Help Yourself to Health

Gastrointestinal Problems, Pt. 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Agatha Thrash (Host), Don Miller


Series Code: HYTH

Program Code: HYTH000192

00:01 There are some people who go from doctor to doctor,
00:03 from herb to herb, from drug to drug, from this treatment
00:06 after that treatment, they buy expensive things,
00:09 they try to get themselves well, but instead of getting well
00:13 they tend to get worse.
00:14 Sometimes somebody will say over the back yard fence
00:17 you know, you sound just like my relative who did thus and
00:22 such and she got well, and if you do that you probably
00:26 would too, so they tried that and maybe they do get better,
00:30 or maybe they don't get better.
00:31 If you are that kind of person, or you know someone who is
00:35 that kind of person, this program is going to say one or
00:38 two reasons why this kind of scenario occurs,
00:42 so we hope you will join us for this program.
01:03 Welcome to Help Yourself to Health,
01:05 with Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute,
01:09 and now here is your host Dr. Thrash.
01:12 There are times when I say to a patient, I think you have
01:18 a food sensitivity, and they may say oh no way,
01:21 I'm eating now what I've eaten all my life, and I've never
01:25 had a problem.
01:27 Sometimes if I can convince them to try eliminating a
01:31 certain food, they get better right away, and one of those
01:35 is for people who have gluten sensitivities.
01:38 Gluten sensitivities come in a number of forms, but probably
01:42 one of the most difficult to diagnose is that of a
01:47 gluten sensitivity.
01:48 Sometimes it is very easy, we just make a suggestion,
01:52 the person eliminates gluten... all the gluten grains from their
01:56 diet and immediately they are essentially well.
02:00 But sometimes it is as a minister I know who was not
02:06 very well as an infant, and as he got older he was a
02:12 small child, always the runt in his class in school and
02:16 he always had some kind of discomfort in his abdomen,
02:21 he was never really quite comfortable, he had more
02:23 diarrhea, more bouts of stomach pain than his two sisters did
02:28 so his family sort of though he had a weak stomach.
02:32 He grew up never robust, went to college and studied for
02:39 the ministry, married, pastored a church for many many years,
02:45 had three children, finally when he was 65 years old,
02:49 in 1980, that was 25 years after Celiac disease or
02:55 gluten sensitivity was discovered, this man was
02:58 diagnosed, he was 60 years old.
03:00 Now at the age of 60 to find out that you've got a disease
03:04 that has existed since you were born is a little on the
03:08 discouraging side but he was very hopeful that he could
03:11 get well, so he went right into the gluten free diet,
03:17 and it wasn't long before he had his disease fairly well
03:22 under control, although he was never robust, not until he died.
03:27 I would like to draw for you a diagram of what happens
03:31 to the intestinal tract when a person has a
03:34 gluten sensitivity.
03:35 Now if you could imagine that I am drawing here the stomach
03:41 and the small bowel, and here is the duodenum, and jejunum,
03:49 and then we get around to the ileum which is here, and that
03:53 goes into the colon which you can see here.
03:56 In the small bowel, let's take a small segment of this
04:02 and just take a look at it, here is the outside lining
04:07 and here is what we will call the sub mucosa, and then we will
04:12 draw the mucosa on here.
04:15 This has ups and downs as you can see here,
04:23 but those are all things that you can see, and of course
04:27 down in this area we have blood vessels that run in this area,
04:32 of course they are very numerous, lots of blood vessels
04:36 in here, but now let's do another thing,
04:39 let's take a segment of this part of the bowel,
04:44 just right here.
04:45 Here it is, this is microscopic now, it has these long fingers,
04:53 finger like projections called villi that project above the
04:59 surface.
05:00 Now with just a little bit of imagination you can tell
05:04 that if we are eating food and it's up in here and it comes
05:10 down in here, that by having these villi, you greatly
05:14 increase the surface area over which you can absorb nutrients
05:20 that you have digested from your food, and it greatly
05:24 increases the likelihood that you are going to have a
05:27 good functioning bowel, and that you are going to absorb
05:31 your nutrients, which can encourage a child to grow
05:35 and a young man to be robust.
05:37 If there is something wrong with this whole mechanism
05:42 then the person might have a great deal of discomfort,
05:46 and that's what people with Celiac disease usually have.
05:49 Unfortunately if they are not diagnosed and gluten eliminated
05:54 from their program, then as the years go by, we simply have
05:59 a shortening of these villi, so after a little while
06:05 they shorten a little bit, then it isn't long before
06:09 it shortens a little bit more and it is only that high,
06:12 and after years of not having a gluten free diet the surface
06:19 area over which they could reabsorb or absorb their food
06:23 has greatly diminished, so these individuals are
06:28 compromised rather significantly with their
06:31 nutrition, and they become nutrition cripples.
