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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Science support: there are many reputable physicians who hold to the concept of leaky gut syndrome. However there has not been consistent data supporting treating the intestinal problem and an improvement in autism features. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Leaky Gut Syndrome (Definition)

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where there is an altered lining of the intestines, allowing some of the food items being digested to be absorbed before they are fully broken down ...Read more


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Do probiotics help people with celiac or crohns?

Do probiotics help people with celiac or crohns?

Symptoms not disease: Complex issue. Couldn't hurt, may help symptoms. No good evidence they affect underlying disease process. Lots of research into role of the microbiome (gut bacterial flora) on crohn's and ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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Could pre-biotics and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Could pre-biotics and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Maybe: There is decent evidence that probiotics can help with ulcerative colitis and excellent evidence that it can help with patients after colectomy when they only have a surgical pouch left over. In Crohn's disease, the data do not support their use. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! will intestinal blockage interfere with a hernia?

Need doctor's help! will intestinal blockage interfere with a hernia?

Other way around: A hernia can definitely lead to an intestinal blockage. That can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Do pre- and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Do pre- and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Probiotics and IBD: One of the different theories about the mechanism of disease in ibd is the interaction of the gut flora and the lining of the bowel. There are instances on which the bowel flora could make the inflammation worse and probiotics may be able to modifiy the flora and decrease the inflammation. ...Read more

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How to distinguish between irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome?

How to distinguish between irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome?

Distinction here...: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies ; contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Similar symptoms may present with leaky gut, which by comparison is a disease process (again, caused by many etiologies). ...Read more

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With irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) what can be done to make it better?

With irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) what can be done to make it better?

Several: Regular consistent meal times and quantities of food, plenty of fluids and a good high fiber diet. You are retraining your bowel. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. ...Read more

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Do probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

Do probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

VERY LITTLE: Anecdotal evidence. Large prospective studies are lacking support so far, but i guess it wouldn't hurt to try if all else fails? ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome?

What are the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome: The leaky gut syndrome denotes the significance of the role of immune system with regards to its barrier function. What that means is that the lining of the intestine fails to carry out the role of protecting the body. This would be similar to the role of normal skin in protecting us from external world – with so many bacteria that could cause infections, the effect of weather changes, and the eff. ...Read more

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Which type of foods help heal leaky gut syndrome?

Which type of foods help heal leaky gut syndrome?

Garbage label: The gut really doesn't leak.If it did,the germs would get into your blood & you would die.Many use this label to promote various tests and supplements to "heal your leaky gut".Most are a gimmick. If you have true issues like IBS/celiac your injured gut can improve if you identify & avoid your food intolerances/allergies.Probiotics can also help.Beware the comment you have yeast in your gut it's nl ...Read more

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Does leaky gut syndrome mean you have to avoid alcohol or some neuro medications completely?

Does leaky gut syndrome mean you have to avoid alcohol or some neuro medications completely?

See below: Leaky gut syndrome is not an established medical diagnosis. If your have gastrointestinal issues i recommend being evaluated by your primary md or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How might you treat leaky gut syndrome with a patient who has lupus, fibromyalgia, and allergic to sulfa drugs and (90/100 foods). Thank you.

How might you treat leaky gut syndrome with a patient who has lupus, fibromyalgia, and allergic to sulfa drugs and (90/100 foods).  Thank you.

Start with delayed: food allergy panel (Elisa Antigen testing) to see the whole spectrum of foods/environmental allergens that you are exposed to perhaps unknowingly. So you can begin to do an elimination diet to help repair your gut lining. This would be a start. Then work with an integrative doctor, who can monitor your progress, and medically manage you through this. Correcting your diet is the first step. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastroparesis and irritable bowel syndrome but treatments don't work. Why?

Diagnosed with gastroparesis and irritable bowel syndrome but treatments don't work. Why?

Gastroparesis hard: Unfortunately there is no good treatment to gastroparesis, there motility centers that might help, have your gastroenetrologist help you out. ...Read more

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I need help with small bowel obstruction?

I need help with small bowel obstruction?

Small bowel obstruct: Ion is a medical emergency. It should be treated by confirming the diagnosis, bowel rest, possible decompression with a nasogastric tube on suction. If not resolving within 24 hours, surgical exploration is indicated to avoided ischemic or dead bowel. Do not delay if you think you are obstructed. This is not to be treated t home! ...Read more

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How to overcome or minimise the problem of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

IBS : Depending in what your symptoms are, treatment can be designed to improve and normalize bowel frequency and minimize discomfort . High fiber diet , exercise and yoga appear to help in ibs. People with severe diarrhea or constipation should consult with an md to determine if they are candidates for newer medications that are very helpful in the treatment. ...Read more

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Does anyone here treat leaky gut syndrome or understand the disease?

