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Healing Diarrhea Naturally

Posted by Angela Diaz on June 29, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Today I took my daughter to see our family doctor.  She has had rumbly tumblies and diarrhea off and on for a few weeks.  Small doses of Pepto Bismol would help alleviate her upset stomach, but she didn't get better. This morning her stomach was cramping up more than usual and she spent a long time on the toilet.  I needed to find out what was going on.  

At the office visit, the doctor checked her out, asked some questions and didn't know off the top of his head what was going on. He gave me two plastic containers to collect stool samples in and paperwork to get lab work done to test for different strands of bad bacteria.  He also gave me paperwork to schedule an ultrasound of her abdomen to see if there was anything odd going on in there. He said if both tests come back with no findings, we'll do bloodwork and then if nothing still, he'll refer us to a pediatric gastroenterologist.  Wow.  I went back to work and discussed this with my co-worker.  My co-worker said that his two daughters had a mouth swab test sent to the lab to check for the flu virus.  His out-of-pocket cost (AFTER insurance) was $750!!!  His wife also had stomach pains and had an ultrasound done. HIs bill...$140.  Now we have "great" insurance at our job.  What the mess is going on? I am not up for paying hundreds of dollars at this time when I don't feel like my daughter's life is in immediate jeaporady, so I took to the internet to look for holistic/natural remedies.  I looked up the lab tests they had ordered to see what they were looking for and based my internet search on that.  There was loads of information on how to treat these things that won't cause hundreds of dollars.

After work I set off to the grocery store with a list of things to get to battle this issue my daughter is dealing with.  Here's what I have her taking:

  • 1 serving of yogurt with live/active cultures per day to help feed the good bacteria in her intestines and help fight off the bad bacteria
  • 1 banana a day (good for the intestines, digestion, and bowels)
  • Chamomile tea with honey (both good for soothing upset bellies)
  • Salted pretzels (to help with restoring lost salt from the diarrhea and the starch in pretzels to help sooth the belly)
  • Pedialyte (to help restore lost liquids and electolytes)
  • 1 capsule of Probiotic (again, to help the good bacteria and restore order to the intestines)
  • Potatoes (made mashed potatoes for dinner to help with her symptoms as well)
Now this seems like a lot, but it isn't.  I'm not giving everything to her all at once. When I got home, she had a serving of yogurt and a banana for snack before dinner (I put the capsule of Probiotic in one of the spoons of yogurt so she could swallow it easily).  She had one cup of Pedialyte with her dinner (mashed potatoes included in the dinner).  Before bed she had a cup of chammomile tea with some honey in it.  I didn't give her any pretzels today, but will be packing them in her snack box for camp tomorrow (along with a cup of yogurt and a banana).  So far, she has not complained once about stomach pains or has gone to the bathroom with a fit of diarrhea. I'm going to keep this up for one week and see if she isn't completely better.  
This is a prime example of what's wrong with our medical system and I'm reminded about reading about this very type of situation in my favorite book Radical Homemakers.  You need to check that book out. Seriously. Go check it out.  Check it out from the library, order it on Amazon, buy it on Ebay. Do whatever is necessary to get that book and read it. Then read it again.  Then read it again with a highliter and a pen for making notes in the margins and highliting important points. This book is that serious and good to read.  It's changed my life so much.  
I think I'll post again next week on how this experiment worked on her rumbly tumbly problems. Fingers crossed that this works because our medical system is so far out of control that anything I can do to heal ourselves outside of the system is so much better in every way possible.  

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Old-Fashioned Ways

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