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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the most common health condition we have in our country...Dysbiosis within the Microbiome, Leaky Gut Syndrome and what causes it.
Most Doctor's Offices will never mention it because it is the foundational reason for all our health concerns. And if the truth gets out about how it is created, that will lead to many angry people.
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Digestive System Disruptors
Our most important system that controls the health of every part of the body is our Digestive System. It triads with the Respiratory System and the Integumentary (skin) System and all 3 are known collectively as the Metal Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
When you consider each of these 3 organs, you appreciate that each acts as a filter to keep things from getting into the body. These three help make up the 3 External Filters of the body and are supported by the 3 Internal Filters, the Liver, Kidneys and the Spleen. These 3 Internal Filters help to sift through what arrives in the blood (the Liver deals with the solids, the Kidneys deal with the liquids and the Spleen deals with the blood itself, acting as a recycling plant for the blood), if the 3 External Filters are compromised. Therefore, having healthy and highly functioning External Filters makes all the difference for a person’s health.
Your Microbiome and Your Health
Consider what should exist in a healthy Digestive System are the balance between the microorganisms that occupy the Microbiome/Microbiota of the digestive system, and all surface areas of the body (including the Respiratory and Integumentary Systems).
Wikipedia defines the Microbiota as an "ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms" found in and on all multicellular organisms studied to date from plants to animals. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. Microbiotas have been found to be crucial for immunologic, hormonal and metabolic homeostasis of their host. The synonymous term microbiome describes either the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside in an environmental niche or the microorganisms’ themselves.
The microbiome and host emerged during evolution as a synergistic unit from epigenetics and genetic characteristics, sometimes collectively referred to as a holobiont.
The challenge in healthcare is everyone has limited understanding of this relatively new topic in our society and the approach to define it, understand it, and then try to control it for the purposes of monetization has resulted in more and more exotic health concerns that seem to defy conventional medical treatment. And what we are left with is a society of people who have too many health concerns, too many medications and too many ruined lives from surgical interventions or the consequences/side-effects of the medical interventions.
Suffice to say;
Understanding HOW we create health issues becomes paramount if we are ever going to fully solve them once and for all.
This is completely different from the current myopic approach of "profits over people" and creating temporary solutions to a health concern that should be properly addressed initially. Yet the business of medicine is to mask our symptoms which set a person up for a life-time of health concerns that seem to evolve to more severe outcomes requiring more severe interventions.
The 13 Most Common Ways We Disrupt Our Digestive System
I’d like you to avoid all of that. So I offer up The 13 Most Common Ways We Disrupt Our Digestive System, most of which are done on a daily basis. Then I would offer you a Solution to minimize these Digestive Disruptors and help you build health.
70 % of all the antibiotics manufactured in this country are put into our food supply by feeding them to the live-stock we will eventually be eating. This includes all meat, poultry and fish products as well as all the dairy products. As a result, the secondary effects of eating these foods on a daily basis creates the likelihood of disrupting your Digestive System and your microbiome a given. This leads to Dysbiosis or a dysfunctional microbiome.
Our children are asked/required to get 35 different vaccinations (20 by 18 months and 15 more by age 18) before graduating high school. Many are given in combination during an office visit to the pediatrician with little to no concern for the effects it has on the digestive system. Similar to the OTC and Prescription Medications below, these will disrupt the Digestive System and create Dysbiosis.
Now there are even more vaccines being offered to the adult population for various conditions like the one give yearly for the flu. And we keep hearing news stories about how bad the flu is to promote fear so you will run out and get it, and then there are other news stories telling us how ineffective this years flu vaccine is. So what are we to believe?
All of these medications are concentrations of chemicals that will disrupt the microbiome. And these can range from oral OTC medications to inhaled OTC medications to lotions and ointments we apply to our skin. Each of these disrupts the microbiome leading to Dysbiosis.
These are much harsher on the Digestive System which is why they are by prescription only. They too are concentrations of chemicals in a higher dosage than OTC medications and will disrupt the microbiome and lead to Dysbiosis.
Believe it or not, alcohol activates one aspect of the microbiome over another aspect leading to Dysbiosis. Alcohol will tend to feed the digestive Yeast/Candidia and suppress the functioning of the good friendly bacteria. It may also foster the proper environment for supporting Immune System suppression once the Dysbiosis exists.
Chlorine is a “toxic halide” in addition to Fluorine and Bromine, which we will get to. Chlorine is placed into pools and in our public drinking water in an effort to kill bacteria that may be considered harmful. One of those bacteria is E. Coli, which is found in the intestines of healthy people. So if Chlorine kills these specific bacteria, what does it do to the rest of the Microbiome. Therefore, drinking this in our public drinking water, without understanding the negative health effects can be devastating and is a major contributor to Dysbiosis.
The following information was taken from Wikipedia:
Fluoride in toothpaste
Children may experience gastrointestinal distress upon ingesting excessive amounts of flavored toothpaste. Between 1990 and 1994, over 628 people, mostly children, were treated after ingesting too much fluoride-containing toothpaste. "While the outcomes were generally not serious," gastrointestinal symptoms appear to be the most common problem reported.
