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15 June 2010
ULCEROUS RECTOCOLITIS AND
BIRCHERIAN RAW-FOOD REVOLUTION
MY WIFE HAS RECTOCOLITIS, MALTREATED WITH CORTISONE AND OTHER PHARMACEUTICALS
Dear doctor, I have just ordered your book, Alimentazione Naturale because I’m very interested to know how to get the best from life in terms of health, and to understand when I make mistakes even voluntarily during a quiet and apparently innocuous dinner with friends. Besides, my wife has a problem with ulcerous rectocolitis which has been maltreated for years with cortisone and anti-inflammatory drugs like Asalex.
WE CHANGED TO HOMEOPATHY WITH VERY GOOD RESULTS
Now she is having very good results with homeopathic cures. For months she has abandoned taking cortisone, but still takes Asalex, which, the homeopath says, she also has to give up, but not immediately. I wonder if I’ll find valid advice for this specific problem in your book. Could you possibly give us some useful advice or suggest some rules that can help my companion?
AN ALMOST PERFECT DIET
In your blog I have not seen arguments that deal with ulcerous rectocolitis. I would like to say from the start that my wife doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, and that she eats very few meat and milk products. However, she has been advised to take milk kefir, as the one made with water is more dangerous and intoxicating. Thank you and best regards.
IN MANY WAYS NATURAL HYGIENE IS THE ANTITHESIS OF MEDICINE
Don’t be surprised if the item rectocolitis doesn’t exist among my articles.
I remind you that natural hygiene, redefined as hygienistic science and the science of health, doesn’t give much importance to single specific diseases, and even less to particular localized diseases.
One of the philosophical and therapeutic concepts of hygienism is the cure of the non-cure, and non-interference, a path which is the antithesis of the medical philosophy. We hygienists are not doctors, but tend to be counter-experts to the doctors and to all their invasive cures.
THE CURE OF THE NON-CURE
To understand this concept better, it would be appropriate for you to read my article Heal yourself without drugs, without carbonates, but with vital hygiene of 30/05/2011, and also From Pythagoras to Chemical Trails of 14/03/10. We don’t believe in surgical operations nor in pharmaceutical cures, and even less in vaccinations, just to understand each other better. However, we do concede to all reasonable exceptions in cases of emergency and first aid, where any valid technique capable of putting any subject out of danger is obviously accepted.
THIRTY YEARS OF TRAVELS TOTALLY IGNORING SANITARY INDICATIONS
The sanitary rules for those travelling in tropical countries recommend for example abstaining from salads, fruit and raw vegetables, something I always found extremely misleading.
I have 30 years’ experience of continuous trips to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and above all Asia. And I always did the exact opposite of the recommendations, stuffing myself with fruit and raw vegetables from the first to the last day of my 1,000 intercontinental journeys. without ever having a single problem. I have seen travel companions rigorously respect those rules, and loaded with pills, pass entire days in bed with all kinds of ailments.
HYGIENE IS AGAINST MEDICAL THERAPY AND AGAINST HOMEOPATHIC THERAPY
You said that you are having very good results with homeopathy. It would be important to know what type of homeopathy, and what else you are doing, in order to know if the good results derive from the new string-pulling cure, or simply from having interrupted the old one, or from the placebo effect. Hygiene doesn’t give much credit to homeopathy, either as a school or as an ideological basis, but admits that amongst homeopaths there are alternative therapists who use the mellow and less violent homeopathic label while in reality curing in a more hygienic, than in a strictly homeopathic way. I repeat that hygienism is contrary to all mini-doses of poisons, contrary to the conceptual basis of homeopathy born to function as an alternative to medicine, and as such is a direct daughter of interventionist medicine. The error, for hygienism, isn’t the kind of therapy, but the therapy itself.
LET’S NOT BE DUPED BY WORDS AND BY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Ulcerous colitis is nothing but a prolonged, chronic inflammation of the colon, which degenerated into ulceration. A colitis which was ignored and thus degenerated.
No viral involvement, no tropical motivation, no infective ranting, nor the involvement of less sanitary countries.
