I have been a headache sufferer since I was a child (I am now 40 years old). I recently discovered, accidentally, that a heaping teaspoon of Metamucil (about 3-4 grams of psyllium husk) in a glass of water relieves the pain and pressure in a very short time - usually around 15 minutes. I have been taking the Metamucil 3 - 4 times a day for about a month now, and I feel much better. I do not understand why this would be. I experienced relief the very first time I took it. I also had moderate stomach cramps that first time - this has not returned. My suspicion is that my headaches and general feeling of unwellness has something to do with auto intoxication or leaky gut syndrome, but I would expect that any increase in fiber would take a while to have a beneficial effect. Also, I have never had serious or long term problems with constipation. Any ideas on this?
In Reply to: headaches - Metamucil - Leaky Gut? posted by Klaus Sinfelt on February 01, 1998 at 08:35:14:
Interesting thoughts. I wanted to give you something to read while waiting for Dr. Stoll to tell you more about relaxation techniques, chiropractic, and deep therapeutic massage ;) I, personally, am not familiar with the correlation between fiber and headaches. However, a lack of necessary digestive components could result in a plethera of symtomatology.
Chiropractic Offers Long-Term Headache Relief
Chronic tension headache sufferers should consider chiropractic treatment as a long-term solution to their ailment without the side effects of drugs, according to a study funded by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER). The study found that when six weeks of spinal manipulative treatment by chiropractors was compared to six weeks of medical treatment with amitriptyline, an antidepressant used to control severe headache pain, the chiropractic patients experienced fewer side effects, and the positive effects of chiropractic proved to be longer term, with patients reporting continued relief after the study was completed.
While anecdoctal evidence has support chiropractic treatment of tension headaches for years, until now, there have been no clinical trials that corroborate this reported success. The study that brings scientific support to these claims, "Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Therapy vs. Amitriptyline for the Treatment of Chronic Tension-type Headaches: A Randomized Comparative Clinical Trial," was conducted by Dr. Patrick D. Boline (principal investigator) at Northwestern College of Chiropractic and published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Pysiological Therapeutics.
For the study, a total of 126 patients between the ages of 18 and 70 were divided into two groups that were screened and randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic spinal manipulation or pharmaceutical treatment consisting of amitriptyline, a tricyclic antipdepressant commonly known by the brand name Elavil. The spinal manipulation group received short-lever, low-amplitude, high-velocity thrust techniques with moist heat and light massage of the cervicothoracic musculature prior to manipulation. Patients were palpalted to determine the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spinal segment to be manipulated with special attention to the upper three cervical segments. The patients in the amitriptyline therapy group received 10 mg daily for
the first week, 20 mg daily for the second week, and 30 mg daily thereafter. This dosage was decreased if adverse side
effected weren't tolerated by the patient.
During the six weeks that both groups received treatment, both reported similar improvements; however, four weeks after the end of the clinical trial, the superiority of chiropractic treatment was evident. The group receiving spinal manipulation showed a reduction of 32 percent in headache intensity, 42 percent in headache frequency, 30 percent in over-the-counter medication usage, and a 16 percent improvement in functional health status. The group receiving amitriptyline reverted to the levels recorded at the beginning of the study. The groups also differed greatly in their reporting of side effects. While 82.1 percent of
the patients who received medical treatment suffered from drowsiness, dry mouth and weight gain, only 4.3 percent of the spinal manipulation group reported side effects consisting of neck soreness and stiffness.
"At last, with the results of this study, the claims of thousands of chiropractic patients who have enjoyed relief from pain without drugs will have to be taken seriously by the medical community," said Stephen R. Seater, CAE, Executive Director of FCER. "At last, chiropractic will be recognized as a viable and scientific alternative for relief of common tension headaches."
Dear Dr. Stoll,
The following was e-mailed to me by a dear friend. Though the message it carries may be hard to accept as a part of reality, it is part of the very thing that has kept me going through so much of bad things that have crossed my life.
> >> ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
> >> By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz
> >> Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
> >> He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
> >> Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."
> >> "Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.
> >> You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life." I reflected on what Jerry said.
> >> Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
> >> Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.
> >> I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live. "Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man. "I knew I needed to take action." "What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
In Reply to: headaches - Metamucil - Leaky Gut? posted by Klaus Sinfelt on February 01, 1998 at 08:35:14:
Since metamucil is not absorbed, I do not understand the immediate effect either.
HOWEVER, having said that, I must say that we know so little about the mindbodysoul that I do not discount anything any more. When one looks at how much we have learned (Well, those of us not afraid to learn new things--or are not making too much money doing things the old way.), in the past 20 years, I know without doubt that we are still in the dark ages of health care.
What matters is what works for that individual. Especially, like the metamucil, when it is something that cannot harm anything but the pocketbook.
In My experience, nearly all headaches are either from muscle tension or are vascular & both related to LGS/C-RS. I would be grateful that I get the relief that I get & spend a lot of my effort finding out what is really causing MY headaches.
If your headaches are due to a Metamucil deficiency, you are the first one in the world & we should be writing a paper about you. (grin) We can be pretty sure that some other combination of factors ARE the cause and your strange response to Metamucil is just putting off your need to look deeper.
Let us know what you learn.
