The 10-second Digestive Solution. Say No to Gas, Bloating, and Indigestion!
Nourishing Your Middle Half:
The “Engines” of Your Digestive System
Your digestive system is one of the most complex and hardest-working systems in your body. To get the most from the nourishment you take in from the “outside,” you must nourish the system that does the work!
The gastrointestinal (GI) system is generally examined by physicians in two parts—the “upper GI” system includes mouth, esophagus, and especially the stomach. The “lower GI” system is routinely thought to include the small and large intestines. If you’ve ever had upper and lower GI tests, you know the drill. Upper GI tests are conducted from the mouth downward.
Since most of these tests have complications, I’ve got a better idea—avoid the tests! Take care of your entire GI system before you develop a condition that needs to be checked out.
A vital part of the GI tract is what might be called the “upper lower”—the liver and pancreas, as well as the gallbladder. I call it the “middle half.” These organs are the driving engines behind the digestive
processes...and sadly, most of us take their function for granted. I’m here to let you know you need to: Take care of your liver and pancreas, and if you do, you are much more likely to have good health. Fail to take care of them, and you’ll suffer.
What Have You Done for Your Liver Lately?
Most people know they have a liver but very few can tell you what their liver does, or how to protect it.
The liver is the largest organ in the body, and it is absolutely necessary for life. The liver is a major site for metabolizing food, and it is the body’s chief detoxification organ.
You can take away most of a person’s stomach and intestines and still maintain that person’s life on intravenous fluids...if the person has a healthy liver.
Take away a person’s liver, and it is nearly impossible to keep a person alive. The liver truly is a VITAL organ.
Your Liver and Gallbladder. Your liver and your gallbladder are directly linked in the digestive process.
The liver functions first and foremost to produce bile acids, which are stored in the gallbladder. The liver produces, the gallbladder stores. When fats leave the stomach and enter the upper intestines (the duodenum and jejunum), the gallbladder releases bile acids that mix with the fats. The bile alters the chemical structure of the fats so they can be further broken down for better absorption by digestive enzymes known as lipases.
If bile stagnates in the gallbladder, gallstones can form, which may lead to bacteria growth. Such a situation often results in gallbladder “attacks” that are accompanied by severe cramping and pain, particularly if gallstones block the bile duct, the tube that connects the gallbladder to the small intestine.
Some people have “moderate” attacks that end when the small gallstones pass. Severe attacks can require surgery to remove the gallbladder. In some cases a gall bladder cleanse works great.
Trust me, if you’ve ever suffered a gallstone attack you can find yourself begging to have your gallbladder removed even before an anesthetic can be administered. A friend of ours once had a gallbladder attack several hours after eating a large bowl of very greasy chili and beans. In her words, “the pain was intense and relentless...I was begging to have my gallbladder ripped out of me, but fortunately, the pain passed just as suddenly as it began. I felt a little ‘pop’ in my upper right abdomen and I’m assuming that was the moment when a little gallstone finally made it out of a blocked duct and into my small intestines. The relief was immediate, and it meant I could board a cruise ship the next day with no concerns. But trust me—I’ve never had a bowl of greasy chili since that day!”
The point is—gallstones don’t form if the bile in the gallbladder flows freely and doesn’t stagnate, and if the gallbladder routinely releases its bile when fats are consumed.
What can be done to stimulate gallbladder function?
One of the best substances ever discovered for stimulating bile release is the herb curcumin. Curcumin also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help prevent infections and inflammation in the gallbladder. This herb is a flavanoid extracted from the spice turmeric. This is one of the primary ingredients in my GHI Cleanse. I use this product 4 times a day by mixing 1 scoop in water 4x a day. It really helps to stop the body’s inflammatory response due to allergies. This product is Amazing! Remember allergies and food related intolerance cause a variety of problems.
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You Can Kill Your Liver—Easier than You Know.
The liver is a fairly fragile organ. It can be damaged by a variety of medications, as well as by alcohol and viruses.
One of the most common medications known to destroy liver cells is acetaminophen, the medication found in Tylenol™. Even when taken in recommended dosages, this drug can do tremendous harm to the liver.
Not long ago I heard about a teenager who was suffering from an intense migraine. After several days, she decided to double, and then triple, the amount of Tylenol™ she was taking. Three days later she was in a critical-care unit hoping for a liver transplant. In what everybody around this young woman called a miracle, a liver came available in that very hospital and she had transplant surgery—but it didn’t last. Six months later she needed a second transplant and today, a decade later, she is still on anti-rejection drugs. Her physical vitality and stamina were ruined for life.
