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Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx)
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I have been taking coconut capsules for the digestive tract and IBS lately and they have worked wonders.

Cold Showers  

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Posted by Zvonko Spasic (Belgrade, Serbia) on 05/14/2008
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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: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/showers.html

Replied by Moises
New York, Ny
11/02/2009
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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
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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 Elizabeth (Ny) on 04/17/2017
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I was diagnosed with IBS back in the late 90's. As the years passed I found more and more discomfort with belly bloating and pain and on occasion constipation. About one month ago I started to experience the symptoms of IBSD and I am here to tell you, I was practically living in my bathroom for three days. I then changed over my diet to no dairy, less fiber because I noticed when I ate things like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, etc. I would be running to the bathroom shortly after.

I began to drink coconut water, having coconut/almond milk in my coffee, supposedly non dairy, cut out ice cream and even had to cut out frozen yogurt and tried the lactaid products and still I am having issues. It is not as bad as it was last week, but it seems no matter what I eat, I am running a short while after or by the wee morning hours up and about with pain, discomfort, nausea. I have no clue what I should do anymore. I have plain Italian toast with jam, plain scrambled eggs, coconut water, etc. etc. and still, I wake up during the night in pain. I had tried the essence of peppermint like I used to take and still no relief.

I don't know what to do anymore..I am so tired and trying to make sure I stay hydrated at the same time. It has been one week today when this all got worse. Please help me!

Replied by Popsicles
Consett, England
04/18/2017

Hi Elizabeth, I used to have the same problem. As soon as I stopped eating wheat these problems disappeared and I now make my own bread with spelt flour which is a very old type of wheat and also spelt pasta.

Replied by Art
California
04/17/2017
222 posts

In reply to Elizabeth (Ny),

You might give some consideration to discussing melatonin, probiotics and vitamin d with your doctor to see if they can help calm things down and help you get to sleep also. Lack of sleep is stressful on the whole body and has the potential to exacerbate IBS. Melatonin has shown the ability to help IBS and it has a very good safety profile and is naturally produced in the body suggesting a lower chance for allergic reactions to it. Melatonin was originally thought to only be produced in the pineal gland in dark hours of the day in very small amounts, but more recent studies confirm that melatonin is produced in the gut in much larger amounts and a disturbance in gut melatonin production may be a problem. Melatonin research, like vitamin d research, has shown that melatonin receptors are found throughout the body. Melatonin is readilly available, cheap, easy to take and has the potential to help IBS based on studies as well as improve sleeping patterns. Here is a study that mentions as much:

http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/full/v20/i10/2492.htm

Melatonin is a highly potent antioxidant and helps increase the bodies own very potent antioxidant system to heavilly quench multiple types of radicals throughout the body. Melatonin has many health benefits and is protective of the organs also. Certain probiotics have also been shown to increase gut melatonin levels and this may be one potential way that probiotics work their magic on some people, so potent probiotics may be helpful also. Melatonin seems to be effective at relatively low dosing and there are timed release versions available also. The studies for melatonin are pretty impressive and plentiful.

There are not a lot of studies, but the following abstract below, from PubMed, suggests that vitamin D may be helpful also so those are three easy ones you can discuss with your doctor. After the abstract is a link to a full study that discusses vitamin D and IBS. The very bottom link is to an abstract that discusses a specific probiotic and IBS.

Art

Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2016 Oct;28(10):1533-44. doi: 10.1111/nmo.12851. Epub 2016 May 7.

Effect of vitamin D on gastrointestinal symptoms and health-related quality of life in irritable bowel syndrome patients: a randomized double-blind clinical trial.

Abbasnezhad A1, Amani R2, Hajiani E3, Alavinejad P3, Cheraghian B4, Ghadiri A5.

Author information

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Low-grade mucosal inflammation and immune activation are involved in the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Furthermore, IBS symptoms are associated with a significantly higher prevalence of psychological distress, which in itself results into an impaired quality of life (QoL). Vitamin D could ameliorate the symptoms of patients suffering from IBS through its beneficial effects on psychological factors and inflammation.

