January 24, 2017

Taking Care of Colon Problems

Strategies to Keep Your Colon Healthy

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

The colon is the least appreciated organ of the body – until it doesn’t work!  People with colon problems can be miserable.  The symptoms of colon trouble can include a wide variety of issues:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • And even cancer

the wrong bacteria in your colon can make you fatIf you’ve been wondering how to care for your colon, this is the article for you!

The colon is the large intestine.  It is the waste dump for everything we eat.  The small bowel absorbs all the nutrients from our food. Whatever is left over goes to the colon where the waste ferments through multiple types of bacteria. 

In the colon we have our main store of bacteria – trillions of them!

The types and amounts of bacteria we possess in our colon are essential to life. Even though they are residents of the colon, bacteria are very much a part of us, and in some ways make us what we are. They may determine our:

When we were babies in the womb we were sterile. Our first exposure to bacteria came from the birth canal, which supplied our intestines with bacteria needed to digest milk. People who are born by caesarian section don’t pick up the bacteria from their mother’s colon. Instead, their intestines start growing bacteria obtained from the skin. These bacteria don’t help digest food and can even cause inflammation over one’s entire lifetime!

One researcher concluded:

“Concurrent with the trend of increasing [Caesarean Delivery], there has been an epidemic of both autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis and allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.[5]

The Wrong Bacteria in Your Colon Can Make You Fat!

Additionally, those who are born by C-section are more susceptible to metabolic diseases and obesity.[6] Multiple studies in rats and humans have shown that bacteria in the colon have a large effect on obesity. One study used mice that had intestinal bypass surgery. Those mice that had the surgery now developed different bacteria. When that bacteria was given to obese mice, they lost weight without the bypass surgery. Essentially, bacteria from a thin mouse caused an obese mouse to lose weight.[7]

Humans also experience weight gain or loss associated with their gut flora.  In one study, humans with higher levels of a certain bacteria, M. smithii, were much more likely to be overweight than those with low levels.[8]

Wrong Colon Bacteria Can Cause Arthritis

Studies on the types of bacteria in the colon suggest that arthritis can be caused or worsened by our bacteria.  One study suggested that a single organism can make the difference between having arthritis – or not.[9] The organisms that cause inflammation grow on simple sugars and starches.  On the other hand, those bacteria that grow on prebiotics create butyrate. Butyrate acts as an energy source for cells lining the colon and reduce an inflammatory response.

Prebiotics are the fiber found in fruit and vegetables. They have certain fibrous carbohydrates that nourish the good bacteria to help them to grow.

Best Prebiotic FoodsGod gave us quite the gift when it comes to prebiotic foods because there are many that have just the right “ingredients” to improve gut function without us having to do anything else but eat them! The top most nutrient-dense prebiotic foods are:

  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Artichokes
  • Root vegetables
  • Apples

Prebiotic foods are like fuel for good bacteria. They escape digestion in our small intestine but continue to the colon where the “good” bacteria digest them.  These bacteria make butyrate, which prevents inflammation, such as arthritis.

Because of these bacterial studies, many have proposed fecal transplants to treat arthritis and obesity, instead of surgery and drugs.

What is a Fecal Transplant?

It is just as it sounds. Stool from one person is given to another person to change the bacteria in their colon.  When this procedure first started, the diluted donor stool was put through a tube that went from the nose into the small intestine. However, standard procedure today is done by way of an enema.  Doctors who do this procedure will use a colonoscope to get the bacteria all the way through the colon.

The purpose of a fecal transplant is to populate the colon with good bacteria and give it more biodiversity.

We not only need lots of bacteria, but a diverse population of bacteria growing together in harmony.  Research shows that this procedure can remedy many different problems such as drug resistance, chronic diarrhea, arthritis, obesity, and diabetes.

Probiotic Supplements

Because of this research, many advocate that we take probiotic pills that contain certain amounts of good bacteria.

Until the modern era, humans (and all animals for that matter) ate food laced with bacteria.  Dung fertilized the soil, allowing colon bacteria on the growing food.  People ate food that easily fermented and contained live bacteria. These are foods such as sauerkraut, natto (fermented soybeans), miso (another type of fermented soybeans), yogurt, kefir, and cheeses of all kinds.  Also, without refrigeration, food grew bacteria quickly.

