Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ranitidine HCL vs Betaine HCL

The other night, after eating a Bolognese (no pasta) based meal I suffered terrible gastric bloating with severe pain. I hadn’t had this condition for 8 months or more. I realise the reason for it was the fact that the meal was not cooked enough. I had cooked the ingredients in the crock pot for only 2 hours, which may sound fine, and if it had been cooked on the stove would have been plenty, but the crock pot is a slow cooker, and the onions were still under cooked. I took a Betaine HCL with Pepsin, and ate the meal whilst hoping for the best.

The effects were noticed within a few minutes after finishing the meal, but got steadily worse. After about an hour or so, the pain was unbearable. I decided to take a Ranitidine (Wind Settlers brand). One tablet was not having any effect after 30 minutes, so I took another one. After another hour or so, the pain subsided.

Feeling deflated after having taken these pills, after all a drug is a drug, and if i’m going to heal my gut effectively – I need to steer clear. I then wondered just what was in them that made these little pills so potent. According to Wikipedia;

Ranitidine (trade name Zantac) is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist that inhibits gastric acid production.

Okay, so this drug stops gastric acid production. Thus, the bloating eventually dissipates which causes the pain to subside. As the official name for this drug is Ranitidine Hydrochloride, I wondered whether there was any similarity to Betaine Hydrochloride. Apparently, Betaine HCL, although containing Hydrochloric acid, it’s effectiveness in achieving the claims used by it’s promoters are limited to just anecdotal comments. So, there is no scientific evidence that Betaine HCL does what the promoters say. Which is a stark contrast to Ranitidine HCL, where there is a raft of scientific research. It appears that apart from the name, there is no similarity in these two drugs. I call them both drugs because even though Betaine HCL is supposedly plant based, it is processed in a laboratory.

I am a little confused as to my stomach acid, as at times it feels as though I do not have enough, and other’s it feels like maybe too much, as it happened the other night. I have been led to believe from lots of articles I have read about Betaine HCL, that it will increase the amount of acid in your gut, and therefore you will digest food easier. However, the intense bloating I suffered from seems to have been caused by too much acid, as gaining relief from Ranitidine HCL would suggest this. Ranitidine HCL neutralises stomach acid.

Maybe the problem I have with my gut is because my Secretin hormone is not working correctly. This would make sense, as generally my stomach is not producing enough acid, so I do not digest food properly, but occasionally I will eat something that reacts badly, and acid is produced in abundance – thus bloating. This is different to my previous thoughts, as I believed the bloating was due to fermentation.

I will have to conduct more research on this subject. There are of course various other ways I can test this theory, with options of introducing Bicarbonate of Soda, or Potassium Sorbate at the appropriate times.


Lemon Chicken From Scratch

I’ve used a play on words for the title. The recipe is from scratch, but the coating is made from Pork Scratchings. Pork Scratchings make a great wheat free alternative, and also give this dish a pork flavour touch.


For two people

  • 2 Chicken Fillets
  • 1 Whole Lemon
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 50 g Butter
  • 1 to 2 packs of Pork Scratchings
  • 1 small Swede (Rutabaga)
  • 1 Turnip
  • Sprouts


Prepare and chop the Swede, Turnip and sprouts. You can either boil, or steam. Steaming takes much longer.

Pre-heat your oven to 80 degrees. Melt the butter in a pan (ensure pan is large enough for you to soak your fillets into), and add Lemon juice, and crushed garlic. Stir until blended, you may find the Lemon hard to emulsify with the butter, but do not worry, just mix it up the best you can. You may wonder why I havn’t suggested Olive Oil in place of the butter, well that’s another story.

The best way to cut the chicken is length ways, as you would ‘butterfly’. Then you are given four nice size fillets. If this is too much trouble, just chop into pieces. Crush the scratchings using a tea towel, and a rolling pin. These can be notoriously difficult to crush. You could put them in a nut grinder.