Fluoride in drinking water
Around one-third of the world’s population drinks water from groundwater resources. Of this, about 10 percent, approximately 300 million people, obtains water from groundwater resources that are heavily contaminated with arsenic or fluoride.
Similar to Chorine, because it is a toxic halide, it will have similar disruptive effects on the Microbiome, thus affecting the Digestive System.
The last of the toxic halides, bromine needs to be appreciated as it continues to disrupt our microbiome. In liquid or vapor form, bromine is harmful to the skin, irritates the eyes and throat and can be toxic.
What has Bromine in it?
Bromine is used in pesticides and gasoline; as a fire retardant in fabrics, carpets, upholstery and mattresses; and as an alternative to chlorine in swimming pool treatments. Bromine is also used as a food additive.
But bromine toxicity is a definite danger from some surprising sources, and it can wreak havoc on your health.
Bromine can be found in a number of places in your everyday world, including:
What Foods Contain Bromine?
You probably are not aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours.
Potassium bromate is also found in some toothpastes and mouthwashes, where it’s added as an antiseptic and astringent. It has been found to cause bleeding and inflammation of gums in people using these products.
This seems inert, as we all have stress. And that is the reason it is listed. Not appreciating the effects that stress has on our Microbiome and our Digestive System health becomes important to understand.
When we are stressed, our body produces larger amounts of stress hormones (Cortisol as an example which leads to excess belly fat) and over time, they will affect our digestive system, they will affect our Microbiome and they will lead to degeneration of the body. That is why it is important to understand the effects of prolonged or chronic stress and to take the appropriate steps to reduce or remove stress from your life as best you can.
This may not be an issue for the non-pet owner, and it may if you come in contact with your neighbors pets, primarily their dog. And this is no fault of the dog, but is actually the fault of the humans who choose to have animals in their house and feed them human manufactured pet foods. Believe it or not, the pet’s Microbiome is affected by the same things we humans are, and then they become a creator of problems with our Microbiome. This is especially true if they get their shots and wear tick and flea sprays and remedies to “support” their being healthy. Something for everyone to consider.
This is more than the way we take care of our personal hygiene. Our environmental hygiene is important for us to be aware of as well. Where you live and what the environment is like will directly affect the health of the 3 External Filters based on the air we breathe, the things we place on or cover our bodies with, in addition to the foods we eat. Are you in a major metropolitan area with increased pollution; do you change the sheets on your bed regularly and do you wash them in harsh detergents; do you consume naturally grown foods or are you someone who eats lots of man-made CRAP (Completely Refined And Processed) foods? All of these things will affect our Microbiome and our Digestive System.
So much of this goes on in just about every food we eat. And the companies that manufacture them are continuously finding ways to create artificial sweeteners and sugars that we find in just about every food that has a shelf-life. These are one of the biggest reasons for digestive system disruption. And the biggest challenge we all face is being able to avoid them in our diet and to ignore the press releases telling us that the research shows they are safe. NONE of them are safe for consumption if you choose to be healthy
Sugar is not a nutrient. Certainly not in the form we are all given it. Sugar, made from sugar cane, has many healthy ingredients in it, as it exists in nature. Sugar, as we consume it, has been bleached and stripped of all of its minerals, thus affecting the body when consumed. It feeds and creates an excess of the Yeast/Candidia found in the Microbiome, thus creating the basis for Dysbiosis and a sugar addiction. It also is the reason for Leaky Gut Syndrome, a suppressed Immune System, along with allergies and possibly Autoimmune Disease, if the Dysbiosis is left in the person long enough.
Need We Say More?
What the Medical Profession Has to Say About Leaky Gut Syndrome and the Microbiome
WebMD refers to leaky gut as “something of a medical mystery.” No wonder, because it isn’t even taught as a diagnosis in medical school!
“From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD – Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic – “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.” And to think, this is coming from a Gastroenterologist who specializes in the digestive system.
And to make matters worse, Government agencies have also contributed to the confusion. According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS),
There is little evidence to support this theory, and no evidence that so-called “treatments” for “leaky gut syndrome”, such as nutritional supplements and a gluten-free diet, have any beneficial effect for most of the conditions they are claimed to help. This is in an effort to protect their brand of treatment.
Yet, not everyone agrees. In the words of Linda A. Lee, MD – gastroenterologist and Director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center – “We don’t know a lot but we know that it exists.” Nevertheless, “In the absence of evidence, we don’t know what it means or what therapies can directly address it.”
This is an important to point to keep in mind.
In the medical world, if there are no standard diagnostic criteria for a disease, there are no specific therapies or treatments. Moreover, if there are no “proven” treatment models, then most MD’s are left with no other choice than to travel along the “safe path” and prescribe drugs; which, in this case, are oftentimes Prevacid or generic ant-acids like Tums. These contribute to the condition and it is no wonder they are confused and fail to acknowledge any connection.