06:38 What can we do for such an individual?
06:42 It isn't difficult, it is simply avoid the gluten grains
06:46 and what are they?
06:47 They are wheat, rye, and barley, almost everyone will tell you
06:52 oats also, but oats probably contain gluten only by
07:02 contamination.
07:03 Gluten is a protein that is present in grains,
07:07 present especially in wheat and with this sensitivity
07:13 then of course if anyone eats wheat with the gluten in it
07:17 the thing that I showed you on the board will continue to
07:21 happen with a continued shortening of and flattening
07:25 of these villi so that less and less nutrients can be absorbed.
07:29 In addition to the pain and diarrhea, and the abdominal
07:34 discomforts, often they develop a bit of sense of being
07:39 down in the mouth, they try everything that they hear
07:43 and they just aren't well, but once they get on a
07:47 gluten free diet they can be helped marvelously.
07:50 Individuals with gluten sensitivity should avail
07:55 themselves of all the information that is available
07:58 these days such as this journal that comes out frequently
08:03 it's produced by the folk called Gluten Free Living
08:08 and the address for them is 19 Broadway in Hawthorne, NY.
08:14 You can find this on the web and get enrolled in one of these
08:19 organizations that help people with Celiac Disease.
08:23 You will find also if you look for it, you will find centers
08:27 where people with gluten sensitivity can go such as this
08:32 Holland's Center that you can find also on the internet,
08:36 and here is another one that you can find on the internet,
08:40 The Discussion of Gluten and what it's made of and what
08:44 kind of tests can be done for the individual who has a
08:50 gluten sensitivity.
08:52 Laboratory tests that can help with this include
08:55 blood carotene, it is almost always low, and fecal fat
09:01 is almost always high in these individuals.
09:04 Then if a glucose tolerance test is done, they will have
09:08 a rather flat curve, instead of the normal curve which goes
09:12 up and down rather sharply.
09:14 They will have a low cholesterol but also a low calcium level,
09:19 and iron and B12 and Folic Acid may also be low in these
09:25 individuals, and if you can supplement their diet
09:29 with these then it helps quite a great deal.
09:32 The prognosis in these people is excellent if they are
09:36 gluten free.
09:38 So we recommend that people who have gone from doctor
09:41 to doctor and never seem to find any kind of help for
09:46 their disorder, that they certainly try to see if they
09:50 can't get the help that they can get from just being
09:56 diagnosed with Celiac Disease and getting the cure for it
10:01 which is avoidance of gluten.
10:03 Now, with oats I might just add that oats may be taken
10:07 and if you can find a company that does not deal with any
10:11 other grain except oats...
10:12 There are a few companies that do handle only oats,
10:16 but if they handle other grains then there will be some
10:18 cross contamination.
10:20 Even as little as 300 or 500 parts per million parts of oats
10:27 one part of gluten or wheat will certainly make a difference
10:31 for these individuals.
10:33 They need to be down less than 20 parts per million
10:37 in order not to have significant quantities of gluten.
10:42 In addition to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease,
10:47 there are other types of gluten sensitivity, but a whole
10:52 plethora of other disorders that affect the
10:55 gastrointestinal tract.
10:57 Now I have here Dr. Don Miller and he is going to talk with you
11:01 about a very common problem GERD or
11:06 Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder.
11:08 Dr. Miller!
11:10 Thank you!
11:11 You know Dr. Thrash has mentioned cross contamination...
11:14 you will notice sometimes when you go to the store
11:17 and you look at your ingredients...
11:18 You should become an ingredient reader, especially if you have
11:22 any types of allergies or sensitivities to foods.
11:27 You will often find somewhere in that area:
11:30 This product was produced in a factory that also uses
11:34 nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, soy, because they realize
11:39 out there that there is this problem of cross contamination.
11:42 So be a careful reader, because it can be a major problem.
11:45 I'm going to talk a few minutes about this problem called
11:49 Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder.
11:53 Basically it deals with the stomach and the esophagus,
11:57 the first part of our alimentary canal,
11:58 that can be really affected by some reflux.
12:02 Reflux means to flow back- ward, the flow backward means
12:06 basically that you are having your stomach juices in there
12:09 and some of it gets somehow up through the cardiac sphincter
12:12 into the esophagus which will cause a burning sensation.
12:16 They also sometimes call this heartburn.