I just found you and am grateful after a four year illness. I suspect leaky gut and have ordered your book. Meanwhile, I've been told to begin reimplanting my colon with L.Salvarius which lays the gridwork needed to reflorify the colon. I started taking 3/3x day along with plant enzymes. I started feeling worse in many ways. I have a long history of antibiotics and am sure there is no flora there but would there be a die-off? I am super-sensitive. I need your help. Also, what does it mean when a colonic or enema makes you feel worse for days? Do you believe in colon cleansing?
In Reply to: Enzymes/Diabetes/Cancer posted by Mary Jackson on February 04, 1998 at 08:07:05:
P.S. The enzymes will digest out the toxins and yeasts, etc. that are bothering the immune system and also max out digestion of nutrients.
In Reply to: Enzymes/Diabetes/Cancer posted by Mary Jackson on February 04, 1998 at 08:07:05:
Certainly, digestive enzymes are an important part of the equation that are still being neglected. People with LGS have even more problems than the rest of us (I'm sure you can understand why.).
Statistically, if you just walked down the street and picked people at random, you would find that 50% of the people at the age of 50 have insufficient digestive enzymes for health. People at the age of 60 are at 60% insufficiency and 70% of people over the age of 70 are deficient.
If you just picked people who know they are sick, the % would be a lot higher.
I still don't know about the pancreatic enzymes cancer link. I have a feeling that those with pancreatic enzymes deficiency also tend to have cancers because of their dysautonomia and associated LGS, etc., not that they cause each other. Is this making sense?
Other than that, I can't disagree with anything you reported him saying.
Well this is day five of Linda being truly Perfect on the whole food diet. She is getting a bit discouraged as her symptoms of joint and muscle pain are not lessening. She was wondering if there is something else she should be trying?
There is strong evidence to suggest that she has a yeast overgrowth problem. Should she be taking nilstat powder? If so, how much?
Are there supplements that she should be considering right now?
my son has ulcerative colitis, and we dont have much
experience with it yet, and i have (had) chronic
constipation all my life. so i will tell you what fixed
me and what my son is doing for his UC.
i would go three days without bowel movements, then have
hours of pain and finally diarrhea (D). i USED to be
lactose intolerant (milk, cheese, bread etcc) from middle
school until sometime last year (i am 42). my fix
was going on the zone diet as described in "Protein Power"
in the beginning the constipation got worse and i thought
i would never make it, but i took 10-12 fish oil capsules
daily until i lost all my excess weight (for several months) the fish oil has EPA which counters the fatty
acid Arachidonic Acid that is stored in fat cells, and
is in eggs, red meat (which i still cant eat)
i folled this diet without cheats for 6 months, then only
a montly cheat after that. one day last fall i noticed
that i could eat dairy again without gas. i have
normal bowel function now, no pain, no D as long has
i avoid any beef or egg yolk.
my son has UC, and he is on the diet that Wolfgang Lutz
wrote about in a book called "The myth of Carbohydrates"
this book is out of print but i found it a a local
university, and you can read chapter 7 of this book
on the SCD or Specific Carbohydrate Diet web site.
the SCD web site is about people with IBD who follow
the SCD diet that is described in a book called
"breaking the viscious cycle" by elaine gottchell (forgive
me if i misspell these names)
we dont know how well my son will do on this Lutz diet,
only time will tell, i have on it myself just to see
if it can work for me too.
the other book on this subject is Dr Atkins "Health
Revolution" and he basicaly follows a low carb
diet as well.
it is a scientic fact that those of us that suffer
from IBD consume more carbs than normal people. so
get ready to read a lot and good luck.
In Reply to: One-yr old constipation posted by Jean on February 05, 1998 at 19:33:32:
Poor little tykes this age, with this kind of problem (so long as conventional tests are negative), already have LGS (leaky gut syndrome) & C-RS (candida-related syndrome). There are probably even structural causes that Doc Dave could discuss better than I.
Were this MY child, I would seek a good colon therapist (hopefully also a Naturopath) in his area. I would also see a Cranial Osteopath and a Chiropractor at the same time (Some Chiropractors are also trained & experienced in cranial manipulation.).
Learn as much as you can about LGS & C-RS since that will eventually have to be dealt with. At this age, you could spoon in artificially sweetened metamucil like stuff (consistancy of cereal) till it came out his ears (grin). Once enough of that stuff is going through his system, he cannot be constipated. This cannot hurt him. That is only a temporary stopgap but would give his mom a lot of reassurance.
Let us know if you have more questions. As he gets over this, please share all of your experiences with the BB.
This has become an epidemic problem & is totally unnecessary.
The first thing is that you have to become the expert in the causes of this complex of conditions (Yes, they are all related.) before you will know who to believe.
Toward this end, impatient as I know you must be, I recommend tincture of knowledge rather than any other treatment. First, read a copy of my book (link below). THEN, of that makes sense, read one of the resources in the back of the book; "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. This book has just been reprinted with a new edition so I know it is available at any bookstore and library.
Once you have this information under your belt, if you have more questions, write again. Your present diagnosis is certainly at least leaky gut syndrome and Candida-Related Syndrome.
In Reply to: Re: "Acute Nonspecific Colitis"?? Can You Help Me, Please? posted by Ted Kyle on February 06, 1998 at 12:43:22:
Every generation (with genetically susceptible conditions) is showing up with similar problems earlier & with more severity than the generation before. There are well understood reasons for this phenomenon but I will not cover them here.
