Healing Neuropathy: CIDP, GBS and Bad Gut Bacteria
LPS, a toxin produced by the bad gut bacteria may play an important role in bringing about or exacerbating CIDP and GBS types of neuropathy.
Little is known about the relationship between CIDP and bad gut bacteria. CIDP Neuropathy is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by a gradual and progressive destruction of the nerves through inflammation of the nerves. The autoimmune disorder causes inflammation much like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disorders.
If there is a #1 biological culprit that switches on inflammation in the body it is a substance called lipopolysaccharide or LPS. LPS is a substance that is found on the outer membranes of certain kinds of bad bacteria. LPS protects bad bacteria in the gut from being digested. Although beneficial to the bad bacteria themselves, LPS is known as an endotoxin, meaning that it is a toxic substance that is produced by the bacteria itself. When LPS makes itself into the bloodstream of animals, it brings about severe inflammation in the body.
Have you ever wondered how animals are tested for inflammation? It’s not like if they just randomly pick a mouse with multiple sclerosis. No, the inflammation is induced through – yeah you guessed it – LPS! LPS is used to trigger conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and so on and so forth. The reason why LPS is used is because it brings about all these inflammatory diseases at a shockingly fast and violent rate which makes it ideal to study in lab settings for common human diseases.
LPS can usually be measured in the blood. People who have high levels of LPS in the blood show that they have a gut problem in terms of bad bacteria and a leakiness of the gut (usually the gut will keep LPS from coming out, but the fact that it is in the blood stream may also suggest leaky gut).
Now here is the scary part. People with elevated levels of LPS in their blood have many of these inflammatory diseases. Studies show that there is three times more LPS in the blood of an Alzheimer’s patient than healthy people.
Another disease, one of the nervous system, is ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a killer disease that destroys the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure for ALS but recent studies are showing something startling. People with ALS show elevated levels of LPS in their blood. The more LPS they have, the more intense their disease becomes. This suggests that ALS may not be coming from the brain and spinal cord but from the gut.
So we’re seeing how LPS can bring about violent inflammation in the body and may be responsible for many of our autoimmune diseases. Studies in neuroimmune pharmacology are beginning to bridge the relationship between CIDP, GBS and LPS (aka bad gut bacteria).
What is this telling us? LPS producing bad gut bacteria may be one of the main culprits behind CIDP and GBS, thus meaning that our diet plays an important role in relation to CIDP and GBS in our lives.
The kinds of foods that increase LPS carrying bacteria in our gut include sugar, simple carbs, as well as processed foods and grains. In order to fight these bacteria, we not only need to starve these bacteria from the foods that make them stronger, but we must eat foods that strengthen the good bacteria in our gut. This means that we must eat lots of plant-based foods as well as good fermented foods like homemade yogurt which contains a lot of beneficial bacteria.
In addition to your CIDP and GBS drug treatment, try also changing your diet.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574