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"The digestive tract (also known as the alimentary canal) is the system of organs within multicellular animals that takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste. The major functions of the GI tract are ingestion, digestion, absorption, and defecation.
The GI tract differs substantially from animal to animal. Some animals have multi-chambered stomachs, while some animals' stomachs contain a single chamber. In a normal human adult male, the GI tract is approximately 6.5 meters (20 feet) long and consists of the upper and lower GI tracts. The tract may also be divided into foregut, midgut, and hindgut, reflecting the embryological origin of each segment of the tract." (Wikipedia)
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07/06/2012: Eyoga from Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India: "Hello Friends, I had a sudden onset of nausea, abdominal pain, feeling of fullness, inability to eat, and other symptoms. I have gone through many tests where they ruled out intestinal worms and ulcers, but did see there is some mild Gastritis at least. Other tests are pending, but there was some bacteria in stool tests, and not sure yet if this was H. Pylori. As I read throughout many of the postings regarding gastrointestinal disorders and ulcer problems, I found the information on baking soda cures interesting, as well as the Apple Cider Vinegar. However, since there seems to be acidity involved (the doctor wanted to prescribe me some pill, which I refused), I felt that taking only baking soda with water might help me (and not starting out with the acidity of ACV). So I have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda only in a small glass of water 3 times per day.
What I am wondering is if this will cure the problem of the H. Pylori if indeed this turns out to be a part of the problem? Or does the baking soda only deal with acidity and help some of the "symptoms"? Also, there seem to be issues with baking soda and vitamin/mineral depletion, and other possible side-effects, so how long should I take before stopping? Is it possible to take long term every day for prevention also - though at smaller amounts? I would be interested in knowing what solutions you might have for this situation as I wait for the other test results. My symptoms seem to be alright for now, but still some cramping, gas, heartburn, and a "tightness" in the abdomen. My diet has always been quite healthy - am mostly vegan except a little butter at times - lots of fresh fruits and veggies, no processed foods, though I do eat pasta often. I am quite thin, but this has been normal all my life and don't think I've lost much weight, if any. What I eat in particular doesn't seem to have much affect so far in terms of the symptoms (I recently stopped tomatoes and citrus to see what happens). One thing I did take, as my doctor was concerned, was to take a Vitamin B-12 supplement and some Probiotics, which seemed to help a little bit. Any help and information/insight about this condition would be much appreciated.
I live in India (though a westerner), however, and some things are impossible to find here - even Apple Cider Vinegar exists only in a non-organic, non-raw variety, so not sure if that will help at all. Thanks for your attention and help with this! The Earth Clinic site has already helped with other minor health issues, and I've passed it along to others in my community - so thank you all for participating!"
04/13/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "I'm reading alot of gastro problem posts here where people's fungal and bacterial problems seem to persist or always recurr. The reason for this is because many bacteria including H pylorim C diff etc are able to protect themselves against antibiotics and the body's defenses by living inside protective lipid biofilms. This has only been discovered recently. Biofilms are like lipid (fat or oil) based micro-slime wherein bacteria as well as viruses and fungi can also live and communicate via chemical signalling. So first, you need to disrupt the biofilms to completely expose these pathogens before you can successfully kill and get rid of the offending bacteria or other pathogens. Candida also uses biofims in the gut.
So, how do we get rid of these lipid biofilms without using unnecessarily complex, expensive and side-effect causing drugs? Simple. Soap will disrupt biofilms easily just like detergent disrupts and disperses fats and oils on your clothes. You create washing soap by reacting any alkali usually sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate are used with a fat or oil. Biofilms are made from fat. Therefore alkalizing the intestines will also create soap in the intestines (by reacting with residual fats in the food and in the bile). Sodium Bicarbonate also reacts directly with the biofilms(also a fat) to form soap and destroys it. At the same time, you must take a remedy that directly kills the bacterial/fungal problem. That's the strategy in a nutshell.
