How to Prevent Diverticulitis Naturally

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This is a guest post written by staff nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Click here to read her blog or join her newsletter!

If you’ve ever experienced a diverticulitis attack, I’m sure you’d be the first to say that it’s not a pleasant experience. I bet you’d be willing to do a lot of things to prevent it from happening again! Or maybe you’re someone who has been diagnosed with diverticulosis by your gastroenterologist, but you’re not quite sure what to do to prevent those painful attacks you’ve heard about and you want to learn more. Whatever brought you here, I’m happy to have you. Today I’ll be providing tips on how to prevent diverticulitis attacks naturally.

What is Diverticular Disease?

Diverticular disease is the term used to encompass a spectrum of issues from diverticulosis (the presence of sac-like pouches called diverticula that protrude from the colonic wall) to diverticulitis (the inflammation of these pouches and the accompanying symptoms). Diverticular disease is common in the Western world, with the highest rates seen in the United States and Europe. Even in those countries the disease was almost unheard of in 1900, but by the 1970s it was the most common affliction of the colon.[1]

Diverticular disease has been shown to increase with age – by 80, it is estimated that approximately 70% of individuals have diverticular disease.[2] The highest estimates suggest that approximately 20% of patients with diverticulosis (remember these are the people with the pouches, not the acute inflammation of the pouches) will at some point develop diverticulitis.[3] However, newer and more accurate estimates suggest that this rate is somewhere between 1 and 5%, depending on the strictness of qualifying criteria.[4] This is important to note for those who have been diagnosed with diverticulosis but are currently asymptomatic – according to these newer estimates, it is unlikely that you will develop diverticulitis. However, if you have diverticulosis and want be sure to prevent any problems or you’ve had diverticulitis attacks in the past, continue reading!

Despite the fact that diverticular disease is so common, we know relatively little about it and the common recommendations are based on limited data. If you’ve been diagnosed with diverticulosis, you may have received advice from your gastroenterologist about avoiding nuts and seeds and eating more fiber. However, these recommendations are based on inconclusive research and may not provide much benefit to you. In fact, few studies show any benefit to avoiding nuts and seeds and one study even showed that intake of nuts and popcorn was associated with a decreased risk of diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding.[5] High fiber diets are also often recommended, despite inconclusive evidence.[6] It is evident that recommendations for diverticular disease are due for an update.

Underlying Factors That Contribute to Diverticular Disease

Newer research suggests that the factors underlying diverticular disease are the following [7,8]:

Inflammation

While inflammation is well-accepted in the model of acute diverticulitis, more and more research points to the involvement of chronic low grade inflammation in the development of symptomatic diverticulosis. In fact, of 930 patients undergoing surgery for symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease (SUDD), approximately 75% of them had evidence of chronic inflammation in and around the diverticula.[9] It is for this reason that drugs used for treating inflammatory bowel disease like mesalamine are being used to treat diverticular disease with good results as well (but hang tight, we’ll talk about natural ways to prevent diverticulitis, of course!). This is also why chronic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen have been shown to increase the risk of diverticular complications [10,11], since they are known to increase intestinal inflammation. [12,13]

Fecal calprotectin can be measured to identify intestinal inflammation, and is high in those with symptomatic diverticular disease compared to those with functional digestive disorders like IBS and those with asymptomatic diverticular disease. [14] If you’re wondering whether you may have intestinal inflammation, it’s a great thing to get tested (and you can order a stool test from a specialty lab like Genova Diagnostics which will measure it). It is clear that chronic inflammation is involved in the development of diverticular disease, and that those who wish to prevent attacks should take steps to reduce intestinal inflammation.

Thankfully, one of the best ways to decrease intestinal inflammation is to eat a paleo diet! By avoiding potentially irritating and inflammatory foods such as grains and omega-6 fatty acids, we can reduce intestinal inflammation and encourage proper gut health. A paleo diet also positively influences gut bacteria, which in turn results in reduced inflammation as well. A paleo diet for diverticular disease should focus on gelatinous cuts of meat, bone broths, well-cooked vegetables, starchy tubers, and fermented foods.

Reducing your stress level is also important for bringing down levels of intestinal inflammation, as stress has been shown to activate inflammation in the intestine. [15] Stress can absolutely wreak havoc on the gut, so it is essential that any program focused on preventing diverticulitis attacks include proper stress management. This means incorporating mind-body activities such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc on a regular basis. If you’re someone who’s constantly stressed out and never takes time to take care of your own well-being, it’s unlikely you’ll be successful in preventing diverticulitis attacks even if you implement all the other suggestions outlined in this article. This one is important!

Another way to reduce intestinal inflammation is to supplement with soothing and healing demulcent herbs – deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) has been shown to reduce mucosal damage and inflammation in rodents [16,17] and it is likely that other demulcent herbs such as slippery elm and marshmallow root may have the same effect. Take chewable DGL tablets or mix a spoonful of slippery elm or marshmallow root powder in a small amount of water and drink 1-3 times per day to help soothe and heal intestinal inflammation. Another healing substance for the gut – bone broth – should be liberally consumed for this purpose as well.

Altered intestinal bacteria

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is common in diverticulitic patients. [18] Rifaximin, a non-absorbable antibiotic (meaning it only affects the gut, not the rest of the body), has been shown to effectively treat SIBO [19] and this treatment has also been shown to improve diverticular disease outcomes. [20] Bacterial overgrowth, along with fecal stasis inside the diverticula, can contribute chronic dysbiosis which can lead to low-grade inflammation [21], so improving gut bacterial balance is crucial to reducing intestinal inflammation.

Probiotic supplementation has been shown to be safe and potentially useful in diverticular disease [22] and is likely to be even more beneficial when combined with other therapies. If you’re not already consuming probiotics from your food (in the form of kefir, kombucha, kimchi, etc) then you should consider adding a supplement like VSL #3 or Prescript Assist (though even if you are consuming probiotics, a supplement isn’t a bad idea!). As Chris has mentioned, Prescript Assist tends to be the probiotic of choice for those suffering from constipation so start with that if you tend to err on the side of decreased motility.

Prebiotics are also very useful for correcting dysbiosis, and should be considered by those with diverticular disease. Prebiotics “stimulate selectively the growth and/or activity of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being” [23], which is exactly what we want when we’re trying to shift the balance of the microbes back to the good guys. My go-to prebiotic is Pure Encapsulations fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) powder, but others include GOS and even lactulose. Supplementation with 10g of FOS per day has been shown to increase counts of bifidobacteria. [24] As with all prebiotics, it’s important to start with a very small amount and increase slowly. If you’re sensitive to FODMAPs you’ll want to be particularly careful as prebiotics are also FODMAPs. However, if you tolerate them well I think prebiotics can be a powerhouse when it comes to correcting imbalanced gut flora.

Most importantly, it’s crucial to treat SIBO or dysbiosis. As we’ve discussed, these conditions are very common in those with diverticular disease so it’s worth checking on your gut bacteria to see how they’re doing, using specialty labs such as Genova Diagnostics (and get your calprotectin tested while you’re at it!). It’s best to work with a practitioner who can test and treat you for these conditions.

Abnormal colonic motility

Researchers have found that those suffering from symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease have what they like to call a “spastic colon” in the areas affected by diverticulosis [25]. This is similar to what is found in patients with constipation predominant IBS and in functional constipation.  These same researchers also found that patients with diverticular disease have reduced density of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC for short – a fun name for the “pacemaker cells” of the intestine) [26]. In studies on animals with a lack of ICC networks, delayed or absent intestinal motility is noted. [27,28] What this means for diverticular patients is that these lack of networks and a spastic colon can cause increased symptoms in terms of constipation and bloating/pain. Though we’re not entirely sure what we can do to directly affect these cells (yet), it’s important to use therapies aimed toward improving motility if this is an issue for you.

Know that correcting SIBO and dysbiosis will go a long way toward improving constipation, so this is a good place to start. Given that our stool is mostly made up of dead bacteria, one can imagine that without proper amounts of good bacteria we’re going to have a tough time bulking the stool. Prebiotics can be particularly useful for constipation given that they selectively increase good bacteria like bifidobacteria. However, if you’re still struggling after correcting dysbiosis, here are some additional recommendations.

First, serotonin is an important player in gut motility. Serotonin concentrations in those with colonic diverticulosis are significantly lower than normal controls and contribute to the type of bowel habit following a test meal. [29] Serotonin transporter (SERT) transcript levels are also lower in those with a history of diverticulitis compared to controls and those with asymptomatic diverticulosis. [30] Inflammation is also known to decrease SERT expression and function [31,32], so following the recommendations to lower intestinal inflammation is of course the first step to improving gut motility. In addition, it is also likely that supplementation with 5-HTP (a precursor to serotonin) may alleviate constipation and increase motility since it will increase serotonin levels. Note: do not take 5-HTP without talking to your doctor first if you are on an SSRI medication.

Second, if you’re currently on a low carbohdyrate paleo diet, you may want to consider increasing your carbohydrate intake. In my experience working with those with constipation on a paleo diet, this is the single most effective diet-based recommendation I’ve seen. If you’re at a loss as to what starches to add in, check out this excellent handout from Balanced Bites. Note: since SIBO is so common for those with diverticulosis, this step may need to wait until that has been treated, and may not be appropriate for some people.

Magnesium supplementation can also be very useful for people with constipation. Given that only about half of US adults consume the RDA for magnesium [33], it’s safe to say that a lot of us probably aren’t getting enough. This is due to the fact that not many foods naturally contain high amounts of magnesium, and even those that do have less due to the depletion of magnesium from our soil. Check out this magnesium soil content map to see how your local area is doing (and think about where most of your food comes from – if you’re not eating local you may not even know what soil your food is being grown in!).

Conclusion

By reducing our intestinal inflammation, balancing our gut bacteria, and improving our intestinal motility it is likely that we can prevent diverticulitis attacks. I’ll leave you with a set of action steps so you remember exactly what to do to improve these underlying factors.

Action Steps to Prevent Diverticulitis Attacks:

  • Eat a paleo diet!
  • Reduce stress
  • Use demulcent herbs such as DGL, slippery elm, and marshmallow root to soothe and heal the intestine
  • Take probiotics like VSL #3 or Prescript Assist
  • Take prebiotics like FOS powder
  • Treat SIBO or dysbiosis
  • Reduce intestinal inflammation to increase SERT functioning, and consider supplementation with 5-HTP
  • If you’re currently on a low carbohdyrate paleo diet, consider adding some starchy tubers to your diet
  • Supplement with magnesium

Now I’d like to hear from you – have you tried any of these tips or do you have additional tips to prevent diverticulitis? Chime in on the comments below!

 

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 7.10.18 PMThis is a guest post written by Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Kelsey is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors degree in nutrition from NYU, and is currently working on her Master’s in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. She works in private practice and recommends individualized dietary therapy focusing on biologically appropriate diet principles to aid her clients in losing weight, gaining energy, and pursuing continued health. She is a firm believer that everyone is different, and she tailors her plan for each and every individual. Through her work, she aims to meld the dietary wisdom of traditional cultures with the latest science in integrative and functional medicine to create plans for her clients that work in the modern world. You can learn more about Kelsey on her staff bio page, or by visiting her private practice website. Join her newsletter here!

 

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  1. Mary says

    At a soil workshop put on by Neil Kinsey of KinseyAg in January 2015, he stated that soils with high magnesium content can paradoxically result in plants with issues such as LOW magnesium. If the magnesium in the soil is too high (more than 20% in their soil tests) it will hinder the uptake of magnesium in the plants (our food). In so many ways the soil seems like it has the same issues/needs as our gut. Might there be something for us to learn from this? If we take too much magnesium in supplement form, will we be less likely to absorb it?

  2. Dan says

    What does one do if one already has very VERY advanced diverticulitis? When I had a colonoscopy what the doctor saw was so bad that he just laughed (I didn’t think it was funny) and told me there was nothing that could be done. This was years ago and I guess it is much worse now.

    I’m just waiting for one or more of my hundreds of sacks to burst.

    • prioris says

      Using words like “very advanced” is self defeating language and assuming nothing can be done about it. As far as what doctors say, they will say nothing can be done about a lot of things. if you have traveled around the block, you will find that untrue most of the time.

      In down to earth language – You have an underlying infection. Remove the infection and things will heal. Be persistent.

    • TJ Deere says

      Dan, did you read all the posts below? I would suggest doing that but if you are in pain do a strict liquid diet till pain is gone ( 2 to 3 days or longer). That worked for me. Then slowly increase protein only. Eggs, maybe some skinless chicken. I would stick to an all protein diet for awhile (at least a month) and then maybe carbs every few days once a day (I will never eat many carbs ever again). I am not your doctor so listen to him/her but this has worked for me. Treblig has been great so I would suggest reading his posts.

      TJ

      • Dan says

        Thanks guys but it’s a question of Diverticulosis vs Diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the condition of having pouches. That by itself is not painful and is not an infection. Diverticulitis is when those pouched become infected and is painful. Diverticulitis can be healed and the infection stopped. Diverticulosis, the pouches, is what the doctors said can not be cured and for which nothing can be done. The pouches do not go away and Diverticulosis is never healed.

        • TJ Deere says

          Agreed Dan. So, the pouches never go away and therefore your lifestyle of eating whatever and whenever you want are gone. If, you think that if you “heal” the Diver then you can go back to eat, drink, and be marry then I believe that is not happening. You must change your lifestyle and figure out what foods aggravate it and stay away. For me its carbs and sugar. I eat very little carbs except through veggies and some fruit but even then sparingly. The danger zone is the infection and inflammation. I am not sure I still answered your question? maybe Treblig can help or prioris?

        • prioris says

          i don’t agree with the idea that the pouches won’t heal. once the infection is quelled, things like e.g. aloe vera may help the body heal them.

          pouches are a sign of degeneration and that something is going wrong. likely an infection created those pouches. maybe the person doesn’t feel it but it is still there. food will likely get caught in those deeper pouches and an infection that causes pain takes hold.

          in each individual, the obstacles to healing will differ to different degrees.

      • treblig says

        Good advice TJ, except you left out one important item. If Dan is going on a liquid diet it might be best if the liquids do not contain sugar (strawberry shake) and no drinks with high carb content. I find it surprising that more people don’t try the no sugar low carb diet, I mean it doesn’t cost very much and it won’t hurt you if you do it correctly. Best part of all…. if your symptoms don’t go away after a couple of weeks then you know it won’t work for you and you can go back to eating whatever you like. Of course the pain will return but you can eat what you like.
        On another note, someone here is writing about “advanced” Diver??? Here’s my take on that, Regardless of your diver condition….if you continue to eat foods that inflame your gut you will only get worse and eventually you’ll get a major infection, then what??? You can get a major infection no matter what stage your Diver is in, all you have to do is eat all the wrong things. For me, if my gut was inflamed and i ate raw chiles (Jalapenos or Serano peppers) it would really kill me with pain/bleeding. The whole trick is to rid yourself of the inflammation!! NO inflammation, No pain!!! No inflammation, No infection! No infection, No surgery!! I can only relate to those things that helped me, everyone is different and everyone has different “triggers”. My triggers are carbs (that our body turns into sugar) and sugar. It’s a pretty short list, only two things.

        Treblig

        • treblig says

          One more thing!!! I have pouches. My last lower abdomen cat scan showed them exquisitely!! They are there but they are dormant. Without the food items that aggravate and inflame the pouches there are no symptoms, non at all. If you can “permanently” eliminate the food items that aggravate your diver you can pretty much live the rest of your life pain free and never get an infection and never have to get surgery. Unfortunately there’s only one person who can do that………..It starts with “Y” and ends with “U”.
          PS – the middle letter is “O”!!!
          treblig

  3. prioris says

    Another thing to add to your attempts to defeat diverticulitis is using a Terminator 2 Zapper.

    I have experimented with the Terminator 2 Zapper and have found it a very effective device. It is the most popular zapper in the world. It combines zapper circuit with an Orgone generator. Orgone energy is known by other names like Qi, Chi and Etheric.

    I had a very virulent herpes zoster and after 3 days 16+ hours a day brought it under control. It worked much better than lysine or lysine diet. I plan on wearing it for many months. I will wear it for rest of my life if I have to.

    I am very cognizant that many people especially chronically ill may be on very tight budgets so must choose carefully what they buy. I very rarely recommend things. I tend to suggest things.

    I strongly recommend buying the Terminator 2 zapper even if your on SSI or living in a box. It costs $130. It has many generic health applications. If it doesn’t work for one thing it may for something else. Running it 24 hours a day for one month would cost $3.50 in batteries (seven 9 volt batteries). You may save on supplements to make up for the cost of the zapper.

    I always tell people that it is worth buying a silicon enema kit because it has many health applications. The zapper is very easy and comfortable to use. I just place mine on upper chest inside shirt while sitting.

    Understand that there may be virus, bacteria and parasites (nih says each person averages 2 lbs of parasites) in your body. By taking the load off your immune system, you may improve your chance of healing your diverticulitis. there are positive anecdotal reports in curing ulcers.

    As these microbes get killed, your body ph changes for the better also. This should be in your basic medical box of chronically ill people. If you have any herxheimer reaction, you can just stop it and start it as you like.

    You have to think out of the box when approaching health problems. There is a strong following of people around the world who have used them and would never live without one.

    You may have other pains and health problems go away as you wear it.

  4. Vladimir says

    Even though I agree with most of the things said I can tell based on my experience that it all depends on the stage of the diver an individual is in. For me IBS diarrhea problems turned into the constipation problem on the day I started having Paleo pancakes on daily basis. They are all made of the excess of Almond and Coconut flour. Before that I would eat whole grain rice every day. So, why pancakes to cause – trigger it (of course not just them) – it’s because those “flours” are super high residue and if the intestinal pockets are already there they will stick there for too long. Peanut butter does the same too. Then it’s the same with some fiber supplements – every time I would take them the constipation was around the corner. It wasn’t like that always – just the period when my condition got worse. with High Fat diet that lacks of fiber and some resistant starch – your gut motility may be very affected in a negative way. – it’s science not my opinion only.
    Extremes are dangerous and definitely unnatural, so people should seek what works for them the best. I am partially Paleo but my gut feels better having Polenta here and there and Black Rice (kinda careful bc of the blood glucose).

  5. Theresa Johnson says

    There is a lot of very good info here. I have been struggling with diverticular disease for years. I am very interested in the no sugar/no carb approach. One concern though – and perhaps it’s already been addressed – what about fibre? Doctors have pressed home the notion of high fibre. I do about 25 grams a day with help from high fibre – read carbs – cereal. What to do??

    • treblig says

      Theresa, I’ve always read the same about high fiber in the diet and I used to eat a big bowl of high fiber cereal every morning and/or oatmeal ( I don’t eat any of that anymore). As I have found, you can eat all the high fiber you want but if it contains carbs or sugar then you’re going to do more harm than good. The only fiber I get from foods is in green beans (very low carb), salads (no croutons, very low carb), lots of EVOO (seems to act as a lubricant). The rest of the fiber I need I get from Citrucel. 3 to 4 tablets with each meal. I have also found that the intestines (with Diver) can tolerate much less fiber when they are not inflamed. In other words, although fiber is good for you and keeps things moving along, it does you no good at all if the foods (foods containing fiber) are causing the inflammation…..Get it?? If you can find foods that are high in fiber and contain little or no carbs or sugar then you should be OK. But remember, in total, you must keep the carb intake to 30g or less with no sugar. At least that’s what worked for me. I have never professed to know it all!!
      If you trying to put a fire “out”” you don’t through water (mixed with gasoline) on it????

      treblig

      • TJ Deere says

        I have been doing the Yoli lifestyle the last 2 months (very low carb/no sugar). It gives you probiotics and a product called alkelete. I also take 2 200mg of Magnesium Citrate instead of taking so much Citrucel and that keeps things very regular for me. I eat very little to no carbs and have been reading everything trebling has written and its worked wonders for me. I like Yoli because it gives a “routine” that really works for me. I think you can just do probiotics and eat low carb and that will work just fine.

        • treblig says

          TJ, Your comments really help a lot!!! Many people are hesitate to try the diet I have settled on. Some think that something bad will happen if you avoid carbs and sugar (or the foods that contain them). My wife and I have been on this diet for over a year now and we get check ups frequently (including blood tests). If you have found something to take the place of Citrucel I say..Go For It!! I used ground flax seed for a while but settled on the Citrucel. You have to find the type of fiber substitute that works for you, only it can’t have carbs or sugar in it!! Good luck with your diet!!

          Treblig

    • prioris says

      There are a lot of myths concerning fiber.

      https://www.gutsense.org/reports/myth.html

      The amount of fiber they suggest 25g to 40g is a ridiculous amount. I would burst and explode if I ate that much. The scientific study that gets pushed out there just isn’t practical for most people. It gets taken out of context.

      Fiber has some legitimate uses even medicinal but you have to experiment with things. Some people have probably had their diverticulitis cured with fiber but I view it for more minor microbe problems. One nice thing it may do is act like a brush and clean the intestine. It can also feed the good microbes. People who have more serious problems will end up reading chriskresser articles.

      In the end, you have to experiment with your diet. You may find something useful that works for you and fiber is something to play with for some people. I would definitely disregard the amounts they recommend. Each individual needs to determine what seems right for them.

  6. treblig says

    One thing I haven’t figured out??? I know that Ketones (Strawberries and Blueberries) help the body fight inflammation (most Doctors would agree). I also know that depriving the body of carbs and sugar causes you to go into Ketosis. I know that being in “Ketosis” makes the body produce Ketones in order to convert oil/fat into energy. So is it the massive amount of Ketones, being produced by the body, that are responsible for eliminating all the inflammation OR is it the deprivation of carbs and sugar that are helping to decrease the inflammation OR is it a combination of both?? What I haven’t been able to determine is, “If you could remain in a state of “Ketosis” and still eat all the carbs and sugar would the Diver symptoms go away?”. This is a question that is impossible to answer because you can’t eat carbs and sugar and be in Ketosis at the same time. As soon as you eat any appreciable amounts of carbs or sugar you almost immediately fall out of Ketosis. About the only way you could get away with eating 70-80 grams of carbs/sugar is if you exercised quite a bit, enough to “burn off” all the crabs and sugar. I have done that but I lost a lot of weight so I had to quit exercising. Now that I don’t exercise (and on this diet) my pulse rate is down by 20 percent, my blood pressure is normal (without medication…finally), my blood sugar is in the more normal range. They say that exercising will lower you pulse rate (it never did for me, used to be 99-100 at rest). They say that exercising will help lower blood pressure, it never did for me. The reason exercise (I believe) never helped those conditions is because the sugar and carbs were inflaming all of my internal organs or the fact that I didn’t have massive amounts of Ketones inside me. Of course all this is just a theory??? Doctors will all agree that inflammation in the human body causes a good majority of current ailments whether it be allergies, lung congestion, arthritis, IBS, Diver or any other disease/condition that feeds off of inflammation. I haven’t given up on testing my theories but I do seem to have two other members on this site that are willing to try the diet that worked for me. So we’ll see??? I’ll keep experimenting and testing my theories. I haven’t told my whole story because it takes a lot of writing so I’ve only been giving everyone an overview. I’ll try and explain more as time goes on if anyone is interested??
    Thanks for the support!!!
    Treblig

  7. Guido says

    It would be interesting if anyone else apart from trebling, can do the same recommendations, based on personal experience, or because he/she’s a doctor, about avoiding carbos and sugars..?
    I have seen some doctors but none of them actually recommended to cut out carbs and sugars.

    • treblig says

      Guido, One of the members here, “Jeannieology ” has started on the same diet that I use. I asked her to let me (us) know how it goes with her. The Doctors I’ve seen, 5-6 of them, have also NEVER recommended no carbs and no sugar (not even my Gastroenterologist) . The Doctors don’t know everything, if they did this disease would have been cured long ago. I started on this diet by mistake!!! After one blood test early last year my fasting blood sugar was 103. I told my Doctor, “I don’t want to end up with diabetes AND diver”. He told me that my blood sugar is OK and for me not to worry about it. I said to myself “Bullcrap!!”. I got on the internet and found that cutting back on sugar and carbs not only makes your blood sugar levels better it can actually reverse diabetes. So I started on this low carb, low sugar diet to lower my blood sugar so I wouldn’t end up with diabetes. As it turns out, after I had been on the diet for a couple of weeks my diver symptoms slowly started to disappear. I did more research online and found that if you decrease your intake of carbs and sugar low enough you’ll go into Ketosis. More research told that when you’re in Ketosis your body produces Ketones. I already knew that the Health community and Doctors recommend blueberries and strawberries for inflammation because they contain Ketones!!! So I figured………If I can get into Ketosis my body will be flooded with Ketones day and night which should help the inflammation in my gut. So by going on this diet I accomplished two things. I determined that sugar and carbs inflame my gut and our own natural Ketones help fight the inflammation.
      It was too good to be true so I decided to test my theory. I had a plan!!!! I also have asthma (I’ve had it all my life) and I get tested every 6 months by a specialist who has a machine that measures the inflammation in your lungs. This specialist has had me on Alvesco (inhaler) for well over a year to control the inflammation in my lungs. Even though I had been on the Alvesco for many months the lung test were always the same (high lung inflammation). So I tested my theory by stopping the inhaler 6 weeks before my last visit (last year) to the lung specialist. When I took the lung inflammation test the specialist was very surprised that my lung inflammation had finally greatly decreased. When I told him I had stopped the Alvesco he became very puzzled. In fact said, “Well that’s impossible”. Then I explained my theory to him and he was amazed!! Then he told me that he also had diver and wanted to know all about my diet. Since then I no longer use the Alvesco (it never worked anyway). Since then I’ve also noticed that my nasal allergies have completely gone away (after 50 years!!!). I no longer get those nasty inflammations in my sinuses, I can breath clearly all the time now. So you can call me crazy but something in the carbs and sugars was inflaming my gut, my lungs and my sinuses (and heaven knows what other organs). Besides…..as long as you take all the required vitamins and minerals you can live pretty healthy on this diet, I have for almost a year now. Look at it this way….if after a couple of months your diver symptoms haven’t gone away then go back to eating all the carbs and sugar you like. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it doesn’t cost a dime to try another diet but it could save you from surgery!!!! My other theory is that the Ketones only seem to help the areas of the body that have mucus (mucosa), like lungs, sinuses and intestines. I base this theory on the fact that my arthritis symptoms (joint pain, which is basically inflammation) have not decreased in the least. Not much mucus membrane in the joints evidently!!!
      Anyway those are my theories except the one about the Ketones and carbs and sugar with respect to inflammation, that theory was proven by that fancy machine that checks for lung inflammation.
      Also don’t forget that Cancer cells digest sugar as their main source of energy!!!!!!

      Treblig

      • guido says

        Hi trebling,

        Thanks a lot for all explanations, really helpful..you should try sell this information :)
        I respect your choices but what scares me a little is that, in my ignorance, I know for a fact that brain needs glucose as the fuel and so does the body. Maybe its true that you can replace it with good fat but still, I don’t know if this can create some problems in the long run.
        Also, I think that maybe its not necessary to go that drastic. You can do it when its inflamed but if you’re good and your immune system is fine the gut flora is OK, don’t need to cut completely on carbs. They told me vitamin d is helping the intestine to stay healthy and that all people suffering from diver have vit d carency. I do for example. I now take supplements and as much sun I can get.

        • treblig says

          Guido, I did a lot of research before i went all out on this diet. If you have read all of my comments here you would have read about the “Inuit” people who live in the arctic region. They live on a frozen tundra and have survived for hundreds of years eating whale blubber, seal fat/meat and fish. Mostly raw meat. No vegetables, no fruits and no sugar. You can’t grow a carrot on a frozen tundra. But my point is that these people have existed for a very long time on this diet. I’ve never heard of Inuit people having brain disorders or brain dysfunction?? I can’t even imagine how they find their way around in a featureless landscape, I would get lost!!!! In fact they live a good healthy life. I respect your concerns and each of us have to do what we have to do. You say, “it might create some problems in the long run”??? It might, but the carbs and sugar that I might eat will absolutely create some problems…. RIGHT NOW!! If I continue having flare ups I could easily end up in the hospital getting part of my intestine removed like other people on this website. Once that happens your life will change forever!! You also say, “we don’t have to go that drastic”, maybe not?? But if you’re not in Ketosis your not producing Ketones. Ketones fight inflammation. The wrong foods cause inflammation, you have to find a way to fight the inflammation??? I’m not trying to convince you to do anything but if this diet was affecting my brain how could I write so logically and make so much sense???
          If you do a little research on the internet you will find that the brain can use Ketones in the absence of sugar/carbs….it’s no secret. The Inuit people have proved it and continue to prove it every day.
          I hope you find another solution that allows me to eat ice cream and cake every day. I would love a big baked potato and tons of fried rice!! And those chocolate covered cherries….OHhhh!!!!

          Wishing you the best of luck…

          Treblig

          • Guido says

            Hi treblig, sorry it took some time to reply to you.
            Well, to be honest I don’t know what to think anymore. Last week I had another flare up, a mild one. I tried to stay away from sweets, dairy producs, meat and mostly red meat and carbos as you suggested. (I believe the flare up was a consequence of a prolongated usage of antibiotics (not for diver) as well, taken without counter balance them with probiotics.
            Anyway, I slightly got better, and on friday, while still having a little pain in the lower addome, I had 2 big portions of potatos and about 7 cups of red wine. Basically everything I should haven’t eaten/drank. The day before I woke up with a big of hangover but with no pain whatsover in the addome. Really, I don’t know what to think anymore. Possibly pain was going away anyway but still…listening to what you’re saying, I should have been feeling very bad the day after.
            I wonder if alcoohol can play a part on getting rid of the infection.
            Also, Wondering what you think about the lack of vitamin D in correlation with development of diver. Had you never heard this before?
            Thanks again for taking the time to read this.
            Cheers

            • treblig says

              Guido, I have never said to “NOT” eat meat. I said the opposite. Meat, sausage, bacon, fish, ham are all OK. Just no carbs (like potatoes) and no sugar (in any form). It usually takes two to three days for you to feel the effects of eating the wrong foods. You seldom ever feel it the very next day (at least I don’t). Also, I have found, if you’re intestines are not inflamed the bad foods don’t hurt very much. But if you are already inflamed then eat some bad foods you’ll really feel it. I can stay on my diet 24/7 for a month and have no problems then I’ll eat a big piece of cake and in a day or two I’ll feel it. BUT….since my intestines were not inflamed it only hurt a little bit then goes away quickly. You say “you tried” to stay away from the sweet and carbs……that tells me that you’re not actually doing it. I know it’s not easy but you have to think of it this way….when you eventually get a section of your intestines removed what are you going to do then??? Will you continue to eat the wrong things until you lose another section of intestine?? Not me, I don’t ever want to have to go to the hospital for a Diver infection!!!! As long as I keep away from sweets (sugar in any form) and very few carbs I’m perfectly fine with NO Diver symptoms. You do know that just because they remove a bad section of intestine you’ll still continue to get inflammations in the rest of the intestines!!! Also I don’t get hangovers since I started drinking Royal Crown with diet coke along with the hangover pills (pure charcoal tablet) . Crown Royal has no carbs or sugar but the impurities in many Alcohol products will give you a hangover, the charcoal pills absorb all the impurities. Also I believe that sugar (in the alcohols drinks) also gives you a headache. A headache is nothing more than aggravated (inflamed) arteries/parts of you brain!!! It’s not ROCKET science!!
              PS – I eat tons of meat/bacon/sausage on a daily basis.

              Don’t give up, just do what I do….every time I think about eating something that contains sugar or carbs I think about walking around with a colostomy bag.
              treblig

              • Guido says

                hi treblig,

                I know you’re actually eating a lot of meat but see, I think that might be a trigger. Meat and especially red meat is known to be an inflammatory food for your itnestines, so if you eat that a lot and debilitate in some way your intestines, you might favour diver very much. I understand it worked for you, but still, it’s an inflammatory food you’re eating that will favour acidity in your guts.
                I totall agree with you, that it will take one or two days to get the real symptoms but I can assure you that after one week, I’m still doing fine (I’m on probiotics anyway, maybe a bit of cheating).
                So well, I do want to listen to you but it seemed that for me doesn’t work completely that way.
                Have you got some thoughts about vitamin D and its relationship with Diver?

                • treblig says

                  I take 5500 IU of vitamin D every day. Been taking that since I started on my diet. I have to take numerous vitamins and minerals to compensate for the fact that I don’t eat any fruits and limited vegetables. To be clear, I don’t eat lots of red meat but I do need a certain amount of protein in one form or another to maintain muscle mass. I eat 15 strips of bacon every morning with 3 eggs cooked in 3-4 Tbls of EVOO. Supper is usually a very large Caesar salad. With the salad I’ll sometimes eat grilled sausage medallions. So I really don’t eat tons of meat. I do eat a nice 8 Oz steak every week or so.and of course Salmon, Tuna salad and chicken salad. As for meat causing inflammation….I think it’s what you’re eating with the meat!! I used to eat my steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, and of course rolls/bread. So was it the meat or the potatoes and bread that used to hurt me??? IT WAS THE CARBS!!! I can pretty much eat all the meat I want as long as I get my fiber (Citrucel). It’s really hard to accuse one particular food item as the culprit when we all know that most people usually don’t eat meat all by itself. You go into any eatery and see for yourself. If someone orders a steak what do they usually eat on the side…..buttered rolls, break sticks, potatoes, french fries, etc, etc. I’ll get green beans sometimes (very low carb) but when they don’t have green beans I get two salads (no croutons). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, find what aggravates your condition and avoid those foods. If you can eat potatoes with wine then you’re lucky, I can’t. I say, don’t eat foods that hurt you. If you search the internet you will find overwhelming evident that sugar causes inflammation. If you search further you’ll also find that the human body turns carbs into sugar. So if sugar is causing me problems then carbs are also part of the problem.

                  Wishing you luck.

                  treblig

                • Malin Oqvist says

                  Guido
                  Do yourself a favor and stop taking advice from this thread. They have absolutely no clue abt nutrition. Dr Kesser is all about selling his books.
                  Go and find some real scientific data and you will see that you’re absolutely right on the facts that red meat is bad and might even lead to colon cancer. Carbohydrates are not bad! What people don’t get is that they are very different. Simple carbs such as sugar is obviously bad, but complex carbs are great!
                  Stick to cooked veggies, potatoes, fish and oats etc and you will see the difference.. Wine in moderation is fine too..

                • Guido says

                  Hi Malin,

                  i am aware that red meat produces inflammation and I will keep on avoiding that when having flares (and in general).
                  It’s interesting though to see how other people are dealing with diver. to be honest, I am not really in favour of avoiding carbs, also bec in my experience, I didn’t notice any major problem with them.
                  And if I’m following this blog is because doctors don’t have any clear answer. I’ve seen like 4-5 between gastroenterologists and dietists. they NEVER agreed on what to eat or not: Fiber/not fiber, things with seeds or hard to chew, diary products, vitamin D carency, take more sun!. I’ve heard it all. So well, it’s really up to oneself to find the way back to healing.

                  @Treblig: the article about inuit is not really in your favour. the article itself says that inuit live in a much less polluted enviroment, less stress. Their fat is coming from almost not-contaminated animals with a large prevalence of Omega 3 fats, so I wouldn’t really rely on that to backup your assertions. But well, I do respect your opinion, at the end of the day, good for you that you’ve found this way. You should probably try to backup your hipotesis with some solid data and write a book about it..

          • Susan says

            Your post was great and I need to pay attention to people like yourself. I have tried to get into ketosis and fail miserably around the 4th day into it I have been suffering with constipation/diarrhea for many years and fear if I do not get serious that I will end up needing surgery or worse getting cancer and suffering.

            I am 60 yrs old, live alone, and, for the most part, been hermit like so i don’t get any encouragement other than reading a few blogs here and there that promote your way of eating.

            Please keep spreading this information as much as possible because it does give hope to many like myself who need constant reinforcement which gives us hope. You will be doing us a great service and I thank you for this post.

            • treblig says

              Susan, I write as much as I can about what works for me. I am very strong willed and I also still have kids in the house so my health is very important to me. If you live alone it makes it much more difficult because you need to have a reason to “LIVE”!! You must have some interest in living because you’re on this website trying to learn how to get well. I never said it was easy, but it’s not impossible!! Depending on your body you may not have to go completely into Ketosis. If can keep the carbs very low and the sugar very low it might be enough to relieve some of the inflammation, but there’s no way I can guarantee it because everyone is different. Besides, it you’re not in Ketosis your body doesn’t produce Ketones!! Ketones help fight inflammation. It’s your choice and your life, I can only suggest and encourage.

              treblig

      • Liz says

        Hi Treblig,
        I am so impressed by you and what you have achieved.
        I’m having more and more attacks of diverticulitis and as my bowel has adhered to my stomach wall, any surgery will be very dangerous. Could you list for me the foods you eat and what you avoid. Some sites contradict what to eat, but I agree with you..the mainstream doctors don’t know how to treat this disease except by drugs which is a temporary fix.
        I’ve been told by a top specialist here in New Zealand that my digestive system is “stuffed “… Not much help!!!
        Diverticulosis runs in my family, my mother had it and my sister and brother have it, but they don’t have the pain that I have. I also suffered with asthma as a child, and now have mild bronchiectasis …as you say…mucus related diseases.
        So I don’t want to be a nuisance, but could you list the foods you do eat.

        Kind wishes and keep healing,
        Sincerely, Liz

        • treblig says

          I mostly eat protein, EVOO, salads (no croutons), cheeses, Caesar dressing, salmon (cooked medium), greens beans with crumbled bacon and pepper mixed in, the toppings off of pizzas (no bread), steaks, ham, bacon, bone marrow, olives, sausage, more salads. I just don’t eat very much carbohydrates (30 or less a day and many times less than 20/day). No sugar except the 12-15 Grams in the 86% dark chocolate bar (helps lower blood pressure). No ice cream , no cake, no candy, no sweets at all. Today we’re going out to eat. I get the blackened salmon (extra spicy, cooked medium to preserve the good fats), and for the two sides I’ll get two Caesar salads with lots of Parmesan, extra dressing and pepper. I might also add a skewer of grilled shrimp and WATER. I avoid carbs and sugar. Now remember, I also take 3-4 Citrucil with each meal to offset the bulkiness of the protein. Citrucil requires that you drink lots of water. The high protein, low carb diet requires lots of water anyway. I’ve described much of my diet here numerous times. It’s hard to remember it all but you can easily scroll down and look for all my posts.