I would suggest you not put your eggs all in one basket. NOW is the time for you to understand the scope of these kinds of problems so they can be resolved instead of just tempoprarily improved.
You could start with using the search feature provided with this BB & read everything you can find about any intestinal problem since they are ALL related to the causes of leaky gut syndrome. If carbohydrates were the cause of this problem why so we not all have it? I do not doubt that it is a related cause but do you not deserve to be an expert in all of the causes?
In Reply to: PERFECT Whole Food Diet posted by Peter Wray on February 06, 1998 at 11:53:34:
I think anyone with C-RS, who has put in the work to be PERFECT with the refined CHO diet, would be wise to be taking 750,000 units of nystatin powder 4 times a day on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours before or after a meal). It is best sloshed around in the mouth for a few minutes before swallowing since the mouth is one of the prime places for the fungal form to recontaminate the rest of the GI tract.
What is she taking right now? There may be some things that would give her some temporary relief till her causes start coming under control. During this phase, it may be worth her while to also get rid of the one thing she craves the most (probably NOT a refined CHO) that is directly triggering her immune system to cause skeletal tissue inflammation. Dairy & wheat are the 2 most common in this culture.
What I did, when I tried this for myself, was to live on steamed brown rice topped with steamed, chopped, mixed, frozen vegies seasoned with herbs. That avoided the refined stuff, dairy AND wheat at that same time & was pretty tasty.
If she is perfect with the refined CHO elimination, that part of the problem should be coming under control by now.
It is just that, now that the C-RS has also happened, she will have to stay on THAT diet for about 6 months to help keep the candida from getting reestablished.
It is sort of like trying to juggle too many balls in the air at this stage. Fortunately, this phase is not long-lived.
In Reply to: Re: PERFECT Whole Food Diet posted by Walt Stoll on February 08, 1998 at 08:26:50:
You said that "There may be some things that would give her some temporary relief till her causes start coming under control." Could you please elaborate of this? She is feeling pretty crummy and I think even some temporary relief could provide a boast to continue on.
She is currently taking evening primrose (2 tsp. daily 12% GLA with 400 ppm Vit. E.), acidopholis and a Quest super once a day multi vit.
She has eliminated wheat following vega testing that indicated this as a problem. She does still have some dairy products (limited though). The craving is for breads. She has been eating sourdough spelt-rice bread and sourdough milet bread. sounds like the brown rice and vegies may be the way to go.
Given your personal experience with this, do you have any tips for travelling and trying to stay perfect? We booked a trip to Florida some time before this all came to a head. We had to cancel our last Disney vacation a couple of years ago when I had a heart attack and feel we can't disappoint the kids again, so any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Hope it is an appropriate use of your BB, but I'm going to ask your community for some suggestions too.
I am writing in regard to my son, Tyler, he is currently 3 years ten monthes old. He suffered a severe reaction to a Tetramune vaccination at age 2 and immediately following this reaction he has developed a multitude of severe allergies and other medical problems. Recently I received an e-mail from someone at the Vaccine Information and Awareness Center in regard to leaky gut syndrome. Yesterday
we learned from bloodwork ordered by Tyler's neurologist that he has some type of metabollic malfunction. This is said to be attributing to his multiple severe food allergies, behavior problems that accompany allergic reactions, as well as, delayed language development. Our doctor has never heard of "Leaky Gut Syndrome" and we desperately searching for answers. If a detailed description of our son's problems are necessary for a referral please contact me at D.Hartman@Goodnews.net. I understand many children who suffer such reactions to the Tetramune vaccination suffer from this disorder. Thank you for your time and assistance regarding this matter.
In Reply to: Re: Echinecea with auto-immune disease posted by Walt Stoll on February 12, 1998 at 14:07:57:
VERY WELL SAID WALT!
I was indoctrinated with the idea that my immune system was 'hyper-active' when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. So the only way to address this problem for rheumatologists was to modulate the immune system (which was their euphenism for suppressing it).
I subsequently found that ALL auto-immune disease starts with immuno-supression which opens the door for all sorts of opportunistic organisms. Now with the leaky gut providing a gateway, and the presence of multiple microorganism overgrowths (some that make LGS WORSE) the stage is set. The presence of 85% of our total complement of T-cells are posted along the gut.
Now there is a hyper-active immune response that will have enough fuel to last until the host is dead.
You have a classical case of dysautonomia complicated by Leaky Gut Syndrome which, in turn, has probably been complicated by parasitosis (inlcuding candida) and allergies due to the LGS & C-RS.
If you do not understand all that jargon, you realy need to help yourself to a generous dose of information before you go back to, once again, "throw yourself on the tender mercies of the conventional medical monopoly".
There is a book that was written about you that has just been reissued as a new edition. You will want your own copy for reference. It is "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. It is referenced in my new book.
Also, you would be wise to read my book. You would better appreciate the indepth descriptions in MAH, MAS if you read it first. Also, my book goes into what to DO about it. (link below).
Then, as you get well, please take the time to share your experiences with the BB participants. Your present experience is totally unnecessary & is presently an epidemic in our culture.
