Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Diarrhea

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Diarrhea

Recently, a subscriber relayed this story to me. A few years ago he had colon surgery. Since that time he has been plagued with diarrhea.

Of course, he went from internist to gastroenterologist and tried all their magic potions, but none cured his problem.

His Biggest Worry

Imagine what your life would be like if the uppermost thought in your mind was always: Where can I find the nearest bathroom if I get an 911 call from my intestines?

As I'm sure you know, big D's warnings are brief and to the point. "Ready, set, go!" If you're not prepared, well, that's just too bad. Chronic diarrhea is a serious problem.

Open The Flood Gates

From your body's perspective, it is simply a purging process. An irritant is present in the intestines and your body wants to flush it out, the same as it does when a speck gets in your eye.

Sometimes the irritant is a bacteria that made its home in the food you ate. At other times it is just a type of harmless bacteria that is new to your system. As a safety mechanism, your body turns on the hose. Travellers often experience this reaction

Tourista In The US?

While the drinking water in the US is free from bugs, visitors to this country can and do get diarrhea from our local bacteria. (I wonder if they call it Washington's Revenge? Lincoln's Curse?)

Because diarrhea is a pain in the...eh, let's just say it is inconvenient, we want to block it. And the Pill Fairy has plenty of things to use. But should you do that, or should you let Nature take its course?

To Kaopectate Or Not?

According to Dr. Gangarosa of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "Drugs that halt the process are thwarting nature," and that's not good. Your body is saying, "I've got to get rid of this substance for your own good," and you say, "No way, I'm going to plug things up." Don't fool with Mother Nature. You'll be sorry.

Replace Those Fluids

Since the flooding/cleansing process requires lots of fluids, people with diarrhea often become dehydrated, which is a serious problem. Fortunately, it is easily remedied by drinking fluids, but many don't do that because they do not feel thirsty. If you have diarrhea, you must drink fluids to replace those that were lost. (Especially true for babies.)

To continue the story I began with, the man later had coronary bypass surgery. In an attempt to alleviate the pain from that, he began using a castor oil pack over his torso and found that it completely cured his diarrhea.

A Castor Oil Pack?

"Castor oil? Isn't that the stuff they used to give kids to punish them for getting sick?" Yes, and it is still sold as a laxative. But Cayce said it was too harsh and should only be used externally in a pack?

"What's a pack?" Imagine you have a piece of wool flannel the size of a hand towel and fold it in half twice. If you now saturate the cloth with castor oil, you end up with a marvelous healing tool. Place this "pack" over your intestinal/liver area, or wherever it is that you feel pain.

Then cover it with a large baggie or plastic bag to keep the sticky oil from getting on everything. Finally, add a heating pad to increase circulation. (To speed up the whole process you can warm the oil in a frying pan before you start.)

It's Reusable

Cayce generally recommended that this pack stay over the intestines, or liver, for about an hour. Then wash the area with water that has had a little baking soda added to it. The pack can be stored in a baggie and reused many times.

A good guess would be 20-30 times, with more oil added as needed. Then it can be washed and reused. To wash it, boil it in water + a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Wring it out, then wash it in a washing machine as you would any other item.

Multiple Uses

Castor oil has remarkable healing qualities. Cayce recommended its use for cuts, warts, moles, bunions, etc. Some of these have been documented. I'm sure others will eventually be, but there is not much money to be made selling it, so research dollars are scarce.

The castor oil packs stimulate the Peyer's patches, which have a great effect on the all important acid-alkaline balance in body fluids. It also stimulates the liver, the great detoxifier, to produce more lymph.

Glyco: The Alkalizer

Most of the time we're too acidic because the foods we like to eat -- meats, sweets, and starches -- are all acid-forming.

While this can and should be overcome with diet, Cayce often suggested that a few drops of Glycothymoline, a mouthwash, be taken to speed up the process. He said, "This will purify the whole of the alimentary canal and create an alkaline reaction through the lower portion of the alimentary canal."

For one 3 year old with diarrhea, Cayce said to add a few drops of Glycothymoline to all the water taken. "This as an antiseptic will keep down inflammation in the colon."

Dr. McGarey used this treatment in a similar case and everyone got a good night's sleep. (You know that if baby ain't happy, ain't no one happy.)

Cayce and Diarrhea

In addition to purging irritants, Mr. Cayce said that diarrhea can be caused by poor assimilation. If the body does not absorb the required chemicals from the foods that are eaten, it's playing with less than a full deck. Diarrhea can be one consequence.

Given this point of view, his treatments focused on improving assimilation and circulation.

The Super Tea

In addition to using castor oil packs over the liver two to three times a week, Cayce recommended the use of herbal teas like (American) Saffron and Chamomile. He said to take Saffron tea one time and Camomile another, "...for these tend to form, in the regular activities of the body, the best in the gastric flows for the intestinal disorder (psoriasis)."

The Flu?

Saffron tea, which most people like, helps to heal the lining of the intestinal wall and to cleanse the liver and kidneys. It also acts as an antiseptic so it is good for intestinal flus. (Cayce prescribed it for one person with a strep infection.)

Saffron tea is also good for constipation as it creates "better activity through the peristaltic movement of the eliminating system."

Detox

"While it (Saffron) is slow acting, it will make for a cleansing of the kidneys, a better activity through the alimentary canal, clear those tendencies for the poisons to accumulate through the lymph...and overcome these tendencies for toxic forces to arise..."

Just put a "pinch in a cup of boiling water." Let stand covered for 30 minutes. Then strain, cool, and drink. Saffron can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, but the other teas need to be made fresh each time.

Take it for ten days. Then leave it off for a few days, and then take it again for ten days, etc.

