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Blastocystis Hominis
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Posted by Tommy (North York, On, Canada) on 10/24/2010

Hi earth clinic,
Is there a remedy to get rid of Blastocystis hominis? This bug is very well correlated with IBS in a lot of people. I wish also a new ailment page will be created for Blastocystis hominis because of its severity and so many people can get infected with this bug. Thanks a lot.

Replied by My Son
Woodland Hills, Ca
My son spent aug/sept/and january in 3 different hospitals vomiting, diarrea. he lost almost 30 pounds the doctors said and after morophine drips, colonoskopys 2 and put on 4 different prescriptions. that his stomach pain was in his head as his diabetic father was home dieing waiting for a kidney tyrasplant we all knew would never come. his father was a brittel diabetic and had the exact same symtoms as my son but they blew that off to say the dad had stomach neropathy and thats why he was vomiting so much. finally they sent my son home. I got a call and was told 3 moths later that the first test he took as in the first hospital found cyriposperidium. now as hes still VERY sick they say my son has ibs and very stress related as his father passed away on 10. 10. 10. his life has changed beyond belief I was online looking for help with the ibs and saw your responce. I just read often crypto is a misdiagnosis for BLASTOCYSTIS and my son has every symptom. do have any ideas on help for him?please help
Replied by Tommy
North York, On, Canada

BH is one of the bugs believed to be the cause or amongst the cause of gulf war syndrome. The protozoa digests the IgA and makes the immune system comprimised. It's also one of the stubburned parasites to get rid of. You can try S. boulardii as some studies show that it is effective against it.

You can also look at this web site that specilized in protozoa treatments:

Best regards, Tommy

Replied by Joseph
Giza, Egypt
Hello, he should try Metronidazole, or C
Replied by Glenda
Perth, Western Australia
hi, i had blasto and removed it by doing a series of things. it needs a multi-pronged attack. it is surrounded by a fatty coating which needs to be removed, it hides in the mucus membrane in gi tract so that needs to be broken up, lastly, it feeds on carbs/sugars so they need to go.

google these; sea salt flush-blasto is killed by this and it reduces the numbers, blessed thistle cleanse-you feel amazing and never hungry even though you're fasting [i did it for 5 days and thought it the best detox ever]

carkia-dr hulda clarke knows her parasites and this is great at killing them after you've done diet changes and cleanses. i hope it works for you as well as it did me-good luck and please don't stop researching, there are lots of answers out there.

Bottled Water
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Posted by denise (naples fl, usa) on 06/25/2007

[YEA]  I have had severe IBS for 6 years. Before that time I could eat anything, never a stomach problem and my health was excellent. Since then I have tried every diet there is with the results that if I eliminated anything acid including citric acid which is in a lot of drinks and foods I could get by but I was still severely affected by IBS. Just one week ago I decided to try only drinking bottled water because I suspected my tap water even though we have a filtration system. I have not felt this good in 6 years. I am able to eat things (chocolate) that I haven't eaten in years. I have not been able to eat any fruits, any juices, most vegetables, in the last 6 years. I have not started to put all of them back in my diet yet as I am taking things slowly but this has been a HUGE improvement. The water I have been drinking is from a natural spring but nothing expensive (64 cents a gallon). Drinking bottled water has also improved my husbands health as he has had a skin irritation for several years that doctors could not diagnose. We both thinks it's the chlorine in the water system. By the way it isn't just the water in Florida causing the problem because we both had our health problems begin in Delaware where we also had a water filter on the tap.

Replied by Msanna
New Orleans, LA
Re: Irritabe Bowel Syndrome and Water Filters. Not all filters are created equal I have a gravity filter based on Black Berkey filters. Has done wonders for over all health along with water cure. Berkey removed flouride as well if you use the secondary PF2 filter. Most common filters do not remove flouride. There is one on TV right now being heavily advertised and it only claims to remove one thing from water. I assure you there are many many more things in water. Do your research. Google black berkey comparison. Flouride shuts down the thyroid.

