Healing Digestive Disorders
February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Srinika in San Francisco at this special workshop where she will be discussing some of the underlying causes of many common digestive disorders, such as IBS, SIBO, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, gastritis, and more.
… and I’m here at my office at the Prana Urban Healing Lounge in San Francisco. And tonight I’ll be talking about digestive disorders, and what are some underlying causes of digestive disorders, and what we can do about them, some basic tips. So I’m gonna be, first, starting to talk about how I got into the line of work that I do, and how it’s given me insights into digestive disorders, which I’ve had very good success with using this method of nutritional analysis. And then I’ll talk about what I’ve found, what are the underlying causes of most digestive disorders, and then go from there to just give some basic tips that you can do on your own that will really help.
So I’ve been doing acupuncture for about 15 years now, and about seven years ago I had a health scare of my own. I started to get this gagging sensation in the morning, and it was getting worse and worse, basically, over a period of a year. And I had tried many different kinds of medicines or modalities, and really, none of them were working, and I was getting scared. So I had heard about someone who did the kind of work that I’m doing now, nutritional analysis, and then basically I went to her. Although I was kind of skeptical, I was like, “What do I have to lose?” So I went to her, and in about five minutes she figured out, using muscle testing, which I’ll explain later, and little vials, that basically the issue I was having was with artificial sweetener, and it was bothering my system and creating this gagging sensation. And I thought to myself, “No way. I’m a health practitioner. I don’t do any artificial sweetener. This is bunk. I knew it, this modality doesn’t work.”
But then I went home, and I looked at the protein powder that I had been doing for about a year, and right in the middle of the ingredients it said sucralose. And at that time I didn’t even know what sucralose was, but I was like, “Is it a sugar derivative? Or … Hm. It looks suspicious. Let me Google it.” Sure enough, sucralose is the same thing as Splenda. And then I realized, “Oh, my gosh. I have been poisoning myself day after day with this particular brand of protein powder,” and basically realized this woman was right. She knew, and I didn’t know, what the problem was. She had given me some supplements to just clean my liver, and basically within a couple weeks I was much, much better. Of course, I stopped that protein powder.
But after that experience, I knew, “Wow. I want to know the kind of modality she knows.” It was kind of like magic. It was really quite miraculous, and I knew I wanted to go in that direction, so since then I have started to expand my practice from acupuncture to also include nutritional analysis. And it’s been quite journey, and I’ve just gained so many insights, like I’ve said, from it, as to what really is the underlying cause of so many diseases.
And so, why are digestive issues and chronic disease on the rise? Well, first we have nutritional deficiencies. There’s depleted soils, there’s foods that we eat that are filled with artificial sweeteners, GMOs. There’s a lot of sugar that we have in our diet. And we don’t really have much in the way of really strong nutritious foods. We don’t eat the same foods our forefathers ate, such as organ meats or a lot of bone broths and those kind of things. So that, first and foremost, is what’s going on to kind of make our bodies a little bit less strong than they used to be generations ago.
The second thing is environmental toxicities, and this is what I’ve found to be huge in the way of really all types of illnesses. So this includes autoimmune disease, any digestive disease, really anything that’s undiagnosable, or mysterious, or chronic, or stubborn. It tends to be this nutritional deficiency mixed with environmental toxicities. So that’s really what’s underlying, and I’m gonna talk about them one by one to talk about where they come from, how we can avoid them, how we can get them out of our system gently. As a [inaudible 00:04:20] person, you know, if you don’t come in, what can you do on your own to start getting these out of the system?
So people come in with all kinds of Western diagnosis, whether it’s IBS, or ulcerative colitis, or gastritis, or Crohn’s. To me, it doesn’t really matter, because what I’m looking for is, “Well, what’s actually going on? What’s underlying this ulcerative colitis? What’s underlying the Crohn’s?” So I don’t really care what the Western diagnosis is, I’m looking for my own analysis to figure out what’s really going on.
