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*PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi-week, month or even a yearlong process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. Doctors or nurses do not supervise PFF nor have any trained personnel in any country evaluated its theories or recommendations. None of the statements on this website or within the program have been evaluated by the FDA or any other agency of any government of any country. The theories herein represent the beliefs of the author, Mike Hohlweg*

If you have inflammation, you have a damaged mucosal lining

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Written by Mike Hohlweg on January 7 2016

Most of us with a digestive disorder started out healthy. We got this disease over time, usually a decade or two although there are exceptions. I say this because we tend to look at what happened minutes before we started to feel bad to “find the cause” of our discomfort. Digestive disorders don’t work that way. This one email will teach you so much about digestive disorders that using this alone, if you are analytical and diligent… you could get better just by using logic and following “your own advice.”
Here is how you got sick in my opinion:
1) Several factors led to your mucosal lining being damaged or largely destroyed. This mucosal lining is a fancy name for a snot like coating from the mouth to the anus, protecting your entire digestive tract from foreign substances, the most important of which is hydrochloric acid. While hydrochloric acid is not foreign to the body, it is foreign to delicate tissue and the mucus is there to protect itself from the acid.
2) Which factors led to mucosal damage? To be specific to your case is impossible but in general, the factors are: genetic sensitivity or predisposition (this we cannot change), a high stress or type “A” personality, consumption of caustic substances like soda or other carbonated beverages, consumption of medications such as NSAIDS (the topic of other emails) and some **prescription medications that damage digestive tissues, consumption of antibiotics, eating a Westernized diet rich in trigger foods and catalyst foods.
** We are not doctors and are not contradicting your doctor’s advice or the advantages of taking your prescribed medications. We are telling you, our opinions about some medicines so you can consider modifying your drug intake if and when your doctor agrees that it is safe and a good idea.
3) Once your mucosal lining was damaged, even in one spot, your fate was sealed. Now, with every meal, hydrochloric acid began inflaming your intestine and colon lining and damaging your soft valve tissues of the digestive tract. I think of it like a “hole in the ozone” once there is a hole; it tends to get worse unless acted upon.
4) Once the mucosal lining is breached and acid begins scaring and inflaming tissue, the inevitable result is periodic infection. This is because inflammation is a wound. Think of it like a first, second, or third degree burn, but in this case a burn that keeps getting burned, not healed. Every so many weeks or months this “burn” gets infected (remember, this “burn” lives in a septic tank of nasty bacteria) and these infections don’t clear up easily.
5) These infections often lead to attacks and flare-ups. By the time you feel pain “down there” the infection is advanced and hard to curtail. The common result is a trip to the hospital and the inevitable result is a round of antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill off as much as a third of your beneficial bacterial flora, which is about 75 or 80% of your immune system. This allows “bad” or anaerobic bacteria to proliferate and each time… you are worse off than before. This is why doctors never cure anyone of these disorders. They solve the immediate problem dutifully and in the long run, are probably making things worse.
6) You go home feeling better but what you don’t know is that your next attack is probably going to occur closer to the last one than before and may be more severe. It is a horrible cycle and for some ends in ulcerations, colostomy bags, surgeries, or worse.
Is there good news here? Yes. The program is a way to eat that ends most acid production and the highly tested, highly effective few supplements we recommend help reverse the progress of the disease and recoat the tract with mucilage. Please follow your book and coach with us and get better.
Working to help you get well. Mike Hohlweg*

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Misdiagnosis of diverticulitis

*Written by Mike Hohlweg on December 23 2015 
There are several reasons a digestive disorder can be misdiagnosed. A common reason for misdiagnosis of these disorders is that the pain can be so vague that the specialist may not be in a position to tell exactly what the disorder is, so there’s up to a 60% chance of misdiagnosis. The pain and symptoms of the digestive disorders should be medically evaluated, to ensure correct examination and appropriate treatments.
We are dealing more and more with digestive disorder clients, who have been misdiagnosed. In our constant interaction with our clients, we noticed that they often tell us that their doctors’ diagnosis changes after some time. This is because after a couple of weeks or months, your digestive disorders can get worse thus the diagnosis changes. I believe that colitis, Crohn’s and diverticulitis (etc.) are, if not the same issue, different iterations of the same condition.
In the beginning, acid reflux transforms to IBS of IBD and then proceeds to Diverticulosis or Colitis and then towards Diverticulitis and Crohn’s. These disorders listed are due to too much or (in a few cases) too little acid being produced. Left untreated, digestive disorders can get worse. So that what happens with misdiagnosis?
Even though doctors choose a name for your disorder, the root cause is still, acid. For you, this is actually good news since even if your diagnosis changes, the solution is still the same. To succeed you must deal with the cause of the problem. With us guiding you, your symptoms will reduce and in many cases, end altogether. You just have to be with the program strictly and allow us to guide you in your diet.

