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

*Beer Drinkers 101

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Written By Mike Hohlweg - It is not alcohol content alone that makes alcohol bad for digestive disorder clients. Westernized nations have a couple of things in common, other than digestive issues, and drinking liquor is one of them. Beer in particular. Beer has turned out to be such an issue we have even established a name for somebody with a protruding abdomen… We call it a “beer belly". If you think individuals get a beer belly from drinking too many calories and consuming the carbs that are found in beer, well… wrong. Lets examine a few things: Beer belly’s are typically abnormally bigger than the rest of their body, which doesn’t indicate someone being “overweight”. Another odd thing is that it is typically hard, not the ordinary softness that fat has when somebody is overweight. So why might somebody without a "weight problem" have such a protruding belly? Usually this "beer belly" is really identified with beer and its relation to calories, when in truth, its something else entirely. We get a kick out of the chance to call this "beer belly" a "gas stomach" I'll clarify what happens to someone drinking beer numerous times each week and I think you will begin to concur with Rachel and I that it is actually a "gas stomach". 

1) There are few beverages recorded in our program that can actually scrub away the protective mucosal covering of your digestive tract. Beer is one of them. 

2) Alcohol is not a "natural" substance. It's a man made beverage with a high acid rating and a high cancer-causing index number. So beside its harming impact on your mucosal lining, it is adding extra acid to your body. 

3) Gluten is part of the issue here. Even if you are not gluten intolerant, and you just have Crohn's, colitis or diverticulitis it is likely that you are still slightly sensitive to gluten. Prior to any specialists call their legal advisors to have me arrested, listen to me. Gluten intolerance is a side effect of your digestive disorder, not a disease as a number of individuals think. Gluten sensitivity is one consequence of having Crohn's, colitis or diverticulitis not a different disorder. When you have a digestive issue you digestive system is harmed and working ineffectively. At the point when this happens your body can experience problems digesting complex foods. One of the proteins found in gluten is one of these complex foods. It is called "glycoprotein" and can give your body difficulty during digestion. 

4) The carbonation in beer and the acidic nature of lager can cause serious harm to your system. The sphincters situated in body are sensitive and easily damaged. In the event that they are exposed to too much acid, they won’t work properly to release the gas brought by digestion. At the point when gas is caught in your stomach and can’t escape, it will cause your stomach to swell. In the event that this happens on rare occasions, it may be nothing more than an uncomfortable evening. If you keep on drinking beer, throughout the years, your stomach will begin to extend, and the rest of your organs, and even your ribs, will move provide room for your stomach. This procedure can be turned around and there are remedies that are effective, however keeping on drinking beer and not changing your eating diet habits won't correct the issue.*