And many people think, “Well, the problem is in my intestines. That’s where they say, the doctor’s say it is, or that’s where I feel it, or it’s in my stomach.” What I’ve found is, stomach and intestines are generally not where the problems really lie. It’s usually the liver, the gallbladder, sometimes the pancreas, sometimes the lymphatic system, and this is where the majority of digestive problems come from. That doesn’t mean they’re not manifesting a bit in the stomach and the intestines, but really, these are the main problem areas.
So what are these problem areas … What’s bugging these problem areas? And now we’ll go ahead and figure out, and how to address these problems. So if you go to a Western medicine doctor, they’ll give you something like a laxative, or an antacid, or anti-inflammatories. So those things, as we know, really just block the symptoms. And that’s fine if it’s an acute situation, but if you have a long-term problem, there aren’t going to really be the solution, because it’s going nothing to address the underlying issue. And in fact, they can make the underlying issue even worse by making you think, “Oh, there is no underlying issue.” And as we know, going on taking anti-inflammatories really aren’t beneficial in the long-run, whether they’re steroids or … Antacids also aren’t good in the long-run. It prevents a lot of protein absorption, calcium absorption. So we want to find out, “Hey. Let’s find out the root of the problem and take care of it so that you don’t need these drugs, and that your organs will actually function.”
Okay, so I’ll talk about the number one environmental toxicity and problem, actually, that I see in my practice, is, doing the analysis, a lot of people have a lot of mercury in their system. And so this can come from leaky dental amalgams, that’s the most common. Sometimes fish. People in the Bay Area eat a lot of sushi, a lot of fish, and a lot of tuna, and a lot of fish that are quite high in mercury, and that starts to get in the system and stick in the system. Then there’s vaccines. Right now, kids’ vaccines no longer have mercury, but adult vaccines do. So if you’re getting a travel vaccine, that’s going to bring in thimerosal, which is a type of mercury. If you get your yearly flu shot, that’s gonna bring in more mercury. And it starts to get in the system, and it accumulates and causes problems over time, and it can very well accumulate in one of these digestive organs.
It can also come from just having had a mom who maybe had amalgams or ate fish during pregnancy, and then it goes through her system and gets into the fetus, basically. And when this person grows older, they start exhibiting symptoms, and they’ve had the mercury in their system since they were a fetus, basically, but then it starts making symptoms later on in life.
So those are big places that mercury comes from. You know what? So when I see people and it turns out mercury’s the issue, I can recommend certain things, but generally, for people on their own I suggest, “Okay. If you’re gonna go out and have fish, have some activated charcoal, have some bentonite clay.” These come in pill form and they’re readily available at health food stores. You can have that, and it’ll help neutralize some of the mercury coming in through fish. If you have a lot of amalgams, it’s not a bad idea to take these now and then just to clean up some of the mercury in your system. They’re very safe to take, and you don’t need to be under supervision to take these very basic supplements. One thing is, they don’t really reach in deep to get things out, so if people have a chronic, very stubborn issue, then it’s not going to work as well as if it’s just a matter of a small issue that … Just take some with fish, basically.
There’s other heavy metals out there, and before I got into nutritional analysis, I really had no idea that heavy metals were so prevalent and caused so much problems. Although, yes, my teacher did warn us, “Hey, you’re gonna see a lot of heavy metals out there.” And indeed, that is what I’ve been finding as really the number one cause of most of these difficult problems. So mercury’s number one, but there’s also lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium.
So lead can come from any remodeled house, especially here in San Francisco. If the walls have been torn down, there’s a lot of lead dust in the air. I get that in my clinic quite often. We figure out, “Okay, they were doing remodeling and tore down an old, 1910 wall, and that’s probably how it happened.”
Arsenic, you know, people sometimes eat a lot of brown rice every day, and I had heard that arsenic was in brown rice, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it, actually, that arsenic comes up here and there in these big brown rice eaters. So for them I generally suggest vary up your grains, or … They say washing brown rice is helpful to get rid of arsenic, but I would say just don’t make it a big part of your diet.