In Reply to: Re: THANKS for the suggestions posted by Peter Wray on February 12, 1998 at 21:32:49:
Millet, amaranth, rice, etc., are not cross antigenic with wheat. I am not sure of kamut.
Remember, by getting rid of the lgs, this is not forever.
In Reply to: Re: Leaky Gut Syndrome posted by Diane Hartman on February 12, 1998 at 23:47:48:
Interesting the at the "Vaccine Awareness Center" and Newsweek has heard of LGS and your doc hasn't!
What part of the country are you from? Perhaps I can direct you to someone I know personally in your area. In the meantime, read anything you can get your hands on about Candida-Related Syndrome & children. Your vaccine center could probably direct you to some of them.
The vaccine did not likely cause this condition all by itself. It probably just pushed him over the edge. He would likely have come down with this later in life anyhow.
You cannot change the fact that he had this reaction to the vaccine. HOWEVER, you can do something about the susceptibility he had and still has. WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT TYLER THAT HE HAD THIS RESPONSE? Why don't all children have the same problem?
In Reply to: Re: PERFECT Whole Food Diet posted by Walt Stoll on February 14, 1998 at 10:34:47:
The green tea is neither caffeine free nor decaffenated. I started drinking that after reading Dr. Andrew Weill's book. He claims it may contribute to a prevention of cancer. I've learned to like it better than coffee. Are you saying that being totally caffein free is essential to healing LGS? I really dislike herbal teas.
The answers to your questions are: Yes! Yes, and Yes!
Genetic susceptibilities are showing up in younger & younger generations. We think this is due to the advancing edge of environmental stressors (graph in my book).
Your best bet right now, at this age, is to deal with her LGS & C-RS. They have to be present for her to have these symptoms at this tender age.
In Reply to: Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency? posted by Peter Wray on February 16, 1998 at 09:54:39:
For me,the symptoms of magnesium deficiency include(d) tachycardia (pulse about 110 per minute), severe and intractable chronic anxiety and physical tension and rigidity for no apparent reason, labile hypertension, and possibly jaw clenching. That's not to say that any of these aren't related to other causes. Food allergies (particularly to any form of dairy, wheat, nightshades and even minute traces of refined carbs) definitely play a role in the tachycardia. Personal experience has shown me, though, that intramuscular injection of magnesium sulfate significantly alleviates all of the above, EXCEPT for tachycardia if i've just eaten something i'm allergic to. i've not had magnesium via IV drip; just have heard about it. Have a good one!
Can anyone tell me if rice milk has added or inherent rice syrup, regardless of container labeling. The brand i drink contains, as listed, filtered water, certified organic brown rice (partially milled), expeller pressed oleic safflower oil, and sea salt. Unless i've missed it, Beth Loiselle's invaluable book doesn't mention rice milk and whether it's ok on the perfect diet.
My Candida is stubborn, despite nystatin powder 4 times daily. i drink one large cup of rice milk a day as my morning drink, and wonder if i should cross it off the "ok to consume" list. Thanks for your advice!
In Reply to: Rice milk posted by Kyra Kitts on February 16, 1998 at 13:07:10:
I have the same stuff. My wife uses it. I don't know either, but I found something in Beth's book. WestSoy Westbrae Natural Unsweetened Non-Dairy beverage, and also EnerG Pure SoyQuick, A Soy Based Imitation Milk Mix, both suitable for the "perfect" diet. Don't know how they taste, but I'm going to try them.
In Reply to: Re: Rice milk posted by Kyra Kitts on February 16, 1998 at 14:40:40:
I used Nystain back about ten years ago to help with aCandida problem. The thing is that anything that is sweet is likely cause problems. I don't know what's in Rice Milk, I have recently started drinking it. I love it. Rice Dream i think it is. The Carob is great! Anyway, I'm pretty sure you have to keep rice milk to an absolute minimum. Might be OK on cereal or something like that.
NOW, that said I gotta tell you I spent a fortune on Nystatin. It worked! I have now found something I think works even better. Maitake Mushroom D fraction extract. This stuff is like a miracle! I'm serious! I don't even believe in miracles. It costs about $85.00 for a months supply. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Have nice steak or a piece of fish and some Kale. Skip the rice milk!
All the best,
In Reply to: colon problems posted by Lara on February 15, 1998 at 17:04:56:
There is much in your communication that I cannot advise you about without knowing a more definitive conventional diagnosis. I am very conceerned about your delaying your colonoscopy. Even if it shows no cancer (which, of course, is the biggest worry) the colonoscopy would give you enough of a diagnosis of what IS going on that we could better decide what to do right now. Insist on a biopsy.
Next, twice a day of effective skilled relaxation is the LEAST that will reverse something like is going on in your colon AND, even if this IS a cancer, it is the least that would give you the imagry anti-cancer effect.
Your deep breathing exerecises might have something to do with the yawning since yawning has something to do with carbon dioxide levels in the blood. I wouldn't worry about this, though, as it will take care of itself as your system gets balanced again.
Depending on your actual conventional diagnosis, colonics might be helpful to you for a while.
From what you are saying, you at least have severe LGS and probably the complication of that condition of parasitosis (of which Candida would be one). This would EASILY be enough to give you 4+ blood on the slide tests. IF you have the candida, even fruit would act as a sugar for about 6 months.