Looking at the various medical comments on the Internet, one often finds the term colitis or rectocolitis written normally, while the term ulcerous is underlined in black, almost as if ulcerous means a different disease from colitis.
LET’S TRY TO NORMALIZE FINALLY OUR GASTRO-INTESTINAL FUNCTIONS
An ulcer is certainly not different from colitis. It is the logical evolution of the same disease.
Let’s concentrate on the term colitis, or more particularly rectocolitis, and let’s decide to finally fix things internally.
Something never done before because, with cortisone and all the other drugs nothing positive was ever done. By normalizing our digestive processes, purifying our blood, and giving full powers to our self-healer, the immune system we enter in the world of excellence and virtuosity.
This is what natural hygiene means.
ULCERATION IS THE LOGICAL CONSEQUENCE OF A PROLONGUED CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
Every time an inflammation, wherever it is in the body, is ignored and becomes chronic, it logically evolves into ulceration or perforation of the tissue at the weakest and most offended part subject to thermal stress. The intestinal mucosa, stripped away today and stripped away tomorrow, just gives way at a certain point. The same thing happens, so to say, in the formation of benign, reparative tumors that often develop in the evolution of ulceration (see my article “Tumor zone, cancer zone”, of 28-01-09).
THE CHOICE OF CORTISONE
Medical therapeutic proposals regularly imply resorting to pharmaceuticals like cortisone, mesalazine, and immunosuppressants (methotrexate, azathriopine) and cyclosporin.
In order to convince the patients, doctors do not hesitate to use persuasive methods, where fear is the first ingredient.
PERSUASIVE METHODS BASED ON FEAR
They do it with the fever that must be brought down, persuading patients that a high fever can cause great damage (while forgetting that the immune system has levers to suitably regulate it, and that, as a natural rule, the body never goes against itself).
They do it with appendicitis (persuading the patient that it can get into the peritoneum).
They do it with tumors (persuading that they can form metastasis).
In this case the drugs are justified by a ghost called toxic mega-colon (potentially mortal if not diagnosed in time) and by the other terrible complication called cancer of the colon.
NUTRITIONAL ADVISES AND SOME CONFUSION
As for the diet, they advise prudence but often create confusion.
They advise against large-leafed greens, in example, without specifying which ones, whether raw or cooked, and without saying how or why. The only sensible thing we agree with them is the prohibition of milk products, coffee, cigarettes, fried and deep-fried foods, pulses and chocolate, to which we would add salt, sugar, sauces and supplements.
THEW BRIGHT EXAMPLE OF DR BIRCHER, THE UNDISPUTED KING OF RAW FOOD
One of the major therapists of all times in the field of gastroenterology was without doubt Max Bircher-Benner (1867-1939) from Zurich. In his time he was scorned by his colleagues for going against the current, however, he later became the personal doctor of the Zars of Russia and of almost all the major royal families in Europe. The Bircher-Benner clinic in Zurich is still active today, in the hands of the heirs who proceed in the great therapeutic tradition of the family.
EAT EXCLUSIOVELY RAW AND UNPROCESSED FOOD! THIS IS THE PEREMPTORY ORDER FOR EVERYONE, AND PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RUINED THEIR INTESTINE
Dr. Bircher’s first concept, from which every other corollary proceeds, is in the phrase Life comes from life. As all revolutions need a slogan, the Bircherian revolution chose a precise and unequivocal one, Eat living food! food that is fresh, unprocessed and not treated in any way.
Today, 80 years later, the largest scientific research conducted in various countries in the world is causing everybody to re-evaluate the role of raw food in the healing processes of the human body.
MEDICINE EMBARASSING RECTIFICATIONS
And yet, even today, there exist doctors and nutritionists who slavishly repeat the blundering errors of the beginning of the XX century; cultured as they are in a famous university, I accept, but afflicted by acute, chronic conservatism, and the inability to readjust and review their own absurd and obsolete dogmas from past centuries. Incompetent doctors who continue to play their jammed and scratched records. Doctors who insist on the danger and the impossibility of digesting raw food, on the necessity of cooking fruit and vegetables. Who insist that an excess of fibre causes flatulence, and that in any case such food doesn’t have any nutritional value. None of these medical statements possesses even a minimum of truth. We are talking about enormous blunders that any serious scientist could easily disintegrate.