Alcohol is also a powerful liver toxin. Over time, heavy drinkers can develop severe scarring of the liver and loss of liver cells. Those who are chronic heavy drinkers with poorly functioning livers are at very high risk for liver cancer. Liver cancer is nearly always the result of chronic scarring, inflammation, and exposure to toxins.
But how much does a person need to take for these highly lethal effects to kick in? Not a lot. I can pretty much assure you that if a person takes four extra-strength Tylenol™ with two shots of 100-proof whiskey, that person could need a liver transplant within 72 hours.
Protection from Poisoning.
Several powerful nutrients have been shown to help protect liver cells from toxic medication damage and other toxins:
• Methionine (GHI Cleanse) 272 mg, Chelation Therapy, N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) are effective in treating acetaminophen poisoning.
General Protection for the Liver.
Taurine, indole-3 carbinol, carotenoids, acetyl-L-carnitine, and natural forms of vitamin E are also powerful nutrients that help protect the liver.
Ellagic acid (GHI Cleanse)—a nutrient found in many berries, especially raspberries—also helps protect the liver. Ellagic acid is also found in walnuts and pecans, and in some other fruits. Supplements are also available.
What about Viral Hepatitis?
Hepatitis literally means “liver inflammation.” (Hepar means “liver” in Greek, and itis means “inflammation.”) Some hepatitis progresses to fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis. The inflammation is causes by toxins—notably alcohol, certain medications, and plants—but also by a group of hepatitis viruses, which is the cause of most cases worldwide.
Dramatic improvement in patients with viral hepatitis have been seen when alpha-lipoic acid, silymarin (milk-thistle extract), NAC, and selenium were used.
In this situation also add in the Viralgraphics for enchanced viral support.
Next D3 Again:
I have written an extensive article on D3 and its role in the immune system and allergy control is critical.
Steering Clear of a Growing Epidemic: Pancreatitis
The pancreas, in addition to regulating blood sugar levels, produces and stores the body’s most important digestive enzymes.
A number of medical studies are showing that pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is increasingly on the rise. Whether the inflammation is ongoing, or appears periodically, pancreatitis can lead to poor digestion, diabetes, and even cancer.
What cause this inflammation? Many factors are related, including:
• A diet high in carbohydrates (sugar and junk)
• Use of aspartame products (diet sodas and other diet products using the little blue packets of sweetener)
• Alcohol abuse
• Eating foods with nitrites and nitrates
• Chronic viral infections
Perhaps the most insidious of these is the consumption of nitrates and nitrites, the food preservatives commonly used in packaged hot dogs, processed deli meats, and bacon. One medical study found that those who routinely ate foods with nitrites and nitrates were 62 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Other research has found that women who ate foods containing these preservatives dramatically increased their baby’s risk of developing brain tumors-I suspect this is because they are combing it with aspartame.
At present, pancreatic cancer kills about 30,000 people a year, and the rate is increasing. Sadly, so is the consumption of deli meats containing nitrates and nitrites!
Pancreatic cancer is one cancer that seems directly connected to what a person eats. One study found that people who ate no vegetables had a 400 percent higher incidence of pancreatic cancer than those who ate 4-5 servings of vegetables a week.
Protection for the Pancreas:
Eat berries! Ellagic acid (GHI Cleanse)—found in blueberries, blackberries, and especially raspberries—helps protect the pancreas from pancreatitis.
|OK, let’s stop for a moment. I need to take a brief segway. As you read on, you are going to notice that I am constantly writing and recommending GHI Cleanse. There is a reason for that. It does so much. I personally take 1 scoop 4 times a day in distilled water; I actually use it as a meal replacement. Since I have started using the product 4 times a day, my already high energy levels are even higher. Plus it really helps my mental acuity. It strengthens the liver, the gut, and helps to stop inflammation. I love this product! It’s one of my BEST! So, now you’ll understand why this e-mail is GHI this and GHI that. Read on, this is a very informational e-mail on a very important topic. )|
Pancreatic enzymes (our Digestive Enzyme Blend) can aid digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for people who have pancreatitis. Several labs offer tests to measure digestion of each type of food. These tests can serve as a guideline for specific enzyme replacement. If you suffer from pancreatitis, you may want to pursue such a test to determine a “customized” enzyme treatment plan.