          Cheers,
          treblig

    • prioris says

      I have cured myself of many things. Some things fast. Some things a long and winding road. Doctors rarely inform the patient that they can be fixed except with expensive and health destroying treatments. Most people gravitate to quick pain fixes. I don’t.

      I was talking with someone who had spinal stenosis last week. Spinal stenosis is essentially something pressing up against the nerve. Doctor never explained this to her. I did some research and found out that the condition has 6 different causes. We pretty much narrowed down the causes. The most common cause is BONE SPURS. Bone spurs is essentially a calcium metabolism dysfunction. She was just left to twist in the wind with pain. Too many doctors only care about their bottom line. Few go beyond their medical education. I told her that bone spurs can be dissolved. It’s a long process but that is something she can do with some supplements on her own. Magnesium and vitamin K2 MK7 are but two necessary supplement. In the short and intermediate term, she can go to a chiropractor to address the pain.

      A problem with giving people health advice is that if the first remedy I suggest doesn’t work, they will automatically dismiss me. I can tell you that I have gone thru many remedies before something has worked. Another problem is people hold doctors in high esteem so they discount people who are not an MD hence any advice is rejected.

      Most people can’t or unwilling to educate themselves hence the medical establishment and government take advantage of this ignorance. This doesn’t preclude using a doctor but one must be careful about seeing them as the end all and be all for medical care. Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer to most chronic health problems.

  8. cris says

    I have commented a few times in the past. I am ALL for taking care of ourselves in a natural way 100%. But life happens even in the best of circumstances. Sometimes we must be realistic. I wrote months ago I had two bouts of Div. one in 2008 was hospitalized, last April I had a very serious bout, three rounds of antibiotics which I hate but the pain didn’t go away. 4 cat Scans later I was still inflamed and so sick. I was hospitalized in June 2014.
    Came home still sick. July and august were a blur I just did not feel well. Had a colonoscopy set for the end of August, the Gastro Dr. I like a lot.
    Couldn’t perform that test b/c I was so inflamed he could have perforated my bowel. He said I need to see a Surgeon. I had stopped sugar actually lost 20 lbs b/c I was so sick and couldn’t eat, the pain was so bad.
    I found a wonderful Surgeon in my town, He was the best Dr. I saw throughout all of this mess. He checked the now 5 Cat scans I had had and explained the risks etc. but said I needed the surgery.
    I felt I had no choice, was taking the Aloe and other things, I knew I needed more.
    I am 63.5 yrs old. I had the surgery Oct 15 of 2014. I loved my surgeon, he was there every day, I was 9 days in the hospital it wasn’t easy friends helped me post.
    well it is 5 months post op, I feel thankful I found a very good surgeon, and I am glad I had the surgery. He removed 12 inches of my lower colon, I also had a fistula so I needed Urology help also. The surgeon said it was totally diseased, needed to come out. I still have diverticula in my entire colon, I eat as Paleo as I can, walk 25 minutes a day, it took time but I just made plans to visit my daughter and grandkids in another state today. I can now get on with my life w/o being concerned with the pain. Everyone must make their own decisions, Chris gives a wealth of extremely good and solid information. Yet sometime we need real medical intervention. Hopefully that is the very very last resort. for me it was but I felt I had no choice.
    I live one day at a time, trust God with my life, He got me through and gave me a great Surgeon. His kindness was so overwhelming I bought him a tie for Christmas my last post op appointment. Hope I was encouraging to you, I do not encourage surgery just saying we need to be open to reality, sometimes it may be necessary. Only you know get a second opinion, or a third. It’s worth it.

    • treblig says

      Jeanne, You said, “I was on this diet before. The thing that made me stop is that I was literally stopped up.” I had the same problem, if you read all my posts you’ll find that I take 3-4 Citrucel with each meal (LOTS OF WATER). If you eat lots of salad it also helps..the EVOO in sufficient qualities actually “literally” lubricates the system, if you get my drift!!! Find something (prunes, Citrucel, whatever) to counteract the protein. You know your body and you know what helps you “go”!!

      Treblig

      • Jcastan says

        Hey Treblig what if I cut out ALL sugars and “some” or “most” carbs? Does it have to be Zero carbs? I don’t want to lose any more weight.

        • treblig says

          J, If you can keep it under 30 carbs a day you should be OK as long as you don’t cheat!! You can’t go into ketosis, thereby letting your body produce ketones, unless you burn more carbs than you eat. Besides, if you add plenty of EVOO to your diet you won’t lose weight. I was losing weight until I started eating lots of EVOO. I eat 15 G of sugar a day in the 1/2 of a large 86 percent dark chocolate bar. Cocoa helps lower your blood pressure naturally. So that’s all the sugar I eat but only because I have to. I usually eat 30 carbs or less each day but you need lots of good oils (EVOO) because your body uses the oil for fuel (like sugar/carbs) you have to have something for your body to burn in the place of sugar and carbs. You also need enough protein so you don’t lose muscle mass.

          treblig

        • treblig says

          If you take the time to read this:
          http://www.theiflife.com/the-inuit-paradox-high-fat-lower-heart-disease-and-cancer/
          you’ll find the reason I stand by my diet of protein and good fats. The Inuit people eat no sugar and hardly any carbs at all yet they thrive with little to no heart disease and much, much lower cancer rates than all the rest of us…..WHY??? Read the article. One of the diseases the Inuit don’t suffer from is “rheumatoid arthritis”, do you know one of the main causes or contributors to “RA”…….INFLAMMATION!!! Do you know what fights inflammation in the human body…..Ketones. You can flood your body with Ketones naturally by going into Ketosis. You can only get into Ketosis by drastically cutting back on carbs and sugar. When I used to exercise (one hour 5 times a week) I lost weight on my High Fat Low Carb diet because 30 carbs or less and day and no sugar was not enough fuel to support all that exercise so I ended up burning body fat. So I stopped exercising and now my weight is slowing returning (very slowly). If you eat enough EVOO, Avocados, and olives you will gain weight but your Cholesterol and triglycerides will still be good, mine are. The good fats help your Cholesterol levels. We don’t need a big human study to realize that the Inuit are in continuous Ketosis their whole lives. They have no access to sugar or vegetables/fruits or carbs. It’s a frozen tundra out there, where are you going to find a carrot or a head of lettuce??? All they have is whale blubber, seal fat/meat, fish and caribou. That’s basically a high fat/protein diet.
          I emphasis again, you need to take the appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements to compensate for not eating fruits/vegetables and other carbs. The Inuit get all they need from their diet (if you read the article) when it comes to all the other necessary vitamins and minerals. One more thing, why do you think the Inuit have little to no cancer…….well as it turns out cancer cells can only metabolize sugar. If you don’t eat sugar the cancer starves to death. If you eat a lot of sugar your basically feeding your cancer, so why oh why would you eat sugar???
          There has to be somebody out there who is smarter than me to discuss my theories on inflammation, Ketosis, and the high fat/protein diet????

          treblig

    • treblig says

      Chris, I read what you posted about your surgery…sorry you had to go through all that. I worry though….just because they removed a portion of your intestine doesn’t mean that certain foods can’t still inflame what’s left of your intestine. Whatever caused your Diver will continue to give you problems if you eat the same things you were eating when you had symptoms. I know that being on a low carb/low sugar diet has greatly decreased the inflammation in my gut, my lungs and my sinuses. My point is, even if i had to get surgery for my diver and they removed part of my intestine I would still stay on my low carb/low sugar diet to help me with my other issues. Plus, I know that my intestines are easily inflamed by certain foods so I would continue to avoid certain things.
      Good Luck,

      Treblig

      • cris says

        Thanks Trebling,
        You are 100% right. When he told me I still have diver. in all of my colon that didn’t make me happy, I would never have know if I wasn’t opened up and they saw it all. Not getting into Dr’s but the surgeon was better than all the Dr’s I had the Gi Dr. put me on a low residue diet basically white bread, carbs sugar then I said maybe I am resistant to these antiobiotics since they are nit killing the bacteria. they said after three rounds it is the drug of choice flagyl and cipro, won’t ever take those again. So I was SO sick and I am alone, I had to make decisions with not a full head together. Anyway, I eat chicken fish, nuts, eggs salad and EVOO one small apple or pear for breakfast. That is about my limit on fruit and no problem w them. Cheese doesn’t bother me but I try to watch it for the fat. But I saw after the healing took place tried some sugary stuff ice cream, hot chocolate b/c of the snow and cold it doesn’t make me feel good. No inflammation just all over not good. So I am eating as clean as I can, it gets hard when you are with people who say eat this they don’t get it, have to be strong. I know sugar is the culprit for many diseases, I wish I never had to have this surgery, but it is don’t. and I thank God it was successful, no complications as a long stay in a Hospital is the worst place anyone can be. This surgeon I speak of was on top of everything they usually are just work but he was more than a Primary Dr. to me, he helped me get through it. He was younger I told him he was like a son. So One day at a time and I feel good. I shoveled lots of snow after 4 months post op so I healed well. Again I am with you 100% sugar, whites, fructose etc. all are harmful maybe some can tolerate to a small extent but to much is not good. Thanks for your response.

        • treblig says

          I think that one of the big problems with this disease is that so many people want to eat like normal people and are looking for a “antidote” like flagyl and cipro to solve their problem. Once the inflammation is allowed to get to the point that you need those powerful (damaging) antibiotics it’s almost too late because the damage has been done. Oh sure the antibiotics may or may not kill the infection but the damage has been done. The way I look at it….why would I continue to eat foods that inflame my gut to the point that I would need antibiotics or surgery, that’s not the answer!!! I was lucky, I found this and other web sites and read about many folks (like yourself) who ended up getting surgery…I didn’t want to end up that way. I am over 60 years old and still have kids in the house (high school and College), they need me!!! There was not one Doctor that had the answer, in fact, my current Doctor keeps telling me to eat more carbs??? I personally have helped more Doctors who told me that they had Diver as well. I tell them what I am doing and believe me… THEY LISTEN!! As for eating at gatherings with other people, I got that figured out. I load my plate with meat and tons of salad/dressing and Avocado. Then when they drag out the deserts (as they always do) I say, “Man I stuffed myself so much with all that good food I can’t possibly eat another bite”. They say, “Man, you did eat alot!!”.
          You’re lucky, you’re getting a second chance to get it right!!! I’m still on cruise control, this morning I ate three eggs (over easy) cooked on very low heat in EVOO, 15 strips of bacon, lots of Ranchero sauce to mask the EVOO, refried beans (very low carb), and 1/3 lb of Barbacoa (Mexican BBQ). Since I don’t eat very many carbs and almost no sugar I’ve been having trouble keeping my weight UP. But now that I have found EVOO it’s not a problem. If you eat enough of the good fats you can actually gain weight without eating carbs or sugar. If you gain too much just cut back on the good oils!!
          Now I know, or at least I think, my diet is not for everyone with Diver BUT…I do know one thing for sure……….If a person continues to eat foods that aggravate and inflame their gut nothing good will come of it. I’ve written here many times, “Everyone has a choice, eat only what you’re body can tolerate or end up getting surgery”.
          Thanks,
          Treblig

          • jeannieology says

            Well I’m listening to you Trebig.

            I went out and bought eggs, more oil, olives, some cheese.

            For breakfast today I had 2 eggs cooked in olive oil, which I love — I’m Sicilian.

            I even bought the chocolate.

            I want to be well and I know the PARTY is OVER!

            Tuna fish for lunch — I’m so full I can’t breathe.

            Tomorrow is my grandson’s birthday — I’m prepared.

            I thank you Trebig I appreciate your honesty and your willingness to share how you got well.

            I just want you to know that your advice has not been wasted on me.

            • treblig says

              Jeannie, I wish you the best of luck. I truly hope that my diet helps you as much as it helped me. I was really scared there for a while (early last year) when I had recurring pain and bleeding…the bleeding is really scary. Don’t forget all the supplements you’ll need to compensate for not eating vegetables and fruits. Green beans with lots of crumbled crispy bacon is super low carb and delicious. Once a week I treat myself to a large piece of blackened salmon (cooked medium to preserve the good fats). Remember, Not all EVOOs are created equal. You want good quality cold pressed EVOO. MOST IMPORTANTLY…you must write about your results here or all my writing was for nothing. Find something like Citrucel to replace the fiber. You can control your weight by how much oil you consume and how much you exercise. And most important of all…..NO CHEATING!!!
              Good Luck and be sure and give us some results!!!

              Treblig

  9. jeannieology says

    I’m in the throes of a third attack in three years. 14 days of antibiotics. I tried everything including the Aloe Vera AMP — but the pain was so bad I couldn’t walk.

    Three days after starting the antibiotics I’m better but I feel sick, I’m scared to death of a relapse of CDiff and the doctor is talking surgery.

    I don’t really know what to do — I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place.

    I do everything that’s right…and yet this happened again.

    It always happens in the spring too…I don’t know if it’s a Vit D thing — I take Vit D 5,000 a day — and my levels seem good.

    I’m kind of desperate.

    • treblig says

      Jeanne, you wrote “I tried everything including the Aloe Vera AMP”. I’ve found that AV only works in the absence of foods that aggravate the condition, otherwise the AV doesn’t help. What do you mean by “you’ve tried everything”. You need to be more specific, I always am. I take 5300g of vitamin D each day with no problem..but of course we’ll all built different. What is it that you have tried, and be specific!!!

      treblig

      • treblig says

        I’ve written here numerous times about the things I eat, it’s no secret….no carbs (30g or less a day), no sugar (15g or less a day). Just read all my previous posts, it’s all there. Meat, eggs, EVOO, low carb veggies (30g or less/day). Lots of the good oils. Please take the time to read all my previous posts.

        Treblig

          • treblig says

            Jeanne, you can ask all the questions you want. I am allergic to peanuts but I can still eat them. What the Doctors say about nuts and diver is not true. The pieces of nuts do not get stuck in the diverticulum and cause a problem. I can eat all the nuts I want and I get no symptoms. BUT IF YOUR intestines are already inflamed then your going to have a problem. Strawberries and Blueberries contain sugar!!! You can’t be on a low sugar diet and eat foods that contain sugar and expect the diet to work!!! What part of “NO SUGAR” don’t you understand!!! Sorry, didn’t mean to get loud but you’re making no sense. I say no sugar and you want to eat foods with sugar????
            I only eat 15g of sugar a day only because I eat 1/2 of a large bar of 86 percent dark chocolate each day to control my high blood pressure. Pure Cocao lowers your blood pressure. If you read all my previous posts you would know this already.

            treblig

            • jeannieology says

              The only reason I asked about the strawberries and blueberries was because you said low sugar fruits on another post. I thought strawberries and blueberries were low sugar fruits but I know they have seeds.

              I get what you’re saying. If I may: You’re saying people have issues with these foods because they’re already inflamed. I mean foods like nuts. If the sugar is gone and the inflammation is down then the nuts and seeds don’t hurt you.

              You have 100% convinced me and I’m going to do it.

              I believe inflammation is my issue and is causing me sickness in more ways than one.

              It’s OVER! I’m 60 years — like you said I’ve eaten what I wanted for 60 years old and the party is OVER.

              God bless you and thank you for taking the time with me.

              You’ve inspired me to do this.

              • treblig says

                Didn’t mean to blow up on you but some people on this site want to have their cake (no pun intended) and eat it too!! I also want to eat my cake, but I can’t!!
                Now please follow me for a few minutes….. Why are strawberries and blueberries good for you???? The answer is, because they contain Ketones. Ketones decrease inflammation in the human body (proven fact). Now, for the next question….Do you know what happens when you deprive yourself of carbs and sugar??? The answer is……your body goes into Ketosis!!! Ketosis is a state where your body produces Ketones to compensate for the lack of sugar and carbs!!!! Your body uses Ketones for fuel instead of sugar and carbs. These Ketones (like the ones in Blueberries and Strawberries) help DECREASE the inflammation in your gut…JUST LIKE STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES!!!!! Did you know that newborn babies are in Ketosis as long as they are breast feeding??? Some mothers breast feed their babies for 2 years yet most of human brain development occurs during the first two years. So…how is being in the state of Ketosis bad for the human body??
                My Doctor tells me that I should eat more carbs. I tell him, “My diver symptoms have disappeared, my lung inflammation is completely gone and my sinus allergies have disappeared (for the first time in 50 years) and you want me to eat more carbs?????”

                treblig

                • jeannieology says

                  It’s an Atkins diet. I know this about ketosis. I also know that there are small and large sized lipids in cholesterol.

                  I was on this diet before. The thing that made me stop is that I was literally stopped up.

                  But I do know that flax seed helps with that problem. I know this.

                  I’m doing it from this second forward and look forward to quelling the horrible inflammation.

                  Right now I have to try with the grace of God to get through this antibiotic regimen which is making me feel horrible.

                  Thank you kind sir for all your help. I appreciate it more than you know.

                • Jeannieology says

                  One more question how long have you been symptom free? How many attacks have you had?

                • prioris says

                  i’m one of those people who can have their cake and eat it… lol

                  i’m of the view that if someone has to keep to a strict food diet, they haven’t truly addressed the microbe enough. they take enough fuel away to keep it in check but that is all. But that may be all some people can do for now.

      • jeannieology says

        I try to eat right. Avoid gluten, take high potency probiotics like VSL#3, I don’t eat nuts, seeds, hard lettuces.

        I do eat carbs like potato and gluten free noodles.

        I don’t handle stress well and it’s taking its toll but this is stressing me out more.

        I have to admit that this last bout. I felt a twinge last week after an extremely stressful few days. The twinge went away and then I thought I was fine. I was at a gathering and said: “Oh what the hell! I’m fine and I ate regular pasta and dessert!” That was Saturday — by Monday I was sick…really sick.

        I’m willing to try your diet. Whatever it takes to get well I’m there.

        I already use a lot of EVOO — not 4 tablespoons but I can up it.

        I find that low-carb diets constipate me more.

        Also — I do take 5,000 Vit D a day.

        Honestly — I just want to be well…I’m so sick of feeling sick I feel like I’m in a horrible cycle.

        I had a diver attack that put me in the hospital, I ended up with CDiff, that lasted like 2 years, more diver, more antibiotics, fear of returning CDiff and here I am again.

        Thank you so much for answering me sir — thank you so much!

        • treblig says

          I used to eat potatoes, rice and pasta like there was no tomorrow. I thought carbs were the answer to my problem…..I was wrong!!! I was extremely lucky….my fasting blood sugar was a little high last year (103). My Doctor said, “don’t worry about it”. I knew I had diver and I didn’t need another problem to complicate my life so I decided to go on a low sugar/low carb diet to avoid getting diabetes (just as a precaution). It was only after I stayed on the low carb/low sugar diet that I realized it was the sugar and the carbs that were causing the diver problem. Had my sugar not been high last year I would still have pain and bleeding. So….I’m not a genius, I just know how to put two and two together!!

          treblig

        • treblig says

          Jeanne, You said, “I was on this diet before. The thing that made me stop is that I was literally stopped up.” I had the same problem, if you read all my posts you’ll find that I take 3-4 Citrucel with each meal (LOTS OF WATER). If you eat lots of salad it also helps..the EVOO in sufficient qualities actually “literally” lubricates the system, if you get my drift!!! Find something (prunes, Citrucel, whatever) to counteract the protein. You know your body and you know what helps you “go”!!

          Treblig

    • treblig says

      I couldn’t response to your last question because there was no “reply” button at the end of your post. I think it only lets you reply so many times then you have to start over. You asked how long I had been symptom free. That’s the wrong question….I have had some symptoms but they all have been self imposed. No attacks because when I feel the symptoms (after eating a piece of cake) I go right back to my “safe diet”. If I had never eaten any sweets I would have been symptom free for a year now. But mild symptoms on occasion (by my own doing) don’t bother me because I know “immediately” how to stop them. By “attacks” I think you mean pain and bleeding….I have had NONE in over a year. I used to have attacks every couple of weeks. I have had NO “attacks” at all, only symptoms. I have had a few mild symptoms if I deliberately eat the wrong things (knowingly). I know what causes the symptoms and I know how to control them. Once you find your “safe diet” you can easily avoid “attacks”. Mild symptoms are nothing to worry about if you know how to stop them.

      treblig

    • prioris says

      Aloe Vera is the most popular remedy. If your taking it on en empty stomach and with some of the diet suggestions from treblig then you need other approaches that can defeat the microbe.

      When we are dealing with internal microbes, we are working blind. We don’t know what exactly that microbe infection is nor do we know if something is protecting it and fueling it. The fuel needs to be taken away in order to heal it and that is usually food of some type. Aloe vera may be ineffective against the microbe you have. I would maybe experiment taking some bromelain in case there are biofilms involved.

      I would consider adding partial enemas with plain water every so often maybe every 3-7 days to keep that area clean. The colon is normally clean but there may be some sludge towards the sigmoid part of the colon near rectum where you pooh hangs around. You could do it with aloe vera in plain water too but I’d use plain water. This isn’t necessarily a cure but it could be involved. I’d do it standing or sitting over toilet. Enemas take some practice. Make sure water is lukewarm or body temperature. I’d get a silicon one with metal hanging clip. You can hang it on shower rod. Use an oil on tip.

      I would consider experimenting with a liquid fast diet. I can’t tell you how long but some anecdotal reports have had success with 30 days. This may not be a cure either but may give you valuable information about how to fight it.

      There is also intermittent fasting that I have mentioned in another post.

      • treblig says

        I totally agree, we are working blind!!! But from my personal experience AV does not fight the bad microbes. The only time AV helped me was after I had symptoms or an attack then went back to my safe diet THEN take to AV to heal the damage. Taking AV to solve the problem while still eating foods that aggravate your gut in insane…it will not help you at all. That would be like throwing water on a fire as you pour more gasoline onto the same fire.
        I believe the reason fasting works (others have said the same) is that your doing the same thing I’m doing. During fasting your taking away sugar and carbs, you’re taking away everything including sugar and carbs. So in essence…I’m fasting, existing only on protein and fats. If I knew which very specific foods or ingredients feed the bad microbes I would know which specific foods to exclude.
        Enemas may be solution for some but the only problem I have with enemas is that if you continue to eat foods that inflame your gut then what’s the point??? Again, I’m not saying that enemas don’t help but the solution is to find the foods that either feed the bad microbes OR foods that inflame your gut. All I know it that I have documented (empirical evidence) that the inflammation in my lungs has greatly decreased on my diet. I also know that my sinuses have cleared up completely (first time in 50 years). The lack of inflammation in my sinuses has greatly reduced my sinus allergies to the point where they don’t bother me at all. And of course the pain in my lower intestine is completely gone unless I eat a big piece of cake (carbs and sugar). I am not disagreeing with “prioris” because he/she has evidently been fighting the same problems as the rest of us. And maybe it’s just my body (and my body only ) that responds to the diet I have found.
        Wishing Luck to Everyone….
        Treblig

        • prioris says

          i agree about avoiding eating foods that aggravate the condition and it is especially important when using any natural remedy that is trying to heal it.

          Aloe vera didn’t work for you but it is the most popular remedy on internet for colon problems. For someone who hasn’t tried it, it is the number one remedy to try.

  10. bash says

    hi i have just been told i have Div and have been reading all the comments, no carbs no sugar yes get it but that means no fruit?

    • treblig says

      It depends…if your intestines can tolerate the sugar in the fruits then YES!! There’s only one way to find out, stop eating anything with sugar and as few carbs as you can get away with (50 carbs or less/day). Then once all your symptoms are completely gone eat some fruit once each day for about 3-4 days and see if you feel anything at all. If you feel any kind of discomfort or pain and you’re still keeping the carbs low then you probably can’t handle the sugar in the fruits. I have found that my body can tolerate 5-15g of sugar a day, if I exceed that amount I start to feel it in my gut. But I eat less than 30 carbs a day just about every day of the week. I might go over to 35-40 carbs once a week. It’s impossible to tell you exactly how much your body can tolerate because we’re all built differently. 5g of sugar might be my limit but yours might be 15g or 20g. But fruits do have sugar and so do millions of other foods/additives. Your first priority is to get rid of all your symptoms FIRST!! Once you control what you eat and have no symptoms at all for a week or two then you can slowing introduce ONE food item at a time. At anytime during your experiment if you start getting symptoms GO BACK to the diet that you know is safe and start over again. You have to find your “personal safe diet” to have a sanctuary for when you get symptoms. If you eat this and that, willy nilly, you’ll never solve the puzzle and you’ll cause a lot of damage. I hope you’ve read all of my posts and as many of the others as well. If you have diabetes then the rules change!!! Do not go on any diet I recommend if you have diabetes. You’ll need a nutritionist to help you because cutting back on carbs and sugar can be counterproductive if you have diabetes.

      FYI, I recently (three weeks ago) had a CT scan to check for a hernia in lower abdomen. The results came back positive for a small hernia. But the interesting part was that they could see the diverticulosis in my colon and even noted some inflammation. The cause if the inflammation is the interesting part. I was required to drink this large bottle (almost 1/2 a gallon) of liquid two hours before the scan. It was an iodine solution mixed with sweet and low for flavoring. I don’t know if it was the iodine or the sweet and low but something in that drink gave me some discomfort in my lower gut. It showed up as inflammation in the CT scan. As soon I finished the CT scan I made absolutely sure that I stayed on my “safe diet” for two weeks to clear up any damage the iodine solution had done. Is was only mild discomfort, but non the less, once you have just a little inflammation it doesn’t take much to aggravate the diverticulum to the point that you get actual pain and bleeding.
      Learn how to listen to your body, it will tell you what it likes and what it doesn’t like. In fact if you don’t listen to your body it will yell at you in a very loud voice, the voice is called “pain”!!!

      Good Luck,
      Treblig

      • Kimberly says

        Treblig, I am going to follow your diet suggestions to prevent future bouts of diverticulitis. How do you make your Caesar salad? Do you use anchovies, egg and croutons? What do you put in the tuna salad? I think this is a diet change I can easily live with. Thanks for all your help.

        • treblig says

          Kimberly, If you get on a low sugar/low carb diet you also need to take enough vitamins and minerals to compensate for not eating the other foods you would normally eat. I take numerous vitamins and minerals (pills). I have had numerous blood tests since I have been on this diet and the tests always come out perfect with respect to sodium levels, potassium levels, etc. So approach this with care and insure that you get enough calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and all the other essential of good health. I can tell you what I take but you, being a woman, have different needs/requirements. The Ceasar salads are pretty simple, I use fresh lettuce (but you can use Kale or spinach or anything like that), I also put a generous amount of shaved parmesan. As for the Ceasar dressing I go to the store and but the dressing with the highest “good” fats (and lowest bad fats) I can find (wish I knew how to make my own). Some salad dressing actually boast about containing olive oil but unless they use EVOO I’m not sure if it will help. Cold pressed olive oil is the best and only use for cooking under very low heat or you destroy the good properties. You’ll need to eat the equivalent of 3-4 TBLS of EVOO each day for your body to have enough fuel (replaces carbs/sugar). Then you have to also get enough protein. Anyway, back to the salad, lettuce, shaved parmesan and dressing. I usually eat an avocado with the salad in small bites. Avocado has lots of the good oils and so does the dressing. NO CROUTONS!!!… too many carbs. For the protein part of the “salad” meal I’ll eat 10-12 of those small breakfast sausages, you know the ones that you use to make pigs in a blanket. Or I’ll cook some sausage slices, like the sausage you use for barbequeing. Just make sure and buy the one with the highest “good” fat content. If you look on line you can find sites that tell you the percentage of fat to protein you should eat.
          The tuna salad or chicken salad are pretty basic. Eggs (protein), tuna or chicken (protein) pickles and Mayo (good fats). I’ll sometimes eat only one slice of high fiber low carb bread with the tuna/chicken salad or put the salad on a bed of lettuce.
          Breakfast is Better’N Eggs (low Colesterol), cooked over very low heat in 3 TBLS of EVOO. Once eggs (scrambled) are cooked I throw in 10-15 slices of crispy bacon (I crunch the bacon up into very small pieces). Sometimes I also use chopped up little sausages mentioned earlier instead of bacon. Then to mask the taste of all that EVOO I dump in 4-5 TBLS of Ranchero sauce, you know the tomato based sauce they use on eggs in a Mexican restaurant.
          I’ve been on this diet with my wife for almost a year now. I feel great, have plenty of energy and have had no diver symptoms, except when I treat myself to a piece of cake, once in a blue moon. But the symptoms are minor and brief because I stay on the diet. My wife has also had blood tests that show everything as normal.

          Good Luck, hope you’ve read all my other posts hear because it’s hard to remember everything. Like the part about Aloe Vera…..
          Treblig

            • treblig says

              I eat fresh chopped Romaine lettuce but Kale and spinach leaves are good too, they are all super low carb and help digestion. You can add all the olives you like as they also have the good oils. Just remember to cook the eggs at very, very low heat or you destroy the good properties in the EVOO. It takes a little longer to cook them that way but it’s worth it.

              Treblig

  11. prioris says

    Being 60 years old I pretty much do intermittent fasting. I do it naturally without even thinking about it. It is associated with blood sugar control but could be applied to colon disorders also. Maybe it could improve colon health by letting the colon and other organs rest more. The idea is explained is excerpt from mercola.
    —————-
    Intermittent fasting is a great tool to help “reset” your body to burn fat as its primary fuel again. Dr. Perlmutter also recommends starting off with a period of fasting, and he’s particularly aggressive about it in patients who are insulin/leptin resistant. I typically recommend keeping your fasting insulin level below 3. The so-called normal, however, is anywhere from 5-25 microU per mL. As with fasting blood sugar, please do not make the mistake of thinking that the “normal” insulin range equates to optimal! As noted by Dr. Perlmutter:

    “If somebody has an insulin level of 26, they need a lot of work. They need to fast; drop the carbs; add back the good fat. They need to add in some anti-glycating agents like benfotiamine and resveratrol. We need to hit these people aggressively. This is what works. This is what reduces their risk of converting to diabetes, and therefore has a huge role to play in protecting their brains.”


    To be effective, in the case of daily intermittent fasting, the length of your fast must be at least 16 hours. This means eating only between the hours of 11am until 7pm, as an example. Essentially, this equates to simply skipping breakfast, and making lunch your first meal of the day instead.

    You can restrict it even further — down to six, four, or even two hours if you want, but you can still reap many of these rewards by limiting your eating to an eight-hour window each day.

    This is because it takes about six to eight hours for your body to metabolize your glycogen stores; after that you start to shift to burning fat. However, if you are replenishing your glycogen by eating every eight hours (or sooner), you make it far more difficult for your body to use your fat stores as fuel.

  12. Tracee Wargo says

    I love these posts and have referred to hem many times – especially posts from Prioris – yet so grateful to hear all the different points of view and things that helped each of us on our journey towards wellness. I do want to stress as Prioris has said that it is important to eliminate trigger foods and those triggering foods can be different for each of us. I agree with Treblig that sugar is a HUGE issue – its causes inflammation. However with that being said I was low carb for 2 years and LCHF (Keto) for 1-1/2 of those years. The longer I went on LCHF the more episodes I began having – looking back I wish I would have ate more clean (organic, grass fed, no chemicals) in my food as I see now with much research that contributed. For me, corn, too much red meat, not enough water, caffeine, dairy, sugar all are trigger foods for me. I do take Amp and have done numerous things recommended on this site.

    I am now seeing a dr who is helping me get to the root and did multiple tests including blood & stool tests. I tested positive for dysbosis and high levels of candida – both of which are making it difficult for me to get on top of as it is a perpetual breeding ground for bacteria and fungi to flourish…. so despite my best efforts there were things happening in the microbiome of my gut that needed to be addressed before I could fully move forward in wholeness.

    I HIGHLY recommend finding a functional medicine practioner and get your stools checked!!! I am in the middle of a 3-month long protocol to right these things so we create the right environment for my body to heal itself and get the most of all the things I have tried for the last 10 years that haven’t worked (1-1/2 years have been hard core working towards this).

    Chris Kresser and other drs have talked about the importance of root vegetables and how they provide prebiotic fibers which promote the growth of healthy bacteria – which i wasn’t doing because i was so severely low carb…. an aha moment for me. I have also started making my own bone broths which promote incredible healing in the gut. And now that the candida is under control have made kimchi and kombucha which are healthy probiotics delivered instantly through food to promote balance.

    Again – i cannot stress the importance of seeing a functional dr and getting your stool checked – who will address the root cause & get you on the road to recovery. There were so many things I was doing that were right – but because this issue was going on in my gut I didn’t get the full benefits.

  13. Jason says

    Hello, I have been dealing with a bout of diverticulitis every year for the past 5 years. I have a GI doc who says go for the surgery, but my regular doctor says no way. I’d prefer to avoid the surgery at all costs! I truly believe there is a natural way to heal myself or at least get infections far less frequently. I have had a colonoscopy, and I have two deep pouches in my colon. My thought was to try calorie restriction along with intermittent fasting. I’m really not sure what the best overall diet would be. I’m looking for someone who has been through this and beat it. Please help! You can email me at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

    This article was great. I didn’t have any idea about the inflammation connection. Also, a good reminder to keep stress levels down.

  14. Ginny says

    I have divers. I have just figured it all out. I am with treblig on his observations re sugar. Sugar is the baddy. I have been 3 months clear of it and like treblig eat pretty much the same diet with the addition of coconut products- they are such good fats.
    I am in New Zealand and have found a wonderful sugar free cookbook by Sarah Wilson who has been sugar free for 3 years now due to digestion problems. Also David Gillespie has written a great book on sugar called Sweet Poison. Another tremendous book is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. My divers is so much better now. Hope this helps.

    • treblig says

      Ginny, nice to know that someone else is getting the same results as I am by taking sugar out of their diet. As long as the coconut products don’t give you pain they are OK!! I have been ingesting 4 tablespoons of EVOO daily and some days a little more. You have to be creative to take that much EVOO. You have to take/eat lots of the good oils when you cut back on carbs/sugars because your body uses the oil for fuel. Also you should eat more oils than protein. You can read all about it online. I basically don’t have Diver anymore…it might be there but I’d never know it, in fact, I had completely forgotten about it (Diver) until I received a message that Ginny had posted something to this website. I just had a blood test (last week) and the Doctor said that I was in perfect health and the Lipid panel was completely normal and so were all the other blood tests. So I must be doing something right considering I don’t eat any fruits/vegetables except for green beans, lettuce, tomatoes. Mostly salads with lots of Caesar dressing, Caesar dressing has lots of good oils. So breakfast is 4 eggs (Better’n eggs), 15 strips of bacon and 4 Tbls of EVOO. Lunch is tuna salad or chicken salad and then a gigantic Caesar salad with lots of Parmesan cheese. I also no longer have to take blood pressure pills because of the EVOO and the 86 percent dark chocolate. The removal of sugar from my diet has allowed me to stop taking other medications that had been recommended to fight the inflammation in my sinuses/lungs. Good Luck Ginney and hang in there!!!

      Treblig

      • Patricia Damarin says

        What supplements do you take on a regular basis to prevent flare ups. I am interested in the Amp.. Just started on probiotics any suggestions on a good brand. I eat primarily vegetarian so paleo would be an issue for me.. Does anyone else have issues with belching yeast after eating .

        • treblig says

          Patricia, If you’re asking me what supplements I take to prevent flare-ups the answer is “none”!!! I no longer get flare-ups because I stopped eating all the foods that inflame my gut. It’s so simple I don’t know why more people haven’t figured it out. I’ve written about it extensively here at this website under “treblig”. I don’t get flare ups. The last time I had a flare up (many, many months ago) I used Aloe Vera Gel pills. Four pills a day, each pill gave me the equivalent of 5000mg of pure AV inner leaf gel. 4 X 5000 makes 20,000 mg of gel per day. The AV seems to help my gut heal after I had eaten too much cake. Unfortunately AV will not help you if you continue to eat the foods that inflame your diver!! But now that I know what foods to avoid I don’t use the AV because I don’t get flare ups….NEVER!!! AV absolutely will not prevent a flare up, I don’t know of anything (supplement) that will prevent a flare up. THE ONLY THING THAT WILL PREVENT A FLARE UP IS TO NOT EAT THE FOODS THAT INFLAME YOUR DIVER!!! Please read all my previous posts here so you can understand the theory behind my madness. It’s so simple….if you don’t eat foods that inflame your diver YOU WON’T get diver symptoms. If you don’t get diver symptoms you don’t need supplements to prevent diver attacks. I don’t use any probiotics. I eat protein, good fats, lots of EVOO, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans and 86 percent dark chocolate. I no longer have to take high blood pressure medications or any other anti-inflammatory medication. My heat rate used to be in the high 90s (at rest) which always made me worry but now it’s in the 70s all the time.
          Don’t get me wrong, I used to get bad diver attacks with pain and bleeding…it was scary and painful!! I’ve gone through a lot of trouble to explain what I did to help myself and to heal myself. It has worked beautifully and I am not only very happy, I am also very healthy according to my primary physician, my gastroenterologist and my kidney specialist.

          treblig

          • DrDennis says

            Since my posts never seem to make it to the blog, we will see if this one does. Totally agree with 99% of what trebling says! There is no supplement that will counteract wrong diet and when diet is good, there is no supplement needed (after healing period). All our triggers are different…my trigger is mostly nuts (which is the one that sent me to the hospital) and secondarily, dairy, sugar/grains. There came a point where everything turns to bloat. So I’m back on the NOYEAHBUT diet. (yeah but what about…) Animal Protein and above ground veges breakfast lunch dinner (if you eat 3 meals) and low glycemic fruits between meals PERIOD. You need see wellness practitioner (chiro, naturo, acu… ) to see if you are sensitive to salicylates as they can ruin the gut too. By the way…those of you taking aspirin etc (salicylic acid) for pain……its one of the leading causes of leaky guy and SIBO.

