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Do I have a digestive problem?

Janet: Hello, and welcome to this week’s show. I’m Janet Lewis.
Steven: I’m Dr. Stephen Lewis. J
Janet: We are ProHealthIQ where we help you with nutritional solutions for your common health issues. We are excited to bring you another fascinating show this week on irritable bowel syndrome.
Steven: You can sit on the throne of knowledge and contemplate that one.
Janet: Many people suffer from this type of thing. Maybe they don’t know that that’s what they have, but, regardless, we’re going to help you with a lot of gut issues that you could be having and some possible solutions to those.
Dr. Lewis, why don’t you go ahead and take it away with why our colon is running away.
Steven: I think Janet picked this subject because she associated that with bad bowel gas, which is not necessarily … IBS, there’s a big issue about is it IBS or celiac disease. There’s a lot of other issues. Gastric ulcers and sometimes even anemia can cause some of those things.
There’s always a good GI doc or internist that can help diagnose these things. If you’ll follow these rules, it can get much, much, much better. I didn’t take my digestive enzymes today at lunch, and Janet gave me the look, so maybe she’ll think I have IBS later because digestion’s not the same. When I’m talking about this, it could be celiac or IBS, a lot of things. Don’t be shy about seeing your internist or GI doc if these suggestions don’t work.
I had a question the other day, and it was on Shooting Straight with Dr. Lewis, which I wish all of you would just go ahead and sign up and join it. It’s a private Facebook something or other. Janet’s trying to make me understand all this technology, but it’s a way that you can ask questions and other people can look at it.
Janet: You can join that by sending me an email to Janet, “J-A-N-E-T,” where I can add you if you’re not already Dr. Lewis’s friend.
Steven: Because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. There’s this lady from up around Branson, and I’ve known her for about 35 years, when they lived down here on Lake Cherokee. She asked could we do anything with celiac sprue. I wrote her back and told her what it was and the main thing that she needed to do about it.
The main thing she needed to do about it is probably something she’s not going to do, because I see what she posts on Facebook as far as her recipes, and it’s all the things that contain gluten. One of the major things you can do for good health is go low gluten or no gluten. That’s not just true for IBS or celiac. That’s true for many, many other things too.
Gluten really is what it is. It’s a protein part of wheat and somewhat oats, barley and rye, which would include beer, folks. I don’t drink very much beer, but since I’m a Baptist, I like to talk about it, because it seems like I’m being kind of an impish little simple guy when I talk about beer. I’m telling you, gluten-free beer doesn’t taste good. I’ve had one and threw out the other five.
You need to give up gluten. We have up to 40 times more gluten in our wheat than we used to, and Jack Spirko of the Survival Podcast says it’s generally averaging four times more gluten, and he’s the expert on that. Four times more gluten means you have four times more problems. The reason it creates a problem, it does damage to the small intestines. You’ve got little villi, which are millions and millions and millions of little finger-like projections that increase surface area for absorption. The body, it kind of glues it, gluten, and it attacked by your body like it’s an antigen, or your body puts out antibodies.
You’ve heard me talk about that with Hashimoto’s disease. It can be also a lot of other autoimmune diseases like Lupus, rheumatoid, Sjogren’s and things like that, even some other ones that we don’t see a lot of. It’s hard to know if it’s irritable bowel, celiac, IBS or whatever, but get rid of gluten first and foremost. Since you have impaired absorption because these little finger-like projections have been damaged and/or flattened and scarred, you have impaired digestion or absorption, so you must increase your nutrient level so there’s a much larger amount available.
One other thing I’d like to say is healing is more about attitude and expectations and faith and whether you jump on the train and participate. I’ve seen a lot lately where people are going to take care of their health at the 11th hour, and they unfortunately die at 10:30, and it bothers me, but I’ve done the best I could.
Thank you to my good friend John in North Carolina that keeps me encouraged when I do that. Then I talked to a sweet lady in Beaufort, South Carolina, Melanie, today. She was very encouraging. I guess the best we can do is speak the truth and then pray that somebody can discern it as truth and put it into action, because it doesn’t matter what Janet and I tell you. It doesn’t matter one bit until you put it into action. Then and only then can it matter and help you live a better life.
