How to NOT develop an intestinal disease

Answered on March 05, 2014
Created March 03, 2014 at 4:56 PM

As we all know, there are some diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritabile Bowel Diseases ( like Crohns and RCU ) Of course IBD are very dangerous when IBS is not really, but many people in the internet like the guys of the SCD DIET say that IBS is the first step to get an IBD.

Since my IBS is the motivation for which I went paleo ( cutting off gluten made the greatest work ) I stille at sugars some times ( like dark chocolate ) and I'm afraid this could contribute to make my IBS become and IBD.

SO the question is, what's the biggest factor, in your opinion, to develop and IBD? Personally I think sugar is not, because the whole world eat a lot of sugars, so IBD should be very very commons when they are not. In my opinion the key/cause is GLUTEN, because after 3 days of gluten free my gut was totally feeling better. And for the exams, I AM NOT CELIAC!

My opinion is, if you already have an IBS ( which is a form of gluten sensitivity ) and you keep eating gluten, you can have many chances to develop and IBD, some years later.

Does this make sense, what do you think?



on March 03, 2014
at 09:20 PM




on March 03, 2014
at 09:13 PM

Are you trying to say that because sugar does not cause IBS and because "the whole world eats a lot of sugars" that unlimited sugar is OK for your health? Because we all know the answer to that is not so. A little bit of sugar here and there in the form of fresh, ripe fruit and the occasional bit of natural sugar might not be terribly harmful, but the overwhelming amount in western diets from high fructose corn syrup and from overeating simple starches is NOT benign.

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on March 05, 2014
at 12:22 PM

You can be sensitive to gluten and not be considered celiac by the usual tests. Doesn't mean you can eat wheat.

Don't assume that sugar is safe for you just because everyone eats it, after all "everyone" eats wheat too.


on March 04, 2014
at 09:40 PM

In my case, changing to gluten-free diet didn't have much impact on IBS. I've developed it about a year after removing dairy (kefirs and yoghurts) from my diet. I have tried being gluten-free for a year and it didn't help me, mostly a placebo effect for a month or so.

Since the end of my week long antibiotic treatment I take probiotics twice a day and must admit that the IBS symptoms subsided a lot, talk about a remission.


on March 04, 2014
at 08:52 PM

Just a layman's hypothesis, but it sounds like "bad" bacteria (i.e. a bad mix of species) dominating in the gut.

The measurable mix of species can be changed fairly quickly through diet, but for some people they seem to drift just as easily in the wrong direction, and techniques such as "low fiber" are palliative only.

So perhaps it's a biofilm problem, whereby the bad guys have attached themselves to your gut like the slime on a rock by the ocean or the mold in your shower. They can hide behind this film (usually made of polysaccharides & minerals, metaphorically akin to concrete with rebar) and resist treatment orders of magnitude more powerful than that which would normally deal with them. The "measurable species" are only a measure of the the free-floaters, but they're not your problem.

Biofilms are very hard to break up. Fecal matter transplant (shit transplant) can help. You might need to combine it with antibiotics to help break up the biofilm. Or perhaps natural killers like oregano oil?

Also, certain enzymes can break up biofilms. Natto is good for this, it has its eponymous nattokinase enzyme that supposedly works well. You'd prob need to combine it with "replacement" bacteria for whatever you remove, otherwise the bad guys would just grow back. Natto with a sauerkraut chaser? Be a much safer thing to try, anyway: no antibiotics needed, just whole food that people have consumed for millenia.

P.S. You can by the starter bacteria and make your own natto out of any legume: green peas, chickpeas, black beans ... whatever you like. Doesn't have to be soy.

P.P.S. Remember, I said "layman's hypothesis!"



on March 03, 2014
at 07:51 PM

i honestly blame my inflammatory bowel disease on high fiber intake. i was diagnosed when i was a fruitarian and eating tons of bananas and salads (80/10/10 diet). so many pounds per day. my body just couldn't handle it. obviously once you get the disease, it is irreversible so i have to use a lot of medications. one thing i make sure to do is really limit my fiber. i try to do less than 15 grams per day and sometimes it's less than that.

i did have IBS with constipation my whole life prior to developing IBD. i also ate high fiber whole grains/beans prior to the fruitarian lifestyle so i know i was screwed from that. just causes so much constipation and not efficient elimination.

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