Dr. Rakel shares what happens when the intestine easily absorbs fluids.
So on the street known as leaky gut, but increased intestinal permeability is kind of like having a bouncer at the bar, you know, when we eat something a protein or bacteria goes into our GI tract and that bouncer has to decide whether this is good for the bar or good for the system, or not.
When an injury occurs, whether that’s from taking long-term antibiotics or going on chemotherapy or emotional or physical stress sometimes that eco system gets knocked out of balance and that bouncer gets laid off. So we have no one to help us understand what’s friend or foe and then some unhealthy proteins come across that barrier and cause havoc which stimulates the immune system that might lead to more allergy type symptoms like atopic dermatitis which is eczema of the skin or asthma or autoimmune conditions or irritable bowel type symptoms of the bowel which causes diarrhea and bloating.
So what we want to try and do is create that healthy ecosystem where we have that bouncer who is able to help us decide what is good for us and what is bad for us. So we don’t over-stimulate that immune response that can lead to full body or what we call systemic inflammatory processes that can worsen chronic diseases.
About Dr. Rakel, M.D.:
Dr. David Rakel, M.D., attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed a family practice residency in Greeley, Colorado. He spent the next five years in rural practice as one of two physicians staffing a 14 bed hospital in Driggs, Idaho. As medical director for Grand Targhee Ski resort in Wyoming, he developed an interest in sports medicine and received his Certificate of Added Qualification in 1999.
Dr. Rakel completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona from 1999-2001. He joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine in 2001 where he teaches and practices, and is the medical director for the University of Wisconsin Health Integrative Medicine. Dave is board certified in family medicine, holistic medicine and sports medicine. He is also certified in Interactive Guided Imagery.