Review by Iain P W Robertson
Poorly tummies and occasional bouts of diarrhoea are among the most common and most upsetting complaints that any of us experiences, whether on holiday, attending an event, or following a dodgy takeaway. While not wishing to upset those of a sensitive disposition, even bowel, or gastric, evacuation often does not end the trauma.
Apart from the inevitable ‘dying swan’ routine, the general discomfort can wipe out an individual, sometimes for more than a day. On a trip to India, specifically Delhi, I suffered from the eponymous tummy complaint, despite drinking only bottled water, despite possessing a cast-iron constitution and despite being careful about everything I touched and ate. I was residing in a five-star, international hotel but, whatever it is that leads to the inimitable ‘Delhi Belly’, I got it, big style.
For almost two days, I was unable to do anything except visit the toilet and lie on my bed. I was suffering from stomach cramps, very loose stool and a slightly higher temperature. My only intake was an emergency concoction of bottled water (around a litre), containing half a teaspoon of salt and six spoons of sugar. Eventually, I started to feel better and we continued on our trek, albeit on the third day.
The reason I wish that we had been carrying Enterosgel in our medical kit arose on a more recent drive through France. Now, I realise that it is mostly French companies that own our water services in the UK but I remain unconvinced about the purity of tap water in several parts of Europe. We had been staying at a lovely country hotel just south of Tours. In the middle of the night, Mrs R popped to the bathroom but also drank water from the tap in the sink. Next morning, at breakfast, apart from her ashen complexion, she seemed only to wish to drink very weak Liptons tea.
When I returned to our room to pack the bags, she was already on the toilet. Squeezing approximately a tablespoon of the Enterosgel from the tube (having shaken it beforehand, as directed) into a clean glass of bottled water, I stirred it and gave it to her. While appreciating that such a treatment is a bit like closing the barn door, after the horse has bolted, it did have a most calming effect on her physiology. Before we had reached Calais, she had ingested another dose of Enterosgel and was feeling altogether much better. Her colour had improved too.
In simple terms, Enterosgel is a catalytic mopping-up agent. Think of it as a ‘sponge’ that binds toxins, harmful substances, pathogens and allergens within the GI-tract and eliminates them from the body. It is suitable even for babies (under doctor’s advice), as it is a non-drug formula, and it is absorbed neither by the body, nor the bloodstream. While it is hardly a cure-all, its practical use was more than amply demonstrated to me.
Enterosgel will mitigate against, or completely prevent toxic reactions, while shortening the duration of diarrhoea. Ideally, it should be taken at the first signs of illness, although, as Mrs R discovered, it can abbreviate the effects of a tummy upset somewhat.