In my opinion, both candida and H pylori usually occur due to a lack of stomach acid which protects against incoming bacteria in food and these pathogens also arise due to a lack of bicarbonates which are normally excreted with pancreatic enzymes to create an alkaline environment necessary for main stage digestion. This lack of bicarbonates essentially creates and allows an acidic intestine and allows protective biofilms to form the perfect environment for creating candida and bacteria like H pylori and C diff. Bicarbonates, when mixed with fats create soap. Soap disrupts biofilms thus completely exposing the pathogen. Then you can directly attack the bacteria/fungus to get rid of it. This greatly reduces persistence and recurrence of such problems because the pathogens now have nowhere to hide and cannot protect themselves anymore by using biofilms in the intestines.
Tooth plaque is also caused by bacteria that can hide in biofilms. Here is some significant research by Dr Gerard Judd in an angry letter to the American government who advises using soap as toothpaste to clear biofilms and plaque bacteria from teeth:
Dr judd was 38 years in research and spent 18 years in fluoro-organics research. He also has some fairly scathing things to say about fluoride too.
Alternative and simple methods of getting rid of H pylori are many. You can use food grade 3% Hydrogen Peroxide or Lugol's Iodine(solublizes fats) or colloidal silver(with hydrogen peroxide) or herbs like olive leaf, cat's claw, peppermint tea or tumeric(Curcumin).
Taking the ACV or lemon/lime remedies are not alkaline enough to destroy the biofilms. I discovered this only recently when I was treating an African woman for systemic candida plus many other bacterial gut problems. I kept urging her to take Ted from Bangkok's sodium bicarbonate with water remedy as well because I wanted her to alkalize her blood. Eventually she started taking it, and immediately I noticed that she started to recover swiftly with much reduced symptoms -- and this can only be because the fungal and bacterial biofilms were completely destroyed by the alkaline BS. Thus, with the fungus and pathogenic bacteria completely de-cloaked and exposed - the other protocols she was taking were enhanced and worked much better to clear the pathogens from her gut completely.
I must finally add here that Ted's Carbicarb remedy would probably work even better than just BS and water to destroy biofilms -- because carbicarb is more strongly alkaline. This however is only a theory of mine -- I haven't tried it yet.
The essential gist of this post is simply that if you alkalize daily using the suggested remedies(Sodium Bicarbonate or Carbicarb) as well as taking anti-fungal and anti-bacterial protocols, then the persistence and recurrence of your gastro problems should be greatly reduced and/or eliminated completely because of the elimination of biofilms from the gut -- and you will also heal more quickly."Replies
04/14/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Bill, if the glycerin in toothpaste soap stops the teeth from re-mineralising, why then do you suggest brushing with soap which also has glycerin. Wouldn't you still have the remineralisation problem. I am a bit confused? Cheers"
04/14/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hi Bill, Thanks for the information on soap for toothpaste. Every soap in my house, as well as the four kinds of toothpaste without fluoride that I have, all contain glycerin. Is it necessary to buy the soap recommended in the DR's post or is there a more common type that will work? Also having difficulty adhering to the candida diet, especially at breakfast since I don't care for eggs and I'm still hungry if I eat a banana and green tea. Don't want to eat vegetables for breakfast but no cereal, bread, dairy or sugar make it seem like that's all that's left! Thanks for all the useful information you provide and your references to Ted's protocols, too."
04/14/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Rsw... Glycerin in toothpaste and all edible food fats and oils tend to cover the teeth, thus inhibiting teeth re-mineralization. I also use Ted's Sodium Bicarbonate method for brushing teeth and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide or an Iodine based mouth wash. If you use soap as toothpaste -- just use any kind of ordinary organic soap without parabens etc in it. A bar of soap, when used for teeth cleaning will last you well over a year and so you will also save money by using soap as toothpaste as well.
I really don't expect people to adhere rigidly to the anti-candida diet but you should also understand that the less strictly you adhere to this diet -- then the longer it will take for you to heal from your candida and other associated gut problems. This really depends on you and is your own choice. And this also depends on the urgency and your own dedication and willpower to get rid of the candida. The African woman who healed all her candida and other considerable problems within six months also allowed small amounts of carbohydrates in her own diet. But if people do strictly follow both the anti-candida protocol and the diet -- I believe that most could heal themselves in about 4 months."
