I suffer from radiation proctitis which causes a lot of GI issues.
Q. Dear Terry, “I had cancer two years ago and was given pelvic radiation. As a result, I suffer from radiation proctitis which causes a lot of GI issues including frequent diarrhea, occasional loss of control, and bleeding. I want to avoid steroids and can't afford hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the two options given by my oncologist. Are there any natural options available to me?” — Mari G., Tampa, FL
A. Dear Mari, You may want to consider adding the following natural ingredients to help soothe your stomach. As always, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following suggestions.
Adding probiotics and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) to your daily regimen will help to soothe the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach and intestines. Probiotics, also called ‘beneficial bacteria’, typically colonize in the intestines and are not only beneficial for intestinal health, but overall health as well. I especially like a blend of probiotics combined with a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL helps keep the stomach and intestinal mucosal lining strong and intact. Look for a product that contains a DGL extract standardized to contain 3.5% glabridin, with greater than 10% total flavonoids per dose. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily.
I would also recommend adding a formula that contains a special blend of boswellia and curcumin. Curcumin and boswellia are two Indian plants that exhibit very effective anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to promoting tissue repair. Take 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. When looking for a formula, keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure to choose a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid to 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
Terry . . . Naturally