METHODS:

A total of 90 IBS patients participated in this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Participants were randomly selected to receive either 50 000 IU vitamin D3 or a placebo fortnightly for a period of 6 months. Patients reported their IBS symptoms at the baseline and monthly during intervention periods. The IBS severity score system (IBSSS) and IBS-specific QoL questionnaires were used at the baseline and postintervention.

KEY RESULTS:

Over the 6-month intervention period, a significantly greater improvement in IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain and distention, flatulence, rumbling, and overall gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (except dissatisfaction with bowel habits) was observed in the patients receiving vitamin D as compared to the placebo group. The IBSSS and the IBS-QoL scores in the vitamin D group significantly improved compared to the placebo group postintervention (mean IBSSS score change: -53.82 ± 23.3 vs -16.85 ± 25.01, p < 0.001, respectively; mean IBS-QoL score change: 14.26 ± 3 vs 11 ± 2.34, p < 0.001, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS & INFERENCES:

Vitamin D seems to be an effective and safe option to improve QoL and symptoms of IBS. ClinicalTrials.gov

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4691664/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28410580

Art

Replied by Art
California
04/18/2017
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In reply to Elizabeth (Ny),

I forgot to mention, colloidal silver is also worth discussing with your doctor for IBS d as it is a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal. The body typically will use diarrhea as one method to rapidly rid the body of virulent toxins.

The probiotics then can be used to repopulate the gut with good bacteria.

Art

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
04/19/2017

Hello Elizabeth,

If you google search "irritable bowel syndrome caused by bacteria" you will find articles that say iBS is caused by various kinds of bacteria. Apparently not so much virus caused, although I've found that so often viruses are lurking along with bacteria infections.

Some IBS articles say the cause is unknown and in the same article might mention the possible cause as a bacteria; especially the IBS that comes immediately after an infection....called "post infection"...PI iBS.

Various methods can be used to kill infections if the possible bacteria is unknown. Echinacea is one. I get mine from Vitamin Shoppe and use their brand, which is a dark and somewhat thick liquid. The watered down versions seem not to work as well. I take five drops three times a day for two weeks; longer even up to a month. I use Echinacea also on surface infections ... even spider bites. Also I use colloidal silver to kill infections; I take two tablespoons twice a day on an empty stomach. And don't forget the old stand by for lower track problems....apple cider vinegar.... a tablespoon in a glass of water twice a day.

Diet changes might help the symptoms but the underlying problem might remain... an infection.

Replied by Elizabeth
Ny
04/19/2017

Art, thank you so much for replying. I will speak with my doctor about the vitamin D and the Melatonin. I used to take Melatonin just to help me sleep, but did not realize it had so many other good factors as for the IBS. I believe I will start taking these myself because I feel if I can get this under control myself then I won't have to go to the doctors. As I said, I am up during the wee hours of the morning up until about 7/8 am when things settle down and I don't have any issues for the rest of the day or evening until after I got to bed and sleep for a couple of hours then awakened to an urgent need to go to the bathroom. It is so frustrating. There are things I want to do but I have limited my time out because I am so afraid of having an "accident" or an episode. This is nothing I have experienced before with the IBS and as much as I do get some bloating, the pain is very annoying and aggravating.

I have been drinking coconut water, one bottle or so a day, using coconut/almond milk in my coffee, eating very blandly such as plain scrambled eggs, plain toast with just jam or a waffle or two with peanut butter. It seems no matter what I have done though has helped. So frustrating.

Thank you again for your response. All is taken with great hope that I can get this under control.

Elizabeth

Replied by Eleanor
Lincoln
04/19/2017

Dave (of Fountain Inn)--I'm curious what you think of my ibs and how I should fix it. My mother had chemo that ended when they learned she was expecting me, so I know I was exposed. Her ibs-c began during her treatments. I have had daily diarrhea all my life, she always said it was her fault. the dr's say ibs-d but who know? They don't even consider the chemo may have had an impact on me. Do you have any suggestions for me? I've always been conscious about my lifestyle. I can't eat raw as it makes things worse, but mostly I eat plant (maybe 90%) and lean fish or chicken/eggs for the rest. I grow many of my own veggies and some fruits, canning/freezing for the off season and raise my own chickens for eggs and meat. I also have access to hilly grazing land--never farmed or fertilized other than by the cows, from which I gather wild plants, berries and some nuts. I don't eat cheese or milk because it bothers me and I don't eat processed foods such as tv dinners, chips, or other snacky things. Any suggestions for me?

