LEAKY GUT SYNDROME – Causes and Treatment Approaches

It is possible that leaky gut syndrome may be causing other health issues that are affecting you; from weight gain to skin problems, depression, autoimmunity, to food allergies.

Your gut should contain its contents within the gut.  Leaky gut happens when your intestines develop tiny holes and contents leak into the body. The gut wall houses up to 80% of your immune system. Up to 80% of the immune system is located within the gut walls, the leak causes excess inflammation as your immune system tries to deal with the leak. Over time this can lead to chronic inflammation which is at the root of many modern illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, autoimmunity, heart disease, cancer and many more. 

Not everyone with leaky gut has digestive symptoms and sometimes the problem manifests itself elsewhere in the body.  If you have digestive symptoms such as gas(wind), constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, cramping, bloody stool, abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, smelly stools, IBD, SIBO, candida overgrowth, gastroparesis, dysbiosis, then pretty much any and all digestive symptoms and disorders may be due to leaky gut syndrome. 

Some research has suggested that in order for autoimmune disease to be active leaky gut syndrome must be present, and over 80 have been identified including Celiac disease, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, alopecia, and rheumatoid arthritis among others. 

A substantial number of disorders or diseases could be related to having an underlying leaky gut, which can include but is not limited to cardiovascular disease, cancers, thyroid disorders, digestive disorders, urinary conditions, obesity, reproductive disorders, respiratory disorders, hepatitis, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. But there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the causes.

Leaky gut may also be behind some skin disorders; the connection between skin and gut health has been well established and many conditions such as acne, hives, psoriasis, hair loss, rashes, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, and dry skin could be connected to leaky gut syndrome. 

It is thought that many brain and mood disorders/conditions such as anxiety, depression, brain fog, chronic fatigue, migraines, mood swings and cognitive diseases have a connection to leaky gut syndrome at their roots.  The same applies to body and joint pains such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal conditions which have been connected to increased intestinal permeability according to research. 

Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances may to some degree have an underlying issue with leaky gut syndrome; once the gut has healed many patients discover that their food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances will resolve themselves. 

In testing, low trace minerals are often an indicator of leaky gut.  Inflammation inside the digestive tract makes it difficult for vitamins and minerals to be absorbed through the gut wall and into the body which may be what is leading to these low mineral readings. 

Sugar cravings may be a symptom of an overgrowth of bad bacteria within the gut, this dysbiosis will often disappear once the patient has addressed the health of their gut lining. 

Some steps which may help to heal a leaky gut include:

  1. Removing all irritating foods and other toxins from the diet and environment.
  2. Replacing all toxic foods with those that support digestion and healing foods.
  3. Repairing the intestines with nutrients needed to heal the gut wall and underlying immune system.
  4. Reinoculating to restore a healthy balance of the gut’s microflora.
  5. Remove all main dietary triggers for leaky gut including legumes, dairy, grains, refined foods, processed foods, and put the focus on relaxing before, during, and after meals to help optimize digestion, especially while healing. Stress is bad whether it be mental or physical can trigger leaky gut syndrome. 
  6. Diet, several drugs, and alcohol are all triggers that have been most studied. Imbalance in gut microflora, infections, and yeast overgrowth all contribute to an increasing intestinal permeability. The mouth is the beginning of the GI tract thus research suggests that poor oral hygiene and dysbiosis in the mouth can also contribute to increased intestinal permeability. 
  7. Replace bad dietary habits with those that are healthy, nourishing, and whole foods can really help. While healing the digestive system may need some additional temporary support such as hydrochloric acid, bile salts, or digestive enzymes. Often those with leaky gut have low stomach acid production that may benefit from taking apple cider vinegar before meals. 
  8. EPA and DHA found in fermented foods, oily fish, ginger, quercetin, and turmeric all have also been shown to help repair leaky gut.
  9. Fermented foods and probiotics will help to reinoculate the gut with healthy bacteria to restore a healthy ratio of gut bacteria. To help improve the health of the gut microflora eat a variety of healthy foods and fibres; avoid using antibacterial cleaners; consume raw/live/unpasteurized fermented foods; and consume a range of probiotic and prebiotic foods. Keep in mind that it is possible to over consume one type of bacteria, making it recommended to get probiotics from a variety of fermented whole food sources. 

Leaky gut is something we can help with, so it is worth your coming along to see us. Contact secretaries@doveclinic.com or call 01962 718000 to arrange a consultation.

GFRT – Gut Flora Replacement Therapy

Gut Flora Replacement (GFR) is available at the Dove Clinic.

It is the process of implanting the beneficial intestinal bacteria and yeasts, from specific varied probiotic supplements, in significant quantities.
This is in order to reset the essential gut microflora needed for the gut to function properly. Disease finds it difficult to expand when gut flora is normal. Gut Flora Replacement aims to restore gut flora that has been damaged.  For further information, please follow click on this link:  GFRT BOOKLET 

Dr Kenyon has had a clinical interest in this area for many years.

If you want to watch a short video about the function of the microbiome, please take a look at this film. We didn’t produce it but we think it explains the function well. https://youtu.be/YB-8JEo_0bl

 

Recommended Reading:

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life
Book by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg – click image to link to Amazon
The Diet Myth – book by Tim Spector – click image to link to Amazon

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion with Dr Julian Kenyon, please contact our Reception Team or call 01962 718000.

