I had never heard of leaky gut before our youngest son exposed to deadly Stachybotris mold at the age of 4. We didn’t know what happened to our son and had to find a way to help him. He was losing weight from being unable to absorb foods properly and wailing with stomach pain. He developed a severe case of eczema, and his jammies stuck to his legs in the morning from the seeping at night. And worst of all, he started having behavioral problems from what the allergies did to him on a chemical/cellular level.
We needed intervention and visited a well-known complimentary medical doctor I trusted. I had some ideas and asked her to run stool tests. The results showed no ‘good’ bacterial flora such as lactobacillus acidophilus…none. He did have a terrible overgrowth of ‘bad’ Klebsiella, a powerful, damaging gram-negative bacteria and overgrowth of candida albicans. She explained that his immune system had taken a terrible hit with the mold and the bacteria was able to grow unchecked, damaging the gut lining. It was wreaking havoc on his ability to absorb foods.
That was the first time I heard the words ‘leaky gut’.