04/14/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "... Forgot to add that many soaps are made from glycerin because when you add any fat, like glycerin or glycerol (which is a triglyceride) to a strong alkali to make soap -- it is no longer an oil or fat -- but it becomes soap. Glycerin has been used for centuries in traditional soap-making."
04/17/2012: Lou from Sacramento, California replies: "I have a question, can one use the following mixture for alkalizing - pottasium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate and sodium carbonates. The rational behind this is to avoid too much sodium that I can not take and get magnesium as well. Thank you in advance for your views."
06/03/2012: Pamela P from Rochester, Ny replies: "Hi Bill- Have you used hydrogen peroxide with any of your patients? I have read such good things about it but an afraid to try it. If so, do you know what the long-term effects were? Thanks!"
12/02/2012: Chigozie from London, England replies: "Glycerol is not a fat or a wax or a lipid. It is in the chemical family of alcohol, hence the name. I think you are confusing the fact that during digestion, fats are ultimately broken down into two components: fatty acids, which are hydrocarbon chains and glycerol. The glycerol molecule can have 3 fatty acid chains attached to it, in which case this entire molecule is known as a triglyceride."
Apple Cider Vinegar
08/25/2011: Love from Amritsar, Punjab/india: "hi I'm 30 years old, and I'm sufferng from stomach problem like acidity and diahhria from past 6 years, I took all kind of medicines but I didnt feel any kind of relief, so plz tell that how tha apple cider vinegar has worked well in acidity problems and how can I buy this???"Replies
08/26/2011: Dan from Tampa, Fl replies: "I've read a lot of great suggestions on this thread, but most will only help in acute cases. I believe you have to find out what needs to be eliminated from your diet. For me, even though my symptoms weren't horrible, my digestive system improved when I eliminated wheat, oats, barley, and rye from my diet. It wasn't any easy feat and I've slipped up a few times. You can try eliminating these grains or maybe dairy. You might even suspect a culprit or 2. Make sure to eliminate one food or food group at a time and you do it for at least 5 days in a row."
09/15/2011: Tree from Jax Bch, Fla replies: "If you have digestive problems get you some Siberian Pine Nut Oil. It really works. I was on Nexium for 5 years, up to two a day and still much pain. Couldn't eat much of anything. After a week of Pine nut oil I decreased pills to one a day, then every other day. I was able to eat most anything and no pain! I still take it once a day and am off medication. Feeling great. It's worth every penny!!!"
09/16/2011: Carie from Hudson, Ohio replies: "Hi There - was just wondering how much oil did you start out with a day and what are you currently taking? Glad to hear this has helped you. I am also off my Nexium but still struggle a bit. ACV seems to irritate it. Any halp is appreciated."
09/16/2011: Barladeanca from Grimsby, Canada replies: "Hello,
And thank you for your post. Could you give a little more detail as to what kind of digestive issues you are referring to? Are they stomach related? Liver, pancreas, colon? What caused the pain? Acid? something else?
[YEA] 07/20/2007: Gary from Bottineau, ND: "I actually tried ACV and honey with water in hopes of reducing high blood pressure. It did nothing for me. It did have a significant impact in reducing LDL cholesterol and improving HDL cholesterol. But for me, the surprising benefit was in totally eliminating problems with indigestion over a period of a few months. I did not have acid reflux, or very little. My main problem was soon after I started eating, I would get heartburn symptoms and sometimes would have to throw up. I tried Tagamet and other similar products with some success. I would take at least one a day and sometimes a second for insurance when I was eating out or anticipating a large meal. I was also consuming 12-18 antacid tablets daily. After a couple of weeks on the ACV regimen I started noticing improvement in digestive problems. After a couple of months I no longer needed the Tagamet-type products and greatly reduced the antacid tablets. Now, after 6 mos., I no longer experience indigestion problems. ACV-great stuff. I highly recommend trying it."Replies
03/13/2010: John from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "I have just come down with some of the symptoms of Gastro and decided to check the site, I see 2 things I know that have not been mentioned.
