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The Digestive System Part III

The Digestive System Part III
Living With Chronic Digestive Complaints Post-Disaster
Host: Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live

Digestive System nettle-flowerThis episode wraps up our discussion of the digestive system and herbs that you an stock up on or grow to help you face digestive system illnesses and complaints when modern medical care is not available. We wrap up this three-part series with chronic illnesses, specifically: Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and stomach ulcers.

Stomach ulcers, or peptic ulcers, are very common. Once thought to be caused by spicy or acidic foods, it’s now known that peptic ulcers are caused by a bacteria, H. pylori, or through long-term overuse of anti-inflammatory medications, such as NSAIDS or ibuprofen. They can be painful, and cause a host of problems ranging in severity from heartburn to gastrointestinal bleeding. Antibiotics are often prescribed in cases of H. pylori, which is also known to be a carcinogen, but it is difficult to treat, and tends to reemerge. Continue reading The Digestive System Part III

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The Digestive System, Part II

The Digestive System, Part II
Rotovirus, Norovirus, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Cholera
Host: Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”

Herbal Prepper Live150This week’s episode continues our series on the digestive system with a look at some viral and parasitic infections which are currently both common and generally easy to survive. However, in a post disaster scenario, could become far more serious. We will also discuss one more bacterial infection that will become a far more common, serious threat- cholera.

Digestive SystemOverwhelmingly, the norovirus is the most common “stomach bug.” An estimated 90% of all non bacterial gastroenteritis globally is caused by the norovirus, and approximately 50% in the US. It is extremely contagious and concentrated population centers, such as nursing homes, schools, prisons, and cruise ships, where the virus has a chance to spread like wildfire.

Next on the list is the rotovirus, which produces the same uncomfortable symptoms as the norovirus: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and potential for dehydration. The rotovirus, however, is largely the result of modern agriculture spreading contaminated waste, which the spreads through contaminated food, water, soil, and lack of adequate hand washing. The rotovirus is still a killer for children in third world conditions. Continue reading The Digestive System, Part II

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