Salmonella and Shigella
Some Salmonella infections can bring dizziness to your elderly person. Dizziness is another plague of the elderly, keeping them from going shopping, getting to church and even from getting around their own homes. Drugs such as Antivert™ are given but only take the edge off the problem. Feeling dizzy can make your loved one home bound and stuck to a walker for every move.
Salmonellas, along with Shigellas, produce very toxic substances that cause dizziness. There are three common Salmonella varieties: Salmonella enteriditis, Salmonella paratyphi, and Salmonella typhimurium (386, 380, 354 KHz). Kill Salmonellas daily for a month by taking Lugol’s iodine (6 drops in a half cup water, after meals and bedtime, see Recipes). Unfortunately, this will not kill Shigellas; follow the Bowel Program (page 546) to get them.
During this time set up a system of sterilizing all dairy products (see Milk, page 425) since this is the source of reinfection. Set up a system of rinsing fingers (and fingernails) in 10% grain alcohol in the bathroom. Deli food and restaurant salads carry Salmonellas and Shigellas, too. Kill them, routinely, after eating such food due to necessity. A warm stomach full of food at a neutral pH is just the right culture condition for these bacteria. It’s like putting yeast into a bowl of warm water, flour and sugar. In half an hour it is overflowing with growth.
once Salmonella is entrenched in an organ it is difficult to eliminate. Only an electric zapper can kill them all (in an organ, not the bowel). If your body has the right conditions (like a low acid stomach) to let them grow you dare not swallow another one! Shigellas arrive with dairy foods, too, but prefer the lower intestine as their headquarters. Indigestion that starts right after eating is probably due to Salmonellas. If your indigestion comes in the night, this suggests Shigellas, since they’ve had time to reach their favorite place further down.
Campylobacter and E. coli, other digestive bacteria, are sometimes the culprits. The Bowel Program is effective against these also. Besides getting digestive improvement you get mental improvement, less depression, less dizziness, less irritability after clearing these up. Remember that eating bacteria and killing them later will not solve the problem. Stopping eating them will.
Digestion problems that remain after eliminating bacteria can be diagnosed in a rational way. Ask these questions:
• Is the stool orangish-yellow, or very pale, instead of greenish brown? If so, bile isn’t getting delivered to the small intestine from the liver.
• Is there abdominal pain? (More about this on page 97). It may be due to Ascaris, flukes, or other parasites.
• Is there constipation? This will let wastes accumulate, all the longer for bacteria to thrive on them.
• Is there bloating? This is due to gas made by bacteria.
• Does the stool float? If so, it must be lighter than water and contain fat or a great deal of undigested material.
Bile is necessary for digestion. Absorption of fat and calcium depends on bile mixing with the food. When fat isn’t absorbed, it stays in the intestine. Fat is lighter than water; it makes the stool float. Feces should not float. When the stool floats you can assume that calcium isn’t being absorbed either, leaving the blood in a deficit which will be taken from the bones.
If the stool floats or is orangish in color prepare your elderly person for a liver cleanse (page 552) to clear a bile duct of obstruction. They get quite fond of these cleanses and will ask to have one. Liver cleanses are completely safe, even for persons in their 80’s. One of the stones pictured on page 554 came from a woman age 97. The general rules apply to the extremely elderly: kill all parasites first by zapper if possible, otherwise by herbal parasite killing. Do a kidney cleanse (page 549) first, using half a dose instead of the regular dose, for three to six weeks. Attend your loved one in person for the liver cleanse, have a commode at bedside, protect bedding from accident: use paper underwear if necessary. share the joy of getting gallstones out painlessly with your loved one; let them see and count them if they wish before you flush them (use a flashlight).
Be extra careful with the skin cleansing. Hot water soothes and heals. Use starch skin soother to dispense onto the wet paper towel, besides borax solution and alcohol. Don’t use ordinary soap. The starch skin softener gives the smoothness of soap, and prevents the pain of friction. An elderly person may have no diarrhea at all with the Epsom salts! Evidently the body absorbs all the magnesium so eagerly, none is left in the intestine to absorb water and create diarrhea. It is especially important though to rehydrate your elderly person after a diarrhea. This time they do not balk at water consumption. The liver cleanse, it seems, gives them new thirst as well as new appetite. But it doesn’t last long. As the stones from the far corners of the liver move forward, they compact into larger stones and plug the ducts again. Their previous symptoms return. Try to give a cleanse once a month until the dark color of the stool returns and it no longer floats.
The benefits of a liver cleanse will last longer if valerian herb is taken the day after the cleanse and from then forward. It may be preventing spasm of the bile ducts. Use 2 oz. of the herb (cut) in 3 cups water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, let settle or strain. Add honey to sweeten. Give a few tbs. every 4 hours (or 6 capsules) for several days followed by a daily dose at bedtime.
If constipation is a problem, use an herbal product rather than a drug until you have removed the cause. Cascara sagrada (half dosage) or prunes work for many people. Adding roughage to the diet is a good solution but often doesn’t work. If you try bran, you should add vitamin С and boil it, first, because it is very moldy. But even eating tree branches for supper won’t move a bowel that has the wrong bacteria in it.
Bacteria are part of the cause; and part of the result! Constipation increases the bacteria level which causes further constipation! You may solve the constipation problem immediately by zapping. Even though this kills some “good” with some “bad” bacteria, no harm is done. The stool is recolonized in one to two days.