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Posted by Cindy Bells (Ca, United States) on 05/16/2013

[YEA]  OMG I want to say how grateful I am to find this site and the buttermilk suggestion cure for my IBS - D. I'm absolutely amazed, I have suffered severely for at least 15 years with absolutely no other helpful treatments or cures at all until now and within one day Yes only one day and I'm cured. I couldn't eat or drink anything without having to run to bathroom and I alway felt like I was starving even nauseous feeling even during and directly after eating. Organic buttermilk was suggested but I could only find CULTURED or regular buttermilk so I chose the cultured at my local grocery store in milk section [ just FYI info for other desperate people ] to someone else that may not have acsess to healthfood stores and it was very inexpensive aswell... Cultured Buttermilk worked a miracle for me. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps other aswell. Cindy

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
I totally agree, when my allergies were just starting to be relieved I started eating bran buttermilk muffins with apples, nuts, wheat grem, flax seed, sesame seeds, whole wheat mixed with 1/2 unbleached flour, the neighbor kids would visit and eat up all my muffins. Sometimes I used half oat bran with my wheat bran. I like to pour them into the muffin papers with a large ice cream scoop, less mess. Buttermilk pancakes are good too with cooked apples and cinnamon on top with a dash of powdered sugar. They also help clean the pipes while they rejuvenate the intestines.
Replied by Trudyg
The buttermilk has live probiotics, that's why it helps. I would never say I'm cured because it does come back--eat the wrong thing or stress and I've got a flare that can last a year. I've been making and drinking my own kefir which has been a fantastic help, so if you can't get good buttermilk you can try kefir. I haven't taken supplements for my insomnia the last 3 day, took ambien b/c too much going on & had to sleep. Plan tonight to take l-glutamine + 5-htp+ taurine + vit e. Any thoughts? It's morning now & I can change it if you have any ideas. Thanks.

Posted by CheeMiss (Toronto, Ont) on 05/26/2009

[YEA]  I know that this might sound to simple, but please try CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUTTERMILK.

I have been in such IBS intestinal pain, gas, bloating, burping, D etc., ....all this came about after I finished an IBS study for meds (4mths), incl CBT (cognitive behavior therapy.) The meds gave me nasty side effects and the CBT although nice, but also not effective. You have no idea all the natural things & meds that I have tried all these years. Nothing worked.

Our local health food store recently started to carry the NEW and ONLY one out there...Certified Organic Buttermilk. I could not find this before. The conventional buttermilk just did not help me as it did prior to the late 60's. I grabbed the last 3 liter cartons and drank 1 liter that day and started on the others first thing on an empty stomach in the mornings. By the afternoon of the 2nd day....everything started to subside drastically. After the 3rd liter (3rd day), I could not believe that all my IBS attacks symptoms had vanished. All these years of suffering with next to no remission time.

I ordered 4 more liters and drank 1 liter per day. It has now been 2 weeks and I am IBS free. My D stopped on the 2nd day, along with the intense cramping. My tummy has greatly reduced in size and I am not gassy, burpy or acid reflux, and my D is gone.

I have been eating all my trigger foods with no problem. If I feel a twinge coming on, I merely pour a very large glass of this amazing thick, rich buttermilk and drink it all in one shot. Do not sip at it. It seems to work best when you drink it all at once.

I can't seem to get enough of it. My body is craving it like nothing I have experience before. I advance ordered another 4 liters. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUTTERMILK AND THE CONVENTIONAL ONE.

Research the ingredients for yourselves and you will see. This type of buttermilk is like the product my mom use to give me when was a kid to settle down my IBS. Nothing has worked like this since until now. Check out Harmony dairy in Ontario. They seem to be the only ones supplying it so far. (btw: the ACV almost killed me and although I have been using coconut oil for the past 2 yrs., it too has not settled down my IBS.) I hope this remedy helps someone as much as it has helped me.

Catnip, Chamomile, Basil and Yogurt
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Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/05/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Chamomile, Catnip, Basil and Yogurt help IBS

I have always had stomach/intestinal issues. Pain, gas, bloating. Probably celiac or somthing like it. For a while I drank too much coffee and at times took asprin with it. This gave me a lot of energy, but aterward my lower legs would swell a little and ache when I lay down to sleep. Aspirin always helped the pain. But it was probably eroding my stomach and such. After doing Slimfast for a year or two (which I really liked) I quit when whatever I ate seemed to just sit there. It was the kind that was supposed to curb hunger. After that quitting the Slimfast and artificial sweetner Splenda, depending on what I ate I would feel very depressed (was on Zoloft and Risperidone for two years about 2 years prior), lethargic, be absentminded, have no appetite (I'd have happily eaten nothing ever again), and at times feel absolutely great. I couldn't tell what was going on, but I figured it had to be food related. And that my digestive system was having problems. After a lot of experimentation I've come up with the following:

Make a tea of 1 tablespoon each of Catnip, Chamomile, and Basil. Cover it and let it steep about 10 minutes. While it's steeping or cooling eat a cup or so of plain (not low fat or anything) yogurt. When the tea is cool enough, drink it.

