My Dad is obsessed with his health. That's good in a way, I should be more active and looking after these sorts of things. - loose weight, watch what I eat, exercise more, etc. My Dad gets into very particular things though. His latest obsession is with gut flora, probiotics, prebiotics, etc. I have taken Anatomy, disected frogs, fetal pigs and cats. Friend of mine works for the Pathology department in the University of Saskatchewan. I can get clinical with her (and with nursing students I knew in the past) with no problem. There is something in the way my Dad approaches these things, however, that just makes the whole subject seem entirely more repellent than it actually is.
Perhaps this also comes down to his persistance on the matter. It isn't enough that he sends me the links for these sites, he prints them out for me as well. It seems he wants to get me started drinking cultured cabage juice. Here is the skinny on c.c.j:
To implant friendly lactobacteria in the colon and heal damaged mucus membranes of the G.I. tract, you need to drink about 1 and 1/2 cup daily of cultured cabbage juice. Here is how to make it. Fill blender with chopped green cabbage and add distilled water until about 2/3 full. (Do not use well water or tap water). Beat at high speed in the blender for one minute. Pour mixture into bowl and repeat with two more batches. Cover with Seran wrap or similar material and let stand at room temperature. After 3 days, the cabbage juice solution is ready to use. Strain the mixture to separate the liquid from the pulp. Place the cultured cabbage juice in refrigerator. Drink 1/2 cup of this solution diluted with an equal part of water 2 or 3 times each day. When your supply gets low, make second batch just like the first one, except, add 1/2 cup of the juice from the first batch to the second batch. Your second batch will be ready just 24 hours.
This process may be repeated indefinitely. Each serving contains several billion friendly lactobacteria. The lactic acid in the culture cabbage juice will purify the G.I. tract and kill most strains of fungi parasites and other pathogens.
You should drink this mixture until your stools float in the toilet bowl and are odor free. When that happens, you may lower your dosage of cultured cabbage juice to one serving each day as maintenance dosage. You may eat one cup of raw cabbage as a substitute for 1/2 cup of cultured cabbage juice.
Excerpted from "Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy" By Conrad Lebeau. 11th Edition
And I know my Father quite well... he won't strain the pulp out, believing that it will be even healthier than drinking the juice by itself. Doesn't really get me excited. "Oh boy! Three day old, warm cabbage juice! You really care!" Some say it with flowers, others books and booze, my father says it with repulsive health food.