12:19 Now I will say at this point that GERD is not caused by
12:24 a lack of the little purple pill in your diet.
12:27 The little purple pill is only going to address the symptom
12:30 and not the problem.
12:32 What's causing the burning is the hydrochloric acid,
12:35 extremely strong industrial cleaner that they clean
12:38 metal with, which is used to digest the food in the stomach.
12:42 It gets back up through the sphincter, into the esophagus,
12:45 and will start the burning.
12:47 The burning itself is not the disease.
12:50 The damage it does is the disease.
12:53 Some people have it every once in awhile,
12:55 once a month is not GERD, it's just you did something wrong.
12:58 It's the chronic GERD that's the problem,
13:01 the chronic overuse of whatever it is that is causing
13:04 this problem, that is causing this constant burning.
13:06 Now what's going to happen, if you constantly allow the
13:10 hydrochloric acid up into your esophagus to burn it away.
13:13 You could come up with some ulcers in your esophagus.
13:16 You could also develop cancer.
13:18 So these are serious things that you do not want to get,
13:21 so the recommendation is, find a better way to live your life.
13:25 How is that?
13:27 There are a couple of things that you can do:
13:28 People that over eat have a high tendency to develop GERD
13:34 because they get an over distended stomach,
13:36 the pylorus is not going to allow the food out because
13:40 it is not ready to be sent to the duodenum and so
13:45 you will push it back up through your little sphincter here
13:48 into the esophagus, and that is what is going to cause
13:51 your GERD.
13:52 Also certain foods, your fiery foods,
13:54 foods that are gas forming, foods that will cause a
13:59 upset to the stomach area, which will cause it to
14:02 come back up this area.
14:03 Also bearing down on the stomach.
14:07 People do that when they are constipated,
14:10 which we will talk about in a few moments,
14:12 and other problems will cause us to push to much pressure
14:16 on the sphincter allowing food to go back through.
14:19 So what should you do?
14:20 It's simple, what do you do?
14:22 You quit doing what you did wrong to cause you to get
14:25 the problem.
14:26 We recommend that you eat smaller amounts of food.
14:28 It's not rocket science to know how much to eat,
14:32 but we will talk about that some time later.
14:35 You eat the amount of food that when you get done eating
14:38 you could say hmmm, I could still eat some more food,
14:40 and that is hard to do.
14:42 It is a habit that we learned to do, but we could still eat
14:44 more food, we stay away from fiery foods, hot foods,
14:48 those are not the best foods and we drink plenty of water
14:51 between the meals.
14:53 We want to make sure that between the meals we have
14:55 plenty of time to complete the digestive process,
15:00 we go through what is called the interdigestive phase.
15:03 Once the food has been emptied from the stomach,
15:06 gets past the duodenum, gets on its way down the tract
15:09 everything sort of relaxes for awhile, we need this time
15:13 between the meals.
15:14 That is one of the best recommendations that you can
15:16 have is rest between meals and don't over tax yourself
15:20 with to much food.
15:21 Another thing that you can do if you are having this problem
15:25 is raise the head of your bed, I'm not talking about putting
15:29 a bunch of pillow behind your head, but raise the whole head
15:32 of your bed
15:33 Put about four to six inches underneath the two front legs
15:39 of your bed, the headboard which will raise the whole slant
15:44 of your bed just enough to allow gravity to keep things down.
15:47 The only time you should be lying in you bed to go to sleep
15:51 is in the evening time, and that is the worse time for
15:53 a person with GERD to have eaten a big meal.
15:56 We are living in a society that likes to eat the main meal
15:58 at night time, don't eat the main meal at night time.
15:59 The main meal is in morning a good meal at lunch,
16:03 and if you have GERD, probably supper should be eliminated.
16:06 You don't need it.
16:07 You see people with GERD have uncontrolled appetites
16:11 and usually have a tendency to be going towards overweight
16:14 so stay away from these things.
16:16 Tobacco also exacerbates and alcohol... GERD so...
16:20 If you have a problem with tobacco and alcohol
16:22 get into a program that you can get off of these death dealing
16:26 products and you won't have to worry about the purple pill,
16:29 you don't have to worry the Esophageal Reflux,
16:32 you won't have to worry about the heartburn,
16:33 you can be back to being normal again,
16:35 and very few people know what normal is.
16:38 I sort of appreciate being a little bit normal Dr. Thrash.
16:41 Yes, It's nice to be normal but there are a lot of people who
16:45 for one reason or other are not normal in the
16:48 gastrointestinal tract.
16:49 A lot of people with GERD have tried everything they can
16:54 they try to be very good in their routine and still
16:58 they have GERD.
