Painkillers can cause gut disorder

I've got a long list of reasons to avoid painkillers, especially NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. And right near the top of that list is the damage it can do to your stomach and intestines.

I've warned my patients for years that painkiller use can lead to leaky gut syndrome, a condition many mainstream doctors still won't even admit is real.

Now, a growing body of research confirms that not only is it real, but it can be caused by those very painkillers many mainstream doctors still recommend -- especially the NSAIDs that are so badly overused.

The studies show that these drugs cause the type of inflammation in the intestine that can lead to the "leaks" of leaky gut syndrome, and that the damage is even more severe in people who exercise.

The big problem, of course, is that exercise and painkillers are an all-too-common combination.

People are often sore after a workout, so they swallow a couple of painkillers. But that workout alone could have caused inflammation or other damage in the gut, which the painkiller then worsens.

Next thing you know, you're trying to convince a doctor something is wrong -- even as he tells you he can't find any evidence of a health problem.

That's because the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome aren't immediate and obvious. Yes, there is some pain there, but the real problems aren't in the gut at all.

The leaks in the gut cause your bloodstream to absorb bacteria, undigested food particles and other toxins from your intestine and that, in turn, sets off a immune system reaction that can lead to a wide range of problems, including fatigue, weight changes, arthritis, lupus, MS and more.

If you're battling a health problem and can't get any answers from a mainstream doctor, visit a holistic physician and ask for an intestinal permeability test, which can diagnose a leaky gut.

If you're in Southern California, I can run that test for you here in my clinic outside San Diego. If it turns out you do have the condition, don't worry -- I can come up with a natural plan to heal your gut and get you feeling like yourself again.

Not in the area? I'm also available to advise you over the phone, and can help guide your testing and treatment no matter where you live.

Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.