A Solution for Traveler’s Diarrhea : The Renegade Health Show Episode #818

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I got a lot of sun today, so I’m a little more rosy than I usually am…

Anyway, since we’re getting ready to head down to Peru, I wanted to talk to you about my favorite herb that I always bring to South America.

I’ve used it to help eliminate traveler’s diarrhea on at least 3 occasions personally as well as recommended it to about a dozen trip mates over the last few years.

Take a look and I’ll tell you what it is…

Your question of the day: Do you know any contacts in Peru that we should meet? Let us know!

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. wendy green says:

    thanks for the tip kevin and smooth travels!

  2. Malvin says:

    ok. expecting an episode in spanish 😉

  3. Rosemarie Bria says:

    Make sure to go to Inca city Macchu Picchu.
    Cuzco is even higher altitude—drink the coca tea and don’t over-exert.
    The concierge at Il Monasterio Hotel in Cuzco would be able to suggest some some knowledgeable contacts
    Hasta la proxima

  4. eyla says:

    Happy travels, looking forward to all the amazing stuff I’m sure you both will come back to us with.

  5. Austin says:

    When did you decide to go to Peru? Did you decide since the nuclear disaster? Smart of you to get out of there for a month or so, that way you can sit back and look at the situation objectively. Your personalities would do much better in a tropical climate anyways. A lot more types of plants and natural medicines. Enjoy!

  6. Samantha says:


  7. I saw your comments about treating Annemarie’s thyroid. I can’t believe that all that was tested was the TSH!!! What about Free T3, Free T4, and the two tests for Hashimoto’s? There is also RT3! TSH only tells PART of the story! Shame on that doctor for not doing thorough testing! I have had thyroid & adrenal issues my entire life, but was not diagnosed until I was well into my 30’s. I belong to an educated community of those who are affected by thyroid issues, and the above tests will give a thorough and complete picture of thyroid function. There are others, but these are a good place to start. You might want to find a physician who is more up to date with thyroid issues!

    Please put your recipes in print form; not all of us have access to videos in the kitchen!

  8. Just got back. Jamee Curtice is an American shaman who lives in Cusco. Bento is a great guide. (Jamee knows him) If you get to Lake Titicaca, Omar (again, Jamee) is a great guide and if you ever get a chance to work with Jorge Luis Delgado, is well worth it. (Lake Titicaca)
    BTW, oregano oil came in very handy!

  9. Peru, would LOVE to go..do you need someone to
    carry your bags there? ha.
    Thanks for the intentions, have a terrific trip
    and that you find lots of good people experiences and information to share.
    namaste’, rachel

  10. Coco says:

    Dude, take some sunscreen and a hat. If a day in the Cali sun can do that to you… you NEED IT!

    Have fun and please tell us all about it when you get back so we know where to go when it’s our turn :).

  11. Humble Bee says:

    I’ve heard of a shaman down in Cuzco that does great work with the San Pedro Cactus.

  12. patty w says:

    went to Peru 2 years ago w/ a couple of my Yoga students, stayed @ Carol Cumes fantastic place in Urubambu, Willka T’ika (a Yoga Retreat in Sacred Valley, has a 7 Chakra Garden – medicinal plants & flower essences). Did a crystal Healing bed with lights and crystals that correspond to the 7 chakra’s. She has guided tours for 20 years through ‘Magical Journey’, her company. 10 days of pure bliss that began in Cusco, did a wonderful water ceremony @ Tampumachay. once you get used to the altitude (lots of coca tea & leaves held on the gums). She has a lot of contact with traditional Q’ero Healers. Some of the more modern Healers and Andean Pakkos that we met were in Aguas Calientes, they have store fronts that you can go in and visit and meet and have a healing session. I was transformed, a different person when I left and came home to Brooklyn, NY

  13. Claire says:

    a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar also gets rid of food poisoning and diarrhoea 🙂

  14. Brenda says:

    Have the best time ever in Peru. I have a standing invitation to Peru from the Silver mining people I have an investment with. So far I have not taken them up on it. Maybe the reports from you in Peru will motivate me.
    Enjoy! 😀

  15. Brent says:

    Hi, if you need any assistance, I have two Australian friends that live in Peru not far from Cusco. They are both vegans that work with energy healing and have alot of experience with ayahuasca.

    All the best.

