Leaky Gut Syndrome/Candida: Drinking aloe vera juice helps heal
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME CANDIDA ALOE VERA
Date: 2/8/2005 4:38:31 PM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 24625 times
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Dr. Pittman found that most immuno-depressive conditions have one common symptom: a high incidence of digestive dysfunction and poor digestion. "Food allergies - especially to dairy - are a major source of digestive dysfunction," remarks Dr. Pittman.
Poor digestion happens when foods are not being broken down properly and are not being used to help the body regenerate itself. The intestines then become inflamed as the intestinal lining reacts by swelling. Increased intestinal permeability develops as partially digested food particles are released into the bloodstream. Alternative health practitioners call this "leaky gut syndrome". Once in circulation, the body reacts to these particles as though they were foreign and alerts the immune system to attack them by building up antibodies. After a lengthy fight the immune system enters into a chronic hyper immune state. "The immune system becomes so overworked," says Dr. Pittman "that it is similar to draining a battery."
This hyperimmune state can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and connective tissue disorders. "In addition to a worn-out immune system," comments Dr. Pittman, "food remnants provide fuel for the overgrowth of fermentative fungal organisms such as candida albicans and various types of parasites. Candida in turn can worsen food allergies, create hypoglycemia and digestive disturbances, and cause bloating, flatulence, skin rashes, and extreme fatigue, all of which can further damage the immune system. Drinking aloe vera juice helps to seal the intestinal wall much in the same way aloe gel seals a wound or soothes a burn when applied to the skin.
"Aloe effectively heals the lining of the intestines," says Dr. Pittman. "It fixes the damaged membranes, intestinal swelling decreases, and the cells of the intestinal wall are tightened, which basically corrects intestinal weakness. The continual flow of protein to the blood is also stopped." In addition to prescribing aloe to his patients with leaky guy syndrome, Dr. Pittman suggests a modified juice fast from three to 10 days. This puts the GI tract to a well needed rest.
"Unfortunately, most people do not realize that they even have leaky gut syndrome," says Dr. Pittman, "until one day they have organ system failure and just collapse." He suggests that patients take notice of their health and pay particular attention to any long-term or recurring infections that could indicate immune system failure. Dr. Pittman also recommends that his patients have a comprehensive stool study done. This enables him to know all of the aspects of the patients' digestion and whether they could be suffering from bacterial, yeast, or parasitic infections.
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