What and Why?
Healthy digestion makes no gas and the little you swallow accidentally is all you have to contend with. But the bacteria which multiply in colitis and constipation make from meat residues, organic gases you would be better off without. From childhood nearly every Westerner makes wind that smells unpleasant. You were taught to hold it in the presence of company and let it out quietly in the toilet or out of doors. Learn now to avoid making it in the first place and give your children a valuable legacy.
The bacteria that make offensive gases also change the climate of your colon from acid to alkaline. That favours very much a fungus called Candida Albicans, or thrush. It, like a huge variety of fungi or yeasts, can live peacefully on your skin in small colonies throughout your life but quickly takes advantage of any opportunity to multiply. Like the yeast in beer it lives by digesting sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas which probably forms the bulk of your wind and lessens its offensiveness.
If you eat lots of sugar, some gets through to your colon, giving yeasts a flying start. But this offers little scope and they are not so easily confined. In their mycelial form they can break bounds and spread up into your small intestine where the climate still favours them. Yeasts you swallow with your food can grow in the upper part of your stomach, and spores may survive its acid bath to reach your intestines from above. Once there they can feed sumptuously on any sugar you eat, making lots of gas and spreading more complex fungal effects elsewhere.
All this is very insidious and is not yet recognized at all by most doctors though they have useful remedies at their disposal. Some of the alternative schools of thought tend to depend on very expensive supplement programmes which must be maintained for many months. You would be better off trying the obvious free remedies first, and seeking your doctor’s help.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. First recondition the climate in your bowel. Eat lots of fresh root and leaf vegetables and fresh fruit. Avoid absolutely all sugars and starchy foods, especially bread; Candida mycelium can feed on intact starch grains (see catarrh). Avoid meat to force Coliform germs back onto their cellulose diet which tames them dramatically. Acidify your meals by taking a teaspoonful of cider vinegar between courses, so long as this does not provoke indigestion.
2. Stewed apple purée is a first class intestinal cleanser; cook and store it in steel or glass as it cleans aluminium too! Eat it exclusively for two days and watch your tongue become clean and pink — a sign of similar improvements further down.
3. Make live yoghurt and add this freely to your apples. The Lactobacillus used to make it is of the Acidophilus kind, and a proportion will get through your stomach, in small vegetable or fruit meals, to thrive in your large bowel. Less will survive as the dessert to a heavy meal, which will delay the yoghurt in stomach acid which checks it; so have the dessert first!
4. Beware of expensive Acidophilus cultures, because many of them die before they are consumed. A supplement of Vitamin B Complex High Potency or Biotin (50-250mcg with three meals daily) is wise however, because it helps to prevent mycelial transformation.
5. When you return to a more normal diet stabilize your digestion by replanning the order of your meals.
6. Explain your problem to your doctor and see if he is willing to prescribe Nystatin tablets for a month on an NHS prescription: the charge is good value. You need one tablet four times daily, at least one hour before meals and as regularly spaced as possible.
7. A homoeopathic practitioner can offer an alternative remedy: a high potency of Candida Albicans. You will need his advice about taking it.
8. Garlic deters Candida very strongly; take as much as your friends will tolerate!
9. Medicinal Charcoal is a good first aid when all else fails - it soaks up wind as it is formed in your intestine. Some forms are unreasonably expensive — shop around.