G2Voice Broadcast #43: Does 90% of the Body’s Dis-ease start in the gut?
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Does 90% of the Body’s Dis-ease start in the gut?
"All disease begins in the gut." -Hippocrates
I started writing this newsletter thinking that I would cover IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease exclusively but soon decided to back up and talk about what I believe is its cause; “Dysbiosis”. But, then I got to thinking about the cause of Dysbiosis which I believe is; “Hydrochlorhydria” or at least the main culprit! These technical medical terms refer to very common and chronic problems many people are suffering with in this VERY TOXIC WORLD!!! I want to start with “Hypochlorhydria” (low stomach acid) and the “dis-eases”, “conditions” and “syndromes” it is responsible for allowing to develop in the body. We can then look at “Dysbiosis”, (a microbial imbalance in the intestinal tract), and the “dis-eases”, “conditions” and “syndromes” it is responsible for allowing to develop in the body! If we look at how the “gastrointestinal tract” works, we can see when Hydrochlorhydria and Dysbiosis are present. The body’s protection from Dis-ease, (the immune system), can be affected tremendously, hence; the body is in a state of dis-ease. The state of “dis-ease” is an imbalance is the body’s systems. “Homeostasis” is when the body’s systems are in balance, hence; health or a state of “ease”. Which would you rather work to accomplish? It is work. We live in a VERY TOXIC world and we need to be doing our “due diligence” in preventing toxins from entering and building up the body’s ALREADY INNATE systems to maintain the toxins.
What Are the Intestines?
The intestine is a muscular tube which extends from the lower end of your stomach to your anus, the lower opening of the digestive tract. It is also called the bowel or bowels. Food and the products of digestion pass through the intestine, which is divided into two sections called the small intestine and the large intestine.
What Is the Small Intestine?
The small intestine is made up of three segments, which form a passage from your stomach (the opening between your stomach and small intestine is called the pylorus) to your large intestine:
• Duodenum: This short section is the part of the small intestine that takes in semi-digested food from your stomach through the pylorus, and continues the digestion process. The duodenum also uses bile from your gallbladder, liver, and pancreas to help digest food.
• Jejunum: The middle section of the small intestine carries food through rapidly, with wave-like muscle contractions, towards the ileum.
• Ileum: This last section is the longest part of your small intestine. The ileum is where most of the nutrients from your food are absorbed before emptying into the large intestine. By the time food reaches your small intestine, it has already been broken up and mashed into liquid by your stomach. Each day, your small intestine receives between one and three gallons (or six to twelve liters) of this liquid. The small intestine carries out most of the digestive process, absorbing almost all of the nutrients you get from foods into your bloodstream. The walls of the small intestine make digestive juices, or enzymes, that work together with enzymes from the liver and pancreas to do this.
How can the small intestine digest so much?
Looking at the small intestine as a pipe, it seems hard to believe that an organ so narrow could do such a big job. However, looks can be deceiving. The absorptive surface area of the small intestine is actually about 250 square meters (almost 2,700 square feet) – the size of a tennis court! How is this possible? The small intestine has three features which allow it to have such a huge absorptive surface area packed into a relatively small space:
• Mucosal folds: The inner surface of the small intestine is not flat, but thrown into circular folds. This not only increases the surface area, but helps regulate the flow of digested food through your intestine.
• Villi: The folds form numerous tiny projections which stick out into the open space inside your small intestine (or lumen), and are covered with cells that help absorb nutrients from the food that passes through.
• Microvilli: The cells on the villi are packed full of tiny hairlike structures called microvilli. This helps increase the surface of each individual cell, meaning that each cell can absorb more nutrients. Although the small intestine is narrower than the large intestine, it is actually the longest section of your digestive tube, measuring about 22 feet (or seven meters) on average, or three-and-a-half times the length of your body.
What Is the Large Intestine?
Your large intestine is about five feet (or 1.5 meters) long. The large intestine is much broader than the small intestine and takes a much straighter path through your belly, or abdomen. The purpose of the large intestine is to absorb water and salts from the material that has not been digested as food, and get rid of any waste products left over. By the time food mixed with digestive juices reaches your large intestine, most digestion and absorption has already taken place.
What's left is mainly fiber (plant matter which takes a long time to digest), dead cells shed from the lining of your intestines, salt, bile pigments (which give this digested matter its color), and water. In the large intestine, bacteria feed on this mixture. These helpful bacteria produce valuable vitamins that are absorbed into your blood, and they also help digest fiber. The large intestine is made up of the following parts:
• Cecum: This first section of your large intestine looks like a pouch, about two inches long. It takes in digested liquid from the ileum and passes it on to the colon.
• Colon: This is the major section of the large intestine; you may have heard people talk about the colon on its own. The colon is also the principal place for water reabsorption, and absorbs salts when needed. The colon consists of four parts:
• Ascending colon: Using muscle contractions, this part of the colon pushes any undigested debris up from the cecum to a location just under the right lower end of the liver.
• Transverse colon: Food moves through this second portion of the colon, across your front (or anterior) abdominal wall, traveling from left to right just under your stomach.