I’m going to get off this. I’m getting …
Janet: He’s getting teary-eyed over here.
Steven: I had a friend die. He did it to himself, and it angers me.
Janet: You talk about irritable bowel syndrome. It’s a very common condition that many people struggle with. Statistics show …
Steven: Statistically …
Janet: That one in ten Americans display the symptoms of IBS, accounting for more than 2 million prescriptions and 35 thousand hospitalizations every year.
Steven: Ouch.
Janet: It is also the second highest cause of work absenteeism after the common cold. Obviously, we have bad gut health. We don’t know why.
Steven: A bad diet. Our food stinks.
Janet: Right. You talked about that. The other big offender seems to be dairy.
Steven: Don’t be talking about my ice cream, baby.
Janet: I hate to mention dairy.
Steven: It’s true.
Janet: Forty-one percent, it affects colitis and IBS in people.
Steven: If you got IBS, you have 41% chance of dairy being the issue.
Janet: Wheat is 30%.
Steven: Woo-hoo. That covers most of us.
Janet: Right. You take so many things out, what are you left with eating if you’re getting rid of all the fun stuff? Really, people come in here and go, “What can I eat anymore, because it’s like everything affects me somehow, and it’s bad.”
Steven: Just eat like we did out of the garden 50 years ago and just eat lots of vegetables, fruits and grass-fed chickens, free-range chickens, their eggs. I’m sorry. I’m trying my best to put my filter on. So far it’s …
Janet: Eat like you’re a farmer.
Steven: Yeah. I’m going to put my filter on so I won’t say anything offensive.
Janet: Also, and I’m going to offend a lot of people, chocolate bothers IBS.
Steven: Janet told the waitress a while ago that I was PMS’ing. I said, “Well, give me some chocolate and I won’t have a problem,” so yeah.
Janet: See, I don’t have a problem leaving chocolate alone at all. I’m not the female in our relationship.
Steven: I had a good time at Halloween. I ate more candy than the kids did. I felt hungover like, “Oh, my God,” the next day.
Janet: It affects 27% of people with colitis and IBS is chocolate. Coffee, 23%. Now you’ve got coffee and chocolate together.
Steven: Have you ever noticed when the preacher goes from preaching to meddling?
Janet: I’m just educating.
Steven: Yeah.
Janet: Nuts, 18%.
Steven: You’re around them all day long, nuts.
Janet: You’ve got pockets in the colon and then you get a nut that settles in there, then you can get some sort of infection going.
Steven: “I’ve got the pockets in the colon, says the MRI, but I eat a handful of walnuts when I get home every day.”
Janet: Right, but they do affect your IBS … or not yours personally, but IBS and colitis. Citrus affects it by 18% of the population. Tea, another 18%. Rye, 17%.
Steven: Rye bread or rye whiskey?
Janet: Just rye. Rye generally. Anything made from rye.
Steven: Don’t mess with my buddy’s rye whiskey.
Janet: Potatoes, 15%. Barley, 13% and oats at 12%. Also, coming in for the colitis/IBS round are corn, which again gets in I’m sure the pockets. Bacon. Now we’ve taken out coffee, bacon and chocolate.
Steven: Forget it. What’s it worth?
Janet: Eggs, which I find that’s odd that eggs would affect your colon and IBS.
Steven: A lot of times people develop allergies to such things, and I tell them, “It’s not necessarily the eggs you develop allergies against. It may be the bad eggs you were eating.” That’s why it’s imperative, like critical, critical, critical that you supplement with good digestive enzymes and probiotics.
People say, “But I took a bottle of it.” Every day they die in your intestine. You have to continually take probiotics. I think it’s very important that you take them every day, and I think it’s most likely more important that you learn to ferment your food and do several spoonfuls of fermented food that’s full of trillions and trillions of probiotics. Then and only then can you have a much, much greatly increased chance of your GI tract working correctly.
Janet: Dr. Lewis, how many times have we heard that I’m having a good probiotic. We’re getting it right out of my yogurt?
Steven: They’re full of crap.
Janet: FYI.
Steven: Because constipation can be one of the symptoms or diarrhea. Most probiotics, they’ll say active cultures in it. Yeah, it does, but that’s like throwing out 16 army guys up against a million bad guys. You’ve got to have larger numbers is the point.
