1. Want better bowels? Head south

    The science on irritable bowels is clear as day: Meds do absolutely nothing for this condition.

    Yet docs keep dishing them out anyway. And when one doesn't work, they'll try another... and another... and another.

    It's a waste of everyone's time -- and meanwhile, your bowels are not only madder than ever, you're battling drug side effects to boot.

    Now, new research confirms what I've been telling you all along: Low vitamin D levels play a critical role in any number of bowel disorders, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

    Americans who live in the sun-soaked south are 52 percent less likely to come down with Crohn's and 38 percent less likely to get hit with ulcerative colitis than folks who live up north, according to the study in the journal Gut.

    This gels with other studies, which find that Crohn's is rare in the sunniest climes along the equator, and gets more common the further north you go (Sorry, Canada).

    Of course, there's a lot more to a healthy gut than adequate vitamin D levels. Naturally, diet plays a major role as well.

    The best way to find out which foods are behind your pain is with a food elimination diet -- a painstaking and time-consuming diet that involves starting with almost nothing and then slowly adding foods to see which ones send you running for the toilet.

    I won't lie -- it's a lot of work. If you're not ready to go through all that, try my shortcut: I had the inside scoop on the five ingredients most likely to cause bowel trouble in the December 2010 issue of my Douglass Report newsletter. Click here to get all the details.

  2. The vitamin that can beat Crohn's

    Irritable bowels, celiac disease, gluten allergies, nervous stomach -- everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to be either running to the toilet or just coming back.

    One of the worst of these conditions is Crohn's disease, a relentless assault on the gut that can force sufferers to wonder if they're paying for crimes from a previous life.

    Don't lose hope -- because you might be able to get a lighter sentence by turning to the simple and safe vitamin I've been urging you to take all along: vitamin D3.

    Researchers in New York gave 15 Crohn's patients either a small 1,000 IU dose a day or the 10,000 IU per day "megadose" the mainstream claims is "unsafe."

    That's a load of bunk, and the study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual conference proves it: After six months, the Crohn's patients who got that supposedly giant dose were feeling better than ever.

    It's not the first time low D has been linked to Crohn's. Many of the patients who battle the disease suffer from serious deficiencies of the sunshine vitamin -- and the condition itself is practically unknown in the sunniest regions near the equator.

    But let's not get carried away, either -- because D3 alone didn't cure anyone in this small study, and it won't cure anyone out in the real world, either.

    The reality is, most people are unknowingly eating heaps of toxins every single day -- and until you stop poisoning yourself, your stomach simply will not get better.

    I had a complete guide to digestive disorders almost a year ago in the December 2010 issue of the Douglass Report, including the five foods that are making you sick and how to avoid them.

    If you can't seem to win the battle with your own bowels, this could literally change your life -- and you can read it all, right now, by signing up for my newsletter.

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