The cooked vs raw controversy would depend (in your case) upon your actual diagnosis post colonoscopy.
Also, depending on your diagnosis, you might benefit from the 4R program discussed on the internet at WWW.FXMED.ORG.
As you may know, I will be at Kripalu from 2/19/98 to 2/23/98 seeing Bill get his black belt in TKD. Perhaps we can meet so we both can put a face with the internet.
In Reply to: Rice milk posted by Kyra Kitts on February 16, 1998 at 13:07:10:
As far as I know the rice milk should be OK (at least so far as refined carbos are concerned). You could reach Beth Loiselle at (606) 223-2270. Once she knows that you are using her book, I don't think she would be mad about my giving you her number. She is very good about answering questions like this. Thursday is the worst day to try to reach her.
The dairy industry is the only one that I know of that has the legislative clout to be exempt from putting on the lable what is in their products.
Have you heard of the following program for cleansing the
colon of yeast bacteria. You mix bentonite clay with powdered
psyllium and liquid caprylic acid and mix with juice or water.
This is supposed to coat the intestines and flush the yeast
bacteria from your system. Although this might clean out the
colon, what will happen to all of the yeast that has colonized
the rest of your body?
In Reply to: Re: Rice milk posted by Kyra Kitts on February 19, 1998 at 13:49:54:
If it tastes bad then it's probably O.K.. Strange, huh?
One more thing. My doc (the one that treated me for Candida) used to say that you have to eat food that hasn't been processed. "If you don't recognize it's original form, don't eat it!" She would say. She was a GOOD doc. Another piece of advice she would offer: "If you can't take a bath in it or eat it, then it probably isn't good for you." Sorta makes sense.
Hi Dr. Stoll...I have written before regarding health history,
being pumped full of antiobiotics as a kid, candida, mysterious
stomach pains and the like...you always gave me wonderful
information---and I am trying to change my life and what I
put in this 43 year old body---A question-------for a recent
operation I had, I was given the antiobiotic FLOXIN to ward
off any bacteria nasties....Trouble is---when I take any antiobiotic
I get the WORST case of Oral Thrush you have ever seen..
It's always the same old treatment--NYSTATIN-----a bandaid
cure & not getting at the root of the problem.
Do I have any options if I am forced to take antibiotics ?
Since my system was so loaded up as a kid, it's like a big
war going on in the system---saturated--NO MORE ANTIBIOTICS !!
Is it a case of maybe never taking antibiotics again ?? or
maybe if one is forced to take them-----an added suplement,
herb etc..could help keep the thrush at bay ??
Your feedback is always MOST appreciated Dr. Stoll...
Thanks so much for offering this wonderful page, and hopefully
this is not a repeat question from anyone---I can see where
you could get very saturated with all the repeats...Take good care---Rob
In Reply to: Antibiotics - Thrush - any alternatives ............... posted by Rob on February 20, 1998 at 18:30:49:
All 3 of our children had thrush as did my wife after each of the children were born. An herbal remeady called Gentian Violet (not positive about the spelling) was suggested. We tried it but were pretty ignorant about the causes etc. so I'm not sure how effective it is.
my 13 yearold daughter has been diagnosed with enlarged adenoids.three physicians differ as to treatment. i am looking for ideas, especially those taht will help with the nasal quality of her singing due to adenoids
In Reply to: Candida-Bentonite clay posted by Geri on February 20, 1998 at 14:42:05:
Although the bentonite might even give some temporary symptomatic benefit, one MUST learn about, and deal with, the causes for the susceptibility to candida to cure it.
Although this has been discussed many times here on the BB, I am not sure enough about under what titles (mostly NOT candida) to direct you to use the search feature efficiently. If you want to take the time, use it to look for LGS, Bracing, dysautonomia, parasitosis and the like.
However the quickest, and least expensive in time & money, way for you to get the information you need is to read a copy of my book (link below).
THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
In Reply to: Re: Antibiotics - Thrush - any alternatives ............... posted by Peter Wray on February 20, 1998 at 19:43:09:
Dear Peter and Rob,
Gentian violet is VERY effective for oral thrush since it can be painted directly on the mucosa. However, it does nothing for the intestinal candida which is causing the visible oral lesions (which are called thrush). For purely thrush, I would use the GV as the first line of treatment.
Of course, the main side effect is that it is an indelible dye. That means any that gets out of the mouth stains anything it touches permanently. Anyone who has used it knows of what I speak and what a bother THAT is.
However, in Rob's case, the problem goes much deeper so the GV would be, at best, helpful for the tip of the iceberg known as thrush.
The long term solution is for Rob to become a student of the normal complement of bacteria in the gut & maintain them at a high level of health all the time. THEN, if he had to take an antibiotic, it would be a lot less likely to upset things AND even if they did, he would know how to get them back into balance pretty quickly.
Also, of I were Rob, I would insist upon taking the Nystatin right along with any antibiotic I took. It would be MUCH more effective preventing candida than trying to treat it once it had broken out.
In Reply to: Re: children's adenoids posted by dana on February 20, 1998 at 20:35:18:
ALL enlarged adenoids are due to allergy which, in turn, is caused by leaky gut syndrome in cases like this. Removing the adenoids will probably help her voice but will remove a vital protection from the allergic reactions of the LGS.
