Digestive Problems

Onion Juice
Posted by Gabriela (Pahoa, HI) on 05/06/2009
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I have battled with weak digestion for a number of years now and having read about onion juice therapy for cancer, I decided to try it for my indigestion. I have already a high regard for the medicinal value of pungent onions as it cured my cold and bronchitis in the past. I know onion makes you alkaline, therefore treating one of the causes of illness (acidity). So when starting my onion juice treatment, I also recognized that pure onion juice makes me to see instantly what is happening in my body ( like a mirror almost) and getting rid of it right away. I drank the juice one sip at a time in the morning on an empty stomach and threw up undigested food. I was astonished that I would have undigested food still inside of me after a whole night's sleep. Now I don't eat too late anymore (I try not to eat after 6 pm, only fruit juice) as a result. I eat in more and much smaller portions during the day. I also don't mix carbohydrates with proteins as to make it easier to digest (vegetables with proteins or vegetables with carbohydrates). Together with ACV and molasses which I have learnt here to add to my food and which are definitely wonderful on a daily basis all is pretty good right now. I know it sounds pretty awful to drink pure onion juice but for me it's the fast track to health. I learnt that you use it for 40 days once a year for prevention of cancer and now I use it whenever I have any health problem. I am really happy for this site and hope this may help somebody in need. And what cheaper thing is there than an onion? Available in most parts of the world. Only the juicer might be a problem if one has none.

Dietary Suggestions
Posted by Robin (Rocky Ridge, Ohio) on 01/13/2009
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Here are some general suggestions to improve digestion.

For indigestion or heart burn, take Betaine (sp?) HCL or a couple teaspoons apple cider vinegar in a glass of water right before, during or right after a meal. The stomach needs to be acidic to start the digestion process and if there isn't enough acid the stomach sphincter will not close which results in heartburn or the sitting of food in the stomach for longer periods of time.

Digestive enzymes also help digest the foods we eat. The foods are lacking in natural enzymes because the food has been cooked or irradiated, destroying the enzymes. The enzymes act to extract the nutrients we need so they can be absorbed by our bodies. Digestive enzymes also help break down the gunk that builds up in our digestive track which creates poor health.

A colon cleansing system, like ____. This cleanses the built up gunk in our digestive track that also creates leaky gut syndrome, houses yeast/candida and parasites, and holds toxins and undigested food particles, prevents us from achieving a complete evacuation of fecal matter, contributes to polyps, and all manner of diseases and illnesses. Just like the drain pipes to our kitchen sink, they get smaller and clogged and cannot do the job they are meant to do. This cleanse also detoxes the liver, a very important organ involved in digestion. This is also helpful to someone who feels overfull high up in the stomach area after a meal, those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and constipation. I've tried a couple cleanses and this one does what it says.

Fiber is another necessary ingredient in a healthy digestive track. It gently scrubs out our insides and provides bulk and emollients to expedite the removal of waste matter.

Eat organic foods as much as possible. There are no chemical substances used in their production adding to our toxin overload.

Eat as many raw veggies as possible, their natural enzymes are needed for digestion and nutrition. Try to start every meal with a large salad.

Avoid sugars, processed man made foods including all dairy and foods made with white flours.

Eating an alkaline diet, which means no meats, no dairy, few grains and few fruits. Not only will a diet like this help with digestion, many ailments and illnesses can be reversed with this kind of eating plan. The dairy products in the stores now are altered and contain no enzymes for digestion. The result is the milk products forming a thick glue-like substance in our digestive tracks which collect undigested foods, host parasites and hold toxins in our bodies. After all, Elmer's Glue is made from milk...think about it.

Blessings and good luck!

Dietary Suggestions
Posted by Rich (Boca Raton, Fl) on 01/23/2009

Milk has an acidic ph. However, it is kind of a super-food. It contains: Sulfur, Lactoferrin-B, iodine, H202, Lactose (necessary for creating Lactic Acid), and Lysine(necessary for Collagen). (5 things that kill candida). Pasteurized milk destoys good bacteria, 20% of the iodine, and H202. However, it prevents Salmonella and other bad bacterias as well. You can always add these back.

I've been experimenting with "Super Milk", or adding extra vitamins to my milk. 2000mg Sodium Ascorbate (powder), 1000 mg Lysine (powder), 8 drops liquid Kelp, a sprinkle of Turmeric. Note: the Ascorbate raises the ph of the milk. You can't really taste the additives (the turmeric much more than the others). Turmeric improves liver function.
Apparently milk in the winter time has less iodine than in the summer.
There are many ways to skin a cat. I have no problem with the rest of the recommendations. As for the Betaine HCL, this is a nice bacteriocide... if you need it, then it can be miraculous. Sometimes people trying to avoid salt (NaCl), need this supplement (for Chloride). As for the Pro-biotics, these kill candida by creating acids, and are somewhat slow acting. I think you can get a quicker response from mega-Garlic (Sulfur). However, this is an argument of Good vs. Better.

