Leaky Gut Syndrome

Overview

This condition develops when inflammation or damage occurs to the mucosal lining of the small bowel resulting in large spaces developing in the mucosa, which allows bacteria, fungi, toxins and food particles to escape into the bloodstream. Antibodies then develop against these foreign invaders, which results in these antibodies damaging the patient's own healthy tissues. The root cause of this condition is the western diet of high fat, high carbohydrate and highly processed foods with consumption of large amounts of additives and preservatives. People with a lack of specific immunoglobulins, such as IgA (due to an immune disorder) may develop this syndrome. Other immune disorders may occur as a result of this condition, or may give rise to this syndrome, creating a vicious circle of perpetuating the underlying condition. In situations of abnormal growth of bacteria or fungi giving rise to "leaky gut syndrome", the condition is known as dysbiosis. Back to Top

Symptoms

  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety
  • Heartburn
  • Mood Swings
  • Recurrent Bladder Infections
  • Hair Loss
  • Brittle Nails
  • Abdominal Spasms
  • Swollen Lymph Glands

This is not a complete list and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed you have Leaky Gut Syndrome. Back to Top

Management

The logical approach to this disease is the introduction of a healthy diet, administering probiotics and soil-based organisms, which encourage the growth of healthy flora with in the bowels, and fructo-oligosaccharides that act as a fertilizer in the intestine. The thrust of the therapy is to colonize the bowel with friendly bacteria. Additionally, supportive anti-inflammatories, which are natural boosters of the immune system and play a vital role in white cell stimulation, are administered. At the Houston Wellness Clinic, resistant cases are managed more aggressively with Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy and Intravenous Supplemental Therapy. Unmanaged, this condition may be complicated by a host of other syndromes, including sex hormone imbalance, excessive Cortisol secretion (and hyperinsulinemia), Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and Liver decomposition. Dr. Allibone is a specialist in finding the source of the problem and fixing it instead of simply correcting the symptoms so that each patient can achieve optimal health. Back to Top

Learn more about how the Houston Wellness Clinic manages Leaky Gut Syndrome.

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