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To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Hi everyone. I thought it was necessary to post this, because I firmly believe it is the ONLY way out of the current epidemic this country is currently in.

Consider this:
1) 1 out of every 13 hospital visits is due to digestive complaints
2) IBS is currently the #1 diagnosed digestive disorder in this country and is increasing in numbers
3) Diseases like fibromyalgia, lupus, Rhuematoid arthritis, MS, crohn's disease, IBS have steadily risen for the past 80 years being virtually non-existant before 1900. This is despite the technilogical advances in medicine and new pharamceutical agents created to treat these conditions.

Why, if we are taking better care for our health, eating healthier foods, and taking nutritional supplements, are we getting sicker? This shouldn't be the case but it is. Without getting into too much detail (too long to write here) I would like to state what I feel is the single most important step we need to take in order to be freed from these disease states and back on the road to health. Obviously, what we have done has failed and it is time to take a step back and approach health from a different perspective.

To make things simple, let me say this: The single most important thing you can do for your health is to restore your bowel ecology to its proper conditions. Optimal conditions for the colon are as follows:

The colon is meant to be on the slightly acidic side in order to support the benefical bacteria that should comprise at least 80% of the microbial population. If this is happening, less toxins will be produced, stools will be healthy, and autointoxification will be stopped or prevented. The mucosa lining will be regenerating properly and as a result, no LGS will be present and the individual will experience robust health.

If the colon is in an alkaline state (which is the state of most people's colons), lactobacteria cannot survive and the microbial population turns from 80% benefical to 80% bad. The colon is taken over by puetrafactive bacteria that can cause gas, bloating, damage to the colon, malabsorption, intestinal toxemia and can slow down transit time and lead to constipation. Constipation is more likely caused from having a colon in this state than from a lack of fiber. A colon in an alkaline state becomes sticky and lacks proper hydration. The lining of the cells of the intestinal mucosa slough off faster than they can be built, and as a result, LGS develops and when that happens, autointoxification is the end result. If not remedied, these toxins deposit in the joints and tissues and autoimmune disease can result.

The sad thing is, most doctors feel that this condition is normal in the body. This is why. In order for scientists to establish a "normal" value in the population, tests are performed on "healthy" individuals and individuals who are ill, then, a normal value can be conluded from these results and the "normal value" is established. The problem is, MOST people have an alkaline colon to some degree and remember, it takes YEARS before the actual disease surfaces and it can be diagnosed so doctors may not have realized that there was an actual problem here. An alkaline colon may be the norm in this country but it is FAR from normal. This is the difference, I believe, between good health and OPTIMAL health.

So, how did our bowel ecology get this way to begin with? I will try to make this short and simple. At birth, within 3 days of being out of the mother's womb, the babies GI tract is becoming populated with benefical bacteria from breast milk. At this time, the population of the colon is 99% bifidus. Once the baby starts eating foods, the bacterial population changes to become primarily acidophilus and this population can be maintained throughout life by eating a diet that includes cultured dairy foods containing lactose. It should be interesting to note at this time, that many people are lactose intolerant. Many people are said to not have the enzyme needed to break down milk products. Is this really the whole picture? Or could it be that our colons don't contain enough lactobacteria to produce lactase enzymes in the first place? I think the answer to the latter is yes! With more lactobacteria in the colon, I think more people would be able to tolerate dairy products. I think that this intolerance to dairy products directly corresponds with a lack of benefical bacteria in the colon and reiterates the fact that we truely ARE at war in our own bodies and that our benefical bacteria are losing!

Getting back to how we lose this,....antibiotics could be the #1 cause of altered bowel ecology but I am leaning towards stress. It is hard to say. Doctors hand out antibiotics like candy. Antibiotics kill ALL bacteria. Just look at the name of the medication. "Anti" means "against", and "biotic" means "life",.."against life". Antibiotics are not selective in their attacks on microbes. This would be the equivilent of trying to weed your garden by ripping out all your plants too. No intelligent gardner would do this. But, doctors do this without condidering the effects it has on our gut flora.

