Leaky gut is a condition that involves changes in the integrity of digestive tract, compromising its function and immune protection. It has a variety of different causes, but it is clear that eating gluten can contribute to leaky gut via increasing the production of a substance called zonulin.
I had a patient come in to see me the other day who had had diarrhea for two years – yes, TWO YEARS! It started randomly, totally out of the blue, and she her whole life had suffered every since. She had to plan her social life around it – what social life she had left, that is; and she had lost a lot of weight. Not being into allopathic medicine, and not knowing a whole lot about natural medicine, it took her a while to figure out where to go and who to see. I love evaluating undiagnosed digestive issues – it’s like a mystery to solve, but more often than not there is an underlying cause that can be identified using functional testing.
In looking at a situation like this, there are a few key things that I would evaluate to try to find the root cause of what is going on. Very rarely do I run this panel of tests and look into these possibilities and not find out what’s going on. She was desperate for answers by this point, so she was happy to do all of these tests to try and find a solution to her problem:-
One of the first things I do when working with kids on the autistic-spectrum is take them off gluten and dairy. In 80% of cases we see improvement. Many times when taking kids off these two major food categories, we have to wean off slowly, or they will have a withdrawal-type response. I have seen kids fiending for their favorite foods, having not only meltdowns, but true withdrawal symptoms. They look like drug addicts not getting their fix.
How is it possible that these foods can impact behavior and emotions so profoundly? [Read more…]
More and more people are realizing that gluten is not the best thing for them, and adopting a gluten-free diet. Subclinical gluten intolerance is a huge deal – it’s very prevalent, and often undiagnosed. One does not have to be full blown celiac to be intolerant to gluten, and testing may or may not show up gluten intolerance.
I think part of the problem is the genetic modification of grains – as grains get further and further from how they exist in nature, it’s naturally harder and harder for us to digest and metabolize them. It’s not just digestive issues that come from gluten intolerance – it can cause neurological issues, profound fatigue, emotional imbalance, hormone issues – and many other symptoms that don’t seem to be related to the digestive system. [Read more…]