Digestive trouble can be one of the most embarrassing and uncomfortable diseases a person can have.
Is There A Cure For IBS-D, IBS-C or SIBO?
Although traditional medicine say there is no cure for IBS, I totally disagree-and so do my patients. Most traditional treatments are designed only to relieve symptoms. If you want to correct the cause to your condition, you need to have functional testing. Most patients can start feeling relief in 2-6 weeks and following our dietary recommendations within 3 months can be clear of symptoms. There are a few “deal breakers” that may need to addressed first that prevent you from getting better. I look for those first to make an accurate functional diagnosis. You can see some of these deal breakers below. Several conditions may be present alongside IBS and compound the Symptoms. Disorders and syndromes including SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Celiac disease (gluten intolerance), Fructose mal-absorption, Lactose Intolerance, bacterial infections, LPS endotoxins, parasites, worms, food allergies, infections like cryptosporidium, Giardia, Hookworm,Leaky Gut, Thyroid disorder, Autoimmune diseases like inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis’s. In IBS, routine clinical tests yield no abnormalities, though the bowels may be more sensitive to certain stimuli.
The most common theory is that IBS is a disorder of the interaction between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, and also be abnormalities in the gut flora or the immune system. This is why we use functional testing markers. “Experts” say-notice that’s in quotes- that IBS does not lead to more serious conditions in most patients. But it is a source of chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms, and it increases a patient’s medical costs, and contributes to work absenteeism.
Again, I disagree! digestive issues are the cause of most chronic disease out there like auto immune conditions, thyroid diseases, arthritis, anemia, gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), symptoms relating to the genitourinary system, psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, headache and backache and many more including something you may have not of heard of COLON CANCER!!! Did you know your gut is also called the 2nd brain?
Believe it or not many patients with digestive problems do not even know they have a problem with their digestion because they have no bowel issues. Many times gut issues will contribute to “other” health problems such as multiple sclerosis, anxiety, Brain Fog, Bi-polar, inflammatory arthritis, Depression, Chronic neck or back pain, hormone problems, Diabetes, Neuropathy, Thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s (autoimmune Thyroid), and many others. In kids it can manifest as ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Allergies (adults too) and autistic disorders.
The Ten Keys to Better GI Health.
As you can see there are many interactions and connections between the Immune system, the Gastrointestinal system, the Hormone system and the Neurological system. If these systems are not evaluated together, you will not be able to unravel the health challenges your facing.
Live probiotics should be added to the diet to help negate food sensitivities, and relieve digestive upset including constipation, gas, and bloating. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that traditionally line your digestive tract to combat infection. If you have diverticulitis you need an influx of these bacteria to aid in the healing of your colon, while preventing disease recurrence.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulosis, Twisted and Redundant Colon, Proctitis, Fistulas, Fissures, Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Candida, Autism, Interstitial Cystitis of the Bladder, Sjogren’s disease (dry eyes), Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus Erythematosus, and other autoimmune diseases.
What is an Autoimmune Disease,
and How Does it Relate to an Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Autoimmune diseases each exhibit very different symptoms that make them appear to be completely unrelated. However, they all have one commonality. They are all autoimmune disorders in which the body’s immune system has been accidentally triggered to attack a specific protein tissue of your own body. The original cause is most likely Leaky Gut Syndrome. Therefore, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and all others have a close connection with inflammatory bowel diseases. For this reason many people exhibit several of these diseases. A person who suspects they have an autoimmune disease should obtain a blood test for antinuclear antibodies.
“What are antinuclear antibodies?”
“We normally have antibodies in our blood that repel invaders into our body, such as virus and bacteria microbes. Antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) are unusual antibodies, detectable in the blood, that have the capability of binding to certain structures within the nucleus of the cells. The nucleus is the innermost core within the body’s cells and contains the DNA, the primary genetic material. ANAs are found in patients whose immune system may be predisposed to cause inflammation against their own body tissues. Antibodies that are directed against one’s own tissues are referred to as auto-antibodies. The propensity for the immune system to work against its own body is referred to as autoimmunity. ANAs indicate the possible presence of autoimmunity and provide, therefore, an indication for doctors to consider the possibility of autoimmune illness.”
“What other conditions cause ANAs to be produced?”
“ANAs can be produced in patients with infections (virus or bacteria), lung diseases (primary pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension), gastrointestinal diseases (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease), hormonal diseases (Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, Grave’s disease), blood diseases (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia), cancers (melanoma, breast, lung, kidney, ovarian and others), skin diseases (psoriasis, pemphigus), as well as in the elderly and those people with a family history of rheumatic diseases.”
