Alternative Medicine/digestive problems


QUESTION: Hi there, I have been experiencing digestive problems since I took a 2 week course or antibiotics 12 years ago. My problems have ranged from dysbiosis, food sensitivities, dermatitis caused by food allergies, bloating, excessive gas, fatigue, incontinence and other problems all stemming from my body's inability to properly digest. I am an active person and would like to remain active for as losng as possible. I have moved to a vegetable diet, and removed foods that have given me noticeable problems such as animal proteins including fish, oils and most fats, most dairy, fruits and desserts - sugar is my biggest enemy. My diet consists of low starch, low sugar, alkaline vegetables. Vegetables such as tomatoes are very difficult and cause severe anal pruritis. the more complex the vegetable the more difficult it is to digest. Soy milk that I ferment myself - un-fermented fresh soy milk gives me a drunken feeling which led to a vertigo problem that I battled last summer.In the past I have used various herbal medicines including bitters and antibacterials, and supplements. As most prescription drugs always produced side effects that were more difficult to deal with then the problem I was fighting.
2 weeks ago I discovered that my dermatitis - blisters that were very itchy and popped out on my right foot after eating. I discovered that this was a result of my food sensitivities to foods containing sugar and surprisingly salt. I tried to exclude salt from my diet but could not do it for more than a week - in which I lost 5 lbs - all of my recipes include a little bit of salt. So I started using activated charcoal as no other natural herb or remedy was helping. it works and works well. I would like to continue using it for a long time as I have not found anything else, I have no side effects from using it and feel healthier and happier.
I have read that it should not be used for long periods. I do not have any medication that I rely on - can you please tell me what I should be concerned about using activated charcoal.

ANSWER: Dear Irina

You have to be concern that charcoal absorbs both toxins and vital nutrients too. I used charcoal in my clinical practice only in case of acute or exacerbation of the chronic poisons. I answered your question, but I want to tell you more. Your digestive problems, food sensitivities’, skin problems began 12 years ago after course of antibiotics.

You have typical dysbiosis (Candida-yeast overgrowth, SIBO- small intestine bacterial overgrowth), subsequent leaky gut syndrome, and luck of the beneficial intestinal bacteria, low function of the pancreas and bile and many deficiencies of the essential nutrients. I don’t want to be negative, do not kill the messenger, but dysbiosis is culprit of many serious problems.

For your knowledge, you can find many important to you information about dysbiosis and advices in my EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You”, part 1 and 2. Pancreas is core of your proper digestion. Go to functional disorders. Healthy diet is vital.

Intestinal dysbiosis is not for pharmaceutical and “miracle” herbs and charcoal treatment. You desperately need complex healing program as minimum on 3 months. If you feel that I can be helpful for you, fill up the Biotherapy’s Patient Questionnaire and I will talk by phone

I do phone consultations all over the globe. I feel positive about you because you try to fight and focus on your health.

Be healthy and happy.

Peter Melamed, Ph.D.
Biotherapy Clinic of San Francisco
(415) 409-3939

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QUESTION: thank you Peter - I have tried many things to improve the candida in my system - an anti candida diet, herbs to kill the bacteria, probiotics to restore healthy bacteria - it has helped but I have been doing this for 12 years with no breaks - the charcoal merely gives me a bit of freedom to occasionally make a mistake without serious consequences, to include a bit of salt in my diet, to not have to run to the washroom every hour in some occasions. I only use one capsule 280 mg before i go to bed and less than 100mg mixed in a glass of water when I feel my foot starts to itch. i feel healthier, nothing else has helped.

Dear Irina

The situation is not so hopeless. Read it
You did many treatments apart; therefore, you could not get the proper result. I do not know your medical date, but for 12 years of the dysbiosis, many systems are involved in process including hormonal, immune, nervous, etc. Due to poor digestion, there are many deficiencies. Everyone has unique clinical picture. Dysbiosis is not for self-treatment. For my decades of the treatment dysbiosis, I don’t know magic bullet.

You convinced me that charcoal is good for you.

Have good health.

Peter Melamed, Ph.D.
Biotherapy Clinic of San Francisco
(415) 409-3939

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I have MD degree and decades of the experience in holistic medicine, acupuncture, herbs, cleansing techniques’, diet and drinking healing mineral water, nutritional supplementation and hypnosis. I think, I can answer many questions in the area of non-drug treatment of various chronic diseases, especially gastrointestinal disorders. I am a holistic practitioner at Biotherapy Clinic in San Francisco, California


I worked as an MD (anesthesiology, intensive care, gastroenterology, Men’s health, etc) in USSR. PhD in Western Medicine. Alternative medicine practitioner in the Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco for 20 years.

I published many articles in internet and EBook: "Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You" 550 pages and more than 300 references. References 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10

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