Stress caused this imbalance for reasons discussed SO many times on this board, it is unneccessary to get into it. Surfice it to say, that unless we learn to slow down, relax and enjoy life, we will be cutting ourselves short.

Alcohol also kills the benefical bacteria. We use alcohol so much in this country that it is worth mentioning.

Diet also plays a role. A high-fat, high-protein diet is condusive to puetrefactive bacteria in the colon. Now, this sounds like a contradictive statement from me because I have recommened many times, increasing protein and fat in the diet. It is possible to increase the fat and protein in the diet, without upsetting the balance of intestinal flora. One does not have to eat meat 3x a day and use tons and tons of butter to get this effect. One can eat meat 1x a day, put butter and oil on vegetables and still meet his/her protein/fat needs for the day. People have read about this type of diet for hypoglycemia. This dietary change is for symtpom management only. Hypoglycemia is caused by altered bowel ecology so treatment goes back to what I am talking about.

Lactobacteria like the same foods as humans were meant to thrive on....carbohydrates. Lactobacteria ferment carbohdrates in our colons and produce energy, and even vitamins, enzymes and proteins. So, eating plenty of carbohydrates will help to keep the beneficial bacteria healthy. But, it is the TYPE of carbohydrate that matters. Vegetables, legumes, whole-grains (prepared by sprouting, leavening or soaking only!!), and fruits are the types of foods that lactobacteria love. refined foods like candy, processed foods and white flour products do not support optimal bowel ecology. Eathing this type of diet will ensure that your bowel ecology stays strong.

This is the most difficult part....RETURNING YOUR BOWEL ECOLOGY TO OPTIMAL CONDITIONS....think about this for a minute. If taking all these probiotics we are taking ACTUALLY colonized the intestinal tract, we could not suffer from the digestive conditions we suffer from because these probiotics would magically alter our intestinal environment and our colons would be in a slightly acid state and we would all have healthy bowels but,...this is not happening. I seriously doubt the capabilities of ORAL INGESTION of probiotics. I have never seen ANY proof that oral ingestion of probiotics colonizes the intestinal tract. There is ONE exception, and that is HSO Soil organsisms which I will briefly add in a minute. Here is proof that oral ingestion cannot work

In order for oral ingestion to work, the bacteria need to survive the stomach's strong acids and then the alkaline nature of the small intestine. Lactobacteria are not able to survive either of these pH conditions. The stomach's pH is from 1.5 to 3.0, depending on the stage of digestion. Once we reach the duodenum, the pH of the small intestine is 6.5 to 7.5. How can the lactobacteria survive the transition through two hostile environments?

Consider this: Lactobacteria thrive only in s slightly acidic environment of 6.4 to 4.5. Growth of the lactobacteria ends when 4.0 to 3.6 is reached. So, how are they supposed to survivbe the stomach's pH, which is something like 10 times more acidic than the pH at which they CEASE to grow? hmmm,..I can't figure it out either yet we continue to orally ingest probiotics.

The only probiotics that were meant to ingest are called "transient" probiotics. These are not permanent residents of the GI tract. These guys are just "passing through" but they have some pretty important functions. Over 100 years ago, when soils were fertile, they were teaming with billions of theses bacteria which we would eat when we ate fresh fruits and vegetables. These microbes are meant to survive the extreme bodily conditions and colonize the intestinal tract for a short time. But, since we always ingested these bacteria, they are always a part of our bowel ecology and these guys have some pretty amazing tasks. Simply put, these guys eat puetrefaction, they produce lactoferrin (an iron-binding protein that helps fees us iron and deprives pathogens of the iron they need in their metabolism), they colonize the intestinal tract REGARDLESS OF CURRENT CONDITION (this is very important), and they are very aggressive against yeasts, molds, fungi, and parasites. Because of sterilized soils, we are no longer getting these important transient bacteria which is why a supplement is vital. PRIMAL DEFENSE is one such product and can be purchased at crohns.net. The only other exception that I know about is Lactobacillius G.G (LGG found in CULTURELLE). This newly discovered strain has the ability to colonize the GI tract and is specially noted for its ability to treat chronic and accute diarrhea but is not powerful enough to completely alter your bowel ecology.

