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Food & Digestive Disorders

By Stephen Gislason MD

Dr Gislason's Preface
Learn about Digestion
Digestive Tract Allergy to Food
Motility Disorders
Functional Dsypepsia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Heartburn, Reflux
Candida Yeast Concerns

Crohn's Disease
Celiac  Disease
Peptic Ulcers

Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Food Allergy
Formula Feeding

The Alpha Nutrition Program
is used to manage:
Functional Dyspepsia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Crohn's Disease
Celiac  Disease
GERD, Heartburn, Reflux
Motility Disorders

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The Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome  is a collection of the most common digestive symptoms - nausea, abdominal pain, excessive gas or bloating, constipation and diarrhea. When these symptoms occur over months or years in the absence of a visible disease, Doctors usually diagnose "irritable bowel syndrome" (IBS). While these symptoms should suggest problems originating in the food supply, medical diagnosis and treatment has usually ignored food factors. Food allergy and other forms of food intolerance such as lactose (milk sugar) and fructose intolerance are capable of producing a wide range of digestive problems.

The description "reactive bowel"  is better than "irritable bowel". Reactive bowel suggests that the gastrointestinal tract is a sensing, reacting system with important immune responses to food. As soon as you say "reactive bowel" you have ask "reactive to what?" You then search for the cause in terms of food input and will often be closer to a solution.

IBS covers a spectrum of illness from relatively mild and occasional bowel disturbances to more debilitating, daily disturbances. We are advocating a permanent change in diet to solve the problem. You have to assume that your digestive tract is unhappy with your food choices and does not work well when you eat improperly.

For years, IBS was attributed to "psychogenic causes". Patients were often told that they have gastrointestinal tract dysfunction because of "stress, tension, or anxiety". A better idea is that patients have stress, tension, and anxiety because of bowel dysfunction! Food selection, emotional experiences, and eating behaviors interact in complex patterns. Anger, frustration, and fear will influence food selection, appetite, digestion, and metabolism, while food selection, digestion, and metabolism will help determine emotional reactivity.

The Main Ideas

  • The function of  the digestive tract  is to process food.
  • The food supply must be matched to the capacity of the digestive tract to process food.
  • Dysfunction and disease arise when there is a mismatch.
  • The digestive tract actively manages and reacts to food.
  • When all is well, we ignore the presence of the digestive tract. 
  • When there is trouble in the digestive tract, attention is directed to our abdomen by a variety of discomforts, pain, noise, distension, abnormal bowel movements and smelly gas..

If you have chronic gastrointestinal tract dysfunction, you may be in trouble beyond the digestive tract. Symptoms of gastrointestinal tract dysfunction are central to the wider range of clinical manifestations of food allergy and should be seen as evidence that there are problems down-stream (the rest of the body and brain) related to the food supply.

IBS Case Histories

The Alpha Nutrition Program  was designed to discover a new diet that reduces immediate symptoms and reduces the long-term risk of the digestive problem progressing toward more serious disease. The first Phase of Alpha Nutrition is an attempt to clear symptoms. This is home science. You start with the hypothesis that your food intake is causing or contributing to your illness and you do an experiment to find out if it is true. You want to accomplish three important goals at the same time:

  • Remove problems in your existing food supply
  • Add all the nutrients your body needs
  • Reintroduce the best, nourishing foods available

Often, full recovery involves a food holiday. Alpha ENF can be used as a completely absorbed, fully nourishing food-replacement. Alpha ENF requires little or no digestion and gives the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal. Alpha ENF can be used to supply nutrients that may be in short supply - such as amino acids, B vitamins, vitamins D, B12 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc. Malabsorption, malnutrition and allergy to other foods may be hidden causes of slow recovery and prolonged disability.

The books, Food and Digestive Disorders and the Alpha Nutrition Program are bundled with a 500 gram jar of Alpha ENF as the Digestion Rescue Starter Pack. If you are not ready for the starter pack, Order Books Separately. Click the book title in the center column of the table (left) for more information. Click the Add to Cart button on the left  to order printed books for mail delivery from Alpha Online. Click the Download button to order and download PDF files.

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