• Descending colon: The third portion of colon pushes its contents from just near the spleen, down to the lower left side of your abdomen.
• Sigmoid colon: The final S-shaped length of the colon, curves inward among the coils of your small intestine, then empties into the rectum.
• Rectum: The final section of digestive tract measures from 1 to 1.6 inches (or 2.5 to 4 cm). Leftover waste collects there, expanding the rectum, until you go to the bathroom. At that time, it is ready to be emptied through your anus. Source:
Nourishing Your Gut Bacteria Is Critical for Health and Mental Well-Being:
An article in Science Daily reported on the featured findings, stating:
"The microbes in the human gut belong to three broad domains, defined by their molecular phylogeny: Eukarya, Bacteria, and Achaea. Of these, bacteria reign supreme, with two dominant divisions -- known as Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes -- making up over 90 percent of the gut's microbial population... Within the bacterial categories... enormous diversity exists. Each individual's community of gut microbes is unique and profoundly sensitive to environmental conditions, beginning at birth. Indeed, the mode of delivery during the birthing process has been shown to affect an infant's microbial profile. Communities of vaginal microbes change during pregnancy in preparation for birth, delivering beneficial microbes to the newborn. At the time of delivery, the vagina is dominated by a pair of bacterial species, Lactobacillus and Prevotella. In contrast, infants delivered by caesarean section typically show microbial communities associated with the skin, including Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, and Propionibacterium. While the full implications of these distinctions are still murky, evidence suggests they may affect an infant's subsequent development and health, particularly in terms of susceptibility to pathogens." [Emphasis mine]
How Your Baby's Gut Flora Impacts His/Her Future Health
The health implications of this variation in gut bacteria acquired from birth is exactly what Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's research sheds light upon. Her research shows there's a profound dynamic interaction between your gut, your brain, and your immune system, starting from birth. She has developed what might be one of the most profoundly important treatment strategies for a wide range of neurological, psychological, and autoimmune disorders—all of which are heavily influenced by your gut health.
I believe her Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and Gut and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional program is vitally important for MOST people, as the majority of people have such poor gut health due to poor diet and toxic exposures, but it's particularly crucial for pregnant women and young children.
Children who are born with severely damaged gut flora are not only more susceptible to disease; they're also more susceptible to vaccine damage, which may help explain why some children develop symptoms of autism after receiving one or more childhood vaccinations.
According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, most autistic children are born with perfectly normal brains and sensory organs. The trouble arises when they fail to develop normal gut flora. In a previous interview, she explained the chain of events that is typical for many, if not most, autistic children:
"What happens in these children [is that] they do not develop normal gut flora from birth… As a result, their digestive system—instead of being a source of nourishment for these children—becomes a major source of toxicity. These pathogenic microbes inside their digestive tract damage the integrity of the gut wall. So, all sort of toxins and microbes flood into the bloodstream of the child, and get into the brain of the child. That usually happens in the second year of life in children who were breast fed because breastfeeding provides a protection against this abnormal gut flora. In children who were not breastfed, I see the symptoms of autism developing in the first year of life. So, breastfeeding is crucial to protect these children.... If the child's brain is clogged with toxicity, the child misses that window of opportunity of learning and starts developing autism depending on the mixture of toxins, depending on how severe the whole condition is, and how severely abnormal the gut flora is in the child."
It's important to understand that the gut flora your child acquires during vaginal birth is dependent on the mother's gut flora. So, if mother's microflora is abnormal, the child's will be as well. Autism isn't the only potential outcome in this case. GAPS may manifest as a conglomerate of symptoms that can fit the diagnosis of either autism, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, just to name a few possibilities. Digestive issues, asthma, allergies, skin problems and autoimmune disorders are also common outgrowths of GAPS, as it can present itself either psychologically or physiologically. Source:
It is good to see someone confirm the things we have been saying in the Genesis II Church.
These articles I found by a Dr. Schierling cover so much of what I believe and teach that I had to include his articles about Hypochlorhydria and Dysbiosis.
You can read them in their entirety at:
What is Hypochlorhydria?
Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) is not only rarely if ever recognized by the medical community for the significant health issue it is, it is heavily promoted via the unbridled use of antacids and the acid blockers known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (drugs whose very labels carry the warning not to take them for more than 14 consecutive days, and no more than three rounds per year). People who have post-meal signs and symptoms such as reflux, heartburn, gas, belching, upset stomach, bloating, etc, are almost 100% assured of having at least some degree of Hypochlorhydria. I know, I know, I know. You've been told that these problems are the result of too much stomach acid. Stay with me for a moment.
Not only is this a huge misconception, low stomach acid has actually been tied to a wide array of serious diseases. And if your digestion is screwy, the nutrition you consume is going straight through you without being broken down and absorbed into your bloodstream.
COMMON SIGNS OF HYPOCHLORHYDRIA
• Bloating, Burping, and Gas immediately following meals / Staying full long after a meal is over
• Bad breath (seen with H. Pylori infections or Putrefaction) / PERIODONTAL DISEASE
• Heartburn / Indigestion
• Diarrhea or CONSTIPATION or other common symptoms of IBS (IBS is now the second-leading cause of missed work, behind only the common cold.)