As for the meat, meat is acid forming, and if you have a ph problem, it will give you indigestion and other problems. Theoretically, you can kill your Candida with mega-Garlic, and reduce your bacteria count with sodium Ascorbate, and then you can eat meat again without the indigestion problems. However, I am a firm believer in the alkaline diet, and Robin has it right.

Dietary Suggestions
Posted by Jantien (London, UK) on 02/24/2009
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Just a quick note in response to Robin; the cause for indigestion could be either too much or too little acid in the stomach. Here's an indication on how to differentiate: if you feel better after eating food, you probably have too much acid in your stomach. In that case it would be beneficial to alkalize your system (i.e. by taking ACV, which is alkaline, not acidic). If you feel worse after eating, you probably produce too little acid. Do not take ACV in that case, but HCl. Digestive enzymes are always beneficial.

Dietary Suggestions
Posted by Robin (Near Toledo, Ohio) on 04/14/2009

Organic raw milk is a super food, but pasteurization and homogenization destroy all the health benefits of the nutrients found in it and kill the enzymes our bodies need to digest it along with the things added after the fact, plus the pus that is found in much of it due to the new farming procedures which are allowed, therefore making milk an inferior, chemically, man made product now found at the grocers. As it it now, it is an acidic food, not sure about the raw milk. Not to mention that man is the only animal found on the planet that drinks another mammals infant milk after weaning, an unnatural practice.

Apple cider vinegar is acidic going in which will trigger the stomach sphincter to close, eliminating the burning and indigestion from backing up the esophagus making it a good choice if too little acid is the case. As the body processed the ACV, there is some disagreement on whether it turns into an alkalizing substance for the body like lemon/lime juice, or remains acidic in the body until it is eliminated. I've read it both ways in my research.

Bone Marrow
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 03/24/2016

For those who cannot do bone broth for whatever reason, a bit (even 1/2 teaspoon) of gelatin does help. I've written before how it can be taken.

Bone Marrow
Posted by Earthling (Usa) on 03/24/2016

Hey U ORH,

I've seen bone broth mentioned here on EC several times over the years. It's what prompted me to look into it and experiment with different recipes.

I've included a link to one of them. This one is for chicken bone broth, but you can substitute with any bones you like. The longer you cook it, the better.


Bone Marrow
Posted by Namaw (Bama) on 03/27/2016

I'm just outside of Redstone. Love it here in the south. Roll Tide! (Even tho granddaughter wants to be a vet and will have to go to Auburn for that! )

Bone Marrow
Posted by Iowama (Usa) on 04/03/2016

Hello ORH,

It is funny to see your tractor driver has a jar collection so similar to mine. It's sad to remember how I used to work with my mother to fill the freezers with perfect plastic boxes. What you are teaching new gardeners is important. You are taking the time to teach how gardening really works, as nurseries are packed with a confusing array of unnecessaries, and I say that as a retiree of that industry.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/21/2014

Katkinz01, try much less, less times a day and/or after meals instead of before.

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
Posted by Diane (Orlando, Fl) on 06/23/2016
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I also use CLA to help with digestion. If I take 1 -2 capsules after dinner or when I have lots of gas, the CLA takes care of the gas & flattens my stomach. Digestive enzymes worked for me for years, but now CLA seems to work better. I don't know what is in CLA that benefits digestion, but whatever it is, I'm grateful it does! I found this website looking to see if anyone else had discovered that CLA helps with digestion. This is the only website I've found that even mentions it.

Posted by Cyn (Griswold, Ct) on 07/28/2013
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I have IBS, lactose intolerance & a hiatal hernia. I avoid milk products for lactose intolerance, & my IBS triggers include broccoli, cabbage & fried foods, which also affect gall bladder. I also can't eat pork, as I will end up with a debilitating gall bladder attack & hospital stay (almost died from it once). I had severe stomach pain, left sided back pain & even pain in the spleen area, with bouts of constipation. I was prescribed different meds.... Aciphex, Nexium, Bentyl, Omeprazole, etc... Nothing helped. I tried many techniques, to no avail. With my last prescription given, I had enough. The side effects were too much for me & nothing worked. Finally after reading & research online, I decided to try a probiotic.... & voila! I have never felt BETTER! No pain, no burning, fullness, belching, back or spleen pain & no more constipation! This is my thought to why it helped. Not only had I been on multiple meds, I had upper GI, colonoscopies, endoscopes, etc. your digestive system needs both good & bad bacteria, but balanced. After too many tests with cleaning out my entire digestive system for these tests to be done, multiple meds, etc. , my balance was off & Probiotics helped all that! I still watch my food triggers, but I feel great, more energy, etc. I hope this helps just one person even. I take one pill daily, no side effects either! Good luck!

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Into It (Belleville, Mi, Usa) on 05/05/2013

Consuming Red Meat: It seems the older I get in age, the harder it is for me to eat red meat. I heard it takes about 3-4 days for it to digest. I love a good hamburger, and who doesn't like a good steak, or eating barbequed ribs during the summer holidays? I know I could substitute hamburger for ground turkey (but really do not care for it). Is there anything out there that will make the digestion process faster and without getting a stomach ache?