Aluminum, we have aluminum deodorants. And cadmium, interestingly, is also a big metal that comes in. It’s usually in car exhaust. Same thing, doing some bentonite clay and charcoal here and there just generally help clean out the system.
Next big thing: GMOs. So, you know, there’s been this big controversy. Are GMOs actually harmful, and should they be labeled? And it’s actually not a controversy here, because I can tell. It comes up all the time when I’m looking at people, and what shows up is that these genetically modified organisms are really problematic. And they’re found in canola, corn, soy products. Now they’re doing tomatoes, apples, potatoes. There’s more in the works. Squash. And people might say, “Well, I don’t do those much in my diet,” but every time you go out to eat, what are they cooking in? Usually canola oil, corn oil, soy oil … Or, they call it vegetable oil, but vegetable oil is basically corn or soy oil.
So, okay. This is a big thing that shows up all the time. When this shows up, I generally tell people, “Okay, have some kind of radish in your diet.” It generally breaks these things down. As well as try to include some fenugreek seeds in your diet. It’s a bitter seed. It’s used a lot in Indian cooking and other cuisines, but try to include some of these in your diet. It starts to break down GMOs and help them just get out of your system. And here in the Bay Area there’s a lot of good restaurants. Of course, they all mostly use these GMO cooking oils. I generally tell people just to include this in your regular diet, basically, because the radishes and fenugreek seeds, and fennel seeds, as well … Because just assume you’re getting GMOed and that you need to detox a bit from it.
And you’ll find some people will say, “Oh, well I feel bad when I go out to eat. That’s when I feel worse,” but they’re not sure why because they’re not necessarily ordering things that they don’t make at home. But it’s because of the cooking oils that they use, so that’s a good tip off.
Next big thing: electromagnetic frequencies. They’re all over. They’re on our cellphone, wireless, smart meters. Of course, yeah, computers. These also have a big effect on our system as a whole, mostly our nervous system, but our nervous system does affect our digestive system. Sometimes people will sleep with their cellphone on in their bedroom. It’s just common. We think, “Well, it’s invisible. We don’t see it. It’s not harming us,” but it actually is. Even if no one’s actively calling you at night, the wifi on it’s on, it’s having messages with the cell tower, so it’s not really letting your nervous system rest at night. And so when this happens, your nervous system goes into what’s called sympathetic mode, which is basically stress mode. So it’s not really letting your system go into healing mode, which, if you have a digestive issue, your body has to have at least some hours of the day where your body can go into healing mode, and usually that’s at night.
One thing I see a lot when people use their cellphones a lot, reflux, actually. And sounds strange. How does it affect reflux? But interestingly, yes, it can definitely affect reflux. I’ve seen that come up quite often. So very simple thing, don’t keep our cellphone on at night, at least. Try not to keep it in your pocket, of course. And don’t sleep in the same room as a router. I’ve seen some very, very bad problems with this. And try not to work right next to your router, try not to be too, too close to it.
Also, check where your smart meters are in your building. It’ll probably be in the garage or on the perimeter of the building. These are PG&Es electricity meters that they’re measuring the electricity with. These things are sending out very, very strong signals. They’re very strong EMFs. You know, if you live in a multi-unit building, there’s probably gonna be several of them all in one place. You don’t want that in a garage and you’re on the second floor right above that, or whole bunch of them right outside your bedroom, or even one right outside your bedroom. These things cause problems. There are ways to cover these meters or ask PG&E to remove it, but that costs money to ask PG&E to remove it, so just keep it in mind. At least know where they are in your house.
Then there’s just generally toxic chemicals that are just everywhere, whether it’s formaldehyde, or chlorine, or fluoride, or plastics. So these can get stuck in any organ, but the liver is a big one. So the liver is the filter of the body, and our body’s trying to filter these things out, but ’cause we’re bombarded with these things, the liver kind of gets clogged, basically.
So what can we do on a daily basis to just make sure our livers stay clean? Well, generally, vegetables can clean out the liver. Some vegetables are better than others. Beets and beet greens are very good at cleaning out the liver. Cruciferous vegetables, and that’s kale, and Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, also very good for cleaning out the liver. So include these in your diet on a regular basis, and juices are great, too, just because you get a concentrated amount of these vegetable in it, and it just helps to kind of get rid of toxicity in the liver.
