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36 Ways We Damage Our Small Intestine

  36 Ways We Damage Our Small Intestine

by David Klein, Ph.D., Naturorthopathic Doctor
Director of the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center
http://www.colitisandcrohnscenter.com
http://www.veganhealingdiet.com
http://www.digestionperfection.com

Treat Your Villi Very Gently!

Your small intestine is not at all like a rugged garden hose which can handle any and all abuse; it’s certainly not coated with Teflon! It’s a very intricate organ made of delicate flesh.

The the inner surface of the small intestine is lined with specialized structures called “villi” (pronounced “vil-eye”). Villi are small, finger-like projections that protrude from the epithelial lining of the small intestine’s inner walls. The villi are set in a striated pattern (like the bristles of a hair brush) to provide a great absorptive surface area for the enormous quantity of molecular nutrients which transit along the approximately 20-foot length of the small intestine.

The absorption of nutrients is facilitated by enterocyte digestive enzyme which is secreted from each villi. The villi absorb fatty acids, amino acids and simple sugars through their semi-permeable membranes into capillaries for delivery to the rest of the body through the lymph fluid. To enable the diffusion of nutrients into the bloodstream, the villi have a rich blood supply to maintain a concentration gradient across the membranes.

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FRAGILE: Treat With Utmost Care!

The walls of villi are remarkably thin, about one cell thick, and are therefore very delicate and fragile. Each villus is approximately 0.5 to 1.6 mm in length and has many projecting microvilli which collectively form the brush border membrane. When abused by unnatural dietary, recreational and remedial practices, the villi are easily damaged and their function can be impaired or fully destroyed. This typically causes pain and leads to a myriad of disease conditions.

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In consideration of the facts that

  • the villi are extremely delicate,
  • the small intestine is only about one inch in diameter,
  • the small intestine is packed into the abdominal cavity with numerous loops and bends, and
  • the muscles of the small intestine do not have unlimited energy available to move digesta toward the colon,

it should be obvious that the small intestine will function best on a diet of soft, water-rich foods.

Analogously, it’s much easier to pump juice through a hose than it is to pump thick, sticky mud with solid chunks of plants. Right?

So, you must have guessed it by now: the most suitable foods for the small intestines are ripe, raw, juicy organic fruits and, therefore, fruit should comprise the bulk of our diet! Biologically, anatomically and physiologically, humans truly are a species of frugivores!

Dietary Transgressions and Intestinal Damage

When we stray from a water-rich diet of soft foods (mainly juicy fruits and tender vegetables which are chewed well), we stress the small intestines and the entire bowel, and the consequences will typically be disastrous. I know! As a result of the omnivorous diet I ate as child and teenager, I had ulcerative colitis for eight hellacious years. But, I healed that for good 32 years ago via a fruit-based, mostly raw and fully vegan diet.

Since 1993, have helped 4,000 clients heal their intestines via a specialized fruit-based diet program which I call the Vegan Healing Diet Plan. Juicy raw plant foods and thorough chewing promote healing!

Small Intestine Damage: Causes & Effects

There are numerous ways by which people weaken and damage their delicate villi and the function of their small intestine every day, causing illness and misery. Here are the major causes of small intestine damage and the effects:

1. Excessive fiber

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
atrophy
scraping/stripping
constipation
cramping
blockages
perforation
prolapses
bleeding
hernias

2. Hard, dry foods

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
scraping/stripping
bleeding
pain
atrophy
cramping
constipation
blockages
perforation
prolapses
bleeding
hernias

3. Insufficient fiber

EFFECTS
enervation
flora dysbiosis
constipation
blockages
prolapses
hernias
diverticulitis
polyps
thickening
tumors
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
cancer

4. Fermented dietary items (high-acid products such as vinegar, beer, wine)

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
mucus over-production
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
candida albicans
bloating
leaky gut

5. Indigestible foods

EFFECTS
enervation
mucus over-production
flora dysbiosis
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
bloating
candida albicans
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
insufficient production of enterocyte digestive enzyme
malabsorption
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
strictures
constipation
diverticulitis
thickening
blockages
prolapses
adhesions
sepsis
cancer

