Newsletter February 2015

 

LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

 

Leaky gut is a surprisingly common problem.  Basically it’s a condition that occurs whenever there is inflammation and the “pores” lining of the GI tract remains open too long.  Then toxic by-products in the digestive tract can be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported on to the liver.  The molecules of food and toxins “leaked” through the GI lining may eventually affect systems throughout the body by aggravating inflammation in the joints, expressing toxins in skin disorders, triggering food sensitivities, causing “brain fog” or hyperactivity.

 

Managing hyperpermeability is definitely preventive medicine.  Reducing this toxic load on the liver and the body can prevent illness or improve its outcome.  Like Dysbiosis, leaky gut is an example of a general process that can lead to disease, rather than being a specific disorder.  This condition is far more typical than many practitioners realise and is often overlooked in designing treatment.  Resolving hyperpermeability can produce very real benefits.

 

Leaky gut (or hyperpermeability) is associated with a wide range of general symptoms, such as fatigue, fevers of unknown origin, abdominal pain or bloating, diarrhoea, feelings of toxicity, memory problems and difficulty with concentration and poor tolerance of exercise.

 

Hyperpermeability can be a causal factor in:

 

* Attention deficit disorders                          * Joint and collagen problems

* Symptoms resembling autism                      * Compromised liver function

* Chronic & rheumatoid arthritis                    * Malnutrition

* Chronic fatigue syndrome                           * Multiple chemical sensitivities

* Eczema                                                         * Psoriasis

* Food allergies and                                        * skin disorders ranging from urticaria

   intolerances                                                     to acne and

* Inflammatory bowel disease                           dermatitis

* Irritable bowel syndrome                             *  Symptoms like schizophrenia

 

Hyperpermeability can also be caused by any number of different conditions.  Any substance or condition that causes inflammation (such as GI infection), severe trauma (such as burns or surgery), or mechanical over stimulation (such as certain medications or NSAIDs) anything that over stimulates the pores in the lining and keeps them open too long, is said to cause leaky gut, known as hyperpermeability. The following conditions sometimes cause hyperpermeability:-

 

* The aging process                                         * HIV

* AIDS with diarrhoea                                   * Intensive illness

* Alcoholism                                                   * Malnutrition

* Burns                                                            * NSAIDs

* Cancer                                                          * Pancreatitis

* Celiac disease                                               * Psoriasis

* Certain drugs                                               * Radiation therapy

* Chemotherapy                                              * Rheumatoid arthritis

* Chronic hepatitis                                          * Shock and anaphylaxis

* Crohn’s disease                                            * Toxic shock syndrome

* Cystic fibrosis                                              * Trauma

* Giardia and other parasites                          * Ulcerative colitis     

 

                                    We offer a stool test for Leaky Gut Syndrome (see under Services Stool Tests)