• Undigested food in stools / Feeling Hungry despite Eating (due to maldigestion and malabsorbition of protein)
• CANDIDA (yeast overgrowths) / Rectal Itching / PARASITES / DYSBIOSIS • Food Sensitivities such as GLUTEN, ALLERGIES, and ASTHMA
• Iron Deficiency / Various types of ANEMIA --- particularly Vitamin B-12 / Mineral Deficiencies in general / OSTEOPOROSIS
• Chronic Fatigue / Adrenal Fatigue (FIBROMYALGIA) / Lethargy / Apathy / DEPRESSION
• Dry Skin, Dry Hair, Cracked Nails
• Severe Morning Sickness
• Spontaneous Recurrent Abortion (INFERTILITY)
• Autoimmune Diseases of all kinds, including HYPOTHYROIDISM
• Various forms of CANCER, including Stomach and Pancreatic
Weak or diminished stomach acid is bad for you in three chief ways. Firstly, all alkalizing minerals (the minerals that create the slightly alkali pH that your body requires) can only be absorbed in an extremely acidic environment. This is why antacids are a huge cause of Osteoporosis, even though some (like TUMS) actually tout themselves as anti-osteoporotics due to the fact that their buffering ingredient is calcium (i.e. a poor source; Calcium Carbonate -- limestone or chalk).
Secondly, strong stomach acid prevents Dysbiotic overgrowths of bacteria from making their way from the intestines to colonize the stomach. If your stomach's pH is too high (too alkali), you create an environment for bacteria to gain access, take hold, grow, and reproduce. The most common of these is Heliobacter Pylori (H. Pylori for short). Although these critters are normally found in the Gut in small numbers, they should never be present in the stomach. The drugs taken for heartburn (PPI's) are commonly found to cause all sorts of Dysbiosis.
Thirdly, it is stomach acid that stimulates the pancreas to release the proper ENZYMES needed for digestion. Without the acid trigger, digestion will be severely hampered. If you are not digesting your food properly, there is no way to get it into your system in its proper form (a "Leaky Gut" doesn't count).
Since their clinical launch 25 years ago, the use of proton-pump inhibitors [heartburn drugs] has increased progressively with approximately 5% of the developed world now receiving such treatment. Several factors are likely to be contributing to the increase in usage of proton-pump inhibitors, but in this month's issue of Gastroenterology Reimer suggests that the drugs themselves may be causing or aggravating the disease process they are used to treat.... Treating gastroesophageal reflux disease with profound acid inhibition will never be ideal because acid secretion is not the primary underlying defect.Source: Drs. Kenneth McColl and Derek Gillen of the Division of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow. Published in the medical journal, Gastroenterology, June, 2009.
There are so many "myths" floating around in the field of medicine, I would not even know where to begin as far as debunking them. For instance, there's the idea that germs are the sole cause of disease. There are people who still believe that FLU SHOTS actually prevent the flu instead of causing the flu. There's also the notion that the ANTIBIOTICS used to (erroneously) treat said infections are safe and effective. And we can't leave this paragraph without at least mentioning the great American myth that health is directly proportionate to the number of drugs you are taking.
The problem is that each of these myths directly affects your health in an adverse manner. Today we are going to throw one more on the junk heap. There is a myth that is so ingrained in people's minds that getting it out is often times impossible --- the myth that your digestive issues are caused by too much or too strong stomach acid.
Acid is rated on a pH scale (see diagram above left). 7 is neutral, 14 is the strongest base (alkali), with 0 being the very strongest acid. How strong should stomach acid really be? Listen to what my 1986 version of Guyton's Textbook of Medical Physiology (the standard physiology text for all doctors) says about the gastric secretion of stomach acid. "The pH of this acid solution is approximately .8, thus illustrating it's extreme acidity."
Let me spell out to you what Dr. G is saying here. Considering battery acid (sulfuric acid --- H2S04) is the strongest acid listed on most pH charts (it's about 0), the fact that normal stomach acid (hydrochloric acid --- HCl) is next on the list should at least get your attention. Add to this the fact that on a pH scale, each number represents a factor of 10 (in other words, 1 is ten times more acidic than 2, 100 times more acidic than 3, 1,000 times more acidic than 4.....), and you can start to see how acidic stomach acid really is. What does 'strong' stomach acid do? We'll get there momentarily, but first it'simportant to understand how you are being conned.
When it comes to marketing, the medical community spares no expense. One of the ways that medical marketing has exponentially increased market share is by convincing people they have "Diseases". If that tag-team of YOUR DOCTOR and BIG PHARMA can convince you that you have a disease that can never be cured --- only 'MANAGED' with a lifetime of drugs and surgeries --- they see you and your diseases as a cash cow that will put money in their pockets for decades to come. Multiply this scenario by tens of millions of people, and you have a gold mine whose value is unfathomable. Take, for instance, GERD,(GastroEsophogealRefluxDisease).