Janet: Yogurt has dairy in it.
Steven: Usually what? High fructose corn syrup.
Janet: Then it affects colitis and IBS, the very thing you’re trying to avoid.
Steven: I’m not a big fan of yogurt. There are some that are better than others, but I didn’t say they were good, unless you make it yourself.
People say, “What do you eat?” I said, “I ate a half an avocado for supper last night.” “Really? That’s all you ate?” “Yep. That was it.” We don’t eat that much, and I’m still ten pounds overweight. I just did that to myself here recently, stress eating. We eat out of stress, and guess where the serotonin comes from that cause us to want to overeat? It comes from our GI tract, or if you are stressed, it’s not coming from your GI tract. That’s something I created by the improper way that I ate.
I’m not like everybody else. I hear this every day, “But I eat good.” No, you don’t. You can’t. Some people eat better than others, yes, that’s true, and it’s just not complete.
There’s so much that we think is food that wasn’t food when I was growing up. If you want to help your IBS, colitis, celiac, whatever you want to call it, don’t consume hot dogs, gravies, luncheon meat, beer, mustard, ketchup, non-dairy creamer, vinegar, curry powder or seasoning, because … People say, “But it’s natural.” They can say “natural,” and it be MSG, and MSG is not good for you either. There’s so much stuff that’s hidden in what we think is food, but it’s not really food. It has calories but not nutrition.
Janet: I think it’s interesting that people have or what they think is irritable bowel syndrome. There’s a difference between IBS, which is a completely different condition that sounds very familiar, named inflammatory bowel disease.
Steven: There is a difference, yes.
Janet: Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease that can have some very serious consequences.
Steven: That’s why I said see a GI doc. If you want it diagnosed properly, see an internist.
Janet: Irritable bowel syndrome, even though it can cause debilitating pain, is a functional bowel disorder.
Steven: Ladies, that doesn’t mean your husband’s a pain in the rear, so get off that one. I can see where they’re going with that one.
Janet: How do you know if you might be suffering from IBS? Here are some common signs and symptoms.
Steven: Your husband’s a pain.
Janet: And it’s abdominally, and it can be just discomfort or distention, like bloating. A spastic colon, where the contractions of the colon are irregular.
Steven: And painful. I’ve seen it happen with people that were going through emotional problems, like divorces. Emotional stressors can do that. That’s why one of the things is, our 5-HTP works well.
Janet: Gas, although cute to some, is not cute to others and not normal for you to be doing that.
Steven: Soon it’s going to be Thanksgiving. Do not pull your uncle’s finger. It’s a trick.
Janet: Diarrhea, which most people are aware of that. Most of them who have lost their gall bladders are aware of that, because they attribute that to, “It’s my gall bladder, so I’ll get that taken out.” They take it out and they still have the diarrhea that comes with that. And/or constipation, which we all know.
Steven: Where they alternate back and forth. Yeah, train story, Janet.
Janet: We just all know, because some don’t know. Even today, I think I’ve told this story a million times. There are new listeners out there that need to realize constipation is where you do not go 30 minutes to an hour after you eat a meal, and just because you’ve had one bowel movement every two or three days all your life, does not make it normal. You should be going as many times a day as you eat, just like trains that would go through a tunnel if there were three.
Steven: I’ve been pooping twice a week for 50 years. That’s normal.
Janet: Yeah.
Steven: It’s common, not normal.
Janet: Right. You’re eating three meals a day. That’s like three trains. They go through a tunnel. How many should come out on the other side? If not, where are they? You are constipated.
Steven: The problem is I think that people don’t relate a lot of things to the health of their GI tract, and there’s a lot of other problems that are associated with the guts. Arthritis is associated with inflammation of the colon. That comes from Digestive Disease Science. That’s a pretty good one. Allergies and eczema are caused by an imbalance of flora. That means the good bacteria, which you must continually put in there. That’s from Journal of Annals of Medicine, Journal of Lancet.
Now, our MDs are really, good at balancing chemicals. They’re not allowed. I think it’s frowned upon to talk about natural remedies. God forbid that we as a nation start thinking that our body’s smart enough to heal itself, which it is. That’s why natural or functional medicine’s not that popular, although it’s getting more and more popular just by evidence of all the people in different states that seek out our help, so, thank you. I’m humbled.
