you are the age that i was when i had my first symptoms. they were ignored, and i progressively got worse. when i finally did seek treatment, i was offered poor treatment by conventional medical professionals. now is the time to act! the great thing is that you are smart enough to seek answers, and young enough to learn an awful lot. my 15 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with leaky gut- it isn't just a problem for older people- one can only assume this is because of the increasingly poor diet in our culture.
i am a nurse, but i don't know alot about parasites- i can't help you in that regard. there are many others here who know a heck of alot more than i do- BUT i know a little bit about leaky gut from my own experience (even though i've not really understood the true etiology until now- 'conventional' medicine doesn't really acknowledge most of the problems- so you are in the right place to find out the best information out there about your problem, if indeed you have LG).
yes, breath odor or Body Odor
s- fecal odors- can occur related to leaky gut. here are some other symptoms:
abdominal pain, asthma, chronic joint pain, chronic muscle pain, confusion, fuzzy or foggy thinking, gas, indigestion, mood swings, nervousness, poor immunity, recurrent vaginal infections, skin rashes, diarrhea, bed-wetting, recurrent bladder infections, poor memory, shortness of breath, constipation, bloating, aggressive behavior, anxiety, fatigue, feeling toxic.
if the odor is your 'breath' here's a little bit of info i found
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) means just what it sounds like. In this syndrome, the lining of the intestinal tract no longer perfectly protects the inner body from the foreign substances in the "outside" world. Remember, the inside of your intestinal tract is still outside your body. Just like inside your mouth is still outside your body -you have to go through the lining of your mouth to get inside your body. Things from the outside world travel through the tube from mouth to anus. The function of the lining of that tube is to break those substances down into particles that are so simple that, when absorbed, they can no longer be identified by our immune system as having come from something outside our body.
The definition of LGS is an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to luminal macromolecules, antigens and toxins associated with inflammatory degenerative and/or atrophic mucosal damage (see the second link below). In the presence of an increases permeability of the gut wall, intestinal waste may contain more sulfur compounds than usual, and find their way via the blood stream to the lungs - hence bad breath.
i'm not really an expert like most of the folks here, but i just have a soft spot for teens and since i have one, i wanted to help...
btw- there's a forum specifically for an odor problem: