Chronic inflammatory diseases have root causes that may include gut dysbiosis or leaky gut. Leaky gut syndrome is a proposed condition some health practitioners claim is the cause of a wide range of serious long-term conditions, including diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. In this webinar, Dr. Robert Martindale discusses the pathology of leaky gut, if it is a real condition, its mechanisms, and treatment opportunities.
Proponents of leaky gut syndrome state that an altered or damaged bowel lining or gut wall results from poor diet, parasites, infection, or medications, and that this allows substances such as toxins, microbes, undigested food, or waste to leak through. They say this prompts the body to initiate an immune reaction leading to potentially severe health conditions. This theory is vague and largely unproven, and there is no evidence that the remedies marketed for treating leaky gut bring the benefits they claim. The scientific community continues to debate whether there is a connection between a leaky gut and autism, and whether “leaky gut syndrome” exists at all.
A possible cause of leaky gut is increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability, which may be experienced by people with celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.