Leaky Gut Syndrome
The high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet as recommended by the USDA Food Guide Pyramid causes leaky gut syndrome and dozens of autoimmune diseases. The low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is inherently deficient in protein and essential fatty acids because people shun eating meat. This protein deficiency is widely ignored and denied by health officials, doctors, and professional nutritionists. The high-carbohydrate, low-fat, low-protein diet turns the intestines, especially the colon, into a fermentation tank consisting of a mass of pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, and parasites. The protein deficiency in the presence of these disease-causing pathogens degrades the lining of the intestines, thereby causing Leaky Gut Syndrome. Food particles “leak” past the damaged lining of the intestines into the blood stream where they are viewed by the immune system as foreign invaders. The immune system attacks these molecules. Because some of the leaky molecules are similar to healthy tissue in the body, the body begins attacking itself. Typical autoimmune diseases caused by the high-carbohydrate diet are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Diverticulosis, twisted and redundant colon, proctitis, fistulas, fissures, stomach and duodenal Ulcers, interstitial cystitis of the bladder, Sjogren’s disease (dry eyes), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus erythematosus, asthma and other autoimmune diseases.
The low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet also causes inflammation of the appendix leading to appendicitis. The deficiency of fat in the diet prevents the gallbladder from discharging its contents, thereby leading to gallstones requiring a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder).
Doctors will typically prescribe drugs to treat the multitude of possible symptoms which leads people to think the diet should be different for each. Doctors also prescribe drugs to suppress the immune system in an attempt to stop the attack. Most of these drugs have very harmful side effects. This diet program addresses the root cause by eliminating those foods that trigger the immune system to attack the body. Eating one bite of a “Forbidden Food” as in the book can trigger an autoimmune flare that will last for weeks. Therefore, strictly compliance with this diet program is required.
The excessive carbohydrate diet in combination with a protein and fat deficiency causes a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome” where vegetable protein molecules from grains, corn, soy and legumes pass through the intestinal barrier and enter the blood stream. Other food molecules and parts from dead bacteria can also leak through into the blood stream. The body’s immune system sees these molecules as invaders and sets about to attack them. The immune system attacks the intestinal tract and other areas of the body which contain proteins similar to those found in the vegetable products.
Colon image courtesy of Free Clipart www.cksinfo.com.
The excessive consumption of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS such as ibuprofen) is a major contributing factor. Antibiotics kill off the good gut bacteria that break down toxic molecules and protect the intestinal tract. The absence of bacteria in the colon allows the overgrowth of candida yeast. Therefore, an anti-candida drug should be taken and the diet presented here followed when taking an antibiotic. However, antibiotics are not the primary cause for bowel diseases as often theorized. Dogs and cats are proof against the antibiotic theory. The cheaper pet foods have corn syrup, corn, soybean, wheat, and other grains as their primary ingredients. This is especially true of dog food. Bowel diseases, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity have become epidemic among household pets because they are fed grains instead of meat products. Dogs and cats are strictly carnivorous and should not eat grains. They get bowel diseases even though they have never taken any antibiotics or other drugs. Humans are also very highly carnivorous.
7,700-Year-Old Bones Prove Early Humans were Highly Carnivorous.
Cutting out parts of your colon will not stop inflammatory bowel diseases. They will only spread to another area. Destroying your immune system with prescription drugs will not stop IBD. The only hope is to control the autoimmune response with the diet program presented below in order to heal the digestive system.
Leaky gut syndrome is always associated with autoimmune diseases, conditions in which the immune system makes antibodies against the body’s own tissue. Diseases in this category include Lupus, Alopecia Areata, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vitiligo, Thyroiditis, Vasculitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Hives, Sjogren’s disease (dry eyes), and Raynaud’s Disease. Symptoms can include gastrointestinal reflux, pains, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, bloating, or bleeding from the rectum. Diarrhea and constipation may at times alternate from one to the other. Unexplained weight loss and the inability to regain weight are very common; but weight gain to the point of obesity is common with these diseases and the high-carbohydrate diet.
Conquering Candidiasis Naturally by Stephen C. Byrnes, N.D., R.N.C.P.
Fungus and General Yeast Information by Fungus Focus.
Parasite General Information and Bacterial Infections by Fungus Focus.
Candida Symptoms Questionnaire – Short Form by Fungus Focus.
Candida Symptoms Questionnaire – Long Form by Fungus Focus.
Leaky Gut Syndrome by Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD.
Leaky Gut Syndromes by Leo Galland, M.D.
LowCarber Forum – Candida Yeast & IBS Message Board.
The protein molecules that make up the delicate lining of the intestines are replaced every three days. This is the shortest life of any structure in the body. Amino acids must be available for the body to reconstruct this intestinal lining, and glutamine is one of the most important amino acids for a healthy digestive tract. The intestines are the only organ in the body that uses glutamine as its primary source of energy. Therefore, eating a high-quality animal protein every meal and supplementation with glutamine are highly recommended. Betaine hydrochloride (HCL acid) is very effective against candida and required for protein digestion. Candida thrives in an over-alkaline body-chemistry environment.
Why Stomach Acid is Good for You.