Take the heat off the butter, and coat the fillets with mixture by placing the fillet in the pan and flipping. Then place on a baking tray. Once all fillets have been coated, sprinkle the crushed scratchings over.

When the Swede is softened enough, you will have to drain, and then mash with the Turnip, and plenty of Butter.


Painful Constipation

Last night I suffered from the most agonising constipation I have had so far.

My constipation had been gradually getting worse over the past 12 months. Some people might say it’s probably due to the lack of fibre in my diet, which is a consequence of a diet primarily aimed at healing my gut, but another factor could be Candida die off. Or, maybe a vitamin, or mineral deficiency on account of me not digesting food normally. Anyway, My poo has been on the Bristol scale type one for a few months now with generally, lots of little white bits. As I don’t eat any rice, or anything that could possibly pass as white bits, I presume it to be Candida.

Recently, I have been eating prunes in order to make my defecation easier. This has been enabling a more regular bowel habit, but last night for some reason, a huge mass of faeces decided it wanted out. The only problem being, it wouldn’t go through the hole, and as it was impacted to a solid density, it proved very painful. I tried several enema flushes, but this did not help.

After a lot of stress, I decided to put my finger up there, and help it along. After a few of these little pebbles were discharged, the pain subsided dramatically. This was not the end of the matter though, and as I gained a little respite, I decided to take a Movicol. I know I shouldn’t even think about this chemical concoction, but I was desperate. I went to bed at about 12, and every two hours, I was at the toilet with my finger up my bum, encouraging more of this crap to come out.

Finally, after lunch today, the Eagle had landed, whereupon I excreted the biggest poo I had ever passed. I just hope I don’t have too many episodes like that. The inside of my rectum feels like it has been rasped by a file.


Butter Lemon Chilli Sauce

This is a great sauce for livening up almost any dish. I generally use it with chicken, or salmon. It’s really easy to make, and can be put together in a few minutes. You can make the sauce on it’s own, and use it to pour over your dish at serving, or you can cook your ingredients in it, as you would a stir fry.


  • 1 whole Lemon.
  • 50 grams Butter.
  • Half teaspoon Thyme.
  • 1 clove Garlic.
  • Half teaspoon Chilli Flakes.


Warm a jug with your butter inside. I usually place the jug in the oven, as it’s on anyway. Alternatively, you can add the butter to a pan, and warm it slowly. Squeeze the juice of your lemon into the melted butter, and add the Thyme, Garlic, and Chilli Flakes. You can use a fresh chilli if you prefer, it depends how hot you want the sauce. Combine all these ingredients, and add to a pan to warm. If using in a stir fry, you can add this sauce near the start of your cooking.

Health Benefits

This sauce is effective in helping your digestion. Lemon is acidic which is great for boosting a low acidic stomach. Butter is high in saturated fat which is good for helping to digest protein. Garlic stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices – preparing your stomach for what’s to come. Thyme, and Chilli have anti-fungal properties to help combat your Candida outbreak.


My Health Promoting Protocol

This is an outline of my regime as of now. It has morphed over the past six months, having experimented with different foods, supplements, and treatments. No doubt it will continue to change.

Before Breakfast;

When I get out of bed, I immediately go to the bathroom and swill a little diluted ACV around my mouth, then brush my teeth with a Coconut Oil/Bicarbonate solution. I believe this kills off any bacteria that has built up in my mouth over night.
I then take a probiotic (Biokult at the moment) with warm water.


I will either have either fish, Bacon and eggs, scrambled eggs, or Sardines fried in butter. In addition, I usually have fried mushrooms, and fried tomatos. I don’t eat the skins of the tomato, the skin peels off easily after it’s been cooked anyway.


Soup, which is generally made from home made stock, butter, and various other ingredients. All blended together.

Mid Afternoon;

Pureed Berries with Coconut Kefir.


My evening meal is meat based, with plenty of vegetables. I either slow cook Beef, Lamb, with a stock based sauce, or have chicken, or fish with a butter based sauce.