Misdiagnosis of diverticulitis

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

Painkillers and Diverticulitis

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*What do painkillers and diverticulitis have in common? This is going to shock you. Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Aspirin, Naproxen etc. 
Written by Mike Hohlweg on July. 9th 2015 
What do painkillers and diverticulitis have in common? Well, they have a lot in common. This is going to shock you. Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Aspirin, Naproxen etc. 
This article focuses on the pain killers called NSAIDS. NSAIDS stands for: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. At Diverticulitis Pain Free Foods, we have uncovered a link between NSAIDS and digestive disorders like diverticulitis, colitis, and Crohn’s. Because of this link, many of you who subscribe to this newsletter and who suffer with diverticulitis will also be regular users of one NSAID or another. Our research suggests a strong relationship between both over the counter and prescription NSAIDS and the inflammation and complications of diverticulitis. In a nutshell, long term or regular use of NSAIDS seem to seriously aggravate and in some cases either complicate or even lead to diverticulitis. This article will show you what you can do about it. 
Note: Allopathic doctors consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) to be a “non-NSAID.” For simplification in this article I refer to it as an NSAID and personally I believe it is one by definition.  In the “modern world” we are taught to believe that pain is a mistake, something to be fixed. Pain is actually the body’s own protection mechanism. Through pain, the body tries to get us to stop using an injured appendage, slow our pace a bit, or in some cases, stop doing a specific behavior altogether. However, busy productive people don’t like the body telling them what to do. 
This causes two problems. The first is that we feel that we have to continue doing whatever it is that we do no matter what. Secondly we have come to believe that pain is not a signal to be heeded, it is a symptom to be overcome by drugs. The drugs most commonly used for pain are NSAIDS and they are taken by the truckload in the modern countries of the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S... We estimate that over 110 million doses of NSAIDS are taken worldwide every day and almost all of that is taken by Brittains, Americans, Canadians and Australians. What a coincidence, the four places where diverticulitis exists are also the four places where people consume all the NSAIDS like Tylenol, Aspirin, Excedrin and Motrin. 
The published, known side effects of NSAIDS include: 
Intestinal bleeding - stomach ulcers – nausea- vomiting – diarrhea – constipation.  It sounds like they are pretty hard on the digestive tract, doesn’t it? In fact, they sound very similar to the symptoms of digestive disorders themselves. Other side effects include: 
headache - high blood pressure - kidney damage - heart attack – stroke - liver failure- what to eat with diverticulitis - what not to eat with diverticulitis 
These effects sound pretty drastic when you think of them as the price tag for getting rid of a headache, arthritis pain or some other body aches and pains especially since the pain normally only lasts for a few hours. The side effects can last a lifetime.  How do NSAIDS work? 
The body produces chemicals called prostaglandins for several necessary body functions including: inflammation, fever, pain, blood clotting and stomach lining protection. Prostaglandins are produced within cells by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (also called COX). Although this is quite an oversimplification of what happens, basically NSAIDS block the COX enzyme and help stop pain, inflammation and fever.  They also reduce or stop stomach lining protection. Are you beginning to see the big picture here? NSAIDS are harsh on the entire digestive tract and at the same time, remove the natural armor protecting the stomach and intestine. It is a one two punch that no diverticulitis sufferer can take. If you also consume alcohol or are taking the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin…. also used in rat poison) you are multiplying the damaging effects of the NSAIDS by an unknown factor. Very dangerous. We are not “big” on drugs but you do need to heal with the program before even thinking of ending blood thinners or other potential lifesaving medicine. Keep your doctor in the loop. 
Do NSAIDS cause diverticulitis? 
I don’t know. My research shows that they severely irritate the condition and in some people might be one of several causative factors. My best guess is that NSAIDS don’t really cause diverticulitis but they might help cause it or increase the severity. They also make healing from diverticulitis more difficult.  Mike, do you know first-hand what you are talking about? 
Absolutely. I have suffered with migraine headaches since I was 4 or 5 years old and I am now 54. In my 30’s I had worked my way up the addiction ladder to where I was using as many as 6 to 12 Excedrin tablets per day. I was fully addicted and would actually get caffeine withdrawal headaches on any day that I did NOT take Excedrin. I have weaned myself from Excedrin over a three year period. This along with food grouping, led to my solution for digestive disorders. I know exactly what I am talking about. 
What can I do to help myself? 
1) Reduce or end your use/dependence on the addicting and health robbing drugs called NSAIDS. Depending on your personality or nature, you might be able to quit “cold turkey” or you might need some time. You will experience the return of discomfort, pain and may even go through a six or so week period of feeling lethargic. I promise you that this will pass as it did with me. Use as little as you can. If you are a “doctor person” consult with your doctor during this time. 
2) Find a replacement natural method of pain management, possibly at your local health food store to help you find relief during the withdrawal phase. If you use multiple times per week or especially daily, you are addicted. You need to respect the difficulty of overcoming an addiction as with any drug. 
3) Get lots of sleep, drink double your normal amount of water, stay busy and productive. 
What should I not do if you have diverticulitis? 
1) Don’t sit around and mope or think more than necessary about your discomfort. 
2) Never cut the pills or tablets in half as a reduction method. Many of these NSAIDS have a coating that prevents them from ulcerating your stomach as easily. By cutting them in half (one of my first attempts at reduction) you can really aggravate your condition. If you want to reduce, go from two tablets to one, or from three times per week to one or two. Give yourself an amount of time at the reduced level then set a new goal until you don’t use them at all. 
If you don’t know the brand names for NSAIDS, they include: 
Tylenol – Excedrin – Motrin – Bayer – Advil – Actron – Aleve – Ecotrin – Nuprin - Orudis KT – Relafen – Naprosyn – Anaprox – Celebrex - vioxx 
If you don’t know the drug names for the same NSAIDS they include:
 Aspirin – Ibuprofen – Acetaminophen – Naproxen – Ketoprofen - Nambumetone 
The good news: 
NSAID addiction can be overcome. Nothing that NSAIDS prevent is worth the risk and health damage they cause. They don't cure diverticulitis. As soon as you reduce or stop using them you will begin to heal even faster and this will have a significant effect on overcoming diverticulitis. Congratulations on taking this seriously. 
PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.  

*Dinner at Chinese Buffet

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Written by Mike Hohlweg - My name is Michael Hohlweg and I am speaking to you as someone who has recovered terrible digestive disorder. I have studied and researched diets for colitis Crohn’s and diverticulitis for over 15 years and as of the end of 2015 have helped over 30,000 individuals. Based on feedback from these clients, more than 99% of them are living symptom free. Some ask if they will need to follow the plan forever. In sort… sort of. If you do the program correctly, you won't have any desire to stray from the plan. Your body will begin feeling better rapidly, but since it is as yet recovering, you can also relapse rapidly if you cheat. I have been on the program for more than 6 years, and I eat as on the plan about half of the time now. Each individual case is different, so you will pay attention to your body, not everybody gets away with straying as much as I do, but some may able to stray more. You will need to hold up 6-12 months before considering cheating to make sure you have a solid foundation of improvement. Regardless of the fact that you feel awesome fairly quickly, give your body time to completely improve. Today while at a buffet I ate a program approved meal. I grabbed fish, vegetables, pork ribs, a pile of shrimp, egg drop soup, and even a little sushi. While there were numerous foods I didn't eat with this meal, I could have an incredible meal with my family, and not feel denied at all. My clients will agree, once you see how to utilize this plan, you won’t pass up your favorite foods. The structure of your meals will change. You will need to do more planning than you are used to, and modify the "customary" dinners you are used to, but it’s a small price to pay for symptom alleviation. There are some rules to monitor and consider with each meal. The good news is that, in following weeks, they will become second nature. You won’t miss your old diet at all in because you’ll feel incredible and still get to eat the foods you enjoy. While the plan isn't "easy", it works very well and you wont be deprived.*