Replied by Mt
Bucharest
04/19/2017

Infusion: The Calamus root tea is only prepared as a cold-infusion. A level teaspoon of Calamus roots is soaked in 1/4 litre of cold water overnight, lightly warmed in the morning and strained. Before using, warm the tea in a waterbath.

Take 6 sips of Calamus root tea daily (one sip before a meal and one sip after it).

Eating green bananas (not ripe, hard to peel) will rebuild the intestinal lining. Carrot juice is also helping

Look also in the Pulse test book (by Arthur Coca) to learn how to determine if you have some allergies.

Replied by Elizabeth
Ny
04/19/2017

Dave, thank you for your input as well. I am going to the Health Food Store tomorrow. I don't have a car and can't get into town until tomorrow. I will get the collodial(?) silver and echinecea but what I really would like to get is the essence of peppermint. I know several years ago and even less than when I would just get the bloating and pain, that seemed to help a lot. Yet, I started taking the vitamin D today. Although the past week or more I have not had the bloating, today I have been bloated all day. Now I can't "go". Yet, I have a feeling by late tonight it will start all over again. In the meantime, I have been drinking coconut water (ick) to make sure I don't get dehydrated. I have been unable to eat anything other than some peanut butter on some bread and I know I should stay away from carbs but other than that I am nervous about putting anything in my tummy right now.

Thank you again for your input.

Elizabeth

Replied by Elizabeth
Ny
04/21/2017

Thank you, MT. I never knew about this root but will call the health food store and see if they have it. They probably do, they seem to have just about everything I have never heard of before. Had some fennel tea last night before going to bed and it was basically an uneventful night..very little with the going and my tummy was not as bad as it has been. Would like to try this root tea though. Thank you again.

Replied by Sherry
Ax.
04/25/2017

You need to take gluten out of your diet also sugar. No bread anything with flour, ibs is a leaky gut and possibly candida. I have been ill for eleven years or more, I was better after watching diet could eat a little fruit and vegetables but got careless ate a little sugar, and one sandwich and bam worse than ever. That is why I think it is with candida. Supplement that helped was l glutamine, I took 4 teaspoon on empty stomach in am. Going to buy again but don't think l glutamine is for long term. Also my twin brother has it, he lost 37 lbs in 1 month. My natural Dr. was no help at all. It also attracts your thyroid. Wishing you the best, I know how bad you feel.

Replied by Elizabeth
Ny
05/13/2017

It has been over a week now since I started taking the Echinacea tincture as well as Peppermint tincture. I take the Echinacea in the am and in the pm. I take the Peppermint three times a day, morning/afternoon/and before bedtime. I started with the Vitamin D3 as well as maybe twice a day or so having a piece of candied ginger. I bought some Fennel Tea so that I did not have to put fennel seeds in things that I cooked. After several days, the pain seemed to subside but I was still waking early in the am and running to the bathroom. I swear, I don't know what is wrong. I drink spring water and coconut water as well. And, this am was the first time I even had a few dropplings of anything slightly solid in my movement. Although I only had to get to the bathroom twice this am, the pain in my gut is horrid again. I am at my wits end and am wondering if I will ever be normal or somewhat normal again. And, I am mentioning this here simply because it is the only place I feel ever so slightly comfortable with talking about it, but when I go and it is like water, it now has a slight pea green color to it. I am bloated again and so uncomfortable. How long does it take to at least have something normal go through me after beginning to take these things? I have barely eaten anything, but last night I did have a plain burger/with backed red bliss potatoes and carrots. I only have plain scrambled eggs in the am with maybe toast or a waffle with peanut butter and I have basically forgone lunches altogether. I do have some aged cheese (over 12 months) that I may have on a few crackers to munch on. I had even gotten some non-dairy ice cream made of almond from the Health Food Store and still had issues.