16:59 But if you persist there are good things that you can do
17:03 that may help you albeit may not entirely eliminate
17:09 the problem.
17:10 A few more things about gluten sensitivity,
17:13 first thing is not just Celiac disease but a gluten sensitivity
17:18 can cause a number of other problems as well.
17:20 Take for instance the skin problem of Rosacea,
17:24 Rosacea is also called adult onset acne,
17:27 and it involves the face in almost the same pattern
17:32 that childhood acne involves the face, but it often
17:39 tends to be cystic with large bulbous types of
17:43 little abscesses that form in the skin and can be quite
17:49 painful and unsightly.
17:51 So people with this kind of problem will also be looking
17:56 every where for the way to cure their problem with Rosacea.
18:02 Sometimes they use antibiotics and these antibiotics may help
18:08 some, but that is only for those that have a
18:11 secondary infection, the cause is not primarily that of an
18:17 infection, but is a sensitivity of some kind or something else
18:22 that we don't really understand.
18:23 But there are some ways that you can help yourself with
18:29 getting rid of gluten if you determine that a
18:32 gluten sensitivity is one of those things causing
18:35 your Rosacea.
18:37 Let me just mention a few things, one is that you can use
18:41 rice and corn, and millet, those are grains that you can be
18:46 quite certain of if you have a gluten sensitivity.
18:50 Since you don't have bread, wheat bread, you are at a
18:56 handicap when there are sand- wiches or you are at a picnic
18:59 or something of this nature.
19:00 But if you make some nice waffles for yourself made from,
19:05 rolled millet or rolled corn which you can sometimes find
19:12 I don't think I have seen rolled rice but you can make
19:16 rice flour, then mix it half and half with water
19:20 and if you are very careful you can something that is
19:23 palatable.
19:24 You can also cook the rice ahead of time and make it
19:28 nice and soft and then make a waffle,
19:31 and that can give you something that you can spread
19:34 and make a sandwich with and that helps you to have something
19:38 at the same time others in the picnic are having their
19:43 nice sandwiches.
19:44 You can also use potato flour that can be found in many shops
19:49 and soy flour, arrowroot, that is another on that people with
19:54 a gluten sensitivity should know about, Tapioca,
19:57 don't forget that it can be used at a great advantage
20:00 and can be very helpful.
20:02 Buckwheat is not wheat, it's a little seed,
20:05 it is not in the grass family at all, but can be used by those
20:10 who have a gluten sensitivity.
20:13 Millet can be used in hundreds of ways, millet pudding,
20:17 millet roasts, all sorts of things, it can be sweet
20:20 or savory, it can be used in vegetable meals or fruit meals
20:25 and it is very good for that.
20:27 People with gluten sensitivities may also have joint pains,
20:31 they may have what they consider to be Rheumatoid Arthritis
20:35 and indeed people with Rheumatoid Arthritis or with
20:39 Osteo Arthritis may be made worse by their sensitivity to
20:43 gluten so individuals who have that can certainly
20:47 benefit from knowing about leaving off gluten.
20:50 Then for women who have intrauterine growth retardation,
20:56 that's the baby is not growing as fast as it would appear
21:00 as it should for the gestational age, and these persons
21:06 a test for gluten sensitivity would be very good,
21:09 that's to test the fecal fat and the blood carotene
21:12 and the cholesterol, and calcium and all of these things
21:15 that indicate a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease
21:20 those should be tested to see if the mother may have
21:25 a gluten sensitivity.
21:26 Chron's disease is often mistaken for Celiac disease
21:32 and so is the Tropical Sprue or that kind of
21:42 Celiac disease, the Tropical Sprue is not a gluten
21:46 sensitivity but it is due to an infection,
21:48 but it does cause the same kind of problem with the
21:52 gastrointestinal tract, so all of these lines of
21:54 investigation should be done for people who have prolonged
21:59 failure to thrive we can say, they go from one attempt
22:05 to another to try to get well and they never seem to get well.
22:08 A common problem is constipation and a lot of people have it
22:14 both children as adults and we should study what the causes are
22:21 and try to eliminate it, and Dr. Don Miller is going to
22:24 talk with you some about that problem now.
22:26 A couple of other things I failed to mention about
22:30 GERD, fried foods, coffee, and chocolate also exacerbate
22:35 the problem so stay away from those if you have GERD.
22:38 Constipation is a major problem,
22:40 I suspect that most people listening today have
22:43 chronic constipation and they don't even know it.
