Leaky gut syndrome

WDDTY on leaky gut syndrome

In February 1992, WDDTY stated the crank definition of leaky gut

Increase in food intolerance has been blamed on damage to the gut wall. Like many yeasts and fungi, candida has a vegetative form, which grows out small threads of hyphae into the surrounding cells. It has been hypothesized that these hyphae may provide channels through which the products of digestion escape prematurely into the bloodstream. This means that food substances have not been broken down fully and are thus still biochemically “wheat”, “pork” etc. This is referred to as the “leaky gut” syndrome.

If undigested food is entering the bloodstream, you have a very serious problem. Luckily there’s no credible evidence this is the case.

Harald Gaier offers a treatment in an April 1993 piece on irritable bowel syndromeW:

Fixing “leaky gut syndrome” (increased intestinal permeability), which may be a legacy from some earlier condition or treatment by adding linseed (soaked in water) to the diet for its soothing effect.

In August 1997 in a special feature entitled Leaky gut – Repairing our protective fence, WDDTY went through its signature Gish gallopW of legitimate references pressed into illegitimate service:

Leaky gut syndrome is one of a number of disorders associated with increased intestinal permeability, where the one way gates of the gut, in effect, open too wide. A number of conditions have been shown to be accompanied by a leaky gut. These include inflammatory and infectious bowel diseases (Gastroenterology, 1989; 97: 927-31), chronic inflammatory joint diseases (Clin Exp Rheumatol, 1990; 8: 75-83), skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and dermatitis (Br J Dermatol, 1983; 108: 33-7), and many diseases triggered by food allergy or specific food intolerance, including eczema, urticaria, and irritable bowel syndrome (Lancet, 1981; i: 1285-6), chronic fatigue syndromes (Ridgen, Cheney, Lapp, Galland, unpublished results), and even chronic hepatitis (Gastroenterology, 1991; 100: 513-9).

"Healing" a leaky gut
“Healing” a leaky gut

The references are:

  • Gastroenterology. 1989 Oct;97(4):927-31. Intestinal permeability in patients with Crohn’s disease and their healthy relatives. Katz KD, Hollander D, Vadheim CM, McElree C, Delahunty T, Dadufalza VD, Krugliak P, Rotter JI.
  • Clin Exp Rheumatol. 1990 Jan-Feb;8(1):75-83. A short review of the relationship between intestinal permeability and inflammatory joint disease. Rooney PJ, Jenkins RT, Buchanan WW.

  • Br J Dermatol. 1983 Jan;108(1):33-7.

    The influence of treatment on fibrin microclot generation in psoriasis.

    Juhlin L, Vahlquist C.

  • Lancet. 1981 Jun 13;1(8233):1285-6. Intestinal permeability in patients with eczema and food allergy. Jackson PG, Lessof MH, Baker RW, Ferrett J, MacDonald DM.
  • Unpublished results by Ridgen, Cheney, Lapp, Galland
  • Gastroenterology. 1991 Feb;100(2):513-9. Hepatic injury associated with small bowel bacterial overgrowth in rats is prevented by metronidazole and tetracycline. Lichtman SN, Keku J, Schwab JH, Sartor RB.

Needless to say these sources do not support the claimed causal link, rather they point to intestinal permeability being one of many things that changes in autoimmune disorders. It is not possible to draw causal inferences from the data even now ,over two decades since most of these findings were published.

Needless to say, the nutritionists claim to be able to “heal” a leaky gut using a full perm 8 from 12 approach.

One of the latest and most interesting theories comes from health writer Susie Cornell, who postulates that leaky gut probably plays a central role in the development of multiple sclerosis. […]

Because different parts of the intestinal wall absorb different nutrients, damage to the wall in one area may cause poor absorption of one particular nutrient, says Cornell. This is why a patient might be show one single deficiency rather than wholesale malnutrition. The symptoms of B12 deficiency and magnesium deficiency—fatigue, irritability, nervous system disorders, tingling and numbness in fingers and toes and even balance problems — are the symptoms we have collectively termed “MS”.

These may be symptoms associated with multiple sclerosisW, but they are not the “symptoms we have collectively termed MS” by any rational definition. MS is a condition where the insulating covers of nerve cells are thinned and depleted, leading to a loss of signalling ability.

Furthermore, she says, many of these symptoms of MS are also the symptoms of the leaky gut syndrome. No one really knows whether these diseases are solely caused by a leaky gut; the situation is probably chicken and egg. Once your gut “leaks” and foreign proteins get through the intestinal barrier, your immune system begins to inappropriately react to them, and your liver and pancreas begins to operate faultily, the gut doesn’t receive the nutrients it needs for optimum health, leading the intestinal sieve to grow larger and larger. A leaky gut leads to an ill body, which leads to a leaky gut.

Or perhaps, as Ripoff Report suggests:

Susie Cornell, The Cornell Centre @ Spring Health Leisure Club fake bioresonance therapist, diagnoses all her clients with candida, sells them the same supplement and recommends the same anti-candida diet, scam, fraud, ripoff 

Certainly Susie Cornell has no evident medical qualifications, and specialises in treating favourite quack targets “candida overgrowth” and MS. So perhaps the diagnosis of leaky gut syndrome leads to the conclusion that symptoms are due to leaky gut syndrome and therefore that leaky gut syndrome exists?

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