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A00-023 DIVERTICULITIS – Let’s do the math

Diverticulitis is one of those conditions that is sort of understood by the medical profession but not well enough to be able to prevent this most easily avoidable of self inflected injuries. Yet if it fell under the auspices of the dental profession and its preventative maintenance programs, diverticulitis would have been wiped out many years ago almost without effort.

The first thing to understand is that Diverticulitis is not a disease. It is a self-inflicted wound – just like a bullet wound or a stab wound. You can’t catch diverticulitis – you have to do it to yourself on purpose.

That the medical community still thinks it’s a disease is an indicator of how little the medical community understands about cause and effect with respect to how foods and non-foods impact human physiology in every way.

The math:

In the science sector, it’s well known that doctors are not mathematical geniuses. Based on the simple math they don’t get that’s involved in diverticulitis, it’s a wonder any of them can balance their cheque books. They’ve certainly made a mess of the financials of the health sector.

The entire story of diverticulitis can be told by merely observing some familiar whole numbers in context. When a typical meal is eaten, the average length of time to chew the entire thing and swallow all of it amounts to something less than 30 minutes if we deduct the time between bites for chit chat. Some meals require more time, such as Sunday evening, others like breakfast take less. The swallowing time takes less than 10 minutes of that total. From the mouth until the meal is fully digested and ready to be expelled into the nearest toilet, takes approximately 12 hours.

The medical definition of constipation states that you aren’t constipated until 3 days have passed since the meal was consumed. Three days is 72 hours. Let’s suppose that for breakfast on Sunday, you ate bacon, eggs, ham, home fries, toast and jam followed by a double, double coffee. Lunch was a hamburger with all the trimmings, fries and a medium Coke™. For supper, you had roast beef, baked potatoes, corn, followed by a wedge of cheese cake, all accompanied by a glass of wine.

On Monday, you had a Danish, a donut and a double, double coffee to go. More coffee and a chocolate bar for break. Lunch was a Big Mac™, fries and a chocolate milkshake. Afternoon break was another coffee and chocolate bar. Supper that night was pork chop and noodles with lemon meringue pie for desert. While watching TV you consumed a bucket of popcorn and a glass of milk.

On Tuesday, you’re back to Tim Horton’s for a latte and three donuts. More coffee at break. Lunch is a couple of warmed pizza slices and a can of Coke™. Supper that night is take out wings from the fast food joint and a side of fries all washed down with a couple of beers.

Now it’s Wednesday morning. Somehow after eating 9 meals over the last 3 days or 72 hours, you have to take a dump whether you need to or not. This is what the medical profession has been claiming is normal for decades. For most people it still is “normal”.  

However, it is not normal, it’s a highly dangerous situation that is causal for all forms of fatal degenerative illness.

Over the last 72 hours, the only fibre you consumed was the corn. That 1 (one) meager serving of canned Niblets™ corn that you shared with your wife and two children that amounts to 1 (one) spoonful for you has to stimulate your colon to move several pounds of slowly hardening shit that’s assuming the consistency of truck tire rubber.

Not only is your last nine meals becoming more brick-like by the second, the nutrients in what’s left in your colon are long gone.

The remains of Sunday morning’s breakfast has been rotting in your intestine for 60 hours. Would you eat that same breakfast after it’s been sitting in the hot sun for 60 hours at 98.6°F (37 C)? 

All your other meals have been sitting there for varying lengths of time including Saturday’s meals since it was all still in the system when you had your last dump. So what you ate Saturday is really what you hope is first to leave on Wednesday morning.

What did you eat? Brekky was more bacon, eggs, toast, jam, followed by a burger and fries for lunch. Ice cream in the afternoon. Supper was a huge pizza loaded with cheese. All of this muck is extremely toxic and since it’s still in your colon, your bodily systems are still trying to suck nourishment from this poisonous goop.

In this way you poison your blood, all of your organs including your brain – every cell you are made of gets poisoned.