6. Overeating fat/oil

EFFECTS
acidosis / hyperacidity
bile over-production
enervation
congestion
flora dysbiosis
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
candida albicans
irritation
mucus over-production
malabsorption
insufficient production of enterocyte digestive enzyme
leaky gut
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
constipation
abscesses
sepsis
thickening
ulceration
induration
polyps
cancer

7. Overeating protein

EFFECTS
acidosis / hyperacidity
bile over-production
enervation
putrefaction (producing hydrogen sulfide, methane, mercaptans, putrescine, indoles, skatoles, ammonia, cadaverine, etc.)
irritation
mucus over-production
flora dysbiosis
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
candida albicans
malabsorption
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
ulceration
constipation
diverticulitis
thickening
perforation
leaky gut
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
abscesses
sepsis
strictures
induration
polyps
cancer

8. Overeating complex carbohydrates (starch)

EFFECTS
fermentation (producing alcohol and vinegar)
bloating
mucus over-production
enervation
constipation
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
candida albicans
malabsorption
leaky gut

9. Overeating grains and flour products

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
mucus over-production
constipation
bloating
blockages
strictures
fermentation
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
candida albicans
malabsorption
insufficient production of enterocyte digestive enzyme
leaky gut
hernias
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
ulceration
induration
polyps
cancer

10. Over-juicing

EFFECTS
paralysis
atrophy
diarrhea
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
anemia

11. Cooking by-products: acrylamide, acreolin, heterocyclic amines, free radicals, etc.

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
ulceration
bleeding
pain
abscesses
thickening
leaky gut
malabsorption
insufficient production of enterocyte digestive enzyme
induration
cancer

12. Bingeing

EFFECTS
nutrient deficiencies
enervation
irritation
constipation
bloating
diarrhea
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
anemia

13. Purging (bulimia)

EFFECTS
nutrient deficiencies
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and other nutrient deficiencies
enervation
cramping
irritation
anemia

14. Extremely acidic foods, beverages and culinary additives (lemons, alcohol, cola, kombucha, vinegar, etc.)

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
pain
mucus over-production
constipation
insufficient production of enterocyte digestive enzyme
malabsorption
strictures
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
ulceration
thickening
leaky gut
induration
polyps
cancer

15. Hot foods and drinks

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
pain
mucus over-production
constipation
atrophy
paralysis
suppressed digestive enzyme secretion
malabsorption
strictures
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
malabsorption
leaky gut
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
thickening
bleeding
ulceration
induration
polyps
cancer

16. Cold foods and drinks

EFFECTS
enervation
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
atrophy
suppressed digestive enzyme secretion
paralysis
prolapses
strictures
malabsorption

17. Irritants (salt, pepper, chili peppers, onions, garlic, radishes, leeks, scallions, chives, shallots, oregano, ginger, cinnamon, arugula, curries, mustard, vinegar, mint, coffee, black tea, green tea, white tea, alcohol, cola, charred meat, etc.)

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
pain
mucus over-production
constipation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
bleeding
ulceration
atrophy
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
malabsorption
abscesses
thickening
strictures
induration
polyps
cancer

18. Laxatives

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
mucus over-production
constipation
spasms
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
malabsorption
anemia

19. Enemas

EFFECTS
enervation
atrophy
flora dysbiosis
prolapses
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
malabsorption
anemia

20. Colonics

EFFECTS
enervation
atrophy
flora dysbiosis
prolapses
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
malabsorption
anemia

21. Parasites

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
leaky gut
malabsorption
anemia

22. GMO foods (genetically modified soy beans, corn, Canola, papaya, sugar beets, etc.)

EFFECTS
enervation
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
irritation
leaky gut
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
pain
atrophy
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
flora dysbiosis
bloating
sepsis
thickening
malabsorption
anemia
cell death

23. Drugs

EFFECTS
enervation
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
pain
flora dysbiosis
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
leaky gut
cell death
bleeding
constipation
diarrhea
atrophy
malabsorption
anemia
cancer