            On this way of life, not only does your gut heal and you stop bloating, but your brain heals too…you think more clearly, you have more energy, you are brighter, the pain of arthritis goes away as you are not eating any pro-inflammatory food items. FOR ME, dark chocolate or ANY form of sugar (save low glycemic fruits) will throw me into a tailspin and ARE NOT worthy of investigation…they are a yeahbut. For treblig’s constitution they work.

            I agree with brief fasting or intermittent fasting, especially if your ayurvedic dosha is Pitta.

            For those of you, like me, who chose not to drink, smoke or do drugs…then when you are stressed, you most likely head to the YEAHBUT. You may want to investigate NET (neuro emotional technique) or something similar to handle the reasons why you get stressed and need to binge. Again a qualified Chiro, Naturo or acu are invaluable. “He who has himself for a doctor has a fool for a patient”. TODAY, I am pain free and feel terrific!

            My .02 but its been right for 30 years

            • treblig says

              DR, It’s nice to get some validation but I don’t understand why more people just don’t get it?? I’ve posted here numerous times about what works for me but still the same questions keep getting asked. The dark Chocolate only has 5g of sugar and the only reason I eat it is so that I can stay off of the Avapro. I had high blood pressure for 10 years until I started eating dark chocolate and EVOO. I don’t eat the chocolate for pleasure, it’s a natural method of lowering my blood pressure. Some folks may not be able to tolerate the 5g of sugar but everyone must realize….when there in no inflammation in your gut, you tend to tolerate small amounts of things that normally aggravate your condition, at least that’s what I have found.

              Treblig

              • treblig says

                Sorry, had my breakfast on the stove and had to stop writing to eat. For those who might be interested it was 15 strips of cooked “low salt” bacon crumbled into a pan with 4-5 eggs (Better’n Eggs), 4 Tbls of EVOO on very low heat. EVOO retains all it’s good properties if you keep it at a very low heat. Also, to mask the EVOO I add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Ranchero sauce. It’s delicious and contains plenty of protein and good oils. Anyway, as I was saying, I have been symptom free for a very long time and have found that I can actually enjoy a nice piece of cake with lots of frosting every three or four weeks. This is how I reward myself for being good!! The piece of cake will slightly aggravate the diver BUT….since I immediately revert back to my High Fat Low Carb Low Sugar diet, the symptoms come and go very quickly. In fact, it’s barely noticeable. I guess most folks don’t have the discipline to stick to the diet and that’s the reason it doesn’t work for them. I had a recent blood test (for my Kidney Specialist) and he said that I was the healthiest patient he had. In spite of all the fats I eat my cholesterol it really good and my triglycerides are perfect. My blood pressure is 110/75 and my heart rate is 75. That’s a tremendous improvement from before the diet. It’s funny….I say diet, 15 strips of bacon and 5 eggs every single morning!!! The word “diet” isn’t glamorous enough for eating like a KING!! I now know that you can eat all the good fats you want to eat and as long as you don’t eat carbs and sugar your cholesterol/triglycerides will all come out GREAT!!! This diver problem seems to be terribly simple….DON’T EAT THINGS THAT AGGRAVATE YOUR CONDITION AND YOU’LL GET BETTER. Stay away from the things that aggravate your condition and you NEVER get symptoms. I even stopped taking the Aloe Vera because once my gut was healed I no longer needed it. I don’t know what else to say, please read all my previous posts before asking any questions as I have written many times about what I do to help myself.

                treblig

        • treblig says

          I stopped drinking margaritas for a good while when I went on this diet. It took me a few months to determine what I could drink without messing up my diet. I’ve settled on Crown Royal and diet coke. I only drink once a week on Friday. There are quite a few alcoholic drinks that have no carbs, I’m sure you can look them up. It’s funny though….when you drink alcohol the body actually uses the alcohol as energy (like carbs). If I read correctly, the body will burn (use) alcohol as fuel first before anything else in your stomach. It’s actually a fuel!! So to answer your question, yes I do drink alcohol and I’ve seen no detrimental effects with respect to my low carb/low sugar diet. As a bonus…I don’t get any kind of hang over, evidently pure alcohol with no carbs or additives don’t mess up your head like mixed drinks do. Who’d a thunk!!!!

          Treblig

  15. Ziggy says

    I was diagnosed with Diver 2 days ago. I am 47. I live a very active lifestyle including endurance sports, hot yoga, and strength training.

    Although these antibiotics have ZAPPED me of my energy, I will be transitioning off them eventually, and wonder how to go about moving off of this clear liquid diet?

    Also, is there anything I can do for increased energy? Short and long-term?

    • prioris says

      You need to do trial and error. The first suspect would be the B vitamins may be depleted.

      I would try a 5mg of sublingual methylcobalamin. I’d also get a coenzyme B complex. country life has a brand. You can take it on an empty stomach.

  16. Anita says

    I’ve just had my first bout of diver. was put on two antibiotics with one being Flagyl. I read another post that said Flagyl is poison. Please enlighten me!

    I also found it odd that I ended up with diver. I had my gut flora tested 6 months ago and it was fine. no candida. I take pre & probiotics daily. I’m shocked I got this. Anyone else?

    • prioris says

      Diverticulitis is bacterial and not fungal so fungus testing not helpful.

      It is interesting that you had your gut flora checked and that your taking prebiotics and probiotics didn’t work to prevent it.

      Antibiotics are a double edged sword. Lot of people have been damaged by them. I stay away from broad spectrum antibiotics since it can wipe out ones guy bacteria. Different people will tolerate antibiotics in varying ways.

      Flagyl is a narrow spectrum so I think better. It can cause neuropathy in some people.

      Some like quinine based antibiotics have a bad record and something to stay away from. I know what antibiotics I can tolerate well like minocin and amoxicillin. Most others I wouldn’t touch.

      As far as treatment, I would recommend going the natural way. I would also suggest you do partial enema’s with plain filtered water especially if pain near rectum or near waist. Throw some h202 in it. this may clean area of diverticulitis. Read thru the rest of the comments for other ideas.

      But who knows, you may tolerate antibiotics well and the antibiotics may work for you. If they are making you very sick, i would stop them.

      You sound like you take care of yourself. I’d like to understand how it happened

      Could you please let us know what kind of diet you ate. Protein, complex carbs, simple carbs etc.

  17. Guido says

    Hi,

    I would like to tell my experience, I’ve been a visitor of this page since 6 months now and I followed many of the treatments that have been posted (doctors only prescribed antibiotics).
    I was diagnosed with diver back in august and since then I had 2 serious bouts ended up in hospital and a couple of more flare ups, for which I was on a strict liquid diet for even up to 6 days, almost fainted couple of times.
    I started to take:
    aloe vera gel (Ive been told that anyway doesn’t get its way to the colon)
    Quercetin before and L-glutamine afterwards
    Pro and pre biotics
    liver oil fish
    In the end, I also started to eat raw garlic and a tea made of lemmon skin, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Not that tasty but not bad either.
    So I had it all covered : good gut flora with probiotics, anti-inflammatory actions through l-glutamine and aloe and finally antibiotics power thanks to tea and garlic (if that works).
    Always tried to avoid antibiotics and for food, I completely cut on vegetables, fruits and everything that was rich in fiber…that was for almost 6 months.
    Because of the change of my habits, and of a strict diets I had a parallel complication and therefore started to take vitamins and other pills to compensate the carencies.
    I found out that I could feel the pain in my guts by lying down and touching a specific point of the colon (lower left side). So, even if I was feeling ok during the day I started to check this point every night to understand what food caused pain or not.
    I must say that I’ve never found a direct and evident correlation between food and pain. Possibly alcool or meat in heavy quantities made a difference sometimes and caused the pain. Generally speaking I think it’s also a problem of quantity apart from selecting which foods are good or bad.
    Anyway, I started to feel better but always felt the persistence of the pain while touching the point. I then decided to cut on every milky product and on alcohol for 2 weeks. Got even better til the point that for Christmas I didn’t feel any pain at all and for 2 weeks I started to eat everything. And by then I mean everything. I had hot chocolates, cakes, meat, pasta, more cakes. spicy foods, nuts, and also seeds, which seems to be the most dangerous thing to eat when you have this condition and finally raw fruits and vegetables.
    Well, I still feel good, no pain by touching but still taking my vitamins and stuff.
    I had a colonscopy which found that my divert. are ok, not inflammed at the moment.
    In the end, the surprise: I changed my gastro for a younger one, who required a blood test to find the levels of Vitamin D. Well, my levels were below average. Somebody already commented here of this recent study (Dec 13) that associates low Vitamin D with higher risk of Diver. : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23954650
    which can be explained bec the vitamin D would help the gut walls to be better protected. I started now to take vitamin D pills. My doctor said that food is nor related with Diver.
    Just wanted to share my experience if can be of any help for somebody. I still think that there is some connection with food, but it’s probably not that important as we thought before.
    This is just my conclusion and I think everyone has his own story to tell,

    • prioris says

      ultimately diverticulitis is a microbe infecting the colon. one can try to come at the problem from many different directions.

    • Robin says

      I have never had problems with constipation or diareah, i am 47 and was hospitalized 6 days ago with a diagnosis of Acute Diverticulitis. Didn’t know a thing about it, sadly after being discharged there are soooo many conflicting things to read. They placed me on Flagyl (poison) and Cipro immediately with IV and followup at home for 10 days. I feel horrible. I am desperately looking for alternatives. The antibiotics are killing me. I eat Paleo, but recently switched to Atkins cause i was not losing weight. Again this is the first time i have ever had an issue. The only thing that hits home is that I recently was diagnosis with a low Vit D!!!! I wonder if there is a correlation between them.

      • prioris says

        please read all the comments on this page. they will give you ideas on how to attack the problem and new things to research.

        i realize you feel sick as hell on those antibiotics so you probably want a quick simple answer.

        first remedies i would try are aloe vera juice. while you are trying this, you can read the rest of the comments.

        i would also look at your diet especially non complex carbohydrates which could be the precipitating cause of your diverticulitis. It may make your colon a more hospitable place for the infection.

        grapefruit seed extract may work but it may work only if it has the chemical solvents in it that are the real active ingredient so not hopeful on this route.

        another possible way to defeat diverticulitis – FASTING

        i would look into juice or water fasting as a way to overcome diverticulitis. this would remove the food in which the infecting microbe feeds on.

        there are other things but this gives you something you can start to do.

        in the end, it comes down to EXPERIMENTING and PERSISTENCE to defeat a colon microbe infection.

        • Roses302 says

          diagnosed with acute diverticulitis 3 days ago, 11 yr history of IBS, I was on so many anti spasmodics all it did was give me reflux and rapid heart, changed Gastro doc who took me off everything and said he wanted to go a more natural route.
          Aloe Vera juice, I’ve been drinking it for years every morn. However I’ve been slacking off lately as this really helped my IBS, but I don’t know where this excruciating diver came from?

  18. Anonymous Person says

    I am so discouraged. Just got a bout of DVT, extremely painful!! I’ve already had a bowel resection, followed by 2 emergency surgeries back in 2011. Ended up with an ileostomy, reversed later. The pain is awful. Not sure what to do anymore. I don’t want more surgery, but feel there’s no alternative. I haven’t cut out carbs and sugar because my gastroenterologist never recommended it. Guess it’s worth a try.

    • treblig says

      My gastroenterologist never recommended anything either. All he ever said was avoid spicy foods!! I eat all the spicy foods I want now. It’s not spicy foods that aggravate my condition….IT’S CARBS AND SUGAR!!! He never told me that sugar and carbs were bad???? I had to figure it out for myself. If you cut out sugar and carbs you won’t die as long as you take the proper vitamins and minerals (supplements). But you will die if you keep eating foods that increase the inflammation in your intestines. NO antibiotic will fix the problem as long as you keep eating the wrong foods!!!!!

      treblig

      • prioris says

        if she hasn’t been addressing it with change and experimenting with diet, any treatment will more likely lead to failure. carbs especially non complex and sugar etc will aggravate it. she has to experiment with her diet.

      • Neal says

        Check out the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) – designed for UC and Chron’s, but said to be good for diver too. That is essentially what you are doing by avoiding carbs and sugar, but you have to be extremely strict and not cheat on the diet to get the full benefits.

        I’ve been on the diet for a year and only had two minor flareups in that time – both due to inflammation problems in the colon. Lots of good recipes out there for the SCD diet. It is my last resort to avoid surgery.

  19. Jan says

    What is AMP? I have just had an episode of D and on the antibiotics, the Alo Vera sounds interesting and i will try it but I cannot find out thru the conversations what AMP is.
    I have been on low carb diet and it does help, I am sure this attack was caused by a weakened moment of chocolate over the Christmas holidays, live and learn
    Thanks

    j

    • treblig says

      Amp is : AMP = Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide

      From what I have found, Aloe Vera Gel (AV) will only help you if you stop eating foods that aggravate your condition. In other words you could eat a truck load of AV everyday but it won’t do any good unless you stop eating carbs and sugar. I have had some pretty bad episodes of (extremely painful) Diver including passing blood but I’ve never taken antibiotics now that I’ve figured out how to cure it myself. I have found that AV helps to heal the inflamed intestinal walls if and only if you stop eating foods that inflame your gut!!! I’m on a very low carb diet and maybe 5 grams of sugar a day (86 percent dark chocolate which keeps my blood pressure down). AV is not a miracle drug, it merely aids in the healing process if the offending foods are restricted. I no longer get diver attacks….NEVER!!! As long as I stick to my diet. I had a birthday just a few days ago. My wife bought me a chocolate cake with double frosting and a ton of flowers, she knows what I like. I knew for a fact that if I ate a piece that within a day or two I would get symptoms. Well my birthday only comes once a year so I ate a big fat piece with lots of frosting. One and a half days later I experienced some mild pain. But here’s the trick to eating something that is bad for you…..as long as you go right back to your low carb low/no sugar diet the symptoms are mild and don’t last very long at all (one maybe two days). I knew this was going to happen so I ate the cake, had a very, very mild attack and now everything is going great again. I’VE FIGURED IT OUT!!! This trick only works if you’ve been on this diet continuously and have had no symptoms for a while. On the other hand, if you are having any symptoms at all and eat a large piece of cake with lots of frosting you will end up on antibiotics!!!! This is because your gut is already inflamed and the additional carbs/sugar (cake) are like throwing gasoline on a fire. But if your gut is completely healed like mine was on my birthday then I know I can eat a piece, go right back on my diet, suffer a day or two of mild discomfort and then back to a life of bacon, eggs, tuna salad, fish, sausage, big salads, etc, etc!!! It’s really VERY SIMPLE!! Besides, antibiotics unintentionally kill the good micro organisms that live in your gut as well as the bad ones….the low carb, low/no sugar diet STARVES the bad micro organisms but doesn’t hurt the god ones. It’s so simple I don’t know why someone hasn’t published a book on it, AS LONG AS I GET ROYALTIES!!!!!!!!!!

      GOOD LUCK>>>>
      Treblig

      • donna says

        I recently had a colonoscopy and they told me i had diverticulitis but didnt give me any don’ts .I ask my Dr she said no that the things i heard were all old tales. Can you tell me the signs of an attack or flare up i have been getting pain in my lower stomach and a spot on my left side .I have changed my diet on my own increase veggies and fruits. I have an appointment in March soonest they could get me in with GI DR.

        • prioris says

          most doctor MDs are too brainwashed and too restricted by their licenses and the system that they practice within to truly heal people. you have to inform yourself.

          The major symptoms of diverticulitis are nausea and cramps. This is a pretty good indicator for diverticulitis.

        • treblig says

          Not sure what you asking about?? You said, “I ask my Dr she said no that the things i heard were all old tales. Can you tell me the signs of an attack or flare up i have been getting pain in my lower stomach and a spot on my left side “. What did you ask that made your Dr say that “all were old tales”?? I don’t think there is a Dr alive that can tell you what causes your diver symptoms!!! My Dr couldn’t tell me what causes my diver symptoms…I had to figure it out myself. You’ll have to do the same thing. I can tell you the foods that aggravate my diver but they may or may not aggravate your diver. Just read all my posts, they will tell you everything.
          You ask for the signs of an attack….well that’s pretty easy. You’ll get very severe pains in your lower gut, almost unbearable.. You’ll get bleeding when you have a bowel movement. The pain will continue basically day and night but mostly when you have a bowel movement. It will be tender in the lower gut area when you put a little finger pressure on it. You may even get a bladder or urinary tract infection. Once it flares up it will continue to get worse until you stop eating whatever is aggravating your condition.

          Treblig

      • jeannieology says

        Could you just give me a list of what you eat.

        What vegetables do you eat.

        Eggs, meats like sausage and beef?

        No carbs…just salads?

        Tuna and egg salad?

        I will follow this diet…I’m desperate.

    • prioris says

      I have defined AMP in many comments below,

      I would take the time to read thru this ENTIRE comment section below for ideas on how to approach the problem. I provided a lot of discussion on AMP because it is NOT a well known kind of aloe vera so gets glossed over. It’s an additional tool to combat diverticulitis.

      Ultimately you have to experiment with different things. It takes time and effort and persistence.

      Another thing to ponder is zinc carnosine. This helps low acid stomachs. A healthy stomach is high in acid. H pylori is said to cause ulcers but that may not be entirely true since 60% of the world’s population has the infection. There may be cofactors. Low acid stomach is something to study.

      GERD may be caused by not low acid in stomach. The spincter may not close because of this. Some people who have GERD may take zinc carnosine to solve it.

  20. natano says

    Interesting that gelatinous meat is recommended because there’s one thing that i’ve had right before my 3 bouts in 4 years and that’s some grissely meat. Of course i think what prompted it was taking potassium iodide after Fukushima doused us with extremely high levels of radioactive fallout. What? Yeah, if you believe the media is liberal then you haven’t heard of that but you can find more info at enenews.com

    • prioris says

      i doubt very much that potassium iodide effected the diverticulitis. Iodide would likely help against infection.

      unless your eating meat that wasn’t cooked enough to kill any microbes or worms etc, i would tend to suspect something else.

      As far as meat, you have to ask yourself what kind of meat and what you were eating and drinking with the meat also.
      Hot spices on the meat could aggravate the surface pain of the pouches in the intestine wall, it isn’t the root cause.

      Bout of diverticulitis isn’t a real time thing. The infection has already been existing in your colon for a while and has done surface damage but hasn’t been severe enough to be noticed until some event comes along. that event doesn’t always necessarily mean it was an underlying cause.

      For most people, I would suspect a carbohydrate source of some type.

    • treblig says

      There’s a big difference between gelatinous meat and good fats!! I eat at least one large roasted shank bone filled with bone marrow every day. As much EVOO a can handle in my food preparation. Lots of olives (good fats), etc, etc. The EVOO actually seems to help things move along the intestine, at least that’s how it feels. Grissle is probably hard to digest, I don’t eat any.

      treblig

    • Julie says

      I was surprised of the recommendation of meat also, after reading the China Study….I think I would skip all animal products. I have the biggest problem staying away from sugar!! ugggg

      • treblig says

        I don’t look at it as avoiding sugar or not getting to have sweets……..I look at it as a means of avoiding having to carry a colostomy bag around with me everywhere I go!! Besides, from I have found, I can still enjoy a piece of cake or a candy bar every week or two. It’s very simple really, once you have found how to completely get rid of the inflammation you can eat whatever you want….but not very much of it and only for ONE MEAL!!! Once you start to feel your gut hurting you better go straight back on the diet that you know will stop the pain. The alternative is to continue to eat things that increase inflammation in your gut, eventually get an infection, suffer on antibiotics, get a portion of your intestines removed and be further restricted on what you can/can’t eat. Did you know that even after you have had a portion of your intestines removed all the foods that caused the problem will still cause further problems? There are people on this website who have had surgery and come home only to continue to get inflammation because there intestines (whatever is left of them) STILL can not handle certain foods (sugar/carbs). You just have to pick which “S” your prefer, Sugar or Surgery???

        treblig

        • prioris says

          exactly treblig

          to get better, one must remove or minimize the thing causing the colon inflammation. other wise it is like putting a band aid on a cut while stabbing the cut with a knife after you put the band aid on it. the body can heal itself but one must create the environment that allows one to do that.

          once you figure out how to control the infection, you experiment more to find your limits. also you improve how you control it to improve or overcome any limits.

          i wish there was one thing that worked for all but the colon still has a lot of unknowns. experiment with different things. if something is successful then report back and tell other people.

  21. Grant Hammond says

    OK I give up, where is the best place to buy AMP? I’m in New Zealand and none of the health shops here have heard of it!

  22. Eva Maddox says

    I have an appointment for a second opinion on whether I need to have a colon resection. It may be necessary due to a complication (fistula) with the bladder. I’m praying I don’t have to have it. In any case, I will be going on the Paleo diet. I have a few questions if any of you can help. 1. What is AMP? I see that posted here and there. 2. What is the best source/brand to get aloe vera? 3. What is the purpose of organic sour kraut? 4. On low carb diets I’ve tried in the past, I ended up with diverticulitis. How do I prevent constipation on Paleo? Thank you!

    • cris says

      Eva, I am 63, and have written previous posts. Today I am 6 weeks post op from a colon resection, I also had a fistula where my bladder was attached to the colon, and caused a tear. I am not a Dr. I totally agree with any natural way if it works, but there are times you need medical intervention. I had three surgeons in the OR with me one a Urologist, they had to see where the tear was to separate the bladder from the colon.
      Anyway, I ate way too much sugar in my life and believe that has not helped the diverticulosis and the resulting problems.
      I feel good now, the bladder problem is corrected, I am eating well, but avoiding sugars.
      For me, I had to have the surgery, I just know by how I was feeling. I advise everyone to do whatever it take to take care of yourself, we all have to make the best choices in our lives. I wish I had cut out sugary foods earlier in my life but I did not. I also am the type of person who would get stressed easily, another factor which is not good for the gut.
      As I said I am feeling the best I have in a long while, I am not up to speed with my energy yet but getting better each day.

    • treblig says

      I can try and answer some of your questions. 2. What is the best source/brand to get aloe vera? I researched this a little and there are many companies who manufacture AV. I bought Spring Valley, Natural Concentrated Extract Aloe Vera Gel. I take 5 gel tabs a day. But I had already been on the low carb/no sugar diet for a few months before I started the AV. I first got the inflammation under control then used the AV to help heal my intestinal lining. Although the AV might help you, it won’t stop the inflammation if you continue to eat foods that aggravate your condition (sugar, carbs, spicy foods).
      4. On low carb diets I’ve tried in the past, I ended up with diverticulitis……….. It’s funny you didn’t mention if you stopped sugar intake?? It probably does NO GOOD to cut your carbs if you still eat sugar. So if sugar aggravates your condition then it does NO GOOD to cut back on carbs. Please clarify??

      How do I prevent constipation on Paleo? I take Citucel with every meal (3 or 4 pills with each meal depending on how much I eat). Lots and lots of water, especially at the same time as the Citrucel. I have found that although the Citrucel doesn’t really keep the stool really soft it really doesn’t matter once you heal because my intestine got much stronger and more resilient once the inflammation went away. Eating large very low carb salads (tomato, lettuce, cheese pieces (lots of cheese), grilled (protein) sausage medallions, ranch dressing) helps things along. Lots of green beans (very low carb) with tons of crispy bacon pieces (protein) also helps. I haven’t had an issue with constipation because I started on the Citrucel when I started the diet. You need lots of GOOD fats not just any fats. Good fats will lower your bad cholesterol and help the good cholesterol. Will also help with triglycerides!! I just finished my lunch: A large piece of grilled “blackened” salmon (good fats) smothered in clarified butter (more fats) and three large servings of green beans (very low carb) , also a large salad with tomato, lettuce and lots of cheese and ranch (very low carb). IT WAS SUPER DELICIOUS!!
      Maybe someone can help with your other questions.

      PS – Do not ever assume that you can decrease your inflammation with AV or any other medication IF YOU continue to eat foods that aggravate your condition. NO matter how good the AV, or anything else, might be it’s the inflammation that you need to address FIRST!!

      Treblig

      • Eva says

        Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I had stopped eating sugar several weeks ago and have never been a huge sweet eater, but too many carbs for sure which I realize turns into sugar. I’m eating low residue now until I know if I’ll have surgery. I absolutely plan on low carb eating surgery or not. (Will know on Dec 3rd.) My diet is complicated because I have a history of DVTs and am on Coumadin.

        • prioris says

          AMP = Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide
          Take the time ro read all the comments to collect ideas on what you could do.

        • prioris says

          coumadin causes calcification of the arteries. It can be replaced with nattokinase and serrapeptase with no side effects.

      • Chantelle says

        Hi! I just read your post and I wanted to tell you that a Gastroenterologist told me that I had caused diverticulosis by taking 4-5 Citracel after my evening meal. He said that the bulk forming fiber in that amount was causing too much pressure on my intestines and caused the pouches to form. So….I don’t know if that is true but I wanted to share it with you. It might be a good idea to ask your doctor if it is okay to take that much of the bulk forming laxative.

        • treblig says

          Chantelle, I appreciate the information. It doesn’t make any sense because of what I have experienced. I”m not saying that your Doctor is not telling you the truth but again, it’s nothing like what I have experienced. My pouches formed many years before I started using Citrucel. I didn’t even know about Citrucel until after I started on my low carb/low sugar diet (4 months ago). I had suffered from Diver for many years until I found there was something in the sugar and carbs that aggravate/cause my Diver. I only started using Citrucel because my current diet doesn’t allow that many vegetables so I figured I needed some bulk to help things along. I eat mostly fats and protein with some green beans, pinto beans, cold slaw and lettuce…basically very low carb veggies. Ever since I started doing the low carb/low sugar diet I have been taking 3-4 Citrucel with every single meal (3 meals a day). It’s been 3 or 4 months of BLISS!!! Not even a hint of pain and no bleeding at all. I never had taken Citrucel before this diet so my Diver occurred as a result of something else. I had also never taken any kind of laxative or bulk forming medications when I had Diver symptoms or before the Diver started (many years ago). So, for me, the warning from your Doctor holds no truth. I have found that Doctors don’t know that much, per se, only what they have read in books. My Gastroenterologist NEVER told me that carbs/sugar were aggravating my Diver!!! My primary physician NEVER told me that sugar and carbs could cause inflammation in my gut, my lungs and my sinuses!!! I figured all this out by myself. The Citrucel has given me no side effects at all.
          Again, I appreciate your concern and the information that you bring to the table but, in my case, it’s not true. I would like for you to think about one thing though…….If you were taking Citrucel with any foods that aggravate your condition then I would put down $100 that it was the foods (or whatever was in the foods) and not the Citrucel that was causing the problem. Once the inflammation is there it will never go away until you remove the foods (or food components) that aggravate your gut. My inflammation is totally gone unless I eat a large piece of cake (CARBS AND SUGAR), in which case I will be in slight pain for a few days then it will clear up quickly as long as I stay on my diet. I say “slight pain” because I have no inflammation so the cake can’t easily aggravate the diverticulum except in the presence of sugar/carbs. For this reason it flares up only slightly then quickly goes away. If it was already inflamed and I ate a piece of cake I would be in serious pain for over a week and probably have some bleeding. It’s so simple that I don’t know why more people don’t know how to control their Diver. The Doctors won’t tell you any of this??? I even eat spicy foods and because they contain no sugar or carbs I get no symptoms. Seems like spicy foods only make things worse if you already have some inflammation. Without the inflammation there’s nothing there for the spices to aggravate.

          Thanks again,
          Treblig

  23. kim says

    The last two posts were very informative- your help is appreciated. As someone who has never given up sugar or carbs, I am reluctant to try simply because of the 55-year habit! But the last two years living with D has made me want/need to change, and I do feel worse on that lower left side when I abstain. I hate that stretched/diseased intestine feel! Ice-cream and too many carbs definitely have on occasion contributed to the pain, hence an attack. If I go a day without eating, or eating very little I always feel better. I love to eat but love my D-free days more! I take digestive enzymes and feel they help. Due to reading all these posts, I also take aloe and a probiotic, eat plain yogurt & raw organic sauerkraut regularly- now I will be avoiding sugar and carbs, and appreciate any help in addition to buying gluten-free and paleo books and cookbooks…

    • treblig says

      Kim, you wrote “I am reluctant to try simply because of the 55-year habit!” I am 63 years old, I have been average/slender all my life and have been able to eat anything I wanted and as much as I wanted without becoming over weight. I eat like a horse. I would sit down and eat a whole box of chocolate covered cherries in one sitting and savor every bit of it. I would wolf down numerous butter finger bars one after the other as a snack. If I ate a piece of cake it would a large piece but I would always (and I mean always) get a corner piece because it has icing on three sides then I would scape all the extra icing off the cake platter and cover the remaining sides of the piece with more icing. Now if that isn’t a sugar freak I don’t know what is???
      What I’m trying to say is that you have a choice….take the risk of eating those foods that will aggravate your condition to the point that you have to have surgery OR stop eating some of the things you love so that you keep your intestines intact!! Once you lose you lower intestine there’s no turning back. If you think you miss many of your favorite foods now just wait until you have lost part of your gut and have to walk around with a colostomy bag!!! These are the choices I faced and this is the reasoning I used. I looked at it this way….I got to eat anything I wanted and as much as I wanted for 62 years (more of less), that’s a long time. Some folks on the blog site are only 25 years old and are in worse condition than me and will have to watch their diet for the rest of their lives. Looking at it from that prospective, I AM LUCKY!!! So don’t look at it as giving up sweets and carbs, look at it from the prospective of all the years you got to eat what you wanted AND those who are much younger who will miss out on what we were able to do.
      Yesterday, we had a big meal and many, many people came to my house and brought cakes, sweet bread, pies, pasta, potatoe salad, mack and cheese, tortillas, etc, etc, etc. I looked at all the deserts and carby foods and imagined how good they would taste, then I filled my plate with protein and lots of green olives (good fats) some provolone cheese (more good fats) and ate until I was full. A few folks lifted the containers filled with all the deserts to my face and said, “You know you want some??”. I simply said, ” yes it looks and smells delicious but I’m completely full”. Do what you have to do for yourself and/or for your family. Your family needs you much more than you need the sugar and carbs.
      PS – Do not go on this low carb/no sugar diet without first doing extensive research. You don’t want to deny your body certain vitamins and minerals that you would normally get from fruits and vegetables.

      Good Luck,
      Treblig

      • jeannieology says

        Can I ask a question. Do nuts and seeds bother you now? And can you eat strawberries and blueberries when your gut is quiet?

        • Lily says

          I had part of my colon removed almost 20 years ago. It eventually destroys you unless you find a way to manage the many trips to the bathroom. I’ve found a way to manage things to stop the many trips, but it is an every day battle. Still looking for ways to overcome this. However as far as Cdiff goes, or any other infectious problem, I have kept myself out of the hospital for over 20 years using herbs and Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver is a life saver especially when you are inflamed. Please look into it. As sick as I was in the beginning, I never had Cdiff thanks to the Silver. My husband had Cdiff and the doctors couldn’t get it under control. He took the Silver along with his prescription and within a short time, he was back to normal. He has since used the Silver every time he felt the least bit sick. Brings him through every time. He has a tube in his stomach from having throat cancer, called Lymphoma and he is not supposed to eat by mouth. The stuff they gave him to exist on made him sick so I encouraged him to eat. We feared that he would get pneumonia like they said he would but I kept him on the Silver daily until he was able to swallow easier and pretty soon it almost like normal. He just had a case of flu that he picked up from an emergency trip to see a family member in a hospital. He left home well and came home sick. Again, no meds. No doctors. Home cooked foods, no junk, homemade broth and Silver and it got him through. Then I got his flu. Same thing. No meds, just healthy foods, herbs, lots and lots of broth and the Silver. Homemade beef and chicken broth have made all the difference in the world in my health. I may still be struggling with too many trips to the bathroom but I am not sick. I’m looking into Chia Seeds and I just learned about Acacia Senegal powder to lessen my output, so I am going to try them. I apologize if I have not added any value to the forum and my solutions have been well discussed before. I don’t have time to read the many comments but I plan on doing so eventually.

  24. Hello world says

    Interesting thread.

    I have been diagnosed with diverticular disease for 7 years now. Though I suspect I had the disease for many years going back to my late teens, around 19. I am currently 37.

    At 19 I remember having acute pain in my stomach. I put it down to coffee and wearing suit pants in my first job and ignored it. At around 27 I remember waking up with such acute pain I could barely walk. For most, you’d see a doctor. Being a stupid male I ignored it until it passed.

    Skipping forward to 30. I remember the day. I felt backed up but had a baked potato for lunch. That was a bad move. I started feeling a lot of pain and gave myself panadibe forte. By 6pm I was delirious. I drove myself gone and got in a bath and went to bed. I had the worst pain. I can only liken it to having a demon in my stomach who was trying to get out with a Bowie knife.

    I woke early and got ready for work. At this point my girlfriend demanded I go to hospital and I finally agreed. It got wise from this point. I ended up on antibiotics for 8 days, no food and morphine injections to my stomach for the pain. Thankfully I recovered. As it was over easter the doctors were mostly away. Had they not have been I’d suggest they would have operated. They were amazed I came good at all.

    For the next couple of years I experienced regular bleeding. This has since reduced significantly. But just as you think you’re right, something happens and it’s back.

    Recently, I have been trying to get healthy and have been juicing a lot. I noticed last week I was bloated and then I got extremely tired and worn out feeling. You know, slept 8 hours but feels like I haven’t slept at all. The blood passed around 4 days after feeling bloated and tired.

    Thinking back this seems to be a trend. Previously is stopped eating only after an obvious attack. However now I think this is a warning sign.

    I’m going to try and cut sugar out. I’m disappointed it could be the fruit. I just want to be healthy. my greatest fear is this killing me young and my young family being left with nothing.

    I’m also considering the surgery now and while I am still relatively still young. The thought of having to wear is bag is scary though. Just wish I didn’t have this affliction

    • treblig says

      To: Hello World,

      I don’t understand, you write that, “I’m going to try and cut sugar out.”. Why do you not say that you will stop eating any sugar immediately???? Also, The body converts carbohydrates into sugar so if you stop eating sugar and you continue to eat carbs then what’s the point?? You absolutely have nothing to lose by cutting out all sugar and eating very few carbs. I’m been doing it for many, many months and feel great with no symptoms at all for many months. The only reason you might not get on the super low carb, no sugar diet is if you are a diabetic or for any other medical issue that might not be helped by the diet. I don’t want to lose any part of my intestine and there’s nothing I won’t do or try to keep my life normal.
      not understanding,
      Treblig

      • Guido says

        Hi Trebling,

        I ws thinking about all the things you said in your posts. I’m ignorant in this matter although if lately I’m reading about it quite a lot.
        Anyway, was wondering if the sugar in the carbo is the real problem. Carbo are broken into more elementary elements such as glucose and fructose and are absorbed by the intestine walls so they end up in the blood. Would they still affect and favour the inflammation in the diverticulis that are in the guts?
        On the other hand…as we, as human are not really “programmed” to be carnivore, and because of the long lenght of our intestines, together with the not enough acid juices we have in the stomach to decompose meat, especially red meat (like bacon you eat!), it might be that the meat get putrified and favour a lot infections. Many researches nowadays show a correlation between an important consumption of meat and cancer . I’m not saying to become vegetarian, but just that red meat can be a major trigger for diver. Prioris, any thought on this?

        • treblig says

          Guido, Health specialist have already determined that sugar causes inflammation. If carbs are turned into sugar so that they can be absorbed into the intestine then the sugar (converted carbs) are still being introduced into the intestine. So it makes it really hard to justify eating carbs (without eating sugar) hoping that the carbs won’t turn into sugar??? Glucose and Fructose are sugar, aren’t they?? Anyone can get cancer from numerous places and from some foods but we must not forget that cancer feeds on sugar/Fructose/etc. From the research I have done it’s clear that cancer cells can not feed on Ketones, fat or protein. So if you continue to eat sugar (or carbs that into sugar) then two things will happen: first you’re inflammation will continue and/or get worse until you need an operation, and second, if you do happen to get cancer for any reason you will not only feed the cancer cells with sugar and carbs (that turn into sugar) but you will also NOT HAVE any Ketones to help reduce the inflammation or to starve the cancer.
          On the “carnivore” question: To say that we are not programed to eat mostly meat in our diet, well….I will have to respectfully disagree. Before the advent of refined sugar and refrigerators cave men ate mostly meat and fat. There were no refrigerators to keep your veggies cool during the summer and in the winter there were no veggies or fruits at all. So early man developed his digestive processes on the diet he had (protein and fat). As time progressed man developed processed sugar and ways to keep fruits and vegetables around most/all of the year. But the human body never forgot how to survive on protein and fat because that’s how we were originally programmed. If you stop eating carbs and sugar your body “naturally” switches from one system of survival to the other. If the human body couldn’t “switch” I would have been dead long ago. Since being on the low/no sugar, low carb diet I no longer have ANY symptoms of diverticulitis, the lung inflammation I have had for years has greatly decreased (I was recently tested by my allergist) and lastly, I have noticed that the sinuses I usually have (inflammation of the sinuses from allergies) has stopped bothering me completely. I don’t think that by some sheer chance or dumb luck I accidentally reduced the inflammation in my gut, the inflammation in my lungs and the inflammation in my sinuses. All these coincidences could only be attributed to the carb and sugar restrictions. I have only had diver for about 5 years but I have had asthma and sinus allergies for my whole life!!! I have never seen a study where individuals were fed only meat without and sugar, carbs, veggies or fruits. So you really don’t know if the high protein caused the cancer or the sugar and carbs in concert with protein caused the cancer. Because once cancer cells begin to grow they survive on sugar and carbs. If a person is not in Ketosis then there’s no way to starve the cancer.
          Moreover, if you continue to aggravate your intestinal inflammation eating sugar and carbs and you eventually have to get a section of your intestines removed, you are now really susceptible to many other major problems, if you survive the surgery and if you DON’T get any major infection from the surgery!! I would much rather get cancer (heaven forbid) while in Ketosis than to get cancer on a sugar/carb diet.
          PS – You mentioned infections from eating too much meat. This one is easy to respond to…..The majority of infections in the intestine (from diver) result from inflammation. In fact without inflammation there can be no infection!! So to say that too much meat could cause an infection doesn’t make sense if eating sugar and carbs is conducive to inflammation and therefore infection!! I have found that it is impossible to get an infection in my intestine once I had removed all the inflammation….that’s from my actual experience (not a hypothesis) .
          JMO

          treblig

          • Guido says

            Hi trebling,

            thanks for the reply. i had to read it a couple of times to fully grasp it, I got it now. Didn’t know about the ketosis process. I’m just 32 and got diagnosed with diver only some months ago and now my life has changed, I’m becoming afraid or eating anything.
            As per being carnivour/herbivore, I always stick to this example..compare ourselves with a lion for example. We don’t have such teeths as he has, we don’t have this huge mandible he has, plus our intestines are much longer (meat stays there too long!). We only eat meat when is cooked, cut and prepared with herbs, salt or whatever else. We don’t use our mouths to strip off meet, cutting the skin of other animals that are possibly live still most of the times. That, to me, is quite a reason why we are vegs. or at least we were at the very beginning. Anyway, getting back to the carbo thing, would you think it could be the gluten as well aggravating inflammation? And possibly eating carbo without gluten would be actually beneficial (or at least better then the ones with it) ? Some researches say that possibly the majority of people is intollerant to gluten, even if they don’t know it.

