Countless Americans take non-prescription pain relievers like Advil or Aleve for any random pains, pain, or cold symptom, without a 2nd thought. What most have no idea is that those drugs – called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)– are responsible for over 16,000 deaths each year: that’s more deaths each year than caused by asthma or HELP. And, there is another less-recognized side impact – or, more accurately, another less-recognized result, because adverse effects are nothing more than undesirable results of medication. NSAIDs harm your gut lining, triggering a condition responsible for an entire variety of conditions, from allergic reactions to autoimmune illness. It’s called leaky gut.
Here’s one woman’s story of healing:
- Sarah is a 5-year-old girl who was brought to us as a patient of The UltraWellness Center by her mom. She came in for the treatment of serious discomfort and swelling in several joints including her ankles, elbows, and fingers. Walking hurt, as was drawing, among her preferred activities. Her mom and teachers also saw that she ‘d changed from her playful, vibrant self, to a nervous kid. Sarah had actually been in ideal health up until about a year before she pertained to see us, at which time she had actually developed a bad cold – with fever that persisted on and off for about a week.
The pediatrician instructed Sarah’s mother to alternate giving Sarah ibuprofen and Tylenol around the clock to help with the pain of fever, and to bring it down. This is basic fare in pediatric care.
What Physicians Know … And Have no idea … About NSAIDs
Physicians are taught that ibuprofen, a drug in the household of NSAIDs, can cause gastritis. In our medical training we find out that it can cause swallow ulcers that, in severe cases, can lead to upper-gastrointestinal bleeding and the need for surgery and blood transfusions. Usually, we are taught that this is unusual and just occurs with prolonged usage in high doses. However, what Sarah’s pediatrician didn’t understand, and in truth, exactly what most physicians do not discover in their medical training, is that even short-term use in routine doses can result in gut damage and unfavorable health effects.
And not just in kids – in all of us.
- Numerous clinical studies conducted over the previous twenty years reveal a connection in between NSAID usage and leaking gut syndrome (LGS). According to a research study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “All the conventional NSAIDs studied were equally connected with little intestinal tract swelling apart from aspirin and nabumetone which appear to spare the small bowel.” Another study concluded, “NSAIDs are hence shown to interrupt digestive integrity and long-lasting treatment leads to swelling of the small intestinal tract.” In this young client’s case long-term was just over a week!
Why Leaky Gut is Bad for You
Why is leaky gut bad? Because hazardous bacteria and food proteins “leak” into your bloodstream, setting off swelling that can lead to allergic reactions, autoimmune disease, depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. Not just that, swelling can impact the brain and worried system, causing stress and anxiety (as occurred to our client), depression, irritation, and mood swings.
And, if you have gluten level of sensitivity? Whoa, baby! Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may not be your finest choice because they can make it worse!
These medications increase leaky gut, or more technically, digestive permeability. Intestinal permeability enables food particles and fragments of the gut flora in our intestines to obtain throughout our gut lining and into our bloodstream, activating food level of sensitivities, inflammatory reactions, and autoimmune reactions.
Here’s a list of common NSAIDs:
– Advil/ Motrin (ibuprofen)
– Aleve (naproxen salt)
– Naprosyn (naproxen)
– Lodine (etodolac)
– Nalfon (fenoprofen)
– Daypro (oxaprozin)
– Ansaid (flurbiprofen)
– Cambia/ Cataflam/ Voltaren (diclofenac)
– COX-2 Inhibitors
Functional Medication: Treating the Source
Frequently, NSAIDs do not deal with the root cause of the pain, they treat the signs. Practical Medicine treats the underlying reasons for health issues. In Sarah’s case, we rapidly went to work recovery her gut in order to treat what had actually now become arthritis in her joints, constant stomach discomfort, and stress and anxiety. We got rid of all gluten and dairy from her diet due to the fact that with dripping gut and swelling, these are common triggers for many individuals– even for those who weren’t previously sensitive.
We then included a few simple supplements to start to heal the gastritis– the inflammation in her stomach– and her leaking gut. These consisted of curcumin (an anti-inflammatory extract from turmeric), DGL (a form of licorice in a chewable tablet that helps to heal gastritis and dripping gut), zinc, and L-glutamine.
A Pleased, Pain Free Girl!
In simply a few brief months given that pertaining to see us, Sarah is off of her antacid medications. She is joint-pain totally free, and her anxiety is solved. When once again, she is playing conveniently and gladly. Her stomachaches, which were formerly extreme and taking place multiple times daily, are nearly totally gone. Her mama said she’s made a 180-degree turn-around, and she cannot even believe the modifications.
We can. We see these type of outcomes every day in our practice focusing on Functional Medicine, for anyone with chronic health issue. That’s what takes place when we comprehend and treat the origin of disease!