There are at least 100 million patients in the USA and Canada that have
recurrent, long-term gastrointestinal symptoms. More than 80 million people in
North America suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Abdominal pain, distension
with excess gas, constipation and diarrhea are the four prominent symptoms.
Other digestive disorders are common - heartburn afflicts 44% of Canadians &
Americans; peptic ulcer disease has an incidence of 8% and non-ulcer dyspepsia
afflicts 20-40%. Most members of this large group will self-medicate and suffer
Some will emerge from this large symptomatic group with well defined disease.
The rest of the symptomatic population will remain by default victims of the
“irritable bowel syndrome.” Most members of this symptomatic group will have
other dysfunction associated with and probably caused by their digestive
problems. Those who receive the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome will often
receive inadequate or inappropriate advice and will be prescribed medication
with limited efficacy. Very few long-suffering patients will receive adequate
instruction in effective diet revision.
Digestive disorders are common diseases that often originate in the food
supply. Diet revision should be the primary therapy. The gastrointestinal tract
is a sensing, reactive device which monitors the material flowing through it.
Symptoms arising from this system provide information about its dysfunction.
Seven basic symptoms alert you to the gastrointestinal tract's displeasure with
your food choices - nausea, heartburn, vomiting, bloating, pain, constipation
and diarrhea. Over-the-counter medications for digestive (gastrointestinal)
tract symptoms is a multi-billion dollar industry and people often self-medicate
when symptoms are mild or infrequent.
The interpretation and treatment of digestive tract symptoms may be based on
misunderstanding pathogenic possibilities in the gastrointestinal tract. The
treatment of ulcer disease, for example, has undergone a major change with the
discovery of H. Pylori infection, and more surprises are yet to come. The milk
diets once recommended for ulcer and high-fiber diets for irritable bowels are
examples of misdirected attempts at diet revision.
Digestive tract problems are not well-managed in medical practice. What is
most surprising about the medical perception of gastrointestinal tract
dysfunction is the relative lack of concern about the patient's food supply and
treatment has been hampered by lack of standard methods of diet revision. In
medical texts and journal articles, food is seldom mentioned. There remains a
prevailing and superstitious belief in psychogenesis. Gastrointestinal tract
symptoms are sometimes thought of as mysterious and subversive psychic
manifestations and not biological problems. At other times, the cause is a
mysterious agent X, yet to be discovered.
There is a need for greater awareness of food-related diseases. Both patients
and physicians need to take more responsibility for correcting the causes of
digestive tract diseases and not settle for treating the symptoms. Diet revision
is the single, most effective treatment strategy and it is seldom recommended by
physicians who prefer to prescribe drugs. An article in B.C.’s Province stated
that: “Medicine needs to find better, more cost-effective ways to treat
digestive diseases, which put more Canadians in hospital each year than cancer.”
This comment was based on the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
who reported that digestive disease accounted for 13% of all hospitalizations
for men, the second leading cause after heart disease and stroke (21%). For
women, digestive disease accounted for 10%, after pregnancy and childbirth (24%)
and heart disease and stroke (12%). CIHI manager of clinical registries, Greg
Webster, stated that: "Digestive diseases cause a significant burden on our
health-care system and reduce the quality of life of thousands of Canadians each
year. Many of these conditions can be prevented or controlled by modifications
to diet and other lifestyle factors."
In another study of 17,244 respondents in the Canadian National Health Survey
about 120,000 Canadians aged 20-64 had inflammatory bowel disease (about 1.7% of
the population.) Women were 70% of this group; 28 % were unemployed.
Crohn’s, Celiac disease and Ulcerative Colitis are three of the more
serious diagnoses that imply a long-term tendency to digestive tract disease.
These digestive tract diseases are immune-mediated, with increased permeability
of the digestive tract, and are associated with a long list of whole body,
immune-mediated diseases. Patients with these conditions are often symptomatic
for many years before the diagnosis is made.
Food input to the digestive tract is neglected as a source of dysfunction and
disease; an oversight that the Alpha Nutrition Program can correct. We encourage
everyone with digestive tract problems to give diet revision a try.
One strategy to solve digestive tract problems is to take a food holiday. You
stop all food input into the unhappy digestive tract and await spontaneous
clearing of the problem. Food can be replaced by an elemental nutrient formula -
pure nutrients that are well-absorbed, require little digestion, and are free of
most problems. Alpha ENF supplies complete nutrition while it bypasses the
digestive processes and reduces the input of the "wrong stuff" to a minimal
Listen to a Description of Digestive Disorders
This website features topics from the book, Digestive Disorders by Stephen Gislason MD
Print and eBook versions are available. 178 Pages.
The book discusses food-related digestive tracts diseases and common disorders
such as food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome,
chronic diarrhea, liver diseases, foodborne infection and motility disorders.
Nutritional concerns with digestive disease are discussed and case histories
illustrate problems and their solution. The solution is found in the Alpha
Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision. There are many conditions
that improve with diet revision. Elemental nutrient formulas are recommended for
serious digestive disease.
The latest edition is available as an eBook for download.
Nutrient Formulas and Printed books are shipped from Alpha Online to all destinations in Canada and USA. Prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
Disorders Rescue Help in understanding and managing the most common digestive tract
disorders: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
Functional Dyspepsia, GERD, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The
starter pack includes one 500 gram jar of
Alpha ENF, the Alpha Nutrition Program, and the book Food & Digestive Disorders.
Three steps to solving a digestive problem
1 You stop ingesting the problem foods and beverages.
2 You eat safe foods and pure nutrients until you clear symptoms.
3 Reintroduce more of the best, nourishing, low-risk foods
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