LAYING IT OUT STRAIGHT
In my experience, in the past 30 or more years, of researching ways to heal digestive inconsistencies [feeling lousy] I have observed many things. It is not easy for me to generalize, but after these years of clinical and personal experience, I can stand behind my words here.
What I am about to write is my whittling down the choices people with daily digestive complaints make in order to feel well enough to function in the world. What do I mean by digestive complaints? Acid reflux, burping, gas, bloating, constipation, loose bowels, bad smelling feces, IBS, candida overgrowth, out of control appetite to very little. This is the short list.
WHAT DO PEOPLE WITH THESE DIGESTIVE WOES DO?
There are two basic camps: Those who take meds to eat what they like and the people who eliminate one food after another to seek relief. The extreme cases that are becoming more and more common. The latter group most very often ends up having a short list of foods they can ingest without triggering symptoms. They often have many rules about when, where, and how to eat. I am not commenting, in this post, on the “cast iron stomachs of this world” or moderate eaters with or without strong digestive health.
If you are able and willing to recognize that there is a possibility that the body can heal, you are many steps ahead of most people. Digestive problems are the beginning of way, way bigger health concerns. They are the often ignored red flag that much more serious problems are brewing. The imminent danger of these situations depends on the level of pain and location of the problem in the Alimentary Canal – GI Tract. Colon cancer is usually not diagnosed because the bar is so very, very low when determining gut health.
WHAT TO DO?
The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates is one book to research. This program stresses probiotics, kefirs, food choices and offers a perspective that needs to be heard. I did this program for three years and it did not resolve my constipation problem.
The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin is the program that I highly recommend as a complete healing of digestive health. So much free information,videos about her program. She has two books that thoroughly explain how and why it works.
Pharmaceutical medications mask symptoms and allow people to continue to ingest the foods, chemicals and medications that cause these discomforts or what I prefer to call them, warning signs. This is all done without healing the inflamed tissue in the digestive tract. This “protocol” eventually, without a doubt, creates some very, very, very serious illnesses throughout the body.
Ironically, and most hard to understand for many, dietary supplements, dietary changes and other natural approaches do not result in complete healing. Why? The absorption of acids and toxins and healing of the gut is not fully addressed. Please look at other posts that I have written that address this issue and check out Donna Pessin The Unique Healing Program.
Again, in order to get well a person has to be open to the idea that healing is possible. Healing and masking symptoms are not the same thing.