Snacks consist of Pork Scratchings, chicken drumsticks with home made Coleslaw. Milk, or Coconut Kefir with Honey, or pureed apple

The essential core of my diet is to eat any processed foods, no starch, and no grains. This means that I cook everything myself from scratch. Potatoes, Rice, and Bread are obviously out. There are other selective foods which I will not eat, such as peanuts, and grapes. Basically I do not eat foods that have a high sugar content, or are deemed unhealthy by several diets. One caveat I have with regard to grains is that I have been experimenting with cakes made from Gram flour, and Teff flour. I shall be posting all my recipes on this blog as soon as I get the time.

Recently, I have been drinking a diluted glass of apple cider vinegar (ACV) with my meals, I seem to be benefiting from this with fewer burps after meals. Especially sardines, which seem to create more gas than other fish. The thing is with gas, because I know a lot of practitioners would recommend to not eat any foods which cause any negative symptoms, and I would dearly love to be this picky, but it doesn’t seem to matter what I eat – I get gas. So, having tried various selective diets, filtering out this and that, I have decided to stick with these foods for now. ACV, and Betaine capsules seem to help. Where ever possible, I puree foods as these foods are easier to digest. If not practical, I will over cook vegetables, and not eat the skins, or more fibrous elements. I generally do not eat chicken skin, or animal fat if it hasn’t been cooked in a way that softens it.I think the more ways you can help your digestion, the faster you will heal. With this in mind, I now eat a lot slower than I used to, as masticated food is obviously going to be digested far more easily.

I have also been taking various supplements, such as zinc, magnesium, vitamin c, selenium. I don’t usually take these every day, I mix them up a bit with multi vitamin/mineral tablets, and also molybdenum chelate, B12. For vitamin d, I go an sunbed twice a week, I feel this also helps my skin, and relaxes my muscles. I take a pro biotic three times day.


I have various conditions, that are in my opinion all related to my impaired gut condition. This could be Candida outcrops on my skin, or maybe other yeast related manifestations.

I have had blocked ears, especially my left one for several years, and no amount of Otex will clear it permanently. I have considered having my ear syringing, but was put off by the potential risk, and anyway it’s not that bad that it prevents me from hearing, just irritating at times. To try and cure this condition naturally, I have experimented with Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV, and Ginger. I actually find a piece of fresh Ginger placed into my ear provides very good relief. I have heard about fresh Garlic being quite effective, but as yet have not tried it.

Moles on my skin have been prevalent, ever since I can remember, but recently, I have developed much larger ones on my face, especially the left side. I recently started putting ACV on them twice a day, and they have virtually disappeared after two weeks of consistent application. They first blistered up, and then the blisters fell off.

I developed arthritis in my right knee about 4 months ago, whereupon I gradually suffered swelling which reached a peak in early January. It was so bad, I couldn’t bend my leg fully, and walked with a distinct and painful limp. These past few weeks, I have noticed the swelling has subsided, and weirdly drifted down my calf. The pain is almost subsided, and I can walk without pain, and without limping. I have taken to exercising on the cross trainer, in order to accelerate healing, as my muscle had depleted greatly. Muscle depletion has happened all over my body, but most noticeably in my legs. This is probably primarily due to my new diet, and that I cut down exercising to a bear minimum in order to help heal my gut.

I have masses of tiny white marks on my legs, which appear as though melanin has disappeared, as these bits of skin will not tan. To combat these, I have tried a tea tree based lotion, which did not appear to do anything. I have also tried a home made cream of Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with tea tree, and Lavender mixed in. I applied this for two days when I noticed a very itchy red rash appear. My skin bubbled up, and would bleed very easily. I immediately discontinued use. After some research, I discovered that the Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not as extra virgin as it should have been. I placed a small glass in my fridge for a few days, and the liquid crystalised in a random fashion. Which, according to experts means the oil is made up from other oils. It appears I have an allergy to at least one of the other oils. After almost two weeks, I am still recovering from this rash, but will try a new concoction once the rash has gone.