Breaking The Cycle
There are three steps to breaking the cycle. The first is to stop
feeding the microbes that are creating the problem. The second step is to
increase the digestion so that there is less of the food undigested for
the bacteria to ferment. Third is to help reestablish the natural balance
of living organisms in the intestinal tract.
Step 1. Starving the little pests:
Crohn's disease research has yielded some dramatic results relating
to carbohydrates in the diet. In the 1980's two reports appeared in the
medical literature. The first reported the results of Drs. Von Brandes and
Lorenz-Meyer of Marburg, West Germany who brought about remissions in
twenty patients with Crohn's disease by forbidding foods and beverages
containing refined carbohydrates, mainly sucrose and starch. In the second
study involving twenty patients with Crohn's disease, dietary changes
involving the elimination of specific foods, particularly cereals and
dairy products, resulted in sustained remissions. The physicians
conducting the research concluded that "dietary manipulation might be
an effective long term therapeutic strategy for Crohn's disease."
In research laboratories throughout the world, investigators have
been studying intestinal problems. Physicians and researchers have found
that a special type of synthetic diet (chemical nutrients assembled in the
laboratory) called an Elemental Diet shows great promise in the treatment
of digestive and intestinal problems of all types. When used for patients
with Crohn's disease, not only did symptoms disappear but children who had
not grown properly for years showed dramatic weight and height gains while
on the diet. Over six hundred scientific publications have appeared in
medical journals in the 1970's and early 1980's testifying to the fact
that this Elemental Diet is effective in correcting malabsorption and
reversing the course of many intestinal disorders. However since the
Elemental Diet is an artificial diet, it cannot be continued indefinitely.
When it is discontinued, usually after six to eight weeks, improvement
gradually decreases and symptoms usually return.
The effectiveness of the Elemental Diet is caused by the type of
carbohydrate which predominates. In the synthetic Elemental diet, the
principal carbohydrate is the simple sugar, glucose, which in biochemical
circles, is called a monosaccharide (meaning one sugar) as contrasted with
a two sugar disaccharide such as sucrose (table sugar) or a many-sugar
polysaccharide such as starch.
Two people have come up with diets that closely resembles the effect
of the Elemental Diet. I will describe them and then talk about my
experiences with them.
Dr. DeLamar Gibbons created a diet that sharply limits the amount of
the poorly assimilated sugars that may ferment in the bowel and cause gas,
diarrhea and irritation. These sugars are fructose, lactose mannitol and
Dr. DeLamar Gibbons
FOODS TO BE AVOIDED:
LACTOSE-(the natural sugar found in milk)
containing foods: Milk, chocolate milk, ice cream and whey. (Butter
and cheese are permitted, as the lactose has been removed in their
production. Cottage cheese and yogurt are permitted, as most of the
lactose has been removed from them by the fermentation involved in
FRUCTOSE-CONTAINING FOODS: Orange juice and any
sweet fruits: oranges, apples, pears grapes, bananas, etc.; honey;
waffle syrup made with corn sweetener; corn sweetener (in soda pop,
pastry, candy, cereals, coffee creamers, salad dressing, sweet
pickles, ice cream, ham, etc.) READ THE LABELS!
SORBITOL AND MANNITOL CONTAINING FOODS:
Sugarless chewing gum, sugarless candy, toothpaste, and breath mints.
All cereals (rice and corn preferred), breads
(white preferred), cheese, butter, meat, fish and poultry. All
vegetables with the exception of sweet corn and dried beans. Tomatoes
and avocados are recommended.
Elaine Gottschall, M.Sc. spent four years
investigating the effects of various sugars on the digestive tract working
mainly on the cellular level. Her diet called the Specific Carbohydrate
Diet is as follows:
Elaine Gottschall, M.Sc.
FOODS TO BE AVOIDED:
PROCESSED FOODS CONTAINING CORN SWEETENER.
MILK OR MILK PRODUCTS (excluding plain yogurt)
GRAINS: Wheat, barley, corn, rye, oats, etc. or
cereals made from these.
PROTEINS: All fresh or frozen meat, fish and
poultry. Eggs, hard cheeses and plain yogurt.