Taking whey protein powder is highly recommended because the protein powder provides amino acids to begin healing the intestinal tract, immune system, nervous system and to build bone collagen when digestion may be poor. Do not substitute casein, soy, or egg protein powders because they are not equivalent. Whey protein powder is NOT a substitute for eating meat. It can be added to foods or taken between meals with drinks. Whey protein powder is the best choice because it has all of the isolated amino acids as well as branched-chain amino acids (BCAA). It also contains quadra-peptides (short protein chains containing four amino acids).
The edible oil industry produces omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable, seed, and grain oils such as corn oil, soybean oil, Canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and cottonseed oil. These oils are highly suspect as one of the leading causes of heart disease and cancer, both of which increase in concert with increases of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and proven to cause or contribute to a long list of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and many others.
“RESULTS: Saturated fat and the omega3-omega6 fatty acid ratio were not related to increased risks, but positive trends were seen for total (p = 0.031), monounsaturated (p = 0.002), and polyunsaturated fat (p = 0.0009), especially omega6 fatty acids and the polyunsaturated-saturated fat ratio (p = 0.004). With mutual adjustment for different types of fat, an elevated risk remained significant in the highest omega6 fatty acid quintile (RR= 2.08, 95% CI 1.08-4.01).”
Hyperglycemia (high levels of blood glucose caused by glucose intolerance) in the presence of hyperinsulinemia (high levels of blood insulin caused by insulin resistance) causes polysaccharide chains to attach to serum proteins, artery proteins, serum hemoglobin, and LDL molecules in a process called glycation. The glycated molecules and rancid omega-6 fatty acids form a fatty deposit called atherosclerotic plaque.of people.
What does the average doctor say?
The average gastroenterologist will tell you that Crohn’s Disease and other related bowel diseases have no known cause and cannot be healed. Many gastroenterologists will say that your past diet did not cause your inflammatory bowel disease and that a change in your diet will not help your condition. They may recommend a high-fiber diet which actually makes inflammatory bowel diseases worse. High-fiber foods are also high-carbohydrate foods. Humans do not have the enzyme needed to digest fiber, but the bad pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria in the colon certainly do. Fiber will make your IBD worse, guaranteed. On the other hand, good intestinal bacteria thrive on dietary saturated and monounsaturated fats like those found in red meat. The bad, disease-causing intestinal bacteria thrive on carbohydrates and fibers found in fruit, whole grains, and legumes.
The major medical professions and the American Medical Association (AMA) generally claim that carbohydrates are an innocent and necessary dietary requirement when in fact the scientific and health nutritional requirement for carbohydrates in the diet is ZERO, none. Most professional nutritionists and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid falsely claim that carbohydrates are required in the diet. Studies have consistently shown that the lower the dietary intake of carbohydrates, the better the long-term health. The entire family of related inflammatory bowel diseases is most likely caused by the excessive consumption of carbohydrates in combination with a deficiency of protein and fat from animal sources. Many people with IBD have a common dietary history of shunning meat and natural animal fats, especially red meat and saturated fat. The very high rate of intestinal diseases among vegetarians is the “dirty little secret” of nutritional health. Vegetarians in Southern China and Southern India have a very high incidence of IBD and colon cancer. Chat rooms, message boards and forums for intestinal disease topics on the Internet are packed with vegetarians who are hopelessly locked into their dietary religion. They suffer from a continuous worsening of inflammatory bowel diseases because of these “sacred dietary restrictions.” The percentage of vegetarians in the general population of the US is about 5%, but the percentage of vegetarians and ex-vegetarians in IBD message boards is about 80%. One doesn’t need a double-blind study to see the obvious, but one certainly must be doubly blind to deny it. Colon cancer among vegetarians is epidemic, but the media keep a tight lid on the topic. People are continually falling away from their vegetarian diet because they realize it is harming their health.
Candida Albicans Yeast and Fungus Systemic Overgrowth Infections
A candida albicans yeast, filamentous fungi or dimorphic fungi infection in the small intestine and/or the colon occurs frequently in people with inflammatory bowel diseases. The excessive consumption of carbohydrates and sugars cause candidiasis, which is a systemic candida albicans yeast fungus overgrowth. The yeast also produces alcohol as it consumes the carbohydrates and sugars. The infected person becomes addicted to the alcohol and has withdrawal systems when the sweets are restricted. A strict diet to restrict carbohydrates and sugars must be undertaken to eliminate the yeast infection, but the death of the yeast gives off toxins. Therefore, the low-carbohydrate diet will initially make the infected person feel worse. Eating sweets and sugars will make the infected person feel better, but this simply feeds the yeast and promotes the expansion of the infection.
Fungi or toxic molds in foods such as grains produces mycotoxins and metabolites that cause allergies and diseases. Gliotoxins are fungal toxins produced in the body by various species of Trichoderma, Gladiocladium fimbriatum, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Penicillium. Gliotoxins have an immunosuppressive effect that can seriously suppress the immune system of the sufferer. Candida places a heavy load on the immune system which leads to the onset of other diseases. People who become vegetarians or those who avoid eating meat and fats are most likely to develop one or more of these autoimmune diseases because of the over-consumption of carbohydrates and fiber. Take the candida yeast infection self test on both of the web pages below to see if you may have candida. The symptoms can be subtle, and the diagnosis can be easily missed without a laboratory stool test.