Traditional cultures did not know all these important reasons to eat cultured foods.  However, they definitely knew that fermented food lasted longer, tasted better and made them feel better.  We would be wise to remember techniques our ancestors have left us about probiotics to help the colon!

By contrast, today, we take great measures to prevent bacteria from getting into our food.  For a longer shelf-life, food is:

  • Pasteurized
  • Radiated
  • Gassed
  • Sprayed with chemicals
  • Refrigerated
  • Frozen

Milk that has not been pasteurized lasts only a few days, even refrigerated. Whereas, pasteurized milk lasts for weeks. And ultra-pasteurized milk lasts for months without even being refrigerated!  Many think they may be getting some bacteria in yogurt or cheese. But most dairy products are also heated to prolong their shelf-life.  Canned kimchi and sauerkraut are heated so they contain little or no bacteria.  While there are benefits to decreasing bacteria in food, such as less food poisoning, there is a downside, as well. We don’t get many probiotics anymore.

The bacteria in your colon are like a fingerprint. Your native gut flora have been present since birth. They are uniquely you. They don’t like other bacteria coming in and growing so they usually kick them out.  If you thought you could take a probiotic for a short time to get it to grow inside the colon, guess again!  Probiotics do not become established members of your gut ecosystem. When you stop taking them, their numbers dwindle quickly. That specific probiotic strain level declines and eventually disappears. Within a couple of days to weeks, you’re back to your old self again.

This is why we need a constant supply of good bacteria, or probiotics, from our food.  However, since we don’t get much from food, we often supplement with probiotic pills.  For some people, taking probiotics can make a huge difference in:

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Understanding A Healthy Stool and How to Prevent Constipation

Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Most who have been around elderly people know that bowels are a large issue.  While I was a medical student, I was working at the VA hospital in Los Angeles and I walked into the pulmonary ward only to find that my patient was snapping at me.  I commented that he seemed unhappy.  “Mark my words, Doc,” he said. “If you see a grumpy old man, then there can be only two reasons: either he’s constipated or his woman’s giving him trouble!”  I knew he didn’t have a woman so… “You got it!” he blurted out.  “Now, what are we going to do about it?”


Most people think constipation means not being able to have a bowel movement regularly, but really it refers primarily to the consistency of the stool.  If you go every day, but have hard stool it can still be called constipation.  There are many aspects of what goes into your mouth that affects the consistency of your bowel movements, which is very important.  Constipation can lead many health problems, like:

  1. Diverticulosis – out-pouching of the lining of the colon.
  2. Diverticulitis – inflammation or infection of diverticula.
  3. Lazy colon – difficulty passing stool.
  4. Polyps – bumps, or tumors, that form on the lining of the colon that may bleed or become cancerous.
  5. Internal hemorrhoids – enlarged veins high up in the rectum that can break open and bleed.
  6. External hemorrhoids – enlarged veins near the anus that are painful, itching, or burning.
  7. Anal fissures – breaks in the skin of the anus that cause pain
  8. Cancer – rectal or sigmoid cancers are the most common colon cancers.

So, constipation is not a small thing!  It’s so important for everyone to understand the stool and how to prevent the complications listed above.  We’ll discuss how:

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A Waste of Time – Constipation

Welcome back, friends! It’s been a long day and it feels good to sit down. I’m pooped! Believe it or not, this month’s topic actually is… POOP!

Honestly, I told our editor Cheryl that I thought it was a crappy subject — but doodie calls.

Haste makes waste, so I will take my time unpacking this delicate material. Since this is paperless, it could be a mess… so I’ll just have to roll with it!

Now that I got that out of my system, we can finally move along.

First Movement

No matter how refined, prim or proper one becomes, there is just no elegant way to discuss poop!

Of course, we can re-brand it with words such as, excrement, feces, stool or dung but in the end, it’s still…poop!

Here are some cold hard facts.

  1. The average American excretes approximately 12 oz. of stool every day. That is a whopping 360 pounds a year, per person!
  2. Our poop is approximately ¾ water with the remaining ¼ being comprised of:
  • Dead bacteria
  • Indigestible substances such as:
    • Cellulose (or fiber)
    • Cholesterol (fats)
    • Inorganic tissue salts (like phosphate)
    • Live bacteria
    • Dead cells
    • Mucus
    • And trace amounts of protein…

Nothing redeemable here… no wonder we refer to it as waste (more on that later!).