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Painkillers and Diverticulitis

*What do painkillers and diverticulitis have in common? This is going to shock you. Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Aspirin, Naproxen etc.

Written by Mike Hohlweg on July. 9th 2015 

What do painkillers and diverticulitis have in common? Well, they have a lot in common. This is going to shock you. Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Aspirin, Naproxen etc.

This article focuses on the pain killers called NSAIDS. NSAIDS stands for: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. At Diverticulitis Pain Free Foods, we have uncovered a link between NSAIDS and digestive disorders like diverticulitis, colitis, and Crohn’s. Because of this link, many of you who subscribe to this newsletter and who suffer with diverticulitis will also be regular users of one NSAID or another. Our research suggests a strong relationship between both over the counter and prescription NSAIDS and the inflammation and complications of diverticulitis. In a nutshell, long term or regular use of NSAIDS seem to seriously aggravate and in some cases either complicate or even lead to diverticulitis. This article will show you what you can do about it.

Note: Allopathic doctors consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) to be a “non-NSAID.” For simplification in this article I refer to it as an NSAID and personally I believe it is one by definition.

In the “modern world” we are taught to believe that pain is a mistake, something to be fixed. Pain is actually the body’s own protection mechanism. Through pain, the body tries to get us to stop using an injured appendage, slow our pace a bit, or in some cases, stop doing a specific behavior altogether. However, busy productive people don’t like the body telling them what to do.

This causes two problems. The first is that we feel that we have to continue doing whatever it is that we do no matter what. Secondly we have come to believe that pain is not a signal to be heeded, it is a symptom to be overcome by drugs. The drugs most commonly used for pain are NSAIDS and they are taken by the truckload in the modern countries of the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S... We estimate that over 110 million doses of NSAIDS are taken worldwide every day and almost all of that is taken by Brittains, Americans, Canadians and Australians. What a coincidence, the four places where diverticulitis exists are also the four places where people consume all the NSAIDS like Tylenol, Aspirin, Excedrin and Motrin.

The published, known side effects of NSAIDS include:

Intestinal bleeding - stomach ulcers – nausea- vomiting – diarrhea – constipation.

It sounds like they are pretty hard on the digestive tract, doesn’t it? In fact, they sound very similar to the symptoms of digestive disorders themselves. Other side effects include:

headache - high blood pressure - kidney damage - heart attack – stroke - liver failure- what to eat with diverticulitis - what not to eat with diverticulitis 

These effects sound pretty drastic when you think of them as the price tag for getting rid of a headache, arthritis pain or some other body aches and pains especially since the pain normally only lasts for a few hours. The side effects can last a lifetime.

How do NSAIDS work?

The body produces chemicals called prostaglandins for several necessary body functions including: inflammation, fever, pain, blood clotting and stomach lining protection. Prostaglandins are produced within cells by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (also called COX). Although this is quite an oversimplification of what happens, basically NSAIDS block the COX enzyme and help stop pain, inflammation and fever.

They also reduce or stop stomach lining protection. Are you beginning to see the big picture here? NSAIDS are harsh on the entire digestive tract and at the same time, remove the natural armor protecting the stomach and intestine. It is a one two punch that no diverticulitis sufferer can take. If you also consume alcohol or are taking the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin…. also used in rat poison) you are multiplying the damaging effects of the NSAIDS by an unknown factor. Very dangerous. We are not “big” on drugs but you do need to heal with the program before even thinking of ending blood thinners or other potential lifesaving medicine. Keep your doctor in the loop.

Do NSAIDS cause diverticulitis?

I don’t know. My research shows that they severely irritate the condition and in some people might be one of several causative factors. My best guess is that NSAIDS don’t really cause diverticulitis but they might help cause it or increase the severity. They also make healing from diverticulitis more difficult.

Mike, do you know first-hand what you are talking about?

Absolutely. I have suffered with migraine headaches since I was 4 or 5 years old and I am now 54. In my 30’s I had worked my way up the addiction ladder to where I was using as many as 6 to 12 Excedrin tablets per day. I was fully addicted and would actually get caffeine withdrawal headaches on any day that I did NOT take Excedrin. I have weaned myself from Excedrin over a three year period. This along with food grouping, led to my solution for digestive disorders. I know exactly what I am talking about.

What can I do to help myself?

1) Reduce or end your use/dependence on the addicting and health robbing drugs called NSAIDS. Depending on your personality or nature, you might be able to quit “cold turkey” or you might need some time. You will experience the return of discomfort, pain and may even go through a six or so week period of feeling lethargic. I promise you that this will pass as it did with me. Use as little as you can. If you are a “doctor person” consult with your doctor during this time.

