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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 12/15/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
has any one heard of or tried using bentonite (i.e. special type of clay) for crohn's or leaky gut syndrome? just curious.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Carnival Huckster
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 159
   Posted 12/15/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I did a full-blown colon cleanse with psyllium and bentonite a year ago and got all kinds of black putrid gunk and parasites out of me. Despite the good results, this was incredibly foolish on my part because even then I was having problems with strictures and the colon cleanse could have easily resulted in a blockage. Also it did not seem to halt the progress of my disease: I continued sliding down hill after that at a pretty rapid rate.

+ 34 year old male
+ Crohn's Disease DX in 1997
+ Recently hospitalized because of ruptured small bowel; docs got it under control but have scheduled resection surgery for January 2010.
+ Taking Cipro (1000mg / day), Flagyl (1500mg / day), and Entocort (9mg / day) until surgery
+ SCD for past 10 years


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
super bummer to hear about your experience, but i'd like to think that it served some good in all the stuff it probably got out of you.

i've been told by several GI's and naturopaths that if you have a digestive disease (ie CD, UC, IBS, etc) you don't want to do digestive type cleanses, like colon cleanses. it irritates the gut lining more than it already is. there are other ways to detox and cleanse that are less evasive. oh, and with a cleanse, you always end up feeling worse as toxins etc come to the surface and are removed, so that is when you need to be eating right and repopulating with a good probiotic and drinking enough water.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Squattie
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 669
   Posted 12/16/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi CrazyHarry,

Whenever I feel gut grief I take "Gastrex" from Standard Process. I always have it on hand. It has bentonite and okra powder. It comes in capsules and you take two of them 15 minutes before each meal and again at bedtime.

It soothes the gut and pulls out toxins in a very gentle way. You have to drink a full glass of water with it. I usually break open 3 capsules and mix it in warm water. I like to let it "slime" up a bit, and the warm water helps to relax the gut muscles.

I've never had any problem with it and feel safe taking the three capsules in water. My nutritionist recommends not taking it long term, as it can, over time, leech minerals. But if you put your minerals back through good diet or juicing, it's no big deal.

I have taken it long term at times. It's good for indigestion as well. You may have to get it from a chiropractor or other alternative practitioner. You can't just buy it at the health food store. Standard Process works solely through practitioners.
.....Squattie

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