Certainly, surgical removal will do nothing about why they are enlarged--all it does is cut the wires to the doorbell.
By far, the most common cause of this problem at this age is dairy sensitivity. If you could get her to cooperate with TOTALLY eliminating ANY trace of dairy for a month or so, you both would likely see wonderful improvement. Of course, it would take total elimination for 6-12 months to actually resolve this particular sensitivity.
If this IS her cause, removing the adenoids would do nothing about resolving THAT. Eventually some other, more serious, message would be sent by the bodymind about this--until you both hear it loud and clear.
Ok, I have to admit that when I first came on here I had never given alternative medicine a thought. Except once when I saw a Chiropractor. This page, you people and your pages have really opened my eyes.
I finally found out what was wrong with me. I don't have compressed "disc" fractures, I have three thoracic vertebre compression fractures. The doctor thinks may be an old injury that my car accident two months ago, then my recent fall has reactivated. Which, I understand, the doctor really can't do anything about, except for give me drugs. What happens when and if he finds disc compression? More drugs??
I don't like drugs, and infact am allergic to most of them. I would like to incorporate all of the ideas I've read about here into my lifestyle. Relaxation, good diet, (What? No more McDONALDS???) chiropractor, herbs and exercise which may be really difficult for me right now..but later I would like to try.
Sitting and lying down don't hurt me (unless I move). But standing, moving, walking, turning around and lifting, even lifting light things into the cabinet is too much for me. I just can't do it.
Dave sent me some names of Chiro's that I'm going to call on Monday morning. What's my next step? (Besides ordering Walt's book on Monday *bg*)
My brother-in-law has just been diagnosed with diabetes and we are wondering if it is possible to make yeast bread with-
Linda has been trying to stick to a Perfect Whole Food Diet (and finding it a challenge). She was Perfect for two weeks then went off the wagon. Not to great extremes, but we understand now that even small amounts of refined carbohydrates can elicite significant reactions. She is now trying to be Perfect and eliminate wheat and dairy. In eliminating wheat she is eliminating wheat related gains such as oats, barley, rye, spelt and kamut.
She was drinking coffee until Sunday (had been off it for about 2 weeks and then started again for about 3-4 days). She now finds that in addition to the depression coming back and the joint and muscle pain being persistent, she is getting what can best be described as hives on her face. Not very many (3-5).
I would say it is like an allergic reaction, but it doesn't seem that she is eating anything that she shouldn't (right now). Is it possibly a reaction from having eaten poorly then trying to be Perfect agian?
Any ideas or suggestions?
Thanks Once Again.
I know that, after all that you have been through, for me to say that this is pretty clear to me must seem hard to believe. HOWEVER, this is pretty clear to me.
The answer for you will be, in the beginning, for you to learn even more than you have already learned. I will say here what I know you have and why. You may not understand all of it. It has taken me more than 50 years to learn this stuff and I have discovered none of it. All I have done is bring together what others have learned from around the world and come up with how it all works together. This new understanding is called Integrative Medicine or Holistic Medicine (if you wish).
Anyhow, your constant "hunger" is one of the sensations common to someone who has severe leaky gut syndrome. It is NOT really hunger but you will not be able to tell the difference. This typically comes on suddenly as it did in your case (see my book--link on this page). Those people who have told you that this is uncommon just have been misinterpreting what their patients have been telling them by filtering it through their training and experience paradigm which is pretty primitive.
I assume that you are familiar with what LGS is & what causes it. I can hardly imagine that you have gone through all this without having SOMEONE come up with that. THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING TO FINALLY RESOLVE THIS FOR ALL TIME IS FOR YOU TO PRACTICE AN EFFECTIVE SKILLED RELAXATION TECHNIQUE AT LEAST 20 MINUTES TWICE A DAY (never within 2 hours of retiring) FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
There are certainly other things that will hurry this up but you really need to do one thing at a time & do it right. The skilled relaxation is the thing for you to start with.
In the meantime, learning more is the only other thing you should consider. There is a book that was written about you that you will want your own copy of: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. This classic has just been republished with a new, expanded and updated edition. They probably have old copies at the library but you will need to have your own since you will need to refer to it for the rest of your life. You might even get Dr Pelletier to autograph it since he wrote it about you without even knowing you personally.
Once you have this information under your belt, if you still have questions, write again. There are several articles on the homepage of this 'site (link on this page) that could get you started about LGS (see the ones about stress too since they are directly related to your metabolic breakdown).
THEN. as you get well, please take the time to share your experiences with the BB participants. It is not true that your condition is uncommon. There are a LOT of others out there that you could help avoid what you have gone through.
on 5-23-93 i was exsposed to 7 cans of spaypaint while painting the inside side door on a 1980 chev. van. I know have immune system problems, verdigo, tinitits, hearing loss , sinus problems, and #1and2bowl prob, and finally lungs. Do you know of a treatment to detox and remove all the toxins threw the skin, someone told me about it. I guess it comes out the pores of the skin.please help me.hm #714-550-9301 this happened at work! also kidney stones,uric acid stones.
In Reply to: Hives? posted by Peter Wray on February 24, 1998 at 14:07:24:
Your wife is doing this in the hardest way possible. Her hives are due to the added stress of all the work she is doing, the withdrawal her (almost perfect) diet is causing and the singular lack of benefits this process is producing. They are described in detail in Dr Pelletier's book.