22:45 There is a good way to find out whether you are constipated,
22:48 one, just how do your stools come out in the first place
22:52 they should not take a 15 minute effort to void
22:56 your stools, it should be a very quick and easy movement,
22:59 it is those who really have to strain at their stools
23:02 that are probably constipated.
23:04 But you can do a simple test, take some charcoal powder
23:08 mix it with some water, your next meal just drink about
23:11 two tablespoons of charcoal even teaspoons will do,
23:14 in a small amount of water, drink it and eat your meal
23:17 and then you will find one of these days,
23:20 unfortunately for some people one of these days,
23:23 you will start seeing the charcoal in your stool.
23:26 When you stop seeing it in your stool, whatever time
23:30 elapsed between taking it and voiding it,
23:33 that is your transit time.
23:34 Your transit time should be between 18 and 30 hours,
23:38 some people's transit time is between 83 hours and
23:43 seven days, that means that their food is slowly slogging
23:46 through their system for that period of time.
23:49 Where constipation happens is in the colon, the last part,
23:53 of the alimentary canal before it leaves the body.
23:56 The purpose of that part of the anatomy is to take up the
24:00 moisture to make the stools at the right consistency
24:05 to be taken out of the body.
24:06 The trouble is we have a very low fiber diet,
24:09 a very low water intake, and I might say this also
24:12 that probably most people listening today are
24:14 chronically dehydrated, people who are dehydrated have
24:18 more constipation and people have low fiber diets.
24:21 Where do we find fiber? Fruits, vegetable, whole grains,
24:25 nuts and seeds, that is where you find your fiber.
24:27 It is the high meat diet and these crazy high protein diets
24:32 which are death dealing in every respect are going to be
24:36 very promoting of constipation.
24:38 I was in India a few years ago, a team of two,
24:44 and the one person on the team had gone there a few days
24:46 early and somehow he had sort of made it known that he was
24:51 really appreciative of the food as it was,
24:53 so by the time I got there it was the most basic White Fair
24:57 you have ever seen, white rice, other types of white products,
25:01 very few of anything else, and it didn't take long,
25:04 just a couple of days later I found myself in the
25:07 constipated state.
25:08 This is a very uncomfortable feeling, so I made a concerted
25:12 effort to make sure that I got fresh vegetables and fruits
25:15 on the market and augmented my white diet with these
25:19 different things.
25:20 So the best thing that you can do if you are constipated is
25:22 change your diet, try eating far more fiber,
25:25 that means fruits, vegetables, especially and whole grains.
25:29 You can take some flax seed, flax seed is a high form
25:33 of fiber, it's also an ant-inflammatory,
25:35 it has Omega 3 Fatty Acids, eat lots of that.
25:38 You can take Psyllium Seed, now Psyllium Seed Husks
25:41 can do one of two things, it can take care of diarrhea
25:45 by taking up moisture, or it can take care of constipation
25:49 by absorbing moisture.
25:51 It will basically get you right to where you need to be.
25:54 Another thing you need to do is drink plenty of water,
25:57 I would recommend a person with constipation,
26:00 first thing in the morning, you roll over, get out of bed
26:02 and drink two glasses of warm water and go for a prayer walk.
26:06 Get outside of your house, go for a walk up the street,
26:09 up through the country lane, wherever you live and
26:11 come right back because you will need to because often
26:14 that causes an increase in the cilia action down there
26:17 and the villi down in the intestinal tract and you will
26:20 find things flowing quite nicely.
26:23 It will take awhile to get completely free of the
26:26 constipation problem, but once you have,
26:28 you will be praising the Lord that things are passing
26:31 so much easier now.
26:32 If you don't do this, you've got an appointment somewhere
26:35 down the line with hiatal hernia, hemorrhoids,
26:39 varicose veins, colon cancer, with whole constellation
26:45 of problems for the very reason of constipation,
26:49 so I would recommend that you get things moving again
26:51 and by a dietary that would promote it.
26:54 That is very good, and I have found also in children
26:57 and also in young people, that if they wear bands at night
27:04 that are to tight, such as pajama bands, or panty bands,
27:08 or whatever, these are tight enough that they leave
27:12 a red mark on the skin, then that individual is much more
27:17 likely to have constipation.
27:19 As Dr. Miller mentioned, people who have constipation
27:22 or any other kind of symptom referable to the colon
27:27 or the rectum, or the anus, they are more likely to develop
27:31 a variety of colon diseases that we have commonly occurring
27:36 in the population in the United States.
27:38 So some time spent in studying these kinds of problems
27:45 in the United States can make it so that you can avoid these
27:51 problems that occur in people with gastrointestinal upsets.


Revised 2014-12-17