DR BIRCHER DAZZLING RESULTS SPEAK CLEARLY
Years of clinical experience and amazing results have enabled Dr. Bircher to witness some of the most spectacular cures of the last century. In fact Dr. Bircher’s reference book has no equal in Europe, with dedications by rulers and heads of state, artists and businessmen – all beneficiaries of his cures, and of his revolutionary methods of confronting gastrointestinal problems. Even the most persistent enteritis and the most intractable constipation has been resolved with a diet that is rigorously and strictly raw-food vegan.
THE MAGNIFICENT SECRETS OF FOOD WHICH ARE RAW BUT NOT CRUEL
Experiment after experiment, healing after healing, Dr. Bircher didn’t limit himself to throwing his previous studies as a doctor into the rubbish bin. He himself wanted to understand in detail the precise reasons for these cures and the magic of raw food. Very soon he understood that raw vegetables contain natural antibiotics and vegetable hormones which are efficient and without side effects, accompanied, obviously, by organic minerals and by natural vitamins and their respective co-enzymes. The living cells of vegetables contain many food-enzymes that provoke self-digestion, making the raw food digestible in half the time that it takes for cooked food.
THE EXAMPLE OF CABBAGE, A PANACEA WHEN RAW AND AN ENEMY WHEN COOKED
Cabbage for example (which the gastroenterologists of today villainously continue to disadvise as a wide-leafed vegetable) is an excellent example. Raw it is extremely digestible, with beneficial and miraculous effects both for gastrointestinal and rheumatic, as well as arthritic and myalgic problems; while cooked it is difficult to digest and causes flatulence.
RAW VEGETABLES ARE THE ESSENCE OF THE BIRCHERIAN REVOLUTION
Not to speak of vitamins C and E that must necessarily be taken raw and in their natural form; then the vitamin inositol which enormously reinforces capillaries, and is present in massive doses in lemons, oranges and citrus fruit.
Not to speak of vitamin U, that one finds again in cabbage leaves, in celery and in raw vegetables in general, which has a specific anti-ulcerous effect, as demonstrated by important studies conducted at Stanford University, where gastric and duodenal ulcers have been systematically cured thanks to cabbage and vitamin U (methylmeteoninsulfoniumchloride). Raw vegetables therefore have extraordinary value, and represent the essence of Dr. Bircher’s therapeutic revolution.
THE DRAINPIPE FOR IMPURITIES
It is useless to concentrate our attention on terms like “colitis” and “ulcerous”, which represent only the symptomatic and final aspect of the problem. Hygienism goes further and points to the pathology upstream. So talking about the digestive apparatus enables us to get closer to the real problem. The digestive tract, other than being the area where vital nutritional substances are assimilated, and from where they distribute themselves to the remotest regions of the body, is also the drainpipe for the impurities that, attracted from the circulating blood itself, arrive into this eliminative conduit in the recto-colonic area, in order to be expelled from the body.
DIGESTING IN 1-2 HOURS INSTEAD OF 3-8 HOURS MAKES A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE
This explains why a headache or a fever disappears every time we empty the bowels, or why an intoxication or a renal infection caused by impurities in the blood, disappears with the help of abundant diarrhea. With a vegan, raw-food diet based on fruit and raw vegetables plus almonds and pine nuts, digestion completes itself in 1 to 2 hours maximum. Cooked food however needs 3-8 hours, depending on what cooked stuff we put into the body. With meat and animal proteins the time extends itself to dozens and dozens of hours, during which putrefactive residues that pervade every area and every ravine of the digestive system, end up conditioning and adulterating all subsequent meals.
