I can guarantee that you or someone you know is suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome!  Don’t believe me?  Ok, here is a list of some of the things leaky gut syndrome can cause:

But WAIT there’s more!  Leaky gut syndrome can be an underlying factor in:

  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Symptoms resembling autism
  • Chronic and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Joint and collagen problems
  • Compromise liver function
  • Malnutrition
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin disorders ranging from urticaria to acne and dermatitis
  • Symptoms like schizophrenia
  • Hormone problems
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Asthma
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Infertility

This is just a partial list.  Potentially just about any chronic health condition you can think of could be caused or worsened by leaky gut syndrome. Did you catch how this condition causes problems is all age groups?  The more I study this syndrome the more I am astounded by the havoc it causes in the body.  From mental illness to asthma, leaky gut syndrome should be seriously considered as a possible underlying cause.


The gut is comprised of the small and large intestines.  A leaky gut is simply a gut that is damaged, allowing things from the inside the gut into the body that don’t belong there.  Once the gut is damaged and toxins are crossing from the gut into the bloodstream, leaky gut syndrome has begun.  Depending on the severity, the type of toxins and a person’s genetic disposition, leaky gut syndrome will begin to manifest itself in some of the many symptoms and conditions listed above.


Here is where the rubber meets the road.  The reason leaky gut syndrome is so common is because our gut is under constant attack.  Virtually anything that is unhealthy for the gut can cause it to leak.  Here is a list of the most common causes of leaky gut syndrome:

  • The Standard American Diet
  • Low fiber diet
  • Excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Exposure to food allergens
  • Chronic stress
  • Acute stress
  • Dysbiosis
  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • Chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Digestive enzyme insufficiencies
  • GERD medications
  • Traumas including surgical and non-surgical
  • Environmental toxins
  • Celiac disease
  • The aging process
  • HIV
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Many drugs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Parasites
  • Ulcerative colitis


If leaky gut syndrome is suspected, testing is needed to diagnosis it.  The first test is a blood test that will only be positive if the gut is allowing toxins into the bloodstream.  This is a new state-of-the-art test that takes out all the guess work.  Depending on the results of the blood test other tests may be needed.  For example if the leaky gut syndrome is caused by an overgrowth of bad microbes in the gut, a stool analysis is needed to determine what the microbe is so that it can be treated. If you’ve been searching the web about leaky gut syndrome you will find some pretty crazy stuff.  Many of these sources of information don’t mention testing at all.  They suggest that with a change of diet and addition of some vitamins leaky gut can be fixed.  In my opinion that’s silly. While diet and vitamins will be a vital part of a treatment plan, without testing you cannot be properly treated.  First of all because leaky gut syndrome can look like so many other conditions it is impossible to know what the problem is based on symptoms alone.  Second, when you look at the very wide range of things that can damage the gut, testing is extremely important to ending the damage and healing the gut.  Lastly, unless you test for leaky gut there is no way to know that you have actually cured it and treatment for it can stop.


The reason testing is so important is that if the cause of the gut damage is not discovered, the first step in fixing leaky gut will not be successful.  The first step in treating the gut is going to be different for almost every patient.  For example if one patient has gut damage from a parasites their treatment will be different than the patient whose gut problem is coming from trauma.  Once the initial cause of the leaky gut is treated then the treatment protocol is pretty standard.

  • Reduce sugar, refined carbohydrates and red meat
  • Restore proper bowel transit time by increasing insoluble fiber and water
  • Replace  digestive support with enzymes
  • Reinoculate with friendly bacteria
  • Repair the mucosal lining


If you have questions use the comment section below to ask.  As you can see by looking at my other articles, I will answer you.  I am happy to do what I can.  Unfortunately the vast majority of healthcare providers are still in the dark ages.  If you can’t find help where you live distance does not need to be a barrier.  The logistics to getting the testing done is not complicated for North America.  If you’re ready to get help and want a no-nonsense scientific approach to your healthcare, please contact me.  Leaky gut syndrome can be scientifically diagnosed and treated.

Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

Hi there! I’m Dr. Kilcup. You know that health problem you’ve been dealing with – the one that doctors can’t seem to solve, that’s stealing way too much of your time, energy and joy? I can help you get to the bottom that. I am passionate about using the best of science and nutrition to find and fix root causes of health issues. Start your journey towards healing and relief today.

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