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The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
Today, many people suffer from a condition they may not even know exists: “leaky gut.”
You see, the gut requires adequate amounts of essential amino acids to regenerate itself every few days. If they are lacking in the body, then the gut membrane can become more permeable, creating an increased susceptibility to “leak” fragments from proteins and microorganisms into the bloodstream from the intestines.
As you can imagine, this is very bad. Some people contract infections from their own intestines, which can lead to a blood infection, resulting in sepsis or meningitis.
What causes leaky gut? The causes are numerous.
The amount of pesticides in foods, the hormones and antibiotics fed to the animals we eat, and ubiquitous prescriptions of drugs all contribute to the development of leaky gut.
Even something seemingly harmless—like aspirin—can cause problems. A common recommendation is to take aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack. However, even in small doses, aspirin and other pharmaceutical drugs can cause injury to the stomach and small intestine, bleeding of the intestinal lining, and a leaky gut.
Nearly all of today’s autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis stem from leaky intestines, and if those are healed, people can regain health. However, most medical professionals don’t pay much attention to this.
High doses of essential amino acids are required to keep the intestinal membrane intact. How do you know if you’re already suffering from leaky gut? Let’s look at some symptoms, then see how our gut health is key to fighting diseases like Parkinson’s.
In many cases, people have lived with symptoms of leaky gut for so long that they think it’s normal. Bloating, gas or heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), constipation or the opposite, and bad breath are all just a part of life.
What may seem to be maladies without a cause are actually symptoms of leaky gut.
Not long ago, a nurse came to my office in a wheelchair. She had MS and was unable to walk. I asked her about her bowel habits because nearly 100 percent of people with a neurological illness have chronic constipation (again, an unknown symptom).
If you’re not moving out a stool mass at least once a day, it goes back in, and you’ll suffer from autointoxication because of it. Virtually everyone I see with Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ALS, or MS is constipated. Rarely do people with these conditions have a happy intestine, flat stomach, and full evacuation every day.
This nurse was in her 40s, and when I asked about her bowel habits she said, “It’s normal. I have a bowel movement at least every couple of weeks. It’s been like that for a long time.” She didn’t realize she had been constipated since childhood!
Children get cramps with constipation and are unable to defecate, but after a while the intestines stop fighting it; the body stops complaining. Children decide early on “that’s just how I am,” and they carry that non-solution into adulthood.
Because of that, this nurse thought every couple of weeks was normal.
Of course, we know that is not normal. Every patient I’ve seen with chronic illness had leaky intestines—they were colonized with parasites, fungus, and unhealthy bacteria.
In a leaky gut, substances are absorbed that can lead to allergies, sinus problems, and recurrent tonsillitis. This condition leads to infections that are treated with antibiotics, which kill good bacteria and leave only the bad—this causes local inflammation and leaks bio toxins into the body, further poisoning it. It becomes a vicious cycle.
We’ve known for a long time that you cannot have a healthy brain without a healthy intestine. We find a diseased gut in all patients with neurological disease.
The typical neurologist does not have any treatments that will reverse Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease or improve the condition by reversing the cause.
You will not find them considering any treatment besides prescribing drugs to suppress Parkinson’s tremors or sedatives to calm the Alzheimer’s patient. Drugs for Parkinson’s can be helpful for a while, but they don’t address the root cause or reverse the disease.
People get worse over time, and then they develop other issues—it can get to the point where they lose motor control of their bodies. I’ve had experience with many of these patients, and if they’re not too far gone, the processes and treatments we recommend can actually reverse or at the very least, stabilize their disease.
Many of them regain normal function and their symptoms visibly improve. We’ve seen that the body can heal if given the correct treatments and nutrition.
That was the case with Geraldine, who came to me while housebound with severe Parkinson’s Disease. She had been an active wife, mother, pilot, and boat captain.
When I saw her, she had slowed speech, difficulty walking, felt “blah,” and was uncomfortable leaving her house. Our initial labs showed that she had high levels of lead in her blood, low thyroid, low neurotransmitters, low hormones, a gut infected with parasites and bad bacteria, and severe deficiencies of vitamins and minerals.
No surprise, she also had deficiencies in essential amino acids.
We included high doses of amino acid supplements in her treatment to reverse these issues, and within four short months, she had vastly improved. After eight months, her husband complained to me that he could no longer keep up with her! She was flying again, piloting the boat, shopping, and moving like a spinning top.
The point I want to emphasize here is that many conditions are reversible.
The doomsday prognosis that a doctor may have given you will only come to pass if you follow treatments that don’t get at the root cause of your illness.
You can heal and get better—you just need the right protocol to facilitate the process.
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Dr. David Minkoff is board certified in pediatrics and served as codirector of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palomar Medical Center in San Diego, California. With his wife, Sue, he cofounded LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, and in 2000, he cofounded BodyHealth, a nutrition company that offers a unique range of dietary supplements to the public and medical practitioners. A forty-two-time IRONMAN finisher, Dr. Minkoff is passionate about fitness and continues to train on a regular basis. He and his wife reside in Clearwater, Florida.
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