GERD used to be known as 'heartburn'. And of course everyone knows that heartburn is caused by too much or too strong stomach acid. Or is it? It's funny how the medical research is catching up to the things that the "Alternative Practitioners" (aka QUACKS) have been telling their patients for decades.
Despite the fact that acid-blocking PPI's (PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS) are the third most-prescribed class of drug in America (as of 2008, Nexium --- the 'purple pill' --- was America's number two selling drug behind only LIPITOR), the mainstream medical community is starting to realize the wisdom of men like DR. ROYAL LEE. You see, it has only been in the past couple of decades that the medical community 'discovered' that both Gastritis and Stomach Ulcers are caused by a bacteria ---- Heliobacter Pylori (usually just called H. Pylori). Listen to what Dr. Lee wrote eighty years ago.
The ability of the human body to resist the invasion of its tissues by microorganisms is dependent upon a number of factors. But probably the best way to insure the highest degree of resistance for any given individual is to see that his dietary intake of vitamins is amply high... Stomach ulcers are probably the best instance of a bacterial invasion primarily due to lowered resistance resulting from vitamin deficiency.
Source: Dr. Royal Lee from the September 18, 1933 issue of The Vitamin News
The huge emphasis on decreasing stomach acidity (raising stomach pH), coupled with diets that acidify the body (JUNK FOOD AND PROCESSED FOOD), have led to a nation of people plagued by digestive problems --- as well as the brutal (AND UNDER-REPORTED) side effects of the drugs most commonly used to treat them. The problem is that the doctors have it all wrong. 99.9% of the people with these sorts of digestive disorders do not have too much stomach acid, they actually have too little --- a condition known as Hypochlorhydria. Let me hit you with some crazy facts from the peer-reviewed scientific literature concerning stomach acid (or the lack thereof) and H. Pylori infections.
• 15% of the entire American population has Hypochlorhydria.
• 40% of the 40 year olds have Hypochlorhydria.
• 50% of the 60 year olds have Hypochlorhydria.
• Over 30 percent of the over-60 crowd suffers from something called Atrophic Gastritis, a condition characterized by Achlorhydria (they produce zero stomach acid) .
• 40% of women over the age of 80 have Achlorhydria .
• One in five Americans experiences heartburn monthly.
• Nearly half of these have heartburn daily.
• GERD is thought to be dramatically underestimated because of the crazy numbers of people taking over-the-counter antacids and PPI's.
•Approximately 20% of those who have H. Pylori infections end up with ulcers.
• About 1% of these get Stomach Cancer.
• 70% of partners / spouses share H. Pylori.
• H. Pylori is the only bacteria recognized as a Grade I Carcinogen by the World Health Organization (it is strongly associated with Stomach Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer).
These statistics on Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria are shocking. Throw in the stats on H. Pylori and they are stupefying. As you can see, this problem could (and probably should) legitimately be referred to as an epidemic. But what are all of these people told over and over and over again by their PCP's and Gastroenterologists?
They are told that they have too much or too strong stomach acid. Not only is this not true, it is 180 degrees opposite of the truth. Make sure you catch this point. As crazy as it sounds, the reason that most people have GERD-like symptoms is because they are making too little or too weak stomach acid.
What is Dysbiosis?
Dysbiosis is a term for a microbial imbalance that most often affects a person’s digestive tract. That being said, dysbiosis can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, ears, nose, sinuses, nails, and vagina.
Dysbiosis is also sometimes called dysbacteriosis or bacterial dysbiosis. That is because the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) contains both “good” and “bad” bacteria to form the gut flora—also called the gut microbe.
But, other tiny organisms also reside in the gastrointestinal tract, including yeast, fungus, viruses, and parasites.
The dysbiosis pronunciation is “diss-bi-osis.” Russian-born microbiologist and zoologist, Dr. Elie Metchnikoff, would first coin the term in the 20th century. Dr. Metchnikoff is the first scientist to discover the impact of the properties of probiotics—also known as that “good bacteria.” The terms “dys” and “symbiosis” translate to “not living in harmony.”
"Dysbiosis refer to a bacterial imbalance in the gut, which can compromise the immune system. It has been said that dysbiosis plays a part in many conditions such as: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue. The main causes of Dysbiosis are believed to be antibiotics and pesticides along with other environmental and dietary factors."
Sound like the cause of dysbiosis is toxins?
“The main causes of Dysbiosis are believed to be antibiotics and pesticides along with other environmental and dietary factors."
The body’s digestive tract from the mouth to the anus contains 80% of the body’s immune system which includes an array of microorganisms with bacterium being one of them. The healthy human body is home to 600 trillion bacterias.
Note: The body contains 50-60 trillion human cells but has 10 Times that amount of bacteria! So, we are 10 times more bacteria than human! Don’t fear bacteria!
Bacteria is on the surface of the skin, inside the mouth, nose and uro-genitary tract, but most live in the small and large intestine. More than 1000 different types (known as species) live in your large intestine alone. There are all different species, many are helpful, but some could pose a threat to health if their numbers get out of hand. When they are out of balance it is called; “Dysbiosis” It’s that balance that’s important.
What do beneficial bacteria in the gut actually do?
•Break down undigested food.