Healthy gut bacteria is actually used to treat skin infections. Well, how’s the colon relate to the skin? If you get the colon healthy and it’s excreting the toxins, then it doesn’t use that secondary system of the skin to eliminate. That makes sense, doesn’t it, if I put it that way.
Janet: Right. I think it’s very interesting also that parasites can actually be a condition that could be simulating IBS, and people go, “I don’t have parasites.” We worm our animals, do we not? Do we ever worm ourselves? They used to back in the old days. They’d give them black walnut tincture.
Steven: No, America’s clean. We have absolutely no worms here, so some people think. You’re right. Yeast is a parasite if it grows more than 15% of your GI tract, but it’s really becoming … Parasites are becoming more and more of a problem in the United States, not that we like to admit it, but that study’s out of the American Journal of Tropical Diseases. This is not my opinion.
Janet: One of the reasons we have parasites is because they have a toxic slow-moving bowel and/or constipation, because the parasite’s, “Hey, this train ain’t going nowhere. Let’s just hop aboard. Let’s live here, because we won’t be chased out. There’s nothing going to chase us out.”
Steven: Most people eat fast food, processed food, and it begins to create that environment you talk about that helps the overgrowth because of the excessive sugar, because excessive alcohol. Let’s see how many people are hurt with that one. Because of excessive antibiotics and because of chlorinated water, and that leads to intestinal inflammation.
Janet: That’s one of the first things I tell people when they ask me about losing weight. I ask them, “Are you craving bad things,” which is generally a yeast problem, which is a parasitic problem. We put them on a parasite type product, and suddenly they don’t crave those bad things anymore and their gut starts healing.
Steven: Do you know H. pylori; it can be associated with a wheat intolerance. We had a lady, there’s so many people on the internet that get information and no wisdom, but says, “So-and-So discovered that H. pylori causes ulcers.” I said, “Have you ever thought about why everybody else has H. pylori and it doesn’t cause ulcers?” Hey, let’s think a little deeper here. Could it be lowered immune system and what causes that? It goes back to gluten and wheat is one of the major culprits in that. It’s not the only cause, but it’s certainly one of the major ones of inflammation of the intestines.
Janet: Yeah. H. pylori is very much mimics the IBS type symptoms, the bloating and the gas and all that kind of stuff too.
Steven: Yeah, burping, belching, gastric reflux.
Janet: Which leads me to this week’s question for the week of a product to win. I’ve made this one harder so you guys are going to have to listen to the answer for this one.
Steven: I want to see you all buzz my cell phone at four something in the morning. I think it’s hilarious that you all are up that early. I don’t need to get up that early to go squirrel hunting anymore.
Janet: I’m enjoying these contests we have to see how many people are actually listening and are excited about winning a product. This one …
Steven: We’re excited that you do it too, folks.
Janet: I think I’ve decided to start doing different products that you’ve probably not heard of instead of the common ones we usually give. This week we’re starting a different one on this one.
Steven: A product safe for anybody that wins it.
Janet: That’s correct. The product that you will win is DGL Plus, which, what is it? It’s a combination of herbal extracts designed to support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
Steven: Folks, I didn’t even know what the product was. She surprises me every day all day long. Keeps me young.
Janet: I’ll probably have to use Dr. Lewis’s big brain over here to say what kind of licorice it is. It’s …
Steven: Deglycerized.
Janet: There you go. Licorice …
Steven: Big brain.
Janet: Extract. It has aloe vera in it, slippery elm …
Steven: Aloe vera cools the heat of inflammation.
Janet: Right. If you’ve got IBS, you’ve got a hot gut.
Steven: Yeah. That’s Chinese, traditional Chinese medicine. Janet, you’re brilliant. She took a lot of those courses, though.
Janet: Hot guts are not attractive. A hot body is attractive, but a hot gut is not attractive.
Steven: I thought it was a big gut, not a hot gut.
Janet: This is a hot gut. We’re going to calm down. Marshmallow is in it.
Steven: Soothing. Not the kind you roast over the campfire.
Janet: Ascorbabyl palmitate, which is a …
Steven: Vitamin C.