Because most of the medical community denies its very existence, it’s critical that you understand what leaky gut is and what to look out for in case you or a loved-one is affected by it. This way, even though your doctor may not pick up on the clues, you’ll be armed with the knowledge that you need to make the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes. Consider Dr. Huntoon's Advice below.
Dr. Huntoon has spent 30 plus years understanding the importance of all disease, what causes sickness to begin and what it takes to be and stay healthy. It is his passion and he can and will help you understand how to restore balance to your digestive system and your overall health. Please appreciate that any time you are exposed to antibiotics (70 percent of them are put into our food supply), you will disrupt your microbiome. Also of importance are understanding the other Digestive System Disruptors of stress, vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines, alcohol, refines and processed sugar, additives, preservatives, plastics etc., will contribute to having problems with your microbiome, thus leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Remember, the top foods to remove that cause leaky gut are sugar, grains, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods. The top toxic exposures to eliminate are municipal tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS, artificial colors and sweeteners and antibiotics — but remember to always consult with your physician if he or she has prescribed these for you. Ask questions and see if they are aware of the possible side-effects of their recommending these for your care. Most times they are not.
Finding a practitioner, like Dr. Huntoon, who can walk you through the different steps necessary to restore your microbiome becomes paramount. Below are 3 main things you should be aware of and practice if you choose to be healthy.
How Else Can You Establish a Strong Microbiome?
Antibiotics have been commonly prescribed for over 80 years now, but the problem is that they eliminate good bacteria in addition to cleaning the body of dangerous “germs,” which means they can lower immune function and raise the risk for infections, allergies and diseases. While antibiotics can save lives when they’re truly needed, they’re often over-prescribed and their consequences are misunderstood.
Over time, dangerous bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, making serious infections harder to fight. Before taking antibiotics or giving them to your children, talk to your doctor about alternative options and the unintended consequences to our microbiomes that can result from taking antibiotics too often and when they aren’t needed.
Stress hinders immune function because your body diverts energy away from fighting off infections and places it on primary concerns that keep your alive — which is one reason why chronic stress can kill your quality of life. When your body thinks it’s facing an immediate danger, you become more susceptible to infections and experience more severe symptoms while also developing higher levels of inflammation.
Stress causes immune compounds known as cytokines to contribute to the inflammatory response that damages healthy cells. Exercise is a natural stress reliever that can help lower inflammation, balance hormones and strengthen the immune system.
Begin with the source of good bacteria within your digestive system. This requires a high quality probiotic and should be kept in your refrigerator when being stored. If the bottle says it does not need to be refrigerated, you are probably wasting your money. Next, you will need some type of supplement to get rid of the excess amounts of Yeast/Candidia that create the leaky gut syndrome. This will help to restore balance to the microbiome and return the body back to health. Other supplements that may be helpful, especially if they are gotten from whole food sources are Co-enzyme Q10, carotenoids, omega-3 fish oil, selenium and antioxidants (vitamins C, D and E). These can help keep free radical damage from disturbing micrbiota gut health.
So What Can One Do To Help Themselves?
Obviously, the Best Thing To Do would be to avoid all of them, if not greatly minimize your exposure to them as best you can. This will require you to make some adjustments to your life.
Probiotics are very popular these days, except every company that has jumped on the “band-wagon” have done so without a proper understanding of the nature of these healthy bacteria that helps reduce and eliminate the Dysbiosis. One should strongly considered being evaluated for the need for these and if you experience any of the above 12 Digestive System Disruptors, you can guarantee a need for these.
Taking a supplement that will help to get rid of the excess amounts of Yeast/Candidia as a result of participating in the 12 Digestive Disruptors becomes vital for restoring balance to your Digestive System Flora. Without going through this process, you will continue to have and create Leaky Gut Syndrome and the host of health concerns that follow.
Read labels and find sources and brands of food that are truly doing the right thing by society. Invest in these foods and companies and let your dollars support changing the system. If we do not buy from the companies that continuously put out artificial food-stuff with great packaging and lots of advertising to mislead us all, we can begin to take back control. This will not be easy and requires the help of everyone. And even if you are one of the few who makes the choice to avoid the CRAP foods, your health will benefit tremendously. And then you can be the living example of where society needs to go.
If you think that you might have leaky gut after reading this article, then I have two very important things to tell you:
With these 4 steps to heal leaky gut, we have helped countless people over years and I believe that it can help YOU as well!
Dr. Huntoon has spent 30 plus years understanding the importance of all disease, what causes sickness to begin and what it takes to be and stay healthy. It is his passion and he can and will help you understand how to restore balance to your digestive system and your overall health. Please appreciate that any time you are exposed to antibiotics (70 percent of them are put into our food supply) you will disrupt your Microbiome. Also of importance are understanding the Digestive System Disruptors of stress, over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines, alcohol, refines and processed sugar, additives, preservatives, plastics etc., will contribute to having problems with your microbiome and lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Huntoon directly at 845-561-2225. He looks forward to serving you.
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