Even if the oral ingestion of lactobacteria survive the harsh conditions of the body, once they reach the abnormal alkaline colon, they will not survive. Think of it like some poor lucky people that survived a war and then had to walk thousands of miles across a hot, arid desert to return to their homeland. When the few that survived actually got there, they were confronted by enemy troops that already occupied their homes, do you think they would have the energy or the numbers to wage battle? No, they would be exuasted and out numbered. This is what it is like every time you ingest a probiotic.

There is only one way to implant benefical bacteria into your body and that is directly through the colon. There is a program called "THE WEBSTER IMPLANT TECHNIQUE" (That I should have mentioned a long time ago) that has proven sucessful in colonizing the intestinal tract and changing conditions from alkaline to slightly acid.

First and foremost, bacteria, parasites and fungi must be killed directly using antifungals of some kind. When, the majority of these guys are gone, the next step is to clean the colon of debri. Once this has happened, the next step is to re-acidify the colon and this is where this technique is complete as where all other methods of cleansing the colon are incomplete. The technique calls for the implantation of "sweet dairy whey" which is a whole-food for your colon that restores your slightly acidic pH. Once this is accomplished, you can implant fresh strains of lactobacteria that will begin to flourish. It is vital that for the next month, you give the bacteria what it needs to grow (oral consumption of sweet dairy whey, complex carbohydrates and chill out on the meat and fat just for the month in order to give the colonies a chance to multiply). This is the best way to achieve maxiumum colon health. Once your pH is restored, you will no longer be putreftying foods, losing nutrients and causing intestinal toxemia.

A word about fiber. Fiber is 100% necessary for health but without returning your colon pH to slightly acidic (between 5.0-6.0) you will never relieve your chronic constipation.

You colon can be either the root of your disease or the fountain of youth. It depends largely on the contents of your colon. If you would like information on this technique, I suggest you read the following book:

ACHIEVE MAXIMUM HEALTH
COlon Flora
The missing Link in Immunity, Health, and Longevity

By David Webster.

Lots of the information I have presented here are covered in this book.

I hope that this information is useful and makes sense for everyone. Despite the fact that I am 85% improved, I recognize that I still have an alkaline colon condition and I for one am going to use this technique.

One concept not covered in this book is the concept of chronic bracing and SR. Utilize this information to get MAXIMUM results beyond that of the average person because YOU know about something that they do not.

Rich



Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by
Deb on March 03, 2001 at 15:41:58:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Hi Rich,

What a fascinating post! It certainly seems to make sense. I was just having a look on Amazon for the book you mentioned. It wasn't there, but there is this one :

Acidophilus and Colon Health : The Natural Way to Prevent Disease
by David Webster

Mass Market Paperback - 208 pages (October 2000)
Kensington Pub Corp (Mass Market); ISBN: 1575666138 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 6.87 x 4.20

Is this the same one?

Deb



Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 15:52:52:

In Reply to: Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Deb on March 03, 2001 at 15:41:58:

No. This is a small booklet that outlines some of what is in the book but it doesn't go into as great a detail about it. Try Barnes N Noble.com. I was lucky and found this book about 8 months ago at a health food store near me. I had almost forgotten about it. I read so much that occasionally I let a really good theory go by. This one, I thought was worth bringing back.

