Bowel Disorders

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What Are Bowel Disorders?

The digestive system is comprised of several different organs that function to break down food and move it through the body. The intestine is the part of the digestive tract that extends from the stomach to the anus and is made of two segments, the small intestine and the large intestine. With these organs playing such a large part in the function of the body, they are also susceptible to several different disorders.

While the most common bowel disorders affect the small intestine, the large intestine can also be affected by similar disorders. The most common bowel disorders include irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, Chron’s disease, celiac disease, and intestinal obstruction. While bowel disorders comprise a wide class of issues that present different causes and symptoms, the disorders also share some similar traits. Common bowel disorder issues and symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, a swollen and painful belly, gas, and vomiting. If symptoms of IBS or other conditions involve blood in the stool or vomit, fever, or sudden weight loss, immediate medical attention is necessary.

The cause of many bowel disorders is widely unknown; however, most conditions have some link to lifestyle factors including smoking, environmental factors such as diet, microbial and/or immunologic issues, and genetics.

Natural Treatments for Bowel Disorders

As many bowel disorders are caused by poor bowel and dietary habits, typically natural treatments are very effective for treating the symptoms of such disorders. A 30 day colon cleanse of just eating/drinking pure veggie and fruit juices is a good place to start treatment. Diluted apple cider vinegar, garlic supplements, baking powder and water, magnesium citrate, and vitamin c are also effective treatment methods. Every individual is different, so the objective for treating bowel disorders is trying different methods and finding an effective option.

30 Day Colon Cleanse

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Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 02/26/2013

If easily grossed out, don't read this!

Attempting a 30 day colon cleanse, not eating at all but drinking nothing but freshly made, veggie/fruit juices (not smoothies) 3 times a day, gave me the best colon cleanse of my 33 year old life. I only made it to 21 days before my body said, "get to a toilet, it's coming! " Luckily I was home preparing lunch so I made it in the nic of time. I'll tell ya, the black tarry substance that came from my body for a full 30 minutes was unbelievably slimy, smelly and ample; so gross and ample that I had to keep flushing the toilet so it wouldn't clog and my family rushed around opening all the windows. I believe this was my body expelling a LIFE'S worth of crud -- coating & festuring inside my colon. To facilitate this "slide cleanse, " every other day I took an enamas (32 oz of warm water and 1Tab Apple Cidar Vinegar or lemon juice). I recently read that Elvis' and John Wayne's autopsies extracted over 35 lbs of fecal matter. That about fits it! But, in the end, my results were astounding! Better eysight and hearing, clearer skin, a child's sense of happiness, lbs lost, and a clean colon. Immediatly after the colon release, I felt incredibly hungry as if my body was signaling me, "eat, NOW! " I stupidly reched for the nearest junk my family was eating and yeah, blew it! You might think it hard to go that long without eating, but after the 3rd day, I was not hungry, tempted sometimes, but not hungry. It helped that I did all our cooking AT HOME and drinking my meal while cooking for my family helped with "smell temptations. " I also reminded myself that 30 days out of my intended long life was not a big deal. I really enjoyed making the many differant juices from Dr. Walker's juice book (I now use others that I have acquired since then). So, after years now of healthy AND sometimes freely eating, I feel it is time for another cleansing. I'm planning one for March 2013 when their are no celebrations on my calendar. I'll concentrate more on veggies and less on sweet fruit this time around as I now have 60 lbs to lose & pre-diabetic. I'll also be smarter and eat whole fruits and vegtables instead of veggie pizza as my first meal afterward. :) Peace out, Cat

Replied by Gunther922
(Ayer, Ma)

To Cat from Austin, Tx: Did you only drink the veggie/fruit drinks? I want to try this! I bought a juicer and love to juice fresh veggies and fruits. But I'm just curious if only drank the juice. Was it hard to not eat anything? I do find that I get very full from just the juicing and some days I think I could survive on just the juice but then I chicken out.

ACV, Baking Soda, Garlic

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Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007

Have had some digestive challenges lately. Last night, used ACV in water just prior to a bowl of oatmeal. About an hour later, I swallowed a garlic capsule. This morning after swishing peanut oil for about 20 minutes, I drank the juice of one lemon mixed with about a TBSP of baking powder and water. My nose began to run. After a breakfast of French Toast, bacon, and strong coffee, there was an almost immediate cleansing. I'm not sure which concoction did the job, or if it was the harmonious work of them all. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks and kudos for the good advice.