The diet program presented here suppresses candida albicans yeast and fungus in the digestive tract; however, complete eradication most likely will require additional efforts with the use of herbal products and prescription drugs. This diet program will prevent the repopulation in healthy individuals. Some helpful anti-candida, anti-fungal prescription drugs are Nystatin (external only), Sporanox (Itraconazole), and Diflucan (Fluconazole), but some strains of candida may be resistant. Herbal products are sometimes helpful. These should be taken before resorting to prescription drugs. Take Renew Life CandiGONE that includes many anti-candida herbs such as Uva Ursi that is scientifically proven to also be an antibiotic. As a second alternative take olive leaf extract, beginning with one capsule per day and increasing to three. Another choice is oil of oregano enteric coated time-release softgel capsules, beginning with one per day and increasing to one per meal. Use oregano with caution as it may cause sudden candida die-off and diarrhea. A fourth alternative is NOW Candida Clear with Pau D’Arco, Oregano Oil, Black Walnut, and Caprylic Acid. Other herbal products are barberry, golden seal, and Oregon grape root. Diflucan is the recommended drug for clearing fungal infections from the digestive tract and throughout the body. Take at least 150 mg per day for 5 days as an annual treatment. Obvious fungal infections require a higher dose.
Pathogenic Bacteria Infections in the Intestinal Tract
Almost all the digestion and absorption of nutrients occur in the small intestine. Its long length alone provides a large surface area for digestion and absorption, and that area is further increased by mucosa villi on the surface of the interior intestinal wall. The mucosa (inside surface) and the submucosa allow the small intestine to complete the process of digestion and absorption. The mucosa forms a series of villi, or small projections, only 0.5 to 1.0 mm high and gives the intestinal mucosa a velvety appearance. The villi are the primary structure responsible for the digestion and absorption of food. These villi become damaged from a diet of excessive carbohydrates and the deficiency in proteins and fats. A protein deficiency may be the key because the villi have a short life and are continually being replaced. This replacement may be prevented when one or more of the essential amino acids is missing from the diet. Digestion of the carbohydrates in the small intestine can then become incomplete, and undigested carbohydrates pass to the colon (large intestine) where they do not belong. This presence of carbohydrates in the colon encourages the growth of pathogenic bacteria (disease causing bacteria such as Giardia, Proteus Vulgaris or Clostridium Difficile) and pathogenic fungi which are opportunistic. There are several possible therapeutic alternatives for treating intestinal pathogenic bacteria. Clostridium difficile is the most difficult to kill. It requires Metronidazole (Flagyl ®) or Vancomycin according to the website link above. Flagyl is an awesome drug. It also kill amoeba (protozoa) in addition to the hard to kill bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. diff.). Take 7.5 mg of Flagyl per 2.2 pounds (1.0 kg) of body weight three times a day. A 150 pound person would take 500 mg three times a day for 10 days or as recommended by your doctor. Flagyl ER (extended release) is a good choice at 750 mg per day for 10 days.
Intestinal flora (bacteria) is not evenly distributed in the digestive tract. As food moves down the digestive tract, the amount of intestinal flora increases. The colon contains a mass of bacteria, and the stool contains a very high percentage of live and dead bacteria. The stool is about 75% water. Live and dead bacteria comprise as much as 50% of the remaining solids. The colon contains thousands of different bacteria. Some are essential; some are neutral; some are unhealthy; some are pathogenic; and in rare cases the pathogens are deadly. Therefore, these pathogenic bacteria in the colon are commonly found in most bowel diseases. The pathogenic bacteria produce toxins which further irritate the digestive system and cause symptomatic reactions by the body. The intestinal tract takes on the characteristics of a hazardous waste dump. The healthy gut bacteria can become overpowered and destroyed by the bad bacteria and/or candida yeast infections. Treatment of the bacteria by drugs is only a temporary solution because the opportunity exists for their reestablishment. Proper diet together with the reestablishment of a good bacterial flora is essential. The bacteria must be starved to death by removing their primary food source, dietary carbohydrates and fiber, from the diet. Removal of these undesirable bacteria by drug treatment will not be successful if carbohydrates continue to be consumed. They will simply return after drug treatment ends because they are opportunistic. The overuse of antibiotics is one of the contributors leading to bowel diseases. See the medical disclaimer below.
Trouble in the Gut, When Antibiotics Work Too Well and Clostridium Difficile Infection.
Antibiotic Susceptibility Patterns – Bacteria Sensitivity to Various Drug.
Intestinal Parasites & Bacteria by Leo Galland, M.D.
Bacteriology – University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
People commonly have a test of their fecal matter done and are found to have one or more pathogenic bacteria present. The assumption is commonly made that they must have contracted the pathogenic bacteria in some manner, and this is the reason for their inflammatory bowel disease. Both of these assumptions are wrong. People are routinely exposed to these bacteria which are suppressed by a healthy digestive system. The abundance of carbohydrates and fiber in the diet causes the opportunistic pathogenic bacteria to proliferate and thereby make the IBD worse.