2) Find a replacement natural method of pain management, possibly at your local health food store to help you find relief during the withdrawal phase. If you use multiple times per week or especially daily, you are addicted. You need to respect the difficulty of overcoming an addiction as with any drug.

3) Get lots of sleep, drink double your normal amount of water, stay busy and productive.

What should I not do if you have diverticulitis?

1) Don’t sit around and mope or think more than necessary about your discomfort.

2) Never cut the pills or tablets in half as a reduction method. Many of these NSAIDS have a coating that prevents them from ulcerating your stomach as easily. By cutting them in half (one of my first attempts at reduction) you can really aggravate your condition. If you want to reduce, go from two tablets to one, or from three times per week to one or two. Give yourself an amount of time at the reduced level then set a new goal until you don’t use them at all.

If you don’t know the brand names for NSAIDS, they include:

Tylenol – Excedrin – Motrin – Bayer – Advil – Actron – Aleve – Ecotrin – Nuprin - Orudis KT – Relafen – Naprosyn – Anaprox – Celebrex - vioxx

If you don’t know the drug names for the same NSAIDS they include:

Aspirin – Ibuprofen – Acetaminophen – Naproxen – Ketoprofen - Nambumetone

The good news:

NSAID addiction can be overcome. Nothing that NSAIDS prevent is worth the risk and health damage they cause. They don't cure diverticulitis. As soon as you reduce or stop using them you will begin to heal even faster and this will have a significant effect on overcoming diverticulitis. Congratulations on taking this seriously.

PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.

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*Excedrin, The root of all evil

Written By Mike Hohlweg  on June. 11 2015

Today we are going to pick on the big kid on the block…. Excedrin. Excedrin deserves our special attention for three reasons:

1) Excedrin contains caffeine in quantity, about 130 mg per two tablet dose.

2) Excedrin is more addictive than Tylenol, Motrin, aspirin or Advil.

3) In addition to the caffeine, Excedrin contains two completely different NSAIDs: acetaminophen and aspirin.

First of all let’s take a very fast look at why Excedrin has caffeine. Caffeine, in addition to making us feel good by raising our energy level, is also what doctors call a vasodilator. This means that it literally expands our blood vessels and capillaries. This increases blood flow and therefore the amount of medicine that is delivered to the body and head. This is a highly effective boost to making the drug/s work effectively.

Secondly, because Excedrin is the only major analgesic (pain reliever) with two active NSAID ingredients, it is a “one two” punch that is simply more likely to work for more people more of the time.

Between it’s effectiveness as a pain reliever, it’s caffeine “high” and it’s addictive nature, Excedrin has become one of the most popular NSAIDs of all time.

Now that I have begun to sound like an Excedrin commercial, I think it is time to pull back the curtain on the wizard:

Excedrin is highly addictive. I know this personally. I am a person who has never taken a single illegal drug in my entire 54 year life and the biggest habit I ever had to overcome was complete addiction to Excedrin. To get through the day, keep working and not have a migraine, I “had” to take two to twelve Excedrin every day for over 25 years. If I did not take Excedrin, I would have a headache. This was what is called a “caffeine withdrawal” headache. Once I stopped taking it, I had a couple of months of horrid headaches, body aches and other discomforts. It’s combination of effective painkillers and caffeine can cause severe dependency.

I have also read that the two NSAID combination is difficult for the liver to metabolize. Keep in mind that when we improperly combine foods, our stomach/liver don’t handle it well and the long-term result for you and I is a digestive disorder. NSAIDs are a toxin to the body. Toxins are a form of poison. By taking Excedrin we are taking two poisons at once and that is much more difficult for the liver to deal with.

Give your health, body and liver a break. If you take Excedrin, start to reduce your intake until you can quit. Don't be fooled that it it cures stomach disorders, they claim it's a way to cure diverticulitis naturally. 

We are all about improving the quality of your life and making you pain free.

Your friends at PFF.

PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

 

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Slippery Elm

Written By Mike Hohlweg  on March. 23 2015

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Slippery elm is the best single herb that can help you cure diverticulitis naturally, cure colitis naturally or Crohn’s naturally. It tops the list of  what to eat with diverticulitis. We feel slippery elm is so important that it’s offered at nearly cost at rachelstea.com. Slippery elm is so valuable towards symptom elimination and tissue protection in a digestive disorder patients, that unless there is a medically special case, every one of should take it multiple times each day. Thankfully slippery elm is an exceptionally economical herb and since it originates tree bark, it's organic and healthy.