Any and all comments welcome.

Thanks, Into It.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 05/05/2013 2073 posts

Into It: Begin by eating Pineapple during or after the red meat meal. If this isn't enough, u can purchase and take "Papaya Tablets" after the meal. This should get u back in the game.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 05/06/2013

Boy, "Into It", can I relate to you. My husband and I were big red meat eaters. We tried the "free-range" for a very short time but long enough to become aware it was affecting our kidneys/bladder making it more difficult and painful to urinate. The reason beef is getting harder to digest is because the cattle are being fed grains and grasses that have been genetically modified to be drought and disease resistant and to last longer. In fact, all the critters we eat, get milk and eggs from are being fed this way and each year it is getting worse. Some of the meat is being cloned. I noticed the chicken and eggs contributing to incontinence. Reducing consumption is the key and we've not had as much of the problem.

If you have to have burgers, purchase a small roast and have it ground.

Fresh pineapple contains bromelain (the core) that the canned does not. This is what is needed for digestion. I slice the pineapple in half lengthwise and make 1/4-1/2 inch slices then cut that into pie-shaped wedges so that a small wedge of the core is in each slice. It is hard but easier to chew up with the rest of the slice. It is so good, I ate too much and my mouth became a little sore so you do have to be careful of that too.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 05/06/2013

Listen to what Kathy from Sadville USA has to say about ground beef, hamburger, whatever you wish to call it.

What she says is very important. What is commonly sold as ground beef, hamburger is made up of at times hundreds of different animals. Also often includes dated ground beef and the flesh of DOWNER animals. Animals that were diseased and never fit to be sold as food. There is a disease that is untreatable and always fatal associated with hamburger. It is a big secret the FDA under reports or never reports. It is called MAD COW DISEASE. There is NO treatment for it.

So, like Susan says: If you insist on eating ground beef make very sure it is from one and only one animal. NOT the stuff sold in ALL grocery stores. They have NO reliable record of the source of this ground beef....Oscar

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 05/06/2013

Hi again, Into It--If you are able to find bison that has not been confined in fields infiltrated with GMO's that is an excellent source of meat. It's too expensive for us but it is good. Thanks for your support Oscar.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Into It (Belleville, Mi, USA) on 05/07/2013

Kathy thanks for the info, I will try the pineapple. I have barbeque to attend shortly... I will let you know the outcome.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/03/2013

Om and Selini, just wondering about plant "life". I believe science has proven that plants "feel". If that's true, then what IS a human to eat?? I guess each person's religious/scientific/whatever belief is the guide.

Digesting Red Meat
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/03/2013

Om and Selini, just wondering about plant "life". I believe science has proven that plants "feel". If that's true, then what IS a human to eat?? I guess each person's religious/scientific/whatever belief is the guide.

Milk Thistle
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 12/14/2012 2073 posts

Milk thistle Seed has a long safety tract record. Take as recommended on label. Remember that potency varies, that's why it's good to use a standardized extract version. As for relieving constipation, you need a Milk Thistle Combination which may contain supportive herbs like Dandelion, Burdock, Yellowdock, Beet, Turmeric, Artichoke.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 11/30/2012

Hi Jem, I had really bad issues with my digestion and pain which coursed through my legs and joints. It was here on EC that I would try many different remedies such as ACV, baking soda, oil pulling, etc. Each worked somewhat but nothing really made a big difference.

Then I decided to try the mini beet protocol and started to notice changes which led me to researching green juices and then the raw food diet. It was all an amazing journey in which I saw people turn their health completely around through eating this way. So, for 3 months I did a raw food diet. Within about 3 days all pain ceased. (Although I persisted with my bad hips but that was another issue, I realized later. ) I'm not saying to go to this extreme but I am saying diet has so much to do with it.

I also had issues with my digestion which Traditional Chinese medicine helped with and also the Body Ecology Diet which had so many sound ideas. You might want to google it because not only have I used it but, I've suggested it to several friends who have been helped by it. Probiotics through fermented foods/ drinks are the ideal way to get all the good bacteria into the body and heal the gut, digestion and many, many more issues. Anyway, their website has such good information and great recipes. I have the book because it's easier for me to reference.

Today, I eat based in BED but also, Weston Price protocol, drink green vegetable juices every morning and take Chinese herbs and have restored my health. Hope this info helps. Lisa

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jem (Aberdeen) on 12/01/2012

Hi Lisa, thanks for the suggestion which I will look into. Have not looked at BED website much although I do look at Dr Mercola's site, what do you think of this? Regarding the TCM part I did try some sessions of acupunture and herbs for kidneys mainly but since then I have read that I need to target all the organs and in a specific order.

I was initially told to try a herb for kidney essence and also another that targeted 'heat in the body' as I still suffer from cases of acne on my face, back and also behind the ears (even though I am 34! ). I also occasionally get eczema on my fingers around the finger nail area. These herbs didn't work for me probably due to what was mentioned above.

