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Is Psyllium Husk Used Quite A Bit With Celiacs?

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I came across a video on youtube talking about psyllium husk. I never heard of it til today. Anyone take this? If so what are your thoughts?

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You never heard of psyllium? It is the active ingredient in Metamucil and most of the copy-cat generic fiber laxatives. It is in widespread use for low fiber constipation in everyone, not just celiacs.

If you are constipated psyllium husk is a sensible thing to try. Be sure the product you choose is gluten-free.

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Its not that im constipated. It has other benefits also. Taken with hydrated bentonite clay powder it removes years of built up waste from your intestines.

the youtube video I watched.

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Its not that im constipated. It has other benefits also. Taken with hydrated bentonite clay powder it removes years of built up waste from your intestines.

the youtube video I watched.

Er....no. I guess you missed the board member posting about following a so-called "detox" procedure and the resulting kidney damage. There is no harm in taking psyllium but the whole idea of colon cleansing is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

I know bentonite clay is much-loved by the alternative health community, but it's a double-edged sword. It adsorbs metals, some of which are toxins but others of which are essential nutrients. Bentonite has never been studied for long-term safety.

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Er....no. I guess you missed the board member posting about following a so-called "detox" procedure and the resulting kidney damage. There is no harm in taking psyllium but the whole idea of colon cleansing is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

I know bentonite clay is much-loved by the alternative health community, but it's a double-edged sword. It adsorbs metals, some of which are toxins but others of which are essential nutrients. Bentonite has never been studied for long-term safety.

Thanks for letting me know. I had no idea. Im so new to this, I wont just jump into it before I do much more searching.

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Be careful. Unfortunately 90% or more of what is on the Internet is pesudo-scientific garbage, most of it thinly veiled attempts to sell you books, supplements, or other inadequately regulated and sometimes dangerous products. The US has a devastating combination of poor preventative healthcare, poor science education, and a ludicrous open supplement market, leaving consumers wide open for a variety of scams and fraud in an attempt to reverse health problems that should have been prevented. We have abandoned much of the old common-sense preventative healthcare that India has in Ayurveda and China has in TCM and instead run around attempting to "detox", repair "adrenal fatigue", take handfuls of supplements of questionable benefit, or follow various fad diets.

You want to detox, it's a simple as avoiding toxins and letting your body do the rest. You have built-in cleaning systems, it's just that the modern lifestyle overwhelms them with chemicals everywhere. Eat organic food with no additives or preservatives, use low-toxicity health-care products and cleaners, drink filtered water, consider filtering the air where you sleep, and minimize chemical exposure at home, in hobbies, and at work. Also avoid alcohol and caffeine, go light on herbs and spices, and avoid OTC medicines if you're trying to "detox" because it leaves your liver free for housekeeping.

Here is a great list of legitimate healthcare sites. http://websearch.about.com/od/invisibleweb/a/medical.htm The National Library of Medicine is particularly useful, since it hosts the main gateway to the peer-reviewed scientific literature. I'm also fond of Google Scholar at http://scholar.google.com.

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I realize this is a late reply on this thread.  But, it is extremely important for us celiacs to remember a couple of points.  What skylark posted was correct, yet not complete.  Yes, there are a plethora of products and health advice that are wrong and/or dangerous.

But, the medical community is not doing a great job when it comes to metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, and intestinal disorders.  You should be very careful when considering medical treatments in these areas.  Celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases run high in my family (I have celiac disease).  Two of my close family members have died under the mismanagement of medical specialists.  The MDs were badly mistaken.  They would have lived if, instead of the wild cocktail of drugs and unneeded surgeries, the diets were modified and vitamin deficiencies were corrected.  In my personal case, the MDs all prescribed meds that were harmful...I came to my senses and escaped the death spiral early enough to save myself.  Really...you have to do your homework if you have an autoimmune disease or intestinal disease.

Now, concerning the original poster's question: an even better option than psyllium is to eat copious amounts of green leafy vegies.   This will give you the fiber that you need and also provide critical vitamins and minerals.  The psyllium does not supply very much nutrition.  You should eat a huge, diverse salad with every meal....HUGE SALADS are the answer.

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3 hours ago, dandles said:

I realize this is a late reply on this thread.  But, it is extremely important for us celiacs to remember a couple of points.  What skylark posted was correct, yet not complete.  Yes, there are a plethora of products and health advice that are wrong and/or dangerous.

But, the medical community is not doing a great job when it comes to metabolic diseases, autoimmune diseases, and intestinal disorders.  You should be very careful when considering medical treatments in these areas.  Celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases run high in my family (I have celiac disease).  Two of my close family members have died under the mismanagement of medical specialists.  The MDs were badly mistaken.  They would have lived if, instead of the wild cocktail of drugs and unneeded surgeries, the diets were modified and vitamin deficiencies were corrected.  In my personal case, the MDs all prescribed meds that were harmful...I came to my senses and escaped the death spiral early enough to save myself.  Really...you have to do your homework if you have an autoimmune disease or intestinal disease.

Now, concerning the original poster's question: an even better option than psyllium is to eat copious amounts of green leafy vegies.   This will give you the fiber that you need and also provide critical vitamins and minerals.  The psyllium does not supply very much nutrition.  You should eat a huge, diverse salad with every meal....HUGE SALADS are the answer.

Just an FTY - you are replying to a 4 year old post.  I don think any of the posters have been on in a few years.

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Yep, it is a very old thread indeed!  But, some of us, myself included, are desperately scouring the net for solutions to serious health issues.  That's how I stumbled upon this thread.  My remarks reference things I've learned, with the hope of helping others.  ...cheers!

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24 minutes ago, dandles said:

Yep, it is a very old thread indeed!  But, some of us, myself included, are desperately scouring the net for solutions to serious health issues.  That's how I stumbled upon this thread.  My remarks reference things I've learned, with the hope of helping others.  ...cheers!

Welcome to the forum!  I agree that whole foods make for excellent medicine!  We eat a salad every single night to start our meal.  But I admit, if glutened, I need to stick to well-cooked veggies until my gut heals.  

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Thank you for the additional information, dandles. More celiacs are joining the club every day, and seeing a 4 year old discussion can raise some doubts about accuracy. Recent  posts help to keep vital topics updated and more reliable!

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