You know, toxicity of the liver is really one of the key issues in most of these digestive problems. In, actually, most problems in general. Just the liver is stuck. It does a lot of work for us. Great organ, but it gets stuck just because it’s bombarded with so many things.
Second big organ, gallbladder. It’s kind of an extension of the liver. It’s where the bile gets stored. Very easy for the gallbladder to get stones or little gravel, they call it. Sometimes people have stones, sometimes people have just small, small, very small stones. And what this is, is basically toxicity in the liver that’s built up. It’s kind of become inflamed and congealed, and then sent to the gallbladder, and then sits in the gallbladder. But, it can block how bile comes out of the gallbladder, and when that becomes a problem, then people get gas, or bloating, loose stools, or constipation, and it can even affect … The stomach is getting signals from the gallbladder, so it can affect acid as well. So a lot of heartburn, acid cases, people think, “Oh, it’s my stomach.” Often times it’s the gallbladder.
So, again, the same liver cleansing foods are also helpful for the gallbladder. As well as, you go to a store, they have these liver herbs. They’re generally pretty safe liver cleanses. They have just herbs that are very helpful for cleaning out the liver and gallbladder, and usually includes some milk thistle and a few other herbs.
Next thing that I see that has definitely been affecting peoples’ digestion, at least for the past few years, is radiation. And this is radiation from Fukushima, which we really don’t hear about in our mainstream media. They’re not talking about it. But, from my testing, I can see that this comes up actually all the time. It’s in everyone to some extent, it’s just a matter of where is it going and where it is causing problems. One place it seems to build up is actually the gallbladder, so another things that’s getting to the gallbladder and causing problems. You know, I tell people, “Be very careful with fish from the pacific. If you can avoid it, actually, it’s better.” I know someone who has a friend who’s a fisherman here, and he said, “Yeah, these fish have tumors on them now.” So, of course they cut all that stuff out when it comes to you in the supermarket, but there are problems with the fish itself, and a lot of them are dying off, so don’t assume the fish is safe even if tastes good or tastes safe.
One thing that people can do on a daily basis that I’ve found is very helpful is spirulina. Spirulina is a freshwater algae, and you can’t really overdose on this, although you generally don’t need much, maybe 1,000 mg per day is pretty helpful. It seems to neutralize some radiation, and easy to take, and inexpensive to get. So generally across the board I tell people, “Okay. Take some spirulina.”
And then, with all these toxicities, guess what comes in? Opportunistic yeasts, opportunistic parasites. So people sometimes think, “Well, where did I get this parasite?” Sometimes they’re already in our system but they’ve just grown large because of the toxicity in a certain organ, which has beaten that organ down, and then these parasites are just opportunistic. Yeast, yeasts are very common when people have a fair amount of heavy metals in their system. Then yeast can grow, and then of course can grow more with refined carbohydrates in the diet, and of course sugar. So I generally don’t recommend people really do parasite cleanses on their own, or even yeast cleanses, because if you suddenly kill off a bunch of parasites and yeast, it can let loose a lot of toxins and you can be in a worse position.
That being said, some gentle probiotics, small doses are helpful. Also, just including more fermented foods in the diet are very helpful. So those can just keep yeast and parasites in check. If you’re not really used to doing fermented foods and you’re gonna start, don’t start with a huge amount, just start with just small, small amounts a day, like a tablespoon of sauerkraut, and work your way up from there. If you start with too much, it’s just like, again, kind of killing off bugs at too fast a pace.
And then, of course, there are food sensitivities that bother the digestive tract, and a lot of people have talked about this, so many, many alternative health practitioners talk about wheat being problematic for many people. Dairy is also problematic for many people. And then corn and soy, although corn and soy may be because they’re GMO products; that may be the reason why. But not everyone is totally sensitive to wheat, not everyone is totally sensitive to dairy, so I tell people, “Okay, go a couple weeks without one, see how you feel. Go a couple weeks without another one, see how you feel.” Elimination test is very helpful.