Nourishing Your Lower Digestive Tract
Not only is pancreatitis on the rise, but so is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). (Read this last sentence again) Many people have heard of this problem, which produces chronic inflammation, bowel spasms, cramping, gas, and diarrhea.
Addressing Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Scientists still don’t know the exact cause of IBS, but they do know it often develops after a person has a severe intestinal infection, particularly one that was treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics can be wonderful tools, but if they are used too often or indiscriminately, they can cause more harm than good. They not only kill the bad bacteria, but also the good intestinal bacteria essential for digestion and absorption. Some medical researchers believe strongly that it is the killing off of “good bacteria” that actually leads to IBS. (Please read this last sentence again)
Bacteria Can Be GOOD for You.
Many people automatically think of bacteria as “bad.” In truth, good bacteria do a great deal for you! It:
• Produces vitamin B12
• Aids in the digestion of fiber
• Detoxifies carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)
• Detoxifies estrogen (which fuels cancer cells)
• Prevents an overgrowth of harmful bacteria
When the body has too little good bacteria, the intestines can become inflamed and hypersensitive to histamine, acetylcholine, and glutamate (MSG)—all of which can cause bowel irritability.
MSG is a food additive that can be a powerful stimulate to the bowel muscles, resulting in cramping and diarrhea. This is especially true for those who may already have irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease. Glutamate stimulates “mast cells” in the walls of the intestine, stimulating them to release histamine, which further intensifies bowel inflammation and damage.
Carrageenan is another common food additive. It is made of seaweed and it can produce intense inflammation even in small doses. Think you aren’t eating any seaweed? Think again! This additive is found in many baked goods, ice creams, and breads. This additive tends to worsen all bowel conditions, including IBS, and it has been shown to dramatically stimulate cancer growth.
What can you do?
First, avoid food additives whenever you can! Read labels. Ask restaurants—especially Oriental-food restaurants—if they use MSG or carrageenan.
Second, avoid eating foods that are known to irritate the bowels: high fat foods, coffee (including decaffeinated), carbonated drinks, and alcohol.
Curcumin and hesperdin (GHI Cleanse), as well as quercetin, suppress the mast cells’ histamine release. Curcumin also relaxes bowel muscles and has been linked to a reduced risk of colon cancer.
Fourth, eat foods that stimulate healthy “good” intestinal bacteria—including bacteria-friendly “probiotic” foods and supplements. Health Masters Probiotic Blend has a unique capsule design that ensures the maximum number of organisms are delivered to the colon.
Fifth, flax fiber is effective in enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria. You can usually find flax in capsule form, or in granulated form for sprinkling on whole-grain cereal.
Sixth, consider taking peppermint and caraway oil to reduce spasms in the intestine and colon. Supplements of these nutrients should be enteric-coated, which allows them to pass through the stomach to the small intestine before their medicinal properties are released.
Good News for Those with Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
The two major inflammatory bowel diseases are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. Both:
Crohn’s disease can afflict any part of the GI tract, while ulcerative colitis plagues the colon and rectum. Ulcerative colitis often is associated with bloody, mucus-filled diarrhea during periods when the disease is especially active.
Several supplements have been shown to have numerous benefits in clinical studies related to bowel disorders.
• Magnesium is critical to energy production and plays a role in suppressing immune over-activation, which causes both of these bowel disorders. Magnesium should be taken as Magnesium Glycinate in a dose of 500 mg twice a day.
• Omega-3 fats can reduce colon inflammation and aid in the fight against inflammatory bowel diseases. One study has shown that omega-3 levels in the blood directly correlate with the intensity of these diseases in the body—the less omega-3, the greater the disease symptoms. (Our Organic Cod Liver Oil)
• Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) as Borage Oil has been proven beneficial in reducing inflammation when taken in doses of 1,000 mg.
• Both selenium and Zinc are critical in controlling Crohn’s and colitis. About 300 ug of selenium combined with Vitamin E and 25 mg zinc picolinate a day are recommended. Curcumin, Quercetin (GHI Cleanse) and silymarin help reduce inflammation and colon spasms.
• N-butyrate is a short-chain fat that appears to suppress colon cancer and protect brain cells A product called ButryAid has purified N-butyrate and can be taken in a dose of two 815-mg tablets three times a day with meals.