By this time, the contents of your large intestine, designed to accommodate up to a day’s worth of meals has now assumed a stretched, balloon-like shape whose contents are now the consistency of heavy potter’s clay that’s been left to dry for a bit.

Right on time on the third day if you remember, (we hope) your ass hits the plastic horseshoe and you attempt to pitch a loaf. Except that nothing happens. Before long, you’re sweating and straining trying to force that old growth log out of the forest. In the meantime, the delicate architecture of your colon is being subjected to stresses that over time cause the lining of the colon to weaken, swell and split just as a radiator hose in a car swells, then splits at its weakest point when your engine overheats.

The two events are identical for identical reasons. When the antifreeze in a car’s cooling system heats up, the fluid in the system becomes so pressurized that the pressure exceeds the designed strength of the hose to contain the antifreeze that is trying to expand.Rad hoses are single thicknesses of rubbery compounds reinforced with string. Since there’s only one layer, after swelling the hose usually bursts. If the hose was made with multiple layers like the colon is, the innermost layers would split and cause the outermost layers to form a bubble or sac as does happen with the colon.  

The numbers get worse:

So if regularity for you is 1 (one) dump every 72 hours (3 days) it follows that constipation according to the learned medical profession means that even more time has passed without the constipee taking that oh so necessary shit. Until you’ve passed the 72 hour marker, the medical profession does not want to know you. You are clinically regular. After that point, according to them, you have a mild case of constipation. Since chronic constipation eventually leads to cancer, diabetes, heart failure, strokes and so on, you’d think they’d show more concern.

Some people take a dump every Saturday morning whether they need to or not. That means 168 hours and 21 meals, 10 coffee breaks and 7 evening snacks have been sitting in their colons putrefying for up to a week and stretching said colon.It’s common for people to go 2 (336 hours) to 3 (504 hours) weeks or more between bowel movements that should have happened every 12 hours like clockwork.  

The colon is capable of holding about 25 pounds (11.4 kg) of dead, black fecal matter before finally rupturing altogether. The average person carries between 3 to 15 pounds of this muck that stays in their colons for years – for life even.

Chunks of undigested food such as pop corn end up embedded in the morass. All of this distorts the colon. Somehow these numbers have escaped the collective attention of our doctors for about 100 years. Until the advent of processed, fibreless foods, diverticulitis was mostly unknown and quite rare.

The reality:

Diverticulitis is the body’s painful way of alerting the brain that the brain’s food choices are leading the host towards a painful and premature death and that a change is required. Diverticulitis by itself doesn’t kill, but resultant conditions do. 

“-itis" at the end of the word means inflammation. Inflammation means pain like you burnt yourself.

Unfortunately, the brain is not as smart as the asshole. Most people have no idea what the signals mean and are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about them until there is so much pain they have no choice.

Making the choice to eat a steady diet of processed non-fibre foods is the root cause of Diverticulitis. The process of inflicting the injury is commenced by swallowing processed food.

A medical encyclopedia of personal injury to every cell and organ you are composed of soon follows. Diverticulitis is just one of them.

As described earlier, specific people who are most vulnerable to diverticulitis injuries are those who eat more processed food, junk food, dairy and meat products than they do vegetables and fruit. Of those people, immigrants to western cultures from developing or third world countries where all foods were whole foods – real food in other words suffer almost immediately from constipation upon being forced to eat a tasty, addictive fake food diet in the developed world. Diverticulitis soon follows.

Those people who were born into developed world who do not want to know anything about how their bodies function are victims once they are in a position to make food choices for themselves. They’re afraid that by knowing about how their bodies function, they will open a Pandora ’s Box that will reveal they were suffering from a terminal illness all along and now that they know, they are doomed. Rarely, it’s true.

The flip side of the fear of knowing is that the fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It virtually ensures that in the toxic twenty-first century, without taking the time to learn how to properly manage your health and thus manage your eating habits intelligently, you’ll almost unerringly come to that dreaded bad end. 