I feel blessed

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Are you sure you don't mean baking soda?

Replied by Kennywally
47 posts

I'm pretty sure it is BAKING SODA, seen that mistake at the end of the 1st article too, so I looked @ Teds recipies and his was BAKING SODA as I had thought. ALSO I was thinking about trying this total juice thing, as I've been sufferin from CANDIDA via the doc and broadspectrum antibiotics, folks just said to cut back and I kept expanding like a non-stop loaf of bread, rising and rising with no limit in sight! Had this curse since the mid 1980's andthe 1st time I heard on PBS that farmers shot up cows with broad spectrum antibiotics and fed them grain to fatten them up.....Then I knew the quack poisoned me. So, I'm gonna start out with regular v8, I'm sure fresh is best no doubt, but I got to start somewhere.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Dawn (Lebanon, INDIANA) on 05/12/2007

I have been suffering from partial bowel obstruction from adhesions due to a liposuction that went bad back in the 90's. I have suffered from severe pain, nausea and hemerroids due to the inability to fully cleanse myself out because of the blockage. This has been on going for the past 5 years. I would have an "episode" at least once a week, sometimes 2 and 3 times a week. The pain was unbearable and would literally take my breath away. Since I started taking one shot of ACV daily I have yet to have an "episode". I now have the best movements in years! I am completely amazed! Also, I suffer or should I say used to suffer from arthritis in my hips. I have absolutely no pain at all now and I know it is from the ACV because I haven't done anything else to remedy. I wish someone would have told me about this a long time ago. It is the simpliest thing in the world to do and it is all natural! God Bless Apple Cider Vinegar! If you haven't tried it, YOU SHOULD! Also, my complexion is glowing!

Replied by Karen
(Fayetteville, Nc)

I have a question for Dawn. I believe I may be suffering from a bowel obstruction although I am not altogether sure. Until recently I have had regular, normal sized movements, now they seem to be 'skinny' in size, as though they are trying to sqeeze pass an obstruction. What I wanted to know from you is: what does a shot of acv consist of and how do you take it.

Replied by April
(West Chester, Pa)

While I truly believe in natural remedies and their ability to work where Western medicine fails, the symptoms Karen is describing are warning signs of several serious colon and/or bowel issues. Karen, if you've not already done so, please make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to rule out something that could be life-threatening.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA)

If this only just happened and you have always been regular otherwise I'd opt for a colonic before taking to panic warnings and fear. Sounds more to me like you're just seriously backed up! It doesn't sound like Karen has tried any alternatives first. Karen, what are your eating habits? Cut out breads, pastas, meats and add in veggies big time and fruit. I would opt towards looking to that first. Just a thought...

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA)

Karen, one other suggestion- Go to and watch episode #451 called "help, i'm having trouble pooping" and also read the responses below the screen as there are a couple of people who give some very good and knowledgeable advice in regards to this issue. It's a little more in depth than my previous post to you but basically says the same. Hope this helps! Lisa

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

Any bowel problem I've had has just been temporary, but my wife has suffered her whole life. At age 65, she had her first colonoscopy and the doctor told her that her colon was all out of place and not normal. We then began a colon cleanse and all heck broke loose and she ended up in bad shape as the mucoid plaque had her plugged good. Called an experienced hydro therapist which convinced her that she needed a colonic to flush all the year's old stuff out. It took several colonics, but it has changed my wife's health and life.

After much research , we are convinced that the intestinal plaque had built up over the years and had weighed down her colon out of it's normal shape. Now we do a colon cleanse every year to avoid this problem. If you have bowel problems, I'd suggest you find a slow cleanse and persue this solution. Also talk to a Hydro Therapist because they can help you through this. When you remove this plaque, you will probably have a healing crisis due to the toxins you have released.

Our Anti-Aging Doctor says the liver is the most important organ, but the natural folks say it is your bowels. We have found that you have to take care of both.

The folks that have recommended veggies over meat are right on. We still do meat, but not like we once did.

Also, I'd like more folks to write in about staying in good health.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA)

Robert, I always look forward to your posts! They're always interesting to me and your "folksiness" is always backed by some pretty substantial knowledge. Gotta love it! As for being preachy, I don't think you are at all. I also think more people need to be educated on their health. It's true- the more you can alkalinize the better the health of the body. As for the bowel/liver debate, they really go hand in hand hence why they recommend coffee enemas. I'm glad to hear that you and your wife are so conscious in your health. I only wish more people would go to the source of where so many of these ailments begin from that everyone writes of on this site but, as I have learned, we can only begin from where we are. People don't shift easily in their habits. I can't remember who said it but they said it was easier to change their religion than their eating habits.