Janet: Yeah, a fat-soluble vitamin C. What it does is calm and cool the gut, or we give it to people for irritable bowel or H. pylori. The question that we have is, if tea makes your stomach feel better but water hurts it, what could it be a sign of?” People are going, “We didn’t hear this.”
Steven: Yeah, we’ve said that word several times.
Janet: Yes. The answer to the question is H. pylori, so if you don’t know if you have irritable bowel or something else, go try drinking a little bit of tea and see if your gut calms down.
Steven: If you have the acid reflux, because that’s where irritable bowel starts is in the stomach. Acid reflux, if water makes it worse …
Janet: And tea makes it better. Then why would tea make it better, Dr. Lewis?
Steven: Because the tannic acid suppresses H. pylori.
Janet: The answer is …?
Steven: The answer is, I will not grow up and I will not grow old, but I will age gracefully with a big smile. Did I get diverted?
Janet: For you guys that want to win the DGL, the answer is H. pylori. That could be a sign of H. pylori if water makes it hurt and the tea makes it better.
Steven: You know what Janet said the other day? She said I was six gallons of crazy in a five-gallon bucket. I know not of what she speaks.
Janet: Right. Okay. If you’re wondering about, “I don’t know what I have. You’ve all thrown out so many different things here. I may be constipated. I may be eating wrong. I may have poor digestion. I may have parasites. I may have H. pylori.” Well, there’s a quick, easy way to figure out what’s wrong without you having to guess, which guessing never seems to work well, and Dr. Google will always give you the wrong answer.
Steven: Oh, yeah. Dr. Google’s a self-guided tour to death.
Janet: Okay.
Steven: That’s right. Okay, it’s only prostate cancer when you Google your problems.
Janet: That’s true. I have prostate and cancer all at the same time.
Steven: Google said it. It must be true.
Janet: You can do our low-cost lab work across the United States so that we are not guessing at what’s wrong with you, because very many times when people run their lab, we see they have horrifically poor digestion, which when we just put them on a really good digestive enzyme it corrects it. We see they have low chloride, which means poor digestion, which means, oh, parasites can live there because they can’t live around chloride. Chloride kills them. The stomach acid in the body will not allow them to live. If you have very low stomach acid, then, hey, you’re setting up house for them.
You could have high liver enzymes, which tells us, “Hey, my liver’s not functioning,” all connected sometimes with the gall bladder. Why guess at what’s wrong when you could actually do lab and find out and probably take less products and get to the source of it a whole lot faster. If you are interested in knowing why, go to our website at and fill out our health survey, where we can help figure out what lab needs to be run and stop the guessing. We send you locally to a lab that’s right down the street from your house many times.
Steven: Unless you’re in Wyoming or Montana, then you have to drive to …
Janet: That’s always right down the street for them anyway. Even though they drive 45 minutes to an hour, they’re doing it everywhere.
Steven: Oh, yeah.
Janet: Then Dr. Lewis can get that lab back, and he does not charge to go over it, so this invaluable information that you’re hearing from him and learning is all complimentary, because he truly does care about helping you with your health goals.
Steven: This sweet lady in Beaufort, South Carolina says, “You know, I kind of feel guilty about not paying you. Is there some way I can add some money on your website?” I said, “No. Just send somebody else in to get well and pray that I have the energy and good attitude to continue to do this.”
Generally speaking, I live life like somebody left the gate open, and if you don’t understand that, call your country cousin and ask him what that means.
Janet: Somebody left the gate open. I’m sorry. I’m from a bigger city. Can you explain that to us people that were not brought up in the country?
Steven: You remember seeing those calves the other day that was going into the new pasture in front of their mamas that were jumping and kicking their heels?
Janet: Oh, new territory.
Steven: Yeah.
Janet really is not a country bumpkin, although she married one, but she looks down the high lines to see if they’re deer and pigs and she reports back. “Oh, there’s deer.” I’ve fully natured her against her will.
It’s always, always, always, doesn’t matter what your problem is, you’ve got to fix the GI tract, and it’s about mucosal permeability. It’s sometimes kids that get antibiotics early in age, like, say, for an ear infection, they have a greatly increased tendency toward ADD, ADHD, and that’s not me, folks. That’s from Journal of Clinical Pediatrics.