All diverticular, colitis and Crohn’s patients have two issues. The main one is overproduction of stomach acid, the second is a harmed or even to a great extent missing intestinal mucosal lining. Why our defensive "acid armor" mucosal covering is gone is clarified in the Pain Free Foods book however the short answer is a "perfect storm" of a few elements. The main things that add mucosal lining deterioration are: hereditary weakness, over generation of stomach acid, alcohol consumption, NSAID use, and carbonated drink consumption.

We need to reduce as many of these variables that contribute to your digestive disease for you to improve. Hereditary qualities we'll need to live with. The most ideal way to dispose diverticulitis, colitis or Crohn’s is to reduce stomach acid production, however that is not the subject of this article. At the end of the day you are left with three things you can reduce or eliminate your consumption of: liquor, NSAIDs and carbonated beverages. All things being equal, beer and other carbonated alcoholic beverages are a double contributor and exceptionally hard on digestive patients.

While you do the FPF program or simply eliminate some of the items in our list. Secondly; take slippery elm capsules. Here is the reason: Slippery elm delivers a slimy, near match to intestinal mucus in the form of plant-based mucus. It sounds gross however it doesn't add mucus to the throat, nose, or sinuses. It won't influence allergies or asthma. It just adds the substance to the stomach and intestines. Taken effectively (we'll let you know in a moment) it temporarily replicates having an undamaged mucosal lining.

 

How it works

To take slippery elm we suggest taking 1 to 6 capsules based on meal size, 15 min before you eat or drink much besides water or tea/coffee. It totally coats the food mass as it passes through your digestive system, leaving some of its "slime" along the intestinal and colon wall… precisely “when and where” you need it.

It is a great product that gives astounding results. I’s great for all inflammation, intestinal infection, diverticula, and even ulcerations and leaking gut (consult your specialist in the event that you have ulcerations or leaking gut, before changing your supplementation).

Frankly, if you have a digestive disorder you ought to be taking slippery elm consistently. Naturopaths teach that, slippery elm might even empower your natural mucosal coating to modify itself after some time.

Note: There are a few things about slippery elm you have to know. Slippery elm is so mucus forming that it might encapsulate medications, for example, critical professionally prescribed meds and natural herb produced for medicinal effect. This can limit the effectiveness of your necessary medication. You will need to confirm taking slippery elm is ok with your doctor, and if he/she says it is alright, simply don't take the slippery elm within of two hours of a drug. It is best to take the medication first and the slippery elm later with your meal. On the off chance that your solution educates you to "take with food" simply don't take the slippery elm with that particular snack or meal.

If you follow this advice you will go through a bottle of 100 slippery elm in a week or less. It is worth it, if you can afford to buy it.

Slippery Elm in Your Tea

Putting slippery elm in tea is an art and not easy to do effectively. You need the advantage of setting up your digestive tract to create mucus, yet you can't have the slippery elm overwhelm and encapsulate your other tea ingredients. It can be found at rachelstea.com but if you make tea at home, simply avoid the slippery elm or you might make your tea ineffective.*

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Doing "Whatever It Takes" To Heal Your Digestive Disorder

Written By Mike Hohlweg on June 3rd 2015

You only live once and if you live right then one lifetime is just enough. The need to take good care of our bodies cannot be exaggerated (you only get one). In this article you will learn to protect your digestive system.

In the motion picture "the Untouchables", Sean Connery's character, (a salty old cop) was informing Kevin Costner's character (Elliot Ness) how to win a fight against the notorious Al Capone. Connery asks Costner what he is willing to do to win against Capone. Costner answers, something like: "everything legal" to which Connery answered: "and then what are you willing to do?” With regards to battling a staggering, health robbing disease like Crohn's colitis or diverticulitis, you need to overlook what you “want” to do and discover…. what does it take? We are going to teach you exactly what it takes to be free of your digestive disorder.

Assuming you have had your digestive disorder long enough for a few doctor visits and opinions from the medical community and still had another flare up, you need to seriously think about this: Whatever you are doing… isn't working.

Here are a few things that NEVER heal or cure:

1) Doctor visits.

2) Prescription medicines.

3) High/low fiber, low residue diets.

4) Hoping it will eventually “go away” like a headache or cold.

5) Eating healthier.

Did number 5 startle you?

You definitely realized that one through four don't work because you have attempted them haven't you? Shouldn't something be said about eating healthier? You know… more fresh foods and vegetables, less canned, and packaged food. It sounds like that’s the solution right? IT WILL NOT WORK EITHER**. Sorry, I am not here to let you know things that sound great or even things that you’d like to hear, in fact, switching to a healthy diet while you are having digestive issues can do more harm than good. Healthier will be better long term, but you have to get your body on the right track before you start introducing new and unfamiliar foods.

