Dr. Oz, February 21, 2013, starts the show by saying there is a new disease out there that traditional doctors are failing to detect and it is called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Traditional doctors are treating this as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Susannah Meadows comes out on the stage and she says her son had rashes, bloating, and joint pain so severe he could not get out of bed in the morning. Her doctor started prescribing powerful NSAID pain relievers and they didn’t work. She was told her son needed a chemotherapy drug called Methotrexate and it had some really bad side effects.
Meadows watched her son get worse and worse. Her sister actually told her to see an Alternative Medicine specialist but she thought all these doctors were quacks. After watching her son deteriorate more, she finally went to the alternative doctor and she was shocked. This doctor said her son had Leaky Gut Syndrome where the bacteria in the intestines leak out into the body. He told meadows to change her son’s diet and he would get better in a few weeks.
The alternative doctor said she needed to eliminate Gluten, Dairy, and severely cut his sugar intake. After 6 weeks of taking a Chinese herbal remedy every day and the change in diet, her son seemed to be cured. Shepherd, her son, is now living a pain free life without medication. Meadows says she cannot say that the alternative treatment cured her son because he was still taking a lower dose of the chemo drug while making the dietary changes.
Oz chimes in that alternative medicine is at war with traditional medicine in today’s society. He says most conventional doctors don’t give alternative treatments enough credit and it could be harming their patients. Dr. Robynne Chutkan is on the show and says that leaky gut syndrome is real and almost all of the diseases out there start in our guts. Even Oz has said many times that our intestines are full of bacteria and keeping them in balance is a key to be healthy.
Chutkan says that there are a lot of symptoms that could point to having this condition and they are easily misread as other problems. If you have constant Eczema, Psoriasis, allergies, hives, joint pain, food sensitivities, bloating, gas, fatigue, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps a lot then you need to talk to your doctor about Leaky Gut Syndrome. We get a demonstration where Oz shows us how our body processes food in our intestines. We see that it breaks down the foods we eat and is supposed to keep the bad chemicals inside until they are expelled naturally. toxic chemicals created in this process can actually create holes in our intestines and these dangerous chemicals leak into the body.
Chutkan says we can look for specific things to diagnose Leaky Gut Syndrome. They include Parasite infections, a high sugar diet, antibiotic use, taking NSAIDS a lot, and food allergies. These things could mean you are at risk of getting this disease. Oz has a simple test for this disease and he gets 7 volunteers from the audience. He gives them a drink with different size molecules and waits for them to urinate. Looking at how many of the big molecules are passed through tells him that three of these women have this disease.
The first step in treating this disease is to eliminate Gluten, Dairy, Refined sugars, Alcohol, eggplant, potatoes, some peppers, NSAIDs, and Antacids. The next step is to replace the good bacteria in your intestines by eating more fermented veggies and taking a probiotic supplement. Finally, you need to repair the intestine walls by getting more Omega 3 into your diet and taking Glutamine powder.
Now Oz changes the subject and talks about the supplements we may need to be taking. First, Chromium Polynicotinate is something we don’t absorb well as we get older. This trace mineral helps regulate our sugar levels and we all know that a steady blood sugar level is a key to staying healthy. Oz says 90% of us are Chromium deficient and we can take 200mcg a day to keep our levels up.
Next, DIM Complex will help balance out your hormones and it is found in foods like cabbage. You can’t eat enough cabbage to get what you need though so Oz suggests taking 100mg if your weight is normal and 200mg if you are overweight daily. You should also look for black pepper and DIM complex on the label to make sure you are getting the right one.
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