Leaky gut and its possible causes

Pediatrician Jerry Kartzinel, MD, explains what leaky gut is, as well as the symptoms of leaky gut and its possible causes
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Leaky gut and its possible causes

Very often in my clinic I'm asked to evaluate a child with a leaky gut. And what is this leaky gut? That's a hard one to conceptualize. But really the gut is not working properly, both in the digestive process where the proteins are not being broken down properly. And because the gut has a certain degree of inflammation, it's not as tight as it ought to be, and some of these proteins are actually able to leak into the blood stream. And the immune system does not like foreign proteins. So it recognizes your heart tissue, your lung tissue, your thyroid tissue, and does not mount an immune response. But when an abnormal protein comes in like a bacteria or virus, it's supposed to destroy it. Well what happens if food proteins are leaking into the bloodstream? The immune system will mount a response. And when that happens there's a chronic infection in the body that affects the brain and very often what we see is a very cloudy brain, a child who's dull, not focused, and certainly language can be impacted. If we can heal the digestive tract, heal the gut, aid digestion, and remove the offending foods, then the parent tells me, I've got some language now, he's more present, he's more participatory in our daily environment and he's just really enjoying being with his family. So it's very important to treat the leaky gut.

Pediatrician Jerry Kartzinel, MD, explains what leaky gut is, as well as the symptoms of leaky gut and its possible causes


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Jerry Kartzinel, MD


Dr. Jerry Kartzinel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. After receiving his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr. Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism.

A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals.

His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.

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