Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Toxins in the food and water supply can irritate the colon. I notice more patients recently with colon sensitivity from gluten found in rye, wheat, oat, and barley. Dairy products can also create distress to the colon walls. The abundance of chemicals used in food manufacturing today pose a challenge. The colon reacts not only to food but also to stress in the nervous and lymphatic system in the colon area. I also have noticed patients whose colon is inflamed because they do not have enough omega-3 oils to reduce the “leaky gut” in the intestines. If a blood chemistry profile shows a CO2 level at the lower end of the spectrum, I suggest adding an amino acid called L-Glutamine, which reduces intestinal inflammation. Eating improper food combinations, for example, animal tissue (acid pH) with starches (alkaline pH), can cause a digestive compost pile in the stomach, which results in the irritation of the colon.
Using information from labels, keep a journal of what you are eating and see if you notice a pattern. Grains, dairy, and peanut butter are common foods that create an alarm in the colon. I would also suggest a blood test called a CBC with a differential. Look at your results for eosinophils (EOS), which increase with people who have parasites. This results from eating wild game like deer, squirrel, and rabbit; sushi; or pork; and from being exposed to or touching cats, which are common carriers of parasites. If your EOS count is elevated, I suggest Agrisept-L, a citric seed extract, at ten drops a day. Your plan would be to minimize grains, watch your food combinations, and take at least one tablespoon of flax oil per day per one hundred pounds of body weight.