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The diverticula – that provoke constipation alternated with diarrhea and swelling of the abdomen – form in the intestines, mainly in the colon. These are nothing else but tiny hernias, and are caused by the fermentation that comes about on foods that stagnate for long in the intestines’ longitudinal muscle bundle. The fermenting foods emit a great amount of gas that creates strong pressure in the intestinal tubes, which makes small pouches (diverticula) of the mucosa turn outward through the walls of the tube itself. When the diverticula get inflamed probably due to longstanding irritation by toxic substances emitted during fermentation, diverticulitis sets in with even worse symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, fever, intestinal block, and internal hemorrhage with blood in the stools.


It is clear that the primary objective of a therapy for the causes of diverticula – before addressing surgery in the more serious cases – must be to reduce the impacting of food and the consequent fermentation in the digestive tract. And it is likewise clear that there is an only method to stably reduce intestinal stagnation, and that is to reactivate and normalize the peristalsis, i.e., the movements of the entire intestine. This, in my view, can be achieved in the best way with the Mayr Therapy, the main objective of which is to let the intestine rest for a certain period. And as we know, letting an organ rest sets the grounds for the regeneration of its function.


But before doing the Mayr Therapy which is rather long and demanding, I would like to give you just an advice which coincides precisely with the Mayr Therapy, that is, allowing the intestines to rest, even if only for a short time. This is done through some short fasts. The fast consists in abstaining from foods and beverages containing calories for a set time, and should be carefully personalized to obtain the best results. Pure water from mountain sources, herbal infusions and vegetable broth that mostly contains mineral salts are allowed but not more than a liter and a half daily, so as not to stress the heart and kidneys. The short fasts can achieve good results if repeated for a number of times, at a suitable distance from one another. In the case of diverticula and diverticulosis, I would recommend at least five short repeated fasts of two days each, at a distance of not less than two weeks from one another, so as not to get too weak.

The most suitable days for fasts are mainly Saturdays and Sundays. In those days you need to let the body and spirit rest, but you may certainly take up some physical or intellectual activity. You should not stay cooped up at home but take at least two short walks daily, possibly in clean air.

The first day after the fast, it would be better to eat rather little, and besides you will note that you have less appetite than you would have imagined. Your appetite returns usually on the second, but even more on the third day, and it is then that you can start eating normally. If you have any doubts about fasting, write me an email with a short description of the history of your disorder and I will try to give you an answer – of course with no obligations on your part – that could suit your case.

Obviously, you will get some relief with the fasts, but not heal the diverticula and even less, the diverticulitis. And even the Mayr Therapy will be able to heal only the less serious cases of diverticula, when they have not reached the stage of inflammation. But even for diverticulitis it would be worth trying just the same, since in every case, the Mayr Therapy will help avoid a worrisome recurrence after the surgical intervention. In fact besides its curative aspect, the Mayr Therapy has the advantage of educating the patient to a more rational diet, to be kept for a lifetime so as to drastically reduce intestinal fermentation.



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