Just her coffee guarantees, at this stage of her withdrawal, that she will have all this happen to her. She is a stubborn woman! She would be better off to do nothing about her diet till she is ready to do it right. Doing what she is doing could drag out this "hard" phase for years. Why do it?
Perhaps just the skilled relaxation & exercise is all she should be doing for the next 6 months?
In Reply to: Re: EMERGENCY: need help for diarrhea (Dr. Walt) posted by carloyn kirk on February 24, 1998 at 15:03:34:
At your age, this problem is CERTAINLY a lack of digestive enzymes. Correcting this is essential for your overall health
--not just your diarrhea--since it means that you are not absorbing the most important nutrients from your diet. Your bodymind is trying to send you a message with the diarrhea.
You would be wise to see a local Chiropractor (especially one with a reputation for being knowledgable in nutrition). A good Naturopath would be a good start as well.
Besides, your note tells me that you are right on the verge of having this problem all the time and that would be the end of you. Do not put this off.
Finally, this has probably progressed to your having dysbiosis caused by progressive leaky gut syndrome--even possible parasitosis which will eventually be a part of this. The professionals I mentioned above would be knowledgable about what to do about your causes.
Please write with any further questions AND share with this BB your experiences as you get healthier. There are a lot of others like you lurking out there who would be helped by watching you get well.
In Reply to: Re: Leaky Gut Syndrome posted by Ronald A. Cueto on February 24, 1998 at 15:58:04:
If you are willing to become a student of your problem, the most effective and least expensive (in time, effort & money) thing for you to do right now is learn a lot more about what is going on with you. Even if you elect to start with a Clinical Ecologist, you would be a much more effective patient if you knew a lot more.
I would bet that your paint exposure was just the straw that broke the camel's back & not the cause of your symptoms at all. Toward that end, I would suggest that you first read a copy of my book (link below). THEN, if that makes sense to you, read the reference in the back of the book: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier.
THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
A good place to start would be going to this link: Leaky Gut Syndrome.
If you have a copy of my book you will see several chapters that go into much greater depth.
In Reply to: Re: Candida-Bentonite clay posted by Walt Stoll on February 21, 1998 at 10:13:24:
Thank you I think I will look into purchasing your book. However,
I have a great deal of information and have pretty much defeated
this disease using only natural means. I only asked the
question because this was something I had not heard about
before and I was visiting your site for the first time so I
thought I would ask. I will pass this site location on to other
candida suffers that I am in contact with because we all are
looking for many answers and need someone like you to ask
In Reply to: Re: CONSTANT HUNGER SENSATION posted by Walt Stoll on February 24, 1998 at 14:13:02:
Could Lora's problem also involve a parasite such as a tapeworm? Having had one I know the symptoms of never being satisfied. Dr Stoll is right-LGS is definitely involved. LGS and parasites go together. Stress, causing reduced immunity in the gut as well as thinning of the intestinal lining then leads to invasion by a multitude of parasites. And tapeworms are very dificult to get rid of, so the herbs you took may not have been strong enough or the right ones to rid you of your visitors. Tapeworms are also very often not accurately diagnosed. (Would YOU like to be the technician who had to look through stool samples to find microscopic parasite eggs day after day?)
Start by building your immunity (and your intestinal fortitude) by twice daily stress reduction techniques. At the same time get a stool sample kit from Great Smokies Lab-check links page from Dr Stoll's page. You may have to find a natural doctor who can get you the treatments you need to rid yourself of the critters, but you can do it. If you have pets make sure they get treated too. The road is long but the trip is worth it. Good luck.
I am attempting to attach the URL of a CNN article on gene treatment of yeast infections which I found today. There are further links at the bottom of the article.
In Reply to: Gene treatment of yeast infections posted by Jim on February 27, 1998 at 01:12:53:
Well, It didn't work, so
In Reply to: "Is Liquid Chlorophyll a good dietary supplement ? " posted by Cathy Hill on February 25, 1998 at 15:02:54:
I am not a good enough herbologist to advise you. I think our links page has a link to a good herbologist.
The only thing I know about chlorophyll is that it DOES help with the integrity of the iliocecal valve ( a chronic problem associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome).
I am looking for a natural cure. I was told I have this condition in my ear. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. Tks Arlen.
Dear Dr. Stoll,
Do you have an opinion, either pro or con regarding the N.E.A.T. method that claims to test for allergens and permanently turn off the response. This is permformed by chiropracters or acupunturists using accupressure or acupunture. The promised results sound too good to be true. I would like to give it a try but would like your opinion.
