I’ve heard it over and over again. Some people who suffer an intestinal flu can end up with symptoms of IBS or gluten intolerance or even colitis. My sister, Christine Wheeler and I wrohttp://drcarolyndean.com/?p=3764te about all this in our books IBS for Dummies and IBS Cookbook for Dummies.
The virus or bacteria that irritates the stomach intestines enough to cause vomiting and diarrhea can momentarily strip the fragile disaccharide enzymes from the walls of the small intestine. Simply put, these enzymes digest sucrose, fructose, lactose and the glucose chains of some grains. In their absence, sugar, fruit, dairy, wheat, rye and barley remain undigested in your gut. These undigested foods ferment and cause gas. They also become fodder for bacteria and yeast in your gut.
If your intestines become irritated enough to cause “leaky gut” then some of these food molecules can make their way across the intestinal lining into the blood stream and act as foreign invaders causing allergic reactions. We know (from the study of yeast overgrowth) that toxic byproducts from feeding the intestinal flora can be absorbed and cause symptoms from brain fog to arthritis.
People who have symptoms that drag on after a flu can be improperly diagnosed with eating disorders, colitis, IBS, allergies, anxiety, depression, arthritis and chronic fatigue to name a few.
In my practice and in my books I tell people who have intestinal flu to:
1. Stop eating fruit, dairy and wheat until several days past the illness. Read labels!
2. Eat home-made soups and drink lots of clean water.
3. Get lots of rest. I call it “Lying Down Therapy.”
4. Take probiotics. I recommend Prescript Assist.
5. Detox the body with clay and magnesium baths to remove the viral, bacterial and yeast toxins. I recommend Magnetic Clay and Magnesium Flakes.
Even if you had a bad flu a long time ago and have never been well since, the above advice can benefit you. However, I should throw a disclaimer in here that you should not take this information as medical advice until you speak with a knowledgeable practitioner.
As for the flu vaccine, look at the Cochrane Database Review of 2010. Analyzing 50 studies, the authors found no evidence of benefit for influenza vaccinations and also noted that the vast majority of trials were inadequate. The only ones showing benefit were industry-funded yet those studies were more likely to be published in the most prestigious journals. They also found cases of severe harm caused by the vaccines, in spite of inadequate reporting of adverse effects.
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