*Inflammation; the root of all diverticulitis, colitis, and Crohn's evil

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Somehow, inflammation causes more pain in your body than anything else, whether you understand it or not. A strong statement? Take a look at the most prevalent drug on the planet… NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. The reason for this medication is in its name, it is to decrease inflammation. Inflammation is attached specifically to numerous common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. Don’t believe me? Look at this link:  http://www.arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/articles/inflammation.html  Why do we always keep talking about inflammation? All diverticulitis colitis and Crohn’s patients have it, LOTS of it. Comprehending what causes inflammation shows us precisely how to remedy it. This is the same method we use to get rid of diverticulitis, colitis and Crohn’s symptoms.  First, it's essential to comprehend that physical harm begins before inflammation. A mechanic smashes his finger, and after that, inflammation starts. Despite the fact that it sounds simple, doctors haven't made sense of this. On the off chance that you think like doctors do… you will surmise that your digestive disorder has no solution…. Just like doctors do.  Or, you might think arthritis begins with inflammation which prompts pain. Wrong. It begins with physical harm, just like injury, calcification, wear and tear, and afterward irritation starts… Pain is how your body tells you there’s a problem. So how does this relate to your digestive disorder?  Your digestive tract must be physically harmed to cause inflammation. How might this happen? What goes into your digestive tract that could precipitate this harm? Hydrochloric acid created by your stomach is the answer. Obviously our digestive frameworks are intended to endure stomach acid, so I developed a theory… My theory is that a few foods and combinations of foods harm the mucosal lining that protects your digestive tract by causing your body to produce extra stomach acid.  This program was designed to dramatically decrease acid production in your body. This allows us to eliminate the ongoing harm to your digestive tract, diminish inflammation, and as a side effect, eliminate pain. The program is extremely effective in over 99% of cases based on customer feedback.   If you aren’t going to change your diet, but you would like a solution that can still be very helpful:    Slippery elm: Capsules or tablets, can be used to replace the mucosal lining that has been stripped away by overproduction of stomach acid and trigger foods.  Peppermint oil: taken orally which can sooth harmed throat tissue scarring, digestive tract inflammation, and breaking down valves which for some individuals eliminates bloating.*

*Slippery Elm

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Slippery elm is the best single herb a diverticulitis, colitis or Crohn’s patient can take. We feel slippery elm is so important that it’s offered at nearly cost at rachelstea.com. Slippery elm is so valuable toward symptom elimination in a digestive disorder patients, that unless there is a medically special case, every one of us have to take it multiple times each day. Thankfully slippery elm is an exceptionally economical herb and since it originates tree bark, it's organic and healthy.  All diverticular, colitis and Crohn’s patients have two issues. The main one is overproduction of stomach acid, the second is a harmed or even to a great extent missing intestinal mucosal lining. Why our defensive "acid armor" mucosal covering is gone is clarified in the Pain Free Foods book however the short answer is a "perfect storm" of a few elements. The main things that add mucosal lining deterioration are: hereditary weakness, over generation of stomach acid, alcohol consumption, NSAID use, and carbonated drink consumption.  We need to reduce as many of these variables that contribute to your digestive disease for you to improve. Hereditary qualities we'll need to live with. The most ideal way to dispose diverticulitis, colitis or Crohn’s is to eliminate stomach acid production, however that is not the subject of this article. At the end of the day you are left with two things you can conform: liquor, NSAIDs and carbonated beverages. All things being equal, beer and other carbonated alcoholic beverages are a double contributor and exceptionally hard on digestive patients.  While you do the program or simply eliminate some of the items in our list, there is one thing you can do to help combat stomach acid; take slippery elm capsules. Here is the reason: Slippery elm delivers a near match to intestinal mucus as plant-based mucus. It sounds gross however it doesn't add mucus to the throat, nose, or sinuses. It won't influence allergies or asthma. It just adds the substance to the stomach and intestines. Taken effectively (we'll let you know in a moment) it replicates having an undamaged mucosal lining.  To take slippery elm we suggest taking 1 to 6 capsules based on meal size, 15 min before you eat or drink much besides water or tea/coffee. It totally coats the food mass as it passes through your digestive system, leaving some of its "slime" along the intestinal and colon wall… precisely where you need it.  It is an great product that gives astounding results. I’s great for all inflammation, intestinal infection, diverticula, and even ulcerations and leaking gut (consult your specialist in the event that you have ulcerations or leaking gut, before changing your supplementation).  Frankly, if you have a digestive disorder you ought to be taking slippery elm consistently. Naturopaths teach that, slippery elm might even empower your natural mucosal coating to modify itself after some time.  Note: There are a few things about slippery elm you have to know. Slippery elm is so mucus forming that it might encapsulate medications, for example, critical professionally prescribed meds and natural herb produced for medicinal effect. This can limit the effectiveness of your necessary medication. You will need to confirm taking slippery elm is ok with your doctor, and if he/she says it is alright, simply don't take the slippery elm within of two hours of a drug. It is best to take the medication first and the slippery elm later with your meal. On the off chance that your solution educates you to "take with food" simply don't take the slippery elm with that particular snack or meal.  If you follow this advice you will go through a bottle of 100 slippery elm in a week or less. It is worth it, if you can afford to buy it.  Note: Putting slippery elm in tea is an art and not easy to do effectively. You need the advantage of setting up your digestive tract to create mucus, yet you can't have the slippery elm overwhelm and encapsulate your other tea ingredients. It’s been accurately and can be found at rachelstea.com but if you make tea at home, simply avoid the slippery elm or you might make your tea ineffective.*