LIBERATE YOURSELF TWICE A DAY, NOT TWICE A WEEK
In physics we learn that every kind of work generates heat. The digestive process is conditioned by the work that it has to do. The longer and more complicated the work is, the greater will be the heat that is produced. Heat is the real cause of the intense fevers generated by intestinal putrefaction. For those who have three meals a day, the ideal would be to also evacuate regularly and punctually mornings and evenings, i.e. twice a day, though without pharmaceutical crutches.
CONSTIPATION IS THE MOTHER OF ALL PATHOLOGIES
Constipation is the endemic evil caused by meat, pasta, sweets, white bread, milk, cheese, ice creams, coffee, a sedentary life, stale air, and elegant toilets in which we relax and rest … and reflect on our own gastro-intestinal disgrace, on our own chronic constipation, mother of all the pathologies in the world, and of all the innocent bacteria (called to banquet on the abundant waste matter) and all the extremely innocent viruses (the inert cellular detritus, derived from our internal cellular pestilences, which accumulates for temporary lack of metabolic efficiency).
IF YOU USE DIESEL INSTEAD OF PETROL, THE CARBURETTOR WON’T LET YOU GET AWAY WITH IT
All the afflictions of the digestive apparatus are, by nature, constipative and inflammatory, i.e. febrile. And this febrile state is the real cause of the coldness of the skin and of the extremities, as the blood transfers itself to the internal intestinal area. The classic symptom of the inflammatory and catarrhal state known by the names of enteritis, gastro-enteritis and enterocolitis, consists of the heavy elimination of corrupt substances from the body. The typical cause is the irritation of the internal walls of the intestine due to unhealthy fermentation, which originates from an offensive and intolerable diet. If the inflammation and the catarrh manifest themselves in the large intestine it’s called colitis, if it extends to the large and the small intestine, it’s called enterocolitis.
FOR RECTOCOLITIS A 2-3 DAYS FAST IS ADVISED, FOLLOWED BY A PROGRESSIVE INTRODUCTION OF THE BEST TOLERATED RAW FOOD
Diarrhea in itself is an organic defense activity and thus a positive factor. In these cases it is advisable to do a distilled water (or light water from high up in the mountains) fast for 2-3 days, according to the gravity of the situation (Manuel Lezaeta also advises the addition of absinthe, chamomile and sage). Thereafter the diet will consist of seasonal fruit, like loquats and quinces that are not too mature, as they are refreshing and anti-putrefactive. It is also useful to resort to mud poultices applied to the abdomen, as well as to 20-30 minutes of bathing the genital area with cold water.
EAT SIMPLE, WITHOUT SALT AND WITHOUT SUGAR
Ulcerous rectocolitis derives from an effeminization (or thinning) of the skin and from an unnatural dietary regime, with the abuse of alcohol, meat, and foods based on drugging substances, pharmaceuticals, and on sweets and purgative powders. Even people who despite being non-drinkers, commit systematic errors in the combination of foods, and thus live in a constant state of alcoholic intestinal fermentation, find themselves with the same problems as those who do drink alcohol, even though they never put a drop of wine into their mouths. This is the sarcastic swindle of fermentative processes. However, it is important to follow the rules of good digestion, always starting with a plate of raw vegetables, followed by raw (or conservatively cooked) starches, and then by vegetable protein in the form of almonds or other nuts, and remembering to keep fruit meals far away from the main meals.
CHRONIC CONGESTION AND INFLAMMATION ARE THE LOGIC PRECURSORS OF ULCERATION
For the gastric and intestinal apparatus to be affected by an ulcer, the internal mucous membranes have to have been in a chronic (feverish) state of congestion and overheating caused by our continuous dietary and behavioural oversight. Other than resorting to a fast, the immediate remedy proposed by Lezaeta consists of causing external congestion and overheating (by the application of cold, wet bandages which draw the blood to the skin and away from the congested zone of the intestinal mucous membrane) thus relieving the internal congestion and the inflammation.
The real cure, however, always remains the same. It’s a matter of putting ourselves under the orders of the immune system through fasting, and then feeding ourselves a raw-food diet.
This passes our corporal remote control over to the real internal boss, to the director of every restorative and self-healing operation.
Valdo Vaccaro – Technical Director AVA-Rome and ABIN-Bergamo