A person must avoid the food additives MSG (and similar products) and carrageenan since these incite inflammation and colon spasms. Also avoid use of all soy products, which can increase inflammation in a person with these conditions.
Recovery from Food Allergies and “Leaky Gut”
Fifteen years ago, nobody, including most doctors, had ever heard of the concept of a “leaky gut.” It may very well be, however, the main cause of most food allergies.
Normally, nutrients pass through either the cell lining of the intestines or through the membrane that is between the cells. About seventy percent of food absorption occurs through the membranes. However, if the membrane barrier is damaged, whole food particles pass directly into the blood stream and they trigger immune reactions we refer to as food allergies.
How does a person develop a leaky gut? There are a number of reasons:
• Gastrointestinal infections, which may be triggered by typhoid, viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, loss of “good bacteria,” and toxins.
• The Candida albians fungus, which often develops after widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
• Various medications and medical procedures that weaken or damage the membrane barrier, among which are the use of aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Advil™ and Naproxen™. Use of steroids (cortisone), radiation treatments, and chemotherapy drugs can also be quite harmful to the intestinal membranes.
Once the intestinal membranes have been perforated, food allergies can be widespread, even causing allergies to everyday foods a person once ate without any problem. At the top of the allergies list are cow’s milk, soy products, peanuts, corn, cheese, coffee, and chocolate.
The allergic reactions tend to be worse in the presence of any autoimmune disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, or ulcerative colitis.
Once the intestines are damaged by inflammation or toxins, the door is wide open for bacteria, viruses, and fungi to enter the bloodstream. The normal cellular and membrane functions prohibit the invasion of these devastating agents.
The result? Very often a person with leaky gut and the resulting food allergies experiences headaches, fatigue, aching joints, confusion, difficulty in thinking, and various skin rashes and other disorders.
A very specific testing protocol has been developed to determine the presence of a leaky gut. Mannitol, usually in combination with lactulose, is taken by mouth. The mannitol readily passes the membrane barrier, but lactulose is generally blocked. Urine is collected over a six-hour period and tested for both substances. A high level of lactulose in the urine suggests a leaky gut.
Healing Can Be Rapid!
The entire lining of the gut is replaced every fourteen days, and therefore, healing can occur rapidly when the body is provided with all the necessary nutrients. Many people have discovered that food allergies disappear once their intestinal lining is repaired.
Some of the substances that have been shown to be useful include:
The probiotics (especially LActobacillu plantarum and L. reuteri), seem especially helpful in reducing leaky gut problems associated with chemotherapy.
A yeast organism called Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to prevent Candida albicans from penetrating the intestinal wall. It is available without prescription.
And finally, drink white and blueberry tea! White and blueberry tea—consumed twice a day— has been shown to support the growth of two healthy bacteria in the colon. The flavanoids in white tea are especially beneficial.
Preventing Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer—also called colon cancer or large bowel cancer—includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum, and appendix. It results in 655,000 deaths worldwide every year, and is the fifth most common form of cancer in the United States and the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the western world.
Of all the varieties of cancer, colon cancer has the strongest link to diet, both in terms of prevention and causation.
Americans consume more carcinogens than just about any other people in the world. Our diet is high in carcinogenic fats, cancer-causing nitrosamines, nitrites, and tumor-promoting sugar. We eat dangerously low amounts of fiber, vegetables, and fruits that might counteract the ingestion of this massive amount of carcinogens. MSG and other food additives are used in a widespread manner, and they have been shown to be powerful catalysts for the growth and spread of cancer.
Generally speaking, it takes decades of nutritional abuse before colon cancer develops. Once it has developed, however, it is tough to treat effectively.
Nutritional Treatment of Precancerous Cell Clusters.
Several nutrients have been demonstrated to suppress precancerous cell clusters that are called “aberrant crypt foci,” and which develop in the lining of the colon. The most impressive fighters are curcumin, conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) quercetin, DHA, natural vitamin E, vitamin E succinate, silymarin, ellagic acid, N-butyrate (ButryhAid), and vitamin B6.
Several substances have been shown to decrease risk of colon cancer:
• Calcium suppresses colon cancer risk in those who eat a high-fat diet.
• The oil CLA suppresses colon cancer risk, as well as breast cancer. As little as 1,000 mg a day seems effective. This special oil regulates immunity and directly suppresses colon cancer formation.