Thank you sincerely,
Dear Dr. Stoll, Quite a few years ago I tested positive for Candida. Little was known then and I was not told to stay on maintenance. About five years ago my blood tested positive along with severe symtoms. I cannot eat dairy products, mushrooms, peanuts, or take more then one dose of acidolphilus (sp.) in a twenty four hour period. I have serious mental confusion, depression, blurry vision and constipation, fatigue, joint pain, muscle weakness and I'm mean as a snake. Recently, one morning after having milk the night before I could not remember how to stop the car from moving into traffic. My first thought was to turn on the windshield wipers - it didn't work. Getting back home was a terrifying trip, it took more then a day for my mind to begin to clear.One year ago my colon shut down. After several weeks of colonics I began to improve and I'm limping along today. I have a hormone imbalance for which I have never been able to take synthetic hormones. Two years ago I found a doctor in Seattle that treats me with natural hormones and I'm doing well. She is careful to test me regularily and would like very much for me to find someone closer to home. Because of my severe reactions to anti-candida treatments, she does not want to treat me long distance for that. A few years ago I could not tolerate a dry toothpick dipped in Nystatin and then in a glass of water. The depression that followed was scary. What in the world can I do? I really can't live like this forever (who would want to?)My finances are limited, so I am not able to undergo the huge battery of tests some allergy doctors have insisted I go through before I'm treated. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it more then I can say.
Dr Walt or others,
Do you have an opinion on the drug Asacol for Non Specific colitis? My gastroenterologist put me on that about 1 1/2 years ago after a procedure revealed alot of inflamation. Since I've had so many recurring bouts with diarrhea and accompanying pain over the last several months, I started back on it a week ago. I feel so much better. The pain is not totally gone, but the D. sure is. It has aspirin (time release, doesnt get in the stomach) and sulfa. My gastro. was very excited that I am practicing the S.R. He said awareness of the mind-body connection is the biggest battle against IBS. He suggested that I might seek out a psychologist that uses a biofeedback machine and I hope I can find that. Too bad the gastro specialists don't give their patients more specific ways of dealing with stress. He's been telling me for 15 years that my problem boils down to not handling stress well, but never has told me how to fix that.
In Reply to: Asacol posted by Nancy on February 12, 1998 at 19:03:25:
Have you read the package insert for Asacol? It is primarily recommended for ulcerative colitis--the first serious form of colitis found to respond routinely to biofeedback training.
In your case, since you are starting to actually address the causes of your condition, I would not hesitate to take it so long as it works. Remember, it is an anti inflammatory drug like cortisone (with none of the cortisone like long term effects). However, because it IS an anti inflammatory drug, its real danger is that it MIGHT work. When symptoms reduce, people are less likely to continue doing what will eventually actually resolve the problem.
In Reply to: Re: Asacol posted by Walt Stoll on February 14, 1998 at 10:43:30:
Yes, I do realize after talking with my doctor that the way it heals is to reduce inflamation, but don't worry, I'm committed to a life-style change to address the underliying causes of my various complaints, only one of which is IBS. I'm feeling so much better after having gotten the acute symptoms under control, though! In the back of my mind, I still feel like there may be a need to take some of the leaky gut treatments, and I may give the Ultra Clear another try at a later date. I'll stay on the Asacol for another month while I continue with the Skilled Relaxation, massages, and hopefully, some better chiropractic care as well (thanks to Dr. Dave).
Again, I want to thank you, Dave and Robert for your unselfish concern and willingness to help people heal themselves!!!!!!
Dear Dr. Stoll,
Thankyou for writing "Saving Yourself". I enjoyed reading it and am inspired by your courage.
I'm a 49 year old female student. I lived at Kripalu for 12 years and know your son, Bill. That's how I found out about you.
Can you give me advise on how to heal my colon? I have a lot of old fecal matter stored in pockets in the colon. There is a blockage in the right side of the traverse colon (picked up by a psychic)). Also, the walls of the colon are thin and worn. (Also picked up by a psychic). I have no symptons other than fatigue, which I thought was due to menapause (completed 3 years ago). The only reason I knew there was a problem was that I had a standard slide test in a checkup which revealed that there was blood in my stool. (stongly positive, all 3 days.). I have decided to work naturally with an herbalist before going on for more tests which are expensive and painful (the colonoscopy). I realize that I am at risk to wait but I decided to take that chance, and get retested in a few months. I hope I show enough improvement to not have to get further medical tests. I am feeling a fair amount of anxiety about this whole thing, which I realize is not good for my colon.
I am doing relaxations and meditations- 1 each per day, 20 min. at a time. I feel that I am reaching alpha level most of the time because I get much more relaxed, and sometimes a lot more accepting of life. Even with the relaxations, I am noticing that my belly is tight most of the time, especially when standing or sitting. (Lying down feels looser). I practice deep breathing most of the time, whenever I think of it. I also have been yawning more-do you have any idea what that is all about?
I am also making more time for taking walks and doing yoga.
Other than what was written in the book, can you recommend additional support for discharging old toxic fecal matter and how to heal the walls of my intestine?
I am also working with my diet, eliminating simple carbohydrates. In your book, you suggested not to eat fruit for awhile. What is the reason for this?
I have other food questions. I have read a lot about nutrician and I am aware of the controversy; of cooked vs. raw. What is best for my condition?
Are there any special foods I should particularly eat or avoid? (other than what you mentioned in the book). What about organic apple cider vinegar? what about cayenne? miso?
acidopholus? (whats the best brand?)
Is there anything else I should be doing to facilitate my healing other than what you mentioned in the book?
Thankyou very much and God bless
In Reply to: Re: Asacol posted by Nancy on February 14, 1998 at 15:22:56:
Sounds like a good plan to me. Please continue to share your experiences with the BB participants, You are helping a lot of people see the light.