We will teach you how to smoothly recover from a flare up and do “What it takes” to take back your health.

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*A liquid diet; the single best weapon to avoid or end Attacks and Flare-ups

 

What’s A Liquid Diet?

If you are reading this article, you or somebody you know has diverticulitis, colitis, or Crohn’s. I am asked each day by clients “what can I eat right now?" and the answer isn't something you'll get excited about, however it's the best thing for you. Before starting the Pain Free Foods Program, you usually need to do a liquid diet, especially if you are nearing or in an attack.

When you have a digestive disorder, your system is weak and damaged. Similar to having an infected cut on your hand or somewhere else. We all realize that in the event that you get a cut, you have to give it an opportunity to scab over and let it mend before you begin working it again. Your digestive system is the same. When you are eating ANYTHING, you are making a compromised digestive system work when it needs to be resting.

Why Go For Liquid Diet?

It’s like a cut scab over that helps your wound heal fast

The typical length of a liquid diet will be 24-72 hours. This time frame will give your body the important time it needs to start healing, like letting a cut scab over. You will judge your time on translucent liquids based on how you are feeling. When you aren't cramping or in pain and food really begins to sound appealing, you can start reintroducing solid foods slowly.

I understand that for some clients, being underweight is an issue so remember this: While you will lose a couple pounds not eating for a few of days, without a rest period, you will be eating less and in pain for a longer duration of time, so in the long run, you will gain more weight faster if you can end your flare up fast. Pain Free Foods does not limit your calorie intake when you are on the program. We see clients that need to gain and lose weight, and both are able to be done effectively.

Numerous clients ask whether they are allowed to juice raw fruits and veggies, drink protein shakes, or eat only a small amount of food on liquid diet. NO. Our liquid diet for diverticulitis comprises of just water, herbal tea, apple juice, cranberry juice, jello, or other liquids that you can see through (translucent liquids). Orange juice for instance is opaque not acceptable on a liquid diet. It is opaque because there is too much solid food in it. Your system needs a complete rest. A small amount of cheating will decrease the effectiveness of the liquid diet.

For diabetic clients and others with glucose issues, including a protein shake that meets the program principles may be necessary, and won’t completely ruin the effectiveness of the diet, but try to avoid it if possible

After the liquid diet is over and you begin eating solid foods, you will stick to meals that are the size of your own fist. Fist size meals pass with the least amount of digestive effort in a compromised digestive system. Anything larger with that will drive your system to expand to allow it through, or contract to push it along.

After your flare up is over, you can eat larger meals and incorporate almost every food you are used to eating every day. You will have to group them properly, but we will teach you everything you need to know.

 

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Misdiagnosis of Diverticulitis

*Written by Mike Hohlweg on December 23 2015 

There are several reasons a digestive disorder can be misdiagnosed. A common reason for misdiagnosis of these disorders is that the pain can be so vague that the specialist may not be in a position to tell exactly what the disorder is, so there’s up to a 60% chance of misdiagnosis. The pain and symptoms of the digestive disorders should be medically evaluated, to ensure correct examination and appropriate treatments.

We are dealing more and more with digestive disorder clients, who have been misdiagnosed. In our constant interaction with our clients, we noticed that they often tell us that their doctors’ diagnosis changes after some time. This is because after a couple of weeks or months, your digestive disorders can get worse thus the diagnosis changes. I believe that colitis, Crohn’s and diverticulitis (etc.) are, if not the same issue, different iterations of the same condition.

In the beginning, acid reflux transforms to IBS of IBD and then proceeds to Diverticulosis or Colitis and then towards Diverticulitis and Crohn’s. These disorders listed are due to too much or (in a few cases) too little acid being produced. Left untreated, digestive disorders can get worse. So that what happens with misdiagnosis?

Even though doctors choose a name for your disorder, the root cause is still, acid. For you, this is actually good news since even if your diagnosis changes, the solution is still the same. To succeed you must deal with the cause of the problem. With us guiding you, your symptoms will reduce and in many cases, end altogether. You just have to be with the program strictly and allow us to guide you in your diet.

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Take a cold hard look at what you eat

What you eat has a direct effect on your digestive system. If you want to keep your digestive tract healthy and fully functional then the need to watch what you eat cannot be overemphasized. In most of our articles, we talk about eating. Despite the fact that doctors will swear that your diet routine has NOTHING to do with Crohn's colitis or diverticulitis, they will as a rule suggest a high/low fiber, and low residue diets. Lets examine the way you eat logically so you can see for yourself?

