should have a test for gonorrhoea (and for chlamydia infection).

Men may experience a burning sensation while urinating
Gonorrhoea commonly infects the inside of the penis (the urethra). Symptoms may include:
A burning sensation while urinating or passing water
A white or yellow pus-like discharge from the penis
Swelling and pain in the testicles, which can occur if the gonorrhoea infection goes untreated.
In a small percentage of men there are no symptoms at all.

Charles asks…

can gluten intolerance cause seizures?


Celiac disease is a genetic disease, meaning that it runs in families. Sometimes the disease is triggered–or becomes active for the first time–after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress. The symptoms of Celiac disease, including wheat intolerance and seizures in children and adults vary in severity.


Sensitivity to gluten can be a hidden cause of seizures, one that is treated with a gluten free diet.
Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease, is the most recognized form of gluten sensitivity. It is a known cause of epilepsy (NINDS) and affects about 1% of the world’s population (Fasano). Seizures may be the only symptom of unrecognized gluten sensitivity. Last year, neurologists in Chile published a report of a patient who had drug resistant seizures for 11 years. She improved dramatically after she went on a gluten free diet. The doctors say her case highlights the importance of considering gluten sensitivity in patients whose seizures do not respond to drug therapy.


Gluten intolerance is a genetic issue to a very large extent. It is commonly, but not exclusively, connected to type O blood. While thirty-three percent of the Western world’s population has type O blood, it is difficult to say just what percentage of these people will become gluten intolerant. People with type O blood tend to be of Irish, English, and Mediterranean descent. However, people with other blood types are known to become afflicted as well. There is some discrepancy about who/when people develop gluten intolerance. Some medical authorities claim there are two peak periods during which onset takes place. The first being infancy, between six months to two years of age, and the second is between the ages of thirty and fifty years. Women are more prone to gluten intolerance than men. Other experts claim that onset of the disease has no age or sex restriction.
There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of gluten intolerance symptoms. Unfortunately, no one symptom is specifically characteristic of this common ailment. The majority of people with gluten intolerance (and celiac disease) have intestinal symptoms as well as many others. Common manifestations include4:
* Bone, joint, muscle pain
* Delayed/disrupted menstrual cycles (amenorrhea/delayed menarche)
* Dental enamel hypoplasia (enamel defects)
* Fatigue
* Gastrointestinal distress (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, reflux)
* Headaches (including migraines)
* Inability to concentrate
* Infertility
* Moodiness, depression
* Mouth sores
* Short stature
* Tingling numbness in the legs
* Weight loss/gain

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