Learning what not to eat and what to eat does not incur any risk at all to anyone. Eating and drinking the proper foods and beverages (fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes and water) will improve health risk free for anyone as long as they don’t have an allergy or sensitivity to specific items. It’s no big deal to be tested and completely risk free if there seems to be a concern. If you have suspicions, get tested.

Again, maintaining ignorance about the harm caused by eating processed food made with dairy, wheat, rice, meat and sugar does not protect those people who don’t want to know, from harm. Not wanting to know makes the condition worse because failing to understand how fibreless food injures the colon means that the poor food choices will continue.

The physical process inside the colon:

It helps to understand how clouds form in the sky. Nature likes to repeat itself wherever it can. When you look up on clear day, often you can see beautiful puffy white clouds building over there towards the horizon. If you close your eyes, you can see them in your mind’s eye building up like giant puff balls.

Where the clouds are able to billow in free form without restriction, fecal matter when it’s slowly extruded through the Ileocecal valve into the large intestine billows into shapes very reminiscent of those airy puffballs we see in the sky. Since the large intestine is a tube, there’s a limit to how much billowing can be done and the billowing tends to follow the form of the shape of the inside of the large colon.

That shape closely resembles what you’d expect the mould for an off-roading knobby truck tire to look like. The large colon itself is shaped like three and a half sides of a square. The small intestine at the Ileocecal sphincter muscle joins your large colon at the bottom of the square on your right side near your appendix and ascends to the underside of your rib cage. Not surprisingly, this section of your colon is called the ascending colon.

Next it makes a 90° turn and crosses your abdominal cavity to the left side. This section is called the transverse colon. The colon then makes another 90° turn and travels towards your feet. That section is called the descending colon. Just before it dead ends in your hip, it makes a curve to the right. This second sort of horizontal section is called the sigmoid.

At dead centre, the sigmoid makes another 90° turn downwards. This last section is called the rectum and it terminates in the rectal sphincter muscle commonly referred to as your asshole.

The large intestine is a one way system. Once chyme has been extruded into the large intestine, it can’t normally reverse direction and flow back into the small intestine.That being the case, it follows that the large intestine needs to be somewhat elastic to accommodate varying loads of fecal matter that become temporary (we hope) residents there. It is elastic but only to a degree.

Most of our nutrient absorption takes place in the small colon but a certain amount also occurs in the large intestine. That absorption relies on the fecal matter still retaining moisture since the nutrients can’t go anywhere unless they are part of a fluid stream of liquid.

Processed fibreless food cannot retain adequate moisture.

That’s where the problems arise. If the patient has been eating processed food, there is very little moisture left in the fecal matter. As far as the large colon is concerned, there’s no such thing as fibreless fecal matter. Even though a typical colon can accommodate 25 pounds (11.4 kg) of the stuff, the colon is almost completely helpless to move it out of the body.

The colon evolved over 2,500,000 years (2.5 million) to respond to rough plant fibres touching nerve ends located in the inside walls of the colon to stimulate peristaltic muscular contractions that push unusable, poisonous excreta out of the body. Without those plant fibres, your colon does not act to move the fecal matter.

The stretchiness of the colon developed so that a conscious choice could be made as to where and when to take a dump (defecate). It did not develop that stretchiness so that modern man could carry a gutful of dead shit around with him or her as if it were a lap mutt or a particularly smelly cat for several weeks. Once the colon has filled to capacity and there appears to be no prospects of the person coming to their senses and taking steps to clear the dead fecal matter from their colons, the colon, having been stretched to capacity loses control and pops where it’s weakest.

There is no mystery to this. It’s a simple physics thing that has been understood for centuries.

If you were to put a stethoscope to a person’s abdomen, there’s no doubt that the colon wall failure would be audible. If you’re awake when it happens you can feel it pop.

Once formed, the damage is permanent.At that point, your colon has suffered a painful injury that will be with you for life unless that part of your colon is removed – and that is another horrible story altogether.

People who continue to abuse their colons end up with many diverticulae and sometimes large diverticulae up to six inches in diameter. This is serious abuse that again is painful and was entirely avoidable. It requires surgery to remedy.

