Anti Diarrhea Medication can Save Your Life


anti diarrhea medication

It might pay to stock up on OTC anti diarrhea medications.

My wife recently had some intestinal problems that caused her to have a bit of diarrhea.  Today that is not much of a problem you run to the store and purchase an over the counter anti diarrhea medication.  But what about in the future, if the pharmacy is not there.

This got me to thinking about apples and there various uses.  When we were living in South Africa and my brother was little, he had a severe bout of diarrhea.  The old Dutch lady who lived next door told my mother what to do.  You take an apple and grate it.  Spread it out and let it turn brown.  Then consume it.  Believe me it works well.  We have used it in our family for years as an anti diarrhea medication.

It is somewhat ironic, unripened apples can cause diarrhea, but if you let a ripe apple turn brown it will stop it.

Other types of Anti Diarrhea Medication.

Chamomile is good for treating intestinal inflammation, and it has antispasmodic properties as well.

In Sweden, blueberry root is a long-time folk remedy for diarrhea.

Ginger tea or ginger capsules can stop cramps and pain.

Charcoal has long been used for absorbing and expelling intestinal gas.  Charcoal may also be used for relieving a variety of ailments, such as indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high cholesterol and intestinal bloating.

In the old Special Forces Medical handbook, there is an appendix, called Primitive Medicine in a Survival Situation that discusses this issue.  They used charcoal scraped off a piece of burned wood.  They used about a handful for dysentery.  They also burned and ground bones in ash and swallowed the powder.  Schoolroom chalk was powdered and swallowed.

They also took bark for oak trees and would boil it in water for between 12 hours to 3 days.  The resulting balk concoction was vile tasting and hard to get down, but worked due to it containing tannic acid.

During hard time food poisoning and dysentery will affect many people, caused by bad food and water.  Knowing ways to make anti diarrhea medication may very well save someone’s life.


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3 Responses to Anti Diarrhea Medication can Save Your Life

  1. Common Sense says:

    A point to note is that generally the cause of death related to diarrhea is dehydration, especially in children. In combination with anti-diarrheal meds, you should keep some rehydration salts handy.
    Brands like “gastrolyte” are excellent, however they don’t taste very good. Camelbak brand “elixir” tablets also work well and taste better, as do Nuun brand. These can be useful for either rehydration, or to prevent dehydration in high heat or when working extended hours, essentially the product is just mixed with water. Also, unlike sports drinks they are sugar free, which can be helpful with some medical conditions, and due to the fact that bacterial growth in bottles after their use is limited.
    I will recommend keeping some around at all times, but keeping some gastrolyte with your anti-diarrheal meds to be used only in emergencies is a simple way to keep yourself alive.

  2. Paul-L says:

    Plain water is okay for dealing with the diarrhea-related dehydration issue. However, it’s not enough.

    It would be well worth it to stock up on electrolyte tablets and/or powder as well.

  3. rob says:

    It might pay to stock up on OTC anti diarrhea medications (shelf life 2 years). But, when those stocks runout, you are back to basic.

    Diarrhea is most commonly caused by viral infections, parasites or bacterial toxins. Eating or drinking foods contaminated with bacteria can also cause diarrhea. Salmonella is one of the worst culprits.

    Infact, my last bout with diarrhea was just last week “due to a bad leftover fast food burrito”, it hit me at 4 a.m. With cramping pain in my lower intestines. And the rest you know about.

    After 2 days hoping it would work it’s way out of me, it became apparent that the cause of the diarrhea “food poisoning” was here to stay. I cured it in less then 1 hour with my favorite home remedy:

    ¼ teaspoon Tumeric Spice powder (anti-bacterial, antiseptic properties)

    ¼ teaspoon Ginger Root powder (Ginger protects while stimulating, treats constipation and diarrhea while relieving nausea, inhibits toxic bacteria while promoting friendly species of bacteria)

    ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper powder (anti-bacterial)

    Place all ingredients into a small glass of water, stir and drink.

    I have used Activated Charcoal Powder (i.e. coconut hull charcoal used in fish aquarium filters) 1/8 to1/4 teaspoon “grind into a fine powder” in water stir and drink. If the diarrhea is caused by bacteria (i.e. food poisoning), Instant relief! Take activated charcoal or white clay to absorb toxins in the intestinal system. Actually, activated charcoal is a powerful adsorbent, which is a substance that attracts things to its surface, as opposed to absorbing them into itself. Charcoal will stop the diarrhea quickly by adsorbing the toxins that are causing the problem.

    Burned Toast & Black Tea – Georgianna Donadio, PhD, director of the National Institute of Whole Health recommends a cup black tea and a few pieces of burned toast: “The tannic acid in tea and the charcoal in the toast will neutralize the toxins and help you get much better very quickly.”

    Warning: Briquettes for grilling food are not safe sources for either external or internal use, as various fillers and chemicals are applied to hold the charcoal together and to insure rapid igniting.

    Activated charcoal is not for everyday use as it adsorbs important vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. Must wait 2 hours before taking any other kind of medication or meds will be neutralize. If you can’t find activated charcoal, try burning a piece or two of white toast. Scrape the burned part into a cup of boiling water and drink. Milk, chocolate syrup, ice cream, and sherbet should not be mixed with charcoal because they may reduce its efficacy.

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