• 2 months ago

    Chronic Diarrhea from American Food

    I've had chronic diarrhea for 6 months and i go 4-6x per day. I will feel fine before and like I've had monozuma's revenge after. This has happened in the past but eventually went away. I am gluten free, soy free, dairy free and Ive even stopped eating pork and beef. I don't drink coffee either. Ive cut everything i can think of out. Ive been to a doctor who shrugs and tells me i have IBS. Ive been to a naturopath who put be on an herbal SIBO treatment for a month when i tested positive for SIBO- and nothing changed. Ive put water filters on all my faucets and showers.

    Strangely enough when i go to Europe/Thailand all my problems miraculously disappear. Suddenly I can drink milkshakes and eat beef and have consistently solid stool no matter what I eat. I feel great, my skin clears up as well. But moving to Europe isn't an option. Im at my wits end with medical bills. My daily life and job are being effected. Any suggestions?

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  • 2 months ago

    RE: Chronic Diarrhea from American Food

    So in the last 6 months you went to Europe for an extended period of time and had no symptoms? I've haven't heard of anything like that especially since you it sounds like you really aren't eating the processed foods that a lot of people here in the US have problems with. I guess it's possible that it's some sort of additive used here that they don't use. But if you're only eating whole foods and not overly processed ones, I don't know how much that would affect you. Maybe something we spray on the food here? Do certain foods trigger it more, or is it just anything that you eat? Have you told your doctor about this?
      • 2 months ago
        Within 48 hours of being in Europe my symptoms cease. I've heard of other people having a similar experience with food from other countries - suddenly their stool is more solid and regular. I know our milk is higher in casein and we use a different breed of cow in the US. We also drench a lot of our crops in round up (wheat, corn, veggies, nuts - it's in everything in varying amounts). I don't know what farming or spray practices they have in Europe or elsewhere. Perhaps it's the roundup but it's almost unavoidable in the US. I eat organic and non hormone everything (even though farmers say organic means we spray at night). I don't eat processed foods; if it comes in a box I don't touch it. Only Wild caught fish. I've tried something as simple as nothing but white rice for 2 days and still the same result.
      • 2 months ago
        Yes my regular doctor shrugged and said I have IBS and there was nothing he could do and I would have to live with it. So I sought out a naturopath doctor. He thought I might have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) so I went on a treatment for a month with no change. I will continue discussions with him but I think he's stumped as well. I know it's food or environment related since the symptoms cease when I leave America.
      • 2 months ago
        Has traveling to any other part of the US made any difference? Have you ever tried growing some of your own food here? I know that it would be impossible to grow all of your own food, but could be an indicator if it's strictly environmental or something that the farmers are spraying.
      • 2 months ago
        Don't know that its possible, i live in an apartment. I have found a local farmers market ive been shopping from. So far the results are the same. I might have one good day or morning and its back the same old routine.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Chronic Diarrhea from American Food

    GO SEE A SHRINK == MENTAL HEALTH PRO UR PROB IS MENTAL
      • 2 months ago
        You're so helpful. Just like most western medicine.
      • 2 months ago
        My daughter and I have also had this problem. When she studied abroad in Europe, she could eat wheat, dairy and other foods without a problem. She and I both eat little to no gluten, eggs, and little dairy. Many doctors have not solved her problem either.
      • 2 months ago
        As I just posted about my daughter, I believe the reason she can eat food in Europe is because I've heard they don't allow GMOs, and much of their food is organic.
      • 2 months ago
        My brother had the same experience in Japan (consistent solid stool, eating anything and everything). My mom said same thing about a trip to Thailand. Mom and brother have little digestive problems, no where near as extreme as mine.

        In addition to GMOs Ive also read that American land has been over farmed so we are also LACKING nutrients in our food, as well as adding garbage to it. Im not sure what nutrients are lacking otherwise id be mainline vitamins of that type. Any farmers or green thumbs have any input on this? What minerals or vitamins could i add into my diet?

        I have other symptoms i think are tied to everything which also disappear in Europe. Patches of skin yeast, and itchy skin after eating certain foods, painful cracked heels, excessive ear wax, stuffy nose, heart flutters - I've had these symptoms for 15 years and they always disappear in UK. In the last 5 years its all gotten worse and no the diarrhea won't stop. I avoid sugar, carbs, no red meat, no dairy, no spices, no GMOs, only organic, no wine no alcohol no juice (what else can i cut out?). Nothing makes a difference.