First off Apple Cider Vinegar taken in a large straight dose (shot glass) and undiluted by drinking very little water afterwards can knock out a new Gastro problem by having the Acid in the Vinegar literally kill the infection, this can also be taken preventatively if you think you are going to eat anything dodgey. Yes ACV was mentioned but this reason wasn't.
The other is Coconut, or coconut oil. Why it works I'm not sure, it might be that it knock out infections but it may be other reasons too.
I have heard you can eat biscuits with coconut for a sweet cure, can even help really chronic cases.
Finally Immodium can help."
09/03/2012: John from Boston, Ma replies: "The cocounut oil is anti-viral and it supports the liver amung other things."
[YEA] 09/25/2011: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia, Australia: "I'd been reading a lot about colloidal silver online and as I have reactive arthritis in my toes thought I'd give it a go, taking 20ml twice a day. (no luck yet after 4 weeks).
In the meantime, my husband contracted gastro with fevers and chills and after 3 days of me nagging, he finally took the massive dosage of 200ml of CS in water, followed by another glass of water (recommended by the manufacturer). Half an hour later his fever was gone, colour had returned and he was mucking around and that was that, he was cured!
However..the morning after I was doing the shopping and started to get hot and cold flushes and stomach cramps. Made it back home and followed the same regime as my husband with the CS, and timed it. Ten minutes - fever had dropped. An hour later - stomach cramps gone and never returned.
As someone who contracts gastro at the drop of a hat, you can imagine this has made me very happy!"
11/11/2009: Brenda from Dayton, Tx 77093: "Whole solution. I want to tell all. I am 54 years old. The only solution to stomach problem, and sinus problems is to stop eating what you are eating. Detox, drink plenty of spring water, and become vegetarian. If not, do the ACV and baking soda."Replies
02/07/2012: Yolo from Arcadia, Ca replies: "Although dietary changes can go a long way, you will also need to make lifestyle changes. A big one for Americans is to lose some weight. For those that smoke you need to stop as well. Visit www.gerddiethq.com for more info."
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Remedies
02/10/2013: Debbie from Naples, Florida, Usa: "Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Alternative Treatments
I found your website while searching for holistic options for the treatment of polpys associated with the genetic disorder Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). I was diagnosed with FAP in April 2010. I was 47 at the time and my GI had only one other patient with FAP. In July 2010 they removed all but 21 cm of my colon due to hygrade displasia, but later confirmed that it had not broken the colon wall so no further treatment was needed. At the time of my original diagnosis they saw hundreds of polyps in the lining of my stomach. These are typically non-cancerous, but my last biopsy in September 2012 came back abnormal and the polyps have continued to multiply. My GI doctor did not prescribe any medical treatment to slow or stop the growth of the polyps in my stomach. He took a wait and see attitude and scheduled me for another EDG six months later and recommended I find an IM doctor to manage my overall health.
I immediately found a very good IM doctor who was concerned that I was not on any treatment to slow the growth of the polyps and immediately put me on an RA medication due to the medical studies showing success in retarding the growth of polpys.
I'm concerned about the risks associated with the RA medication. I've searched the internet for other options, but most relate to colon polyps. I would appreciate any insight, information or advice regarding holistic options for the treatment of stomach polyps associated with FAP.
I would consider my health to be good; however, my diet is still evolving. Finding foods that I can digest or tolerate has been a challenge. I've eliminated all red meats, broccoli, onions, cabbage, corn, dairy (on occassion I still use sour cream), and limit the amount of leafy greens due to digestion issues. I do take acidophilus daily as well as digestive aids. I do have hypothyroidism, which was diagnosed back in 1999.
Thank you for taking the time to read my e-mail submission. I wish I would have found your website months ago."Replies
02/11/2013: Mt from Ottawa, On Canada replies: "Look into horsetail: http://www.mariatrebenherbs.com/67/77-horsetail/itemid-0"
10/16/2012: Kathy from Toronto, On, Canada: "I have been taking Ibuprofen on and off for pain associated with a medical condition for years. Three years ago, I woke up with terrible stomach pain, like somebody had punched me in the stomach. I was nauseous but wasn't vomiting. At first I thought I had a stomach flu, but while I was sitting in a clinic, I realized what the pain was from. I'd taken too much ibuprofen over the previous days-more than the maximum allowed. The diagnosis (without any test to verify) was gastritis-irritation of the stomach lining. The doctor prescribed an acid inhibitor and I started to feel better after a few days. By the time I got a gastroscopy, if I'd had any damage, it had healed by that time (it took close to a year to get it done). I continued to take an acid inhibitor on the days I was taking more than about 600mg of ibuprofen, or if I was taking it for several days at a time. I was taking ibuprofen for about 7-10 days a month maximum.