Can anyone please tell me how long does it take before you even have a few normal days?

Thanks

Elizabeth

Replied by Janet
In
05/14/2017

Elizabeth. Having not seen your thread....ibs d. ugh. I had it for years. Could not leave the house, the whole 9 yards.

Followed many remedies and suggestions. The second biggest help for me was Teds Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass. Let fizz. Add 1/2 glass of water. Drink. It helped but was never the complete cure.

I was reviewing some notes earlier this year and stumbled on Teds remedy. In my notes it related to the connection of hormonal health being first in getting well. I did not write down what section I found it in.

It was dhea 12.5 mg to balance a females hormones. 1x a week. Second was 25mg dhea for intestinal health for a 130lb woman. I am a nearly 6 ft. Woman and average weight. So I used 50 mg of dhea. In the am

5mg of melatonin at bedtime. Within a day. It stopped. I took it 3 days. It was gone.

I followed up the following month with another 3 days.

It has been three months or so. It has not come back. Even if I take lots of c as sodium ascorbate. Which used to undo me.

The cost is about $10 to $15 to try.

I also am detoxed of fluoride and use teds other remedies. My diet is anything that is clean.

No msg

Vegetables oils...butter and coconut oil only.

Gluten and mostly grain free.

Avoid plastics

Aluminum

Soy

Sugar very little

It might be your answer.

Janet

Replied by Eleanor
Lincoln
05/16/2017

Janet, can you tell exactly how you took the dhea? I'm 59, postmenopausal with ibsd for most of my life. I have dhea but didnt know how to take it & the melatonin. I never sleep without ambien, so this could be a great help for me. Thanks.

Replied by Janet
In
05/17/2017

Eleanor I take 50 mg of dhea in the morning and 5 mg of melatonin at night. I only take the dhea for 3 days to stop the ibs d. Then 1 more time the following month for 3 days.

You and I are nearly the same age. I am 60. To further help Ted advises a few other things for hormone balancing. I did them 5 years ago. My husband who works 3rd shift is on the same regime. It resets his body clock and improves his ability to stay well and heal if he gets hurt. My Mom did these things also. She had 2 surgeries and had been given cipro. She then had a cascade of side effects from that deadly antibiotic.

Her issues seemed insurmountable but we fixed her up and she is fine.

Really these are the basic defenses to any wellness you wish to achieve. You may already know much of this, bear with me.

First is fluoride. The elimination of this one toxin will change everything. Even if your water is fluoride free. If you eat out, or buy foods, water your garden, brush your teeth this poison is in you. You do not eliminate it in any way. It goes to your bones and pinal gland and shuts it down. It disrupts sleep. Causes bone pain. It causes your body to hang on to any aluminum which can penetrate the brain. It disrupts hormonal balance which in turn invites bad health.

You can remove it from your body. Teds borax remedy. 1/8 tsp of 20 Mule Team Borax in 1 liter of water. Use this water in beverages throughout the day. It does not taste great. Palatable cold. I just use some in coffee water as I make it through the day. Or tea or with some lemon. This will remove the excess estrogen from foods, soil, and plastics and our water. It is so over used in farming we are awash in it.

This one thing in 24 hours our family experienced miracles. Or daughter had pcos and narcolepsy. She got a period that night and slept a normal sleep. She had not had for 5 years. It helped my husband with his bloodclot. I was able to think clearly for the first time in several years. My Mom had her bone pain reduced. Her RLS calmed somewhat. There is more.

The point is fluoride is a toxin. It poisons us slowly and deliberately. It steals life and health. When it was tested for use in water, 60% of the test subjects had no reaction. 40% had bad reactions. Dental fluorosis, teeth browning, enamel worn away. Our daughter had those white stains on her teeth from tetracycline, at least that is what the dentist said. That faded away in a few weeks. My dentist cleaning appts gave me browner teeth. Every six months they got worse. That is why I made that borax water in the first place. I was trying to improve it. We were shocked at the results.

