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Posted by Adam on 03/07/2007

I know that I have IBS, or some form of it at least, but I can't determine which it is. I've brought up my specific symptoms to several doctors and they always just give me the same lame answers that never bring me any closer to solving my problem. I think I might have a mix between occasionally IBS w. constipation and occasional IBS with Diarrhea. For a long time it was more of the IBS w/ diarrhea. but I didn't have it all the time. In fact I would sometimes go months without having diarrhea. The more constant thing was loose bowels and the need to go often, for several hours a day, at least two times a day. I read one person's review on your website and they said they found the best thing was to start the day with an empty bowel, and I too have found this to be true. I'm in school right now, as I have been for the last five years, and I find if I wake up early and eat, then lay back down and then go to the bathroom for an hour then that works o.k. (but more recently that method has been failing). I also don't eat for the course of the day that I have things to do, only daring to eat when I'm home and I know I have some time if I need it. Also, often when I eat I get nauseous and occasionally I have to lay down for a little while afterwards. And it's not always with the same types of food, it can change quickly, so what was normally safe food becomes food that makes me sick. I also lose my appetite suddenly while eating, even having to resort to spitting out food while I'm eating due to extreme sudden nausea. I know this is a lot to tip onto your plate, but I thought maybe you would have some knowledge of what these symptoms mean. I've had three colonoscopies (which revealed some non-dangerous Polyps which were removed) but suggested my bowels were fine (according to the GI doc, who I didn't trust) I take citrucel every night, which was helping up until my recent bout of constipation, I've had food allergy tests, I've taken a sulfur pill, I've gone on the gluten free wheat free diet, and none of it has helped in the slightest. I still take hours in the bathroom and I feel bad more often than not. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them, I'm about to graduate college and I really need to get a handle on my condition before I join the workforce, otherwise my chances of a good job are slim. -Thank you,

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Adam: Your condition seems to be unstable bacterial flora where there is many, but changing bacterial flora colonies that flip flops with changes in your extreme dietary changes.

Always going in the morning and emptying the bowels work, but perhaps just as important is keeping the body's pH in a stable level is important to have a stable bacterial flora colonies that does not changes as pH is now under control.

A simple solution to the problem that should help the most, and you are encourage to try different level of dose.

1. For your age, the estimated alkalinity the body requires to maintain a stable set of bacterial flora colonies is about at least 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. Once in the earliest morning you wake up, another time before bed time of the same dose.

2. To give a good friendly bacterial flora colonies, taking some good yogurt taken once a day, preferably after meal during supper or before supper. The bacterial colonies should at least stabilized.

3. A simple sea salt have a tendency to eliminate most unfriendly bacteria colonies. The preferred dose often is to drink this in a drinking water.

There are two possible dose, but your condition I think it is closer to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in one liter of water.

If this is too strong for you (diarrhea or too much loose stools), then go for 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda as your drinking water.

If the solution appears to be too salty regardless of how little you put in to your drinking water, your water is contaminated with heavy metals, which is what causing all the problems. Therefore, at least give it a try to drink at least a week of bottled glass mineral water with the usual sea salt and baking soda as your drinking water.

Once you know if the source is in fact a contaminated drinking water with heavy metals, or that you take swimming course (chlorine can play havoc with your bowels once they get absorbed through your skin), then you need to take every day a reasonable amount say 1/2 handful of coriander chinese parsley in 4 days out of 7 days.

Assuming that chlorine is your source of problems of irregular bowel movements. Yes I had it and it was resolved by adding 3-6 more drops of dechlorinator, sodium thiosulfate 10% solution in 1 liter of drinking water, in addition to the baking soda and the sea salt. You may get initial loose stools in the beginning of use, but it is only a temporary condition as it rids of toxic bacteria by clearing up the system.

Keeping a stable pH, reduced dietary sugar, eating some yogurt in supper time, getting morning bowel movement, plus normal bowel movements preferably 2-3 times a day. should note some improvement in your health.

Your nausea can resolved by taking a good vitamin B complex supplements for the week, then stop. The appetite should normalize, and nausea should be gone. If not take 500 mg of vitamin C, preferably sodium ascorbate. Students seem to be deficient in vitamin C all the time, especially woman. Why that is so, I don't know, perhaps stress in school and too much studying depletes vitamin C levels.