A couple of weeks ago I'd been taking low doses of ibuprofen for more consecutive days than usual, but was not taking the acid inhibitors as I'd run out. After a few days, even with low doses of ibuprofen, I had another attack and ended up in the hospital. Same problem as three years ago. The doctor prescribed a very strong acid inhibitor. I looked into it and started researching the medications as well as natural cures.
From what I understand, here's the problem: The ibuprofen or any NSAID, can damage the stomach lining with prolonged use, and can even cause an ulcer. The acid inhibitor simply stops acid production so that your own natural stomach acid doesn't burn your damaged stomach lining causing the pain it caused me. It doesn't protect your stomach from the damage, as I was led to believe. So I started to explore how I could protect my stomach. First of all, I stopped taking the NSAIDS and am just living with my pain. Secondly, my research shows that there are natural ways to actually protect and heal your stomach. Here's what I found:
-Slippery Elm coats the stomach lining and protects it. I am taking 2000mg twice a day on an empty stomach. You can take it in capsule form or bulk powder (about 1tsp), just mix it with water. There are a couple of things to keep in mind-do not take any other vitamins at the same time, as you will not be absorbing as much out of them. Also, I'm not sure about this one, but it may double the half life of other medications, for example, acetaminophen, meaning if it was meant to stay in your system for 4-6 hours, now it will last 8-12, setting you up for an overdose.
-Aloe Vera juice. Up to 80mL a day
-L-glutamine. So far I've seen up to 3000mg a day as an acceptable dosage.
-B12. Because you're likely to have a deficiency as it's often not well absorbed in these cases.
Make sure you eat small amounts of food every few hours and follow a diet recommended for ulcers. Do a google search on that.
Here's why I believe acid inhibitors are bad for you. You need stomach acid to digest your food! Acid inhibitors are over prescribed. The symptoms of acid overproduction and underproduction can be the same, but it's unlikely that people over 40 have an overproduction of acid. Acid reflux is often caused by a lack of acid in the stomach, so food isn't getting properly digested and is coming back up the esophagus, causing the burning sensation. Cut the acid production even more by taking acid inhibitors and you really start messing with your system. I recently found out from a friend (after telling him of my issues) that he had been diagnosed with GERD several years ago and was put on acid inhibitors. He got sicker and sicker and wasted away to nearly nothing, losing 50 lbs in just a couple of months. He nearly died. His problem? His original symptoms were caused by an UNDERPRODUCTION of acid, and the acid inhibitors made it nearly impossible to digest his food.
How can you avoid this? If you have acid reflux, try drinking some apple cider vinegar diluted in water. If your symptoms improve, you have an underproduction of acid. If they worsen, then you may in fact have an overproduction.
First thing is to change your diet, and don't rely on pharmaceuticals for everything! What kind of logic is it to prescribe one thing, only to prescribe something for the damage the first thing causes???
After only a few days on the remedies I mentioned above, I'm already feeling better. I've also learned about MSM for pain, and will try it instead of NSAIDs next time the pain is unbearable from my other ailment. Good luck to you all!"
03/09/2011: Janjan from Singapore: "Can anyone advice whether its alright for those who have gastric problems to take ACV & BSM in the morning before breakfast? Regards, Jan"Replies
03/11/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Janjan -
I have a seriously sensitive stomach, aqnd I take both ACV and Blackstrap Molassas every morning before eating. Not at the same time though some people do.
A word of advice - Start slowly and work your way up - do not start at the high doses you see listed here.... If someone says to take three tablespoons... Start at one a day (or even less) and work up to the full amount slowly!