3x a week Ken and I take a hormone balancing set of supps that Ted recommends. This corrects the lower amounts our bodies produce as we age. Those balanced hormones provide the foundation of wellness every human needs to live to a ripe old age and pass quietly in our sleep. It keeps the prescriptions away. Anti aging therapy if you will.

25 mg of pregnenolone AM

12.5 mg dhea AM...this is for hormone balance not part of the ibs d regime. You can skip this amount the 3 days you take the higher dose.

Sea kelp for iodine, 2 ..900mg capsules AM

Magnesium malate for loose stool people. 250 mg 2x a day Am and bedtime. It is needed in every system in your body. From digestion bones connective tissue and brain.

1 activated b from Swanson as this has all the correct forms of the bs to give excellent energy digestion and liver health. AM. My second choice would be organic dessicated liver capsules from Swanson. Liver is high in Bs and has is rich in niacinamide which our bodies need throughout digestion and in our livers.

We buy extra B3 as niacinamide. Not niacin and take 500mg at bedtime to improve sleep. I cannot express how critical this one nutrient is.

B1 as thiamine mononitrate. AM Cheap thiamine has no nutrient value. It is what gives multi bs their distinctive smell. This pathway to absorb thiamine is often broken and it is so important to human health. 2 things to look up to understand this. Beri beri a very old illness that is cropping up everywhere unidentified and treated with drugs. Dr. Lonsdale has written extensively on it. His articles can be found on a blog called Hormones Matter. By Chandler Mars phd.

PM melatonin this is part of ibs d treatment but will improve your sleep everyday. It works with the dhea in your intestine to create the correct brain chemicals to sleep.your brain is driven by your gut health.

PM 2.5 mg of lithium orate this is a mineral used again to improve sleep and brain function.

PM Gaba 250 to 500mg try 250 first. Promotes correct stages of sleep. They, all the PM supps let you sleep and stay asleep.

At first this should be more than enough. If not you can add tryptophan to your regime.

The first week we took every day. I find that 3 days a week works for me. Ken's 3rd shift demands more so he takes them 5 days out of 7 even though he works 7 days a week.

Ted here on EC says you should take a break from supplements. Take two days off from everything. To absorb the good and dump the garbage.

So our schedule is 5 days supplements out of 7. Monday through Friday.

Borax monday through Thursday

Magnesium 5 days a week

Multi b, thiamine 3 mornings a week niacinamide bedtime.

Pregnenolone, dhea, kelp, 3 mornings a week.

Bedtime magnesium, melatonin, lithium, gaba, niacinamide. The first week 5 days..Monday through Friday following weeks you may not need them all 5 days. You will determine as you go along.

There are very few things he recommends for everyday use. We have found his therapies accurate every time.

Again I will mention that your ibs d regime is 3 days in a row. Dhea in the morning and melatonin at night.

To further improve your gut health I recommend the alkalinity chapter here on earth clinic. Acv or lime and baking soda with water 1/2 hour after food 2x a day 5 days out of seven. I highly recommend Ted and Bill Thompsons book on alkalinity. I keep giving away my copies. It is such basic health and nutritional information.

I also recommend on you tube Dr Michael Holicks video regarding vitamin d and how foundational it is to everyone. You would think equatorial countries that the population gets much sun would be rich in this foundational supplement but they are struggling much like the rest of the world. If you were to build a human from scratch vitamin d and magnesium would be the mortar.

Things that disrupt your efforts to get well...

Msg

Aspertame

GMOs

Gluten

Vegetable oils..eat only butter and coconut oil

Soy

Sugar

Try to eat your biggest meal midday. Keep dinner lighter. Try to be done with food for the day by 5pm this and alkalinity drinks keep cortisol from jumping all over the place during sleep and waking you up.

To get full trace minerals in the morning I drink a full glass of water with 1/4 tsp of sea salt in the morning. I sat down with a one month planner page wrote each thing down by splitting the days in half. It became an easy habit by the second week no more planner. I do this for all 6 of us easily. It becomes a pleasure to see real results within 1 to 3 days. It is very exciting to see our health return.