            • treblig says

              Guido, Your “lion” analogy makes some sense. Your gluten hypothesis also could be correct, however….there are two problems with everything you wrote. First, sugar does cause inflammation in the body (intestines and other places) and I know for a fact that it aggravates my Diver. Second, your body turns carbs into sugar so whether you eat gluten or not the sugar and the carbs (that turn into sugar) will aggravate your condition. It could be the gluten but sugar doesn’t contain gluten. If I eat a gluten free candy bar I will be in pain the next day. Fresh whole fruits do not contain gluten but they do contain carbs and sugar so you’ll have to decide for yourself. If the food item makes your condition worse then don’t eat it. I avoid the carbs and sugar because they will put me in the hospital. The fact that protein and fat don’t aggravate my condition is just coincidental. The fact that being is Ketosis decreases my inflammation is a free benefit of my diet. So far I have found that the inflammation in my intestine, my lungs and in my sinuses has completely gone away. If eating no sugar and very few carbs keeps me in this state then I will continue to eat this way until I die. Everyone on this site must find their own answers because all the doctors really don’t offer this kind of help. They give you drugs and tell you not to eat spicy foods. I eat spicy foods and it doesn’t bother me at all!!! But then again, I have completely eliminated the inflammation (Ketosis) so the spicy foods can’t aggravate my condition because my intestines are not inflamed.

              Treblig

        • prioris says

          glucose feeds cancer. this is why ketogenic diets have come about
          ———————————————
          This is from Dr. Frank Shallenberger

          What if you have cancer and the doctor you go to knows what substance feeds that cancer? You would expect your doctor to tell you to avoid that substance, right? Well, imagine that he tells you that you can eat as much of that substance as you want. That it somehow won’t make any difference on your overall outcome. Does this make any sense at all? Of course not. But it happens all the time. In fact, in oncology (cancer) medicine, it’s routine.

          Recently, doctors developed a new way to test for cancer. It’s called a glucoCEST. GlucoCEST stands for glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer. Here’s what it does. The system enables a standard MRI scanning machine to determine how much glucose any spot in the body takes up. And that’s important. Because glucose is the basic sugar that is in table sugar and that all carbohydrates break down into. By carbohydrates I mean grains, fruit, and starches. And how does the glucoCEST test for the presence of cancer?

          Cancer cells are unique. Unlike healthy cells, they can only live off glucose. Other cells can live off fat, but cancer cells can’t. They need glucose. So what the researchers do is feed a small amount of glucose to a patient and then see if there are any areas in the body that immediately consume it. When they find an area that consumes the glucose immediately, that area is cancerous. Now this new detection device is fantastic for several reasons.

          One, it dramatically shows how important it is for patients with cancer to avoid eating the foods that feed the cancer — carbohydrates. According to Professor Mark Lythgoe, the senior author on the study, using this new technique, “We can detect cancer using the same sugar content found in half a standard-sized chocolate bar.” Did you get that? He is saying that the amount of sugar that is found in only half of a candy bar is sufficient to be picked up by a cancer and light up a scanning device enough to show where the cancer is. The moral is simple. Do you want to feed your cancer and make it grow faster? Then start eating sugar, grains, and fruits.

          Now many of you reading this report might respond by saying, “What’s so new about this kind of measurement?” PET (positive emission tomography) scans have been doing that for years. Yes, but there is a big difference between PET scans and the glucoCEST scan. First of all, glucoCEST uses real sugar. PET scans have to use radioactive sugar. Patients with cancer are already exposed to a lot of radiation simply because of their disease treatment. Less would be better. Also, the radioactive sugar is way more expensive than regular sugar.

          In addition to being a safer and simpler alternative to PET scans, the new procedure is more sensitive than PET scans and allows the radiologists to see the tumors in greater detail. According to Professor Lythgoe, doctors can use the new glucoCEST with any MRI.

          ———————————————

          As far as meats contributing to infections, it may be, pork would likely be the biggest offender. i tend to braise my meats or cook them well. maybe people who like their meats rare are more prone to such infections. i don’t really know but that would be my guess.

          as far as stomach acids …

          ideal healthy body has a more alkaline body and very acidic stomach.

          as people age, their stomach acid can become weakened hence open the door to many medical conditions. if your stomach acid is weakened, you need to supplement with hcl betaine.

          either the infection came from existing gut flora that just got out of control or it came from outside. in the end, it’s about trying different strategies to control if it is normal body microbes or eradicate it if it is an outsider. usually something ends up feeding something that has been living there for a while already.

          there are things like hot spicy foods that can irritate the diverticulitis wounds but probably not feed the microbe causing it.

          some how you have to find something that interferes with the life process of the offending microbe causing it. the information in these posts are meant to be a tool box of things to try. the more ideas we can add to that toolbox the better. it takes a lot of perseverance to push through them.

          • Guido says

            Hi Prioris,

            thanks for the reply, that’s very interesting stuff to know.
            Do you think that by having integral or semi-integral products instead of the ones processes and refined could be better or would present the same problems for the diver?

    • prioris says

      that baked potato turns to sugar and feeds the microbe infection causing the infection. many carb foods will likely feed the microbe so just stopping sugar may not be enough. you need to experiment with trying different things to kill the microbes. read the posts for suggestions. there is no guarantee something will work but you need to be persistent and try a broad range of things.

    • VeggieGut says

      Hello World -your experience is pretty much mine exactly. Especially the fears. I’m 39, vegetarian and female with a young family. Had my first attack at 27 which later found out my dad did too at that age. I am currently water fasting to stave off what looks to be a flare up. Nothing like celebrating thanksgiving dinner with family by only drinking water and broth! Anyways, I’m having a really hard time figuring out the right diet for this because the GI world is still pretty conservative and as the author states is in need of an update. I’ve juiced and done raw diets in the past and never had issues but find that’s not sustainable for me and I crash hard. I’m hoping juicing isn’t totally off the list, but it looks like I’ll need to test our paleo to see if this helps.

  25. Eva Maddox says

    I just found this site. I’m not sure I feel better or worse after reading the posts! I’m 74 and have had 2 hospital admissions with diverticulitis in 2 years. The hospital surgeon saw me in hospital and said I needed surgery while there, that there was a complication with the bladder. Two days later she came in to tell me the “final scan” shows no change fro 2012 and recommends I go home & heal from the infection, and then have the surgery. My primary called and suggested a second opinion. I’ll be doing that next week. I’m so confused about what to eat as there are so many varying opinions. Also, what is AMP???

    • treblig says

      Eva, I hate to sound so simplistic but, you should eat everything that DOES NOT aggravate your condition. If there are foods that increase the inflammation in your gut or foods that won’t let it heal then you should avoid those foods at all costs. Knowing what those foods are is a totally different problem. I won’t rewrite all the things I have already written on this site but if you scroll down and look for everything written by “treblig” you’ll get some insight into what I have discovered. It’s not really that difficult to do what I have done when you consider the alternative!! You might even completely heal like I have.
      If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them, but if you’re not willing to sacrifice then I’m not sure if anything I say will help??

      Wishing you luck,
      treblig

      • Liz says

        Treblig….

        I’ve just read the whole site, and thank you for everything you’ve written. So, don’t bother to list what you eat ,as I asked in my initial contact with you.

        I am going to copy your eating,and hopefully stop my diverticulosis in its tracks!!

    • prioris says

      when i first got disease and researched, what not to eat was confusing. bad microbes causing diverticulitis in your intestine are being fertilized by some of the foods you eat. i would tend to put the fast dissolving carbs at the top of the suspect list. you should read all the posts for suggestions and experiment with different things, you will also find the answer to your question.

  26. martin says

    i am recently diagnosed with “severe” divertic.
    it is really interesting reading all the comments
    but there seems a lot of very different ways to help
    things settle down.
    i have weekly or more attacks of real bad pain
    and would love to keep them down.
    it seems Aloe Vera may work i’ll be trying that and post the results. thanks to all who’s stories i have read…i’m not alone and that is a big help

    • treblig says

      Martin, The AV alone may not give you the results I got! The AV helped only after I had the inflammation under control. Seems like the AV helped it heal after the inflammation subsided. You see, I have been on a very low carb, very low sugar diet for a few months now. That is how I got the inflammation to go down to the point where the AV could do a better job. The AV may help you heal but if you continue to eat foods that aggravate the inflammation you’ll never see any real results from the AV. If you’re really interested in possibly solving your problem let me know and I tell you what I have found!!

      treblig

  27. Cris says

    I had written back in Sept. that I would be having a bowel resection due to diverticulitis. I had two major attacks which landed me in the hospital, and two or three in between attacks from 2008 till April of this year. I am 63 yrs old. I was so sick from april till June when I ended up in the hospital and three or more rounds of antiobiotics later, All I can say is I suffered a lot. My whole life changed, I started taking aloe but never bought the AMP b/c I was just seeing to many doctors and had to make a serious decision. I ended up with a fistula a tear in my bladder, being my age I became scared. Well I am now three weeks post op, I can eat everything, ( not junk ) I had my staples removed yesterday, in surgery they had three surgeons, one being a Urologist as they had to separate the bladder from the bowel, so it would heal, which thank God it did. I cannot life anything over 10 lbs, understandably but I may be odd but I am grateful for my surgeon, and not sorry I had the surgery. I recommend to all eat carefully and take care of yourself if you are younger, I believe in the natural way, but I know of a friend who was a total health person and now has cancer, we can do everything right but you never know. be wise in all you eat and do, this is a very good site, just wanted to say I do not regret the decision I made, and when I am fully recovered, I can start to live again, working, seeing my grandkids, I don’t mean going crazy.
    God bless everyone who is going through this thing, it is a horrible pain, esp when the infection involves fevers, and total loss of energy. I was there. cris

    • Cris says

      Just wanted to add, I had gone to a Naturopathic Physician did a number of Colonics, but as this diver… got worse, my bowels became so inflamed I was afraid if I had another Colonic it could perforate.
      So I opted for the Surgery, the Surgeon said I have diverticulitosos through my entire intestines, but he removed the diseased part, of the sigmoid.

      • prioris says

        this is a suggestion for other people who still can’t kick the diverticulitis

        if the sigmoid area has an infection, it would be more difficult to address unless “sludge” is cleansed daily.

        there is this idea that the colon has layers of “crap” along it’s lining. generally, most of the colon is clean so antidotes should work along most of the colon.

        there are colonic and there are enemas.

        i can see doing one or two colonic but an enema is preferred way. it us about cleaning around the sigmoid and rectum area with an enema after you have taken your “dump”. you can easily do that on your own.

        the part where the infection is more protected is where the stools build up and lie. it could be partly due to some constipation.

        dandelion root will help with constipation. it helps with a lot of different problems. it has zinc, iron and potassium too. go to amazon and look at all the positive reviews on dandelion root.

        an enema can help address the infection. just using 2 cups of plain filtered LUKEWARM water is sufficient. since we are just talking about cleaning the sigmoid area, one can do it standing up or sitting on toilet. do this once or twice

        optionally one could drop a couple AMP capsules or whatever into 2 cups afterwards and do an extended enema for 15-25 minutes but i think above is sufficient.

        by keeping the sigmoid area clean, it greatly improves the odds that any infection around there will heal.

        so if you feel cramp or pain in sigmoid area then this may be the reason it isn’t healing.

          • prioris says

            This is the reason given on why not to do an enema

            “IF you get constipated NEVER EVER use an enema. It could wash stuff up into one of the little diverticula and cause an almost immediate problem.”

            THIS IS ABSURD. Remember that anything that gets eaten can get caught on the pouches also. Does this mean we should stop eating or that there is dire consequences if we do eat.

            Just like water can wash things in so always a possibility but it is only a temporary situation. It can be washed out. It will be no different than food. It could happen but it is not the end of the world if it does.

            I am not advocating a deep and long enema which take more practice but just enough to clean up the region of intestine where stool lies around and maybe half way up vertical portion large intestine. This may tip the balance for some people.

            One should do them after one takes a good dump in the toilet. One should use lukewarm water. One should stick with just plain filtered water. I hang water bag high on shower curtain rod so more water pressure.

            First enema should be quick internal rinse to get out lot of the gunk.

            Second enema you should see how long you can hold it in while sitting or standing.

            I can hold them in lot longer if I lie on my side but I just want to hold it in for a few minutes unless i am using aloe vera.

            I have had experience of doing enemas lying on my side where the water and aloe vera goes in but never comes out. Where did it go … mystery … lol. i just have theories. maybe it permeates through intestine.

            I sit on toilet doing them since I have no interest in deep long enemas at this point. I just want to clean the rectum and sigmoid region for a few minutes with water.

            One needs to buy a good enema kit. I use silicon water bag with two types of tips. one tip helps keep the water from leaking out better than other. I also use coconut oil to grease the tip.

            There is a lot of different things one can do with enemas. when one is dealing with health problems of various types, it should become part of your arsenal to fight health various problems. The more weapons you have the more ways you can fight things. So for the people still struggling with diverticulitis or any resistant health problem, they should consider adding this to their health arsenal.

            Remember it takes experience and practice to do them deeply and for long periods of time so your not going to be flushing much up too far.

            After practicing some basics, the world of enema’s gets opened. There are all sorts of things one can do with enemas. I have just scratched the surface myself.

            You can use all sorts of herbs in the water. Aloe vera seems like the most popular herb to use for intestine. As i said before, just plain water may be enough to tip the balance for many people.

            So experiment

    • Claudia says

      Thanks for your comments. I am suffering from my first bout of diverticulitis this week. I was fine on Monday but had increasing pain and fever. Friday’s CAT showed diverticulitis! Wow, is this painful. Found out my Aunt and her two children also had this disease. I think heredity plays a major role.

  28. Tony says

    In 2003 I went through a very stressful easter Friday and Saturday and ended up in hospital where a colonoscopy was performed and I was told I had diver, I was only 43. After that I had the occasional painful episodes but nothing as chronic as April 2003. Feb 2012 I ended up in hospital again with a chronic attack which was once again stress related.

    Towards the end of October 2014 I was once again in chronic pain which was a combination of stress, a kidney infection and wrong eating. I opted not to go to hospital but have self treated and it has settled down substantially, however still tender and a little sore. Have lost 5kg over the past 2 weeks.

    • Sissy says

      How did you self treat? What has helped? I am struggling with only my 2nd bout and I have been miserable. Have never had diver til last Feb. and it was easily controlled. Now it has flared up again even though I have done everything the doctor suggested. I quit smoking, gave up caffiene, no nuts or seeds, increased my roughage, etc.

  29. prioris says

    I’d like to ask a question

    How many have tried doing an enema to address your diverticulitis ?

    I’d also like to suggest another couple things to add to your tool box to overcome diverticulitis

    The only thing I can think of that may be preventing an antidote from working is that something has to be protecting the infection. The fact that one does get some improvement with AMP or any other remedies indicate that remedy should be working. Something is preventing it from completing it’s job.

    Crud can build up along the large intestine. The last part of the intestine will have the most waste sludge that could prevent any antidote from working. An enema could help clear the crud away. Enema’s are known to address diverticulitis also. They are done all over the world for health purposes. It is one of the more direct routes to combating an infection in the rectum and large intestine.

    A possible alternative that may take longer and cover entire colon is mixing some AMP capsules in water and letting it soak into some Psyllium Husk. You can soak other thinks into it. Then swallow it. That will take longer but it would get the entire colon.

  30. treblig says

    Just and update and a question(s). I have posted before about my diver, what I have done to improve my condition and would like to make an update. I removed the great majority of carbs and sugars from my diet (one year ago). I eat proteins and fats and low carb veggies. I also take 2 Tbls of ground flax seed daily along with many vitamin and mineral supplements. But I noticed the biggest difference after taking Aloe Vera daily. My gut feels really great here lately. I’ve been on AV for about 5 weeks now and I feel so good I’m afraid to talk about it. My big question(s) is: I don’t know if I’m taking too much AV and I don’t know for how long I should keep taking it?? The AV info label reads, “Aloe Vera(200:1) 25mg”, then it goes on to say “(Equivalent to 5,000 mg or approx. one teaspoon of 100% pure AV inner leaf gel).” My question is, how much AV am I actually taking??? Evidently each gel tab is 25mg but contains 5,000 mg of AV gel??? If that is correct then am I taking 25,000 mg of gel per day??? Is that safe?? Am I correct in my calculations?? How long should I keep taking this amount of AV. I have had absolutely no side effects except ZERO diver attacks and ZERO diver symptoms. I have even been introducing candy and honey into my diet with no effects. Could I have lulled my diver into hibernation??? Do I keep taking the AV so I can continue to eat some candy/honey?? Inquiring minds want (need) to know.

    treblig

    • davo says

      i was diagnosed with diver 4 years ago. i ended up in hospital with a fever, severe pains and the horrors.

      I have had two returns, though, because I know the area of the pain and I feel it coming on now, unlike the first attack, I just stop eating. Fasting essentially on black tea or a hot mug with some spices in it. Pretty much all they did in the hospital for 4 days. Whilst this works, I am usually so weak and out of it by the second day. I was wondering if there is a way to work through it and eat at least something. When you have the pain on the lower left side, is that a sign to stop eating??

      • treblig says

        You may have stumbled upon the same thing I did but you don’t know the “WHY”?? I’ve had diver for years and never knew what caused it. When I got a blood test that showed my sugar level a little high I (as a precaution) decided to go on a low sugar/low carb diet to lower my blood sugar. The Doctor told me it was not necessary because my blood sugar wasn’t that high (103, fasting). A few days after going on the low carb/low sugar diet my diver symptoms began to decrease. Now after being on the diet for a few months I know that it absolutely works. As it turns out (after many days/weeks of research) sugar causes inflammation in the body and Carbs get turned into sugar in the body. So when you didn’t eat for many days at the hospital your body unknowingly released a tremendous amount of ketones. Ketones are released when there are no sugars or carbs being ingested. Ketones allow your body to use fat and protein for energy instead of sugar/carbs. With no food (when you were in the hospital) your body went into Ketosis (cave man diet). I have now been in Ketosis for many months eating lots of protein and fats. In your case, your body was burning body fat (using the Ketones), so might have lost some weight. Now that I have researched this diet further I have found that the reason nutritionists recommend eating Raspberries is that they contain Ketones and Ketones (as scientists have found) decrease inflammation. If being in a Ketosis state floods your body with ketones doesn’t it seem possible that these ketones are decreasing the inflammation in you gut??? If you’ve read my posts here you’ll know that the inflammation in my lungs has also greatly decreased. I just found out about my lungs a week ago when I went to my allergist. It was then that I put two and two together. The ketones in my body are attacking any and all inflammation, that’s why my diver has all but disappeared and that’s why my lung inflammation has decreased. It’s the Ketones!!!! I have much more information on this issue but I can’t post pics of the chemical diagrams of the raspberry ketone VS the Ketosis Ketone. You have helped me prove my hypothesis, of course I expect to get rich off of this discovery since I’m the first to put all this in writing ( connecting the Raspberry Ketone to the Ketosis Ketone)….LOL!!!
        My reasoning is scientific, at the allergists office there is a machine that you blow into. The machine measures lung inflammation. I have been blowing into that machine for over a year and taking a steroid inhaler daily to help decrease the inflammation WITH NO RESULT!!. After realizing that the low carb/low sugar diet helped the inflammation in my gut I hypothesized that the diet might also be helping my lungs. I stopped taking the inhaler 5 weeks before my recent visit to my allergist. My allergist was delighted to find that my lung inflammation had greatly decreased. He said,”that inhaler is finally kicking in??”. I disappointed him when I told him that I had stopped using it 5 weeks ago. You should have seen the look on his face!!! I told him my story and he was amazed. So i proved my theory….being in Ketosis causes your body to flood with Ketones which in turn decrease the inflammation all over your body. I mean, it’s not possible to inhale Raspberries is it???? So there you go. I would not recommend you go on this diet without first doing a lot of research. Not eating fruits and many vegetables will deny your body of many nutrients. I take many pills (vitamins/minerals) to compensate, ground flax seed, citrucel, and Aloe Vera gel pills. I have more info but I gotta go….

        Treblig

        treblig

      • treblig says

        Davo, I wrote you a very long thought out answer but it wasn’t posted. I did notice that it was being reviewed by somebody, but that was over an hour ago. I probably wrote something that was too helpful???
        treblig

        • treblig says

          Davo, I’m not sure what happened. I wrote a clear explanation on why I believe a low carb low sugar diet can help decrease inflammation associated with diver as well as decreasing inflammation all over the body but they won’t post.it. It’s been a few hours now and the only thing posted was my little post about “them not posting my longer post”??? There may well be a direct association between the Ketones produced during Ketosis and the Ketones in Raspberries, both of which help decrease inflammation in the human body.

          Treblig

        • davo says

          Gidday Treblig
          Thanks for your attempts. Not sure if this is doable, but If you would like, send your long response to yulinbilla at hotmail dot com

          • treblig says

            Well Davo, I tried to post it again this morning and the same thing happened. Although I did send the e-mail to the address you posted. It’s real funny, after I hit the “submit” button I can see my post on the screen and I can also see the original post (from the other day) in it’s entirety but both posts have the, “Your comment is Awaiting Moderation” statement just above each long post. This time I copy pasted the whole thing showing both long posts that I submitted and everything in between. So I have it all to show that my posts, explaining what I have discovered, are being “held back”. When I refresh the page my “long posts” disappear??? Why would anyone want other people to “not benefit” from what I have discovered????

            treblig

  31. says

    Like everyone on here I do not want to take the antibiotics or have surgery that the doctors push. I have been on the Aloe MP Plus for a few months, but I continue to have flares. They’re not as often as they used to be, but when they happen, they’re bad. I also have a lot of bleeding on and off. Maybe I still need to be more careful with my diet. I try to avoid bread and other processed carbs. I say try, because I never feel full without some occasional bread or rolls. How often do people like me wind up with peritonitis? That’s really the main thing I worry about. I’d appreciate any input on this. Thanks.

    • prioris says

      You need to feel full. If your not full, any diet modification will fail. Butter is healthy. There are many different types of bread. I’d avoid the commercial white bread.

      You really need to add more things. I would consider the following:

      Make sure you have sufficient stomach acid. A healthy person has an alkaline body and acidic stomach. I assume you know what you have.

      L-glutamine powder – 20 grams or more – all at once every day on empty stomach. This helps the healing of colon surface. You need high dose since some will be absorbed by your body and the remaining will be used by intestine. Buy some GABA just as a precaution.

      Baking soda … the rational behind this is that this tricks the microbes who like an alkaline environment out of hiding so the antidote can kill them. The link below discusses it.

      Fulvic/Humic Acid …. this is a very complex subject but here are some suggestions to make it simple

      a) shaljahit …. use the Primavie brand
      b) http://www.motherearthlabs.com/products/the-gift-from-mother-earth/
      c) http://www.supremefulvic.com/store/

      winjusen is a more pure fulvic acid but we want something with humic acid in it also.

      Enteric coated Bromelain

      Wheat grass. This has cured people’s colitis.

      xanthosteen™ Mangosteen Extract (Garcinia mangostana) (peel) 500 mg *
      20% Polyphenols 100 mg *
      15% Total Xanthones 75 mg *
      10% Alpha-Mangostin 50 mg *

      It needs to be from the rind peel. The Xanthones are one of the active ingredients. So something to consider.

      Activated charcoal … I would take 3 or 4 grams every 5 days to soak up any toxins in your stomach.

      I would even consider taking food grade h202 drops in water on empty stomach for a week or so but you must research it.

      This is about coming at the problem from different directions. You don’t know exactly what you are battling.

      I would read thru this to come up with more ideas. Search for Ted from Bangkok

      http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/ulcerative-colitis-holistic-treatment.html

      I would definitely do the L-glutamine, Activated Charcoal and humic/fulvic acid. Even chris mentioned humic acid.

      I know one can become wary from fighting it a long time but it requires persistence.

      • prioris says

        I would also consider doing enemas. Enemas have more immediate effect. Many people do it with coffee. Start with small amount salt water to get hang of it and work your way up. Break open some AMP capsules and dissolve in water. It should be gentle on colon. I would do the retentive kind for 15-30 minutes. It’s another way to attack the infection.

    • treblig says

      I don’t understand. You say you don’t want to end up on antibiotics but then you turn around an say that you can’t keep from eating the foods that may force you to take antibiotics??? If you truly do not want to end up on antibiotics or end up in surgery then you need to try and figure out what foods aggravate your condition. I also have Diver, but I was lucky. I had a blood test that showed that I was a little high on blood sugar. I did some research and found that foods high in carbs and sugar raise your blood sugar. I didn’t want to end up with diabetes so I went on a super low carb, low/no sugar diet. My symptoms all but disappeared. I also take Aloe Vera caps. But the symptoms had already deceased even before the AV tabs. I eat mostly fats and proteins now. Meat, which is supposed to aggravate the condition, doesn’t seem to aggravate it at all. I take lots of fiber pills and multivitamins/minerals to compensate for the lack of fruits and vegetables. So only by mistake did I find that carbs/sugars aggravate my condition, like I said, I was lucky. Now…. if I know for a fact that carbs/sugars make my condition worse and I don’t want to end up in the hospital, then why OH why would I eat carbs/sugar??? Once you get your diver under control ,like I did, then and only then will you be able to introduce ONE food item at a time to determine what things aggravate your condition. You can’t have your cake (no pun intended) and eat it too!! I know it’s a little harsh but SURGERY is REALLY HARSH!!

      Treblig

      • Guido says

        Hi Trebling,

        could you please tell what are you often eating and what you’e avoiding for a low-carb diet? why no fruit at all?

        thanks!

        • treblig says

          Sure, Guido.
          I eat three times a day and snack once in a while. This morning I ate oatmeal ( a few carbs, 15) and 5 strips of bacon. This my usual breakfast except on weekends when I eat three fried eggs, bacon, sausage and refried beans (beans have very few carbs). I just ate lunch a few minutes ago, I had a good sized chunk of grilled ham and a some organic cheese (no carbs at all). For supper I’ll have fried sausage medallions (1/2 cup) on a large tomato and lettuce salad with a little ranch dressing (very few carbs). That’s a typical day unless I eat steak and green beans for supper or hamburger with cheese (no bun) and a salad. I eat green beans prepared with lots of real bacon mixed into the bowl. This has very few carbs some protein and some fat and of course the beans.
          As far as the fruit is concerned, I stopped eating it because it has sugar. I know it’s natural sugar but I stopped anyway although I am slowly trying to reintroduce the fruits one at a time to see how my diver reacts. When I said no vegetables I misspoke, I eat low carb vegetables like green beans and lettuce. My plan is to slowly introduce other foods to see how my body reacts. One at a time and write on the calendar because it takes a day or two to see if there are any reactions.
          For quite a few months I gorged on vegetable to keep the stool soft. The vegetable kept the stools soft but I would get diver attacks. Now my stools are not soft (all the protein) but I have no pain and if I get an attack it’s very, very mild and clears up very fast if I get any symptoms at all. I think the mild symptoms are from accidently (or on purpose) eating one small piece of cake or a tablespoon of ice cream as I experiment. I also take 5 tablespoons of Aloe Vera in gel tab form every day so that if accidently eat the wrong food that AV helps heal it faster (at least that’s what I’ve read). I remember getting pretty severe pain in my lower left abdomen many, many months ago. That hasn’t happened since I removed sugar and the massive carbs from my diet.
          I don’t know if what I am doing is “right” but the pain is gone and I can go to the restroom without fear….Oh what a relief it is!!!
          Treblig

          • Guido says

            Hi trebling,

            thanks a lot for the reply, I missed that before!
            Well, I think it’s an interesting diet for somebody with diverticulitis..as far as I know, diet should be quite light but see that you use bacon a lot, which is quite heavy on intestines I guess. Besides, you seem to eat a lot of green beans which are very rich on fiber, which again, I’ve been told is not ideal.

            I’ve seen you were asking about the Aloe vera. I was drinking the pure juice and wondered the same thing..how much is enough? If taken for long time, can it have side effects? No idea to be honest. I actually stopped taking it after one month, guess I’ll start again in some time, don’t want to exaggerated.

            About the carbs…out of 100g, how much would you say is too much?
            Also, do you drink alcohol? Wine, beer or spirits? If so, do you see any correlation with diver?

            Anyway, another thing I was trying which has anti-inflamatory properties and might be helpful is Quercetin, you might want to try that.

            • treblig says

              On average I eat 30 carbs or less a day. Sugars, 15 or less. Your body can convert carbs into sugar so cutting back on sugar without cutting back on carbs is a waste of time. The more I research and experiment the more I figure out. Did you know that KETONES help decrease inflammation in the human body? Turns out all the good foods (blueberries, black berries, carrots, etc) that help fight inflammation use ketones for that. When you go on a super low carb, super low sugar diet your body will go into ketosis. Ketosis is the condition that exists when the body starts using protein and fat for energy instead of carbs and sugar. So when you’re in ketosis your body is flooded with ketones. It can even be found in the urine of people in ketosis. It’s no wonder my diver inflammation greatly decreased!! My body is being drenched in ketones!! It also explains why the inflammation in my lungs has decreased for the first time in years!!! I used to drink 5-6 margaritas every Friday. Haven’t done that in a while mostly because of the carbs. Also, if you’re in ketosis and you drink alcohol your body will automatically burn the alcohol first because it can easily turn it into energy. Plus, if I drink 4-5 drinks the carbs will take me out of ketosis then the next day you have a hangover and you won’t feel well going back into ketosis. Kind of a double whammy!! I’ve found that heavy foods (meat and cheese) don’t bother the diver in the least as long as the inflammation is under control. That’s the whole trick, if you can get rid of the inflammation then you can eat things that would normally hurt you. Of course if you cross the line and eat a large piece of cake the inflammation will return quickly and you’re back to square one again. But I have found when I have the inflammation under control I can actually each one piece of cake. It will hurt a little for a day or two but because I had no inflammation the consequences are minimal unless I continue to eat cake every day.
              Hope I’m making sense???

              Treblig

      • Larkin says

        i have read the whole conversation/ thread here and appreciate the advice and am going to implement many of the
        Suggestions given. I particularly am following treblig’s thread and know a bit about this diet it is favored in Sweden and much is known as HFLC. But I do have a question which arose in my mind while digesting this information: treblig – you mention the blueberries, raspberries and some others are high in ketones. Is there a reason, therefore, why we can’t eat them still? Don’t they add to the big ketone pile of good stuff? Maybe you singable them and I misunderstood- but from what I can gather you do not have any fruits including these.

        • treblig says

          Larkin, I’ve never told anyone to “not” eat blueberries or strawberries. I have said that if your body can tolerate these food items then have at it. I’ve also said that blueberries and strawberries contain sugar therefore they might keep you from going into Ketosis (if that’s your objective). You would have to eat a truckload of blueberries and strawberries in order to “flood” your body with Ketones. By eating that much of these fruits you would be overloading your body with sugar. If (and I’m saying “if”) your Diver is sensitive to sugar then you’re totally defeating the Ketone effect of the fruit!!!! It would be like cutting all carbs and sugars to prevent Diver symptoms only to eat sugar rich foods to get plenty of Ketones. It makes no sense, if pure sugar contained Ketones would you eat it?? . The whole purpose of going into Ketosis is twofold: to remove the food items that aggravate your condition and to flood your body with Ketones (thereby reducing inflammation). You can eat anything you like (including cake and ice cream) if it doesn’t inflame your intestines!!! I have written here many times that if your body can tolerate any particular food then you should be able to eat it. In my case, my Diver symptoms increase greatly if I eat sugar or carbs that turn into sugar. Your body may be different. But in the end you can’t get the benefits of “flooding” your body with Ketones unless you’re in Ketosis.
          There have been some questions about how much meat I eat, not very much actually. I should have said “PROTEIN”. Eggs, tuna, beans and many other non beef foods contain protein. If your not eating enough proteins you’ll lose muscle mass.
          Also someone else wrote about the Inuit people eating less polluted foods….this is true. But the fact that the Inuit eat fat/oil and protein as 99 percent of their diet was lost in the conversation and was not addressed. My point was that the human body can survive and thrive on fats/oils and protein without carbs and sugar. Whether or not our foods are polluted is a totally different subject. Besides the high Omega components in the fish and other foods the Inuit eat can be replaced. That’s why I consume EVOO (high in Omega 6 and also contains Omega 3). I used to eat ground Flax seed everyday as well but switched to Flax seed oil (high in Omega 3). So in the end I’m eating as close to the Inuit Diet as possible, protein, good fats/oils and the Omega supplements. I can’t avoid the pollutants but the EVOO helps fight many of the effects of the pollutants.
          If you see this comment on your computer you’ll have to scan halfway down on the blog sight to find it because that’s where “Larkin” asked the question.

          PS – I say again, “Eat anything you want as long as it doesn’t inflame your Diver!!!”
          Treblig

  32. treblig says

    Not sure who to address this question to??? I’ve been taking Aloe Vera Gel cap. 5 a day, I noticed on the info label it reads, “Aloe Vera gel (200:1) 25 mg” but then it reads, “Equivalent to 5,000 mg or one teaspoon of 100 percent pure Aloe Vera inner leaf gel”. My question is, when I try and determine daily dosage do I use the 25 mg number for each cap or the 5,000 mg?? Like I said, I’m taking 5 caps a day so that’s either 125 mg per day or 25,000 mg a day….BIG DIFFERENCE??? By the way, I feel fine with no side effects and no diver pains.

    Treblig

  33. cris says

    prioris,
    As stated I am 63. I have a strong belief in my maker, he calls the shots at least for me. He knew the day I would be born and he knows the day I will die. Surgery or not. I can shorten my life yes, the world is in an awful state at this time every Nation, State place we hear of is in unbelievable trials. People are not happy in general, if they have good health they don’t see it till they get sick, if they have $ it’s not enough, I can go on and on. I actually like my life now. I have worked 40 yrs in the medical field, I have done a lot, I am not interested in climbing a mountain now, after this scenario in my life, I hope to help others in some way, that’s the best way to be happy at least to me. I am taking Aloe pills, I dislike the liquid, and just one day at a time.
    Thanks,never thought I would find this site, It is great to hear and get encouragement from others.
    One thing, when you drop your body do you know where you will move on too???

    • mickey says

      Nice end question, chris :)
      I love the aloe vera juice but it has so much sugar. I usually strain the pulp and eat that- yum, plus take a 5k ml aloe vera soft gel til I can find a good brand of Amp. Thank you, and all posters- I’m trying so hard to fend off this growing side pain that I fear will become my 3rd bout in 2 years.

  34. cris says

    WOW! I have written earlier I am scheduled for a resection of my sigmoid Oct 15. I got very sick in April of this year, was on Cipro/flagy for three rounds and 5 Cat scans later. MY GI couldn’t perform my colonoscopy b/c I was so inflamed.
    I feel good now, I find only when I eat sweets esp. ice cream do I have a flare up, so I forget buy ice cream eat some then throw the box away.
    I have been out of work for a year, and bought Aloe, have tried to go the natural way, but am 63, and am being honest, am just to ingrained with Western medicine to stick to a natural plan diligently.
    I trust the surgeons, I know I have a fistula, brought on by the diverticulitis, had a bad attack on 2008, and two small ones in between, so I know their is a lot of scar tissue. I am essentially in good health, just a bit over weight, reading your story is scarey, but so is reading everything written. My kids are into natural health, my son is for me, my daughter is not. She would rather me take herbs.
    I am at peace with my decision, I know it will not be easy, I have friends that will help and support me, my son is supportive, my daughter would rather have me go natural but she was not around for April and May when I had daily fevers and could barely move. I will let you know how I make out. It is what it is now, that is all I can say. I have read a lot regarding the surgery but as you said Terri everyone’s case is different. We all have to do what we believe is best for us. I know God is with me, I am praying for the best.

    • Terri says

      I wish you the best Cris. Its not an easy decision. Its a true blessing that my Creator let me remain here on earth to be with my family for sure! Its a challenge at times dealing with an ostomy, and now since I pushed myself a bit too much during recovery, now have a parastomal hernia.
      We all have to make the best decisions for ourselves, or, deal with the hand we’re dealt. I’m sure whatever you decide will be great. Since I had the Hartmanns resection with colostomy, If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask because 15 Oct is right around the corner.
      Many blessing to you and your family!!

