Digestive Dysfunction; Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Constipation

Digestive dysfunction is at the root of many brain-immuno-gut disorders either triggered by infection, allergy, diet, toxicity, medication or environment that compromises the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria and disease-causing microbes.

An overgrowth of microbes that inhabit the Gastro Intestinal (GI) tract (such as streptococcus or candida) can lead to “gut dysbiosis”, an unhealthy level of bad microbes outnumbering the beneficial flora. Bacteria can compromise enzyme function by impairing enzymes of the intestinal absorptive cell.

Candida can also bore holes in the mucosal lining of the gasto intestinal tract creating gut permeability or “leaky gut”, a condition that can lead to undigested food particles crossing the gut/blood barrier. This in turn can trigger allergies, weakened immunity, poor concentration, aggression, diabetes. Hippocrates 460-370 BC -All Diseases Begin in the Gut”.

Recommended Reading; Gut And Psychology Syndrome

Food Allergies versus Food Intolerances

In the biomedical paradigm, many allergies are caused by a poor functioning gut which allows undigested food to pass through the “leaky gut” at which point the immune system recognizes it as a foreign substance and launches an attack. This is how food allergies and intolerances develop.

In the case of food allergies the reaction is mediated by IgE antibodies and tend to remain for life. In the case of food intolerances the reaction is IgG mediated and these can change over time.

Simply put IgE and IgG are different parts of the immune system.

Recommended Reading; Gut And Psychology Syndrome, Dr. N. Campbell-McBride

Where can I find a certified practitioner?

Finding a well-trained Integrative and/or Functional practitioner requires research but is a vital step in treating complex and chronic illness.

Below are links to lists of practitioners worldwide. We recommend you research the scope, expertise and experience of any practitioners you are considering.

U.S. & Global

Institute of Functional Medicine

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs (MAPS)

Australia & New Zealand

Mindd Foundation

The Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)


The British Society for Ecological Medicine

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