How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
Okay, well, I want to welcome everyone. Thisis Nik Hedberg, and tonight we're talking about how to heal leaky gut syndrome. So,let's get this started. I really enjoy doing these webinars, tryingto get some good information out there to everyone. And leaky gut, it's a big issue.Its main connections are going to be with autoimmune diseases and a variety of chronicconditions, which we'll talk about. I'm just going to cover what it is, what causes leakygut, and then some of the things that you can do about it, and then how we manage itin the practice if it's there. The medical term for leaky gut is gastrointestinalhyperpermeability. It is recognized in conventional
medicine, but it's really not going to berecognized by your average . They kind of look down on it or laugh at it, so to speak,but it is definitely something very real. So, let's go ahead and jump right in. Gettingto the symptoms, conditions associated, conditions connected with leaky gut syndrome, and asI mentioned, autoimmune diseases are a big one, like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves'disease, lupus, SjÃ¶gren's, alopecia, rheumatoid arthritis, et cetera. A lot of the symptoms you'll see are fatigue,brain fog. Brain fog is basically inflammation of the brain. Because we don't have pain receptorsin the brain, that's basically how the body
tells us that the brain is inflamed when there'sfogginess. And there's a really strong connection there between the gut and the brain just in general. Weight gain, depression and anxiety. There'sa lot of literature out there connecting chronic inflammation and inflammation in the gut andpsychological issues like depression and anxiety. Different digestive problems, like IrritableBowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease, all sorts of colitis, and then just general symptomslike gas, bloating, cramping, things like that. Food allergies, of course. Arthritis and jointpain, migraine headaches, adrenal gland imbalances,
and then what we call adrenal fatigue, andthen of course asthma and allergies. The gut barrier is called a mucosal barrier,and if there's dysfunction there, there's going to be dysfunction in the other mucosalbarriers like the lungs, for example. So, what is leaky guté What you see here onthe left is what we will call a healthy gut lining. These are what we call villi, they'relike fingers, and that's where all of the absorption occurs in between these gaps. Thisis also where the immune system is. So the gut barrier protects you from a lot of differentthings. It protects you from infections like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, it protectsyou from absorbing undigested protein, and
so it's this mucosal barrier that's very protective. Now, leaky gut is when that barrier becomesbroken down, and you can see it's all flat here, all of the villi have been compromised.And so when you have leaky gut, you can also have malabsorption. That might be kind ofdifficult to understand for some people, but the intestinal barrier is selective, and whenthe immune system becomes compromised, then it can no longer protect you from the varietyof things that we just talked about. Malabsorption means that the absorptive capacityof the gut barrier is not what it used to be, so people will start to develop nutrientdeficiencies and they won't be able to absorb
protein, carbohydrates and fat. So this isa visual of what we call leaky gut. Now, these are some of the main causes. Whatyou see here in the pink is a diagram of the intestinal barrier. I want to give creditto Aristo Vojdani, he is an immunologist for this slide, and Vojdani has spokenextensively on leaky gut. So these are some of the main things thatwe see up here. Dietary proteins and peptides, so that's going to be like gluten, dairy andother allergies; other foods that are highly allergenic; antibodies, and that's if there'ssome kind of infection in the intestine; drugs and xenobiotics, so environmental chemicals,environmental toxins; prescription medications,
Leaky Gut Symptoms and Associated Diseases
Leaky gut syndrome is arelatively new condition that is reportedly becomingmore and more common. In this tutorial I'm lookingat the socalled symptoms and associated diseases. (chiming tones) In another tutorial I lookedat what leaky gut is, and how it's not alegitimate medical term. But a leaking gutcertainly is a real thing.
It's known medically as an increase in intestinal permeability. And this is thought tobe caused by genetics coupled with certain lifestyle factors such as chronic stress and poor diet. There are numerous symptomsthought to be caused by increased intestinalpermeability, or leaky gut, although they're strictly anecdotal.
The most common symptomsare abdominal discomfort, digestive issues, foodsensitivities, or food intolerance, and autoimmune diseasessuch as Hashimoto's or celiac disease. You can see thesesymptoms overlap strongly with one and other and with numerous other health conditions. A reason why the leaky gutcondition itself is quite vague.
If you are to believe thatleaky gut is a cause of disease rather than a symptom then you can argue that numerous autoimmunediseases and digestive disorders are also a symptom of leaky gut. In fact some leaky gutproponents will tell you it's the cause of all autoimmune diseases and digestive issues. Observational studies showthat intestinal permeability
does exist in some casesof type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, autism, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, asthma,multiple sclerosis and more. But it's not observed in all cases, which suggest it's asymptom of those conditions and not the cause. Additionally, observational evidence does not tell us anythingabout what causes what.
It would be so convenient if a leaky gut did cause a full spectrumof food intolerance and autoimmune disease, because then a singlediagnosis and treatment would resolve all of our problems, but honestly that theoryis just too convenient. Thanks for watching. If you found this useful,please give it a thumbs up,
Vaccines Autism Herd Immunity Paul Thomas MD
Something else we do in my practice is, ifyou start to see developmental delays, you stop all further vaccination. I've had so many patients join my practicewho their pediatrician says, quot;Oh, no. There's no link. Just do them all.quot; Even when the child's starting to show signsof a problem neurologically, they're continuing on. It's reckless.
We had, in our group 1, who followed the vaccinefriendly plan, 3 kids who were starting to look headed down that autism road. They weren't quite severe enough to have alabel or a diagnosis. By stopping, they ended up being completelynormal. Kids are hurting. People are hurting out there. When you overvaccinate, and you overtaxthe immune system at a very young age, you shift people towards allergy and autoimmunity.
The chronic diseases we're seeing today arepartially due to that very issue. We've got to change what we're doing. We've got to individualize medicine. We can not do one size fits all medicine anymore. My son says, quot;Dad, you've got a lot to say. We ought to get you on YouTube.quot; Yeah. Let's get this stuff out there.
I'm going, quot;I don't think so, son.quot; He's like, quot;Come on, please. It'll help me. I'm just trying to learn how to do this.quot; I did it as a favor for him. We had a couple of tutorials that were doingwell, a wart tutorial, and then my wife walked in. I told you that story.
It was a Saturday. She said, quot;I've got something in my ear. I think it's wax.quot; My son was here. He says, quot;Wait, wait. We're going to film this.quot; quot;Okay, whatever.quot; We were kidding around, and it was this sortof combination of cute and gross, and that
thing's got twenty million views. That's incredible. On YouTube, you can just put quot;ear waxquot; andit pops up in the top five. Well, Paul, before we start, I just wantto have a moment of gratitude, because when I first met you in 2011, my wife, we weretalking about having a baby, righté You gave me this sheet. It had a lot of sense to it. A lot of science.