Here in my practice with nutritional analysis, I can tell pretty quickly using my vials, okay, what’s going on? Are there any food sensitivities? But if you want to do something on your own, just doing this elimination practice of going two weeks without a food is very useful.
And, okay, if you have any questions Facebook Live, please ask. Or if you guys have any questions, ask, otherwise I’ll continue. Okay, great. So what about blood tests, and stool tests? You know, people go to doctors, or they go to functional medicine doctors and get all these tests done, and they come back with something. But then they try whatever these people have said, and it doesn’t necessarily work. Well, blood tests can sometimes be misleading. They might find, oh, a lot of H. Pylori, which is a natural bacteria, but an overgrowth of it in the stomach and use antibiotics to get rid of it. And the person feels better for a little bit of time, but then the stomach pain comes back.
Or, a big new diagnosis now is SIBO, small intestine bacterial overgrowth. So they’re finding, oh, some overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine, again, trying to get rid of it or trying to put in good bacteria, but it’s very difficult to really get rid of it, because they’re not actually finding out what’s really behind the bad bacteria. So blood tests can kind of point to something that’s not really the underlying cause, it’s just a symptom of the underlying issue, and then you’re going after that symptom, but you’re not really going after the underlying cause. So just be aware that sometimes stool tests, blood tests really aren’t the end all, from what I’ve found.
Okay, diet. So a lot of people ask about the paleo diet, because it’s helpful for inflammation. And that is pretty much true. Sticking to less sugar, less refined grains, even no grains in your diet, it’s helpful in that these things tend to cause inflammation. But not everyone has it in them to be absolutely paleo, and it’s usually not the foods that are the cause of the problem. But while you’re getting treated, you should actually try to cut back on these things, just because it will be helpful for … I’m getting some water. Hang on.
Talking, talking, talking. All right, I’m back. So going paleo will be helpful while you’re getting treated for these other things, because it does cut down on inflammation.
Second big thing, keep your blood sugar balanced. So that’s actually one of the big things paleo does also, is keeping our blood sugar balances. So just by keeping your blood sugar balanced, it puts the body in a less stressed mode. It’s not yo-yoing up from high blood sugar, low blood sugar, and all these crashes. And that really stresses out the body, and then in turn just makes any problem worse, whether it’s digestive or otherwise. So that’s the benefit of a more paleo diet, and eating more fats in your diet.
So I generally tell people try to include some fats, really, in every meal, and, of course, some protein in every meal. The carbs, think of them as optional, whether you want them. Don’t really center your meal around carbs. If you can do without, great, or if you need a little bit, just do a little bit. But really try to center around fats, protein, and vegetables.
High mineral and nutrient dense foods are very helpful, as well. This is organ meats, the vegetables I talked about for broths, a mixed of cooked and raw foods. So you kind of have to feel this one out if you have a digestive issue. Some people can’t do any raw foods or uncooked foods, it just aggravates their system. And Chinese medicine, also, is big into cooked foods, and not eating uncooked or raw foods. But, raw foods do bring in certain enzymes, which can help the digestive tract. So experiment what works for you. General I tell people, “Try to do a mix, but see what mix is right for you.” Some people, they can’t do fruit. It’s just too raw and it gives them a stomach ache, but they can do sprouts or they can do some raw vegetables. So it’s just best to play around with it and see if you can include some raw foods.
I talked about fermented foods like sauerkraut, or kimchi, pickles, yogurt, to ward off yeast, promote health gut flora. Liver moving foods, the vegetables I talked about before. Eating as organic and whole food as possible, so of course, that’s cutting out processed foods, things that come in packages, things … yeah, that have any kind of fake stuff in them. Read labels. If there’s a bunch of chemicals in there, there’s just no need to eat that food. It’s bound to be bad for you.
