There was someone on here--his dad was Chinese--and his dad talked him into doing some sort of Chinese thing for his D. He was skeptical, especially when it involved lighting incense on his belly (!), but the last time he was on here, he was so improved as to say he was normal. Don't know how long it lasted, but he decided it'd be worthwhile to do it again if it helped for a while.
I figured any country that has not had regular and widespread sanitary water access for long probably has a lot of good ideas on how to treat diarrhea. If it makes you feel any better, in those countries where a bout of diarrhea is common due to bad water, there is VERY low occurence of colon cancer. Scientists think that maybe the diarrhea is a key--that a regular flushing out of the colon keeps the colon healthier and less prone to develop cancer (although it could be that the introduction of bad bacteria that cause the D causes the colon to improve its immune system and that might be what keeps it from getting cancer).
<<When I told her I had been diagnosed with IBS she explained that this diagnosis meant nothing - it was just a way for western medicine to put a name on something they knew nothing about that lumped many different digestive disorders under one name.>>
She is pretty correct about this. After all, the "IBS" label can include people with a bad gall bladder, no gall bladder, people with excess acid, people with slow digestive transit times, people with fast digestive transit times, people with hormone problems, people with intestinal muscle spasms, people with "gut depression", people with food allergies, etc., etc. There are many things which can cause bowel problems, but people are frequently given the "IBS" label anyways.
Post Edited (Keriamon) : 4/29/2008 10:08:35 AM (GMT-6)