24. Cobalt deficiency

EFFECTS:
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
enervation
malabsorption
anemia
atrophy
leaky gut
constipation
spasms

25. Vitamin K deficiency

EFFECTS
defective blood clotting
uncontrollable bleeding / hemorrhaging
anemia

26. Vitamin U deficiency

EFFECTS

un-healable ulcerations
atrophy
leaky gut
anemia
induration
cancer

27. Calcium deficiency

EFFECTS
spasms
cramping
atrophy
diarrhea
strictures

28. Sodium deficiency

EFFECTS
spasms
cramping
atrophy
strictures

29. Magnesium deficiency

EFFECTS
spasms
cramping
atrophy
diarrhea
strictures


30. Vitamin D deficiency

EFFECTS
deficient calcium absorption
spastms
cramping
atrophy
diarrhea
strictures
anemia

31. Gluten

EFFECTS
celiac disease
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
malabsorption
anemia

32. Low pH

EFFECTS
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
pain
induration
physical degeneration
cell death
leaky gut
bleeding
flora dysbiosis
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
strictures
malabsorption
anemia
cancer

33. High pH (from overproduction of bile)

EFFECTS
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
pain
atrophy
cell death
leaky gut
bleeding
flora dysbiosis
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
strictures
malabsorption
anemia

34. Antibiotics

EFFECTS
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
cell death
flora dysbiosis
bloating
vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency
enervation
diarrhea
malabsorption
leaky gut
anemia
induration
cancer

35. Insufficient chewing

EFFECTS 

villi stripping/scraping
bleeding
prolapses
constipation
bloating
malabsorption
anemia

36. Excessive stress

EFFECTS
enervation
constipation
pain
cramping
prolapses
malabsorption
anemia
depressed enterocyte digestive enzyme production
irritation
inflammation (Crohn’s disease)
bleeding
ulcers
induration
cancer

Note: All of these causes can also result in colitis.

In Conclusion: Eat Juicily!

The natural biological diet for humans (known by the names The Vibrant Diet, The Hygienic Diet, The 80-10-10 Diet  and The Acid-Alkaline-Association Diet) has proven to be the most health-promoting diet of them all. It is a simple, super-nutritious diet of mostly juicy fruits, complemented with tender vegetables and minimal quantities of soft, hydrated, well-chewed or blended seeds and nuts. If you want your gut to heal, feel great and work with quiet perfection, maintain a juicy, high-water content diet of mostly ripe, juicy fruits, and practice perfect food combining. Water fasting promotes the fastest healing of the gut. Educate yourself about water fasting and do not attempt one longer than three days without professional supervision. A juice diet is also effective for healing. If you or a loved one needs guidance, I am glad to help.

Resources

Dr. David Klein’s Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center
http://www.colitisandcrohnscenter.com
dave@colitis-crohns.com
808-572-0861

Digestion Perfection Symptoms Assessment by Dr. David Klein
http://www.digestionperfection.com
dave@digestionperfection.com

Vegan Healing Diet by Dr. David Klein
http://www.veganhealingdiet.com

Dr. David Klein’s Self Healing Empowerment Counseling Services
http://www.selfhealingempowerment.com

Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s – The Complete Wholistic Guide to Healing the Gut and Staying Well by Dr. David Klein
http://www.shop.colitiscurebook.com

Digestion Perfection with the Vegan Healing Diet Plan by Dr. David Klein
http://www.vibranthealthandwealth.com/bookstore/bookstore-individual.php?ID=4

Fasting & Eating for Mind-Body Purification by Dr. David Klein et al.
http://www.vibranthealthandwealth.com/bookstore/bookstore-individual.php?ID=77

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Is Your Food Digesting or Rotting in Your Gut?

Is Your Food Digesting or Rotting in Your Gut?

Eating in a manner whereby food does not digest completely will ruin our health. Eating in a manner which enables perfect digestion is the pathway to flourishing health!

by David Klein, Ph.D., H.D., Director, Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center
808-572-0861
www.colitis-crohns.com
www.digestionperfection.com 
www.shop.colitiscurebook.com

Humans are provided with the senses and faculties to select and completely digest our most nutritious and biologically suitable foods. However, in our modern society we have departed from instinctual, simple whole foods and digestive maladies run rampant. Happily, with the help of some guidelines, we can correct our harmful eating habits and establish excellent digestive health.

