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Leaky Gut Syndrome

August 2015

The Leaky gut syndrome (theory), is a medically unproven condition that many health practitioners feel is responsible for a wide range of serious chronic diseases. Unfortunately. there is no medical evidence, or clinical studies, to substantiate  this condition.The Leaky Gut theory, suggests that undigested food particles can pass through the bowel, or gut, wall and into the body, leading to a large number of medical conditions.\r\n\r\nSome of the symptoms associated with this theory include: Bloating, gas, abdominal pain, food allergies, constipation and/or diarrhea, headaches, nausea, swelling of the lips and face.  Proponents of this theory, feel that the culprits are: Gluten, toxins,  Candida, H. pylori, the use of antibiotics, antihistamines, mucus reducing drugs, PPIs, food allergies, asthma, and hormonal imbalance (like PMS). Everyone of the symptoms associated with the "Leaky Gut" theory are common to a known and scientifically proven disorder; "Hypochlorhydria"! Hypochlorhydria will cause incomplete digestion, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, allergies, asthma, constipation and/or diarrhea, headaches, GERD, nausea, allergic reactions, like, hives, swelling of lips, face, etc. Hypochlorhydria is a contributing factor, in many debilitating disorders like: Allergies, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Cancer, GERD, Diabetes, Gastritis, and IBS.\r\n\r\nHypochlorhydria is the reduction of the hydrogen ion content in the gastric fluid, produced by the guts acid producing  parietal cells. Hypochlorhydria is common to all age groups, but is most prevalent in the 45 and up age groups.  Strong Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is absolutely necessary for maintaining a sterile environment in the gut.  It is also responsible for destroying bacteria and pathogens, before they enter the small bowel. The HCL also degrades nutrients, into a thick liquid mass called chyme, it is also required for the peptic enzymes to function properly. Pepsin breaks down proteins into peptones, which are the building blocks for the amino acids. Many proteins are allergens and will cause allergic reactions, if they are not destroyed by the HCL and peptic enzymes.  Pepsin is most active in the conversion of proteins, when the strength of the HCL is at 1.0 to 1.3 pH.  When the strength of the HCL is reduced, the peptic enzymes are less active in the conversion of proteins.  At 5.0 pH the peptic enzymes are completely inactive and there is no sterilization, or protein conversion, taking place.  Hypochlorhydria will allow raw protein to enter the small bowel, resulting in allergic reactions and many other ailments, not normally considered as allergic reactions. This condition will also allow bacteria and pathogens to flourish in the digestive tract.\r\n\r\nThe onset of Hypochlorhydria can be caused by aging, the use of acid reducing medications (PPIs), antibiotics, antihistamines, , mucus reducing medications, steroids, H. pylori and Candida infection. If the Leaky Gut Syndrome is to be clinically proven, all of the symptoms that are associated with Hypochlorhydria need to be eliminated, to get a clear picture of the Leaky Gut Syndrome. The most accurate and reliable method of diagnosing Hypochlorhydria is the Heidelberg pH diagnostic test or gastrogram.

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