Vitamin C

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Ozone Therapy

What is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone as a therapy

Medical Ozone is always a mixture of purest oxygen and purest Ozone.

According to its application, the Ozone concentration can vary between 1 and 100 mcg/ml (0.05 – 5% O3).  A trained physician determines the correct dosage according to the medical indication and the patient’s condition.

Properties and Effect

Medical Ozone has bacterial, fungicidal and virocidal properties and is widely used as a disinfectant.

Its ability to stimulate the circulation is used in the treatment of circulatory disorders.

When administrated at low concentrations, the body’s resistance is mobilised, ie: Ozone (re)activates the immune system.

As a response to this activation through Ozone, the body’s white cells produce protein messengers called cytokines (including important mediators such as interferons or interleukins).  These inform other white cells, setting off a cascade of positive changes throughout the immune system, which is stimulated to resist diseases.  This means that the application of medical Ozone is useful for immune activation in patients with low immune system activity.

Small quantities of Ozone applied in what is called “major autohaemotherapy” (external treatment of the patients blood before reinfusion) consequently activate the body’s own antioxidants and radical scavengers.  It is thus possible to understand why Ozone is used in diseases that involve inflammation.

As an additive or complementary therapy in various illnesses, Ozone is applied for general immunoactivation at low dosages in the form of “major autohaemotherapy” (reinfusion). This is done using CE marked equipment from the Hansler Company in Germany. A small volume of blood is taken from the patient, mixed with Ozone and then re-infused into the patient, using a sterile, closed system. Specific doses of Ozone are given per unit volume of blood depending on the condition.

Click here to download our information sheet.

Ozone Therapy

What is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone as a therapy

Medical Ozone is always a mixture of purest oxygen and purest Ozone.

According to its application, the Ozone concentration can vary between 1 and 100 mcg/ml (0.05 – 5% O3).  A trained physician determines the correct dosage according to the medical indication and the patient’s condition.

Properties and Effect

Medical Ozone has bacterial, fungicidal and virocidal properties and is widely used as a disinfectant.

Its ability to stimulate the circulation is used in the treatment of circulatory disorders.

When administrated at low concentrations, the body’s resistance is mobilised, ie: Ozone (re)activates the immune system.

As a response to this activation through Ozone, the body’s white cells produce protein messengers called cytokines (including important mediators such as interferons or interleukins).  These inform other white cells, setting off a cascade of positive changes throughout the immune system, which is stimulated to resist diseases.  This means that the application of medical Ozone is useful for immune activation in patients with low immune system activity.

Small quantities of Ozone applied in what is called “major autohaemotherapy” (external treatment of the patients blood before reinfusion) consequently activate the body’s own antioxidants and radical scavengers.  It is thus possible to understand why Ozone is used in diseases that involve inflammation.

As an additive or complementary therapy in various illnesses, Ozone is applied for general immunoactivation at low dosages in the form of “major autohaemotherapy” (reinfusion). This is done using CE marked equipment from the Hansler Company in Germany. A small volume of blood is taken from the patient, mixed with Ozone and then re-infused into the patient, using a sterile, closed system. Specific doses of Ozone are given per unit volume of blood depending on the condition.

Click here to download our information sheet.

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – What is MBCT?

Mindfulness is about learning to train the mind to focus on the present moment, without judgement. A task which is easier said than done! Mindfulness is not a new concept and originates from the teachings of eastern Buddhist philosophy.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a programme of classes designed to help people ‘move toward greater balance, control and participation’ in life. It was developed at Cambridge University by Professors Mark Williams, Zindel Segal and John Teasdale, to bridge the gap between mindfulness based approaches to healthcare and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been scientifically proven extremely effective for a wide range of physical and psychological problems.

MBCT evolved from a programme called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn  in the USA for people suffering from chronic pain and psychological difficulties.

Over the years the appeal of mindfulness has grown. It is now offered throughout the UK in both the NHS and private sectors to people looking for  support with life’s varied and many challenges. Including for example: physical disturbance such as illness, fatigue, headaches and high blood pressure;  sleep disturbance; emotional disturbance such as stress, anxiety, panic and emotional dysregulation;  and life stressors such as academic pressure, workplace demands or life events.

 

Immune Therapy

This centres around the use of medications known to improve cell mediated immunity. The main group of these medications are the proteoglycans preparations (1-3, 1-6 beta glucans), and there is a good deal of research evidence to show that these preparations specifically improve cell mediated immune function which act as the front line of immune surveillance, by stimulating CR3 receptors on the innate immune cells. A wide variety of chronic illnesses, life threatening disease and allergies are caused or worsened by weakenend or ineffective immune function, addressing these issues are a key part of the Dove Clinic’s approach.

In some cases, we refer our patients to clinics abroad, in order to obtain a dendritic cell therapy vaccine, though this is not prescribed directly by the Dove Clinic.

For a number of serious illnesses, intravenous Vitamin C may be administered at very high doses, at which level it has a pro-oxidant as opposed to an anti-oxidant effect. This three week programme is run at our Winchester clinic only and has extensive research support.  As mentioned elsewhere, all our treatment programmes are offered on an informed consent basis.

We also administer Vitamin C Therapy using various oral supplements, which raise the serum levels of vitamin C reached by the vitamin C infusion programme.