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Once and For All! – Solving Stomach and Gastrointestinal Problems

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Doron Ben Dov MS,Lac addresses ways to solve stomach and gastrointestinal problems.

The number of patients who complain about stomach and gastrointestinal problems is larger than ever. It is common to see patients with chronic problems of bloating, nausea, and ongoing pain in the gastrointestinal tract. Often, even the best doctors consider such problems a medical enigma, after failing to find conclusive evidence as to what causes the pain. The most effective medications do not claim to cure the cause of the problem, but instead offer a temporary remedy for the patient’s debilitating symptoms. The good news is that there is no need to suffer over a long period, and that there are good, effective solutions to solve the problem at its core. Before we move forward, it is imperative to state that some conditions, which this essay does not refer to, necessitate a thorough examination. In addition, it is vital to know that this essay is grounded in in-depth studies, conducted by practitioners of conventional medicine as well as of preventive medicine.

Why do people suffer from such problems? What are the solutions?

1. Helicobacter pylori bacteria is often mentioned as the cause of gastrointestinal problem. This bacteria can easily live in the stomach’s acidic environment and to cause pain and other debilitating symptoms. Bacteria certainly causes gastrointestinal disorders, but it is imperative to understand that this bacteria needs a receptive environment that enables it to grow and impact a human body. Emotional stress, cigarette smoking, consumption of alcohol and unhealthy food (“empty calories” that have no nutritional value) often make for an environment that welcomes, so to speak, Helicobacter pylori. A patient who does not pay attention to these underlying factors might suffer from ulcer and adenocarcinoma (a form of gastrointestinal cancer). Since this bacteria is accustomed to the stomach’s acidic environment, a patient’s diet should not include acidic foods (e.g. beef, cheese, fish, eggs, sodas) for a certain period of time, and instead contain more foods such as asparagus, artichoke, almonds and nuts (cashew, macadamia, walnut).

2. The brain and the gastrointestinal tract are interlinked. It is well known that bowel movements are controlled by brain signals (through the vagus nerve). People who suffer from digestive difficulties and use pills to induce bowel movement, can actually choose more effective intervention methods. Exercise and acupuncture, for example, directly impact the vagus nerve and consequently push the bowels to move more effectively.

3. Science has now established that unresolved chronic problems eventually impact the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Based on empirical observation, I can state that inability to adjust to certain life events as well as difficulty to make decisions directly impact the gastrointestinal tract.

4. Our intestines contain trillions of germs. Thus, it is wise to occasionally consume probiotic and enzyme supplements, which “strengthen” the intestines and help them function properly. Chinese medicine suggests a number of formulas that have been proven to be effective. Supplements like glutamine and zinc can also be beneficial. It is highly advisable to consult a specialist in the field of supplements, because the market is not always effectively regulated.

5. Pills like aspirin or cartia and high dose opiates (painkillers) damage the intestines. A patient should thoroughly examine the number of pills s/he takes. Often, when a patient reduces the number of pills s/he takes (in consultation with a physician, of course), the stomach and gastrointestinal tract function better and the symptoms wane.

In conclusion, it is possible to recover from stomach disorders. There is no need to suffer from debilitating symptoms over time. To be sure, recovery takes time, but experience shows that such improvement is definitely possible. Every patient is different, of course, and therefore every case is unique and requires specific, thoughtful intervention. A combination of interventions grounded in different therapeutic branches (nutrition, psychology, medicine and preventive medicine) could have positive long term effect and lead to optimal cure.

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