This article is taken from Ron Garner’s most recent book: "The Disease-Free Revolution."
Ron Garner is an award-winning Author of "Conscious Health” – The Complete Owner’s Natural Health and Healing Manual. He won the Nautilus Award in 2007 for best health and healing book."In Conscious Health, myth-buster Ron Garner offers new science and alternative insights revealing that it is lifestyle, not genetics, which primarily determines our health.”
HEALTH IS LOST OR WON IN THE GUT
What you are about to read is life-changing because it explains the basic cause of most of the disease conditions our society suffers from.
The majority of this information is sourced from Douglas Wyatt, founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, and from the book, Peptide Immunotherapy: A Physician’s Guide, by Dr. Andrew Keech.
In medical terminology, the word ‘gut’ refers to the intestines. Many health practitioners use the phrase ‘disease begins in the colon.’ This is true because when rotting and stagnant fecal matter becomes congested in the colon, toxins are formed which begin to congest and reduce the efficiency of other organs. But that is only part of the story.
What is not widely recognized, and is overlooked by many medical practitioners, is what happens upstream from the colon in the small intestine. Hippocrates, who lived in ancient Greece and is recognized as the father of western medicine, stated that, "All disease begins in the gut.”
The problem influenced by poor lifestyle choices, the small intestine can develop tiny holes or perforations in its mucus lining, thereby becoming leaky. The small intestine is not supposed to have these perforations. However, when they do develop, the gut’s protective walls become weak, which allows incompletely-digested proteins, fats, toxins, and bacteria to leak through into the blood stream, causing inflammation in various areas of the body.
This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndromeand it is the basis for chronic disease. It is estimated that at least half the adult population and many children in the United States have Leaky Gut Syndrome.
A situation similar to leaky gut occurs with allergies. Allergens are able to enter and cause problems in the body due to weakened membranes of the skin, nose, sinus, throat, lungs, or intestines. Irritation and inflammation cause microscopic holes to develop and although very small, they are large enough to allow protein particles from pollen, animal dander, food, or other contaminants to gain entrance into the bloodstream.Acting in the interest of survival, the body’s immune system works to eliminate these foreign substances. This results in inflammation, mucus discharge, itching, irritability, and reduced immune function.
Inflammation is present in most disease conditions.As an immune system response to irritation or damage, inflammation is the initial phase of the body’s healing.When intestinal inflammation and leaky gut become chronic, healthy areas of the body become susceptible to damage as well. Leaky gut can be a problem for people of all ages.
It can be the root cause of many health disorders and autoimmune conditions ranging from:
- bowel disorders,
- malabsorption and deficiency of nutrients,
- chronic fatigue,
- memory problems,
- and skin problems such as eczema, to
- cardiovascular conditions,
- Alzheimer’s disease,
- Crohn’s disease,
- multiple sclerosis,
- and numerous other autoimmune disorders.
The main causes of leaky gut include:
- overuse of antibiotics,
- meats containing antibiotics,
- over-the- counter and prescription pain medications,
- gastro-intestinal drugs,
- birth control pills,
- pesticide-laden foods,
- Candida yeast overgrowth,
- excessive ingestion of wheat products,
- GMO foods,
- some food additives,
- and chronic stress.
- Adults who were not breast-fed as babies also have a compromised gut system which originated in infancy.
Allergies and autoimmune disorders Allergies and autoimmune diseases are almost always associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome.
The connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and (many) autoimmune conditions is that the antibodies created by the body, in response to the toxic substances and undigested fats and proteins that leak into the bloodstream and attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, create an allergic response, trigger destruction of tissues and organs, and create inflammation.
In the case of allergies, the immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to an outside substance that it would normally ignore. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues and begins attacking them as if they were foreign invaders; it produces antibodies against its own tissues.
Under the conditions of increasing toxicity and chronic inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes overactive and confused and can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens; it produces a response that destroys healthy normal tissue.
The specific type of autoimmune disease that develops depends on the predominant location of the inflammation. Since the gut immune system contains 70 to 80% of the body’s immune cells, it is obvious that this is the area of our body that needs assistance if we wish to improve our health.
Wyatt, Douglas. A. Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Modern Epidemic with an Ancient Solution? Center for Nutritional Research.
The solution – bioactive colostrum
It seems that any time we stray too far from Mother Nature’s way of caring for our bodies we run into difficulties. Altered foods, chemical drugs, preservatives, and pollutants are not natural to the human body and sooner or later they force body systems out of balance.It should be no surprise to us that nature had the prescription to being healthy from the beginning of our lives, and nature also offers the possible solution to correct health problems as we grow older.