Thanks for all your knowledge. Peace, Lisa

Bowel Obstruction Remedies

Posted by Paulica13 (Fort Worth, Texas, Usa) on 06/30/2013

I have a colon blockage due to eating too many peanuts. Could somebody tell me how can I disolve the peanuts and make them pass through colon, as there are 5 days since and I feel terrible. Your answer is greatly appreciated. God bless you!

Replied by Kathy
(The Usa)

Hi Paulica13, not sure what would dissolve peanuts but I found a good remedy for constipation. First thing in the morning on an empty stomach take 1/2 tsp dry mustard in 1/2 C cool water then have breakfast but be near the bathroom in case it is fast acting for you. I would also stay away from any other whole grain product until you get relief.

Another thing I found helpful is to chew up a garlic clove with cooked green beans and/or cooked carrots.

Replied by Claire
(Pasadena, California)

Dear Paulica, sounds to me like your ileocecal valve is stuck with peanuts piling up behind it. I get this same painful problem if I consume too many nuts or heavy bread. I suggest you drink a lot of water and also get someone to locate the lump in your gut and massage/push it along to the left (or right if someone is looking down at your stomach). They should follow the pathway of digestion. This is the best way to clear a bowel obtruction in my experience. If no one is around to help you with this, you can try it yourself by making a fist and digging into the lump, pushing it along. Another thing I do is to take a large dose of magnesium or vitamin c, which will give you diarrhea and clear the obstruction. Good luck and please let us know how you do.

Replied by Noelle
(Minneapolis, Mn)

Paulica -- I'm in complete agreement with Claire. I was going to suggest the Vitamin C (buffered -- Calcium Ascorbate or Sodium Ascorbate or Magnesium Ascorbate), but Claire beat me to it!

Replied by Paulica13
(Fort Worth, Texas, Usa)

Thank you all for the helpful info you shared with me. I took 1000 mg Magnezium Citrate which induces diarrhea in about 1hour. Now I feel great. God bless you.

Replied by Paulica13
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Everything ran good for the next 2 days after relief, now it seems that mi ICV got stuck in an open possition, as I have back pain, flatulence and fever most of the time! Anybody has any idea how to fix my ICV? Thank you all! God bless you!

Replied by KT
(The USA)

Please advise what ICV is... I'm quite uncomfortable right now and have looked for it in abbreviations but I don't see it.

Replied by Cindy
(Ensenada, Baja)

I noticed no one addressed this question.

ICV means your ileocecal valve, a valve between you two intestines to keep from back up.

Go to YouTube and there are videos that show you the pressure points on your body for massage to help your ileocecal problems.

Replied by KT

Thank you, Cindy. Once I could sit here and read again, I noticed "Claire" had mentioned it but I just didn't process and put the two together. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

Replied by Michael

Hi Paulica13,

Just responding to a very old post of yours about having a colon blockage due to too many peanuts. I was hoping I could get a little more info from you (if you remember) as I think the same thing may be happening to me now after eating a ton of peanuts, but I'm not 100% sure.

While you were suffering with this did you have zero appetite even after days of not eating, and did you have lots of burping issues (and some mucus)?

I'm eager to try the magnesium trick you used but I'm a bit hesitant in case I'm dealing with something different and end up making my problem worse.

Many thanks for your time

(faithville, Us)

Any store brand of Colace with 16 ounces of water will work wonders. I had to use 24 hydrocodone a day after liver surgery and it worked for me. You may have to use two consecutive doses as noted on label. No cramps.


Hi Michael,

You might be dealing with food stuck behind the ileocecal valve, which has happened to me a bunch of times when I ate a lot of bread or nuts in one sitting. Earth Clinic has a page on this, posted below, with some great tips. What helps every time is massaging the area... it's to the right of the below button and will feel quite painful or sore to the touch if it's blocked up around that area. It's relatively easy to get things moving in there. Make sure to drink plenty of water after massaging the area.

Good luck! Let us know how it works out.