  1. Its good if it sinks, bad if it stinks. A healthy bowel movement should be fawn colored, sink quickly and have a slight odor. Smelly stools mean a slow transit time leading to putrefaction.
  2. U.S News reports that 12 to 19% of American’s — as many as 63 million people — suffer with constipation due to poor diet and lack of fiber.
  3. The slang word “poop” came into use around 1900. It was derived from a middle-English word, poupen, which originally meant flatulence or fart.

Dear reader, although our bowel movements have become a “taboo” topic in daily conversation, nothing could be more natural or necessary.

How well would your automobile run if your exhaust pipe became plugged?

Like the human body, a well-tuned automobile burns its fuel efficiently. But, the consumed byproducts of the fuel MUST be eliminated properly or the performance suffers, spark plugs get “fouled” and eventually the car no longer functions as it once did.

Our inability to remove waste is commonly referred to as constipation and if it is not dealt with, will result in the body becoming toxic.

Second Movement

I am sure you have heard horror stories of people who died and the their autopsy revealed they had a large quantity of impacted fecal material lining their intestines.

  • It was rumored that the actor John Wayne had 40 lbs. of impacted feces in his colon. Although that was never proven, he did die of colon cancer, which can be the result of such an impaction.
  • Elvis Presley, the King Of Rock and Roll, was found to have 60 lbs. of fecal material present in his intestines when autopsied! Hard living, prescription drug abuse and a high fat grease laden diet certainly attributed to Elvis’s early death.

constipation reliefCommon sense dictates that if it goes in and doesn’t eventually come out, then you are headed for trouble.

As is customary with our monthly Home Cures That Work publication, a full spectrum of healing modalities for each topic will be covered. With that being said, I will only make a few common sense suggestions concerning methods for removing excess fecal material.

  • Colonic irrigation
  • Drink as much pure water as possible (a gallon a day would be optimum).
  • Use a natural laxative (try Triphala, an ayurvedic mix of Indian fruit available at your local health food store.)
  • Coffee enemas
  • Fiber, Fiber, Fiber (high fiber foods are best, especially flax seed)

Though there is no set rule, do whatever it takes to have a bowel movement everyday!

Think of this — everyday you go without having a bowel movement (poop du jour); you are carrying that waste around with you!!!

Turd (couldn’t resist!) Movement

Unfortunately, poop isn’t the only waste us humans carry around with us. Some of the most toxic sludge of all is trapped between our ears! That’s right, dear friends, “stinking thinking” is a cerebral impaction of worthless thoughts that can literally constipate the mind.

Remember, “As a man thinks, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7

If your mind is full of negativity, bitterness, arrogance, rejection, fear, anxiety, self-loathing or jealousy, chances are you are one miserable person. Because your thoughts stink, nobody wants to be around you for long!

Here is an amazing observation. For years, scientists, doctors, psychologists, priests, and spiritualists have argued about what part of the body is the “seat of emotions.” One believes it’s the heart, another the mind, another the liver, another the kidneys and still another, the intestines.

It sounds a bit like the “Five Blind Men And The Elephant” story to me!

  • The first man runs into the elephant’s side and says, “An elephant is like a wall.”
  • The second man with his arms wrapped around the elephant’s leg says, “An elephant is like a pillar.”
  • The third man holding the elephant’s trunk exclaims, “An elephant is like a snake.”
  • The fourth man holding the elephant’s tail says, “You are all wrong! An elephant is like a rope.”
  • And the fifth man grabbing the elephant’s ear says, “You are all mad! An elephant is like the sail of a ship.”

After the five blind men spent the better part of the day arguing, they decided to consult the village wise man. After each man explained his perspective of what an elephant was like, the wise man folded his hands and said, “Each of you is correct and each of you is wrong. Each of you touched a different part of the elephant so if you share your experiences with one another you will have a far better grasp of what an elephant is truly like.”

Here is the bottom line…an elephant is like an elephant…period. You, dear friend, are a human being with a complex system and your body is fearfully and wonderfully made by God!