      • prioris says

        Being close to 60, death doesn’t scare me. I just want to work towards completing some goals and close up some loose ends and be healthy and functional enough to do it,

        After that, there is no need for me to be in this realm any longer. I can drop my body and move on. There are different considerations to life when your 15 or 35 than when your 62. In old age just being functional and independent right up to when I die is good enough for me. Even if one has surgery and it does shorten ones life, it may not be by that many years to really matter.

        Somebody who is younger will have to look closely at the implications of surgery. Those cut locations they make in the colon can leak. What they cut out doesn’t grow back.

        It is alarming to see people have this or that organ removed. There are longer term health implications with death rate and disability from other causes. I focus more on quality of life and not cure of someone older than I would someone younger.

      • cris says

        Thanks Terri,
        Definitely scarey for sure, my daughter is not local neither is my son, so I am on my own with God. I have friends who have offered to help. The surgeon says he would rather due this surgery when I am feeling well than if I have a rupture which is possible due to the fistula, then he says it could be life threatening. I was so sick April and May hospitalized early June, so if I can handle that I can handle this. I had my GB out in ER surgery about 12 yrs ago, I drove myself to the ER b/c I knew I was going to die. It all worked out. I can’t get stressed, it does no good. Thanks for your kind words and esp. relating to pushing yourself, we women have a tendency to do that., esp here in America. God to keep the peace.

  35. Amy says

    I saw the surgeon today. When I walked in I was completely opposed to surgery but after spending a considerable amount of time with the PA and Dr, I am seriously considering this as an option.
    During my last episode of diverticulitis, which was an acute case, they did a CT scan and it showed that infected pouches actually looked “stringy” because they had been stretched out so much. Apparently my sigmoid colon has a few extra curves in it also. The lining of the colon is thickening also. The surgeon felt that surgery is definitely and option, but it would be up to me. She has seen worse that required surgery but it was an emergency type surgery.
    I have been on the AMP for almost 2 months now. I do feel better but I still almost came off the table when she pushed in the area. It’s still very tender and sensitive after my last episode in late July. I will most likely get the Myriad Genetic testing also because we have several different cancers in our family and my sister passed at 47 from colon cancer. Since my grandmother had breast cancer, there is a possibility that I carry the BRCA1&2 genes and I would have a hysterectomy at the same time. I have a follow-up next month to discuss my questions and concerns with the doctor and my husband.

    The reasons I am considering the surgery are:
    1. I already have an increased risk of colon cancer and if one of the pouches is hiding a polyp or has cancer start in it I feel it would be more difficult to detect. These are my fears not the surgeon’s opinion.
    2. Since my outbreaks have been pretty frequent and increasing in severity, I could plan to have surgery before I am forced to have from an outbreak and possibly have to have a colostomy to allow for recovery from severe swelling.
    3. Cost of hospital visits, ER trips, home remedies (AMP, grapeseed oil, etc..) that I’m not sure will help or heal the area?
    4. The timing of my husband leaving the military after 23 years and we’re not sure when he will be able to find another job and right now our insurance would cover it all. After retirement it will only cover a portion of the surgery.
    5. Hopes that if I have surgery that I will have minimal continuing problems and could possibly feel free from pain and have a healthy “gut”.

    What are your thoughts? Pros? Cons?
    What if I am able to “reset” my gut flora after all this? What if I am able to set things right by removing the infection and allowing my digestion system to finally become healthy? What if I remove the area that is causing so much pain and I don’t experience that ever again? Is all this possible?

    I know surgery isn’t a great solution but how many episodes or how much pain is enough? I am 46 years old and I am very limited due to pain. I am just wanting to stop feeling so poorly and start living life again! Let me know what you think please.

    • prioris says

      What is putting the MOST PRESSURE on you are financial aspects combined with a time limits on coverage. Throw on top of this the uncertainty results in great stress and an urge for a quick solution. Throw on top of that the scary statements from doctors and your being pushed over the edge. I can perfectly understand that. This is where you need internal strength not to succumb to these psychological pressure. These pressure are used in sales tactics also. They will say you better buy it now or else it won’t be available later. Lots of people succumb. This is your health your talking about.

      These pressures will definitely screw up your thinking greatly. If this combined pressure wasn’t there, you would likely just continue on trying to treat it yourself without surgery.

      As far as polyps, realize that MOST POLYPS ARE BENIGN. Instead of worrying about colon cancer, there are many things you can proactively do to prevent it. Studies have shown that just something like making sure your vitamin D3 levels are OK drops peoples cancer rates dramatically. Taking BCM-95 would also help. Changing diet helps.

      For me, lymphoma cancers are a risk. I just approach it from a proactive way. I do things that minimize that event. I have studied the medical system for decades and I know one thing. I would never allow conventional medicine to treat any cancer.

      Let’s say one day they announced you had colon cancer. First thing you do is don’t let conventional medicine treat you. Realize that people who have had colon cancer survived by addressing it thru nutrition and diet changes. There is this idea that cancer means death. It means death if you take conventional route so you want to stay away from that especially any chemo etc. Educate yourself about colon cancer and how people have handled it with alternative methods. Also study the general subject of cancer yourself.

      Look at this link
      http://www.cancertutor.com/colon_cancer/

      Instead of living in fear, take control of your health. Understand there are no guarantees about the outcome.

      As far as financial, alternative health methods are dirt cheap compared to chemo and surgery etc. You should do research into the costs of alternative health methods like cancer. It’s like night and day. Conventional treatment is built around milking people financially.

      I can target all the money I spend buying things to make me healthy to stay out of the system or minimize exposure to it’s most dangerous parts.

      You know that there is an infection in your bowel. Does it make sense to you to cut it out or focus on addressing the infection itself.

      On one hand someone is promising you a quick solution. It’s not really a quick solution since your will go thru months of recovery that won’t be fun. They are offering you HOPE that the pain will disappear and you will live happily ever after.

      You know what the right answer is the latter – treat the infection. This is where you have to remain strong willed against all those pressures. I know it’s not easy but you must. I faced somewhat similar pressures with many things.

      If you peruse enough studies out there, there is enough preliminary evidence to conclude that surgery is not the way to go. You can see an overall trend in the studies.

      You said there was great sensitivity in that area he touched.
      If that area is less sensitive than it was two months ago then it is another sign to continue with what you are doing,

      I would not just use the AMP, I would also use things like BCM-95, bromelain and L-glutamine.

      Other things may include baking soda, humic acid, slippery elm, marshmellow root if you can tolerate them,

      If you want to ramp it up some more then you could find way to modify your diet.

      As far as rebooting your gut, you could take rifaximin etc like Chris does with some people. It has been shown to help with diverticulitis. Has your surgeon suggested you try that.

      Everything out there says – say no to surgery. Don’t let them push you into making decisions based on fear.

      If you are feeling better, I would persist in using the AMP and think about adding other things I mentioned above especially BCM-95, bromelain and high dose L-glutamine along with good probiotic.

      Thinking clearly with all those pressures on you may not be easy. Use your intuition to make right choice if you must.

      • Terri says

        I agree! If my infection wasn’t as bad as it was and not threatening sepsis, I would NOT have had the surgery. Unfortunately, in my case I already had a micro perforation and my body was poisoning itself. Had I caught all this earlier and knew it was diverticulitis, I would have found alternate treatments. I never would have ELECTED to have surgery. But that’s me, after not having a choice

        • prioris says

          Research studies have proven that Vitamin C prevents and cures sepsis. If someone is concerned about sepsis …

          Take 2 to 4 grams of vitamin C with Rose Hips.

        • prioris says

          Understand. It is water under the bridge. I had a 2 teeth bridge put in. they destroyed two teeth. i was so focused on mercury that i just didn’t do enough due diligence.

          Surgery complicates addressing health conditions with alternative methods. Since the surgery itself may can cause damage and then that needs to be addressed.

          I do not have enough understanding of those surgeries to say what you should do. I would think maybe nutrients like L-glutamine may help heal some of the damage.

          The older one is, the more likely there are deathly complications to colon surgery especially after 60.

      • Michel Logue says

        I seem to react viciously to certain E-numbers in food. Unfortunately, some food processors still do not conform with the law by not noting these E-numbers on their wrappings. As far as I know food processors are legally obliged to do so as they are also legally obliged to mark clearly the country where their products come from.

    • Terri says

      Hi Amy, I’m 44 a retired military spouse and was hospitalized due to perforated diverticulitis. After 4 days on cipro/flagyl, my WBC count went back to normal range so the drs advanced my diet to clear liquids and I had another attack, which on CT showed my infection was worse than when I came in. I was told they would have to do surgery. They would initially do a scope, if infection wasn’t too bad, they’d flush the area, if it was bad but manageable, they’d go in, cut out the infected portion and connect the colon again, but if the infection was severe, they’d have to cut me open, remove the infected portion, close off the end section to my rectum, and have a colostomy to let my colon rest. After a week of fevers, The first surgery which was the wash, wasn’t successful, and caused kidney shock which threw me into renal failure. I still had to have another surgery because there was an abcess hidden. I had to have a Hartmanns Resection and now have a temporary colostomy.
      Granted, everybodys infections are different, but make sure you know everything that can happen to you. After 21 days in the hospital, being moved to different levels of care due to complications, and 2 major surgeries, the hospital bill came out to over $164,000. We have TRICARE Prime, so we’ll only be responsible for $25 a day inpatient.
      I feel good now, actually go back to work next week after 7wks post op, but now I poop into a bag on my stomach. I will be eligible for reversal, but with that comes complications as well. Just make sure that you find out as much as you can from the surgeons so you go in with an idea of all that could happen.
      I wish you only the very best!!!

      • Amy says

        I am honestly doing my very best to try to control this. I have been taking the AMP pills regularly for months and have cut out gluten but still continue with infection. I am pretty sure that stress is my trigger and I can only do so much about that because their are some things out of our control. My son’s injury, a US Marine, in Afghanistan is what started all of this with my body: Diverticulitis and Lupus. You can tell me all you want to control that but I’m sorry, unless you’ve done it, you just don’t know. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.

        I am so tired of being in pain and having it affect my daily life. I guess you equate that to weakness or succumbing to “psychological pressure” but I am the one that is seeking the answers and help (just like this blog). The surgeon will always have people needing surgery whether I decide to do this or not. She is an highly sought after professional and works mostly with cancer patients.

        I genuinely appreciate the helpful answers and suggestions, but not so much of the pressure. Prioris I have tried every suggestion you have given. I was so excited when I found this site. I stopped all my antibiotics and tried all natural solutions but honestly its not fixing it. I have had 4 more episodes (2 ER visits) while taking AMP, grapefruit extract, a tablespoon of Manuska honey, a tablespoon of coconut oil, magnesium, D3 and tumeric.

        I can’t continue to have all this disease/infection in my body because my immune system is already compromised by lupus. I’m sure this surgery will create a short term flare of the lupus but in the long run maybe my immune system can slow down and not be in overdrive 24/7? I don’t know? I’m not an expert on anything other than me and I know that I don’t feel well and haven’t for a very long time. This has been going on for two and a half years now. If I let this go and allow the infection to continue, then I may have no choice but to have surgery and a bag. And I know what the bag is and all that it entails from my sister. She didn’t live long after her diagnosis, (after having virtually no symptoms 4 months prior, but coming out of surgery stage 4) but the bag isn’t something that you take time to learn. You learn it quick to help them when they are weak or have a burst. The wafer change was the worst on her because it was damaging to her skin and made it so tender. And I realize MOST polyps are benign but ALL of mine were pre-cancerous so I’m pretty certain that I will have this battle before me in the future. But believe me, I am fighting it with every thing I have in me. I don’t want to leave my family like she had to.

        Terri, thank you for that info. I have been out of the military loop for a while because my husband has been doing ROTC but we are looking at retirement in a few very short months. I was uninformed but I checked into it and you are correct. I am also tri-care prime and would only be responsible for $25/day hospital stay. I hope you are healing well and can have the reversal soon. Have a great Veterans Day and thanks for all the sacrifices that you have quietly made so your hubby could serve. You are a silent partner but always a true hero in my book!!

        I don’t know if I will check in again on this site or not? I’m not big on surgery or even excited about it but I have to take control of my body and feel better. I am planning on doing that with the assistance of my surgeon. I will try to continue with the natural remedies to help me heal and hopefully heal up the diverticulosis that is throughout my intestines. I have learned so much here! Thanks to everyone for all the help and I wish you all the very best!!

        • prioris says

          Hopefully your still reading these posts …

          Sorry you didn’t get improvement. Please be persistent.

          There is something that is preventing the infection from getting resolved. This is infection problem. You should have been able to at least stabilize things. If you can’t, you need to come at problem from another angle

          My recommendation is

          1) Do daily enema’s but best to do it after you go to toilet. Use plain filtered LUKEWARM water. They take getting use to. This is coming at the problem from the other end.

          Optionally, you could put an AMP capsule in 2 cups of water and do a 20 minute enema after you do the one above.

          2) Use enteric coated 1200 GDU Bromelain and Curcurmin that uses BCM-95 twice a day day.

          Bromelain will help with inflammation and biofilm. The BCM-95 will help with colon also. These also help with over all health.

          3) Lupus … you should experiment with minocin if this becomes a problem.

          4) I would take a milk thistle complex to aid the colon. NOW brand has a Liver Detoxifier & Regeneration supplement that contains a lot of what is needed for absorption etc.

          p.s.
          as far as precancerous polyps, the odds are heavily in your favor that they are really benign. be very careful about letting any doctor treat them with surgery.

        • Cheryl says

          Thank you everyone for the suggestions and help. I wanted to let people know bCoconut oil flares my divert symptoms

  36. Guido says

    Hi,

    thanks all for the useful comment. I’ve been diagnosed one month ago of diver and since then, I had 3 flare ups and 2 hospitalizations. I began to think that surgery was the only way but I may found some other way to heal reading all the comments.
    When I had my first flare up, the day before I ate fatty pork meat, cheese and grapes directly taken from the trees, without washing them. Wondering if the peticides could have had in impact on waking up the infection.
    I’m living in Spain and usually had a almost healthy mediterranean diet during the week but used to take too much alcohol and junk food on weekends. Plus, my aunt and granpa had diver as well, so it could be a mix of hereditary and bad habits causes. .

    As I had a new flare up 5 days ago, I am on a liquid diet since then. Pain is slowly going away.but still I can feel it. I wonder if pro-biotics yougurts such as Dan-Active can help and possibly replace normal Probiotics?
    Thanks!

    • prioris says

      You found out that certain food is definitely feeding the culprit microbes. I don’t think it is the insecticide. I think it is the sweet juices in the grapes themselves that are feeding the microbes. Pork is known to have the most bacteria and parasites of any meat but I think as long as it is cooked well, it shouldn’t be a problem.

      I would not waste my time with commercial yogurts. Anything made with raw milk is depleted already. Maybe they are just adding probiotics themselves. You want yogurt, you find raw milk and make your own.

      You can bypass the yogurt and get it in a supplement. I would focus on the delivery method on any probiotic. There is the Bio-tract method or Beads (pearls) method. Experiment.

      If you feel it, it means there are pouches in the colon. You will continue to feel it until they heal. A liquid diet may just makes the pouches less noticeable. It takes time to heal the pouches. Unless the offending microbe is neutralized or brought under control, you won’t be able to heal the colon. I would consider trying grapefruit seed extract to try to weaken the offending microbe.

      • treblig says

        How much grapefruit seed extract should I begin with?? I just bought some 50Mg caplets. Should I look for side effects??
        Also bought some Aloe Vera gel capsule and some Papaya enzyme. My plan was to introduce one at a time to see what happens???
        Treblig

        • prioris says

          Here is a product. I haven’t used it.
          NutriBiotic High Potency Grapefruit Seed Extract 125mg per capsule. Experiment with dosage. Take it 3 or 4 times a day. Side effect possible with any supplement.

          • trebig says

            Looks like I accidently bought Grape Seed Extract??? It does contain 15mcg of selenium. But it’s probably nowhere near the same as “Grapefruit Seed” Extract??

            Treblig

            • prioris says

              That mistake is easy to make. I had to triple check myself just to make sure. The names look so identical. I’m sure many other people have made that same mistake. I should have mentioned that as a caveat.

      • guido says

        Hi Prioris,

        thanks for the answer.
        The Pork was actually row, cured meat. Not the best thing, uh?

        About dairy – better to avoid or take it (in small quantities)? Some websites say they might be actually useful and they are low on carbohidrates which is supposedly good,
        thanks again!

        • prioris says

          I’d avoid dairy since it is a common problem in the general population. Almond milk actually tastes better and you can use it like milk. I drank water when I had infection but that doesn’t mean you have to. I think the key is moderation.

          I would stick to more milder sweets. Enough to satiate your sweet tooth but no more. Usually there are a couple things we are eating that really feed the bacteria. If you sense something could be doing it then find a substitution. You’ll probably eat what you are eating in past except with a few things substituted.

          If one minimizes the food supply of the offending microbe, that will help weaken it also. By coming at the problem from different angles, one improves the odds of bringing the infection under control.

          Here is one more thing to do. Keep all your eating within an 8 hour window so your colon can have 16 hours rest. During those 16 hours it is ok to take supplements. This denies the bacteria food also. This could also prevent diabetes.

          • Guido says

            Hi Prioris,

            I see your point, the problem is that with so much different food we eat everyday, the variables are many and it’s actually hard to isolate the responsible food. I guess it’s just a matter of becoming more sensible and listen more to our bodies.
            You talked before about grapefruit seed extract as an anti-inflammatory. Went to a shope and they didn’t have it but they did have Kuzu, which is this white root popular in China and Japan. They said it is a strong inflammatory and could replace what I was looking for. Looking in internet, some people with diver are talking about this but it doesn’t seem very well known.
            Do you or someone have experience with that? Thanks!

            • prioris says

              I have no experience with Kuzu.

              I was looking to see what the active ingredient in grapefruit seed extract is and I came across some very interesting stuff that throws a monkey wrench in things.

              “But a new review published in the American Botanical Council (ABC) journal HerbalGram claims that many, if not most, GFSE products on the market today contain synthetic preservatives, microbicides and disinfectants that are not necessarily listed on their labels.

              The idea behind GFSE is that it contains natural antimicrobial, antiseptic and alkalizing properties that render it highly beneficial in a variety of clinical applications. Many GFSE users who take it internally say it has helped eliminate chronic infection, clear up colds and sinus infections, and even cure candida and other yeast and fungal overgrowths inside the body.

              But the new review, compiled by Dr. John H. Cardellina, Ph.D., a natural product, organic, medicinal and analytical chemist, suggests that most commercially-available GFSE products contain synthetic chemical components that are the true active ingredients. Actual grapefruit seed extract, suggests the review, does not contain antimicrobial properties, and is not the ingredient responsible for the beneficial effects that users experience.”

              http://www.naturalnews.com/036125_grapefruit_seed_extract_chemicals_adulterated.html#ixzz3Epwb7k00

              I have heard people say it contains toxins so one shouldn’t take it too long. Now I understand just what that really means.

              I did limit my intake to 1 week due to the warning of toxicity. Understand that we eat toxins every day from the foods we eat. There are toxins in Aloe Vera juice. This is why I can’t take the juice. It doesn’t stop people from raving about the wonderful benefits of the juice. I am more sensitive while others are not.

              There are toxins within the herb Uvi Ursa that I took to knock out a idiopathic bladder infection in short time. I would take it in a heart beat again. So we need to put toxins in perspective. It comes down to making sure it doesn’t build up in the system too long. A week is a reasonable amount of time to try it.

              “It was discovered that the ethanol-extracted GFSE contained no antimicrobial chemicals, while many of the commercial GFSE products contained some or all of them.”

              This may be why it may work for some people and not others.

              I would still give it a shot just based on anecdotal evidence even if it is synthetic to see if it can knock infection out quickly. If it does have results, maybe you can use probiotics to tilt the battle in your favor and use intermittent dosing of GSE.

              I would think you would have to look for a non ethanol extracted GSE.

              Sorry to complicate your day.

            • prioris says

              “In a 2007 study the main synthetic antimicrobial agent identified in commercial GSE samples was benzethonium chloride”

  37. Kathie says

    So glad to see this!
    I’m 61, just had colonoscopy yesterday and doc said I have diverticilosis. Family history of colon cancer. My daughter recommended paleo diet several months ago and gave me two very informative cookbooks. I really enjoy it! Great to know I am already on the right path to better health! Running to the kitchen now to make some raw sauerkraut!

    • trebig says

      I’m not sure what the big difference is between Paleo and the diet I’m on, all I know it that it works for my diverticulitis. I eat protein (fish, meat, chicken, ham, bacon) and good fats. I’m on a high fat, low carb diet with no sugar, no fruits, very few vegetables. My diverticulitis symptoms have completely disappeared!! I don’t know if it’s because of the “no sugar” or because of the low carbs but it works. I also take numerous vitamins and minerals supplements plus two table spoons of ground flax seed daily. I visited my kidney specialist a few weeks ago and he said my blood work looked great!! So I guess I’m doing something right. I’m looking forward to my next blood test to see how my cholesterol/triglycerides are holding up on the high fats. My cholesterol had always been real good before changing to the high fat, high protein, low carb diet so it will be interesting to see what happens.

      Treblig

  38. treblig says

    There’s only one problem with slowly introducing different carbs into my diet. The companies that manufacture bread, cakes, pasta, etc., etc. continually substitute different ingredients into their formulas and you never know when you’re going to be “blindsided”. I appreciate all the information and I wouldn’t mind being able to eat more variety. I love eating bacon every morning. Fried eggs are great with grilled ham. Tuna salad and chicken salad are great for snacks. These are all low/no carb. I also take two tablespoons of ground flax seed every day. Streaks are also really good. I get shank bones and bake them in the oven for the marrow which is delicious on bread (low carb pita). On this high fat, high protein diet I eat all the fatty foods (correct ones anyway) I want and I’ve lost 7 lbs. I am a thin person so I wasn’t trying to lose weight anyway. I just don’t want to end up like some of the other contributors on this website (getting surgery).

    Treblig

  39. Treblig says

    I was diagnosed with diverticulitis/diverticulosis a few years ago and started taking Citrucil to help things. I also ate huge amount of vegetables with my meals. I noticed that my diverticulitis inflammation still occurred every now and then, sometimes very painful. But about a year ago I took a routine blood test (type O positive) and my blood sugar was a little high (101), not too bad but I certainly don’t want to end up with diabetes and diverticulitis!! So as a precaution I went on a low carb, low sugar diet. So now, even though I don’t eat very many vegetables (like I used to), the diverticulitis have all but gone away. I’ve also noticed that now that my stool is much more firm (don’t eat very many vegetables), I get no pain/inflammation. It’s really amazing because I always thought that if you don’t keep the stools soft you’ll get inflammation?? It’s not true!!!
    I guess, as it turns out, there’s something in the carbs and or in the sugar that aggravates the condition. I only wish someone had told me this many years ago!!! My gastroenterologist never mentioned it so I told him about it last time I went to see him. Again, I am type O positive, this may also be a factor. I was wondering if there were any studies to show how or which ingredients in the carbs or in the sugars aggravate the condition. It would go a long way into letting people like me eat a greater variety of foods. FYI, I eat 30 carbs or less per day, no sugar (except for a tablespoon of honey in my oatmeal). I eat a fair amount of meat/protien, which supposed to be bad for my condition!! I eat very few vegetables, some green beans (they are low carb) and salads with organic cheese and chunks of fried sausage, I also eat cold slaw every now and then (low carb). I take numerous vitamins and mineral supplements to compensate for the lack of vegetable/fruit intake. My last comprehensive blood test came out great!!!
    Why is there not more information on the fact that a low carb low sugar diet helps diverticulitis???
    Hope this helps someone??
    PS – Please, do not start on a low carb/low sugar diet without doing as much research as possible. Going into Ketosis is not any fun for some people although the benefits are unbelievable!!

    Treblig

    • prioris says

      I know for me, it was kind of the same problem. I can eat sweets but if the degree and quantity remains too long, the bad microbes in the stomach will start to gain an advantage.

      Diverticulitis and probably most medical conditions that have damage to the colon lining is about the bad microbes getting out of control or sometimes a foreign one that should not be there. Your mission is to wither bring the population back into balance or knock out the foreign one.

      I can knock mine out if it starts up. I eat what I want. I just use moderation and don’t allow assault to go on too long.

      I have been researching probiotics and I have come up with a list of products that represent a diverse representation of whats out there. Whatever you buy or have, compare it to the ones below. The sheer number of probiotics can get overwhelming.

      1) Jarro-dophilus (enteric coated)
      a quality brand that uses enteris coating that is very popular

      2) Enzymatic Therapy Pearls IC (Beads)
      This uses Beadlet technology The IC brand has the most number of unique microbes of their all their specific products although only 6 or 8 unique microbes.

      They do have brands with less. This can be important if one is allergic to a microbe species. If one is having problems in tolerating probiotics, it may make sense to try some with fewer microbes to see what you can tolerate.

      “This [Beadlet Technology] process was developed in Japan and involves enclosing live probiotic bacteria in a small, pearl-shaped beadlet, where the walls of the beadlet are formulated to survive stomach acid and release their contents only when they reach the more neutral environment of the intestines.”

      3) Renew Life Florasmart 24 Billion Probiotic Caplets
      (Biotract) 30 count

      Interesting thing about this is the high microbe count vs other brands that uses Bio-Tract technology.

      “Controlled-Release Technology. Controlled-release formulas are specially coated to protect the probiotics from gastric acid and ultimately deliver a high percentage of live probiotic bacteria to the intestines. One of my favorite such technologies that both protects the majority of a supplement’s probiotics from stomach acid and also provides optimal release of live organisms throughout the entire digestive tract is called BIO-tract.”

      4) RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care-100 Billion Garden of Life
      30 VCaps GMO free

      ConsumerLabs rated Garden of Life the top brand based on their survey. A unique thing about this is the sheer number of unique microbes listed on it.

      5) Master Supplements Theralac, 30-Count

      This uses a unique patented method to protect against lactic acid and different method to fertilize microbes (lactostim etc) when they get there.

      6) PRO-15 by Hyperbiotics
      This uses beadlet technology also. It seems the most economic price and has a lot of positive reviews on amazon

      7) PrescriptAssist

      Somethine Chris Kresser has had lots of success with this in his practice.

      8) Garden Of Life brand has a lot of soil based probiotics but not something to take for weakened gut flora. You should understand why you need to take it.

      I think this is a good sample of the interesting things that are out there as far as probiotic products. If someone is on the search for a probiotic, this list may be a short cut to figuring out what they want.

      • treblig says

        I cut out carbs and sugars to get the results I got. Since carbs can be turned into sugar in the human body what good would it do to only cut the sugar??

        treblig

        • cris says

          I wrote earlier how I am having surgery, confirmed today on October 15 of this year. This is big stuff, I have been feeling good but over the past weeks getting stressed over the surgery and other issues going on at home.
          So I have been eating more sugar, and last night I had my first flair up in almost two weeks. So for me I know sugar is an issue. The real issue is discipline which I am not so good at, but need to be esp. after the surgery I cannot go back to being a junk eater. I have discussed this with three Dr’s, and I am at peace with it, but I need to cut out the sugar, meaning sweets, and keep the carb load low.
          Thanks

          • treblig says

            I love chocolate, I love candy, I love cake (with buttercream frosting)!!! One of my solutions was Ghirardelli 86 percent dark Cacao. It’s really delicious if you let it melt in your mouth and move it around to hit the right taste buds. It allows me to eat the “sinful” chocolate with very little sugar (5 sugars), it also has the necessary saturated fats required by a high fat, high protein diet (low carb). Another pleasant side effect is that it naturally lowers blood pressure. I eat 1/2 of a large bar everyday with no effects.
            If I eat cake….I eat one bite and walk away!!! NO milk, no sodas…only water!!
            Treblig

          • prioris says

            You could experiment and take an AMP capsule or two once the sweet snack has been digested to help douse out any bacteria build up from sweets.

            >I had my first flair up in almost two weeks.

            I really hope you won’t have to have your surgery when that day comes or you find a way to postpone it further. Just a flare shouldn’t necessitate having surgery so quick. I hope the doctor isn’t putting pressure on you

            I understand that stressful things going on in your life can make it difficult for you.

            • cris says

              Thanks so much I learned a lot today. The surgery is all set, I am not going to cancel it. I have had two major attacks that landed me in the hospital and two other minor flares which could have been major. My surgeon and Gastro are afraid If it happens again, it could rupture. I have done this to myself by not eating properly for so many years. I worked with a Naturopath who used wild oregano and other things, I felt my best in 2010 and lost 60 lbs, then my family thought I was crazy, so no matter what I do I have no support. I will let you know how I made out, I know it will all go well. I have a few weeks to prepare.

        • prioris says

          Carbohydrates like potato chips, soda, milk, candy, mash potatoes would be offenders for me. i can eat them occasionally and be ok. most carbohydrate foods I eat occasionally anyway so no inconvenience. i have no trouble with cakes, ice cream and cookies. I drink water or some juice and a little seltzer water most of the time. Not all Carbohydrates are created equal. They are composed of different ingredients that aren’t only carbohydrates so it may be combinations of ingredients. One needs to distinguish what they need to stay away from by experimenting. Trebling has the right idea.

          If one is healing and gets that urge for sweets that would feed bacteria, just take an AMP capsule or rwo after snack digested. that may be enough to interfere with feeding process.

          Here is another remedy for killing the bad gut microbes. Maybe some people could use more broad spectrum approach.

          “To get rid of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, yeast, mycobacteria (a treatment resistant type of bacteria/fungal hybrid) and parasites in your gut, use Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol (see Chapter 2 of Listen To Your Gut or my eBook, Jini’s Healing Guide: Natural Treatments for Gut Infection). If you have a mycobacterial infection, you will need to cycle on and off the Wild Oregano Oil Protocol for 2 to 3 years to get rid of all the mycobacteria – as they have an inactive/active lifecycle.”

  40. prioris says

    Long term, I think anyone who has almost any type of chronic intestinal problem should be on Probiotics permanently.

    The probiotics area has had a lot of conflicting information but I’ve been digging away trying to bring clarity to this subject. I hope these comments help someone avoid surgery.

    I think my chronic meningitis and decades of low level shingles is the result of disruption to the gut flora in colon where most of the immune system lies. People will advocate Lysine and a bunch or remedies. I think creating better gut flora is getting closer to the root of the problem since that is where the bulk of the immune system lies hence may be more effective.

    Here is a comment

    “Researchers at the University of Cologne Germany, found
    out that eliminating the intestinal bacteria of
    laboratory animals brought their immune system activity
    to a screeching halt and with probiotics, immune function
    was restored. The scientists also discovered that these
    bacteria produced protein like compounds called peptides
    that kept the immune system running at a low idle,
    prepared to respond to disease causing infections. More
    research has discovered that probiotics trigger a wide
    range of immune compound that battle harmful bacteria and
    viruses.”

    As I read more and more studies, probiotics alone has cured many medical conditions related to colon. This points to the underlying cause.

    All the other remedies I mentioned are really for stemming and bringing down the numbers of the microbe doing the damage. This would help the good flora prosper more also since they have less competition from bad flora.

    Some people recommend soil based probiotics. Here is a comment that explains when not to use them.

    “I do recommend soil based probiotics for some patients,
    but not all. Soil-based organisms reproduce differently
    than other bacteria that are normally part of our flora
    in that they are spore-forming. Because of these spores,
    if a person does not have enough of their own healthy gut
    flora to compete with the SBOs, it opens the door for
    them to become pathogenic.

    After taking antibiotics and wiping
    out good flora, taking a spore forming probiotic, that
    cannot be held in check by beneficial flora colonies, is
    not a good idea.”

    Some people say probiotics are destroyed by lactic acid. Here is another comment.

    ‘I asked Dr. S.K. Dash, President of UAS Laboratories,
    Inc. and an expert in this field. He responded,

    “Probiotics are acid and bile resistant. Not only do they
    pass stomach acid, they implant in the intestine, produce
    digestive enzymes, vitamins, lactic acid and natural
    antibiotics. Probiotics do not need enteric coating to be
    effective.”‘

    Question that needs to be answered is whether too much stomach acid makes probiotics less efficient in creating a home.

    “According to them,
    during these times, the activity of digestive system is
    very less, causing the pH of the stomach to be relatively
    low. Due to the less acidic stomach, the chances of the
    bacteria to attach to the intestinal walls and thrive are
    high. ”

    So best to take probiotics before bed or when colon activity and acid is lower.

    Dosage range is 1 billion to 10 billion. For a healthy personm maybe a couple times a week. For a sicker person, much more.

    Please read thru Dr Ray Sahelians. I think he did an excellent job bringing together a lot of information in a tiny place.

    http://www.raysahelian.com/probiotics.html

    I can’t empirically say whether it will help the diverticulitis but it makes logical sense it should.

    I hope you try to integrate this information into helping you find a solution to your health condition. I did snip out some comments above from there.

    It’s coming at the problem from two different directions so may be synergistic. I can’t say empirically it will do this. Some people may be doing this already but I am just adding this as another option and a reminder to try alone or in combination before you have any surgery done.

    Probiotics are less expensive option to boot so ideal for person in initial stages. I would give probiotics a couple months to work. I don’t have recommendation for dosages or brands. Experiment and give some feed back.

    • CRIS says

      Thanks I have been taking ULTIMATE FLORA by Renew Life 50 Billion for women, since June of this year. I take one at bed time, I believe it has helped a lot, since I was on so many antiobiotics for so long.
      As I said I am feeling good, no pain unless I get myself stressed, I have just a few days to decide what I am going to do, so I will go into my pray closet till I am at peace with my decision. My flare was in April, so it has been a while. I have been walking, eating more veggies, washing them thoroughly before I eat who knows what is on them. Thanks for the advice. I will let you know which direction I take. cris

    • prioris says

      The only caveat I found for probiotics is that some people many be allergic to some strains of bacteria.

      I have also been pondering PREbiotic supplements. The ones I have looked at are FOS, Inulin and Accacia Gum.

      The concern with FOS is that it may be feeding the bad bacteria. Inulin may have more side effects. Jury is still out.

      From what I understand, Accacia Gum is suppose to be better in fertilizing good bacteria than FOS and fewer side effects.

      I would err on side of caution with prEbiotics until symptoms have calmed down or problems resolved before experimenting.

      Here is another option for bad bacteria in colon … using drops of food grade H202

      “The hydrogen peroxide is excellent at cleaning out your gut, getting rid of any overgrowth of bad bacteria or fungus, like streptococcus or candida that if left unchecked will eventually lead to deeper health complaints. However the hydrogen peroxide will also kill off the good gut bacteria that colonises your gut, bacteria that you need for good digestion and proper immune defense. It is therefore essential that you repopulate your good bacteria once the course of H2O2 is complete, using a good pro-biotic.”

      You’d want to take it on empty stomach.

      From my own personal experience about 20 years ago, I experimented with 35% food grade H202. I went up to 15 drops in glass of water for a couple weeks in the morning on an empty stomach. One may feel some nausea at high doses.

      I didn’t experience any significant destruction of my gut bacteria that I could feel except some slight nausea. I think just making more oxygen available could help against the bad bacteria and help the good bacteria thrive. It wasn’t directed at colon problems.

      I would think for colon, you need a lot less. Maybe experiment with up to 5 drops. Start with 1 or 2 drops a day and work up. It may be about tipping the balance against the bad bacteria in a gentle way.

      On some antibiotics, I experienced severe gut problems in only a few days and immediately stopped. Took me a few weeks to recover. So empirically, H202 was quite different. So just another thing to think about experimenting with.

  41. cris says

    I am scheduled for a colon resection Oct. 15 one month from now. I had a bad diverticulitis attack in 2008 and was hospitalized. Two small ones in between, and put on antiobiotics, no rest just kept on working, April of this year I had a bad attack, I was on three rounds of ciprp/flagyl, kept telling the GI Dr maybe I am resistant to the Cipro, they said it was the drug of choice…..so after they cleared me, three Cat Scans later and three rounds of antiobiotics, 20 lb weight loss and feeling horrible, three days later I ended up in the hospital and was admitted. I had a colonoscopy three weeks ago today, the Dr couldn’t perform it b/c I had so much inflammation, he said I need the surgery, saw the surgeon he said I need the surgery, I am 63 yrs old, have not had the best diet so the damage is done, my daughter was very upset with me today it hurt, saying I need to eat different, exercise, and why am I putting my self through this invasive surgery, she got me so confused and upset I don’t know what to do. I have my pre op in one week, she is right but is not me. I have been taking probiotics, kefir, bone broth, I actually over the past week have felt good today I would never know I have a problem. I need to make the right decision, I am praying for Godly wisdom, scarey to have surgery… I wrote all the AMP, SIBO, etc down and will look it up, I have one week to make a very serious decision. Thanks for listening.

    • Tracee says

      Def read through all the comments… I have read and reread them over and over – took notes…. Godly wisdom led you here as it did me. Huge difference with the AMP!!! Im continuing on it now and making my budget work – it’s that important. Pay attention to all of ‘prioris’ comments!!!! I’ll be praying for you- don’t allow fear to bring extra stress. Pray and take action creating a healthy environment for your body. Your body wants to heal itself – it’s evident in how it’s responding

      • cris says

        Thanks Tracee, I plan to go to the Health Store tomorrow and see what I can find. Took a lot of notes, Still not sure what direction I will go in, but I am grateful to have found this site.
        Thanks for your encouraging words. I will buy this AMP..
        You are so right, fear and anxiety gives you problems, I was fine all day, till a friend called and I started to tell her what I was feeling and then my colon began to spasm…. perfect example how stress and negativity affects us.. I was fine all day. God bless

        • Amy says

          I agree with Tracee. I am on my second month of the AMP and I do feel considerably better. It still hurts from time to time but I know that I had a bad infection that wasn’t just going to disappear. As ‘prioris’ suggested to me…you can always have the surgery if necessary but give the natural way a try. I am still going to see the surgeon but I am going to definitely wait and see if I can’t work to help my body heal itself. Maybe you could delay your surgery to see if you can’t allow your body to heal? I know your daughter means well and is most likely scared for you so I will pray that she can find a more kind, loving and patient way of presenting her concern to you in the future. Try not to allow stress to affect your health. I know….easier sad than done! I wish you the very best and I hope you will keep us updated. God bless!

