Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and other Food Related Health Issues — Part II

November 20, 2011

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Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and other Food Related Health Issues


Part II

Part I covered milk and gluten intolerance, some of the symptoms, causes, and health issues from these problems. There were suggestions for living with these problems and reducing the risk of serious disease as a result.
Part II will cover food allergies and bacterial overgrowth.

Food Allergy
Gluten and lactose are not the only contributors to digestive problems yet celiac disease can be associated with the intolerance of other foods such as cow’s milk, eggs, chicken, soy, and tuna.

It would be wise to make a note of foods eaten, lifestyle activities, and stress factors prior to experiencing the following symptoms:
·       Abdominal pain
·       Constipation
·       Crohn’s disease
·       Diarrhea
·       Esophagitis
·       Gallbladder disease
·       Gastritis
·       GERD
·       Irritable bowel syndrome
·       Pancreatitis
·       Peptic ulcers
·       Rectal bleeding
·       Ulcerative colitis
·       Vomiting
·       Canker sores
Consider food allergy as a possible cause for any of the above symptoms.

In one study of 69 people with gallbladder disease; 93% reacted to eggs, 64% to pork, and 52% to onion. These same people also showed some allergic reaction to fowl, milk, coffee, oranges, beans, nuts, apples, and tomatoes.

This does not mean these are foods to avoid for everyone. It just means to be aware that most any food can cause allergic reactions under circumstances that could trigger allergies.

A lack of or low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach can trigger an allergic reaction to a food.   Hydrochloric acid is the acid that breaks down the food we put in our stomach. Without it, the food can sit in the stomach too long and cause some of the health concerns listed above.  GNLD’s Betagest is an excellent source for supplementing with a natural hydrochloric acid.
Bacterial Overgrowth
Overgrowth of harmful organisms such as bacterial, viral, fungal, or worms can lead to digestive disorders.

There are a number of things that contribute to the likelihood of overgrowth of harmful organisms:

·       Eating contaminated food

·       Use of antacids which destroy the healthy production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach

·       Overeating – food that is not broken down properly feeds harmful organisms

·       Slow transit time of food leads to constipation or a sluggish bowel which allows time for overgrowth of the harmful organisms

·       Use of antibiotics usually kill bacteria, both good and bad. Antibiotics do not harm fungi so when they kill the good bacteria it sets a person up for an overgrowth of harmful fungal organisms like Candida Albicans.

·       The excessive consumption of sugar and carbon dioxide used in soft drinks feed on bacterial and fungal organisms.

How to reduce the risk of overgrowth of harmful organisms:

·       Safe handling of food with proper cleanliness and cooking

·       Supplement with GNLD’s Betagest which provides a healthy hydrochloric acid which will kill most harmful organisms within minutes of the time they arrive in the stomach.

·       Eat less thus reducing the growth and reproduction of harmful organisms

·       Drink adequate water and eat a healthy balance of fiber, fruits, and vegetables to speed up transit time.

An interesting note is the purpose of the appendix. It never made sense to me when I was told the appendix was of no use to my health. 

When I was 13 years old, I became ill with vomiting and abdominal pain. The pain settled on my right side so I was taken to the doctor, admitted to the hospital, and my appendix were removed. I’ll never know for sure if it was really necessary to remove my appendix.

We now know that the appendix is a probiotic reservoir. Probiotics are the good bacteria that protect us against the harmful organisms. When a bout of diarrhea sets in, the good bacteria move from the appendix to replenish the lower digestive tract with protective organisms.

Those who, like me, have had their appendix removed by surgery will benefit from supplementing with GNLD’s Acidophilus Plus especially after suffering from diarrhea. Acidophilus Plus will provide the healthy bacteria to replenish the lower digestive tract with protective organisms.

Please note: I am not saying surgery for removing the appendix is wrong. By all means remove it if it is inflamed and there is danger of it rupturing. Your physician will be the one to advice you in that situation.
A Summary of Supplements for a Healthy Digestive Tract
·       Betagest is an extract of hydrochloric acid from beet stems and beet roots. It is designed to address failure of the digestive process in the stomach. It has lactase to assist in the breakdown of milk sugar (lactose). The hydrochloric acid in Betagest is very effective in preventing allergic response to foods by helping break them down for use as nutrients. There are very few microbes that will survive in the stomach when it has the right amount of hydrochloric acid. 
·       Enzyme Digestive Aid is a supplement that assists in the breakdown of food. It reduces the likely hood of allergic response or microbial overgrowth. These enzymes also help us in actually getting the nutrients from the food we eat
·       Acidophilus Plus reduces the overgrowth of harmful organisms. It is also very effective in reducing the growth of fungal organisms. Acidophilus Plus is beneficial in restoring the good bacteria after the use of antibiotics or after eating foods treated with antibiotics. Remember, the good bacteria in your colon is disturbed by excessive amounts of sugar, alcohol, or spoiled foods.
·       Salmon Oil Plus is an important nutrient for the digestive tract because of inflammatory problems in various parts of the digestive system.
·       Garlic Allium Complex has natural nutrients that can kill bad bacteria and especially fungal organisms such as Candida Albicans.
·       Antioxidants like Vitamin E Plus, Super C or All-C, and Carotenoid Complex are quite effective when combined with Salmon Oil Plus at restoring intestinal health. Inflammation in the digestive tract can be put out with a combination of these antioxidants. They are like throwing a wet blanket on a fire.
·         Tre’ and Aloe Vera Plus are also great natural anti-inflammatory antioxidants in liquid form that are healing for the digestive tract. They provide nutrients and soothing to damaged and inflamed tissues as well as acting as a natural probiotic. Aloe Vera Plus not only is healing but also is excellent for reducing or eliminating heartburn and discomfort in the esophagus.
Be kind to your digestive tract and stay healthy!
Pat Moon

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1 Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Great information. Caring for the gut and knowing what to eat is important. My dog eats very healthy and I care for her gut that is not an issue, but keeping her immune system built up is  my concern as she battled Lupus 2x and won!  Still not taking health for granted Pat.

2 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

Carol, so great to see your comment. You are correct. We can not ever take our health for granted and even then, things happen. With the wisdom God gives us our responsibility is to reduce the risk of health breakdown. You may want to consider GNLD’s Pet-Pal vitamin for your dog. It enhances immune health for your pet. Here is the link:

3 denny hagel November 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I always look forward to your articles! Always tremendous value! Thank you!

4 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hi Denny, I’m so happy you receive value from my blogs. Thanks again for your support.

5 Solvita November 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Good information, learning something new again! Thank you Pat! 🙂

6 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

Solvita, glad you are learning new things from my blogs. Always happy to see your comments.

7 Hughie Bagnell November 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Great article Pat…yes, as you say, we must be very kind to our digestive tract to stay healthy! Excellent summary of supplements…Thanks, Hughie

8 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

Hughie, thanks for your input. Yes, digestion is very, very important. We, my husband and I, have used those supplements for years, over 26 to be exact. The digestive aids are what got us started because my husband had severe digestive issues. The supplements have helped immensely. As a matter of fact, we are almost out so need to get some more ordered.

9 pat November 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

You are a wealth of great information.  I learned something I didn't know about the Appendix today and so much more. Thankyou.

10 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hi Pat, yes, the thing about the appendix was something I recently found out in my studies. Thanks for taking your time to read my articles.

11 Jennifer Bennett November 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Another great one Pat!  Thanks again!  My mind is learning! 

12 Pat Moon November 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

Jennifer, thanks again for your comment.

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