• Neutralize some of the harmful by-products of food breakdown.
• Aid the absorption of nutrients.
• Produce certain vitamins such as Vitamin K, needed for blood clotting.
• Make life uncomfortable for harmful bacteria by competing for food and controlling levels of oxygen and acidity in the gut so that the living conditions favor beneficial species.
• Because the majority of the immune system is located in your gut, beneficial bacteria also help support the body’s natural defenses.
"An imbalance in the intestinal bacteria that precipitates changes in the normal activities of the gastrointestinal tract or vagina, possibly resulting in health problems.
" Source: Farlex’s Online Medical Dictionary
COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DYSBIOSIS
(According to the Most Current Peer-Reviewed Literature)
A study from the Lithuanian journal, Medicina (Symbiotic and Antibiotic Interactions Between Gut Commensal Microbiota and Host Immune System) reveals that, "The immune system has evolved strategies to maintain this symbiotic relationship with a large number of diverse microbes. An average human gut contains approximately 10,000,000,000,000,000 bacteria, most of which cannot be cultured." Not that I am buying into their whole EVOLUTION THING, but the fact that most of these bacteria cannot be grown in a lab forces me to think less about PROBIOTICS and more about FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANTS. This is because later in the study they start tying loss of specific strains of bacteria to very specific diseases ---- some of which we will be touching on momentarily. Because you cannot get them all in PROBIOTICS (your body contains as many as 2,000 different known strains), FMT is the quickest, and safest way I am aware of to do so --- even if you are doing all the RIGHT THINGS.
"Antibiotics are by far the most common medications prescribed for children. Recent epidemiological data suggests an association between early antibiotic use and disease phenotypes in adulthood. Antibiotic use during infancy induces imbalances in gut microbiota, called dysbiosis. Here, we synthesize current knowledge linking antibiotics, dysbiosis, and disease, and propose a framework for studying antibiotic-related dysbiosis in children. We recommend future studies into the microbiome-mediated effects of antibiotics focused on four types of dysbiosis: loss of keystone taxa, loss of diversity, shifts in metabolic capacity, and blooms of pathogens."
Just two months ago, the Journal of Gastroenterology (Gut Microbiota and the Development of Pediatric Diseases) chimed in on this same topic. Follow along to see how critical it is that you take care of your infants properly --- from the very moment they are born. "A huge number of highly diversified microbes live inside and on the human body. They are collectively named microbiota. Many diseases have been linked to an aberrant microbiota in the intestines (dysbiosis) or other parts of the body. Neonates are born sterile, but many parts of their bodies are colonized by various microorganisms thereafter. The composition of the gut microbiota is dynamic, with drastic changes occur during infancy and childhood. It is not surprising that the gut microbiota is related to milk ingested by babies." But, all milk is not created equal.
Note: Stay away from pasteurized dairy!
This study goes on to talk about one of the many ways that Dysbiosis affects children (Maturation of Immune System Responses). When infants / children are not exposed to large quantities of bacteria, the subsequent, "low gut microbiota diversity in early infancy is associated with increased risk of subsequent allergic diseases." I could name all the various diseases they mention, but you will find them scattered throughout this post. But it's not just children and infants who are at risk.
The March 2015 issue of BMC Immunology (Systemic Effects of Gut Microbiota and its Relationship with Disease and Modulation) discusses some of the more common situations associated in one way or another with Dysbiosis such as C-SECTIONS, DECREASED VITAMIN PRODUCTION, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES, IBS, IBD, DEPRESSION, CANCER, BRAIN-RELATED PROBLEMS, OBESITY, and INCREASED INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY. They discuss solutions to said problems using things like PROBIOTICS, PREBIOTICS, and FMT. This study is a great overview for those who are interested.
Link Between Digestive System and Dysbiosis
The gut, or GI tract, has three major roles: the absorption of nutrients, the digestion of foods while converting food into vitamins, and the prevention of toxins and pathogens from entering your body. There are approximately 500 species of bacteria that make up “the gut flora.”
The beneficial bacteria are essential for good digestion and the proper maintenance of the intestines. The most common classification of “good bacteria” will begin with the names “Bifidobacteria,” or “Lactobacillus.
”When the gut flora is balanced, it is called “orthobiosis,” which again is a term introduced by Dr. Metchnikoff in the early 1900s. He considered dysbiosis so serious that is also said, “death begins in the gut.
”The issue here is that not all of the friendly organisms in the gut flora are “friendly.” In fact, when there is an overgrowth of bacteria, parasites, fungus, yeast, or other organisms, it can lead to dysbiosis.
What Causes Dysbiosis?
In general, women are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with a digestive disorder than men. In the U.S., it is estimated that over 30 million people suffer from an imbalance in the GI tract.
However, that number is probably a lot higher considering that there are so many potential causes of gut dysbiosis. The following are some of the dysbiosis causes:
• Antibiotic use: Antibiotics seem to be prescribed for everything these days, especially when they are not needed (i.e. in cases of the common cold, the flu, bronchitis, most sore throats, and many ear and sinus infections). Every time antibiotics are taken, they kill all the bacteria—even the “good” kind. Over prescribing antibiotics will also cause antibiotic resistance, which means the antibiotics don’t only kill the “good bacteria,” but they may not even help in cases of bacterial infections.