If your intestines are toxic and impacted, then is causes toxins to back up into your system, which can affect the liver, kidneys, heart, brain etc. And the brain is so complex that chronic “stinking thinking” can make the body sick just as “unshakable faith” can heal it…

With that being said, does it really matter where the seat of emotions is?

We are far more than emotions. We are God’s crowning achievement of creation this side of heaven and He desires, above all things, that we would prosper and be in good health — even as our souls (thought, will and emotions) prosper. A prosperous soul will lead to a divinely healthy body.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2

Forth (forward) Movement (Letting go)

Freedom is a choice… whether it is you that achieves it or another provides it, a choice is made regardless.

The only bad decision is indecision you must decide to no longer empower “stinking thinking” and change your mind just like a mother must change her baby’s poopy diaper!

Change is within your power.

“We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high and mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

It is imperative that you eliminate the toxic waste in your head —as well as your tail. Once it’s gone, it’s a dung deal!

“Yea doubtless, and I count ALL THINGS but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of ALL THINGS, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3:8

constipated wasteYou have to let it all go! The apostle Paul rejected his former religious life along with all of his notable accomplishments, which he referred to those things as excrement…A WASTE OF TIME compared to the freedom he found in Christ Jesus his Lord!

Friend, you have no time to waste. If you are bound up, then it is time to let go of your constipated thinking, constipated diet and constipated decision making! Just let go and let God!

It’s the only way to go.

I hope this article pushed you in the right direction and made you chuckle, as well. Here’s to being “doodie free.”

Who knows, maybe you’ll start a movement!


Q. Have you seen the new movie, “Constipation?”
A. “It hasn’t come out yet!”


Q. How come Tigger never had any friends?
A. “Because he hung around with Pooh.”


Q. Did you know diarrhea is hereditary?
A. “It runs in your genes.”




Michael TyrrellMichael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.com




3 Tips for Curing Constipation

by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, RHN

Constipation is one of the most common health complaints in our society. Constipation is completely controllable and stems from a number of factors including a poor diet (low fiber, low essential fatty acids), a lack of exercise, stress, and dehydration.

If left untreated, constipation leads to a host of other problems including parasite infestations, increased risk of colon cancer, weight gain, gut inflammation leading to leaky gut syndrome, and more.

Without regular bowel movements, we end up keeping rotting food, fecal matter, and toxins in our body where they can putrefy and create further toxic build-up inside the body. Think of like not being able to take out the trash in your home. Eventually, things would get pretty scary. Yuck!

Thus, getting regular and talking poop is serious business.

3 tips for constipationThe Low-Down on Poop

What you poop and how often you poop is the result of what you eat. The body absorbs some of your food intake and the rest is sent to the colon to be eliminated (as poop). But your body cannot optimally absorb nutrients or remove waste without a healthy functioning colon and digestive system.

A healthy colon and digestive system, including the stomach, and large and small intestines, has certain features. The first feature is the presence of happy, healthy enzymes that break down food, move it through the body, and increase the amount of nutrients absorbed. The second important feature is the lack of sticky mucus or old, rotting, unprocessed food or fecal matter.

If your intestines, stomach, and colon don’t have these two features, chances are, you will be backed up, constipated, and feeling tired and weak. Or, you might be fluctuating between constipation and diarhea, or fighting irritable bowel syndrome, or other health problems.

But what constitutes constipation? How often should you be pooping?

While everyone has a different body, with a unique physiology, it is still considered constipation if you poop less than once a day. I know that seems like a bit much. Western doctors only recommend pooping once a day to be healthy and some people even think it is fine if you go only (EEK!) three times a week.

But, as a sign of good health, you should passing healthy, non-strenuous poops at least twice, if not three times, per day. This indicates that your body is processing foods and moving them through and out of your body.

When food is moving through your body this efficiently, none of it is rotting in the colon for fungi or parasites to feed on. Food processed this quickly also is not irritating the intestinal walls, causing food to leak into the blood, and creating toxicity in a process called leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a major health concern and may even be linked to lupus, asthma, and other allergic reactions.

So with that foundation, let’s look at 3 ways to cure constipation once and for all. You might actually be surprised at how simple it is.