The way we are taught to eat in Western cultures is to eat two or three times each day, a meal consisting of two to four foods. Even the majority of our "hand" food like burgers and sandwiches are "meals" containing a few different food categories. This style of eating scarcely exists in the less developed nations where they have no acid reflux or digestive disorders. Coincidentally, blending of groups does not exist in nature by healthy animals (rare exceptions).

The speed at which you developed your digestive disorder has to do with family traditions, hereditary qualities and your own dietary patterns. A concerned young man messaged me a couple times this month and let me know that he was not going to buy the PFF eating program in light of the fact that he didn't cook, so he felt that the program would not work for him. I let him know that whether he cooked or not, he could appropriately group his foods.

In a subsequent email he conceded that he “lives on” TV dinners, so he couldn't group. I let him know that he could succeed with our eating program even with TV meals by essentially wiping out any offending group in a given meal. This would frequently be a single side dish that could be eaten later with another type of meal. This program will work with any lifestyle.

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Some eating habits you may want to reconsider:

We can’t be experts in everything but most of us consider ourselves to be expert in the day to day rituals of caring for ourselves. This includes eating and drinking. If you have a digestive disorder however, I have bad news for you. You are probably eating and drinking incorrectly. Of course when I say “incorrectly” I am referring to eating and drinking in a way that is not best for your body to heal its digestive disorder. Most of us do several things a day that aggravate our digestive tract and the good news is that most of these things are easily changed to allow us to heal faster especially when we are on the Pain Free Foods plan.

Here are some tricks and techniques that will help almost everyone feel better after meals and better in the long run:

Stop drinking with your meals

This is a tough one for many of us. Drinking with meals is common and often a matter of “family tradition.” The simple truth is that we live in a busy world and we often have to eat quickly. Drinking during meals allows us to consume more food in less time so it has become our habit. The problem is that our stomach is sending signals for enzymes and acid to be secreted to digest the quantity and type of food we eat. When we drink more than a cup of liquid during a meal, we are diluting these digestive components into ineffectiveness. Give your stomach a break and don’t drink 15 minutes before or 60 minutes after a meal.

Reduce your use of ice in your drinks

Who doesn’t love an ice cold drink? The answer is… our stomachs. The stomach is sitting there inside the abdominal cavity where the average temperature is only slightly lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice drinks may be as cold as 40 degrees Fahrenheit so it is a 60 degree shock to the stomach. How do you feel when you jump in a cold pool or get hit with a cold shower? If you already have a digestive disorder like colitis, you don’t need to be punishing your stomach several times per day with icy beverages.

Chew thoroughly

We are supposed to chew our food so thoroughly that it becomes a fully Masticated or “paste like.” In this way you greatly ease the burden of digestion on the stomach and intestines. Even the powerful acids and enzymes your body uses to digest are no match for chunks and pieces of food. Generally speaking, what you don’t chew thoroughly doesn’t give up its nutrition.

The exception is fats and carbohydrates which digest easily and pass through the intestinal and colon wall almost without effort. This single fact might be more responsible for modern obesity than any other. Poorly chewed and digested food gives up the fat and sugar but little of the protein, vitamins or mineral nutrition that we need so badly. This is the opposite of what we need to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight. Give your body a break and improve your digestive health.

Follow the three eating tricks here and watch your healing miracle slowly begin. Want to go faster? Get on the Pain Free Foods program. Your friend in ending your diverticulitis forever. Pain Free Foods author: Mike Hohlweg PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process.

We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

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The Most Famous Diet on Earth

What is wrong with the most famous diet on earth; the Mayo Clinic diet for digestive disorders?

The Mayo Clinic diet is probably the most recommended diet in the world for digestive disorder patients. The number of people who have used the “Mayo Clinic Diverticulitis diet” (also used for other digestive disorders) is unknown, but is estimated in the millions. The details of the diet are found → here. You would think that a source as well respected, as the Mayo Clinic would be “cutting edge” for helping to heal or at least “treat” a disease such as diverticulitis. Unfortunately this is not the case. Even the clinic itself admits that the diet is not intended to prevent or even treat diverticulitis. The diet is only claimed to: give your digestive tract a short “rest.”

Here is a direct quote from their website page and the above link, as of February 12th 2013: “Purpose” A diverticulitis diet can\’t treat or prevent diverticulitis. Rather, it\’s intended to give your digestive system a chance to rest. A colitis diet is typically recommended along with antibiotics for mild or uncomplicated cases of colitis.” For many people that we have helped, the Mayo Diet does give them a “rest” and allows them a reduction in inflammation for a few days.