You can overwhelm your system if you start out too fast, or try to do too many things at the same time in the beginning. :)
Glutamine, Olive Leaf Extract, Pine Nut Oil
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/25/2011: Catnip from Canberra, Australia: "I've been experiencing gastritis for about nine months. This was brought on after persistent giardia and antibiotics. Glutamine and olive leaf extract both help, and recently I've found that pine nut oil is helpful too. None of these have cured me of my problem but all have helped. I'm going to try Cayenne, ACV and Aloe Vera now that I've found this site."
08/18/2012: Bradshad from North Providence, Rhode Island: "Hi, has anyone had Klebsiella (a bacteria) in there gi tract and successfully got rid of it? I had a stool sample come back positive for it and the holistic lady im working with put me on Uva Ursi for 2 weeks then Berberine for 2 more. Well the month is almost up and the bloating and other symptoms have not subsided. I read it likes starches and have a feeling I need to just eat veggies and meat for awhile. Please help. Thanks."Replies
08/18/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Bradshad, why don't you do just that??! It seems that sticking to veggies and animal protein for awhile, does good for many things. You can also try some of the parasite cleansers here on EC."
[NAY] 01/20/2009: T.P. from Watsontown, Pennsylvania: "Rotten egg smelling farts/burps/stomach pain/cramping followed by diarrhea/vomiting. I am at a loss and do not have any remedies for this, doctors are no help and diets and nutrition do not seem to work, this has been an ongoing issue for years and I know I am not alone however the only thing I've heard of is Magnesium supplements but this does nothing for me I'm just looking for someone to help. My gallbladder was removed one month ago and I believed this to be the culprit but now the problem is back again and I've had scans and tests done and they found nothing to be wrong this is not in my head and I'm looking for an alternative to the doctors who seem to know nothing pls help me find some answers I don't know where else to turn."Replies
01/21/2009: Kaybe from Bristol, TN replies: "I have had the same rotten egg smell/taste off and on for years, along with cramping, stomach virus like symptoms. Now I use turmeric (capsule) whenever these symptoms occur. Ginger and acidophilus, as well alkalizing (ted's formula) would prob. help also. I too had gallblader removed and the only thing that helped was the painful gallbladder attacks. Wish I had known about this site at that time."
01/21/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "Have you had food allergy testing done? You might want to do that, and particularly get tested for gluten antibodies (including IgG) to determine the possibility of gluten sensitivity."
05/28/2009: Saurina from Clovis, California replies: "My sister complained of what she called sulfur burps after she had her gallbladder removed. Shes been trying to figure out whats wrong for almost 5 years now. She is always tired, can barely eat anything, and always has an upset stomach. They are now saying she may have gastroparesis. Its caused by damage to the vagus nerve and can also be caused by diabetes. She tried ACV for awhile and it temporarily made her feel better. This may help someone figure things out I don't know. Just thought I would put it out there just in case."
EC: "Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a paresis (partial paralysis) of the stomach ("gastro-"), resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer period of time than normal. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls these contractions. Gastroparesis may occur when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work normally. Food then moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract."
01/13/2010: Suzan from Orlando, Fl replies: "Sulfur/ rotten egg burps are a tell-tale sign of giardia infection.
You can get it from contaminated water/ice, eating raw veggies/ fruit washed in contaminated water or handled with dirty hands, as well as from anything that has been handled with hands that have trace amounts of feces on them.
That's why it's so important to always wash hands after going to the bathroom!
You will need to ask your doc to test your stool to confirm.
