All Digestive Problems Affect the Brain
I would estimate that 90% of my patients that come to me have some sort of digestive complaint and multiple digestive symptoms. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, acid reflux, gas, and pain lead the list. But what most people don’t realize is that many digestive problems lead to multiple symptoms outside the gut including the skin, immune system, sinuses, and most of all the brain! In all my years of practice, if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that any digestive problem can have far reaching negative impacts on our health. The sad news is that traditional medicine, for the most part, doesn’t recognize what has been scientifically proven to manage digestive disorders. In addition, most digestive disorders will never respond to pharmaceuticals.
Today I want to discuss what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome or Intestinal Permeability. Here are the take away messages:
- Anything that causes digestive inflammation will eventually break down the barrier the gut and enter our blood stream.
- When this barrier is too permeable (leaky) larger then normal food particles, bacteria, and toxins make their way into the blood stream and create excessive immune responses.
- These excessive immune responses create inflammation in the entire body and brain causing a myriad of symptoms. (please see my video on my youtube and page “ 10 Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome”)
- Leaky Gut is THE GATEWAY to immune dysfunction and autoimmune disease.
- Leaky Gut can be tested for and repaired.
- There are numerous scientific studies that show the effects of Leaky Gut Syndrome and brain health.
- If Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs before the age of 3, when the brain is still developing, in can contribute to neurodevelopmental delays (seen in the spectrum disorders including ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism), speech apraxia, poor motor skills, poor learning skills, etc.
- Leaky Gut Syndrome in adults is a major contributor to psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and OCD.
- Leaky Gut Syndrome is a major contributor to protein aggregation in the brain cells seen in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases including Suprannuclear Palsy, Corticobasilar Degeneration, Lewy Body Dementia, Multiple Systems Atrophy, Fronto-Temporal Dementia and Cerebellar Atrophy…all of which are skyrocketing in our society.
- To put it simply, when the small intestinal lining breaks down, it’s like having holes in a screen door on a hot summer day. Bugs and undesirable substances that do not belong in in the home start to make their way in. When this happens in the body, a cascade of inflammatory chemicals are released, affecting the entire body and brain. This can set into motion the above mentioned effects on the brain but also the following:
-Chronic arthritic pain in joints and muscle
-Skin issues such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea, and hives.
-Chronic sinus and lung problems
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“Look to the gut. There you will find the cause of all human illness” ~Hippocrates.
When medical doctors take there oath upon graduation it is called the Hippocratic Oath named after the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates.
Although modern medicine has gotten away from looking at causes of digestive problems and has focused on symptom reduction via pharmaceuticals this is not true with functional medicine. All functional medicine practitioners agree that good health starts in the gut.
In our clinic the first place we will start to work on with any chronic illness is the gastro-intestinal system.
When we say “gut” we are referring to one long tube that starts with the mouth, then the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon and anus. Lining this tube is up to 80% of our white blood cells or immune system. The gut is the main portal of entry into the body.
Digestion and absorption of nutrients is such a vital part of us being healthy that anything disturbing them has to be addressed immediately. There is also a very strong back and forth connection between the brain and the gut. In fact the gut has its own separate nervous system that is impacted heavily by the brain and our hormones.
On my full length video you will learn all about the common disorders that most chronically sick people encounter and more importantly how they can be managed with functional medicine and neurology.
If you suffer from any digestive complaint and are not getting answers with traditional medicine I highly recommend you watch this video in its entirety. You might be amazed at what you will learn and how you can take control of your health.