Diet, Licorice Extract, Xylitol Cleanse

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Posted by Sue (Santa Monica, CA) on 09/30/2008

I was having abdominal pain and burning last week just below the belly button to the right. I kept thinking it had to be muscle pain from doing stomach crunches at the gym, but then I had a repeating dream where the image of salad kept coming up and I woke up with the words "salad tongs" on my brain -- ha ha. So I realized duh, it was probably a partial food obstruction and my body was trying to get me to move it through. I usually avoid bread because of this issue (obstruction in the small intestine), but had eaten an entire thin-crusted pizza a few days before, thinking it would be okay. Not so!

First thing I did was start drinking a ton of water and eat salad (but of course) at every meal. Then I bought DGL (licorice extract) to help the inflammation and burning. The licorice extract stopped the burning in less than 12 hours (2 capsules, one morning one evening). Then I did my newly discovered "cleanse" which is basically to induce the runs by putting xylitol in my tea (see my previous post on xylitol's unexpected side effects!). 2 teaspoons later my system was cleaning itself out for the next 3 hours of everything in the bowels. Go xylitol! I am going to continue the easy to digest foods (chicken, salad, etc) and the licorice extract for a while but things appear to be back to normal.

I had a friend who also had been eating too much bread and was wondering why her uncomfortable bloated stomach wouldn't go away even though she was passing #2s just fine (no constipation). I told her it was probably an obstruction and to clean it out! She did some acupressure massage on her stomach and took a few teaspoons of flax seed oil and that did the trick. I wish more people would be aware that bread can cause this issue!

Replied by Linda
(Fairview, Ok)

I have symptoms of celiac disease and stopped eating bread (actually, all wheat and wheat biproducts) and lost bloating I have had since childhood. This seems to be more of a problem with people than they know. I am also of American Indian heritage and don't believe the Indian has a tolerance for wheat (among many other items in the Anglo diet).

I find that the fiber in raw vegetables requires more water in my diet.

Thanks for the tip about licorice. With all the needle like pains in my abdomin a couple hours after eating, I am going to try it.

Fecal Transplant Science

Posted by Rob (Manhattan, NY) on 12/15/2012

Very interesting show on Fecal transplant science... forward to the 44 minute mark:

Floating Stools Remedies

Posted by Kim (Singapore) on 03/11/2014

My husband has this problem of floating stool for many years. He just refused to see the doctor. I am getting very worried and is seeking for any remedy to improve his condition. He is very slim and is under weight. He also has very weak digestion, any slightest unclean food, he gets diahorrea easily. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you and best regards. Kim

Replied by KT

Is he getting enough protein? My husband had the same problem and I had read that stools will sink if eating enough protein.

What is his age? Another problem could be he has parasites robbing him of nutrients he needs. If so, he needs to make his body uninhabitable for them by eating more yellow onions, garlic, or adding ground cloves and/or ginger to his food. (Sprinkle as salt and pepper) I had to reduce the amount of ginger at dinner because it seems to make us too hot at night.

Drinking ACV with the mother after meals and/or throughout the day can help. Two TBSP in 16 oz. of water. Drink about six or eight gulps at a time. These are things I am doing. Hope this helps.

Replied by Dallas
(Amesbury, Ma)

Floating stools can have more than one cause. I know two. Celiac sprue, in which the body cannot digest the gluten in wheat and many grains, can cause floating, foamy, greasy, foul-smelling stool. The remedy is a gluten-free diet. Another cause for floating stool which doesn't involve the foaminess etc. is if a person has had their gallbladder removed. The gallbladder stores bile which digests fat. When you eat fat, the gallbladder constricts, ejecting the bile into the bowel to digest the fat. When the gallbladder is gone, the bile cannot be stored and just slowly drips constantly into the bowel - with never enough to digest the fat, so the fat goes, undigested, into the colon to be eliminated. Fat is lighter than water, so any stool with undigested fat in it will float. Solution? Perhaps digestive enzymes for fat (lipase, I think).

Replied by Baldev
(Mumbai, India)
190 posts

Hi Kim,

Please read the article, it will give a good information about different kind of stools.

The Bristol Poop Chart Which of the 7 Types of Bowel Movements Are You?

When doctors in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital in Bristol, England found that patients were reluctant to talk about the shape and nature of their stools, they devised a handy chart called the Bristol Stool Form Scale. This self- diagnostic chart, which helps patients discuss their bowel habits without becoming embarrassed, is now being used all over the world as a measuring tool to bowel and digestive health.