  42. Dennis N says

    Chris…I sure appreciate all the information you have provided, including this blog! KUDOS! I had my first attack recently and it landed me in the hospital…normally, as a chiropractor, I avoid drugs and hospitals but this 10+ pain was located lower RIGHT quadrant and associated with fever, so I though my appendix was bursting! I took the drugs for a few days to take the edge off but like others I got VERY sick from them. For me, the kicker is NUTS as I had a bag of pistachios the night before the attack and I love cashews and almonds…all rough on the gut and hi Omega-6 and pro-inflammatory…I know better! But in the last few years…everything NON-PALEO turns to bloat!

    Now Im back on Paleo as it is only true anti-inflamm diet. Ive started making bone broth again (and as a former chef, mine is the best) I took out a bank loan to buy the AMP and Manuka honey that anothers recommended, BUT if youre a naturally large person like me, I don’t think Manuka is a good choice. I take DGL Plus from Pure Encapsulations as it has DGL, Marshmallow and Slippery elm. I take grapefruit extract and 6 G of Vit C a day. The pain is gone but the bloating is still there a bit.

    The only thing I would like to throw into the mix is BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL or just Black oil. The prophet Mohammed has said Black oil cures everything except death. It tastes VERY nasty but is loaded with Omega 3 and anti inflamm properties. I take a tablespoon in Yogi Bedtime tea before bed with Manuka Honey or Just Like Sugar…they say it is a cure for sleeplessness. The websites also recommend a tablespoon in OJ first thing as a cure for low energy. Anyway…that’s my $.02 to the blog…hope it helps.

    • prioris says

      I found this little snippet some person wrote somewhere that may put Manuka into perspective. I don’t have any personal experience with it but I do plan to eventually get some. Someone said they had a positive experience with it but they haven’t answered my post back with more specifics. The MGO rating (400 is equivalent to +20) is more scientifically based than the active number.

      I was looking into DGL for colon issues. My personal experience with DGL 20 years ago which wasn’t taken for colon issues is that it is a strong herb if taking too much. It is like those chinese herbs.

      Here is that snippet
      ————
      Manuka honey is used in hospitals to fight MRSA. It’s a anti inflammatory, Anti microbial, anti Fungal, it’s been used for centuries. Ignorant people shouldn’t pass judgment, especially if they are uniformed because it causes people to dismiss something that could in fact benefit them. To use something for a month and expect results is asking a lot. Especially when used internally. The problem with using the honey internally is being able to hold it where its needed for long enough for it to work. Manuka used topically proves itself. MRSA is Multi resistant staph, I doubt hospitals will resort to honey if it’s not proven. I think if it was to be beneficial for UC it would be best used as enemas. You have to remember, ingested it has to make it to where it’s needed and remain long enough to heal. Manuka is the only honey that doesn’t lose it’s healing power through heat or dilution, like other honeys. Also not all Manuka is the same. It has to be supplied by registered suppliers. Anyone can claim they sell Manuka, it originates from New Zealand. I would not use anything other than Watson & Son. I Also anything less than Active 20+ is useless for healing benefits. I have been mixing this honey with slippery elm with the hope of the slippery elm keeping it attached to the lining of the digestive tract for long enough for it to help heal. Dont dismiss something for others simply because it did nothing for you after a month :/ directions state to take it with a dry cracker to insure it stays in the stomach (for stomach Problems) for long as possible. Another suggestion would be to mix it with water and add pysillium. I’d prefer the slippery elm as it coats the digestive tract, this would allow the healing properties of the honey to remain for as long as the slippery elm. I’m yet to try enemas, and thats purely because I don’t know how to use them safely. When I visit the center for digestives disease in Sydney it will be one of my questions.
      ————

  43. Patricia Cross says

    I have had diverticulitis for about 11 years. My father suffered from it when the medical advice was a low fiber diet. It only aggravated the disease and eventually he had part of his colon removed. Of 4 siblings, I am the only one who inherited it. I say inherited because I am the only one who has cooked from scratched since my teens. I eat healthy — all my life. I have been attack-free for almost 3 years now (before that I had attacks every 9-12 months). Meat is a condiment and that meat is pastured and organic. I eat organic whole grains, fruit, and vegetables and much to my husband’s consternation, rarely pizza (that brought on my last attack 3 years ago) and very little pasta. I do eat dairy but in great moderation — in fact everything but fruit and veges in moderation. If I do eat pizza or pasta, it is very little and of the highest quality ingredients. I take a daily probiotic and I have vetted many companies for their quality. Finally found one that works really well. Took psyllium for several years, but the bloat was uncomfortable, always. When I realized my psyllium dose was the same equivalent of fiber found in one serving of fruit, I quit them and now feel a whole lot better. Food in its whole state has micro-ingredients that no supplement can duplicate. I am 68 years old and look 20 years younger. Drink no sodas but water, wine, one cup of coffee a day and herbal tea. Exercise is also important. I still work full time, but have figured out how to cook healthy and incredibly yummy meals and still have time for my life. It has been a trial and error for years, knock on wood. Just hope writing this doesn’t bring on an attack!

    • prioris says

      there may be a need for some fiber for some people but not as much as they say. the study they base the fiber amount recommendation from is not really valid. fiber amount is likely much lower. one needs to adjust the fiber amount to what is right for ones body.

      if one eats dairy then the grass fed raw milk is best path to take.

  44. Lgordon says

    I am of the opinion that any natural product (olive leaf extract, lauricidin, oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract etc)
    that has the power to act as a strong antibacterial also has the ability to kill GOOD bacteria as well. They are indispensable So I use them only as needed and then go right back into building up my gut flora.
    vsl, bone broth, milk and water kefir, sauerkraut etc.

  45. Lgordon says

    I’ve managed to ward off the divers for 6 months now. I am acutely aware of the first signs of a problem. the protocol I have put myself on has been augmented by some insights gathered here on this thread.
    I eat almost no insoluble fiber as this is a trigger for me.
    But I have recently added sprouted flax powder. I boil it for a minute and it becomes somewhat of a mucilage. i add a tsp of raw honey. I drink it like a tea. I can report that my guts feel very peaceful and my bm is beautiful. can I say that?( I lean toward constipation)
    Has anyone tried this? (cheaper than slippery elm).

  46. Amy says

    I am dealing with my 4th episode of diverticulitis this year. In the past I have always listened to my gastrologists recommendations with the antibiotic regimen. After he told me yesterday that he was referring me to a surgeon and that I can’t do anything to prevent or diminish likelihood of another episode, I decided that I needed to start being more informed and see what I can do. This article is great and the comments have been extremely educating for me. I do have a couple questions (prioris mainly to you)

    1. I have seen the AMP suggestion and found the capsules you take (aloe-MP plus). Is this fairly universal in helping all? Does the process it goes thru in making have any effect on its success for people?

    2. Grapefruit seed extract suggestion? Does this have side effects or interactions?

    3. You mentioned CLA also, derived from meat product? Recommended product and any side effects or interactions?

    4. I did start a low dose of Magnesium yesterday to get things moving in my stomach. It has already helped. I will inform renal dr this week.

    5. Take AMP and aloe juice? Brand?

    I am 46 years old. I have the worst couple of “health” years of my life. In addition to the episodes of diverticulitis, a couple of ER trips for that, in the past 2 years I have also gained over 30lbs, been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, ovarian cysts after already having an ablation surgery a couple of years ago due to bad periods, had acute estrogen dominance that comes with all sorts of bad side effects to include awful brain fog, all over body swelling more specifically in hands, face and feet, two episodes of a UTI something I have never had before, and most recently diagnosed with lupus from a skin biopsy. When they did the blood work for lupus they found that I am in stage 2 (2pts from 3) kidney disease. I am going to a renal dr this week and I am going to make sure this wasn’t just dehydration the day of the test? I’m not sure how that works. I’m seeing rheumatologist this week also and will learn more of my diagnosis. Basically my body hates me! The feeling is mutual at this point.

    I have had three precancerous colon polyps removed in two previous colonoscopies but my last one was polyp free. My sister passed away 4 years ago at age 47 from colon cancer so that is why I have already had 4 of them.

    I take synthroid, anastrozole (estrogen suppressor), Wellbutrin (for my obvious depression after all this– started about two months ago), Prilosec for acid reflux and a generic Zyrtec each day. I am also currently on metronidazole from the gastrologist but would like to go off that after reading all this.

    I am going to start with this diverticulitis issue first because after my reading I have learned that many issues stem from the gut and healing this issue might help with the autoimmune issues. I was diagnosed with spastic colon many many years ago. They now call it IBS. I used to have some pretty bad bouts of bloating and diarrhea but then it all changed to constipation. I think this might be the trigger of the diverticulitis. Have to find ways to prevent constipation also.

    I have had my dr treat my symptoms but not my whole self. The fire alarm has had the batteries removed but the fire is still burning hot! I look forward to hopefully hearing an answer to my questions and starting to take control of my health.

    • Amy says

      I ordered the AMP and it will be here tomorrow sometime. Are there dosage recommendations with it? Times of day?

      Also, are prebiotics and probiotics recommended also? I’m taking some probiotics today since I decided that I won’t take my antibiotics. What do we look for in a probiotic to help us? Is this individualized also? Thanks.

      • prioris says

        i will post in small pieces

        1. I have seen the AMP suggestion and found the capsules you take (aloe-MP plus). Is this fairly universal in helping all? Does the process it goes thru in making have any effect on its success for people?

        I never want to say it will help ALL. Health situations can be more complex in some people with other health factors complicating their situation.

        I want to do all I can to help people avoid having surgery. You are battling an infection in you intestine. Once you can cure it, you will more likely be able to figure out how it came about. AMP acts as a natural antibiotic that doesn’t wreak havoc with your gut. It even helps in other ways like against fungus etc.

        2. Grapefruit seed extract suggestion? Does this have side effects or interactions?

        “Grapefruit is safe in the amounts normally used as food and seems to be safe when used appropriately for medicinal purposes.

        However, if you take any medications, check with your healthcare provider before adding grapefruit to your diet or using it as a medicine. Grapefruit interacts with a long list of medications”

        If one is not on medications then you should be ok.

        3. You mentioned CLA also, derived from meat product? Recommended product and any side effects or interactions?

        Tonalin® Proprietary Fatty AcidBlend (from safflower oil) [containing minimum 78% conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)]

        If one looks at coconut oil, many people rave about it but some people have negative reactions to it. It’s not clear why. Many people have wonderful benefits taking MSM but I’m one of those people who experiences migraines when taking MSM. I have made many suffering attempts but that is something one needs to deal with. I have no regrets. Some people have reported that they have had liver problems with CLA. How numerous and to what degree is unknown. Being aware of the side effects of any supplement helps.

        In the end, it’s about experimenting and seeing if it is right for you.

        5. Take AMP and aloe juice? Brand?

        No need to take Aloe Juice if you are taking AMP. Aloe Juice is a low cost option that may work for some people. AMP is heavy duty approach but more painfully expensive although surgery would be thousands of times more painful.

      • prioris says

        Lupus like many chronic diseases have mycoplasma infection involved.

        This can be addressed with borax protocol or antibiotic protocol approach. borax (12 mule team) is no more toxic than table salt so very safe to use. I used this to resolve and control my rheumatoid arthritis. It is good for fungus also.

        look up the arthritistrust org and roadback org websites also.

        I was able to cure my fibromyalgia with antibiotic minocin over 15 years ago pretty quickly. The interesting thing is that the generic minocyclines back then would not work. There is a website that list peoples experience regarding which generics work and which do not.

        For For Ovarian Cysts, Constipation, UTI

        go to earthclinic website and look up popular cures under ailment section.

    • prioris says

      AMP should be taken on empty stomach.

      Best times is take 5 capsules sometime before bed and 4 capsule upon rising. You don’t want anything diluting or interfering with the AMP.

      Probiotics is a trial and error approach. What works for one person may not work for someone else.

      • DennisN says

        Thank you for this great blog, Chris! Regarding the AMP…I found Aloe MP Plus (the expensive one we talked about) in cap form and there is a AMP Gold POWDER on Amazon for a bit less. Do you have any experience with the later? Thank you!

        • prioris says

          The only AMP product I see on Amazon is by Serovera. There is a product called Gastric Gold. I have no experience with these.

          here is a chart listing out some qualities that would be relevant for AMP. this chart may or may not be up to date for particular product but it can serve as a general guide when assessing other products.

          http://aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx

      • Amy says

        I am on my second month of the AMP and it has helped tremendously. Thank you!!! I still have pain occasionally but not like I was. I am trying to listen to my body more and pay attention to any signs it’s giving me. I am only taking the AMP and probiotics right now.
        I am going to try to start to address the lupus and ovarian cysts next. I am going to research the borax protocol that you suggested and possibly the Manuka Honey also? I’ve been trying to eat “cleaner” but honestly some days all I eat is junk! :(
        Prioris, have you ever heard of using iodine internally to help heal? I was doing some research and learned that it too can help with many auto-immune disorders? Any insight.
        I can’t thank everyone enough on this blog. It has literally changed my life!

          • prioris says

            I think when you buy Manuka, just pay attention to the MKO rating. It is based on solid science. Look for something 400 or above.

        • prioris says

          behind autoimmune diseases are microbe infections. you need to do some type of antibiotic protocol. first address colon problems because that is where everything seems to begin from.

          Lugol iodine does combat infections but it is not enough. You can add some to your daily health maintenance but you need to do a lot more.

          I think probiotic would be more important to take than lugols iodine. also maybe some accacia gum.

          i would also look at low dose neurontin protocol.

          For Lupus

          You have a mycoplasma infection or other microbe infection. You need to address that and other infections in your body also like any possible systemic fungus. Don’t waste time testing to see what infection you have. Testing doesn’t prove you don’t have it. Take the antidote.

          http://www.roadback.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/studies.display/display_id/187.html

          look at the http://www.arthritistrust.org website also. it explains what it really takes to heal rheumatoid arthritis. you need same approach with lupus.

          I would try borax protocol that is used for RA. Try minocin next. Be aware that most generic minocycline doesn’t work for these chronic conditions. Only a few brands work. Research the subject.

          For Cysts

          Look into serrapeptase. It will dissolve cysts. I can’t give you any personal experience but just research it. I know a few people who had positive results. I can’t guarantee it will work for you but you need to experiment. research it.

          Here is a comment I found buried somewhere. They never mentioned the name of the book.
          ————————————
          Apple Cider Vinegar & Molasses for Cysts… I just bought a book online for dissolving Ovarian Cysts naturally & keeping them away & Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the top things on the list. -Had a 4.2 size cyst & they were threatening that I needed surgery. A month later, it was half the size. Combined Apple Cider Vinegar (Mother) with Organic Unsulphured Molasses, which is a good source of Potassium, Calcium & Iron.

          -It is theorized when you have Polycystic ovaries or frequent Ovarian cysts that you are insulin resistant, which is why conventional doctors will tell you to lose weight. I believe insulin plays an important role of the imbalance of hormones which in turns allows cysts to form & multiply, perhaps by the delicate balance of hormones, diet, & insulin. When I took the ACV, I noticed my ph balance changed a lot, especially under my arms!! Also, the sour taste left me not craving sweets as much.

          -I used 1 tablespoon Cider, 1 tablespoon Molasses, 1/4 cup milk all together before breakfast & dinner. Hope this helps any other women suffering from Ovarian cysts. Combined with healthy eating & exercise, I believed the Cider helps in dissolving the cyst somehow through its acidity. If it does this for women, for sure those suffering from kidney stones might have their’s dissolved as well?? Any other thoughts or anyone else use it for cysts?
          ————————————

          I don’t know if it works but another option to consider

  47. Sam says

    I am a 57 year old female (if that matters) I just returned from a trip to urgent care…ct scan showed diverticulitis…flagyl, cipro, and pain meds in hand. The thought of having to take the flagyl and cipro makes me want to cry because I know I will feel like crap for weeks. This is my third diverticulitis attack in two years. My first attack occurred two weeks after I had my gallbladder removed. I don’t know if that was a coincidence or the catalyst. The second attack was two months after a knee replacement. Three weeks ago I was treated for some nasty cat bites…I had four infusions of rocephin and ten days of oral augmentin…I’m amazed that I got an infection of any kind with all of that in my system…again, coincidence or catalyst? After my first attack, I saw a Naturopath who recommended the Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type diet…my M.D. informed my that there is no evidence that blood type has anything to do with health…After watching Forks Over Knives I purchased Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live…he does not recommend the Paleo Diet…but I cannot see myself following Dr. Fuhrman’s diet for the rest of my life. I do know that I do not want another attack and that the doctor is now recommending surgery to remove part of my colon. I am desperate…but keep finding conflicting information. Will following the Paleo Diet help me?

  48. Marianne says

    i have heard of the paleo diet..where can is the best place to get information on this type of diet. it seems to have worked for many of you

  49. Marianne says

    my husband was just diagnosed with diverticulitis with possible colitis..he has had extreme pain and is on antibiotics and pain pill (as needed) i have started him on a bland diet for the past several days. do i start adding fiber to his diet slowly to avoid the pain?

  50. says

    Wondering why you specifically suggest VSL #3 – just wondering if I’ve missed some studies in my search. It seems like a few strains have been tried with fairly similar degrees of effectiveness and most aren’t as pricey.

  51. Jodi says

    :). I did! I got those three things today and am starting them!

    My primary care (same practice but my own doc) today told me to stop the antibx. Because I have NO signs of infection the antibx are doing more harm than good. No fever. No vomiting etc.

    So…. Went to whole foods. Got good probiotic and Aloe Juice, grape seed extract and some kefir with probiotics too. We are trying this for a few days. She had some recent study data that showed antibiotics making no difference for uncomplicated diver. If I get sick or spike fever on weekend she said *only* take Cipro not both. Hopeful I take neither!! Big thing is rest and very small amounts of food and only bland and soft. Basically eat like a toddler.

  52. Jodi says

    I have read this thread twice trying to take in the details – so much info. I am in my second attack (very quick re-occurrence, making me wonder if the first ever really ended.) I have a couple of comments/questions:

    1. my first attack was deemed stage 1/mild (no perforation, etc – CT scan diagnosis) and I was treated with the cipro/flagyl cocktail. Those made me feel odd – not terrible, but not right. I was on liquids only for a few days, then started introducing egg and soft foods (lots of avocado too) before going back to my regular diet. GI guy told me that I should eat anything – the data on limiting intake of nuts, seeds, etc was inconclusive and to not worry about it. In reading – I definitely eat a very high insoluble fibre diet – kale, spinach, peas, green beans, celery, onions, bell pepper. I eat these raw most days, rarely cooked and in salad format. I drink tons of water (70-80 oz per day) too. Chris Kesser opines that is like “rubbing a wire brush over an open wound”. I had no idea. In retrospect – right idea, bad timing? I should have laid way off the insoluble stuff for many WEEKS (not days) to allow healing and inflammation to subside (?). I also did not know until reading this to use supplements to try and re-establish good gut bacteria. I am going out at lunch today to get some probiotics. I need to find or hear about meal planning for weeks to soothe and allow the gut to heal.

    2. I felt the faintest twinge at 2AM Tuesday of this week while rolling over – I knew it was flaring again. Got to my primary care and they agreed – back on the antibiotic yuck. I feel worse this time – dizzy and sort of just out of it. Is it risky to stop taking this stuff now? Will I create resistance and end up worse off? I have follow up at 3 today (primary care) and am very confused after reading all of this – on how to proceed. No fever, and this is even milder than the first bout – but I am as panicked about the cipro and flagyl as I am about colon health now. :( I also haven’t eaten since Tuesday so the feeling awful part could also be from that.

    I really appreciate everyone sharing and offering input. I do have another GI specialist appointment (new doc, referred by a friend that is a doctor) but not til June 26th. My primary said they really need to do a colonoscopy to see what’s going on in there – but in order to schedule that the inflammation needs to be gone to lessen the risk.

  53. Kathy from Maine says

    Excellent site! Thanks to everyone for their comments. I’m back today from 4 days in the hospital. Spiked a very high fever, and, well, you know the rest of the story.

    I had to share what one nurse told me while I was “incarcerated.” She has diverticulosis, and has had several bad flare-ups. She had one piece of advice. She said that when you start feeling an episode come on where you’re bloated and gassy and feel like you simply need to pass gas, DON’T.

    She said to get to a bathroom fast, because, “That ain’t gas running down your leg, and that stool you’re sitting on ain’t made of wood!”

    Just had to share.

    • prioris says

      I don’t know exactly what you mean by don’t “pass” it.

      Gas was a constant problem for a decade or more before I developed nausea. What I would do is bend forward while sitting and let the gas pass out of my mouth. Sort of like squeezing on a balloon. It expelled the gas.

      I had digestive problems early in my life. What I did was do a 7 to 10 day fast and it resolved the many digestive problem for many decades.

      There was a point in my life I became sick eating almost any food. What I did was go on a diet consisting of spring water, fish, beans, salt, butter and dates for two years. I was able to eat regular food after that.

      • Kathy from Maine says

        “Don’t pass the gas” = “Don’t fart”

        Hey, priori, while I have your attention, I was wondering if you could help with some questions I have.

        1. How long should I be on bowel rest, eating only very soft foods like scrambled eggs and cream-based soups? I was discharged from the hospital on Monday.

        2. On the news this morning there was a segment on food and drug interactions. They said never have dairy (milk, yogurt, eggs … how are eggs like milk and yogurt?) when you’re taking antibiotics. I tend to doubt that, but will look into it today. So much misinformation from the media these days. Why wouldn’t I want to have yogurt and kefir?

        3. For the past month or two I have been taking both a prebiotic and a probiotic, switching between several different brands to get a variety. I’ve been taking usually 4 capsules total. Is that too much? Not enough?

        I’m also looking into all the advice provided by Kelsey, you, and the others here. So much to think about, though. I certainly can’t do everything that has been advised, and it’s hard to choose.

        • prioris says

          I had that thought in my mind … lol

          What is the reason for the bowel rest. Was it because you were on antibiotics while in hospital. I think it is reasonable advice to go with soft foods. I think you slowly introduce the non soft foods and see how you do.

          I can understand not taking dairy or food at same time as the antibiotic. The food may interfere with the efficacy of the antibiotic. You should be able to take the food after the antibiotic is absorbed into your system.

          I usually take antibiotics on empty stomach and always with bromelaine. I wait about 45 minutes before I eat. Bromelaine helps destroys the biofilm on bacteria thereby preventing the resistance problem caused by the biofilm. It also makes the antibiotic more effective. I will only use narrow spectrum antibiotics unless it is life or death situation.

          I don’t think how much biotics is the important question but which strain of bacteria. A little bacteria should go a long way. of course, the quality of the product is a factor also.

          I think probiotic and prebiotics are hit or miss thing. Your digestive system has probably thousand kinds of bacteria. We really don’t know what bacteria are missing. Supplements only have relatively few of those bacteria. New strains will come on the market but still a pittance. This could effect things directly by replacing the missing good bacteria or indirectly by allowing the missing bacteria to propagate.

          When you get down to it – your essentially experimenting. Doctor may be able to diagnose some problems but not all. Digestive tract issues are a very murky area to cure. They can be a real battle for people to figure out. As we age, there is wear and tear on the system so the problems and things to fix can accumulate. I try to keep them at bay. I think you have to come at it from many directions. It can be hard but – experiment, experiment, experiment.

  54. Dave says

    What impact does alcohol intake have on the development of Diver and the subsequent treatment. (ie using AMP and Healther’s Tummy Acacia ).
    I like to enjoy a couple of beers every evening.

    • prioris says

      Since one doesn’t know what foods in your case is behind the diverticulitis, no real answer can be given.

      On the AMP regimen, the normal course is to take 5 tablets before bed on preferably empty stomach and 4 tablets upon rising where the stomach is empty. I think this is the key since you don’t want anything competing with the AMP – something feeding the bad bacteria – while your trying to douse out the fire and heal the pouches. If it weren’t for the pouches, stamping out the problem would be much quicker.

      In my personal experience, before the pain / cramps came, the symptom of nausea was always present. I felt it more on an empty stomach. When I feel nausea, I view it as a precursor event and assume bacteria is brewing. I would intervene with AMP and be looking at my diet for clues to what is causing it.

      Just make sure you go to bed on empty stomach should be good enough. Avoiding foods that aggravate the pouches while you heal also makes sense. I’d be more concerned about too much carbonation so use moderation.

      My personal opinion, I think the beer would be ok as long as it doesn’t worsen your symptoms. In the end, you have to kind of listen to your own body and interpret what it is telling you.

      I’ll add one more thing that may not be related to diverticulitis but may be important to the health of your digestive tract. There is a lot of people developing sensitivity to wheat and gluten due to transgenic wheat. They have also increases the amount of gluten in the wheat also.

      We hear about Celiac disease but there is a Non Celiac disease we need to be aware of. Mercola’s nutrition recommendation has looking out for wheat sensitivity number one on his list.

      Anybody having digestive difficulties should consider experimenting with wheat free or gluten free diet. It may take up to two years to heal the damage.

      Autism has been related to vaccines and processed foods. The government created a binary weapon.

      Here are a few snippets about transgenic wheat

      In a 2009 study “Increased Prevalence and Mortality in Undiagnosed Celiac Disease” published in the Gastroenterology journal, researchers concluded, “The prevalence of undiagnosed CD seems to have increased dramatically in the United States during the past 50 years.” Research once suggested that one in 5,000 Americans had Celiac Disease; in the past decade, now it’s grown to a staggering one in 133. One in 133.org figures suggest upwards of three million Americans suffer from Celiac and another 18 million from non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. (It’s also worth noting that autism rates have skyrocketed in that same time as well.)

      In 2002, Monsanto provided its own safety evaluation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant wheat is safe and as nutritious as conventional wheat. The FDA, in turn, accepted this conclusion, using the apparently logic that billion-dollar companies out to make big bucks on their own science experiments that claim their products are safe because they said so is somehow a perfectly legitimate way to determine true product safety. The United States and Columbia are the only two countries that allow Monsanto’s transgenic wheat.

      • prioris says

        Clarification

        Wheat is technically not GMO but it is altered on a genetic level e.g. chemical mutagenesis (mutation). There has been no safety testing.

        Here are snippets

        Dr. Davis tackles the “Wheat is not GMO” issue head on, saying that he believes the methods used to create modern wheat are “worse than genetic-modification”

        One of the parts of wheat altered by all the “hybridization” is called wheat germ agglutinin. It’s a lectin protein that functions as the defense system for the plant to battle mold, fungus, and insects, much like our immune system battles viruses and bacteria for us.

        The “new” wheat lectin now wreaks havoc on the digestive system of lab animals (when administered by itself) and in humans, it “disables the normal discriminatory capacity of the human intestinal tract that helps it determine what should remain in the intestine and what should be allowed entry into the bloodstream,” causing many forms of digestive distress including heartburn, acid reflux, and IBS.

    • prioris says

      Someone mentioned to me that a lot of beer is made with artificial ingredients. One of the reasons micro brewery’s do good business, They said it is regulated by the ATF. Not FDA. So make sure you drink beer with quality ingredients. In europe, they highly regulate beer so it can’t be tainted with artificial ingredients.

      I don’t pay attention to what is happening with beer since I don’t drink it much. The best beer I ever tasted was home made. I tend to drink Dos Aqui and Heineckens.

  55. Lisa says

    I was diagnosed with diverticulitis for the first time in February. My doctor put me on Cipro – Flagyl for 14 days. Never really felt 100% but just had another bout and am on the antibiotics again. I am using Probiotics twice a day and have found a huge improvement in tolerating the antibiotics. My question is: my doctor recommends 2 Citrucel caplets a day for fiber – she actually wants me to go to 4 a day. I feel that half of my discomfort comes from the caplets – does anyone stop taking them if they have a flare up?

  56. kim says

    I suffered an abscess about 12 years ago and had surgery with a big open hole in my stomach for months as the doctor wanted it healed from the outside in. Then I had a small part of my colon removed in another surgery. since th e n I’ve been ok. Had occasional bouts but would rest ea t less etc to heal. Now I’m scared because I think my original surgery site is leaking its very slight but it is smelly so I’m sure it is leaking now. Will these suggestions help or do I h ave to have antibiotics

    • prioris says

      I can’t give any opinion on the immediate medical urgency of a “leak” due to previous surgery.

      You mentioned you had bouts later. This is why surgery doesn’t address the root cause. That means that the infection came back. I would bring out heavy artillery and use AMP. This has decent chance of healing your digestive tract including the leaks.

  57. kim csongor says

    Very appreciative of thoughts on what causes and what helps D. I too feel like my recent bout started with an episode of food poisoning- within half an hour horrible cramping which turned into such digestive and bowel issues and lower left side pain- 2 rounds of cipro and flagyl and 2 months later still have left lower left side pain if I eat too much. Digestive enzymes do seem to help. After reading Cipro horror stories (and relating) I will probably try amp if there is a next time!

  58. Claire says

    People might be interested to read through Paul Jaminet’s blog. He has some comments on diverticulosis/itis. I think he believes he got it from being too low carb and not enough Vitamin C in his diet. This is his blog: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

  59. Sylvia Deye says

    Great info – sadly I had to figure a lot of items out the hard way before seeing this artical. Im 46 and have had a number of attacks over the past 4 years. I would like to add for females – avoid large meals – size of your fist rule. Pay extra attention of what you eat especially avoid high iron food (red meats) before menstrual cycle. The menstral cycle slows down the digestive process. Lastly avoid large consumptions of rice in one sitting (binding foods).

    Minimizing Stress as noted above is crucial. Drink lots of water and try seltzer water during stressful times.

    • Tracee says

      Wow Sylvia very helpful and timely for me to read your comment- I’m almost 44 and have seen an increase in bouts…. But trying to look at the way I’m doing everything to minimize incidences. Your comment about red meat before cycles is so timely – I have had red meat the last 2 days and about to start and totally experiencing slowing of digestion and constipation & uncomfortabality. Thx for info!

    • Sylvia says

      Forgot to include…
      Always eat salad after meal not before. Salad is a scrubber and is easy for intestines to push through which helps push certain foods down with less stress on digestive system.

      I mentioned earlir, no more than a fist size meal – also no less. Not eating or not enough food is harder for intestines to push and can cause irritation and flair up. So watch your summer diet program.

  60. Tracee says

    I’m waiting to order the AMP but wondering Has Anyone found they can do well with a low carb (or keto) lifestyle and keep diverticulitis at bay??? Thx

  61. jeanne b. murray says

    i just did he 4 day stay in hospital with diver and now home with cpro and flagl.`~I AM CELIAC AND HAVE BEEN ON A GLUTN FREE DIET AND I AM WONDRING IF THIS COULD BE THE CULPRIT AS THE PRIOR COMMENT SAID AVOUT IT BEING SOGGY I WOULD USE MUFFINS ANF GLUTEN FREE BREAD. ANYONE ELSE KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING/ ABOUT/

  62. monika says

    I am current on my 4th day of ciprofloxacin and metronidazole. This is my second bought of diver. My first was about nine months ago. The side effects of the drugs are almost worse than the original symptoms. The days before my most recent attach I was feeling on top of the world. I am a cyclist and had just completed a very intense ride all leading up to training for my first race that was supposed to happen in a week. Now all is on hold. The drugs make me feel so sick and all I do is sleep. I NEVER want to go through this again. My diet is very healthy…. for 3 years I follow Dr. Furmann (eat to live) they have cured my chronic migraines but now this any suggestions.

    • prioris says

      Use a natural antibiotic – Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide capsules. No side effects either. Read my posts above.

      I would discontinue those antibiotics especially if their wreaking havoc on your system.

      Probably your gut flora are being wiped out. Recovering from their effect may take sometime.

      • Sean says

        I have been reading all these post about this Deverculisis,
        I get these attack when I eat cereals or nuts and have not had any problem but three weeks ago this condition started and first I get dry mouth and then constipation .
        What got my attention is this Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide capsules , and I even ordered it through on line . Most of the time that something comes from Florida in form of corporation normally does not sound good and smell fraud . but I am down 126 dollars for three month worth of these capsules .
        I am taking proboscis with 32 different strains and so far after one week , it is look like that I am feeling much better , plain yogurts and salad at night with Olive oil and avocado made my next day bathroom much more better then before ..
        what I am hoping that these capsules are not a hoax and I hope it works and if I find out that are hoax , I do all of y power to make this information available to everybody , so other people do not waste their money .
        let’s hop that I am wrong on that matter

        • prioris says

          So if something is bought from a company located in Florida, your saying that means it “sounds” and “smells” like fraud. That is a very absurd statement to make. What if you buy it from Kentucky, Ohio, California or Vermont. Is that better.

          How will you determine if it is fraud. If it doesn’t work for you… ???????

          There are plenty of remedies that work for many people but may not work from some. Some people who it doesn’t work for will claim that they have been ripped off or something.

          i hope you realize that how long it takes to work will vary depending on the severity of the condition

          Also I can’t sit here and give any guarantees that something will work in all people. It is another option. I expect anyone using my information to do their own due diligence.

          Someone posted a complaint on the internet that they didn’t even lift a finger to check into. With just a little checking, it would have been found to be bogus.

          If you didn’t do your due diligence to check into the company your buying from, maybe you should probably just go to a surgeon and have him cut out some of your intestine. This will save you $126.

    • Steve Eaton says

      I just finished the 7 day Ciprofloxacin/Metronidazole regimine and like Monika, felt lousy and slept. I have never had a bout of diverticulitis with the primary symptom being sharp pain in lower left abdomen. I had a colonoscopy in April with no indication of diverticulosis (???). Feeling good now and grateful for all this information…and like all of you sure want to avoid a ‘next time’. Best wishes.

  63. Darrell says

    I am now in a bout with divaticulitis and need help to get better quick!!!! Going on vacation in 4 days and want to be well for my family to enjoy Disney!!!
    Any quick fix remedies you can suggest would be appreciated!!!!

  64. Judy Raitt says

    4 sets of antibiotics since January so now I will try a Nutritionist.
    Diarrhea is a big problem-any suggestions? I am taking
    Florastor.

    • prioris says

      my suggestion is – read my comments

      broad spectrum antibiotics do a lot of damage to the gut’s flora because it is killing of a broad range of flora. this is what likely causes fungal infections to develop in the body. this is what to avoid. Just a couple days on them wrecks my gut. Diarrhea will result in these.

      my experience is that narrow spectrum antibiotics are far less damaging to the flora. i experimented with antibiotics like penicillin, minocycline, amoxicin etc on long term for something and never had severe gut flora problems. this doesn’t mean that they won’t effect some flora. i noticed i would develop shingles outbreak more as time went by.

    • Jennyct says

      I had a bout in 2010. Did anitibiotics, but mistakenly exercised after day 7. This brought a whole lot of pain on. After a second CT scan, they decided it was “scar tissue” or ‘irritable” pain. I was given Levsin for IBS and it took away that pain within a day or two. I started using soluble fiber (Benefiber) and wearing more comfortable clothing to keep the pressure off my tummy.

      Fast forward to this week in 2014. I tried to go paleo and dissed my wheat based fiber supplement. I also increased my raspberry consumption (seeds?) and wore smaller clothing as I was losing a few pounds. I was exercising more and feeling better except for some stomach irritation from vitamin C.

      So now I have a flare up and I am supposed to travel within a few days. I DO NOT want nasty antibiotics that give me fatigue, stomach pain, and rapid heartbeat! Did I mention the first time I got a flare up, I was traveling also! gee.

      The main point of all this is that everyone seems to have different triggers. I will NOT wear tight clothing again, nor will I stop taking my fiber supplement. I will also be very careful about overexercising.

      :(

      • prioris says

        First the infection comes then the pockets come then the aggravation caused by seeds getting stuck in the pockets worsens it. People erroneously still cling to the notion that the seeds caused it. Irritation from Vitamin C would be another indication that you had infection.

        You never healed your pocket sacs. You still had the infection but were non symptomatic. I can tell people many times and they refuse to listen so they are in a life long fire fighting mode. They focus themselves on symptomatic relief and not healing. If the pockets got healed, the seeds wouldn’t have a place to drop into. They’d be more resistant.

  65. GrandmaD says

    Thank you all! What a wealth of information is on this site. I just returned home after 5 days in the hospital as a result of my first (and hopefully only) bout of diverticulitis. It was as has been noted, horrible. I’ve been told to follow up with the surgical group as a possibility of needing surgery in the future. My dilemma is that I have also recently been diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Consequently I had severe pain in both my upper GI tract as well as the intestines during the attack. I’m certainly going to incorporate some of the information provided here to improve my digestive health, and stay away from surgery. All hints/suggestions will be appreciated to treating both conditions.

  66. LyndaG says

    I believe that any food that is inflammatory to you is a trigger.
    my worst divers attack was after a blackberry smoothie.
    seeds are insoluble fiber and create inflammation with the overfermentation. I don’t think seeds or anything else getting stuck in pockets is the problem.
    Im intolerant to eggs and blueberries and so those are proinflammatory for ME. Of course sugar and too much coffee could cause a problem.
    My flares arise from an extra large meal of any kind or sugar.
    constipation is my first clue that Im beginning a flare. The antibiotics were a problem for me. Or anyone . I wont take them unless I am going to die.
    I have dodged 3 flares by immediately going on a liquid diet.
    Bone broth-water kefir-
    olive leaf capsules
    lauricidin
    black seed oil
    probiotics.
    i utilize an 8 hr eating window and during the fast phase
    I allow a little cream in 1 cp. coffee, coconut oil, and or broth.
    my regular diet is low fiber-modified paleo.
    white rice, meat , fish, homemade milk kefir.
    sauerkraut also homemade.
    small amount of non fibrous fruit, cooked vegetables…
    my biggest issue is constipation.
    I use a tsp of magcitrate vit c combo first thing in the morn.
    but the biggest turnaround for it came when I added the soil based probiotic that this article mentioned.
    prescript assist.
    Im thinking of adding a T or two of aloe without carageenan to the regimen.
    I try a little bit of everything because I NEVER want the unexpected full on attack ever again!