Janet

Replied by Eleanor
Atlanta
05/18/2017

Thank you, Janet. Can you please clear up the dose of lithium and pregnenolone? You have mg but I see mcg when I go to order--that would make a big difference! I already have gaba, l-tryptophan, dhea, borax, sea salt. I ordered kelp powder so I can fine tune the dose, same with b1. I already take B3 for cholesterol (1000mg 2x/d). I didn't see 12.5 dhea anywhere, so I'll just cut my tablets in half. On another note, to those who can't get the correct dose--try to dissolve the tablet/empty the capsule into a known quantity of water. Then it is easy to pour off half to get half a dose, half again for 1/4 the dose, etc. This method works for most things--1 drop in 1 glass water, pour off half and you have 1/2 a drop left.....

Replied by Janet
In
05/19/2017

Eleanor, I have been trying to post a correction to ec. My phone was not cooperating, I got it half typed and poof..gone.

Hopefully this will hold. Pregnenolone 25mg. My last 2 bottles are from Vitamin Shoppe and are by mg not mcg. Teds instruction says mg. I took a quick look at available doses 30 mg is what is being sold. From what I am seeing.

Yes lithium is mcg.

The first problem I encountered in sending the answer was the paragraph on progesterone cream. I had not realized it was not appearing on my post.

My son cleaned up my phone somehow. Hopefully this reaches you.

Progesterone cream. 1 pump placed on upper body changing location each time. 2 to 3 x a week. Ted says real progesterone not mexican yam derived. I have used Now brand. But there are others that are in tubs with dosing instructions.

Sorry for the mistake. Being unable to send a reply was torture. Janet


Posted by Mark (Tulsa) on 04/12/2016
1 out of 5 stars

I was recently diagnosed with IBS. My symptoms include, sever constipation, black stools, upset stomach when I eat and when I have a bowel movement. I had been taking an over the counter drug and it kept me regular. However the stools each morning were initially hard followed immediately by a loose stool. I was prescribed a IBS drug which while I was on it (taken three times a day for two weeks) I was regular but still has some stomach discomfort. When I went off the drug my symptoms returned and the over the counter drum is not effective. I had a series of tests, scopes, colonoscopy and an endoscopic ultrasound. I was not tested for parasites at all. I am on a FODMAP diet and my constipation is terrible and so far I have not seen any improvement. Any advice.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
04/13/2016

Mark, are you drinking enough?

Replied by Timh
Ky
04/14/2016

Most conventional dr's do not diagnose or treat parasitism, even in children; and if you mention the possibility, you will likely be recommended psychological counseling or prescribed an antidepressant medication.

IMHO, many or most cases of IBS are caused by some type parasite and/or infection, so treatment with natural remedies is a good start.

Here are E.C. links for more info

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/parasites.html
http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/colon-cleansing.html
http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/candida.html

Replied by Sally
Tulsa
05/08/2016

Hi, Mark I was wondering which GI Doctor you see. I'm looking for a GI that is open to the idea of healing through a diet plan like SCD, LowFodmap, AIP etc.... I've seen several GI's over the years but none have brought up SCD for healing.


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
Canada
10/02/2013

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
Wales
10/02/2013

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


Posted by Coregon (Medford, Or) on 11/03/2010
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I used to have terrible IBS. I found that avoiding dairy helped tremendously also. I no longer have IBS. I attribute this recovery to stopping my diet soda intake (it was hard, but what a difference! ) and taking 3,000 mg (or more) of MSM daily. I've heard that aloe vera juice can also soothe the gut and clear this up. * I also used colloidal silver first to clear up any bacterial infections that may be in the system. ** Note: If you are using ANY artificial sweeteners, this will worsen IBS symptoms, at least it did in my experience and in my mother's experience.


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


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Posted by Asy Metrix (Manchester, UK) on 01/04/2008
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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.


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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
Tennessee
05/07/2014

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.