Drink More Water, Eat More Fibre, and Lubricate Your Gut

For your bowels to function properly, they need 3 specific nutrients – water, fiber, and essential fatty acids.

Water is necessary to move waste through your colon in much the same way that a water slide shoots kids from top to bottom. No water, very little flow.

Fiber is necessary as it provides bulk to your stool, while absorbing toxins and cholesterol to be eliminated. Fiber intake increases your body’s need for water. The easiest way to ensure these 2 nutrients are balanced is by eating more fresh food like fruits and vegetables. These uncooked plant foods have high amounts of fiber and water, which would otherwise be minimized and lost, respectively, when cooked.

Finally, to lubricate the lining of your gut, allowing the easy passage of stool, essential fatty acids like omega-3s are needed. Flax oil, hemp oil, fish oil, and even monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocados are great sources of these healthy fats that lubricate your gut.

In addition to these 3 simple tips for curing constipation for regular poops, getting regular physical activity, especially “bouncy” type of activities like walking, running, and rebounding are very helpful.



Yuri_150Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, fitness expert, and highly sought after High Performance Health Coach. He’s also a former professional soccer player and served as the Head Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition Coach for men’s soccer at the University of Toronto for 7 seasons. For more than 13 years, he’s empowered more than 80,000 people to greater health with his no-nonsense approach to health, fitness, and nutrition.





Weird Remedies That Work

By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

I read all sorts of literature on healthcare and I’m continually amazed at the number of remedies that exist for ailments.  I have tried countless remedies with my patients and have found some really crazy ones that work!

In medical school, sometimes we called weird remedies that worked “the placebo effect.” But, that doesn’t really matter, does it?  If something works, it works, no matter how or why!  Just because I can’t explain it chemically, doesn’t mean a remedy doesn’t have value.

For example, I give vitamin B12 shots for all sorts of neurological problems. But, one of my colleagues believes I shouldn’t be doing that because it’s just a “placebo” and isn’t widely accepted by the medical community.  However, to that thought I responded, “I promise I will stop using it as soon as it stops working!”  I’m still giving those shots because they work – weird or not!

Weird Cures That Work

Humans all over the world for thousands of years have used weird disease cures and methods to become and stay healthy. While modern Western medicine has evolved into a system of doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical drugs, other remedies— some pretty silly remedies — are still in use around the world.

Here are 6 weird remedies that actually happen to work, no matter how foolish you feel.

1. Lemon peels for headaches

In a small book on home remedies, I read about using lemon peelings for headache.  Years later, I had a woman with chronic headaches who had a very hard time with the medications she took that didn’t really work very well. I mentioned the lemon peel trick: peel a lemon and take the white part of the peeling and rub it on your temples, massaging it in to the skin on both sides.  Within a minute or so the headache will be gone!  She did it and it worked – better than the drugs she had been taking.  Now she always has a lemon with her, in case she gets a headache.

2. Soap for cramps

One woman came into my office because of nighttime leg cramps.  I know what to routinely do for leg cramps:

  • Take coral calcium, magnesium or potassium.
  • If that doesn’t work, I tell people to drink more water to assure hydration.
  • Some are low in sodium, so I tell them to use more salt on their food.  A good trick is V-8 vegetable juice, which has sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium all together.

However, none of the usual remedies worked.  She tried increasing her stomach acid for better absorption, without any help.  I also tried glycine and taurine to relax the muscles but to no avail.  We then tried medications for Restless Legs Syndrome, but that didn’t help either.

I didn’t see her for a while and then when she came in to see me for something else I asked her about the cramps.  She said a neighbor told her to put a bar of soap under her sheet by her legs. She did – and she slept all night without cramps!  After a few months she started getting cramps again and the neighbor told her to change the soap.  She swapped out the bar of soap for a new one and hasn’t suffered with leg cramps since discovering this weird remedy.

Another patience of mine had the same problem with leg cramps, so I told her about the soap trick, which she said she had used in the past and it worked.

Diatomaceous Dirt for Diarrhea

3. Dirt for diarrhea

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Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies for Pregnancy

Praise God pregnancy is only for a season. Though beautiful in many forms, pregnancy is often uncomfortable (to say the least!).  The child growing inside of you will be worthwhile!  Here are a few natural remedy tips and tricks that I have learned to relieve common discomforts of pregnancy, such as constipation, heartburn, stretch marks and more.