The Joys of Healthful Eating

When we eat in a manner whereby everything digests completely, we derive outstanding results! When our natural foods digest completely, we can experience these major benefits and more:

• a clean internal bodily environment,
• a silent, unnoticeable digestive system,
• a clear mind and stable metabolism, unfettered by chemical imbalances caused by toxemia (a toxic blood stream),
• pleasant or no body odors,
• pleasant or no body waste odors,
• effortless, pleasant, regular bodily waste evacuation,
• freedom from most illnesses and strong resistance to environmental pathogens,
• the promotion of excellent, dynamic health, physical beauty and longevity.

The Miseries of Unhealthful Eating

When we eat unwisely, whether in our choice of food or in our manner of eating (we do have digestive limitations!), nutrients decompose in our gut via the action of bacteria. Under this scenario, fermentive and putrefactive bacteria decompose the food matter, weakening the intestinal tract, impairing nutrient absorption, defiling our entire body with pathological substances, impairing our mental functions and causing fatigue. This condition is known as “toxicosis” (general bodily toxicity or “auto-intoxication”) or, less formally, as “food drunkenness”; it impairs our health and eventually imperils our life. Indigestion (flatulence, belching, bloating) and foul bowel and body odors are just some of the unpleasant warnings signaling the beginning of illness.

Undigested protein (chiefly from meat, dairy products, beans, nuts and seeds) will readily putrefy (rot) in our warm gut, just as milk spoils at room temperature on a warm day. Putrefactive byproducts are highly toxic and carcinogenic. They include: methane, hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans (which yield the rotten egg odor when carried out by the methane gas), cadaverine, putrescine, ammonias, indoles, skatoles, leukomaines and host of other toxic and carcinogenic gases and substances. Just as hydrogen sulfide gas will decompose concrete, iron and steel sewer pipes, it will irritate and destroy the flesh inside our intestines and colon.

Under haphazard eating conditions, simple carbohydrates (from fruit) and complex carbohydrates (starches from grain products and white potatoes) are readily fermented by fungi and bacteria in the gut. The result is the production of alcohol and vinegar which is dozens of times more toxic than alcohol. These ravage bowel tissue and can cause painful ulcerations.

Furthermore, the overeating of slow-digesting fatty high-protein foods causes the stomach to secrete and retain copious amounts of acid. When this hyper-acidic condition occurs chronically, the stomach and intestines can become inflamed and ulcerated and the pylorus sphincter, which normally allows food to enter the duodenum, can become swollen shut. This typically leads to fermentation and putrefaction of the stomach’s contents, GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease), vomiting and great pain. Chronic inflammation and ulceration lead to cancer.

It is imperative to avoid operating our gut as a composting bin filled with odoriferous, rotting, acidic wastes at all costs! The toxicosis that results from indiscriminate, haphazard eating accelerates aging, causes disease, including gastritis, irritable bowel, colitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcers, and is the cause of most deaths! We don’t really want to endure chronic, incomplete digestion and toxic bowels. Sadly, most live this way and accept it as “normal.” Happily, there is a way to create perfect bowel health.

The Formula for Perfect Digestion and Superb Health

Via the science and fine art of selecting our natural biological foods and eating them correctly—i.e., only when we are truly hungry, alert and relaxed, in proper sequence and combinations, in quantities which do not exceed our digestive limitations or point of satiation, in their fresh, ripe, raw state and chewed to the point of liquefaction—we can enjoy complete, perfect digestion and all the wonderful benefits of a well-nourished and clean body!

Here are basic, time-tested, scientifically proven healthful eating guidelines for promoting optimum digestion and gut health.