Rich

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Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Vince F on March 03, 2001 at 20:45:11:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Oatmeal solved my food sensitivities and got rid of symptoms
in minutes and ended my problems and reactions Unless the
food is bad. I had a hound who went anemic after antibiotics
which probably killed off the bacteria that make Vit C in
them and just One C tab turned his tongue from white to pink.
Tripe helped another put on weight after yogurt helped him
a bit, keeping foods down but Cayenne pepper Really solved
his sensitivities. Didn't take much of any of these things
to reverse or solve the problems.

They say L-glutamine will help with IBS.


VF



Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 21:58:47:

In Reply to: Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Vince F on March 03, 2001 at 20:45:11:

It's great that this worked for you. However, if curing digestive ailments were as simple as taking L-glutamine and eating oatmeal, no one would suffer digestive illness and we would all be healthy. This is not the case so SOMETHING is going on.

Rich

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Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by
June.one on March 04, 2001 at 11:34:22:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Rich,

That was a very interesting post. I'd like to learn more about the acid/alkaline balance - it has always seemed to me as I mulled over dietary theory and gut problems that this aspect is so important but seems to be underexplored.

I know there are many skeptics who wonder about how the digestion can affect the body in so many ways. Please remember, everyone, that if you are bracing you are depriving your digestive system of adequate blood flow. Your gut needs proper circulation in order to do its very vital work, and if bracing stands in the way of getting the blood flow where it is needed, for digestion, you will have digestive problems.

We do have the advantage in knowing the negative effect of chronic bracing - something that can affect all of our body's systems because of the effect on circulation and the build-up of lactic acid (and probably other toxins) in our muscles and other tissues).

I do wonder about those like myself who were bottle fed condensed milk and corn syrup (that's what a lot of moms did way back when I was born). Heaven only knows how this contributed.

June

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Rich ?? Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmun disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by
Davey on March 04, 2001 at 15:37:08:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Hi Rich,

Thanks for the info. You are really informed and are helping many people (including me).

What is your opinion of Live Blood Cell Analysis, Pleomorphism, the Sanum and SanPharma Remedies as discussed by Dr. Ron Kennedy at www.medical-library.net ?




Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Doc Kim on March 04, 2001 at 17:53:34:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Lactobacteria like the same foods as humans were meant to thrive on....carbohydrates.

Interesting article. I would like to see some support for the above statement. I, personally am not convinced that this is the case. Research appears to support the theory that our ancestors ate less carbohydrates than what this author suggests. I am not yet convinced that we should eat wheat or any other grain.

I may be wrong, of course, and I am open to any evidence to the contrary.

Doc Kim



To Doc kim

Posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 20:18:54:

In Reply to: Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Doc Kim on March 04, 2001 at 17:53:34:

I have a bit of a hard time with this one myself but I have seent studies that support the notion that high protein/fat diets increase the amount of putrefactive bacteria in the colon. This is not the final word of course.

I don't think that we necessarily have to eat wheat and other allergenic grains. Lactobateria like lactose, dextrin, and maltrin especially. Scientists have grown cultures of lactobacteria on this medium. This also doesn't mean that one should necessarily live on a high carb diet. It just means that your flora will be fed well by including some high-quality carbohydrates such as vegetables, starchy vegetables, and cereal grains such as amaranth, quinoa, and teff and by including some cultured dairy foods. These are very healthful, have low allergenic potential and offer dense nutrients and fiber (as long as the grains are prepared properly.)

I also think that humans generally don't metabolize carbohydrates or dairy well because of a LACK of lactobacteria. ??

Rich



Re: Rich ?? Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmun disease, chronic pain.........long but needed.

Posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 20:23:30:

In Reply to: Rich ?? Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmun disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Davey on March 04, 2001 at 15:37:08:

Live blood cell analysis can be useful as an adjunctive diagnostic tool but is insufficent in itself to make a complete diagnosis.

In my early stages of chronic problems, I was treated by a nutritionist that used SOLEY live blood cell. I worked hard and within 3 months I got my blood in PERFECT condition. Not a dent! Well, I kept this up for another 3 months and ya know what? I never experienced any MAJOR improvements. I experienced minor improvements inlcuding small decreases in symptoms like digestive rumbling and fatigue but when my blood was perfect, he couldn't do anything else for me. I knew I STILL hadn't got to the root cause of things but it helped.