Colon Cleanup of Undesirables and Pathogenic Bacteria
A routine or annual colon cleanup with an antibiotic is recommended to clear the colon of undesirable bacteria that creep into the digestive tract. This is a healthy procedure when done correctly. Even those who show no sign of pathogenic bacteria from a stool analysis should take a treatment of antibiotics to clean up undesirable bacteria that could be continually disturbing digestion. The recommended prescription drug of choice for gastroenteritis is Flagyl (metronidazole). Flagyl has been shown to be one of the drugs of choice for Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria infections in the colon. An annual treatment should be considered to clear the digestive tract of pathogenic infection. Take 7.5 mg of Flagyl per 2.2 pounds (1.0 kg) of body weight three times a day. A 150 pound person would take 500 mg three times a day for 10 days or as recommended by your doctor. Flagyl ER (extended release) is a good choice at 750 mg per day for 10 days.
Keflex (cephalexin) is another generally well tolerated drug to kill Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria as well as other pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract, but it is not effective against C. diff. Take one 500 mg capsule three times a day of 5 days and reduce to one 500 mg capsule one time a day for 10 days or as recommended by your doctor.
Rifaximin is an antibiotic that fights bacterial infection only in the intestines. Rifaximin works differently from other antibiotics because it passes through your stomach and into your intestines without being absorbed into your blood stream. Because rifaximin treats only the intestinal tract, it will not treat infections of other parts of the body. Rifaximin is used to treat travelers’ diarrhea caused by E. coli in adults and children who are at least 12 years old. Most people get this infection by eating food or drinking fluids that have been contaminated with the bacteria. Rifaximin is also used to lower the risk of worsened brain function, or hepatic encephalopathy (he-PAT-ik en-SEF-a-LOP-ath-ee), in adults with liver failure. Brain function can be affected when the liver stops working and cannot remove toxic substances from the body.
Carbohydrates cause leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases. Carbohydrates cause an increase in insulin, which promotes the release of epinephrine (adrenalin) causing a collection of physiological actions called the fight-or-flight responses. Two of these responses occur in the gastrointestinal tract where muscular movements and digestive secretions slow down or even stop. This causes constipation. Most gastroenterologists erroneously recommend a high-fiber diet to combat the constipation caused by carbohydrates, when the correct action should be to stop eating carbohydrates. The fiber can be digested by pathogenic bacteria which encourages their growth. These bacteria stimulate intestinal secretions causing diarrhea. This is why so many people with intestinal diseases find no relief from eating fiber or taking fiber supplements. High-fiber foods are always high-carbohydrate foods. To prevent offensive carbohydrates from entering the colon, the body responds by pulling out the water. This causes constipation. The body can also reverse the tactic by pouring lots of water into the colon in order to flush out the offensive carbohydrates. This causes diarrhea. A sudden switch from one to the other and back can occur.
The low-carbohydrate, low-fiber diet recommended here has been shown to stop this vicious cycle. The high-protein, high-fat diet presented here reduce insulin and adrenalin responses. It promotes healing, a healthy digestive system, and normal bowel movements. These improvements occur in a matter of weeks or days in most cases simply by eating a diet typical of many primitive cultures over the centuries. This is the natural diet for humans prior to the cultivation of grains and the production of factory foods. In order to fully appreciate this diet plan one must overcome the current nutritional myths which are promoted by food manufacturing companies.
Top Ten Nutritional Myths, Distortions and Lies That Will Destroy Your Heath.
Some people have a defective gene that causes carbohydrate intolerance, or the inability to absorb glucose and galactose in the small intestine. The unabsorbed glucose and galactose continue through the intestinal tract to the colon where they promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. Glucose-Galactose Malabsorption is inherited as a recessive genetic trait. The defective gene responsible for this disorder (the sodium-glucose cotransporter [SGLT1]) is located on the long arm of chromosome 22 (22q13.1).
Complex Carbohydrate Intolerance or Glucose Galactose Malabsorption.
The Bran Wagon article by Barry Groves, PhD, exposes many of the common myths about high-fiber foods. Dietary fiber actually causes or increases the severity of many diseases.
Crohn’s ‘mistaken for anorexia’
“Inflammatory bowel disease is the term used for both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions may be associated with malnutrition because of such factors as poor appetite, decreased absorption, surgical loss of bowel, intestinal injury and chronic diarrhea. Patients commonly experience weight loss. Vitamin and trace-element deficiency may also occur. If the disorder occurs during childhood, growth failure due to malnutrition must be treated before the potential for normal growth is lost.”
“Diet can’t cure inflammatory bowel disease. Avoiding certain foods, however, may help to control symptoms. Foods to avoid include dairy foods high in lactose, such as milk and soft cheeses (in patients who are lactose intolerant), raw fruits and vegetables, spicy foods and nuts.”