*Doing "Whatever It Takes"

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In the motion picture "the Untouchables", Sean Connery's character, (a salty old cop) was informing Kevin Costner's character (Elliot Ness) how to win a fight against the notorious Al Capone. Connery asks Costner what he is willing to do for the annihilation Capone. Costner answers, something like: "everything inside of the law" to which Connery answered: "and afterward what are you willing to do?". With regards to battling a staggering, health robbing disease like Crohn's colitis or diverticulitis, you need to overlook what you “want” to do and discover…. what does it take? We are going to teach you exactly what it takes to be free of your digestive disorder.  Assuming you have had your digestive disorder long enough for a few doctor visits and opinions from the medical community and still had another flare up, you need to seriously think about this:
Whatever you are doing… isn't working.  Here are a few things that NEVER work long term: 
1) Doctor visits. 
2) Prescription medicines.  
3) High fiber, low buildup diets. 
4) Hoping it will leave like a cerebral headache or cold. 
5) Eating healthier. 
Did number 5 startle you? 
You definitely realized that one through 4 don't work because you have attempted them haven't you? Shouldn't something be said about eating healthier? You know… All the more crisp foods and vegetables, less canned, and packaged food. It sounds like that’s the solution right? IT WILL NOT WORK EITHER**. Sorry, I am not here to let you know things that sound great or even things that you’d like to hear, in fact, switching to a healthy diet while you are having digestive issues can do more harm than good. Healthier will be better long term, but you have to get your body on the right track before you start introducing new and unfamiliar foods.  We will teach you how to smoothly recover from a flare up and do “What it takes” to take back your health.*

*A liquid diet. The single best weapon to avoid or end any attack!

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If you are reading this article, you or somebody you know has diverticulitis, colitis, or Crohn’s. I am asked each day by clients “what can I eat right now?" and the answer isn't something you'll get excited about, however it's the best thing for you. Before starting the Pain Free Foods program, you usually need to do a liquid diet.  When you have a digestive disorder, your system is weak and damaged. Similar to having an infected cut on your hand or somewhere else. We all realize that in the event that you get a cut, you have to give it an opportunity to scab over and let it mend before you begin working it again. Your digestive system is the same. When you are eating ANYTHING, you are making a compromised digestive system work when it ought to be resting.  The typical length of a liquid diet will be 24-72 hours. This time frame will give your body the important time it needs to start healing, like letting a cut scab over. You will judge your time on translucent liquids based on how you are feeling. When you aren't cramping or in pain and food really begins to sound appealing, you can start reintroducing solid foods slowly.  I understand that for some clients, being underweight is an issue so remember this: While you will loose a couple pounds not eating for a few of days, without a rest period, you will be eating less and in pain for a longer duration of time, so in the long run, you will gain more weight faster if you can end your flare up fast. Pain Free Foods does not limit your calorie intake when you are on the program, We see clients that need to gain and loose weight, and both are able to be done effectively.  Numerous clients ask whether they are allowed to juice raw fruits and veggies, drink protein shakes, or eat only a small amount of food on liquid diet. NO. Our liquid diet comprises of just water, herbal tea, apple juice, cranberry juice, jello, or other liquids that you can see through (translucent liquids). Orange for instance is opaque not acceptable on a rest diet. Your system needs a complete rest. A small amount of cheating will decrease the effectiveness of the liquid diet.  For diabetic clients and others with glucose issues, including a protein shake that meets the program principles can be necessary, and won’t completely ruin the effectiveness of the diet, but try to avoid it if possible  After the liquid diet is over and you begin eating solid foods, you will stick to meals that are the size of your own fist. Fist size meals pass with the least amount of digestive effort in a compromised digestive system. Anything larger with that will drive your system to expand to allow it through, or contract to push it along.  After your flare up is over, you can eat larger meals and incorporate almost every food you are used to eating everyday. You will have to group them properly, but we will teach you everything you need to know.*

