Friday, July 10, 2015

NYANP's ND Wilson and Leaky Gut: 'A Dishonest Ploy'

here, crackpot naturopathic pseudopathophysiology, me thinks:

001. the NYANP writes, by way of ND Wilson, in "Leaky Gut–What Is It and What Can You Do About It?":

"naturopathic doctor, Dr. Doni Wilson gives an overview of leaky gut [...] otherwise known as intestinal permeability [...] a major underlying cause of many health issues including IBS, headaches, weight gain, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, anxiety, depression, autoimmune conditions, and allergies [...] what starts off in most of us as a small amount of leakage can become quite a severe source of inflammation throughout your whole body making you feel horrible [...] the inflammation caused by leaky gut causes digestive symptoms such as heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and/or hemorrhoids [...] you might also start to suspect leaky gut if you have any of the following unresolving symptoms [...] fatigue, achiness and pain, such as head or joint pain, menstrual pain, unexplained headache, allergies and/or allergic reactions on your skin, anxiety, depression, PMS, weight issues – weight gain or you find it hard to gain weight, an autoimmune condition, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or M.S [...]";

go on.

"leaky gut happens in the small intestine [...] if you are under psychological stress or if your digestive tract is under stress from exposure to medications, antibiotics, alcohol, or caffeine to name just a few examples then the cells making up the intestinal walls are not as healthy as they should be [...]"; 

always, ALWAYS cast a wide net when you have bullshit to sell and bullshit to profit from.  Right.  In other words, 'if I mention enough things that involve enough people, I'll have lots of patients because I scared people into coming to me with a fake illness I can fix.'  That reminds me of racketeering: creating a fake problem that one then profits from the fixing of.  Now, I teach anatomy and physiology and I have to wonder if the ND studied such and has thought about this idea: the blood that picks up what the intestines absorb passes into the portal vein, which then goes to the liver, which then subdivides until it disappears into capillaries whose contents are processed by hepatocytes.  The liver has a lot to say about what can pass into systemic circulation from the diet.  I would think that leaky gut is not going to happen, in terms of adaptation, and if stress is so debilitating, I'd think that we'd see these huge physiological flare ups when these stressors are intensified.   We'd know.  It would muddy so many studies involving people.  But, no such.  And I don't apologize for thinking analytically.  

002. at Wikipedia, in "Leaky Gut Syndrome", we're told:

"leaky gut syndrome is a medically unrecognised condition which some alternative health practitioners claim is the cause of a wide range of serious long-term conditions, including diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Proponents of leaky gut syndrome claim 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 'leaky gut syndrome' exists at all.  There is little, if any, evidence to support the idea that any of the claimed conditions are caused by a 'leaky' gut. Diagnosis of leaky gut syndrome is contentious [and] has been seen as a dishonest ploy designed to make money from the sale of supposed remedies for it [...]";

sounds like naturopathy to me: fake diseases + weirdo remedies = ka-ching.  I'm reminded of how candida caused all things, and then it faded away, without any research supporting it, and now leaky gut.  What's next when leaky gut peters out?  And NYANP tells us this is "Part 1 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Leaky Gut."
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