My father was diagnosed with diverticulitis one week ago and I would like to know more about this condition. Is it dangerous? Also, is there some special diet that he can go through to make him feel better?
Diverticulitis is inflammation of the diverticuli and a person with diverticulosis may get diverticulitis when stool gets caught in one or more of these pockets. This way they become inflamed or infected which typically causes fever, pain and tenderness in the abdomen. Bleeding and infection ate the two major signs and symptoms of diverticular disease. This condition usually clears up within a week with antibiotics and a liquid or soft diet. This means that your father should eat more soup, mashed potatoes, cooked or pureed vegetables, bananas, pudding. Basically, he needs to avoid food that requires a lot of chewing. After the acute infection clears up, he should eat a high-fiber diet including nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and should also drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation at all costs. Nuts are a good source of fiber and protein and even though nuts contain fat, it is mostly unsaturated. Hard stools or straining will cause more diverticuli to appear or the existing ones to enlarge.
I tried the Master Cleanse on two occasions (in the past 6 mos.) and have, on both occasions, thrown myself into a full blown diverticulitis episode that has required high doses of antibiotics. I believe the problem is not the cleanse as much as the night-time laxative tea. I read, after the fact, that no laxatives are recommended with this disease.
I have had this problem since I was in my late 30's; I am now 59. I have always been a high fiber eater since I was fortunate enough to be in the wholesale produce business. Now that I am retired, I am having more health problems with the disease. Once I start having the symptoms, I just can't seem to overcome the infection without the antibiotic. Any suggestions?
By the way, my mother died of colon cancer so I have been very aware of high fiber in my diet. My father, in his senior years, had serious diverticulitis on several occasions.
I appreciate your feedback.
But I had also been drinking excessive amounts of caffeine which may have dehydrated me??
I go with science... and here's what the NIH (National Institute of Health) says....
Avoidance of nuts, popcorn, and sunflower, pumpkin, caraway, and sesame seeds has been recommended by physicians out of fear that food particles could enter, block, or irritate the diverticula. However, no scientific data support this treatment measure. Eating a high-fiber diet is the only requirement highly emphasized across the literature and eliminating specific foods is not necessary. The seeds in tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, and raspberries, as well as poppy seeds, are generally considered harmless. People differ in the amounts and types of foods they can eat. Decisions about diet should be made based on what works best for each person. Keeping a food diary may help identify individual items in one's diet.
These infectious attacks can be extremely painful, and are most often treated by the medical establishment with antibiotics which strip the entire digestive tract (anti-biology) and may lead to more serious and/or ongoing complications without ever addressing the CAUSE of the weak spots. After years or even decades of failure to address the cause, they commonly prescribe surgery to remove various
It is commonly agreed upon, that the pouches form as a result of pressure within the colon, which pushes through the weak spots, or small perforations in the layers of the colon wall. Yet, the modern-day medical bureaucracy will not address the CAUSE of these “weak spots.” They speak about theoretical low fiber diets adding to the pressure, but again, avoid discussion in general of the CAUSE of the weak spots and stick to the money makers; drugs & surgeries.
Shedding a little light on the manufactured mystery: Intestinal mucosal is the innermost protective membrane of the four layers of the intestinal wall. In nearly all instances of disease manifestation in the digestive tract, this protective layer must first be left unsupported (immune failure), subsequently eroded, and in some cases, burrowed through (negative bacteria), prior to damage or inflammation of the underlying layers occurring.
The immune system plays a key role in the support of this innermost protective membrane. Without adequate or “normal” immune support, the mucosal lining will break down and be stripped away. This is apparent in several autoimmune digestive diseases. Pain, inflammation, swelling, bleeding, weak spots, perforations, tissue damage, and tissue abnormalities of all kinds occur when the protective mucosal membrane is unsupported by immunity.
Although Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis and are not “officially recognized” as autoimmune conditions by “the establishment,” every indicator points directly to autoimmunity. In addition, in my experience, those who have diverticulosis or diverticulits often have other diagnosed “recognized” autoimmune conditions confirming the presence of autoimmunity. Many who are diagnosed first with recognized autoimmune conditions, are subsequently diagnosed with diverticulosis, and vice versa.
If you are suffering from Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, I am going to refer you to a natural product manufacturer, Pristine Nutraceuticals, and the extremely effective, side-effect free product they have created known as DigestaCure
The best of health to you and yours, Dr. Ronald P. Drucker
Altering your diet can help to control diverticulosis and reduce the likelihood of diverticulitis.
Too little fiber, not enough water, a sedentary lifestyle and overeating can lead to digestive difficulties.
I was able to reverse my diverticulitis after 11 years of suffering through some simple diet and lifestyle changes. This website really helped me out:
My reply is a question for ColinParker - hoping i can get the website that you listed since the moderator removed it. Thank you!