Gastrointestinal Disorders, What Can We Do?

Gastrointestinal Disorders

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Gastrointestinal Disorders can include Gastritis, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As well as Ulcers, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea and Constipation. Leaky Gut Syndrome, Diverticulosis, and Diverticulitis are additional GI disorders. The common denominator between all of these is severe discomfort, malabsorption, inflammation, food allergies, depressed immunity, off balance PH levels, and stress.


Gastrointestinal Disorders can be hereditary or caused by a genetic predisposition. However, other issues may also be the cause


  • lack of exercise
  • insufficient fiber
  • insufficient water
  • travel
  • stress
  • dairy
  • over the counter medicines
  • prescription medication

Control of Gastrointestinal disorders is ultimately possible.


Shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system and offer antiviral benefits. Moreover, vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, minerals and a quality multivitamin can offer benefit. Consider herbs that can help to repair the immune system, reduce inflammation or repair the stomach lining. Echinacea and goldenseal should be considered.

Elimination diets are, in fact, great for figuring out food allergies.  Of course, gluten, corn, dairy and processed foods are among the most common offenders. To see if symptoms begin to improve remove the possible offenders for a minimum of three weeks. Reintroduce foods slowly. Reactions will be noticed immediately. Presumably, they will then be easily traced back to the offending substance.

Elaine Gottscahll, M.Sc. created The Specific Carbohydrate Diet. In fact, this approach leads with the idea that gastrointestinal disorders are related to imbalances in the body. The main imbalance is found between carbohydrates and intestinal bacteria. Ultimately this brings a further decline in health. The author states that the success rate of her approach is quite high. For example, the recovery rate for Crohn’s disease is 80%. Meanwhile the recovery rate for diverticulitis is 95%. Furthermore, there are very encouraging results for celiac disease – you can learn more about managing celiac disease here-  and spastic colon. Her approach is based on the teachings of Dr. Sidney V. Haas,


Diet highlights include avoidance of processed meat, canned fish and smoked meat. In addition, avoid cereal grains, flour, potatoes, yam, chickpeas, soybeans and seaweed. Finally milk, beer, baking powder and seeds.

Do some of these issues plague you? Tell me about it.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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10 thoughts on “Gastrointestinal Disorders, What Can We Do?”

  1. Dr. Erica Goodstone


    The Specific Carbohydrate Diet looks interesting. It seems, lately, that there are so many foods to avoid that there is hardly anything left that is healthy to eat. For arthritis it is recommended to not eat any nightshade vegetables, including potatoes and eggplant. And then to eliminate all seeds (I imagine that also includes all nuts – which I love), and all soy and all flour, all dairy. It becomes increasingly difficult to socialize, to eat at a friend’s home or to eat at a restaurant.

    Dr. Erica

    1. I find the specific carbohydrate diet to be downright fascinating but I do understand your frustration at wondering what to eat when you are at friends homes or dining out. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need some help.

      And yes, when it is recommended to avoid seeds it will usually include nuts.

  2. Hi Elise,

    Thankyou for sharing this information with us. I have suffered with Irritable Bowl Syndrome for many years as have my sisters so I was happy to read some of the things I can do and eat to help eleviate my symptoms. It’s not a nice thing to have and I look forward to trying out these suggestions.


  3. What the killer for all of us is.. refined sugar. It is addictive, breeds all kinds of things you would never want aside from obesity, diabetes and cancer. That definitely needs to be eliminated and working on that one now. It is not easy however I am already feeling better than I did before. Great info!

  4. Erika Mohssen-Beyk

    Hi Elise,
    I had a 10 year journey with this ,
    I have been reading every book,
    tried herbs and I had even Doctor
    friends ,they tried to help.and did colonoscopy.
    Nothing helped because nobody thought of
    the needed bacteria, the intestinal flora.
    After 10 years I found the solution.
    I found out that it was a lack
    of good bacteria and all was caused by wrong medication .
    I took something called Mutaflor and a herb called devil’s claw,
    for 3 weeks and did Colon-Hydrotherapy and since
    then it is now 30 years ,I never had problems again.

    Gastrointestinal Disorders can make
    life very unpleasant and it could be
    healed in many cases
    What makes it difficult is that nobody likes to talk
    about and many conventional professional
    reject to consider even colon hydrotherapy.
    and do not know how to restore the intestinal flora.

  5. Hi Elise,

    I know so many people with Gastrointestinal Disorders. As a child I had ulcers, but cured that one with food intake. My mom has Diverticulitis for many years. Those two hit home, but so many people suffer with this.
    To me, a change of diet will be the way to go. Years back, I went to a Naturopathic Doctor and between the change of diet (what to stay away from and what to eat more) plus a few little herbal medicines, it worked like a charm!
    My mom is now living with us because of many of her heath issues, but when it comes to food, she knows well how to keep her diverticulitis under control.
    Thanks for letting people know that there is a good way of healing.


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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.