    • says

      So glad I found this blog.
      Been suffering from divert for quite a few years on and off Colonscopy showed I have got them EVERYWHERE in Colon not just left side.
      Had a bad attack of diarrhea for two and a half weeks, one lot was yet black, Doctor said Divert can bleed and stop again and I had had a Colonoscopy and GAESTROSCOPY only 14 months ago which was all fine,ran to the toilet 13x a day and when I had to go nearly every hour during the night I rang up my Specialist who put me straight into hospital intravenous drip of Saline and antibiotic called KAFTRAXIN (?) and the next day on Flagyl intravenously 3x a day. The Flagyl made me VERY nauseous and gave me more diarrhea so my doctor put me onto plain old Amoxillin, am on the second lot now.
      They did all the bloodtests and stool tests and everything came back ok.
      I was in for a week and everything was ok no more diarrhea etc.

      After ten days at home I started diarrhea again, even tho I don’t eat fat or sugar, last few days only mashed potatoes and white bread.

      My husband had had a bowel resection 6 years ago and bowel cancer a year later so we do know a lot about which foods to avoid etc.

      I am also on 5mg Warfarin since May because I have bloodclots in my lungs, but use to get lots of bowel problems for years already. I was also diagnosed with IBS years ago so am very “touchy” in that area.

      Is there anybody out there who can inform me what to eat and what not to eat? Some say eat nut, others say don’t, I know I can’t eat seeds and high fibre doesn’t agree with me either. Or does anybody else had problems like that?

      Like I said, I have had many episodes before but never had to go to hospital for it. I am very careful with my food, but do suffer from a lot of stress.
      I live in Australia.
      I will try ANYTHING to stop the diarrhea attacks, thanx to all for your input.
      Regards,
      MONIQUE

      • prioris says

        Long term use of warfarin (coumadin) causes calcification of arteries. Your body is being damaged by the coumadin. It ranks as one of the top 4 drugs in the US causing emergency visits to hospital.

        nattokinase is a clot buster and natural to the body so no side effects. Also add in serrapeptase for good measure.

        It isn’t about what to eat or not to eat. The reason you can’t eat certain foods is because the pouches haven’t healed. When they heal, your limitations on food will not be there any longer. It is not about “stress” either. It’s about addressing the bacteria causing it and healing the pouches. Figuring out why it happened becomes the next step after you cure it. You may have a low level infection that just never got knocked out. I would try the natural remedies.

        fiber (not too much)

        grapefruit seed extract

        aloe vera juice

        manuka honey (i would consider getting the highest MGO rating – probably 400-550 minimum) (natural antibiotic)

        Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide (see my posts) (natural antibiotic)

        Since you have IBS, it means not only the large intestine is involved but the small intestine. Given the severity of intestine problems you have, you have good cause to roll the dice on different remedies even if they didn’t work.

        There is a specific probiotic called Saccharomyces Boulardi that is scientifically proved to prevent antibiotic caused diarrhea .

        Doctors neglect to tell people to take probiotics when taking antibiotics. You should take the probiotics around 4 hours after taking the antibiotics.

  67. says

    Hello all, What a wonderful wealth of information. I just found out that my husband has some pockets protrusions of diverticulitis. He actually has no digestive problems as a result of his diet, never has. Occasionally he has gotten cramps but I would give him Colloidal Silver and that would take care of it.

    He is on a Peg Tube as he is recovering from non Hodgekins Lymphoma in his throat. The tube food called Jevity and Boost are horrible and made him very sick which he has been taken off them and is now on Perative which is gluten free, suppose to be good for lactose intolerance, yet still has milk and soy, canola and every un-pronounceable ingredient you can think of.

    This does agree with him at least, better than the other stuff. But I can’t help but believe that it is a bunch of dead food chemically changed and lots of additives.

    I decided as long as he has to be on the tube, I would strain homemade soup, veggies, coconut milk, almond milk, beets, anything to to get something real into him. I also use Coconut oil and Palm Oil.

    I am also supplementing with Iodine and use the Colloidal Silver to prevent any bad bacteria.

    I know I have to get him a good bacteria product and I will definitely try the above suggestions.

    Has anyone had any experience with something like this?

    They say that if he gets off the tube and tries to eat, he will probably aspirate and eventually get pneumonia but I am hoping the Colloidal silver and Iodine will prevent bad bacteria taking hold in his lungs.

    He either has to risk eating, which I’m not sure at this point if he ever will be able to swallow well enough again, or live on a tube for the rest of his life. Or have his throat operated on to remove his voice box and have to use a mechanism to speak, which will allow him to eat without fear of pneumonia.

    I can make him shakes with herbs and such but I don’t want to see him on a tube, don’t want his voice box taken out, don’t want him to catch pneumonia.

    I am at the point that the lesser of all the evils would be to have the tube taken out, feed him as healthy as I can, supplement him, use the Colloidal silver and Iodine and hope for the best.

    Is there anyone out there who has ever experienced anything like this and what did you do? Does anyone feel that Colloidal Silver can actually prevent pneumonia since it has been known to help people overcome MRSA and many other bacterial infections.

    I know Colloidal silver helps the digestive system and was wondering if anyone ever used it to help with their diverticulitis.

    I myself have had a JPouch surgery and Colloidal Silver has helped me a lot but I have to take a lot of other stuff because for the most part, I lose my nutrients almost as fast as I take something.

    For those contemplating surgery, think twice and then think a million times again. Surgery is horrible and if I knew what I know today, I would have never had it done.

    Thanks,
    Carol

  68. Tracee says

    WOW – WOW – WOW!!! This is the absolute best article and subsequent comment section regarding diverticulitis! Currently finishing day 4 of another 7-day round of Cipro & Flagyl. I hadn’t considered the larger amounts of protein on my low carb lifestyle causing the problem – I eat nuts, seeds, tons of veggies and quality saturated fats like coconut oil, guacamole…but in the past it has always seemed to be stress induced and/or lack of water causing constipation for me. Thankfully I have found magnesium and have been doing pretty good – But this time I believe it was those new dark chocolate covered frozen strawberries that Dole just came out with. Felt like a healthy treat on recent vacation – but encountered some stress plus strawberries and BOOM.

    I was in my low 30’s when my first attack happened and was hospitalized for 4 days. So tired of the SAD recommendations and the constant issues i seemed to battle in my health. I have searched for the last decade (with some success) for avoiding flare ups and was so frustrated with the lack of up to date info, and on healing it naturally. I have been on a Low Carb lifestyle for the last year and a half dropping 45 pounds – which is great. I am healthier, off all meds and have been doing more a LCHF diet.. however there is more tweaking that needs to be involved and i am learning to listen to my body. These comments have given me some direction and possibilities in my quest.

    As I read these comments I feel so encouraged to find others on similar journeys of reclaiming our health! AND SO MANY great opinions, advice and ideas on moving forward!! SO THANK YOU EVERYONE from Chris Kressser, to Kelsey Marksteiner to everyone who took the time and posted on here!!

    Now I have to find these things mentioned… but do i finish this round of antibiotics?!?!

    • lgordon says

      I have read that just being overweight adds to the level of
      inflammation in our bodies.
      Divers is an inflammatory disease.
      You did yourself a favor with the weight loss.
      I would like to follow in your footsteps.
      by the way I have headed off 2 attacks and avoided
      abx meds by EATING/drinking only liquids or pureed soups made with bone broth. olive leaf extract caps, lauricidin and getting plenty of sleep. prescript assist probiotic, homemade milk kefir….even while working a stressful job in the ER.

        • Claire says

          Doesn’t diverticulitis start with diverticlosis though. Isn’t that a deformity of the bowel/ pockets? That’s what I’m most interested in reversing.

          • prioris says

            It starts with bacteria. The bacteria creates pouches. The food gets stuck in the pouches which aggravates the condition even further. It’s a chain reaction of events.

            diverticulosis
            diverticula
            diverticulitis
            diverticular

            relate to the same disease

            No matter what words you want to use, the bacteria needs to be treated. The only unknown is how severe it is and how much fire power you need to keep the infection doused out so the pouches will heal. It takes time for the pouches to heal.

            • Claire says

              That’s interesting about the bacteria causing the pouches. I am suspecting diverticulum/osis but no internal investigation has been done to verify this but I have been having pains in my lower left side (mild but noticable). It seems to come on more shortly before I empty my bowels. So to me it feels like some sort of irritation in the sigmoid colon.
              Gynacologists have ruled out STD or ovary problems.
              I have done a comprehensive digestive stool analysis and the results are very good, showing good digestion and no pathogens of any kind showed up. Just no growth of one of the beneficial bacteria.

              I don’t really know what else I should do or what tests to try next.
              Any tips would be much appreciated! :-)

              • prioris says

                It is my experience that most medical tests are useless. If you have tests done, you have to be very selective in what test you choose.

                The major symptoms of diverticulitis are nausea and cramps. This is a pretty good indicator for diverticulitis.

                Here is what you do for any body pain.

                Locate as best as you can the location of your pain in your body.

                Find a good anatomy image of the body on the internet and see what organs are in that area. This gives you some idea of what may be involved.

                You say the pain on left side.

                I don’t know your age but if you are over 45 I would try doing various cleanses. Treat it like doing an oil change on the car.

                Below are some of the possible conditions

                Kidney Problems and Lower Left Quadrant Abdominal Pain

                Kidney Infection
                Kidney Stones

                They have many natural products on the market to address this. I used renavive because it addresses infection and dissolves kidney stones. There are other cheaper alternatives but make sure it addresses infection.

                Digestive Problems and Lower Left Quadrant Abdominal Pain

                Crohn’s Disease
                Diverticulitis

                Use AMP for these problems.

                Ulcerative Colitis
                Intestinal Obstruction

                Other Problems and Lower Left Quadrant Abdominal Pain

                Aortic Aneurysm
                Inguinal Hernia

                Common Causes of Severe Lower Left Side Abdominal or Stomach Pain Specific to Women:

                Endometriosis
                Mittelschmerz
                Ovarian Cysts
                Ectopic Pregnancy

                What you want to do is figure out what you don’t have. This will narrow down the list of possibilities.

                Whatever is left, try doing the natural cleanses I suggested.

                If the kidney cleanse doesn’t work, you can cross that off as a possible condition.

                This is how to approach finding and resolving the health problem yourself. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with your own detective work.

                • Claire says

                  Thanks for that summary. Very helpful. I have been doing detective work. Just so far no results.

                  My lower left sided pain all started about a year ago with a night of nausea and fever. I was better by the next day. Later I developed a few days of liquid diarhea. I thought it was food poisoning. After I recovered from the diarhea, I got the lower left sided pain for the first time in my life. That was the most painful episode. It gradually dissapeared in 3 weeks time. Only to reappear more mildly a few months later. I’ve now had it for 3 months. Not painful this time but worrying. I’ve noticed certain things aggravate it: stool passing the area. Pain comes on more shortly before emptying my bowels.
                  Squashing that area e.g. if I crouch makes me notice the pain more.

                  I don’t think it’s ovarian related- gynae have done various tests/scans and found nothing wrong. No pregancy.

                  I doubt it’s IBD as no inflammatory markers according to the stool test. However my blood crp levels were slightly raised.

                  I doubt it’s obstruction since I’m having almost daily bowel movements.

                  Re. kidney problems, wouldn’t the pain be more round the back?

                  I’m 30. Do you think I should still try a kidney cleanse? There was no urine infection.

                  I’m wondering if I should apply poultices to the area to kill a possible infection, with something anti-bacterial for example.

                  Not really sure what to do next :-S Just trying to be as healthy as I can and hope it won’t get worse.

                • Claire says

                  I forgot to add:
                  My belly seems bloated especially since my last birth over a year ago. I notice if I wear something tight round my waist- elastic of a skirt, it feels tender, this is not how I would normally feel. Otherwise I am naturally very slim. All these problems started after the birth of my last child. I wonder if that has got something to do with it.

              • prioris says

                Your relatively young. Kind of young to have kidney stones but in some people it is a life long chronic problem. I’d assume you don’t have that problem.

                Everything I am reading tells me you have diverticulitis.

                “I’ve noticed certain things aggravate it: stool passing the area.”

                I just remembered that was somewhat like I felt with diverticulitis also.

                Bloating and gas were preliminary signs in me also.

                Anybody with continued gas and bloating should find a way to address that. I used to ignore that thinking that everyone gets that and nothing to get concerned about. An occasional bout can be ignore. Frequent bout should not be ignored.

                I used to have frequent bloating and gas problems but since taking CLA (derived from sunflower), I have no problems. Some people react negatively to that CLA. The ideal CLA is the kind derived from meat, eggs milk etc because that is what they use in studies but they don’t have that on the market.

                You will have to experiment with something to relieve that continuous bloating also.

                You have two problems that need addressing.

                So first address what we assume is diverticulitis with AMP and then experiment with finding a solution to the continuous bloating and gas after diverticulitis heals.

                Being young, AMP may work quickly for you.

                I would be familiar how to do a non commercial solution for kidney stone flush anyway in case you ever need to go in that direction.

                Look for video How to Treat Kidney Stones With Lemon Juice and Olive Oil or similar videos.

                • Claire says

                  Thanks for your advice.
                  I want to try the AMP. s it safe even if by any chance I don’t have diverticulitis?

                  I did take alow vera juice from Pukka brand which is high quality but I had loads of mucus coming out with and in between bowel movements. I got freaked out. The day I stoped the aloe vera, the mucus stopped. Not sure if the mucus is a positive or negative reaction though.

                  I am wondering if it is beneficial to get a formal diagnosis. What would be the most safe way to diagnos it? Perhaps a sygmoidoscopy? It’s much simpler and less risky to an endoscopy.

                  You sau a bacteria causes diverticulitis. I can’t find information on this. Which bacteria is it or could it be various ones? Is there a test that could identify the bacteria?

                  I wonder if an antiparasitic could help with the bacteria e.g. Humaworm.

                  Interesting comments about the Vitamin C. I’ve read that Vit C is underused but powerful weapon against bacteria and viruses. I had holistic dental treatment where the detox protocol is high dose IV Vit C (with other things). If I remember correctly I had 35 g Vit C in each dose. 3 doses spread over 2 days! I noticed a noticable improvement in my pain on those days. The pain almost went but is now mildly here while I take 2g Vit C daily now. I’m now considering increasing the dose.

                • Claire says

                  Sorry for yet another comment.

                  One thing I just don’t understand is why I just developed diverticulitis now in this last year (if that is what I have). I’ve been eating healthier than ever in the last 4 years: WAPF, then GAPS, then adding in some starches/carbs. My digestion definately improved (e.g. indigestion/heartburn went, constipation reduced..)
                  If it truly is a bacteria I’m wondering if I got it through some contaminated food. The day I got ill I had ham from a poorly working fridge. At the time I thought I got food poisining from it. That’s how it all started. Is it possible the bacteria came from the ham?

                • prioris says

                  We can’t be sure you do have diverticulitis.

                  The fact that you do have your symptoms makes it a possibility.

                  I can’t tell you what bacteria is causing diverticulitis but we know it is some type of bacteria because it is causing damage to the colon. It’s simpler to try remedies than figuring out what bacteria.

                  I would try a good anti-parasite cleanse also. Again, it’s easier to do that then go for a test to see if you got parasites.

                  I would stay away from doing vitamin C stuff. You have a microbe. There is always possibility that vitamin C could help in some way but then one could say that about niacin or a hundred different things.

                  I would stay away from the advice that says you need some humongous amount of fiber. That study is flawed.

                  They can do a colonoscopy or whatever but that should be done later when you hit a brick wall in trying to remedy and diagnose it.

                  Also understand that many health conditions can’t be diagnosed by a doctor but only guessed at. You should use them as an adjunct to your own detective work.

                  How does one know if one has a fungal problem. By taking an anti-fungal agent that greatly improves the symptoms. It’s easier to try the remedies than diagnose the fungal infections. Tests don’t catch everything or every fungal type.

                  Aloe Vera juice has toxins in it so possible you could be reacting to them. I couldn’t drink aloe vera juice without it making me sicker.

                  What you say about your eating habits being more healthy, this could make a case that you don’t have diverticulitis.

                  At this point, it’s about trying to come at the problem from different directions and see if you get results. This helps narrow down the list of possibilities.

                  Last resort, get the perspective from more than one doctor.

  69. Pete says

    At 52 I had my first case of D. Within 3 years of the first episode I had 5 more. During those 3 years I drank A LOT of coffee, all day long, everyday, and even occasionally took caffeine tablets to help me stay awake. (Work related issues was the reason for increasing the caffeine intake) After the 6 occurrence I quit all caffeine intake and started drinking water only. I started drinking 3-5 16oz bottles of water a day. It’s become habit. It’s been 2 years since I quit caffeine and started water and I haven’t had one single episode of D. Luck or cause/effect I don’t know, but if you get D and have a high caffeine intake, I’d suggest you try it.

    • prioris says

      the very first thing people should do is clean up their diet if it is too crappy.

      sometimes that alone can cure diverticulitis because the infection is not severe. that can stop feeding the bad bacteria hence they will die out over time especially with more healthy immune people.

      when the problems becomes too severe, it takes more powerful methods.

      people who have to constantly stay on top of their diverticulitis didn’t really cure it. they just dowsed out the infection enough where it is still present but not symptomatic. instead of addressing the infection directly, they start creating unnecessary and unpleasant diet restrictions.

      moderation alone may resolve it. drinking coffee in more moderate amounts can still keep it at bay so one still can drink some coffee.

      many sites list foods that have nothing to do with the origin of the problem. once you can cure it, you will have a pretty good idea why your getting it if it returns just by tracking your diet.

  70. kim says

    I’m 54 and was diagnosed a year ago with the dreaded D. This is my third bout in 1 year. Bad side pain and food goes right through me with cramping. On my second day of cipro/metro once again and just decided to try other routes due to muscle pain and feeling ‘poisoned’.
    I’m going to try aloe, vitamin c, magnesium, a probiotic, sauerkraut juice, fish oil, yams, broth, and lentil soup thank you very much! No ice cream, Advil, celery or artichoke hearts. Thanks to everyone for their comments- I don’t think any of the above will hurt me and they’re all easily accessible so crossing fingers… Good luck to all of us!

  71. Bruce Jones says

    Bless you, I hadn’t thought about the effect of chlorine. I have suffered on and off for ten years. Tried many diets but still suffered bouts of pain and bleeding requiring hospitalisation . The only advice I was given was increase fiber, but often that seemed to make things worse. This last year I was living in rural australia and drinking rain water from tanks. I had a year with no symptoms. Then I moved into town and had very chlorinated water, I have been sick for several months and fearful of going back to the doctor who is keen on sending me for surgery. I started on a probiotic and distilled water and am feeling better within days. I intend to start aloe supplement soon. Thank you for this information they obviously don’t teach this in Med school, as I’ve seen three different doctors and been hospitalised twice.

  72. Andrew says

    Consider using high doses of vitamin C.

    I was diagnosed with diverticulosis several years ago. After suffering with nearly continuous nausea and abdominal pain for over three months, I got checked out in the hospital, where they performed a barium scan and rather matter-of-factly gave me the diagnosis. It took another month or two after that for my symptoms to subside. I credited that to taking an over-the-counter product, Alli-Cinn, by Pharmax, for 30 days, along with yogurt.

    About a month ago, during a two-week trip, I had a new flareup, possibly as a result of the stress of travel, plus change of routine and diet from my usual regimen. After coming home I decided to try something new. I increased my daily intake of vitamin C to about 6,000 mg, taken as two 3,000 mg doses, morning and evening. I used the granular or crystal form, sold in one-pound jars at Trader Joe’s markets, but also available from other sources. A 3,000 mg dose works out to about 1/4 teaspoon of powder, dumped directly on the middle of my tongue and chased with a mouthful of water. Yes, it IS very sour; that’s why I put it in the middle of the tongue, where the sour receptors are absent. On days when the symptoms were particularly acute, I also would crush one 375 mg aspirin tablet and chase it with a glass of water. The results weren’t dramatic, but day by day the symptoms became less over a three-week period and I’m feeling fairly normal again now.

    Since this is a one-off experiment, it doesn’t qualify as a scientific study, but if any other sufferers of diverticulitis or IBS are willing to try it and report results here, it may point to a fairly safe, easy treatment.

    A word of caution is in order when using high doses of vitamin C for the first time. Excessive intake of vitamin C can cause watery, loose stools. This is more likely to happen above 10,000 mg per day. If you should experience such problems, simply reduce the dosage until stools become normal again. I did not have any problems at 6,000 mg per day.

    • Gina says

      I too have suffered with Diver for the past three years. I have been in the hospital twice for severe attacks, and my doctor advised colon surgery. I was experiencing attacks every four weeks, and I knew that I had constant inflammation in the area of the diver pocket that was causing the problem, as it was sore and irritated all the time even when not having a full flare-up. The cipro/flagyl cocktails for ten days each time I had a flare-up were hard for my system to sustain and so I started eating less and less until I was just juicing carrots and celery twice a day. Then, I had to go up to New York with my daughter during flu season, and she advised I take two packets of her Emergen C (1000,mg Vit C per packet) twice a day to avoid getting a cold or the Flu. I liked the stuff so much that I took three packets a day, and sometimes 4 packets, which meant I was taking up to 4,000 mg of vitamin “C” per day. I noticed right away that the constant low grade pain on my left side subsided after about three days, and at first I didn’t connect that the vitamin “C” was the reason. When I got back home I had a large bottle of 1,000 mg per tablet of vitamin “C” from Sams Club (it was only about $10 for 500 tablets) in the bathroom cupboard, so I bought a small mortar and pestle from a cooking store, and proceeded to grind up three tablets into a powder and sprinkle it into a one pint glass of water twice a day (it tastes like weak lemon juice) and have been taking it ever since. I am pain and symptom free and it’s been almost three months without a flare-up or even a grumble on that left side. I am not sure what happens when you take large doses of Vitamin “C” but I do know that I hardly ever took it or ate foods with vitamin “C” in it, so maybe it is used to repair cells and it started to repair the colon, I don’t know. An associate at the health food store told me that it helps repair collagen (I think that’s skin cells) but whatever it does, I’m going to take it until it no longer works. I sometimes only take 3,000 mgs per day, if I forget to take my evening dose, but so far, so good. Just thought I would pass this on for anyone interested.

  73. Connie says

    I have had 5 diverticulitis attacks beginning 05/11. Never any fever, blood or vomiting. The last attack after completing cipro/flagyl a catscan was done. I still have inflammation so on both antibiotics again for 10 days. My Dr stated if I have another flareup he is going to refer me to a surgeon. I’m scared & not sure how to prevent flareups.

  74. artie says

    Thinking a bout the surgery but histant. ..reading all the post makes me want to try some of the ideas I see here have had 3 attacks in a year on the usual an metronidazole and ciprofloxacin Going for a coloncopy on March 4th went for a ct scam with dye It showed dd mild case But after treatment and liquid diet came back again blood in my stole and the first days blood would just drip out then be ok A few days then spot again on met and cipo now only eating right one meal a day dinner Today ok stoll no pain Should I try some of theses methods or just go for the surgery ????

    • prioris says

      No need for surgery and regular antibiotics if you follow the natural approach.

      The worse that can happen is that none of them will work and you have surgery later. Also remember that even if they do surgery, it doesn’t mean it won’t reoccur so you may need more of your intestine cut out again.

  75. Laurie says

    I am very happy and relieved to find this information. There is much to learn but finally I see a chance of not having a fourth recurrence of diverticulitis. Imagine! Thank you.

  76. Allison says

    Great read! Just had my first Colonscopy and Endoscopy….whooooo glad that is over! But found out I have Diverticulosis and Hiati Hernia! My mom has diver and so does my sister, so it is inherited! :(

    I heard cabbage juice was excellent for this? Any other juicing you would suggest? I have been juicing cabbage and celery and bananas? What about bananas? Are they good?

    • prioris says

      You say you got “inherited” diverticulitis. Did your family members get this in their child hood and teen years. What ages did they get the condition. Diverticulitis tends to be an age related disease. The hernia will complicate things.

      The most effective remedies are usually either aloe vera (see above comments) and grapefruit seed extract. You need to get the bacteria causing it under control. Once that is done, the pouch will heal.

  77. Debbie says

    Constipation is my problem; it’s all about that motility business. I don’t have pain – it just won’t move. I currently take a high quality Calcium/Magnesium supplement. If I supplement additional magnesium, how much would make sense? How much total magnesium supplementation should a woman in her fifties be taking? Thanks so much.

    • Bet says

      I take Magnesium Glycinate 400 mgs twice a day. I also take probiotic pearls with bifo in them. Doing these things while also eating a whole food diet, has helped with constipation that I had. I had previously been IBS/D but after eliminating the foods that triggered that, I had awful C. two days after taking the Magnesium, it was much better. To begin you may want to take more and then taper off to a smaller dose when things clear up.

  78. Cynthia says

    I’m happy to see more info re:diverticulitis because I’m currently experiencing another flare up and am hesitant to take more antibiotics! Any recommendations on dos & donts during a flare up? I have low abdominal & back discomfort. Currently trying to stay mainly on a liquid diet to give it all a rest! Going to try some of the suggested supplements! I’m having a difficult time identifying the food culprit! I try to exercise a healthy high fiber diet!

    • prioris says

      I know when I cure my diverticulitis, the offending food was not on those list. It was a period I had too much candy for me. I don’t have any restrictions on my diet otherwise. I don’t view those lists on foods to avoid as valid. You ultimately have to track down why your intestine ends up breeding the bacteria. The first step is putting a stop to the diverticulitis. The second step is knowing what things your were eating that led up to it if it happens again.

      No need to ever take prescribed antibiotics again for that health condition again. Just go natural.

      If you want to kick diverticulitis in the a– then just take Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide capsules – a natural antibiotic with no side effects and good for your intestine. You can try the cheaper alternatives such as aloe vera juice. Also people have good success with grape fruit seed extract.

      The fact that it is coming back in extended way probably means that you need to address the pockets. That is where food gets caught up. Where food gets lodged, it can cause infection. This could be almost any food. AMP will cure your pockets within your intestine over time. This will do more to minimize any chances of flare up.

      I’ve only had minor flare ups that lasted about 12 hours because a couple AMP capsules quickly stamped out the bacteria that is causing it.

        • prioris says

          Ulcerative colonitis is different than diverticulitis pouches although both are caused by infection. I don’t know if they are caused by same microbe. Maybe some day, they will be all lopped in the same category as the variation of the same thing.

          I ignored the ulcer for a while thinking it was nothing. I thought it was normal body stuff. My ulcer seem to be in the sigmoid part of the colon. It created discomfort in the rectum, bladder, uretha and prostate. This never happened before. It took about 10 days for me to conclude that it is a colon infection. once i realized that, i knew i could address it. I think the infection spread. I took a cranberry capsule and that quickly helped with the uretha. AMP worked for the rest.

          If I noticed it earlier, I could have stopped it a lot sooner but one lives and learns. Once it happens once, one can be proactive and nip things in the bud in the future.

          I noticed ulcer healing faster. Pouches are different in that they have to COMPLETELY heal so food doesn’t get stuck in them again. The cramps I think disappeared first. One will feel the effects of the food longer. it is a little more frustrating because one wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel as quickly as possible.

          During the healing process of both, there will be days where one wonders if it is really healing. One can analogize it to an external cut. You pretty much can see it healing. A scab will form over it. Still if you touch or irritate it, it will feel sensitive pain wise. Once the scab falls off, touching it is not a problem. I think it is somewhat similar for colon. Food and fecal matter are moving through the intestines over inflammation thereby causing irritation. Maybe the hardness or softness affects sensitivity also. I noticed that once I took a dump, the irritation subsided. If one is constipated, I could imagine it hurting more.

        • prioris says

          what I intend to do within the next month is allocate 7 capsules of AMP a week to keep any small bacterial infections doused out and infections free from the colon for maintenance. Economically, this allows a bottle to last nearly 9 months. It can be a more economical purchase. So I will experiment with this.

    • Becky says

      Cynthia, there are some good suggestions in the comments. Whatever you do during an attack, keep an eye on your temperature. Elevated temperature may mean there’s an infection and you need medical help.

      When my last attack struck, I was determined to avoid the antibiotics. I took high doses of magnesium citrate powder in water to get things cleaned out. The gastroenterologist told me to drink two of the 10-oz bottles you can buy at the drugstore. They give a colonoscopy-type cleanse.

      I also stopped eating. For four days I only had water, and maybe 8 oz per day of broth, apple juice, and homemade almond milk. I kept taking probiotics, and added crushed garlic to the broth I had, as garlic is a natural antibiotic. The inflammation must go down, the gut must heal. It cannot if you keep eating. After four days of liquid only, I started back in with applesauce, yogurt and scrambled eggs. Slowly built up to soups, then a regular diet.

      Triggers for me are a lot of meat at one time, coconut butter and other sludgy foods, and (I think) very much processed carbohydrate at one time. Or very many raspberries or high-seed foods at one time. I am beginning to see that it really is wise to just not eat too much of ANYTHING at one time.

      • prioris says

        Garlic is a natural antibiotic for some bacteria but it doesn’t address the bacteria that causes the diverticulitis.

        If you still have triggers it means the pockets haven’t healed. If they are not healing within 6 months it means whatever your doing is not working.

        Aloe Vera Juice, Grapefruit Seed extract and AMP capsules is what most people have success with.

        AMP capsules should definitely be used for more serious cases. AMP will heal the gut pockets. Even better, you don’t need a gastroenterologist to cure diverticulitis.

      • Cynthia says

        Thanks prioris & Becky, at least your Dr. made some recommendations!
        All mine does is recommend surgery. Doing better now but felt I needed the antibiotics to help before I started having major issues but still trying the various supplements recommended. Still haven’t tried the AMP only the juice. I also have a hard time staying on a liquid diet for so many days. I feel I have to have something a bit more substantial like homemade chicken soup,mainly the broth. Having a hard time finding some of the supplements locally. Any recommendations for a good online site to purchase?

        • prioris says

          Finding some supplements locally can be very difficult. Plus you may pay a higher price. I get my supplements at Swanson but Vitacost and iHerb are also good. These places don’t sell the AMP.

          For AMP capsules, here are some reviews

          http://aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx

          I used the Aloe-MP Plus but at the end of the day, it comes down to where you can buy it the most economical price and any attributes you like.

          It took 6 weeks on the capsules for mine to get under control and symptoms disappear. For some people, they can get relief in much shorter time like a couple days or weeks so hardly use up any of the bottle. For others it may take longer than me. It all comes down to how severe the infection is. My infection brewed for 2 to 3 years. Before I got abdominal pain I had nausea which would get worse when I didn’t have food in my stomach.

          They recommend that you go 6 months on the product but I only went three months since the cost was $126 per 270 capsules. I can understand their recommendation because healing those pockets will go a long way to preventing further flare ups. I think you have to play it by ear. I haven’t had any symptomatic problems in at least 15 months but if I ever feel any unusual nausea that mimics the diverticulitis, I will not hesitate to drop down a couple caps to douse it out. I haven’t had to take any in last 15 months. You take 9 capsules every day. If money is no object, I’d get the deal where you can buy 5 or 6 bottles at much lower cost. At some point I intend to buy some more just to make sure my digestive track is completely healed of the pockets just as insurance.

          Another strategy is finding some AMP that comes in 90 capsules to lessen initial cost. Not sure if they still sell it in that size. Maybe you have less severe infection and can get immediate relief quickly.

          As far as surgery, what they don’t really tell people is that the condition can come back. Someone can have 10 inches of their intestine cut out but may need to come back a few years later to have more of it cut out. Post surgery healing is pretty bad also in what you have to go through.

          Surgery is not addressing the problem, It’s like cutting off your hand because it has an infection.

          The antibiotics they give a person for diverticulitis are very toxic to the system and can result in severe health problems themselves. A natural antibiotic like AMP doesn’t have the side effects. This doesn’t mean all antibiotic are bad. There are ones that many people tolerate very well.

          The one key concept about natural cures is that the body can heal itself if given the proper nutrients etc in the right form and way.

          Supplements or home remedies that remove kidney stones has obsoleted surgery but sadly some doctors will still recommend surgery.

  79. Tj says

    I had at least 4 attacks over the last three years. I plan on creating a plan for my diet and supplementation. I have no problems understanding the language regarding choosing the proper foods for affective eating. I am confused regarding supplements in the following; my symptoms do not include constipation, before, during, after; ever. I also read other article suggesting regular “cleansing products. Can you make a clear suggestion for a probiotic product, a prebiotic product, a vitamin and any cleansing product and schedule. Thanks

  80. yannibenji says

    We are all tubes! The inner surface is from the mouth to the anus. We all keep our outer skin clean but rarely consider keeping the inner surface clean.
    This inner surface gets covered in mucoid plaque over the years. If the walls are weak then ‘pockets’ form which get filled with faecal matter. (This prevents our intestines properly absorbing nutrients through the intestinal wall!)
    The only way to clean it out is to take a magnesium product like Oxy-Powder.
    This product aerates the bowl producing a boom in aerobic bacteria. This bacteria eats away the plaque turning it into soup!
    Method: (Warning: not to be done if kidneys are weak!)
    Firstly, get a cheap plastic colander.
    Take 4 capsules before bed with lots of water.
    The next day put the colander in the toilet bowl before discharging a lot of faecal soup!
    Poke contents with a stick to search for any ‘stringy’ lumps.
    Repeat this procedure consecutively until no stringy lumps are found. Usually 4 to 5 days.
    The pain will then be gone.
    This can be done yearly.
    This is what I do and it never fails.
    Regards to all sufferers.

  81. Becky says

    “My consultant stated that it didn’t matter what I eat … I instantly felt that was not the case and started to do my own research.”

    Yes!

    I was in the hospital four days, and had plenty of time to lie there (not eating or drinking anything, and receiving gut-bombing antibiotics Cipro and Flagyl) and think about my initial reaction, which was exactly the same as yours, to the physicians (all six of them, including hospitalists and the ER doc) who told me diet was not a factor.

    I had been happily and healthily paleo for two and half years (with some rice and occasional rare treats of small amount of sugar, like ONE GF cookie or about 1/4 cup of coconut ice cream). I’m pretty self controlled, especially as I reaped so many health benefits from being so. Then the diverticulitis attack. And I had a second one 42 days later, with six MORE days of Cipro and Flagyl.

    I have gradually developed a plan very similar to the conclusions in the summary guide provided in Chris’ post. The followup colonoscopy showed a peek into my perfectly beautiful small intestine, so I think I’m okay there. And I had NO diarrhea or constipation before my attacks! The attacks were out of the blue, totally.

    My main changes: Read up on low-carb diets and gut lining and gut bacteria issues, mainly the Jaminet’s book and some of the blogs and practitioners now writing about resistant starch, which feeds good bacteria. Increased my intake of yams and other paleo carbs. Started probiotics (heretofore had not) and using potato starch to take them with, and paid attention to consuming some soluble fiber at the same time as taking the probiotics, for the same reason. Mix up the probiotics occasionally. Found that some probiotics seem to actually disrupt things digestively; pay attention. Chris has some excellent probiotic advice; check the sources and purity.

    No sugar in large amounts, or gluten-free baked goods in any real quantity (suspect GF flours turn to sludge in digestion, being low in fiber), and pay attention to large amounts of seeds. Common denominators in BOTH my attacks were consumption of gluten-free muffins (as a treat!) and a pint of fresh raspberries eaten all at once (it was summer and I could not resist the gorgeous berries, plus they are paleo and laden with health benefits!). I suspect it was a LOT of seeds all at ONE TIME that might have helped set off the attacks. As well, the second attack occurred after consuming a milk shake (as a treat, hadn’t had one in two years), which poured sugar into my digestive system in a big way, probably creating a feasting opportunity for opportunistic bacteria. The first attack was also preceded by ice cream consumption and more eating out than usual, as we were having new floors laid in our house and I wasn’t cooking very often. Eating out does become a bit of a minefield. Opportunistic bacteria live in ice machines, on raw food, in meat and dairy. I try to keep the good bacteria up, and sometimes take extra probiotic after eating out.

    Despite much anti-fiber blather by many paleo “experts,” it is clear that fiber is important for the microbiome, soluble and insoluble fiber alike. You must not allow large, stagnant bowel movements. Things must move along briskly, and what you eat and the gut environment will determine how that goes. I have been using a tablespoon of psyllium seed in water each day for a boost in insoluable fiber, and sometimes throw in some Heather’s Tummy Fiber (soluble acacia fiber). The recent podcast post/transcription by Chris where he interviews a microbiome expert is crucial, CRUCIAL, I say, for we with diverticuli!!! As a result of that podcast, I am planning to start having lentil soups now and then.

    I was also surprised to see on illustrations of diverticuli that the “pouches” actually have pretty small openings on the bowel lining, opening into larger sacs through it. These openings, really just “holes,” can admit small seeds, but apparently the pouches empty and fill regularly as your bowel does (I was told by my gastroenterologist). As I pondered this, and thought of my own case, I realized that I was consuming LARGE amounts of coconut butter, because it was fatty, yummy, and far easier than preparing, say, vegetables or fruits. I think the coconut butter (almost entirely comprised of insoluable fiber in a sludge-like form) could have slipped into my little pouches and hardened up. So I don’t have LARGE quantities of it, or really, ANYTHING, because doing so can be digestively stressful in general, but irritating to diverticuli in particular. In short, one must be sensible and eat sensible amounts of healthy things. A drag, but a fact of life.