• Use of other drugs: Proton-pump inhibitors and antacids are designed to block hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, but that acid is the first line of defense against microbes that enter the body with food. When that acid is blocked, the body no longer defends against the “bad microbes.” The overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) also inhibits the growth of the “good bacteria.”
• Fermentation: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a carbohydrate intolerance condition induced by bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, large intestine, and stomach. Any carbohydrate will ferment by the “bad bacteria” and produce toxic waste products as a result.
• Chronic stress: Chronic stress will increase hormone levels, and this also highly impairs the immune system, which creates an environment in the GI tract that is susceptible to dysbiosis.
• Poor diet: A poor diet is another major factor in dysbiosis. Low-fiber diets, high-fat and high-protein diets, and diets high in sugar and processed foods can slow down gut motility, and also often lack nutrients necessary to nourish and repair the digestive organs, including the GI tract. Candida is a type of yeast that lives off sugar and processed foods, which highly disturb the balance of organisms in the body. Gluten sensitivity is also a factor in dysbiosis.
• Environmental factors: Environmental factors that influence dysbiosis include contaminated food and water, exposure to manufactured chemicals or toxic metals, the presence of fungus or mold in the home, and living in a foggy or damp climate.
Signs and Symptoms of Dysbiosis
• There are several dysbiosis signs and symptoms linked the condition. Here are the intestinal dysbiosis symptoms you will often experience:
• The common recurring digestive issues will include chronic diarrhea, heartburn, chronic constipation, bloating, belching, abdominal pain, frequent indigestion, bad breath, foul-smelling stools, undigested food in the stool, or nausea after taking supplements
• Weight loss due to malabsorption, or weight gain
• Food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances
• Sugar cravings, including alcohol
• Rectal or vagina itching
• Weak of cracked fingernails
• Iron deficiency
• Loss of libido and infertility
• Chronic sinus congestion
• Bladder problems like interstitial cystitis
• Hyperactivity like behavioral and learning disorders • Mental fog
Other Health Conditions Associated with Dysbiosis
• Gut dysbiosis can lead to bowel and intestinal lining changes, which then increases the permeability of the intestine. This results in leaky gut syndrome—also called increased intestinal permeability.
• Basically, the lining of the intestines and bowel loses its integrity, which opens the door to parasites, viruses, bacteria, and, also undigested food molecules. The aggravated immune system will also become unstable, and may attack the body and even lead to autoimmune diseases. The following are some of the other conditions associated with gut dysbiosis:
• Common digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, lactose intolerance, gastritis, and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
• Chronic intestinal infections like candida or parasites, thrush, and chronic vaginitis, or bacterial vaginosis
• Depression or anxiety
• Joint pain and arthritis
• Interstitial cystitis
• Hyperactivity like behavioral and learning disorders
• Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
• Skin conditions like acne or hives
• Restless leg syndrome
• Diabetes, obesity, and thyroid diseases
• Multiple sclerosis
How to Diagnose Dysbiosis
Dysbiosis is often suspected when the patients have a food intolerance or allergy, unexplained fatigue, malnutrition, neuropsychiatric symptoms, breast or colon cancer, or inflammatory, autoimmune, or gastrointestinal disorders.
Prevention of Dysbiosis
• It is always better to prevent a disease or condition from starting in the first place. The following are a few gut dysbiosis prevention methods:
• Eat an overall healthy and clean diet that contains lots of green leafy vegetables, organic meats, and totally avoid processed foods.
• Avoid alcohol or extremely limit your intake to once every few months. All forms of alcohol contain acetaldehyde, yeast, and other ingredients that harm the balance of bacteria and other organisms in the GI tract.
Avoid antibiotics, and other drugs like proton-pump inhibitors, antacids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). All of these drugs inhibit the growth of “good” bacteria in the GI tract and rest of the body.
It is important to remember that what you put into your body can have a major impact for your GI tract and your gut bacteria. Also, dysbiosis can occur at other parts of the body besides the gut.
Candida and dysbiosis can also spread through sexual intercourse. That is why both partners should be treated when dysbiosis, candida, or other bacterial infection is suspected. Also, healing dysbiosis is very individual and what may work for one person may not work for another.
It is important to work with a natural health practitioner like a naturopathic doctor or holistic nutritionist that specializes in candida or dysbiosis treatment.
Just remember that although Dysbiosis (an imbalance in the normal ratio of the bacteria that live both in you and on you) is basically caused by ANTIBIOTICS, non-Antibiotic drugs that have ANTIBIOTIC PROPERTIES, and ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS. It is fed (perpetuated) by a DIET HIGH IN REFINED CARBS. Are you beginning to see why America provides the perfect environment for Dysbiosis to spread through our citizens like a wildfire?
Are you chronically ill? Do you struggle with an array of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES? Do you suffer with any of the hundreds of different forms of AUTOIMMUNITY? Do your doctors have NO IDEA what's causing your problems? Does it seem like they are chasing your symptoms like your neighbor's dog chases its tail?