Horse Chestnut is supposed to be good for leg veins. No doubt it's good for the veins all over. I took some finally and within maybe 5 or 10 minutes my normally cold feet and legs felt nice and warm. I was amazed. After a few days I concluded that eating yogurt with/after the supplement is what caused the warm feeling. One day I took the supplement and had no yogurt. The warm feeling didn't happen. After eating the yogurt some time later, I was surprised to feel my feet and legs get warm. If the IBS is from an issue with the structural integrity of the intestine, the Horse Chestnut with yogurt and tea may be helpful.

I can't drink coffee or tea, or eat chocolate anymore, as this caused the pain in my legs to return. Also a burning sensation when urinating. Bicarbinates help the burning. Probably the leg pain too. Haven't tested that. For a while I was drinking vegetable juice of bok choy, parsley, and fennel. So the oxolates may be a contributing factor...

Chromium Picolinate
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Posted by Bill (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 10/05/2011

[YEA]  Chromium Picolinate has improved my digestion by 90%. I take 200 mcg 15-30 minutes before every meal. The results have been miraculous. And I was one of those people who tried all the typical cures, probiotics, fiber, etc with no success and I was getting frustrated. But the chromium picolinate has saved my digestion. My bowel movements are like the ones I had in high school!

I also found it helps for frequent urination but I made a different post for that. I hope this helps somebody!

Coconut Oil
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Posted by Pat (Noblesville, Indiana) on 01/07/2007

[YEA]  coconut oil soft gel capsules. It has been great for my IBS. as I lived with diarrhea, taking 3 pills a day has made a huge difference.

Posted by Irene (Bayville, NJ) on 12/20/2006

[YEA]  Coconut Oil cured my IBS and Bowel Distention' It was a little tough getting used to the taste tried all sorts of ways to get used to it but I actually don't mind it in my morning coffee. It has also made my skin very soft and my nails are growing like crazy. I will keep this one in my diet I feel so much more energy and it has only been a week!

Replied by Wildstormy1
Spokane, Wa
I have had IBS-D for more than 20 yrs. Now that I've been Gluten Free for about a year, I have alternating bowel functions. Do you think that coconut oil will help with the dual functionality? I am so willing to try anything.

EC: IBS-D stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Diarrhea Predominant

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
Hello Wildstormy1, IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome] is caused by variety of issues, even hiatus hernia can manifest IBS or low stomach acid can also show symptoms of IBS or hypothyroid can also show the same symptoms. Main reason, infection in GI.

First start with Ted's alkalizing formula 3 times a day.
To heal the intestine, drink wheat grass juice 30ml a day. Colonize your intestines with probiotics by taking Milk Kefir, Miso, Saurkraut.

Once the intestines starts to heal your digestion will improve. This will take long time.

I urge you to read Hemorrhoids section in EC, it is has more information regarding UC and IBS.

There are variety natural treatments to treat IBS, above said are the simple ones. Ted's alkalizing formula is a must, Without alkalizing your body the healing process will not begin.

Good Health

Replied by Marilyn
Warner Robins, Ga
I read on earth clinic that you drink coconut oil for your IBS I'm wondering where do you buy it? Also what does the bad taste taste like when you drink it? Why do you have to mix it with something?

Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx)

[YEA]  I have been taking coconut capsules for the digestive tract and IBS lately and they have worked wonders.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Why don't you take just a spoon full of oil? Is there any benefit by taking the capsules?
Replied by Elaine
Nashville, Tennessee
[YEA]   Coconut oil has significantly reduced my IBS symptoms. As long as I take four pills each day I don't have symptoms. I also have long nails for the first time in my life and my hair is thicker too. I suspect coconut oil helps IBS sufferers that have had their gall bladder removed.... just a personal hunch.
Replied by Susan
Taft, California
mix it with peanut butter or melt it in applesauce.
Replied by Carol
Central, Ma
[YEA]   After I saw the recommendations on this site, I started mixing coconut oil into smoothies, adding to butter on toast etc and within hours of the first time I used it my stomach stopped hurting and making that percolating sound for the first time in over a year. I take a little bit now whenever my stomach seems out of sorts (I can even eat a bit of chocolate which is an IBS trigger for me if I have some coconut oil afterwards) and the chronic discomfort is gone.