*Misdiagnosis Or Diagnosis changes

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After working with thousands of digestive disorder clients, we have noticed a trend in something that’s worth mentioning; a misdiagnosis of condition. In our constant interaction with our clients, we noticed that we always hear about them telling us that their doctors’ diagnosis changes after some time. This is because after a couple of weeks or months, your digestive disorder can get worse, causing your doctor to believe it’s a more serious condition.  In the beginning, it may present as a bit of acid reflux acid reflux that can transform to IBS or IBD and then proceeds to Diverticulosis or Colitis and then eventually into Diverticulitis and Crohn’s. These disorders listed are caused by too much or too little acid in our bodies. If your diet isn’t corrected, they can get worse and symptoms can spread.  Even though you name them differently, you cannot remove the reality that this disorder is still from its root, acid related. This is still a good thing, believe it or not, because it shows that we can guide you even if your diagnosis changes. Keep in mind that the answer to success is to deal with the cause of the problem, not keep treating symptoms. With us guiding you, we can provide a diet to overcome the symptoms of those disorders. You just have to stick with the program strictly and allow us to help.*

    Take a cold hard look at what you eat.

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Take a cold hard look at what you eat. 
In our articles, we generally appear to be talking about eating. Despite the fact that doctors will swear that your diet routine has NOTHING to do with Crohn's colitis or diverticulitis, they will as a rule suggest a high fiber, and low residue diets. How about we examine the way you eat logically so you can see for yourself?  The way we are taught to eat in Western cultures is to eat two or three times each day, a meal consisting of two to four foods. Even the majority of our "hand" food like burgers and sandwiches are "meals" containing a few distinctive nutritional categories. This style of eating scarcely exists in the less developed nations where they have no acid reflux and digestive disorders. Coincidentally, blending of groups does not exist in nature by healthy animals.  The speed at which you developed your digestive disorder has to do with family traditions, hereditary qualities and your own dietary patterns. A concerned young man messaged me a couple times this month and let me know that he was not going to buy the PFF eating program in light of the fact that he didn't cook, so he felt that the program would not work for him. I let him know that whether he cooked or not, he could appropriately group his foods. In a subsequent email he conceded that he fundamentally lives on TV meals so he couldn't group. I let him know that he could without much of a stretch take after the program even with TV meals by essentially wiping out any offending group in a given meal. This would frequently be a single side dish that could be eaten later with another type of meal. This program will work with any lifestyle.*

If you have inflammation, you have a damaged mucosal lining

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Most of us with digestive orders started out healthy, but usually about 10 years before we even knew it, our digestive disorder was brewing within. We like to blame our troubles on the meal we ate before feeling trouble, but digestive disorders don’t work like that.
This article will explain how your digestive disorder is harming you.
I believe this is what’s happening: 
1. Some factors triggered your mucosal lining to be damaged. This lining is a fancy name for a snot like covering from the mouth to the anus, protecting the whole digestive track from unwanted or harmful substances, mainly hydrochloric acid. While hydrochloric acid is not foreign to the body, it is to fragile tissue of your digestive system that’s usually guarded by your mucosal lining.   
2. Do you know which factors prompted your mucosal damage? Hereditary sensitivity or inclination, use of caustic substances like NSAIDs or carbonated drinks, a high stress type “A” personality, some **prescription meds that causes tissues damage, use of antibiotics, and having a Westernized diet rich in catalyst and trigger foods.    **Again, we are not doctors and are not contradicting their recommendations or the benefits of taking prescribed medicines. We are informing you of our knowledge about few medications so you can think of changing them if and when your doctor agrees. 
3. Once your mucosal lining was damaged, even in one spot, your destiny was set. Hydrochloric acid aggravated your digestive system and colon lining, harming your delicate valve tissues of the digestive tract in each meal, including more and more damage to the harmed area. Once you have a pocket, polyp, or hole, it will get worse until addressed.   
4. When the mucosal lining is ruptured and acid begins destroying tissue that was once protected, the unwanted result is periodic infection. This is when inflammation causes a wound. It’s like a first, second or third degree burn, however for this scenario that continues getting burned and is unable to heal. In a couple of weeks or months, this “burn” gets infected (keep in mind, this “burn” lives in a septic tank of horrible bacteria) and these diseases don’t clear up easily.   
5. These weak spots in your lining periodically trigger attacks and flare-ups. When you feel pain “down there” the infection is now fully working on the body and hard to eliminate. The frequent result is going to the hospital for antibiotics. 33% of your healthy bacterial flora, around 75-80% of your immune system is wiped out with every round of antibiotics.   
6. Then, you go home feeling better because the infection is gone and your body had some time to recover, but the weak spots still exist and it’s only a matter of time before it happens again.*