Experiment, I talked about experimenting. A couple weeks without wheat, without dairy. Sugar, in general, I tell people as much as you can cut out, cut out. Try to get to a zero state of sugar, because sugar really is indeed very problematic for the body across the board for anyone. And a big thing is keeping on a schedule. Keeping on a schedule of food kind of lets your body know and feel comfortable. Okay, I’m gonna have breakfast around this time, lunch around this time, dinner around this time. It doesn’t go into any kind of panic mode or starvation mode, and it just kind of gets the digestive system so it starts revving up its fire at certain times of the day, so, “Hey, it’s time to eat.” Okay, it’ll rev up its fire, versus skipping meals or having really erratic meals. So those are my general dietary recommendations.
Any questions? Okay. All right. Well, how does nutritional analysis work. You may be wondering, like how have I’ve figured out what I’ve figured out. Okay. Well, I could either use one of you as a demo, you will be on Facebook Live, or I’ll use my office manager [Reese 00:27:26], otherwise. Okay.
I can do it.
You can get him ready. All right. So we can say … This is Reese … We will say that she has a digestive disorder, let’s say bloating. So we will figure out … Well, first I’d like to figure out what organ is responsible for bloating. So there’s ones I think of in my mind, but really it could be any organ. It could be the liver, could be the gallbladder, could be the intestines. We’ll find out.
All right, Reese, if you could put one arm out in front of you. So you see here, I’m pushing down … So, I’m sorry.
Okay. How can all of this … Okay. So I’m pushing down on her arm, and there’s some resistance there. Okay, great. So now I’m gonna just touch an organ, basically, all the digestive organs. And when her arms drops, that’s how we’ll know where there’s an imbalance. Okay. So, all right. I’m touching her liver, and her arm is staying quite strong. Okay. I’m touching her small intestine, it’s staying quite strong. Her stomach. Her large intestine. And yeah, I think you can see it there.
So I’m touching all these organs while pushing on her arm. Okay. I am going to touch her gallbladder. Ah-ha. Her arm is weakening, so that’s giving me a signal that that’s where the problem is, that it’s her gallbladder that’s off and that’s causing the bloating. Okay, great. That’s very helpful to know, now I can give her some dietary things helpful for the gallbladder. Think I mentioned, actually, beets and beet greens especially good for the gallbladder. But from here I can find out, well, what’s bothering that gallbladder? Did it just kind of go off on its own, or are there actually things that are inflaming it or maybe causing little stones in it? So let’s find out.
So I have a bunch of vials that relate to common food sensitivities, and in these vials there’s tiny, tiny amounts of those foods, and her body will energetically react to it if there’s a food that’s a problem. And I also have vials that relate to chemicals and heavy metals as well, and so I can find out, using this technique called muscle testing, to find out what’s actually going on. All right. Let’s put your arm … Oh. Sorry.
All right. Oh, they’re all falling, huh? All right. Better idea.
Hope that doesn’t mean anything.
All right. Yeah. We can have, actually, you just touch all this row of food sensitivities, and okay, there’s nothing there. There’s something there. Okay. Now I’m gonna go one by one and check, although let’s go to the most common food sensitivity for the gallbladder. All right. Let’s go to dairy, and ah-ha. Dairy problem. So I would tell her, “Okay, avoid dairy.” I’d also check all these other ones and see if there’s any other food sensitivities that are bothering her. Could be wheat, could be any of them, really.
From there I have vials that relate to common heavy metals, common chemicals, so we’d find out, well, what’s bothering the gallbladder using the same technique. And then from there I’m able to find out, okay, all right. Maybe it was mercury in her gallbladder. From there I can find out, well, what would I use to pull that out of her system safely? And I would just test with a bunch of different supplements what would actually work on that gallbladder. And from there, go on a treatment plan. She would come back and we would check her every week for a little while, and she would probably start saying, “Oh, okay. Bloating is less. Bloating is less incrementally each week.” And that’s how this technique works. Any questions?
Okay, great. Well, basically, thank you very much for coming. I have a gift for you guys. And, for those of you watching, later on you can ask me questions. Just write them in and I will answer them for you. Thank you for tuning in.