Bowel Issues - a sign it's time to fix the plumbing

Bowel Problems

A diagnosis of bowel disease or bowel cancer can seem sudden and 'out of blue', but it never is. There are always signs and symptoms in the years preceding a medical diagnosis, but because most of us don't really know what 'normal' bowel function is, we don't realise that the bowel has been communicating it's troubles for quite some time.  


It can be a shock to some people to hear that a normal bowel movement does not stink. Likewise, it does not come with a lot of wind, is not loose, watery, dry, stony, overly large or very hard to pass; it is not messy, does not leave evidence of its passing on the porcelain, is easy to flush, and fairly efficient to complete. A healthy bowel movement would never take long enough to read a magazine, watch a Youtube video or play on the mobile phone. It is never preceded by an urgent dash to the bathroom, doesn't come with a great deal of chamber music, and is always an effortless, efficient, pleasant experience. A normal bowel movement requires no straining, doesn't smell and is quick and easy to clean, one or two wipes and you're done. No blood, no mucus, no scrubbing, no mess. 


If you hear or read any story from a person diagnosed with bowel cancer, you will hear a story of bowel problems that were experienced for five years or more before their diagnosis was made.


Problems with plumbing should never be ignored, this is your body telling you make some changes, and if you don't heed the call, the body will not be able to fend of disease. The body is adept at healing when given what it needs. There is no greater healer in the world, than the body you posses. When it comes to any health condition, bowel problems in particular, health is the best way to protect against disease, with added benefit of making everything better - life experiences, relationships, work, fitness, self esteem, sleep, energy, beauty, fertility, success, holidays, parenting, contentment - everything



Typical signs that your body is trying to tell you something include :

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Flatulence

  • Nausea

  • Bloating

  • Pain down low in the abdomen

  • Cramping, colic

  • Mucus passing with a bowel movement

  • Sticky, messy

  • Haemorrhoids

  • Bleeding

  • Stool leakage

  • Soiling, encopresis

  • Pressure, stool loading

  • Intestinal burning

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Frequent stools

  • Urgent stools

  • Loose or unformed stools

  • Narrow stools

  • Large, dry, oversized stools

  • Pellets

  • Food sensitivities

  • Foul wind

  • Terribly stenchy stools

  • Floating stools that will not flush

  • Large stools that block the toilet

  • Light coloured stools

  • Black stools

When the bowel has blocked long enough, loose stool will eventually leak around a hard mass. If the wall of the colon has been stretched out for long enough, nerve signals can become damaged so the urge to stool can be lost.

Oftentimes a person can consider themselves lucky if they have been actually diagnosed with a bowel disease, because with this title comes a focus on healing. This is where Natural Medicine has its strength. While medicine seeks to suppress symptoms to make a person feel better, Naturopaths and Nutritionists seek to support the body to heal.  

When the colon becomes home to impacted faecal matter, the toxic effects to the body accumulate, eventually being seen in other body systems. Inflammation is the body's friend, it shows that the body is trying to undertake a healing process. Without the right help though, this inflammation can cause damage. Symptoms indicate the body is trying to do something. It is best to heed to the message, rather than seek to suppress the symptom.

Hippocrates - all disease begins in the

Parasites & Bowel Problems

Parasites are a grossly underestimated factor in bowel problems. Doctors tend not to routinely check for them, and often the testing undertaken carries with it a high likelihood of false negatives; a clear test result despite there being a chronic, low grade infestation present. 


A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. When we talk about intestinal parasites, we are referencing tiny organisms, usually worms, living in your gut and feeding off of your nutrition. In the case of tapeworms, this means attaching to the gut wall and feeding off your blood. Hideous thought, right?


Some of the most common parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms, blastocystus, entamoeba and many more. Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems. Some consume your food, leaving you constantly hungry and unable to gain weight. Others consume your red blood cells, causing anaemia. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, jaw clenching and even insomnia. Others burrown into the bowel wall and release eggs to the lungs, causing coughing and difficult to diagnose lung disorders or liver cysts.


If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without lasting success, parasite screening may be indicated. 


Functional Testing 


When you go to the doctor they will screen you for pathology, frank, acute disease. Fortunately these tests can tell you if you have a nameable disease process underway. Unfortunately, they will come back normal if you are in the subclinic, brewing phase of a disease process. This is where functional testing has it's strength. These tests are done through independant laboratories, and give insight into deviations from normal and optimal, so you can catch a disease process before it manifests in a protracted dysfunction. The earlier you can catch this process, and make healthy changes to your diet, lifestyle, nturitional status, microbiome and state of mind, the better the opportunity for your body to reverse a degenerative process and regenerate and heal itself. 


Some people may need to undertake urther testing, more information can be found under the Tummy Trouble tab.

Personalised Health Care

Each person is unique, with their own particular lifestyle factors, health history, epi-genetic characteristics and treatment needs. We regard each person as an individual, and aim work with you to identify the causative and sustaining factors in your current experience, and what you need to move forward in the most efficient and effective way for you. 


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