A Universal Cayce Pattern

Note: This is another recurring theme. Never take anything consistently. Always stop for a few days to allow your body to adjust to its normal condition. This rule applies to vitamins, castor oil packs...everything except olive oil -- which is a food.

Chew Your Tea?

All teas were to be "chewed" (to release the digestive enzymes from the saliva glands) before meals. You do that by taking a swallow, holding it in your mouth, and then chewing it as if it were an apple or carrot.

Other Cayce recommendations for treating diarrhea are: spinal adjustments, massage, colonics and frequent small doses (1/4 tsp.) of olive oil as a food for the intestinal tract. Easily digested foods, like citrus, were recommended.

The Center for Disease Control and Cayce both recommend that no solid foods or milk be taken. Carbonated beverages, tea, boiled water, or broth are fine.

Saffron And Gas

Saffron tea also prevents gas! "And about twice a day, this between meals, have half an ounce of saffron tea; not too strong. This as we find will prevent the accumulation of gas and the inflammation to be absorbed by the activities of these properties through the system."

Saffron To The Rescue

Someone asked Cayce, "How may he prevent food causing gas?" The answer was, "The specific activity as we find of the Saffron as it will work with the gastric activity, especially of the duodenum from which source most of the gas emanates.

"Do those. Then don't eat too fast, and be careful that there are not the combinations where excess quantities of acid-producing or starchy foods are taken."

Eat Fast...The American Way!

When you eat fast, which is almost as American as apple pie, little saliva is mixed with the food. As saliva contains enzymes that are essential for digestion, the food is not properly digested and the result is gas. Technically speaking, it is the result of the fermentation of partially digested food.

Some herbal remedies were also recommended in Irritable Bowel Treatment and Its Treatment Without Drugs. The author, a certified herbalist, suggests Lime Flowers, Meadowsweet, Lady's Slipper, and Licorice as possible aids when made into a tea. Check with your physician. Some herbs can be harmful.

A Cure For Tourista

A cure for traveler's diarrhea, or tourista, has been developed and tested in 3rd world countries according to the CDC. Take two drinking glasses. Into the first, pour 8 oz. of fruit juice. Then add a half teaspoonful of honey (or corn syrup) and a pinch of salt.

Into the second glass, put 8 oz. of boiled or carbonated water. Then add 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. Take a swallow from one glass, followed by a swallow from the other. Alternate the two until both glasses are empty.

No explanation was given by the CDC as to why this works, but baking soda and juice both produce alkalinity in the body.

Odds N Ends

No, that's not the name of an office shared by a psychiatrist and a proctologist. It means I have space left to cover a number of unrelated topics.

Sprouts

In past issues I wrote about sprouting. Sprouts are the freshest food on the planet and rich in many vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and anti-oxidants.

Store-bought sprouts received bad press lately when some people got food poisoning. Comparing store-bought sprouts to homegrown is like comparing a supermarket rock/tomato to one from your garden.

When you use a home sprouter your sprouts don't sit in water, a breeding ground for bacteria. I've never heard of anyone having a homegrown sprout problem.

I bought my Bioset sprouter (#9280, $14.95 + shipping) from Johnny's in Maine. Call (207) 437-4301 or fax it to (800) 437-4290.

It takes me less than 10 seconds a day to tend to my sprout garden. In 5 days I harvest a crop. You can sprout alfalfa, mung beans, broccoli, mustard, onion, China rose radish, and wheat. Alfalfa sprouts are bland. Wheat are sweet, and the rest are spicy.

The Latest Hoax: Vitamin O

First of all, there is no such thing as vitamin O. However, since many people take vitamins, if you call something a vitamin, many might buy it.

It is supposed to release oxygen into your bloodstream. Breathing fresh air is easier and cheaper and guaranteed to work.

To repeat myself -- health doesn't come from little plastic bottles. Never has, never will, no matter how many you take.

Pill Fairy Damage Report

Rezulin, which was cheered in 1997 when it came on the market for the treatment of Type II diabetes, is now known to cause liver damage.

The real tragedy is that physicians know that Type II diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise.

But people would rather take a pill than eat right or exercise. I know I would. But I also know that those pills have side effects that I don't want, so I watch my diet and walk at least two miles a day. (And my nose just grew another inch. Actually, my goal is to walk two miles a day. I do it about 75% of the time.)

Food, Not Pills

For diabetes, Cayce suggests a secret weapon: Jerusalem artichokes. "This (insulin) can be gradually diminished and eventually eliminated entirely if there is used in the diet one Jerusalem artichoke every other day.

"This should be cooked in Patapar paper (parchment, or use a boilable plastic bag), preserving the juices and mixing them with the bulk of the artichoke, seasoning this to suit the taste."

Ordering Info

They're easy to grow. You can order some from Heritage Store: 1-800 862-2923, or buy them in the supermarket. They're often called Sunchokes, but actually are a cousin to the potato, not the artichoke. Heritage also sells Glycothymoline and American Saffron.

Vitamania

I like that term. It refers to the latest health fad. Aging baby boomers, and others, are binging on vitamins. As I wrote in issues #98 and #99, Cayce said it was not necessary to take vitamins if you ate a reasonably healthy diet. And taking vitamins on a daily basis, rather than on and off, causes your body to shut down some of its normal processes.

In rare cases, like glaucoma, he said to take a B-1 pill (3 weeks on, 1 week off) along with lots of carrots, onions, beets + tops, and lettuce + other treatments.

Hope

"...there is...in nature...an antidote for every poison, for every ill in the individual experience, if there will but be applied nature, natural sources." This is hopeful information. It says that we can reverse our ills with Mother Nature's products.(***)

Stress Management Press.

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