Unfortunately, even if they can put an "official" name on your problem, the standard medical approach is not likely to solve it. Because of a massive and ongoing paradigm shift, the average treating physician and his RELIANCE ON BIG PHARMA is being left in the proverbial dust . Much of this shift is occurring in the field of GUT HEALTH.Source:
WHAT DOES THE CURRENT SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE SAY ABOUT DYSBIOSIS?
STAY AWAY FROM ANTIBIOTICS AS THOUGH YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT(BECAUSE IT DOES!)
"As clinicians know, it takes a long time for research to sort of percolate through the expert and clinician community and guidelines are really important in that process, and it takes a long time for things to get on the radar screen of a guideline committee. I think this is an issue whose time has come and it's time to look at the evidence, and different people will have different takes on the evidence, as always."
Dr. Dr. Jan Blustein, MD, PhD, of the New York City's Wagner School of Medicine in an article discussed below (Dr. Sanjay Gupta). Mark my words, this information will continue to be ignored (percolate is a much gentler word) in order to prescribe drugs.
Are you chronically ill? Do you struggle with an array of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES? Do you suffer with any of the hundreds of different forms of AUTOIMMUNITY? Do your doctors have NO IDEA what's causing your problems? Does it seem like they are chasing your symptoms like your neighbor's dog chases its tail? Unfortunately, even if they can put an "official" name on your problem, the standard medical approach is not likely to solve it. Because of a massive and ongoing paradigm shift, the average treating physician and his RELIANCE ON BIG PHARMA is being left in the proverbial dust (to understand why, look at the quote at the top). Much of this shift is occurring in the field of GUT HEALTH.
Despite the fact that we've known for nearly two decades that 80% of your body's Immune System resides in your Digestive Tract, in the form of bacteria we refer to as your MICROBIOME, nothing is being done about it in the average doctor's office. In fact, if you weren't a regular reader of my site, you might not know much more about this phenomenon than the drivel you see on Yahoo or any of the monthly women's magazines. Unfortunately, if you don't get this figured out, your children will be worse off than you --- far worse. Why? Not only are our collective diets absolutely pathetic, we are killing off our Microbiomes in monstrous fashion ---- often times from birth.
Today we are going to discuss something called DYSBIOSIS. According to the definition provided by Leaky Gut do com, "Dysbiosis refers to a bacterial imbalance in the gut, which can compromise the immune system. It has been said that dysbiosis plays a part in many conditions such as: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue. The main causes of Dysbiosis are believed to be antibiotics and pesticides along with other environmental and dietary factors." Farlex's Online Medical Dictionary defines Dysbiosis thusly, "An imbalance in the intestinal bacteria that precipitates changes in the normal activities of the gastrointestinal tract or vagina, possibly resulting in health problems."
Just remember that although Dysbiosis (an imbalance in the normal ratio of the bacteria that live both in you and on you) is basically caused by ANTIBIOTICS, non-Antibiotic drugs that have ANTIBIOTIC PROPERTIES, and ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, it is fed (perpetuated) by a DIET HIGH IN REFINED CARBS. Are you beginning to see why America provides the perfect environment for Dysbiosis to spread through our citizens like a wildfire?
Note: There is even a bacterial overgrowth problem called “SIBO”.
SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
(WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOUR HEALTH?)
"According to a recent report, PPIs provoke dysbiosis of the small intestinal bacterial flora, exacerbating nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced [NSAID] small intestinal injury. Several meta-analyses and systematic reviews have reported that patients treated with PPIs, as well as post-gastrectomy patients, have a higher frequency of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) compared to patients who lack the aforementioned conditions. At this time, PPI-induced dysbiosis is considered a type of SIBO. It now seems likely that intestinal bacterial flora influence many diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and autoimmune diseases. When attempting to control intestinal bacterial flora with probiotics, prebiotics, and fecal microbiota transplantation [FMT], etc., the influence of acid suppression therapy, especially PPIs, should not be overlooked." From this June's issue of World Journal of Gastroenterology (What Are the Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors on the Small Intestine?)
For years I've been telling you about the numerous pitfalls associated with ANTIBIOTICS (as well as NON-ANTIBIOTICS) and Dysbiosis. DYSBIOSIS simply means that some part of your body has an imbalance in its normal flora (the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria is out of whack), which, with what we currently know about GUT HEALTH, is a deal-breaker as far as good health is concerned. A small example of this phenomenon that all women understand would be a YEAST INFECTION. But what happens when Dysbiosis is not so 'in-your-face' obvious? One of the many ways that Dysbiosis can destroy your life is via SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth).
Most people are completely freaked out by the very thought of bacteria. This is why Antibiotics are such an easy sell here in America, and why the wide array of commercially available antimicrobial products continues to be popular despite much evidence to the contrary (look at how many women now have the little bottle of hand sanitizer key-chained to their purses). Once you begin to have an understanding of the HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS, you start to see why anything that kills your normal flora is destroying your own IMMUNE SYSTEM (although your large intestine should be loaded with bacteria, your small intestine should contain relatively fewer).