*Why is stress such a big deal

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For “us” (digestive disorder sufferers) there are three types of stress: Physical stress like overworking, playing hard, and illness. Then there are mental stresses which largely has to do with our personality type and how we view things. The last is what I call digestive stress. I want to comment very briefly on each of the three. Because this is just a brief email I will just skim the surface.   Physical Stress: Physical stress is not necessarily bad and “bad” can differ a lot from person to person. One person’s healthy exercise is one person’s life threatening activity that could bring on a heart attack. A complete lack of physical activity is not good and 20 min per day of light to moderate exercise is best as far as digestive disorder patients are concerned. If you are young/healthy enough for more and want to do so… that is great.  Mental Stress: Relationships, money worries, housing, obligations, and worries over anything can trigger mental stress. The unusual thing about mental stress is that “stress is in the mind of the person stressing. My wife rarely stresses over anything and therefore she is probably going to outlive me by 20 years. On the other hand, someone has to remember everything, save money, pay bills, and get us to leave on time. I contend that neither personality type is better and if you are lucky enough to be with someone who is your opposite, maybe that is best. If you are my type… type “A,” please try to do something relaxing or at least distracting a time or two per day for 20 min or so.  Remember that mental stress can actually cause acid production even when you are not eating. If you ruminate and cycle over your cares or fears, you are damaging your health. I am still working on this but here is what I do (part of this protocol is taken directly from a book I learned from:
“The Depression Cure” by Steven Ilardi. Mr Ilardi is a professional Psychiatrist who cured most cooperative patients of clinical depression. His recipe is a blend of EPA and DHA omega oils I found most effective in Salmon oil, a few minutes of sunshine per day, a few minutes of light exercise or walking each day and a turmeric supplement. I had discovered turmeric in my own studies and found it effective for digestive disorders, arthritis, as well as mood and depression. The four way punch is effective for those who stick with it for a few weeks. 
Digestive distress: in a healthy person can be caused by overeating, gas, physical injury, disease, or an unhealthy diet including carbonated drinks, illicit drugs, alcohol, prescription medications and especially over the counter pain medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and a few others. Once these many causes (including the other two types of stress) it is like a roller coaster that has gone over that first big hill. It is hard to bring the cars back to a stop. This is why the program is strict and demanding. Most of our clients do not have their physical or mental stress under complete control so it takes a monumental effort to fix everything by working only on the digestive issue itself.  I would like you to look at this short list of three items. Believe that we are going to help you with the digestive distress, but the other two are beyond our control.
Consider the following few things for you to choose from to help with the other two: 
start a savings plan  get a nagging project done that has been pestering you  make a phone call that is long overdue  forgive an old grudge that is a weight you carry  think about making a life change that has been holding you back  evaluate some things that stress you…
job, relationships, housing, vehicle, debt, hygenic or cleanliness issues  anything that causes you to sweat, turn red, get a stomach ache, feel sad, cry, pray, or feel hopeless. These things can get better but they need a good decision and a little follow through on your part  for type “A’s” there is another one… let go a bit more. Don’t try to control everything or everyone, relax, enjoy, waste an hour a day, watch a favorite movie, drink a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy it. Watch a child, watch a dog. Do something completely non-productive if only for one minute per day.
This is a learned skill that we are not good at naturally. You can end your self driven acid production and PFF will help you with the rest.   
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*Some eating habits you may want to reconsider:

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We can’t be experts in everything but most of us consider ourselves to be expert in the day to day rituals of caring for ourselves. This includes eating and drinking. If you have a digestive disorder however, I have bad news for you. You are probably eating and drinking incorrectly. Of course when I say “incorrectly” I am referring to eating and drinking in a way that is not best for your body to heal it’s digestive disorder. Most of us do several things a day that aggravate our digestive tract and the good news is that most of these things are easily changed to allow us to heal faster especially when we are on the Pain Free Foods plan. Here are some tricks and techniques that will help almost everyone feel better after meals and better in the long run: 1) Stop drinking with your meals. This is a tough one for many of us. Drinking with meals is common and often a matter of “family tradition.” The simple truth is that we live in a busy world and we often have to eat quickly. Drinking during meals allows us to consume more food in less time so it has become our habit. The problem is that our stomach is sending signals for enzymes and acid to be secreted to digest the quantity and type of food we eat. When we drink more than a cup of liquid during a meal, we are diluting these digestive components into ineffectiveness. Give your stomach a break and don’t drink 15 minutes before or 60 minutes after a meal. 2) Reduce your use of ice in your drinks. Who doesn’t love an ice cold drink? The answer is… our stomachs. The stomach is sitting there inside the abdominal cavity where the average temperature is only slightly lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice drinks may be as cold as 40 degrees Fahrenheit so it is a 60 degree shock to the stomach. How do you feel when you jump in a cold pool or get hit with a cold shower? If you already have a digestive disorder like colitis, you don’t need to be punishing your stomach several times per day with icy beverages. 3) Chew thoroughly. We are supposed to chew our food so thoroughly that it becomes a fully Masticated or “pastelike.” In this way you greatly ease the burden of digestion on the stomach and intestines. Even the powerful acids and enzymes your body uses to digest are no match for chunks and pieces of food. Generally speaking, what you don’t chew thoroughly doesn’t give up it’s nutrition. The exception is fats and carbohydrates which digest easily and pass through the intestinal and colon wall almost without effort. This single fact might be more responsible for modern obesity than any other. Poorly chewed and digested food gives up the fat and sugar but little of the protein, vitamins or mineral nutrition that we need so badly. This is the opposite of what we need to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight. Give your body a break and improve your digestive health. Follow the three eating tricks here and watch your healing miracle slowly begin. Want to go faster? Get on the Pain Free Foods program. Your friend in ending your diverticulitis forever. Pain Free Foods author: Mike Hohlweg PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

*The Most Famous Diet on Earth What is wrong with the most famous diet on earth; the Mayo Clinic diet for digestive disorders?