    There’s a cool blog by a young woman named Jennifer (chronicclimberchick) who didn’t let serious diverticulitis keep her back. I think she commented above! Hi Jennifer! You are an inspiration! :)

    I also “feel” suspicious of shredded coconut, which I also consumed heavily. It is absolutely unbroken down when you eat it; like celery or artichoke hearts, you can chew it forever and still end up with a wad that is not going to break down anytime soon. A surgeon in the hospital, after I asked him what he found in the pouches when he operated on colons with diverticuli, told me “wads of things like strings, and pieces of meat gristle.” So now I chew very thoroughly and place pieces of gristle and wads of strings attractively on the side of my plate. Ha! Better than another attack! It’s socially best to hide it discretely in a paper napkin, though. :)

    As well, it seemed like the gut lining was something I should focus on for healing. Making it stronger and more smooth and functional could only help. So I am doing a little bit of l-glutamine supplementation and taking a slippery elm lozenge at night, and taking DGL now and then. I am VERY careful not to do too much of anything, however. I learned my lesson there. I have been slowly increasing my magnesium supplementation, especially magnesium malate, but not to the point of introducing diarrhea.

    I could be totally off base in my conclusions, but who else is going to devise a path forward for me? The doctors said to resume normal diet, which probably means SAD. The hospital itself didn’t even stock or serve any yogurt that wasn’t artificially sweetened and artificially colored. A dietician was supposed to come talk to me, but it never happened. I can imagine what he/she would have said, eh?

  82. ladyshona says

    I have just returned from a 6 day hospital stay following my first Diverticulitis episode. I received no advice from the hospital so the comments and information here are very helpful. Prior to this I was aware that wheat aggravated my tummy so I had previously eliminated bread from my diet. My consultant stated that it didn’t matter what I eat when trying to prevent it happening again, I instantly felt that was not the case and started to do my own research. Some of the things listed here I have never heard of, it would be helpful if you could recommend good sources. Many thanks, keep up the good work.

  83. Ralna Cunningham says

    One thing that really helped my husband increase his magnesium levels was Epsom salt baths (magnesium sulfate) and magnesium gel or spray you put directly on the skin, absorbed into the muscles and bloodstream (magnesium chloride). This way you bypass the digestive system to get magnesium into you. This helped a lot with his pain and tightness when he was dealing with Cipro toxicity.

  84. Ralna Cunningham says

    Homeade kefir is our main source and all of us drink some usually morning and night.

    It seems when it comes to the gut, diversity is better. People with low diversity in their gut microbiota are prone to illness as the microbes are largely responsible for how the immune system functions, as well as making neurotransmittters, fatty acids and enzymes needed by the body for growth and repair.

    Earlier this year we took a probiotic approach to diverticulitis because my husband had a horrible side effect from an antibiotic after he had a diverticulitis attack. He is young and had two extremely crippling attacks of bowel pain, elevated white blood cells. The first time was a few years ago, he went to the ER and no one could figure out what was wrong with him. This year, he collapsed with fever, pain and nausea. The doc immediately suspected diverticulitis. He was prescribed Cipro, an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone group. The Cipro caused terrible tendonitis pain and weakness all over his body within 12 hours after he took the first dose. He took one dose in the evening, one the next morning then was nearly crippled. He was dealing with the aftereffects of the Cipro for months. Cipro and related drugs chelate out the magnesium in your cells and cause cell death and messed up repair and signaling.

    We decided not to take a different antibiotic but to try a probiotic approach, since his body needed nutrition to recover from the Cipro toxicity. Magnesium and antioxidants were the only thing we could find in the literature to try to reverse the effects. He stayed on liquids for a few days to let the bowel rest, and I went shopping for fermented drinks since they are usually easily assimilated. He loved and craved the kefir from the health food store, the fermented veggie drinks, not so much. Fermented coconut water kefir. Sauerkraut juice. Lots of homemade chicken broth with collagen from the bones.

    We went to a naturopath to try to build up his system after the Cipro. She prescribed Florastor (a yeast that is transient in your gut till your own good bacteria can proliferate) as well as a product called HLC which stands for Human Lactic Commensals (strains isolated from humans that supposedly adhere and persist better than some probiotics). He took that as well as an herbal supplement called BCQ (bromelain, curcumin, boswellia and quercetin) which have some documented anti-inflammatory effects in the gut. He also took a kind of herbal antibiotic capsule that had garlic and something that smelled like poultry seasoning. She explained that if it didn’t work, he would probably need to go on a prescription antibiotic). After all that, plus the best nutrition we could come up with, and supplements including the expensive reduced form of CoQ10 and several intravenous magnesium+vit c “myers cocktail” infusions for his muscle and joint pain, he has fully recovered and has not had any more diverticulitis attacks thus far, and his digestive system is regular. His muscle and joint pain is pretty much resolved as far as we can tell. It was scary, debilitating for a strong guy who has carpentered all his life to be suddenly unable to work and think his knees and Achilles tendons could blow out any minute. He is no longer on any probiotics or herbs for the condition, just some vitamins, fish oil & mag supplements and kefir.

    Kefir has a long history of supporting digestive and immune system health and has a huge diversity of microbes and beneficial yeasts. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0069371

    It is very simple to make at home at room temperature, and if you obtain traditional kefir grains they multiply and you can share. Kefirlady.com is a great source, also Cultures for Health has them. The powdered packets you can buy at the health food store only contain a few strains but can get you started. You can use almond milk or coconut milk if you can’t tolerate dairy. You can also consume the grains, which feel like little rubbery cauliflower florets and contain the polysaccharide kefiran, home to the microbes, also a slippery healing compound.

    I used kefir in the bath and it is amazing for my chronic dry skin and my teenage daughter’s severe eczema, combined with Epsom salt. Go to pubmed and do a search for kefir. Kefir inhibits clostridia, giardia and cholera. Kefir affects immune system signaling. It’s fascinating.

    Kefir may also provide some amount of Vitamin K2 synthesized by the bacteria. Hopefully will always be a staple at our house.

  85. prioris says

    I got diverticulitis a couple years ago. I first tried Aloe Vera juice. That did not work. I tried Aloe Vera tablets and that did not work. Then I tried AMP (Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide) and that worked. It took 6 weeks. AMP is a highly purified and concentrated form of the active component of Aloe Vera. It is essentially a natural antibiotic and has no side effects. Go to aloereviews.com to compare products. Don’t just try the juice and give up on aloe vera.

    • prioris says

      Also AMP heals the pockets. The product is a little expensive but you take less of it as you get better. Some people get better within a couple days or week. The time it takes to heal varies according to the severity of the diverticulitis. If I feel an attack coming on again, it quickly gets doused out within a day or so.

      • Jeannie Ology says

        Prioris on your suggestion I bought the AloeVera AMP. Does this really heal the pockets? I’m going through hell here?

        Thanks for your help.

        • prioris says

          Yes. The symptoms disappear first. The pockets will take longer to heal. They instruct you to take 5 tablets before bed and 4 tablets upon rising. Make sure stomach empty.

          I didn’t see any results about 90 days. I just continued to have the cramping and nausea (especially if i didn’t eat).

          If you have been on antibiotics especially broad spectrum, I would get a good probiotic / prebiotic to move the help against the bad gut bacteria.

          I would also try to not have food in your stomach for 16 hours a day so only eat in within a 8 hour window. Some people actually lose weight this way.

          When you say you are going thru hell, please explain what that means and how long have you been taking AMP so far.

          What I can’t know is if you have any other health problems that need addressing.

            • prioris says

              No. Your thinking about magnesium.

              I will use magnesium glycinate because it is one of the few forms which doesn’t cause diarrhea plus one can take it on empty or non empty stomach. There is another form of calcium / magnesium / d3 which I take with food. stay away from high doses of calcium that many doctors recommend.

      • Sharon says

        I have diverticulitis and 2 weeks ago there was blood after two hours of diarrea and it only bled thereafter when I went to urinate (bled from rectum). Bleeding stopped after 7 hrs (whenever I urinated it bled) What brand AMP (aloe Vera) should I buy. Today is 13 day of liquid diet had diarrea once today but lasted back and forth to toilet for an hour …normally I was going only twice a day … today it was once but lasted an hour. I take only 5 Betaine Hydrocloride pills for the burping … but my son said take about 4 or 5 probiotics twice a day. What are your thoughts or suggestions. Thanks much

        • Sharon says

          Followup: Last night my son who constantly had diarrea last year from taking antibiotics …could not get rid of it until he took BC30 Bacillus Coagulans (Schiff) He said he took five pills twice a day and it eventually stopped the diarrea …so last night I took 2 of the BC30 pills …then this morning I had normal urge for a movement and had three small but mighty deposits in the toilet … the only food I had day before were three small yukon potatoes peeled and boiled in chicken broth then pureed in blender to eat this was my first attempt at solid food on my 13 days of liquid diet … I thank God I took the probiotic BC30 pills for the last 13 days it was always diarrea.

          • Sharon says

            The next day after I took the 2 BC30 Bacillus Coagulans pills (probiotic) (Schiff)I was fine had a little bowel movement but that night I had diarrea (all water) for hour and half … I thought oh no …the night before diarrea for one hour and now tonight hour and half of it … as soon as it started I took 2 BC30 pills … then this morning had reg movement very small since I am barely eating all low fiber and all liquid little bit of food I ate ….SO i decided to increase my intake of pills instead of 2 pills for the day, after 14 hrs since last dosage at 11am I took 2 pills and then this evening I just took two more pills at 8:45pm NO DIARREA…THANK YOU JESUS! So I think you need to increase your dosage to your needs like my son did he took anywhere from 5 to 10 pills a day to get rid of the bacteria from the antibiotics he took. I am so happy no diarrea today first time in two weeks.

            • Sharon says

              The Schiff box reads “Survives 10 x Better Studies reveal that the single strain of probiotic used in “Schiffs Diugestive Advantage”, survies 10 x beter than other probiotics and yogarts to deliver good bacteria where you need it …. I believe it ..this stuff works!!

              • Sharon says

                Sat. June 14th I had a bout again of diarrea for about 1 hr. I felt great all day … so I decided to increase my dosage so next morning I took 3 pills instead of 2 and this worked then again at night 8pm I took 2 more pills No diarrea for the last two days now Yippeee… taking 5 per day BC30 probiotics

                • sharon says

                  Today is Monday June 17 had two normal as can be on a low food intake diet of low fiber movements today. and then after dinner, which I think I over ate one bowl of Chicken noodle soup pureed and a small bowl of reg. soup and half slice white bread …then half hr later I had diarrea every 5 min. for total of 18 min. which is not bad since my other bouts lasted usually a hour up to hour and half. So I am getting better and last two days no diarrea …still taking my pills and they are helping me so much.

    • Debbie says

      Hello,

      I have been looking into Serovera capsules to help relieve diverticulitis. It is pricey, but I am willing to give it a try. Have you heard of it? It is from the aloe plant as you mentioned. Do you recommend a different pro-biotic? Thank you

  86. says

    I would like to add that although my diet is basically Paleo, I do not have any grains and very little dairy. However I fervently believe that a lot of the damage was done through bingeing on massive amounts of Wheat products in my younger days. And believe me I do mean massive, hence the little pockets were forced to contain all the bulk. In those days I suffered from constipation. My diet now consists of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables and berries, and healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil. I never get constipated now and that is they secret. I also stopped having physillium husks as they are inflammatory. I tried Fodmaps but did not make any difference. I have not suffered from pain now for two years, from Diverticutis. Did you know that most people develope Diverticular disease, especially if they eat wheat. It becomes Diverticulitis when it is inflammed. So the secret is in keeping down inflammation.

  87. Jessica says

    Could you please direct me to some sources that demonstrate whole grains as having a pro-inflammatory effect on the body? M
    Thanks

    • says

      Refer to a book called Wheat Belly. Just look at Amazon as I can’t recall off hand the name of the author. Or you could google Wheat belly and you,ll find all the information you wish.

    • Ann says

      Another book that should scare us off of all grains, but wheat at least, is “Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter is another that talks about the inflammatory effects on the body of grains. He also presents his theory of a link between high carbohydrate consumption and Alzheimer’s disease… Scary stuff.

  88. Trina says

    I’ve had two attacks that put me in the hospital – 2 weeks into a low carb paleo challenge and 2 weeks into the GAPs diet. So I wouldn’t assume that these are the best diets for diverticulosis.
    I am now thinking that poor protein digestion is the culprit, something Paul Jaminet has mentioned in other contexts. I find a meal too high in meat triggers attacks. Digestive enzymes are helpful, as well as a diet that has lots of greens and vegetables with the meat, like “Clean”. Probiotics have done nothing, although it does seem probable that the bacterial environment is important. Magnesium in any form, esp oxides, helps tremendously, even compared to other laxatives like x-lax and vit c.

  89. Jane says

    Excellent article! I was frustrated with mild diverticulitis on-and-off. Not too much info address this issue. Had an attacked early this year; took antibiotics to calm it down. Thanks for all the info that you provide here. It answered a lot of my questions regarding my colon’s “strange behavior” lately. My mother died of colon cancer 10 years ago; I’m very careful when it comes to “colon health”.

  90. Brian says

    What form of magnesium do you guys recommend for supplementing… citrate or glycinate? And how the heck do you read the magnesium soil content chart for our areas? The number make no sense and don’t define in layman’s terms.

    Thanks!

  91. John Richards says

    Regarding chlorine: I installed a carbon filter under my kitchen sink and piped it to a small faucet. All my drinking and cooking water is chlorine-free.

    • Leslie says

      Richard
      I have had a kitchen sink top water filter faucet for some years now but it isn’t enough. Apparently we inhale more chlorine, in the form of gas, when taking a bath of shower than drinking tap water!
      We also absorb chlorine through the skin – so washing up gloves seem necessary.
      I have just ordered a Whole House water filter (although quite expensive) as a means of avoiding chlorine by drinking, inhaling and skin contact – also residue on washed clothing.
      Hope it works!

  92. Leslie says

    I found this article to be really informative and useful. Could you tell me what is “gelatinous meat” is? Does it refer to an animal part that has more gelatin or to certain animals whose meat is more gelatinous? Thanks.

  93. Leslie says

    Chris
    Some views on your article regarding Diverticulitis.
    1. There is a danger with slippery elm! I tried it and ended up with a blockage which was only removed by Castor Oil. White chunks came out!
    2. I have also taken DGL for a stomach ulcer, it was very good.
    3. Probiotics have NEVER worked for me! I have spent hundreds of pounds on them to no avail. I believe that this is because all marketed probiotic formulas have only a few strains of bacteria. It is said that we have between 300 and a thousand strains of bacteria . How do we get them back? Also, proponents of probiotic products never consider the Chlorine in water killing the bacteria daily!
    4. FOS powder did nothing for me. What is the use of trying to feed bacteria if chlorine is constantly killing them!
    5. Magnesium is great but supplementation if not recommended for those with weak kidneys. I found that a product with Magnesium Oxide effectively reduced faecal matter to soup and cleared mucoid plaque very effectively when taken following the directions. It works by oxygenating the intestinal pathway.

  94. NevadaSmith says

    I had diverticulosis which was diagnosed following a colonoscopy.

    If I ate popcorn or a lot of peanut butter and other such foods I would pass blood for 10 days.

    I don’t remember taking magnesium at the time but I may have but what I did mainly was eating oatmeal for breakfast five days a week. I was not on any so called “paleo” diet at the time but was avoiding refined flour and sugar which I am still doing.

    After a year of eating oatmeal five days a week, I can now eat anything I want including all the popcorn I want and I have no problems. And although my wife and I did eat a mostly vegan diet for two years [following Dr. Fuhrman’s protocol] for the last three years we have been eating low carb and a balanced diet of meat and vegetables and still avoiding refined flours, sugars etc. most of the time.

    I have had no symptoms of diverticulosis for six years now.

  95. says

    Heya Kelsey, great post. It’s lovely to see you sharing your hard-earn knowledge and showing that there are others who can provide the kind of comprehensive integrative perspective that we all worry only Chris can give us!
    I have used slippery elm many times before during gut woes, but never marshmallow root powder. What a nice idea. I can’t wait to get some.
    Do you have any thoughts on kudzu root powder? In macrobiotics they tend to say it cures all digestive ills…When I have tried it it certainly seemed really soothing and demulcent, but I think it is quite starchy.
    Alison

  96. Becky says

    I’m not sure it’s really possible to prevent diverticulosis. After two and half years of feeling amazingly well and digestively perfect on paleo, I was hospitalized with diverticulitis, then had a second attack 42 days later. A colonoscopy in 2010, before going paleo, showed no diverticuli, and a colonoscopy after the attacks this summer (2013) showed diverticuli “scattered throughout” the colon. The very way of eating that I thought would save me from digestive health problems seems to have brought this on.

    But was it the diet? Is it genetic? Is it inevitable as we age? Would the diverticuli have formed had I not gone on the paleo diet? I had no constipation, no diarrhea, no nothing … I was digestively robust as I have been throughout my life. Now I am using probiotics, eating far less meat and almost no red meat, having more fruit, sometimes using psyllium fiber, and trying to get back on track digestion-wise after the heavy-duty antibiotics used to treat diverticulitis. I live in fear of it happening again.

    • says

      I too live in fear of another attack. Afraid to take any pills, supplements, etc. Everything I read sounds hopeful and ooops – here comes another attack anyway. Interesting site, interesting comments, but I am at a place now where I am listening closely to my own body. Stress is #1 for me. Magnesium caused severe stomach cramps – 3 days and had to stop. I eat small portions, mostly bread -white, rice, mac and cheese, eggs, only cooked fruits, canned veg’s but no corn or peas; soups. Fish, soft cooked meats.

    • Stephanie says

      @Becky, did you by any chance have a baby during that time? Pregnancy, especially with a larger baby, as well as pushing the baby out can cause diverticuli to form.

      • Roseann Perri says

        @Stephanie FINALLY – i loved your comment! I am 35 years old with no prior history of divertriculitis. As soon as I gave birth to my 9 lbs 13 ounce baby boy via c section (i was absolutely HUGE) – no more then a week later I started having symptoms. Of course we all thought the pain and low grade fever was due to the c section and some sort of infection of the uterus or UTI. After 3 months of suffering, eating corn and popcorn during a full fledged attacks, i finally went to the ER for a catscan and it showed diverticulitis! Now i am just trying to figure out the right way to eat for the rest of my life to prevent this from happening again. It took so long to go away completely. Thank the good lord no perforation or abscesses and thank the good lord I did not have an attack while pregnant with my son!!! I’m wondering if there are any women out there that developed this after pregnancy. Would love to hear from them if they are out there!!

      • prioris says

        Pushing the baby out should NOT be the ROOT cause of the diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is simply a bacteria out of control in the intestine. I would make a guess that it was always there and borderline and that the process of having the baby just tip things in favor of the bacteria. You probably would have eventually developed it down the road.

        When the only option is surgery, it is scary. BUT there are OTHER OPTIONS I listed below in my posts. One shouldn’t have to live in fear of diverticulitis anymore. It is also a message from the gut communicating that there is a problem. One shouldn’t have to go on some exotic diet either. It is about debugging your intestine / gut problems. As one ages, one will need to make more adjustments. I keep a bottle of AMP to nip any diverticulitis infection in the bud. It also works against other infections.

        If you find that you have a little gluten sensitive so one makes adjustment for that. If that were so, you may find switching to the wheat grown in Italy – ancient wheat more acceptable. Even though wheat grown in US is not GMO, it is MUTATED wheat. It is different than the wheat that was available some decades back which I never had a problem with. I think this is why there is an explosion of gluten sensitivities happening.

        The lesson is that you have to learn about what you are actually eating. I tend to minimize grains in general due to their anti nutrients. I use them when I really have to.

        Researchers have found three basic types of gut flora in the populations and a lot of that has to do with diet. There is no one size fits all approach. It is a trial and error approach. You have to experiment and learn. No doctor will be able to address this. You have to do it.

        KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

            • prioris says

              It’s a highly concentrated and purified form of the active ingredient in Aloe Vera. One bottle of AMP capsules is like drinking around 70 gallons of Aloe Vera without the inherent toxins. It acts like a natural antibiotic.

              Like any supplement, it is an option to consider.

                • prioris says

                  Here is a chart. It could be outdated though.

                  http://aloereviews.com/Reviews.aspx

                  I use the Aloe MP Plus.

                  I can’t tell you which is technically the best because I have done no comparison testing. They may all be pretty much the same. Nice thing about the chart is that it may point out some of the things to consider. Price is a major consideration.

    • Valerius says

      I had exactly the same experience. I have been following a paleo diet and exercising regularly and feeling really well, then suddenly developed excrutiating pain for the last 3 weeks which led to several emergency visits to the GP and Hospital. They found diverticula and believe I have diverticulitis and told me it was due to a western diet! All I can think is that the diverticula formed in my bowel before I started eating paleo and something, like a stomach bug, just triggered this off?! But I am guessing, like the doctors! It seems the relief from this condition is to eat all the stuff we have been told over the years to actually avoid – white bread, white rice, limited vegetables! Where is the sense in that! At the moment I have had a liquid diet for 3 days, followed by a low residue diet and will try and introduce food one at a time and see how I go. The pain is more manageable at the moment, but hasnt gone away completely, I am exhausted from the severe pain I have been having for the last 4 weeks and I am petrified it will return! i am also going to try some apple cider vinegar which others seem to recommend. I know doctors rubbish anything remotely homeopathic, but they seem to forget that is where their own medications originated from! They may have more knowledge and control over their medications, but they are also full of other no doubt other chemicals which cause further problems.

      • Becky says

        I have theories. Meat has no fiber and if you have any tendency (known or unknown) to digestive difficulty, meat could be a problem. The week before my attack I ate out a lot as we were having new floors laid. Restaurants often serve lots of meat but few veggies, unlike at home where I usually load up on the veggies. I clearly remember having Osso Bucco and trying to eat up every little bit of onion that came with it, because that was the only veg.

        Secondly, that same week ate a ton of coconut chips and coconut butter, and bread made of coconut flour. Coconut has a LOT of insoluble fiber, which can either move stuff through or stop it up, depending on liquid intake. Insoluble fiber also plays greater host to pathogenic bacteria than soluble fiber does.

        Third, before both attacks I had a higher intake of sweets, and sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria.

        The two rounds of Cipro and Flagyl have done a big number on my digestion and now, one year later, I am still dealing with it.

        My strategy includes collagen (Great Lakes gelatine), carbs (yams, green plantains, green bananas, some rice, oat bran now and then, plenty of fruit) and Vitamin C. The Collagen, Carbs, C approach is from the Perfect Health Diet. Paul Jaminet got diverticulosis on a very low carb diet and theorizes that a healthy intestine needs carbs to feed the bacteria that generate short-chain fatty acids, which keep the bowel mucosa in good shape.

        I have stopped red meat, and of course coconut, except for the oil, and eat smaller meals, and have a pineapple/kale/coconut water/turmeric/ginger smoothie most days. Raw kale, as in salads and smoothies, seems to make the bowel happy.

        I knew someone like you would post sooner or later! Although it would be easy to say that the paleo diet gave us diverticulitis, I still don’t feel inclined to go back to grains, although I contemplate having oatmeal … but haven’t yet.

        I’ve had a few minor attacks, and stop eating for a few days, then start back with applesauce, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt … everyone is different but you do listen to your body and some things seem more friendly and calm than others. I keep a list of what I eat and have got a fairly long one now of things that don’t bother me.

        Probiotics are key. Don’t be discouraged; I have felt like giving up but the body is a tremendously adaptive organism. Don’t obsess over stories you read online. Think and believe healing can take place. Quietly observe, as you already are. It does put food, and eating out, into a new place in your life but there are aspects of that that are actually positive.

        Another theory I have, and am trying out, is having a little bit of a lot of things, to keep my gut bacteria variety higher. The gut bacteria adapt to what we are eating, very quickly in fact. Ironically, going without sugar for 2-1/2 years can create a gut microbiome unable to digest it well, so when I indulged in a milkshake before my second attack, I think the pathogenic bacteria had a feeding frenzy on it.

        Just my thoughts and experience.

        • Clifton Moberg says

          I’m wondering if the food appetites we have that linger over the years aren’t a guide? For me, eating beets, butter beans, and taking a Manganese mineral substitute are three things “suggested” that seem okay. At my home I’ve planted fruit trees–all kinds–and I eat the fruit directly from the trees, or if the crop is too big, then I dry the fruit. Apricots, plums, cherries, apples all can grow nicely, although a moth consistently wrecks apples. Bird netting is no option, but a requirement if you want fruit that lasts on the trees until ripe. Forget growing pears, “blight” makes healthy trees problematic. Disease on neighbors’ trees just moves across the fence, to yours. Heirloom lettuce in a garden re-seeds it self for the next season, so that is a benefit as well. As to sweetness, or saltiness: diminish the sugar and salt dramatically and the “need” for it also diminishes to where food tastes good without these additives.

  97. Rui says

  98. John Richards says

    All the supplementation mentioned here seems to increase intestinal motility, thereby alleviating constipation. What about addressing the needs of those of us who suffer from chronic diarrhea as well as diverticulosis?

    • says

      Hi John, good question. Really the only change I’d make in that case is not supplementing with magnesium since that gets the bowels moving, and you may not need as much carbohydrate. In the study on patients with diverticulitis and their serotonin levels, even those who had diverticular disease with diarrhea vs. constipation had low serotonin levels.

        • Johnnie says

          There is the question I was looking for. I have diverticulosis but not with constipation. With diarrhea for almost 10-12 hours when I have attacks. I am also lactose intolerance. I cant eat popcorn without suffering the next day for hours. I only take multi vitamins, vit C, Vit D 2000 IU, calcium, Livalo (cholesterol med) and an aspirin daily. I am also a vegan so I do eat a lot of vegetables. I have found out that eating an apple a day does stop the diarrhea but then started to get constipated, so I only eat an apple every other day. I just want the pain to stop and be normal again.

  99. newbie says

    HI Kelsey, good to see more discussing convertional medical diagnoses in the context of more up to date theories of intestiional funtion/dysfuntion.
    I wonder if you would be able to give your opinion on these questions…
    1) when you eat prebiotics/FODMAPS( assuming you are not sensitive) which your good bacteria need to thrive – don’t you simultaneously feed the bad bacteria as well, increasing the likelihood of SIBO or other conditions of dysbiosis?

    2) Why don’t probiotics “set up shop”in, ie colonize, your intestine as other bacteria do (such as the pathogenic ones)? Why are they transients and therefore you require daily intake?

    • says

      Prebiotics selectively feed only good bacteria, not bad bacteria (that’s part of their definition, actually).

      Not entirely sure why probiotics don’t set up shop – I think we need a little more research on that question!! Hopefully someday we’ll find out :)

    • Theo says

      “2) Why don’t probiotics “set up shop”in, ie colonize, your intestine as other bacteria do (such as the pathogenic ones)? Why are they transients and therefore you require daily intake?”

      Transient, but still effective. They support your digestion, immune system, and your residential flora.

      It is a strange mystery, but supplemental probiotics seem to communicate with the residential bacteria and your immune system, and for some reason they make their leave about two weeks after your last dose. Perhaps because we each have a unique gut microbiome (like a fingerprint), only bacteria with a specific genome make themselves at home. The “visitors” (supplements) are allowed to stay for a while, do their thing, and then peacefully exit.

  100. says

    This is SO GREAT to see in print. I had a horrible attack with a perforation in my ascending colon almost 2 years ago. 5 days in the hospital and barely avoiding the OR changed my life. Immediately after I began to follow a paleo diet trying to find a way to avoid the OR. Many thought I was crazy- my results showed them how wrong they were. I have started a whole blog relating to this issue and my resulting incredible recovery. I am so pleased to see this!!!!

    • Terri says

      I’m currently in the hospital recovering from a microperforation. I was able to avoid surgery as well, but NEVER want to feel that pain again!!! Would love to read your blog.

  101. says

    Hi there. I have suffered from this for many years, but I now don’t get any symptoms at all. I started following a Paleo diet three years ago and it did take the first twelve months before it went away. I avoid wheat and grains and eat low amount of diary foods. I had a bad attack of IBS earlier this year due to high stress levels, but now I am clear.

  102. Carolyn says

    Have been reading conflicting info on 5-HTP. Paul Jaminet does not recommend and states it could cause bacterial growth. What do you recommend as a time frame for supplementation: full time, day or week-long breaks, limited run?
    Great article!

  103. Barb says

    Hi Chris and Kelsey,

    I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis by my gastroenterologist. I take prescription Previcid and use Healther’s Tummy Acacia fiber which has pre and probiotics. It has been a life saver when I do have an attack and to prevent attacks. I highly recommend it. I am also slowly incorporating Paleo into my diet. I appreciate this information because I am more motivated to modify my diet based on this article. Many thanks!

    • prioris says

      Please read my comment below on AMP (Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide). This is the stuff you use for more serious cases.

        • prioris says

          What you really want to know if it will work for you.

          Just like any supplement, there are no guarantees. It is only expensive if it doesn’t work. When it does work, it will be the best money you ever spent.

          Lot of chronically ill people are on very tight budgets so it is a very financially painful purchase to make especially if one doesn’t know for certain if it will help.

          One really needs to bite the bullet and commit to 3 months ($378). It could resolve the problem quickly so one may need less. In the last 3 years, I have only bought 5 bottles. Most of the 5th bottle I still have.

          I would try the cheaper options first.

          Fiber
          Grape Seed Fruit extract
          Aloe Vera Juice

          Do your own research and find less expensive alternatives

          If those still don’t work, I’d go with the AMP

          If you still have to keep fighting it to keep it at bay then it means the infection is still brewing and maybe only need one bottle to knock it out.

          Having parts of ones intestines cut out will be the most expensive solution especially in terms of post operation recovery and complications and ones long term healthy. The infection can still come back so you may need another operation. There are complications to the gut when surgery is done on it.

          My focus is on helping people who are faced with going down the surgery route circumvent that outcome. It is also for people who want to avoid the antibiotic route.

      • Jeannie DeAngelis says

        I had a 2 bouts of diverticulitis and was hospitalized for one and the second 10 days of antibiotics.

        I’m scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow and while prepping it was clear to see that these pockets, although not infected are still filling up — which is upsetting to me.

        I have the AloeVera Amp and you claim it can heal the pockets up. What is the protocol for healing up this mess?

        I feel if the pockets are filling it’s only a matter of time before another infection happens.

        • prioris says

          You don’t need any colonoscopy. You are dealing with an infection. The test won’t change that. Colonoscopy’s are risky. They can pass along infections and damage gut flora.

          AMP heals diverticulitis pouches and colonitis ulcers. I did try it on an ulcer and it did work. I can actually feel it working for ulcer within a week. Pouch healing time varies depending on severity.

          How you Take it ….

          You take it sometime before bed and upon rising on an empty stomach in divided doses.

          I would not eat anything for an hour after rising dose. This is just to minimize dilution. Not sure if this is necessary but that is the way I did it.

          Optionally you could minimize foods that irritate your pouches until they heal. I did this.

          Your colon should heal within 1 or 2 months or maybe a lot quicker. You should have no diet restrictions after healing.

          Optionally you could experiment and throw in some (2g) L-glutamine powder 3 or 4 times a day. Maybe this will speed things up, I didn’t try this.

          A week or two after you feel yourself getting better, you could lower dose. You can play it by ear at that point. I cut dose in half after I didn’t feel the pouches,

          If money isn’t an object, you could experiment with doses higher than 9 capsules a day and even take a dose in the middle of the other two.

          • jeannie DeAngelis says

            I had the colonoscopy because of high incidence of colon cancer in my family.

            The prep made aware that the pockets were alive and well.

            I’ve decided to take the 9 capsules a day and to stay on a Specific Carbohydrate Diet until I’m sure this is healed.

            The doctors say that the pouches are impossible to heal…they are like little hernias…so I can’t wait to prove them wrong.

            I bought Aloevera Amp awhile back but I wasn’t diligent about taking them…I’m committed this time…whatever it takes.

            Thanks for answering me back.

        • prioris says

          You don’t need any colonoscopy. You are dealing with an infection. The test won’t change that. Colonoscopy’s are risky. They can pass along infections and damage gut flora.

          AMP heals diverticulitis pouches and colonitis ulcers. I did try it on an ulcer and it did work. I can actually feel it working for ulcer within a week. Pouch healing time varies depending on severity.

          How you Take it ….

          You take it sometime before bed and upon rising on an empty stomach in divided doses.

          I would not eat anything for an hour after rising dose. This is just to minimize dilution. Not sure if this is necessary but that is the way I did it.

          Optionally you could minimize foods that irritate your pouches until they heal. I did this.

          Your colon should heal within 1 or 2 months or maybe a lot quicker. You should have no diet restrictions after healing.

          Optionally you could experiment and throw in some (2g) L-glutamine powder 3 or 4 times a day. Maybe this will speed things up, I didn’t try this.

          A week or two after you feel yourself getting better, you could lower dose. You can play it by ear at that point. I cut dose in half after I didn’t feel the pouches,

          If money isn’t a problem, you could experiment with doses higher than 9 capsules a day and even take a dose in the middle of the other two.

          • jeannieology says

            I am really hopeful that this really heals the pockets. How does it heal the hernias?

            I am taking 5 in the am on an empty stomach and if my tummy isn’t empty in the pm…I wake myself up at 1 am to take them while sleeping.

            Thank you so much for responding to me and I’m looking forward to total healing.

            Blessings

            Jeannie

            • prioris says

              I don’t know much about hernias. I never had one so it is something for someone who does have one to experiment and report back. I have no idea how well it works on them. If a hernia has it’s root cause in infection then I could see there being a chance to fix it, Anything noninfection caused will need some other treatment.

              • jeannieology says

                The pockets are hernias as I understand it. I was just asking how the AMP heals the pockets. Also, I was wondering why do you have to keep taking the AMP if the pockets heal up? I was thinking that after they heal you wouldn’t need the AMP any more.

                Thank you for answering my questions. It’s greatly appreciated. I’m quite stressed over this condition and want to find a way to heal it permanently.

                Jeannie

                • prioris says

                  Just because one gets rid of an infection, it doesn’t mean it can’t come back. Why something came back, we may never know for certain. We can only make a ballpark guess.

                  This is the problem with diverticulitis surgery, it doesn’t mean it won’t get reinfected. Once we have something natural that can cure it without side effects, it doesn’t become a big deal anymore. we become self sufficient. no need for doctors or surgery.

                  Food can contain a lot of bacteria. In most cases, it never effects us. As we age, we may become more vulnerable to things. This may be a conduit for some.

                  I hadn’t taken the AMP for around 2.5 years . I just started taking it again when I realized I had the infection.

                  I had rheumatoid arthritis which seem not a problem anymore after the borax protocol. I noticed the problem coming back for some weeks. I didn’t know why. Once I started to address the colon infection, the rheumatoid arthritis receded again. Then I realized what was going on.

                  It is well known among doctors who cure RA that in order to cure RA, one must address the co-infections also. Co-infections will seemingly activate the RA (probably mycoplasma) and give it more strength again to multiply.

                  There are all sorts of microbes that inhabit us. It is when some of them get out of control that it becomes a problem. We don’t necessary get rid of everything.

                  As an example …

                  H Pylori is known to cause some ulcers. H. Pylori exists in virtually everyone virtually all the time. You really can’t get rid of it. Neither should you try. It probably has a beneficial purpose. It’s when the H Pylori start to dominate that it becomes a problem. The key is keeping things in balance within the gut.

                  I suspect the infection was there but just simmering below surface. Now that I know it exists, I was able to address that also.

                  For me, the reason may have been that I played around with amoxicillin for many months in experimenting with dental problems a while ago so that may have had something to do with it. I didn’t use probiotics either while experimenting. this is only a guess.

                  Another observation is that I believe my low level shingles acts up when something is not right with the colon. when an imbalance occurs, it gains strength. microbes interact with each other. they can act in coalitions with each other.

    • Debbie says

      Have multitude of allergies autoimmune disorders and Gastro issues any suggestions?
      Don’t eat red meat can’t eat ant type of fish veggies are off limits due to allergies except for cauliflower mushrooms and cooked carrots cannot eat fruits

      • prioris says

        Many decades ago I was unable to almost eat anything probably due to immune system problems. I was put on a diet of fish, beans, spring water and a some butter and sea salt. I was on it for two years. I decided to see if I could eat regular food again. I found that I could eat almost anything without a problem. I have been eating well ever since.

        Many people react to certain foods and stop eating them and to them, that is a fix for them. I don’t agree with that since something is still broken in the body. They don’t attempt to find a work around by experimenting with supplements etc. They deny themselves what they like to eat.

        I don’t think you have to go as far as I have since there are more options around but it proves that allergies are not forever if you work at it and that the body will heal itself with proper nutrients.

        I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and resolved it with the borax protocol. I later realized that ice cream aggravated it. I found out that when I ate the ice cream with CLA supplement I did not react to it.

        I would go to a site called http://www.earthclinic.com and research there.

        • jeannieology says

          I guess I got confused. I just was wondering if the pockets healed why they came back.

          I’m taking the AMP 4 in the am 5 in the pm on an empty stomach.

          I’m looking forward to the healing and will buy as many bottles as necessary to cure this nightmare.

          I hate feeling sick or having to be in bondage to my intestines.

          I’m drinking more water.
          Cut out dairy and all wheat.
          Watching not to eat any sugar minimal carbs.
          VSL#3 and SCD yogurt.
          Trying to eat more fiber in my food like finely ground flax.
          No seeds.
          Walking 3 miles a day.
          Eating salads with soft leaves no hard stuff.

          So if all this doesn’t work…I don’t know what’s next.

          I’ve been hospitalized and had 2 or three antibiotic episodes.

          I’ve had CDiff so I don’t want antibiotics EVER! Unless I’m dying.

          So I pray all of this works and I can go back to living a regular non-bowel-obsessed life.

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