Cold Showers
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Posted by Zvonko Spasic (Belgrade, Serbia) on 05/14/2008

[YEA]  Cold showers helped me to become stronger. When I was little, stomack problems often troubled me. Diarea, for example. Whenewer it was cold you could se me running home or to the nearest bathroom. Sometimes I would not eat anything for houres, so I would not have the need to go. Also, I had a few embarassing moments because of my problem, but nothing to seiouse. Then, one day I came across the idea of a cold shower, because I saw the Russians runing in to the frozen lake after being in a sauna for 15 minutes, as a tradition. There were children, little boys and girls among them. I remember thinking:"Those must be some strong people.". Then it also came to me that we, in Serbia, have a simillar tradition, but without the sauna and as a part of oure religiouse heredity. Those are definitly strong people, because most of them are members of serbians ellite police force. That made me step up. I wanted to become stronger... And i did. I have been taking relatively cold showers for a year and a half now. I have stomack problems very rarrely now and they are more under my controle. I rarely get a cold now, although i hade a few ones only because I took a cold shower and went in to a, not so warm, room. So be carefull. Don't make the same mistake. That would be stupid,as was I. Also, my whole body functions much smoother... I can't explane it, but it feels good. Then I made another step. I joined the Serbian tradition and jumped in to the lake in the middle of winter, alongside the members of the police force and some more people like me. It was freezing. Despite the air themperature, wich was 12 degreas (Celsius), the water was 3-4 degreas (Celsius, don't know how much is that in Farenheits). It felt like my mind separated it self from my body and alowed it to run on authomatic for a few seconds. When I came out off the wather I expected to get a flew or something, but I was just fine, and had a simbolic lunch with the other guys who jumped. Anyway, cold showers helped me plenty. With my body and mentally. The coldnes takes youre thoughts from the things that are on youre mind and leave you in a peacefull state. Try it... If you like it, continue, and begin with babysteps. Sorry for the gramar mistakes and for writing this much. Greatings...

EC: Read much more about cold showers here:

Replied by Moises
New York, Ny
[NAY]   I have taken cold showers daily for a number of years. I heartily recommend them. I find that my skin is better and my resistance to colds and flu is much stronger. But, unfortunately, it had no effect on my IBS. My IBS is the same whether I take my showers cold or hot.

Diatomaceous Earth, Probiotics, Enzymes, Aloe
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Posted by Dee Dee (North Carolina) on 09/26/2015

[YEA]  I am not a medical practioner, however this is what worked for my IBS.

First, go to the health food store and buy FOOD GRADE DE, diatemaceous earth. Mix 2 tablespoons with 1/2 cup water. Drink it down - tastes chalky, but this will rid your colon of any parasites. Do the research for FOOD GRADE DE, it helps cleanse your entire system.

Next, buy a good PROBIOTIC and DIGESTIVE ENZYME. Take as suggested.

***ALOE VERA JUICE - 2 or 3 Tablespoons, I mix with 1/2 cup water and again drink it down, two or three times a day. Aloe Vera juice is VERY healing.

To your health!

Dietary Changes
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Posted by T (Va) on 10/02/2013

I read on Natural News about a woman with ibs-d who said she ate only raw eggs and raw meat for a month and it cured the ibs-d. I'm okay with raw, but has anyone else heard of this? Some folks appear to make comments that are far-fetched on purpose, like a troll, with no care of the consequences. I'd like to do research first.

Replied by Ed2010
For Ulcer, you have to take 1 raw egg early in the morning in empty stomach and you have to supplement with vitamin C. But this can work for IBS-D as well, you have to try and see. IBS, CROHNS, stomach ulcer, UC, lactose intollerance, IBD, sibo all are just the branch of the GI disease manifesting simple and aggressive symptoms. Never heard of taking raw meat, myself at least.
Replied by Andrea C
I eat a Paleo diet and I had terrible IBS for years before I ate Paleo, I eat certain meat and offal raw, a lot of people on Paleo eat raw eggs as well. I was bought up on raw eggs with warm raw milk with honey in. I was a happy, fit child and I swear it was the raw eggs and milk etc. Great stuff, and since I've been eating the meat raw, or nearly raw, mine has corrected itself, and a long standing bowel problem has gone, and I feel many other benefits. It's early days yet but it can only get better if it's got me here so quick? Other things need mending bodily, but it will come, thanks to this way of eating, and I eat loads, its not a diet, its just an eating plan, but it's doing me good. Love Andrea C xxxxxxxxxxx
Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado
T: Eating eggs raw from pastured hens is like being in heaven while listening to Duke Ellington. Demi Moore eats them. So does Uma Thurmond who guest starred in Smash. These are the who's who of folk remedies. Wild eggs have every nutrient in the right proportion because they become an animal. They have glycophospholipids that repair the cellular wall of the mitochondria, an enzyme that repairs dna, and a rare amino acid that makes glutathione. These and other nutrients are denatured when cooked. I bought some from a farmers market and the yokes were soft and yellow like store bought eggs. The yolk should be firm and orange. Do not grind them up in a blender or stir with a fork. Crack the yolk with your teeth before swallowing. You can eat as many as you can afford. The water is the same as kangen water and radiates the same far infrared waves as expensive machines. These are the superfood of superfoods.