For example, his live blood cell showed that candida had been erradicated. This was oly partly true. Candida HAD been erradicated systemically so it couldn't be seen under the microscope but I STILL had it in the intestinal tract which stool testing later confirmed. So, it has its merrits but it can only be used within a certain scope.

Rich

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To Doc Kim about grains..........

Posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 20:35:47:

In Reply to: To Doc kim posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 20:18:54:

ya know, I have read SO many conflicting points about grains, I am totally in the dark as to what to think. There seems to be a total extreme attitude as to what to do about this. On one hand, you have doctors like Mcdougall that tout grains as the high and holy. Then you have Dr. Mercola, Dr. Weston price that say that grains cannot be metabolized by human beings, yet, people seem to thrive either way. I understand the phyates, enzyme inhibitors, and tannins that cause problems in breaking down grains but these can be completely removed if prepared properly. Then, should grains be eaten? I would like to think yes but not in large amounts. I have experimented with both types of diets and the higher grain diet definitely helps my elimination more. But, it does make sense to me that our ancestors NEVER ate grains and our digestive tracts are not accustomed to them. So why, do we burn glucose as our primary fuel (which comes most easily from carbohydrates)? This is still an area for me that I can see no definitive answer one way or another. I see evidence in both directions. How do you feel about this?

Rich



Rich --- Thanks

Posted by Paulette on March 04, 2001 at 21:53:10:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:


Hi, Rich

Thanks for this interesting article you posted. I printed a hard copy of it for future reference.:-)

Take Care Of Yourself

Paulette

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Re: To Doc Kim about grains..........

Posted by Doc Kim on March 04, 2001 at 22:22:43:

In Reply to: To Doc Kim about grains.......... posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 20:35:47:

Hi Rich,

I,like you, am also in a bit of a quandry about this. Personally, I do better on a low carb diet, the process of gluconeogenisis gives me all the glucose I need.

Purely from a philosophical viewpoint, I would think a paleolithic type diet makes as much sense as anything. My chiropractic training has taught me that the body has it's own innate intelligence that will help it maintain homeostasis. It makes sense to me that the type of diet that our ancestors ate, at a time when our digestive system was developing, would be the most advantageous diet.

When I get my patients to remove refined carbs from their diet, they, invariably, do better. Of course, this requires them to remove grains from their diet.

I am not a rocket scientist when it comes to this stuff. I have to trust what I see work, on a consistent basis, with my patients. At this point, I feel a low carb approach works better.

Namaste'

Doc Kim



Thanks for your perspective. It makes a ton of sense. nmi

Posted by Rich on March 04, 2001 at 23:25:24:

In Reply to: Re: To Doc Kim about grains.......... posted by Doc Kim on March 04, 2001 at 22:22:43:

nmi

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Re: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain....(Archive in LGS.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 05, 2001 at 11:50:34:

In Reply to: To anyone suffering with Digestive ailments, autoimmune disease, chronic pain.........long but needed. posted by Rich on March 03, 2001 at 12:28:36:

Thanks, Rich.

Those who like to "doubt" the LGS epidemic, are simply not willing to look at the facts. Who has to gain from ignoring this new understanding? Certainly not the people suffering the symptoms.

Namaste`

Walt

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Re: To Doc Kim about grains.......... Question for Doc Kim

Posted by kmd on March 05, 2001 at 15:16:46:

In Reply to: Re: To Doc Kim about grains.......... posted by Doc Kim on March 04, 2001 at 22:22:43:

You wrote, "When I get my patients to remove refined carbs from their diet, they, invariably, do better. Of course, this requires them to remove grains from their diet."

On your second sentence, why? Can't a person have whole grains, which are unrefined? Don't confuse me!! :o)

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