VEGETABLES: Fresh or frozen. (no canned
vegetables). Raw vegetables providing diarrhea is not active.
FRUITS- Fresh, raw or cooked, frozen (with no
added sugar), and dried.
For a more complete list read the books by these two
authors found in the bibliography.
*The best results I have witnessed was from the
people who totally avoided carbohydrates. These included: pastas, breads
and all sugars (corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, which is in milk and
soft cheeses, and all others). You have to look
at labels for their ingredients.
Step 2. Better Digestion of food
While not feeding the bacteria (the most important
step) will eventually reverse the cycle happening within the digestive
tract and naturally start a better digestive process. There are other
things that we can do to speed up the process.
Food passes through the bodies of some individuals
without being digested giving the bacteria additional food on which to
ferment. By adding enzymes that will help to digest food it gives the
bacteria less to act upon and also increases the available nutrients to
nourish the body.
Happily, the beauty of enzyme replacement is their
safety. There are no ill effects. You can try any that you like or you can
try the ones that others have had success with.
SuperCaps by TwinLab or
(2) Super Enzymall by Schiff
(3) Mega-Zyme by Enzymatic Therapy.
These are available
through your local health food store. Take them as recommended with every
Step 3. Restoration of the flora balance
The great Russian bacteriologist Elie Metchnikoff
succeeded Louis Pasteur as the director of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
This 1908 Nobel Laureate believed that yogurt was the elixir of life. He
found every indication that the basic human mechanism was capable of
lasting far longer than it does. One way to last longer, he was convinced,
is to eat yogurt containing lactobacilli.
Writing in the Dec. 1985 Townsend Letter for
Doctors, Carl S. Hangee-Bauer, M.A., N.D., a naturopathic doctor and
teacher at the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle,
Wash., explained that Professor Metchnikoff's trailblazing yogurt concept
is now proving to be correct. Dr. Hangee-Bauer wrote:
Lactobacillus bifidus is first introduced to
the sterile intestines of the infant as a result of breast feeding. Large
numbers can soon be observed in the baby's feces. As an adult half of our
stool consists of bacteria.
Other beneficial lactobacillus strains include L.
acidophilus, L. fermentum, L. casea, L. casea, L. salivores, L. brevis,
and L. plantarum. Approximately 200 strains of lactobacilli exist.
There are a couple of products on the market that I
think work well in addition to using plain yogurt and the food items mentioned
above. Take your pick of any one on the list. These are:
(1) Pro-Biotics Acidophilus by Nutrition Now Inc.
(2) Acidophilus SuperCaps by TwinLab
(3) Multi-Billion Dophilus with FOS by Solgar
(4) Power-Dophilus II Caps by Country Life
Take these on an empty stomach before bed or first
thing in the morning or both.
Also take a multiple vitamin like KAL Soft Multiple
with your meal. It is liquid and will be easy to digest.
Get one of the digestive aid products, one of the
acidophilus products, and if possible soft liquid multiple vitamin.
All these can be bought at your local health food store.
New and important information about
coconut oil and IBD!! Have you heard the stories about coconut macaroons alleviating
the symptoms of IBD?
The anti-inflammatory and healing effects of coconut
oil apparently play a role in soothing inflammation and healing injury in
the digestive tract which are characteristic of Crohn's disease and
Ulcerative Colitis. Its antimicrobial properties also affects intestinal
health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic
Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid which is abundant in coconut oil,
and considered responsible for many of its health benefits. Coconut oil is
about 50% lauric acid. The only other abundant source found in nature is
in human breast milk. Dr. Jon J. Kabara, PhD and Professor Emeritus of
Michigan State University says, "Never before in the history of man
is it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils. The medium-chain
fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar
The saturated fat in coconut oil is unlike the fat found in meat or other
vegetable fats. It is identical to a special group of fats found in
human breast milk that have been shown to improve digestion, strengthen
the immune system, and protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal
infections. This is where we get our initial immune support as infants
that gets disrupted as adults because of the introduction of various
medicines etc. that we discussed earlier.
More information is available at:
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