Food allergies: Working on Bowel cleansing for the food allergic person, definition of “hermit land”
Complications with food allergies while bowel cleansing, experiences with specific cleansing protocols, "hermit land"
Date: 11/8/2005 8:54:37 AM ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2203 times
On the last blog posting, I discussed why we are back to cleansing the bowels, and that it looks like it has to happen before anything else. Sounds familiar, but it’s more complicated for those sensitive to a handful of different foods. Recommendations in general from curezone seem to be: getting to 3 or more bowel movements a day to get rid of old gunk…and then adding psyllium or other fiber products to further scrape gunk off the intestinal walls. But for “allergics”, it’s not that easy.
I had for years used daily water enemas to stay regular, but had avoided taking supplements for constipation. So in late 2004, I finally tried supplements for the problem: first, herbs that have less of a reputation for being addictive, like triphala, cramp bark, peppermint, ginger, chamomile, etc. I also tried salt water first thing in the morning, and regular use of Epsom salts, since they too seem to have no risk of dependency. No results! My years of being backed up seems to be enough to prevent these milder things from working. And ***I think that people with food intolerance to wheat and dairy, who continue to eat these foods like I did, build up much more gunk on the intestinal walls than the average person. Just my “gut feeling” there (no pun intended, really).
Next, in spring 2005, I went to stronger herbs: mixtures of cascara sagrada, occasionally adding senna or cape aloe. Cascara sagrada has LESS of a reputation for being addictive than senna or cape aloe do, so I emphasized it.
Results: 3 bm’s per day without the use of enemas…but (and this is a biggie) only on some days, on others it’s very unpredictable. Some days after the taking the capsules, I get the runs! And some nothing and backed up for days afterwards! And some days are perfect. Could be due to sometimes eating more allergenic foods than others….this makes it really tough to follow the recommended plans! People with food allergies like those that I have, even when taking a consistent number of the cleansing laxative herb capsules per day, do not experience the same degree of cleansing results the next day – far from it. In this situation, to try to then add psyllium (and I have tried that) things become even harder to control.
I’d like to use a term called “hermit land”, because I’ll refer to it in future blog entries. It means the place a person would have to live to avoid all of his/her food allergens if there are more than just a few to avoid. I lived there once, about 9 years ago, perfectly, for about 3 weeks. And felt better than I have since I was a kid –like a completely different person! Clear head, lots of energy, all symptoms gone! But I had to be a hermit to avoid the foods causing the problems. Since then, I only visit “hermit land” partially, cutting out just some of my allergens, or not inspecting ingredient labels religiously, but getting some relief from some of my symptoms. “Hermit land” is too hard for me to live in full time.
Maybe if I went back to “hermit land” and ate perfectly, I could achieve some consistency of results with the herbal bowel cleansing. For now, that’s not a place I want to visit given the isolation it brings on.
So what am I doing currently? Well, I'm still taking the herbal cleansing capsules, along with a daily spoon of Epsom salts (and the usual plenty of water), and have been doing this for months - - and I first made serious attempts to add psyllium about a month ago. On three days this last month, the psyllium actually produced results like it should (visible old dark stuff, and a stool that comes on its own, no runs, and decent quantity). All of the other days this month that I dealt with having to suddenly double or triple the cleansing herb capsules because I was backed up for several days were worth it to get the few days that things went as they should. Again though, the other days this month were all either being backed up, or having small amounts of diarrea yet not feeling like I had eliminated nearly all that is there and still feeling plugged up. That last is the worst - dealing with running to the bathroom every half hour for a tiny quantity of runny "output", yet still having a backed up feeling!
On days when I'm just plain backed up, I skip the psyllium altogether, and leave it out while doubling or tripling the cleansing capsules until things get moving again. And that's where I am - for the past month. I'll continue this, while attempting to keep my allergenic food intake down to a low level, for this next month to see if I make further progress. But there's another subject to explore...
Parasites? I've tried dozens of brands of anti-parasite products over the past 5 years. Only one caused any amount of "die off" symptoms, or seemed to be doing anything for me: ozonated olive oil. I've barely used any, and only on rare occasions, because when I do, I get what I think is die-off (nasty headache symptoms and other symptoms), and I also experience a worsening of the constipation - suddenly even doubling the cleansing capsules doesn't do much. (I don't use the ozonated stuff often though, so I do know that it is not usually the cause of my constipation).
Next time: parasites, can they aggravate constipation, and can their die-off also aggravate constipation...and might they be another possible cause of inconsistency of results from herbal cleansing capsules. Experience so far in dealing with them.
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