Does anyone here treat leaky gut syndrome or understand the disease?

Be discerning: This "pop" / "fad" diagnosis is based on one lab's work from the 1980's; the simple test is the ability to absorb sucrose molecules intact, and most of the scientific community remains skeptical that it's a distinct entity, that it causes most if not all symptoms, and so forth. If you self-diagnose with a "fad" diagnosis, you'll never feel well again -- you'll notice that nobody ever gets cured. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be treated with herbal supplements?

Can irritable bowel syndrome be treated with herbal supplements?

Yes, in part: Probiotics are often helpful. These are good bacteria, and i usually recommend culturelle brand, which is one capsule daily. If your ibs is diarrhea-predominant, you can try enteric coated peppermint oil capsules, 0.2 ml 3x daily. Turmeric may also help, by decreasing inflammation in the GI tract; take 300-400 mg 3x daily of a standardized extract managing stress and diet are equally important. ...Read more

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Can you advise for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Can you advise for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Irritable Bowel: IBS is a troublesome but not a life threatening condition. You can't always predict when or why you'll have symptoms but there are a few things you can do to help. Try eliminating dairy and fatty foods from your diet. Exercise, drink plenty of water, eat small meals and practice some form of relaxation technique like meditation or yoga. ...Read more

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How to heal leaky gut syndrome?

How to heal leaky gut syndrome?

Treatment: Eat small regular meals. Avoid sweets and overeating. Add a digestive iad and a probiotic. If it persists, check with yur doctor as it may be secondary to something that needs direct treatment. ...Read more

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What is a leaky gut syndrome?

See below: Leaky gut syndrome is not an established medical diagnosis. If your have gastrointestinal issues i recommend being evaluated by your primary md or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What now. Leaky gut syndrome!?

What now. Leaky gut syndrome!?

Real, but...: Don't accept the diagnosis of "leaky gut" syndrome without some real testing -- absorption of sucrose or mannitol. "Non-traditional healers" will diagnose this in most anyone, or encourage self-diagnosis. Use discernment and get a couple of opinions if you are asked to undertake something difficult. ...Read more

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How to heal leaky gut syndrome?

Treatment: Eat small regular meals. Avoid sweets and overeating. Add a digestive iad and a probiotic. If it persists, check with yur doctor as it may be secondary to something that needs direct treatment. ...Read more

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What is done for leaky gut syndrome?

What is done for leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut diet: I recommend you follow an elimination diet for at least a month. Stop sugar, soy, sweeteners, dairy, eggs, gluten, peanuts, and citrus. After a month, if you want, you can reintroduce one food at a time no more often than a new food every 4 days or so in order to see which foods might be making your condition worse ...Read more

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What are symptoms of leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky Gut: Leaky gut syndrome" is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But symptoms can, of course, cross these lines and people can have very different and varied symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leaky gut syndrome?

How do I know if I have leaky gut syndrome?

"Pop" diagnosis: Mainstream medicine knows little about the impact of food choices on overall health. "Leaky gut" is real and it's at the physician's discertion with informed consent to the patient. You do need to know that any suggestion that most autoimmune disease or mental illness is due to "leaky gut" would be, at this time, irresponsible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome?

Digestive problems: Gut dysbiosis can present as digestive problems, allergies, asthma and eczema. If untreated it can lead to behavioral and psychiatric problems such as autism, adhd, add, ocd, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression, sleep disorders, and autoimmune diseases. Gut and psychology syndrome (gaps) establishes the connection between the gut and the brain. To learn more about gaps go to www.Gaps.Me. ...Read more

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What is leaky gut syndrome symptoms , causes?

What is leaky gut syndrome symptoms , causes?

Diarrhea, intestinal: In leaky gut syndrome the lining of the intestine fails to carry out the role of protecting the body. The lining of gut is normally equipped with layers of immune cells as well as mechanisms to deal with changes in the environment in the intestine. When the barrier effect of the lining of the intestinal mucosa is lost, thousands of bacteria and fungi staying at the gut will cause many symptoms. ...Read more

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Which type of foods help heal leaky gut syndrome?

