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01-13-2001, 03:33 PM
For the better part of a decade, I've suffered from the GI complaints identified by posters to this message board. Despite exhaustive speculation, I'm still not certain of their source, even as they are now resolving. I'm writing merely to share a possible cure.

I'm a thirty-year-old, 195-lb. male. After imbibing 4 tablespoons--in divided, single-tablespoon doses--of organic, cold-pressed flaxseed oil daily for about a month (with meals), my IBS symptoms have been entirely remitted.

I would urge all of you to consult the books of Donald O. Rudin and Dr. Johanna Budwig for further information on the health benefits of flax oil consumption. You'll probably find them in your local library. Otherwise they may be obtained from any of the large on-line bookstores like ******.com.

Your optimal daily dose will depend upon your size and other idiosyncratic factors. Read and experiment.

You'll find organic, cold-pressed flax oil in the refrigerator case of your local healthfood store. Check expiration dates and keep refrigerated.

I'm fond of the taste (it's not unlike that of walnuts), so I usually drink the oil neat, straight from the tea- or tablespoon.

I will not be monitoring this board to respond to questions, but let me allay one fear many of you will likely have. Flax oil should not promote diarrhea. To test your tolerance, however, you may want to begin with a small daily dose and increase it incrementally over a period of a week.

I'm vigorously active and have been a vitamin fiend for years. Depending upon how debilitated your health is, you may require more time to respond to this therapy. Don't despair. Be consistent and positive.

If you do respond favorably to the treatment, continue consuming flax oil or similarly constituted oils indefinitely as part of your daily diet in order to ensure preservation of your health and well-being.

Earnestly hoping you get there,


01-15-2001, 08:25 AM
Blow your horn, Gabriel!

I'm with you. I've been tooting the horn for the benefits in treating IBS with flax for about a year now. I, however, prefer the freshly ground seed. **** seed and/or oil will have a similar effect, tho i don't like the oil as well a flax.

Let Miracles Replace all Grievances

01-15-2001, 10:28 AM
Copper,what were your symptoms? C/D ? i tried the flax,but didn't see much results,i have the capsules.Thanks Krissy

01-15-2001, 07:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Krissy:
<B>Copper,what were your symptoms? C/D ? i tried the flax,but didn't see much results,i have the capsules.Thanks Krissy</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

extreme gas/flatulence, stomach pain/cramps, back and forth diarrhea/constipation, inability to digest raw vegetables, meat, most dairy, loud bowel noise,....those are the first things that come to mind. I remember feeling VERY miserable for a long time!

it's possible your capsules are dead. Flax oxydizes and degrades almost immediately once crushed/opened, so capsules, by their very nature from processing would not tend to provide much benefit. only my opinion.

Let Miracles Replace all Grievances

01-15-2001, 08:10 PM
your symptoms sound too much like mine,the gas is a major factor of mine,pain that goes from right to left (lower) going on 4 years now! i am more of a C type,slow,but have a bout of D here and there,i am also Lactose Intolorant, which Flax do you suggest? and how many mgs?
Thankyou <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Krissy

01-18-2001, 10:21 AM
A colleague, also with IBS, has been using the flax gelcaps for a month for other reasons and recently realized coincidentally that her gut was doing much much better. I just started them this week and on the first day I had a horrible pain attack (could be from previous night's dinner). But I've had IBS for 10 years so am not looking for overnight miracles.

01-18-2001, 12:51 PM
&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;Krissy asks: which Flax do you suggest? &lt;&lt;&lt;&lt;

I'm a firm believer in using the most natural forms of supplementation available: pure, unprocessed flax seed. It SHOULD be available at your local health/whole foods store. Just make sure the grocer orders in small enough batches (unless they're purchased lots) so that what you get is fresh. As with any oil-bearing plant product, they have a definite rancid smell when old.

Flax oil will provide the same nutrients, but, having not tried it, I don't know if it would have the same gut-soothing effect as the seed. again, freshness is a critical factor.

I keep mine in the freezer, and grind them as needed. I purchased a goffee grinder ($10), so everyday just pop them in there, grind, and eat right away.

Start slowly, maybe even only 1 or 2 teaspoons a day, building up to 2 tablespoons in the next few weeks.

You will probably not notice any catastrophic changes, but as DEA said, a gradual awareness that things are MUCH better. sorry this is so long
Good luck!

Let Miracles Replace all Grievances

01-19-2001, 12:08 PM
Copper,thankyou for writing back,Krissy <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

01-20-2001, 02:12 PM
i'm going to try your grinding advice Copper because.... the message about the flaxseed oil sounds very encouraging..... until you realise the cost involved in drinking 4 tablespoons a day. it would be like a drug habbit, i'd be out stealing to support my flaxseed oil habbit. that's in the UK anyway, we call it linseed oil over here as well, hope the stuff's cheaper elsewhere. anywhere, the actual flax/ linseeds are relatively inexpensive so i'm going to try what Copper advocates. by the way, do you normally have your ground flax on it's own, with water, before or after a meal or what?

01-21-2001, 11:06 PM
I just wanted to thank Gabriel for his suggestion about the flax seed oil.
I have been using Barlean's Flax Seed oil for a few days now and have noticed a huge difference, I just feel great.

02-01-2001, 11:54 AM
Has anyone experienced problems with the flaxseed oil? I was using it for a week, and initially experienced an incredible "purge" followed but what is now nearly 2 weeks of total inactivity. I experienced some real discomfort, bloating, and a feeling of tremendous fullness (unpleasant). Now I've been off it for a week and still no change but the unpleasant fullness & bloating have decreased.

Mike NoLomotil
02-04-2001, 09:55 AM
Like many symptomatic interventions, depending upon the specific etiology of a persons functional bowel disorder the response will be variable from nil, to excellent, to negative. At this time there is no way to predict your individual response than to attempt the regimen.

Due to the nature of the underlying aberrant immunologic reactions in the bowel, it is difficult to predict the effect of any interventional therapies. The only predicatable therapies are prophylaxis.

It should be pointed out that one of the side benefits of using flaxseed oil as a symptomatic treatment is the effect on circulatory lipoproteins...FSO helps keep a proper balance in the bloodstream of lipoproteins to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, andother thing for which it can be recommended.

I think alot has been written about this that should pop up on any search engine in articles about FSO. Its is heart-smart.

Have a DFD

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Ann S
02-06-2001, 05:52 PM

One question.... After you were on the flaxseed for a while, were you able to eat all the foods that were a problem for you before, or do you still have to avoid them?

Thanks, Ann

02-08-2001, 09:45 PM
Has this happened to anyone? I started therapy for dysthimia and was put on paxil (after an initial and unsuccessful try on zoloft). Coincidentally, the IBS I had been suffering from was cured. For years my family doctor had been telling me I was just nervous, it was my personality, I took after my mother, I needed to watch what I ate.
I've been on paxil for five years now and feel terrific.

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