Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus and in the rectum (the very lowest portion of the colon) that may protrude from the anus.  Hemorrhoids can be very painful and often doctors cannot help the problem.

Dr. Bob is mentioned on this web site many times.  He was a M.D. internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, M.D. psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years.  He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away. 

Dr. Bob often considered hemorrhoids as a digestive problem.  The following ideas are to nutritionally improve digestion, and topical methods to help decrease hemorrhoid problems.

1.      Dr. Bob advised probiotics, using live bacteria to treat bacteria and bacteria products.  He recommended you eat organic, non-fat yogurt that contained L. bulgaricus,  L.acidophilus, and B. bifidum.  L. bulgaricus is intended to help the GI tract be more suitable for the survival and growth of I. acidophilus and B. bifidum.  L. acidophilus is the main bacteria of the small intestine while L. bifudm is the primary bacteria of the large intestine.  All three are important, L. acidophilus and B. bifidum to help the small and large intestine and L. bulgaricus, a transient bacteria, to make the other two work better.  Dr. Bob said probiotics can improve digestion and sometimes this will help some people who have hemorrhoids.

2.      Dr. Bob advised pancreatic enzymes to aid digestion.  Pancreatic enzymes help to break food down, which aids digestion.  Also, pancreatic enzymes can help breakdown allergenic food to non-allergenic compounds.  Allergy provoking foods can destroy digestion.  Dr. Bob explained pancreatic enzymes can help improve digestion and this may help some people who have hemorrhoids.

3.      Dr. Bob advised normalizing fats in the body to help digestion. Dr. Bob advised Udo's oil from Flora.  Udo's oil is a blend of omega 3 and omega 6 oils and also contains necessary cofactors.  Dr. Bob said it had the right balance and omega oils.  Proper balance of omega oils can help restore normal function to tissue and decrease inflammation.  Dr. Bob advised fatty acid supplements that were approximately 2:1 ratio omega 3 to omega 6.  Science has not yet determined the proper omega ratios. He also said you can consider equal amounts of pumpkinseed-flax or borage-flax to provide essential fatty acids.

4.      Dr. Bob advised Maxilife multivitamin and mineral powder.  Dr. Bob recommended Maxilife powder because it contained doses that could cover insufficiencies or deficiencies.  Most multivitamins and minerals are based on a 180-pound, healthy 30-year-old male and usually are not made to cover deficiencies.  Often the problems of hemorrhoids result in the body needing extra nutritional factors and Dr. Bob felt Maxilife was insurance from deficiencies and insufficiencies.

5.      Dr Bob advised a topical method.   Often creams or surgery are used to attempt to treat hemorrhoids.  This may help but often the hemorrhoids return.  Dr. Bob recommended a topical method that he said could help hemorrhoids, possibly resulting in them not returning.

·        Dr. Bob recommended Udo's oil.

·        Dr. Bob recommended vitamin E oil

·        Dr. Bob recommended tea tree oil

·        Dr. Bob recommended apricot oil

·        Dr. Bob recommended fat soluble vitamin C, ascorbyl palmitate

Mix all the ingredients together and apply topically.  This often can provide immediate relief and many times Dr. Bob found the hemorrhoids did not return.

In conclusion, hemorrhoids have many causes.  Often the doctor can help treat some of the causes of hemorrhoids.  Many times the only solution offered will be creams or surgery.  Dr. Bob advised improving the digestion and using his topical method for relief from hemorrhoids.     

Note – The idea is to reduce stress to the area of hemorrhoids.  If you are constipated this is adding to the stress of the bowels.  Consider reading the article on this web site called, “Constipation.”  Relieving the bowels 2 or more times each day can reduce stress and possibly decrease hemorrhoid conditions.

Note – In order for these nutritional ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, “almost all supplement companies produce poor quality.”  You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bob’s approval.  Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards. 

WARNING:  DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE.  CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS. 

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