It's treated with Flagyl antibiotic for 5-10 days. "
03/12/2010: Erica from Pdx, Oregon replies: "I was sick and lethargic from my freshman to junior year of college and had these rotten egg burps. After much of my own research and NO help from doctors who diagnosed me with everything from depression to ibs to stress, I realized that I had all the classic signs, plus more of food intolerance. Particularly gluten and dairy intolerance. I started a gluten free diet and have never felt better. I lost weight, have energy, have rid myself of depression and anxiety and best of all, no more rotten egg burps. Many time the tests come up wrong... I think the best test is to cut out all sources of gluten or dairy for a week and see how you feel. You will go through a craving and withdrawl period because both gluten and dairy contain sedative opiod molecules (that's why you feel so content after eating them!) I think the rotten egg burps happen because your digestive tract has a hard time breaking them down, and ultimately that food just sits there. For me, after I realized I was intolerant, it was plain as day. I took a hard honest look at my diet and realized that more than half of it was comprised of gluten or dairy containing products. Toast or cereal with milk for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for dinner. Not to mention all of the sneaky places it hides (soy sauce, anyone?) American culture leads us to believe that we need more calcium and more whole grains (from these two sources) when in fact, they fortify these foods with vitamins wheat and dairy are coating and destroying your villi, making you unable to absorb any nutrients! They just pass right through!! And don't think that just because you aren't Celiac that you are immune to the effects of these. We've been lead to believe by doctors that so many bodily functions are "normal" when in fact they are a sure sign that your body doesn't like what you are putting into it. Gas and bloating are not normal, nor is brain fog, or extreme tiredness after a meal, nor is just peeing out your vitamins (among many other symptoms that can be cured by going gfree and dairy free). During the healing process, it is very important to supplement nutrients. But until you rid your body of these sticky, inflaming proteins of destruction, you will not be absorbing much.
I hope this has made sense and I hope all of you who are experiencing what I experienced and have been cured of (by my own doing) are looking for. The gluten free diet is definitely a learning curve but once you get over it you will be so much happier. I would not give anything to go back to the way I used to feel for a piece of bread or a pastry or pasta. There are amazing resources for going gluten free out there!
Pine Nut Oil
[YEA] 02/05/2010: Corinna from London, Kent, England: "Stomach ulcer/gastritis
I suffered on and off from severe stomach pain. In the past chamomille tea and mastic gum got quickly rid of it. Last winter it got worse and the above remedies did not help anymore. I tried drinking raw cabbage juice for 7 days and that helped a lot. But I still had occasional flare-ups. I tried pine nut oil and that helped to cure it completely."
[YEA] 06/12/2011: Michael from Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa: "I had both for decades and cured BOTH OVERNIGHT; this is how.
I took Pro-Biotics (acidopholis, lactobacilicus etc) you must get from vitamin store and take LIVE CULTURE COUNTS over 100 billion daily. If it works for u then keep it up for a week and anytime you need to take antibiotics (be sure to separate the times by 3 hrs or they will counteract each other)"Replies
06/19/2012: Val from New Westminster, Canada replies: "Which brand did you take, and for how long?"
[YEA] 11/08/2009: Traci B from Houston, Texas: "I have never had intestinal problems until the last several months. My sister swore by the pysillium husk and I had it in my cabinet for months. I started having indigestion, bloating and gas. I looked like I was pregnant! A week ago, my sister convinced me to try it. Wow! What a huge difference it has made already. I use the single sugar free koolaids and put one teaspoon of the pysillium and shake it. I drink the whole thing and follow with another 8 oz of water. I have used it once and sometimes twice a day. I have noticed if I take it 30 minutes before a meal, I get full quicker. My plan is to increase to 3 times a day for awhile and see if I notice any more fat loss in my stomach. Mixing it with the koolaid packets (I actually use a healthy brand of the mixers) doesn't make it taste bad at all. I also drink water throughout the day. Try it! BTW, I am 56 years old."Replies
12/13/2011: Gauthamsa from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: "NATURAL SOOTHING MEDICINE FOR GASTRITIS AND ULCERS
For chronic ulcers and gastritis this really helps from my experience:
Have a Banana Honey coconut water at night before sleeping. Repeat same in morning.
Also take chamomile tea. It works because night and morning are the times stomach is empty and acid is highest. This will soothe the stomach and heal the ulcers and gastritis.
For meals take Indian kichdi:
Take (2 cups rice, 1 cup Moong lentil, 1 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt, cut green beans, 1 tbsp olive oil). 6 cups water. Put everything in rice cooker and switch on and allow to cook. Eat with 1 TBSP curds and a side dish (optional)"
04/16/2012: Gautham from Perth, Wa replies: "Also antacids like zantac can help (300 mg). But you have to take for 3 weeks at least and with food (never on empty stomach as it can further cause gastritis)."