Good Luck


Garlic, Cranberry Juice

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 03/29/2013

Just been visiting the poop report and they said if you have bowel slips without your knowledge you may need to eat garlic and drink cranberry juice.

General Feedback

Posted by Heather (Minneapolis, Mn) on 04/29/2013

One of my family members has had this issue for a year or more... Blood when she poops. The blood is not in the stool but comes out when she poops, quite a lot of red blood and even some clots. We are at our wits end-she has had numerous colonoscopies, they show nothing abnormal. She has been tested for celiacs, and some other gluten allergies/diseases, again, normal. She did have gall bladder taken out when she was 20 due to severe gall stones, I'm not sure if this is relevant but wanted to share that. Any ideas of what this could be are greatly appreciated, along with any advice/remedies to cure the problem.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

It sounds like she has an anal fissure. If so, it's important for her to keep her stools soft to keep the fissure from re-opening with each bowel movement. Adding psyllium fiber to water or juice is a good choice for keeping stools soft, and of course, drinking lots of water.

Sitz baths are very helpful and healing as well (about 15-20 min's several times per day) with nice warm water and about a half cup of witch hazel in the water.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Heather: Whenever the body shows obvious conditions of the inability to heal, it is usually an indication of Zinc deficiency. Also, a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids like Flax or Fish Oil can result in the inability to heal. Some good old fashion Cod Liver Oil as recommended for a few days would certainly help.

Replied by Kathy
(the USA)

Could also be Vit K deficiency. I'd try eating more cauliflower and/or brussel sprouts cooked until tender. Stay away from raw fruits and vegetables. Just a thought from what I experienced without providing more detail that would take me the rest of the day!! I don't want to give advice unless it is something I had gone through.

Replied by Prioris
(Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa)

For intestinal and bowel diseases, I would encourage people to look into and experiment with something called AMP (Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide). This is a highly concentrated and purified form of the active ingredient in Aloe Vera.

General Feedback
Posted by Gean (Salina, Ks) on 05/12/2011

What could be a cause of someone having 5 firm, large bowel movements in one day, when the usual number is 2 or 3? There was some dizziness and "not feeling right" starting after number 4 BM.

Replied by Mel
(Winnipeg, Canada)

Just recently I had similar symptoms. 4 - 5 xlarge firm bowel movement a day. Turns out I had parasite (amoeba-one cell parasite). Ask your doc to check it out with a stool test. Sometimes it is difficult to detect parasites. Good luck.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Kile (Chicago, Il) on 11/17/2010

Hi everybody, I recently tried liquid diet, for 3 days and it really works. First I would try antibiotics for a few days that will kill some of the bacteria that you might have. Second I would try lots of water, with juices, green vegetables and cleansing teas. No meat, no dairy. Only liquid. Sometimes the food is stuck in you for years, that food needs to come out. Also to help with removing all that waste from inside you, use natural prunelax it will help you go to the bathroom and get the old stool out. And you are going to need, 80 billion probiotics (ultimate flora) and enzymes (digest gold). This will help clean your stomach, colon, and help digest food better. Also learn about Hydrogen breath and candida. Then go to a specialist to check your stomach and colon. Also get a blood test to check for ph. You must do alot of searching. Good luck.

Psyllium Husk and Bentonite Clay Shake

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Posted by Joanie (Sydney, Australia) on 03/10/2011

Although not a typically a "shake" the psyllium husk and hydrated bentonite clay drink is nothing short of miraculous. I've been using the program of one level tbsp of psyllium husk and the same amount of hydrated bentonite clay in a glass of apple juice (fresh and/or organic recommended) for a month now, with results including better digestion and frequent/regular/daily and easier to pass bowel movements.

Unanticipated benefits include increased energy levels, decreasing fatigue and tiredness. Sleep patterns are more uniform, improving mild insomnia - this may be due to a healthier digestive tract and the associated absorption of toxins by the bentonite clay solution. Also find skin and eyes much clearer, with a marked reduction in redness on face. Stress levels lower but this may be due to a total overhaul of diet as well as the psyllium and bentonite clay shake compliment. Recommend regime at advice of your friendly Heath food outlet, nutritionist and/or doctor. Best to start with one shake per day on empty stomach followed by water(may be warmed to stimulate intestines if wanted) and adapting a healthy(ier) diet. Over next 1-2 weeks slowly increase from 1 to 2 shakes per day.

