Leaky Gut

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New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases

With 10,000 published articles related to intestinal permeability, and scores of websites hyping the perils of “leaky gut,” doctors on the frontlines don’t have a fighting chance at getting to the truth. Meanwhile, sites like Quackwatch and England’s National Health Service give stern warnings about not buying into this “unproven” diagnosis. 

But leaky gut is not unproven. There’s even a test for it. The original test was developed in the 1980s by UCLA researchers who were trying to understand what caused the inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s. The researchers found that leaky gut preceded inflammation, implying that the leakiness plays a key role in disease development. In…

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 New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases

For decades, “leaky gut syndrome” was passed off as quackery. But new research shows it is indeed real, and may be the cause of asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, and more.

Healthy Gut

Leaky Gut is known as ‘The Disease Your Doctor Can’t Diagnose,’ a dangerous and hidden cause of chronic illness that medical science hardly recognized until recently…It can masquerade as fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive symptoms, weight problems, and other serious conditions…It’s been found in association with chronic diseases including: asthma, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel, psoriasis, cancer, and heart failure… And even with all the latest technology and over 10,000+ research papers talking about intestinal permeability (or leaky gut), it’s still a hidden epidemic to modern medicine!

Brenda Watson

Leaky Gut Syndrome may eventually lead to the development of autoimmune disease, wherein the body attacks its own healthy tissues because it thinks they are foreign invaders. There are some 80 recognized autoimmune diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and diabetes. Physicians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the development of autoimmune disease, including allergies, and researchers now estimate that more than two-thirds of all immune activity occurs in the gut.


While it's true that some conditions and medications can cause a "leaky" gut (what scientists call increased intestinal permeability), there is currently little evidence to support the theory that a porous bowel is the direct cause of any significant, widespread problems.

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