Leaky Gut Syndrome – a Homeopathic Treatment (updated 5/06/08)
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Part of the causes of leaky gut is from the use of antibiotics and steriods. These medications devastate the gut bacteria and cause larger than normal wholes in the wall of the intestines in which bacteria and undigested particles, and antigens can migrate into the body and bloodstream. The most common outcome is allergies, inflamation, malnutrition and bacterial dysbiosis, hepatic stress. Candida is a normal flora in the gut but after too much antibiotic it can mutate to a dangerous form that damages t he gut wall and can invade other body systems via the blood stream.
There is a test that can be done for leaky gut if you can find a doctor willing to do it. The patient takes 5grams of lactulose and 5grams of mannitol. Theses sugars are normally not absorbed into the body or absorbed in very low levels. It the gut is leaky a large amt of these sugars can be found in the urine about 6 hours later.
If leaky gut is found then a program to heal the lining of the gut needs to be initiated. Diseases that this can lead to are irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, pancreatic insfficiency, hepatic dysfunction, exezema, psoriasis, uticaria, acne dermatitis herpeitiformis, infectous enterocolitis, RA, spodylarthropathies,
chronic fatique, food and chemical sensitivities, cancer, autism, CF, hyperactivity. (and in my opinion, much more than they list)
This information came from Dr Szallasi MD from his article posted in the International Journal of Integrated Medicine. It seems that this issue is well recognized and studied in Europe. I have had opportunity to ask several GI doctors here in the states over the past 10 years and none have heard of leaky gut syndrome!
Leaky Gut Treatment
taken from International Journal of Integrated Medicine
Alta Smit MD, MBBCH, MSHom
Most treatments take 3 to 4 months
detection: the test describes on the previous post with the 2 sugars or
a detailed questionaire if the test is not avaiable, detection of food intolerance,detection of bacterial growth from stool sample or vaginal swap that reveals bacterial or fungal overgroth
Treatment: remove, replace, reinoculate, repair.
REMOVE: Citricidal start with 2 drops 2xday. work up to 6 drops 2xday and Caprilic acid, (Ca prilex) 6 tabs a day.
all yeast and fermented foods eliminated for 3 months.
Severe cases may require a broad spectrum anti fungal like nysatin for 5 days or more. Also treat for parasites and other enteropathogens.
Avoid all foods that cause intolerance for 12 weeks. This will help calm down the senitized immune system. If tests for food tolerance are not available avoid the most common allergy producing foods, wheat, soy, dairy, refined sugar, additives, etc
alcohol, cafffeine and NSAIDS need to be avoided. Indomethacin is concentrated in the bile and creates a toxic bile that damages the mucosa of the bowel. Nabumetone is a safer chice and will not increase intestinal permeablity.
Hydrochloric acid in pill form, or
L-histidine, an essental fatty acid of 500 mg bid.
enzymatic enzyme replacement with pancreatic enzymes orpland derived proteases, amylases, lipases, and cellulases ( especially if there is malabsorption). Enzyme deficiency include prolonged feeling of bloating after meals, belching, undigested food particles in stool, diarrhea or loose stools
friendly bacteria or probiotics. Do this after remove and replace.
add FOS to the probiotics
Rice protien is least allergic and can provide a basis to diet.
L-glutamine 3,600mg per day during the initial phase
vits b5, C, E
Zinc, for tissue repair
Gamma Linoleic acid (GLA) this will helpdecrease permeability. 6 caps a day
Fiber, hypoallergenic insolubile fiber is best
Glutathione and N-acetyl cystine – because glutathione is poorly absorbed in the gut it should be given with with two of its building blocks, custeine andlysine.
Inulin – found from Jerusalem artichoke
Rice Bran Oil –
Mucosa Compositum from Heel Homeopathics will stimulate the healing of the gut lining. oral vials given 3 times a week on an empty stomach for two weeks.
NOW: a product called Ultra Clear developed by Heathcomm International Inc. combines all of the above except the Mucosa Compositum from Heel.
Homeopathy, acupuncture and ozone therapy can provide powerful adjuncts.
Other homeopathics from Heel that may assist:
Nux vomica Homaccord
BHI Body Pure
Many health food stores sell at least a couple of the Heel products. If they don’t have the one that you need you can have them special order them. If you have a lisence such as a nurse or doctor you can order them wholesale.
This site sells Heel products and you will find what you need here:
For the Ultra clear I found a regional distributor: Metagenics 1-800-869-8100 that is for a Texas when I lived there. They could help you find someone in your area