“Specialized, predigested liquid diets (elemental diets), combined with the exclusion of other food, may induce remission in some patients. Recent data suggest less highly predigested (polymeric) diets may work as well as elemental diets. Preliminary studies have examined the benefits of using fish oils to relieve the symptoms of ulcerative colitis or prolong remission in Crohn’s disease.”
“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common but poorly understood disorder that causes a variety of bowel symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating, gassiness and cramping. While these symptoms may be caused by a number of different bowel diseases, IBS is usually diagnosed only after your doctor has ruled out the possibility of a more serious problem. The severity of the disorder varies from person to person. Some patients experience intermittent symptoms that are just mildly annoying, while others may have such severe daily bowel problems that IBS affects their ability to work, sleep and enjoy life. In addition, symptoms may change over time, such a that an individual may have severe symptoms for a several weeks and then feel well for months, or even years. Most people are never cured of IBS, but the disorder is not related to and does not progress to any other disease, such as ulcerative colitis or colon cancer.”
“Celiac disease (also called non-tropical sprue, celiac sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is an intestinal disorder in which gluten — a natural protein commonly found in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye and oats — cannot be tolerated by the body. In normal, healthy people, gluten is digested like any other protein or nutrient, then absorbed through the fingerlike protrusions called villi (and the even tinier hairlike protrusions called microvilli) that make up the surface of the small intestine. But in people with celiac disease, gluten causes an immune reaction in the body, leading to inflammation and damage to the villi and microvilli of the small intestine. The result is that the intestine cannot absorb nutrients properly and the person can become malnourished.”
“Celiac disease is believed to be hereditary and is most common among people of northern European descent. As many as one in every 250 Americans may have celiac disease, but most cases go undiagnosed, often because the symptoms are assumed to be caused by other diseases or because symptoms are mild. Although many cases are diagnosed in childhood, celiac disease can be diagnosed at any age. It is believed that surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection or severe emotional stress can trigger symptoms of the disease in people who are predisposed genetically.”
“Celiac disease is considered to be an autoimmune condition because the body’s own immune system damages the intestinal villi, even though the process is started by eating gluten. People with celiac disease also tend to have an increased risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes (which usually requires insulin and is most common in children and young adults), systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease. Other conditions that may coexist with celiac disease include dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy, blistering skin rash), liver disease and immune system abnormalities.”
Tue. February 11, 2003 05:39 P.M. ET By Alison McCook
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – “New research shows that some people with no obvious symptoms of the digestive disorder celiac disease can, in fact, have the condition. A survey of more than 4,000 people with no genetic risk factors or symptoms of celiac disease revealed that about 1 in 130 had the disorder. Over time, celiac disease can damage the small intestine and interfere with the normal absorption of nutrients from food. The only treatment for the illness is a diet that strictly avoids foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.”
“Ulcerative colitis is a lifelong condition that begins with rectal inflammation but can progress to involve much or all of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis typically begins to cause symptoms in young adulthood, most often between the ages of 15 and 40.”
“No one knows for sure what triggers the inflammation in ulcerative colitis. Many people think that it begins with a virus or a bacterial infection and that the body’s immune system malfunctions and stays active after the infection has cleared. In this kind of autoimmune problem, the bowel is injured by the body’s immune system. The disease does not act contagious, even within families, so there is no worry of direct spread of the disease from one person to another.”
“Ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining of the rectum and adjoining colon, causing it to wear away in spots (leaving ulcers), to bleed or to ooze cloudy mucus or pus. A few other parts of the body seem to be affected by inflammation and can develop symptoms in ulcerative colitis, including the eyes, skin, liver, back and joints.”
“Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition associated with inflammation and injury of the intestines. It typically begins to cause symptoms in young adulthood, most often between 15 and 40 years of age.”
“No one knows for sure what triggers the intestinal inflammation. Many people think that a virus or a bacterial infection might start the process, and that the body’s immune system “malfunctions” and stays active after the infection has cleared. Family members may share genes that makes Crohn’s disease or another similar inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, more likely to develop if the right trigger occurs. (Twenty to 25 percent of people who have Crohn’s disease have at least one relative with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.) The disease is not contagious, even within families, so there is no worry of direct spread of the disease from one person to another.”
“Once Crohn’s disease begins, it can cause intermittent, lifelong symptoms by inflaming the inside lining and deeper layers of the intestine wall. The irritated intestine lining can thicken or wear away in spots (creating ulcers) or in cracks (creating fissures). Inflammation can also allow an abscess (a pocket of pus) to develop. In between attacks of inflammation, the intestine attempts to heal by recoating itself with a new inside lining. When the inflammation has been severe, the intestine can lose its ability to distinguish the inside of one piece of intestine from the outside of another piece. As a result, it can mistakenly build a lining along the edges of an ulcer that has worn through the whole wall of the gut, creating a fistula — a permanent tunnel between one piece of gut and another. A fistula can sometimes even form between the gut and the skin surface, creating drainage of mucous to the skin.”
