Chances are you have heard of Leaky Gut syndrome. But have you heard about Leaky Heart Syndrome? Probably not, because I coined the term. Read on to learn about how a leaky gut can lead to a leaky heart and how to prevent it.
When I met Dr. Heather, she brought up the concept of the leaky gut as a disease condition. I just laughed and said, “I went through 4 years of medical school, 3 years of internal medicine, and 3 years of cardiology training. I have never heard of leaky gut. She said, “That is your problem. Go read about it.” At the time, there was not much in the literature about leaky gut, but the concept made sense. Well, in the last 10 years, the medical literature has exploded with information on leaky gut and there are several companies that test for it.
In short, the gut, also known as the small intestine, should allow things into the body that belong, while keeping things that don’t belong inside the body flowing out of the bottom of the tube (anus). When the gut “leaks”, unwanted particles like undigested food, bacteria, and environmental toxins get into the body. The immune system reacts to what is considered a foreign invader. Inflammation and oxidative stress are hallmarks of immune cell activity. All this is clearly linked to cardiovascular disease, brain disorders, and cancer. Learn more in my video on Leaky Gut, Leaky Heart.
Disease occurs because the immune system starts to recognize its own proteins as foreign. Thus, most disease appears to be “auto-immune”. Our immune system is attacking our body.
Leaky gut can be diagnosed by tests such as zonulin, anti-zonulin antibodies (ABY), anti-actin ABY, and anti-LPS ABY. Here is the link to get the Leaky Gut test from us.
There are 3 layers of an artery that surround blood flow in the form of a tube: intima, media and adventitia. The intima is the closest to blood flow and the innermost layer of the intima is called the endothelium. The outer layer that supports the vessel is called the adventitia. In the middle is a muscular layer called the media.
I created the term, Leaky Heart Syndrome, because the lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, leaks. What I mean by the vessel leaks is that the endothelium becomes dysfunctional, allowing proteins, immune cells and other material into the inner lining of the vessel such as the intima and media.
The immune system chaos leads to inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are highly correlated with heart attack, stroke, cardiomyopathy, dyslipidemia, hypertension, deep venous thrombosis and atrial fibrillation.
Immune cell invasion through the endothelium has been documented for decades. A recent 2018 article highlights the massive amount of T cells and B cells found in all the layers of the coronary artery in a person with blockages. It is well known that macrophages, part of the innate arm of the immune system, migrate to the intima and media of a vessel, engulf cholesterol and lipid particles, and evolving into foam cells. As these foam cells die, the area of the vessel is necrotic, and at risk of subsequent rupture.
A recent article summarizes the known causes of endothelial dysfunction and ultimately, Leaky Heart Syndrome.
If you want to discover if you have Leaky Gut, Leaky Heart, make an appointment with the doctor who gets proven results. Don’t leave your health to the pill pushers. Let’s get to the cause.
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