Body Care Manual Stomach and Gastro Intestines

About Dick Gregory and the Body Owner's Manual, biology and anatomy of the stomach, gastro intestinal system and other parts and how they function.


There is a very old joke about the roadside restaurant that had fuel pumps out front to serve the needs of passing motorists. The sign read: EAT HERE AND GET GAS. And that sign pretty well sums up the traditional American diet!

Of course, the "gas" we're talking about here is not the kind you'll find in a car owner's manual. We're talking about the natural chemical action in the body machine whereby matter is converted from a solid or a liquid into a gaseous state.

After food has passed through the stomach and the small intestine, bacteria in the body machine go to work on the residue of food as part of Mother Nature's design. The function of the friendly, helpful bacteria is to break down the residue so it can be absorbed for constructive purposes. It enters the colon from the small intestine as a liquid. The ascending colon goes to work on the liquid, taking out most of the water and the food elements the body machine will use, and sends the remaining fibrous substance on to the next sections of the colon as feces to be eliminated.

The domelike portion of the upper stomach collects the gas which develops as a result of this digestive process. And when raw natural foods are eaten, the small quantity of gas released through the work of the digestive juices can be handled quite well by the stomach.

When foods are eaten haphazardly and in the wrong combinations, like meat and potatoes, bread and butter and perhaps jam, fruit and sugar, ice cream, pie or cake, coffee and sugar, the incompatible mixtures cause a great deal of fermentation. Belching is a consequence of the consumption of canned, cooked, and processed foods.

While the fibers in raw foods assist the work of the intestines, the habit of eating cooked dead food causes the intestinal walls to lose their tone and degenerate over a period of time. Waste matter is not properly eliminated, and it adheres to the walls of the intestines, accumulating in the pockets of the colon.

The result is a regular gunfight or shoot-out in the body machine between the "good" bacteria and the "bad" bacteria. The "good" bacteria try to neutralize the waste matter and eliminate it. The "bad" bacteria find it very comfortable living quarters and try to get the waste matter to remain. The result of the shoot-out is an excessive amount of gas. The average restaurant meal, beginning with cocktails (alcohol is very gas-forming) and ending with coffee and sugar, is a regular showdown at the O.K. Corral.

Although a certain amount of gas in the intestines is natural and inevitable, excessive gas can cause a host of ailments, including what frequently passes for a heart attack! Gas pressure against the heart and blood vessels can send a person scampering for digitalis tablets when an enema would be more in order.

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