Or

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~


Posted by Firminatus (Mansal Lacy, Hereford, UK) on 11/23/2009
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There is no doubt in my experience that stress in conjunction with lack of natural food will create IBS. I have had several bouts of this debilitating condition and have cured it by removing stress as much as possible and drinking fennel tea. Make a tea in a small stainless pot,with one large teaspoon of whole fennel seeds and a pint of spring or filtered water.Gently simmer tea for about ten minutes and allow to cool. Drink about a quarter of a pint, two or three times a day. The first cup,I usually take on an empty stomach. Sometimes if it is really bad, I make two pots and allow the seeds to meditate for a day or so which can make it slightly more potent. Don't keep it for too long. Love to you all.

Replied by Darenm
Trenton, Michigan
02/13/2011

I too have had great results with fennel. I have been suffering from IBS on and off for several years now. Usually it only last for about two weeks. But this time it lasted about 8 MONTHS!

My IBS is strictly pain. I don't get diareha or constipation just pain on my left and right side below my ribs.

Heres what I did:

After a colonoscopy my doctor diagnosed me with spastic colon (aka IBS)and prescribed me an anti-spasmodic drug called Bentyl or something like that. Of course I refused to take it and searched for a natural alternative.

Fennel is a natural anti-spasmodic and so is Chamomile. Fennel tea does help but I found chewing fennel seeds and sucking the juice out and swallowing then spitting the seeds out helps a lot too. But so far I think it is better to actually eat the seeds. I add about 1/2 teaspoon to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (I acutally use sunflower seed butter)

I buy my fennel seeds at a local health food store for 50 cents per ounce. Two ounces last me a 1 week or two. You can also order them online. I like Frontier Herbs since they have great prices and a HUGE selection of raw and organic herbs.

The other thing that is GREAT is to eat a fennel bulb that you can buy at a grocery store. I buy mine at Meijer or Kroger. But some krogers don't carry them. It's a white bulb with a long green stem. The best way I've found to prepare it is by cutting it like an onion into half in strips then STEAMING it. It makes it very soft and easy to chew. Sometimes I also sautee it with butter.

Eating the fennel bulb is probably one of the best in my opinion.

I also like to combine the steamed bulb with rice as it makes a nice substantial meal. And rice helps a lot for me.

The other thing that I recently purchased that HELPS A LOT is Organic Acacia sennegal fiber. There is a seller online with a great price for a round tin that contains a good amount. The brand I bought is specifically made for IBS sufferers. I think it was like $16. You can find it online by doing a google search for "Acacia Fiber IBS".

The final thing that has helped me is STRESS reduction and watching comedy! START LAUGHING! IT HELPS I SWEAR. Go on youtube and look up Louis CK he is hilarious! Or just type in comedian and watch some of those videos.

GOOD LUCK I HOPE THIS HELPS.

-darenM

Replied by Tommy
North York, On, Canada
02/13/2011

Hi,
I'm happy that Fennel has saponins that could explain why it relieves your IBS. Saponins have some activity against protozoa and bacteria. Your testimonials are another prouve that IBS is an infection.


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Posted by I Have Had It All (Boston, Massachusetts ) on 05/21/2012

<<<>>> I have had it all , IBS Diarhea for 30 years, Seriously, it lead to colon cancer, 25lbs of it taken out, I am now in remission, everything is going great for me, CEA of 05 out of 0.0-2 5 , so the doctors think it was related to IBS. Please be careful, I was careful and the doctors drop the ball on me. I went to my appointments and their nurse found out I was anemic as the doctor said I was good to go. Now I still have cronic Dia f- n ria which has always taken over my life for 30 years, can you believe this? It has, I am the most patient person on this earth. I have written down 11 answers to the question as to how to CURE this disease of IBS w/ D, I want, where is a bathroom, gone from my life. I have been passed on to Dr. To Dr. Idiot to Idiot if you want my opinion, the last GI Doctor just let me go one month ago, very kind of them. They had no more answers for me as to how to cure or even help the problem except for DTO / Opium, it works, it slows everything down but not always. D is stronger than anything I have ever known and I am a cancer patient. I should know, you wouldn't believe the pain from chemo drugs and having Diarrhea, its like walking in a field of flaming hot fire, well as I close here thank you to all IBS suffers you know how I feel. To all GI Doctors, You are all full of C_HIT! Sell your Crap to someone else and keep on pretending to be a Doctor, your not anywheres near being anybody- your lower than a used cars salesman. Well I am off to the bathroom AGAIN!!!