So what do you do?

The very first thing you do is change your diet and stop eating processed food. Once you have diverticulitis and you finally realize where you went wrong you have another dilemma. You know you now have to eat food with fibre in it to help your body systems to restore your colon to some form of health. That means a lot more vegetables and fruit than you were used to eating, minimal meat, no sugar and no processed food and definitely no dairy.

The problem is that your diverticulae feel like burns on the inside of your colon when rough fibres rub over the lesions or fill the pockets, stretching them further. There are a couple of things you, the host, can do. The first is mechanical. You can put your veggies and fruit through a blender or food processor and reduce them to a soupy mass liquid enough to drink. That makes the entire digestion process easier and removes the possibility of big, undigested lumps such as carrot chunks and corn kernels entering the large colon and grazing the sore spots.

Depending on what foods you processed, most veggies and fruit can be consumed raw. All of them taste better if a peeled apple is part of the recipe. There are plenty of books about eating raw foods and which foods are best raw and which are best cooked.

A juice machine is a useful appliance to assist in the colon restoration process. Raw vegetable and fruit juices provide powerful tools for healing.

The other thing that can be done is to start on a program of restoring the bacterial flora of your colon by taking regular probiotic supplements. These supplements are cellular organisms such as acidophilus and bifidus (live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host) and countless others that represent a major part of your immune system that you trashed by eating junk food. The regular consumption of probiotics will, over a generally short period of time ease the pain or eliminate it completely as long as you keep taking the supplements.

While these organisms do exist in yogurt, they don’t exist in sufficient quantities to make a significant difference. Besides that, yogurt is still a dairy product and as such, part of your problem if you have diverticulitis.

Probiotics are generally obtained in health food stores, drugstores and grocery stores that have a health food section. They are not regulated the way prescription drugs or even over the counter medicines are. There is more opportunity for fraud. The best way to protect yourself is to buy the products at health food stores where the store owner and staff are highly motivated to ensure you get the best product to suit your needs so that you become a regular customer.  

So far no-one is keeping track of who takes what in the way of over the counter medication or health store products. That will eventually change as the value of these products becomes better understood by the medical community and the government. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to discuss your concerns with your local health food store staff so that they can use their knowledge of what works and what doesn’t to benefit you. Just because these people don’t hold medical degrees, they do become very familiar with their products and their benefits because their patients are more likely to talk to them as needed. No appointment is necessary and the information is free.

That does not mean you never need to see a doctor again. Even doctors are prohibited from self medicating. That’s because no matter how well educated you become about what you think is wrong with you, you still need an objective person with the knowledge and skill to ensure that you’re not misinterpreting symptoms. It happens to doctors so it can happen to you.The other thing is that as with many conditions, diverticulitis can mimic other conditions and that’s where doctors are useful – they didn’t help you avoid the condition when they perhaps should have but they are great for alerting you to the fact that yes, you do in fact have diverticulitis. Thank you very much.

How you know that fibreless food causes diverticulitis:

The first report of diverticulitis was from a surgery done in the Mayo Clinic in 1907. At that time, the operation could have been the very first to use anesthesia for this purpose.From there you can infer that previously it was unknown although that doesn’t mean that isolated cases hadn’t occurred previously. Operating techniques were still so primitive up to that point that opening up the gut was still a vert serious life threatening undertaking.This notion was first postulated by Painter and Burkitt who first determined in the late ‘60s that diverticulitis was nearly unknown in Africa where the diet was mostly based on unrefined, highly fibrous plant materials. Burkitt said he didn’t find a single instance of diverticulitis in 20 years of practice in Africa. Other studies of cultures in other undeveloped parts of the world have revealed the same thing.

What the medical scientists did not do:

Doctors, medical researchers and scientist are generally perceived to have brilliant minds. My experience tells me that is largely undeserved. What they mostly have is better memories than average, a large capacity for repetitious work that can be mind numbingly boring. Having a brilliant mind comes with a prerequisite: you can’t be brilliant without being able to think creatively and most doctors simply can’t If they could they’d have figured this out:A colon is merely a tube composed of several layers of living tissues stuck together something like plywood only flexible. The multiple layers not only add function, they also add amazing strength.