Food Selection:

Choose raw, fresh, ripe, organic, whole, vegan foods. Base your diet in fruits and vegetables and eat only those foods which are attractive to your senses, especially your sense of taste. Obtain enough calories from fruit to maintain sustained peak energy and internal cleanliness. Avoid animal-derived foods—they are poorly digested and toxic when cooked. If you choose grains and legumes/beans (neither are recommended, since they also digest poorly), select them in their whole state and either sprout or cook them lightly. If you choose to cook vegetables, light steaming is the least deleterious method; however, they won’t digest perfectly, either. Fashion a diet with close to 80% of the calories from carbohydrate, 10% from protein and 10% from fat. Deriving more than 10% of your calories from fat and/or 10% from protein will invariably exceed your digestive limitations, resulting in toxicosis and disease.

Food Combining:

Follow food combining guidelines to a “t.” Eat fruit only on an empty stomach, alone or with leafy greens, celery and/or cucumber. Eat melons alone. Eat citrus fruits at least one-half hour before non-acidic sweet fruits. Starchy foods (squash, potatoes, grains and old carrots) combine well with all vegetables and bell peppers; they do not combine well with tomatoes or other acidic or sweet fruits, nuts, seeds and avocados. Fatty, high-protein foods (nuts, seeds and avocados) combine well only with non-starchy vegetables (greens and celery), cucumbers and minimal amounts of acidic fruits including tomatoes; they do not combine well with starchy or non-acidic sweet foods.

Meal Sequencing:

The best sequencing is fruit-and-greens meals during the day, then, optionally, a glass of raw vegetable juice followed at least one-half hour later by a dinner of vegetables with one fatty food, i.e., avocado, nuts or seeds. Note: it is not necessary and, in many cases, unhealthful to eat a fatty food every day. Furthermore, it is OK to have a dinner of simply more fruit and greens.

Meal Spacing:

It is most beneficial to space meals as long as is comfortably possible. Assuming you are not so fatigued that you need to take a nap to restore your energy, a slightly uncomfortable feeling in the back of the throat and a dip in your physical and/or mental energies are the signs that it is time to eat again. Sweet, juicy foods, eaten in sufficient quantity, will quell hunger, rehydrate you and supply your caloric fuel needs. To put it simply, eat sufficient quantities of nutritious, simple carbohydrate-rich, whole foods—primarily fruit—to keep your blood sugar and hydration at a level which assures sustained physical and mental performance.

Daytime Diet:

Eat one or two types of juicy, sweet fruits for breakfast, or have a glass of fresh juice made of fruit and celery and/or greens, or a smoothie made of the same. Follow that with different types of fruits for each of the following one to three meals, eaten with or without greens, celery and/or cucumber, taking them in sufficient quantity for satiation and sustained energy.

Dinner Diet:

If desired, drink raw vegetable juice, then at least one-half hour later follow it with a simple salad of vegetables and fruit-vegetables such as tomato and bell pepper. If you include carrot in your vegetable juice, avoid having tomato with your dinner. If you desire a fatty food, have one to two ounces of nuts or seeds blended with vegetables, tomato or orange juice as a dressing, or two to four ounces of avocado. Caution: it is generally imperative to avoid fatty foods, raw vegetable salads and acid fruits if you are fatigued and experiencing inflammation and illness. If you prefer a meal of more fruit for dinner, that is generally a healthful choice—follow and trust your senses when they call for raw, delicious foods!

You Can Do It!

These guidelines may seem tedious in the beginning, but within a week or two they become easy and “first nature.” Listening deeply to the body’s signals and eating simple, whole-food meals are the keys. As we experience digestive ease and the great revitalizing benefits, this way of eating becomes simple and most pleasurable. So, dig in! Digestive maladies will soon become a thing of the past. You’ll love eating, your tummy will love you and glorious health will blossom forth!

For further insight, study Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s and Digestion Perfection. These books are available from the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center Bookstore at www.shop.colitiscurebook.com. Also see  www.colitis-crohns.com and www.digestionperfection.com and www.veganhealingdiet.com. If you are seeking health guidance, I offer international counseling by phone and Skype. Please feel free to contact me at dave AT colitis-crohns.com, or dave AT digestionperfection.com, or 808-572-0861 (Hawaii). I will be glad to help you.

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