Episode #33 Do You Have The Symptoms Of A Hidden Digestive Problem?

February 5, 2015

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In this episode I discuss the rampant, undiagnosed, malnutrition that permeates our society and some of the common ailments that people perceive as “normal” but that are actually red flags for poor digestion, poor diet, and malnutrition. These symptoms are usually the result of years, decades even, of malnutrition- the body’s stores of certain nutrients exhausted, it can no longer function optimally and begins to fail.


Some of the red flags:

  • Adrenal exhaustion and insufficiency
  • Adult acne
  • Allergies to foods
  • Anemia, pernicious
  • Appetite, excessive
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • B12 Deficiency
  • B6 Deficiency
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • Broken capillaries
  • Calcium deficiency leading to insomnia, cramps, nervousness
  • Chronic infections
  • Chronic weakness
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation (with liver/gallbladder involvement)
  • Delayed gastric emptying (food feels like it’s just sitting there in your stomach for hours)
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea (with inflammatory bowel disease) or chronic diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness after meals
  • Dysbiosis (bowel flora is out of balance)
  • Eczema, psoriasis or the history of eczema
  • Emaciation (a protein deficiency)
  • Environmental Chemical Sensitivities
  • Feeling too full
  • Flatulence in general
  • Food cravings for sour foods
  • Hair dry and brittle (nails too)
  • Hair falling out
  • Halitosis
  • Heartburn/GERD/Acid reflux
  • Immunity decreased
  • Intestinal damage
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky gut
  • Loss of taste for meats
  • Malabsorption/maldigestion
  • Meal related bloating or burping
  • Mucoid Colitis
  • Nails, thin/weak or dry and brittle
  • Obesity
  • Offensive smelling stool
  • Pallor
  • Pimples turning into boils (can also indicate low exocrine pancreas function)
  • Poor memory
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Swollen tongue
  • Thyroid problems
  • Ulcer like pains
  • Vision disturbances
  • Vitamins B3 (Niacin) deficiency—also called Pellagra
  • White spots on nails
  • Yeast/Candida


Digestion (food selection and diet is a whole different but related topic that we aren’t covering in this episode) starts in the mouth. In the mouth:

  • Chewing the food to liquification allows the sensors in your mouth to send signals to the brain telling it what types of nutrients you have consumed and how much. The brain uses this information to tell your stomach and intestine, pancreas, gallbladder, and so on, what enzymes to secrete and how much to secrete to prepare the food for absorption.
  • Insufficient chewing short circuits this brain pathway- leading to insufficient secretions of stomach acid and enzymes.
  • Insufficient chewing also leads us to drink liquids (particularly cold liquids) with the meal thereby diluting the action of acid and enzymes on food.
  • Cold foods and liquids must be warmed by the body (stomach) before they can pass to the intestine- this leads to fermentation of the foods creating organic gasses that burn the valve at the top of the stomach and if it happens often enough, weakens the valve and burns the esophageal lining (GERD).
  • Minerals need a very low pH (strong acidic environment) to properly break down so that they can be absorbed and used by the body. Insufficient levels of stomach acid can lead to minerals being absorbed into the blood stream but not being sufficiently activated, they remain in the bloodstream and are eventually excreted rather than being incorporated into the bones, teeth, and tissues.
  • Sufficient stomach acid kills bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, candida, and parasites before they get far. Insufficient stomach acid allows them to live and gives them access to the lower gut and body interior. Many autoimmune issues result from a cascade of issues following chronic insufficient stomach acid.
  • Tums, Rolaids, and proton pump inhibitors like Protonix, and other PPIs actually suppress or absorb the stomach acid – severely impacting digestion negatively and perpetuating an already pressing problem.
  • To test whether or not you are sensitive to HCl (and for the presence of ulcers) take the HCl Sensitivity Test HERE.
  • For those who FAIL the HCl Sensitivity test, shoot me an email (manny@therolfworkshop.com) and I will make recommendations to resolve the issue.
  • For those who PASS the HCl Sensitivity test, shoot me an email and I will send you the follow up test: The Zypan Test for optimal digestion.
  • To order Zypan (free shipping from me) in either 90Tablet or 330Tablet size- call my concierge at (949) 954-6225.
  • All other questions- email me directly at manny@therolfworkshop.com

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Patricia Lynch February 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Hi Manny – great podcast on digestion. Thanks!

Was wondering if you can address SI issues and if there is anything I can do to heal. I follow a KETO diet, swim, and lift but I find it is always an underlying issue to proper movement and inhibits my ability to be more active. This said…I am so much better than I used to be!!

Thank you!!


admin February 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Hi Patricia, Thanks for your question. What issues are you facing with your SI? Is it pain? Instability? Range of motion restriction? Or are you referring to Structural Integration (as SI)?


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