Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What’s Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 12:13 PM


Question: I have been told I have Leaky Gut Syndrome. Can you explain what this is?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

This is a non-medical term used to describe a bowel condition that has not been formally diagnosed. It is sometimes used to describe a condition where the bowel wall becomes more permeable to bacteria and viruses and this sets the stage for pain, gas, and spasm.

The phrase “Leaky Gut Syndrome” usually is used by alarmist practitioners seeking ways to capitalize on some poor patient racked by the nuisance, pain, and spasms caused by irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or an inflammatory or autoimmune disease that has not been properly diagnosed. Such conditions require a doctor’s investigation and very specific professional management.

If you have been told you have this condition, seek some further advice from a gastroenterologist — a doctor who specializes in bowel health. By far the majority of patients who’ve been labeled with “Leaky Gut Syndrome” have irritable bowel syndrome that could be managed through a high-fiber diet and appropriate anti-spasm medications.


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