Food "Allergies" & Digestive Disorders
Our digestive tract contains trillions of microbes. They help digest our food by fermenting it. They produce vitamins, regulate the immune system, produce antibiotics and fight infection. We are not born with these microbes. We have to get them from our food or the environment, and if we don't, it can cause or contribute to various diseases.

Most so-called food allergies, reflux diseases or leaky gut syndromes are caused by an inability to digest food caused by a lack of the microbes that digest that food. In the wild, when an animal infant cannot digest its food, it will
eat the feces of other members of its species, the best source for all the enzymes and microbes needed to digest that food. I'm not suggesting we do the same, but if we don't, we have to find some other way to accomplish the same thing and get the microbes from the environment into us.*

These microbes are often called soil-based organisms because they originate from the soil. We can get them from live (raw or raw fermented) foods or we can get them from soil, but our dead-food and no-dirt culture often prevents us from getting these essential microbes. See Eat Dirt for more information on obtaining vital, digesting microbes directly from the soil.

Leaky gut, food allergy, gluten intolerance, GERD and acid reflux disease are all modern names for diseases that used to be considered indigestion. Other digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, IBS and candida are probably not solely caused by indigestion but are at least partly caused or aggravated by indigestion, so healing indigestion should be part of their treatment.

When treating disorders of the digestion, you need to stop eating foods that are difficult to digest and/or you cannot digest and start taking supplements to aid digestion and eating foods that are high in the enzymes and microbes needed to digest those foods.

So-called "reflux disease" was mostly invented by drug manufacturers to sell their antacid drugs after the AMA could no longer deny that antibiotics cured the ulcers that antacids only masked the symptoms of, about twenty years after the rest of the world's doctors had begun treating ulcers with antibiotics. A large, glossy television campaign convinced people to want this profitable drug worth millions to its manufacturer after it would otherwise be worthless. Most people who have been told they have reflux disease and are taking the standard reflux antacids to ease the discomfort of heartburn would be better served by stopping taking the antacid and adding more minerals, digestive enzymes and pro-biotic organisms to their diet. 

Eat mostly lacto-fermented vegetables and probiotics, take digestive enzymes and trace mineral supplements and drink probiotic and/or lacto-fermented beverages.

Listed below are the food products that wil help restore the microbes and enzymes to the digestive system, and those elements that will help support the growth of those microbes.

Probiotics
For any digestive problem, but especially with milk allergy/intolerance, switch to raw milk and/or make your own cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir or clabbered milk and cream. Start with eating small amounts and work your way up to being able to digest larger amounts. Eat some cultured dairy every day, with or without other foods.

Cod Liver Oil will aid the adrenal glands in functioning. In turn, healthy adrenals will help make the compounds that digest casein and gluten.

Lacto-fermented vegetables
For any digestive ailment and for good health in general, you should make sauerkraut or other lacto-fermented vegetables such as pickles, and eat some with every meal, every day for the rest of your life

Digestive enzyme supplements

To heal indigestion, you may need to add supplements to your diet until your digestion restarts itself. Get a good quality multi-enzyme. Take these supplements for as long as they make you feel better and discontinue taking them when they are no longer needed. You need hydrochloric acid (betaine Hcl) and enzymes (papaya papain, bromelain etc.). These can be bought at health food stores or online. Papaya and pineapple contain these enzymes and can be consumed with any food.

Trace Minerals
Clay or clay water -- drink at least a half a cup a day
Bone broth -- drink a cup of bone broth a day or use it as a base in soups, rice or other foods or as the liquid in baked or cooked foods.
Tree leaf tea -- gather leaves from tall, wild trees whose leaves are allowed to fall to the ground and replenish the soil underneath. Use them to make tea and fermented beverages.
Wood ash (white powder from a wood fire)
Fine sand
Kelp
Powdered dolomite and bone meal
See Minerals

Fermented Beverages
Kombucha -- start off with an ounce a day. Cut back if you experience detoxification reactions. Increase up to a quart a day or as much as you like as you get used to drinking it.
Ale -- make your own ale. You can use a kefir whey as your yeast starter.
Sauerkraut juice -- when you make sauerkraut, drain the juice and replace with salt water in a ratio of 1 pint water to 1 teaspoon full-array salt (Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt). Let sit overnight and then you can start eating the sauerkraut.
Lacto fermented beverages, those femented with lactic acid bacteria -- make beverage such as kvass that use whey as the fermenting medium

E.M.
The microbes we use to digest our food originally come from the soil, and you may be able to find supplements with soil-based microbes in them, such as Bio-kult, Primal Defense or Swanson's Soil-Based Organisms. See EM for more on culturing your own soil-based micro-organisms.

For all digestion-related ailments, try to eat as much raw and lacto-fermented foods as possible, and eliminate cooked foods as much as possible.

Children Unable to Digest Food
Primitive cultures introduced new foods to babies by having an adult (often the grandmother) chewing the new food until it was mostly mush and then removing it from her mouth and putting it into the child's mouth. This supplied the child with the enzymes necessary to digest the food along with the food. If putting spit into a child's mouth does not appeal to you, the second best thing to do is take the food and make a pickles or culture of it, and give it to the child in small, diluted amounts and watch how they respond. If all is well, increase the amount of the food. If they don't seem to respond positively to the cultured or pickled food, try just giving them a small amount of the juice from the pickle.

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*I cannot bring myself to recommend anyone eat poo, much less feed it to their children, but, as it is my intention that this site should provide information, regardless of how unpalatable or unlikely as that information may sound, I present the following pieces of information to you and you can make of it as you will:

Sheep dung tea was used as a folk remedy by American pioneers, Indians and slaves. By this I infer that it is safe and effective.

In 1718 and 1776 respectively, Ireland passed laws forbidding the adulteration of coffee and tea with sheep dung, as practiced by unscrupulous tradespeople (repealed under the Ahern government in 2005). From this I infer that it is rather bland tasting. (This quality of unobjectionable taste probably being why it was chosen as the poo of choice for medicinal purposes, rather than any test to determine which poo was the most effective.)

A recipe for making sheep dung tea is as follows:

Put half a cup of air-dried (not heated or cooked) female (nanny) sheep dung in a gallon of water in a glass jug. Cover and let set overnight. Strain through cotton flannel or pillowcase. Dilute with more water if necessary so that it looks like weak tea. Add sugar or honey to taste.

Update:
Fecal Transplant or Fecal Bacteriotherapy, the procedure of taking bacteria from the stool of a healthy person and transferring it to the intestines of a person with food digestion-related illnesses, is becoming more mainstream so I urge anyone with any kind of digestive issue from so-called food allergies, colitis, failure to thrive etc.  to search more on the subject.

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