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diverticulitus
Posted by: Jasper
Date: February 18, 2001 2:22 PM

My dad has diverticulitis. He now eats slowly and chews his food for a long time. Is there any cure for this disease? Anything he should be taking or doing that will help him to feel better? He isn't in pain all the time, but when he is it is excruciating.

RE: diverticulitus
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 18, 2001 8:49 PM

I wou.ld say your Dad is on the right track chewing his food thoroughly and slowly. The more thoroughly his food is digested, the better for his condition. If I had the condition I would stay with a raw food diet as far as possible with a lot of roughage and take high quality digestive enzymes with each meal, especially those meals with cooked food. A weekly enema would be a good idea also. Of course, diverticulitis cannot exist without diverticulosis, so surgical removal of the diverticuli is a certain cure, but of course there are certain risks to surgery one should always take into account.

RE: diverticulitus
Posted by: June
Date: February 27, 2001 5:43 AM

When the colon has diverticula (usually detected by a colonoscopy), it isn't a problem until one of them becomes abscessed and causes great pain requiring medication for several days. I recommend your Dad taking metamusil (in water or fruit juice) on a daily basis--even twice a day. This will add bulk to his diet, is easy to take and should keep his diverticula from becoming infected---causing diverticulitis. Good luck. June.

RE: diverticulitus
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 27, 2001 8:11 AM

The ingredient which is active in Metamucil is psyllium. You can obrain that in pure form from the health food store and avoid the pink dye in Metamucil.

RE: diverticulitus
Posted by: Floyd
Date: April 17, 2001 12:09 PM

I use both psyllium hulls and whole leaf aloe vera juice with success. I was hospitalized twice for diverticulitus, complicated by diabetes. This was back in 97 - 98. Psyllium hulls and aloe vera has taken care of the situation very nicely for me and I suspect it will for your dad as well.



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