Diverticulitis is a very serious condition - or at least it can be. Sometimes it's so serious that some patients might be rushed into surgery. This would only be true if the condition is so severe that a medical doctor has determined that a rupture of the intestine has occurred.
More commonly it's treated with less drastic measures. Medical doctors might prescribe pain medications along with some immediate dietary changes, and insist on bed rest with a heating pad on low on the most painful parts of the abdomin.
The medical world is full of unusual words which often have Latin derivations.
A diverticulum is a small pouch of tissue which protrudes through a weak area of the large intestine. If one or more of these pouches have found their way through the intestinal wall with few or no noticeable symptoms, the patient may have diverticulosis.
But if some of the pouches become inflamed or infected, the condition is called diverticulitis.
So, what causes these pesky little pouches?
Various medical sources like to say that diverticula develop as the result of naturally weak places in the colon wall which give way under pressure, allowing the small pouches to protrude through the intestinal wall.
Why would there by some places which are just naturally weak? A design flaw?
The next question is what causes the inflammation of the pouches?
Apparently the primary culprit is poor eating habits...eating habits which have developed as a result of the fact that really excellent food requires a lot of time and effort.
That's especially true in our country and other western countries where diets are ruled by fads and convenience.
This may seem like an overly simple explanation, but it's true.
Studies conducted during the early part of the twentieth century have shown that people living in other cultures across the globe never experience various types of problems of the digestive tract.
Eating mostly processed foods is responsible not only for diverticulitis, but a long list of other maladies and diseases. When foods are packaged, whether they're canned, dried, or frozen, the foods are altered - even damaged.
Then there's the problem of how the foods are produced on farms and ranches.
The family farm or ranch is now nearly defunct. Giant agricultural corporations provide a lot of our food supply
During recent decades the very necessary growth of the organic food industry has blossomed at a time when the need is great. Why doesn't everyone eat organically grown food?
Why doesn't everyone carefully select their foods and design a highly specialized diet for themselves?
Mainly because of economic considerations, but also because of the activities of government to protect the interests of big pharma and big agribusiness.
Another obvious reason is that careful selection and preparation of food is very time consuming and expensive. Most folks in western cultures are pretty well addicted to the great tasting fast foods which are loaded with all the wrong stuff.
So, how do we get rid of diverticulitis, once it's been diagnosed?
The standard medical approach is to medicate while reducing seeds, nuts, and other fibrous foods from the diet - at least temporarily while healing occurs. The medication may consist of antibiotics along with pain meds.
I wanted to know whether this condition could correct itself given the right corrections to the diet and the careful implementation of regular exercise. So I Googled diverticula disappear.
Just reading the descriptions for several of the 1,300,000 resulting websites is very enlightening.
Most of them say that the diverticula do not disappear unless surgery is performed.
One very interesting description tells of dynamic or disappearing diverticula.
A little more detail informs us that Diverticula can appear and disappear while under fluoroscopic observation at barium enema examination.
This reminds me of all the times I had to replace j-traps under kitchen sinks and lavatories during a previous life when I was property manager for a some small apartment buildings. Lots of well-meaning folks pour Draino into clogged drain pipes - which often become more clogged or begin leaking as a result.
Doctors often act like plumbers - using harsh chemicals to either diagnose or attempt to promote healing. Most self-respecting plumbers wouldn't consider using a harsh chemical to open a clogged drain.
There's plenty of evidence that diverticula can and do disappear without surgery and in the absence of medicines.
Granted, the evidence is always what the medical scientists call, anecdotal - which means that it's based on personal experiences rather than double-blind studies sanctioned by the FDA.
But a lot of the evidence comes from some well-established sources, including some medical doctors who have heroically bucked the tide by practicing alternative health care techniques for the benefit of their patients.
Dr. Alejandro Junger, M.D. details his own life experience with various serious conditions - which included digestive disorders - as he provides us with a solid procedure for cleaning the digestive tract while also cleaning the entire body - all without the use of medications.
I'm pretty sure careful application of the regimen described in Clean will provide curative help for you if you're experiencing the symptoms of diverticulitis.
If your pain is severe and you just want the pain to stop, look for a doctor who practices holistically.
The long term permanent cure is to change the diet, as described by Dr. Junger and many others, and to implement an ongoing exercise regimen.
Here's a summary of the changes recommended by Dr. Junger:
Eliminate wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, couscous, oats, soybeans and soy products, peanuts and peanut butter, pistaschios, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, sweet potatoes, dairy products, processed oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, alcohol, coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda pop, refined sugar, white or brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, Splenda, Equal, Sweet 'N Low, chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbeque sauce, teriyaki sauce, raw fish, pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, hot dogs, shellfish, oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, bananas.
The question you'll be asking now is, what's left? What can I eat?
If you're actually suffering the excruciating pain of diverticulitis, though, you may be willing to try anything - and you probably don't feel like eating anything. But you probably will not have read this far, either.
In fact, most folks who have that kind of pain head for the emergency room. If it's an ongoing condition, you may eventually tire of the endless round of medications with all the side effects.
Again, try to find a doctor who practices holistic or integrative medicine.
If you've yet to experience diverticulitis, but you still eat the normal stuff we Americans commonly eat, such as hamburgers, fries, pizza, pasta, and pastries and drink beer, pop, milk and kool aid -
it won't be long before you do experience diverticulitis or something else with devastating symptoms.
If you're young, you can get away with it for a while - though lots of people get sick at a very young age. Everyone seems to think it's normal to get sick once in a while.
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