The herbs that you tried, what are their names and were they intended to target a specific organ, and anything else that you got from TCM that helped with your digestion?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 12/01/2012

Hi Jem, Yes, I like Dr. Mercola's site as well. He always has very valuable information. Actually, he and Donna Gates, who created BED are very good friends and he admires her work as she does his. I hope you look at her site, you will learn a lot.

As for TCM, I would encourage you to try it again but give it a chance. Your TCM Dr. will work on the organs in order of importance or what is most urgent. They will know what order to work in. And you don't necessarily need to target all the organs. In Chinese medicine, the organs are also related to one another. So working on one will affect the related organs.

Your acne and eczema are an indication of too much internal heat so that would be addressed as well. I had that same issue but mine would manifest as rashes all the time. I finally was relieved of them through TCM. It's been almost two years since I've had a rash- an all time record for me!

As for my own herbs for digestion, I couldn't tell you what exactly they were because they were a formula which my TCM Dr. put together for me. I also take betaine hcl with every meal which I learned about here on EC. That was about two years ago now and that made a huge difference for me as well. I also make sure I eat fermented veggies on a regular basis. (Usually daily)

I am in very good health now and take Chinese herbs to stay this way and create even more robust health. I use a formula which has adaptogens in it. They are wild reishi, wild ginseng, wild rhodiola, pure cordyceps, wild schizandra, goji, snow lotus and he shou wu. I feel amazing from this.

Hope this info helps you. Lisa

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jem (Aberdeen) on 12/05/2012

I just wondered what water you both used (distilled/mineral/reverse osmosis.. ?) Also have you tried any of the fulvic acid based products such as wujinsan or other and if so has it had a positive effect you feel?

I am thinking about getting fulvic acid the only problem is sourcing a water source that is not chlorinated and shelling out for a decent distiller is expensive not to mention the upkeep towards it.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 12/06/2012

Hi Jem, I have used fulvic acid but now what I take is shilajit. They're very similar it's just that shilajit is specifically from Himalaya and Caucasus mountains. The fulvic acid will work just fine.

As for the water I drink, we get filtered water from a very sophisticated filtering system. This system is expensive but for me, it's an investment in health. Long ago, I bought a distiller and would make water every night. Those aren't that expensive and they work well- at least mine did. As long as you take the fulvic acid, the distilled water would work.

Now, as for noticing a difference, well, I do so many things and feel great that I couldn't tell you if those are making a big difference. Honestly, the biggest difference was after my original detox and then my maintenance. I feel very good with what I do to maintain my health now which I shared with you in my first post. Hope this helps. Lisa

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jem (Aberdeen) on 12/09/2012

Thanks Lisa, yes I agree investment in your health is well worth it, for the water.

I have been looking at the sodium thiosulphate recipes for dechlorination and will probably use that initially. It works well for chlorine and should do something to reduce chloramines as well.

On the shilajit, do you get that within the USA or do you order it internationally, from India or other?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 12/09/2012

Hi Jem, I use sodium thiosulfate which I ordered online. Did you learn about it here on EC? When I first started using it, within minutes of taking it my nose would run as if I'd turned on a faucet! It was crazy! It happened about the first 3 times and then not much difference when I'd take it after that. Now I only use it about every 3 weeks. Much more often in the beginning.

As for water purifying systems, the one we get our water from is called Pure Water Systems. The BEV- 300 is the one which goes under the sink. It's an amazing system which removes chlorine and organic contaminants. It also removes over 99.5% of salts, heavy metals and radioactive substances and 99.9% of pesticides, herbicides, bacterias, cysts and viruses. I had the chance to speak to the man who created these and an interesting thing that happened for him was when the nuclear meltdown in Japan occurred he was overwhelmed with orders from there for his system.

The shilajit I use I get from here in the U. S. but of course it is real shilajit. I will give you the link to my favorites and you will links to the two places I get it from.


I hope all this helps. Best to you and keep me posted on your progress. Lisa

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jem (Aberdeen) on 12/12/2012

Thanks so much for the details Lisa.

I have not yet tried the STS in water yet but as to the running nose, all I can think of is perhaps a slight allergic reaction to sulphates perhaps. I'm still getting a list together of stuff I'll be ordering soon so I'll let you know what reaction I get to the STs. But I'm gonna add some potassium (bicarbonate) to the mixture just to balance out the sodium as I think those two are anatogonistic pairs.

Although the BEV-300 water purifier system really looks you'll never have to bother with STS again :)

General Feedback
Posted by Sara (Toronto, Ontario) on 11/29/2012

Hi, I have an eight year old son, who for the last two months has been complaining of nausea, headache and stomach, especially after eating a meal, which usually kicks in about 2 hours after. If he's had protein, it starts about 3-4 hours later. I've taken him to the doctor, and he's given him Prevacid, which I refuse to give. I've cut out gluten and dairy, which I feel may be causing him is problem. But I cut it out two months ago, and still no improvment. He complains on occassion of burning in the stomach and chest, and shortness of breath. He has an excessive amount of gas that helps in relieving some of the nausea/stomach/headache. The doctor now is going to send to a GI specialist, which i'm pretty sure he won't be able to find anything. I have no hope in conventional medicine. I was wondering that if I give him apple cider vinegar and baking soda, how much would be appropriate for his age ( he's about 50lbs)? How long before I see an improvement? Thank you so very much for your help!

