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What Are Rotten Stools Doing To You?

What Are Rotten Stools Doing To You?
by Dr. David Klein
Director, Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center

This article was adapted from the 4th edition of “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s” by Dr. David Klein.
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“Stool” is a term describing the waste matter excreted from the bowel through the rectum, ranging in consistency from formed and hard (constipated) to watery (diarrhea). Stool characteristics are indicative of our diet, the effectiveness of our digestion and our level of health. Healthy people generally evacuate nontoxic stools, and bowel movements are barely noticeable and never unpleasant. Toxic stools are blatantly offensive to our senses, and their evacuation is typically difficult and tiring. Few people have ever eaten and lived healthfully (as taught in “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s” and in other Natural Hygiene literature) and experienced healthy evacuation of nontoxic stools.

Toxic stools emit gases which are odiferously foul and offensive. Foul fecal gases or flatulence indicate that food has not digested completely; rather, it has decomposed (rotted or fermented) in the gut. The odors produced by decomposing nitrogenous proteins are characterized as “putrid.” Odors produced by decomposing carbohydrates are characterized as “fermentive.” The chemical byproducts (liquid and gaseous) of this rotting action include: ammonias, sulfides, histamine, tyramine, cadaverine, putrescine, indoles, skatoles and purines. Hydrogen sulfide, also referred to as “swamp gas,” has the characteristic rotten egg odor which is common in sewer pipes. This gas is so corrosive that it eats through concrete piping, necessitating protective plastic liners. Imagine what it does to human flesh! All of these harsh chemicals irritate the bowel, leading to inflammation and, under chronic extreme conditions, the destruction and genetic alteration of cells, leading to polyps, tumors and cancer. They also circulate in the body causing systemic damage in a process called “autointoxication” which goes hand-in-hand with poor health. When the body’s organs of elimination and self-purification mechanisms (known as the “immune system”) are overwhelmed with toxins, we experience body odors and distress, which can lead to and irritable bowel (IBS), colitis, Crohn’s disease and bowel ulcers in some people. Tens of millions of people suffer with these afflictions today.

Diarrhea is an intelligent response enacted by the body when the contents of the bowels have reached a critically toxic level. The body sends water into the bowel and directs nerve energy to the bowel muscle to trigger peristaltic motion. Rapid evacuation of liquid feces is a sign of vigorous health-restorative detoxification. When the body enacts diarrhea, it is getting rid of threatening toxins. We want the body to get rid of the offending matter; we do not want to suppress diarrhea with medicines–that only adds to our toxic overload while further enervating our organism, extending the time it will take to heal.

When we have diarrhea, we must discontinue eating all fatty foods, rest, drink plenty of water and clear, fresh fruit juice, eat only health-supporting foods and allow the body to complete its housecleaning job. In cases of prolonged or extreme diarrhea with inflammatory bowel disease, special care and guidance are required. Each person needs a personalized healing plan to safely resolve his or her illness. In all cases of diarrhea, keeping oneself well-hydrated with water and fresh-made, non-acidic juices is essential. If diarrhea is severe, your physician and a Hygienic Doctor, such as the author, should be consulted and blood testing should be performed to assess electrolyte levels.

Constipated stools are compact, low in water content and held together by mucous. If they float, they contain entrained gas. Constipation is a sign of incorrect eating and a lack of nerve energy needed for regular evacuation, that is, the bowel muscle is enervated to the point of inability to easily move digesta through the bowel. Many lifestyle factors can contribute to enervation of the bowel, as discussed later. In general, the top three factors are: 1. diets with foods too low in fiber and water content; 2. overeating cooked starchy and fatty foods; and 3. a deficiency of rest and sleep. Chronically compacted stools lead to irritation and, in some cases, disfigured colons (prolapses, hernias, strictures) and inflammatory bowel disease because the fecal material stagnates, decomposes and its movement is difficult, fatiguing the bowel, rather than easily passing within 24 hours. The diet and healthful lifestyle program taught herein teaches the basic principles which enable the body to correct virtually all bowel problems and resume its normal shape and vitality.

As discussed in detail in “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s,” there are several causes of food decomposition in the gut. They mainly fall under the categories of: 1. eating foods which are inherently indigestible; 2. eating foods in incompatible combinations; 3. eating too frequently; 4. eating when tired; 5. incomplete chewing.