“Diverticulosis is a colon condition so common among older adults in developed countries — and so rare in rural Africa and Asia — that it has been called ” a disease of Western civilization.” Diverticulosis develops in weak spots along the walls of the colon, typically in the sigmoid colon on the left side of the abdomen. In response to pressure, small, balloonlike pouches called diverticula may poke outward through the weak spots. Most people have no symptoms, but if a diverticulum bleeds or becomes infected, hospital care generally is required. Surgery may be recommended in specific circumstances.”
Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis Theories presented on the following links are wrong.
Stomach Peptic Ulcers and Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria Infections
“Helicobacter pylori, proved to be the cause of most stomach ulcers, has also been linked with stomach cancer. In a study of 550 people who had stomach cancer surgery, antibiotics which killed the bug cut the risk of a second cancer developing by two-thirds.”The Naturopathic Approach to Digestive Disorders11/1/2012
Eric Lewis, ND, and Kristina Lewis, NDGood health starts with good digestion, poor digestion impacts more than you may realizeGOOD HEALTH STARTS WITH GOOD DIGESTION
Your digestive system is one of the most important systems in your whole body – if your body cannot properly digest and absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products, then it’s nearly impossible to achieve optimal health.
Proper gut function is critical to addressing what can be seemingly unrelated conditions. If your gut is not happy, your body is not happy!
POOR DIGESTION IMPACTS MORE THAN YOU MAY REALIZE
When something goes wrong during the process of digestion, it often affects not just your gut, but also your immune, hormonal and nervous systems. Even if you eat an ideal diet, you may have impaired nutrient absorption and energy production and digestive issues can furthermore lead to the development of inflammation and allergies.
Common medications taken to suppress stomach acid may actually make digestion worse and often limit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium or magnesium. Naturopathic physicians are trained to help patients with simple, safe and effective herbal remedies. For example, chewing DGL (or Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) before meals can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms and the occurrence of acid reflux.Proper gut function is critical to addressing what can be seemingly unrelated conditions. If your gut is not happy, your body is not happy!
Poor digestive enzyme function can lead to trouble breaking down food, which in turn can contribute to indigestion, gas, bloating, and constipation. Plant-based digestive enzymes have long been a “go-to” remedy for naturopathic physician in solving this problem and often lead to quick results. Fortunately there are a number digestive enzyme remedies available to individuals, depending on their needs. Naturopathic physicians’ advanced medical education enables them help a patient understand which remedy is best for their particular circumstances.
A significant portion of your immune system resides in your digestive track to keep microbes and allergens from getting into our bodies. If your digestive system isn’t healthy, neither is this gut immune function, making you prone to immune dysfunction. One of the most effective ways to improve this balance is to utilize probiotics, or beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Taken with meals, these probiotics have been helpful in both acute and chronic cases of digestive disturbance.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE EXCELS IN WORKING WITH DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
A holistic approach considers many factors of health and disease, taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Naturopathic physicians seek to discover and address the underlying cause of a disease, as opposed to treating symptoms as isolated and unrelated problems.
Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in understanding the complexities and interrelations of digestive wellness and overall body health. We are well versed in natural health approaches to specific digestive disorders such as IBS, heartburn, and ulcers as well as less obviously digestive-related conditions such as autoimmune disease, allergies, and migraines.
A particular area of emphasis for many naturopaths includes helping individuals struggling with gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a type of protein that is found in many bread, cereal, and pasta grains such as wheat, rye, barley and spelt. Gluten is a very common food allergy. Research has demonstrated that 40% of Americans have some degree of negative reaction to gluten.
Gluten can be very hard for us to digest and can be one of the main causes of inflammation in the digestive system and the body. Low energy, weight gain or weight loss, skin rashes, and a host of other health problems (even without gastrointestinal symptoms) are common symptoms. Establishing a healthy dietary plan for an individual with Gluten Sensitivity is essential, and is all in a day’s work for a naturopathic physician.
DIGESTIVE DISORDERS HELPED BY NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE:
- Constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease, gluten-intolerance
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Intestinal dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances or intestinal candida overgrowth)
- Food allergies
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Acid reflux / Heartburn / GERD
- Indigestion, gas, bloating
- Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency
- Gall bladder disorders
- Hepatitis, liver congestion or fatty liver (non-alcoholic steatic hepatitis)
- Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
OTHER CONDITIONS RELATED TO DIGESTION HELPED BY NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE:
- Auto-immune diseases
- Migraines and headaches
- Weight gain or loss
- Joint pain, arthritis
- Mental-emotional fogginess
THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH TO DIGESTIVE WELLNESS
Naturopathic physicians see digestion as a key piece to any naturopathic plan. Different approaches to digestive wellness might include dietary modification, food allergy identification and desensitization, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplementation, immune support, high-quality probiotics, and additional testing. A holistic and individualized approach is essential for the health of our digestive system as well as the health of our whole body. Click here to find a naturopathic physician in your area.