Posted by Jessica Nicholson (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2008

[YEA]  I suffered from chronic IBS along with acne mostly in my T zone and fluctuating weight gain/loss for a number of years. after much toying with medications birth control pills and numerous skin creams which all had horrible side effects like rashes, yeast infections, bladder infections Candida, massive mood swings, depression, bad breath etc... I decided to find my own cure by following my bodies urges. I did a ton of research about digestion and the causes a poor diet has on digestion and eventually the skin after all our bodies organs are all connected to one another I then kept a food journal recording how I felt before and after everything I ate I eventually discovered that wheat was the culprit I was eating the stuff daily pasta, bread, and cereal.who'da thunk it wheat supposibly the miracle food giver of life was poisoning my body. After this discovery I eliminated wheat completely from my diet went on a regime of detox and colon cleanses all with natural products such as olive oil and lemon juice mixture for getting rid of gall stones, Dr Natura for a gentle natural non intrusive colon cleanse regime. and the master cleanse along with a juice fast for 10 days. and I eventually switched over to a vegitarian diet very high in live green foods, fruit and soy. This totally cleared up my skin, cutting out the wheat cleared up my IBS almost immediately and I have been IBS free now for almost 10 years. Another neat side effect of wheat elimination was I had suffered from a series of learning disabilities while I was a child and young adult after cutting out the wheat the brain fog cleared up and I was finally able to focus for the first time in my life. The cleansing cleared up my skin and the dietary changes dropped my weight to a my optimum weight I'm 5'8" tall and weigh 140 pounds with a very athletic build and have had no fluctuation since the change.

I am now 9 months pregnant and have never been so healthy in my life.I have put on the appropriate amount of weight needed for a health pregnancy. I have experienced no discomfort and had a totally normal exceptionally healthy pregnancy on this diet.

Follow your body's intuition and you will never go wrong. health is in your hands and diet!
best of luck Jessica xo

Replied by Gary B.
Allen Park, Mi
Your story gives me hope with my IBSD

Dietary Suggestions, Aloe Vera, Multi Vitamins
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Posted by Asy Metrix (Manchester, UK) on 01/04/2008

[YEA]  I had stomach problam that could have been IBS.

It felt as if i had dead bowels / colon' with no food passing to excretion - no movement in colon.

Even if it is not IBS my success may help.

1) NO spices in diet eg curry
2) NO fatty or greesy foods like fries
3) 5 TBL Aloevera conc 3 times a day
4) Multivitimin supplement + minerals daily
5) stress related issues effect colon so I took a smoke of 3 spliffs a day for just over a week. yes i mean cannabis.

6) alternative to spliff is chinese herbs for headaches - they work by removing stress (Zheng Tian Wan) - 2 weeks supply.

7) eat greens, lentils, fruit especially apples and eggs.

hope this will help someone as it helped me, no matter how drastic the solution.

Replied by Tyron
New Haven, Connecticut
Ok I tried this. Now my IBS is still here and I found out when I smoke the weed the gas in my body tends to make my heart hurt or that's what it seems. Overall the change in the diet is a plus but the weed tends to make you stress or paranoid. Thank you for your help but I'll just stick with the b12 , fish oil and acv. When my ibs clears up then I'll go back to smoking my weed.

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Posted by Amy (Georgia) on 05/05/2014

I have ibs and I get bad bloating after I eat salads and some steamed vegetables. I eat fennel seeds to help. Any other suggestions?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Amy,

There are a couple of things that I would try.

One would be charcoal. If you know you are going to eat something that will aggravate you, take a couple of charcoal tablets (not capsules) or a teaspoon of charcoal in 6 ounces of water. This will often help with gas/bloating.

Alternately, there are some herbal things to try. (Don't use charcoal within two hours of medication or herbal treatments.)

Peppermint - Have a cup of peppermint tea when you have something that may disagree with you. Or even easier, keep a bottle of peppermint essential oil with you and put a couple of drops into some water and drink it when you have something that might bother you.


Comfrey - You can make a comfrey tea to take with or after eating potentially offending foods.

You could also try just drinking comfrey and peppermint tea regularly. This may give some healing in the long term. You could drink 3-4 cups a day.

Let us know what you try and if it helps you.

~Mama to Many~