Replied by Joanie
(Sydney, Australia)

Forgot to add- this option is a long term bowel cleanse routine, and you can include the shakes with your normal everyday eating plan nor will it require any untimely need to rush to the restroom either. Ultimately you want to slowly work your way up to 2-5 shakes a day as per your own individual comfort level. Slowly increase the psyllium husk and hydrated bentonite shake frequency using your body to gauge it's effectiveness (ie. Symptoms that include bloating/constipation, or far too frequent movements) - suggest reduce amount of shakes and ensure you drink your daily intake of water. Long term effects on the colon aim to cleanse impacted matter and break down the mulcoid plaque lining. Ultimately leaving way to better absorb nutrients via this passage, regulating bowel movements, and improving health (bonus associated benefits may include reducing symptoms of non- related digestive ailments). Personally I have found a marked reduction in small headaches, minor sleeplessness, lightheadedness and fewer common colds as well. I've only used this program for about a month, but look forward to the long- term results.

Replied by Chris
(Chico, Ca)

I found that also adding 1 tsp of liquid chlorophyll to this is amazing. I did this cleanse about 7 yrs ago and what came out was eye opening. I eat really healthy also. I am getting ready to do this again as I am having some bowel issues and just not sure what is wrong. So going to try getting an ultrasound done and in the meantime do this cleanse and see what happens. I take this right before bed.

Raw Fruits

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Posted by Simran99 (Singapore) on 10/16/2011

What and when it happened: I was plagued with blood in my stool almost continously for 2 weeks.

How it happened: Was feeling constipated for a week already. Usually I have bowel movements daily in the morning. There had been 2 days this week that I haven't gone for 2 days in a row. Then I had a single episode of severe constipation where the stool was very very dry and borderline impossible to evacuate. Ever since that ONE super dry bowel movement, I realized I had pain in my anal area (feels like the outside region, outer skin), so I thought it may be either a hemmorid or anal fissure, not sure which one.

More details: There was fresh red blood (sometimes dripping) each time I had a bowel movement accompanied by pain when having a bowel movement. The pain scared me each time I went to the toilet. Went to the doctor after freaking out, doctor would not give hemmoroid medicine without putting a scope up my rear end (which I declined).

Medicines I tried: Lactulose. This medicine softened the stool effectively and made for easy evacuation but didn't cure the blood in stool or the pain problem, albeit the pain was lessened. Tried this for a week and gave up. Stopped this and got constipated again.

Other stuff I tried: Psyllium husk. That didn't work. Then tried the Salt Water Flush. The flush worked as intended but made no difference to my condition. Also tried Vitagen. Didn't work. Then tried Yakult, didn't work either. When doing this, I avoided white flour or products made from them. Not working, concluded high fiber, salt water flush and probiotics are not the solution.

What WORKED (within 2 weeks) : By chance I had to go home for the semester break and being at home I got some really healthy food, unlike the shop food I had to eat when outside (no choice). My mom put me on a raw food diet (mostly FRUITS, local fruits). And within 1 week I realized there was no pain or blood when having a bowel movement. Within one-and-half weeks, I realized I was totally cured from this thing.

Results: I knew I was cured because bowel transit time was significantly reduced to around 12 hours (measured later by intake of okra, the seeds, after being cured). I was sometimes having 2 bowel movements a day!!! Yes, I was taken by surprise. :-) The stool was as soft as colgate. No pain, no blood. (and remains the same today, eating normally (unhealthy etc. ), 2 months after curing myself)

Details of the cure: Note that I am a vegetarian so I don't eat meat, eggs or fish or their products. When doing the cure, I eliminated ALL processed foods. If its not raw and FRESH (exception for tea), It doesn't get past my mouth. Simple as that.

Morning Food: One red apple, one green apple, one pear, one orange, 3 small bananas, and occasionally a whole guava (get the super soft, super ripe one, specifics: "green apple guava"). Do this for breakfast and you will get bowel movements within the same hour. This pattern becomes consistent after a week.

Afternoon: 1/5th of a Papaya 1/5th of a pineapple 2 red tomatoes half a guava.

Tea time: 1 cup Green Black Tea Combo, 2 cups of green juice (made of water a bit of each-> cabbage chinese parsley super very little leeks (strong taste) kale celery). Drink slowly based on how much liquid you can tolerate. I can finish the whole thing in one go.

Dinner time: Green juice (like tea time) again. Then food like afternoon (replace the guava with a mango).