According to any number of sources, SIBO that does not have an anatomical basis (surgery, diverticulitis, blind loops, etc) is usually caused by poor diets and too many drugs. Other than Antibiotics, the drugs most likely to cause SIBO are PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS (PPI's) --- not surprising once you understand the importance of STRONG STOMACH ACID'S ROLE as a destroyer of pathogenic bacteria. And like any number of other health issues (H. Pylori --- see previous link, C. DIFF, EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS INFECTIONS, and a multitude of others), even though Antibiotics are the medical treatment-of-choice for SIBO (the specific drug is called Rifaximin), they actually turn around and cause the very problem they are trying to treat. Again, not difficult to understand when you realize that bacteria make up the vast majority of your Immune System. Some of the chief risk factors for SIBO include......... (some of these are not only risk factors, but potential symptoms of the problem as well)
• CONSTIPATION: The slow passage of food through the digestive tract (CONSTIPATION) can make the small intestine stagnant. In the same way that you won't find moss growing on the CURRENT RIVER even though you'll find it growing on a stagnant farm pond, so will you find bacterial overgrowth in a small intestine with diminished motility. Scleroderma, FIBROMYALGIA, Pancreatitis, and CELIAC DISEASE, are all thought to cause diminished motility (there are others). In fact, the villi (and microvilli) of the small intestine of an individual with SIBO will have an appearance similar to that of the large intestine of an individual with Celiac Disease.
• DIARRHEA: The August 2004 issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth is a Common Cause of Chronic Diarrhea) concluded that, "Small bowel bacterial overgrowth is a common (33-67%) cause of chronic diarrhea". Put bacteria where they should not be (the small intestine) and it causes massive amounts of INFLAMMATION, which in turn leads to diarrhea. Poorly or incompletely digested particles of food then enter the colon (large intestine), which can be extremely bad news if you have a "Leaky Gut" --- see the final bullet point.
• IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: When you combine the two previous bullet points together in tandem, you get IBS. Some studies show that as many as 4 out of 5 IBS SUFFERERS have SIBO. For instance, BioMed Central's Gastroenterology journal published a study in 2010 (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Are There Any Predictors?) that stated in their 'discussion' that, "SIBO was detected in up to 84% of patients who met Rome criteria for IBS". There are any number of similar studies.
• TYPE II DIABETES / INSULIN RESISTANCE: This, folks, is not rocket science. Not only is there a ton of research on this topic (most of it seemingly concerning Type I or "Autoimmune" Diabetes) but we already know that SUGAR FEEDS INFECTION. And what is Dysbiosis, but a nasty bacterial infection of the small intestine. Living the HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE is another of the risk factors for developing all types of Dysbiosis, including SIBO.
• IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION / SUPPRESSION: Twenty- seven years ago this month, the journal Surgery carried a study called Small-Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth and Systemic Immunosuppression. I'm not going to delve into the specifics of this study, but suffice it to say that I have shown you how huge numbers of our nation's drugs WORK VIA IMMUNO-SUPPRESSION. This is probably why there are studies linking SIBO to problems as diverse as RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME (an Autoimmune form of NEUROPATHY). A study published in the June 2011 issue of Sleep Medicine (Restless Legs Syndrome is Associated With Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) found that, "SIBO was diagnosed in 69% of RLS subjects compared to 28% of general population controls". The August 2012 issue of Sleep Medicine Reviews (Restless Legs Syndrome--Theoretical Roles of Inflammatory and Immune Mechanisms) goes in a similar direction by stating that, "Increased prevalence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in controlled studies in RLS and case reports of post-infectious RLS suggest potential roles for inflammation and immunological alterations. Overall, 42 of the 47 RLS-associated conditions (89%) have also been associated with inflammatory and/or immune changes. In addition, 32% have been associated with SIBO. The fact that 95% of the 38 highly-associated RLS conditions are also associated with inflammatory/immune changes suggests the possibility that RLS may be mediated or affected through these mechanisms."
• INTESTINAL HYPER-PERMEABILITY: Bear in mind that most people know this problem by it's "civilian" name ---- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. Increased Intestinal Permeability is the hallmark of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES and AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES (click for a list).
Diagnosing SIBO can be done via a sample of material taken from the small intestine (invasive, expensive, and not necessarily as accurate as we have always been led to believe) or it can be done via any number of breath tests. The breath tests usually look for metabolites of carbohydrate metabolism or methane gas. That's right; nasty gas and foul-smelling stools are a hallmark of SIBO as well as other forms of Dysbiosis.
I believe the above information is the main reason why; 90% of diseases we are seeing START in the gut or the Gastrointestinal Tract of the body!
I will go even further and say that 90% of all dis-ease on earth is being caused by the toxins from toxic medications, toxic foods, toxic water, toxic air, toxic clothing, toxic cooking methods and an overall toxic lifestyle!
Tune in this Sunday July 9th at 10:00 AM CST at: www.g2voice.is as we discuss this VERY important topic to all who want to live a HEALTHY LIFE.
Let’s change the world together!
Archbishop Mark S. Grenon