General Feedback
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 11/29/2012

Hi, Have you tried food combining? Eating carb with veg or protein and veg but not protein and carb at the same meal? Just a thought, best wishes.

General Feedback
Posted by Debra (Brisbane, Australia) on 11/29/2012

He may have a bacterial overgrowth so probiotics would be good, or low stomach acid; hcl would be good &/or digestive enzymes. They all help me. I could hardly eat anything. Apple Cider Vinegar would help, it might be a nasty taste for kids, 1 tb before meal.

General Feedback
Posted by Kathy (Ontario, Ca) on 11/29/2012

I always gave my neice vinegar tea as we called it.... This is what I did. I made a cup of hot tea like lipton. I added 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 1/8 tsp baking soda and sugar to taste. It settled her stomach in no time and she was 7 when I started giving it to her. I usually take it when my stomach hurts or I've eaten too much but I use room temp water. (and no tea bag)

General Feedback
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 11/29/2012

Hi Sara, I see you said you have no hope in conventional medicine. I pretty much feel the same and managed to take care of all my kids without drs or medicine. Three of them are adults now.

One thing I would suggest is Traditional Chinese medicine. The approach to the body is so much more wholistic. All of the symptoms your son has would be the keys to how the TCM dr. would treat him. Even symptoms which appear unrelated, in Chinese medicine are connected. All of my kids at one time or another have been to my acupuncturist and been treated with both acupuncture and herbs. It is a very reliable healing modality with a thousand years behind it! Hope this helps. Lisa

General Feedback
Posted by Ed2010 (Oakville, Canada) on 11/30/2012

Hello Sara, Endoscopy, Barium Enema, or colonoscopy can reveal some truth. If you don't want to do it. that is fine.

Your son's stomach pain can be due to infection, food allergy, auto immune, food intolerance

To start with

Take Teds ACV - Baking Soda formula - Half the amount than what is mentioned in this site but with full glass of water. When you alkalize your body, it starts to heal.

Take 1 cup of Home Made Milk Kefir two times a day. Milk kefir can take care of infection, allergy and intolerance. You can get kefir grains easily in Toronto. you can watch plenty of youtube videos on how to make milk kefir.

try this for 2 - 3 weeks, if your son feels good, fine. Or you may have to consult a TCM or Homeopath.


Try to prepare a food chart what your son is having from morning till night. Categorize the food he is taking as given below. Record the details for 3 weeks

Time | Food Name | Organic/Non organic | Non Gmo / Gmo | Home cooked / Store Bought

replace most of the foods with

1. Organic

2. Non GMO

3. Home Cooked

No Die based foods or color. popsicles, candy, cola's, colored bakeries etc.

Good Health

General Feedback
Posted by Bradshad (North Providence, Rhode Island) on 12/01/2012

To the women with the son with digestion issues, all of the suggestions you were given are very good but the main one that sticks out is the Proper Food Combining. You should really, really consider looking into this. I did the protocol for 3 months straight and had the best results with my issues. Unfourtunately somewhere along the line I caught a g. I bacteria that derailed me and just recovering from that. Talking to the person who got me involved in this said that this is the best healing protocol by far availiable. And what sold me on it was the phrase he coined "you dont supplement a bad diet, you change a bad diet" something like that. I immediately got rid of all my supplements, followed the eating program, and that was it. I am not gonna lie it was not easy but I guess it all depends on how bad you want something in life. Best of luck, any questions I will try to get back to you. Also Lisa, thanks to you and a few other posts I recieved last week with the leaky gut and water cleanse questions.

General Feedback
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 12/04/2012

Also he may have developed lactose intolerance... Even at a young age that is possible. Try getting him off ice cream, milk, creams of any kind for a few weeks and see if that helps. Also don't feed him heavy red meats except on occasion. Surely he doesn't drink coffee yet. All those can cause stomach distress which is a form of reflux as the intolerance is not allowing proper digestion. As for the quantity of ACV and Baking Soda, for his size, let him sip until he does not want any more. But just a quarter cup of water and one third teaspoon of ACV with a third teaspoon of Soda will give a nice tasting fizzy drink that is actually fun to consume. Now one other thing. Again even at a young age another cause is possible and that is a stomach ulcer. Make sure if all else fails, that an ulcer is not the problem. In that case, you need colloidal silver on empty stomach to kill bacteria causing the ulcer plus quarter cup daily on empty stomach of aloe vera (high quality) to heal and DGL and by no means is he to drink carbonated drinks or eat acidic foods like tomatoes. This formula for three weeks will heal 90 percent of all stomach ulcers.

