"All disease begins in the gut" - Hippocrates
Humans may be the smartest creatures on earth, but sometimes it takes years for the truth to catch on. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is thought to be the first person to hypothesize a relationship between disease and gut health. Two thousand years later, Dr. William Stuppy, a Harvard educated gastroenterologist, studied nearly 1,400 Los Angeles and Orange County patients from the years 2000 to 2013 and found that 33% were positive for gliadin antibodies (celiac disease). In addition, he found that 55% of that 33% also tested positive for an enteropathogen. The three most common infections were with T. gondii, E. histolytica, and H. Pylori. Strikingly, 45% of these patients tested positive for more than one enteropathogen and13% tested positive for four or more pathogens.
Dr. Stuppy’s data also found something very unexpected. Although Americans have come to think that pathogens are a consequence of things like poor sanitation, bad food choices, contaminated water, and low socioeconomic status, his study revealed infections were actually far more prevalent in more affluent areas like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. He concluded that this was mainly due to those with money eating far more organic raw foods at home and eating out more frequently in “nice” sit down restaurants. Which probably sounds like a lot of the people reading this article.
So let us ask you one simple question: Do you experience any of the following on a regular basis?
Bloating Heartburn / Acid reflux / GERD Gas, belching
Abdominal pain Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Constipation or Diarrhea
Headaches Food sensitivities Brain Fog Skin problems (acne, psoriasis, etc.)
Insomnia Food cravings Depression and anxiety
Fatigue Joint and muscle pain Hormonal problems (PMS, hot flashes, etc.)
Hair loss Difficulty losing weight Cold hands and/or feet
The above conditions are all signs of an unhealthy gut. And if the answer is yes, then cleaning up your gut will greatly improve your health.
By the time symptoms like bloating and fatigue become evident, you likely have already developed a leaky gut or other pathologies. Keep in mind that many people who get tested, have no digestive symptoms at all but still show GI infections that contribute to symptoms like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
It is now known that the human GI tract is home to more than 1,000 species of microbial organisms, and almost all of them are bacteria. These organisms- collectively known as the microbiome - far outnumber the human cells in an individual and fulfill many metabolic functions. Many factors go into developing and maintaining a healthy microbiome and while the most obvious role of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the incorporation of nutrients and energy from the diet, and the elimination of waste products and toxins, it is now clear that the functions of the GI tract influence, not only general GI health but that of the entire body including our brain.
For this reason, it is especially important for those living the good life to have a GI panel done to provides information on the three main categories of GI function:
Digestion and absorption - reports on the effectiveness of GI breakdown and absorption of nutrients from ingested food. Maldigestion and malabsorption of nutrients can produce long term dysfunction.
Inflammation and immunology - reports on the functioning of the immune response and the secretory immune system in the GI tract.
GI microbiome - reports on the status of the hundreds of microbial species that live in your gut, such as bacteria, fungi and parasites.
So if the thought of creepy, crawly, gut things making you miserable isn't appealing, let us help you make them go away.
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