Replied by Solenia
New York, Ny
07/04/2012

Dear I Have Had It All, You could investigate Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Formula #2. I've been having sporadic IBS-type problems for 6 months post-food poisoning, and every time I take this it relieves the problem and I function normally for the rest of the day. I am considering doing their full 5-Day Bowel Detox, with multiple doses a day -- or maybe two 5-day detoxes back-to-back, to wipe out what I suspect is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and attempt to restore normal motility.

Replied by Heather53
Palmdale, Ca
04/22/2013

Have you tried cutting all forms of Gluten out of your diet. I used to be like you and I am much better. You probably have undiagnosed Celiac Disease. It is very hard to diagnose even when you take all their tests. The only way to know for sure is to study gluten and all the names for it in food and remove it totally from your diet. If you have Celiac Disease and you don't remove Gluten from your diet you will get intestinal cancer. Celiac is an autoimmune disease that manifests with intestinal damage when you eat gluten products. If you have any problems eating dairy products that is also a big tip off that you have Celiac. I got lactose intolerant from intestinal damage due to Celiac. I have been gluten free for 9 months and I can eat some dairy now. Get the book "Wheat Belly", it will save your life.


Posted by Lady From London (London, Uk) on 12/23/2011

I just heard that a diet called Low FODMAP diet is helpful in relieving the symptoms. Basically, it's keeping fermented foods out of the diet. If anyone has tried this, please do let us know. Thanks!

Replied by Megan:)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
01/29/2012

Hi, I have tried the FODMAP diet, roughly :) I have cut out some fruits such as apples, as they send me straight to the loo! Also I try not to eat fruits containing polyols or excess fructose. It seems to have worked but I am know suspecting it could be the tap water. Am definatly going to supermarket to get 20L of spring water. Am also trying the apple cider vinegar with water X

Replied by Thecalling13
Florence, Ky
09/24/2013

What is the "Mother" they are referring to when mixing these remedies with apple cider vinegar or whatever? I have seen with the Mother and seen another with the X... I am skimming thru the articles but don't know what they are talking about. It is under Irritable Bowel Syndrome/ Treatment for IBS.

Any answers would be great :). Thanks

Replied by Healthminded
Alabama
09/24/2013

When you see "the mother" in reference to Apple Cider Vinegar (apple cider vinegar) this is referring to a natural raw pure vinegar. It should have a "muddiness" appearance to it, not perfectly clear. There will be sediment in the bottom and this is the good stuff. :) It has all kinds of beneficial healing properties in it. Organic is also best.


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Posted by Clyde (Chesapeake, VA) on 06/21/2008
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Fresh Ginger Root also helps Acid reflux and IBS. peel off a small teaspoon size chunk of the root (after peeling and rinsing) chew it well. NOTE: the root is very spicy (hot) but not too bad.


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Posted by MKS (Abu Dhabi, UAE) on 09/26/2008

I tried to eat porridge with soy and rice milk for three weeks. This remedy helped me in the following ways:

Before: Go to toilet 5+ times a day.
Now: 2 times a day.

Before: Can't empty my stomach in the first time I go to toilet.
Now: I can!

Before: I always worry how I will be able to empty my stomach in public toilets.
Now: I go without thinking.

Before: I suffer from diarrhea and dehydration.
Now: Diarrhea is under control.

Before: I suffer from bloating.
Now: no pain, no bloating, can wear tight dresses.

Before: suffer from gas.
Now: no gas!

Direction:
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I used Heron Foods product its name 'Organic Gluten Free Porridge'
I mix 4 spoons of it with a glass of soya or rice milk and bring to the boil for 3-4 minutes.
Tip: You can add a slice of ginger while it is boiling to make it taste good.



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