General Feedback
Posted by Gokhals (Ca, Usa) on 10/12/2013 36 posts

Replace pasteurized milk with raw milk. I could not drink pasteurized milk for 30 years. Raw milk has transformed my digestion and health.

Avoid Soybean Oil
Posted by Fay (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) on 07/04/2013

Hi.... I didn't catch the name of the person that was giving advice on Soybean Oil but wanted to thank him/her. Every little bit of info that is experienced and blogged about is so helpful for me. I have recently just stopped sugar, yeast and gluten. It has helped my tummy problems alot with bloating etc. I still have some work to do but I do have Crohns/Colitis which is what I am dealing with. I still have bloat but I am beginning to understand the old saying: "You Are What You Eat". I have abused food for many years and had a hunch that sugar etc. Was causing alot of problems. I never thought I could do it but my stomach looked bigger then a 9 month pregnant lady and it was very painful. So far so good...Fay

Posted by Old Ghost (Perth, Australia) on 02/18/2012
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A year ago I bled a fair bit from my back end. Six months later it happened again so I went to a medico who urged me to get a colonoscopy. Before then I'd begun every dawn with a leak followed by eating a quarter lemon washed down with 300/500 ml of water & going back to bed for a couple of hours. Likewise doing the same every night at bedtime on a near empty stomach. Had the colonoscopy. Result? Bleeding piles. A written prognosis from the surgeon was for me to come back in ten years - when I'm 78, such was mint condition of my lower canal. Lemons - they keep things clean.

General Feedback
Posted by Lilly (Karachi, Pakistan) on 10/27/2011


I'm searching internet for hypochlorhydia problem and often finds carom and fennel seeds usage in this concern but still not cleared in following questions:

1--Difference between both of them usage means are they both for hypochlorhdia (reduced stomach acid)?

2--When they should be used means before or after meals?

3--At some places it is written they are only for gases problem ?

4--I am using lemon wedges before meals for increasing stomach acid but I often feel so dry mouth and a burning sensation in my stomach and liver area after half an hour of meal? Is this because of gases are producing or pancreatic problem means pancrease is not flushing enough soda in my stomach to alkanise my diet? I dont have any pancrease problem.

5--Does gastritis by hypochlorhydia need same remedies as caused by exceess stomach juice?

Plz reply I'm confused.

General Feedback
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 10/27/2011

Lilly, you will get relief from your problem by juicing the lemon or by taking Apple Cider Vinegar in water (2 tblespns in 8 oz water. You can add lemon juice to taste.

The problem of low stomach acid is actually caused by an iodine deficiency. Iodine regulates stomach acid. If possible try to locate some iodine. You will need to take the companion nutrients with it. I have a good book I am reading at the moment by Dr. Brownstein on Iodine. The dry mouth may also be caused by an iodine deficiency.

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Posted by Wildtriangle (Oxford, England) on 10/28/2011


Hope that helps :)

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 10/28/2011

Hi Lilly, Carom seeds (caraway) are usually chewed and swallowed with water after a meal to help relieve indigestion, particularly after a heavy/rich meal, as it helps relieve excess acidity and it is also good for flatulence. As you have reduced stomach acid and not excess I would not use carom seeds in therapeutic doses for your problem at this stage.

Fennel seeds are also usually chewed after a meal to aid digestion. I have only seen that they help aid digestion (and reduce gases) and have not read that it is by reducing the stomach acid so they may be of help to you.

If you can get apple cider vinegar take some in water before a meal. If you can't get it you could try another fermented vinegar (not distilled) as a few people have had success with other fermented vinegars. Although I would not use Synthetic vinegar, only because I know no one who has used it. Taking a cup of bitter herbal tea made from one or more bitter herbs (like dandelion) 30 mins before a meal can also help. The juice of one whole lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is great for the liver. If you choose to use Iodine (as Debbie suggested and I also have read that it can be a cause) and ACV then start with low doses of them such as one drop of lugols iodine a day a only 1 teaspoon of vinegar in some water.

Have a good read of others experience here https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/digestion.html#GF_65996 Personally I improved the health my liver and took ginger capsules with each meal and ended up being able to finally digest my food, currently I'm taking iodine and ACV. All the best.

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Posted by Robyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/06/2011

I tried to look up how long it takes to digest your food and the answer was 24 hrs, then found lots of answers from 1 hr to 24. How long does it take for your stomach to break down food - not the complete digestion process? After accidentally swallowing a heaped tb of borax - thought it was my vitamin powder - thats how groggy and staggering around in pain I am still by lunchtime - it made me vomit but up came what Id eaten for breakfast - a little meat & veg. I was surprised to find in exactly the same size & condition I ate them in 3 hrs before. I do have bad digestion but shouldn't they be broken down in 3 hrs. Could this be the cause of some of my pain?

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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/07/2011

Robyn you could try some digestive enzymes and probiotics to help digest your food. Also drink ACV or lemon juice to build up your stomach acid to help digest the food.