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 The Mayo Clinic diet is probably the most recommended diet in the world for digestive disorder patients. The number of people who have used the “Mayo Clinic Diverticulitis diet” (also used for other digestive disorders) is unknown, but is estimated in the millions. The details of the diet are found here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis-diet/my00736 You would think that a source as well respected, as the Mayo Clinic would be “cutting edge” for helping to heal or at least “treat” a disease such as diverticulitis. Unfortunately this is not the case. Even the clinic itself admits that the diet is not intended to prevent or even treat diverticulitis. The diet is only claimed to: give your digestive tract a short “rest.” Here is a direct quote from their website page and the above link, as of February 12th 2013: “Purpose” A diverticulitis diet can\’t treat or prevent diverticulitis. Rather, it\’s intended to give your digestive system a chance to rest. A colitis diet is typically recommended along with antibiotics for mild or uncomplicated cases of colitis.” For many people that we have helped, the Mayo Diet does give them a “rest” and allows them a reduction in inflammation for a few days. The problem is that a liquid diet like this does not provide enough calories and nutrients to stay on for very long. Once a person starts eating normally again the problem generally returns. You will also read (at the Mayo Clinic website) that the diet is normally recommended along with antibiotics. This is due to inflammation often being accompanied by infection. Since these antibiotics also tent to destroy a person\’s beneficial intestinal flora, it is easy to see how this cycle of diet, pain and antibiotics can make the condition worse in the long run. This is the dilemma many colitis patients find themselves in. Their dilemma is chronic inflammation and infection requiring medication and antibiotics, which in the long term can actually make the condition worse. Once things get worse, the patient will often have another attack or flare-up that will start another round of antibiotics and bland or liquid dieting. This is the nightmare roller coaster that many colitis patients endure year after year. What is worse is that over a period of years, many of these patients find their attacks and flare-ups getting closer and closer together. The same doctors who recommend the above treatments will also often recommend surgical removal of all or part of the colon as a solution to ongoing attacks and flare-ups. The sickening part of this “solution” is that for many, removal of the colon or sigmoid colon only ends attacks and flare-ups for one to four years and the cycle starts again. Read what modern medicine calls the “cure” for diverticulitis: http://www.colonrectalsurg.wustl.edu/PatientCare/UlcerativeColitis.asp Here is a quote from “How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated” from the listed link, part way down the page. Although this specific article speaks of ulcerative colitis, our theory shows that all the main digestive disorders stem from the same root cause; poor food combining and catalyst food intake that causes overproduction of stomach acid, that leads to all of the major digestive disorders. Here is the article quote: “In 25 to 33 percent of patients with ulcerative colitis, medical therapy isn’t enough. Under these circumstances, surgery is the treatment of choice. This includes the removal of the colon and the rectum. Once the colon and rectum are removed, the ulcerative colitis is cured.” As I read this, I could not help but feel horrified at how doctors must look at us. Imagine thinking that the cure for a digestive disorder is to remove all or part of our digestive tract. Can you imagine letting someone remove your colon and rectum? It makes you wonder how they would treat a headache! An attack or flare-up can be a very painful experience that some women describe as “more painful than childbirth.” Is it possible to break this cycle of pain? We think it is and many hundreds of our customers seem to agree. If you agree with us that removal of your colon and rectum is not a “cure” for colitis, consider our Pain Free Foods eating program as an alternative. For those of you who have already had a sigmoid-ectomy or other drastic surgery we acknowledge that your doctor may have seen that your condition was so severe as to necessitate such a measure. You can still do your best to stop this disease from continuing unchecked until are again “beyond help” or you need a second surgery. Please consider our non-invasive, healthy alternative to drastic pharmaceutical or surgical measures to pain relief through diet. PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

*What you don't know and probably don't want to know about digestion.

