I decided to go deeper into leaky gut. The human gastrointestinal tract house constitutes seventy percent of the immune system. Leaky Gut is the major cause of disease and dysfunction in modern society, accounts for 50% of chronic complaints as confirmed by laboratory test. It is often the primary cause of the following common conditions asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, urticaria, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joints disorders including rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of the disease that originate with leaky gut. It also contributes to PMS and uterine fibroid and breast fibroid.
Primarily it has been antibiotics, secondarily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs motrin, aleve, and advil with NSAIDs being the major cause of leaky gut because they are viciously inflame the intestinal lining causing widening of the spaces between cells and sometimes hemorrhaging. The first antibiotic penicillin, did not enter main stream health care until 1939.
Since the 50s and 60s antibiotics use has been frantically prescribed for every infection and inflammation, particular pediatric ear infection, bronchitis and sore throats. Its ironic that most of these infection are viral. Antibiotics are damaging and are ultimately unnecessary.
Antibiotics should be considered a hospitalization level medicine, when bacteria have entered the blood, bone or organ. Antibiotics create their damage in two ways. The first is by destroying beneficial bacteria, the small intestine and large intestine host over five hundred different kinds of beneficial bacteria. These bacteria perform hundreds of functions required for healthy metabolism and immune response. When you take antibiotics, you destroy these good bacteria and the bile salts freely enter and damage the large intestine. I believe this contributes significantly to the high incidence of colon cancer plaguing today’s society.
This was written by Ronald Grisanti DC DABCO DACBN, MS from Functional Medicine University