When mammals are born, their first food is colostrum from their mothers. This first milk, or actually ‘pre-milk,’ is very special because it transfers the all-important immune and growth factors plus nutrients from mother to infant.
The newborn gut is unique in that it has not completed maturation at the time of birth and needs the growth factors and other components of the mother’s colostrum to complete its development. This incomplete development of the gut is of benefit to the newborn as it allows large proteins, such as immunoglobulins, to easily enter the body.
Immunoglobulins in colostrum and mother’s milk bind to disease-causing pathogens on the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, thereby preventing them from colonizing and causing infection. This modulation by the immune system creates passive immunity for the infant.
Shortly after ingesting immune-strengthening colostrum, the porous openings in the infant’s gut close to provide a protective barrier so that large protein particles from food, plus viruses and bacteria cannot enter directly into the bloodstream. This protective barrier remains intact until one or more of the factors mentioned above cause the small intestine to become injured and porous.Fortunately for us, when we consume colostrum it can provide the same healing benefits and immune fortification that infants who are breast-fed this first food receive. Not only can colostrum heal holes in the gut, but it can also repair mucus lining perforations throughout the rest of the body that cause allergic reactions.
Of course as adults we do not consume colostrum from human mother’s milk, but there is a wonderful alternative.Colostrum produced by cows –bovine colostrum – is bioidentical to human colostrum, yet it contains significantly higher levels of the immunoglobulin IgG, which can neutralize microorganisms, many of which are now resistant to present-day antibiotics. It contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral factors. Therefore, as an immune enhancement, bovine colostrum is even better than human colostrum.
Bovine colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of components, of which only a few hundred have been identified and studied, that enhance the human body’s functioning by two primary mechanisms. First, the numerous immune factors and natural antibiotics in colostrum provide strong support for optimal immune system performance. Second, colostrum’s growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost for optimal health and tissue healing.
The gland in our bodies responsible for producing T cells, which are major components of the body’s immune response to foreign invaders and infections, is the thymus. The thymus gland is located behind the sternum in our chest just in front of the heart. This gland grows to the approximate size of an orange until we reach puberty, and then begins to shrink. By the time we are 70 years old, the thymus gland has reduced to approximately the size of a pea. This is one explanation of why we have weaker immune systems as we age.
Bovine colostrum is able to restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capacity and correct an underactive immune system. According to Doug Wyatt, who has been working with physicians for over two decades, people who have been supplementing with bovine colostrum consistently and over time, report that they do not get colds or the flu anymore. And, people who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times.
Dr. Donald Henderson, MD, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA, stated:Colostrum is the ideal solution for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Its components prevent and heal GI damage. Unless the gut is healed, the body cannot begin the process of repair.
Benefits of consuming colostrum
- Bovine colostrum is not a medicine or a drug; it is a super- food that is whole and natural.
- It is able to stimulate an underactive immune system or modulate an overactive one.
- It is also able to increase growth hormones in the body to restore a more youthful functioning of many physiological processes and promote growth of body tissues.
- Thousands of clinical trials have proven colostrum to be safe and effective, with no known drug interactions or adverse side effects.
- It is the perfect food to assist in the recovery from all disease conditions.
Researchers have found that nutrients in colostrum are directly responsible for the production of stem cells in our bone marrow. "When they measured the before and after stem cell counts in the blood, virtually none are detected prior. Within a week of consuming, trillions of stem cells can be found.” Nothing other than colostrum has been clinically proven to stimulate the production of stem cells.
The only food that was designed to heal, protect, and make our gastro-intestinal tract perfect is colostrum.When this first pre-milk food, containing high levels of its active components, is regularly consumed and the leaky gut situation is healed, many health benefits can start to be realized.
Some of the main health benefits include:
- improved digestion and bowel function,
- increased energy and feelings of well-being,
- faster healing after injuries,
- repair of DNA and RNA,
- regulated blood sugar levels,
- increased infection control,
- improved memory,
- building of lean muscle and bone density,
- increased endurance,
- reduction of body fat,
- more youthful skin appearance,
- and improved sexual function.
Active bovine colostrum has been referred to as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. As we age, it can give us a renewed lease on life.
In addition to active bovine colostrum as a solution to leaky gut sydrome, Conscious Planet has a family of products that can also address leaky gut issues that start to happen with poor digestion, poor assilimlation and chronic elimination problems. Remember, "digestion is the major starting point to health” and "disease begins in the colon, " a phrase used by many natural health practitioners.
The array of Conscious Planet products that will assist in mending leaky gut issues includes:
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