The problem is that a liquid diet like this does not provide enough calories and nutrients to stay on for very long. Once a person starts eating normally again the problem generally returns. You will also read (at the Mayo Clinic website) that the diet is normally recommended along with antibiotics. This is due to inflammation often being accompanied by infection. Since these antibiotics also tent to destroy a person\’s beneficial intestinal flora, it is easy to see how this cycle of diet, pain and antibiotics can make the condition worse in the long run. This is the dilemma many colitis patients find themselves in.

Their dilemma is chronic inflammation and infection requiring medication and antibiotics, which in the long term can actually make the condition worse. Once things get worse, the patient will often have another attack or flare-up that will start another round of antibiotics and bland or liquid dieting. This is the nightmare roller coaster that many colitis patients endure year after year. What is worse is that over a period of years, many of these patients find their attacks and flare-ups getting closer and closer together. The same doctors who recommend the above treatments will also often recommend surgical removal of all or part of the colon as a solution to ongoing attacks and flare-ups. The sickening part of this “solution” is that for many, removal of the colon or sigmoid colon only ends attacks and flare-ups for one to four years and the cycle starts again. Read what modern medicine calls the “cure” for diverticulitis

Here is a quote from “How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated” from the listed link, part way down the page. Although this specific article speaks of ulcerative colitis, our theory shows that all the main digestive disorders stem from the same root cause; poor food combining and catalyst food intake that causes overproduction of stomach acid, that leads to all of the major digestive disorders. Here is the article quote: “In 25 to 33 percent of patients with ulcerative colitis, medical therapy isn’t enough.

Under these circumstances, surgery is the treatment of choice. This includes the removal of the colon and the rectum. Once the colon and rectum are removed, the ulcerative colitis is cured.” As I read this, I could not help but feel horrified at how doctors must look at us. Imagine thinking that the cure for a digestive disorder is to remove all or part of our digestive tract.

Can you imagine letting someone remove your colon and rectum? It makes you wonder how they would treat a headache! An attack or flare-up can be a very painful experience that some women describe as “more painful than childbirth.” Is it possible to break this cycle of pain? We think it is and many hundreds of our customers seem to agree. If you agree with us that removal of your colon and rectum is not a “cure” for colitis, consider our Pain Free Foods eating program as an alternative. For those of you who have already had a sigmoid-ectomy or other drastic surgery we acknowledge that your doctor may have seen that your condition was as severe as to necessitate such a measure.

You can still do your best to stop this disease from continuing unchecked until are again “beyond help” or you need a second surgery. Please consider our non-invasive, healthy alternative to drastic pharmaceutical or surgical measures to pain relief through diet. PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen.

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Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

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What You Don't Know About Digestion

If diverticulitis is giving you sleepless nights then this article is for you.

We are taught that our stomach receives our food then it travels through the intestine and eventually leaves the body. While this is all true in general, it is also so oversimplified that it can keep you from figuring out what is wrong with you and how to fix it. Sometimes it is “what is not said” that is most important.

My name is Mike Hohlweg, the author of Pain Free Foods. I want you to be free of pain and the symptoms from colitis. There are four valves or sphincters between the throat and rectum. These valves perform tasks such as keeping food in the stomach, allowing us to belch, metering food into the intestines so that we don\’t clog, helping with the mixing, digesting and nutrient absorption in the intestine and colon and separating gas, liquid and solid material near the “end of the line.”

Here’s something important that you probably don’t know…

From the minute you take your first bite of food during a meal, contractions and rhythmic cycles of valve opening and closing start working on the complex task of helping you safely and comfortably digest your meal. Of course when I say “comfortably” I am referring to a healthy person. These cycles are a complicated orchestra of processes that are more varied than a musical score. So this is not vague, I will give you an example of one of these dozens of process that even most doctors are not familiar with.

One of the valves in the small intestine closes when appropriate to allow for a wave-like motion of the intestinal musculature to “massage” your food long enough to allow thorough mixing of digestive enzymes or acid and for maximum nutrient absorption (by allowing more food to make contact) with the intestine wall. During this phase, the food is not allowed to travel downward through the intestine at all.

Additionally, the pyloric valve (the valve in the bottom neck of the stomach) stays closed to prevent this wave motion from pushing food back into the stomach where it could make you sick. Although this “orchestra” might seem overwhelming, keep in mind that the body is already designed to fix any problem with any of these systems. Some results of this choreographed “dance” being out of step are: “sitting food”, bloating, diarrhea, gas, constipation, malnutrition, ulcerations, sour stomach, reflux, acid scaring and a dozen other digestive issues.

Then again you are already familiar with several of those. For those few of you who continued to read through that last couple of paragraphs, I tell you that I know you “really don\’t care about all of this.” I understand, but want you to know we had to really understand the digestive process before we could help you through digestive disorders. With the digestive process as complicated as it is, the solution has to be right and the answer is not always the old standbys of: antibiotics, medicine and surgery. Sometimes the right solution is to allow these valves, muscles, and all the infections and inflammation to simply heal so the body is allowed to do what it does best… fix itself!