When a mechanic wants to know whether or not a rad hose is properly functional or starting to deteriorate, he does a pressure test on the vehicle’s cooling system. If there’s a leak or a weak hose, the system won’t hold pressure or a hose will swell and, if the mechanic doesn’t notice it fast enough, a rad hose will burst spraying coolant all over the place. Obviously doctors can’t pressure test a living person’s colon but they can test dead ones. It’s no big deal to remove a colon from a donor and pressure test the colon to find out certain things.  

There are a couple of ways of pressurizing the colon.  

  1. The easiest way is to seal off one end and fit the other with a coupling that will allow a high pressure air or water line to be attached. Then simply fill the colon with air or water while measuring how much pressure the colon can withstand before it fails.


  1. The second way is to again seal the colon and fill it with a product known as GREAT STUFF™. This product is an expanding foam used to seal the gaps created when installing windows and doors in houses. The foam is under pressure in the spray can and once sprayed into an opening, expands slowly to fill the gaps. If a gap is overfilled, it bulges out of the cavity or deforms the cavity depending on the material adjacent.

 Either way, doctors could adapt either or both of these two methods to: 

  1. Tell them exactly how diverticulae form. By filming the process it can be captured in slow motion.


  1. Determine how much pressure a colon of a given age can withstand. By using appropriate fillers, fecal matter could be simulated to fill test colons to determine how much fecal matter it takes by age to rupture a colon.


  1. Points 2 & 3 would generate the ability to forecast the risk of diverticulitis injuries by age group if the information was listed in a chart.

There is no excuse for diverticulitis not to be fully understood and prevented long before the risk is incurred. All that’s needed initially is public education for all people aged seven and older. Once a person is old enough to read, that person is old enough to start learning to manage his or her own body. No one is too old to start learning the basics unless they’re already terminal.       

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So although you make a case for processed foods, most doctors are wondering if it is a tumor or other problems by CT evidence.

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Whack job

You're right Christine. Without the CT scan most doctors including mine would not believe a patient who said he or she had diverticulitis. However, there's enough information there for a person who suspects they have diverticulitis to safely explore by restoring their intestinal flora and improving diet. Most doctors are completely out to lunch on this subject though it is supported in medical literature. All they have to do is make an effort to find it.

If the symptoms don't improve within a couple of days, then it's back to the doctor and the CT scan kicks in.

The swelling would not be visible or available to probing if it occurred on the back side of the colon.

I'm not done on this subject as it is just a small part of major issues that involve the colon where I believe the medical profession have dropped the ball.

Besides that, no matter how much sense I make on any of these issues, I'm not a doctor and a lot of my information is my information that has never been thought of by anyone else.

For instance, as obvious as you might think this is, I checked with the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, Sir Frederick Banting Research Centre in Ottawa to find out what they had in terms of identified toxins normally found in human feces.

I thought I'd ask that because you find reference to toxins in human fecal matter in all literature dealiing with the subject authored by laymen and medical experts. Not once have I ever seen a specific chemical mentioned together with its impact on living tissue. It seems only reasonable to ask since everyone is talking about it. But no, apparently no one has ever asked the question and no one has bothered to analyse our poop.

If you are a pet owner of any description, you know that when a dog, cat, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish gets sick, the very first thing to check is the scat or fecal matter. That our doctors don't do this properly is a matter of record and arrogance that would never be tolerated by a veternarian.

It's one of those things everyone is leaving for someone else to do.

Anyway, anything you read here should still be reviewed by your doctor if you are interested in using the information.

When you do, some of you'll find the doctor will be very receptive. In other cases, the information will be dismissed out of hand. If that happens, you can be pretty certain you've got a dork on your hands.