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Posted by Jessie (Springfield, Il) on 02/05/2011

To anyone-
My problems started about two weeks ago. Everytime I eat, drink, or even on an empty stomach, my stomach or digestive tract makes the loudest weirdest noises. I also tend to get really gassy after I do eat. I eat really well, juicing in the morning, raw fruits and veggies through the day. I'm not perfect. I do eat bad things at times also, but overall, I'm a healthy eater.

After all this started I began a regimen of ACV and baking soda (Ted's remedy) and after I drink it my stomach feels acid-like (not much relief). Should I stop the ACV? I have been taking probiotics. I don't know what to do as this problem is VERY embarrassing, especially since I am in college and my stomach is having a party in the middle of all my classes. Please help?! ?

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 02/06/2011

try baking soda without the acv.

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Posted by Michelle (Cambridge, Cambs / Uk) on 02/06/2011

You are using too much Bicarbonate of soda, and drinking too much at once. Try a little less BoS until you find the level you can tolerate, and sip over a period of hours, not gulping all at once! Good luck, these adjustments worked for me.

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Posted by Pamm (Alabastera, Alabama) on 02/24/2011

I have had this problem in the past and you need to discontinue the apple cider vinegar. I ended up with gastritis because of the ACV. Sounds like you produce too much hydrochloric acid in your stomach therefore ACV is not for you. You can still take Baking Soda to akaline your body just without the ACV. To get rid of that acid feel drink Ginger tea it makes my tummy feel alot better. I am now on Prilosec to rid my body of excess acid & it works. I am trying to find different home remedies to reduce my stomach acid and as of yet have not found any. Good Luck

Aloe Vera
Posted by Lak (North Brunswick, Nj) on 01/17/2011

Hi Connie,

Thank you for the feed back. I have got tested for gall bladder stones 2 years back which is negative. My gastro. ordered blood work for enzymes etc and it is all fine. My b-complex values are very low and suggested to take them.

The issue is if I take lime or ACV Or Ginger helps with my bloating but it Increases my acid production and gives Me burning Pain in the stomach. I am unable to continue taking that. Acupunture helped me in 2008. I have to Get Food intolerance Testing done. But the doctor has to agree. Hope that some routine helps me maintain this problem.


Aloe Vera
Posted by Lak (North Brunswick, Nj) on 01/13/2011
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I have bloating, gas and indigestion and little bit of acidity For the past 4 months on and off. The moment I take first bite of food it makes me bloat. In the night it makes me stuck in the chest and unable to burp. Stomach issues started from 2008 but never this bad.

I have tried Extra virgin organic coconut oil and it made by bloating worse. I had to quit taking it. I have found relief from fresh Aloe vera. ACV does not suit me because it gives me burning sensation in the stomach. I dont have any ulcer and my endoscopy, colonoscopy came normal in 2009. But endoscopy in 2008 revealed a little bit of inflammation in the stomach and tried aciphex and lot of medications for short time. Recent blood work for celiac antibodies is also negative. I am also trying lime juice 2 times before meals in water which helps with the bloating by relieving lot of gas. But in the early morning stomach churns and gets burning in the rib cage. Nothing is helping except the aloe vera.

My question is on taking Aloe vera continuosly. Is it safe to take for long period time considering the mayo clinic warning


I request someone to kindly reply to this because aloe is the only one which gives me relief from My problem.


Aloe Vera
Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 01/14/2011
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Hello Lak; Aloe Vera is very soothing and helpful for inflammations and lesions. It provides mucilage, salicylic acid, saponins(soap-like antiseptics), vitamins and minerals. In raw fresh form, it also provides enzymes that aid digestion. Any substance taken in too high amounts for too long can produce side effects and toxicity. When there is a high need for one substance that does not allay the problems; it means that it is time for another approach. The symptoms you describe could be from several combined causes. The food sits in the stomach undigested too long, and becomes irritating to the lining, enzymes are not being secreted to break up fats, and bile is not flowing properly to help metabolize fats.

I suggest B-complex, sublingual methylcobalamin(B-12), for production of stomach acid and enzymes. Digestive enzymes, such as pancreatin, contain lipase for breaking up fats. Foods such as beets and artichokes help thin bile. Herbs such as turmeric, dandelion, milk thistle also help. The herbal combination, Triphala is a mild laxative that is liver/gallbladder stimulative.

Your symptoms could indicate gallstones:check the ailments section here for gallstones and consider magnesium supplementation as well as a liver/gallbladder flush. Scroll down the page in the gallstone section to where Tom from SK has posted some links to sites that have specific directions for this. I recently tried Hulda Clark's method with powerful results; but I caution that the amounts of Epsom Salts suggested may need to be lowered for some people, because of their size, (if smaller), conditions of kidney or disturbed electrolytes, or low blood sugar. Otherwise, It brought me great relief from many "stones" that resembled clumps of a very saturated fat in nature. I hope this helps you feel better, Connie

Aloe Vera
Posted by Mel (Kobe, Japan) on 01/15/2011

To lak : I would recommend being tested for and researching helicobacter pylori. I have the same symptoms, and can relate especially to feeling full and bloated, for something as simple as a glass of water. One helpful site (other than earth clinic) is amyking.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/im-so-happy-i-have-h-pylori good luck

Aloe Vera
Posted by Lak (North Brunswick, Nj) on 01/15/2011

Hi Mel,

Thank you for your reply. My gastro tested during 2008 and 2009 and did not find anything in the biopsy. But this time, I have to test yet for H-Pylori through stool test. I hope something helps me with my issues. Lemon juice helps me to some extent.



Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alberto (Panama, Republic Of Panama) on 11/01/2010

I have enzyme deficiency and cannot digest properly sweets, milk or anything similar without bloating. Also, i'm prone for gas, and HBP, and have passed kidney stones very painfully. Would ACV be a good choice to help with all these ??

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kim (Suwanee, Ga) on 03/25/2010


I've been taking a doctor prescribed digestive enzyme for a malabsorption issue. Recently I added Hydrochloric acid to my regimen to help with low stomach acid. It seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle and I've finally gotten relief from my digestive issues. Had been hearing about the wonders of ACV and wondered if it's compatible with the HCI and the enzymes. My understanding is that the ACV neutralizes and makes the body more alkaline. The HCI provides additional stomach acid for my stomach to process food, supplements, etc. Am I cancelling the effects by taking the medicine and ACV? The list of health improvements after taking ACV is very impressive. I'd love to partake, but only if it doesn't interfere with my current regimen. Would appreciate feedback, thoughts, etc.


Brewer's Yeast, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Shelley (Ft Collins, Colorado) on 02/07/2010

I have a problem consuming alcohol all together. If I drink more than a couple of beers I am sick to my stomach. I was told to try a mixture of 2T of brewer's yeast and 2T of blackstrap molasses in a shot of water everyday to balance out the bacteria in my digestive track and it works.

Brewer's Yeast, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Matt (Millbrook, Ny) on 02/07/2010

Many people, myself including, have reported adverse effects after drinking wine. Most commonly I hear from others is headaches. I have heard that sulphites, present in most, if not all wines, are likely responsible. What I really think might to blame though is Molybdenum deficiency. I found this page helpful:


It says on that page "that if your copper level is too high this can drive molybdenum levels down."

I assume that most of us in the U.S. are using copper pipes in our plumbing for our drinking water, so perhaps it's possible that contributes toward a Molybdenum deficiency?

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Posted by Carolyn (Hobbs, Nm Usa) on 01/16/2010
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Digestive issues

I have had severe digestive problems for almost 10 years since they took out my gallbladder. I have been to gastroenterologists every where and I can tell you that the listed items have helped me more than any prescription drugs. I feel better than I have in 10 years and I learned what I am telling you from a dear friend I met right here on Earth clinic.

1. Take 1 scoop of Intestinew by Renewlife morning and night.
2.Take vitaims E, C, D3
3. Drink fresh aloe vera twice a day.
4. GSE morning and night.
5. Probiotics
6. Fish oil
7. Chia seeds in a green smoothie every morning. Also add brown rice protein powder.
8. Take a good mineral supplement.
9. Eat a whole foods diet.

The above protocol has changed my life.

EC: Carolyn, we are so happy to hear this - yahoo!! Can you send us more info about the products you are using?

To all: Carolyn has been posting on EC for the past couple of years about her digestive issues, so we are thrilled she finally found remedies to help!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Maryleigh (Sarasota, Florida, Usa) on 06/03/2010

This message is for Carolyn from Hobbs NM.

Carolyn, I have had a problem with malabsorption following a bad case of systemic Candida. I lost 25 pounds that I didn't need to lose and have not been able to put the weight back on; that was 5 years ago. I have tried (and am trying) everything.

Not knowing the details of your plight (beyond the fact that you had your gall bladder removed), I wonder if you, too, had an underweight problem.

In any event, thank you so much for sharing and if you feel comfortable doing so, I would really appreciate hearing from you: [email protected]

Adequate Chewing of Food
Posted by Matt (Millbrook, Ny) on 12/28/2009
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Adequate Chewing of Food

During a battle with candidiasis, I learned just how important it is to REALLY chew up your food.

"Human saliva is composed of 98% water, while the other 2% consists of other compounds such as electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds, and various enzymes." - Wikipedia

Digestion begins in the mouth. This is very important. Since I put proper chewing into practice, I found that I eat much less, and that I've become more lean and have more energy! Also my stomach is flatter, either from eating less, or from not being blocked up anymore. It's a very simple practice that everyone can improve upon. If you think you already chew enough, chew more! Perhaps this could have it's own remedy page...?

Adequate Chewing of Food
Posted by Ashley (Buffalo, Ny) on 10/18/2011
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VERY true! Chewing 40 times instead of the average 15 times can help aid you in weight loss by up to 12% fewer calories and absolutely does fill you up faster. Twelve may not seem like much, but when you realize this is incredibly easy and the least you could do if you're interested in losing weight, it's really a shame if you don't!

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