Neither doctors, you nor I can heal the body and neither can anyone “cause” these complicated processes to realign. It has to be done by removing the cause of inflammation, the cause of acid scaring that disables the valves and to simply “get out of the way” of the body healing itself. This is what we offer you in the PFF program. There are reasons that no doctor has ever cured anyone of diverticulitis, colitis, or Crohn’s. Healing can only be done by the body itself and only when that body isn't being poisoned or overly stressed by the very things that caused the disease. This is where we help. We ask you to consider for yourself how; doctor visits, antibiotics and procedures have worked for you so far in ending your colitis. Our method is simple and we make it as painless as possible.

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Mike Hohlweg, author, PFF PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

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*Can anything be done about bloating?

What’s Bloating?

Bloating is an abnormal swelling in the digestive tract especially the stomach. Bloating is painful but can be reversed.

How to deal with bloating

To help with bloating we first have to understand how it happens. As we discussed in an earlier article we have several valves or sphincters between our mouths and the “end” of the digestive line. Two of these valves are located at the top and bottom of the stomach. Let\’s call this fact number one. Next, understand that when food digests, it is being reduced to it\’s basic components by acid, enzymes, saliva and bacteria. Even when all is going well (not the case with most of us) this process causes an increased volume and pressure from carbon dioxide and methane.

People also push air into the stomach during eating and drinking due to the way we swallow. Let\’s call this fact number two. When a person is in normal health, the valves we mentioned at the beginning all function normally and allow and even encourage belching and passing of gas from the rectum. This equalizes the gas and air volume and pressure in the stomach and intestines and bloating is short lived or non-existent.

In a person with a digestive disorder however, acid is constantly scaring some of the internal digestive equipment including the upper and lower stomach valves. These valves or sphincters are soft tissue and susceptible to scaring. Once scared, they operate poorly if at all. Poorly functioning valves can lead to an inability to belch even when the pressure is dramatic and painful. The stomach fills like a balloon and in some cases will form an aneurism through the diaphragm above the stomach and form what is called a hiatal hernia.

Doctors say the cause of this hernia is unknown so we will call my description a theory so I don\’t offend them. The methods I use in counseling to help clients with chronic bloating involve reducing or ending abnormal acid production through a simple diet plan. However if you just want a fix for the single symptom of bloating, there are a couple of things you can do: Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil is a centuries old remedy for all digestive disorders. I use it and believe it is both soothing and healing in the entire digestive tract including the valves that cause bloating.

Secondly, some people find relief in the herb fennel seed, which can easily be found in capsule form at your local health food store. Fennel has a gas reducing effect for many people who take it. Taking these two natural remedies will not cure bloating but may give you temporary relief from a very annoying condition. Eating modest sized meals not eating within two hours of bedtime will also help especially if you have a hiatal hernia from your bloating.

Serving your health. Sincerely,

 Mike Hohlweg.

Disclaimer

PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever*

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Two Things Nearly Everyone Does Wrong!

*Left to our own, we become experts at many things such as walking, talking and driving. Over time these actions become normal and easy and we can do them almost without thought. There is a problem however for most of us with digestive disorders. They seem to occur based on location rather than personal habits. They are dictated by the dieting habits of your culture. The Pain Free Foods program itself addresses the eating disorder all Western countries fall victim to. This article will address the issue of interest; eating. We all think we are expert eaters. Read a little further and you will see that not only is this not true, but proper eating might even help us heal from disease. In our culture, we are in a hurry much of the time. We have a certain amount of time to sleep, drive, work, play, and yes… even to eat. You probably know the exact number of minutes you are “allowed” for lunch at a job or to keep everyone from waiting for you at a restaurant or family meal. We are forced to keep a certain pace to avoid being rude or being penalized by our boss, family, or society. This is the opposite from some cultures where mealtimes are a social event and a family gathering where they enjoy each other in a relaxed atmosphere. “So what” you ask. We’re about to show you. Chewing is the process whereby you virtually liquefy food to expose every particle of what you are eating to the digestive saliva, acid, enzymes and bacteria that extract the value from what you eat. “Value” might be vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes and other nutrients. For the most part, the digestive juices can’t reach through large particles of food and process these valuables to feed your body. The first step in proper eating to avoid digestive disorder is thorough chewing. Suffice to say that most people would benefit from chewing twice as long as they are used to. The second benefit to chewing is saliva saturation. The food becomes fully moistened or semi-liquefied. The entire stomach and intestinal process is designed to handle semi-liquefied material. The digestive tract is like a washing machine. *