The valuable source of treating constipation is the fiber flaxseed. The fiber in flaxseed binds with water, swelling to form a gel, which, like other forms of fiber, helps soften the stool and move it along in the intestines. Flaxseed is better alternative remedy then psyllium seed, because there will significantly fewer problems with constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating than those taking psyllium.

Dose: 5 g of whole, cracked, or freshly crushed flaxseeds soaked in water and taken with a glassful of liquid 3 times a day. Results in 18-24 hours, so continue flaxseed for a minimum of 2-3 days.


Magnesium supplementation is a valuable therapeutic tool in the treatment of pregnancy-related leg cramps. Some research indicated a connection between leg cramps and a build up of lactic acid, caused by too much starch and sugar, which then impairs blood flow in the legs. Magnesium can work magic for reducing cramping and decreasing the intensity of Braxton Hicks contractions, as well as help with constipation.

Magnesium Dose for pregnant women, BEFORE BED:

  • 19-30 years: 350 mg
  • 31-50 years: 360 mg


A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids may cause or contribute to depression, especially during pregnancy when the baby is needing and using up stores of these fatty acids for it’s own growth and development.  Taking a cod liver oil or fish oil supplement may help alleviate symptoms and will certainly also be good for you and your baby. Cod liver oil supplies you with both EPA and DHA, which are needed for proper brain and nervous system development.  It contains high levels of a natural form of vitamins A and D, needed for strengthening the immune system, autoimmune system, bone strength, sugar balance and cancer prevention. Cod liver oil contains more vitamin A and more vitamin D per unit weight than any other common food.

Cod Liver Oil Dose: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D


Another pregnancy topic, heartburn is near and dear to my heart. Papaya enzyme is a digestive enzyme that is inexpensive option that creates good bacteria in the stomach to assist in promoting better digestion. Relieve indigestion discomfort by avoiding trigger foods (caffeine and citrus foods, especially), eating smaller meals without any liquids. Another natural alternative remedy is slippery elm lozenges. Thayer’s Slippery Elm Lozenge is a popular brand.


A natural remedy for hemorrhoids is citrus bioflavonoids, which strengthens the walls of blood vessels. The citrus bioflavonoids (diosmin and hesperidin) have been proven to reduce the frequency and severity of hemorrhoid attacks, relieve symptoms once a flare-up of hemorrhoid pain has begun and prevent new hemorrhoid attack.

Citrus Bioflavonoid Dose: 500 mg twice daily (combination of 90% diosmin and 10% hesperidin)

Prevent Miscarriage

Support your pregnancy and prevent miscarriage by takingvitamin B12. Without enough B12, the ability of a fetus to create new proteins and produce DNA is stunted, which is linked to miscarriage. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods such as liver, trout, salmon, beef, yogurt milk and cheese.

Vitamin B12 Dose: 2.6 micrograms of B12 daily

Stretch Marks

Prevention is key. Pregnancy robs your body of its nutrient stores leaving the skin more likely to over stretch and be unable to compensate. That is where butters and oils come in; they are to enforce your skin. They “feed” your skin vitamins and oils that it greatly needs to be highly pliable. Skin becomes more pliant, more plasticized and better able to stretch when it’s well hydrated when moisturizing with cocoa butter or shea butter.

Dose: Moisturizing three or four times a day with products that contain cocoa butter or shea butter as a prime ingredient. Massage the moisturizer deep into breasts, belly, hips, and buttocks.

Consider making your own “Belly Butter!” it is as easy as following a simple recipe.  Once the ingredients are gathered, all that’s left to do is melt and pour (and it only takes a few minutes).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 4 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

What to do:

  1. Measure all ingredients, except vanilla, into a heavy saucepan.  Warm mixture over low heat until cocoa butter and beeswax have melted (two to five minutes). Stir well.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, if using. Another option would be to add a few drops of essential oils.
  3. Cool briefly then pour into jar(s). Leave lid off and allow to cool completely (about an hour).

To help prevent stretch marks, rub a small amount onto the stomach daily. Upon application, it may appear oily, but will quickly be absorbed.


