The big green stomach cure that beats the mainstream drugs

The Good Life Letter

23rd May 2010

  • Another weird food adventure starring the big green
    ugly one
  • A natural remedy for leg ulcers, eczema, acne, cold
    sores, burns, shingles, and chronic wounds.
  • How to relieve stomach ulcer pain 

I've gone on some weird food adventures over the past five years...

I've written books on lemons as a cleaning product and skin care
breakthrough... I've looked into the miracle of honey, garlic and
vinegar... and I've discovered the healing powers of spices like

Now, perhaps, the time has come for a big ugly green vegetable to take centre stage.

I've mentioned this vegetable quite a few times in these letters, and its medicinal power always surprises me. I don't know why, perhaps it's because I hated the stuff in my childhood.

But here's an email from one of my readers, which reveals why the
humble CABBAGE is so vital for your health.

A surprising use for a cabbage

My reader says:

"You may be interested to know that the Chinese use a poultice of
cabbage leaves to treat leg ulcers. I have used it on sufferers and it

And yes, it's true. Cabbage leaves have been used for centuries to treat leg ulcers, eczema, acne, cold sores, burns, shingles, and chronic wounds. Imagine a hospital ward where huge green vegetables were an essential medicine...

"Nurse! Get me 1 kilo of cabbage - and be QUICK!"

Internally, cabbage also does the trick...

How a cabbage can treat a stomach ulcer

A stomach ulcer is an open sore found in the lining of the digestive tract. Peptic (or gastric) ulcers are found on the lining of the stomach.
Duodenal ulcers are found on the lining of the upper small intestine.

The pain you feel when you have an ulcer is caused by the sore coming into contact with acidic digestive juices. When you eat, there's a bit of relief as the food neutralises the acids. But the pain soon returns after your food is digested.

Enter stage right: a cabbage.

During the early 1950s, Dr Garnett Cheney found that peptic ulcer
patients who drank 4 glasses of raw cabbage juice daily quickened the healing process and relieved the pain.

Natural treatments like this can be better than prescribed medications.

Many doctors rely on antacids to neutralise the problem. But one
popular antacid, Alka-Seltzer, contains aspirin, so large doses can
actually cause ulcers. Another antacid - calcium carbonate - can
constipate you.

Then you've got ulcer-targeting drugs like Zantac and Tagamet. These
suppress the symptoms by blocking production of stomach acid. But this doesn't tackle the root problem, so many patients relapse within two years.

The problem is, you need stomach acids to digest proteins properly, kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses, and to absorb vitamins and mineral.

So you can see that it's not always helpful to block them with drugs.

A dietary solution for ulcers

As always, if you think you have an ulcer, or know someone who has one then please consult a doctor first. Especially before you start messing with your diet.

The nutritional information I am about to give you is designed to help
you understand what's good for your stomach ulcer... and what's not.

These tips come from Dr. Ronald Hoffman, one of America's foremost complementary medicine practitioners and author of numerous books and articles on nutrition.

He recommends these dietary tips:

  • Drink cabbage juice: a quart of cabbage juice daily can heal your ulcer more quickly. Choose only fresh green cabbages in season. You can also try celery juice for a similar effect, too.
  • Slow down: that goes for the speed you eat, as well as your
    general lifestyle. Stress can flare up ulcers and slow down the
    healing process. Hoffman claims that hypnotherapy, has helped 50% of patients who suffer from duodenal ulcers.
  • Don't avoid Chilli: The old wisdom was that ulcer patients should avoid chilli peppers, black pepper, mustard, cloves, and paprika. But recent studies in Texas and India found that eating jalapeno peppers did not cause harm. In fact, if ulcers are the result of a bacterial infection, then spices may protect you by stimulating gastric juice, which fights bacteria.
  • Eat Fibre: Ulcer patients who go on a high-fibre diet find that
    their ulcers recur half as frequently. Barley and oats coat and
    soothe your stomach lining. But you should avoid abrasive stuff like nuts, popcorn, and seeds.
  • Cut down on steak: According to Hoffman, animal proteins are "high in arachidonic acid, a fatty acid used in your body's
    production of inflammatory prostaglandins." In simple Ray-
    speak, steaks can inflame your stomach.
  • Drink water: Especially cold water, which feels soothing. If you
    read a book called 'Your Body's Many Cries for Water', you'll be amazed at the story of an Iranian doctor who was imprisoned
    for two and a half years during the overthrow of the Shah in
    1979. When treating ulcer patients, he found that their pains
    faded within three to eight minutes after drinking water. They
    drank a glass of water a half-hour before and two hours after
    each meal to prevent the pain coming back.
  • Take vitamins: Vitamins A, B6, and E and folic acid help maintain and repair your gut's mucosal barrier.
  • Take fish oil: this can help prevent and heal ulcers because it
    contains omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation.
  • Try liquorice: This is a popular ulcer remedy in Chinese medicine
  • Try aloe vera: Dr Hoffman says that a young patient of his with a duodenal ulcer "was given Tagamet and told that her ulcer
    would heal in three months. On the advice of a nutritionally
    oriented doctor, she resorted to aloe vera, extra vitamins, and
    chamomile tea, which soothes spasms and inflammation; her ulcer cleared in six weeks."

So there you have it. A cabbage a day keeps the ulcers at bay!

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