• High doses of Vitamin B6 are associated with significantly lower incidence of colon cancer. Researcher in Sweden studied 67,000 women between the ages of 40 and 75 and found that those who consumed the most foods high in Vitamin B6 had fewer colon polyps and less incidence of colon cancer.
• DHA and omega-3 oils found in Blue Ice Pure Cod Liver Oil also suppress colon cancer.
• Curcumin, derived from turmeric (GHI Cleanse), is also helpful in preventing colon cancer. Both cumin and turmeric are staples of Indian cuisine and they are increasingly being hailed as major suppressors of colon cancer. The Indian population, by the way, has a significantly lower incidence of colon cancer than the United States.
Three flavanoids that protect against colon cancer are quercetin, silymarin (GHI Cleanse)and ellagic acid. In addition to berries, ellagic acid is also found in walnuts, pecans, pomegranates, and muscadine grapes. Dose in supplement form is 1,000 mg twice to three times a day. (Avoid pomegranate juice, however, since it is very high in sugar per serving.)
A Related Ailment: Hemorrhoids
Although hemorrhoids are only indirectly related to the digestive processes of the body, they occur fairly often in those who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome.
Both constipation and diarrhea can cause hemorrhoids to develop. Even straining to pass gas can result in the swelling and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the anus and rectum. They can pop up on the outside of the anus, or be buried deep within the rectum. Both can be very painful and both can be associated with bleeding. The blood from outside hemorrhoids is bright red; the blood from inside hemorrhoids is dark red (like tar).
Treatment usually is focused on a hemorrhoidal suppository, cream, or ointment. Do not, however, use products containing cortisone. Cortisone weakens collagen (thus thinning the walls of the rectal veins) and recurrent problems will be more likely.
The underlying cause of the thin vein walls may be ascorbate and zinc deficiency. A number of nutrients can be taken to help strengthen vein walls:
• High doses of Vitamin C (in form of magnesium or calcium ascorbate)—500 mg to one gram, three times a day can be very helpful.
A person can do a great deal to prevent hemorrhoids by making sure the stools stay soft and bowel movements are regular (and do not require strain). This means maintaining a high intake of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), which in turn translates to at least three to five servings of vegetables and fruits. Flax fiber is a very valuable supplement. And, avoid sitting on the toilet for too long. Use our Atri Aloe V fiber supplement and Magnesium Glycinate, it really helps.
Diverticular Disease Can Be Helped Naturally
Fiber supplementation is also very helpful in preventing diverticular disease (diverticulitis and diverticulosis). Diverticulosis is a condition in which the colon wall develops pouches near the beginning and ending of the colon. These pouches range from the size of a raison to that of a large grape, and they develop in weak spots of the color wall. Straining during bowel movements increases a person’s chances of developing this condition. Chronic constipation is a contributing factor. The nutrients that aid in treating hemorrhoids can be used to strengthen the wall of the colon.
Diverticulitis occurs when the colon pouches become inflamed. This is a dangerous condition that can lead to bleeding, the formation of a fistula (abnormal duct or passage resulting from injury), or an intra-abdominal abscess. Death can occur.
All of the recommendations noted above for hemorrhoid help will also help reduce the risk of diverticulitis and diverticulosis.
A brief outline of GHI Cleanse
This product has 26 grams of hypoallergenic pea rice protein (complete protein)
It can be used as a meal replacement. It contains all essential Amino Acids it can stop protein malnutrition when used regularly.
- Aminogen Enzyme helps to digest protein
- Over 4000 mgs of glutamine for healthy gut
- Supports all liver pathways for healthy liver function.
- Supports hormone balance and metabolism which begins in the gut and is completed in the liver.
- This is also an incredible anti aging product. Remember one of the primary causes of aging is inflammation. It basically clears the inflammatory path ways helping to stop all inflammation.
- ITS 5 distinctive anti-inflammatory compounds are cumin, ginger bioflavonoid, Rutin, and aniacinameds
I take it every morning before my workout, along with one purple stick (Acai-Energy Boost) and one HGH Stimulate. This 3 part power packed breakfast sends my energy and fat burning metabolism into overdrive. Plus it stops inflammation. helping to reduce the soreness which accompanies proper exercise.
Try this energy drink protocol as soon as you wake up, before you work out. It’s Amazing!
Call my office at 1-800-726-1834 to order the supplements recommended above.
Dr Ted Broer
All of these high quality supplements can also be purchased by calling my office at 1-800-726-1834.
*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither the information, nor any formula(s) mentioned are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.