Dandelion leaves are widely recommended as a food supplement for pregnant women because of the many nutrients they contain. Dandelion leaves have been found to produce a mild diuretic effect, which has led to its proposed use for people who suffer from mild fluid retention, such as may occur in pregnancy. Dandelion root is sometimes a natural remedy recommended for mild constipation.  Dandelion tea can be useful if you have high blood pressure to help relieve hypertension or headache discomfort.


  • 2 to 8 g, 3 times daily of dried dandelion root
  • 250 mg, 3 to 4 times daily of a 5:1 extract
  • 5 to 10 ml, 3 times daily of a 1:5 tincture in 45% alcohol.
  • The dandelion leaves may be eaten in salad or cooked

Varicose Veins

Another alternative remedy that may help with varicose veins is horse chestnut. Horse chestnut reduces swelling and inflammation by “sealing” leaking capillaries, improving the elastic strength of veins, preventing the release of enzymes that break down collagen and open holes in capillary walls.

Horse Chestnut Dose: 300 mg twice daily (which should contain total daily dose of 100 mg aescin, the leading component in horse chestnut)


Are any other pregnant mamas out there struggling pregnancy issues? How do you cope with heartburn during pregnancy? Have you found a stretch mark cream that works miracles? Share your strategies with us!


Grandma Barton is mother to Joe Barton (founder of Barton Publishing), grandmother to 6 grandkids and 28 step-grandkids, and over 3000 Home Cures That Work members. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor with the help of Dr. Saunders and natural remedies. Grandma loves finding cures within the home to treat all sorts of ailments. With tips she’s learned on the farm and along the way, Grandma Barton brings a time-tested and trusted voice when it comes to home remedies. She really is an inspiration to us all.





Antacids Review

Plop. Plop. Fizz. Fizz.  Oh, what a relief it is…

The jingle for Alka-Seltzer brings back memories of “Relief never sounded better…” for many of us. Other antacids have become popular household names we have come to recognize and are freely available at the pharmacy: Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalax, among others.  But, do we recognize the common side-effects and dangers of these branded antacids that doctors recommend to relieve heartburn, acid reflux and other mild GERD symptoms?

Side-Effect Dangers of Antacids

Antacids are thought to have no serious side-effects, based on the symptom chasing mentality of conventional medicine. But, the common protocol for treating stomach acid with antacids only mask the problem and can be harmful to your health. These common ingredients in antacids can affect your body:

  • Magnesium– Can lead to diarrhea and act as a laxative, produces belching.
  • Aluminum –Interferes with the absorption of phosphates, leading to constipation, loss of appetite, weakness, and bone damage.
  • Calcium –Can also lead to constipation, urinary tract disorders, headaches, mood changes, muscles weakness, nausea, and excessive thirst from an electrolyte imbalance.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate – Has a laxative effect and can affect blood pressure and cause swollen feet and legs.

Common Problems with Antacids

Doctors are already aware of restrictions on the use of acid-suppressants. Of the antacids:

  • Sodium bicarbonate shouldn’t be taken by people on a salt-restricted diet.
  • Aluminum-containing antacids should be avoided by those with low blood phosphate and patients with Alzheimer’s, kidney disease and bone disorders.
  • Those antacids containing magnesium shouldn’t be taken by people with kidney problems.

In addition, antacids can interfere with the absorption of vitamins and medication, especially antibiotics. They can also be dangerous for those who suffer from dehydration. Some antacids block the vitamin B12…the most vital vitamin for the human brain.

Antacids are a quick fix for those are trying to relieve their heartburn, acid reflux or other digestive problems. However, the possible side-effects of the magnesium, calcium, aluminum and sodium bicarbonate ingredients can lead to constipation and laxative effects, among other dangers. Even if you aren’t taking enough to overdose, too many antacids can disturb the natural balance in your digestive tract. There is acid in your stomach for a reason. It helps properly digest food and also kills dangerous organisms that attack your stomach lining, protecting us from infection. If you neutralize too much stomach acid, you are hurting your body’s ability to digest and protect your stomach, provoking immune responses throughout the body leading to food sensitivities and autoimmune diseases. To keep healthy acid levels, it’s best to control them naturally.

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