The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

Aloe Vera

Can someone remember why Aloe Vera juice is NOT recommended for us?

Deborah writes:
It contains a very powerful carthartic, anthroquinone, which naturally would be extremely irritating to the gut, to say the least. Even in products with the anthroquinone removed, one doesn't know if it's completely gone, whether traces remain, what was used to remove it, etc.

Lydia sends this in:
Re Aloes:"... a potent immunostimulant. ...effects noted include the enhancement of macrophage release of TUMOUR NECROSIS FACTOR.. these effects can be quite substantial" from Textbook of Natural Medicine, Murray and Pizzorno, p582.

In response, Elaine writes:
One of the LAST things you want with IBD!

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