Do this for 2 weeks...... And that's how you PERMANENTLY cure a bleeding anus. :-)

Side Effects: If you have constipation, it will be cured. Do not do this if you want to remain constipated.

Replied by Susan

10/16/2011: Simran99 from Singapore replies: "Note: Methods That Actually Worked in Helping Ease Pain from the Anal Bleeding before it was completely cured: Changing the toilet seating position from my usual squatting position to SITTING on the toilet with the legs extended in front and spine tilted backwards. This really helped in evacuation and significantly reduced the pain felt during.

The squatting position is the worst position to use when having a bleeding anus. It causes the fresh red blood to drip quite a lot for some reason accompanied with severe pain. The seated position mentioned above significantly reduces the dripping blood as well as the pain.

Another hint that I was cured was that firstly, the pain in the special seated position became from very less to non-existent. Only then I dared to try my usual squatting position, due to the severe pain and bleeding that usually accompanied it.

When the first time I tried squatting, there was very little pain but NO BLEEDING (unlike the usual severe pain and bleeding). By the next day, whatever little pain in the squatting position I had became non-existent. All of this while I was on the RAW fruits diet. The ability to go back to my usual squatting position without any pain or bleeding was the final sign that whatever I had was COMPLETELY cured.

I got the the "special-seating" information from an earlier post in EarthClinic. Thanks guys!

Probable cause of the severe constipation: Over-Consumption of Almonds. Was eating them like snacks. Only later realized that many people get constipated by over-eating them. I was doing this for a week already before the bleeding episode. Stopped when I found out.

Stool Changes

Posted by Radical (Miami, Florida) on 05/28/2013

For some weeks now I've been noticing "carrot-like" chippings in my faeces. I have not visited a doctor because I'm wondering what remedy I can possibly take to rectify this. Has this happened to anyone? If so, what might be the internal cause of this?

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Radical: This is likely a case of incomplete digestion, probably due to infection or possibly parasite infestation. I would recommend taking Oregano Oil softgels for a few days then begin Digestive Enzymes plus Probiotics. Two weeks of this regimen should show improvement.

Replied by KT

Dear Radical, I have just seen this post so I hope I'm not too late replying to you. I am very familiar with what you describe and I learned it is from intussusception.

Holding your bowels when you get the urge to go or holding in gas when it is not acceptable to expel contributes to this. Each time you do this you can be killing the nerve cells that prompt evacuation. I cannot sit at the PC for long periods as I am full of adhesions due to multiple surgeries so I have more of a problem.

Picture a telescope extended and fill it up with putty then close it. This is how your intestines, small and large can "telescope". The carrot-like fecal matter is coming from the sides but there is still the center that can be collecting matter and stretching, eventually creating an obstruction because the stool becomes too large to pass. This is what can ferment and become toxic, gangrene or malignant. This can stretch out your intestines to the point of becoming as skin on someone who lost a lot of weight. It does not shrink back immediately. This is why there should be a minimum of four hours between meals.

Lying on your back and massaging your abdomen with a rolling-pin motion can help the stool reduce in size (becoming narrower), if soft enough so the stool will move and you can evacuate. Sometimes you will expel gas first and I believe this is the emptied out sides of the "telescoped" intestine. Sometimes you may hear and feel "squishing". This is when you are pushing the central accumulated stool out of the telescoped position.

If stool has become impacted in the "bends" of your pipeline I found being aggressive in breaking-up the "wads" so they are easier to pass. I have wondered if some of this "stool" could even be fibroids.

I have found chugging 1/2 tsp dry mustard in 1/2 C cool water, first thing in the morning before breakfast "primes the pump". Non-dairy probiotics can help, (they need to be taken on an empty stomach with water), sipping solutions of ACV and water (two tsp to two TBSP of the ACV to sixteen ounces of water) throughout the day can help.

I hope this gives you some idea of what may be going on. Maybe not, but this is what I am experiencing. I've had four colonoscopies and each time it got a little worse evacuating. I am done with them.

Stool Color

Posted by Jenifer (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/09/2012

What is up when one's poop is viridian green?

Replied by Cat
(Austin, Tx)

Know that I am late on this one but if I eat lots of cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts.... Or even spinach, my stool eliminates darkish green. It goes back to normal when I take a break with these types of veggies. I try not to eat the cruciferous veggies days in a row because they do adversely affect the lymph nodes under my neck, they become swollen. I've read that cru veggies can adversely affect the thyroid when over-eaten. I'll do further research on this.

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