If any of my information is wrong, what you want is a clear, logical explanation that details where the errors are so that you know that you aren't being steered from one potential faker (me) to another. The idea here is to push the medical profession into action on issues they've created, ignored, covered up or simply don't know the answers to. But we don't want non-answers. That won't further anyone's knowledge.

I have access to most if not all of the latest thinking on most common subjects as of 2010 with respect to Nutritional Medicine courtesy of the book by Dr. Alan Gaby. I use that book, many other books I have as well as the internet on top of my own hands on learning. I take a lot of trouble to ensure that what I say is correct. I need to be since I insult a lot of doctors who should know better nearly every time I write.

I'll be doing a book review in a later chapter on NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE. It's ground breaking.

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Great Info...

Thanks for the easy to understand info. Now living in Uganda, Africa, all we have is fresh fruits and vegetables, no processed food whatsoever. What meat we do eat is free range, hormone and antibiotic free...and my digistive system has improved radically.

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sorry for the whack job comment earlier

you have a valid point, i just had this dear friend who suffered from chrones and the middle level disease is diverticulitis and the next is gastric upset which is treated medically but considered psychosomatic. my friend cam had terrible pain from the nerve dammage from her 18 chrones surgeries stoma revisions etc and i get crazed when anyone might suggest chrones might be diet induced although that was not your point; my issues. c

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Crohn's Disease

Don't worry about it Christine, one of the reasons I'm posting here is in the hopes people like yourself talk about this stuff. Where better to find people who will communicate than on a writer's site where everyone writes?

On the other hand, I kind of thought more people would poke their oars in. You know how it is - once a conversation starts, new ideas start to flow.

Crohn's disease is one of those conditions that at first can seem like diverticulitis yet is far more serious as you know too well.

Crohn's disease is considered an autoimmune "disease" but not one that's caused by diet.

In my books, that takes it from the realm of a "disease" to that of a wound or injury. Something causes it - it's not magic.

How it can be caused since you can't catch it means that you had to have either inhaled something, swallowed something, absorbed it through your skin or the host emotional state literally became toxic to it's own body - something like the stomach attempting to digest itself.

The last and most likely option is a combination of all or some of the above. There are nutritional things that can be done to help but they're beyond my ability to offer much more than just list what they are at this point until I've done more research.

The last thing anyone appreciates is some kook coming along and blabbering nonsense without being able to back it up with experience and research based on facts. Right now there aren't a lot of facts out there for Crohn's and I expect that at least part of the reason for that is tied to the fact that the medical community is all involved in ring-around-the-rosie routines rather than ask the common sense questions and then go ahead and look for the answers.

I would suggest though that if a person has a completely healthy bowel and is properly regular and eating as Sharon Walling earlier mentioned she is eating, then bowel injuries are almost nearly unheard of. Unless of course you ingest a parasite or acquire some other foreign matter like bacteria or viruses.

The thing is, the mucosal lining of the bowel is one of the front line immunological defences that is difficult to breach. However, if the emotions due to chronic anxiety change the host chemistry from alkaline to acidic, then the bowel lining is breached from the inside out - a self inflicted wound generated by the powerful subconscious mind and a reverse form of diverticulitis.

To defeat that would require psychiatric assistance as well as nutritional and medical. Somehow people like that have to undergo a paradigm shift in their personalities that helps them re-balance their internal chemistry. That's where the food kicks in. The only man in history that could have dealt with it nutritionally was Professor Arnold Ehret and he is long gone and the opportunities he represented squandered.

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I always misspell the illness. I am often disappointed at the lack of comments also. I don't know why because plenty of people read. I hope that at some point we could get a general message board going for members so that we could comment and discuss more easily.

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Ignorance is not bliss

Yes, I agree with you Christine. I think personally - most people don't want to address the issue. I could tell you stories about my own experience, but I wont.
Suffice it to say, I wish I had had this kind of information 15 years ago. I have since made changes. Even the medical profession seems a bit reticent. All I know is that the lower digestive system - especially colon is so important!

Thanks for your comments too.