Below you’ll find tips and ideas for making digestion-friendly smoothies and three smoothie recipes crafted for optimal digestion.
Smoothies are the perfect solution to digestive issues because they allow you to get the vitamins and minerals your body desires in a form that doesn’t overly tax your digestive system. Health gurus often recommend one smoothie or liquid meal a day simply to give your digestive system a break.
Digestive Friendly Smoothie Tips
Eat smaller and more frequent meals. Smoothies are the perfect solution for digestion issues, because you can enjoy a nutritious and tasty “snack” that provides the foods and liquids that improve digestion and boost nutrition.
Use apple cider, not apple juice. Fresh organic cider is made from pressed apples and is usually pasteurized. It does not contain added sugar or other ingredients. Apple juice sold in the U.S. often comes from other countries and contains additional sugar and other additives – and sometimes harmful ingredients such as arsenic-based pesticide residue.
Watch out for protein powders. Many protein powders, especially those that are heavily whey-based, can disrupt digestion and irritate the stomach lining and intestines. Better sources of protein include kefir and yogurt, which are fermented dairy products containing live bacteria and the “food” the bacteria needs to grow and thrive.
Include kefir and yogurt. These are both dairy products made from cultured milk, but each contains different types of useful bacteria. Yogurt, especially acidophilus yogurt, includes bacteria that improve digestion and feed the friendly bacteria that live in the intestines. Kefir, though, is enzyme-rich and includes other strains of friendly bacteria that are not typically found in yogurt. These bacteria can actually colonize the intestines, and kefir includes yeast strains that can eliminate or control pathogenic yeasts in the digestive system. For many people, kefir is also easier to digest than yogurt.
Eat your avocados. Just one medium-size avocado contains about 15 grams of fiber, and avocados are easily digested. Many sources of “good fats” and oils are not easily digested, but avocados prove the exception.
Easy on the fresh fruits and vegetables. High-fiber foods, especially fresh vegetables and fruits, are the foundation of a healthy diet for most people. But these are the items – along with greasy foods and certain other triggers – that can disrupt digestion and exacerbate symptoms for people with digestive disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Cooked or canned fruit is far easier to digest. Focusing on the “safe” fruits and vegetables will provide nutrition – and flavor – without causing digestion difficulties.
Focus on digestion-friendly ingredients. Nutritious foods that improve digestion include avocados, cucumbers, peppermint, ginger, lemon, and fennel.
- Fennel seed is particularly helpful with digestion; crush a spoonful of the seeds and pour a cup of hot water over them. Let this steep till it’s cool, then strain it through a coffee filter. Stir in lemon or honey if you prefer, then add the fennel tea to a smoothie. It’s especially tasty with avocado or cucumber.
- Fruits that are good for digestion include bananas, pears, melons, and berries. Pears and apples are both rich in pectin, which is soothing for the digestive system. Bananas are a nutritious addition to many smoothies, and they are easily digestible.
- Red beets are loaded with potassium and magnesium – and good fiber. For maximum flavor and nutrition, buy small fresh red beets and steam them, unpeeled, with several inches of the tops left on. Remove the roots and tops and slip the peels off while the beets are still warm.
Consider acacia powder. Heather’s acacia powder is available at helpforibs.com and provides a safe, soluble fiber supplement that improves digestion and reduces symptoms for persons with IBS and inflammatory bowel disease.
ALOE VERA juice is a healing juice you need to drink each day. Drink at least 1/2 cup of organic Aloe Vera juice mixed with 1/2 cup purified water.
Smoothie Recipes for Good Digestion
Chilled Green Smoothie
- 1 cup cubed honeydew melon
- 3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and cubed fresh cucumber
- 1/2 cup plain acidophilus yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon lime juice and/or a dash of ground cloves (optional)
Pectin-Rich Fruit Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh organic apple cider
- 1 fresh pear, peeled and cored and cubed
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
- A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ground mace (optional)
Mineral-Rich Red Beet Smoothie
- 1 cup plain kefir
- 1 cup steamed and peeled red beets, chilled
- 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- A dash of cinnamon
For each smoothie recipe above, add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until nice and smooth.
Additional Information on Digestion
One of the oldest and time tested remedies for treating digestive problems is the consumption of stocks and broths. Check out my in-depth article: Bone Broth – Traditional and Superior Superfood.
Many people have healed their gut and associated ailments by following the GAPS diet.Click here to learn about the GAPS diet.
Another excellent resource for healing your gut is Konstantin Monastyrsky’s sitegutsense.org.
Fermented foods are great for digestion. Kefir and yogurt were mentioned above. Here’s a few others to consider: sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, tempeh, and pickled vegetables.
For those who suffer from heartburn or GERD, this article offers some great advice on alleviating the symptoms: Get rid of heartburn and GERD forever in three simple step.
Please leave a comment below if you have experience or advice dealing with digestive issues, or a good smoothie recipe for digestion.
I hope this information has helped you heal naturally.
Stay Healthy and Happy. 🙂 Judy