  16. Jo says:

    I have used oregano oil for candida regiment as well as caprylic acid and grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract, however, is my remedy of choice for anything from, I may have ingested something questionable to bad water. Just 13 drops in about a 1/3 cup of water (agua to you)and very rarely have to worry about cramps and diarrhea. Will help once it’s set in as well. I just find it easier to tolerate (taste, etc) than oregano oil, even though it isn’t wonderful tasting either.
    Vio con Dios

  17. Thanks Kev!

    I appreciate the insight. I also would like to ad that Diatomaceous Earth is even more powerful to stop Diarrhea AND alleviate Constipation. It actually Kills the BAD bacteria that is causing the diarrhea in the first place…kills the parasites, viruses, fungus etc. It kills the BAD bacteria BUT Does NOT affect or touch the GOOD bacteria… that is what we want. Will NOT let you get sick. You won’t get sick if you take DE. It also is known to make tumors disappear. Cleans parasites or bad bacteria / fungus / viruses out of your system, out of your intestines AND Colon. It ALSO gives you amazing energy all day. So you can climb those hills / mountains and still feel like you have energy. It is way cheaper than purchasing any pills in a bottle and works alot faster. One pound is $4. That is 1 tespoon or tablespoon a day in water – no flavor at all..it is magical. However, thanks for sharing what works for you. Have a fun-filled adventure in Peru!

  18. Jeanne Schmelzer says:

    Please tell us in writing what the herb is. I have dial-up and can’t access your videos. Thanks

  19. debra says:

    If you find any organic and/or raw related resources in Lima, please post. I’ve lived here 9 months and only know of a couple of organic markets and restaurants … and raw is not really on the radar!

  20. oreganol says:

    I agree; oregano oil is great for diarrhea. And for mny other things.

  21. Sibylle says:

    Took some cordyceps which is mushroom based to help with the altitude, and a couple of baby Aspirins the first day arriving at Lake Titicaca – it’s quite high. I normally stay away from medicine. Taking Aspirin was recommended to me by someone who’s leading tours to Peru several times per year. Have a wonderful trip.

  22. Violet says:

    oregano oil apparently has a very heating quality, because even a drop or two a day gives me insomnia. if anyone else also has this problem, grapefruit seed extract has worked well for me as an alternative.

  23. Beth says:

    Thanks for the travellers tip

  24. Linda Johnson says:

    Green tea extract has always worked for me with bacterial food poisoning. Use a lot (dropper full or two) to start and follow up with a lesser amount every hour until the problem is mopped up.

  25. @violet, yes oregano oil is very heating for me also, I use bentonite clay, lemon water with cayene pepper or a very bitter herb that’s called Estafiate (I don’t know the english name, very powerful)
    Kevin, que emocion que quieras aprender a hablar espanol, maravilloso idioma, complicado para ti por ser el ingles tu primer idioma, pero no desesperes, cualquier pregunta contactame directamente
    Some useful phrases:
    Sin azucar, leche, queso, sal, aceite, por favor
    Meaning, No sugar, milk, cheese, salt, oil, please
    Enjoy yourselves in Peru Kevin and Annmarie.

  26. suzanne says:

    Off topic: My daughter just got a job at Whole Foods. She is hoping to meet like-minded people (a man!). She is asking where did you two meet (for some other ideas to find friends). So cool that you both share the health passion.

  27. Rebecca Cody says:

    You should get a chuckle out of this. My husband had a terrible time with the altitude in Peru and again last year in Ecuador, where Quito is 9,000′ and one night we spent above 13,000′. Shortly after returning home I saw a surgeon and she told us some of her doctor friends had just returned from mountain climbing in Ecuador. Guess what solved the altitude problem for them? They all took Viagra! Not sure about the side effects, but they said it worked, and kept them climbing at 16-20,000′

  28. Season Naify says:


    It’s starting to get really interesting how our timing seems to be harmonious. You very nearly always do a post about any largely impacting or significant endeavor I am involved in at a given time. In this case, I’m also preparing to go to Peru, for the summer. I leave right before you get back. I’m going with similar intentions, but to the Amazon jungle area, Iquitos – and a village up the Ucayali river. It will be an intensive period of healing.

    Thank you for the tip about oregano oil. I will definitely pick that up before I depart. Please also share other tips, if you have them. It really helps!

    I wish you all the best in your journey. May it be blessed and expansive.

  29. Christine says:

    would you please put “A Solution for Traveler’s Diarrhea : The Renegade Health Show Episode #818” in print form? I connot access/view the video format and this is info that I am interested in learning about.

  30. Jane says:

    Have the same problem as #33 Christine, cannot access/view the video. Greatly appreciate if you can put the episode in print format.

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  32. Brenda says:

    How many drops of oregano oil would be equivalent to the 6 capsules you would take for stomach issues?
    Thanks for the info.
    Have a wonderful trip.

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