When we eat incorrectly, exceeding the limitations of our digestive enzyme secretions and mechanical processing capabilities, food decomposes in the gut, as in a compost heap. That is, bacteria, yeast and, in some cases, parasites consume the nutrients and excrete wastes. This is nature’s way of digesting or breaking down wastes, purifying our inner environment and recycling organic matter. The warm, moist, nutrient-rich environment of the bowel is an ideal fermenter of food residues. Weightwise, the bacteria content of the stools of people who eat mostly undigestible food matter is typically greater than the quantity of the solid residue itself. The higher the quantity of indigestible wastes in our bowels, the greater the population of bacteria and waste byproducts (gas, liquid and solid residues). The pH of toxic stool is typically very acidic, indicating acid waste overload, as evidenced by rectal burning sensations. All these are undesirable and totally avoidable conditions. We need to eat in a way so that everything digests completely. We do not want to eat indiscriminately, creating the conditions for microorganisms to digest our food because that always results in poor health.

Ironically and sadly, most of what humans eat passes through the body undigested, poisoning their bodies and the environment. Human excrement is such an environmental pollution burden that humans have resorted to building sewage treatment plants. These costly plants serve to digest food residue which humans have not digested.

In wastewater engineering, the pollution strength of the sewage entering sewage treatment plants is measured as “biochemical oxygen demand” and expressed in units of “BOD.” This quantifies the amount of oxygen required by aerobic microorganisms to decompose the degradable organic matter in a sample of sewage. The influent BOD is always very high. As such, the sewage is a pollution hazard and, if discharged untreated, would defile or even kill all life in a natural body of water. Within this scenario, bacteria and other microorganisms feast on the nutrients, multiply and pull oxygen out of the water, suffocating aquatic life while releasing metabolic wastes (swamp gas, etc.).

Sewage treatment plants employ aeration treatment processes wherein bacteria populations greatly multiply, consume the nutrients in the wastestream and reduce the solids volume. The remaining still-toxic sewage solids (“sludge”) are separated out of the wastewater stream and typically sent to a landfill. The remaining wastewater is clarified, disinfected and discharged with a greatly-reduced BOD to the environment (creeks, rivers, oceans, meadows, agricultural fields, etc.).

Septic tanks are sometimes used for individual home sewage treatment, employing an anaerobic rather than aerobic bacterial decomposition process, discharging BOD-reduced wastewater into the ground. In perspective, the home septic tank and the costly, inefficient and obnoxious sewage treatment systems are only necessary when humans eat foods for which they are not biologically suited. If we ate correctly, we would not need mechanical sewage treatment equipment to do the digestion job we were designed to completely accomplish in good health and with nontoxic results. Completely digested food from a healthy body in turn produces good “humanure” fertilizer for plant life. (Of course, “humanure” recycling is not entirely practical for city populations.)

When we eat correctly of only foods to which we are biologically adapted, as taught herein, the result is complete digestion, effortless evacuation, neutral or no stool or body odors, little or no flatulence and freedom from bowel disease. It is generally healthy to have one bowel movement per meal. For most healthy people, two or three bowel movements per day is normal. Bowel movements occur in seconds with no urgency and barely any sensation. Healthy stools are moist, formed and of fine, uniform consistency; they sink and crumble in toilet water with no signs of undigested pieces of food, mucous or blood; the pH is within the 6.7 to 7.0 range; their color resembles the food which was eaten in the previous meal, only slightly darker; there is no straining, long and difficult waiting, cramping, spasming, discomfort, offensive odor, stickiness, need for air deodorizers, shame or unpleasantness; there is minimal need for toilet paper and little or no gas. From a wholistic viewpoint, the end product of our digestion tells the story of how well we have eaten, digested our food and supported our health.

After you have detoxified, healed and mastered your dietary and lifestyle habits, the bowel will remain healthy and free of irritation and inflammation, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy optimal health and happiness in a clean and sweet-smelling body. You will feel well inside knowing that you’ve fully met the conditions required for everlasting health. That is our natural state of being and the happy, lasting outcome of healthful living.

I will be glad to assist you and yours on the self-healing path. Please visit my website and feel free to contact me. My book, “Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s,” can be ordered there. It teaches the most successful self-healing program for those with any gut disorder. Over 25,000 people have been helped by this self-healing guidebook.

Wishing you and yours vibrant health and happiness!

Dr. David Klein
Paia, Hawaii, Maui, USA
http://www.colitis-crohns.com/contact.html

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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
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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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