I love our medical doctors. God knows they’ve saved me more than once, but if you have taken antibiotics, you’ve given your children antibiotics, it has a lot to do with whether your child has colic or whether they cry a lot. Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics, and we can help with that, because you have to tailor the probiotics to the person, because there are differences and different ones that you need. It helps systemic diseases, including the gastrointestinal but also urinary tract, colon, cancer and cholesterol.
Janet: It’s not normal that you would need to take some sort of a stool softener or something like that on a regular basis. I’m just saying that, because a lot of people come in and say, “Oh, I always have to take a laxative. Then I go to the bathroom right.” Is there something wrong with that?
Steven: Yes, but they may have inherited some bad genetics. Those intestinal villi may have been laid down and killed. There are two things you probably need. Fiber is very, very important, and that works for many, many people. There other one is a stimulant. Then there’s some people that need both. Yes, your GI tract can heal to some degree and get better and have lower dependence on such things, but you always need the fiber.
Yeah, there’s some people that still need that every day and will from now on, but the digestive enzymes and stuff like the DGL works wonders to smooth and cool from the stomach all the way through.
Janet: It’s just like going to a big box store and taking some things that just … I hate to name names, but something …
Steven: Don’t name names.
Janet: Something that …
Steven: We’ll get sued.
Janet: That might be non-organic.
Steven: Something that sounds like antifreeze in your car.
Janet: Something that’s readily available at a lot of the big box stores that people take to make their bowels move.
Steven: Eating nuts and bolts and paperclips. That works like fiber; right?
Janet: You want to make sure that you get organic or as nearly close to organic as you can.
Steven: It helps.
Janet: So that you don’t have pesticide residue on the products that far outweigh the benefit you would receive from the fiber itself, because at that point you don’t know if it’s the fiber making you go or the pesticide making you go. We try to make sure we tell people to do organic type fiber. We have fiber here if you’re looking for that. We have Clearly Fiber that just dissolves in your coffee or drink. You’re not having coffee because you got irritable bowel, that dissolves in a little bit of water and helps that go down. We also have a bulking type fiber.
Steven: You have soluble and insoluble. We’ll figure that out. Janet puts it in my drink every morning, and then she says I’m full of it. It’s like, I can’t be. I know you take care of that for me.
Janet: I know you guys probably listen to a bunch of our shows, and we probably talk about this product all the time, but it is literally one of the best things you can do, is the digestive enzymes when you eat. Our favorite is a product called All-Zyme, because it has Ox Bile in there, and it helps you break the foods down, and it stops a lot of the gas and bloating.
If you’re really, really bad, there’s a product that we use. It’s called DAO. Dr. Lewis will have to tell you what the initials stand for, but it takes the inflammation out of the foods, all the foods …
Steven: It’s an antihistamine reaction. It works really well. I’m going to get more and more into that. I’m putting more people on it because it works real well.
Janet: You don’t have to suffer with it is what I’m trying to say.
Steven: Yeah. To fix your guts, it’s a long-term thing. You have to make a commitment. We call it the four R’s. Remove the toxins, R, remove toxins. Two, replace digestive enzymes. Three, reinoculate with probiotics. Number four, repair the gut leakiness. If you do that, you know the people that give us five-star reviews are the people that did the work for a year or two years, three years, like Janie in North Carolina. She says, “Oh, you’re just so good.” I said, “Janie, honey, you did the work.” Rob up in Michigan. I never talked to him, but he keeps doing this stuff year after year after year.
Folks, it’s about investing in your health so you can live life like the gate’s open, and you can kick up your heels because you have the energy to do it, because you do feel like coming and slapping your wife on the rear, patting her on the rear, and hugging her and remembering why you married her 30 or 40 years ago. Maybe she’ll remember why she married you, because, “Oh, my God, there’s the husband I married. He’s got the energy.”
Janet: With that, I don’t even know how to end it.
Steven: I was just thinking about slapping you on the rear.
Janet: We really appreciate you listening to this week’s show.
Steven: Patting.
Janet: Again, thank you. We appreciate all of our loyal listeners out there and our loyal customers. If you’re not one, hey, sign up now. Come see us. Thank you and you guys have a blessed rest of your week.
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