Garbage label: The gut really doesn't leak.If it did,the germs would get into your blood & you would die.Many use this label to promote various tests and supplements to "heal your leaky gut".Most are a gimmick. If you have true issues like IBS/celiac your injured gut can improve if you identify & avoid your food intolerances/allergies.Probiotics can also help.Beware the comment you have yeast in your gut it's nl ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal leaky gut syndrome?

How long does it take to heal leaky gut syndrome?

Long time: There is no standard answer but in general months - years. This is a complicated process stemming from multiple possible sources. The gut is a slow organ to be damaged and to heal. ...Read more

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What are remedies if you have leaky gut syndrome?

What are remedies if you have leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut diet: I recommend you follow an elimination diet for at least a month. Stop sugar, soy, sweeteners, dairy, eggs, gluten, peanuts, and citrus. After a month, if you want, you can reintroduce one food at a time no more often than a new food every 4 days or so in order to see which foods might be making your condition worse ...Read more

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What are all the known causes of leaky gut syndrome?

What are all the known causes of leaky gut syndrome?

Be discerning: The claim that an extra-permeable gut admits "poisons" into the blood that cause most if not all known health problems was based on some real scientific work from the 1980's but has become a cult / pop diagnosis. It's found almost no acceptance among scientific physicians; the burden of proof's on its proponents. Self-diagnose with it and you'll never feel well again. ...Read more

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What is leaky gut syndrome and how can it be treated?

Inflammation: Leaky gut is usually due to inflammation in the stomach and protein from an infection or a particular food leaking thru into the blood supply. The lining of the stomach becomes leaky, while it normally is tight to these proteins. The treatment is to treat the infection, and to avoid the proteins in foods that you may be having a reaction to. ...Read more

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What are the known causes to cause leaky gut syndrome?

What are the known causes to cause leaky gut syndrome?

Be discerning: "Leaky gut syndrome" is a "pop" / "fad" diagnosis based on some work in the 1980's suggesting that some people have extra-permeable intestinal linings. Supposedly this causes most / all disease. The simple test using the ability to absorb sucrose molecules intact could show that it's real; the burden of proof remains on believers. If you decide you have this, you'll never fell well again. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome: The leaky gut syndrome denotes the significance of the role of immune system with regards to its barrier function. What that means is that the lining of the intestine fails to carry out the role of protecting the body. This would be similar to the role of normal skin in protecting us from external world – with so many bacteria that could cause infections, the effect of weather changes, and the eff. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome! what is that?

Exactly that: Microscopic "holes" in the bowel wall permit the peptides of milk and wheat to pass into the blood and travel in the blood to the brain. This is common in autistic spectrum disorder and I have to assume that your son is within that spectrum. Ask the autism research institute in san diego for reference to a defeat autism now physician. ...Read more

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How do you know who is most likely to get leaky gut syndrome?

How do you know who is most likely to get leaky gut syndrome?

Leaky gut: This syndrome is not accepted as authenic by most physicians and has no official code (icd9). Increased permeability of the intestinal tract is seen with taking nsai agents, certain inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis, ra, regional enteritis etc. A flase blind loop syndrome, intestinal candidiasis and certain infections can resemble this condition. ...Read more

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What can I do if my son was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome?

It is unclear....: What leaky gut syndrome really is. The term is often used by alternative medicine practitioners and does not usually apply to any particular medical diagnosis. The term comes from the belief that toxins from the gut leak because the wall of the gut is not functioning properly. There are specific tests that analyze absorption so i would try to confirm the diagnosis and then treat accordingly. ...Read more

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I am pretty sure I have leaky gut syndrome; how do I diagnose this?

I am pretty sure I have leaky gut syndrome; how do I diagnose this?

Leaky gut syndrome: You could have a special test for this using lactulose and mannose. You could also have an IgG test for a panel if foods, and if you react to quite a few of them, you can assume that you do have "leaky gut" or increased permeability of the gut. In my practice we usually just do the IgG panel. ...Read more

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Does anyone here treat leaky gut syndrome or understand the disease?

Be discerning: This "pop" / "fad" diagnosis is based on one lab's work from the 1980's; the simple test is the ability to absorb sucrose molecules intact, and most of the scientific community remains skeptical that it's a distinct entity, that it causes most if not all symptoms, and so forth. If you self-diagnose with a "fad" diagnosis, you'll never feel well again -- you'll notice that nobody ever gets cured. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more