1. How to put the brakes on the runs

    Q: Can you offer any help for someone who has been having diarrhea for more than a year?

    GR: “Bathroom problems” can be difficult and embarrassing to discuss with a doctor.

    But it’s important to get them checked out, because diarrhea could be caused by something as simple as too much vitamin C (or a vitamin C supplement that isn’t well-tolerated)… or more serious concerns like allergies, a bacterial or parasitic infection, and even medications.

    That’s right – a drug taken to “fix” one problem could saddle you with a whole new set of woes!

    For instance, antibiotics are notorious for disrupting digestion – and those troubles often don’t go away until the drugs do.

    And because antibiotics wipe out the good bacteria with the bad in your gut, overusing them can leave the body open to something much more serious, like an attack of the superbug C. diff, which causes “deadly diarrhea.”

    While diarrhea is a common symptom of several health concerns, if it doesn’t go away, it MAY indicate a digestive disorder like inflammatory bowel disease (which is caused by inflammation in the gut and intestines) or the comparable irritable bowel syndrome (which has no discernable cause).

    And while there’s no cure for either, the symptoms can be kept under control.

    As I’ve shared before, TRILLIONS of bacteria call your gut home. The majority of them are beneficial, as they break down food, synthesize vitamins, and bolster your immune system.

    But your body is also home to bad bugs -- and studies have shown that if anything disrupts the delicate balance between the two, those “bad guys” can hit you with everything from toilet troubles to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

    Refined carbs are known to trigger inflammation and flare-ups in IBD, so I always recommend following the low-carb Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman”) diet, which eliminates grains, sugars, and processed foods in favor of lean proteins and colorful veggies. Getting plenty of fiber and even drinking black or green tea can also help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.

    Eating fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut can also help keep bad gut bacteria in check, as can supplementing with a probiotic.

    Studies have shown that accumulation of yeast plays a role in IBD, so adding natural antifungals like garlic, oil of oregano, and grapefruit seed extract to your diet may have a calming effect.

    It can be tempting to turn to an OTC anti-diarrheal remedy like Imodium, but it can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and subsequent constipation.
    And that’s just when it’s taken on its own.

    Even worse, Imodium doesn’t play well with other OTC tummy-tamers and heartburn-relievers -- and if you’re taking both, you have a much greater risk of developing serious heart issues, like irregular heartbeat and death.

    Whenever one of my patients complains of having “the runs,” I tell them to drink peppermint tea, which, as a digestive aid, stimulates the flow of digestive fluid in the stomach and alleviates intestinal problems.

    As I shared with you in the December 2016 issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, peppermint (a.k.a. Mentha piperita, or MP) is used in the treatment of IBD and IBS-D.

    Got something else on your mind? Send me a question at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com, and I might choose yours to answer next.

  2. Misleading Tamiflu study could cost the world billions

    Are scientists manipulating data to sell billions in Tamiflu?

    You could practically set your watch by it, couldn't you? Every couple of years, our members of Congress -- you know, the same folks you haven't seen since LAST Election Day -- get off their duffs and return home.

    There they are, parading down Main Street, kissing babies, slapping you on the back, and making every tired, old promise in the world -- and it's all because they need your vote.

    Well, not all politicians come clad in Armani suits, friend. In fact, some wear lab coats. And right now, a group of slick medical scientists could be pulling the political con job of the century, trying to win votes for a Big Pharma wonder med that's going to cost you and your fellow taxpayers BILLIONS.

    British and American scientists are collaborating on new research claiming that Tamiflu -- the "anti-flu" drug that's linked to everything from diarrhea to hepatitis -- reduced your risk of dying from swine flu (H1N1) by 25%.

    Good thing these Keystone Cops are on the case, right? The swine flu outbreak happened five years ago, and these researchers are FINALLY getting around to studying whether the medicine we used worked at all.

    Why now? Let me give you a hint -- its green, you fold it, and it's not that cheap suit you bought last St. Patrick's Day. Government stockpiles of Tamiflu around the world are getting ready to expire, and countries everywhere have to decide whether to purchase new doses of this potentially dangerous drug.

    And Big Pharma isn't about to leave those decisions to chance.

    Well, my friend, they can cook the books all they want, but here's a little equation that Albert Einstein himself couldn't solve -- how do you reduce ZERO by 25%?

    Because according to our government's own data, your chance to catching swine flu and EVER needing a single dose of Tamiflu is basically zero. Swine flu killed as few as 2,500 Americans in 2009 -- that means you had a 40% greater chance of DROWNING that year.

    Tamiflu didn't save millions of lives -- it just cost billions of dollars while unleashing a horror show of side effects on unsuspecting victims. Our government spent $1.5 billion tax dollars stockpiling Tamiflu before the swine flu outbreak, and they're going to just keep throwing more cash in that kitty until we make them stop.

    So the next time you spot your Congressman strolling down Main Street bending over to kiss babies, make sure you take a second to bend HIS ear. Tell him to stop wasting your money on a drug we don't need or use. And then tell him to haul those expired stockpiles of Tamiflu right to the trash where they belong.

  3. Antibiotics tied to 71% of deadly C. diff infections

    Kids are being left with life-threatening infections after antibiotic prescriptions they never needed.
  4. What you don't tell your doctor can hurt you

    Millions of people are too embarrassed to mention digestive problems to the doctor -- but these problems can be the warning sign of more serious conditions.
  5. Why vegans smell so bad

    Going vegetarian or vegan will make you so gassy no one will want to be around you. It's true!
  6. FDA pushes Tamiflu on babies

    Tamiflu, a potentially dangerous flu drug that may not even work very well, can now be marketed to babies.
  7. Hospital food crawling with germs

    One of the most dangerous germs of all is turning up in the food in hospitals. Next time you're in one, brown bag it!
  8. The right way to flush

    Turns out the ladies had this one right all along -- you should put the toilet seat and lid down, and do it BEFORE you flush. Flushing with the lid up can send a nearly invisible cloud of bacteria-laced potty water out of the toilet and across the room, turning your bathroom into a giant petri dish.
  9. A shot in the dark

    No matter what you've heard, the correct number of HPV vaccinations needed by any girl -- or boy, for that matter -- is ZERO.
  10. The scoop on poop

    Pretty much everything you've heard about constipation is a big load of you-know-what. And if you think the BS is flying now, wait ‘til you see what they're working on next. It's a drug, of course, and it's so new it doesn't have a TV-friendly name yet. It's just called linoclotide, for now.

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