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(An article for the technically minded diverticulitis sufferer) We are taught that our stomach receives our food then it travels through the intestine and eventually leaves the body. While this is all true in general, it is also so oversimplified that it can keep you from figuring out what is wrong with you and how to fix it. Sometimes it is “what is not said” that is most important. Hi, my name is Mike Hohlweg the author of Pain Free Foods. I want you to be free of pain and the symptoms from colitis. There are four valves or sphincters between the throat and rectum. These valves perform tasks such as keeping food in the stomach, allowing us to belch, metering food into the intestines so that we don\’t clog, helping with the mixing, digesting and nutrient absorption in the intestine and colon and separating gas, liquid and solid material near the “end of the line.” From the minute you take your first bite of food during a meal, contractions and rhythmic cycles of valve opening and closing start working on the complex task of helping you safely and comfortably digest your meal. Of course when I say “comfortably” I am referring to a healthy person. These cycles are a complicated orchestra of processes that are more varied than a musical score. So this is not vague, I will give you an example of one of these dozens of process that even most doctors are not familiar with. One of the valves in the small intestine closes when appropriate to allow for a wavelike motion of the intestinal musculature to “massage” your food long enough to allow thorough mixing of digestive enzymes or acid and for maximum nutrient absorption (by allowing more food to make contact) with the intestine wall. During this phase, the food is not allowed to travel downward through the intestine at all. Additionally the pyloric valve (the valve in the bottom neck of the stomach) stays closed to prevent this wave motion from pushing food back into the stomach where it could make you sick. Although this “orchestra” might seem overwhelming, keep in mind that the body is already designed to fix any problem with any of these systems. Some results of this choreographed “dance” being out of step are: “sitting food”, bloating, diarrhea, gas, constipation, malnutrition, ulcerations, sour stomach, reflux, acid scaring and a dozen other digestive issues. Then again you are already familiar with several of those. For those few of you who continued to read through that last couple of paragraphs, I tell you that I know you “really don\’t care about all of this.” I understand, but want you to know we had to really understand the digestive process before we could help you through digestive disorders. With the digestive process as complicated as it is, the solution has to be right and the answer is not always the old standbys of: antibiotics, medicine and surgery. Sometimes the right solution is to allow these valves, muscles, and all the infections and inflammation to simply heal so the body is allowed to do what it does best… fix itself! Neither doctors, you nor I can heal the body and neither can anyone “cause” these complicated processes to realign. It has to be done by removing the cause of inflammation, the cause of acid scaring that disables the valves and to simply “get out of the way” of the body healing itself. This is what we offer you in the PFF program. There are reasons that no doctor has ever cured anyone of colitis. Healing can only be done by the body itself and only when that body isn't being poisoned or overly stressed by the very things that caused the disease. This is where we help. We ask you to consider for yourself how; doctor visits, antibiotics and procedures have worked for you so far in ending your colitis. Our method is simple and we make it as painless as possible. Mike Hohlweg, author, PFF PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever.*

*Can anything be done about bloating?

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To help with bloating we first have to understand how it happens. As we discussed in an earlier article we have several valves or sphincters between our mouths and the “end” of the digestive line. Two of these valves are located at the top and bottom of the stomach. Let\’s call this fact number one. Next, understand that when food digests, it is being reduced to it\’s basic components by acid, enzymes, saliva and bacteria. Even when all is going well (not the case with most of us) this process causes an increased volume and pressure from carbon dioxide and methane. People also push air into the stomach during eating and drinking due to the way we swallow. Let\’s call this fact number two. When a person is in normal health, the valves we mentioned at the beginning all function normally and allow and even encourage belching and passing of gas from the rectum. This equalizes the gas and air volume and pressure in the stomach and intestines and bloating is short lived or non-existent. In a person with a digestive disorder however, acid is constantly scaring some of the internal digestive equipment including the upper and lower stomach valves. These valves or sphincters are soft tissue and susceptible to scaring. Once scared, they operate poorly if at all. Poorly functioning valves can lead to an inability to belch even when the pressure is dramatic and painful. The stomach becomes a balloon and in some cases will form an aneurism through the diaphragm above the stomach and form what is called a hiatal hernia. Doctors say the cause of this hernia is unknown so we will call my description a theory so I don\’t offend them. The methods I use in counseling to help clients with chronic bloating involve reducing or ending abnormal acid production through a simple diet plan. However if you just want a fix for the single symptom of bloating, there are a couple of things you can do: Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil is a centuries old remedy for all digestive disorders. I use it and believe it is both soothing and healing in the entire digestive tract including the valves that partially cause bloating. Secondly, some people find relief in the herb fennel seed, which can easily be found in capsule form at your local health food store. Fennel has a gas reducing effect for many people who take it. Taking these two natural remedies will not end or cure bloating but may give you temporary relief from a very annoying condition. Eating modest sized meals and always eating two hours or more before bedtime will also help especially if you have a hiatus hernia from your bloating. Serving you health. Sincerely Mike Hohlweg PFF is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you are seeing a doctor or taking medications, continue to do so and consult with your physician before starting any new eating or nutrition program or changing your medication regimen. Even if the program works for you as it has for so many, your digestive tract may be inflamed or injured to the point where complete healing may be a multi week, month or even a year or more process. We do believe in this program and stand behind our guarantee 100%, but we are never going to be aware of all the conditions or complications that may exist in an individual patient. PFF is not supervised by doctors or nurses. The author Mike Hohlweg has no medical or nutritional training whatsoever*

*Two Things Nearly Everyone Does Wrong!

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